12/18/2016 – Judy A. Fitchette, LaFargeville

12/18/2016 – Judy A. Fitchette, LaFargeville

The Funeral for Judy A. Fitchette, age 64, will be Wednesday, Dec 21st, at 6pm, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton, with Rev. Mark Pierce, Pastor of Omar Methodist Church officiating. Calling hours will be from 3pm until the time of the service. A Spring burial will be held at Omar Cemetery.

Judy was born April 19th, 1952, in Watertown, the daughter of Orrin and Mildred Brown Walts.

She was a graduate or Indian River Central School.

Judy was married to Martin Fitchette on July 18th, 1976, in Theresa, N.Y.

She worked for 10 years at the former F.W. Woolworth in Watertown. Judy retired in 2015, from working in the gift shop at Boldt Castle.

Judy enjoyed doing crafts, knitting, sewing, traveling, and camping. Her and her husband enjoyed spending lots of time in Myrtle Beach.

Surviving besides her husband Martin is one son, Eric (Ellen) Fitchette of Virgil, N.Y.; one daughter Kerri (Michael) Perkins of Clayton, North Carolina; 5 grandchildren, Hailey and Persephone Perkins, Tyler, Emma, and Grace Fitchette; two sisters, Mrs. Joan Black of LaFargeville, and Janice Geng of Tennessee; nieces and nephews; and one great niece.

One brother, James Walts, died before her.

Donations can be made in her name to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St. Watertown, N.Y. 13601; or T.I.E.R.S. P.O. Box 524, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.


12/10/2016 – William J. Foos, Clayton

12/10/2016 – William J. Foos, Clayton

foos-william-young-smallA Celebration of Life for Mr. William J. Foos, age 85, of Clayton, will be held Saturday, December 17th, at 1pm, at the Watertown Elks Lodge 496. There will be no calling hours.

Bill was born July 15th, 1931, in Rochester, the son of Peter and Bertha Schreck. He graduated from Hilton High School and Rochester Institute of Technology.

He entered the United States Navy in 1951 and honorably discharged in 1955, serving in the Korean Conflict.

Bill retired in 1986, after 25 years, as a Millwright at Kodak in Rochester.

He was a member of the Watertown Elks Club, the Clayton American Legion Colon Couch Post 821, a life member of the VFW in Texas, where he was also Shuffleboard Champion, and was also a Commodore of Mantrou Yacht Club in Greece, N.Y.

Bill loved fishing, boating, woodworking, and especially antique and classic cars.

Surviving is his companion, Carol Lawrence; two children, Paula (Gary) Vogt of Hamlin, and William R. of Hilton; two grandchildren, Jesse and Jamie; his companions children, J. Mark Lawrence of Sodus, and Amber (Dan) Roberts Hall of Wilcott; her grandchildren, Stacy, and Staff Sergeant D.W. Roberts of Goodfellow Airforce Base in Texas.

One brother, Carl, died before him.

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

12/7/2016 – Vivian F. Black, Clayton

The Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Vivian F. Black, age 90, will be at 11am on Monday Dec. 12th, at St. Mary’s Church, with Ft. Arthur LaBaff officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 1-4pm Sunday at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Vivian was born March 1, 1926, in Utica, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Crumb Farley.

She graduated from Utica Catholic Schools and New Rochelle College, and earned her Masters Degree from Syracuse University.

On August 18th, 1950, she married Jeremiah Black at Lady of Our Lords Catholic Church in Utica. Mr. Black died April 8th, 1977, at age 56.

Vivian taught at 1000 Islands High School, where she taught Spanish and Remedial English, retiring in 1988 after 35 years.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Clayton Travelers Club, AA of University Women, and AFS.

Vivian was the first woman on the Clayton Town Board, and citizen of the year.

She enjoyed reading, volunteering, talking, crossword puzzles, and her spending time with her family.

Surviving are two daughters, Margaret (Bill) Bartlett of Rochester, and Mary (Craig “Pete”) Orvis of Rosiere; two sons, Tom (Sharon) of Camillus, and David (Lisa) of Columbia Georgia; Ten grandchildren; Thirteen great grandchildren; one sister, Barbara Gilroy of Utica; nieces and nephews.

Two sons, Daniel P. died in 1979 at age 25, and Matthew J. died in 1985 at age 23.

Donations can be made in her name to the Food Pantry at St. Mary’s Church, James Street, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.







12/1/2016 – William G. Dominy, Clayton

Mr. William (Bill) G. Dominy, age 88, died Tuesday, Nov. 29th, at the Samaritan Keep Home where he has been a resident for 10 years.

There will be no public services. Burial will be at Grove Cemetery in LaFargeville in the spring at the convenience of the family.

