5/28/2019 – Wava J. Holloway, Clayton

5/28/2019 – Wava J. Holloway, Clayton

Mrs. Wava J. Holloway, 87, died Friday, May 24th, at the Samaritan Medical Center where she had been a patient for a few days. There will be no calling hours or funeral. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Wava was born Christmas Day, 1931, on Grindstone Island, the daughter of Francis and Florence (Sis) Garnsey Lashomb. She attended both the Upper and Lower schools on Grindstone Island.

On October 29th, 1950, she married William (Bill) Holloway, at the Clayton Baptist Church. Bill passed away August 22nd, 2006 in Clayton at age 79.

Wava worked as an Aide at the Jefferson Rehabilitation Center in Watertown, retiring at age 62.

She enjoyed baking.

Surviving are her two children, Billie (Ralph) Downey, and Roland (Christine) Holloway, both of Clayton; three grandchildren, Matthew Holloway, Alexis (Nick) Crowe, and Jonathan (Cherie) Downey; a great grandson, Hunter Downey; four brothers, Robert (Audrey) Lashomb, Stub (Karen) Lashomb, Skip Matthews, and George (Wendy) Matthews, all of Clayton; nieces and nephews.

One grandson, Jamie Downey, died April 8th, 2019.

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


5/6/2019 – Diane G. Kilmer, Clayton

Diane G. Kilmer, 78, passed away on May 5, 2019 with her family by her side at Samaritan Medical Center.

Diane was born in the Town of Clayton, on December 12th, 1940, to the late Leland and Bertha Peck Gokey.  She is predeceased by her mother and father, brother James (Bud) Gokey, and sisters Barb Palmer and Mary Bush.

She graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School and Clayton Central. She worked for a time at the former E.J. Noble Hospital in Alexandria Bay, Graves Pharmacy in Clayton, and Fays Pharmacy in Watertown as a Pharmacist Technician, retiring after 25 years.

Diane married her middle school sweetheart, Arthur Kilmer, on July 18th, 1959, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Father Laurence M. Deno officiating. Together they loved and raised a beautiful family, traveled the country, and accomplished many dreams and goals.

Surviving is her loving husband of 59 years, Arthur Kilmer; a son Mark (Trudy) Kilmer; a daughter Jodi (Nick) Perruccio; an honoree daughter Lynne (Jerry) Spears; an honoree son Gordon (Shirley) Bailey; brother John Gokey; sister Jean Turck; grandchildren, Zachary (Meaghen) Cook, Michael (Marisa) Cook, Joseph (Aubrey) Cook, Jason (Cassi) Kilmer and Richard (Elizabeth) Kilmer; several great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Diane enjoyed crafting, word puzzles, gardening, traveling, cooking and most importantly spending time with her family and friends. She was always known for her way with words, gentle heart and feisty personality.

Per Diane’s request, no services will to be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Diane’s name to T.I.E.R.S Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 524, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.




4/18/2019 – Evan P. Bauer, Clayton & Florida

4/18/2019 – Evan P. Bauer, Clayton & Florida

Mr. Evan P. Bauer, 76, died Wednesday, April 17th, in Tampa, Florida, where he was a longtime resident.

Evan was born February 24th, 1943, in Western N.Y. the son of Richard and Hilda McEwen Bauer.

On March 13th, 1987, he married the former Elizabeth (Liz) Rondeau in Lake Placid.

He worked as a heavy equipment operator, working for various companies across New York state. A few were, Gouverneur Iron Works, Gary Carlisle, Green Island Construction, and Congel & Palenscar Construction.

Being a heavy equipment operator for over 50 years, Evan was self-employed for a time, once being a co-owner of Bauer & Winn in Clayton, with his partner Bob Winn.

Evan was also a New York State certified welder.

He loved operating “CAT” Heavy Equipment, watching the Tampa Bay Rays baseball games, and spending time with his grandchildren. Evan was known wherever he went for his sense of humor.

Surviving besides his wife Liz, are five children, Kenneth (Diane) Reid, Buck Reid, both of Tampa, Fl., Brian (Courtney) Bauer of Redfield, N.Y., Rhonda (Bill) Campbell of Clayton and Florida, and Amy (Rob) Farmer of Clayton; five grandchildren, Wyatt and Molly Reid, Tyler and Kristin Farmer, and Amanda Fisher; four great grandchildren; two brothers, Myrle (Beth) Bauer of Clayton, and Owen (Naomi) Bauer of Missouri; nieces and nephews.

The service will be private and at the convenience of the family.

4/12/2019 – Susanne E. Engle, Cape Vincent

Mrs. Susanne E. Engle, 77, of Rock Beach Road, died Sunday, April 7th, at her residence.

Her Funeral will be held, Wednesday, April 17th, at 5pm, at Omar Methodist Church, with Reverend Connie Gushlaw officiating.

