BORN MaRCH 24, 1922
Boonville- Joseph J. Pfeiffer, Sr., formerly of Schuyler St., husband of Joan, passed away at his home on Smith Road, Boonville.
He was born in Rome, on March 24, 1922, a son of Joseph and Helen Dorn Pfeiffer. Joe grew up in Rome, graduating from Rome Free Academy, with the Class of 1939. While in high school, Joe was a member of the first RFA Hockey Team, a sport that he greatly enjoyed. He was employed in the operation of Pfeiffer's Restaurant, on Floyd Ave, until 1942.
In 1942, Mr. Pfeiffer enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving his country in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of WWII, at USNTS Sampson, NY, NYD, Philadelphia, PA, USS Nauset, So. Annex Naval Base, Norfolk, VA, USS Brush and PSC USBN Bremerton, WN. He received the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal with 3 stars, the American Area Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal with one star, and the European African M.E. Area Campaign Medal. He was honorably discharged on January 13, 1946. After serving his country, he was employed in home construction in the city of Rome and at Pfeiffer's Restaurant.
On July 12, 1945, Joseph was united in marriage with Joan Kallet, in Rome.
In June 1950, the couple moved to Boonville, when he and his family purchased the Franjo Movie Theater, an 800 seat modern theater, which was constructed next to the Union Block in downtown Boonville, in 1936. Originally named the Avon, the theater was renamed in 1939, to the "Franjo." The new name was in reference to Frances and Joseph Sternberg, who had constructed, owned and operated the theater. Mr. Pfeiffer continued to operate the Franjo, one of the finest theaters in upstate New York, until it was destroyed in the Union Block Fire, on May 2, 1963.
While operating the Franjo, he founded a small sporting goods store which he operated in a small area of the theater building. After the 1963 fire, Mr. Pfeiffer constructed a large, modern retail building on the site of the Franjo, which became Adirondack Sports Center, one of the largest and finest sporting, outdoors and boating stores in northern New York. He and his family operated this store for many years, later retiring and spending winters in Ft. Myers Florida and summers at White Lake. Joe was a skilled carpenter and for many years he worked in home and building construction in the Boonville area.
Mr. Pfeiffer was a charter and then a life member of the Boonville Elks Lodge # 2158, and a member of Charles J. Love Post American Legion # 406, and Harland J. Hennessey Post V.F.W., both of Boonville. He was an active member of the Boonville Kiwanis Club for many years. He greatly enjoyed the outdoors and was a member of the Balsam Flats Hunting Club and the Blackjack Lodge Hunting Club, of Lyonsdale.
In addition to his wife, Joan, Joe is survived by his children; Kathy (Bill) Clayton, Rochester, Joseph J. (Nancy) Pfeiffer, Jr. Boonville, and their children, Kristen, Joseph III, Bryan, Christine (Steve) Signore, Ft. Myers Fla, and their daughter, Sara, Debra Pfeiffer and fiancée Barry Hutchinson, Manlius, and her daughter, Katherine, Mary Judith (Judy) (Don) Jernigan, Ft. Myers, Fla, and their son, Matthew, John R. (Shelly) Pfeiffer, Boonville, and their children, Ryan, Robert and Jenna and Jim K. Pfeiffer, Sr. Utica; and his children, James (Jamie) and Douglas, four great grandchildren, Abbey, Maddie, Emmett and Isheah Pfeiffer. Joe was the last of his family; he was predeceased by two brothers, Donald Homan, and Robert Pfeiffer and one sister, Jean Barrett.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend services at Rome Cemetery on Wednesday, at 12 Noon, where Rev. Sean Patrick O'Brien, will officiate, and members of Charles J. Love Post # 406 American Legion, Harland J. Hennessey Post VFW and the Tun Tavern Marine Corps League, all of Boonville, will accord Military Rites.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Boonville Fire Department Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 164 Boonville, NY 13309, or to Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Resident Activity Fund 232 Academy St. Boonville, NY 13309, or to Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413.
February 22, 1938 to June 13, 2014
Boonville- Marlene Swanger, 76, of James St., wife of Dale, passed away after a short illness, on Friday, June 13, 2014, at St. Luke's Memorial Hospital, New Hartford.
