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Roger James Austin, 78, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at St. Luke's Home in New Hartford, NY, following a brief illness. He was predeceased by his father and mother, James and Dorothy (McIntyre), and sister, Delores J. Allbright. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Nancy (Brown) Austin; daughters, Judith Austin-Hubsch (Michael) and Barbara Peck (Perry); and sons, Michael (Penny), Phillip Roger (Amy) and William James (Mary Kay). He is also survived by grandchildren, Perry P. Peck, III, Eric Wm. Peck, Chandra (Peck) Bowen, Sean Austin, Abbie Austin and Kyle Austin; great-grandchildren, Kailyn Bowen, Kaden Bowen, Colin Peck, Mason Peck and Avery Peck. He is also survived by stepchildren, Donna Woolschlager (Gary), Michael Pierce (Diane), Nancie Ann DesPres (Kim), Edward Pierce and Alison Bruce (Doug); step-grandchildren, Derek Bruce, Devon Bruce, Lisa Ann Rizzo and Nicole Bermaster; and step-great-grandchild, Olivia Rizzo. Roger was born and raised in Utica, NY, and also lived in Rochester, NY, for 20 years; he was a U.S. Armed Forces veteran. A private graveside burial will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Arrangements are with the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, New Hartford. For online expression of sympathy, go to: www.dfwefh.com
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Nov. 3, 2013