Judith LaVallee Churco

Calling hours for Judith LaVallee Churco, of Tupper Lake, will be held Friday, Nov. 25 from noon to 2 p.m. at Frary Funeral Home. There will be a celebration of life immediately following at the Raquette River Brewery here in Tupper Lake.

Mrs. Churco passed away peacefully on Nov. 18, 2022 in Mercy Living Center surrounded by her loving family.

Judy was born on Dec. 10, 1939 in Tupper Lake. The daughter of William and Edith Bertrand LaVallee. She was married to Warren Churco from 1958-1985. Together they raised seven beautiful children.

Judy was a natural born caregiver. She ran a daycare for a number of years and she was a live-in nanny for several families. She was a caring talented cook at the Tupper Lake High School and the HGA. Always serving lunch with a smile.

Judy’s culinary skills were not just enjoyed by her friends and family but also by many of the great camp owners of Upper Saranac Lake and Litchfield Park. Judy’s door was always open, and nothing brought her more joy than sharing a hot cup of strong coffee around her kitchen table. She loved sitting on her porch watching the hummingbirds and other critters overlooking town atop Tallman Street. She often had advice to give, stories to tell, and yummy snacks to share. Namely her famous raised donuts or a slice of delicious meat pie.

Judy is survived by her children, Edith Demarse and her husband Len of Malone; Marcie Churco and her companion John of Riverside, California; John Churco and his wife Bonnie of Ogdensburg; Warren “Sam” Churco of Saranac Lake; Anne Eldred and her husband Steve of Tupper Lake; And Jay Churco and his wife Shannon of Briggsville, Wisconsin. Judy is also survived by two sisters, Ann Beauchamp and Fredolyn Mitchell, both of Tupper Lake, as well as several nieces and nephews. Judy was a doting and loving grandmother for 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Judy was predeceased by her daughter Julie Churco, her brothers John and Bill LaVallee and her sister Jean Sparks.

Judy’s family would like to give sincere thanks to all the wonderful staff at Mercy Living Center and to all of Judy’s amazing friends who filled her life with laughter through the years.

Donations in Judy’s honor can be made to the Tupper Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad. 169 Main St., Tupper Lake, NY 12986.