LOWVILLE – Richard P. “Rick” Brower, 65, passed away on Monday morning, April 29, 2019, at his home under the care of his family and Lewis County Hospice.
Rick was born in Gloversville, NY on December 18, 1953, the son of the late Preston S. and Lois L. Gaylord Brower. He spent his childhood in Wrentham, MA before moving back to Lewis County where he graduated from Lowville Academy and Central School in 1972.
He was first employed by Lowville Farmers Co-op before starting Brower and Shaw Construction in 1986, with his longtime business partner Cal Shaw. He retired in 2016.
On September 19, 1998, Rick married Gail P. Kennison at Carlowden Country Club with Justice of the Peace, Robert King, officiating. The couple made their home in Lowville.
Rick was a life member of the Lowville BPOE #1605, where he served as house committee chairman for 4 years, served as trustee for 14 years, was Elk Meritorious in 2005, and named Elk of the year in 2007. He was also a member of the Sons of American Legion Post #162 and was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Surviving are his wife, Gail, daughters, Jackie (Jake) Miller of Charlotte, NC and Angela (Steve) Porter of Adams Center; grandchildren, Madelyn, Brynn, Hudson, Landon, Collin, Kennedy and Kate. He was predeceased by his sister, Theresa.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 5th at 12:00 noon at the Sundquist Funeral Home. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made in Rick’s name to a charity of one’s choice
LOWVILLE - Josephine Repak, 88, died on Monday afternoon, April 29, 2019 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Utica.
Mrs. Repak was born on March 30, 1931 in the town of Turin, the daughter of the late Anthony and Anna (Jeszynski) Pogozelski. Josie graduated from General Martin High School in Glenfield. She married John Repak on September 17, 1949 at St. Hedwig's Catholic Church in Houseville with Rev. Victor Balcerak officiating.
After retiring from dairy farming with her husband she was employed by Kraft Foods. She worked in the packing department and was promoted to supervisor where she held that position for 28 years, retiring in 2000.
She is survived by her beloved husband, John, their children, Judith Cheney of Potsdam; John A. (Stephanie) Repak of Fabius; and Jerome (Nancy) Repak of Wake Forest, NC; five grandchildren, Julie (Jack) and Steven, Benjamin (Sarah), Nicholas, Michele; and two great grandsons, Kellan and Karter. Her sisters Helen Gamble of Watertown and Mary Kraeger of Lowville; several nieces and nephews.
Josie is predeceased by her brothers, Chester, Stanley, and Henry Pogozelski, her sisters Stella Podkowka, Joan Sliwoski, Frances Pogozelski, and Elizabeth Ward.
Mrs. Repak was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, rosary society and the hospitality committee helping with many dinners. Josie also volunteered at the Lewis County General Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop. She enjoyed reading and cross country skiing, and loved working on her yard.
A funeral mass will be said on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 12:00 noon with Rev. Jay Seymour, Pastor officiating. Burial will be in Lowville Rural Cemetery. Calling hours for family and friends will be on Thursday, May 2nd from 5 – 7:00 P.M. at the Sundquist Funeral Home.
Memorials in Josephine’s name may be made to: American Diabetes Association, 6390 Fly Rd. # 2, East Syracuse, NY 13057
LOWVILLE – John R. “Jack” Ward, 83, of East Road Extension, died unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, April 24, 2019 at his home.
The Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 29, 2019 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., 5702 Waters Road, Lowville with Dorothy Spear, Lay Minister of Glenfield United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Martinsburg Cemetery. A gathering at the Lowville VFW will immediately follow the burial. Any food donations may be taken directly to the VFW on Monday morning any time after 9:00 a.m. Calling hours will be from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Glenfield United Methodist Church or to the Lewis County Memorial Post #6912, Lowville VFW, West State Street, Lowville, NY 13367.
He is survived by four children and their spouses, Michael W. and Darlene Ward of Glenfield, Kirk J. and Patty Ward of Seneca Falls, Phil D. and Cindy Ward of Lowville, Julie A. and Andrew Wetmore of Lowville; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jack was predeceased by his beloved wife Kay who died on April 5, 2011; his siblings, Lila Campbell, Walter, Richard, William, and Yvonne O’Neil.
He was born February 7, 1936 in Lowville, the son of the late Donald and Emma M. Roy Ward and graduated from Lowville Academy in 1954. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1954-1956 when he was honorably discharged. He worked construction and worked on the Eisenhower Locks in Massena, NY. On December 20, 1958, he married Kay E. Watson in the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Morley. He went to work at Payne Jones in Lowville and retired from Fibermark in 1998 with over 30 years of service.
He was a member of the Glenfield Methodist Church, Lowville B.P.O. E. #1605, Lowville American Legion, and Lowville V.F.W. He enjoyed spending time with his wife at their camp on Gomer Hill and winters in Alabama. He loved John Deere tractors and baseball, hunting and fishing.
Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com .
Alfred Eugene Rosinski, 89, of Boonville, NY and former longtime resident of Bedford, MA passed away on Easter Sunday April 21st, in New Hartford, NY.
