Claire Richards O’Rourke, 77, of Boonville, NY and more recently Richmond, VA, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2019 with her loving husband of nearly 55 years, Jim, by her side. Claire was born on January 21, 1942 to Joseph and Anna Richards. She graduated from Sauquoit Valley School in 1960. She graduated from Catholic University in Washington, DC where she met James O’Rourke and they married in August 1964. She furthered her education at SUNY Cortland, preparing her for a life of teaching English in the SUNY system. Claire also started and managed a career as a real estate broker and co-owner of Century 21 Gentry Real Estate in Boonville for over 20 years. Claire’s greatest joy was socializing with friends and family, as well as spending time quilting, painting, and reading books. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and watching them participate in school and community activities. Claire was immensely proud of all of her children and grandchildren and leaves behind a legacy of unconditional love. Claire is also survived by all five of her children, their spouses, and 10 grandchildren. Tom (Edie) O’Rourke of Boonville and their children, Matthew, Kevin and Ryan; Michael (Jeremy Carling) O’Rourke of Minneapolis, MN; Anne Stephenson (Kyle) of Richmond, VA and their children, Kyle, Julia and Warrick; James Jr. (Emily) O’Rourke of Contoocook, NH and their children, Liam and Thea; Patrick (Ruth) O’Rourke of Silver Spring, MD and their children, Cullan and Makena. Claire is also survived by her sister, Joanne Richards Byrnes and her husband Bob of New Hartford, NY. She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Anna Richards. The family will receive guests on June 9th from 5 - 7 pm at Affinity Funeral Service, located at 2720 Enterprise Parkway, Richmond VA 23294. A funeral service will be held at Affinity Funeral Service on June 10th at 10 AM, followed by a graveside service at Mount Vernon Memorial Park in Glen Allen, VA. A mass on behalf of her soul will be offered at Christ Our Hope Catholic parish in Boonville NY, at a date to be determined. The family is eternally grateful for the compassionate care provided by Bon Secours Hospice, and requests any donations to be made to Bon Secours Community Hospice House, 1133 Old Bon Air Road, Richmond, VA 23235. Online guestbook at

Boonville- Ona Leigh Ossont, infant daughter of Shawna R. Rogers and Randy J. Ossont, passed away at her residence on Wednesday, May 28, 2019.


Ona was born in Lowville, on January 31, 2019. Ona loved her sister, Abrie L. Ossont and found much amusement in watching her antics. Ona also liked music, car rides and spending time in her swing.


In addition to her parents, Shawna and Randy, she is survived by her sister, Abrie, age 25 months, maternal grandparents, Shawn and Susan Rogers, Port Leyden; paternal grandparents, Terry and Steve Bauer, Greig, Lester and Karen Ossont, Lyons Falls; great grandmothers, Margaret Tittle, Port Leyden, Bette Rogers, Lyons Falls and Ann Mooney, Boonville. Ona was predeceased by her great grandfather, Leo Rogers. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, and cousins.


Services with interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Lyons Falls, will be held privately at the convenience of the family, in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. Boonville.


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Boonville- Ethel I. Waite, 93, of 115 South St. Boonville, formerly of Franklin St. Lyons Falls and Felts Mills, widow of Clarence, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at the Abraham House Hospice Facility, Utica.


Ethel was born in Watertown, on June 27, 1925, a daughter of Frank and Lucy Hall Clark. She grew up in the Felts Mills and Champion areas of Jefferson County, receiving her education at The Old Church School, Champion School District # 4. On April 13, 1956, Ethel was united in marriage with Clarence W. Waite, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1957, the couple moved to Lyons Falls, where they lived on Franklin St. for over 40 years and in 1959, established Waite’s Auto Service Station, Lyons Falls, where Mrs. Waite was employed as the station office manager for many years. Mr. Waite, a U.S. Army Veteran, who served in the European Theater of WWII, passed away on March 2, 2000. She moved to her present home at Kortenaer Village, Boonville, in 2000.


Mrs. Waite was a member of the Boonville Alliance Church, where she served for many years as a Deaconess of the church and was active in many church activities and she also attended the First Baptist Church of Boonville. Her Christian faith and church membership were at the center of her life. She also greatly enjoyed her friends at Kortenaer Village and the art of embroidery.

Ethel was a devoted wife and mother who greatly loved her family. She is survived by four sons and two daughters in law; Raymond L. Corey, PA, Roger A. (Rose), Lowville, James C. (Mary Jo) Long Lake, NY and Clarence Waite, Jr., Natural Bridge, and one daughter and son in law, Iris I. (Daniel) Wetzel, Colorado Springs, CO, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. The last of her family, Ethel was predeceased by 8 brothers, Clarence, Orville, Lawrence, Oakley, Harold, Keith, Lyle and Douglas.


Her Funeral will be on Saturday May 25, at 11:00 A.M. at The Boonville Alliance Church, corner of State Rt. 12 and Potato Hill Road, Boonville, where her son in law, Pastor Daniel Wetzel will officiate. Interment will follow in Felts Mills Cemetery, Felts Mills, NY. Calling hours are Friday 4-7 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St., Boonville, and on Saturday from 10:00 A.M until the funeral at the Boonville Alliance Church. Memorial contributions may be made to The Boonville Alliance Church, or to The First Baptist Church of Boonville.

Liverpool- Brian H. Menard, 60, of Arlington Circle, formerly of Kotary Road, Fish Creek and before moving to Liverpool, Main St. Boonville, passed away at his residence on Sunday, May 26, 2019, while surrounded by the loving care of his wife, Kathleen, his children and granddaughter.


Brian was born in New Hartford, on August 12, 1958, a son of Albert and Eleanor Saladin Menard. He grew up in Whitesboro, where he graduated from Whitesboro High School, with the Class of 1976. While in high school Brian, attended New Hartford BOCES, where he majored in electricity.


He was first employed on the custodial staff at Whitesboro High School, before employment at Engel Electric Co., Remsen. Later for thirty eight years, Brain was employed in sales and purchasing for Utica Valley Electric Supply, Inc. of Yorkville. While living in the Fish Creek area, he worked as a private electrician in the West Leyden and Constableville areas.


On February 6, 1988, Brian was united in marriage with the love of his life, Kathleen Beha, at St. Mary’s Nativity Church, West Leyden, where Rev. Charles Cotter, officiated. For many years thereafter the couple lived on Kotary Road, Fish Creek. In 2005, they purchased the former Sanford Pharmacy store on Main St., Boonville, where they had resided until recently relocating to Liverpool.


Brain was a Member of St. Mary’s Church, West Leyden and a former member of St. Peter’s & Paul’s Church, Fish Creek, where he was also manager and caretaker of St. Peter’s & Paul’s Cemetery, for many years. He and Kathy greatly enjoyed camping in the Fish Creek area and more recently in the Finger Lakes area. He and Kathy also greatly enjoyed traveling to Florida, Georgia, Texas, Chicago and Maine and were currently anticipating traveling to each of the 50 United States. He enjoyed the hobby of wood crafting and home renovations.


Brain greatly loved his wife and children, grandchildren and family; in addition to his wife, Kathleen, Brian is survived by two daughters and one son, Theresa E. Card, Limestone, ME, Patricia A. (Nick) Gallo, Boonville; Raymond M. (Dr. Kirstie) Menard, Portland, ME; grandchildren, Ryan Card, Trevor Gallo, Alexis Gallo and a great granddaughter, Rilynn. Also surviving are brothers and sisters, Barbara (Rod) Westbrook, Deerfield, Lawrence (Diane) Menard, Sauquoit, Mary (Paul) Shaw, Plant City, FL, Nancy Seelman, Turin, Ann (Peter) Croneiser, Big Moose and Karen (Larry) Gilpin, Dover, DE.


Services will be on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 10:30 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, and at 11:30 A.M. at St. Mary’s Nativity Church, West Leyden, where Rev. Lawrence Marullo, pastor will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Fish Creek. Calling hours are Friday, 1-6 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Nativity Church, West Leyden, NY 13489.

Elizabeth A. Miller, 79, of West Leyden, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Elizabeth was born in Boonville, NY on March 19, 1940. She was the daughter of the late Raymond and Bertha (Mazur) Pawlicki.


Elizabeth worked many years as a dietician in the Adirondack Central School System and at Stone Henge Nursing Home in Rome. She loved music and often joined in with bands with her accordion. She was an active member of Fly Wheels & Pulleys with her husband and recently with the local Red Hat Society.


She is survived by her devoted husband Charles A. Miller, three children; Charles (Cynthia) Miller, Heidi (William) Tuttle and Sandi Miller. Her 3 grandchildren were very special to her; Andrew (Amy) Miller, Matthew (Shelby) Miller and McKenzie Tuttle and her three great grandchildren. Her two brothers; James (Karen) Pawlicki and Dennis (Melanie) Pawlicki as well as several nieces and nephews.


There will be no services or visiting hours. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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