Anne S. Whalen

Anne Sherry Whalen, 87, of Canton, died Tuesday evening, August 11th, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.  

Anne was born on March 15, 1933, in Ogdensburg, the middle of five daughters born to Michael and Mary Adelaide (LaVenture) Sherry of Ogdensburg.  She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy, Ogdensburg, in 1951 and received her Bachelor’s degree from Plattsburgh State Teachers College.  Anne then taught for both the Canojoharie and Knox Memorial Central Schools.

On June 21st, 1958, Anne married Gerald Whalen, of Canton, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg. In the early years of their marriage, Anne devoted her time to raising their children.  She began her early education career in 1970 at Canton’s St. Mary’s Parochial School teaching Kindergarten. She later returned to graduate school and completed her Master’s degree in Education at Potsdam State University in 1972.  In 1986, she joined Edwards-Knox Central School as a Pre-First Grade teacher.  Anne joined her husband in retirement in 1996.

Anne was devoted to her family, her Roman Catholic faith, and the North Country community.  She loved her home in Canton, where she often hosted family reunions with her sisters and their families, which included 20 nieces and nephews.

During Anne’s younger years, she spent summers working at the Lake Placid Club on Mirror Lake in Lake Placid and at Santa’s Workshop in Wilmington.  In her retirement years, Anne regularly traveled to the Boston, Rochester, and Dallas areas, to visit her children and her sisters.

Anne is survived by: her husband, Gerald;  son Tim of Swampscott, MA;  daughter Martha of Canton; daughter Cathy (James) Hallas of Allen, TX; her grandchildren, Laura and Tom;  her sisters: Jean Geraghty of Davenport, IA, Martha (Robert) Spooner of Covington, LA,  and Joan (Ronald) Savino of West Henrietta, NY; and brother-in-law Terrance Wagner of Rowlett, TX.

Anne was predeceased by: her parents, Michael and Mary Adelaide Sherry; a brother, Joseph, who died at birth; her sister, Mary Sherry Wagner who passed away in 2009; and a brother-in-law, Michael Geraghty, who died in 2012.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley or St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton. 

Calling hours for Anne will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the O’Leary Funeral Home, Canton. A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 10:00am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Court Street; Canton with Father Bryan Stitt, Pastor celebrating.

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John Van Pike

John Van Pike, 87, of Blanchard Hill, Russell, died peacefully Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at his home while under the care of his loving family and Hospice and Palliative Care. Due to the current pandemic, services will be held privately for the immediate family. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Degrasse. Military Honors will take place at a date and time to be announced. Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton has been entrusted with John’s care and arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Russell Volunteer Fire Department or to Hospice & Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.

John was born August 28, 1932 in the Town of Russell, NY a son of the late Urbane and Mabel (VanSant) Pike. He attended Knox Memorial in Russell before enlisting in the US Army at the age of 17. He was a Korean War Veteran serving with the 7th Infantry Division and was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal, U.N. Service Medal and reached the rank of Sergeant. He was honorably discharged from Camp Drum, NY in September of 1952. He married Barbara Towne February 23, 1952. Barb passed away in Alaska in 1987. In 1989 he married Alice Austin White who passed in 2009.

John worked at J&L Steel in Star Lake; in Alaska from 1981-1987; drove truck for Dave and Betty Brown Construction; and retired from St. Lawrence University where he was employed as a janitor. Surviving are his son Kenneth (Wendy) Pike of Russell; two brothers, Richard (Christine) Pike of Canton and Arland Pike of Burlington, VT; a grandson, Christopher Hale of Russell; several nieces and nephews; step-daughters, Becky (Ron) Kirkpatrick and Jeaniel (Peter) Hance of NC; step-son, Joe (Debbie) White of Russell; and step-grandchildren, Val Kirkpatrick of Russell, Linda (Dick) Stone of Philadelphia, NY and Josh (Micheala) Kirkpatrick of Potsdam. In addition to his first wife Barbara and second wife Alice, John is predeceased by two daughters, Patricia Farnsworth and Darlene George; four sisters, infant sister Vivian Pike, Louise Chase, Gerry Manning and Lucille Hewlett.

