LYONS FALLS- Mary J. Szalach, 88, formerly of Edgewood Drive, Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility, where she has resided since October 7, 2015.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church, Houseville, with Rev. Jay Seymour, officiating. Burial will be in the Lowville Rural Cemetery. A gathering at St. Hedwig’s Church Hall will follow the burial. Calling hours will be 5-7 p.m. on Monday, November 11, 2019 at the Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. Contributions may be made to St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church, 5457 Shady Ave, Lowville, NY 13367.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Jeanne of Carthage, NY, twin sons, David and Carol of Lyons Falls, NY, Dennis and Dawn of West Leyden, NY; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; a sister, Frances Kubinski of Watertown; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her beloved husband, Mety P. Szalach who died on June 20, 2007 a daughter Rebecca Bergeron; and a sister, Lottie Crofoot.

Mrs. Szalach was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA on June 8, 1931, a daughter of the late Frank and Katherine Brach Ziankoski and graduated from Constableville High School. On August 13, 1949, she married Mety P. Szalach at St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church with Rev. Victor Balcarak, officiating. Mary raised her family and was a homemaker. Together with her husband, they participated in Farmer’s Markets and area craft fairs for several years, where she was known for her amazing knitting and sewing.

Mary was a communicant of St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church and a member of the church’s Altar and Rosary Society.

Mary and Mety enjoyed polish dancing, and polish getaways. She was a huge New York Yankee fan and a lifelong Syracuse University Basketball fan.

Mary’s family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff on the 1st floor of the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility for their loving care. Karen Overton from the nursing home salon, and the cafeteria staff for treating her like family and stocking her favorite ice cream bars.

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Evelyn Mary Vernon Wagoner, age 100, long time resident of Schuyler Street, passed away peacefully on October 31st, 2019, at the Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Boonville, NY where she resided for the past few months.


Evelyn was born on May 19th, 1919 in Utica, NY. Her parents were the late Alfred Charles Vernon and Mabel Davis Vernon. She graduated from Utica Free Academy, earned a NYS Teaching Certificate from Cortland Normal School, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Syracuse University. From college, Evelyn came to Boonville to teach 4th grade in 1941. It was there that she met Newell Wagoner, the love of her life, who she married in 1945. Evelyn taught in the Boonville Central School and the Adirondack Central School for many years. Former students referred to her as their “beloved teacher” and often said that “she was the nicest teacher ever!”


In addition to her teaching career, Evelyn was involved in many community organizations. She was an active member of the Boonville Historical Club and voted their 2005 Woman of the Year; a founding member of the Dodge Pratt Northam Art and Community Center; and worked countless hours as the manager of the Pancake House, and organizing the Spelling Bee for the Boonville Fair. She served the Boonville Presbyterian Church as an Elder, Deacon, Sunday School teacher, member of the In His Name missionary society, Prayer Group member, and Rummage Sale and Christmas Bazaar chairwoman.


Most importantly, she was a loving wife, a wonderful mother, a faithful friend to many, and a kind and caring soul. She had an outgoing personality, was always positive, and was beautiful both inside and out. Evelyn was known for her love of animals, especially her love of cats.


Evelyn was blessed with a beautiful soprano voice, loved music, and loved to sing. She sang with the Presbyterian Church Choir since 1941, as well as with the Adirondack Community Chorus for many years. Until the last week of her life she sang with the Adirondack Community Chorus at Sunset where they kindly rehearse and perform for the residents each week. Music was an integral part of her life. For her 100th birthday, she went to the Stanley Theater to enjoy her favorite musical “The Sound of Music”. She also played the piano. Her baby grand piano, given to her by her father when she was 7 has been donated to the Boonville Presbyterian Church in her memory.


Evelyn greatly loved her family and many dear friends. Evelyn is survived by one daughter, Jackie and husband Trace Schrafft, Osterville, MA; one son, Bill and wife Lori Wagoner, Fairport, NY; one grandson, Andrew and wife Christina Wagoner, Longmont, CO; one step-grandson, Ted and wife Jamie Schrafft, Charlotte, NC; two great-grandson, James and Bryce Schrafft; and one foster daughter, Bridgette Capron Farney. Also surviving are dearly loved nieces, nephews, and cousins. Evelyn was predeceased by her infant children Rodney and Barbera, her husband Newell Fiske Wagoner in 2018, her parents, and sister Betty Clifford Colgan.


Calling hours will be Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 from 1-4:00 P.M. at the Trainor Funeral Home, 143 Schuyler Street, Boonville. A service celebrating Evelyns’s life, open to all, will be held Monday, November 4th, at 1:00 P.M., at the First Presbyterian Church, Boonville. The interment will be private at the Boonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 213, Boonville, NY 13309 or to the Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Patient Activity Fund, 232 Academy St, Boonville, NY 13309

LOWVILLE - Joyce F. Pellam, On Saturday, October 19, 2019, Joyce F, Pellam of Emi Lane, Lowville NY, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family and friends, at the Hospice of Jefferson County.

Mrs. Pellam was born, Joyce Emily Foote, on March 12, 1934 in Martinsburg. The daughter of the late James T. and Clara M. (Clarke) Foote, Joyce graduated from Lowville Academy and Central School in 1951. She was united in marriage to Vernon L. Pellam on May 22, 1954 at the Lowville Baptist Church with Rev. William W. Swain, Pastor, officiating.

