Joyce C. Brindisi

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December 26, 1960 to December 14, 2013

Joyce C. Brindisi, 52 of James St. retired Educational Administrator at Upstate Cerebral Palsy passed away on Saturday December 14, 2013 at Strong Memorial Hospital with her lifelong partner Kathy holding her hand.

Joyce was born in Utica on December 26, 1960, to Anthony and Martha Giganti Brindisi. Joyce grew up in Deerfield and attended St. Peter's Elementary School in North Utica and graduated from Notre Dame High School. Music always brought great joy to Joyce and throughout her Jr High and High School years she was a member of the folk group at St. Peter's, JM Quinn Productions.

Joyce's interest in science and love of animals lead her to attain her BS in Zoology from SUNY Oswego, with a goal of working at the San Diego Zoo in CA. When health issues prevented her from reaching this goal she refocused her career to Education. Subsequently she attended and graduated from the College of St. Rose in Albany obtaining a Master's Degree in Special Education after that she graduated from SUNY Cortland where she earned her Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration.

Ms. Brindisi taught junior high Science and Math at St. Frances DeSales School in Utica and later held many long term substitute positions in junior high and high school science at Adirondack, Town of Webb, Remsen and Whitesboro. In 1991, she began her career in Special Education at Upstate Cerebral Palsy as a Special Education teacher and later Education Director at the Upstate Cerebral Palsy Rome Campus. Joyce retired in 2010 due to illness.

Joyce lived life to the fullest, never taking anything for granted and appreciating every opportunity and experience presented to her. Her positive outlook and zest for life were an inspiration to everyone she met, as she never questioned what life presented her.

The greatest love of Joyce's life was her family. She leaves her best friend, soul mate and life partner of 26 years, Kathy Klosner. Her mother, Martha Brindisi of Deerfield. Joyce was predeceased by her father Anthony Brindisi in 1991. She leaves one very special brother and sister in law, David and KeKe Brindisi, her nephew Danny Brindisi and niece Julie (Tim) Mierek, all of Deerfield; one very special sister, Jill Jennings of Lincolndale N.Y. and nephews Steven Jennings and Sean Jennings both attending the University of Maine at Orno. Joyce had a passion for nature and loved animals. She also leaves four furry lights of her life, her four dogs Bentley, Bogart, Bailey and Baxter and their feline counterparts Merlin, Obie, Snowball, Tiger, Dunkin and Smuf.

No words can adequately express the our gratitude for the exceptional care and support provided by Dr. Eric Yoss, Dr. Fred Talerico, Nurse Practioner Pat Rosati and the incredible nursing and respiratory therapy teams at St. Elizabeth's ICU and Special Care units.

Visitation will be held Wednesday December 18, 2013 from 3pm -7pm at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville with a service held from 7pm-8pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Upstate Cerebral Palsy 1020 Mary St. Utica, NY 13501 or to the Boonville Fire Company Ambulance Fund, PO Box 164, Boonville, NY 13309

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Richard J. Bellinger

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December 28, 1956 to December 15, 2013

Boonville- Richard J. Bellinger, 56, of South St, well known Boonville area musician, passed away suddenly at his residence on Sunday, December 15, 2013.

He was born in Constableville, on December 28, 1956, a son of Harlan K. and Jane Sage Bellinger. Rick grew up in Boonville, where he graduated from Adirondack Central High School, with the Class of 1975. Thereafter he furthered his education graduating from Herkimer County Community College, where he studied Broadcasting. Subsequently he attended SUNY Oswego, before graduating from SUNY Cortland where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

For several years Mr. Bellinger lived in Rochester, where he was employed at a pre-school. After that he returned to Boonville, where he resided at Kortenaer Village for many years.

Affectionately known as Rick, Rick's life revolved around serving others; in spite of his being visually challenged, he brightened the lives of many on a daily basis by using his musical, poetic and speaking talents. Over the years he wrote many poems and stories.

Rick was a longtime and very active member of the Boonville Presbyterian Church; a large aspect of his life was devoted to church service. For many years he served the Boonville Presbyterian Church as a Lay Preacher, he was a mainstay in the church choir, where he sang tenor, and supplied music for summertime services by playing his guitar and singing. For many years he served as an Elder of the church and was a currently a member of the Church Session. He also served on committees in the Utica Presbytery; for many years he served as a Lay Preacher in the Utica Presbytery, preaching at Presbyterian Churches in Boonville, Woodgate, Forestport, Verona and South Trenton.

In addition to his musical activities at his church, Rick composed several songs, one of which was a special ballad paying tribute to a friend, Steve Newvine who had to report for work at a radio station, as a D.J. at an early hour each day. He participated by singing and playing his guitar as a member of "The Sun Risers" a group of area musicians who meet every Thursday morning to entertain the residents at Sun Set Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Boonville. Rick and a friend jointly composed a song entitled "Miracles" which became the theme song for the Sun Risers group. For many years he was a member of the Adirondack Community Chorus and he sang with the "Voices of the River" men's chorus, in performing in Boonville, Lowville and Clayton.

