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.



1/21/2019 – Franklin R. Shaffrey, Clayton

Franklin R. Shaffrey, age 85, of Clayton, NY, died January 19, 2019, at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

He was born in Lowville, NY, the son of Royce E. and Alene E. (Woolaver) Shaffrey.  He graduated from Lowville Free Academy in 1951. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956 as a control tower operator, serving primarily in New Mexico.

From 1956 to 1965 he was employed with Eastern and Mohawk airlines at Watertown International Airport.   In 1965 he joined U.S. Customs, and was assigned at Rouses Point, NY, and Alexandria Bay, NY, Ports of Entry, retiring in 1993.

On June 30, 1953, he married Patricia I. Combs at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lowville.   She died June 5, 2014. Patricia worked for a time at Guardino Elementary as a hall monitor.

Frank was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Clayton, NY.   He enjoyed cutting firewood, woodworking projects, and time with family.

He is survived by two daughters, Linda (Roland) Slone, Clarksville, TN, and Janna (Robert Cooke), Watertown; grandchildren, Adam Wiggins, Cape Vincent, and Lydia (Adam) VanNatta, VA., and great-grandson Michael VanNatta, three brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son, Michael, in 1984 at age 14, two sisters, Geraldine Stansbury and Marion Yandeau, his parents and his wife.

A graveside committal service will be scheduled in spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan Foundation (Samaritan Medical Center), 830 Washington St. Watertown, NY, 13601 (or samaritanhealth.com/give-online), or Christ Episcopal Church, 235 John St., Clayton, NY, 13624.


1/10/2018 – Barbara J. Hoops-Landon, Brownville

1/10/2018 – Barbara J. Hoops-Landon, Brownville

Mrs. Barbara J. Hoops-Landon, 89, died Tuesday, January 8th, at Samaritan Summit Village, where she resided since September of 2013. There will be a service in the Spring at a time and place to be announced.

Barbara was born February 21st, 1929, in Watertown, the daughter of Vernet and Harriet (Hattie) Robinson Schnauber. She graduated from Clayton Central School.

A former marriage to Bruce Shaw ended in divorce. She then married Norman Landon in 1958. He died in 1965. Later on she married John (Bart) Hoops, who predeceased her.

Being married to her husband Norman Landon, they owned and operated the Gunns Corners Restaurant, until they sold it and opened a liquor store in Brownville.

Barb bought Treasure Island on the St. Lawrence River, and later on with her husband, Bart they built a cottage and developed the island and loved spending a lot of time there entertaining friends. They wintered in the Houston area. While in Houston, they belonged to three different bands, the Bayou Banjo Band, a Czeck Band, and the Houston Brass Band. They were also well known in the Jefferson County Area, where they played at numerous nursing homes with their own band (Sugar & Spice).

Barb published three cookbooks, she also wrote a column in the Thousand Islands Sun and Town & Country papers called; “Bit of News by Barb.”

Over the years she was very active in the Omar and Perch River Grange. She was a member of the Bethany Methodist Church in Watertown, also the North Jefferson Community Band, the Black River Fiddlers Association, and was very active in the 4-H Organization.

Surviving are three daughters, Diane (Mark) Baltz of Omar, Shirley (Gary) Thiessen of Texas, and Patricia (Marshal) Linder of Pennslyvania; two sons, David (Martha) Landon of Warners, N.Y., and Leslie (Laura) Landon of Texas; one step-daughter, Susan (John) Rossi of Florida; twenty grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. MaryLou (Jack) Charles of Ithaca; nieces and nephews.

One grandson, James Huddleston, one sister, Helen Klouzal,  two brothers, Robert and Medford, and one step-son James Hoops, died before her.

Donations can be made in her name to the Depauville Methodist Church or Hospice of Jefferson County.


1/8/2019 – Beatrice A. Salisbury, Chaumont

Mrs. Beatrice Ann Salisbury, 82, of County Route 5, died Sunday, January 6th, at her residence, where she was under the care of her family.

