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Cass A. Burtis

Dan McClelland

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Cass A. Burtis, 54, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Riverledge Rehab. and Nursing in Ogdensburg.

A graveside service was held on Monday, October 7 at 1 p.m. at Hermon Cemetery and a pass a dish celebration of life will follow at the Hermon Fire Hall. Arrangements are with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.

Cass was born on April 10, 1965 in Gouverneur, the daughter of Robert and Joanne Armes Burtis.

She attended Gouverneur schools and graduated from Knox Memorial School.

Cass had worked in real estate and retail sales and enjoyed shopping, riding motorcycles, and spending time in the outdoors. She also enjoyed spending winters in Florida and donating time to Meals on Wheels.

She is survived by her fiance Darrell Isereau, her son Cayden Burtis of Utah, her mother Joanne and Robert Matott of DeKalb Jct., a brother Eric Burtis of Gouverneur, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is predeceased by her father.

Memorial donations in Cass’s memory are suggested to Meals on Wheels.

MaryAnne Snyder

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MaryAnne Snyder, 72, of Maple Avenue, passed away in the early hours of Monday, September 30, 2019 at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, with her loving family by her side.

The Snyder and MacTurk family extend their sincerest apology to the Hailesboro/Gouverneur community for not getting MaryAnne MacTurk Snyder’s obituary into the Gouverneur Tribune before now. Many made the trip on Saturday from St. Lawrence County and we’re hopeful that many who wanted to attend MaryAnne’s service, were able to attend. If you were not able to attend, but didn’t know in time or weren’t able to, you can still view her service that was streamed live from MaryAnne MacTurk Snyder’s Facebook page.

MaryAnne was born on June 9, 1947 in Gouverneur, New York, daughter of the late William Thomas and Barbara Jean (Lepper) MacTurk. She lived in Hailesboro, New York, and graduated from Gouverneur High School. She then attended and graduated from the Watertown School of Commerce. She came to live with her Aunt Carolyn and Uncle Charlie Fanning in Copenhagen, to babysit in exchange for room and board while she was attending school.

During this time, she met her sweetheart, Gerald, while he was practicing on the Copenhagen Drill Team. He asked her out for a date, to which she replied that she had to babysit. His response was, “We will bring them right with us!” She knew in that moment that he was a very special man…one that loved children. The couple married on May 17, 1969.

Over the years, she was the Village of Copenhagen Clerk, she worked for Jacob’s Pizza Parlor and she was also employed with Terry Groff Auto Repair and Towing Service.

She worked for several attorneys over the years including Attorney Spicer, Richard Hunt, Renee Renzi, and most recently, she was employed with Legal Aid Society and Legal Services in Watertown, NY.

MaryAnne raised monarch butterflies since she was a little girl in Hailesboro. Raising butterflies was truly her passion in life, having taught many people, young and old, how to properly raise and care for a monarch. Together, she and Gerald have raised over 200 monarch butterflies just this year. She will forever be known as the “Butterfly & Cotton Candy Lady.”

This year will be her 50th year as an active member of the Copenhagen Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and she was named the 2019 recipient of the Member of the Year Award. She was also always very supportive of the CCS Golden Knights athletics.

MaryAnne was an active member of the River of Life Fellowship Church. She loved being outdoors, especially watching and feeding the birds and squirrels. She also loved doing puzzles (300-550 pieces especially), playing cards with friends & family (especially Euchre & Euchre tournaments), and watching Reality TV as well as the Syracuse Orangemen. She, of course, cherished her monarch butterflies, usually had a garden of some sort, and lastly, adored being with and traveling with her three beloved children, their spouses, and the five grandchildren.

MaryAnne is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years, Gerald; three children, Melissa J. (Randy) Streeter of Lawrence, Kansas; Mark W. (Jennifer) Snyder of Charlotte, North Carolina; and Greg M. (Jill) Snyder of Seneca Falls, NY; her “son #3,” Kevin Groff of Copenhagen, NY; a brother, David M. (Cindy) MacTurk of LeRoy, NY; an aunt, Carolyn Fanning of Copenhagen, NY; and five grandchildren- Caleb, Eric and Drew Streeter and Zachary and Julie Snyder.

