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Katherine Welsh, 89

Katherine “Tootie” Welsh of Plattsburgh, New York, a former Westport resident, died July 5. She was 89.

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“Tootie” Welsh: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born May 28, 1928 in Au Sable Forks, New York to the late Dr. Joseph W. Scott and Genevieve Scott. She graduated from Au Sable Forks High School and went on to attend Green Mountain College in Vermont.

“Live, Laugh, Love” was a quote she lived by. Growing up on the shores of Silver Lake and the town of Au Sable, she met her lifelong love, the late Harry K. Welsh, Sr.

Harry and Tootie shared the love of music, family and friends, creating many joyous memories together. Living in Westport for 25 years, they then returned to the North Country in 1978.

Tootie volunteered at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital for many years, and she spent her summers on Silver Lake with friends and family.

She has been residing at Pine Harbor for the past 16 months and was always ready to “put on her coat” and go for an adventure.

Her husband predeceased her. She is survived by her family: Susan S. Welsh of Norwich, Vermont, Harry K. Welsh, Jr. of Westport, David S. Welsh of Saratoga Springs, New York, Christopher J. Welsh and his wife Kathy of Vestal, New York, Sally A. Welsh of Saratoga Springs, and Marilee Sundius and her husband Steven of Meredith, New Hampshire. She is also survived by many grandchildren; Max, Jesse, Casey, Kyle, Dylan, Evan, Travis, Brittany, Chelsea, Austin, Griffin, Keefer, Sarah, and Matthew, and great-grandchildren Cameron, Wesley and Chase. She was also predeceased by her brother and sister, Rebbie (Loretta) Stover and Robert Joseph Scott.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 10 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Alexander’s Church in Morrisonville. Burial will follow in Holy Name Cemetery in Au Sable Forks.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Au Sable Forks Fire Department, P.O. Box 785, Au Sable Forks, NY 12912 or The Au Sable Forks Free Library, P.O. Box 179, Au Sable Forks, NY 12912.

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