Fern J. Thompson, 91, formally Richville, died Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at United Helpers Maplewood Campus.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Robert Schirmer officiating. Calling hours will be Saturday from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Parishville at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association, 441 West Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204, United Helpers Maplewood Campus, 205 State St., Canton, NY 13617 or to Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.
Surviving are three daughters, Sharon Caldararo and husband Mike of Watertown, Laurie Smith and husband Ron of Canton and Natalie Tucker Miller and husband Paul of Hinesburg, VT; a step-daughter, Marsha Kane and husband Michael of Oneonta; one brother, Curtis Conklin and wife Bev of Gouverneur; one brother-in-law, Elmer Denesha of DeKalb Jct; seven grandchildren, Scott Fenlong, Jennifer McAleese, Ryan Caldararo, Rachel Guyre-Riley, Sean Guyre, Beth Ann Miller and Allison Miller; and eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Fern was predeceased by two brothers, Charles “Bud” and Grafton “Bill” Conklin; and five sisters, Ellabelle “Peg” Stuhldreher, Eva Cunningham, Elva “Cubby” Pelkofski, Doris “Polly” Bowman and Edith Denesha.
Born September 19, 1919, in DeKalb Jct. daughter of Roscoe G. and Vida (Holland) Conklin she graduated Richville High School. Fern married Basyl Harwood Tucker on May 14, 1944 in Wilmington, DE. He died August 12, 1976. On November 26, 1980 she married Paul E. Thompson in Ogdensburg. Paul died October 2006.
Fern along with her late husband Paul ran the Richville Hotel until they closed the hotel (1989) and started Ye Olde Hotel Antiques, which they ran from 1988 to 2000. In the 1960’s Fern worked for a florist on Long Island for a number of years.
Fern will always be remembered for her kindness and generosity.
Condolences may be sent online to www.lawrencefuneralhome.org