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.
January 22, 1962 to November 12, 2014
Lyons Falls- Veronica E. Sullivan, 52, of Cherry St. formerly of Constableville, passed away on Wednesday November 12, 2014, at her residence while under the loving care of her companion, Kermit, her family and hospice.
Veronica was born in Constableville, on January 22, 1962, a daughter of Robert and Charlotte Bourgeois Sullivan. She grew up on the Sullivan Family Farm on West Road, near Constableville, receiving her education at Constableville Elementary School, graduating from South Lewis Senior High School, Turin, with the Class of 1980. While in high school, she majored in Culinary Arts, at Howard G. Sackett BOCES Center, Glenfield.
She greatly enjoyed cooking and baking; after completing her education she was employed as a cook at Hotel Parquet, Constableville, and at John Barley Corns Restaurant, Turin. She was also employed for Stewarts Stores in Lyons Falls and for many years she enjoyed caring for her great nieces and nephews.
Veronica was a member of St. Mary's Church, Constableville.
For over 20 years, Veronica's vocation and passion in her life was working with handicapped children who lived in private residences through her employment as Recreational Coordinator for the Lewis County location of Disabled Persons Action Organization (DPAO) of Watertown. Veronica considered the children that she cared for in the DPAO program were like her own children. The love and care that she touched scores of young lives with will be sorely missed.
In addition to her fiancée and companion of 15 years, Kermit A. Luther, Lyons Falls, Veronica is survived by Kermit's son, Kyle R. Luther and his fiancée, Megan Ripp, Lyons Falls; one brother Dale (Lisa) Sullivan, Boonville; nieces and nephews, whom she deeply loved and considered to be like her children, Shannon M. Sullivan (Adam Beyer), Bradley J. Sullivan (Mariah), Joseph R. Sullivan, Jr. (Alicia) and Shawn G. Sullivan, all of Constableville, Andrew Sullivan (Janel), CT, Carrie Sullivan (Larry), Glenfield, Trisha Menard, Westmoreland; five great nephews, Owen, Aidan, Ethan, Kevin and Colin, one great niece, McKenna and a special friend, Jayne Jones, Lyons Falls. She was predeceased by her father, Robert, on August 20, 2003, and by her mother, Charlotte, on July 24, 2004, and by her brother, Joseph R. Sullivan, Sr. on September 21, 2013.
Her family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to Lewis County Home Health Care and Hospice and Faxton St. Luke's Regional Cancer Center for all of the care and compassion given to Veronica.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary's Church, Constableville, with interment in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Constableville. Calling hours are Friday 5-8 p.m. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to DPAO ( for Lewis County Rec Program) at 617 Davidson St. Watertown, NY 13601, or to Lyons Falls Fire Department PO Box 520, Lyons Falls, NY, 13368, or Friends of Lewis County Hospice, Inc. PO Box 266 Lowville, NY 13367, or to American Cancer Society 100 Lomond Court Utica, NY 13502.
November 19, 1915 to November 7, 2014
Lee Center- Chester Henry Kaido, 98, of State Rt.26, husband of Carolyn, passed away at his residence, while under the loving care of his wife and family, on Friday, November 7, 2014.
He was born in Nanticoke, PA, on November 18, 1915, a son of Thomas and Pauline Mefelski Kaido. Later he moved to the West Leyden area with his family where he graduated from West Leyden Central School, with the Class of 1933. While in high school and for several years afterwards, Chet excelled at playing Basketball. He was the star of the West Leyden High School Championship winning Lewneida League Basketball team and later he was a lead player on several Rome area adult league basketball teams.
For many years Mr. Kaido was employed as a machine operator at Rome Cable Co. In 1950, he was united in marriage with Carolyn V. Dion, in Montrose, PA. The couple moved to their present home later that year.
Mr. Kaido was a member of St. Joseph's Church, Lee Center, and had attended senior citizen groups.
In addition to his wife, Chester is survived by his four children, Charlene Shafer, Albany, Charles B. (Jean) Kaido, Utica, Carlton B. Kaido, Taberg, and Curtis B. and his wife, Melissa Kaido, Blossvale; three grandchildren, Michael Shafer, Jessica Shafer and Matthew Kaido; one great granddaughter, Jennifer Shafer; one brother, Walter (Eleanor) Kaido, West Leyden and one sister, Sophia A. Reigler, West Branch. He was predeceased by a brother, Joseph and by sisters, Cecelia Chrzanowski, Angeline Toper, Betty Kaido, and Lottie Mack.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph's Church, Lee Center, where Rev. Robert Kelly, pastor will officiate. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, West Leyden. Calling hours are Tuesday 4-7 p.m. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville.