She is predeceased by her sister, Marsha Jean Downs.

Calling hours were held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10a.m. to noon and 1p.m. to 4:30p.m. at the River of Life Fellowship Church in Copenhagen. The Copenhagen Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary met at 4:30 PM and honored MaryAnne for her 50 years of service as well as her nomination for person of the year. The funeral service immediately followed at 5:00 PM at the church with Pastor George Gray officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to River of Life Fellowship Church at PO Box 397, 9871 Number Three Road Copenhagen NY 13626.

Arrangements were handled by Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc.

Thomas W. Brayton

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Thomas W. Brayton, age 94, of Edwards, passed away on October 6, 2019 at Clifton-Fine Hospital under the wonderful care of the hospital staff, along with Dr. Carthy.

Thomas was born on September 8, 1925 in Edwards, to the late Mark and Ella (Cole) Brayton. He attended the Pleasant Valley one -oom school house in Edwards and then went to Edwards Central School.

On October 21, 1943 he entered into the United States Army and served until his honorable discharge on January 5, 1946. While in the Army, Thomas served in the 101st. Airborne Screaming Eagles during WWII and the Normandy invasion. During this time, Thomas was shot twice in the head and received the Purple Heart.

He married Florence C. “Flossie” McCullouch on August 25, 1946 at the church in Fine. The couple lived on the Talcville Road in a house that Tom built for them 70 years ago.

Thomas was a construction worker for Rouse Construction and then worked at Riverside Iron Works until his retirement. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the VFW and the Operating Engineers. In his free time, Tom was always found tinkering on something.

Surviving is his wife, Florence; two daughters and their husbands, Lucinda and Dehl Wolfers of Canon City, CO and Margo and Brent Wood, E-9USN(RET) of GA. He is also survived by four grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Thomas is predeceased by a brother, Olan Brayton and a sister, Doris Bigarel.

As per his wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral services. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home, Edwards. Condolences may be shared online at

Donations may be made in Thomas’s memory to the Edwards Lions Club.

Julia Ann Versailles, 71

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Julia Ann Versailles, 71, of Oxbow, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her family and under the care of Hospice of Jefferson County.

Calling hours were held on Wednesday, October 2 from 1p.m. to 3 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 3 p.m. at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur with David Sheppard, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Morristown, officiating and burial in Oxbow Cemetery.

Julia was born at home in Macomb, the daughter of Maurice and Thelma Gordinier Marcellus.

She attended schools in Macomb and Gouverneur.

Julia married Franklin E. Versailles Sr. on February 20, 1965 at the Oxbow Church.

Mr. Versailles passed away on May 6, 2019, not long after celebrating the couple's 54th wedding anniversary.

Julia enjoyed bowling, playing bingo, square dancing, and most of all, spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed the outdoors, finding time to hunt, fish, and go camping.

She was one of the first female members of the Oxbow Vol. Fire Department and was the first female to serve as fire police for the Oxbow Department.

Julia is survived by her children Debbie and Don Hicks, Joanne Norsworthy and Billy Law, Jackie and Jim Hartle, Tammy and Rusty Richardson, Frankie and Missy Versailles, Jennifer Brown and Cricket Mandigo, 11 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren.

She is also survived by her siblings Maurice Jr. "Sonny" and Elizabeth Marcellus, Larry and Linda Marcellus, Douglas and Debbie Marcellus, Norma DeContie, several nieces and nephews. Julia is predeceased by her parents, a brother Gerald Marcellus and a sister Ruby Commando.

Memorial donations in Julia's memory are encouraged to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, NY 13601.

Carlton Force, 93

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Carlton Gregory Force, Ph.D., 93, of Apopka, FL passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

He was born August 5, 1926, in Gouverneur, N.Y. to Leon Henry and Christina (Hampton) Force.

The funeral service will be held at French Funeral Home in Gouverneur 3p.m., Friday, September 27, 2019, with Pastor Richard Mayforth officiating. Visiting hours will be Friday, 2p.m. – 3p.m. A burial will follow at the nearby Riverside Cemetery.

