6/14/2021 – Frank D. Reed, Clayton

Mr. Frank D. Reed, 86, formerly of Clayton, died June 11th, at Carthage Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. There will be a private graveside service with Military Honors at the family’s convenience at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Clayton. A full obituary will follow.

6/12/2021 – Blanche A. Siewertson, LaFargeville

Mrs. Blanche A. Siewertson passed away at the Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown on June 9th. She was 98 years young. She was born in Watertown and raised in the Theresa area. Surviving is her daughter Jean, and four siblings.

Blanche attended LaFargeville Central School. In high school, she worked as a live-in housekeeper-assistant. She also worked in the school office and was a receptionist for the Town Physician.

After graduating from LCS, she met Carl Siewertson. On March 27th, 1943, they were wed at the Asbury Methodist Church in Watertown. During this time, she was employed by Faichney Instrument.

After settling in LaFargeville, she and her husband were blessed with a son, Richard and six years later, a daughter Jean.

In her early years she was active in many associations. She was President of the PTA (Parent Teachers Association) for 5 years, she was also active in the Fireman’s Ladies Auxiliary and Eastern Star.

As a member of the LaFargeville Methodist Church she played many active roles. She started a youth choir, and she was a member of the adult choir (she had a beautiful voice and loved to sing). She managed many Harvest Day dinners and yearly Memorial Day barbeques. In the late 60’s and early 70’s, she was employed as a cook at McCormick’s Restaurant in Clayton. She was forced to end her work outside the home dues to a critical illness and a poor prognosis. She continued, however, to enjoy many activities. With her husband, they enjoyed the music offered in this area, square dancing, and many fun get togethers with friends. She had many interests and hobbies, sewing, crocheting, baking, seasonal craft projects with her dear friends were a few of these.

In her retirement years, they wintered in Florida. They resided at Hillside MHP in Zephyrhills. With their many friends, they helped with park dinners, gatherings, and programs.

After 2001, they returned home to live out their senior years.

In their 64 years of married life, the greatest hardship was the loss of their son Richard. He was stricken with the Asian Flu in October of 1957. He succumbed to the illness on his 14th birthday.

The love of her life, Carl, passed away, September 25th, 2007. He was a man of great faith and integrity. His kind heart “and that smile” will always be remembered.

Since his passing, her daughter Jean has cared for her. Having her near was a great source of comfort and peace.

Blanche was a source of great strength and character. She was loved by many and left behind a wealth of unforgettable moments.

May she rest in peace with her beloved husband and beautiful son.

Calling hours are 4-7pm, Tuesday, June 15th, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. A Celebration of Life will be held on July 9th, at the Agape House (former United Methodist Church) at 11am, followed by a reception at the American Legion in LaFargeville.

Donations can be made in her name to the Omar Methodist Church.

6/10/2021 – Julie L. Longton White, Indiana

Julie Lynn Longton White of Indianapolis, IN, went to be with her Lord Jesus on Friday, June 4, 2021, after a 9-year long battle with cancer.

Julie was born on December 20, 1963, and resided with her parents and siblings in Clayton, NY. She graduated in 1981 from the Thousand Islands School District.

During her lifetime she became a wife, mother, and grandmother. She also was a licensed Zumba instructor, active in Liferight of Watertown, NY, and Light In Darkness Ministry in Indianapolis, IN. Julie loved gardening, her dogs Lance and Max, and studied alternative medicine at CCNH. Her favorite Bible scripture was Isaiah 40:31.

Survivors include her husband, Steven White (Indiana), 5 children by previous marriages, Gavin Lawler (address unknown), Trevor Tackett (Columbus, OH), Gabrielle Tackett (Anderson, SC), Julianne Tackett (Indianapolis, IN), Christiana Tackett (Indianapolis, IN), mother and step father, Shirley and Phillip Owens (Clayton, NY), father, Marcus (Rick) Longton (Watertown, NY), brother and wife, Michael and Deb Ferguson (Clayton, NY), sister, Riki Longton (Watertown, NY), and one grandchild, Lincoln Tackett Cunningham (Anderson, SC) and several nieces and nephews. Previous marriages to Brian Tackett (Anderson, SC) and Tom Lawler (Pennsylvania) ended in divorce.

