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October 24, 1925 to September 23, 2014

Constableville- Irving J. Kraeger, 88, husband of Josephine (Jo), lifelong resident of Constableville and the longest standing member of the Lewis County Board of Legislators, passed away on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at SUNY Upstate Medical University following a brief illness.

Irv was born on the Kraeger homestead farm October 24, 1925, a son of Anthony and Cecelia Duppert Kraeger. He graduated with the Constableville High School Class of 1944. While in high school Irv was a member of the baseball team, a sport in which he excelled. Irv then went on to further his education, when he attended SUNY Cortland in the Athletic Education and Coaching Program. Irv then returned home to assist his father in the operation of the family farm. On October 23, 1948, Irv was united in marriage with Josephine Benedict at St. Mary's Church, Glenfield. Following their marriage they resided in the family farmhouse until 1956 when they built their present home on the farm. In 1948, Irv took over the operation of the family dairy farm, as well as the maple syrup production.

Irv will be forever remembered for the service he has given to the communities of Lewis County. He began his political career on January 1, 1952 as the Representative for the Town of West Turin on the Lewis County Board of Supervisors. This position he held for 48 consecutive years; never missing a regular Board Meeting. The Board eventually transitioned into what we now know as the Lewis County Board of Legislators. Irv's community service did not stop there; he was a founding member of the Lewis County Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, a member of the Town of West Turin Zoning Board, Member of the Lewis County Fair Board since 1986, named Director Emeritus in 2001; a longtime member of the Constableville Alumni Association, a Member of the South Lewis Lyons Club for more than 60 years, a member of the Lewis County Farm Bureau, receiving their Senior Farmer Award in 2008; Member of the Northern NY Maple Producers and Lewis County Maple Producers.

Irv volunteered for the Constableville Fire Dept. for over 61 years, serving as president and treasurer at various times. In September 2008, Irv was named Tug Hill Sage, an honor bestowed upon him by the NYS Tug Hill Commission. Irv also received in 2008, a Certificate of Distinction in honor of his 55 years of public service to the people of Lewis County. Irv very much enjoyed hunting and fishing and being outdoors. If you couldn't find him in his garden or pumpkin patch, he was probably watching NY Yankee Baseball. Irv's family was by far the most important aspect of his life, and he found great joy in watching his grandchildren's athletic events. Irv was of the Catholic faith, and was a life time member of St. Mary's Church, Constableville.

Besides his wife Josephine, Irv is survived by his children: Elaine (John) Favor, Huntington Beach, CA, Ann (Terry) Dorrity, New Hartford, Jean (Al) Kwiatkowski, Rotterdam Junction, NY, Katherine (John) McDonald, Lyons Falls, Susan (Neil) Pepper, Brantingham, Joyce (Larry) Pleskach, Brantingham, David (Catherine Berry) Kraeger, Mary (Rick) Failing, of Constableville, Sally (Mike) Black, Turin, Michael (Lisa Patterson) Kraeger, Thomas (Rhonda Farr) Kraeger, Robert (Julie Fey) Kraeger, all of Constableville, Amy (Darrin) Tissot, Breezy Point, NY, and Anthony (Carrie Houppert) Kraeger, Constableville. Also surviving are 29 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, one sister, Ruth Margot, Boonville, one sister-in-law, Renee Kraeger New Hartford, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Irv was predeceased by his parents, five sisters: Eva Keohane, Eleanor Grems, Agnes Kelly, Edna Sattler and Katherine Kraeger, three brothers: Aubrey, Harland and Robert, and two grandchildren, Desirae Failing and Andrew Kraeger.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 11:00 am at St. Mary's Church, Constableville, where Rev. Lawrence Marullo, Pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Constableville. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 6-9 pm and Thursday from 3-8 pm at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Constableville Volunteer Fire Dept. P.O. Box #438, Constableville, NY 13325 or to St. Mary's Church, North Main St. Constableville, NY 13325. Irv's family would like to thank Dr. Elwin Stillman, Joyce Gillette, Karen LeVan, Cherene Lisowski, and the Constableville Fireman's Ambulance crew for the compassionate and loving care given to Irv.

