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Obituaries

Theron F. "Bud" Bice Jr.

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Theron F. "Bud" Bice Jr.
Theron F. "Bud" Bice Jr., 59, Gouverneur,  passed away at home on Friday, June 30, 2017.
There are no funeral services and burial will be private in Fullerville Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
Theron was born on September 22, 1957 in Gouverneur, the son of Theron "Sonny" and Fern "Sally" McIntosh Bice.
He graduated from Gouverneur High School and attended college before serving in the United States Army for 12 years and the Army Reserves for 8 years.
Theron married Vicki Peck on August 24, 1985.
He worked in construction and was employed at Fort Drum for 20 years.
Bud enjoyed hunting, gardening, making maple syrup and wood crafts. He was also a fan of NASCAR, cheering on Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Junior, enjoyed bowling, flea markets, and was a favorite of the kids around Easter time, hiding hundreds of eggs for them to find.
Bud is survived by his wife Vicki, his children Catherine and Erik Bice of Fowler, Maison Pankey of Gouverneur, grandchildren Zayden and Caylana Bice, brothers Russell Bice, Nelson and Nancy Bice, sister Michelle and John Walrath Sr., many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, a brother Kelvin Bice Sr., a sister Evelyn Sanders, a nephew Benjamin Pankey, nieces Natalie Bice and Jasmine Pankey.
Memorial donations in Bud's memory can be made to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley, Gouverneur Vol. Rescue Squad, or Ryan's Wish Foundation.

Nettie Link

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Nettie Rose Link, 100 years of age, formerly of Gouverneur, passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at her daughter’s home in Spencerport.
There was a graveside service held in the Hailesboro Cemetery on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Beth Quick officiating. Arrangements with French Funeral Home in Gouverneur. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com or by emailing her family directly at gee@rocheser.rr.com.
Nettie was born on November 19, 1916 in Russell to the late Elmer and Lulu (Dugall) Traver. She married Earl V. Link on August 13, 1935. Mr. Link passed away on July 5, 1980.
Mrs. Link lived in Gouverneur until moving to Spencerport in 1999. She had worked as a clerk for W.T. Grant’s and Ames Department Stores.
Nettie loved time spent with her family, especially during Sunday dinners. She enjoyed reading books, knitting, and was a member of the Rebekah’s.
Her survivors include her son and his wife, Gary and Ann Link of Spencerport; her daughter and her husband, Carol and Bruce Ayers of Spencerport; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She is predeceased by her husband, Earl Link; a sister and her husband, Dorothy and Bill Randall; and a brother in infancy.
Donations in memory of Nettie may be made to the Gouverneur Methodist Church, PO Box 157, Gouverneur NY 13642, the Ogden Baptist Church, 721 Washington Street, Spencerport NY 14559.

Marvin B. Matthews, Jr.

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Marvin B. Matthews, Jr.

Marvin B. Matthews, Jr., age 59, of Pitcairn, died unexpectedly on Thursday, June 29, 2017.
There will be a funeral service held outside at the Gouverneur Elks Lodge on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life and luncheon inside the Elks Lodge. Anyone who is unable to attend the service but would like to gather at the luncheon is welcome to come and share stories, laughter, and a meal with family and friends.
Arrangements are with French Funeral Home in Gouverneur. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.
Marvin was born on January 19, 1958 in Lincoln, ME, the son of Marvin B. Matthews, Sr. and the late Janice E. (Smith) Matthews.
He lived with his family in Brushton and Gouverneur. He graduated from the Gouverneur Central School and was educated in the Electrical Trades at Southwest Technical Center. He served in the United States Navy from 1976 until his honorable discharge in 1979.
Marvin married Connie A. Hendrick on July 25, 1987 at the Gouverneur Presbyterian Church with Rev. Everett Waite officiating. The couple built their beautiful home together over the years.
Marvin was a perfectionist with a larger than life attitude. He loved fishing, especially fishing for walleye on the St. Lawrence River, as well as ice fishing, hunting, boating, skiing, and restoring motorcycles, old trucks, and antiques.
He was a former member of two hunting clubs: the Bingo Club and Owl Mountain Club. He enjoyed traveling to his family’s lakeside camp in Maine.
His greatest pride and joy was his daughter, Carly. She was his best accomplishment.
Marvin recently retired as a line foreman for National Grid. He proudly worked for the utility since 1991. He was a member of IBEW Local #1249. He had previously worked in construction for several companies, performing roofing, electrical work and carpentry. He was a jack of all trades, and was a master of many.
His survivors include his wife, Connie of Pitcairn; his daughter, Carly R. Matthews of Delmar; his father, Marvin B. Matthews, Sr. of Gouverneur; and sisters, Rhonda J. Bowen of Brushton and Carolee S. and Dennis Premo of Fowler. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Marvin is predeceased by his mother, Janice Matthews; and an infant brother, Gregory William Matthews.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Marvin may be made to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US HWY 11, Potsdam NY 13676 or to a charity of your choice.

