August 13, 1961 to March 19, 2014

Buford, GA- Diane Marilyn Rava 52, passed away on Wednesday March 19, 2014, at the home of her sister, Deborah Hopps, in Round Rock Texas, surrounded by her loving family after a heroic battle with cancer.

Diane was born in Constableville, NY, on August 13, 1961, a daughter of Edward M. and Charlotte C. Ziankoski Rava. She grew up on the Rava Homestead farm near Boonville, NY, and graduated from South Lewis Central High School, Turin, NY, with the Class of 1979. Thereafter she continued her education at Jefferson Community College and then Utica College, where she studied White Collar Crime. Diane graduated Cum Laude from St. Leo University, St. Leo, Fla, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice in 2011.

She moved to Buford, Georgia in 1983 where she met Bruce Potts. They married on December 31, 1990.

On July 29, 1985, Diane was accepted into the DeKalb County Police Academy, and graduated in November, 1985. She had a very distinguished career with the DeKalb County Police Department and received over 30 commendations in 30 years. In 1985 she started her career as a member of the Uniform Division Patrol. From 1989 to 2003 she was a Burglary Detective in the Criminal Investigation Division and received Top Honors as Detective of the Year in 1998 and 1999. In 2003 she cleared 119 cases as a detective and recovered $166, 531 worth of stolen property. In 2003 she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and worked Uniform Division, Patrol & was a member of the Training Review Board. In 2005 she was assigned to the Program Operations Division which supported the District Attorney and Solicitor General's Office. In 2006 Diane was assigned to the Office of the Director of Public Safety/Communications and served as Acting Commander of the 911 Communications Center, where she was responsible for the $23 million Digital Radio System upgrade for the DeKalb County Police and Fire Department. From 2010-2013, she served in the Investigations and Support Services Division as Supervisor over all county business permits to include taxi and wrecker services. Diane qualified with a 90% or higher with her departmental issued weapon twice a year since she joined the department.

Diane stated frequently how much she loved her job. She described herself as "black and white, direct, and always doing the right thing". She was extremely honest, you could have a conversation with Diane - and knew it would absolutely remain private, period.
Diane loved her nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; they were a very important part of her life. There were times where she knew things before their parents!
Diane had an uncanny knack for delivering every story she told with every detail from start to finish. You would be wanting to tell her…alright already just tell me what happened! There was nothing that she loved more than an interesting conversation with a good friend. Diane could have an engaging conversation with anyone.
Diane loved animals and especially "her chows". She was a member and past president of the Chow Chow Fanciers of Atlanta, GA.

Diane grew up in a home where the love of God was strong. She was an active member and greatly enjoyed attending Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, Norcross, GA,

Diane enjoyed shopping, baking, traveling and working in her flower and vegetable gardens.

In addition to her husband, Bruce, of Buford, Diane is survived by sisters Deborah Hopps and husband Rick, Austin, TX, Denise Hawk and her husband, Pat, Umatilla, FL, Dawn and her husband, Dennis, Boonville, her mother, Charlotte Rava, Boonville; and her special nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Edward Rava, on January 22, 2000.

The viewing for Diane with full Police honors will be held in Norcross, Ga. at Crowell Brothers Funeral Home from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on Monday, March 24, 2014. Church services with Police honors will be celebrated at Mary our Queen Catholic Church March 25, 2014 at 2:30pm. Viewing in Boonville, NY will be held at the Trainor Funeral Home 143 Schuyler St. from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on March 27, 2014. Funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, March 28, 2014 at 10:00am with interment at St. Joseph's cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mary our Queen Catholic Church, 6260 The Corners Pkwy NW, Norcross, GA 30092 or St Joseph's Catholic Church, 110 Charles St, Boonville, NY 13309.

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January 21, 1947 to March 17, 2014

Talcottville- Ronald L. Johnson, 67, of Route 12D passed away on March 17, 2014 at his home under the care of his wife, Laura and Lewis County Hospice.

