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WARD obit

May 23, 1994 to August 9, 2014

Port Leyden- Kevin A. Ward, Jr., 20 of Kelpytown Road, passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014, in a tragic Sprint Car racing accident, at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park, Canandaigua, NY. Affectionately known as "Budster," and later as "Junior," Kevin, during his teenage years had become an icon- "and one of a kind," in Motorsport Racing.

Kevin was born in Rome, on May 23, 1994, a son of Kevin A. and Pamela Colwell Ward, Sr. He grew up in Port Leyden, where he attended elementary school, completing his education at South Lewis Senior High School, where he graduated with the Class of 2012. While attending high school, he attended the Howard G. Sackett BOCES Center, Glenfield, where he majored in Automobile Technology; during that time he greatly enjoyed completing an Auto Tech Internship at Lee Buick, Inc. Boonville.

While growing up Kevin participated in 8 Man Football, Baseball and AYSO Soccer, all in Port Leyden.

When he was 16 Kevin began working with his dad in the operation of Westward Painting Co. Inc., of Lyons Falls, a business that was founded by Kevin Ward, Sr. in 1992. At the present time he was employed as head mechanic and as a painter for the painting company.

The headline in the Watertown Times was accurate; "Kevin Ward's Life was Racing." Since the age of 4, Kevin Ward Jr. had been behind the wheel of a racecar. He began racing go carts at the age of 4 and as a teen he raced a 270 Micro Sprint at Paradise Speedway, Geneva, NY. Kevin was in his fifth year of racing in the Empire Super Sprints 360 Sprint Car Class throughout the northeastern United States and Canada. In 2013, Mr. Ward made racing history at the Evans Mills Speedway when he won the first Empire Super Sprints race on an asphalt track surface despite never having raced on asphalt before. "Kevin will always be remembered as an inspiration…and a good man."

In addition to his parents, Kevin and Pamela, he is survived by three sisters, Christi (David) Cavanaugh, Boonville, Kayla (DJ) Herring, Lyons Falls, Katelyn Ward, Port Leyden; his maternal grandparents, Francis Colwell, Boonville, Gaylee (Bob) Smith, Sauquoit; his paternal grandmother, Jean Ward, Lyons Falls. He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather Leonard Ward, who died in 1968. Also surviving are aunts, uncles, cousins and two beloved nephews and nieces, Landen, Tucker, Delaney and Hailee.
Funeral Services will be Thursday at 11:00 A.M. at South Lewis Senior High School, East Road, Turin, where Rev. Kevin Westcott, President of Finish Line Chaplain Ministries will officiate.

Calling hours are Wednesday 12 Noon until 4 p.m. and 6 until 9 p.m. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Empire Super Sprints Injured Driver's Fund 5562 Bear Road Apt. C2 North Syracuse, NY 13212.

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Gordon obit

January 14, 1930 to July 28, 2014

CASTORLAND – Ronald Fay Gordon, Sr., 84, of State Rte. 410, Castorland, passed away Monday evening, July 28, 2014 at Upstate Medical University Hospital, Syracuse.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville, with Rev. Mr. Ronald Pominville officiating. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home from 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. prior to the service on Saturday, August 23rd. Ronald has donated his body as an anatomical gift to Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY. Burial will be at a later date at West Lowville Rural Cemetery.

Ronald is survived by his wife of over 63years, Mary; his children, Ronald Gordon, Jr. of Fairport, NY; Bethany and James Montague of Syracuse; Stephen and Kristin Gordon of Bergen, NY; Timothy and Lisa Gordon of Brockport, NY; Mark Gordon of Keystone Heights, FL; Andrew and Mary Ellen Gordon of Waterbury Center, VT; Cynthia Gordon and her companion, Robert Sartwell, of Lowville; a sister-in-law, Helen Gordon of Hilton, NY; two step brothers, Richard Robbins and his companion, Liz Demo, of Watertown; Douglas and Ronnie Robbins of Denmark; a step sister, Carol Moody of Valrico, FL; thirteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren with one more on the way, and one great great-grandson; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by a son, Gregory David Gordon, who died shortly after birth; a brother, Lynn Gordon; his step mother, Irene Feistel Robbins Gordon; and a step brother-in-law, Al Moody.
Ronald was born on January 14, 1930 in Croghan, NY, son of the late Asa W. and Florence “Flossie” Boshart Gordon.

He attended Copenhagen Central School and Lowville Academy. Mr. Gordon worked for Climax Manufacturing before his marriage. On June 17, 1951, he married Mary K. Borowiec at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lowville, with Rev. John A. Cotter officiating. Ronald worked for Machold Farms in Ellisburg, Brown’s Plumbing, and Schoff Milk Plant before going to work for the Village of Lowville, from where he retired in 1988 after 29½ years of service.

Mr. Gordon was a Life Member of Lowville Elks Lodge #1605, where he held several offices, was awarded Elk of the Year for 1985-86 and received the Outstanding Service Commendation Award for Major Projects in 2004. He was a 4th Degree Life Member of the South Lewis Knights of Columbus and held the office of District Deputy for several years.

Mr. Gordon enjoyed word puzzles, reading, spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren, and sharing special times with his brother on Lake Ontario. He enjoyed cutting wood and spending time at the family camp at Sand Pond. Ron took great pleasure in selling raffle tickets to benefit a variety of causes over the years!

Contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, PO Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367; Taking Care of Our Own, PO Box 155, Lyons Falls, NY 13368; or to Lewis County General Hospital Fund for Hope, 7785 North State St., Lowville, NY 13367.

