MARTINSBURG- Sophia A. “Sophie” Morak, 90, of Whitaker Road, passed away Wednesday morning, December 12, 2018 at Lewis County General Hospital.
In keeping with Sophie’s wishes, there will be a graveside service in the spring in Martinsburg Cemetery with Rev. Jay Seymour, Pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, officiating. There will be no calling hours or funeral service. Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. Contributions may be made to the Martinsburg Fire Department P.O. Box 143 Martinsburg, NY 13404.
She is survived by her four children, Paul E. Morak of Lowville, Daniel J. (Colleen) Morak of Lowville, Randy D. (Roxanne) Morak of Martinsburg, Joann (Jerry) Gorczyca of Glenfield; 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and one on the way; a sister-in-law, Winifred Sweredoski of Watertown and DelRay Beach, FL; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is predeceased by a great grandson, Tanner J. Marra; eight brothers, Stanley, Joseph, Thomas, Theodore, Alfred, John, Walter, and Mitchell Sweredoski.
Sophie was born on December 23, 1927 in the town of Harrisburg, NY, a daughter of the late Stephen and Anna Stonskowna Sweredoski and graduated from Lowville Academy in 1945. Together with her former husband, Edward Morak, they owned and operated a dairy farm on Rt. 26 in Martinsburg from 1947-1975. She owned and operated Zoshia’s Sub Shop in Lowville for several years and later owned and operated Hilltop Diner in Martinsburg from 1982-1994 upon retirement.
She was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lowville. She was a member of Singing Waters Senior Citizens, Lowville and a member of Lewis County Memorial Post #6912 Ladies Auxiliary, Lowville. She was also a member of the Lewis County General Hospital Auxiliary.
Sophie enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, and refurnishing furniture. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren, and her great-great grandchildren.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com.
WATSON – Cole Patrick Dosztan, 24, died on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at his home.
Cole was born on February 4, 1994 in Lowville the son of Robert “Bill” Dosztan and Cathy Ann (Bennett) Dosztan. He graduated from Lowville Academy Central School in 2013. He was a painter/finisher on water towers for Utilities Service Co., Inc. out of Perry, GA., serving the east coast. He made his home on Stewart Lane Ext. with his dogs, Baby and Rocky.
He loved animals, but especially dogs. He loved fishing and many outdoors activities. He was quite a car enthusiast and loved working on his Mustang or taking it out for a spin. He enjoyed riding dirt bike and motorcycles too. Cole was a caring person and would do anything to help someone out.
Cole is survived by his parents, his brother and sister-in-law, Isaiah and Coralyn Dosztan and his niece Hailey, all of Watson; his maternal grandparents, Clare Waligory of Lowville; Wayne and Diane Bennett of Fort Pierce, FL; his paternal grandparents, Robert and Gloria Dosztan of Watson; his maternal great grandmother, Ina Bennett of Rome; his paternal great grandfather, George Ingersoll of Martinsburg; and many loved aunts, uncles and cousins. He is predeceased by his grandfather Bernard “Boo” Waligory.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. at the Sundquist Funeral Home with Pastor Keith Hardy, officiating. Calling hours for family and friends will be prior to the service from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 P.M.
Memorials in Cole’s name may be made to: Lewis County Humane Society, PO Box 682, Lowville, NY 13367 or Bethel Church of the Nazarene, 7476 State Route 12, Lowville, NY 13367
GLENFIELD - Joyce A. Merry, 68, died on Saturday morning, December 8, 2018 at her home in under the care of Lewis County Hospice, Inc. and her family.
Mrs. Merry was born on March 7, 1950 in Watertown the daughter of the late Martin Elmer Clearo and Dorothy (Guinup) Clearo. She was united in marriage to Lark John Merry on July 1, 1972 at the home of his aunt. When Joyce was younger she worked at Lally Manufacturing in Port Leyden. She later worked in housekeeping at Lewis County General Hospital. She and Lark made their home on Deforest Avenue. Lark died on May 20, 2014.
