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M. Ardis Barnes, 90, Blanchard Road, Potsdam, died on April 16, 2014 at her home. The funeral will be April 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Funeral services for M. Ardis Barnes, 90, of Blanchard Road, will be Fri, April 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Robert Schirmer officiating. Calling hours will be Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 at the funeral home. Burial will be in West Potsdam Cemetery at a later date. Ardis was born April 19, 1923, in West Stockholm, NY, a daughter of the late, Edwin & Marion (Armstrong) Richardson. On September 25, 1943, she married Wm. John Barnes. Mr. Barnes died in 1974. Prior to her marriage, she attended Canton A.T.I. for a year. Ardis’ employment always seemed to involve food and cooking. She worked at the Oval Wood Dish in Tupper Lake, for a resort in Lake Placid, she was employed as cook at St. Lawrence University and enjoyed making pies and salads at the Town Line Diner in Crary Mills. She was also a member of the Kings Daughters and the United Methodist Church in W. Potsdam. Surviving are her loving family, which include her children, Marilyn Kingston of Madrid, Twila (Richard) Hayes of Crary Mills, Wm. Fay Barnes of Canton and Cindy (Fay) Sheldon of West Potsdam; twelve grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Paul Barnes of PA and sister-in-law, Beverly Brownell of West Potsdam. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by four brothers, Edwin Lyle Richardson, Otis Richardson, Jerald Richardson and Earl Richardson. Ardis enjoyed many things, including baking, ceramics, gardening, bird-watching and serving food. She also was fond of traveling out West with her husband, Sunday dinners with family, riding through the mountains looking at the fall colors and especially time spent with her children and grandchildren. Memorial contributions are suggested to: West Potsdam Volunteer Fire Dept., Crary Mills Tri-Town Community Center or to Hospice. Additional off-street parking courtesy of Travel Unlimited, Park Street.


John M. Witherhead, 86, Mildon Road, Canton, died on April 1, 2014 at Maplewood Campus. The funeral will be Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM, at the Canton Fire and Rescue.

John M. Witherhead, 86, of Mildon Road, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Maplewood Campus where he had been a resident since December 2013. He was the husband of Virginia “Ginny” Van Iderstyne, whom he married on June 14, 1952 at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton with Rev. Eels as celebrant. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 5th at 10:00 at Canton Fire & Rescue, 77 Riverside Drive with Assoc. Pastor Donna Doig officiating. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. John was born August 14, 1927 in Morristown, NY, the son of the late Walter & Mabel (Giffen) Witherhead. He attended Morristown Central School until the 11th grade and graduated from Alexandria Bay High School. John was a veteran of WWII serving from 1945-1946. Upon his honorable discharge he studied at St. Lawrence University graduating in 1951 with his Bachelor’s degree in Education and later received his Masters. In addition to his wife “Ginny”, he is survived by a son, David Witherhead & Laurie Poor of Canton; a daughter, Elizabeth & Derrick Terry of Sodus, NY; a sister, Louise Thode of Boston; six grandchildren, Jessica Witherhead of Waddington, Kathleen Witherhead of Birmingham, AL, Michael Witherhead of Canton, Allison Witherhead of Canton, Jonathan Witherhead of Sodus and Ryan Bayer of Sodus; three great-grandchildren and a niece Sandy & Ronnie Burns of Canton. He is also survived by Dorothea Witherhead of Canton and Andy Bayer of Philadelphia, NY. Upon graduating SLU, John worked as a bookkeeper for United Paper in Syracuse from 1952-54. In 1954, returning to Canton, he started a 37 year career (1954-1991) at Canton Central School, where he taught, Chemistry, Physics and Science. John was a very active in his community(s), where he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton; Canton Fire & Rescue (where he was a fireman and an EMT until age 81); Morristown Fire Dept (13 years); served two terms as Canton Village Trustee, where he was instrumental in the formation of Partridge Run Golf Course; served as Summer School Principal; drove bus for the summer swim class at Taylor Park and he coached J.V. basketball for several years. In his early years as a teen, John worked on the Morristown-Brockville Ferry, at the cheese factory in Morristown and worked as a clerk for attorney George Brown. Some of John’s interests and hobbies were gardening, spending time on the St. Lawrence River, reading, time spent with family and always teaching. Memorial contributions are suggested to Canton Fire & Rescue or Morristown Fire Department. Additional off-street parking courtesy of Travel Unlimited, Park Street. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


Nicholas Baffaro, 92, 77 State Street, Canton, died Feb 2, 2014 at his home. The funeral will be March 29, 2014 at 11:00 am, at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton.

Nicholas Daniel “Nick” Baffaro, 92, of 77 State Street, Canton, died Sunday, February 2, 2014 at home. He was under the loving care of his wife, Carlene and daughter, Jan. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton with Rev. Michael P. Catanzaro officiating. A luncheon reception will immediately follow the service and the Baffaro Family invites everyone to join in. Nick was born September 18, 1921, the son of the late Joseph and Rose Baffaro of Rye, New York. He graduated Ithaca College, where he met and married his wife of 69 years, Carlene Brewster Baffaro. He briefly taught music at Waterloo, New York, then moved to Long Island. A short three years later found him moving North to Canton School District where he taught and directed music from 1947 until his retirement in the late 1980’s. He moved his young family to the State Street house in 1953. Nick’s dream and purpose for Canton was to promote instrumental music as an expectation and privilege for all students. He initiated and provided a musical program where individualized instruction was given to all students – elementary through high school. His efforts created a culture of music appreciation unrivaled by current standards. Tiny Canton bands were as diverse as its population and as large as those from schools twice its size. Nick believed in providing opportunities for his students to perform – be it official school competitions and concerts, or the less formalized Saturday football games (with spontaneous victory march down State Street) pep rallies, Memorial Day parades, 4th of July parades or the iconic “band in the park”. On a lazy summer Wednesday evening, the strains of in the good old summertime would lure town folk to the park where they would be treated to a concert given by Canton students. The park would buzz with parents and the community enjoying music, fellowship and the occasional ice cream cone. Nick is survived by his wife of 69 years Carlene Brewster Baffaro; son Timothy (Joan) Baffaro; daughter Jan Baffaro (Dennis) Moore; daughter Andrea Baffaro Bird; and daughter-in-law, Beverly Baffaro. His son, Jeffery Baffaro died in 2002. He had 9 grandchildren – Tim’s three, Michael, David & Stephanie; Jeff’s two, Nicholas & Daniel; Jan’s two, Sadie & Kane Moore and Andrea’s two, Dylan Bird and Jessy Bird. Nick found great delight and comfort watching his 5 great-grandchildren grow – Lia and Josie Baffaro, Brooks Baffaro and twins, Emily and James Roberts. The Baffaro family thanks everyone for the wonderful support they’ve received – the cards, the food and the company. Please join them Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 11 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton to celebrate Nick’s life. Donations can be made in Nick’s name to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley or the First Presbyterian Church of Canton.


Marylou Scott, 78, 30 Sullivan Drive, Canton, died on March 22, 2014 at Fletcher-Allen Health Care Center. The funeral will be March 28, 2014 at 11:00 am, at the First Prebyterian Church of Canton.

Marylou Scott, 78, of Patridge Knoll, formerly of Canterbury Lane, died Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Fletcher-Allen Health Care. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 28 at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton with Rev. Michael P. Catanzaro. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Marylou was born July 17, 1935, in Little Falls, New York, a daughter of Evelyn Viskup and James I Trask. She graduated Little Falls High in 1953 and furthered her education at Crane School of Music, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in 1957 and her Master’s in 1960. Marylou later became a teacher of music starting at Gouverneur (28 yrs), Indian River (8 yrs) and she retired from Crane (8 yrs). She also worked summers at New England Music Camp in Sydney, ME for nearly 40 years. Marylou was very active in New York State School Music Assoc (NYSSMA), where she was an adjudicator at the State level, and at Music Educators National Conference(MENC). In 1980 she married Harold Scott in Gouverneur. Harold died in 1996. A previous marriage to Charles W. Johnson ended in divorce. Surviving are her daughter, Kristen Johnson of Brownville; a son, Erik Johnson of Canton; three grandchildren, Mark and Julia Harrienger of Brownville and Andrew Johnson of Canton; a brother, Dr. John Viskup of Vergennes, VT. Marylou was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton, where she played the organ. In addition to concerts and music, she was fond of Yankees baseball, listening to opera and especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed sitting on the rocks, watching and listening to the waves at Pemaquid Point in Maine. It was there, where she met Paul Newman while he was filming “Message in the Bottle”. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions to the New England Music Camp in Sydney, ME or to the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Additional off-street parking courtesy of Travel Unlimited on Park Street.


Cynthia Kinsey, 57, Old State Road, DeKalb, died on March 20, 2014 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be a Special Time, at the A Special Place.

DeKalb – Cynthia Faye “Cindy” (Tafel) Kinsey, 57, of Old State Road, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. She formerly resided in Florida. Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements. Cindy was born October 11, 1956 in Vandenburgh County, Indiana, a daughter of the late Gilbert G. Tafel and Viola E. (Farmer) Collins. She was also predeceased by her step-father, Edward Collins. Surviving are her children - Christy Dawn (Kinsey) Shouse of Belleview, FL, Michael Vincent Schaeffer and Wife Meryl-lisa of Dania, FL, Vanessa Ann (Schaeffer) Fry and Husband Josh of DeKalb amd Misty Lynn (Kinsey) Eckard and Husband Todd of Dunnellon, FL; Brother - Kenny Collins of Evansville, IN; Two sisters - Sharon Walker Matthews of Evansville and Barbara Walker Palmer of Little Rock, AR; Grandchildren - Sara Steinbacher Husband Seth , James Dean Shouse, Jr. of Belleview, FL, Michael Vincent Schaeffer, Jr., Haley Schaeffer, Tiffany, Schaeffer, Maddison Schaeffer, Ashley Nicole Diaz Dusharm Husband Michael Dusharm, Gage Lonnie, Michael Mustain, Joyce Samanthia Ann Mustain, Tawnie Marie Mustain; Two Great-Grandchildren - Michael Wayne Simpson, Jr. and Emberaelynn Faye Dusharm. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to Lawrence Funeral Home.


Elon JAKE Jackson, 80, formerly of Morley and N. Russell, died on March 6, 2014 at St. Jospehs Nursiong Home in Ogdensburg. The funeral will be March 11, 2014, at the Morley Wesleyan Church.

Elon M. “Jake” Jackson, 80, formerly of Morley, died Thursday, March 6, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Ogdensburg. Jake worked most of his life as a farmer. Viewing hours will be Monday from 5-7 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday at Morley Wesleyan Church, Lisbon. Burial will be in North Russell Cemetery in the spring. Among his survivors are three daughters, Janet Change, Gayle Flanagan and Janice Melody and a sister Janet Davis.


Vivian L. Sharpstene Warren, 73, Pleasant Street, Russell, died on March 2, 2014 at her home in Russell. The funeral will be March 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM, at the Russell United Methodist Church.

Vivian L. Sharpstene Warren “Sonny”, 73, of Pleasant Street, Russell, died peacefully at her home on Sunday, March 2, 2014. She was affectionately known as “Sonny”, “Aunt Biddy” and “Aunt Viv”. Calling hours will be held at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton on Tuesday, March 4 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:00 AM in the Russell United Methodist Church with Rev. Jon Frary officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Degrasse in the spring. “Viv” was born October 9, 1940 in Bridge Hampton, Long Island, a daughter of the late Francis “Sharp” Sharpstene and Lucille “Tealy” (Pike) Hewlett. She was a graduate of Knox Memorial, class of 1959. On June 5, 1965, she married “Denny” Warren in St. Mary’s Church in Canton. Surviving are Denny Warren of Degrasse; her daughter and, Shammie (Tom) Robinson of Russell; three sons, Vince (Deb) Warren of Malone, Norman ( Tammy) Warren of Canton and Pat (Dori) Warren of Russell; two sisters, Connie Sharpstene Whiteford and Pam (Richard) Hance; brothers, “Bee” (Vickie) Sharpstene, Bob (Mary) Hewlett, Steve Hewlett; nine grandchildren, Andy Warren, Mickey Warren, Jake Warren, Matt Warren, Jeremy Warren, Jared Warren, Mallory Robinson, Caleb Robinson and Kaitlyn Robinson; great-grandchild, Gavin Robinson. She will also be remembered by and a number of nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles and dear friends. She was predeceased by a brother, Danny Sharpstene, sister, Jeanette Sharpstene and her step-mother, “Babe” Sharpstene, step-father Leo Hewlett. “Viv” worked very hard to help provide for her family. She started by cleaning homes for Canton area families including, Judge Chaney and Rev. Cummings. She was a “Bar Steward” at the Turnpike Tavern and the VFW in Canton. She also proudly worked for Compas in Ogdensburg in Quality Assurance. She was very active in the communities she lived in. She was a home health aide for Canton and Russell families; tax collector for the Town of Clare; Chaplain for the Russell Fire Department; Lay Speaker for the Russell United Methodist Church; was a Town of Russell Council Member and was a member of the VFW Post1231 Ladies Auxillary. “Viv” loved, first and foremost, her children and grandchildren ! She enjoyed reading, knitting, crossword puzzles, watching the “Young & the Restless” and socializing. She enjoyed a good joke, had a great sense of humor and was very witty. She will be missed by all who knew her. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Russell Fire Department and/or the Russell United Methodist Church


Paula C. Comuntzis, 77, Canton, died January 29, 2014 at Maplewood Campus. The funeral will be February 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Paula C. Comuntzis, 77, formerly of 15 Fisher Street, died January 29, 2014 at Maplewood Campus in Canton after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:00 AM at the funeral home with Rev. Mother Evette Austin officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Canton in the spring. She was born December 26, 1936 in Bloomsburg, PA a daughter of the late John M. and Susan (Hilton) Comuntzis. She was also preceded in death by her older brother, Markos J. Communtzis. She is survived by her brother, Thomas J. Comuntzis and wife Wilma of VA; a half-brother, DJ Comuntzis and wife Connie of PA; numerous nieces and nephews, who knew her as Aunt Polly; and her friends for many years, Joyce Allen and Martha Maine. Paula was a 1957 graduate of Canton High and attended Canton A.T.I. (SUNY) in 57 & 58. She worked for the Cascade Inn as a bartender. She started working at St. Lawrence University in 1980 as the first female custodian and in 1981 as a food service specialist. She retired in June 2005. In an article in Hills News College Paper in 1991, Paula was called the Entrée-preneur. According to the article, “Her main goal was to keep my kids happy and that’s what I mean because they are my kids.” When working behind the cash register she could hardly reach the keys because she was so short. A stool was made for her in 1986 as a gift by both the manager and asst. manager. Paula was greatly devoted to her dogs, “Heather”, “Hoover” & “Ashley”, who were companions to her for many years. She enjoyed oil painting on saw blades and canvas and was a member of Grace Episcopal Church. Paula was a friend to all who knew and loved her and will be greatly missed. The family would like to thank the staff and doctors of Maplewood Campus for their long and dedicated care of Paula. They would also like to thank Hospice for the compassion they showed Paula during her final days. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Potsdam Humane Society or to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


Cynthia C. Bell, 64, Lisbon, NY, died on December 10, 2013 at CHMC. The funeral will be a special time for family, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

After a long battle with cancer, Cynthia C. Bell, 64, of Lisbon, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Following the calling hours, a time of food and continued fellowship will be held at Sergi’s Restaurant in Canton from 4-6 p.m. “Cindy” was born January 28, 1949 in Utica. She was raised by her grandparents, the late John and Alice Kaine. She was a 1967 graduate of Lisbon High School and later from SUNY Potsdam with a degree in teaching in 1971. Surviving are her daughter, Marianne Mero and husband Joseph of Niskayuna; a granddaughter, Ava Mero; a sister, Connie Irvine of Ogdensburg; close friends, Joan and Nelson J Fadden of Lisbon; and in-laws Mary and Ron Denny, Alan and Nancy Bell and Barbara and Vernon Tapper. Cindy was an elementary teacher for Lisbon Central School for thirty three years, retiring in 2004. She also enjoyed her home, her flower gardens, several friends and neighbors. Memorial contributions are suggested to: St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund or the Morley Community Library.


Howard A. Pitkin, 79, Park Street, Canton, died on December 7, 2013 at Fletcher Allen Health Center in Burlington. The funeral will be Private , at the Private.

Howard A. Pitkin, 79, of Park Street , died Sat., December 7, 2013 at Fletcher-Allen Health Center in Burlington, VT. Calling hours will be Friday, December 13th from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Funeral services and interment will be held privately and at the convenience of the family. Howard was born March 16, 1934 in Corinth, NY, a son of John and Mary (Swift) Pitkin. He was a graduate of Corinth High School. He served in the US Army. He later attended St. Lawrence University graduating in 1961, where he received his teaching degree. Upon graduation, Howard, taught math at Canton ATC, Gouverneur Central School and for many years at Lisbon Central School. He also started and owned Pitkin Rubbish Removal Service. On May Aug 13, 1983, he married Patricia Ewart at Christ Church in Morristown. In addition to his wife “Pat”, he is survived by two daughters, Michelle (Paul) Barbour of S. Colton, Kathleen Owens of Waxhaw, NC; two sons, Michael (Lauren) of Lisbon, CT and Jeffrey (Ellen) of Guilderland, NY; two-step-children, Michael & Matthew Ewart of Ogdensburg; seven grandchildren, Paul, Alexandria, Justin, Melissa , Anthony, Adam, Samantha and a great-grandchild, McKenzie. Howard was a life long golfer and avid hunter, belonging to the Stillwater Hunting Club. He was also a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Canton. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Howard A. Pitkin Scholarship Fund, c/o Guidance Office, Lisbon Central School, 6866 CR 10, Lisbon, NY 13658, Ogdensburg S.P.C.A. or to the Spay & Neuter Now Program, 47 Duck Cove Road, Hammond, NY. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


Mac Bates, 88, formerly of Pierrepont Road, Canton, died on December 5, 2013 at Maplewood Campus, Canton. The funeral will be at a time a date to be announced, at the Clayton, NY.

Malcolm Wesley “Mac” Bates, 88, formerly of 1168 State Hwy 68, died Thurs., December 5, 2013 at Maplewood Campus, Canton while surrounded by his loving family. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, December 12th from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. The burial in Clayton Cemetery will be held privately. A memorial service ( to be announced ) will be held in the Clayton area in the spring. A memorial mass will be held Thursday at Grace Episcopal Church, 9 E. Main Street, Canton at 12 Noon with Rev. Mother Evette Austin officiating. “Mac” was born September 7, 1925, in Glen Park, NY, a son of the late Malcolm E. and Edna E. (Babcock) Bates. He graduated Cape Vincent High in 1942. After high school, he attended Cornell University for dairy herd improvement and testing. He traveled to 25 different farms to help manage the improvement of dairy cattle. In 1946 he enlisted in the US Army Air Force and was stationed in Japan with the occupation forces after WWII. After an honorable discharge in 1947, “Mac” returned to the Clayton area working on the farm before going to work for Good Chevrolet and Olds. He later worked on the St. Lawrence Seaway and moved to Canton, NY on Memorial Day Weekend in 1957. He then worked for Art Robinson Farm & Equipment from Jan 1958 to Nov 1982. “Mac” retired from St. Lawrence University as Shop Manager and Mechanic. On July 28, 1951 he married his beloved wife, Lois Elnina Whitmore in the Canton United Methodist Church. Lois died October 24, 2011 after a battle with Alzheimer’s. Surviving are five sons: Kevin (Carrie) Bates of Canton, Martin “Marty” (Janie Stein) Bates of College Station, TX, Craig Bates of Melbourne, Australia, Christopher (Teri) Bates of Malone, and Andrew Bates of Rochester; three daughters: Michele (Randy) Hamilton of Carthage, Lisa (Thomas) Mullie of Herkimer, and Sara (John) Bootz of Newburgh; eighteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Elizabeth Millard of DePue, NY and Alta Bates of Cape Vincent; two brothers, Kenneth G. and wife Judy of Dexter and Robert J. and wife Mary Lou of Chaumont and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Christine Mason and brothers, Donald and Frederick. “Mac” was a Vesting Member and communicant of Grace Episcopal Church, Canton, where he served as Senior and Junior Warden, as well as being Chairman of the committee to refurbish the church interior in 1993-94. He was a member of the St. Lawrence Grange, where he served as Grand Master in NY State at the age of 16. In March 1948, “Mac” joined the Free & Accepted Masons in Cape Vincent and later joined the Chaumont Lodge 171. He was also a member of the St. Lawrence Power & Equipment Museum and an Honorary Chairman of the Alzheimer’s Assoc. Memory Walk Committee. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Grace Episcopal Church Building Fund, Alzheimer’s Support Group at Maplewood Campus or to the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


Carson E. McCuen, 74, Noyes Road, Potsdam, died on December 3, 2013 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be December 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Carson E. McCuen, 74, of Noyes Road, will be held on Thurs., Dec. 5th at 1:30 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Robert Schirmer officiating. There will be no calling hours at the funeral home. Burial will be in White Church Cemetery. Carson was born October 27, 1939, in Potsdam, a son of Roy J. and Ruby (Casselman) McCuen. He worked on the home farm on the Church Road for a number of years before working for C.D.P. He later worked on the ATC Farm until its closing, at which time he transferred to the Maintenance Department at SUNY Canton in retiring in 1995. Surviving are his companion, Jeanne Degagne of Potsdam; his son, Roy of Canton and his grandson, Shawn Ethan McCuen. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Leo and Lyle and sisters, Dorothy, Rose and Betty. Carson will be remembered for his knowledge and love of the farm, hunting, equipment, field work and saw mills. Memorial contributions are suggested to White Church Cemetery Association or the Diabetes Foundation. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


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Mary Frances Cherry Sprague, 80, Old DeKalb Road, Canton, died on Nov 4, 2013 at her home. The funeral will be Nov 9, 2013 at 1:15 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 9th from 11:00 to 1:00 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Her funeral service will follow at 1:15 PM with Lay Pastor Walter Lacks and Pastor Gene Thomas co-officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Canton. Mary was born to Ralph L. and Mabel (Tenbrook) Cherry on February 17, 1933 in Belle Glade, FL. She was a graduate of Forest Lake Academy, FL and Columbia Union College, Tacoma Park, MD, where she earned her Nursing Degree. She worked as a registered nurse in Bethesda, MD, Florida Hospital in Orlando, FL, and at Canton Hospital. Mary also worked for Dr. Leek in Canton and retired from NYSARC in Potsdam. On August 26, 1962, she married Clarence R. Sprague, Jr. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Canton. Mr. Sprague died Jan. 8, 1997. Mary is survived by her four sons, Richard C. and companion Mary Maroney Garris of Canton, Russell C. of Canton, Roger C. of Edwards and Robert C. of Potsdam ; five grandchildren, Kyle, Pamela, Teia, Paige and Roscoe and two great-grandchildren, Chase and Piper. She was predeceased by a sister Joanne Curry and an infant brother. Mary enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and helping on the family farm. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Canton or to the Alzheimer’s Support Group at Maplewood Campus, Canton.


Todd A. Alessi, 62, County Route 24, Russell, died on October 9, 2013 at SUNY Upstate Med Ctr in Syracuse. The funeral will be October 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM, at the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Todd Andrew Alessi, 62, of County Route 24, Russell, died on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. A Celebration of Life, officiated by Rev. Joel Miller, will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Canton, followed by a potluck dinner. Todd was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 13, 1951, to Andrew and Jessie (Rock) Alessi of Manchester, NJ. At the age of two weeks, Todd moved with his family to what his extended family considered the “wilds” of NJ where Todd grew up. In 1969, Todd graduated from high school in NJ. On April 27, 1980, Todd married Nancy Peltan in a small church within Allaire State Park in NJ. Shortly after, the couple relocated to Russell, NY. Todd was a well-respected and fine piano tuner who traveled throughout St. Lawrence County working for a number of families, churches, and schools. When professional pianists were to perform at local venues, Todd was often called upon to ensure pianos were in top condition as he was known to have an ear for exactly what each piano needed. His precision and attention to detail as a tuner followed him across his life. Todd had a deep appreciation for silence and the beauty and peace of natural places. He was an exquisite vegetable gardener and a planter of trees. One of his greatest prides was joining a movement to restore the almost extinct American chestnut to North America. For 28 years, he nurtured two trees thought to be disease resistant and gave away many seedlings. In the summer, he would invite others to come to his home to see these beautiful trees in bloom. He was an enthusiastic bicyclist, hiker, and camper—even in winter in 30 below temperatures. Todd was a resourceful tinkerer who could always find something on hand to solve a problem. He was always willing to lend a skilled hand to help others and was a person many called a good friend. for 28 years Also wonderful with children, he taught many to swim through the Red Cross program in Potsdam. Many of his friends’ children remember Todd fondly for the fun they had with him. In addition to his parents in NJ, he is survived by his wife, Nancy; a brother, Timothy and his wife, Louise of NJ; a sister-in-law, Joanne Alessi of KY; three nieces and two nephews along with their children. He was predeceased by a brother, Bruce. He was a member of the Piano Technicians Guild, the American Chestnut Society, and a number of environmental organizations. He was also a founding member of the Grateful Oars Rowing Club on Norwood Lake. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Potsdam Humane Society or the St. Lawrence County Land Trust. Condolences may be sent to his wife Nancy by visiting www.lawrencefuneralhome.org And this our life… Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything. -William Shakespeare


Ellis J. Curtis, Sr., 79, Cove Road, South Colton, NY, died on October 3, 2013 at Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, VT. The funeral will be October 13, 2013 from 1 to 3 PM, at the The Club in Canton.