Carlton served his country in the U.S. Army at the end of WWII helping our troops return home. He then earned his bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Clarkson College of Technology (Clarkson University) in Potsdam, N.Y.

In 1950 he met his future wife, Rosalie Gotham, while roller-skating at Sylvia Lake. They dated the next three years and were married on June 20, 1953, at the Methodist Church in Edwards, NY.

Carlton had a lifelong passion for learning, in addition to his bachelor's degree, he went on to receive a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1958, his Ph.D. from Clarkson in 1963 and a master’s in business administration from The Citadel in 1982.

Carlton had a distinguished career as a research chemist and received numerous patents as a result of his work. He began his career at Merck Pharmaceutical in Rahway, N.J. After earning his master’s degree, he worked as a chemist for Esso in Elizabeth, NJ until 1960 when he accepted a job with Latex Fibers Industries in Beaver Falls, N.Y. With the encouragement of his professor and mentor, Dr. Egon Matijevic, he returned to Clarkson and earned his Ph.D. and continued his work at Latex Fibers in Beaver Falls. Carlton had an opportunity in 1966 at Westvaco Pulp and Paper (WestRock) in Charleston, SC and moved his family to Mt. Pleasant, S.C. for the remainder of his career.

Following 26 years of service working with his boss and mentor Dr. Frank Ball, Carlton retired in 1992.

Carlton truly loved his career, but not more than his family and his roots. He kept the family summer cottage at Sylvia Lake in Gouverneur, and made sure his children were there every summer to grow up as he had—swimming and skiing in the crystal clear waters, leaping from cliffs into the lake, discovering the woods and how to become completely relaxed and calm. He cherished his time with his family at the lake and has instilled that passion in the hearts of three generations. He supported his children with his time and got involved in their activities, from helping with scouting and paper routes to assisting with school projects and passing along his skills as an expert ice skater and snow skier. Throughout his life, Carlton was very active in the Presbyterian Church, from singing in the choir since his childhood in Gouverneur to serving as a Deacon and volunteering on numerous committees as a member of the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church.

Carlton and Rosalie moved to Apopka, FL in 2013 from Isle of Palms, S.C.

Carlton is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Rosalie Gotham Force, his four sons: Gregory (Rhonda) of Lexington, SC, Jeffrey (Elizabeth) of The Villages, FL, Stuart (Elaine) of Yalaha, FL and Ralph (Deborah) of Apopka, FL; six grandchildren: David Force; Jace (Trinh) Force; Jon (Courtney) Force; Melissa (Stefano) De Angelis; Kyle Force and Sean Force; plus, five great-grandchildren: Finn, Hunter, Riley, Brittney and Isabella.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church Hope House, 302 Hibben Street, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. 29464. The Hope House provides a Christ-centered, safe, secure, temporary home-away-from-home for family members who have a loved one being treated at an area hospital.

On-line condolences may be shared by visiting Arrangements are entrusted to Banks/Page-Theus Funerals and Cremations, Wildwood, FL and French Funeral Home, Gouverneur, NY.

Janet J. Berkebile, 77

Dan McClelland

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Janet J. Berkebile, 77, of Leland, North Carolina and formerly of Gouverneur, New York and Indian Lake, Pennsylvania, departed on Tuesday morning, August 27, 2019 surrounded by her family at New Hanover Medical Center, Wilmington after an extended illness. Jan was born on January 23, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Marvin and Eleanor Woelke.

She married Richard A. Kemp on June 8, 1963 in Farmington, Michigan.  They relocated to Newcomb, New York and later to Gouverneur, New York where Jan worked as a teacher’s aide in special education classes.  Jan loved working with her students and enjoyed volunteering for Special Olympics. After Richard passed away in 1998, Jan later relocated to Indian Lake, Pennsylvania where she married Lynn D. Berkebile.  Jan worked as a real estate agent while continuing her volunteer work with the Special Olympics.  In her spare time, she enjoyed learning to golf and spending time with her family. Lynn and Jan decided to move to warmer weather in 2005 and made a new home in Leland, North Carolina. Jan worked for 10 years at Apple Annie’s Bake Shop in Wilmington, North Carolina where she was loved by both employees and customers.  

