Ralph F. Hoffman

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June 22, 1929 to July 26, 2014

CASTORLAND-Ralph F. Hoffman, 85, of Van Amber Road, Castorland, New York, passed away at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, after a long illness on July 26, 2014.

Ralph was born to the late Claude Hoffman and Grace Henry Hoffman on, June 22, 1929, in Lowville, N.Y. He married Sally Jane Hodkinson on, June 21, 1952. Shortly after his marriage, Ralph was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army and obtained the rank of Corporal. Upon his return to Lowville, he worked at Marriott’s Garage. In 1956, Ralph and his wife bought the H.D. Weller farm, located on the Number Three Road in Lowville. During his farming career, he obtained the Dairy of Distinction Award. In 1976, Ralph sold the farm and worked for Climax Manufacturing Company until he retired in 1993.

Ralph enjoyed his peaceful home in Castorland and also owned a home in Zephyrhills, Florida, where he spent the past eight years during the winter months. Ralph loved spending time with his family, visiting with friends, playing cards, and working in his woodshop. Also, active in the community; Ralph was a member of the VFW, Knights of Columbus, served as President of the Lowville Grange, and President of the Lewis County Agricultural Association. He also served as a 4-H leader, a Citizens’ Patrol volunteer with the Lewis County Sheriff Department, and was an active member at his local church, Saint Stephen’s Catholic Church in Croghan, N.Y.

Ralph is survived by his wife: Sally Jane Hoffman; his daughter: Mary Beth Cool of Westminster, Colorado, and his son: Joseph Hoffman of Manchester Center, Vermont. Ralph is also survived by a son-in-law: Ed Cool; a daughter-in-law: Jann (Belewich) Hoffman; four adoring grandchildren: Willie Cool, Robbie Cool, Judd Hoffman, and Jenna Hoffman; a granddaughter-in-law: Megan Cool, and several cousins. He is predeceased by his brother, Gerald Hoffman.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at Saint Stephen’s Catholic Church in Croghan, N.Y., with Reverend Daniel L. Chapin, Pastor officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Saint Peter’s Cemetery, New Bremen. Calling hours will be from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Friday, August 1, 2014, at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., 5702 Waters Road, Lowville, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be sent to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com

Barbara A. Slawson

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October 4, 1941 to July 27, 2014

Constableville- Barbara A. Slawson, 72, wife of Kenneth A., passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at her residence, while under the loving care of her family.

She was born on October 4, 1941, a daughter of Frances and Ione (Green) Loomis. She grew up in Ava and was educated at West Leyden Central School. On July 3, 1960, Barbara was united in marriage with Kenneth A. Slawson. After that they lived in Ava, and moved to their present home on Kessler Road in 1983. Mrs. Slawson was employed as a certified nurse assistant at Rome Parkway Nursing Home, Rome and at Sunset Nursing Home, Boonville.

In addition to her husband, Ken, she is survived by her children; Kenneth (Rhonda) Slawson, Queensbury, Patti M. (Robert) Johnson, Hawkinsville, Randy Lee (Dawn) Slawson, Lowville, Lorri J. Slawson, Tappahannock, VA, Susan M. Slawson and companion, Dale Marolf, Constableville, and William F. Slawson, Lyons Falls, 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Robin, in 1966, a son, Christopher, in 2001, a granddaughter, Amanda, in 1985, and by a grandson, Randy L. Slawson, Jr. in 2009. Also surviving is one sister, Betty Johnson, VA, two half sisters, Kelly, TN, and Kathy Fazekas, Lowville and a half brother, William Fazekas. She was predeceased by a brother, Steve Loomis.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday August 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler Street, Boonville. Interment will follow in Carmichael Hill Cemetery, Westernville. Calling hours will be held from 11:00 am until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Constableville Fire Department Ambulance Fund, Constableville, NY 13325.

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Kathryn E. Conrad

June 8, 1926 to July 22, 2014

Boonville- Kathryn E. Conrad, 88, affectionately known as "Katie," a former long time resident of Birch Road, Woodgate, and more recently of Kortenaer Village, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, where she had resided since 2008.

She was born in Ithaca, on June 8, 1926, a daughter of Alvin and Wilma Russell Gilmore; she grew up in Cayuga Co, New York, and graduated from Union Springs High School. For a time Katie lived in Rochester, where she was employed at McCurdy's Department Store. On November 19, 1966, she married William J. Conrad, in Auburn, NY, at the Methodist Church.

