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Catherine K. Herne, 67, unexpectedly passed away Monday, July 6, 2020 at Massena Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Catherine was a homemaker and mother. A true gambler at heart, she loved casinos and "Let It Ride" poker was her game. She instilled her love of SU Men's Basketball onto her children. She cherished visits with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and her love of chocolate gave her the name "Momsweetooth." She will fondly be remembered for being a sweet, funny, witty person who could make anyone laugh with her great sense of humor.

Catherine is survived by her children, Charlotte (James) Lafrance of Akwesasne, Bryant Joseph (Mary) Weir of Massena, and Kalvan (Diane) Forkhammer of Agawam, MA. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren, Bryana Herne, James Lafrance, Jessie-Jayanne Lafrance, and USMC Lance Corporal Waylon Lafrance, all of Akwesasne; Madison Weir, Joseph Weir, Jr., Garrett Weir, Jordan Weir, Abriella Weir, all of Massena; and Khayleb Forkhammer of Agawam, MA; along with 10 great grandchildren, Aleigha, Kalli, Liam, Jerek, Jaxon, Etta, Aubrey, James, III, Arianna, and Jonah.

She was predeceased by her parents, Charlotte (Jacobs) Herne and Richard Lamberston of Syracuse; a sister, Gail McAllen; a nephew, Randy McAllen; and a grandson, Kienon Lafrance.

Friends may call on Monday 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM. Services will be attendance controlled and those attending are asked to observe social distancing and wear face coverings.

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