Wesleyan Cemetery Lacona Obits

JAMES CRAST
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – January 28, 1987

Services for James E. Crast, 60, of Green Street, who was pronounced dead on arrival Monday at House of the Good Samaritan hospital, Watertown, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, 8192 Harwood Drive.

Mr. Crast died of injuries suffered when he was struck by a car Monday evening on Route 11.

A native of Lacona, Mr. Crast lived in Adams Center since 1971. He retired from the Army as a staff sergeant in 1971. He enlisted in 1944 and served in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam.

Surviving are his wife, the former Kay Kinoshita; a son, William E. of Adams Center; two daughters, Pamela of Watertown and Nancy Crast of Adams Center; three sisters, Nancy Bulluck of Mannsville, Virginia McDougal of Lacona and Martha Higgins of San Diego, Calif.; two brothers, Leonard of Panama City, Calif., and Eli of Fairburn, Ga.; two grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
TIMMOTHY TYFAIR
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – January 1, 1988
Timmothy C. Tyfair, 22, of 413 Wilkinson St. was pronounced dead on arrival Thursday at Oswego Hospital following an automobile acccident on Route 22, Albion.

Mr. Tyfair was born in Watertown and was educated in Sandy Creek and Mexico schools. He was employed with Henderson & Johnson.

Surviving are his wife, the former Veckie Smith; a son, Matthew, at home; a daughter, Alicia, at home; his father, Craig Tyfair of Cicero; his mother, Margaret Arton of Waterville, Ohio; a brother, Trevor of Waterville; four sisters, Tammy Johnson of Syracuse, Tabatha Tyfair of Waterville, Samantha and Desiree Tyfair, both of Cicero; two stepbrothers, Danny and Kevin Arton of Syracuse; his paternal grandparnets, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Tyfair of Cicero; his maternal grandparents, Mary Couchy of Altmar and Peter Couchy of Arizona; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, 8192 Harwood Drive.
LAURA E. JAMES, ADAMS NATIVE, DIES AT 93
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – March 3, 1988

Laura E. James, 93, Hillcrest Nursing Home, a native of Adams, Mich., died Wednesday morning in the nursing home, where she had been a resident since 1981. A graveside service will be at the convenience of the family in Boylston Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Foster-Hax Funeral Home, Pulaski.

Surviving are a niece, Carolyn Verne, Watertown; a cousin, Leita Thompson, Pulaski; a sister-in-law, Dorcas Franklin, Watertown, and two cousins, Wayne Thompson, Lacona, and Laura Potter, Redfield.

Two children died in infancy.

A brother, Alfred Sager, Watertown, died before her.

Born in Adams on Jan. 12, 1895, a daughter of McDowel and Rose LaRue Sager, she married Donald Keegan of Watertown in 1914. The couple lived in Watertown, where she was employed by Barters Department Store. Following Mr. Keegan’s death, she married Harry James. The couple lived in Detroit, Mich., from 1928 to 1980. Mr. James died before his wife.

In 1980, Mrs. James returned to Pulaski, where she lived with her cousin, Mrs. Thompson, until entering the nursing home.
DOROTHY H. REID, LACONA, DIES AT AGE 63
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – April 4, 1988

LACONA – Dorothy H. Reid, 63, of 9185 North Ridge Road, died Saturday evening at her home after a long illness.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Sandy Creek First Baptist Church, with Rev. Virgil H. Hager officiating. Burial will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to the Sandy Creek First Baptist Church or the Hospice of Oswego County.

Arrangements are with the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek.

Surviving are her husband, Fay; two daughters, Mrs. David (Karen) Kehoe and Susan Henderson, both of Sandy Creek; four grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Al (Marie) Alverson, Syracuse, and two brothers, Ronald Daly and Leon Daly, both of Lacona.

A son died in infancy, and a sister, Ethel VanBrocklin, died in 1976.

Born in the Town of Wilna on Feb. 27, 1925, daughter of Dennis and Luella Gardner Daly, she was educated in Sandy Creek schools.

She married Fay A. Reid on March 20, 1942, at Lacona, with Rev. Edelbert Edwards officiating.

The couple had lived in Lacona since their marriage. Mrs. Reid was formerly employed by the Blount-Parker Corp., the General Electric Co., Syracuse, and Halsey’s Super Market.

She was a member of the Sandy Creek First Baptist Church.

death REID – In Lacona, April 2, 1988, Dorothy H. Reid, 63, of 9185 North Ridge Road, Lacona. Funeral, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sandy Creek First Baptist Church. Burial in the Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.
NEMIER RITES SLATED
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – May 10, 1988

A committal service for former Lacona mayor Leo F. Nemier, 70, of 8265 Salisbury St., will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Wesleyan Cemetery, with Rev. Virgil H. Hager, pastor of the Sandy Creek First Baptist Church, officiating.

Mr. Nemier, who died March 21 at his home, was also a supervisor with the Blount-Parker Corp.

funeral NEMIER – Committal service for former Lacona mayor Leo F. Nemier, 70, Lacona, Wednesday, 1 p.m., Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.
FUNERAL SET MONDAY FOR ARLINE J. SMITH, 74
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – July 9, 1988

The funeral for Arline J. Smith, 74, Redfield Square Apartments, who died Thursday evening, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Zion Episcopal Church, Pierrepont Manor, with Rev. Cecil Wagstaff, rector, and Rev. Walter E. Giles, associate rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Watertown, officiating.

Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona. There are no calling hours, but friends are welcome at a reception at the church parish house following the funeral.

Arrangements are with the Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home, Belleville. Donations may be made to the Zion Episcopal Church renovation fund, in care of Jane Pelton, Mannsville.

funeral SMITH – Funeral for Arline J. Smith, 74, Redfield, Monday, 11 a.m., Zion Episcopal Church, Pierrepont Manor. Burial in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.
OLIVE M. HAMMOND, PULASKI, DIES AT AGE 76
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – September 4, 1988

Olive M. Hammond, 76, of 7620 North St., died Saturday at 7:10 a.m. at the House of Good Samaritan, Watertown, where she had been a patient since Aug. 3.

The funeral will be Monday at 9 a.m. at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, and at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Church, Pulaski. Rev. Anthony J. Keeffe will officiate. The Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Treatment Center at House of the Good Samaritan.

Mrs. Hammond is survived by her husband, Anselm; a sister, Mrs. Avis Branche, Punta Gorda, Fla.; a brother, James Ridgeway, Lacona; and several nieces and nephews. Three of her brothers, Myron, Leon, and Newell Ridgeway, died previously.

Born Feb. 15, 1912 son of the late Myron and Olive Ridgeway in the Town of Boylston, Mrs. Hammond was educated in Sandy Creek schools. She was married May 25, 1940 at Croghan. Mr. and Mrs. Hammond moved to Pulaski in 1946.

Mrs. Hammond was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was formerly employed by Carrier Corp. in Syracuse.
death HAMMOND – In the House of the Good Samaritan, Sept. 3, 1988. Olive M. Hammond, 76, of 7620 North St., Pulaski. Funeral Monday at 9 a.m. at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, and 10 a.m. at St. John’s Church, Pulaski. Burial in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.
MAUD N. CASTER
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – October 5, 1988

Services for Maud N. Caster, 95, of South Ridge Road, who died Monday at Harwood Nursing Home, Oswego, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek. Burial will in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, 8192 Harwood Drive.

Mrs. Caster was born in the town of Boylston. She and her husband, Percy H., owned and operated a farm for 22 years on Smartville Road in Lacona. He died in 1983. Mrs. Caster also was employed 20 years with Blount Lumber Co. of Lacona.

Mrs. Caster was a member of Sandy Creek Grange 127.

Surviving is a daughter, Celia Aubin of Dexter; a son, Elwood of Lacona; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
MAUD N. CASTER DIES AT AGE 95 IN OSWEGO
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – October 5, 1988

Maud N. Caster, 95, Ridge Road, former employe of the Blount-Parker Corp., died at 11:15 p.m. Monday at the Harwood Nursing Home, Oswego, where she had been a resident since June 1982.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with Rev. Janet Gibbs, pastor of the Sandy Creek United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Lucian (Celia) Aubin, Dexter; a son, Elwood, Lacona; three grandchildren, Betty Miller, Sandy Creek, Teddy Aubin, Palermo, and Rosalie Englert, Henderson; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A daughter, Ida Shirley, died Dec. 6, 1977. Four brothers and two sisters also died before her.

Born in the Town of Boylston Aug. 16, 1893, a daughter of George and Mary Gigrich Nemier, she was educated in Boylston schools.

She married Percy H. Caster Sept. 4, 1917, at the Congregational Church, with Rev. T.T. Davies, pastor, officiating.

Mr. and Mrs. Caster owned and operated a farm for 22 years on the Smartville Road, Boylston. They sold the farm in 1939, moving to the Village of Lacona. Mr. Caster was a lumberman and an authority on native timbers. He planted several of the maple trees along the village streets of Lacona and was the former highway superintendent for the Town of Boylston. He died March 23, 1983, at the age of 88.

death CASTER – In the Harwood Nursing Home, Oswego, Oct. 3, 1988, Maud N. Caster, 95, Ridge Road, Lacona. Funeral, 1 p.m. Thursday, Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek. Burial in the Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.
THELMA I. CRAST DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – October 12, 1988

Thelma I. Crast, 73, R.D. 1, Orwell-Lacona Road, former cook and baker at the Pine Diner, Sandy Creek, died at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, where she had been a patient since Sept. 15.

The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek. Burial will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Northern Oswego County Ambulance, P.O. Box 113, Pulaski 13142, or the Ainsworth Memorial Library, P.O. Box 69, Sandy Creek 13145.

Surviving are her husband, Ivan E.; four sons, Terry, Larry, Lonnie and Kimberly, all of Lacona; two daughters, Mrs. Patty Reid and Kayrene Farley, both of Lacona; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Arthur Kinney, Plainville; a sister, Mrs. Leona Butler, Sandy Creek, and several nieces and nephews.

Born in the Town of Florence on Aug. 27, 1915, a daughter of George and Blanche Claflin Kinney, she was a graduate of Sandy Creek High School.

She married Ivan E. Crast April 8, 1935, in Adams.

The couple had lived in the Sandy Creek and Lacona areas since their marriage. Mrs. Crast was employed as a cook and baker at the Pine Diner of Sandy Creek.

She was a member of the Boylston-Wesleyan Church.

death CRAST – At the House of the Good Samaritan, Oct. 11, 1988, Thelma I. Crast, 73, Lacona, R.D. 1, former cook and baker at Pine Diner, Sandy Creek. Funeral Friday 3 p.m., Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek. Burial in the Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.
ELI B. SMART
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – January 16, 1989

Services for Eli B. Smart, 76, of 216 Davis St., who died Saturday at University Hospital, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Kompf Funeral Home. Spring burial will be in Boylston Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, 203 Fitch St.

Born in Newfoundland, Mr. Smart moved to the Syracuse area 37 years ago. He was employed with the Onondaga County Library system, retiring 14 years ago.

Mr. Smart was a member of the Brown Memorial United Methodist Church, where he was a former trustee.

Surviving are a daughter, Nina Bacon of Syracuse; three stepsons, Eugene L. Reynolds of Lacona, Arden D. “Art” Reynolds of Tully and James R. Reynolds of Jordan; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 749 S. Warren St., Syracuse.
FICHE #22-D-16-18 FUNERAL SLATED SATURDAY FOR LEVI E. PLANTZ
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – February 23, 1989

The funeral for Levi E. Plantz, 61, East Main Street, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter, with Rev. Leon Van Wie, pastor of the United Methodist Church, Dexter, officiating. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Mr. Plantz died at 6:13 a.m. Wednesday at Mercy Hospital, Watertown, where he had been a patient since Feb. 17.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Ostomy Association, Watertown, or the Heart Association of Jefferson County.

Surviving are his wife, Jeanne; two sons, Fordie, Brownville, and Theodore, Mannsville; three daughters, Virginia Bice, Sackets Harbor, Mrs. Lanny (Flossie) Miner, Margate, Fla., and Mrs. Dennis (Teresa) Stinson, Adams; six stepsons, David LaRock, Adams, Jack Lane, Watertown, Richard Lane, Dexter, Stephen Lane, Dexter, Michael Lane, Mannsville, and Patrick Lane, Watertown; a foster daughter, Debbie Seymour, Mannsville; 26 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and two brothers, Donald, Central Square, and Loren, Chambersburg, Pa.

A son, Levi Jr., and three sisters died before him.

Born in Boylston April 7, 1927, a son of Fordie and Mary Bell Denny Plantz, he was educated in Sandy Creek schools and was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He married Virginia Freeman April 7, 1944, at Sandy Creek. She died in July 1967. He married Jeanne Lane Sept. 26, 1977, in the Town of Pinckney.

He and his second wife had lived at Sackets Harbor since their marriage, having moved to Dexter within the past two months.

Mr. Plantz owned and operated the Lorraine Hotel from 1959 to 1971. During that time he also worked for the state Department of Transportation, first as a master mechanic and later as an instructor in heavy equipment operation, retiring in September 1983 after 28 years of service.

He was a charter member of the Lorraine Fire Department, and a life member and two-time commander of the Smith-Savage American Legion Post, Dexter. He was also a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1400 of Watertown, and a member of the Jefferson County Ostomy Association and the Jefferson County Chapter, Civil Service Employees Association.

death PLANTZ – Funeral for Levi E. Plantz, 61, Sackets Harbor, Saturday, 11 a.m., Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter. Spring burial in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.
HAZEL EARLE
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – March 11, 1989

Services for Hazel Etta Reid Earle, 78, of 3486 Route 31, Baldwinsville, who died Thursday at St. Joseph’s Hospital, will be at 9 a.m. Monday in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Baldwinsville. Spring burial will be in Boylston-Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Maurer Funeral Home Moyers Corners Chapel, 3541 Route 31, Baldwinsville.

A native of Oswego, Mrs. Earle resided most of her life in Oswego.

Surviving are her husband, Milton E.; two daughters, Janice Thompson of Baldwinsville and Karen Cooper of Liverpool; two sons, Loren B. of Liverpool and James R. of Baldwinsville; a sister, Ella Smith of Land-O-Lakes, Fla.; a brother, Glenn Reid of Lacona; 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Contributions may be made to the Moyers Corners Fire Department Ambulance Fund.
MILTON E. EARLE
Syracuse Herald-Journal (NY) – June 21, 1989

Milton E. Earle, 81, of 3486 Route 31, Baldwinsville, died Tuesday at his home after a short illness.

Mr. Earle was born in Fort Covington and lived in Baldwinsville most of his life. He retired in 1972 after 46 years employment with Syracuse Glass Co. Mr. Earle was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a ham radio operator for 32 years.

Mr. Earle was one of the original charter members of the Moyers Corners Fire Department. He was a longtime member of the Liverpool Rod and Gun Club.

His wife, Hazel, died March 9.

Surviving are two daughters, Janice Thompson of Baldwinsville and Karen Cooper of Liverpool; two sons, Loren B. of Liverpool and James R. of Baldwinsville; a sister, Evelyn Denny of Malone; 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Maurer Funeral Home, Moyers Corners Chapel, with the Rev. David Roppel officiating. Burial will be in Boylston-Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, 3541 Route 31, Baldwinsville.

Contributions may be made to the Moyers Corners Fire Department Ambulance Fund.
FICHE #31-B-21 GRAVESIDE SERVICE SET FOR ELSIE M. BRIGGS, 82
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – July 5, 1989

A graveside service for Elsie M. Briggs, 82, Ellisburg Road, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona, with the Rev. Melvyn S. Connell, pastor of Sandy Creek Wesleyan Church, officiating.

Mrs. Briggs died Sunday when the car she was riding in was hit head-on twice, once by an alleged drunk driver, in a three-car collision on Route 11 in the Town of Sandy Creek. The car was driven by her daughter, Anna Clevenger, who was also killed in the accident.

Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 this evening at the Summerville Funeral Home.

Surviving are two sons, Edward Briggs, Phoenix, Ariz., and Lowell Briggs, Tampa, Fla.; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Lewis Ridgeway, Wolcott, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A sister, Ida Johnson, and a brother, Allen Ridgeway, died before her.

Born in Boylston Oct. 24, 1906, a daughter of Edward and Anna Borden Ridgeway, she was educated in Boylston Center schools. She married Benjamin H. Briggs Sept. 4, 1926, at Sandy Creek.

The couple lived from 1933 to 1978 in Binghamton, where both were employed by Binghamton State Hospital until their retirement in 1967. They moved to Sandy Creek in 1978. Mr. Briggs died Sept. 4, 1981.

Mrs. Briggs was a member of the Wesleyan Church and the senior citizens’ bowling league.
SERVICE THURSDAY FOR ANNA L. CLEVENGER, 62
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – July 5, 1989

A graveside service for Anna L. Clevenger, 62, Ellisburg Road, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona, with the Rev. Melvyn S. Connell, pastor of Sandy Creek Wesleyan Church, officiating.

Mrs. Clevenger died Sunday when the car she was driving was hit head-on twice, once by an alleged drunk driver, in a three-car collision on Route 11 in the Town of Sandy Creek. Her mother, Elsie M. Briggs, who was a passenger in the car, was also killed in the accident.

Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 this evening at the Summerville Funeral Home.

Surviving are a son, Scott A. Clevenger, Sandy Creek; four grandchildren; two brothers, Edward Briggs, Phoenix, Ariz., and Lowell Briggs, Tampa, Fla., and several cousins.

Born in Boylston on June 13, 1927, a daughter of Benjamin H. and Elsie Ridgeway Briggs, she was graduated from North High School, Binghamton, and from Binghamton General Hospital School of Nursing.

A marriage to Charles Clevenger ended in divorce.

Mrs. Clevenger lived in Binghamton and Tully before moving to Sandy Creek in 1979. She was employed as a licensed practical nurse at the Loretto Geriatric Center, Syracuse, retiring June 30 of this year.
EUGENE REYNOLDS
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – July 10, 1989
Services for Eugene Reynolds, 62, of Smartville Road, who died Saturday at House of the Good Samaritan Hospital, Watertown, will be 1 p.m Tuesday at Sandy Creek United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. at the Summerville Funeral Home, 8192 Harwood Drive, Sandy Creek.

A life resident of Lacona, he graduated from Sandy Creek High School in 1943.

He owned and operated Lacona Gas and Supply Co. since 1962.

Mr. Reynolds was a member of the Sandy Creek United Methodist Church.

He was a member and past master of Sandy Creek Lodge 564 F&AM, a member and past patron of Lake Ontario Chapter 124, Order of the Eastern Star. He was a retired member and past chief of the Lacona Fire Department. He was a member and past president of the Oswego County Bear Association.

Surviving are his wife, the former Donna Kastler; his daughter, Brenda Brown of Toledo, Ore.; his son, Greg Reynolds of Lacona; two brothers, Arden of Tully and James of Jordan; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Contributions can be made to Lacona Fire Department or Northern Oswego County Ambulance, Pulaski.
JUANITA M. GUYETTE, 81, FORMER COOK, DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – July 10, 1989

Juanita M. Guyette, 81, a native of Brushton, formerly of Geneva, died at 11:45 a.m Sunday at the Hillcrest Nursing Home, where she had been a resident for 14 years.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Janet Gibbs, pastor of Sandy Creek United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours are from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Surviving are three sons, Jack and Philip, both of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Lyle, Rochester; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Snedeker, Lacona; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A daughter, Marjorie, died in 1945.

