October 17, 2013
SPECULATOR--Doris D. Sherman (known by most as Nana) of Speculator passed away peacefully at her assisted living residence in Maplewood, N.J. Thursday, Oct. 17.
Born in 1924 in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Florence Taggert and Francis Davenport, Doris attended Madison High School where her greatest interest was in acting on the stage. Though asked to join a traveling off-Broadway troupe upon graduation, her mother would not allow her to go, and she married George Sherman instead. (Whether her mother then had second thoughts about her decision to let her act on the stage is not known.) George was drafted into the Army and Doris, for the most part, spent the war years raising her two children alone. They continued to have an eventful marriage of 67 years until George’s death in 2010.
In the Brooklyn years of her marriage, and during all of her summers in Higgins Bay, Doris devoted her life to raising her children, provided a great summer experience for many years to several of her nieces and nephews, and was much loved for being the house where all the kids hung out. In the New Jersey years of her marriage, she devoted her life to her grandchildren, spending as much time as possible playing with and entertaining them. All eight grandchildren and many of her 11 great-grandchildren have wonderful memories and stories from their extensive time with her.
During her 30 Speculator years, Doris made wonderful friends and enjoyed entertaining and belonging to the Twigs and the quilting club.
Doris’ “mothering of all” will be missed by her three children, George Sherman Jr., Diane Holiat and Christine Irish; their spouses; her many nieces and nephews; and her adoring grandchildren. The parenting example she set will live on in those she leaves behind.
There will be a celebration of Nana’s life in the cemetery and at her former home in Higgins Bay in July. All are welcome to attend. Those wishing to make a gift in her memory may make a contribution to the Speculator or Piseco ambulance funds.
To the many friends throughout the Piseco/Speculator area that were always so thoughtful and caring to Nana and who helped and looked out for her always, but especially after Bum Bum passed away, you have our deepest gratitude.
Mary Lou Nadeau Chellis
November 9, 2013
LONG LAKE--Mary Lou Nadeau Chellis, 76, of Long Lake, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Nov. 9, 2013.
Born in Tupper Lake on July 18, 1937, she was the daughter of Kendrick and Dorothy (Lalonde) Blodgett.
Mary Lou attended Tupper Lake and Long Lake schools. Employed as a developmental aide at Sunmount, she was, for 15 years, also a member of the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad. She later served on the Long Lake Rescue Squad for several years and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She loved to travel and she lived life to the fullest.
Mary Lou is survived by her husband of 14 years, Mark Chellis; her brother Douglas and her sister-in-law Patricia Blodgett; 11 children, Judith and Gordon Duval, Brian and Bobbi Nadeau, Wayne Nadeau and Mary LaVigne, Roderick and Shelly Nadeau, Valerie Nadeau, Deborah and William Goldsborough, Cynthia and John Sawaya, Daniel and Maryanne Patnode, Ann and Thomas Lester, Jane and Shayne St Louis and Barbara Loewen. She is further survived by 29 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; one niece, Annice Smith; and a nephew, Kendrick Blodgett.
Mary Lou was pre-deceased by her first husband, Albert Nadeau; companion Walter Krehl; and grandson Daniel Nadeau.
Calling hours will be at the Stuart, Fortune, Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake Friday, Nov. 15, from noon to 2 p.m. Services at the funeral home will begin at two and she will be interred at the St. Alphonsus Cemetery. Gathering will be at the VFW.
Memorial Donations in Mary Lou’s Memory may be made to the Tupper Lake or Long Lake rescue squads in care of the funeral home.
“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.”