Rosemary Gavitt

Rosemary C. Gavitt (Bly)

Tuesday, October 18th, 1927 - Sunday, May 24th, 2020
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WATERFORD Rosemary Catherine Bly Gavitt, 92 years old, deceased on May 24, 2020. She was born in Troy, NY was the daughter of Catherine (Ryan) Bly and Amos Bly. Rosemary’s early education was in the “one-room” schools of Grafton where her mother was the teacher. She graduated from Catholic Central High School, class of 1945. Rosemary was a great lady who was loved by everyone.

Rosemary furthered her education at Troy Business College. She worked in the Tek Hughes Brush Company and the NYS Dept. of Labor. After raising her family she worked at the High Gate Manor. She was a communicant of St. Mary the Assumption Church in Waterford.

Rosemary was an Officer of the St. Mary’s School, Mothers’ Club and belonged to the Altar Society, the Shut-in Committee and the St. Ann’s Society. Rosemary was a girl scout leader, deliverer of Meals on Wheels, helper of the St. Mary’s library, coordinator of Sing-Out (the Up With People Organization), docent with the Waterford Historical Museum, board member of the Wiawaka Holiday House (Lake George). Rosemary was an active participant and contributor to the Cohoes Music Hall Theater. She was a member of the “Red Hats”, Mermaids of Cohoes. Rosemary traveled the world from two pilgrimages to Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, many countries in Europe (including the Vatican), several cruises, Hawaii, Alaska, several regions of the U.S. and Canada, and especially Cocoa Beach, FL. She also had a passion for and enjoyed local travel. She loved dancing which brought out her joyful spirit of life. Rosemary had many friends who enjoyed her positive spirit, kindness, generosity and sense of humor. She will be sorely missed, and kept in our hearts and minds forever.

Rosemary was the widow of Harold Rogers Gavitt Jr., sister of the late Kathleen Bly Gavitt and William Bly; loving mother of Sharon Marie Gavitt of Stillwater, Kathy Ellen Gavitt of Waterford, Monica Gavitt Ouellette of Guilderland, William Gavitt of Franklin, TN, Joanne Dunn of Reno, NV and the late Thomas Turino of Elk Grove, CA. Rosemary was grandmother to Melissa Overdorf, Erik Olsen, Evan Olsen, Alicia Turino, Jessica (Turino) Hummel, Katrina Gavitt, Andrew Gavitt, Shaina (Dunn) Johnson, Ryan Dunn, Tayra Dunn, and Kellie Dunn. Rosemary had 11 great-grandchildren.

Due to the current pandemic, funeral services will be private and interment will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Troy.

Those who wish, may make memorial contributions to St. Mary of the Assumption Church Restoration Fund, 119 Broad St., Waterford, NY 12188.
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    Saint Peter's Cemetery, Stillwater
    2 Clinton Ct.
    STILLWATER, NY 12170
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  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Ladies of St. Ann
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Red Hat Society
  • Roman Catholic Church


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Janice Collins

Posted at 01:36pm
Dear Bill, Katrina, Andrew, Sawyer,
I was sad to read the news of your Mom's, Gram, & Great Grams passing. She was a lovely lady and while I only saw her a few times I know she was well loved by her family and friends. My sincere and deepest sympathy to you and the entire family.
Janice Collins


Leslie Dykeman

Posted at 10:18pm
I knew your Mom first thru Joan Matson and we would all go to Wiawaka as guests of Joan and work to close the place. Then I would see her at the Dance Flurry. We always had big hugs for each other -and loads of laughs. I enjoyed seeing her every year. She was one fun lady that I loved to laugh with. I wish things were different and the familiar rituals of wakes and funerals would give you the warmth you deserve at this time.

Marilyn Clayton

Posted at 06:37pm
Rosemary was a lovely lady and I was glad to have the chance to get to know her in Florida and New York. My condolences to Monica and your entire family. I know she will be missed mightily.
Marilyn Clayton

Tina Yerdon

Posted at 06:12pm
Cathy, sorry for your lost, what a sweet lady I have met in senior group of Waterford, she will be missed. Tina Yerdon

Shaina Johnson

Posted at 02:32pm
Grandma you will be missed. Xoxox
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