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Franklin NC – Charles E. Russell II, 65, of Franklin, North Carolina, formerly of West Leyden, passed away suddenly, of an apparent heart attack, on Monday, March 18, 2019, at his residence in Franklin.


Charles was born in Rome, on February 20, 1954, a son of Charles E. Russell I, and Jane Barton Russell. He grew up in West Leyden, where he attended West Leyden Central School, completing his education at Adirondack Central High School, Boonville, where he graduated with the Class of 1972. While in high school, Charles played basketball and he excelled in playing baseball, participating on the West Leyden High School baseball team that won the NY State Baseball Championship title, in 1970, which was the final year for West Leyden High School.


Mr. Russell employed as a teacher at the New York State School for the Deaf in Rome. After that he was employed in construction and communications in Tampa, Fla and in North Carolina, where he resided for many years.


In addition to his mother, Jane Ernst, of West Leyden, Charles is survived by his siblings, James Russell, Syracuse; Charlene Russell, West Leyden, Kenneth L. Ernst, Forestport and Christian Ernst, West Leyden. He was predeceased by his father, Charles I, brothers, Kevin J. Ernst, on February 2, 2019, David Ernst, Jeffrey O. Ernst, and by sisters, Lynda and Michelle.


Interment with a graveside service was held on Thursday, March 21, 2019, in the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Franklin, NC

LOWVILLE - Bertha Hope Norton 91, died on Monday March 18, 2019 as a resident of Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility since January 2019.

She was born on June 18, 1927 in Colton the daughter of the late Leo J. and Katherine Burdick Robinson. She married Edward Raymond Norton on January 9, 1947 at the United Methodist Church in Richville by Edward JM Burston, officiating. Her husband passed away on August 21, 1967.

Surviving Bertha is a son Chris Raymond Norton, Lowville; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and William Hellinger, Lowville; and a daughter Cheryl Rowsam, Newport; a sister, Gertrude Cox, Arizona. A very special niece Eva Widrick, Lowville, who considered her as a mother and Bertha loved her dearly.

Also, two special ladies, Nancy Szijarto and Sherrie Vora who treated her with love and compassion.

Bertha has eight grandchildren, Shawn and Ellen Hayes of Jay; Shane and Aimee Hayes, and Shaughnessy Hayes of Glenfield; Brandon and his fiancé Meghann Malik
and John Hellinger all of Lowville; Jennifer Rowsam of Arkansas; Ashley Rowsam of Carthage; Faith Rowsam of Newport; six great grandchildren, Emma, Hunter, Wyatt, Chaselyn, Kyle, and Dakota. Also many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by brothers Ernest, Edson, and John Robinson and Glenn Gibson, sisters, Lila Mathous, Evelyn Quinn.

Calling hours for family and friends will be on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the Sundquist Funeral Home where a funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M., with Rev. Bruce W. Chapman, retired minister officiating.

Spring burial will be in Beech Plains Cemetery, West Pierrepont

LOWVILLE – Barbara Andrea Simek, 24 died on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in the town of Watson on N. Chases Lake Road.

Barbara was born in Bronxville on November 11, 1994 the daughter of Gerald Martin “Jerry” and Christine A. Mundy Simek. She was fondly named after her grandmothers, Barbara Mundy and Andrea Simek. She graduated from Beaver River Central School in 2013 and the Glenfield B.O.C.E.S. Nursing program. While in school she loved playing volleyball and spending time with her friends. Barb was a certified nursing assistant and had work at the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility.

She is survived by her son, Jarrett Francis Cranker, her parents, Jerry and Chris, Jarrett’s father, Nate Cranker, her God parents, Frank Mundy and Marion Mundy, her uncle Joey, aunt Kathy, and aunt Jennifer.

Barbara is predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Gerald and Andrea Simek and maternal grandparents, Francis and Barbara Mundy.

Calling hours for family and friends will be on Friday, March 22, 2019 from 5 to 7:00 P.M. at the Sundquist Funeral Home.

