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Margaret Jane Poirier

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Margaret Jane Poirier, age 86, of Helena. Margaret passed away peacefully on Saturday afternoon, April 13, 2019, at St. Regis Nursing Home in Massena, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services for Mrs. Poirier will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at St. Patrick’s Church in Brasher at 11:00AM with Rev. Mark Riley officiating. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Brasher Falls, NY. Calling hours will be held from 5:00PM to 8:00PM on Monday, April 15, 2019, at Hammill Funeral Home, 653 NY-11C, Winthrop. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg.

Margaret is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, John; five children, Michael Poirier and his wife, RoseAnne, of Spencerport, NY, Anne Frary and her husband, Michael, of Ogdensburg, NY, David Poirier and his wife, Lynne, of Springfield, VA, Paul Poirier of Massena, NY and Brent Poirier and his wife, Christine, of Waddington, NY; twelve grandchildren, Marissa Allen and her husband, Tyler, Jessica Feor and her husband, Dave and Megan Poirier, Jon Frary and his wife, Emily, Chris Frary and his companion, Jillian Havens, Leanne Bouffard and her husband, Ryan, Michael Frary, Ryan Frary, Andy Poirier, Ryan Poirier, Tyler Poirier, and Samantha Poirier; seven great grandchildren, Grace and Mason Allen, Colin and Clayton Frary, Vera Bouffard, Jace Havens, and Felix Frary; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by two brothers, Jack and Dennis Foley; and one sister, Marie Keenan.

Margaret was born on November 17, 1932 in Malone, New York, the daughter of Herbert and Agatha Ward Foley.  She graduated from Cornwall School of Nursing, in Cornwall, Ontario. Margaret married John Poirier on September 16th 1957 at St Patrick’s Church in Hogansburg, New York with Msgr. Walter Funke presiding.  Margaret worked in the operating room for over 35 years and later became the Operating Room Head Nurse at Massena Memorial Hospital.  Margaret and her husband, John, owned and operated the Helena House for 25 years until 1995.

Margaret enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, traveling around the United States, spending time in Florida, and enjoying her luck at the casino.  St. Patrick’s Day was her favorite holiday and she took great pride starting the tradition of painting the Main Street green in Helena the night before the parade.

Donations may be made in Margaret’s memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US-11, Potsdam, NY and St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

16 Condolences

  • Bill and Darlene Nelson Posted April 14, 2019 7:31 AM

    We are so sad to hear of the passing of your mother and grandmother. She was a a kind, loving woman who leaves a wonderful legacy in her children and grandchildren to carry on. The Frary and Poirier family’s are in our thoughts and prayers. May you Rest In Peace Mrs Poirier

  • Ellen washburn Posted April 14, 2019 11:33 AM

    Anne and family I am so sorry for your loss, god bless

  • Cheryl Montpetit Posted April 14, 2019 12:31 PM

    Anne and family, I am so sorry to read of the loss of your mom and grandmother. Sending you prayers for strength to help you thru this loss.

  • Dan and Kerry Maxwell Posted April 14, 2019 12:47 PM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Marty and Karen Mossow Posted April 14, 2019 1:17 PM

    So sorry for your family’s loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you all

  • Roxanne Roberts Posted April 14, 2019 2:00 PM

    I had the pleasure of working with Margaret Jane in the operating room for nearly 20 years and I can truly say that there never was a dull moment when she was around. Her nursing skills were only outdone by her sense of humor. No matter how nervous patients were coming in for surgery, the minute Margaret showed up, they had no choice but to relax. She was also a devoted mother, wife, sister, daughter and aunt. Her family was first in her life followed closely by her faith. Rest in peace my dear friend, you earned it.

  • Donna Smith Posted April 14, 2019 4:32 PM

    So sorry for you loss, thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Prayers for all who loved your Mom. Donna and Dave (Smitty) Smith

  • Deacon Mark and Vicky Posted April 14, 2019 4:36 PM

    Anne and Mike and family,
    Sorry for your loss during this difficult time of your lives.
    Peace, love and prayers!

  • Kathy Furnace Posted April 14, 2019 6:12 PM

    John, Mike, Sissy, Dave, Paul and Brent,
    My heart aches for you all. Your Mom was the best. So many fond memories of our families growing up together. Sure do miss those times on the Ridge. May you hold your memories of your Mom close to your heart. Thoughts and prayers to you all. Love, Kathy and Donnie Furnace

  • Danny Clendinneng Posted April 14, 2019 7:40 PM

    Sincerest condolences to you John and your entire family.
    Praying for you to help you through this and remembering many great moments we shared at the Helena House and others.

    Frances Clendinneng and the late Steve Clendinneng
    Written by her son Danny on her behalf.
    Frances is in Glen Stor Dun Lodge in Cornwall, she has aphasia causing difficulty with her speech, otherwise doing well.
    Mom can be reached (613) 938-9455
    I can be reached at (514) 245-0870

  • Terry and Margaret Mossow Posted April 14, 2019 7:49 PM

    Mr. Poirier, Mike, Ann, Dave, Paul, and Brent
    So sorry to hear about your mothers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
    Sincerely , Terry and Margaret Mossow

  • Susan Cornelison Posted April 15, 2019 12:34 AM

    I’m so sorry Anne. Your Mom is certainly in a better place and lived a good life. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Jack and Carol Foley Posted April 15, 2019 7:12 AM

    Uncle John, Mike, Sissy, Dave, Paul, Brent, and your entire family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you experience God’s comfort, and the comfort of family and friends, during this difficult time. I mentioned to Dave that my best memories of Aunt Margaret Jane were those times when family was together and she was preparing food for everyone. Those times, along with her career in the Nursing field, reflect the person she was, giving of herself for the benefit of others.

  • Debbie Posted April 15, 2019 8:39 AM

    Sour thoughts and prayers go out to you all. She was a lovely lady. It’s so hard to lose our moms but knowing she will be in a better place will give you a little more peace.

    ❤️Debbie and David Clifford

  • Pat Mandigo Posted April 18, 2019 8:06 AM

    The Frary family,
    Sorry for your loss, May She rest in Peace..

  • Jeanne Raven Posted April 18, 2019 2:02 PM

    Anne, Mike and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. I know what a difficult time this is, but just love each other and remember the wonderful memories and share a laugh or 2.

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