Frances C. Empie
April 8, 2012
WATERTOWN, N.Y. — Frances Ann Capone Empie, 79, of 847 LeRay St., passed away, from complications of Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), Easter Sunday, April 8, at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center.
Born Dec. 22, 1932, in Watertown, a daughter of Frank Mariano and Domenica Torturica Capone Sr., she attended Boone Street School, graduated in 1950 from Watertown High School and received her dental hygienist license from Eastman Dental Dispensary in Rochester in 1951.
She married Curtis Giles Empie of Brownville on June 20, 1953, at St. Anthony’s Church. The couple moved to Gouverneur in 1959, and Frances returned to Watertown in 1999.
Fran was a clerk for FW Woolworth’s in 1950. In 1951, she was employed with her brother Dr. Anthony Capone as a dental hygienist and in 1952 with her cousins, Dr. Vito Adragna and Dr. Santina Adragna. From 1960 until 1986, she worked for Dr. Edward Koch in Gouverneur, all of her employment was part time.
Mrs. Empie was a communicant and volunteer for St. Anthony’s Church. A member of the Fiddler’s Dance Group at the State Office Building; she enjoyed dancing (the faster the better), also a member of the local and national chapter of the AARP, Gouverneur’s EJ Noble Hospital Auxiliary, and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a member and server for the Italian American Civic Association and the Northside Improvement League. Among her volunteer commitments were; the Samaritan Medical Center – Ambulatory Surgery Department and the Office of the Aging.
She enjoyed attending stage performances, concerts, sporting events, getting together with her relatives, gardening, swimming, fishing, exercising, knitting, crocheting, comedy movies and Christian fellowship with others.
Most of all, she loved to laugh, smile and spend time with her children, their spouses and grandchildren.