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Kenneth W. Vigus

March 13, 1947 to March 25, 2017

Boonville- Kenneth W. Vigus, 70, of Pine Lane, husband of Rhonda, passed away at St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital, New Hartford, on Saturday, March 25, 2017, after a courageous and hard fought battle with leukemia. For many years, Ken and Rhonda were residents of Schuyler St. before moving to Pine Lane in 2013.

Ken was born in Troy, on March 13, 1947, a son of Clifton and Violet Marie Hollingsworth Vigus. He grew up in Averill Park, where he graduated from high school, with the Class of 1965. In 1966, Ken entered the U.S. Airforce, stationed stateside and in Korea, during the Viet Nam War era, serving his country until he was honorably discharged in 1970. He returned to the Troy area, where he was employed as a Rural Route mail carrier for Averill Park Post Office.

From 1978, until his retirement as Assistant Chief, in 1997, Mr. Vigus was employed as a professional firefighter at Griffiss Air Force Base, Rome. While employed as a firefighter, Mr. Vigus furthered his education at Corning Community College, Corning, NY, where he earned an Associate Degree in Firefighting.

In 1978, he moved to Boonville, where he later met the love of his life, Rhonda Jones Jago; Rhonda and Ken were married on January 21, 1984, at the Dodge Pratt Art & Community Center, Boonville. This was a loving union which endured for 33 years. After retiring from Griffiss Airforce Base, Ken was employed as a clerk at Aubachon Hardware Store, Boonville, and also at Walmart in Lowville.

Ken developed a great interest and love of the Tug Hill Region of New York State. On October 24, 2002, he was appointed by Governor George E. Pataki to serve on the Tug Hill Commission. On December 3, 2004, he was elected Vice Chairman and on November 28, 2006, Mr. Vigus was elected Chairman of the commission, serving in that position until December 10, 2008. He was currently a member of the commission, marking over 14 years of service to the Tug Hill Region.

He greatly enjoyed hunting on the Tug Hill Plateau, where he was a member and currently president of Horse Shoe Hunting Club. At the present time, Ken was a member of the Boonville Zoning Board of Appeals and had previously served on the Boonville Town Planning Board. Ken was a member of Charles J. Love Post # 406, American Legion, Boonville. He greatly enjoyed reading, trains and railroad history and Civil War History.

In addition to his loving wife, Rhonda, Ken is survived by his step daughters; Elaine (Doug) Hasty, Sherrill, Tonya Jago Brown and Adam Daktor, Forestport; and his son, Kenneth Scott, (Colleen), Scotia, NY; grandchildren, Zane & Wyatt Hasty, Jack Daktor, Gabriella (Daniel) Cieszynski, Alexandria and Nicholas and two great granddaughters.

Visitation hours will be at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M., where a Memorial Service will be held immediately after. Interment will follow in Boonville Cemetery, where members of Charles J. Love Post American Legion, Harland J. Hennessey Post V.F.W. and Tun Tavern Marine Corps League will provide Military Honors. Memorial contributions may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, CNY Chapter, 401 North Salina St. Syracuse, NY 13203.

For an on-line message of sympathy, please go to www.trainorfuneralhome.com

Norma J. Pond

March 8, 1937  -  March 26, 2017

Boonville- Norma J. Pond, 80, of Erwin Street passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2017 unexpectedly at her home.

She was born in Watertown, NY on March 8, 1937, a daughter of Leonard and Hazel Ella Vary Pfister. She grew up in Watertown and graduated from Watertown high school in 1955. On August 6, 1958 she was united in marriage with Kenneth Pond at the Bethany Methodist Church, Watertown. He died January 27, 2013. After the couple were married they lived in Texas where Kenneth was stationed in the Air Force. Upon his discharge they moved to Watertown and in 1960 moved to Boonville settling on Ford Street. In 1965 they moved to Erwin Street. Norma was employed at various establishments and stores in Boonville. She was employed for several years at Fay’s Pharmacy in Boonville as a cashier/clerk. She was a member of the Boonville United Methodist Church. Norma enjoyed reading, her grandchildren and short trips.

Surviving are three sons, Randy Pond, Boonville, Robert Pond, Dallas, Texas, Craig Pond, Boonville; one daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and David Penczek, Turin; one brother Kenneth Pfister, Watertown; one sister, Natalie Thomas, Brewerton, NY; grandchildren, Zachary, Matthew and Bralyn Pond, Stacie and Michael Ramos, Andrew Penczek , Evan and Hannah Penczek, Madison, Connor, Kristen Pond, Nicholas Pond and Victoria Weber and great grandchildren, Kaylee, Levi, Rya and Easton Pond. Norma was predeceased by one brother, Robert Beecher and two sisters, Shirley Newman and Beverly Biondolillo.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post Street, Boonville. Calling hours will be Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be later in the spring in Boonville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Boonville United Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society or to the Diabetes Association.

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

Carolyn V. Kaido

April 13, 1931 to March 19, 2017

Lee Center – Carolyn V. Kaido, of State Route 26, widow of Chester, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Rome Memorial Hospital, following a brief illness.

