Laurie Renzi Gadsden, 57, formerly of Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  Laurie Renzi Gadsden, 57, of Manlius, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021.

Born Oct. 20, 1963, in Watertown, the daughter of Dr. Eugene and Joyce Renzi, she graduated in 1981 from Watertown High School and then in 1985 from St. Lawrence University, where she was a member of the KDS sorority. She also received master’s degrees in education and counseling psychology from Columbia University in 1987.

She was a beloved guidance counselor at several school districts in Central New York over her 23-year career, most notably in the North Syracuse School District. She loved working with students of all ages but particularly enjoyed helping students with career and college decisions.

Laurie had a joyful life that centered around her family, friends, and community. She loved long walks, reading, golf, tennis, and gardening. She was also a member of the Onondaga Country Club and Cazenovia Tennis Club.

She is survived by her husband, Phil; three children, Melissa (Mark) Kaltenbach, Caroline Gadsden, and Charlie Gadsden; her parents, Dr. Eugene and Joyce Renzi; her siblings, Ann Haynes (Jack Barry), Eugene (Kris) Renzi, David (Jessica) Renzi, Jennifer (Bo) Kelly; 18 nieces and nephews, including her godchildren, TJ Smith, Jack Dahill, Lily Renzi, and Timmy Renzi.

Laurie brought great joy to her family and friends and will be dearly missed.

A Catholic funeral Mass will be said 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at St. Ann’s Church in Manlius, where her children were all confirmed. Masks are strongly encouraged. Reception to follow. A graveside service will take place 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, in Glenwood Cemetery in Watertown. The graveside service will be live streamed on the funeral home’s Facebook page, D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at to support pancreatic cancer research and early detection efforts.

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