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skinner obit

May 24, 1928 to November 6, 2014

GREIG – Robert M. Skinner, 86, of Barnes Road, died Thursday morning, November 6, 2014, at Lewis County General Hospital.

A funeral Mass will be said at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 10, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Glenfield, with Rev. Christopher Carrara, Pastor, officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be in Brantingham Cemetery. Calling hours are Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 2 – 5 p.m. at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. Contributions may be made to the Lowville American Legion Post #162, 5383 Dayan St., Lowville, NY 13367; the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675; or to the Lewis County General Hospital Fund for Hope, 7785 N. State St., Lowville, NY 13367.
Robert was born on May 24, 1928, at home in Greig, NY, a son of the late Leroy and Mary Decker Skinner. He attended John Greig School in Greig, NY. On August 19, 1950, he married Barbara Watson in Watson, NY. The couple resided in Greig. Mrs. Skinner died August 12, 2011. Mr. Skinner was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his service, Mr. Skinner worked for his brother, Yale Skinner, at the Greig Garage for over 30 years. He also worked as a self-employed logger, selling pulp to area paper mills. After his retirement, Mr. Skinner cut and sold firewood for many years.
He was a member of Lowville American Legion Post #162, and the Glen-Greig Fish and Game Club. Mr. Skinner enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, gardening, and working in the woods. He enjoyed playing horseshoes and watching the Yankees games. Mr. Skinner bowled on the Greig Garage bowling team in the Classic League at Lewis Lanes for many years.

He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Mary Jane Raymond of Lowville; GayeAnn and Wayne O. Post of Lyons Falls; four grandchildren, David and Julie Post, Toby Post, Travis and Jen Post, and Jessica Raymond; four great-grandchildren, Caleb, Dustin, Ashlee and Steven Post; nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Skinner is predeceased by a son-in-law, Donald W. “Bill” Raymond, and by three brothers, Decker, Yale and Richard Skinner.

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September, 24, 1941 to November 2, 2014


Ken was born on September 24, 1941 in Westernville, a son of William and Maefred Beckwith Slawson. Following his education Ken began his working career in the logging business. On July 3, 1960, Ken was united in marriage with Barbara A. Loomis. Following their marriage the couple lived in Ava, before settling on the Kessler Road in 1983. Mrs. Slawson, a certified nurse's assistant, employed at Rome Parkway Nursing Home, and Sunset Nursing Home, Boonville, passed away on July 27, 2014.

For several years Kenny was self employed as a welder, traveling around the Lowville, Boonville, and Rome areas working on heavy equipment. For a time he was employed with CJ Logging Co., Boonville, where he worked as a mechanic on skidders and logging machinery. Ken also worked for the Still Family, at Ava Wood Products until retiring due to injuries sustained in a logging accident.

Ken was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. He also spent many hours tending his vegetable gardens. His greatest joy in life was time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ken is survived by his children; Kenneth (Rhonda) Slawson, Queensbury, Patti M. (Robert) Johnson, Hawkinsville, Randy Lee (Dawn) Slawson, Lowville, Lorri J. Slawson, Tappahannock, VA, Susan M. Slawson and companion, Dale Marolf, Constableville, and William F. Slawson, Lyons Falls, 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Besides his wife Barbara, he was predeceased by a daughter, Robin, in 1966, a son, Christopher, in 2001, a granddaughter, Amanda, in 1985, and by a grandson, Randy L. Slawson, Jr. in 2009, and by a half brother Ernie Vandewalker. Also surviving are his siblings: Frank (Pat) Slawson, Manassas, VA, Bill (Judy) Slawson, North Western, Kay (Joe) Domago, Salisbury, NC, Susan (Jim) Wood, Port Leyden, and Janice Slawson, Rome.

A Memorial Service will be held on, Friday, November 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler Street, Boonville. Interment will follow in Carmichael Hill Cemetery, Westernville. Calling hours will be held from 11:00 am until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Constableville Fire Department Ambulance Fund, Constableville, NY 13325.

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Ripp obit

April 21, 1927 to October 25, 2014

LOWVILLE – Rosemary Matuszczak Andre Ripp, 87, formerly of Trinity Ave. and Cascade Ave., died peacefully on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility.

A funeral Mass will be said at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lowville, with Rev. Christopher Carrara, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Lowville Rural Cemetery. Calling hours are from 4 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. All are welcome to attend a gathering at the Lowville VFW following the graveside committal service. Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675; or to the Lewis County General Hospital Fund for Hope, 7785 N. State St., Lowville, NY 13367.

She is survived by four sons and their wives, John F. Andre, Jr. and Constance Andre of Webster, MA; Randy J. and Laura Andre of Brasher Falls, NY; Timothy J. and Sandra Andre of Hampton, MA; Scott W. and Joanne Andre of Lowville; three daughters and their husbands, Donna L. and Kenneth Wuelzer of Knoxville, TN; Michele Andre of Plano, TX; Susan and Michael Marolf of Groton, NY; a sister, Virginia Grant of Geneva, NY; 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Ann “Patsy” Andre; a sister, Wanda Seaver; and two brothers, Richard and Louis Matuszczak.

