5/17/17 – Elaine M. VanAlstyne, Clayton & LaFargeville

The funeral for Mrs. Elaine M. VanAlstyne, age 70, who died Tuesday, May 16th at the Samaritan Keep Home, will be at 2pm on Sunday, May 21st, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton, with Reverend Don Briant officiating. Calling hours will be from Noon until the time of the service.

Elaine was born Nov. 26th, 1946, the daughter of Delos and Ruth Lee Hagen and later was adopted by George Doner.

She graduated from Clayton High School. In the 1960’s, Elaine was Secretary and Treasurer of Diamond R. Riding Club.

Elaine had a great love of horses, horseback riding, and partook in several horse show competitions. She enjoyed bingo, NASCAR, and was an Elvis Presley enthusiast.

On April 17th, 1965, she married Eugene VanAlstyne at the Depauville Methodist Church.

In her earlier years she worked for a time in the kitchen at the Thousand Islands Club on Wellesley Island and later at the Century Warehouse on West Main Street in Watertown. Elaine’s last job was caregiver for Mrs. Fred Gailey of LaFargeville.

Surviving besides her husband, are two sons and their wives, Scott (Terri) of LaFargeville, and Michael (Deena) of Clayton; four grandchildren, Joshua VanAlstyne, Jessica Gould, Caleb and Ty VanAlstyne; three sisters, Barbara Eaton of Tennessee, Kathy Pierce of California, and Mrs. Bruce (Gail) Herbest of Maine; an Aunt, Mrs. Thomas (Nellie) VanNess; a sister-in-law, Sharon Connell of Clayton; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is pre-deceased by her Uncle Thomas VanNess, a nephew James Connell, and her brother-in-law, Dennis Connell.

Donations can be made in her name to T.I.E.R.S., P.O. Box 524, Clayton, N.Y. 13624. The family would like to thank the personal of T.I.E.R.S. for their service and much needed help over the years.

4/17/2017 – Judy A. Gotham, Watertown

4/17/2017 – Judy A. Gotham, Watertown

Mrs. Judy A. Gotham, 70, a resident of Summit Village, died Saturday at Samaritan Medical Center. There will be no public services. A private family Celebration of Life will be held at their convenience.

Judy was born April 3rd, 1947, in Watertown, the daughter of Neil and Betty Timmerman Dodge. She attended LaFargeville Schools.

She married Alvin Gotham. She worked in various restaurants in the Jefferson County area.

Judy enjoyed playing Bingo, fishing, playing cards, and reading.

She was like a ray of sunshine; she put a smile on everyone’s face when she walked into a room. She loved to make people laugh, and she also loved to get up and sing any chance she got.

Surviving is her husband Al; her mother Betty Dodge of Watertown; two sisters, Shari and her companion Mike of Hammond, and Cathy (Dave) Parker of Cape Vincent; three brothers, Neil of Clayton, Craig (Becky) of Watertown, and Ron (Christine) of New Jersey; nieces and nephews.

Three brothers, Allen, Eugene, and Steven, and one sister, Donna LaBow, pre deceased her.



3/3/2017 – Sandra M. Ellingsworth, LaFargeville

3/3/2017 – Sandra M. Ellingsworth, LaFargeville

Mrs. Sandra M. Ellingsworth, 74, of Co. Rt. 15, died Sunday morning at her home, where she was under the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

Calling hours will be Thursday, April 6th, from 3-5pm at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. The funeral service will follow at 5pm with Reverend Don Briant officiating. A reception will follow at 6:15pm at the Brownville American Legion.

Sandra was born February 13th, 1943, in Cape Vincent, the daughter of John and Ester Humphrey Grant. She attended Cape Vincent schools.

On April 23rd, 1977, she married Gary Ellingsworth in Clayton with Justice of the Peace Donald Sheley officiating. Gary, a retired Deputy Sheriff, died June 30th, 2006, at age 73.