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January 6, 1950 to September 17, 2014

Boonville- Louis T. “Ted” Muha, 64, of Woodgate Drive has gone to be with his dad on September 17, 2014 after a brief illness.

He was born in Boonville on January 26, 1950 a son of the late Louis S. “Louie” Muha. Ted was employed for many years in the fuel trucking industry.

Ted was very active in village politics. He served as the village of Boonville’s zoning officer later as the police commissioner, served multiple terms on the village board, one term as mayor and one term on the town board. Ted was a member of the Boonville Volunteer Fire Company serving as its treasurer for over 40 years.

Ted is survived by his wife of 47 years, Maryann, whom he married on March 18, 1967; four sons, David A. Muha of Delanson, NY, Douglas J. Muha, Daniel Michael Muha and Christopher A. Muha, all of Boonville; his cousin James Bauer of Boonville; his brother -in-laws and their wives, Randy (Carolyn) Podkowka of Port Leyden, Peter Podkowka of Rome and Gary (Catherine) Podkowka of Boonville; sister-in-laws and their husbands, Cynthia (Tracy) Coons of Rome and Lisa (Dale) Simmons of Tennessee and his beloved mother-in-law and her husband, Carol and Richard Lounsberry of Daytona Florida. Ted also leaves behind his two black labs, Duncan and Dodge, many nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and family. He was predeceased by his father Louis S. “Louie” Muha on September 30, 1998 and his beloved Aunt Mary Muha Bauer on December 5, 2013.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville. Burial will be in Boonville Cemetery. Calling hours at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post Street, Boonville, will be Friday from 4-7 p.m. Donations may be made to the Boonville Fire Company.

For an online message of sympathy please go to www.millsfuneral

rozanski obit

September 14, 2014

BELLWOOD – Mitchell Rozanski, 90, formerly of Sears Pond Road, died Sunday afternoon, September 14, 2014, at the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility.

A funeral service will be at 11 AM on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville with Canon Samuel P. Lundy, officiating. Burial wil following Barnes Corners Cemetery. A calling hour will be from 10-11 AM prior to the funeral service, at the funeral home.

widrick obit

April 11, 1930 to September 15, 2014

CROGHAN - Gilbert Steiner Widrick, 84, passed away peacefully on Monday September 15, 2014 in the Lewis County Extended Care Facility with his family by his side.

Gilbert was born on April 11, 1930 on the family homestead in the town of New Bremen, a son of the late Rev. John J. and Luella V. Steiner Widrick. He attended Beaver River Central School. On April 12, 1952, he married Elizabeth Reed at Trinity Church Lowville, NY. Gilbert was a life-long dairy farmer and was the 4th generation on the Virkler farm. Following the fire in 1984, the community came together and rebuilt the current barn. Gilbert retired from farming when he was 74 and moved to Croghan with his wife, Betty. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.   Gilbert was on the Board of Directors at the Lowville Producers Dairy Cooperative, EAIC and Lewis County Farm Bureau. He was the recipient of the Dairy of Distinction Award.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 62 years, Betty; children, Deborah (Earl) Boliver of Lowville, NY, Gary (Jodelle) of Rockville, MD, Stephen (Carrie) of Camillus, NY, William (Beth Anne) of Turin, NY, Mary (Brian) Benton of Marietta, GA, Mark (Kelly) of Syracuse, NY and Scott (Nancy) of Baldwinsville, NY, Douglas Schneider of Croghan, NY; his grandchildren, Nichole (Matt) Stevens, Jeremy and Anne Boliver, Emily and Molly Widrick, William and James (Marja) Walker, Jacqueline Widrick and Jacob (Kelly) Widrick, Andrew and Jennifer Benton, Daniel, Jonathon, and Samuel Widrick; great grandchildren, Colin Boliver, Meghan and Olivia Cassells, Piper and Maverick Widrick. He is also survived by sisters, Rita (Jack) Ebersol of Canandaigua, Betty Nortz of Lowville, and brothers, Robert (Janice) Widrick of Lowville, Virgil Widrick of Croghan; a sister-in-law, Jeane Widrick of Cortland. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his parents, John and Luella, his stepmother, Berdena Streeter Widrick, a son, John Gilbert Widrick, a brother, Boyce Widrick, a sister Evelyn Farney, and a sister-in-law, Carole Widrick.