Joyce loved going to BINGO, enjoyed crafts, and feeding and watching the birds.
She is survived by two her daughters, Holly and Ray Falk of Beaver Falls; and Wendy Merry of Boonville; her five grandchildren, Antonio, Chelsie, Rebecka, Joshua, and Tyler; her brother, William Clearo, and her two sisters, Wanda Szitasy, and Sharon Larkins; nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her sister, Nancy L. Bowen, and her two brothers, Wayne and Leland Clearo.
Joyce’s wishes were to be cremated with burial in Beaches Bridge Cemetery at the convenience of her family.
Memorials in Joyce’s name may be made to: Friends of Lewis County Hospice, Inc., P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367. An on-line message of condolence and sympathy may be made to: www.sundquistfh.com
BEAVER FALLS- Lillian “Lil” Irene Lyndaker, 84, formerly of the Cut-Off Road, Beaver Falls, passed away on Monday, December 10, 2018 at the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility where she has been a resident since April.
Lillian was born on March 12, 1934 in Lebanon, PA, a daughter of the late Harry E. and Gertrude Heinbach Whitman. She attended local Lebanon schools and worked for a number of years for a frozen food business. Lillian married Howard P. Lyndaker on October 3, 1954 at Steeltown Evangelical Congregational Church, Steeltown, PA. Howard and Lillian moved to the North Country after his military service and resided in Beaver Falls where they raised their family and had several business enterprises. Howard died on April 10, 2018. Lil assisted her aging neighbors, visiting with them and doing light housework as needed. She enjoyed reading, puzzles, and sewing, especially for her grand and great-grandchildren, canning, gardening, country music, word search, puzzles, and seeing her grand and great-grandchildren. She was especially known for her sharp wit and enduring sense of humor.
She is survived by her children Susan Lyndaker Lindsey of Evansville, Indiana, Patty (Carl) Delles of Glenfield, and Barry (Lynn) Lyndaker of Lowville; thirteen grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; three sisters, June Trievel Hollinger and Trudy (Ronald) Firestone of Lebanon, PA, and Elaine (Woodrow) Shearer of Galeton, PA; in laws, Lena Yancey of Lowville, Kenneth (Deb) Lyndaker of Watson, Gladys Schweitzer of Big Bear, CA, Alta Noftsier of Lowville, Catherine (Rexford) Dannon of Salisbury Center, Dorothy (Elmer) Zehr of Lowville, Helen (Loren) Unruh of Newton, Kansas, and Paul Lyndaker of Castorland, Phyllis Lyndaker of Lowville, Fern Lyndaker of Turin; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is predeceased by her loving husband of 63 years, Howard Paul Lyndaker, Sr.; a sister, Evelyn Fields, brothers, Harry, Donald, Eugene, Herbert, and Larry; brother-in-laws, Edward Fields, Donald “Bud” Trievel, Donald Hollinger, David Lyndaker, Christian Lyndaker, Norman Lyndaker, Gerald Yancey, Jerry Schweitzer, Judson Noftsier, and sisters-in-law, Jennie Whitman, Jerry Whitman, Doris Whitman, Alameda Whitman, Cynthia Kay Whitman, Gail Lyndaker.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff of Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility for the attentive care and love that they extended to Lillian during her stay with them.
In keeping with Lillian’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral service. Spring burial will be in Croghan Mennonite Cemetery. Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.
Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com.
CHASE LAKE - Richard C. Cummings, 88, of Chase Lake, died peacefully on December 4, 2018 at his daughter’s home on Chase Lake surrounded by his family and beloved dogs while under the care of Lewis County Hospice.
