Mary M. (Weston) VanAlstyne

                    July 19, 1916  -  September 18, 2010

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A prayer service for Mary M. VanAlstyne will be Tuesday 10:15am at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home followed by a 11 am funeral mass at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Richard Kennedy officiating. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery. Calling hours are Monday (today) from 2 pm 4 pm / 7 pm 9 pm at the funeral home. Please make memorial contributions to the Sacred Heart Church, 320 W. Lynde St. or to the North Side Improvement League, 633 Mill St., both of Watertown, NY 13601.

Mrs. VanAlstyne, 94, formerly of Binsse St. and widow of Grant E. VanAlstyne, passed away Saturday, Sept. 18th at the Samaritan Keep Home where she has resided since November of 2005.

She was born at the family home on Morrison St., July 19, 1916, a daughter to William and Katherine Wylde Weston. She attended Watertown schools. Mary started her hairdressing business at the family home at age 16, later moving it to Sherman St. and the House of Beauty. Years later she relocated the business to her own home on Binsse St. until her retirement in 1995.

Mary married Grant E. VanAlstyne June 25, 1938 at the Rectory of Sacred Heart Church. Mr. and Mrs. VanAlstyne were lifelong members of Sacred Heart and with Fr. Dostie, originated the Sacred Heart Festival in 1969 to raise funds to rebuild the church after the fire that destroyed the church. They along with countless other volunteers ran the festival for 14 years. The festival continues to be held every year.

Mrs. VanAlstyne was a member of Sacred Heart Church, a past president of the Ladies Auxillary of the North Side Improvement League, at the same time her husband Grant was president of the mens league in 1987 and 1988. They were both faithful supporters and workers of the league.
Mr. VanAlstyne a retired signal maintainer for the New York Central Railroad, died Nov, 12th, 1989.

Mary, who was known to many as Nana, Aunt Mary and M & M, did oil paintings, china paintings and was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxillary. She was a state certified inspector for the cosmetic department at Jeff-Lewis BOCES. She volunteered for the Board of Elections and spent summers at her cottage on the Chaumont River.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Judith and Michael Valvo, Watertown. Her grandchildren, Christine (Robert) Shipley, Glen Park; Jenny Youngs, Watertown; Michael (Julie) Valvo, Watertown; Jason (Michelle) Valvo, Cicero. Seven great grandsons, Michael Desormeau, Garrett Youngs, Jacob and Zachary Backus, Joshua and Jordan Diettrich and Rocco Valvo. Two great granddaughters, Marissa and Julia Valvo. A brother, Robert Weston, Watertown. Many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Julie Backus of Chaumont, on Set. 2, 2008. Four brothers, Leo, Jack, Alfred and William Weston and two sisters, Veronica Gillette and Betty Weston also predeceased her.

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Born: July 19, 1916

Death: September 18, 2010

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