Boonville - Charlotte (Ziankoski) Rava, 91, formerly of Cone Road, Town of Leyden passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, while surrounded by her daughter Dawn and family.


Charlotte was born in on January 5, 1928, daughter of Felix and Matilda Dobkoski Ziankoski. She grew up on the family farm on Cone Road and graduated from Constableville Central School in 1946. She always loved to dance and was voted the best dancer in school. If you wanted to dance and didn’t know how don’t worry, Charlotte would teach you! She continued this love to dance throughout her life and was a long time member of the Rose Lawn Club in Rome, NY.


On July 9, 1949, Charlotte was united in marriage to Edward M. Rava at St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville. Thereafter the couple settled on the Thayer Hill farm in the Town of Leyden, which they operated for many years, later moving to the Ziankoski homestead farm on the Cone Road. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 50 years, Edward M Rava, in 2000.


Charlotte was employed at Lally Manufacturing in the early 1960s. She was a member of the Home Bureau and a representative for Home Interiors for many years. She enjoyed the many house parties and wonderful people she met while being able to provide them with design ideas. Charlotte was an active member of Boonville VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Post 5538. She also volunteered at Matthew’s Place and served many years as an election worker for the Town of Leyden. Charlotte had also served as tax collector for the Town of Leyden and served the remaining term after her husband’s death as the Supervisor of the Town of Leyden.


Charlotte will always be remembered for her outgoing personality; she never met a stranger. She enjoyed sewing, crafting, cooking and baking. She was a gifted seamstress and made most of the clothes for her young family and husband. When her two oldest daughters were in high school and college all their clothes were Charlotte made. Her family treasured the wonderful Christmas gifts which she herself made. Loving to cook and bake as she did, it gave her great joy to share her dishes with friends and family. The holidays were very special as she carried on the beautiful Polish customs that had been passed down to her. It was very important to her that she pass them down to her daughters and grandchildren.


Charlotte was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville and also a member of the Altar Rosary Society.


Charlotte was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She is survived by three daughters and sons in law, Deborah (Rick) Hopps, Round Rock, TX, Denise (Pat) Hawk, Umatilla, FL, Dawn (Dennis) Crofoot, Boonville. She was predeceased by a daughter, Diane Marilyn Rava, on March 19, 2014. Also surviving are her beloved grandchildren, Yvon (Mansi) Hopps, Dana Hopps, Tammy (Michael) Hawk Harden, Trevor Hawk, Tracey (Amber) Hawk, Daniel (Danah) Ernst, Drianna Crofoot, Drew Crofoot, Derek Crofoot and great grandchildren, Oliver Hopps, Nora Hopps, Jared Harden, Jenna Harden, Quesden Hawk, Trenton Hawk, Benjamin Hawk, Ava Hawk, Zebariah Hawk, Easton Ernst, Gwen Ernst, Gia Ernst and brother Stanley Ziankoski and a number of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in death by a great granddaughter, Evana Ruth Ernst, in 2018 and sister Estella Michael 2008.



The family would like to thank the Sunset Nursing Home staff, especially the “B” wing caregivers for the kindness, loving care & friendship given to our mother.


Her Funeral will be Monday, September 16, 2019, at 10:00 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. and at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph’s Church, Charles St., Boonville, where Rev. Thomas A. Ward, pastor, will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Boonville. Calling hours are Sunday, September 15, 1-5 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Church Memorial Fund, C/O Christ our Hope Catholic Community, 110 Charles St. Boonville, NY 13309.

Boonville – Robert “Bob” G. Lanz, 82, a long time resident of Moose River Road Passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 after a recent battle with cancer.

Bob was born in Lowville, NY, on April 12, 1937 a son of Norman and Bernice Jacques Lanz. He grew up in Lowville and graduated from Lowville High School. Bob served in the Air Force where he met his wife Mary Moore whom he married on June 13, 1959 at the Lowville Presbyterian Church. The couple moved to Massachusetts where Bob serve four years in the U.S. Air Force. He was employed as a laboratory technician at Latex Fiber Industries Inc. in Beaver Falls for four years. The couple moved to Boonville and built a house on Moose River Road. Bob began working for his uncle Ronald Sargent and eventually became owner and CEO of N.M. Sargents & Sons until he retired several years ago.

Bob and Mary had a camp in Brantingham where he was president of the Brantingham Lake Community Association from 1965-66 and during his tenure the water regulating district was established. Bob enjoyed the lake from a very young age with his family and continued to enjoy the lake with his current family and lifelong friends until his passing.

