Sally Besaw
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French Funeral Home Inc.
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Gouverneur, New York, United States

Obituary of Sally J. Besaw

GOUVERNEUR – Sally J. Besaw, age 63, passed away on April 15, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.

Calling hours will be held at French Funeral Home in Gouverneur on Monday, April 22, 2019 from 5 – 8 p.m. Her funeral Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church on Tuesday, April 23rd at 11:00a.m. Burial will follow in the New St. James Cemetery.

Sally was born on March 13, 1956 in Manchester, CT to the late James "Jim" Courts and Alice Ann (Campany) Courts Perry. Her grandparents founded the Croghan Meat Market and Croghan Bologna. She attended the St. James School through the eighth grade and graduated from the Gouverneur Central School in 1974.

Sally married Joe Besaw on September 6, 1975 at the St. James Church. The couple have lived in Naples, FL where Sally had many friends, Palmyra, Gouverneur and Sylvia Lake. Sally worked as a Teacher's Aid for the Gouverneur Central School, loved to watch her special grandkids and helped her husband run his construction business, Besaw Construction. She also enjoyed boating and time spent on Sylvia Lake.

Her survivors include her husband, Joe Besaw of Gouverneur; son Jason and Leah Besaw of Victor; daughter, Sara and Derek Breckenridge of Gouverneur; sister, Peggy Garrett of Naples, FL; and brothers, Steve and Patsy Courts of Amarillo, TX and Joe and Lori Courts of Raleigh, NC. She is also survived by grandchildren, Anna, Christian and Lucy; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents Sally is predeceased by a brother, Larry Courts.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in memory of Sally to the St. James School Fund, 20 South Gordon Street, Gouverneur NY 13642 or to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, PO Box 3704, Memphis TN 38103. Condolences may be shared online at

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