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Charles W. Becker, 89

Dan McClelland

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Charles W. Becker, age 89, of Tupper Lake, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.

Born in Tupper Lake on February 28, 1930, he was the son of Herbert and Margaret (Margavich) Becker.

Charles was a lifelong resident of Tupper Lake. After graduation from Tupper Lake High School he worked from 1949 to 1951 at Lake Brothers Sawmill in Tupper Lake. He then entered the United States Army on March 16, 1951 where he served as military police in Korea. Upon discharge in 1953 he served in the Army reserve for four years.

He worked at the OWD and Drapers, then went in the construction business with Butch Madore and later was in business, R & C Becker Construction, with his brother Bob for 24 years.

In retirement Charles stayed active working around home where he enjoyed woodworking, loved walking his dogs at the park and helping family and friends. He loved to visit and share stories. He was a very kind and gentle person who never married but especially enjoyed and loved his many nieces and nephews.

He is survived by two brothers, Robert Becker and Gene Becker and one sister Margaret Benware, two sister-in-laws Maureen Becker and Heloise Becker, several nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Rusty. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Rose Shaheen and Dorothy Spinner, one brother Albert Becker, three sister-in-laws Carol Becker, Mary Becker and Joan Becker, two brother-in-laws Tom Shaheen and Richard Benware, two nieces Amy Symonds and Joanie Becker, three nephews, Robert Becker, Jr., Paul Becker and Steve Becker and his beloved pet Duffy.

Calling hours took place at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake on Sunday, April 14, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11a.m. on Monday April 15 at St. Alphonsus Church in Tupper Lake with Fr. Decker officiating. Burial will take place at St. Alphonsus Cemetery in Tupper Lake in May.

Friends wishing to remember Charles W. Becker may make memorial contributions to the Tupper Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad or The Tri-Lakes Humane Society, in care of the funeral home.

Martha Johnson, 65

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In memory of Martha Lee Johnson, age 65, of Tupper Lake.

On the morning of March 26, 2019, Martha passed away after a year-long battle with uterine cancer, surrounded by her sisters and daughter, in the loving care of St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born in Ridgewood, New Jersey, January 10, 1954, Martha grew up in Tupper Lake.

She was the second child of Jean M. Schutt and William C. Johnson Jr. Shortly after her birth, Jean passed and William’s second wife, Jane Bobak adopted Martha and her sister Sandra.

Martha held many extraordinary talents including cooking, sewing, quilting, beading, gardening and skiing. She served on ski patrol for over twenty years, forging everlasting friendships during that time. After her daughter Elena was born, Martha earned her Associate's degree and began her second career as an x-ray technician.

After living and working in the Rutland, Vermont and North Woodstock, N.H. areas, Martha settled to Helena, Montana, in 1997, where she worked for Great Divide Ski Area and Gates of the Mountains, which remained special places through the years.

Shortly after moving to Helena, Martha started work as an x-ray technician at Helena Urgent Care, and later Helena Orthopedic Clinic.

Martha’s work ethic was remarkable, and she especially enjoyed cooking for special events at the clinic.

Martha was an incredibly selfless, devoted and loving mother and friend. Her quick-witted sense of humor remained intact until the end, and she will be cherished and missed by many.

Martha was preceded in death by her father, William C. Johnson Jr.;  mother, Jean M. Schutt, and stepmother, Jane O. Bobak.

Martha is survived by her daughter Elena C. Johnson; siblings Lois, Lyndon (companion Jodi), and Peter (wife Marj) Johnson and Sandra Olsen (husband Bill); nephew Robert and wife Erin Farris-Olsen and their children William Tupper and Benjamin August; and nieces and nephews Kathleen, Lucas and Tyler, and Caleb, Samantha and Jeremy Johnson as well as numerous great nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles.

Memorial donations may be made to Helena Food Share, Helena YWCA, Helena 6th Ward Garden Park and The Friendship Center.

A memorial service and reception will be held in Tupper Lake later in the year. Please send family condolences and memories to

Denis A. Brickey, 81

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Denis A. Brickey, 81, of Tupper Lake passed away peacefully at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake on April 12, 2019.

Denis was the son of Elroy Brickey and Blanche (Denis) Brickey.

He was born on December 7, 1937 in Tupper Lake. Denis was married to Janet M. (Dufrain) Brickey, who predeceased Denis. Denis was in the United States Army Reserves. He lived in Moravia, N.Y. for many years.

He worked for Hewitt Brothers for 35 years. Denis moved back to Tupper Lake where he loved fishing and spending time with family and friends. He worked for Hyde Fuel Company from 1988 to 2000.

