2/27/2018 – Robert H. Berkman, LaFargeville

All services for Robert H. Berkman of 37853 NY State Route 180 LaFargeville will be in the spring. Mr. Berkman died at the Samaritan Medical Center on February 26, 2018. He was 76.

Bob was born in Watertown, New York on June 17, 1941 the son of Harold and Margaret O’Rieley Berkman. He graduated from LaFargeville High School in 1959.

On October 26, 1962, he married Barbara Ann Wagner in Watertown.

Mr. Berkman worked as a truck driver for Gilco Trucking until his passing.

Surviving is his wife of 55 years Barbara; his two sons and daughter in law Bradley Berkman, Andrew and Louann Berkman, and his daughter and son in law Mrs. Cortland (Tammy) Reff, all of LaFargeville; his six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Mr. Berkman is pre deceased by a son Robert Berkman and a granddaughter Kylea Rae Berkman.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to Hospice of Jefferson County.

Arrangements are with T.R. Jetty Funeral Home, Inc. in Clayton.

Condolences can be made at trjetty.com

2/16/2018 – Raymond F. Drake, LaFargeville

Mr. Raymond F. Drake, 76, died Thursday, Feb. 15th, at his winter residence in North Myrtle Beach. There will be no calling hours or funeral. There will be a Springside Committal Service in Grove Cemetery at a time to be announced.

Ray was born October 14th, 1941, in North Hudson, N.Y., the son of Charles and Florence McConnelly Drake. He graduated Mineville High School.

He served in the United States Army from 1960 until being honorably discharged in 1962.

On November 24th, 1962, he married the former Sandra Laslow at the Moriah Methodist Church.

He worked as a Mine and Safety Inspector for a number of years at the Fort Drum Office.

Ray was a life member of the LaFargeville American Legion.

Surviving besides his wife Sandra, are four children, Raymond (Patricia) of LaFargeville and Florida, Randy (Wendy) of LaFargeville and South Carolina, Timothy (Lori) of Alexandria Bay, and Jennifer (Eric) Parenti of Oxford, New Hampshire; five grandchildren; one great grandchild; two brothers, Charles (Rita) of Ticonderoga, and James (Claudette) of Fort Henry; nieces and nephews.

One sister, Marion Drake, predeceased him.

Donations can be made in his name to the Disabled American Veterans, 216 Haley Street, Watertown, N.Y. 13601.

2/7/2018 – Kenneth C. Luce, Cape Vincent

Kenneth C. Luce (Sonny) of Cape Vincent, died February 6, 2018, Reunited with his wife, Patti, after 5 short years.  A Vietnam veteran, he was a member of the Cape Vincent Legion for over 20 years. He worked for Kodak in the research and development department. Predeceased by his parents, Alan and Florence, wife, Patricia, daughter, Jaimie and sister, Evelyn.  Survived by his daughters, Holley and Stephanie, sisters Jackie (Rudy), Gerry (late George), Sandra (late Ralph), brother Richard (late Maryanne), brother-in-law George as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, grandchildren and friends.  Friends and family may call Saturday, Feb. 10th, from 11 – 1, a Memorial service will follow at T.R. Jetty Funeral Home, 512 James Street Clayton, N.Y.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider donations to American Legion – Cape Vincent Post 832.



1/29/2018 – Carol Ann Lyon, LaFargeville

Carol Ann Lyon, 72, of Whiskey Street, died Friday January 26th, at her residence. There will be no funeral or calling hours. A burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Carol Ann was born April 15th, 1945, in Carthage, the daughter of Carlton and Margaret Rowell Lyon. She graduated from Carthage High School.

A marriage ended in divorce.

She worked for a time as an RN at Carthage Area Rehabilitation Center, until becoming disabled.

Surviving are two daughters, Tonia (Joseph) Corbin of Texas, and Yvonne (Douglas) Dickhaut of Ohio; five grandchildren, Gary Truxton, Nicole and Zachary Dickhaut, of Ohio, Brandon and Justin Corbin of Texas; one brother, David Broyles of Carthage; one sister, Chris Butler of Carthage; one sister-in-law, Edie Brassard of Theresa; and a close friend Ruth Garnsey; nieces and nephews.

Four brothers, Wayne (as a child), Bill, Tom, and Ronald, and one grandson, Joseph Corbin, died before her.

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

Donations can be made in her name to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

1/24/2018 – Donald C. Bourcy, Cape Vincent

The Funeral Mass for Mr. Donald C. Bourcy, 68, who died Tuesday Jan. 23rd, at Lee Memorial Health Park in Fort Meyers Florida, will be held at 11am Saturday, February 3rd, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clayton with Father Arthur LaBaff officiating. A Spring burial will be held at the St. Vincent DePaul Cemetery in Rosiere.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 7pm Friday, Feb. 2nd, at the T.R.Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Donnie was born February 25th, 1949, in Watertown, the son of Donald and Margaret Love Bourcy. He did his schooling at St. Mary’s and Clayton High School.

