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 www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.

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 www.olearyfuneralservice.com. 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 www.norbergfh.com 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 www.olearyfuneralservice.com.  Arrangements for Frances E. Grant are under the care of the O’Leary Funeral Service of Canton.

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Roger T. Hatch

Born Feb. 25, 1940, in Gouveneur, N.Y., passed away Sept. 26, 2018 in Lancaster, Calif.

Roger grew up in Russell, NY, and attended Knox High School. Roger served in the United States Air Force for 24 and half years as a Reconnaissance Photographer. He served 3 tours of duty in Vietnam. He received numerous distinguished medals during his years of service. Roger worked at Edwards Air Force Base for 22 years as photographer and multi-media manager. He enjoyed photography, bowling, golfing, and viewing many other sports.

Roger leaves his wife, Luisa Hatch of 52 years of marriage, two daughters Paula Hadfield (Jim) and Rhonda Hatch-Rivera (John), and 3 grandchildren: Chandler, Kendall and Elyse.

Funeral services will be held at Central Christian Church on Thurs., Oct. 4, 2018 at 10:00 am. Following services, Military Honors will be at Bakersfield National Cemetery at 1:15 pm.

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Paul Francis Wiese

Paul Francis “Butch” Wiese, 70, of Chateaugay, N.Y., passed away on Monday, July 2, 2018, at his home.

Paul was born in Potsdam, N.Y., on Oct. 2, 1947, the son of William G.H. and Genevieve (Amo) Wiese. He attended Knox Memorial Central School in Russell, N.Y., graduating in 1965. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a certification in Health and Physical Education from SUNY Brockport and completed several graduate courses at St. Lawrence University.

On Dec. 17, 1977, Paul was united in marriage to Sharon L. Cardinell at Sacred Heart Church in Edwards, N.Y., with Father Charles Richards officiating. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; two daughters and their husbands, Paula and Scott LaPlant of Asheboro, N.C., and Shannon and Matthew McArdle of Malone, N.Y.; two brothers and one sister-in-law, William of Moira, N.Y., and Robert (Tim) and Janet of McLean, N.Y. He was blessed with 6 grandchildren: Lauren, Nicholas and Parker LaPlant and Keegan, Logan and Raegan McArdle, along with several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his sisters, Janet Bullock and Karen Fuller.

Paul was a dedicated educator. He began his 35 year teaching career at Harrisville Central School. In his short tenure he was able to positively impact the boys basketball program and help establish Harrisville as a perennial sectional winner. He went on to join the staff of Northern Adirondack Central School in Ellenburg, N.Y., where he spent the remainder of his career. There, he contributed to the school community by maintaining high expectations in the classroom and striving for excellence on the field and court. Additionally, he served in many leadership roles over the years, working side by side with many colleagues and friends.

Paul also dedicated much of his time to his community. In his younger years he spent many summers coaching basketball at local camps including SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence University. Shortly after moving to Chateaugay, he became the director of the Chateaugay Rec Park, a position he loved for nearly 30 years. Generations of Chateaugay youth benefitted from his time and talent; learning to swim, playing competitive pickup basketball, and learning to “clean up” with the aid of his whistle and beloved bullhorn.
Paul was a longtime member of the Chateaugay Fire Department. He loved watching his daughters play sports, especially basketball, both for Chateaugay Central School and later St. Lawrence University. He was an ardent New York Giants football fan, staying faithful through whatever each season held. Lastly, he loved reading the local newspapers and the challenge of the daily crossword puzzles.

Please join the family for calling hours on Friday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Chateaugay Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated immediately following, at 1 p.m., at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Burial will take place at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Chateaugay, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s memory are greatly appreciated. These may be made to the Knox Memorial Alumni Association or the Chateaugay Rescue Company: KMAA, PO Box 528, Russell, NY 13684 and Chateaugay Rescue Co., PO Box 911, Chateaugay, NY 12920.

Arrangements are with the Chateaugay Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be offered at www.chateaugayfuneralhome.com.

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Beverly B. (Fifield) Bullis

Ms. Beverly B. Bullis, 77, of Canton passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the Gouverneur Hospital where she was in the company of her daughter, Peggy and her sister, Shirley.

