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Obituaries

Alfred Miller, 84

Dan McClelland

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Alfred L Miller,84, of Tupper Lake, passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Mercy Living center where he was recovering from surgery. Born, February 5, 1935 in Tupper Lake, he was the son of Andrew and Rose (Peets) Miller. On July 27th, 1957 he married Julia Stern of Saranac Lake at St. Bernard's church. Mr. Miller worked as a lumberjack for various jobbers for most of his life until retiring for health reasons. He is survived by his wife Julia of 61 years, three children; David (Susan) of Tupper Lake, Alan of Tupper Lake, Lynda (Chip) Cihanowic of Crestview, Florida. Also surviving are grandchildren; Danielle (David) Landrum of Pace, Florida, Alex Cihanowic of Brooklyn, NY, great grandchildren; Natalie & Zachary Landrum of Pace, Florida, sisters; Beulah Martin of Tupper Lake and Eva Villnave of Bellin, NH and several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by brothers; Thomas, Amos, twin brother Clifford, sisters; Bea Brockway and Rita Paddock. The Love of his life was his family. There will be no calling hours, a memorial mass will be announced in the spring. Arrangements are with the Stuart-Fortune-Keough funeral home.

Douglas Allen King

Dan McClelland

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Douglas A. King was born January 30, 1937 to Otis Yeoman and Ruth Allen King in Lake Placid.

He graduated from Lake Placid Central High School in 1955 and earned a degree in Forestry from Paul Smiths College in 1957. Upon graduation, he was employed by Draper Corporation in Tupper Lake.

Douglas (a.k.a. Dooley) was the youngest person to ride down the Lake Placid bobsled runs. He also earned a medal for “bravery” and “foolishness” for training as a Olympic ski jumper, but he did not take that path.

Otis wanted Douglas to take over the bait and fishing guide business. “Who could make a living doing that? Who would have known what the internet did for professional fishing people. Bass masters prizes for fishing can reach $300,000 a season. They give you a boat, truck, cooler full of beer.”

Douglas also was a scuba diver and had a underwater salvage business.

His father Otis was a fishing guide and kept young Douglas busy retrieving items that seemed to jump out of the boat (for you that knew Otis the apple did not fall far from the tree).

Douglas tried salvaging logs in the Raquette River, and Cranberry Lake, to saw at his mill, but the water stains made them valueless, and at that time there was a plethora of wood here. Now the wood peckers have to pack a lunch.

Douglas for 20 years was woodlands manager of 75,000 acres for Draper Corp/Rockwell International, and worked 17 years for Wagner Woodlands of Lyme, New Hampshire managing Yorkshire Timber Company out of Tupper Lake.

His forestry domain was from Piercefield to Canton, as many in this town knew.

Doug guided the annual snowmobile trips, from the Riverside of Tupper Lake, Piercefield Hotel, Sevey's, Conifer Hotel to Merchants, Newton Falls hotel, Wind Fall House, Blue Birds Star Lake, Oswegatchie, Judy’s in South Colton and somehow every one made it back alive…a few stitches, broken helmets, missing skis and mad wives.

Douglas was the first snowmobile guide to take the Tour of the Adirondacks, sponsored by Ski Doo from Canton to Lake Placid. Troopers and forest rangers are still looking for the culprit.

1979 was the last year of the snowmobiles, as the snow was really sparse, and the state was closing off the land to riding as well as boating in the summers. Long winters made a void for the thrill of crashing and the need for speed. Four wheels did not quite fill the need so in 1982 Doug and Scott bought their first airplane, a 140 Cessna. It had a few issues, well quite a few, in fact. Three out of four cylinders were good, and you could not fly when it was damp because you lost your air speed indicator. Nothing serious, though. It just falls out of the sky then. The Cessna was priced right, all most free. That should have been the eye-opener. A friend who flew said it was a a deal. Ooo yahhh right! It was lime green and it was aptly named Kermit.

Doug and Scott did not know anything about planes so our friend gave us crash lessons. Doug really took this to heart….The age difference was important in the learning curve. Scott's brain was developing and Douglas’ was decreasing!

So the pair took four quick lessons and soloed without their friend. They had no formal instructions and did not read the manuals. Actually they didn't know they had them.

So then they decided after they flew for a couple of months to get a student pilot license and signed up for instructions,

The instructor showed up early for their instruction on the first day and was waiting as two students flew in together and stepped out of the plane.