Denis is survived by his three sons- Denis O. Brickey, Randy A. Brickey of Tupper Lake and Jay A. Brickey of Locke, N.Y.

Denis had one daughter, Jackie M. Allen of Gloversville, N.Y., who predeceased Denis.

Denis is also survived by two brothers, Allen Brickey and Ron Brickey. He was predeceased by three brothers Elroy, Francis and Gary Brickey and one sister Kathy J. Connell. He has four grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Friends wishing to remember Denis may make memorial contributions to the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad.

Robert Stout, 94

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Bob Stout died on March 6 at home in Siesta Key, FL, at the age of 94. Jake and Mac and Bob Stout were all with him, as was Nancy, and his beloved little black Scottie Callie was by his side until the end.

It is nearly impossible to imagine Big Wolf Lake without Bob. He spent 90 of his 94 summers at Santa Clara, fishing, rowing, tinkering in the shop, and passing his love for this place to the next generations. The shop, where everything from farm equipment repair to horseshoeing took place when there was an operational farm on Meigs' Point, was Bob’s domain. Many beautiful boats took shape there, along with ingenious fixes for all of the things that can and do break in the north woods.

The children could always find Bob (Pop to the Louries/Bop to the Underhills) and his latest Scottie in the Shop. He was a patient craftsman willing to make their dreams of go-carts, slingshots, and any other contraptions in their imaginations come to life.

According to Bob, he never made any mistakes on his projects. They just had “studied imperfections.”

He loved to fish and share his skills; but if you asked him where he caught the latest big one he’d always answer, “Right about here,” miming a hook in the mouth of an unsuspecting walleye, bass, or pike.

For 50 years, a group of his childhood friends from Bronxville kindergarten days joined him in June for a week of tall tales, scotch, and fishing. Last summer Bob and the two remaining stalwarts reunited for the last time at Clara.

For many years Bob was chair of the Firearms Committee. He felt morally obligated to resign from this post after encouraging his underage great-nephew Sam to shoot a pesky porcupine out of a tree, and penned a priceless letter to the Association describing the incident. He relished a good prank and the resulting good story.

Bob loved nothing more than a scotch on the terrace or by the fire at Santa at Big Wolf cocktail hour (6p.m. sharp!) and teasing his sons and nephews. They gave as good as they got, and Bob and Hugh would lift Bob off the ground by his elbows so he could see them “eye to eye.”

Bob was born on Christmas Day, 1924, and the Stouts, Louries, and Underhills celebrated his 90th with “Christmas in July” – complete with twinkle lights, stockings, and caretaker and friend Will Howard in full Santa suit handing out gifts.

Until a very few years ago, Bob began his Big Wolf mornings with a long row through the rising mist in his hand-made scull, and often ended his day in the yellow canoe, paddling with Nancy and the latest Scottie and a fishing line trailing from the stern.

There will be a private family celebration at the Meigs Point Hill Garden on Friday, July 5, and a cocktail party for all members of the Big Wolf Lake Association at the Club at 6 p.m. that evening, so we can share stories and raise a glass together.

Donations in Bob’s honor may be made to The Wild Center, Tupper Lake, NY 12986, (518) 359-7800,

Robert “Bob” Helms

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Robert “Bob” Andrew Helms passed away in the early hours of the morning on March 26th, 2019 due to his ongoing battle with cancer. He passed quietly, as was his nature, surrounded by his family and close family friends who had taken time out of their lives to spend those extra moments with him.

Robert was born in Newark, N.J. on November 22, 1961 to William and Roseanne Helms. He was their second of four children; William, Robert, Karen, and Lori.

He spent his childhood playing baseball as a catcher, tennis and hockey on the river behind his house.

Sports were a constant throughout his life, as a player, a coach, and they were forever on the TV.

He attended Binghamton University, where he played tennis for their college team and obtained a bachelor of science degree in History.

He met the love of his life, Diane Dlugatch, in 1984 when he was 22 and she was 19. Though they attended the same schools growing up they didn’t know each other truly until then, working for the same candy wholesale company, where they shared an office. Within a year and a half they were married on September 7th, 1985.

They would go on to share 33 years of marriage and on March 22nd, 2019 they were able to celebrate the 34th anniversary of his proposal. Memories were shared between the two and his childhood best friend, Mark Gandulla, who shared the comical journey they went on to get the ring, which resulted in a broken down car with a busted radiator, an egg and a sock.

The days leading up to his passing were filled with tears, yes, but also a lot of love and laughter.

Three years into their marriage they welcomed a daughter, Amanda Helms, and a year and half later a son, Robert D. Helms.

