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Sheldon, VT- Helen Jane Cyr, 84, formally of Boonville, NY, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 17, 2019 at her daughter Michele's home in Sheldon, VT. For many years Helen Jane and her husband Kenneth, resided on Park Ave. in Boonville.


Helen Jane was born in Lackawanna, NY on January 7, 1935, the daughter of George and Helen (Kalamas) Holmes. Helen Jane moved to Boonville from Port Leyden, NY when she was 7 years old, and graduated from Boonville Central School with the class of 1953. Her first employment was at the Franjo Theatre in Boonville, where she met her husband Kenneth. She married Kenneth Robert Cyr, “The Apple Man,” at the Boonville United Methodist Church on June 6, 1954.


For many years, Mrs. Cyr was employed as a legal secretary at many area businesses, such as Wagner Hickock Insurance Agency and RCA at Griffiss AFB. She also worked at Adirondack Central Middle School, BOCES, Lord Bec, and later in life was a daycare provider to many Boonville children. She and her husband Kenneth also spent many years running an apple business out of their home on Park Ave. in Boonville. This was an endeavor that they both loved dearly. Helen Jane was also a member of the Boonville United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She was an avid reader, loved spending time with all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and adored her four-legged friend Rascal.


Helen Jane is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law Deborah and Salam Majeed of Green Lane, PA and Michele and Bruce LaCross of Sheldon, VT, her grandchildren Heidi and Peter Barrett of Boonville, NY, Dr. Jawad Majeed of Chicago, IL, Bedhr Majeed of Green Lane, PA, Ashley LaCross and Dylan King of Saint Albans, VT, Jacob and Heidi LaCross of Swanton, VT, Chelsea and Josh Strong of Fairfield, VT, and Brianne and Matthew King of Saint Albans, VT. Her great-grandchildren include Liam Fullem (Barrett), Olivia King, Morgan King, Emmett LaCross, and Harper Strong, and her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Alice and John Barlow of Burlington, VT. She also leaves a special son-in-law and wife Robert and Mary Beth Covey of Boonville, NY, as well as many nieces and nephews. Helen was predeceased by her husband Kenneth of fifty three years in 2007, her parents, a brother Raymond, and a sister Betty Hunter.


Services will be held privately on Saturday at 10:30 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, with interment to follow in Boonville Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to Boonville United Methodist Church, 105 Ann Street, Boonville, NY 13309.

Boonville- Theda M. Montgomery, 99, the widow of Arthur, passed away on June 17, 2019 at Sunset Nursing Home, Boonville.

She was born on January 3, 1920 in Port Leyden, N.Y. a daughter of George and Hazel Hoage Thayer. Theda grew up in the Port Leyden area and on July 5, 1957 in Melrose PA, she married Arthur M. Montgomery. For many years the couple lived on Main Street and then moved to Ford Street. Arthur died April 12, 1999.

Surviving are her three children, Lon Anna, Boonville, Duane and Ruth Anna, Jacksonville, Florida, Charlene Montgomery, Buffalo, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Burgundy and Roberto Vero, Kelly Snyder, Jason and Judi Anna and Shawn and Marketta Anna; ten great grandchildren, Jason Jr., Jacob, Caleb, Arya, Sienna, Natalie, Madison, Bella, Kahlan and Emily. She was predeceased by two sons, Ronald and Bruce, a sister, Harriet Thayer and a brother, Dayton Thayer.

A special thanks to Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center staff, nurses and aides for the excellent care she received for the past seven years. Also an extra special thanks to Sue and Barb who took extra special care of our mother, we thank you.

Theda’s funeral will be held on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post Street, Boonville, NY with Father Thomas Ward officiating. Calling hours will be on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. For an online message of sympathy please go to

LYONS FALLS – Lena Yancey, 94 , formerly of Lyons Falls, died peacefully at East Road Adult Home Tuesday evening, June 11, 2019, under the care of the staff, her family and Lewis County Hospice.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at Lowville Mennonite Church with Pastor Keith Zehr, officiating Burial will follow in Croghan Mennonite Cemetery. Calling hours are from 2-4 & 6-8 on Monday, June 17, 2019 at the church. Contributions may be made to Lowville Mennonite Church, 7705 Ridge Road, Lowville, NY 13367 or Friends of Lewis County Hospice. P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367. Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.

