Ellen M. Crary

A funeral Mass for Ellen M. Crary, 81, of Tupper Lake will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Holy Name Church with the Rev. Douglas Decker officiating. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Frary-Stuart Funeral Home, Tupper Lake.

Mrs. Crary passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

Ellen was born on Jan. 20, 1938, in Brooklyn, the daughter of Herbert and Helen DeSerres Grote. She moved to South America as a young child when her father worked for U.S. Steel. Ellen graduated from high school in 1956 and went on to attend Stetson University in Deland, Florida. Later, she worked as a bilingual secretary for Kelly Services in New York City. She married Alfred Crary on Sept. 20, 1964, at St. Luke’s Church in Schenectady.

Ellen is survived by her husband Alfred Crary of Tupper Lake; their children: Capt. Michael Crary, USN, and his wife Cecilia of Lorton, Virginia, and Commander Carolyn Crary, USN, and her husband Lt. Col. Eric Letzgus, USAF, currently serving overseas in Stuttgart, Germany; and her grandchildren Andrew and Melinda Crary of Lorton, Virginia. Ellen is predeceased by her parents Herbert and Helen Grote, her sister Dolores Garrett and her brother Hubert Grote.

Ellen enjoyed photography and traveling on road trips to Florida, North Carolina, Nevada, Louisiana and California. She loved animals and had many wonderful pets over the years, to include her cat Buttercup and her dogs Dusty, Ladybug, Frisbee and Shadow.

Donations in Ellen’s memory can be made to Tri-Lakes Humane Society, 255 George LaPan Memorial Hwy., Saranac Lake, NY 12983.

Condolences can be made online at www.fraryfuneralhomes.com.