Born in Brushton on Aug. 1, 1908, a daughter of Edson and Gertrude Greeno Saxton, she attended local schools. She was graduated from Potsdam State Teachers College in 1928.

She married Charles J. Guyette on Aug. 12, 1928, at Brushton. Mrs. Guyette lived in Geneva for 45 years, during which time she was employed as a cook at the Sigma Chi Fraternity House. She retired in 1964. Mr. Guyette died in November 1972.
BETHYL W. KILLAM
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – October 10, 1989

Services for Bethyl W. Killam, 66, of 9075 Salina St., who died Saturday at Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital, Syracuse, will be at 11 a.m. today at Summerville Funeral Home, 8192 Harwood Drive, Sandy Creek. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Mrs. Killam was a life resident of Lacona. She was the tax collector for many years of the town of Sandy Creek and was a former Lacona village clerk. Mrs. Killam also was employed with the former Red & White Store in Lacona. She was a 1939 graduate of Sandy Creek High School.

Surviving are her husband, Edward T.; two daughters, Judy Cummings of Sandy Creek and Wendy Goodberry of Redfield; two sons, Bruce of Sandy Creek and Timothy of Lacona; three sisters, Belva Pierce of Lacona, Shirley Lamb of Liverpool and Doris White of Pulaski; nine grandchidren; and a great-granddaughter.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
WESLEY M. WILTON
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – December 1, 1989

Wesley M. Wilton, 72, of Center Road died Thursday at his home after a long illness.

A native of Felts Mills, Mr. Wilton lived in Lacona since 1952. He retired in 1979 after 23 years as a carpenter with Local 12 of the Carpenters Union in Syracuse. He was a former assessor for the town of Boylston.

Mr. Wilton served with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division during World War II. He was a member of Post 358, American Legion, in Pulaski, a member and past commander of Cable Trail Post 8534, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Lacona, and a past Oswego County commander of the VFW.

Surviving are his wife, the former Edith Barnes; three sons, William Horth of Marysville, Mich., James Horth of Lacona and John Horth of Pulaski; four daughters, Deloris (cq)Beamer of Mattydale, Barbara Johnson of Mexico, Jackie Gould of Baldwinsville and Gerry Fitzpatrick of St. Augustine, Fla.; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, the Rev. Virgil H. Hager officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, 8192 Harwood Drive.

Contributions may be made to Hospice or Cable Trail Post 8534, VFW.
TERRI LEE HAYNES, 23 – PLAYED BASKETBALL FOR CANISIUS COLLEGE
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – March 24, 1990

Services for Terri Lee Haynes, 23, of Route 11, who died Thursday at the House of Good Samaritan, Watertown, will be 2 p.m. Sunday in Sandy Creek First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. today in the church.

Miss Haynes died from injuries she suffered Wednesday in an automobile accident in Sandy Creek.

A native of Sandy Creek, Miss Haynes moved to Mannsville five years ago. She was a substitute teacher at Sandy Creek Central School and an assistant coach of the Sandy Creek girl’s basketball team this season. Miss Haynes also was employed with the James A. FitzPatrick nuclear power plant in Scriba.

Miss Haynes was a graduate of Sandy Creek High School and a 1989 graduate of Canisius College, receiving a master’s degree in physical education. She had attended James Madison University in Virginia on a woman’s basketball scholarship and transferred to Canisius College when that school began a Division I program.

Miss Haynes won gold, silver and bronze medals in the scholastic and open divisions of the women’s basketball competition at the Empire State Games. She was a member of the Sandy Creek Baptist Church.

Surviving are her parents, David and Glenda Haynes of Mannsville; two sisters, Holli Jo and Keri Beth, both of Mannsville; two brothers, David G. and Ryan D., both of Mannsville; her maternal grandmother, Gladys McDougal of Mannsville; her paternal grandmother, Edna Mae Haynes of Cicero; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Contributions may be made to the Haynes Youth Memorial Fund, in care of Phyllis McNitt, Box 168, Lacona, 13083.

Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, has charge of arrangements.
ISABELL ZUFELT, PULASKI, DIES AT HOME AT 51
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – April 6, 1990

Isabell Zufelt, 51, of 7452 Glen Ave., died at home Wednesday. Miss Zufelt had suffered complications of diabetes.

A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona, with the Rev. Virgil Hager, pastor of the Sandy Creek Baptist Church, officiating.

There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Foster-Hax Funeral Home.

Miss Zufelt is survived by five brothers, Clifford, Twin Falls, Idaho, Robert, Richland, Charles, Atlanta Beach, Fla., Richard, Oswego, and Dennis, Central Square, and four sisters, Mabel O’Brien, Evelyn Weaver and Belva Hall, all of Lacona, and Marilyn Clark, Holley.

Born in Boylston on Feb. 16, 1939, daughter of Clifford and Edith Brown Zufelt, she attended Sandy Creek schools.

She had lived in Pulaski the past year, and previously lived in Carthage.

At the time of her death, Miss Zufelt was employed by Frick & Frack Restaurant and the Pulaski Senior Nutrition Site.
FRANCIS E. SULLIVAN DIES AT AGE OF 68
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – May 9, 1990
Francis E. “Sully” Sullivan, 68, County Route 13, died at 9:47 a.m. Tuesday in the emergency room of the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, where he was taken after being stricken at home.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. James Pickett, pastor of the Boylston Wesleyan Church, officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Cable Trail Veterans of Foreign Wars 8534 building fund.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara; five daughters, Kathleen Mack, Syracuse, Denise Sullivan, Virginia Beach, Va., Barbara Lane, New Jersey, Maria Flynn, Palermo, and Patricia Mallore, Camillus; five sons, Francis, Liverpool, Michael, West Monroe, Daniel, Virginia Beach, James, Roswell, Ga., and Richard, East Syracuse; 37 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; a brother, Harold Sullivan, Copenhagen; and two sisters, Mrs. Frank (Ethel) Getman, West Carthage, and Mrs. Harlan (Ruth) Peebles, Carthage.

Born in West Carthage Nov. 1, 1921, the son of Frank and Pearl Lovejoy Sullivan, he was educated in Carthage schools and had lived in the Syracuse area before moving to Lacona in 1976.

Mr. Sullivan was a construction worker employed by H.J. Watt Construction Co., Syracuse, until his 1972 retirement.

He married Barbara Hill in East Syracuse.

Mr. Sullivan was a World War II Army veteran, serving from 1942 to 1946. He received the Asiatic-Pacific, American, and E.A.M.E. service medals, and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was a member of the Boylston Wesleyan Church and a life member of the Cable Trail V.F.W. 8534.
RICHARD A. ROWLAND JR.
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – May 11, 1990

WATERTOWN – Richard A. Rowland Jr., 27, of 206 Franklin St. and formerly of Lacona, died Thursday at Mercy Hospital from injuries suffered in a fire in his apartment building.

A native of Syracuse, Mr. Rowland also lived in South Onondaga before moving to Lacona in 1976. He moved to Watertown two months ago. He was employed with C.F.M. Food Distributors in Watertown. Mr. Rowland was a 1980 graduate of Sandy Creek High School and a 1982 graduate of the Powelson Business Institute.

Mr. Rowland was a member of the National Honor Society. He served in the Army as a paratrooper from 1982 to 1984.

Surviving are his parents, Richard and Martha of Lacona; two brothers, Randolph and William, both of Lacona; a sister, Sue Billings of Fort Drum; his maternal grandparents, Paul and Pat Skufca of Sandy Creek; his paternal grandparents, Ernastine Zobel of Jordan and Floyd Rowland of Port Byron; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, the Rev. Raymond McVey officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
BUILDING OWNER CITED AFTER FIRE KILLS MAN
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – May 11, 1990
The Phelps Corp., owners of the 65-apartment Solar Building where a city man died Thursday morning, has been cited by the Watertown Fire Department for not having a smoke alarm in the victim’s apartment.

The charge is filed in accordance with the city’s alarm ordinance.

Richard A. Rowland Jr., 27, of apartment 213 on the third floor, died from asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation, Dr. Joven Kuan, assistant county medical examiner, ruled Thursday following an autopsy.

Mr. Rowland was found in his bed by fire Capt. Paul Fitzgerald, who carried him out to a hallway and administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation until Guilfoyle Ambulance arrived. He was pronounced dead on arrival at 5:48 a.m. Thursday at Mercy Hospital.

Fire Chief Joseph H. Gravelle said Mr. Rowland had started cooking food on his gas stove, then apparently forgot about it and went to bed. The food ignited, setting off flames in the wall and melting foam ceiling panels. The ceiling material did not give off fatally toxic fumes, he said.

The fire activated a smoke detector in the apartment just above the Rowland apartment, and building manager James Jones telephoned for fire trucks.

Chief Gravelle said the six-floor building complies with regulations for an interconnecting alarm system, and 85 percent of the apartments are also equipped with separate battery-operated alarms, also required by the law, he said. Fire officials did not know why there was no alarm in the Rowland apartment.

The fire department can only inspect the building for compliance on the interconnecting system, and does so twice a year, Chief Gravelle said. But the fire department can not inspect an apartment unless asked by the tenant, he said.

An employe of Phelps Corp. declined comment, and Phelps Corp. owner, Russell Phelps, Binghamton, was said to be unavailable and out of state.

The funeral for Richard A. Rowland Jr., 27, of 206 Franklin St., formerly of Lacona, will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Raymond McVey officiating. Burial will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Surviving are his parents, Richard A. Rowland Sr. and Martha Skufca Rowland, Lacona; two brothers, Randolph and William, both of Lacona; a sister, Mrs. Harold (Sue) Billings, Fort Drum; maternal grandparents, Paul and Pat Skufca, Sandy Creek; paternal grandparents, Floyd Rowland, Port Byron, and Mrs. Ernestine Zobel, Jordon; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Born in Syracuse May 11, 1962, he was a 1980 graduate of Sandy Creek Central School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society. He was graduated from Powelson Business Institute, Syracuse, in 1982.

He had lived in South Onondaga from 1962 to 1976 when he moved to Lacona. He had lived in Watertown the past two months.

Mr. Rowland served in the Army paratroopers from 1982 to 1984.

He was employed by C.F.M. Food Distributors at the time of his death.
EMMA B. RIDGEWAY
Syracuse Herald-Journal (NY) – July 25, 1990
Emma B. Ridgeway, 90, of 101 Cleveland St., Liverpool, died Tuesday at James Square Residential Health Care Centre after a long illness.

Mrs. Ridgeway was born in Redfield and lived in Liverpool since 1944. She was a member of Liverpool First United Methodist Church and Center Village Seniors.

Surviving are three sons, Leland “Bud” of Mattydale, Donald of Weedsport, and Dale of Baldwinsville; a daughter, June Melfi of Liverpool; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Maurer Funeral Home, Liverpool, the Rev. Everett Bassett officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, 300 Second St.
FICHE #58-C-22 LAURA A. PORTER, 82, RETIRED TEACHER, DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – November 20, 1990
Laura A. Porter, 82, of 8358 Harwood Drive, Lacona, died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, where she was admitted Nov. 5 after a long illness.

The funeral will be at 8:30 this evening in the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Melvyn S. Connell, pastor of the Sandy Creek Wesleyan Church, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours are from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Sandy Creek Wesleyan Church.

Surviving are three stepdaughters, Mrs. Elsie Muniz, Medford, Ore., Mrs. Lila Scordino, Vestal, and Mrs. Iva Mortenson, Johnson City; a stepson, Maurice Porter, Barnesville, S.C.; a sister, Mrs. Conrad (Lila) Ericson, North Chili; a brother, Donald Ames, Marion, Ind., and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

A brother, Charles Douglas Ames, died before her.

Born June 26, 1908, in Morristown, daughter of Charles and Ina Chase Ames, she graduated from Sandy Creek High School and Houghton College, where she got her teaching degree. She taught school for 25 years at Barnes Corners, Redfield and Stillwater, and retired from the Orwell School.

She married Harrison E. Porter June 26, 1952. The couple lived all their married life on Demott Street in Lacona. Mr. Porter died Nov. 7, 1981, at the age of 87. After his death, Mrs. Porter moved to 8358 Harwood Drive to live with Mrs. Dicia Whipple.

Mrs. Porter was a member of the Sandy Creek Wesleyan Church, a former board member and Sunday school teacher there, and a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association.
KORLEEN M. WARREN DIES AT THE AGE OF 53
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – November 24, 1990
Korleen “Korky” M. Warren, 53, of 7578 E. Main St., formerly of Lacona, died Wednesday at Valley Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev., while on vacation.

The funeral is 9 p.m. Sunday at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with Pastor Richard A. Bennett, Pulaski Wesleyan Church, Pulaski, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Warren is survived by her husband, David R.; two sons, Duane J., Parish and Russell S., Williamstown; her mother, Mrs. Frances L. Phillips, Lacona; one brother, Lawrence Phillips, Pulaski and one niece.

A brother, Levi E. Phillips died Oct. 2, 1980.

She was born Oct. 23, 1937 in Beaver Falls to Claude and Frances Leyendecker Phillips. She graduated from Sandy Creek High School in 1956.

On Dec. 5, 1959, she married David R. Warren at the South Onondaga Methodist Church.

Employed by Carrier Corp., Syracuse for 34 years, she had lived in Parish for the past 28 years.

She was a member of the Northern Blue Jays motorcycle club and attended Pulaski Wesleyan Church.
ELEANOR “PAT’ SKUFCA, RETIRED FARMER, DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – December 14, 1990
SANDY CREEK – Eleanor “Pat” Skufca, 70, of 8104 Park St., died at 1:56 a.m. Thursday in the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, where she had been a patient one week.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Francis Church, Lacona, with the Rev. Charles Aho and the Rev. Raymond McVey officiating. Burial will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Summerville Funeral Home, where the rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Sunday. Contributions may be made to Northern Oswego County Ambulance, P.O. Box 113, Pulaski; Unity Acres, Orwell, or the Sandy Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

Surviving are her husband, Paul A. Sr.; three daughters, Mrs. William (Mary) Komm, Pulaski, Mrs. Richard (Martha) Rowland, Lacona, and Mrs. Matthew (Anne) Francis, Sandy Creek; a son, Paul A. “Buzz” Jr., Lacona; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Amsden, Ashtabula, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews.

Born March 17, 1920, in Ashtabula, daughter of Roy and Elizabeth Wright Amsden, she was graduated from Ashtabula High School in 1937 and married Paul A. Skufca July 29, 1939, in St. Joseph’s Church, Jefferson, Ohio. The couple came to Sandy Creek in 1947. They owned and operated a dairy farm in the Sandy Creek-Lacona area until their retirement in 1973.

They formerly owned and operated the Clover Farm Store in Lacona.

Mrs. Skufca was employed for 18 years as a bookkeeper at Holstein-Fresian World Inc., retiring in 1985.

She was a communicant of St. Francis Church and a member of its Altar and Rosary Society.
FICHE #68-B-5,6 EMERY R. TAMBLIN, 84, RETIRED FARMER, DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – January 6, 1991
Emery R. Tamblin, 84, Lacona, R.D. 1, died Saturday morning at his home.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Robert Cotter, pastor of St. Mary’s Church, Copenhagen, officiating. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Surviving are three sons, Richard R., Adams, Arnold E., Woodville, and David A., Austin, Texas; five daughters, Marjorie Riordan, Watertown, Barbara Franchot, Williamson, Shirley Corbine, Tupper Lake, Nancy Anthony, North Rose, and Claudia Draper, Cape Vincent; 35 grandchildren, and 50 great-grandchildren.

He was born Feb. 11, 1906, in Gouverneur, son of John and Nancy Gates Tamblin. He attended local schools. He married Ethel I. Tuttle on May 5, 1926, at Gouverneur, with the Rev. Philip D. Mang officiating. She died Aug. 26, 1987.

Mr. and Mrs. Tamblin owned and operated dairy farms in the towns of Hounsfield and Rodman until their retirement in 1966, when they moved to Lacona. Mr. Tamblin also worked as a logger and a mechanic.
IVAN E. CRAST
Syracuse Herald American (NY) – February 3, 1991
Ivan E. Crast, 77, of Orwell Road, died Saturday at his home.

Mr. Crast was a life resident of Lacona. He was employed as a truck driver for Blount Lumber Co. for 30 years, retiring in 1979. Mr. Crast was a member of Boylston-Wesleyan Church, Sandy Creek Grange 127 and was active in Boy Scouts, serving as scoutmaster for Troop 30.

His wife, Thelma Kinney, died in 1988.

Surviving are two daughters, Patty Reid and Kayrene Farley, both of Lacona; four sons, Terry, Larry and Kimberly, all of Lacona and Lonnie, serving with the 174th Tactical Wing of the Air National Guard in Saudi Arabia; 18 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, the Rev. Louis Hausele officiating. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, 8192 Harwood Drive.

Contributions may be made to Northern Oswego County Ambulance, Box 113, Pulaski, 13142 or Ainsworth Memorial Library, Box 69, Sandy Creek 13145.
FICHE #69-B-10 WALTER B. NOAKES OF SANDY CREEK DIES AT 83
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – March 1, 1991
Walter Bernard Noakes, 83, of 8017 Lake St., retired district engineer for the New York Telephone Co., died at 2:01 p.m. Thursday at his home following a lengthy illness.

The body will be cremated. A memorial service is planned at a later date. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Summerville Funeral Home.

Contributions may be made to the Women’s Care Group of the Sandy Creek United Methodist Church; Northern Oswego County Ambulance, P.O. Box 113, Pulaski, N.Y. 13142; or the Sandy Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

Surviving are his wife, Irene; a daughter, Mrs. Leonard (Marilyn) Selle, Dexter; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; a brother, John, Katonah, and four nieces and a nephew.

Three brothers, Kenneth, Ralph and Lloyd Noakes, died previously.

He was born Dec. 29, 1907, in Syracuse, a son of George and Grace Green Noakes. He was a graduate of Syracuse Central High School.

He married Irene M. MacDougall on Feb. 15, 1932, in East Syracuse. They resided in Syracuse and Binghamton before moving to Sandy Creek 40 years ago.

Mr. Noakes was employed by the New York Telephone Co. for 46 years. He retired July 1, 1972, from the Watertown office, where he served as the district engineer for Northern New York.

Mr. Noakes was an avid golfer and tennis player. He was also a life member of the New York Telephone Pioneers and a former member of the Elms Golf Club in Sandy Pond.
NELSON E. MILES
Syracuse Herald-Journal (NY) – July 19, 1991
A memorial burial service will be 2 p.m. July 27 in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona, for Nelson E. Miles, who died in Tarpon Springs, Fla., in March. Rev. Donald Whiting of North Syracuse will officiate.

Mr. Miles lived in Baldwinsville for many years and was a member of the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church, Seneca River Lodge 160 F&AM and the 174th Tactical Fighter Wing, “The Boys from Syracuse.”
FICHE #74-D-6 BERTHA DINGMAN, 77, ONCE OF ELLISBURG, DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – August 11, 1991
Bertha Dingman, 77, formerly of Ellisburg, died Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Phyllis Pitcher, county Route 2, Richland. She had suffered from cancer.

The funeral will be 9 a.m. Monday at the Foster-Hax Funeral Home, Pulaski, with the Rev. Virgil H. Hager, pastor of the Sandy Creek Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, 7385 Park St., Pulaski.

