Louise Slaughter

  • Born: August 14, 1929
  • Died: March 16, 2018
  • Location: Washington, District Of Columbia

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Longtime Congresswoman from New York…

Louise Slaughter, longtime Congresswoman from New York, and first woman to chair the House Rules Committee, died Friday, March 16, 2018, days after falling in her residence, according to The Associated Press. She was 88. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.


Condolence & Memory Journal

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Posted by Matthew McGuire - Cheshire, CT   May 01, 2018

I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for their loss. May you find comfort and help in God during this time of sorrow.

Posted by M C    April 19, 2018

To the family and friends of Louise Slaughter. My deepest sympathy to all. May the God who gives Comfort be with the family in these difficult days ahead.

JS

Posted by A friend   April 11, 2018

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May God grant eternal memory to our humble sister Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. Remember always her kindnesses to the Original Peoples of the US and Canada, to the disabled, to Widows of Veterans, and to the poor. May the Lord take notice of only the goodness in her heart, and forgive her imperfections.

Posted by Dr. D. B. - Toronto, ON   March 29, 2018

I was so sorry to hear of Louise's passing. She was an icon in so many ways, our mutual passion for passenger rail, was certainly the key professional connection and , she was amazing. On a more personal note, while working in Washington, I fell and broke my arm, Louise would call me several times a week for months to check on me - almost always after she left her Rules Committee - basically after 10 PM at night. I will miss her kind spirit , relentless passion and her smile - my deepest sympathy to all the amazing Slaughter family. Thank you for sharing her. Karen Rae

Posted by Karen Rae - Galway, NY   March 27, 2018

Louise Slaughter helped my family address a personal as well as community problem in the late seventies, when she was a newly elected Monroe County legislator. Around that time, she also helped save the magical playground of my youth, Hart's Woods, a beach-maple forest speckled with rare trillium flowers.

My parents, George and Maureen Basil, who passed away in 2016, became citizens in 1976, the USA bicentennial year, and happily voted for Louise Slaughter in every single election in which she ran. Our entire family was proud to call her our representative.

Amy, your mother meant a great deal to my family and to me. I never had the luck to meet her, but I imagined that the apple did not fall far from the tree as far as you were concerned. Blessings to you and your family.

Posted by Robert Basil - Vancouver, BC   March 26, 2018

Louise Slaughter, with her southern accent and her strong woman image, was the Rochester area's own Steel Magnolia. I met her first on a social level and then on a professional one. At one time I was a project coordinator for an RIT program to help women re-enter the labor market after years away. The participants in the program had never had the opportunity of a graduation of any kind, so it was my goal to give them one. I reached for the top to be the commencement speaker and, despite her busy schedule, Louise's reply was, "Of course, Rosie! When and where!" No hesitation, no excuses--Louise would come! Her address was inspirational . . . think of the pride of those women . . . Louse Slaughter spoke to them! She hung around for the refreshments and to speak personally to as many women as possible. How could you not love and respect such a woman? Such a role model for women of all ages--from young to the more mature women! What an inspiration to men of all ages. My sincerest condolences to her family. May God bless Louise Slaughter and may God bless those who love her and will miss her.

Posted by Rose Mary (Rosie) Hughes - Fairport, NY - friend   March 23, 2018

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Louise was a angel to me and now she is! My prayers & condolences go out to her friends & family! 1/17/12 I reached out to her as my Congress woman to please help me as I was diagnosed after a year of suffering & misdiagnosis in SC. I moved back to Rochester & to see our Doctors up here. I was 42 & having major brain surgery in 1 month/3days! I was scared on 1/03 tried to get ssdi but no answers on computer, or on phone . She said she would do everything to help me , asked for my email & cell #. 2 days later received her assistance call they said they will promise to get things pushed through in a few weeks. I sent them a medical release form from. Louis sent me several emails every week, her assistant talked or text me every day! Two days before surgery was told it's all set she got me approved and she sent me a personal email the day before my surgery! Explained I would need a physical once dismissed from hospital. Well my minor brain surgery ended up being major brain surgery,2 days in ICU & amnesia to this day for first 4 days , first day I remember I couldn't use my left side, had a bald head a scar ear to ear instead of a 3 inch circle! Was informed I was paralyzed on my left side ( I was left handed) the day before I told her I was scared and didn't know how I would be after surgery she continued to fight and informed disability I was in hospital, paralyzed and would be in hospital for 3-4 weeks! She even sent me a sweet & personnel email one week after discharge she made me laugh and cry. She was so spunky , sweet & spoke her mind. With all her responsibilities she stood up for and help a total stranger. I was a scared 42 year old women. I can walk on my own now but , it's a struggle everyday with nerve damage. But I'm still disabled with tremors, nerve damage & disorder daily, but I'm here, tumor is gone & have full disability benefits. I am so greatful to this sweet, careing, out spoken lady Louise Skaughter! Now is time to let your spirit fly high and knowing you will be a guardian angel for so many ! Rest In Peace Louise

Posted by Bonnie Cohen - Rochester, NY   March 23, 2018

I was so sorry to hear of Louise's death. What an outstanding leader and person she was. We are remembering her at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Fairport.

