8/12/2019 – Mary Ellen Giltz, Alexandria Bay

Mrs. Mary Ellen Giltz, 88, a longtime resident of Alexandria Bay, died Saturday, August 10th, at Morningstar Residential Care Center in Oswego where she resided for a short time. There will be a graveside committal service on Wednesday, August 14th, at 10am, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Dewitt, N.Y. There will be no calling hours.

Mary Ellen was born, August 24th, 1930, in Syracuse, the daughter of Albert and Nellie Trant Markert. She graduated from Syracuse Catholic Schools and also from Le Moyne College.

She married Robert (Bob) Giltz, on September 10th, 1960, at St. Cyril’s Church in Alexandria Bay. He died on November 24th, 2010.

She worked for a 10-year period for the Onondaga Department of Social Services. Upon her marriage, she moved to Alexandria Bay. She also worked for the Jefferson County Department of Social Services for a time, then she assisted her husband in the operation of their business, Giltz Funeral Home, for many years.

Mary Ellen was a member of Saint Cyril’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by her son, Charlie (Suzanne) of Baldwinsville; two daughters, Rita Graham of Florida, and Eileen of Alexandria Bay; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Two brothers, Albert and Thomas Markert, both of Syracuse, died before her.

7/8/2019 – Alfred F. Lawrence, Syracuse

Mr. Alfred F. Lawrence, 49, of Syracuse, formerly of Alexandria Bay and Theresa Area, died July 1st at his residence. The funeral will be held Friday, July 12, at the Thousand Islands Christian Church in Plessis, at 11am, with Reverend Gene Brown officiating. A burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Theresa.

Donations can be made in his name to Anchor Recovery, 241 State St., Watertown, N.Y. 13601.

Alfred was born April 30th, 1970, in Canton, N.Y. His adoptive parents were John and Audrey Davis Lawrence. He attended Alexandria Bay High School.

He worked at various places as a waiter, as well as for various construction companies.

Surviving is one daughter, Danielle Lawrence, of Lockport; his biological father Fred Davis Sr. of Richville; nine sisters, Audrey Grega of Plessis, Carol (Daryl) Burt of Tennessee; Beverly Burt of Utica; Cherry Bushey of Tennessee; Donna Benjamin of Syracuse, Joanne Ludlow of Plessis; Kimberly Shaffer of Hermon; Chastity Davis of Richville, and Melinda Schisgler of Gouverneur; seven brothers, Kenneth Boyd Jr. of Theresa, James Boyd of Theresa, James Stevenson of Tennessee, Howard Davis of Redwood, Carleton Stevenson of Lisbon, Fred Davis Jr. of Chase Mills, and Fred Davis III of Richville; nieces and nephews.

6/25/2019 – Sally Garnsey Feagin, formerly of Grindstone Island

6/25/2019 – Sally Garnsey Feagin, formerly of Grindstone Island

Mrs. Sally Garnsey Feagin, 75, of Cobb, Georgia, died March 17th in Georgia.

There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, June 29th at 11am, at the Grindstone Methodist Church with Reverend Earl Lalone, Pastor of Clayton United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be on Grindstone Island Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7pm, Friday, June 28th, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Sally was born June 16th, 1943, to the late Earl and Ina Lindsay Garnsey.

She was a member of the Grindstone Methodist Church and attended Lakeview Babtist Church in Cobb, GA.

Surviving is her husband of 34 years, Edward; a step-daughter, Stacey Feagin Lubniewski of Bonaire; one granddaughter, Madeline Lubniewski; one sister, Leota Wood of Cape Vincent; one brother in law, Milton Rusho of Clayton; three sister in laws, Phyllis, Mary, and Barbara Garnsey, all of Clayton; nieces and nephews.

Eight siblings, Jack, Harold, Francis, Jim, Clyde, Grace Wright, Norma Dodge, and Polly Rusho, all died before her.

Donations can be made in her name to the Grindstone Island Heritage or the Grindstone Methodist Church.

6/24/2019 – Arthur (Gib) Bernard, Formerly of Clayton

Mr. Arthur (Gib) Bernard, 76, formerly of Webb Street in Clayton, died May 27th, at Summit Village in Watertown, where he resided for over two years.

Gib was born October 11th, 1942, in Watertown, the son of Gibson and Rosemary Doyle Bernard. He graduated from Indian River High School and from Potsdam College in 1965 with a teaching degree.

He retired from Averill Park School District in Rensselaer County. For a short time, he taught 9th Grade History at Watertown High School.

