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Jolene A. Radley, 69, of Cape Vincent

Jolene A. Radley, 69, of Cape Vincent, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, September 17, 2022, surrounded by her loved ones.(Source: Funeral Home)

CAPE VINCENT, New York (WWNY) – Jolene A. Radley, 69, of Cape Vincent, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, September 17, 2022, surrounded by her loved ones.

Jolene was born on May 16, 1953 to the late Joseph and Jeanne (Johndrow) Reff of Rosiere, NY. She married Jarvis H. Radley at Saint-Vincent de Paul Church in Rosière on May 17, 1975, with Father Burns officiating. She was a 1971 graduate of Cape Vincent Central School and a 1972 graduate of the Central City Business Institute in Syracuse. Throughout her career, she has worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Dr. Kayani’s Office, Seaway Veterinary Service and Jefferson-Lewis BOCES. In 1993, she began working for the NYS Department of Corrections at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility, where she held a variety of positions, her favorite being senior mail and supply clerk for the facility. Affectionately known as “Mean Jolene, Queen of the Mailroom,” she retired after nearly 30 years of dedicated service.

At the CVCF, she notably served as president of CSEA Local 187 and was elected as an AFSCME delegate to represent her colleagues at conventions at the national and national level. Jolene was passionate about advocating for others through her work with the union, which provided her with countless opportunities to make new friends, travel to new places and make a difference. She was most proud of her dedication to fundraising and “plunging” into the freezing waters to support Special Olympics. Since launching her campaign, she has raised thousands of dollars for this important organization. In addition to advocating for her colleagues, she was elected to the Thousand Islands Central School Board and proudly served the school and community for 22 years. For several of these years she was appointed district clerk. She was also a lifelong communicator of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Rosière, and was a frequent reader and member of its Altar and Rosary Society. She taught catechism for several years, directed the annual Christmas play, and helped young parishioners earn their sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation.

Raising her three children was her greatest pride. She has always been very involved in all their activities and has been a Cub den mother, assistant scout leader and leader of the scouts. She went to all the sporting events, plays, musicals, concerts and parades. She continued this dedicated support with her grandchildren. No matter the event, you could always find her in the stands or on the sidelines, cheering on her children and grandchildren. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his family.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Jarvis, three children, Jennifer (Erik) Hauck of Watertown, Jarrod (Staci) Radley of Cape Vincent and Julia (Timothy) Morse of Canton, NY; four grandchildren, Leah, Liam, Levi Hauck and Lydia Morse. She is also survived by her brothers Michael (Rose) Reff of Cape Vincent, John (Randy Breunig) Reff of Boulder, CO, William (Linda) Reff of Peru, IL, and her sister Sue-Ellen (Eric) Thompson of Rush. , NY, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother and sister-in-law Donald and Marie Potter, and an infant son, Jeremy Edward Radley.

Calling hours will be on 1 October from 10.30am to 11.30am at the Church of Saint-Vincent de Paul, Rosière, with a funeral mass to follow at 12.00pm. Interment will be in Saint Vincent de Paul Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Salle des Chevaliers de Colomb, Rosière. Arrangements are in the care of Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in her name, to Special Olympics Central New York at 6315 Fly Rd, East Syracuse, NY 13057, or to the Hospice of Jefferson County at 1398 Gotham St, Watertown, NY 13601.