Posted by The Rev. Deven Hubert - Fairport, NY   March 23, 2018

Louise helped us directly to change an obsolete rule that would have prevented us from operating on Lake Ontario. I was stunned hearing that she had died after a fall, it just didn't seem possible, she was always so vital. Her passing is a loss for so many, but also for New York, and the whole United States.

Posted by Don Suhr - Fairport, NY   March 22, 2018

Louise-An inspiration! Thank You for all You have done for humanity, politics, and the planet! Your a blessing!

Rest in peace.

Posted by L D - Webster, NY   March 22, 2018

I was so saddened when I heard of Louise's death. She is one of the few politicians who actually care about the people she serves rather than serving her political party! She helped the company I owned get back the money owed me by the Treasury Department. I was unsuccessful until she stepped in and took control of the situation. My heart goes out to Louise's family and friends for their loss. R.I.P. dear Louise. You deserve the rest, but knowing you, you're already working hard on the other side to make sure the work you left unfinished is completed.

Posted by Janice Rivenburg - Webster, NY   March 22, 2018

May God continue to strength and keep the family in his Loving Arms. Sorry for your lost and ours too.

Posted by Diane Tanner - Rochester, NY   March 22, 2018

Louise was a visionary, a role model, a beloved family member and so much more. Her voice was heard in many places. Though stilled now, your words will continue to inspire and change us.

Posted by Marilynne Lipshutz - Rochester, NY   March 22, 2018

Our Nation has lost an incredible patriot and servant for the people. Women have lost a positive role model and strong advocate. I heard the sad news of Louise Slaughther's passing while attending National Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill. Even in her passing she has sent a strong message to all. She became a victim of brain injury and this "Silent Epidemic".
Anyone...Anytime...Anywhere...Brain Injury Does Not Discriminate.
My heartfelt condolences to family, friends and fellow Americans. May her work carry on and may she rest in peace.

Posted by Helen Stewart - Lenox, MA   March 22, 2018

We are so sorry for the loss of Louis she will be greatly missed. May your family have peace and comfort during this sad time.

Posted by - OH   March 22, 2018

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Dear Slaughter Family Rory and I express our condolences's on the loss of Louise Slaughter.luv,faith/rory

Posted by faith/rory tobin/dockett - newton centre/brighton, MA   March 21, 2018

Louise has been my neighborfor the 44 years that I have lived in the Manor.
She always attended neighborhood get-togethers and brought smiles to many faces. She will be sorely missed. May God bless her.
Gail O'Grodnik

Posted by Gail O'Grodnik - Fairport, NY   March 21, 2018

you have inspired many people and made your voice heard..and you will be remembered each and every day..May you RIP and still help others..

Posted by Diane - Rochester, NY   March 20, 2018

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by SAH - LA   March 20, 2018

In honor of a strong, bright, brilliant LEADER, I am wearing my smile, the tool she used to work miracles. Thank you!

Posted by Beth - Canandaigua, NY   March 19, 2018

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Taylor's - Dallas,Tx   March 19, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Holding your family in my heart at this difficult time.

Posted by Margaret Rush - Richmond, VA   March 19, 2018

We lost a champion of working people, a true friend to the members of UFCW Local One and all working people, Louise was there for us protecting our members interests during the Penn Traffic Bankruptcy, stood by us during our fight with the Federal Transportation Administration when RTA was taking bus driver jobs away from First Student members, she was the first to fight for better working conditions in meat packing plants, and higher staffing levels in hospitals and nursing homes. She never missed a Local One stewards conference and she always invited us right on the congressional floor when UFCW members and officers went to Washington to lobby workers issues. There will never be another Louise Slaughter and she will surely be missed by her brothers and sisters at UFCW Local One.

