6/1/2020 – Elizabeth M. Duvall, Redwood

6/1/2020 – Elizabeth M. Duvall, Redwood

Elizabeth “Liz” Marie (May) Duvall died suddenly from an undetected heart defect on May 28, 2020.  She lived, loved, and accomplished more in 34 years than most could in ten lifetimes.  She was courageous, kind, giving, and always smiling.  Her energy and joy were second to none, and you could hear her peals of laughter a mile away.

Elizabeth was born on October 8, 1985 in Goshen, Indiana.  She graduated from General Brown High School in 2003.  She attended SUNY Potsdam, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Education with a Mathematics Specialization in 2007, and a Master of Science in Education as a Literacy Specialist in 2008.  Elizabeth was an elementary school teacher at LaFargeville Central School. She was pursuing her doctorate at the time of her death.  On February 16, 2019, Elizabeth married the love of her life, Richard Duvall.  They took great pride in their blended family and the life they created on Butterfield Lake as they raised their four children with a baby on the way.

Elizabeth was a passionate advocate for children, particularly those in need.  She was adored as a teacher and coach, and her students and their families would run to embrace her everywhere she went.  Elizabeth was intuitive and compassionate, and many people have said that her unwavering encouragement saved their lives.  She believed everything happened for a reason, and she paid attention to signs.  She had a deep appreciation for culture and diversity that she instilled in her students.  By the time Elizabeth’s daughter Chloe was ten years old, the two of them had danced in Times Square, eaten fish and chips at the Tower of London, balanced on the backs of horses in Norway, and zip lined in Costa Rica.

Elizabeth had an incredible sense of adventure and boundless enthusiasm.  She made everyone around her roar with laughter with her quick wit, and had a deep impact on everyone she encountered. She drove fast with the windows down and the music LOUD.  She jumped off the highest points of cliffs, bridges, and shipwrecks, occasionally throwing in front or back flips to the delight and terror of her family and friends.  Elizabeth’s escapades included roadtripping across Australia, swimming with wild dolphins, finding the sketchiest boat tour in Jamaica, chasing hot air balloons in New Mexico, and racing down the Pacific Coast Highway with her “stud” husband.  She was a phenomenal dancer.  She loved hiking and climbing trees in the woods, boating and other water activities, snowboarding, competition, hard work and organization, fairy lights, and hot tubs.  Most of all, she loved her family and friends, and she was fiercely protective of them.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband Richard Allen Duvall, children Richard Ernest Duvall, Olivia Lynn Duvall, Chloe Magdalene May Duvall, and Sophia Hope Duvall, and dog children George Maximus May and Rocky, all of Redwood; father Rex Allen May of Clayton and mother Patricia Ann (Craig) Esford of Cape Vincent; father-in-law Ernest Duvall of Watertown; sister Rachel Rose May Zysk and “little darlings” Pela May Zysk and Clara Rose Zysk of Tampa, brother Gabriel “Gabers” Andrew May of Watertown, sister Abigail Caroline (Anthony) White of Rochester, brother Nicholas Foster (Jessica) Esford of LaFargeville, and sister Virginia Mae Esford of Watertown; brothers-in-law John (Christy) Duvall of Watertown, Michael (Cathy) Duvall of Sherrill, and Geoffery (Kristan) Duvall of Watertown; Neil and Darlene Walroth; and many other loving family members and friends.

Elizabeth’s final words were, “My Rich, my love, something is not right.”  Nothing seems right without her here, and everyone who knew Elizabeth will spend the rest of their lives missing her.  To honor Elizabeth’s meaningful life, Elizabeth’s family asks that you “Live Like Liz,” and take to heart her favorite quote, by Eleanor Roosevelt, “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