John will also be remembered by his companion, Laura Sharpstene. A special thank you is given to Jill and Eric Lottie for many years of helping John.

John was a founding member of Russell Fire Department and a member of VFW Post #1231, Canton. John enjoyed camping, gardening, cutting firewood, hunting, fishing, trapping, doing crossword puzzles, woodworking and an occasional visit to the casino.

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Services for John Pike: There are no events scheduled. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or planting a memorial tree in memory of John Pike.

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Stephen McQuinn Passing

October 4, 1947 – January 20, 2020 Newburgh, NY

Stephen C. McQuinn passed away on Monday January 20, 2020 at Orange Regional Medical Center in Wallkill, NY. He was 72 years old. Son of the late Kenneth and Beatrice Leona Reid McQuinn, he was born in Massena, NY, on October 4, 1947.

Stephen proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1965-1976 and again from 1980-1984. He was awarded two Purple Hearts for his service in Vietnam between 1971 and 1972. After his honorable discharge he became an auditor for the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. He was a member of the Vietnam Helicopters Association and the Frontiersmen VFW post #7545 in Tonawanda, NY.

Survivors include his children: Christopher McQuinn of Syracuse, NY, Daniel Kramer and his wife Anadelys, of Tonawanda, NY, Michael McQuinn of El Centro, CA, Stephen Jones and his wife Heather, of Saegertown, PA, Michele Hampton and her husband Scott, of High Point, NC, Erin Garlock and her husband Jeff, of East Aurora, NY, and Maria Shelton and her husband John, of Saginaw, MI; his brother Reid McQuinn of Wilsboro, NY, and his grandchildren: Jatsia, Nicholas, Jacob, Stephen, Jessica, Alison, Quinn, Nicholas, Evan and Stefani.

A graveside service with Military Honors will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 18, 2020 at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Arrangements by William F. Hogan Funeral Home, 135 Main St., Highland Falls, NY.

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Dick Loucks Passing

Richard Frederick Loucks, 89, Marion, formerly of Canton
passed away after a long battle with cancer and kidney disease surrounded by family on January 11, 2020. He was a strong man with a big heart, who never met a stranger.
Richard is survived by his loving wife, Millie of 70.5 years; sons Michael Loucks, Larry (Vicky) Loucks, David (Suzanne) Loucks, Richard (Sandy) Loucks, Randy Loucks, and Robert (Gail) Loucks; sister Jannette Loucks Ricalton; brother Maurice (Marilyn) Loucks; and eight loving grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. Richard was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to everyone.
Richard was born July 6, 1930 in Canton, to Frederick and Leola (Speer) Loucks, the second oldest of six children. He graduated from Canton High School in 1948 and from Canton Ag and Tech in 1950. On May 14, 1949 he married his sweetheart Millie Tuttle in Russell.
A celebration of life service will be held on January, 25, 2020 at 11 a.m. at The United Church of Marion, 3848 N. Main St., Marion, NY 14505. Following the service there will be refreshments and fellowship.
Richard was always there to help family and friends with whatever project, big or small. Richard has always had a great love for America.
A special thank you to the staff at Wayne County Nursing Home for the wonderful care and love shown to Mr. Loucks and his family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Loucks name may be made to The United Church of Marion, PO Box 52, 3848 N. Main St., Marion, NY 14505. Condolences may be expressed at:
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Betty I. Burns

DEGRASSE- Betty I. Burns, age 76, of DeGrasse, NY, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 30, 2019 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, surrounded by her family.

Betty was born on April 28, 1943 in DeGrasse, NY to the late Lawrence and Hazel (Thomas) Meilleur. She attended school in DeGrasse and then went on to attend at Knox Memorial Central School in Russell. She married Kenneth Burns on October 3, 1959 at the Russell United Methodist Church.

