Carolyn B. (Cogswell) LaCombe

June 10, 1948May 2, 2019

Carolyn B. LaCombe, 70, Rt. 812, Ogdensburg, NY entered into eternal glory Thursday morning, May 2, 2019 at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, surrounded by members of her family.

Mrs. LaCombe was born June 10, 1948 in Port Henry, NY, the daughter of the late Marion and Donald Cogswell. She attended school in Port Henry, also graduating with Honors from Mater Dei College with an Associate's Degree in Social Work. Carolyn was also the very first recipient of the Sr. Mary Hortense Literary Award for her wonderful poetic writings.

Carolyn married the Rev. Edgar (Ed) LaCombe III (an Episcopal Priest and NYS Chaplain) on June 20, 1974 in Moriah, NY, after which they resided principally in the Ogdensburg/ Morristown area. Following college, Mrs. LaCombe became the Field Advocacy Coordinator for the JCCDP - Northern New York Federal Food Program, monitoring funded programs in St. Lawrence County. She went on to assume the position of Circulation Manager of “The County PennySaver.” In the early 1980’s, she along with her husband, helped to establish and run “Dismas Acres” which was a transitional home serving young people involved with the NYS Division For Youth and who were returning to the North Country from youth correctional facilities. They later served as foster parents for a number of young teens until moving from the area.

Following their move in 1989 to Tupper Lake, Mrs. LaCombe took a position with Sunmount DDSO, initially serving as the Editor of the facility’s “Update” publication. She subsequently served as a Developmental Therapy Aide and then as a Residential House Supervisor until her retirement. An established musician, vocalist and leader of music ministries, Carolyn was very active in support of her husband’s ministries in their parishes in Morristown, Tupper Lake and Champlain/Rouses Point, NY. She led the music ministry at Christ Church Morristown up until the time of her passing. Carolyn had been highly involved with Episcopal Cursillo, along with the Happening Youth Movement of the Diocese of Albany for a number of years.

Mrs. LaCombe is survived by her husband, Ed, and their children: Victoria (Andrew) Thornhill [Heuvelton], Justin (Tina) LaCombe [Potsdam], Joshua LaCombe – [Peru, NY], along with Wendy (John) and John (Jenn) Beeman – [Essex County]. Residing since their birth with Carolyn and Ed were their twin grandsons, Noah & Samuel LaCombe. Their other grandchildren include: Drew (Paige), Rachel (Andrew) and Hannah Thornhill; Caleb & Gabriel LaCombe; Hayden, Oliver & Alexis LaCombe; Adam Beeman(Deanna), Shannon Hanson (Michael); Calsie Granger (Paul). She also leaves behind three great grandchildren, Mia Rose, Bodhi and Michael. Also surviving are her brothers and sisters: Patricia Grant (James Genier), William (Carol) Cogswell, Donald Cogswell and Edna Ferguson - She was predeceased by her parents, a sister, Donna Cogswell and a nephew, Jason Grant.

A Mass of the Resurrection for Carolyn will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, May 25th at Christ Church - Episcopal, Main Street, Morristown, NY. Friends and family are welcome to pay their respects at the Church from 10:00am – 11:00am, prior to the service.

Memorial Contributions may be made in her memory to “Christ Church – Episcopal,” PO Box 1297, Ogdensburg, NY. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may also be shared at


25 May

Mass of Resurrection

11:00 am

Christ Church Episcopal

Morristown, NY


Carolyn B. (Cogswell) LaCombe

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Sue Spearance

May 9, 2019

Vicky, Andy and family,

You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers at the loss of your Mother.

Sue Spearance & Phil Wagner

Dan Ott

May 8, 2019

I sing Amazing Grace to my kiddos all the time for a “lullaby”. I will never forget Carolyn and Edgar Jr singing that, and On the Wings of a Snow White Dove at my Granpa Joe’s funeral 😭😭😭😭😭😭

Linda Tiernan Smith

May 7, 2019

Thinking of you all. This is so sad. You are in our thoughts and prayers.Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

Tracy Vaughan

May 5, 2019

I babysat for Carolyn's older children when they were small. Carolyn became a good friend, she was fun an quick witted. Loved our conversations. She will be missed. My prayers and condolences are sent to her family and friends.

Christine Payne (Blaise)

May 5, 2019

Dear Wendy, Johnny & family,
Please accept my condolences on the passing of Carolyn.
With Sincere Sympathy,
Christine (Blaise) Payne

Jim and Connie Ott

May 5, 2019

Sending sincere condolences on the passing of Carolyn. We will long remember her beautiful voice and her kind spirit.

Lisa Sargent

May 5, 2019

Vicki and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. May there be peace in your memories of her and the love she shared. Our deepest sympathy to you all, Lisa and Scott Sargent and Family

Sidney & Lorrie Bogart

May 4, 2019

Heaven is rejoicing receiving Carolyn.
She was an angel here on earth and will be missed so very much.
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Carolyn's entire family.
Life will never be the same, she is singing and playing her guitar in heaven.
We will miss you dear friend.

Bishop Dan Herzog

May 4, 2019

Carolyn had a heart that welcomed Christ, and all those He sent her way. May she rest in peace, and rise in glory.
-Bishop Dan and Carol Herzog

Eliza Pierce

May 4, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. May your wonderful memories bring you some comfort during this difficult time.

Nathan, Eliza, Nolan, and Jordan