He was born in Boonville, January 21, 1947 a son of Howard and Charlotte Drexel Johnson. He grew up on the East Road on the family farm and attended Boonville Schools. He first worked at Brant Excelsior, Hawkinsville and then Sargents Chair Factory. He married Sandra Rogers that ended in divorce. He later married Dorothy Young that also ended in divorce. He drove log trucks for G&N Lumber in Port Leyden and then for several years was employed at Revere Copper & Brass in Rome. He then went back to driving truck for Thibidue Trucking, Foley Lumber and Murdock Trucking. He was last employed with Virkler Concrete at the Boonville plant. He married Laura Zimmer on August 20, 2005. Ronald enjoyed making lawn furniture, working in the woods, helping people, playing poker, cruising in “Corey Corvette”. His “off the wall sayings” will be greatly missed by his family.

Surviving are his wife, Laura; mother, Charlotte, Boonville; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Ronald Jr. and Annette Johnson, Camden, Richard and Melanie Johnson, Lyons Falls and Robert Johnson, Camden; one daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Brian Perry, Rome; four step children, Kenny and Cheryl Young, Ralph Young and Darlene Mineo, all of Boonville and Arena Beaver, Vernon; three brothers, Larry Johnson, Lyons Falls, Clyde Johnson, Port Leyden and Tim Johnson, Boonville; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Linda and Charles Earl, Port Leyden, John and Darla Zimmer, Blossvale, Richard and Jonnie Zimmer, Boonville, David Zimmer, Boonville, Robert and Cherene Lisowski, Boonville and his beloved pet dog, Bubba and cat, Sassy. He was predeceased by his father, Howard in October 1993.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday (today) March 19, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. only at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post Street, Boonville. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice,INC., P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.

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April 6, 1930 to March 12, 2014

Boonville- Iva (Millard) Croniser, 83, formerly of State Rt. 294, widow of Carl, passed away on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Lewis County Extended Care Facility, Lowville, where she had resided since 2011.

She was born on April 6, 1930, in Lowville, a daughter of Rutson J. and Emogene H. Petrie Millard. Iva grew up near Boonville and in Lewis and Jefferson Counties, completing her education in Turin. Mrs. Croniser was a devoted wife and mother. On May 25, 1946, Iva was united in marriage with the love of her life, Carl A. Croniser, at the Boonville United Methodist Church. This marriage was a blessed union that endured for over 58 years until Carl died on December 13, 2004. In 1955, the couple moved to a dairy farm on the West Leyden Road, near Boonville, which they operated until 1988, when they sold their dairy cows. After retiring from farming, she was employed at Lee Pontiac and Buick Agency in Boonville. Iva will be fondly remembered for the ways in which she cherished the gifts of life and her family. For many years she was a member of Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Boonville, where she served as church treasurer and deaconess. Later she also attended the Rome Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. She lived her life with faith in her Savior, Jesus Christ. Above all she enjoyed the time spent with her family, as well as cooking, baking, crocheting and gardening. She loved the Christmas Season and the hope that Jesus brings us.

Iva is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Carol Croniser, Dennis and Janice Croniser, all of Boonville, Gary and Darlene Croniser, Lyons Falls, Carl Croniser and Amy, Delanson; one daughter, Donna M. Croniser, Toledo, OH, nine grandchildren; Melissa Diana and husband Joseph, Amy Clemons and husband Jimi, Susan Merriam and husband, Shamus, Aaron Croniser, Donald Croniser and wife Jodi, Gary Croniser II and wife, Rebecca, Jennifer Stackhouse and husband, Pat, Ryan Croniser and wife, Kara, Caleb Croniser, fourteen great grandchildren; one sister and brother-in-law, Gladys and Richard Lee, Boonville; two sisters-in-law, Adeline Croniser, West Leyden, and Helen Sylvester, Olmsteadville. She was predeceased by two sisters, Beatrice Kent and Elizabeth Dowling, and by two brothers, Theodore Millard and Kenneth Millard.