Surviving are his wife Mary; two daughters, Lori Lanz, Ava and Amy and Jim McCormick, Boonville; three grandchildren, Lexus Lanz Wilcox, Ryan and Holly McCormick and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Richard”Dick” Lanz, Rochester, NY.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. at the Brantingham Cemetery, with Deacon Ronald Pominville officiating. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in his honor to the Boonville Ambulance or the Boonville Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are by Mills Funeral Home, Boonville N.Y. For an online message of sympathy please go to

Boonville- Kyle Z. Platt, 26, of State Rt. 294, passed away suddenly on Saturday, August 31, 2019, as the result of an automobile accident in the Town of Florence.


Kyle was born in Utica, on March 29, 1993, a son of Keith A. and Anessa Tanner Platt. He grew up on Smith Road, near Hawkinsville, received his education at Adirondack Central School, Boonville, where he graduated with the Class of 2011. While growing up Kyle enjoyed playing little league Baseball, minor league Baseball and participating on the Adirondack Central Jr. Varsity Baseball team. He was also on the Adirondack Varsity Football team and threw the Shotput on the track team.


While in high school, Kyle was employed at Nirvana Water Bottling Co., Boonville. Later for a time he lived in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he was employed as a stone mason. After returning to Boonville, for four years until the present time he was employed for his grandfather, Charles Tanner, as a stone mason for C. Tanner Construction Co. West Leyden.


Kyle enjoyed hunting and found joy in sharing his memories of a recent cross country trip which he took with a friend. Above all else, Kyle loved his family and his many friends. He possessed a special ability to light up a room and everyone in the room or in his presence whether at work or socializing with his many friends. He was a true “people person,” who brightened the lives of all he came in contact with.


In addition to his parents, Keith and Anessa, Hawkinsville, Kyle is survived by a brother and his girlfriend, Alex and Jade Mason, Ilion; a sister, Kaitlyn Platt, Hawkinsville; his maternal grandparents, Chuck and Kim Tanner, West Leyden; paternal grandfather, Roger Platt, Talcottville; maternal great grandmothers Marlene Tanner and Shirley Tanner, both of West Leyden; a niece, Addlyne and a nephew, Owen. Among his surviving aunts, is his “other mother,” (aunt) Rhonda Kerber and two uncles; Ben (Darcy) Tanner and Cy Platt and Racheal many cousins and a host of friends. Kyle was predeceased by paternal grandmother, Mary Chase, his maternal great grandfather, Malcolm Tanner and by an aunt, Amy Platt.


His Funeral will be Thursday at 11:00 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 1434 Schuyler St. Boonville, with interment to follow in Ava Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday 4-8 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to his family, C/O 9320 Smith Road, Boonville, NY 13309.


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Lee Center – Viola N. Pratt, 75, formerly of West Ava Road, passed away at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center on August 31, 2019.

She was born in Rome, NY on April 30, 1944, a daughter of Richard and Martha Beckley Pritchard. She grew up in Point Rock and attended a one room school house in Point Rock and attended high school in West Leyden. Viola married Robert Pratt July 1, 1961 in Taberg, NY. Robert died January 6, 2016. She enjoyed flower gardening and especially loved lilies.

Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael and Donna Pratt, Lee Center and Richard Pratt and companion, Rose, Rome; sister, Irene and Myron Smith, Cleveland, NY; 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; two sons-in-law, Dale Swancott Jr. and Tom Smith. She was predeceased by two daughters, Laurie Swancott, June 2015 and DeeAnna Smith, January 2019 and one sister, Carol Pritchard.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post Street, Boonville. Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in Ava Cemetery. For an online message of sympathy please go to

LOWVILLE - Julie Lynn Planck, 57, died on Wednesday morning, August 28, 2019 at Lewis County General Hospital.

Julie was born on November 22, 1961 in Carthage the daughter of David Clinton and Cora Mae (Bowers) Meister, she was a graduate of Beaver River High School. She was an adult care giver for United Cerebral Palsy, Aging Out program.

She is survived by four sons, Christopher (Amy) Planck and their children, Kadie and Kevin; Patrick (Brianne) Planck and their children, Nathan, Kierston and Camden; Greg A. Planck and his children, Hannah, Madelyn, Warren, Findley, and JoyAnna; Jason Houghton and his son, Kyloe; her mother, Cora; Julie’s longtime companion, William “Bill” Wakefield; her brothers, Bruce (Marjorie); Ralph, and Russell "Rusty" (Renee) Meister; her sister, Cheryl (Charles) LaPlante; her Wakefield family, Zach (Jessica) and their children, Madelynn and Meredith; Rebekah Wakefield and her son, Ian; Amy (Dan) Noeller and their children, Payton and Kobey; Ethan (Nikki) Wakefield and their children, Landon, Ezra, and Waverly; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Julie is predeceased by her father, David Clinton Meister.

Julie loved spending time with her grandchildren and she enjoyed the outdoors especially camping.

Calling hours will be on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Sundquist Funeral Home. A private funeral will be held with Rev. Bruce W. Chapman officiating with burial in Sunnyside Cemetery.

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