12/11/2020 – George L. Reff, Clayton

Mr. George L. Reff, 76, of Clayton, died December 10th, at the Samaritan Medical Center after a long illness.

There will be a Graveside service held privately at Clayton Cemetery. Per George’s request for over the last 30 years, there will be no calling hours.

George was born on June 6th, 1944, in Chaumont, the son of Alfred and Grace Sanford Reff. He attended Chaumont schools.

On June 10th, 1967, he married Janette Aldrich, in Clayton.

He worked as pattern layout specialist at Frink Snowplows in Clayton, he retired in 1998 after 31 years of service.

George enjoyed the ATV Club at the Bald Rock Lodge, deer hunting, and he loved attending all the Lodge meetings, and playing pool after the meetings.

Surviving besides his wife Janett; a sister in law, Jenny Reff of Clayton; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A sister, Betty Castor, died in 1989, and his best friend/nemesis  and brother, Jack, died in December of 2003.

Donations can be made in his name to T.I.E.R.S., P.O. Box 524, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.

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

Condolences can be made at trjetty.com

12/7/2020 – Muriel J. Reome, LaFargeville

Mrs. Muriel J. Reome, 83, died Sunday morning, December 6th, at the Samaritan Medical Center.

There will be a Graveside Committal Service at 1:30pm Wednesday, December 9th, at Sanford Corners Cemetery in Calcium with Reverend Donald Briant officiating. Masks and social distancing will apply. There will be a private funeral service held at the family’s convenience.

Muriel was born June 23rd, 1937, in Black River, the daughter of Elmer and Florence Conaway Hoover. She graduated from Evans Mills schools in 1955.

On December 22nd, 1967, she married Robert Reome, in Watertown, with Justice of the Peace, Allen Gardner officiating. Robert, who retired from working at Anchor Freight, died March 3rd, 2008 at age 72.

Muriel worked different jobs until starting her family, then became a homemaker for the rest of her life.

She enjoyed cooking, doing 300-piece puzzles, and most importantly her family.

Surviving are her four children, Reverend Herbert (Theresa) Williams of Virginia, Carol Bolio, with whom she resided with for the last 12 years, of Evans Mills, Brian (Cindy) Reome of LaFargeville, and Bruce (Yvette) Reome of Clayton; 6 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren.

One brother, Donald Hoover, died in 2005.

Donations can be made to the Evans Mills Ambulance Squad, 8733 Factory Street, Evans Mills, N.Y. 13637, or the Pamelia Fire Department, 25082 County Rt 16, Evans Mills, N.Y. 13637.

11/26/2020 – Stanley W. Matthews, Clayton

Mr. Stanley W. Matthews, 82, died Wednesday, November 25th, at the Pontiac Nursing Home in Oswego where he resided for over the last three years.

There will be a Graveside Committal Service in late Spring 2021, at the Grindstone Island Cemetery. Arrangements are with the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Stan was born January 7th, 1938, in Clayton, the son of Perl and Rhoda Jackson Matthews. He attended Clayton Schools.

He joined the United States Army in 1961 and was honorably discharged in 1963. While in, he served overseas for over a year and a half.

Stan was self-employed as a dock builder for various river and island residents.

He was a member of the American Legion Colon Couch Post 821 in Clayton.

Stan enjoyed cooking, and mostly enjoyed helping his friends and neighbors with various projects around their homes.

Surviving is his sister-in-law, Christine Matthews of Clayton; nieces and nephews.

Two sisters, Clara Carnegie, and Carol Brown, as well as four brothers, Dick, Gary, James and Gene, all predeceased him.

Donations can be made in his name to the Dodge Hall, care of Sarah Matthews, 14972 Lovers Lane, Clayton, NY, 13624.

Condolences can be made at trjetty.com

11/22/2020 – Susan J. Fayette, Watertown

Mrs. Susan J. Fayette, 70, died Friday, November 21st, at her home, where she was under the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County. There will be a Graveside Committal Service later next Spring at Grove Cemetery in LaFargeville at a time to be announced.

Susan was born January 21st, 1950, in Watertown, the daughter of Murray Jean Lancaster Case. She graduated from Watertown High School and also from Jefferson Community College with a degree in Child Education.

Two marriages to Paul Lee and Steve Fayette, both deceased, ended in divorce.

Susan retired in 2015 after over 25 years as a Teacher’s Aide, working with abused children, both in Watertown and Indian River School Districts.

She loved going antiquing, traveling, gardening, snowmobiling, and really loved being with her grandkids and her dogs.

Surviving is a son, Jason (Jennifer) Lee, and a daughter Jolene Gage, both of Watertown; two stepsons, Steve Fayette of Lacona, and Robert Fayette of LaFargeville; her companion of 21 years, Kevin Resch and his sons, Matt of Brownville, Jonathan of Alexandria Bay, and Micha of Chaumont; and her close friend of 60 years, Susan Gardiner of Watertown; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

One stepson, Joseph Fayette, predeceased before her.

Donations can be made in her name to the Jefferson County SPCA, 25056 Water Street, Watertown, N.Y. 13601.

