10/29/2019 – Richard L. Story, Clayton & Florida

Mr. Richard L. Story, 60, died at his residence on Thursday, October 24th, after a battle with lung cancer. There will be no services. A burial will be held in Florida.

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

Rick was born May 3rd, 1959, in Florida, the son of Leo and Margaret Swearigin Story. He attended Florida schools.

A marriage ended in divorce.

Rick worked various jobs in Florida as a truck driver.

After moving to the North Country, he lived for a time in Redwood. He also worked for Foxy’s Restaurant in Fishers Landing, and also as a farm hand, during his time here.

He really enjoyed his motorcycles.

Surviving is one son, Richard T. of Iowa; one grandchild, Jude Grace of Iowa; a half-sister Corrina Messick of Indiana; a stepsister, LaVeda McNeill of Florida; nieces; nephews; his friends and caregivers Jerry and Kathryn Wetterhahn of Clayton.

One daughter, Sheana Story, passed away before him.


9/10/2019 – Arthur J. Doherty, Fishers Landing

9/10/2019 – Arthur J. Doherty, Fishers Landing

Mr. Arthur J. Doherty, 83, of Farrell Drive, died Monday, September 9th, at Ellis Farm with his family at his side. There will be no calling hours or funeral per his request.

There will be a private Graveside Service at Grove Cemetery in LaFargeville at the family’s convenience.

Art was born July 12th, 1936, in Brooklyn, the son of Arthur Doherty Sr. and Kathleen Taylor.

He graduated from East Rockway High School and earned an Associated Degree in Business from Farmingdale in 1962.

Art married the former EllaDawn Getman, on June 10th, 1961, at the LaFargeville United Methodist Church, with Reverend Clifford Sullivan officiating.

He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956, where he worked as a Military Policeman serving in France and Germany.

Art was owner and operator for a time of the White Birch Manor Restaurant in Lake George. He then owned and operated the September Lounge in Seaford, Long Island, retiring in 1988.

He was a member of the Clayton American Legion Post 821, a member of the Brunswick Bowling League in Florida, where he also belonged to the Senior Citizens Card Club, and a member of the Omar United Methodist Church.

Being an avid golfer, Art played in the Wednesday Night Twilight League for a time and golfed with his friends after getting out of the league.

Art was a huge NY Yankee fan, and was also known for doing many magic tricks throughout the years.

Surviving besides his wife, EllaDawn, are his two dogs (kids) Kody and Scooter; one brother, Tom, of Long Island; one sister, Faith Butt, of Virginia; a sister in law, Arlene Byerly; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

One brother, Charles Byerly, and one sister, Geraldine Wickers, died before him.

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

9/7/2019 – Pamela K. Strouse Scales, Clayton

Dr. Pamela K. Strouse Scales DPM, 68, died Thursday, September 5th, at her residence. She had been in ill health. As per her request, there will be no calling hours or funeral. There will be a Graveside Committal Service on September 9th, at 11am, at St. Lawrence Union Cemetery, Town of Cape Vincent, with Reverend Earl Lalone officiating.

Pam was born January 28th, 1951, in Sacramento, California, the daughter Bluth and Bonnie Pierce. She attended Jefferson Community College from 1991 to 1994, attended Clarkson University from 1994 – 1995, she attended Medical College from 1995 to 1999 at New York College of Podiatric Medicine in NYC. After completing her residency in foot orthopedics in New Jersey, she returned to Clayton and worked in the Ogdensburg, Gouverneur, Alexandria Bay area as a Podiatrist.

A marriage to Keith Strouse ended in divorce.

On December 24th, 2010, she married Randy Scales, at their residence, with Reverend Donald Briant officiating.

In her earlier years, Pam was owner and operator of Bay Flower Shop in Alexandria Bay. For a time, she was a member of the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department as an EMT.

While in good health, she enjoyed working in her flower garden, and loved helping everyone in need.

Surviving besides her husband Randy, is her mother Bonnie Pierce of Arizona; one son Brent (Jennifer) Beven of Oregon; seven grandchildren; one great granddaughter; one brother, Carter Pierce; one sister, Mrs. John (Carmen) Saunders of California; nieces and nephews.

8/12/2019 – Mary Ellen Giltz, Alexandria Bay

Mrs. Mary Ellen Giltz, 88, a longtime resident of Alexandria Bay, died Saturday, August 10th, at Morningstar Residential Care Center in Oswego where she resided for a short time. There will be a graveside committal service on Wednesday, August 14th, at 10am, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Dewitt, N.Y. There will be no calling hours.

