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Celia Ruth Virkler, 83, formerly of Croghan, peacefully passed this life Monday morning, March 18, 2019 at Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility.

Celia was born on November 23, 1935 in New Bremen daughter of the late Leslie and Harriet M. (Crouse) Beck, Sr. Celia attended Beaver River Central School. She was united in married with Lowell Richard Virkler on September 5, 1953 in Castorland. The couple owned and operated dairy farm on the Kirschnerville Road in Croghan for 25 years. They also owned and operated a sugarbush for many years. They were blessed with three children, Linda, Loren and Linette. Celia and Lowell hosted many dinners and gatherings for family and friends at their farm, at the sugarbush, at the lake and “at the creek” over the years. Upon retiring from the farm, the couple moved to a home on Route 812 in Croghan and later spent many years together in their apartment at Steepleview Courts. Celia joined her husband at the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility in 2016. Celia’s beloved husband Lowell passed away on December 22, 2017. They celebrated 64 years of marriage and were an unwavering example of devotion for their children and grandchildren. Her love for the Lord and her love for her family will long be remembered.

Surviving are her two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda (Floyd Jr.) Graves of Croghan; Linette (Joseph) Bush of Lowville; her grandchildren, Holly (Joseph) Aucter, Hope Graves, Brian (Danielle) Graves, Buffy (Kevin) Pelo, Bradley (Bryn) Virkler, Jay Virkler, Daniel Virkler, Ambrose (Alyssa) Bush and Amos (Racheal) Bush; “Mema Celia” will be greatly missed by her many beloved great grandchildren; her sister, Helena Clarke, Utica; brother-in-law Carl Lahah, Boonville; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Beck, California; Beverly Beck, Utica; Patricia Beck, Whitesboro; Janet Beck, Croghan; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husband Lowell R. Virkler, her son Loren Lowell Virkler, her five brothers, Howard Beck, who died in infancy, Leslie Beck, Jr., Robert Beck, James Beck, Louis Beck; her three sisters who died in infancy, Sarah (Celia’s twin), Mildred, and Helena May Beck; her sister, Sandra Beck, who died at age eight; her sisters, Lois (Fred) Cardinal, Joyce Rowsam, Darlene Lahah, and brother-in-law, Herb Clarke.

Calling hours will be held at Sundquist Funeral Home on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 4:00 -7:00 P.M. Funeral service will be Friday, March 22, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at the Apostolic Christian Church in Croghan, with ministers of the church officiating. Spring burial will be in Apostolic Christian Cemetery.

The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to the wonderful nursing staff at the Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility for their compassionate care as well as to the many friends who took the time to visit with Celia during her time there.

Boonville- Jean L. Woolschlager, 91, a longtime resident of Post St. and wife of T. Paul, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019 at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare, New Hartford, while surrounded by her loving family.


Jean was born near Boonville, on December 28, 1927, on the Jackson Homestead Farm on Jackson Hill Road, a daughter of Louis D. and Bernice Jenks Jackson. Jean graduated from Boonville Central High School, with the Class of 1946 and graduated from St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing of Utica, earning her registered Nurse Degree with the Class of 1949. Thereafter Mrs. Woolschlager was employed as a Registered Nurse in private duty, for Dr. Robert Smith of Boonville, at Boonville Central School, and finally for many years in several departments of Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville, retiring in 1985.


On November 19, 1949, Jean was united in marriage with Paul Woolschlager at Trinity Episcopal Church, Boonville. This was a blessed union of 69 years.


Jean was a member of First Baptist Church, Boonville, a Past Matron of Salma Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Boonville, and a member of Boonville Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary. For many years she served the fire company and her community as a Level Three EMT on the Boonville Fire Department Ambulance, logging a total of 800 trips. She greatly enjoyed her family, cooking, reading, raising flowers traveling, camping and various church activities.


For many years Jean and Paul spent summers in Boonville, and winters in Ellington, Fla. Together they enjoyed traveling through 49 of the 50 United States, and also two trips of touring throughout Europe. Jean and Paul also enjoyed hiking in the Adirondack Mountains, boating, snowmobiling and skiing.


Jean is survived by her husband, Paul, one son, Gary (Donna) Woolschlager, Cicero; two daughters, Patricia Weiler, Beverly (Mike) Naperkowski, all of Boonville; grandchildren, Adrian (Amy) Weiler, Angela (Mike) Cihocki, Boonville and Jessica (Richard) Sommers, Rome; great grandchildren, Robert and Mia Weiler and Luke Cihocki, all of Boonville and John Sommers, Rome. Also surviving is a brother in law, Hawley (Laurie) Woolschlager, Wenatchee, Washington State and several nieces, nephews and cousins.


Funeral Services will be on Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Burial will be in the spring in Boonville Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday 2-4 & 7-9 P.M. at the funeral home, where an Eastern Star Service will be held on ----. Memorial contributions may be made to Boonville Ambulance Fund P.O. Box 164, Boonville, NY 13309, or to First Baptist Church of Boonville Memorial Fund. P.O. Box 24, Boonville, NY 13309.