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hoffman obit

June 22, 1929 to July 26, 2014

CASTORLAND-Ralph F. Hoffman, 85, of Van Amber Road, Castorland, New York, passed away at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, after a long illness on July 26, 2014.

Ralph was born to the late Claude Hoffman and Grace Henry Hoffman on, June 22, 1929, in Lowville, N.Y. He married Sally Jane Hodkinson on, June 21, 1952. Shortly after his marriage, Ralph was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army and obtained the rank of Corporal. Upon his return to Lowville, he worked at Marriott’s Garage. In 1956, Ralph and his wife bought the H.D. Weller farm, located on the Number Three Road in Lowville. During his farming career, he obtained the Dairy of Distinction Award. In 1976, Ralph sold the farm and worked for Climax Manufacturing Company until he retired in 1993.

Ralph enjoyed his peaceful home in Castorland and also owned a home in Zephyrhills, Florida, where he spent the past eight years during the winter months. Ralph loved spending time with his family, visiting with friends, playing cards, and working in his woodshop. Also, active in the community; Ralph was a member of the VFW, Knights of Columbus, served as President of the Lowville Grange, and President of the Lewis County Agricultural Association. He also served as a 4-H leader, a Citizens’ Patrol volunteer with the Lewis County Sheriff Department, and was an active member at his local church, Saint Stephen’s Catholic Church in Croghan, N.Y.

Ralph is survived by his wife: Sally Jane Hoffman; his daughter: Mary Beth Cool of Westminster, Colorado, and his son: Joseph Hoffman of Manchester Center, Vermont. Ralph is also survived by a son-in-law: Ed Cool; a daughter-in-law: Jann (Belewich) Hoffman; four adoring grandchildren: Willie Cool, Robbie Cool, Judd Hoffman, and Jenna Hoffman; a granddaughter-in-law: Megan Cool, and several cousins. He is predeceased by his brother, Gerald Hoffman.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at Saint Stephen’s Catholic Church in Croghan, N.Y., with Reverend Daniel L. Chapin, Pastor officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Saint Peter’s Cemetery, New Bremen. Calling hours will be from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Friday, August 1, 2014, at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., 5702 Waters Road, Lowville, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be sent to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be made online at

Gorczyca obit

January 1, 1933 to July 30, 2014

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 5439 Shady Avenue, Lowville, NY 13367.GLENFIELD – Doris A. Gorczyca, 81, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

Doris was born in Lowville on January 1, 1933, the only child of Augustus and Clara Johnson Bush and graduated from General Martin High School in Glenfield. For a short time Doris worked for Beaverite in Glenfield. On August 11, 1951, she was married to Joseph C. Gorczyca at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Glenfield with Rev. Francis DesRosier officiating. She and her husband raised their family on the Glendale Road, faithfully attending mass each week. Her children fondly remember their annual visit to the Auriesville Shrine together with their parents. Joe, former Highway Superintendent for the Town of Martinsburg, died on August 12, 1988.

Doris was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Glenfield where she was the head of music ministry. She always said how she loved music and faithfully played the organ and sang at church since the tender age of 14 years old. Doris retired a few years ago after 65 years of providing her music at church. She also enjoyed playing the organ and piano for her family and friends; spending time with her children and grandchildren and canning her garden produce, and enjoyed spending time with her loving cat “Sushi”.

A funeral mass will be said on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Glenfield with Rev. Christopher Carrara, Pastor officiating. Burial will be in the Old Glendale Cemetery. There are no public calling hours.

Memorials in Doris’ name may be made to: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 5439 Shady Avenue, Lowville, NY 13367.

Surviving Mrs. Gorczyca are her children: Jerry and Joann of Glenfield; Larry and Jackie of Glenfield; Mitchell and Loretta of Manlius; Timothy of Glenfield; Mary Anne and Mark Rennie of Lowville; Joseph E. and Lori of Prince Frederick, MD and Joanne and Chris Hobaica of Rochester, NY; 16 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

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slawson obit

October 4, 1941 to July 27, 2014

Constableville- Barbara A. Slawson, 72, wife of Kenneth A., passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at her residence, while under the loving care of her family.

She was born on October 4, 1941, a daughter of Frances and Ione (Green) Loomis. She grew up in Ava and was educated at West Leyden Central School. On July 3, 1960, Barbara was united in marriage with Kenneth A. Slawson. After that they lived in Ava, and moved to their present home on Kessler Road in 1983. Mrs. Slawson was employed as a certified nurse assistant at Rome Parkway Nursing Home, Rome and at Sunset Nursing Home, Boonville.

In addition to her husband, Ken, she is survived by her children; Kenneth (Rhonda) Slawson, Queensbury, Patti M. (Robert) Johnson, Hawkinsville, Randy Lee (Dawn) Slawson, Lowville, Lorri J. Slawson, Tappahannock, VA, Susan M. Slawson and companion, Dale Marolf, Constableville, and William F. Slawson, Lyons Falls, 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Robin, in 1966, a son, Christopher, in 2001, a granddaughter, Amanda, in 1985, and by a grandson, Randy L. Slawson, Jr. in 2009. Also surviving is one sister, Betty Johnson, VA, two half sisters, Kelly, TN, and Kathy Fazekas, Lowville and a half brother, William Fazekas. She was predeceased by a brother, Steve Loomis.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday August 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler Street, Boonville. Interment will follow in Carmichael Hill Cemetery, Westernville. Calling hours will be held from 11:00 am until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Constableville Fire Department Ambulance Fund, Constableville, NY 13325.

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