LOWVILLE - Michael A. Call 83, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.

A funeral Mass for family and friends will be said on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 11:00 am at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Rev. Jay Seymour, Pastor, officiating. Spring burial with military honors will be in Martinsburg Cemetery. Please follow COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing, mask is required to attend, and contact tracing will be observed.

Michael was born in Syracuse on September 24, 1937 to the late Herbert Edward and Loyola F. LeTarte Call. He was the middle child of three, younger sister Susan and older brother Herbert Jr. 

Herbert E. Call Sr. was employed by New York State as a District Forest Ranger and in Michaels early childhood the family moved around New York State, eventually settling in Lowville in 1949.

While attending Lowville Academy and Central School, Michael met his wife of 60 years Jean A. Gallup. In 1957, Michael and Jean graduated from LACS and would marry on October 1, 1960 in Houseville. 

During his high school years Mike worked at Tom Turck’s Mobile gas station. He joined the U.S Navy and was honorably discharged as Boiler Technician 2nd Class in 1961. Michael was employed by Boise Cascade for 35 years retiring in 1999. 

He is survived by his wife Jean, daughters, Teresa (Douglas) Howard; and Patricia (Leonard) Augustyn; sons, Michael (Pamela) Call; and Herbert (Beth Eischen) Call; his grandchildren, Nicholas Augustyn and Jay Augustyn, Matthew Howard and Emily Howard; great grandsons, Emmett and Carter Augustyn; his sister, Susan (Cal) Farney; and very special niece, Deb (Fran) Dunn; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Michael is preceded in death by his older brother, Herbert E. Call, Jr.

In his retirement he enjoyed traveling to see family and friends, spending time with the close-knit community of Lowville. Michael was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church where he volunteered at the St. Peters Church Festival, Life member of Lewis County Memorial Post #6912 V.F.W., and every fall spending time with hunting buddies from the Brown Creek Club.

Memorials may be made to: Salvation Army, P.O. Box 148, Syracuse, NY 13206; The Lowville Food Pantry, 7646 Forest Avenue, Lowville, NY 13367; St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 5439 Shady Avenue, Lowville, NY 13367 or to one’s choice. 

Arrangements are with Sundquist Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be made to: www.sundquistfh.com




Lyons Falls- Gloria J. Hall, 79, of Lyonsdale Road a former longtime resident of Rugg Road, Town of Leyden and widow of John H., passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, while surrounded by the loving care of her family.  


Gloria was born in Barton, Vermont, on March 28, 1941, where she grew up and received her education at Greensboro Bend, Vermont, High School, graduating with the Class of 1959.  While in high school, Gloria participated on the Varsity Basketball team for all four years and she was also Captain of the basketball team.  Gloria also participated in the high school chorus and in All State Concert Competitions.  


Gloria visited her mother in Port Leyden and met her future husband; she and John were married on October 29, 1960.  This was a loving union which lasted for nearly 60 years, until John passed away on August 25, 2020.  The couple purchased John’s family farm on the Rugg Road, near Port Leyden, which was founded in 1906.  Gloria and John operated this farm until retiring in 1989, when they sold the property and moved to their present home near Lyons Falls.  


In addition to being excellent homemaker and mother, she worked beside her husband and children in taking care of the family farm.  Gloria’s greatest joy was her family.  


She was a longtime active member of Forest Presbyterian Church, Lyons Falls, where she served as an Elder, Church Treasurer and volunteered many hours in Forest Finds, the church’s thrift store.  She greatly enjoyed knitting and crocheting.  Gloria loved music, who possessed a great talent at playing a large repertoire of music by ear on the piano and guitar. 


She is survived by two daughters and sons in law, Terrie (Steve) Ripp, Tammie (Jim) Manning; two sons, Tim Hall and Tom Hall; four grandchildren, Bob Ripp, Jimmy (Dyana) Manning, Megan (Andy) Krokowski and Karleen (Patrick) Salmon; five great grandchildren, Gabbie, Emma, Harper, Kara and Kenna; one sister, Lynda Redner, NC. In addition, Diane McCartin niece and lifelong friend, Janette Carpenter were considered to be like daughters.   