Born on March 7, 1930 in Croghan, the son of late Arthur Hubbard Cummings and Jennie Riffenacht Cummings. Dick graduated from Lowville Free Academy in 1948 as Valedictorian and was a graduate from Hamilton College then from Albany Law School. Richard met his first wife, Sally Alito, while he attended Hamilton College. They married soon after and moved to Syracuse. He was employed by Hancock Law Firm and practiced there until the news of Sally expecting their first child brought them back to Lowville.
There they raised five children; Jennifer Cummings Condrey (Herb Condrey), Dean Cummings (Julie Baker Cummings), Steven Cummings (Julie Mealus Cummings), Julie Cummings Buske (Richard Buske) and Dorian Cummings Eyles (Jonathan Eyles). Dad leaves behind his grandchildren which all were so dear to him in so many ways. Brix Condrey, Avery Cummings, Quinn Cummings, Kali Eyles, Ashlyn Eyles, Kerrigan Wiley, and Brayden Wiley all had a special bond with him in their own right which they will always cherish. He very much enjoyed spending time with them especially at camp where he could watch them play on the water trampoline and share the love of camp like he did. Dick also leaves behind his faithful companions, Tica and Gypsy.
He is predeceased by his sisters, Doris (Dr. Pete) Markham, Marion (Dr. William) Higby, Mildred Cummings, and a brother that died at infancy.
Richard’s second love, Phyllis DeBruyne, became his wife on January 1, 2006. Together, they shared their passion of hunting, traveling, cooking, entertaining, and appreciating a good cocktail or two with friends at the end of their day. Phyllis died in March of 2012.
His business in law included, Attorney for J.P. Lewis from 1959-95, Climax Mfg., Beaverite, part owner of Smith Lee, Utica, and past owner of Lowville Railroad. In 1964 he opened his private practice with Honorable John Parker and later expanded to Cummings, Parker, Dunckel, McGuire, and Campany.
He worked briefly for Menter and Rudin Law Firm in Watertown and retired in 2014.
Dick believed in giving back to his community and did so as an active member in many clubs, groups, associations, and projects. Richard was a member and a former exalted ruler of the Lowville Elks Club, Director of Lewis County Trust Company in 1962, Board member of Community Bank until 2000, member of the Pratt Northam Foundation, Library board member, hospital board of manager for 12 years, Mason, and a member of the Fish and Game Club.
Richard was an incredible attorney, not only because he was well respected for his advice and expertise, but for simply helping those that needed legal advice or support when they didn’t have the means to do so themselves. A chord of wood, a basket of goodies or their heartfelt thanks was often thanks enough.
There were a few places Richard loved most; North Pond, Chase Lake and Beaver Lake. The love and appreciation for these places will continue with his children and grandchildren.
Richard was an avid hunter that shared his passion with his son, Steve, as well as collected many near and dear friends along the way that shared his passion. He enjoyed many hunting excursions throughout North America with his very dear friend, Collins F. Kellogg. Richard had an incredible memory and could recall every detail to every trip he had taken including the first and last name of every guide that led him to his next adventure.
He will be remembered as an amazing storyteller with a lot of great jokes in between. His adult humor and ability to laugh at his own mistakes, made people swarm around him wanting to hear another story even if they had heard it 100 times before.
Richard was liked and respected by so many people and believed in giving the same respect back. He was a people person and enjoyed conversing with everyone he came in contact with and had the ability to make everyone feel loved and appreciated.
Calling hours for family and friends will be on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 2 to 5:00 P.M. at Sundquist Funeral Home, Lowville. A private Burial will be next year at the family’s request.
We would like to give a special thanks to all of the staff at Lewis County General Hospital, Home Health and Hospice for their special care and helping hand during this difficult time. Richard’s family would also like to say, a very special thank-you to Vada Marolf for her unconditional love, assistance and friendship to our family and in helping dad ever since Phyllis passed away.
In Lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to be sent to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367, Taking Care of Your Own, P.O. Box 155, Lyons Falls, NY 13368 or LCGH Fund for HOPE, Lewis County Hospital Foundation, 7785 N. State Street, Lowville, NY 13367
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