MARTINSBURG – Lois E. “Granny” Staring, 87, died peacefully at her home early Tuesday morning, November 19, 2019.

She was born on August 10, 1932 in Holland Patent the daughter of the late Forest and Mary Elizabeth (Evans) Rowlands. Lois graduated from Holland Patent High School. She married C. Herbert Staring on April 11, 1953 in the Presbyterian manse in Clinton. The couple made their home at the Staring farm where she was a homemaker, raised her family and helped with the daily chores. Mr. Staring died on May 23, 1991.

Lois is survived by her eight children, Joyce Thomas; Bonnie Staring; Mary Staring; Laurie (Brian) Widrick; Charlie (Tina) Staring; James (Joy) Staring; Juli (Philip) Birchenough; and Timothy (Brian Mooney) Staring; the pride of her life, her twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; her sister, Carol (Harold) Wilson; and nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her two sons, Gary and David, her son-in-law, Brian Thomas, and her brother Thomas Rowlands.

Lois was a past member of Steuben Grange, FFA, and 4-H. She showed cattle at the Oneida County Fair and was a proud supporter of her children showing cattle at the Lewis County Fair, “never missing a day” and was very supportive of the dairy princess. Lois enjoyed knitting.

Her funeral will be on Wednesday, November 27th at 11:00 A.M. at the Sundquist Funeral Home with Dale Brown, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Turin Cemetery. Calling hours are Tuesday, November 26th, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home. The family would like to invite everyone to a luncheon at the Christian Community Center, Turin following the services.

Boonville- Elma L. (Gillette) Freeman, 87, formerly of River Road, Port Leyden and Spencer Road, near Constableville, went to be with the LORD, on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, while surrounded by the loving care of her family.


Elma was born at her Grandparents home, Port Leyden, NY, on December 10, 1931, a daughter of Hugh A. and Susie Webster Gillette. She worked as a waitress at Bintz’s Restaurant, Constableville, from 1945-1949. Elma graduated from Constableville High School, with the Class of 1949; thereafter she attended Utica School of Commerce, before employment in the claims department at Commercial Travelers Insurance Co. Utica, N.Y.


She was united in marriage with Robert S. Freeman, on June 21, 1952, at the Turin United Methodist Church. Afterwards she continued her employment at Commercial Travelers, while Bob was overseas, serving in the U.S. Air Force. Later Bob was stationed on Long Island, where they lived until Mr. Freeman was honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant. While on Long Island, Mrs. Freeman was employed at Electro Mechanical Corporation, soldering electronic equipment for the U.S. Navy.


In November, 1954, the couple returned to Constableville, making their home on James Street. Elma assisted her husband, Bob in the operation of Freeman’s General Store, Main St. Constableville. Later Elma was employed as a clerk at the Post Office in Constableville, retiring on April 18, 1988. For many years Elma assisted Bob with the Animal Lure Trapping Business of Constableville and they enjoyed traveling to many trapping conventions throughout the U.S.


Elma attended the New Covenant Church, Port Leyden.


Elma loved The LORD, her husband, Bob and her family. She also enjoyed her many friends, writing and receiving letters, knitting, reading and camping.


Elma is survived by a daughter, Sue (William) O’Brien; granddaughters, Kate O’Brien, Mary (Brad) Burrows, and great grandchildren Hunter, Wyatt and Finley Burrows all of Port Leyden; a daughter, Sally (Gerald) Godfrey, Fulton, NY, two grandsons, Scott (Lauren) Wilbert and great grandchildren, Parker, Deacon and Lila, all of Lexington, SC and David and Jackie Wilbert and a great granddaughter, Kylie all of Pennellville. Also surviving are step grandson, John (Maureen) Godfrey and step great grandchildren, Hannah and Keegan Godfrey, all of Phoenix, AZ. Mrs. Freeman also considered the children of Tim and Pam O’Brien to be her adopted grandchildren; Monica, Emily, Erica, Conrad and Ethan O’Brien. Elma was predeceased by her husband, Robert, on April 2, 2012 and by a brother, Erwin Gillette.


A graveside service will be held in Rural Cemetery, Constableville, in the spring of 2020, at a date and time to be announced. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Resident Activities Fund, 232 Academy St. Boonville, NY 13309. Her funeral arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville.

MARTINSBURG - Ania A. Emery, 40, left us on Monday evening, November 18, 2019 surrounded by her loving family at her home.

Ania was born on February 7, 1979 in Zielona Gora, Poland as Anna Aleksandra Leszkowicz the daughter of Boguslaw and Bogna Leszkowicz. Ania graduated high school in Poland, completed education in hotel and hospitality, and received licensing for work in medical care. She obtained her LPN license form New York State and worked in Albany and at Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility.

She enjoyed going to the beach, camp at Brantingham and skiing. Ania loved spending time with her family and friends.

