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.


2/19/2019 – June L. Chrisman, Adams Center

2/19/2019 – June L. Chrisman, Adams Center

June Lea Chrisman of Adams Center, NY (formerly of Watertown, NY) passed away on 02/18/2019 at the age of 74.  She had been longsuffering from the terminal lung disease Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and was under the care of her family and Hospice.

She was born in West Carthage, NY on June 28, 1944 to Alice Vera Adner Phillips – (D. 11/18/1993) of Croghan, NY and Asa Victor Phillips – (D. 11/7/1977) of Natural Bridge, NY.

June grew up in Natural Bridge, NY and attended school there through 8th grade. She graduated from Carthage High School in 1961.

After 21 years of marriage (08/13/89), June’s husband, Leon Douglas Chrisman predeceased her in death on 04/07/2010.

June worked many part and full time jobs while raising her 3 daughters on her own and in 2007 retired from Car-Freshner Corporation in Watertown, NY after 25 years. Always an active person, she didn’t stay retired for long and obtained a part-time job at Fuccillo Imports as a porter delivering documents, mail, and banking.  When her husband “Doug” became ill she took a leave of absence to care for him and fully retired in 2014.

Long before she could glean genealogy information from the internet, June traveled around the northeast searching out family history in county clerk’s offices, cemeteries and libraries, even discovering a long forgotten and overgrown cemetery a few miles from her home where her Great Great Great Great Grandfather was buried.  Her interest in history and genealogy lead to many volunteer hours at Flower Memorial Library in the genealogy department, where she fully documented 200 funeral home logs from the former Northan Fox Funeral Home, which were donated by Doug Berry of the Square Lion. She loved traveling and visited foreign countries with her family including Italy, Germany, Scotland and the Caribbean Islands, and many places throughout the U.S.  She and her husband traveled the East Coast on their motorcycle as members of the Retreads for several years as well. June was an avid reader of non-fiction, especially true crime and biographies and was interested in celebrity lifestyles and was generally a people watcher. From childhood she always had a cat or dog and loved animals, frequently donating supplies like animal food and used towels to the SPCA.  June was a generous person, giving to her family above and beyond, and often doing acts of kindness for others anonymously.  Those who were close to June and those who worked with her knew her kindness, generosity, and sassy sense of humor. She was a loving mother and grandmother who wanted nothing more than to see her children happy.

June was a deeply spiritual person and a long time member of the IDMR, as well as the President of the Watertown branch.  The teachings of the founder, Dr. H.C. Kinley, had a major impact on how she lived her life.

Surviving June in order of birth are her daughters, Shirley Jane and Donald Maycock, Jamie Lorraine and Russell Pope, and Nickole Lea and Jeffery Shambo. Also in order of birth are grandchildren, Jory Douglas Chrisman and fiance Karen Agnes Moch, Kenneth George (grandson) Aubin 3rd and Melissa, Jenna Nickole (grand-daughter) and Randall Vitullo, Phillip Deforrest Aubin and Lucas Drew Aubin along with great grandchildren Aurora Rose Vitullo, Lily Skye Aubin, Willow Eileen Aubin and Opal Ivory Vitullo.

Two siblings predeceased June in death, Shirley Alice Phillips – (D. 06/15/1941) and Albert George Phillips – (D. 06/13/1946).

A Celebration of Life will be held privately for immediate family and close friends.  June was and is loved dearly by those close to her and will be forever missed.

The family is greatly appreciative and thankful to the staff at Hospice of Jefferson County for their support and compassion shown to June and her family during this difficult time and ask any donations in June’s memory be made to them to help others.





2/18/2019 – Betty F. Jetty, Formerly of Port Byron

2/18/2019 – Betty F. Jetty, Formerly of Port Byron

Mrs. Betty F. Jetty, 90, died Friday, February 15th, in Sunderland, VT, where she resided for the past 4 years with her daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter whom she fondly referred to as “Gwennie Bear.” At her request, there will be no calling hours or funeral.

There will be a Graveside Committal Service in the Spring at a time to be announced in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Port Byron, followed by a Celebration of Life at a place to be announced.

Betty was born August 12th, 1928, in Pompey, NY, the daughter of Alfred and Hazel Peterson Ferris. She graduated from Port Byron High School at age 16.

On March 11, 1950, she married Milford (Mish) Jetty in Throop, NY with the Reverend Payson Derby officiating. Mish, a WWII Marine Veteran, passed away in December of 2000.

She was a telephone operator for over 35 years for New York Telephone Company in Auburn, N.Y., retiring April 29th, 1983. For many years after her retirement, most people will know her as the voice of the answering service for T.R. Jetty Funeral Home, where she enjoyed talking to many people.

Betty was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and of the John Cool Post 257 American Legion Auxiliary in Port Byron.

All her life her greatest love was spending as much time as she could with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including taking them to amusement parks. She also enjoyed garage “shopping,” antiques, and was an avid Yankees fan.

Surviving are her daughter Arden Jorolemon of Sunderland, VT; two sons, Randy (Diane) Jetty of Port Byron, NY, and Terry Jetty and his companion Heather Delaney of Clayton, NY; six grandchildren, Mary Jo (Eric) Norfolk of Apex, NC, Rick (Dawn) Jorolemon of Port Byron, NY,  Jessica (Tammy Shupka) Jorolemon McGowan of Sunderland, VT, Sara (Jacob) Haremza of Sunderland, VT, Eric Jetty of Clayton, NY, and Shauna (Derek) Sherboneau of Clayton, NY; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson; Sister in Laws, Fern Fowler Greene, Velma Thompson, both of Auburn, and Janet Mills of Rochester; nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Mish, Betty was pre-deceased by a son in law, Dick Jorolemon, of Port Byron, NY, a daughter in law, Laurie Jetty, of Clayton, NY, and two sisters Thelma Gianni, and Mildred Reed.

