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Dorothy E. Charland

August 27, 2015
Lake Placid News

Dorothy Elizabeth Charland, 88, of Saranac Lake, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, at the Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake, where she had been a resident since September 2014.

Born in Chicopee, Massachusetts, on April 1, 1927, she was the daughter of Stanley and Mildred (Connor) Wojciak. Dorothy married Frederick Joseph Charland on Oct. 5, 1946, in Saranac Lake. He predeceased her on July 5, 2000.

Dorothy was a member of St. Bernard's Church and the Catholic Daughters of America Court St. Bernard in Saranac Lake. She especially loved raising her family. Dorothy had worked for several years part time at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and had provided child care in her home for many years.

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She is survived by four daughters: Bonnie Charland of Ilion, Christine Lamere and her husband Fred of Tupper Lake, Michelle Williams and her husband Gerard of Paul Smiths, and Heather Sinos and her companion Cary McCord of Palm Harbor, Florida; two sons: Michael Charland and his wife Diane of Saranac Lake, and Barton Charland and his companion Shelley Bouyea of West Chazy; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Deirdre "Dee Dee" Badore, one sister Jean and five brothers: David, Jim, Stanley Neil and Donald Wojciak.

Calling hours will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A Catholic Daughters service will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday Aug. 22 at St. Bernard's Church, with the Rev. Thomas Higman officiating. Burial will follow at Lake View Cemetery in Tupper Lake. A reception will follow at the Tupper Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars on Park Street.

Friends wishing to remember Dorothy Charland may make memorial contributions to Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad, Catholic Daughters of America Court St. Bernard or St. Bernard's Church in care of the funeral home.

Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at



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