Nancy (Taylor) Karpinski

Nancy Jane “Taylor” Karpinski, 80 of Oswego, NY, passed away on October 09, 2021 after a long illness. She was born on April 24, 1941 to Walter and Ruth (Davenport) Taylor. She enjoyed crafting, was known for her donuts and pierogi’s, and was greatly involved in the Boy Scout’s of America. Nancy lost count of how many children she took care of and loved between being a foster parent and a daycare owner.

She is predeceased by her husband, Richard H. Karpinski Jr., who passed in 1994.

She is survived by her children, Elizabeth Karpinski Brown, Kellie Karpinski Saunders, Richard (Jennifer Bagnett) Karpinski III, Kristina (Brad Jr.) Karpinski Lyboult; fourteen grandchildren; twelve great- grandchildren; three sisters and two brothers; and too many nieces and nephews to count.

Calling hours will be held from 3-5PM on October 16, 2021 at New Comer Cremations and Funerals, North Syracuse. There will be a gathering following the service at Kellie Saunders home, please contact the family for the address. Please bring a dish to pass. Her ashes will be laid to rest with her husband at Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Syracuse where a private burial will be held at a later date.

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Pamela (Knight) Yaremko

Pamela Knight Yaremko, 66, of Bell Ground, GA and formerly of Canton and Russell, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2021 with her husband by her side after a battle with cancer.

Pam was born January 2, 1955 in Iowa, a daughter of Gene and Betty (Walz) Knight. Pam graduated from Knox-Memorial High School in Russell in 1973. She worked as a secretary in a law firm in Canton before moving out west eventually landing in Denver, CO where she met and married her husband, John Yaremko. The couple lived in Englewood, CO for many years before retiring and moving to Ball Ground, Georgia where they have lived the last three years.

Pam is survived by her husband, John and by a sister, Debbie & Joe White of Russell and by several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her parents, Gene and Betty Knight and by a brother, Gene (Pat) Knight, who passed in November of 2020.

As per her request, there will be no calling hours or funeral.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at Local arrangements are with the O’Leary Funeral Service of Canton.

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Barbara (Vant) Kelly

Mrs. Barbara V. Kelly, 96, of Pyrites, New York died peacefully at her home, where she was in the company of her loving family and beloved caregiver on Saturday, December 26, 2020.

Barbara was born September 26, 1924 in Fulton, New York, the daughter of Fred and Gladys Vant. After graduating from Fulton High School in 1942, she attended and graduated from SUNY Oswego in 1946. She began her career in teaching with kindergarten students in Camden, New York and continued at Mexico Academy from 1947 to 1952. Barbara married James J. Kelly, an army veteran, teacher and dairy farmer on January 15, 1953 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Pyrites with Rev. Whittaker, celebrating. The couple shared 61 years of marriage. Jim predeceased her in 2014. For the next 35 years she taught at Knox-Memorial in Russell until her retirement in 1989.

As a teacher she was able to touch the lives of many, in ways that influenced, inspired and showed kindness, joy, love and happiness to so many in the community. Barbara, our beloved sister and aunt will be deeply missed by all. Her welcoming spirit always made you feel special and she delighted in helping others. She was a natural born teacher at heart, caring deeply for each and every child that she taught in her many kindergarten classes. Her grace and light will undoubtedly shine bright through all of the wonderful people she encountered.

May we all find peace and joy in our hearts having shared time in her life and be encouraged to reach out to help others in any way we can and carry on her legacy.

Barbara was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church of Canton; she was a loyal member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), the St. Lawrence County Historical Association and Canton Garden Club. She was an avid reader, wonderful baker and cook, superb and talented seamstress, quilter and gardener. Her continued love of learning was a natural part of her spirit and soul, always wanting to share it with others. She and Jim were members of the Cosmopolitan Club of Watertown and Patrons of the Arts, enjoying the Syracuse Symphony, the Mayors Ball, opera, local Broadway shows and Boldt Castle events. She and Jim loved to dance; they danced a million miles magically on many dance floors.

