Dennis MIchael Kelpy

Kelpy obit

August 10, 1951 - May 27, 2016

Boonville- Dennis Michael Kelpy, 64, husband of Joanne Paladino, passed away in the comfort of his home on May 27, 2016.

He was born on August 10, 1951 in Boonville, a son of Michael and MaryAnn Pomponio Kelpy. Dennis grew up in Boonville and graduated from Boonville Central School in 1969. He “voluntarily” enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in Vietnam. Upon his honorable discharge he traveled and worked at various jobs. Dennis returned to Boonville and on July 7, 1979 he married Joanne Paladino. Dennis’ interests were many. He enjoyed wood working, listening to old tunes and when his son Zachary was young he loved coaching little league. He was especially proud of the fact that he helped form and organize “The Vietnam Veteran’s Get Together” as well as being the founder and “head” of “The Hat Clip Club”. Dennis was very proud to have seen his daughter, Kathleen, graduate from Utica College this year for Occupational Therapy. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville, Boonville Elks Lodge and the Harland J. Hennessey V.F.W., Boonville. Dennis retired from the Rome Lab in 2013 after 29 years.

Besides his wife Joanne of 37 years, he leaves behind his son, Zachary of San Diego, California and a daughter, Kathleen of Utica; he also leaves behind his brother, James (Barbara) Kelpy; sister, Patricia (John) Staton, all of Boonville; a niece, Lee (Leon) Briggs, Ballston Spa, N.Y.; also sisters-in-law, Linda (Jeffrey) Addison, Chazy, N.Y. and Jeanette (David) Loadwick, Boonville.

At Dennis’ request there will be no calling hours. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Church at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph’s Church Memorial Fund or Boonville Ambulance. Mills Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. For an online message of sympathy please go to

“A Tribute To Our Father”
“May everyone who has ever had the privilege of getting to know this man, raise your drink, smile, and cheers. He wouldn’t want it any other way. Sharing a fridge of Old Mill at 4 a.m. in the morning listening to your old albums, you told us not to be sad when you were gone. You did it all, you saw it all, you got everything you wanted out of life and you were always ready for the next chapters. Thank you for always bringing endless amounts of laughter, love and protection into our family. We will always try our best to make you proud. We all love you and will never forget you.”

Love Always, Zach and Kathleen

Rollian F. Martin

Rollian obit

May 30, 1924 ~ May 24, 2016

LOWVILLE – Rollian F. Martin, 91, of 8161Steam Mill Road, Brantingham, died Tuesday evening, May 24, 2016, at Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Rev. Christopher Carrara, Pastor, officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be in Lowville Rural Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 4 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. Donations in his memory may be made to the Elks National Foundation, 5600 Shady Ave., Lowville, NY 13367.

He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, James D. and Christine Martin of Liverpool; a daughter, Amy M. Kolenda of Lowville; eight grandchildren, Andrew and Kristy Makuch; Christopher and Kerry Makuch; Matthew Makuch and fiancé, Danielle Zehr; Michael and Sara Kolenda; Nicholas Kolenda; Shawn and Teresa Martin; Chantel and Roberto Moran; Malisa and Dana Westfall; thirteen great-grandchildren, Monica and Eric Makuch; Maxamillion and Deken Makuch; Tyler Fruin, Teagan and Tesslynn Makuch; Chace and Colden Martin; Lilah and Quinn Moran; Carson Martin; Brianna Hoffman; and Isabelle Kolenda; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Harold and Dianne Hoffman of Lowville; Lowell and Dolores Hoffman of Lowville; Bethany Hoffman of Massena; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his wife, Virginia of 63 years; brothers and sisters, Marion (Peggy) Moses, Richard Martin, Mildred Weiner, and Arthur Martin; brothers and sisters-in-law, Russell and Jane Hoffman; and Leonard Hoffman.