Surviving are three sons, LeRoy R. and Lawrence, both of Richland, and Leon H., Watertown; seven daughters, Beatrice Balcom, Rodman, Bonnie Graham, Orwell, Maureen Lance and Phyllis Pitcher, both of Richland, Betty Castor, Adams, Wilma Dingman, Belleville, Texas, and Viola Martin, Adams Center; 85 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; and several great-great grandchildren; and three brothers, Eddie Berry, Rodman, Walter Berry, Woodville, and Cecil Berry, Pulaski.

Born in Rodman Jan. 14, 1914, the daughter of Dee and Nellie Putman Berry, she attended Rodman schools and had lived in Ellisburg most of her life before moving to Richland 10 years ago.

She married Cornelius W. Dingman Sept. 18, 1933. He died June 9, 1967.
BESSIE M. LEE, MANNSVILLE, DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – September 26, 1991
Bessie M. Lee, 87, formerly of Lincoln Street, widow of Frederick F. Lee, died at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday in the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, where she had been a patient since Sept. 8. She was a resident of Evergreen Adult Home, Pulaski, for the past year.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home, Belleville, the Rev. James Carr, pastor, Mannsville United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mannsville Fire Department or rescue squad.

Surviving are two sons, Richard L., Pulaski, and Edward E., Presque Isle, Maine; a daughter, Mrs. Joshua (Norma) Worthington, Mannsville; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and two nieces.

Three sons, Robert, Frederick and Vernon, and a daughter, Virginia, died before her. A brother, Henry Moore, a step-brother, George DeLong, and a sister, Clara Moore Edwards, died before her.

Born April 4, 1904 in Boylston, daughter of Edward E. and Susanne Beeman Moore, she married Frederick F. Lee on April 4, 1922. He died July 8, 1985. They resided at Sandy Creek and Pulaski. She resided with her daughter from 1988 to 1990.

She had worked as telephone operator in Belleville.

for Cody Mannsville

LEE – In House of the Good Samaritan, Sept. 25, 1991. Bessie M. Lee, 87, Mannsville, widow of Frederick F. Lee. Funeral Saturday, 11 a.m., Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home, Belleville. Burial in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.
FICHE #81-D-13 MAUDE BERRY, 74, EX-WAITRESS, DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – January 8, 1992
Maude “Margo” Berry, 74, Canning Factory Road, a former waitress, died Monday evening in the Madonna Home, Watertown.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Foster-Hax Funeral Home, Pulaski, with the Rev. Anthony Keeffe, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pulaski, officiating. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

There are no calling hours.

Surviving are her husband, Glen; a son, Donald, Adams; a daughter, Jane Rogers, Adams; several grandchildren; two brothers, William Brigham, Supply, N.C., and Rex Brigham, Cape May, N.J.; two sisters, Lucia Hedger, Adams, and Mary Lou Cavallier, Pulaski, and nieces and nephews.

She was born July 1, 1917, in Lacona, a daughter of Harold and Ruth Peters Brigham. She attended Belleville and Adams district schools.

Mrs. Berry lived in Inlet for a number of years before moving to Richland four years ago.

She had worked as a waitress at various restaurants.
ALICE M. HELBOCK
Syracuse Herald-Journal (NY) – February 20, 1992
Alice M. Helbock, 83, of County Route 13 died Wednesday at Samaritan Keep Nursing Home, Watertown.

A native of Redfield, Mrs. Helbock was a life resident of the Lacona-Redfield area. Her husband, John, died in 1968.

Surviving are two sons, Donald of Mexico and Norman of Watertown; two sisters, Aline Porter of Central Square and Retha VanEpps of Levittown; two brothers, George Yerdon of Redfield and Paul Yerdon of Central Square; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, the Rev. Virgil H. Hager officiating. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 8192 Harrwood Drive.
HELEN L. RIDGEWAY, ORWELL, DIES IN SYRACUSE
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – November 28, 1992
Helen L. Ridgeway, 80, County Route 2, died Thursday afternoon at Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital, Syracuse.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Orwell Union Church, with the Rev. Janet Gibbs, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

There will be no calling hours. Foster-Hax Funeral Home, Pulaski, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to the Northern Oswego County Ambulance, Pulaski.

Surviving are three sons, Frank M., Fulton, Phillip J., Brewerton, and Keith R., Pulaski; two daughters, Norma J. Narramore, Louden, Tenn., and Laura H. Ridgeway, Dallas, Texas; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, James Guiswite, Boca Raton, Fla., and Myron Guiswite, Leesburg, Fla.; two sisters, Mabel Gentile and Neva Kline, both of Dubois, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

A son, G. David Ridgeway, died in January 1991.

Born in Avis, Pa., March 4, 1912, a daughter of Franklin and Carrie A. Bustler Guiswite, she graduated from Avis High School and married Leon Ridgeway Oct. 17, 1935. Mr. Ridgeway died Jan. 26, 1984.

Mrs. Ridgeway had lived in Orwell for the past 30 years. She had previously lived in Sandy Creek.

She was a member and organist of the Orwell Union Church for the past 30 years. She was also a member and past president of the Gleaners Club in Orwell.
ANN MARESCA, FORMER ANTIQUES DEALER, DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – January 11, 1993
Ann Maresca, 90, formerly of Fulton and Mexico, died Sunday at Loretto Geriatrics Center, Syracuse.

The funeral will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Edward J. Ryan & Son Funeral Home, Syracuse. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Nazarene Church, 2929 Midland Ave., Syracuse.

Surviving are two daughters, Jeanette Riley, Elbridge, and Elinor Cyr, Syracuse; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Maresca was a native of Vermont and lived in Syracuse for 20 years. She was proprietor of antique shops in Fulton and Mexico.

She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.
LORETTA J. RIDGEWAY
Syracuse Herald-Journal (NY) – March 30, 1993
Loretta J. Ridgeway, 50, of 8247 Salisbury St. died Sunday at the home of her sister in Lacona.

Miss Ridgeway was a life resident of the Sandy Creek area. She was a security guard with Burns International Security, Liverpool, and previously was employed with General Electric Co. and Sandy Creek Central School. She was a graduate of Sandy Creek Central School.

Surviving are a sister, Shirley Stowell of Lacona; a brother, Earl Ridgeway of Lacona; two nieces; and two nephews.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek. Spring burial will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona. Calling hours will be 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Oswego County Hospice.
ALFRED “JOE’ CHRISMAN OF SANDY CREEK DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – April 23, 1993
Alfred “Joe” Chrisman, 77, of 8823 S. Main St., died at 1 p.m. Thursday at his home after a lengthy illness.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Summerville Funeral Home with the Rev. Janet Gibbs, pastor of Sandy Creek United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona, with full military honors.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Sandy Creek United Methodist Church or to the building fund of the Cable Trail Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8534, Lacona.

Surviving are his wife, Joyce; a daughter, Mrs. Douglas (Sandra) Towles, Pulaski; two sons, Warren, Lacona, and Gary, Pulaski; 10 grandchildren, a great-grandson; a brother, Harwood “Sam” Chrisman, Lacona; two sisters, Mrs. Clyde (Isabel) Ballou and Mrs. Fritz (Virginia) Peter, both of Lacona; several nieces and nephews.

A son, Wayne, was killed in an automobile accident Feb. 3, 1974. A brother, Rex, also died before him.

Born Aug. 15, 1915, in the town of Boylston, son of James and Euphemia Franklin Chrisman, he graduated from Sandy Creek High School in 1935 and was a life resident of the town of Sandy Creek.

He served in the Army from 1940 to 1945, and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific theater. He was also awarded the Bronze Star.

He married Joyce L. Hamer Feb. 7, 1942, in Lacona.

Mr. Chrisman was a carpenter with Union Local 12, Syracuse, for 36 years, retiring in 1980.

He was a member of the Sandy Creek United Methodist Church, Cable Trail VFW Post 8534, and Robert Edwards American Legion Post 358, Pulaski.
WILLIAM D. PRESLEY, 93, DIES IN NEW JERSEY
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – April 23, 1993
William D. Presley, 93, County Route 13, died Thursday at St. Barnabas Hospital, Livingston, N.J. Mr. Presley had been spending the winter with his daughter, Eleanor Betz, Roseland, N.J.

The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Boylston Wesleyan Church with the Rev. Edward Crandall, pastor of the Elmira Wesleyan Church, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church. Arrangements are with the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek.

Surviving besides his daughter are another daughter, Kathryn Campbell, Colonia, N.J.; a son, Edwin, Ormond Beach, Fla.; several stepchildren; six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Six brothers and sisters died before him.

Born March 12, 1900, in Taylor, son of the Rev. Fred and Rose Warburton Presley, he married Hildred Tilton on Aug. 9, 1922. She died June 24, 1971.

His second wife, Dora Falke, died in 1990.

Mr. Presley owned and operated a dairy farm in the town of Boylston for 48 years. He was a life member of the Bolyston Wesleyan Church.
VERA E. YERDON
Syracuse Herald-Journal (NY) – June 9, 1993
Vera E. Yerdon, 81, of Route 17 died Tuesday at Evergreen Adult Home, Pulaski.

Mrs. Yerdon was a life resident of Redfield. Her husband, Avery L., died in 1981.

Surviving are a son, Gary of Redfield; a stepsister, Dorothy Giddings of Redfield; a stepbrother, Leon Taplin of Canandaigua; two grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, the Rev. Thomas Howell officiating. Burial will be in Boylston Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, 8192 Harwood Drive.

Contributions may be made to the Redfield Fire Department.
PATTY L. REID, SANDY CREEK, DIES AT AGE 55
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – September 22, 1993
Patty L. Reid, 56, Sandy Creek, died at 11:55 p.m. Monday at the home of her son Dale, Wheathill Drive, Lacona. She had been ill with cancer.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Summerville Funeral Home, 8192 Harrwood Drive, with the Rev. Thomas Howell, pastor of Vorea Community Church, Orwell, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Vorea Community Church, Orwell, or Oswego County Hospice, care of H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski, N.Y. 13142.

Surviving besides her son Dale are her husband, William J.; three other sons, William, Spring City, Tenn., Douglas, Lacona, and Ralph, Illinois; a daughter, Angela Reid, Lacona; eight grandchildren; four brothers, Terry, Larry, Lonnie and Kim Crast, all of Lacona; a sister, Kayrene Pappa, Lacona, and several nephews, nieces and cousins.

Born in Sandy Creek on July 27, 1937, a daughter of Ivan and Thelma Kinney Crast, she was a graduate of Sandy Creek High School and Oswego State Teachers College. She married William J. Reid on Feb. 10, 1956, in Lacona.

Mrs. Reid was employed as an elementary teacher in Orwell and Sandy Creek until her retirement in 1991 due to ill health, after 19 years.

She was a member of Vorea Community Church, Orwell, and Cable Trail Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8534 Ladies Auxiliary, Lacona. She was a former member of Northern Oswego County Ambulance Squad.
CARL G. WHIPPLE, 78, DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – August 15, 1994
Carl G. Whipple, 78, of Springbrook Apartments, died Saturday in Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital, Syracuse.

Private services will be conducted by the Rev. Melvyn Connell, pastor of the Sandy Creek Wesleyan Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek.

Surviving are his wife, Dicia; four daughters, Carol White, Adams Center, Diane Sperling, Sandy Creek, Christal Goodsell, Pulaski, and Denise Cofer, Germantown, Md.; a son, David, Lacona, and 10 grandchildren.

Five brothers and a sister died before him.

Born on July 3, 1916, in Rochester, a son of William and Pearl Parker Whipple, he attended Whitesboro schools and married Dicia Briggs on Aug. 30, 1946, in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Whipple lived in Sandy Creek for several years and in Pulaski for the past three years. He was a retired self-employed carpenter.
BARBARA REID, BOYLSTON, DIES OF CANCER AT 53
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – September 16, 1994
Barbara J. Reid, 53, County Route 15, died Wednesday at her home, where she had been under the care of Oswego County Hospice. Mrs. Reid had been ill with cancer.

The funeral will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Vorea Community Church, town of Orwell, with the Rev. Thomas Howell officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours were scheduled for 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek. Contributions may be made to Vorea Community Church or Oswego County Hospice.

Surviving are her husband, James L.; a daughter, Charlotte Wisner, Watertown; four sons, Richard, Gallatin, Tenn., Robert, Beverly, N.J., Alan, Lacona, and David, Belleville; her mother, Gladys McDougal, Richland; a sister, Glenda Haynes, Richland; a brother, Wayne McDougal, Lacona; eight grandchildren, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Born Sept. 11, 1941, in Syracuse, daughter of Glen and Gladys VanEpps McDougal, she attended Sandy Creek schools and lived in the Lacona and Boylston areas most of her life.

She married James L. Reid Oct. 1, 1960, in Sandy Creek.

Mrs. Reid was a member of Vorea Community Church and Lake Ontario Chapter 124, Order of the Eastern Star.
CHELSEA JO MANCHESTER, SIX MONTHS, DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – January 25, 1995
Chelsea Jo Manchester, 6-month-old daughter of Terry and Kathleen Beeman Manchester, 24 Wood Road, died at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday in the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, where she had been a patient since Friday. She had a congenital heart condition.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Summerville Funeral Home with the Rev. Anthony Keeffe, pastor of St. Frances Church, Lacona, officiating. Spring burial will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Donations may be made to the family.

Surviving besides her parents are a sister, Alisha, at home; her maternal grandmother, Joyce Graham, Lacona; her paternal grandparents, Donald and Bernice Manchester, Lacona, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was born July 10 at Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital, Syracuse.
ALICE H. MCCONNELL OF DEXTER DIES AT AGE 89
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – April 25, 1995
Alice H. McConnell, 89, of Route 1, died at 4 a.m. Monday at Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg, where she had been a patient since April 20.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Asbury United Methodist Church, Watertown, with the Rev. E. Catherine Salisbury, associate pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours are 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Asbury United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Fox Funeral Home, Hammond.

Surviving is a grandniece, Mrs. Paul (Carolyn) Langtry, Chippewa Bay.

A sister, Mary Edgar, died July 1, 1941, and another sister, Gertrude Billings, died March 2, 1972. A brother, Loren Haley, died April 14, 1960.

Born Oct. 8, 1905, in Hammond, the daughter of James and Minerva Seeley Haley, she graduated from Camden High School and Potsdam Normal School.

She married Schuyler Shoecraft June 19, 1937. He died July 1, 1964.

In 1972 she married Roy McConnell in Binghamton. He also died before her.

Mrs. McConnell was a teacher in Watertown area schools and the Watertown City School District for many years.

She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church and the state Retired Teachers’ Association.
E. WALTER MEAD, BOYLSTON, DIES AT HIS HOME
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – June 7, 1995
E. Walter Mead, 85, County Route 50, died Tuesday at his home.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Vorea Community Church with the Rev. Thomas G. Howell officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Foster-Hax Funeral Home, 7385 Park St., Pulaski. Contributions may be made to either the building fund or Mead Endowment Fund at Vorea Community Church.

Surviving are his wife, Charlotte; four daughters, Eleanor M. LaCelle, Pleasant Valley, Frieda M. Janacek, Sandy Creek, Virginia M. Smith, Orwell, and Wanda M. Bishop, Poughkeepsie; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Two brothers and three sisters died before him.

Born April 6, 1910, son of Edward and Alice DeLong Mead, he was a life resident of Boylston and attended Vorea schools.

He married Charlotte Yerdon Oct. 26, 1931.

Mr. Mead was a farmer for 45 years and worked for the Oswego County Board of Cooperative Educational Services for several years.

He was an Oswego County legislator for the town of Boylston from 1972 to 1979 and served on the Sandy Creek Central school board from 1948 to 1968.

He was a member of Vorea Community Church and Sandy Creek Pomona Grange.
NINA VIOLA VANGIESON
Syracuse Herald-Journal (NY) – July 6, 1995
Nina Viola VanGieson, 90, formerly of Smartville Road, died Tuesday at Mercy Center for Health Services, Watertown, after a long illness.

She was a life resident of the town of Sandy Creek. She was a former school teacher in Sandy Creek and Boylston.

Her husband, Wilbur A., died in 1977.

She was a member of Boylston-Wesleyan Church and was affiliated with Pilgrim Holiness Church.

Surviving are four daughters, Mary Snyder of Lacona, Lenora Gustavson of Liverpool, Nina Whitmore of Evans Mills, Billie Stowell of Lexington, S.C.; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Boylston-Wesleyan Church, pastors Thomas Howell and Brian Snyder officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. today at Summerville Funeral Home, 1997 Harwood Drive, Sandy Creek.
EX-CARPENTER DAVID H. BARTHOLOMEW DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – July 8, 1995
David H. “Bart” Bartholomew, 78, of 99 Salisbury St., retired carpenter, died at 11:40 p.m. Thursday at his home, where he had been under the care of Oswego County Hospice.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Richard A. Bennett, pastor of the Pulaski Wesleyan Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours are from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Oswego County Hospice, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, N.Y. 13126.

Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Joan “Bea”; a daughter, Mrs. Scott (Loretta) Yerdon, Gouverneur; a stepson, Randy Clark, Allenhurst, Ga.; two stepdaughters, Vicki Tinkous, Holley, and Edith Hart, Manlius; two granddaughters, nine stepgrandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Cherylene, and a brother, Reginald Daniels, died before him.

Born on Jan. 22, 1917, in Parish, a son of Henry and Josephine Whaley Bartholomew, he was a life resident of the Lacona area.

He worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps for several years before entering the Air Force, serving during World War II. He also was a civilian employee for the Army for three years, working on construction of the Alcan Highway and army bases in Alaska.

He married Leola Faith Robbins on April 15, 1937, at Central Square. She died March 24, 1961. He later married Joan Schumaker.

Mr. Bartholomew was a carpenter for over 50 years, working from Carpenters Local 12, Syracuse, and retiring in 1979.

Since his retirement, he had been employed by the village of Lacona.

He was an avid gardener and fisherman.
UNERAL TO BE TUESDAY FOR LEONA BUTLER
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – July 23, 1995
The funeral for Leona M. Butler, 63, of 6036 S. Main St., will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Summerville Funeral Home with the Rev. Lynton Perry, pastor of the First Free Methodist Church of Watertown, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Mrs. Butler was pronounced dead Friday afternoon at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, from injuries she suffered that afternoon in a collision between a car and a tractor-trailer in Mannsville. She was a passenger in the car, driven by her fiance, Paul F. Juiliani, Watertown. He was listed in stable condition at Samaritan Medical Center.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, 1997 Harwood Drive. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

In addition to her fiance, Mrs. Butler is survived by a son, Gary M., Mexico; two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Jane) Locke, Watertown, and Mrs. Marvin (Joyce) Nemier, Sandy Creek; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a brother, Arthur Kinney, Plainville; and several nieces and nephews.

A sister, Thelma Crast, died Oct. 11, 1988.

She was born April 20, 1932, at Sandy Creek, daughter of George and Blanche Claflin Kinney. She graduated from Sandy Creek High School in 1950.

She married World War II veteran Harlow A. Butler on July 15, 1950, at Sandy Creek. Mr. Butler, a truck driver for Blount Lumber Co., Lacona, died July 25, 1979, at 52.

Mrs. Butler was a lifelong resident of Sandy Creek. She was a licensed beautician and operated a beauty shop out of her home.

She also was employed as a cleaner at the Sandy Creek Central School for 15 years until her death.

She was a member of Cable Trail Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 8534, Lacona. She was a member of the non-instructional staff at Sandy Creek Central School and a member of the National Educational Association of New York.
CLYDE A. BALLOU
Syracuse Herald American (NY) – January 7, 1996
Clyde A. Ballou, 90, of 152 Ballou Road died Friday at Samaritan Keep Home in Watertown.

Born in Orwell, he owned and operated a dairy farm from 1935 to 1954. He worked for Boylston Highway Department for 18 years, serving as highway superintendent for six years and retiring in 1972.

During the 1920s, he worked for Brown-Lipe Chapin Co., Syracuse, and also worked for Stevens Milling and Feed Co. and Blount Lumber Co., both of Lacona.

He was a member of the Halfshire Historical Society, Richland; the New York State Bluebird Society; a 65-year member of Sandy Creek Grange 127; an honorary member of the Oswego County Association of Town Superintendents of Highway; a former member of Welcome Lodge 680 I.O.O.F., Orwell; a member of the Americus Lodge 607 I.O.O.F., Syracuse, where he also served as chaplain; a former member of the Tug Hill Planning Board; and a trustee and past president of the Sandy Creek-Boylston Cemetery Association.

In 1989, he received a certificate of commendation from the Oswego County Legislature for recognition of exemplary service to the community.

He was an amateur photographer and received many awards at the local and county level.

His son, David, died in 1954.

Surviving are his wife, Isabel; an aunt, Irma Hall of Auburn; and a nephew, James Ballou of Bridgeport.

Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Foster-Hax Funeral Home. Spring burial is in Sandy Creek-Boylston Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, 7385 Park St., Pulaski.

Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
AMES H. RIDGEWAY
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – January 10, 1996
James H. Ridgeway, 90, of County Route 22 died Monday at Samaritan Keep Home, Watertown.

Surviving are a daughter, Alta Shirley of Lacona; a son, Donald J. of Lacona; a sister, Avis Branche of Punta Gorda, Fla.; five grandsons; and six great-grandsons.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, the Rev. Lorraine Zimmerman officiating. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, 1997 Harwood Drive.

Contributions may be made to Northern Oswego County Ambulance or Lacona Volunteer Fire Department.
MARIE R. ELMORE
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – May 15, 1996
Marie Ridgeway Elmore, 54, of 1136 Oak St., died Monday at her home.

Mrs. Elmore was a life resident of Syracuse. She was a home health aide with Onondaga County.

Surviving are four daughters, Tracey Laughlin of Colorado Springs, Colo., Kathy Lemon and Rebeca Dempster, both of Syracuse, and Derinda Boyden of Constantia; a son, Duane Dempster II of Syracuse; two sisters, Juanita Gentner of Memphis and Yolanda Ridgeway of Liverpool; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, 1997 Harwood Drive.
EARL L. YERDON SCHOOL BUS DRIVER, CUSTODIAN
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – January 24, 1997
Earl L. Yerdon, 84, of 27 Academy St., died Thursday at Samaritan-Keep Home, Watertown.

Mr. Yerdon worked for the Sandy Creek Central School District as a bus driver for 37 years and as a custodian for 20 years, retiring in 1977. He also plowed snow, tilled gardens and made maple syrup for many years.

Born June 29, 1912, in Redfield, son of Andrew and Clarisa Gibbs Yerdon, he had lived in Greenboro for 44 years and moved to Sandy Creek in 1957.

He married Florence White Nov. 28, 1936.

He was a member of Sandy Creek Baptist Church and an avid hunter and fisherman.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Harwood “Satch,” Sunrise, Fla.; two daughters, Lorraine, M. Rohrmoser, Sandy Creek, and Denise M. McDonald, Beverly Hills, Mich.; four brothers, Emery, Central Square, Harvey, Redfield, and Arnold and Victor, both of Phoenix; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Foster-Hax Funeral Home, Pulaski, with the Rev. David Balcom officiating. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to Sandy Creek Volunteer Fire Department or the Northern Oswego County Ambulance.
ANSELM J. HAMMOND CARRIER CORP. RETIREE
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – June 9, 1997
Anselm J. Hammond, 86, of 18 North St., died Saturday at his home.

Mr. Hammond was employed at Carrier Corp., Syracuse, for 24 years, retiring in 1974.

Born Oct. 23, 1910, in Croghan, son of John and Nora Ritz Hammond, he attended Father Leo Memorial School, Croghan. A prominent athlete in his youth, he was a member and manager of the Croghan All-Stars baseball team and was one of Croghan’s leading bowlers.

Mr. Hammond was scouted by the Boston Braves and turned down an opportunity to play professional baseball at the request of his mother.

He married Olive Ridgeway of Lacona on May 25, 1940, in St. Stephen’s Church, Croghan, with the Rev. Amadeus Burke officiating.

Surviving are nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona, with the Rev. Anthony Keeffe of St. Anne’s Church, Parish, officiating.

There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek.
WILLIAM REID
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – September 9, 1997
William “Bill” Reid, 65, of 748 County Route 15, died Sunday at home after a short illness.

He was born in Lacona and was a life resident of Lacona and Boylston.

He was a 1948 graduate of Sandy Creek School.

Mr. Reid was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was a superintendent at General Crush Stone Co.’s Lacona Plant, retiring in 1992 after 27 years.

Mr. Reid was a member of Cable Trail VFW Post 8534, Lacona. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the North American Hunting Club. He was a hunter, sportsman and horseshoe player. He pitched horseshoes in the Ohio World Tournament and the New York State Fair tournament.

His wife, Patty, died in 1993.

Surviving are his companion, Jean Hilton; a daughter, Angela Reid of Lacona; four sons, William of Spring City, Tenn., Dale and Douglas, both of Lacona and Ralph of Freehold, N.J.; two sisters, Mildred Nemier and Marge Robbins, both of Lacona; two brothers, James and Fay, both of Lacona; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Summerville Funeral Home in Sandy Creek with Pastor Keith Miller of Vorea Community Church officiating. Burial is in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours are 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, 1997 Harwood Drive, Sandy Creek.

Contributions may be made to the Oswego County Hospice, Box 3080, Oswego 13126.
MILDRED E. NEMIER
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – November 3, 1997
Mildred E. Nemier, 77, of 94 Salisbury St., died Sunday at her home after a long illness.

She was born in Boylston and was a life resident of Boylston and Lacona. She was a 1938 graduate of Sandy Creek Central School.

She was a life resident of Boylston and Lacona.

She played piano and organ in local area bands. She was a member, former choir director and Sunday school teacher at the Sandy Creek First Baptist Church.

Her husband, Leo F., died in 1988.

Surviving are two sons, Steve of Sandy Creek and Craig of Northville, Mich.; a sister, Marjorie Robbins of Lacona; two brothers, Fay Reid and James Reid, both of Lacona.

Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sandy Creek First Baptist Church, the Rev. Cathy Hamilton officiating. Burial is in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. today at Summerville Funeral Home, 1997 Harwood Drive, Sandy Creek.

Contributions may be made to Sandy Creek First Baptist church.
LILLIAN M. ROSSMAN WORKED AT WALKER’S CLEANERS
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – November 9, 1997
Lillian M. Rossman, 83, Center Road, died Saturday in Loretto Heights Nursing Home, Oswego.

Mrs. Rossman was employed at Walker’s Cleaners, Pulaski, for many years. She had resided in Boylston since 1956 and previously lived in Pulaski for several years.

Born March 24, 1914, in Orwell, daughter of Arthur and Verna Joyner Hilton, she attended Orwell schools.

She married Leon C. Rossman March 28, 1932, in the parsonage at Sandy Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Floyd Fennen officiating. Mr. Rossman died Oct. 8, 1954.

Surviving are two sons, John L., Jordan, and Arthur C., Tempe, Ariz.; two daughters, Joyce Burke, Tempe, and Joan L. Saunders, Pulaski; two brothers, Hugh Hilton, Orwell, and Richard Hilton, Pulaski; a sister, Emma Teachout, Pulaski; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Foster-Hax Funeral Home, Pulaski, with the Rev. David Wilson, pastor of Pulaski Wesleyan Church, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
LEON G. CLAFLIN
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – January 13, 1998
Leon G. Claflin, 70, of 23 Snyder Road died Sunday at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

Surviving are his wife, Jerry; a son, Christopher of Rocksprings, Ga.; a mother, Jennie Zufelt of Oswego; three brothers, Ernie of Sandy Creek, Mac of Central Square and Donald of Port Charlotte, Fla.; two grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Services are 8 p.m. Wednesday at Summerville Funeral Home. Spring burial is in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, 1997 Harwood Drive, Sandy Creek.

Contributions may be made to the VFW Post Building Fund, Lacona 13083.
MORRIS H. VANCAMP HIGHWAY DEPT. EMPLOYEE
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – January 21, 1998
The funeral for Morris H. VanCamp, 81, of 5734 Route 11, will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday at Summerville Funeral Home, 1997 Harwood Drive, with the Rev. Roger Bell, pastor of Sandy Creek United Methodist Church, officiating. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Mr. VanCamp died early Tuesday morning at his home, where he was under the care of Oswego County Hospice.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mr. VanCamp was an Army veteran, serving in World War II.

He was employed by the Cayuga County Highway Department and lived in Sandy Creek for 52 years.

Born March 13, 1916, at Worth, a son of Ellis and Mary Trudell VanCamp, he was educated in Worth country schools. He married Muriel A. Eck on Dec. 5, 1945, at Sandy Creek, with the Rev. J. Harold Douglas officiating.

Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Kimberly McNamara, Potsdam; two sons, John and William, both of Sandy Creek; three sisters, Nellie Archibee, Orwell, Alma Smith, Syracuse, and Christina Robertson, Florida; two brothers, Allen, Richland, and Hollis, Worth; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A son, David M., died March 11, 1978.

Two sisters, Marion Archibee, and Altha Hibbard; and three brothers, Kenneth, Lloyd, and Dennis, died before him.

Contributions may be made to Oswego County Hospice, Box 3080, Oswego, N.Y. 13126.
JULIE A. CRAST AMES ASSISTANT MANAGER
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – February 13, 1998
Julie A. Crast, 29, of 1992 Harwood Drive, died at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday in the emergency room at Samaritan Medical Center, after being been stricken ill at work at Ames, Northland Plaza, Watertown.

Store employees administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation to Mrs. Crast until Guilfoyle Ambulance and the city fire rescue unit responded. She was pronounced dead at Samaritan Medical Center.

An autopsy was performed, but results are inconclusive pending completion of toxicology tests, according to city police.

Mrs. Crast was found unconscious at about 1:30 p.m. at her computer terminal after another employee went to determine why she had not responded to a page, police said. She had logged into the computer at 12:55 p.m.

Mrs. Crast had recently complained of flu-like symptoms, police said. No foul play is suspected, but the medical examiner’s office asked police to interview family members for clues about any illness.

Born Dec. 10, 1968, in Norwich, daughter of Eugene and Darthy Jones Collier, she was a 1987 graduate of Sherburne-Earlville Central School and graduated from Morrisville College of Technology with an associate’s degree in business.

She married Daniel J. Crast on Aug. 5, 1995, in Lacona.

Surviving besides her husband are her parents, now of North Norwich; a daughter, Chlarissia M., 10 months; a sister, Kathryn Collier, North Norwich; three half sisters, Denise Nichols, West Palm Beach, Fla., Dawn Anderson, Smyrna, and Sharon Excell, Greene; a half brother, Ernie Collier, East Pharsalia, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Fahy Funeral Home, Norwich.

A private service will be held at Summerville Funeral Home with the Rev. John Hogan officiating. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Fahy Funeral Home and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Summerville Funeral Home.
FLORENCE MAE YERDON CAFETERIA WORKER
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – April 22, 1998
Florence Mae Yerdon, 80, of 27 Academy St., died Tuesday at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

Mrs. Yerdon lived in Greenboro before returning to Sandy Creek in 1957. She retired in 1973 after 15 years as a cafeteria worker for the Sandy Creek School District. She and her husband owned a dairy farm. She formerly was employed at the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown.

She was a member of Sandy Creek Baptist Church.

Born July 26, 1917, at Sandy Creek, daughter of Richard and Alta Stinson White, she attended Sandy Creek schools. She married Earl L. Yerdon on Nov. 28, 1936. He died Jan. 23, 1997.

Surviving are a son, Harwood “Satch,” Sunrise, Fla.; two daughters, Lorraine M. Rohrmoser, Sandy Creek, and Denise M. McDonald, Beverly Hills, Mich.; 11 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Foster-Hax Funeral Home, 52 Park St., with the Rev. David Balcom officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the Sandy Creek Fire Department, P.O. Box 441, S. Main Street, Sandy Creek, N.Y. 13145, or to Northern Oswego County Ambulance, Delano Street, Pulaski, N.Y. 13142.
GILBERT F. BYRNS TOWN OF BOYLSTON RETIREE
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – April 22, 1998
Gilbert F. Byrns, 84, formerly of County Route 30, died Tuesday at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, where he had been a patient for two days.

Mr. Byrns retired from the town of Boylston Highway Department. He had resided at Samaritan-Keep Home, Watertown, since Jan. 27, 1990.

Born Feb. 28, 1914, in the town of Amboy, son of Francis and Minnie Barber Byrns, he attended local schools.

Surviving are two nieces, Helen Philips, Pulaski, and Celestine Kerr, Sandy Creek, and two nephews, Robert, Hastings, and Kenneth, Morton, Pa.

A sister, Alice Samson, died in 1995, and a brother, Lawrence, died in 1983.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Elizabeth Mowry, pastor of Park United Methodist Church, Pulaski, officiating. There will be no calling hours.

The body will be cremated. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.
CURTIS L. STEVENS
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – June 6, 1998
Curtis L. Stevens, 83, of 9551 Brewer Road, Camden, died Thursday at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Natural Bridge, he lived in Sandy Creek and Lacona before moving to Camden in 1951. He was a 1935 graduate of Sandy Creek High School and retired in 1975 after 33 years as a machinist and foreman with Revere Copper and Brass Co., Rome. He was a 10-year member of the Taberg Fire Department and a member of the Ontario Boating Club.

His first wife, the former Gertrude Neimer, died in 1964.

Survivors: His wife, Dorothy; a son, Leon L. of Camden; a stepson, Robert G. Decker of Tucson, Ariz.; two stepdaughters, Edith Wohlford of Carmichael, Calif., and Jean Lix of Auburn, Wash.; a sister, Beatrice Wood of Central Square; nine grandchildren; a great-grandchild.

Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona. No calling hours. Foster-Hax Funeral Home, Pulaski, has arrangements.

Contributions: American Diabetes Association of CNY, 356 N. Midler Ave., Syracuse 13203.
CURTIS L. STEVENS NATURAL BRIDGE NATIVE
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – June 6, 1998
Curtis L. Stevens, 83, of 9551 Brewer Road, Camden, a native of Natural Bridge, died Thursday evening at Oswego Hospital.

Mr. Stevens lived in Taberg, Sandy Creek and Lacona before moving to Camden in 1951. He was employed at Revere Cooper & Brass, Rome, for 33 years, retiring in 1975.

Born Jan. 8, 1915, in Natural Bridge, son of Ross and Elva Wolf Stevens, he graduated from Sandy Creek High School in 1935.

He married Gertrude Nemier April 23, 1936. She died Jan. 10, 1964. He married Dorothy Farmer Decker June 15, 1975.

Mr. Stevens was a member of the Ontario Boating Club and a 10-year member of the Taberg Fire Department.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Leon L., Camden; a stepson, Robert G. Decker, Tucson, Ariz.; two stepdaughters, Edith Wohlford, Carmichael, Calif., and Jean Lix, Auburn, Wash.; a sister, Beatrice Wood, Central Square; nine grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona, with the Rev. Elizabeth Mowry officiating.

There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with Foster-Hax Funeral Home, Pulaski.

Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 356 N. Midler Ave., Syracuse, N.Y. 13206.
EDITH E. WILTON HOMEMAKER
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – July 3, 1998
Edith E. Wilton, 87, of 618 County Route 13, died Thursday at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

Born April 19, 1911, in Parish, daughter of Charles and Ella Chapman Barnes, she was a homemaker and had lived in Boylston since 1952.

She married Wesley M. Wilton on May 30, 1950, at Central Square. Mr. Wilton, a retired carpenter, died Nov. 30, 1989. A previous marriage ended in divorce.

Mrs. Wilton was a 37-year member and past president of Veterans of Foreign Wars Cable Trail Post 8534 Auxiliary, Lacona.

Surviving are two daughters, Delores Beamer, Mattydale, and Barbara Johnson, Mexico; a stepdaughter, Gerry Fitzpatrick, St. Augustine, Fla.; three sons, William C. Horth and James B. Horth, both of Boylston, and John A. Horth, Pulaski; a sister, Mae Gibbs, Pulaski; a brother, Robert Barnes, Fulton; 20 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with her grandson, the Rev. Jim Horth, Sandy Creek, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

A calling hour will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Cable Trail VFW Post 8534 or to the Arthritis Foundation, 5858 E. Molloy Road, Syracuse, N.Y. 13211.
TRACY E. ACKERMAN
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – July 29, 1998
Tracy E. Ackerman, 15, of 105 Snyder Road, Lacona, died Monday at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Md.

Born in Syracuse, she was an incoming sophomore at Sandy Creek Central Schools. She was a member and past president of the Cable Trail, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Junior Girls Unit 8534 of Lacona and Girl Scout Troop 470 and assisted with Troop 134.

Survivors: Her parents, Eugene “Geno” Jr. and Valerie Ackerman of Lacona; two sisters, Christin Atkinson of Pulaski and Felicia Ackerman of Lacona; her paternal grandparents, Eugene and Cecila Ackerman Sr. of Lacona; her maternal grandmother, Violet Taylor of Lacona; her paternal great-grandmother, Bea Ackerman of Sandy Creek.

Services: 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Church, Lacona. Burial, Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona. Calling hours, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Summerville Funeral Home, 1997 Harwood Drive, Sandy Creek.
H. ELIZABETH MILES
Syracuse Herald American (NY) – September 6, 1998
H. Elizabeth Miles, 82, formerly of N. Ridge Road, Lacona, died Friday in Genesis Health Care, Watertown.

Born in Mannsville, she retired as a clerk for the Big M grocery store in Sandy Creek.

Her husband, Maurice, died in 1985.

Survivors: A sister, Jean Hazard of Pulaski; several grandchildren, nieces, nephews.

Services: None. Burial, Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona. Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, has arrangements.
KATHLEEN VANCAMP CAFETERIA WORKER
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – October 19, 1998
The funeral for for Kathleen L. VanCamp, 51, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis Catholic Church, Lacona, with the Rev. John F. Hogan, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Mrs. VanCamp, 159 Weaver Road, died Saturday at her home. She had been ill with cancer for a short time.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Summerville Funeral Home.

Mrs. VanCamp was a former cafeteria worker for Sandy Creek Central School.

Born Aug. 6, 1947, in Auburn, daughter of Andrew and Dorothy Howell Warren, she was a graduate of Auburn High School and attended the former Auburn Community College.

She married William L. VanCamp on Dec. 16, 1967, at Auburn.

She was a member of Lakeview Golf Club, Mannsville.

