Mary J. Belknap

June 20, 1925 to July 26, 2016

Port Leyden- Mary J. Belknap, 91, of the Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility since February 2016 passed away on July 26, 2016.

She was born in the Town of Watson on June 20, 1925, a daughter of Julius and Mary Harvath Lehosky. She graduated from General Martin High School in 1943 and married Harold H. Belknap on June 5, 1948 in Rome, NY. Mr. Belknap died September 26, 2010. For many years the couple lived in Brantingham. Mary was a devoted wife and mother. She enjoyed traveling, reading, knitting, crocheting, sewing, gardening and crafts.

Surviving are her son, Charles Belknap, Wilmington, NC; brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Norma Lehosky, FL. and sister, Helen Seaton, IN. Mary was predeceased by two brothers John and Julius Lehosky and one sister Elizabeth Kaya.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 30 at 11 a.m. at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post Street, Boonville. Calling hours will be 10-11 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be in Port Leyden Cemetery.

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Harold James Dorrity, Jr.

Dorrity obit

November 29, 1941 to July 22, 2016

Lyons Falls – Harold James Dorrity, Jr., 74, passed away Friday July 22, 2016, in the comfort care wing at Lewis County Hospital, with his family and friends by his side.

Hal was born on November 29, 1941, to the late Harold J. and Marguerite Jordan Dorrity, Sr. He graduated from Port Leyden High School in 1961 and from Brockport State in 1967.

Hal married Bertha Harris and in 1969, they moved to Lyons Falls, where he taught PE in Port Leyden Elementary. He was a boys and girls basketball, football and baseball coach. He was part owner of the Brantingham Golf Club for 34 years. On July 9, 2016, in the Lyons Falls Park, they renewed their vows on their 50th wedding anniversary and were awarded citizenship of the year by the village.

He is survived by his wife, Bertha and their two children, Harold 3rd and Debbie; three brothers, Ron and Mary, Dale and Terry and Anne; six grandchildren, Abbie, Emmie, Harold 4th, Marshall, Jordan and Aiden; also his step-father Gordon Peebles, two step-brothers and three step-sisters. He is predeceased by his two brothers Gary Michael and Douglas.

He will be remembered by many as a teacher, a friend, husband, father, brother and most of all as a grandfather or as “Papa”. He enjoyed horse and dog racing, golfing (3 holes-in-one) and bowling (300 game). He also loved to watch the Yankees and the NY Giants and went to team games.

Hal was a member of the Lyons Falls Fire Department, the South Lewis Lions Club and Forest Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service will be on Saturday, August 6th at 11:00 a.m. at the Forest Presbyterian Church with Rev. Naomi Kelly, officiating.

Family and friends are invited to call Thursday, August 4th from 6-9 p.m. and again on Friday August 5th from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at the Sundquist Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to: Lyons Falls Fire and Ambulance Fund or to Lewis County Friends of Hospice, P.O Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.

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Robert "Papa" Bartlett

Bartlett obit

December 13, 1928 - July 14, 2016

Robert Bartlett, affectionately known a Papa, 87, of Leland, NC, crossed the mighty waters and entered the Golden Gates of Heaven on Sunday, July 10, 2016. Born in upstate New York, he was the son of the late Henry and Minnie Hyers Bartlett and loving husband of the late Stella Mae McCoy Bartlett.

He left his boyhood home in Lyons Falls, NY, to join the Army and served in the Korean War. After returning home from the war, he joined the Navy and served his country with honor until he retired in 1967 and moved his family to Green Cove Springs, Florida. After two years, he decided to return to work and joined the Florida Department of Corrections and retired from there with honors after nineteen years of service.

In addition to his parents and wife, Robert was preceded in death by his daughter, Janie McCoy Sharpe, his son, Jimmy Dean McCoy, his young grandson, Bobby McCoy, and his sweet little great-granddaughter, Christy Wiseman. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Joan Emore and his step-mother, Clara Bartlett.

Robert is survived by his three children, Joseph McCoy (Carol) of Fayetteville, NC, Faye Lloyd (Ronnie) of Leland, NC, Sam McCoy of Helena, Alabama; grandchildren, Susie Wiseman, Roy Joe McDonald, Tommy Birley, Jeannie McCoy, JoAnn Allen, Tim McCoy, Stephanie McCoy, Janie Huff, Joe Bowman, Sammi McCoy Viola, Tricia Faye McCoy, Katie McCoy, and many other beloved family members from the northern most border of upstate New York to the southern tip of the country in Key West, Florida and from the west coast of California across the country to the east coast of North and South Carolina.

Contributions in Robert’s memory may be made to any animal shelter caring for lost or abandoned animals.

There will be a private life celebration which will include military honors for Robert at his home in Leland.

The family of Robert Bartlett would like to thank the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and the wonderful people at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation.

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John L. McPhilmy

1941 to 2016

Boonville- John L. “Jack” McPhilmy, 76, of Boone St., passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the Premier Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Jacksonville, North Carolina. Since November, 2015, Jack had resided in the Jacksonville area to be close to his daughter Erinn.

He was born in Constableville, on June 7, 1940, a son of Redmond and Rose Marie Kelly McPhilmy. Jack grew up in Constableville, where he attended elementary school. At the age of 11, he moved with his parents to the Tamaracks Private Fish & Game Club on the Hogsback Road, near Hawkinsville. He graduated from Boonville Central School with the Class of 1958; while in high school, Jack excelled in playing Soccer, Basketball and Baseball.