A graveside service will be in the spring at a date and time to be announced in Wildwood Cemetery, Lyons Falls.  There are no calling hours.  Memorial contributions may be made to Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center resident activities fund, 232 Academy St. Boonville, NY 13309, or to Forest Presbyterian Church, Center St. Lyons Falls, NY 13368.  Her arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. Boonville. 


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



Margaret “Peggy” Smith Joslyn

GLENFIELD – Peggy, 86, of Glenfield, After a brief illness, passed away in her home on Sunday, January 17th.


Peggy was born January 8, 1935 in Muskegon, MI to Percy Smith and Bessie Hansel Smith. Peggy grew up in a loving home with her parents and brother, David, with life centered around church. Moving to Syracuse as a teenager, Peggy graduated from Nottingham High School and met the love of her life, Paul Joslyn. Their wedding began 65 years of loving commitment to each other and service to others through the church and community. As the pastor’s wife, Peggy faithfully served with her husband at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Glenville, Zion Lutheran Church, New Hartford and Forest Presbyterian Church, Lyons Falls.


Peggy worked as an executive secretary at Carrier Corporation. Later working for Senator Lombardi, Senator Donovan, and later secretary to Judge Flemma. 


Peggy served on many boards including: National Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, Samaritan Counseling Center, Mohawk Valley Midstate Correctional Facility, Church Women United and Founder and Administrator of Home Furnishings Committee, Schenectady.


Most recently Peggy served as past president of the Friends of Lewis County Hospice Board, and past board member of Constable Hall. Peggy has always had a passion for music and sang in many community choirs and church groups.


Survivors include, son and daughter-in-law, David and Janet Joslyn, Poland; daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Randy Anderson, Bonita Springs, FL; son and companion, John Joslyn and Susan Buckingham, Watson; daughter-in-law, Susan Putnam Joslyn, Fairfax, VA; her Polish daughter, Ewa and her husband Thomas Lawrence, Utica; also included are beloved grandchildren, Anne and Kevin Hale, Delmar; Laura and Justin Nguyen, Delmar; Rebecca and Peter Paladino, Whitesboro; Jacob Anderson and fiancé Marta Kulikowska, Brantingham;  Samuel and Sara Anderson, Broomfield, CO; Sidara Austin, Lowville; Bella Anderson, Bonita Springs, FL; Heather Delperuto, Watertown; Ashley Joslyn, Utica; Paul Joslyn, Brantingham; Natalia Joslyn, and David Joslyn, Fairfax, VA; Peggy is also survived by eight great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Kay Joslyn, Mayfield; Leslie Smith, Cortland; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and John Richardson, Burlington, NC; numerous nieces and nephews.


Besides her husband, Peggy was predeceased by son, Mark Joslyn and granddaughter, Emily Anderson and brother, David Smith.


The Joslyn family would like to thank Lewis County Hospice for their compassion and attentive care of their mother, Peggy. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Sundquist Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to: www.sundquistfh.com


In memory, please consider the following: Schenectady Home Furnishing Program, 603 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305, Zion Lutheran Church, 630 French Road, New Hartford, NY 13413, or Constable Hall Historical Society, P.O. Box 36, Constableville, NY 13325



West Leyden- Robert (Bobby) T. Aldrich, 58, of West Leyden, New York passed away on January 16th, 2021. He was born in Syracuse, New York on November 8th, 1962. 


He retired as a Master Mechanic from Revere Copper Products, Inc after 24 years. He was a jack 

of all trades; always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He loved sharing his 

knowledge with others and aspired to be like his Uncle Duane, a mentor in every sense of the 

word. He was successful too, with many calling him “Uncle Bob” within the first few hours of 

meeting him. 


Bobby loved music. He was first on the dance floor with his smooth moves, and last to leave 

begging the band for one more song. He loved many genres of music, but Jim Croce was the one 

that spoke right to his heart; he could be found gently rocking to sleep his children, nieces and 

nephews, and eventually grandchildren to the soft melody of “Operator”. Not only could he 

dance, but he could sing. Given the chance, he wouldn’t be afraid to take the mic and sarande 

the crowd with a soulful rendition of Garth Brooks, or even a duet with his wife to a John Prine 

or Johnny Cash classic. 


