June 14, 2018
Diane Charlebois, 64, of Cape Vincent passed away due to a fatal one car accident June 14, 2018. Diane was a 1971 graduate of Alexandria Central School and also Jefferson Vocational Technical Center in its first year. Upon graduation she was offered a Secretarial position in Washington, DC. Diane was the daughter of Prosper and Cecile Charlebois of Redwood. She was married to Lyle Aznoe from 1971-1985. Together they had two daughters, Nancy (Jeff) Degenfelder of Brockport and Julie Kern of Hammond. She has four grandchildren, Madison Diane and Baylee Jade Degenfelder, and twin grandsons, Oliver Teng and Ryot Lyle Kern, who were the light of her life.
She is survived by seven siblings, Bernadette (Jim) Sherman, Norwood, Lillian (Will) Farr, Black River, Andre (Helen) Charlebois, Watertown, John (Nancy) Charlebois, Watertown, Denise (Doug) Aznoe, Redwood, Alfred Charlebois, Gouverneur, and Anne (Peter) Remington, Redwood. She is also survived by two aunts, Yvette Lavictoire, Quebec, and Imelda Levac, Cornwall, Ontario and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Diane worked in the food industry for many years. She was a dedicated staff member and close friend of Michael Simpson of the Clipper Inn, Clayton. Her passion was for cooking was obvious. With skills in the kitchen that no one could turn down, this woman could do it all.
She was an amazing woman. The heart, compassion, intensity and love that she could and did give was immeasurable. Our Mom had a smile that warmed your heart and put you at ease. "Non" (as her grandchildren called her) had the ability to make you feel like an old friend in no time. Perhaps even being well known for pulling you in for a big hug and kiss.
"Non" spent many hours, days, months and years with her grandchildren teaching them the ways of the River. Familiarizing them with the ins and outs of a fisherman's way. Guiding them with patience, caring, love, and compassion. Our Mom, Diane, was also a talented quilter associated with local quilting guilds. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her and will continue to live on in our hearts.
Quotes from her grandchildren: "She made it on the greatest Grandma list, but I knew that the first day I met her," - Oliver. My Nana (pronounced Nana not Nanna) was not perfect, none of us are, and while she may not have had a lot, she sure did love her grandchildren with every ounce of her body and she gave us everything she had." - Madison. Anything you ever wanted to get or do... she would let you," - Ryot. My Nana loved all of us will all of her heart. She always wanted the best for us. She always made us laugh and got us whatever we wanted even though she might not have had a lot," - Baylee.
Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Thursday, June 21, from 5 - 7PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated at 11AM on Friday, June 22, at St. Mary's Church, Clayton with Rev. Arthur LaBaff, pastor, presiding. Burial will be in Redwood Cemetery.
Donations in Diane's name may be made to the Clayton Food Pantry, c/o St. Mary's Church, 521 James St., Clayton, NY 13624. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.