8/16/2020 – Orlene Rose Dunning, Town of Orleans

Orlene Rose Dunning, born October, 6th, 1951, passed away at her home in the Town of Orleans on July 31st, 2020 (due to health complications). She was predeceased by her father and mother, Fred and Leanna (Shaw) Dunning, as well as her only brother, Darrell, (in 1977.)

After graduating from Lafargeville High School in (1969), Rose graduated college. She then worked in Washington D.C. for a time for the F.B.I. She returned to the North Country and lived at her beloved family farm at the time of her death. 

Rose possessed a wonderful sense of humor, an independent spirit, loved attending a variety of church functions, and never missed a weekend at the drive-in movie theater.  She thoroughly enjoyed reading, and was self-taught on many subjects. Few people knew she spoke German and French. Rose enjoyed socializing, and was a truly knowledgeable, wonderful conversationalist.

As her legacy, Rose would encourage us all to be kind to one another.

Close relatives include Blanche Hiscock of Oriskany, NY, Bruce Shaw of Clayton, and a multitude of cousins.  Special friends include Gail Honeyman of Governeur;  Pam Bennett of PJ’s Motel, Clayton; and Rev. Jeff McIlgrath of the Reformed Church of the Thousand Isles.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Reformed Church of the Thousand Isles, 54 Church St., Alexandria Bay, NY 13607.

A graveside service at the Omar Cemetery will be held August 23rd, at 1:30pm, with Reverend Jeff McIIgrath officiating.


  1. Gwen Kirkby Posted

    Thoughts and prayers for Orlean Rose family and special friends. May she be at peace with our Heavenly Father and her family. Gwen Kirkby

  2. Margaret Amyot Bullard Posted

    Thoughts and prayers for Orlean Rose family. I always enjoyed talking to Orlean about La Fargeville Central School where we used to go. She always had a beautiful sense of humor. She loved going to bingo before this Pandemic in the last few months. May you be at peace Orlean with our Lord.

  3. Pam Hughes Getman Posted

    Rest In Peace with the Lord Orlean, Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  4. Kris Wilson Posted

    I wanted to send my condolences to any family Rose had(I knew she spoke of a cousin down south) and to any friends and church friends. I knew Rose from Agape House Fellowship where she frequented many functions. I enjoyed our talks immensely. She shall be missed!

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