Geraldine Millen

January 5, 1922 to September 19, 2016

Lecanto, FL- Geraldine Millen, 94, passed away on September 19, 2016 in Lecanto, Florida.

She was born on January 5, 1922 in Clinton, New York to Horace and Clara Peters Millen. Geraldine retired from the Department of Defense as a Secretary in Washington, D.C. after having worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency at American embassies in Australia, Sweden and England.

She moved to Florida in 1981 and lived most of her retirement years in Ocala. Geraldine was a member of the Blessed Trinity Church in Ocala, Florida and enjoyed bowling, golfing and traveling. She was preceded in death by her parents, Horace and Clara Peters Millen, her sister, Emily Millen Marks, and her brothers Donald Millen, Bernard Pfendler, Robert Pfendler and his wife Jean, and Frederick Pfendler and his wife Norma.

Geraldine is survived by her sister-in-law, Blanche Pfendler and numerous nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend graveside services in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Boonville, on Friday, September 30, at 10:00 am. Her mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on September 23 at Blessed Trinity Church, Ocala, Fl. Arrangements are in care of the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto, Florida.

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Wilhelmina A. Plato

Plato obit

March 5, 1933 ~ September 28, 2016

LOWVILLE- Wilhelmina A. Plato, 83, of Leesburg, Florida, formerly of Lowville, died at Waterman Hospital in Tavares, Florida on Tuesday, September 26, 2016.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Greig United Methodist Church, with Pastor Keith Hardy officiating. Burial will follow at Sands Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Contributions may be made to Bethel Church of the Nazarene, 7476 State Route 12, Lowville, NY 13367.

She is survived by her husband, George; five children, Bernard B. (Sue) Tracy of North Syracuse, NY; Malinda Sue Barkschat of Bossier, Louisiana; David Gene Tracy of Rome, NY; Mark (Cindy) Tracy of Munnsville, NY; George Jr. (Hanna) Plato of Florida; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by two brothers, Jack and George Mead, and three sisters, Sarah Dilks, Helen Mead Sykes, and Frances Mead Lester.

Wilhelmina was born on March 5, 1933, at her home in Rome, NY, a daughter of the late William H. and Helen P. Grogan Mead. She was the last of six children, and came to be known by her family as “Aunt Bill.” She graduated from Rome Free Academy in 1951, and went on to work for singer sewing center. In 1952, she married Charles Tracy in San Marcus, Texas. After 18 years, the marriage ended in divorce. She worked as an Avon Representative in Rome for 7 years. On September 30, 1972, she married George H. Plato at New London Methodist Church, with Reverend Richard Pero officiating. In 1983, She started driving school bus for South Lewis Central School for 8 years. She then moved on to Ames Department Store where she remained until 1994 when she retired with her husband. Spending the winters in Florida and summers in the Lowville area

She enjoyed golfing, bowling, and crafting.

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Nelson Loyd Young

August 15, 1922 to September 23, 2016

Port Leyden- Nelson Loyd Young, 94, a longtime resident of Canal St. passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016, at Lewis County General Hospital, after a short illness.

He was born on River St. Lowville, on August 15, 1922, a son of Clinton Jasbor and Anne LaRock Young. Nelson grew up in the Martinsburg and Lowville area receiving his education at East Martinsburg School, and Glenfield, before completing his education at Lowville Academy & Central School.

In 1941, Mr. Young entered the U.S. Army, serving his country stateside, before serving in the European Theater of WW II, including with Battle of the Bulge in 1944-45. After his honorable discharge he returned to Port Leyden, settling on Canal St.

On June 20, 1942, Nelson was united in marriage with Helen F. Burch, at St. Martin’s Church Rectory, Port Leyden. Mrs. Young, an assistant cashier at Lyons Falls Bank, passed away on January 13, 2004.

Following WW II, Mr. Young established Nelson Young New and Used Automobile Dealership on Rt. 12, Port Leyden. He was very generous with people and greatly enjoyed operating this business until retiring in 2007. During this time he drove school bus for Port Leyden Central School, worked at Lyons Falls GLF, sold and moved furniture, and owned and operated a gas station in Port Leyden.

