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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John I. & Iva E. Jessmer

PITCAIRN – John I. Jessmer, beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully at home on April 27th in East Pitcairn at the age of 82.

John was born on February 9, 1935 in Potsdam, NY to late Florence (Cota) and the late John Jessmer. He graduated from Potsdam Central School and entered the United States Army in 1955 where he worked as a demolition man. He served his country until he was honorably discharged in 1958. He married Iva (Lenie) E. Law on September 27, 1956 at the Edwards United Methodist Church. They moved to East Pitcairn in the 1960’s, residing there until his death.

He worked construction for several companies in New York State as the demolition crew. He was considered one of the best skilled blasters in the area. In the early 1970’s he formed and operated River Road Lumber in Edwards. His sons joined him a few years later in partnership building skid pallets and selling them to paper mills and various businesses. He retired in 2000 from the company when it closed.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, spending time at Blake Flow in Colton and later at Jones Pond in Edwards. He attended East Pitcairn Wesleyan Church in his earlier years. He was a devoted husband to his wife Lenie who was injured in a severe car accident in 1988. They were inseparable marking 60 years of marriage.

John was survived by his wife, Iva E., who passed away two days later on April 29th. Survivors include two sons, Gary J. Jessmer of Oswegatchie, Larry (Densey) Jessmer of East Pitcairn, a half-sister, Dianne Dickson of Madrid, three grandchildren, John P. (Danielle) Jessmer of Pitcairn, Gary J. Jessmer of Georgia and Jill J. (Ryan) Limberg of San Diego. One great grandchild, Nathaniel Limberg of San Diego. He is also survived by one brother-in-law Philip (Gwen) Law of DePeyster, 3 sisters-in-law, Iris (Henry) Waugh of Talcville, Freida Snell of Canton, Doris (Renie) and Joe Durham of Fine, and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents and in-laws, a brother, Phillip Jessmer, a sister Jerry Ingraham, a brother-n-law Lyle Law, a sister-in-law Bonnie Lewis, and infant granddaughter Heidi Jessmer.

Arrangements are with French Funeral Home in Edwards. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com. At his request, there will be no calling hours. A joint graveside service with his wife will be held on Saturday, May 6th at 3:00 p.m.at the East Pitcairn Cemetery with Rev. John Putney officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to the Harrisville Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 51, Harrisville NY 13648. There will be a memorial/reception combined with the Law Family Reunion held in July at Gouverneur Recreation Park.

PITCAIRN – Iva E. (Lenie) Jessmer, wife of John I. Jessmer, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2017 at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, where she had been a patient for the last week with family members by her side.

Iva was born on November 26, 1937 in Pierrepont, NY to Herb and Doris (Hogle) Law. She was brought up on a farm and attended Knox Memorial High School in Russell, NY. She married John I. Jessmer on September 27, 1956 at the Edwards United Methodist Church. They moved to East Pitcairn in the 1960’s, where they lived for about 55 years. She was a homemaker all of her life along with taking part in the family business, River Road Lumber, as a bookkeeper. Lenie was an avid participant in the East Pitcairn Wesleyan Church in the 1970’s serving as a Sunday School and Bible School Teacher, youth leader, hosting parties at her house for teens.

Her hobbies included cooking, fishing, spending time with her husband and family at Blake Flow in Colton and later at Jones Pond in Edwards. She loved playing guitar, which she learned at an early age. She joined family in many music get togethers. She always used her gift of playing and singing within the church setting until she was injured in a car accident in 1988.

Iva is survived by her two sons, Gary J. Jessmer of Oswegatchie, Larry (Densey) Jessmer of East Pitcairn, three grandchildren, John P. (Danielle) Jessmer of Pitcairn, Gary J. Jessmer of Georgia and Jill J. (Ryan) Limberg of San Diego. One great grandchild, Nathaniel Limberg of San Diego. She is also survived by one brother, Philip (Gwen) Law of DePeyster, 3 sisters, Iris (Henry) Waugh of Talcville, Freida Snell of Canton, Irene (Joe) Durham of Fine, a sister-in-law Thea Law of Harrisville, and several nieces and nephews.