Ellis J. Curtis, Sr., 79, died unexpectedly on Thursday after being stricken at his home earlier in the day. He is survived by his wife Helen and five children. Two daughters, Darlene (Tom) O'Connor and Kate (Alan) Mulkin. Three sons, Duane and his fiance Melinda McLean, Ellis "Jim" and his wife Karen and Ron all of Canton. His ten grandchildren, Katie and John O'Connor, Mollie Curtis, Nicole and Kyle Curtis, EJ (Ellis III) and Sami Curtis and Christopher, Ashley and Andrew Knight. Two sisters, Ella Morter (his twin) and Eileene Fordham. He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Theoda "Teddy" Kelly. Ellis was born at home in West Pierrepont, NY on July 8, 1934 to Harold R. & Genevieve (Brewer) Curtis. He graduated at age 16 from Knox-Memorial High School in Russell and from Canton ATI in 1953 with a degree in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. He served in the US Army at Fort Benning, GA from 1956 to 1959. He returned to Canton in 1959 joining his father in business at LeBerge & Curtis. In 1962, he became President and sole owner of LeBerge & Curtis. Ellis was a former member of the Canton JC's, the Town of Canton Planning Board and the Canton Lions Club. His civic contributions were numerous and often involved his own time and equipment to insure the completion of the community project at hand. Ellis was a long time member and past President of the Stillwater Hunting Club. His greatest passions were hunting, fishing, spending time in the woods and at his sugar bush with his wife, children and his beloved grandchildren. A Celebration of Life reception will be held on Sunday, October 13th at "The Club" on Court Street, Canton from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Contributions in Ellis' memory can be made to The Ellis Curtis, Sr. Scholarship Fund at Canton Central School, for the student who wishes to further their education in the field of agriculture. C/O Beverly Murray, 5984 CR 27, Canton, NY 13617. The Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton is handling arrangements.


Kimberly A. White Rawson, 36, Us Hwy 11, Canton, died on Sept 28, 2013 in the Town of Pamelia. The funeral will be Oct 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Kimberly A. (White) Rawson, 36, of US Hwy 11, will be held on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Mother Evette Austin officiating. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Alone Cemetery. Kimberly died tragically Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 as a result of an auto accident in the Town of Pamelia. Born March 28, 1977 in Massena, she was the daughter of Douglas and the late, Carolyn White. She was a 1995 graduate of High C. Williams High School, Canton and had attended SUNY Canton. Kimberly was most recently a loving mother, but had previously worked for Health Services and Canton Enriched Housing. On August 18, 2006, she married Colin Rawson in Canton, NY. Colin died November 24, 2009. Surviving in addition to her father, are her two sons, Orion Ayers, Atreau Rawson, both of Canton; her daughter, Juniper McCormick of Canton; her brother, Eric White of Lisbon; two step-sisters, Lisa (Donald) Wright of Canton and Jennie (William) Harper of Lisbon. She is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Kimberly will be remembered as a loving Mother, daughter, sister and friend. Her kids were her world and when she was with them she was full of life; they completed her. She also enjoyed time camping with family. Memorial contributions are suggested to a Trust Fund being set up for her children c/o Lisa Wright, 63 Law Lane, Canton, NY 13617.


Virginia M. Norton, 85, 3413 State Hwy 68, Canton, died on Sept 23, 2013 at the Spicer Home in Canton. The funeral will be Sept 27, 2013 at 2:15 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia M. “Ginny” Norton, 85, formerly of State Hwy 68, will be held on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 2:15 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Pat LaVine officiating. Calling hours will be held on Friday from Noon to 2:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Morley Cemetery. Virginia was born Nov. 10, 1927 in Ogdensburg a daughter of the late Webster E. and Hilda (Adams) Speer. She graduated Canton High in 1946 and later from Potsdam College. Virginia was employed by the Town of Canton as Office Clerk for a number of years. On June 10, 1950, she married Frank J. Norton at the Grace Episcopal Church in Canton. She is survived by three daughters, Nancy McCann of Rochester, Sue Anne Furrer of Rochester and Laurie Sanford of Alexandria Bay; a son, James Norton of Canton; 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Wm. B. Speer, MI, John A. Speer, FL and David M. Speer, Canton. She was an active member of her communities, being involved with Skirts & Flirts Dance Club, the Eastern Stars, the Morley Grange, Rensselaer Falls Grange, the Lisbon 89-ers Sr. Citizens, Black Hills Passion Play at Lake Water, FL and Camp Inn Square Dance Club and Chorus. Virginia also enjoyed her vegetable and flower gardens, being out absorbing nature and cooking for her friends and family. Memorial contributions may be made to ASPCA, P.O. Box 594 ,Ogdensburg, NY 13669 or the Zion Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 108, Colton, NY


Roy A. Green, 51, Plains Road, W. Pierrepont, died on September 4, 2013 at his home. The funeral will be September 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM, at the Family Home.

Roy A. Green, 51, of the Plains Road, died Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at his home while under the care of his loving family and Hospice. There will be a Celebration of Roy’s Life on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the family home at 19 Plains Road. Calling hours were held privately at the Lawrence Funeral Home in Canton. Interment will also take place at the home. Roy was born February 26, 1962 in Bennington, VT a son of Rosalie (Tetrault) Green and the late Richard, Sr. He attended Mount Anthony School in Bennington. He served in the US Army from 1980-87 and on June 18, 1983 he married Holly Junker in Falmouth, MA. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Holly; his daughter, Azela “Z” Green and fiancée Jesse Davis of Canton; his grandson, Aiden; a brother, Richard, Jr. of Bennington and his mother-in-law, Audrey Tobin of W. Pierrepont. He will also be missed by his animal friends, Meeka, Panda, Chet, Two-Socks, Hyper-Eyed Kid, Baby, Bobber and Chopper. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by his Grandpa Green, Grandmother Tetrault and sister, Robin Green. Roy was very talented as a motorcycle mechanic, farmer, carpenter, stone mason and electrician. He renovated his entire house, which was his pride and joy. In addition to his love of his family and animals, “he was born and lived to ride” his restored 1971 Honda CB750K Model Motorcycle. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US HWY 11, Potsdam , NY 13676; St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 291, Canton, NY 13617 or to Sarah House, 100 Roberts Avenue, Suite 10, Syracuse, NY 13207


Lisa D. Hoy, 45, Woods Drive, Canton, died August 24, 2013 at her home in Canton. The funeral will be August 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM, at the St. Mary's Church, Canton.

Lisa D. Hoy, 45, of Woods Drive died Saturday August 24 at her home surrounded by her loving family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Church, Canton. Calling hours will be held at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Park Street, Canton on Monday afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Burial Will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Mrs. Hoy was born in Brockville, Ontario, a daughter of John and Theresa (Beaudoin) Arcand in 1968. She is a 1991 graduate of St. Lawrence University where she had been a captain of the women’s hockey team. She also earned a Masters Degree in Environmental Toxicology from Trent University, Peter borough, Ontario. She and her husband, Peter Hoy, were married in Brockville, Ont. in 1997. Surviving beside her husband are her two daughters Madison G. Hoy and Ava J. Hoy both at home; her mother Theresa Arcand of Prescott, Ontario; a brother Paul and Cathy Arcand of Prescott, Ont.; a sister, Shelley and Ivo Malovic of Brockville, Ont.; a brother-in-law Michael and Ann Hoy of Kemptville, Ont., a sister-in-law Janet Hoy of Toronto, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, John Arcand, father-in-law Jack Hoy, and her special grandmother Geraldine Arcand. Lisa will be remembered for her courageous six year battle with cancer and most notably as a loving and wonderful mother. Those who wish are encouraged to make donations to St. Mary’s School, Canton.


Winona C. Hubbard, 94, formerly of Canton, died on August 22, 2013 at BaratHaven in Dardenne Prairie, MO. The funeral will be August 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Winona C. Hubbard, 94, formerly of Canton, died Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Barat Haven Facility in Dardenne Prairie, MO. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 28th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home in Canton. Funeral services will be on Thursday at 10:00 AM at the funeral home with Rev. Michael P. Catanzaro officiating. Burial to follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Canton with Military Honors. Surviving are her children, W. Sue Broderick (Robert) of NC, Deborah K. Maier (Albert) of MO, Bethany J. Wohlgemuth (John) of CO and Bruce C. Hubbard (Nancy Newcomb) ofCaledonia, NY; four grandchildren, Timothy Maier of CO, Amy Maier Freeman (William) of Ohio, Edward Wohlgemuth (Rebecca) of NC and Robert Wohlgemuth (Anna) of Washington State; four great-grandchildren, William and Patrick Freeman and Carter and Reese Wohlgemuth and a number of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Donald (2009); a granddaughter, Karen Beth Wohlgemuth; four brothers, Kermit, Harold, Kenneth and John, Jr.. Winona was born August 1, 1919 in Osgood, IN to John F.L. and Elizabeth A.C. (Straber) Comer. She was a 1937 graduate of Osgood Indiana High School and continued her schooling at the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, Indianaplois, IN, graduating in 1940. In September of 1942 Winona joined the US Military and served until December of 1945. She was a valuable part of the US Army Nurse Corps during the European Theatre where she was stationed in Great Britain and France. She earned the rank of First Lieutenant. On October 14, 1945, she married Donald M. Hubbard in Joplin, MO. The couple were married 63 years. Prior to her military service, Winona was employed as a registered nurse for hospitals in Scottsburg and Greensburg, IN. She later worked for Lewis County General in Lowville, NY and Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam, NY. She also was a private duty nurse on occasion. Winona was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Napoleon, IN, the First Presbyterian Church of Canton and the Grace Lutheran Church in WinterHaven, FL. She was most recently a member of the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Chambersburg, PA. She enjoyed being an American Red Cross nurse for 25 years, a leader of 4-H, Boy Scouts in Port Leyden, NY; a volunteer for the Lutheran Social Services of Central PA; sewing and quilting. She won many awards for her quilting ability. Winona enjoyed RVing, boating, canoeing and gardening. After retirement, she and Don enjoyed wintering in Winter Haven, FL. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 2695 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17201; Alzheimer’s Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, PO Box 1950, Clarksburg, MD 20871 or the Alzheimer’s Association Nat’l Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17, Chicago, Il 60601 ( www.alz.org)


Norreen Grace Votra, 82, Miner Street, Canton, died on August 16, 2013 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM, at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton.

Funeral services for Norreen Grace Votra, 82, of Miner Street, will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton with Rev. Michael P. Catanzaro officiating. Calling hours will be Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery with a reception to follow at the Canton Fire Department. Mrs. Votra died unexpectedly on Friday, August 16, 2013 at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Norreen was born May 17, 1931 in Brasher Falls, NY a daughter of the late Raymond & Gladys (Locke) Andrews. On October 23, 1948 she married her beloved husband of nearly 65 years, Elmer Nelson Votra. In addition to her husband, she will be lovingly remembered by her children and their spouses, Donna & David Mattice of Morley, Stephen & Gloria Votra of Heuvelton, Robin & Bill Dafoe of Canton, Tammy & Mike Brown of Canton and Mary Jankiewicz of Camillus; her Fresh Air Child of 40 years, Lynette Pricoli; a sister, Joy Normile of Brasher; two brothers, Richard of Brasher and Terry of Buffalo; 16 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, James in 2004. Norreen thoroughly enjoyed being a Nurses Aide. She worked for Canton E.J. Noble Hospital, Dr. Shields in Canton as well as being a private home health care provider for Canton area families. She was a member of the Eastern Star, the Red Hats. She was a foster-mom and she also supported children through the “Fresh Air Fund”. Her family was her life. She lived for and loved her family and grandchildren immensely. She was their greatest cheerleader. She also loved her home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


BUD Tupper, 88, formerly of the Selleck Road, died on Aug 4, 2013 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be Sunday, August 18, 2013 , at the Wayside Tavern, Russell.



Norreen Grace Votra, 82, Miner Street, Canton, died on Aug 16, 2013 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be August 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM, at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton.

Calling hours will be Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. A full obituary will appear as soon as it becomes available.


Richard Kepes, 86, Patridge Knoll, Canton, died on August 1, 2013 at Maplewood Campus in Canton. The funeral will be September 14, 2013, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton.



Joann Spencer Elberty, 81, Canton, NY, died July 2, 2013 in Ithaca, NY. The funeral will be August 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM, at the Gunnison Chapel on the campus of St. Lawrence University.

Joann Spencer Elberty, 81, of Canton N.Y. passed away July 2 in Ithaca N.Y. of natural causes. She was born to the late Alfred and Helen Spencer on March 16, 1932 in Passaic, New Jersey. Joann graduated from Redwood High School in 1949 received a BA in English from St. Lawrence University in 1953. She married the late William T. Elberty Jr. in 1952. In 1966 she received her masters in education from St. Lawrence University. Joann enjoyed a 29 year teaching career, passionately educating her beloved 8th grade students at Canton Central School. She also worked with the St. Lawrence University Education Department where she taught teaching methods in the professional semester program. Joann was active as a St. Lawrence alum coordinating reunion events and as a mentor with the KDS sorority. She regularly participated with the local NPR WSLU fund raising drives and cherished her close affiliation with the St. Lawrence University community. She was passionate about traveling with her husband, English literature, gardening, New York Giants football and the St. Lawrence River. Joann is survived by her three sons William of Woodstock Vt., Michael of Canton N.Y. and Daniel of Dryden N.Y. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Liam, Kati, Chloe, Max and Jack. A memorial service will be held celebrating her life at Gunnison Chapel on the campus of St. Lawrence University on August 16 at 6 o'clock p.m.


Richard Kepes, 86, Partridge Knoll, formerly of Canton-Russell Road, died August 1, 2013 at Maplewood Campus. The funeral will be at a date and time to be announced, at the Unitarian-Universalist Church.

A memorial service will be held and a complete obituary posted as soon as it becomes available. On behalf of the Kepes Family, we Thank You for your patience and support at this most difficult time.


Claude W. Merithew, 101, 4312 US Hwy 11, DeKalb Jct., died on July 17, 2013 at his home. The funeral will be July 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Claude Webster Merithew, 101, of US Hwy 11, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at his home with his loving family around him. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 11:15 AM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Hospice Chaplain Robert Schirmer officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery. He was born on July 21, 1911 in a log cabin in Frog Hollow (Town of Hermon) to Webster and Artabelle (Goodale) Merithew. He attended DeKalb High School until the 12th Grade, leaving to find work to assist the family. On May 16, 1935, he married Ida Elizabeth Stacey in West Hermon. Ida died in January of 2000. At a young age, Claude’s first job was selling bagged popcorn to train passengers in DeKalb Jct. After high school he worked as a self-employed dairy farmer, renting and running farms in Perch River, Gouverneur, Hermon and DeKalb. He retired from farming in 1973. Claude also sold machinery for Art Robinson, did carpentry and handyman work for people and worked at Carvel’s Hardware. Later in life he became an accomplished woodworker and craftsman. Surviving are his children, Doris and James H. Smith of Russell, Geraldine and Richard Fletcher of Colton, Richard and Clarise of S. Colton, Robert and Shirley of Canton and Paul and Jean of DeKalb Junction; a daughter-in-law, Katherine of Florida. He will also be fondly remembered by 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Claude is predeceased by a son Harley (2012), two sisters, Inez Whitmore and Doris Sweeney and a grandson, James Smith, Jr. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley or to the DeKalb Fire Department.


Mildred Irene Mouthorp, 87, 1430 Old DeKalb Road, Canton, died on July 12, 2013 at her home. The funeral will be July 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Mildred Irene Mouthorp, 87, of the Old DeKalb Road, will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Michael H. Terrell officiating. Calling hours will be Monday, July 15 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the funeral home. A gathering to follow at the VFW Canton. Mildred died at her home on Friday, July 12th, while surrounded by her loving family and the care of Hospice. She is survived by her four sons: Raymond Mouthorp Jr., Roderick, Sr. and Cynthia Mouthorp, Rory and Jill Mouthorp all of Canton, Ryan and Jane Mouthorp of Massena; five daughters: Colleen and Roy Brothers, Sr. of Hermon, Beverly and Howard Haskins of Gouverneur, Sandra and Aloysius Locy, Sr., Cheryl and Stanley Hewlett, Sr. both of Canton, and Jo-Lynn and Charles Shaw of Colorado. Her family also includes 21 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren 16 great- great-grandchildren 6 step-grandchildren and 6 step-great grandchildren. She will also be remembered by a sister, Lorna McCarty of DeGrasse and a brother, William McCarty and wife Angie of Utica and a sister-in-law, Louise McCarty of Edwards. Mildred was predeceased by her beloved husband Raymond, three brothers, Richard, Laurie “Keith” and Gerald. Born October 15, 1925 in Bigelow, a daughter to George E. and Cora M. (Paige) McCarty, she attended Bigelow Elementary, then Gouverneur, Canton and Russell Schools. On October 16, 1943, she married Raymond T. Mouthorp at the Canton Methodist Parsonage with Rev. Dobbie as celebrant. The couple were married over 69 years. Mildred was loving mother, grandmother and farmer’s wife. She enjoyed raising her family while helping on the farm and tending to her vegetable and flower gardens. She also enjoyed reading, crocheting and feeding and watching the hummingbirds around her home. Mildred also enjoyed picture taking and viewing them with all the latest technology. She was also a member of TOPS 102. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley or a charity of one’s choice.


Peggy Elaine Crandall, 80, formerly of the Sykes Road, Canton, died on July 7, 2013 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be July 11, 2013 at 12:15 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Peggy Elaine Crandall, 80, of Debra Drive, Potsdam, formerly of the Sykes Road, died July 7, 2013 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Peggy was born in Mountain Grove, Missouri, to Lew and Thelma Gordon on May 12, 1933. She had four siblings, Pat Gordon, Vivian Ludolph, Gary Gordon and the late, Ida Thomas,. Peggy attended Fairgrove High School in MO and then attended Union College in Lincoln, NE where she studied nursing. As a young teenage girl, she raced stock cars, which was a rare sport for girls at the time. She taught one year of school in Cassville, MO and later came to Canton, NY to teach school at the 7th Day Adventist Church. There, Peggy met Donald Crandall and the couple married on June 9, 1955. Peggy also worked as a Home Health Aide for a number of years, caring for area families, including: the Cornell Family, the Spears Family and the Lawrence Family. Peggy is survived by her six children, Mark (Carol), Ralph, Kristen Benson (Alan), Alan (Lori), Terry (Maureen) and Sean (Trisha); and eleven grandchildren, Shaun Michael, Bryan, Ryan, Brandon, Chase, Grace, Justin, Kate, Claire, Andrew and Annie. The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 11th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. A Memorial service will follow at 12:15 p.m. with Rev. Angel Rodriquez as celebrant. Burial will take place in the Fairview Cemetery, Canton. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.


Everett R. Quackenbush, 80, formerly of 81 Miner Street, Canton, died on July 8, 2013 at Riverledge in Ogdensburg. The funeral will be July 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM, at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton.

Funeral services for Everett R. Quackenbush, 80, formerly of Miner Street, will be held on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton with Rev. Michael P. Catanzaro officiating. Calling hours will be Thursday at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Interment will be at a later date in the Fairview Cemetery, Canton. Mr. Quackenbush died, July 8, 2013 at United Helpers Riverledge, Ogdensburg. Surviving are his two children, Everett R., Jr and wife Judy of Hoosick Falls and Lynn Snow and husband Edward of Canton; a sister, Margaret Clark of Mullica Hill, NJ; four grandchildren, Jeanna Kuzia, Jessica McComish, Philip Snow and Christopher Snow; four great-grandchildren, Jaden Kuzia, Jonah Schichtl, John Steven McComish and Julia Eve McComish; two nieces, Cindy Winkler of Gansevoort and Debbie Matsinger of Collings Lake, NJ; a nephew, John Clark of Collings Lake, NJ; he will also be fondly remembered by a sister-in-law, Arlene Monell of Canton. He was born August 13, 1932 in Newburgh, the son of the late Russell and Jennie (Grismer) Quackenbush. After graduating from Newburgh Free Academy, Everett joined the US Navy and served during the Korean Conflict on the USS Hornet from 1951-55. He later graduated the New York State Police Academy and started his career, retiring as a B.C.I. Investigator after 35 years on the force. On October 6, 1957, he married Alice Lu Monell in Newburgh, NY. The couple moved to Canton shortly after marriage. Everett was an active member of the Canton Lion’s Club, served on the Board of Brick Chapel Church, Canton and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton. He belonged to a number of organizations and memberships including: St. Lawrence University Hockey Boosters (1970’s-80’s), Brunner Hill Hunting Club, U.S.S. Hornet Assoc (Naval), Former NYS Troopers Assoc., D.E.C. Fish & Wildlife Management Board, Life Member of National Rifle Assoc., Life Member of NYS Rifle and Pistol Assoc., NYS Conservation Council and Federated Sportsman’s Clubs of St. Lawrence County. Everett had a lifelong love of the outdoors which included: boating and fishing on the St. Lawrence River, camping at Higley and of course hunting all types of game, including upland birds, ducks and whitetails. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Lion’s Eye Bank at Albany, 6 Executive Park Drive, Albany, NY 12203 or at www.lionseyebankalbany.org.


Ruth Costa Blankman Barbour, 91, formerly of State Street, Canton, died on June 4, 2013 at Maplewood Campus in Canton. The funeral will be June 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Ruth Costa Blankman Barbour, longtime community volunteer in Canton and a former mayor of the village, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Maplewood Campus in Canton. She was 91. She was born June 17, 1921, in Scarsdale, NY, the daughter of Pedro and Ethel Costa. After graduating Eastchester High School, she enrolled in the Class of 1943 at St. Lawrence University. She married Edward J. Blankman, an assistant professor of English at St. Lawrence, on June 11, 1942, at the family home in Scarsdale. After Professor Blankman was discharged from the military and returned to teaching, the couple settled in Canton, living for more than 40 years at 67 State St. Her community involvement began in 1946, when she became secretary of the Canton Hospital Association. Five years later, the Edward John Noble Hospital opened and she was elected the first president of the Hospital Guild, later serving on the hospital board. In the 1950s, she was an organizer of the St. Lawrence Figure Skating Club and became it first president. She was secretary of the Canton Chamber of Commerce for three years and later became active in the League of Women Voters, the Citizens to Save the Adirondack Park, and the Unitarian-Universalist Church. She began a long association with Barbour’s, a well-known men’s sportswear and ladies apparel store in Canton, in the early 1950s and became assistant buyer and secretary-bookkeeper. In 1974 she was elected to the Canton Village Board, believed to be the first woman elected. A year later she became mayor, the Democrat Mayor in 50 years; she was reelected mayor in 1977 and 1979. Professor Blankman died in 1982. She married E. Frederick Barbour on July 21, 1984. The couple moved to Florida but returned to their beloved North Country in 1992, living in a cottage on the Racquette River in South Colton. Fred Barbour died in 2003. Survivors include four children: Peter (Lynn), of Williamsburg, VA; Gail Rouse, of Clarkston, Mich.; James (Sharon), of Watertown, NY; and Edward L. (Christi), of Salt Lake City, Utah; four grandchildren: Paul Blankman (Rebekah Stendahl), of Natick, Mass.; Anne Blankman Cizenski (Mike), of Seaford, VA; Laura Filby (Robert), of Waterford, Mich.; and Darren Olofson, of Charleston, West Va.; and six great-grandchildren; Lucy and Amy Blankman, Kristen Cizenski, Kyle and Emma Filby, and Ethan Olofson. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 8 at 11:00 AM at the Lawrence Funeral Home in Canton, with calling hours on Friday from 4 to 6 PM. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Canton. Memorial contributions are suggested to: The Silas Wright House, E.J. Noble Hospital Guild or to The Unitarian Universalist Church.


