7/11/2020 – William (Bill) J. Smith, Clayton

Mr. William (Bill) J. Smith, 72, died suddenly on Thursday, July 9th, after being stricken at his home.

There will be a private Graveside Service in Grove Cemetery, LaFargeville.

A Celebration of Life will take place in the near future at a time and place to be announced.

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

Bill was born, November 17th, 1947, in Watertown, the son of Gilbert and Ethelyn Walters Smith.

On June 18th, 1968, he married the former Kathy Fulmer at the Clayton Methodist Church.

Bill worked as a farmer in LaFargeville growing up. He then became a Meat Cutter for all the Big M grocery stores in the area until 1990, when he went to work for the Town of Clayton Transfer Site, where he retired in 2014.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, target shooting, root beer floats, watching Syracuse basketball, New York Yankees, and the New York Giants.

Surviving besides his wife, Kathy, are four daughters, Rebecca (Rob) Hoch of Beaver Falls, Rhonda (James) Winkel of LaFargeville, Robin (Ronnie) Kilborn of Clayton, and Renee (Jeff) Smith of Clayton; grandchildren, Chelsey (John), Kim (Johnathon), Tiffani, Lizzie (Forrest), Chasity (Ricky), Jaydn, Nick (Skyler), Austin, Darren, Alexis, Breanna (Devan), Nathan, Heather, Tonya (Anthony), Robbie, Megan; several great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he is also pre deceased by his siblings, Wayne (Sandy) Smith, and Karen (Dave) Bourcy.

7/6/2020 – Charles A. Fitchette, LaFargeville

Mr. Charles A. Fitchette, 59, died Friday, July 3rd, at his residence, where he was under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County, after a four-year illness with cancer.

There will be a Celebration of Life held at his residence, Saturday July 11th, starting at 1pm.

Charlie was born September 10th, 1960, in Alexandria Bay, the son of Marquis and Esther Rice Fitchette. He went to school in Alexandria Bay and graduated from LaFargeville in 1977.

On April 3rd, 2004, he married the former Sylvia Dano, at the LaFargeville United Methodist Church with Reverend Mark Pierce officiating.

Charlie retired because of his illness after many years as a mason for the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Union Local #2 out of Watertown.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, remodeling and having fun.

Besides his wife Sylvia, he is survived by one stepson, Merreck McMurphy of Spokane, Washington; one sister, Monica Schroeder of Houston, Texas; four brothers, Jeffrey (Barb) of Black River, Dale, Terry, and Kim (Kimberly) Fitchette, all of LaFargeville; nieces and nephews.

One brother, Marty, died Christmas Day of 2019.

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

6/24/2020 – Eugene (Gene) Z. Fitchette, Clayton

Mr. Eugene (Gene) Z. Fitchette, 89, passed away Tuesday, June 23rd, at his home, under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

There will be a private graveside service at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Clayton. A celebration of life will be held at 2pm, at the home of his daughter, Susie Bond, on Saturday June 27th, on House Road in the Town of Clayton.

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

Gene was born June 6th, 1931, in LaFargeville, the son of the late Eugene (Jack) and Emma Ingerson Fitchette. He attended schools in LaFargeville and Clayton.

On June 6th, 1953, he married the former Mary Decker in Clayton.

Gene and Mary operated a dairy farm until going to work for the Town of Clayton, retiring after 20 years. Once he went to work for the Town, he changed his farm to raising Beef Cattle.

He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and snowmobiling.

Surviving besides his wife Mary are two sons, Randy of Clayton, and Eugene (Donna) of Depauville; five daughters, Bonnie (Scott) Lawrence, Barbara (Terry) Fox, Susie (Joe) Bond, Kathy Bond, all of Clayton, and Linda (Jeff) LaClair of Florida; 16 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; one sister, Florence White of Adams; four brothers, Allen and his companion Cathy of Clayton, Ted (Linda) of Rochester, Paul (Sheila) of Utica, and Norman of Sackets Harbor; one sister in law, Joan Fitchette of LaFargeville; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two daughters, Jackie Ann, who died in infancy, and Judy and her husband Dale Morrow, one granddaughter, April, one brother, John, one sister, Helen Donato, and one son in law, John Bond.

Donations can be made in his name to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street Road, Watertown, N.Y. 13601 or the SPCA of Jefferson County, 25056 Water St., Watertown, N.Y. 13601

6/12/2020 – Lucy A. Bartlett, Clayton

Mrs. Lucinda (Lucy) A. Bartlett, 87, died June 10th, at Hospice of Jefferson County.

Graveside Services will be announced at a later date.

