OBITUARY

Mary Lou Rupp

December 12, 1957May 1, 2019
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Funeral services for Mary Lou Rupp, age 61 of Ogdensburg, will be held on Saturday (May 4, 2019) at 7:00 PM at Galilee United Methodist Church, 5129 County Route 6, Ogdensburg, NY with Rev. Tom Nichols officiating. Burial will follow the service at Pine Hill Cemetery, Eel Weir Road, Ogdensburg, New York.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, (May 3, 2019) from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Fox & Murray Funeral Home. Mary Lou passed away on Wednesday May 1, 2019, surrounded by her loving family following a courageous battle with cancer.

Surviving is her husband William J. Rupp; daughters Abbie (Kevin) McArdle; Kelsie Rupp and her fiancé Dominic Cesarini, Mother Dorothy Simms; brothers John (Julie) Simms, Jay (Robin) Simms; sisters Barbara (Dave) Sullivan, Janet (Mark) Brouillette and Janice (Rick) Sutphin; grandchildren Connor Boone McArdle, Cora Valentine McArdle; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Her father William J. Simms; a brother Dale Livingston Simms and two nephews Michael Sullivan and Tyler Simms predeceased her.

She was born on December 12, 1957, a daughter of William J. & Dorothy (Livingston) Simms. She graduated from Heuvelton Central School, and continued her education at Potsdam State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree. She later married William J. Rupp on May 21, 1983. Mary Lou began work in 1980 with Jreck Subs, and later went on to own and operate five franchise stores in the Central New York area for the next ten years. In 1992 she owned and operated “Simply Sandwiches” with her husband Bill, which the couple operated for 13 years. In 2003, she then became employed at the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles office in Canton as a clerk, and in 2008 obtained the Deputy County Clerk position. In 2012 she was elected to the St. Lawrence County Clerk position which she has held until present.

Mary Lou was very active in her church, and was also a strong advocate for “Donate for Life” in St Lawrence County. She also received the Betsy Kaplan award from the St. Lawrence County Republican Committee, and was a past recipient of the women of the year award presented by Senator Patty Richie. She also was nominated and received the Alumni of the year award from the Heuvelton Alumni Association.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Heuvelton Volunteer Fire Department 95 N State St. Heuvelton, NY 13654. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may also be shared at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.

  • FAMILY

  • William J Simms, Father
  • Dorothy Simms, Mother
  • William J Rupp, Husband
  • Abbie & Kevin McArdle, Daughter
  • Kelsie Rupp & Dominic Cesarini, Daughter
  • Connor Boone McArdle, Grandchild
  • Cora Valentine McArdle, Grandchild
  • Michael Sullivan, Nephew
  • Tyler Simms, Nephew
  • John & Julie Simms, Brother
  • Jay & Robin Simms, Brother
  • Dale Livingston Simms, Brother
  • Barbara & Dave Sullivan, Sister
  • Janet & Mark Bruilette, Sister
  • Janice & Rick Sutphin, Sister

Services

  • Calling Hours Friday, May 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 4, 2019

Memories

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Tom and Betty Chapman

May 12, 2019

Our very most sincere sympathy to Bill and the family. Mary Lou was such a beautiful person and so special to everyone.

Pete & Bonnie Bracy

May 9, 2019

Bill, Dorthy and Jay , we are so sadden to hear about Mary Lou, Our prayers are with your family.

Lawrence Sheppard

May 7, 2019

Dorothy, Bill and family,

Mary Lou was a dedicated public servant and a friendly face at the Clerk's Office over most of my career...so very sorry for your loss.

Larry Sheppard, LS

Lee Livingston

May 6, 2019

My favorite memory of Mary Lou:

I was an obnoxious 7th grader walking into Heuvelton’s high school cafeteria for the first time. I saw Mary Lou and headed to her table and sat down - completely oblivious that she was sitting at the ‘Senior’ table. A few of her classmates grumbled, but she graciously welcomed me. Eventually I figured out I was breaking a social rule, but if she saw me, she’d ask me to sit next to her.

Time has faded the names and faces, but Mary Lou - then and now - was a bright shining light in an otherwise normal cafeteria. My heart goes out to Bill, Dorothy and the family.

Vicky Carr-DeFranco

May 5, 2019

My deepest sympathy to the Rupp and Simms families. Mary Lou was a lovely human being and will be in many hearts forever.

Marilyn Skipka

May 5, 2019

So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person. Prayers to all the family.

Sarah Hopper

May 4, 2019

Bill
I am so sorry for your family’s loss.
Sarah Hopper

Kim Bisonette

May 4, 2019

Mary Lou was a true public servant. She will be missed by all. Please accept my deepest sympathy for the family at this time.

Douglas Daniel and family

May 4, 2019

Our sincere condolences to the family of Mary,Bless you all

Norman & Joyce Bice

May 3, 2019

Bill, Abbie, Kelsie, Dorothy, Mary Lou's brothers and sisters, grandchildren, nieces & nephews, may God watch over you and sustain you during this time of greiving and in the time to come. He has gained another angel.

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