Joan H. Derrigo, 81, Sackets Harbor

SACKETS HARBOR, NY — Joan H. Derrigo, 81, of General Clark Drive, Sackets Harbor, passed away on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Cleveland Funeral Home, Inc., Watertown.

Joan was born on Feb. 15, 1939, to James H. and Wava A. (Carpenter) Derouin in Sackets Harbor.

Joan married Domenic A. Derrigo Sr. on Sept. 15, 1957, at St. Anthony’s Church. Domenic passed away on Jan. 5, 2005.

Joan opened the Watertown Garden Center on 969 Arsenal St. in the 1970s. She operated a flower shop in the location of Derrigo’s Service Center. She went on to work in the retail industry including Chapels and Bonton. She retired from Bonton in 2004.

Joan was the best Italian cook who wasn’t Italian! She loved to make Italian cookies, and cooking for anyone.

She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, which included picnics, driving around the lake, and traveling the US to visit them and the Hallmark Channel.

Joan is survived by her children: Gina LaPlante, Poughkeepsie; Domenic (Samantha) Derrigo Jr., Sackets Harbor; Julie (George) Derrigo-Intschert, Watertown. Her siblings: Jacqueline (Robert) Marino, Joyce (Richard) Pietroski, Jeffrey Derouin, Jennifer Derouin. Her Sister-In-Laws: Jeannie Derouin, Sherry Derouin, Karen Derouin. Her 7 grandchildren: Melissa (Mark) Skillman, Nicole Fina, Christopher (Stephanie) LaPlante, Nathan (Alysia) Beaman, Natalie (Michael) McGilbery, Sara (Jason) Doyle Domenic A Derrigo III She is also survived by her 12 great grandchildren Thomas, Madison, Mason, AJ, Addison, Dixon, Mikayla, Skylar, Fiona, Shamus, Tommy, Anna along with several nieces nephews, and godchildren.

Joan is predeceased by her husband Domenic, her parents, and her brothers: James Derouin, Jon Derouin, Jean Derouin, Joel Derouin, sister in law Dolly Derouin.

A funeral Mass will be said 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at St. Anthony’s Church with the Rev. Mickey Demo and Rev. Donald Robinson officiating. A burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery.

Face masks and social distancing will be required as per COVID-19 regulations.

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Donation in her memory can be made to St Anthony’s church or the Alzheimer’s Association.