Jan leaves behind her brothers Donald Woelke, Philip Woelke, cousin Linda Erhart; her children, Cheryl Napier and husband Scott, David Kemp and wife Danielle, Candy Lyons and former husband Robert, Robert Berkebile and wife Heather; granddaughter Rachel Kemp and grandsons Skyler Lyons, Colin Lyons, Aidan Lyons, Avery Berkebile, and Carson Berkebile and many nieces and nephews.
 Jan was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Richard Kemp, and her husband of 19 years, Lynn Berkebile, her parents, and her brother Marvin.

Per Jan’s wishes, there will be no memorial service.

Donations may be made in her name to the Lewy Body Dementia Association or the Special Olympics.

John M. Burgess, 83

Dan McClelland

John M. Burgess, 83, of Lakeland, FL, formerly of Gouverneur, passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at Good Shepherd Hospice surrounded by family.

A celebration of life will be held at St. John Neumann Church in Lakeland, FL, on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.

John was born May 4, 1936, in Gouverneur, to George and Florence Cantwell Burgess. He married Alice (Jill) Fox Parker on November 24, 1960, at St. James Catholic Church in Gouverneur.

John graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1954, and from the University of Rochester in 1959.

John was employed by Kinney Drugs, Inc. from 1960 until his retirement in 1990. John held many positions within the Kinney organization during his career and retired holding the position of company president.

John served as a member of the Kinney Board of Directors from 1977 until 2006, and he was a member of the Board of Directors of Community Bank in Dewitt, NY from 1991 until 2010.

John was an avid and accomplished golfer while at Gouverneur High School, the University of Rochester, and as a longtime member of the Gouverneur Country Club.

John was club champion many times over the years and greatly enjoyed participating in the NNY 6-man team tournament where he qualified to participate in the event for 35 consecutive years and was the tournament medalist in 1966.

John was inducted into the University of Rochester Hall of Fame in 2005 for his accomplishments in both golf and basketball.

John gave back to his community during his life serving on the boards of St. James Church, St. James School, Sacred Heart Foundation, E.J. Noble Hospital, and the Gouverneur Luncheon Club.

Preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers, Paul Burgess and Peter Burgess.

John is survived by Jill, his wife of 58 years. Also remembering John are two sisters, Joan Easterly of Pittsford, NY, and Ruth (Robert) Wensley of Webster, NY; four sons, Michael (Dayle) Burgess of Gouverneur, NY, David Burgess of Arlington, VA, Robert (Jennifer) Burgess of Somerset, KY, and Richard (Carla) Burgess of Jamesville, NY; eleven grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to St. John Neumann Church in Lakeland, FL, Talbot House in Lakeland, FL, or St. James School in Gouverneur, N.Y.

Roger Rice, 78

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Roger Leon Rice, age 78, of Fowler, passed away at home on Sunday, September 22, 2019 under the care of his family.

Calling hours were held at French Funeral Home in Gouverneur on Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. with his funeral service following at 1p.m. Burial will be in New St. James Cemetery.

Roger was born on December 31, 1940 in Theresa to the late Leon Emerson and Ruth (Roberts) Rice. He graduated from Gouverneur Central School in 1960 and married Judy Johnson on November 24, 1962 at St. James Catholic Church in Gouverneur.

Roger worked for the Town of Fowler Highway Department for 23 years, before retiring in 2003. He had previously worked as a dairy farmer, worked for Natural Dam Paper Mill for 10 years and drove school bus for Gouverneur Central School for 7 years.

He was a member of St. James Catholic Church and was also one of the charter members of the Gouverneur Rescue Squad, where he was a member for the first 20 years. Roger loved being outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, puttering outside and mowing his lawn. He was always there to help others and was a fun-loving man who liked to pick on other people.

