Mary Catherine (Shannon) Robarge, 88

OSWEGO, NY – Mary Catherine (Shannon) Robarge, 88, of Oswego, passed away Wednesday November 28, 2012, at Upstate Hospital in Syracuse.

A native of and life resident of Oswego, she was the daughter of the late Harold “Spike and Mary (Hallihan) Shannon.

Mary was a graduate of Oswego High School and Oswego State University.

She was an elementary school teacher from 1949-1986, working for many years at the Philips Street School in Fulton and Volney Elementary School where she was the “best first grade teacher” from 1969 until her retirement in 1986.

Mrs. Robarge was truly loved by all her students and staff.

Mary is survived by nephews, William (Mary) Shannon, Joseph (Linda) Shannon, John (Conlee) Shannon and Michael (Carol) Shannon; great-nieces and great-nephews, April Geers, Dana, Jacob (Asha), and Roger Shannon; a sister-in-law, Mona Shannon; cousins, Michael Parker, Carole (Carmen) Barbato, Jon Kirschner, Christopher (Darlene) Kirschner, Mark (Nora) Kirschner, Karen Chapman and Jack Hallihan.

Mary was predeceased by her husband, Clarence (Honey) Robarge; and her brothers, Daniel and William “Spike” Shannon.

Mary always had a joke and quick wit with all her many friends and family.

She liked to travel, always had fun and lots of laughs.

She enjoyed spending her time with her friends from Vona’s Restaurant and the Ritz Dinner.

Mary was a communicant of St. Paul’s and St. Peter’s Catholic churches and was devoted to her Catholic faith by attending daily and weekend masses.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. from St. Paul’s Church.

Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Dowdle Funeral Home on Wednesday morning from 9 -10:30.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church, 50 E. Mohawk St., Oswego, N.Y. 13126.


  1. Mary was the sweetest lady. I didn’t have Mary for 1st grade, but I was right across the hall from her – super teacher. She will be missed greatly.

  2. Mrs. Robarge was my first grade teacher when I was a student at Volney Elementary School. She was an amazing individual who loved her job and loved her students. To this day I remember being in her class and what a special time it was. I am so thankful for having had the opportunity to work with her. She was a remarkable lady who will be greatly missed.

  3. I loved Mrs. Robarge. Even after all these years I still remember her class at Volney. I was lucky to have known such a wonderful teacher. It proves she was a excellent teacher if I still remember her after 36 years. The children of Volney and Fulton have lost a good one.

  4. I just learned the passing of one of the greatest teacher i had ever had. She was so kind hearted and loved ever one of her students. She one time i remember brought me home from school because my mom let her barrow a special flag she had that was my Grandfathers he had from world war two i think . And she didn’t want any thing to happen to it. So as a thank you she took me to McDonald’s i never for got it. My Mom would run into her time to time At Mimi’s and she would always ask about me. And it seem she never would age she always looked the same. And i will always remember her with her red lipstick. Rest in peace Mrs. Robarge I will never forget you. It’s a Sad Day for me

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