11/30/19 – Janelle N. Perkins, Clayton

Miss Janelle N. Perkins, 27, died at her home on County Route 5, on Friday, November 29th, where she was under the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County. She had been ill on and off most of her life.

Janelle was born October 7th, 1992, in Watertown, the daughter of Edward and Beverly Salisbury Perkins. She graduated from 1000 Islands High School.

She worked for a time doing home care and for a time at the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

Janelle enjoyed baking, photography, babysitting, fishing, and really enjoyed talking.

Surviving is her father Edward, of Watertown; her mother and stepfather, Beverly (Richard) Branch; two brothers, Joshua and Edward III (Ariel), both of Watertown; paternal grandmother, Francis Rivers, of Watertown; maternal grandfather, Alexander Salisbury, of Chaumont; Aunts; Uncles; and Nephews.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, December 14th, from 1-3pm, at the Depauville Fire Hall.

Donations in her name can be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street Road, Watertown, N.Y. 13601.



11/26/2019 – Linda L. Reff, Watertown & Clayton

Our sweet mother, Linda L. Reff, 70, courageously completed her earthly journey on Sunday, November 24th, stepping into the presence of her Savior and into the arms of her beloved husband. She had been a patient at the Samaritan Medical Center since November 6th.

Born on November 26th, 1948, in Endicott, the daughter of Richard Corwin and Louise Eiklor Corwin, she married her sweetheart and love, Earl W. Reff, on April 15th, 1967, at the Clayton Methodist Church.

Linda was a woman filled with faith, who delighted to use her talents to bless her family and to minister to others. Over the years she was a Sunday School teacher, taught in the Christian School, was church secretary, Vacation Bible School director and teacher, and played an important part in working with teens, alongside her husband.

In 1995 she and Earl graduated from Spurgeon Baptist Bible College in Mulberry, Florida, after being called to full time ministry. She took on the role of Pastor’s Wife when her husband became the Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Watertown in November of 1995, where they both served until this spring, when Earl entered into Glory before her.

An avid gardener, her flower beds were a perfect example of how she lived her life: the labor required was seen as in investment in the beauty to come. This was the secret to her “green thumb” with both plants and people. As in gardening, getting her hands dirty was part of the process, and she could always be found right in the middle of a project whether it be for a Sunday School class she was teaching, a Vacation Bible School lesson she was planning or an event that was being organized.

In more recent years her health declined and her body failed, but she never stopped being a beautiful and faithful example, living a life filled with love for the Lord.

She will forever be cherished by her three daughters, Lorrie (Philip) Weber of Lyons Falls, Lisa Cordero of Watertown, and Tammy (Robert) Stoudt of Watertown; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; half-siblings; nieces and nephews; two Aunts, Shirley (Robert) Heath, Evie (Robert) Craig; and two Uncles, Robert Corwin and Donald Corwin.

A time of reflection and honor of her life will be held on Monday, at 11am, at Fellowship Baptist Church, Arsenal Street, with calling hours on Sunday afternoon from 2-4pm.


11/22/2019 – Scott W. Beckwith, Clayton & Theresa

11/22/2019 – Scott W. Beckwith, Clayton & Theresa

Mr. Scott W. Beckwith, 64, died November 20th, at the Samaritan Medical Center.

Scott was born February 27th, 1955, in Canandaigua, the son of William (Russell) and Myrna Ellsworth Beckwith. He attended schools in Broomfield and graduated from 1000 Islands High School in 1974.

He married the former Patricia Bain on March 29th, 2008 in Theresa.

Scott worked for over 35 years as an Operating Engineer with Local Union 158 out of Syracuse.

Being an avid outdoorsman, in his younger years he was a fishing guide on the St. Lawrence River. For a time, he lived in Alaska, where he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved going back to Alaska and also trips to Quebec where he hunted for Caribou and Moose.

Scott was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Alexandria Bay, Ducks Unlimited, and the N.R.A.

He loved playing Santa and seeing the children’s faces light up, he loved a good story and telling many himself.

Surviving besides his wife Patty, is his mother, Myrna; two step-daughters that he absolutely adored and loved like his own, Deeann (John) Reeves of Port Hood, TX.; Sarah Hall of Evans Mills; two beautiful grandchildren who were his pride and joy, Abigail (Doodle) and Jamison (Sumsum) Gordon; two brothers, Curt (Karen) of Alexandria Bay, and Stephen of Theresa; nieces and nephews.

A sister, Starleen, passed away in 1976, and his father, Russ, passed away in 2017.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, November 30th, at the Theresa Fire Department, from 1-6pm.

Patty said, “when we married, I married my best friend, and it lead me on a journey of a lifetime, and I have loved every second of it.”

Donations can be made in his name to the Alexandria Bay Volunteer Ambulance or the Theresa Fire Department.


11/15/2019 – Charles M. Partridge, Clayton

11/15/2019 – Charles M. Partridge, Clayton

Mr. Charles M. Partridge, 82, of Clayton, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, November 14th, under the care of his family, especially his daughter, Angel, and Hospice of Jefferson County.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 23rd, at the LaFargeville American Legion from Noon until 3pm.