Al (Rosie) was born in Utica, NY to Walter and Bertha Rosinski on July 1, 1929. He was raised in Utica and married Sophia Theresa Kowalik on May 21st, 1955. Al worked for the United States Air Force in the Electronic Systems Division for 27 years at Griffiss AFB and then later at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, MA where he raised his family. During his time in Bedford Al was heavily involved in the Knights of Columbus, the Boy Scouts (Scout Master), and writing a column for youth hockey in Bedford under the pen name “Froggy”. And he was a proud member of the Bedford Minutemen. During his retirement he self-owned many businesses in Boonville, served on the planning board and was a key figure in the American Philatelic Society for youths.
Al is survived by his wife Sophia (Kowalik) Rosinski, his children Gregory, Cynthia (Rosinski) Irwin and husband David. Stephen and wife Heidi, daughter-in-law Debora Rosinski, his brother Donald and wife Rita and sister-in law Helen (Kowalik) Garborino. Grandchildren Jillian (Rosinski) Hausmann and husband Jeff, Neil Rosinski, Melissa Irwin, Dan Irwin, Laura (Irwin) Sherman and husband Andy and great granddaughter Makenna Hausmann.
Al is preceded in death by his parents Walter and Bertha, his brother Clifford and wife Peggy, and his son Mark.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11am, Sat. May 4th at Christ Our Hope/Saint Joseph’s church, 108 Charles St. in Boonville NY, 13309. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
Al asks that in lieu of flowers please donate whatever you can to St Joseph Memorial Fund, St Joseph’s Church, 108 Charles Street, Boonville, NY 13309.
We wish to extend our sincere thanks to the Sunset Nursing home, Dr. Todd Podkowka and Father Ward. You folks were wonderful.
Arrangements are by Mills Funeral Home. For an online message of sympathy please go to www.millsfuneralhomes.com.
Lowville – Edward R. Watkins died Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Lewis County General Hospital with his loving family at his side.
Edward was born on November 26, 1928 in Keene, NH. He was the son of the late Robert E. and Grace (Sweeney) Watkins. Ed graduated from Keene High School and served in the U.S. Navy as an Airman Apprentice. He later graduated from Brewster Academy Prep School and the University of Vermont. Ed completed his graduate work required for Guidance Counseling Certification at both SUNY Potsdam and St. Lawrence University.
Ed married the love of his life, June Hall, on June 10, 1950 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Keene, NH. They had a wonderful, loving marriage that lasted for over 68 years.
Edward began his teaching career at Vergennes High School in Vermont. Ed and June moved to Lowville in 1955, and he began his long career at Lowville Academy Central School. He taught Social Studies and coached football, track, and basketball. He became a guidance counselor and summer school principal in 1966. He later became the Director of Guidance and remained in that position for 17 years until he retired in June of 1990.
He is survived by his wife, June, and their children; Linda (Tony) Urbaniak of Lowville; Karen (Joe) Kozloski of Camillus; Michael (Christine) Watkins of Constableville; Elizabeth (Christopher) Persons of Syracuse; daughter-in-law Cynthia Watkins of Port Jervis; eleven grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren, all whom adored him.
Ed was predeceased by his children Christine June Watkins and Robert Edward Watkins; along with brother Richard Watkins, and sister Barbara Watkins.
As past president of the Lowville Teachers Association, Ed negotiated and wrote the first contract at Lowville under the Taylor Law. He was also involved with the NYS United Teachers Association and the NYS Counselor Association where he served as Senator.
Ed was a member of BPOE Lodge #1605, where he served as Exalted Ruler, Senator of Elks, and State Vice President. He was honored by being named Elk of the Year and by receiving Honorary Life Membership.
Ed was very active in his community. He served on the Lewis County Selective Service and Jefferson Community College Advisory Boards. He also served on the NYS Youth Board, was a committeeman for Boy Scout Troop 1605 and was Lewis County Red Cross Chairman for Water Safety. Both Ed and June volunteered at the Boiler Maker Road Race for 10 years. Ed was a communicant of St. Peter’s Church.
During his lifetime, Ed impacted many individuals and families. His legacy is the hundreds of students he guided to make decisions to enable success and the athletes who still call him Coach. He was always willing to lend a helping hand for those in need.
Ed was the very first lifeguard at Whetstone Gulf State Park. He and June, along with their 5 children at the time, resided on the campgrounds living in two canvas tents. It was a wonderful time that provided lively stories told during family get-togethers.
While spending 34 summers residing at Chase Lake Resort, Ed developed everlasting memories and lifelong friendships. Chase Lake provided a place for his entire family to spend quality time together. Ed and June also spent 20 years wintering in North Myrtle Beach.
Ed enjoyed camping, cross country skiing, tennis, golf, reading, and crossword puzzles. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s athletic events, concerts, and special activities. His greatest passion was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. A favorite activity was dancing the “BB” (Basketball Dance) at family weddings with all his daughters, daughter-in-laws, and granddaughters. At the young age of 85, Ed made a hole in one while golfing at Brantingham Golf Course.
Ed’s laughter and wonderful story telling will be greatly missed.
Calling hours will be April 27, 2019 from 1 – 4 pm at Sundquist Funeral Home, located at 7676 N. State Street, Lowville. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Sunday at 4 pm. Burial will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.
Donations may be made to Northern NY Community Foundation, Attn: The Edward Watkins Determination Scholarship Award, 131 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601.
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