3/31/2021 – Gerald B. Bristol, LaFargeville

Mr. Gerald B. Bristol, 93, of LaFargeville, died Monday, March 29th, at his residence, where he was under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

The funeral service will be Friday, April 2nd, at 3pm, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clayton with Father Donald Robinson and Father Arthur LaBaff officiating. A burial will follow in Grove Cemetery, LaFargeville. There will be no public calling hours.

Gerald was born June 15th, 1927, in Ogdensburg, the son of Curtis and Florence Keating Bristol. He graduated from Morristown School.

On June 11th, 1949, he married the former Joan Ely at St. Cyril’s Catholic Church in Alexandria Bay.

Gerald worked for Crowley Foods in various capacities, including, machine operator, custodian, and foreman, retiring in 1988 after 39 years.

He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus, and former member of the Brier Hill Fire Department.

Gerald loved all sports, and some of his favorite teams were the New York Yankees, and Notre Dame. But his favorite games where those played by his grandchildren in LaFargeville.

Surviving besides his wife of 72 years are four children, Tom (Valerie) of LaFargeville, Marsha (Lee) Bretsch of LaFargeville, David (Kathryn) of Florida, and Terry Lantier of Clayton; eight grandchildren, Brian and Matthew Lantier, Cassandra Wurst, Kelly Hull, Jeff Bretsch, Erin Mullin, Heather Bristol, and Megan Chirico; Thirteen great grandchildren, Alexis, Laura, Sara, Rebecca, Aidan, Noah, Sam, Leo, Emma, Grant, Lily, Brayden, and Sawyer; one brother, Donald of Georgia; one sister, Shirly McManus of Florida; nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made in his name to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St. Watertown, NY 13601 or St. John-Evangelist Catholic Church, Main Street, LaFargeville, NY 13656, or St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 521 James St., Clayton, NY 13624.

3/29/21 – Robert J. Michelena, Clayton

After a long struggle with cancer, Robert J Michelena has passed at the age of 64.

Robert J. Michelena was born Sept. 26, 1956 in Havana, Cuba. He and his family were forced out of Cuba under the rule of Fidel Castro’s regime who had seized all of his family’s wealth. He moved to Clayton 8 years ago.

Known to his family as “Rober,” he was a Catholic man, the beloved son of Gloria and Pedro Michelena. Attended Memorial High school with his twin sister Maria, played sports and excelled during his time on the debate team.  He was an avid chess player who studied the game with the utmost enthusiasm and played for the high school team winning more than 30 trophies. And it is apropos that he lived to see 64 years of age, one year for every square on the chessboard.

Rober was a history buff particularly focusing his attention on the World Wars. He was also a hunter and loved the outdoors preferably hiking and spending quality time with his nephews. He enjoyed building models of tanks and planes. Also, he loved to cycle long distances on his Gios.

He was a Lifelong member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and was awarded a Juris Doctor degree from Pace University in the early to mid 1990’s. 

Rober worked in the New York City area for most of his life at the exclusive Brooks Brothers and Paul Stuart’s clothing store, all the while pursuing his law degree. He loved cooking as well and could not make up his mind as to which professional chef he would want to watch on the television; Emerald Lagasse, Gordon Ramsey, or Bobby Flay.

Rober modeled himself after the best and would even take interest in what others were doing.  He was a very well-rounded individual. He had quite the fruitful life and it doesn’t go without saying that everyone around him was enriched in some way by his presence.  Being of Spanish heritage he would enjoy an occasional siesta in order to be recouped for his next obstacle. He had a curiosity about how the science of fasting worked and loved to fast himself.  He enjoyed having a beer under the tree with his brother-in-law Walter Timmerman.  They would shoot the breeze hours at a time.

As selfless as he was, his last wishes were to donate his body to science.   As with most people, Roberts interests were beyond the scope of what can be fit into writing.

He is survived by his twin sister Maria Timmerman, brother-in-law Walter Timmerman, and three nephews (Robert Kassir, Gabriel Zudeck, and Dan McCord). He passed away March 25th around 7:00 pm, at the Hospice of Jefferson County.

Condolences can be made at trjetty.com

2/24/2021 – Alberta M. Phillips, Dexter

Mrs. Alberta M. Phillips, 94, of Dexter, died February 22nd, at Samaritan Medical Center.

There will be a Spring Graveside Service at Three Mile Bay Cemetery at a time to be announced.

She was born February 21st, 1927, the daughter of Claude and Mabel Shaw Brown.

On June 30th, 1945, she married William J. Phillips, at the Fort Drum Church.

She worked as a chamber lady for the Barracks Club in Cape Vincent. She was a Bulina Clothing Dealer, worked for a time at Northland Motors on Bradley Street in Watertown, and also worked for a time at Faichneye Instruments in Watertown.

Alberta enjoyed volunteering at various food pantries. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Dexter.

