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LOWVILLE - Paul R. Jantzi, 85, died early Monday morning, March 25, 2019 with his loving family at his side.

Paul was born on September 20, 1933 in Martinsburg the son of the late Aaron L. and Susan Saloma (Ressler) Jantzi. He graduated from Lowville Academy and Central School, he also received his License Practical Nursing degree. Paul was a LPN for Lewis County General Hospital from November of 1963 to June of 1978. He then drove over the road for Anchor Motor Freight from June of 1978 until he retired in 1993. During that time he was a school bus driver for Lowville Academy and Central School from 1964 to 1993. Paul also worked for (Earl Ford) Agway Petroleum. After retirement Paul worked for Waite Toyota delivering cars.

He was united in marriage with Phyllis D. Widrick on August 14, 1952 at Lowville Mennonite Church with Rev. Lloyd Boshart officiating. They enjoyed 66 years of marriage together in the Lowville area and retired to their home on Bostwick Street.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, their eight children and spouses, Bruce (Ruth) Jantzi of Clintondale; Donna (Ritchie) Turck of Lowville; Florence (Rick) Breglia of Adams; Ellen (Barry) Waite of Henderson; Sundena (Lee) Cobb of Glenfield; Peter (Roberta) Jantzi of Lowville; Trinda Hayes of Barneveld; Tim (Kelly) Jantzi of Mexico; 28 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; his sisters, Ruthanna Miller of Vermont; Mary Smith of Lowville; his brothers, Mark (Rita) Jantzi of Schenectady; Daniel (Fay) Jantzi of Lowville; nieces and nephews, and the Widrick family.

Paul is predeceased by his granddaughter, Aleesha Cobb, great granddaughter, Paislee Cobb, and granddaughter-in-law, Katie Stefon Allen; his son-in-law, Ron Hayes; his brother Howard Jantzi.

Paul was a member of Lowville Mennonite Church where he was an active volunteer in many capacities, trustee, and usher, the Mennonite Central Committee, and past member of Adirondack Mennonite Heritage Farm. He was a member of Beaver Falls Senior Citizens, and Black River Campers. Paul and Phyllis RV traveled to every continental state, and visited Hawaii.

Calling hours for family and friends will be at the Lowville Mennonite Church on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 2 to 4:00 P.M. and 6 to 8:00 P.M. A funeral service will on Thursday, March 28th at 10:30 A.M. with Rev. Keith Zehr, Pastor and Evan Zehr officiating. Spring Burial will be in Croghan Mennonite Cemetery.

Memorials in Paul’s name may be made to: Beaver Camp, 8884 Buck Point Road, Lowville, NY 13367 or Lowville Mennonite Church, 7705 Ridge Road, Lowville, NY 13367

Boonville – The Rev. William Ramsey Wheeler, 86, husband of Darlene, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, while surrounded by the loving care of his wife and family.

Affectionately known as ‘Father Bill’ by his parishioners, he was born in Utica, NY, on March 29, 1932, son of Everett J. Wheeler, Sr., and Marjorie Spice Wheeler. Growing up in Utica, he graduated from Utica Free Academy, with the Class of 1950. While in high school, Bill excelled in playing basketball, baseball and especially in track and field events, which he won several trophies for. After high school, he continued his education attending Utica College of Syracuse University, graduating with a Bachelor degree in Chemistry. He enjoyed participating on the college basketball team.

From August, 1955, until his honorable discharge in August, 1957, Mr. Wheeler served his country in the US Army working with guided missiles in Mundeline, IL.

On November 23, 1957, William was united in marriage to Darlene Benson, at Grace Episcopal Church, Utica.

For many years, Bill was employed by the Alcoa Corporation in its plastic production products division, in Richmond, IN. He then accepted a position as Production Superintendent -Plastics, with HC Products Co., Princeville, IL. While employed in Princeville, the Wheelers lived in Dunlap, IL. Over the course of his long career in plastics building products, Mr. Wheeler received two Alcoa Technical Award patents. While residing in Richmond, IN, Mr. Wheeler was a member and President of the National Jaycees (1966-67), and while living in Peoria, IL, he was President of the Plastics and Vinyl Siding Institute. He and his wife enjoyed both domestic and international travel.

For many years Bill and Darlene were very active in their support of Christian outreach, particularly the Cursillo Movement - a Christian-based weekend retreat.

Along with his wife, Darlene and his family, Mr. Wheeler’s Episcopal faith was a center point of his life. While living in Dunlap, Mr. Wheeler was ordained a deacon of the Episcopal Church, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Peoria, IL, (1986) and served as a deacon for twenty-one years, concluding his diaconate service at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lowville, NY.

In the early 1990’s Bill retired and relocated to the Wheeler family homestead near Boonville. For a time after that, he was employed as a consultant for the plastics industry, at Woodbridge, NJ.

Also following his retirement, deacon Wheeler, continued his religious studies and was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church, by the Most Reverend William Love, Bishop of the Albany Diocese of Episcopal Churches, at Grace Episcopal Church, Mohawk, NY. (2007) Thereafter, for several years Rev. Wheeler served as priest at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lowville; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Constableville; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Port Leyden, and Grace Episcopal Church, Mohawk.

In addition to his wife of sixty-one years, Reverend Wheeler is survived by his son, David Wheeler, a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Wheeler Morris (Daniel), two grandchildren, Danielle and Jacob Morris, one great granddaughter Addison; two sisters: Marjorie Larlee and Ellen Wheeler, one brother Jon Wheeler, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings: Everett, Nancy Gay, Robert, and Richard.

