Traxel obit

December 18, 1918 to January 18, 2015

Ava- Gordon Traxel, 96, of Traxel Road, a native and life resident of the Town of Ava, passed away on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville.

He was born on December 18, 1918, on the Traxel Farm, a son of Daniel and Lucy Wood Traxel. He graduated from West Leyden High School with the Class of 1936. For many years he operated the Traxel Family Farm until he retired from farming in 1969. After that he was employed as a custodian and bus driver at the Adirondack Elementary School in West Leyden, and as a truck driver at Bailey's Feed Mill, of Boonville, retiring in 1984.

On June 12, 1946, Gordon was united in marriage with Margaret Kappler at the Clinton United Methodist Church; this was a blessed union that lasted for over sixty eight years.

Gordon served on several local town and school positions, including the Ava Town Board, Ava Town Tax Collector, the West Leyden Central School Board of Education, and the planning board for the new location and construction of the Adirondack Central High School, in Boonville, in the late 1960's. For many years Mr. Traxel also served as superintendent of the Ava Cemetery.

During the late 1930's and early 1940's Gordon enjoyed playing drums in a local band; and after getting his private pilot's license, he greatly enjoyed flying airplanes with his flying buddies. Later in life, he enjoyed operating his 16 foot boat on several area lakes and on the Barge Canal.

In addition to his wife, Margaret, Gordon is survived by three sons and two daughters in law: Gary Traxel, Lynn and Sheila Traxel, all of Ava, and Bruce and Gayle Traxel, of Prospect; one daughter and son-in-law, Donna and David Byrne, of Lee. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and many many great grandchildren.

Gordon's family would like to thank the staff at Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, for their excellent care they gave to Gordon and to the ambulance personnel of the West Leyden Fire Department.

In keeping with this wishes his Funeral Services will be private at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville and there will be no calling hours. Interment will be in the spring at Ava Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Resident Activities Fund 232 Academy St. Boonville, NY 13309, or to the West Leyden Fire Department.

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March 8, 1935 - January 16, 2015

Port Leyden- Dorothy Beatrice Lee, 79, formerly of Thomas Road, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 16, 2015, at Lewis Country Residential Health Care Facility, Lowville, after a long illness.

Dorothy was born at home on the Norton Road, Town of Leyden, on March 8, 1935, a daughter of Alfred G. and Isabel L. (Olney) Fox. In the early 1940's she moved with her family to a farm on Thomas Road, near Port Leyden. She attended Port Leyden Central School, graduating with the Class of 1954. Thereafter she returned home, caring for her parents and assisting with day-to-day household and dairy farming chores. After the deaths of her parents, Dorothy married William R. Lee, on April 26, 1975, at the Boonville United Methodist Church.

After their marriage the couple lived on Main St. Boonville, until Mr. Lee, a retiree of Rome Cable Co, died on December 29, 1984. In 1985, Dorothy moved to Thomas Road, where she since had lived. Mrs. Lee was a skilled and talented seamstress who made clothing, patterns for clothing and also specialized in doing alterations of many kinds of clothing. For many years she sewed crafts that were sold at the 1882 Country Barn, Turin.

For several years, Dorothy and her sister, Irene, operated "The Little Red Hen Bakery" at Irene's residence; they specialized in baking breads, pies, cakes and cookies, raised donuts and Dorothy's specialty, fried cakes, which all were made fresh daily. Mrs. Lee was an active member of the Boonville Alliance Church, serving as a deaconess, Sunday school teacher and assisted with the Summer Bible School, as well as baking and cooking for church functions.

Dorothy is survived by one brother, Ronald W. Fox, Conklin, NY; and one sister, Mrs. Irene L. (Rudolph) Uttendorfsky, Port Leyden; and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. She was predeceased by brothers, Alfred, Karl, Harold, Glenn; and by sisters, Marion, Evelyn and Flora.

Her Funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 A.M. at Boonville Alliance Church, corner of Rt. 12 and Potato Hill Road, Boonville, where Pastor David Hedeen, will officiate. Interment will be in the spring in Turin Cemetery. Calling hours are Monday 1-4 p.m. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Boonville Alliance Church 12593 Potato Hill Road, Boonville, NY 13309, or to Lewis County Extended Care Residential Health Care Facility 7785 North State St. Lowville, NY 13367.

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January 30, 1946 to January 7, 2015

Port Leyden:  Joseph Francis McNally, 68, of 7558 Wildcat Rd. Died Wednesday evening in Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville.  

He was born Jan 30, 1946 in Pitttsburgh, PA., the son of Edward and Doothy Lauer McNally and was a graduate of North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh.  He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts.  He married Nell Ann Harrison March 16, 1974 in the Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh.

