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Obituaries

Leonilda "Jane" Gates

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Leonilda "Jane" Gates

Gouverneur - Leonilda "Jane" Gates, 97, passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville.
   Calling hours will be on Tuesday, August 22nd from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm with a funeral service at 1:00 pm at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur with Fr. Shane Lynch, pastor of St. James Catholic Church officiating and burial with military honors in Riverside Cemetery, Gouverneur.
   Leonilda was born on February 26, 1920 in Gouverneur, one of fourteen children of Claude and Agnes Shortt Gates.
   Jane graduated from Gouverneur Dean High School and served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946. She was a member of the 402nd ASF Army band. Upon her honorable discharge, Jane attended and graduated from Rochester Business Institute.
   She worked at the Montgomery Wards catalog store in Gouverneur for 31 years and was the store manager for several years.
   Jane lived on Williams Street all her life and was a member of the Gouverneur American Legion, served in its band, and often played Taps at military honors ceremonies. She also enjoyed studying genealogy, hunting, and fishing.
   Jane is survived by her brother Claude R. Gates of Gouverneur, many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents Claude H. Gates and Agnes Shortt Gates, her brothers Yale, Jerome, Paul Kenneth, and James Kermit "Bill" Gates, her sisters Vena Davey, Orpha Bennett, Ann Brown, Teresa Butler, Mary Moran, Eleanor J. "Betty" Gates, infant sisters Rita Gates, and Edith Gates.    Memorial donations in Jane's memory may be made to St. James Catholic Church, 164 E. Main Street, Gouverneur, NY 13642.

Ivan “Hop” D. Matice

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GOUVERNEUR – Ivan “Hop” D. Matice, age 67, of Gouverneur, passed away on August 19, 2017 at the Gouverneur Hospital surrounded by his wife and children. Calling hours was held at French Funeral Home in Gouverneur on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. His funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Beth Quick officiating. Burial will follow in the Hailesboro Cemetery. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.
Ivan, known as Hop or Papa, was born on August 17, 1950 in Gouverneur to the late Webb Matice, Sr. and Fern (Fields) Matice. He attended the Gouverneur Central School and married Sharon VanOrnum on August 18, 1979 at the Gouverneur United Methodist Church.
Hop worked as a janitor for the West Side Elementary School for many years. He also worked for a meat packing plant in Brier Hill, was a janitor for Palms Restaurant, and most recently worked for the NYSARC Bottle Redemption Centers in Hermon and Gouverneur.
Ivan enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. He was a well-liked man who seemed to know everybody. Despite being disabled, he loved life and was a true fighter. He loved watching his grandkids play sports, eating his nightly Hershey bars and riding his scooter. Lately he has enjoyed watching Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, the Price is Right, and the nightly news.
His survivors include his wife, Sharon; three children, Jason Matice, Michael Matice and his wife, Alicia, Heather Matice and her partner, Stefan Evans; a brother, Carl Matice; and two sisters, Christine Reynolds and Rose Fifield. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren, Gavin Evans, Audrina Evans, Joseph Hogle, Jonathan Hogle; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Ivan is predeceased by three sisters, Shirley Jones, Norma Dusharm, Sue Dashnaw; and four brothers, Alvin and Webb Matice, and Don and Allan Aldridge.
Donations in memory of Ivan may be made to the Gouverneur Hospital Renovation Fund or to NYSARC.

 

Donald E. Jesmer

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Williamson/Gouverneur:  Donald E. Jesmer entered into rest on August 10, 2017 at the DeMay Living Center at age 93.
Predeceased by his wife: Theresa Jesmer; son: Richard Jesmer.
He was born in Potsdam, NY to the late Charles and Margaret (Lawrence) Jesmer.
Don proudly served our country in the United States Air Force from 1945-1949. He worked as a Zinc Miner for St. Joe's Mineral Corporation and retired after many years. He was an avid outdoorsman especially loving to fish and hunt.
Survived by son: Stephen (Donna) Jesmer; daughter: Debbie (Gary) Schaefer; daughter in law: Carol Jesmer; grandchildren: Nicole, Ricky, Brenda, Shannon, Summer, Brandy, Desiree, Lindsey, Kinsey, Kaitlyn, and Carley; 13 great grandchildren; many extended family and friends.
Private interment in East Riverside Cemetery, Gouverneur, NY.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.youngfuneralhomeny.com.

