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Rev. Alfred E. Nortz

Syracuse - Rev. Alfred E. Nortz, 88 a former pastor of St. Joseph's Church, Boonville, passed away in Syracuse, on April 25, 2017, after a long illness.

A wake will be on Friday, April 28, from 4-7 P.M. with a Vigil Mass at 7:00 P.M. at St. Vincent de Paul's Catholic Church, on Vine St. in Syracuse.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Fr. Nortz, will be Saturday, April 29, at 10:00 A.M. also at St. Vincent de Paul's Church, Syracuse.  Interment will follow in the priest's section of St. Mary's Cemetery, in DeWitt.

Mary O'Brien

July 26, 1939 to April 24, 2017

Constableville-Mary Anne O’Brien, 77, of Michigan Mills Road passed away on April 24, 2017 surrounded by her family.

She was born in Martinsburg, N.Y. on July 26, 1939, a daughter of Victor and Amelia Bedora Stoffle. She grew up in Glenfield and graduated from General Martin High school in 1957. Mary Anne was employed at Beaverite after graduating high school. She was united in marriage with Thomas G. O’Brien on July 23, 1966 at St. Mary’s Church, Glenfield. The couple then settled in Highmarket at their present home. Mary Anne enjoyed crossword puzzles, crocheting, baking, her pets and spending time with grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Tom; two daughters, Mary O’Brien, Highmarket and Susie and Michael Arrigo, Port Leyden; grandchildren, Justin and Michelle O’Brien, Ashley and Andrew Schuler, Matthew Barrows, T.J. and Hannah Barrows and Nicholas, Joseph and Samuel Arrigo and great grand children, Victoria and Evelyn Schuler and Wyatt O’Brien. She was predeceased by a daughter Victoria Barrows in 2012, sisters, Ruth Lamont and Dorothy Ehlers and a brother, George Stoffle.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Constableville with Rev. Lawrence Marullo officiating. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post Street, Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church, Constableville.

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

Haver James Gydesen

Lowville- Haver James Gydesen, 91, of State Rt. 12, widower of Connie E., passed away at his residence on Thursday, April 20, 2017, while surrounded by the loving care of his companion, Shela Luther and friends, Janet White and Linda Crofoot.

He was born on April 17, 1926, on the Gydesen Homestead farm on the Shibley Road, Town of Lyonsdale. Later his family moved to the Constableville area, where he attended a rural school, before attending Constableville High School. Haver left high school to serve his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps, stateside, during WW II. Later he received his GED and after serving his country, Haver attended Airplane Mechanics School, at Roosevelt Field, on Long Island.

On May 31, 1952, Haver was united in marriage with Constance E. “Connie” Zimmer, at St. Mary’s Church, Constableville. After their marriage the couple lived in the village of Constableville, moving to their present home near Lowville, in 1963. Connie passed away on February 9, 2004.

Mr. Gydesen was first employed at J.R. Hoffman Tractor Dealership of Lyons Falls. Later for 26 years, he was employed as a Mechanic’s Inspector, at U.S. Army Base, Ft. Drum.

Until his illness, Mr. Gydesen was an active member of St. Mary’s Church, Glenfield, where he served as an usher for many years. He greatly enjoyed woodworking, oil painting and making wooden buckets. He will be fondly remembered for his own authentic Adirondack Cabin which he constructed. He also enjoyed playing pitch, he was a member of the Glenfield Fish & Game Club and for many years Haver was a Hunter Safety Course instructor.

Haver is survived by one son and daughter in law, Mark and Melissa Gydesen, Victor, NY; one daughter and son in law, Jacquie and Bill Obernesser, Jr., Frankfort, NY; five grandchildren, Miranda (Nate) Murphy, Travis (Sandy) Richards, Maegan Richards, Melanie and Michael Gydesen; two great grandchildren, Hunter and Kieran Murphy. Also surviving is his fiancé and loving companion, Shela Luther and her six children and their families. Additionally, Haver is survived by four sisters, Sylvia Zeigler, Boonville, Erma Planck, Sackets Harbor, NY, Lucille (Booty) Munn, Utica and Eva Mae (Ed) Swiernik, Turin and by many nieces and nephews and God children. He was predeceased by a two brothers, Donald Gydesen, Nelson Gydesen; and by one sister, Kathleen Bauer.

Haver’s family wishes to extend a sincere note of thanks and appreciation to Dr. Lynn Pisaniello and staff at Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville, the Luther families, Janet White and U.S. Care Girls and Jeff Gydesen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary’s Church, Glenfield, where Rev. Christopher Carrara, will officiate. Interment will follow in Old Glendale Cemetery. Calling hours are Tuesday 4-7 p.m. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Franklin B. Persons, Sr.

February 7, 1933 to April 23, 2017

Boonville- Franklin B. Persons, 84, a resident of Millers Woods Road, since 1978, widower of Dorothy M., passed away at his residence, after a brief illness, on Sunday, April 23, 2017, while surrounded by the loving care of his family and Hospice.

