September 7, 1961 to March 22, 2015

Lyons Falls - Patricia (Penny) Egnew Sheen, 53 of McAlpine Street, the wife of Kevin Sheen, passed away on March 22, 2015.  She was born September 7, 1961 in Lowville, NY and graduated from Adirondack Central School in 1979.  She was last employed by South Lewis Central School as a bus monitor.

Memorial calling hours will be Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Mills Funeral Home 301 Post St., Boonville, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm.  For an on-line message of sympathy go to

February 13, 2015

Turin - Pastor Billie Jean Melton, a recently retired minister of the South Lewis Parish of the United Methodist Churches passed away at the home of her daughter, Michelle Eastley, in Binghamton, on February 13, 015, after an extended illness.

A Memorial Service for Pastor Billie Jean Melton, will be held on Saturday, March 28, at 11:00 A.M. at the Turin United Methodist Church, with all invited to attend.  A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the service.  Please bring a dish to pass and your own table service.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewis County Humane Society PO Box 682, Lowville, NY 13367.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewis County Humane Society, PO Box 682, Lowville, NY 13367.

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March 30, 1935 - March 16, 2015

Boonville- Charles J. McConnell, 79, of Lansing Place, affectionatley known as Charlie, husband of Maxine, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2015, at Rome Memorial Hospital, after a short illness. For many years he had resided on Upper Schuyler St. Boonville.

He was born in Boonville, on March 30, 1935, a son of Ira E. and Patricia Nolan McConnell and grew up at the Fish Creek Sportsmen’s Club, where his parents were caretakers for the club. Later his family moved to a farm on the West Road, near Constableville. He graduated from Constableville High School with the Class of 1954. While in high school Charlie participated on the basketball team and was a member of the marching band. In 1954, he entered the US Army, serving his country during the Korean Conflict, while stationed in Germany on the Hungarian Border Patrol. He was honorably discharged from the Army on 1957.

After serving his country, Charlie settled in Boonville, where he was first employed as a deliveryman for Mercer's Dairy. Later he furthered his education by attending Schenectady School of Welding, where he earned a certified welding degree. After that he was employed for twenty years at Pettibone Corp. of Rome, as a welder in steel crane construction. During that time, he was also employed as a school bus driver at Adirondack Central School District, Boonville. His last employment was as a millwright at Lyons Falls Pulp and Paper Co.

Mr. McConnell was a member of St. Joseph's Church, Boonville; a member of Charles J. Love Post American Legion # 406, where he had served as Commander and Sergeant of Arms, member of Harland J. Hennessey Post VFW, both Boonville, and a retired member of Boonville Fire Company, where he served as Assistant Chief. Charlie greatly enjoyed hunting and the out doors and spending time at the family hunting camp in Highmarket. After he retired, for many years he enjoyed spending time camping and working at Cold Brook Campsites in Port Leyden.

On January 5, 1957, Charlie married Shirley Roberts, at St. Joseph's Church, Boonville. She died on January 1, 1986. On July 5, 2003, he was united in marriage with Maxine E. Ossont LaQuay, at St. Mary's Church, Constableville.

In addition to his wife, Maxine, he is survived by his children, Steven J. (Debbie) McConnell, Boonville, Cynthia L. (Peter) Ferris, Old Forge, Kenneth C. McConnell, Boonville, Keith C. (Jill) McConnell, Boonville, Patrick J. McConnell, Jensen Beach, FL; grandchildren, Ryan (Yrma) McConnell, Jennifer A. McConnell, Nicole (Neil) Levensailor, Cory (Shayna) McConnell, Hannah M. McConnell, Brian C. McConnell, Shane S. McConnell, Cali McConnell; two great grandchildren, Kylie McConnell, and Bentley Levensailor; two step daughters, Michelle (Rich) Josephs, Oriskany, Jamie Palczynski, Rome; two step grandchildren, Bryson Josephs, and Aryana Josephs, nieces and nephews, and by his canine companion Sarah. He was predeceased by sisters, Mary Pat Thomas, and Elizabeth "Betty" Staple.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph's Church, Charles St. Boonville, with interment in the spring in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Boonville. Calling hours are Thursday 2-4 & 6-9 p.m. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Boonville Fire Co. P.O. Box 164, Boonville, NY 13309, or to the American Cancer Society 100 Lomond Court Utica, NY 13502.

Members of Charles J. Love Post American Legion and Harland J. Hennessey Post VFW, both of Boonville, will meet in a group at the funeral home on Thursday at 7 PM and members of Boonville Fire Group will meet in a group at the funeral home on Thursday at 7:30 PM.