Patricia L. "Pat" Brundage

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Gouverneur - Patricia L. "Pat" Brundage, 78, passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown.
   Calling hours were on Wednesday, August 2nd from 10:00 to 11:30 am, prior to a funeral service at 11:30 am at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur with Rev. Beth Quick, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Gouverneur, officiating and burial in New St. James Cemetery, Gouverneur.
   Patricia was born in Gouverneur on October 15, 1938, the daughter of Lester and Dorothy Rookey Jones.
   She graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1956 and from Central City Business School (CCBI) in Syracuse.
   Pat married Grant L. Brundage on April 26, 1958 at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Gouverneur.
   She had worked as a secretary for local attorney offices and for the corporate offices of Kinney Drugs.
   Pat enjoyed sewing, quilting, making crafts, and bowling.
   She is survived by her husband Grant, a son Mark Brundage and his fiancé Stacie McMurray of Plessis, a daughter Lori and Jeff Donaldson of Gouverneur, 2 grandsons Jeffrey and Heather Donaldson, Ryan and Crystal Donaldson, and 2 great grandsons Jared Donaldson and William Donaldson. Pat is also survived by a brother Richard Jones of Phoenix, NY, 3 sisters Sharon Keyes of Fullerville, Sandy Kastler of Lacona, Sonja Farr of Gouverneur, several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents and an infant brother Ronnie Jones.
   Memorial donations in Pat’s memory may be made to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 157, Gouverneur, NY 13642 or Friends 4 Pound Paws, PO Box 394, Gouverneur, NY 13642.

Benjamin Alexander Royce

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Benjamin Alexander Royce

Ogdensburg - Benjamin Alexander Royce, 51, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at his home.
   A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 3rd at 2:00 pm at the Riverside Cemetery, Gouverneur with Rev. Howard Maxson, pastor of the Fowler Baptist Church, officiating. Arrangements are with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
   Benjamin was born in Gouverneur on September 20, 1965, the son of Alton and Jane Adamo Royce.
   He attended Hermon-DeKalb School most of his youth and graduated from Gouverneur Central School.
   Following graduation, he entered the United States Army and served for 8 years, including service in Southwest Asia during Desert Storm, and received a Good Conduct Medal and a National Defense Service Medal. During his service, Ben was stationed in Hawaii, Germany, Georgia, and Texas, among other places.
   On May 2, 1991, Ben married Donna Lawton in Gouverneur with Wallace Sibley officiating.
   He enjoyed researching genealogy, watching WWE wrestling, visiting the casino, photography, and taking long walks to be out in nature.
   Ben is survived by his wife Donna, his two children Megan Danyelle Royce and Alexander David Royce, both of Ogdensburg, his siblings Dolores and Randy House of Fowler, Roger and Christine Royce of Edwards, Fred Royce of Gouverneur, John Royce of Gouverneur, Aunt Sally and Uncle Alan Hall of Oneida, and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, a sister Rachel Royce, and 2 brothers, Darrell Royce and Michael Royce.
   Memorial donations in Ben's memory may be made to the St. Lawrence County Historical Association in Canton.

