Evelyn Fern Sanders
Evelyn Fern Sanders, 60, Gouverneur, passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Canton – Potsdam Hospital, surrounded by loved ones.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, July 1 fromnoon to 2 p.m. at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur and a private burial will be in Fullerville Cemetery.
Evelyn was born on September 27, 1956 in Gouverneur, the daughter of Theron “Sonny” and Fern “Sally” McIntosh Bice.
She graduated from Gouverneur High School and Mater Dei with an associate’s degree in business.
Evelyn was involved with her children’s activities and served as a leader of 4-H, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts and was a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend to many. She enjoyed playing bingo, bowling, camping, gardening, canning, baking, spending time with her grandkids, and was known for writing poems.
She is survived by her children Sandra O’Mara, Elizabeth and Randy Abar, and Theron Pankey, her grandchildren Mersaydie, Micheal, Maison, Makyle, Markeyce, Marrionna, Rebecca, William, Ryan, Austin, Theron, Dillian, Tylor, Caroline, and Michael. Evelyn is also survived by her siblings Michelle and John Walrath, Theron “Bud” and Vicki Bice, Nelson and Nancy Bice, and Russell Bice, many nieces and nephews.
She was a daughter to Sonny and Sally, grandmother to Benjamin Pankey and Jasmine Pankey, sister to Kelvin Bice Sr., aunt to Natalie Bice, who have all passed away before her.
Evelyn Fern Sanders
Irvon Dean Thomas
Syracuse/Gouverneur – Irvon Dean Thomas, age 75, passed away at home in Syracuse.
His burial will be private in the Riverside Cemetery in Gouverneur. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home in Gouverneur. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.
Irvon was born on May 31, 1942 in Gouverneur to the late Glendon and Gladys (Blair) Thomas. He went to the Gouverneur Central School through sixth grade and graduated from the Rome School for the Deaf in 1961. Irvon has lived most of his life in Syracuse.
His survivors include his sisters, Sandra and Gary Weaver of Greencastle, PA and Amber and Wellington Swem of Gouverneur. He also has two aunts, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jesse K. “Pat” Simmons
Jesse K. “Pat” Simmons, 82, Fullerville, died Friday, June 23, 2017 at Gouverneur Hospital after a brief illness.
He was born December 12, 1934 in Watertown, a son of Throuvanion and Ida Thomas Simmons and grew up in Benson Mines and Fullerville area and attended school in Fullerville and Star Lake. The Fullerville school eventually became his home.
Pat married Stasia Farr (Backus) on December 12, 1970. She died July 12, 2007.
He entered the US Air Force in 1952, serving in Okinawa and Hiroshima, Japan, being honorably discharged in 1962.
He retired as a motor vehicle operator at Fort Drum where he worked as a security guard and bus driver.
He was past commanderof the American Legion Post No. 65, Gouverneur, a life member of VFW Post 6338, Gouverneur and a member of the American Legion Post No. 1593, Star Lake.
Pat enjoyed hunting, fishing and drinking with his buddies. Most of his time was spent with his grandchildren, Dylan Bates, Calie Spedding and Ben Spedding, who were the light of his life.
Survivors include eight children: twin daughters, Kathy Bates and her companion Phillip Parker, Fullerville and Karen Spedding and husband Tom, Oswego, daughters, Gloria Weldon, Gouverneur, LouDean Garcia, TX, Pamela, Sandra and Elizabeth Simmons, all of NYC and Chris Petrie, Macomb; one son, Danny Worden, DeKalb; eight step-children; Sheila Seamans and husband, Dave of Cortland, Patsy Ginn and husband Jack of Cortland, Peggy Davis and husband Robert of Fowler, Danny Backus and companion, Kelly Marasco, Gouverneur, Phyllis Roberts and companion Kevin Gay, Hilton, Chris Backus and companion Patty Murdock, Fredericksburg, VA, Jimmy Backus and wife Lynne, Star Lake, Lori Cowles and husband Larry, Gouverneur; one sister, Nancy DuQuette, Saranac Lake; numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
His parents, his wife, four brothers, Thirel “Hi” Simmons, Kenneth Simmons, Throuvanian “Tonk” Taylor, Delous “Butch” Simmons, two step-daughters, Jo Backus and Bonnie Hooper, cousin and best friend, Carlton Simmons all died before him.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Legion Post No. 365, 163 East Main Street, Gouverneur, NY13642
Pat requested no calling hours or funeral. Arrangements are with Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa, N.Y. and condolences may be made online at www.frederickbrosfuneralhome.com.
