1/25/2020 – Wanda L. Winters, Alexandria Bay

1/25/2020 – Wanda L. Winters, Alexandria Bay

Wanda L. Winters, 72, of Seaway Avenue, passed away January 22nd, at Samaritan Medical Center, where she had been a patient since December 13th. There will be no Calling Hours or Funeral. There will be a Celebration of Life at a time and place to be announced in Alexandria Bay in the Spring.

Wanda was born February 22nd, 1947, in Canastota, the daughter of Howard and Madeline Fadigan Winters. She graduated from Lyons High School in 1966.

A marriage to Charles Boggs in 1966 ended in divorce.

Wanda worked as a chef in the Jefferson County area. Notably the former Benny’s Restaurant in Watertown, and different restaurants in Alexandria Bay.

She started the original 1000 Islands Psychic and Holistic Fair in Alexandria Bay 17 years ago, and also organized the Mystical Journey Psychic and Holistic Fair in Canton every year.

Wanda was a Master Instructor and practitioner of integrated energy therapy and reiki.

Surviving is her daughter Terri (Scott) VanAlstyn of Omar; one grandson, Ty; three sisters, Carol (David) Crockett of Texas; Kathryn Winters of Florida, and Patricia (Don) Carney of Indiana; nieces and nephews who are David and Dawn Crockett, Ryan and Chad Carney, and Brianna Winters; best friends A.B. Mosher of Alexandria Bay and Barbara Thomas of Florida.

Donations can be made in her name to the Food Pantry in Alexandria Bay or NINJA’S, which is Ninja’s Against Animal Cruelty of Northern New York in Watertown.

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

1/24/2020 – M. Janette Wiswell, Clayton

Miss M. Janette Wiswell, 87, died Thursday, January 23rd, at the Samaritan Keep Home, where she resided a short time. Calling hours will be held 2-4pm, Sunday, January 26th, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, January 27th, at 11am at St. Mary’s Church in Clayton with Father Donald Robinson officiating. A Spring burial will be in Clayton Cemetery.

Janette was born November 2nd, 1932, in Clayton, the daughter of Clark R. and Emma Burdick Wiswell. She graduated from Clayton Central School in 1949 and from Watertown School of Commerce in 1950.

In 1950, Janette went to work for Hubert L. Baldwin General Insurance. Later she worked as a Casualty Underwriter at MacDonald Associates, as well as a Bookkeeper for Harroun Lumber Corporation, all in Watertown. She went to work in 1987 as a Secretary and Cook at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clayton, retiring in July of 2002.

Janette enjoyed spending time with her family, sewing, crossword puzzles, playing cards, and reading.

She was a longtime member of the Alexandria Bay Senior Citizens, Clayton Travelers Club, and River Chorus.

Amongst her surviving nieces and nephews are Carol (John) Compeau of Watertown, Karen (Rich) Lantzy of Michigan, and Bill (Sandy) Walts of South Carolina.

A sister, Bernice Walts, two brothers, Buck and Carl Wiswell, all died before her.

Condolences can be made at trjetty.com


1/19/2020 – Ronald G. Houppert, Clayton

1/19/2020 – Ronald G. Houppert, Clayton

Mr. Ronald G. Houppert, 72, of Clayton, died January 15th, at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

Ron was born April 12th, 1947, in Syracuse, the son of Gilbert and Nancy Nojaim Houppert. He graduated in 1965 from Onondaga Valley Academy.

On August 22nd, 1970, he married the former Anne Arnold at St. Anthony’s Church in Syracuse.

Ron worked from 1970 until his retirement in 1993 as a Field Service Technician for General Electric. He also worked in many departments for General Electric as needed. After his retirement, Ron went back to college and graduated in 1997 with an overall GPA of 3.67.

In 2006, Ron and his wife moved to Clayton from Baldwinsville.

Ron enjoyed snowmobiling, was an avid deer hunter, and golfer.

He survived by his wife, Anne; three sisters, Pam (David) Moziak, Gayle Talarico, and Lori (Bill) Welton, all of Florida; nieces and nephews; two aunts, Pat Houppert of Croghan, and Gladys Felber of Syracuse.

