George Edward Berry

Berry obit

December 11, 1949 to September 2, 2015

LOWVILLE – George Edward Berry, 65, of River Road, passed away Wednesday morning, September 2, 2015, at Rome Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville with Rev. Roger Croat, officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Old Glendale Cemetery. A luncheon at Farney Hall, Marine Corps League Det. #754, Lowville, will immediately follow the burial. Any food donations may be taken directly to the Marine Corps. League beginning Friday evening. Calling hours are from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057; Lewis County Marine Corps League Det. #754, for the Toys for Tots program, 7429 NYS Route 12, Lowville, NY 13367; or to Greig United Methodist Church, 4222 Lyons Falls Road, Lyons Falls, NY 13368.

He is survived by his wife, DeeDee; his children, a son and his wife, Todd and Robin Berry of Copperas Cove, Texas; a son and his wife, Bobby Jo and Shawna Berry of Deer River; a daughter and her husband, Jeanie and Leo Hellinger of Forestport; a daughter and her husband, Deborah and Juan Colón of Temple, TX; a son and his wife, Brian and Amber Allen of Martinsburg; a daughter and her husband, Jacki and Jon Monnat of Arizona; his mother, Anna Mae Dicob Berry Russell of Lowville; his siblings, Judy Corbin of Kissimmee, FL; Donald and Brenda Berry of Chaumont; Catherine and David Kraeger of Constableville; Duane and Janelle Berry of Lowville; 25 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; his in-laws, Ken and Debra Platt; April and Frank Burrows; Katrina Petrie; Debra Hill; Kathy Powlin; John and Sandra Platt, Jr.; a godson, Joshua Platt; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his father, Franklin Berry; his step-father, Howard Russell; a grandson, Devon Leo Hellinger; and a brother-in-law, Vernon Petrie.

George was born on December 11, 1949 in Lowville, NY, a son of the late Franklin James Berry and Anna Mae Dicob Berry Russell. He graduated from Lowville Academy in 1969 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving during the Vietnam War. George worked for the Orville Lacey Garage after high school. In July 1974, he married Katherine Pratt. The marriage ended in divorce. On June 12, 2010, he married DeeDee Platt, the love of his life and best friend, after a 29 year relationship. George worked for the DEC in Dadville, Beaverite Manufacturing in Glenfield, Croghan and Beaver Falls, and for Ethan Allen in Boonville for three years, until the plant closed. George worked as a seasonal employee for Nirvana, Inc.

George was a member of Greig United Methodist Church. He was a life member of the Marine Corps League Det. #754. He was a supporting member of Team Survivor Relay for Life team. George enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing cards. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

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Josephine E. Kohl

April 3, 1928 - September 3, 2015

Port Leyden – Josephine E. Kohl, 87, widow of William T. Sr., longtime resident of the Moose River Road, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville.

Josephine was born on April 3, 1928 in Utica, a daughter of John and Agnes Lowell Winn. She was raised in Chadwicks, where she was educated graduating with the Class of 1945. Following her education she was employed at A.D. Julliard Silk Manufacturing Co., Chadwicks, and for a short time she was employed at Melee Manufacturing Co., Utica.

On September 8, 1956, Josephine was united in marriage with William T. Kohl at St. George's Episcopal Church, Chadwicks. The couple lived in the village of Port Leyden until they purchased a home on the Moose River Road. Mr. Kohl, a retiree of the Boonville Division of Ethan Allen Furniture Co. passed away on January 3, 1992.

Above all, Jo cherished the special memories made with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed the company of her cat, Annie, and was an avid reader. Every fall Jo found joy in canning tomatoes. She would then gift the fruits of her labor to family and friends. She also made wonderful spaghetti and chili sauce.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Kohl, Utica, and her son and daughter-in-law, William T. Kohl, Jr. (Terry), Port Leyden; her grandchildren: Joshua Kohl, Becky (Greg) Williams, Sueann (Haywood) Edwards; her great-grandchildren: Thomas, Andrew, Carmen, Richie, Aliyah, Cristopher, Haywood, Jayden and Hailey. Also surviving is her sister-in-law, and best friend Wanda Winn, Sauquiot, brother-in-law Mike (Kay) Kohl, Remsen, and sister-in-law Helen Kohl, Boonville. Besides her husband she was predeceased by her foster parents Lucy and Claude Walker, and her brother Chet Winn and her sister Clara Cristello.

The Kohl family would like to thank Dr. Lynn Pisaniello and the ER and ICU staff at Lewis County General Hospital, for the excellent and compassionate care given to Jo.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 12:00 Noon at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Interment will follow in Boonville Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Smile Train, P.O. Box # 96231, Washington, D.C. 20090-6231.

