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CONSTABLEVILLE -  Raymond W. “Jack” Berrus, 88, died Tuesday evening, March 31, 2020 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Utica.


There will be no calling hours or funeral service.  A graveside service with Military Honors will be held later in the spring at Turin Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lewis County Search and Rescue 7782 W. State Street, Lowville, NY 13367.  Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc. 5702 Waters Road, Lowville, NY 13367. 


Jack is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 50 years, Rita; his adopted children; Robert Niblett Jr.; Nancy and Doug Woolery of Tulsa, OK; his son-in-law, Brian J. Ripp of Port Leyden; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; his siblings and their spouses, Donald H. and Barbara Berrus of Lowville, Rose E. Hanno, of Lowville, Pearl E. Peebles of Denmark, step-brothers and their wives, Harold, Jr. and Joan Jackson of Denmark, Donald and Sally Jackson of Lowville, a step-sister and her husband, Muriel and Robert Lee of New Bremen, 2 step-sisters-in-law, Susan Jackson of Lowville, and Donna Jackson of New Bremen and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 


He is predeceased by his first wife, Amy Berrus; and his three children, Stephen Berrus who died in infancy; Robert Berrus, who died at age 9; and Deborah A. Ripp; brothers, William G. Berrus, Clarence E. Berrus and Richard E. Berrus; a sister, Shirley Berrus, step brothers, John Jackson, and William Jackson.


Jack was born on March 13, 1932 in the Town of Lowville, NY, a son of the late, Clarence E. Berrus and Evelyn S. Stoffel Berrus Jackson.  He attended country school on Tug Hill and Lowville Academy.  He joined the Army in 1952 and served until his Honorable Discharge in 1954.  He married Amy Carpenter in 1955.  She passed away in 1969. He worked for Ethan Allen, Boonville and owned and operated two dairy farms on Mohawk Hill.  On May 23, 1970, he married Rita I Jarvis Niblett on Mohawk Hill with Justice Harold Hayes officiating and adopted Rita’s three children.  He later drove bus for South Lewis Central School for 10 years. He started Berrus Septic Service, owning and operating until he was 80 years old.  Keeping busy, he cut and sold firewood for many years.  He enjoyed his work, tinkering in his garage and his life as a farmer.  Jack’s biggest smiles came from spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


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Boonville- Lydia (Zeller) Marcy, 95, a longtime resident of Potato Hill Road, widow of William J. Marcy, Sr., passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020.  


 Lydia was born at Irish Ridge, NY, (Verona) on August 14, 1924, a daughter of Gottfried and Louisa Grunenwald Zeller.  She grew up at Hillside, near Boonville and graduated from Boonville Central School, with the Class of 1941.  For forty years she was employed as a Classification Clerk at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome.  


 On June 1, 1946, Lydia was united in marriage with the love of her life, and dancing partner, William James “Bill” Marcy, Sr. at Trinity United Church of Christ in Rome.  This was a blessed union which continued for 64 years until Mr. Marcy passed away on March 31, 2011.  For 64 years the couple resided on Potato Hill Road, where they operated a farm.  


 Mrs. Marcy was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Rome.  She enjoyed her family, crocheting, crossword puzzles, county music and dancing with her husband Bill to the East Road Rhythm Riders and the Williamson Brothers, North Country Boys.  


 She is survived by two sons and two daughters in law; William and Sallie Marcy and Walter (Bud) and Mary Marcy, all of Boonville and one daughter and son in law, Debra and William Peach, Forestport; grandchildren, Amber Marcy-Wheeler (Dan) Sarah Marcy (Shawn Maloney), Shana Lindenmayer (Ben), Lauren (Ed) Coffin, Ryan Peach (Cheryl Shafer) and Melissa Peach; great grandchildren, Jared and Justin Maloney, Ryder and Sydney Wheeler and Gavin and Luke Coffin.  Also surviving is one sister, Hilda LoRusso, Rome.  She was predeceased by sisters, Frieda Glur, Rosa Waliszewski, Martha Platt, Bertha Brownell, Clara Platt and by a brother, Alfred Zeller.


 Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Lydia’s caregivers, Beth and Katherine Beyel and Wendy Page.     

 Services with interment in Boonville Cemetery will be planned for a later date.  Her arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. 

On March 16, 2020, Bruce Weigand, 74, moved on to his next big adventure surrounded by the love of people he knew best.


Bruce was born to William and Elvere (Evans) Weigand.  He spent his idyllic youth in Waterloo, New York.  He graduated from Potsdam College with a Master’s Degree in Education. In January 1968 he accepted a teaching position at Adirondack Central School and taught for eight years as a Chemistry teacher.  He was revered as an excellent teacher who perhaps utilized his lab for questionable experiments.


He greatly enjoyed his next career as a Self-Employed Insulation Contractor with his partner D. Beau St. Louis.  They had many adventures insulating hundreds of homes and businesses in the North Country.  


In July 1974 Bruce married Kristin Gilbert. Together they had 3 exceptional children. Polly, Jesse and Lucas. 


In October 2003 Bruce married Julie Weiler.  Together they raised a Labrador name “Bud.”  


Bruce loved the outdoors whether he was fishing (his favorite), bird hunting or searching for wild mushrooms.  Bruce was an avid gardener and cook who particularly loved growing a bounty of corn, heirloom tomatoes, pole beans, the perfect melons and especially enjoyed making Polly, Jesse, Luke and Julie work fields and pick rocks. 


