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Beverly J. Smith

January 10, 1941 to April 4, 2017

Lyons Falls- Beverly (Jackson) Smith, 76, of Cherry St., widow of Frank, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Rome Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Turin, on January 10, 1941, a daughter of William A. and Helen Brown Jackson. Beverly grew up in Turin and graduated from General Martin High School, Glenfield, with the Class of 1959. Thereafter she was employed at Griffiss Airforce Base, Rome.

On June 27, 1959, Beverly was united in marriage with Frank C. Smith, at the Turin United Methodist Church. Afterwards the couple resided in Turin for many years before moving to Lyons Falls. Mr. Smith, a U.S. Army Veteran and retiree from Lyons Falls Pulp and Paper Co. passed away on June 11, 2003.

For many years until retiring in 2015, Mrs. Smith was employed as a school bus driver for South Lewis Central School District, in Turin. For several years she was also employed in the meat department at Lyons Falls Great American and at Foodland, in Boonville.
Mrs. Smith was a member of Turin United Methodist Church and a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She greatly enjoyed playing Bingo at the Turning Stone Casino. In earlier years Beverly greatly enjoyed bowling, participating in several bowling leagues in Boonville and Lowville.

She is survived by one son, William E. Smith, Lyons Falls; three daughters, Debra (Maynard B.) Hirschey, Glenfield, Denise Rhone, Madison, Alabama and Dianne Smith, Lyons Falls; three grandchildren, Katie Lynn Butts, Kellie Ann Smith and Frank Hirschey and one brother, William D. (Patricia) Jackson, Lowville.

Her Funeral will be Friday at 11:00 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, where Pastor Patricia Hubman, of the Turin United Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will be in Turin Cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of Mid New York, 587 Main St. Suite 109, New York Mills, NY 13471, or to a charity of your choice.

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

Wm. Donald Robinson


Port Leyden: Wm. Donald Robinson, 90 of Kelpytown Rd died Saturday March 25 in Manassas, Va, where he had resided for the past two years.

He was born April 2, 1926 in Scotia, NY the son of William C and Adelaide VanDenburgh. A WWII, veteran, He served with the United states Army from Oct. 11, 1944 until July 24, 1946.

He married Rosemary Fraser Aug. 20, 1950 in St. Martin’s Rectory, Port Leyden. She died April 24, 2002. He was employed as a bus driver for south Lewis Central school, Turin and had previously been employed at Beaverite. He owned and operated his own print shop in Port Leyden.

He was as active member of the JS Koster Hose Company for over 50 years. He enjoyed snowmobiling, and was a Civil War and WWII enthusiast and participated in reenactments.

He moved to Manassas in 2014.

He is survived by one son Bill of Masassas Park, Va., two granddaughters Ashleigh Mongue and her husband Gary of Warrenton, Va and Alyssa Robinson of Manasssas park, Va.; two great-grandchildren Aiden and Arya Mongue of Warrenton, Va.

Also surviving is one sister Jean Parry of Schenectady (formerly of Brantingham).

A Graveside service will be held May 6 at 1:00 PM in Calvary Cemetery, Port Leyden with Deacon Jim Chaufty, officiating. A luncheon will follow in the Port Leyden Fire Hall.

In lieu of flowers, Please donate to the Port Leyden, Fire Dept in Don’s memory.

The Callaghan Funeral Home LLC of Port Leyden is entrusted with arrangements.

Helen S. Abel

August 14, 1925 to March 28, 2017

Boonville- Helen (Schleicher) Abel, 91, a longtime resident of Erwin St., widow of Albert D., passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, where she had resided since June 2014.

She was born on August 14, 1925, in Cold Brook, a daughter of Leon and Mildred Weaver Schleicher. She spent her younger years in Vernon Center, graduating from Vernon High School.

On August 4, 1945, Helen was united in marriage with Albert D. Abel at the Davis Homestead at Barrett’s Corners in the Town of Leyden. Mr. Abel, a WWII Veteran and retired Central Steel Erecting Co. iron worker, died on March 2, 1988.

Helen was first employed at Griffiss Air Base, Rome; before her employment in Boonville as a cashier and stock person at the Park Market, a waitress and dish washer at Slims Restaurant, and for a time at Becker’s, and then at Whelly’s Four Seasons Restaurant. For several years until her retirement, Helen was employed as a telephone operator for General Telephone Co., Boonville. Mrs. Abel was an over 50 year and current member of Charles J. Love Post American Legion of Boonville, where for many years she volunteered to cook for banquets and steak dinners that were put on by the auxiliary. For many years Mrs. Abel served on the local Election Board.

Mrs. Abel was a Charter Member of over 50 years with the Boonville Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. She was a very faithful to the interests of the Boonville Fire Company; for many years she participated in the Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary. Helen prepared many a meal or pot of hot coffee for the firemen following a fire call.

Helen was an avid fan of Fritz’s Polka Band and a member of the Fritz’s Polka Bank Fan Club. She always enjoyed traveling to see and hear the band perform, on occasion in the state of Ohio. She also enjoyed playing cards at the senior citizen meetings and Friday night dinners with her siblings.

Helen is survived by two daughters and a son in law, Marlene and David Pritchard, Boonville, Patti Storm, Vancouver, WA, one son and daughter in law, Frank and Nancy Abel, Boonville; eight grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; siblings, Gordon (Joyce) Schleicher, Boonville, Verle (Wynola) Yelton, Talcottville; Beverly Wheelock, Bernie Yelton and Shirley (Stewart) Dunn, all of Boonville, a son-in-law, Gregory Dirda, several nieces and nephews, and a special cousin, Mindy Maciejko. She was predeceased by a daughter, Dora Jean Dirda, on December 28, 2008, a great granddaughter, Gabriele Williams, and siblings, a brother, Bobby, who died as an infant, Mabel Young, and Paul Yelton.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, March 31, at 7:00 pm at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St., Boonville. Interment later this spring will be held in Boonville Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday at the funeral home from 4:00 pm until the time of the service. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Boonville Fire Co. Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box #164, Boonville, NY 13309.

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

Frank Straughn

December 24, 1940 to March 28, 2017

COPENHAGEN - Frank Straughn, 76, died early morning Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at his home.

Frank was born on December 24, 1940 in Kings County, New York the son of the late Rev. John Henry and Queen Esther (Johnson) Straughn. Frank attended public school # 39, and public School # 42 in New York City. He also lived in Rome and has spent the last 20 years with Ron and Kathy LaVancha in Copenhagen, in which time he attended the adult day program at Lewis Country General Hospital.

Frank enjoyed listening to music, singing, watching television and books. He loved sight seeing, country rides, and having vanilla ice cream.

His funeral will be held on Friday, March 31st at 11:00 A.M. at the Sundquist Funeral Home with Rev. James Trainham officiating. Private burial will be in Brookside Cemetery, Watertown.

You may leave words of condolence at www.sundquistfh.com

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

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