LOWVILLE – John Willis Burr, 79, of Eugene Street, passed away Saturday morning, August 24, 2019, at his home.
John was born on February 12, 1940 in Lowville, a son of the late Morris S. and Eleanor Buckley Burr. He graduated from General Martin High School in 1957 and from Canton ATC in 1959 with an associate’s degree in agricultural business. John worked for GLF (Grain & League Federation) from 1959 until 1962. He served in the U.S. Army as a medic from August 22, 1962 until October 25, 1965, serving for 13 months in Korea. After his service, John returned to work for GLF. On April 16, 1966 he married Carole Ann Eaton at Beaver Falls United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Northrup officiating. From 1967 until 1983, John worked for Beaverite in Beaver Falls before working as general insurance agent for various agencies until 2000. He began working for Kinney Drugs in October 2002.
John was a member of B.P.O.E. 1605, Lowville Elks Lodge. He was a past member of the NYS Association of Agricultural Fairs where he served on the board of directors for over 40 years. He was a member of the Lewis County Agricultural Society Fair Board since 1974, and announced at eight county fairs in New York State and Canada. He was a member of the NYS Tractor Pullers Association and was honored by his induction into the NYTPA Hall of Fame in 2016. John was a member of the National Ski Patrol, serving as patrol leader at Snow Ridge from 1966 until 1990, and served as one of the first EMTs in Lewis County. In 1961, he founded little league baseball in Turin. He was active with high school sporting events since 1986.
John was the voice of North Country auto racing since 1967. Starting on August 6, 1967, he was a founder of Evans Mills Speedway. He served as track announcer for Evans Mills Speedway, Can Am Speedway, and Adirondack Speedway. He was the track announcer at Super Dirt Week at the NYS Fairgrounds for several years.
He is survived by his wife of over 53 years, Carole; a daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Stephen Waitson of Kingston, Ontario, and their children, Sarah, Katharine, Stephanie, Kerry, Steph and Matthew; a son, Timothy Burr and fiancé Meridith Diacetis of Black River, and his two daughters, Meghan and Kaitlyn; a sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Gerald Saeva of Brockport, NY; nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., with Rev. Bruce W. Chapman, officiating Burial with Military Honors will follow in Lowville Rural Cemetery. A Celebration of Life gathering at the Lowville Elks Lodge will be immediately following the burial. Calling hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2019, prior to the funeral service, at the funeral home. Contributions in his memory may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.
Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com.
CASTORLAND – Bradley L. Herzig, Sr., 88, died late Monday evening, August 19, 2019 at Lewis County General Hospital.
Brad was born on August 7, 1931 in Lyonsdale the son of the late Jacob and Helen Hutchins Loomis. He was adopted when he was a teenager by his late parents, Arthur R. and Betty Tomiello Herzig. Brad attended Beaver River Central School. He joined the U.S. Army and served in Korea with the 45th Division, receiving the Korean Service Medal w/1 Bronze Star. He married Regina G. “Jeanie” Virkler at her home in New Bremen on July 16, 1955 with Rev. Philip Beyer, Sr. officiating. Brad retired from Crown Zellerbach where he was a tow motor operator. He and Jeanie made their home in Castorland.
Surviving is his loving wife of 64 years, Jeanie, their two children, Bradley L. (Joyce) Herzig, Jr.; Gwen McGillvray; his grandchildren, Erin (Brian); Jacob (Chanda); Joshua (McKenizie); Hannah (Josh); Meaghan (Curt); 12 great grandchildren; a sister, Bessie Farney; a sister-in-law, Carol Hulbert; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is predeceased by his daughter, Pamela J. Herzig, a brother, Jacob “Jack” Virkler, an infant sister, Darlene, and a son-in-law, Mark A. McGillvray.
Bradley was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church, Croghan, he was an avid hunter, a member of Burnt Hills Hunting Club and Little Yates Hunting Club, and past member of New Bremen Fire Department. Brad liked tractors, motorcycles, his cars, and tinkering in his garage, “He was all about speed”.
Calling hours will be on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 4 to 7:00 P.M. at the Sundquist Funeral Home. A funeral service will be on Friday, August 23rd at 11:00 A.M. at the Apostolic Christian Church, Croghan with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will follow with military honors in the church cemetery.
Brantingham- James C. Mercer, 80 husband of Linda, passed away at his residence on Monday, August 19, 2019.
He was born in Deferiet, NY on September 22, 1938, a son of Earl and Gladys Biccum Mercer. Jim grew up in Philadelphia, NY, before moving to Boonville as a youth later graduating from Boonville Central School, with the Class of 1956. From 1957 until his honorable discharge in 1961 Mr. Mercer served his country in the US Air Force.
From the age of 12, and continuing throughout his high school years, Jim was employed in the operation of Mercer’s Dairy, a dairy processing and ice cream business of Boonville, founded by his father, Earl. After serving his country, Mr. Mercer returned to Boonville and for a time he was employed in his family’s business.
Later Mr. Mercer separated from his family’s business, becoming a respected entrepreneur who founded Bon Fare grocery and gasoline stores, a first of its kind and unique chain of grocery and gasoline stores in central, northern and eastern New York State. As an early adopter of technology, his stores were the first in the U.S. to introduce scanning of merchandise at the checkout and Jim became an expert in developing strategies to increase store sales. Mr. Mercer was also a pioneer in promoting “self-serve” gasoline at his stores.
