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Marie Backer

Ava - Relatives and friends are invited to attend graveside committal services for Marie (Heald) Backer, on Monday, May 8 at 4:00 P.M. at Ava Cemetery. Mrs. Backer was a longtime resident of East Ava Road and the widow of Warren “Baldy” Backer, who passed away on October 27, 2016. Her arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. Boonville.

To view her obituary, please go to www.trainorfuneralhome.com

John H. Andrews

Boonville - Relatives and friends are invited to attend Funeral Services for John H. Andres, on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 11 A.M. at Boonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Boonville Fire Co. Ambulance Fund P.O. Box 164, Boonville, NY 13309. Arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Boonville.

Mr. Andrews, a native and lifelong resident of Boonville, passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. For several years, he was employed as an auto mechanic for Poppleton Chevy and Oldsmobile Auto Dealership in Boonville; later he was employed as a heavy equipment operator for many years in road construction. His last employment was as a truck driver for Poland Sand and Gravel Co.

For an on-line message of sympathy or to view John’s obituary, please go to www.trainorfunerahome.com

John C. Hastwell Jr.

November 25, 1938 to May 1, 2017

Boonville- John C. Hastwell Jr., 78, of Domser Road passed away unexpectedly on May 1, 2017 at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville.

He was born in Lyons Falls on November 25, 1938, a son of John C. Hastwell Sr. and Geraldine Shaver Hastwell. He attended Lyons Falls High School and after he completed school he worked on area farms. He married Frances Diann Carey on October 12, 1957 at St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville and settled on outer West Street. John was employed at McKeever Vineer Mill and then Boonville Furniture Factory. In 1966 John gained employment at Rome Cable. For a time he worked for Kraft in Lowville and then retired from Adirondack Central High School as a custodian. John and Diann moved to their present home on Domser Road in 1967. John enjoyed nature, bird watching, people watching in downtown Boonville, visiting with friends, pizza at the Alpine and telling jokes.

Surviving are his wife, Diann; his children, John III and Tracy Hastwell, Boonville, Gordon and Laurie Hastwell, Boonville, Robert and Lori Hastwell, Boonville, Kathy Stinebrickner, Ok., Margaret and Dale Keefer, Croghan, Marjorie and Russ Edmondson, North Carolina, Patrick and Tami Hastwell, Texas, Daniel and Brenda Hastwell, Boonville, Joseph and Melanie Hastwell, Boonville, Raymond and Christie Hastwell, Boonville and Steven and Hazel Hastwell, Florida; 25 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and eagerly awaiting the arrival of a 16 great grandchild; one brother, William Hastwell, San Bernardino, Ca.; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary Moeller, Syracuse, NY., Dolores and Richard Hart, Walworth, NY and one uncle, Goza Fazekas, Syracuse, NY. John was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, James and Wayne Hastwell and twin granddaughters, Tiffany and Brittany Hastwell in 1996.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Christ Our Hope Parish/St Joseph’s Church, Boonville with Father Thomas Ward officiating. Calling hour will be Sunday from 2-6 p.m. at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post Street, Boonville. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Parkinson’s or to the Diabetes Association.

For an online message of sympathy please go to www.millsfuneralhomes.com

Donald S. Podkowka

July 9, 1948 to January 27, 2017

LYONS FALLS – A graveside service for Donald S. Podkowka will be on Tuesday, May 9th, at 4:00 P.M. at Calvary Cemetery with Rev. Mr. James Chaufty, Deacon officiating.

Donald S. Podkowka, 68, sadly died Friday, January 27, 2017 at his home with his faithful dog, Pork Chop at his side.

Don was born July 9, 1948 in Lowville the son of the late Ludolf S. and Winnie Mae (Mackey) Podkowka. He graduated from South Lewis Central School and received his Automotive Industries teaching degree from New York State in 1987. He taught auto mechanics at Glenfield BOCES and in Utica. Donald was a communicant of St. John’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his two sons, Christopher and Donald S. Jr.; his grandson, Zach; a sister, Andrea (Roland) Galarneau; a brother, Bernard W.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Donald is predeceased by his brother, Reginald L. “Bud” Podkowka.
Memorials may be made to: Lewis County Humane Society, P.O. Box 682, Lowville, NY 13367, http://lewiscountyhumanesociety.org/

To leave an on-line message of sympathy, please visit www.sundquistfh.com

Mary Louise Vantran


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LOWVILLE – Mary Louise Vantran, Mary Lou’s memorial service will be on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 12:00 Noon at the Lowville United Methodist Church with Rev. David B. Herrmann, Pastor officiating. Burial will follow in Beaches Bridge Cemetery.

Mary Louise Vantran, 56, of late a resident of Focus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center of Utica, died on Thursday, December 22, 2016.

Mary Lou was born in Lowville on July 11, 1960 the daughter of the late Stanley E. and Gene E. (Sprague) Vantran, where she graduated from Lowville Academy and Central School. She worked with her father after high school for a short period before becoming a nurse’s aide at Lewis County General Hospital. She also worked at a nearby adult home, before briefly attending Paul Smith’s culinary arts program.

She was a member of the Lowville United Methodist Church, and the First United Methodist Church in Watertown where she resided later in life. She appreciated the opportunity to travel as a youth with the Girl Scouts, and later as an adult on a trip to Holland to visit friends there. She enjoyed crocheting and puzzles, but she truly loved flowers & cooking for herself and others.

Mary Lou is gratefully remembered for her kindness to all who knew her by her surviving brother and sister-in-law, John and Kimberly Vantran, and her four nephews: Ben, Luke, Matt, and Jack Vantran, all of Parkton, MD.

Online condolences may be shared at www.sundquistfh.com


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