Raymond “Ray” Villeneuve
Raymond Morse “Ray” Villeneuve, 81, Antwerp, passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017.
Calling hours were held on Thursday, June 29 from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur with Fr. Christopher Looby officiating and burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Antwerp.
Raymond was born in Faust, N.Y., part of Tupper Lake, on July 6, 1935. He is the fifth and youngest child of Napoleon “Paul” and Ida Carter Villeneuve.
Ray married Carol Elaine Dusharm on July 21, 1956 at St. James Church, Gouverneur, with Fr. James Lyng and Fr. Mehan officiating.
He was employed at Agway and St. Joe Lead Company before purchasing the family farm from Paul and Ida in 1967. He operated the dairy farm which was awarded the “Dairy of Distinction” award until retiring in 1998. The couple continued to reside on the farm, “Cedar Hill Farms”, while Ray continued to crop farm until his passing.
Ray enjoyed hunting, reading, traveling, carpentry, home improvements, mechanic work, and restoring and showing Oliver 60 Row Crop tractors.
He was a life member of the Gouverneur Elks Lodge and the Knights of Columbus.
Ray is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carol, his children Roxanna and Joseph Backer of Castile, N.Y., Ray Villeneuve of Holland Patent, Randy and Joan Villeneuve of Amherst, VA, ten grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
He is also survived by his sisters Dorothy Putman of Florida, Geraldine Coffin of Antwerp, several nieces and nephews, including his closest nephew, Jim Booking and his wife Lori Booking. Ray is predeceased by his parents, two brothers, Leon and Stanley, his sisters-in law Doris Villeneuve and Doris Trask Villeneuve.
Memorial donations in Ray’s memory may be made to Gouverneur Hospital, 77 W. Barney Street, Gouverneur, NY 13642, or Indian River Ambulance Service, 6 Sands Street, Philadelphia, NY 13673.
Todd J. “TJ” Breckenridge
Todd J. "TJ" Breckenridge, age 42, formerly of Gouverneur, passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Michigan where he resided.
Todd was born on September 14, 1974 in Gouverneur, the son of Terry and Carol Sigourney Breckenridge.
He graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1993 and then served in the United States Navy, where he received the following medals: National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Bosnia Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, Navy "E", Nato Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.
Todd attended Oklahoma State University following his honorable discharge from the Navy.
He married Laura Ketchmark on July 11, 1997 in Flushing, Michigan.
TJ enjoyed Oklahoma football, fishing, and hunting, especially in the UP of Michigan.
He is survived by his wife Laura, his twin daughters Kalyn and Kyla, his son Chase, all of Birch Run, Michigan, his parents Terry and Carol Breckenridge of Gouverneur, his brothers Scott and his fiance Tracy Tupper of Gouverneur, Derek and Sara of Fowler, Andrew and Melissa of Fowler, his close friends T.J. Simmons, Dickie Sawyer and Chad Fishel.
A memorial service honoring Todd's life will be held on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Gouverneur with Rev. Greg Bailey officiating. Entombment with military honors will follow at East Riverside Cemetery in Gouverneur. Arrangements are with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
Memorial donations in Todd's memory may be made to GouverneurWildcat Alumni, in memory of Todd Breckenridge, 113 E. Barney Street, Gouverneur, NY 13642.
A graveside service for Kenneth “Danny” and Laura Slate will be held on Friday, July 7 at 10 a.m. at New St. James Cemetery, Gouverneur. Mr. Slate passed away in 2016 and Mrs. Slate in 2008.
William C. Thomas, age 69, of Springfield, TN, but formerly of Gouverneur, passed away on October 4, 2016 in Springfield, TN.
There will be a graveside service on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 1p.m. at Hailesboro Cemetery in Gouverneur with Pastor Howard Maxson officiating and Military Honors. Local arrangements are handled by French Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
Geneva A. Austin
Geneva A. Austin, age 83, of Fine, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.
There will be a joint graveside service for Geneva and Art held in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Clare on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 11a.m. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home in Edwards. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.
Geneva was born on February 11, 1934 in Oswegatchie to the late James Hubbard, Sr. and Ethel (Ward) Hubbard. She attended the Oswegatchie School and married Arthur A. Austin on October 28, 1951 at Geneva’s parents’ home officiated by Rev. Frank Kelly. Art passed away on June 19, 2012.
