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On Tuesday, July 30, 2019, Richard Alexander Lyndaker, loving son, brother, nephew, cousin, and friend, passed away at his home in San Diego, California, at the age of 33.

Richard was born on June 17, 1986, in Syracuse, NY to Keith Lyndaker and Suzanne Wadhams. He graduated from Lowville Academy & Central School in June 2004, where he received a national letter of commendation for near-perfect SAT scores. After attending Hamilton College and Jefferson Community College, Richard very soon became a dominating professional poker player. At the time of his death, he was one of the « best high stakes players in the world of No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker games, if not the best, » according to Pokerstars’ most recent publication.

Richard loved travel, living extended periods abroad in Melbourne, Australia; London, England; Toronto, Canada; and Cyprus. Besides San Diego, he also lived in Las Vegas, Boston, and Hoboken, New Jersey. Along his life’s short journey, Richard balanced the arduous concentration of his chosen profession not only as a voracious reader, but also with regularly going fishing, including Fly fishing, or with playing soccer. Relaxation came also through passionately following many sports teams and attending sporting events. He also took breaks to appreciate the arts, music, and theater, not to mention tasting top Michelin Star culinary creations around the world, all part of a truly deliberate endeavor to embrace the best life has to offer. His close friends from high school were as important to him as those he made in the poker world.

Richard was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Richard and Pauline Lyndaker, and his paternal uncle, Ezra Joseph Lyndaker. He is survived by his parents, Suzanne Wadhams of Penfield, N.Y., Keith Lyndaker, of Lowville, N.Y., his sister, Courtney September, and his brother, Jonathan Lyndaker, both of Syracuse, New York, and many beloved cousins, aunts, and uncles.

Richard was an animal lover. Donations in his memory can be made to the Humane Society of New York (http://www.humanesocietyny.org/donations/) or an animal shelter of your choosing. His parents are planning to establish scholarships at Lowville Academy & Central School and Jefferson Community College.

Richard's funeral will be on Saturday, August 17th at 11: 00 A.M. at the Christian Community Center, Turin. (Next to South Lewis CentralSchool). Calling hours will be Friday, August 16th from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8:00 P.M. at the Sundquist Funeral Home.

WATSON - John E. Konkol, 59, died on Monday evening, August 12, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse.

Mr. Konkol was born on December 19, 1959 in Lowville, the son of the late Martin and Dorthy Elizabeth (Emerson) Konkol. John graduated from South Lewis Central School and joined the U.S. Navy Seabees in 1978, where he received 3 Good Conduct Awards, Humanitarian Award, Naval Militia and Expert Rifleman Awards and he was honorably discharged in 1984. John went to work for Public Works at Ft. Drum as a high voltage lineman and retired as Project Manager in 2017.

John’s was a Life Member of ANAVICUS, Life Member and Past American Chairman International Goodwill Committee, Past Commander of Alexandria Bay American Legion Post #904 and Jefferson County Commander American Legion, Past Children and Youth and Americanism Chairman New York American Legion, and B.P.O.E. Lodge #1605, and Son’s of the American Legion Post #162.

He is survived by his two sisters: Kathryn (Graham) Masters of Lincoln, CA; and Susan Konkol of Portland, OR; his brother, Donald Konkol of Utah; a nephew, Nathan Konkol.

Per John’s wishes there are no services, he is to be cremated and buried in Gerald B.H. Solomon National Cemetery, Saratoga, NY.

New Hartford- Donald C. Witzigman, 84, formerly of Upper Woods Circle, husband of the late Elizabeth L., passed away, after a long illness at the Katherine Luther Home, Clinton, on Thursday, August 8, 2019.

 

Donald was born in Rome, on November 29, 1934, a son of George P. and Bernice Schoff Witzigman. Don grew up in West Leyden, where he received his education, graduating from West Leyden High School as Valedictorian with the Class of 1953. Thereafter he served his country during the Korean Conflict, in the U.S. Army, from September, 1953, until his honorable discharge, from Fort Campbell, KY, with the rank of Corporal, on August 29, 1955.

 

From 1955 until he graduated in 1957, Don attended Mohawk Valley Technical Institute, Rome, (now MVCC), where he earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science. From 1958 until he retired in 1993, Mr. Witzigman was employed for General Electric, Utica, as a digital designer.

 

On August 22, 1959, Don was united in marriage with Elizabeth Betty Jackson, at St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville, with Rev. Robert Donovan officiating. Their union of marriage flourished for nearly fifty eight years, until Betty, a retired Registered Nurse in the Utica area, passed away on March 5, 2017. Afterwards the couple lived in Utica, before constructing a home on Combs Road, near Holland Patent, where they lived for many years, before moving to New Hartford.

 

Mr. Witzigman was a member of Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Utica. In 1989, he and Betty constructed a camp near Ava, on the banks of Fish Creek, where he and Betty, greatly enjoyed spending time.