His survivors include his wife, Judy Rice of Fowler, a son and his wife, Kermit and Angel Rice of Fowler, a daughter and her husband, Penny and Dale Matice of Gouverneur, and 5 grandchildren, Michelle Rice, Shaelyn Matice, Patrick Rice, Skylar Matice and Myah Matice.

Donations in Roger’s memory may be made to the Gouverneur Fire Department, 33 Clinton Street, Gouverneur NY 13642 or Gouverneur Rescue Squad, PO Box 164, Gouverneur NY 13642. Condolences may be shared online at

Clyde H. Hardy

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Clyde H. Hardy, 92, passed away on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Carthage Central Rehabilitation and Nursing in Carthage.

A graveside service was held on Monday, September 16 at 3p.m. at Old DeKalb Cemetery with Rev. Beth Quick, pastor of Gouverneur United Methodist Church, officiating. Arrangements are with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.

Clyde was born in DeKalb on November 8, 1926, the son of Harvey and Blanche (Lawrence) Hardy.

He attended school in DeKalb until he started work on the family farm on the River Road. Clyde and his brother owned and operated the farm well into their 70's.

Clyde enjoyed reading, listening to music, and raising goats besides running the farm.

He is survived by his sister, Marion Betsinger of East Rochester, nieces and nephews. Clyde is predeceased by his parents, sisters Sarah Brown and Doris Yerton, brothers William Hardy and Richard Hardy.

Geraldine “Gerry” M. Woods

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Geraldine Woods, 94, of DeKalb, died on September 16, 2019, at LaPoint Adult Home, Allen-Denesha Funeral Home, DeKalb Junction, entrusted with arrangements.

Calling hours will be Friday, September 20, 12- 2 PM, at the funeral home, funeral service at 2 PM, Pastor John Frary officiating, burial to follow in East DeKalb Cemetery, DeKalb Junction.

Gerry is survived by her brother Eugene (Barbara) Coller, DeKalb Junction, sister in law Joyce Coller, Potsdam, brother in laws, Donald Cook, Hermon, Arthur Woods, Gouverneur, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother F. Lucius Coller, and her sister, Lula Mae Cook.

Geraldine was born on September 13, 1925, in Russell, NY, the daughter of the late Floyd L and Wava Caswell Coller. She married John T. Woods on August 25, 1945 in Canton, the Reverend Alfred Coffey officiating, he died on May 8, 2011.

She worked in the Hermon DeKalb Central School cafeteria for 30 years retiring in 1989. Gerry lived alone and loved mowing her own lawn until June when her health began to decline. She enjoyed word puzzle books, playing cards, making quilts and afghans. Anyone who stopped by around 4 o’clock would be invited to join her in her daily cocktail. Her nieces and nephews fondly remember the week spent with her and Uncle John each summer where they were spoiled royally.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, DeKalb Junction United Methodist Church or the DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences can be made at

Jonathon M. Easton

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Jonathon M. Easton, age 31, passed away unexpectedly on September 4, 2019 at home.

Calling hours were held at the Mercy Point Church, 214 Rock Island Street, Gouverneur NY on Monday, September 9, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. His funeral service was held at the church on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Sean Silkwood officiating. Burial followed in Riverside Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of French Funeral Home in Gouverneur. Condolences may be shared online at

Jon was born on January 8, 1988 in Potsdam to James Easton, Sr. and the late Jeannie (House) Easton. He attended school in Gouverneur and worked for the Heritage Knife Company in Balmat and for this family businesses, Skyline Roofing and Building and Easton Exteriors.

Jon loved being outdoors. He loved to fish, ice fish, hunt, go four-wheeling and mow his lawn. A true artist, Jon spent hours on his drawings. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR and wrestling. Above all else, he loved spending time with his Dad.

Jon is survived by his father and step-mother, James and Janet Easton, his brother, James Easton, II and his wife, Carol, his sister, Jamie Storie and her companion, Sterling Butler, his step-brothers, Brian, David, and Robert Poole, and his nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his mother, Jeannie Easton and his brother-in-law, Kennedy Storie.

Joyce T. Boutilier

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Joyce T. Boutilier, age 93, passed away on September 6, 2019 at The Centers at St. Camillus in Syracuse.