First impressions are everything.

So after formal training they had the paper work for speed, so we could go over state land, private land where every we wanted to go.

When winter came they bought skis for Kermit.

Then it was raining and Doug came over and wanted to fly in the rain His son said no, reminding him the air speed indicator did not work in the rain. Douglas proved why you should not fly in the rain. He came back to house with blood running down his face and the air plane was on its roof. They do not fly that way.

Another time the airplane's ski stuck in the slush on the ice? There's a whole other story to that.

Doug perfected the art of crashing and walking away.

Doug's wife, Judy, thought she wanted to try flying and after the first time she had enough of the crashing and walking in the snow.

Doug kept flying until he could no longer, not because he ran out of planes.

Douglas enjoyed traveling out west, hunting and panning for gold. He preferred to run equipment better than running a pan, went on a few cruises, showed his grand kids a few things as well as them showing him a few things.

Did you see the picture of him riding the Jackolope? The west will never be the same.

Douglas was not all that fond of water slide tubes, especially when they were over 4 stories tall, and once the grand kids tricked him into it. The kids are still laugh about the screaming. He’s still mad at his son Scott and that damn need for speed. He preferred to be in something when he was speeding.

Douglas battle began in 2012 and passed all expectations, He was taken to experts in the field in Montana in 2014. He returned home in 2017 and passed peacefully at his home in Tupper Lake,

Douglas was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge of Lake Placid 839, New York and Shriner of the Oriental Temple of Troy, New York.

Douglas was predeceased by his daughter, Vanessa Lynn King Malerba, father, Otis Yeoman and mother, Ruth Allen King as well as brother-in-law, Roger L. DeFoe.

Douglas and Judy Dixon King were married almost 62 years and were blessed (cursed) with three children, Vanessa Lynn Malerba, Tupper Lake. Laura King Lavigne of Deerfield Beach, Florida .Scott King of Montreal, MO; five grandchildren, Craig Allen King and wife, Lacey King, Wyoming, Rebecca King Vaughn and husband, Kevin, North Carolina, Mitchell and fiancé Jessica Talley, Camdenton Missouri, Lindsay Lavigne Mozdzier and husband Aaron, Larry Douglas Lavigne, Tupper Lake.

He is also survived by seven great grandchildren Evelyn M King, Otis Allen King, Wyoming, Skylynn King, Missouri, Mason and Preston Talley, Missouri, Samuel and Layne Mozdzier, Tupper Lake, a sister, Shirley King DeFoe, a brother Allen Roger King and wife, Karen L. King, several nieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephews.

Doug loved the outdoors, was very active and wasn't afraid to try something.

He’s back in the air now where he's still flying and doing what he loved.

Roy J Dupuis, 85

Dan McClelland

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Roy J Dupuis, 85, of 42 Lafayette St., Tupper Lake died Monday, January 28, 2019 at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.

Born in Tupper Lake on December 31, 1933, Roy was the last child of eight children born to Theodore and Delina (LaGoy) Dupuis.

He attended local schools and married Rita M. Panode of Lake Clear on May 15, 1954 at St. Johns Wilderness church in Lake Clear.

She pre-deceased him on August 28, 1999 after 45 years of marriage.

Roy and Rita started their family in Tupper Lake and shortly later moved to Ross's Park near Paul Smith's area where he was employed as a caretaker for 13 years. The family returned to Tupper Lake and Roy eventually began working for the Tupper Lake Central School district where he retired after 25 years of service as a bus driver.

As young man, Roy enjoyed the woods and spent many hours fishing and hunting. His other hobbies included leather work, coin collecting and college/professional sports.

Roy is survived by one son, Mark and his wife Louise (Carrier) of Tupper Lake, four daughters: Mrs Randy (Theresa) Denis of Tupper Lake, Mrs. Timothy (Laura) LaRocque of Tupper Lake, Mrs. Robert (Linda) Gillette of Lake Clear and Mrs. John (Karen) Boyer of Tupper Lake, 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren and a close companion Rita Corrow.

He was preceded in death by his son David in 2003 as well as parents and siblings.

Calling hours were held on Thursday, January 31 at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Friday, February 1 at St. Alphonsus church with Rev. Douglas Decker Celebrant. Burial will be in Holy Name cemetery in May. He was cherished and will be greatly missed.

James Bryan Carr, Jr.

