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Laurie A. Dana Obituary - July 19, 2012

Laurie A. Dana, 42, of North Lawrence passed away Thursday (July 19, 2012) as the result of a car accident.

Arrangements are with the Flint Funeral Home, Moira.

She was born April 5, 1970 the daughter of Robert McCarthy and Mary Garrand. Laurie was a 1988 graduate of Brushton Moira Central School. Laurie received her Masters Degree from SUNY Plattsburgh, majoring in Speech Pathology. August 31, 1996, Laurie united into marriage with Jeffrey Dana at the St. Lawrence Church, North Lawrence. She has been employed as a Speech Pathologist for St. Lawrence Central School, beginning in1992,

Laurie’s passion began at home, with her husband Jeff and her two girls Caitlyn and Lauryn. She is described as a mother who was “in tune” with her children. Whether it be soccer practice, dance lessons, or gymnastic, Laurie always treasured every minute spent with her girls. With a genuine heart, every animal on the family farm trusted and respected her. No matter the size of the pet, they enjoyed seeing her and they brought her much peace. Laurie is remembered for her infectious smile. She had the natural ability to illuminate a room full of family and friends, just by being the loving caring person that she was.

She is survived by he beloved husband Jeffrey, her father Robert (Marlene) McCarthy of Moira, her mother Mary (Carl) Garrand of Brushton, father –in-law Donald Dana of Moira, a brother Timothy (Gina McCarthy) of Brushton, stepsiblings Craig Blanchard and a sister Cheryl Blanchard, Amy Garrand and Amanda, Garrand. Also surviving Laurie are her brother-in-laws Alan Dana of Plattsburgh and her sister-in-law Beth (Chris) Kemp of North Lawrence as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Her two daughters Caitlyn and Lauryn, her grandparents Robert & Elizabeth McCarthy, Lawrence and Laura Mills, predecease her,

Calling hours will be held Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 at the funeral home.
A combined funeral Mass for the Dana family will be celebrated Tuesday morning at 11am at St. Mary’s Church Brushton, with the Rev. Christopher Looby presiding, and the Rev Gerry Giroux concelebrating the mass. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery and Sand Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of floral offerings, the family has requested that monetary donations in Laurie’s honor be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation at 25 Broadway 14 Floor, New York, NY 10004.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the Dana family at www.flintfuneralhomeny.com.

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Laurie A. Dana Condolences

Sorry to read about Ken. My prays are with you
Posted from: sharon, moira
“There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.” Thornton Wilder

To the McCarthy and Dana families from an old colleague of Bob McCarthy's at FSA. Since hearing of this tragic loss, our family has held yours in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers. We send our love and deepest sympathies.

Posted from: Marc Smith, Seneca Falls, NY
On behalf of Dairy One, I want to express our sadness for your terrible loss and let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your Dad.
Posted from: Carol Benway, Highgate Center, VT

Posted from: Carol Benway, Highgate Center, Vermont
Laurie had become one of my closest friends over the last few years. Caitlyn and Lauryn were also 2 of my daughters best friends and were always at each others houses. They are like daughters to me. I will cherish all our trips to dance competitons and Jay Peak where one them was sure to pull a prank on someone. My thoughts, prayers and love are with you always. Laurie, Caitlyn and Lauryn will be loved and missed forever in our home.
Posted from: Kelly Tavernia, North Bangor
Our deepest and most sincere sympathy on the death of your wife, Laurie, your daughters, Caitlyn and Lauryn, as well as your mom, Janet Dana. We have precious memories of visiting Laurie and her family when she was a little girl living in the Hudson Valley. I (Claudine) have fond memories of having had your mom as my teacher. We both in recent years met your mom through Paul and Fran Goodrow, as well as seeing her at the conventions of the New York State Retired Teachers Association. You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of profound loss.

Posted from: Raymond & Claudine Leduc, Marlboro, NY
I am very sorry for your lost. She will never be forgotten. RIP Laurie
Posted from: Kimberly, Brushton,NY
I already miss your phone calls and text messages. Every time my phone rings my first thought is it must be you because I haven't heard from you that day!! We never go more than a day without talking...I hate this silence. Just know that I love you so very much and I will miss you and those beautiful girls so much.