In June, 1958, Mr. McPhilmy joined the U.S. Navy and during his entire naval career he was stationed at Groton, CT, where he was a submariner. He served on many submarines, traveling all over the world, including an excursion which went completely under the artic regions in the northern top of the world. In 1978, Mr. McPhilmy was honorably discharged with the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

On September 14, 1968, Jack was united in marriage with Linda Satterly in Syracuse. After Jack retired the couple resided on Erwin St. for many years, before moving to Boone St. Mrs. McPhilmy, a Boonville hairdresser, passed away on May 8, 2007.

After retirement from the Navy, he was employed in furnace repair work for Ron Cyr at Adirondack Oil Co., Boonville, before many years of employment as a logger for De Forest “Bud” Flansburg, Fish Creek; later he operated his own logging business and for several years Jack and the late Chet Kopczenski were partners in a logging business. Later he was employed for Rene Heroux, at Singing Waters Camp Ground, Old Forge. Mr. McPhilmy was also employed for Denley Association at Hydro Electric Power Dam on the Black River; during that time he was also employed in logging with the late Irving Hawes and for many years he served as custodian at the Boonville United Methodist Church. He was also employed as a driver for Apple Blossom Floral Shoppe, Boonville.

Jack was a member of the Boonville United Methodist Church, where he was an active participant in the Walk to Emmaus. He was a member of Charles J. Love Post American Legion Post # 406, Harland J. Hennessy Post VFW, the Holland Club, for retired submariners, Boonville-Uriel Masonic Lodge # 165 F & AM, Boonville Rod & Gun Club, White Otter Fish & Game Club, Woodgate. Jack was an avid outdoorsman who lived for hunting, fishing and trapping.

Jack will be very fondly remembered by a host of friends as a person who was greatly gifted with a great sense of Irish wit and humor; his endless humor and storytelling brightened the lives of everyone who knew him. He will be sorely missed.
He is survived by his children, Daniel F. (Patty) McPhilmy, Boonville, Paul B. McPhilmy, Denver, Co; and Erinn E. (Jermey) Lundgren, Jacksonville, NC; five grandchildren, Bryce, Hannah and Hailey Lundgren, Sam and Owen McPhilmy and their mother Wendy Moxley, Boonville; two sisters, Mary Putney, Marion TX and Sharon (Dennis) Gillett, Boonville; several nieces and nephews and a huge host of friends.

His Funeral will be Friday, July 29, at 11:00 A.M. at Boonville United Methodist Church, with interment to follow in Boonville Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 1-4 & 6-8 at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Members of Boonville-Uriel Masonic Lodge # 165 F&AM will meet in a group for a Masonic Service, on Wednesday July 27, at 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association & Stroke Association, 120 Lomond Ct. Utica, NY 13502, or to American Cancer Society 100 Lomond Ct Utica, NY 13502, or to the Boonville United Methodist Church, Ann St. Boonville, NY 13309.

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Bertha Z. Brownell


October 3, 1926 to December 2, 2015

Boonville- Bertha Z. Brownell, 89, a longtime resident of East Road, widow of Arthur E., passed away on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, where she had resided since March, 2014.

She was born in Oneida, on October 3, 1926, a daughter of Gottfried and Louise Grunenwald Zeller. Bertha grew up in the hamlet of Hillside in the Town of Western, where she attended Hillside Rural School, completing her education at Boonville Central School, where she graduated with the Class of 1944. After that she was employed for a textile company in Utica.

On June 12, 1947, Bertha was united in marriage with Arthur E. Brownell, at Trinity Church, Rome. Later the couple moved to Boonville, where they settled on East Road. For many years Mrs. Brownell was employed as a sales clerk for Blankman's Five and Ten Cent Store in Boonville; later she was employed in the cafeteria at Adirondack Central School, Boonville. Mr. Brownell, a long time bus driver and then superintendent of transportation at Adirondack Central School District, died on December 8, 1986.

Mrs. Brownell was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Boonville. She was an avid reader; Bertha was very generous and loving, and greatly cherished time she spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed canning, cooking and baking.

She is survived by one son and daughter in law, Arthur E. (Katrina) Brownell, Boonville; one daughter, Linda L. Gallo, West Leyden; seven cherished grandchildren whom she adored; Darlene (Aaron) Defazio, Barbara (John) Vanderland, Melinda (Andrew) Maciejko, Nicolas (Patricia) Gallo, Richard (Jennifer) Gallo, and twins, Angela (Joseph) Zacherl, Joanna (Paul) Keck, thirteen great grandchildren, Matthew and Mitchell Defazio, Haley Vanderland, Aiden, Laurel, Brady and Parker Maciejko, Trevor and Alexis Gallo, Kaitlyn and Raymond Gallo, Julia and Silas Zacherl; two sisters, Lydia Marcy, Boonville and Hilda LoRusso, Rome. She was predeceased by her son in law, Raymond Gallo, in 1989, and by sisters, Frieda Glur, Rosa Waliszewski, Martha Platt, and Clara Platt and by a brother, Alfred Zeller.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend graveside services on Saturday, July 23, at 11:00 am at Boonville Cemetery, where Rev. George Whitton, Presbyterian minister will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 213, or to Erwin Library, 104 Schuyler St. or to Boonville Fire Co. Ambulance Fund P.O. Box 164, all Boonville, NY 13309. Her arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. Boonville.

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