Conway R. N. Newcombe 08/24/2023

In Loving Memory of Conway Richard Nyxx Newcombe

January 16, 2023- August 24, 2023


“Though you were with us for a short while,

Your precious presence brought us endless smiles.

Your memory will forever be our guiding light,

A tiny soul now taken to an eternal flight.”


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Conway Richard Nyxx Newcombe, who left us on August 24, 2023 at the tender age of seven months. Conway was loved deeply by family and friends and although Conway’s time on Earth was short, his impact on loved ones will never be forgotten. Conway had an infectious laugh and a smile that would light up the room.


Conway was born on January 16, 2023 in Potsdam, New York. Conway is the son of Sara Newcombe, of De Kalb Junction, New York and Patrick Thompson, of Gouverneur, New York. In addition to his parents, Conway is survived by his brother, Louis Newcombe, who absolutely adored him, half-brother Oliver Thompson; and paternal grandparents Kevin Thompson and Barb VanDyke Thompson. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Richard and Jayne Newcombe.


Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, August 29, 2023 from 11:00am-1:00pm at Allen- Denesha Funeral Home, De Kalb Junction. His funeral service will immediately follow at 1:00pm at the funeral home, Pastor Martha Helmer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Conway to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, 1433 N 1075 W, Suite 110 Farmington, Utah 84025.

John C. Holland 08/07/2023

John C. Holland

John Carl Holland, 65, of DeKalb, died on August 7, 2023, at his home.  There will be a graveside service on September 2, 2023, 11:00 am at the Old DeKalb Cemetery, Pastor Justin Bland officiating.  John is survived by his brothers, James E. Holland of Omaha, Nebraska, Robert G. Holland and his wife Karen of Canton, sisters, Linda R. Michaud and her husband Paul of Gouverneur, Hazel Holland of Norfolk, several nieces and nephews. John was born on September 21,1957 the son of the late, James W. and Hazel F. Bigelow in Ogdensburg. In 1976 he graduated from Hermon DeKalb Central School. He was a farm worker at the Corscadden Farm in Richville, for thirty plus years. John was a member of the Richville Baptist Church.  He liked to play cards, go fishing, watch WWE wrestling and the History Channel, he was a serious coin collector and a history buff. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Meals on Wheels Program. 

Merrill D. Finnie 07/25/2023


HERMON – Funeral services for Merrill D. Finnie, 34, a resident of 104 Germain Street, Hermon, will be held on Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at 11 a.m. at the Allen-Denesha Funeral Home in DeKalb Junction.  Burial will be held in the Hermon Cemetery following the services.  Following the services, a luncheon will be held at the Hermon Fire Hall to celebrate Merrill’s life.  Family and friends may call at the Allen-Denesha Funeral Home on Monday, July 31, 2023 from 11-1 and again from 6-8 p.m.  Merrill passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at his home.

              Merrill is survived by his mother, Sonya Forbes, Hermon; his father, David Finnie and Pamela Hedrick, Gouverneur; his sisters, Christa Charland, Hermon; Clarisa Davis, Hermon and Courtney Finnie, Fishkill; his nieces and nephews, Bella Charland and Hayden and Caylin Cardinell; his paternal grandfather, William Finnie, Norwood; his paternal grandmother, Diana Putman, Hermon as well as several aunts and uncles.  Merrill was pre-deceased by his maternal grandparents Vernon and Deanna (Davis) Forbes.

              Born on February 24, 1989 to Sonya Forbes and David Finnie, Merrill graduated from Hermon-DeKalb Central School, Class of 2007.  He enjoyed working, especially at the United Helpers Maplewood Campus in Canton where he was in maintenance and when Merrill wasn’t working, he was helping his friends or enjoying the outdoors.  He loved to hunt, fish and go 4-wheeling in his spare time. Memorial donations in Merrill’s name can be made to the Hermon Rescue Squad.  


Linda M. Bacon 07/12/2023

Linda M. Bacon

Linda M. Bacon, 71, of Hermon, died on July 12, 2023, at Canton Potsdam Hospital.  There will be no services per Linda’s wishes. Linda is survived by her husband, Ward W. Bacon, her daughter Nicole S. Bacon-Ward and her husband Richie Ward, of Hermon, grandchildren, Marissa and her husband Michael Mason of Red Creek, Camryn Ward of Hermon, Makayla Bacon and her fiancé, Jason Burke of Canton, Dakotah and her husband Daniel Stroda of Clarksville, TN, one great grandchild, Wrenleigh Stroda, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Ward W. Bacon Jr., her brothers, Jerry Cameron, Richard Cameron, and Danny Cameron. Linda was born on April 12, 1952 the daughter of the late, Richard (Bud) and Blanche Johnson Cameron in Potsdam. In 1970 she graduated from Hermon DeKalb Central School. She married Ward Bacon on July 11, 1970 at St. Henry’s Church in DeKalb Junction. Linda was a direct support provider at Jefferson St Lawrence ARC, prior to that she was a cook at the Canton Day Care Center, everyone called her Linda Cooker.  She was a past member of the Hermon Rescue Squad.  She loved watching her grandchildren’s sporting events, she enjoyed fishing, and following local sports teams. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gouverneur Breast Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 64, Gouverneur, New York, 13642.