A previous marriage to Marvin Weaver ended in divorce.

Sandra was a school bus driver for over 27 years, retiring in 2002, where she drove for Sackets Harbor and 1000 Islands School district.

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading, gambling, and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving are three daughters, Claudia Pickett of LaFargeville, Crystal (Timothy) Lawler of Watertown, and Pauline (Eric) Constance of Sackets Harbor; two sons, Maurice (Denise) Weaver of LaFargeville, and Marty (Betsy) Weaver of Wyoming; 12 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; one brother, Maurice (Thelma) Grant of Missouri; two sisters, Linda (Fred) Aubertine of Chaumont, and Nancy (Larry) Deshaw of Clayton; one brother in law, Merle McWayne, of Sackets Harbor; nieces and nephews.

One sister, Bonnie McWayne, died before her.

Donations can be made in her name to the 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.

3/30/2017 – Adelaide M. Dano, Perch River

3/30/2017 – Adelaide M. Dano, Perch River

The funeral for Mrs. Adelaide M. Dano, 72, of the Allen Road, who died Wednesday evening at the Samaritan Medical Center, will be at 3pm Saturday, April 8th, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton with Dr. Charles Moehs, CLM officiating. Calling hours will be held from 1pm until the time of the service at the funeral home.

A Spring burial will be at Perch River Cemetery.

Adelaide was born February 7th, 1945, in the Town of Brownville, daughter of Bonaparte and Hazel Wood Kalk. She graduated from Brownville schools.

On July 22nd, 1962, she married James Dano at the Clayton Methodist Church. He died April 6th, 2013 at age 72.

She worked years ago at Ridgeline Industries in Clayton, and mainly was a housewife taking care of her children.

Adelaide enjoyed bingo, crocheting, knitting, and most importantly spending time with her family.

Surviving are five sons, Michael (Colleen), Steven, and Ronald, all of Perch River, Edward and his companion Cindy Doss of Missouri, and James (Susan) of Middletown; ten grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one sister, Lillian Hunt of Evans Mills; two brothers, Howard (Geisla) of Nebraska, and George (Dorothy) of Carthage; nieces and nephews; also, seven step siblings.

Two brothers, Lawrence and Ronald, and one sister Patricia Brown, died before her.

Donations can be made in her name to the Children’s Miracle Network or St. Judes Children’s Hospital.

3/19/2017 – Beatrice E. Steele, LaFargeville

Mrs. Beatrice E. Steele, 92, County Rt. 13, died Saturday at her home, where she was under the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

As per her request, there will be no calling hours or funeral.

There will be a Graveside Committal Service, Wednesday, May 24th, at 11am, at Omar Cemetery.

Beatrice was born May 24th, 1924, in the Town of Orleans, the daughter of Zion and Carrie VanBrocklin Fitchette.

She graduated from Clayton High School in 1942.

On April 6th, 1949, she married George Steele at her parents home. Mr. Steele died in 2001.

She helped her husband with farming for years, and drove school bus for LaFargeville School, retiring in 1986.

Beatrice enjoyed sewing and was a former member of the LaFargeville Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Cary (Sheila) of LaFargeville, and Patrick of LaFargeville, and his children’s mother, Bobbi-Jo, of Herman; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Six brothers died before her, Tom, James, Richard, Eugene, Gerald, and Marquis. Also six sisters, Persis Wilkie, Pearl Shoulette, Bertha Bauter, Ruby Robbins, Ellen Kirkby, and Josephine Fisk, died before her.

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

Condolences can be made at trjetty.com




3/1/2017 – Louise M. Burns, Wellesley Island

Louise M. Burns passed away on March 1st at her home on Wellesley Island, under the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County. Louise was born at home in Clayton on September 5, 1930, the daughter of Grace A. (Matthews) and Melvin R. Calhoun. She graduated from LaFargeville Central School in 1948. She married H. Lewis Burns, son of John N. and Camilla (Houghton) Burns on September 20, 1951 in Mexico NY, officiated by Reverend Elwyn Williams.

