halko obit

November 12, 1953 to January 7, 2014

CARTHAGE- Donald L. Halko, 78, of Old State Road, Carthage, died on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc, Lowville with Rev. Bruce Lyndaker, Pastor of Emmaus Bible Fellowship, officiating. Spring Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Town of Croghan. Calling hours are Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.

He is survived by five children and their spouses, David J. Halko of Carthage, Daryl and Penny Halko of Croghan, Dennis and Ginger Halko of Croghan, Carrie and Stanley Zehr of Castorland, Darin and Jennifer Halko of Carthage; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Carl and Barbara Halko of Copenhagen, Richard “Rick” Halko of Carthage; five sisters and three brothers-in-law, Annie and Lee Edgbert of Baldwinsville, Rosie Halko of Liverpool, Linda Halko of Liverpool, Bonnie and Carl Jacobs of Carthage, Julie and Mike Boulio of Black River; 17 grandchildren, three foster grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, and many extended family. He is predeceased by his wife, Joyce Marie Halko, a daughter-in-law, Jenny Lou Halko and a granddaughter, Cicily Halko.

Donald was born on November 12, 1935 in New Bremen, NY, the oldest son of the late Louis Joseph “Joe” and Apoline Rosiczcowski Halko. He attended Copenhagen School and worked on the family farm. On September 7, 1957, he married Joyce Marie Walsemann at the First Baptist church in Carthage. Together with his wife, the couple owned and operated a dairy farm on the Copenhagen-Deer River Road. He worked for other area businesses before he went to work for Black Clawson, Watertown as a machinist. He worked for Black Clawson for over 30 years, until it closed, and which time, he retired, as a journeyman machinist. He loved feeding the birds, gardening in his younger years, hunting and blackberry picking. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and his dogs, Toby and Skip.

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February 22, 1928 to January 5, 2014

Ava –Clarence (Pat) W. Malone, 85, of State Route 26, Ava, passed away on January 5, 2014 at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville.

He was born on February 22, 1928 in Altoona, Pa. a son of Harry and Iva Walker Malone. At a young age the family moved to Little Falls where they operated a farm. He was an army veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He first worked at Burrows Paper Mill for several years and then at Pat’s Tires, Rome. Pat moved to Sebastian, Fla. where he worked as a mechanic at area marinas. On June 1, 1974 in Rosaland, Fla. he married Janette Backer. In 1976 the couple moved to Arizona where Pat was employed at Hughes Aircraft, Tucson, Az. as a chemist. He retired in1989 and the couple moved back to Ava. He was a member of Point Rock United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting and visiting with his friends.

Surviving are his wife Janette; stepchildren, Paul and Debra Howard, Garland, TX, Jane Layva, Sierra Vista, Az.; two step grandchildren, Michael Layva and Keith Howard; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Stanley Backer, Warren and Marie Backer, Gill Backer and Ann Owens, all of Ava and Doris Spinella, Rome; special friends, Kevin Mathis, Jim Williams, Paula and John Burns and Coady. The family wishes to express special thanks to the Rome VA Clinic and the Sunset Nursing Home for the wonderful care shown to Pat.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post Street, Boonville. Calling hours will be Wednesday 2-4 p.m. prior to the service. Spring burial will be in Ava Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the West Leyden Fire Department Ambulance.

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