A Mass of Christian Burial for Marilyn Hughto LaPointe, 83, of Potsdam, will be held on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Potsdam, with Rev. John Downs celebrating. Spring burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Marilyn passed into the arms of Jesus on Friday, March 14, 2014 at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital.
Friends may call at the Garner Funeral Home on Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Contributions in her memory may be made to the REACH Pregnancy Center of NNY, P.O Box 126; Potsdam, NY 13676.
Marilyn is survived by her husband of 61 years, Wayne A. LaPointe Sr.; her daughter, Michele Lee LaPointe of Norwood; sons, Wayne A. (Tony) LaPointe Jr. and Barbara Adams; and Paul LaPointe and wife Gina, all of Hannawa Falls. Also surviving are her younger sister Carole (and Leon) Goolden of Venice, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, Jessica (LaPointe) Durant of Daytona, Fla.; Colin (Tammy) LaPointe-Potter of Indianapolis; Danielle, Courtney and Jordan LaPointe; Michael (Colleen) Volforte; Jennie (Michael) Smith; Christopher (Kelly) Adams; Kristin Oegema (Bart), and Michael Knaebel. They have eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters-in -law, Genevieve Miller and Shirley Sharlow of Potsdam and several nieces and nephews with whom she was very close.
She is predeceased by a sister, Valda Herrick.
Marilyn was born January 23, 1931 in Malone, the daughter of the late Harlow F. and Ruth (Miller) Hughto. Marilyn and Wayne married on May 30, 1953 when he was on leave while serving in the U.S. Navy. They were lifelong Potsdam residents and owned several businesses over the years, including LaPointe Electric, LaPointe's Liquor Store and the Kit N Kaboodle Gift Shop, which Marilyn loved and operated for 17 years.
Marilyn quietly supported many charitable activities. Her penchant for talking with people was her greatest gift. From greeting customers in her shop to sitting on her front porch talking with passersby, Marilyn always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. Marilyn's upbeat and positive attitude was infectious and often gave hope to many.
One of Marilyn's passions was music; she was a member of The Sweet Adeline’s. She also enjoyed watching her grandchildren's sports activities, especially hockey.
Arrangements are with the Garner Funeral Service of Potsdam. Condolences may be shared online at www.garnerfh.com.