Surviving besides her husband are two daughters, Mrs. Roy (Rebecca) Miller, Sandy Creek, and Mrs. Daniel (Robin) Cashel, Lacona; a son, William A., Sandy Creek; a sister, Pamela Walawender, Auburn; two brothers, John Warren, Providence, R.I., and Robert Warren, Auburn; six grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A sister, Mary Ann Cerny, died before her.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 7145 Henry Clay Blvd., Liverpool, N.Y. 13088.
EDWIN B. ROBBINS EXCAVATOR AND CONTRACTOR
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – November 12, 1998
Edwin B. Robbins, 68, of 1195 County Route 15, died Wednesday morning in the emergency room of Oswego Hospital, where he was taken after being stricken at his home.

Mr. Robbins, who was an excavator and contractor, owned and operated Robbins Excavating Co. A lifelong resident of Boylston, he made maple syrup every year and sold it from his home.

He served in the Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1952, and was a member of the Cable Trail Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8534, Lacona.

An avid hunter and fisherman, he was a member of the Mad River Hunting and Fishing Club. He was a member of Sandy Creek Grange 127.

Born June 2, 1930, in the town of Boylston, a son of Meade and Flossie Baker Robbins, he was educated in Sandy Creek schools. He married Marjorie J. Reid on Dec. 15, 1950, at her parents’ Boylston home.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Michael (Cindy) Black, Long Lake, and a son, Danny, Lacona. six grands. several nieces and nephews.

A daughter Nancy Joss, died in 1990.

Two brothers, Lyman and Lawrence, died before him.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Brian Snyder, pastor of Boylston Wesleyan Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Wesleyan cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the Lacona Volunteer Fire Department.
CLARABELLE RIDGEWAY NURSING HOME RETIREE
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – January 25, 1999
Clarabelle Ridgeway, 75, a native of Sandy Creek, died at 7:10 p.m. Sunday at Samaritan Keep Home, Watertown, where she had been a resident since Jan. 22, 1991.

Miss Ridgeway lived in Binghamton for 34 years and was employed at Willowbrook Nursing Home, Vestal, for 25 years, retiring in 1989.

Born March 13, 1923, in the town of Sandy Creek, daughter of John and Anna Daly Ridgeway, she attended Sandy Creek schools.

She was a member of the Binghamton Wesleyan Church and the Salvation Army.

Surviving are two sisters, Margaret Potish, Sandy Pond, and Winiferd Barrington, Orlando, Fla., and several nieces and nephews.

Two sisters and seven brothers died before her.

The funeral will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Summerville Funeral Home with the Rev. Roger Bell, pastor of Sandy Creek United Methodist Church, officiating. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the Friendship Thrift Shoppe or to Sandy Creek United Methodist Church.
FRANK A. SNYDER SCHOOL DISTRICT MECHANIC
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – March 8, 1999
Frank A. Snyder, 90, Green Haven Community, 333 Ellisburg St., died Sunday at his home.

Mr. Snyder was employed at Sandy Creek Central School for 33 years, retiring in 1974 as head mechanic and transportation supervisor.

Born Jan. 2, 1909, in Boylston, son of Daniel and Minnie Dealing Snyder, he was a graduate of Sandy Creek High School and Coyne Mechanic and Electrical School, Chicago.

He was a deacon of Sandy Creek First Baptist Church and a retired member of the Lacona Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed gardening.

He married Marguerita W. Jeanes on April 24, 1937, in the Sandy Creek Methodist parsonage with the Rev. Walter S. Dobbie officiating.

Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Mary Ellen Quencer, Alexandria Bay; a son, Alan, Syracuse, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A sister, Ora Joyner, and a brother, Earl, died before him.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sandy Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Cathy Hamilton, pastor, officiating. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Summerville Funeral Home.

Donations may be made to Sandy Creek First Baptist Church, Harwood Drive, Sandy Creek, N.Y. 13145, or to Oswego County Hospice.
HELEN W. FALLOWS FORMER ROCHESTER RESIDENT
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – March 11, 1999
Helen Wenisch Fallows, 84, Creekside Apartments, died Wednesday at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, where she had been a patient since Feb. 18.

Mrs. Fallows lived in Rochester for 40 years and was employed there by Hickock Manufacturing Co. She was also a receptionist at Goodman & Gardner, Rochester. She retired in 1988 and moved to Sandy Creek in 1993.

Born Dec. 18, 1914, at Willimantic, Conn., daughter of Francis and Katherine Wenisch, she was educated in Hartford, Conn.

A marriage to Robert E. Fallows ended in divorce.

Mrs. Fallows was a member of Grace Methodist Church, Rochester.

Surviving are a son, Robert, Lacona; a sister, Beatrice Kasper, East Hartford, Conn.; a brother, William Wenisch, Beaumont, Texas; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Summerville Funeral Home with the Rev. Roger Bell, pastor of Sandy Creek United Methodist Church, officiating. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
DOROTHY STACY BOYLSTON NATIVE
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – June 25, 1999
Dorothy Stacy, 58, Key Largo, Fla., formerly of Syracuse and a native of Boylston, died June 11 at her home, where she had suffered a heart attack.

Miss Stacy worked at ISO Commercial Risk Services Inc. in Florida. She was also a ceramic artist.

Born May 29, 1941, in Boylston, daughter of Raymond A. and Helen Stevens Stacy, she was a graduate of Pulaski High School and graduated summa cum laude from Oswego State University College.

A marriage to Roland Manwaring ended in divorce.

Surviving besides her former husband, now of Pulaski, and her father, now of Sandy Creek, are a daughter, Diana Manwaring, Syracuse; a son, Curtis Manwaring, Syracuse; a sister, Diana Charles, Olean, and aunts, uncles and cousins.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. July 3 in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona, with the Rev. Elizabeth Mowry, pastor of Park United Methodist Church, Pulaski, officiating.

Arrangements are with Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek.

Donations may be made to Heifer Project International, Box 808, Little Rock, Ark. 77203, the American Heart Association or a charity of one’s choice.
MARJORIE ROBBINS
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – September 20, 1999
Marjorie J. Robbins, 69, of 1195 Route 15,Boylston,died Saturday at home.

She was a native and life resident of Boylston. She graduated from Sandy Creek High School. She was formerly worked for Blount Lumber Co., Lacona, and made and sold maple syrup in Boylston.

Her husband, Edwin, died in 1998; a daughter, Nancy Joss, died in 1990.

Survivors: A daughter, Cindy Black of Long Lake; a son, Danny of Lacona; two brothers, Fay Reed and James Reed of Lacona; six grandchildren.

Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Summerville Funeral Home. Burial, Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona. Calling hours, 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, 1997 Harwood Drive, Sandy Creek.

Contributions: Lacona Volunteer Fire Department, Lacona 13083.
JUSTIN C. GRAHAM INFANT
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – November 14, 1999
Justin C. Graham, 7 months, 70 Albion Cross Road, died Friday in the emergency room of Oswego Hospital. Cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy.

He was born April 8, 1999, at Oswego Hospital, son of Charles R. Graham, Richland, and Andrea M. Brummett Brooks, Parish.

Surviving besides his parents are a sister, Megan Brooks, at home; his maternal grandparents, the Rev. Sonny and Melody Rudd, Lacona, and Leon and Julie Brummett, Oswego; his paternal grandparents, Hank Graham Sr., Altmar, and Charity Graham, Richland; his maternal great-grandfather, Raymond Rudd, Lacona; maternal great-grandparents, William and Mary Gummer, Oswego; his paternal great-grandmother, Bonnie Graham, Richland, and paternal great-grandparents, Ida and Robert Zufelt, Richland, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Hendreta Braley officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
ALTA M. NEMIER
Syracuse Herald American (NY) – June 11, 2000
Alta M. Nemier, 94, of 56 Nemier Road,Boylston,died Friday at Genesis Health Center, Watertown.

Born in Boylston, she attended Boylston and Sandy Creek schools. She and her husband operated a dairy farm in Boylston for 40 years. She was a 60-year member of Vorea Community Church, Orwell.

Her husband, John G., died in 1965.

Survivors: Two sons, Charles H. and Herbert J., both of Lacona; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Services: 10.m. Tuesday in Vorea Community Church. Burial, Boylston Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona. Calling hours, 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Foster-Hax Funeral Home, 52 Park St., Pulaski.

Contributions: Vorea Community Church Mission Fund, Waggoner Road, Richland 13114.
EVA M. YERDON RETIRED TEACHER
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – July 10, 2000
Eva M. Yerdon, 94, of 135 Salisbury St., died Saturday in Oswego Hospital.

Mrs. Yerdon retired in 1968 from Sandy Creek Central School after 35 years of service.

She was a member of Sandy Creek Baptist Church, Oswego County Teachers Association, New York State Retired Teachers Association and the Fortnightly Study Club.

Born July 8, 1906, in Redfield, she was the daughter of Marvin and Beulah Munger Randall.

She graduated in 1925 from Sandy Creek High School, in 1926 from Pulaski Teachers Training Class, in 1931 from Oswego Normal School and in 1946 from Oswego State Teachers College.

She married Asa A. Yerdon on Aug. 28, 1928, at Pulaski. The couple lived in Redfield and Lacona until retiring and moving to Sandy Creek in 1968. Mr. Yerdon died March 26, 1985.

Surviving are a brother, Vernon “Bill” Randall, Redfield, and two nieces, Lowana Davenport, Brooktondale, and Judith Huyek, Saranac Lake.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Summerville Funeral Home with the Rev. Cathy Hamilton, pastor of Sandy Creek Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the A. Elmo Cole Scholarship Fund, Box 98, Lacona, N.Y. 13083 or Sandy Creek Baptist Church.
BELVA J. HALL RETIRED COOK
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – September 8, 2000
Belva J. Zufelt Hall, 69, Springbrook Apartments, died Thursday at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

Mrs. Hall was a cook at Frick & Frack’s and retired in 1984 as a cook at A.J.’s restaurants.

Born Oct. 24, 1930, in Boylston, daughter of Clifford and Edith Brown Zufelt, she attended Sandy Creek schools.

Her husband, Norman Hall, died July 22, 1998.

Mrs. Hall was a member of Robert Edwards American Legion Post 305 Auxiliary and former president of Cable Trail Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8534 Auxiliary, Lacona.

Surviving are a daughter, Julie Carr, Marcy; three sisters, Mabel O’Brien and Evelyn Weaver, both of Lacona, and Marilyn Clark, LeRoy; five brothers, Pete Zufelt, Central Square, Clifford Zufelt, Twin, Idaho, Richard Zufelt, Oswego, Charles Zufelt, Atlantic Beach, Fla., and Robert Zufelt, Stanfield, N.C., and three grandchildren.

A sister, Isabelle Zufelt, and two brothers, Frank and Leo Zufelt, died before her.

A graveside service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Boylston Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona, with the Rev. Dorothy Emblidge, associate pastor of Park United Methodist Church, officiating.

There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek.
NETTIE O. LARUE GENERAL ELECTRIC RETIREE
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – November 28, 2000
Nettie O. Yerdon LaRue, 83, Springbrook Apartments, died Monday at Loretto Heights Nursing Home, Oswego.

Mrs. LaRue lived in Syracuse before moving to Pulaski in 1989. She retired in 1980 from General Electric, Syracuse, and also had worked for the former Easy Washer Co. and Hathaway Bakery, both in Syracuse.

Born May 30, 1917, in Redfield, daughter of Jess and Jennie Castor Yerdon, she attended Redfield schools.

She married Willard LaRue on Jan. 24, 1941, at his home in Lacona with the Rev. Adelbert Edwards, then pastor of Boylston Wesleyan Church, officiating. The marriage ended in divorce in 1946.

Surviving are a sister, Charlotte Mead, Richland, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great- nephews.

Four sisters, Flora Bush, Elsie Randall, Nora Tolon and Nina Giddings, and five brothers, Howard, Ira, Leland, Asa and Wilbur Yerdon, died before her.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Brian Snyder, pastor of Boylston Wesleyan Church, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

A calling hour will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
GLENN W. REID
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – January 1, 2001
Glenn W. “Pete” Reid, 85, of county Route 15,Lacona,died Saturday at St. Luke Health Services, Oswego.

He was born in Oswego. He owned and operated a dry goods store in Lacona, operated Reid’s Sales and Services, an Arctic Cat and Snow Jet dealership, and drove a school bus for more than 20 years for the Sandy Creek School District. He retired in 1969.

His wife, the former Beatrice Hill, died in 1999.

Survivors: A daughter, Cheryl Miller of Ithaca; two sons, Melvin of Sandy Pond and Marvin of Crystal River, Fla.; a sister, Ella Smith of Land O’Lakes, Fla.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Services: Spring graveside service in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona. No calling hours. Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, has arrangements.

Contributions: Lacona Volunteer Fire Department, Lacona 13083.
CLAYTON D. BARKLEY RETIRED RENTAL AGENT
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – March 16, 2001
Clayton D. Barkley, 82, Route 6, Valley Road, formerly of Sandy Creek, died at 1:52 p.m. Wednesday in the emergency room at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, where he was taken after being stricken at his home.

Born March 11, 1919, in Cardinal, Ontario, son of Pearce and Hazel Jackson Barkley, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He married Barbara J. Russell on Oct. 19, 1940, in Burlington, Vt. The couple lived in New Jersey and then in Liverpool, where Mr. Barkley was manager and rental agent for Brentwood Apartments.

He retired in 1981 and the couple moved to Sandy Creek that year. Mrs. Barkley died Oct. 10, 1984. Mr. Barkley moved to Cape Vincent in 1986.

Surviving are a sister, Muriel Van Camp, Sandy Creek; three nephews, including Harold W. Norbut, Rochester, and a niece.

A son, Elwood Duane Barkley, died in 1956. A sister, Gyneth Norbut, died Jan. 1.

A spring graveside service will be held in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek.
DORIS E. WHITE HOMEMAKER
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – March 17, 2001
The funeral for Doris E. White, 86, formerly of Center Road, will be at 4 p.m. today at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Sanford Sinese, pastor of Sandy Creek Wesleyan Church, officiating. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Miss White, a resident of Loretto Heights Nursing Home, Oswego, for the past two years, died at noon Thursday at Oswego Hospital.

Calling hours are from 2 to 4 this afternoon at the funeral home.

Miss White was a homemaker and a member of Boylston Wesleyan Church.

Born May 30, 1914, in the town of Boylston, daughter of George and Lottie Borden White, she attended Boylston country schools.

Surviving are two sisters, Belva Pierce, Lacona, and Shirley Lamb, Mattydale, and several nieces and nephews.

Two sisters, Holloise White and Bethyl Killam, and a brother, Hugh White, died before her.
ALTA A. SHIRLEY
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – September 30, 2001
Alta A. Ridgeway Shirley, 71, of 413 Bremm Road, Lacona, died Saturday. Born in Sandy Creek, she was a 1948 graduate of Sandy Creek High School. She worked seven years at General Electric Co., Syracuse, and also provided child care at her home.

Survivors: Her husband of 48 years, William; three sons, Ronald, Jeffrey and Thomas, all of Lacona; a brother, Donald Ridgeway of Lacona; five grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Summerville Funeral Home. Burial, Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona. Calling hours, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, 1997 Harwood Drive, Sandy Creek. Contributions: Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego 13126.
CHARLOTTE A. MEAD – HOMEMAKER, FARMER
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – October 31, 2001
Charlotte A. Yerdon Mead, 90, of 544 County Route 50, died Monday at her home.

Mrs. Mead was a homemaker and she and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm for 45 years.

Born April 16, 1911, in Redfield, daughter of Jess and Jennie Castor Yerdon, she attended school in Boylston.

She married E. Walter Mead on Oct. 26, 1931. Mr. Mead was an Oswego County legislator for the town of Boylston from 1972 to 1979 and served on the Sandy Creek Central school board from 1948 to 1968. He died in 1995.

Mrs. Mead was a member and treasurer of Vorea Community Church, where she was also a Sunday school teacher.

Surviving are four daughters, Eleanor M. LaCelle and Virginia M. Smith, both of Orwell, Frieda M. Janacek, Sandy Creek, and Wanda M. Bishop, Poughkeepsie, 13 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Five sisters, Nettie LaRue, Flora Bush, Elsie Randall, Nora Tolon and Nina Giddings, and five brothers, Howard, Ira, Leland, Asa and Wilbur Yerdon, died before her.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Vorea Community Church, Orwell, with the Rev. Thomas Howell, former pastor of Vorea Community Church, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Foster-Hax Funeral Home, Pulaski.

Donations may be made to the Mead Endowment Fund, in care of Vicky Teachout, Jerry Look Road, Richland, N.Y. 13144.
LWOOD P. CASTER
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – January 14, 2002
Elwood P. Caster, 72, of county Route 22, Lacona, died Friday at Mercy Care Center, Watertown. Born in Boylston, he graduated from Sandy Creek High School in 1947. He was a self-employed logger and was formerly employed at Blount Lumber Co., Lacona. He served four years in the Marine Corps.

Survivor: A sister, Celia Aubin of Lacona. Services: Spring graveside service, Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona. No calling hours. Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, has arrangements. Contributions: Northern Oswego County Ambulance, Box 113, Pulaski 13142.
LENORA T. JOHNSON – RETIRED TEACHER
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – March 21, 2002
LeNora Tilton Johnson, 94, formerly of Sandy Creek, died Wednesday in Samaritan Keep Home, Watertown, where she had resided since July 14, 1998.

Mrs. Johnson lived at Pound Ridge for many years, and taught in the Bedford Central School system, retiring in 1969. She then moved to Somersworth, N.H.

Born Feb. 29, 1908, in Sandy Creek, daughter of Rozelle and Nora DeLong Tilton, she graduated from Sandy Creek High School, from Potsdam State Teachers College and then from Columbia University, New York City, with a master’s degree in education.

She married Carl G. Johnson on Dec. 7, 1941. He died Sept. 16, 1991.

Surviving are four nieces, Florence Rawlings, Ellisburg, Nina Lee, Brownville, Eleanor Betz, Roseland, N.J., and Katherine Campbell, Colonia, N.J.; a nephew, Dr. Edwin Presley, Daytona Beach, Fla., and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Two sisters, Alice Cook and Hildred Presley, died before her.

A graveside service will be later this spring in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with Summerville Funeral Home.

Donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
JENNIE C. ZUFELT – FORMERLY OF LACONA
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – May 10, 2002
Jennie C. Claflin Zufelt, 93, Springbrook Apartments, died Wednesday at Loretto Heights Nursing Home, Oswego.

Mrs. Zufelt had lived in Lacona for 50 years and worked at T.W. Hammer in Lacona for 25 years and at Evergreen Adult Home for several years.

Born Aug. 19, 1908, in the town of Rutland, she was a daughter of Fred and Olive Mae Lyons Sturtevant.

She married Noel Claflin on Aug. 27, 1926. He died June 22, 1972. She married Lester Zufelt on Nov. 18, 1977. He died Dec. 30, 1992.

She was a member of Sandy Creek United Methodist Church, a member and past president of Cable Trail Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8534 Auxiliary, Lacona, and a member of Rising Sun Grange, Boylston, Springbrook Apartments Kitchen Band and Pulaski RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program).

Surviving are three sons, Ernest R. Claflin, Sandy Creek, Malcolm D. Claflin, Central Square, and Donald J. Claflin, Port Charlotte, Fla.; 13 grandchildren, 23 great- grandchildren and several great- great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Norma J. Claflin, died in 1931, and a son, Leon G. Claflin, died in 1998.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Foster-Hax Funeral Home. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to Cable Trail VFW Post 8534 Auxiliary, Cable Drive, Lacona, N.Y. 13083.
ETHEL M. MCDOUGAL HOMEMAKER
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – May 8, 2001
The funeral for Ethel M. McDougal, 85, of 970 Smith Ridge Road, Bridgeport, formerly of Boylston, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Sandy Creek United Methodist Church with the Revs. Roger A. Bell, pastor, and Bradley J. Hales, pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Verona, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Mrs. McDougal, a homemaker, died Sunday evening in Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, where she had been a patient since April 16.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek.

