Doris B. Otis, 94, formerly of Adams

LAFARGEVILLE, NY — Doris B. Otis, 94, LaFargeville, formerly of Adams and widow of Kenneth Otis, Jr. passed away Saturday, April 16, 2022, at the home of her daughter LouAnn Berkman with whom she had resided and under the direction of Hospice of Jefferson County.

Calling hours will be held noon to 2 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2022, at the Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home, Belleville.

Following calling hours, a graveside service will be held in the Ellisburg Cemetery at 2:15 p.m.

Born Aug. 7, 1927, in Cazenovia, NY, the daughter of the late Morton and Mary Osborne Bender, she graduated in 1945 from Cazenovia High School and from Albany Teachers College in 1949.

Doris taught at Essex High School, Belleville Central School and for 22 years at South Jefferson Central School District retiring in 1982. After retirement she would substitute for local schools and in Wildwood Florida.

She married Kenneth M. Otis, Jr., on Feb. 22, 1952, in Belleville, NY. The couple lived in the Ellisburg area all their married life. Mr. Otis died Feb. 25, 1990, at his family home near Woodville, NY.

She is survived by her son, Randy and his wife Florance, Fulton: her daughter, LouAnn and her husband Andy Berkman, LaFargeville; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Bender, Sunlakes Arizona; Philip Bender, Baldwinsville, NY; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Deborah Davis on July 17, 2010.

Doris was a member of the Adams United Methodist Church, NYST Teachers Association, life member of the NYSUT and various groups in Baker Acres Park, Florida where she lived for several years. She enjoyed playing cards, writing, and visiting with her family and friends.

She was greatly loved and will be missed by all that knew her. Thank you to Hospice for your kindness and support.

Donations may be made in her memory to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or by visiting

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