Joyce and Vern made their first home on Dewitt St., eventually moving to Bostwick St. and then, finally to their home on James Street. Joyce worked as Deputy County Clerk for the Lewis County Clerk’s Office, retiring in 1991. Vernon died on March 22, 2010.

Joyce was an avid bowler in local leagues at the Lewis Lanes, where she also taught Junior bowling on Saturday mornings. She participated in and won many tournaments. When Joyce wasn’t bowling, she could be found on Carlowden and Brantingham golf courses, where she won a fair number of championships. Joyce was an active member at the Lowville Baptist Church, serving in many capacities. Up until her passing, she was one of the oldest members of the church, of which she was very proud. She began singing in the choir at the age of 10 and will be remembered for her beautiful voice. Joyce loved to dance and met her Vern on the dance floor. It is probably where they are right now. Joyce was a kind and giving person with a selfless nature and caring personality. She will truly be missed by many.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Melissa P. (Robert A.) Coy of Sydenham, Ontario, her grandson, Jacob P. Coy (Marissa Dwight) of Kingston, Ontario, two brothers, Duane (Tina) Foote and Paul Foote; her two sisters, Sharon DeLawyer and Frances Lehman, nieces and nephews.

Joyce is predeceased by her sister, Leigh Legary, and her sister-in-law, Donna Foote.

Her memorial service will be on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 12:00 Noon at the Lowville Baptist Church. A calling hour will precede the service at the church beginning at 11:00 A.M. to Noon.

Memorial donations can be made in Joyce’s name to: Hospice of Jefferson County,1398 Gotham St. Watertown, NY 13601

LOWVILLE - Mary Jane Raymond, 68, of Trinity Ave., Lowville, died Saturday morning, October 26, 2019 at her home, while under the loving care of her family and Lewis County Hospice.

A funeral Mass will be said at 12 noon on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lowville, with Rev. Jay Seymour, Pastor officiating. A gathering at St. Peters Church Fellowship Hall will immediately follow the funeral mass. Burial will be held privately by the family Calling hours will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., 5702 Waters Road, Lowville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to LCGH Fund For Hope, 7785 North State Street, Lowville, NY; Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367 or Lowville Food Pantry, 7646 Forest Ave., Lowville, NY.

She is survived by her daughter, Jessica Lyn Raymond; a sister and brother-in-law Gaye Ann and Wayne O. Post of Lyons Falls; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Donald W. “Bill” Raymond.

Mary Jane was born on June 1, 1951 in Lowville, NY, a daughter of the late Robert Michael and Barbara Jane Watson Skinner. She graduated from South Lewis Central School in 1969 and from S.U.N.Y Canton with an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology. On September 15, 1973 she married Donald W. “Bill” Raymond. She was and dedicated and loyal employee at Lewis County General Hospital laboratory as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist until her retirement in September, 2012. Mr. Raymond died on September 9, 2012.

Mary Jane was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lowville. She was a past member of the Girl Scouts; Port Leyden Eastern Star and Lowville Fireman’s Auxiliary. She was a member of Team Mash, Team Faith and a committee member of the Lewis County Relay for Life; St. Therese’s Guild and Constableville Drum and Bugle Corps.

She enjoyed cooking and entertaining, starting her own catering business, “Trinity Catering” after her retirement. She enjoyed music, especially playing her trumpet, as well as gardening. But most of all she loved spending quality time with family and friends, and attending musicals and Yankee games.

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Shane Damon Earl, age 51, passed away on October 14, 2019, at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC, after a long battle with cancer. Shane was born on February 21, 1968, in Utica, NY, to Stephen Charles and Sue Harriet (Donovan) Earl. He graduated from Town of Webb High School in 1987.


He married Catherine Goldman (former spouse) on April 29, 2000 and together they had Tristan Owen Earl, who Shane cherished with all his heart. Shane was an active father who enjoyed attending and coaching his son’s sporting events. Shane worked at Foley’s Hardware Store and at McCauley Mt., in Old Forge, NY for many years, before moving to NC in 1998.


Shane was employed at Code Electric, Inc. in NC and then at Wake County General Services Administration as a Senior Facility Technician. Shane was a hardworking, fun loving character always making you laugh. He loved fishing, camping and spending time with his family and friends.


Shane is predeceased by his father, Stephen Earl, his stepfather, Michael Casey and his brother, Chad Casey and two step brothers, Steve and Bruce Casey.


He is survived by his partner, Susan Scalco of over seven years and her two children, Julianna and Joe of Apex, NC, his mother, Sue Schweinsburg (Richard), Woodgate, his sister Brandie Comrie (Steve Makey) of Toledo, OH, his twin brother, Duke Earl (Christine) of Inlet, NY; sisters, Windy Kelley (Michael) of Thendara, NY, Marinda Earl (John) of Waynesville, MO and Kathy Parent (James), Fort Lupton, CO. Also, surviving are many Aunts, Uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and great nieces.


Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at 10:00 A.M. at St. Mary of the Snows Church, State Rt. 28, Otter Lake, where Father Thomas A. Ward, pastor will officiate. A celebration of Shane’s life will be at the White Otter Fish and Game Club in Woodgate, NY, immediately following. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the SPCA or an organization of your choice.

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