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Jane Rue

Dan McClelland

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Jane C. Rue, age 53, of Richville, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

There will be calling hours for Jane on Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 10:00am-12:00pm at French Funeral Home, Gouverneur. Her funeral service will immediately follow at 12:00pm with Rev. Elizabeth Quick from the Gouverneur Methodist Church officiating. Condolences may be shared online at

Jane was born on June 30, 1965 in Gouverneur to Richard and Keitha (Reynolds) Yerdon. She graduated from Gouverneur Central School in 1982. A marriage to Timothy Cousino and Patrick Rue Sr. both ended in divorce.

Jane worked in customer service for Community Bank. She had previously worked for DHL. Jane loved crafting and had her own crafting business called Deja Ru and CJ Custom Creation. She also enjoyed baking and cooking.

Surviving is her mother, Keitha Mullin; three sons, William Cousino, Cody Rue and Patrick Rue Jr.; four brothers, Peter Yerdon, John Yerdon, William Yerdon and Thomas Yerdon; a sister Diane Murphy; three step brothers, Stephen Rosenbarker, Mark Rosenbarker and Michael Rosenbarker; two step sisters, Karen Lancto and Valerie Daniels; two grandchildren, Willow Cousino and Brian Rue and several nieces and nephews.

Jane is predeceased by her father, Richard Yerdon and a brother, Andrew Yerdon.

Donations may be made in Jane’s memory to a charity of one’s choice.

Joie McDougall

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Joie Charles McDougall, age 64, of Gouverneur passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley.

Joie was born on November 17, 1954 in Gouverneur to the late Charles and Harriett L. (Tharrett) McDougall Jr. He attended Gouverneur Central School. On November 29, 1975, he married Diane Rickett at the Gouverneur United Methodist Church.

Joie worked as a machine operator at Cives Steel for 15 years. He had previously worked in Maintenance for Kinney Drugs. He was a member of the Gouverneur Fire Department for 15 years, where he was also a member of the Dive team and a former Fire Police. He was a member of the Gouverneur Elks Lodge, Past commander of the Sons of the American Legion and the VFW Auxiliary. He loves cooking and listening to good old country music.

Surviving is his wife Diane of Gouverneur; two sons and their wives, Charles and Kristy and Jamie and Sandra all of Gouverneur; three brothers, David of Fowler, Stevie and Diane of Conway, SC and Allen of Fowler; three sisters, Kathy and Jim Harris of Heuvelton, Debbie and Herbie Coates of Gouverneur and Amie and Dave Wing of Louisiana; five grandchildren, Charles Jr., Emma, Lily, Alexandra and Olivia and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours for Joie will be at French Funeral Home, Gouverneur on Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. His funeral service will be on Friday, April 19th at 10:00a.m., at the Gouverneur Community Center. Burial will follow at East Riverside Cemetery in Gouverneur. Condolences may be shared online at

Donations may be made in Joie’s memory to the Gouverneur Volunteer Fire Department, 1035 US Hwy. 11, Gouverneur, NY 13642.

Joyce Mae Stammer

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Joyce Mae Stammer, age 88, of Gouverneur, passed away surrounded by her loving family on April 14, 2019 at the Carthage Center Nursing Home where she has resided for two years.

Calling hours were held at French Funeral Home in Gouverneur on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. immediately followed by her funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in the East Riverside Cemetery.

Joyce was born on May 13, 1930 in Macomb. She was one of 16 children to the late Alvin and Bertha (Dane) Washburn. She attended Gouverneur Central School. Joyce married Donald J. Stammer on April 6, 1957 at the Macomb Wesleyan parsonage officiated by Rev. James Keyser. Joyce and Donald owned and operated the Laurellea Farm in Gouverneur for many years.

Joyce was an avid gardener and loved to feed and watch her birds. She enjoyed baking for her grandchildren, quilting and crafting, and attending the Macomb Community Church events. Joyce was a member of the former E.J. Noble Hospital Auxiliary.

