1/19/2014 – Robert Ferguson, Clayton

The memorial service for Mr. Robert (Fergy) Ferguson, age 84, who died Sunday at his home, will be at 2:30pm Saturday, Jan. 25, at the River Community Church. Visiting hours will be from 1pm until the time of the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Fergy was born June 12, 1929, in Clayton, the son of Leo and Eva Guntorad Ferguson. He graduated from Clayton Central School.

He served in the United States Army for 4 years, where he was honorable discharged October 12, 1953.

On July 24, 1955, he married the former Marlene Reardon in Mannsville NY.

Fergy retired in 1991 from Graphic Controls where he was a Printer for 42 years. While working at Graphics, he also worked for the U.S. Postal Service part-time. One year after retiring he worked for the New York State Parks. He also worked for a time at the former Clayton Big M.

He was a former member of the Wednesday Night Men’s Golf League; he was a member of the Colon Couch Post 821 American Legion where he was past Commander and member of the Color Guard. He was also a member of the Clayton Fire Department.

Fergy enjoyed golfing, hunting and cooking at the hunting camp. He also loved fishing, especially Bullheads.

Surviving besides his wife Marlene are two daughter, Chris (Joe) Helmer of North Carolina, Terry Bearup of Clayton; three sons, Fred (Mary) of Avon NY, Dick (Colleen) of Oakfield NY and Jay (Laurie) of Holly NY; 15 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

One sister Betty Puccia of Clayton, died before him.

Donations can be made in his name to either the Hospice of Jefferson County or the River Community Church.

1/5/2014 – Leslie Palmer, Three Mile Bay

Beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather, Leslie Palmer of Ocala, FL and Three Mile Bay, NY, passed away peacefully in his Ocala home on Thursday, January 2nd. He was born October 7, 1924, the son of John Charles and Dora (Morton) Palmer in Clayton, NY. He excelled at basketball, baseball and football while attending Clayton High School and well after graduation. Mr Palmer served in the US Navy aboard the USS Colonial during WWII. He married Barbara Ann Gokey at St Mary’s Rectory in Clayton, NY on September 29, 1947. The couple had five children that they raised in Calcium, NY. He was a member of the Calcium Fire Department and in the mid 1960’s served as it’s Chief. Mr Palmer was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge. He loved nature and was a sports and hunting enthusiast. He and his son, John, traveled to Wyoming and Newfoundland to hunt mule deer, moose and caribou.

He began his career employed by the I R Poole propane gas company in Glen Park, NY. When they were purchased by Pargas he became a District and then Regional Manager. In 1979 Mr Palmer accepted the position of Vice President of the Southeastern Division in Waldorf, MD. They were later purchased and he retired in 1987 from Suburban Propane. After his retirement, he and his wife moved back to the north country to be closer to family. They traveled the US, Russia, Europe, Iceland, Australia and New Zealand.

His wife of nearly 60 years and two brothers, Morton and Stanley, passed before him. He is survived by his sister, Winnie Daughen of LaFargeville, NY. He is also survived by his children, Jan Palmer Looney and husband, Michael, of Waldorf, MD, John Palmer and his wife, Sharon, of Cicero, Julie Palmer of Watertown, Joseph Palmer of Cicero, Jeff Palmer of Cicero, NY and eight grandchildren, Tanner Palmer, Jennifer (Palmer) Parola, Jamie Palmer, Ashley (Palmer) Koester, Jordan (Palmer) McDonald, Joseph Palmer, Ryan Palmer, Jeffrey Palmer and seven great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 18th from 1:00 to 3:00 at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton, NY. The service for Mr. Palmer will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers donations may me made to the Jefferson County SPCA, 25056 Water St, Watertown, NY 13601.

1/3/2014 – Sue M. Bazinet, Clayton

Sue M. Bazinet, age 71, of Strawberry Lane in Clayton, died Thursday at her residence.

According to her wishes there will be no services.

Sue was born March 29, 1942, in Watertown, the daughter of Noel and Helen Anderson Bazinet. She graduated from Clayton Central School. She also graduated from Cazenovia College and attended Syracuse University.

She worked for a number of years with her mother who owned Clan Woolens store in downtown Clayton. Sue then worked for a time for Kennedy Pharmacy and Kinney Drugs.

Sue enjoyed being a member of the Riverview Choral Group where she was a pianist.

Surviving is one brother, Joe and his wife Linda of LaFargeville, and their three daughters, Lisa, Katherine and Amy.

