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Lee Center- Walter Szewczyk, age 97, of State Rt. 26, husband of Phyllis, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville.


He was born in Passaic, New Jersey, on January 27, 1922, a son of Stanley and Sophie Siek Szewczyk. Walter moved to his present home on Rt. 26, at the age of three; he received his education at District # 10, Rural School, Town of Lee, completing his education through grade 12 at West Leyden Central School. Much later in life, Mr. Szewczyk returned to his studies and earned his GED from Adirondack Senior High School, in Boonville.


From 1940, until 1943, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army, Mr. Szewczyk was employed at Revere Copper & Brass Co. of Rome. On December 20, 1943, Walter entered active military service in the European Theater of WWII, where he participated in battles at Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. During those battles, Mr. Szewczyk was wounded three times; in France, on November 15, 1944 and in Germany on December 24, 1944 and again in Germany, on January 21, 1945. In recognition of his heroic actions while serving his country, Mr. Szewczyk was awarded The EAME Theater Ribbon w/3 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, a Purple Heart w/2 Clusters and The Bronze Star Medal. On November 7, 1945, Mr. Szewczyk was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant from the Army Separation Center at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.


After serving his country, Walt returned to his parent’s farm and began employment in the wire stranding department at Spargo Wire Co. of Rome, a career lasting 37 years, until he retired in 1988.


On June 14, 1947, Walt was united in marriage with Phyllis Szur, at Transfiguration Church, Rome. Afterwards the couple settled on Rt. 26, Lee Center, where they constructed their home and operated the Szewczyk family Holstein dairy farm on Stokes Hill for many years, retiring from farming in 2001.


In celebration of their 60th anniversary Walt and Phyllis enjoyed an Alaskan cruise and also traveled throughout the state of Alaska including a trip to Mount McKinley, which they greatly enjoyed. Walt was an avid hunter and fisherman; both locally and in Canada.


Mr. Szewczyk was a member of Transfiguration Church, Rome, the Polish Home of Rome and the Broadalbin NY American Legion.


In addition to his wife, Phyllis, of nearly 72 years, Walt is survived by one daughter, Ms. Nadine Szewczyk, Ballston Spa, NY and by several nieces and nephews and a special niece, Sharon Stottlar, Angola, NY. He was predeceased by his sister, Stephanie S. Hoffert, in 2000 and by a nephew, Francis W. Hoffert and by several sister and brother in laws.


The Szewczyk family wishes to extend a note of thanks and appreciation to the staff at Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, for the kind and compassionate care which was given to Walt.


His Funeral will be on Saturday, April 6, at 9:00 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, and at 10:00 A.M. at St. Mary’s Nativity Church, West Leyden, where Rev. Lawrence Marullo, pastor will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment in the spring will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Leyden, with Military Honors from Charles J. Love Post American Legion, Harland J. Hennessey Post V.F.W. and The Tun Tavern Marine Corps League, all of Boonville. Calling hours are Friday 4-8 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.

Boonville- Anna L. (Nelson) Stocklosa Borwick, 85, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, while surrounded by the loving care of her family.


Affectionately known as “Ann” or “Mom,” she was a native of Boonville and lifelong resident of Rt. 12. Ann was born on June 1, 1933, a daughter of Robert P. and Anna Capron Nelson. She received her education at the Dean Road Rural School, later attending and graduating from Boonville Central School, with the Class of 1950. Afterwards she attended and graduated from The Utica School of Commerce.


Ann was first employed as a secretary for the Remsen GLF. For over 25 years she was employed for the Avon Cosmetic Company of Rye, NY, first as a door to door cosmetic saleslady in the Boonville area before retiring after many years as Avon Co. Central New York District sales manager.


For many years Ann was a well-known and treasured cake baker and cake decorator in the Boonville area, making cakes for weddings and many occasions. Ann will be fondly remembered as a lady who brought much pleasure and joy to others through her cosmetic sales, cake baking, and service to others as a member of the Catholic Women’s Club, of St. Patrick’s Church, Forestport, where she served as club treasurer and was active in the operation of the church’s food bank. For many years she found much joy in serving as an Election Poll Clerk throughout the Boonville election districts. In 1999, and for several years thereafter, Ann greatly enjoyed her employment in her son’s traveling carnival, Stock’s Family Amusements, where she worked in the games and in the cotton candy and candied apple concession.


On October 11, 1951, Ann was united in marriage with Joseph Stocklosa, at St. Mary of the Snows Church, Otter Lake. Mr. Stocklosa passed away on January 25, 1970. On June 5, 1971, Ann was united in marriage with Edward J. Borwick, at St. Patrick’s Church, Forestport. Mr. Borwick passed away on November 29, 1989.