Jeff,Mary Carl, Bob Marlene, Tim Gina and family
Laurie,Caitlyn, and Lauryn are very special people to me and my family.. Just know that my family and I are here for you now and always! You will forever be in our thoughts and prayers. Marianne, Scott, Rachael and Rebecca

Posted from: Marianne Meacham, Moira,NY
Jeff, I am sorry I did not get to speak to you personally today at the funeral. I had the pleasure of babysitting Caitlyn and Lauryn for seven years. They were a very special part of my family. Laurie was an awesome person, always smiling.Laurie, Caitlyn and Lauryn will forever hold a special place in my heart. They will be greatly missed. Keep their memory alive.
Posted from: Kim Stone, Winthrop, NY
Just to let you know that Mike was unable to attend the calling hours because he just had knee replacement surgery and still in therapy. God Bless You.

Posted from: Mike and Helen Jock, Brushton, NY
Jeff....I haven't seen you in a long time;I guess that's what happens when you move away from home and been gone for years. On a recent trip north I did see Laurie about a year an a half ago at a dance recital at the community center in Brushton. She wore her big pretty smile and was so happy to talk about her life with you and your girls...it was wonderful to hear. I can't imagine what your going through and I'm so sorry. I send prayers of courage and strength to carry you through this tragedy.
Jen Potter

Posted from: Jennifer "Potter" Williams, Salisbury,NC
May god assuage the loss that these passings have given you. Friends from NH of Jimmy Popee Norreault
Posted from: sean kilbreth , New Boston
so sorry to hear of your loss,my heart and prayers goes out to the family
Posted from: Mavis Baublitz, Holt Fl
To the Dana family, our hearths and prayers are with you at this time.
Our sinceres sympathy.
Gerald and Beth Pche'.

Posted from: Gerald and Beth Piche', Lawreceville NY
We are so saddened about the tragedy that took the lives of your girls...Ray used to teach PE at SLC with Laurie, and I babysat for Caitlyn...Please know that you and your father are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. It certainly make one appreciate every single moment!
Posted from: Ray and Diane Bell, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
My heart is just breaking for all of you ! I just wanted you to know I am praying for everyone , Love ya all, Mary& Carl ,Bob& Marlene, Amy ,Amanda. May God lift you during this time .Many are praying for you from Alabama, to alaska , Utah and Pennsylvania .You are all loved !
Posted from: Nancy (Lavalley) Barney , Clearfield Pa.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family and friends of the Dana family. This was a tragedy. I just wanted to say Laurie was a wonderful speech teacher to my little girl while she was in Brasher school and she helped her so much and Lauryn was a great friend to another one of my daughters. They will all be greatly missed and never forgotten by any of us that had the pleasure of meeting them. I know my daughters and myself are heart broken right now. :'(
Posted from: Wendy Ward, Massena, NY
My sincere condolences to both the Dana and Mccarthy families. I am deeply saddened by the loss of your loved ones. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely,
Kathy Lahendro

Posted from: Kathy Lahendro, Potsdam, NY
Although I do not know your family, I want to express my deepest condolences for the tragic loss of your mother, wife and children. Try to stay strong. Remember you have 4 beautiful angels watching over you now.
Posted from: Amanda, Potsdam
Dear Dana and McCarthy Families,
My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. God Bless and give you the strength to keep their memories alive.

Posted from: P.J. Curran, Townsend, MA
Jeffery I know you don'T Know me and I don't know your family but I just wantd to send you my deepest condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go to you and the rest of your family.May God help you through this very sad time.
Posted from: Holly Vari, Massena ny
Jeff, We both enjoyed working with Laurie for many years at SLC. I also was fortunate to have had both of your daughters in computer class. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted from: Bill & Shirley Scharf, North Lawrence
to all that are dealing with her loss, we wish you our prayers and thoughts. She was such a sweet girl. Such a terrible loss.
Posted from: aletha sabin, moira ny
Garrand Family
Our thought and prayers go out to all. Such a tragic loss for so many. I know there are no words to heal. Only God can do that and in His time. God's Angels are what they are and they will always be watching over you. God Bless Each and Every Member Of All Families.

