services for Kathryn (Tina) Rose Williams, age 91, of Media Pa and formerly of
Ogdensburg will be held at 10:00 a.m.on Friday (April 17, 2009) at St. Mary’s
Cathedral with the Rev. Terry LaValley officiating. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 2
– 4 and 7 – 9 at Frary Funeral Home. Mrs. Williams passed away at Riddle Village Retirement Community in
Media, PA on Wednesday (April 8, 2009).
survived by one son, Louis Williams and
his wife Claire of Ogdensburg; two daughters, Sara Bernstein of Albuquerque,
New Mexico, and Tina Gabbrielli and her husband Alex of Falls Church, Virginia;
eight grandchildren, Yonnin Bernstein, Nesia Bernstein, Shoshanna Bernstein,
Penimah Silva, Nick Williams, Mark Williams, Michael Gabbrielli, and Jason
Gabbrielli; one brother, Michael Pistolese; one sister June Hart; and many
nieces and nephews. During the summer she would invite them to visit and enjoy
the majestic St. Lawrence River with a boat ride and a picnic on Stoven Island.
Her patio was rarely empty and her hospitality always bountiful. She was predeceased by her husband, Louis; one
son Louis Geroge; one brother, John Pistolese; and three sisters, Mary
Bondellio, Pauline Peterson, and Elma Pistolese.
Williams was born on December 16, 1917 in Watertown, NY, the daughter of
Michael and Rose Verne Pistolese. In July 1941 she married Louis Williams. She
had a successful career as the co-owner, with her husband, Louis, of the
Gran-View Restaurant and Motel and the Anchordown Restaurant and Motel in
Ogdensburg, NY. Tina was famous for her homemade Italian dishes and the
“North-Country” open steak sandwich. She
was known for her remarkable work ethic. Tina began working as a child,
peddling vegetables door to door in the neighborhoods of Watertown, NY. After
her marriage, while her husband Louis was serving in World War II, she worked
during the day at the New York Air Brake, and her father’s restaurant and
grocery at night. She saved, by 1945, to
open the original Gran-View, which burned to the ground on Christmas Eve 1953.
Until opening the second Gran-View, she and her husband continued to run the
hot-dog stand on Route 37, where they sold soft ice-cream, a novelty item for
northern New Yorkers. In retirement Mrs.
Williams and her husband, Louis, enjoyed many years in Coco Beach,
Florida. Mrs. Williams was a life long
member of the Jolly Club of Watertown, New York, a Girl Scout Leader, a member
of the Saturday Night Club, and a member of the Ogdensburg Business and
Williams loved to entertain her family and friends, and cook her Italian
specialties. Her kind heart and giving
nature will truly be missed.
contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish.