Boonville- Wayne Keith Robson, 77 of State Rt. 46, passed away, after a long illness, on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, while surrounded by the loving care of his family at the Catherine Luther Home, in Clinton.


Wayne was born in Little Falls, on September 17, 1942, a son of Keith and Marjorie Lull Robson. He grew up in the village of St. Johnsville, where he graduated from St. Johnsville High School, with the Class of 1960. While in high school, Wayne excelled at athletics, especially on the soccer, basketball and baseball teams.


On July 5, 1960, Wayne entered the U.S. Marine Corps, serving his country until his honorable discharge on July 6, 1964, at Camp Lejeune, NC. During his Marine Corps service, Wayne was stationed at Newfoundland and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Wayne continued to serve his country in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves until March, 1966, when he was honorably discharged. While in the Marine Corps, he enjoyed playing All Star soccer and baseball for the U.S. Marine Corps Team.


Later Wayne moved to California, where he lived in the San Francisco Ca area for over 40 years and from 1964-1972, he was employed as a houseparent and recreation counselor at Vista del Mar, a residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed children in Los Angeles.


In 1976, Mr. Robson graduated from Berkeley University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology.


Following graduation, he was employed as a Social worker for Big Brothers/Big sisters of the San Francisco Peninsula. A short time later, Wayne received a significant promotion to Executive Director. In this capacity, Wayne was staff manager and worked with the board of directors on fundraising projects. He exhibited brilliant talents at planning and organizing outings, parties and gift exchanges on the holidays (making sure that Santa had a gift for every Little Brother and Sister) and he also excelled at fund raising events ranging from golf tournaments to wine tastings and auctions.


Later from 1989-1998, Wayne was employed as a Development Director in writing grants and raising funds for the Easter Seal Society.


In 2000, he moved to Boonville, where he had since lived. On January 16, 2004, Wayne was married to Patricia “Patsy” Sullivan, in New Smyrna Beach, FL. While living in Boonville, Mr. Robson served on the Village of Boonville Board of Trustees and was instrumental in beginning a new era of the Summer Recreation program. He was a member of The Kiwanis Club of Boonville, serving President for two years. He was also a member of Charles J. Love Post American Legion, Tun Tavern Marine Corps League, Boonville and he served on the Village Board.


Wayne is survived by his wife, Patricia (Patsy) Robson, Boonville; one son and daughter in law, Dr. Jacob (Caroline) Robson, Park City, UT; one sister, Janet Terepka, Belair, FL and his former wife, Karen (Bernie), San Carlos, CA, who remained a long-time close friend. Also surviving are step daughters, Angela Evans, Clayville, Janell Tavenner (Nick), West Leyden, Ciara (Alan) Havens, West Leyden; grandchildren, Graham and Wesley Robson; step grandchildren, Nikiya, Robbie, Emily Evans, Christopher and Matthew Tavenner, Jazzmine Stocklosa and Autumn and Brylynn Havens and step great grandchild, Eleanora Wheelock and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Tracy Robson.


Wayne’s wife and family wish to express a note of special thanks and appreciation to The Lutheran Care Saul Unit, Clinton, NY and also to Hospice and Palliative Care of New Hartford.


In keeping with his wishes there will be no public services or calling hours. Interment will be in St, Johnsville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Summer Recreation Program, C/O Village Offices 13149 State Rt. 12, Boonville, NY 13309, or to Hospice and Palliative Care Inc. 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413. His arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. Boonville.

LOWVILLE - Earl G. Morse, 94, died early Friday morning, September 27, 2019 in the Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility where he had been a resident for a short time.

Mr. Morse was born on May 26, 1925 in Lowville the son of the late Earl John and Kathryn Helena (Rector) Morse. Earl graduated from Lowville Free Academy 1943. During WW II, 1943-44, he was employed at Rochester Products Division of General Motors producing Armatures, and 1944-45, in Watertown for Baglie & Soual producing 55 & 105 MM Shells. After the war Earl moved back to Lowville and went to work for, Climax Mfg., Hoch Brothers where he was a truck driver and ran a cement mixer.

He went to work for Upstate Telephone in 1948, and started as a lineman, then installation & telephone repairman, and then as a combination person. The phone Co., became Black River Telephone, he retired in 1986 from Con-Tel after 38 years of service.

He married Evelyn Drelick on April 17, 1964 in Lowville. The couple made their home in Lowville. Mrs. Morse died on December 24, 2001. A marriage to Margaret Ann Szoke ended in divorce.

He is survived by his five children, his daughters, Sharon M. Smykla of Turin; Kathleen A. (Robert) Seelman of Boonville; his sons, Michael J. Morse; Alan R. (Deanna) Morse; and Patrick J. Morse all of Lowville; five granddaughters, three grandsons, five great grandsons, four great granddaughters; a sister-in-law, Ann Morse of Alabama, and two nephews.

He is predeceased by his son, Earl J.W. “Butch” Morse, his brother, Walter M. Morse, infant brother and sister, a nephew and niece.

He loved camping at Cold Brook Campground which he did from mid 1960’s thru the 1990’s, fishing trips to Quebec, snowmobiling from the 60’s until the 1980’s, traveling and tenting on several cross country adventures, and Big Game hunting trips to Montana and Wyoming.