Posted from: Mike and Helen Jock, Brushton, NY
Your loss is & will be felt throughout the community for years to come. I pray for strength, peace, & comfort for you & those closest to your family. I hope you can take some comfort in knowing that these beautiful ladies were LOVED by so many people!
Posted from: Melinda Douglas, Winthrop, NY
McCarthy Family
Our heartfelt thought and prayers go out to you at your tragic loss. They are all Angels now in God's arms. They all will be watching over their loved ones everyday. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted from: Mike and Helen Jock, Brushton, NY
My heart and prayers go out to you. I cannot image the heartache and sorrow you feel with such a tragic lost. No amount of words any of us could say will ever take away the pain that you feel but I hope knowing that people who didn’t know your Beautiful Family felt your pain that day and cried with you. No one should have to lose so much; you are in all of our Thoughts.
Posted from: Terry Day, La Fargeville NY
Jeff, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I do not know the proper words to say or if there are even such a thing, as the right words at this time. I just wanted to say that I loved Laurie so much she became a friend to me over the years, My daughter Mckenna and your daughter Lauryn were in the same grade and did the 1st. Communion together. Both of my daughters were in Laurie's speech classes also. She was a very important person to me and helped me so much. We had many many conversations and just as many laughs together. Your daughters were always kind to me and my girls and always had a smile. I just wanted to say that they all meant so much. Again my condolences.. Marnie Daoust
Posted from: Marnie Daoust, Brasher Falls
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Such beautiful people. May your memories and love bring peace to your hearts.
Posted from: Christine Monette, Malone, NY
My thoughts and prayers are with the family every
day. It was a terrible tragedy and one which I am still trying to comprehend. No words can ever eliminate the pain and suffering of this loss. Maybe God and time will find a way to lessen it.

Posted from: Jayline Perry, Malone, NY
Jeff as you prepare to go on with your life having been changed completely, Laurie, your mom and the girls are looking down upon you smiling and shining radiantly from their new heavenly home. So hard to understand,so hard to except, so hard to believe, but we cannot comprehend the beauty and perfect peace where they now abide with Jesus. They will continue to watch over you,and no without question through Gods infinite Passion you will see them all again one day.
Posted from: Bob Bowman, Gouverneur, NY
I am so sorry to learn from my mother of the tragic loss of Laurie, your daughters, and your mother. My heart aches for you. I met Laurie when I was attending SUNY Plattsburgh to become an SLP. She was a lot of fun, had a big smile, and was a joy to know. I am sure that her smile is lighting up heaven. I pray that God will bring comfort and peace to your family.

Posted from: Kim (Vivlamore) Waguespack, Hometown: Malone, NY; Currently: Washington, IL
My deepest and sincere thoughts go out to you in this difficult time. I had the honor to work with Laurie and Lauryn over the last six years. Her big, beautiful smile will surely be missed at SLC.
Posted from: Scott Sharp, Massena, NY
Our thoughts and prayers are with you call in this difficult time. We are extremly sorry for your loss.

Lower Sunbeam Hunting Club
David Smith
Warren Legacy
Carl Garrand
Mike Marion
Art Miller
Dale Richards
Bill Cross
Dan Crippen

Posted from: Lower Sunbeam Hunting Club, Moira, NY
My deepest sympathy to The Dana, McCarthy,and Garrand families. To all the family and friends of Laurie and her beautiful daughters. There are not enough words to say to ease your pain and suffering. Know our entire community is praying for all of you.
Much love and prayers.

Posted from: Shelley Dufrane, Brushton
Dearest Jeff,
My heart breaks for you and your Dad. Laurie was like my "other daughter", always making me laugh with her silliness. I know there is nothing I can say or do to make this better but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and my memories of Laurie and the girls will stay in my heart forever.
Much love,
Nancy Penderghest

Posted from: Nancy Penderghest, Lawrenceville
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Such a wonderful Speech Language Pathologist! Many students were blessed to have been instructed by Laurie Dana! Your fellow SLP's are proud to have known you...
Posted from: Mary Hart, Chasm Falls, N Y
You don't know me or my family, but I wanted you to know how sad I am for your lost. I pray you find some form of comfort in knowing that your wonderful love ones are in the hands of the lord.
God best you and the rest of your family and I pray you find some kind of peace.

Posted from: Bev Parmeter, Lisbon, NY
Laurie, Caitlyn, and Lauryn-
May your light shine as brightly in heaven as it did here on earth. The world will miss you.

Dana and McCarthy Families-
May your beautiful memories sustain you until you meet again. SLC has had another hole torn in its' heart.

Posted from: Cheryl Klemp, Massena
The Chapin Family extends our heartfelt sympathies to all your family. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted from: Roz Chapin Needham, Owls Head,NY
Jeff, I know that words cannot comfort you at this time for the lost of your loved ones.
We will always have them in our prayers forever.

Posted from: John and Monique Musgrove, Moira NY
With deepest sympathy you are in our thoughts and prayers.
We are so very sorry for your loss, our hearts go out to you
and all of your family at this very sad time.

Posted from: Martha & Leonardo Dishman, Mountain View NY
MaryBeth and Family: Unimaginable tragedy. My heart is so very saddened and I cannot fathom your heartache. May beautiful memories help to heal and bring you peace.
Posted from: Linda Mulverhill Hollis, Inverness, Florida
To the Dana and McCarthy families,

Our hearts and prayers go out to you at this time of such great tragedy. We are thinking of you and will coninue our prayers until the end of our time here on earth.

