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Sarah B. 'Sally' Palumbo

March 13, 2020

Sarah B "Sallly" PalumboSarah B. "Sally" Palumbo, 93, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 13, 2020 at Samaritan Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Cape Vincent on December 13, 1926, Sally was the daughter of William J. and Mary E. Barnes Flynn. In 1927, the family moved to Watertown, where Sally lived for the remainder of her life – most of her years being spent at her home on Flower Avenue East.

Sally was a graduate of Immaculate Heart Academy. On June 25, 1949 she married the love of her life, Bernard E. "Bernie" Palumbo at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with Rev. J. A. Francoeur officiating. Sally and Bernie were predeceased by a son, Thomas B., who died at birth on October 31, 1952. Bernie died on April 9, 1987, and we are certain he and Sally are beyond overjoyed to be reunited after many long years apart.

In her early years, Sally worked at the family business, Crystal Springs Water in Watertown. She then was employed by New York Telephone Co., and when her children were in school, she worked in food service at Holy Family School. Sally enjoyed a close relationship with our Lord and was a communicant at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church. She was also a member of the Sacred Heart Foundation and the Niagara Mohawk Retirees.

Sally took great pride in her home and the family cottage in Three Mile Bay; spending countless hours gardening, doing yard work and cleaning in an effort to keep them looking as pristine as possible. Even in her final days, one of her parting pearls of wisdom to her loved ones was to "keep a clean home."

Above all else though, Sally’s greatest joy in life was her family and the time she spent with them. Simply put, her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings and their families were her world. Her loved ones will always treasure how Sally – also known as "Nana" – was there for everything, from sporting events to graduations and of course, family parties, right up until her passing. We will miss her sense of humor, genuine interest in all that was going on in our lives, mischievous ways, honesty, beautiful smile and of course, the endless amount of love she had for all of us.

Sally is survived by her three children, John W. "Jack" Palumbo and wife Christine, Clayton, Judy P. Compo and husband Thomas G., Alexandria Bay, and Janet M. Prevost and husband Edward R., Watertown; six grandchildren, Robert J. England and wife Robin, Jennifer S. Ashcraft and husband Travis, Sarah V. Compo and fiancé Paul Pierce, Ann C. Bedard and husband Thomas, Edward B. Prevost and wife Amelia and Tyler P. Prevost and fiancée Allison Cavallario; six great-grandchildren – Kaya V. England, Lilah R. England, Annabella R. Ashcraft, John T. Bedard, Bodhi R. Prevost and Thomas C. Bedard; sister-in-law Mary E. Flynn Watertown – who Sally thought of as a sister, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her husband and son, Sally was predeceased by her three brothers, James F., John, and William J. Flynn, Jr. and four sisters, Virginia F. Flynn, M. Catherine Stiegelbauer, Margaret F. Henry, and Agnes E. Keegan.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday Sally always looked forward to – from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc. in Watertown. Those who are feeling ill are asked not to attend due to current public health concerns.

On Wednesday, March 18th, a prayer service will be held at the funeral home at 10:15 AM, followed by a funeral mass to be celebrated at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 320 West Lynde Street, Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to Sally's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#19 Jim Hrabchak 2020-03-21 02:23
Judy, we're so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Our prayers are with you and Tom.

Jim and Sherry
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#18 Betsy Netto Thompson 2020-03-20 09:47
Dear Janet, Jack & Families. My deepest sympathy to all of you. You remain in my thoughts & prayers.
Betsy Netto Thompson
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#17 Kathy Mitchell 2020-03-19 11:18
My parents Frances and Betty Mitchell were very good friends with Sally and Bernie. My Mom has passed but she was also a New York Telephone Operator. Those telephone operators were one of a kind! Oh the stories they could tell especially in the blizzard of 77 or even the time the operators went on strike. Maybe Sally wasn’t working there at that time but they all knew each other and shared stories back and forth. My dad is still alive and that is why I am contacting the family. He is 93 and is living in Florida for the winter. He was reminiscing about what good friends he and Bernie were and how much fun they all had together. He sends his condolences to you all.
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#16 Becky OBrien 2020-03-17 13:45
Our deepest sympathy to the whole Palumbo family for the loss of your mom. May all the fond memories of her get you through the coming days.
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#15 BARBARA A HARWOOD 2020-03-17 12:45
My condolences to the family on the passing of Sally. Jack, Judy, and Janet you must support each other with the love your mom instilled in you. She is now happy with Bernie. My prayers always to you and the family for God's comfort
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#14 Dom&Marlene Mercurio 2020-03-17 07:51
Dear Judy and Tom,
When you spoke of your Mom, we just knew how devoted you were to her and how this hurts so much. She was blessed with a loving family and a long life. Who can ask for more?
We send our deepest condolences, prayers and wishes for peace and comfort to all your family. "May the angels take her into paradise"
Love, Dom and Marlene - New Smyrna
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#13 Rosanne Danega 2020-03-16 22:08
Janet, Judy and Jack,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May your wonderful memories bring you comfort during this time and always.
She was such a special lady.
~Rosanne (Rotella) Danega
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#12 Pam Canale 2020-03-16 19:29
I was so sad to see this. My prayers go out to Judy and Janet and the rest of the family. Your mom was a wonderful woman and great neighbor. I don’t remember a time she didn’t have a smile on her face. Hold close to all of the wonderful memories. Keeping you and yours in my prayers during this very difficult time.
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#11 Susan Bududon 2020-03-16 16:47
Our deepest sympathy to the Palumbo family in the loss of your mother . She was a beautiful and gracious lady .She will be missed by our neighborhood sitting in her lovely porch .
Susan and Fred Buduson
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#10 Jim & Connie leana 2020-03-16 16:13
Our condolences to all the Palumbo family. Your mom & dad were the best of the best . We had some wonderful times during your dad's working days. They were very proud of their family , justifiably so. We are in Florida and will not be able to attend the funeral. We will be thinking of you and you are in our prayers.
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