9/1/2015 – Carlyn (Carnie) A. Hammersley, Clayton

Mrs. Carlyn (Carnie) A. Hammersley, age 91, of Merrick Street, died Sunday at the Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown. There will be no calling hours. A graveside committal service will be at 11am Saturday, Sept. 5, at Clayton Cemetery.

Carnie was born March 15, 1924, the daughter of Manley and Alice Heherton Rusho.

She attended Grindstone Island School and graduated from Clayton Schools.

A marriage to Samuel (Jack) Hammersley ended in divorce.

Carnie worked as an Assistant and a Receptionist for a time for the late Dr. William Heady. She also worked for a time at Jefferson Community College and retired from Jefferson County Public Health where she was Secretary for Mrs. Jean Heady.

She enjoyed watching television, flower gardening, and bowling.

Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. Cathryn (Terry) Vieau of Clayton; one son John (Jeanine) Hammersley of Florida; two granddaughters, Nicole and Erin; four great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Eleanor Calhoun of Clayton; nieces and nephews.

One brother, Leon Rusho, predeceased her.

Donations can be made in her name to the American Heart Association or the Association of the Blind.


  1. Gail Brown Posted

    Cathy & Family:
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom. Carnie and I were partners in crime for so many years at Public Health. We could find trouble to get into even when we weren’t looking for it. Remember our desks facing each other right by the door at Park Place? We got to comment on everyone who came in or left the building. She always made fun out of our work day and I think back to those days with very fond memories. Seeing you come in with the girls when they were oh so little and Terry popping in every now and then always made for a few more laughs. I’m sure you will miss her and I’m sorry too that after all those years we lost touch. She truly was a one-of-a-kind friend. Sincerely .. Gail

  2. Kathy Manning Posted

    Cathy & Terry,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family.

  3. Martha Millett Posted

    Truly sorry that your Mom has passed away… She was a gentle, kind woman …. and as I remember a bit of a fun loving prankster ….. I, for one, will miss seeing her face.. I wasn’t a believer for a while, but it is true… that “time” does lessen the pain of loss…..let your love and memories help you along the journey…

  4. Kathy Keegan Cummings Posted

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I have a couple of pictures of your mom that I found in a picture book of my mother’s from the 1940’s that I could share. Please let me know if you would like to see them.

  5. Arnie and Ann Posted

    Cathy and Terry
    We are so sorry for your Mom’s passing. May the love and support of your friends give you strength at this difficult time. God bless you all. You will be in our prayers.

  6. Louie and Rosie Montante Posted

    Cathy and John,
    Our deepest sympathy for your lost. Wishing you strength and comfort and know how much your love for Mom meant to you and to so many others.

  7. Cathy Hunt Saunders Posted

    Cathy, Terry & John, I’m so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a grand lady who always greeted you with a smile. Having just lost Mother in November, I know what you are feeling. It’s never easy, but we have wonderful memories to live on. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

  8. Evy (Child) Bernat Posted

    So sorry to read of your mom’s passing. Doesn’t it just happen this way, you read of someones’ passing and wish you’d had a chance to meet them.
    I am a stranger to you but suspect perhaps a relative. Hammersley was my mom’s maiden name. Her father, Sydney Ernest was from a good sized family, lived in Waterford, NY growing up and one of his brothers was Samuel John. Samual’s son was also Samuel John, Jr. known as Jack. Quite a coinsidence! I believe that first Samuel John would have been your grandfather.
    As I read thru the family history that I have, we are indeed cousins. Have you lived in this area all your life? I moved here from Waterford as a bride many years ago.
    Again, I’m sorry for your loss but perhaps in we have gained a lost relationship.
    Evy Bernat

    • Cathy Vieau Posted

      Thank you for your comments, Evy. My dad did indeed hail from Waterford, N.Y. My brother,(Samuel John Hammersley III ) and I were born here and I have lived here most of my life. John now lives in Florida. Please contact us . My husband and I are in the Clayton directory and are easy to find. Thanks. Cathy

  9. Christine Bourcy Posted

    I am so sorry for your loss. My parents were great friends with Carnie and I believe she is the last of that group that went out to dinner together or sat around the table at the Koffee Kove at least once a week. Time sure flies by. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
    With sincere regards,
    Christine Bourcy

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