Joyce enjoyed a wonderful full life and she loved her family so much. She always had a smile when surrounded by loved ones, especially her grandchildren. Despite getting older, her quick and usually comic opinions and comebacks never slowed down. She had a sweet tooth and always saved room for dessert and had some chocolates to share.

Everyone who knew her loved her and she is now at comfort and reunited with her husband “Red” and several close friends.

Calling hours will be held at French Funeral Home in Gouverneur on September 13th from 1-3 p.m. Her funeral service will be immediately following at 3 p.m. at the funeral home officiated by Rev. Beth Quick. Burial will follow in East Riverside Cemetery.

Joyce was born on February 23, 1926 in Tully, NY to the late Alvro and Edna (Field) Tuffley. She graduated from Tully High School and attended the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. She was employed by the Gouverneur Central School District for many years.

She married Donald C. Boutilier on February 14, 1948 at the Tully First Baptist Church. Donald passed away on July 4, 2009.

Mrs. Boutilier was a former member of the Gouverneur United Methodist Church and loved to play golf at the local courses.

Joyce is survived by her three children, Jill M. Boutilier of Liverpool, NY, Joan B. Mason (Alan) of Gouverneur, NY and James D. Boutilier (Julie) of Baldwinsville, NY. She is also survived by her sister, Joan Carlton of Sun City Center, FL and 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

Donations in memory of Joyce may be made to the Gouverneur United Methodist Church, PO Box 157, Gouverneur NY 13642 or the Gouverneur Volunteer Fire Department, 33 Clinton Street, Gouverneur NY 13642. Condolences may be made online at

Robert M. Bresett

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Robert Michael Bresett, age 52, of Macomb, passed away unexpectedly on September 9, 2019 at his home.

There will be calling hours for Robert on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at French Funeral Home, Gouverneur, with his funeral service immediately following at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. James Warrington officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Lake Cemetery in Macomb. Condolences may be shared online at

Robert was born on April 23, 1967 in Gouverneur, NY to Harold and Mary (Washburn) Bresett. He graduated from Gouverneur Central School and then began working full time on his family farm, Harmar Farm in Macomb.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching WWE wrestling, cheering for the NY Yankees and was a Dale Earnhardt Sr. fan. Rob loved the outdoors, had a quiet sense of humor and loved farming and the animals.

Rob is survived by his parents, Harold and Mary of Macomb; a brother and sister-in-law, Stephen and Melinda Bresett of Macomb; a sister and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Eric Theobald of Rochester and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Donations may be made in Robert’s memory to the Black Lake Fish and Game Association, P.O. Box 125, Hammond, NY 13646.

Alma Rumble

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Alma Rumble, 96, passed away on Sunday September 1, 2019 at Riverledge Nursing Home in Ogdensburg.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, September 7th from 12:00 to 2:00 pm, followed by a funeral service at 2:00 pm at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur and burial at New St. James Cemetery, Gouverneur.

Alma was born in Gouverneur on July 31, 1923, the daughter of Everett and Bertha (Allen) Markwick.

She graduated from Gouverneur High School and the Watertown School of Commerce.

Alma married L. Roger Rumble in Gouverneur on August 31, 1946.

She worked in New York City, returned to the Gouverneur area to work for Bell Telephone Company, worked as a bookkeeper for Gouverneur Talc and E.J. Noble Hospital, and retired as a secretary for Gouverneur Central School.

Alma enjoyed knitting and was active in the Gouverneur Garden Club, Gouverneur Business Women, E.J. Noble Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, and volunteered at the Gouverneur Museum. She also belonged to the Gouverneur Bridge Club and a knitting club.

Alma is survived by her children Sharon and John Ayen of Maine, Scott and Linda Rumble of Fowler, Melvin Rumble of Gouverneur, and Drew Rumble of Fowler, her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband Roger who passed away on January 13, 1996, her parents, and two brothers Paul Markwick and Everett Markwick Jr.

Memorial donations in Alma's memory are encouraged to the Gouverneur Vol. Fire Department, 33 Clinton Street, Gouverneur, NY 13642 or the Gouverneur Vol. Rescue Squad, PO Box 164, Gouverneur, NY 13642.