In 1992, he would move the family to Tupper Lake as the warehouse manager at the local candy wholesaler, where they were welcomed into the community and chose to stay to raise their children.

Both would then go on to become entwined in the community. Bob was very active with the Tupper Lake Hockey Association as a coach and parent supporting his son and daughter. He became a joint business owner with his wife in 1995 and together they were an active participant in the high school student foreign exchange program with the “adoption” of his son, Marek and would in his later years work with the mentally impaired.

Bob was known for his quick wit, his no-nonsense attitude, his quick middle finger, and his quiet steady love for his family, especially his wife. Throughout the years he acquired multiple extended “children” and pets into his household. He loved to garden, especially lillies, a quiet fishing spot on the lake, his house in South Carolina, and his dog Olivia.

Bob was predeceased by his grandparents William and Helen Helms and Thomas and Theresa Purcell, all of Newark, N.J. He is survived by his loving wife, Diane Helms of Tupper Lake, his daughter Amanda Helms of Watertown, N.Y., his son Robert D. Helms of Tupper Lake, NY, his foreign exchange son Marek Sedlak of Bratislava, Slovakia, his future son in law Joseph Ybanez of Watertown, his siblings William Helms of Woodbourne, N.Y., Karen Valdivia and her sons Noah and Joshua of Peekskill, NY, Lori Hoffmann and her husband Michael Hoffmann along with their children Matthew, Patrick and Lauren of Carmel, NY, his parents William and Roseanne Helms of Woodbourne, N.Y. and his in-laws Donald and Violet Dlugatch of South Fallsburg, N.Y.

Bob's family would also like to recognize his extended children and pets as they all meant so much to him. He is also predeceased by his loving dogs Gracie, Pita and Shortie whom he lost in a house fire last year. He is survived by his extended daughters and son Jayde and Alex Dukette of Tupper Lake, Kayla Jones and her husband Jair of Tupper Lake, Sandra Kratz and her fiancé Conor of Liverpool, N.Y., Olivia Dukett and her husband Christopher of Tupper Lake, Kaitlin O’Connor of Canton, N.Y. and Patricia Tonn and her husband Kenneth of Bellmore, N.Y.

Calling hours were on Saturday, March 30 from 2-4pm at Stuart Fortune Keough Funeral Home with a gathering at the Longview Restaurant on Long Lake to follow. Online condolences may be made at

Donna L. Webber, 71

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Donna Lynn Webber, 71, a longtime resident of Piercefield, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, March 28, 2019 in the I.C.U. at CVPH in Plattsburgh with her loving family and friends at her side.

Born December 21, 1947 in Barton Vermont, the eldest daughter of the late Harland and Arlene Grammo Drew. The family moved to Piercefield when she was four years old.

After high school she went to work at the Old Dress Factory until it closed. Donna was then employed at Sunmount D.D.S.O., retiring in 2012 after 30 years of service.

She married Colyn G. Webber in September 7, 1968. The couple bought the Town Pub in Piercefield in 1981 and made it into their home.

Donna enjoyed bingo at the casino along with her “Bingo Buddies”, some of whom went to Plattsburgh to offer their support for their friend. She also loved spending time with grandson Harper whom she cherished.

Donna is survived by her husband, Colyn, daughter Marni A. Wilcox of Tupper Lake; grandchildren: Steven W. Webber of Piercefield, Nicole Wilcox of Tupper Lake, and a great-grandson Harper D. Webber of Tupper Lake; a sister Diane (Bernard) Trombley of Tupper Lake, two step sisters Elaine Sarazen and Patricia Reandeau of Piercefield.

She was predeceased by her parents and one brother Franklyn (Frank) Drew.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Gale Cemetery. A gathering at the Moose Lodge will follow immediately. A notice will be in the Tupper Lake Free Press when arrangements have been finalized.

Memorial donations may be made to the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad, PO Box 901, Tupper Lake, NY 12986.

Kevin Tarbox, 61

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Kevin James Tarbox, 61, of 36 Underwood Road, Tupper Lake passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at his home with his loving family by his side.

Born August 30, 1957 in Tupper Lake, he was the son of Raymond and L. Florence (Charette) Tarbox and was raised in Piercefield. He attended Tupper Lake Central Schools, graduating from Tupper Lake High School in 1975.

In September 1982 Kevin was married to the former Dawn Bell of Tupper Lake at St. Alphonsus Church, with the Rev. Lawrence Deno officiating. He was employed for a time at Elliott Hardwood Sawmill here, and later became a New York State Corrections officer where he was employed for 27 and a half years serving at Sing Sing, Downstate, Ogdensburg, Adirondack, and Camp Gabriels Correctional Facilities until his retirement in 2009.

