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Lisa J. Bowdish

April 23, 1957October 17, 2019

Lisa J. Bowdish, age 62 of Lisbon passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the University Hospital in Syracuse surrounded by her loving family. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on November 2nd at the White Church in Lisbon, located at the corner of Five Mile Line Road and Route 28 starting at 2 p.m. Former and current students and colleagues are encouraged to bring instruments and music to celebrate Lisa’s life. A piano will be available and lite food will be served.

Surviving are her children Sarah Walsh & her partner Adam Yagelski of Altamont, NY; a son Shane Walsh of Las Vegas, NV; her mother Patricia Bowdish of Lisbon; two brothers Raymond (Megan) Bowdish of Lisbon and Bruce (Judy) Bowdish of Waterford, CT; a sister Tacie (Tony) Languein of Clinton, NY along with many nieces, nephews & cousins. Her father James Bowdish predeceased her in 2007.

Lisa was born on April 23, 1957 in New London, CT, a daughter of James & Patricia (Gannoe) Bowdish. She graduated from Lyman Memorial High School and gained her degree in music performance and French language from Annherst College located in Woodstock, CT. Lisa married Kenneth Walsh in July of 1977 and later pursued her master’s degree in education from an accelerated teaching program at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT while raising their two children. The couple later divorced but remained dedicated to their children.

Lisa and her family moved to the North Country in 1989, where she was the band and vocal teacher at Lisbon Central School. In 1991, she went to Heuvelton Central School where she taught K – 12 vocal music until her retirement in 2012. Her teaching career was full of many accomplishments, including her music studio she began at the age of 19 and continued throughout her life, serving as an adjudicator for the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), serving as the organist and church choir director for the Flackville and DePeyster Methodist Churches, directing and playing for school musicals, as well as leading field trips to New York City and Toronto theaters.

Leading into her retirement, Lisa started two successful certified women-owned businesses including North Fork Bed and Breakfast and Specialty Teas, became a Certified Tea Specialist and continued her studio teaching from her home until her passing. She was also a talented homemaker enjoying baking, recipe creation, gardening, canning, sewing, knitting, and thoroughly enjoyed outdoor sports, including cross-country skiing, fly fishing, kayaking and hiking. Her travels to France, Canada and the western United States inspired her adventurous spirit. Lisa also was an avid lover of animals, raising horses, sheep, rabbits and chickens throughout her life. Her two trail companions, dogs Latte and Finnian, now reside with Sarah and Adam, who continue to enjoy the outdoors with her dogs.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Adirondack Experience Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, or the St. Lawrence Valley SPCA.



  • Celebration of Life Saturday, November 2, 2019


  • Celebration of Life


Lisa J. Bowdish

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Candace Buonocore

October 31, 2019

Hi Pat,

Please accept my condolences on the passing of your daughter Lisa. She was extremely talented and giving.

Candy Buonocore

Margie Anderson

October 31, 2019

I am flooded with so many childhood memories as we spent many weekends together growing up! You had so many accomplishments in your short life...and touched so many lives. Rest in peace, Cousin and ride like the wind...until we meet again.

karen anderson

October 31, 2019

To Pat, Bruce, Raymond, and Tacie -
Please know I send you all my deepest condolences on the passing of Lisa. She was a most kind, gentle young woman who loved all of you. I recall her lovely piano performances and can only admire the countless students she inspired.
One of my happiest memories was when you all taped together numerous black plastic bags, to make a slip and slide at the farm, for my young children to enjoy a very hot day on the farm.
Please know my love and only the kindest thoughts are with you.
Aunt Karen

jim Martin

October 30, 2019

My Heart breaks for your passing, we had many bonding moments in our lives, you will be deeply missed,give hugs to your dad and uncle ray for me

John and Barbara McBath

October 26, 2019

Our deepest sympathy for the family, sending thoughts and prayers!

Sheila Day

October 25, 2019

My condolences to Lisa’s family. I was so sorry to learn of her passing. We were colleagues at Heuvelton and I enjoyed our time together.

Cynthia Hennessy

October 24, 2019

I am speechless to learn of Lisa's passing. We were colleagues and quite close when teaching K-12 music. We spent time together at many NYSSMA events. She was a good friend. A very special lady.

My condolences to her children and family.

Diane Stromgren

October 24, 2019

Shane and Sarah,
I am very sorry to hear of your mom´ s passing. I have such good memories of her and the talks we had together. Many were great things she had to share about the two of you. She loved you both so very much. I will always remember her fondly and send prayers to all of her family during this difficult time.

Lisa Woodward

October 24, 2019

So sad to hear of Lisa's passing. She always had a great story to tell me about her tea and bed and breakfast business. I will miss them. May she rest in piece and know that she was loved by many people. So sorry for your loss to the Walsh Bowdish families.
Lisa Woodward

James Seymour

October 24, 2019

Sincere condolences and prayers. Father Jay Seymour