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April 25, 1926 - April 5, 2014

Lyons Falls- Richard E. Hoskins, Sr. 87, of Wilcox Road, husband of the late Erma, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2014, at Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, after a long illness.

He was born in Collinsville, on April 25, 1926, a son of Jay E. and Mildred E. Evans Hoskins. Richard grew up in Collinsville and graduated from Lyons Falls High School. He served his country stateside in the U.S. Marine Corps, during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged on November 14, 1953. On August 28, 1951, Richard was united in marriage with Erma Wilcox, at the Turin United Methodist Church. For ten years he was employed at Mackhold Farms of Ellisburg; in 1963, he and his wife Erma, purchased the Wilcox Farm in the Town of Greig, which they operated until retiring in 1996. For a period of 15 years he was a school bus driver for South Lewis Central School, Turin.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter in law, Bruce (Mary Lou) Hoskins, Exeter ME, Richard and his fiancée Patty Markham, Lyons Falls; one daughter and son in law, Dr. Virginia M (Shawn) Edwards, Mexico, NY, four grandchildren, Russell (Melissa) Hoskins, Collin Hoskins, Jacob Edwards and Katie Edwards and one great grandson Even Hoskins; one brother and sister in law, Thomas (Eleanor) Hoskins, Lyons Falls, and one sister, June Rollins, Canisteo, NY. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert. Also surviving are nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be Saturday at 10:00 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, with interment later this spring in Brantingham Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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June 14, 1933 - April 6, 2014

West Leyden- Barbara C. Nellenback, 80, of Mud Lake Road, widow of James M. passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Lewis Co. Residential Health Care Facility, Lowville, while surrounded by the loving care of her family.

She was born in Fish Creek, on June 14, 1933, a daughter of Clarence M. and Florence Robitaille Cutter. She grew up in the village of Constableville, where she graduated from Constableville High School, with the Class of 1951. On November 8, 1952, Barbara was united in marriage with James M. "Jim" Nellenback, at St. Mary's Church, Constableville. After that the couple settled on the former Gallo farm on the Mud Lake Road, which Mr. Nellenback operated for several years. Barbara was employed as a telephone operator for Boonville Telephone Co. and then in the same capacity at Georgia Pacific Paper Co. Lyons Falls. In 1970, she began her employment for Rome DDSO, first as a therapy aid, retiring in 1992, as a Residential Director of the Castorland ICF. Later she served as a class room volunteer for Kindergarten and First Grades at West Leyden Elementary School, where she was affectionately known by the students and staff simply as "Grandma." She was also a volunteer Boy and Girl Scout leader and former President of the North Central Girl's Soft Ball League. Her husband, James, a decorated U.S. Army Veteran who served in Korea, during the Korean Conflict, died on August 15, 2000. She was a member of St. Mary's Church, West Leyden. Barbara loved her family, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by one son and daughter in law, James (Jimmer) Nellenback, and Marianne, West Leyden; three daughters and two sons in law, Nancy Ann Nellenback, Liverpool, Sue and Dan Salmon, Lowville, Lori and Brian Martin, Rome; 11 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son and daughter in law, Peter and Billie Jo. Also surviving is one sister, Carol Hartnett, Rome, and three special nieces and their families, Sally and Steve Ortlieb, Joan and Ian Klingbail and Sheila and Travis Orlando. Barbara was predeceased by three brothers, Howard, Donald and Clarence, Jr.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10 A.M. at St. Mary's Church, West Leyden, where Rev. Lawrence Marullo, pastor will officiate. Interment will be later this spring in St. Mary's Cemetery, West Leyden. Calling hours are Thursday 4-8 p.m. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Resident Activities Fund at Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility 7500 North State St. Lowville, NY 13367.

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December 31, 1961 to April 5, 2014

Hawkinsville- Doris M. Griffith, 91, of Wingert Road, wife of Jim, passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, where she had resided since January, 2014.

She was born in St. Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, on June 30, 1922, a daughter of Wilfred and Clara Martin Boyer. As a child she moved with her family to Forestport, where her father was employed in the lumbering business. Doris graduated from Forestport High School. On December 31, 1961, she was united in marriage with Frederick "Jim" Griffith at the Boonville Methodist Church. Thereafter the couple lived in Boonville, later moving to their present home in Hawkinsville. For many years until retiring in the 1970's as foreman of the sanding department, Mrs. Griffith was employed at N.M Sargents Furniture Company, Boonville.

