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October 31, 1923 to June 4, 2014

Boonville- Jim Conley, 90, formerly of Erwin Street passed away at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on June 4, 2014 after a long illness.

He was born at Raquette Lake, NY, October 31, 1923 a son of Michael James and Ursula Zwiefel Conley. He grew up in Alder Creek where his parents operated a bar/restaurant. He attended Fordham University, New York City and then entered the United States Army. Upon his discharge he was employed with Sanders Associates in New Hampshire, where he installed Radar Towers for over 20 years, all over the world. He married Elizabeth (Betty) Williams at St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville on February 1, 1947. She died January 7, 2013.The couple moved to South St. then Main St and finally to their Erwin St. home in 1960. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Boonville, and the Charles J. Love Post American Legion, Boonville where he served as Commander, as well as bookkeeping and bartending. He also served as Oneida County Commander. He was a Charter Member of Boonville Elks Lodge and was a 7th degree member. Jim was also a member of the Iron Workers Association.

Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Kathleen Conley, Boonville and Colleen and Paul Lupia, Simsbury, Ct.; two sons, Michael James Conley III, Boonville and Patrick Conley, Whitesboro; six grandchildren, Kristin Case, Naomi, Kari, Ryan Conley, Michael Conley IV and Kelly Ann McDaniel; three great grandchildren, Jordan Case, Reilly and Violet Mae McDaniel; one brother, Fred Conley, Ca. He was predeceased by two sons, Timothy and Kevin Conley and one brother, John Conley.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville with Father Sean O’Brien officiating. There are no calling hours. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery with military honors rendered by the Charles J. Love Post American Legion, Harland J. Hennessey V.F.W. and Tun Tavern Leatherneck Marine Corps, all of Boonville.

Contributions may be made to the Boonville Lodge of Elks #2158, Sunset Nursing Home Activity Fund or the Charles J. Love Post American Legion. Donations of food may be brought to the Love Post American Legion between 3-9 p.m. today or after 10 a.m. Friday.

Arrangements are by the Mills Funeral Home. For an online message of sympathy please go to

Jordan obit

Leo V. Jordan, 87, formerly of Lyons Falls, died Tuesday morning at the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility.

A funeral mass will be said at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 6, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Constableville, with Rev. Lawrence Marullo, Pastor, officiating. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. Burial with Military Honors will be at the convenience of the family in Calvary Cemetery, Port Leyden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Aaron Fahey Scholarship Fund, c/o Lowville Central School, 7668 N. State St., Lowville, NY 13367 or to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 5905 James St., Constableville, NY 13325.

Leo was born November 21, 1926 in Massena, NY, a son of the late Thomas and Myrtle Martin Jordan. He grew up in Lyons Falls and attended Lyons Falls High School. In 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served until his retirement in 1959. He married Hazel (Jane) Barton on February 5, 1951 at St. Agnes Church in London, England, with the Rev. Thomas R. Allen officiating. After their marriage, the couple moved to the United States. In May 1959, Mr. Jordan was appointed by the U.S. Senate to the position of Post Master, and assigned to the Lyons Falls Post Office. He held the position until 1982, and then was assigned to the Croghan Post Office until his retirement in 1986.
He is survived by his five daughters, Jane Jordan of Massena; Tina (Timothy) Paczkowski of Lyons Falls; Leigh (Kim) Fahey of Lyons Falls; Rebecca (Henry) Geidel of Potsdam: Tracy Perretta of Boonville; his loving companion, Elizabeth St. Pierre of Watertown; two sisters, Lureen (Teeny) Jordan of Holley, NY; Rosemary (Larry) Yoder of Wayland, NY; 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Mr. Jordan was predeceased by his wife, Hazel (Jane) Jordan, who died on August 24, 2000; his parents; two brothers, Thomas and Leonard (Pete); three sisters, Marguerite Peebles, Iona Burnham and Inez Reynolds; and by a grandson, Aaron Fahey.

Mr. Jordan was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Constableville and St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Watertown. He was a 4th Degree Knight with the South Lewis Council Knights of Columbus. Leo was a member of the Lewis County Memorial Post #6912, Lowville VFW and Lowville American Legion Post #162.
He was an avid sportsman, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a safety instructor, and taught hunter’s safety classes for 25 years.

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Peterson obit

October 13, 1943 to May 31, 2014

Eagle Bay- David Francis Peterson, Sr., 70, of Lone Pine Road North, formerly of Boonville, husband of Betty, passed away at his residence, while under the loving care of his son, Dave, Jr. Hospice and Palliative Care, Heidi Von Matt, and a friend, Cindy, on Saturday May 31, 2014.

