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1923 Vivian 2015

Vivian I. Proper

January 1, 1923 — September 1, 2015

Winthrop – Vivian I. Proper, 92, passed away peacefully at home with her family at her side on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Arrangements are entrusted to the Hammill Funeral Home in Winthrop. Vivian was born on July 26, 1923 in Brasher, daughter of the late Charles and Fannie (Davis) Waldruff. She graduated from Brasher-Stockholm High School in 1941. On June 20, 1942, she married Earl E. Proper at the Brasher Falls United Methodist Church. They shared 54 years of a devoted union until his passing on March 8, 1997. She worked various jobs over the years but most important was being a wife, mother and providing a loving home for them. She lived in her home for over 80 years. Vivian enjoyed cooking, playing board and card games. Her family will miss her fantastic pickles and chocolate chip cookies. Nothing gave her more pleasure than her children and grandchildren. She exemplified a true example of a mother and grandmother. Vivian was a lifetime member of the Buckton United Methodist Church. Vivian is survived by five children, Donald of Winthrop, Sue and Mike Lang of Moravia, Jane and William Whyland of Weedsport, Francis of Gouverneur and Gary and Ora of Norwood, a daughter in law, Georgia Proper of Winthrop, one brother Herbert Waldruff of Winthrop, eight grandsons, Ed Proper, Thomas Lang, Scott (Jennifer) Proper, Kevin (TyeAnne) Proper, Richard Proper, Matthew (Linette) Lang, Brad (Jennifer) Proper and Michael Lang, one granddaughter, Robin Whyland, two step-granddaughters, Terry (Henry) Curry and Nancy (Eric) LaNier, two step-grandsons, timothy Whyland and Toby Whyland, 15 great grandchildren, 5 step great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. One son, Larry, daughter in law, Yvette, grandson, Michael, two brothers, James Waldruff and Charles Waldruff, one sister, Joyce Zablocki, predeceased her. Visitation will be held Friday from 4 to 7 at the Hammill Funeral Home in Winthrop. On Saturday, visitation will be from 11 to 12 at the Knapps Station Community Church with a service at Noon, with Pastor Leon Sweeney officiating. Burial will be in Winthrop Cemetery in Winthrop. Donations in her memory can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, Inc., 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676 or Knapps Station Community Church, 3035 County Route 47, Norwood, NY 13668. Memories and condolences can be shared at
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