ELLENBURG DEPOT — Ethel Elizabeth DeCoste, 83 of Waterford, Mich., died Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
Ethel was born in Ellenburg, Oct. 2, 1929, daughter of Edward and Olive (Benjamin) Keegan. She married Raymond M. DeCoste on Oct. 25, 1952, in St. Edmund Parish in Ellenburg.
Ethel graduated from Ellenburg Central School in 1948. She entered Loretta Business School in 1949 and graduated in May, 1950. She began a lifelong insurance career in 1952 with Paul & Hogan Insurance Company and opened her own insurance business, DeCoste Insurance of Ellenburg in 1981, retiring in 1999. Mrs. Ethel DeCoste was appointed to the Ellenburg Town Board in 1984, then elected in 1985 and served until 1993. Also, she briefly was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas 1300 Court Little Rose.
Ethel enjoyed her seven children, thirteen grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews, taking special interest in her grandson Carey DeCoste, who resided with her for a time. She was a great cook and everyone looked forward to a meal from Ethel. She loved to please all her visitors, always smiling, ready to give hugs and kisses, and enjoyed helping people as a friend, "lawyer", counselor and Notary Public, even after regular business hours.
Mrs. Decoste is predeceased by her parents; her husband Raymond of 32 years; son Curtis DeCoste; brothers Ronald and Michael; and this year, younger sister Gloria Sullivan.
Survivors include son, Calvin DeCoste of Syracuse; daughters Christine Hubbell of Marietta, Ga., Cathy DeCoste of Rochester, N.Y., Conney Rowe of Walled Lake, Mich., Carolyn Kingsley of Lewiston, Idaho, and Carla O'Reilly of Ellenburg Center and sister, Theresa Sample of Mooers, N.Y.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, at Ross Funeral Home in Ellenburg Depot. At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, Pastor Matt Molnar of the New Covenant Church in Malone will give a eulogy at the funeral home, followed by commitment in Whispering Maples Memorial Gardens in Ellenburg Depot. There will be a reception following at the Ellenburg Depot Fire Department.