May 31, 1912 to November 6, 2014
CASTORLAND – Alice B. Lehman, 102, of State Route 126, passed away Thursday evening, November 6, 2014 at Lewis County General Hospital, with her family at her side.
The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at First Mennonite Church, New Bremen with Bruce Chartrand, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in First Mennonite Church Cemetery. Calling hours are from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. on Monday, November 10, 2014 at the church. Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. Contributions may be made to Mennonite Central Committee USA, P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500; First Mennonite Church of New Bremen, P.O. Box 417, Lowville, NY 13367; Lewis County Office For the Aging, 7660 State St., Lowville, NY 13367.
She is survived by her seven children, three sons and daughters-in-law, James F. and Donna Lehman of Lowville; twin sons, Sanford B. and Gay Lehman of Goshen, IN, and Clifford B. and Cathy Lehman of Castorland; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Geneva and Alton Virkler of New Bremen; twin daughters, Janice and Robert Crofoot of Castorland, and Janet Tuley of Naperville, IL; Elsie McElheran and fiancé, Gary Herzig of Beaver Falls; 19 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Mrs. Lehman is predeceased by a son-in-law, Frank Tuley, who died April 30, 2014; a grandson, Kurt Alton Virkler, who died June 20, 1967; and by a brother, Frederick E. Bachman, who died August 9, 1923.
Alice was born on May 31, 1912 in the Town of Croghan, NY, a daughter of the late Joseph C. and Barbara M. Virkler Bachman. She graduated from Carthage High School in 1930. On October 15, 1935, she married Norman N. Lehman at the First Baptist Church Parsonage in Carthage. Mr. Lehman died on December 6, 1982. Together with her husband, the couple owned and operated her family’s dairy farm on Route 126 in Castorland from 1940 until 1973, when the farm was sold to her daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Robert Crofoot.
Mrs. Lehman was a member of First Mennonite Church, New Bremen, where she was active with the Ladies Sewing Circle. She also volunteered at the Agape Shoppe, Watertown, NY. She enjoyed writing letters to and receiving letters from her family, friends, and neighbors. She also enjoyed canning, gardening, embroidery, bird watching, animals, and flowers.
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December 3, 1946 to November 5, 2014
Boonville- Ronald C. Croniser, 67, husband of Carol (Simpson) Croniser, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with multiple myeloma.
Ronald was born in Lowville on December 3, 1946, a son of Carl A. and Iva Millard Croniser. He was raised on the Croniser Family farm in Boonville. Ron graduated with the Boonville High School Class of 1965. He then entered the Utica State Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1968 with his Registered Nursing Degree. On February 18, 1969, Ronald enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served as a 1st lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps in Vietnam, stationed at the 93rd Evac Hospital in Long-Binh. He was honorably discharged on November 1, 1973. Upon his return home, Ron was employed with the Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center, Utica, before he transferred to the Central New York Psychiatric Center in Marcy, from which he retired in 2000 due to illness.
On September 14, 1968, Ron was united in marriage with Carol Simpson at the Boonville First Baptist Church. After the couple's marriage they moved into their current home near Alder Creek, where they raised their family. Ron enjoyed listening to Christian Radio and instructing his family in the ways of the Lord. He also loved working with farm animals, hunting, and engaging in countless other outdoor activities. Ron was a voracious reader, particularly of God's Word, and a lifelong student of history. He enriched his life with books on expansive subjects like early Americana artist Eric Sloane or Shaker Furniture. But the single most important joy of Ron's life was the cherished time spent with his family, especially his seven grandchildren, each of whom he adored.
Besides his wife Carol, Ron is survived by a daughter, Melissa (Joe) Diana, and their children Joey and Gabriella, Holland Patent; a daughter Susan (Shamus) Merriam, and their children Tyler and Gavin; a son Donald (Jodi), and their children, Aiden, Bryar, and Cole, all of Boonville. He is also survived by his siblings: Dennis (Janice) Croniser, Boonville, Gary (Darlene) Croniser, Lyons Falls, Donna Croniser, Toledo, OH, and Carl (Amy) Croniser, Delanson, NY; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, a reception will follow at the Boonville Elks Lodge, State Route 12 Boonville. Memorial donations may be made to the Christian radio station, Mars Hill Network, WHMR 102.9 FM or the Erwin Library and Institute, 104 Schuyler St., Boonville, New York 13309.
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