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Boonville- Virginia B. Martin, 102, passed away at Sunset Nursing Home on June 10, 2019. She was born in Erie, PA on April 9, 1917 and lived in New York City and Long Island before moving with her husband, John, to Forestport over 50 years ago. She was active in the Forestport Presbyterian Church, Boonville VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Boonville Community chorus. Virginia will be remembered by her sunny and kind disposition, ready smile, and beautiful blue eyes. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Virginia was predeceased by her husband, John and son, Douglas (BoonMon). She is survived by her loving companion, Donald Frank of Boonville, who provided her with unwavering love and support every day for many years, a remarkable commitment that will always be remembered by Virginia’s family. She is also survived by her son, James Martin (Lydia) of La Vale, MD and her son Kenneth Martin (Cheryle) of Boonville and New Smyrna Beach, FL. She leaves behind many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

At Virginia’s request, a private service was held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Forestport Presbyterian Church or the Boonville VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Post 5538. For an online message of sympathy please go to

Port Leyden- Margaret R. (Dolan) Fowler, 89, a longtime resident of State Rt. 12, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in Myrtle Beach, SC, at the home of her daughter and son in law, Kathleen and Jeffrey Wood, where she had resided for the past year. Mrs. Fowler was the widow of Daniel Fowler.


She was born in Highmarket, on April 30, 1930, a daughter of Clifford F. and Mary Bryant Dolan. She grew up in Highmarket, receiving her education at a rural school, and at Constableville High School. On May 27, 1949, she was united in marriage with Daniel F. Fowler, at St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville. Mr. Fowler, an Army Airforce Veteran of W.W. II, and employee of Georgia Pacific Paper Co. Lyons Falls, passed away on February 16, 1996.


Margaret was a member of St. Martin’s Church, Port Leyden. She greatly enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.


She is survived by four sons, Michael Fowler, Port Leyden, Patrick Fowler, Sr., Conway, SC, Daniel J. Fowler, Jr. and Bruce Fowler, both of Port Leyden; four daughters and three sons in law, Kathleen (Jeffrey) Wood, Myrtle Beach, SC, Beverly (James) Cataldo, Martinsburg, Laura (Richard) Bell, Clayton, NC and Lisa Day, Myrtle Beach, SC; a daughter in law, Annette Fowler, Port Leyden; fifteen grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren and twenty three great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sons, Richard D. Fowler, Sr. on September 29, 2016, Edwin Fowler, in 1979, two grandsons, Richard Fowler, Jr. and Kyle Burgy. Also surviving are three sisters in law, Nancy Fowler Barry, Marilyn Fowler and Jenny Fowler and by her two furry friends, dog, Joey and cat, Molly.


Relatives and friends are invited to attend graveside services at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, June 17, 2019, at Calvary Cemetery, Port Leyden. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewis County Humane Society, P.O. box 682, Lowville, NY 13367.

Boonville- William J. Muha, 64, a life-long Boonville area resident, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital, New Hartford.


Affectionately known as Billy, he was born in Constableville, on April 30, 1955, a son of William E. and Venita Kranbuhl Muha. Billy grew up on Woodgate Drive in Boonville, receiving his education at Adirondack Central School, graduating with the Class of 1973. While in high school, he greatly enjoyed participating in the musical “Oklahoma.” During his high school years and thereafter, he was employed for Ronald Cyr, at Adirondack Oil Co. and Sunoco Gas Station. Later for over 40 years, he was employed in the copper casting department of Revere Copper & Brass Co. Rome, retiring in 2018.


In 1977, Billy married Debi Waszkiewicz; later the couple was divorced.


For several years, Billy was a member of the Boonville Fire Company and the Boonville Rod & Gun Club. He enjoyed participating on various soft ball teams and bowled for many years on the Night Owl League, teams which consisted of his co-workers from Revere, who bowled Friday mornings, after working the night shift.


Billy possessed a kind and gentle nature which extended into his great love and concern for all animals; he found much joy in caring for stray cats and dogs and feeding deer. He greatly loved his dog, “Lox.”


Billy is survived by his children; Glen (Melissa) Muha, Jeff (Christina) Muha, all of Boonville; grandchildren, Alex, Andrew, Garrett and Graham; two sisters, Cindy (Steve) Pfendler, Boonville, Lori Croneiser, Boonville; two brothers, Mark Muha and James Muha, both of Boonville; several aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Venita, in 1974, his father, William, in 1989, and a brother in law, Mike Croneiser, in 2016.