Lucy was born November 13th, 1932, in Corning, N.Y., the daughter of Forrest and Vera Case Burlingame Sr.

She graduated from Watertown High School in 1951 and the Watertown School of Practical Nursing in 1965.

On December 25th, 1953, she married Arthur E. McIntosh, at the Asbury Methodist Church in Watertown.

They moved to Adams Center, where Lucy worked, at the Sherman’s Nursing Home. Upon moving back to Watertown, Lucy worked at the County Hospital on Coffeen Street for four and a half years. Mr. McIntosh passed away in 1969.

In 1972, Lucy married Stanley Bartlett Sr. They moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where Mr. Bartlett was employed by Kap-pel Fabrics for 30 years.

After Mr. Bartlett’s retirement, they moved back to Watertown, where they owned and operated, Stan’s Place, for four and a half years.

They moved to Clayton in 1989. Mr. Bartlett passed away in 1996.

Lucy then moved to Riverview apartments, where she enjoyed making and decorating cakes, until her vision started deteriorating.

Lucy enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, writing poetry (which she did since she was 7 years old), and helping other elderly people where they lived and those nearby.

She is survived by a nephew, Steven McIntosh; five stepchildren, Stanley R. Bartlett Jr., Deanna Johnson, Chris (Paula) Bartlett, Candy Thomas, and Eric (Monika) Bartlett; several step grandchildren; several step great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made in her name to the Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, N.Y. 13601, and T.I.E.R.S., P.O. Box 524, Clayton, N.Y. 13624, or the American Legion Colin Couch Post 821 Ladies Auxiliary, Clayton, N.Y. 13624, where she was a member for 25 years.

6/11/2020 – Dr. Preston L. Lowe, Clayton

Dr. Preston L. Lowe, 68, of Clayton, died Sunday, June 7th, at Hospice of Jefferson County, where he was under the care of hospice and his family, after a long illness.

There will be no services at this time due to the Covid Pandemic. Arrangements are with the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Preston was born October 25th, 1951, in New Milford, Conn., the son of William and Dorothy Lauer Lowe. He graduated from Arlington High School and Oswego State University. He attended Pennsylvania College of Optometry and worked as an Optometrist in Utica, NY before opening his own practice in Watertown in 1985.

On May 9th, 1981, he married the former Susan Lodge, in Newport, N.Y.

Preston and Susan owned and operated Apple Optical in Watertown for 30 years.  Preston loved helping people and greatly missed his patients when he retired in 2015.  He was a member of the American Optometric Association.

Preston belonged to the Sigma Gamma fraternity while attending Oswego State University.  His friendship with many of his fraternity brothers continued until the time of his death and those friendships have been a great comfort to his family.  He was a past member of the Clayton Lions Club, the Watertown Rotary Club, the Town of Clayton Planning Board. and the Thousand Islands Museum Board.  Preston’s passion was decoys; carving, painting and collecting them.   He was a member of the 1000 Islands Decoy Collectors Association and contributing writer to Decoy Magazine.

Preston enjoyed gardening, especially growing many varieties of day lilies.  He loved the St. Lawrence River and Black Lake and enjoyed boating, canoeing, fishing, and duck hunting. 

Surviving besides his wife Susan, is his mother Dorothy (Dee) of Clayton; one daughter, Erin Teal (Dwayne) Lipinski of Massachusetts; two grandchildren, Will and Evie; two brothers, Allen “Hooker” of Colorado, and Galen (Janice) of Maine; two cousins, West (Marie) Lowe of Connecticut, and Tucker (Jeanie) Lowe of Utah; and his faithful companion, his dog McKeever.

Donations can be made in his name to:

Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street Road, Watertown, N.Y. 13601.

The HealthWell Foundation at www.healthwellfoundation.org,

The Michael J. Fox Foundation at www.michaeljfox.org.

or the charity of your choice.


6/3/2020 – Brian D. Stone, Clayton

Mr. Brian D. Stone, 56, of Bald Rock Road, died Sunday, May 31st, at his residence.

There will be no calling hours or public service. A burial will be in the Depauville Cemetery.

Brian was born August 27th, 1963, in Jamestown, N.Y., the son of Kenneth and Susan Stone. He graduated from Jamestown Schools.

On July 3rd, 1993, Brian married the former Kathy Houghton. She passed away July 9th, 2011, at age 49.

He worked for a time at Ethan Allen Furniture, also Jefferson Concrete Corp. in Watertown, and later for Brandon Jones Construction in Clayton until becoming disabled.

Brian enjoyed gardening, his grandchildren, and relaxing with a few drinks.