At her request there will be no services.

Beatrice was born April 25th, 1936, in Rhinebeck, N.Y., daughter of Chester and Elizabeth Day Myers. She attended schools in Red Hook, N.Y.

On April 8th, 1956, she married Alexander Salisbury. They were married over 62 years.

She was a homemaker who raised her family, and assisted her husband in the operations of their farm.

Beatrice enjoyed horseback riding, and taking her horses to various horse shows around the area.

Surviving besides her husband are three daughters, Gail (Doug) Paddock of Clayton, Patricia (Stacey) Rice of Madison County, and Beverly (Richard) Branch of Chaumont; five sons, Alex Jr., Chester (Lisa), David, Eric, all of Chaumont, and Brian of Watertown;19 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; two brothers, Roy and Donald of Red Hook; nieces and nephews.

One brother, William, died before her.

1/6/2019 – Richard D. Lavetsky, Depauville

Richard D. Lavetsky, 73, died January 3rd, at Houghton Rehab and Nursing Home where he resided for one year. There will be a Graveside Committal Service at the Depauville Cemetery at 1pm, Wednesday, January 9th, with Military Honors provided by the Clayton American Legion Post 821.

A Celebration of Rick’s Life will start at 3pm at the Clayton American Legion.

Rick was born, October 11th, 1945, in Watertown, the son of John P. and Marsincavage Lavetsky. He graduated from Watertown High School.

He married the former, Florena Pike, January 21st, 1970, in Watertown.

Rick served in the United States Navy from July 5th, 1966, until October 7th, 1969, when he was honorably discharged.

He worked for over 20 years at Frink Snowplow in Clayton, until it closed. Then he worked at the Clayton American Legion until his retirement.

He was a member of the Clayton American Legion Colin Couch Post 821, and was a long time member of the Depauville Fire Department.

Rick enjoyed fixing things, kayaking, hiking, and doing puzzles.

Surviving besides his wife Flo, is one son, Rick of Dansville; three daughters, Sharon Willis, and Reba Lavetsky, both of Canaseraga, and Jennifer (Mark) Denesha of Navarra Florida; 8 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; two brothers, Joe (Kim) of Fayetteville, and John (Linda) of Watertown; nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made in his name to the Depauville Volunteer Fire Department.

12/27/2018 – John W. Huchzermeier, Depauville

Mr. John W. Huchzermeier, 73, died Saturday, Dec. 22nd, unexpectedly at his residence. A Memorial Service will be held January 1st, at 11am, at the Depauville Methodist Church, with Reverend Earl Lalone Pastor officiating. Burial will be in Depauville Cemetery. A reception will be held at the church after the service, followed by another reception at the Depauville Hotel as per John’s wishes.

John was born January 26, 1945 in Watertown, the son of William B. and Elizabeth Warner Huchzermeier. His father died in March of 1953. His mother re-married Henry Cramer later in life.

He married Linda Brewer, June 1st, 2002, at the Dexter American Legion, with J.P. Melba Ellingsworth officiating. A previous marriage to Keitha Haas ended in divorce.

John graduated from Clayton High School and attended Morrisville College.

He entered the U.S. Air Force on August 24th, 1964, and was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant on August 23rd, 1968. John served at various locations around the world and the United States.

John worked construction for various contractors, he was a truck driver for Pepsi Company, and for many years he was a dump truck driver for Carlisle & Son Sand and Gravel until he retired.

He was a member of the Clayton American Legion Colin-Couch Post 821, Depauville Methodist Church, and according to John his main interest was drinking beer.

Surviving besides his wife Linda, are two children, Patricia (Michael) Schnauber of Rodman, and William (Crystal) of Depauville; four grandchildren; two step-children, Joe Brewer of Clayton, and Pam Livingston of Chaumont; one step granddaughter; four step great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. James Glorian (Reinman) of Clayton; nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made in his name to the Depauville Volunteer Fire Department.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Riley, the staff at Public Health, and the many emergency personnel who responded and attended to John.