Iva was predeceased by her husband John who passed April 27, 2017, parents Herb and Doris Law, a brother, Lyle Law, a sister Bonnie Lewis, and infant granddaughter Heidi Jessmer.

Arrangements are with French Funeral Home in Edwards. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com. There will be a joint graveside service with her husband John held on Saturday, May 6th at 3:00 p.m. at the East Pitcairn Cemetery with Rev. John Putney officiating. Per her request there will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Iva’s memory to the Harrisville Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 51, Harrisville NY 13648. There will be a memorial/reception combined with the Law Family Reunion held in July at Gouverneur Recreation Park.

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Sarah J. Simonet

Sarah J. Simonet of Fitchburg, MA passed away February 8, 2017.

Sarah was born March 28, 1936 in Canton, NY, the daughter of Ralph W & Agnes Briggs. Sarah had been enjoying her retirement with the reading of many books and bird watching.

Sarah is predeceased by her first husband Paul W. Davey, second husband Murray R. Simonet, son Paul Davey II, and daughter Sally (Davey) Streeter.

Surviving Sarah is her brother Ralph Briggs and her children Michael Davey, John Davey, Barbara Davey, Terry (Davey) Inman, Eddy Davey, Scott Simonet, and Brian Simonet. Also, countless nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Call hours will be Friday February 17th 6-8pm & Sat the 18th 9-11am with mass to follow at the Church of the Visitation, 3 Morris St, Norfolk, NY.

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Rogene J. Coughlin Bessette

rbessetteRogene J. Coughlin Bessette, 85, of 307 Town Line Road, Canton went peacefully to live with the Lord on Saturday, December 10, 2016 while a resident at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Ogdensburg, NY. Calling hours will be Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 1-3 pm and 6-8 pm at the O’Leary Funeral Home, Route 11, Canton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 11 am at St. Paul’s Oratory, Pyrites, NY. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery, Riverside Dr.; Canton.

Rogene was born on December 3, 1931 in Gouverneur, the daughter of George and Irene (Caswell) Coughlin, she graduated from Knox-Memorial Central School in Russell, in 1949; and Canton ATI (now SUNY Canton) in 1950. Rogene married Nelson J. Bessette on December 6, 1952 in St. Mary’s Recotry in Canton. She worked as a court stenographer in Canton courts until deciding to stay home and raise her family. Rogene later went back to work for St. Lawrence County, first at Cooperative Extension then at St. Lawrence County Tax Mapping and the St. Lawrence County Highway Department before retiring.

Rogene and Nelson owned and operated a dairy farm on the Town Line Road from 1952 until 1986. Rogene lived on the farm with Nelson until moving to the nursing home in November 2014, suffering with Alzheimer’s. Rogene was a member of the Grange and Ladies Aide Society; a communicant of St. Mary’s Church, Canton; She was a drummer in a local band during the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. She enjoyed working with ceramics, bowling, snowmobiling, playing the piano, playing her drums at family gatherings, clogging, dancing, writing poetry, sewing and taking home movies. She loved doing things for her family and friends.

Rogene is survived by her husband of 64 years, Nelson; three sons: Thomas N. (Jeanette) of Hermon; Timothy G.; Milton J. (Connie) of South Russell; four daughters: Susanne M. (Stanton Jr.) Smith of Canton; Nancy R. Bessette-Robert of Canton; Rosemary K. (John) Langey of Cazenovia; and Jorja C. (Michael) Christy of Morley. By brothers and sisters-in-law: Warren Sr. (Betty) Bessette of Canton; Norene (Neil) Sheridan of Canton; Elevene (Jake) Corbine of Russell; Susan Bessette of Canton and Louise Coughlin of Rensselaer Falls; 19 grandchildren: Bryan and Mark Smith; Reardon Bessette, Brandi Stead, Brooke Roberts, Bobbie Kitts, and Bethany Allen; Melissa Rivers; Brent, Craig and Devin Robert; Jeremiah Bessette and Shandelle Clifford; Benjamin and Madison Langey; Nathan, Katherine, Thomas and Daniel Christy. Rogene has 34 great-grandchildren, and nieces Melody (Haven) Broderick, and Luene (Haven) Mulhall and their families of New Hampshire, as well as many nieces and nephews in her ‘Bessette’ family. She loved and enjoyed every one of them.