Born Dec. 12, 1915, in LeRoy, daughter of William and Jenny Penn Parmele, she was a 1934 graduate of Sandy Creek High School.

She married Gerald A. “Cal” McDougal on June 26, 1937, in Varna. Mr. McDougal, a personnel director employed by the Agway Petroleum Division, died April 30, 1985.

Mrs. McDougal attended St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Surviving are a daughter and her husband, Connie and Peter Froschauer, Rome; a son and his wife, David A. and Kathy, Bridgeport; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Five brothers and three sisters died before her.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 7145 Henry Clay Blvd., Liverpool, N.Y. 13088, or to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 4897 Old Oneida Road, Verona, N.Y. 13478.
DESTINY A.S. WOODS – INFANT
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – October 8, 2003
Destiny Angel Star Woods, two-month-old daughter of Angela Allen and Richard Woods, 240 Rudd Road, died Monday in the Samaritan Medical Center emergency room, Watertown. An autopsy was performed Monday evening at Samaritan Medical Center by Jefferson County Medical Examiner Dr. Samuel A. Livingstone. Cause of death is pending results of laboratory tests.

Destiny was born July 24, 2003, in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.

Surviving besides her parents are five brothers, Brandon, Cameron, Devin, Richard and Joseph, at home; grandparents, Sarah Filicia, Sandy Creek, and the Rev. Sal and Arlene Filicia, Hastings, and a great-grandmother, Ruth Deon, Wolcott.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Melody Rudd officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
ROSEL W. RUDD – NEW YORK AIR BRAKE GRINDER
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – April 18, 2004
Rosel W. Rudd, 79, Watertown, formerly of Boylston, died Friday in Mercy of Northern New York.

Mr. Rudd was employed as a grinder at New York Air Brake Co. until retiring.

He was a former member of the Standard Church of Watertown and a member of Grace Wesleyan Church.

Born Aug. 6, 1924, in Pulaski, son of Harley and Ruby Mouck Rudd, he was raised in Boylston and graduated from Mannsville- Manor School in 1945. He lived in Watertown for nearly 60 years.

He married Alfa Mae Bowling on Aug. 5, 1945, in Rupert, W.Va., with the Rev. J.E. Perkins officiating. Mrs. Rudd died April 18, 1974.

Surviving are a son, Melvin R., Watertown; a daughter, Catherine Rudd, Watertown; three brothers, Ralph, Raymond and Robert, all of Lacona, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Grace Wesleyan Church with the Rev. Ronald Pickett, pastor, and the Revs. Brian Snyder and Cathy Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

There will be a calling hour from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Arrangements are with Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek.

Donations may be made to Grace Wesleyan Church, 313 Prospect St., Watertown, N.Y. 13601.
IRENE M. NOAKES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – April 29, 2004
A graveside service for Irene M. Noakes, 90, of 2110 Lake St., will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Boylston Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona, followed by a luncheon at the Masonic Temple, Harwood Drive.

Mrs. Noakes died Dec. 22 at Oswego Hospital. Arrangements are with Summerville Funeral Home.
BELVA J. PIERCE – BLOUNT LUMBER CO. RETIREE
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – July 11, 2004
Belva J. Pierce, 79, of 959 County Route 13, died Friday at her home.

Mrs. Pierce retired from Blount Lumber Co. She was a lifelong resident of Lacona.

Born Nov. 10, 1924, in Lacona, daughter of George and Lottie Borden White, she graduated from Sandy Creek High School.

She married Roy F. Pierce on Dec. 31, 1944, in Lacona. Mr. Pierce died Oct. 28, 1978.

Surviving are a son and his wife, George and Nonie, Munroe Falls, Ohio; a sister, Shirley Lamb, Mattydale; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A son, Wayne, died March 28, 1969. Two sisters, Doris White and Bethyl Killam, also died before her.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Boylston Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona, with the Rev. Brian Snyder, pastor of Boylston Wesleyan Church, officiating.

There are no calling hours. Arrangements are with Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek.
SNEDEKER
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – April 15, 2005
Mary E. Snedeker March 17, 2005

Mary E. Snedeker, 61, of Lacona, N.Y., died March 17, 2005.

Graveside services Saturday 11 a.m. Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona, N.Y. Arrangements by Summerville Funeral Home.
MARILYN G. SELLE – ARTIST, REALTOR
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – February 17, 2006
Marilyn G. Selle, 73, of 23616 County Route 59, Pillar Point, died Wednesday at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, where she had been a patient since Feb. 5.

She was a part-time professor at Jefferson Community College, had been a therapist at the former Mercy Hospital and was a Realtor for Coldwell Banker Realty, all in Watertown. She retired in the late 1980s.

Born Sept. 26, 1932, in Syracuse, daughter of Walter and Irene McDougal Noakes, she graduated from Binghamton High School and from the technical institute in Binghamton. She received a master’s degree in psychology from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vt.

She married Leonard F. Selle on March 1, 1963, in Washington Mills. The couple had lived on Pillar Point for 43 years. She had been previously married.

She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was an avid watercolor artist.

Surviving besides her husband are a daughter, Robin I. Selle, Alexandria Bay; three sons, Taren Wood, Prescott, Ariz., and Daniel B. and Scott K. Wood, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A spring graveside service will be in Boylston Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek.
TAYLOR
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – December 20, 2006
Violet M. Taylor December 18, 2006

Violet M. Taylor, 72, of 1156 Co. Rt. 13, Lacona, NY, died Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Widow of Ervin “Zeke” Taylor who died in 1996.

Survivors: Daughter, Valerie (Eugene) Ackerman of Lacona; son, Wayne (Pamela) of Clay; brother, Franklin Gonzalez of Liverpool; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek. Rev. John Canorro officiating. Burial in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona. Calling Hours: Wednesday 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
CARL A. RIDGEWAY
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – January 22, 2007
Carl A. Ridgeway, 88, of 28 Powers Ave., died Saturday at his home.

Mr. Ridgeway was a carpenter for Allied Chemical Co. in Solvay for 30 years, retiring in 1981.

Born Nov. 11, 1918, in Syracuse, son of Benjamin and Vivian Kelly Ridgeway, he graduated from Sandy Creek High School in 1936 and from Canton Agricultural and Technical Institute in 1939. He served in the Army during World War II from 1944 to 1946 in Italy, France, Austria, Germany and in the Battle of the Bulge.

He married Lillian Kastler on Aug. 18, 1940, in Lacona.

He was a charter and life member of Cable Trail Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8534, a retired member of the Lacona Volunteer Fire Department, was an avid bowler and enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Canada.

Surviving besides his wife are a son and his wife, Kelly and Mary Jane, Ellisburg, a granddaughter, two grandsons, two great-grandsons and several nieces and nephews.

A son, Rodger “Butch,” and a brother, Ralph, died before him.

The funeral will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Brian Snyder officiating. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the Lacona Volunteer Fire Department or Cable Trail Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8534.
LEITA D. THOMPSON
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – March 7, 2007
Leita D. Thompson, 97, Pulaski, died Monday at Oswego Hospital.

Mrs. Thompson owned the House of Pillars Antiques Shop in Lacona for 34 years, retiring in 1978.

Born June 9, 1909, in Boylston, daughter of Ward and Annie LaRue Mead, she attended school in Sandy Creek and lived in Lacona for many years, moving to Pulaski in 1973.

She married Burton Thompson on April 4, 1926. He died Feb. 24, 1968.

She attended Pilgrim Holiness Church in Pierrepont Manor and was a senior volunteer for 14 years at Oswego nursing homes.

Surviving are three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

A son, Wayne, died in 1998; a daughter, Laura Potter, died in 2006, and two grandsons also died before her.

The funeral will be at noon Friday at Foster-Hax Funeral Home. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

A calling hour will be from 11 a.m. to noon Friday at the funeral home.
PERCY A. LANCE
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – March 8, 2007
Percy A. Lance, 66, of 235 Main St., died of a heart attack Monday while at work at F.X. Caprara Car Co. in Pulaski.

Mr. Lance drove tractor-trailers, retiring in 1989, and was employed part-time at the car dealership. He had lived in Smithville, Sandy Creek and Richland.

Born Jan. 14, 1941, in Watertown, son of Ralph and Madeline Montague Lance, he attended school in Henderson.

A marriage to Dale Ann Kellar ended in divorce. He married Maureen Dingman on Nov. 18, 1963.

He was an avid race car fan, a member of the Richland Fire Department and a former member of the Sandy Creek Fire Department.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Jeff, Sodus; a daughter, Shelley Ritz, Adams; three stepdaughters, Tina Layton, Sodus, Brenda Jones, Watertown, and Margaret Granger, Richland; three stepsons, William Lance, Canastota, Dale Lance, Sandy Creek, and Kenneth Lance, Adams Center; two sisters, Gloria Taylor and Shirley Murphy, both of Marion; two brothers, Glen Lance, Arizona, and George Lance, Florida; 38 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 8 p.m. Friday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Fran Taplin officiating. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
RIDGEWAY
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – May 18, 2007
Carl A. Ridgeway January 20, 2007

Carl A. Ridgeway, 88, of Lacona, NY, died January 20, 2007. Graveside services with spring burial with military honors will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Boylston-Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona. Arrangements by Summerville Funeral Home.
HARRINGTON
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – May 10, 2008
Milford Harrington Jr. May 8, 2008

Milford Harrington Jr., 84, of Nedrow, died Thursday at the VA Medical Center. He was born May 15, 1923, in Weedsport and graduated from Liverpool High School in 1941.

He was in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1952, serving in the European Theater. He was employed by Carrier Corp. for 32 years, retiring in 1984. Mr. Harrington was a member of Liverpool VFW and American Legion and was a volunteer at the VA Medical Center.

Surviving: one brother, Harold Harrington of Syracuse; two sisters, Carole Finen of Riverview, FL, and Margaret Salisbury of Lacona; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Ned and James.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Foster-Hax Funeral Home, 52 Park Street, Pulaski, with burial in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona. Calling hour will be 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, prior to the service.
BROWN
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – August 28, 2008
Thomas J. Brown August 26, 2008

Thomas J. Brown, 62, of Lacona, died August 26, 2008, at V.A. Medical Center in Syracuse.

Graveside services with military honors will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Boylston-Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona with Rev. Perry Case officiating. There will be no calling hours. A reception will follow at Cable Trail V.F.W. Salisbury St., Lacona. Arrangements by Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek.
GEORGE N. PIERCE
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – July 8, 2009
George N. Pierce, 64, formerly of Boylston and Pulaski, died July 6 at Unity Hospital, Rochester, N.Y. He was born Feb. 6, 1945, in Syracuse, N.Y., son of the late Roy and Belva White Pierce. Graduated from Sandy Creek High School and SUNY at Canton. He was a Vietnam U.S. Army Veteran. His wife, the former Noel H. Kuhn, died May 17, 2007. He retired as project manager for PCS Corp. in Astubula, Ohio.

He is survived by his 4 children, Nicole Pierce of Cicero, N.Y., Michael (Ann) Pierce of Phoenix, Az., Mitch (Pat) Miles of Ontario, N.Y., and Joan Miles of East Rochester, and 5 grandchildren.

Calling hours are on Saturday, July 11, at 1 p.m. at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek. Services and private burial in Boylston-Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona, N.Y.
LEONARD F. SELLE
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – December 1, 2009
Leonard F. Selle, 79, of 23616 County Route 59, Pillar Point, died Sat., Nov. 28 at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

Born Jan. 20, 1930, in Clayton, Wisconsin, son of the late Henry and Susanna Kitzmann Selle, he was educated in Wisconsin. Married on March 1, 1963, in Washington Mills, to the former Marilyn G. Noakes. Lived in Dexter the past 46 years. His wife died Feb. 15, 2006. He was a Korean War Veteran, serving in the US Army from 1949-1953. He retired in 1995 as a sales rep for Hyde Plumbing Supply in Watertown, was a former buyer at New York Air Brake Co., and from 1967-1982, was employed by Gould Inc. Electric Motor Division. He was a Deputy Sheriff for Jefferson County from 1964-1967.

Surviving are a daughter, Robin I. Selle, Sackets Harbor; three stepsons, Taren Wood, Daniel Wood and Scott Wood, all of Arizona; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Julius Selle, Hudson, Wisconsin; three sisters, Ruth McCoshey, Florence, Colorado, Cleona Reynolds, Glendora, California, and Eda Kahl, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin; and several nieces and nephews.

A spring graveside service will be at Boylston-Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements by Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek.
HAZEL PRESLEY
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – March 14, 1987

Services were Friday for Hazel Presley, 84, a former Lacona resident who died Wednesday in Erie, Pa. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery here.

Calling hours will be 3 to 5 p.m. today at Summerville Funeral Home, 8192 Harwood Drive, Sandy Creek.

Mrs. Presley was born in Lacona and moved to Pennsylvania in 1960. She was the widow of Jarvis Presley.

Surviving are a daughter, Marion LaRoe of Erie; a son, Leo of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Ruby Fraser of Lacona and Irene Porter of Syracuse; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
PAUL RIDGEWAY
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – May 1, 1987

Graveside services for Paul E. Ridgeway, 62, of Syracuse. a former Sandy Creek resident who died Feb. 28, will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Wesleyan Cemetery, the Rev. Janet Gibbs officiating.
FAY MEAD
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – July 9, 1987

Graveside services for former Lacona resident Fay Mason Mead, 85, who died Tuesday in Fayetteville, Ark., will be at 6 p.m. Saturday in Wesleyan Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

A native of Lacona, Mr. Mead lived in Arkansas since 1947. He retired as a forestry professor at the University of Arkansas.

Mr. Mead received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University College of Forestry at Syracuse.
ETHEL TAMBLIN
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – August 28, 1987

Services for Ethel I. Tamblin, 78, of Lacona RD 1, who died Wednesday at House of the Good Samaritan hospital, Watertown, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, 8192 Harwood Drive.

Mrs. Tamblin was born in Gouverneur and lived here since 1966.

Surviving are her husband, Emery; three sons, Richard of Adams, Arnold of Woodville and David of Austin, Texas; five daughters, Marjorie Riordan of Watertown, Barbara Franchot of Williamson, Shirley Corbine of Potsdam, Nancy Anthony of North Rose and Claudia Draper of Cape Vincent; three sisters, Ruby Kennedy of Clayton, Freida Price of Gouverneur and Elaine Boney of Hailesboro; 35 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
GLEN H. MCDOUGAL DIES – WAS BOYLESTON’S HIGHWAY CHIEF FROM 1975 TO ’83
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – September 10, 1987
Glen H. McDougal, 70, of Smartville Road died Wednesday at his home.

Mr. McDougal was a life resident of the Lacona area. From 1949 to 1965 he owned the Clover Farms Store. He also operated a snowmobile business.

Mr. McDougal was highway superintendent for the town of Boyleston from 1975 to 1983 and was a retired Lacona fireman.

He was a life member of Sandy Creek Beagle Club, a charter member of Beach Creek Hunting Club and a member of Sandy Creek Lodge 564, F&AM. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Surviving are his wife, the former Gladys VanEpps; a son, Wayne of Lacona; two daughters, Barbara Reid of Lacona and Glenda Haynes of Mannsville; three brothers, Donald of Lacona, Henry of Rushville and Floyd of Sandy Creek; eight sisters, Mildred Oliphant of Auburn, Irene Noaks, Dona VanBrocklin and Joanne Hatz, all of Sandy Creek, Ora Marsella of Ithaca, Janet Piepenbrok of Missouri, Iva Parrott of Virginia and Mabel Shelmidine of Mannsville; 12 grandchildren, a great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Sandy Creek United Methodist Church, the Rev. Janet Gibbs officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery.

Calling hours will be 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Summerville Funeral Home, 8192 Harwood Drive, Sandy Creek.

Contributions may be made to the North Oswego County Ambulance, Pulaski.
CARL BRIGGS
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – November 14, 1987

Carl B. Briggs, 75, of Center Road died Friday at his home.

Mr. Briggs was a native of Sandy Creek. He was a truck driver 29 years with Associated Transport Co. in Syracuse, retiring in 1974.

Mr. Briggs served with the Army in World War II and was a life member of Cable Trail Post 8534, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Surviving are his wife, Lillian; a sister, Nora Thompson of Sandy Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, 8192 Harwood Drive.
EX-LACONA MAYOR LEO NEMIER DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – March 22, 1988

LACONA – Leo F. Nemier, 70, of 8265 Salisbury St., former village trustee and mayor of Lacona, died Monday morning at his home after a long illness. The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sandy Creek First Baptist Church, with Rev. Virgil H. Hager, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery.

There are no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek. Contributions may be made to the Sandy Creek First Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mildred; two sons, Steve, Sandy Creek, and Craig, Plymouth, Mich.; four grandchildren; a brother, George, California, and a sister, Mrs. Irving (Nina) Baker, Ohio.

Born in Lacona on June 3, 1917, a son of Frank and Nina Newstead Nemier, he was graduated from Sandy Creek Central High School in 1936.

He married Mildred Reid on Oct. 3, 1940, at the Sandy Creek Methodist Church, with the late Rev. Herbert Harrison officiating.

Mr. Nemier served in the Navy during World War II.

A lifelong resident of Lacona, Mr. Nemier was employed as superintendent of the Blount-Parker Lumber Corp. for 45 years, retiring in December 1985.

Mr. Nemier served as village trustee in Lacona from 1966 to 1980. He was mayor from June 1980 to June 1987.

In September 1987, the newly constructed suspension bridge across the Mad River was dedicated in his name and is known as the Leo F. Nemier Bridge.

He was a member and past chief of the Lacona Volunteer Fire Department, a member of Sandy Creek Lodge 564, F&AM, and a member of Cable Trail Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8534, Lacona. He was also a member and former trustee of the Sandy Creek First Baptist Church, and a member of the Tamarack Hunting and Fishing Club.
SEAN THOMPSON
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – June 23, 1988

Services will be private for Sean Thompson, 12, of Synder Road, who was electrocuted Tuesday when he touched an electrical wire while climbing in a tree near his home. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

A native of Watertown, Sean lived in Sandy Creek since 1982. He had just completed the sixth grade at Sandy Creek Central School.

Sean was a member of the Boylston Wesleyan Church, the Junior High Chorus, the Biddy Basketball League and the Sandy Creek Cub Scouts.

Surviving are his parents, Wayne and Cindy Thompson; a brother, Larry of Sandy Creek; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Randall of Pulaski; his paternal grandmother, Leita Thompson of Pulaski; an aunt; an uncle; and two nieces.

Contributions may be made to Boylston Wesleyan Church or Northern Oswego County Ambulance.

Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, has charge of arrangements.
PLANTZ SERVICE SLATED
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – May 4, 1989

A committal service for Levi E. Plantz, 61, Sackets Harbor, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wesleyan Cemetery in Lacona, with the Rev. Leon VanWie, pastor of the United Methodist Church, Dexter, officiating. Full military honors will be presented by the Smith-Savage American Legion of Dexter.

