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Leesburg, FL – Erwin James Wendt, 88, of Leesburg, Florida, native and longtime resident of Constableville, passed away on Friday, January 5, 2018 while surrounded by his loving family.


He was born on January 15, 1929 in Constableville, a son of Walter and Mildred Higby Wendt. Erwin attended Constableville Central School and graduated from Turin Union School in 1946. After working in his Aunts General Store, he was employed by Victory Markets and later for the Great American for 37 ½ years, 20 of which he was the manager.


On November 28, 1947, Erwin was united in marriage with Phyllis Ann Krokowski at the Turin United Methodist Church. In their nearly 50 years of marriage they enjoyed camping while traveling throughout the United States with their children. They also enjoyed antiquing and restoring old furniture. Both Erwin and Phyllis were active members of the Constableville United Methodist Church and found much joy serving together; Phyllis as the Organist, and Erwin as a Layman and Trustee. After his retirement, Erwin and Phyllis moved to Florida, where they lived until Phyllis passed away in 1997.


On February 14, 1998, Erwin and Reverand Ruth Elaine Peronne were married. Erwin is survived by his wife, Rev. Ruth Wendt of Leesburg, FL, sons: David Wendt and Paul Wendt, daughters-in-law: Susan Carpenter Wendt La Roy, Nancy Beadore Wendt, sister Margaret (Joseph) Levesque, Lowville, sister-in-law Sandra Bigness and her companion Frank Kozacka, The Villages, FL, grandchildren: Andy, Michael, Kim and Christine; great-grandchildren: Jacob Lucas Wendt, Dylan Michael Wendt, and Jaxtyn Allen Wendt; along with many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Harold Wendt, great-granddaughter Arriana Grace Tengel; daughter-in-law: Patricia Schleicher Wendt, and half-brother Fred Higby.


Relatives and friends are invited to attend Memorial Services on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Constableville United Methodist Church, West St., Constableville. Interment will follow in Constableville Rural Cemetery. Arrangements are in care of the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. Boonville.

West Leyden – Lois G. Rauscher, 89, longtime resident of Route 26, West Leyden, and widow of Ralph, passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Rome Memorial Hospital.


Lois was born in Rome, on June 4, 1929 a daughter of Walter and Clara Miller Groff. She grew up in Lee Center, and was a graduate of Rome Free Academy with the Class of 1947. She then continued her education at the Utica School of Nursing earning her Registered Nurse’s Degree.


On May 30, 1951, Lois was united in marriage with Ralph Rauscher. Following their marriage the couple settled on Mohawk Hill, where they operated the family dairy farm. In 1964 they moved to West Leyden, where she had since lived. Lois was employed as a Registered Nurse at Rome Hospital until her retirement in 1985. Mr. Rauscher passed away on October 27, 1998.


Lois attended the West Leyden Reformed Church, where for several years she was the pianist and a Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed being outdoors, going for walks and tending to her gardens. She was an accomplished knitter and seamstress and will fondly be remembered for patching the jeans of many of the hardworking people in the West Leyden community.


Lois is survived by her children: Susan (Gary) Williams, Town of Western, Mary Beth “Betsy” (Gary)Kreilach, Boonville, Karl (CarolAnn) Rauscher, West Leyden, Charlie (Jackie) Rauscher, Highmarket, and Alice (Joe) Maciejko, Constableville, 13 Grandchildren, 27 Great-Grandchildren, a sister Shirley Jones, Black River, several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law: Jean Rauscher, Margaret Pribble, and Janet (Jim) Farrell, and good friends Hannah and Arlene Ernst. Besides her husband Ralph, Lois was predeceased by a son Thomas Rauscher in 1968 and her sister Elizabeth “Betty” Groff in 2004.


In keeping with Lois wishes, she has honorably donated her body to the Anatomical Gift Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 6th at 11am at the West Leyden Reformed Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Activities fund at the Residential Health Care Facility at Rome Hospital: 1500 North James Street, Rome, New York 13440.


Lois’s children would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at Rome Hospital for the excellent care and compassion that was given to their mother.

Waterville- Eleanor B. Prouty, 67, wife of Thomas K., passed away on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Waterville Residential Care Center, where she was surrounded by the loving care of her family.


Eleanor was born on July 27, 1951 in Lowville, a daughter of William and Mildred Bush Brown. She was raised in New Bremen, and attended Fr. Leo Memorial School, Croghan, graduating from Beaver River Central School with the Class of 1969. Eleanor graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Banking, Insurance & Real Estate from Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica in 1971.


On February 9, 1974, Eleanor was united in marriage with Thomas K. Prouty in Lowville. The couple settled in Lacona before returning to Lowville in 1975. In 1980 the couple moved to West Leyden where Eleanor was employed as a lunch monitor for West Leyden Elementary School. In 1985 the couple moved to Waterville where they have since lived. Eleanor worked for a time as a crossing guard for Waterville Central School before her longtime employment with SUNY Morrisville as a payroll examiner.


