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Turin- Nancy M. Barnhart, 64, of West Road, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville, surrounded by her loving family. 

Nancy was born on November 2, 1953 in Madison, NY a daughter of Melville and Dorothy Griffith Moon.  She was raised in the Alder Creek area and attended Remsen Central School.  She had been employed at the Rainbow Laundromat, Utica, a cleaner at Van’s Tavern, Barneveld, a cook at the Blue Barron as well as other local restaurants.  A marriage to Raymond Barnhart ended in divorce.  She was also blessed with twin daughters with her former companion Wayne Hastwell. 

Above all, Nancy loved and cherished the time she spent with her children and grandchildren, especially playing rummy.  She also found joy crocheting, playing with her pets, and reading.

She is survived by her children: Melissa (Melody R.) Barnhart, Kevin R. Barnhart, all of Remsen, Ashley Hastwell, Turin, Lindsey Hastwell and her boyfriend Caleb Rubar, Lowville, grandchildren: Sara (Chris) Patterson, Mississippi, Megan McCauley, Jessie McCauley, Anthony Rouse, all of Remsen, Kayla Alsante, Utica; a great-granddaughter Alyxandria Patterson, and several nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by her siblings: Patricia Howard, Woodgate, Joan (Jim) Ingersoll, Forestport, Judith Greene and Vernon Bruner, Constableville, Dorothy Whitmeyer, New Jersey, and Melville Moon, Boonville.  She was predeceased by an infant sister Jean Moon, a niece Belinda Judith Greene, and a brother-in-law Richard Whitmeyer.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018  at  12:00 Noon at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, where Pastor Aggie Walker of Forestport Presbyterian Church will officiate.    Interment will follow in Woodgate Cemetery.  Calling hours will be at the funeral home on Friday from 10:00 am until the time of the service.   

Her family extends heartfelt gratitude to Lewis County General Hospital and Residential Healthcare Facility and Lewis County Hospice Comfort Care Room Staff for the excellent care given to Nancy, also to Mark and the Respiratory Dept. for being there for Mom. 

Laura Webster Mekkelson​, ​95, born November 23, 1922, i n Fowlerville, New York, the daughter of William and Florence Olin Webster, has gone to be with her loved ones who left this earth before her, including her husband, Norman “Mike” Mekkelson, their daughter Nancy, and their infant son, Michael. ​ Her passing occurred on June 7, 2018. Laura grew up on the family farm on the East Road in Port Leyden with 8 siblings who have all passed away, along with their spouses; Harold, George (Hilda), Floyd, William (Evelyn), Alvin, Susie (Hugh) Gillette, Ethel (Lloyd) Richardson, Josephine (Joe) Rudmin. Laura married Mike on February 1, 1943 in Port Leyden, New York. Mike died in December of 1979. Surviving are their four children, Judith (Roger) Tuthill and Christine (Vincent Raneri) Chrzanowski, of Gloversville, New York; Robert (Anita) Mekkelson, of Draper, Utah, and Janet (James) DiManno, of Glens Falls. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, David (Helen) Berube, William (Jennifer) Berube, James (Brooke) Chrzanowski, Douglas (Jennifer) Chrzanowski, Robyn (Matthew) Guzielek, Jeremy Mekkelson, Heather (David) Roman, Madisen Mekkelson, Marshal Mekkelson, Laura Mekkelson, Jessalyn (Vi) DiManno, Jenelle (Alvin James Baker III) DiManno and J. Nickolas DiManno. Her great-grandchildren are Tyler, Zachary, Jensen and Xander Berube, Samantha Berube, Kathryn and Carter Chrzanowski, Braylin Jones, Austin and Colton Chrzanowski, Leighton and Adalyn Guzielek, Emma Mekkelson, Zea Roman, as well as her great-great grandchildren Sebastian and Luna Berube. Laura attended the Utica School of Commerce and was employed by the Ration Board during WWII. It was at that time that she married the love of her life, Mike Mekkelson. She was later employed by Port Leyden Central School as secretary to the principal. It was in this position where she was discovered by the students, who came to know her, to be a sweet, compassionate and understanding person who became a part of their school days . She became secretary to the principal at South Lewis Central School when Port Leyden merged into the South Lewis School District, and from this job is when she retired. Even though retired, Laura continued keeping busy in community groups, such as the Eastern Stars, the Port Leyden Community Library, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Historical Society, Monday Club, Senior Citizens, to name a few. She was instrumental in implementing computer programs during her positions as Treasurer and/or Secretary in many of the organizations.

She purchased her computer at the age of 70 and became proficient in spread sheet programs, word documents, genealogy research and e-mail. Her children looked forward to starting their days with an e-mail message from their mother every morning, for Laura would send a message to them every night before bed. We, her children, miss those e-mails beyond measure.

Funeral services will be held at the Mills Funeral Home in Boonville, New York on Monday, June 11, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. Calling hours will be from 12 – 2 p.m. prior the service. Interment will be in the Port Leyden Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Laura may be made to the Port Leyden Community Library, PO Box 97, Port Leyden, New York 13433. For an online message of sympathy please go to www.millsfuneralhomes.com.

NEW BREMEN - Richard J. “Clutcher” Bush, 85, of NYS Route 812, died Sunday morning, June 10, 2018 at his home, under the loving care of his family and Lewis County Hospice.

A graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at St. Peter’s Cemetery, New Bremen with Rev. Jay Seymour officiating.  A Celebration of Life gathering at the family home, 8301 NYS Route 812, Lowville, will immediately follow the graveside service.   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to New Bremen Fire Department, 8154 NYS Route 812, Lowville, NY 13367 or St. Peter’s Cemetery, P.O. Box 38, Croghan, NY 13327 or Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.  Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Linda; four children and their spouses, Matthew E. and Jill Bush of Croghan, Michelle L. and John Nortz of Lowville; Jacqueline L. and Dennis Mahoney of Castorland; Joyce M. and Rodney Brouty of Castorland; two brothers and three sisters-in-law, Albert Bush of Boonville, Gary and Linda Bush of Lowville; Isabel Bush of Croghan, Elizabeth Bush of Lowville; nine grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He is predeceased by a daughter who died shortly after birth, Lucinda Ann Bush; four brothers, Francis, James, Charles; and Gerald Bush who died in infancy; and a sister, Catherine Grotke.

Richard was born on December 28, 1932 in New Bremen, NY, a son of the late Albert F. and Vera B. Goutremout Bush.  He graduated from Lowville Academy in 1950.  He went to work for Upstate Telephone Company in March 1951 until February, 1992, starting out as a lineman and retiring as a computer technician.  On August 31, 1963, he married Linda M. Sullivan at St. Peter’s Church, New Bremen with Rev. Flavian Cooligan officiating. 

Richard was a communicant of St. Peter’s Church, Lowville, an honorary member of the New Bremen Fire Department, former, New Bremen Fire Commissioner; past member of Kelly Hill Hunting Club.  He enjoyed hunting, going to camp and spending time with his grandchildren.

Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com.

GLENFIELD – Bruce Francis Johnston, 71, of North Shore Road, passed away Saturday morning, June 9, 2018 at Lewis County General Hospital.

The funeral service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday,  June 13, 2018 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc. with Rev. Mr. Tom Yousey officiating.  Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Beaches Bridge Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 4 – 6 p.m.  on Wednesday, prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.  A gathering at Jeb’s Restaurant will immediately follow the funeral service.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 20 years, Maxine Kohler; a sister, Leslie Johnston of Boston and Nantucket, MA; two step-grandchildren, Sovereign Lyman and Christian Withey; nine step great-grandchildren; many cousins and their families.

Bruce was born on January 17, 1947 in Cambridge, MA,  a son of the late Bertran and Gertrude Cady Johnston.  He grew up in Nantucket, Massachusetts where he attended Nantucket High School and then Mount Hermon Prepatory School in Mount Hermon, Massachusetts, on a scholarship.  Bruce attended the University of Massachusetts for two years before pursing his acting career, which drew him to New York.  He had lead roles in Shakesperian productions while living in both Nantucket and New York City.  He worked for the Big Apple Moving Company in New York for several years.  Bruce met his wife Maxine while working in New York, and on Janaury 14, 1998 the couple were married in Maxine’s nephew Kurt Kohler’s home in Watson.  At that time the couple were building their home at Chase Lake.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com

Forestport- Douglas J. Miller, 47, of North Lake Road, passed away suddenly at St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital, New Hartford, on Monday, June 4, 2018. 

          Affectionately known as “Dougie,” he was born in New Hartford, on April 22, 1971, a son of William J. and Sandra Burke Miller.  A life resident of Forestport, Dougie grew up on Division St. and attended Forestport Elementary School, before completing his education at Adirondack High School, Boonville, where he graduated with the Class of 1989.  While in high school he attended the Howard G. Sackett BOCES Center, Glenfield, majoring in carpentry and building construction. 

          Upon his high school graduation, Doug began his successful career in carpentry and building with Ed Hinge of Barneveld.  Afterwards for nearly 30 years, until the present time, Doug was employed as a carpenter for Lennon Construction Co. of Remsen.

          Doug was a long time member of The Forestport Fire Fighters, Inc., where he served as Fire Chief, for 7 years. He was also a member of Boonville Elks Lodge # 2158. 

While he was growing up, he enjoyed playing on Little League Baseball Teams and Babe Ruth Baseball, both in Forestport.  Later he enjoyed playing softball.  He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors.

          The lights of Doug’s life were his parents, children and his significant other Heather and her son, Chase.  He greatly enjoyed and looked forward to attending Pop Warner Football Games with his sons, Zack and Alex, and Heather’s boys, Chase and Blake.  Doug found much enjoyment ice fishing on Racquett Lake, a sport which he enjoyed sharing with his sons. 

          In addition to his parents, William “Bill” and Sandy Miller, of Forestport, Doug is survived by two sons, Alexander and Zachary, both at home, with their mother, Melinda Mazurowski; a brother and sister in law, Gary (Jennifer) Miller, Racquette Lake; two nieces, Dakota and Autumn and a nephew Taylor.  He is also survived by his long-time significant other, Heather Levensailor and her son Chase, which Doug had raised since the age of two.  He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, William and Betty Miller and by his maternal grandparents, Gordon and Nellie Burke. 

          His Funeral will be on Saturday at 12 Noon, at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, with interment to follow in Woodgate Cemetery.  Calling hours are Friday, 1-4 & 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home and on Saturday from 11:00 A.M. until the funeral.  Memorial contributions may be made to The Forestport Fire Fighters, Inc. 11965 Forestport, NY 13338.

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

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