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Obituaries

Lucille Phelps

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Lucille J. Phelps, age 80, formerly of Gouverneur, passed away on April 26, 2018.
Calling hours will be held at French Funeral Home in Gouverneur on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Her funeral service will be on Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home officiated by Rev. Beth Quick. Burial will follow in the Hailesboro Cemetery.
Lucille was born on July 12, 1937 in Harrisville to the late Arthur Edwin Clarke and Helen Elizabeth (Cring) Clarke. She graduated from the Harrisville Central School in 1955, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts and her Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Oswego State University.
Mrs. Phelps began her long career with the Gouverneur Central School as an Elementary Industrial Arts Teacher for 10 years at all six Elementary Schools in the District. She briefly worked as the Junior High School Wood Shop Teacher before a 27-year career teaching the fourth grade; retiring in 1997.
Lucille married Bruce S. Phelps on June 29, 1968 at the Gouverneur Methodist Church officiated by Rev. Stanley Brown. Bruce passed away on January 30, 2014.
Lucille enjoyed woodworking, traveling, reading, and genealogy. She was a lifetime member of the Harrisville Historical Association, the NYS Teachers Association, and the Harrisville United Methodist Church.
Her survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, and two grandsons; Bruce A. Phelps of Gilbert, AZ, Charles S. and Allison L., Jared S. and Jaxson L. Phelps of Pocono Lake, PA.
Donations in memory of Lucille may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes Barre, PA 18702. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.

 

Service Announcements

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Service Announcements

GOUVERNEUR – The funeral service for Retha H. Brown, of Gouverneur, who passed away on February 11, 2018, will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Gouverneur First United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home.
HARRISVILLE – The burial service for Marla R. Martin, formerly of Harrisville, who passed away on April 18, 2018, will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Harrisville Cemetery. Arrangements are with French Family Funeral Home.

Garnet A. Hills

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Garnet A. Hills, 86, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 5th from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the Gouverneur American Legion. Arrangements are with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
Garnet was born in DeKalb on June 5, 1931, the son of Albert and Vivian Lucus Hills.
He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and worked at Groveton Paper Mill for nearly 20 years before working for the Town of Gouverneur, retiring as town superintendent in 1992.
Garnet married Mary K. Casey on June 10, 1961 at the Gouverneur United Methodist Church with Rev. Stanley E. Brown officiating.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping, especially at Westcott Beach, but most of all, enjoyed spending time with family.
Garnet is survived by his wife of 56 years Mary, his 2 daughters Janet E. and Carl Rivers Jr. of Calcium, Sharon A. Liscum of Gouverneur, his son Brian Hills of Gouverneur, 6 grandchildren, 6 great grandsons, several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, a brother William Hills, a sister Marjorie Morse, and a son-in-law Kurt Liscum.
Memorial donations in Garnet's memory may be made to Cerebral Palsy of the North Country, NNY Community Foundation, 120 Washington Street, Suite 400, Watertown, NY 13601.

Erton Sipher

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Erton W. Sipher of Harrisville and Gouverneur died Friday, April 27, 2018, at age 97.

Calling hours will be held at French Funeral Home in Gouverneur on Monday, April 30, 2018 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. followed by his funeral at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Donna Thorpe officiating. Burial will be in the East Riverside Cemetery.
Erton was born on March 31, 1921, on the family’s dairy farm in Macomb to the late John W. and Marion (Hurst) Sipher. He graduated from the Gouverneur High School and the Cornell University College of Agriculture, where he studied animal husbandry. Cornell honored him with an Outstanding Alumni Award and a Department of Animal Science Award of Merit.
He operated Greenbriar Farms until his retirement. Erton was a long-time member of the St. Lawrence County Fair Board, was active in farm organizations, wrote the book “The Gene Revolution” and was a lifelong New York Yankees and New York Giants fan.
Erton was married to Zelda Elizabeth Mullen from 1944 until her death in 1987. He was married to Clara Day from 1997 until her death in 2015.
In addition to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his survivors include his children and their spouses, David (Judy), Mary Ann (Eric Freedman), Karen (Robert Bailie), Paul (Brenda), Amy (Steve Holleran), and Clara’s family.
In lieu of flower, donations in Erton’s memory may be made to the Gouverneur Rescue Squad, PO Box 164, Gouverneur NY 13642, or to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.