Her survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and Michael Backovski of Waynesboro, VA and Deborah and Steven Horn of Abbottstown, PA; brothers, Arthur, Charles (Donna) and Richard (Liz); and sisters, Sarah (Ford) Reynolds, Ada (Donald) Bayne, Mary (Harold) Bresett, Anna Washburn, Leona “Skipper” Jones and Bettie Rook. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Andrew, Allison, and Katie Backovski, Steven Horn Jr, Christina Wilson and Cassandra Horn; and a great-grandson, Henry Horn.

She is predeceased by her husband, Donald; brothers, James and Sylvester Washburn; and sisters, Nilah Sias, June LaVack, Joanne Washburn and Eleanor Solar.

Donations in memory of Joyce may be made to the Macomb Community Church, 12 Co Rt 7, Gouverneur NY 13642. Condolences may be shared online at

Paul K. Gates

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Paul K. Gates, age 87, of Gouverneur, passed away on April 11, 2019 at Gouverneur Hospital due to pneumonia after a 12-year battle with voice box cancer.

There will be a funeral Mass held at St. James Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will follow at the Gouverneur VFW. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home in Gouverneur.

Paul was born on December 16, 1931 in Auburn, NY to the late Paul K. Gates Sr. and Margerite (Sayre) Gates. He graduated from Gouverneur Central School in 1949 and served in the United States Navy during the Korean War.

Paul married Grace Laverghetta on April 27, 1957 at St. James Church. He worked as the manager of J.J. Newberry’s before beginning his career at CIVES Steel in 1964 as a chief estimator. He retired in 2009.

Mr. Gates was a member of the Gouverneur Elks Lodge where he served as former Exalted Ruler and the District Deputy to the Grand Exalted Ruler. He enjoyed fishing and usually caught the biggest fish in the group. He also enjoyed hunting and dancing. He was a great remodeler of homes. He and Grace enjoyed their camp on Sylvia Lake for over 30 years.

Paul is survived by his wife of 62 years, Grace; his four children, Deborah Gates Bush, Scott “SG” Gates, Christopher Gates and Marc Gates; five grandchildren, Angela Bush Yocum, Tony Bush, Janine Bush Ganska, Shannon Gates Dempster, Heather Gates Bourdeau; and nine great-grandchildren, James Yocum, Evie Yocum, Dillon Kilmer, Alexia Kilmer, Logan Kilmer, Ella Bourdeau, Tristan Bourdeau, Michael Ganska and Owen Ganska; and a brother, Claude Gates.

Donations in memory of Paul may be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Box 3704, Memphis TN 38103.

Condolences may be shared online at

Sally Besaw

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Sally J. Besaw, age 63, passed away on April 15, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.

Calling hours will be held at French Funeral Home in Gouverneur on Monday, April 22, 2019 from 5 – 8 p.m. Her funeral Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church on Tuesday, April 23rd at 11:00a.m. Burial will follow in the New St. James Cemetery.

Sally was born on March 13, 1956 in Manchester, CT to the late James “Jim” Courts and Alice Ann (Campany) Courts Perry. Her grandparents founded the Croghan Meat Market and Croghan Bologna. She attended the St. James School through the eighth grade and graduated from the Gouverneur Central School in 1974.

Sally married Joe Besaw on September 6, 1975 at the St. James Church. The couple have lived in Naples, FL where Sally had many friends, Palmyra, Gouverneur and Sylvia Lake. Sally worked as a Teacher’s Aid for the Gouverneur Central School, loved to watch her special grandkids and helped her husband run his construction business, Besaw Construction. She also enjoyed boating and time spent on Sylvia Lake.

Her survivors include her husband, Joe Besaw of Gouverneur; son Jason and Leah Besaw of Victor; daughter, Sara and Derek Breckenridge of Gouverneur; sister, Peggy Garrett of Naples, FL; and brothers, Steve and Patsy Courts of Amarillo, TX and Joe and Lori Courts of Raleigh, NC. She is also survived by grandchildren, Anna, Christian and Lucy; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents Sally is predeceased by a brother, Larry Courts.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in memory of Sally to the St. James School Fund, 20 South Gordon Street, Gouverneur NY 13642 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, PO Box 3704, Memphis TN 38103. Condolences may be shared online at

Harry Parow

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Harry W. Parow, age 61, of Gouverneur, passed away on April 10, 2019 at the Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown.

