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Boonville- John A. Karpinski, 83, of East Road, husband of Eleanor, passed away suddenly on Monday, December 3, 2018, at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Utica.


Affectionately known as Paul, he was born in Turin, on September 4, 1935, a son of Joseph and Anna Waligora Karpinski. He grew up on the East Road and received his education at Port Leyden Central School. For many years thereafter, Paul was employed on farms on the East Road, near Boonville. In the late 1960’s he began many years of employment with Swartout Construction Co., Boonville and Joe Smith Paving Company, Constableville, where he was employed as a heavy equipment operator. For many years he also operated a saw mill and was a self-employed carpenter in construction of homes and garages with his son in law, Dean Briot.


Paul was united in marriage with Eleanor I. Baker, on December 12, 1959, in Harrisville. This was a loving union which endured for 55 years until Eleanor passed away on November 14, 2014.


Paul greatly enjoyed attending the Fly Wheels and Pulley’s annual show in Constableville and he found much enjoyment in collecting toy tractors, trucks and farm machinery.


Mr. Karpinski will be fondly remembered as being a very hard working person who devoted his life to helping farmers and people wherever he was and however he was able to.


Paul greatly loved his wife, Eleanor and his family; he is survived by his children: Melinda (Dave) Moscicki, Lauri Karpinski, Deborah Briot, and Michael (Mary Ann) Karpinski. He was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Jackie Karpinski, on September 11, 2017. Also surviving are his grandchildren: Brad Moscicki, Stacey Moscicki, Jamie Karpinski, Matt Briot, Justin Briot and finance Claire Brouty, Evan Briot, Tia Briot, Kayla (Brian) Perry, Kari (Kevin) Williams, Lacey (Daniel) Egnew, Dalton Schultz, Kenzie Karpinski and Kaden Kaprinski; great grandchildren, Ayden Mayer, Carter Briot Maya Perry and Eli Perry. He was predeceased by a great granddaughter, Elaina Marie Briot. Also surviving is a twin sister, Pauline Germanski, Talcottville. Paul was predeceased by three brothers, Edward, Stanley, Raymond; five sisters, Georgeana Kolock, Charlotte Liss, Stella Doolen, Florence Wieczerzak, and Jennie Lee. He is also survived by Dave Lee, a longtime companion of Jackie and by Dean Briot an ex son in law.


His Funeral will be Saturday, December 8, at 12 Noon at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, where calling hours will be Saturday, from 10 A.M. until 12 Noon. Interment will be in the spring, in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Boonville Fire Company Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 164, Boonville, NY 13309, or to a charity of your choice.

Port Leyden- Shirley I. (Meeker) Finster, 82, a longtime resident of Shaver Road and widow of Carlton, passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at the home of her daughter and son in law, Kathy and John Tucker, Town of Greig, while surrounded by the loving care of her family and hospice.


Shirley was born in Alder Creek, on September 4, 1936, a daughter of Harry and Nina Denslow Meeker. She grew up on Echo Lake Road, near Boonville and attended Echo Lake Rural School, at the corner of Potato Hill and Echo Lake Roads. Later she continued her education at Boonville Central School.


She married Herbert Reese and later the couple was divorced. She married Carlton Finster; he passed away on February 28, 1997.


She was employed as a waitress at Slims Restaurant, in the Union Block, Boonville and as a waitress at Fulmer’s Diner, Boonville, Sargent’s Chair Factory, Boonville; her last employment was for 15 years for Adirondack House Keepers, Croghan, retiring in 2016.


She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, playing Bingo and traveling with her family.


Shirley is survived by seven daughters and six sons in law, Sharon (Tim) Thayer, Port Leyden, Bonnie (Dean) Reese-Keefer, Lyons Falls, Robin Lyndaker, Remsen, Donna (Robert) Finster-Farr, Lyons Falls, Michelle (Forest) Farr, Lyons Falls, Kathy (John) Tucker, Greig, Carla (David) Keefer, Lowville; one son and daughter in law, Carlton (Deanna) Finster, II, Croghan; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.


She was predeceased by her parents; Dad, Harry, February 28, 1970, Mom, August 16, 1964, her husband, Carlton, of 36 years; two children who passed away as infants; Mary Lou on December 16, 1963 and David, October 14, 1970; a grandson, David Finster, 2003; son in law, Robert Lyndaker, December 17, 2014; two brothers, Donald Meeker, January 1, 1996, Douglas Meeker, February 25, 2005; three sisters, Laverne Lusby, August 8, 1997, Audrey Redner, August 22, 2000 and Charlotte Meeker, October 2, 2010.


Her family wishes to extend a heartfelt note of thanks to Lewis County Hospice Care, Inc. for the kind and compassionate care which they gave to Shirley and especially acknowledging Fern Lyndaker, for her many visits which brought joy to Shirley’s days.


