3/19/2017 – Beatrice E. Steele, LaFargeville

Mrs. Beatrice E. Steele, 92, County Rt. 13, died Saturday at her home, where she was under the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

As per her request, there will be no calling hours or funeral.

There will be a Graveside Committal Service, Wednesday, May 24th, at 11am, at Omar Cemetery.

Beatrice was born May 24th, 1924, in the Town of Orleans, the daughter of Zion and Carrie VanBrocklin Fitchette.

She graduated from Clayton High School in 1942.

On April 6th, 1949, she married George Steele at her parents home. Mr. Steele died in 2001.

She helped her husband with farming for years, and drove school bus for LaFargeville School, retiring in 1986.

Beatrice enjoyed sewing and was a former member of the LaFargeville Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Cary (Sheila) of LaFargeville, and Patrick of LaFargeville, and his children’s mother, Bobbi-Jo, of Herman; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Six brothers died before her, Tom, James, Richard, Eugene, Gerald, and Marquis. Also six sisters, Persis Wilkie, Pearl Shoulette, Bertha Bauter, Ruby Robbins, Ellen Kirkby, and Josephine Fisk, died before her.

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

Condolences can be made at trjetty.com




3/1/2017 – Louise M. Burns, Wellesley Island

Louise M. Burns passed away on March 1st at her home on Wellesley Island, under the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County. Louise was born at home in Clayton on September 5, 1930, the daughter of Grace A. (Matthews) and Melvin R. Calhoun. She graduated from LaFargeville Central School in 1948. She married H. Lewis Burns, son of John N. and Camilla (Houghton) Burns on September 20, 1951 in Mexico NY, officiated by Reverend Elwyn Williams.

She is survived by four children and their spouses. Stephen and Sue-Ryn, Mark and Wanda Lou, both of Wellesley Island, Christine and Roland Holloway of Clayton, and Janice and Thomas Moore, Jr. of Gloversville NY. She also leaves behind her beloved cat KC. She is also survived by God Children Timothy Thompson of Mallorytown, Ontario and Jamie Lynn Hackey of Jacksonville, Florida. Louise also leaves behind her grandchildren Mark A. and Juwon Burns, Matthew Holloway, Alexis and Nicholas (Holloway) Crowe, Lillian Gray, Justin Moore, and Megan Moore, and one great grandson, Ezekiel Burns. She is also survived by many extended family members and dear friends.

Louise was very active in her community and had been a member of the Wellesley Island Methodist Church, Wellesley Island Fire Department Auxiliary and the Fire Department, where she was the first woman from Wellesley Island to complete the fire essentials course. She sat on the board of the Children’s Home of Jefferson County and was active with the Wellesley Island Riverside Cemetery Association, holding the position of Sexton for over 20 years. She was also a member of the Alexandria Bay Senior Citizens and had been a past Den Mother for Scouts of America. She had been employed by the United States Postal Service and retired in 1992.

When she and her husband Lewis were alive, their home as well as their camp on Eel Bay had seen many gatherings for friends and family. She was a second Mom to many kids who grew up on Wellesley Island and was always ready to feed whomever was around. She enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, fishing, building fires and spending time with family and friends. She and her husband enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Florida. In the late 1960’s she and Lewis built Jolly Oaks Campground on Wellesley Island, turning old family farmland into a thriving business that was enjoyed by many from all over the world.

Louise is predeceased by her husband, parents, in-laws and brothers, as well as many friends and other relatives. Calling hours will be held at T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton on Saturday March 11th from noon to 2:00 pm with a brief memorial service immediately following. There will also be a memorial service held at Wellesley Island United Methodist Church at a later time. She and her husband will be interred in Riverside Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, the Wellesley Island Fire Department or a charity of ones choice.

2/28/2017 – Phyllis A. Lowe, Clayton

The memorial service for Phyllis A. Lowe will be private.    Mrs. Lowe of 120 State St. Clayton, NY died February 26, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.  She was 77.

Mrs. Lowe was born August 15, 1939 in Theresa, NY the daughter Frank and Mary A. Van Alstyne Larkin.  She graduated from Clayton Central School and later would earn her nurses degree from the Watertown School of Nursing.

She married Ernest Lowe on August 24, 1959 in Clayton, NY with the Rev. Fred I. Williams officiating.  Mr. Lowe died February 19, 2013.

She worked as a nurse at E. J. Noble Hospital in Alexandria Bay, NY.  She also worked as a waitress for several restaurants including McCormick’s, the Rondette in Clayton, and she also worked in the cafeteria of the Thousand Islands Central School.

Mrs. Lowe was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxillary Post 821 and was a past  member of the Clayton Fire Dept. Auxiliary, which is a family tradition.

She enjoyed bingo, going to the casino, spending quality time with her grandchildren and her great grandson.  Mrs. Lowe was a gifted writer of poems in which many of her writings were used on the Clayton Fire Dept. float in the Clayton Christmas parade.

She is survived by her son and daughter in law Ray and Tracy Lowe of Clayton, her three grandchildren Courtney Lowe of Jacksonville, FL, Daniel Lowe of Clayton and Tiffany Lowe of Watertown, NY.  She is also survived by her only great grandson Noah Lowe of Clayton, NY.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to the Clayton Volunteer Fire Dept. Auxiliary.

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.