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Richard Thomas Graves

LOWVILLE – Richard Thomas Graves, 80, passed away Friday, February 24, 2017, at home with his family by his side.

He was born May 12, 1936 in Lowville, N.Y., to Donald and Laura (Ford) Graves. He spent his childhood on the family farm in Greig, N.Y. He graduated from General Martin School in 1954. Mr. Graves married Marilyn Tucker on September 25, 1954. He served the Town of Greig as supervisor for many years. Mr. and Mrs. Graves owned and operated the Cat’s Paw Hotel in Brantingham, N.Y. for seven years. He also worked at Agway, drove school bus, sold insurance, and worked at Widrick and Sons in Lowville until his retirement. His most important job was always being a great husband, father and pop – pop.

He leaves behind his wife, Marilyn of 62 years; daughter, Vicky Widmeyer, her husband Rick, and children Melissa, Jon, Jim, and Beth; daughter, Sherry Herman, her husband Mike, and children Joe, Heather, and Mike; son, Richard Jr., his wife Kirsten, and children Chris and Nick; daughter, Lori Gillen, her husband Pat, and children Joshua and Jeremy; son Robert, his wife Cynthia, and children Laura, Jacob, and Lucas. He also had ten great-grandchildren.

Richard enjoyed his hobbies of golfing, bowling and going to the casino. He was an avid Yankees fan. He was a life member of B.P.O.E #1605 Lowville Elks Lodge, and served as president of the South Lewis Central School Board of Education.

Calling hours will be held from Noon – 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. The funeral service will follow visitation at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home, with Rev. Mr. Ronald Pominville officiating. A gathering at 3 – G Fire Hall will immediately follow the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com .

Melvyn C. Smith


Mel Smith obit

July 2, 1973 to February 21, 2017

Melvyn ‘Mel’ C. Smith, 43, of Camden, NY passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017 as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Remsen, NY.

He was born on July 2, 1973 in Liberty, NY, a son of Melvyn B. & Patricia Allison Smith. Mel was a 1992 graduate of Camden High School, he then attended NTTS (National Tractor Trailer School).

On June 7, 2008 he married the former Tina Price in Blossvale, NY. ‘Mel Jr.’ was employed as a truck driver by Halpin’s Fuel Co., Forestport, NY and previously drove for A.J.T. Trucking, Oneida, NY for over ten years. He was an avid hunter and was always happy to be in the woods. Melvyn enjoyed truck pulling competitions, monster trucks, and was an active participant in Half Breed Motor Sports with Ben Carmon.

‘Little Mel’ is survived Tina Price Smith, Camden, NY, his mother, Patricia & Ron Chase, Blossvale, NY, his father, Mel & Jody Smith, Remsen, NY, a companion, Kate Payne, Rome, NY, three brothers, Bobby Smith, Blossvale, NY, Craig & Amy Smith, Remsen, NY, and Keith Smith, Hilton Head, SC and a nephew, Charlie Smith along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial Services will be held 4:00pm Sunday, February 26, 2017 from the LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., Camden, NY. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home 109 Main Street, from 1:00-4:00 P.M. prior to the start of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mel Smith Memorial Fund, c/o Americu Credit Union, 1916 Black River Blvd., Rome, NY for an award to be presented at the Shootout Productions annual awards banquet.

You may view the obituary and send a message of condolence online at www.larobardierefuneralhome.com

Zigmont Napierkowski, Jr.

Boonville- Zigmont P. Napierkowski, Jr. 61, of Potato Hill Road and husband of Cathy, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer.

William Ritter, Jr.

Port Leyden – William T. Ritter, Jr., 49, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017, in the comfort of his home under the loving care of his family and Lewis County Hospice.

William was born on August 27, 1967, a son of William T. Ritter, and Marianne Rose. He was raised in Forestport, graduating from Adirondack Central High School. For a time following his education, William was employed as an iron worker with Union Local #440, Utica.

In the early 1990’s William moved to his current residence in Port Leyden. Here he enjoyed working on cars and tinkering in his garage, as well as snowmobiling and 4-wheeling.

William is survived by his mother, Marianne Paquin, Sherrill, his siblings: Steven (Allison) Ritter, Montana, Tasha and Ashley Ritter, both of Forestport; nieces Sadie Kaye and Rory Ritter, a nephew Kai Ritter, his step-mother, Anne Ritter, Forestport, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his father William T. Ritter, Sr., and his step father John Paquin.

In keeping with William’s wishes there will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be held this spring in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Forestport. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewis County Humane Society, P.O. Box #682, Lowville, New York 13367.

Donald E. Schue

Schue obit

July 10, 1931 - February 12, 2017

Boonville- Donald E. Schue, 85, husband of Mary passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017 in Port Orange, Florida. He was surrounded by the loving care of family at the Port Orange, Halifax Hospice Center after a short illness.

Donald was born on July 10, 1931, the son of the late Edwin and Katherine Schue of Boonville, NY. On September 17, 1955 Donald was united in marriage with Mary A. Gillen, a long union of over 61 years that blessed them with three children. He was a parishoner of Christ Our Hope Church, Boonville, NY and Ephihany Church, Port Orange, Florida. Donald deeply loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Donald served four years, 1951-55, in the United States Navy on the USS Wallace L. Lind. He worked as an electrician for 32 years at Rome Cable where he was also a union president. He did electrical and construction jobs on his own time. Donald also was a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Elks Lodge and American Legion, Boonville. He was an amazing and competitive athlete playing all sports. He was an outdoorsman enjoying all seasons and also belonged to the TRI-FALKA Hunting Club. He was an avid deer hunter his whole life and took many hunting trips across the country. Also he loved fishing, waterskiing, boating, snowmobiling, golf, was a member of bowling and horseshoe leagues. Most of all he loved the cottage he built for over 50 years on Brantingham Lake. Later in life he looked forward to spending their winters at their place in South Daytona, Florida.

In addition to his wife Mary of Boonville, NY, Donald is survived by his three children; Kenneth Schue (friend Beverly Mayette) Liverpool, NY, Gail (Fred) Wieczerzak, Boonville, NY and Brenda Chapple (friend Phil Purcell) Utica, NY; six grandchildren, James Schue, Lake Worth, Fl, John Schue, Boston, Ma., Ashley (Steve) Ellinger, Boonville, NY, Elise Wieczerzak (fiancé James Gilbert) Rochester, NY, Shawn (Amber) Chapple, Fayetteville, NC, and Nathan (Danielle) Chapple, Utica, NY and six great grand children, Tyler and Brody Ellinger, Gabriella, Giulianna and Shawn Maxwell Chapple and Arden Chapple; two sisters, Theresa Edelman, Rome, NY and Iris Outimette, Utica, NY. Donald was predeceased by a brother, Gerald Schue and sisters, Helen Gleason and Aleatha Conley.

A prayer service will be held on Monday, February 20, 2017 at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post St. Boonville at 9:45 a.m. followed by his Mass of Christian burial at Christ Our Hope Church/St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville at 10:30 a.m. Interment this spring will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, with military honors. Calling hours are Sunday, February 19, 2017, from 1-5 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Christ Our Hope Church/Boonville Parish or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tn. 38105.

For an online message of sympathy please go to www.millsfuneralhomes.com


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