Your cousins,Michael, Kevin, Regina and Erin McCarthy. The children of Edgar and Julia McCarthy

Posted from: Kevin McCarthy, Hartford, New York
I'm so very sorry about all this. It's a tragedy beyond proportion. Laurie was a wonderful person and I'll miss her very much.
Posted from: Jo Ann Zenger, Parishville, NY
my heart goes to you and may god and the angels be with you. my heart goes to you and your daugter's that are in heaven. god bless!
Posted from: darlene, richville
To the Dana family and beyond...

It is with sadness in our hearts that we express our condolences to you. Words cannot begin to describe how our hearts ache for you. You have been part of this community as long as we have. Please know that each of us is doing our best to support you if even from afar. We cannot take away the pain that you feel but know that you are never alone. We are all with you!

Love and prayers to all,
The Aubrey Family...Andy, Julia, Jason, and Bryan

Posted from: Andrew and Julia Aubrey, North Bangor
Please Join Laura Jones and her family at 8pm St. Lawrence Elementary school parking lot to honor the 5 people we lost in the car accident on July 19th. Please bring candles if you don't have candles you can bring a flash light. 5 minute moment of silence will be held at 8:30 to remember those lost to us.

Posted from: Melissa Jones, North Lawrence
Thought & Prayers are with you and your family..!!! <3 Miss you Mrs. Dana.. You'll be missed by so many at SLC.. And SLC will never have a better speech teacher than you..!! <3
Posted from: Katilyn Foster, Brasher Falls, NY 13613
Oops wronrg one.! But may you rip, your very pretty and god shouldnt have tooken you so fast away from SLC..!! Love you angel..!!!!


Posted from: Katilyn Foster, Brasher Falls, NY
Mary Beth and Carl, Bob and Maureen,

Oh how you must be suffering. No one should have to suffer such a tragic loss.

I hope each of you, aided by God and fond memories of loved ones lost, move from your pain and grief to a time of lesser suffering.

You have my sincerest sympathy,


Posted from: Hugh Langelier, Saranac Lake
Mr. Dana,
Even though I did not know you or your family, I just wanted to say how very very sorry my husband & I were to read of your loss. Through this very hard time remember there are close friends, family and even strangers praying for you. Again our hearfelt prayers are with you.

Posted from: Valerie Taylor, Daytona Beach FL
I enjoyed working with Laurie. She was always smiling. My thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow.
Posted from: Barbara Cooper, Massena
Dear Dana Family,

We are so sorry for your family’s lost. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.
The McNerney Family
(Paula Dumas McNerney)

Posted from: Paula McNerney, Woodstock, CT
Our deepest heartfelt sympathies are with you at this very difficult time. No one, only God can give you peace. They will be missed. Your wonderful memories will be cherished

Posted from: Mike and Helen Jock, Brushton, NY
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dana family. Mrs. Laurie Dana was a kind woman, with a great smile and was a wonderful teacher. She will be missed.
Robert & Elizabeth Dow

Posted from: Robert & Elizabeth Dow, Brasher Falls, NY
Bobby, I'm so sorry,I wish I could do something to make you feel alright,but I know there isn't.God works in funny ways,and it hurts so much sometimes. This is it.I can't believe what you must be going though. Uncle Tom
Posted from: Tom McCarthy, Manchester,Ct.
There are no words to say, my family from Montreal sends prayers your way. So many are thinking of your family, the friends and the community that have lost a loved one. A beautiful angel she is....

ps...I am the sister of Mr. Mrs. Josh & Stacie Zenger

Posted from: White-Galinski Family, Montreal Quebec
It is very hard to find words to be said at this time. my heart so much goes out to this family for this awful tragic accidnet. i have shed tears myself even not knowing all of these people but yet i feel the pain i am so sorry for this. god will be with all in this terrible time. we never have any answers other then why? we will never know but i pray for a day of peace for all. god be with you...
Posted from: kathy bresett, gouverneur ny
We are so sorry for your loss. No words are suffient.

