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Port Leyden- Phyllys M. McDougall, 69, of River Road, widow of Elwood E. Sr, passed away peacefully, on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at her camp on Moose River Road, Port Leyden. 

          A native and lifelong resident of the Town of Lyonsdale, she was born on April 4, 1949, a daughter of William E. and Mildred May Edley Gates Champion.  Phyllys attended Port Leyden Central School and graduated from South Lewis Senior High School, with the Class of 1967.  Thereafter she was employed as a sewing machine operator and floor supervisor, at Lally Mfg Co. Port Leyden, before working as a sewing machine operator at Herkimer Curtains & Fabric, Herkimer, followed by employment as a nurse assistant at Sunset Nursing Home, Boonville, and at Mohawk Correctional Facility, Rome, from where she retired.  Since retirement, until the present time, Phyllys was employed as a part time sewing machine operator at Otis Technology, Lyons Falls. 

          On December 3, 1968, Phyllys was united in marriage with the love of her life, Elwood E. McDougall, Sr. at Forest Presbyterian Church, Lyons Falls.  Mr. McDougall, a retiree of Law Bros. Construction Co., Lyons Falls, passed away on December 28, 2016. 

          Phyllys greatly enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading and had recently begun the hobby of adult coloring.  She was talented and skilled at crocheting for many years and enjoyed making blankets for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She especially enjoyed spending time at her camp at Cold Brook Campsites. 

          She is survived by four daughters:  Theresa (Gary) Outtrim, Lyons Falls, Paula (Allan) Hoffert, Jr. Constableville, Kristen McDougall and her significant other, Eric James, Blue Ridge, GA and Kim (Gene) Clark, Jr. Rome; one son, Elwood McDougall, Jr. and his fiancé, Kayla Irvin, Constableville; 24 grandchildren, among whom is Dylan, who resided with Phyllys, 21 great grandchildren; two sisters, Marcia (Richard) Snyder, Boonville, Cynthia (Jerry)  Brown, Cape Coral, Fla; one brother, Joel Champion, CA, and many nieces and nephews.   She was predeceased by her parents, two brothers, Darrly W. Champion and Maurice David Champion and one sister, Kim Sibley. 

          Her Funeral Service will be Friday, at 6:00 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, where calling hours will be Friday 4-6 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to J.S. Koster Hose Company, P.O. Box 652, Port Leyden, NY 13433. 

Constableville-Katherine McDonald Seelman, 84, passed away on June 25, 2018 at the Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility, Lowville surrounded by her loving family, after a long illness.
She was born September 22, 1933 in Remsen, NY a daughter of Clarence and Margaret O’Donnell McDonald. She grew up and attended school in Remsen. She married R. Don Seelman on December 2, 1950 in Steuben. The couple settled on the family farm in Highmarket which they operated for many years. She greatly enjoyed working the farm and her flower gardens and most of all being a good mom.
Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, April and Stephen Allen, Rome and Dawn Bush, Port Leyden; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Doug and Susan Seelman, Highmarket and Shawn Seelman and Joleen Sullivan, Highmarket; daughter-in-law, Nancy Seelman, Constableville; five grandchildren, Rebecca Marino, Michael, Melanie and Jennifer Bush and Jimmy Seelman; five great grandchildren, Ethan, Mallory, Brady, Brody and Gavin. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Donald Seelman, June 2, 2017, a daughter, Darlene Croniser in 1971 and a son, Robert E. Seelman in 2009, brothers and sisters, Ambrose, Joseph, Eugene and Raymond McDonald and Anna Hurlbut and Mary Rowlands.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Constableville with Rev. Lawrence Marullo officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Fish Creek. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St Peter and Paul Cemetery or the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by Mills Funeral Home, Boonville. For an online message of sympathy please go to
Boonville- Ray H. Joslin, 90, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on June 22, 2018.
He was born in Hawkinsville on November 17, 1927 a son of Ray H. and Ellen Chase Joslin. Ray was the youngest of five children and the only brother to four sisters, Kathrine, Noreen, Viola and Helen all of whom have predeceased him. He spent his time at home with the family until November 1944 when he entered the Navy. Upon his honorable discharge in 1946 he returned home where he met and married Lillian Williamson on February 28, 1952. Ray worked in the woods as a lumberjack in his younger years and for a period of time at Square Stamping, Barneveld. Ray held numerous odd jobs until he and Lillian opened Lil’s Restaurant in 1983. He was the breakfast cook and opened up every morning at 5 a.m. They sold the diner and retired in 1993. Ray spent a few of his retirement years working at Luchsingers Nursery until that business closed. Ray took care of his home and enjoyed hunting in the winter until his health would no longer allow him to do so. He was a member of the Charles J. Love Post American Legion, Boonville.
Surviving are his wife, Lillian; four children, Ellen E. and Dennis Prescott, Rochester, NY, Donald F. Joslin, Beatrice M. Joslin, both of Boonville and Allen W. Joslin, Norfolk, Virginia; five grandsons, Jason Joslin, Chester and Matthew Lastowski, Andrew and Bradley Joslin; eleven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post Street, Boonville. Calling hours will be Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. He will be cremated and a committal service will be held on July 6 at 11 a.m. at the Boonville Cemetery with members of the Harland J. Hennessey V.F.W., Charles J. Love Post American Legion and the Tun Tavern Leatherneck Marine Corp. League will render military rights. For an online message of sympathy please go to

GLENFIELD- Patricia Ann “Trish” Patterson, of Glenfield, died Sunday, June 24, 2018.

The funeral will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc. with Lay speaker Dorothy Spear officiating.  Calling hours will be from 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. prior to the funeral, at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Brantingham Cemetery. A gathering at the 3G Fire Hall will immediately follow the burial, all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the The Garrett Patterson Fund (for the care of her son), and mail to:  Americu Credit Union, 7394 Utica Blvd., Lowville, NY 13367.

She is survived by her husband, Kent; a daughter and her companion, Britany Sage and Ronald Shue II, of Port Leyden; a son, Garrett John Patterson, at home; six grandchildren, Ella Patterson, Michael, Landon, and Caleb Sage, Julia and Khloe Shue; her parents, Clarence and Jean Davis of Glenfield; a daughter-in-law Miriah Jane Gokey; 3 siblings, Elaine Davis and her husband, Mike Hardy of  Rome, Korilla Larkins and her companion, Chuck Kline of Glenfield, Clarence II and Danielle Davis of Glenfield; her mother-in-law, Carole Patterson of Greig. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many cousins.  She is predeceased by her beloved son, Douglas Kent Patterson, who died on October 9, 2015; and her father-in-law, Kent Patterson.

Trish was born on January 16, 1965 in Lowville, a daughter of Clarence J. and Jean E. Cannan Davis. She graduated from South Lewis Central School in 1983, and while she was in school she attended Howard G. Sackett Technical Center for cosmetology. Together with her friend, Sue Spann, she operated Pine Salon in Lyons Falls for several years. She raised her family and currently worked at the Central Hotel for the past 3 years.

She loved crocheting, gardening, and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren.

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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. 

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