Dan McClelland

James Bryan Carr Jr. , 88, passed away on December 19, 2018, at Rose Court, Linden Ponds Retirement Community in Hingham Massachusetts. He was born February 23, 1930, in Gouverneur, New York, the son of James Bryan Carr and Kathleen Dorothy Tanner.

Jim married Charlotte Lucille Degon, of Malone New York, on November 27, 1954.

Charlotte Lucille Carr (Degon), 90, passed away on October 5, 2018, at Rose Court, Linden Ponds Retirement Community in Hingham Massachusetts. Charlotte was born August 8, 1928, in Byram, Connecticut, the daughter of Marshall Ovela Degon and Frances Mildred Degon (Pinsonnault).

Jim graduated from Clarkson College at Potsdam with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Jim, serving as a Second Lieutenant, was in the U.S. Army stationed in England during the Korean War, assigned to SCARWAF (Special Combined Army With Air Force). He later earned a Masters degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Nuclear Engineering.

Jim spent the bulk of his working life at General Electric as a Managing Engineer, starting his G.E. career at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories in Schenectady, N.Y. and continuing at the S1C Prototype nuclear submarine propulsion plant at Windsor Connecticut, then to General Electric’s Boiling Water Reactor headquarters in San Jose California and returning to the Northeast to complete a variety of General Electric projects before retiring in Tupper Lake.

As was said of Jim in the April 12, 2000 edition of the Tupper Lake Free Press:

“There are some people who never give back to their community, others who give on occasion and others who never stop giving. They work without regard to themselves and spend almost every free moment they have helping others.”

James B. Carr, Jr. was president of the Schenectady Chapter of United Cerebral Palsy from 1962-64 and vice president of United Cerebral Palsy of New York State 1965-72. He was also a founding member and president of Habitat West in San Jose, California, a chapter of Habitat For Humanity.

Jim was well known for his community service record, helping many local Tupper Lake groups on a variety of civic projects. His selflessness has benefited many, including the Adirondack chapter Habitat for Humanity, The Wild Center/Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, the local AARP chapter, the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Tupper Lake Rotary Club.

Jim's leadership and selfless civic contributions earned him a number of public accolades.

Jim was also known for his artistic wood carving, with one particular piece, Surfboard Santa, which was featured in a publication for woodcarvers.

Many knew Jim for his extensive genealogical research tracing the Carr family from the Adirondacks back to the early days of the nation, connecting the family with many interesting characters and historic persons including the upstanding Reverend Thomas Buckingham, a founder of Yale University, as well as the youthful and hot headed Mayflower passenger Edward Doty of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Jim also traced Charlotte’s ancestry back to the beginnings of Quebec, being descended from a number of Filles du roi (King’s Daughters) & soldats du Carignan (Carignan soldiers ) which firmly established her family’s participation in the development of early Canadian history.

Charlotte was known for her devotion to her family. In an interview featuring Jim early in his G.E. career Charlotte was quoted “Jim’s future is our future.” That now reads as a testament to her support of her husband and loyalty to their future journey. Charlotte enjoyed expressing herself artistically through drawing, painting and writing and became especially known for her beautiful and elegant quilts.

Jim and Charlotte leave three sons: Timothy of Moodus, Connecticut, Brian of Tracy, California and Jonathan of Santa Rosa, California, along with eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Jim also leaves a sister, Mary, of Reno, Nevada. Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years Charlotte Lucille Carr (Degon), who passed away shortly before him on October 5, 2018, and by his daughter, Janet, September 11, 1963, and his brother David in January 30, 2006.

Those who wish to remember Jim and Charlotte in a special way may make gifts in their memory to: The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake, NY 12986.

Jim and Charlotte will be at rest, within sight of The Wild Center, with daughter Janet Elaine at Lakeview Cemetery, Tupper Lake, New York.

Eula Grace Kentile, 78

Dan McClelland

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Eula Grace Kentile passed away Monday, January 21 at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, surrounded by her family.

Eula was born on September 21, 1940 to the late Sylvester and Delima (Clement) Reid. She was the second daughter out of three born.

She is survived by her four children: Raymond (Deanna) Kentile, Richard (Gertrude) Kentile, Rebecca (Kevin) St. Louis, all of Tupper Lake, and Lisa (Gordon) Drasye of Richford, N.Y. Also surviving Eula are two sisters, Mary (the late Leonard) Cassel of Houston, Texas and Linda (John) Hoyt of Tupper Lake.