Charles was born on July 5th, 1937, in Macomb, N.Y., the 5th son to Lawrence Partridge and Loava Fleming Hill. The family moved to the former Don Gillick Farm in Clayton where he grew up.

He graduated in 1957 from Clayton Central School. After graduation, he worked on the Bob & Eve Morrow Farm, the Burrville Sawmill, and the Holcomb Lumber Company.

Charles joined the Army in 1962 and was Honorably Discharged in 1966 as a Corporal First Class. He also served as an Emergency Police Officer for several years after.

On November 16th, 1968, he married the love of his life, Donna Marie Parker Jones.

In 1970, he went to work at Sunset Heating as an HVAC Technician, working with his brother Donald. Eventually the pair formed their own business called Flame Heating, also doing HVAC work. In 1977, he began work at the former Frink Snowplow as an Assembler, moving his family from Calcium to Clayton. After the closure of Frinks, he went to work briefly for Albert Payne before going to work on Fort Drum in 1982 for Morgan Badgley Company as a Plumber, working on Military Housing. He quickly became a foreman and the company later restructured as Donahoe Electrical & Mechanical. After leaving the construction business, he went to work for Mellon & Daye Plumbing and Heating in Clayton, retiring in 1999.

Charles was a very giving person and would help anyone at the drop of a hat. He enjoyed playing chess, mowing his lawn, and tinkering in his garage. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was also a very good carpenter, building his own houses in Calcium and Clayton.

Surviving besides his wife Donna is a son, Terry Jones and his wife Georgette of Clayton; a daughter, Angel Adcock and her husband Aaron of Clayton; a granddaughter, Alexis Fefee and two grandsons, Gavin Robinson and Tristan Adcock; a brother, Robert of Calcium; several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his parents, a stepfather, John T. Hill, and four brothers, Lawrence, Frederick, Donald and Dalton. A sister died at birth.

Donations can be made in his name to the ALS Department at the Syracuse VA and Hospice of Jefferson County.

11/5/2019 – Robert C. Calhoun, LaFargeville

Mr. Robert C. Calhoun, 75, died Saturday, November 2nd, after a lengthy illness. Per his request there will be no services.

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

Bob was born September 17th, 1944, in Watertown, the son of Ora (Bill) and Muriel Morin Calhoun. He grew up in Cape Vincent, where he graduated school.

On May 31st, 2006, he married the former Denise Norfolk in Clayton.

Bob worked his farm for a long time, and also worked as a Mechanic for 1000 Islands Bridge Authority and Gilco.

He was a member of the F.F.A.

Bob enjoyed traveling, keeping his lawn mowed just right, and especially going on his Sunday afternoon drives.

Amongst his survivors is his wife Denise; his daughter, Whitney and her fiancé John Shanahan of Dexter; his granddaughter, Paighton Shanahan of Dexter; and his life-long friend, Darryl Dingman of LaFargeville.

Donations can be made in his name to the local Shriners Organization, 1204 State Street, Watertown, N.Y. 13601.

10/29/2019 – Richard L. Story, Clayton & Florida

Mr. Richard L. Story, 60, died at his residence on Thursday, October 24th, after a battle with lung cancer. There will be no services. A burial will be held in Florida.

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

Rick was born May 3rd, 1959, in Florida, the son of Leo and Margaret Swearigin Story. He attended Florida schools.

A marriage ended in divorce.

Rick worked various jobs in Florida as a truck driver.

After moving to the North Country, he lived for a time in Redwood. He also worked for Foxy’s Restaurant in Fishers Landing, and also as a farm hand, during his time here.

He really enjoyed his motorcycles.

Surviving is one son, Richard T. of Iowa; one grandchild, Jude Grace of Iowa; a half-sister Corrina Messick of Indiana; a stepsister, LaVeda McNeill of Florida; nieces; nephews; his friends and caregivers Jerry and Kathryn Wetterhahn of Clayton.

One daughter, Sheana Story, passed away before him.


9/10/2019 – Arthur J. Doherty, Fishers Landing

9/10/2019 – Arthur J. Doherty, Fishers Landing

Mr. Arthur J. Doherty, 83, of Farrell Drive, died Monday, September 9th, at Ellis Farm with his family at his side. There will be no calling hours or funeral per his request.

There will be a private Graveside Service at Grove Cemetery in LaFargeville at the family’s convenience.

Art was born July 12th, 1936, in Brooklyn, the son of Arthur Doherty Sr. and Kathleen Taylor.

He graduated from East Rockway High School and earned an Associated Degree in Business from Farmingdale in 1962.

Art married the former EllaDawn Getman, on June 10th, 1961, at the LaFargeville United Methodist Church, with Reverend Clifford Sullivan officiating.

He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956, where he worked as a Military Policeman serving in France and Germany.