Betty spent most of her adulthood as a homemaker, raising her five children. Once the children were out of school she worked for seven years at the Canton College Book Store. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, cooking for her family, doing crossword puzzles and she used to enjoy tending to her flowers.

Surviving is her husband Kenneth; a son, Kenneth and Pam Burns of Gouverneur; four daughters, Brenda and Kevin Klock of DeGrasse, Katherine Burns of Mexico, NY, Sherri and Dan Facey of Palmira, NY and Karen and Eric Dandrow of DeGrasse; twelve grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

Betty is predeceased by two brothers, Lemond and Maynard “Satch” Meilleur and a sister Bertha Ordway.

There will be no public service for Betty at this time. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home, Edwards. Condolences may be shared online at

Donations may be made in Betty’s memory to DeGrasse United Methodist Church.

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Jay Dana Passing

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Terry G. Smith

OGDENSBURG — Funeral services for Terry G. Smith, age 60, will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at Frary Funeral Home with Rev. Walter Smith officiating. Calling hours will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019, at Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg. Mr. Smith passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at SUNY Upstate Hospital in Syracuse.

Terry is survived by his fiancé, Nancy Ramsey; a son, Joshua Smith of Morristown, and a step daughter, Angie Smith of Russell.

Terry was born on May 28, 1959, in Massena, the son of Gerald E. and Helen L. (Hill) Smith. He graduated from Knox Memorial High School in 1978. Terry first worked for Mackin Trucking in Russell, NY, Pete Green in Lisbon, and later for Goldie Trucking and Excavation in Morristown until he recently fell ill.

Terry enjoyed helping others and spending time with his family and loved ones. Online condolences may be made at

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Cass Burtis

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Stephen Hall

Stephen Lester Hall, formerly of Hermon
Monday, April 29, 2019 – 12:00 pm
Stephen Lester Hall passed away Saturday April 20, 2019 with family at his side.

Steve was born in Hermon, NY in 1947 to Jack Hall and Loretta Moulton Hall Sharpstene.

Steve graduated from Know Memorial Central School in 1965 and joined the U.S. Navy where he started his training in the medical field. After his discharge from the Navy he attended school in Florida to become a registered nurse. Following that he trained at Cleveland Clinic to become a nurse anesthetist and worked at that profession for 43 years until his retirement. During that time, he also became a commercial pilot and combined the two professions for a short while.

In 1987 Steve married Satu Ra ̈sa ̈nen, who survives him. Steve and Satu retired from Florida to Lake Cumberland, Kentucky in 2004.

In addition to his mother and his wife he is survived by a sister, Sharon Peabody (David), brother Sheldon Hall (Fran), an uncle John (Jack) Moulton (Mary Lou), several nieces and nephews. Steve was predeceased by his father Jack Hall, Grandparents Bernard & Harriet Moulton and Milford & Esther Hall.

Steve loved flying, spending time with Satu on their boat touring around the Atlantic, fishing and hunting.

In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to Hospice of Lake Cumberland at or Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, KY 42503.

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Evah A. Foster

RUSSELL – Evah A. Foster, age 97, of Russell, passed away on May 29, 2019 at her son’s home in Hannawa Falls under the care of her family.

In keeping with Evah’s wishes there will be no calling hours. There will be a private burial in the South Russell Cemetery. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home in Edwards. Condolences may be shared online at

Evah Arline Cook was born on September 6, 1921 in Hermon to the late Harley B. and Mable (Ellwood) Cook. She was the first daughter and third oldest of her siblings: Floyd, Raymond, Robert, George, Doris, Shirley, Phyllis and Mavis. She graduated from Knox Memorial High School in Russell in 1939.

Evah married Earl H. Foster on June 8, 1939 at the Canton Episcopal Parsonage by Rector Ward. The couple lived in Russell for their entire marriage. Earl passed away on February 1, 1996.

Mrs. Foster was the Cafeteria Supervisor for the Knox Memorial High School until it closed and for Edwards-Knox Central School until her retirement in 1990 after 34 years of service to the schools.