Beverly was born March 14, 1941 in Russell, the daughter of the late Howard A. and Mabel A. (Blackmer) Fifield. She attended Russell Schools. On June 27, 1959 she was married to Ira “Pete” Bullis at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton. The marriage ended in divorce.

Beverly is a lifelong resident of the Canton area. She worked in several homes, cleaning for local families and later became a nurse’s aide at the Canton Hospital. She was also a member of the Brick Chapel Ladies Aid Society.

Beverly is survived by a daughter, Peggy (Ricky) Shea of South Colton; a brother, Jay (Kathy Whiteford) Fifield of Canton; a sister, Shirley (Ike Guyette) Briggs of Canton; a brother-in-law, Cecil (Nancy Butler) Wells of Heuvelton; and her little sweetheart, Shayden Sloan.

She is predeceased by a daughter, Darlene; a son, Alan; sisters, Jean Wells and infant Betty Jean; brothers, Howard Jr., Lloyd and Brayton Fifield and by a granddaughter, Heather.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Canton Rescue Squad; 77 Riverside Drive; Canton, New York 13617.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Brick Chapel Cemetery; Canton. There will be no calling hours.

Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.olearyfuneralservice.com.  Arrangements for Ms. Beverly B. Bullis are under the care of the O’Leary Funeral Service of Canton.

Donations may be made to:

Canton Rescue Squad
77 Riverside Drive, Canton NY 13617
Tel: 1-315-386-4613
Web: http://www.cantonfirerescue.com

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Mary E. Colton

RUSSELL – Mary E. Colton, age 79, of Russell, passed away at home on February 20, 2018 under the care of her family and hospice.

Calling hours will be held at French Funeral Home in Edwards on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Her funeral service will be on Monday at the funeral home at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Clare.

Mary was born on September 25, 1938 in Russell to the late Harold Merle and Laura (McKee) Towne. She attended the Knox Memorial High School and married Wesley J. Colton on September 25, 1954 at the Edwards Methodist parsonage.

Mary has lived in Russell her entire life. She enjoyed working on crossword puzzles, reading, and playing Bingo. Mary loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her survivors include her husband, Wesley; 2 daughters, Laura Burnett and her husband, David, Dawn Feigel; and 7 sons, Randy and his wife, Karen, Rocky and his wife, Alita, Ricky and his wife, Debbie, Kelly and his wife, Judy, Eric and his wife, Frances Jane, Kerry and his wife, Susan, and David Colton. She is also survived by 2 brothers, Willis Towne and Frank Towne and his companion, Marge; and 24 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Mary is predeceased by her parents and her sister, Margaret Jackson.

Donations in memory of Mary may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 3049, Syracuse NY 13220. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.

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Joan B. Clarke

Mrs. Joan B. Clarke, 81, of Russell passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 while under the care of Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley.

Joan was born October 12, 1936 in Manchester, NH; daughter of the late Marcel and Florence (Coverly) VanDerBeken. She graduated from West High School in New Hampshire. On August 19, 1954, Joan was married to John C. “Calvin” Clarke in Wichita Falls, Texas. She worked in the cafeteria at Knox-Memorial Central School and later in dining services at SUNY Canton. Joan enjoyed shuffleboard, play cards, pedro parties, and she and Calvin bowled in the co-ed league at the Canton Club.

Joan was a communicant of St. Rene’s Church in Russell and later St. Mary’s Church of Canton.

Joan is survived by three children, Joni (Robin) Tressider of Russell; John (Darlene) Clarke of Canton and Daniel Clarke and companion Peggy Cardinal of Russell; a sister, Patricia Flewelling of Manchester, NH and grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her husband John C. “Calvin” Clarke and by a daughter, Cathy Clarke Folsom.

Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Vincent de Paul; 58 Progress Parkway, Maryland Heights, MO 63043.

Fond memories and condolences may be shared online at www.olearyfuneralservice.com Arrangements for Mrs. Joan B. Clarke are under the care of the O’Leary Funeral Service of Canton.

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Mertice J. Jeffries

RUSSELL- Mertice J. Jeffries, age 83, of Russell, NY passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center.

