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Hoffert obit

May 9, 1952 to February 5, 2014

West Leyden-Francis W. Hoffert, 61, of the Fish Creek Road, passed away February 5, 2014 at Lewis County General Hospital after a long illness.

Francis was born in Rome, NY on May 9, 1952 a son of Francis J. and Stephanie Szewczyk Hoffert . He grew up on the family farm on the Fish Creek Road and attended West Leyden School. He married Stephanie Van Arsdale at St. Mary’s Nativity Church on March 17, 2001. For many years he operated the dairy farm with his parents and wife, Stephanie. A few years ago he sold the dairy cows and then along with his wife, operated a beef farm as well as a logging business until illness forced him to retire last year.
He was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Nativity Church, West Leyden where he served as a trustee. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed riding his four- wheeler, snowmobiling and spending time with his wife and children.

Surviving are his wife, Stephanie; one son, Jacob Hoffert and one daughter, Bailey Hoffert, both at home; mother-in-law, Rosalyn Van Arsdale, Rome; brother-in-law, Joseph Van Arsdale Jr., Rome and many friends.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Nativity Church, West Leyden with Rev. Lawrence Marullo officiating. Calling hours will be Saturday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Mills Funeral Home 301 Post Street, Boonville. Spring burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Leyden.

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mihalyi obit

May 16, 1951 to January 30, 2014

GLENFIELD – Charles Donald “Skip” Mihalyi, 62, died peacefully at home on Thursday, January 30th. 

Skip was born May 16, 1951, in Lowville. He attended General Martin and South Lewis Schools, acquired a BA from Oswego, a masters from the University of Rochester and completed his PhD course work in Philosophy. 

For many years, Skip lived at the Mihalyi home, helping his dad take care of the land. Recently, he also served as his mom's companion, gopher and handyman. 

He was somewhat of a naturalist: he loved the pine forest, the rock, the Black River and the plants and animals that lived in the area. He tamed birds, collected mushrooms, gave tours and took care of the forest. 

Skip knew a great deal about everything! He played guitar, cooked, worked with wood and repaired things. He liked ideas and learning. For a number of years he taught ethics and philosophy classes at JCC, Ft. Drum, and Dry Hill Prison. 

He is survived by his mother, Bernice; his sisters, Karen (Dick Cool), Syracuse; Sherry (Mike Koch), New Woodstock; and Susan, Rochester; his brother, Dale (Janet), Dallas, TX; nephew Josh; nieces, Cora, Willa and Dacari, and great niece and nephews, Page, TJ, and Tanner. 

His father Louis and brother Mark died previously. 

Calling hours will be 4 to 6 P.M. on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, followed by his memorial service at 6:00 P.M. at the Sundquist Funeral Home, with Rev. Bruce W. Chapman, retired minister, officiating. 

Memorials in Skip’s name may be made to: Mihalyi Memorial Fund, SLCS, P.O. Box 10, Turin, NY 13473. 

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June 21, 1932 to January 25, 2014

GLENFIELD -- James B. West, 81, of Blue Street, died Saturday, January 25, at home, under the care of his family and Lewis County Hospice.

A funeral mass will be said at 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Glenfield with Rev. Christopher Carrara, Pastor, officiating.  Burial with Military Honors will be in Old Glendale Cemetery in the spring.  There will be no calling hours.  Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville.  Contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367; or to the American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., 136 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10305.

He is survived by his wife of over 57 years, Lois; two sons, John West and his daughter, McKayla of Glenfield; Walter West of Glenfield; two brothers and sisters-in-law, John "Jack" and Margaret West of Sand Pond; Richard and Helen West of Radisson, NY; an aunt, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He is predceased by his parents; and a sister, Eden Goodhines.

James was born on June 21, 1932 in Hancock, NY, a son of the late John "Jack" and Evangeline Burns West.  He moved to Lyons Falls at a young age, and graduated from Lyons Falls High School.  After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army. On October 13, 1956 he married Lois Ramsey at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Father Flarity officiating.  He worked with his father building homes, and later took over the family business.

Mr. West was a communicant of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Glenfield.  He was a a member of the Lowville American Legion Post #162, and a member of Lewis County Memorial VFW Post #6912, VFW.  He was a longtime Boy Scout leader and was a member of the Boonville Elks Lodge.  He also was a member of the 3G Fire Department for many years.

James enjoyed hunting and going to hunting camp.  Years ago, he and his wife, Lois enjoyed snowmobiling.  The couple spent summers at Sand Pond, and spent winters in St. Augustine, Florida for many years.  He enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter.

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January 27, 1920 to January 27, 2014

Ava- Elwood W. Miller, 94, a life resident of State Rt. 26, Town of Ava, and husband of Pauline, passed away on January 27, 2014, at Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, after a long illness.

Elwood was born on January 27, 1920, a son of Walter G. and Nellie Still Miller, on the Miller Homestead Farm, known as the Maple Grove Stock Farm, which was founded by his family, in 1900, on Rt. 26, north of Ava Corners. He graduated from West Leyden Central School, with the Class of 1938.

