Robert 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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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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