Surviving besides his mother Mrs. Susan Thomas of Texas are three children, one daughter, Lyndsey Podkowka of Watertown, two sons, Dean of Rochester, and Joshua of Port Leyden; five grandchildren; two brothers; two sisters; nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made in his name to the Jefferson Country SPCA, 25056 Water Street, Watertown, N.Y. 13624.

Condolences can be made at trjetty.com

6/1/2020 – Elizabeth M. Duvall, Redwood

6/1/2020 – Elizabeth M. Duvall, Redwood

Elizabeth “Liz” Marie (May) Duvall died suddenly from an undetected heart defect on May 28, 2020.  She lived, loved, and accomplished more in 34 years than most could in ten lifetimes.  She was courageous, kind, giving, and always smiling.  Her energy and joy were second to none, and you could hear her peals of laughter a mile away.

Elizabeth was born on October 8, 1985 in Goshen, Indiana.  She graduated from General Brown High School in 2003.  She attended SUNY Potsdam, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Education with a Mathematics Specialization in 2007, and a Master of Science in Education as a Literacy Specialist in 2008.  Elizabeth was an elementary school teacher at LaFargeville Central School. She was pursuing her doctorate at the time of her death.  On February 16, 2019, Elizabeth married the love of her life, Richard Duvall.  They took great pride in their blended family and the life they created on Butterfield Lake as they raised their four children with a baby on the way.

Elizabeth was a passionate advocate for children, particularly those in need.  She was adored as a teacher and coach, and her students and their families would run to embrace her everywhere she went.  Elizabeth was intuitive and compassionate, and many people have said that her unwavering encouragement saved their lives.  She believed everything happened for a reason, and she paid attention to signs.  She had a deep appreciation for culture and diversity that she instilled in her students.  By the time Elizabeth’s daughter Chloe was ten years old, the two of them had danced in Times Square, eaten fish and chips at the Tower of London, balanced on the backs of horses in Norway, and zip lined in Costa Rica.

Elizabeth had an incredible sense of adventure and boundless enthusiasm.  She made everyone around her roar with laughter with her quick wit, and had a deep impact on everyone she encountered. She drove fast with the windows down and the music LOUD.  She jumped off the highest points of cliffs, bridges, and shipwrecks, occasionally throwing in front or back flips to the delight and terror of her family and friends.  Elizabeth’s escapades included roadtripping across Australia, swimming with wild dolphins, finding the sketchiest boat tour in Jamaica, chasing hot air balloons in New Mexico, and racing down the Pacific Coast Highway with her “stud” husband.  She was a phenomenal dancer.  She loved hiking and climbing trees in the woods, boating and other water activities, snowboarding, competition, hard work and organization, fairy lights, and hot tubs.  Most of all, she loved her family and friends, and she was fiercely protective of them.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband Richard Allen Duvall, children Richard Ernest Duvall, Olivia Lynn Duvall, Chloe Magdalene May Duvall, and Sophia Hope Duvall, and dog children George Maximus May and Rocky, all of Redwood; father Rex Allen May of Clayton and mother Patricia Ann (Craig) Esford of Cape Vincent; father-in-law Ernest Duvall of Watertown; sister Rachel Rose May Zysk and “little darlings” Pela May Zysk and Clara Rose Zysk of Tampa, brother Gabriel “Gabers” Andrew May of Watertown, sister Abigail Caroline (Anthony) White of Rochester, brother Nicholas Foster (Jessica) Esford of LaFargeville, and sister Virginia Mae Esford of Watertown; brothers-in-law John (Christy) Duvall of Watertown, Michael (Cathy) Duvall of Sherrill, and Geoffery (Kristan) Duvall of Watertown; Neil and Darlene Walroth; and many other loving family members and friends.

Elizabeth’s final words were, “My Rich, my love, something is not right.”  Nothing seems right without her here, and everyone who knew Elizabeth will spend the rest of their lives missing her.  To honor Elizabeth’s meaningful life, Elizabeth’s family asks that you “Live Like Liz,” and take to heart her favorite quote, by Eleanor Roosevelt, “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

A family viewing will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton, NY.  A service and commemoration of Elizabeth’s life will be held at the Duvall home in Redwood, NY on Saturday, June 13 at 6:00 p.m.  All who loved Elizabeth are invited to release a pink balloon or lantern on June 13 at 9:00 p.m., and post videos of the release with the hashtag #LiveLikeLiz.  Lanterns will be provided by Elizabeth’s family and may be picked up at LaFargeville Central School on Friday, June 12 between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone at River Hospital, NYS Police, Redwood Fire Department, Alexandria Bay Fire Department, and Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Squad for providing exceptional care and fighting so valiantly to try to save our dear Elizabeth.  Your heroic efforts have given us great comfort.  We would also like to thank our neighbors, friends, and extended family for your meals, supplies, words, and presence.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Northern New York Community Foundation ATTN Elizabeth May Duvall Foundation, 131 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601 to establish the Elizabeth May Duvall Foundation.  A more fulsome celebration of Elizabeth’s life and the grand opening of the Elizabeth May Duvall Foundation will be scheduled at a later date.

