A memorial service for Gloria J. (Gemmill) Walrath, age 64, of 602 Rensselaer Avenue, Ogdensburg, will be held on Friday, February 24 at Frary Funeral Home, 515 Caroline Street, Ogdensburg at 5:00 p.m. with Raymond Gemmill officiating. Friends may call beginning at 2:00 p.m. until the time that the service begins. A burial at Notre Dame Cemetery will take place in the spring.
Ms. Walrath passed away at home in the arms of her daughters on February 21, 2012 after a battle with leukemia.
Ms. Walrath was born on December 29, 1947, in Ogdensburg, NY, the daughter of Richard and Leona Gemmill. She attended Ogdensburg Free Academy, graduating in June 1966, and also attended Roethel’s Business School, finishing in 1972. She was self-employed and provided cleaning and housekeeping services to homes and businesses.
Ms. Walrath enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, reading, shopping, and spending time in the public ministry as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She had been a dedicated and baptized member of the Ogdensburg Congregation since 1983.
Ms. Walrath is survived by three daughters, Laura (Sperry) Briere and her husband, Michael, of Sierra Vista, AZ, Lisa (Sperry) Wilfert and her husband, Randy, of Madrid and Heather (Hynes) Lauzon and her husband, Peter, of Ogdensburg; five sisters, Carol Sproul of Bangor, ME, Linda Gemmill of Ogdensburg, Susan Gemmill of Ogdensburg, Leona Ponko and her husband, Steve, of Ogdensburg, and Gail Stewart of Ogdensburg; five brothers, Gary Gemmill of Clearwater, FL, Glen Gemmill and his wife, Brenda, of Dekalb Junction, Michael Gemmill and his wife, Lisa, of Brier Hill, William Gemmill and his wife, Catharine, of Ogdensburg and Raymond Gemmill and his wife, MaryAnn, of Ogdensburg; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brother, Richard “Dickie” Gemmill, on March 12, 1967; her father, Richard Gemmill, on September 8, 2009; and her mother, Leona Gemmill, on May 11, 2010.
Ms. Walrath was a caring mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She had a solid reputation as a hard worker, and like Tabitha and Lydia from the Bible, was known to be a generous giver of her time, resources, and hospitality. She will be greatly missed by her family and her devoted friends in many Christian congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses.