Clifford W. Davison died peacefully at home, Thursday morning December 20th, surrounded by his loving family under the care of Hospice.
Born May 24th, 1935 the son of the late Clinton and Marjorie Bacon Davison. He attended Harrisville Central School, where he played basketball, baseball, football, and was a member of the marching band. He pitched for the Harrisville baseball town team. He joined the Navy in 1954 and received an Honorable Discharge in 1958. He was on the battleship USS Iowa (BB-61) during the Korean War. On October 9th, 1954 he married his sweetheart Mabel Allen of Edwards at the US Naval Chapel in Bainbridge, Maryland.
He was a communicant of the Sacred Heart Church in Edwards where he held his faith dear to his heart. He enjoyed trapping, fishing, and hunting with his children. He also enjoyed Gold Prospecting, making his homemade Wine that was passed down from his father, gardening, shooting bow and arrow, and bowling.
He worked at the Newton Falls Paper Mill and was a television repair man. He also worked at the Edwards Central School where he enjoyed volunteering to help coach the boys’ basketball team. He coached the Harrisville men’s basketball town team. He was also a boy scout leader. He enjoyed the time he spent at the Lewis County General Hospital’s adult center and also volunteering at the New Bremen Opportunity Knocks thrift store.
He is survived by 9 of his 11 children – Jeff Davison Fowler, NY, Clifford and Angelene Davison Summerville, SC, Sheree and Dr. Manoj Vora Lowville, NY, Linda and Jeff Hill Fowler, NY, Shelly and Jeff Clemens Colorado Springs, CO, Vernon Davison and fiancé Kate Harmer Edwards, NY, Billy and Sandra Davison Edwards, NY, Bryan Davison Tupper Lake, NY, Mabel and Greg Peabody Oswegatchie, NY, a brother Jack Davison Minnesota, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Mabel Davison, two sons Robbie and Ken, a great grandson Markell, a brother Robert, and a sister, Delight.
Friends may call at the French Funeral Home, Edwards, on Friday, 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM, Saturday at the St. Francis Solanus Church in Harrisville with the burial following at the Fairview Cemetery in Edwards.
Donations may be made to the St. Lawrence Valley Hospice and Palliative Care Program.
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Boonville - Newell Fiske Wagoner, 98, a native and lifelong resident of Boonville, beloved husband of Evelyn, passed away on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, in the comfort of his home. Mr. Wagoner was a founder of Wagoner-Hickok Insurance Agency of Boonville and served as president of the Boonville Fair Association for over forty years.
Mr. Wagoner was born on November 8, 1920, a son of John H. and Josephine Smalt Wagoner. He lived in his cherished home on Schuyler Street since 1924. Newell graduated from Boonville High School in 1939 and from Amherst College in Massachusetts, in 1943, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He had been a class agent since his graduation. During high school and college, Newell excelled at running the high hurdles in track and field competitions. After graduation, he returned to Boonville and was employed at Revere Copper & Brass in Rome and then sold life insurance for the Equitable Insurance Company.
On August 11, 1945, Newell was united in marriage with Evelyn Mary Vernon at the First Presbyterian Church in Utica. Their marriage was a loving union and commitment between two wonderful people, which continued for over 73 happy years.
In 1950, Mr. Wagoner, his mother Josephine and his stepfather Harry Hickok established the Wagoner-Hickok Insurance Agency specializing in general insurance. Later they acquired the Higby Insurance Agency of Constableville, becoming one of the largest insurance agencies in the area providing excellent service to their valued customers. He sold the agency in 1985 and then devoted his time to many other activities.
As a youngster, Newell developed a keen interest in the Boonville Fair when he walked horses following the races at the fair. From that time onward, the annual fair was a highlight in his life. In 1956, he was elected to the board of directors of the fair association, assisting with advertising and public relations, becoming vice president in 1961 and president in 1964.
As a result of Newell’s leadership, vision and dedication, growth was demonstrated in every area of the fair: the physical plant, attendance, and entertainment. Improvements included upgrading the drainage system and paving fairground roads. The fair and the Boonville Kiwanis Club cooperated to construct the Kiwanis Youth Building for use by both organizations. In 1972, they purchased additional land to expand the fairgrounds that included a new entrance, amphitheater area, and a bridge to a new parking area.
In 1973, an original exhibition building was razed and a steel exhibit hall erected, along with a new horse show ring on the infield. During the later 1970’s, new horse barns and parks for campers and trailers were constructed, leading to the further expansion of the fairground including a new agricultural exhibition area with a milking parlor and pancake house. During the 1980’s a new covered stage was constructed.
In 1988, the Boonville Fair, celebrated its 100th anniversary, which was marked by the creation of the Boonville Fair Museum in which Newell enjoyed working, as he loved sharing stories about the fair’s history with the many visitors. In 1992, a new office building was constructed and in 1994, he supervised the renovation of the grandstand.
During his tenure as fair president, many nationally famous country music stars, including Minnie Pearl, Porter Wagoner, Jeannie C. Riley, Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell and Crystal Gayle performed at the fair. In 1973, Country singer J.C. Riley set the largest single night attendance. He was also instrumental in the production of the fair-sponsored Miss Oneida County Pageant. Following his retirement as president in 2006, he continued to serve as secretary. He was indeed Mr. Boonville Fair!
Mr. Wagoner’s life exemplified responsible community service. He was a charter member of the Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce and was an active member for many years. In 1962, he served on the committee which was instrumental in bringing the annual New York State Woodsmen’s Field Days to the fairgrounds. During the 1960’s and 1970’s, Newell volunteered at the Boonville Snow Festival. Newell served on the Boonville Municipal Commission from 1962-1982. He was instrumental in establishing the Adirondack Medical Center to ensure continued health services for his community. In the 1960’s he served on the site committee for the construction of the new Adirondack Central High School.
Mr. Wagoner’s dedication and commitment were recognized when he was chosen the New York Show People’s Fair person of the year and inducted into for the New York State Agricultural Fair Association Hall of Fame. He received the National Grange Public Service Award, the International Association of Fairs and Exposition American Heritage Award for meritorious service to the fair industry, and the Donald Exford Community Service Award. He was designated an Oneida County Living Legend by the Oneida County Historical Society and served as the Grand Marshall of both the Boonville Fair and Woodsmen Field Days Parades. He also served as President of the NYS Association of Agricultural Fairs. More important than awards and honors to Newell, a very humble man, were the lasting relationships he built with people over the years.
Mr. Wagoner was a life member of the First Presbyterian Church of Boonville, where he was a choir member for over 70 years, He also sang in Voices of the River, an all-male northern New York chorus as well as the Adirondack Community Chorus. He served on various church governing committees and, with his wife, led the youth group for several years. Newell served as a role model for many young people, always providing encouragement and guidance.
Newell greatly loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling. He began hunting with his dad as a youth, continuing to enjoy the sport at his hunting camp in Forestport. Many of his early hunting experiences are written about in Robert Elinskas’ book entitled In the Woods with Adirondack Sportsmen.
In 1932, Newell attended the Winter Olympic Games, at Lake Placid, NY and he and his family watched Billy Fiske, his cousin, compete in the bobsled race and win the gold medal. He was interviewed by Andy Bull, author of Speed Kings: The 1932 Winter Olympics and Fastest Men in the World, to gather information on Billy Fiske. Newell had a passion for the Olympics and in 1980, he and his family enjoyed attending the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid.
Newell greatly loved his family and many dear friends. In addition to his wife Evelyn, Newell 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; one great-grandson, James Schrafft; and one foster daughter, Bridgette Capron Farney. Also surviving are a niece, five nephews, and a sister-in-law, Joyce Miller Wagoner Cameron, Naples, FL. The last of his family, Newell was predeceased by his sister, Virginia “Jimmie” Booth; brothers Robert “Bob” and John “Jack”; father, John in 1943; stepfather, Harry Hickok in 1969; and mother, Josephine Wagoner Hickok in 1979.
Calling hours will be Friday, December 21, 2018 from 1-5 P.M. at the Trainor Funeral Home, 143 Schuyler Street. Boonville. A Memorial Service celebrating Newell’s life, open to all, will be held Saturday, December 22, at 11:00 A.M., at the First Presbyterian Church, Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 213, Boonville, NY 13309 or to the Boonville Fair Association, P.O. Box 775, Boonville, NY 13309
Woodgate- Arthur T. “Bud” Lynch, 85, of Walnut Road, passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Utica.
Bud was born in Middleville, on December 20, 1932, a son of Thomas and Elsa Rath Lynch. He grew up and lived for many years in Middleville, where he attended West Canada Valley School. For many years he was employed as a foreman in bridge construction for D.W. Winkleman Construction Co., Syracuse. He moved to Woodgate, from Middleville in 1980.
On November 23, 1974, Bud married the love of his life, Paula B. Boor, in Middleville, NY. Paula passed away on February 16, 2015.
He is survived by two step daughters, Susan and David Alger, Boonville and Lisa Nicholas and Dale Wysluzaly, Bridgewater; three grandchildren, Joseph and Matthew Kraszewski and Jessica Nicholas and five great grandchildren; his sisters, Louise Crowl, Helen Rachon, Theresa Baumes, Florine Cool, Eileen (Bill) Foster and Debra and brothers, Charles Lynch, James Lynch, Larry (Karen) Lynch and Wesley (Kim) Lynch; a brother in law, Dr. Paul Boor Galveston, TX and nieces, nephews and cousins. Bud was predeceased by his sister, Lois Rose and by a brother, William A. “Bill” Lynch.
