2/22/2017 – Raymond W. Papin, LaFargeville

Mr. Raymond W. Papin, 92, of County Rte. 3, died Tuesday at Samaritan Medical Center. Per his request there will be no calling hours. There will be a Memorial Service on Sunday at 2pm, at the Omar Methodist Church, with Reverend Steven Garrett, his Grandson, officiating.

Ray was born August 25th, 1924, in the Town of Clayton, the son Peter G. and Gertrude Luffman Papin.

He attended Watertown Schools.

On August 17th, 1954, he married Joyce Baltz in Baltimore, MD.

Ray farmed his whole life. He was a horseman, and he bought and sold many farms around the area.

He was a former member of the LaFargeville Lions Club.

Surviving besides his wife Joyce are five children, Ted and Dale of LaFargeville, Peter (Joyce) of Redwood, Rick of Watertown, and Ronda Jones and her companion Justin Halladay of Croghan; numerous grand and great grandchildren; one sister, Patricia; one brother, Robert (Nancy) of North Carolina; nieces and nephews.

One son John, died in 2011. Also, one brother James, and two sisters Bea Robinson and Mable Schwander, died before him.

Donations can be made in his name to a charity of ones choice.


2/14/2017 – Eleanor F. Calhoun, Clayton

Mrs. Eleanor F. Calhoun, 103, died Friday at the Samaritan Medical Center.

There will be no calling hours. There will be a Spring Graveside Committal Service in Clayton Cemetery at a time and date to be announced.

Donations can be made in her name to your favorite charity.

Eleanor was born September 27th, 1913, in Watertown, the daughter of Manley and Alice Atherton Rusho.

She attended Clayton schools.

On August 22nd, 1930, she married Benson Calhoun Sr. in Ogdensburg. Mr. Calhoun died January 22nd, 1962.

Eleanor and her husband farmed on Grindstone Island until his death. She then worked for a number of years at the Clayton Central School in the cafeteria, where she worked in various capacities.

She lived in Florida for 17 years, returning to Clayton in 1990. While in Florida she worked in her daughter’s restaurant in Jupiter for 10 years.

Eleanor was a former member of the Eastern Star; she loved reading, gardening, and especially being with her family.

Surviving is one daughter, Elaine (Raymond) McGuire of Jupiter, Fl.; one son Ben (Karen) Calhoun of Clayton; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

One daughter, Loraine Elger, one brother, Leon Rusho Sr., and one sister Mrs. Carlyn Hammersley, all from Clayton, died before her.

1/27/2017 – Richard K. Chapman, Clayton

The funeral for Mr. Richard K. Chapman, age 66, of Breezy Pines Road, who died Wednesday at his residence, will be at 2pm on SUNDAY, Feb. 5th, with Reverend Earl Lalone Pastor officiating at the Clayton United Methodist Church. Calling hours will be 4-7pm, FRIDAY, Feb. 3rd, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Dick was born December 5th, 1950, in Sharon, Conn., the son of Stuart and Julia Culver Chapman. He graduated from Reinbeck Central School and also Robert Wesleyan College.

On July 4th, 1970, he married the former Susan Lyman in Reinbeck, N.Y.

He was a teacher at Alexandria Bay School, where he taught various grades for 39 years, retiring in 2012.

Dick was a member of the Clayton Rotary Club, the Clayton United Methodist Church, and assisted his wife in story hour at Hawn Memorial Library.

He enjoyed golf, boating, basketball, various other sports, carpentry, and doing home repairs. Dick was a sports fan of the Syracuse Orangemen, NY Yankees, and the New England Patriots.

Surviving besides his wife Sue are four sons, Richard J. (Angela) of Watertown, James (Pamela) of Oxford; Christopher and Thomas, both of Watertown; two daughters, Jennifer (Brian) Herget of Cape Vincent, and Kimbrie (Zachary) Cullen of Redwood; two grand children; one sister, Pamela (Roger) Hoffmann of Reinbeck; nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made in his name to T.I.E.R.S., P.O. Box 254, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.

1/25/2017 – Michael Goodfriend, Wellesley Island

Mr. Michael J. Goodfriend, age 84, of Cross Island Rd., died January 24th, in Syracuse, after a short illness.

As per his wishes, there will no calling hours or funeral service.

There will be a Graveside Committal service in the Spring at a time to be announced as Riverside Cemetery on Wellesley Island.

Donations in his name can be made to the Wellesley Island Volunteer Fire Department.

1/25/2017 – W. Russell Beckwith, Theresa

Mr. W. Russell Beckwith, age 83, formerly of Clayton, died Monday, Jan. 23rd, at his residence. There will be a Celebration from 2-5pm, on Saturday, Jan. 28th, at the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department. A Memorial Service will at 4pm, with Reverend Donald Briant officiating.