12/22/2013 – Lisa Jeffries, Fishers Landing

Mrs. Lisa Manning Smith Jeffries, age 46, of Fishers Landing, died Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Hospice of Jefferson County Ellis Farm. Calling hours will be from 6-9pm Thursday evening, Dec 26, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. There will be calling hours and a service at the Trainor Funeral Home in Boonville on Friday from 5-8pm.

Lisa was born September 17, 1967, in Lowville, the daughter of Harry and Mary Clair Manning. She graduated from South Lewis High School.

On February 23, 2002, she married Gary Jeffries in Boonville.

Lisa worked as a bartender at Hubbard House and Park Hotel in Boonville. When she moved to Fishers Landing, Lisa worked at O’Brien’s Bar and Restaurant in Clayton. She also worked at Kinney Drug Stores in the Pharmacy department.

She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, loved being with people, singing, traveling and partying.

She is survived by her husband Gary; two daughters, Katie and Kellie Smith, both of Clayton; three step-sons, Justen of Georgia, Cody of Plessis and Kaleb of Fisher Landing; three step-grandchildren; two sisters, Sandy (Edwin) Farr of Port Leyden and Barb Manning of Boonville; three brothers, William (Bonnie), John (Kathy), both of Lyons Falls and Andrew and his companion Tracy Liechty of Boonville; nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made in her name to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.

12/18/2013 – Julie M. Sippell, Clayton

Mrs. Julie M. Sippell, age 58, of County Rt. 3, died Monday at the Hospice of Jefferson County Ellis Farm in Watertown.

Her service will be Saturday, Dec 21, at 1pm at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. Calling hours will be from 11am until the time of the service.

Julie was born January 28, 1955, in Watertown, the daughter of James and Mary Taylor Johnston.

She graduated from Georgetown High School. For years she was a homemaker and a caregiver.

Julie was dedicated to her family and loved keeping a beautiful house and garden. She always put others before her and cared devotedly for her stepfather Morse Dial during his long illness.

Julie was a caregiver all her life and always listened to her heart and went her own way.

She is survived by her mother Mary Dial; a son Christopher Thornhill of South Carolina; a daughter Mary Francis VanLandingham of Colorado; and one grandson Dylan.

Donations can be made to the Handweaving Museum on John St. in Clayton.

12/16/2013 – William A. Bowen, Port Byron/Natural Bridge

Mr. William A. Bowen, age 83, of Port Byron, died Sunday at Clifton Springs Hospital.

Bill was born in Seneca Falls, January 17, 1930, the son of William A. and Roseina Ward Bowen Sr. He attended Mynderse Academy.

He retired in 1985 from GTE/Phillips after 33 years of service. He then went to work for a few years at Ed & Jeans Grocery Store in Port Byron.

Bill was a member of the United Steel Workers Union and the GTE Quarter Century Club.

In his youth, and through the 50’s and early 60’s, he worked with his father, a well known area horse dealer around the Port Byron and Seneca Falls area.

Bill was sought after for his expertise as a horse trainer and farrier. He was a regular in horse show and rodeo arenas throughout New York State and was a top competitor winning many awards for his horsemanship.

He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed deer hunting, snowmobiling, 4-wheeling and spending time with “the boys” on weekends. He especially loved the North Country and spending time at his camp in Natural Bridge, NY.

Bill is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary L. “Taffy”; one son William, two daughters Jackie (Dan) Arquette of Auburn and Christine (Timothy) O’Connell of Weedsport; grand daughters, Melissa (Michael) Reed of South Hilton and Brandy (Matt) Victory of Oswego; beloved great-grandchildren, Ellie, Sophia, Reed, twins William Patrick and Benjamin Michael, Reed, and Caden Nash Victory; a sister Jane Sherlock of Arizona; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In keeping with Bill’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or service. Bill enjoyed life to the fullest, therefore a Memorial Celebration celebrating his love of life will be held for family and friends on Saturday, January 4th from 3-6pm at the Sunset Restaurant, Division Street, Auburn, NY.

Contributions in Bill’s memory can be made to the Port Byron Fire Department, SPCA or to a charity of ones choice.

12/6/2013 – Robert Brown – Evans Mills

12/6/2013 – Robert Brown – Evans Mills

The funeral for Mr. Robert (Bobby) L. Brown Jr., will be Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the River Community Church at 1pm. Burial will follow in Evans Mills Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 Tuesday evening at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Bob passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Dec 5th. Bob was born April 7, 1952, in Alexandria Bay, the son of Robert L. and Sara (Terri) Pond Brown Sr. He graduated from Clayton Central School.