NEW BOSTON - Neil R. Burns, 88, died on Monday, March 18, 2019 at home under the care of his family and Lewis County Hospice.

Mr. Burns was born on April 2, 1930 on the family homestead the son of the late Carl and Margaret (Maher) Burns. Neil attended rural school in New Boston and graduated from Lowville Free Academy. On March 20, 1951 he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in Germany. Neil was honorably discharged on March 12, 1957. Upon returning home he went into farming with his father Carl. On February 8, 1958 he married Ruth Blanche Lucas. They made their home on the Burns homestead. She passed away on May 1, 1979.

Neil was a farmer his entire life in New Boston on the family homestead retiring in 1980’s due to health. His son Richard started the farm up again and he began helping on the farm once again.

He is survived by companion of 38 years, Betty L. Sykes; his children, Richard C. Burns; Kathy A. (Jan) McIntosh; Yvonne (Stanley) Spencer; Brenda (George) Merrill; a daughter-in-law, Trudy Segovis; his grandchildren, Ava and Brian Burns, Katie (Jeff) Torch, Colleen McIntosh and companion Troy Babcock, Stan Spencer and fiancé Nicky Manzer, Samantha Spencer, Andy, Chris, Debbie and Ed Merrill, Heather and Ryan St. Louis, Heidi and fiancé Brian Creighton; four great grandchildren; his sister, Elizabeth A. “Betty” Bush; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Neil is predeceased by his step son Leon Segovis, Jr.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the Lowville V.F.W. from 2 to 4:00 P.M. There will be no funeral or calling hours. A private military burial will be in Barnes Corners Cemetery in the spring.

Memorials in Neil’s name may be made to: LACS, 7668 N. State Street, Lowville, NY 13367, Memory of: Neil R. Burns Scholarship, or Friends of Lewis County Hospice, Inc. P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367

Constableville- A. James “Jim” Longway, 84, a native and life resident of Constableville, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019, at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, while surrounded by the loving care of his family.


Jim was born on the Longway homestead on Rt. 26, near Constableville, on January 12, 1935. He received his education at a rural school on Mohawk Hill, completing his education at Constableville Central School. For many years thereafter he was employed as a heavy equipment operator for the Town of West Turin Highway Department and for J & C. Saw Mill, West Leyden. From 1972, until December 31, 1995, Mr. Longway served as Superintendent of Highways for the Town of West Turin.


On July 16, 1955, Jim was united in marriage with Rose Betsinger, at St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville. After their marriage the couple settled at their present home on the Zimmer Road, near Constableville.


Jim greatly enjoyed operating heavy equipment, performing mechanical work on large motors, welding, constructing log cabins and hunting. He especially enjoyed going to dances with his wife Rose. He attended the Constableville United Methodist Church.


In addition to his wife of 64 years, Jim is survived by a son, David Longway, Boonville; a daughter in law, Deborah Longway, Constableville and a daughter and son in law, Jennifer (Jeff) Lovenduski, Constableville. He was predeceased by a son, Joseph S. Longway, on September 28, 2011. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Eric, Andrew (Michele), Thomas, Steven (Angela), John (Jolene) and Kevin Lord (Heather), one granddaughter, Carrie Kittleman (Gary); eight great grandchildren, Hunter, Emily, Alex, Sophia, Kara, Josie, Anderson and Bryce and at the present time, Jim was looking forward to the birth of a ninth great grandchild. Also surviving is one sister, Joyce Gillette, Boonville. He was predeceased by a half-brother, Patrick O’Brien and by siblings, Elton Longway and Ardell Brach.


A graveside service, in St. John’s Cemetery, Mohawk Hill, followed by a celebration of his life will be held in the spring at a time and date to be announced. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Resident Activities Fund, 232 Academy St. Boonville, NY 13309, or to the Constableville or Ava United Methodist Churches or to the Constableville Fire Company Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 438, Constableville, NY 13325. His arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. Boonville.

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