Nancy B. DiGiulio 10/01/2019

October 4th, 2019 5 comments

Nancy B. DiGiulio

Nancy B. DiGiulio, 83, of Syracuse, died on October 1, 2019, at St. Camillus Health and Rehabilitation Center.  There will be a graveside service on October 19, 2019, 11 am, at the White Chapel Memory Garden (Sermon section), Reverend Candace Lawrence officiating. Nancy is survived by her husband, Michael P., sons, Timothy and his wife, Margaret DiGiulio of Syracuse, David DiGiulio of Castleton, Steven and his wife Christine DiGiulio of Troy, 9 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brothers, Robert Doolittle, Frederick, Kenneth, Arthur, Howard Hicks, sisters, Margaret Watkins, Beverly and Betty Traverse. Nancy was born on March 23, 1936, in Fayetteville, NY, the daughter of the late Frederick and Wava Chapman Hicks.  She graduated from Fayetteville Manlius High School in 1954 and then attended CCBI.  She married Michael DiGiulio on January 21, 1961 at her parent’s home.  She was a secretary at Upstate Medical Center.  Nancy loved spending time with her grandchildren, watching television, doing aerobics, swimming, going to the casino and out to dinner. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Lillian M. Erwin 09/17/2019

September 18th, 2019 No comments

Lillian M. Erwin

Lillian M. Erwin, 86, of Fayetteville, died on September 17, 2019, at Crouse Irving Hospital.  There are no services. Lillian is survived by her husband, Lyle L. Erwin, a son Lyle Erwin, North Carolina, a daughter Lisa Erwin, Fayetteville, her sisters, Marion Barr, Rochester, Virginia Tuttle, North Chili, NY, 4 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brothers, Clifford Shatraw, Glenn Cooper, and Anda Cooper. Lillian was born on September 10, 1933, in Gouverneur, NY, the daughter of the late Anda and Geraldine Nellie Shatraw Cooper.  She married Lyle Erwin on March 8, 1952 at the United Methodist Church in Gouverneur.  She and Lyle owned and operated RCT Trucking in Syracuse.  Lillian was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, visiting, traveling, and spending time with her loved ones. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

traveling, and spending time with her loved ones. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Virginia C. Wells 09/15/2019

September 17th, 2019 3 comments

Virginia C. Wells

Virginia C. Wells, 91, of DeKalb Junction, died on September 15, 2019, at Canton Potsdam Hospital.  Services are private.  Virginia is survived by sons, James and his wife Donna Wells of Gouverneur, Donald Wells of Tombstone, Arizona, daughters, Grace Wells of Ogdensburg, Virginia and her husband Gary Watson of Gouverneur, grandchildren, Daniel Rodriguez, Granger Watson, George Ramsey Jr., Jason Ramsey, Tina and her husband Scott Walrath, Tonya and her husband Robert Collins, great grandchildren, Jessica Moore, Robert Collins II, Chelsea Walrath, Joshua Walrath, Jacob Walrath, Nathan Watson, Emma Ramsey, Lizzy Ramsey, great great grandchildren, Michael Moore, Cayden Moore, Tristan Moore, and  one nephew.  She was predeceased by her grandchildren, Kimberly Virginia Rodriguez, Lisa Marie Ramsey, a sister, Dorothea Davies and a daughter in law, Amity Wells. Virginia was born on June 6, 1928, in Ogdensburg, NY, the daughter of the late R. Everett and Grace Eddy Piercy.  She married Donald L. Wells on June 8, 1946 in Rensselaer Falls, he died in 1989.  She worked on her family farm in Kendrew, her whole life.  Virginia was a member of the DeKalb Hermon Senior Citizen Club and the Gouverneur and Canton Senior Citizen Clubs. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to, DeKalb Junction United Methodist Church or the Hermon Rescue Squad.

Geraldine “Gerry” M. Woods 09/16/2019

September 16th, 2019 1 comment

Geraldine “Gerry” M. Woods

Geraldine Woods, 94, of DeKalb, died on September 16, 2019, at LaPoint Adult Home.  Calling hours will be Friday, September 20, 12- 2 PM, at the funeral home, funeral service at 2 PM, Pastor John Frary officiating, burial to follow in East DeKalb Cemetery, DeKalb Junction.  Gerry is survived by her brother Eugene and his wife Barbara Coller of DeKalb Junction, sister in law Joyce Coller of Potsdam, brother in laws, Donald Cook of Hermon, Arthur Woods of Gouverneur, several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brother F. Lucius Coller, and her sister, Lula Mae Cook. Geraldine was born on September 13, 1925, in Russell, NY, the daughter of the late Floyd L and Wava Caswell Coller.  She married John T. Woods on August 25, 1945 in Canton, the Reverend Alfred Coffey officiating, he died on May 8, 2011.  She worked in the Hermon DeKalb Central School cafeteria for 30 years retiring in 1989.  Gerry lived alone and loved mowing her own lawn until June when her health began to decline.  She enjoyed word puzzle books, playing cards, making quilts and afghans. Anyone who stopped by around 4 o’clock would be invited to join her in her daily cocktail.  Her nieces and nephews fondly remember the week spent with her and Uncle John each summer where they were spoiled royally. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, the DeKalb Junction United Methodist Church or the DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Department.

