Clarence S. Capron

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June 16, 1940 to February 11, 2014

Hawkinsville-Clarence S. Capron, 73, of Hosper Lane, affectionately known as "Pudge," husband of the late Luella, passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Utica.

He was born on Potato Hill Road in the Town of Boonville, on June 16, 1940, a son of Charles and Anna Grace Greenlow Capron. He grew up on Potato Hill, later moving to Ford St. in Boonville, where he lived for several years, completing his education at Boonville Central School. Pudge was first employed on several area farms; later he was employed at AMF, Lowville, Mercers Dairy, Boonville, as a deliveryman, Hart & Crouse, Co. and Foster Paper Co., both of Utica. His last employment was in the casting department of Revere Copper & Brass Co. Rome, where he was employed for thirty five years, retiring in 1994, due to disability from injuries he received in an industrial accident. Mr. Capron was united in marriage with Luella Webster on February 14, 1961, at the First Baptist Church of Boonville. This was a loving union that endured for 44 years, until Luella passed away on October 12, 2005. Pudge enjoyed time spent with his family, and hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his children, Diana L. Sturtevant and her fiancée, Mark Siegfried, Rome, Debora Capron and fiancée, Walter Matulewicz, Lowville, Brenda (James) Nellis, Remsen. He was predeceased by his son, Ronald E. in 2012. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Stephanie Persons and Wendi Roberts, Wendy Sturtevant, Casandra (David) Maine, Chad (Sarah) Sturtevant, Justin Beyer, Brittany Beyer, Makenzie Rocker, Ashlie Rocker and Amanda and Maegan Capron; 11 great grandchildren, Bryce, Jaedyn, Zachary, Kyle, Brandon, Kevin, Shala, Christina, Nicole, Logan, Madison; four brothers, Maynard (Charlene) Capron, Boonville, Thomas (Jean) Capron, Port Leyden, William Capron, Oneida, Lawrence (Sue) Capron Floyd; one sister, Betty Ann (William) Laquay, Boonville, a step sister, Joan (Jim) Buchala, Hawkinsville. He was predeceased by a brother, Walter, in 1986, and by a brother David Lee, who died in infancy. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

His services will be Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. Interment in the spring will be in Boonville Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday 2-4 & 7-9 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.

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Louise M. Purvines

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July 15, 1918 to February 10, 2014

LOWVILLE – Louise M. Purvines, 95, formerly of NYS Route 26, Lowville, died Monday evening, February 10, 2014 at the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility.

The funeral will be Friday, February 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Apostolic Christian Church of America, Croghan, with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in the Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery in the spring. Calling hours are Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., 5702 Waters Road, Lowville. Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

She is survived by her six children and their spouses, Joyce R. Rice of Latham, NY; Janet E. Beck of Lowville; Lawrence V. and Rebecca Purvines of Branson, Missouri; Linda and Fred Lawton, Sr., of Lowville; Robert J. and Diane Purvines of Lowville; Michael and Susan Purvines of Lowville; a sister, Bernice Hirschey of Castorland; 13 grandchildren, Janelle and Julie Rice; Kristina Wener, Kim Gould, Louie Beck, Jr.; Fred Lawton, Jr., Lynnette VanNest, Nicole Dubach, Dan Lawton; Cary Mullin; Jackie Blunt, Kelly Purvines, John Purvines; 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great granddaughters; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband; by a son, John Purvines, who died November 22, 1976 at the age of 19; two sons-in-law, Carl Virkler, who died on January 2, 1968, Louis F. Beck, Sr., who died May 25, 2001; by two grandchildren, Marie Louise Purvines and Robin John Purvines; and by four brothers, Niles, Allen, Kenneth and Donald Farney.

Louise was born on July 15, 1918 in Town of New Bremen, New York, a daughter of the late Norman J. and Huldah Virkler Farney. She graduated from Beaver Falls High School in 1936. On November 25, 1943, she married Lawrence V. Purvines at Carthage Baptist Church, with Rev. Mahlon Pomeroy officiating. Louise worked as a short order cook at the Weimer Hotel in Lebanon, PA. Mrs. Purvines was a homemaker and raised her family. Mr. Purvines died September 12, 2004. Mrs. Purvines was a member of Apostolic Christian Church of America, Croghan. Mrs. Purvines was an excellent cook and baker. She did seamstress work for area customers, and made quilts and knit socks, mittens and sweaters for her family. Louise was an avid gardener, and she loved to travel with her husband throughout the country.

