Fleming Austin, 86, died Monday April 21 2008 at Emmanuel Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center at Maria Joseph Danville PA where she has resided
since 2001. She moved from Barefoot Bay FL and was formerly of Watertown
NY. The oldest of twelve children, she was born February 6 1922 in
Copenhagen New York the daughter of the late Alphus J. and Margaret Rogers
She graduated from
Copenhagen High School in 1940 and the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in
Watertown NY in 1943. She entered the Army Nurse Corps on December 1 1943.
After Basic Training in Tampa FL and Camp Barkley TX she left Salt Lake City
Utah on Thanksgiving Day in 1944 for India and was stationed at various
hospitals along the Ledo-Burma Road. On July 1 1945 she was sent to Kunming
China. While in Kunming she was one of three American women invited to
attend the farewell dinner for Lt. General Claire Chennault. Lt. Fleming
later served in Shanghai. She was honorably discharged in 1946. In 1989
she would receive an award from the Chinese Air Force in recognition of
outstanding achievements in nursing as part of the China-Burma-India Pilot’s
On November 16
1946 she married the late James H. Austin at Sacred Heart Church in
Watertown NY who died October 13 1990.
In 1958 she moved
with her family to Rio De Janerio Brazil. In 1959 she would meet President
Eisenhower as part of the Pan American District Girl Scout Council. Upon
her return to the United States in 1961 she would continue as a leader and
professional Girl Scout for both the Thousand Island and Girl Scout Council
of Central NY. In 1986 she retired to Barefoot Bay Florida where she worked
for the Florida Visiting Nurses Association.
She was a former
member of St. Luke’s Church Barefoot Bay Florida.
She is survived by
one son Dr. Paul Austin of Columbus Indiana and three daughters; Mrs. Thomas
Kennedy (Kathleen) Danville PA; Mrs. John McGowan (Claire) of DeWitt NY and
Mrs. Nanci Eves of Watertown NY. She is also survived by fourteen
grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Also surviving are two brothers;
Thomas Fleming and Terence Fleming, both of Copenhagen NY and three sisters;
Mrs. James Sligar (Rosalie) of Carthage NY, Mrs. Richard Faulknham(Mary) of
Cape Vincent NY and Mrs. Alfred Lawrence (Audrey) of Cape Vincent NY. Also
surviving is her aunt, Mrs. Joseph Mattson (Kathleen) of Barnegat NJ. She
is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death
by one son, Peter James Austin on February 13 1991 and four brothers;
Richard , James and David Fleming and also Robert, in infancy. She was
preceded in death by two sisters; Mrs. Robert Spaulding (Marjorie) and Mrs.
Paul Baker (Nancy).
friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at 10:00 AM on Saturday August
2 2008 at St. Patrick’s Church in Watertown NY. The family will hold a
reception at 9:00 AM in the Parish Chapel. Burial will follow in Glenwood
contributions may be made to the Sisters of Saint Cyril and Methodius at
Emmanuel Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation 600 Schoolhouse Road Danville
PA 17821 or a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are under the
direction of the Visneski Funeral Home, Inc 10 W Mahoning Street Danville