From its small beginnings in Boonville, NY, in 1968, the Bon Fare Grocery and Gasoline Store Chains grew from a chain of 3 stores, into a chain store company of 79 grocery and gasoline stores in central and northern New York. In 1994, Mr. Mercer sold his Bon Fare Company to Stewarts Ice Cream Company of Saratoga, NY.
In his retirement years he developed a time management program and consulted with convenience store chain owners across America and Australia to improve their sales and profitability.
Mr. Mercer attended St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville. He was a founding member of the Saratoga Foundation and served as Chairman of the Board of New York Food Merchants Association, a member of The American Legion, involved with the Boy Scouts of America, The Boonville Fair and The Woodsmen’s Field Days. He greatly enjoyed fishing and taking fishing trips with friends on lakes in Upper Canada, working together on projects with his wife, Linda.
On June 23, 1990, Jim was married to Linda Spooner, at the Shaker Ridge Country Club, Albany.
In addition to his wife, Linda, Jim is survived by his children, Patrick J. (Katrina) Mercer, Oneida, NY, Bonnie M. (Jerry) LaBarr, Wilton, NY and Jeffery J. Mercer, North Ridge, CA; seven grandchildren, Kayla, Megan, Jacob and Jordan Mercer, Ashley (Jonathan) Crouch, James and Morgan Labarr; three great grandchildren, Jonathan and Colton Crouch and Mila LaBarr and three sisters, Mary (Robert) Wetmore, Ruth (Robert) Martin, all of Largo, FL and Jane (Steve) Strickland, Seminole, FL and a sister in law, Betsy Mercer, Boonville and nieces, nephews and cousins. Jim was predeceased by a brother, Robert, in 2015.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph’s Church, Charles St. Boonville, where Rev. Thomas A. Ward. Pastor will officiate. Calling hours are Friday 4-7 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
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Boonville - Suzanne A. Haskins, 81, passed away August 19, 2019. She was born in Rome, NY on September 10, 1937, the daughter of Richard and Marguerite Moster O’Brien. She graduated from Saint Aloysius Academy, Rome, NY.
On November 17, 1956 she married Charles T. Haskins at St. Peter's Church, Rome. It was a blessed and loving union for 57 years until Chuck’s passing in March 2014. She stayed home to raise their family and traveled with her husband as a supportive Air Force wife. After her children were grown, she enjoyed a career in the hospitality business with her husband and at several area restaurants. Anyone that had the pleasure of knowing Suzy knew her favorite pastime was shopping and spending money. She so loved torturing her daughter Deniese on these excursions. She loved her family dearly and excelled at decorating and hosting extraordinary holiday gatherings. She loved her Yankees, Bloody Mary’s, gardening, bird and deer watching. She will always be remembered for her giving nature and sense of humor.
Surviving is her daughter, Deniese Haskins and her companion Guy Case, Boonville; two sons, Daniel Pohoreskey (Renee) Boonville, Rodney Haskins (Wanda) Charlotte, S.C.; daughters, Kathryn Blank (Kenneth), Whitesboro and Kim Ferguson (James), Frankfort; grandchildren, Aleisha Haskins, Jeffery Barone, Dez Tucker, Nicholas Pohoreskey, Leeza Jones, Megan Buckley, Daniel Buckley, Kayla Russo, Matt Russo, Michael Blank, Sonya Rolland, MaeLinda Evans, Michelle Luley, Steven Luley, Joshua Haskins, Sachino Abe, James Ferguson Jr, Mason Otero and Kyle Ferguson. She additionally had many great grandchildren including her newest great grandchild Jace Ethan Daniel Pohoreskey, whose arrival she was excitedly anticipating.
Deniese would like to express her heartfelt appreciation to Courtney Seeloff, Melinda Irvin and Barb Kohl aka “The Dream Team” as well as Ethan Newman, Amber Farr, Kenner Lohn for becoming her second family and loving and caring for her. And for all those who truly cared while she was at the nursing home.
At Suzanne’s request there will be no calling hours, with a private mass planned for a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mills Funeral Home, Boonville. For an online message of sympathy go to www.millsfuneralhomes.com.
Port Leyden – Johney E. Rogers, Jr., 49, of Marmon Road, passed away unexpectedly on Sat. August 17, 2019, as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
Johney was born on March 19, 1970 in Lowville, a son of Johney E. and Deborah Kohl Rogers. He was raised in Port Leyden and was a graduate of South Lewis Senior High School. On September 11, 1990 Johney enlisted in the U.S. Army and served until his honorable discharge on October 16, 1991. He then returned to Port Leyden where he was then employed with the Sargent’s Furniture Co., Boonville, Stihl’s Sawmill, Ava, and at the cheese factory in Dadville.
Johney then obtained his Class A. CDL and was employed as a truck driver, first for Shue Bros., Port Leyden, and most recently for V.S. Virkler & Sons, Inc., Lowville. Johney also operated a snowplow for the Town of Lyonsdale for one winter. A marriage to Patricia Nagy ended in divorce. Johney found great joy collecting antiques, vintage tools, and old metal work. He was an avid reader of all genres.
Johney is survived by his son Johney E. Rogers, III; his daughter Ember Elizabeth Ann Rogers, parents Johney & Deborah Rogers, all of Port Leyden, his nephew Zachary (Lexi Sargent) Rogers, Rome, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Jody Rogers on January 20, 2016, paternal grandparents: Alton & Norah Rogers, and maternal grandparents: Andrew & Helen Kohl.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sat. August 24, from 2-5 pm at his parents’ home, 6741 Rugg Road, Port Leyden. There are no calling hours. Memorial Contributions may be directed to his children at the service on Saturday. Funeral Arrangements are in care of the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville.
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