Kevin was a member of the Dead Creek Hunting Club for many years, and most recently the Big Rock Hunting Club. He was a trapper, enjoyed fishing (most especially his annual salmon fishing trips with his buddies), hunting, played softball, enjoyed bowling, golf, and horseshoes. His greatest delight was spending time with his family and close friends.

He is survived by his wife Dawn; one son Christopher Tarbox and wife Erin of East Greenbush, N.Y.; two daughters, Kelly and husband Kyle Quesnel, Kristi and Scott Quesnel all of Tupper Lake, as well as seven grandchildren: McKenzie, Levi, Mayson, Avarie, Cooper, Brayden, and Brinley. He is also survived by two brothers, Alan and Cheryl Tarbox, and Craig Tarbox; one sister, Stacey Tarbox and sister in law Pat Tarbox of Tupper Lake; aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters in law, several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and one brother Barton “Bart” Tarbox, who died in 2007.

There will be no calling hours. Cremation followed his death and a “Celebration of Life” will be held at the discretion of the family, as such were Kevin’s wishes.

Robert Michael Perrigo

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Robert Michael Perrigo passed away unexpectedly on the morning of March 27, 2019.

Bob as everyone affectionately knew him was born in Alexandria Bay, New York on April 4, 1966.


Bob was the son of Terrance Perrigo (Tupper Lake) and Linda Birkenstock (Tupper Lake). Bob attended Potsdam State College earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Economics in 1988.

How does one describe a man who had a personality larger than life? Bob’s kindness and love for life radiated through his huge smile and even bigger laugh. He could walk into a crowded room and instantly you could feel his positive energy.

Bob was the “go to” person for his family and friends when someone needed advice or words of wisdom. He was his family’s voice of reason. As for Bob’s stories, well they would go on and on and on.

On Saturday, September 2, 1995 on a beautiful sunny day with a slight breeze, Bob married his best friend and the love of his life Traci (DuMoulin) Perrigo on Chapel Island.

Marrying Traci instantly made him a father to Traci’s children Jacob and Whitney. They were not just his stepchildren, they were his children that he cherished and they cherished him in return.

Jake and Whitney always looked to Bob for guidance and advice as they knew they would get the answers and help that they needed. Bob and Traci raised their children for 25 years in Clinton Park, New York and just recently relocating to Plattsburgh.

Bob’s greatest joy in life was his four grandchildren Emilie, Evan, Charlie, and Ellie. Papa as he was so sweetly called by his family became a child himself anytime he was with his little treasures. Papa would spend hours playing with Emilie and her baby dolls as if the baby dolls were going to talk back to him. Papa would buy her baby dolls presents as they would have birthday parties for her babies. He was one of a kind and his grandchildren loved being with him always. Trucks and guns with his boys and baby dolls and Barbie’s with his girls, he did it all. Nothing made him happier than seeing his grand babies smile and to hear their infectious laughs.

Bob leaves behind his cherished wife Traci (DuMoulin) Perrigo, his son Jacob Rice, his daughter Whitney (Fred) Schuller, parents Terrance (Linda) Perrigo and Linda Perrigo and Wes Lanthier. His greatest blessings Emilie and Ellie Schuller, Evan and Charlie Rice. Siblings Martin Perrigo, Jamie Perrigo, and Erin Lancor. Several sister in laws and brother in laws, many nieces and nephews along with great nieces and nephews who all loved and cherished him dearly.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Graveside service: Edith Whitney Hall

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A graveside service has been scheduled for Edith Whitney Hall for Monday, April 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Long Lake Cemetery in Long Lake. Edith passed away December 31, 2018 in Marion, KY.

Arrangements are with the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake.

Elizabeth Niro, 55

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Elizabeth (Beth) Niro, 55, of Bloomingdale, died Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at her home.

Beth was born in Tupper Lake on Sept. 30, 1963. She was the daughter of Francis and Isabelle (Sweet) Callaghan.

Beth married Luc Niro on March 27, 1999. He predeceased her Feb. 19, 2013.

Beth, as she strongly preferred to be called, was a spitfire. She was born with a cleft pallet and had many surgeries over the first years of her life which contributed in forming her strength and spirited attitude toward life She made her presence known always and one couldn’t help but be attracted to her outgoing spirit.

She loved her cats from the first, Precious, to the last, Molly. She loved to read, shop, and be with her family and friends. She loved everything Disney and loved movies. She would travel and was ready to go with every opportunity presented. She had made many friends over the years and continued to gain them whenever she could. Her love for her extended family, our cousins, was vast. She enjoyed her Irish heritage and loved her green decorations.