In 1966, the couple moved to Woodgate and from then until 1976, she was employed in camera case assembly at Mele Manufacturing Co. Utica. Mr. Conrad, at WWII Veteran and head bus driver for the Union Springs Central School, died on February 26, 1981.

Katie is survived by a sister and brother in law, Mac and Carol Collins, Ithaca, and several nieces. She was predeceased by a step daughter and her husband, Patricia and Michael Kotary, by a brother, Robert Gilmore and by a nephew.

Her Funeral will be Friday at 2:00 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, with interment to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, West Leyden. There will be a calling hour at the funeral home on Friday from 1 until 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Boonville Fire Department Ambulance Fund P.O. Box 64, Boonville, NY 13309.

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Clara Margaret (Mathis) Vrubel

June 6, 1927 to July 20, 2014

Turin-Clara Margaret (Mathis) Vrubel, 87, passed away on July 20, 2014.

Clara was born in Turin on June 6, 1927. She married Joseph Vrubel on April 20, 1946 at the Turin Methodist Church. She worked in the cafeteria at South Lewis School and was a farmer’s wife working on the farm. Clara enjoyed working in the garden, crocheting and working on puzzles.

She is survived by a son, John (Kathleen) Vrubel of Palmyra; a daughter, Patricia (James) Logan of Maine; two grandchildren, Sarah (Christopher) Tome and Adam (Johanna) Vrubel as well as two great grandchildren, Elise and Jonathan Tome. Clara is also survived by her three sisters, Anna Mae Purdy, Mildred Hemak and Helen (Robert) Archer; one brother Fred Mathis and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband Joseph, of 67 years, on October 31, 2013, parents, John and Mae Mathis and three brothers, Earl, Harry and Raymond Mathis.

A graveside service will be held at the Turin Cemetery on Saturday, August 2, at 10:30 a.m. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Lewis County Hospice. Arrangements are under the direction of Mills Funeral Home, Boonville.

For an online message of sympathy please go to www.millsfuneralhomes.com

Betty Fitzgerald

January 10, 1928 to July 20, 2014

Greig- Betty C. Fitzgerald, 86, a former resident of the hamlet of Greig, wife of the late Kenneth, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Lewis County Extended Care Facility, Lowville, after a long illness.

For many years Betty and her husband lived on Shibley Road in Shuetown, Town of Lyonsdale. She was born in Turin, on January 10, 1928, a daughter of Nathaniel and Jessie Sypher Galarneau. Betty grew up on the Galarneau homestead, near Turin and graduated from Turin Union School with the Class o 1945. For over 30 years, Mrs. Fitzgerald was employed as a clerk, and in the meat department before retiring as manager of the produce department at the Victory Market, Lyons Falls.

On September 15, 1947, Betty was united in marriage with Kenneth Fitzgerald. Mr. Fitzgerald a retired carpenter, died in March 23, 2004. In 2005, she moved to her present home in Greig. She was a member of Turin United Methodist Church and had also attended the Greig United Methodist Church. Mrs. Fitzgerald greatly enjoyed quilting and feeding and watching birds.

Betty is survived by two sons and one daughter in law, Martin David Fitzgerald and his wife, Debbie, Lyons Falls, Nathan Kenneth Fitzgerald and his companion, Jane Buyce, Keene, NY; three daughters, Darlene Eckerson and her companion, Niles Lehman, Croghan, Becky J. Murphy, Lorraine, NY, and Katie Lynn and companion, Jeremey Hill, Glenfield. She was predeceased by a daughter, Margaret E. Fitzgerald, on July 22, 1966. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; one brother, Donald (Bonnie) Galarneau, New Berlin, NY, and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four brothers, Leo Duane Galarneau, 2005, Bruce Galarneau, 1994, Cleon Galarneau, 1985 and Grant Galarneau, who died in 1944, in the Pacific Theater of WWII, and by four sisters, Bernice Hoffman, in 2008, Weneta Jones and Gwendolyn R. Whittlesey, both in 2005, and Leola Jackson, in 1979.

Her Services will be Thursday at 11:00 A.M. at the Greig United Methodist Church, Greig Road, with interment at a later date in Turin Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday 4-8 p.m. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Lewis County Humane Society P.O. Box 682 Lowville, NY 13367, or to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, Inc. P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.

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