Calling hours were held at French Funeral Home in Gouverneur on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. immediately followed by his funeral service at 12:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Edwards.

Harry was born on January 8, 1958 in Gouverneur to the late Dennis W. and Roberta A. (Brown) Parow. He graduated from Gouverneur Central School in 1976.

He worked with his father on the family farm (Elm Grove Farm) from 1976 until buying the business in 1993. He operated the farm until selling his cattle in November of 2016. Since December of 2016 Harry has been a home delivery driver for Kinney Drugs Store #34.

Harry was a past Director of the Gouverneur Co-op Association, the Eastern Breeder’s Association, and the St. Lawrence Valley Bulk Milk Producers Co-op, former member of the Kool Kearney Kats 4H Club and Gouverneur FFA; He is the current President of the St. Lawrence County Holstein Club and St. Lawrence County Fair, and is a Director and Life Member of the Gouverneur Fair. He enjoyed spending many, many hours year-round preparing for the Fair. In years past Harry was the manager of the local softball league and bowled on several teams. After selling his cattle, Harry found enjoyment in visiting the casino.

He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Sara and Jeff Platt of Gouverneur.

Donations in Harry’s memory may be made to the Gouverneur St. Lawrence County Fair, 85 East Barney Street, Gouverneur NY 13642. Condolences may be shared online at

Brian J. Langtry

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Brian J. Langtry, age 53, formerly of Gouverneur, passed away unexpectedly on April 2, 2019.

There will be calling hours held at the Gouverneur Community Center on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 6:00 p.m. There will be a reception held at the Community Center after the service.

Brian was born on March 2, 1966 in Gouverneur to Ida Rose (Manzolati) Langtry and the late John Alfred Langtry. Brian graduated from Gouverneur Central School in 1984, earned his Associates degree in Criminal Justice from Canton ATC, was a member of the Delta Kappa Sigma fraternity, and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Empire State College.

Brian served in the Army Corps of Engineers through the ROTC and Reserves where he reached the rank of Captain. He worked as a Corrections Officer until joining the NYS Trooper Academy in October of 1990. Brian served in the New York State police for 20 years where he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and worked for nearly a decade as a BCI Investigator. He was 9/11 first responder.

After his retirement, Brian worked as a NYS Certified Insurance Adjuster and a Substitute Teacher for the Campbell-Savona and the Maine-Endwell High Schools.

Brian enjoyed hunting, trivia, history, Star Trek, musicals, skiing, exercising, travelling, camping, cooking, Pink Floyd, and being in nature. He was a member of the S&B Hunting Club and the Silver Hill Hunting Club.

Brian was married to Kristy Langtry. The marriage resulted in his three children; Joshua Langtry of Portland, ME, Hannah Lee Langtry of Corning, NY, and Jakob “Jak” Langtry of Corning, NY. Brian is also survived by his mother, Ida Langtry of Gouverneur, sister, Lori-Anne McCormick and her husband, Michael of Gouverneur, brother, Thomas C. Langtry of Gouverneur, and his nieces, Lindsey and Danielle McCormick of Edwards.

Donations in memory of Brian may be made to the National Association for Children of Addiction at Arrangements are with French Funeral Home in Gouverneur. Condolences may be shared online at

Shirley A. Weatherup

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Shirley A. Weatherup, 83, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019. Formerly of 2 Kilkarney Court Dr., Hailesboro NY, she had resided at Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Syracuse since August 2018.

Shirley was born on December 19, 1935 in Belleville, NY to Donald Albert and Margaret Elizabeth Phillips Krum.

She graduated from Gouverneur High School in June of 1954 and married Robert A. Bigarel July 31, 1954. Robert died November 3, 1958, and a marriage to Dale O. Weatherup ended in divorce.

She is survived by two daughters Deborah Mashaw of Ontario, NY, Denise (Tony) Landphere of Liverpool, NY, two sons Douglas J Weatherup of New Smyrna Beach, FL and David Bigarel of North Syracuse, NY. Shirley has two grandchildren, Lucas and Cassandra Mashaw and eight great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father Donald on April 30, 1973, her mother Margaret on November 2, 2005, her sister Joan Lovely on April 8, 1995, and her brother Fred on April 1, 2011.