Contributions of food may be taken to the Harland J. Hennessey Post VFW on Park Ave. in Boonville, beginning on Friday at 9:30 AM.

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April 16, 1957 - March 20, 2015

Boonville- Cory M. Zeigler, 57, affectionately known as "Cork", husband of Jeanie, passed away at his home, March 20, 2015.

Cory was born on April 16, 1957, at home on the Mineral Springs Road, Boonville, a son of Ervin and Louise Hess Zeigler. He was educated in Boonville and attended BOCES in Glenfield, where he took classes in carpentry. Cork graduated from Adirondack High School, with the class of 1976. While in school he enjoyed playing football, basketball, and was an exceptional catcher and hitter for the baseball team, he was also a member of Boy Scout Troop #13. Cork was united in marriage to Jeanie Sullivan on July 7, 1979 in Port Leyden.

After graduating he was employed for a short time with Pete Levensailor as a carpenter. Cork was then employed for the Ethan Allen Furniture Co., Boonville, where he worked for over 30 years in the sawmill until the plant closed in 2004. Currently he was employed as a carpenter for the Charles Gaetano Construction Co.

Cork was an avid hunter and fisherman, who also enjoyed gardening, boating, working in the woods, and cooking, especially when on the yearly hunting trips to the Southern Tier. From these trips came numerous stories to tell…some can be repeated, some can't! He loved his Ford truck, snowmobiling and four-wheeling. He loved to joke around and was adored by all, especially by all his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was always willing to help out family and friends whenever needed.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanie, his mother Louise Zeigler, Boonville, his mother-in-law Irma Sullivan, Port Leyden, siblings: Larry, Ron (Dianna), Lynn (Tina), Dwayne (Charlotte) and Bonnie (George) Snyder, all of Boonville. Also surviving are his sisters and brothers-in-law: Rebecca Bush, Margaret Krokowski, Tracy (John) Hastwell, Janet (Matt) Evans, Steve (Dawn) Sullivan, Jeff Sullivan, and Bob (Starr) Sullivan; as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, all of whom he loved as if they were his own. He was predeceased by a son, Bradley Ervin on September 6, 1981, his father Ervin on Oct. 13, 1984, his father-in-law, Percy Sullivan on Dec. 21, 2013, his sister-in-law, Cindy Zeigler on May 10, 2014, and brother-in-law Mark Krokowski on March 8, 2010.

A Memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 26, at 7:00 pm at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St., Boonville. Calling hours will be held from 4:00 pm until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be sent to his wife, Jeanie, 2282 Mineral Springs Road, Boonville, New York 13309. Following his services, there will be a luncheon at the Boonville Elks Lodge, Rt. 12, Boonville.

Cork's family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the Boonville Ambulance Co., and everyone who assisted them at their time of need.

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Van Severen obit

November 3, 1926 to March 15, 2015

BEAVER FALLS - Daryl Jean Van Severen, 88, formerly of the Artz Road and Steeple View Courts, Croghan, died early Sunday morning, on March 15, 2015 at Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility where she was a resident since April of 2012.

She was born on November 3, 1926 in Croghan the daughter of the late Louis V. and Minnie Catherin (Mitchell) Leonard. She married Arthur W. “Arkie” Van Severen on July 18, 1945 in Beaver Falls at the Evangelical United Brethren parsonage with Rev. Frank C. Hube, Pastor, officiating. The couple made their home on the Artz Road. Arthur “Arkie” died on March 25, 1999.

Daryl was a volunteer for Lewis County General Hospital and Extended Care Facility caring for all of the plants and animals. Earlier she drove kindergarten kids in her own car to Beaver River school. Daryl loved to garden and care for her home and beloved cat.

She was a devoted Christian and member of the Salem Christian Fellowship Church and Emmaus Bible Fellowship Church.

Surviving is her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas A. and Bonnie Van Severen of Gray, Maine; her grandchildren, Craig VanSeveren and Nikkol Hawkes and her children, Gage and Rozlin Hawkes; her sister-in-law, Jackie DeLaFluer.

A memorial service will be held this spring with Pastor Bruce Lyndaker and Pastor Paul Cornell, of Emmaus Bible Fellowship Church, Lowville, officiating. Burial will be in Gospel Hall Cemetery, Belfort. Daryl and Arkie will be placed side by side with their cat companion to rest forever together.

Daryl’s family would like to thank all of the 4th Floor Staff for all of their compassionate care.

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