Dave teRiele, 32, 900 Old DeKalb Road, Canton, died on May 17, 2013 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be May 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM, at the St. Marys Church, Canton.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, May 21st at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. A funeral mass to celebrate his life will be held at St. Mary’s Church, Canton at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 22nd followed by burial at the Foote Family Cemetery on the Old DeKalb Road. Dave is survived by his loving wife Shannon Foote teRiele; his 22 month old son, Jonathon, who will be a big brother in less than a month. Additionally, he leaves behind his amazing parents, Joe & Barb; sisters, Karen & Christopher Peets, Donna & Dave MacTavish; brothers, Kevin & Kim and Brian & Jackie; his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Jones; nieces and nephews, Elizabeth, Kalie, Andrew, Shawn, Matt, Megan, Emily, Ashley, Natalie and Everett, along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. David was born September 5, 1980, the youngest son of Joe and Barb, in Middlebury, VT when the family lived in Ticonderoga. He graduated from Canton Central School in 1999 and continued his education at SUNY Canton, where he graduated with honors in 2002. Dave was part owner of teRieleDairy and lived each day wearing many different hats on the farm; known as Mr. Fixit, “Sparky”, for his love of anything electrical and was regularly referred to as Million Mile an Hour Dave. Dave was a past member of the Knights of Columbus and a communicant of St. Mary’s Church. Memorial contributions may be made to North Country Savings Bank in trust for his two precious boys.


Gay E. Garris, 77, Miner Street, Canton, died on May 15, 2013 at St. Regis Nursing Home in Massena. The funeral will be at a Special Place at a Special Time, at the Privately.

Gay E. Garris, 77, of Miner Street, died May 15, 2013 at St. Regis Nursing Home in Massena after a brief stay. Gay was born March 14, 1936, in Norfolk, she was a daughter of the late Ralph and Ruby (Kirkey) Euto. She was retired from St. Lawrence County Emergency Service Department, where she was employed as administrative assistant from January 2, 1979 ~ March 31, 2000. A marriage to Philip Warren Garris ended in divorce. Surviving are her children, Chris of Canton, Scott of Chippewa Bay, Lane of NC, Matt of Michigan and Robyne Chastine of FL. She is also survived by a brother, Dick Euto of North Lawrence and five grandchildrfen and two great-grandchildren. The family invites friends to view and say their goodbyes on Friday, May 24th from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. In accordance to Ms. Garris’ wishes, there will be no formal service, but a scattering of her ashes in the Atlantic Ocean. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


Phyllis Rodee Varco, 82, Birch Drive, Hopewell Jct, NY, died on May 7, 2013 at Vassar Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. The funeral will be May 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM, at the Brick Chapel Cemetery.

Calling hours are scheduled for Saturday, May 11th from 12:30 to 2:00 PM at the funeral home.


Shirley Wells, 89, Judson Street Road, Canton, died on May 3, 2013 at Maplewood Campus. The funeral will be May 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM, at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton.

Shirley M. Wells of Canton passed away on Friday, May 3rd at United Helpers Maplewood Campus, in Campus, surrounded by family and friends. She was the wife of the late John H. Wells of Canton, former Professor Emeritus at SUNY Canton. Her parents were the late Jay A. Munson and Hazel Munson Wetmore. Born in Watertown in June of 1923, she graduated Valedictorian of Cape Vincent Central School in 1940 and graduated with Honors from Potsdam State Teachers College in 1944. She married John in August of 1948. Employed by Banford Elementary School in Canton for 21 years, Shirley was adored as a Kindergarten and 3rd Grade teacher. She helped John lovingly build the beautiful house they lived in for so many years. Together they were active in the Skirts and Flirts Square Dancing Group. Later they joined their skills to restore the antique launch Fawn, which now resides at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY. Shirley was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton. She served the church as a Deacon and as an Elder. She participated in the Postscript and Study Clubs. Shirley made many lovely hand knit items for the Church Bazaar. Of course she worked at it every year. She had always been a member of the Choir until this past Fall. Shirley was an active member of the “Daughter of the American Revolution” for 50 years. She has been an Easter Star member for 52 years and their Pianist for many years. Through the years Shirley played the piano for many Church and other events at Nursing Homes, the High Rise and other places where music was needed. Hand written sheet music in the process of transcription remains on her piano at home. Shirley knit and gave away many hats. She was always willing to make food for anyone whether she knew them or not if someone was in need or didn’t feel well. She was very kind, always willing to help others. She loved spending time on their island near Chippewa Bay. In more recent years, she maneuvered [i]her walker alone on a walkway onto her pontoon boat and motored to the island. Last summer she accepted a bit more help to reach the island. Shirley made sure to go for a 2012 swim in the St. Lawrence. John and Shirley were big Antique Boat enthusiast and have won many awards they were so proud of. In May 2005 Shirley self-published her mother’s memoir “Early Days on Tug Hill.” The memoir is now published by the Lewis County Historical Society. Shirley was a bright favorite among her relatives: her godson and nephew, David Wells of Brooklyn NY, a nephew and wife, Andrew and Sherry Proctor, a niece, Martha Proctor of Woodbridge, Ontario, CA, a brother-in-law and wife, Nathaniel and Lois Wells, of Ogdensburg, NY, a sister-in- law, Nancy Proctor, of London Ontario, CA, a nephew and wife, Jared and Karen Wells of Niskayuna, NY, a nephew and wife, Nathaniel and Holly Wells of Mosier, OR, and nephew and wife, Beric and Heidi Wells of West Richland, WA, cousins Ellen Spencer, Lowville and Tom Wetmore, Waltham MA. She is loved by many great nieces and nephews. She will be deeply missed by her friends and family. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 8th from 4-6 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, 21 Park Street, Canton. A Memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 9 at 10:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton with Rev. Michael P. Catanzaro officiating. In Lieu of flowers the family asked that donations be sent to: Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley or The Fellowship Committee of the First Presbyterian Church, in Canton, NY.


Ron J. Scott, 76, County Route 27, Canton, died on May 3, 2013 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be May 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM, at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton.

On a beautiful Spring morning, May 3rd 2013, Ronald Scott, beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, confidant and friend to many, passed away peacefully into eternity. Ron fell victim to cancer and left this earth as he lived, with grace and dignity. He joins his daughter Kelly and his parents, Howard and Agnes, in God’s presence. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-five years, JoAnne; his brother and sister-in-law, Bob & Mary; two sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Robin, David and Lainey; grandchildren Richard, Amanda, Cory, Kyle, Tarryn, Wade, Taylor, Elizabeth, Samuel and Nicholas and great-grandchildren Analise, Miley and Judah. Ron was born in Ogdensburg, on May 17th, 1936, and spent most of his life in Canton. He loved his town and his country and over the years served the community in many capacities, as a Deputy Mayor of Canton; a life member of the Stillwater Club; president of the Evergreen Cemetery; president and Deputy District Governor of the Lions Club; trustee of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton, and on various boards and committees dedicated to the betterment of the north country. Ron served in the Army Reserves 314th MP corps in the late 50’s. Over the years, Ron enjoyed photography, horseback riding, motorcycling, hunting, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and hobby cars including an MGB he owned for over 20 years. More recently Ron and JoAnne could be found driving around with the top down on a Jeep Wrangler sharing the exclusive wave. He was a ham radio operator, and craftsman. Ron fulfilled a lifelong desire at age 65 when he earned his private pilot license, shortly thereafter he purchased a Cessna 150 that he flew with joy until 2012. Ron graduated from Canton Schools in 1954 and graduated from Clarkson University in 1958 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Ron & JoAnne married just after graduation and moved to Lockport, NY where Ron worked on the Niagara Power Project. Two years away from Canton was all he could take, and the young family came back to Canton. Ron sold cars for his father-in-law, Emerson Bartman. One fortuitous sale of a car to the personnel director at Diamond International led him to a position utilizing his engineering at the paper company. He remained there until he took a position as Director of Physical Plant for Potsdam State University. He remained at Potsdam State until his first “retirement” in 1991 after 25 years of service. Ron acted as a consultant on various projects until he came out of retirement to serve as Facilities Director at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, where he remained until 2010. Ron lived a life that others can only strive to emulate. His work ethic and drive are unparalleled and his legacy lives in the various outlets and ambitious hobbies he chose to dedicate his time to. Humble and devoted, his success was primarily shared by others as he preferred to fade into the background and watch his work unfold. Perhaps the most dedicated of all was that of the role of husband in a marriage that cuts a template for all relationships. To be privy to his thoughts and advice was beyond a blessing. We will hear his voice, missing his sharp wit in conversations, and see his footprints all over for decades to come. As we continue down the road he paved for us we will look for his strength and confidence, perfect timing and immaculate image in everything we do. Calling hours are Tuesday, May 7th from 4 - 8 p.m. at Lawrence Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8th followed by a reception at the Canton Fire Department. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Cancer Treatment Center at Canton Potsdam Hospital or the Canton Fire Department.


Lucy M. Murdie, 86, State Hwy 68, Canton, died on May 2, 2013 at Claxton Hepburn Medical Ctr in Ogdensburg. The funeral will be May 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 3-5 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Her funeral will be held on Sunday at 1:00 PM at the funeral home with Rev. Michael H. Terrell officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Canton. Lucy was born March 7, 1927, at the home farm in the town of DeKalb. She was a daughter of the late Loys and Jessie (Culbertson) Noble. She attended Eddy Grade School on the Eddy Road, and then attended Canton High School. On November 26, 1947, she married Roger A. Murdie at her parent’s home, The Noble Farm, in DeKalb. The couple were married 65 years. Lucy enjoyed helping on the farm, where she had a large vegetable garden and liked feeding the wild birds. During the summer months, she enjoyed driving into town where she and her husband, Roger, would get ice cream. She was a passionate Professional Wrestling fan and enjoyed time spent with her loving family. Surviving are her husband Roger of Canton; four sons and daughters-in-law, Roger & Shirley of Canton, Reggie & Cindy of Canton, Randy & Lorelei of Colton and Ron & Sally of Colton; two sisters, Viola Noble of DeKalb and Janice Sibbitts of Canton; four brothers, Keith “Popeye” Noble and companion “Snookie” of Canton, Weldon Noble and wife Roxanne of DeKalb and Merle Noble and wife Dancy of DeKalb; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Lucy was predeceased by her son Robert (1972), her grandson Eric (2008) and by four brothers and a sister. Memorial contributions may be made to the Canton Rescue Squad, 77 Riverside Drive, Canton, NY 13617 or to Team Eric, Edward I. Moses, Walk/ Run for Life, c/o Cindy Murdie, 2736 State Hwy 68, Canton.


Barbara Tripp Brown, 92, Brewer Road, Canton, died on April 16, 2013 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be May 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

CANTON -- Barbara Tripp Brown, 92, of Brewer Road, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Michael P. Catanzaro officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Canton. Barbara was born February 27, 1921, in Carthage, NY, she was a daughter of the late Claude and Wilma (Chaufty) Tripp. She graduated from West Carthage High School and then Canton A.T.I. with a degree in Nutrition. On April 12, 1946, she married, the late, Clisson E. Brown, Jr. at the United Christian Church in West Carthage. Prior to marriage she worked as a telephone operator. Barbara was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Canton where she was a member of the Post Script Club and singing in the choir. She was also a member of the Farm Bureau, the Canton Garden Club and she was active with the Canton College Alumni. She will be remembered by her loving children, Mark & Nancy Brown, Canton, Lee & Debbie Brown of Camillus, Margery B. & Thomas James, Canton and Lisa W. & David Seeley of Hiram, ME; one sister, Mary Jane & husband Douglas Jones of Fairport, NY; two brothers-in-law, Roger Gibbs of Concord, NH and Bill Smith of Canton; sister-in-law, Mary Rexford of Canton; seven grandchildren, Mark, Brown Jr. & wife Tracy, Rob Brown, Jessica Stumper & husband Brian, Melissa Brown, Matthew Brown, Jennifer Seeley & fiance Brian Cobbett and Andrew Seeley; and great-grandchildren, Ian Brown, Benjamin Stumper and Julia Seeley. She was predeceased by her husband Clisson (2006) and a sister, Marjorie Gibbs. Barbara will be remembered for her beautiful flower garden, especially her roses; her travels with her husband, Clisson, to Hawaii, Europe and Alaska; her delicious apple pies; her beloved kitties and the love for her grandchildren. Memorial contributions are suggested to First Presbyterian Church of Canton or the Potsdam Humane Society.


Alice E. Race, 78, Tracy Road, Lisbon, died on April 11, 2013 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be April 16, 2013 at 1:15 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, April 16th from 11:00 am to 1:00 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. A funeral will follow at 1:15 PM with Rev. Zack Working officiating. Burial will be in Morley Cemetery. Alice was born December 20, 1934 in Fulton, NY, a daughter of Pirley C. and Mildred (Dubois) Sixberry. Formerly of the Fulton, she moved to the North Country in 1970. Surviving are son, Robert Reynolds of Ogdensburg; two daughters, Susan Deuel and her husband Warren of Fulton and Wendy Lewis and husband Jim of Syracuse; 8 step-children; a brother, Vernon & Dolly Sixberry of Maine; a sister, Mildred Clark of Fulton; two step-sisters, Clara Slacker of North Syracuse and Robin Hansen of Central Square; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her longtime companion “Polly”. She was predeceased by her parents, step-mother, Susie Sixberry (2008) and step-fathers, Val Dubois and Francis Hicks and her husbands, Fay A. Reynolds, Robert E. Guyette and Richard K. Race. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley and Morley Wesleyan Church.


Raymond Mouthorp, 92, Old DeKalb Road, Canton, died March 27, 2013 at home. The funeral will be , at the Private.

Canton- Raymond T. Mouthorp, Sr., 92, of 1430 Old DeKalb Road passed away peacefully at his home, March 27, 2013. A private funeral service will be held for the family. Visiting hours will be held at the Lawrence Funeral Home Monday April 1 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Burial will be held at Union Cemetery, DeKalb Junction at a later date. Raymond is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mildred; four sons: Raymond Mouthorp Jr., Roderick, Sr. and Cynthia Mouthorp, Rory and Jill Mouthorp all of Canton, Ryan and Jane Mouthorp of Massena; five daughters: Colleen and Roy Brothers, Sr. of Hermon, Beverly and Howard Haskins of Gouverneur, Sandra and Aloysius Locy, Sr., Cheryl and Stanley Hewlett, Sr. both of Canton, and Jo-Lynn and Charles Shaw of Colorado. His family also includes 21 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren 16 great- great-grandchildren 6 step-grandchildren and 6 step-great grandchildren. He is predeceased by two brothers and five sisters. Raymond was born October 12, 1920 in Canton, the son of John and Ruth Newman Mouthorp. He attended Canton schools and on October 16, 1943 married Mildred Irene McCarty at the Canton Methodist Parsonage with Rev. Dobbie officiating. Raymond worked for Queensboro Milk Factory, Canton, in the late 1950’s; drove school bus for Canton Central School in the 1960’s and 1970’s all while running the family farm. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, wrestling, training horses, practical jokes and especially loved being outdoors cutting wood and gardening. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of one’s choice. Memories and condolences may be shared by visiting www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


Bob Whalen, 87, Farmer Street, Canton, died March 6, 2013 in Parishville. The funeral will be March 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM, at the St. Patrickss Church.

Mr. Robert P. "Bob" Whalen, 87 of 16 Farmer St., Canton and 1118 Racquette River Rd., Parishville passed away very unexpectedly in a snowmobile accident on Monday night March 6, 2013. Arrangements are with the O'Leary and Lawrence Funeral Homes in Canton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 10 AM at St. Patrick's Church in Colton with Rev. Douglas Lucia and Rev. Raymond Moreau co-officiating. Friends may call at the O'Leary Funeral Home in Canton Friday afternoon between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m or in the evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Mr. Whalen was born in Canton, New York on October 25, 1925 to Charles and Fleeta (Powers) Whalen in the home he grew up in at 38 Park Street. He had a deep-rooted love of the outdoors that began when he was young and endured throughout his whole life. His family spent summers at Sylvia Lake near Fowler, NY where he learned to swim, sail, water-ski and surfboard. He loved to deer hunt and downhill ski and was an avid reader. He loved flowers and gardening and later in life enjoyed sharing with and teaching his children all the things he loved. As a boy is was active in scouting and in 1941 he was awarded the honor of Eagle Scout. When snowmobiling was invented in the 1960's he embraced it immediately and purchased one of the early Bombardier snow sleds. He wasted no time sharing his new found hobby with everyone in the neighborhood and anyone else who was interested. Later he became a fan of four-wheeling and enjoyed many hours on the trails with friends. Later in life he lived on Rainbow Reservoir in Parishville to be on the water and close to the trails. At the age of seventeen Bob enlisted in the United States Navy. He trained in NTSCH Navy Technical School (EM) Electrical Machines at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana before serving his country for twenty months in the South Pacific during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater on board LCI (L) 626 as one of a crew of twenty two young men, in one of the first flotillas to make the trip all the way from Solomons, Maryland through the Panama Canal to the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged on May 15, 1946 as a US Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Electrician's Mate. He returned home to finish high school and then go on to earn a degree in Electrical Engineering from Canton ATI in 1949. It was there that he met two men destined to become lifelong friends, Dick Miller and Peter Nevaldine and eventually Peter's wife Carolyn and their three daughters. On August 1, 1950 at 10:00 am at St. Mary's Church in Canton he married the love of his life, Elizabeth M. White. He had told her in high school before he left for the Navy that he would be back to marry her and always true to his word, he did! His sister Mary Jo and his best friends from childhood to this day, Harold Wilder and Fred Wilder were by his side. Together Bob and Betty raised six children while building their business and working hard in the community. Mr. Whalen was a member of the Lions Club all his life and both he and Mrs. Whalen spent many hours working on Lions Club fund raisers especially the popular Minstrel Shows in the 1950's. They were active in the American Legion and supporters of the drive to build the E.J. Noble Hospital in Canton where their first daughter was the second baby born there after it's completion. They were faithful communicants of St. Mary's Church and supporters of St. Mary's School. He was a charter member of the Grasse River Investment Club. Mr. Whalen joined the Middle Branch of the Stillwater Club in 1955 when his father Charles was still an active member there. He remained a loyal member of the Stillwater Club being their oldest and longest member. Later in life he joined the Weller Mountain Club and there found a wealth of wonderful new friends and the camaraderie of many men and women with similar interests. In 1955, after working at Witherbee & Whalen for several years, Mr. Whalen and his partner William D. Stalder purchased the memorial and burial vault business operated and owned by his father Charles J. Whalen and Carl Witherbee since 1917. Together Mr. Whalen and Mr. Stalder built and expanded Witherbee & Whalen adding concrete septic tanks to its precast products. They joined the licensee network of the national burial vault company now known as Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. Mr. Whalen was a firm believer in the Wilbert company and served many years on the Wilbert Manufacturing Association Board as a representative of his District's Licensee Network and then later for ten years on the Wilbert, Inc. Board of Directors in Chicago. He was recognized for his astute business and financial acumen by all who had the good fortune to serve with him during those years. Mr. Whalen's partner retired in 1991 but he stayed on actively working in the business and serving as President of the Board of Directors encompassing a career of nearly 65 years of dedication to a work he loved. Mr. Whalen also served twenty seven years on the Board of Directors of the Canton Savings and Loan which during his tenure on the Board saw the bank grow into the Canton Federal Savings & Loan and it's current entity as North Country Savings Bank. First appointed to the Board in 1969 he served faithfully until his last official meeting on January 16, 1996 being the Annual Meeting which he presided over as Chairman of the Board. He continued on as an Emeritus Director until June 22, 2004. He enjoyed his many years on the Board and enduring friendships with Walt Leonard, Jack Merrill and their wives and later Dave Swanson as well as many others. Mr. Whalen was a man who had friends and kept them close and cared for over the years. He kept his life long friends and effortlessly added new ones along the way. Sixty two years of coffee, twice a day, five days a week from Ralph's to the Cascade, cements relationships not only with lifelong friends like the Wilders, Frank White and Otis Van Horne but others who have joined the coffee group over the years. His insatiable curiosity for life and even temper fostered steadfast friendships with the newer crowd that frequents the Cascade - Bill and Al Locy, Brian Staples, Ted Lawrence, Richard Grayson, Rick Glidden, and the newest member of the coffee group Rust Eddy whom he recently had the pleasure to introduce to the joys of snowmobiling in the North Country. Bob Whalen loved life and loved people. He was a man of enormous integrity and character but perhaps the true measure of his life was the limitless love he had for his family. He is survived by one sister, Mary J. Whalen (Canton); six children including daughter Catherine and Joe Siematkowski (Potsdam), daughter Joanne and Bruce Shick (St. Leonard, Maryland), son Donald and Joanne Whalen (Rochester), son Michael (Waddington), daughter Roberta and Jim Yaeger (Canton) and daughter Julie and Brad Catling (West Stockholm). Nine beloved grandchildren including grandson Nathaniel and wife Anne Shick, Amanda Shick, Elizabeth, Ike and Molly Siematkowski, Rachael and Jacob Yaeger, Brenna Whalen and Meghan Catling. Three cherished great-grandchildren Ryder Cole, Maewyn and Arleigh Shick. All will sorely miss his loving presence in their lives. Those wishing to express an act of kindness in Mr. Whalen's memory are asked to donate to the charity of their choice or to the St. Lawrence Snowmobile Association in care of his dear friend Deb Christy, P.O. Box 421, Canton, NY 13617.


Lawrence Lafave, 90, Hinkley, MN formerly of Canton, died on February 19, 2013 in Sandtone, MN. The funeral will be March 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM, at the St. Marys Church, Canton.

Lawrence E. Lafave, 90, of Hinckley, MN, died February 19, 2013 at Pine Medical Center in Sandstone, MN. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday at 2:00 PM at St. Mary’s Church in Canton with Rev. Douglas Lucia as celebrant. The family will receive friends on Friday from 12:oo PM to 1:30 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in the spring. Larry was born Feb. 24, 1922 in Tupper Lake, NY, the son of Lawrence E. and Laura (Lamay) Lafave. He was a veteran of the US Army serving during WWII and a communicant of St. Mary’s. He drove truck, was a police officer w/ Canton Village Police for 10 yrs., a painter for and Cotter Painting and worked in the maintenance dept for Canton ATC for 10 yrs, where he learned his locksmith trade. On Jan. 15, 1946, he married Theresa Carrow in Tupper Lake, NY. Theresa died in 2005. Larry is survived by his two sons, Tom Lafave of Texas and Jerry Lafave of Hinkley, MN; one grandchild; three sisters, Barbard Clark, Joanne Cote’ and Joyce Patsio and four nieces. Memorial Contributions may be made to a Catholic Charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent online by visiting www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


, 87, formerly of Central Islip, died on February 9, 2013 in Pittsfield, Mass.. The funeral will be February 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Peter C. Laspina, 87, of West Palm Beach, Florida, formerly of Central Islip, New York, died Saturday, February 9 in a hospital in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Peter was born May 19, 1925 in Central Islip, Long Island, NY. He was one of eight children of Italian immigrant parents, Mariano and Maria Laspina. Although times were tough during his childhood years, there was always the strong sense of family in his upbringing. As a youngster, there were numerous family functions with aunts, uncles and cousins. As an adult, he remained close to his siblings and continued the family gatherings with the next generation of aunts, uncles, and cousins, who still remain close to this day. As a youngster and throughout his adult life, Pete has a sense of humor, practical joking, and an infectious grin. His high school yearbook portrayed his as “Most Likely to be “clowning around”. Even in the hospital right before his death, he joked with the nurses and doctors, putting others at ease when he didn’t feel at ease. Peter joined the Navy as an aviation machinist during World War II. He shared so many attributes with others of the “Greatest Generation”, including an intense sense of honesty, loyalty, helpfulness, and pride. His unwavering honesty was one of his greatest attributes. His many friendships garnered during the war became true lifelong friends, with whom he corresponded right up until his death. After the war, he returned to Long Island and worked at the same auto garage he had appreciated at as a teen. It was during this time that he met his future wife, a farm girl from Northern NY, Barbara Rodee. They were married in 1950 and celebrated 60 years of marriage before her death in January 2011. He began his life with his wife as an auto mechanic in his own business, “Pete’s Garage”. He later worked in the construction industry, building roads throughout Long Island. He was a true handyman and could fix just about anything in his house and car. Peter and Barbara raised six children together. He always had time to work on projects with his kids, teach them life’s practical skills, and ensure that they were all individuals. His sense of family extended to Barbara’s family, and he went to every gathering, travelling long distances for reunions and visits. During these travels, he fell in love with northern NY and the Adirondacks and eventually bought a cabin intended for retirement. He loved open spaces and the out-of-doors, and the Adirondack cabin was a little piece of heaven for him. He and Barbara spent many years there, before the remote living and their increasing ages prompted a fulltime move to Florida. Pete’s greatest joy was spending time with his family. His pride in his children and grandchildren was overwhelming, and he had so much fun visiting and sharing his latest adventure or story with them all. Peter is survived by his children Peter J. (Jo), Barbara (Steve) Piazzo, Robert (Bonnie) Laspina, Mary (Mike) Stafford, Nancy (Tom) Brogan; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his siblings; his wife of 60 years, Barbara; a son, Jim; and a grandson, Joshua. Donations to VFW or Yellowstone Nat'l Park


David Vrooman, 76, Miner Street Road, Canton, died January 8, 2013 at his home. The funeral will be January 12, 2013 at 3:00 PM, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Canton.

