Funeral Services for Frances Foley, 56, 483 Center Road,
Ogdensburg, will be held Tuesday (November 25, 2008) at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s
Cathedral with Fr. Terry Lavalley officiating.
Calling hours will be held on Monday (November 24, 2008) from 2 to 4 and
7 to 9 at Frary Funeral Home. Mrs. Foley
passed away Wednesday (November 19, 2008) at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center
with her husband at her side. She had
been fighting a long battle with cancer.
Mrs. Foley is survived by her husband Wayne, Ogdensburg; her
mother, Anne Brunner of Western Springs, Illinois; two brothers, Robert Brunner
and his wife, Karen, of Western Springs, IL and William Brunner of Guilderland,
NY; two nieces, Marisa and Alison; and two nephews, Rob and Will. She was predeceased by her father, William
Mrs. Foley was born on June 16, 1952 in Astoria, Queens, the
daughter of William and Anne (Fitzpatrick) Brunner. She grew up on Long Island and graduated from
St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip, NY. She later graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree
from SUNY Plattsburgh and a Master’s Degree from SUNY Potsdam. Early in her career, Mrs. Foley worked for
the South Korean Mission to the United Nations.
After moving to Ogdensburg, she worked as a social worker at the St.
Lawrence Psychiatric Center for many years.
A profession change brought her to Heuvelton Central School where she
taught Universal Pre-Kindergarten and Special Education in a career spanning 18
Mrs. Foley married Wayne Foley on April 30, 1983 at St.
Philip and James Church, Lisbon, with Rev. Euclid Marier and Rev. Bernard
Christman officiating. The couple
recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
For many years, Mrs. Foley was a black belt instructor with
the American Kang Duk Won Karate Association.
She was a vegetable gardener and enjoyed tinkering around her house as
Mrs. Fix-it. She loved being on the St.
Lawrence River in her boat, the Celtic Knot, whether it left the dock or
not. She was also an avid fan of the
Buffalo Bills. One of her simple
pleasures was to sit back and enjoy a glass of wine with her husband and dog,
Guinness, either in the back yard or on the Celtic Knot.
Donations may be made to the St. Lawrence Valley SPCA, the
Richard E. Winter Cancer Treatment Center, or Hospice & Palliative Care of
St. Lawrence Valley.