Donations can be made in her name to the Port Byron Volunteer Fire Department.




2/12/2019 – Wayne H. Dorr, Clayton

Mr. Wayne H. Dorr, 83, formerly of State Street, Clayton, died January 23rd, in Argonne, Wisconsin, where he has resided for the past four years.

There will be a Graveside Service at the Depauville Cemetery in the Spring at a time to be announced.

Wayne was born September 24th, 1939, in Syracuse, the son of Hermon and Dorothy Hartman Dorr.

He served in the U.S. Navy from October 9th, 1957, until he was honorable discharged, October 4th, 1962.

On March 19th, 1966, he married the former Cynthia Hackbarth, at St. Mary’s Rectory, with Monsignor Dennis Lynch officiating. Cynthia died July 7th, 2002.

Wayne worked for a number of years at Anchor Motor Freight on Wellesley Island until it’s closure, then he worked on Fort Drum until his retirement.

Surviving are two sons, Phillip of Montana, and Paul of Pennsylvania; grandchildren; one brother, Dennis of Florida; five sisters, Ms. Nancy Dorr of Florida, Mrs. Shirley (Roger) Gerwitz of Angola, Mrs. Phyllis (Lawrence) Angel of Pennsylvania; Mrs. Janice Amidon of Utica, Mrs. Donna (Robert) Wicinski of Maryland; nieces and nephews.

One daughter, Patricia A., died on June 15th, 1991, at age 21.


2/2/2019 – Amber M. Natali, Clayton

2/2/2019 – Amber M. Natali, Clayton

Amber M. Natali, age 41, passed away on January 31, 2019 at her home in Frederick, Maryland.

Her service will be held at Clayton United Methodist Church on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 11am with Reverend Earl Lalone Pastor officiating.   A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at the Knights of Columbus hall – 460 James St, Clayton , NY.

Born August 12, 1977 in Watertown, NY. Amber was a 1996 graduate  of Thousand Islands High School where she was an all star athlete in Soccer, Softball, and Hockey.  Amber went on to school at North Country Community College and then to Mercyhurst University where she received her Masters degree in Sports Marketing and Business.  Amber worked for Nike Hockey for many years out of college,  which led her to  live in New Jersey and  Pittsburgh. After leaving Nike she moved back to New York for a few years, then spent the last four years in Maryland.

Growing up, Amber’s passion was hockey. She started playing at the age of five and loved being in the net. Amber was a fierce competitor and played on both the girls and boys teams in high school. After high school, Amber went on to play for Mercyhurst University from 1999-2001.  In college, Amber was quoted saying, “I play for the pure love of the sport. Hockey has been a passion I haven’t been able to get enough of”.  She developed a  love for the New England Patriots and found joy in watching Tom Brady destroy the rest of the league.

As a child, Amber loved to spend time on Grindstone Island with her family and loved to be at Potter’s Beach. Even after moving out on her own, spending time with family in New York, Maryland, and Rhode Island  was always her priority. Her family was everything to her. Amber loved being an Aunt and cherished spending time with her niece and nephews. She wanted to be the fun, loving aunt, and she was!

Amber is survived by her parents, Nat and Mary Natali of Clayton, NY and Clay and Kay Kolle of Derwood, MD; her siblings Vic Natali and his wife Tashua, Courtney Wright and her husband Chris, Erin Kolle, and  Ben Hargrove; niece and nephews Caroline, Sean, and Beckett Wright, and Eli Natali. She leaves behind her grandmother and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to: Dodge Hall, 14972 Lovers Lane, Clayton, N.Y. 13624 or T.I.E.R.S, P.O. Box 524, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.

Amber was  a kind, thoughtful, hard-working,  loving person who was always up for a good laugh. She will be missed by many.








1/29/2019 – Robert C. Bender, Clayton

1/29/2019 – Robert C. Bender, Clayton

Mr. Robert C. Bender, 63, died Sunday, January 27th, at The Grand in Rome, N.Y., where he resided since October of 2017. There will be no calling hours or service. A Celebration of Life will be held this Spring at the family’s convenience.

Bob was born, April 18th, 1955, the son of Charles and Audrey Danough Bender. He attended local schools and was a lifetime resident of Clayton.

He was owner and operator of Riverside Construction for over 35 years, mainly working in Thousand Islands Park on Wellesley Island.

On April 25th, 1980, he married the former Kandy Tibbles Sharp at the Clayton United Methodist Church with Reverend Robert Nay officiating.

Bob and his wife loved boating on the river, and going on vacations, especially cruises. He enjoyed building things, including his own home.

He was noted for winning the Shaltain Award for work he did on a Queen Ann styled porch he did at T.I. Park.

Surviving besides his wife Kandy, is one son Jesse (April) of Hammond; one daughter, Ashley (Steve) Pierson of North Carolina; his mother, Audrey, of Watertown; three grandchildren, Jesse and Nathan of Hammond, and Skyler of Clayton; three sisters, Janet Ferguson of Clayton, Holly (Dee) Coburn of Washington, and Becky (Craig) Dodge of Watertown; two brothers, Ray of Clayton, and Dennis (Carol) of Washington; nieces and nephews.

His father Charles, and his sister Julie, died before him.

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