Geneva loved working in her flower garden and enjoyed playing Bingo, painting, card games, and working on puzzles. In recent months Geneva enjoyed crocheting cat mats for adoption to donate to Friends 4 Pound Paws.
Her survivors include her daughter, Geneva “Tiny” Blackburn; a son and his wife, Alfred “Hap” and Jolene Austin; a brother, Elisha Hubbard; a sister, Eva Kerr; 12 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her husband, Art; a brother, James Hubbard, Jr.; and sisters, Emily Dowling, Goldie Folsom, and another brother and two sisters who died in infancy.
Donations in memory of Geneva may be made to Friends 4 Pound Paws, PO Box 394, Gouverneur N.Y. 13642 or to a charity of your choice.
Barbara J. MacTurk
Barbara J. MacTurk, 90, Hailesboro, passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Samaritan Summit Village in Watertown.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 23 at 11 a.m. at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur with Judy Sibley, lay pastor, officiating and burial in Hailesboro Cemetery. Calling hours were Thursday evening from 5p.m. to 7 p.m.
Barbara was born in Massena on May 19, 1927, the daughter of Marshall D. and Hope G. Lepper and was a resident of Hailesboro since she was 6 months old.
She graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1944.
Barbara married William Thomas MacTurk on October 18, 1946 at the Baptist Church parsonage with Rev. Ward Crawford officiating.
Mr. MacTurk passed away July 30, 1986.
Barb worked in the testing lab office of International Talc and as a food service helper at Fowler School for over 25 years, retiring in 1989.
She was active in the community, having served on the Hailesboro Home Bureau over 40 years, charter member of the Fowler School PTA, lifetime member of the VFW #6338 ladies auxiliary and the hospital auxiliary. Barb was also an esteemed member of the Copenhagen Vol. Fire Department auxiliary, a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Senior Citizens organization, served as an election inspector for 41 years, and was known for clipping coupons in the newspapers for the troops in Germany, Turkey, and Fort Drum.
Barb enjoyed spending time outdoors, working in her garden and flowers, feeding the birds, chipmunks, and gray squirrels. She also liked crossword puzzles and was an avid sports fan, especially the New York Mets.
She is survived by her son David and Cynthia MacTurk of LeRoy, N.Y., her daughter MaryAnne and Gerald Snyder of Copenhagen, N.Y., severalgrandchildren and great grandchildren, a sister Carolyn Fanning of Copenhagen, nieces and nephews, and her extended family of Hailesboro. Barb is predeceased by her husband Bill, her parents, a daughter Marsha Jean Downs, a brother James Lepper, and her faithful cat Bitty-Bit.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Gouverneur Vol. Rescue Squad, PO Box 164, Gouverneur, NY 13642.
Clay F. Bressette
Clay Bressette, age 57, of Edwards, passed away on June 16, 2017 at his home under the care of Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley and his loving family and friends.
Calling hours for Clay were on Thursday, June 22 from 2p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at French Funeral Home in Edwards. His funeral service will be on Friday, June 23 at 11a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Reggie Curtis officiating. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhome.com
Clay is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cindy (Clement) Bressette; two daughters, Cheyenne Whitford of Edwards and Sumerlyn (Janson) Dancause of Canton; two sons, Lucas and Brandon Bressette both of Edwards; a step daughter, Kimberly Delles of Brasher Falls; seven grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a brother, Ernest Bressette and three sisters, Bonnie Drew, Beatrice Bressette and Judy Lausch.
He was born on November 10, 1959 in Gouverneur to the late Glenn And Thelma (Monroe) Bressette. He graduated from Edwards Central School in 1978 and then went and served in the United States Air Force until his honorable discharge. He worked in the New York State Department of Corrections for 26 years and retired as a Sergeant in 2012. Clay married Cindy Clement on August 19, 1989 at the Edwards United Methodist Church.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, collecting rocks with his grandchildren and spending time with his family and friends.
Donations may be made in Clay’s memory to the Richard E. Winter Cancer Center, 5 Lyon Place, Ogdensburg, NY 13669.
Dorothy M. Stephenson, 70, of Stone Rd., Theresa, formerly of Rossie, passed away Sunday June 18, 2017 at home while under the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County.