She was a member of Gouverneur Marble City Chapter 92 Order of the Eastern Star from 1959 to December 31, 2005.

Calling hours will be on Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 12 - 1 pm at Green Funeral Home, 33 Park St, Gouverneur, NY with a private burial service at Hailesboro Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Gouverneur Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 164, Gouverneur, NY 13642.

Edward William Cousino Jr.

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Edward William Cousino Jr., age 59, of Gouverneur, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2019 at Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse with his family by his side.

He was a kind, caring, and family orientated man, devoted to his children and grandchildren. If you needed a favor, he would extend his helping hand, no question asked. He was a devoted friend, father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed.

Edward was born on May 19, 1959 in Canton, NY to the late Edward and Harriett (Boshane) Cousino. He attended Gouverneur Central School and then in 1979, he entered into the United States Navy and served until his honorable discharge in 1981. A marriage ended in divorce. Edward had an extensive employment history. His last place of employment was a Bus Driver for First Student at the Gouverneur Central School District until he sustained an injury and could no longer work. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and his friends. He loved playing guitar and going to the legion to play darts. He was an active member of the American Legion.

He leaves behind five children, Edward Cousino III of East Hampton, MA, Kimberly Miles, Kaira Cousino, Caesy Cousino and Scott and Shelby Cousino all of Gouverneur, and Kaira Cousino and her boyfriend PJ Fuller of Fowler. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, Kaleb Cousino, Brayson Miles, Meneka Cousino and Rayden Cousino; three brothers, Anthony and Roxanne of Gouverneur, Rodney of Rockford, IL and Floyd Cousino and his girlfriend Gail Wylie of Gouverneur; two sisters, Annette and Joe Collett of East Hampton, MA, Charlotte and Wayne Beldock of Lisbon, and several nieces and nephews.

Edward is predeceased by his parents; a brother, Timothy Cousino and a sister, Joyce Wilson.

There will be calling hours for Edward on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 10:00am-12:00pm at French Funeral Home, Gouverneur. His funeral will immediately follow at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home with Rev. Elizabeth Quick officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at East Riverside Cemetery. Condolences may be shared online at

James William Sawyer

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James William Sawyer, age 72, of Richville, passed away on April 2, 2019 at home under the care of his family and hospice.

There will be no calling hours or funeral service. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home in Gouverneur. Condolences may be shared online at

James was born on June 16, 1946 in Gouverneur to the late Cecil and Loretta (Blair) Sawyer. He graduated from Gouverneur Central School in 1964 and married Sharon Pernice on April 29, 1967 at the Gouverneur Baptist Church.

Mr. Sawyer had worked for the St. Joe Mineral Corporation before working for the Natural Dam Paper Mill. He retired from the paper mill in 2007 as the Purchasing/Shipping Manager.

In his free time James enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, bowling and watching NASCAR.

His survivors include his wife, Sharon Sawyer of Richville, daughters, Jennifer Lynne Sawyer of Gouverneur, Danyelle McAdam of Gouverneur; brothers, Thomas and Randy Sawyer; sisters, Sally Hughto, Patti Ramirez, Peggy Gaumes; and grandchildren, Damin, Kayla, Patrick, Brandon and Gavin.

He is predeceased by his parents and his son, Shawn Sawyer.

Donations in memory of James may be made to the Emerald Greens Golf Course, Shriners, or the American Cancer Society.

Ruth E. Reynolds

Dan McClelland

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Ruth E. Reynolds, 89, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at her home under the care of family and Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.

A graveside service will be held in the Spring in Riverside Cemetery, Gouverneur with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.

Ruth was born in Gouverneur on July 28, 1929, the daughter of Everett and Bessie (Stone) Peck.

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

Ruth married Welby N. Reynolds on June 16, 1951 in Gouverneur.

Her husband passed away just 6 weeks ago and now they are together again. Throughout their last years, Welby and Ruth were fortunate to have their daughter Susie and a special care giver Robyn, so they could remain at home.

Ruth was employed by Senator Paul Graves after graduation until her marriage, and the couple then purchased their farm just outside of Gouverneur on Old Route 58 North. She and Welby raised their family on the farm until it was sold to their son Matthew in 1987.

