OBITUARY

Esther J. (Polniak) Gonyou

October 11, 1925October 10, 2021
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Funeral services for Esther J. (Polniak) Gonyou, age 95 of Ogdensburg will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday (Oct 13, 2021) at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home with Deacon Mark LaLonde officiating. Entombment will follow at Foxwood Memorial Park.

Calling Hours will be held also on Wednesday from 12:00pm until the time of the service at the funeral home. Mrs. Gonyou passed away at her home on Sunday Oct 10, 2021 surrounded by her loving family and care givers.

Surviving is her sister Lauretta Montroy of Ogdensburg; step-grandchildren Michael Norko of Ogdensburg, Diane Armold of Ogdensburg, Jeff Norko of Hagerties and Kathy O’Marah of Lisbon; nieces & nephews Rick & Patti Polniak of Ogdensburg, Dan Polniak & Charleen Barr of Ogdensburg, Patricia & Patrick Duprey of Ogdensburg, Debbie Polniak of Ogdensburg, Joe & Debbie Polniak of Rensselaer Falls, Hank & Roberta Polniak of Ogdensburg, Pam & Eric Usatch of Ohio, Laurie & Nick Shifflet of Indiana; Dave & Joyce Polniak of Ogdensburg, Steve & Sue Polniak of Ogdensburg, Gary & Wendy Montroy of Canton, Donna Burns of Syracuse, Paul & Beryl Trombley of Ogdensburg, Valerie Shaver of Ogdensburg; along with numerous great-nieces & nephews and great-great nieces & nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Leonard “Unc” Gonyou; a step-daughter Sheila Norko; brothers Henry, William & Richard Polniak; and a sister Elizabeth “Betty” Polniak.

Esther was born on October 11, 1925 in Ogdensburg, a daughter of the late Joseph & Marie (Sczmkowiak) Polniak. She graduated from local schools and later married Leonard Gonyou on May 23, 1947 in Lisbon, NY.

Esther began her career in the advertising department of the Ogdensburg Journal, and later transferred to Claxton Hepburn Medical Center Housekeeping Department where she retired from. Esther enjoyed going to the Odd Fellows, playing cards and enjoying family and friends.

Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences and fond memories can also be shared at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Calling Hours

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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Sue Monroe

October 13, 2021

Loved Esther she was our cleaning lady in CCU at Claxton She worked so hard and did so much for us. True team member She knitted my chidrens hats and mittens for years Wonderful memories of her So sorry for your loss

Valerie Shaver

October 12, 2021

I had a special bond with a u n t Esther, I remember having tea parties with her and Grandma when I was just a little girl. I remember cleaning for her and taken her and Aunt Loretta shopping. But my fondest memory is when she taught me how to crochet we both share the love of crochet I don't think I'll ever be as good as her but she taught me how to crochet and how to be the best I could be with it and I'll forever be grateful for that cuz it's something that I really love to do. R e s t in Peace a u n t Esther, you will be missed.

Janet Sweeney

October 11, 2021

Esther and I always had this thing when we played cards she always told me she was going to “take my money and she didn’t care about anyone else and I would tell her, “no I am taking yours! “ She will be missed so much but Tony and I have so many memories and trips that we did with her and Lauretta. Gone but never forgotten! ❤️💕💕

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