Barbara is survived by her two sisters, Phyllis McKallip of Vero Beach, FL and East Hampton, NY; Marilyn Datz of Fulton, nieces and nephews, F. Michael McKenney, Marilyn (Bill) Bartholomew, Seth Datz, Todd (Sheila) Datz, Craig (Paula) Datz, Susan and Scott McKallip.

Barbara was predeceased by a sister, Donna McKenney in 1994, a brother-in-law Leo Kelly in 2002 and a sister-in-law Dorothy Kelly in 1998.

A very heartfelt thank you to Dusty Bowman, Barbara’s caregiver of 10 years, for her loving kindness and devoted care.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts in her memory be made to: Hospice and Palliative Care; 6805 US Highway 11, Potsdam, NY  13676; St. Mary’s Church; 68 Court Street,  Canton, NY  13617; Potsdam Animal Shelter; 17 Madrid Avenue, Potsdam, NY 13676 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Due to concerns associated with the current pandemic, graveside services will be held privately with a Memorial Mass and Celebration of her life to be scheduled for summer.

Memories and condolences are encouraged online at Arrangements for Mrs. Barbara V. Kelly are under the care of the O’Leary Funeral Service of Canton.

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Thomas Manning

Thomas G. “Tom” Manning, 93, of Boyd Pond Road, Russell died peacefully at his home while under the loving care of his family.

Tom is survived by his three children – Valerie & Douglas Beachard of Russell, NY; Douglas & Vicki Manning of Hermon, NY; Timothy & Tracy Manning of Apalachin, NY. He was a grandfather to 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 8 great, great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Lowena Bristol of Canton, NY; and a foster daughter, Linda Devore and her family.

Tom was predeceased by his loving wife of 67 years, Geraldine “Gerry” Manning. He is also predeceased by an older brother, Sidney “Sai” Manning and sister, Muriel Whitmarsh.

Tom was born September 29, 1927 in Arlington Heights, MA, a son of the late Arthur and Mabel “Dorothy” (Andrews) Manning and was a 1945 graduate of Knox Memorial.

He married the love of his life, Geraldine “Gerry” Mae Pike, with whom he would build his life and family around on June 18, 1949 on the front porch of her parent’s home with Rev. George Pilbeam as celebrant. They enjoyed 67 years together building a loving family and creating many fond memories. Tom worked at J & L Steel as a welder from 1952-1979. He had also worked for Clifton Mines and for the Town of Russell Highway Department.

Tom enjoyed woodworking, building birdhouses and planters for family members and many friends. You will find Tom’s gifts throughout the area on the front porches of many homes. He also enjoyed camping in South Colton, snowmobiling, riding motorcycle and canoeing at High Falls. On one particular canoeing trip, Tom decided he was going to cast his line. He paddled over to an area where he thought he would find some trout, and when he turned to cast his line, he tumbled over the side of the canoe well over his head in water. Once he was able to pull himself out of the water, he found that he was right, there were fish and he had caught himself a 6-inch trout. Tom was also a man who liked a “good deal”. He convinced his son-in-law to purchase a snowmobile right out of a snowbank, knowing that it needed a little work and promising that he could do it. By the time Tom was finished, the snowmobile was in pieces in a bushel basket and his son-in-law wondered whether it would ever be driven.

Tom became known as the “skinner”. There may be many of you who remember wheeling and dealing with Tom, whether it was cars, cows or some other item he couldn’t live without. In the majority of cases, you more than likely came out on the short end of the deal, and walked away feeling “skinned”.

He enjoyed tinkering and even fabricated his own wood oil combination furnace. His idea was formally recognized by J & L for his cost savings initiative.

Tom was a member of Russell United Methodist Church and held a trustee position. He was also a member of the Russell Fire Department, Kelly Memorial Hunt Club, and served on the Russell Town Council.

Calling hours will be held 1:00 to 3:00 PM on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at Lawrence Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Canton. Social distancing guidelines will be observed, including the requirement to wear a mask. His funeral service will be held privately for the family. A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring at the South Russell Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Russell United Methodist Church or to Russell Volunteer Fire Department. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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Anne S. Whalen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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John Van Pike

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stephen McQuinn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dick Loucks

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

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Betty I. Burns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jay Dana

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Terry G. Smith

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

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

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

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

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Cass Burtis

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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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