Vrooman, David Henry Jr. (June 30, 1937- January 8, 2013). Place of Birth: Albany, NY. Place of Death: Canton, NY. Dave Vrooman was the beloved husband of Sally Eaton Vrooman and father of Peter, Eric and Bruce Vrooman, and father-in-law to Jill Locke and Johnette Stubbs. He had four grandchildren: Zarah and Hendrick Vrooman, who called him “Granddaddy” and Felix and Maxine Vrooman-Locke, who called him their “Papa Dave.” He is also survived by his sister, Joan Vrooman Taylor, of Weston, MA. Dave’s parents, Dorothy and David Vrooman of Schenectedy, NY preceded him in death. Dave graduated from Albany Academy (1955), where he played football and made lifelong friends. At Cornell University (B.A., 1959), he met Sally, studied Economics, and joined the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. He vacationed with friends from Albany Academy and Cornell University until the end of his life, and was known for hosting his friends and family at his family’s cottage at Lake George. He was a devoted friend who helped other friends stay connected to each other. After Cornell, Dave earned an M.A. in Economics from Northwestern University (1963) and a Ph.D. (1976) from SUNY Albany. A US Army veteran, David was honorably discharged as a Captain. Dave taught Economics at St. Lawrence University from 1965-1999, where he was a beloved professor and colleague. He was an avid fan of jazz and classical music, sailing, stargazing, tennis, apple-growing, and trees. He loved natural beauty and spent his last days at his home on the Grasse River. Peaceful, generous, humble and loving soul, loyal friend in Canton and beyond, Dave Vrooman will be deeply missed. A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Canton, NY at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2013. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice and Palliative Care Services of St. Lawrence Valley (http://seriousillness.org/slc/administrative/donations.php). Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton is handling arrangements. Memories, thoughts and condolences may be shared at stlawu.edu or by visiting lawrencefuneralhome.org


Marshall Pharoah, 53, Farnes Road, Crary Mills, died on January 9, 2013 at his home. The funeral will be At a Special Time in a Special Place, at the .

Marshall William Pharoah, 53, of Farnes Road, died unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 13th from 5-8 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. In accordance to Marshall’s wishes graveside services will be held privately. Marshall is survived by his wife Merla of Crary Mills; a step-daughter, Sarah Achille of Brasher Falls; two sisters, Victoria “Vicky” and husband Patrick Oakes of Potsdam and Julia Pomainville and husband Pierre of Crary Mills; two grandchildren, Kaitlyn Smith and Ryanna Achille and two nieces and four nephew. He was predeceased by his father Walter, who died April 24, 2004. Marshall was born July 28, 1959 in Canton, NY, the son of Ruth C. and the late Walter J. Pharoah, he graduated Hugh C. Williams and later from Potsdam State. On October 20, 2001, he married Merla Bushey at the home of his parent’s in Crary Mills with the Rev. L. Everett Waite as celebrant. Marshall was a self-employed Contract Engineer. He was previously employed as a software engineer with Mitel in Ogdensburg. He was a member of the Massena Gun Club and the St. Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum. He was also a member of the Richville Masonic Lodge # 633 F & A.M.. He enjoyed hunting, firearms, caring for and managing his property, computers, woodworking and reading. Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum, P.O. Box 400, Madrid, NY 13660.


Helen Peters Rosenberg, 88, Canton, died on November 21, 2012 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be December 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Helen Peters Rosenberg passed away after a brief illness on November 21, 2012. Helen was born in Russell, NY on November 7, 1924 to Leah (McCarthy) and Carl Peters and spent her entire life in Canton. Shortly after graduating from Canton High School in 1941 she was hired by the Boy Scouts of America and eventually became the office manager. She stayed there until she retired in 1987 with 45 years of service. After retirement, Helen devoted many hours as a volunteer with Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley. Helen enjoyed eating breakfast every morning at McCarthy’s Restaurant and spending time with her many friends and family. She especially loved visiting her son and daughter’s families and spending time with her grandsons. She rarely missed one of their concerts or special events and she always looked forward to the holidays. Helen is survived by her son, Paul (Janet) of Pennellville, NY, grandsons; Dr. Timothy (Megan) Rosenberg of Orlando, David (Juliana) Rosenberg of New York City, Andrew Grimes of Nashville; sisters Grace Kirkey of Thomson, GA and Barb Vietch of Latham, NY; her brother Glen (Doni) Peters of Canton; sisters-in-law, Barbara and Eileen Peters of Canton; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Earl (1981), her daughter, Kathy Grimes (2009), her brothers, Charles, Alton and Raymond Peters, and her sisters; Cecile DeCarr, Marion Lytle and Audrey Frisco. A celebration of Helen’s life will be held on Sunday, December 23rd at the Lawrence Funeral Home with Reverend Michael Terrell officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home beginning at 12:30 pm and a celebration service will follow at 1:30 pm. Burial will take place in Fairview Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley or the Boy Scouts of America – Northern Lights District.


Vara O. McMillan, 90, Cheektowaga, NY, died on December 3, 2012 at her daughters home on Schoolhouse Road, Canton. The funeral will be December 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM, at the Beach Tuyn Funeral Home, Williamsville.

Vara O. McMillan, 90, of Poinciana Pkwy, Cheektowaga, NY, died Monday, December 12, 2012 at the home of her daughter while under the care of her family and Hospice. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 8th at 1:00 PM at the Williamsville United Methodist Church. Calling hours will be Friday from 2-4 to 7-9 PM at the Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home in Williamsville, NY. Burial will take place in Niagara Falls Memorial Park in Lewiston, NY. Surviving are her two daughters, Irene Wachowiak of Cheektowaga and Lois MacDonald and husband James of Canton; two sisters; three brothers; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. Born January 10, 1922 in Niagara Falls, NY, a daughter of the late Lloyd and Alice (Space) Decker, she attended Niagara Falls Schools. In 1940 she married Harold McMillan. He died May 1, 1991. Vara enjoyed bowling, racing Standard Bred Horses with her husband and wintered in Riviera Beach, FL for several years. While living in Lockport she was a member of the Lockport Fire Department Ladies Auxillary. She was also a member of the Williamsville United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676. Local arrangements are being handled by the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


Joyce Ringo, 84, 29 Pine Street, Canton, died on November 29, 2012 at Claxton Hepburn Medical Ctr in Ogdensburg. The funeral will be December 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Joyce E. Ringo, 84, of Pine Street, died Thursday, November 29, 2012 at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center after a short illness. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5th at 7:00 pm at the Lawrence Funeral Home in Canton, with calling hours beginning at 6:00. Burial will take place in Evergreen Cemetery at the convenience of the family, and a celebration of Joyce’s life will be held in the summer of 2013. Born May 29, 1928, in Hackensack, New Jersey, Joyce was the daughter of the late Martin Kenneth and Martha Bell Kruger. She graduated in 1950 from St. Lawrence University, where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. After graduation, she worked for Hoffmann-LaRoche, Inc., a pharmaceutical firm in Clifton, NJ, for three years. Joyce married Bryan Conway Ringo on July 19, 1953 in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, and later worked as librarian for Canton Free Library, retiring in 1980. She was active in the St. Lawrence University Alumni Association. Joyce enjoyed her family, her network of friends in Canton, knitting, reading, and playing golf. She was a selfless and giving person, and refused any credit regarding the many people that she helped in her life. Her family and friends were central in her life. Joyce accepted and easily became friends with the people she met in her journey, and had the unique ability to bring light and laughter to any situation. She was the rock in the life of the Ringo family, and will be missed in ways that cannot be expressed in words. Joyce is survived by her husband, Bryan C. Ringo of Canton, three children—Peter F. of Worcester, Massachusetts; Christopher D. and wife Jennifer Bohannon of Corvallis, Oregon; and Timothy D. of Mebane, North Carolina—and two granddaughters—Elena and Julia. She was predeceased by her son, Michael K. Ringo, in 2007, and her brother, Stanley J. Kruger. Memorial contributions can be made to the Canton Free Library or to Renewal House.


Emerson T. Forbes, 89, 42 Lincoln Street, Canton, died on November 10, 2012 at St. Josephs Home in Ogdensburg. The funeral will be November 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM, at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton.

Emerson T. Forbes, 89, of Lincoln Street, (his lifetime residence) died Saturday, November 10, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Home in Ogdensburg. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 4-8 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton, with Canton Fire Dept. standing honor guard. The fire dept. will also have a service at 7:45 PM on Wednesday. A Fireman’s Funeral will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton with Pastor Donna Doig and Monsignor Harry Snow co-officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Canton. A Luncheon will follow at the Canton Fire Department, 77 Riverside Drive. Surviving are his wife, Margaret “Peg” Forbes of Maplewood Campus, Canton; his daughter, Lynette M. “Lyn” Forbes, Canton; his son and daughter-in-law, Thomas E. and Kimberlee Forbes, Watertown; his grandson, Craig Emerson Forbes, Watertown; three nephews, Bob, Bill and Hugh Rood. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Esther Rood and Marian Papaw. Emerson was born Sept. 5, 1923 in Canton, NY. The son of Lee and May (Emerson) Forbes, he graduated of Canton Central School and St. Lawrence University. He was a Veteran of the US Army serving during WWII. On July 3, 1947, he married Margaret “Peg” Louise Van Buren at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton. Emerson was employed as a Probation Officer in Canton for St. Lawrence County and a well respected St. Lawrence County Fire Instructor. When he was younger he worked at Missert Distributing. He was a past board member of Fairview Cemetery, Potsdam Elk’s Club and Canton VFW #1231. He was also a former Chief of Canton Fire & Rescue, Chief of St. Lawrence County as well as New York State Fire Chief. On Oct. 1, 2011 Emerson was honored for 70 yrs of active service to Canton Fire & Rescue, where he joined in Dec. 4, 1941. He served as Chief from 1965-1969 and was Treasurer of the Rural Fund from 1970-1983. He was also St. Lawrence County Deputy Coordinator for District 1, Car 4, from 1961-2001. Emerson was also St. Lawrence County’s first State Fire Instructor. In honor of his years of service, the members of Canton Fire decided to name the drive around the station, Emerson Forbes Drive. He enjoyed spending time at the family camp on Chapman Point in Morristown. Memorial contributions are suggested to Canton Fire & Rescue, 77 Riverside Drive, Canton 13617, The Activities Group at St. Joseph’s Home, 950 Linden Street, Ogdensburg 13669 or to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, 13676.


Carolyn Nevaldine, 91, formerly of Canton, NY, died October 22, 2012 in Palm Harbor, FL. The funeral will be a later date, at the St. Marys Cemetery.

Carolyn Keyes Nevaldine, 91, former Canton resident, died October 22, 2012 in Palm Harbor Florida. Born in Schenectady New York, she graduated from high school in Orchard Park, New York, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State Teacher’s College. Carolyn went to Canton in 1946 to teach at what was then ATI, now SUNY Canton. In 1947 she married Peter Nevaldine, then chairman of the Industrial Division at the college. During her years in Canton, Carolyn also taught at the Herman-DeKalb High School and at St. Lawrence University. She was active with the Hospital Guild, the Red Cross, the Canton Library Board, the Girl Scouts, and the Canton Presbyterian Church. Known especially for her gingerbread cookies and coffee rings, Carolyn was an accomplished baker whose goodies were the first to sell out at bake sales. In 1990, she and Peter became permanent residents of Florida, where she was a Hospice volunteer, active with the Presbyterian Church of Palm Harbor and in her community. Carolyn loved the natural world, playing bridge, gardening, traveling, sewing and needlework, painting, cheering for the Tampa Bay Rays, and watching March Madness. Fun-loving and social, Carolyn always appreciated adventures, many of which she instigated. Carolyn was predeceased by her husband in 1995. Surviving her and missing her are daughters Anne, Linda and husband Bob Feldman, and Angela and partner Barry Hecht, as well as a lifetime collection of dear friends of all ages. Services were held in Palm Harbor Florida on October 25, 2012. Burial will take place in Canton in the spring of 2013. Memorial donations may be made to the Canton Presbyterian Church or the Peter Nevaldine Scholarship Fund at SUNY Canton. Arrangements are with the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


Cora May Briggs Pharoah, 66, Leary Road, Canton, died on October 13, 2012 at her home in Crary Mills. The funeral will be October 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM, at the Crary Mills Church.

Cora May Briggs Pharoah, 66, of Leary Road, died Saturday, October 13, 2012, at her home while surrounded by her loving family. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 18th at 11:00 AM at the Crary Mills Presbyterian Church with Pastor Donna Doig officiating. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Cora was born March 8, 1946, in Canton, NY a daughter of the late, William B. and Mary V. Briggs. She attended Crary Mills Country School before graduating from Canton High in 1963. On March 13, 1965, she married Velrouse A. “Junior” Pharoah at the Crary Mills Church with Rev. Jack Wells as celebrant. Cora was the store manager for Green’s Furnitute, Canton for many years. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading and spending time with her family. She was a 4-H Club Leader (Crary Mills Husky Worker) for 25 years; meeber of the Crary Mills Presbyterian Church and a member of the Womens Presbyterian Organization. Cora will be fondly remembered by her husband, “Junior”, Canton; her son Victor and wife Deneen of Ogdensburg; her daughter, Michelle Pharoah of Canton; five grandchildren, Taylor and Shayne Murphy, Matthew Blackmer, Sarah Johnston and husband Jason and Cody Blackmer; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Clara Besaw of Youngstown, NY and Carolyn Maloney of Canton; two sisters-in-law, Shirley and Venita Briggs; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Richard “Dick” and William “Bill” and a sister, Lucille Jenack. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Crary Mills Presbyterian Church. c/o Linda Seeger, 21 C.R. 35, Canton 13617, Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam 13676 or to the Gouverneur Business Women’s Cancer Awareness (Walk), PO Box 64 , Gouverneur, NY 13642.


Mildred Howard, 95, formerly of Howe Blvd., Canton, died On October 11, 2012 at the Spicer Adult Care Facility in Canton. The funeral will be October 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM, at the Canton United Methodist Church.

CANTON – Mildred Elinor Howard, 95, formerly of Howe Blvd., died October 11, 2012 at the Spicer Adult Care Facility, where she was a resident after living with her family in Tupper Lake in recent years. A funeral in celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 10:00AM in the Canton United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael H. Terrell as celebrant. There will be no calling hours per her request. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Canton. Mildred was born May 27, 1917 in Pierrepont, NY. A daughter of Orra C. and Florence A. (Briggs) Taylor, she graduated Canton High School in 1934 and from Potsdam State Normal in 1937 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. On June 18, 1940 she married Everett Edward Howard at the home of her parents in Pierrepont. Mr. Howard was an attorney and Justice of the Peace in the Village of Canton for many years. He died in 1987. Mildred was first employed as a teacher in a one-room school house for Northrup School #14. She later taught at Brick Chapel School as well as Canton Central School as Jr. High Social Studies teacher and later as a 5th and 6th grade teacher. She was involved in a number of organizations including: Canton United Methodist Women, where she served as President from 1982-85, the Canton Garden Club (V.P.), the Canton Study Club, Canton Area Retired Teachers (President 1978), Northern Zone Retired Teachers (VP), State Retired Teachers, Yorker Club(Sponsor 1955) where the club received the Foote’s Followers Award for publishing a booklet titled, “Canton, The Town Friendliness Built" 1954-55, Paradise Valley 4H Club. She was also awarded the Shepherd’s Cross as a 50+ year member of Canton Methodist Church by Rev. Brand in 2001. Some of Mildred’s interests were birding, traveling, history, charitable works, knitting, gardening and reading. Surviving are her son, Edward Howard of Tampa, FL and her daughter Martha Howard Mozdzier and her husband Willaim of Tupper Lake; two grandchildren, Jennifer Mozdzier of Waitsfield, VT and Jason Mozdzier of Long Lake, NY; a sister-in-law, Constance Wright of Canton, NYand a brother-in-law, Francis Todd of Canton, NY and St. Cloud, FL. She is also survived by 11 nieces and 28 nephews. In addition to her husband, Everett, she was predeceased by her siblings, Glenn and wife May Spicer Taylor, Hazel Taylor and husband D. Gerald Tupper, Kenneth and wife Agnes Blackmer Taylor, Orrin and wife Anna Mae Thomas Taylor and Arloween Todd. Memorial contributions are suggested to Canton United Methodist Church and/or Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.lawrencefuneralhome.org. Arrangements by Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton.


Sylvia C. Wright, 81, Pray Road, Ogdensburg, died on October 1, 2012 at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center. The funeral will be Oct. 3, 2012 at 3:15 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 11:00 – 3:00 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with the funeral to follow at 3:15 PM. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Born August 20, 1930 in Louisville, NY, she was a daughter of the late Maurice and Emily (Burkum) Sharlow. On Feb. 22, 1948 she married Carlton Wright in Potsdam with Rev. Paul Roy as celebrant. Sylvia worked in area restaurants, later for Canton-Potsdam Hospital in the house-cleaning dept, for John Duryea Ins. and eventually she worked at the Aiello Cheese Plant, Heuvelton for 8 years. She enjoyed cooking, baking and spending time with her large family. Sylvia was the “Drill Sergeant” of the family. She also enjoyed her flower garden, as well as, sitting and holding hands with her husband. She is survived by her husband Carlton; four sons, Larry and wife Nancy, Carl and wife Ruth, Donald and wife Lisa and Gene and wife Dolly; six daughters, Linda (David) Durgan of Canton, Ruth (Vernon) Trudell, Rita Wright (Joe Homes) and Arlene Wright (Ricky Snyder) all of Lisbon, Sherry (Steve) Richards of Canton and Marsha (David) Gooshaw of Theresa; two sisters, Ruth Toomey and Bertha Latreilla; (27) grandchildren, (58) great-grandchildren and (10) great great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by three children,Candy, Randy and Lee and five brothers, Leo, Donald, Gene, Alvin and Bernard and three sister, Irene, Dorothy and Rita. Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.


Betty Smith Johnson, 86, 372 State Hwy 68, Colton, died on Sept. 19, 2012 at her home. The funeral will be a Special Time and Date, at the West Parishville Cemetery.

Betty Smith Johnson, 372 St. Hwy 68, Colton died at the age of 86 early Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Potsdam, NY on November 3, 1925, a daughter of Roy and Emily (Bicknell) Smith. She was married to Morris Johnson August 9, 1953. Morris died August 9, 1992. She graduated from Colton High in June 1944 and from Ogdensburg Business School in June 1947 with an accounting diploma. Betty was employed by Gaines and Sherman until 1953. Morris and Betty ran the Chevron Gas and Grocery Store in Colton for ten years. After selling the store she returned to H.W. Gaines, Inc. until she retired. She enjoyed skiing, golf and knitting for the neighborhood center. Most of all she enjoyed playing with her Great-Grandchildren. She is survived by her son Ronald and wife Geraldine; three grandchildren, Scott and wife Julie of Colton, Vicki Conklin and husband Jeff of Colton and Pam Jenkins and husband James of Colton; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Bernice Law of Long Island, Mrs. Lee Sady Vebber of Pierrepont; one brother William “Bill” Smith of Colton; five deceased brothers, Kenneth, Roswell, Frank, Durwood and Richard; and a deceased sister, Cassie Bartlett. Funeral arrangements are with the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. There will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family in the West Parishville Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Pierrepont Fire Dept. or Colton Rescue Squad.


Donald S. Poor, 70, Mayhew Road, Rensselaer Falls, died on Sept 18, 2002 at his home. The funeral will be September 21, 2012 at 2:15 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Donald S. “Don” Poor, 70, of Mayhew Road, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012 at his home. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6-8 PM and on Friday from 1-2 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Funeral will be Friday at 2:15 PM at the funeral home with Rev. Tom Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Heuvelton. Born June 16, 1942, in the family home, in the Town of DePeyster, he was a son of the late Walter E. and Margaret J. (Rayburn) Poor. He was a 1960 graduate of Heuvelton Ctrl School, where he was involved in the F.F.A. He was also a member of the 4-H in DePeyster. On May 29, 1963, he married Caroll Ann Conant in Oswego County, NY. Caroll died in January 2006. Don owned and operated the multi-generational family farm with the help of his wife and children, when he took ownership from his father in 1972. He enjoyed antique cars, old tractors, a number of Black Labs named “Ted” and socializing with friends and neighbors over coffee at the farm. Don is survived by his son, Frank of Rensselaer Falls; three daughters, Laurie Poor and boyfriend David Witherhead of Canton, Diane Gentles and husband Scott of Saylorsburg, PA and Carla Flood and husband Dustin of Nunda, NY; one sister, Bethany Nelson and husband Edward of Lisbon; two granddaughters, Kirsten and Kailee Gentles; four step-grandchildren, Jessica, Kathleen, Michael and Allison Witherhead and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Carl and Millard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Heuvelton First Responders.


Michal Alan Todd, 42, Greenwich, NY, died on August 24, 2012 at his home. The funeral will be at a Special Time, at the a Special Place.

Michael Alan Todd, 42, Greenwich and formerly of Canton, passed away Friday, August 24, 2012, at his home. Born in Potsdam July 21, 1970, he had been a resident of Greenwich for the past 17 years. Mike was a Welding & Fabrication Instructor at Capital Region BOCES in Albany for the past 10 years. He was also an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. Surviving are his wife, Gail, and his, daughte,r Kelly of Greenwich; his parents, Alan and Suzanne of Ogdensburg; his brothers, Damien Vuignier of Troy and William Todd of Cohoes; and his sister, Amy Todd and niece, Bella of Cohoes. Also surviving are his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Margaret Cuoco of Rexford; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gary and Leah Cuoco of Ballston Spa; nephew, Christian and niece, Makayla; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and students. Mike was predeceased by his mother, Nancy Butler Vuignier. He graduated from Canton Central School in 1988 and Mohawk Valley Community College in 1990. Family and friends may call Sunday, August 26, 3 to 6 pm at Flynn Brothers Funeral Home, 80 Main St., Greenwich, or Tuesday, August 28, 5 to 8 p.m. at Lawrence Funeral Home, 21 Park Street, Canton. Burial will be held later at the discretion of his family. Mike’s family would like to thank Washington County Hospice for their excellent care and support during this difficult time. Donations may be made to Washington County Hospice, 45 Lower Main Street, Hudson Falls, NY, 12839, or to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or JRDF 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004.


Ruth Josephine Lawrence Glascock, 92, formerly of Canton, NY, died on August 13, 2012 at Shannondale Nursing Home in TN. The funeral will be August 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM, at the Grace Episcopal Church, Canton.

Ruth Josephine Lawrence Glascock, 92, of Maryville, TN and formerly of Pittsburgh, PA, and Sun City, Arizona ,and Canton, NY died Monday, August 13, 2012 at Shannondale Healthcare Center in Maryville, TN. Born April 6, 1920 in Canton, NY she was the daughter of Russell B. “Biscuit” and Hazel (Gilmour) Lawrence Allen. She was 1938 graduate of Canton High School, where she was a cheerleader, and in 1940 she earned her associates degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. On December 27, 1941, she married James C. Glascock at the Grace Episcopal Church in Canton. Jim died July 19, 2003. Ruth was employed as a realtor for Century 21 in Pittsburgh, PA from 1960-1970. She enjoyed golf and playing “Bridge.” Ruth also enjoyed fishing, swimming, boating and summering at their camp on the St. Lawrence River since 1932.She enjoyed spending time with all of her family and her laughing was contagious to everyone that heard it. Surviving are her two sons and a daughter-in-law, William and Ellen Glascock of Mooresville, NC and Benjamin Glascock of Maryville, TN; her grandchildren, Jeff and Laurie and Dave and Paige Glascock all of Mooresville, NC, Jason and Beki Glascock of Winston-Salem, NC and Nina Glascock of Statesville, NC; 6 great-grandchildren as well as two nieces and two nephews two great Nieces and two great nephews. In addition to her husband Jim, Ruth was predeceased by two brothers, Russell B. ” Buster” “Lawrence, II in 2003 and Vernon Lawrence in 1935. The family will receive friends on Friday August 17, 2012 at Islandview Funeral Home, Morristown from 6:00 to 7:30 and Saturday 11:00 AM to 12:30 at the Lawrence Funeral Home, 21 Park Street, Canton. A funeral mass will be Saturday at 1:00 PM at Grace Episcopal Church, Canton with Mother Evette Austin as celebrant. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Canton. It is suggested that memorial contributions be sent to: Charity of ones choice. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


Dean Layhee, 46, 8 Stiles Avenue, Canton, died on July 31, 2012 at Maplewood Campus. The funeral will be August 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM, at the St. Marys Church.