Born of March 3, 1947 in Carthage, N.Y., she was one of nine children of Robert H. and Alice M. Pierce Ward and she attended Indian River High School.
She married Ray E. Stephenson on August 28, 1965 at the Philadelphia Methodist Church with the Rev. Hutchins, officiating.
The couple owned and operated a farm on the Lead Mine Rd. for 30 years and after farming they operated a machinery rental business for silage preservation.
Mrs. Stephenson was a Girl Scout Leader in Rossie for a time.
She loved birds, horses and flower gardening.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Ray; three children- son and daughter-in-law, William “Bill” and Valerie Stephenson, Theresa, N.Y., son, Sam Stephenson and companion, Holly Seymour, Clayton, N.Y., daughter and son-in-law, Bobbie and Ron Soules, Red Creek, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Erin Stephenson, Oswego, N.Y., Amber Evans, Rossie, Kaleb Stephenson, Theresa; three great-grandchildren; seven siblings; sisters, Mary Piquet, Oswego, Barbara McKee and husband Norbert, VA, Sherry Bacon and husband Michael, Heuvelton, N.Y., Bonnie Martin and husband Peter, Tucson, AZ; brothers, James Ward and wife Christine, Philadelphia, N.Y., Ken Ward and wife Darlene, Theresa, Charles Ward, VA; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Her parents and a brother, Richard “Dickie” Ward (Vietnam War) died before her.
Donations may be made to the Richard E. Winter Cancer Treatment Center, 5 Lyons Place, Ogdensburg, N.Y. 13669.
Burial will be in Redwood Cemetery, Redwood, N.Y. at a later date.
Arrangements are with Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa, and condolences may be made online at www.frederickbrosfuneralhome.com.
A spring graveside service for Phyllis Foeppel will be held on Saturday, June 24th at 11 am at South Edwards Cemetery.
Mrs. Foeppel, 78, passed away on March 29th. Arrangements are with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
Deborah “Debbie” Jean Collins, age 60, of Gouverneur, passed away on June 3, 2017 at the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg.
Visitation was held at the Gouverneur ELKS Lodge on Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 3p.m. to5 p.m. There will be no formal service. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home Inc. in Gouverneur. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.
Debbie was born on January 4, 1957 in Ogdensburg to the late Raymond Gordon and Dorothy Helen (Cousino) Walrath. She graduated from the Gouverneur Central School in 1975.
Debbie had worked as a certified nurses' aide for the Kinney Nursing Home. She married Howard L. Collins in Gouverneur on January 31, 2002.
Debbie loved her family and going to play Bingo. Her favorite flowers were yellow carnations and tulips and she enjoyed going through cook books and cooking different dishes.
Her survivors include her husband, Howard Collins; four children, Tara McCallops, Dustin Walrath, Howie Walrath, and Danielle Walrath; a brother and his wife, Richard and Susan Walrath; and several nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her parents and a brother, Tom Walrath.
Donations in memory of Debbie may be made to her family to offset funeral expenses in care of Danielle Walrath, 407 Smith Road, Gouverneur NY 13642.
Patricia Elaine Vandusen
Patricia Elaine (nee Shippe) Vandusen passed away suddenly at her home on Friday June 2, 2017 at the age of 58.
She was the much loved daughter of Mike (Faye) Shippee, and Shirley Nicholas (Lionel), beloved wife of Barry Vandusen, loving mother of Patrick Laidlaw (Shawna) and Amber Fretts (Joe) and cherished grandmother of Taylor, Trinity, Tobias, Eli and Gracie. Dear sister of Joadie (Larry), Rick (Donna), Ronnie (Esther), Sheila, Brad (Marc), Dianna (Daryl), David (Karen), Todd (Janine), Chris and Mike (Jackie). Patricia is the sister in law of Cheryl (Richard), Terry (Heather), Janet, and Kevin (Kelly). P
She was predeceased by one sister Renee, by one brother Greg, and mother in law Doris. She is also survived by father in law Ivan (Diane) by numerous nieces and nephews.
A Memorial service will be held in the Spragueville Church on Saturday June 10 at 12p.m. followed by burial in the Spragueville cemetery. A Reception will follow at the American Legion in Antwerp.
A Celebration of Life will once again be held on Saturday July 29, at 12p.m. at 47 Station Rd. Gananoque, Ontario.