Bobby was an avid outdoorsman and referred to the outdoors as his “church”. After 45 years of 

hunting in New York State, he had harvested many trophy bucks but his proudest moment was 

during the 2019 season. He shot an eight-point, scoring a 135. He also took many hunting trips 

out of state with his brother Norm. 


His Butterfield Lake cottage was his place of true happiness. You could often find him on the 

lake with a boat full of people fishing, tubing, or taking “hot laps”. Sitting around a table full of 

family and friends, playing cards and listening to Bob Segar and other favorite artists filled his 

heart with joy. He had a love for the finer things in life: good food, a nice glass of wine and a 

good tune. 


In addition to his wife, Ingrid Aldrich, Bobby is survived by his father, Raymond Aldrich; two 

brothers, Raymond (Ellen) Aldrich II, Jamesville, Todd Aldrich, Jamesville; a sister, Tammi 

(Jerry) O’Brien, Adams Center; three children, Amanda Aldrich, Rome, Shannon (Travis) 

Harper, Naples, FL and Robert Aldrich Jr., Naples, FL; his step-children, Aaron (Kolene) 

Ettinger, Sydnie Ettinger and Chloe Ettinger, all of West Leyden. He also leaves behind many 

nieces, nephews, and grandchildren that he loved dearly. 


He is reunited with his mother Gloria Collins, brother Timmy Aldrich, sister-in-law Maria Fey, 

uncle Duane Campbell, niece Amie Aldrich, and others he has loved and lost. 


Calling hours will be held on Monday, January 25, 2021 from 2pm - 6pm at Trainor Funeral 

Home, Inc. 143Schuyler St. Boonville, NY.   Donations may be made to the West Leyden Fire Department P.O. Box 205, West Leyden, NY 13489.  


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



Boonville – Ronald D. Traxel, 73, of Echo Lake Road, passed away in the comfort of his home on Monday, January 18, 2021 while under the loving care of his wife Faith, and family.  


Ronald was born on February 23, 1947 in Deland, Florida a son of Glenn and Emily Millen Traxel.  He returned to New York at a young age receiving his education at area schools, graduating from South Lewis Senior High School, with the Class of 1965.  Ronald began working in the tractor and farm implement repair business working first for Cogar Farm Equipment in Lyons Falls, before his work for Charlie Brown at Brown’s Tractor and Equipment, Boonville.  In 1996, Ronald began his own business, Traxel’s Tractor Repair, located outside Boonville, a business which he operated to present day.  His reputation for extensive knowledge of the trade preceded him and he was well known throughout the central and northern NY.


Ronald was married to Faith Woolshlager on January 25, 1985 at Forest Presbyterian Church, Lyons Falls.  Ronald was an avid snowmobiler, enjoyed cutting and splitting firewood, and cherished the time spent at his camp in Highmarket with friends and family.


Besides his wife Faith, he is survived by his daughters: Bethany (Bradley) Evans, Boonville, and Debbie (John) Smith, Lyons Falls; grandchildren: Taylor (Conner) Cavanaugh, Boonville, Todd Evans, Boonville, John Tyler Smith and his fiancée Shayna Will, Frankfort, Justin Smith and his fiancée Jenna Rogers, Utica; great-grandchildren: Levi Maverick Cavanaugh and Piper Lee Evans; his sister Carol Traxel Marks, Lecanto, FL, niece Carie (Scott) Summers, nephew Wyatt ( Julie) Marks, his Aunt Barbara Traxel, Boonville, sisters-in-law: Lucy Woolshlager (Joe Rubini), Parks City, Utah, Rosalie Woolshlager, Salt Lake City, Utah, several cousins, nieces, nephews and many many special friends including Mack Ingersoll and Dennis Fruin.


He was predeceased by his parents, father and mother-in-law: Dick and Ruth Woolshlager, brothers-in-law: Walter Marks and John Woolshlager, an Uncle Charles Traxel, and his beloved Aunt Ruth Traxel.


Graveside services will be held this spring in Boonville Cemetery.  There are no calling hours.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., Boonville.  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.     



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