In addition to his parents, Harlan "Harky" and Jane, of Boonville, Rick is survived by two brothers, Randal and his wife, Mary, Mark and wife, Lorie, all Boonville; one sister, Cynthia Bellinger, Rome, one niece, Mackenzie Bellinger, Boonville; two nephews, Nathan Bellinger, Boonville, Tyler Lamb, Pulaski; aunts, Vivian Brucker, Boonville, Joyce and Dick LeClar and their daughter, Susan, who was a cousin and close friend, Helen (Donald) Endriss LaGrange, KY; uncles, Derl and Diana Bellinger, Phoenix AZ, Ronald and Patricia Bellinger, Boonville and Richard and Reba Sage, Delhi and Florida. He is also survived by a long time special friend, Lisa Perna, of Rochester, with whom he spent Thanksgiving Day with for many years and by his beloved cat, "Lucky."

Many years ago Rick and a friend Kevin Westerman, co-wrote a song that is the essence of Rick's philosophy of life:

Miracles don't happen, they are made,
And the one true magician never ceases to amaze.
Miracles don't happen, they are made.
Like stars above and earth below, we mustn't be so slow to praise each day.

Flowers in the garden and flowers on the lawn.
Summer turns to fall and all the flowers will be gone, but God brings back the spring and all the birds with springtime songs and flowers in the garden, flowers on the lawn

Faith is more than wine from water, or a rabbit from a hat.
Faith is internal, and eternal, it's built to last.
We're all miracles of heaven, magic made by God's own hands.
The colors of a rainbow, light shed out over every land.

Miracles don't happen, they are made…

His Funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 P.M. at the First Presbyterian Church of Boonville, where Commissioned Lay Preacher, George Whitton, pastor will officiate. A spring interment will be in Boonville Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to The Humane Society of Rome, Inc. 6247 Lamphear Road Rome, NY 13440, Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Resident Activities Fund 232 Academy St. Boonville, NY 13309 or to the First Presbyterian Church of Boonville Memorial Fund C/O P.O. Box 37 Woodgate, NY 13494.

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Anita P. Chaisson

February 24, 1930 to December 15, 2013

Boonville- Anita P. Chaisson, 83, widow of Joseph A., passed away on Monday, December 15, 2013 at St. Luke's Hospital, New Hartford.

Anita was born on February 24, 1930 in the Town of Western, a daughter of Benjamin and Lillian Farr Platt. She grew up in the Boonville area, where she received her schooling. Anita was united in marriage with Joseph A. Chaisson on May 12, 1962 at St. Joseph's Church, Boonville. Mr. Chaisson, a retiree of the Boonville Division of Ethan Allen, and a WWII veteran passed away on December 27, 2002.

Following her marriage to Joe, the couple made their home on Route 26, West Leyden, where they raised their family, until 1991, when they moved to Kortenaer Village Apartments, Boonville. For twenty years, Anita was employed at Ethan Allen Furniture Co., Boonville. She enjoyed her volunteer work at Sunset Nursing Home, where she worked in the OT Dept. and helped with resident activities.

Mrs. Chaisson was of the Catholic faith, and enjoyed cooking, as well as country and western music and dances.

Anita is survived by her five daughters and a son, Henrietta (Fred) Wittwer, Boonville, Linda (Robert) Verdgeline, Rome, Denise (William) Warren, New Caney, TX, Joseph Chaisson, West Leyden, Terry (Douglas) Crumb, Owings, Mills, MD, and Karen Levensailor and fiancée Shawn Larkin, Rome. She is also survived by her fifteen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, and her sister Geraldine Grogan, Holland Patent. She was predeceased by a great-grandson Brett Levensailor, her brothers, Walter, Roy, Leonard, Gordon, Lyle and Robert, and her sister Marion Meus.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Interment services will be held this Spring at the Westernville Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to The National Parkinson Foundation, P.O. Box # 5018 Hagerstown, MD 21741 or to the Alzheimer's Association of Central New York, 441 West Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204.

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Anna I. Widrick

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August 28, 1912 to December 15, 2013

CROGHAN- Funeral services for Anna I. Widrick, 101, William St., will be held 1030am Thursday December 19th at the Croghan Mennonite Church. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8pm at the church. Burial in the church cemetery will be in the Spring. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Adirondack Funeral Home, Croghan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Croghan Fire Department ambulance fund PO Box 405 Croghan, NY 13327. Online condolences may be made at

Anna was born in the Town of Croghan August 28, 1912 to Fred and Anna Ulrich Herzig. She attended Town of Croghan country school at Long Pond. She married Allen J Widrick June 27, 1931 at the Salem Church in Beaver Falls . He died April 5, 1988. She was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Croghan Mennonite Church. She enjoyed reading, crocheting and spending time with family.

She is survived by three sons, Royal and Arlene, Carthage, Gordon and Margarette, Croghan, Wayne, Watertown, two daughters, Dorothy and William Zehr, Carthage, Laverne and Thomas Terrillion, Salmon, Idaho and a daughter in law, Lila Widrick, Croghan. She also has 33 grandchildren, 94 great grandchildren and 29 great great grandchildren.

She is predeceased by two sons and a daughter in law, Kenneth , and Richard and Jane Widrick. She is also predeceased by her siblings, Sidney, Norman, Leon, John, Fred, Mary Zehr, Esther Martin and Gladys Clark.

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