4/2/2015 – Mary Theresa Roden, Clayton

The Funeral Mass for Mary “Theresa” Roden, age 89, will be 11am on Tuesday, April 7th, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Arthur LaBaff officiating. Burial will be at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be 5-8pm Monday evening at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Theresa was born, October 10, 1925, in Kingston, Ontario, the daughter of Richard and Mary Ellen Foley. She attended Holy Family School in Watertown and graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy in 1943.

On August 11, 1947, she married Grant Roden at Holy Family Church with Father Frederick Shue officiating. Mr. Roden died April 20, 1966.

Theresa worked for a number of years as a bookkeeper for Pine Tree Point and Uncle Sam Boat Lines in Alexandria Bay, retiring in 1998.

She enjoyed knitting and gardening.

Surviving is one daughter, Beth (Ted) Dillenback of Cortland; two sons, Peter (Karen) of Clayton, and Tim (Carol) of North Carolina; five grandchildren, Karen (William) Diescher, Laura (Brian) Kelley, Brian and Gregory Dillenback, and Matt Roden; and two great grandchildren, Jenna and Madison Diescher.

Donations can be made in her name to the Food Pantry at St. Mary’s Church or T.I.E.R.S.


  1. I want to send my deepest condolences to the Family of Mary Roden. I had the pleasure of taking care of her for the past 9 months. She will forever hold a special place in my heart. She was such a loving and caring person. She is greatly missed by so many.

  2. Danyelle Weaver Posted

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family and her friends during this time. She will always be in my heart. She was a very special lady to me. Love you Mary you will always be thought of as my adopted Grandma RIP.

  3. bill caswell Posted

    Peter, Karen and families:
    I was very saddened to see your mom’s notice in the news. I had a lot of respect and admiration for her. She was always very nice to me and I know I’ll always have fond memories of her. I want to extend Betty’s and my most sincere expression of sympathy and hope that you and your folks find peace and serenity soon. Love ya like a bro Peter… write me sometime.

  4. Ellen Stiefel Posted

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you . I have fond memories of time spent with your mom. One time was 50 years ago today April 3rd , Bill Turcotte and I were married . Your parents shared the day with us, they did a lot of dancing ! They were a very nice couple ! I am in Fl. sorry I will be unable to attend her services . Love Ellen Stiefel

  5. Maggie Matthews Posted

    I am so sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed our visits when Mary was in Clayton. She always asked how my family was and if I’d been to the Island. She a sweet lady.

  6. Peter and Joanne Radley Posted

    Pete and Karen, Matt also the whole Roden family. Was very sorry to read the passing of Theresa. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. My all the wonderful memories find you comfort in the up coming days ahead. She was a wonderful lady. I for one will never forget her fruit cake she used to deliver to the bank every Christmas. Love Joanne and Pete Radley.

  7. Renee Reff Miranda Posted

    So very sorry to read of Theresa’s passing. Lots of good memories growing up next door. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Gene and Arlene Long and family Posted

    We will always remember Theressa and the kindness she extended to the Long family. Her sense of humor, devotion to family and heavenly ambrosia salad at the Roden Thanksgiving table will always be remembered by us. Our condolences to Peter, Karen, Matthew, and family. Gene and Arlene will especially miss cocktails in the summer with you. A toast to you, Theressa!

  9. Kathy Miller and Boots Cavallario Posted

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Peter we can’t believe we just had that conversation about your mom’s great memories about growing up with my mother. Our memories of her are her laughter and engaging smile. Regretfully none of us are able to be there to attend the services as we are all traveling. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  10. Tim LaLonde Posted

    Pete and Family-

    Very sorry to learn or your Mom’s passing. I have some good memories of her and the good times we had at your house during our high school days. Know that you are in our thoughts at this time.
    We are back in the area now and would love to hook up with you again after all these years.

    Little Buddy

  11. John Miller Posted


    I am related to Mary through her birth parents, the Gibsons from Howe Island. Mary’s sister, Helen Marshall (nee Gibson), was my grandmother. My mother (Mary’s niece), Theresa Miller, was named after Mary. Though I did not know Mary, I wanted to offer my condolences to her family. She sounds like she was a wonderful lady!

    With Best Regards,

    John B. Miller
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

  12. Hattie Potter Posted

    Tim, Peter and Family,
    My condolences to you all. I know she raised a wonderful family by way of knowing her sons, Pete and my teen heart throb Tim. Both Pete and Tim left a legacy of kindness and always gentlemen. Both played a significant and heroic role one night with the CFD helping to fight fire on Round Island.
    I’m sorry for you loss.
    Hattie Potter

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