Paul and Lois

Posted from: Paul Steinburg, Madrid
Although I did not know your family personally I wanted to take this time to say how this tragic event has affected many of us in the surrounding area. I pray that God will give you peace and the strength to endure. Your family is in my prayers.
Posted from: Lorrine Lambert, Gouverneur
So terribly sorry for such a tragic loss in your family. May Laurie Rest in Peace <3 May God watch over you all during this tragic time.
Posted from: Stacie Cole, South Colton, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Garrand (Mary and Carl), Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy (Bob and Marlene), Mr. Dana, Beth, Alan, Tim and family and Jeff,

There are just no words to express my grief for you all. Laurie was an angel on earth, truly. When I met her 24 years ago, her smile jumped into my heart, soul and memory and will never leave. We were fast friends as I know she was with everyone! I feel blessed to call Laurie one of my best friends and have so many wonderful memories with her and with that beautiful smile on her face. That is what will carry me through as I pray and hope it will for all of you. I love Laurie and her girls with all of my heart and they will be close to my soul always.

Posted from: Michele Walts Car, Greenville, Delaware
Dear Dana Family,
I just wanted you to know that the whole community has been effected of this tragic loss in your family. Your loved ones Laurie, Caitlyn, Lauryn and Janet will always be with you. Hold their memories close to your hearts.
I am deeply, deeply sorry for your loss. I cannot even know what you are going through. Family is everything. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted from: Corinne Niles, MOIRA
Mary, Carl,
So very sorry to hear of the loss of your family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and all of your family.

God bless you all.

Barry and Nancy Robert

Posted from: Barry and Nancy Robert, Norwood, NY
Our heartfelt condolences to this woman's family. Such a tragedy should never happen. Our thoughts are with you.
Posted from: Teri & Michael Russell, Parishville
My deepest sympathy to all of the Dana and McCarthy families. I had the pleasure of woking with Laurie for several years at SLC, and can honestly say she had one of the most infectious smiles I have ever encountered. I haven't seen Laurie for a few years, but still feel a tremendous loss.... May Laurie and her beautiful girls rest in peace.....May all of you somehow find peace within to help heal your tremendous loss. God Bless. Tracie Barnes
Posted from: Tracie Barnes, Massena
My thoughts and prayers are with you. My son ephrem had her as a teacher and really liked her lots she was a great teacher, so sad for the loss of these great people.
Posted from: brooke lindsay, brasherfalls
I didn't know your Family, But want to let you know you are in our Thoughts and Prayers.
Posted from: Rick & Angela Tyler, Fine
Mary, Carl and the Dana family,
I am so, so sorry to hear of your family's tragic loss. Having worked with preservice teachers at St Lawrence Central Elem School this past year, I can still see the beautiful, welcoming smile on Laurie's face as I often passed her in the hall. She will be sadly missed, but all who knew and worked with her, I'm sure, feel blessed to have known her. My sincere condolences to you all.
Sue Stacy

Posted from: Sue Stacy, Potsdam
Mr.Dana and family... Our hearts ache for you. We are so very sorry for the tragic loss of your loved ones. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this terribly sad time.
Posted from: Kim & Steve Hayes, Potsdam, NY

Dana family words can never express our heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Your in our thoughts and prayers

Posted from: Jamie and Mark Worthley, Brasher Falls
I'm so sorry about your loss. I really dont no what to say, I have a wife and two daughters and a son, i cant even begin to imagine. Our prayers go out to your family and friends. From the Hebert Family..
Posted from: Shawn Hebert, Brasher Falls
Our deepest Sympathy goes out to the Dana Family. Our daughter Madison had Mrs. Dana as a speech teacher and really loved her alot. She was a wonderful teacher and will be missed dearly by so many! Just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time and may love and peace be with you all.
Posted from: The Green Family, Helena, NY
My heart is broken! I keep thinking back to our recent talk about Chris and Jeff being "bad boys". You always made me laugh! I will miss the beautiful smiles from you and your girls. Rest peacefully, Supermon, Superwife, Superdaughter, and Superfriend. You will be greatly missed.

Jeff, Mary, and families,
Our deepest sympathy goes out to you. We are continuing to pray for all of you.
With love and sympathy,
Chris, Ang, Alex, and Jenna

Posted from: Angela Premo, Constable
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time . So sorry for your loss.
Posted from: CarolynLaShomb, Nicholville
Mary, Tim and Family,

My heart is deeply saddened to hear of the news of your beautiful family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. Surround yourself with friends and family and allow them to reach out and be there for you. May God hold you tightly in the palm of his hand over upcoming days. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you or any of your family. HUGS!

Liane, Mike, Saydie and Carleigh Eggleston

Posted from: Liane Eggleston, Potsdam, NY
I don't know the Dana family but want them to know the thoughts and prayers of total strangers in the North Country are with them. No matter who I chatted with today, the subject of the grief the family must be dealing with was discussed and everyone said God Bless Them!
Posted from: Kris, Dekalb Junction, NY

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