Calling hours with be held Friday, the 24th, from 9:30am until 11am, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clayton, the funeral service will follow at 11am with Decan Neil Fuller officiating at the church.

There will be a spring graveside service at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Clayton, as well as a Celebration of Life at his favorite golf course in Syracuse at a time to be announced.

Donations in his name can be made to Elias Woodcreek Club, 2608 Connors Road, Baldwinsville, N.Y. 13027.

12/27/2019 – Douglas C. Ada, Clayton

Mr. Douglas C. Ada Sr., 72, passed away December 23rd, at the Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility in Rome, N.Y., where he resided the last year with Alzheimer’s.

There will be no services. A Celebration of Life will be held at the convenience of the family.

Doug was born June 26th, 1947, in Watertown, the son of Arnold and Virginia Ada. He graduated from Cape Vincent High School.

He enlisted in the United States Army in 1968 and was honorably discharged in 1972.

On July 15th, 1967, he married the former Rosemary Garnsey, at Christ Episcopal Church in Clayton.

Doug worked as a caretaker on Round Island for 40 years, and also was a fishing guide on the St. Lawrence for over 40 years.

He was a member of the Cape Vincent and Clayton Guides Association and enjoyed hunting.

Surviving besides his wife Rosemary are three children, Doug Jr. of LaFargeville, Virginia of Evans Mills, and John (Chelsey) of Clayton; seven grandchildren, Mag and Hemi (Black Labs), Courtney, Nathan, Amya, Anderson, Bryson (Aka Charlie Brown); one sister, Marie (Allen) Cleary of New Mexico; two brothers, Donald of Watertown, and Danny of Syracuse; nieces and nephews.

12/27/2019 – Martin G. Fitchette, LaFargeville

12/27/2019 – Martin G. Fitchette, LaFargeville

The memorial service for Martin G. Fitchette of 32638 Wilder Road LaFargeville, NY will be December 30th at 6:00pm at T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton, NY.  There will be calling hours prior to the memorial service from 4:00pm-6:00pm.  Mr. Fitchette will be buried in the spring in Omar Cemetery with his wife Judy.  Marty passed away peacefully on Christmas Day at the Hospicare and Palliative Care Facility in Ithaca, NY where he was a resident for a short time.

Marty was born in Watertown, NY on October 13, 1950 the son of Marquis and Esther (Rice) Fitchette.  Marty graduated from Alexandria Bay Central School in 1970 where he was known as the “Animal” on his wrestling team.  He joined the Army and was stationed in Germany as a Machinist from 1970-73 and was honorably discharged.  Marty married his soul mate Judy Walts on July 18, 1976 in Theresa, NY. They purchased a home in LaFargeville, NY and started a family.  Marty worked as a machinist for 15 years at Bomax and 16 years at FisherCast in Watertown, NY and later retired from the maintenance department at Hood (formerly Crowley’s) in LaFargeville, NY.  Marty thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors and spent every fall deer hunting and trout fishing in the Adirondacks near Streeter Lake. If Marty and Judy weren’t camping on the St. Lawrence River with their family and friends, you could catch them every year in Myrtle Beach where they met up with their Boldt Castle friends. He was very proud of his grandchildren and loved being with them, teaching them how to fish and go camping as well as enjoying the outdoors together.

Surviving are his son Eric (Ellen) Fitchette of Virgil, NY and daughter Kerri (Michael) Perkins of Clayton, NC. His brother Terry Fitchette of LaFargeville, NY, his sister Monica (Mark) Schroeder of Katy, Texas, and his brothers Dale Fitchette of Vashon Island, Washington, Kim (Kimberly) Fitchette of LaFargeville, NY, Jeffrey (Barbara) Fitchette of Watertown, NY, and Charles (Sylvia) Fitchette of LaFargeville, NY.  Marty is also survived by his grandchildren Hailey, Tyler, Persephone, Emma and Grace whom he enjoyed spending quality time with even during his final days.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Martin Fitchette to Hospicare & Palliative Care Services, 172 East King Road Ithaca, NY 14850.