She was born on February 22, 1938, in Milton, Pennsylvania where she received her education. On July 7, 1956, Marlene was united in marriage with Dale W. Swanger at the Milton Presbyterian Church. In 1988, the couple moved from Elmira to Boonville, where they have since lived. Marlene was artistically talented; she especially enjoyed home decorating with a countryside theme and their residence was a reflection of her enjoyment of arts and crafts. In addition to her talents in sewing and stitching and putting together puzzles, she enjoyed constructing, painting and finishing furniture. Her greatest love, however, was for her husband, children and grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Dale, Marlene is survived by three sons, Scott and his wife Laura Swanger, Conklin, NY, Dr. Dustin Swanger and his partner, Evan Ladd, Amsterdam, NY and Douglas and his wife Stephanie Swanger, Boonville; five grandchildren, Shannon, Ashley, Josh, James and Zachery; one sister, Skip Sisinski, Hanover, PA; one brother and sister in law, Harry and Bonnie Fisher, Virginia Beach, VA.
There will be a gathering of family and friends on Saturday, June 21, 2014, from 4-6 p.m. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Boonville Fire Department Ambulance Fund P.O. Box 164 Boonville, NY 13309.
For an on-line message of sympathy, or to share a memory of Marlene, please go to www.trainorfuneralhome.com
Lyons Falls - Relatives and Friends are invited to attend grave side funeral services for John E. Burrows, on this Saturday, June 21, at 10 AM at Wildwood Cemetery, Lyons Falls.
Mr. Burrows, a long time resident of Lyons Falls, and husband of Virginia, passed away on January 5, 2014, at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Utica. While living in Lyons Falls, Mr. Burrows served as Trustee of Lyons Falls fo r twenty years, a longtime member of the Wild Wood Cemetery Association, and president of the Lyons Falls High School Alumni Association for many years. Mr. Burrows was a professional musician who also performed in opera and musical theater venues and he was member of the Gem and Mineral Society of Syracuse. His funeral arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Boonville.
March 2, 1958 - June 19, 2014
Boonville- Seth Wilbert, 56 of Boonville NY, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday June 19th, 2014, as the result of a tragic accident while he was vacationing with his family.
Seth was born March 2, 1958 in Constableville, to Howard and Priscilla (Bronson) Wilbert of West Leyden NY. Affectionately known as "Toad," he grew up in the hamlet of West Leyden, where he attended elementary school, graduating from Adirondack Central high School, Boonville, with the Class of 1976. While in high school, Seth attended the Howard G. Sackett BOCES Center at Glenfield, where he majored in Auto Body and Auto Mechanics. During high school, Seth participated on the ACS Wildcat Varsity Football Team. He completed his Associates degree studies, with high honors, at SUNY Morrisville, majoring in automotive mechanics.
On August 29, 1981, Seth was united in marriage to the love of his life, Eileen (Gillette) Wilbert, at St. Joseph's Church, Boonville. After that the couple resided in Boonville, moving to their present home, that was constructed in 2006, by Seth and one of his closest friends, Ronnie Kirk of Boonville. Mr. Wilbert began his career as an auto mechanic at Parkay Motors in Fulton; later he was employed in the same capacity at Jay Chevrolet in Boonville. In 1980, he proceeded to Kraft Foods Lowville, as a machine mechanic, advancing to the position of Kraft Foods Plant Facility Manager. In 2007 Seth joined Washington Group Company which later became URS Corp. where he was employed as Facility Manager at Kraft Foods, Lowville, a career spanning 34 years. As a youth, he was an Altar Server at St. Mary's Church, West Leyden. He was a member of St. Joseph's Church, Boonville. It can be truly said that "Seth loved and served his fellow man," a gift of service that he freely gave for all, was his 30 year membership in the Boonville Fire Company, where he was an ambulance EMT, driver, fireman and a current long time member of the fire department Board of Directors. He was a current member of the Town of Boonville Planning Board, a board member and trail groomer of the Southern Tug Hill Snowmobile Club. For many years he and his close friend, Joe Galligan together coached girls youth soft ball teams. He was also on the "board of directors" of the Banuchi Racing Team. He was an avid NASCAR fan. Seth enjoyed spending time at their family camp, playing pitch with the "Terrible Ten", snowmobiling and gardening with his wife. Seth loved the outdoors; he will be fondly remembered for his participation in the operation of Wilbert Christmas Tree Farm and sales. Many families from throughout the North Country enjoyed their happy December "traditional trip to Seth's" where they selected their Tug Hill grown Christmas tree.
Seth's family was the love and center of his life; he is survived by the love of his life and wife of 33 years, Eileen (Gillette) Wilbert and their children Kayla (Wilbert) Lastowski and husband Benjamin Lastowski (Boonville, NY), Casey Wilbert (Johnson City, TN), and Kendell Wilbert (Albany, NY). Seth is also survived by two grandchildren, Adaline and Audie Lastowski. Loved ones who will miss him are his beloved mother Priscilla Wilbert of Boonville NY, sister Rebecca Proia (Carmen) of Rome, NY; brother Terry (Kae) Wilbert of Albion, NY; sister Renee (Rick) Khalar of Austin, TX; brother Bradley (Paula) Wilbert of Williamstown, NY; James "Ace" Wenner, whom Seth considered to be "his brother," and (Jackie) Wenner of West Leyden. Also surviving is his mother-in-law, Joyce (Longway) Gillette, Boonville, brother-in-law, Shawn Gillette, Rome, sister-in-law, Faith (Gillette)(Matthew) Durden, Williamsville, NY, and several nieces and nephews whom share fond memories of their uncle whom he loved dearly. Seth was predeceased by his father Howard Wilbert on October 14th, 2000, and by his father-in-law, Erwin Gillette, in 2010.
Seth cherished his close friends and welcomed all into his home as if they were his own family. There were many fond memories of the times Seth shared with the "Wilkralligans."
All are cordially invited and encouraged by his family to attend Seth's calling hours on Tuesday, June 24, from 6-9 p.m., and on Wednesday, June 25, from 1-4 & 6-9 p.m. at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. A prayer service will be at 9:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 26, at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., with his Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph's Church, Charles St. Boonville, where Rev. Sean Patrick's O'Brien will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Peter's and Paul's Cemetery, Fish Creek, with all cordially invited, by his loving family, to attend his Mass and Interment Services.
Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Tug Hill Snow Riders, P.O. Box 387, Constableville, NY 13325. -
October 17, 1938 to June 17, 2014
Lyons Falls: John T. (Tom) McManus, 75, of Center St. passed away on Tuesday, June 17 at his home under the care of his loving wife, sons and Lewis County Hospice.
Tom was born Oct. 17, 1938 in Lowville, the son of the late John and Mary Schneeberger McManus. He grew up in Port Leyden; he attended Port Leyden Elementary School and was a 1957 graduate of Port Leyden High School.
On March 3, 1962, he was united in marriage with Mary Ellen Skorupa at St. John’s Catholic Church, Lyons Falls.
Tom became employed at Gould Paper Co. in 1957 and retired in Oct. 2000 after 43 years of employment from Lyons Falls Pulp and Paper and was the last employee to retire before the mill closed in 2001.
In 1975, along with his wife and boys purchased the former McGee’s Hotel in Lyons Falls which became McManus Hotel and is still operating as a meal site for the Office of the Aging.
Tom was an avid golfer; he loved to fish, hunt, bowl, visiting casinos and playing poker with a special group of guys. He especially enjoyed his 8 grandchildren and attending their sport and schools events.
Tom was a retired member of the Lyons Falls Fire Dept. and was a life member of the Boonville Elks Club and St. John’s Catholic Church, Lyons Falls, and he was a charter member of the Moose River Fish and Game Club. He also served as a trustee for the Village of Lyons Falls.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Ellen, three sons Paul and Lori , Charlotte, NC, Fred and Candi, Lyons Falls, and William (Jake) Lowville and daughter-in-law Beth McManus, Boonville. His grandchildren Amanda, Michael, Heather, Ryan, Alexandra, Madison, Colin and Shaun. Also surviving are brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law John Skorupa, James and Kathy Skorupa and DeEtta and Harold Seeloff all of Lyons Falls. Also surviving are aunts, an uncle, cousins and nieces and nephews. A son Douglas predeceased his dad on June, 29, 2010 and brother-in-law Joseph Skorupa June 4, 2010.
Friends may call Friday from 2 until 4 and from 6 until 9 at the Callaghan Funeral Home, LLC Port Leyden.
A Christian Memorial Service will be private for the family.
Friends and relatives are invited to a celebration of Tom’s life on Saturday at the Lyons Falls Park from 11:30 until 2:30.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Meny and the staff and nurses at Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville and the staff at Sunset NursinRehabilitation Center, Boonville, Lewis Public Health and Lewis County Hospice, Lowville.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Tom’s memory to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, Lyons Falls Fire Dept., St. John’s Catholic Church, Lyons Falls or to the Lewis County Senior Nutrition Program, Lowville. Food may be left at the park on Saturday after 10:00 A.M.
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