She is survived by four children and their spouses. Stephen and Sue-Ryn, Mark and Wanda Lou, both of Wellesley Island, Christine and Roland Holloway of Clayton, and Janice and Thomas Moore, Jr. of Gloversville NY. She also leaves behind her beloved cat KC. She is also survived by God Children Timothy Thompson of Mallorytown, Ontario and Jamie Lynn Hackey of Jacksonville, Florida. Louise also leaves behind her grandchildren Mark A. and Juwon Burns, Matthew Holloway, Alexis and Nicholas (Holloway) Crowe, Lillian Gray, Justin Moore, and Megan Moore, and one great grandson, Ezekiel Burns. She is also survived by many extended family members and dear friends.

Louise was very active in her community and had been a member of the Wellesley Island Methodist Church, Wellesley Island Fire Department Auxiliary and the Fire Department, where she was the first woman from Wellesley Island to complete the fire essentials course. She sat on the board of the Children’s Home of Jefferson County and was active with the Wellesley Island Riverside Cemetery Association, holding the position of Sexton for over 20 years. She was also a member of the Alexandria Bay Senior Citizens and had been a past Den Mother for Scouts of America. She had been employed by the United States Postal Service and retired in 1992.

When she and her husband Lewis were alive, their home as well as their camp on Eel Bay had seen many gatherings for friends and family. She was a second Mom to many kids who grew up on Wellesley Island and was always ready to feed whomever was around. She enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, fishing, building fires and spending time with family and friends. She and her husband enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Florida. In the late 1960’s she and Lewis built Jolly Oaks Campground on Wellesley Island, turning old family farmland into a thriving business that was enjoyed by many from all over the world.

Louise is predeceased by her husband, parents, in-laws and brothers, as well as many friends and other relatives. Calling hours will be held at T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton on Saturday March 11th from noon to 2:00 pm with a brief memorial service immediately following. There will also be a memorial service held at Wellesley Island United Methodist Church at a later time. She and her husband will be interred in Riverside Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, the Wellesley Island Fire Department or a charity of ones choice.

2/28/2017 – Phyllis A. Lowe, Clayton

The memorial service for Phyllis A. Lowe will be private.    Mrs. Lowe of 120 State St. Clayton, NY died February 26, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.  She was 77.

Mrs. Lowe was born August 15, 1939 in Theresa, NY the daughter Frank and Mary A. Van Alstyne Larkin.  She graduated from Clayton Central School and later would earn her nurses degree from the Watertown School of Nursing.

She married Ernest Lowe on August 24, 1959 in Clayton, NY with the Rev. Fred I. Williams officiating.  Mr. Lowe died February 19, 2013.

She worked as a nurse at E. J. Noble Hospital in Alexandria Bay, NY.  She also worked as a waitress for several restaurants including McCormick’s, the Rondette in Clayton, and she also worked in the cafeteria of the Thousand Islands Central School.

Mrs. Lowe was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxillary Post 821 and was a past  member of the Clayton Fire Dept. Auxiliary, which is a family tradition.

She enjoyed bingo, going to the casino, spending quality time with her grandchildren and her great grandson.  Mrs. Lowe was a gifted writer of poems in which many of her writings were used on the Clayton Fire Dept. float in the Clayton Christmas parade.

She is survived by her son and daughter in law Ray and Tracy Lowe of Clayton, her three grandchildren Courtney Lowe of Jacksonville, FL, Daniel Lowe of Clayton and Tiffany Lowe of Watertown, NY.  She is also survived by her only great grandson Noah Lowe of Clayton, NY.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to the Clayton Volunteer Fire Dept. Auxiliary.

