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Jolene A. Radley

September 17, 2022

Jolene A. RadleyJolene A. Radley, 69, of Cape Vincent, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, September 17, 2022, surrounded by her loved ones.

Jolene was born on May 16, 1953 to the late Joseph and Jeanne (Johndrow) Reff of Rosiere, NY. She married Jarvis H. Radley at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rosiere on May 17, 1975, with Father Burns officiating. She was a 1971 graduate of Cape Vincent Central School and a 1972 graduate of the Central City Business Institute of Syracuse. Throughout her career, she worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Dr. Kayani’s Office, Seaway Veterinary Service, and Jefferson-Lewis BOCES. In 1993, she began work for the NYS Department of Corrections at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility, where she held various positions, her favorite being senior mail and supply clerk at the facility. Lovingly known as "Mean Jolene, the Mail Room Queen," she retired after nearly 30 years of dedicated service.

While at CVCF, she served most notably as the Union President of CSEA Local 187 and was elected an AFSCME Delegate to represent her colleagues at state and national level conventions. Jolene was passionate about her advocacy of others through her work with the union, which brought her countless opportunities to make new friends, travel to new places, and make a difference. She was most proud of her devotion to raising funds for and "taking the plunge" in icy waters to support the Special Olympics. Since she started her campaign, she's raised thousands of dollars for this important organization. In addition to advocating for her colleagues, she was elected to the Thousand Islands Central School Board of Education and proudly served the school and the community for 22 years. For many of those years, she was appointed the District Clerk. She was also a life-long communicant of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Rosiere, and was a frequent lector and a member of its Altar and Rosary Society. She taught catechism for several years, directed the annual Christmas play, and helped young parishioners earn their sacraments of first communion and confirmation.

Raising her three children was her proudest accomplishment. She was always highly involved in all of their activities and served as a Cub Scout Den Mother, Boy Scout Assistant Leader, and Girl Scout Leader. She went to every sporting event, play, musical, concert, and parade. She continued this dedicated support with her grandchildren. No matter the event, you could always find her in the stands or on the sideline, cheering on her children and grandchildren. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Jarvis, three children, Jennifer (Erik) Hauck of Watertown, Jarrod (Staci) Radley of Cape Vincent, and Julia (Timothy) Morse of Canton, NY; four grandchildren, Leah, Liam, and Levi Hauck and Lydia Morse. She is also survived by her brothers Michael (Rose) Reff of Cape Vincent, John (Randy Breunig) Reff of Boulder, CO, William (Linda) Reff of Peru, IL, and her sister Sue-Ellen (Eric) Thompson of Rush, NY, along with several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, brother and sister-in-law Donald and Marie Potter, and an infant son, Jeremy Edward Radley.

Calling hours will be held on October 1st from 10:30 am-11:30 am at St. Vincent de Paul’s Church, Rosiere, with a funeral mass to follow at 12:00 pm. Burial will be at St. Vincent de Paul Cemetary. There will be a reception to follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Rosiere. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in her name, to the Special Olympics of Central New York at 6315 Fly Rd, East Syracuse, NY 13057, or Hospice of Jefferson County at 1398 Gotham St, Watertown, NY 13601.


#12 John Dillenbeck 2022-09-24 20:04
To Jarvis and the Radely family, we are so sorry about your loss. Whenever we saw Jolene, she was smiling and happy, this is a sweet memory. Your all in our thoughts, prayers and hearts.
John & Bonnie
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#11 Jerry Merchant 2022-09-24 12:38
Jarvis and family, you have my sympathy
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#10 Cathy Coty 2022-09-21 18:38
I was saddened to learn of Jolene’s passing. I worked with her for many years at the prison in Cape Vincent. Jolene frequently spoke about of her family and it was evident that her family was the center of her world. She worked hard at her job and for the staff she represented in her union. She will be missed by many who have all memories of her. May she now Rest In Peace and her family know that others share their grief.
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#9 Bonnie Evelyn 2022-09-21 08:01
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Jolene was wonderful mom, grandmother and friend. She will be missed by all.
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#8 Wendy Taylor 2022-09-21 00:59
Jarvis and family . I am sending my deepest condolences out to you all . My heart is heavy as Jolene was a wonderful woman , wife , mother , and friend to everyone who ever met her . She will be missed by so many . Sending prayers and hugs to all of you in this difficult time . You are all in my thoughts and prayers .
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#7 Deanna Gaebel 2022-09-20 15:04
Dear Jarvis, Jennifer, Jarrod, Julia, and spouses and four grandchildren I know except one but to my precious family I know and the precious three grandchildren Leah, Liam, Levi and beautiful Lydia,
I send my sincere love and prayerful condolences to your entire family. May the Lord touch each of you specially in this difficult time and remembering a beautiful lady and grandmother.
It brings me back when my grandmother passed away of how all her stuff was divided among the family and how I wish I could have a full size bed because it was special. God bless you all in this so difficult time for all of you! Know you are all in my prayers and thoughts!
Jesus watch over this beautiful family and guide and protect them as they grieve of a special lady who touched so many lives.
My thoughts and prayers being said today!
Sincerely in Jesus love and my sincere condolences!
Deanna Gaebel
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#6 Lisa Carroll 2022-09-20 06:26
Sending my love and prayers to Jolene's precious family. I've never known anyone as selfless, kind, and thoughtful as Jolene. She left this world a better place for all of the love she left behind.
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#5 Linda Streets 2022-09-19 22:47
Jarvis and Radley family and Reff family, I am so sorry about Jolene’s passing. We spent much time together as children and I have many fond memories. Thinking of you all. Linda and Steve Streets
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#4 Patti Constance 2022-09-19 22:01
Please except my deepest condolences to Jolene’s entire family. Jolene and I grew up together. Her parents and my parents were best of friends. It breaks my heart that this horrible horrible disease took such a wonderful, young , full of life, loving person way too soon. She was such a fun person. I will miss you Jolene, among many others. RIP Patti
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#3 Todd Ingerson 2022-09-19 21:40
I had the privilege of working with Jolene at the prison for almost 27 years until I retired. We were also in school together with her a year behind me.my condolences to her family. Prayers for comfort .
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