August 13, 1935 to January 11, 2014
GREIG – Irene J. Hunziker, 78, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility.
Mrs. Hunziker was born in Greig on August 13, 1935, the daughter of the late Oscar M. and Gertrude LaSure Rhone where she graduated from General Martin and was also a graduate of Syracuse Central City Business Institute. As a young woman, Irene worked for the telephone company in Florida, in Syracuse and in Old Forge. She was then married to Arthur Glenn Hunziker on October 13, 1955, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Greig with Rev. Charles Flaherty, officiating. The couple resided in the Greig area most of their married life, most recently living on the Patterson Road. Her beloved husband, Glenn died on April 8, 2009.
Irene was a communicant of St. Thomas Catholic Church where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society; taught summer church school and cleaned the church. She loved working in her garden, music and was an avid reader who was instrumental in starting the Greig Reading Room at the Town Hall. Irene was also very active in the Glenfield Elementary School PTO. She served the community as Town Clerk and Tax Collector for 12 years, retiring in 1996.
Surviving Mrs. Hunziker are her son and his wife, Aaron and Stephenie of Greig; three daughters and their spouses: Lydia and Rodney Wojnowski of Turin; Mary and Timothy Leach of Blue Mountain Lake and Nancy and Gregory Klaes of Houston, TX; six grandchildren, Diana and Scot Luther, Jesse and Sarah Bocinski, Benjamin Bocinski, Elizabeth Bocinski and her finance Matthew Hartnett, Zoey and Chloe Hunziker; two great-grandchildren, Harper and Silas Luther and her sister, Delores Bush, formerly of Glenfield, now living in NC.
Irene was predeceased by her infant children, Theresa and Andrew and her brothers, David and Claude Rhone.
A funeral mass will be said on Monday, January 20, 2014, at 12:00 noon at St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church. Spring burial will take place in Brantingham Cemetery in the spring.
Calling hours will be prior to the funeral on Monday, January 20, 2014 from 9 -11 a.m. at the Sundquist Funeral Home.
Memorials would be welcome to the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern Regional Office, 120 Washington St, Suite 419, Watertown, NY 13601.
To leave an on-line message of sympathy, please visit www.sundquistfh.com
January 8, 2014
Rev. Richard R. Thompson- who served as priest at St. Joseph's Church, Boonville from the fall of 1977 until the summer of 1991, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2013, in Florida.
A native of the Syracuse area, Father Thompson was ordained a Catholic Priest in 1959. Before serving at St. Joseph's in Boonville, he was stationed at St. Anne' Catholic Church in Parish, New York; in 1991, Fr. Thompson was called by the Bishop of the Syracuse Diocese to serve at Holy Family Catholic Church in Fulton, New York. For many years Fr. Thompson's mother, Viola Anna Gerthoffer Thompson resided in Boonville, where she was his housekeeper.
Fr. Thompson greatly enjoyed his tenure at St. Joseph's in Boonville. He embraced the entire community as his parish and was an active member of the Boonville Fire Company, and the Adirondack Community Chorus.
His family included a brother, David Thompson, and a sister, Sister Serena Ann Thompson, of The Sisters of St. Joseph's in Latham, NY.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, Sarasota, Fla, with interment to follow in Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Resident Activities Fund 232 Academy St. Boonville, NY 13309.
For an on-line message of sympathy, please go to www.trainorfuneralhome.com
November 12, 1953 to January 7, 2014
CARTHAGE- Donald L. Halko, 78, of Old State Road, Carthage, died on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc, Lowville with Rev. Bruce Lyndaker, Pastor of Emmaus Bible Fellowship, officiating. Spring Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Town of Croghan. Calling hours are Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.
He is survived by five children and their spouses, David J. Halko of Carthage, Daryl and Penny Halko of Croghan, Dennis and Ginger Halko of Croghan, Carrie and Stanley Zehr of Castorland, Darin and Jennifer Halko of Carthage; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Carl and Barbara Halko of Copenhagen, Richard “Rick” Halko of Carthage; five sisters and three brothers-in-law, Annie and Lee Edgbert of Baldwinsville, Rosie Halko of Liverpool, Linda Halko of Liverpool, Bonnie and Carl Jacobs of Carthage, Julie and Mike Boulio of Black River; 17 grandchildren, three foster grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, and many extended family. He is predeceased by his wife, Joyce Marie Halko, a daughter-in-law, Jenny Lou Halko and a granddaughter, Cicily Halko.
Donald was born on November 12, 1935 in New Bremen, NY, the oldest son of the late Louis Joseph “Joe” and Apoline Rosiczcowski Halko. He attended Copenhagen School and worked on the family farm. On September 7, 1957, he married Joyce Marie Walsemann at the First Baptist church in Carthage. Together with his wife, the couple owned and operated a dairy farm on the Copenhagen-Deer River Road. He worked for other area businesses before he went to work for Black Clawson, Watertown as a machinist. He worked for Black Clawson for over 30 years, until it closed, and which time, he retired, as a journeyman machinist. He loved feeding the birds, gardening in his younger years, hunting and blackberry picking. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and his dogs, Toby and Skip.
Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com
February 22, 1928 to January 5, 2014
Ava –Clarence (Pat) W. Malone, 85, of State Route 26, Ava, passed away on January 5, 2014 at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville.
He was born on February 22, 1928 in Altoona, Pa. a son of Harry and Iva Walker Malone. At a young age the family moved to Little Falls where they operated a farm. He was an army veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He first worked at Burrows Paper Mill for several years and then at Pat’s Tires, Rome. Pat moved to Sebastian, Fla. where he worked as a mechanic at area marinas. On June 1, 1974 in Rosaland, Fla. he married Janette Backer. In 1976 the couple moved to Arizona where Pat was employed at Hughes Aircraft, Tucson, Az. as a chemist. He retired in1989 and the couple moved back to Ava. He was a member of Point Rock United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting and visiting with his friends.
Surviving are his wife Janette; stepchildren, Paul and Debra Howard, Garland, TX, Jane Layva, Sierra Vista, Az.; two step grandchildren, Michael Layva and Keith Howard; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Stanley Backer, Warren and Marie Backer, Gill Backer and Ann Owens, all of Ava and Doris Spinella, Rome; special friends, Kevin Mathis, Jim Williams, Paula and John Burns and Coady. The family wishes to express special thanks to the Rome VA Clinic and the Sunset Nursing Home for the wonderful care shown to Pat.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post Street, Boonville. Calling hours will be Wednesday 2-4 p.m. prior to the service. Spring burial will be in Ava Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the West Leyden Fire Department Ambulance.
For an online message of sympathy please go to www.millsfuneralhomes.com
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