He was born on February 7, 1933, in Ticonderoga, a son of Byron and Doris Cleveland Persons. Frank grew up in the vicinity of Adirondack, and Pottersville, NY, (both Warren County), where he completed his education at Pottersville High School. After completing his education, Frank began his long career as a heavy equipment operator in highway and other large construction projects. From 1966, until his retirement in 1988, Mr. Persons was employed for the Engineers Joint Union Local 545, Syracuse, NY. He was employed on many construction sites throughout New York State, retiring from the 9 Mile Point Nuclear Power Plant construction project in Oswego.

On December 7, 1952, Frank was united in marriage with Dorothy M. Harvey. This was a loving union which endured for over 64 years and on October 27, 1975, the couple renewed their vows at St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville. Dorothy passed away on January 25, 2017.

Mr. Persons was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville. He was also a member of Engineers Joint Union Local 545 Union, Syracuse, NY.

Frank greatly enjoyed repairing small engines and motors. For many years following his retirement, he operated a small engine repair business at his residence. For many years he and Dorothy greatly enjoyed snowmobiling; each winter they rode many miles throughout upstate New York. Frank also served as “Team Mechanic” for a snowmobile racing team from the Boonville area.

He is survived by his six children, Wayne (Jackie Ball) Rome, Sandra (George) Tourgee, Lakeville, MA, Donna (James) Mitchell, Irvington, KY, Franklin (Daryl) and DeeDee (Keith) Gardner, both Boonville, and Renee (Robert) Lamach, Verona; thirteen grandchildren, Bobbie Jo Williamson, George Tourgee, Jr, David Tourgee, Michael Garyantes, II, Raymond Garyantes, Frank Persons, III, Tabatha Wilcox, Amber Persons, Matthew Gardner, MacKenzie Gardner, Michael Gardner, Gabriel Lamach and Gavin Lamach; thirteen great-grandchildren; two great grandchildren and one sister and brother in law, Martha (Jerry) Galusha, Olmstedville, NY, and two nieces.

A prayer service will be Wednesday at 1:15 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, and at 2:00 P.M. at Christ Our Hope Catholic Community, at St, Joseph’s Church, Boonville, where Rev. Thomas A. Ward, pastor, will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. A committal service for Franklin and his wife Dorothy, who passed away on January 25, 2017, will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Boonville. Calling hours are Tuesday 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc. 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13433.

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

Maurice Garnet Birchenough

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November 14, 1927 to April 18, 2017

LOWVILLE - Maurice Garnet Birchenough, 89, died early Tuesday morning with family present. He was under the care of Hospice and the Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility.

Mr. Birchenough was born on November 14, 1927 in the town of Pinckney, son of the late Arthur F. and Anna C. (Maher) Birchenough. Garnet graduated from Lowville Free Academy in 1945 and served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947 in the Occupation Forces of the Philippines. After his military service he worked on area farms. He worked for Payne Jones starting in 1957 and retired from Fibermark in 1989 after 32 and half years.

Maurice married Theresa F. Bush on September 30, 1950 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in New Bremen, with Rev. Sixtus O’Connor, officiating. The couple made their home on the Bardo road. Theresa died on January 1, 2011.

He is survived by his twelve children, Stephen and Marjorie, Turin; James and Pamela, Mexico, NY; Neil and Emma, Lowville; Mark and Linda, Castorland; Ann and Douglas Wolff, Croghan; Amy and Donald Kraeger, Lowville; Wayne and Kathy, New Bremen; Howard and Paula, Oregon, OH; Philip and Juli, Lowville; Donald and Tammi, Lowville, Colonel Helen Birchenough, Arlington, VA; and Roy and Diane, Lowville; 26 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins; a sister, Theresa Brown, Sand Pond; and several sisters and brothers-in-law.

He is predeceased by his grandson, Jacob J. Birchenough; a daughter-in-law, Karen Johnson Birchenough; his brothers, Thomas, Oswald, John, Llewellyn, Robert, Harold, Francis, Andre Birchenough; his sisters, Mary Barker, Marcella Bouboulis, Dorothy Goutermount, and infant sister Rita Birchenough.

Garnet was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, a member of the Lewis County Memorial Post #6912 V.F.W., and a member of Beaver Lake Hunting Club in Edwards. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing.

Calling hours will be Thursday, April 20th from 4-7 pm at the Sundquist Funeral Home. A Mass will be said on Friday, April 21st at 10 am at St. Peter's Catholic Church, with Rev. Christopher Carrara, Pastor, officiating. A military burial will be in Lowville Rural Cemetery immediately following mass.

Memorials may be made in Maurice’s name to the VFW Post #6912, Friends of Lewis County Hospice Inc, St. Peter’s Catholic Church or a charity of one’s own choice.

Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.sundquistfh.com

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