Mary Ellen was born, August 24th, 1930, in Syracuse, the daughter of Albert and Nellie Trant Markert. She graduated from Syracuse Catholic Schools and also from Le Moyne College.

She married Robert (Bob) Giltz, on September 10th, 1960, at St. Cyril’s Church in Alexandria Bay. He died on November 24th, 2010.

She worked for a 10-year period for the Onondaga Department of Social Services. Upon her marriage, she moved to Alexandria Bay. She also worked for the Jefferson County Department of Social Services for a time, then she assisted her husband in the operation of their business, Giltz Funeral Home, for many years.

Mary Ellen was a member of Saint Cyril’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by her son, Charlie (Suzanne) of Baldwinsville; two daughters, Rita Graham of Florida, and Eileen of Alexandria Bay; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Two brothers, Albert and Thomas Markert, both of Syracuse, died before her.

7/8/2019 – Alfred F. Lawrence, Syracuse

Mr. Alfred F. Lawrence, 49, of Syracuse, formerly of Alexandria Bay and Theresa Area, died July 1st at his residence. The funeral will be held Friday, July 12, at the Thousand Islands Christian Church in Plessis, at 11am, with Reverend Gene Brown officiating. A burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Theresa.

Donations can be made in his name to Anchor Recovery, 241 State St., Watertown, N.Y. 13601.

Alfred was born April 30th, 1970, in Canton, N.Y. His adoptive parents were John and Audrey Davis Lawrence. He attended Alexandria Bay High School.

He worked at various places as a waiter, as well as for various construction companies.

Surviving is one daughter, Danielle Lawrence, of Lockport; his biological father Fred Davis Sr. of Richville; nine sisters, Audrey Grega of Plessis, Carol (Daryl) Burt of Tennessee; Beverly Burt of Utica; Cherry Bushey of Tennessee; Donna Benjamin of Syracuse, Joanne Ludlow of Plessis; Kimberly Shaffer of Hermon; Chastity Davis of Richville, and Melinda Schisgler of Gouverneur; seven brothers, Kenneth Boyd Jr. of Theresa, James Boyd of Theresa, James Stevenson of Tennessee, Howard Davis of Redwood, Carleton Stevenson of Lisbon, Fred Davis Jr. of Chase Mills, and Fred Davis III of Richville; nieces and nephews.

6/25/2019 – Sally Garnsey Feagin, formerly of Grindstone Island

6/25/2019 – Sally Garnsey Feagin, formerly of Grindstone Island

Mrs. Sally Garnsey Feagin, 75, of Cobb, Georgia, died March 17th in Georgia.

There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, June 29th at 11am, at the Grindstone Methodist Church with Reverend Earl Lalone, Pastor of Clayton United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be on Grindstone Island Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7pm, Friday, June 28th, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Sally was born June 16th, 1943, to the late Earl and Ina Lindsay Garnsey.

She was a member of the Grindstone Methodist Church and attended Lakeview Babtist Church in Cobb, GA.

Surviving is her husband of 34 years, Edward; a step-daughter, Stacey Feagin Lubniewski of Bonaire; one granddaughter, Madeline Lubniewski; one sister, Leota Wood of Cape Vincent; one brother in law, Milton Rusho of Clayton; three sister in laws, Phyllis, Mary, and Barbara Garnsey, all of Clayton; nieces and nephews.

Eight siblings, Jack, Harold, Francis, Jim, Clyde, Grace Wright, Norma Dodge, and Polly Rusho, all died before her.

Donations can be made in her name to the Grindstone Island Heritage or the Grindstone Methodist Church.

6/24/2019 – Arthur (Gib) Bernard, Formerly of Clayton

Mr. Arthur (Gib) Bernard, 76, formerly of Webb Street in Clayton, died May 27th, at Summit Village in Watertown, where he resided for over two years.

Gib was born October 11th, 1942, in Watertown, the son of Gibson and Rosemary Doyle Bernard. He graduated from Indian River High School and from Potsdam College in 1965 with a teaching degree.

He retired from Averill Park School District in Rensselaer County. For a short time, he taught 9th Grade History at Watertown High School.

Even though Gib has no family, he has many friends that were like family to him. Everybody was drawn to Gib by his good nature, and endearing personality. People felt comfortable just being around him.