Surviving are four sons, Donald Phillips of Watertown,  Gary (Heather) Phillips of Cape Vincent, Randy (Julie) Phillips of Sodus, and Vernon Phillips of Boonville; two daughters, Dawn Snyder of Evans Mills, and daughter Jacquelyn Weaver of Watertown; 19 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, William, two sons, Charles and Timothy, a sister, June Scarabino, and a grandson Billy Snyder, predeceased her.

2/21/2021 – Sharon L. Wormuth, Clayton

Mrs. Sharon L. Wormuth, 73, of Alexandria Bay, formerly of Clayton, died Thursday, February 18th, at Hospice of Jefferson County.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, February 24th, from 1-3pm, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. A prayer service will follow. Spring burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Clayton. Proper Covid -19 protocols will be followed.

Sharon was born February 16th, 1948, in Binghamton, the daughter of Gordon and Pauline Richardson Buss. She graduated from Chenango Forks High School in 1966.

On May 21st, 1971, she married Michael Wormuth at the Catholic Church in Chenango Forks. They moved to Clayton in 1986, where they owned and operated Custom Trophies and Awards. She also worked at the Clayton Yacht Club as a waitress for a time.

While in Clayton she was very active on the boards of the T.I. Youth Hockey Club and local beauty pageants and dance.

She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crafting, and being with her family and friends.

Besides her husband Mike, she is survived by two daughters, Kristina (Steve) Dorr of Clayton, and Desirea (Michael) Russell of South Dakota; one son, Scott (Erin) Wormuth of Clayton; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Patricia (Gene) Mesley of North Carolina, and Carol (Robert) Leamon of Binghamton; nieces and nephews.

Her parents, one son Brian in infancy, and one sister, Barbara Duren, all predeceased her.

2/9/2021 – Jozef J. Gorczynski, Clayton

Mr. Jozef J. Gorczynski, 91, died Sunday, February 7th, at Samaritan Medical Center, where he had been a patient for one day.

Jozef was born January 31st, 1930, in Poland, on his mother’s birthday, the son of Jan and Jozefina Kujawa Gorczynski. He had two years of elementary education when German soldiers closed the school. A short time later, he was taken by the Nazi’s to a work camp in Germany called Rodenburg on der Taube, where he became a Holocaust survivor. Lying about his age, when he was 16, he worked for a Polish company protecting a U.S. Airforce Base in France as a Patrol Officer and Gate Keeper.

In 1961, he married the former Gertrude Lutz. She passed away in 1985.

On March 4th, 1998, he married the former Renate Eberle in Germany.

Jozef worked for 49 years on the Ramstein Air Force base in Germany, including 29 years as Manager of the General Canon Hotel, where all the Generals, High Ranking Military Officers, and NATO officers attended meetings.

He was fluent in 4 languages. Jozef and his wife traveled extensively around Europe.

Jozef came to the United States in 2010, where the moved to Clayton.

Surviving besides his wife, Renate, is his children from his first wife, Angelika of Florida, and Monika of Germany; five stepchildren, Margaret Robinson of Georgia, Andreas M. Bartlett of Wallkill, N.Y., Steven R. Bartlett of Dexter, Renee L. Patterson of Georgia, and Ingrid Bartlett of Watertown; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one sister, Wanda Mucha of Poland; nieces and nephews.

One brother, Zygmund, died in 2013 in Poland.

There will be no services at this time, a burial will be held in Clayton Cemetery in the Spring.

2/1/2021 – Ernest E. Taylor, Clayton

Mr. Ernest E. Taylor, 61, died January 31st, at his residence, where he was under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

There will be no services at this time. A Celebration of Life will be announced this summer.

Ernie was born October 20th, 1959, in Watertown, the son of Ernest and Francis Hagerty Taylor.

He grew up in Henderson until 1971, when his family moved to Florida. Ernie returned to the Clayton area in 1994.

He was a mechanic by trade, and could fix vehicles, boats, and small engines. While in Florida, he owned some of his own car repair shops. He also worked for a time for Rusty Johnson Masonry.

Ernie enjoyed fishing, going to the Can-Am race track, where he talked to the drivers about their cars.

Surviving are four children, Michelle Close of Florida, Amy Lynd also of Florida, Ernie Jr. of Alabama, and Katie Taylor and her companion Lucas Main of Copenhagen, and their daughter Jaqueline Main;  many grandchildren; seven brothers and sisters, Tom (Donna) Taylor, Sharon Taylor, Betty Thompson, Mary (Donnie) Roland, Patricia Cox, John Taylor, and Laurie Taylor; nieces and nephews.

1/31/2021 – Gertrude F. Eckert, LaFargeville

Gertrude F.  Eckert, 90, peacefully passed away on January 28th, 2021, at Samaritan Keep Home in Watertown, NY, with her family at her side.