 

Don is survived by two daughters, Karen (larry) Gardner, Boonville, Ellen Teachout, Whitesboro; grandchildren, Christopher, Brian, Kaitlyn and Nicholas, five great grandchildren; one brother, Norbert Witzigman, (Ramona), Hinsdale, NY and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a grandson, Justin Witzigman, and by a brother, William, in 2003.

 

His Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph’s Church, Charles St. Boonville, where Rev. Thomas A. Ward, Pastor, will officiate. Interment with Military Honors from Charles J. Love Post American Legion, Harland J. Hennessey Post V.F.W. and Tun Tavern Marine Corps League, all of Boonville, will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Leyden. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York, 441 West Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204. His funeral arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. Boonville.

Boonville- Therese M. Stanton, affectionatley known as “Terry,” of Aubrey Ave., wife of William J., passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, while surrounded by her loving family.

 

She was born in Rochester, NY on January 9, 1939, a daughter of George and Mary Dellerba LaMarca. At the age of three she moved to Boonville with her family, where she grew up and graduated from Boonville High School with the Class of 1957. For many years while in high school, and afterwards, she was employed at her family’s, “LaMarca’s Ice Cream Parlor,” which was located in the former Union Block in downtown Boonville. Terry was employed from 1960-1984 as an operator at Contel Telephone Co., Boonville. After that whe was employed as Executive Secretary for the New York State Woodsmen’s Field Days of Boonville, and then at H. & R. Block of Boonville. Later she lived in Mesa AZ., working in retail for Home Place Co., returning to Boonville, in 1997. After that she was employed as a purchaser for Williamsons Food Land of Boonville, and at H.& R. Block.

 

On November 3, 2000, Terry was married to William J. Stanton in, Boonville. Terry was previosly married to Edward Regner.

 

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville, and greatly enjoyed cooking, gardening and crocheting.

 

Her survivors include one son, Scott A. (Joelle) Regner, Columbus, OH., Joanne (Charles) Marmon, Boonville, five grandchildren; Joshua Walker, Sean Regner, Leah Regner, William Regner, and Danielle Regner, three great grandchildren, two brothers; Robert, and John (Frankie), Mesa AZ., many nieces and nephews, and a special friend Sandy Reese. Besides her parents, Terry was predeceased by her brother George.

 

Memorial Services will be held on Sunday, August 18, at 6:00 pm at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Interment will be in Boonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 100 Lomond Court, Utica, NY 13502, the American Heart Association, 120 Lomond Court, Utica, NY 13502, or to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite #1010, Rockville, MD 20852.

 

Terry’s family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the C-Wing staff of Sunset Nursing Home for the wonderful care given to her.

Glenfield- Margaret (Hiscott) West, 94, of Sand Pond Road, wife of John R., passed away Sunday, August 4, 2019, at Lewis County Extended Care Facility, Lowville, while surrounded by the loving care of her family.

 

Margaret was born in Watertown, on January 20, 1925, a daughter of John J. and Isabelle Hoban Hiscott. She grew up in Watertown, receiving her primary education at Immaculate Heart Central School, graduating from Watertown High School, with the Class of 1943. Thereafter she earned a degree in Theology from Maria Regina College, Ogdensburg, later attending University College Branch of Syracuse University and Lemoyne College, Syracuse.

 

For fourteen years Mrs. West was employed as a telegraph operator and station agent on the St. Lawrence Division of the New York Central Railroad. Later she was employed as a teletype operator for American Airlines, Crucible Steel, Carrier Corporation and J.W. Winkleman. For several years she also taught religious education at St. Peter’s School, Lowville.

 

On December 26, 1950, Margaret was united in marriage with John R. West, in St. Patrick’s Church, Watertown. For many years the couple lived in Syracuse, moving to Sand Pond Road, near Glenfield, in 1974, where they have since resided.

 

Mrs. West was a communicant of St. John’s Church, Lyons Falls and a member of St. John’s Altar and Rosary Society and Right to Life.

 

Beginning in her early teen years, Margaret sang and played her guitar weekly on the radio in Watertown. She loved the North Country and fishing and hunting. She was an avid reader and enjoyed studying the weather. She was secretary of the New York Pure Water Association. She enjoyed eating out and having long visits with family and friends.

In addition to John, her loving husband of 69 years, Margaret is survived by three children, Christine (Eileen), John (Stephanie), Robert (Julie); her grandchildren, Christopher, Alexandria and Nathan and one sister, Mildred Stovall. In addition to her granddaughter, Gabrielle and niece, Annette, Margaret was also predeceased by two sisters, Denise and Mary.

 

Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, August 12, 2019, at 10:30 A.M. at St. John’s Church, Lyons Falls, where Rev. Lawrence Marullo, pastor will officiate. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Port Leyden. Calling hours are Sunday 1-4 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Right to Life or Mass cards are also appreciated.

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