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ANTWERP — Marjorie Sands, 86, of County Route 194 died Friday afternoon, February 1, 2013 at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

Born January 16, 1927 in Gouverneur, NY, she was the daughter of John Leo and Pearl Rosanna Bouchard Fortune and graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1945.

She married George R. “Rusty” Sands September 14, 1947 at St. James Catholic Church in Gouverneur. Mr. Sands died February 24, 2010.

Mrs. Sands was employed as a telephone operator in Gouverneur, Fort Drum and the Watertown Daily Times. She retired as a switchboard operator from the Watertown Daily Times after twenty years, and was elected as the Antwerp Town Clerk where she also worked for twenty years. Upon her retirement she was elected to the Antwerp Town Board until her resignation November 2012 due to ill health.

She was a member of the Antwerp Legion Auxiliary Post #916 and a communicant of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Philadelphia.

Mrs. Sands loved to play cards with her sister and her friends.

Survivors four sons and three daughters-in-law, John and Amy, DeKalb Junction, James, Philadelphia, Joseph and Karen, Antwerp and Jeffrey and Sandra, Philadelphia; two daughters and a son-in-law, Julie Farr, Antwerp and Jeanette and Scott Tooker, Saranac Lake; a sister, Alice Wood, Philadelphia; 16 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Edward Rossi, Fort Lauderdale, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

Three sisters, Elizabeth Palmer, Catherine Morrow and Marion Evans died before her.

A funeral mass will be 10 am Saturday, February 9th at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Philadelphia with Rev. Thomas Kornmeyer officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Antwerp.

Donations may be made to the Antwerp American Legion Post 916 Scholarship Fund, Main Street, Antwerp or the Antwerp Fire Department, c/o Charles Miller, Treasurer, P.O. Box 651, Antwerp, NY, 13608.

Condolences may be made online at

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