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Lou Ann Backer

June 17, 1955 to February 9, 2017

West Leyden- Lou Ann Backer, 61, of Stinebrickner Road, wife of Gerald R. passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

She was born in Danbury, Connecticut, on June 17, 1955, a daughter of Ronald and Lillian Edwards Bassett. Lou Ann grew up in Danbury, where she graduated from high school and continued her education at University of Arizona, Tempe, where she studied Veterinary Science.

Later she moved from Tempe to Albert Lee, Minnesota, where she was employed as an office worker and met the love of her life, Gerald R. Backer. Lou Ann and Gerald were married on June 9, 1979, in Danbury, CT. at a Baptist Church.

In 1985, the couple located to their present home near West Leyden and for twenty five years Mrs. Backer was employed at Great American grocery store in Boonville, retiring in 2016.

For many years Lou Ann and Gerald attended Abundant Life Fellowship Church, Boonville, where for many years she volunteered as chairperson in organizing and scheduling church members to transport food bank donations to Utica. Lou Ann was a lover of all kinds of animals; she especially enjoyed bird watching, feeding birds, caring for her feline friends and raising a large variety of flowers and plants.

In addition to her husband, Gerald, she is survived by one son, Timothy A. Backer, North Syracuse; one daughter and son in law, Trinity R. (Ross) Testa, Westmoreland; granddaughters, Stefani Backer, Ilion, Samantha and a grandson, Nathan Testa, of Westmoreland and one brother, Fred Bassett, CA.

A Memorial Service will be on Friday, February 17, at 12 Noon at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, where Pastor Daniel Tabolt, will officiate. Visitation hours are Friday from 10:00 A.M. until the service. Memorial contributions may be made to The National Audubon Society P.O. Box 97194, Washington, D.C. 20090-7194.

For an on-line message of sympathy, please go to www.trainorfuneralhome.com

Marie H. Backer


Ava – Marie H. Backer, 86, of East Ava Road, widow of Warren, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at Sunset nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where she had resided since September 2012.

Marie was born on November 19, 1930 in Oneonta, a daughter of John H. and Florence Merrihue Heald. In the seventh grade she moved with her family to the Bardwell Mills Road, Remsen, where she completed her education, graduating with the Class of 1948 from Remsen Central School. Following graduation Marie was employed as a telephone operator for the General Telephone Co., Boonville, until 1960. She then began her employment as a custodian at West Leyden Central School, retiring from Adirondack Central School, Boonville.

On March 30, 1951, Marie was united in marriage with Warren D. Backer, at the Remsen United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Backer was a longtime member of the Ava Hilltop United Methodist Church, and for 25 years was the leader of the East Ava Eager Beavers 4-H Club. Marie loved tending her flower and vegetable gardens.

Marie is survived by her children: Sandra (Mike) Heath, Smithville, MO; three sons, Richard (Lisa) Backer, East Ava, David Backer, East Ava, and Steven Backer, Gilbert AZ; seven grandchildren, Josh, Luke and Tanya Heath, Kayla, Brandon, Jacob and Aidan Backer, and her sister Lillian Heald, Boonville. Besides her husband, Warren, (Baldy) she was predeceased by a granddaughter, Rachel, and her siblings John and Robert Heald, and Virginia Ringwald.

Visitation hours will be Monday, February 13, from 3-7 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Grave side services will be held in the spring in Ava Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ava Hilltop United Methodist Church, or to Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 232 Academy St. Boonville, NY 13309.

For an on-line message of sympathy, please visit www.trainorfuneralhome.com

Peter A. Jarecki

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October 14, 1934  -  February 5, 2017

LYONS FALLS - Peter A. Jarecki, 82, died early Sunday morning, February 5, 2017 at Lewis County General Hospital where he had been a patient for a day.

Peter was born on October 14, 1934 at the family homestead in Turin the son of the late Albert and Bertha Felips Jarecki, where he attended a one room rural school on Gomer Hill, and General Martin High School in Glenfield. He married Rose Marie Hoffman on August 23, 1956 at St. John's Catholic Church in Lyons, Falls. Pete retired from Lewis County General Hospital where he was a custodian for over twenty years. He and Rose made their home in Lyons Falls. She died on February 24, 1994.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Peter H. and Becky Jarecki of Lyons Falls; his sisters, Genevieve Seelman of Lowville, and Josephine Mroz of Arizona; his neighborhood family; his care givers, Stephanie and Jeannie; his son-in-law, Henry Bardo of Greig.