Tennille E. Hayes 06/30/2023


Tennille E. Hayes

Tennille E. Hayes, 46, of Hermon, died on June 30, 2023, at Canton Potsdam Hospital.  There will be calling hours, Friday, July 7, 2023, 1-3 PM, a funeral service will follow at 3 PM at the funeral home, Reverend Robert Morehouse officiating. Tennille is survived by her husband Marc Hayes, sons, Isaiah Hayes and his fiancé Hannah Degraw, of Hermon, Grant Hayes of Hermon, a daughter, Gabrielle Barton of Brockport, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Grant and Cathy Hayes of Chittenango, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, McKenna Hayes. Born on July 29, 1976 in Canandaigua, she graduated from the Naples High School. She married Marc Hayes on November 8, 2003 in Naples.  Tennille was a certified nurse’s aide at Canton Potsdam Hospital for the last nine years.  She was held in high regard by her colleagues at the hospital.  She loved spending time with her family and friends, and enjoyed reading. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 291, Canton, New York 13617. 

Joseph M. Spadaccini 06/20/2023

Joseph M. Spadaccini

Joseph M. Spadaccini, 62, of Canton, formerly of DeKalb Junction, died on June 20, 2023, at his home.  There will be calling hours, Saturday, June 24, 2023, 9 – 11 am, followed by a graveside service, 11:15 am at the Union Cemetery, DeKalb Junction, Pastor Martha Helmer officiating. Jospeh is survived by his sons, Shawn Spadaccini and his fiancé, Emily Pinckney of South Colton, Anthony Spadaccini and his longtime companion, Brienne Gleason of Fort Edward, NY, his brother, Tomme and his wife Michelle Spadaccini of CT, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was born on August 10, 1960 in Hermon, NY, the son of the late James and Sylvia Bush Spadaccini. He graduated from the Hermon DeKalb Central School in 1978 and continued his education at SUNY Potsdam, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in in mathematics in 1982. A marriage to Jodie Sanderson ended in divorce.  Joe was a corrections officer at the Gouverneur Correctional Facility until his retirement in 2019, with 32 years on the job. Joseph was a member of the Moose Lodge 2397 in Potsdam and an associate member at the Canton VFW Post 1231.  He loved spending time with his family and friends, was a fan of music (all genre’s), appreciated wonderful singing voices, and was a NY Giants fan. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 291, Canton, New York 13617. 

Jennifer A. Clark 05/26/2023







Jennifer A. Clark

Jennifer A. Clark, 73, of Edwards, died on May 26, 2023, at her home.  There will be no services. Jennifer is survived by her loving daughters, Brittany (Jason Brunet) Clark of Hermon, Kaitlin Clark of Edwards, long time companion, Frederick Glade Sr. of Edwards, grandchildren, Stuart Ashley Clark and Wyatt James Johnson. She was predeceased by her son, Stuart Ashley Sanderson on February 1986. She was born on September 13, 1949, in the Bronx, the daughter of the late Aurora and Harry Dunham. Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Miami University. Recently she was an advocate for soldiers at Fort Drum. Prior to that she was a paralegal, and a television producer at PBS producing the show You and the Law.  She was currently writing a show for Netflix.  She loved to travel, horses, write and her career as a television producer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Wild Horses Campaign, P.O. Box 1733, Davis, CA, 95617. 


