Elaine Kalal

Obituary of Elaine Dorothy Kalal


Elaine D. Ormsbee Kalal, 76, of Morley-Potsdam Road, died Thursday, Feb 1, 2018 at her home in Morley surrounded by her loving family.

Calling Hours will be Tues., Feb 6th from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at Lawrence Funeral Home, 21 Park Street, Canton.  The funeral will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, Feb 7th at 11:00 AM with Deacon Frank Bateman officiating.  Additional off-street parking is available behind “LUNA” at 18 Park Street.  Graveside services to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Heuvelton.

Elaine was born July 16, 1941, a daughter of the late, Elizabeth & Joseph Mathews in Ogdensburg.  She attended Ogdensburg Schools, where she graduated in 1960.

Elaine is survived by her loving husband, Thomas Kalal; a daughter, Cheryl (John) McLear of Lisbon; a daughter, Christine Ormsbee of Somerville, SC; her grandchildren, Tyler Knight and his companion, Mary Wilmart, Joshua Hunter, Jeffrey Hyde, James and Mackenzie Saber; a great grandson Sawyer Knight; step-grandchildren, Greg McLear and his companion Linsey Hayes; Greg’s children, Jonathon, Joshua, Lachlan McLear; Jennifer (Adam) Wells and their children, Kailie, Kassidie, Nikolas and Dakota Wells.

Elaine is also survived by her extended family, Don (Corola) Kalal, Donna (Rainer) Wagner, Evalyn (John) Frey; her step-grandchildren, Julian & Lisa Kalal, Thomas (Sibylle) Wagner, Sabrina (Phillipp) Koller and John Frey; Step-great-grandchildren, Momo, Luna & Sanny Wagner, Elijah and Alexander Frey.

Elaine is survived by her sister, Betty (Frank) Bateman, Harold (Pat) Mathews, Paul (Carol), Lawrence (Sue) Mathews and a sister, Laura.  As well as, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by a husband, Gerald “Jerry” Ormsbee; a son, Jeffrey “Jeff” Ormsbee and a daughter, Debra “Debbie” Ormsbee.

Elaine worked at SUNY Canton as a custodian until her retirement in 2003.

She enjoyed shuffleboard, Syracuse basketball and was an avid Yankees fan.  She knew the stats of the players and would have long discussions with her son-in-law, John, on how they could improve their game.  She and her husband, Tom, never missed a sporting event of her grandchildren or her son-in-law.  She was there rain or shine, it didn’t matter.  She was the best fan ever for Char’s Softball and her grandson’s team, the Morley Mad Dogs.

Elaine loved baking and cooking for everyone and the house always smelled of fresh baked cookies.  She was also an avid volunteer and supporter of the local fire departments.    Lisbon Fire Department will especially miss her potato salad.  If you needed a hand, she was there. 

Elaine will always be remembered for her generous heart and her love of her family will be with us forever.

Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.lawrencefuneralhome.org