January 21, 1947 to March 17, 2014

Talcottville- Ronald L. Johnson, 67, of Route 12D passed away on March 17, 2014 at his home under the care of his wife, Laura and Lewis County Hospice.

He was born in Boonville, January 21, 1947 a son of Howard and Charlotte Drexel Johnson. He grew up on the East Road on the family farm and attended Boonville Schools. He first worked at Brant Excelsior, Hawkinsville and then Sargents Chair Factory. He married Sandra Rogers that ended in divorce. He later married Dorothy Young that also ended in divorce. He drove log trucks for G&N Lumber in Port Leyden and then for several years was employed at Revere Copper & Brass in Rome. He then went back to driving truck for Thibidue Trucking, Foley Lumber and Murdock Trucking. He was last employed with Virkler Concrete at the Boonville plant. He married Laura Zimmer on August 20, 2005. Ronald enjoyed making lawn furniture, working in the woods, helping people, playing poker, cruising in “Corey Corvette”. His “off the wall sayings” will be greatly missed by his family.

Surviving are his wife, Laura; mother, Charlotte, Boonville; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Ronald Jr. and Annette Johnson, Camden, Richard and Melanie Johnson, Lyons Falls and Robert Johnson, Camden; one daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Brian Perry, Rome; four step children, Kenny and Cheryl Young, Ralph Young and Darlene Mineo, all of Boonville and Arena Beaver, Vernon; three brothers, Larry Johnson, Lyons Falls, Clyde Johnson, Port Leyden and Tim Johnson, Boonville; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Linda and Charles Earl, Port Leyden, John and Darla Zimmer, Blossvale, Richard and Jonnie Zimmer, Boonville, David Zimmer, Boonville, Robert and Cherene Lisowski, Boonville and his beloved pet dog, Bubba and cat, Sassy. He was predeceased by his father, Howard in October 1993.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday (today) March 19, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. only at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post Street, Boonville. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice,INC., P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.

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backer obit

May 22, 1919 to Marc 13, 2014

Ava- Stanley F. Backer, 94, of the East Ava Road passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 13, 2014 at Rome Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Ava, NY on May 22, 1919 a son of Horace and Hattie Fox Backer. He grew up on the family farm and married Charlotte (Lottie) Lisowski on September 14, 1940 in Rome. She died March 28, 2009. The couple operated the family farm until retiring in 1986. Stanley enjoyed the Boston Red Sox, playing pitch, rides in the country and building electronics.

Stanley’s family would like to thank the RHCF at Rome Hospital for the wonderful care especially Nana, Crystal, Kathy, Sharon and Amanda; also the ICU especially, Brittany, Audrey, Lacey and Brenda. A special thank-you to his granddaughter Stephanie Como for all the wonderful care shown.

Surviving are two sons and daughter-in-law, Horace “Babe” and Carol Backer, Ava and Albert Backer, Boonville; four daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Dick Witzigman, Ava, Linda Underwood, Rome, Shirley Hunt, Camden and Lorraine and Steve Gardinier, Rome; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Warren and Marie Backer and Gilbert and Ann Owens, all of Ava; two sisters, Janette Malone, Ava and Doris Spinelli, Rome; fifteen grandchildren, a special grandson, Jon Backer, 26 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter. Stanley was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Lucille Backer, a son-in-law Brian Underwood, a brother-in-law, Pat Malone and three brothers, Willard, Raymond and Douglas.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post St., Boonville with Pastor Matt Ripp officiating. Calling hours will be held Sunday prior to the service from 1-4 p.m. Burial in the spring at Ava Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the West Leyden Fire Department.

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“I’m just a farmer.”


February 15, 1922 to March 10, 2014

Boonville- Domenic O. Cerro passed away peacefully at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center Utica NY on Monday March 10th 2014.

Dom was born in Boonville on February 15th, 1922, son of Pasquale and Rose Cerro. He graduated from Boonville High School in 1940 and later served in the US Army at Aberdeen Proving Grounds MD. There he met and married his loving wife Jeanne Elizabeth Fretz of Oxford PA. The couple was married 68 years ago on March 9th 1946 and returned to Boonville where they had since resided.

Domenic is survived by Jeanne as well as his two devoted sons, Richard of Liverpool NY, his wife Robin, their children Matthew and Joanna and great grandson Dominic, and son Jeffrey and his wife Elizabeth of Yorktown VA. Also surviving Domenic is his brother-in-law Carl R. Fretz from Oxford PA, and sister-in-law Lucille Cerro of Boonville NY. Lucille's daughters Janice, Kathleen, and Patricia would always bring enjoyment to his days and added to his enjoyment of life in innumerable ways. Domenic was predeceased by his brother Armante with whom he shared a strong family bond.

Domenic loved living and working in Boonville and the surrounding area and enjoyed a life enriched by many dear friends and family. The family would also like to extend a special thank-you to the staff of Sunset Nursing Home for all of their considerate and professional care over the last years of Dom's life.

A Prayer Service will be Saturday at 9:15 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 A.M. at St. Joseph's Church, Boonville, where Rev. Sean Patrick O'Brien, pastor will officiate. A spring interment with military rites will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday 5-8 P.M. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Church Memorial Fund, c/o Christ Our Hope Catholic Parish 110 Charles St. Boonville, or to Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Resident Activities Fund 232 Academy St. Boonville, NY 13309.

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iva croniser obit

April 6, 1930 to March 12, 2014

Boonville- Iva (Millard) Croniser, 83, formerly of State Rt. 294, widow of Carl, passed away on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Lewis County Extended Care Facility, Lowville, where she had resided since 2011.

She was born on April 6, 1930, in Lowville, a daughter of Rutson J. and Emogene H. Petrie Millard. Iva grew up near Boonville and in Lewis and Jefferson Counties, completing her education in Turin. Mrs. Croniser was a devoted wife and mother. On May 25, 1946, Iva was united in marriage with the love of her life, Carl A. Croniser, at the Boonville United Methodist Church. This marriage was a blessed union that endured for over 58 years until Carl died on December 13, 2004. In 1955, the couple moved to a dairy farm on the West Leyden Road, near Boonville, which they operated until 1988, when they sold their dairy cows. After retiring from farming, she was employed at Lee Pontiac and Buick Agency in Boonville. Iva will be fondly remembered for the ways in which she cherished the gifts of life and her family. For many years she was a member of Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Boonville, where she served as church treasurer and deaconess. Later she also attended the Rome Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. She lived her life with faith in her Savior, Jesus Christ. Above all she enjoyed the time spent with her family, as well as cooking, baking, crocheting and gardening. She loved the Christmas Season and the hope that Jesus brings us.

Iva is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Carol Croniser, Dennis and Janice Croniser, all of Boonville, Gary and Darlene Croniser, Lyons Falls, Carl Croniser and Amy, Delanson; one daughter, Donna M. Croniser, Toledo, OH, nine grandchildren; Melissa Diana and husband Joseph, Amy Clemons and husband Jimi, Susan Merriam and husband, Shamus, Aaron Croniser, Donald Croniser and wife Jodi, Gary Croniser II and wife, Rebecca, Jennifer Stackhouse and husband, Pat, Ryan Croniser and wife, Kara, Caleb Croniser, fourteen great grandchildren; one sister and brother-in-law, Gladys and Richard Lee, Boonville; two sisters-in-law, Adeline Croniser, West Leyden, and Helen Sylvester, Olmsteadville. She was predeceased by two sisters, Beatrice Kent and Elizabeth Dowling, and by two brothers, Theodore Millard and Kenneth Millard.

Funeral services will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, at the Boonville Alliance Church, at the corner of State Route 12 and Potato Hill Road, where calling hours will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to The Great Commission Fund of the Christian and Missionary Alliance P.O. Box 35000 Colorado Springs CO 80935. Her arrangements have been entrusted to the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville.

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david halko obit

November 1, 1958 to March 5, 2014

CARTHAGE – David J. Halko, 55, of Old State Rowww.isenekerfuneralhome.comad, passed away on Wednesday morning, March 5, 2014, Upstate Medical University Hospital, Syracuse.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., 5702 Waters Road, Lowville with Wayne Arnold, David’s best friend, of Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage officiating. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. A gathering will immediately follow the funeral service at the Carthage Elks Lodge.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367 or any Lewis County Relay for Life Team.

He is survived by a son, Joshua Halko and his spouse, Justin Hall of Beaver Falls; a daughter and her fiancé, Janelle Halko and Chris Cazinha; his siblings, Daryl and Penny Halko of Croghan, Dennis and Ginger Halko of Croghan, Carrie and Stanley Zehr of Castorland, Darin and Jennifer Halko of Carthage; his father and mother-in-law, John and Agnes Teal of Brantingham; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mary and Wayne Ernst; Jackie and Bob Aden; Margaret “Podgie” Gorczyca all of Lyons Falls; Nancy and Keith Mooney of Port Leyden; Michael and Kim Teal of Brantingham; Terry and Bill Kohl of Port Leyden; Joseph and Robin Teal of Glenfield; special foster children, Justin, Jeffrey, and Jeremy Spoor; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. David is predeceased by his parents, and by his wife, Jenny Lou.

David was born on November 1, 1958 in Carthage, NY, a son of the late Donald L. and Joyce Marie Walsemann Halko. He graduated from Carthage Central School in 1977. He went to work for AMF in Lowville after graduating, and was the Kiln Supervisor there for many years until his recent promotion to Rough Mill Supervisor. He was first married to Annette Yancey, that ended years later. He married Genevieve Lucinda “Jenny Lou” Teal on October 11, 1991, at their home. Together with his wife, the couple were foster parents for several children. Jenny Lou died on October 17, 2012. David was a member of B.P.O.E. #1762, Carthage Elks Lodge, where he was an active member for fundraising events and cooked for various dinner functions. David enjoyed cooking, camping, boating, fishing, woodworking, gardening, maple sugaring and NASCAR. He loved life, making people laugh and taking care of people. David was an amazing father, big brother, great friend, cherished and loved by all.

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