Doreen M. Byrns

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Doreen M. Byrns, age 79, of Hermon, passed away on September 3, 2019 at home.

Doreen was born on January 7, 1940 in the town of Gouverneur. She was a daughter of the late Arnold D. and Ardis B. (Venton) Byrns. She attended school in Hailesboro and graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1957. Doreen continued her education at SUNY Albany, studying social studies before receiving her Associate degree as a Veterinary Technician from SUNY Delhi in 1975.

Miss Byrns worked as a Veterinary Technician from 1975 until her retirement in 2003. She had worked for the Great Net Animal Hospital as well as the Bide-A-Wee Home Association Animal Hospital on Long Island.

Doreen lived on Long Island from 1976 until moving back to Northern New York in Hermon upon her retirement. She loved animals, her church and tending her garden and provided altar flowers for the Hermon Methodist Church for many years.

Her survivors include two brothers and their wives, Mark and Lori Byrns of Middlebury, CT, Brian and Cassie Byrns of Fayetteville, NY; and three sisters, Sandra and Luther Cole of PA, Gail Thomas of Gouverneur, and Sharon and David McWilliam of Ottawa, Canada. She is also survived by her many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held at French Funeral Home, Gouverneur on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. immediately followed by her funeral service at 3:00 p.m. officiated by John Frary. Burial will take place in the Spragueville Cemetery.

Donations given in memory of Doreen may be made to the Seven Steeples Methodist Church. Condolences may be shared online at

Douglas E. Nichols

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Douglas E. Nichols, born March 6, 1959 in Gouverneur, NY to Donald and Cora Taylor Nichols, passed away Jul 28, 2019 surrounded by family at the VA Medical Center in Cleveland, OH due to complications from surgery.

Doug worked at family operated Exxon station in Gouverneur, NY, before joining US Navy. After the Navy, Doug drove long haul trucks traveling through out the US. Recently retiring from trucking, he was the families go to guy for auto repairs, carpenter work and all around fix it man.

He is preceded in death by his mom, Cora Nichols, sister-in-law Jackie Nichols, nephew Andrew Lehman and niece Andrea Lehman Owens. Doug is survived by his father Donald Nichols of Antwerp, NY, wife Rachel Towns-Nichols their two sons Caleb and Steven, sons Nathan Spedding of NY and Darren Nichols of FL, two daughters Nicole Nichols and Tara Nichols Watson (Greg), of PA four sisters Linda Johnson (Fred), Betty Scott, Vicki Girardin (Frank), Liz Bowman (Charlie), brother Dana Nichols, three grandchildren CJ, Emma and Olivia, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Doug was interred at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Rd, Rittman, OH 44370 in the Veterans Memorial Wall on Aug 29, 2019 at 10 am. Our son, brother, husband, dad, grandfather and uncle will surely be missed by all. RIP, Doug.

Edna M. Scott

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Edna M. Scott, 79, passed away on Thursday morning, August 29, 2019, at Central Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Syracuse.

Edna was born on August 6, 1940, in Gouverneur NY, the daughter of Audrey K. (Foy) Scott and Wilmot Scott. She graduated from Gouverneur High School and attended Albany Business School. She worked at Kinneys Drug Store and Wausau Northeastern Division of Nationwide Insurance Co. as a Senior Group Sales Representative until her retirement in 1999.

She had been a member of the Syracuse Federation Women's Clubs and past president of the Syracuse Insurance Professionals.

Edna is survived by her sister Janette (Scott) and Larry Corey and enjoyed her nieces Pamela and Robert Hack with 3 children, Julie and Christopher Lapointe with 2 children and Amy and John Winslow with 3 children.

Her activities were playing cards, reading books, eating out, being with friends, watching movies and theater, spending summers on the St. Lawrence River, and traveling.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 31st at 3:00 pm at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur with Martha Helmer, lay minister, officiating.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Friends 4 Pound Paws, PO Box 394, Gouverneur, NY 13642 or Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY.