Her neighbors and the staff at Overlook Apartments in Bloomingdale were such a blessing. They were people she relied on and the family is grateful for the support and friendship they provided to her daily. She was blessed, as was her family, to have a wonderful support system in the community programs offered through North Star Industries to which Beth belonged. Family members are also grateful for all of the people who worked with her over the years. She had many staff work with her but her most recent, Candy Callaghan, was a standout and the family members want to say a public thank you to her for going above and beyond to help our sister and aunt. “We will miss our youngest sibling, no holiday or family gathering will be the same without her.”

She is survived by four sisters: Maureen Callaghan of Saranac Lake, Shirley (Zeb) Clark Vance of Mt. Dora, Florida, Kathleen Leamont of Kingston, Pennsylvania and Colleen (Todd) King of Tupper Lake; three brothers: W. Randy Stringham of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Timothy Callaghan of Tupper Lake and Peter Callaghan of Lake Clear; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by one brother, A. Patrick Callaghan.

Calling hours took place on Friday, March 22 at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A memorial service immediately followed at the funeral home with the Rev. Patrick Ratigan officiating. Burial will take place in St. Bernard Cemetery in Saranac Lake in the spring.

Friends wishing to remember Elizabeth Niro may make memorial contributions to North Star Industries in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at

Clarence “Pete” Peets, 84

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Clarence “Pete” Peets, or “Poppie as he was called by his grandchildren, age 84, passed away on Monday March 4 at the Mercy Living Center of pneumonia.

Clarence was born on July 11, 1934 in Tupper Lake to Henry “Tommy” Peets and Rena (Papin) Peets.

Clarence first worked at the Tupper Lake Golf Club, then he went to Drapers where he worked until he was drafted into the Army.

He obtained the rank of PFC and was a part of the 88th Transport Company in which he drove Truck #60 stationed in Schweinfort, Germany from 1957 – 1959.

He returned to his job at Drapers after his service and became a sawyer there. The saw carriage he used is now located at the Blue Mountain Museum.

He remained at Drapers for many years until he started “Peets Construction” in the mid 70’s.

In the mid 80’s he returned to Drapers and stayed there through its sale to Rockwell Corporation and Elliot Hardwood. Afterwards, he became a caretaker at the Bartlett Carry Club where he and his dog Elliot worked for many years. Of all the jobs he had he enjoyed the Bartlett Carry Club the most.

Clarence met his wife, Rita (Perth) Peets, at Johnny’s Candy Land, a soda fountain in downtown Tupper Lake. They were married July 14, 1956 at the Holy Name Church. They lived at 23 Emma Street until Clarence was shipped to Germany where he lived on base until Rita joined him. They moved off base and lived in Miabach, a small town which had three cars, one owned by Clarence and Rita, a second owned by Ham and Pat Ferry, and the family doesn't know who owned the third.

Their son, Michael, was born in Germany. When they returned to Tupper Lake they had two more children, Patricia (Phillips) and Alan. The family home on 102 McLaughlin was originally half of a basket factory that was moved to that location where Clarence dug out the basement by hand, hitting hard pan when he got down two feet, the result being that his sons had to place their heads between the floor joists because he only went deep enough for his head to clear.

Clarence enjoyed hunting, fishing, ice fishing, snowmobiling and spending time at camp on the Raquette River in Piercefield.

He was also very active in the Knights of Columbus for many years, holding various positions. He was named Knight of the year in 1988. He was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and attended national conferences held in the Catskills. He helped construct the current Knights of Columbus hall, and helped with many of the events held there such as holiday meals and the Woodsmen's Field Day banquets.

Clarence is survived by his wife Rita, brother Ben, sisters Barbara “June” (Peets) Charland and Nancy (Peets) Wituszynski, brother Roger, son Mike and his wife Gwen, daughter Patricia Phillips, son Alan and his wife Temple. He also has four grandchildren: Griffin Peets, Danielle (Peets) Robinson, Erin Phillips and Lauren Phillips, and one great grandchild, Jolie Robinson.

Calling hours and services were held Thursday, March 7 at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough funeral home.

Anyone wishing to remember Clarence may make memorial donations to Council #2177 Knights of Columbus, 36 High Street, Tupper Lake, NY 12986.

Susan Edgette, 81

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Susan M. Edgette, 81, surrounded by her family, died peacefully at home, on March 3, 2019.

A native of Utica, N.Y., she had been a Hampton resident since 1971.

Mrs. Edgette, Sue, spent her youth in Utica, and graduated Magna cum Laude from Niagara University, Niagara, N.Y. in 1959, with a B.S. in nursing.

