John E. Dragon

March 30, 1949 to January 25, 2014

Boonville- John E. Dragon, 64, a long time resident of Merry Hill Road, passed away unexpectedly at his residence, on Saturday, January 25, 2014. He was born in Rome, on March 30, 1949, a son of Joseph M and Anna Borwick Dragon. He grew up at the Dragon homestead on Jackson Hill and graduated from Boonville Central School, with the Class of 1968.

For many years John was employed as a logger and tree cutter for I. B. E.W. Union Local # 1249, Syracuse, NY, working for Nelson, Lewis and Asplundh Tree Services in tree cutting and maintenance for utility companies. He was also employed in tree cutting services for the City of Rome. For the past 20 years, until the summer of 2013, John owned and operated JED's Tree Service of Boonville, removing many trees throughout the Boonville area. He married Debbie Yelton and later the couple was divorced.

He was of the Catholic Faith. He enjoyed participating in the Boonville Oneida Co. Fair Demolition Derby, and in the fair Truck Pull, attending the Fly Wheel & Pulley's Show at Constableville, working on vintage cars, doing cross word puzzles; he also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

John was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Thomas Dragan, in 1974, and by his twin brother, James E, who died in infancy.

John was a loving father, husband and grandpa. He is survived by his two children, Jodie (Steve) Sharp, Fredericksburg, VA, Joel (Amber) Dragon, Boonville; grandchildren, Jordan, Ryan, Blake and Gaviyon Dragon, Shelby Simpson and Kyla Sharp; his sisters and brother, Joann (Dick) Satterly, Boonville, Patricia (Wayne) Ferguson, Utica, Donald (Teresa) Dragon, Constableville, Sondra Vunk, Holland Patent, Mary Lou (Angelo) Moschetti, Canastota, Jeannette Speciale, Utica and Rita Kirk, of North Carolina. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

"John, you will be greatly missed by all who knew you and loved you. R.I.P. J.E.D."

His Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph's Church, Boonville, where Rev. Sean Patrick O'Brien will officiate. Calling hours are Tuesday 2-4 & 6-9 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 120 Lomond CT. Lomond Place Office Park, Utica, NY 13502, or to Boonville Fire Department Ambulance Fund P.O. Box 164 Boonville, NY 13309.

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Patricia A. Lunette

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March 22, 1944 to January 19, 2014

Patricia A. Lunette, 69, of Castorland, NY, passed away early Sunday morning, January 19th at University Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Born March 22, 1944, to a late Edward and Mary Emma Foot McGann, she attended St. Paul Academy, and graduated from Catholic High in Oswego, in 1962, where she lived most of her life.

She married Nicholas J. Lunette on October 6, 1962 in Oswego. Together with her husband, she shared infinite amounts of love and happiness throughout their 51 years of marriage. For many years she owned and operated La Petite Beauty Salon out of her home in Oswego, and was later a crossing guard for the City of Oswego.

Patricia is survived by her loving husband, Nicholas Lunette, of Castorland; her three daughters, Lisa and Steve Strait, of Glenfield; Christine Vonholtz, of Castorland; and Michelle Shambo, of Castorland; her brother James McGann, of Oswego; her 8 Grandchildren, Larry VonHoltz Jr., of Oswego; Nicholas Spink, of Watertown; Caroline Spink, of Castorland; Joseph Lunette, of Glenfield; Patti-Ann Strait, of Glenfeild; Melinda Strait, of Adams Center; Deanna Strait, of Oswego; Krystal Strait, of Adams Center; and one great grandson, Jacob Shear, of Adams Center. Her brother, Richard McGann, of Oswego; and sister Mary Dauphinais, of Oswego, predeceased her.

There wasn’t a day that went by where she didn’t have a cup of tea and read the newspaper. She loved to cook, and travel when she could, but most of all she valued spending time with her friends and family, of which she devoted her life to. As Patricia makes her journey to rest in eternal peace, pray “may the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, and until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand”.

Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Church, Oswego.

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Irving B. Hawes

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October 19, 1944 to January 19, 2014

Ava- Irving B. Hawes 69, of State Rt. 26, husband of Mary, passed away at his residence while surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, January 19, 2014.

Irv was born in Rome, on October 19, 1944, a son of John and Lillian Crounse Hawes. He grew up in Ava, and graduated from Boonville Central School with the Class of 1963. In 1965, Irv graduated from Canton Agricultural and Technical College with an associate's degree in Automotive Technology. Irv and his brother Pete shared a lifelong interest in Automobiles. Irv was first employed as a mechanic for United Parcel of Syracuse, later he was a car salesman for Sid Stockholm Ford Garage of Rome; after that he was employed as an auto salesman by Cleo Hughes Ford Sales and Service, of Boonville.