Eric Duane "Orville" Hubbard

Dan McClelland

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Eric Duane "Orville" Hubbard, 44, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at his home.

A celebration of life was held on Saturday, August 10th at the Gouverneur Community Center and arrangements were with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.

Eric was born on July 1, 1975 in Gouverneur, the son of Duane Earl and Karen L. (Coffie) Hubbard.

He graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1995 and spent most of his life working in Gouverneur, including employment at P&C Supermarket, DJ Walter's Chevrolet, Walton's Auto Sales, and most recently, Team Blevins LLC.

Orv was always there for his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He loved listening to music, hunting, fishing, fourwheeling, and woodworking. He also enjoyed mallard ducks, detailing vehicles, and being an uncle.

Orville is survived by his parents Duane and Karen, his sisters Lynnette and Kole Burgess of Richville, Heather Hubbard and her companion Jason Bouchey of Gouverneur, nieces Madison Hubbard and Megan Hubbard, nephews Caleb Hubbard, Tegan Burgess, Brayden Scott, and Alexander Scott. He is also survived by his maternal grandmother Edna Coffie of Harrisville as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is predeceased by his grandparents Earl and Joanne Hubbard, Gerold Coffie, and two uncles.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are encouraged to Friends 4 Pound Paws, PO Box 394, Gouverneur, NY 13642.

Linda L. Mandigo

Dan McClelland

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Linda L. Mandigo, 71, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her family and under the care of Hospice of Jefferson County.

A celebration of life was held by her family on Saturday, August 24th from 12:00 to 6:00 pm at the family home at 178 County Route 10, Redwood, NY 13679, town of Rossie. Arrangements are with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.

Linda was born on February 24, 1948 in Watertown and was raised by her parents Charles and Mabel (Bronson) Belcher.

She married George C. "Sonny" Mandigo Sr. on April 10, 1966 at the Gouverneur First Methodist Church.

Linda enjoyed listening to music, dancing, and was a history buff, serving as the town of Rossie historian for many years. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, whether it be racing at the track or just having a cookout at home.

Linda is survived by her husband of 53 years Sonny, her 4 sons George Jr. and Rubyjo of Fowler, Mike and Patti of Gouverneur, James "Cricket" and Jennifer Brown of Rossie, John and Pam of Kentucky, several grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers Richard Belcher of Florida, James Belcher of North Carolina, several nieces and nephews. Linda is predeceased by her parents and her siblings Sue Moore, Patricia Turcott, Butch Belcher, and Louise Belcher.

Memorial donations in Linda's memory are encouraged to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, NY 13601.

Karen E. Jenkins

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Karen Elaine Jenkins, age 65, of Richville, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 15, 2019 surrounded by her family, at Burlington Medical Center in Vermont.

Calling hours was on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at French Funeral Home, Gouverneur. The funeral service immediately followed at 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Beth Quick officiating. Condolences may be shared online at

Karen was born on June 22, 1954 in Gouverneur, NY to the late Darrell and Esther (MacTurk) Stevenson. She graduated from Gouverneur Central School in 1973. She married Harold Jenkins Jr. in November of 1978 at the Gouverneur United Methodist Church.

Karen worked for 34 years at United Helpers in Canton as a certified nurses’ aide. She enjoyed reading, spending time with her family, bowling, traveling and going on cruises and going to the casino. Karen had a special fondness for Sylvia Lake. She also loved her two feline companions, Conrad and Mitten. Karen and her sisters had a very special bond.

She is survived by her husband, Harold; a son and his wife, Mark and Karen Jenkins grandchildren Jonathan, Kayla and Mike Howard their children Hayden, Ava and Quinn; Ashley and Dean Witherell their children Joey, Connor, and Mason; Thomas and Kylea Plantz their children Treyton, and Trevor; Richard Butts III and his son Ricky IIII; two step children, Carrie and Scott Beaulieu a granddaughter Kara; Cindy and Eric Parson their children Aidan and Madi; and four sisters, Sharon and Warren Lennox, Gagi and Thomas Pollina, Brenda Nowacki; Joanne and Eric Strobel.

Karen is predeceased by a sister, Mary Nier.