Mr. Martin was born on May 30, 1924 in Newburgh, NY, a son of the late Roland and Marion Hall Martin. He attended rural school at Brewery Hill, and graduated from Beaver Falls High School in 1941. Mr. Martin was drafted into the Army of the United States on March 3, 1943, during World War II. He joined the 11th Airborne Division, Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 188th Parachute Infantry. During his service he was stationed at Camp McColl, NC; Camp Polk, LA; Ora Bay, New Guinea; Loyettes, and Luzon, Philippines Island; Tokyo, Japan and Sendai, Japan. First Sergeant Martin was honorably discharged on January 11, 1946. He graduated from Utica School of Commerce in 1946. On April 10, 1947, he married Virginia Hoffman at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lowville, NY, with Monsignor John Hogan officiating. In May 1947, he began working at Hoffman and Dudo, Inc. In November 1967, he was elected Vice President of the family business, and was elected Executive Vice President and Treasurer in January 1969. In April 1972, he was elected President and Treasurer, and retired from the business on August 31, 1987.

Mr. Martin was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lowville and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Glenfield. He was a 3rd Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Martin was a life member of B.P.O.E. #1605, Lowville Elks Lodge, where he was Exalted Ruler from 1961-1962. He served as NYS Vice President, and District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler for the North Central District, and was a New York State Trustee. Mr. Martin was a member of American Legion Post #162, and Lewis County Memorial Post #6912, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a member of the New York State Cheese Manufacturer’s Association, where he served as Treasurer in 1965, and President in 1974. Mr. Martin served as a member and chairman of the Village of Lowville Planning Board.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin were winter residents of Swan Lake Village in Bradenton, Florida for over twenty years.

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Mary Ritz

September 11, 1928 to May 22, 2016

CROGHAN - Mary Ann Ritz, 87, died late Sunday afternoon, May 22, 2016 at Faxton-St. Lukes Healthcare in New Hartford.

Mary Ann was born on September 11, 1928, in the town of New Bremen, the daughter of the late Chester C. and Pearl L. (Lomber) Turck.  She attended Fr. Leo Memorial School.  On September 20, 1947, she was united in marriage to Gerald M. Ritz at St. Stephen's Catholic Church with Rev. Hugh King OFM, officiating.  The couple made their home in Croghan and Mary Ann worked in the cafeteria at Beaver River Central School.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry, her daughter, Bonnie S. Ritz; two sons, Daniel G. Ritz; and Larry J. and Kim Ritz all of Croghan; her grandson, David W. Ritz; her sister, Rose Marie Bruce of Croghan; sisters-in-law, Margaret, Evelyn and Elaine Turck; Edna and Jo Ritz; several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her son David G. who died serving in Vietnam; her sister Theresa who died in infancy, eight brothers, Bernard (Nellie), Edward, Richard (Emma), Donald, Arthur, Robert (Joyce), Ralph, and James (Tammy) Turck; brother-in-law, Earl Robert Bruce; brothers-in-law, Carl and Robert Ritz and sister-in-law, Lucille (Clifford) Chartrand.

Mary Ann was a communicant of St. Stephen's Catholic Church where a mass will be said on Thursday, May 26th at 10:30 A.M. with Rev. Daniel Chapin, pastor officiaiting.  Interment will be in the St. Stephen's Cemetery.

Per Mary Ann's wishes, calling hours will not be observed; memorials in her name may be made to: Croghan Fire Department, P.O. Box 405, Croghan, NY 13327; Beaver River Memorial Post 1663, Box 217, Croghan, NY 13327, Friends of Lewis County Hospice, Inc., Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.

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Franklin N. Young

December 25, 1951 - May 23, 2016

West Leyden- Franklin N. Young, 64, of State Rt. 294, passed away suddenly at this residence on Monday, May 23, 2016.

Affectionately known as Frank, he was born in Constableville, on December 25, 1951, a son of Donald F. and Mabel Schleicher Young, Sr. He grew up in Boonville, where he graduated from Adirondack High School, with the Class of 1971. Frank possessed a lifelong brilliant mechanical ability. While in high school, Frank attended BOCES, majoring in Automobile Mechanics.