When Earl was younger he was a hunting guide for the Rapshaw Club on Stillwater Reservoir, in the 50’s and 60’s he was a member of 5th Creek Hunting Club, and then became owner of the No Luc Lodge Hunting Club.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the Sundquist Funeral Home with Rev. Mr. Ronald Gingerich, Deacon officiating. Burial will be in Lowville Rural Cemetery. Calling hours for family and friends will be on Tuesday, October 1st, from 5 to 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to

Boonville-Betty Rose Myers, 89, of the East Road passed away at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center on September 23, 2019 surrounded by her family.

She was born on March 8, 1930 in Lyons Falls, a daughter of Arthur and Vera Dean Newvine. Betty attended Port Leyden High School until 1946. She and Stanley H. Myers were united in marriage on October 27, 1951 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church, Port Leyden. For a short time she was employed at Snow Ridge in Turin, before becoming a full time homemaker to her family.

Betty loved spending time with her family, reading, word search puzzles and going to garage sales.

Surviving are her sons, Frederick, Bruce, Roger and Donna, Randy, Mickey and Kelly, all of Boonville; one daughter, MaryAnn and Mike Karpinski, Boonville; brothers, Edward (Stub) Newvine , Kenneth (Jim) Newvine, all of Port Leyden; grandchildren, Mona and Jamie Dosztan, Jake Myers, Jessica Myers, Devin Goodhines, Randy Jr. , Brandon and Kyle Myers, Lacey and Dan Egnew, Dalton Schultz, Kenzie and Kaden Karpinski, Marcos, Zachary and Billy Myers; great grandchildren, Cory, Cailey and Carson Dosztan, Rylan , Branton and Kendra Myers and Dale Egnew.

She was predeceased by her husband Stanley, in 2016, her parents, a brother William (Billy) Newvine in 1968.

In keeping with her wishes there are no calling hours. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Boonville, at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Lewis County Search and Rescue, or Davita Dialysis Unit 7785 N. State St. Lowville, N.Y. 13367 to the attention of Sumer or Alice.

Mills Funeral Home, Boonville has been entrusted with arrangements. For an on line message of sympathy go to

LOWVILLE - Maurice L. “Murph” Murphy, 87, died early Monday evening, September 23, 2019 at Lewis County General Hospital where he had been a patient since Saturday.

Murph was born on January 16, 1932 in the town of Montague at Forks Road, the son of the late John and Alice (Johnson) Murphy. He was raised with the Daniel and Lena (Murphy) Dening family. At the age of seven he became the one-room schoolhouse custodian being responsible for starting the fire in the woodstove, shoveling and other duties, earning fifty dollars a year. Maurice graduated from Lowville Free Academy the class of 1949. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany and was honorably discharged in 1955.

He worked for various area farms and especially for close friends, Herm Higby and Bob Jones. He worked construction on Interstate 81 in Alexandria Bay, and for Hoch Brothers for many years before being hired by N.Y.S. D.O.T. in Lowville from which he retired in 1995.

Maurice married Jeannette C. Voyer on April 4, 1970 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Msgr. Joseph Luker officiating. The couple made their home on Jackson Street.

He is survived by his loving wife Jeannette, their son, Edward M. (Michele Myslivecek) Murphy; his five brothers, James (Lillian), John (Mary), Patrick (Barbara), Michael (Donna), and Dennis (Marcia) Murphy; his sister, Bridgett (Glen) McLeod; his sisters-in-law, Dolores Hoffman, Dianne Hoffman, Denyse and Dennis Dening, Helene and Kevin Aubel; and his brother-in-law, Donald Voyer; several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his infant son, Kenneth Philip, his sister, Mary Elizabeth Smith, his brothers, Robert, Donald, and Richard Dening, and recently his dear sister, Muriel D. Meiss.

Murph was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, member of Lowville American Legion Post#162, member of Lewis County Memorial Post #6912, and member of Lowville Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. #1605. He enjoyed hunting when he was younger. Murph was a Die-Hard Democrat.

A funeral Mass will be said on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 10:00 A.M. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Rev. Jay Seymour, Pastor, officiating. Military burial will be in Lowville Rural Cemetery. Calling hours for family and friends will be on Friday, September 27th from 4 to 7:00 P.M. at the Sundquist Funeral Home.

Memorials in Murph’s name may be made to: St. Peter's Catholic Church, 5439 Shady Avenue, Lowville, NY 13367 or to any local veteran organization.

Alder Creek- Hilda E. Collins, 96, passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, where she had resided since 2012.


Hilda was born in Woodgate, a daughter of Walter O. and Edith H. Peck Drexel. She grew up on Rt. 28, Woodgate and graduated from Forestport Central School, Class of 1939. For several years Mrs. Collins was employed as an assembler at Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co. Utica.


On December 31, 1953, she was united in marriage with Stuart Collins, in Boonville. Mr. Collins passed away on May 2, 1987.


Hilda is survived by two sisters, Charlotte Johnson, Boonville and Greta Smith, Alder Creek. She was predeceased by a sister, Lydia Scheehl. Also surviving are nieces and nephews.


Her funeral will be Wednesday, at 2:00 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, with interment to follow in Woodgate Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday 1-2 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Resident Activities Fund, 232 Academy St. Boonville, NY 13309, or to a charity of your choice.

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