Funeral services will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, at the Boonville Alliance Church, at the corner of State Route 12 and Potato Hill Road, where calling hours will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to The Great Commission Fund of the Christian and Missionary Alliance P.O. Box 35000 Colorado Springs CO 80935. Her arrangements have been entrusted to the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville.

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May 22, 1919 to Marc 13, 2014

Ava- Stanley F. Backer, 94, of the East Ava Road passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 13, 2014 at Rome Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Ava, NY on May 22, 1919 a son of Horace and Hattie Fox Backer. He grew up on the family farm and married Charlotte (Lottie) Lisowski on September 14, 1940 in Rome. She died March 28, 2009. The couple operated the family farm until retiring in 1986. Stanley enjoyed the Boston Red Sox, playing pitch, rides in the country and building electronics.

Stanley’s family would like to thank the RHCF at Rome Hospital for the wonderful care especially Nana, Crystal, Kathy, Sharon and Amanda; also the ICU especially, Brittany, Audrey, Lacey and Brenda. A special thank-you to his granddaughter Stephanie Como for all the wonderful care shown.

Surviving are two sons and daughter-in-law, Horace “Babe” and Carol Backer, Ava and Albert Backer, Boonville; four daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Dick Witzigman, Ava, Linda Underwood, Rome, Shirley Hunt, Camden and Lorraine and Steve Gardinier, Rome; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Warren and Marie Backer and Gilbert and Ann Owens, all of Ava; two sisters, Janette Malone, Ava and Doris Spinelli, Rome; fifteen grandchildren, a special grandson, Jon Backer, 26 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter. Stanley was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Lucille Backer, a son-in-law Brian Underwood, a brother-in-law, Pat Malone and three brothers, Willard, Raymond and Douglas.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post St., Boonville with Pastor Matt Ripp officiating. Calling hours will be held Sunday prior to the service from 1-4 p.m. Burial in the spring at Ava Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the West Leyden Fire Department.

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“I’m just a farmer.”


February 15, 1922 to March 10, 2014

Boonville- Domenic O. Cerro passed away peacefully at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center Utica NY on Monday March 10th 2014.

Dom was born in Boonville on February 15th, 1922, son of Pasquale and Rose Cerro. He graduated from Boonville High School in 1940 and later served in the US Army at Aberdeen Proving Grounds MD. There he met and married his loving wife Jeanne Elizabeth Fretz of Oxford PA. The couple was married 68 years ago on March 9th 1946 and returned to Boonville where they had since resided.

Domenic is survived by Jeanne as well as his two devoted sons, Richard of Liverpool NY, his wife Robin, their children Matthew and Joanna and great grandson Dominic, and son Jeffrey and his wife Elizabeth of Yorktown VA. Also surviving Domenic is his brother-in-law Carl R. Fretz from Oxford PA, and sister-in-law Lucille Cerro of Boonville NY. Lucille's daughters Janice, Kathleen, and Patricia would always bring enjoyment to his days and added to his enjoyment of life in innumerable ways. Domenic was predeceased by his brother Armante with whom he shared a strong family bond.

Domenic loved living and working in Boonville and the surrounding area and enjoyed a life enriched by many dear friends and family. The family would also like to extend a special thank-you to the staff of Sunset Nursing Home for all of their considerate and professional care over the last years of Dom's life.

A Prayer Service will be Saturday at 9:15 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 A.M. at St. Joseph's Church, Boonville, where Rev. Sean Patrick O'Brien, pastor will officiate. A spring interment with military rites will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday 5-8 P.M. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Church Memorial Fund, c/o Christ Our Hope Catholic Parish 110 Charles St. Boonville, or to Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Resident Activities Fund 232 Academy St. Boonville, NY 13309.

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