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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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.

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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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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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Inslee obit

November 24, 1998 to October 16, 2014

Remsen- Hope Elizabeth Inslee, 15, of Schaffer Road, niece of Michael and Doretta (Inslee) Hapeman, earned her Angels Wings, at her residence, on Thursday, October 16, 2014, after a very courageous and heroic struggle with cancer. At the present time Hope was a member of the Sophomore Class at Remsen High School.

Hope Inslee was a bright light to the people she touched in her life. She was a person who brought smiles to the faces of those around her. Hope was a fighter and always maintained a positive attitude, no matter what obstacle she was asked to cross. She expressed her emotions and creativity through writing and completed several beautiful and thoughtful poems and short stories. Hope's beautiful fall poem appeared in the first edition of the Remsen Rambler School Newspaper. Hope was caring, kind and joyful, and echoes of her abundant laughter will continue to bring smiles in her remembrance. Hope was a great role model for those who were in need of motivation to strive to achieve her dreams. She kept her mind on her goals and was determined to live a full life.

Hope stubbornly went about her head strong ways, always wanting to live life exactly how she wanted. She experienced a great year at high school participating in Remsen Cheerleading, the Peer Leaders Group, the Pen-in-Hand writer's conference, and she played a big role in Remsen Drama Club when she nailed her part as Queen Anne. She also participated in countless other activities in which she displayed her love and joy for all things academic. She especially enjoyed reading her poem during pop-up-poetry day. Hope loved being a student and her enjoyment in the arts and language was evident in her writing and love of reading. Hope was a great friend and mentor. There was never a person she would refuse to help, or a friend she would not offer a tender ear to. Hope loved to laugh and she thoroughly enjoyed being in the company of her friends when she would revel in acting silly and giggling the day away.

Hope is survived by her uncle Mike and her aunt Doretta (whom Hope affectionately called her "Aunt Retta"), her cousin, Arthur Hapeman, all of Remsen, her maternal grandmother, Joyce Inslee, Utica. She was predeceased by her paternal grandfather, George Inslee. Also surviving is her mother, Tammy Inslee; a sister, Imalay Colon; and her brother, Juan Colon, III, all of Florida and other family members and a host of friends.

Her Funeral Services will be (TODAY) Saturday at 1 P.M. at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, with interment in Fairchild Cemetery, Remsen. Visitation hours are (TODAY) Saturday from 10 A.M. until the funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to the Keys Program 308 Sherrill Road, Suite 100 Sherrill, NY 13461 or to Paulie's Foundation, C/O Angela Schuyler, 1944 US Rte 11, Hastings, NY 13076.

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