Elsie Caamaño, 81, died on November 6, 2010 at St. Regis Nursing Home in Massena, where she had been a resident since December, 2009. Born on January 3, 1929 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of Juan B. and Carolina A. Badia. She had two siblings, a sister, Olga, and brother, John, both who predeceased her.
Elsie worked as an assistant librarian in Brooklyn, where she discovered her love of books. She also worked as a secretary for Arwood Corp. in Manhattan for many years and, when she tired of traveling by subway, began working as a medical secretary for several doctors in Brooklyn. She was able to utilize her knowledge of the Spanish language as an office manager, biller, and transcriber.
Elsie married Jose Antonio Caamaño on February 4, 1950 at St. Peter’s church in Brooklyn. They had two daughters who both died in infancy, and one son. They had 40 beautiful years of marriage before Tony died unexpectedly in January, 1990.
Elsie is survived by her son, Victor Michael; her daughter in law, Linda Ann; and two grandsons, David Antonio and Daniel Victor. Her grandsons were a special joy to Elsie, and she adored spending time with them whenever she could. She enjoyed writing stories for them, and left several booklets of made up stories for them to remember her by. She also dearly loved her pets, and found great comfort in her dog, Beny for 16 years, and later her cat Domino.
Elsie moved from Brooklyn to the North Country in 1999 to be closer to her son and his family as her health concerns increased. She lived at Partridge Knoll in Canton for 5 years, and then at Meadow East Apartments in Potsdam, until June, 2009, when she became a resident of Canton Nursing Home. She moved to St. Regis in December, 2009.
Elsie volunteered at the Canton Town Offices for several years and maintained scrapbooks for Grasse River Players and Potsdam Disabled Veterans of America. She loved crafts of all kinds, especially card making and jewelry making. Elsie will be remembered by all who knew her as a gregarious, lively woman with a great sense of humor. Elsie enjoyed her friends and family here, but always missed Brooklyn, where her heart always resided.
A Catholic mass will be held in Brooklyn on November 13, and Elsie will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Potsdam on November 20 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow. Arrangements are with the Garner Funeral Service in Potsdam.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley or to the First Presbyterian Church Roof Fund. Condolences can be sent @www.garnerfh.com.