Cass Burtis

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Skip Grimshaw

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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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Roy Jenne Obituary

RUSSELL- Roy Edward Jenne, age 96, of Russell, NY passed away peacefully with his wife by his side at Maplewood Nursing Home in Canton.

Calling hours for Roy will be on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at French Funeral Home in Edwards. His funeral service will be on Thursday, November 29th at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at the South Russell Cemetery. Condolences may be shared online at

Roy was born on November 27, 1921 in Hermon, NY to the late Frank and Leta (Brown) Jenne. He attended the Country School house on Blanchard Hill and then graduated from Knox Memorial in 1938. He entered into the United States Army Air Corp in 1942 and served until his honorable discharge in 1946. He married June (Loop) Fountain on October 12, 1986.

Roy was the Post Master at the Hermon Post Office for 33 years, retiring in 1991. He loved sports. He loved playing them while he was in school and he loved watching them. He was also an avid golfer and bowler.

Surviving is his wife, June; her children, Reggie Fountain of Edwards, Donald and Debbie Fountain of Russell, Steve and Noelle Fountain of Hermon and Rita Faye and Rich Thornton of Edwards; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Jenne and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Roy is predeceased by June’s son, Dean Fountain; four brothers, Hazy, Leo, Francis and Bernard Jenne and a sister, Anna Medford.

Donations may be made in Roy’s memory to St. Jude, P.O. Box 3704, Memphis, TN 38103 or to a charity of one’s choice.

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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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Red Grandy Obit

Francis J. “Red” Grandy, Stars and Stripes chief photographer for more than three decades, died Wednesday in Ogdensburg, N.Y. He was 96.

Grandy was known for some of the most iconic photos in the world, including one that caught the priceless look on Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s face at the precise moment he learned that Gen. Douglas D. MacArthur had been dismissed as Korean War commander by President Harry Truman. The photo was published all over the world and was named by the Associated Press as best news photo of the year for 1951.

The usually besuited Grandy was born in 1922 on a dairy farm in upstate New York. Starting in 1942, he spent four years in the Army Air Corps, then studied photography at the University of Southern California. In 1950, he sailed for Europe to work on a master’s degree in cinema. In 1951, he hired on as a photographer at Stars and Stripes, and quickly made an impression.

Grandy was soon promoted to chief photographer, a post he held for the next 35 years.

“I had many successes in getting pictures, often under very difficult circumstances,” he said on his website, “Many times the story behind the picture was more interesting than the story itself.”

Grandy was competitive. The small Stars and Stripes staff of six shooters won major newspaper photo contests year after year under his supervision.

His enviable assignments took him to military maneuvers, natural disasters, plane crashes, sporting events and film and jazz festivals in 37 countries. It was “movie stars, cocktail bars and shiny cars,” he told one interviewer at age 91.

Grandy lived in upstate Hermon, N.Y., on the Grass River, where he was proprietor of the historic Lazy River Playground.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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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.
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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  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

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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

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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 Arrangements for Mrs. Joan B. Clarke are under the care of the O’Leary Funeral Service of Canton.

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Doris L. Clark

Long time Niskayuna resident Doris L. Clark passed away at Ellis Residential and Rehabilitation Center in the early morning of April 15, 2018 while recovering from a fall at home. Doris was born September 26, 1922 in North Russell, NY and was the eldest daughter of Theron Clark and Leah Coon Clark.

Doris grew up on the family dairy farm near Canton, NY, where it was her job to tend the garden—weeding, hoeing, and picking vegetables. Doris graduated from Knox Memorial Central School and attended St. Lawrence University in Canton on a full, 4-year scholarship funded by Seymour J. Knox who was one of the early founders of Woolworth Co. At SLU she earned a BS in chemistry and minored in physics, graduating in 1943. While there she was a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma Honorary Physics Fraternity. Following graduation she was immediately hired as a laboratory chemist by Owens Illinois in Toledo, OH, where she researched metallurgic substitutes for tin in the canning industry (because tin was being requisitioned by the government for war purposes). She was then recruited as an “Engineering Assistant” by General Electric in 1947 where she worked in the engineering section of the Turbine Manufacturing (Large Steam Turbine) department of GE Power Systems, calculating balance data for turbine blades and wheels. Her title later changed to “Computer”. She was certified in data processing the first year it was offered by GE in the early 1960s. Doris ended her career after 40 years retiring from GE at the end of 1982.

In addition to her career, Doris belonged to the American Association of University Women as well as the Association for Computing Machinery. She was a voracious reader with wide ranging interests, from Adirondack Life to Physics Today to Bloomberg Index. Her love of learning continued as she attended UCall classes at Union College.

Doris was predeceased by her sister Barbara who died at birth, her parents, a nephew Robert L. Kiger, her sister and brother-in-law Elinor M. (Clark) and Lloyd L. Kiger. She is survived by her niece, Jeanette (Robert) Rosenberger of Columbia, MD, and her niece-in-law Brenda Smith Kiger of Potosi, PA, as well as 3 great-nephews: David Kiger (Meagan Van Orden) of Hamburg, Germany, and Tyler and Eric Rosenberger both of Columbia, MD.

Doris was a gracious lady with a ready, shy smile who preferred to stay out of the limelight even while breaking the mold as a “hidden figure” in her computing and engineering work.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 11:00 AM at First United Methodist Church, 603 State Street, Schenectady, where Doris was a 60-year member. The family would like donations in the memory of Doris Clark to go to First United Methodist Church, 603 State St, Schenectady, NY 12305 or to St. Lawrence University, University Advancement, Vilas Hall, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton, NY 13617.

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