LOWVILLE- Thelma Adams Axtell, 92, passed away on Wednesday evening, March 13, 2019 at her home, under the loving care of her family and Lewis County Hospice. A graveside service will be held in the spring in Port Leyden Cemetery, Port Leyden, NY, at the convenience of the family.

Thelma is survived by three sons and two daughter-in-laws, Paul and Judy Axtell, of Port Leyden; Bruce and Pat Axtell, of Lyons Falls; Mark Axtell, of Lowville; five grandchildren; a sister, Betty Cook, of Utica, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a sister Irene Gydesen.

Thelma was born on June 11, 1926 in Port Leyden, a daughter of the late Clarence and Nettie Lane Adams. She graduated from Port Leyden High School in 1945 and she lived in Port Leyden until moving to Lowville in 1964, to her current residence in December,1999. Thelma worked as a nurse’s aide at Lewis County General Hospital during the 1960’s and later she worked for Lewis County Opportunities.

Thelma enjoyed reading, going to Bingo, and working on puzzles.

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Boonville- Cecelia (Cece) Helen Maichak, 89, of Boonville, went to be with the Lord, on March 17, 2019, at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville.


Cece was born in Boonville, on May 19, 1929, to Walter and Veronica (Godek) Maichak. She grew up in Boonville graduating from Boonville Central School. For many years, until her retirement, Cece was employed at Griffiss AFB, Rome.


Later in life she married her lifelong companion, Ralph D’Avolio, on April 30, 2011. Mr. D’Avolio, a Marine Veteran of WWII, passed away on December 10, 2015. Ralph and Cece enjoyed life together, including golf, bowling and the outdoors.


Cece was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville.


She is survived by her brother and sister in law; Thomas, who served in the Navy in WWII and during the Korean Conflict and his wife, Ann Maichak, Springfield, VA and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She also has relatives in Poland.


Besides her parents, Cece was predeceased by three brothers, Benjamin, who served in the Marines in WW II, Mitchell, who served in the Navy in WWII and Joseph, who served in the Marines, in WW II and during the Korean Conflict.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville, where Rev. Thomas A. Ward, Pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Rome. Calling hours are Wednesday, May 15, from 9:00 A.M. until 10:15 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Church Memorial Fund, at Christ Our Hope Parish, 108 Charles St. Boonville, NY 13309

Boonville- Patricia (Beck) Kelly, 83, formerly of Thornton Avenue, Boonville and John St. Constableville, widow of Wilson “Sam” Kelly, passed away while surrounded by the loving care of her family, on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville.


Patricia was born in Lowville, on June 12, 1935, a daughter of Walter and Hazel Rocker Beck. She grew up in Port Leyden, graduating from Port Leyden Central School, salutatorian with the Class of 1953, Thereafter she attended Crane School of Music, Potsdam, graduating with the Class of 1957, with a bachelor degree in Music Education. During the summer of 1956, Pat studied music abroad, in European countries. Later, Mrs. Kelly furthered her education, earning her Master Degree in Elementary Education.


In 1957, Mrs. Kelly began her teaching career at Holland Patent Central School, later she taught music at Forestport Central School, before teaching second grade at Adirondack Central School, Boonville, for many years, retiring in 1991.


On June 25, 1955, Patricia was united in marriage with Wilson J. “Sam” Kelly, at St. Martin’s Church, Port Leyden. For many years the couple resided on Thornton Ave. in Boonville, moving to John St. near Constableville, in 2000. Mr. Kelly, a retired lineman for the Boonville Municipal Commission, passed away on July 19, 2008.


Mrs. Kelly was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville, and for many years she enjoyed playing the organ at various area churches for weddings and special occasions and gave piano lessons to many area youth at her residence. She enjoyed bowling and golfing and is fondly remembered for the hole in one shot she achieved on hole # 2, at Woodgate Pines Golf Course. For many years she and Sam also enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the United States and Canada, in their motor home.


Patricia loved her husband and children; they were the center of her life. She is survived by three daughters and sons in law, Beth Fox and Bruce, Boonville and their children, Jamie Day (Justin), Ashley Brownsell (George), Samantha Grimm (Eon); Sandra Earl and Chris, Constableville, and their children, Nichole Earl (Chris), Emily Decoteau (Jon); Carolyn M. Green, Rome and her children, Christopher Green, Mallory Green, Eric Green; one son and daughter in law, William “Bill” Kelly and Lynn, Constableville and their children, Paul Kelly (Anna), Mandy Kelly, Keith Kelly and Lucas Kelly and twelve great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a great grandson, Joshua Davis in 2008 and by a son in law, Phillip Green, in 2011 and by a sister, Nancy Duflo.


Her Funeral will be Monday at 10:00 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph’s Church of Christ Our Hope Parish, Charles St. Boonville, where Rev. Thomas Ward, pastor will officiate. Interment will be in the spring at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Boonville. Calling hours are 2-6 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Resident Activities Fund, 232 Academy St. Boonville, NY 13309, or to Friends of Lewis County Hospice P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.

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