He is predeceased by his daughter, Sharon E. Jarecki-Bardo, his five sisters, Joan, Julia, Ruth, Stella, and Anne; and his five brothers, Benjamin, Paul, Frank, Raymond, and John Jarecki.

Peter was a communicant of St. John’s Catholic Church, and St. Hedwig’s. He enjoyed being outside in the summer, watching the goats and chickens and visiting with the kids, who he was known as, “Old Pete”.

A funeral service will be on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Sundquist Funeral Home with Rev. James Chaufty, Deacon of St. John’s Catholic Church, officiating.

Spring burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours for family and friends will be at the funeral home on Tuesday, February 7th, from 5 to 8:00 P.M.

Jarecki family would like to invite everyone to a luncheon at the 3-G Fire Department following the funeral service. Food donations may be dropped off Wednesday morning at the fire hall after 9:00 A.M.

Memorials in Peter’s name may be made to: National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016 or American Cancer Society, PO Box 357, Watertown, NY 13601

To convey online condolences, please use: www.sundquistfh.com

Lawrence E. Ernst

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May 11, 1936 - February 7, 2017

Boonville-Lawrence E. Ernst, 80 of West Street passed away on February 7, 2017 at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Utica.

He was born in the Town of Leyden on May 11, 1936, a son of Nelson and Bertha Kotary Ernst. He grew up at the Locust Grove farm and graduated from Port Leyden High School in 1953. While in high school he played basketball and baseball, was secretary and treasurer of F.F.A. and was on the yearbook portal staff. He entered the US Army in 1958 and was honorably discharged in 1960. He married Barbara Lallier which ended in divorce. He was employed with Agway in Boonville for a few years and then retired in 1999 as a janitor from Adirondack Central School. Larry enjoyed baseball, football and watching his grandchildren play sports.

He is survived by his children, Curtis and Alison Ernst, N.C., Lonny Ernst, Colleen and Gary Grow, Russell and Robin Roberts and Shelly and Eric Gillespie, all of Boonville; 10 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a brother, Keith Ernst, Port Leyden.
In keeping with Larry’s wishes there will be no services. Memorial contributions can be made to the Boonville Ambulance Fund. Arrangements are by Mills Funeral Home, Boonville.

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

Robert S. Kirk

February 2, 1940 to February 2, 2017

Boonville- Robert S. Kirk, 77, of Old Hawkinsville Road, husband of Beverly, passed away at his residence on Thursday, February 2, 2017.

Affectionately known as “Sonny,” he was born at the Kirk homestead in Talcottville, on February 2, 1940, a son of Stanley and Dorothy Koster Kirk. Sonny grew up in Boonville and Talcottville, receiving his education at Boonville Central School. For 45 years Mr. Kirk was employed as an amusement machine mechanic for the late Carl G. “Pat” Marcy, in the operation of Marcy Amusements of Boonville. Mr. Kirk was a gifted mechanic, who was able to repair all kinds of electrical appliances and motors.

Sonny loved gardening; raising vegetables and flowers, and cutting and splitting firewood. He was also very gifted and restoring all kinds of furniture. Sonny greatly enjoyed being industrious and doing favors for others.

On February 1, 1982, he was united in marriage with Beverly Nail, in Boonville. This was a loving union which endured for thirty five years.

In addition to his wife, Beverly, Sonny is survived by two daughters, Susan and Melinda, both of Amsterdam, NY; step children, George (Amy) Hutchins, Waterville, Robert (Kim) Hutchins, and Heidi Sinclair, all of Boonville; grandchildren, Hunter, Jesse, Ashley, Shawn Hutchins, (Jennifer Korman, Marih Higby), Justine Hutchins, Matthew Sinclair, Shelby Hutchins and Justin Sinclair; one sister, Shirley (John) Rowsam, Lowville; one brother, Karl Kirk, Talcottville. He was predeceased by a brother, Charles.

Sonny’s Funeral will be Tuesday at 4:00 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, where calling hours will be Tuesday from 1 P.M. until the funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to Boonville Fire Co. Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 164, Boonville, NY 13309.

Following the funeral, there will be a gathering at the Boonville American Legion. If you’d like to donate food, please drop off at the American Legion from 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM.

For an on-line message of sympathy, please go to www.trainorfuneralhome.com

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