Connie Lee Ketcham

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Connie Lee Ketcham

Connie Lee Ketcham, formerly of Gouverneur, NY, died on Apr. 16, after losing her second battle with lung cancer in a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was 65 years old.
Ms. Ketcham was born Connie Lee Gamble on March 13, 1953 in Watertown, New York and grew up in the Evans Mills area. She attended Indian River Central School and later obtained her graduation equivalency diploma. Ms. Ketcham married her first husband, Harold Cole, in Sept. 1971, and she then moved to the Gouverneur area. She and Mr. Cole later divorced, and she married her second husband, John Ketcham, in 1989. They, too, later divorced.
She met her current common- law husband, Robert “Mitch” Rice and moved to Skiatook, Oklahoma in 1992. She travelled across the country with Mr. Rice, who works on the pipelines, for a number of years, and she later joined the Local 798 Pipe Liners’ Union, when she, too, became an employee. She worked on the pipe lines until she was diagnosed with her first round of lung cancer, which forced her to retire.
She was cancer-free for 13 years. While she was in retirement, she had a number of hobbies, which included making and selling a variety of arts and crafts. These included flower arrangements, pot holders, picture frames, and welders’ caps. Ms. Ketcham also loved to sing karaoke; she loved country music. She played the violin, organ, and guitar.
Ms. Ketcham was preceded in death by Carl E. Gamble and Dorothy Russell- Wright, her parents and her older brother David Costantino.
She is survived by Mr. Rice; her two children, her son retired Chief Petty Officer William  and daughter Barbara Cole; an older brother, Carl Gamble; a younger sister, Tina Demo; three grandchildren, Tamara, Allison, and Jacob; several nieces and nephews, as well as several great-nieces and nephews; and four dogs, Spike, Buddy, Max and Sophie.
Funeral arrangements were held on April 20 at the Sien-Shelton Funeral Home in Skiatook. They were presided over by Reverend Dale Nielsen. Her body was cremated, and her ashes will be buried in the Osage Gardens Cemetery at a later date.

Danny Besaw

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Funeral services for Danny Joe Besaw, 62, of Killeen, Texas and formerly of Antwerp, will be held at the United Church of Richville on Saturday, April 28th from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, prior to a funeral service at noon with pastor Karen Taylor officiating and burial will follow at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Richville.
Mr. Besaw passed away quietly on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in a Temple, Texas hospital.
Danny was born on October 20, 1955 in Gouverneur, the son of Keith and Ella (Bishop) Besaw.
He married Katherine "Kaki" McQuade, on August 25, 1979 in Richville.  They made their home in Antwerp for 38 years before moving to Killeen, Texas in 2014.  Danny was a carpenter and truck driver, but most of all, when not with family, he enjoyed his time spent coaching and mentoring youth. He was always involved with the Indian River Warriors. 
Danny was predeceased by his parents, beloved father-in-law, Emerson McQuade, and two sisters, Beatrice Stuckey and Mavis Missinni.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Katherine "Kaki" Besaw, two daughters Kimberly Powell and Tanya Besaw both of Killeen, six brothers Roland (Connie) Bowhall of Wisconsin, Harry (Margaret) Bowhall of Florida, Michael Bowhall, Randy (Barb) Besaw, Pete (Carol) Besaw, Kevin (Kris) Besaw, all of New York. He is also survived by his best fishing buddies and nephews Kyle (Julie) Besaw and Kory (Brandi) Besaw, four sisters Christine (Bim) Fuller, Sue (Rick) Newvine, DeAnna Hadfield (his twin) and Cindy (Vinny) Ferry all of New York, his mother-in-law Joanne McQuade of Richville, and six granddaughters Morgan Powell, Cassidy Dean, Allyson Powell, Teriana Travis, Jazmyn Travis and Leah Powell all of Killeen. Surviving him also are sister-in-law’s Karen (Mark) Franke, Michele (Mark) Erickson, brother-in-law Mike (Jaimee) McQuade as well as many nieces and nephews for whom he had a heart full of love and admiration.
Texas arrangements were at Dossman Funeral Home in Belton and New York arrangements are with Green Funeral Home in Gouverneur.
The family is asking for donations in lieu of flowers be made to a scholarship fund in Danny's name for the Indian River Lady Warriors. Checks may be made payable to Indian River Athletic Booster Club or IRABC with Dan Besaw in the memo section of the check and mailed to Indian River Booster Club, Darleen Brumfield, 32925 US Route 11, Philadelphia, NY  13673.