Rogene was predeceased by her parent, her brother, George Coughlin and his first wife Harriet (Gilmour); her sister Naomi (Coughlin) Haven and Naomi’s husband Herbert; one son, Roger D.; one nephew, Jere Haven; brothers and sisters-in-law: Reardon Bessette, Gerald Bessette Sr.; Burton Bessette, Sr.; and Anne (Bessette) Scott.

Donations in her memory may be made to Operation Smile, Inc. or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.olearyfuneralservice.com.

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Robert E. Church

rchurchGOUVERNEUR- Robert E. “Bob” Church, age 76, of Gouverneur, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2016 at the United Helpers RiverLedge Nursing Home in Ogdensburg.

Calling hours for Bob will be on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 2-4 and 7-9 at French Funeral Home, Gouverneur. His funeral will be on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Spragueville Methodist Church with Pastors Rick Pickert and Judy Sibley officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Spragueville Cemetery. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.

Bob was born on November 22, 1940 in Gouverneur to the late George L. and Verna (Johnson) Church. He graduated from Knox Memorial High School in Russell in 1958. He entered into the United States Army in 1963 and following his service in the Army he joined the Army Reserves and served until his honorable discharge in Canton, NY on October 31, 1969.

A marriage to Jean LaTray ended in divorce. He married Kathryn (Kay) Whittaker on April 21, 1990. The couple moved from Canton to Spragueville in 1992 to be caregivers to Kay’s mom, Gladys Whittaker.

Bob worked for St. Joe Zinc Mines for 25 years then Gouverneur Talc Mine for 20 years. Bob was a “very caring” volunteer driver for Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties. He enjoyed bowling and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Kay; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert J. and Laurie Church and family; an adopted daughter, Judy Hendricks and family; a step son, Greg Zimmer and family; a step daughter, Kim and Mike Sayler and family; a sister, Carol Fuller and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Bob is predeceased by his father and mother, George and Verna Church, also by six brothers, Frank, William, Donald, David, Gary and Willard and a sister, Doris. a step son, Michael Zimmer.

Donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 441 West Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse NY 13204 or Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam NY 13676.

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Betty Dana

bdanaDEKALB – Betty Dana, age 85, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Riverledge Nursing Home in Ogdensburg.

Calling hours will be held at French Funeral Home in Edwards on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Her funeral service will immediately follow at 1:00 p.m. with Lay Pastor Martha Helmer officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Clare.

Betty was born on August 20, 1931 in Russell to the late Stanley and Gladys (Morrow) Hull. She attended the Knox Memorial High School and married Raymond E. Dana on December 31, 1949. The couple owned and operated the Russell Corner Store for many years, which Betty loved running. Raymond passed away on November 9, 1976.

Betty enjoyed visiting with friends and family, going to the DeKalb Methodist Church, painting, playing cards and the occasional trip to the casino.

Her survivors include three sons and their wives, Dennis and Marleen Dana of Fine, Ronald and Esther Dana of Russell, Richard and Edna Dana of Canton; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Betty is predeceased by a son, Douglas Dana; a daughter, Sheryle “Sherry” Bushaw; brothers LeRoy “Sonny” and Gaylord Hull; and sisters, Doris Hubbard, Mabel Despaw and Louise Smith.

Donations in memory of Betty may be made to the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund, PO Box 291, Canton NY 13617. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.

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Bernard J. Jenne

bjenneRUSSELL- Bernard J. Jenne, age 83, of Russell, passed away on Monday, October 3, 2016 at Maplewood Nursing Home in Canton.