Carolyn was born on April 13, 1931 in Newark, New Jersey, a daughter of Alfred and Helene Greschuk Dion. Carolyn was a 1949 graduate of Rome Free Academy, and then continued her education at Mohawk Valley Community College, receiving her Associates degree in Human Behavior. Later, Carolyn obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from SUNYIT.

In 1950 Carolyn was united in marriage with Chester Kaido in Montrose, PA. The couple settled in their current home later that year. Mrs. Kaido was employed for 17 years at CNY Psychiatric Center, Marcy as a treatment assistant. Mr. Kaido, a retiree of Rome Cable Co., passed away on November 7, 2014. Carolyn enjoyed the time she spent with friends at the Lee Seniors and South Rome Senior groups.

Carolyn is survived by her children: Charlene Shafer, Albany, Charles B. (Jean) Kaido, Utica, Carlton B. Kaido, Lee Center, and Curtis B. (Melissa) Kaido, Blossvale; three grandchildren: Michael Shafer, Jessica Snellinger and Matthew Kaido; two great-grandchild: Jennifer Shafer and Noah Snellinger. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her brother Fred Dion.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 23, at 6:00 pm at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Interment this spring will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Leyden. Calling hours are Thursday from 3:00 pm until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Cemetery, c/o P.O. Box #423, West Leyden, NY 13489 or to a local humane society.

For online condolences, please go to www.trainorfuneralhome.com

Ann J. Boek

Westernville- Ann J. (Sessions) Boek, 84, formerly of the Stokes-Westernville Road, widow of Millard E., passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, where she had resided since 2012.

She was born in Boonville, on May 25, 1932, a daughter of Dewey V. and Alice Williams Sessions. Ann grew up on the Sessions family farm on Buck Hill in the Town of Western. She attended a one room school on Buck Hill, later attending Boonville Central School. For a time Ann was employed at the Rome State School and later at a gift shop in Rome.

On July 31, 1948, Ann was united in marriage with Millard E. Boek, at the Boonville Methodist Church Parsonage. This was a blessed union of 60 years, until Mr. Boek, a retired rural letter carrier, passed away on April 11, 2009. After their marriage they settled on the former Draper Farm near Boonville, where they were employed for one year, later they built their lifelong home on the Stokes-Westernville Road in the Town of Western. In the late 1960’s the couple purchased and operated a fishing cottage complex at Black Lake in St. Lawrence Co. until the early 1980’s.

Ann, is survived by three sons: David E., Altmar, Robert L. and his wife, Kathy, Boonville, Richard E. and his wife, Michelle, Rome, five grandchildren; Nicki Christopher, and husband, Glenn, Bridgeport, Stacie and husband Greg Schrider, Cleveland, NY, Eric and wife Leah Boek, Boonville, Brent Boek, Utica, Emily Boek and Mark Martell, Jeffersonville, Vermont, eight great grandchildren; Devin and Kyler Christopher, Wyatt and Levi Boek, Avery Boek, August, Evelyn and Lillian Martell, and one great-great grandchild Landon Christopher. The last of her family, Ann was predeceased by three brothers, Ralph, in 1966, Ronald, in 1981 and Carl, in 2000 and by two sisters, Noreen Murer, in 2011 and Norma Laufer, in 1982.

Her Funeral will be on Friday, at 7:00 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, where calling hours will be from 4 p.m. until the services. Interment will be in Westernville Cemetery later this spring. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of CNY, 441 West Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204, or to a charity of your choice.

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John H. Andrews

April 13, 1945 to March 14, 2017

Boonville- John H. Andrews, 71, of LaChausse Road, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

He was born in Boonville, on April 13, 1945, a son of Frederick E. and Marian Gantner Andrews. John grew up in Boonville, where he graduated from Boonville Central School, with the Class of 1964. Thereafter he was employed for several years as an auto mechanic at Poppleton Chevy and Oldsmobile Auto dealership in Boonville. Later he moved to San Francisco, CA, where he was employed as an auto mechanic.

After returning to Boonville, Mr. Andrews was employed as a heavy equipment operator for many years in road construction; his last employment was as a truck driver at Poland Sand & Gravel Co.

John was a member of Boonville United Methodist Church, a long time active member of Boonville Fire Company and a 50 year and life member of Boonville Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. # 2158. In his earlier life he enjoyed hunting, fishing and the out of doors; he was a NY Yankee Baseball fan.

He is survived by his companion of many years, Jean H. (Griffith) Salmon, Boonville; one brother and sister in law, Robert and Jerusha Andrews and a brother in law, David J. Leffingwell, all of Boonville. John was predeceased by a sister, Carol M. Leffingwell, in 2009, and by his parents. Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Sheri Lee, Toni (Mike) Farr, David Joseph Leffingwell, II, Shawn (Jenifer) Andrews and Brian (Amy) Andrews.

Graveside services will be held in the spring in Boonville Cemetery, at a time to be announced. There are no calling hours. 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, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville.

For an on-line message of sympathy, please go to www.trainorfuneralhome.com

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