 He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, swimming in the Moose River, making cider, sharing a story and home cooked meals around the table.  Bruce loved music, especially Bob Dylan, John Prine and   Bluegrass.  Julie and the kids were forced to listen to “Bluegrass Ramble” on Sunday night car rides.  


Bruce also enjoyed the poetry of Robert Service and Shel Silverstein. 


Bruce is survived by his wife and companion of 33 years, Julie; his children’s mother, Kristin (Robert) Gilbert-Watson; his children, their spouses and granddaughters - Polly Weigand, Eric Alexander, Annalee Weigand; Jesse, Kristen, Logan and Shiya Weigand  and Lucas Weigand and Jade Jalbert; his brother and sister-in-Law – Jeffrey and LeeAnn Weigand; his nephews – Jacob and Virdi Weigand; Cody and Stephanie Weigand and Chad Weigand; his mother-in-law Norma Donahue, Sister and Brother- in-Law – Lorie and Mark Bellinger; his Aunt Irene (William) Evans and his cousins as well as his best friends- Beau and Linda St. Louis, David and Laurie Rice, and the whole McIntyre clan. 


Bruce had a booming laugh, a love of jokes and a fondness for puns.  He lived and loved with few regrets.


Donations in memory can be made to Hospice of Lewis County, Lewis County Humane Society, the Turin Fire Department or The Michel J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

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Forestport- Peter J. Scouten, 75, of State Rt. 28, widower of Gale E., passed away at his residence, on Thursday, March 19, 2020, while surrounded by the loving care of his family.  


 Affectionately known as Pete, he was born in Utica, on February 26, 1945, a son of Donald and Mary Ferjet Scouten.  Pete’s entire life was lived in Forestport, where he grew up on the Dutch Hill Road.  He graduated from Forestport High School, with the Class of 1963.  In 1965, he began his long career with Niagara Mohawk Power Co., starting as a meter reader before advancing to the position of lineman and retiring as foreman in 2000.  He was a member of I.B.E.W. Local of Syracuse.  After his retirement, Pete founded his well-known “Tired Iron” Excavating Service, in Forestport, which he was operating at the present time.  


 On May 15, 1965, Pete was united in marriage with Gale E. Ritter at St. Patrick’s Church, Forestport.  In 1972, they moved to their present home on Rt. 28, in Forestport.  Gale passed away on October 7, 2019. 


Pete is survived by one son, Ronald (Kimberly) Scouten, Forestport.  He was predeceased by a son, Peter J. Scouten, on January 29, 2011.  Also surviving is his daughter in law, Colleen (Luke) Pritchard, Forestport; beloved grandchildren, Michael and Abigail Scouten, Steven, Christopher, Sarah and Andrew Scouten; all of Forestport, a sister Tammy Kotary, Rome, as well as several nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by a special friend who was like a son, John Jones, Forestport.  He valued his many neighborhood “family” and friends around town. He was also predeceased by his brother Blaine Scouten and sister Cindy Scouten. 


A Celebration of Life and interment in Beechwood Cemetery, Forestport will be announced at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Beechwood Cemetery Association, Forestport.  Arrangements are in care of the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville.

MONTAGUE - Eric J. Lucas, 50, formerly of Greencastle, PA died on Thursday, March 19, 2020 in Dillon, SC.  


Mr. Lucas was born on December 17, 1969 in Lowville, the son of Carlton S. and Ruth J. (Turner) Lucas. Eric attended Lowville Academy and joined the Army National Guard and was called up and served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and received decorations, Army Lapel Button, Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Marksman Badge(Rifle), South Asia Service Medal W/Bronze Service Star, Bronze Star Medal, and a Mechanic Badge. He remained in the reserves until 2005.


Eric grew up in Barnes Corners and Tug Hill was always home for him. He spent the last 10 years in Greencastle, PA with his most recent wife Angie Oberholzer and the boys, Lakin and Luke. He was owner and operator of his trucking company, A and E Lucas Trucking, LLC. and most recently Eric Lucas Trucking. He was a member of Greencastle American Legion Frank L. Carbaugh Post 373. He enjoyed being out on the road and being a loving Poppy to his grandchildren. Eric loved his children and spoke often about how proud he was of them. 


He was once married to Penny LaVancha and is survived by their children, David O. (James) Lucas of Ft. Drum; Jonathan R. (Ashley Lennox) Lucas of Lowville; Mindy S. (Jonathan Aubin) Lucas of Copenhagen; Erica J.M. (Michael) Duffer of Chesapeake, VA; Jacob M. (Madyson Bennett) Lucas of Croghan; and Zachary Taylor of Kingston, OK; his eleven grandchildren; his mother Ruth of Rodman; his siblings, Linda (Bob) Sharlow of Wellesley Island, Joanne Lucas of Rodman, Russell Lucas; Rick (Sue) Lucas; Lori (Don) Vincent all of Barnes Corners, Randal (Teresa) Lucas and Jeff (Brandy) Lucas all of Adams Center; his brother-in-law, Jack Bush of Brantingham; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Eric is predeceased by his father, Carlton S.; his siblings, Rodney Jay Lucas and Susan E. Lucas Bush.


Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the family has decided to wait and announce calling hours and spring military burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Barnes Corners at a later date. A sympathy note may be made to:


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