She is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and one aunt, Gertrude Clement.

Eula attended Tupper Lake Central School and graduated in 1959 with her sister Mary Cassel by her side. On September 21 the same year, Eula married the love of her life; Richard J Kentile Sr. She worked various jobs including OWD, Tupper Lake Central School, Big Tupper Ski Area and Rite Aid. One thing Eula was known for was her famous beans and Swedish meatballs, a favorite at family gatherings.

Eula was predeceased by her loving husband Richard J Kentile Sr, her parents Sylvester and Delima Reid, nephew Robert Cassel and brother in law Leonard Cassel.

Burial and services will be held in the late spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad and Tupper Lake Fire Department. Special thanks to the staff at Adirondack Medical Center.

Arrangements are with the Stuart-Fortune-Keough funeral home.

Death notice: Roy Dupuis

Dan McClelland

Roy Dupuis, 85, passed away Monday, January 28 at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Calling hours are scheduled for Thursday, January 31 from 4-7 pm at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday at 1pm at St Alphonsus church.

Death notice: Jim Carr

Dan McClelland

We've received word this week that Jim Carr, a man who was very active in community during the years that he and his wife Charlotte lived here in recent decade, passed away on December 19. An active Rotarian, Jim played a leading role in the club's creation of the Rotary Track and Field project at L.P. Quinn. He was also a founding member of the board of directors of the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks. A full obituary will be forthcoming, we anticipate.

Charles L Godin, 86

Dan McClelland

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Charles Louis Godin, 86, 25 Victor Ave, Tupper Lake passed away at his home on Thursday, November 29, 2018.

Born on March 4, 1932 in Tupper Lake, he was the son of Francis and Marion (Prespare) Godin.

Charles grew up in Tupper Lake and attended Holy Ghost Academy.

He enlisted into the Air Force and served in the Korean War.

Charles loved golf, going to the casino, and was an avid hunter.

He worked at for the Village of Tupper Lake as a linemen, then went to work at Sunmount as an electrician.

Charles married Eileen Ryan on March 8, 1958. Eileen passed away on July 15, 1975.

He then married Kilnore Parent. She passed away on July 31, 2012.

He is survived by his only child Kathy (Randy) LaLonde, three grandchildren, Janelle, Josh and his wife Erin, and Dorie, and his only great grandson, Kole Snyder, all of Tupper Lake. He is also survived by one sister, Theresa (Timothy) Madore, of Brooksville Florida. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, hhis two wives, eight brothers, one sister.

There will be no calling hours at his request. A private burial will be held in the spring.

Theodore J. “Ted” Maroun

Dan McClelland

Theodore J. “Ted” Maroun passed away peacefully and unexpectedly on October 17, 2018 with his wife and stepdaughter with him at the Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Ted was 83 at the time of his death. He was born in Tupper Lake, the son of Rose and Joe (Assad) Maroun.

Ted is survived by a daughter Denise: two sons, T.J. and Martin and stepdaughter, Rochelle. He is also survived by his wife of 32 years, Sup Mei.

He was predeceased by three brothers: Walter, Joe and Woody, as well as two sisters, Lilah and Rose. He has one surviving brother, Donald. He is also survived by grandchildren and great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Ted graduated from Holy Ghost Academy, and then served a hitch in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received a bachelor's degree from Potsdam State and masters’ degrees from both Canisius College and State University of New York at Buffalo.

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He then went on to earn his doctorate in education from the University of Indiana.

In 1970, he was appointed to the faculty at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He retired from McGill several years ago as one of their most respected and knowledgeable professors in the field of counselor education.

For many years Ted had a second home on River Road. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating on the Raquette River. He was a former member of the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

He was also a member of the River Ridge Hunting Club where he enjoyed great times with his nephew Paul and his close friend, Bruce Smith.

A Mass of Christian burial was said for Ted at St. Monica’s Roman Catholic Church in Toronto on the 27th of November. His nephew Paul Maroun gave the eulogy. Internment was at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto.

Donations in Ted’s memory may be made to the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

Irene B. Gravlin, 95

Dan McClelland

Irene B. Gravlin, 95, died peacefully on November 29, 2018.

She was born March 27, 1923 in Tupper Lake to the late Edith (Dominie) and Harvey Tebo, Sr.

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She attended Tupper Lake schools, and in 1942 married Kenneth F. Gravlin Sr. of Athol, MA. and Conifer.