Dean A. Layhee, 46, of Stiles Avenue, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at the Maplewood Campus in Canton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 10:00 with Rev. Fr. Douglas J. Lucia as celebrant. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Canton. A Memorial service will be held on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM at Maplewood Campus, 205 State Street in Canton. Dean is survived by his wife, Karen; his mother, Nancy of Canton; his twin brother, Dale and wife Jeanne of Felts Mill, NY and three nieces, Sarah, Rachael and Cassandra Yakes, Alicia, Allison, Brian and Emily Trombley and Michael and Colleen Matzell. He will also be remembered by sisters-in-law, Kimberley Trombley, Kathy (Tom) Matzell, Karolyn Trombley and Keri Trombley; and mother-in-law, Patricia Trombley. He was predeceased by his father, John “Jack” Layhee, who died in 1997. Born August 5, 1965, in Plattsburgh, NY, a son of John and Nancy (Yasment) Layhee, he graduated Canton High School in 1983, SUNY Canton in “85 with a degree in in Business Administration and later attended SUNY Utica where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Health Service Management in 1987. On August 25, 1990 Dean married Karen Trombley at St. Mary’s Church in Canton with Rev. Fr. Harry Giroux as celebrant. He was employed as an Administrator for United Helpers Canton Nursing Home working from 1987 to 2000. He was past President of the Kiwanis in Canton and was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church. Dean was a collector of elephants, enjoyed spending time with family and was fond of traveling, especially to Disney World and taking cruises. He also was an annual attendee of Huntington’s Camp in Rush, NY. Dean was also the first person afflicted with Huntington’s Chorea to receive a kidney and pancreas transplant in Vermont. Memorial contributions are suggested to Canton Rescue, 77 Riverside Drive, Canton, 13617 , to St. Mary’s Church, 66 Court Street, Canton, Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam 13676 or Maplewood Campus, 205 State Street, Canton.


Frank Norton, 85, State Hwy 68, Canton, died on July 14, 2012 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 3:15 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Canton - Frank “Butter” Norton, 85, of State Hwy 68, died Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, July 18 from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Funeral will be Wednesday at 3:15 PM at the funeral home with Rev. Patricia LaVine of Zion Episcopal Church officiating. Burial will be Morley Cemetery. Surviving are his wife Virginia of Canton; three daughters, Nancy McCann of Rochester, SueAnne Furrer of Rochester and Laurie Sanford of Alexandria Bay; a son, James Norton of Canton; two sisters, Betty Smith and Barbara LaPata; 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He will also be missed by his dogs, Sam, Mitzy, a cat Sarah and grand-puppies, Frankie Butter and Diamond. Frank was born July 12, 1927 in Canton, NY, a son of Harry and Beatrice (Todd) Norton and was a graduate of Canton High School and later he graduated from Clarkson University with a B.A. in Business Administration. On June 10, 1950 he married Virginia Speer at the Grace Episcopal Church in Canton. Frank was farmer for 30 years, Director and CEO of North Country Insurance Company and Canton Town Supervisor for 20 years. He was also a member of St. Lawrence Lodge #111 F&AM, former chairman of GLF Feed Store Co., former chairman of St. Lawrence Cty Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Committee, member of both Morley and Rensselaer Falls Grange, Director of Northern Bulk Milk Producer Co-op; member of Quebec Brook Hunting Club, Clear Pond Hunting Club, Galham Hunting Club, Camp Inn and Skirts and Flirts Square Dance Clubs, Director of Farmers Nat’l Bank Advisory Board, Board member for Key Bank , member of Lisbon 89’ers Senior Citizen Club and member of Black Hills Passion Play, Lake Wales, FL. Frank was very proud of the camp he built on the Raquette River which he and his family have enjoyed for many years. He also loved to travel and has been in all 50 states. Memorial Contributions are suggested to: ASPCA, P.O. Box 594 ,Ogdensburg, NY 13669 or the Zion Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 108, Colton, NY


Patricia Cotter, 83, County Route 27, Canton, died on July 7, 2012 at her home. The funeral will be July 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Patricia “Pat” Cotter, 83, of 6257 CR 27 died Saturday, July 7, 2012 at her home surrounded by her family. Funeral will be Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the Lawrence Funeral Home with Pastor Donna Doig officiating. Calling hours will be Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be Fairview Cemetery. Surviving Pat are two daughters, Sharon Lawrence, Kathy Cougler and husband Gary; a son Gary Cotter; a brother, Bob Sanderson all of Canton; eight grandchildren, Jessica Pecola of Syracuse, Rusty Lawrence of Canton, Ashley Cotter of Canton, Katie Thomas of Potsdam, Jennifer Cougler of Dekalb, John, Michael and Kelly Cougler of Canton, and three great grandchildren, Gabby Pecola, Cole Lawrence and Kyle Thomas. She was predeceased by her husband John Cotter and son John, Jr. and a brother Earl Sanderson. Born April 25, 1929 in Canton, NY, a daughter of Nelson H. and Mary Ann (Gorman) Sanderson she attended Canton High School and graduated in 1947. Pat was married to John H. Cotter on March 4, 1950 at the Grace Episcopal Church in Canton. John died on January 11, 1996. She and John lived on Hodgskins for two years and then started to build their home on CR 27 where she resided until her death. During high school, Pat work at the Sugar Bowl restaurant and Barr’s Drugstore. After high school she worked for her sister-in-law, Fran Nerigan, at the Town House Restaurant and Berl Smith Fabric Shop in Canton. She retired in 1996 from Canton College Dining Services in the Catering Department after 23 years of service. While at Canton College she was nominated in 1991, 1992 and 1993 by the students for the Golden Greek Award for most popular non-teaching staff member. She won the award in 1992 and 1993. Pat enjoyed collecting angels, cooking and home decorating including wallpaper and painting. She also liked working in her flower gardens and collecting porcelain villages for Christmas. She took great pleasure in raising her children and babysitting her grandchildren and was very excited to have three great grandchildren born in 2011, Gabby, Cole and Kyle. Donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative care of St. Lawrence County, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676 or St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund, Inc., PO Box 291, Canton, NY 13617.


Alice Pomponio, 59, Potsdam, NY, died on June 19, 2012 in Massena. The funeral will be in the fall at a time to be announced, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Alice Pomponio—or Ali, to those who knew and loved her—passed away on June 19, 2012 after surviving brain cancer for more than two years. She was born in Port Jefferson and grew up in Ronkonkoma, NY. She made the most of a life that was far too short. Joyous, adventurous, courageous, a fierce warrior for justice with a kind and loving heart, she is missed by heartbroken friends in places as far-flung as Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Italy, the Caribbean, and throughout North America. Ali graduated from Connetquot High School on Long Island in 1970 and from SUNY Geneseo in 1974. She spent a year during that time studying in Italy and developed friendships there that she maintained for the rest of her life. She revisited these friendships in 2008 when she won a Fulbright Fellowship to spend a year teaching at the University of Siena in Tuscany. She earned her Ph.D. in anthropology at Bryn Mawr in 1983, with a dissertation based on eighteen months of field work on a ten-acre island called Mandok off the coast of Papua New Guinea. She returned to Mandok for another year in 1987, and in 1988 she won a Mellon Fellowship to write and update her research at the University of Pittsburg. In the last years of her life she was working on a dictionary of the unwritten language of the Mandok people, to help preserve their linguistsic heritage for future generations of islanders. Ali joined the faculty of St. Lawrence University in 1983, earning the rank of Professor of Anthropology in 1994 and becoming Chair of the Department of Anthropology in 2004. In the meantime she authored and edited three books and was elected President of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, an international scholarly organization. She and her husband Richard Perry co-directed St. Lawrence University’s Kenya Semester Program for eighteen months from 1994 to 1996. In fall 2011 she won St. Lawrence University’s distinguished J. Calvin Keene Award for excellence in combining teaching, scholarship, and concerns for social justice. Among the factors determining this award were the many admiring letters from her students. In February 2013, the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania will hold an event titled “Special Session in Honor of Ali Pomponio: Expressions of Joy in Oceanic Societies.” The description states that “we have chosen to honor Ali with a session devoted to expressions of joy as homage to her vivacious, joyful personality and the joy that she has brought to all who have gotten to know her.” Ali is, and will always be, sorely missed by her husband, Richard Perry and their son Charles Gregory Pomponio Perry. Her parents Charles Angelo Pomponio and Marian (Addeo) Pomponio predeceased her, as did her brother Robert in 1983. She is also survived by three brothers: Alan, Richard, and David Pomponio, and a sister, Marian Allred. The world is poorer and sadder for her loss. And the world is better, and richer, because she was here with us. The family will receive friends at the Lawrence Funeral Home, 21 Park Street, Canton on Friday, June 22nd from 2-4 and 6-8 PM and on Saturday from 2-4 PM. A memorial service celebrating the life of Ali will be announced in the fall. Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 291, Canton, NY 13617. Condolences may be sent online at www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


Roxanna Marie Lobdell Amyot, 56, 1900 State Hwy 345, Madrid, died on May 17, 2012 at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg. The funeral will be a Special Place and Time, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Roxanna Marie Lobdell Amyot, 56, of 1900 State Hwy 345, died Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg. Services will be held privately and at the convenience of the family. Lawrence Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Born August 3, 1955 in Potsdam, NY, she was a daughter of Leo Gonyeau, Sr. and the late Betty Lobdell, she attended Colton-Pierrepont Central School and assisted on the family farm in Pierrepont. Roxanna is survived by her husband Alex; three sons, Kenneth Durham, Shawn Adams and Christopher Burkum all of Madrid; eight siblings and their spouses, Leo “Bucky” Gonyeau, Agnes (Joe) Swarthout, Elizabeth (Larry) Goodrich, Charmane (Tim) Gonyeau, Doreen (Bobby) Houghtaning, Leeat (Butch) Mullin, all of Wolcott, Penny (Charles) Eleason of Pulaski and Sharon (Ray) Davis of Port Byron; a brother-in-law Randy Rice and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to her mother she was predeceased by her infant triplet daughters, Hope, Charity and Faith, a sister, Clara Rice and two infant brothers, Leo, Jr. and Baby Gonyeau. Two previous marriages to Kenneth C. Durham, Jr. and David Reynolds ended in divorce. Roxanna was known as a “neat freak” and loved playing games on her computer, and her fish. She was the happiest when she was with her family. Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.


Paul H. Stewart, Jr., 55, County Rte 14, Rensselaer Falls, died on May 5, 2012 at his home. The funeral will be May 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Rensselaer Falls – Paul Howard Stewart, Jr., 55, of County Route 14, died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 10th from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. A memorial service will be held on Friday at the funeral home at 11:00 AM with Rev. Tom Nichols officiating. Burial will follow in the Rensselaer Falls Cemetery. Paul is survived by his mother and step-father, Shelley and Maynard Planty, four children, Brad, Nicole, Shelby and Samantha; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Scott M. and Yvonne of Pyrites and Steve J. and Cathy of Rensselaer Falls; six grandchildren and his estranged wife Rowena. He was predeceased by his father. He was born February 20, 1958 in Canton, NY. After graduating Canton High School, Paul served in the US Marine Corp. and had worked for Sergi’s in Canton, St. Lawrence Zinc, Balmat and most recently as a cook for the Hot Tamale in Potsdam. Paul was known as a workaholic. Memorial contributions may be made to Rensselaer Falls Fire and Rescue


Joyce A. Swartsfigure, 72, Mayfield Apartments, Potsdam, died on May 5, 2012 at her home. The funeral will be May 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Joyce A. Swartsfigure, 72, of Mayfield Apartments, Formerly of Rensselaer Falls, will be held on Wednesday , May 9th at 11:00 AM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Pastor Rob Muldunn officiating. Burial will be in Rennselaer Falls Cemetery at a later date. Calling hours will be on Tuesday from 4-7 PM at the funeral home. Joyce died unexpectedly at her home on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Joyce will be remembered by her children and their spouses, Christine (Lloyd) Richardson of Heuvelton, Colleen (Scott) Kirby of Watsontown, PA, Charleen (Adrian) Bates of Canton and Ralph Henderson of Rochester; six grandchildren, Austin Gotham of Ogdensburg, Taylor Kirby of Liverpool, Kylena Kirby of Watsontown, PA, Lara and Macy Richardson of Heuvelton and Rachel Bates of Canton; a brother and sister-in-law, Everett and Joan Swartsfigure of Ocala, FL; four nieces and two nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Leo and her step-mother, Fran. Born November 15, 1939 in Ogdensburg, NY, a daughter of the late Ernest C. and Blanche (Boileau) Swartsfigure, she graduated Canton High School, attended MaterDei College as an adult and later received her Nursing Degree from J.C.C. Upon graduating high school Joyce married Stanley George Planty and later married for a second time. Both marriages ended in divorce. Joyce worked in the health care for a number of years starting at Dr. Inness Brown as a medical receptionist, Dillingham, Jones & Ciscel, United Helpers Nursing Home as a nurses aid, Claxton Hepburn Medical Center as an RN, EJ Noble Hospital as an RN, for Caregivers as a private duty nurse and most recently for the Dept. of Social Services as a volunteer driver. She was a member of Eastern Star, the Red Hats and Solo Singles. She also enjoyed her family and grandchildren, knitting, watching ice skating, travel and classical music. Donations to the family would be graciously accepted c/o Lawrence Funeral Home, 21 Park Street, Canton, NY 13617 for a charity to be determined.


James Francis Dean, 77, 3712 C.R. 24, Russell, died on April 28, 2012 at his home in Russell. The funeral will be May 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Funeral services for James “Francis” Dean, 77, of County Rte 24, will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Pastor Donna Doig officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Plains Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Frances was born March 16, 1935, son of the late, James E. and Ella (Coller) Dean, he attended Stone School in Pierrepont and graduated from Knox Memorial in 1953. He later served in the Army Reserves, Canton as an M.P. On May 1, 1954 he married his beloved Dorothy Marie Laddison at the First Presbyterian Church in Canton with Rev. Eels as celebrant. Dorothy died in 2002. Frances worked for J&L Steel, Reynolds Metal Corp. and Newton Falls Paper Mill before retiring from SUNY Canton in 1993as Senior Stationary Engineer. He was a member of Black Brook Hunting Club, past member of Blue Mountain Lake Hunting Club, member of Russell Volunteer Fire Dept (Fire Police), the NRA and the North American Hunting and Fishing Club. He will be remembered by his two children and their spouses, Charles and Susan Dean of Pierrepont and Debra A. Dean-Blackmer of Russell; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was also predeceased by an infant sister Virginia. Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.


Ruth A. Hance, 91, formerly of State Highway 310, Canton, died on April 24, 2012 at Highland Nursing Home in Massena. The funeral will be April 28, 2012 at 2:15 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Ruth A. Hance, 91, formerly of State Hwy 310, Canton, will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 2:15 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Helen Beck officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Saturday at the funeral home from 12:00 to 2:00 PM. Ruth died Tuesday, April 24th at Highland Nursing Home, Massena. Born November 4, 1920 in Oswegatchie, a daughter of Mynard and Florence (Lawrence) Preston she attended Canton High School. On June 28, 1940 she married the late Mahlon M. Hance at the Canton United Methodist Church with Rev. Walter Dobbie as celebrant. Ruth worked as a cook for the Kappa Delta Sorority during the early 50’s, the Phi Sig Fraternity in the 60’s and for Sigma Alpha Fraternity where she retired in the mid 80’s. She was also a 38 year member of the Canton Bowling Assoc., TOPS in Flackville and Canton for 14 years and she was a 4-H Leader for 4 years in Canton. Ruth enjoyed playing cards, especially “skip bo” and “pedro”, going to dances and playing games with her grandkids. Surviving are her children and their spouses, Sheila and Howard Worden of Henrietta, NY, Wayne and Laurie of Canton and Sandra and Terry Moulton of Madrid; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister Elizabeth V. Santimaw and an infant son Gary L. Memorial contributions are suggested to United Church of Madrid, 39 Main Street, Madrid, NY 13660 or to Highland Nursing Home, 182 Highland Road, Massena 13662


Dalton J. Deshane, 4 m, Ruddy Road, Madrid, died on March 31, 2012 at home. The funeral will be April 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM, at the Brasher Iron Works Cemetery, Brasher.

Graveside services for 4 month old, Dalton James Deshane, son of Timothy Deshane and Rachel Davies, will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM in the Brasher Iron Works Cemetery, Brasher. Dalton died unexpectedly March 31st at home. Surviving in addition to his parents are his siblings, Lucas, Bo, Ashley, Patrick, Christina, Amanda and Michael; paternal grandmother, Linda Goncalves; maternal grandparents, Chrie Davies and Darrell Freeman. Dalton was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Angus Deshane. Condolences may be sent to www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


Penelope Rhodes, 70, Maplewood Campus, died on March 19, 2012 at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg. The funeral will be March 27, 2012 at 9:00 AM, at the Maplewood Campus.

Penelope Clara “Penny” Rhodes, 70, of Maplewood Campus, formerly of Cincinnati, OH, died Monday, March 19, 2012 at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center after being admitted on Sunday. A memorial service will be held in the chapel of Maplewood Campus, Canton on Tuesday, March 27th at 9:00am. A service will also be held in Cincinnati, Ohio in early April. Penny was born September 23, 1941 in Cincinnati, OH, a daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Beamer) Wolever, she graduated Deer Park High in 1960 and later received her nursing degree from Jewish Hospital School of Nursing in 1963. On May 22, 1965, she married Donald Rhodes at Hartzell United Methodist Church in Cincinnati. Penny worked for Jewish Hospital for the majority of her career as a registered nurse. Penny loved crafts, sewing, bird watching, camping and nature. Penny was devoted to her family and enjoyed her time with them. Penny will be remembered by her daughter and son-in-law, Robin (David) Crowell of Canton; two sons, Scott and Eric Rhodes, and their families, of Ohio; eleven grandchildren, including Emma and Naomi Crowell of Canton. She was predeceased by her husband, parents, sister and a granddaughter. Memorial contributions can be made to either Canton United Methodist Church, Potsdam United Methodist Church or to Agarwal Renal Center in Ogdensburg. Arrangements being handled by the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton.


Tina Kay Todd, 53, Brasher Falls, died on March 19, 2012 at her home. The funeral will be March 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM, at the Canton VFW Post 1231.

Brasher Falls – The family of Tina Kay Todd, 53, will receive friends on Friday, March 23, 2012 from 6-8 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. A "celebration of life" gathering will be held on Saturday starting at 11am at the Canton VFW. Tina died unexpectedly at her home on Monday, March 19, 2012. Born March 28, 1958 in Canton NY, a daughter of Donald and Bettie (Matthews) Gilson, she graduated Hugh C. Williams High School and later received her degree in Business from SUNY Canton. On October 11, 1980 she married the late Randy Todd ,Sr. Tina enjoyed gardening, sewing, and baking. She was a member of the VFW Post 1231 Ladies Auxiliary, Canton. During her youth she had bone cancer and was a cancer survivor. As a teenager she loved horses. Surviving are two sons Randy (Beth Goolden) Todd, II of Brasher Falls and Ryan Todd of Parishville; three grandchildren Stella, Connor, and Claire; nine siblings Mary Hurd, Schaghticoke, NY; Janet Laddison, Hermon, NY; David Gilson, Potsdam, NY; Sally Miller, North Bend, OR, Dean Gilson, Smelterville, ID; Sheila Gilson, Ft. Leonardwood, MO; Douglas Gilson, Sayre, PA, Jeff Gilson, Canton, NY, and Gary Gilson, Liverpool, NY. Tina was pre-deceased by her husband, her parents, her sisters Beatrice Mace and Betty Jane Smith, and grandson Randy Robert “Trey” Todd, III . In lieu of flowers donations to the funeral home would be gratefully appreciated.


Jerry Pike, 83, Maplewood Campus, died on March 15, 2012 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be Thursday, March 22nd at 11, at the Fairview Cemetery.



John William Hackett, 59, 223 Post Road, Canton, died on February 29, 2012 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be March 7, 2012 at 2:00 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

A memorial service for John Wm. Hackett, 59, of Post Road, Canton, who died early Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, will be held on Wed, March 7th at 2:00 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Douglas Lucia officiating. In accordance with John’s wishes the VFW Post #1231, Canton will fold and present the US Flag to John’s son, Hunter. Burial will be in Brick Chapel Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Surviving are a daughter, Marlaina of Massena; a son, Hunter John of North Lawrence and a sister, Bonnie Hackett of Philadelphia, PA. He will also be remembered by his close friends. John was predeceased a brother, George Daniel (2007). Born May 10, 1952 in Gouverneur, NY, a son of the late George A. and Marguerite (Marsden) Hackett, he graduated Gouverneur High School in 1970. He later attended Broadcasting School in Albany and most recently Liberty University online. In 1982 John joined the US Army serving until 1986 as a Radio Operator and enlisted with the Reserves until 1988. John worked for a number of area retail stores including ACME Foods (73-78), Super Duper Grocery (86), Ames Dept Store (91-02) , Radio Shack and Rex Hardware(03), P&C Grocery for 5 years all in Canton and WalMart (2010-11). He also worked for a number of Radio Stations including: KTO Oregon Radio and later w/ KNPT, KQRK and KAYAK ; WPDM (86) ;later WIGS in Gouverneur (88) and WYBG Radio in Massena. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676, Canton-Potsdam Cancer Care Center, 50 Leroy Street, Potsdam, NY 13676 or to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyon Street, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.


Becky Sue Thompson, 61, County Rte 27, Canton, , died on February 25, 2012 at her home in Canton. The funeral will be at A Special Place and Time, at the convenience of the family.

Becky Sue Thompson, 61, of County Rte 27, died Saturday, February 25, 2012 at her home while under the care of her loving family. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 1stfrom 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Surviving are her husband, Donald of Canton; daughter, Jessica of Canton; son, Ryan (Stacie) Woodward of Parishville; daughter, Tracy Ort of SC; step-daughter, Stacy (Pat) Lindy of Gouverneur; a sister, Loretta (Patrick) Markley of FL and two grandchildren, Quinn Woodward and Patrick Lindy. Becky was born November 19, 1950 in Binghamton, NY, daughter of Betty (Mellem) Pangburn and the late Leroy Pangburn. She graduated from Chenango Forks Central School in 1968 and attended the Syracuse Secretarial School. On November 9, 1985 she married Donald D. Thompson at the First Presbyterian Church of Cantonand have resided in Canton ever since. Becky worked at St. Lawrence Dental in Canton and previously for Dr. George Mina of Potsdam. She was a member of the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Guild and a member of Tri-Town Rescue where she was a E.M.T. She enjoyed traveling, crafts, her flower garden, and horses with her husband Don. Memorial Contributions are suggested to Canton Rescue, 77 Riverside Drive, Canton, NY 13617, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309 or to Cancer Treatment Center of America, at Southwestern Regional Medical Center, 10109 E. 79th Street (81st Street & Highway 169), Tulsa, Oklahoma7413, Hospice and Palliative Care of Sr. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676. Additional off-street funeral home parking courtesy of Travel Unlimited, 18 Park Street.


John M. Maroney, 80, Irish Settlement Road, Canton, died on February 13, 2012 at his home. The funeral will be a date and time to be announced, at the St. Marys Church.