11/19/2020 – Marilyn J. Buckley, Clayton

It is with great sorrow that the family of Marilyn J. Buckley announces her passing on November 17th, at Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, after a short illness.

A Graveside Service will be held in the Spring at Omar Cemetery.

Born on December 14th, 1943, to Marjorie (Switzer) Spalsbury of Clayton. After attending local high schools and earning her GED, she moved to Rochester, where she worked at the Penfield Nursing Home as a cook for 18 years. In 1988. She became a cook at Watertown Correctional Facility, retiring from Gouverneur Correctional Facility as the Head Cook on 12/13/05, with 7 years of service.

As a person who loved cooking, she often planned family dinners and was often the first to offer to bring food, help plan, and tell stories about when her and her siblings were younger. Along with cooking, she also liked to watch Nascar.

Marilyn is survived by her two sisters, Kathleen Fitchette, Scottsville, and Gale (Jack) Ramsey of Caledonia; two brothers, Gary (Jackie) Clark and Steve (Judy) Clark, both of LaFargeville; seven nieces and nephews; six great nieces and nephews; two great great nephews, all of whom affectionately called her Jeanie; and her beloved dog, Stewie.

She was predeceased by her mother Marjorie, and her father, Norman Clark.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the SPCA.

10/29/2020 – Lyle “Bug” Green, Clayton

Lyle “Bug” Green, age 86, of Sand Bay, Clayton NY, and Stuart FL, passed away Tuesday, October 27th, while a resident of the Hospice of Jefferson County. Lyle was the only child of Harold “Tubby” Green and Bertha Todd Green of 202 Michigan Avenue in Watertown. In 1956, he married Barbara J Gebo, daughter of Edward and Ambersine Gebo, of 117 Haney Street at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church officiated by Reverend Frederick Diviny.

Born in Watertown on August 11th, 1934, he later graduated from Watertown High in 1952. President of his senior class, he also participated in many activities during high school including ski team, soccer, and gymnastics.

In 1956, Lyle graduated from Cortland University with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and then accepted his first teaching position in Pen Yan NY. In 1957, he transferred to Carthage where he taught elementary school Physical Education and immersed himself in several athletic coaching activities. In 1963, after two years of follow-on education at Geneseo, St. Lawrence and Syracuse Universities he accepted a role in the southern tier as the Coordinator of Special Education for Broome, Tioga, and Delaware counties working for BOCES. Lyle retired as the Director in 1989 ending a long career in education, and then purchased a Condo in Stuart FL so he could fish in the summer and play golf all year long.

In 1968, with a dream of having a place where his family could create memories during the summer months of the year, Lyle purchased a small colony of cottages in the Thousand Islands in a place called Sand Bay. Originally called Sand Bay Cottages, he renamed them Green’s Bayside Cottages, and after thirty years of successful operation he divided the property into smaller lots for his children and the property has now been transformed into a place where the family comes to summer and share in his original dream.

Lyle is survived by Barb and five children: daughter Laura and husband Mikel Wimbrow (SC), son Donald and wife Elizabeth (VA), Daughter Cynthia (FL), daughter Jacqueline and husband Ray Conrad (VA) and son Steven Clayton (NY). There are also eleven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and two more on the way.

The family would like to express their thanks to the Caregivers of the Jefferson County Hospice for the loving care they provided during his last days with us.

A lifelong fisherman and avid golfer Lyle will always be remembered for his kind heart and absolute respect for others. We will miss him.

There will be a Celebration of Life in the Summer of 2021.

10/15/2020 – James F. Rivers, Clayton

Mr. James F. Rivers, 79, originally from Clayton, and also lived in the Dexter/ Chaumont area for many years, died October 14th, at the Samaritan Medical Center, after a short illness.

Calling hours will be from Noon until 2pm, on Sunday, October 18th, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. A funeral service will be private at the convenience of the family. A private burial will be at Brookside Cemetery in Watertown.

Jim was born, March 17th, 1941, at the family home in Clayton, son of Harold and Marguerite Brown Rivers. He graduated from Clayton Central School in 1963.

On November 9th, 1969, he married Martha Shaw, at the Clayton Baptist Church, and the wedding was also blessed at St. Mary’s Church. Martha died June 28th, 1996, at 55 years of age.

Jim served in the United States Navy from 1963 until 1967, where he was honorably discharged. He retired in 2002, after working 35 years, for the New York Air Brake.

He was a former member of the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department.

For many years, Jim and his wife Martha, were avid race fans at the Can-Am Speedway.

Jim loved living at Bayview Manor, going out to lunch, attending coffee hour with friends, going on car rides, and especially his cat “Kitty.”

Surviving are sisters, Francis Bennett of Watertown, Anne Patterson of Corinth, and Terri Burns of Clayton; stepchildren, Kit and Christi Taylor; caregivers, his niece, Kathy Robinson, and neighbor, Deonna McCollom; many nieces and nephews.

Aside from his wife Martha, a companion of 15 years, Sharon Ulrick, died in 2013; five sisters, Ruth Dunbar, Vernice Duford, Bessie Bennett, Patti Rivers, Marilyn Russell; and five brothers, Harold, William, John, Thomas, and Robert, all pre-deceased him.