Bill was born October 25th, 1928, in Plattsburgh, the son of William and Anita St. Denis. He attended Catholic Boys School and graduated from Mt. Assumption Institute in 1945.

He married the former Audrey Kendall on Sept. 24th, 1950, at St. Peters Church in Plattsburgh with Ft. Leo Staves officiating.

Bill worked from 1946-1954 as Manager of the City of Plattsburgh Water and Sewer Dept. In 1954, he became Assistant Superintendent of Public Works. After moving to Clayton in the early 60’s, Bill and his close friend, Doug Schell, bought the car dealership in Clayton owned by Cliff Good, naming it Schell-Dominy. Bill became sole owner in 1963, and retired in 1985 selling the dealership to Pat and Larry Phinney. He also co-owned the B&D Grocery Store and Kleen Center Laundry Mat, selling them in 1999.

He was past President of both the Clayton Lions Club and the Clayton Rotary Club. Bill was on the board of Hawn Memorial Library and the North Country Library for 10 years. He was an honorary member of the Clayton Vol. Fire Department. Bill also served on the Board of Directors of the Key Bank Clayton Branch.

Surviving is his wife Audrey; one sister Eleanor Flither of Ohio; nieces and nephews.

His daughter Lynn, a brother Floyd, his parents and his in-laws, Ralph and Vivian Kendall, all died before him.

Donations can be made in his name to River Hospital, P.O. Box 567, Alexandria Bay, N.Y. 13607.

11/30/2016 – Donald A. Bogart, Massena

Mr. Donald A. Bogart, age 51, died October 27th, at Albany Medical Center, where he was admitted the day before.

There will be no funeral service. There will be a Graveside Committal service at 3pm on Friday, Dec. 2nd, at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Hammond. A reception will follow at the Redwood Fire Department.

Don was born November 12th, 1964, in Hammond, the son of Loren and Margaret Ellis Bogart.

He worked in Massena for Bob’s Motel in various capacities.

Among his survivors are his children, and his brothers and sisters.

11/14/2016 – Patricia M. (Recor) Higgins, Clayton

11/14/2016 – Patricia M. (Recor) Higgins, Clayton

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Patricia M. (Recor) Higgins, age 78, on Friday, Nov. 11th, after a long, brave battle with cancer, with her loving family by her side.

The Funeral will be held at 11am Friday, Nov. 18th, at the River Community Church. Calling hours will be held Thursday, Nov. 17th, from 4-7pm, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

One of nine children of Howard and Florence (O’Donnell) Recor, she was born in Carthage, N.Y. in 1938. Her family later moved to a farm in Clayton, where she attended Clayton High School.

She married Walter Adams, which ended in divorce, and together they have one daughter, Darcy (Donnie) Garnsey. Later she married George (Charlie) Higgins at the Methodist Church in LaFargeville in 1964. Together they have three daughters, Sherri (Larry) Martin, Sally (Scott) Beeles, and Cindy (Jerry) Vecchio.

Pat owned and operated Yazell’s Restaurant on Rte. 12, near Alexandria Bay for over 30 years. At the same time she operated The Guzzle in T.I. Park on Wellesley Island for 12 years. She endeared herself to many of the “park” kids who worked for her and she loved them all. If that wasn’t enough, Pat, along with her good friend Bonnie Small had a catering business where they catered for the T.I. Bridge Authority. She also had the pleasure of meeting many celebrities while she catered many events for the D.P.A.O. and Joe Rich. Pat bowled for many years and attended numerous tournaments. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Pat taught many how to cook and gave many teenagers their first job. She was known for telling you the truth whether you wanted to hear it or not. She was as brave as she was tenderhearted, a loyal friend and her smile was contagious.

Besides her four daughters and their husbands, she is survived by two brothers, Voigt (Joan) Recor of LaFargeville, and Henry Recor of Homer; two step-children, Pam (Moe) Wheeler of Adams, and Gary (Penny) Higgins; 16 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews to count, each with the same strong willed, loving personality as their Aunt Pat.

Pat has now received her wings and has joined out Heavenly Father and her loving parents, beloved brothers Earl, Carlton “Corky,” Robert and Larry, her cherished sisters Gertrude (Ross) Wells, Maureen (Frank) Conant, and her adored grandson Dustin Howard Hare. We are sure that they have been waiting for this beautiful, humorous, loving and brave angel to come home so they can all dance together once again.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, N.Y. 13601.

10/14/2016 – Jessie D. Elliott, LaFargeville

10/14/2016 – Jessie D. Elliott, LaFargeville

Mrs. Jessie D. Elliott, age 74, of LaFargeville, died Thursday, Oct. 13, at River Hospital, with her family and friends at her side.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, October 18th, at 11am, at Orleans Corners Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Alan Ferguson officiating. Burial will be in Redwood Cemetery.