Ann was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, Forestport.


She is survived by one son and daughter in law, Robert (Jo Ann) Stocklosa, Westernville; one daughter Geraldine Stocklosa and her partner, Cherie Scaia, Syracuse; a step son, Edward (Barbara) Borwick, Jr., Boonville; grandchildren, Willie Jean (Jeff) Kimball, Port Byron, Lesley (Josh) Fried, Long Mont, CO, Ryan Borwick, Lancaster, NY and Amanda (Bill) Gruby, Westernville. She was predeceased by a brother, Robert Nelson, who passed away in childhood and by a step son, Martin J. Borwick.


Her Funeral will be on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 12:15 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, and at 1:00 P.M. at St. Joseph’s Church, of Christ Our Hope Parish, Charles St. Boonville, where Rev. Thomas Ward, pastor will celebrate a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be in the spring in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Boonville. Calling hours at the funeral home are Saturday, from 10:00 A.M. until 12 Noon.


Ann greatly loved and cared for her many feline friends; memorial contributions may be made to Spring Farm Cares 3364 State Rt. 12, Clinton, NY 13323.

LOWVILLE - Paul R. Jantzi, 85, died early Monday morning, March 25, 2019 with his loving family at his side.

Paul was born on September 20, 1933 in Martinsburg the son of the late Aaron L. and Susan Saloma (Ressler) Jantzi. He graduated from Lowville Academy and Central School, he also received his License Practical Nursing degree. Paul was a LPN for Lewis County General Hospital from November of 1963 to June of 1978. He then drove over the road for Anchor Motor Freight from June of 1978 until he retired in 1993. During that time he was a school bus driver for Lowville Academy and Central School from 1964 to 1993. Paul also worked for (Earl Ford) Agway Petroleum. After retirement Paul worked for Waite Toyota delivering cars.

He was united in marriage with Phyllis D. Widrick on August 14, 1952 at Lowville Mennonite Church with Rev. Lloyd Boshart officiating. They enjoyed 66 years of marriage together in the Lowville area and retired to their home on Bostwick Street.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, their eight children and spouses, Bruce (Ruth) Jantzi of Clintondale; Donna (Ritchie) Turck of Lowville; Florence (Rick) Breglia of Adams; Ellen (Barry) Waite of Henderson; Sundena (Lee) Cobb of Glenfield; Peter (Roberta) Jantzi of Lowville; Trinda Hayes of Barneveld; Tim (Kelly) Jantzi of Mexico; 28 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; his sisters, Ruthanna Miller of Vermont; Mary Smith of Lowville; his brothers, Mark (Rita) Jantzi of Schenectady; Daniel (Fay) Jantzi of Lowville; nieces and nephews, and the Widrick family.

Paul is predeceased by his granddaughter, Aleesha Cobb, great granddaughter, Paislee Cobb, and granddaughter-in-law, Katie Stefon Allen; his son-in-law, Ron Hayes; his brother Howard Jantzi.

Paul was a member of Lowville Mennonite Church where he was an active volunteer in many capacities, trustee, and usher, the Mennonite Central Committee, and past member of Adirondack Mennonite Heritage Farm. He was a member of Beaver Falls Senior Citizens, and Black River Campers. Paul and Phyllis RV traveled to every continental state, and visited Hawaii.

Calling hours for family and friends will be at the Lowville Mennonite Church on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 2 to 4:00 P.M. and 6 to 8:00 P.M. A funeral service will on Thursday, March 28th at 10:30 A.M. with Rev. Keith Zehr, Pastor and Evan Zehr officiating. Spring Burial will be in Croghan Mennonite Cemetery.

Memorials in Paul’s name may be made to: Beaver Camp, 8884 Buck Point Road, Lowville, NY 13367 or Lowville Mennonite Church, 7705 Ridge Road, Lowville, NY 13367

West Leyden - Walter John Kaido, 93, of State Route 26, passed away March 20, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born at the family homestead on Route 26 on March 30, 1925, a son of Thomas and Pauline Mefelski Kaido. He attended West Leyden School and on September 20, 1952, he married Eleanor Swistak at the Transfiguration Church in Rome. After their marriage they settled at his family homestead where they operated a dairy farm until 1965 and a hobby farm thereafter.

Walt was a professional carpenter by trade and for many years worked with the local Carpenters Union 747. Walt took pride in his work and was skilled in a variety of construction trades. He enjoyed maintaining his property, woodworking, ATV riding, and spending time outdoors. He found pleasure in using his skills to help his children with their home projects. Walt and Eleanor traveled extensively, both domestic and abroad, and while he was eager to experience other places, he always loved to return home.