The couple enjoyed riding motorcycles and taking the family downhill skiing. Ruth also enjoyed riding her bicycle, running, gardening, and was known as an excellent seamstress and for quilt making.

Ruth enjoyed her grandchildren as they would congregate at the farm on weekends and have extended stays during the Summer months. She was a loving Mom and Grandmother, known for a great attitude, good hugs and a nurturing spirit. The grandkids might highlight the many trips to the Dollar Store with Grandma the red sports car.

She is survived by her six children Scott Reynolds of Gulfport, FL, Joel Welby and Kay Reynolds of Williston, VT, Susan Sorrell of Columbia, SC, Randy and Beth Reynolds of Sheldon, VT, Gregg and Nancy (Tovey) Reynolds of Williston, VT, Matthew Reynolds of Gouverneur, several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ruth is also survived by her sister Marjorie Hughes of Brownville and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband, her parents, and her brothers Richard Peck and Kenley Peck.

Memorial donations in Ruth's memory are encouraged to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.

Anna M. McCollum

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Anna M. McCollum, age 85, of South Edwards, passed away on April 2, 2019 at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Anna was born on August 31, 1933 in Dickinson Center, NY to the late Frederick J. and Mary L. (Lamora) Clookey. She graduated from Potsdam Central School. On September 23, 1951, she married Glenn R. McCollum at the Pitcairn Wesleyan Church with Rev. Elwin Putney officiating. Glenn passed away on December 28, 2012.

Anna had worked as a nurses’ aid at Clifton-Fine Hospital and then became a teachers’ aid at Edwards Central School. She was a member of the South Edwards United Methodist Church. She was well known for her delicious donuts, pies and bread that she donated for years to the South Edwards Methodist Church and Community Center fundraisers. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing and quilt making for her family and also donating her work to fundraisers. And, she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving is a son and daughter-in-law, Glenn “Butch” and Dawn McCollum; four grandchildren, Sara Wright, Delmer McCollum, Amber Keeling and Lacey Folsom and five great grandchildren, Bryant and Andrew McCollum, Brayden and Dylan Keeling and Brooke Folsom; and a son-in-law, Roger Folsom.

Anna is predeceased by her parents; her husband, Glenn; a daughter, Glenna A. Folsom and several brothers and sisters.

There will be a graveside service for Anna at a later date at the Gates Cemetery in South Edwards. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home, Edwards. Condolences may be shared online at

Sherrill D Lashbrooks

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Sherrill "Sherry" D. Lashbrooks, 72, of Gouverneur passed away Monday, March 25 with her loving husband and family by her side.

Sherry was born October 21, 1946 in Gouverneur to Albert and Phila Porter Prashaw. Sherry attended Gouverneur Central Schools.

She married Wayne Lashbrooks on February 9, 1963 at the Church of Nazarene with Rev. Shaw officiating. 

Sherry owned and operated Sherry's House of Crafts.

Sherry enjoyed traveling, reading, crafts and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

She is survived by her husband Wayne, a son Robert and his wife Jeannette Lashbrooks, a daughter Nicole Lashbrooks Shippee, grandchildren Kyle Lashbrooks, Miranda and David Rohe, Alec Shippee, great grandchildren Jaxen and Mireya Rohe, a sister Roxanne Serviss, all of Gouverneur, and several nieces and nephews.

Sherry is predeceased by her parents, a daughter Laura, a son in law William "Billy" Shippee and a sister Sandra Godfrey.

There will be a celebration of life for Sherry on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at VFW in Gouverneur at 1:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Sherry's memory may be made to Ryan's Wish Foundation, P.O. Box 326, Gouverneur, NY 13642.

Pauline Fleming

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Pauline Fleming, 98, formerly of Brasie Corners, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Webster.

Calling hours were held at French Funeral Home in Gouverneur on Monday, March 18, 2019 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Graveside service followed at 3:00 p.m. in Pleasant Lake Cemetery, Brasie Corners. A buffet was held at Mullins in Gouverneur at 4:00 p.m. for friends and family.

Pauline was born June 24, 1920 in Oswegatchie. Parents were Archibald and Grace (Clute) Lawyer. She graduated from Morristown Central School in 1938.

