12/7/2016 – Vivian F. Black, Clayton

The Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Vivian F. Black, age 90, will be at 11am on Monday Dec. 12th, at St. Mary’s Church, with Ft. Arthur LaBaff officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 1-4pm Sunday at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Vivian was born March 1, 1926, in Utica, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Crumb Farley.

She graduated from Utica Catholic Schools and New Rochelle College, and earned her Masters Degree from Syracuse University.

On August 18th, 1950, she married Jeremiah Black at Lady of Our Lords Catholic Church in Utica. Mr. Black died April 8th, 1977, at age 56.

Vivian taught at 1000 Islands High School, where she taught Spanish and Remedial English, retiring in 1988 after 35 years.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Clayton Travelers Club, AA of University Women, and AFS.

Vivian was the first woman on the Clayton Town Board, and citizen of the year.

She enjoyed reading, volunteering, talking, crossword puzzles, and her spending time with her family.

Surviving are two daughters, Margaret (Bill) Bartlett of Rochester, and Mary (Craig “Pete”) Orvis of Rosiere; two sons, Tom (Sharon) of Camillus, and David (Lisa) of Columbia Georgia; Ten grandchildren; Thirteen great grandchildren; one sister, Barbara Gilroy of Utica; nieces and nephews.

Two sons, Daniel P. died in 1979 at age 25, and Matthew J. died in 1985 at age 23.

Donations can be made in her name to the Food Pantry at St. Mary’s Church, James Street, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.








  1. Darlene & Tom Bush Posted

    So sorry… God Bless a wonderful lady!!! She will be missed, but remembered!!!

  2. Barbara Owens Posted

    To Mary and the family of Vivian Black. Your mom was such a great lady that I have known all of my life. It won’t be the same without her. Her smile and her lovely personality. My prayers to the family. I have several items that I bought from her at your yard sale that I will treasure. When I wear them I will always think of her. Love, Barbara LaClair Owens

  3. Carl Kirkland Posted

    To all the Family: Mrs. Black was a great inspiration to Me when I had Her for English class.Prayers to You All

  4. Janna Shaffrey Posted

    Mary and family, sorry for your loss. She was a great lady.

  5. David & Lynn Garnsey Posted

    Mary and family, sorry very sorry to hear of your loss, super lady have nothing but fond memories of her.

  6. Renee Reff Miranda Posted

    I am very sorry for your loss. She was a very special lady.She always made me feel welcome. She definitely will be missed. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.


    To the Black family, so sorry for your loss your mom, as your morn your loss remember your mom was a special lady, lived a long and full life and helped many through out the community teaching at Thousand Island High and the Catholic Church, Prayers for you and your family……

  8. Mike and Patty Buker Posted

    To the Black family: I had some great conversations over the years with your mother! We talked about family, politics, Clayton and it’s future, and life in General.She was a sweet, lovely lady! I respected her knowledge and her love for Clayton.Clayton lost a great citizen and heaven gained an angel!

  9. Louie & Rosie Montante Posted

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. She was a great lady.

  10. Caryl Turck Mallette Posted

    I will never forget her St Lawrence Tartan skirts. Beautiful lady inside and out. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Getman Family Posted

    So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with the family.

  12. Blue Jay Posted

    Craig & Mary, so sorry to hear of your loss, my prayers and thoughts are with you both and the family.

  13. Bill Breitenbuecher Posted

    So sorry to hear of Vivian’s passing. I was just thinking the other day of the first Christmas show the TI Community Theater did at the Opera House before it was “The Opera House”! Viv sat on a loveseat with a young Amy Picunas telling stories of Christmases past in Clayton. It was the perfect part for her. A caring grandma sharing stories of a community she loved and was such a part of. (Forgive the dangling participle Vivian!) She was a lovely lady. My thoughts are with you.

  14. Diane Reff Morinigo Posted

    To Tom, Mary, Margaret, David and all the grandchildren and great grand kids,

    You know your mom was a big part of my life and she will be missed. I am thinking of all of you at this time. You have plenty of memories to share and to remember her by.
    Diane Reff Morinigo

  15. Yuvon slate marra Posted

    To the Black family.
    Sorry for your loss. Vivian was my English teacher at Clayton central school. I always liked her as a friend. She always remembered you with a smile. Mr. Black was my social studies teacher. They were a great couple together.prayers!!

  16. Patty Brayen Posted

    To Mary, Margaret, Tom, David and all your family,

    I was so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. What a great, great woman she was; one of the absolute best educators at TI School, a pillar of the community, and a devout Catholic. I always admired her strength and fortitude; so many tragedies in your family. I have many fond memories of her from school (I was in Danny [RIP]’s class of 1972), especially a wonderful long weekend “exchange trip” of a sort, when a bunch of us rode on a bus Roslyn, Long Island and spent a fascinating weekend with students from a much larger high school than ours. Mrs. Black was so educated, sharp, down-to-earth; a brilliant mind to be around, and a wonderful person. May she rest in peace. My deepest sympathies on your loss, and, really, Clayton’s loss.

  17. Debbie Bailey Posted

    Tom & Sharon, our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time. May your memories bring you comfort.
    Allen & Debbie

  18. Mignonette Reff Posted

    Mary, I am sorry to hear of your moms passing, your mom was one of my favorite teachers. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  19. Lisa Kessler Posted

    To David and his family. I’m sorry to hear of the passing of your amazing mom. My mom passed away a few days ago and her calling hours and funeral are at the same time as your mom’s. Do you suppose they might be sharing a little “chuckle” over that? I wish I could have paid my respects to you and your family, but obvious that could not be. Please know that you have been in my thoughts at this very difficult time. During my mom’s mass today, I will also say a prayer for your mom who was a truly magnificent woman.

  20. Tim LaLonde Posted

    Mary and family-

    Very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a very special lady for sure. You are in our thoughts.

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