Walt was a member of St. Mary’s Nativity Church, West Leyden, Life Member of the Knights of Columbus, Life Member of the Rome Polish Home, and a Member of the United Polka League of the Mohawk Valley. He served on the West Leyden School Board for several years, was a past member of the West Leyden Fire Department, and a former Justice of the Peace for the Town of Lewis.

Surviving are his loving and devoted wife, Eleanor, and his children Michael and Donna Kaido, West Leyden; Janet Kaido, Syracuse; Carole and William Iseneker, Sherrill; Patrice and Mark Haley, Lyons; Peter and Dollie Kaido, Verona; Elaine and Thomas Szot, Western Springs, IL; 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Walt was predeceased by two brothers; Joseph and Chester, as well as five sisters; Lottie Mack, Betty Kaido, Cecelia Chrzanowski, Angeline Toper, and Sophia Riegler.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 27 at St. Mary’s Nativity Church, West Leyden. Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the Mass at the Church. Burial will be in Prussian Settlement Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413 or Prussian Settlement Cemetery, PO Box 423, West Leyden, NY 13489. Mills Funeral Home, Boonville is entrusted with the arrangements. For an online message of sympathy please go to

Boonville – The Rev. William Ramsey Wheeler, 86, husband of Darlene, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, while surrounded by the loving care of his wife and family.

Affectionately known as ‘Father Bill’ by his parishioners, he was born in Utica, NY, on March 29, 1932, son of Everett J. Wheeler, Sr., and Marjorie Spice Wheeler. Growing up in Utica, he graduated from Utica Free Academy, with the Class of 1950. While in high school, Bill excelled in playing basketball, baseball and especially in track and field events, which he won several trophies for. After high school, he continued his education attending Utica College of Syracuse University, graduating with a Bachelor degree in Chemistry. He enjoyed participating on the college basketball team.

From August, 1955, until his honorable discharge in August, 1957, Mr. Wheeler served his country in the US Army working with guided missiles in Mundeline, IL.

On November 23, 1957, William was united in marriage to Darlene Benson, at Grace Episcopal Church, Utica.

For many years, Bill was employed by the Alcoa Corporation in its plastic production products division, in Richmond, IN. He then accepted a position as Production Superintendent -Plastics, with HC Products Co., Princeville, IL. While employed in Princeville, the Wheelers lived in Dunlap, IL. Over the course of his long career in plastics building products, Mr. Wheeler received two Alcoa Technical Award patents. While residing in Richmond, IN, Mr. Wheeler was a member and President of the National Jaycees (1966-67), and while living in Peoria, IL, he was President of the Plastics and Vinyl Siding Institute. He and his wife enjoyed both domestic and international travel.

For many years Bill and Darlene were very active in their support of Christian outreach, particularly the Cursillo Movement - a Christian-based weekend retreat.

Along with his wife, Darlene and his family, Mr. Wheeler’s Episcopal faith was a center point of his life. While living in Dunlap, Mr. Wheeler was ordained a deacon of the Episcopal Church, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Peoria, IL, (1986) and served as a deacon for twenty-one years, concluding his diaconate service at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lowville, NY.

In the early 1990’s Bill retired and relocated to the Wheeler family homestead near Boonville. For a time after that, he was employed as a consultant for the plastics industry, at Woodbridge, NJ.

Also following his retirement, deacon Wheeler, continued his religious studies and was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church, by the Most Reverend William Love, Bishop of the Albany Diocese of Episcopal Churches, at Grace Episcopal Church, Mohawk, NY. (2007) Thereafter, for several years Rev. Wheeler served as priest at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lowville; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Constableville; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Port Leyden, and Grace Episcopal Church, Mohawk.

In addition to his wife of sixty-one years, Reverend Wheeler is survived by his son, David Wheeler, a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Wheeler Morris (Daniel), two grandchildren, Danielle and Jacob Morris, one great granddaughter Addison; two sisters: Marjorie Larlee and Ellen Wheeler, one brother Jon Wheeler, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings: Everett, Nancy Gay, Robert, and Richard.

Bill’s family wishes to extend a note of sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, for all their kind and compassionate care they gave to Bill.

A Requiem Eucharist will be celbrated on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 12 noon at Trinity Episcopal Church, Schuyler St., Boonville. Interment will be in the Spring at the Boonville Cemetery. Calling hours will be at the church on Saturday from 11 A.M until the service, followed by luncheon in the Parish Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Resident Activities Fund, 232 Academy St., Boonville, NY 13309 or to Trinity Episcopal Church, P.O. Box #151 Boonville, NY 13309; Grace Episcopal Church, Utica; or Grace Episcopal Church, Mohawk.

Fr. Bill’s arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville.

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