On July 13th, 1968, he married the former Karen Wood, at the St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Rosiere.

Don worked for years as a long haul trucker, then for Carlisle Sand & Gravel and Bach and Company. He retired from the Town of Cape Vincent Public Works.

Along with his wife, they enjoyed spending their winters in Florida.

Surviving besides his wife Karen, is his mother Margaret; one daughter Denise (John) Micek of Virginia; two sons, Scott (Shannon) and Brad (Elizabeth), both of Clayton; 8 grandchildren, Ryan Jetty and his companion Justine Hodkinson, Jared and Mikayla Micek, Collin and Connor Bourcy, and Emily Rich, and Jessica and Tyler Bourcy; three brothers, Randy, Rick (Patricia) of Clayton, and Gary of Colton; two sisters, Marlene Goldthrite of California, and Wanda (Tom) Aubertine of Syracuse; nieces and nephews.

One sister, Dawn Veres, passed away January 16th, 2018, at age 61.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, N.Y. 13601.

1/18/2018 – Dawn M. Veres, Clayton

Mrs. Dawn M. Veres, 61, of Wahl Drive in Clayton, died Tuesday Jan. 16th, at the home of her mother, where she was under the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, Jan. 27th, starting at 2pm, at the Knights of Columbus in Clayton.

Dawn was born June 14th, 1956, in Watertown, the daughter of Donald and Margaret Love Bourcy. She attended St. Mary’s School and graduated from 1000 Islands Schools.

On June 2nd, 1996, she married Leslie Veres on the St. Lawrence River. Les died Feb. 2nd, 2012. A marriage to Patrick Youngs ended in divorce.

She worked for years as a bookkeeper in various capacities at French Creek Marina in Clayton.

Dawn enjoyed gardening, being outdoors, especially going out on the River, her dogs, traveling, and most importantly spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving is her son Patrick (Rikki) Booth Bourcy; a step daughter, Debbie (Roger) Hirschinder of Washington; two grandchildren, Owen and Lillian; two future grandchildren, Hayle and Ethan; her mother Margaret Bourcy of Clayton; two sisters, Marlene Goldthrite of California, and Wanda (Tom) Aubertine of Syracuse; four brothers, Rick (Patricia) of Clayton, Gary of Colton, Donald (Karen) of Town of Cape Vincent, and Randy of Clayton; nieces and nephews.

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


1/14/2018 – Mary Ellen Rogers, Clayton

1/14/2018 – Mary Ellen Rogers, Clayton

Mrs. Mary Ellen Rogers, 87, of East Line Road, died Saturday, Jan. 13th, at her residence, where she was under the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

Her Funeral Service will be held at 1pm, Wednesday, January 17th, at The Agape House, the former LaFargeville Methodist Church, with Pastor Donna Fitchette officiating. A Spring Burial will be in Clayton Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.

Mary Ellen was born on February 13th, 1930, in Syracuse, the daughter of Charles and Dorothy Soule. She graduated from Central High School in Syracuse at the top of a class of 600 students.

She married George C. Rogers on March 31st, 1950 in Central Square. The newly married couple moved to the family farm in Clayton to begin their life together and raise a family.  Mr. Rogers died September 10th, 1986, at age 59.

Mary Ellen was a wife and mother first and foremost, finding her greatest joy in being around her children and grandchildren.  As the children got older she worked for eight years as a waitress at the C-Way Restaurant, and then at Graphic Controls from 1974 until retiring in 1992.  She also loved to read, a passion that developed as a young girl, spending entire days at the Syracuse Library. In her later years, sitting on her back porch watching nature was something that brought her great solace.

Surviving are six children, Mike (Debbie) and Ken (Lorraine), both of Clayton, Lonnie (Kim) of Pillar Point, Patricia LeConey and her companion Joe Favret of Clayton, Marcia and her companion Shannon Simmons of Clayton, and Barbara (Dean) Morrow of LaFargeville; 18 grandchildren; 21 Great Grandchildren; a son-in-law, Dennis Bitteker; two brothers, Edward Coyea of Syracuse, and Howard Lowe of California; nieces and nephews.

One daughter Linda Bitteker, and one brother Gene Lowe, died before her.

Donations can be made in her name to the Omar United Methodist Church, Rt. 180 or the Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street Rd., Watertown, N.Y. 13601.

Condolences can be made at trjetty.com

1/6/2018 – Mildred I. Reed, Clayton

1/6/2018 – Mildred I. Reed, Clayton

Mrs. Mildred I. (Peterson) Reed, 81, died January 3rd at Samaritan Keep Home. There will be no calling hours or funeral. There will be a Spring Graveside Committal Service in Clayton Cemetery.