Calling hours for Bernard will be on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at French Funeral Home, Edwards. His funeral service will be on Friday, October 7th at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with lay speaker Douglas Beachard officiating. Burial will follow at South Russell Cemetery. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.

Bernard was born on October 26, 1932 in Ogdensburg, NY to the late Frank and Leta (Brown) Jenne. He graduated from Knox Memorial Central School in 1951 and then entered into the United States Air Force and there he served until his honorable discharge in 1954.

Bernard married Phyllis A. Chase on July 21, 1957 at the Russell United Methodist Church. He was the Bus Mechanic and driver at Knox Memorial Central School and then Edwards Knox Central School, working there until his retirement in 1995. Bernard was very proud of the time he spent serving in the U.S. Air Force and liked to reminisce about those days. He enjoyed making maple syrup, hunting, fishing and watching sports. He loved his dogs Snuggles and Nacho. Bernard was always tinkering on something or cutting wood.

Surviving is his wife, Phyllis; two sons and their wives, Larry and Carole Jenne of Canton and Gregory and Tara Jenne of Richford, NY; three daughters, Lynn Barnes and her companion Gary Minkler of Black Lake, Lori and Rick Brewer of Canton and Lisa Jenne and her companion Randy Hale of Russell; a brother, Roy and his wife June Jenne of Hermon; 8 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and one on the way and several nieces and nephews.

Bernard is predeceased by three brothers, Jerome “Hazy”, Leo and Francis Jenne and a sister, Anna Medford.

Donations may be made in Bernard’s memory to the SPCA or the V Foundation.

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Wilma A. Galindo

wgalindoNorth Hartland, Vermont – Wilma A. Galindo, 61, died after a long battle with cancer, Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at the Veteran Administration Hospital in White River Jct., VT. She was born August 24, 1951 in Russell, NY, the daughter of Karl G. and Cecile (Caswell) White. Wilma grew up on the family farm and attended Knox High School in Russell, NY. She moved to the Tampa, Florida area with her family where she met and married her first husband. Following her divorce she entered the US Air Force where she worked as a radio communications specialist and then an air passenger specialist at the San Antonio Airport.

Wilma met her husband, Charles H. Galindo, in San Antonio and they were married on February 28, 1980 in El Paso, Texas. They moved to Vermont in 1994 looking for a change and picked White River Jct., VT from a map.

She was a member of the Disabled American Veterans of White River Jct., VT. Wilma enjoyed reading, bingo, jigsaw and crossword puzzles and spending time with her husband.

She is survived by her husband of North Hartland, VT, a son, Robert J. Diaz II of Hamilton, NJ, two daughters, Pamela Marie Diaz of Buffalo, NY, and Stephanie Lynn Weaver of Westboro, MA, and her grandchildren, Rosemary Diaz, Nicholas Diaz, Emily Jagiello, Maria Jagiello,Christian Jagiello, Alanna Wagman, Alicia Pearl.

Friends may call Thursday evening, October 4th, from 6-8PM at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Jct., Vermont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, October 5th, at 10 AM at St. Denis Church in Hanover, NH. Burial will be held Tuesday, October 9 at 10:30AM in the Vermont Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, VT.

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Karl K. White

kwhiteKarl K. White, 66, of Branon Drive, passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh.

He was born in Ogdensburg, NY on April 20, 1950.

Karl served in the United States Air Force from 1974 to 1994 having served his country for over 20 years. Karl was a Computer Systems Operations Craftsman with NATO, and served two tours in Germany during his time in the service. Following his retirement from the Air Force, Karl attended Plattsburgh State University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design. He went on to work for various companies in Plattsburgh, including Henry’s Pools and Spa’s and most recently worked as a driver for Plattsburgh Motor Service. Karl enjoyed caring for animals and tending to his garden.

Survivors include his wife, Diane (Gonyea) White of West Chazy; two sons, Stephen White of West Chazy and Charles J. Dumont, II and his wife Chantel of Champlain; one brother, Keven White of Tampa, FL; three grandchildren, Jessica Haig and her companion Dillan Brockmeir, Jacob Reynolds, and Jordyn Reynolds; and one great-granddaughter, Tristyn Brockmeir.