Mrs. Griffith was a member of St. Joseph's Church, Boonville and Boonville Elks Lodge # 2158. She enjoyed reading, knitting and puzzles.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters and sons in law, Mary R. (Curtis) Addington, Hawkinsville, Ruth (Dick) Reese, Port Leyden, Patricia A. (James) Reed, Hawkinsville; one son, Joseph E. Podkowka, Boonville; 10 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by three sisters, Rita, Muriel and Marcella.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Sean Patrick O'Brien on Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph's Church, Boonville, with interment later this spring in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Forestport. Calling hours are Tuesday 4-7 p.m. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Resident Activities Fund 232 Academy St. Boonville, or to St. Joseph's Church Memorial Fund c/o Christ Our Hope Catholic Parish, 108 Charles St. Boonville, NY 13309.

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January 22, 1923 - April 6, 2014

Port Leyden - Jean Bosco, 91, formerly of the River Road, passed away on Sunday April 6, at the Lewis County Extended Care Facility, where she had been a resident since March of 2010.

Born on January 22, 1923 in Thendara, Jean was the daughter of Spencer and Anna Pullman Bliss. Following the untimely death of her father, she moved with her mother to Port Leyden at the age of 2. She was raised by her mother and step-father, Robert O'Brien, Sr. on the O'Brien farm on the River Road. Following graduation from Port Leyden High School, Jean attended St. Elizabeth's School of Nursing, where she obtained her Registered Nursing License. She then went on to New York City where she was a nurse in training at Queens General Hospital, where she met her future husband. She was united in marriage with Joseph Bosco on September 22, 1946 at St. Martin's Church, Port Leyden. The couple built a home on the River Road, near the O'Brien Farm where Jean was raised. For many years Jean was employed as the school nurse at Port Leyden High School. Mr. Bosco, a veteran of WWII passed away on April 10, 1988.

She is survived by two sons, Joseph (Marie) Bosco, Littleton, CO, Robert (Debra) Bosco, Glenfield, five Grandchildren, four Great-Grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her daughter, Linda Bosco, and her brother Robert O'Brien, Jr.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, April 9 at 7:00 pm at the Abundant Life Fellowship Church, Route 12 Boonville, with Pastor Dan Tabolt officiating. There will be no calling hours. Funeral arrangements are in care of the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, New York.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lewis County Humane Society, 6390 Pine Grove Road, Glenfield, NY 13343. -

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March 21, 1927 to March 26, 2014

LOWVILLE – Ruby B. Meeks, 87, of River Street, formerly of West Lowville, died Wednesday evening, March 26, 2014 at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014 at Bethel Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Keith Hardy, Pastor, officiating. Spring burial will be in the Old Glendale Cemetery. There are no calling hours.

Contributions may be made to Bethel Church of the Nazarene, 7476 NYS Rte. 12, Lowville, NY 13367; or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908, or Lewis County Search and Rescue, P.O. Box 247, Lowville, NY 13367. Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.

She is survived by seven children and their spouses, Janice and Charles Coffman of Charleston, WV; Charles W., Jr. and Carol Meeks of Auburn, NY; Charlene and Jack Lomeo of Southhaven, Mississippi; Judy Horan of Flippin, AR; Gail and Frank Woods of Olive Branch, MS; Debra and Charles Gaffney of Lowville; Rolland D. Meeks of Lowville; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her husband, Charles W. Meeks, Sr., who died April 9, 1988; a grandson, Shane Horan; a granddaughter, Colleen Meeks, who died in infancy, and a brother, Lee Whitney.

Ruby was born on March 21, 1927 in Wellsboro, PA, a daughter of the late Fred and Edna Cavanaugh Whitney. She attended school in Wellsboro. On May 20, 1944, Ruby married Charles W. Meeks in Wellsboro, PA. Mrs. Meeks worked for Beaverite Products in Croghan for 20 years, and worked in the shoe department at Ames Department Store in Lowville for ten years, retiring in 1996. Mr. Meeks died on April 9, 1988. She moved to Valley View Apartments in Lowville in 2006. Mrs. Meeks was a member of Bethel Church of the Nazarene in Lowville, where she served as a board member for several years. Ruby was a member of the West Martinsburg Historical Society, the Singing Waters Senior Citizens, the Lowville Senior Citizens, and SAAB (Senior Citizens of the Nazarene Church). She enjoyed taking walks, participating in church activities and spending time with her family.

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