A family viewing will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton, NY.  A service and commemoration of Elizabeth’s life will be held at the Duvall home in Redwood, NY on Saturday, June 13 at 6:00 p.m.  All who loved Elizabeth are invited to release a pink balloon or lantern on June 13 at 9:00 p.m., and post videos of the release with the hashtag #LiveLikeLiz.  Lanterns will be provided by Elizabeth’s family and may be picked up at LaFargeville Central School on Friday, June 12 between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone at River Hospital, NYS Police, Redwood Fire Department, Alexandria Bay Fire Department, and Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Squad for providing exceptional care and fighting so valiantly to try to save our dear Elizabeth.  Your heroic efforts have given us great comfort.  We would also like to thank our neighbors, friends, and extended family for your meals, supplies, words, and presence.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Northern New York Community Foundation ATTN Elizabeth May Duvall Foundation, 131 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601 to establish the Elizabeth May Duvall Foundation.  A more fulsome celebration of Elizabeth’s life and the grand opening of the Elizabeth May Duvall Foundation will be scheduled at a later date.

5/15/2020 – Sandra J. Drake, LaFargeville

Mrs. Sandra J. Drake, 76, of LaFargeville, passed away May 13th, at her home. She had been in ill health.

There will be a graveside committal service Wednesday, May 20th, at 11am, at Grove Cemetery in LaFargeville, with Reverend Mark Pierce officiating. Public is invited, social distancing is required. There will be no calling hours per her request. Arrangements are with the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Sandra was born June 19th, 1943, in Moriah Center, N.Y., the daughter of Alexander and Martha Phinney Laslow. She graduated from Moriah schools.

On November 24th, 1962, she married Raymond F. Drake at the Moriah Methodist Church. Ray died February 15th, 2018 in Myrtle Beach. Ray worked for the N.Y.S. Department of Labor as a mine and safety inspector, he was 76.

She worked on Fort Drum in the Director of Logistics office. She was a Budget Clerk assisting with the R.O.T.C. program.

Sandra was a past member of the Eastern Star and enjoyed cooking, gardening, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving is one daughter, Jennifer (Eric) Parenti of New Hampshire; three sons, Raymond (Patricia) of LaFargeville and Florida, Randy (Wendy) of South Carolina, and Timothy (Lori) of Alexandria Bay; seven grandchildren; six great grandchild; a sister Rose DeLuca of Schenectady; a sister-in-law, MaryAnn Laslow, widow of Lloyd of Ticonderoga; nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made in her name to the LaFargeville American Legion Klock-Smith Post 1788, or Grove Cemetery in LaFargeville.

5/15/2020 – Mark T. Norfolk, Clayton

Mr. Mark T. Norfolk, 58, of Deferno Road passed away Wednesday, May 13th, at his residence, where he was under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.

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

Mark was born July 13th, 1961, in Watertown, the son of Gerald and Cecelia Stokes Norfolk. He graduated from Thousand Islands High School in 1979.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Amongst his deployments, he served as a Boiler Technician on the USS El Paso LKA 117. Mark was honorably discharged in 1993 after 10 years of service. He then was an over the road truck driver for Shoreline trucking, Dart Trucking, and LEAN MTN Trucking Company which was his own. He then worked for a tree service/landscaping company, all in Virginia. In the more recent years, he enjoyed collecting and selling scrap metal.

Mark enjoyed trucking, traveling, fishing, and the simple things in life. Mark will be remembered for his easy-going nature; not taking things too seriously, always joking and laughing.

Surviving are four children, Brandon J. – Brainard, Minnesota, Christopher J. – Lynchburg, Virginia, Tonya M. Kraus – Rustburg, Virginia, and Ashley D. – Truth or Consequences, New Mexico; 12 grandchildren; his mother, Cecelia, of Clayton; two brothers, Brian (Marla) of Clayton, Eric (MaryJo) of North Carolina; three sisters, Jenny (Michael) Patchen of Clayton, Denise Calhoun of LaFargeville, and Tammy (Douglas) Marshall of Watertown; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father, Gerald P, and his grandparents. A marriage to Lori Anderson ended in divorce.

4/16/2020 – Milton E. Stroup, Cape Vincent

Mr. Milton E. Stroup, 66, died Monday, April 13th, at his residence, where he was under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County, after a brief illness.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Milton was born September 20th, 1953, in Harvard, Illinois, the son of Milton D. and Florence Fair Stroup. He graduated from Harvard High School, and then enlisted in the United States Army, where he served at various places in the world until his retirement.