Burial will be at Saint Mary’s Cemetery on July 3rd, at a time to be announced.

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

Russ was born March 24th, 1933, in Livonia, N.Y., the son of Avary and Bernadine Cisco. He attended Livonia schools.

He entered the Army Air Corp December 28th, 1950. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Corporal, on December 15th, 1953.

On August 7th, 1954, he married the former Myrna Ellsworth in Victor, N.Y. They were married for 62 years.

Russ worked for Iron Workers Local 33 in Rochester doing structural building, retiring in 1976. They moved to Clayton in 1969, before his retirement, and retired from dairy farming in 1994.

He was a former member of the Masons, the Shriners, Eagles, Moose, and Eastern Star, the Am vets, and was an honorary member of the Clayton Fire Department.

Russ especially enjoyed playing Santa Clause for kids in the area for many years. He loved helping everyone and doing many pig roasts.

Surviving besides his wife Myrna, are three sons, Scott (Patty), Stephen, and Curt (Karen) all of Theresa; eight grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one brother, Seth (Shirley) of Antwerp; one sister, Norine, of Lyons, N.Y.; nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his daughter Starleen, in 1976; three brothers, Asa, Calvin, and Berton; and one sister, Christine Schuldes.

Donations can be made in his name to either the Clayton Fire Department, or the Theresa Fire Department.


1/10/2017 – Blanche N. Bradford, LaFargeville

1/10/2017 – Blanche N. Bradford, LaFargeville

Mrs. Blanche N. Bradford, age 94, died Monday at the Samaritan Keep Home, where she resided for a number of years.

The funeral will be held Friday, January 13th, at 11am, at the Omar Methodist Church with Rev. Mark Pierce Pastor officiating. Calling hours will be held Thursday, from 4-7pm at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

A spring burial will be held at the Grove Cemetery in LaFargeville.

Blanche was born June 10th, 1922, in LaFargeville, the daughter of John and Fannie Dorr Nellis. She graduated from LaFargeville High School in 1939 and from Watertown School of Commerce in 1940, studying stenographic secretarial.

She married G. Clarke Bradford on August 14th, 1942, in LaFargeville. Mr. Bradford died February 7th, 1995 at age 76.

She worked as a Secretary for MacDonald’s Associates Insurance in Watertown from April of 1957 until January 1st, 1989. She then worked for Northern Insuring Agency from January 1st, 1989 to April 1st. 1996 as a Business Insurance Representative.

Blanche was a member of the former LaFargeville Methodist Church, the LaFargeville Fireman’s Auxiliary, and the LaFargeville American Legion Post 1788 Ladies Auxiliary.

She was an avid bowler, loved to play cards and yahtzee.

Surviving is one son Randall of Clayton; three daughters, Mrs. Carol Flick of Clayton, Kelly (Gordon) Winters of LaFargeville, and Audrey Bradford of Fairport, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Brad and Vicki Flick, and Nicole and Chelsea Winters; four great grandchildren, Shelby and Ryan Flick, Morgan Winters and Andrew Carnegie; one sister in law, Judy Nellis of Chaumont; nieces and nephews.

Her brother Marcus Nellis, and two sisters, Margaret Stoughtenger and Marjorie Nellis, died before her.

The family would like to thank the Samaritan Keep Home staff on the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th floors for the amazing care they gave their mom.

Donations can be made in her name to the Local Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

1/8/2016 – John H. Eckert, LaFargeville

1/8/2016 – John H. Eckert, LaFargeville

The funeral for Mr. John H. Eckert, age 72, who died Friday Jan. 6th, at the Hospice of Jefferson County, where he had been a resident for the past month, will be Saturday, January 14th at 3pm at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. Calling hours will be 1pm until the time of the service.

A Spring burial will be held in Grove Cemetery in LaFargeville.

John was born April 22nd, 1944, in Watertown, the son of Frank and Madeline Byrne Eckert. He graduated from LaFargeville schools.

He entered the United States Marine Corp on August 21st, 1962, and was Honorable Discharged, August 20th, 1965 at the rank of Corporal.

On December 7th, 1988, he married Gert Gregor, in Las Vegas. She was his companion and wife for over 40 years.

John was a General Contractor. He owned the LaFargeville and Depauville Convenience Stores for a number of years before he sold them. He also owned for a period of time the Brockville Speedway.

He was an avid Nascar fan, and dirt track racing fan.

John was on the Board of Agriculture of N.N.Y. in Stone Mills, and on the Grove Cemetery Board in LaFargeville, where he was very active volunteering time improving all aspects of the cemetery.

He enjoyed cooking, snowmobiling, and watching favorite NFL team the Cowboys play.

