Garner Funeral Service

10 Lawrence Ave, Potsdam, NY


Jean F. Schlitz

December 15, 1936December 12, 2019

Jean F. Schlitz, 82, of Potsdam, passed away on Thursday afternoon at her residence. Respecting her wishes, there will be no funeral services at this time.

Surviving is her good friend April (Wayne) Storm of Massena, her children, James, Timothy and Joann Doods, of New Jersey and former foster child Lee Rushlow, of Potsdam.

Jean was born December 15, 1936 in New Market, NJ, a daughter of the late Richard and Emma Worley. She attended New Jersey schools and married Joseph Schlitz, who predeceased her.

During her life, Jean owned a store on the Jersey shore, was a foster parent while she lived in Winthrop before moving to Potsdam and becoming a volunteer driver for the Department of Social Services in Canton. She enjoyed the time she spent talking with clients and getting to know them.

Jean enjoyed the Christmas season, going to garage sales, coloring, and making people smile. She was the person in the room who would tell it like it is.

Memorial Donations in Jean’s memory can be made to Preventative Foster Care Services, 6 Judson Street, Canton, NY 13617. Thoughts, condolences, and fond memories can be made online at www.garnerfh.com.


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Dawn Laflamme

December 17, 2019

Prayers to all friends and family.

lee rushlow

December 17, 2019

We enjoyed alot of wonderful years together .There really are no words to express how much you meant to me and how you touched my life. You were the first person in my life to show me acceptance, self reliance, temperance and the importance of self worth. You were a strong presence in your own life and an even stronger one in mine. When we first met I didn't have any idea my world was about to change. I had never had family that wanted me around or valued me as a pers. I always felt I did not belong. You absolutely taught me that was true and that I really didnt belong amoung them. You treated me like your own and in some ways that was a real pain. With all your rules and restrictions I felt you were just old fashioned and that you had no idea what being a kid during those years was all about. I was wrong .You had a much better understanding of what I needed while I was only focused on what I wanted at that moment like most teenagers . You may not be my blood but by spirt and by actions were my mother, The grandmother of my children and truely one of the best freinds I have ever had you made me accept my faults however few haha and made me stop and acknowledge my accomplishments. I know you loved me and were proud of who I have become as you told me many times. I can only hope I can guide my children the way you did me . You taught me the value of hard work but also the pride in a job well done the importance of keeping your word and to speak the truth even if people do not want to accept it. We shared so many good memories when I lived with you and it was the first place I ever felt I was home . After I moved out you became the person I went to for advice, an explanation or a swift kick in the ass depending on what I needed at that moment. Latter on you and I shared many wonderful holidays and celebrations I will always cherish each one. I love you and I hope your resting peacefully. I hope your finally hanging out with joe as you imagined!