The funeral will be Friday, September 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Apostolic Christian Church of America, Croghan, with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will follow the service in the Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., 5702 Waters Road, Lowville. Contributions may be made to the Croghan Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 405, Croghan, NY 13327; or to Lewis County Office of the Aging, 7660 State St., Lowville, NY 13367; or a charity of one’s choice.

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April 1, 1922 - September 12, 2014 

Boonville- Tillie F. (Paluck) Czajka, 92, a WWII Veteran, widow of John E. and a former resident of Solvay, NY, passed away on Friday, September 12, 2014, at Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, while surrounded by the loving care of her family.

She was born in Turin, on April 1, 1922, a daughter of Anthony and Mary Kolasoe Paluck. Tillie grew up in Turin, and attended school in Constableville, and was later employed at the Monroe Co. Boonville. On April 29, 1944, Mrs. Czajka enlisted in the U.S. Army as a member of the Women's Army Corp, and was assigned to the Army Motor Pool at Camp Shanks, a section of New York Port of Embarkation, Army Service Forces. She was honorably discharged at Ft. Dix, NJ on March 20, 1946, with the rank of PFC. She received the American Service Medal, WW II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

After serving her country, Mrs. Czajka attended Beaux Art School of Beauty Culture and was employed at General Electric at Electronics Park, Syracuse. She was also employed at Bristol Lab of Syracuse and at Syracuse Stamping Co.

On July 12, 1952, Tillie was united in marriage with John E. Czajka, at St. Joseph's Church, Boonville. After their marriage the couple moved to Syracuse, and then to Solvay, where they lived for many years. Mr. Czajka, a WWII, European Theater Army Veteran and retiree from Crucible Steel Co. Solvay, died on August 19, 2002; afterwards Mrs. Czajka continued to live in Solvay, until 2012, when she returned to Boonville, making her home with her son and daughter in law, Richard and Laura Czajka, of Boonville, until entering the nursing home in 2013.

While living in Syracuse, Mrs. Czajka was a member and attended St. Cecilia's Church, Solvay, and she had attended St. Joseph's Church, Boonville. She was a member of Charles J. Love Post # 406, American Legion, Boonville, and the Union I.C.U. Fleet Workers, Syracuse, and a former member of Harland J. Hennessey Post VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Boonville. Tillie enjoyed gardening, raising flowers and vegetables, and she had a green thumb with raising indoor plants. She also enjoyed canning and freezing the bounty of her gardens.

She is survived by a son and daughter in law, Richard and Laura Czajka, Boonville; her grandson, Corby Czajka, Cibolo, TX, granddaughter, Melissa and Michael Pietraszewski, North Bethesda, MD, grandson, Adam Czajka, Boonville, and two great grandchildren, Brandan Czajka, Boonville, and Riley Czajka, Cibolo, TX; one brother, Isadore (Lillian) Paluck, Constableville; one sister, Estella Paluck Kowalik, Utica, and a sister in law, Mary Paluck, Constableville, and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers, Joseph and Edward Paluck, and by sisters, Rose Karpinski and Helen Wood.

A prayer service will be Friday at 10:15 AM at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph's Church, Boonville, where Rev. Fr. Donald H. Karlen, retired pastor of Christ Our Hope Catholic Parish officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Boonville, with Military Rites from Charles J. Love Post American Legion, Harland J. Hennessey Post V.F.W. and the Tun Tavern Marine Corps League, all of Boonville. Calling hours are Thursday 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Cecilia's Church 1001 Woods Road Syracuse, NY 13209, or to Boonville Fire Company Ambulance Fund PO Box 164, Boonville, NY, or to Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Resident Activities Fund, 232 Academy St. Boonville, NY 13309.

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