They raised three children: Sandra, Kenny, and Leta.

Irene worked for many years as a book keeper for J.J. Newberry’s and as a clerk for Monakey and Meader, commonly known to the locals as “Maids.”

When she retired, she enjoyed traveling abroad with her daughter, but always returned home to Tupper Lake.

Irene enjoyed volunteering at Mercy Healthcare Nursing home and delivering Meals on Wheels, but what she truly enjoyed was being able to drive her family and friends to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, and running errands.

In her later years, she enjoyed spending time with her good friends Joyce Vollmer and Izzy Cassell.

She is survived by her son Kenny (Rachel) and daughter Leta; four grandchildren: Bill, Scott, Cecilia, and Monique; eight great-grandchildren: Christopher, Katelin, Logan, Patrick, Ben, Alexa, Gauge and Garrett; and the ultimate loves of her life, her great-great grandchildren: Franklin and Fiona.

Those who knew her best, knew that her family was her greatest joy. Many learned about her “kids” through the photos she carried and cherished.

She was predeceased by her daughter Sandra, sisters Mercile Forkey and Kate Bump, and brothers Harvey (Maryann) and Will (Elaine) Tebo.

A graveside burial will take place at St. Alphonsus cemetery in the spring. Family and friends wishing to express condolences or share memories of Irene can do so online at http://www.stuartfortunekeoughfuneralhome.com

Janet (Brunet) Rabatoy

Dan McClelland

Janet (Brunet) Rabatoy, 88, of Tupper Lake passed away at Mercy Living Center on Tuesday, November 26, 2018.

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She is survived by her two daughters, Connie Proulx and her husband Tom of Tupper Lake and Jane Quinn and her husband Paul of Old Forge. Janet is also survived by four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Pat Rabatoy.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Saturday, December 1 at St. Alphonsus church. Burial will be in Holy Name cemetery in the spring.

Donations may be made to the Tupper Lake Hockey Association.

Arrangements are with the Stuart-Fortune-Keough funeral home.

John Baptiste Martin

Dan McClelland

John Baptiste Martin passed away peacefully at the age of 87 on November 28, 2018 at the Veterans Home of Paramus New Jersey where he had been residing for the past several years.

John was born in Tupper Lake on March 6, 1931.

He graduated from the Holy Ghost Academy and attended Ryder College in Trenton, New Jersey. He then served two years in the U.S. Army.

John, the son of Henry and Bernadette Martin of Tupper Lake, was predeceased by his wife Bernadine Kulehlman Martin and his brother, Edward A. Martin. John is survived by his sister, Theresa M. Beausoleil, and many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

John’s fondest memories were growing up and spending time in and on Tupper Lake fishing, hunting, skiing and brewing up his special batch of glug that made any winter campfire all that more memorable.

John would often comment, while visiting later in life, on what a truly a magical place Tupper Lake was to reunite with friends and family.

John spent a great many years in Chicago and knew every great restaurant in town and at one time managed his own bar and restaurant, Martini’s, in the 1970’s.

John was very active in the Chicago real estate market for nearly 30 years before relocating to Warren, Illinois, where he and his wife Bernadine opened the White House Bed and Breakfast.

John was always a great addition to any party and his signature laugh will missed by all who knew him. John often commented to visitors these departing words at the veterans' home… “Live it up”. We all should find the time to heed these words through all the struggles, uncertainty, setbacks and challenges that daily life throws at us as the time we have on this earth is limited. Rest in peace John! You will be missed.

A special thanks to the staff at the Paramus Veterans Home for the clean, comfortable, engaging and quality care they provided to John and the thousands others like him throughout the country that receive the same great care every day. A burial, for family and friends, will be planned for next spring or summer.

Celebration of Life for Lee Gonyea

Dan McClelland

A Celebration of Life for Lee Gonyea who passed away November 9, 2018 will be held on Saturday, December 8 from 12p.m. to 3 p.m. at the VFW Post 3120, 196 Park Street.

Everyone is welcome to attend and share stories and memories of Lee.

Donald Coady

Dan McClelland

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It is with great sadness that the family of Don Coady announces his passing on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at the age of 58.

Don was born and raised in Camden, N.Y. with his three brothers, Doug, Robert, and Steven and his mother Sandy. He graduated from Camden High School where he met Patricia Christmas, who he married in 1980. Together they raised four children, Justin, Cory, Audrey, and Thomas.