There will be a celebration of life at Airport Christian Fellowship in Dexter, N.Y. at future date.

Local arrangements are with the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Light In Darkness Ministry, P.O. Box 720795, Byram, Mississippi 39272.

6/7/2021 – Christopher (Sonny) A. Mayo, Clayton

Mr. Christopher A. Mayo (Sonny), 67, of Clayton, died June 3rd, at Upstate University Hospital, where he was admitted the day before. There will be a Celebration of Life, Sunday, June 27th, starting at 2pm, at the C-Way Motel and Golf Club, where he worked. A full obituary will follow.

5/28/2021 – Charles F. Singer, Wellesley Island

Mr. Charles F. Singer Jr., 88, County Route 100, Fineview, died May 26th, at the Samaritan Summit Village, where he resided for the last month.

Calling hours will be Saturday, May 29th, from 1-3pm, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. A private funeral service will be held Sunday afternoon at the Fineview Methodist Church, with Reverend Fredericka Webb and Deacon Bernard Slate officiating. Following cremation, burial will be in Riverside Cemetery on Wellesley Island.

Charlie was born November 25th, 1932, in Watertown, the son of the late Charles F. and Helen Farrell Singer Sr. He graduated from Alexandria Bay Central School, where he was very active at sports including basketball and football.

He was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force, where he served during the Korean Conflict, from 1952-1956.

He retired in September 1999 as a System Technician for AT&T, after over 32 years. He also was self-employed with his partner Joe Strough for 20 years in the telephone business.

At one time he was a member of the Alexandria Bay Village and School Boards, and also of the Fishers Landing and Alexandria Bay Fire Departments, and a member of the TWA (telephone union).

In his spare time, he enjoyed racing small boats, where he would enter different regatta’s in the area.

Surviving is his companion of many years, Bonnie Small; three children; Stephanie Singer of Alexandria Bay, Darin Singer of Philadelphia, NY, and Greg (Jackie) Singer of North Carolina; two granddaughters by Greg’s current marriage to the former Jackie Rose (of Clayton), Jenna and Taylor; one granddaughter from Greg’s previous marriage to the former Cynthia Doney, who passed away in 1985 at age 29, Ainsley Singer of Alexandria Bay; one great granddaughter; one sister, Diane (James) Come of Central Square; nieces and nephews.

Two sisters, Patricia Cummings of LaFargeville, and Beverly Gamble of Alexandria Bay, predeceased him.

Donations can be made in his name to the Fineview Methodist Church, in care of Bill Haller, 42822 St. Lawrence Avenue, Unit 1, Thousand Islands Park, N.Y. 13692.

5/14/2021 – Bonnie L. Higgins, Cape Vincent

Mrs. Bonnie L. Higgins, 71, of Route 7, Cape Vincent, died Tuesday, May 11th, at University Hospital SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, where she had been a patient for a month, after being involved in a car accident.

The Funeral Mass will be at 11am on Wednesday, May 19th, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clayton, with Father Arthur LaBaff officiating. A burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 5-8pm Tuesday, May 18th, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. Masks are still required.

Bonnie was born April 19th, 1950, in Watertown, the daughter of Otis and Dorothy MacDonald Reff Sr. She graduated from Thousand Islands High School.

On February 8th, 1975, she married Gerald Higgins in Clayton.

Bonnie worked for a number of years as a Medical Transcriptionist, retiring in 2013. She also helped her husband with the operations of their business, Higgins Mobile Home Park.

Surviving besides her husband Gerald, is her daughter, Jennifer McCleese of Florida and one son, Jeremy of Saranac Lake; two grandchildren; one sister-in-law, JoAnn Reff of Florida; one brother-in-law, Steve Miranda of Rome, NY; nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.

Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her brother Otis (Nick) Jr. and one sister Reneé Miranda.

