Dennis J. Laemmermann, 58, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY — Dennis John Laemmermann, 58, Watertown, passed away suddenly Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Samaritan Medical Center.

Born July 9, 1960, a son of Donald and Mary Margaret (Moran) Laemmermann, he graduated in 1978 from Watertown High School.

Dennis was a skilled and creative chef and was involved in the food services industry for most of his life.

He owned and operated the Palace Luncheonette on Public Square from 1986 to 2000 and the Palace Deli and Carousel Catering in the Paddock Arcade until 2004. Dennis also worked at a number of local establishments.

For the past two years he was working his “dream job” as head chef and kitchen manager of Spokes, downtown Watertown.

Dennis married Alice Jean Haggerty (now Boucher) July 25, 1981. They were divorced in 2001. On Oct. 22, 2011, he married Thomas H. Peterson. Both survive him, as well as their children: Amanda Jo (Craig) Phillips, Drew Gilbert Laemmermann (Meghan Weldon), Maureen Moran (Andrew) Hillabrandt and Ioseph Franco Peterson; grandchildren Avery Phillips, Kaylie, Zoie and Alexzander Hillabrandt; a sister Dawn Marie (Michael) Amo, and a brother, Donald (Mary Jane) Laemmermann; many cousins, nieces and nephews, friend Michael Shecton, and an extended network of family and friends.

Dennis was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and was also active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church until its closure, serving on the vestry and as an active member of the men’s group. For years he participated with local theater groups working backstage, onstage and in the orchestra as a percussionist. He enjoyed music, painting, spending time on the water, but most of all he cherished being surrounded by his family and friends.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2019, at the D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Trinity Episcopal Church with The Reverend Jennifer Kenna officiating.

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Contributions may be made to the Chef Dennis J. Laemmermann Culinary Arts Scholarship, c/o NNY Community Foundation,131 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601.