Posted by Gregory Gorea - Oriskany/Buffalo, NY - friend   March 19, 2018

The Greater Rochester Association of REALTORS would like to share our condolences with all of Louise's family and friends. Louise was a great partner in building our community, a strong advocate for the people of our region, and a good friend. We will miss her fighting spirit and devotion to Rochester greatly.

Posted by Jim Yockel - Rochester, NY   March 19, 2018

To family, and friends. ..My condolences. .
May God comfort you, giving you strength to endure this difficult time...

Posted by R - IL   March 19, 2018

To all of Louise's Family: Louise and I were both elected to the NY State Assembly in 1982, and later served together in Congress for 20 years. I have lost a wonderful Friend, and I'm very sorry for your great loss.

Posted by Mike McNulty - Green Island, NY   March 19, 2018

On behalf of the Western New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO I express our deepest condolences on the passing of Congresswoman Slaughter. Louise was a staunch supporter of the labor movement, a wonderful congressperson and a warm friend.
She will be missed in a profound way.
Richard Lipsitz
President

Posted by Richard Lipsitz - Buffalo, NY   March 19, 2018

My sympathy to Louise Slaughter family and friends,and her constituents for your loss.

Posted by Rose    March 19, 2018

Deepest sympathy to the Slaughter family.

Posted by R D - SC   March 19, 2018

I'm so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort prove to be your stronghold during this difficult time.
Psalm 18:2

Posted by christian    March 19, 2018

Truly saddened to hear about Louise Slaughter's passing. Her fine legacy will surely be remembered. I hope to meet her in Paradise! Luke23:43

Posted by - BRONX, NY   March 19, 2018


To the family, I am sorry to hear the news a about your loss.
May God who "binds up the broken hearted" and comforted all who mourns" sustain your family during this challenging time. Isaiah 61:1,2

Posted by A friend   March 19, 2018

May the God of all comforts prove to be with the family at this most difficult time.

Posted by - Jacksonville, FL   March 19, 2018

I was on the staff attached to the Canadian delegations for a number of Canada-US association meetings, and I will always remember Louise Slaughter as brilliant, forthright, kind, and good. May her memory inspire for years to come.

Posted by Fiona Bladon - Ottawa, ON   March 18, 2018

To Amy and Family,

So sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers from my family to yours.

Ronnie Mangione

Posted by A friend   March 18, 2018

We have lost an amazing , irreplaceable woman who has done so much for so many. I am honored to have known this kind soul. God Bless the Slaughter family.

Posted by Amy Steed - Fairport, NY   March 18, 2018

We will miss u..

Posted by Stephanie Jeffery-Dexter - Rochester, NY   March 18, 2018

My name is Patrice DeLaus Scully and I grew up on Manor Hill Drive. I remember Louise as a great neighbor. My parents, Mike and Jackie DeLaus, still live on Manor Hill Drive.
Louise never forgot her Fairport roots. Before she did great things in Congress she did great things locally like saving Hart's Woods.
My 23 year old nephew Matthew posted on his Facebook today that he just signed a petition for Louise on Monday and described how much he admired her. Louise has influenced 3 generations of my family.
On behalf of our family I like to extend our condolences to the Slaughter family.

Posted by Patrice DeLaus Scully    March 18, 2018

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by LJ Kennedy - Rochester, NY   March 18, 2018

We are C-Span junkies who fell in love with Rep. Slaughter with the kind voice and common sense many years ago. After the first impression I googled her name and learned she lived in Monticello, Ky as a child. Then I googled the 1940 USA census and there her name was and her family information. She has made a difference in our life simply by being the admirable and compassionate lady she proved to be on TV and in the Chamber. We are so sad for the loss of one who made a difference in our nation. Representatives like her are few. God's blessing on you as you move on in this world. Our sympathy to you.

Posted by Lynn & Betty Buckley - Monticello, KY   March 18, 2018

Louise Slaughter will always be remembered as Mrs. Monroe County in addition to Mrs. Perinton....having granted so much to all of those she represented and whose causes she so diligently fought for each and every day. Blessed to have known her. Proud having her represent my country.

Posted by A friend   March 18, 2018

May the family be comforted by God's promise at Hosea13 :14.

Posted by A friend   March 18, 2018

We have lost an angel, who was a beautiful caring humanitarian to our community . I met Congresswoman Slaughter at the Baltimore airport, several yrs ago, while returning on a flight to Rochester, NY. We sat together on those flights, and she would always greet me by my first name, when we saw each other at the airport terminals. My deepest condolences go out to the family. God Bless

Posted by Henry D. Harring - Pittsford, NY   March 18, 2018

Posted by Mark Steffenilla    March 18, 2018

What a great icon. She was the force behind the new Amtrak train station in Rochester n y . My condolences to her family. What a shining example of a woman who created change for the better, in her lifetime. Deepest regret, Mary Louise Hart , (originally from Rochester.)

