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Ruth Turcotte


Mrs. Ruth Turcotte, 94, died on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at her home in Hannawa Falls, N.Y. Mrs.Turcotte was born on April 14, 1918 in Albany, N.Y., the eldest daughter of John and Marguerite Donnelly. She graduated in 1936 from St. Joseph’s Academy, Albany where she was Valedictorian. Mrs. Turcotte graduated with a degree in English and Library Science in 1940 from Albany State Teachers College. While in college she performed many leading roles in various productions and also graduated from the Mohawk Drama Festival.

Mrs. Turcotte began her teaching career in Essex, N.Y. where she met her future husband Charles Turcotte who was also an educator. They were married in Albany, N.Y. on April 6, 1942. Mr. Turcotte died on January 2, 1999.

Mrs. Turcotte’s career in education spanned over 50 years. Early in her career she taught English at Potsdam High School. She then spent several years raising her children while working as a substitute teacher and earning a Master’s Degree in Library Science from St. Lawrence University.

Mrs. Turcotte established the library at the Lawrence Avenue Elementary School in Potsdam, N.Y. when the school first opened in 1958. She served as the school librarian there and in later years worked concurrently as the librarian at the A.A. Kingston Middle School. Mrs. Turcotte retired in 1991.

Mrs. Turcotte’s survivors include her five children: Mrs. Sharon (Joseph) White, Massena, Dr. Jan Turcotte, Watertown, Mrs. Suzanne (Larry) Fleetham, Parry Sound Ontario, Mrs. Ruth Lacombe, Massena and Mr. John (Judy) Turcotte, Canton and several grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

The family will share in a private mass in her honor on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at St. Patrick’s Church in Colton, N.Y. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Garner Funeral Service in Potsdam, N.Y. Donations in Ruth Turcotte’s memory can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley or to St. Patrick’s Church in Colton, N.Y. Online condolences can be sent

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