On November 25th, 1972, he married the former Marlene Stevens in Harvard.

He worked for a short time at the Wood Farm, the T.I. Bridge Authority, and the Antique Boat Museum as a woodworker. With his love of woodworking he did projects at the Jefferson County Historical Society, Watertown Urban Mission, and Stone Mills Museum.

Milton enjoyed gardening, woodworking (he made an alter for a church), and most importantly he loved visiting with everyone.

Surviving besides his wife, Marlene, are two daughters, Jennifer Dennie of Clayton, and Carolyn (Ben) Miller of Laurence, N.Y.; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren.

4/14/2020 – Janet Hanyak, T.I. Park

4/14/2020 – Janet Hanyak, T.I. Park

Janet Mary Ventura Hanyak left this world Friday April 10th, 2020.  She was 77 years old (really she was just OVER 35!) and was born March 25th, 1943 in Syracuse, NY.

She lived and grew up in Syracuse where she went to high school at Cathedral and she met her husband James Hanyak. They married and settled in Potomac, MD where she became a property appraiser and spent many years building a successful Estate Sale Liquidation business in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area.

After retiring, they lived the majority of the year on her beloved River in Thousand Island Park, NY. and the really cold months in Englewood, FL. Jan would spend all her time in Florida talking about and preparing to get back to the River each year as quickly as possible. After all, home is on the River.

She raised 3 children and was the best Mother, Wife and Friend that any person could ever want.

She leaves behind her husband and confidant of 54+ yrs, James Joseph Hanyak. Her 3 children, Jennifer H. Hull (Morgan Hull and Caleb Travers), James J. Hanyak Jr. and Jason M. Hanyak & wife, Kimiko Hanyak.

Services will be held sometime this coming Summer 2020 in Clayton, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wellesley Island Fire Department, P.O. Box 250, Wellesley Island, NY 13640.

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

Condolences can be made at trjetty.com

3/31/2020 – Richard G. Baltz, Omar

3/31/2020 – Richard G. Baltz, Omar

Mr. Richard G. Baltz, 69, died Sunday, March 29th, at River Hospital, after being stricken at his home. There will be no calling hours or funeral.

There will be a Graveside Service in Omar Cemetery, and a Celebration of Life, at a time and place to be announced.

Richard was born January 1st, 1951, in Alexandria Bay, the son of Harold and Eileen Garceau Baltz. He attended LaFargeville and Indian River Schools. He then became a client at the JRC in Watertown.

He worked for JRC Production Unlimited in various areas for many years.

Richard enjoyed stock car racing, go-cart racing, going to church, and especially driving around the Omar area talking to everyone. He knew everything that was going on in the Omar area.

Surviving are two brothers, Mark (Diane) and David, both of the Omar area; his girlfriend of 40 years, DeeDee of Watertown; nieces; nephews; aunts; uncles; and cousins.

Donations can be made in his name to the Omar-Fishers Landing United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 461, Fishers Landing, N.Y. 13641.

3/28/2020 – Carol V. Whitehead, De Kalb Junction

3/28/2020 – Carol V. Whitehead, De Kalb Junction

Mrs. Carol V. Whitehead, 79, passed away March 25th, at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, where she was admitted earlier in the day.

Per her request, there will be no calling hours or funeral. There will be a Memorial Service and a Celebration of Life near the end of July, with times and places to be announced.

Carol was born, September 1st, 1940, in Canton, the daughter of John and Mildred Doyle Cardinell. She graduated from Canton High School.

In March 1958, she married Oscar Whitehead in Richville. Mr. Whitehead died in a tractor trailer accident in 1974.

She worked as a Home Healthcare Aide for New York State in the St. Lawrence County area.

Carol was a member of the United Methodist Church in DeKalb Junction.

She enjoyed traveling to North Carolina to visit her grandkids and family.

Surviving are two daughters, Julie (Frank) Gleason of Ogdensburg, and Sue Ellen (Josh) Bowes of Cameron, North Carolina; four grandchildren, Connor Gray of Clayton, Maggie, Nathan, and Julia Bowes of North Carolina; two great grandchildren, Kolby and Kayla Sherer of Hope Mills, North Carolina; several brothers and sisters; nieces and nephews.

