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Ronald youngs obit

September 22, 1934 to July 10, 2015

CASTORLAND – Ronald F. “Lonjo” Youngs, 80, of Artz Road, passed away Friday, July 10, 2015 at his home, under the care of his family and Lewis County Hospice.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville with Rev. David Herrmann, Pastor of Lowville United Methodist Church, officiating. Calling hours are from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors will be in the Martinsburg Cemetery. Contributions may be made payable to Shirley Youngs and mailed to Community Bank, 7395 Turin Road, Lowville, NY 13367, for an athletic scholarship at Lowville Academy and Central School for an underprivileged senior athlete who participates in football, wrestling or baseball.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Shirley; five children, Robbin and Bruce Steria of Martinsburg; Ronald Jr. and Marsha Youngs of Greig; Rebecca and Joseph Livezey of Brantingham; Regina and Steven Gaffney of Pulaski; Rhonda Farney and her companion, Randy Simmons of Castorland; a sister and brother-in-law, Shelby and Paul Brasie of Lowville; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one-great-great granddaughter; two aunts, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ronald was born on September 22, 1934 in West Martinsburg, NY, a son of the late Alonzo “Lonnie” and Helen Hulbert Youngs. He graduated from Lowville Academy in 1953. While in school, Ron was very athletic, playing football, baseball, and wrestling for Lowville Academy. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from 1953 until his honorable discharge in 1961. On August 20, 1955, he married Shirley A. Knight at the Lowville United Methodist Church parsonage. After his service, Mr. Youngs worked for area businesses before beginning his career at AMF Bowling Products in Lowville in 1961, retiring as Dry Kiln Technician in 1995.

Mr. Youngs attended the Lowville United Methodist Church and Beaver Falls United Methodist Church. He was a past president of the New England Dry Kiln Association. He was a past member of the Lowville American Legion Post #162, Lewis County Memorial Post #6912, VFW, and B.P.O.E 1605, Lowville Elks Lodge. Ron was a field director at Flywheels and Pulleys in Constableville for many years.
Ron enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his family. He loved restoring antique tractors. His family was most important to him.

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Burke obit

February 27, 1919 to July 10, 2015

PORT LEYDEN – Virginia C. Burke, 96, of State Route 12, passed away Friday morning at her home under the care of her nephew, Marvin Nellenback and Lewis County Hospice.

A funeral mass will be said at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 13, 2015, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Constableville, with Rev. Lawrence Marullo, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Port Leyden. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, July 12, 2015 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. Contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.

Virginia was born February 27, 1919 in Boonville, NY, a daughter of the late George J. and Florence C. Duppert Iseneker. She attended country school at Dutch Hill and Boonville High School. Virginia did domestic work for Margaret Wilson, before going to work for General Cable in Rome as a machine operator. On June 6, 1946, she married James V. Burke at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Leyden, with Rev. Edward Rivette officiating. After her marriage, Mrs. Burke worked as a cook and waitress at the Boonville Hotel. The couple moved to their current address in 1952. Virginia worked for Bill’s Market in Port Leyden as a cashier for several years, and worked for Lally Manufacturing and the Lyonsdale Paper Mill. Mrs. Burke worked for Lewis County General Hospital as a cleaner before beginning her 19 year career at South Lewis Central School, working in the cafeteria and as a bus driver.

She is survived by a sister, Carolyn Kapfer of Boonville; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and cousins. In additions to her parents, Mrs. Burke was predeceased by her husband, James, who died November 11, 1993; two sisters, Eleanor Iseneker and Mildred Nellenback; her brother, Jennings Iseneker; and by her long-time friend, Robert Weiler.

Mrs. Burke was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Constableville and West Leyden. She enjoyed dinners with the cafeteria ladies, traveling and shopping. Virginia enjoyed ceramics, woodworking, and making whirly gigs.

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January 27, 1931 - June 23, 2015

West Leyden – Kermit Klingbail, age 84, of Osceola Road, passed away peacefully on June 23, 2015, after a lengthy illness.

Born in Ripon, WI, Kermit was the son of the late Edward F. and Frieda Klingbail. He graduated from Ripon High School and Ripon College, and then attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He married his college sweetheart, Joyce Brownworth, in 1957.

A pioneer in the computer industry, Kermit began his career in 1956, as a programmer for the AC Sparkplug Division of GM in Milwaukee, WI. He then worked for Space Technology Labs in El Segundo, CA, General Electric in Syracuse and Informatics, Inc., in Rome, NY. He especially enjoyed the latter part of his career with PAR Technology, for whom he worked on special projects in Nevada, New Mexico and Florida. Following his retirement, he was excited to start his own company, Klingbail Enterprises, LLC, where he worked with his son, Ian, to provide logs, lumber and firewood. He also enjoyed getting to know people from the Town of Lewis during his tenure as Town Assessor.

Kermit had many other interests and hobbies. He enjoyed camping, hiking, canoeing and kayaking, taking great pride in winning 2nd place in the Hudson River White Water Derby in a double kayak with his wife, Joyce. He was a ham radio and photography enthusiast. He also looked forward to pistol shooting, hunting, and motorcycling. He was an avid skier, a 20-year member of the National Ski Patrol, and he served as the Patrol Leader for two years at Snow Ridge in Turin, NY. He also enjoyed participating in political banter with friends and family members.

