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.

12/2/2017 – Etta Lee Radley, Depauville

12/2/2017 – Etta Lee Radley, Depauville

Mrs. Etta Lee Radley, 88, died Wednesday, Nov. 29th, at Carthage Area Hospital. She resided at Country Manor Nursing Home in Carthage since 2014.

Etta Lee was born August 28th, 1929, in North Carolina, the daughter of William and Florence Outz Barker Sr.

She attended Belleville schools, and graduated from the Clayton Central School.

On September 7th, 1947, she married Donald Radley at Asbury Methodist Church in Watertown. Mr. Radley died August 23rd, 2010, at age 85.

Etta Lee was a Bookkeeper for Watertown Agway, retiring after many years in 1990.

She loved crocheting and needle point.

Surviving are two children, Mike of Depauville, and Carol Dufresne of Browns Corners; one son in law, Philip Zang of Richland; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; a brother Thomas of Watertown; nieces and nephews.

A daughter, Linda Zang, a son in law Arthur Dufresne, and two brothers, Arthur and William, all died before her.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, December 5th, from 2-4pm and 7-9pm, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. The Funeral will be held 11am Wednesday, December 6th, at the Funeral Home with Reverend Don Briant officiating.

Burial will be held at a later date in the Depauville Cemetery.

11/8/2017 – Marvin (Les) Dorr, Clayton

Mr. Marvin (Les) Dorr, 60, was pronounced dead November 7th, after missing from deer hunting.

The funeral service will be at 2pm, Saturday Nov. 11th, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton, with Reverend Mark Pierce officiating. A calling hour will be held prior to the service.

Les was born August 3rd, 1957, in Watertown, the son of Frederick and Gertrude Reff Dorr. He attended Cape Vincent Schools.

He worked with his brother Rick, on their farm and in their junkyard.

Les enjoyed hunting, he was a jack-of-all-trades, and really enjoyed helping everyone with whatever they needed done.

Surviving is two brothers, Richard (Cheryl) and Ronald, both of Cape Vincent; two sisters, Edith (Tom) Norton of LaFargeville, and Penny (Ricky) Scales of Cape Vincent; one aunt, Clara Reff of Cape Vincent; nieces and nephews.

10/30/2017 – Richard (Dick) L. Matthews, Clayton

10/30/2017 – Richard (Dick) L. Matthews, Clayton

Mr. Richard (Dick) L. Matthews, age 74, of Cantwell Drive, died Sunday, Oct. 29th, at the Samaritan Medical Center, where he had been a patient for a short time.

There will be a Celebration of Life starting at 6pm on Friday, Nov. 3rd, at the Knights of Columbus on James Street in Clayton.

Dick was born March 30, 1943, in Clayton, the son of Perl and Rhoda Jackson Matthews. He attended Clayton Schools.

He served in the United States Army from January of 1963, until he was honorably discharged in January of 1966.

On January 9th, 1965, he married Christine Thornton at the Methodist Church in DeKalb Junction.

Dick worked for over 40 years at St. Lawrence Restoration, restoring antique boats.

He was member of Dodge Hall.

Dick enjoyed antique tractors, putting around in his garage, woodworking, his airboat, which he built himself, ice skating, and raising hell with his brothers.

Surviving besides his wife Chrissy, is a son Jim, and a daughter Maggie Matthews both of Clayton; three grandchildren, Taylor, Morgan, and Dane; one brother, Stan of Oswego; his mother in law, Beverly Conklin; nieces and nephews.

Three brothers, James, Gene, and Gary, and two sisters, Cara Carnegie, and Carol Brown, all died before him.

Donations can be made in his name to Dodge Hall, c/o Sarah Matthews, 14972 Lovers Lane, Clayton, N.Y. 13624, or to T.I.E.R.S., P.O. Box 524, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.

10/11/2017 – Mary S. Randazzo, Clayton

Mrs. Mary S. Randazzo, 71, wife of Phil Randazzo, died Tuesday, Oct. 10th at St. Joe’s Hospital in Syracuse.

Calling hours will be Monday, Oct. 23rd, from 2-4pm and 7-9pm, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, Oct. 24th, at the River Community Church at 6pm.

Mary was born June 7th, 1946, in Greensboro North Carolina, the daughter of John W. and Martha Welch Snead. She was educated in area schools.

She married Phil Randazzo on March 4th, 1984, in Newport Beach, California.

Mary assisted her husband in the operating of their various businesses, including The Coyote Moon Vineyards in Clayton. She was also a cosmetologist, hair dresser, and mainly an artist. Mary was also an astute biblical scholar.

Surviving besides her husband Phil, is one daughter, Kristina (Christian) Ives and one son Tony (Lori), all of Clayton; six grandchildren; one great grandchild.

She is predeceased by her brothers and one sister.

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

Condolences can be made at trjetty.com

8/3/2017 – Marie F. Humphrey, Watertown & Grindstone Island

There will be a Graveside Service for Mrs. Marie F. Humphrey, 79, who died Wednesday, August 2nd, at Summit Village, on Saturday, Aug. 12th, at 1pm, at Grindstone Island Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.

Marie was born March 8th, 1938, on Grindstone Island, the daughter of Howard and Melvina Beshawz Slate. She attended island schools.

She married Orville Humphrey April 2nd, 1988, at Clayton Methodist Church, with Dale Austin officiating. A previous marriage ended in divorce.

Marie worked as a domestic for various people in the Clayton and Watertown areas.

She enjoyed music, her collection of porcelain dolls, and traveling.

Surviving is one son, Ken (Misty) Partridge of Clayton; one daughter Jean Brown of Clayton; six grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; one sister, Yvonne (Phil) Marra of Watertown and Grindstone Island; nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made in her name to the S.P.C.A., 25056 Water St, Watertown, NY 13601.


7/20/2017 – Dale E. Morrow, LaFargeville

7/20/2017 – Dale E. Morrow, LaFargeville

Mr. Dale E. Morrow, 66, of Black Creek Road, died unexpectedly Wednesday Night, July 19th, at his residence. A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, July 25th, at The Agape House (former Methodist Church) in LaFargeville at 11am. The reception will follow the celebration of life at the LaFargeville American Legion. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Dale was born July 17th, 1951, in Alexandria Bay, the son of Douglas and Jean Zimmer Morrow. He graduated from LaFargeville Schools.

He married the former Karen Bond, who passed away in 1980. Then he married the former Judy Fitchette, she passed in 2004.

Dale owned a dairy farm for years. He also worked for a time at Rogers Construction Company, and also owned and operated his own milk truck.

He enjoyed traveling, playing cards, reading, and playing many sporting games. His favorite baseball team was the N.Y. Yankees.

Surviving is his mother Jean of Arizona; three daughters, Carol (Scott) Kemp of Depauville, Carla (Gary) Strong of Elmira, and Rebecca Morrow of LaFargeville; three sons, Troy (Rianna) of LaFargeville, Dusty and his companion Tierra Gebo of LaFargeville, and Travis (Cristina) of North Carolina; 15 grandchildren; his companion Julie Hyde; two sisters, Diane (Howard) Murray, and Jill Fuller, both of Arizona; six brothers, Dean (Barb) of LaFargeville, Steven (Denna), Jeff (Debbie), and David (Melody), all of Arizona, Scott (Lisa) of LaFargeville, and Jason of Germany; nieces and nephews.