He was born in Little Falls, on October 13, 1943. Dave graduated from Little Falls High School, with the Class of 1960. Afterwards Mr. Peterson served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany and serving four tours in Viet Nam during the Viet Nam War. He was honorably discharged in 1969, and settled in the Carthage area. In 1970 Dave was united in marriage with Betty Smith, a union that endured for forty three years. For many years Mr. Peterson was employed by the Lally family who owned the Lally Manufacturing Company which was a conglomerate of knitting and textile mills which were located in New York State and throughout the United States. Later he was employed as a concrete truck driver for Hoch Brothers Concrete Co, retiring from V.S. Virkler Concrete Co.

In addition to his wife, Betty, of Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, he is survived by one son, David F. Peterson, Jr. Boonville, a granddaughter, Kayla Elizabeth Peterson; two step sons, Ray and Lisa Spann, Deerfield, Rod and Gail Spann, Boonville and seven step grandchildren. He was predeceased by a step son, Robin Spann, in 1997. Dave loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, woodworking and time spent with his family, and time spent at his home on the shores of 4th Lake at Eagle Bay.

His family extends a note of heartfelt thanks and appreciation to St. Elizabeth's Medical Center nursing staff on 3B & 3C, and to Dr. Sikder, and to Inlet Volunteer Ambulance Staff.

In keeping with Mr. Peterson's wishes, services will be private and there will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care, Inc. 4277 Middle Settlement Road New Hartford, NY 13413. His arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. Boonville.

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Boonville - Relatives and friends are invited to attend graveside committal services for Richard J. Bellinger, at 2:00 PM on Friday, June 6, 2014, at Boonville Cemetery, where Pastor George Whiton, of the First Presbyterian Church of Boonville, will officiate.  Mr. Bellinger, 56, a son of Harlan K. and Jane Sage Bellinger, passed away on December 15, 2013.  Rick was a well known area writer and musician and a long time Lay Preacher for the Utica Presbytery, including at the First Presbyterian Church in Boonville. Arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. Boonville.

robert bush obit

March 25, 1920 to May 29, 2014

MARTINSBURG – Robert J. Bush, 94, formerly of NYS Route 26, Martinsburg, died early Thursday morning, May 29, 2014 at Lewis County General Hospital.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 2, 2014 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Rev. Christopher Carrara, Pastor, officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be in Martinsburg Cemetery. A gathering at Lowville VFW will follow the burial. Calling hours are from 2 – 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. Contributions may be made the Martinsburg Fire Department, P.O. Box 143, Martinsburg, NY 13404 or Lewis County Memorial Post #6912, 7752 West State Street, Lowville, NY 13367, or Lowville American Legion Post #162, 5383 Dayan Street, Lowville, NY 13367.

He is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, Lon R. and Sue Bush of West Lowville, Robert L. and Henry R. Bush of Lowville; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Alicia R. Bush of Alexandria, VA; Rochelle Bush and Paul Bishop of New Paltz; Renee Bush of Martinsburg, Roberta and Jack Zehr of Lowville; six grandchildren, Abby Bush and her husband David Baer, Shaun and his wife, Alexis, Kyle Bush, Brooke and Sloane Zehr, Morgan Rook; two great-granddaughters, Eleanor Baer & Finlee Bush; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Lawrence and Wanda Bush of Watertown; Clement and Wilma Bush of Lowville; Bernard and Barbara Bush of Lowville; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Christine Thoma of Castorland; Clara and Jack Matulewicz of Lowville; Maurice Birchenough of Lowville; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his wife, Beverly, who died on September 24, 2009; three sisters, Margaret Tabolt, Marie Walters and Theresa Birchenough.

Robert was born on March 25, 1920 in Lowville, New York, a son of the late Henry J. and Frances Becker Bush. He graduated from Lowville Academy in 1938, and worked as a mechanic at area garages before entering the U.S. Army Air Corps in September, 1941. Mr. Bush was a Flight Engineer on B-29s during World War II, until November 1945. He served as a Flight Engineer on C-97s during the Korean War. He flew 24 missions in WWII and 10 missions in the Korean War. He received numerous medals and declarations including, a Purple Heart, American Theater Victory Ribbon w/star, 4 Air Medals, Pearl Harbor Ribbon, Meritorious Service Wreath, Distinguished Flying Cross, The Bronze Star, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign National Defense Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, American Defense Medal, WWII Medal, Good Conduct Medal. On May 28, 1950, he married Beverly J. Potter with Msgr. John Hogan, officiating. Mr. Bush worked as shop foreman at Fort Drum for many years before retiring. He was a State Fire Instructor for 35 years.
Mr. Bush was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lowville. He was a member of Lewis County Memorial Post #6912, VFW and Lowville American Legion Post #162. He was a member of the Martinsburg Fire Department and a charter member of the Lewis County Citizen’s Patrol. In his younger years, he was a coach of farm league baseball for boys.

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