Always active in her community, not much went on in her town that she wasn’t a part of. Evah served on the Russell Town Board, founded and was President of the Russell Atwater Housing, and President of the Russell Activity Board. She served on the St Lawrence County Advisory Board for the Dept. of the Office of the Aging as well as the County Council of Senior Citizens. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, the Russell Fire Dept, and NY Grange # 891.

Evah was recognized many times for her commitment to her community including NYS Assembly, St. Lawrence County and most recently as a NYS Woman of Distinction by Senator Patty Richie.

Evah’s favorite times were spent creating memories with friends and family, especially playing cards or meeting for a meal.

She is survived by her son and daughter in law, Charles E. and Mary Sue Foster; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

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S. Marie Gary

Mrs. S. Marie Gary, 94, formerly of Canton, died peacefully on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at the St. Regis Nursing Home in Massena, where she was surrounded by her family.

Marie was born on February 5, 1925 in Clare, the daughter of the late Floyd and Stella (Rider) Dana. She attended Knox-Memorial Central School and finished high school in Canton, graduating in 1943. A marriage to John Basford ended in divorce. She later married Edson Gary, whom predeceased her in 2003.

Marie raised her own family and dedicated her working years to caring for many foster children, retiring in 1985. Marie was a member of the Canton Senior Citizen’s group, a part of the St. Lawrence County Foster Care Organization, she enjoyed gardening and knitting and contributed many hours to volunteer work at the Canton United Methodist Church.

Marie is survived by her two children, Steven (Kim) Basford of Canton and Tami (Doug) Baker of Pittsford, VT; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A brother, Raymond Dana and a sister, Marion Lozo predecease her.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Canton United Methodist Church, Court St.; with Pastor Michael Terrell, officiating. Contributions in her memory may be made to a child advocacy group or a charity of one’s choice.

Memories and condolences may be shared online at Arrangements for Mrs. Sybil Marie Gary are under the care of the O’Leary Funeral Service of Canton.

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Belva Joan Matthews

Princeton – Belva Joan Matthews, 79, passed away at Heartland Health Care Center, Henry, IL on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Belva was born on May 27, 1939 to the late Basil and Elsie (Curtis) Fountain in Canton, NY. She was a graduate of Knox Memorial High School in Russell, NY Cass of 1956. She married the late Howard C. Matthews on August 27, 1964 at the Methodist Church in Herman, NY. She was a supervisor at the St. Lawrence County Meals on Wheels. Belva also worked at the Princeton Mushroom Factory in the Café as well as managing several restaurants for the owner of the café. She worked at the Care Inn Nursing Home, where she became a certified dietitian. She also worked at Perry Memorial Hospital and ran the kitchen as the dietitian before retiring. She spent her retirement as a Gold Coat at Perry Memorial and volunteered at the Clark House assisting in the kitchen.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, IL. Services will be held at Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, IL on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. officiated by Pastor Frendell Reyes. A graveside service will be held in New York at a later date and time.

Online condolences may be left at Arrangements by Norberg Memorial Home, Inc. Princeton, IL.

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Frances Grant

Mrs. Frances E. Grant, 99, of North Russell, passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2019 at the United Helpers Riverledge Nursing Home, Ogdensburg.

Frances was born on January 21, 1920 in Russell to the late Alfred and Cora (Miller) Viancour. She attended high schools in Russell and Pyrites. On March 1, 1938, Frances married Norman Grant. He predeceased her November 1, 1982. She and Norman owned and operated a farm on the Cassidy Road for over 50 years.

Frances is survived by two sons, George Grant of Oneida, NY and Steven (Irma) Grant of Ogdensburg, as well as several, grand, great-grand and great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Sister, Doris Dominie and Mabel Woodside predeceased her.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no calling hours, a graveside service will be held in the spring at Fairview Cemetery, Canton.

Memories and condolences may be shared online at  Arrangements for Frances E. Grant are under the care of the O’Leary Funeral Service of Canton.

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