• THERESA PALMER VINCELETTE
    September 27, 2018
    Theresa Palmer Vincelette was born on May 14, 1932 in Canton New York, the daughter of Francis and Julia Palmer. She was one of five sisters: Rita, Eileen, Theresa, Winifred and Bernadette. She is predeceased by Rita and Eileen. When she was very young, her father Frank, a purple heart recipient from World War I, died. This left her mother to raise 5 daughters alone in the height of the Depression. Two years later, Julia married the man who would help her raise her daughters to adulthood and whom Theresa called Dad-Harley Daniels. After graduating from Canton High School, she moved to Ogdensburg to attend Wallace Secretarial School. Having completed her studies, she applied for and got a job at Crouse Hinds in Syracuse, where she met her future husband, Leonard Vincelette. The young couple moved to Fayetteville and over the course of the next few years, had two sons and a daughter, Keith, Richard and Cheri. In 1964, the Vincelette family moved into a new home set on 3 acres on Perryville Road in Chittenango. This started a life-long love affair between Theresa and Chittenango. She joined the Chittenango Garden Club soon after and became, eventually, a 50 year plus member.  She also became very involved with her children’s activities. In 1972, her husband Leonard died in an automobile accident, leaving her a widow at the age of 40. Instead of retreating inward, she did the opposite. Always active, and a great lover of people, she grew outward, joining and volunteering for many organizations in the Chittenango area over the years and making a great many dear friends. She was the Village Clerk of Chittenango for 19 years, Past President of the Chittenango Garden Club,  a member of the Sweet Adelines singing group, a lay distributor at Saint Patrick’s Church and a very active and a  long-time member of the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat museum, among other things. She is survived by two sisters, Winfred Stevens of Albany and Bernadette Steckel of Camillus, as well as her three children, Keith P.Vincelette (Analiese Garling) of Canastota, Richard and Alicia (Bergan) Vincelette and Cheri Gradwell, as well as two grandchildren, Keith C. and Sue (Gryszkiewicz) Vincelette and Cara Vincelette. The last major life event she attended, to her great joy, was the marriage of her grandson less than 2 weeks before she died. She passed away on September 27, 2018. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Chittenango on Saturday, October 13th at noon.  Donations in her name may be made to the following organizations: Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital (P.O. Box 50, Memphis, Tenn. 38101), Saint Joseph’s Indian School (P.O. Box 326, Chamberline, SD 57326) or Shriner’s Hospital for Children (P.O. Box 1510, Ranson, WV 25438).
                                                                          G.F. ZIMMER F.H.
                                                                 CHITTENANGO 315-687-3366



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    Keith, Rick and Cheri - your Mom was always the epidemy of happy, joyful and just one person who's sky was always blue with no hint of clouds. I have often cherished my memories of her from when I was kid and you were even littler. She was the daughter to Do who Aunt Doris never had. She was so kind to her. Your burden is heavy today but your Mom as always will make it lighter due to the good life and positive karma she always spread around her. That will never go away and I know that God had a very special place for her and though she will be dearly missed here, she will be in great welcome in our Fathers house. I can't make church service. Since you are not having calling hours, and should you have a memorial service at a later date, please remember me as I would like to attend and she all of you. Blessings to you and your families. Tom

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