David Spaulding

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RICHVILLE – David Alan Spaulding, age 65, of Richville, passed away on April 7, 2018 at home.
David was born on June 3, 1952 in Gouverneur to the late Wesley J. and Ruth H. (Raven) Spaulding. He graduated from the Gouverneur Central School in 1970, Canton ATC, and from Syracuse University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree.
David served in the United States Army Reserves from 1972 until his honorable discharge in 1978. He worked for many years for Lockheed Martin in Syracuse as a Quality Control Manager, gaining access to the highest security clearance information and traveling across the world.
He loved technology and was often sought by family and friends for research and assistance. He had an interest in genealogy and found the importance of family and history.
His survivors include his son, Anthony “Tony” Spaulding of Auburn, NY; his brother, Wayne Billups of Groton, NY; 2 sisters, Gayle Spaulding of Baldwinsville, NY and Karen Jordan of Houston, TX.
David is predeceased by his parents and a sister, Joan Stenzel.
Funeral arrangements with French Funeral Home in Gouverneur are private. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.

Rodney Beach Kerr

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Rodney Beach Kerr

Rodney Beach Kerr, 86, of The Villages went home to his Lord suddenly on Thursday, March 15.
He was born in Gouverneur, NY to LD and Adelaide Kerr. Upon high school graduation in 1949, Rod enrolled in Clarkson College to pursue an engineering degree. This was interrupted by a four year stint in the United States Air Force. He married the love of his life, Betty Lee in 1955, shortly after his honorable discharge from the Air Force. After completing his degree in 1957, Rod began a 30-year career with Kodak, retiring in 1986. Rod and Betty moved to The Villages from Rochester, NY in 1997. He was a devout Catholic and his faith in Jesus Christ was extremely important to him. He devoted much of his life to helping others. Rod was a member of the Knights of Columbus Color Corps and a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church parish. He enjoyed spending time with his family, writing poetry, bridge, softball, golf, woodworking, photography, travel, men's retreats and volunteering with Special Kids, Inc.
Rodney is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty, sons Michael (Barbara), James, William and David; grandchildren Ryan, Michael (Christie), Stephen, Mary Katherine, Kevin, Adam, Nathan and Heather; great-grandson Ethan.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Rodney on Saturday, April 7 at 8:30 AM at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Lady Lake. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donation may be sent to: Villages Honor Flight, P.O. Box 490 Lady Lake, Florida 32158-0490.
Online condolences may be left at www.beyersfhc.com. Arrangements entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home, Lady Lake, FL.

