Agnes Charlotte (Kane) Scanlon

Born: Wed., Jun. 14, 1922
Died: Mon., Jul. 8, 2019

Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 AM Fri., Jul. 26, 2019
Location: St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church

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HARRISVILLE, NY ~ Agnes Charlotte Scanlon, 97, formerly of 14461 Maple St., Harrisville, died peacefully on Monday, July 8, 2019 in Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility, Lowville, NY, where she had resided since 2014.

Born June 14, 1922 in Far Rockaway, Queens, NY, a daughter of Phillip E. and Alfredina (Stimile) Kane, she graduated in 1941 from Lawrence High School in Long Island with a Regents Diploma. Following high school and prior to her marriage, she worked for Woodmere Schools and Metropolitan Life in New York City.

She married John D. Scanlon, a World War II US Navy veteran, on September 27, 1944 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Inwood, LI.  Following the war, she and her husband moved to his hometown in Harrisville where she had called home ever since. Mr. Scanlon died on February 13, 1983.

For much of her younger life, Agnes was a mother and homemaker, taking care of her large family of six children.

In 1964, she began a long career as the Library Clerk and Interim Librarian at Harrisville Jr.-Sr. High School in Harrisville. Some seven years later, beginning in 1971, she lovingly helped her husband whenever she could and in any way she could, to construct a small bar and restaurant known as Green Acres on the Steam Mill Road in Harrisville.  Their business grew rapidly and in 1975, friends helped them construct a 1,000 square foot dance hall and dining room which they operated until encountering a setback from the roof caving in from the weight of many feet of snow during the Blizzard of 1977.  The following spring, they rebuilt, and continued to operate the business until it was destroyed by fire shortly before her husband’s death at the age of 57 in 1983.  She continued in her school library position until retiring in 1996 after 32 years of service.

She was a parishioner of St. Francis Solanus Church in Harrisville, and was a member of its Daughters of Isabella.  She was also a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association.

Throughout her life, Agnes enjoyed many interests and pastimes including traveling, needlecraft, shopping, doing crossword puzzles and reading. 

Surviving are four children, Eileen M. and husband, Henry “Russ” Jones, Patricia A. and husband, James Bell, all of Dripping Springs, TX, Ida S. and husband, Scott McElhearn, of Fairport, NY, and Timothy K. Scanlon and partner, Joanne LaParr, of Harrisville; ten grandchildren, Heather Jones O’Brien, Patricia Jones Botteicher, David Bell, Jennifer Bell McMullen, Kirk Scanlon, Patrick Scanlon, Colleen McElhearn, Tara McElhearn Shull, Katherine McElhearn and John Scanlon; thirteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband of 38+ years, she was predeceased by her daughter, Sheila M. Duerr´, who died in 2005, her son, John D. “Pete” Scanlon, Jr., who died in 2009, her brother, Phillip Kane, Jr., and her sister, Gloria Kane Scanlon.

Agnes’s funeral services will be held on Friday, July 26, 2019, beginning with a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial from St. Francis Solanus Church in Harrisville, with the Rev. Donald J. Manfred, Pastor, officiating.  Her interment will follow in St. Francis Solanus Cemetery, Harrisville. A funeral luncheon will be held following interment in the downstairs social hall of St. Francis Solanus Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Solanus Church, or, to the Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility’s Activities Fund at 7785 N. State St., Lowville, NY 13367.

Arrangements are with Scanlon Funeral Home, Harrisville.

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yvonne manchester evans
   Posted Mon July 15, 2019
my prayers and thoughts go out to your family. I can remember working at the same time as your mom did at school she was a joy to work with. Eileen I am sorry to hear this my prayers and thoughts and sympathy go out to you. thinking of you. god bless Yvonne Manchester evans

linda walseman
   Posted Mon July 15, 2019
i got to know agnes when i became a volunteer at the lowville nursing home. whenever i asked her, how she was? she would say Cant you see my Halo? may she rest in peace in heaven. i know she is an angel now linda walseman

susan nortz
   Posted Mon July 15, 2019
with sympathy

Angelia Fowler
   Posted Mon July 15, 2019
Sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family especially John whom I know she adored. I am sure Pete and Dad welcomed her with open arms as I know my dad also adored Agnes. She was a great lady!

Patricia Morrison
   Posted Mon July 15, 2019
I’m so very sorry for your loss. Prayers of comfort sending to you all.

Lynda and Elton wood
   Posted Tue July 16, 2019
We are sorry to hear this. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Sharon Wohnsiedler
   Posted Tue July 16, 2019
My sympathy and prayers to all the Scanlon families.

Wendy Kilbourn
   Posted Fri July 19, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Agnes's passing. She certainly had a big impact on many of our lives: through school, through Green Acres, and through her time spent in Harrisville with friends and family. She had a quick wit, a beautiful smile, and was a friend to many. I will miss her. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Barb Kilbourn Cooper
   Posted Sat July 20, 2019
Prayers going out to the whole family. Agnes was quite a lady and we’ll miss her sassy ways! I will never forget her beautiful smile that would break out anytime we brought a little snack from Jackson’s Bakery in Rochester....... RIP Agnes. Love, Barbie

Helen Whitcraft and Family
   Posted Sat July 20, 2019
We are so saddened by your Mothers passing, as we remember her as so witty and beautiful, yet we know she is in Heaven with your Father and other family members enjoying the peace and love there.
God bless Agnes’ soul and spirit. She is missed by all.
With much love and prayers,
Helen, Carol, Colemar, Sarah, Teri

Marsha Davis Spiridigliozzi
   Posted Sun July 21, 2019
Having spent many hours canoeing on the Middle and West Branches of the Oswegatchie with several Watertown Times co-workers and friends, the Green Acres was always a welcoming end of the day. I have so many happy memories of Johnnie and Agnes at Green Acres, their friendliness and humor! We were devastated when the business was destroyed by fire. I do not know their children, but Johnnie and Agnes were a north country treasure, loved by many and certainly joyfully reunited in heaven.
Marsha Davis Spiridigliozzi

Jackie Wood
   Posted Mon July 22, 2019
I am so very sorry to learn of Agnes' passing. She has been a good friend and co-worker. I will miss her very much. I wish I could be there to see all of you and share memories but I will be in Virginia. Please know my thoughts are with you.

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