A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in the spring, in Woodgate Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to Woodgate Fire Department, Woodgate, NY 13494. His arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., Boonville.
LOWVILLE – Edward A. Lyndaker, 90, formerly of Brookside Circle and South State Street, passed away Friday, December 14, 2018 at Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility.
The funeral will be at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Lowville United Methodist Church. Spring burial will be at West Lowville Rural Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. prior to the funeral service, at the church. Contributions may be made to the Lowville United Methodist Church 7618 N State St, Lowville, NY 13367 or Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility, Activities Fund, 7785 N. State Street, Lowville, NY 13367.
He is survived by his two children, Bruce and Gloria Lyndaker of Lowville, Gail A. Klosner and her companion Steven Olmstead of Lowville; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Olin and Mary Lyndaker of Copenhagen, Harvey and Jan Lyndaker of Middleport, NY, Robert Lyndaker of Copenhagen, Carl and Tammy Lyndaker of Lowville; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Arletha and Richard Bellinger of Lowville, Lois and Edward Clark of Jacksonville , FL, Doris Grysikiewicz of Anaconda, Montana, Carolyn McNeil of Lowville, Charlotte Millard of Lowville; a sister-in-law, Marlene Lyndaker of Lowville; two grandchildren, Sarah (Nolan) Lowe of Pleasantville, Matthew (Sarah) Klosner of Webster; a step granddaughter, Jennifer Bidwell; five great grandchildren, Molly, Julia, and Olivia Lowe, Daniel and Lillian Klosner; two step great grandchildren, Dakota and Cheyenne Rogers. He is predeceased by his loving wife of 67 years, Kathryn;a son-in-law, Daniel Klosner; a step granddaughter, Terri Brockert; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Richard and Pauline Lyndaker and Elton Lyndaker; two brothers-in-law, Frank Grysikiewicz and Gerald Millard.
Mr. Lyndaker was born on July 1, 1928 in Watson, NY, a son of the late Alexander and Phyllis Edick Lyndaker. He attended country school and graduated from Lowville Academy in the class of 1946 and worked for Harvey Stoffel a local cattle dealer from 1942-1954 . On October 21, 1950 he married Kathryn M. Bellinger at his wife’s parents’ home with Rev. Roger Williams officiating. From 1954-1969 he was employed by Henry J. Nortz Inc. In 1969 he became a partner and Vice President in the business and the name changed to Nortz Distributing. He retired from the business in 1991.
He was a member of Lowville United Methodist Church for over 65 years and was a member of the church Booster’s Club. He was also a trustee at the church and served on various committees. He was past member of the BPOE # 1605, Lowville Lodge. He was a longtime member of Harrisburg Grange, where he served as Master and held other offices until they disbanded. He was also a Pomona Grange member. Edward enjoyed his family and helping them. He enjoyed bowling, playing cards, going on walks, spending summers at Brantingham Lake at their camp, traveling and helping others. He also enjoyed wintering in Florida with his wife after his retirement.
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MARTINSBURG- Sophia A. “Sophie” Morak, 90, of Whitaker Road, passed away Wednesday morning, December 12, 2018 at Lewis County General Hospital.
In keeping with Sophie’s wishes, there will be a graveside service in the spring in Martinsburg Cemetery with Rev. Jay Seymour, Pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, officiating. There will be no calling hours or funeral service. Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. Contributions may be made to the Martinsburg Fire Department P.O. Box 143 Martinsburg, NY 13404.
She is survived by her four children, Paul E. Morak of Lowville, Daniel J. (Colleen) Morak of Lowville, Randy D. (Roxanne) Morak of Martinsburg, Joann (Jerry) Gorczyca of Glenfield; 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and one on the way; a sister-in-law, Winifred Sweredoski of Watertown and DelRay Beach, FL; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is predeceased by a great grandson, Tanner J. Marra; eight brothers, Stanley, Joseph, Thomas, Theodore, Alfred, John, Walter, and Mitchell Sweredoski.
Sophie was born on December 23, 1927 in the town of Harrisburg, NY, a daughter of the late Stephen and Anna Stonskowna Sweredoski and graduated from Lowville Academy in 1945. Together with her former husband, Edward Morak, they owned and operated a dairy farm on Rt. 26 in Martinsburg from 1947-1975. She owned and operated Zoshia’s Sub Shop in Lowville for several years and later owned and operated Hilltop Diner in Martinsburg from 1982-1994 upon retirement.
She was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lowville. She was a member of Singing Waters Senior Citizens, Lowville and a member of Lewis County Memorial Post #6912 Ladies Auxiliary, Lowville. She was also a member of the Lewis County General Hospital Auxiliary.
Sophie enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, and refurnishing furniture. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren, and her great-great grandchildren.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com.
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