As expressions of sympathy donations made to the Gananoque and District Humane Society would be appreciated by the family.
Online condolences at www.tompkinsfuneralhome.ca
Adam M. Reynolds, 27, died unexpectedly May 25, 2017.
Adam was born in Burlington, VT on February 14, 1990. Adam attended schools in Milton and South Burlington in Vermont and graduated from William Byrd High School in Roanoke, VA in 2009 where he was a part of the ROTC program.
Adam worked at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters where he was a machine operator. Everyone who ever met Adam loved him. Adam was an incredible athlete, loved being with his family and friends, but most of all he loved being a dad.
Adam is survived by his fiancé Sara Kantorowski and their two children Tristan 3, and Damion 1, his mother Lisa Joseph and her husband Philip, his father Gregg Reynolds and his wife Nancy Tovey, his sister Jennifer Corey and her husband Dennis and their children Grace and Ashlyn, sister Amanda Osgood and her husband Taylor and their children Hayden, Kiersten and Mayleigh, his sister Danielle McCann-Tam and her husband Cory, and his grandparents Norton Taylor, and Welby and Ruth Reynolds. Adam also leaves two step-siblings Alisia and Daniel Pascoe and his fiancé’s family - parents Jude and Peter Kantorowski, and siblings Lisa, Craig and Brian. Adam leaves behind many other relatives including aunts, uncles and cousins. Adam was predeceased by his grandmother Joan B. Taylor.
Adam leaves a precious gift as an organ donor that will save the lives of many individuals.
A fund has been set up for Adam’s two children. https://www.youcaring.com/tristananddamionreynolds-832812
Adam’s family is extremely grateful to the entire staff at UVM Medical Center who helped us through this difficult time.
Violet Cochrane, 85, formerly of Gouverneur, passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at her home in Claremont, New Hampshire.
Calling hours are Saturday, May 20 from 1 p.m. to 3:00 pm at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur followed by family remembrances at 3 p.m. Burial will be immediately afterward in East Riverside Cemetery, Gouverneur .
Violet was born on October 3, 1931 in Norwalk, CT, the daughter of Stanley and Viola Dugdale Bates.
She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, cooking, her grandchildren and caring for her dogs Sassy and Muffin. Violet was a mother, a homemaker and had worked as a caretaker.
Violet married John W. Cochrane on November 26, 1949 in Bedford, N.Y.
Mr. Cochrane passed away on January 1, 1981.
She is survived by a son John W. and Vickie (Noble) Cochrane of Dryden , NY, a daughter Cheryl A. and Stewart Foster of Colchester, VT, seven grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and one great, great grand daughter. Violet is predeceased by her parents, her husband, two sisters Jackie Shirley and Hilda Cochrane, two brothers William Bates and Stanley Bates.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Beverly E. Dalton, 86, of Richville, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at her home.
Funeral services are private with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
Beverly was born on May 29, 1930 in Fowler, the daughter of Roland B. and Cleo Allen Dalton.
She graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1947, attended A.B. Hepburn School of Nursing, received certification in public health, graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree, and performed graduate work at the universities of Rochester and Cortland.
Beverly worked in the healthcare field for many years. She worked for the NYS Dept. of Health in Gouverneur, for St. Lawrence County in the Massena area, served as a public health nurse in Alaska on Kodiak Island and in Metlakatka, and at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL. She also was employed at Cortland County Health Department in Marathon and Cortland and at the St. Lawrence County Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg.
Bev served on the advisory committees of SUNY Canton and BOCES, was a surrogate member and decision-making member of New York State for persons disabled, a member of the United Church of Richville, and Richville Friendship Class.
She enjoyed photography, genealogy, travel, pets, and pet therapy.
Bev is survived by her great nephew, Chad Dalton of Richville, who she raised from an infant. She is also survived by her brothers Roland Dalton of Marcellus, James Dalton of South Carolina, Robert Dalton of Phoenix, NY, Gary Dalton of DeKalb Jct., her foster brothers James Allen of Central Square and Richard Allen of Florida.
Bev is predeceased by her parents, a brother Norman Dalton, a sister Nancy Ellingsworth, nieces Sheryl Dalton and Sandra Dalton, a great niece Caitlyn Whitney and great nephew Nicholas Bloodgood.
Memorial donations in Bev's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Mohan F. Porter
Mohan F. Porter, 92, of Gouverneur died Friday, May 5, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family.