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Rosella Z. Thompson

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March 22, 1922 to February 5, 2014

LOWVILLE - Rosella Z. Thompson, 91, formerly of Church Street, Castorland, a resident of Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility, died early Wednesday morning, February 5, 2014. Mrs. Thompson was a resident since 2001.

Rose was born on March 24, 1922 in Belfort, the daughter of the late David and Veronica (Widrick) Zehr. She attended country school in Belfort.

She married Walter S. Thompson on May 30, 1945 at Lowville Methodist Parsonage with Rev. Frazer officiating. The couple made their home in Castorland. Rose first worked at Climax Mfg. in the printing department then went to work for Beaverite in Beaver Falls, retiring in 1984. Walt worked for Climax, Mfg., Castorland. He died in May of 2008.

She is survived by her children, a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Rodney Ward of Manlius; her son, Byron J. Thompson of Castorland; her three grandchildren; Brandon (Melissa) Thompson, Nathan Thompson and Mitchell Ward, and a great granddaughter, Elise Rose Thompson.

Four sisters, Estella Yancey of Sarasota, FL; Grace Steria of San Diego, CA; Rachael Widrick of Lowville; Florence Lehman of New Bremen; sisters-in-law, Janet Zehr of Croghan and Geraldine (Clifford) Zehr, Castorland; two brothers, Henry A. “Hank” Zehr of Lowville and Sherwood and Linda Zehr of Black River.

Her brothers, Clifford D., and Gilbert J., and an infant sister, Eleanor, died previously.

Rose was a member of Beaver Valley United Methodist Church, Naumburg, the Women's Society of Christian Service, (UMC) and the Castorland American Legion Post #850, Auxiliary. A creative person, Rose was accomplished in quilting and sewing, enjoyed a pottery club making ceramics, and loved to bake and spend time in her garden.

Rosella's children wish to thank the staff of the Lewis County Residential facility, particularly the first and third floor, for the excellent care, kindness and concern for Rosie and her family during this 13 year relationship. There is a place in heaven for each of you.

We will remember our mother as a hard working woman who, with her husband, Walt, gave us a wonderful home, filled with faith, love, and family values. We are filled with joy to know she is once again safe in his arms, surrounded by God's love.

The funeral will be held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Sundquist Funeral Home with Rev. Bruce W. Chapman, retired minister officiating. Spring burial will be in Castorland Union Cemetery.

Calling hours will be on Tuesday, February 11th prior to the funeral service from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the funeral home.

Memorials would be welcome to the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern Regional Office, 120 Washington St, Suite 419, Watertown, NY 13601.

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Francis W. Hoffert

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May 9, 1952 to February 5, 2014

West Leyden-Francis W. Hoffert, 61, of the Fish Creek Road, passed away February 5, 2014 at Lewis County General Hospital after a long illness.

Francis was born in Rome, NY on May 9, 1952 a son of Francis J. and Stephanie Szewczyk Hoffert . He grew up on the family farm on the Fish Creek Road and attended West Leyden School. He married Stephanie Van Arsdale at St. Mary’s Nativity Church on March 17, 2001. For many years he operated the dairy farm with his parents and wife, Stephanie. A few years ago he sold the dairy cows and then along with his wife, operated a beef farm as well as a logging business until illness forced him to retire last year.
He was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Nativity Church, West Leyden where he served as a trustee. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed riding his four- wheeler, snowmobiling and spending time with his wife and children.

Surviving are his wife, Stephanie; one son, Jacob Hoffert and one daughter, Bailey Hoffert, both at home; mother-in-law, Rosalyn Van Arsdale, Rome; brother-in-law, Joseph Van Arsdale Jr., Rome and many friends.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Nativity Church, West Leyden with Rev. Lawrence Marullo officiating. Calling hours will be Saturday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Mills Funeral Home 301 Post Street, Boonville. Spring burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Leyden.

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