Karl was predeceased by one daughter, Nichole M. Reynolds, his parents, Karl G. and Harriet “Ceicle” (Caswell) White; one sister, Wilma Galindo; and his father-in-law, Donald Gonyea.

Visitation will be held at the Buck Funeral Home in Norwood, NY on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. with services to follow. There will be a potluck to follow at 4 Blanchard Avenue in Norwood, following the services. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

To share a photo, story of Karl, or an online condolence with the family, please visit, www.rwwalkerfh.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted into the care of the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.

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Thelma Lou Bullock

tlbullockThelma Lou “Sally” Bullock, age 83, passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown.

There will be calling hours for Sally on Wednesday, July 27th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at French Funeral Home, Edwards. Her funeral service will be on Thursday, July 28th at 11:00 a.m. at the Edwards United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Edwards.

Sally was born on September 7, 1932 in Heuvelton, NY to the late Cecil and Cecile (Woodrow) Smith. She attended Elm Creek Rural School in Russell and then graduated from Knox Memorial Central School. Sally then attended one year at St. Lawrence University. She married Clifford B. Bullock on October 19, 1950 at the Gouverneur Methodist Parsonage. The couple owned and operated Willow Shade Dairy Farm for many years.

She was a former Secretary and Treasurer of the St. Lawrence Valley Ayrshire Club, a member of the AFS, a former Scottish Angels 4-H Leader, a former member of the Edwards PTA and a Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed cooking, baking, crafting and traveling.

Sally is survived by her husband, Clifford of Edwards; two sons and their wives, William and Sheila Bullock and Larry and Deborah Bullock all of Edwards; three daughters and their husbands, Joanne and Richard Lynn of West Cornwall, CT, Barbara and Charles Newcombe of Edwards and Carole and David LaVoie of Fulton. Sally is also survived by 17 grandchildren, of whom they raised their granddaughter, Brenda Coronato of Rayeford, NC; 3 step grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her parents and two brothers, William and Willard Smith; her grandfather who raised her, Willard Smith and step grandmother Mabel and her grandmother Maude Smith.

Donations may be made in Sally’s memory to the Edwards United Methodist Church or to the Edwards Volunteer Rescue Squad.

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Anne Mary Scott (Bessette)

ascottMrs. Anne Mary (Bessette) Scott, 85, of Russell, passed away peacefully at her home of 66 years, on Thursday, June 30, 2016, while surrounded by family and friends.

Anne was born on January 13, 1931, the daughter of the late John and Nora (Warren) Bessette. Anne graduated from Hugh C. Williams High School in 1949 and attended Ogdensburg School of Business.

Anne married the love of her life, Milton Scott at St. Paul’s Church in Pyrites, on September 29, 1950. Together they operated the family farm in Russell. Milton passed away on April 28, 1988.

Anne is survived by two daughters, Ellen Meilleur and husband Ricky of Russell and Jodi Fox and husband Scott of Madrid; by five grandchildren, Richard and Kathy Meilleur and Gregory and Wendy Meilleur, all of Russell; Emily Meilleur Baker of Edwards; Dillon Fox (US Navy), stationed in San Diego, CA and Sierra Fox (US Navy), stationed in Mayport, FL.

Also surviving are eleven great-grandchildren; Kelsey, Lacy, Ryan, Jarred, Makayla, Kassidy, Liam, Eagen, Emma, Eben and Sophia; two great-great grandchildren, Blake and Laeton; two brothers, Nelson and Warren Bessette, both of Canton and Noreen Sheridan of Canton and Elevene Corbine of Russell.

Anne is predeceased by three brothers, Reardon, Gerald and Burton.

