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Joseph H. Rayome


MASSENA – Mr. Joseph H. Rayome, 79, of 29 Somerset Ave, departed this life and joined his beloved wife, Sally on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at the St. Regis Nursing Home, Massena.

Joe was born July 23, 1934 in Watertown, New York, a twin son of Francis and Margaret Barclay Rayome. He attended Immaculate Heart Academy in Watertown, graduating in 1953. After graduation he entered the US Navy, proudly serving his country until his honorable discharge in July 29, 1954. On July 16, 1955, he married his high school sweetheart, Sally Ann Froysell at Sacred Heart Church in Watertown with Rev. Benoit Dostie, officiating. Sally Ann predeceased him on December 26, 2011.

Joe was a letter carrier for the US Postal Service, a job that he truly loved and cared about. He retired in 1989 after 31 years of service. As a letter carrier, he was a member of the National Association Letter Carriers, where he served as secretary for 11 years. Joe was an active member of the Knights of Columbus St. Lawrence Council #1141, serving as Warden for many years and helped with bingo for over 30 years. In 1991, he was awarded the Knight of the Year and was recently presented with his 50 year member pin. He was also a member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus St. Lawrence Assembly #710. Joe enjoyed doing genealogy, had a fascination with sun dials, and he and his late wife enjoyed wintering in Nalcrest, Florida for eight years prior to her death. Joe was a very religious man who had a devotion to St. Anne and his family, as well as being an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. In addition, Joe was active coaching his children’s hockey teams, as well as being the Director of the Massena Youth Hockey for many years.

Joe is survived by his loving children, Joseph H. and Carolyn F. Rayome of North Syracuse; Debra and Michael Martell of Norfolk; Michael F. Rayome of Massena; Patrick T. and Gail Rayome of Lexington, KY; Margaret and Richard Arnold of Winter Haven, Florida; Marybeth and Scot Duft of LaQuinta, CA; Daniel H. and Claudia Rayome of Cicero; James B. and Karen Rayome of Fulton; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Joe is also survived by his twin brother, John Rayome and his wife, Joyce of Long Lake; two sisters, Patricia Mancarella of Rochester; and Margaret Allen and her husband Robert of New Smyrna Beach, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, Frederick “Rick” Rayome on March 1, 1997; a brother, Francis Rayome and a sister, Phyllis Leonard.

Friends may call Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where members of the Knights of Columbus will hold a memorial ritual at 7:15 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial will be in the family plot in Glenwood Cemetery, Watertown in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to St. Mary’s/St. Joseph’s Parish Memorial Fund.

Condolences and memories may be made online at

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