Posted by A friend   March 18, 2018

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Grateful for all you have done, holding your memory in our hearts. Thank you on behalf of all of us in Rochester.

Posted by Noreen Boje - Rochester, NY   March 18, 2018

Louise, you will be missed. I will never forget you. You asked me to ride with you & 2 volunteers to the event. A driver couldn't find right direction. You asked me to find a direction. We did it. We arrived at the event. It was her first Congressional campaign.

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Louise Slaughter was my congresswoman. 16 terms. Louise caught my eye way back in the early 70's way before congress election when she was a neighborhood house wife working to stop the bull dozing of an old growth forest in the Rochester area.

Very surprising sad sad day here today, Huge loss in Congress. Just about one year ago was the last time I saw Louise. I was at my doctors office in the hall way. She came running through with a stack of papers to some office: had the energy of a 20 year old. I said, "Hi, Louise"

Posted by Harry Davis - Rochester, NY   March 18, 2018

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So sorry for the loss of a great lady. She paved the way for future women to achieve higher office. I hope your family finds peace and comfort in all the treasured memories. She will be missed.

Lisa Trabold McGinn, Nancy and Andy Trabold

Posted by Lisa McGinn - Ellenburg Depot, NY   March 18, 2018

Louise was a champion, loved by so many for all that she did for us. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Lori Skoog - Brockport, NY   March 18, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to the Slaughter family and loved ones for the loss of Louise. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time of loss.

Posted by Gus and Pat    March 18, 2018

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3/16/18 I am so sorry and saddened to hear of Honorable Louise Slaughter passing. I was just reading my news letter I received from Louise Slaughter about issues and how she got the money to renovate Rochester New York Train station. She called me back in the 90's when I had an issue and left a voice mail of exactly what she was going to do about it. A few months later I received mail from White House and they dealt with it. Louise Slaughter was a supporter for Violence Against Women. Rochester N.Y. has lost the best we ever had and as Hillary Clinton said about her at a rally here, mentioning Louise Slaughter as "The irreplaceable Congresswoman Louise Slaughter" That is all I can think of to say Louise Slaughter will be irreplaceable. I loved her and I will miss her dearly.

Posted by Mary Ann Chesia - Rochester, NY   March 17, 2018

I offer my most heartfelt condolences. Words cannot express how much she will be missed.
Sue Ann Dunford
Rochester, NY

Posted by Sue Ann Dunford - Rochester, NY   March 17, 2018

My condolences and heart go out to you. I remember meeting your mom several times at different events. She was strong and courageous. A true champion for women and all of Wesyern New York. She will be greatly missed.

Posted by Beth Williams - Fayetteville, NY   March 17, 2018

Upstate New York truly blessed by the tireless efforts of Louise Slaughter. Her example as an across-the-aisle legislator benefits the American public as well as those privileged to work with her. Over the decades, she impressed with her command of diverse topics, issues, facts, and figures. Her power with grace set her apart. Condolences to her family and to those whom she held dear.

Posted by Donna Cullen - Rochester, NY   March 17, 2018

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by Sally - OH   March 17, 2018

My sincere condolences for your loss. May God fulfill his promise to bind up the brokenhearted and help you endure this difficult time. Isa. 61:1

Posted by A friend   March 17, 2018

Taiwanese Americans are saddened by the sudden death of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

Congresswoman was a friend of Taiwan. She was a friend of Taiwanese Americans in Rochester, New York.

She not only cosponsored Taiwan legislation, she, as the Rules Committee chair, chaired the public hearing on Taiwan Security Enhancement Act for a vote, which passed in the House of Representatives in 1999.

To the family and children of Congresswoman Slaughter, she lives in the hearts of million of Taiwanese in the world.

Sincere condolences to her family, daughters, and grandchildren.

May God bless you.

Kenneth Hsu, Professor Emeritus,
Rochester Institute of Technology

Posted by A friend   March 17, 2018

My condolences to the Slaughter family. May those mourning find comfort in each other and in God during this difficult time.

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Posted by Bill Schmitt - Greece, NY   March 17, 2018

We are disconsolate at the loss of our dear Louise. Heaven got a new angel yesterday. We shall never again have another like her. Please accept our condolences at the loss of your mother.

