Sarah J. Riley, 77, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  Sarah J. Riley, 77, Watertown, passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, where she was under the care of Hospice of Jefferson County, her loving daughter, Lorrie, and her best friend, Darrell Scanlon.

There will be no public services.

A celebration of life will be held privately at the convenience of her family.

She was born Aug. 29, 1942, in Allentown, PA, a daughter of the late Clifford and Irene (Eberwine) Fenstermaker. Following her education Sarah worked in the food service department of Mercy Hospital.

On Oct. 25, 1965, she married Michael J. Riley.

Sarah enjoyed volunteering for Meals on Wheels, reading, shopping, cookouts, and spending time with family and friends. Sarah will be remembered as someone who had a great sense of humor and lived life to the fullest.

Surviving are her children, Michael J. Riley, Jr. of Watertown, Lorrie A. Pond of Watertown, Patricia A. Wolfe of Adams Center, Cynthia A. West of Three Mile Bay, Cathy Shellenberger of Pennsylvania, David Mertz of Pennsylvania, Connie Kemmerer of Pennsylvania, Carol Balough of Pennsylvania; her siblings, Dale (Barbara) Fenstermaker, Roland (Diane) Fenstermaker; her in-laws, Marcia Lineback, Woodrow Riley, Sally Patterson, Margaret Storey, Tina Morrison; and her best friend, Darrell Scanlon; several nieces and nephews; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a great-great grandson.

She was predeceased by her parents and a brother, Howard R. Fenstermaker.

Donations may be made in her name to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.

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Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.