Her Funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, where Rev. Deacon Tom Yousey, of St. Peter’s Church, Lowville, will officiate. A spring interment will be in Point Rock Cemetery, Town of Lee. Calling hours are Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until the funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.

Constableville- Leslie F. Ottman, 92, of North Main St., husband of the late Anna, passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2018, at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, where he had resided since August, 2018.


Leslie was born in Vernon, on July 20, 1926, where he grew up and received his education. He served his country in the US Navy, in the Pacific Theater of WWII, receiving an honorable discharge in August, 1946, with the rank of Fireman Second Class. Thereafter, Mr. Ottman was employed for Triple C Construction Co. of Canastota, on farms in the Durhamville area and he also operated a milk route in Madison County.


In 1958, Leslie was united in marriage with Anna Higby; in the early 1970’s the couple moved to Constableville, purchasing the former Jedrich Dairy Farm on North Main St, which he operated until 1986, when he sold the dairy. For many years Mr. Ottman was known as “Les The Old Tire man of Constableville,” selling and repairing tires at his home. Mrs. Ottman passed away April 4, 2007. From 1995, until 2017, he enjoyed assisting in the operation of the Cummings Farm, Turin.


He is survived by sisters in law, Margaret Northrup, Carolyn (James) Ankin, all of Lowville, Mary Lou Randall, Blossvale; brothers in law, Myles (Roxie) Higby, Boonville, Robert (Rita) Higby, West Leyden, John Higby, Constableville and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are his close friends, Robert and Becky Cummings and their family, Turin and Allen and Beth Filey and their children, of New London and other special friends. He was predeceased by brothers in law, Karl, Raymond and LeRoy Higby.


Services will be held in the spring at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Constableville. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to Constablville Fire Company Fire and Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 438, Constableville, NY 13325. Arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. Boonville.

GLENFIELD - Lori Gaylord Gorczyca, 60, died on Sunday morning, November 25, 2018 at her home.

Mrs. Gorczyca was born on June 9, 1958 in Lowville the daughter of Kenneth H. and Nancy A. (Wantz) Gaylord, Jr. She was a graduate of Lowville Academy and Central School in 1976. She married Richard J. “Richie” Gorczyca, Jr. on December 31, 2004 with Honorable Owen Williams Justice of the Peace, officiating. Lori was an artist, she enjoyed drawing, making jewelry, sewing, and was the owner of the Tie Dye Place. She enjoyed going to camp with Richie, fishing, and her cats.

She is survived by her husband Richie; her mother Nancy A. Gaylord; her siblings Penny (Michael) McCue; David (Amy) Gaylord; Shelly (Richard) Schneider; nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great nephews.

She is predeceased by her father Kenneth, and her grandma Delilia “Tootsie” Gorczyca.

Calling hours for family and friends will be on Saturday, December 1st, from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the Sundquist Funeral Home. Her funeral will follow at 2:00 P.M. with the Rev. Bruce W. Chapman, retired minister officiating. Burial will be in the spring.

Memorials in Lori’s name may be made to: Lewis County Humane Society, P.O. Box 682, Lowville, NY 13367

Remsen- Helen P. Pfendler, 75, of Evans Road, Wife of Arthur Scott, passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2018, at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, where she had resided since 2016. 
          Helen was born in Remsen, on June 25, 1943, a daughter of Roy W. and Thelma Tanney Ingersoll.  She attended Remsen Central School, before moving to Forestport with her family, where she grew up at Buffalo Head and completed her education at Forestport High School.  Later Helen earned her GED and an Associate Degree from Utica School of Commerce. 
          On June 25, 1960, Helen was united in marriage with Arthur Scott Pfendler, at The First Baptist Church of Boonville.  In 1963, the couple settled on Kirkland Road, Forestport, where they resided until moving to their present home near Remsen, in 2000.
          For thirteen years Helen was employed as a waitress at The Buffalo Head Restaurant, Forestport, followed by employment as an electrical inspector at Hamilton Digital Co., Utica, General Electric, Utica, for fifteen years and at Par Technology, New Hartford, until her retirement in 2007. 
          Helen enjoyed raising flowers, puttering around her yard and reading.
          In addition to her husband, Arthur Scott, Remsen, she is survived by one daughter, Royanne (Duke) Sprowell, Forestport.  She was predeceased by a son, Wade S. Pfendler, on November 12, 2015.  Also surviving are three grandsons, William, Dennis and Matthew Sprowell, seven great grandchildren; two brothers and sisters in law, Roy James (Joan) Ingersoll, and William C. (Barbara) Ingersoll, and her sister Nancy Ingersoll, all of Forestport. 
          A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, December 2, at 12:00 Noon at the Forestport Presbyterian Church, Woodhull Road, Forestport.  There are no calling hours.  Funeral Arrangements are in care of the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville.  Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Mary’s/St. Patrick’s Food Pantry, 9004 E. River St. Forestport, NY 13338. 

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