Sandra (Sandy) J. Austin

Sandra (Sandy) J. Austin

Sandra (Sandy) J. Austin, 82, of 409 Moffett Street, Watertown passed November 11, 2017 at the Samaritan Medical Center.

Arrangements are with the Hart and Bruce Funeral Home, Watertown. A grave side service will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Whitesboro, NY. There will be no calling hours or service.

Sandy was born on June 27, 1935 in Utica, NY, daughter of Kenneth and Agnes Swertfager. She graduated from Utica Free Academy. Following school she worked at Utica Mutual Insurance Company as a secretary. It was there Sandy met John E. Cloonan, who she married on August 6, 1955 in Utica. The couple moved to Watertown, where John continued to work for Utica Mutual Insurance Company. Mr. Cloonan died June 3, 1968.

Sandy married Jerry E. Austin on June 12, 1971 at the Emmanuel Congregational Church in Watertown.

Jerry passed away on March 26, 2016 at the Samaritan Medical Center.

Sandy was a realtor for Hopkins Homes in Watertown for several years. She and Jerry spent summers in Guffins Bay on Lake Ontario. Sandy was a greeter for Kinney Drugs and volunteered in the gift shop at the House of Good Samaritan. She also worked briefly as a receptionist at Smith Barney. Sandy enjoyed cooking, reading, spending time with family and hosting gatherings at their cottage. Everyone who knew Sandy appreciated her candid spirit.

Among her survivors are sons Michael E. Cloonan (Maureen) of Ponte Vedra, FL, Mark K. Cloonan (Nora) of Calcium, NY, Stephen J. Cloonan and John E. Cloonan (Dee) of Clay, NY, daughter Lori J. Adams (Jeffrey) of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, brother Steven Swertfager (Sharon) of Melbourne, FL, sisters Kathy Thomas and Krystine Swertfager of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her brothers, Richard Swertfager and Bruce Swertfager, both predeceased Sandra.

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Source: Watertown Daily Times Obituaries
Sandra (Sandy) J. Austin