11/30/19 – Janelle N. Perkins, Clayton

Miss Janelle N. Perkins, 27, died at her home on County Route 5, on Friday, November 29th, where she was under the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County. She had been ill on and off most of her life.

Janelle was born October 7th, 1992, in Watertown, the daughter of Edward and Beverly Salisbury Perkins. She graduated from 1000 Islands High School.

She worked for a time doing home care and for a time at the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

Janelle enjoyed baking, photography, babysitting, fishing, and really enjoyed talking.

Surviving is her father Edward, of Watertown; her mother and stepfather, Beverly (Richard) Branch; two brothers, Joshua and Edward III (Ariel), both of Watertown; paternal grandmother, Francis Rivers, of Watertown; maternal grandfather, Alexander Salisbury, of Chaumont; Aunts; Uncles; and Nephews.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, December 14th, from 1-3pm, at the Depauville Fire Hall.

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



11/26/2019 – Linda L. Reff, Watertown & Clayton

Our sweet mother, Linda L. Reff, 70, courageously completed her earthly journey on Sunday, November 24th, stepping into the presence of her Savior and into the arms of her beloved husband. She had been a patient at the Samaritan Medical Center since November 6th.

Born on November 26th, 1948, in Endicott, the daughter of Richard Corwin and Louise Eiklor Corwin, she married her sweetheart and love, Earl W. Reff, on April 15th, 1967, at the Clayton Methodist Church.

Linda was a woman filled with faith, who delighted to use her talents to bless her family and to minister to others. Over the years she was a Sunday School teacher, taught in the Christian School, was church secretary, Vacation Bible School director and teacher, and played an important part in working with teens, alongside her husband.

In 1995 she and Earl graduated from Spurgeon Baptist Bible College in Mulberry, Florida, after being called to full time ministry. She took on the role of Pastor’s Wife when her husband became the Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Watertown in November of 1995, where they both served until this spring, when Earl entered into Glory before her.

An avid gardener, her flower beds were a perfect example of how she lived her life: the labor required was seen as in investment in the beauty to come. This was the secret to her “green thumb” with both plants and people. As in gardening, getting her hands dirty was part of the process, and she could always be found right in the middle of a project whether it be for a Sunday School class she was teaching, a Vacation Bible School lesson she was planning or an event that was being organized.

In more recent years her health declined and her body failed, but she never stopped being a beautiful and faithful example, living a life filled with love for the Lord.

She will forever be cherished by her three daughters, Lorrie (Philip) Weber of Lyons Falls, Lisa Cordero of Watertown, and Tammy (Robert) Stoudt of Watertown; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; half-siblings; nieces and nephews; two Aunts, Shirley (Robert) Heath, Evie (Robert) Craig; and two Uncles, Robert Corwin and Donald Corwin.

A time of reflection and honor of her life will be held on Monday, at 11am, at Fellowship Baptist Church, Arsenal Street, with calling hours on Sunday afternoon from 2-4pm.


11/22/2019 – Scott W. Beckwith, Clayton & Theresa

11/22/2019 – Scott W. Beckwith, Clayton & Theresa

Mr. Scott W. Beckwith, 64, died November 20th, at the Samaritan Medical Center.

Scott was born February 27th, 1955, in Canandaigua, the son of William (Russell) and Myrna Ellsworth Beckwith. He attended schools in Broomfield and graduated from 1000 Islands High School in 1974.

He married the former Patricia Bain on March 29th, 2008 in Theresa.

Scott worked for over 35 years as an Operating Engineer with Local Union 158 out of Syracuse.

Being an avid outdoorsman, in his younger years he was a fishing guide on the St. Lawrence River. For a time, he lived in Alaska, where he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved going back to Alaska and also trips to Quebec where he hunted for Caribou and Moose.

Scott was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Alexandria Bay, Ducks Unlimited, and the N.R.A.

He loved playing Santa and seeing the children’s faces light up, he loved a good story and telling many himself.