John M. Maroney, 80, of the Irish Settlement Rd, died peacefully at his home on Monday, February 13, 2012, while under the care of his loving wife, family and Hospice. A memorial service will be held at a later date at St. Mary’s Church in Canton. John was born to Milton and Bessy (Ragan) Maroney on December 23, 1931. He was predeceased by his parents and 12 brothers and sisters, Kay, Donie, Pat, Mark, Meg, Anna, Bunny, Betty, Margaret, Frank, Bobby and Chip. He served in the US Army during the Korean War after which he was honorably discharged. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 68 of Norwood. During the construction of the Seaway, he drove ukes. Later, he worked for Borello Trucking. In the early 80’s, he purchased a woodlot and ran his own wood business, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Throughout his life, he enjoyed collecting vintage tractors, going to auctions, hunting and spending time with his family and friends. Much of this was discussed over coffee every Saturday morning with his dear friend Bob Moyer. He eventually turned his land into a safe habitat for wildlife and spent countless hours watching the many ducks, deer, coyotes, turtles and birds that made a home of the refuge he provided. It was not uncommon to see John working around his property with his wild turkey, “Albert”, walking protectively behind him, much to the chagrin of his canine companions, “Cleo”, “Sam” and “Blue”. He was the devoted husband of Arlene (Runions) Maroney. This August would have marked their 40th anniversary. Together they made their home on the same land on which John was born and raised and eventually died. Later in life he enjoyed keeping the property well maintained and taking rides on his 5 wheeler with his faithful dog “Blue”, following many of the same paths his brothers and sisters traveled as children. Many of his hours were spent working on the very barn his father built, surrounded by memories of those who passed before him. Those who knew him, even casually, were always surprised by his wealth of knowledge on most topics. He could hear a name and usually follow it up almost immediately with a tidbit of information about the family history of the person mentioned. He touched the hearts and lives of so many who had the good fortune to spend even a short time in his company. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife and many nieces, nephews, great and great great too and friends. Cheerful in all weathers, never shirked a task, splendid behavior. Arrangements are with Elmer Denesha and the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Condolences may be sent to www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


Calvin W. Denhoff, 67, Pollock Road, Canton, died on February 12. 2012 at Highland Nursing Home in Massena. The funeral will be February 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Funeral Services for Calvin W. Denhoff, 67, of Pollock Road, Canton, will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Cal Zimmer officiating. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 6-8 PM and on Wednesday from 10 am until the time of services. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Canton. Calvin died Sunday, February 12, 2012 at Highland Nursing Home after being admitted on Feb. 2nd. Born August 22, 1944 in Potsdam, NY, son of the late William D. and Rosella (Wells) Denhoff, he attended Canton A.T.I. and later graduated from Potsdam State with a B.A. in Psychology (1972). Surviving are his Godson, David Hartman; two brothers, Kurt and wife MaryAnn of Fabius, NY and Dana and companion Robin of Potsdam; two nieces, Alexa and Anna Denhoff and a nephew, Austin Denhoff. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Alan, who died April 27, 1969. Calvin was a veteran of the US Air Force serving from Aug 1965 to August 1969. He had worked for the Potsdam Girls Home, the Ogdensburg State Hospital, was Night Manager at St. Lawrence University Library and the St. Lawrence Bookstore, where he was affectionately known as the “Brew Master”. He also enjoyed gardening, reading and drawing.


Frederick A. Rexford, 87, County Rte 27, Canton, died on January 14, 2012 at his home. The funeral will be January 16, 2012, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Frederick A. Rexford, 87, died early Saturday at his home in Canton surrounded by his family. Visiting hours will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Lawrence Funeral Home in Canton with a brief memorial service officiated by Pastor Donna Doig immediately following. Mr. Rexford was born on October 1st, 1924, the son of Lee A. Rexford and Georgia Phillips. He attended Canton High School and St. Lawrence University before entering the US Army in 1942. During active duty in France and Germany, Mr. Rexford was awarded the bronze star and purple heart and reached the rank of sergeant.In 1954, Mr. Rexford, together with two partners, started his own company, which eventually developed into a valuable fixture of the Northern New York commercial construction industry.Mr. Rexford is survived by Mary Brown Rexford, his devoted wife of 63 years; five children, Linda Khamsyvoravong of Barrington, RI, Merideth Buxton of Royal Oak, MD, Alan Rexford of Canton, Kevin Rexford of Big Flats, and Clisson Rexford of Chicago, IL; and 10 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his eldest son, Brian Rexford of Anchorage, AK; and two brothers, Sidney Rexford of Colton and Phillip Rexford of Canton.Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676 or to Canton Rescue, 77 Riverside Drive, Canton, NY 13617.


Betty M. Hart, 75, State Hwy 310, Canton, died on January 17, 2012 at her home near Harts Corners. The funeral will be January 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Betty M. Hart, 75, of State Hwy 310, will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Dennis Lowe and Pastor Martha Helmer co-officiating. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 4-7 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be held in Crary Mills Cemetery in the spring. Betty died Tuesday at her home while under the care of her loving family and Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley. Surviving are her three daughters, Donna McCall and companion John Martin of Heuvelton, Kathleen Murphy and husband Larry of Canton and Carolyn Rose of Canastota; a brother, Clinton O’Shaughnessy and wife Norma of Kirkville, NY; two sisters, Elizabeth Rayburn and husband Harold of Lisbon and Verna Wilson of Canton; six grandchildren, Crystal Gordon, Brooks Allen, Cody and Cory Wagner and Josh and Jorie Rose. Betty was preceded in death by a sister, Velma Sullivan, a brother, Ansel and her companion of 23 years Carl McClennan. Born Sept. 30, 1936 in Potsdam, NY, a daughter of Ross and Ruby (Sutton) O’Shaughnessy, she attended Potsdam Schools. On April 2, 1956 she married Robert J. Hart at the Canton United Methodist Church. The marriage ended in divorce. Betty worked for Stroehman Bakery in Potsdam and earlier for A&P Store in the 70’s and 80’s. She was also an Avon representative for a number of years, which she enjoyed very much. She enjoyed spending time with her cats, her grandchildren and visiting with friends and family. Betty was also associated with the VFW Post 1231 and Canton Fire & Rescue through her late companion Carl McClennan. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Potsdam Animal Shelter, 17 Madrid Avenue, Potsdam, NY 13676 or to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676. Additional funeral home parking is available courtesy of Travel Unlimited, Canton.


Ralph L. Manchester, 85, 11 Cleaveland Avenue, Canton, died January 7, 2012 at Franklin County Nursing Home in Malone. The funeral will be Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM, at the Canton United Methodist Church.

Ralph L. Manchester, 85, of Cleaveland Ave, Canton, died Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the Franklin County Nursing Home, where he had been a resident since August 2011. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 14th at 11:00 AM at the Canton United Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Jones officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in the Hermon Cemetery. The Family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Church Fellowship Hall. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Beth of Canton; three daughters, Debra Longnecker and husband Blaine of Chitenango, Diane Stofer and husband Tom of Webster and Paula Manchester of Brewerton; a sister, Alice Morgan of Utah; a brother, Loren of Harrisville; seven grandchildren, Emily Kiszka and husband Brent, Daniel Longnecker, Douglas, Garrett and Ethan Stofer and Karen and Bradley Gentile; a special nephew, Earle and an IFS daughter from Columbia, Chavel Moore of Anchorage, AK. Born January 30, 1926, in Pitcairn, NY, a son of Elmer and Hazel (Worden) Manchester, he graduated Harrisville High School and later Watertown Business School. On July 31, 1954, he married Bethany Fisk at the Gouverneur United Methodist Church with Rev. Wm. C. Wood as celebrant. Ralph was employed as a bookkeeper for John P. Coakley and Sons for 31 years and retired in 1999 from LeBerge & Curtis after 22 years. He was a former member of the St. Lawrence Lodge 111 F & A.M., former member of the Empire Hermon Chapter O.E.S. 68 and member of the Canton United Methodist Church. Ralph enjoyed Beth’s flower garden, especially the rose bushes, playing the piano, his pet Golden Retrievers and especially his family and grandchildren. Those desiring may send memorial contributions to Canton United Methodist, 41 Court Street, Canton, NY 13617 or to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676. Arrangements have been entrusted to Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton.


Richard W. Miller, 93, 15 W. Main Street, Canton, died on Friday, January 6, 2012 at his home. The funeral will be January 13, 2012 at 10:30 am, at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton.

Richard Wester Miller, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Canton College, passed away unexpectedly Friday, January 6 at his home in Canton, NY at the age of 93. Mr. Miller was predeceased by his loving wife of 59 years, Irene Morrison Miller. He is survived by three daughters: Dr. Karen (Robert) Bromley of Vestal, NY, Cheryl Miller of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, and Michele (Thomas) Mele of Queensbury, NY; four grandchildren: Westra (Nathan) Miller- Fenstermacher, Esq. of Washington, DC, Christopher Mele of Troy, NY, Dr. Karen Mele of Pittsburgh, PA, Hanlon Miller of Boston, MA, and a favorite niece, Vicki Schneider of Camillus, NY. Richard was predeceased by a brother (Robert Miller) and sister (Mary Wirth) and he leaves behind a brother-in-law, Raymond Thompson of Owego, NY and several nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his SUNY Canton family, including special friends Dine and Joe Kennedy, Peggy Sue Levato, Beth Irvine, best friend Bob Whalen and his family, and his long-time buddies including; Bill Locy, Aloysius Locy, Dave Swanson, and others at 10 am coffee. Richard had a long, productive and happy life. He was a loving husband and father, a wellrespected teacher, an enthusiastic and loyal benefactor to Canton College, and a friend to many. He left a huge foot-print on the minds and hearts of all who knew him with his tremendous motivation and dedication to productive service, his family, his profession, the college, and community. In many ways his legacy is unmeasured, although the hundreds of tributes paid to him recently reveal the depth of admiration and love for this special man. Richard was born in Springwater, NY and graduated from Dansville High School where his mother was a teacher and his father was superintendent of schools. Richard attended RIT and graduated from Alfred University with a Bachelor of Arts, St. Lawrence University with a Master’s degree in Education. He also attended SUNY Oswego for post-graduate work and Utah State University on a National Science Foundation grant. He worked for General Electric in Schenectady for five years before becoming a professor at SUNY Canton in 1946 and later Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Technology Department. At the college, he established the SUNY Canton chapter of the Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society for Engineering Technology to recognize students who had obtained academic excellence. In 1975, he was named Outstanding Educator in America and in 1976 he received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. As well, his strong teaching and scholarship were evident in a textbook he wrote in 1977, Servo-Mechanisms: Devices and Fundamentals published by Prentice Hall. In 1982, he received the SUNY Canton College Council’s Distinguished Faculty Award, and in 1990 the Council’s Distinguished Citizen Award. Until his recent death, he was an esteemed adviser for 65 years to the Alpha chapter of Theta Gamma Fraternity. He loved all his students and especially his TG “frat boys” and was a stern and principled father figure to many of them, often turning a blind eye to some of their escapades. He helped launch many careers, and returning alumni always made it a point to visit with him. He was an engaging conversationalist and loved hearing about his student’s lives and families. With his razor sharp memory he consistently recalled things they had often forgotten. Richard retired in 1983 but did not relinquish his love of learning or commitment to Canton College and the Canton community. In 2003, he became the first person in the college’s history to donate $1 million to the SUNY Canton Foundation. The Richard W. Miller Campus Center and Miller Drive are testaments to this donation which inspired other donors. Since then, he gave another $50,000 in honor of his friendship with SUNY President, Joseph Kennedy and his wife, Dine Kennedy and his relationship with others at the college. His total contributions to SUNY Canton and the Richard W. Miller Scholarship Fund for students total over $1.6 million. He was an active member of the St. Lawrence Free Masons and was to receive the Meritorious Service Award (Red Hat) at this coming summer’s Council of Deliberation Meeting in Syracuse. With unselfish commitment over the years, he mentored many new Masonic members, held many positions including Grand Lecturer, Master, and Chaplain, and chaired several committees for various causes especially the Masonic Charities. Richard held offices and volunteered with many other organizations including; the St. Lawrence Community Development Program, St. Lawrence Masonic Charities, NYS and St. Lawrence County Snowmobile Associations, St. Lawrence County ATV Association, Canton Rotary Club, Alliance for Municipal Power, Boy Scouts of America, First Presbyterian Church Elder, Foundation Board Member of Canton/Potsdam Hospital, Canton Sportsmen Club, Canton Village Trustee, and many Canton village committees. As well as his scholarly and community pursuits, Richard was an avid fisherman, hunter, carpenter, gardener, leather tooler, snowmobiler, and ATVer. He built a canoe, several boats, desks, and other furniture. With his curious mind and “can-do” attitude, he could fix just about anything. He travelled to Europe, the Virgin Islands, Canada, California, the Southwest, Texas, Hawaii, and Alaska. He loved technology, used his computer and printer daily, had just purchased and used a new cell phone, and was looking forward to attending the Wester family reunion. He never wanted to leave his beloved Canton and his visits with family were always short and sweet. He was a remarkable person and loyal friend who leaves a huge hole in our hearts and lives. His motivation, drive, dedication, and caring for others are truly an inspiration. In many ways Richard’s legacy to us is immeasurable. Calling hours are 3-6pm Thursday, January 12 at Lawrence Funeral Home, 21 Park St., Canton, with a service at 10:30 am Friday, January 13 at the First Presbyterian Church, 17 Park St., and a reception to follow at the Richard W. Miller Campus Center at Canton College. A Masonic service will be held on Thursday 5:45 PM. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Richard’s name to the Canton Neighborhood Center, 5 West St., Canton Methodist Church Food Kitchen, or the Richard W. Miller Scholarship at Canton College. Condolences may be sent to www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


Earl G. Brown, Jr., 88, 1457 State Hwy 68, Canton, died on December 25, 2011 at the Whiteford Home in Russell. The funeral will be December 29, 2011 at 1:00 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Earl G. Brown, Jr., 88, of 1457 State Hwy 68, will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 1:00 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Robert Schirmer officiating. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Burial in Crary Mills Cemetery. Mr. Brown died Christmas Day at the Whiteford Home in Russell, NY, where he was a resident since Dec. 23rd. Surviving are his wife Flora; two sons, Tom and wife Lineth of Lakewood, Washington and Paul of Edwards; nine grandchildren, Jeff and companion Sandy, David and wife Jullianne, Sam and companion Jennifer and Collin and Tom, Jr., Zulain, Heather, Kimberly and Rose. He was predeceased by three sisters, Betty Douglas, Mildred Spadafore and Gertrude Brown. Born Jan 10, 1923 in Utica, NY, the son of Earl, Sr. and Veiva( Flack) Brown, he graduated Canton High School in 1941 and then enlisted in the US Army, where he served as Sgt. In the Pacific Theatre during WWII. On May 30, 1969 he married Flora M. Coit in Graton, NY. Earl started working the Sunshine Store on Main Street in Canton which was owned by his father. He later worked the “diner circuit” in the Cortland area as a licensed Chef until moving back to Canton in 1966 at which time he took a custodial position with Canton Central School until he retired in 1986. Earl was a Life Member of the VFW, Post 1231, Canton and enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching wildlife at his home. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.


Sarah E. Payne, 91, 205 State Street Road, Canton, died on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at Maplewood Campus in Canton. The funeral will be December 30, 2011, at the Maplewood Campus.

Surrounded by family, Sarah Elliott Payne, 91, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2011 at Maplewood, United Helpers, Canton, NY. Her life-long focus and dedication to family is her legacy. During her decades of struggle with the debilitating effects of polyneuropathy, Sally provided a heroic example of faith, endurance, courage, and cheer to her family and to all who knew her. Born January 29, 1920 on Elliott Road in Beechertown, NY to Rhoda Baker Elliott and Harold Elliott, Sally grew up on the family dairy farm. She graduated from Brasher-Stockholm High School in 1938 and in 1941 earned an Associate Degree in Home Economics from Canton Agricultural and Technical Institute, Canton, NY. Sally worked as Dining Hall Manager at Stamford Hall, Stamford, CT until her marriage to Harrison H. Payne in Sun Valley, Idaho on October 4, 1944. After living throughout the US during Harry’s military service, Sally worked to put Harry through undergraduate school at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY. During that time she was in charge of Simms Hall Dining Service, one of Syracuse University’s largest dining halls. Moving to Pawling, NY Sally was active in her church and with young Girl Scouts. In 1964 they moved to their Jamesville home where they resided for over four decades. She was an active and dedicated member of the Jamesville Community Church and belonged to the SU Women’s Group. Faithful daily Bible reading, as well as anecdotal nature readings defined her days and those of her family around her. Sally shared with all who crossed her path her love of the natural world: birding, raising Collie dogs, gardening, and hiking nature trails. She especially instilled in her nieces and nephews a keen awareness of and love for the environment. Sally and Harry travelled widely in the United States. Annual trips to Cape Cod and to Sanibel Island, Florida were treasured times for her. Her husband Harry predeceased her in 2008. Sally is survived by (a sister) Marilyn and Bill Rodee, (a brother) Baker and Dorothy Elliott, six nieces and nephews, eight great nieces and nephews, and three great, great nephews. A Memorial Service will be held locally at Maplewood on Friday, December 30, 2011 at 1:30 PM. A second Memorial Service will be held at the Jamesville Community Church on Wednesday, January 4 at 2 PM. Donations may be made to the Jamesville Community Church, 6300 East Seneca Turnpike, PO Box 277, Jamesville, NY 13078. The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to the staff at Iroquois Nursing Home, Jamesville, NY and to the staff at Maplewood, Canton, NY.


Raymond Samuel Nielsen, 85, 26 Josephine Street, DeKalb Jct., died on November 20, 2011 at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg. The funeral will be November 23, 2011 at 2:15 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Raymond Samuel Nielsen, 85, of Josephine St., died Sunday, November 20, 2011 at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg. Funeral services wil be held on Wednesday, November 23rd at 2:15 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton wit Rev. William G. Hart officiating. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 12 Noon to 2:00 PM at the Funeral Home. Burial and Military Honors to follow be in the Union Cemetery, DeKalb Jct. Born Feb. 28, 1926 in Hartford, CT son of Samuel and Minna (Thompson) Nielsen, he graduated Daniel Hand High in CT. In 1943 at the age of 17, he enlisted in the US Navy and served in WWII and the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged as Chief Petty Officer in 1954. Raymond worked at various firms as a truck driver including Nat’l Gypsum, Standard Oil and the Fiorelli’s Furniture in Old Saybrook, CT throughout the 60’s. During the 70’s he worked for CT Valley Egg Co. and in the 80’s to mid 90’s he was employed as a truck driver and groundskeeper at Whalen Engineering in Chester, CT. He was a member of Westbrook (CT) Vol. Fire Dept for many years and a member of the VFW in Deep River. He enjoyed sailing and restored his own sailboat, watching golf and the Indy 500 on Television, as well as dancing and working on his vehicles. Surviving are his three daughters, Judith Sanford and husband Dave of West Potsdam, Kris C. Bryant and husband Dale of Bristol, CT and Kathryn Hughes and partner Paul Huska of DeKalb Jct.; a close cousin, Pearl Rector and four grandchildren, Justin Harper of Claremore, OK, Eli Harper of Castle, OK, Alice Harper of Nicholville and Tiffany Bryant of Plainville, CT and 5 great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.


Sally Dodds Tupper, 83, Cty Rte 24, Canton, died on Nov 19, 2011 at her sons home in Pierrepont. The funeral will be November 22, 2011 at 7:15 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Pierrepont- Sally Dodds Tupper, 83, of County Route 24, Canton, died Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Marjorie Tupper. Funeral services will be Tues., November 22nd at 7:15 PM from the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Rev.David VanEpps officiating. Calling hours will be held prior the service from 4-7 PM. Interment will be in Pierrepont Hill Cemetery at a later date. Surviving are two sons, Charles G. (Margie) of Pierrepont and Lynn R. of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; three daughters, Lori L. (Mark) Rodriguez of Tampa, FL, Susan (Ralph) Putnam of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Colonel Lee Ann (Kenneth) Bennett of San Antonio, TX; eight grandchildren, Joshua Putnam, Samuel Putnam, Brent Tupper, Ryan Tupper, Steven Tupper, Lindsey Bennett, Alyssa Bennett and Rachel Eubanks; a sister, Jean (Theron) Given of Norfolk, NY. She was predeceased by her sister, Katharine Coffey who died in 2004. She was born May 22, 1928 in Russell, NY, daughter of George W. and Maude E. (Wilcox) Dodds. She graduated from Knox Memorial in 1946 and later attended Business School in Lynn, Mass. On June 16, 1951, she married Lawrence R. Tupper at the Russell United Methodist Church. Lawrence died Oct. 18, 1990. Sally worked as an Internal Auditor and Clerk in the Superintendent’s Office of Canton Central School starting in 1969 and retiring in 1989. She was a Charter Member of the Pierrepont Fire Dept. Ladies Auxillary and was recently recognized as a 50 year member. She was also a Charter Member of the Russell Grange, the Pierrepont Community Club. Sally enjoyed traveling to Texas and Florida to visit her family. Memorial Contributions are suggested to Pierrepont Volunteer Fire Department, 62 Old County Road, Canton, NY 13617.or Hospice & Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 Us Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.


Nadine Longshore Axtell, 87, Deland, Florida, died at her home in Florida. The funeral will be November 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM, at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton.

Nadine Longshore Axtell, 87, of Deland, FL died Monday, November 14, 2011 at her home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 19th at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton with Pastor Donna Doig officiating. Calling hours will be Friday from 6-8 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Canton. Born January 16, 1924, in Pyrites, NY, daughter of Lindon and Agnes C. (Powers) Smith, she graduated from Canton High School, attended Michigan State University and later graduated from Canton ATC with her Associates Degree. On October 7, 1943 she married Miles S. Longshore at the Canton Methodist Church with Rev. Doby as celebrant. Big Mike died February 13, 1978. She later married William B. Axtell at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dick Stone as celebrant. Mr. Axtell died in June of 2002. Surviving are a son, Scott Longshore of Deland, FL; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary L. (Kenneth P.) Garwood of Canton; a daughter-in-law, Judith Rasback Longshore of Canton; a brother, Lindon Smith of Canton; seven grandchildren, Kelly (Patrick) Smith of Canton, Kelly (Walt) Schofield of Verona, NY, Amy (Tim) Hunt of Canton, Bridgit Longshore of Orangeville, Ontario, Heidi (Matthew) Bigge of Los Gatos, CA, Nevada VenHorst of Forest, VA and Cori Possee of Aiken, SC; 14 great-grandchildren; three nieces and six nephews. Nadine was predeceased by her son Michael D. Longshore, who died Oct. 20, 1997 and a sister, Leola Smith. Nadine, her husband, Miles and her mother owned and operated Billy’s Restaurant & Bar from ‘46-‘74; Mooses’ Restaurant in ’74; the Silver Fox in ’75 and the Maples’ in Morley. She later served as Town Clerk for the Town of Canton for 22 years. She enjoyed spending summers on the St. Lawrence River, she traveled extensively, including going to Nicaragua with a medical team for four weeks in the late 90’s. She also enjoyed playing golf and entertaining friends and family. While in Canton, Nadine was actively involved in a number of organizations and memberships including: Past President and Vice President of St. Lawrence Figure Skating Club, she served on several committees at Canton First Presbyterian Church, where she was secretary, deacon, clerk of the session and Sunday school teacher; a St. Lawrence County Hospice Volunteer, Republican Women’s Chairperson of St. Lawrence Co.; 1986 NYS Town Clerk’s Assoc. Rep for District 4; served on the Presbytery Board; was a past member of the St. Lawrence Golf & Country Club as well as Partridge Run Golf Club. In Deland, FL, she was Past President of the Women’s Club of Deland; where she received the Outstanding Leadership Award from Presbyterian Women of Deland in years ’93, ’94 and ’95; member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha (an international women’s service organization) and was a past member of the Southridge Golf Club. Memorial Contributions are suggested to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/ Flagler, 1250 S. State Rd., Suite 5, Deland, FL 32720, First Presbyterian Church, Park Place, Canton, NY or to Alzheimer’s Support Group at Maplewood Campus, 205 State Street Road, Canton, NY 13617.


Kathy Latimer, 50, Fairlane Drive, Canton, died on Nov. 1, 2011 in the Town of Hermon. The funeral will be Nov. 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM, at the Grace Episcopal Church.

