Lucille A. Bishop

August 9, 2010  

LOWVILLE, N.Y.  —  Lucille A. Bishop, 88, of Jefferson Street, died Sunday, Aug. 8, at the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility.

A funeral Mass will be said 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lowville, with Rev. Christopher Carrara, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Croghan. Following the burial, family and friends are invited to a gathering at the Bishop home, 5267 Jefferson Street, Lowville. There will be no calling hours. 

Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. 

Born April 18, 1922, in New Bremen, a daughter of Francis M. “Frank” and Jessie Turck Ritz, she graduated in 1937 from Lowville Academy at the age of 15. She worked doing domestic work throughout Lewis County and Carthage.  

She married Cecil G. Bishop on Dec. 22, 1945, at St. Stephen’s Rectory in Croghan, with Rev. Ermin E. Klaus, OFM, officiating. After their marriage, the couple lived in Tennessee for eight years.  After returning to New York, the couple owned and operated Pickert’s Drug Store in Copenhagen for three years. In the 1960s.

Mrs. Bishop worked for the Lowville Journal and Republican, finishing as Editor in 1972.  She worked for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service office until 1982, upon retirement.    

Mrs. Bishop enjoyed spending time with her great-grandchildren. 

Surviving are her husband of 64 years, Cecil; a daughter, Ann Elizabeth Blair, Amherst, Va.; a son and his wife, Dennis G. and Pamela Bishop, Lowville; two grandchildren, Jill and Craig Ortlieb, Lowville, and Andrew G. and Kristy Bishop, Windham, Maine; three great-grandchildren, Jenna, Jared and Drew Ortlieb; a sister, Rose Alma Farney, Lowville; nieces, nephews and cousins.  

A son-in-law, Michael J. Blair, a brother, Richard Ritz; and a sister, Dorothy R. Keib, all died before her. 

Condolences may be made online at

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