March 9, 1943 to October 2, 2013
LOWVILLE – Dr. Harry P. O’Connor, 70, a well-known area veterinarian, died doing what he loved, treating horses, on Wednesday afternoon, October 2, 2013.
He was born in Lowville on March 9, 1943, the son of the late Byrne F. and Marjorie E. Brown O’Connor where Harry graduated from Lowville Academy in 1961. He entered Cornell University in the fall of 1961, and spent the next three years in the Ag College. He was accepted in the Veterinary College in 1964, and received a B.S. in Agriculture in 1965, and DVM in 1968.
Dr. O’Connor met his future wife, Donna Jean Longwell in the summer of 1966, and they were married on the Cornell Campus at the Anabel Taylor Chapel on April 15, 1967, with Rev. David Conner and Rev. Robert Stover officiating. After graduating from Vet School, Harry took a position with Dr. Wilbur Bull’s veterinary practice in Burrville, building up the large animal clientele while Donna assisted in the office. He returned to Lowville in 1969, where the O’Connors raised their family. He joined the practice of Dr’s. Jones, Lormore, Markham and Carroll, known today as Countryside Veterinary Clinic. Dr. O’Connor practiced for 45 years and served many generations of dairy farmers.
He devoted a significant amount of time to the community serving on the Lewis County General Hospital Board of Managers, was the current President of Lowville Rural Cemetery where he was instrumental with recent upgrades to the vault, served as Public Health Officer for the village of Lowville, Rabies Coordinator and for 40 years was volunteer weather observer for the National Weather Service from which he received the pretigious HOLM Award in 1993 for conscientious service. Dr. O'Connor's “real baby,” however, was the Lewis County Agricultural Society “Lewis County Fair” as fair board President for over 25 years. He was proud to have seen dramatic growth of the Lewis County Fair during that time period and to which it has became one of the premier fairs in New York State. Dr. O'Connor was also past President of NYS Association Agricultural Fairs in 2002.
Harry loved the outdoors where he found time to spend with his boys at Upper Balsam Flats Hunting Club where he served as past president and secretary and served on the Ten Mile Road Association Board. He also enjoyed spending time with his family at camp on Brantingham Lake; going to various sporting events to cheer his grandchildren on and helping his cousin, Wes, make maple syrup in South Otselic, NY. He was also a life-time member of Lowville Elks Lodge #1605; as well as AVMA and AABP.
Surviving Dr. O’Connor are his wife Donna, his three sons and their wives, Mark and Tanya; Douglas and Nikki; Matthew and Loretta all of Lowville, and his daughter Kate O’Connor of Los Angeles; grandchildren, Brian and Sydney, Morgan, Kody and Cameron, Nicole and Alyssa, and his "California Flowers" Lily and Violet; his sister and her husband, M. Kathleen and Anthony Pacilio of Brockport; his brother-in-law John and his wife Carol Longwell of Herkimer; uncles and an aunt; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church where a funeral mass will be said on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Rev. Christopher Carrara, Pastor officiating. Burial will be in Lowville Rural Cemetery.
Family and friends may call on Sunday from 2-6 at the Sundquist Funeral Home.
Memorials in Dr. O’Connor's name may be made to: Lowville Rural Cemetary Association in care of E. S. K. Merrell 7624 North State Street Lowville, NY 13367, or the LACS Business Office: attn: Dr. Harry P. O'Connor Scholarship Fund at 7668 North State Street Lowville, NY 13367.
The family would like to thank, Stanley and Alice Mathys, Beaver Falls and Croghan Ambulance Squad, Fr. Carrara and the doctors and staff at the LCGH emergency room.
To leave an on-line message of sympathy, please visit www.sundquistfh.com
May 12, 1932 - September 30, 2013
Port Leyden - Gladys S. Leffingwell, 81, of East Main Street, died September 30, 2013 at the Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a long illness.
She was born on May 12, 1932 in Lyonsdale, a daughter of Eugene and Nellie Dorrity Rocker. She was a 1952 graduate of Port Leyden High School and married Leroy Leffingwell on April 15, 1992. He died November 1, 2008.
Surviving are a niece whom she brought up, Kim Brockert, Boonville; two stepsons, Steve Leffingwell of Jacksonville, North Carolina and Gerald Leffingwell of Jacksonville, Florida; one brother, James Rocker of Carthage and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post Street, Boonville with Reverend Lawrence Marullo officiating. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, Constableville. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
For an online message of sympathy please go to www.millsfuneralhome.com
February 21, 1922 to September 30, 2013
LOWVILLE- A memorial service for Beryl J. Gingerich, 91, Brookside Circle, will be held 11 AM Thursday October 3rd at the Lowville Mennonite Church. Burial will be private. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Adirondack Funeral Home, Croghan.