5/8/2021 – Thomas G. Pancoast, Clayton

Thomas G. Pancoast was a man who traveled the world. On April 14th, he embarked on a final journey to join his wife, Genevieve, in Heaven, while a resident at Summit Village in Watertown. Tom was born in 1927, and his existence undoubtedly made this world a better place. He saw a lot, and did a lot. He was placed in an orphanage due to family circumstances during the Great Depression. He lied about his age to join the Navy in WWII at 17, and got away with it. Although he only finished eighth grade, he was blessed with an inexhaustible work ethic and a creative mind that never stopped—his knowledge of everything important far surpassed his level of education. He spent his working life at (Singer) Link Aviation, where he built both commercial and military flight simulators. This career took him all over the world. He spent any time he could spare in the 1000 Islands, where he experienced the St. Lawrence like only a true explorer-at-heart could. If he wasn’t at the cottage, he was either off helping someone or he was building something. A brilliant carpenter, he built everything from wooden toy cars to fully-finished houses. He even, along with a Kirkwood crew, built the Kirkwood Valley Park covered bridge, which is still enjoyed by everyone. As he got older, he started building log cabin bird houses; they were his pride and joy and can be found everywhere. Even at the very end of his life, he always had some project to put together, and there was always an old brush and some Minwax around to stain it with. He taught anyone who wanted to learn, and he was a wonderful teacher.

Thomas married his beloved Genevieve in 1949, and they remained together until she died in their home on April 13th, 2017. He never stopped missing her, and it left a hole in his heart that never healed. Tom is survived by his daughter, Debra Wdowiak of Clayton; his son, Thomas J. (Laurie); his granddaughter, Samantha; & his grandson, Cody of Clayton. Kallie & Hunter Root, though not related, made the last ten years more joyous for him with their constant care, devotion, and love. Tom’s second family was inherited from his brother, John. He loved his niece Donna (Mandy), and nephew Steve (Ana) like his very own. He spent many an early morning tapping his cane while waiting for coffee in Jamie and John’s kitchen—always too early. He found great joy in their children, Olivia, Autumn, & John. He also loved having any excuse to make his way to Butchy’s garage to share a dozen donuts and some coffee.

He has 3 generations of nieces & nephews whom he loved deeply and made many memories with over his long life. He was a man who made a great impression on many, and he will never be forgotten. Tom spent the last four years of his life in his Clayton cottage, enjoying the river view and surrounded by his immediate family. He is pre-deceased by his parents, Eugene & Florence; his brother, John, and sister, Shirley.

Due to COVID 19, the family will be foregoing a service at this time. He has been laid to rest next to Genny at Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any VFW.

5/7/2021 – Sharon E. Connell, Cape Vincent

Mrs. Sharon E. Connell of Cape Vincent, passed away Friday, April 30th, 2021, at her home under the care of her family, friends and Hospice of Jefferson County.

A service at the United Church of Cape Vincent will be held in the near future at a date and time to be announced. Burial will be in the Depauville Cemetery.

Sharon was born, August 30th, 1940, in the front room of her parent’s stone house on Route 180, just outside of LaFargeville, N.Y., the daughter of Stewart and Eva Nichols Van Alstyne.

She graduated from LaFargeville School in 1958 and later from the Watertown School of Commerce. In 1959, Sharon started working at Mercy Hospital as a Telephone Operator, working for Sister Pierre.

On April 7th, 1962, Sharon married Sergeant 1st Class Denis J. Connell of Baltimore, Maryland. The wedding ceremony was at the home of her parents.

After starting a family, Sharon went back to work in 1975 at the Mercy Hospital Extension Clinic. This job was as the Medical Receptionist, which lasted 35 years, retiring in 2011.

Most people remember Mom’s smile and kind words when they came to the clinic.

Sharon was an active member of the United Church of Cape Vincent. She was the c

Choir Director, Lay Leader, Board Chair, to name a few duties. She enjoyed working at the Hotdog Stand with her friends during French Festival. A lot of laughs and fellowship were shared. She also enjoyed singing in the choir and with the singing group, The Hymns and Hers, from Alexandria Bay. Sharon was a former member of the LaFargeville Grange when she was younger.