Mr. Young was a member of the Lowville V.F.W. and he enjoyed dancing, socializing, mowing lawns, plowing snow and watching NY Yankee Baseball games.

He is survived by one brother, Ronald Young and his wife, both of Lowville, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Ray, Gerald and Richard. Also surviving are two longtime close friends, Robert and Carolyn Nagy, Port Leyden.

In keeping with his wishes there will be no calling hours or services; a private interment will be in Old Glendale Cemetery, Glenfield.

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Amy Jo Ferrance

Ferrance obit


December 18, 1967 ~ September 26, 2016 

GREIG- Amy Jo Ferrance, 48, of Brantingham Road, Greig, died Monday, September 26, 2016 at Lewis County General Hospital, under the loving care of the staff, her family, and Lewis County Hospice.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 13, at 2:00 p.m. at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., 5702 Waters Road, Lowville, with Rev. Christopher Carrara officiating. Calling hours are Thursday, October 13, from Noon-2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Brantingham Cemetery immediately following the service.

She is survived by two daughters, Samantha Stanford of Greig and Sara Shaw of Port Leyden; three sisters, Vanessa Ferrance of Massena, Antoinette "Toni" Hoover of Charlotte, NC, Michelle Ferrance and Philip Lustyik of Fredericksburg, VA; a brother, Richard Ferrance Jr. of Pittsburgh, PA; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is predeceased by her parents; and a brother, Bradley Ferrance.

Amy Jo was born on December 18, 1967, in Lowville, NY, a daughter of the late Richard W. and Katherine R. “Kitty” Karl Ferrance Mezey. She graduated from South Lewis Central School in 1986. She went on to work for Beaverite Products and served at Luigi’s Pizzeria from 2012-2013. Amy Jo deeply loved her family, friends, animals, and plants. She also enjoyed the warmth of basking in the sun.

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John David Eggan Jr.


April 16, 1936 to September 18, 2016

John David Eggan Jr, 80, of Western, passed away on Sunday September 18, 2016, at the Masonic Care Community.

He was born in Rome, NY on April 16, 1936, a son of the late John D. Sr. and Grace Evans Eggan. John was a graduate of R.F.A. Class of 1954; he then went on to attend Utica College before enlisting in the United States Army Reserves. On August 26, 1958 John was united in marriage to Mary L. Burdick at the residence of Rev. David Boswell in Rome.

John was a very active member of his community serving as a Volunteer fireman for the City of Rome and the Town of Western for over 50 years. He also served on the Town of Western Board of Assessment for several years. John was a Mason and member of the Hathaway Lodge. He was a Ham Radio operator and enjoyed working and spending time with his family. While in high school, John worked for Lee Bates Well Drilling. He later worked for New York State at the Rome State School. During the 1960’s John and his wife Mary also operated a Allis-Chalmers dealership. In 1959 John established his own excavating business known as Eggan Excavating, which is know today as Eggan Excavating & Equipment Co., Inc.

Survivors include John’s loving wife Mary of 58 years; three sons and two daughters-in-law, John D. III and Sandy Eggan, Boonville, Douglas and Martha Eggan, Western, and Mark Eggan, Rome; one brother Ronald Eggan and wife Ann, Rome; a brother-in-law Frank Borberly; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Prince and Elizabeth Schmitt and husband George, nine grandchildren, John Eggan (Kristina), Eric and Branden Eggan, Rachael Knight and husband Brendon, Sarah and Allyson Eggan, Andrew and Andreanna Eggan, Gabriella Trela and husband Paul; one great granddaughter Hailey I. Eggan; several nieces and nephews and cousins. John was predeceased by a daughter-in-law Jayn S. Eggan on August 10, 2016 and sister Carol Borberly and nephew James Eggan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Care Community Rehabilitation Unit, 2150 Bleecker Street, Utica, NY 13501 or The House of the Good Shepherd Holiday Hope Program, 1550 Champlin Ave, Utica, NY 13502.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. at Strong-Burns & Sprock Funeral Home, 7751 Merrick Road, Rome. Family and Friends are invited to attend calling hours on Thursday from 4-8 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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