John is survived by his wife Gert; his one sister, Susan (Leo) Lindley of Cortland; five step children, Chris Brougham of LaFargeville, Gregor Brougham of Point Peninsula, Sandra Brougham Sneddon and Mary (Jan) Maas, both of Sackets Harbor, and Lynda (John) Lawler of LaFargeville; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Donations can be made in his name to the Grove Cemetery Association in LaFargeville, N.Y.


12/18/2016 – Judy A. Fitchette, LaFargeville

12/18/2016 – Judy A. Fitchette, LaFargeville

The Funeral for Judy A. Fitchette, age 64, will be Wednesday, Dec 21st, at 6pm, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton, with Rev. Mark Pierce, Pastor of Omar Methodist Church officiating. Calling hours will be from 3pm until the time of the service. A Spring burial will be held at Omar Cemetery.

Judy was born April 19th, 1952, in Watertown, the daughter of Orrin and Mildred Brown Walts.

She was a graduate or Indian River Central School.

Judy was married to Martin Fitchette on July 18th, 1976, in Theresa, N.Y.

She worked for 10 years at the former F.W. Woolworth in Watertown. Judy retired in 2015, from working in the gift shop at Boldt Castle.

Judy enjoyed doing crafts, knitting, sewing, traveling, and camping. Her and her husband enjoyed spending lots of time in Myrtle Beach.

Surviving besides her husband Martin is one son, Eric (Ellen) Fitchette of Virgil, N.Y.; one daughter Kerri (Michael) Perkins of Clayton, North Carolina; 5 grandchildren, Hailey and Persephone Perkins, Tyler, Emma, and Grace Fitchette; two sisters, Mrs. Joan Black of LaFargeville, and Janice Geng of Tennessee; nieces and nephews; and one great niece.

One brother, James Walts, died before her.

Donations can be made in her name to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St. Watertown, N.Y. 13601; or T.I.E.R.S. P.O. Box 524, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.


12/10/2016 – William J. Foos, Clayton

12/10/2016 – William J. Foos, Clayton

foos-william-young-smallA Celebration of Life for Mr. William J. Foos, age 85, of Clayton, will be held Saturday, December 17th, at 1pm, at the Watertown Elks Lodge 496. There will be no calling hours.

Bill was born July 15th, 1931, in Rochester, the son of Peter and Bertha Schreck. He graduated from Hilton High School and Rochester Institute of Technology.

He entered the United States Navy in 1951 and honorably discharged in 1955, serving in the Korean Conflict.

Bill retired in 1986, after 25 years, as a Millwright at Kodak in Rochester.

He was a member of the Watertown Elks Club, the Clayton American Legion Colon Couch Post 821, a life member of the VFW in Texas, where he was also Shuffleboard Champion, and was also a Commodore of Mantrou Yacht Club in Greece, N.Y.

Bill loved fishing, boating, woodworking, and especially antique and classic cars.

Surviving is his companion, Carol Lawrence; two children, Paula (Gary) Vogt of Hamlin, and William R. of Hilton; two grandchildren, Jesse and Jamie; his companions children, J. Mark Lawrence of Sodus, and Amber (Dan) Roberts Hall of Wilcott; her grandchildren, Stacy, and Staff Sergeant D.W. Roberts of Goodfellow Airforce Base in Texas.

One brother, Carl, died before him.

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

12/7/2016 – Vivian F. Black, Clayton

The Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Vivian F. Black, age 90, will be at 11am on Monday Dec. 12th, at St. Mary’s Church, with Ft. Arthur LaBaff officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 1-4pm Sunday at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Vivian was born March 1, 1926, in Utica, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Crumb Farley.

She graduated from Utica Catholic Schools and New Rochelle College, and earned her Masters Degree from Syracuse University.

On August 18th, 1950, she married Jeremiah Black at Lady of Our Lords Catholic Church in Utica. Mr. Black died April 8th, 1977, at age 56.

Vivian taught at 1000 Islands High School, where she taught Spanish and Remedial English, retiring in 1988 after 35 years.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Clayton Travelers Club, AA of University Women, and AFS.

Vivian was the first woman on the Clayton Town Board, and citizen of the year.

She enjoyed reading, volunteering, talking, crossword puzzles, and her spending time with her family.

Surviving are two daughters, Margaret (Bill) Bartlett of Rochester, and Mary (Craig “Pete”) Orvis of Rosiere; two sons, Tom (Sharon) of Camillus, and David (Lisa) of Columbia Georgia; Ten grandchildren; Thirteen great grandchildren; one sister, Barbara Gilroy of Utica; nieces and nephews.

Two sons, Daniel P. died in 1979 at age 25, and Matthew J. died in 1985 at age 23.

Donations can be made in her name to the Food Pantry at St. Mary’s Church, James Street, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.