He was employed at the Pittsburgh Post Office and when he moved to the Port Leyden area he was employed at Kraft in Lowville, Burrows Paper Mill in Lyonsdale, Ethan Allen in Boonville and the Utica Post Office, retiring from the Post Office.  He loved God's creations, loved his family and loved playing with his grandchildren.  He also loved animals and the Adirondacks.  

He is survived by his wife of 41 years Nell Ann; two sons Joseph John and his companion Melissa Nagy of Port Leyden, Immanuel and his wife Michala of Oneoneta; one daughter Sarah McNally and her companion John Tucker of new Bremen, two grandson John Micael Tucker III and Hudson Immanuel McNally.  Also surviving are one sister Judith Lampert of Pittsburgh, PA and one brother James of Franklin PA., nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  

The funeral will be Sunday at 1 PM at Callaghan Funeral Home, LLC, Port Leyden with Deacon James Cahufty, officiating.   Burial will be in the spring in Calvary Cemetery, Port Leyden.  Friends may call from 12 until the time of the funeral at the funeral home.


Carpenter obit

July 20, 1921 to January 14, 2015

Boonville – Doreen M. Carpenter, 93, formerly of James Street, Boonville, passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Boonville where she had resided since October 7, 2010.

Born on July 20, 1921 in Ft. William, Ontario, Canada to William C. and Mabel M. (Salmon) Jackson, her family relocated in 1926 to Cherry Valley, NY and subsequently to Turin, NY where she received her formal education.

Doreen was united in marriage with Orrin Carpenter of Constableville, NY on October 27, 1945. Together they had seven children, and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Mr. Carpenter passed away on March 15, 1985.

Family, faith and flowers were her priorities in life. No family conversation ended without her again telling of her love and admiration.

Doreen was a faithful member of the Boonville United Methodist Church, the Young at Heart Senior Citizens of Boonville, and an avid competitive bowler well into her eighties.

She is survived by four daughters and sons-in law: Florence (Larry) Goodheart of Lowville, Karen (Lester) Ossont of Lyons Falls and Florida, Karla (Tim) Roth of Boonville, and Linda (Ron) Fruin of Boonvile; one son, Orrin Carpenter, Jr. of Concord CA; and one sister, Edna Jackson of Lowville. Doreen was predeceased by two sons: Timothy Jackson Carpenter (1981) and David William Carpenter (1999), a grandson, Timothy Williamson (1981), four sisters: Margaret Wendt (1971), Eleanor Meiss (1977), Jane Flansburg (2009), Madge Damuth (2009), and a brother, William Albert Jackson (1979). The family wishes to express its heartfelt appreciation to all who assisted in providing Doreen with comfort and companionship; special thanks to Rev. Bill Mudge, Rev. Daniel Richter, Rev. Denise Bowen, and the exceptional staff of Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Interment in the spring will be held in Turin Cemetery. Her arrangements are in care of the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler Street, Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Boonville United Methodist Church, 202 Main St., Boonville, NY 13309 or to the Sunset Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, 232 Academy St., Boonville, NY 13309, Attn: Flower Garden Fund.

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cooper obit

July 23, 1938 - January 10, 2015

TURIN – John D. “Jack” Cooper, 76, passed unexpectedly Saturday, January 10th, 2015.

He was born in Rochester, PA and later lived in Texas before settling on his grandparent’s farm in Turin, NY. Jack is survived by one younger sibling Victor James Cooper. Their parents were Col. David Kerr and Gwendolyn Gadd Cooper.

Jack attended Lowville Academy, Northfield Mt. Hermon Prep School and Cornell University.

Jack worked for Eastern Rock Corp., for 31 years and retired at the age of 60. He enjoyed travel and was very interested in the Civil War and visited some of those sites. He read many books on the subject, as well as many other reading interests. Jack also really enjoyed skiing in his younger years and was a member of the Snow Ridge Ski Patrol.

He was married to Patricia Smith of Rochester, NY and when she died of cancer, “Jack” as he preferred to be called, befriended Donna Kuersteiner and her family also of Turin, NY. In 1980 they became one, sharing nearly 35 full and incredibly happy years together. Jack is also survived by her children, Eric and Gregg Kuersteiner, and Lisanne Divine; and eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who fondly called him “Gran-Jack”.

In later years he suffered from COPD, without complaint and was always optimistic, and still enjoyed his vacations.

He also was a great lover of animals. In his memory contributions may be made to: Lewis County Humane Society, P.O. Box 682, Lowville, NY 13367 or the American Lung Association.

An immediate extended family gathering will be held, there will be no calling hours. A private family observance will be held in the spring.

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