Susanne was born October 1st, 1941, in Syracuse, the daughter of James Eric and Evlyn Rich Smith. She was 1959 graduate of Solvay High School where she was Valedictorian. Then she graduated Cum Lauda from Syracuse University in 1963, receiving her bachelor’s degrees in Fine Arts and English.

Susanne worked as an artist her entire life. For a time she owned and operated the Phoenix Advertising Agency in Skaneateles, and was Assistant Jewelry Artist for Sara Coventry Company in the Rochester area.

In 1989, she married Thomas Engle, at the Marietta Christian Methodist Church.

She was a member of the Cape Vincent Artist Society.

Being very religious, Susanne preached in many area Methodist Churches from time to time.

Surviving besides her husband Tom; are two sons, Eric Miller of North Carolina and Jeffrey Miller of Watertown; six step-children, including Lloyd (Betty) Engle of Harrisville; seven grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Linda Springstead of Indiana.

Donations can be made in her name to the Omar United Methodist Church.

4/9/2019 – Jamie J. Downey, Clayton

4/9/2019 – Jamie J. Downey, Clayton

There will be a Celebration of Life for Mr. Jamie J. Downey, 44, who died Monday, April 8th, on Saturday, April 20th, at the Knights of Columbus in Clayton, from 1 to 5pm.

A burial will be held at a later date at the Grindstone Island Cemetery.

Jamie was born March 11th, 1975, in Watertown, the son of Ralph and Billie Holloway Downey. He graduated in 1993 from 1000 Islands High School. Jamie attended SUNY Canton for 1 year, then took courses at JCC.

He joined the U.S. Navy, where he was a structural mechanic, for the A6E Intruder Air Planes, stationed on aircraft carrier U.S.S. Nimitz. After leaving the Navy, he worked until the time of his death, as a Mason for Mark Doney Construction.

Jamie enjoyed golfing, cooking, and watching his favorite football team the Miami Dolphins.

Surviving besides his parents, is his brother, Jonathan (Cherie) of Clayton; his maternal grandmother, Wava Holloway; aunts; uncles; cousins; and his favorite nephew, Hunter of Clayton.

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


3/21/2019 – Steven A. Scott II, Clayton

Steven A. Scott II, 21, Clayton, died Wednesday, March 20, 2019, as the result of a tractor accident in the town of Clayton.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, March 27th, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Depauville Volunteer Fire Department. A Celebration of Life will follow calling hours. The family asks that people come prepared to tell a few stories about Steve.

Steve was born June 19th, 1997, in Watertown, the son of Steven and Nena Whitney Scott. He graduated with honors from 1000 Islands High School.

He worked assisting his parents in the operation of the family farm.

Steve enjoyed life to its fullest.

Surviving besides his parents is one sister, Cierra at home; and one brother Jeron, also at home; maternal grandparents, Martha and Jerry Whitney of Henderson; paternal grandparents, Trudy and Morris Felt of Clayton, George and Claudia Scott of Michigan; aunts; uncles; and cousins.

3/6/2019 – Kelly J. Orvis, Lafargeville

Kelly J. (Brown) Orvis, 61, passed away Monday, March 4th 2019 in her home. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 9th at 3 p.m. with Pastor David Sheppard officiating at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. Calling hours will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service. A Spring burial will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

Kelly was born on January 9th, 1958 in Watertown. She was the daughter of William E. Brown and Joan (House) Brown. She graduated in 1976 from Thousand Islands High School. Additionally, she attended Jefferson Community College pursuing a liberal arts degree. In 1995, she received a diploma for successful completion for a course of study in Interior Decorating from International Correspondence Schools.

On November 3rd, 1979 she married Kevin L. Orvis at St. John’s Catholic Church in LaFargeville. Their marriage ended in divorce in 2000. Kelly worked as a librarian for the Town of Orleans for 30 years, until her passing. During that time she moved the library and all of its contents twice, completely rejuvenating its interior design. Additionally she took on duties as the Town Historian. She took a great deal of pride in her work—-and worked hard. She was incredibly organized and had an eye for detail.

Kelly enjoyed decorating, collecting antiques, painting and writing. She was a free-lance artist and author and in 2005 created a mural which continues to be on display at the Payntor Senior Center in Clayton. She has published her writing works in an anthology through Poets and Writers Ink in Cape Vincent. She was looking forward to retirement to further develop these adventures.

Surviving is her sole daughter Kerry Orvis Hill (Patrick) of Plessis; her mother Joan (House) Brown of Clayton; six grandchildren; one brother, Michael R. (Penny) Brown of Clayton; one sister, Lynne (Gerald) Spears of Clayton.

Donations can be made in her name to the Orleans Public Library to sustain the love of reading and books in the community. In lieu of flowers, new or gently loved children’s books will be collected and distributed to students in the community in her honor. Condolences can be made at trjetty.com.

The remainder of a family (Outerbridge) trust fund will be bestowed upon Kingston General Hospital to further neurobiology research.