Korleen Spilman

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GOUVERNEUR – Charlotte Korleen Spilman, age 77, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Claxton-Hepburn Hospital in Ogdensburg, New York.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with the funeral following immediately at the Gouverneur Community Center, 4673 SH 58, Gouverneur, NY.  A spring burial will be held at the Hailesboro Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
Korleen was the daughter of Percy and June (Taylor) Harper. On November 15, 1958, she married David L. Spilman, Sr. at the Gouverneur Methodist Church. Korleen graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1959 and from SUNY Empire State College in 1988.
Korleen worked at the VanSlyke & Curtis Drug Store in Gouverneur and Spilman’s Store in Hailesboro. Korleen helped run the family business Spilman’s Garage and maintained a 33 year career with the United States Postal Service. Korleen’s career with the Postal Service began in January 1960 as the Postmaster of the Hailesboro Post Office. In 1974, Korleen was honored as the first female Postal Supervisor in the State of New York. In 1981, Korleen became the Postmaster at the Gouverneur NY Post Office, and the last five years of her career with the Postal Service was in Quality Management at Syracuse MSC. After retiring from the Postal Service at the age of 52, Korleen owned and operated several businesses including Famous Food Emporium Catering, Decorating by Design, and Antique Emporium. During Korleen’s retirement, she was also an Associate Broker at Century 21 Millennium Realty.
Korleen enjoyed family, friends, music, entertaining, flowers, plants, cooking, shopping, reading, pottery, painting, stained glass, camping, selling real estate, and traveling.
Korleen’s life revolved around her family, people, public service, and community affairs. Korleen always worked hard and cared, not to be recognized, but to make a difference. Korleen volunteered her time at and was a member of several organizations including the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Planned Parenthood, Gouverneur Chamber of Commerce, Gouverneur Business Women, St. Lawrence County Board of Realtors, Gouverneur Area Development Corporation, EJ Noble Hospital Board, St. Lawrence County IDA, Heart Fund, March of Dimes, and the Kiwanis Club. Korleen was honored several times throughout her lifetime for her service and dedication to the people, organizations, and businesses of St. Lawrence County.
Korleen is survived by David L. Spilman, Sr., her children, Connie (Jeffrey) Stowell, David (Patti) Spilman, Jr., Shelly Dodds and fiancé Andrew Miller, Sherry Geer, Natalie Spilman, Nancy Spilman, and Martin (Julianne) Spilman. Korleen is also survived by her grandchildren Kelsey, Kyle, Matthew and Joshua Spilman, Taylor Dodds, Brandon Geer and Meggan Anson, Gaige Gonyeau, Lindsey Conklin, Blake, Tanner and Hannah Spilman, and several great grandchildren. Korleen is survived by her brother Douglas Harper, Aunt Evelyn Mary Washburn, her cat Petey, and her best friends Eldon Conklin, Francis Proper, and Janice (Hayden) Wall.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her Stepfather Marty Leahy, her dog George, and her “other mother” Millie Hayden.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Volunteer Transportation Services, PO Box 515, Canton, NY 13617; Gouverneur Community Center, or the Hailesboro Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 94, Hailesboro, NY 13645.

Retha Brown

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Retha H. Brown, age 92, passed away on February 11, 2018, at the Gouverneur Hospital. There will be a memorial service honoring Retha in the spring. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home in Gouverneur. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.
Retha was born on June 18, 1925, at the family homestead in Lairdsville, NY to the late Frederick William and Lela Thirza (Jackson) Hiller. She graduated from the Vernon High School in 1942 and from the Utica School of Commerce in 1944. Retha married the Rev. Stanley E. Brown on June 18, 1949, at the Westmoreland Methodist Church officiated by her soon-to-be father-in-law, the Rev. Russell S. Brown. For the next 40 years, the Browns served the parishes of Hamilton, Gouverneur, North Gouverneur, and Massena, NY. In retirement the couple returned to their home in Gouverneur and served the United Church of Richville parish. Stanley passed away on November 6, 1993.
Mrs. Brown was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Gouverneur, where she held office in the local church and served on committees at the District and Conference levels. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and was a past President and Treasurer of Unit 2.
Her community service was tireless. She was a member and past President of the Travelers Club, a Girl Scout Leader, and a Board member of Cambray Housing Corporation where she served as President from 2004-2010. At the time of her death she was an active life member of the EJ Noble/Gouverneur Hospital Auxiliary; she was a member of the Gouverneur Library Board, and a member of the Gouverneur Garden Club. She also captained a local trivia team, known as “The Brownies,” in support of the Gouverneur Reading Room.
Mrs. Brown was an artist, painting in oils, and showed her works at the Gouverneur Museum in the summer of 2012. She was an accomplished seamstress and an exceptional baker. One of her great loves was wildlife, including wild flowers, birds, and animals.
Her survivors include three children: son Craig H. Brown and his wife, Karen, and their children, Weston, Eleanor and Drew; daughter Lynne J. Brown and her wife, Shannon Rodes, and their daughters, Alexandra and Galen; daughter Dayle B. Burgess and her husband, Michael, and their children, Madeline and Nathaniel; and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, Retha is predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Virgil Smith; and a niece, Elaine Smith Malecki.
Donations in memory of Retha may be made to the Gouverneur United Methodist Church, PO Box 157, Gouverneur NY 13642; the Gouverneur Library, 60 Church Street, Gouverneur NY 13642; or the Gouverneur Hospital, 77 West Barney Street, Gouverneur NY 13642.

Lorraine M. Knight

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Lorraine M. Knight

Gouverneur - Lorraine M. Knight, 81, passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown.
   Calling hours were on Sunday, October 22nd from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, followed by a funeral service at 2:00 pm at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur with Rev. Orville Eacker, pastor of Stepping Stone Ministries, officiating and burial in Hailesboro Cemetery.
   Memorial donations may be made to the Gouverneur Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 164, Gouverneur, NY 13642.
   Lorraine was born on June 19, 1936 in Russell, the daughter of Harold and Lex Hill Merkley.
   She graduated from Knox Memorial School in 1953 and the attended Canton ATI and Ogdensburg Business School.
   Lorraine was married to Fredric Maine who passed away in 1980 and Leo R. Knight who passed away in 2004.
   She worked in public health for New York State and for St. Lawrence County for over 30 years. Lorraine had been a member of the Gouverneur Garden Club and the Gouverneur Daughters of Rebekah. She enjoyed spending time in her flower gardens making ceramics, and adored her cat Felicia.
   Lorraine is survived by her three children Sheldon and Marilyn Maine of Gouverneur, Barry Maine and his companion Donna McArthur of Clay, Kelley and Joe Lacks of Sylvia Lake, her six grandchildren Marcie, Ryan, Erica, Matthew, Anthony, and Jered, eleven great grandchildren, a brother John Merkley of North Carolina, nieces and nephews. She will be missed by her family.

Lois S. Strate

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GOUVERNEUR- Lois S. Strate, age 90, of Gouverneur, passed away on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at her home under Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley.
As per Lois’ request, there will be no calling hours or funeral. Burial at East Riverside Cemetery will be at a later date. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home, Gouverneur. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.
Lois was born on December 7, 1926 in Gouverneur, NY to the late Charles and Bertha (Gladle) Dane. She went to rural area schools and then attended Gouverneur High School. Lois married Malcomb “Shorty” Strate on July 12, 1945 at the First Presbyterian Church in Gouverneur. Shorty passed away on March 18, 1992.
Lois worked in the cafeteria of the Gouverneur Central School for 27 years, retiring at the age of 73. While working at the school, she also did various jobs at the Gouverneur Tribune Press for 23 years. She enjoyed flower gardening, sewing and working on crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed going on Sunday rides with her son Randy and the dogs, Lady, Annie and Maggie.
Surviving are three sons, Terry Strate of Washington, Larry Strate of Buffalo and Randy Strate of Gouverneur; two daughters, Susan Cryderman of Virginia and Laura and Robert Hughes of Gouverneur; a brother, John Dane of Rochester and eleven grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
Lois is predeceased by her parents, her husband, three daughters, Shirley Mitchell, Dianna Bowhall and Kathy Goodison; a brother, Jimmy Dane: a sister, Francis Downing and a great granddaughter, Bryonna Given.
Donations may be made in Lois’ memory to St. Lawrence Valley Hospice, 6805 US Hwy. 11, Potsdam, NY 13676 or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Jeffery James “Jeff Black” Cole

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Jeffery James “Jeff Black” Cole

Gouverneur – Jeffery James “Jeff Black” Cole, 24, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017.
   A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 26th at 11:00 am at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur with Fr. Shane Lynch, pastor of St. James Catholic Church, Gouverneur officiating and burial in Hailesboro Cemetery. Calling hours are on Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.
   Jeffery was born on May 13, 1993 in Watertown, the son of Joanie Cunningham Cole.
   He graduated from Gouverneur High School in 2011, had received training at emt/paramedic school, and recently graduated from SLTC lineman school in Georgia.
   Jeff had been employed at the Gouverneur Rescue Squad and by Lewis County Search & Rescue.
   He had many interests including motorcycle riding, becoming a lineman, fishing, and having a drink around the bonfire. Jeff also enjoyed helping people in need, saving lives, saving his money, and spending time with family and friends, especially his son, Kade.
   Jeffery is survived by his son Kade Cole, his mother Joanie, his sister Brittany and Jeremey Barker of Syracuse, his grandfather Ralph Cunningham and his companion Terry Davison of Gouverneur, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Jeff had many friends but a few such as Josh Walrath, Alex Bylow, and Jared Prashaw he considered brothers. He is predeceased by his grandmother Evelyn Cunningham.
   Memorial donations in Jeffery’s memory may be made to Community Bank f/b/o Kade Cole, 100 E. Main Street, Gouverneur, NY 13642 or a charity of one’s choice.

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

Dan McClelland

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

Dan McClelland

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.