December 3, 1923 to March 15, 2015

LOWVILLE – Robert C. Britton, 91, passed away on Sunday night, March 15, 2015, with his family by his side at the Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility.

Mr. Britton was born in Montague, a son of the late Edward and Louise Smith Britton on December 3, 1923. After attending school at Gardners Corners and Lowville Academy, Bob worked on his family farm until entering the Army in 1945 and he was honorably discharged. On September 16, 1949, he married Frances Farney at her parents home in Adams with William D Aubry, Minister of Gospel, officiating.

In 1959, the couple purchased a farm on 177 and in 1969, they bought the New Boston Store, which they operated for a number of years. Bob was also employed by Kraft Foods for 13 years, retiring in 1986. He was Supervisor for the Town of Harrisburg from 1962-1971 and in his spare time very much enjoyed playing cards, gardening and visiting friends. He also enjoyed playing practical jokes on family, friends and his co-workers.

Surviving Mr. Britton is his wife of 65 years, Frances and their children: Margaret and Fred Sweredoski of Lowville, Katie and Tom Ackerman of Wassaic, Patrick and Krystal Britton of Rome and Chet and Cheryl Britton of Lowville; eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by five brothers: Carl, Edward, Leon, Leonard and Fred; his sister, Mildred Garcia, and a grandson, Robert Morales.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 19th at 10:00 A.M. at the Sundquist Funeral Home with Deacon Mr. Ronald Pominville, officiating. Calling hours for family and friends will be on Wednesday, March 18th, from 5 to 8 P.M. at the funeral home.

Bob’s family has great appreciation for all of the kindness and care provided by the First Floor Staff.

Memorials in Robert’s name may be made to: Lewis County Hospital Foundation, c/o Rainbow Community, 7785 N. State Street, Lowville, NY 13367

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Branagan obit

March 10, 1921 to March 15, 2015

LOWVILLE- Early Sunday morning, March 15, 2015, at the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility, Roger H. Branagan, 94, laid his earthly burden down and picked up his crown. He was reunited with his wife, Shirley, and countless other family and friends, and greeted by his Savior and friend, Jesus Christ. Roger and Shirley are now enjoying their custom built mansion, made by a carpenter with nail pierced hands.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville, with Rev. Dan Quinta, officiating. Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Naumburg, in the spring. Calling hours will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at the funeral home, prior to the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hearthstone Ministries, 3 North Park St., Adams, NY 13605.

He is survived by a son, Joel J. Branagan of Lowville; a daughter and son-in-law, Pastor Susan and William Sampson of Adams; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Branagan is predeceased by his wife, Shirley, who died on April 16, 1999; an infant son, Roger, Jr.; and three brothers, Donald, Kenneth and Wilbur Branagan.

Roger was born on March 10, 1921 in West Carthage, NY, a son of the late James and Mildred Lockrow Branagan. He graduated from Carthage High School in 1940. Roger worked on the family farm from 1940 until 1947. On October 20, 1945, he married Shirley M. Norton at Calvary Assembly of God in Carthage. Roger worked for Crown Zellerbach in Carthage from 1947 until his retirement in 1983. Mr. Branagan was Town Justice in Croghan for 12 years, and was elected assessor, serving two years. He moved to Lowville in 1984, where he served as Town Justice from 1984 until 1998. In his retirement, he enjoyed delivering flowers for Sunnycrest Flowers for many years.

Mr. Branagan was a charter member of New Life Fellowship in Beaver Falls. He was a former member of the NYS Magistrates Association and a member of the Lewis County Magistrates Association. He enjoyed hunting.

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May 23, 1940 - March 6, 2015

Lyons Falls- Rita J. Todd, 74, of Rumble Road, wife of Keith F. passed away on Friday, March 6, 2015, at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, after a long illness.

She was born in Granville, NY (Washington County) on May 23, 1940, a daughter of Ernest and Laura Johnson Hurley. Rita grew up in the Granville area, attending school in Granville and Hartford. Later she received her GED. For many years Rita resided in Granville, where she was employed in the cafeteria at Granville Elementary School. A marriage to Leonard Rathbun ended in divorce.

On August 1, 1980, Rita was married to Keith F. Todd, at the Wilton Methodist Church. After their marriage the couple lived in Wilton; in 1983 they moved to Marengo, IL, where she was employed as a police officer. In 1989 the Todd's moved to Newport, PA, where Mrs. Todd was employed at the Lutheran Nursing Home, as a nurse's assistant, receptionist, later retiring as Volunteer Coordinator, until 1995, when the couple relocated to Boonville, where she was employed for Boonville Tire. In 1997, they moved to their present home on Rumble Road near Lyons Falls.

On June 1, 1998, the couple began the operation of Lyons Falls Tire, Inc. on Franklin St., where Mrs. Todd was employed as President and part owner until illness forced her to retire in 2010. For many years the couple raised several different breeds of beef cattle in the places that they lived.

For many years Rita took great pride in assisting with the clerical duties, in the Towns of Wilton and Lyonsdale, where her husband was serving as Town Justice. Mrs. Todd was a member of Lewis County Farm Bureau, and the Lewis County Billiards League. She greatly enjoyed the outdoors and playing golf.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by five sons, Bruce Rathbun, David Rathbun, Lenny Rathbun, Joseph Rathbun, Timothy Rathbun, all of the Granville area; two step children, Brian Todd, Peru, NY, Lisa (Krste) Biljanoski, Auburn; fourteen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren; five sisters, Florence Crandall, Hudson Falls, Carrie Dunbar, Corinth, Verna Hoyt, Anna Mae Andrews, Martha Oser, all of Granville; two brothers, Gordon (Norma) Hurley, Granville, and Raymond (Doris) Hurley, Hudson Falls, a sister in law, JoAnn Hurley, Glens Falls and her father in law, Francis Todd, St. Cloud, Fla. She was predeceased by her parents and by one brother, Donald Hurley.

Her Services will be Sunday at 3:00 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, with interment in the spring in Fairview Cemetery, Canton, NY. Calling hours are Saturday 4-7 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of CNY 441 Kirkpatrick St. Syracuse, NY 13204, or to The St. Jude Tribute Program P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38101.

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July 17, 1940 to March 10, 2015

Lyons Falls - Peter Egnew Sr., 74, of the Kosterville Road died March 10, 2015 at St. Luke's Hospital after a long illness.

He was born in West Carthage, NY on July 17, 1940, a son of Burton and Gladys Dimick Egnew. He grew up in west Carthage and attended local schools. He entered the Navy on January 28, 1959 and was honorably discharged January 27, 1965. Upon his discharge he moved to Port Leyden and worked at various paper mills. He retired from Burrows Paper in Lyonsdale in 1976.

Peter was a member of the Bible Baptist Community Church. He enjoyed walking and spending time in the woods.

Surviving are three sons, Peter Jr. and Patricia Egnew, Lyons Falls, William Egnew, North Carolina and Sean Egnew, South Carolina; a daughter, Shannon Egnew, Buford, Georgia; brother, Keith and Jean Egnew, Oswego; a sister, Kay and Gerald Ashcroft, Carthage and ten grandchildren. He was predeceased by one infant son, Stephen, one brother, Edward and one sister, Joan Duffer.

In keeping with Peter’s wishes there will be no funeral service as he requested to have his body donated to science.

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Hanno obit

March 12, 1925 to March 9, 2015

LOWVILLE- David G. Hanno, 89, formerly of James Street, Lowville, died Monday morning, March 9, 2015 at the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville, with Rev. Bruce W. Chapman, officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be in Lowville Rural Cemetery in the spring. Calling hours will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the funeral home, prior to the memorial service. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057; or to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.

He is survived by his wife of over 64 years, Eleanor; a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Timothy Holthouse, and their daughter, Tiffany, of Clymer, NY; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey David and Carrie Hanno, and his three children, Jennifer, Jeffrey Jr., and Aaron, of Auburn, NY; step-children, Kenneth, Cheryl, Joanna and Madalyn; a sister-in-law, Elaine Hanno of Lowville; nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Hanno is predeceased by a brother, Richard Hanno.

David was born on March 12, 1925 in Croghan, NY, a son of the late William E. and Theora Ager Hanno. He attended Lowville Academy prior to enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving from March 1943 until his honorable discharge in March 1946. After his service, Mr. Hanno worked at the basket factory in Lowville. On August 5, 1950, he married Eleanor Brown at the Lowville United Methodist Church. Dave worked for Payne-Jones for many years, retiring from FiberMark on September 30, 1987.

Mr. Hanno was a Life Member of Lewis County Memorial Post 6912, VFW, serving as Post Commander in the early years, and most recently serving as Chaplain. He was a dedicated participant in providing funeral honors for local military veterans, and marching with the VFW in local parades. Dave loved to hunt, and enjoyed bowling and cross-country skiing.

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