Even though Gib has no family, he has many friends that were like family to him. Everybody was drawn to Gib by his good nature, and endearing personality. People felt comfortable just being around him.

Being very social, he acquired many friends.

Gib loved the St. Lawrence River, the Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball team, and he loved being a beer connoisseur.

His friends (relatives) will have a private memorial gathering on the St. Lawrence River which he loved so much.

6/9/2019 – Stewart P. Peters, Clayton

6/9/2019 – Stewart P. Peters, Clayton

Mr. Stewart P. Peters, 51, died on Saturday, June 8th, at his residence, where he was under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County. Per his wishes there will be no calling hours or funeral, instead he wanted a Celebration of Life, that will be held Friday, June 14th, starting at 5pm, at the Watertown Elks Club.

Arrangements are with the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Stewart was born October 8th, 1967, in Gouverneur, the son of Stewart W. and Diane Jones Peters. He graduated from Watertown High School.

In his younger life he worked for a time at Renzi Bros. in Watertown, and then became a Correction Officer, where he retired in January of 2015, after 25 years.

He enjoyed deer and duck hunting, fishing, and going four-wheeling.

Stewart was a member of the Watertown Elks Club, the Sons of the American Legion Alexandria Bay Post, and also NYSCOPBA.

Surviving is his companion of 22 years, Laura Cupernal; one daughter and a son, Mikayla and Ian, both at home; his parents, Stewart and Diane of Chaumont; one sister, Nicole (Todd) Williams of Clayton; one brother, Aaron and his companion Susan Mayerle of Minnesota; one sister in law, Maggie, of Kansas; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

One brother, Noel (Aaron’s twin), died before him.

Donations can be made in his name to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, N.Y. 13601.


6/9/2019 – Gail A. Darou, Clayton

6/9/2019 – Gail A. Darou, Clayton

Gail A. Darou, 75, of Clayton, formerly Depauville, passed away on June 8th, at the Hospice of Jefferson County. Calling hours will be from 4-7pm on Tuesday, June 11th, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. The Funeral will be held at 11am, with Reverend D.L. Marshall officiating. Burial will be held in the Depauville Cemetery.

Gail was born November 3rd, 1943, in Alexandria Bay, the daughter of G. Harold and Nathalie Garnsey Russell. She attended Alexandria Bay Schools.

On October 27th, 1962, she married Lonnie Darou, at the Reformed Church of the Thousand Isles with Reverend Adrian C. Gray officiating. Lonnie passed away on October 2nd, 2005 at age 66.

In her younger years, Gail was a waitress in the summer at various restaurants in Alexandria Bay. She then worked at Bomax Manufacturing, which became Gould Pumps, retiring after 20 years. She and her husband then operated a bottle redemption center on State Street for a short time.

She was a member of the Depauville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

Gail enjoyed bowling, which she held many offices in the league, crossword puzzles, knitting and crocheting, loved the St. Lawrence River, watching Nascar, and was totally engaged in the history England, especially following the Royal Family, as well as watching English soccer games.

Surviving are one son Timothy (Janet) of Mannsville; three daughters, Laurie (Richard) Sigouin of Orlando, Florida, Samantha Cross of Cadyville, N.Y., Jean (Michael) Badour of Clayton; ten grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Two sisters, Murlyn Cumber of Bridgeport, and Marion House of West Carthage, died before her.

Donations can be made in her name to the Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street Road, Watertown, N.Y. 13601.

5/31/2019 – Donna M. Smith, Clayton

Ms. Donna M. Smith, 67, died May 15th at her residence. There will be a Funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 5th, with Father Arthur Labaff officiating, at 11am, with a burial following in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Donna was born November 18th, 1951, in Passaic, New Jersey, the daughter of William B. and Mary Hohman Smith Jr. She graduated from Clifton Senior High School in Clifton, New Jersey. She attended Newark State College and Morris County College, both in New Jersey.

She was a member of the Army National Guard and Reserves from 1977 to 1989.

Donna worked for a number of years as a Paralegal in Rockland County, New York. She then moved to Clayton, where she enjoyed her time at her cottage on Murray Island. While in Clayton she worked for a time at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was very active in the church, singing in the choir and helping with fundraisers, including the Holiday Food Fair and the Booster Club.

She was a member of the Coast Guard Ladies Auxiliary, where she also taught boaters safety courses.

Donna loved her dogs, fishing and playing softball.

Surviving is a brother Edward (Linda) Smith of New Jersey; a sister, Mary Ann (Kenneth) Whitmore of New Jersey; nieces and nephews.

A brother, David Smith, predeceased her.