Mr. Plantz died Feb. 22.
FUNERAL WEDNESDAY FOR ROBERT SNEDEKER, 57
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – May 9, 1989

The funeral for Robert C. Snedeker, 57, R.D. 1, Center Road, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Janet Gibbs, pastor of the Sandy Creek United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery.

Mr. Snedeker was pronounced dead on arrival at 5:06 p.m. Sunday at the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, after being stricken at home. An autopsy revealed that he died of a heart attack.

Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 this evening at the funeral home.

Surviving are his wife, Mary; four sons, Donald, Idlewild, Pa., Randy, Northville, Robert, Mannsville, and Steven, at home; a daughter, Lisa, at home; five grandchildren; his father, Clarence Snedeker, Rome; a brother, Dale, Hallstead, Pa.; a sister, Beverly Gregory, St. Cloud, Fla.; an aunt, two nieces and a nephew.

Born in Preston, Pa., on Jan. 14, 1931, he was a son of Clarence and Lela Bartleson Snedeker. He was educated in Orson, Pa., and served in the Pennsylvania National Guard from 1950 to 1952.

He married Mary Guyette Sept. 6, 1964, in Windsor. They lived in Lacona for 21 years.

Mr. Snedeker was an electrical lineman employed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1249, Syracuse, for 37 years.
FICHE #38-B-3 EUGENE L. REYNOLDS, LACONA, DIES AT AGE 62
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – July 10, 1989

Eugene L. Reynolds, 62, Smartville Road, owner and operator of Lacona Gas & Supply Co., died at 10:27 p.m. Saturday at the emergency room of the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, after being stricken ill at his home.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Sandy Creek United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Janet Gibbs, pastor, and the Rev. Ivan Greenfield officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 this evening at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek. Contributions may be made to the Lacona Fire Department or Northern Oswego County Ambulance, Box 113, Pulaski.

Surviving are his wife, Donna; a son, Greg, Lacona; a daughter, Mrs. William (Brenda) Brown, Toledo, Ore.; five grandchildren; two brothers, Arden, Tully, and James, Jordan, and several nieces and nephews.

A brother, Douglas, died previously.

Born in the Village of Lacona on April 2, 1927, a son of Roy and Blanche Ackerman Reynolds, he was a graduate of Sandy Creek School. He married Donna N. Kastler on Jan. 9, 1949, at Greenboro.

A life resident of Lacona, Mr. Reynolds had been owner and operator of Lacona Gas & Supply for the past 27 years.

He was a member of the Sandy Creek United Methodist Church; a member and past master of Sandy Creek Lodge 564, F.& A.M.; a member and past patron of the Lake Ontario Chapter 124, Order of the Eastern Star; a retired member and past chief of the Lacona Fire Department, and a member and past president of the Oswego County Fair Association.
FICHE #36-D-21 JUANITA M. GUYETTE, 81, FORMER COOK, DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – July 11, 1989

Juanita M. Guyette, 81, a native of Brushton, formerly of Geneva, died at 11:45 a.m Sunday at the Hillcrest Nursing Home, where she had been a resident for 14 years.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Janet Gibbs, pastor of Sandy Creek United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours are from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Surviving are three sons, Jack and Philip, both of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Lyle, Rochester; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Snedeker, Lacona; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A daughter, Marjorie, died in 1945.

Born in Brushton on Aug. 1, 1908, a daughter of Edson and Gertrude Greeno Saxton, she attended local schools. She was graduated from Potsdam State Teachers College in 1928.

She married Charles J. Guyette on Aug. 12, 1928, at Brushton. Mrs. Guyette lived in Geneva for 45 years, during which time she was employed as a cook at the Sigma Chi Fraternity House. She retired in 1964. Mr. Guyette died in November 1972.
BETHYL O. KILLAM, 66, EX-LACONA CLERK, DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – October 8, 1989

Bethyl O. Killam, 66, of 9075 Salina St., former Lacona village clerk and Sandy Creek Town tax collector, died Saturday in Crouse-Irving Memorial Hospital, Syracuse, where she had been a patient since Sept. 27.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Janet Gibbs, pastor of the Sandy Creek United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

She is survived by her husband, Edward T. Killam; two daughters, Mrs. Carl (Judy) Cummings, Sandy Creek, and Mrs. Brent (Wendy) Goodberry, Redfield; two sons, Bruce, Sandy Creek, and Timothy, Lacona; nine grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; three sisters, Mrs. Belva Pierce, Lacona, Mrs. Shirley Lamb, Liverpool, and Miss Doris White, Pulaski, and several nieces and nephews.

Born Dec. 28, 1922, at Lacona, Mrs. Killam was a daughter of George and Lottie Borden White. She was graduated from Sandy Creek High School in 1939.

She married Edward T. Killam Jan. 10, 1942 in Sandy Creek. The couple lived their entire married life in Lacona.

Mrs. Killam was a former Lacona village clerk and Sandy Creek town tax collector. She was formerly employed at the now-defunct Red & White store here.
FICHE #43-B-14 WESLEY WILTON, CARPENTER, DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – December 1, 1989
Wesley M. Wilton, 72, Center Road, R.D. 1, died at 2:10 p.m. Thursday at home following a lengthy illness.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Virgil H. Hager, pastor of the Sandy Creek First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Wesleyan Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Oswego County Hospice, care of H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski, 13142, or to Cable Trail Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8534.

Surviving are his wife, Edith; three stepsons, William Horth, Marysville, Mich., James Horth, Lacona, and John Horth, Pulaski; four daughters, Mrs. Dolores Beamer, Mattydale, Mrs. Gilbert (Barbara) Johnson, Mexico, Mrs. Richard (Jackie) Gould, Baldwinsville, and Mrs. Earl (Gerry) Fitzpatrick, St. Augustine, Fla.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Six brothers, Charles, Leonard, Kenneth, George, Thomas, and Ernest, and a sister, Edith, died before him.

Born at Felts Mills on Sept. 9, 1917, the son of John and Marie Gaines Wilton, he was educated at Felts Mills and Syracuse schools. He first married Eva Ruth Burtis on Nov. 25, 1936, at Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage.

He then married Edith E. Barnes on May 30, 1950, at Central Square. The couple had resided in Lacona since 1952. Mr. Wilton was a carpenter, employed by Carpenters Union Local 12, Syracuse, retiring in 1979. He was also former assessor for the Town of Boylston.

Mr. Wilton served with the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II, and was a member of the Pulaski American Legion Post 358, a member and past commander of Cable trail V.F.W. 8534, and past Oswego County V.F.W. commander.
NANCY L. JOSS, LACONA, DIES AT AGE OF 33
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – February 27, 1990

Nancy L. Joss, 33, Smartville Road, life resident of Lacona, died at 6:38 p.m. Sunday in the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown. She was afflicted with multiple sclerosis.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Virgil H. Hager, pastor of the Sandy Creek First Baptist Church, officiating. Spring burial will be in Boylston-Wesleyan Cemetery.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 this evening at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Northern Oswego County Ambulance, P.O. Box 113, Pulaski, N.Y. 13142.

Surviving are her husband, Timothy O.; a son, Jacob, at home; her parents, Edwin and Marjorie Robbins, Lacona; a brother, Dan Robbins, Lacona; a sister, Mrs. Michael (Cindy) Black, Long Lake, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Born in Watertown on July 24, 1956, a daughter of Edwin and Marjorie Reid Robbins, she was graduated from Sandy Creek High School in 1974.

She married Timothy O. Joss Aug. 23, 1975, at the Sandy Creek First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Joss was a licensed beautician. She formerly operated a beauty shop out of her home.
FICHE #44-C-1 & 2 TERRI L. HAYNES FUNERAL WILL BE SUNDAY
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – March 24, 1990
The funeral for Terri L. Haynes, 23, of Route 11, whodied at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, after being injured in a car accident Wednesday morning, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sandy Creek First Baptist Church with the Rev. Virgil H. Hager, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery in Lacona.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. today at Sandy Creek First Baptist Church. Contributions may be made to the Haynes Youth Memorial Fund, care of Phylis McNitt, Box 168, Lacona.

Miss Haynes was driving on Oswego County Route 15 and lost control of her vehicle on black ice Wednesday at 6:35 a.m.

Surviving are her parents, David H. and Glendal McDougal Haynes; two sisters, Holli J., and Keri B; two brothers, David G., and Ryan D., all living at home; two grandmothers, Mrs. Gladys McDougal, Mannsville; and Mrs Edna M. Haynes, Cicero, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was born April 5, 1966 in Watertown. She was graduated from Sandy Creek High School in 1984 and attended James Madison University in Virginia before graduating from Canisius College, Buffalo, in 1989.

Miss Haynes was employed by the New York Power Authority in the security department for five weeks. She also was a substitute teacher at the Sandy CreeK High School and a member of the Sandy Creek Baptist Church. She was a basketball standout on the womens’ teams at Sandy Creek Central School and Canisius College.
MARGARET I. MCCLELLAND
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – May 29, 1990

Services for Margaret I. McClelland, 84, of the St. Luke’s Health-Related Facility, Oswego, who died Sunday at Oswego Hospital, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Harter-Olmstead Funeral Home, Mexico. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Boyleston.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 today at the funeral home, 5305 Washington Ave., Mexico.

Born in St. Johnsbury, Vt., Mrs. McClelland had lived in the Mexico area 40 years before moving to Oswego in February.

Mrs. McClelland was owner and operator of an antique shop in Mexico for several years. She was an artist, specializing in primitive paintings.

Her husband Cecil died in 1987.

Surviving are a sister, Anna Maresca of Syracuse; a nephew, George Morgan of New Haven; and three nieces, Eleanor Cyr, Jeanette Riley and Catherine Ryan, all of Syracuse.
ROBERT F. DARLING, 67, LACONA, DIES SUNDAY
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – May 29, 1990
Robert F. Darling, 67, Smartville Road, died at 9:27 a.m. Sunday in the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, after a lengthy illness. Mr. Darling had been a patient there two days.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Virgil H. Hager, pastor of the Sandy Creek First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Wesleyan Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lynn (Caroline) Wolf, Mount Airy, N.C., and Mrs. Albert (Bonnie) Breeze, Fulton; two sons, Randy, Lee Center, and Ronnie, stationed with the Navy at Virginia Beach, Va.; 12 grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Amie Joyner, Williamstown, Mrs. Daisy Rehberg, Tribes Hill, Evelyn Darling, Richland, and Mrs. Dorothy Sampson, Gloversville, three brothers, Ivan, Gloversville, Ralph, Rome, and Raymond, Parish and several nieces and nephews.

Born Oct. 13, 1922, in Redfield, the son of Ferdinand and Violet Dean Darling, he was educated in Redfield schools and was an Army veteran of World War II.

Mr. Darling was a heavy equipment operator. He was employed for 11 years by the Eastman Corp., Ellisburg, and for 25 years by the Oswego County Highway Dept., retiring in 1984.

He was a life resident of the Lacona area and a life member of Cable Trail Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8534.
BERTON E. CURTIS, PULASKI, DIES AT AGE OF 65
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – October 8, 1990
Berton E. Curtis, 65, Springbrook Apartments, died Sunday in Verona at the home of a cousin.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Taylor-Vida Funeral Home, 7643 Jefferson St., with the Rev. Elizabeth Mowry, pastor of Park United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery, Boylston.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Surviving are several cousins, among them Dorothy Smith, Verona, Louise Barber, Buffalo, Warren Stowell, Lacona, Jessie Stowell, Orwell, and Joyce Clemelli, Rome.

Born June 5, 1925, in Lacona, son of Clarence D. and Celia L. Stowell Curtis, he attended Sandy Creek schools.

Mr. Curtis was employed on the family farm and formerly worked for the Camden Wire Co. He also had his own TV and radio repair business, and did carpentry and house painting in Pulaski. He lived in Lacona, moving to Pulaski 45 years ago.
LAURA A. PORTER, 82, RETIRED TEACHER, DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – November 19, 1990
Laura A. Porter, 82, of 8358 Harwood Drive, Lacona, died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, where she was admitted Nov. 5 after a long illness.

The funeral will be at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Melvyn S. Connell, pastor of the Sandy Creek Wesleyan Church, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Sandy Creek Wesleyan Church.

Surviving are three stepdaughters, Mrs. Elsie Muniz, Medford, Ore., Mrs. Lila Scordino, Vestal, and Mrs. Iva Mortenson, Johnson City; a stepson, Maurice Porter, Barnesville, S.C.; a sister, Mrs. Conrad (Lila) Ericson, North Chili; a brother, Donald Ames, Marion, Ind., and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

A brother, Charles Douglas Ames, died before her.

Born June 26, 1908, in Morristown, daughter of Charles and Ina Chase Ames, she graduated from Sandy Creek High School and Houghton College, where she got her teaching degree. She taught school for 25 years at Barnes Corners, Redfield and Stillwater, and retired from the Orwell School.

She married Harrison E. Porter June 26, 1952. The couple lived all their married life on Demott Street in Lacona. Mr. Porter died Nov. 7, 1981, at the age of 87. After his death, Mrs. Porter moved to 8358 Harwood Drive to live with Mrs. Dicia Whipple.

Mrs. Porter was a member of the Sandy Creek Wesleyan Church, a former board member and Sunday school teacher there, and a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association.
RETIRED TRUCKER DRIVER IVAN E. CRAST DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – February 3, 1991
Ivan E. Crast, 77, Orwell Road, a retired truck driver, died Saturday morning at home.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, the Rev. Louis Hausele, pastor, Redfield Wesleyan Church, officiating. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Northern Oswego County Ambulance, Pulaski, or Ainsworth Memorial Library, Sandy Creek.

Surviving are four sons, Terry, Larry and Kimberly, all of Lacona, and Lonnie, serving with the 174th Tactical Fighter Wing, New York Air National Guard, in Saudi Arabia; two daughters, Mrs. William (Patty) Reid, Lacona, and Mrs. Kayrene Farley, of Lacona; 18 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A sister and four brothers died before him.

Born April 4, 1913, at Lacona, son of Eli and Margaret Snyder Crast, he attended Sandy Creek schools.

He married Thelma Kinney on April 8, 1935, at Adams. She died Oct. 11, 1988.

He was a truck driver for Blount Lumber Co. for 30 years, retiring in 1979.

He was member of the Boylston-Wesleyan Church and Sandy Creek Grange 127, a former Scoutmaster for Troop 30, Sandy Creek, and a former deacon of Sandy Creek Baptist Church.
HAROLD E. VANEPPS
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – May 29, 1991
Services for Harold E. VanEpps, 76, of Smartville Road, who died Monday at House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Sandy Creek United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Summerville Funeral Home, 8192 Harwood Drive, Sandy Creek.

Mr. VanEpps was a life resident of the town of Sandy Creek. He retired in 1979 as master mechanic and heavy equipment operator after 44 years with General Crushed Stone. His wife, the former Rayta McDougal, died in 1981. Mr. VanEpps was a graduate of Mannsville High School, where he played basketball and baseball.

Mr. VanEpps was a member of Sandy Creek United Methodist Church and a charter member of the Sandy Creek Beagle Club and Tamarack, Beach Creek and Mad River hunting and fishing clubs. He was a member of NEOSCO Horseshoe Club, the High Falls Hunting and Fishing Club and the Sandy Creek Rod and Gun Club. He was a retired member of the Lacona Fire Department.

Surviving are two daughters, Yolanda Bristol of Boyleston and DeeAnne Rumsey of Ithaca; a son, Reginald of Candor; two sisters, Gladys McDougal of Mannsville and Jean Vorndran of Mattydale; a brother, Paul of Chester, Va.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Contributions may be made to the care group of Sandy Creek United Methodist Church or Northern Oswego County Ambulance.
FICHE #84-B-14 ALICE M. HELBOCK, LACONA, DIES AT AGE 83
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – February 20, 1992
Alice M. Helbock, 83, County Route 13, died Wednesday at the Samaritan-Keep Home, Watertown.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Virgil H. Hager, pastor of the Sandy Creek First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery in the spring.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Surviving are two sons, Donald, Mexico, and Norman, Watertown; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Aline Porter, Central Square, and Retha VanEpps, Levittown; two brothers, George Yerdon, Redfield, and Paul Yerdon, Central Square, and several nieces and nephews.

Two brothers and a sister died before her.

Born July 3, 1908, in the town of Redfield, daughter of Norman and Edith Giddings Yerdon, she was a life resident of the Lacona/Redfield area.

She married John L. Helbock Feb. 6, 1932, in Watertown. Mr. Helbock died Oct. 22, 1968.
JESSE STOWELL OF LACONA DIES AT HOME AT 72
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – February 27, 1992
Jesse Stowell, 72, Ridge Road, died Tuesday at his home.

A private funeral will be held today at the Foster-Hax Funeral Home, Pulaski. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Boylston, in the spring.

Contributions may be made to the Northern Oswego County Ambulance.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara; a daughter, Kay Kastler, Lacona; a sister, Muriel Texido, Melbourne Beach, Fla.; a granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

Born July 10, 1919, in Boylston, son of Leon and Elizabeth Shafty Stowell, he graduated from Sandy Creek High School in 1934 at age 15.

Mr. Stowell retired in 1979 from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. He previously owned and operated the family farm from 1947 to 1959. He was a life resident of the Lacona area.

He married Barbara Armstrong on Sept. 5, 1940.

Mr. Stowell served with the Army Air Corps during World War II from 1942 to 1945. He was a member of Robert Edwards Post 358 of the American Legion in Pulaski.

He was also a member of the Sandy Creek United Methodist Church and was an avid woodsman, naturalist and carpenter.
FICHE #96-E-1,2 LENA E. MASON, CITY WOMAN’S MOTHER, DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – September 13, 1992
Lena E. Mason, 85, Harwood Drive, longtime area resident, died at 10:20 a.m. Saturday at the Mercy Center for Health Services, Watertown, where she had been a patient since May 27.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Sandy Creek Wesleyan Church with the Rev. Melvyn S. Connell, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Sandy Creek Wesleyan Church. Arrangements are with the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek.

Surviving are two sons, Othmer Briggs, Sandy Creek, and Keith Briggs, Lacona; two daughters, Dicia Whipple, Lacona, and Mildred Vincent, Watertown; a stepson, Charles Mason, Canastota; two stepdaughters, Mariel Jordal, Lacona, and Arreta Brown, Canastota; 12 grandchildren; 15 step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Gibbs, Richland; three sisters, Marjorie Bennett, Pulaski, Hazel Powelczyk, Central Square, and Ruth Russell, Vermont, and several nieces and nephews.

A brother, Col. Theodore Presley, and two sisters, Thelma Wright and Doris Murry, died before her.

She was born Sept. 2, 1907, in Arctic, Delaware County, a daughter of Charles and Ada Presley Gibbs. She was adopted by her grandparents, Benjamin and Martha Presley, at the age of 2.

She married Ralph F. Briggs of Lacona Aug. 2, 1924. Mr. Briggs, an employee of the Blount Lumber Co., died in May 1959.

She married Charles S. Mason of Orwell in January 1962. Mr. Mason died Aug. 10, 1967.

Mrs. Mason had been a resident of the Sandy Creek-Lacona area for the past 68 years.

She was a member of the Sandy Creek Wesleyan Church.
CRASH VICTIM HANNAH M. MURRAY DIES AT 67
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – November 14, 1992
Hannah M. Murray, 67, Academy Street, volunteer worker, died at 8:56 p.m. Thursday at the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown.

