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LOWVILLE- Lois E. Virkler, 90,of East State Street, Lowville, died Sunday, November 18, 2018 at her home, under the loving care of her family and Lewis County Hospice..

The funeral will be Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Apostolic Christian Church of America, Croghan, with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in the Apostolic Christian Cemetery. Calling hours are Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 1 – 3 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., 5702 Waters Road, Lowville. Contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.

She is survived by her four children and their spouses, Cathy and Clifford Lehman of Castorland; Steven and Yvonne Virkler of Lowville; James Virkler of Lowville; Chris and Susan Virkler of Croghan; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins, a sister-in-law, Mavis Mattoon of Spokane, WA;. She is predeceased by her beloved husband, Clyde F. Virkler, who died on August 3, 2010; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Everett and Onalee Mattoon and Leslie Mattoon.

Mrs. Virkler was born on June 4, 1928 in Hermon, New York, a daughter of the late James and Grace Jeffers Mattoon. She graduated from Hermon High School in 1945 and attended Watertown School of Commerce and worked as a clerk/typist for Watertown Times. On April 19, 1952, she married Clyde F. Virkler at Gouverneur United Methodist Church, with Rev. William Wood officiating. Together with her husband, the couple purchased the family dairy farm in 1952, and operated the farm on the River Road until 1983, upon retirement. The farm is now owned by their two sons and daughter-in-law, Steven and Yvonne Virkler and James Virkler.

She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and crossword puzzles .

Mrs. Virkler was a member of Apostolic Christian Church of America, Croghan.

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NEW BREMEN-Jenna Mae Deveines, 30, of Cranston, Rhode Island, formerly of New Bremen passed away on November 13, 2018.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018 at First Mennonite Church, New Bremen with Ed Steckly, Pastor officiating. Calling hours are from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. Donations may be made in Jenna’s memory to National Eating Disorder Association, 1500 Broadway, Suite 1101, New York, New York 10036; or American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 120 Wall Street, 29th Floor, NY, NY, 10005; Lewis County Humane Society, P.O. Box 682, Lowville, NY 13367.

She is survived by her parents, Harold and Linda; her two brothers and a sister-in-law, Jared and Brandy Deveines of Boonville; Dillen Deveines and his companion, Heather and family (Drew, Jordyn, Jared and Addison) of Lowville; his maternal grandmother, Mary Mathys of Castorland; niece and nephew, Jayda and Logan Deveines who loved their aunt JaJa, several aunts, uncles, a great aunt, and many cousins. She is predeceased by her maternal grandfather, Arthur Mathys; her paternal grandparents, Harold and Emma Deveines.

Jenna was born on June 21, 1988 in Watertown, NY, a daughter of Harold and Linda Mathys Deveines. She graduated with honors from Beaver River Central School in 2006 and excelled in softball. Jenna graduated from Rhode Island College in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. At Rhode Island College, she played softball, and the team went to the Division III College World Series Tournament her freshman and sophomore years. Her junior year she was named to the Second Team All Little East Conference as a pitcher. For the next year after graduation, she did substitute teaching and went on to earn her master’s degree in Special Education at Providence College. She worked as a Health/Physical Education Teacher at Paul Cuffee Charter School in Providence and currently she was a Special Education teacher at John F. Deering Middle School in West Warwick, RI. She continued her softball career as the pitching coach at Providence College for three years. Currently, she was coaching the 12U travel softball team, and was also providing private pitching lessons. Jenna enjoyed traveling, hiking, and her two dogs Wrigley & Winnie.

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LOWVILLE – Edward O. Ingersoll, 100, formerly of Martinsburg and Brookside Senior Living Community, passed away Friday morning, November 9, 2018 at the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility.

A graveside service with Military Honors will be held at a later date in the Martinsburg Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Ed has generously donated his body as an anatomical gift to SUNY Upstate Medical University for research so that he can continue to help others.

Surviving are a son, Richard (Helen) Ingersoll; a daughter-in-law, Sally Ingersoll; four grandchildren, Renee Powlin, Christina Ingersoll, Bryan Ingersoll, and Jean Ingersoll-Gough; six great-grandchildren; four brothers, Robert (Cindy), George, Victor (Corrine), Harvey (Mary); and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is predeceased by his wife Tess of 76 years, a son, James, and two brothers, Walter and Donald.

Edward was born on June 14, 1918 in Martinsburg, NY, the son of the late Otis and Anna Belle Thayer Ingersoll. He attended country schools and Lowville Academy. On October 29, 1939, he married Theresa “Tess” Paluck at the Turin United Methodist Church. Ed served in the U.S. Marine Corp during World War II and fought and survived the invasion of Iwo Jima.

After returning home, he worked with his father building rotary snow-blowers, he built the first Martinsburg Fire Department truck, he was a welder on the St. Lawrence Seaway, and also worked for the Remington Arms Co. in Ilion, NY.