In 1960, she married her college sweetheart, Chuck Edgette, then an Army 2nd Lieutenant, and spent the next twenty years in various stateside and oversea assignments.

She devoted her time and energies to concurrently rearing her six children; ministries at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Ft Monroe, VA; the many organizations of which she was a member, and to which she volunteered; achieving her M.S. degree in Community Health; her nursing duties; and doting on her husband and her "six great children and thirteen grandchildren."

Sue was preceded in death by her parents, J. Edward Moore and Anne Sparks Moore and her brother Edward J. "Ned" Moore.

Sue is survived and mourned by her devoted companion and spouse, Charles W. Edgette, her children and their spouses: Michael J. Edgette, Mary Edgette Siemen (Terry), Eileen Edgette Durbin (Timothy), William C. Edgette (Mary Beth), Paula Edgette Dawson (Steve), and Anne Edgette Scott (Jason)."Nana Sue" will be greatly missed by her grandchildren: Peter M. Edgette, Charles A. Edgette, and their mother Patricia T. Edgette; Elizabeth G. Siemen, Erin R. Siemen, Eva M. Siemen, Grace M. Durbin, Tara A. Durbin, Brenna E. Durbin, Allyson B. Edgette, Keghan W. Edgette, Stanley "Trey" Dawson, Annabel T. Scott, and Eleanor C. Scott.

Sue is also survived by her brother John S. Moore (Denise) and God-daughter Susan M. Koomen and many other cherished nieces and nephews.

Sue will be dearly missed by her loving and devoted sister and best friend Molly S. Edgette, with whom she shared decades of volunteerism, ministry, and wonderful memories.

Additionally, Sue was surrounded in death by her sisters-in-law, Ellen Jo Edgette and Carol E. Rossi, with whom she shared many years of love.

The family received friends at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, Hampton, VA, on Thursday, March 7, 2019, from 5-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted on Friday, March 8, 2019, at noon at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Ft. Monroe, VA, by the Rev. Msgr. Walter Barrett. A private burial followed.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the The American College of Rheumatology, (2200 Lake Blvd, NE, Atlanta, GA 30319) or St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Ft. Monroe, VA.The Edgette family would like to thank her compassionate doctor, Dr. Jana Nussen, M.D., and the phenomenal nursing care provided by Sentara Hospice, her loving care takers Melissa Smith, Courtney, and Ann.

Louis Maroun, 77

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Louis A. Maroun, age 77, passed away on February 27, 2019 at the Adirondack Medical Center soon after family had the opportunity to visit with him. He had been a resident at the Mercy Living Center for several months before entering the hospital for a surgical procedure. He was recovering when his death occurred.

Born in Tupper Lake, New York on June 28, 1941, Louis was the son of the late Amer Yousef and Lena (Salameh) Maroun. He grew up in the Lebanese culture. Both his parents had immigrated from Bqaatouta, Lebanon in the early 1900s and spoke to him in Arabic. He enjoyed fine Lebanese meals up to his death.

When Louis was only eight years old, his older brother, John Maroun, married and moved out of their home. A few months later, his father died leaving him as the man of the house.

Louie's mother died in 1968 and his sister, Bertha, died in 1995.

Louie continued the operation of his father's business, the Amer Maroun Store in the "Junction" of Tupper Lake, which was started in 1906. It was the oldest sole proprietorship in Tupper Lake.

He had a steadfast loyalty to his customers. Many local people would stop to visit Louie and, if short of cash, would be extended credit that he often never collected. His summer customers would be welcomed back each year with humorous stories and discussions of the harsh cold winters that they missed.

He was a faithful Yankees fan and conversed with anyone that loved the game. He was a great listener as customers labored over life's tribulations. Louie always looked for the good in people, seldom having a negative comment about them.

His father, mother, sister, and brother John and sister-in-law Beatrice predeceased Louis. His nephew, Jack Maroun of Utica, New York, survives him along with nieces Elaine Hurley of Summerfield, FL and Dover, NH, Barbara Hollenbeck of Tupper Lake, and Jane Wilson of Tupper Lake.

Funeral services were held at St. Alphonsus Church on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 11 a.m. with internment at the St. Alphonsus Cemetery in the Spring. Calling hours, at the Stuart-Fortune-Keogh Funeral Home, 24 Cliff Ave., Tupper Lake, were Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Adam Jessie, 27

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Adam William Jessie, 27, of Tupper Lake passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

Adam was born on January 21, 1992. He attended Tupper Lake Central School and spent the majority of his life in Tupper Lake. He was employed as a welder with Matrix Power Services, Inc.

