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Gail A. Parry, 68, formerly of Utica, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Utica, NY on April 9, 1950, she was the daughter of Erwin J. and Arlene M. (Urtz) Parry. She was educated in Utica and graduated from Utica Free Academy in 1968. Gail lived most of her life in Utica and was a member of St. Francis de Sales Church. She worked at Lerner’s Department Store in downtown Utica for many years until transitioning to the medical field where she worked at St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital as a pediatric nurse’s aide, and then later in medical records at Lewis County General Hospital. She later retired and moved in with her daughter’s family.

Gail enjoyed spending her time scrapbooking and shopping. She was an avid reader and loved listening to music, especially Queen of which she was a diehard fan. However, nothing brought her more happiness than her family. Above all, she will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and dear friend and was affectionately known as “Lucy”.

She is survived by her daughter Amy Wagner, and husband Kevin Wagner of Merrimack, NH and one granddaughter, Emily Wagner. She also leaves two sisters Suzanne Pauli, and husband David of Mesa, AZ and Martha Burt and husband Greg of Chesapeake, VA. One brother in law, Richard LaBuz of Greig, NY and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Gail is predeceased by her parents, her sister Ellen LaBuz and two infant brothers.

Her calling hours will be Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 6-8PM at Sundquist Funeral Home in Lowville, NY. A funeral mass will be 11AM on February 1, 2019 at St. Peters Church in Lowville with Rev. Jay Seymour, Pastor officiating. Spring burial will be in Brantingham Cemetery.

Flowers are welcome, however, in lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Mercury Phoenix Trust in her name which was charity near and dear to her heart.

West Leyden - Lois E. Mathis went to be with the Lord on January 27, 2019 with her family by her side.


She was born June 28, 1929 to John (Everett) and Marian Storms Van Wagenen. She attended Stokes Grade School, graduated from Rome Free Academy and attended St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Utica.On June 3, 1950 she married Donald O. Mathis, a union that lasted 43 years.

Lois began working in the cafeteria at West Leyden School, later transferring to the new Adirondack High School. This position gave her joy as she loved the children and received great pleasure in her remaining years whenever she would run into one of “her kids.” She also vastly enjoyed visiting with the patrons the many years she helped at Mom’s Diner in West Leyden.

She was a Sunday School leader at West Leyden Dutch Reformed Church, served as treasurer of the West Leyden Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and was a member of both the Boonville and Lee Center Senior Citizen organizations. Her greatest joy came with accompanying her sisters Carol and Phyllis on shopping trips and Sunday afternoon outings. Lois always enjoyed a good picnic with Dale’s chicken barbaque. Sitting at her kitchen table watching the many beautiful birds that would come to enjoy the feast on her deck brought her great pleasure.

Lois is survived by one daughter, Janet Farmer, Rome; five sons, Donald E. (Lisa) Mathis, Osceola, David, Dale (Healon), and Kevin, West Leyden, Kenneth (Donna), Bloomfield, NY; granddaughters Jill (Rodney), Julie (Greg), Lanette (Brian), Kaitlin, Leah, Rebecca, Justus, Misty (Andrew), and Aliza; grandsons Dion (Heather), Corey (Mandy), Andrew, Davey, Jason, and Patrick; nineteen great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; four sisters Elizabeth “Betty” Bennett of Carlisle, PA, Ruth (Bob) Zimmers of Marysville, PA, Phyllis Sauer of Adams Center, NY, Carol Finster of Lee Center; one brother, Howard (JoAnn) VanWagenen; five sisters-in-law, Norma Plopper, Rome, NY, Joyce (Robert) Parkhurst, Cicero, NY, Mary Rita Mathis, West Leyden, Marjory (Robert) Schaller, Rome, NY, Lynda (Duane) Wallace, Lee Center; four brothers-in-law, Doug (Elaine), Kemme, FL, Warren (Eleanor) Mathis and John Mathis, West Leyden, Rodney (Holly) Mathis, Oneida; and god-daughter Tracy Tanner.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donnie; brother Harold E. VanWagenen, sisters-in-law, Virginia Kemme, Marilyn Riegler, Luella VanWagenen; brothers-in-law Frederick Finster, Harry Bennett, James Mathis, and nephews Bobby Zimmers and Dennis Finster.

Lois was able to pass peacefully in the comfort of her beloved home thanks to many individuals who came forth in our time of need, and their love and devotion were immeasurable. Special thanks to Kim, Bonnie, Charlene and Mandy, her wonderful granddaughters and sisters who spent nights and days with her, her sons who weren’t afraid to go out of their comfort zones to spend nights and mornings with her, her physician, Dr. Andrea Finocchiaro, who made trips from Oneida for house calls, her nurse Sue, and the “angels” from Hospice and Palliative Care who would show up magically just when we needed them lieu of flowers please consider memorial contributions to the West Leyden Dutch Reformed Church and the West Leyden Fire Department.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trainor Funeral Home, 143 Schuyler Street, Boonville, NY. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. A spring interement will be in St. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Fish Creek.

PORT LEYDEN -Loren Eric Richardson, 66, of Burlington, NC, formerly of Port Leyden, passed away on Monday, January 21, 2019 at his home after a ten month battle with cancer.

