Our dear mother Ila Elizabeth Comeau, 96, passed away peacefully on Sept. 7, 2020 at the NYS Veterans’s Home in Batavia, New York where she received loving care for the past five years.
Born on Oct. 10, 1924, Ila was a long-time resident of Elm Street in Rouses Point. She was noted for her delicious pies and cookies, her gardens, sewing and wonderful massages. Ila was everyone’s best friend and neighbor and an adopted mother and grandmother to many — always there to lend a helping hand. She was transplanted from Garland, North Carolina to Rouses Point by her husband Roland who she met while working in the Army Commissary at Fort Bragg.
Ila was predeceased by her loving husband of 65 years, Roland; her brothers, George, Harvey, Joseph, Paul, Luke and John Petty; and sister, Mary Ross.
Ila is survived by six children and 13 grandchildren, Joseph (Molly) Comeau and their children Rachael Comeau, Vaughn Comeau, Andrew Comeau; Paul (Victoria) Comeau and their children John Comeau, Kristina Comeau Weismore, and Steven Comeau; Margaret (Gary) Boyea and children Mike Boyea and Pam Cocozza, Mary (Zepher) Raymond and their children Eric and Jason Raymond, Marian (Bryan) Tetreault and their children Holly Sega and Jill Mayorga and Theresa (Richard) Simpson and their son Michael. Also surviving are 23 great-grandchildren who brought great joy to her in the later years of her life; a sister-in-law, Yvonne Petty; and several nieces and nephews.
Ila’s life was full. After her children grew up, she worked for many years and retired from Ayerst Laboratories where coworkers often enjoyed her fresh baked goods. She also worked previously at Cedar Hedge Nursing Home providing compassionate care to the residents. She was devoted to her faith and involved in numerous activities at St. Patrick’s Church (many of which involved pies which Roland gladly delivered).
Calling hours will be held from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11 at St. Patrick’s Church in Rouses Point followed by a Mass of Christian Burial and a graveside service.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made to St. Patrick’s Church, 138 Lake St., Rouses Point NY 12979. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 W. Main St., Batavia NY 14020.