Jessie was born February 28th, 1942, in Watertown, the daughter of Kring and Frieda Klock Payne.

She attended LaFargeville Central School.

On June 26th, 1965, she married Wesley Elliott in Watertown. Wesley died November 23rd, 2013.

Jessie sold Avon products for many years.

She was an avid pet lover who spent her life caring for her pets as well as any strays that came around. Jessie loved taking care of her flowers.

Surviving are two sisters, Linda (John) Marriam of LaFargeville, and Susie (Daniel) Steacy of Great Bend; many nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made in her name to the Jefferson County S.P.C.A., 25056 Water St., Watertown, N.Y. 13624.

10/11/2016 – Nancy (Weller) Thompson, Clayton & Watertown

Mrs. Nancy (Weller) Thompson, age 50, of Watertown died Saturday evening at the Hospice of Jefferson County Ellis Farm.

The Funeral will be at 2pm on Saturday, Oct. 15th, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton, with Ft. Jennifer Kenna rector officiating.

Calling hours will be from noon until the time of the service. Burial will be in Clayton Cemetery.

Nancy was born October 12th, 1965, in Watertown, the daughter of Howard and Phyllis LaFontaine Weller.

She graduated from Thousand Islands High School in 1985.

On June 17th, 1995, she married Thomas Thompson.

Nancy worked at various places in Watertown and became a homemaker due to health reasons.

Surviving besides her husband Tom, is her daughter Heather, who lives at home; her mother, Phyllis Ball of Watertown; one brother John Leclaire of Florida; her step-mother, Mrs. Corrine Borden of Redwood; two sisters, Cristie (Michael) Hunter of Alex Bay, and Wendy (Alan) Morrow of Tylerville; a brother-in-law Mark Marchwicki of Virginia; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A sister, Beth Marchwicki, died in January of 2001.

Donations can be made to Tom Thayer, for her daughter Heather’s schooling, c/o Northern Credit Union in Watertown.

10/4/2016 – Bette Lawler Corp, LaFargeville and Brownville

10/4/2016 – Bette Lawler Corp, LaFargeville and Brownville

The Funeral Service for Bette Lawler Corp, age 77, will be at 2pm on Saturday, October 8th, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. Calling hours will be from Noon until the time of the service.

A Burial will follow in Grove Cemetery in LaFargeville.

Bette was born December 12th, 1938, in Watertown, the daughter of Joseph and Grace Hagen Davis.

She attended LaFargeville Schools.

Bette married Leroy Lawler, who died in 1971. A second marriage to Charles Corp ended in divorce. Her companion of 31 years, Carl Simmons, died in January of this year.

She was raised in LaFargeville and moved to Brownville in 1983, where she was employed by Bomax and later Stature Electric where she retired due to ill health in 2003.

Bette enjoyed bowling in various leagues in Watertown. She loved country music, reading, sitting on her front porch, and family get togethers.

Surviving are four children, Joseph and his daughter Katie of Virginia, John (Lynda) and their daughter Kristen of LaFargeville, Jeffrey (Pam) and their children Ashley, Angela, and Gavin of Pennsylvania, and daughter Janelle (Peter) Segouin, and their children Ryan and Jackie of LaFargeville.

One son, Jay Lawler and one daughter Jackie Fairman, died before her.

Donations can be made in her name to a charity of ones choice.

9/6/2016 – Myrtle J. (Garnsey) Meltzer, Florida and Clayton

9/6/2016 – Myrtle J. (Garnsey) Meltzer, Florida and Clayton

Mrs. Myrtle J. (Garnsey) Meltzer, age 91, of West Palm Beach, Florida, passed away August 28th, 2016.

Myrtle was born December 2nd, 1924, in Clayton, the daughter of Lawrence and Edna Benedict Garnsey.

Myrtle was predeceased by her daughter, Mary Jane; her sisters, Norma Heyl and Phyllis Zimmer; and grandson, Lawrence Jr. Cullen.

She is survived by her children, Sherry L. Meltzer, Raymond and Lawrence Cullen, Michael Williams; grandchildren, Raymond and Michael Cullen; two great grandchildren; nieces Lottie Heyl, Karen Zimmer; nephews, David and Kurt Zimmer.

She lived in Florida for many years.

Calling hours were held in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Her Funeral will be on Friday, September 9th, at 1pm, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton with Ft. Arthur LaBaff, Pastor of St. Mary’s Church officiating. There will be a Calling Hour before from noon until 1pm.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Donations can be made in her name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org, or Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, at peggyadams.org.