Her Mother’s thoughts, Fate can be sometimes be cruel; it takes away someone so young, full-of life, full of plans – someone whose focus was always on others not herself. Ania Emery - Leszkowicz was such a person. She was 40 years old when cancer attacked her. She fought heroically, even though she knew from the time she was diagnosed, that it was a losing battle. Cancer defeated a young woman, born in Poland who studied both in her own country as well as in the USA, which became her second home.

Grieving Anna’s loss are her fiancé Jerome Demko and their 3 year-old daughter Natalia, her mother Bogna Leszkowicz - who came to the US to be with Anna during her illness - her father and two brothers in Poland, Boguslaw, Piotr and Adam, her two step sons, Jacob D. and Joshua J. Demko her future parents-in-law, John and Jean Demko, and many other friends and family in Poland and the USA. Anna will remain in our memories a joyful, smiling and brave warrior.

Ania was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church where her funeral Mass will be said on Monday, November 25th at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Jay Seymour, Pastor, officiating. There will be no calling hours and burial will be in the spring. The family would like to invite everyone to a luncheon at the Pine Tree in Brantingham following the Mass.

Memorials in Ania’s name may be made to: LCGH Fund For Hope, Lewis County Hospital Foundation, 7785 N. State Street, Lowville, NY 13367 or Hand In Hand, 5780 Brookside Circle, Lowville, NY 13367

Boonville- Susan M. Compo, 66, passed away on November 21, 2019 at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center due to a traumatic brain injury from a motor vehicle accident in January 2015.

She was born in Lowville, NY on February 15, 1953 a daughter of Maxim and Rosalind Wilcox Smith. She grew up in Port Leyden and graduated from South Lewis High School in 1971. She married John Compo and the couple later divorced. For many years she was a private duty home health aide. Susan resided in Boonville for many years before moving to the Vernon-Verona area for the past 13 years. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville. She enjoyed reading, baking, cooking, garage sales and traveling. She especially loved her grandchildren.

Surviving are her mother, Rosalind Smith, Boonville; her children, Melissa Compo (Dennis Podkowka), Boonville, Jennifer Barnes (Brad), Vernon Center and Dustin Perry, Rome; two grandchildren, Max and Kaitlyn Podkowka, Boonville; two sisters, Linda Almalfitano, South New Berlin and Sandra Kowalik, Boonville; two brothers, Robert Smith and Richard Smith, both of Boonville; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Maxim and infant twin brother and sister, Timothy and Elizabeth and uncle, Vincent James Smith.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Christ Our Hope Church/St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville with Reverend Thomas Ward officiating. Spring burial in Calvary Cemetery, Port Leyden. Calling hours will be Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post Street, Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brain Injury Association of New York State, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 402, Albany, NY 12205.Website address For an online message of sympathy please go to

LOWVILLE - Gertrude A. McDonald, 93, died unexpectedly Saturday afternoon November 16, 2019 at University Hospital, Syracuse. Gertrude was residing at the East Road Adult Home.

Mrs. McDonald was born on March 15, 1926 in Barnes Corners the daughter of the late George Vern and Dorothy L. (Spencer) Hodkinson. Gert graduated from Lowville Free Academy in 1944. She married Addison L. McDonald on May 14, 1946 at St. Peter & Paul’s Catholic Church in New Boston with Rev. Dennis Lynch officiating. She and Addison made their home on Church Street. He died on August 27, 2000.

Gertrude is survived by her three children, George "Bruce" (Patricia) McDonald; Charlotte M. (Joseph) Beagle; and Dorothy E. (Scott) Goutermout; three grandsons, Benjamin J. (Pamela) Beagle; Michael G. Beagle; and Aaron M. (Amanda) Goutermout; her five great grandchildren, Connor, Abigael, Logan, Liam, and Lincoln; her two sisters, Catherine Collins and Betty Turner; her brother, Kenneth Hodkinson; her sister-in-law, Shirley McDonald; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her siblings, Donald G. and Louis W. Hodkinson, Margaret Chambers, Monica Smith, and Robert in infancy.

During her years in the Thousand Islands Girl Scout Council she led Troop 12. She was given the Marion Award from the Ogdensburg Diocese for outstanding work in carrying out the spiritual phase of Girl Scouting. In 2003 she became one of the first selected as, Women of Distinction and Year Award by the Girl Scout Council in Lowville.

She was a communicant of St. Peter’s Parish and a member of Rosary Altar Society and the Catholic Youth Council, volunteer and monitor at St. Peter’s School, Lowville Cub Scout den mother, life member of Lewis County Memorial Post #6912 V.F.W. Auxiliary, St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery Board and Lowville’s Save Our Statue committee responsible for the restoration of the G.A.R. Soldiers’ and Sailors’ monument.

A funeral Mass will be said on Friday, November 22, 2019 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Jay Seymour, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Lowville Rural Cemetery. There are no calling hours. The family would like to invite everyone to the V.F.W. for a luncheon following the funeral Mass.

Memorials in Gertrude’s name may be made to: Restoration of St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, New Boston, C/O St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 9790 State Route 26, Copenhagen, NY 13626

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