Gertrude was born February 14th, 1930, in Cape Vincent, NY.  She was the daughter of Charles A. and Eleanor Peggs Gregor.  She graduated from Cape Vincent High School in 1947 and then went on to the Watertown School of Commerce. She worked at Edgewood Resort for over 20 years.  

She married Bruce W. Brougham on September 11th, 1948, at St. Vincent De Paul Church in Cape Vincent, NY, and they had 5 children. She later remarried to John H. Eckert on December 7th, 1988, in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

John and Gertrude enjoyed spending their time travelling and spent most of their days living in their dream home that they built just outside of LaFargeville.  They loved going to dirt races all over the country and camping in their RV with their dogs and cats. She had a loving heart that was always open for any animal that needed a home. 

She is survived by her five children, Christopher Brougham, Lafargeville, NY; Lynda (John) Lawler, Lafargeville, NY; Gregor Brougham and his companion, Nikki, Point Peninsula, NY; Mary (Jan) Maas, Sackets Harbor, NY; Sandra Sneddon, Sackets Harbor, NY; four grandchildren, Daniel Maas, Buffalo, NY; Kristen Lawler, Syracuse, NY; Alexandra Maas, Orlando, FL; and Drew Sneddon, Sackets Harbor, NY; three sisters, Betty Rosecrans, Watertown, NY; Kathleen McCall, Barnwell, SC; Eleanor Martin, Syracuse, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husband, John Eckert, and her sister Patricia Wilder.

Private family services will be held in celebration of her life at the convenience of the family. There will be a graveside committal service in the Spring at Grove Cemetery in LaFargeville at a time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Country Pet Adoption Services (www.northcountrypetadoption.org, P.O. Box 217, Glenfield, NY 13343) or the Jefferson County SPCA.

1/24/2021 – Cassie L. Gushlaw, Clayton

Mrs. Cassandra (Cassie) L. Gushlaw, 51, of Clayton, died January 23rd, suddenly at her residence. Due to Covid the funeral will be private at the family’s convenience.

Cassie was born June 19th, 1969, in El Centro, California, the daughter of Bruce and Bobbie Hignight MacDonald. She attended 1000 Islands Schools.

On June 11th, 1988, she married, Michael Gushlaw, at his parents’ home in Clayton.

Cassie worked for a time for the United States Postal Service, for a short time at the Harbor Inn in Clayton, she helped her husband as owner and operators of the Napa Parts Store in Chaumont, and at the time of her death she helped run their business C&M Auto Repair in Clayton.

She was a member of the Clayton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

Cassie loved shopping, and helping her husband take care of their goat farm where they had over 40 goats. She enjoyed playing Quick Draw at the CWay Inn and playing tickets at the Clayton American Legion.

Surviving besides her husband Mike, is her two sons, Cory and his companion JeriLynn Johnston, and Cole and his wife Stephanie; aunts and uncles.

One son, Michael, died in infancy in 1989.

Donations can be made in her name to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or T.I.E.R.S., P.O. Box 524, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.

1/24/2021 – Michael C. Cantwell, Clayton

Mr. Michael C. Cantwell, 67, of Clayton, died Thursday, January 21st, at the Samaritan Medical Center. There will be no services at this time. A Celebration of Life will take place at the families convenience.

Mike was born, February 24th, 1953, in Watertown, the son Merle and Helen Carpenter Cantwell. He graduated from Clayton Central School in 1972.

On November 11th, 1983, he married the former Christine Barr at the Justice of the Peace in Clayton.

He retired in 2018 after over 33 years as a Mechanic at Beam Mac Company in Watertown.

Mike enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and his family, and he loved socializing. He was an avid lover of western movies.

He was a life member of the Depauville Fire Department.

Surviving besides his wife Christine, are his three children, his son Ryan, and two daughters, Amy (Buck) Robinson, and Amanda (John) Matthews, all of Clayton; five grandchildren, Brooke and Heather Robinson, Sabrina Matthews, Conner and Hailey Cantwell, all of Clayton.

Besides his parents, brothers David and Gene, died before him.

Donations can be made in his name to the Depauville Volunteer Fire Department, 15231 School Street, Depauville, N.Y. 13632.

1/2/2021 – Waylon Phelps, LaFargeville

Waylon William Phelps, infant son of Tiffany Aldrich and Ethan Phelps, passed away January 1st, at Samaritan Medical Center, due to sudden medical complications causing premature birth.

A burial will be held at the convenience of the family in the Spring at St. Lawrence Cemetery.

Surviving besides his parents are a brother, Gage, age 2, at home; paternal grandparents, William and Lori Phelps of Chaumont; maternal grandparents, Tammy Aldrich (Tom) of Clayton, Wayne Aldrich Sr. (Christina) of DeKalb, Texas, and Joyce Aldrich of Clayton; maternal great Grandparents, April Robinson of Clayton, and Raymond Robinson (Cynthia) of Cape Vincent; aunts, uncles and cousins.