Robert “Bob” B. Miller 04/28/2023

Robert “Bob” B. Miller

Robert B. Miller, 88, of DeKalb Junction, died on April 28, 2023, at his home. There will be calling hours, Friday, May 5, 12 – 2 PM, followed by a graveside service, 2:30 PM at the Hermon Cemetery, Pastor Martha Helmer officiating. Robert is survived by his son, Robert “ Mike” and his wife Sandra Miller of Front Royal, VA, daughters, Kelly and her husband Ralph Johnson of Madrid, Karen Perry of Ruckersville, VA, Shirley Mitchell and her husband Douglas Spotswood of Orange, VA, brothers, Edward and his wife Mary Miller of Palmyra, Everette and his wife Marlene Miller of OK, Ronald and Eloise Miller of Newark, a sister, Gloria Zehr of Gouverneur, a daughter in-law Sandra Miller of Norwood, Howard Kinch, a friend and family, step children, Judy Phillips, John Caringi, 14  grandchildren, several great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sons, Benjamin Dale Miller, Randy J. Miller, a daughter, Maryanne Miller, brothers, John Miller, Lawrence Miller, Donald Miller, sisters, Onalee Matoon and Joyce Moore, a step son Mike Caringi, a grandson, Joseph Miller, three great grandchildren. He was born on April 4, 1935, in Fowler, the son of the late Bertie and Velva Vanatter Miller. He graduated from the Hermon High School in 1954. Marriages to Shirley Miner Fiacco and Helen Caringi ended in divorce.  He married Barbara Hance on December 27, 2014 at the DeKalb Senior Housing Community Room, she predeceased him in 2019. Robert owned the Tupper Lake Bakery, where he was also the baker.  Prior to that he was a general contractor for the Village of Potsdam. Robert was a very active volunteer, helping to improve people’s lives. He was on the St. Lawrence County Council, N. Y. Statewide Senior Action Council (past president, 4 years, and vice president 3 years) a member of the DeKalb Hermon Senior Citizen Club, Edwards Senior Citizen Club (past president), the Massena Senior Citizen Club and a delegate to the Russell Senior Citizen Club.  He was a member of the DeGrasse Methodist Church (he served as chairman, assistant chairman and was on the church board), the DeGrasse, Clare, South Russell Volunteer Fire Department.  He loved selling ads and tickets, going to the North Country Senior Rama, playing cards (Pedro), watching television, playing horseshoes, checkers chess and bowling, He was a NY Yankees and NY Giants fan. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the NY Statewide Senior Action Council, 275 State Street, Albany, NY, 12210. 

Leona J. “Rogers” Boprey 04/28/2023

Leona J. (Rogers) Boprey

Leona J. (Rogers) Boprey, 92, of Hyde Park, Vermont and formerly of DeKalb Junction, died on April 28, 2023, at her daughter’s home. There will be a graveside service, Saturday, May 6, 2023, 12 PM at the East DeKalb Cemetery, Pastor Reginald Curtis officiating. Leona is survived by her sons, James “Jimmy” Rogers of DeKalb Junction, Kimball and his wife Lynn Rogers of Kentucky, daughters, Judith Poirier of West Virginia, Pamela Rogers of New Hampshire, Karen Dupont of Vermont, a special niece, Regina “Jean” Stewart of Arizona, 7 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, Rudolph Wade, Waneta DeFreest and Thelma Putnam.  She was born on September 5,1930, in Hancock, Vermont, the daughter of the late Perley and Bertha Manning Wade. She graduated from the Vera Hanks School of Nursing in Vermont as an LPN. Leona married Cleo Rogers on November 30, 1946 he predeceased her on September 24, 2004. Later she married Harold Thomas Boprey on November 24, 2008, he predeceased her on September 19, 2011. Her last job was as a librarian for CSEP in Canton, NY, prior to that she was an LPN at Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury, Vermont. Leona was a prior member at the Fresh Start Fellowship Church in Rensselaer Falls, NY, the United Trinity Assembly of God Church in Hyde Park, Vermont, the Hyde Park VFW Post 7779.  She loved music, reading, doing crossword puzzles, picture puzzles, crocheting, dancing, coloring, reading cards, bird watching and flower gardening.  She shared her love of music by volunteering to play at her church, the local nursing homes and senior housing. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Newport Ambulance Service, PO Box 911, Newport Vermont, 05655, the Lamoille County Home Health and Hospice, 53 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont, 05661 or the Lamoille County Cancer Network, PO Box 828, Morrisville, Vermont, 05661. 

Eleanor J. Dewey 03/19/2023


Eleanor Jane Dewey

Eleanor Jane Dewey 99, passed away on Sunday March 19, 2023 at AHC Clarksville, Tennessee.
There will be no funeral services. 
Eleanor was born September 3, 1923 in Fowler, New York daughter of Brayton and Helen (Fuller) Hamilton.
She attended Herman schools and worked 21 years at Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, New York.
On August 11, 1945 she married Herbert (Ken) Dewey in Gouverneur, New York. On their retirement they moved to Florida, where they enjoyed Square Dancing, ceramics and card games. She moved back to Hermon, New York after her husband passed in 1990.
She is survived by her sister Alice Hooper of Harrisville, New York. son Dwight (Marilyn) Dewey of Golden Meadow, Louisiana, daughter Eileen (James) Farrow of Clarksville, Tennessee. 7 grandchildren Michele Jackson, Amy Spencer, Robert Jackson, Sheila Cleveland, Pete Dewey, Dana Guidry and Tina Ledet. 17 great grandchildren and 15 great great grandchildren.
She is proceeded in death by her parents Brayton and Helen Hamilton, husband Herbert K. Dewey, son Stuart Phillip Dewey, sister Nancy Hamilton, brothers John Hamilton, Harold Hamilton and Gordan Hamilton.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.