Besides her husband Thomas, Eleanor is survived by her children: Deborah (Lawrence) Stell, Stockbridge, and Matthew Thomas (Charlene) Prouty, Chadwicks; grandchildren Addison, Lilly and Wesley; her siblings: Charles (Betty Lou) Brown, Castorland, Steven (Paula) Brown, Connecticut, Bonnie (Tony) Aucter, Gerald (Renee) Brown, Rosella (Robert) Kloster, all of Croghan, Michael (Yvonne) Brown, Watertown, her sisters-in-law Shirleen Brown, Lowville and Constance Brown, Harrisville and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Donald and Edward Brown.


A Memorial service will be held on Thursday, at 2:00 P.M. at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Interment will follow in West Leyden Cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday from 11:00 A.M. until the service, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Liver Foundation at

Boonville- Rita Jeanne Rubeor Kopczenski, 84, of Academy St., passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at the Abraham House of Utica, while surrounded by the loving care of her daughters.


Rita was born in Rome, on June 17, 1934, a daughter of the late Clarence E. and Mildred V. Godkin Rubeor. At the age of nine she moved with her family from Forestport to Boonville, where she graduated from Boonville Central School, with the Class of 1952. On August 31, 1957, Rita was united in marriage with Chester Kopczenski, in Foresport. Thereafter the couple resided in Boonville, for many years on Church St., moving to Academy St, in 2000. Mr. Kopczenski passed away on March 27, 2004.


Rita was employed at Acme Markets, Boonville, A&P Stores of Syracuse, a telephone operator in Syracuse and as a school crossing guard in Boonville. Later for several years she was employed as a sales clerk at Shoemaker’s Liquor Store, Boonville and she also greatly enjoyed working with her husband Chet in his forestry business in the Boonville area.


She attended Boonville United Methodist Church, and was a 60 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a 50 year member of the Harland J. Hennessey V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, Boonville. Rita enjoyed being very involved in her daughter’s academic and sports activities and she volunteered generous amounts of time assisting the Adirondack Central Marching Band while her daughters were attending school. She also served as a volunteer at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, where her bright demeanor and wonderful sense of humor were enjoyed by the staff and residents alike.


She is survived by two daughters, Sharon West, Knoxville, TN and Lois Mock, Utica; one step-son, Stanley Kopczenski, Bradenton, FL; a granddaughter, Heather Mock, and her children, Hailey and Caiden, Utica; one grandson, Dereck Kopczenski, North Carolina, and one step grandson, Robert Kopczenski and family, of Oregon; one sister, M. Pege Bailey, Rolla, MO; many nieces, nephews, cousins and very special cousins, including, Richard Ritter and his wife, Eileen, North Carolina and Rita Merriam, Boonville. She was predeceased by three sisters, Eileen Cornell, Jessie LaPatra and Shirley Salamey and two brothers, John E. and Clarence Rubeor.


Rita was a dear and cherished friend to many; she is also survived by many dear friends including, David and Donna Douglas, Dorrinne Lyon, Carl and Diana Trainor, Betty Winters and Betty Yager.


Her Funeral will be on Sunday at 4:00 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, where friends may call from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Interment will be private in Beechwood Cemetery, Forestport. Memorial contributions may be made to The Abraham House Hospice Facility, 1203 Kemble St. Utica, NY 13501.

PORT LEYDEN- Alfred C. Corrice Jr., 70, of River Road, Port Leyden, died Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.

A funeral service will be said at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc. with Rev. Mr. James Chaufty officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Contributions may be made to Port Leyden Fire Department, 3387 Route 12 D., Port Leyden, NY 13433.

He is survived by a daughter Denise and her husband Andrew Loadwick of Constableville; a son, Alan Corrice of Gloversville; 6 grandchildren, Brett Compo; Kyle Fitzgerald; Ethan Fitzgerald; Tyler Corrice; Mariah Corrice; Kaitlyn Corrice; two sisters, Sandra and her husband Harry Lucchetti of Ogdensburg; Karen Sargeant of Florida; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is predeceased by his beloved wife Janice Corrice who died on November 9, 2016; a brother, Walter Corrice; and a sister, Judy Putnam.

Alfred was born on January 7, 1948 in Ogdensburg, a son of the late Alfred C. and Harriet Corrice. He graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1966, and then moved to Port Leyden to live with his sister. On August 24, 1974, he married Janice A. Ashley at Notre Dame Catholic Church of Ogdensburg. He became employed at Ethan Allen Furniture in Boonville for 32 years, until they closed. He then got his CNA certificate and worked at Sunset Nursing Home in Boonville for 2 years, until his retirement in 2006.

He enjoyed hunting and camping, spending time with family and friends, and most of all his beloved grandchildren.

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