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.

6/13/2017 – Thomas J. Dodge, Formerly of LaFargeville

6/13/2017 – Thomas J. Dodge, Formerly of LaFargeville

Mr. Thomas J. Dodge, 39, of Waterford, Michigan, formerly of LaFargeville, died June 9th, from cancer at the University of Michigan Hospital surrounded by his family. There will be no services.

He was born May 25th, 1978, in Alexandria Bay, the son of Robert and Cynthia Dodge.

Tom graduated in 1996 from Thousand Islands High School. He received a Bachelors Degree in Applied Science and Technology, and a Master of Business Administration and Business Management, from Almeda University.

He served 3 years with the United States Navy, where he received several awards and was honorably discharged.

At the time of his death, Tom worked for Vanerbilt Remarketing Mortgage Company for 15 years out of Maryville, TN. He lived in Michigan for the last 11 years.

Tom was an avid gun collector and belonged to Oakland County Sportsman’s Club. He was a comedian and the life of every party, and he especially loved spending time with his daughters, family, and friends.

Tom is survived by his daughters, Eliza and Raeyln, of Michigan; his companion Crystal Davidson of MI.; his parents, Robert and Cynthia Dodge of LaFargeville; one brother, Travis (Bridgette) of LaFargeville; a nephew Dalton of LaFargeville; his grandfather Reginald Hendrick of DeKalb Junction; several Aunts, Uncles, and cousins. A marriage ended in divorce.

Donations can be made in his name to the Depauville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 92, Depauville, N.Y. 13632.






6/2/2017 – Irma H. Gifford, Clayton

Mrs. Irma H. Gifford, 92, of Eastline Rd., died Friday June 2nd, at the Samaritan Keep Home in Watertown where she resided since October of 2016.

As per her wishes, there will be no services. A burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Irma was born March 22nd, 1925, in Clayton, the daughter of Ivan and Harriet Richter Couch. She graduated from Clayton High School.

On March 3rd, 1951, she married Laurence Gifford at the Church of the Redeemer in Watertown with Reverend Curtis Denny officiating. Laurence, a retired Frink employee, died March 21st, 2006 at age 83.

Irma worked for a time at Graphic Controls in Clayton.

She is survived by two sons and their wives, Raymond “Skip” (Shirley) Couch of Clayton, and William (Jeanette) Couch of Alabama; a sister in law, Mary Jane Couch of Florida; grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces.

Five siblings, William of Clayton; Ivan of Daytona Beach; Raymond of Clayton; Mildred Eiben of Maryland; and Erna Couch, in infancy, all predeceased her.

5/24/2017 – Betty J. Dodge, LaFargeville

5/24/2017 – Betty J. Dodge, LaFargeville

Mrs. Betty J. Dodge, 88, died Monday, May 22nd, at the Samaritan Keep Home in Watertown. Services will be private at the family’s convenience.

Betty was born January 5th, 1929, in the Town of Orleans, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth Timmerman.

She married Neil J. Dodge, who died before her.

Betty worked at various hospitals in the North Country, and also was a bartender at many bar and restaurant establishments.

She enjoyed bingo, reading, and in the past few years spending time with her daughters.

Surviving are two daughters, Shari and her companion Mike of Hammond, and Cathy (Dave) Parker of Cape Vincent; three sons, Neil of Clayton, Craig (Becky) of Watertown, and Ron (Christine) of New Jersey; a son in law, Al Gotham of Watertown; and grandchildren.

Two daughters, Judy Gotham who died April 15th at age 70, and Donna LaBow, died before her.

5/17/17 – Elaine M. VanAlstyne, Clayton & LaFargeville

The funeral for Mrs. Elaine M. VanAlstyne, age 70, who died Tuesday, May 16th at the Samaritan Keep Home, will be at 2pm on Sunday, May 21st, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton, with Reverend Don Briant officiating. Calling hours will be from Noon until the time of the service.

Elaine was born Nov. 26th, 1946, the daughter of Delos and Ruth Lee Hagen and later was adopted by George Doner.

She graduated from Clayton High School. In the 1960’s, Elaine was Secretary and Treasurer of Diamond R. Riding Club.

Elaine had a great love of horses, horseback riding, and partook in several horse show competitions. She enjoyed bingo, NASCAR, and was an Elvis Presley enthusiast.

On April 17th, 1965, she married Eugene VanAlstyne at the Depauville Methodist Church.

In her earlier years she worked for a time in the kitchen at the Thousand Islands Club on Wellesley Island and later at the Century Warehouse on West Main Street in Watertown. Elaine’s last job was caregiver for Mrs. Fred Gailey of LaFargeville.

Surviving besides her husband, are two sons and their wives, Scott (Terri) of LaFargeville, and Michael (Deena) of Clayton; four grandchildren, Joshua VanAlstyne, Jessica Gould, Caleb and Ty VanAlstyne; three sisters, Barbara Eaton of Tennessee, Kathy Pierce of California, and Mrs. Bruce (Gail) Herbest of Maine; an Aunt, Mrs. Thomas (Nellie) VanNess; a sister-in-law, Sharon Connell of Clayton; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is pre-deceased by her Uncle Thomas VanNess, a nephew James Connell, and her brother-in-law, Dennis Connell.

Donations can be made in her name to T.I.E.R.S., P.O. Box 524, Clayton, N.Y. 13624. The family would like to thank the personal of T.I.E.R.S. for their service and much needed help over the years.

4/17/2017 – Judy A. Gotham, Watertown

4/17/2017 – Judy A. Gotham, Watertown

Mrs. Judy A. Gotham, 70, a resident of Summit Village, died Saturday at Samaritan Medical Center. There will be no public services. A private family Celebration of Life will be held at their convenience.

Judy was born April 3rd, 1947, in Watertown, the daughter of Neil and Betty Timmerman Dodge. She attended LaFargeville Schools.

She married Alvin Gotham. She worked in various restaurants in the Jefferson County area.

Judy enjoyed playing Bingo, fishing, playing cards, and reading.

She was like a ray of sunshine; she put a smile on everyone’s face when she walked into a room. She loved to make people laugh, and she also loved to get up and sing any chance she got.

Surviving is her husband Al; her mother Betty Dodge of Watertown; two sisters, Shari and her companion Mike of Hammond, and Cathy (Dave) Parker of Cape Vincent; three brothers, Neil of Clayton, Craig (Becky) of Watertown, and Ron (Christine) of New Jersey; nieces and nephews.

Three brothers, Allen, Eugene, and Steven, and one sister, Donna LaBow, pre deceased her.