Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One

Donald J. Wert

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, March 18, 2018, from 12:00PM to 3:00PM at the VFW, 1112 Champlain St., Ogdensburg, NY. Donald J. Wert passed away March 7, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Donald was born March 25, 1952 to the late Harold and Gladys (Richardson) Wert. Arrangements are under the direction of Frary Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Ogdensburg.

He is survived by his loving companion of twenty-five years, Caroline LaRock and her seven children that without hesitation became his own: Kimberly Sharlow and her companion Rich Chevrier, Timothy LaRock, Kelly LaRock and her compainion David Timm Jr., Lori (Paul) Innes, Tammy (Chris) Smithers, Crystal LaRock and companion Larry Gemmill, Melissa LaRock and companion Ryan Simmons. He is also survived by his nephew Kevin Wert, a paternal Aunt Mary Panepinto, maternal Aunt Pat Demers and a maternal Uncle Harry Richardson.

Donald’s grandchildren were his treasures: Jolen (Zacariah) Pike, Tarra (Adam) Woodcock, Jordan Strathdee and companion Marissa Catlin, Morgan (Ricky) Kelly, Miranda Smithers and companion Kyle Mashaw, John, Daisy and Zachary Gagnon, Shelby and Kayla Innes, Hayden and Raiden LaRock, Nicholas LaRock and Twelve Great Grandchildren.

Don was predeceased by his brother, Harold Wert Jr., a sister, Sue O’Marah, and many special friends.

Donald retired from the Ogdensburg City School district where he worked as a custodian for twenty years.

He enjoyed spending time with family having back yard Bar-B-Q’s and camping. He enjoyed the casino to the extent that he named his canine companion, Poker.


  • Brenda lovely (laplante) Posted March 7, 2018 3:57 PM

    So sorry to Carole and children a great human being he was god bless you and family

  • Tim Durand Posted March 7, 2018 4:46 PM

    sorry to hear of Don’s passing thoughts and prayers to the family

  • Andrew and Ramona Kennedy Posted March 8, 2018 8:03 AM

    Thinking of you all in this difficult time.

  • wayne bishop Posted March 8, 2018 2:45 PM

    prayers to the family , he was a great man !

  • Melissa Posted March 8, 2018 6:22 PM

    This all just don’t seem real to me. I miss you so so much. You definitely were taken way to early from the boys and I. Until we meet again ♡ thank you for always being there
    Love melissa ann

  • Crystal Posted March 8, 2018 8:19 PM

    Love you Donny

  • CAROLYN LAROCK GOLD Posted March 9, 2018 11:34 AM


  • MIKE SARGENT Posted March 9, 2018 1:34 PM

    Don was a good man who I enjoyed working with at Kennedy School. RIP my friend.

  • Sara & Doug Farley Posted March 11, 2018 3:38 AM

    Sending our deepest sympathies. We worked with Don for many years at JFK and he always took great care of all of us.

  • Jackie Powers Posted March 11, 2018 7:07 AM

    I am saddened to hear of Don’s passing. We grew up together when we lived in Belmont so many years ago. He is the same age as I. My parents use to be best friends. So many memories growing up as kids.So may he RIP you will always be remembered. God Bless his family and friends

  • Wanda Young Posted March 11, 2018 9:06 AM

    May he rest in peace. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless! ♡

  • Tammy Posted March 12, 2018 3:56 PM

    Forever loved & Sadly missed. I will always love you 💛

  • Marina Posted March 12, 2018 4:04 PM

    lisa and family we are so sorry for your loss your dad was a great guy he will be missed by everybody and the members of Ogdensburg lodge #772 godspeed ernie helen,mariana rob messina-hart custom writing

  • Dann Devlin Posted March 12, 2018 9:22 PM

    Rest In Peace, my friend.

  • the messina family Posted March 13, 2018 6:35 AM

    carole and family I am so sorry for your loss Donny was a great guy and he was a good friend to me when I was commander for the sons of the American legion rest in peace don rob messina

  • Lori Posted March 13, 2018 9:32 AM

    Dear Tammy and Chris and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all and sending hugs. Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
    Lori & Rod Smithers

  • Joy Holt Posted March 24, 2018 11:14 AM

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’d like to share some real hope with you. In John 5:28-29 and Acts 24:15 the bible promises a resurrection of our loved ones back to earth. When Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the dead, he brought him back to earth. He’s going to do that on a much larger scale in the future. In Psalms 37:11+29 tells us man will live forever on the earth in peace. That was God’s original purpose, for man to live forever in the garden of eden. God’s purpose hasn’t changed. In Isaiah 45:18 says God created the earth to be inhabited. That’s why he gave his son to die for us, John 3:16, so we could have everlasting life on earth. In Revelation 21:4 says there’ll be no more pain or death. Is there pain and death in heaven? Of course not. Those are future conditions on earth under God’s kingdom arrangement.

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