Beryl died Sunday night in Watertown at the Ellis Farm Hospice Facility.
Born in the Town of Lowville on February 21, 1922 to Samuel and Barbara Lehman Gingerich, Beryl attended a country school in the town of Watson and graduated from Lowville Free Academy in 1938. He married Marion Jantzi in May 1946 at the Lowville Mennonite Church. They operated a dairy farm in Lowville until 1975. Marion died in 1977. On November 23, 1978, he married Eunice Zehr at the Lowville Mennonite Church with her brother, Rev. Richard Zehr officiating.
After selling the farm, he was employed at the Lowville Farmers Coop in the lumber yard. He also volunteered at Beaver Camp for several years.
Beryl loved spending time in his sugarbush and making maple syrup and was a member of the American Maple Museum. He was active in many roles at church, was an avid reader, loved travelling, woodworking, and visiting his grandchildren.
Besides his wife he is survived by his children, Samuel (Erin Holmes), Pierre South Dakota, Jane(Paul) Lehman, N. Tonawanda, New York, Florine(Douglas Purcell), Edmonds, Washington, Barbara Baker, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Janelle(Stephen) Corn, Florence, Montana.
Also surviving Beryl are a sister, Lila Widrick, Croghan; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A sister, Joan Zehr died before him.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Beaver Camp, 8884 Buck Point Rd., Lowville. Online condolence can be shared at www.adirondackfh.com
August 6, 1936 to September 27, 2013
Constableville- Helen V. (Moshier) Williamson, 77, of West St., wife of Milton J. passed away on Friday, September 27, 2013, at Lewis Co. General Hospital, Lowville, while surrounded by the loving care of her husband and family.
She was born in Lowville, on August 6, 1936, a daughter of Leo and Florence Louise Wood Moshier. Helen grew up in Lyons Falls and received her education through 12th grade at Port Leyden Central School. Her first employment was as a waitress and later as a chef for several years at Hotel Parquet, Constableville; later for several years she was employed as a chef at the Tow Path Inn in Turin. Mrs. Williamson greatly enjoyed cooking and received a great measure of pleasure and satisfaction from catering weddings, and special family celebrations in the Constableville area
On January 2, 1954, Helen was united in marriage with Milton J. Williamson, at Pilgrim Holiness Church, Port Leyden. Milt and Helen lived on West Street in Constableville, for their entire 59 years of married life.
Mrs. Williamson was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Constableville. She especially enjoyed card playing and bowling. She was a member of the bowling league in Constableville and also the Monday Night Bowling League, and Senior Bowling League in Boonville. She was also a member of Constableville Senior Citizens.
In addition to her husband, Milton, Helen is survived by one son and daughter in law, David M. and Joan F. Williamson, Constableville; two daughters and sons in law, Darlene J. and Wayne Kirk and Elaine M. and Alan Brown, all of Boonville; six grandchildren, Sheri (Walter) Berwick, Jr, West Leyden, Christine (Leigh) Apple, Springfield, TN, James (Stephanie) Williamson, Albany, Matthew (Olga) Kirk, Rome, Danielle Brown, Boonville and Jorie (David) Connor, Indiana, five great grandchildren, Ryan Berwick, Molly Perretta, Kasayla Salazar, Robert Pitts, Jr, and Christian Salazar. A granddaughter Kathleen Stage Nash, predeceased her. Also surviving is one sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Leffingwell, Dayton, OH, three half brothers, John Moshier, Adams, Grant Moshier, Constabelville and Earl King, Bradenton, Fla; five half sisters, Lorana and James Sherman, PA, Lila and Carl Gozalkowski, Port Leyden, Jenny Slade, Henderson Harbor, Marlene and Henry Hudler, NC., and Freda and Jerry Catlin, Penn Yan. She was predeceased by three half brothers, Vince I. Moshier, Leo Moshier and Chummy King. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are Tuesday 1-4 p.m. at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. with a prayer service led by Rev. Linda Logan, pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church, Boonville, at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. A luncheon will immediately follow the visitation and prayer service, at the Constableville Fire Hall. The Office for the Burial of the Dead with the Holy Eucharist will be on Friday, October 4, at 1 P.M. at St. Paul's Church, Constableville, where Rev. William Wheeler, Episcopal Priest, will officiate. Interment will follow in Constableville Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Constableville Fire Department Ambulance Fund.
For an on-line message of sympathy, or to share a memory of Helen, please go to www.trainorfuneralhome.com
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