March 20, 1930 to Novemer 19, 2014

CASTORLAND - Norman E. Widrick, 84, formerly of the Van Amber Road, Castorland, died on Wednesday morning, November 19, 2014 at the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility.

A graveside service will be at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Croghan Mennonite Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Naumburg Mennonite Church with Rev. Myron Roggie officiating. Calling hours are from 2 - 4 & 6 - 8 p.m. on Monday, November 24, 2014 at Naumburg Mennonite Church. Contributions may be made to Mennonite Disaster Service, in C/O Lois Zehr, 6595 East Road Ext., Lowville, NY 13367 or to the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility Activities Fund, 7785 N. State St., Lowville, NY 13367. Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, LeEtta; three children and their spouses, Carlton and Joan Widrick of Castorland; Marcia and Dennis Murphy of Belvedere, IL; Martha and Jose Martinez of Lake Stevens, WA; a sister and her husband, Elizabeth and Bruce Richie of Lowville; a brother and four sisters-in-law, Eugene Widrick of Billerica, MA; Penny Widrick of Camillus, NY; Melissa Widrick of Lowville; Belva Zehr of Martinsburg; Rosemary Roggie of Lowville; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by two brothers, Howard Widrick and David Widrick; a sister-in-law, Gertrude Widrick; and two brothers-in-law, Marvin Roggie and Kenneth Zehr.

Norman was born on March 20, 1930 in the Town of New Bremen, a son of the late Ruben “Rudy” and Leona Marolf Widrick. He attended Belfort Country School. Before his marriage, he worked on Nelson Widrick’s farm in Croghan. On October 4, 1951, he married LeEtta Lyndaker at the Lowville Mennonite Church, with Rev. Lloyd Boshart officiating. Mr. Widrick worked on Reuben Roggie’s farm in Lowville for several years until he purchased his own farm on the Van Amber Road in 1961. He worked for the Lowville Farmer’s Co-Op in the feed mill for a time during the late 1950s. Mr. Widrick was also a self-employed carpenter until 1979, when he became disabled with Multiple Sclerosis. Mr. and Mrs. Widrick moved off the family farm in 1980. He continued making small furniture and inlaid cedar boxes in his wood shop, until he entered the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility on March 18, 2008.

Mr. Widrick was a member of Lowville Mennonite Church and attended Naumburg Mennonite Church. He enjoyed farming, wood working, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed barn raisings. Mr. Widrick was a volunteer with the Mennonite Disaster Service, Croghan Mennonite Cemetery Committee, and the Lowville Mennonite Church Boys Club.

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December 8, 1921 to November 15, 2014

LOWVILLE- Iva Rose Yousey, 92, of Meadowbrook Terrace, Carthage, formerly of Brookside Senior Living Community, Lowville, went to be with her Lord on Saturday morning, November 15, 2014 at Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville.

Calling hours are from 4 -8 p.m. Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., 5702 Waters Road, Lowville. A graveside service will be at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Croghan Mennonite Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Naumburg Mennonite Church with Rev. Titus Mast, Rev. Myron Roggie, and Rev. Evan Zehr officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Beaver Camp Campership Fund, c/o Beaver Camp, 8884 Buck Point Road, Lowville, NY 13367.

She is survived by four sons and their wives, LaVerne Yousey of Akron, OH; Terry and Holly Yousey of New Bremen, NY; Kim and Linda Yousey of McAllisterville, PA; and Keith Yousey of Jacksonville, FL; five grandchildren, Mrs. Daniel (Patricia Yousey) Heath, Eric and Elizabeth Yousey, Katina, Mitchell and Jake Yousey; twin great-granddaughters, Nichole and Rachel Heath; two sisters, Bertha Roes and Rosella Roes, both of Florida; a sister-in-law, Lena Yancey of Beaver Falls; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is predeceased by two brothers, Edward C. and Gerald Yancey; two sisters, Edna Zehr and Mary Swartzentruber.

Iva was born in the Town of Harrisburg, NY, on December 8, 1921, a daughter of the late Edward E. and Rose Zehr Yancey and attended District # 8 School and Lowville Academy. She later took several night courses at B.O.C.E.S. On June 5, 1946, she married Clayton Yousey at Lowville Mennonite Church, with Rev. Lloyd Boshart officiating. Clayton died on September 11, 2009. Iva was a homemaker and for 30 years, she had a small business in her home “Ye Ole Hobbie Shoppe”.