Edith Herheim

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Edith Herheim

Edith Herheim, Gouverneur,  passed away at the age of 98.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon O. Herheim; her parents, Henry J. (Pete) and Edith Curtis; her sisters, Jeanne (Toby) Tyler and Hon (Howard) VanNorton. She leaves her children, Dianne Winters, Rochester; David (Janice) Herheim, Gouverneur; Sue Sharpe, Romulus; Marsha Littwitz, Rochester; and Janice Herheim, Malone; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren; her sister, Joanne Phelps, Farmville, NC; and many loving nieces and nephews.
A lifelong resident of Gouverneur, she graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1936 and attended Crane School of Music. She could often be seen riding her bicycle around town into her mid-80’s and made a daily stop at the Donut Shop where she was a member of the Golden Girls. She loved traveling and volunteered for the E.J. Noble Hospital Auxiliary, the Gouverneur Garden Club, and the Gouverneur public Library.
If desired, consider a donation to the Gouverneur Public Library, 60 Church Street, Gouverneur, NY 13642.
There will be a private graveside service. Please join the family at the Casablanca Restaurant 11:30 a.m. to1:30p.m.  on Saturday, July 22.

Robert L. Emerson

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Robert L. Emerson, 74, of Sparrowbush, N.Y,. entered peacefully into eternal rest on Monday, July 10, 2017 at his home with his devoted wife, Beth and youngest daughter, Kristen by his side.  
He was born September 25, 1942 in Potsdam, N.Y. the son of the late Robert H. and the late Alice Gowell Emerson. He was predeceased by his brother in law, Russell Otto of Rio, N.Y. as well as a handful of his nearest and dearest friends.  He was predeceased by his loyal companion, Abbey, his Scottish terrier.
He proudly served our country in the United States Navy, stationed in Port Hueneme, CA, where he received an honorable discharge on January 22, 1962.
In 1972, while in Binghamton, NY, Bob met the love of his life, Beth, a nursing student and him, a scuba diving instructor.
Bob was the building inspector for the Town of Deerpark for 17 years; the longest amount of time held by one person in this position as of yet.  He was very fond of his coworkers, and them of him.  He was also a member of the NYS Builders Association.
Bob was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as spending time on the lake near his hometown with his brother, David.  He was truly Bob the Builder, as he was often seen on his property riding his backhoe and other various heavy machinery.  He had a large collection of vintage snow mobiles, having 28 at one time.  He enjoyed attending car shows and swap meets with his family, especially his grandchildren.  He was a car enthusiast, with focus on hot rods, antique and classic cars, having acquired numerous throughout his lifetime.  
The family urges and encourages anyone who will be attending the funeral, as in true enthusiast style, to bring your classic cars as a tribute to Bob.
Surviving are his loving wife of 40 years Beth Koenig Emerson, children: Jason Emerson and his wife of Sparrowbush, Alicia Bennett and her husband James of Queensland, Australia, Kristen Emerson and her fiancé Joseph Boucher of Port Jervis, N.Y., Jeffrey Emerson and his wife Linda of Milford, PA, Gina Emerson of Seguin, TX, Wendy Emerson of Austin, TX. Brother David Emerson and his wife Carolyn of Harrisville, NY. Sister: Catherine Emerson-Erwin and her husband James of Boston, MA. Sisters in law: Loretta Buchanan of Matamoras, PA and Linda Otto of Rio, NY. Brother in Law: Lawrence Koenig of Destin, FL. Daughter In Law Maria Emerson of Goshen, N.Y.
Grandchildren: Jeffrey, Anthony, Shiloh, Savannah, Victoria, Sara, William and Alexa. He had an especially close bond with his three youngest grandchildren, Ashley and Tyler Emerson and Leila Bennett, who lovingly called him “Poppy”. He also had one great grandchild.
He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Also his beloved dog Tiggy, his Cairn terrier.
Family and friends are welcome to visit at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771 on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 12p.m. to2p.m.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 2p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiating.
Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s name to BeTheMatch.org, American Red Cross for blood and platelet donations. The family asks for consideration in joining the “Be the Match Registry”, as well as any donation to that cause. Also, for your support of the Compassionate Care Act Legislation and the Death with Dignity Statute.
Funeral arrangements are by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis.  For additional information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family please visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.

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

Dan McClelland

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

Dan McClelland

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.