Pauline married Kenneth Fleming on October 17, 1942 at the Gouverneur First Presbyterian Parsonage by Rev. Schofield. Kenneth passed away April 16, 2009. Pauline was an honorary member of the Macomb Grange and had served as a Civil Defense Aircraft Spotter during WWII. Pauline and Kenneth were dairy farmers in Macomb for many years. She was a homemaker, great mom and beloved grandma/great-grandma. She had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening. She loved reading, doing crossword puzzles, and playing cards and Scrabble.

Survivors include her daughters, Sharon Lane (Webster), Sally Hofmeister (Colorado), Paula Fleming (Clay), Bethany and Timothy Brown (Webster); grandchildren, Michael, Laurie, Kelly Christopher, Amy, Kim and Katie; nine great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Pauline is predeceased by her husband, Kenneth; brothers, Harvey and Glendon Lawyer; sisters, Jennie Condlin, Delia Simpson, Frances Austin, and Ruth Taylor; and sons-in-law, Dr. John Hofmeister and Dennis Lane.

Donations in memory of Pauline may be made to the Pleasant Lake Cemetery Association 6663 State Hwy 58, Hammond NY 13646. Condolences may be shared online at

Dale I. Bush

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Dale I. Bush, 76, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at his home under the care of his family and Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley.

A funeral mass was held on Saturday, March 9th at 11:00 am at St. James Catholic Church, Gouverneur with Fr. Shane Lynch officiating and burial to take place in the spring in New St. James Cemetery, Gouverneur. Calling hours were on Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 & 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.

Dale was born on February 24, 1943 in Gouverneur, NY, the son of Alton S. Bush and Margaret L. Jones Bush. Dale graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1961 and from Canton ATI in 1963, with a degree in Agri-Business. After college, he joined the United States Army Reserves.

Mr. Bush began his career at Agway in Syracuse in 1964 as a manager/trainee. He married Kathryn Randall on April 30, 1966 at St. James Church in Gouverneur. They moved to several different states, returning to Gouverneur in 1972 and purchased his grandparents' farm on the Welch Road. He worked for Agway, Augsbury, and Atlantic/Ultramar until he started his own business, D.I. Bush Fuels Inc. in 1982.

Dale was an active member of St. James Catholic Church in Gouverneur where he was a Eucharistic Minister, Parish Council member, 20-year Kiwanis member, 15-year trustee of E.J. Noble Hospital board of directors, advisor/board member of Gouverneur Community Bank, advisory board member for St. Lawrence/Lewis County BOCES, and a member of the board of directors of Cambray Housing. In 2003, Dale and Kay were named Citizens of the Year by the Gouverneur Chamber of Commerce.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, his beef cows, golfing, collecting tractors, trips to the casino, bowling, singing and dancing.

Mr. Bush is survived by one son, Michael (Tricia) Bush, of Gouverneur, three daughters, Patti (Jim) Besaw of Central Square, Maureen (Alvin) Moore of Florence, South Carolina, and Teresa (Jim) Minckler of Gouverneur, two brothers Phillip (MaryBeth) Bush of Gouverneur and David (Laurie) Bush of Gouverneur, one sister Marilyn (Bill) Sapila, of Lansing, Michigan, seven grandchildren Taylor Besaw, Morgan Bush, Nate Besaw, Emily Bush, Madison Besaw, JD Minckler, Paul Minckler, and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son Dale Irving Jr. in 1973, his father Alton in 1987, his mother Margaret in 1999, and his wife Kay in 2012.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Highway 11, Potsdam, NY 13676 or St. James Church, 164 E. Main Street, Gouverneur, NY 13642.

Aldea Jesmer

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Aldea M. Jesmer, age 96, of Gouverneur, passed away on February 27, 2019 at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

Calling hours were held at French Funeral Home in Gouverneur on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m. with funeral immediately following at 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Directly after the funeral service, family received friends and family at the Gouverneur VFW. Burial will be in the Hailesboro Cemetery in the spring.

Aldea was born on July 20, 1922 in Malone to the late Frederick G. and Blanche (Ouimet) Barton. She attended the Malone Catholic School and married Lloyd Jesmer on December 24, 1940 at the St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Malone. The couple moved to Gouverneur in 1952. Lloyd passed away on May 6, 1993.