Adam has touched the lives of so many people, as evidenced in the recent outpouring of Facebook postings from friends and family members. He valued friendship above all things and shared a bond with his mother that will be forever cherished.

Adam was known to be a true “Motorhead” and a “Jack of All Trades”. He enjoyed partaking in many outdoor activities with friends fishing, four-wheeling, cruising, snowmobiling, etc; as well as spending time on Brantingham Lake with family.

Adam is survived by his mother, Tina Jessie of Tupper Lake, his father, René (Bernie) Breault, step-mother Tess Breault, sister Reneé Breault of Heuvelton, and grandfather Alfonso Breault of Tupper Lake; aunts and uncles Lisl and Jeff Tedford of Bloomingdale, Gia and Carl Demarais of NC, Gaye and John O’Neil of Bloomingdale, Ann and Steve Furnia of Tupper Lake, Denise and Denis Roy of MO, Sue and Gerald Jones of FL, Lynn Bell of ME, Roger Breault of Tupper Lake, Ray Breault of Mountain View Lake; cousins Vanessa Smith of WV, Ryan Desmarais of CA, Matthew Tedford of Albany, Corey Desmarais of WV, Brooke O’Neil of Bloomingdale, Craig Demarais of NC, Andrew Tedford of UT and Tyler O’Neil of Bloomingdale.

Adam was predeceased by his grandmother, Glorya Jessie, grandfather William Jessie, uncle, David Jessie andgGrandmother Jeannine Breault.

Calling Hours were at the Stuart Keough Funeral Home, Tupper Lake on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 4p.m. to 7p.m.

Penny Lanthier, 52

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Penny (LaFlamme) Lanthier, age 52, passed away unexpectedly Saturday March 02, 2019.

She was born February 05, 1967 at Mercy Hospital in Tupper Lake. She was the beloved daughter of George and Alice (Exware) LaFlamme.

Penny is survived by her son Wayne (wife Krysten) Lanthier; her daughter Tiffany Lanthier; Brother George LaFlamme (wife Anna); Sister Debbie (husband Charlie) Mitchell; sister Susan (husband Ronald) Allen; Parents George and Alice (Exware) LaFlamme; granddaughter Hailey Brown; grandsons Benjamin and Blayze Lanthier; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is predeceased by her brother Allen Laflamme, ex husband Wayne Lanthier, maternal grandparents David and Hazel (St Mour) Exware, and paternal grandparents George and Emma (LaFountain) LaFlamme.

Penny will live on in our hearts and memories and will be truly missed.

At her request their will be no services. Anyone wishing to remember Penny may make memorial donations to the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad in care of the Stuart Fortune Keough funeral home.

James J. Tromblay, 89

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James J. “Jim” Tromblay, 89, of Bellefontaine, Ohio passed away at 2:08 P.M. Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the Dayton VA Medical Center.

He was born in Tupper Lake on February 11, 1929, to the late Patrick Joseph and Della (Henry) Tromblay. A daughter, Melinda Smith in 2016 and brothers, Robert, Donald, Peter, and Paul also preceded Jim in death.

On May 29, 1954, in Stanwood, Washington he married Linda Landry and she survives.

He is also survived by his children, Michele Tromblay, Yvonne (Charles) Elias and their children, Adrienne (Rick) Krysiak, and Steven Elias; Jean-Marie Arelt and her son, Paul Arelt; Joseph Tromblay; Jeffrey Tromblay and his son, David Tromblay; John (Michelle) Tromblay and their daughter, Kirsten Tromblay; Suzanne Tromblay; and his late daughter’s husband, Rick Smith and their children, Amanda, Mariah, and Rachel Smith; his wife’s sister, Emmalie (Larry) Silvester and a sister-in-law, Shirley Tromblay.

Jim graduated from Tupper Lake High School. At the age of 21, he enlisted in the Air Force to avoid being drafted by the Army and sent to Korea (two weeks later, he received his draft notification from the Army and was grateful he didn’t have to go). Jim was a 20-year veteran of the U.S Air Force. He began his journey stationed in Seattle, Washington at a governmental office, then Elemendorf AFB Alaska, to Cannon AFB New Mexico, to Incerlik AFB Turkey, then Keesler AFB Mississippi, to Ramstein AFB Germany, and finally the 664th A&W Squadron in Bellefontaine.

The family arrived in Bellefontaine in 1967. Jim was deployed to Vietnam in 1968 and returned in 1969. He retired as a Tech Sergeant in 1970 after 20 years of service.

After retirement, Jim worked for Rockwell International for ten years until they closed. He would also repair sewing machines for Linda’s Sewing and Yarn Shop.

