Potsdam, NY- Funeral services for 87-year old Mrs. Crystal E. Cuthbert of Potsdam will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist Church in Potsdam with Rev. James Barnes officiating, and Rev. Deborah Packard assisting. Burial will be in the Bayside Cemetery in Potsdam in the spring. A reception at the Methodist Church will immediately follow the service. Friends may call at the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam on Thursday evening from 7 to 9 PM and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM.
If friends desire memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Hospice and Palliative Care, 6805 U. S. Route 11, Potsdam, NY 13676, or to a local chapter of your choice for Habitat for Humanity, or the Association for retarded Children (ARC). Mrs. Cuthbert died December 28, 2013 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.
Survivors include her husband Rev. William R. Bill Cuthbert of Potsdam, a son and daughter-in-law Kirk R. and Jacqueline Cuthbert of Malaysia, a daughter Kathleen Christopher; a granddaughter Mrs. Jonathan (Elinor) Light, and a greatgrandson Noah Light all of Estes Park, CO. Crystal is also survived by a sister, Mrs. J. Paul (Leola) Johnson of Three Rivers, MI.
She was predeceased by two daughters, Christine E. Cuthbert, Cynthia Elaine Cuthbert who died at birth, and a grandson, Christopher Cuthbert.
Crystal was born in Rockford, MI on Oct. 16, 1926 the daughter of Adam and Ada (Zimmerman) Hammer. She was Salutatorian of her high school class. During her high school years Crystal was a piano accompanist for the school choir.
She graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with a BA degree in Sociology. During her collegiate studies Crystal was a member of the American Baptist Student Guild. Crystal did a year of Post Graduate work at the Chicago Theological Seminary studying Christian Education.
On July 29, 1950 she married William R. Cuthbert at the First Baptist Church in Ann Arbor. In December of 1968 the Cuthberts moved to Potsdam, NY when Bill accepted a pastoral call from the First Baptist Church. Crystal began a career with the St. Lawrence County Social services Dept. in September 1969 where she eventually became a Supervisor in the Child Protective Services Division, retiring in 1986.
Crystal was a gifted pianist and organist and assisted her husband in his pastoral duties at Sunmount in Tupper Lake, at the Potsdam First Baptist Church, and the South Colton Methodist Church.
Crystal enjoyed walking, hiking, Camping and attending theatrical performances.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam.