Archive for the ‘obituaries’ Category

Stephen W. Luther Jr. 05/12/2022

May 13th, 2022 2 comments

Stephen W. Luther Jr.

Stephen W. Luther Jr., 47, of Hermon, died, May 12, 2022 at his home. There will be a Celebration of Life on May 21, 2022 at 1:00 PM, at 457 Lazy River Road, Hermon, New York (Stephen’s home). Stephen is survived by his mother, Vickie Luther and her life partner John Holly of Harrisville, his life partner Jennifer Soper, daughters, Bailey Luther, Alexa Luther, Kaitlyn Luther, Abbigail Luther, Emmah Luther, a son Kaden Luther, a sister Anita Fenlong of DeKalb Junction, a granddaughter, Amelia Stephen Luther, a nephew Dustin and his wife Jessa Fenlong of Hermon, a niece, Kayna and her husband Caleb House of DeKalb Junction. He was predeceased by his father Stephen W. Luther and his son, Stephen W. Luther III.  He was born on November 26, 1974 to Stephen and Vickie Roy Luther.  He attended National Tractor Trailer School. He worked for Grasse River Asphalt in Russell as a truck driver. He enjoyed playing shuffle board and pool.  He raced drag cars in Cicero, NY with his dad.  He was an avid family man.   Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the Hermon Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

Rosemary J. Hamilton Kyer 04/06/2022

April 7th, 2022 5 comments

Rosemary J. Hamilton Kyer

Rosemary Hamilton Kyer, 95 of DeKalb Junction, died on April 6, 2022, at her daughter, Christine Trathen’s home. There will be calling hours on Monday, April 11, 11:30 am – 1:30 PM at the funeral home, a funeral service will follow at the Hermon United Methodist Church at 2 PM, burial will be in the Hermon Cemetery. Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the American Heart Fund, Alzheimer Association, Brain and Aneurysm Foundation, Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, the Hermon or South Edwards United Methodist Churches.

Marilyn G, Layaw 03/02/2022

March 4th, 2022 7 comments

Marilyn G. Layaw

Marilyn G. Layaw, 95, of Potsdam, died, March 2, 2022 at Highland Nursing Home. As per Marilyn’s wishes there will be no services. Marilyn is survived by her son, Daniel Layaw and his companion Tanya Benjamin, her daughters, Robin and her husband Timothy Bradish of Potsdam, Angela Chincinski and her companion Darren Kelly, her sister Joyce Phillips of Council Bluff, Iowa, 9 grandchildren, several, great and great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her three brothers and six sisters.  Marilyn was born December 5, 1926 in Potsdam to the late, Ernest and Mary O’Brien LaPoint.  She married Clyde Layaw on August 3, 1946, he predeceased her in 2010. Marilyn was a devoted homemaker. She enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, going to garage sales and sitting on her patio talking to her neighbors.   Contributions can be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Aileen I. Vincent-Barwood 02/20/2022

February 24th, 2022 2 comments

Aileen Vincent-Barwood passed peacefully through the Veil in her sleep on Sunday, February 20th, surrounded with love. In her 98th year of an adventurous life, the writer was ready to end her story.

Born to the late Harriett and George Walton of Toronto, Aileen attended Moulton College Finishing School before volunteering for the Royal Canadian Air Force as a wireless radio operator. In the military she met the love of her life, E. A. Vincent-Barwood, a sergeant in the Royal Canadian Dental Corps. After WWII, Aileen and Vince married and attended Mount Allison University.  Shortly after graduating they moved to Ethiopia.  Over their 75 years together, their travels took them to the Middle East, New York State’s Hudson Valley, West Africa, Northern New York, the Bahamas, Saudi Arabia, New England, and finally back to Canton for their later snowbird years. 

A lifelong journalist, Aileen started out as a foreign correspondent for the CBC and the Toronto Daily Star, ultimately becoming the editor of the St. Lawrence Plaindealer in the 1970s. She believed that small hometown newspapers are the backbone of our nation’s free press, and our freedom. She authored three books: North Country Editor, a compilation of her “Grasse Roots” editorial columns; This Sweet Place – Island Living and Other Adventures, a chronicle of winters spent in their home on Exuma, Bahamas, illustrated by Vince; and A Murderous Thirst – Death Comes to the Adirondacks, an environmental murder mystery. Additionally, Aileen wrote numerous short stories and articles for various magazines, and volunteered as an English tutor at a women’s prison throughout her 80’s. An avid gardener, lover of dogs, and devout Unitarian, Ai was happy pulling weeds, discussing physics, championing the less fortunate, and advocating for human rights.

Aileen was predeceased by her brother, Harris Walton, and in February 2021, by her beloved Vince. She is survived by her children Scott Vincent-Barwood, Jennifer Vincent-Barwood and husband John McCloskey, bonus son Thomas Gardner and companion Terri Chalone; grandchildren Connie Takeshita and husband Jason Takeshita, Aubri Vincent-Barwood, Zachariah Knight and wife Elizabeth Herrington Knight, and Zoë Knight; her great-grandchildren Olivia, Scott, and Dane Takeshita, and Evelyn Knight; and many friends of all ages.

A memorial service for Aileen and Vince will be held this summer.  For those so inclined, remembrance contributions may be given to the Canton Free Library, Potsdam Humane Society, or North Country Public Radio. In Aileen’s memory, take your dog for a walk, read a banned book, enjoy sunrise with a good cup of tea, or marvel at the quantum universe.

Vickie M. Morse 02/14/2022

February 15th, 2022 1 comment

Vickie M. Morse

Vickie M. Morse, 71, of Canton, died, February 14, 2022 at her home. Services for Vickie will be private. Vickie is survived by her daughter, Kelly and her husband James Mandigo of Vermont, her son, Perry Masters of Ogdensburg, a brother William and his wife Candie Morse of Gouverneur, grandchildren, Tyran Mandigo, Christopher Laddison, Kyle Perry, Patrick Rockhill, Braiden Rockhill, adopted grandchildren, Noah Marckres and Gabrielle Marckres, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters, Elizabeth Morse, Sandra Hynes and her common law husband, Richard Sanford.  Vickie was born September 23, 1950, in Gouverneur to the late, Gerald and Mary Mattison Morse. Vickie worked as clerk at the General Store in DePeyster, and Ames. She helped manage her husband’s business, Sanford Inc. in Colton, for many years. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, watching mystery shows, online games, Facebook and watching Tic Toc.  The joy of her life was her grandson, Tyran. Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society.  Vickie’s family would like to thank Dr. Anghel and Dr. Lee for the wonderful care of their mom.

Ronald C. Stevens 02/05/2022

February 8th, 2022 4 comments

Ronald C. Stevens


Ronald C. Stevens., 63, of Hermon, died, February 5, 2022 at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center. There will calling hours at the funeral home, February 19, 2022, 12 -2 PM, masks are required and all COVID protocols will be in effect. Ronald is survived by his wife, Margaret, daughters, Linda Stevens and her significant other Matthew Martin of Hermon, Tina and her husband Steven House of Russell, his brothers, Dale Stevens of Lisbon, Eugene Stevens of Heuvelton, a sister, Dorothy Stevens of Heuvelton, 5 grandchildren, Logan Stevens, Joey Payne, Dartagnan House, Aiden Chase, and Tyler Bush, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Jenny Bush, and a granddaughter, Serena Stevens.  Ron was born November 21, 1958, in Ogdensburg to the late, Charles and Pauline Howes Stevens. He graduated from Heuvelton Central School in 1978.  He married Margaret Hogg in July 1981 in Florida.  Ron worked as a fuel deliveryman for Philly Fuels in Philadelphia, for many years. He loved spending time with his family, riding motorcycles, and driving muscle cars.  He played Santa at day care centers or for anyone who wanted to take a picture with him. Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to charity of one’s choice.  

Muriel C. Patton 01/22/2022

January 23rd, 2022 2 comments

Muriel C. Patton

Muriel Patton., 87, of Hermon, died, January 22, 2022 at her home. There will be a private graveside service in the spring, at Fairview Cemetery. Muriel is survived by her sons, John Patton of Colorado, Arthur and his wife Kimberly Patton of Oswego, daughters, Debra and her husband Scott Bennett of DeKalb Junction, Cathy and her husband Neil Thomas of Pierrepont, Sandra and her husband William Russell of Canton, 12 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased her husband James, a brother Melbourne Aldous, and a sister Grace (Aldous) Bowles.  Muriel was born February 13, 1934 in Madrid to the late, Jacob Claude and Ethel Crary Aldous. Muriel graduated from DeKalb High School in 1952.  She married James A. Patton on December 29, 1953 at the Gouverneur Methodist Church, Reverend Robert Woods officiating, he died on August 21, 2004.  She worked as an operator for New York Telephone in Gouverneur from 1952-1960, in 1975 she and her husband opened and operated Patton’s TV in Hermon until the 1980’s.   Muriel was a member of the Order of the Eastern Stars Chapter 108 and the Hermon United Methodist Church. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed garage sales, the casino, and crocheting. Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the Hermon Rescue Squad, 1651 CR 21, Hermon, New York,13652, Canton Rescue Squad, Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley or the animal shelter of one’s choice.

Clarridge D. Grant “Don” 01/18/2022

January 19th, 2022 3 comments

Clarridge D. Grant


Clarridge D. Grant., 94, of DeKalb Junction, died, January 18, 2022 at his home. There will be a graveside service on May 21, 2022 at 1:00 PM with military honors at Hermon Cemetery, Pastor Joseph Weidler officiating . Don is survived by his sons, Thomas and his wife Emily Grant, of Rensselaer Falls, Bruce and his wife Bonnie Grant, of DeKalb Junction, his daughter, Kitty and her husband Steven Cook, of Massena, 8 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Anna, a son, Steven Grant, a great grandson Grant Woodrow, brothers, Phillip and Richard Grant, and a sister, Harriet Gary.  Clarridge was born July 21, 1927 in Potsdam to the late, Glenn and Elsie Curtis Grant. He married Anna Thomas on July 21,1948 at the United Methodist Church, Colton, she died on October 4, 2020.  Don was in the Army during WWII, where he earned an Army of Occupation Medal and a WWII Victory Medal.  He worked for National Grid first as a line foreman, then in 1966 he became the supervisor in Hermon until his retirement in 1976.  Don was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting.  He was a member of the AMVETS Post 11, Gouverneur Elks Club, Hannawa Falls Fire Department, Emerald Greens, Canton Country Club, and a life member of the DAV. He had been a Town of Hermon Councilman. Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Canton United Helpers Nursing Home.  

David A. Brown Jr. “Boozer” 01/15/2022

January 17th, 2022 6 comments

David A. Brown Jr.


David A. Brown Jr., 50, of Richville, died, January 15, 2022 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. There will be calling hours Friday, January 21, 2022, 3-6 PM at the funeral home, a funeral service will be on Saturday, January 22, 2022, 11:00 am, at the DeKalb Junction United Methodist Church, Pastor Martha Helmer officiating. The family respectfully requests that all visitors please wear a mask and follow all COVID -19 procedures.  For the protection of the immunocompromised family members, the family also requests that if you are sick that you leave a condolence or remembrance on the funeral home webpage in lieu of attending.  David is survived by his wife Barbara, sons, Eric Brown of Richville, Connor Brown of Richville, daughter, Jacklyn Morris of Arizona, his father, David A. Brown Sr. of DeKalb, brothers, Kevin Brown of DeKalb Junction, Danny Brown of Harrisville, Jason Brown of DeKalb, Frederick “Rick” Jones of Oswego, Richard and his wife Nicky Ward of Hermon, Donald and Robin Ward of Clare, sisters, Debbie Weller of Richville, Lisa Brown of DeKalb Junction, Lori and her husband John Kingrey of Pyrites, grandchildren, Akira Richardson, Robin Richardson, Salem Caraveo, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother and step father, Shirley and Lawrence Jones, his stepmother Diane Brown and his sister Karen Carr.  David was born on February 10, 1971 in Gouverneur, to David and Shirley Aldridge Brown. He married Barbara Perrin on September 18, 2004 at the DeKalb Junction United Methodist Church. David, worked as a laborer for Whitton Construction LLC in Gouverneur, prior to that had worked for other construction companies in the area including RSI, when he was younger, he worked at Acco Brands in Ogdensburg as a night watchman.  Boozer enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and his hobby farm.  He loved being with his family and friends. Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children. 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA, 02114.  

Terryl L. Chase 01/09/2022

January 11th, 2022 6 comments

Terryl L. Chase

Terryl L. Chase, 78, of DeKalb Junction, died on January 9, 2022. There will be a graveside service May 14, 2022, 11:00am at the East DeKalb Cemetery, DeKalb Junction, Pastor Martha Helmer officiating. Terryl is survived by her son, Ricky L. and his wife Kristie Chase of Ellsinore, Missouri, daughters, Bonnie and her husband Stuart Law of Hermon, Teresa and her husband Jim Clary of Russell, grandchildren, Heather Chase, Ethan and his wife Makenzie Chase, Josie Chase, Wyatt Chase, Erin Escablos, and Christopher Clary, several nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her brother, Jack Bishop.  Terryl was born on July 15,1943 in Potsdam, to the late, Lindon and Allison Smith Bishop. She graduated from Hermon DeKalb Central School in 1962. She married Lyle Chase on September 27, 1962 at her mother’s home, he died in 1986.  Terryl was a cleaner at St. Lawrence University until her retirement in 2005.  She was a former member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Department.  Terryl enjoyed reading, knitting mittens, listening to Willy’s Roadhouse and scratch tickets. She loved the sunshine and her cats. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Ogdensburg SPCA.