10/24/2012 – Mary E. Yerdon, LaFargeville

The funeral for Mary E. Yerdon, 74, will be Saturday at 11am at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton with Donna Fitchette officiating. Burial will follow at the Grove Cemetery in LaFargeville. Calling hours will be from 5-8pm Friday at the funeral home.

 Mary was born December 14, 1938 in the Town of Orleans the daughter of Charles and Bertha McKinley Gillette. She attended Evans Mills schools. On May 11th, 1956 she married Wendell J. Yerdon.

 Mary owned and operated Yerdon Greenhouses for many years. She enjoyed going to flea markets, auctions, operating several variety stores, cooking and baking. Her greatest love was for all of her family.

 There will be a reception following the graveside service at the LaFargeville American Legion.

 Surviving besides her husband Wendell is her mother, Bertha of Ogdensburg; four daughters, Sindy (Hal) Matthews of Clayton, Elizabeth (Steve) Rolfe of Clayton, Tina (Colin) Mitchell of Clayton, Virginia (Dave) Sanford of LaFargeville; four sons, Wendell and his companion Gloria Fisher of LaFargeville, Jeffrey (Gloria) of Oswego, Jamie (Wanda) of LaFargeville, William and his companion Sue Herbert of Naples; 23 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

 One brother Harold died in 1969 and six siblings died in infancy.

10/1/2012 – Barbara A. Wootton, Omar

The funeral for Mrs. Barbara A. Wootton, age 80, will be at 11am Friday at the Omar United Methodist Church with Reverend Edgar Hunter officiating. Burial will follow in Omar Cemetery. Calling hours will be 4-7pm on Thursday at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Barbara was born June 2nd, 1932 in Omar, the daughter of Clifford and Ruth Mitchell Schryver. She graduated as Salutatorian of LaFargeville High School. In 1954, she graduated as a Registered Nurse from the House of the Good Samaritan nursing program. On September 11th, 1954, she married Carol Wootton at the Omar Methodist Church. Mr. Wootton died in 2004.

She worked as a Registered Nurse at the House of the Good Samaritan for many years, where she was also was a charge nurse and supervisor. She also worked at an adult nursing home, retiring in the mid 1990’s. Barbara assisted her husband in farming and they also owned and operated the Hook, Line and Sinker Store near the 1000 Islands Bridge.

As a long time member of the Omar Methodist Church, she was also a member of the HGS Alumni Association. Barbara enjoyed sewing, reading and gardening.

Surviving is one son and his wife, Steven and Mary Wootton of Walworth NY; two daughters and their husbands, Debbie (Patrick) Gibson of Omar and Sherry (Gary) Millard of Glenfield; ten grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law Sheila Schryver of Tennessee; nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by one brother, Robert.

Donations may be made in her name to the Omar-Fishers Landing United Methodist Church.

8/31/2012 – Fred D. Keil, Clayton

The Funeral Mass for Mr. Fred D. Keil, age 62, of Clayton will be 10am Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church with Ft. Arthur LaBaff officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Clayton American Legion, will be in Barnes Cemetery in the Town of Alexandria. Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9pm at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Fred died Thursday at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Fred was born October 20th, 1949 in Buffalo, son of Frederick and Florence Zachowicz Keil. He graduated from Buffalo schools and entered the United States Army where he served in the Vietnam War. He was honorable discharged April 29, 1970.

After his discharge, Fred graduated from Erie Community College. He then went to work at St. Regis and Bethlehem Steel Factories in Buffalo. He then moved to Rochester and worked at Gleason Works. In 1988 he became a N.Y.S. Corrections Officer and retired after 24 years in January of 2010.

Fred was a past commander of the American Legion Colon Couch Post 821 where he was also a member of the color guard.

He enjoyed camping, Nascar, golfing, fishing and baseball.

After his first marriage ended in divorce, he married the former Barbara J. Umstead Nicholas on September 25th, 2004 in Alexandria Bay.

Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Amanda (Tim) Elder and Mrs. Carrie (Scott) Mattoon of Rochester; one step-son Jamie Nicholas of Clayton; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He is pre-deceased by a step-son Daniel Nicholas Jr., who died August 17, 2005, and also two sisters Cathy Haymen and Carol Jarworski.


8/19/2012 – Geneva (“Sally”) S. Bretsch, Lafargeville

Geneva (“Sally”) S. Bretsch, of Clayton, NY, died August 30, 2012, in Coconut Creek, Florida, where she resided the past two years. She was a long-time resident of LaFargeville, NY, and of winters in Melbourne, FL.

Born Geneva Christina Sykes, on March 18, 1921, on the family farm in the Town of Fine, St. Lawrence County, NY, the daughter of Maurice and Luella Snider Sykes, she attended Mud Pond one-room country school in the Town of Fine, and graduated from Union Free High School, in Oswegatchie, NY, in 1938, as valedictorian. She entered The House of the Good Samaritan Hospital’s School of Nursing, Watertown, NY, and graduated in 1941 as a registered nurse.

She married Ross K Bretsch, of LaFargeville, NY, on January 12, 1942, at The Little Church Around the Corner (Episcopal) in New York City. Ms. Bretsch served as a nurse in The Good Samaritan Hospital and, during World War II, at Carlisle Hospital, Carlisle, PA. She earned the B.S. degree (Public Health Nursing) in 1959 and the M.S. degree (Nursing Education) in 1972, both from Syracuse University.

She was a Jefferson County public health nurse in the Towns of Alexandria, Antwerp, Philadelphia, and Theresa, following which she was a St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center community psychiatric nurse serving Jefferson and Lewis Counties. She was a member of the LaFargeville Evening Study Club, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Mary and Martha Circle of the LaFargeville United Methodist Church, where she also taught Sunday School. In 1984, she served as Grand Fraternal Correspondent of the New York State Order of the Easter Star, was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and was active in other community affairs of LaFargeville.

Predeceased by her husband, Ross, and her brother, Floyd, she is survived by her children, Ronald Bretsch, Norwood, NY, Carol B. McCabe, Lighthouse Point, FL, and Wayne Bretsch, Annapolis, MD; her sister, Helen Lavezzo, Richardson, TX; six grandchildren: Gregory Bath, Oakton, VA; Liesl Bailey, Voorheesville, NY; Douglas Bath, Vienna, VA; Kurt Bretsch, Southampton, NY; Kristina Gordon, Vienna, VA; and Aradia Bath, Arlington, VA; ten great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Monday at 11am at the Clayton United Methodist Church. Internment will be at Grove Cemetery, LaFargeville, NY. The family is being served by T. R. Jetty Funeral Home, Clayton, NY.