In October, 1969, Mr. Hawes began his employment with Prudential Insurance Company of Boonville, where he was employed as a life insurance agent throughout Oneida and Lewis Counties. During that time he was promoted to LUTCF designation with Prudential and he also taught various aspects of the insurance business to incoming Prudential employees. He retired from Prudential in 1995.

During his retirement he enjoyed working in the woods with Jack McPhilmy, as self employed loggers.

On September 18, 1965, Irv was united in marriage with Dorothy Snook at the Taberg United Methodist Church. Mrs. Hawes died on June 14, 1982.

On January 31, 1986, Irv was united in marriage with Mary Cannon at the Ava Hilltop United Methodist Church.

Mr. Hawes was a member of the Ava Hilltop and the Boonville United Methodist Churches. For many years he taught adult Sunday School classes at both churches and he served as a Lay Speaker at area Methodist Churches. He served as a Trustee of the Ava Hilltop United Methodist Church. In 1970's he served as a councilman on the Ava Town Board.

Irv had a keen interest in gas and steam engines. He was a founding member of the Fly Wheels and Pulleys, Inc., the organization that has sponsored the annual Flywheels & Pulleys Old Time Gas and Steam Engine Show in Constableville each September. This organization was founded in 1975, since then Irv had been a very active member of the Flywheels and Pulleys Association.

Irv loved his family and visiting with people everywhere; he found a great joy in helping others in a quiet way. He will be fondly remembered for his wonderful strong faith in his Creator, and for his life brightening sense of humor.

In addition to his wife, Mary, Irv is survived by one son and daughter in law Jeffrey (Desiree') Hawes, Killeen, TX; two daughters and one son in law, Juliana (Allan) Chrysler, Ava, and Jennifer Hawes, Rome. He was predeceased by a son John L. Hawes and by a daughter Joyce Anne Hawes, both in 1985. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, Brittany (Nicholas) Hudson, Colorado Springs, CO, Justin and Dylan Hawes, both of TX, and Matthew, Trevor and Michael Chrysler, all of Ava; two great granddaughters, Emily and Olivia Hudson; at the present time, Irv was joyfully anticipating the birth of his third great granddaughter, who will be named Chloe. Additionally Irv is survived by four sisters, Rachel Netzband, Syracuse, Jean Stillman, Avoca, NY, Kathryn Snook, Vancouver, WA, and his twin sister, Elizabeth Ringwald, Ava; and one brother and sister in law, Floyd (Pete) Hawes and Olive, Ava, and nieces and nephews.

Irv's Funeral will be Saturday at 10:00 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, with interment in the spring in Ava Cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday 6-9 p.m. and Friday 1-4 & 6-9 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ava Hilltop United Methodist Church, Ava, NY 13303, or to the West Leyden Volunteer Fire Co. West Leyden, NY 13489.

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Stephen Nelson Patrick Andre

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March 17, 1957 to January 19, 2014

BRANTINGHAM - Stephen Nelson Patrick André, 56, of Brantingham Road, Brantingham, died Sunday morning, January 19, 2014 in the Emergency Room at Lewis County General Hospital.

A funeral Mass will be said at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lowville with Rev. Christopher Carrara, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Brantingham Cemetery in the spring. Calling hours will be from 4 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville. Contributions may be made to the South Lewis Booster Club in c/o Fred McManus, P.O. Box 283, 4103 Center Street, Lyons Falls, NY 13368 or Beaver River Booster Club, 9508 Artz Road Beaver Falls, NY 13305.

He is survived by his wife of over 27 years, Alisa; a son, Jordan L. André at Hartwick College; his brothers and sisters and their spouses, Tony and Cyndy André of Brantingham; Laurie and Gary Burkhard of Liverpool; Carol and Ted Mervosh of Fairfax Station, VA; twins, Connie Bilmanis of Lavonia, GA; and Christine André of Hobe Sound, FL; Dorris and Bill Davoy of Lowville; Cathy and Steve Smith of Cortland; Joe and Janet André of Croghan. Steve is also survived by an aunt, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his parents; a sister, Barb Flynn; and two brothers, Tom and Mike André.

Stephen was born on March 17, 1957 in Lowville, a son of the late Leo T. and Eunice A. Farney André. He graduated from Beaver River Central School in 1975. While in high school, he played varsity basketball on Coach Robert Giordano’s championship team. Soon after graduation, he began working for Kraft Foods in Lowville. On June 14, 1986, he married Alisa M. Burdick at St. John’s Catholic Church in Lyons Falls. Steve enjoyed sports, playing golf, basketball, running, and especially playing baseball with his son. He enjoyed hiking in the Adirondacks, and most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

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