Lori E. Chilton 03/17/2023



Lori E. Chilton
Lori E. Chilton, 60 of DeKalb Junction, died on March 17, 2023, at United Helpers Rehabilitation and Senior Care, Canton. There will be calling hours at the funeral home, Saturday, March 25, 2023, 1 PM – 3 PM. Burial will be at a later date at the Old DeKalb Cemetery, Old DeKalb, NY. Lori is survived by her mother Elizabeth (Sophie) Chilton, Canton, her brothers, Bryan Chilton of Syracuse, Eric and his wife Jennifer Chilton of DeKalb Junction, nephews, R. Harrison and his wife Sloan Chilton, Henry Chilton, a niece, Hillary Chilton, dear friends, David and Suzann Conklin, uncles, Roger and David Hamilton, and several cousins. She was predeceased by her father Reginald V. Chilton. She was born on May 21,1962, in Canton, the daughter of Reginald and Elizabeth Hamilton Chilton. Lori graduated from Hermon DeKalb Central School in 1980, where she was a stellar athlete, she continued her education at Herkimer Community College. She worked as a CNA at United Helpers Rehabilitation and Senior Care, in Canton, prior to that she was a laborer at Cianbro, and at TJ Madden. Lori loved to fish, bike, go to yard sales, boating, animals, building camp fires, being at her family camp in Old DeKalb on the Oswegatchie River, and at the Conklin’s camp at Pleasant Lake. She celebrated ten years of sobriety with the help of her AA family. Lori’s family would like to send their gratitude to the entire staff at United Helpers Rehabilitation and Senior Care, Canton, for their wonderful and loving care of Lori. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, United Helpers Rehabilitation and Senior Care, Canton, or the Potsdam Humane Society. 

Levi C. Kio 11/16/2021

Levi C. Kio

Levi C. Kio, 90, formerly of Hermon, died on November 16, 2021, .  Calling hours will be November 21, 2021, 12 – 2:30 pm, a funeral service will follow at 2: 30 PM, Reverend Thomas Nichols officiating,  due to COVID, masks and social distancing are required at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Hermon Cemetery.  Levi  is survived by a son Alan  and his wife Mary Kio, Liverpool, a daughter in law, Cheryl Walrath, Hermon, grandsons, Michael John and his wife Sabrina Kio, Fort Ann, Alan James and his wife Jennifer Kio, Camillus, 5 steprandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 12 step great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, a niece and nephew, Dale and Donna Thomas, Depeyster, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Ella Kio, a son Robert Kio, sisters, Lula Cyrus, Hazel Sibley, and his dog, Buffy.  Levi was born on November 9, 1931 in the Town of DeKalb to the late Leon and Lucy Paro Kio.  He graduated from Hermon High School and took some classes at ATC. He married Ella Carr on October 18, 1952 at the Richville United Methodist Church. He was a die setter at GMC Powertrain in Massena for 28.5 years until his retirement in 1987. Prior to that he owned and operated Kio’s Heating and Plumbing for 30 years, and he also worked as a miner for St. Joseph’s Lead and Zinc Mines in Edwards.  He was a past member, chief and assistant chief of the Hermon Volunteer Fire Department, was a N.Y. State Snowmobile Safety Instructor, a member of the St. Lawrence County Senior Patrol, a St. Lawrence County Special Deputy, a member of the United Auto Workers Union and the Town Supervisor of Hermon in the 1970’s.  Levi loved to hunt, fish and travel. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Galilee United Methodist Church. 

Lawrence J. Jones 01/22/2020

Lawrence J. Jones

Lawrence J. Jones, 76, of DeKalb Junction, died on January 22, 2020, at his home.  There will be calling hours February 5, 2020, 12 – 2 PM, a memorial service will follow at 2 P.M., Pastor Martha Helmer officiating.  There will be a gathering after the service at the DeKalb Junction Fire Hall.  Burial will be in the spring at Hermon Cemetery.  He is survived by his son Fredrick H.L. Jones of Oswego, step children, Kevin Brown of DeKalb Junction, Danny Brown of Harrisville, David and his wife Barbara Brown Jr. of Hermon, Debbie Weller of Richville, Lisa Brown of DeKalb Junction, a sister in law Gena Jones of Ellenton, Florida, a grandson, 16 step grandchildren, 32 step great grandchildren, several step great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a step daughter, Karen Carr, siblings, Malcolm Jones, William Jones, Tom Jones, Betty Livingston, Karol Foster, and a step granddaughter, Amy Lou Carr.  Larry was born on August 5, 1943 in the town of Hermon, New York, the son of the late, Fred and Arlene Priest Jones.  A marriage to Patricia Meade ended in divorce, he then married Shirley Aldridge Brown on May 27, 2000 at the DeKalb Junction United Methodist Church, she died on August 5, 2016. Larry was a custodian at Hermon DeKalb Central School for 27 years prior to his retirement.  He enjoyed puttering around his home, and going to his camp.   In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Lucy C. Gorr 10/26/2019