Surviving is his wife of 48 years, Sally, and four children- Jodi Bigarel, Brett Towne, Kendra Travisand Craig Porter.
Mohan is survived by 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mohan is also survived by a brother, William, sisters Lillian Gollinger, Sally Hays, Carol Feltand Patti Reed.
Two sons, Larry Porter and Damon Towne, and a daughter Vicky Miller died before him. Two brothers, Benjamin and Irvin, and sisters Margaret Whitford and Evelyn Richards also predeceased Mohan.
No calling hours will be held and there will be a private burial.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Lawrence County Hospice, 6805 US 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.
Publisher's note: during the time Sally Porter worked at the Tribune Press during its years on Clinton Street and later on Trinity Ave. Mohan did many favors for the owners and staff of thehometown weekly. In his very talented way he often crafted cupboards or shelves- whatever we seemed to need at the time to make our jobs a little easier. He was great with his hands. Never would he take money for his help. We enjoyed our conversations with him over the years and always found him to be pleasant and kind. He cared deeply about his family and we were honored to know him. Our condolences to Sally and her family at this time of their profound loss.
Sharron L. Sprague-Vesneski, age 73, who passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the United Helpers RiverLedge Nursing Home in Ogdensburg.
There will be calling hours for Sharron on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. with her funeral service starting at 1:30 p.m. atFrench Funeral Home in Gouverneur with Rev. Judy Hay officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Gouverneur. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.
Sharron was born on June 2, 1943 in Gouverneur, to Ward W. and Lena E. (Hicks) Sprague. She graduated from the Gouverneur Central School in 1961 and from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam in 1965. In 1966 Sharron received her Masters degree in Voice and Piano.
Sharron was a teacher. She taught at the Ogdensburg Free Academy while earning her Masters degree and then she taught at West Point; teaching the officer’s children. While she was at West Point she formed a choir called the West Point Cadets. Later on, Sharron earned her Masters in Psychiatric Social Work.
She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution; was a member of the literacy volunteers, and for a short time she taught English as a Second Language (ESL).
Sharron also belonged to numerous teachers’ associations. In her free time, Sharron enjoyed sewing and quilting. She traveled extensively to historic places and her favorite at-home past time was reading historical biographies of our Founding Fathers and others of historical note. She has also been a featured speaker at DAR meetings.
Sharron is survived by three brothers, Russell W. and Priscilla Sprague of Zion Crossroads, VA and David C. Sprague of Antwerp, N.Y.; Phillip and Cheryl Sprague of Reston, VA; a sister, Pauline and Tim Valuckas of Litchfield, CT and several nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her parents, Ward W. and Lena E. Sprague, and her brother, Stephen H. Sprague.
Donations may be made in Sharron’s memory to the Gouverneur Cemetery Association, PO Box 29, Gouverneur NY 13642.
Elfriede "Frieda" Perrigo, 80, Gouverneur, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at her home.
Funeral services are at the convenience of the family and arrangements are with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
Elfriede was born on May 23, 1936 in Mammendorf, Germany, the daughter of Martin and Anna Herbts Schallermayer.
She attended school in Gerlinden, Germany and apprenticed in millinery in Munich, Germany.
Frieda married Everett Lacey in November 1953, and he passed away shortly afterwards. She then married the love of her life, Melvin Joseph Perrigo, on September 16, 1955. Melvin passed away in 1975.
She worked at Kinney Drugs, Gouverneur Bowl, and Roma Restaurant, retiring in 1985.
Frieda enjoyed knitting, playing bingo, traveling, and visiting with friends and family.
She is survived by her children Bonnie Hatline of Trent, TX, Kelvin and Tracy (Lambert) Perrigo of Gouverneur, Bryan and Brenda (June) Perrigo of Gouverneur, a daughter-in-law Darlene (Wilmet) Lacey, nine grandchildren, several great grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister Thekla Schissel of Otching, Germany, nieces and nephews.
Frieda is predeceased by her parents, her two husbands Everett and Melvin, a daughter Gloria Perrigo, a son Harold Lacey, a son-in-law Larry Hartline, a brother Martin Schallermayer and a sister Anna Stokes.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Gouverneur Vol. Fire Department, 33 Clinton Street, Gouverneur, NY 13642 or Gouverneur Vol. Rescue Squad, PO Box 164, Gouverneur, NY 13642.