There will be a memorial service for Mertice at a later date. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home, Edwards. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.

Mertice was born on September 5, 1934 in Russell, NY to the late Charles H. and Millie (VanSant) Tuttle. She graduated from Knox Memorial High School in 1951 and married Lochland Dayton Jeffries in 1953, whom she had four children with. Her marriage to Lochland ended in divorce. Mertice was a self-employed care giver for many years. She had previously sold life insurance and was an office manager for United Agencies in Cape Canaver, FL.

Mertice was a member of the Russell United Methodist Church and the Whole-Loaf Christian Center in Florida. She enjoyed knitting, reading and crafting.

Surviving is a daughter Charleen Alese and her husband, Lonnie Leonard of Russell; three sons, Lochland Douglas Jeffries and his wife, Kelly Poetzman-Jeffries of Chicago, IL, Morris Evan Jeffries and his wife, Terry of Russell and Christopher Milton Jeffries and his wife, Andryea Foster of Arizona; a brother and his wife, Alton and Dale Tuttle of Russell; a sister and her husband, Millie and Richard Loucks of Marion, NY; nine grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

Mertice is predeceased by two brothers, Russell and Sonny Tuttle and two sisters, Arlyss Sibbits and Betty Colton.

Donations may be made in Mertice’s memory to the St. Lawrence County SPCA, 6718 NY-68, Ogdensburg, NY 13669.

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Gene L. Whiteford

CANTON — Gene L Whiteford, 83, passed away Wednesday night, December 13, 2017 at RiverLedge Nursing Home in Ogdensburg, NY.

Gene was born in Russell, NY on October 27, 1934 to parents Louis and Celia (Reed) Whiteford. He grew up as the eldest of three sons. He attended Knox Memorial HS in Russell, NY, class of 1952.

He served in the United States Air Force for 20 years as a Law Enforcement Supervisor, retiring as a SSGT in 1973. He also retired from Premium Oil Company as a truck driver.

Gene was known for being a kind-hearted man, always willing to help. Gene loved his family and friends that would come and visit, always having refreshments and loving to chat. He loved to read and liked to watch the History channel. He will be greatly missed.

Gene is survived by his daughter Deborah (Debbie) Granata, her husband Wayne and grandson Zachary of San Antonio,TX; brother, Paul Whiteford and Donna of Seneca Falls, NY; sister-in-law, Shirley Whiteford of Canton, NY; his favorite nephew, Barry Whiteford and Mary of Canton, NY; his half-sisters, Kathy and husband Steve Jobson of Clay, NY; Karen and husband Rick Enslow of Hermon, NY; Kelly and husband Dana Fulmer of Hermon, NY; his half brother, Karl Whiteford of Canton, NY; step-sister, Judy LaRock-Carr of Albany, NY; step-brothers Jimmy LaRock of Seneca Falls, NY; Jerry LaRock and wife Rogene of Russell, NY; and many nieces, nephews, as well as great, and great-great nieces and nephews.

Gene was preceded in death by his father, Louis Whiteford and his wife, Dorothy; his mother, Celia Tousley and her husband Ceylon; and his brother, Charles Whiteford.

A special thanks to his wonderful caregiver and fond friend, Rhonda Thompson and her husband Scott of Canton, NY. Another thanks to the wonderful staff at RiverLedge Nursing Home in Ogdensburg, NY, and Hospice & Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley for Gene’s attentive care.

There will be no public visitation or funeral service. A private Memorial Service will be held in the spring of 2018, as per his wishes.

The family is very thankful for all of those who have sent your condolences; we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc., 5570 Sterrett Place, Suite 204, Columbia, MD 21044.

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Lois Gertrude (Von Wald) Hall

Lois Gertrude (Von Wald) Hall, 86, born May 21, 1931, died Oct. 30, 2017.

She is survived by her four children, Gregory (Kathy) Hall, of Clinton, Mississippi, David Hall of Reno, Nevada, Amy (Thomas) Thompson of Chino Valley, Arizona, and Laurie (Louis) Burnette of Seminole, Texas; her brothers, Gail Von Wald of New York, Glen Von Wald of Buffalo, New York, Lee (Carol) Von Wald of Millville, New Jersey; 17 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, most in New York state. She was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Nora (Patterson) Von Wald; her husband, of 58 years, Thomas Ray Hall; her son, Tony Hall; and her infant daughter, Lynn Hall. Also her cousins, Charles and Lyle Bleau, whom were raised as our mother’s siblings.

