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Obituary of Martha J. Dingee

Martha J. Dingee Saranac - Martha J. Dingee, 87, of McCutcheon Lane, Saranac, unexpectedly and peacefully passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at the CVPH Medical Center. She was born in Wallkill, NY, July 5, 1922, the daughter of Latvian immigrants, Christopher and Sybil (Esbach) Jonat. On December 19, 1948 she married Gordon C. Dingee in Wallkill, NY. Prior to moving to Dannemora in 1969, Mom lived in Wallkill, Walden, and Stormville, NY. When we were young, Mom was involved with many volunteer activities at school and with Girl Scouts. Her volunteer legacy continues through us and our children. When Dad suddenly passed away on January 12, 1970, she devoted herself to 'the girls' and showed us the way to lead strong, independent lives. Mom proudly told us that during the war years she prioritized work for the Manhattan Project, later learning it was the code word for the atomic bomb. She worked at Wallkill and Clinton Prisons, retiring after 23 years at CVPH. She enjoyed traveling and visited nearly all 50 states. Mom's free time was spent: reading, growing orchids, sewing, and dropping everything to undertake a new adventure. In her 70's Barb and Yvonne treated her to a white-water raft trip, and rides in a glider and a hot-air balloon. Survivors include her four daughters, Robin Canning and her husband Thomas of Saranac, Jan Couture and her husband David of Saranac, Barbara Dingee of Idaho Falls, ID, and Yvonne Lashmett of Durango, CO; grandchildren, Andrew Canning and his wife Carrie, Heather Blanchard and her husband Larry, Erin Canning and her boyfriend Thomas O'Neill, Renee' Couture and her fianc Jack Anderson, Diane Couture, David Wells and his wife Delilah, and Christopher Lashmett; great-grandchildren, Chad, Nora and Matthew Canning, Harrison, Nicholas, and Genevieve Blanchard, Darrion, Davy, DeAnne, and Devyn Wells; one sister, Evelyn Strakulski of NJ; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her parents; older sister, Marjorie; step-mother, Anna Lee; and several sisters and brothers-in-law. Calling hours will be held Friday, August 14, 2009 from 6 to 7pm at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. A memorial service will follow at 7pm at the Hamilton Funeral Home with Rev. Donald F. Kramberg, officiating. Donations in her memory may be made to the Saranac Rescue Squad. Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. 643-9055
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We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Hamilton Funeral Home