Lawrence G. "Larry" Cole

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Lawrence G. "Larry" Cole

Lawrence G. "Larry" Cole, 81, Antwerp,  passed away on Friday, June 30, 2017 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.
Calling hours were on Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a funeral service at 1p.m. at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur with Rev. Beth Quick, pastor of the Gouverneur United Methodist Church officiating and burial in Hailesboro Cemetery.
Lawrence was born in Gouverneur on October 1, 1935, the son of Glenn and Monibel Brown Cole.
He graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1953 and served in the United States Army Reserve.
On August 22, 1957, Larry married Marjorie K. Andrews at the United Methodist Church parsonage with Rev. Wood officiating.
Larry worked at Cassaw's Gas Station, Dodd's Shell Station, Dodds Motor Company, International Talc Company, and he retired from the paper mill in Natural Dam in 1997 after 35 years of employment.
He was an outdoorsman, enjoying camping, hunting, fishing, and spending time at the family cottage on Black Lake. Larry was also an avid NASCAR fan, cheering for everyone not named Jimmy Johnson.
Larry is survived by his wife of 60 years Marjorie, his children Rocky and Carol Cole of Alaska, Roxanne and Ronald Slate of Gouverneur, Daniel Cole of Gouverneur, Dana and Amy Cole of Antwerp, his brother Scott and Sharon Cole of E. Syracuse, his sisters Gloria and Gary Smith of Harrisville, Delores and Ronald Hartle of Gouverneur, several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jason and Claudia Slate of Arizona, Matthew and Kelli Slate of Westvale, Gregory Cole and Kim Hilligas of Gouverneur, Nathan and Megan Cole of Gouverneur, Jonathon Cole of Antwerp, Timothy and Jacki Burns of Alaska, a stepgrandson Adam and Kristine Fykes of Alaska, his great grandchildren Alaxa, Erik, and Hannah Slate, Ethan and Quinn Slate, Wyette and Willow Cole, Teagan and Vivian Cole, Velelina and Chaeli Burns.
Larry is predeceased by his parents Glenn and Monibel, a brother Richard Cole, a daughter-in-law Jody Cole, and a great granddaughter Macy Slate.
Memorial donation in Larry's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Francis D. Briggs

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Francis D. “Red Fox” Briggs, age 80, of Gouverneur, passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Gouverneur Hospital.
Calling hours for Francis were held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at French Funeral Home, Gouverneur. There will be a graveside service on Friday, July 7 at 11 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery with Rev. Beth Quick officiating. Condolences may be shared at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.
Francis was born on March 30, 1937 to the late Margaret (Briggs) Meyers. He attended Gouverneur School and was raised by Ralph and Olive Pratt in Hailesboro. I
n 1955, he entered into the United States Air Force and served until his honorable discharge in 1959. Francis married Denelda Fuller on March 25, 1960 at the Gouverneur United Methodist Church with Rev. Stanley Brown officiating. He worked as a truck driver for Potters Industries in Potsdam. He had previously worked at Kraft Foods, St. Lawrence County and McCallister’s.
Francis was a member of the Dads of Foreign War and was a former volunteer fireman for the Hermon and Gouverneur Volunteer Fire Departments. He loved camping at Brennan Beach and going on golf cart rides with his dog.
Surviving is his wife of 57 years, Denelda; three sons, Earl and Penny Briggs, Eric and Kathryn Briggs and Scott Briggs; a daughter, Coleen Desormeaux and her companion Bill Farr; seven grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He is predeceased by a granddaughter, Deseray Briggs.
Donations may be made in Francis’ memory to the Gouverneur Volunteer Fire Department.

DeEtta Heh

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DeEtta Heh, 92, Gouverneur, passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse.
Calling hours were held on Sunday, July 2 from 1p.m. to 2p.m. Funeral servicesfollowed at 2p.m. at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur, with Rev. Howard Maxson, pastor of Fowler Baptist Church, officiating. Burial immediately followed at Riverside Cemetery, Gouverneur.
DeEtta was born in Gouverneur on June 25, 1925, the daughter of Albert and Vera Porter Matthews.
She graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1943 and lived most of her life in the Gouverneur area before moving to Delphi Falls and recently to Clay, NY. DeEtta was employed at P&C Supermarket for 26 years, retiring in 1985.
DeEtta married her first husband, Francis Whitmore and had two sons Ronald and Richard.  She subsequently married James Roycroft who predeceased her. In 1967, she married Raymond Heh who passed away in 1988.
She is survived by her two sons, Richard Whitmore (Tina) of Liverpool and Ronald Whitmore of Idaho and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, a brother Elon Matthews of Liverpool, and several nephews.
DeEtta is predeceased by her husbands, parents, and a sister Janis LeClaire.
Memorial donations may be made to Delphi Falls Volunteer Fire Dept.

Gregory L. Cox

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Gregory L. Cox

Gregory L. Cox, 48, Gouverneur,  went to be with his son, Anthony, who he cherished for 967 days, on Monday, June 26, 2017.
Greg was an organic dairy farmer, a devoted father and husband, and a deeply loved man.
He is survived by his wife Amy, his children Devin, Donovan, Zachary, Samuel, and Rose. Greg is also survived by his parents Charles and Louise Cox of Syracuse, maternal grandfather Raymond Heer of Marcellus, his brothers and sisters-in-law Glenn and Jennifer of Syracuse, Geoffrey and Heather of Iron Station, NC, Geremy and Adrienne of Gouverneur, Garrett and Jacqueline of Syracuse, 15 nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be on Friday, June 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a funeral service to follow at 1:00 pm and burial in Maple Grove Cemetery, Richville.
Memorial donations in Greg's memory may be made to the Children of Gregory Cox, c/o Amy Cox, Key Bank, 62 Church Street, Gouverneur, NY 13642.

Evelyn Fern Sanders

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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.

Irvon Dean Thomas

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Service Notice: Kenneth and Laura Slate

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Service notice
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.

 

Service Notice: William C. Thomas

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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

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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

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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

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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 Stephenson

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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.

Service notice: Phyllis Foeppel

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Service notice

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

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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.