2/22/2017 – Raymond W. Papin, LaFargeville

Mr. Raymond W. Papin, 92, of County Rte. 3, died Tuesday at Samaritan Medical Center. Per his request there will be no calling hours. There will be a Memorial Service on Sunday at 2pm, at the Omar Methodist Church, with Reverend Steven Garrett, his Grandson, officiating.

Ray was born August 25th, 1924, in the Town of Clayton, the son Peter G. and Gertrude Luffman Papin.

He attended Watertown Schools.

On August 17th, 1954, he married Joyce Baltz in Baltimore, MD.

Ray farmed his whole life. He was a horseman, and he bought and sold many farms around the area.

He was a former member of the LaFargeville Lions Club.

Surviving besides his wife Joyce are five children, Ted and Dale of LaFargeville, Peter (Joyce) of Redwood, Rick of Watertown, and Ronda Jones and her companion Justin Halladay of Croghan; numerous grand and great grandchildren; one sister, Patricia; one brother, Robert (Nancy) of North Carolina; nieces and nephews.

One son John, died in 2011. Also, one brother James, and two sisters Bea Robinson and Mable Schwander, died before him.

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


2/14/2017 – Eleanor F. Calhoun, Clayton

Mrs. Eleanor F. Calhoun, 103, died Friday at the Samaritan Medical Center.

There will be no calling hours. There will be a Spring Graveside Committal Service in Clayton Cemetery at a time and date to be announced.

Donations can be made in her name to your favorite charity.

Eleanor was born September 27th, 1913, in Watertown, the daughter of Manley and Alice Atherton Rusho.

She attended Clayton schools.

On August 22nd, 1930, she married Benson Calhoun Sr. in Ogdensburg. Mr. Calhoun died January 22nd, 1962.

Eleanor and her husband farmed on Grindstone Island until his death. She then worked for a number of years at the Clayton Central School in the cafeteria, where she worked in various capacities.

She lived in Florida for 17 years, returning to Clayton in 1990. While in Florida she worked in her daughter’s restaurant in Jupiter for 10 years.

Eleanor was a former member of the Eastern Star; she loved reading, gardening, and especially being with her family.

Surviving is one daughter, Elaine (Raymond) McGuire of Jupiter, Fl.; one son Ben (Karen) Calhoun of Clayton; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

One daughter, Loraine Elger, one brother, Leon Rusho Sr., and one sister Mrs. Carlyn Hammersley, all from Clayton, died before her.

1/27/2017 – Richard K. Chapman, Clayton

The funeral for Mr. Richard K. Chapman, age 66, of Breezy Pines Road, who died Wednesday at his residence, will be at 2pm on SUNDAY, Feb. 5th, with Reverend Earl Lalone Pastor officiating at the Clayton United Methodist Church. Calling hours will be 4-7pm, FRIDAY, Feb. 3rd, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Dick was born December 5th, 1950, in Sharon, Conn., the son of Stuart and Julia Culver Chapman. He graduated from Reinbeck Central School and also Robert Wesleyan College.

On July 4th, 1970, he married the former Susan Lyman in Reinbeck, N.Y.

He was a teacher at Alexandria Bay School, where he taught various grades for 39 years, retiring in 2012.

Dick was a member of the Clayton Rotary Club, the Clayton United Methodist Church, and assisted his wife in story hour at Hawn Memorial Library.

He enjoyed golf, boating, basketball, various other sports, carpentry, and doing home repairs. Dick was a sports fan of the Syracuse Orangemen, NY Yankees, and the New England Patriots.

Surviving besides his wife Sue are four sons, Richard J. (Angela) of Watertown, James (Pamela) of Oxford; Christopher and Thomas, both of Watertown; two daughters, Jennifer (Brian) Herget of Cape Vincent, and Kimbrie (Zachary) Cullen of Redwood; two grand children; one sister, Pamela (Roger) Hoffmann of Reinbeck; nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made in his name to T.I.E.R.S., P.O. Box 254, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.