Art was owner and operator for a time of the White Birch Manor Restaurant in Lake George. He then owned and operated the September Lounge in Seaford, Long Island, retiring in 1988.

He was a member of the Clayton American Legion Post 821, a member of the Brunswick Bowling League in Florida, where he also belonged to the Senior Citizens Card Club, and a member of the Omar United Methodist Church.

Being an avid golfer, Art played in the Wednesday Night Twilight League for a time and golfed with his friends after getting out of the league.

Art was a huge NY Yankee fan, and was also known for doing many magic tricks throughout the years.

Surviving besides his wife, EllaDawn, are his two dogs (kids) Kody and Scooter; one brother, Tom, of Long Island; one sister, Faith Butt, of Virginia; a sister in law, Arlene Byerly; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

One brother, Charles Byerly, and one sister, Geraldine Wickers, died before him.

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

9/7/2019 – Pamela K. Strouse Scales, Clayton

Dr. Pamela K. Strouse Scales DPM, 68, died Thursday, September 5th, at her residence. She had been in ill health. As per her request, there will be no calling hours or funeral. There will be a Graveside Committal Service on September 9th, at 11am, at St. Lawrence Union Cemetery, Town of Cape Vincent, with Reverend Earl Lalone officiating.

Pam was born January 28th, 1951, in Sacramento, California, the daughter Bluth and Bonnie Pierce. She attended Jefferson Community College from 1991 to 1994, attended Clarkson University from 1994 – 1995, she attended Medical College from 1995 to 1999 at New York College of Podiatric Medicine in NYC. After completing her residency in foot orthopedics in New Jersey, she returned to Clayton and worked in the Ogdensburg, Gouverneur, Alexandria Bay area as a Podiatrist.

A marriage to Keith Strouse ended in divorce.

On December 24th, 2010, she married Randy Scales, at their residence, with Reverend Donald Briant officiating.

In her earlier years, Pam was owner and operator of Bay Flower Shop in Alexandria Bay. For a time, she was a member of the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department as an EMT.

While in good health, she enjoyed working in her flower garden, and loved helping everyone in need.

Surviving besides her husband Randy, is her mother Bonnie Pierce of Arizona; one son Brent (Jennifer) Beven of Oregon; seven grandchildren; one great granddaughter; one brother, Carter Pierce; one sister, Mrs. John (Carmen) Saunders of California; nieces and nephews.

8/12/2019 – Mary Ellen Giltz, Alexandria Bay

Mrs. Mary Ellen Giltz, 88, a longtime resident of Alexandria Bay, died Saturday, August 10th, at Morningstar Residential Care Center in Oswego where she resided for a short time. There will be a graveside committal service on Wednesday, August 14th, at 10am, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Dewitt, N.Y. There will be no calling hours.

Mary Ellen was born, August 24th, 1930, in Syracuse, the daughter of Albert and Nellie Trant Markert. She graduated from Syracuse Catholic Schools and also from Le Moyne College.

She married Robert (Bob) Giltz, on September 10th, 1960, at St. Cyril’s Church in Alexandria Bay. He died on November 24th, 2010.

She worked for a 10-year period for the Onondaga Department of Social Services. Upon her marriage, she moved to Alexandria Bay. She also worked for the Jefferson County Department of Social Services for a time, then she assisted her husband in the operation of their business, Giltz Funeral Home, for many years.

Mary Ellen was a member of Saint Cyril’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by her son, Charlie (Suzanne) of Baldwinsville; two daughters, Rita Graham of Florida, and Eileen of Alexandria Bay; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Two brothers, Albert and Thomas Markert, both of Syracuse, died before her.

7/8/2019 – Alfred F. Lawrence, Syracuse

Mr. Alfred F. Lawrence, 49, of Syracuse, formerly of Alexandria Bay and Theresa Area, died July 1st at his residence. The funeral will be held Friday, July 12, at the Thousand Islands Christian Church in Plessis, at 11am, with Reverend Gene Brown officiating. A burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Theresa.

Donations can be made in his name to Anchor Recovery, 241 State St., Watertown, N.Y. 13601.

Alfred was born April 30th, 1970, in Canton, N.Y. His adoptive parents were John and Audrey Davis Lawrence. He attended Alexandria Bay High School.

He worked at various places as a waiter, as well as for various construction companies.

Surviving is one daughter, Danielle Lawrence, of Lockport; his biological father Fred Davis Sr. of Richville; nine sisters, Audrey Grega of Plessis, Carol (Daryl) Burt of Tennessee; Beverly Burt of Utica; Cherry Bushey of Tennessee; Donna Benjamin of Syracuse, Joanne Ludlow of Plessis; Kimberly Shaffer of Hermon; Chastity Davis of Richville, and Melinda Schisgler of Gouverneur; seven brothers, Kenneth Boyd Jr. of Theresa, James Boyd of Theresa, James Stevenson of Tennessee, Howard Davis of Redwood, Carleton Stevenson of Lisbon, Fred Davis Jr. of Chase Mills, and Fred Davis III of Richville; nieces and nephews.