Kermit was predeceased by his parents, his brother (Edward, Jr.) his sister (Joyce Haff) and his brother-in-law (Vernon Brownworth). He is survived by his wife Joyce, son Ian (Joan) Klingbail, daughter Tracy (Brian) Rice, granddaughters Emily (Ryan) Bornt and Elaine (Elroy) Moore, niece Jenny (David) Lee, sister-in-law Karen Brownworth and her sons Steve, Greg and Roger. The following great grandchildren brought him many smiles: Miles and Lydia Bornt, and Eli, Abigail, Isaac, and Evelyn Moore.

Arrangements are made through the Trainor Funeral Home in Boonville, but in keeping with Kermit's wishes, there will be no calling hours. There will, however, be a celebration of his life which family members will announce at a later time. His family is grateful for the comfort that comes from knowing how many people cared for Kermit and whose lives were made better by having met him. Kermit's family expresses deep gratitude to his doctors as well as the caregivers from Mohawk Glen Dialysis Center who were so compassionate and dedicated throughout Kermit's illness. Contributions in Kermit's memory may be made to the Lewis County Humane Society, P.O. Box #682, Lowville, New York 13367.

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Lahah obit

January 26, 1918

Boonville- Frances N. Lahah, 97, widow of Dean L., passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at her home under the loving care of her children and Hospice.

Frances was born on January 26, 1918 in Boonville a daughter of Frank and Jennie Chase Hess. She grew up in Boonville where she was educated. On November 5, 1934 Frances was united in marriage with Dean L. Lahah in Forestport. Following their marriage Frances was employed in various local businesses including Blankman's 5 & 10, and Shefield Farms Milk Plant.

In the 1960's, together with her husband Dean, the couple established Elf Stand Furniture Co., an unfinished furniture business that was operated out of their home on Route 12, just outside of the Village of Boonville. They worked side by side until Dean passed away on May 25, 1996. Following her husband's death Frances operated the furniture business with her children until her retirement in 2008.

Frances was a talented seamstress, making outfits for her children and grandchildren. She was a wonderful cook and will be fondly remembered for her cream puffs, oatmeal cookies, and fried bread dough. Around the Holidays, her strawberry pie was requested by everyone.

Frances is survived by her two sons, Levere Lahah, and Carlton (Darlene) Lahah, both of Boonville, her daughter Frances (James) Walter, Barneveld; five grandchildren: Lori(Rick) Lee, Boonville, Roberta Ruffrage, Barneveld, Carl J. (Peggy) Lahah, Jordan, NY, Kenneth (Valerie) Newvine, Boonville, and Keven (Elaine) Newvine, Port Leyden. Also surviving are 13 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her sister Helen Mercurio, and brothers Robert and William Hess.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Interment will be held on Monday at 10 am in Boonville Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 1:00 pm until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413.

Frances's family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Adam Siegers, the Hospice staff: Melissa, Jennifer and Danielle, as well as Dr. Booth for helping them bring Mom home.

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May 25, 1921 - June 14, 2015

Boonville- Clara B. Pfendler, 94, of East Schuyler St., a former resident of Forestport and widow of Arthur, passed away at her residence on Sunday, June 14, 2015, while under the loving care of her family and hospice.

She was born in Rome, on May 25, 1921, a daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Throne Clark. Clara grew up in Rome, where she received her education. On January 10, 1939, Clara was united in marriage with Arthur L. "Fritz" Pfendler, in Boonville. Later Mr. Pfendler served in the U.S. Army in WWII, and after his honorable discharge the couple settled in Forestport, where they lived for many years before moving to Boonville in the 1960's. Mrs. Pfendler was employed at Melee Mfg. Co. Utica, later for many years she was employed as a machine operator at Abelove Laundry Co. Utica, retiring in 1983. Thereafter she was employed in the Laundry department at Sunset Nursing Home, Boonville. Mr. Pfendler died on January 9, 1991.

Clara was a member of the First Baptist Church of Boonville. She was a social person who enjoyed visiting and attending social functions with her sister Ann. She also enjoyed doing cross word puzzles. Clara was an associate member of the Charles J. Love Post American Legion.

She is survived by two daughters, Nila (Clifford) Gerling, Utica, and Linda Wagner, Ocala, Fla; four sons, Arthur "Scott" (Helen) Pfendler, Remsen, Russell (Janice) Pfendler, Boonville, Jerry Pfendler, Boonville and Richard (Diane) Pfendler, Woodgate, She was predeceased by a daughter Sylvia Schmelzle, and by a son, Dale, and by a son, Ronald and by a daughter Jacqueline, who both died in infancy. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great grandchildren and by one sister, Ann Mooney, Boonville. She was predeceased by two great grandchildren, Bobbi and Stephanie Wagner, and by her siblings, Barney F. Clark, Gladis M. Clark, Gordon J. Clark, Minnie May Clark and Billy Clark.

Her funeral will be held on Thursday, June 18, at 11:00 am at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Interment will be held privately in Boonville Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 9:00 am until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413.

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