Since relocating to Tupper Lake in 1988, Don has been an active member of the community. One of his greatest joys was sharing his passion for sports as a beloved football and baseball coach. He worked for years as a developmental aide at Sunmount. He also started and ran a successful chimney business with his close friend Andy DeVirgeles, which brought him into the homes and lives of many.

For the last several years, Don has shared his life with his fiance, Vivian Smith, who along with her family, has supported and loved Don unconditionally.

Don will be remembered by all who knew him for his love of music, hunting, and the stories that he told with humor, intensity, and passion. He lived his life full-throttle, which at his best, left his family with a love that will never end. The family appreciates all the love and support shown at this sad time. Please keep them in your thoughts, especially his four grandchildren, who always put a smile on his face and loud laughter in his heart.

Ruth Keeler Oksala, 97

Dan McClelland

Ruth Keeler Oksala, 97, passed away on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at the Wellington Assisted-Living Residence in West Chester, PA.

Born April 16, 1921, in Tupper Lake Junction (Faust), she was the daughter of the late Floyd Keeler and the late Blanche Dewey Keeler.

Ruth was just 16 when she graduated as Valedictorian of her class from Tupper Lake High School. In 1942 she graduated from Albany State Teachers College, now SUNY Albany. Her marriage to Herbert Oksala took place the day before her graduation. Afterwards they traveled to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where Herb had a job with GE.

Over the years they lived in Pittsfield, Dalton, and Windsor, Massachusetts.

Herb pre-deceased Ruth on December 19, 2014. They had been married for 72 years.

Ruth enjoyed many activities around the home. She was an excellent baker, her lemon meringue pie was heavenly and her snickerdoodles were beyond compare. She enjoyed doing the daily crossword puzzle and was an avid reader. She word as a proofreader for the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield from 1964 to 1970 and also as a bookkeeper for the Arrow Sign Company in Pittsfield.

Ruth is survived by her two sons, Stephen (Junede) of Exton, and Peter (Carol) of Glenmoore, four grandchildren, Megan, Erik, Christopher, and Mary, as well as four great-grandchildren.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Wild Center at 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake, NY 12986 or Habitat for Humanity at 1847 E. Lincoln Hwy, Coatesville, PA 19320.

Services will be private.

Death notice: Janet Rabatoy, 88

Dan McClelland

Word has been received of the death of Janet Rabatoy, 88, of Tupper Lake.

Mrs. Rabatoy passed away Monday, November 26 at Mercy Living Center where she has resided the past five years.

There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 1 at St. Alphonsus church. For more information contact the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home.

Lee Gonyea, 66

Dan McClelland

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Lee Joseph Gonyea, 66, of 18 Pleasant Ave, Tupper Lake passed away at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake early Friday morning, November 9, 2018 with his wife and family by his side.

Born on March 22, 1952 in Tupper Lake, he was the son of William Francis and Beulah (Boudreau) Gonyea.

Lee grew up in Tupper Lake and attended Tupper Lake High School, graduating in 1971. He attended North Country Community College.

Lee was an outstanding drummer despite having only one arm. He played in numerous bands starting out in the Penthouse Suite. He then went on to play in the original Hammerlok band along with his brother Jeff. He also played in Silver Road, Banditt, Midnight Riders, Precious Metal, Frontier, 50/50 and C.R.B. bands. He played in several different bands with his brother Jeff and sister Terry, and his cousin Rick Gonyea.

Lee was over a 20-year veteran of North Country Bands playing in colleges, schools, clubs throughout New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Lee's rock solid beat and powerful voice was an integral part of the bands he played in.

Lee loved music, and to talk about his family and enjoyed telling stories of when he was growing up.

He worked at Big Tupper Ski Slope as a chair lift operator, North Star in Saranac Lake and then as a foster Grandparent at Head Start.

Lee married Carrie Beausoliel, and together they had three children Michelle, Glen, and Renee. The marriage ended in divorce.

On February 25, 1995 he married Vickie (Blair) and the couple made their home on Pleasant Ave.