Donations can be made to United Helpers Society at Bayview Housing, Chaumont; Caring for Cats, Three Mile Bay.

Condolences can be made at trjetty.com

10/5/2020 – Dianne E. Calkins, LaFargeville

Dianne E. Calkins, 79, died Saturday, October 3rd, at Upstate Medical University.

There will be a graveside committal service on Saturday, October10th,  at 3pm, at Grove Cemetery in LaFargeville. Calling hours will be held Saturday as well from Noon until 2pm at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. Masks and social distancing will be required.

Dianne was born February 18th, 1941, in Plattsburgh, the daughter of Clayton and Eleanor Fleury Calkins. She graduated from Chazy Central Rural School and also attended William Miner Agricultural College through the Cornell Cooperative Extension. She received an Associates Degree from Jefferson Community College.

A marriage ended in divorce.

She worked as an Office Assistant for the Jefferson County District Attorneys Office.

Diane volunteered at the LaFargeville Library and was very active in the Outreach program.

She enjoyed sewing, had a great sense of style, she was always well dressed and her home was a cozy haven for her and her family. Most of all she cherished her Grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were her pride and joy.

Surviving are five children; daughter Donna (James) Gadue of Rousses Point; sons, Mark (Laurie) Wilson of Half Moon, N.Y., Robert Wilson of Edwards, Peter (Sheryl) Wilson of LaFargeville, and Timothy Wilson of Theresa; ten grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one brother, Elliot “Sonny” Calkins of Florida; nieces and nephews.

Two brother and two sisters died before her.

Donations can be made in her name to T.I.E.R.S., P.O. Box 524, Clayton, N.Y. 13624 and Grove Cemetery Association, 20173 County Route 181, LaFargeville, N.Y. 13656.

9/30/2020 – Ralph F. Downey, Clayton

9/30/2020 – Ralph F. Downey, Clayton

Mr. Ralph F. Downey, 73, passed away Tuesday, September 29th, at his home, where he was under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family because of the coronavirus.

Ralph was born, January 23rd, 1947, in Alexandria Bay, the son of Ralph F. and Madeline (Betty) Stage Downey Sr. He graduated from Clayton Central School.

On January 22nd, 1968, he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served on the U.S.S. Seminole, until he was honorably discharged.

On September 19th, 1970, he married the former Billie Holloway, at the Clayton Baptist Church.

Ralph worked for the Village of Clayton for 38 years, retiring from the Water Department in 2010.  

He was a former member of the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department.

Ralph enjoyed going to his camp on Grindstone Island, he loved fishing, all kinds of hunting, and taking his Grandson Hunter various places for skeet shooting.

Surviving, besides his wife Billie, is a son Jonathan (Cherie) of Clayton; one grandson, Hunter of Clayton; a niece, Heather (Terry) Craddock and their son Kyle of Clayton; a niece, Juliana Downey of Watertown; and a sister, Peggy (Zeke) Bechaz of Colorado.

One son, Jaime, died April 8th, 2019, a brother, Peter, died August 27th, 2014, and another brother, Edward, died January 29th, 2020.

Donations can be made in his name to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street Road, Watertown, N.Y. 13601 or the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department, 855 Graves Street, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.

9/13/2020 – Mary (Jane) Kendall, Omar

Ms. Mary (Jane) Kendall, 98, of Omar, passed away, Sunday morning, Sept. 13th, at her residence, where she was under the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

There will be a Graveside Service in the Spring on the family plot on Grindstone Island.

Jane was born February 24th, 1922, at her family’s home on Quaker Hill, Dutchess  County. She was the daughter of William H. and Grace McCardell Kendall.

Her family moved to the Town of Clayton in 1928, where she attended the one room schoolhouse on Grindstone Island. Once she attended high school her family moved to the Village of Clayton, where she graduated from Clayton Central in 1938.

During World War II, she worked at the New York Air Brake making parts needed by the military for the war effort.  After the war, she worked at the Chevrolet-Oldsmobile garage as a bookkeeper, and later for Bill Dominy and Doug Schell at the car dealership, and finally retiring working for Pat Phinney at Phinney’s Chev-Olds.

Jane continued working into her 80’s for her dear friends Allen and Susan Benas at the T.I. Inn.

She was the oldest living member of the River Community Church, spending her life serving the lord.

Jane was a member of the Clayton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the T.I. Quilters.

She is survived by two nieces, Billie Timmerman Lawrence and her husband Larry of Omar, where Jane resided, and Terry Timmerman Bognanno of Winterhaven, Florida; a great niece, Meredith (Clair) of Fairport; a great nephew, Derrick (Jessica) Lawrence of Burlington, Vermont; a great great niece, Kendall Smith; and a great great nephew Ronan Smith.

A sister, Mrs. Richard (Harriett) Timmerman, died June 8th, 1951, at the age of 25, and a brother Charles (Bud) Kendall, died in 1994.

Donations can be made in her name to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street Road, Watertown, NY, 13601, or the River Community Church, 38844 Bartlett Point Road, Clayton, NY, 13624.