Besides being a housewife, she worked full time for many years as a cook at the Rock Store, in Lake Hughes, California. She lived in California for 31 years and then in Maryland until the death of her husband. When she retired, she moved closer to her daughter Amy, in Arizona. Amy cared for our mother for the last nine years.

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Susan M. Hundley

Susan M. Hundley, 57, of Merritt Island, FL and formerly of Clare, NY passed away Oct. 15, 2017 at Cape Canaveral Hospital with family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer. Born February 7, 1960 Sue attended Knox-Memorial Central School in Russell, NY and moved to Florida in the 1980’s. She was a seamstress at SeaRay Boats where she made many dear friends along the way.

Susan is survived by her parents Joyce and Edson Clothier and by her sisters Barbara Hundley, Mary Butterfield, Terrie Clothier and Sara Charpentier and their families, along with many Aunts, Uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Susan was predeceased by her father Elwyn Hundley.

Sue loved animals of all kinds, collecting gemstones and sharing recipes. She will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved her. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Local arrangements are with Lawrence Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Canton. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.lawrencefuneralhome.org

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Lorraine Knight

Gouverneur – Lorraine M. Knight, 81, passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown.

Calling hours will be on Sunday, October 22nd from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, followed by a funeral service at 2:00 pm at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur with Rev. Orville Eacker, pastor of Stepping Stone Ministries, officiating and burial in Hailesboro Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Gouverneur Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 164, Gouverneur, NY 13642.

Lorraine was born on June 19, 1936 in Russell, the daughter of Harold and Lex Hill Merkley.

She graduated from Knox Memorial School in 1953 and the attended Canton ATI and Ogdensburg Business School.

Lorraine was married to Fredric Maine who passed away in 1980 and Leo R. Knight who passed away in 2004.

She worked in public health for New York State and for St. Lawrence County for over 30 years. Lorraine had been a member of the Gouverneur Garden Club and the Gouverneur Daughters of Rebekah. She enjoyed spending time in her flower gardens making ceramics, and adored her cat Felicia.

Lorraine is survived by her three children Sheldon and Marilyn Maine of Gouverneur, Barry Maine and his companion Donna McArthur of Clay, Kelley and Joe Lacks of Sylvia Lake, her six grandchildren Marcie, Ryan, Erica, Matthew, Anthony, and Jered, eleven great grandchildren, a brother John Merkley of North Carolina, nieces and nephews. She will be missed by her family.

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David C. VanBrocklin

CANTON/RUSSELL – David C. VanBrocklin, age 65, of Canton and formerly of Russell, passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at his son’s home, under the care of Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley.

Calling hours will be held at French Funeral Home in Edwards on Friday, August 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. There will be a graveside service held in the South Russell Cemetery on Saturday, August 19th at 11:00 a.m. with military honors. There will be a celebration of life gathering at the Wayside Tavern following the graveside service.

David was born on November 29, 1951 in Potsdam to the late Clayton G. and Blanche A. (Tousley) VanBrocklin. He graduated from the Knox Memorial High School in 1969. A marriage to Judy Forbes ended in divorce.

He served in the United States Army from 1971 until his honorable discharge in 1973. Dave received the National Defense Service Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Berlin), the Good Conduct Medal, and was a qualified marksman and an expert with both the M16 and .45 Cal. Pistol.

David was an over road truck driver for many years and was a member of the Teamsters #687. In his free time, Dave liked what most north country men do; he liked to hunt, fish, drink beer and chase women.

His survivors include two sons, Clayton and Kelly VanBrocklin, Bernard “Bernie” and Tracy VanBrocklin; his sister, Joyce and Kenneth Delorme; brothers, Arnold VanBrocklin, Max and Deborah VanBrocklin; and 5 grandchildren.

Donations in memory of David may be made to the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund, PO Box 291, Canton NY 13617 or to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy. 11, Potsdam, NY 13676. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.

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