Aldea loved to crochet, sew and read. She also loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of the ELKS Lodge and the Moose Lodge in Malone. She had worked in the Langdon Farms spinach fields, for Poupore Farm in Malone, was a cleaning lady at Nina’s in Gouverneur, and also had worked for the Gouverneur Lace Mill and Paper Mill.

Her survivors include her son, Emile Jesmer of Gouverneur; daughter, Tamara McEathron of Gouverneur; a sister, Bertha Jesmer of Malone; and 2 granddaughters, Andrea and Todd Brasie and Teresa and Brian Loveless; and 5 great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her parents, Frederick “Pépère” and Blanche “Mémère”, and her step-mother, Jane Barton.

Donations in memory of Aldea may be made to the Gouverneur Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 164, Gouverneur NY 13642 or Friends 4 Pound Paws, PO Box 394, Gouverneur NY 13642. Condolences may be made online at

Brent S. "Chuck" Smith

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Brent S. "Chuck" Smith, 77, formerly of Gouverneur, passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at his home in Lindale, Texas.

Funeral services will be announced in the spring and burial will be held in New St. James Cemetery, Gouverneur with military honors. Local arrangements are with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.

Brent was born in Gouverneur on February 6, 1942, the son of the late Sherman and Margaret (LaRose) Smith.

He graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1960 and served in the United States Army.

On April 18, 1964, Brent married Nancy J. Laverghetta at St. James Church with Fr. Paul Oehler officiating.

Brent was employed at Whalen Wholesale, International Talc, and retired from Corning Glass Corp. in 1993 after 27 years of employment.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the family camp on Black Lake for 42 years. Brent had been a member of Poker Flats Hunting Club, the chief financial officer of the American Legion Post 15 of Lindale, Holy Family Catholic Church of Lindale, and the Knights of Columbus.

Brent is survived by his wife of 54 years Nancy, 3 daughters Cherie Benjamin and her companion Mike Guzzey of Binghamton, Amy and Robert Lamneck of Suffolk, VA, Lisa and Douglas Box of Huntsville, TX, three grandchildren Jessica Benjamin, Kiernan Box and his wife Courtney, and Sean Lamneck, a great grandchild Cooper Box, several nieces and nephews . He is predeceased by his son Steven Smith, his parents, a brother Maitland Smith, a sister Beverly Pike, and a nephew Michael Pike.

Memorial donations in Brent's memory are encouraged to St. James Church, 164 E. Main Street, Gouverneur, NY 13642 or the American Legion Jordan-Duncan Post 15 of Lindale.

Randy William “Gab” Gadbaw

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Randy was a resident of St. Jospeh’s Home Ogdensburg, NY since January 1, 2019.

Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease eight years ago, he has slowly been leaving us. His spirit has finally joined his mind and left this world on February 19, 2019.

Born in Carthage, NY December 15, 1954 to William Henry Gadbaw and Rachel Jane Koster Gadbaw, he grew up in Gouverneur NY, attended St. James Parochial school, and graduated from GHS in 1973. After high school, he traveled with friends and worked in Florida and Texas.

When he returned to Gouverneur, he worked for WIGS radio as a DJ, where he got to express his love of music and share it with the North Country. Randy attended Canton College, receiving a Criminal Justice degree and then SUNY Potsdam where he graduated with his bachelor's degree. His education landed him a job as a probation officer with the St Lawrence County Probation Department, where he worked for 26 years before retiring. He was well respected and went above and beyond to treat his clients fairly.

Gab married Cindy Reilly on December 26, 1982 at her family’s home in Gouverneur. They raised their children in Norwood NY, where they lived for 30 years.

He had a lifelong love of Sylvia Lake, where the family has a camp on the North Shore. Gab enjoyed his years of participation in men’s basketball in Norwood and Potsdam. He hiked, hunted (or read poetry in the woods,) and was a triathlete. Gab was an avid reader and a founding member of the Sylvia Lake Bookclub. He enjoyed these meetings over the past 20 years with the dearest of friends. Gab was a storyteller extraordinaire.

