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Catherine A. Heaslip

October 30, 2023

Catherine A. Heaslip, 87, of Clayton, NY passed away peacefully on Monday morning, October 30, 2023 at Samaritan Medical Center. At her side was her beloved husband of 67 years, John Heaslip.

Catherine was born in Watertown, NY on April 8, 1936. She was the daughter of Antonio and Mary (Trenca) Pietropaoli, and was a graduate of Watertown High School, Class of 1954. On January 23, 1956 she married John Heaslip at St. Anthony’s Church in Watertown.

Catherine had worked as a sales clerk at Marsh Shoes, in Watertown; and a playground director for the Watertown Recreation Department. When she moved to Clayton, she worked as a waitress at the Victorian Restaurant, and retired as a sales clerk for Gray’s Wholesale. Catherine was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Clayton. She enjoyed playing softball and basketball in the City Leagues, snowmobiling, and downhill skiing. Throughout her long life, she loved cooking for her family—and she never disappointed. Catherine and John spent 20 winters in Palm Bay, Florida and in the warmer months, they lived on the beautiful St. Lawrence River. In her later years, Catherine often enjoyed sitting outside on her deck where she would welcome visitors, feed birds, and watch the ships go by on the river.

Along with her husband, John, Catherine is survived by her two daughters, Mary Paul (James), Clayton and Toni Kukowski (Barry), Clayton; four grandchildren, Rebecca Bond (Jason), Abby Paul, Anna Coghlan (Matthew), and Emma Cameron (Michael); four great-grandchildren, Adam and Paul Bond, Carson Coghlan, and Cavanagh Cameron; two sisters, Helen Guardino, and Linda Bouvier (Jeff), both of Clayton. Catherine was predeceased by her infant son, John Heaslip, Jr., her sister, Lydia Peters, and her parents.

At Catherine’s request, her body will be donated to SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at St. Mary’s Church in Clayton, NY. 

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 in her name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to St. Mary's Church, 521 James St., Clayton, NY 13624.


#19 Rose Mary McIntyre 2023-11-22 04:02
John and family,
We are very sorry to hear of Catherine's passing. She was a lovely woman and will be missed.
Our deepest sympathy, Jim and Rose Mary McIntyre
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#18 Clay Hurst 2023-11-16 13:59
I was fortunate enough to be neighbors of John and Catherine for 2 years. I’m wasn’t from the area and didn’t know a lot about the Thousand Island region and I couldn’t have asked for better people to help navigate the area. They treated me like family almost - Catherine would make certain I was comfortable. I spent many evenings on their deck just visiting. They have one of the most scenic areas on the St. Lawrence. Catherine always made me smile and feel perfectly at home. She is definitely etched into my memory. Incredible woman and touched many lives. I’ll always remember the moments I had with her.

Clay Hurst
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#17 Catherine Ingerson 2023-11-06 10:53
So sorry to read of the passing of Catheine. She was a blast to work with and will be missed. Prayers to her family.
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#16 Terry Ierlan 2023-11-03 18:52
John and family I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Catherine. Hold on to all the happy memories that you have of her. That is what keeps you going. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
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#15 Mary Mitchell Bebout 2023-11-03 09:13
John and family, I was so sorry to hear that Catherine had passed away. Growing up I have so many fond memories from kindergarten to graduation and after playing softball, basketball, etc with her, Junie, and Lucia and just hanging out. Together we were unbeatable. Rest in peace Catherine.
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#14 Gib and Sue Streets 2023-11-02 20:28
John, Mary and Toni and family, we are so sorry to hear about Catherine's passing. One of a kind, very kind and friendly. Gib has fond memories of working with her at Gray's.
Take care and hold you memories close.
Gib and Sue Streets
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#13 Brooke Bosch 2023-11-02 13:21
My deepest sympathy and condolences for your loss. Although she is no longer here she will always be with you. May fond memories brighten you day during this difficult time.

Brooke, Ryan and Wren Bosch
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#12 Larry Hayes 2023-11-02 13:21
John, Mary, Toni and families
Sorry for your loss. Janet and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers
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#11 SueEllen Garnsey 2023-11-02 11:53
My sincere condolences to you John, Mary and Toni. Catherine was always such fun to be around. The angels will definitely be laughing with her. May you rest in peace Catherine. I am so glad you were a part of my life.
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#10 ed podrebarac 2023-11-01 19:58
John: Sorry to hear about your wife's passing. May she RIP.

Ed Podrebarac
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