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Merry Dutcher

Troy-Merry Carol Dutcher nèe Sowalsky, was born on December 25, 1934 in Troy, NY to Irma & William Sowalsky. She died after a brief illness on February 4th, 2021 at the Riverside Nursing Center in Castleton on Hudson, NY. Merry was predeceased by her husband Charles Dutcher in 1963. She is survived by her son Daniel Dutcher and son-in-law James Fratoni of Rehoboth Beach, DE, sister Shirley Guiliano, brother-in-law Frank Guiliano, and brother Michael Sowalsky, as well as five nieces and seven nephews in the Murphy, Guiliano, and Sowalsky families in the Rensselaer County area. Merry was also predeceased by sisters Ann Murphy and Margarite Sowalsky and brother Sherman “Billy” Sowalsky.

Merry was employed at Knollson’s Luncheonette in downtown Troy during the 1950’s, and was later self-employed until her retirement in 1995. In the 1950’s Merry became a beloved member of Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations in Troy and Averill Park NY, where she lived until 2007. That year, she moved to Rehoboth, Delaware, to be near her son Daniel. In Delaware, she began to worship and study with Jehovah’s Witnesses Georgetown congregation, where she became a much-loved member. One of her proudest lifetime achievements was earning her GED at the age of 79 after having left Philip Livingston Academy in Albany NY in her freshman year due to her vision impairment. Merry enjoyed learning, gardening, reading on her front porch, pot lucks with friends and vacationing in Maine.

Merry will be much missed by her family and fellow congregants. Merry will be buried next to her husband Chuck in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy. A private Celebration of Life will be held with family at a future date. For online condolences, please visit www.mcloughlinmason.com

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My condolences to the family. Merry was a special person whose company I had the pleasure of enjoying during our rides to her Christianmeetings at the Kingdom Hall (pre-COVID) and occasional errand runs. She loved her chocolate! She had many interests that I look forward to seeing her continue to enjoy in the future paradise earth promised by our Heavenly Father Jehovah God.-Karen LeCates

Karen LeCates Feb 12 2021 12:00 AM

My name is Priscilla . I live in Rehoboth Beach. Mary was a member of the same congregation of Jehovahs Witnesses . My brother Bob and got to know her better when we would drive her to the meetings. She was a caring person and interesting to talk too. We were saddened when we heard the news unaware that she was sick. Our hope is found in John 5:28-29 that we will see Mary again healthy happy and full of life. We will miss her until then.

Priscilla Penman Feb 12 2021 12:00 AM

Merry is missed here in the Georgetown DE Congregation of Jehovahs Witnesses. What I will remember is our common love of Seashells, we compared some of our collection, our love for their design and the intricate patterns and variety in creation. Always cheerful, with a warm smile. I loved to listen to her as she recalled stories from her younger years with her husband. So looking forward to the resurrection when she will be young again and healthy with no need of her cane.

Susan Horst Feb 12 2021 12:00 AM

Dan - sorry for your loss. My thoughts and condolences are with you.

Ken Powis Feb 11 2021 12:00 AM

My condolences to the family. Merry was always ready to try new things, she had a zest for life and I cherish the memories of times spent in the ministry with her. May you be comforted in God's promise of a resurrection to life, on a Paradise earth (John 5:28, 29)

Joanne Laforest8 Feb 11 2021 12:00 AM