Millie was born July 7th, 1936, in Lacona, the daughter of Aldis and Lena Hatch Johnson. She graduated from Theresa Schools.

A marriage Richard Peterson ended in divorce. She then married John Reed, who passed away. Then married Frank Reed, in September of 1997 in Calcium.

Millie and Frank lived in Kingsport, Tennessee, where she worked as a Nurses Aide. They moved back to Clayton after retiring.

She enjoyed baking, sewing, gardening, and was an active church member.

Surviving are besides her husband are three sons, Richard, Chris (Diane), and Lance (Karla) Peterson, all of Clayton; three daughters, Sissy (Mike) Colello of Watertown, Debbie (Stan) Beh of PA., Sally (Jerry) Fedele of Webster; 15 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; four sisters, Joyce (Paul) Steele of Florida, Margaret (Kenneth) Grindle of Oklahoma, Sharon (Carlos) Gudino of Oklahoma, and Barbara (Gardner Jr.) Cross of Felts Mills; nieces and nephews.

One brother Richard Johnson, and one sister Jean Venton, died before her.

Donations can be made in her name to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011
Washington, D.C. 20090-6011, or to T.I.E.R.S. P.O. Box 524, Clayton, NY, 13624.

1/3/2018 – Mayfred D. (Fisher) Downs, LaFargeville

Mayfred passed away on December 31, 2017 at the Samaritan Summit Village Skilled Nursing facility at the age of 101. She was born September 30, 1916 in Watertown, NY to Leo and Ordia (Bombard) Hughto and was the oldest and last surviving sibling of the family; a brother, Donald and four sisters, Marjorie (Dewey), Freda (Joles), Patricia (who died as an infant), and Rosalind (Harra) predeceased her. Mayfred graduated from LaFargeville Central School in 1934 and was the Valedictorian of her class. She attended the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Watertown for two and a half years but was not able to finish the second half of her senior year due to an illness. Subsequently during that time at home she met Cecil Fisher and they were married on April 16, 1938. Mayfred had five children; Patricia (John Dehaan), James (Gina Hagerman), Daniel (Kathy Fitchette), Deborah (William Hampton), and Trudy (John Solar). Out of all of this came 14 Grandchildren and 33 Great Grandchildren, one an infant who sadly predeceased Mayfred.

Mayfred and Cecil Fisher owned and operated the Red and White grocery store in LaFargeville from 1938 through 1968. When Cecil’s failing health forced the sale of the store, they moved to Fairport, NY in 1968. Cecil passed away in 1971 at which time Mayfred moved back to LaFargeville. She was employed in the Jefferson National Bank as a teller for 10 years before retiring in 1982. Mayfred loved to travel, and during those 10 years she visited one of her favorite places, Disney World in Florida, several times and vacationed with her sister and brother in law, Freda and Harold Joles many times in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Mayfred married Sidney Downs of Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1982. They did some traveling of which her trip to Banff in the Canadian Rockies was her favorite along with two trips to Hawaii. Winters were spent in either South Carolina or Florida. Mayfred lived in Kingston until Sidney’s death in 1994, when she moved back to Clayton where she lived with her daughter Trudy until moving to Samaritan Summit Village in May 2013. Mayfred enjoyed her life immensely and was a fighter to the very end.

There will be no service or visitation. Burial in Grove Cemetery, LaFargeville will be private at a time chosen by her family.

12/7/2017 – Helen R. (Lantier) Mall, LaFargeville

Mrs. Helen R. (Lantier) Mall, 94, formerly of the LaFargeville area, died Dec. 2nd, at Saratoga Springs Hospital.

There will be a Spring Graveside service at St. John’s Cemetery in LaFargeville at a time to be announced.

Helen was born Aug. 18th, 1923, in Clayton, the daughter of David and Olive Charlebois Paige.

She married Fred Lantier Dec. 5th, 1942, which ended in divorce. On Feb. 21st, 1976, she married USN Retired William Mall, who predeceased her.

Helen worked at various restaurants in the area, some of which were the Half Way Chalet, T.I. Club, and the C-Way Restaurant.

She was an avid N.Y. Yankees fan, loved to go shopping, and traveling.

Surviving are two sons, Fred Jr. (Jane) Lantier of New Hampshire, and William Lantier of Watertown; five daughters, Deanna Smith, and Susie Lantier, both of Rodman, Tina David of Pennsylvania, Rita Ogburn and her companion Glenn Walldroff of LaFargeville, and Karen (Steve) Thompson of Glenville, with whom she resided for the past 17 months; numerous grand and great grandchildren.

Three sons, David, James, and Doug (infancy), died before her.

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