Dawn A. Thurber Sanner 08/31/2019

September 6th, 2019 4 comments

Dawn A. Thurber

Born: September 18, 1975; Springfield, MA, Died: August 31, 2019; Parishville, NY.

It seems to have happened again!  My plans have been ruined.  I had just secured two great jobs and was moving back to Massachusetts.  The thoughtless actions of selfish individual cancelled my husband, Thomas “Tank” Sanner and my next adventure.

Now I sit here at the pearly gates hoping God enjoys my sense of humor.  I know I wasn’t perfect but I hope my score card shows I tried hard to lend a hand to those in need.

Cry if you must but then toss your head back and laugh.  Toast a drink to our memories, enjoy a brownie and smile as I’m okay.

Thomas (Tank ) Sanner would like you to bring your memories of Dawn and join him in a celebration of life ceremony. The celebration will be Saturday, September 21, 1:00 PM at the DeKalb Junction Fire Department, 4323 US Highway 11, DeKalb Junction.  Bring a dish to pass, the family will provide desserts and let’s share our tears and memories.  (Contact Naomi, 315-261-9936 if bringing a dish).  Help us honor her memory with family and friends the way she wanted it to be.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Renewal House, 3 Chapel Street, Canton, NY, 13617.

Laurel E. VanOrnum 08/18/2019

August 20th, 2019 4 comments

Laurel E. Van Ornum

Laurel Van Ornum, 60, of Ogdensburg, died on August 18, 2019. Calling hours will be Thursday, August 29, 1- 2 PM, at the funeral home, a graveside service  to follow at Wayside Cemetery, Richville, Certified Lay Servant Frank Carter officiating.  Laurel is survived by her mother, Joyce Donnelly of Tupper Lake, her brother, Floyd F Donnelly Jr. of Massena, sisters, Eliza and her husband Dale Fasset of Michigan, Lisa and her husband William Longshore of Morley, April and her husband Wayne Storm of Massena, Gertrude and her husband Richard Kentile of Tupper Lake, Shannon Donnelly of Canton, several nieces, nephews, as well as several loving friends and caregivers at United Helpers.  She was predeceased by her father, Lloyd Van Ornum Sr. and her brother Lloyd Van Ornum Jr. Laurel was born on May 14, 1959, in the Town of Canton, the daughter of Lloyd and Joyce Barden Van Ornum. She resided at the Centennial Manor IRA. She attended United Helpers Day Habilitation Program. Laurel was a kind, loving person.  Enjoyed puzzles, cards, magazines, adventure, traveling, coffee with her friends, barbeques, loved animals and children.  Music of almost all kinds.  She was hilarious and loved to play pranks.  Loved having girl’s night and spa days. She was the best hype person around and could make you feel great just for walking into a room. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or The Wounded Warriors Project.

Lula Mae Cook 07/26/2019

July 27th, 2019 6 comments

Lula Mae Cook

Lula Mae Cook, 86, of Hermon, died on July 26, 2019, at her home.  Calling hours will be Saturday, August 3rd, 10 am- 12 PM, at the funeral home, a funeral mass at St. Mary’s Church, Canton, 12:30 PM, burial to follow at St. Henry’s Cemetery, DeKalb Junction.  Lula Mae is survived by her husband, Donald Cook, her  sons, Steven and his wife, Kitty Cook of Massena, Roy Cook of Hermon, daughters, Donna and her husband John Collins of  Russell, Deborah and her husband Vincent Warren of Malone, Vicki and her husband William Riley of  Boston Lake,  a brother, Eugene and his wife Barbara Coller of DeKalb,  a sister, Geraldine Woods of DeKalb, a sister in law, Joyce Coller, Potsdam, 12 grandchildren, 15, great grandchild, several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a son Dennis Cook, a daughter, Christine Cook, brothers, Lucius, James and John Coller. Lula Mae was born on April 23, 1933, in the Town of DeKalb, the daughter of the late, Floyd L. and Wava Caswell Coller.   She married Donald Cook on October 23, 1950 at St. Henry’s Church, Father Parisian officiating.  She devoted her life to her children and the family farm. Lula was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church, past parishioner of St. Henry’s Church (where she was in charge of the Easter Breakfast), and she was a past 4H Leader.  She enjoyed crocheting, making afghans, and knitting mittens. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley or St. Mary’s Church, Canton.