Born Rosemary Matuszczak in Lowville, NY on April 21, 1927, she was a daughter of the late John Matuszczak and Lillian Swattowska Matuszczak. Rosemary was a 1945 graduate of Lowville Academy, and attended beauty school in Rochester. She married John F. Andre of Croghan on February 14, 1947. The marriage ended in divorce several years later. She was also married to the late Frederick Ripp of Lyons Falls. Rosie was one of the original Kraft employees in Lowville, and retired after 18 years of service. She enjoyed working at the Kraft booth at the Lewis County Fair. Rosie also worked for the Lowville Board of Elections.

Rosemary was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lowville. She was a life member of the Lowville VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She loved family gatherings, and held yearly reunions with children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

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boomer obit

August 12, 1930 to October 24, 2014

NEW BREMEN – Robert L. “Boomer” Zehr, 84, of State Route 812, passed away Friday, October 24, 2014 at Lewis County General Hospital.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 27, 2014 at First Mennonite Church, New Bremen with Bruce Chartrand, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in First Mennonite Church Cemetery. A prayer service with Military Honors will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday at Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville, prior to the funeral service. Calling hours are from 4 – 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at funeral home. Contributions may be made to First Mennonite Church, 8383 NYS Route 812, Lowville, NY 13367; or to Lewis County Memorial VFW Post 6912, 7784 West State Street, Lowville, NY 13367.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Arletha; his children, Lynn R. Zehr and his fiance, Sandy Eaves of New Bremen; Jill and Reginald Hoch of Lowville; Lisa and Lynn Lee of New Bremen; Jack and Roberta Zehr of New Bremen; four grandchildren, Patrick and Jennifer, Brooke and Sloane; three great-grandchildren, Nolan and Lane Roes, and Mason Lee; a brother-in-law, Gordon Gingerich of Florida; an aunt, Pearl Lehman Hirschey Farney; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by two sisters, Loretta Gingerich and Audrey West; a brother, Wilson Zehr; a step-sister, Velma Grau Farney; and his step-father, Russell Grau.

Robert was born on August 12, 1930 in the Town of New Bremen, NY, a son of the late Reuben Zehr and Marion Lehman Zehr Grau. He graduated from Beaver River Central School, and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea from 1948 until 1952. For his service, Mr. Zehr received the Army of Occupation Medal, the Japan Bronze Star Medal, Device with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantryman Badge, Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, and the United Nations Service Medal. On August 2, 1953, he married Arletha M. Archer at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lowville with Monsignor Hogan officiating.

After his service, Mr. Zehr worked for his father as an electrician, for Lyons Falls Pulp and Paper, and operated Zehr Electric in New Bremen. Robert worked for DuFlo Spraying as a flagman, and for other companies, before operating his own trucking and excavating business until his retirement in 1991. He was a private pilot.
Mr. Zehr was a member of First Mennonite Church, New Bremen. He was a member of Beaver River Memorial Post #1663, American Legion, Croghan, and Lewis County Memorial VFW Post #6912, Lowville. Robert was a member of the Lewis County Citizen’s Patrol, and an honorary member of the New Bremen Fire Department.
Robert enjoyed camping, Blue Grass festivals, hunting, and playing the guitar and banjo. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com

June 1, 1918 to October 18, 2014

Marian G. Andrews Boonville- Marian (Gantner) Andrews, 96, a former longtime resident of Ford St., widow of Frederick, passed away while surrounded by the loving care of her family on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, where she had resided since June, 2014.

A native and life resident of Boonville, Marian was born on June 1, 1918, a daughter of Otto and Delia Anna Gantner. She grew up on her family's farm on the Golden Road, near Boonville, and graduated from Boonville High School, with the Class of 1937. On November 6, 1937, Marian was united in marriage with Frederick E. Andrews, in Remsen. This was a loving union of 54 years, until Mr. Andrews, a supervisor of maintenance at Rome Cable Co. passed away on October 2, 1991. Marian was a devoted wife, and mother to her three children. For many years the couple spent winters at Zephyrhills, Fla, where they made many friends. She greatly enjoyed watching baseball, crocheting and sitting on her front porch.

She is survived by her children, John Andrews and his companion Jean Salmon, Robert Andrews and his wife, Jerusha, all of Boonville. She was predeceased by a daughter, Carol Leffingwell on July 19, 2009. Also surviving are her beloved grandchildren, Toni and Mike Farr, Sheri Lee and David Leffingwell, II, Shawn and Jenifer Andrews, Brian and Amy Andrews and many great grand children and a son in law, David Leffingwell, Boonville.

Her services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, with interment in Boonville Cemetery. Calling hours are Tuesday from 11-2 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Resident Activities Fund 232 Academy St. Boonville, NY 13309. -

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