Sharon enjoyed gardening, horse pulls, draft horse shows, going to lunch with her girlfriends from school, and spending time with her family. At home she enjoyed listening to her country music. George Strait and Randy Travis were a couple of her favorites. She also enjoyed old westerns and anything with John Wayne.

Surviving is her daughter Cathleen (Terry) Snyder of Cape Vincent; her son Joseph Connell, of Cape Vincent; her brother, Eugene VanAlstyne of Depauville; nieces and nephews.

Sharon was predeceased by her husband of 24 years, Denis J. Connell, her son, James S. Connell, her nephews, Melvin Walti and Gary Stewart, and siblings, Walter A. Stewart, Ella May Kendrat, Winifred Ostrander, Doris Matthews, Margaret Daly, Lois Getman, and Pauline Walti.

Donations can be made to the wonderful people of Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street Road, Watertown, Ny 13601, The Cape Vincent Community Library, or the United Church of Cape Vincent.

5/5/2021 – John P. McKendry, Cape Vincent

John passed away May 3rd, 2021, at Samaritan Keep Home where he resided from March 2020 and was cared for by the dedicated and caring staff of the Keep Home during the Pandemic.  Many of the staff members going beyond their duties to make John feel welcome and comfortable in his new surroundings.

John was born January 23, 1940 to John Patrick McKendry and Margaret E. Whaley in New York City.  John was baptized on February 11, 1940 in the church of St. Angela Merici by Rev. Michael A. Buckley.

Previously John was a resident of Aubrey Court Apartments in Cape Vincent, NY since November 1998.  John made many friends at the housing and in the community of Cape Vincent.  John was a man of simple means, but would help anyone in need before thinking of himself.  Whether it was helping someone pay for propane to keep warm during the winter months, to the offer of a hot cup of coffee and a conversation of days gone by.  John enjoyed attending St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in the Cape, working on puzzles and attending the monthly dinners held at Aubrey Court Apartments.

It is our understanding John owned and operated a very successful bus company for many years when living in New York City before moving to Cape Vincent.  He told about being able to keep track of the many schedules without ever writing it down.  He also told about his studies to become a catholic priest, but just coming short of finishing his studies for whatever reason.

John especially missed his dog, Molly, when she passed away.

John will be laid to rest in the St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Cemetery on Route 12E in Cape Vincent on Monday, May 10th at 2:00pm with Father Raymond Diesbourg officiating. All who knew John are welcome to come and say goodbye to a man who lived a life surely to be celebrated.  Rest easy now John you will always be remembered.

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

Condolences can be made at trjetty.com.

4/6/2021 – Mary Helen LaLonde, Clayton

Mrs. Mary Helen LaLonde, 73, died Easter Sunday at the Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Syracuse, where she resided for almost two years as a result of dementia.

Services will be held later this summer at a time and date to be announced, with burial to follow in Clayton Cemetery.

Mary was born, September 28th, 1947, in Watertown, the daughter of George and Mary Elizabeth Cantwell Bazinet. She graduated from Clayton High School.

On April 20th, 1968, she married William LaLonde with Msgr. Dennis Lynch officiating.

Mary was a housekeeper most of her life, working at Bertrand’s Motel in Clayton. Later on, she worked at Surefine Supermarket as a cashier.

She enjoyed knitting, reading books, and socializing with friends.

Surviving are two sons and their wives, David (Sara) LaLonde of Leesburg, VA, and Bill (Abigail) LaLonde of Troy, NY; two grandsons, Thomas of Troy, and Wade of Leesburg; one brother, Peter, from Gainesville, FL; nieces and nephews.

Her husband Bill died February 24th, 2019, two brothers, Patrick and George, three sisters, Virginia Kay, Joan Misercola, and Mary Laurena, all predeceased her.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary Helen’s name may be made to the Hawn Memorial Library, 220 John Street, Clayton, N.Y. 13624, or the Clayton Food Pantry, 521 James Street, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.

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

Condolences can be made at trjetty.com