One son, Randy, died March 8th, 2015, in Heuvelton.

Donations can be made in her name to the DeKalb Volunteer Fire Department, 4323 US Highway 11, De Kalb Junction, N.Y. 13630.

3/6/2020 – Jamie A. Nicholas, Clayton

3/6/2020 – Jamie A. Nicholas, Clayton

Mr. Jamie A. Nicholas, 42, died Thursday, March 5th, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse. He had been in ill health.

The Funeral will be 11am, Monday, March 9th, at St. Mary’s Church in Clayton with Father Arthur LaBaff, a burial will follow in Barnes Settlement Cemetery, Town of Alexandria. Calling hours will be from 2-4pm, Sunday, March 8th, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Jamie was born December 19th, 1977, in Alexandria Bay, the son Daniel J. and Barbara Umstead Nicholas Sr. He graduated from Alexandria Bay High School. He then graduated from the Culinary Arts Program at Paul Smiths College.

He was a cook for various restaurants in the Jefferson County area, including Alexandria Bay.

Jamie loved watching Nascar, the Boston Red Sox, and going camping.

Surviving is his mother, Barbara Keil of Clayton.

His father, Daniel, and stepfather, Fred Kiel, and one brother, Daniel Jr., pre-deceased him.

Donations can be made to the Credo Community Center, 595 West Main Street, Watertown, NY 13601.

2/4/2020 – Nancy J. Daniels, Clayton

2/4/2020 – Nancy J. Daniels, Clayton

Mrs. Nancy J. Daniels, 89, died January 30th, at the Samaritan Keep Home, where she resided for a short time.

A funeral will be held Monday, February 10th, at 2pm, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home. Calling hours will be from Noon until the time of the service. A Spring Burial will be held at Grove Cemetery in LaFargeville.

Nancy was born January 8th, 1931, in Watertown, the daughter of Howard and Lottie Dixon Haller. She graduated from Clayton High School as Salutatorian in 1948.

On July 8th, 1984, she married Donald (Jack) Daniels at the Cape Vincent United Methodist Parsonage with Reverend Dora Schneider officiating. Jack passed away April 18th, 1997.

Nancy retired in 1985, after many years as a music teacher in the 1000 Islands School district. She also was a piano teacher for many parents in the area.

She was a member of the Clayton United Methodist Church, where she also subbed as an organist.

Nancy and her husband were members of the Black River Valley Fiddlers.

For many years, Nancy and Jack, were in the music group called “Just Country” playing in the Jefferson County area and Fort Meyers Florida.

Surviving is a stepdaughter, Sally (John) Rogers of Clayton; and cousins.

Donations can be made in her name to the Clayton United Methodist Church, or the River Community Church in Clayton.

2/3/2020 – Betty J. White, Chaumont

2/3/2020 – Betty J. White, Chaumont

Mrs. Betty J. White, 90, died February 1st, at the Samaritan Medical Center. Her funeral will be at 11am, Thursday, February 6th, at the Chaumont Presbyterian Church with Pastor Rachel Roberts officiating. A calling hour will be from 10am until the service at the church. A Spring burial will be in North Watertown Cemetery.

Betty was born November 17th, 1929, in Watertown, the daughter of Archabald and Edwidge Nayes Darlington. She graduated from Watertown High School.

On September 11th, 1949, she married John L. White. He died in October of 1995. She then married James H. Babcock May 29th, 1999. James died November of 2014.

She ran White’s Lunch Stand in Chaumont for 10 years until 1968, and then became a Rural Carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring November 30th, 1990 after 25 years.

Betty was a past Matron of the Eastern Stars and was very active at the Presbyterian Church for over 65 years.

Surviving is one son, W.Bayne (Deborah) White of Sackets Harbor; two granddaughters, Sarah (Matt) Covey and Marci (Brian) Marcolini; four great grandchildren.

Donations can be made in her name to the Chaumont Presbyterian Church, Chaumont, N.Y. 13622.