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Margaret M. Slate


WATERTOWN – Margaret Mary Slate, 84, formerly of 1202 Superior Street, Watertown, a resident of Samaritan Keep Nursing Home since April 6, 2009, died this morning at 1:35 a.m.

Calling hours will take place at the Hart and Bruce Funeral Home, 117 N. Massey Street, Watertown, on Tuesday, November 19th, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. A funeral mass will follow at Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church at 11:00 a.m., with Father Vincent Freeh, Missionary of Sacred Heart officiating. Burial will be in the Brookside Cemetery.

She is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Joseph R. and Sandra Isereau of Watertown; James M. and Clare Isereau of Watertown; a daughter, Nancy A. Isereau of Tampa, FL; two grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Lawrence S. and Beverly Bolivar of Brandon, FL; Francis A. and Audrey Bolivar of Riverview, FL; a sister and brother-in-law, Regina C. and Shannon Stirnweis of New Ipswich, NH. She is predeceased by a granddaughter, Suzanne Isereau who died in 2000, and a brother, Bernard Bolivar who died in 1936.

She was born on February 16, 1929 in the Town of New Bremen, NY, a daughter of the late Vincent M. & Goldie M. Strife Bolivar. She graduated from Lowville Academy in 1946.

After school she moved to Watertown and worked for the Globe Store as a clerk. She then went to work for the NY Telephone Co. as an operator in 1947 and worked there until the company went dial. Following the phone company, she worked as a cashier at the first P&C Store in Watertown for 10 years.

She married Robert H. Isereau of Watertown at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church by the Rev William Coffey, Assistant Pastor. The marriage ended in divorce in 1965. Mr. Isereau worked as a plumber for the Derwin Plumbing Co. in Watertown.

She married Kenneth C. Slate of Watertown on February 13, 1968 in Mount Pleasant, Texas at the Tenneson Memorial Church by the Rev. Henry J. Rhodes. The couple moved to Calcium, NY where they resided for 28 years.

Kenneth was the president for the Local Teamster Union #687. Mrs. Slate worked as a part time secretary for the Teamster Union Local #687 until her husband died on August 3, 1987. She moved to Colonial Manor in 1997.

She volunteered at the Samaritan Keep Nursing Home for several years. She also volunteered for the Red Cross Blood Bank, Hospice, Meals on Wheels and the Calcium Election Board.

Donations may be made to the Calcium Fire Department or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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