POTSDAM -- A memorial service for Denise M. York, 63, will be held by her family at a date and time to be determined. Denise passed away Sunday morning (April 12, 2020) in Potsdam with her loving family by her side.
She is survived by her husband of over 45 years, James; a son, Francis York; and daughters, Tina Smith, April York and Bridget Nelson, all of Potsdam. She is also survived by grandchildren, Isaiah Smith, Justice York, Devin Smith, Anthony York, Kayden Nelson, Markell Smith, Destiny Nelson, Oliva York, and Margaret York, all of Potsdam; brothers Michael Mason of Potsdam and Hollis Mason of Lisbon; sisters Renee Mason, Sandra Flanders and Pam Chambers all of Potsdam; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Denise was born on April 16, 1956, a daughter of the late Francis and Christina (Newtown) Mason in Potsdam, NY. She attended Potsdam area schools and graduated form Potsdam High School and BOCES. She married James O. York Jr. on July 5, 1975.
After marriage, Denise became a homemaker, staying at home to raise the children until they were all of school age. Throughout her life, she worked in healthcare facilities in Pennsylvania before moving to the North Country and starting her career with St. Lawrence University working throughout the foodservice department for over 20 years.
She liked fishing for Bullhead, but was labeled as a cheater for the fact that she would pick them from the dike. She enjoyed flower gardening, spending time with her family and grandchildren, going to garage sales, and driving around to get out of the house. Denise was always willing to help anyone.
Memorial Contributions in Denise’s name may be made to Hospice and Palliative care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US-11; Potsdam, NY 13676.
Condolences, fond memories and thoughts can be shared online at www.garnerfh.com.