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Janet M. Waters, age 83, formerly of Star Lake and Florida, passed away on Oct. 4, 2017, at her daughter's home in Malone.
Calling hours will be held at French Family Funeral Home, 4159 St. Hwy. 3, Star Lake, on Thursday, October 12, 2017, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. Her funeral Mass will be held at St. Hubert's Catholic Church on Friday at 11 a.m. Janet will be buried next to her son, Rory, in the St. Hubert's Catholic Cemetery.
Janet was born in Fine, N.Y., on Jan. 22, 1934, to the late Albert and Bessie (Wilcox) DeCosse. She graduated from the Clifton-Fine Central School, took classes at SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, and Rutgers University and became the first Certified Alcoholism Counselor in New York State.
She worked as an Alcoholism Counselor for many years. She worked for St. Lawrence County, the Farm Cottage (now Hamilton Hall), St. Joseph's Rehabilitation Center, Rose Hill, and retired from the Franklin County Correctional Facility in 1995.
Janet married Sgt 1st Class Frank L. Waters on Sept. 18, 1953. Together they fought the Korean Conflict (2 tours) and the Vietnam War (3 tours). Mr. Waters passed away on July 17, 1972. With her husband overseas so much, Mrs. Waters sold Avon products, tended bars (primarily the Windfall), and cleaned houses.
Janet had been an active, faithful, member in good standing of Alcoholics Anonymous since Sept. 16, 1969. She enjoyed sitting in the sun and reading, swimming, riding her new bicycle, and did we mention READING?
She is survived by her daughter, Renee Waters of Malone; two sons and their wives, Rick and Sue Waters of Potsdam, Rolf and Yvonne Waters of Slingerland, N.Y.; and six grandchildren, Gabrielle, Kate, Beth, Jonathon, Erica, and Camron Waters.
She is predeceased by her parents and a son, Rory Waters.
Donations in memory of Janet may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous District 42, PO Box 858, Potsdam NY 13676 or Disabled American Veterans, 416 Lodi Street, Syracuse NY 13203 or Hospice of the North Country, 358 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh NY 12921.
Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.
Published on October 6, 2017
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