A Funeral Mass for Kathryn “Kathy” Free Latimer, 50, of Fairlane Drive will be Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Grace Episcopal Church, 9 E. Main Street, Canton at 10 AM with Rev. Mother Evette Austin officiating. Kathy died unexpectedly November 1, 2011 in the Town of Hermon, NY. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 5-8 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. A time of food and fellowship will be held in the lower level of the church following the service. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Surviving are her husband Donald R. Latimer, Canton; three children, Gabriel Free, Emily Ruby and Benjamin Donald Latimer all of Canton; birth mother, Jane Wheeler of Anchorage Alaska; three brothers, John Free of Ogdensburg and Joel and Brian Wheeler both of Gratton, NY and birth sister, Shona. Born January 19, 1961 at Massena Memorial Hospital, Kathy was adopted at birth by the late Roger and Maxine (Merrill) Free. She later found her birth family and became an advocate for adoption. Kathy graduated Canton High School in 1979 and attended Plattsburgh State before transferring to SUNY Canton where she received her degree in Secretarial Science. On February 11, 1996 she married Donald R. Latimer at Grace Episcopal Church with Fr. Ben Somerville as celebrant. Kathy had worked at SUNY Canton in numerous departments over the past 27 years. She was most recently Secretary to the Registrar. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, the Sweet Adeline’s and Laurentian Harmony where she sang tenor and Off the Record Quartet.. She was an advocate of Autism Awareness and children with disabilities, a strong supporter of adoptive services and attended jazzercise. In her youth she was involved in Girl Scouts for many years. Kathy enjoyed spending time with her beloved children, crocheting, knitting, canoeing, college football and spending time in her pool. Memorial Contributions are suggested to be sent to: Autism Awareness, NYSARC, 1942 Old DeKalb Rd, Suite 1, Canton, NY 13617.


Lois E. Bates, 82, 205 State Street Road, Canton, died on October 24, 2011 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be October 31, 2011, at the Grace Episcopal Church.

Lois Elnina Bates, 82, of Maplewood Campus, formerly of 1168 State Hwy 68, died Monday, October 24, 2011 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital while surrounded by her loving family. A Memorial Service will be held in her memory on Monday, Oct. 31, at 11:00 AM at Grace Episcopal Church, 9 E. Main Street, Canton with Mother Evette Austin officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. A time of food and fellowship will be held following the service in church’s lower level. Burial will be in Clayton Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Surviving are her husband Malcolm W. “Mac” Bates of Maplewood Campus; five sons: Kevin (Carrie) Bates of Canton, Martin “Marty” (Janie Stein) Bates of College Station, TX, Craig Bates of Melbourne, Australia, Christopher (Teri) Bates of Malone, and Andrew Bates of Rochester; three daughters: Michele (Randy) Hamilton of Carthage, Lisa (Thomas) Mullie of Herkimer, and Sara (John) Bootz of Newburgh; eighteen grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; two brothers: Merrill (Eleanor) Whitmore of Dryden, and Calvin (Barbara) Whitmore of Attica; one sister: Ortha (Ron) Sibbitts of Canton; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters: Clela and Ruth; a brother: Norris; her parents, Howard and Gladys Whitmore; and step-mother: Inez Whitmore. Born May 20, 1929 in Clayton, NY, Lois was the daughter of Howard J. and Gladys E. (Grant) Whitmore. She was graduated from Canton High School in 1946 and from Potsdam State in 1950 with a Teaching Degree. Lois taught kindergarten for 4½ years at Lyme Central School in Chaumont. On July 28, 1951 she married Malcolm Wesley “Mac” Bates at the Canton United Methodist Church with Rev. Walter A. Dobbie officiating. Lois was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Canton and served on the Altar Guild. Lois also enjoyed gardening, cooking, and caring for her family. Memorial Contributions may be made to Maplewood Campus, 205 State Street Road, Canton, NY 13617; Grace Episcopal Church, 9 E. Main Street, Canton, NY 13617; or to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.


Wayne E. Hale, Sr., 81, Hewlett Road, Russell, died October 20, 2011 at home. The funeral will be October 24, 2011, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Russell – Wayne Hale of Hewlett Road, died Thurs., Oct. 20, 2011 at his home while under the care of his family and Hospice. Calling hours will be Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Funeral services will be Monday morning at 11:00 at the funeral home with Pastor Donna Doig officiating. Burial will follow in the South Russell cemetery. Mr. Hale was born in Russell, son of Samual and Mabel (Bowhall) Hale. He attended Russell public schools. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, on active duty in Korea and Germany until 1952 and in the reserves until 1956. He and Eloise I. Loope married in October, 1954 in Gouverneur with the Rev. William Wood officiating. Eloise died in October, 2002. Wayne was a supervisor at the Newton Falls Paper Mill, retiring after more than 40 years. He was a founding member, and is still an honorary member of the Russell Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a strong supporter of the Russell Public Library. Mr. Hale’s interests include camping, working in his shop, reading, cutting wood, spending time with his grandchildren and with “the gang”. Survivors include two sons, Wayne and Barbara Hale, Jr., of Medina, NY and Randy and Brenda Hale of Russell; a daughter, Lynn and William Church of Russell; a brother, Lyle and Shirley Hale of Russell, and a sister, Beulah McCollum of Gouverneur; eight grandchildren, Courtney and Barry Jeanette of South Russell, Reardon Bessette, Stacie Hale, and Jessica Gollinger all of Russell, Jason and Sunyoung Hale of Korea, Miranda and Dave Schryver of Canton, Christian Hale of New York City, and Donald Sertz of Delaware, ten great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, he was predeceased by a daughter, Stacy Hale who died at birth, four brothers, Samual, Boyd, Charles, and Herbert, five sisters, Audelia Burnett, Ella Bradley, Ruth Chase, Christina LaPlant, and Lila Westphal. Those who wish may make donations to Hospice of St. Lawrence County, 6805 US Highway 11, Potsdam, NY 13676 or Russell Public Library c/o Brenda Hale, Russell, NY 13684. Condolences may be sent online to www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


Dale James Bennett, 72, Judson Street, Canton, died on October 17, 2011 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. The funeral will be October 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Mr. Dale J. Bennett, 72, of Judson Street, died unexpectedly on Monday, October 17, 2011 at Fletcher-Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Pastor Donna Doig officiating. Calling hours will be on Friday from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be in Fairview Cemetery, Canton. Born December 20, 1938 in Canton, NY son of Harley J. and Florence (Rood) Bennett he graduated Canton High School in 1956 and in 1958 received his degree in Business Administration from Canton A.T.I. Dale was drafted to the US Army in 1962 serving actively until 1964 and in the Reserves until 1968 and on Sept. 4, 1965 he married Judy Crosbie at the Canton United Methodist with Rev. Cal Zimmer as celebrant. Dale worked for Community Bank in various positions starting as a bookkeeper retiring in 1982 due to disability as Trust Officer. He was an active member of his community in regards to his kids and his church. He was a member of Canton United Methodist Church where he served on the board as financial secretary. He also served on the Fairview Cemetery Board, was active with the Boy Scouts, a director for the Figure Skating Club and was an active member of the Canton Jaycees. He was also a member of the American Bankers Association. Surviving are his wife Judy of Canton; one son, James of Cape Coral, FL; two daughters, Lori Corridore and husband John of Atlanta, GA and Deanne Bennett of Atlanta, GA; one grandson, Vittorio Corridore, two sisters, Barbara Roberts of Remsen, NY and Nancy Yauger and husband Allen of West Leyden, NY and one brother William “Bill” and wife Lynn of Canton. He was predeceased by a brother Richard who died in 1955. The family desires Memorial Contributions be made to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent online to www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


A. Dolores Cromie, 80, Spears Street, Canton, died on October 1, 2011 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be October 7, 2011 at 12 Noon, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Funeral services for A. Dolores Cromie, 80, of Spears Street will be held on Friday, Oct. 7th at 12 Noon at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. William G. Hart officiating. Calling hours will be Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Gouverneur. Dolores died Sat., October 1, 2011 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital with her family by her side after a brief stay Born April 26, 1931 in Pittsburgh, PA daughter of Francis and Lois (McClinton) Roche, she graduated Saranac Lake High School. On September 6, 1949 she married Robert G. Cromie in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Cromie died June 7, 1990 and was a Mathematics Professor at St. Lawrence University for 33 years. Dolores worked for United Helpers Canton Nursing Home from Dec of 1973 retiring in Dec. 1992. She worked entirely in the Physical Therapy Dept. starting as an assistant and promoted to Supervisor in 1984. In June of 1982 she received her NYS P.T. Assistant license and she was in the first class offered by the state. Dolores was very fond of her two grandchildren and her pets. She also enjoyed shopping, knitting and spending time in her home. Surviving are her son, David Cromie of Loon Lake; daughter, Diane (Ron) Aldous of Canton; two grandchildren, Ashley Alexandra Phillips and Camden Robert Aldous; two sisters, Lois Jean Blackmon of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina and Lorraine Margaret Smith of Saranac Lake, NY. Dolores was predeceased by her husband and two sons, Robert Donald in 1954 and Peter Andrew in 1959. Memorial Contributions may be made to Cystic Fibrosis, Central NY Chapter, 5818 E. Molloy Rd., Syracuse, NY 13211 or Ogdensburg SPCA, 6718 New York 68 Ogdensburg, NY 13669-4199.


Doug Fry, 53, Dean Road, Russell, died on September 15, 2011 at his home in Clare. The funeral will be September 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM, at the Pleasant View Cemetery.

Douglas Melvin “Doug” Fry, 53, of Dean Road, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at his home while under the care of his wife, family and Hospice. Born December 14, 1957 in Potsdam, son of Myron M. and Iris J. (Moore) Fry he graduated from Knox Memorial in 1976. On July 4, 1993 he married Frances Jessmer in the town of Clare on the river by Justice of the Peace Harold Giffin. Doug’s most recent employment was with Curran’s Logging in Massena as a feller and skidder operator. Prior to that, he worked for Steve Post Logging, Colton, the Town of Clare, Moongate Nursing Home, Best Western and Koss Tire in Syracuse. He also helped take care of Pleasant View Cemetery in DeGrasse, donated his time to the Degrasse Methodist Church and was willing to help a friend in need. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, the outdoors and carpentry. Surviving in addition to his wife and parents, two sons, Joshua and Matthew Fry; step-children, Cathy (Kenny) LaTray, Peter (Nora Janack) Cook and Andrew (Kassie)Cook, Leo (Bonnie Hooper)Swartfigure, Leona (Edgar Blackmer)Swartfigure and Richard Schwartfigure and Rebecca (Skip) Compo; two sisters, Deborah Bishop and Darlene Bristol; four grandchildren, 16 step-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a step-son Leland Cook. Calling hours will be Sunday from 2-4 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Graveside services will be held Monday at 11:00 AM in Pleasant View Cemetery, Degrasse with Rev. William Hart officiating. Luncheon will follow at the Degrasse Fire Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to the Degrasse U.M. Church, Living Memorial Fund, c/o Iris J. Fry, 2473 C.R. 27, Russell, NY 13684 or the Degrasse Fire Department, P.O. Box 597, Russell, NY 13684.


Emma D. Rose, 98, Farmer Street, Canton, died on Aug 24, 2011 at her home. The funeral will be Sept 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Emma D. Rose, 98, of Farmer Street, died Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at her home. She was the wife of the late Wesley W. Rose (4/11/70). A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 17 at 11:15 am at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Kathleen Buckley officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 am, prior to the service. Born Feb. 8, 1913 in Massena, NY daughter of Paul and Elsie (McClymont) Drew, she graduated Massena Schools in 1930. On October 18, 1939 she married Wesley W. Rose. Emma was and Administrative Assistant to the Dean for Canton A.T.I., retiring at the age of 75. On June 10, 2011 she was inducted into the SUNY Canton Hall of Fame. She was a devoted Canton College hockey fan, housing players and traveling with the team. She was a member of the EJ Noble Hospital Guild, a Red Cross Nurses’ Aid, an avid bowler and member of Gray Lanes; she competed in numerous state tournaments. She enjoyed her time spent at the cottage at Alex Bay and in St. Petersburg, FL. Surviving are her daughters, Sue Bullock of Canton, NY and Margaret “Peg” Healy of Florida; ten grandchildren, Glenn (Jeff), Joe, Amy, Meg, Beth, Kate, Rus, Tim, Paul and Patrick and twenty four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Wesley and infant twin sons William and Robert, her parents Paul Drew and Elsie Ramsey, a sister Pauline Drew, her son-in-law Harold “Hal” Bullock and a great-grandson Drew Aldous.


Mahlon M. Hance, 92, formerly of State Hwy 310, Canton, died on September 6, 2011 at Highland Nursing Home in Massena. The funeral will be September 10, 2011 at 2:15 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Mahlon M. Hance, 92, formerly of State Hwy 310, Canton, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 at Highland Nursing Home in Massena where he was a resident with his wife since September 2008. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10th at 2:15 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Calling hours will be Saturday from Noon to 2:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Canton. Born September 8, 1918 in DeKalb Junction, son of Fredrick J. and Harriet (Deraway) Hance, he attended DeKalb Rural Schools. On June 28, 1940 he married Ruth Preston at the Canton United Methodist Church with Rev. Walter Dobbie as celebrant. The couple just celebrated their 71st Wedding Anniversary by renewing their vows. Mahlon worked security for ALCOA in Massena for five years, drove truck for Canton Oil Company in the 1940’s and 50’s, drove feed truck for Fred LaFlair through Agway nine years and worked for Canton Agway Feed Plant from 71 to the mid 80’s when he retired. He enjoyed playing softball in the 50’s and 60’s, he coached women’s softball for six years and was a member of the Canton Bowling Assn. for 38 years. Surviving are his wife Ruth of Massena, two daughters, Sheila A. (Howard) Worden of Henrietta and Sandra L. (Terry) Moulton of Madrid; one son Wayne (Laurie) Hance of Canton; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Gary L., three sisters and two brothers. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to United Church of Madrid 39 Main Street, Madrid, NY 13660 ,Highland Nursing Home, 182 Highland Road, Massena, NY 13662 or Canton Alzheimer’s Support Group, 205 State Street Road, Canton, NY 13617 Attn: Kim McFaddin.


Ronald Fountain, 52, County Route 27, Degrasse, died on Aug 10, 2011 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be a Special Day at a Special Time, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Ronald “Sarge” Fountain, 52, of Degrasse died Wed, August 10, 2011 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Private Funeral Services will be held at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with burial in Hermon Cemetery. Born Aug 29, 1958 in Canton son of Arnold B. and Emma R. (Loop) Fountain he attended Knox Memorial. Ronnie served in the US Army from 1977- 1981 as a mechanic/ truck driver. Upon his honorable discharge he drove truck with his father, Fountain Trucking, later for Harry Harmer and George Transfer in Parkton, MD and most recently with RELCO for the past 15 years. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his two children, Christine L. and Kyle J. Fountain of Russell; a brother Mike and wife Kelly of Hermon; his maternal grandparents, Fay and Iva Loop of S. Russell; two nieces Jennifer and Nicole and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother Greg (1978). Memorial Contributions may be made to Center for Cancer Care, 50 Leroy Street, Potsdam, NY 13676.


Evan Donnelly, Sr., 89, 37 Riverside Drive, Canton, died on July 23, 2011 at his home. The funeral will be a Special Date at a Special Time, at the Morley Cemtery.

Evan Donnelly, Sr., 89, of 37 Riverside Drive, Canton, died on July 23, 2011 at his home while under the care of Hospice and his loving family. He was born in West Hoboken, NJ on September 8, 1921 and lived in Canton, with his wife, since 2001. He is survived by his wife, Alice, of 68 years. A devoted and loving granddaughter, Janelle Wardwell and son Kyle of Lake City, Florida. His five children: Marie Kielly (David) of Canton, Evan Jr. (Marilyn) of Canton, GA, Bruce (Diane) of Kittery, ME, Lois Welch of Lebanon, NH and Robert (Lawrie) of White River Jct., VT. Also survived by numerous grandchildren. He served his country during World War II in the Army-Air Force from 1942-46. Private family graveside service at Morley Cemetery. Lawrence Funeral Home Canton is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions maybe made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.


E. Jane McEwen, 94, formerly of Howardville Road, Canton, died on July 10, 2011 at Maplwood Campus. The funeral will be July 13, 2011 at 11:15 AM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Calling hours will be Wednesday from 10-11:00 AM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with funeral services to follow at 11:15 AM with Rev. William Hart officiating. Burial will be in Beech Plains Cemetery. Born July 5, 1917, in Canton, NY, daughter of Carl H. and Ruth (Howard) Stone, she graduated Potsdam High School in 1935. On Dec. 21, 1936, she married Charles S. McEwen at the Methodist Parsonage in Potsdam. Charles died in April 27, 2003. “Jane” and her husband ran the family dairy farm for 34 years. She also served as Justice of the Peace in the Town of Pierrepont for a number of years, worked for the St. Lawrence County Office of the Aging and was Director of the Ombudsman Program for thirteen years, retiring in 1998 at the age of 80. Jane was also a member of the Community Club in Pierrepont and a Charter Member of the Pierrepont Fire Dept Ladies Auxillary. She enjoyed spending quality time with her grandchildren, gardening and cooking as well as entertaining friends and neighbors with coffee and sweets and playing card games. Surviving are her daughter Sharon J. Camp and husband Robert of Canton; three grandchildren, Randy, Steven and Kathy; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Snyder and husband Eugene of Hannawa Falls and Marilyn Scanlon and husband Lawrence of Hannawa Falls; one brother, Robert Stone and wife Linda of Potsdam and a sister-in-law, Sarah Stone of Potsdam. In addition to her husband she was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Vanderburg and a brother, Richard Stone. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pierrepont Fire Dept, 62 Old County Road, Canton, NY 13617, Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676 or to Maplewood Campus Recreation Fund, 205 State Street Road, Canton, NY 13617.


Maynard W. Dutcher, 93, Howe Blvd, Canton, died on July 9, 2011 at Maplewood Campus. The funeral will be June 13, 2011 at 4:15 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Maynard W. “Dutch” Dutcher, 93, of Canton, died Sat, July 9, 2011, at Maplewood Nursing Home, Canton. Maynard was born Aug. 28, 1917, in Seneca Falls, NY, son of Ray Holbrook and Elia Moss Dutcher. He attended Syracuse elementary schools and graduated from Onondoga Academy in 1936. Later he graduated from the first four-year class of Buffalo Pharmacy School in 1941, after which he was employed as a sales representative by Upjohn Pharmaceutical Co. in Detroit until his induction into the Army at Camp Grant, Rockford, IL in June 1943. Serving overseas from Dec. 1943 through Oct. 1945 with the 9th Medical Battalion, 9th Infantry Division, Maynard received 5 Bronze Stars for participation in the Normandy, France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe campaigns. Although he never discussed his WWII experiences, in later years he thoroughly enjoyed the TV series “Mash”, a reminder of his tent-hospital days as a medical Staff Sgt. After his army separation, he resumed work with Upjohn. In 1949 “Dutch” joined Walter E. Russell Pharmacy. He eventually purchased the business in 1961 and in 1967 moved it from its longtime Main Street location to the Midtown Shopping Plaza. Maynard was very involved with the revival of the Canton Chamber of Commerce in 1967, and served as its president and later director. He was also past member of the Canton Development Corp and was a public member of the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Board. He was a member of the Lions Club, St. Lawrence Golf Club, Canton Ski Club, American Cancer Society, and both the Oak Pt. and Blind Bay Associations. He served on the board of the First National Bank of Canton before its sale to Chase Manhattan Bank. He was a communicant of both the Canton United Methodist Church and the Northminster Presbyterian Church of Sarasota, FL. Through the years “Dutch” became a self-taught carpenter, building his Canton home, refinishing antiques and after purchasing Crossover Island on the St. Lawrence River in 1971, he began the 31 year restoration of the buildings and lighthouse. He retired from pharmacy in 1982, sold Crossover in 2002, thereafter spending winters in Sarasota. While stationed at Camp Grant, he met Betty Jo Hurlbert, daughter of Erma and L. Parker Hurlbert. Sixty four years ago July 12, 1947, they married in the Harlem Methodist Church of Rockford. Along with his wife, Maynard is survived by daughter Andrea Dutcher, Ithaca, NY; son Ray (Peggy) of Wellesley, MA; three grandchildren, Scott Dutcher (Hillary) of St. Louis, MO; Kristin Dutcher Jonash (Ben) of Boston, MA; Abigail Dutcher Murray (Marine Capt. Robert) Quantico, VA and great grandson Charles R. Dutcher, St. Louis, MO. Also, he is survived by nine nieces and nephews in Illinois and Wisconsin. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 2-4 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with a memorial service to follow at 4:15 PM with Theodore Linn officiating. Those wishing may donate to Canton Rescue, 77 Riverside Drive, Canton, NY 13617, Northminster Presbyterian Church of Sarasota, FL or to the Canton United Methodist Church or a charity of one’s choice.


Elsie R. Tupper, 91, State Street, Canton, died on July 7, 2011 at her home. The funeral will be July 10, 2011 at a Special Time, at the Evergreen Cemetery.

Born Feb 2, 1920 in Canton, daughter of George W. and Florence (Howard) Tupper, she graduated Canton High in 1937. In 1941 she received her B.A. from St. Lawrence University and then her Masters of Education in 1951. She later did Graduate Study at Potsdam State University and at The University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 1971. Elsie was quite active while in school. At St. Lawrence University she was a member of the SLU Club, the French Club, Chapel Choir, Pi Beta Phi and was a reporter for the News Bureau and the Hill News. She also was the Winner of the “L” Pin for outstanding athlete in 1941 and she was elected to the SLU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1972. While on the Chair College Assembly at SUNY Elsie was an advisor to the cheerleaders and advisor to Pi Nu Epsilon. She was also a member of Phi Delta Kappa, a professional fraternity in education and she was a member of the National Ski Patrol w/ avalanche training and a member of the 70+ Ski Club. Elsie was first employed by the New York State Public School System working in Cleveland, NY, Marcellus, Carthage, Madrid-Waddington and Canton. She also worked at Idaho High, Mountain Home, Idaho from 1954-55 and for State University of New York from 1963-1980 from which she retired. Elsie was predeceased by her siblings, LaVerne, Howard and Horton Tupper and Helen Tupper Poole. She will be remembered by her three nieces, Mary, Barbara and Jade and four nephews, Stephen, Jon, Evan and Brian. The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 10th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Private Graveside Services will be held in the Evergreen Cemetery, Canton. Following Elsie’s wishes, the family would like memorial contributions to be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Rte 11, Potsdam, NY 13676 or to The Canton Free Library, 6 Park Street, Canton, NY 13617.


Thomas M. Jeanette, 64, County Rte 17, S. Russell, died on May 13, 2011 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be May 17, 2011 at 6:15 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Calling hours will be Tuesday from 4-6 PM at the funeral home. Mr. Jeanette died Friday, May 13th at Canton-Potsdam Hospital after being stricken at his home earlier in the day. Born July 3, 1946 in Kalamazoo, MI son of Thomas W. Jeanette and Thelma Fifield Ordway, he graduated Knox Memorial School and later earned a degree in business accounting from Roethel’s Business School in Ogdensburg. On October 21, 1966 he married Eleanor “Ellie” Baxter at the Russell U.M. Church with Rev. Houghton as celebrant. Ellie predeceased him on October 20, 2010. Tom was at one time in charge of maintenance at Whippoorwill Restaurant in Russell. He was a member of the Emerald City Marine Corp. League, a volunteer for the Toys for Tots Program for many years and was a huge supporter of D.C.S.R. Volunteer Fire Dept. Tom was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed casino gambling, tinkering in his garage and hanging out with “the gang” at the diner. He will be remembered by his two sons and daughters-in-law, Timothy O. and Kimberly Jeanette and Barry G. and Courtney Jeanette both of South Russell; five grandchildren, Richard, Brandi, Dylon, Jordan and Kyanne; one sister, Yvonne Simmons of Fowler and a number of step and half brothers and sisters. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Russell Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 536, Russell, NY, 13684 and DCSR Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 597, Russell, NY 13684.


Mildred N. Barkley, 88, 5274 C.R. 24, Pierrepont, died on April 22, 2011 at her home in Pierrepont. The funeral will be April 26, 2011 at 11:00 AM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Mildred N. “Millie” Barkley, 88, of 5274 County Route 24, died Friday, April 22, 2011 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born April 2, 1923 in Pyrites, daughter of Maurice and Gaynell Crary, she attended DeKalb Junction School. While working “Millie” was employed as a Home Health Aide. On October 2, 1939 she married John Raycraft at her sister Leona Capalario’s house in Canton by Eugene Anthony. John served in the Army during WWII serving in Japan from 1944-46. He worked for J&L Steel in Star Lake for 27 years until his death, August 5, 1971. She later married Howard Barkley of Ogdensburg, on July 23, 1977 at St. Mary’s Church in Canton by Rev. G. Billmeyer. Howard was a WWII veteran serving in Panama. He died July 23, 1993. Mildred was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxillary and the Community Club for years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church and attended the Free Assoc. Church in Pierrepont. She bought the home of her grandparent’s, Robert and Millie Crary, the home she lived in as a child. She was a homemaker and gardener, canning 1000 jars a year. She also raised beef and chickens at one time. Surviving are a son John Capalario; six grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; three brothers, George, Ralph and Kenneth; three sisters, Gaynell Rawley, Thelma Seifredsberger and Irene Timm. She will also be remembered by JoAnn Coffey and the late Joey Capalario whom she was a second mother to. She was predeceased by her son, Donald Raycraft (March 2010); her step-mother, Jennie Crary (March 2004); three brothers, Lyle, Lawrence and Lloyd and two sisters, Veleta Cuthburt and Leona Capalario. The family will receive friends on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Revs. John & Donna Clark officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Plains Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Pierrepont Fire Dept. 62 Old County Road, Canton, NY 13617, Colton Rescue Squad, PO Box 304, Colton, NY 13625 or Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676. Condolences may be sent online to www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


Harold G. Hal Bullock, 76, Farmer Street, Canton, died on April 19, 2011 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be Friday, April 22, 2011 at 10:00 AM, at the Gunnison Chapel on the campus of St. Lawrence University.

