Harold M. Lowery, 80, DeKalb Junction, passed away at home surrounded by his family. Calling hours will be Friday, June 8, 2018, 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Allen-Denesha Funeral Home, DeKalb Junction. A funeral mass will be on Saturday, June 9, 2018, 1:30 PM at St. Mary’s Church, Canton, Father Bryan Stitt officiating. Burial will follow at Hermon Cemetery, Pastor Robert La Clair officiating. Harold was born April 14, 1938, to Catherine E. (McHugh) and Hernden Lowery. He married Carol Ann Lowery October 20, 1962, at St. Henry’s Church in DeKalb with Father Whittaker officiating. He is survived by wife of 56 years, Carol A., son Michael H. (Ellen) Lowery, Pulaski, daughter Lisa M. (Bob La Clair) Perry, DeKalb Junction; grandchildren, Catherine (Miguel) Perry, Syracuse, Ian (Kaylee) Lowery, Richlands, NC, Max Lowery, Pulaski, and Patrick (Matasha) Perry, DeKalb Junction; great granddaughter, Alaina Lowery; sisters, Kathleen Goria, Nyack, NY, and Ursula Coffey, Russell, NY; many beloved nieces and nephews; friends and neighbors; and his faithful companion, Bella. Harold is predeceased by sisters, Mary Eleanor Rowell, Eileen Derushia, Bernice Dashnaw, and Esther Bice; brothers Robert Hand, John Hand, and Earl Patrick Hand; special Uncle P. Joseph McHugh; and great granddaughter Olivia Ann Lowery. Harold attended Hermon High School and graduated from Anchorage High School while in Alaska. Harold has been a lifelong farmer on the Orebed Road in DeKalb Junction, receiving the Century Farm distinction in 2016, which is awarded to farms that have been in continuous operation by the same family for over 100 years. He also served in the Alaska Air National Guard and worked at Kinney Drugs, Inc., Long Year Drilling at the mines, trucked cattle to local cattle auctions, as well as a variety of other work activities to provide for his family. He (as a teenager) and his family took over the operation of the farm upon his father’s death. Haroldy Acres has been a source of pride and enjoyment for the entire family, passing on the legacy of hard work, determination, and character (with a few shenanigans mixed in!) He will always be remembered for a wink and a smile, his quick wit, great advice, and a good joke. Harold always had draft and riding horses including his favorite mare Dolly and her four siblings who were born, raised, and worked on the farm. You could always find him lending a hand to anyone in need, placing others before himself, and could unequivocally be counted on for standing up for what he believed to be right – which you never had to question, especially when he spun his hat around! Harold served on the DeKalb Town Board for 23 years, chairman of the St. Lawrence County Democratic Committee for the town of DeKalb, Gouverneur/SLC Fair Board, draft horse superintendent at Gouverneur fair, member of the St. Lawrence Valley Draft Horse Club, North Country Arabian Horse Association, and he and his family participated in showing animals and exhibits at the Gouverneur Fair for generations. You could also find him giving rides for various organizations with his beloved draft horses. Harold enjoyed camping, gardening, animals of all kinds, and helping others. Harold will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, children, family and friends. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.
Hubert L. Brothers 10/05/2016
Hubert L. Brothers
Hubert L. Brothers, 74, of DeKalb Junction died on October 5, 2016, at the Canton Potsdam Hospital. Calling hours will be 5 – 8 PM, Monday, October 10, 2016, the funeral service will be at 3 PM, October 11th, at the funeral home, Licensed Minister Bob Smith officiating. A reception will follow the funeral service at the DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, Georgia, sons, Wade and his wife Christina Brothers of Seneca Falls, Dennis and his wife Nina Brothers of Kansas City, Kansas, a daughter, Amy and her husband Robert Smith of Hermon, brothers, Nelson and his wife Judy Brothers of Saint Petersburg, FL, Rodney and his wife Mary Brothers of Virginia, a sister, Kathy and her husband Wayne Becraft of Florida, 11 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by siblings, Richard Brothers, Ed Brothers, Dennis Brothers, George Brothers, Donald Brothers, Joan Kennedy, Nancy Kinney, and Judy Nolfi. Hubert was born on April 2, 1942 in Norfolk, the son of the late Nelson and Dorcas Warner Brothers. He graduated from Potsdam Central School in 1962, and TCI in Connecticut, On March 26, 1966 he married Georgia Moulton at the United Methodist Church in Madrid. He owned and operated a dairy farm in DeKalb, he was a truck driver for the Town of Madrid Highway Department, he was a diesel mechanic and did mechanic work for everyone. Hubert was a member of the Richville Home Fellowship Church, Kendrew Grange 891, National Grange and a board member for the Soil and Water District. He enjoyed tinkering, fixing things, being a mechanic and collecting John Deere memorabilia. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Richville Home Fellowship Church, 168 Jenkins Road, Richville, New York, 13681 or Kendrew Grange Hall 891, c/o Richard Simmons, 129 Childs Road, Rensselaer Falls, New York, 13680.