Bill’s family wishes to extend a note of sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, for all their kind and compassionate care they gave to Bill.

A Requiem Eucharist will be celbrated on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 12 noon at Trinity Episcopal Church, Schuyler St., Boonville. Interment will be in the Spring at the Boonville Cemetery. Calling hours will be at the church on Saturday from 11 A.M until the service, followed by luncheon in the Parish Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Resident Activities Fund, 232 Academy St., Boonville, NY 13309 or to Trinity Episcopal Church, P.O. Box #151 Boonville, NY 13309; Grace Episcopal Church, Utica; or Grace Episcopal Church, Mohawk.

Fr. Bill’s arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville.

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LOWVILLE - Bertha Hope Norton 91, died on Monday March 18, 2019 as a resident of Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility since January 2019.

She was born on June 18, 1927 in Colton the daughter of the late Leo J. and Katherine Burdick Robinson. She married Edward Raymond Norton on January 9, 1947 at the United Methodist Church in Richville by Edward JM Burston, officiating. Her husband passed away on August 21, 1967.

Surviving Bertha is a son Chris Raymond Norton, Lowville; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and William Hellinger, Lowville; and a daughter Cheryl Rowsam, Newport; a sister, Gertrude Cox, Arizona. A very special niece Eva Widrick, Lowville, who considered her as a mother and Bertha loved her dearly.

Also, two special ladies, Nancy Szijarto and Sherrie Vora who treated her with love and compassion.

Bertha has eight grandchildren, Shawn and Ellen Hayes of Jay; Shane and Aimee Hayes, and Shaughnessy Hayes of Glenfield; Brandon and his fiancé Meghann Malik
and John Hellinger all of Lowville; Jennifer Rowsam of Arkansas; Ashley Rowsam of Carthage; Faith Rowsam of Newport; six great grandchildren, Emma, Hunter, Wyatt, Chaselyn, Kyle, and Dakota. Also many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by brothers Ernest, Edson, and John Robinson and Glenn Gibson, sisters, Lila Mathous, Evelyn Quinn.

Calling hours for family and friends will be on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the Sundquist Funeral Home where a funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M., with Rev. Bruce W. Chapman, retired minister officiating.

Spring burial will be in Beech Plains Cemetery, West Pierrepont

Franklin NC – Charles E. Russell II, 65, of Franklin, North Carolina, formerly of West Leyden, passed away suddenly, of an apparent heart attack, on Monday, March 18, 2019, at his residence in Franklin.


Charles was born in Rome, on February 20, 1954, a son of Charles E. Russell I, and Jane Barton Russell. He grew up in West Leyden, where he attended West Leyden Central School, completing his education at Adirondack Central High School, Boonville, where he graduated with the Class of 1972. While in high school, Charles played basketball and he excelled in playing baseball, participating on the West Leyden High School baseball team that won the NY State Baseball Championship title, in 1970, which was the final year for West Leyden High School.


Mr. Russell employed as a teacher at the New York State School for the Deaf in Rome. After that he was employed in construction and communications in Tampa, Fla and in North Carolina, where he resided for many years.


In addition to his mother, Jane Ernst, of West Leyden, Charles is survived by his siblings, James Russell, Syracuse; Charlene Russell, West Leyden, Kenneth L. Ernst, Forestport and Christian Ernst, West Leyden. He was predeceased by his father, Charles I, brothers, Kevin J. Ernst, on February 2, 2019, David Ernst, Jeffrey O. Ernst, and by sisters, Lynda and Michelle.


Interment with a graveside service was held on Thursday, March 21, 2019, in the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Franklin, NC

NEW BOSTON - Neil R. Burns, 88, died on Monday, March 18, 2019 at home under the care of his family and Lewis County Hospice.

Mr. Burns was born on April 2, 1930 on the family homestead the son of the late Carl and Margaret (Maher) Burns. Neil attended rural school in New Boston and graduated from Lowville Free Academy. On March 20, 1951 he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in Germany. Neil was honorably discharged on March 12, 1957. Upon returning home he went into farming with his father Carl. On February 8, 1958 he married Ruth Blanche Lucas. They made their home on the Burns homestead. She passed away on May 1, 1979.

Neil was a farmer his entire life in New Boston on the family homestead retiring in 1980’s due to health. His son Richard started the farm up again and he began helping on the farm once again.

He is survived by companion of 38 years, Betty L. Sykes; his children, Richard C. Burns; Kathy A. (Jan) McIntosh; Yvonne (Stanley) Spencer; Brenda (George) Merrill; a daughter-in-law, Trudy Segovis; his grandchildren, Ava and Brian Burns, Katie (Jeff) Torch, Colleen McIntosh and companion Troy Babcock, Stan Spencer and fiancé Nicky Manzer, Samantha Spencer, Andy, Chris, Debbie and Ed Merrill, Heather and Ryan St. Louis, Heidi and fiancé Brian Creighton; four great grandchildren; his sister, Elizabeth A. “Betty” Bush; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Neil is predeceased by his step son Leon Segovis, Jr.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the Lowville V.F.W. from 2 to 4:00 P.M. There will be no funeral or calling hours. A private military burial will be in Barnes Corners Cemetery in the spring.

Memorials in Neil’s name may be made to: LACS, 7668 N. State Street, Lowville, NY 13367, Memory of: Neil R. Burns Scholarship, or Friends of Lewis County Hospice, Inc. P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367

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