She is survived by eight children and their spouses, Jerry M. and Nancy Wherley Yancey of LaGrande, OR; Dean R. and Wanda Macedo Yancey of Lowville; Dr. Samuel P. Yancey of Croghan; Violet and Michael J. Colwell of Glenfield; Merle G. and Donna Bills Yancey of Lowville; Orson P. Yancey of New Market, NH; Annette Halko and her companion Paul Brown of Naumburg; Paula and Nathan Zehr of Webster, NY; seven siblings, Kenneth (Deb) Lyndaker of Watson; Gladys Sweitzer of Big Bear, CA; Alta Noftsier of Lowville; Catherine (Rexford) Dannon of Salisbury Center; Dorothy (Elmer) Zehr of Lowville; Helen (Loren) Unruh of Kansas; and Paul Lyndaker of Castorland; sister-in-laws, Phyllis Lyndaker of Lowville and Fern Lyndaker of Lowville; 18 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her husband, Gerald; a daughter, Juanita Rose Yancey, who died in 1962 at the age of 7; four brothers; Christian Lyndaker, David Lyndaker, Norman Lyndaker and Howard Lyndaker; a brother-in-law, Jerry Sweitzer, a sister-in-law, Gail Lyndaker; the Yancey in-laws, Samuel and Edna Zehr, Abner and Mary Swartzentruber, Edward and Bertha Yancey, Clayton and Iva Yousey, Edward and Bertha Roes, Maurice and Rosella Roes.

Mrs. Yancey was born on April 7, 1925 in Belfort, NY, a daughter of the late Paul and Catherine Widrick Lyndaker. She attended rural school in Belfort and Beaver Falls High School. On December 12, 1946, she married Gerald Yancey at Croghan Mennonite Church with Rev. Lloyd Boshart officiating. Together with her husband, the couple owned and operated the Yancey family dairy farm on the Yancey Road in West Lowville until 1975, at which time the couple moved to the Cut Off Road in Beaver Falls. (Real estate business and bed and breakfast.)

Mrs. Yancey was a member of Lowville Mennonite Church. She enjoyed gardening, traveling and visiting Florida.

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Forestport- Shirley M. (Weston) Thorp, age 95, passed away at her daughter’s home in El Sobrante, California, on March 21, 2019. For many years, Mrs. Thorp had resided in Forestport, NY.


Shirley was born in Utica, on August 22, 1923, a daughter of Harry and Alice Weston. She graduated from Whitesboro High School (class of 1941), and worked at Rome Air Base during World War Two.


In the mid 1940’s Shirley married Joseph Heim, a union that produced three daughters; Gretchen (Maine), Phylly (Smith), and Susan (Smith). For over 30 years, Shirley worked at Waterville Knitting Mill, in Waterville. Shirley married Harry Thorp in 1970. They lived in Waterville, Bridgewater, and later moved to Forestport, where they owned, operated and raced sled dogs under the name of “Beaver Creek Kennels.” With friends they formed the Mohawk Valley Sled Dog Club.


Shirley lived her life fearlessly. With her great inner strength, humor, sense of adventure and talents, she was an inspiration to all who knew her. She was “famous” for making clothes for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, pies, Christmas fruitcake, pot roast, chocolate cake, hand hooked rugs and knitted sweaters. She made homemade Christmas gifts all year long for her beloved family. Her family called her “Shirley Appleseed,” because she started out with three girls, and with time, had five grandchildren, many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.


Shirley also leaves a brother, Harry Weston of Cortland, a very special friend and caregiver Ed (and Kathy) Gomolka and a special son in law, Dennis (and Maria) Thorp.


A Requiem Eucharist will be on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at 12 Noon, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Schuyler St. Boonville, where Rev. Mother Linda Logan, Rector, will officiate and where a luncheon will follow the Eucharist. Calling hours are Tuesday, June 18, from 10:00-11:30 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Interment will be on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at 10:00 A.M. at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Clayville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Stevens Swan Humane Society, 5664 Horatio St. Utica, NY 13502 or to Trinity Episcopal Church 121 Ford St. Boonville, NY 13309.

Boonville- Virginia B. Martin, 102, passed away at Sunset Nursing Home on June 10, 2019. She was born in Erie, PA on April 9, 1917 and lived in New York City and Long Island before moving with her husband, John, to Forestport over 50 years ago. She was active in the Forestport Presbyterian Church, Boonville VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Boonville Community chorus. Virginia will be remembered by her sunny and kind disposition, ready smile, and beautiful blue eyes. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Virginia was predeceased by her husband, John and son, Douglas (BoonMon). She is survived by her loving companion, Donald Frank of Boonville, who provided her with unwavering love and support every day for many years, a remarkable commitment that will always be remembered by Virginia’s family. She is also survived by her son, James Martin (Lydia) of La Vale, MD and her son Kenneth Martin (Cheryle) of Boonville and New Smyrna Beach, FL. She leaves behind many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

At Virginia’s request, a private service was held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Forestport Presbyterian Church or the Boonville VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Post 5538. For an online message of sympathy please go to

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