Herbert L. Tittle 05/08/2014
Herbert L. Tittle
Herbert L. Tittle, 83, of DeKalb, died on May 8, 2014, at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center. There will be a Celebration of Life on May 17, 2014, 2:00 PM at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest in Union Cemetery. He is survived by his son, Herbert W. Tittle of South Carolina, Natalie M. Tittle of California, a sister, Lucille Taggart of Glenn Mills, Pennsylvania, a granddaughter, Clarise Tittle of Aston, Pennsylvania, several nieces and nephew. He was predeceased by brothers, George T. Tittle Jr., Clarence Tittle, sisters, Anna Rhyne, Ardelle Walls, Pauline Corbitt, and Eva Draper. Herbert was born in Rocks, Maryland, on November 21, 1930, the son of George T. and Bertha Robinson Tittle. He graduated from West Chester High School; he earned a Bachelor’s degree and Masters Degree in education. He was in the United States Air Force from 1954 – 1958. Herbert married Frances L. Taggart on September 15, 1956, at the 2nd Presbyterian Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania; she predeceased him on September 14, 2012. Herbert taught high school science for many years, before he started farming in DeKalb. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Howard T. Meade 12/01/2013
Howard T. Meade
Howard T. Meade, 91, of DeKalb Junction, died on December 1, 2013, at Maplewood United Helpers, Canton. Calling hours will be, Tuesday, December 3, 12 -2 PM at the funeral home. A graveside service will be Wednesday, December 4, 10:00 am at Union Cemetery, DeKalb Junction, Lay Minister John Frary officiating. Howard is survived by a son, Thomas B. Meade and wife Ruta Ozols, Canton, grandchildren, Thomas Meade, Laura Meade, Christy Bryant, Carrie Bryant, and Rick Jones, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Robert N. Meade, and daughter, Patricia Bryant. He was born on September 7, 1922, in Gordonsville, VA, the son of Thomas E. and Delia Cox Meade. He was in the Army during WWII. He married Mabel F. Fletcher she predeceased him. Howard worked at Natural Dam Paper Mill until his retirement in 1984. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Potsdam Animal Shelter. Howard’s family would like to thank the caregivers at Maplewood and with special thanks to Ashley, Kateri, Amanda, Bonnie, Sue and Janice.
Hortense S. Brown 10/05/2013
Hortense (Smitty) Brown
Hortense, daughter of Lena and Stanley Smith passed away in her DeKalb Junction home at the age of 94.
Smitty spent her younger years on her parent’s farm in East DeKalb. As a youngster her favorite games to play were Red Rover, Simon Says, May I, Anti over, Ring Around the Roses, musical chairs and Hide and go seek.
In high school she was on the DeKalb High School Women’s Basketball team that won a championship at what is now called the St. Lawrence University Book Store.
Following her graduation, Smitty attended Potsdam Normal School and graduated at the age of 18.
Smitty married Robert Brown on Nov. 13th, 1940 in DeKalb, New York. Frank Brown father of Robert officiated the ceremony.
For the next 20+ years, while Bob was in the U.S. Navy, Smitty and Bob lived in many exotic places, Cuba, Pensacola, Florida, New York City and the Marshall Islands. During those years Smitty was on a bowling team as well as getting together with friends to play bridge. She also enjoyed reading, fishing, movie going and being a Mom to their only son, Michael.
From 1961 – 1963, Smitty attended Plymouth Teachers College in Plymouth, New Hampshire. She earned her B.Ed. and M.Ed., all the while maintaining a straight A average. Hortense, Bob and her son Michael graduated from Plymouth State College on the same day. Due to Hortense’s passion for higher learning, her inspiration led Mike to pursue his PhD. in sports, psychology at Maryland University. Smitty was very proud of her son and let that be known to many people.
In 1964, following graduation, Smitty went to teach 5th grade for over 20 years in N.Y. State. Upon retiring from the Medina School System in Medina, N.Y., Smitty and Bob returned to their DeKalb roots.
Smitty was a devoted wife and took care of Bob when he became ill. After Bob’s death Smitty lived alone depending on her friends and neighbors (Albert and Susie Simser) to live out the remainder of her years.
