January 13, 2014
Obituaries » JERILYN LANGLOIS-KRAG
LANGLOIS-KRAG, JERILYN, of Williston, left us on January 13, to rejoin the love of her life, Ernest Krag, who predeceased her in 1995. She lost her brief battle with pneumonia, but she won many hearts and minds throughout a life spent helping others while working in the fields of nursing, human services and teaching. Jeri was born in Potsdam, N.Y., in 1942, and grew up in and around Malone, N.Y., graduating from Franklin Academy in 1959. She attended Albany Medical Center to earn her nursing degree, various community colleges to complete her bachelor’s degree, and Bryn Mawr College, where she received a master’s degree in social work. Being ahead of the curve came naturally to Jeri. She was the director of the first adult day center in Connecticut in the 1970s (Elderhouse), served as the first ombudsman for long-term care in New Hampshire in the 1980s, and was one of the first professors at SUNY Canton (Canton, N.Y.) to develop and teach online classes. She continued to teach online for about 10 years, after retiring on disability due to a degenerative spinal condition. Jeri moved to Vermont for the final years of her life to be closer to her daughter, and was able to thoroughly enjoy her granddaughter, Willa, when she joined the family. Jeri will be missed by her daughter, Leslie Pelch, son-in-law, Peter Schoen, and granddaughter, all of Bolton, as well as her “other daughter,” Katrinka DeGenova, of Belleville, Ontario, and nephew, Scott Langlois, of Potsdam, N.Y. She will also be missed by her siblings: Marcia Sleeper, of East Syracuse, N.Y., Milton Langlois, of Massena, N.Y., and Bill Langlois, of Vancouver, British Columbia, and their families. Her cat, Tinkerbell, hopes that Jeri has fun getting together with all of the cats who went before her.