Maxine O. Verdin


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August 24, 1926 to December 1, 2013

GLENFIELD - Maxine O. Verdin, 87, formerly of West Main Street in Watertown, died Sunday morning, December 1, 2013 at Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility where she was a resident since December of 2012. Maxine lived for a short time on the Glenfield Road.

Maxine was born in Jacksonville, Florida on August 24, 1926 the daughter of the late Herman L. and the late Catherine L. Bessent Saucer. She married Richard T. Verdin, Jr. on October 18, 1945 at Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville with Rev. William F. Oddy officiating.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl E. and Vernon E. Bailey of Glenfield; four grandchildren, Michelyn E. Bailey; Nichelle L. and Matthew Billhardt; Beau J. and Denielle Bailey; Tanja Bailey and Timothy Jackson; seven great grandchildren and a great-great grandson and granddaughter; two sisters, Christine Holobrodek of Aurora, CO; Edith MacDowell of Oregon; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Saucer of Jacksonville, FL and Betty Saucer of Yuma, AZ.

Maxine is predeceased by her husband, Richard T. Verdin, Jr. June 2, 2012; a son, Jon Richard Verdin; a grandson, Cory S. Bailey; her four brothers, James, John, Marvin, and Charles Saucer; a sister, Catherine “Kitty”; and a sister-in-law, Marge Saucer.

Mrs. Verdin worked at Woolworths in Watertown and watched children in her own home and did childcare at the home of several families in the Watertown area.

Maxine was a member of Watertown Assembly of God, Watertown Modern Square Dance Club, Northside Mother’s Club, She and Richard were members of Northside Improvement League, Inc., and Maxine and Richard were snowbirds going south in the winter.

A funeral service will be on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at the Sundquist Funeral Home, Lowville with Mike Ryan, Pastor of Watertown Assembly of God officiating.

Calling hours for family and friends will be on Tuesday December 3rd, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 P.M. prior to the service.

Burial for family and friends will be in Dexter Cemetery on Wednesday December 4th at 11:00 A.M.

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Thomas E. Duflo

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February 24, 1930 to November 25, 2013

CROGHAN, NY ~ Thomas E. Duflo, 83, of 8749 Soft Maple Rd., Croghan, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 25, 2013, at his home under the care of his family and Hospice of Lewis County.

Born Thomas Everett Duflo on February 24, 1930 in Croghan, NY, a son of Thomas and Petronella Ostrowski Duflo, he graduated from Fr. Leo Memorial School in Croghan in 1948.

He married Nancy J. Beck on October 14, 1950 at St. Martin’s Church in Port Leyden, NY. Mrs. Duflo died January 20, 1992.

In his younger years, Mr. Duflo served in the Air National Guard as a meteorologist for 6 years. He later owned and operated a farm machinery business with his brother, Francis. In 1955, he built and developed Duflo Airport in New Bremen, and shortly after, developed Duflo Spray Chemical and became an aerial applicator, spraying crops for farmers, sugar bushes, black flies, and mosquitoes locally, and in the Adirondack Mountains. He was hired by World Health Organization to work in Ghana, Africa and the Dominican Republic to spray for disease-carrying mosquitoes which were causing sickness and blindness to the natives in Ghana. He taught the native pilots to spray during the months he was in Africa.

Professionally, Tom was a pioneer and inventor of many aerial spray application methods, including engineered aerial spray systems, equipping numerous single engine planes, and Duflo Aero Spray Systems used in twin engine application. He was an accomplished and well-respected pilot with an impeccable safety record. The FAA appointed him to be an examiner for many years, providing student pilots with their pilot’s license. He retired from Duflo Spray Chemical as a spray pilot in 1994.

In 1986, he started Prime TV Systems, which introduced satellite dishes to the North Country. He and his wife Nancy started Air Age Travel along with Prime TV in West Carthage, NY. From 1965 through 1980, he managed several snowmobile racing teams and proudly produced several world champions, including his daughter Marcia, and son, Jeffrey, in 1975 at Weedsport, NY.