David F. Brassbridge 06/26/2019

June 28th, 2019 7 comments

David F. Brassbridge

David F. Brassbridge, 70, of DeKalb, died on June 26, 2019, at his home.  As per David’s wishes there will be no services.  David is survived by his husband, Richard Fitzgerald, his son, David F. and his wife Annette Brassbridge II of Swanville, ME, a daughter, Angela and her husband Timothy Donaldson of Hermon, brothers, Lawrence and his wife Charlene Brassbridge, Roger and his wife Shirley Brassbridge, Wayne and his wife Pamela Brassbridge, Kenneth and his wife Gail Brassbridge, Carlton and his wife Millie Brassbridge, Stephen and his wife Dianna Brassbridge, a sister, June Johnson all of Frankfort, ME, grandchildren, James David Brassbridge, Jenna Brassbridge, Julia Brassbridge, Chase Donaldson, Gage Donaldson, Richard Martin and his companion, Tara Richards, great grandchild, Aubree, extended family, Lisa Camidge,  several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by brothers, Robert Brassbridge, and John Young. David was born on April 21, 1949, in Winterport, ME, the son of the late, Lawrence C. and Elmyra I. Young Brassbridge.   He graduated from Searsport High School, the he received a bachelor’s degree from Mater Dei College. A marriage to Carol Lape ended in divorce.  He was a devoted employee of The Arc Jefferson/ St. Lawrence for over 39 years as a director support professional. He also trained athletes for Special Olympics for many years.  David enjoyed, mowing the lawn, going to the casino, doing scratchers, making bonfires, and gardening. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Dept., the Hermon Fire Dept. or the Frankfort Congregational Church, 42 S. Main Road, Frankfort, ME, 04438.

Neale D. Hance 05/09/2019

May 10th, 2019 1 comment

Neale D. Hance

Neale D. Hance, 70, of Canton, died on May 9, 2019, at his home.  There will be a celebration of life at a later date.  Neale is survived by his sons, Neale E. Hance of Morley, Robert Hance of Canton, his daughter, Randi Lynne and Quentin Wright of Canton, brothers, David and Judy McMartin, Lawrence and Kathy McMartin, sisters, Ruby and Verde Snyder of Canton, Penny Rutherford, Tammy and David Allen of Lisbon, grandchildren, Logan Hance, Ethan Hance, Bryson Hance, Taylor Hance, Heaven Hance, Latham Rider, several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a son Silas Hance, and a brother, Steven Hance. Neale was born on July 5, 1948, in the Town of Canton, the son of the late, Clint Neale and Pauline Hance McMartin. He married Danette A. Hance on February 2, 1980, she died on February 21, 2017.  He was a laborer at Heuvelton Veneer Plant and a roofer at Bellinger’s Roofing in Canton. Neale enjoyed, spending time with his grandchildren, playing the guitar, and tell stories. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made American Lung Association.

Evelyn M. Fiefield 05/08/2019

May 9th, 2019 2 comments

Evelyn M. Fiefield

Evelyn M. Fiefield, 92, formerly of Richville, died on May 8, 2019, at Highland Nursing Home, Massena.  There will be a graveside service on June 29th, 2019 at 3:00 PM, at Maple Grove Cemetery, there will be a gathering following the burial at the Richville Volunteer Fire Dept..  Evelyn is survived by her son, Dean Simmons of Richville, daughters, Diane and Albert Hull of Richville, Dawn and Tommy MacDonald of Richville, Dinah and Daniel Miller of Churubusco, brothers, Maurice and Gladys Johnson of Hammond, Jason Johnson,  grandchildren, Christopher Simmons, Dean Simmons, Deanna Simmons, Arthur Mac Donald, Lorne Mac Donald, Megan Mac Donald, Dane Miller, several great, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a son Duane Simmons, brothers, Brayton Johnson, Lwellyn Johnson, Dwayne Johnson, Charlie Johnson, sisters, Bertha Rowe, Mabel Petell, Cecilia Johnson, and Lois Johnson. Evelyn was born on September 13, 1926, in Lapeer, Michigan, the daughter of the late, Brayton and Doris Smith Johnson Sr. She married Alfred Simmons on October 15, 1949 in Edwards, he died on October 30, 1989, she then married Lloyd Fiefield on December 19, 1998, he died on January 11, 2003.  She was a chamber maid in Gouverneur and at the Granview in Ogdensburg. Evelyn enjoyed, painting pictures, growing strawberries, traveling, country music and was an avid canner. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Highland Nursing Home, 182 Highland Road, Massena, New York 13662.