In 1955, together with Tess, they opened and operated the Ingersoll Farm Supply in Martinsburg. Edward then worked as a superintendent for Carpenter Rigging, Syracuse, NY until his retirement.

After his retirement, Ed repaired and made furniture in his home woodshop. He worked on many local projects; one of his proudest was being instrumental in building the Martinsburg playground for the town children. He also was the system project coordinator for the Martinsburg Waterworks. Additionally, Ed worked tirelessly in securing the dialysis unit at Lewis County General Hospital. He enjoyed playing music, having card and Manhattan parties, and just talking to people.

Ed was a member of the Martinsburg United Methodist Church, the Martinsburg Fire Department, as well as several other local organizations. He was also a lifetime member of the 4th Marine Division Assoc., the Marine Corps League Det. #754, the Lewis County Memorial Post #6912 VFW, the Lowville American Legion Post #162, and the Lowville Elks Lodge #1605.

Ed was a true Renaissance man, living a long, interesting and charitable life, leaving a remarkable legacy for his family and those lives he touched in so many ways.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Martinsburg United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 7, Martinsburg, NY 13404; the Martinsburg Fire Department, P.O. Box 143, Martinsburg, NY 13404; or to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. Condolences may be made online at .

GLENFIELD - Stephen J. Pleskach, 92, formerly of Blue Street, died early Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility where he resided since October 2015.

Mr. Pleskach was born December 4, 1925 in Martinsburg the son of the late Stephen D. and Anastasia Ermola Pleskach. Stephen graduated from General Martin High School in 1943 and served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947 when he was honorably discharged. He married Shirley A. Guyette on September 22, 1951 at St. James Catholic Church, Carthage. Stephen and Shirley owned and operated The Friendly Tavern in Boonville in the 1950’s. He also worked various jobs and for the town of Martinsburg from 1974-77. Stephen then went to work for Lewis County General Hospital retiring from the Maintenance Department in 1993. He and Shirley made their home on Blue Street and she died on Friday, December 30, 2016.

He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Danny M. and Barbara Pleskach of Pittsburgh, PA; Larry S. and Joyce Pleskach of Brantingham; and Bart R. and Nancy Pleskach of Glenfield; six grandchildren; two step grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and five step-great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth “Betty” Pleskach of Lowville and Barbara Guyette of Myrtle Beach, SC; many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brothers, Charles, John and Alex; his sisters, Nina Vary, Helen Fetcie, Edith Lasher, Mary Roye, and Barbara Mazur.

Stephen was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Glenfield. He was an avid hunter and one of the founder’s of Split Rock Hunting Club in 1953, where he and Shirley enjoyed taking grandchildren, family and friends.

Calling hours for family and friends will be on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 4 to 7:00 P.M. at the Sundquist Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 17th at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home with Rev. Mr. Ronald Gingerich, Deacon officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Old Glendale Cemetery following the service.

Memorials in Stephen’s name may be made to: 3-G Fire Department and Auxiliary, P.O. Box 112, Glenfield, NY 13343

Stephen’s family would like to thank all of the 4th floor nursing home staff, nurses, and doctors for the compassion and care given to their father.

LOWVILLE - Debora L. Matulewicz, 55, of Cascade Ave., Lowville, passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Calling hours will be from 4-7 p.m., on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Iseneker Funeral Home Inc., Lowville, immediately followed by a prayer service. Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Contributions may be made to Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility, Attn: Activities, 7785 N. State Street, Lowville, NY 13367.

Mrs. Matulewicz is survived by her beloved husband, Walter F. Matulewicz; and three children, Stephanie and Todd Podkowka of Boonville, Justin Beyer of Lowville, and Brittany Beyer also of Lowville; two sisters, Dianna Sturtevant and Mark of Rome, Brenda and Jim Nellis of Boonville; two grandchildren, Bryce, and Jaedyn; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; her mother and father-in-law, John and Clara Matulewicz of Lowville, two brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law, Andrew and Cathy Matulewicz of Penn Yan; Greg Buckingham of Queensbury; Jane and Philip Hills of Croghan. She is predeceased by a brother Ronald Capron, who died in 2011, and a sister-in-law, Rita Buckingham.

Debora was born on October 30, 1963 in Constableville, N.Y., a daughter of the late Clarence S. and Luella Webster Capron. She attended Adirondack High School and the Howard G. Sackett Educational Center. Debora worked in Lally Manufacturing, Ethan Allen, Kraft Foods, and most recently she worked as a CNA for Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility for the past 11 years. On July 22, 2017 she married Walter F. Matulewicz at their camp on the Adams Hill Rd., with Lowville Town Justice William Kiernan officiating.

She enjoyed the outdoors, camping, hunting, fishing, planting flowers, gardening, cooking, and her dog T.J. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. Debora loved her job and was very compassionate with her residents.

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