5/28/2019 – Wava J. Holloway, Clayton

5/28/2019 – Wava J. Holloway, Clayton

Mrs. Wava J. Holloway, 87, died Friday, May 24th, at the Samaritan Medical Center where she had been a patient for a few days. There will be no calling hours or funeral. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Wava was born Christmas Day, 1931, on Grindstone Island, the daughter of Francis and Florence (Sis) Garnsey Lashomb. She attended both the Upper and Lower schools on Grindstone Island.

On October 29th, 1950, she married William (Bill) Holloway, at the Clayton Baptist Church. Bill passed away August 22nd, 2006 in Clayton at age 79.

Wava worked as an Aide at the Jefferson Rehabilitation Center in Watertown, retiring at age 62.

She enjoyed baking.

Surviving are her two children, Billie (Ralph) Downey, and Roland (Christine) Holloway, both of Clayton; three grandchildren, Matthew Holloway, Alexis (Nick) Crowe, and Jonathan (Cherie) Downey; a great grandson, Hunter Downey; four brothers, Robert (Audrey) Lashomb, Stub (Karen) Lashomb, Skip Matthews, and George (Wendy) Matthews, all of Clayton; nieces and nephews.

One grandson, Jamie Downey, died April 8th, 2019.

Donation can be made in her name to T.I.E.R.S. P.O. Box 524, Clayton, N.Y. 13624


5/6/2019 – Diane G. Kilmer, Clayton

Diane G. Kilmer, 78, passed away on May 5, 2019 with her family by her side at Samaritan Medical Center.

Diane was born in the Town of Clayton, on December 12th, 1940, to the late Leland and Bertha Peck Gokey.  She is predeceased by her mother and father, brother James (Bud) Gokey, and sisters Barb Palmer and Mary Bush.

She graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School and Clayton Central. She worked for a time at the former E.J. Noble Hospital in Alexandria Bay, Graves Pharmacy in Clayton, and Fays Pharmacy in Watertown as a Pharmacist Technician, retiring after 25 years.

Diane married her middle school sweetheart, Arthur Kilmer, on July 18th, 1959, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Father Laurence M. Deno officiating. Together they loved and raised a beautiful family, traveled the country, and accomplished many dreams and goals.

Surviving is her loving husband of 59 years, Arthur Kilmer; a son Mark (Trudy) Kilmer; a daughter Jodi (Nick) Perruccio; an honoree daughter Lynne (Jerry) Spears; an honoree son Gordon (Shirley) Bailey; brother John Gokey; sister Jean Turck; grandchildren, Zachary (Meaghen) Cook, Michael (Marisa) Cook, Joseph (Aubrey) Cook, Jason (Cassi) Kilmer and Richard (Elizabeth) Kilmer; several great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Diane enjoyed crafting, word puzzles, gardening, traveling, cooking and most importantly spending time with her family and friends. She was always known for her way with words, gentle heart and feisty personality.

Per Diane’s request, no services will to be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Diane’s name to T.I.E.R.S Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 524, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.




4/18/2019 – Evan P. Bauer, Clayton & Florida

4/18/2019 – Evan P. Bauer, Clayton & Florida

Mr. Evan P. Bauer, 76, died Wednesday, April 17th, in Tampa, Florida, where he was a longtime resident.

Evan was born February 24th, 1943, in Western N.Y. the son of Richard and Hilda McEwen Bauer.

On March 13th, 1987, he married the former Elizabeth (Liz) Rondeau in Lake Placid.

He worked as a heavy equipment operator, working for various companies across New York state. A few were, Gouverneur Iron Works, Gary Carlisle, Green Island Construction, and Congel & Palenscar Construction.

Being a heavy equipment operator for over 50 years, Evan was self-employed for a time, once being a co-owner of Bauer & Winn in Clayton, with his partner Bob Winn.

Evan was also a New York State certified welder.

He loved operating “CAT” Heavy Equipment, watching the Tampa Bay Rays baseball games, and spending time with his grandchildren. Evan was known wherever he went for his sense of humor.

Surviving besides his wife Liz, are five children, Kenneth (Diane) Reid, Buck Reid, both of Tampa, Fl., Brian (Courtney) Bauer of Redfield, N.Y., Rhonda (Bill) Campbell of Clayton and Florida, and Amy (Rob) Farmer of Clayton; five grandchildren, Wyatt and Molly Reid, Tyler and Kristin Farmer, and Amanda Fisher; four great grandchildren; two brothers, Myrle (Beth) Bauer of Clayton, and Owen (Naomi) Bauer of Missouri; nieces and nephews.

The service will be private and at the convenience of the family.