Lee is survived by his wife, Vickie, his mother Beulah Gonyea, son Glen Gonyea and his wife Jimmie Lou of Warrensburg; two daughters Michelle and son-in-law Denis Ryan of Virginia; and Renee Gonyea of Florida; two step-daughters, Traci and her husband Derrick Kennedy of Tupper Lake; Darcy and her companion Burton of Keeseville; five sisters, Carol Beaudette, Tina and her husband Daniel Baldwin; Judy and her husband Dan McClelland, Jane and her husband Edward Whitman, Terry and her husband Richard Whitman all of Tupper Lake; one brother Jeff Gonyea of Saranac Lake; his grandchildren Shawn LaDue and Ashley LaDue, of Tupper Lake; Jacob Duffy of Florida; Charlie Gonyea of Warrensburg; Monica and Desiree Kennedy of Tupper Lake and Travis LaDue of Norwood. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Lee was predeceased by his father, William; a step-father Leonard Gonyea; two brothers, Glenwood and William (Billy) and many aunts and uncles.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 8 at the VFW Post 3120 from noon to 3p.m.

Memorial donations in Lee's memory can be made to the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad, PO Box 901, Tupper Lake, NY 12986.

George Andrews Jr.

Dan McClelland

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George J. Andrews, Jr. of Willsboro, N.Y. passed away on November 3, 2018 in Willsboro.

Born in Newark, N.J. on November 12, 1927, he was the son of George J. Andrews, Sr. and Ethel (McNabb) Andrews.

George was raised in Hackensack, N.J. and graduated from Hackensack High School in 1945. He was a veteran of the US Army serving in the Philippine Islands from 1946 to 1947.

George went to work as a lineman for New Jersey Bell, afterward working in various NJB offices throughout northern New Jersey, retiring in 1983 as a District Manager.

During his days as a lineman, George crafted a short saying: “No job too big, no pole too high, just point it out, I’ll climb to the sky.”

George married Marilyn “Lynn” Thowless on September 22, 1951 in Bogota, N.J., initially living in New Milford, N.J. and Westwood, N.J. The family moved to River Vale, N.J. in 1959 at Pine Tree Farm.

Together they raised three sons: Glenn S., Greg A., and Robert “Bob” J. Andrews and one daughter, Sue Andrews. In River Vale, they had a small tree nursery and vegetable and fruit garden with a roadside stand.

While living in River Vale, George was a Little League coach and Boy Scout Troop 335 Scoutmaster from 1969 to the early 1980’s having many of his scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout. In 1972, George led scouts on a trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in the Sangre de Cristo range in New Mexico. In 1977 he was recognized with the Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award. George was also the Grand Marshall in a River Vale Memorial Day parade in recognition of his contributions to scouting.

George was a member of the Trinity Reformed Church in Old Tappan, N.J., a member of the Church Consistory and a regular participant of the church’s annual work bees. He also enjoyed woodworking and completing renovations on their 1920’s Sears & Roebucks kit house in River Vale.

After retiring, George and Lynn moved to Shohola, PA in 1983. While there he was a member of the Walker Lake Association, serving as an officer and engaged with organizing events and planning for the future lake management.

In 1990, George and Lynn moved to Tupper Lake, where they were active as AARP chapter members in Long Lake, and were Charter Founding Members and long time volunteers of The Wild Center in Tupper Lake. There, George would often be found sharing stories of loons and presenting live owl programs to the public. George, with Lynn, also volunteered their time and pontoon boat in supporting the Tupper Lake Tin Man Triathlon and the Tupper Lake Lumberjack Regatta.

George’s hobbies included creating rustic birch bark furniture and frames and crafting wood carvings of birds specializing in waterfowl and loons. George and Lynn moved to Saranac Lake as residents of Saranac Village at Will Rogers. While there his hobbies included reciting verse by his preferred poet, Robert Service. His favorite poem being “The Cremation of Sam Magee” offered while participating in several talent shows.

George and Lynn had many travels across the country and Central America, where he brought Lynn after having promised to share the Panama Canal with her “someday” after traversing it when in the Army. A favorite cruise, enjoyed many times was to Alaska, where they shared many journeys, and almost annual trips to Cape Cod, MA sealed that as the top choice anytime.

Survivors include his wife Marilyn “Lynn”, three sons Glenn of Tupper Lake, Greg Andrews (Dawn) of Addison, ME, and Bob Andrews of Saranac Lake, and one daughter Sue Andrews (Becky Warren) of Pepperell, MA. Grandchildren Nicole (Patrick) Curtin of Long Lake, and David (Kaylee) Andrews of Oneonta, N.Y. George is also survived by one sister, Ethel Rodberg of Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. as well as several nieces and nephews.