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Kay M. Brown

January 17, 1936  -  August 30, 2015

Boonville-Kay M. Brown, 79, of Ford Street, died at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center on August 30, 2015.

She was born on January 17, 1936 in Port Leyden, a daughter of John and Norma Buckley Spencer. She grew up in Denley and attended Denley Country School until sixth grade and then attended Port Leyden High School graduating in 1953. Kay graduated from St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing in 1956. On May 24, 1958 she was united in marriage to John B. Brown at St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville. The couple lived in the Rome-Westernville area where Kay was employed at Rome Hospital as a registered nurse from the late 1950’s until retiring in 1985. She also was a home health care nurse. Kay and John moved to Boonville in 1964 where they built their home on Ford Street.

Kay was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Boonville, an avid reader and was a life-long Elvis fan.

Surviving are her husband, John, three daughters and sons-in-law, Maureen and Michael Deaner, Jericho, Vermont, Colleen and Greg Iseneker , Sheilagh and Mark Nolan, all of Boonville; five grandchildren, Devin Engle, Brennan and Brett Iseneker and Thomas and Daniel Nolan; two great grandchildren, Audrey and Jared Nolan; two brothers, John (Bill) Spencer, Fulton and James (Mark) Spencer, Oswego.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Our Hope Parish (St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville).There are no calling hours. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Boonville. Memorial contributions can be made to Boonville Fire Company Ambulance Fund or Central Association for the Blind. Arrangements are by Mills Funeral Home, Boonville.

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Debra Ann Hurley

Hurley obit

September 11, 1959  -  August 31, 2015

LOWVILLE – Debra Ann Hurley, 55, our beloved “Divvy” passed away on Monday, August 31, 2015, at the Albany Medical Center.

Mrs. Hurley was born on September 11, 1959, in Lowville to the late James Clark and Pauline Salmon Gentry. She was a homemaker and loved gardening but most of all she loved spending time with her family and beloved dog, Sable and her cat, Ebony.

Surviving Mrs. Hurley are her four sons: Joshua, Justin, Jarrod and Jordan Hurley and his finance Hannah Wilton; brothers and sisters: Jim Gentry of California, Connie (Jerry) Mooney of Boonville, Mary LaFleur of Belfort, Barbara Nylen of Central Square, Patricia Taylor of Lowville, Michael (Donna) Gentry and Jess (Amanda) Gentry all of Williamsburg, VA; four grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and a dear life-long friend, Melissa Pearl Hutchins and Ashley VanNest.

She is predeceased by her sister, Anne Greenfield; brother, John June and two nephews, Tyler Gentry and Travis Mark Greenfield.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2015, at 11:00 A.M. at the Lowville United Methodist Church with Rev. David B. Herrmann officiating. Calling hours for family and friends are from 5-8 P.M. on Wednesday evening at the Sundquist Funeral Home.

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William T. Ritter, Sr.

June 7, 1942 - August 27, 2015

Forestport- William T. Ritter, Sr., 73, of Bellingertown Road, husband of Anne, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2015, at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Utica.

William was born in Boonville, on June 7, 1942 a son of Guy and Vera Kervin Ritter. He was raised in Forestport, where he received his education, graduating from Forestport High School. William served his country in the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in the Philippines during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged on July 12, 1970.

On October 29, 1982, William was united in marriage with Anne M. Touranjoe in Alder Creek. The couple settled on the Bellingertown Road, where William had constructed a home to raise their family. For many years Mr. Ritter was employed as an iron worker with Union Local #440, Utica, where he worked throughout central and northern New York in building and bridge construction.

William was of the Catholic faith and a member of St. Patrick's Church, Forestport. He was an avid hunter, and greatly enjoyed hunting the woods in and around Forestport.

Surviving besides his wife Anne, are his sons: William T. Ritter, Jr. and Steven (Allison) Ritter; and their children Sadie Kaye and Kai; and his daughters: Tasha Ritter and her daughter Rory Ritter, and Ashley Ritter. Also surviving are his siblings Basil Ritter, Lawrence (Gerry) Ritter, and Gale (Pete) Scouten, several nieces and nephews and his sister-in-law, Marilyn Ritter. He was predeceased by brothers Bryan, Robert, Rick and Ronald, and his sisters Euritha M. Bagg, Jane Ritter, Joyce Pfendler, and Mary Casey.

Graveside services with military honors will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 12:00 Noon in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Forestport. There are no calling hours. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Patrick's Food Pantry, River Road, Forestport, NY.

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