5/15/2020 – Sandra J. Drake, LaFargeville

Mrs. Sandra J. Drake, 76, of LaFargeville, passed away May 13th, at her home. She had been in ill health.

There will be a graveside committal service Wednesday, May 20th, at 11am, at Grove Cemetery in LaFargeville, with Reverend Mark Pierce officiating. Public is invited, social distancing is required. There will be no calling hours per her request. Arrangements are with the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Sandra was born June 19th, 1943, in Moriah Center, N.Y., the daughter of Alexander and Martha Phinney Laslow. She graduated from Moriah schools.

On November 24th, 1962, she married Raymond F. Drake at the Moriah Methodist Church. Ray died February 15th, 2018 in Myrtle Beach. Ray worked for the N.Y.S. Department of Labor as a mine and safety inspector, he was 76.

She worked on Fort Drum in the Director of Logistics office. She was a Budget Clerk assisting with the R.O.T.C. program.

Sandra was a past member of the Eastern Star and enjoyed cooking, gardening, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving is one daughter, Jennifer (Eric) Parenti of New Hampshire; three sons, Raymond (Patricia) of LaFargeville and Florida, Randy (Wendy) of South Carolina, and Timothy (Lori) of Alexandria Bay; seven grandchildren; six great grandchild; a sister Rose DeLuca of Schenectady; a sister-in-law, MaryAnn Laslow, widow of Lloyd of Ticonderoga; nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made in her name to the LaFargeville American Legion Klock-Smith Post 1788, or Grove Cemetery in LaFargeville.

5/15/2020 – Mark T. Norfolk, Clayton

Mr. Mark T. Norfolk, 58, of Deferno Road passed away Wednesday, May 13th, at his residence, where he was under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.

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

Mark was born July 13th, 1961, in Watertown, the son of Gerald and Cecelia Stokes Norfolk. He graduated from Thousand Islands High School in 1979.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Amongst his deployments, he served as a Boiler Technician on the USS El Paso LKA 117. Mark was honorably discharged in 1993 after 10 years of service. He then was an over the road truck driver for Shoreline trucking, Dart Trucking, and LEAN MTN Trucking Company which was his own. He then worked for a tree service/landscaping company, all in Virginia. In the more recent years, he enjoyed collecting and selling scrap metal.

Mark enjoyed trucking, traveling, fishing, and the simple things in life. Mark will be remembered for his easy-going nature; not taking things too seriously, always joking and laughing.

Surviving are four children, Brandon J. – Brainard, Minnesota, Christopher J. – Lynchburg, Virginia, Tonya M. Kraus – Rustburg, Virginia, and Ashley D. – Truth or Consequences, New Mexico; 12 grandchildren; his mother, Cecelia, of Clayton; two brothers, Brian (Marla) of Clayton, Eric (MaryJo) of North Carolina; three sisters, Jenny (Michael) Patchen of Clayton, Denise Calhoun of LaFargeville, and Tammy (Douglas) Marshall of Watertown; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father, Gerald P, and his grandparents. A marriage to Lori Anderson ended in divorce.

4/16/2020 – Milton E. Stroup, Cape Vincent

Mr. Milton E. Stroup, 66, died Monday, April 13th, at his residence, where he was under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County, after a brief illness.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Milton was born September 20th, 1953, in Harvard, Illinois, the son of Milton D. and Florence Fair Stroup. He graduated from Harvard High School, and then enlisted in the United States Army, where he served at various places in the world until his retirement.

On November 25th, 1972, he married the former Marlene Stevens in Harvard.

He worked for a short time at the Wood Farm, the T.I. Bridge Authority, and the Antique Boat Museum as a woodworker. With his love of woodworking he did projects at the Jefferson County Historical Society, Watertown Urban Mission, and Stone Mills Museum.

Milton enjoyed gardening, woodworking (he made an alter for a church), and most importantly he loved visiting with everyone.

Surviving besides his wife, Marlene, are two daughters, Jennifer Dennie of Clayton, and Carolyn (Ben) Miller of Laurence, N.Y.; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren.