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Watertown- Dorothy J. Austin, 76, Military Rd, Town of Pamelia and wife of Robert H. Austin, passed away Tuesday, November 6th at the Hospice Residence, Gotham St., Watertown. Dorothy was a cancer survivor for over 22 years, and was named the 2010 New York State Senior Citizen of the Year by the New York Senate.

A prayer service will be 9:15 am Friday, November 9th at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home followed by a 10 am Mass of the Resurrection at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Richard Kennedy officiating. Burial will follow in North Watertown Cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday, November 8th from 2 pm - 5 pm and 7 pm - 9 pm at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.

Dorothy was born May 2, 1936 in the Town of Riga, a daughter to Harold and Ethel Pimm Borgus, and was a graduate of Spencerport High School. Dorothy married Robert H. Austin on February 12, 1983 at the Immaculate Conception Church, Brownville, NY. She was the head bank teller with the Watertown Savings Bank for many years.

Mrs. Austin was a communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and the Brownville Immaculate Conception Churches. She was an active volunteer with the Office of the Aging, helping with the office’s annual events to include the summer picnic and Senior Health Fair. She was a member and 5 year president, vice president and treasurer of the Brownville-Glen Park Senior Citizens group (Busy B-G’s). Dorothy was a regular participant in the county’s Meals on Wheels program and an active member of AARP, the American Red Cross, the Four River Valleys Historical Society and the Jefferson County Agricultural Society. She was a member of the North Side Improvement League and the league’s 2002 Member of the Year for the Ladies Auxiliary.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Town of Pamelia Judge, the Hon. Robert H. Austin; her daughter Sherrie Austin, Portland, OR; a son James (Christine) Emerton, Sterling, MA. A step daughter Cheryl (Daniel) Katcher, Fairfax Station, VA.; a step son Marcus C. (Jane) Austin, Pittsford. Three grandchildren Aidan Austin, Joshua Katcher and Lauren Austin. Two brothers Melvin Borgus, Churchville and Kenneth Borgus, Carmel, IN. Several nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be made at www.reedbenoit.com.

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