Schroon Lake; Iris A. Civalier died December 22, 2014 at her home. She was born Iris A. Trumbull on September 22, 1922 in Whitehall, N.Y. Her parents were Thomas and Carol (Watson) Trumbull. From the time Iris was seven years old she lived with her Aunt Ida and Uncle Millard Hough. She was very ill as a child from seven to twelve years old. Iris graduated from high school in Lake Placid, NY.
Iris had two sisters, Susan Catherine Knee (deceased) and Marilyn Trumbull, of Saratoga, and two brothers, Thomas Trumbull, who was a paratrooper and was killed in World War II, and George Watson Trumbull, of Saratoga.
Iris married Joseph Civalier on February 9, 1941, just before he was drafted into the United States Army. They had 60 years of life together before he died in 2001. Iris and Joe had four children. Anne Durkee (Peter) of Schroon Lake, Jean Smith (James) of Colorado Springs, Joseph Jr. of Australia, and Carol Van Gorp of Schroon Lake. There are eight grandchildren. Ruth Durkee of Barre,Vt, Stephen Durkee of Burbank CA., Jennifer Weber of Ames, IA., Julie Hoggan of Beaverton, OR., Kristin Fink of East Greenbush, NY, Bryan Civalier of Shelburne, Vt., Katrina Stollmann of Bremen, Germany and William Van Gorp of Schroon Lake. There are 12 great grandchildren, Ethan and Theo Durkee, Emily, Ryan and Tyler Weber, Emma, Madeline, Samuel and Peter Hoggan, Hazel Civalier, Liam Stollmann, Joseph and Emma Van Gorp, along with three new ones expected in 2015.
Iris was always very active in the United Methodist Church, She started teaching Sunday School in 1947. She was also a Youth Group leader for over 50 years plus a member of United Methodist Church committees at the local, district conference and national levels. Iris served nationally as a director on the General Board of Global Ministries and Women's Division (United Methodists Women). She also served on the Wesley Health Care Board of Directors and was president for five years. Iris was a Certified Lay Speaker for 40 years and often filled the pulpits of churches around the Adirondacks and beyond during that time. Iris led an interdenominational youth group during the 1970's and 1980's.
Iris was active in local libraries from the time she was helping in the school library in Lake Placid High School and through the years in the different communities where she lived. She was also a Girl Scout Leader in all of those communities. From the time Iris and Joe retired to Schroon Lake, she was very active in the Schroon Lake Library and served for many years as a library trustee.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in Iris's memory may be made to: United Methodist Women (Attention Martha Knight, 475 Riverside Drive, Room 1503, New York, NY 10115); Schroon Lake Public Library; Wesley Health Care: or High Peaks Hospice.