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Jeanne Marie J. Reff

July 24, 2017

Jeanne Marie Johndrow ReffJeanne Marie Johndrow Reff, 89, 31380 Burnt Rock Road, Cape Vincent, passed away suddenly Monday, July 24, 2017, at Samaritan Medical Center surrounded by her family.

She was born November 30, 1927 in Carthage NY, daughter of the late Clarence and Edna Clarke Johndrow. She married Joseph M. Reff on January 6, 1951 at St. James Catholic Church in Carthage, NY with Fr. Dacey officiating. Together they ran the family farm for 25 years. Mrs. Reff worked for New York Telephone Company in Carthage, NY for over 5 years prior to her marriage. She was a waitress at Sunny Banks Restaurant in Cape Vincent, NY for 10 years and retired as a Telephone Operator for the United States Army Information Systems Command at Fort Drum after 20 years.

She was a communicant of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Rosiere and a member of its Altar and Rosary Society. Jeanne was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 832 and worked for 11 years as a volunteer in the gift shop at the Samaritan Medical Center. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family, and she also enjoyed her Tuesday Lunch Bunch with her husband, traveling, and sewing.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Joseph M. Reff; 6 children, Donald Potter, Hilton, NY, Mike (Rose) Reff, Jolene (Jarvis) Radley, all of Cape Vincent, NY, John (Randy Breunig) Reff, Boulder, CO, Bill (Linda) Reff, Peru, IL, and Sue-Ellen (Eric) Thompson, Rush, NY; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, J. Paul Johndrow, Tewksbury, MA, and sister-in-law, Nora Hyde of Pahrump, NV and Three Mile Bay, NY, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was pre-deceased by her sister, Sarah Jane Johndrow, and brother, Thomas James Johndrow, in infancy; daughters-in-law, Marie Potter and Barbara Potter; grandchildren, Donald Potter Jr, Jeremy Radley and Emily Reff, in infancy; brothers, Clarence and Gwendolyn Johndrow Jr, Clarke and Pauline Johndrow; sisters-in-law, Pauline Johndrow, Helen and Leo King; and brother-in-law, Milford Hyde.

A calling hour will be held August 5th at 10am at St. Vincent de Paul’s Church, Rosiere, with a funeral mass to follow at 11am. Burial will be in St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery. There will be a reception to follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Rosiere. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in her name, to the Cape Vincent Ambulance Squad, PO Box 609, Cape Vincent, NY 13618. Online condolences to her family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#10 Alan Hyde 2017-08-02 21:01
I am so sorry to hear about aunt Jeanne.we will sure miss her laugh and smile. we love and miss you uncle Joe.
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#9 Carol/Rudy Napodano 2017-07-31 16:58
We have fond memories of our times with Joe and Jeanne. We send our most sincere sympathy and prayers to Joe and the family.
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#8 Tracy Wood 2017-07-30 19:44
Dear Jolene and family,
I was so surprised to hear of your mom's passing. I'm so sorry for your very sudden loss. I will remember her fondly when I reflect on our conversations and the many parties we attended together. Such great times! I hope during the times when you miss your mom, you go back and remember those great times too, old friend! I love you all.
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#7 Nancy Hazelton 2017-07-30 09:42
I didn't know her but heard a lot of nice things in the last 6mths as I have got to know Jolene. Would have like to been able to meet her. Thoughts and prayers to Jolene and the family.
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#6 Wilma Barnes Petrie 2017-07-30 09:12
So sorry for your loss Joe. Our prayers are with you and your family .
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#5 Ned Barnes 2017-07-30 08:09
Joe and family, sorry to hear of your loss my prayers are with you all.
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#4 Mike and Melissa 2017-07-29 12:33
JOE and family, we are so sorry to hear about Jeanne. Yup are in our prayers!
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#3 Ron Jones 2017-07-29 09:10
Jeanne was very good to my sister Helen and me growing up. Jeanne was a wonderful lady with a wonderful family. Sending my prayers and sympathy.
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#2 Jack & Ann Burns 2017-07-28 18:26
We enjoyed our breakfast club many years ago. Also the visits while in Rochester NY. Good times. Sorry for your lost to the family.
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#1 Debra Suller 2017-07-27 13:36
So very sorry. I always enjoyed Jeanne's company and will miss her smile.
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