5/14/2021 – Bonnie L. Higgins, Cape Vincent

Mrs. Bonnie L. Higgins, 71, of Route 7, Cape Vincent, died Tuesday, May 11th, at University Hospital SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, where she had been a patient for a month, after being involved in a car accident.

The Funeral Mass will be at 11am on Wednesday, May 19th, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clayton, with Father Arthur LaBaff officiating. A burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 5-8pm Tuesday, May 18th, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. Masks are still required.

Bonnie was born April 19th, 1950, in Watertown, the daughter of Otis and Dorothy MacDonald Reff Sr. She graduated from Thousand Islands High School.

On February 8th, 1975, she married Gerald Higgins in Clayton.

Bonnie worked for a number of years as a Medical Transcriptionist, retiring in 2013. She also helped her husband with the operations of their business, Higgins Mobile Home Park.

Surviving besides her husband Gerald, is her daughter, Jennifer McCleese of Florida and one son, Jeremy of Saranac Lake; two grandchildren; one sister-in-law, JoAnn Reff of Florida; one brother-in-law, Steve Miranda of Rome, NY; nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.

Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her brother Otis (Nick) Jr. and one sister Reneé Miranda.


  1. Kathy Frickman Strough Posted

    So very sorry to hear. Bonnie was a sweetheart.

  2. Vicki Southwell Posted

    So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you Jenn . Prayers to you and your family during this most difficult time.

  3. Rose Singer Posted

    Although I have only been in Bonnie’s company a handful of times, they were memorable. I’m saddened to hear about her passing. May she Rest In Peace ❣️

  4. So Sorry to about Bonnie,, Sending prays to all her family

  5. Sally & Marc Switzer Posted

    We are so sorry for the family. She will be greatly missed. One of my fondest memories was on a girls weekend away. We were in a closed elevator not moving and just gabbing away and laughing. We didn’t even realize for quite some time that no one pressed the button to move because we were too engaged in our conversations and just having fun. We had quite a few adventures around New York and various states and Canada. Thanks so much for those “get-a-way” memories Bonnie!

  6. Nancy Klavins Posted

    Although I did not know her well, I wish to extend my condolences to Jerry and his family.

    Cousin, Nancy Higgins

  7. Linda Streets Posted

    We are so sorry to hear this. I enjoyed seeing Bonnie over the years at Steve’s high school reunions. She will be missed. Thinking of you, Jerry.

  8. Gloria Putrelo Posted

    We are so sorry for your loss. As a neighbor for years, I remember her garage sales, and chatting with her at Tom & Kim’s parties. Jerry & the family are in our prayers. Louie and Gloria Putrelo

  9. Patti Constance Posted

    I am so sorry to hear about Bonnie’s passing. It was shocking to hear. My deepest condolences go out to her family. So sad. Patti Constance

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