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Clorice (Case) Otis

Otis, Clorice (Case) SARANAC LAKE Clorice Case "Casey" Otis, age 89, of Will Rogers Drive, Saranac Lake, died Saturday, January 5, 2013 at her home in Saranac Village at Will Rogers. Born Clorice Harper Case in Little Valley, N.Y. on April 15, 1923, Casey was the daughter of Dean Joseph Case and Clorice Clothilde Harper Case (n?e Shannon). Casey graduated with a BA in English from the University of Michigan, and was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. At Michigan, she met her husband, Maurice (Maury) Bromley Otis of Horseheads. They were married in 1944 in Sioux Falls, S.D. They remained husband and wife for 66 years, until Maury's passing on January 3, 2011. After living in Lake Clear, Casey and Maury moved to Slingerlands, where they resided with their children for over twenty years. Casey was active in PTA, Home Bureau and the Women's Rosary Society of Saint Thomas Church in Delmar, and served as a Cub Scout den mother. Her hospitality committee of the Rosary Society grew into a group of couples that called themselves the "Happy Group," which got together on a regular basis throughout the years. Casey also worked for ten years in Delmar as office manager for Robert King, DDS. Casey and Maury moved to Lake Placid in 1973 and built a house on Lake Kiwassa in Saranac Lake. After moving to Kiwassa, Casey worked in the office of William Sweeney, CPA, until her retirement in 1985. Thereafter, she remained active in the community, delivering Meals on Wheels and serving as a volunteer at Adirondack Medical Center. She is survived by two sons, Fitz-Edward Otis II (Edit) of Sarasota, Fla. and Michael Case Otis (Mary Elizabeth "Bee") of Gallupville, N.Y.; two daughters, Judith Ann Otis (Richard Wilson) of Elizabeth City, N.C. and Mary Pamela Otis (Richard A. Curreri) of Voorheesville, N.Y.; eight grandchildren, Janet Nielson (Stanley), Fitz-Edward III (Susan), Michelle Brantley (Leonard), Deborah Stone Breen (Mark), Kellie Fredericks (John), Kate Otis (Eli Rabinowitz), Allison Curreri and Richard J. Curreri; and eight great-grandchildren. Calling hours will take place at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church St. in Saranac Lake on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday January 10, 2013 at St. Bernard's Church in Saranac Lake. Friends wishing to remember Casey may make memorial contributions to Saranac Lake Free Library, Adirondack Medical Center, or to the Association Of Senior Citizens (for the Meals on Wheels program in Franklin County) in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guest book at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com

Published in Albany Times Union on Jan. 9, 2013
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