Those people who had the good fortune of knowing John, you certainly would appreciate his sense of humor and benefit from his many stories.

12/21/2018 – Kathleen O. Turturro, Watertown & Clayton

12/21/2018 – Kathleen O. Turturro, Watertown & Clayton

The funeral for Mrs. Kathleen O. (Clark) Turturro, 92, of Henry Keep Apartments, who died Thursday, Dec. 20th, at Samaritan Medical Center, where she had been a patient a short time, will be held Friday, Dec. 28th, at Noon, at St. Mary’s Church with Father Arthur LaBaff officiating. A Spring burial will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Kathleen was born on July 17th, 1926, in Three Mile Bay, the daughter of Thomas and LaVilla Chavoustie Kelly. She attended Redfield High School.

She worked for Cheeseborough Ponds as an Assembler for 22 years.

Kathleen was a member of the Watertown Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda Gifford of Rosiere, and Sharon Cruse of Kingston, Ontario; four sons, David (Dianne) Clark of Camden, Guy (LouAnn)Clark of Chaumont, Scott Clark of Stone Mills, and Kevin (Mary) Clark of Cape Vincent; a daughter in law, Roberta Clark of Rosiere; 20 grandchildren; great grandchildren; and great great grandchildren.

Two children, Robert and his sister Janice Clark, died before her.

Donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, PO Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101-9950.




11/13/2018 – Thelma I. Houghton, Wellesley Island

Mrs. Thelma I. Houghton, 95, of Cicero and Liverpool, died Monday, November 12th, at her daughter’s residence, where she was under the care of her family and Hospice of Central New York.

The Funeral will be held at 11am Thursday, November 15th, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton with Reverend Frederica Webb, Pastor of Fineview Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Wellesley Island.

Thelma was born, November 9th, 1923, in Thousand Islands Park, the daughter of Joseph and Catharine MacKinnon Patterson. She graduated from Clayton High School.

On December 13th, 1941, she married William Houghton in Plessis, N.Y. Bill died November 20th, 2008 at age 85.

For a time Thelma worked as a Secretary for the Y.M.C.A. in Watertown. From 1975-1985, Thelma and her husband, owned and operated Bill’s Mini-Mart on Wellesley Island.

Thelma was a member of the Brewerton Methodist Church, the Fineview Methodist Church, Wellesley Island Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, the LaFargeville American Legion Klock-Smith Post 1588 Ladies Auxiliary, and a member of the Brewerton Eastern Star.

Surviving are four daughters, Karen Houghton of Rochester, Judy Barth, Sandy (Ron) Oaster, and Sheryl (Paul) Carlucci, with whom she resided with, all of Cicero; 12 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

All of her brothers and sisters died before her.

Donations can be made in her name to the Fineview Methodist Church, or the Wellesley Island Fire Department.

11/12/2018 – Michael J. Mosier, Clayton

Mr. Michael J. Mosier, 73, died Friday, November 9th, at his residence. There will be no services.

Mike was born May 7th, 1945, in Watertown, the son of Charles and Harriet Nims Mosier. He graduated from area schools and also from Monmouth College in New Jersey, receiving a degree in automotive engineering.

In the 1960’s and early 70’s he owned and operated a gas station called Mike’s Sinclair Station. After selling the gas station, he was a teacher at Brookdale College in New Jersey. After moving back to the North Country, he worked for a time at Spicer’s Bay Marina. Then moving to Florida, he worked for various boat companies, including, Chris Craft, Wellcraft, Donzi, and Cigarette Boats. For a time before he retired, once he moved back to the North Country, he worked at Chalk’s Marina.

He enjoyed restoring cars, especially Corvettes.

Surviving are one daughter, Diahann Mosier, of Pennsylvania; one son, John (Michael) of Clayton; two grandchildren; a sister, Marcia Staib; nieces and nephews.

One sister, Elaine Baldwin, died before him.

Donations can be made in his name to the P.T. Boat Museum, Fall River, Massachusetts, at www.ptboats.org.