Mrs. Murray died of injuries she received in a two-car accident Tuesday morning on Route 3 in the town of Henderson.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home with the Rev. James Hayes, pastor of the Christian Life Center, Chaumont, officiating. Burial will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery, town of Sandy Creek.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Surviving are her husband, Walter E.; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Roxanne) Steele, Adams, and Mrs. Daniel (Pearl) Race, Henderson; two stepsons, Tony Murray, Watertown, and Michael Murray, Dexter; 16 grandchildren; her mother, Viola VanGieson, Watertown, and four sisters, Mary Snyder, Lacona, Billie Stowell, Columbia, S.C., Mrs. Leland (Mina) Whitmore, Evans Mills, and Mrs. Richard (Lenora) Gustavason, Liverpool.

A stepdaughter, Linda Gregory, died in 1987.

She was born May 10, 1925, in Orwell, a daughter of Wilbur and Viola White VanGieson. She attended Sandy Creek Central School.

She married Emil Youker on April 21, 1945.

The couple worked together as carpenters in the Syracuse area before moving to Boylston in 1960. Mr. Youker died July 3, 1965.

On Sept. 21, 1967, she married Walter E. Murray in Lacona. The couple moved to Henderson in 1969, where they resided until moving to their present address in 1989.

Mrs. Murray was a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program at the Rhode Community Center, Adams.

She was a member of the Henderson Volunteer Fire Department and the Henderson Fish and Game Club auxiliaries.
ALFRED `JOE’ CHRISMAN
Syracuse Herald-Journal (NY) – April 24, 1993
Alfred “Joe” Chrisman, 77, of 8823 S. Main St., died Thursday at his home.

Mr. Chrisman was a native of Boylston and lived most of his life in Sandy Creek. He was a 1935 graduate of Sandy Creek High School. He was a carpenter for 36 years. He retired in 1980.

He was a member of the Sandy Creek United Methodist Church. He was a World War II Army veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was a member of the Cable Trail VFW Post 8534 and the Robert Edwards American Legion Post 358.

Surviving are his wife, the former Joyce Hamer; a daughter, Sandra Towles of Pulaski; two sons, Warren of Lacona and Gary of Pulaski; a brother, Harwood “Sam” of Lacona; two sisters, Isabel Ballou and Virginia Peter, both of Lacona; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Summerville Funeral Home, the Rev. Janet Gibbs officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery with full military honors.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, 8192 Harwood Drive.

Contributions may be made to the Sandy Creek United Methodist Church or Cable Trail VFW Post 8534, Lacona.
MARY ANN BENTLEY, LACONA, DIES AT AGE OF 39
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – July 12, 1993
Mary Ann Bentley, 39, Lacona, R.D. 1, died Sunday at her home. Mrs. Bentley had been on a list to receive a liver transplant.

A funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis Church with the Rev. Anthony Keeffe, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek.

Surviving are her husband, Terry; two daughters, Tiffany and Stephanie, both at home; her mother, Mary Bagalonis, Mount Carmel, Pa.; a brother, Michael Bagalonis, Orwell; three sisters, Theresa Harbist and Allen Fisher, both of Ashland, Pa., and Tina Watson, San Jose, Calif.; an aunt, and nieces and nephews.

She was born Dec. 9, 1953, in Mount Carmel, Pa., a daughter of Alex and Mary Kosta Bagalonis. She graduated from Mount Carmel High School.

She married Terry Bentley May 12, 1979, in Lacona.

Mrs. Bentley resided in the Sandy Creek-Lacona area all of her married life. She was employed by Blue Cross-Blue Shield in Syracuse.
NEIL B. CHENEY, 94, ONCE OF LACONA, DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – July 29, 1993
Neil B. Cheney, 94, of 9119 Park St., a native of Oswego and retired machinist, died at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday in the Madonna Home, Watertown, after a lengthy illness.

A funeral Mass will be said at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Frances Church with the Rev. Raymond McVey officiating. Burial will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek. Contributions may be made to St. Frances Church of Lacona.

Surviving are his wife, Elma; three sons, James, Syracuse, Neil J., Potsdam, and John, Redfield; two daughters, Mrs. Terry (Marilyn) Crast, Lacona, and Mrs. John (Linda) Halstead, Pulaski, and 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Three brothers and a sister died previously.

He was born Dec. 2, 1898, in Oswego, a son of Fred and Delia Enright Cheney. He attended Oswego schools.

He married Elma G. Yerdon April 8, 1939, in Syracuse. The couple lived in Syracuse and Redfield, and had been residents of the Sandy Creek-Lacona area since 1950.

Mr. Cheney was a machinist for the Continental Can Co., Syracuse, and the Larabee Wire Mill, Camden. He retired in 1962.

He was a communicant of St. Frances Church.
EVELYN C. RIDGEWAY, LACONA, DIES AT AGE 83
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – September 24, 1993
Evelyn C. Ridgeway, 83, Lacona, Route 2, died Wednesday in Oswego Hospital, after becoming ill in Williamstown.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Summerville Funeral Home, 8192 Harrwood Drive, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Lorraine Zimmerman officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery.

Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Members of Rebekah Lodge will meet at 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Northern Oswego County Ambulance.

Surviving are her husband, James H.; a son, Donald, Lacona; a daughter, Alta Shirley, Lacona; five grandsons; five great-grandsons and a sister, Erma Yerdon, Sandy Creek.

A son, Ronald, died as an infant. A brother and three sisters died before her.

Born in Lacona on Aug. 27, 1910, a daughter of Foster and Alta Crandall Mead, she attended Stevens District Schools, Sandy Creek. She married James H. Ridgeway on Dec. 29, 1929, at the Congregational Church parsonage, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Thomas Davies officiating.

Mr. and Mrs. Ridgeway owned and operated a dairy farm on the Lacona-Orwell Road until their retirement in 1975.

Mrs. Ridgeway attended the United Methodist Church, Sandy Creek, and was a 60-year member of Sandy Creek Grange 127. She was a 48-year member and past noble grand of Mistletoe Rebekah Lodge 248 and past district deputy president of Oswego County District 2 of Rebekahs. She also held several offices with the Past Noble Grands Association.
RITES WEDNESDAY FOR DORETHEA LENGEMANN
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – February 14, 1994
The funeral for Dorethea J. Lengemann, 89, town of Boylston, will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Thomas Howell, pastor of the Vorea Community Church, Orwell, officiating. Spring burial will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery.

Mrs. Lengemann died at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Mercy Center for Health Services, Watertown, where she had been a resident since Dec. 29.

Surviving are two daughters, Catherine Giunta, Niagara Falls, and Helen Groves, Walton; a son, Frederick W., Rome, Pa.; eight grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

Born on Jan. 28, 1905, in Brooklyn, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wolter, she was educated in Brooklyn and had lived in Boylston since 1948.

She had worked at the Randall Hotel in Pulaski and retired from the Blount Lumber Co. in Lacona in 1970.
BERTHA M. JOHNSON DIES AT AGE OF 87
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – June 23, 1994
Bertha M. Johnson, 87, Syracuse Road, died Tuesday in Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Taylor-Vida Funeral Home with the Rev. Elizabeth Mowry officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, Boylston.

Calling hours will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Donations may be made to Park United Methodist Church or Northern Oswego County Ambulance.

She is survived by a son, Charles, Pulaski; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; a brother, Walter C. Jennings, Albuquerque, N.M., and several nieces and nephews.

A son, Donald, died in 1983.

Born April 1, 1907, in Pulaski, she was the daughter of Jotham and Anna Crandall Jennings. She graduated from Pulaski Academy and Central School.

She married Axel R. Johnson on Jan. 19, 1924, in Lacona. Mr. Johnson died in 1984.

Mrs. Johnson retired in 1969 as a cafeteria worker with Pulaski Academy and Central School and was previously employed with a Pulaski paper company.

She was a member of Park United Methodist Church.
WALTER MURRAY DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – June 11, 1995
Walter E. Murray, 69, of 12817 Whitney Road, died at 7:10 a.m. Saturday at the Samaritan Medical Center, where he had been a patient since May 24.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home, Belleville, with the Rev. James Hayes, pastor of the Christian Life Center, Chaumont, officiating. Burial will be in the Wesleyan Cemetery, Lacona.

Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Donations may be made to the Henderson Volunteer Rescue Squad or the Smithville First Responders.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Daniel (Pearl) Race, Henderson, and Mrs. Robert (Roxanne) Steele, Adams; two sons, Anthony Murray, Watertown, and Michael Murray, Dexter; 15 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a brother, Alden Murray, Tupper Lake; two sisters, Mable Salter, Rome, and Ellen Rogers, Sodus, and several nieces and nephews.

A daughter, Linda Gregory, and two brothers, Horace and Winford Murray II, died before him.

Born Oct. 4, 1925, in Henderson, a son of Winford and Hattie Blotz Murray, he was educated in local schools.

He married Hannah Vangieson Sept. 21, 1967. She died in 1992.

Mr. Murray was employed on the H. Ben Mitchell Dairy Farm, LaFargeville, then the Tony Grieco Farm, Adams Center, and for many years for the Bob Whaley Farm, Henderson. He also drove milk trucks and later trucks for Ribstone Silo, Redfield.

He suffered a stroke in 1975 and retired. He was an avid gardener.
SHAMUS J. O’BRIEN, RETIRED TRUCK DRIVER, DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – December 14, 1995
Shamus J. O’Brien, 82, of 19 Wheat Hill Drive, retired truck driver, died at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at Oswego Hospital, where he had been a patient for two days.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. John Hogan, pastor of St. Francis Church, officiating. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery.

There will be a calling hour from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Lacona Volunteer Fire Department.

Surviving are his wife, Mabel; a daughter, Mrs. James (Pamela) Moore, Mannsville; a son, Shamus P., Adams; four grandchildren and a niece.

A brother, Henry, died previously.

Born Jan. 18, 1913, in Saskatchewan, son of Frank and Lucy Smith O’Brien, he was educated at Sacred Heart School, Watertown, and married Mabel B. Zufelt on May 23, 1944, in Watertown.

For 17 years, the couple resided in California, where Mr. O’Brien was a driver for G.W. Herring Trucking Co.

They had resided in Lacona for the past 34 years.

Mr. O’Brien was a truck driver for Mabel’s Trucking Co., retiring in 1976.

A veteran of World War II, he was a member of Robert Edwards American Legion Post, Pulaski.
FORMER ROAD CHIEF CLYDE A. BALLOU DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – January 7, 1996
Clyde A. Ballou, 90, Ballou Road, former Boylston superintendent of highways, died Friday at the Samaritan-Keep Home, Watertown, where he had been a resident since May 21, 1994.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Foster-Hax Funeral Home, Pulaski, with the Rev. Brian Snyder officiating. Spring burial will be in Sandy Creek-Boylston Wesleyan Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, 7385 Park St.

Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Surviving are his wife, Isabel; an aunt, Irma Hall, Auburn; a nephew and several cousins.

A son, David, died at age 12 on Sept. 21, 1954, and a brother, Leslie, died in 1983.

Born Aug. 22, 1905, near Salmon River Falls, town of Orwell, a son of Clinton O. and Lilla McKie Ballou, he attended local schools.

He married Isabel Chrisman on March 4, 1935, at the home of his brother, Leslie, Syracuse, with the Rev. Elmer G. Russell, pastor of Salina Presbyterian Church, Syracuse, officiating.

At the time of his marriage, he worked transporting students from the Hagan School District to Sandy Creek Central School.

Later, the couple moved to their present home on Ballou Road where they operated their 100-acre farm until 1954.

They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at an open house held at Sandy Creek Grange Hall on March 3, 1985.

Beginning work at a young age, Mr. Ballou was employed by Brown-Lipe Chapin Co., Syracuse, during the 1920s.

He later worked at the Stevens Milling and Feed Co. and Blount Lumber Co., both of Lacona, for a total of 14 years.

He then worked for the Boylston Highway Department for 18 years.

He was highway superintendent for six years before his retirement in 1972.

A former member of the Welcome Lodge 680 International Order of the Odd Fellows, he later transferred to that organization’s Americus Lodge 607, Syracuse, where he was chaplain.

For many years, he was trustee and president of the Sandy Creek-Boylston Cemetery Association, and was a former member of the Tug Hill Planning Board.

At the time of his death, he was a member of the Halfshire Historical Society and the New York State Bluebird Society.

He was a 65-year member of Sandy Creek Grange 127 and an honorary member of the Oswego County Association of Town Superintendents of Highways.

In 1989, he received a certificate of commendation from the Oswego County Legislature in recognition of his exemplary service to his community and for being an outstanding citizen.

Mr. Ballou enjoyed reading, gardening, fishing and traveling and was an avid lover of nature.

He was also an amateur photographer, having received awards at local and county levels.
RETIRED FARMER JAMES H. RIDGEWAY DIES AT 90
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – January 10, 1996
James H. Ridgeway, 90, of 4196 County Route 22, died Monday at Samaritan-Keep Home, Watertown, where he had been a resident since Nov. 19.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Lorraine Zimmermann, pastor of Sandy Creek United Methodist Church, officiating. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Northern Oswego County Ambulance or Lacona Volunteer Fire Department.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. William (Alta) Shirley, and a son, Donald J., both of Lacona; a sister, Avis Branche, Punta Gorde, Fla.; five grandsons and six great-grandsons.

A son, Ronald, died in infancy. Three sisters, Mabel and Maebelle Ridgeway, and Olive Hammond; three brothers, Newell, Leon and Myron, and a half brother, Clifford Zufelt, died previously.

Born April 13, 1905, in the town of Boylston, son of Myron and Olive James Ridgeway, he was educated in the Hemlock School District, town of Boylston, and married Evelyn C. Mead on Dec. 29, 1929, at the Sandy Creek Congregational parsonage with the Rev. Thomas Davies officiating.

Mr. and Mrs. Ridgeway owned and operated a farm on the Lacona-Orwell Road from 1937 until retiring in 1975. Mrs. Ridgeway died Sept. 22, 1993.

He was a Lacona Agway committee man, a 60-year member of Sandy Creek Grange 127, a member of Eastern Milk Producers Association and a charter member of NE-OS CO Horseshoe Club.
WILLIAM A. BABCOCK
Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) – January 24, 1996
William A. Babcock, 46, of 575 S. Wilbur Ave. died Sunday after apparently suffering a heart attack while on a trip to Long Island.

Mr. Babcock was a life resident of Syracuse. He was employed with the maintenance department of Syracuse Developmental Center.

Mr. Babcock was a communicant of St. Lucy’s Church.

Surviving are his mother, Viola Ormason Babcock; two brothers, Edward L. of Syracuse and Charles H. of North Syracuse; two sisters, Ruth Cehfus of Brewerton and Hilda Sullivan of Kirkville; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services will be 9 a.m. Thursday in St. Lucy’s Church. Spring burial is in Wesleyan Cemetery, Sandy Creek.

Calling hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at Pirro & Sons Funeral Home, 514 Turtle St.
KATHRYN H. WIDRIG, EX-BANK EMPLOYEE, DIES
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – July 1, 1996
Kathryn H. Widrig, 89, of 1764 County Route 15, died Saturday at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Sandy Creek United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lorraine Zimmerman officiating. Burial will be in Boylston-Wesleyan Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek.

Donations may be made to Sandy Creek United Methodist Church or a charity of one’s choice.

Surviving are two sons, R. Victor and Norman H., both of Lacona; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren and a cousin.

A sister, Nannette Hamer, died in 1974.

Born Feb. 17, 1907, on the family farm in the town of Boylston, daughter of Thomas W. and Mabel Pruyn Hamer, she graduated from Sandy Creek High School in 1925 and from Potsdam Normal School in 1929.

She married Raymond D. Widrig on Aug. 7, 1929, at her parents’ farm with the Rev. T.T. Davies, then pastor of Sandy Creek Congregational Church, officiating. Mr. Widrig, a retired rural mail carrier, died Nov. 19, 1983.

Mrs. Widrig worked for Merchants Bank and its predecessor, First National Bank of Lacona, for 31 years, retiring in 1972. She also was an elections inspector for the town of Sandy Creek.

She was a member of Sandy Creek United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, a life member of Lake Ontario Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and a charter member of the Outlook Club.

She was a member of the Rural Letter Carriers Auxiliary, treasurer of the Boylston-Wesleyan Cemetery Board for many years and a volunteer at Sandy Creek Library.
ALMA C. MEADE
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – September 9, 1996
Alma Castle Meade, 93, Fayetteville, Ark., widow of Lacona native Fay Mason Meade, died Friday in Fayetteville.

Mr. Meade, a retired professor of forestry at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, died July 7, 1987.

The graveside service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Lacona Wesleyan Cemetery. Arrangements are with Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 40, Fayetteville, Ark. 72702 or to Central United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1106, Fayetteville, Ark. 72702.
ERVIN “ZEKE’ TAYLOR ARMY VETERAN, WELDER
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – December 15, 1996
Ervin “Zeke” Taylor, 65, of 1156 County Route 13, died at 11:30 p.m. Friday at his home, where he was under the care of Oswego County Hospice.

A welder, he retired from Ironworkers Union Local 60, Syracuse.

Born March 5, 1931, in Lehman, Pa., son of Adrian and Rosie Pauler Taylor, he was educated in Pennsylvania. He married Violet Gonzalez on Jan. 31, 1953, at St. Margaret’s Church, Mattydale. The couple lived in Mattydale, moving to Lacona 15 years ago.

Mr. Taylor was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Simon Parise Post 9596, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Collamer, and Cable Trail VFW Post 8534 in Lacona. He was a life member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 30, Syracuse, and a member of Sandy Creek Coral 97, a social club.

Surviving besides his wife, Violet, are a daughter, Valerie Ackerman, Lacona; a son, Wayne, Clay; three sisters, Katherine Kostenbauder and Alice Covert, both of Dallas, Pa., and Esther Kostich, North Redington Beach, Fla.; five brothers, Ralph, East Syracuse, Merle, Harveys Lake, Pa., Paul, Hunlock Creek, Pa., James, Trucksville, Pa., and Charles, Noxen, Pa.; five granddaughters, a great-granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Brian Snyder, pastor of Boylston Wesleyan Church, officiating. Burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery, with military honors by the 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, 1997 Harwood Drive.
BEATRICE M. REID RETIRED STORE OWNER
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – January 7, 1997
Beatrice M. Reid, 74, of 382 County Route 15, died Monday at her home.

Mrs. Reid and her husband, Glenn W. “Pete” Reid, owned and operated a dry goods store and Reid’s Sales and Services for more than 15 years, retiring in 1969.

Mrs. Reid was a member of the Coterie Club and a former member of Lake Ontario Chapter 124, Order of the Eastern Star, Sandy Creek.

Born Nov. 16, 1922, in the town of Volney, daughter of John and Ida Mae Crouch Hill, she was a 1940 graduate of Oswego High School. She formerly lived at Seneca Hill and moved to Lacona in 1954.

She married Glenn W. Reid on March 15, 1941, at Seneca Hill.

Surviving besides her husband are a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Cheryl) Miller, Ithaca; two sons, Melvin, Lacona, and Marvin, Treasure Island, Fla.; seven grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Summerville Funeral Home, Sandy Creek, with the Rev. Jim Horth, pastor of Sandy Creek Baptist Church, officiating. Spring burial will be in Wesleyan Cemetery.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the Lacona Volunteer Fire Department or Northern Oswego County Ambulance, Box 113, Pulaski.

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