He married Betty L. Brouty on July 15, 1994 at St. Stephen’s Church in Croghan, with the Rev. Leo Wiley, officiating.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; two daughters and sons-in-law, Marcia and Dr. Paul Vanier, Carthage, and Denise and Dennis Goldmann, Cazenovia, NY; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Renee Duflo, New Bremen; seven grandchildren, Jon-Paul (Melissa) Vanier, N. Bangor, NY, Justin (Leslie) Vanier, Broken Arrow, OK, Jason (Whitney) Vanier, Gilford, NH, Dr. Kara Goldmann, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, Eric Goldmann, Cazenovia, Brittney Duflo, New Bremen, and Garret Duflo, St. Louis, MO; two great grandchildren, Ethan and Scarlett Vanier, Broken Arrow, OK; a brother, James Duflo, Lowville, NY; a sister, Isabel Bush, Soft Maple, NY, and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother and sister-in-law, Francis and Marion Duflo, a sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Clark Johndrow, a sister-in-law, Dorothy Duflo, and a brother-in-law, James Bush.

Thomas enjoyed flying, hunting, snowmobiling, traveling, NASCAR, making engines run faster, and time on the lake with family and friends.

He was a communicant of St. Peter’s Church (now St. Peter’s Oratory) in New Bremen, and St. Stephen’s Church in Croghan, and was a member of Kelly Hill and Beaver Meadow Hunting Clubs, and Lowville, NY BPO Elk’s Lodge #1605.

Tom’s funeral will be on Saturday, November 30, 2013, beginning with a 9:45 a.m. Prayer Service at Scanlon Funeral Home, Croghan, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Croghan, with the Rev. Daniel L. Chapin, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, New Bremen.

Calling hours for family and friends will be on Friday, November 29, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367, or to the Croghan Volunteer Fire Department, Croghan, NY 13327.

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Lynn A. Tousley

March 28, 1933 to November 25, 2013

Boonville- Lynn A. Tousley, 80, of Pine Lane, passed away on Monday, November 25, 2013, at St. Luke's Memorial Hospital, New Hartford.

Lynn was born in Lacona, on March 28, 1933, a son of Leon and Mildred Lane Tousley. He grew up on his parent's farm, later moving to the Rome Developmental Center, where he resided for many years until 1988 when he moved to Boonville, residing at Sheehan IRA on Pine Lane.

He greatly enjoyed the outdoors, attending concerts, the Boonville Oneida County Fair, and the Woodsmen's Field Days Parade.

He is survived by a cousin John (Barbara) Hulbert, Watertown.

His family extends a sincere note of thanks and appreciation to UCP for the kind and dedicated care they gave to Lynn for many years.

Funeral Services are Friday at 11:00 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, with interment in Pulaski Cemetery, Pulaski, NY. A Calling hour will be Friday from 10 A.M. until the funeral.

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Kyle M. Brown

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February 12, 1990 to November 18, 2013

Turin- Kyle M. Brown, 23, of the East Road, Collinsville, passed away on Monday, November, 18, 2013, at Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, from injuries resulting from a construction accident in Pulaski, on November 18.

Kyle was born in Lowville, on February 12, 1990, a son of Frederick and Cathy Post Brown. His entire life was spent in the Turin area; he attended Port Leyden Elementary School and graduated from South Lewis Senior High School with the Class of 2008. Thereafter he attended SUNY Canton, where he earned a certificate in Electrical Construction and Maintenance.

In July, 2013, he began his employment in building construction, with M.T.L. Designs Co. of Watertown, NY.

Kyle had a very tender place in his heart for animals of all kinds. He loved dairy farming and greatly enjoyed eight years of employment at Conway Farms of Turin.

While in high school he was a member of the Junior Varsity and Varsity Soccer Teams and the Varsity Rifle Team. He enjoyed pickup trucks and creatively decorating trucks. His smile and great sense of humor was endearing to all who knew Kyle.

In addition to his parents, Frederick and Cathy, Kyle is survived by his twin sister, Amanda Brown, at home, and several aunts, uncles and cousins, and his girlfriend, Stephanie Carpenter, Constableville. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Earl and Fannie Brown and by his maternal grandparents, Gordon L. and Lois M. Post, and by an uncle, Charles D. (Buck) Post, and by a cousin, Robbie Brown.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10:00 A.M. at St. Martin's Church, Port Leyden, with interment to follow in Calvary Cemetery, Port Leyden. Calling hours are Friday 1-4 & 6-9 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Lewis Co. Humane Society 6833 Pine Grove Road, Glenfield, NY 13433.

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