Lucy C. Gorr

Lucy C. Gorr, 88, formerly of Cocoa, Florida and Bloomingdale, New York, died on October 26, 2019, at her daughter’s home. Funeral services are under the direction of Charlene Johnson-Allen, at French Family Funeral Home, Star Lake.  Calling hours will be October 30th, 11 am – 2 PM at the funeral home, a funeral mass will follow at St. Hubert’s Church, Star Lake, 2:30 PM , Father Shane Lynch officiating. She is survived by her daughters, Valerie L. and Lee Noel of Fulton, Donna L. and Francis (Frank) Whitelaw of Bloomingdale, a brother in law, Larry and Andrea Gore of Hamlin, a sister, Carmen Courtois, a sister in law, Bea Gore, grandchildren, Lee Anthony and Tara Noel of Cicero, Angie and Dylan Molchanoff of Cicero, great grandchildren Nathan, Sabrina and Vanessa Noel, Caiden Russell and Anabel Donovan, several nieces and nephews.  Lucy was born on February 6, 1931, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the daughter of the late, Francisco C. and Carmen L. Arzuaga Vigo.  She married John (Jack) Gorr on April 12, 1952 in Star Lake, he predeceased her on March 1, 2005.  She proudly worked at the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida for McDonnell Douglas. Prior to that she worked for many years in the office at Clifton Fine Hospital. Lucy was a past matron for the Order of Eastern Star in Oswegatchie, a Girl Scout Leader, and a past parishioner at St. Hubert’s.  She loved spending time with her family, creating porcelain dolls and making their clothing. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Cranberry Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Lillian M. Erwin 09/17/2019

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.

Laurel E. VanOrnum 08/18/2019

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

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.

Linda G. LaRock 01/26/2017

Linda G. LaRock
Linda G. LaRock, 76, of Potsdam, died on January 26, 2017. There will be no services, Linda was a generous donation to science. She is survived by her sons, Richard and his wife Carie LaRock of Potsdam, Bruce LaRock of Potsdam, Robert and his wife Jennifer LaRock of Gouverneur, Allen LaRock of Gouverneur, daughters, Debbie LaRock of Gouverneur and Madonna Fadden of Gouverneur, sisters, Elsie Gibson of Pennsylvania and Karen and her husband Tom McGregor of Potsdam, 15 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Linda was born on January 14, 1941 in Bangor, the daughter of the late Roy and Mildred Willette Gibson. On May 12, 1959, she married Richard Abraham LaRock, he died on July 2, 1998. She worked at Canton Potsdam Hospital in housekeeping for 30 years, retiring in 2006. Linda loved traveling, reading, knitting and camping in Colton. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.

Lila J. Slayko 09/08/2016

Lila SlaykoLila J. Slayko
Lila Jane Slayko, passed away quietly at her home in Canton on September 8, 2016, with her family by her side at the age of 79.  Calling hours will be 1 -2 PM, Saturday, September 10, 2016, funeral service will be at 2:30 PM, Minister Paul Slayko (son) of the DeKalb Church of Christ officiating, burial to follow in Hermon Cemetery. She is survived by her sons, Edward and his wife Dawn Slayko of DeKalb, Paul and his wife Sandy Slayko of Hermon, Kevin and his wife Angelica Baker of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Eric and his wife Jessica Baker of Cisco, Texas, daughters, Karen Slayko of Syracuse, Carol and her husband Glenn Beck of Ranger, Texas, sisters, Rachel Miner and Esther Cleveland both of Hermon, 16 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sons, Keith Baker, Douglas Slayko and a grandson, Ryan Slayko. Lila was born on May 13, 1937 in Pierrepont, the daughter of the late Edward and Mayfred Stone Fifield. She was a nurses’ aide at Western Manor in Ranger, Texas and an aide for many home health care agencies. She was a member of the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Russell. Lila enjoyed playing cards, baking and flower gardening. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Diabetes Foundation.

Lee W. Donaldson 04/06/2016

Lee DonaldsonLee W. Donaldson
Lee W. Donaldson, 67, of Canton, died on April 6, 2016 at Canton Potsdam Hospital. There will be memorial service at a later date. He is survived by his wife, Catherine, a son, Aaron Donaldson of Massena, daughters, Leeann Donaldson at home, Susie Thompson of Massena, Amanda Robinson of Massena, Nichole and her husband Antron Faulk of Massena, brothers, Leslie and his wife Linda Donaldson of DeKalb Junction, Larry and Diane Donaldson of Canton, a sister, Leola Fredette of Canton, 17 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter Ellie Lemieux, grandchildren, Ryan Lemieux, and Christian Donaldson. Lee was born on December 31, 1948 in the Town of Canton, the son of the late Leslie and Helen Blair Donaldson. He married Catherine Barney in Massena on December 14, 2002. Marriages to Barbara Blandin and Gail Burcume ended in divorce. Lee was a custodian and van driver for Massena Independent Living Center until 2003. He loved spending time with his family, fishing, and watching western movies. Contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association.