Bob worked for 18 years at Anchor Motor Freight on Wellesley Island and also was a Union Stewart there until they closed. He went to work as a car salesman for FX Caprara, Carriage House Cadillac and then at the time of his death he was a salesman at Caskinettes-Lofink Car Company.

Bob was a member of the teamsters union.

He enjoyed bodybuilding, tennis and football. And he especially loved watching his kids play sports and loved any outdoor activity.

Surviving is his companion, Kim Wilson of Evans Mills; two sons, Jarrad (Lucy) of Mannsville and Connor of Evans Mills; one daughter Kayla of Evans Mills; four step-children, Kristy (Chris) Curtis of Clay, Corey (Georgia) Wilson of McGraw, Chris (Amanda) Wilson of Brownville and Cole (Laura) Wilson of Kingsland, Ga; 13 grandchildren; two brothers, Scott (Carol) and Judson (Lisa) both of Florida; two sisters, Mrs. Lynnette (Ron) Duford and Michelle Youngs and her companion Rick Fitzsimmons all of Clayton; nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made in his name to the local chapter of the American Heart Association.

11/25/13 – Patricia A. Luce, Cape Vincent

The memorial mass for Mrs. Patricia (Patti) A. Luce, age 61, will be at 11am Saturday, Nov. 30, at St. Vincent of Paul Catholic Church in Cape Vincent with Father Pierre Aubin officiating. Burial will be at the families convenience. Mrs. Luce died Monday at the Hospice of Jefferson County Ellis Farm.

Patti was born July 10, 1952 in Rochester, the daughter of Frank and Genevieve Juda Matula. She was graduated from East Rochester High School in 1970.

She married Kenneth Luce in March of 1999.

Patti retired from Kodak in Rochester in 1999. They then moved to Cape Vincent, where she was a bartender for 10 years where she retired due to her illness.

Surviving besides her husband Ken, is her mother Genevieve Matula of Rochester; three daughters Holley Dardzinski and her companion Mike Fuller of Rochester, Stephanie Dardzinski and her companion Sean Oberitch of Rochester and Jaimie Smith of Hilton; three grandchildren; two sisters, Kathy (Harry) Haver of Rochester and Phyllis Semeraro and her companion Larry of Rochester; nieces and nephews, including a special nephew Richie Matula.

One brother Larry died in 2012.

11/25/13 – Wesley J. Elliot, LaFargeville

The funeral for Mr. Wesley J. Elliott, age 71, of the Shimel Rd. will be at 1pm Friday at the Orleans Four Corners Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Norma Gee officiating. Burial will be at the families convenience in Redwood Cemetery. Mr. Elliot passed away Saturday at the Samaritan Medical Center.

Wes was born August 22, 1942, in the Town of Alexandria, the son of Walter and Martha LeClair Elliott. He graduated from Redwood High School.

On June 26, 1965, he married the former Jessie Payne in Watertown.

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Wes worked and retired from the New York Air Brake as a machinist from the mid 1960’s until retiring in April of 2004. After his retirement he worked at River Hospital from August of 2004 until retiring again in June of 2013.

He enjoyed woodcarving and was avid gardener. He loved to torturing people and causing trouble!

Surviving besides his wife Jessie are nieces and nephews.

One sister Joyce Pierce, died before him.

Donations can be made in his name to the American Cancer Society.

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

11/25/13 – Daisy A. Barnes, Fineview

The funeral for Mrs. Daisy A. Barnes, age 89, formally of Fineview, will be at 2pm on Saturday at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton with Reverend Don Briant officiating. There will be a calling hour from 1pm until the time of the service. Daisy died Sunday in a Syracuse nursing home.

Daisy was born February 19, 1924, in Endicott, NY, the daughter of Ernest and Daisy A. Beagle Cornish.

She married Bill Barnes Sr., September 28, 1941 in Endicott. He died in April 1990.

Daisy worked in Fineview for years as a self-employed hairdresser. She was also an EMT for the Volunteer Wellesley Island Ambulance Service. She retired to Florida for many years and the last five years she lived in Syracuse.

She enjoyed reading.

Surviving are 12 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; one daughter in-law Carol Barnes of Clayton; nieces and nephews.

Two daughters Mrs. Annie Cole of Syracuse, Mrs. Diane Burrows of Florida, a son William (Bill) Barnes Jr. of Clayton and a brother Alfred Cornish all died before her.

Donations can be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association.