Final arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake, there will be no calling hours and burial will take place at the convenience of the family. A Celebration of Life will take place on Friday, November 16 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Saranac Village at Will Rogers, 78 Will Rogers Dr., in Saranac Lake. All are invited to come and share memories of George.

Friends wishing to remember George can make memorial contributions to The Wild Center (wildcenter.org) in care of the funeral home. Family and friends wishing to remember George J. Andrews, Jr. can also share their memories and sign the online guest book at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com

James E. Glavin, 95

Dan McClelland

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James E. Glavin (Jim), 95, passed peacefully into God’s loving arms on All Saints Day, November 1, 2018 at Elderwood in Lake Placid. He was a recent resident of the Will Rogers in Saranac Lake, and a 30 resident of Cranberry Lake.

Jim was born in Syracuse where he lived for 65 years before retiring in 1988 to the Adirondacks.

Jim was predeceased by his wife, Helen Hartnett Glavin, his sister, Mary Lou Shanahan, and his son, Matthew Glavin.

Jim is survived by his two daughters, Kathleen Glavin Kopitsky of Cape Cod, MA (surviving wife of Joseph Kopitsky), Sister Maureen Glavin, rscj, of St. Louis, MO; three sons, Timothy (Ye-Fan) of Mayfield Village, OH; David (Julie), of Solon, OH; and Martin (Kim) of Rochester, NY; daughter-in-law, Stacy, of Atlanta; 10 grandchildren, Brian, Kevin, Stefani, Cameron, Mike, John, Dan, Chris, Sean, and Brendan; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim proudly served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1942 to 1946, seeing action in the South Pacific from Guadalcanal, New Guinea, the Philippines, and Okinawa to Japan.

Jim was a 1948 graduate of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) with a degree in Landscape Architecture. For over 30 years he served as a Principal with Hueber, Hares, Glavin, a Syracuse-based firm of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Engineers working on hundreds of commercial, residential and government projects throughout NYS and New England.

Jim was an emeritus fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the highest honor bestowed on his profession. He was a member of the Landscape Architectural faculty advisory council at ESF, and was past president of the ESF alumni association. Jim was also a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and was an active member of the NYS Board of Landscape Architects. He participated in professional affairs at national, state and local levels, guest lectured at several colleges and universities, and actively served on boards of dozens of community organizations.

Jim may be best known for his love of the outdoors, an intense curiosity to learn about the world, unique ability to tell a joke, passion for fine cigars and red wine, and unconditional love for his family. He also liked to share an ‘occasional’ opinion on current events.

A Memorial mass will be held at Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Syracuse at 11a.m. on December 15, 2018. Memorial donations may be made to the ‘James E Glavin Scholarship Fund’ at ESF at basin.esf.edu

Jim’s family is deeply grateful to the staff at Elderwood in Lake Placid for their wonderful attention and care. They are also deeply grateful for the joy of his many memories and friendships at Will Rogers in Saranac Lake.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. Family and friends can share their memories and sign the online guestbook at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.

Marie Abby Schlesinger (Propp)

Dan McClelland

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Marie “Abby” Schlesinger passed away at the age of 81 in the loving care of her family in the city of Mesquite, Nevada on the evening of October 5.

Abby was a dedicated wife and mother and a friend to all who knew her. A fine person of exquisite intelligence and wit, an endearing sense of humor, beautifully eloquent in speech, with a vast literary knowledge cultivated by a lifetime love of reading, and she was a Dodger fan.

Born in Tupper Lake, New York on December 10, 1936, Abby attended Cornell and Syracuse Universities before moving west to California with her parents Jesse and Shirley Jean Propp and her sister Linda Alper.

She was soon to meet the love of her life, a Kansas boy named Joseph D. Schlesinger, with whom she is now joined in spirit.

Joe and Abby settled in Ojai, California with their four children and built a warm and loving home. Abby contributed to the community by sharing her love of books through her job at the Ojai Library, where patrons and employees undoubtedly remember her friendly and gracious personality.

Abby is now also joined in spirit with her beloved daughter Juliane Schlesinger Morando, who passed away in 1999, and is survived by her sister Joan Potter of Mount Kisco, New York, her daughter Lauren McMullen, her sons Joseph and Nicholas Schlesinger, and her adoring grandchildren, Kaya and Remi McMullen, Dylan and Nikolai Schlesinger, Zoe Krill, and Ella and Max Pollock, all residing in California.