March 21, 1927 to March 26, 2014

LOWVILLE – Ruby B. Meeks, 87, of River Street, formerly of West Lowville, died Wednesday evening, March 26, 2014 at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014 at Bethel Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Keith Hardy, Pastor, officiating. Spring burial will be in the Old Glendale Cemetery. There are no calling hours.

Contributions may be made to Bethel Church of the Nazarene, 7476 NYS Rte. 12, Lowville, NY 13367; or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908, or Lewis County Search and Rescue, P.O. Box 247, Lowville, NY 13367. Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.

She is survived by seven children and their spouses, Janice and Charles Coffman of Charleston, WV; Charles W., Jr. and Carol Meeks of Auburn, NY; Charlene and Jack Lomeo of Southhaven, Mississippi; Judy Horan of Flippin, AR; Gail and Frank Woods of Olive Branch, MS; Debra and Charles Gaffney of Lowville; Rolland D. Meeks of Lowville; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her husband, Charles W. Meeks, Sr., who died April 9, 1988; a grandson, Shane Horan; a granddaughter, Colleen Meeks, who died in infancy, and a brother, Lee Whitney.

Ruby was born on March 21, 1927 in Wellsboro, PA, a daughter of the late Fred and Edna Cavanaugh Whitney. She attended school in Wellsboro. On May 20, 1944, Ruby married Charles W. Meeks in Wellsboro, PA. Mrs. Meeks worked for Beaverite Products in Croghan for 20 years, and worked in the shoe department at Ames Department Store in Lowville for ten years, retiring in 1996. Mr. Meeks died on April 9, 1988. She moved to Valley View Apartments in Lowville in 2006. Mrs. Meeks was a member of Bethel Church of the Nazarene in Lowville, where she served as a board member for several years. Ruby was a member of the West Martinsburg Historical Society, the Singing Waters Senior Citizens, the Lowville Senior Citizens, and SAAB (Senior Citizens of the Nazarene Church). She enjoyed taking walks, participating in church activities and spending time with her family.

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Donald hoch

August 11, 1919 to March 24, 2014

WATSON – Donald L. Hoch, 94, of Number Four Road, passed away at his home on Monday, March 24, 2014, while under the care of his family and Lewis County Hospice.

There will be no calling hours or funeral service. Burial will be in the Martinsburg Cemetery in the Spring. Contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367

Mr. Hoch was born on August 11, 1919 at the family residence on the Smith Road, Town of West Turin, NY, a son of the late Sylvester and Mary Goodale Hoch. He married Beulah Mae Brown on April 27, 1939, which ended in divorce. Mr. Hoch owned and operated a welding and mechanical shop at his home in Beaches Bridge for many years. He then worked for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in Lowville as a heavy equipment operator, retiring after many years.

He is survived by his two daughters and a son-in-law, Betty and Doug Stevens of Manchester, NY; and Donna Hoch Yousey of Lowville; a brother-in-law, Lyle Robbins of East Martinsburg; seven grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his longtime companion, Geraldine Chapman. He is predeceased by a daughter, Shirley Hoch Lucas in 2000; two brothers, Calvin Hoch and Frank Hoch, and two sisters, Norma Robbins and Grace Adams. Don enjoyed hunting, fishing and working in his garage until becoming ill.

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October 31, 1936 to March 29, 2014

LOWVILLE- Janet M. Burnham, 77, died Friday morning, March 21, 2014, at the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility.

The funeral will be Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville, with Rev. Everett F. Reed and Rev. Keith W. Hardy, Pastor of Bethel Church of the Nazarene officiating. Spring burial will be in Brantingham Cemetery. A gathering at Lowville VFW post #6912, 7752 West State Street, will follow the funeral service.

Calling hours are Friday, March 28, 2014 from 2 – 4 and 7 - 9p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Lewis County Memorial Post #6912, 7752 West State Street, Lowville, NY 13367 or Lowville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 89, Lowville, NY 13367.

She is survived by two sons from a previous marriage, Mark Schulz and his wife, Linnea, of Clifton, Colorado; Scott Schulz and his wife, Nancy, of Lowville; two step sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Julia Burnham of Hollister, CA; Roger and Mary Burnham of Tucson, AZ; two step daughters, Sharon Chauncey of Albany, GA; Janet Silveria of San Diego, CA; a sister-in-law, Berneda Farney of Lowville; 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her husband, Stewart G. Burnham, who died August 23, 2008; and three brothers, Paul Farney, Wilbur R. Farney, Herbert H. Farney, twin sisters, Betty and Bessie Farney.

Janet was born on October 31, 1936 at Idle Ease in Croghan, NY, a daughter of the late Webster P. and Alvena Farney. She moved to Lowville with her family at the age of seven, and graduated from Lowville Academy in 1954. Janet was a housekeeper for her brother Wilbur Farney and his family for three years, and did domestic work in the Lowville area. On February 11, 1977, she married Stewart G. Burnham at Lowville Methodist Church. Mrs. Burnham worked for Lowville Academy in the cafeteria for over 20 years, retiring in 1998. Mrs. Burnham was a member of Lowville Baptist Church. She was a life member of Lewis County Memorial Post #6912 Auxiliary, serving multiple terms as President. She was Past President of the Mohawk Valley Council, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, and Past President of District #4, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and President of the year. She was a member of Beaver River Memorial Post #1663, Croghan American Legion. Janet enjoyed cooking and baking, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Janet had been a resident of the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility since 2005, and was well loved by all. She was fondly known as “The Mayor” of the third floor.

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March 26, 1955 to March 21, 2014

Lyons Falls:  Nancy Garlock Webster, 58, died Friday at the home of her mother on Shibley Rd. under the loving care of her family and Lewis County Hospice.

She was born in Constableville March 26, 1955, the daughter of Gerlad and Christine Hunt Garlock, Jr. and graduated from Adirodack Central High School in Boonville in 1973.  She married Raymond (Jimmy) Webster December 14, 1975 in Alder Creek.  She had managed The Rocky Patch Saloon in Lyons Falls and had previously been employed at Lally's Manufacturing in Port Leyden.  She was a former member of the Port Leyden Fire Dept. Auxiliary and had enjoyed bowling and was known for her crafts and had participated in many craft shows throughout the area.  One of her greatest treasures was raising her grandchildren.  Nancy was known for having many "best friends".

She is survived by her husband, one son Travis James Garlock Webster of Lyons Falls; two grandsons Travis James Garlock Webster II at home; Uriah Liddle Webster of Remsen and one granddaughter Marissa Linn Webster at home; her mother Christine Garlock, Lyons Falls, one sister Laurie Garlock Rutan of Port Leyden; her mother-in-law Elizabeth Webster of Woodgate; nieces and nephews Chrystal Loar and Anthony (Tony) Rayhel both of Rome and Richard (Ricky) Rayhel of Oregon and many other nieces and nephews, cousins and in-laws.  She is also survived by one very dear friend Laura Zimmer Johnson.  She is predeceased by her father who died in 1998 and a nephew James Loar Jr in 2006.

The funeral will be at 4 PM Monday at the Callaghan Funeral Home, LLC, Port Leyden with her nephew Tony Rayhel officiating.  Friends may call from 2 until 4 PM prior to the funeral.  Burial will be in the spring in Wildwood Cemetery, Lyons Falls.

Donations in her memory can be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, PO Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.  The family wishes to give a very special thank you to Lewis County Hospice for all their help and support.  Donations of food may be dropped off after 2 PM today at the Community Hall of Port Leyden fire house.

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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