The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 28, 2019 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc. with Pastor Evan Zehr, officiating. A luncheon at 3G Fire Hall in Glenfield will immediately follow the funeral service. Spring burial will be in Martinsburg Cemetery. Calling hours are from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. prior to the funeral service, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.

Loren is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Debra; his son, Travis Richardson of Sarasota, FL; a step-son, Robert (Mary) Hulbert of Glenfield; six grandchildren, Victoria Richardson, Aidan Richardson, Catherine Richardson, Andrew Hulbert, Mason Moore, and Dublin Moore; a sister, Diane Richardson of Carthage; an aunt, Helen Louis of CT; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased two brothers, Larry Richardson and Robert Richardson.

Loren was born on March 13, 1952 in West Carthage, NY, a son of the late Eric Lee and Pauline Anna Louis Richardson. He graduated from Carthage High School and lived and worked in Florida for 10 years. On May 5, 1990 he married Debra Ann Cobb at the Lowville Baptist Church. Loren worked at Climax Manufacturing in Lowville from 1984-2005. Together with his wife, they moved to North Carolina, where he worked at MeadWestvaco from 2005 to 2015, when he retired.

Loren enjoyed golfing, movies, reading and traveling.

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Joan Ferguson passed away on January 19, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Hospital with her family by her side, at the age of 80 years. Joan was born in a log cabin in Forestport on June 11, 1938. She was the middle child of 7 daughters born to Maynard and Adelma (Edwards) Jenkins.


Joan attended school in Forestport and later graduated from the Utica School of Commerce. Joan married Paul Merritt Ferguson May 25, 1957 in Rome, NY. She had always wanted a large family and they had 5 children in the first 10 years of marriage. During the 1970’s and 80’s, Joan assisted her husband with their kennel of Irish setters, raising and finishing many to both American and Canadian championships. During this period, they were members of the central NY Kennel Club and Joan held office as secretary, treasurer, vice president, president and show chairman. Their youngest child, Chris,traveled to dog shows with them. She retired from Husted Concrete Products in NY Mills in 2000.

After the death of her husband, Paul, in 2007 just 6 weeks before their 50th anniversary, Joan moved back to Boonville. She had many interests, a member of the Boonville Historical Club. She also was an avid reader, seamstress, and quilter. She also enjoyed painting.


Joan is survived by her 5 children: Paula and (Jim) Moore, Holland Patent, Donna Ferguson, Osprey, FL, Diane Ferguson, Eureka Springs, AR, Scott and (Lisa) Ferguson, Newport, and Christopher and (Eunice) Ferguson, Philadelphia, PA. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren: Matthew Dickan, Philip Dickan, Michael and (Meredith) LaFave, Andrew and (Audrey) Dickan, Dru Fazio, Hannah and (Sony) Barari, Caitlin Ferguson, Liam Ferguson, and Aidan Ferguson, 2 great grandchildren: Merritt and Jude Dickan, 2 sisters: Bette Murphy and Candace Combs, both of Boonville, and many nieces and nephews. Joan is predeceased by 4 sisters: Delores Okusko, Beverly Ritter, Phylis Jenkins, and Patricia Hughes.


Visiting hours are Saturday, January 26, from 2-4 P.M. with a Memorial Service at 4 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Interment in the spring will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 100 Lomond Court, Utica, NY 13502.

Boonville- William H. Bain IV, 45, known by his friends as Willy, Bill, Baincell, Propane, and family as Bird, pass away unexpectedly on January 18, 2019.

He was born on February 27, 1973, in Ticonderoga, NY, to William Bain III and the late Katherine Miller. He attended Putnam Central School and then graduated from Ticonderoga High School in 1991. He enlisted in the United States Armed Forces Naval Branch in October of 1991 and served his country proudly until August 1995. His service included Military Electricians Mate Class A. Decorations included Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Battle E Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Southeast Asia Service Medal. His last duty assignment was on the USS WASP LHD-1.

Bill was employed by Sturges Manufacturing Incorporated where he spent time with his work family. He enjoyed camping, motorcycling, golfing, and hunting but he felt the most pride coaching his AYSO soccer team. In addition, he was the Adirondack AYSO Regional Commissioner and the Adirondack Boys Modified Soccer coach. He also coached several sessions of Rising Stars Indoor Soccer League. His love of coaching and compassion for the game could be seen through his player’s spirit for the game as well as the support of their families.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 14 years, Lisa (Hutchins) Bain, his daughter, Ashley Finster, his two grandsons Carter and Hunter, and his greatest accomplishment in life, his son, Kohl William Bain, “Junior”. He is also survived by his grandmother, Gladys Bain, his step mother, Renee Bain, his brother, Tom (Chris) Bain, their children Tommy and Caitlin, his sister, Jaci (Jim) Pockett, and their children, Michael and Melissa. He is also survived by his father and mother-in-law, Rendell and Janice Hutchins, his sister-in-law, Desiree Hutchins-Muha, niece, Gabriella (Jordan) Romero, nephew, Noah Donovan and countless aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and his many friends who were like family. He is predeceased by his grandfather, William H. Bain Jr.

Bill’s Funeral will be Wednesday, at 5:00 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, where calling hours will be from 2:00 P.M. until the funeral, at the funeral home. A spring interment will be in Boonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Adirondack AYSO Region #469, 128 Pine Lane, Boonville, NY 13309.

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