Nora M. Crowley, 93, passed away Friday, June 1, 2012, at the St. Regis Nursing Home, with her family at her bedside. Arrangements are entrusted to the Hammill Funeral Home in Winthrop.
Nora was born in North Lawrence on February 15, 1919, the daughter of William and Mary (Hayes) Cotter. She graduated from North Lawrence High School in 1936 and from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1939. During WWII, Nora served 34 months in the European Theatre with the Second General Hospital unit from Syracuse. She received a commission as Second Lieutenant in the Army Nurses Corps in November, 1942. After being honorably discharged, she attended and graduated from New York University with a B.S. in nursing.
On February 23, 1952 she married John B. Crowley at the Church of St. Stephen in New York City. John predeceased her on March 17, 1995.
Early in her career, Nora was a nurse at Potsdam Hospital. Later, she was employed by the Massena Central Schools as a school-nurse teacher. Nora was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church, a member of the New York State Retired Teachers, the LCBA, the VFW (N. Lawrence), the American Legion (Winthrop) and the Massena Hospital Auxiliary. She also volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul and the St. Regis Nursing Home.
Nora was predeceased by her husband, John; four sisters, Margaret Baker, Mary Conn, Sarah Cotter and Katherine (Kitty) Dziewisz and two brothers, John Cotter and William Cotter.
Nora is survived by nieces and nephews, Kathy Dziewisz of Braintree MA, Stephen Dziewisz of Watertown, Mary Conn-Fitch of San Francisco CA, Michael Conn of San Mateo CA, Sharon Lantry of Helena, Patti Jo Johnson of Winthrop, Sheila Collier of Summerfield FL, Susan Prestopnik of Little Falls NY, Stephen Crowley of Whitesboro and Mike Burns of Syracuse and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Friends and family may call from 3 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5 at the Hammill Funeral Home, Winthrop. A Mass of Christian Burial for Nora will be held on Wed., June 6 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, Brasher Falls. Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.
Those wishing to express an act of kindness in Nora’s memory, please consider memorial contributions to The Trinity Catholic School, 188 Main St, Massena, NY 13662.
Memories and condolences can be shared with Nora’s family at www.hammillfh.com .