Dorothy E. Walter

July 21, 2012  

Dorothy Estelle Walter, 95, formerly of Trinity Avenue and the East Road Adult Home, passed away on Saturday morning, July 21, at the Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility where she had resided since April.

Born April 18, 1917, in Lowville, the daughter of the late Arthur and Stella Vary Lasher Rowsam, she graduated from Lowville Free Academy in 1934 and on 

She married Franklin Clark Walter on May 12, 1942, at the Methodist Church Parsonage in New Bremen with Rev. Myron French officiating. 

Dorothy and Franklin were self-employed owners of Walter’s General Store in Lowville from 1951 until 1977, when they sold the business to Sherwood Widrick.

Franklin died in November of 1979.

Mrs. Walter was a long-time member of the Lowville Methodist Church and was an active member of the Lowville Senior Citizens Group for whom she helped organize many trips for seniors. She was awarded Senior Citizen of the Year for Lewis County. 

In addition to traveling with the Senior Citizen Group, Dorothy also enjoyed knitting and sewing.

Dorothy is survived by her only son Frederick C. “Fred” Walter of Watertown; her sister Winnie Sweredoski of Delray Beach, FL and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother John E. Rowsam and sister Elizabeth J. “Betty” Lacey.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, at Sundquist Funeral Home with Rev. Beth O’Neil, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in West Lowville Cemetery.

Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 23 at the funeral home.. 

Memorials in Dorothy’s name can be made to Lowville United Methodist Church, Memorial Fund, 7618 N. State Street, Lowville, NY 13367.

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Information provided by Sundquist Funeral Home of Lowville and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.