Posted by Ann - Rochester, NY   March 17, 2018

My sincere hope is that family and friends find comfort in their fond memories of Louise. Please accept my full condolences for your loss.

Posted by - IN   March 17, 2018

Amy, Meg & Robin - I am so very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She always greeted us at the door with a smile and I can still hear that sweet Kentucky accent. She was never too busy for us - she made us feel as if we were the most interesting person in the world! Keeping you all in my heart.

Posted by Sue Mangefrida Beck - Frisco, TX   March 17, 2018

The FHS Class of '77 sends its deepest condolences to our classmate, Amy, and all the Slaughter family on the passing of Mrs. Slaughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Posted by Sue Mangefrida Beck - Frisco, TX   March 17, 2018

BEING IN POLITICS IN ONTARIO COUNTY DURING LOUISE'S TERMS WAS EXCITING AND SHE AND HER HUSBAND BOB WERE SO THOUGHTFUL OF ME AND MY FAMILY WHEN MY HUSBAND DIED SHORTLY AFTER MY ELECTION AS COUNTY TREASURER - RIP LOUISE WITH BOB AT YOUR SIDE

Posted by PAT A R SEARLES - CDGA, NY, YT   March 17, 2018

CONGRESSWOMAN SLAUGHTER WAS AN AMAZING WOMAN. NO MATTER WHAT PARTY YOU BELONGED TO SHE WOULD HELP YOU SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM, SHE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE AND A FRIENDLY HELLO FOR YOU. LOUISE YOU WILL BE MISSED.

Posted by PAT FULLER - ROCHESTER, NY   March 17, 2018

Louise was an incredible and lovely woman, both inside and out. She did great things for humanity. My sincere condolences to her Family. She created a legacy and she will be greatly missed.

Posted by Shelley Szymko - Rochester, NY - friend   March 17, 2018

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by - OH   March 17, 2018

She was a real trailblazer in Washington.I meet her when she help sponsor the DES Information and Education Act. She will be missed. Thank you for your service to the DES community. God Speed prayers

Posted by mary greco - Harrisburg, PA   March 17, 2018

Thank you for taking such good care of the Monroe County residents as well as the rest of the country, you will be missed so much. Condolences to your family and close friends.

Posted by KATIE OBRIEN - FAIRPORT, NY   March 17, 2018

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your love one.

Posted by A friend   March 16, 2018

We have lost a national treasure whose advocacy cannot be replaced. It has been a privilege to support her campaigns over many years and to cheer her accomplishments. Sincerest sympathies to her family, who will miss her most.
F. E. Tobey

Posted by A friend   March 16, 2018

We are thinking of you in your time of loss.

Posted by sue hacker - rochester, NY   March 16, 2018

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Thank you for your service. You will be missed. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Kathryn Irby - Gulfport, MS   March 16, 2018

My condolences to the family. May the God of comfort grant you strength during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   March 16, 2018

So sorry for the loss of Mrs. Slaughter. She made her mark on history and will be remember for her good work. May the God of all comfort bring her family and friends peace and comfort during this tragic time.

Posted by Michele - NC   March 16, 2018

We'll miss you !

Posted by Adrian Barnette - Topeka, KS   March 16, 2018

We thank family and friends for the 31 years and more of their love one service
For her spirit of giving Acts 20:35 there's more happiness in giving than receiving was surely her life long goal
May God grant family and friends that same spirit as they embrace each other during this time
May Our Heavenly Father grant you peace from above

Posted by Jackie - GA   March 16, 2018

I am sorry for your loss. May the Father of tender mercies be with you.

Posted by K. Minor - SC   March 16, 2018

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Congresswoman Slaughter will be so greatly missed. Her death is so unfortunate. Her expertise was so needed in Washington, D.C. Thank you for your fantastic work, Congresswoman. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Kathryn Irby - Gulfport, MS   March 16, 2018

It was heartbreaking to hear Louise Slaughter passed away. God Bless her and her family. I watched her on TV a lot. She had such a positive,outlook on keeping the workforce alive, creating jobs for a better future. A huge loss. A really great woman. RIP. In God ' s Kingdom.

Posted by Carol Garafalo - Waterloo, NY   March 16, 2018

I grew up down the street from the Slaughter family. I remember Louise as a no-nonsense woman who spoke her mind, quick to laugh (or not, as the situation demanded). I was in awe of her then, and always. The world has lost a very bright light, both from a personal and political perspective. Louise's shoes will never be filled. My sincerest condolences to her daughters and their families.

Posted by Debbie Terwilliger - Seattle, WA   March 16, 2018


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