OGDENSBURG -- Funeral services for Joyce E. (Countryman) Fredericks, age 90, will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at Notre Dame Church with Rev. Joseph Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019, at Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg. Mrs. Fredericks passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home.
Joyce is survived by her three sons, William Michael Fredericks and his wife, Cynthia, of Heuvelton; Gregory Fredericks and his wife, Vicki, of Ogdensburg, and Mark Fredericks and his wife, Stephanie, of Ogdensburg; four daughters, Karen Cooper and her husband, James, of Beckley, W. VA; Diane DeBoer and her husband, David, of Syracuse, Julie Bruyere and her husband, Daniel, of Central Square, and Lisa TenEyck and her husband, Howard, of Ogdensburg; a sister-in-law, Frances Countryman of Rochester; eighteen grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Joyce is predeceased by a brother, Gilbert W. Countryman; a granddaughter, Megan Fredericks and a niece, Debra Countryman.
Joyce was born on June 2, 1928, in Ogdensburg, the daughter of William H. and Delora Gilbert Countryman. She attended Holy Cross Elementary School and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1944. Joyce went to work for New York Telephone Company on April 9, 1945. On May 8, 1948, Joyce married Sidney Maurice Fredericks at Notre Dame Church with Msgr. A. D. Charbonneau officiating. He predeceased her on January 31, 1988. Sidney was a retired linesman for New York Telephone Company.
Mrs. Fredericks was an avid reader and loved making flower arrangements and doing crossword puzzles. She was a devoted member of the Notre Dame Church all of her life. She was a lector and Eucharistic Minister at the church. After studies of two years, she was commissioned a lay minister. She taught religious instruction for elementary students and later became a R.C.I.A. teacher for adults. She belonged to the Legion of Mary Society at Notre Dame and was named “Woman of the Year” by that society.
She has served on the Parish Council at Notre Dame for many years and was also a member of the Parish Finance Council of the Parish. She had the honor of being an associate of the Grey Nuns of Sacred Heart.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joyce’s memory to the Notre Dame Heritage Fund, 125 Ford Ave. Ogdensburg, NY 13669.
Online condolences may be made at www.fraryfuneralhome.com.