Among Smitty’s many interests were Sunday School, United Methodist Woman, Historical Society, craft club, cross word puzzles, knitting, and attending musicals at O.C.P. with her adopted daughter Suzann Conklin and her husband David. Cross word puzzles and cats were a constant part of her life. Up until the age of 92, Smitty was completing the N.Y. Times crossword puzzle in every Sunday paper. She really enjoyed doing crossword puzzles with her son, Mike, whether it was in her living room or over the phone.
Smitty enjoyed and loved cats. The last cat she had was Mama Betsey. She was always telling stories about Betsey and how she would have to cellarize her because she was being naughty.
Smitty always looked forward to spending two weeks every year with her grandchildren and great grandchildren at Trout Lake. She looked forward to evenings at the lake when it was “Smore making time” and the kids would make her some and bring them to her.
She also enjoyed going to Vermont every holiday, especially, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. She often mentioned how much fun it was to watch the kids hunt for Easter eggs in the snow!
Smitty touched many lives through her passion for life. In all of her accomplishments, goals, struggles and triumphs, Smitty had a deeper strength that she relied on, a strong purpose and knowledge of who she was, what she wanted, and very often how she was going to get there. Smitty was extremely, bright and very witty.
In her last weeks of life, Anne, Katie, Matt, Tanis, Gloria and Marcie were her caregivers. They all cared for her as if she were their own Mom. Smitty’s family is eternally grateful to them.
Smitty is survived by her son, Dr. Michael Brown and wife Ann of Williston, VT, four grand children, Shannon Kennedy, Aaron Brown and wife Sue, Kathy Duff-Brown, mother of Shannon and Aaron, Ali Wisehart and husband Ben, and Devin Brown, eight great grand children, Ian, Padraig, Kiernan, Joslyn and Colin, Addy, Everett, and Paxton. She is also survived by her extended family in VT: Sean and Jowee Harrington and their sons, Joseph and Dana, Todd and Cathy Harrington and their children Tessa and Aiden, Sarah and Ryan Langlois and their sons, Tanner and Andrew.
Many thanks to the Hospice team, Jill, Lucille, Elizabeth, Edie, Kathleen and Pastor Rob for stopping by regularly to make sure Mom was resting comfortably.
There will be a graveside service on November 2, 2013, 1:00 PM, at Hermon Cemetery, Hermon, New York, Reverend Robert Schrimer officiating. There will be a luncheon following the service at the DeKalb Junction United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the DeKalb Junction United Methodist Church or Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.
Helen L. Donaldson 07/09/2013
Helen L. Donaldson
Helen L. Donaldson, 89, formally of DeKalb Junction, died, July 9, 2013, at Maplewood United Helpers. Services will be private. Helen is survived by her sons, Leslie K. and wife, Linda Donaldson, DeKalb Jct., Lee and wife, Catherine Donaldson, Canton, Larry D. and wife, Diane Donaldson, Canton, a daughter, Leola and husband Kenneth Fredette, Canton, a brother, Charles Blair, Utah, sisters, Mildred Pike, Rochester, Leona Hodge, Rochester, Amy McCrae, Georgia, 17 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers, Joseph, William, Bill, Frank, Bernard and Ed Blair, and a sister, Eva Blair. Helen was born on July 24, 1923 in Norfolk, the daughter of Kay and Louise Dominy Blair. She married Leslie W. Donaldson on December 14, 1944 he died on February 25, 2013. Helen and her husband owned and operated a farm in the Town of DeKalb for over 50 years. She loved to sew, make quilts and paint. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Henry Murray Miller 04/01/2012
Henry Murray Miller., 90, of Richville, died, April 1, 2012, at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center. Calling hours will be Tuesday, April 3rd , 2 -4 and 6 -8 PM, with a Mason service at 6:30 PM. The funeral service will be Wednesday, April 4th, 2:30 PM, at the funeral home, Reverend William Hart officiating. Murray is survived by his companion, Ethel Newcombe, a sister, Mary Jane Miller, Potsdam, four nieces and four nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Merrill Miller, and a sister June Miller. He was born August 13, 1921 at his home, in Richville, where he lived his whole life, the son of Robert and Pauline Millar Miller. He was a WWII Army Veteran having earned the American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal and the Victory Medal. He was the highway superintendent for the Town of DeKalb, retiring in 1987. He was a member of the FA & M #633 Richville, he enjoyed tinkering, fishing, going to the diner for coffee, and going to auctions. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Gouverneur Volunteer Rescue Squad or the Richville Volunteer Fire Department.