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Sally Joan Converse


1929 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Converse, Sally Joan
On the morning of October 22nd, 2016, Sally Joan (Bourcy) Converse, 87, of Watertown New York, passed away peacefully in her sleep, at her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born March 23rd, 1929 in Watertown, New York, the daughter of Floyd and Frances Bourcy. Sally attended school in Watertown NY, first at Sacred Heart Parochial School, followed by the Immaculate Heart Academy High School, where she graduated in 1946. It was at this time she met her childhood sweetheart, Robert "Bob" Henry Converse, whom she later married, on September 7th, 1957. Soon after marriage, Sally and Bob moved to Rochester, NY where they started a family. They had five children, three boys and two girls. Then in 1966, they pulled up roots and moved West, to Phoenix, Arizona. There, they became long time residents, settling down and adding three more children (boys) to the family. Eventually, Sally was blessed with 8 loving children, 4 grand children, and two great-grandchildren. In addition, she was extremely grateful and fortunate to have many wonderful friends and neighbors, each whom she truly considered to be part of the family. Sally was a true lover of animals and nature, and never hesitated to express her delight at the scenery and the smallest details nature had to offer. Some of her fondest memories were times she spent outdoors, traveling, or the many gatherings with family, friends and neighbors over the years. Sally was a devout Catholic and was truly one of those special people touched by God. As a mother, she was exceptional. Raising eight children was a full time job, and she did it faithfully, and did it well. Her children are forever thankful for the sacrifices shemade, and for giving them such wonderful childhoods. Sally was adored by anyone that ever knew her, and she will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Frances, three brothers; Robert (Lucille) Bourcy, Pete (Shirley) Bourcy, James Bourcy, and sister, Kathryn Ann Thomas, and Sally's husband Robert Converse, passed away in 2012. She is survived by her youngest brother, Neil (Barb) Bourcy of Syracuse NY, her eight children, Kathleen (Rick) Hartlauer, Kevin, Mark, Ellen, Steve, Neil(Bernadette), James and John Converse, four grandchildren, Sean and Heather Converse, Daniel and Ryan Hartlauer, and two great grandchildren, Kaycey Lewis and Chloe Converse. Memorial Services will be held at 2:30 PM on Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at St.Louis The King Catholic Church, 4331 W. Maryland Ave, Glendale, AZ, 85301. Following the service, friends will be invited to join family at Sally's home.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 30, 2016
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