Mary Margaret Taskett, 97, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY — Mary Margaret Taskett, 97, widow of Herbert Charles Taskett, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018 in Watertown. She had been a resident at the Samaritan Summit Village for the past few years.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no calling hours. A private graveside service will be held in the North Watertown Cemetery, Bradley St., Watertown. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a day and time to be announced.  Arrangements are with the Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home, Belleville.

She is survived by a son Herbert G. Taskett, Atlantic Beach, FL, a daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and David Cornell, Henderson Harbor; two grandchildren Bad their spouses Danielle A. (Robert A.) Weldon and Scott H. (Karen) Cornell.  Several nieces and nephews.

Mary Margaret was born in Watertown, NY, September 10, 1920, the only child to George T. and Mabel Margaret Cullen Baldwin.  She graduated from Watertown High School and attended Secretarial school.

Following graduation, she worked for the Agricultural Insurance Co. until her marriage to Herbert Charles Taskett on March 8, 1942 at the First Baptist Church in Watertown. In 1951, Mr. and Mrs. Taskett purchased the Dr. James Montgomery farm on the outskirts of Watertown. Shortly after taking possession, the dairy barn burned and was rebuilt.

After many years of farming, they sold and moved to Massena, NY, working on the St. Lawrence Seaway project and later the Niagara Project Power project in Niagara Falls, and several water filtration plants, where Mary worked as a private secretary for the project manager.

In 1969, after relocating to Florida, Mr. Taskett was employed by US Steel on the Walt Disney project and Mrs. Taskett was a private secretary for the manager of the project.  The couple moved to Wilmington, Delaware where Mr. Taskett supervised the construction of sewage treatment plants in and around Wilmington and Philadelphia.  Mary took a job with Bonner Funk and Associates architecture firm as an executive secretary, working until their retirement in 1983.

Mr. and Mrs. Returned to the Watertown area and built a summer home in Henderson Harbor, spending winters in Florida as well extensive trips abroad.

Following Mr. Tasketts passing in 1996, Mary sold her home in Henderson Harbor and moved to Alameda Isles, Englewood, FL, continuing to travel with close friends abroad.  She spent her summers with her daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and David Cornell, moving in to Samaritan Summit Village after selling her home due to illness.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County or to the Henderson Methodist Church.

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