Benton J. Rolfe, age 76, of Ogdensburg, NY, passed away at his home on Sunday, July 14, 2019. Per his request there will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery on Friday, July 26th, 2019 at 10:30AM with Deacon Mark Lalonde officiating. A reception will follow at the Ogdensburg Moose Club. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg.
Benton is survived by his wife, Christine; two children, Rosella M. Turnbull and Carol A. Rolfe, both of Ogdensburg, NY; a step daughter, Nicole L. Calkins of Lisbon, NY; a sister, Dorothy Haggert of Ogdensburg, NY and two half siblings, John Rolfe and Martha Williamson, both of Arkansas; nine grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by three sisters, Helena Rolfe Mashaw in 1992, Josephine Menard in 2010 and Blanche Morley in 2014; a brother, James J. Rolfe, Sr. in 2015 and a half-brother, Harold Rolfe.
Benton was born on July 27, 1942, in Ogdensburg, NY, the son of John and Rosella (Dier) Rolfe. He attended Ogdensburg Free Academy. Benton retired from the plumbing shop of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg. Mr. Rolfe married Christine Merria in November of 1999 in Ogdensburg, NY. An earlier marriage to Carol A. Gordon ended in divorce, but the two remained friends over the years.
Benton enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing – especially on the St. Lawrence River, hunting, playing cards and watching tv.
Donations may be made in his memory to the St. Lawrence Valley Chapter of Hospice, 6805 US Highway 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.