Brooke L. McDowell

April 18, 1927 ~ November 20, 2021 (age 94)


     Brooke L. McDowell, 94, Watertown, passed away November 20, 2021 at her home, under the care of Hospice of Jefferson County, surrounded by her family.

     Brooke was born April 18, 1927, in Birmingham, AL, daughter of Willie and Lida (Cameron) Robinson. She graduated from Parker High School in Birmingham and received her nursing certificate from St. Luke School of Nursing, Pittsfield, MA.

     On January 5, 1957 she married Letember McDowell at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Detroit, MI.

     Brooke began her career in the Watertown area as a surgical nurse for Mercy Hospital. For many years she worked at the practice of Sturtz, Brown and Anthony where she helped treat two generations of North Country children. She completed her career as a public health nurse for Jefferson County Public Health Service.

    Brooke was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church, the past president of both the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County and the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service.  She was also a member of the SUNY Canton ATC Advisory Board. In addition to her community service work she enjoyed cooking, sewing and gardening.

     Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Gerard A. (Elizabeth), Canastota , Douglas L., Watertown, two grandchildren and one great grandson.  She was pre-deceased by her son Christopher L.

    A funeral mass will be held Friday at 10 am at St. Anthony’s Church. Burial in Glenwood Cemetery will follow. Arrangements are with D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc.

     In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, or to St. Anthony’s Church, 850 Arsenal Street, Watertown, NY 13601.  Online condolences may be made to

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Funeral Mass
November 26, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Anthony's Church
830 Arsenal Street
Watertown, NY 13601

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