His Funeral will be on Saturday, at 12 Noon at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., where Rev. Thomas A. Ward, pastor of Christ Our Hope Parish, Boonville, will officiate. Interment will be in Boonville Cemetery. Calling hours are Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until the funeral service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Lewis County Humane Society, P.O. Box 682, Lowville, NY 13367.

Boonville- Patricia L. Griffin, 67 of State Route 12 passed away on Sunday morning June 9, 2019 at home, surrounded by her family.

She was born on November 30, 1951 in Utica N.Y. a daughter of Kenneth VanLuven and Virginia Williams VanLuven. Patty graduated from Boonville High School in 1969 and furthered her education at Central City Business Institute, Syracuse in 1970. She and Timothy Griffin were united in marriage October 31, 1970. After their marriage they settled in New Hartford then moved back to Boonville on Ford Street in 1974. She was employed as the office manager for the orthopedic office of Doctor’s Pierce, Silver and Murphy from 1970 retiring in 2001. The couple moved to their present home in 1988. Mr. Griffin who owned and operated Boonville Appliance and Repair passed away June 10, 2013. Patricia was of Methodist faith and enjoyed reading, bird watching and television. She loved animals especially her cat Sylvester and canine companion Lilly.

Surviving are her children, Colleen and Michael Backer and Donald and Robin Griffin, all of Boonville; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; her mother, Virginia Mascitelli, Boonville; two brothers, Roger VanLuven, Michigan and Kim VanLuven, Daytona Beach. Fl.; two sisters, Pam and Fred Ricci, Boonville and Tracy and Neil Austin, Boonville; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Scott and Amy Griffin, Boonville; sister-in-law, Janette Croniser, Boonville and a very good friend Carol Croniser. She was predeceased by her father and step mother, Kenneth and Saralou VanLuven, brother, Kevin Van,Luven and step father, Dr. Lewis Mascitelli.

Her funeral service will be held on June 13, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post Street, Boonville. Calling hours will be from 4-7 p.m. prior the service. Burial in Boonville Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163 or to Erwin Library, 104 Schuyler Street, Boonville, NY 13309. For an online message of sympathy please go to


Claire Richards O’Rourke, 77, of Boonville, NY and more recently Richmond, VA, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2019 with her loving husband of nearly 55 years, Jim, by her side. Claire was born on January 21, 1942 to Joseph and Anna Richards. She graduated from Sauquoit Valley School in 1960. She graduated from Catholic University in Washington, DC where she met James O’Rourke and they married in August 1964. She furthered her education at SUNY Cortland, preparing her for a life of teaching English in the SUNY system. Claire also started and managed a career as a real estate broker and co-owner of Century 21 Gentry Real Estate in Boonville for over 20 years. Claire’s greatest joy was socializing with friends and family, as well as spending time quilting, painting, and reading books. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and watching them participate in school and community activities. Claire was immensely proud of all of her children and grandchildren and leaves behind a legacy of unconditional love. Claire is also survived by all five of her children, their spouses, and 10 grandchildren. Tom (Edie) O’Rourke of Boonville and their children, Matthew, Kevin and Ryan; Michael (Jeremy Carling) O’Rourke of Minneapolis, MN; Anne Stephenson (Kyle) of Richmond, VA and their children, Kyle, Julia and Warrick; James Jr. (Emily) O’Rourke of Contoocook, NH and their children, Liam and Thea; Patrick (Ruth) O’Rourke of Silver Spring, MD and their children, Cullan and Makena. Claire is also survived by her sister, Joanne Richards Byrnes and her husband Bob of New Hartford, NY. She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Anna Richards. The family will receive guests on June 9th from 5 - 7 pm at Affinity Funeral Service, located at 2720 Enterprise Parkway, Richmond VA 23294. A funeral service will be held at Affinity Funeral Service on June 10th at 10 AM, followed by a graveside service at Mount Vernon Memorial Park in Glen Allen, VA. A mass on behalf of her soul will be offered at Christ Our Hope Catholic parish in Boonville NY, at a date to be determined. The family is eternally grateful for the compassionate care provided by Bon Secours Hospice, and requests any donations to be made to Bon Secours Community Hospice House, 1133 Old Bon Air Road, Richmond, VA 23235. Online guestbook at

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