Anne enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and canning. Anne loved to cook and she made the “Best Pies”. Anne always said her family was her greatest treasure.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul’s Oratory, Pyrites. Burial will follow in the Hermon Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM, Friday, July 1, 2016 at the O’Leary Funeral Home, Canton.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Russell Library Gazebo Project; 9 Pestle Street Road; Russell, New York 13684

Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.olearyfuneralservice.com.

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Robert G. Ordway

GOUVERNEUR- Robert G. Ordway, age 79, of Auburndale, FL, but formerly of Gouverneur, passed away on June 24, 2016, at the Winter Haven Hospital in Winter Haven, FL.

Calling hours for Bob will be on Thursday, June 30, 2016, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. with his funeral service immediately following at 3:00 p.m. at French Funeral Home, Gouverneur. Burial will follow at South Russell Cemetery. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.

Robert was born on August 21, 1936, in Redwood, NY to the late Oscar and Alice (Naylor) Ordway. He attended Knox Memorial Central School in Russell and then went to the George Hall Trade School in Ogdensburg for welding. Bob married Bertha Meilleur on September 1, 1956, at the Russell Methodist Church officiated by Rev. Lawrence Heatherington. Bertha passed away on October 13, 1990.

Bob was a Journeyman Ironworker working for various companies and eventually owning and operating B. M. Ordway, Inc., Steel Erection. He had been living in Florida since 1995. Bob is a member of the Local Iron Workers 440, Sons of the American Legion and a former member of the Gouverneur Elks Club. He enjoyed restoring antique Ford cars, NASCAR and NHRA racing, and hunting; and loved going on scenic road trips. Bob was very active and never let his disabilities slow him down. No matter how busy life got for him, he always made a point to find time to spend with his family, which was very important to him. He and his wife always made sure that their children never went without.

Surviving are two sons and their wives, Randy L. and Michelle Ordway and Robert A. and Robin Ordway both of Gouverneur; two daughters, Nancy J. Ordway Phillips of Fayetteville and Patricia L. Ordway and her husband Kenneth Bennett of Manlius; a brother, Roger Ordway of Canton; a sister, Beverly Johnson of Auburndale, FL, and eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

Bob is predeceased by his wife, Bertha; his parents, Oscar and Alice; a brother, Donald and a sister, Josephine Day.

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Geraldine (Gerry) Mae (Pike) Manning

gmanningRUSSELL — Geraldine (“Gerry”) Mae (Pike) Manning passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Sunday, June 5, 2016.

Gerry is survived by her lifelong soulmate and loving husband of 67 years, Thomas Manning. She was a mother to three children – Valerie & Douglas Beachard of Russell, Douglas & Vicki Manning of Hermon, and Timothy & Tracy Manning of Apalachin; and a foster daughter, Linda Devore of Edwards. She was a grandmother to 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and six great, great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three brothers, Arland Pike, John Pike and Richard Pike; and a sister-in-law, Lowena Bristol.

She was pre-deceased by both her parents (Urbane & Mable Pike); and her three sisters, (Louise Chase, Lucille (Tealie) Hewlett, and baby sister, Vivian).

Gerry was born in South Russell, in May 10, 1931, a daughter of Urbane and Mabel (VanSant) Pike and graduated from Knox Memorial Central School in 1949.

She married the man of her dreams with whom she would build her life and family around on June 18, 1949 on the front porch of her parent’s home with Rev. George Pilbeam as celebrant.

Gerry’s nurturing and loving personality showed through with the birth of her 3 children and extended far beyond to the many foster children, which she and Tom welcomed with open arms into their home and family.

Besides dedicating her life to her marriage and raising a family, she worked for the Knox Memorial Central School district until retirement where she then focused solely on her family.

Gerry was a devout Christian and demonstrated her faith through her long-standing devotion to the Russell United Methodist Church serving in many roles including teaching children about Jesus, singing in the choir, preparing her special “chicken & biscuits” for the monthly church suppers, and hosting multiple bible study groups.

She was also a very talented individual – her love for music was revealed through her numerous years as organist for the Russell United Methodist Church, as well as playing her guitar and leading sing-a-longs for family and friends around her.

