Sandra S. Holcombe, 82, Wellesley Island

WELLESLEY ISLAND, NY – Sandra Sargent Holcombe, 82, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, at her home. She had been under the care of her loving family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

She was born Sept. 28, 1939, in Pasadena, CA, the daughter of Willis H. and Ann Haughton Sargent. Following high school at The Master’s School in Dobbs Ferry, she graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in English and then a masters degree in Education. While there she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

She married Jon K. Holcombe on Aug. 19, 1961, in Syracuse, NY.

As a young woman she taught 5th and 6th grade in Syracuse, and later worked in the Development Office at Syracuse University. Subsequently she worked with her husband as office manager for the Carter, Ramseier and Holcombe Law Firm in Alexandria Bay, NY, and later in Clayton, NY.

Sandy served for many years on and was former president of the board of the Densmore Church, on Wellesley Island. She was also a member of Portfolio, a Syracuse-based women’s study group.

Besides her husband, Jon, she is survived by three children and six grandchildren, a daughter, Jenifer Soykan, former son-in-law, Erik Soykan, granddaughters, Anna and Mia of Washington, D.C.; a daughter, Leslie Row, son-in-law, Gordon Row, a grandson, Tristan, and granddaughter, Georgia of Groton, MA; and a son Jon Willis Holcombe, former daughtet-in-law, Khama Ennis and granddaughters, Violet and Lena of Amherst, MA.

Calling hours will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at the Costello Funeral Home, Alexandria Bay. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Densmore Church, Wellesley Island, with the Rev. Kerri Weldon officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Wellesley Island.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Sandy’s name to Fineview Methodist Church in Fineview, NY. and Hospice of Jefferson County.

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