Mrs. Evelyn F. Dwyer

October 5, 1921January 11, 2018

Mrs Evelyn Frances Hale Dwyer, age 96, of Potsdam passed away on January 11, 2018 at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Evelyn was born in Norwood, N. Y. on October 5, 1921 the daughter of the late Roscoe Wallace and Jenny Thompson Hale. She attended schools in Norwood and Potsdam. In July1938 she married Donald J. Dwyer in Potsdam and shared a loving relationship for 40 years. Her husband was an employee of Niagara Mohawk and died in 1978. Evelyn was a stay-at-home Mom until her 4 children were in school. At that time she went to work at W.T. Grants in Potsdam and worked for 20 years. During her life she was an active volunteer at the Blood Clinics, Hospital Guild, and the Methodist Church in Norwood; she loved to crochet and knit many things for her family and charities. Evelyn enjoyed belonging to the Senior Citizens' Club, AARP, Sandstoners and served as an officer in each organization. She loved to go camping with her husband in their travel trailer and she enjoyed traveling to England, Scotland, Brazil, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, California, and Florida. Most of all she enjoyed sharing time with her children and grandchildren. Evelyn is survived by her son David (Peggy) Dwyer of Spring Hill, Florida, daughters Marilyn (Stan) McDonald of Maui, Hawaii, Kathleen Lakins of Lakeland, Florida, and her daughter-in-law Bonnie Dwyer of Bushnell, Florida. She also leaves her Grandchildren Susan McDonald Leeder, Jennifer McDonald Crossthwaite, Steven Lakins, Jacquelyn Lakins Carman, Elizabeth Dwyer Dinerstein, Christian Dwyer, Joe Smith, Jenny Smith Krantz, 11 Great Grandchildren, and 4 Great, Great Grandchildren. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Evelyn was predeceased by her parents, her brothers: Lloyd, Roscoe and William Hale, sisters: Virginia Slack, Dorothy Washburn, Alma Beaudin, Beatrice Podgurski, Barbara Perry, Geraldine Lawrence, Sally Beamish, Patricia White, her son, Donald Joseph Dwyer Jr., and grandaughter Karen Elizabeth Lakins. Visitation will be held at the Garner Funeral Home on Lawrence Ave. Potsdam on May 25th from 1-2pm. Rev Stephen Rocker will have a service at 2 at the Funeral Home. Internment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Potsdam. Contributions can be made to the Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad. Condolences can be shared



  • Visitation Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, May 25, 2018


  • Burial

Mrs. Evelyn F. Dwyer

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January 24, 2018

Dave, I was sorry to hear of your mothers passing and hope you can look back at all of the good times you had together. Dan Hayden

Meaghan Voss (Scott)

January 16, 2018

So sorry for your loss Mr. and Mrs. Dwyer, Liz, Christian and family. sending my love and sincere condolences.

January 15, 2018

So sorry for the loss of your mom, David, and for the rest of your family, losing a parent is so hard no matter what age, I remember your mom the days of W, T, Grant store, a lovely lady, sending my condolences, Donna Blanchard

Anne Gregory

January 15, 2018

What a wonderful Aunt I was blessed with!
I never forget all the great time we had
when you came to England with Mom and
Aunt Alma. You were my second Mother
when I was young. I will cherish the memories
I had with you, Uncle Don and the kids.
Love, Annie

Faye Martin

January 15, 2018

Dear David, Peggy and Family, Our sincerest sympathy at this time of your Mom's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Faye and Mike

Michael Perry

January 13, 2018

I am so sad over the passing of Aunt Evelyn, the eldest and last surviving sibling from a large Hale family of three boys and nine girls. I was so blessed to have grown up as part of the Hale family. With 11 Eleven aunts and uncles as well as several truck loads of cousins, one can only imagine the fun and good eats when we all got together at Barnhart Island, Coles Creek or one of the family camps. Such great memories!

I will miss your beautiful smile, the strength and calming nature of your personality and your zest to travel and enjoy all that life has to offer. Well done and bless you as you rejoin the family gone before you.

Taffy Cameron

January 12, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with Evelyn at W. T. Grants back in 1972 - 1973, my first job. Evelyn was such a nice co-worker/person!!! And a lot of fun! God bless you Evelyn!