Jim was a 52-year member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church, where he served until recently as an usher and handled the parish recycling. He loved God, his family, and his cat. Jim liked gardening, mowing grass, shoveling snow, yard sales, auctions, repairing and taking things apart.

A memorial mass was held on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Bellefontaine.

Burial followed at the Calvary Cemetery in Bellefontaine with military honors provided by the Logan County Veteran’s Honor Guard.

The arrangements were in the care of the staff of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Bellefontaine.

Mert Somers, 96

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Former long time Tupper Lake resident Murtha (Mert) Somers passed away peacefully at home in Newport News, Virginia on February 3rd at age 96.

Mert was born in Tupper Lake the eldest son of Thomas and Violet Somers. After serving in the Army Air Corp during World War II he attended St Lawrence University. He married the former Mary Edna Paiement in 1947.

Mert managed Somers Garage, the Ford, Lincoln Mercury Dealership established by his father in 1916 as well as Somers Auto Parts. He was active in local affairs as a long-term member and past president of The Lions Club, a member of the Rescue Squad and the Potter Brook Hunting Club. Mert enjoyed Big Tupper Ski Area from its beginning. After retiring, he and Edna spent their later years in Florida and then Virginia.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister Marion Slingerland. Mert is survived by his wife Edna of Newport News Virginia, his brother Thomas and his wife Carolyn of Poinciana, FL., Three children; Patricia of Newport News, Michael and his wife Paula of Valrico, FL and John and his wife Beth of Penn Yan, NY, as well as 5 grandchildren and many great grand-children.

A service will be held in Tupper Lake at a later date.

Viola Seaman Gruber, 97

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Viola Seaman Gruber, 97, of Toccoa, of Georgia passed away on Thursday Jan. 24, 2019 at her residence.

She was the youngest daughter of Ransom and Rose Hamner Seaman. She was born on December 27, 1921 in Long Lake.

She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond Gruber, her sisters Alta Seaman Canberg, Laura Seaman Waterman, her brothers, Howard, Herbert and Clifford Seaman, and her son-in-law James Wise.

A celebration of life service was held on January 28, 2019 in Toccoa, GA and interment in Toccoa City Cementary. A memorial service will be held in Rome, N.Y. this summer, date, time and place to be announced.

Survivors include two daughters and one son Carolyn Wise of Rome, Philip (Carol) Gruber of Toccoa, GA, and Charlotte (Paul) Franco of Rome, N.Y., eleven grandchildren, twenty three great grandchildren and 16 nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Delta Lake Bible Conference Center, 6420 Pillmore Drive, Rome NY 13440 or The Great Commission Fund of the Christian and Missionary Allaince. 8595 Explorer Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920.

Yvonne Gardner, 91

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Yvonne Gardner (91) passed away peacefully in her home in Florida on February 19, 2019.

Yvonne was born on November 26, 1927 in Tupper Lake NY. Her Mother and Fathers were Rose and Reule Beausoliel and life time companion Frank Merlino. Yvonne was the only girl of 5 brothers; Brainard Beausoliel, Roland Beausoliel, Maurice Beausoliel, Joseph Beausoliel, and Frank Beausoliel.

Yvonne met Maynard Gardner at a diner in Tupper Lake NY. They settled next to her husband's family, the Gardner's, in Altona NY until Maynard built Yvonne her dream home on Pickett's Corner Road in Saranac NY. Yvonne and Maynard had 6 children; Dan Gardner of Tupper Lake NY, Steve and Nancy (Sochia) Gardner of Colorado Springs CO, Valery Gardner of Leesburg FL, Joe and Carol Gardner of Umitilla FL, Shelly (Gardner) and Dale Weidenhamer of Leesburg FL, and her diseased youngest son David Gardner, of Saranac NY. Yvonne and Maynard had 11 Grandchildren and 16 Great Grandchildren.

Yvonne was a wonderful Wife, loving Mother and loyal Friend. As a cooking and baking enthusiast, Yvonne prided herself on creating 6 meals out of one chicken and baking cakes to share with friends and family. Yvonne also enjoyed crafts, painting and challenging her luck at any casino or local poker game. Yvonne had an adventurous spirit with a love of travel and a strong faith.

The family will have a service to celebrate her life in June at Holy Angel Catholic Church in Altona NY.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Lake County Cornerstone Hospice. Online: Directly: Lake County Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL 32778 Via Credit Card: 352-742-6819. Arrangements have been entrusted to Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations, 226 E. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares, FL 32778, (352)343-4444. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute wall at

Alfred Miller, 84

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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.