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January 20, 1949 - May 1, 2015

Boonville- Mary E. (Kerber) Graves, 66, of Kipp Road, wife of Eugene M. Graves, Jr., passed away suddenly on Friday, May 1, 2015, at Rome Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Rome, on January 20, 1949, a daughter of Francis and Alice Nutt Kerber. She grew up on Kerber Road, in Flintown, (Ava), and was educated in Boonville, where she graduated from Boonville Central School, with the Class of 1967. On April 20, 1968, Mary was united in marriage with Eugene M. Graves, Jr. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Rome. Thereafter the couple lived in Buck Hill Road, Town of Western, moving to Boonville, in 1984.

For many years Mrs. Graves was employed as a seamstress at Lally Manufacturing Co. Port Leyden. Later for several years she was employed as a mail clerk by Pitney Bowes Co. for Bank of America, Utica. Mrs. Graves was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the New York State Fire Police Association, Oneida County Fire Police Association and Regional 6 Fire Police Association. She greatly enjoyed reading and crocheting.

In addition to her husband, Eugene, Mary is survived by one son, Eugene M. (Renee) Graves, III; one daughter, Debra Graves, all of Boonville. She was predeceased by a daughter, Karen, on December 14, 1984. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Brett and Ethan Graves; four brothers, James (O'Sun), Korea, Merle (Mary), Lakeland, Fla, Lyle (Cindy), Bartow, Fla, Daniel (Cindy, Boonville; three sisters, Linda (Roger) Crout, Boonville, Kim (Charles) Tanner and Rhonda Kerber, all West Leyden. She was predeceased by a sister, Bonnie Kerber.

Her Funeral will be Tuesday at 10:00 AM at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, with interment in Ava Cemetery. Calling hours are Monday 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Boonville Fire Co. Ambulance Fund PO Box 164, Boonville, NY 13309.

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July 17, 1934 to January 29, 2015

Forestport - Raymond Thomas Burke, 80, a former long-time resident of Woodhull St. passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Sunset Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, where he had resided since August 2013.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, May 6,  at 12:30 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church, Forestport, with interment to follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Forstport.  There are no calling hours.  His funeral arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. Boonville.

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Dafoe obit

May 16, 1941 to April 28, 2015

PORT LEYDEN/HARRISVILLE, NY ~ Christine M. Dafoe, 73, formerly of 3109 Canal St., Port Leyden, and also formerly of Harrisville, died peacefully and surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in the Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility, Lowville, where she had resided since August, 2014.

Born May 16, 1941 in Harrisville, NY, the thirteenth child of John and Amy Ralph Bango, she grew up in Harrisville and attended Harrisville Central School.

She married Charles E. Dafoe on May 17, 1958 in Harrisville.

For much of her life beginning in 1964, Chris worked as a seamstress for Lally Manufacturing in Harrisville, Herrings, Carthage and Port Leyden, and for Kristen International in Turin. She last worked for Otis Technologies in Lyons Falls from where she retired in 2004. She and her husband lived in Harrisville until 1974 when her husband’s employment caused them to move to Port Leyden, although she always considered Harrisville her home.

In her younger years, a family get-together meant Chris and her sisters would be tearing up the dance floor. In her later years, she enjoyed many pastimes including Bingo, board games, cards, attending school events, bus trips, puzzles, reading, and most of all, and especially spending time with her family. If she wasn’t planning a family dinner or picnic, she was in Harrisville visiting. Additionally, she was an active participant in Relay for Life events and enjoyed being a Girl Scout volunteer.

Surviving in addition to her loving husband “Chuck” of 56 years, are her four children, Lolly M. Highers and her companion Gig Jones, of Lowville, Charles E. and wife Julie Dafoe, Jr., Tina J. Sullivan, and Paul D. Dafoe, all of Port Leyden; nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; three brothers, Ralph (Tina) Bango, of Lyons Falls, Frank (Joyce) Bango, and Billy (Joanne) Bango, all of Harrisville; four sisters, Emma (Bud) Miller, Pauline Luther, and Rose Arnold, all of Harrisville, and Nancy Murray, of Constantia, NY, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers, John and Philip Bango, and two sisters, Angeline Carr and Victoria Luther.

Her funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. from Scanlon Funeral Home, 14187 State St., Harrisville, with the Rev. Bruce W. Chapman, retired United Methodist Minister, officiating. Burial will follow in Harrisville Community Cemetery.

Per her wishes, there will be no calling hours.

Contributions in memory of Chris may be made to the Activities Department of the Lewis Co. Residential HCF, 7785 N. State St., Lowville, NY 13367.

The entire Dafoe family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt “Thank You” to the wonderful staff on the First Floor and Activities Department of LCRHCF for the superb care Chris received during her brief stay.

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April 30, 2015

CASTORLAND- Neil R. Marolf, 81, of Main Street, died Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the Lewis County General Hospital.

The Funeral will be Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery Annex. Calling hours are Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 2-6 p.m. at the funeral home.

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November 2, 1971 to April 21, 2015

Lyons Falls – Dwight A. McIntosh, 43, of McAlpine Street passed away April 21, 2015.

He was born in Watertown, N.Y. on November 2, 1971 a son of Daniel McIntosh and Dorothy Sage. At the age of twelve he made his home with Lawrence and Mable Brinkerhoff in Florida and then moved back to the area and attended South Lewis Schools. For the past twenty years he has lived in Lyons Falls where he enjoyed painting, art, fishing, walking and martial arts.

Surviving are his son, Zachary McIntosh of Lyons Falls; brothers, Mark and Daniel, both of Florida; an aunt, Tina Bango of Lyons Falls; the Brinkerhoff family; many cousins and his canine friend and loyal companion, Stubby.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 3 p.m. at the Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post Street, Boonville. Relatives and friends may call from 1-3 p.m. prior to the service. Contributions may be made to the family.

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