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.