9/13/2020 – Mary (Jane) Kendall, Omar

Ms. Mary (Jane) Kendall, 98, of Omar, passed away, Sunday morning, Sept. 13th, at her residence, where she was under the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

There will be a Graveside Service in the Spring on the family plot on Grindstone Island.

Jane was born February 24th, 1922, at her family’s home on Quaker Hill, Dutchess  County. She was the daughter of William H. and Grace McCardell Kendall.

Her family moved to the Town of Clayton in 1928, where she attended the one room schoolhouse on Grindstone Island. Once she attended high school her family moved to the Village of Clayton, where she graduated from Clayton Central in 1938.

During World War II, she worked at the New York Air Brake making parts needed by the military for the war effort.  After the war, she worked at the Chevrolet-Oldsmobile garage as a bookkeeper, and later for Bill Dominy and Doug Schell at the car dealership, and finally retiring working for Pat Phinney at Phinney’s Chev-Olds.

Jane continued working into her 80’s for her dear friends Allen and Susan Benas at the T.I. Inn.

She was the oldest living member of the River Community Church, spending her life serving the lord.

Jane was a member of the Clayton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the T.I. Quilters.

She is survived by two nieces, Billie Timmerman Lawrence and her husband Larry of Omar, where Jane resided, and Terry Timmerman Bognanno of Winterhaven, Florida; a great niece, Meredith (Clair) of Fairport; a great nephew, Derrick (Jessica) Lawrence of Burlington, Vermont; a great great niece, Kendall Smith; and a great great nephew Ronan Smith.

A sister, Mrs. Richard (Harriett) Timmerman, died June 8th, 1951, at the age of 25, and a brother Charles (Bud) Kendall, died in 1994.

Donations can be made in her name to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street Road, Watertown, NY, 13601, or the River Community Church, 38844 Bartlett Point Road, Clayton, NY, 13624.

8/24/2020 – Carol E. Pete, Formerly of Clayton

Carol Elizabeth Pete, 76, of Monterey, VA, passed away Thursday, August 20, 2020 at Bath Community Hospital, Hot Springs.

She was born in Watertown, N.Y. on July 22, 1944, a daughter of the late Harold Leonard and Helen Elizabeth (Marsh) Seymour. On August 4, 1962 she married Barry James Pete.

Carol in her younger years was famous for her gardening, canning and cooking and hosting delicious meals for her friends and family. Her family was her life and she loved them with all that she had. Her sweet personality and beautiful smile were shared with everyone that she met.                                                                 

In addition to her husband, Barry, of Monterey, she is survived by a son, Barry J. Pete Jr. and wife, Tammie of Clayton, N.Y.; two daughters, Yvette Reome and husband, Bruce of LaFargeville, N.Y. and Yvonne Wimer and husband, Steven of Monterey; six grandchildren, Barry, Clifton and Joseph Pete, Tyler Reome, and Lucas and Brianna Wimer; as well as special care giver, Ann Puffenbarger.

She was predeceased by her parents and a brother, Andrew Seymour.

The family will hold a memorial service at a later date. Burial will be private in Clayton, N.Y., at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Monterey Lions Club, P.O. Box 131, Monterey or Word of Faith Outreach Ministry, P.O. Box 276, Monterey, Va. 24465.

Local arrangements are with the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

8/16/2020 – Orlene Rose Dunning, Town of Orleans

Orlene Rose Dunning, born October, 6th, 1951, passed away at her home in the Town of Orleans on July 31st, 2020 (due to health complications). She was predeceased by her father and mother, Fred and Leanna (Shaw) Dunning, as well as her only brother, Darrell, (in 1977.)

After graduating from Lafargeville High School in (1969), Rose graduated college. She then worked in Washington D.C. for a time for the F.B.I. She returned to the North Country and lived at her beloved family farm at the time of her death. 

Rose possessed a wonderful sense of humor, an independent spirit, loved attending a variety of church functions, and never missed a weekend at the drive-in movie theater.  She thoroughly enjoyed reading, and was self-taught on many subjects. Few people knew she spoke German and French. Rose enjoyed socializing, and was a truly knowledgeable, wonderful conversationalist.

As her legacy, Rose would encourage us all to be kind to one another.

Close relatives include Blanche Hiscock of Oriskany, NY, Bruce Shaw of Clayton, and a multitude of cousins.  Special friends include Gail Honeyman of Governeur;  Pam Bennett of PJ’s Motel, Clayton; and Rev. Jeff McIlgrath of the Reformed Church of the Thousand Isles.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Reformed Church of the Thousand Isles, 54 Church St., Alexandria Bay, NY 13607.

A graveside service at the Omar Cemetery will be held August 23rd, at 1:30pm, with Reverend Jeff McIIgrath officiating.

8/14/2020 – Stephen D. Hetzler, Chaumont

Mr. Stephen D. Hetzler, 77, Chaumont, passed away Wednesday, August 12th, at the Hospice of Jefferson County.

Calling hours will be Monday, August 17th, from 3-5pm at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. Burial will be held in South Carolina.

Stephen was born March 27th, 1943, in Rochester, N.Y., the son Herman and Rosamond Kuhn Hetzler. He graduated from Rochester schools.

He entered the United States Army of August 1963 and was Honorably Discharged in August of 1966.

In February of 1965, he married the former Eileen Swartz.

Stephen worked as a Dispatcher, running an assembly line, at Lockheed Martin, in Planfield, N.J., retiring in 1986.

He enjoyed fixing all kinds of things, including electronics and mechanical devices.

Surviving besides his wife Eileen, are two sons and their wives, Michael (Christina) of Utica, Michigan, and Christopher (Theresa) of Summerville, South Carolina; two granddaughters; 6 brothers and sisters, all from Rochester; nieces and nephews.

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