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Yvonne N. Dufour

October 5, 2023

Yvonne N DufourYvonne N. Dufour, 99, of Watertown passed away Thursday, October 5, 2023 at Samaritan Keep Home where she had resided since March of 2014. She had always told her family and caregivers she wanted to live to be 100 and she thought of this as being in her 100th year.

Yvonne was born September 19, 1924 in Ste. Placide, Quebec, Canada, daughter of Anthieme and Franciose (Lajoie) Neron and attended school in Quebec. In the early 1950's she moved to Watertown. She married Joseph G. Dufour on September 30, 1957 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with Fr. Benoit C. Dostie, MSC officiating. Joseph died February 28, 2002.

The majority of Yvonne's life was spent as a caregiver for children. She took care of many of them over the years. She loved each and everyone of them like they were her own children. Yvonne was a devout Catholic. She would spend hours praying her rosary for each member of her family. She had been a communicant of St. Patrick's Church and attended church wherever she was, including daily masses at the Sisters of Precious Blood Monestary while living on Holcomb St. 

Yvonne loved playing cards, listening to music, and watching game shows. She also loved to clean, going to garage sales, and collecting glassware, especially Depression glass. Her family meant the world to her, she will forever be in their hearts and will always be their "Queen of Spades".

She is survived by her three daughters and their children and grandchildren: Darlene D. Sheitz and husband Leonard, Watertown, Joanne H. Hayes and husband Stephen Hayes, Dexter, and Michelle McGrann, Watertown, along with many nieces and nephews. Yvonne was the last living member of her generation. She had outlived her two brothers, Jean-Marie Neron and wife Jeannine Dufour and Toussaint Neron, and her two sisters, Marie Anne Neron and husband Robert LaFleur and Simone Neron. She had also outlived her husband's siblings and their spouses.

Yvonne's family would like to thank her wonderful caregivers over the years and the amazing medical team that provided her care. A very special thank you to all of those that showed her their compassion and came to say goodbye in her final days.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, October 16, at 10 AM at St. Patrick's Church followed by burial in Brookside Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences and memories may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers Yvonne's family wishes donations to St. Patrick's Church, 123 S. Massey St. or Sisters of the Precious Blood, 400 Pratt St., both in Watertown, NY 13601.


#17 Margaret Fraser 2023-10-16 12:14
Darlene I just saw this. So sorry you lost your Mom. Sending love, prayers and hugs!
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#16 Cheryl Lawlor 2023-10-12 11:12
Yvonnes family……your mom was such an important part of so many families, especially the Holcomb Street group. She was a Godsend when it came to caring for our children and we all have such fond memories. I am so grateful to have had her care for my boys. My deepest sympathy.
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#15 Jane Bowman 2023-10-11 12:03
Darlene, Michelle and Joanne, We knew your Mom when she lived on Pillar Point. Such a sweet lady. Sincere sympathy to you and your families.
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#14 Rita Jackson 2023-10-11 10:55
Darlene, Michele and Joanne sorry for your loss.
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#13 Carmen Dickson 2023-10-11 09:57
The blessings of your Mother’s love are yours forever. In her wise words, in the ways she shaped who you are. In the beautiful memories that will always bless your heart.
God be with you and your loved ones, during this most difficult of times. Eliot and I offer you our heartfelt sympathy and prayers.
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#12 Greg Graham 2023-10-11 08:40
Darlene, Joanne and Michelle,
Sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers with all of you. Many memories as neighbor and part of the Holcomb street crew Yvonne took care of and help raise. Many Friendships, stories and connections were formed and still exist today from Yvonne's care. (and a little french we should or should not have learned or overheard! :) )
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#11 Sheila Donoghue 2023-10-10 21:19
Darlene, Joanne and Michelle.
Thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope your mother knew what a huge impact she had on so many lives.
She cared for all of us with such love and without question impacted my life. Thank you for sharing your beautiful mother with so many of us.
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#10 Kim & Lee Raymond 2023-10-10 19:24
Michelle, Darlene, & Joanne and families. Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
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#9 Lee Ann LaVanchard 2023-10-10 19:15
Yvonne was one of a kind, a funny, kind lady. I enjoyed the times that I visited her when she lived at Centennial Apartments. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Joanne, and your family.
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#8 Nora Jamieson 2023-10-10 16:06
Darlene and family, I know this has been a long difficult road for all of you over the last few years, my thoughts were often with you. And now my thoughts and prayers are with you wishing for your peace and wonderful memories that I know your mom holds for you.
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