Surviving are his wife, Cindy Reilly Gadbaw, son, Ian Gadbaw, daughter, Katie Gadbaw and husband Alex Carpenter and granddaughter, Anna Carpenter, all of Canton NY, as well as his brother, Phil Sprague of Watertown, his two stepbrothers, and a step sister. He loved his nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

Predeceasing Randy are his father, William Gadbaw, his mother, Rachel Koster Sprague, his sister, Elaine Gadbaw Marcellus, niece Tammy Marcellus, his stepfather, Donald Sprague, and a stepsister.

The Gadbaw family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to friends, family, and caregivers who generously gave their time and energy to support Randy over the last 8 years. Your kind efforts improved the quality of his, and all of our lives.

Randy's family would also like to invite all to attend a celebration of life to honor Randy at the Casablanca Restaurant in Gouverneur on Saturday, February 23rd from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Arrangements are with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association of Central New York, 441 West Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204.

Myrissa Lauren Murray

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Myrissa Lauren Murray, age 27, of Carthage, but formerly of Fine, NY, passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2019 in Upstate Medical University.

There will be a graveside service for Myrissa at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Clare, NY later in the spring. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home, Star Lake. Condolences may be shared online at

Myrissa was born on April 10, 1991 in Watertown, NY to George and Tracey (Scott) Murray. She was homeschooled through high school, and graduated in 2008. She did her senior year of high school and first year of SUNY Canton dual, then attended JCC. She worked as a teacher’s assistant at BOCES until becoming ill in 2015. She loved fostering cats for Friends 4 Pound Paws before she became too ill to continue that passion. She loved showing halter appaloosa horses as a teen and was invited to the World Show in Fort Worth with her gelding appaloosa Clear Distinction. She loved camping at her family’s camp, playing cards, and anything to do with her beloved cats and dog. She was deeply loved by many for her infectious laugh, sense of humor and sparkling blue eyes.

She is survived by her parents George and Tracey Murray of Fine; a brother, Ethan who is currently working in Afghanistan; her grandmother, Geneva Blackburn of Star Lake; grandparents, Gary and Linda Scott of Sylvia Lake and Myrtle Beach; many aunts, uncles and cousins. And, most of all, her loves and center of her world, her fur babies…Jack, Pippa and Fester.

Myrissa is predeceased by her grandparents George and Margaret Murray; great grandparents, Art and Geneva Austin, Paul and Barbara Scott and Doris Pearson.

Donations may be made in Myrissa’s memory to Friends 4 Pound Paws, P.O. Box 394, Gouverneur, NY 13642.

Ernest J. Hutt

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Ernest J. Hutt, known to everyone in Gouverneur as Ernie, passed away on January 13, 2019, three days before he would have turned 95 years old.

He was married to Marylou Trerise for 47 years who predeceased him (in 1994). He leaves behind and will be remembered by his three children, Susan Hutt Norton (husband Ed), Brian R. Hutt (wife Kathy), Valerie H. Wells, 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He also will be missed by nieces Faye Lockwood, Linda Syrek (husband David), Betty Whalen, and their families.

Ernie was born in Gouverneur and graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force since WWII had been declared. After his honorable discharge, he attended Syracuse University and received a B.S. in 1948. He then was in sales for various companies until he went to work for Gouverneur Central School System as business manager and eventually Business Administrator from 1961-1976. During these years, he decided to go back to college to earn his masters in education and also received his certification in School Administration from New York University in 1979. This gave him the opportunity to be appointed Assistant Superintendent of Gouverneur Central Schools, 1977, and also in Gloversville, New York from 1978-1982. He retired in 1982 but continued to teach part time as a professor in a military program through USC and taught classes at military bases in Germany from 1983-1986.

In the years that Ernie resided in Gouverneur, he was active in the First Presbyterian Church, The Rotary Club (he was president – 1951) and the Gouverneur Golf and Country Club.

He was a member of Syracuse University, St. Lawrence University Alumni and Phi Delta Kappa Professional Education Associations.

Memorial services are being planned for July 27, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church in Gouverneur and burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Gouverneur.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Ryan's Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, any breast or ovarian cancer foundation, or the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI).