June 12, 1941 to July 18, 2013
Gloversville- Cynthia Ann (Beagle) Cassell, 72, widow of John A. passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville.
She was born in Bennington, VT, on June 12, 1941, a daughter of George H. and Winifred M. Brunette Beagle. Cynthia moved to Lyons Falls, as a child, where she attended school, later graduating from General Martin High School of Glenfield, with the Class of 1960. After that she attended Jefferson County Community College of Watertown, where she met her future husband, John, whom she married on June 15, 1974, at St. Mary's Church, Constableville. In 1985 the couple moved from the Potato Hill Road, near Boonville, to Gloversville. Mr. Cassell, an accountant, who was employed as an account examiner for NYS Department of Labor, died on July 12, 1991.
On June 5, 1961, Cynthia began her long career, at the time with General Telephone Company. She began as a student operator in Boonville; after that she was employed as a Business Office Clerk in Lowville and in Boonville, and as a telephone operator in the Boonville District office. In October, 1984, she transferred to the Johnstown office at what was then Continental Telephone Co. of Upstate, NY. At that time, she and her husband were residents of Boonville, and for the following year, Mrs. Cassell commuted daily from Boonville to her work in Johnstown. While employed in Johnstown, she was in the Operator Services Department, the Service Bureau Clerk and a Service Clerk. During her long career with the telephone company, Mrs. Cassell was employed for the following companies: Continental Telephone of Upstate NY; later Continental Telephone of NY, Contel of NY, GTE, Citizens, before retiring from Frontier Communications on June 1, 2008.
Cynthia was a God fearing woman of a pure heart who was devoted to the Lord. She cared and nurtured others even while she was fighting her own health concerns; one never to complain, she would bear her pain, with uncanny strength and will of her character. Always cracking a joke with her caregivers, her beautiful laugh will echo through Heaven now. She was always a gracious host, and she was proud of her Irish Heritage. Having survived breast and ovarian cancer, Cindy was a loyal supporter of American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Cynthia was a strongly patriotic person who never missed voting in a Presidential Election.
Mrs. Cassell was of the Catholic Faith; she served as a Girl Scout Leader and greatly enjoyed raising flowers, gardening and nature. She found great joy in decorating for each holiday and observing all the holidays in a year, including dressing up for Halloween.
Cynthia is survived by one son, Shawn Patrick Cassell, Gloversville; three brothers and sisters in law, James J. (Jean) Beagle, Monson, MA, Joseph G. (Charlotte) Beagle, Lowville, Stephen B. (Cheryl) Beagle, Delmar; two sisters, Michelle B. Beagle, and Jacquelyn M. Beagle, both of Turin. She was predeceased by a sister, Susan E. Kapfer, on May 18, 1997. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews, and her beloved cats, Dukester and Kurnsey.
Her Funeral will be Tuesday at 9:15 AM at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, and at 10:00 A.M. at St. Mary's Church, Constableville, where Rev. Lawrence Marullo, pastor, will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Boonville, where she will be laid to rest by her beloved husband, John. Calling hours are Monday 2-6 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite humane society.
To leave an on-line message of sympathy, or to share a memory of Cynthia, please visit www.trainorfuneralhome.com
September 26, 1921 to July 16, 2013
GLENFIELD – Gerald R. “Jerry” Reed, 91, passed away on Tuesday morning, July 16, 2013 at Lewis County General Hospital with his family at his side.
Jerry was born on September 26. 1921, in the Town of Turin, the son of the late Roland F. and Mabel Meiss Reed. He attended General Martin Central School until his sophomore year then went to Lowville Academy in order that he might play in Luther B. Askins band. He graduated in 1940. With his brother Leon, they formed "The Starduster's Orchestra". They played locally during the 1930's, 40's and 50's. Jerry was a trumpet player and also played several years with the Lowville Village Band. He worked for Niagara Mohawk before being inducted into the United States Army Air Forces in 1942 where he was a radio operator on a B17. He was honorably discharged in 1945 from March Field CA.
On May 20th, 1944 Jerry was married to Jean McGrath of Lowville at Xavier University by Rev. Owen J. Englum After his discharge they moved back to Lowville and Jerry went to work for Niagara Mohawk until they purchased their farm on RT. 12 at Glenfield in July 1948.
Over the years Jerry served the farming community in many ways. He was a director and past president of the Lowville Producers Cooperative; member of the Lewis County Farm Bureau; selected as Senior Farmer of the Year in 1980. He served on the local Farm Credit board and was selected to the Farm Credit District Board, Springfield, MA in 1978-1983. Jerry and Jean sold their farm to their son Gerald Jr. in 1984. In his retirement Jerry restored a 1920 Fordson tractor and also had a 1922 model. He enjoyed walking, traveling and sports especially the Yankees and Syracuse Basketball.
In addition to his distinguished Farming career, Jerry served on the Board of Education at both General Martin Central School and for the newly formed South Lewis Central School as both a member and President. In 1985 Jerry accepted a position on the Lewis County Board of legislators which he held until 1997. He was a member of the Lewis County Historical Society. Jerry was of the Methodist Faith.
Surviving Jerry are his wife Jean and two sons, David (Judy), Louisville, KY and Gerald Jr.(Susanne) of Glenfield; four daughters, Carol, Greensboro, NC; Jane (Timothy O'Connor) of Lowville; Sue Ellen (Thomas) Machuga of Parish; Mary (Anthony) Passannante of Chapel Hill, NC; eleven grandchildren, Michael Higby and Christine Higby Wilson, Timothy and Phillip O'Connor, Holly Fehr and Kelly Virkler, Graig and Megan Reed, and Elizabeth, Charles and Anna Passannante, and five great-grandchildren, Claire and Sadie Wilson, Ian O'Connor and Amelie and Reed Fehr. There are 5 step-grandchildren.
Jerry was predeceased by his brother, Leon and sister, Muriel Traxel.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at the Sundquist Funeral Home with Rev. Bruce Chapman retired minister officiating. Military burial will be in the Old Glendale Cemetery.
Calling hours will be on Friday, July 19th from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367 or a charity of your choice.
To leave an on-line message of sympathy, please visit www.sundquistfh.com
August 15, 1945 to July 13, 2013
Michael J. Huzzy, 67, of Dock Street, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at SUNY Upstate Medical University, from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident.
He was born on August 15, 1945 in Lowville, the son of F. John and Marion Sykes Huzzy. He grew up in Lyons Falls, where he received his education, graduating from South Lewis Central School. Mike worked alongside his father for many years at the Lyons Inn Hotel of Lyons Falls. For a short time he was employed for Agway, before driving truck for Georgia Pacific Paper Co., eventually retiring from Lyons Falls Pulp and Paper Co., Lyons Falls.
On September 20, 1969 Michael was united in marriage with Katherine McIntyre at St. John's Church, Lyons Falls. "Huzzy" enjoyed hunting and horseback riding, watching a good western movie; he had a passion for motorcycles, and found great enjoyment out on the open road, but what meant the most to Huz was the time he spent with his four grandchildren.
Besides his wife, Mike is survived by his daughters: Sheri (David) McDowell, Syracuse, and Wendi Huzzy, Poughkeepsie, his four grandchildren: Shelbi T., Devinere L., and Navia E. McDowell, and Alondra B. Russo., his mother Marion Divelbiss, Colorado Springs, CO; his three sisters: Susan (Peter) Heggie, Weedsport, Wendy Rockhill, Colorado Springs, CO, Catherine "Fuz" Averett, Chesapeake, VA; cousins Katherine Smith and Patricia Bush, several nieces and nephews, and many, many friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 20, at 11:00 am at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Port Leyden. Calling hours at the funeral home will be held on Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Assn., Heart Gifts Processing Center, and P.O. Box #3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.
To leavean on-line message of sympathy, please visit www.trainorfuneralhome.com
July 4, 1961 to July 11, 2013
Maryland/Boonville- Julie Charbonneau, 52, was a very strong and independent woman and with grace and dignity on Thursday, July 11, 2013, she lost a short and courageous battle with cancer.
Julie was born in Constableville, NY, on July 4, 1961, a daughter of Richard and Karen Roberts Charbonneau. She grew up in Boonville and graduated from Adirondack Central School in 1979 where she was a member of the National Honor Society. After graduation she was employed at Griffiss Air Force Base and then moved to Great Mills, Maryland where she was employed by ManTech as a contracting specialist. Julie enjoyed her job greatly, walks along the pier at Solomen’s Island, shopping and reading.
Surviving are her parents, Dick and Karen Charbonneau, Boonville; her maternal grandmother, Mary Roberts Pilny, Boonville; four brothers and sister-in-law, Jerry and Jeri Charbonneau, Forestport, Dana and Anne Charbonneau, Trevor and Carey Charbonneau, and Ryan and Michele Charbonneau all of Boonville; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Tara and Dennis Silliman, Boonville and Jill and Kevin Powers, Troy, NY; many nieces and nephews. Julie was predeceased by her maternal grandfather, Bob Roberts and paternal grandparents, Louis and Vera Charbonneau. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Lisa Katzenberger and Patty Cerro-Reehil.
A funeral mass will be held on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville. Calling hours will be held Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 4-7 p.m.at Mills Funeral Homes, 301 Post Street, Boonville. Interment in Boonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.
For an online message of sympathy go to www.millsfuneralhomes.com
Donations of food may be dropped off at the Love Post American Legion after 9 a.m. on Friday.
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