Funeral services for Jennie Mielnik Ward, age 85, of
Washington Street, Ogdensburg, will be held on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 2:00
p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Rev. Terry Lavalley officiating. Interment will be in Foxwood Memorial
Park. Calling hours will be held on
Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 28, 2008 at
Frary Funeral Home. Mrs. Ward passed
away at her home on Christmas Eve surrounded by the love and care of her family
after a short illness with cancer.
Mrs. Ward is survived
by a daughter and son-in-law, JoAnne and Jack Backus, of Ogdensburg; a son and
his fiancé, Joseph and Anne Gravlin, of Lisbon; five grandchildren, Jordan
Backus and his wife, Terri, Jenifer and her husband, Raymond Mead, of Massena,
Julianne Backus, Jillian Ward and Joe Ward, all of Ogdensburg; several nieces
and nephews. She was predeceased by her
brother, Henry Mielnik; her sister, Anne
Rapin; one half-brother, John Sobon; five half-sisters, Brigid Donovan, Sophie
O’Brien, Mary Santimaw, Julia Mayne and Ellen Bell.
Mrs. Ward was born on November 9, 1923 in Pyrites, NY, the
daughter of Andrew and Rose Wojtowitz Mielnik.
She married Joseph R. Ward on August 9, 1947 at St. Mary’s Church in
Ogdensburg. Mr. Ward passed away August
6, 1999. Mrs. Ward moved to Ogdensburg
at the age of 12 from Pyrites and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in
1942. She was employed at McConville
Trucking for a period of time before becoming operator for New York Telephone
Company and then working for them in the business office from which she retired
in 19—when it closed.
Mrs. Ward was a communicant of St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish, St. Vincent de Paul
Ladies, Claxton Hepburn Medical Center Ladies Auxiliary, Telecom Pioneers and a
past member of the Seaway Cruisers, Ogdensburg Association of Senior Citizens,
and DeKalb-Hermond Senior Citizens Club.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends,
baking, cooking, gardening, golfing, snowmobiling and playing cards.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative
Care of St. Lawrence Valley and St. Joseph’s Foundation.