Harold G. “Hal” Bullock, 76, of Farmer Street died April 19, 2011 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Born July 21, 1934 in the family home in Edwards, son of the late Glenn Ira and Louise Estell (VanBuren) Bullock, he graduated Knox Memorial in 1952 and later from West Virginia Wesley University with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1958. “Hal” was a veteran of the US Air Force serving from 1958-1962 and on September 4, 1965 he married Sue Catherine Rose at Gunnison Chapel on the campus of St. Lawrence University. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a chemist for Massena Memorial Hospital and Since 1980 he owned and operated the family dairy farm, the “GHAMES Farms” in Edwards. Hal was a past member of the Canton Club Bowling Team for 30 plus years and he and his wife, Sue, were members of the Friday Nite Diner’s Club at the St. Lawrence Inn, Canton. He also enjoyed shuffleboard, hunting, farming, traveling and snowmobiling. Surviving in addition to his wife Sue of Canton are his two sons, Glenn “Jeff” and wife Sheila of Russell and Harold “Joe” and fiancee Terri of Canton; four daughters, Penny LaClair of Laguna Niguel, CA, Amy Bortnick and husband Chip, Margaret “Meg” Aldous and husband Brad and Elizabeth “Beth” Larrabee and husband Rob all of Canton; sixteen grandchildren and one great grandchild; six sisters and five brothers-in-law, Agnes and Harry Smithers, Leona and Paul Baker, Lois McAllester, Mary Jane and Earl Knight, Joyce and Bill Cooper and Anna and Dick McCormick; four brothers, James and Ruth , Clifford and Sally, Charles and Sue and Herb and Scottie and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a grandson Drew and a sister Margaret. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Funeral will be Friday at 10:00 AM at Gunnison Chapel, St. Lawrence University w/ Chaplain Kathleen Buckley officiating. Burial will be in Brick Chapel Cemetery, Canton. The family desires memorial contributions be made to National Childhood Cancer Society 1 South Memorial Drive, Suite 800, St. Louis, MO 63102 or to Canton Rescue, 77 Riverside Drive, Canton, NY 13617. Condolences may be sent online to www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


Jean Ellen White Matthews, 87, formerly of Canton Street Hermon, died on Friday, April 8, 2011 at Mercy Nursing Home in Watertown. The funeral will be April 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Jean Ellen White Matthews, 87, of Canton Street, died Friday, April 8, 2011 at Mercy Nursing Home in Watertown. Born February 3, 1924 in Madrid, NY daughter of Florence(Fleming) and Leon White. One of twelve siblings, she graduated from Madrid High School, where she was a 1st Head – Drum Majorette. She will be remembered by her four sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Tina Matthews of Hermon, Dennis and Elaine Matthews of Hermon, Dale and Rose Matthews of DeKalb Jct. and Douglas and Darlene Matthews of Pyrites; two daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah and Peter Sovie of Watertown and Kimberly and Richard Chase of Hermon; one sister, Betty Moulton of Waddington and numerous grand and great-grandchildren. Jean was employed as a Nurses Aide for Hepburn Hospital in Ogdensburg for 27 years, then as a physiotherapy aide for Cedars Nursing Home. She also had traveled to Wyoming where she worked as an aide. After returning to the area, Jean did Home Health Care work in Black Lake, Carthage and Hermon. She was very active in several Senior Citizens Organizations, in County Council, was a Director to State Wide Senior Action Council in Albany, and was a member of Onbudsman. No matter what she was doing, she was still a full-time Mom and grandmother. She was always available for hands on assistance or advice as needed. In the past, she enjoyed being a 4-H leader, and Chaperone for Hermon-DeKalb Marching Band for seven years. She was presented with a dozen red roses in appreciation of all she did for the band. Jean also enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting and made quilts for her grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 2 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Michael P. Catanzaro officiating. Calling hours are from 12 noon to 2 PM prior to the service. Burial will be held at a later date in Fairview Cemetery, Canton. Memorial Contributions may be made to: the Russell Rescue, P.O. Box 536, Russell, NY 13684 and Hermon Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 177, Hermon, NY 13652.


Priscilla A. Bradley, 71, County Route 35, Canton, died on March 29, 2011 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital ER. The funeral will be a special time, at the Crary Mills Cemetery.

Priscilla A. Bradley, 71, of Crary Mills died unexpectedly on March 29, 2011 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Born November 30, 1939, in Canton, NY the daughter of Gerald and Ruth (Briggs) Ames, she attended Canton Schools. She was employed as a waitress all her life retiring in 2004. Priscilla will be remembered by her companion of 36 years, Paul Sanderson; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Jack “Herb” Locey and wife Karen of Eben and Ronald Locey of Crary Mills; four grandchildren, Jack and Joshua of Eben and Kara and Jordan of Crary Mills and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Three brothers, Walter, Amaranth and Gerald “Charlie” and three sisters, Nellie Smith, Hazel Burrell and Lovella Ames predeceased her. Priscilla enjoyed gardening, Bingo and her grandkids. Following her wishes calling hours and graveside services will be held privately. The family requests memorial contributions be sent to the Crary Mills Tri-Town Community Center, c/o Pat Matthews, 6346 C.R. 27, Lot 9, Canton, NY 13617. Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton is handling arrangements and Condolences may be sent to www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


Lucy Gail Smith, 67, Butternut Ridge Road, Pierrepont, died on March 25, 2011 at Fletcher-Allen University Hospital in Burlington. The funeral will be March 30, 2011 at 4:00 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Lucy Gail Smith, 67, of Butternut Ridge Road, Pierrepont who died Friday, March 25, 2011 at Fletcher-Allen University Hospital in Burlington, VT, will be Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Msgr. Robert H. Aucoin officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral. Born July 31, 1943 in DeKalb Junction, NY, daughter of Irwin and Laurastein Stevens, she attended Hermon-DeKalb Ctrl School, later receiving her G.E.D. On October 17, 1964, she married David L. Smith in DeKalb Junction. Mr. Smith died April 6, 2002. Lucy enjoyed working as a Home Health Aide for Health Services of Northern NY for the past five years. She also was known as a talented seamstress and artist. She was a dedicated 4-H Leader for a number of years and a volunteer for the American Cancer Society. Lucy had a strong love of horses, liked taking long walks w/ her companion Kenny, skiing, being in the outdoors and was always willing to try something new. She enjoyed spending time w/ friends, being in the company of her children and held her grandchildren especially close. She is survived by her children, David A. Smith of Pyrites, Purity (Adam) Mason of Lafayette, IN and Media (Jeff) Caron of Saratoga Springs, NY; six grandchildren, Dillon and Brody Smith, Sydney Rutledge and Devin Mason and Abigail and Samuel Caron; one brother, Irwin J. Stevens; two sisters, Hazel (David) McDonald and Susan Smith. She will also be remembered by her companion Kenneth Willard. She was predeceased by three brothers, Dexter, Donald and Arthur Stevens. The family desires memorial contributions be sent to either the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057 or to Alzheimer’s Assoc., 120 Washington St., Suite 419, Watertown, NY 13601.


Alan J. Clark, 73, formerly of Canton, NY, died on March 2, 2011 at a Nursing Home in Pittsburgh, PA. The funeral will be a special time, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Alan J. Clark, 73, of Pittsburgh, PA, died March 2, 2011. Born November 18, 1937 in Canton, NY, he was the son of the late Harold and Edgarita Clark. Mr. Clark was a Pharmacist in Las Vegas, where he owned his own pharmacy for many years. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason of which he was proud of. He will be remembered by a daughter, Alicia Evans of Pasco. WA and a niece Jane Sefcik of Loudon, TN. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family with interment in Fairview Cemetery, Canton in the Spring. Lawrence Funeral home is handling arrangements.


Richard J. Briggs, 72, formerly of Crary Mills, died on February 24, 2011 at his home in Potsdam. The funeral will be March 3, 2011 at 4:00 PM, at the Crary Mills Presbyterian Church.

Memorial Services for, 72 year old, Richard J. “Dick” Briggs, formerly of Crary Mills, will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 4:00 PM at the Crary Mills Presbyterian Church with Revs. John & Donna Clark officiating. Richard died Thursday, February 24th at his home while under the care of his family and Hospice. Born July 5, 1938 in Potsdam, son of William and Mary Briggs, he attended Canton schools until the death of his father in 1957, at which time he took over the family farm. On August 11, 1961, he married Shirley Fifield in the Crary Mills Church with Rev. Bowers as celebrant. “Dick” was a past member of the Crary Mills Church, Playground Assoc., Community Center and 4-H. He enjoyed hunting, reading Western paperback books, making maple syrup and was an avid fisherman. He will be remembered by his wife Shirley; his children “Ricky” W. (Ellen) Briggs, Libby A. (Howard) Kinch and Randy G. Briggs; three sisters, Clara Besaw, Cora (Jr.) Pharoah and Carolyn (Jerry) Maloney; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother William Briggs, a sister Lucille Jenack and an infant granddaughter Chantal. The family desires contributions to go to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.


MSGT Robert Lee Burden, 70, Goldsboro, NC, died on February 12, 2011 at Pitt Community Memorial Hospital in Greenville, NC. The funeral will be February 17, 2011 at 10:30 AM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Funeral services for 70 year old MSGT Robert Lee Burden (Ret USAF) will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:30 AM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Pastor Donna Doig officiating. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 5-8 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Beech Plains Cemetery in the Spring. Mr. Burden died Saturday, February 12th at the Pitt Community Memorial Hospital in Greenville, NC. Surviving are his wife Janet (Matthews) Burden of Goldsboro, NC; two sons, Robb Lynn Burden and wife Jennifer of Roanoke, VA and Derek Richard Burden and wife Saunya of Bella Vista, AR; one daughter, Teresa Ann Martz of Walstonburg, NC; two brothers, Frank Burden and Kenneth Jessmon, Jr. and wife Glenda; seven grandchildren, Fletcher Burden, Magnolia Burden, Kraig Rutherford, Kile Courtney-Burden, Carin Martz, Daniel Martz and Breanna Martz. He was pre-deceased by his step-father, Kenneth Jessmon and two brothers, Wayne and Larry Burden. Born May 13, 1940 in Coffeeville, MS son of the late Clifton B. and Mary K. (Lyles) Burden, a veteran of the US Air Force serving from 1958-1978, attaining the rank of Master Sgt. After his honorable discharge he attended college for automotive and opened his own repair shop, named “Bob’s Garage” (1978-2005). On December 6, 1971 in Phoenix, AZ he married Janet Lee Matthews. A few of Robert’s interests included camping with the Boy Scouts, fishing and restoring classic cars. Memorial contributions may be made to: The American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyon Street, P.O. Box #7, East Syracuse, NY 13057


M. Everett Aldous, 63, 644 Selleck Road, Canton, died on February 8, 2011 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be February 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

M. Everrett Aldous, 63, of Selleck Road, died unexpectedly at Canton-Potsdam Hospital after being stricken at his home. Born April 29, 1947 in Canton, NY, he graduated Canton High School in 1965. Shortly after high school, Everett went to work for General Electric in Syracuse and was drafted to the US Army and served in Vietnam from 1966-68. Upon returning home from Vietnam, Everett joined the Local 545 Union out of Syracuse and worked as a heavy equipment operator. On April 6, 1968, he married Janet Ames at St. Mary’s Church in Canton. Being an outdoorsman, Everett enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, producing maple syrup and working in the woods. He also enjoyed playing cards and shuffleboard. He was a member of the VFW Post #1230, Canton and past member of the Brunner Hill Hunt Club. Everett will be remembered by his wife of 42 years, Janet of Canton; two sons, Everett J. of Canton and Bradford C. and wife Margaret “Meg” of Canton; five grandchildren, Nathan, Ryan, Joshua, Sara and Ashley; his golden retriever, “Charlie” and his grand-puppy, “Jake”. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 12th at 2:00 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Fr. Douglas Lucia officiating. Calling hours will be Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Brick Chapel Cemetery in the Spring. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Childhood Cancer Society, One South Memorial Drive, Suite 800, Saint Louis, MO 63102.


Linda Lou McDonald, 57, Laurel Terrace, Massena, died on February 3, 2011 at her home in Massena. The funeral will be February 7, 2011 at 7:15 PM, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Linda Lou McDonald, 57, of Laurel Terrace, died unexpectedly on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at her home. Born December 18, 1953 in Potsdam, NY, daughter of Dale B. and the late Theresa Mae (Bush) McDonald, she graduated Massena High School in 1972. Surviving in addition to her father, Dale, are her two sons, Robert F. Lytle, Jr. and Jonathan Dale Lytle; a daughter, Renee McGregor and husband Chris; four grandchildren, Jonathan Lytle, Jr., Breanna Love, Jessalyn McGregor and Christopher McGregor, II all of Massena; one sister, Judy Lynn McDonald of Watertown. Linda was employed as an aide for Cedars Nursing Home in Ogdensburg and Highland Nursing Home in Massena. Most recently she was a caretaker for a special needs gentleman in Massena. She enjoyed shopping and most notably, spending time with her children and grandchildren. Calling hours will be Monday from 6-7 PM at the Lawrence Funeral Home, 21 Park Street, Canton. The funeral will be held on Monday at 7:15 PM at the funeral home with Rev. David McDonald officiating. Interment will be held privately at a later date. Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 6390 Fly Rd # 2, East Syracuse, NY 13057-9366


Lewis Henry Newvine, 93, Eddy Pyrites Road, Canton, died on January 30, 2011 at Spicer Adult Home in Canton. The funeral will be in the spring at a special time, at the the family plot in East Islip, NY.

Lewis Henry Newvine, 93, died January 30, 2010 at the Spicer Adult Home in Canton, where he had been a resident since July of 2009. Lewis was born January 25, 1918 in the family farmhouse located on the Hermon Road in the rural township of Dekalb, NY. Being the first-born to George and Mary Whitney Newvine, Lewis soon found that this position in the family brought along many unwanted responsibilities. He was required to tend to farm chores at an early age, and later came to despise the farm. Soon, sisters Rosella, Margaret, and Mary joined the family and later a brother, George. Lewis attended a one-room school and soon found the joy of reading and writing. He realized his potential as a student and was able to move up two grade levels. Graduating from Richville High School at the top of his class, he had a strong desire to attend college, aspiring to be an architect. However, he was only 16 years old, money was scarce and college was out of the question. Always yearning to learn, Lew enrolled in a post graduate program at his high school and even played basketball for a fifth year. An acquaintance of Lew’s gave him the name of a supervisor at a state hospital on Long Island. The 17 year old announced his decision to set out the following day and hitch-hiked to Long Island, a distance of 425 miles. Lew remembered that a milk truck driver took him most of the way to New York City. After a couple of days, he arrived at Pilgrim State Hospital in Brentwood, Long Island, and was hired. He later worked at Kings Park State Hospital. On December 25, 1944 he married Margaret “Dodee” Johnston in St. John’s Catholic Church in Central Islip. Lewis, still with a strong desire to attend architectural school, he enrolled at Hofstra University on Long Island. He attended classes during the daytime and worked as ward supervisor at the ‘psych center’ at night. Lewis graduated from Hofstra and began designing homes. He preferred the Usonian style, especially that of Frank Lloyd Wright and spent numerous vacations traveling out West to visit homes designed by Wright. In the 1970s, he designed and built his vacation home at Sylvia Lake in the Wright-style. Lew and Dodee’s only child, Kathryn Marie Newvine was born December 23, 1945. She graduated from high school in 1963, and was married to Tom Palmer (son of a well-known photographer) that same year. Three daughters were born to the Palmers: Sandra in 1965, Susan in 1967, and Karyn in 1975. Tom and Kathy had invested in a small Cessna airplane, and flew as a family whenever they had the time. Just after Thanksgiving in November of 1977, on a return trip from visiting friends in Ohio, the Cessna iced up and crashed in Salem, Indiana. All five Palmers were killed instantly! Lewis and wife Dodee were devastated. Their entire family was snuffed out in an instant! By 1980, both Lew and Dodee were retired, and they moved from their home in Central Islip to Florida. They bought a condo in the Delray Beach area, and later moved to Port Orange, FL. In Florida, Lew continued sitting at his drafting table every day for nearly thirty years, and produced an amazing collection of drawings. Most of the homes that he designed have been built in the Orlando, Daytona Beach and Port Orange areas. He also designed churches, restaurants and businesses all over Volusia County. After the death of his wife on July 25, 2009, Lewis relocated back to the North Country, to the Spicer Adult Home in the town of Canton. Lewis is survived by two sisters, Rosella Liscum of Ogdensburg and Margaret O’Donnell of Murphy, NC; two brothers-in-law, Joseph Johnston of Lady Lake, FL and Philip Carpenter of Hermon; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Newvine of Port Orange; and several nieces and nephews, including, Doreen Virgil and husband Mike of East Islip, NY and Reginald Liscum and his wife Judy of Canton and Morristown. Besides his immediate family, Lewis was predeceased by his parents, brother George, and sister, Mary Carpenter. According to his wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral service. A graveside service for both Lewis and his wife will be held in the spring. Their ashes will be buried next to their beloved daughter Kathy and her family in Central Islip, NY. Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to www.lawrencefuneralhome.org. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.


H. Sargent Whittier, Jr., 75, Old DeKalb Road, Canton, died on January 23, 2011 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. The funeral will be January 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM, at the Gunnison Chapel on the Campus of St. Lawrence University.

H. Sargent Whittier, Jr. died Sunday evening January 23, 2011. He was 75. Sarge was born September 8, 1935 in Melrose, Massachusetts. He was predeceased by his father H. Sargent Whittier, his mother Isabel Moir Whittier, his step-mother Ila Peel Whittier, a step-brother Harold Crowell, and step-sisters Ola Crowell Bradbury and Laura Crowell Fisher. He is survived by his wife of forty-eight years, Lynn Bailey Whittier, two sons and their families Andy, Kristen, Kelsea, and Laurel Whittier of Canton, and Pete, Katie, Christopher, and Brooke Whittier of Charlottesville, Virginia; a brother and sister-in-law John and Sheila Whittier of Kingston, New Hampshire, a step sister-in-law Esther Crowell of Peabody, Massachusetts; as well as a large extended family and countless friends. Sarge came to Canton in 1953 to attend St. Lawrence University where he majored in economics and tended goal for the skating Saints. After he graduated in 1957 he served his country in the United States Army remaining with the Active Reserves for many years. He returned to Canton in 1960 where he lived for the rest of his life. Sarge went to work for the Aetna Casualty and Surety Company before returning to his alma mater. He had a long and successful career at St. Lawrence University in Alumni Relations and Development. He served as Vice President for Development from 1977 until he left St. Lawrence to join the fundraising consulting firm Barnes & Roche, Inc. in 1988. He was honored by his alma mater in 1988 with an alumni citation. In 1999, a group of his former colleagues surprised him by naming a study room in the Owen D. Young Library for their beloved mentor and friend. He retired from full time work in 2000 and remained associated with Barnes & Roche until his death. Sarge was active in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as a frequent speaker, board member, and Chairman. He was awarded the Hesburgh Medal for service to CASE and he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from CASE in 2007. In 1984, he was awarded one of the first Fulbright Fellowships to a college administrator, to study and teach at the University of Leeds, England. Throughout his life, Sarge was active in the greater Canton community. He served on the boards of the Canton-Potsdam Hospital, the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Foundation, and the Frederic Remington Art Museum. Many other organizations benefitted from his wise counsel and friendship. The Whittier home was a gathering place for students, faculty members, and friends of all ages. A service celebrating Sarge’s life will be held at Gunnison Chapel at St. Lawrence University on Friday January 28th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Lawrence University or the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Foundation. Condolences may be sent online to www.lawrencefuneralhome.org


Peter Emmy Bartman, 95, Clearwater, Florida, died on January 13, 2011 at Woodside Hospice House in Pinellas. The funeral will be June 11, 2011 at 10 am, at the St. Marys Church in Canton.

Peter Emerson Bartman passed away Thursday, January 13, 2011 at the age of 95. He died while under the care of his wife, Virginia, his two daughters, JoAnne and Judith and the Suncoast Hospice in St. Petersburg, FL. “Emmy”, as he was known, was predeceased by his wife, Bernetta who died in 1982 at the age of 65, a granddaughter, two sisters and two brothers. Emmy married Virginia James in 1986. He lived in Canton and Morristown for 75 years and owned and operated various businesses including the Nash and Rambler dealership on Riverside Drive and later Bartman’s Auto Parts at the same location. Emmy was active in various organizations including the Knights of Columbus and the Canton Volunteer Fire Department, where he was Chief for five years. He also volunteered for Hospice and Meals on Wheels. He loved his camp in Morristown and loved living in Florida the past 20 years. Emmy is survived by his wife Virginia, two daughters, JoAnne (Ron) Scott, Judith (Robert) Ruddy, five grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren. Family and Friends will celebrate Emmy’s Life at a funeral mass at St. Mary’s Church in Canton on June 11th at 10:00 AM. Those desiring may send memorial contributions to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Canton, NY 13617 or to Canton Fire & Rescue, 77 Riverside Drive, Canton, NY 13617.


Barbara Laspina, 86, Clear Water, FL, died January 14, 2011 at JFK Medical Center in Florida. The funeral will be January 19, 2011 at 11:15 am, at the Lawrence Funeral Home.

Barbara Rodee Laspina, 86, of West Palm Beach, Florida died early Friday January 14 after a brief hospitalization. Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Peter Laspina of West Palm Beach, Florida, sons and daughters Peter J. (Jo) Laspina, Barbara (Steve) Piazzo, Robert (Bonnie) Laspina, Mary (Mike) Stafford, Nancy (Tom) Brogan; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters Jessie Manitta, Janet Cook, Elaine Nelson, Phyllis Varco, and their families; and brothers Bernard Rodee and William Rodee and their families. She was predeceased by a grandson Joshua Laspina, a son James Laspina, and sisters Marie Zeh, Thelma Rodee, and infant sister Melba. Born June 8, 1924 at the family farm in Canton, NY, daughter of the late Bernard and Etta Rodee, she was a graduate of Canton High School, followed by Potsdam State Teachers College. It was in college that she was elected as the president of the St. Lawrence County 4H Council. This is quite a prestigious position for anyone, but especially being the first female from St. Lawrence County to achieve this, and then at a time when women didn’t often get these positions. After graduating from Potsdam in 1944, she accepted a teaching position in Central Islip, Long Island. It was quite an exciting trip to make for a girl raised on a dairy farm on the Canadian border all the way to Long Island. It was here, though, that she met her future husband, Peter C. Laspina. They married at Brick Chapel on July 23, 1950. She raised 6 children, was a Sunday School administrator, cub scout Den mother, elder in her church, full-time elementary school teacher, worked as a reading specialist and as an administrative intern. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. It was no surprise that Barbara should choose teaching as her profession. She loved children and had a passion for learning. As the second oldest of 9 children, her duties on the farm mainly involved helping raise the younger ones. An avid and passionate reader, Barbara could often be found rocking a cradle with her foot while reading a book, and maybe even cooking in the farm kitchen at the same time! Barbara had compassion and boundless energy for everyone. At home raising her own family, she always had time for a craft project, a classroom experiment, a new pet, a sick child, backyard summer barbecues with extended family, home-made dinners,…. the list is endless. She never turned down a request for help from her children or anyone, no matter what else she had going on, thus making everyone feel special, welcomed and loved. Nothing was more important to her than her family. She will be laid to rest at Brick Chapel Church, Canton, NY on Wednesday, January 19 following a viewing from 10 to 11:00 am and a funeral service at Lawrence’s Funeral Home, Canton, at 11:15 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Brick Chapel Cemetery, c/o William Rodee, 5431A CR 27, Canton, NY 13617; or the Youth Program, Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 4601 S. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach, FL 33405.