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Louise A. Cowan

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Watertown- Louise A. Cowan, 84, passed away on Tuesday January 28, 2014 at 1 pm at Samaritan Keep Home, Watertown where she had been a resident since 2010. She resided at 454 Mill Street, Watertown prior to her admission at Sam Keep and the death of her husband.

Born on September 9, 1929, in Watertown, the daughter of the late Joseph and Ruby Derouin DeVito, she attended the Watertown Catholic schools.

She attended St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Syracuse and worked as a nursing assistant for many years at the former House of the Good Samaritan in the pediatric unit. She married Staff Sergeant Donald J. Cowan of the United States Army on May 20, 1967 in the state of Washington after the death of her husband Emerson Gilson. She and her family traveled throughout the states during Donald ‘s life long career in the military. Donald passed away in November 2005. Both she and Donald were avid members of the Eagles Club for many years with Louise being nominated as Honoree Golden Age Eagle Status. One of the longest living auxiliary members for the past 53 years, she served as a past Madam President for the woman’s auxiliary from 1976 to 1977. During the years of membership she went through the chairs holding all seats at one time or another. She did charity work to raise money for the club, worked on the annual Christmas basket distribution and children’s party, volunteered at Bingo and helped with the Friday night fish fries for many years. She enjoyed Bingo, travel and camping. Louise loved to cook and feed the neighborhood. One of her proudest moments was when she won the distinguished seal of approval award from Good Housekeeping for her famous chicken cacciatore .

Louise was a communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

Surviving are 4 children, Westley Woodward and wife Nora of Augusta, Georgia, Linda Lippard of Kane, Pennsylvania, Howard Cowan and wife Laurie Werchinski of Sackets Harbor, Steven Cowan of Watertown and devoted and loyal family friend Bruce Allen, Watertown ; 4 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. A sister Marie Thimons of South Carolina and brother Eugene”Gus.”DeVito of Watertown, many nieces, nephews and cousins. A brother Joseph DeVito died before her.

Calling hours will be from 4 pm to 6 pm on Tuesday February 4, 2014 at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home. The funeral service and Eagles Auxiliary service will be at 6 pm at the funeral home followed by a dinner reception for all at the Eagles Club Outer Washington Street at 7 pm. Burial in the spring at North Watertown Cemetery.

Special thank you to Sam Keep 6th floor nurse manager Mark Bero and all of the staff for the wonderful care, compassion and kindness shown to Louise and the family during her stay there. Thank you to Bonnie Servage NPA and Dr. Vandewall for their support and medical attention to Louise and family. It was greatly appreciated. Donations may be made in memory of Louise to Samaritan Keep Home133 Pratt Street, Watertown to the Alzheimer ‘s units.

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