Surviving besides his wife Patty, is his mother, Myrna; two step-daughters that he absolutely adored and loved like his own, Deeann (John) Reeves of Port Hood, TX.; Sarah Hall of Evans Mills; two beautiful grandchildren who were his pride and joy, Abigail (Doodle) and Jamison (Sumsum) Gordon; two brothers, Curt (Karen) of Alexandria Bay, and Stephen of Theresa; nieces and nephews.

A sister, Starleen, passed away in 1976, and his father, Russ, passed away in 2017.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, November 30th, at the Theresa Fire Department, from 1-6pm.

Patty said, “when we married, I married my best friend, and it lead me on a journey of a lifetime, and I have loved every second of it.”

Donations can be made in his name to the Alexandria Bay Volunteer Ambulance or the Theresa Fire Department.


11/15/2019 – Charles M. Partridge, Clayton

11/15/2019 – Charles M. Partridge, Clayton

Mr. Charles M. Partridge, 82, of Clayton, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, November 14th, under the care of his family, especially his daughter, Angel, and Hospice of Jefferson County.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 23rd, at the LaFargeville American Legion from Noon until 3pm.

Charles was born on July 5th, 1937, in Macomb, N.Y., the 5th son to Lawrence Partridge and Loava Fleming Hill. The family moved to the former Don Gillick Farm in Clayton where he grew up.

He graduated in 1957 from Clayton Central School. After graduation, he worked on the Bob & Eve Morrow Farm, the Burrville Sawmill, and the Holcomb Lumber Company.

Charles joined the Army in 1962 and was Honorably Discharged in 1966 as a Corporal First Class. He also served as an Emergency Police Officer for several years after.

On November 16th, 1968, he married the love of his life, Donna Marie Parker Jones.

In 1970, he went to work at Sunset Heating as an HVAC Technician, working with his brother Donald. Eventually the pair formed their own business called Flame Heating, also doing HVAC work. In 1977, he began work at the former Frink Snowplow as an Assembler, moving his family from Calcium to Clayton. After the closure of Frinks, he went to work briefly for Albert Payne before going to work on Fort Drum in 1982 for Morgan Badgley Company as a Plumber, working on Military Housing. He quickly became a foreman and the company later restructured as Donahoe Electrical & Mechanical. After leaving the construction business, he went to work for Mellon & Daye Plumbing and Heating in Clayton, retiring in 1999.

Charles was a very giving person and would help anyone at the drop of a hat. He enjoyed playing chess, mowing his lawn, and tinkering in his garage. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was also a very good carpenter, building his own houses in Calcium and Clayton.

Surviving besides his wife Donna is a son, Terry Jones and his wife Georgette of Clayton; a daughter, Angel Adcock and her husband Aaron of Clayton; a granddaughter, Alexis Fefee and two grandsons, Gavin Robinson and Tristan Adcock; a brother, Robert of Calcium; several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his parents, a stepfather, John T. Hill, and four brothers, Lawrence, Frederick, Donald and Dalton. A sister died at birth.

Donations can be made in his name to the ALS Department at the Syracuse VA and Hospice of Jefferson County.

11/5/2019 – Robert C. Calhoun, LaFargeville

Mr. Robert C. Calhoun, 75, died Saturday, November 2nd, after a lengthy illness. Per his request there will be no services.

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

Bob was born September 17th, 1944, in Watertown, the son of Ora (Bill) and Muriel Morin Calhoun. He grew up in Cape Vincent, where he graduated school.

On May 31st, 2006, he married the former Denise Norfolk in Clayton.

Bob worked his farm for a long time, and also worked as a Mechanic for 1000 Islands Bridge Authority and Gilco.

He was a member of the F.F.A.

Bob enjoyed traveling, keeping his lawn mowed just right, and especially going on his Sunday afternoon drives.

Amongst his survivors is his wife Denise; his daughter, Whitney and her fiancé John Shanahan of Dexter; his granddaughter, Paighton Shanahan of Dexter; and his life-long friend, Darryl Dingman of LaFargeville.

Donations can be made in his name to the local Shriners Organization, 1204 State Street, Watertown, N.Y. 13601.