In February, 1943, Mr. Miller entered the U.S. Army, serving in a trucking regiment which conveyed military supplies over the Lido Road between India and China. On December 24, 1945, he was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant.

In 1949, Mr. Miller began his long career as a Railway Mail Clerk, starting at the mail handling facility at Central Terminal in Buffalo, first on the extra board from Albany to Buffalo, on the New York Central, before his promotion to regular clerk from Buffalo to Chicago, retiring in 1972, from the U.S. Post Office in Utica.

After his retirement as a postal clerk, Elwood was employed as a grounds crew at the Rome Developmental Center and for many years he enjoyed employment cutting logs in his wood lot near Ava.

On November 22, 1950, Mr. Miller was united in marriage with the love of his life, Pauline L. Brando. This was a blessed union that lasted for nearly 64 years.

He was a member of the Reformed Church of West Leyden, the Charles J. Love Post # 406, American Legion, Boonville, and a former secretary and treasurer of Ava Sand Hill Cemetery.

In addition to his wife, Pauline, Elwood is survived by one son and daughter in law, Thomas P. and Cheryl Miller, North Western, three grandchildren, Jamie, David and Roxanne and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Kathleen Chadwick, in 2005.

His Funeral Service will be Saturday at 1:00 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, with interment in the spring in Ava Cemetery, where members of Charles J. Love Post American Legion, Harland J. Hennessey Post V.F.W. and Tun Tavern Marine Corps League will render Military Rites. Calling hours are Friday 4-8 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the West Leyden Reformed Church or to the West Leyden Fire Company.

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July 1, 1949 to January 23, 2014

Boonville- Christine (Post) Davis, 64, went home to be with the Lord, on January 23, 2014, at Albany Medical Center, after a long illness.

She was born July 1, 1949, at Sunset Nursing and Maternity Hospital, in Constableville, a daughter of Harry and Mary Secor Post. Affectionately called Chris, she attended Port Leyden Elementary School, later moving to Boonville, where she graduated from Adirondack Central School with the Class of 1968. While in school, she attended BOCES, majoring in cosmetology, and she was a member of the Girls Athletic Association, playing soccer and soft ball. She was also a high school chorus member and a member of the Girls Rifle Team, earning Marksman, Pro-Marksman and a Marksman First Class awards.

Her first employment was at Oakey's Restaurant, of Lowville, later she was employed at the Timber View Lodge of Glenfiled, in the kitchen and in room cleaning and she was also employed as a sewing machine operator at Lally Manufacturing Co. Port Leyden.

Throughout their high school years, Chris and David had gone together; they were known as "Flip & Babes." On October 19, 1968, Chris was united in marriage with David Davis of Glenfield, at the First Baptist Church of Boonville. After their marriage the couple lived in Glenfield, later moving to Boonville.

Chris and David both joined the First Baptist Church of Boonville; in March, 1984, Chris accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior. For many years, Chris served as a teacher, and secretary and treasurer of the First Baptist Sunday School, as well as the church publicity chairman, publishing a monthly newsletter and organizing special events for the church.

Many years later, Chris and her husband transferred their membership to the Boonville United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women. In a one year period, as a mission project, she made a total of 65 dresses to send to girls in Haiti, following the catastrophic earth quake in Haiti. She will be fondly remember for the cards of encouragement that she wrote and sent to each child from the Methodist Church who attended Camp Aldersgate each summer. For many years she was a faithful telephone contact for the Boonville Methodist Church, related to coordinating food for church dinners, campership fund raisers and church social events and she was an active participant member of the church prayer chain.

Mrs. Davis enjoyed selling Sarah Coventry Jewelry, she had participated as a Girl Scout Leader, and over the years she made 100s of crafts; recently she had enjoyed painting. She also wrote poems for special people and she and her husband enjoyed watching and feeding the birds and creating a beautiful Christmas display at their home each year.

Chris cherished time she spent with her family and especially her grandchildren. In addition to her devoted husband, Chris is survived by her mother, Mary (Post) Graves, Ft. Meyers, FLA, a special daughter Deanna (Dee) Flansburg, and husband, Dale, Boonville; a special son, Jason "Jay" Davis and his wife, Mandy, Boonville; three special grandchildren, Corey Flansburg, Jacob and Meranda Davis, all of Boonville; a sister in law, Rubie (Post) Chalmers and husband, Guff, Rays Bay, NY, and her aunts, many cousins, nieces and nephews. Also surviving are many special friends who were a wonderful part of her life, and always there for Chris; Mary Martin, Pat Maum, Aunt Marlene, Kathy Crofoot and Sally Schmitt. She was predeceased by her father, Harry D. Post, her brother, Duane Post, her step father, Richard Graves and a 4 and ½ month old grandbaby, Joshua Davis, who Chris will join in Heaven with open arms.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Trainor Funeral Home Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Calling hours will be held from 12:00 Noon until the service. Interment will be in the spring in Boonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Boonville United Methodist Church.

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