2/27/2019 – Rebecca A. (Gouge) Zegeer, Clayton

2/27/2019 – Rebecca A. (Gouge) Zegeer, Clayton

Rebecca Ann (Zegeer) Gouge, 63, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2019, at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, N.Y., after a long illness.

There will be calling hours for her on Saturday, June 8th, from 12 until 2pm at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Born in Charleston, W.Va., January 13, 1956, she was the daughter of Harry Soloman Zegeer and Mary Frances (McCarus) Zegeer. Rebecca graduated from Charleston High School and continued her education at WVU where she received her degree in Psychology. She then began working as a Preschool Teacher and also served as an Intake Coordinator at a children’s home.

Rebecca met Kary L. Gouge in Charleston, W.Va. The couple married and became residents of Clayton, N.Y., in 1985. Rebecca spent years developing programs in Jefferson county and was influential in the hospitality and tourism industry for 1000 Islands. Rebecca and Kary are most known for opening the first video rental store in Jefferson County in 1985, which served 21 locations.

Rebecca will be remembered as a free spirit who was always ready to help a neighbor. She was a “seeker of possibilities” and embraced the belief that “Life is Eternal.”

Rebecca was preceded in death by her husband, Kary Gouge (1998) and her parents. She is survived by her brothers, John, Paul and Richard and their families.

A Memorial Service was held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Charleston, on Saturday, March 30.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Patchwork / Daymark, 1592 Washington St. E., Charleston, WV 25311, in memory of Rebecca (Zegeer) Gouge.

2/27/2019 – William F. Lalonde – Clayton

Mr. William (Bill) F. Lalonde, 72, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24th, after being stricken at his residence.

Calling hours will be held Saturday, March 2nd, from 11am until 1pm, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. A burial will be held at a time to be announced in the Spring.

Bill was born Feb. 23rd, 1947, the son of Francis and Constance Denney Lalonde. He graduated from Clayton High School.

On April 20th, 1968, he married the former Mary Helen Bazinet.

Bill served in the U.S. Marine Corp from Sept. 15th, 1965 until being honorable discharged August 22nd, 1971, at the rank of Sergeant.

He worked at Wayne Garage Doors in Clayton for many years.

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

He enjoyed a lot of things, among his favorites was bird watching.

Surviving besides his wife Mary Helen, are two sons, David (Sara) of Leesburg, VA, and Bill (Abigail) of Troy, NY; two grandchildren; two sisters, Denise (Peter) Hummer of Clayton, and Pamela (Mike) Deeb of Plattsburgh; three brothers, Richard (Joan) of Florida, Steve of Albion, NY, and David (Deanna) of Clayton; nieces and nephews.

One sister, Debbie Niles, pre-deceased him.

Donations can be made in his name to T.I.E.R.S., PO Box 524, Clayton, NY, 13624.

2/26/2019 – Pastor Earl W. Reff, Watertown

2/26/2019 – Pastor Earl W. Reff, Watertown

Our beloved father, Pastor Earl W. Reff, 71, Pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church on Arsenal Street, stepped into the wonder of heaven on Sunday, Feb. 24th, surrounded by his loving family.  He had been a patient at the Samaritan Medical Center since Feb. 13th.

Family and friends are invited to gather with us to honor his life on Friday, at 11am, at the Fellowship Baptist Church with calling hours on Thursday evening from 7-9pm.

The youngest of six children, Earl was born November 28th, 1947, in Clayton, the son of Earl Franklin and Louise Harding Calhoun Reff.   In his youth he attended Lyme Central School in Chaumont.

Cherished husband of 52 years, he married his sweetheart and love, Linda Corwin, on April 15th, 1967, at the Clayton Methodist Church.

Earl worked for Morrison’s Furniture for nearly 20 years before following God’s calling on his life to enter the ministry.  He attended Spurgeon Baptist Bible College in Mulberry, Florida, graduating in 1995.   After graduation the Lord guided his steps back to Watertown, and he became the Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in November of 1995.

A life abundantly blessed, he was a kind and compassionate man who loved and was loved by many.  He was a man who invested himself in people and shared his great faith not only through his words, but by the actions of his life.  He enjoyed wood working and carving, playing his guitar, hunting, fishing and watching the birds on his back deck.  He was the Dean at Moose River Baptist Youth Camp for many years, where he was always in the midst of the activities with the children and was a favorite target of the “dunking booth”.   To his own children he is most remembered for making time for the little things and being available for the big things.

Surviving besides his wife Linda are three daughters, Lorrie (Philip) Weber of Lyons Falls, Lisa Cordero of Watertown, and Tammy (Robert) Stoudt of Watertown; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; five sisters, Nancy Walters of Rochester, Carol Happ of Batavia, Joyce Reed of Albion, Rosalyn Goutremont of Chaumont, and Norma Zanker of Tennessee; nieces and nephews; two Aunts, Gloria Calhoun and Clara (Polly) Reff.