Iva was a former member of Lowville Mennonite Church and later a Charter Member of Naumburg Mennonite Church, where she was active in teaching Bible and Sunday school, “Faithful Workers” and “Ladies Aid Sewing Circle”. She was actively involved in the Adirondack Mennonite Camping Association (Beaver Camp). She volunteered at the Lewis County General Hospital Gift Shop. She was also active in the Agape Shoppe in Watertown and volunteered several weeks for Ten Thousand Villages at Mennonite Central Committee, Akron, PA. She was also a member of Beaver River Senior Citizens and the Lewis County General Hospital Auxiliary.

Iva enjoyed camping, sewing, quilting, gardening and traveling to spend time with family and friends. She also enjoyed working with furniture and antiques.

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April 13, 1947 to November 12, 2014

Forestport- Gordon E. Burke, Jr., 67 of Division St., passed away at his residence on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

A native and lifelong resident of Forestport, he was born on April 13, 1947, a son of Gordon E. and Nellie A. Wheeler Burke, Sr. He graduated from Forestport Central School, with the Class of 1965. For many years Mr. Burke was employed as a machinist at Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co; later he was employed at Empire Waste, both in Utica and he was also employed at the Town of Forestport Highway Department.

Mr. Burke was a member of Forestport Presbyterian Church. For nearly 50 years he was an active member of Forestport Fire Fighters, where he served as Fire Chief.

Gordon is survived by three sons, William D. (Michelle), Bolivia, NC, Richard K. and Donald G. both of Ft. Wayne, IN; one sister Sandra (Bill) Miller, Forestport; an aunt, Marian Wheeler, Boonville, and cousins.

Calling hours are Sunday 1-4 P.M, followed by a funeral at 4 p.m. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Interment will be in Beechwood Cemetery, Forestport. Memorial contributions may be made to the Forestport Fire Fighters.

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September 25, 1940 to November 14, 2014

Boonville- Eleanor I. (Baker) Karpinski, 74, of East Road, wife of Paul, passed away while surrounded by her loving family on Friday, November 14, 2014, at Lewis Co. Extended Care Facility, Lowville.

She was born on September 25, 1940, in Lewisburg (Jefferson Co.) on September 25, 1940, a daughter of Sylvenus and Lillian Sadler Baker. Eleanor grew up in Natural Bridge, where she graduated from high school. On December 12, 1959, she was united in marriage with Paul Karpinksi, in Harrisville. For many years the couple made their home on East Road near Boonville.

Mrs. Karpinski was a member of St. Joseph's Church, Boonville. Eleanor greatly loved her husband, children, and caring for her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Melinda (Dave) Moscicki, Lauri Karpinski, Deborah (Dean) Briot, Jackie Karpinski (David Lee) and Michael (Mary Ann) Karpinski; her grandchildren: Brad Moscicki, Stacey Moscicki, Jamie Karpinski, Matthew Briot, Justin Briot, Evan Briot, Tia Briot, Kayla Perry, Kari Lee, Lacey Schultz, Dalton Schultz, Kenzie Karpinksi, Kaden Karpinski, a great grandson, Ayden Mayer; and one brother, Gilbert Baker.

Her Funeral Services will be private on Tuesday, at the convenience of the family at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, where Rev. Ron Pominville, ordained Deacon at St.
Peter's Church, of Lowville, will officiate. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Boonville. Calling hours are Monday for her immediate family. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association 110 Lomond Court Utica, NY 13502, or to Boonville Fire Department Ambulance Fund P.O. Box 164 Boonville, NY 13309.

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December 19, 1916 to November 11, 2014

Forestport- Edith L. Blair, 97, widow of Joseph E., passed away on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at the Lewis County Extended Care Facility, where she had resided since October 2005.

Edith was born on December 19, 1916, in Forestport, a daughter of Charles and Florence Wood Agley. She was educated in a rural school on Dustin Road, until finishing her education at the new Forestport Central School. On December 19, 1939, she was united in marriage with Joseph E. Blair at Trinity Episcopal Church, Boonville. Following their marriage the couple resided on the Dutch Hill Road. Mr. Blair who worked for many years in the woods as a lumber jack, and as a section hand for the Adirondack Division of the New York Central Rail Road, passed away on April 17, 1979.

For several years, Mrs. Blair cleaned residences around the Village of Forestport. She was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church, Forestport. Edith was a very talented painter of ceramics, and she enjoyed crocheting, especially rugs. Following the death of her husband, Edith resided at Kortenaer Village Apartments, Boonville.

Edith is survived by her sister, Belle Kilb, Forestport, several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Milton Agley, and her sister, Bessie Keyes.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., 143 Schuyler Street, Boonville. Interment will follow in Beechwood Cemetery, Forestport. There will be a calling hour held from 12:00 noon until the time of the service. Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 124 Schuyler St. Boonville, New York 13309.

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