Frank was first employed as an auto mechanic at C. Hughes Motors in Boonville. Later for several years he was employed part time as a Diesel truck mechanic for George Hutchins Trucking Co. Boonville. He was also employed at McLaughlin Motors Mercedes Benz Dealership in Rome; and concurrently he attended a Mercedes Benz mechanical school in New Jersey. At the present time, Frank was employed as a bus mechanic at Birnie Bus Co. Rome.

For over thirty years Mr. Young was an active member of Boonville Fire Co, later serving as an honorary member. Frank was also a member of the NRA, an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing.

Frank is survived by his siblings; Brenda Webster, Constableville, Kim (Linda) Young, Jill Young, all of Boonville, Trudy (Melvin) Drake, Lee Center, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and two great great nieces and one great great nephew. He was predeceased by his parents, by his brother, Donnie, in 1977 and by a nephew, Rory Michael Young, in 2009. Frank loved animals having great affection for his k-nine companions, Boots and Matty.

A memorial service will be Thursday at 7:00 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, where visitation hours will be Thursday 4-7 p.m. Members of Boonville Fire Co. will meet in a group at 7:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will be private in Boonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Boonville Fire Co. P.O. Box 164, Boonville, NY 13309.

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Susan Mae Roy

Roy obit

April 26, 1934 - May 23, 2016

GLENFIELD – Susan Mae Roy, 82, formerly of Main Street, passed away on Monday morning, May 23, 2016, at Lewis County General Hospital. Sue was a resident of the residential healthcare facility. The family wishes to extend their thanks to the staff of the Residential Health Care Facility for the care provided to Sue as well as the nurses on the East Wing of the hospital.

Susan was born in Lowville on April 26, 1934, to the late Lewis Amasa and Myrtle Mahala Reed Shumway where she graduated from Lowville Academy.

On June 3, 1953, she was married to Raymond George Roy with Rev. J. Martin Week, officiating. The couple made their home in Glenfield where Sue was a past member of the 3-G Auxiliary, member of the Glenfield United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, lifetime member of Valley Home Makers. Raymond died on June 9, 2015.

Her work career began at Roche's Soda Fountain formerly located in Lowville prior to her marriage. While raising her children she worked at the Glenfield Elementary School as a cook and aide. She went on to become a care provider at various locations, The George Junior Republic in Freeville, Children's Home of Jefferson County, The Arc of Oneida-Lewis and the Lewis County Head Start in Lyons Falls as well as for families in the area.

Sue enjoyed arts and crafts and her and Ray's work was well recognized in the community. She was a member of the Adirondack Decorative Painters, and the Adirondack Scattered Red Hatters Society. Sue also enjoyed spending time with her friends especially the Birthday Girls, Rose, Kathy, Shirley and Joanne.

She is survived by her five children, Raymond (Vicki) and Francis (Charlyn) Roy all of Glenfield, Gary (Dorothy) Roy of Boonville, Cindy (Bob) Griswold of Glenfield, Jeffrey (Yunmi) of Canastota, her beloved grandchildren, Shawn Lawrence, Melissa Roy, Amanda Roy, Thomas Roy and Andrea Roy, her great grandsons, Kaleb and Daniel Gage, her sister Sarah Edick “Pat” Melesky, her brother, Wilby Shumway, her sisters-in-law, Audrey Fenton, Tiny Gerow, Margie Barker, Dawn Roy, brother-in-law, Richard Roy, several nieces and nephews, several long time friends. She is predeceased by her infant daughter, Rhonda Sue.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016, on Raymond’s Birthday, at 12:00 Noon at Beaches Bridge Cemetery with Rev. Bruce W. Chapman, retired minister officiating. Family would like to invite everyone to the 3-G Fire Hall following the services.

Memorials in Susan’s name may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, Northern Regional Office, 120 Washington St., Suite 419, Watertown, NY 13601; American Cancer Society Jefferson Lewis Unit, P.O. Box 357, Watertown, NY 13601; or Friends of The Arc Foundation, P.O. Box 97, Utica, NY 13503-0097

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