She was also a den mother for Russell Boy Scouts and a member of the Democratic Club.

Gerry had many other passions as well, including ceramics, knitting and crocheting. She was a sewing master and this talent allowed her to lovingly make a wedding gown for her granddaughter and quilts for each of her children.

She was steadfast in her love for her family and friends. Whether it was a graduation, wedding, anniversary, birthday or funeral, the Manning household was the hub of celebration with Gerry leading the charge.

Even as her eyesight deteriorated over recent years, her faith and love for her family kept her strong and she never let it stand in the way of continuing to be the core of her family.

She will be dearly missed and irreplaceable, but will always be here through her everlasting love and influence over us all.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 9 from 4-7 p.m. at Lawrence Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 21 Park Street, Canton.

Her funeral will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Russell United Methodist Church with Lay Minister John Frary officiating.

Burial will follow in South Russell Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in Gerry’s memory to either Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley or the Russell United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.lawrencefuneralhome.org.

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Elida M. Foster

EDWARDS- Elida M. Foster, age 95, of Edwards, NY passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at St. Joseph Nursing Home in Ogdensburg.

Services for Elida will be private for the family. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.

Elida was born on September 29, 1920 in Cranberry Lake, NY to the late Earl and Florence (Dafoe) Williams. She graduated from Knox Memorial Central School in Russell in 1938.

She married Archie D. Foster on June 21, 1942. Archie passed away on September 21, 1991. The couple had lived in Fine, NY, and then Gary, NC for a while, before moving to Edwards in 1987. Elida was a member of the Edwards United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women’s Group and was a former Eastern Star.

Surviving are a son, Paul and Carolyn Foster; three daughters, Elaine and Robert Archer, Janice and John Lozo and Sharon and Gary Hamilton; 9 grandchildren and several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Elida is predeceased by two brothers, Raymond and Bernard Williams and a sister, Vada Gillette.

Donations may be made in Elida’s memory to the Edwards Volunteer Rescue Squad or to the Edwards Methodist Church.

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Rodney L. Sawyer

rsawyerAIKEN, SC- Rodney L. Sawyer, age 71, of Aiken, South Carolina, peacefully passed away at his home after a struggle with cancer.

A graveside memorial service organized by French Funeral Home, Edwards will be held at the South Russell Cemetery on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 4:00 p.m., officiated by his son-in-law, Reverend John Leslie. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.

Rodney was born on November 28, 1944 in Gouverneur to Richard F. and Mary (Fuller) Sawyer Sr. He attended Knox Memorial Central School and then entered into the United States Army. He met and married his wife of 51 years, Joanna (Sizemore) Sawyer. After marriage, he then began working at Newton Falls Paper Mill in Star Lake, NY. Together they have raised four children; Rhonda (John) Leslie of Tampa, FL, Rhoda Leigh Bowlin of Jensen Beach, FL, Rodney (Tabitha) Sawyer II of Windsor, SC and Johanna (Rueben Phillips) Panko of Aiken, SC. He has fifteen grandchildren, Phillip and Victoria Leslie, Ashlea Bowlin, Richard and Jacob Dibble, Jennah and Emmah Sawyer, Michelle and Gabriella Pettry, Alexis (Blake Richardson Sr.), James and Jason Emrich, Dominic Winum, Tucker and Abigail Phillips and one great grandson, Blake Richardson Jr. He is also survived by his mother, Mary Sawyer of Russell, NY; a sister, Judy (Charles) Tupper of Russell, NY and two brothers, Jerome “Buzz” (Susan) Sawyer of Hermon, NY and Richard (Donna) Sawyer Jr. of Gouverneur, NY.

Rodney is predeceased by his father, Richard Frances Sawyer Sr. and infant son that are both buried in the South Russell Cemetery.

Rodney loved the outdoors and enjoyed working with his hands. His talent to fix or build anything blessed many people. He dealt with people in a just and fair manner and “he owed no man”.

In lieu of flowers or donations, the family asks that you plant a tree in his honor.

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