Being very social, he acquired many friends.

Gib loved the St. Lawrence River, the Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball team, and he loved being a beer connoisseur.

His friends (relatives) will have a private memorial gathering on the St. Lawrence River which he loved so much.

6/9/2019 – Stewart P. Peters, Clayton

6/9/2019 – Stewart P. Peters, Clayton

Mr. Stewart P. Peters, 51, died on Saturday, June 8th, at his residence, where he was under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County. Per his wishes there will be no calling hours or funeral, instead he wanted a Celebration of Life, that will be held Friday, June 14th, starting at 5pm, at the Watertown Elks Club.

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

Stewart was born October 8th, 1967, in Gouverneur, the son of Stewart W. and Diane Jones Peters. He graduated from Watertown High School.

In his younger life he worked for a time at Renzi Bros. in Watertown, and then became a Correction Officer, where he retired in January of 2015, after 25 years.

He enjoyed deer and duck hunting, fishing, and going four-wheeling.

Stewart was a member of the Watertown Elks Club, the Sons of the American Legion Alexandria Bay Post, and also NYSCOPBA.

Surviving is his companion of 22 years, Laura Cupernal; one daughter and a son, Mikayla and Ian, both at home; his parents, Stewart and Diane of Chaumont; one sister, Nicole (Todd) Williams of Clayton; one brother, Aaron and his companion Susan Mayerle of Minnesota; one sister in law, Maggie, of Kansas; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

One brother, Noel (Aaron’s twin), died before him.

Donations can be made in his name to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, N.Y. 13601.


6/9/2019 – Gail A. Darou, Clayton

6/9/2019 – Gail A. Darou, Clayton

Gail A. Darou, 75, of Clayton, formerly Depauville, passed away on June 8th, at the Hospice of Jefferson County. Calling hours will be from 4-7pm on Tuesday, June 11th, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. The Funeral will be held at 11am, with Reverend D.L. Marshall officiating. Burial will be held in the Depauville Cemetery.

Gail was born November 3rd, 1943, in Alexandria Bay, the daughter of G. Harold and Nathalie Garnsey Russell. She attended Alexandria Bay Schools.

On October 27th, 1962, she married Lonnie Darou, at the Reformed Church of the Thousand Isles with Reverend Adrian C. Gray officiating. Lonnie passed away on October 2nd, 2005 at age 66.

In her younger years, Gail was a waitress in the summer at various restaurants in Alexandria Bay. She then worked at Bomax Manufacturing, which became Gould Pumps, retiring after 20 years. She and her husband then operated a bottle redemption center on State Street for a short time.

She was a member of the Depauville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

Gail enjoyed bowling, which she held many offices in the league, crossword puzzles, knitting and crocheting, loved the St. Lawrence River, watching Nascar, and was totally engaged in the history England, especially following the Royal Family, as well as watching English soccer games.

Surviving are one son Timothy (Janet) of Mannsville; three daughters, Laurie (Richard) Sigouin of Orlando, Florida, Samantha Cross of Cadyville, N.Y., Jean (Michael) Badour of Clayton; ten grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Two sisters, Murlyn Cumber of Bridgeport, and Marion House of West Carthage, died before her.

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

5/31/2019 – Donna M. Smith, Clayton

Ms. Donna M. Smith, 67, died May 15th at her residence. There will be a Funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 5th, with Father Arthur Labaff officiating, at 11am, with a burial following in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Donna was born November 18th, 1951, in Passaic, New Jersey, the daughter of William B. and Mary Hohman Smith Jr. She graduated from Clifton Senior High School in Clifton, New Jersey. She attended Newark State College and Morris County College, both in New Jersey.

She was a member of the Army National Guard and Reserves from 1977 to 1989.

Donna worked for a number of years as a Paralegal in Rockland County, New York. She then moved to Clayton, where she enjoyed her time at her cottage on Murray Island. While in Clayton she worked for a time at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was very active in the church, singing in the choir and helping with fundraisers, including the Holiday Food Fair and the Booster Club.

She was a member of the Coast Guard Ladies Auxiliary, where she also taught boaters safety courses.

Donna loved her dogs, fishing and playing softball.

Surviving is a brother Edward (Linda) Smith of New Jersey; a sister, Mary Ann (Kenneth) Whitmore of New Jersey; nieces and nephews.

A brother, David Smith, predeceased her.