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home : obituaries : obituaries May 1, 2016

6/9/2014 8:00:00 AM
Colleen DeCrow
June 17, 1952 - June 6, 2014
Colleen DeCrow
Colleen DeCrow

Mrs. Colleen DeCrow, 61, Rochester, passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 6, 2014, at her residence.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., on June 17, 1952, Colleen was the cherished daughter of Donald and Annette Quimby Walsh. As one of three children growing up she shared her childhood with sister Susan and brother Daniel. With great pride, Colleen graduated with her class in 1971 from Maryvale High School in Cheektowagu, N.Y. She attended the University of Buffalo and graduated with a degree in business. After college she accepted a position with Xerox Corporation.

Back in 1998, in Denver, Colo., Colleen met the love of her life Daniel J. DeCrow. They moved to Fulton County in 2003, where they bought a small farm near Fulton. As best friends, on Jan. 24, 2011, in Rochester, Colleen and Daniel J. DeCrow were married.

An avid gardener, each spring Colleen planted flowers to add color to the landscape of her home. She never found a weed she couldn't pull. Colleen enjoyed feeding the hummingbirds and observing birds and wildlife found outside her home. In addition to the flowers, she had a rock garden and cactus garden to accent her backyard.

As a master quilter, she was a member of Deborah's Quilting Class. Known to many as an extraordinary cook, Colleen showcased her talents at the local downtown pub, The Dug Out.

Left to cherish Colleen's memory are her husband, Daniel J. DeCrow; three children, Shawn (John) Smith, Nicole (John) Jenkins and Joshua Becht; stepdaughter-in-law Mary Kay DeCrow; a sister, Susan (Steven) Wautlet; a brother Daniel M. Walsh; seven grandchildren Sara, Zackery, Haley, Heavenleigh, Hanna, Little John and Kylah; two great-grandchildren Kendall and Adriana; and a sister-in-law, Debbie (Mike) Whittington.

Preceding Colleen in death are her parents and stepson Staff Sgt. Justin M. DeCrow on Nov. 5, 2009. 

A gathering time for friends to visit and celebrate Colleen's life with her family is Tuesday, June 10, 2014, from 2-4 p.m. at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Staff Sgt. Justin DeCrow Scholarship Fund through the Marshall County Community Foundation. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Article comment by: catrina barger

So very sorry for your loss..

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