Thomas Roethel (a native of Rochester, NY) met Laurel Blair in the 1950's. They were married in 1952 and settled here in Ogdensburg. The couple had 3 children, Laurel Lee, Blair and Rhonda.
Blair is a veteran firefighter in the Ogdensburg Fire Department as was his father. He has three sons, Justin (Sgt. US Army retired), Ryan (lineman), Alec (Ogd. City School Dist.).
Laurel Lee operates River Rat Designs (an embroidery, screenprint, engraving business) and designs and produces the souvenirs for the Ogdensburg Harbor Light. She is active in many community events such as the Ogdensburg Seaway Festival. Laurel Lee was a nominee for Woman of the Year for the 48th Senate District of NY for 2013.
Rhonda is a co-owner/partner of America 1 Realty. She was the Woman of the Year for the 48th Senate District of NY in 2013. Active in the Lisbon Lions Club, she started the annual Light Up the Night Holiday Parade which has become a family tradition.
The family always supports community events and often takes the lead in spearheading new ventures.