A funeral mass for Pauline Phelps, 95, of Ogdensburg, NY, will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at Notre Dame Church with Reverend Joseph Morgan as celebrant and Deacon Mark Lalonde, Pauline’s nephew, assistant. Call hours will be Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg. Interment will be at Foxwood Memorial Park. Mrs. Phelps passed away peacefully on Saturday September 25, 2021 at Maison St. Joseph. Pauline is survived by her two sons, Matthew Phelps and his wife, Helen, of Merrickville, Ontario, Canada and Michael Phelps and his wife, Samantha, of Arlington, VA; five daughters, Dr. Patricia Mahoney and her husband, Michael McCarney, from Ogdensburg, NY, Kathy Phelps from Syracuse, NY, Lori Piercey and her husband, Ben Mercado, from Calimesa, CA, Julie Jerdo and her partner, James Howard, from Ogdensburg, NY and Vicki Bruyere and her husband, Christopher, from Ogdensburg, NY; eight grandchildren; Jason Piercey, Nicole Mahoney Rafferty, Justin Jerdo, Chelsey Phelps, Maxwell McCarney, Paige McCarney, Sophia Phelps, Patrick Phelps and Chad Bruyere; two grandchildren; Devin Storm Piercey and Jace Piercey and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by two brothers, Donald F. Lalonde and Kenneth (Jack) Lalonde and a sister, Sally Boyer. Pauline was born December 30, 1925 in Ogdensburg, NY, daughter of Paul J. Lalonde and Eva Paige Lalonde. She began her freshman year at St. Peter’s Catholic School at the age of four. The nuns let her stay, thinking she would stop coming, but she never did. She graduated from the Ogdensburg Free Academy at age 16 in 1942. Her parents didn’t expect her to go to college, but her guidance counselor insisted she was so smart. that she had to go. He suggested Shepherd College where she received a full college scholarship. She worked for the college president as a secretary while majoring in history.
After teaching in West Virginia, she returned to Ogdensburg, NY. She worked in the Hepburn Hospital commercial office. She then began her career as a business teacher at the Lisbon high school which she loved and which lasted for thirty-five years. She has been very active as a consultant for the school’s Future Business Leaders of America Club and the Yearbook. She was loved by her students who wrote her many letters thanking her for everything she helped them accomplish in their lives. She was dedicated to her students in Lisbon and remarked that they were a joy to teach. When a master’s degree was required to continue teaching, she attended Syracuse University for seven consecutive summers, including three pregnant with August due dates.
Outside of school, Pauline was very involved in the Business and Professional Women’s Club where she held many positions including that of president. She was a dedicated mother who always made sure we went to church every Sunday, took piano and dance lessons even if we didn’t all agree, and participated in scouting. She has always put her family first. When Pauline retired from teaching in 1989, she began a wonderful new life spending the winter in Naples, Florida. She was an avid reader and also had a passion for CNN, MSNBC and other news shows. She was a staunch Democrat who made us laugh when she railed against Republican Presidents Bush Sr. and Jr. Having lived through depression, she cared deeply for those less fortunate.
Pauline married Patrick Joseph Phelps in 1954 in Ogdensburg, NY. He predeceased her in 2009. Pauline was a remarkable wife, an exceptional mother of seven, who loved her family and her students deeply. She had a great sense of humor, a passion for fashion, dancing, going to the movies, and she enjoyed attending many events with her family and friends. Pauline and her warm smile will be greatly
lack. Donations can be made in memory of Pauline at the Frederick Remington Art Museum, 303 Washington St., Ogdensburg, NY 13669, and to the Claxton Hepburn Medical Center Foundation, 125 New York Ave., Ogdensburg, NY 13669.
Online condolences can be made at www.fraryfuneralhomes.com.