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John Nelson Schoff

July 28, 1941 to January 7, 2017

WEST BRANCH - John N. Schoff, 74 of West Branch, passed away on January 7, 2017 at Faxton-St. Luke’s Hospital, with his loving family by his side.

He as born on July 28, 1941, in Rome, a son of the late William and Mary Nelson Schoff. John was a graduate of West Leyden High School Class of 1960. On April 20, 1963, John was united in marriage to Sandra Leah Vernold in West Leyden. They celebrated 51 years of marriage before Sandra passed away on April 18, 2015.

For over thirty years, John was employed by United Parcel Service (UPS) as a Master Mechanic, working at their Utica and Rome locations. In 1967, John and his wife, Sandy, Established Schoff Polaris in West Branch, NY, which is still one of the longest running Polaris Dealerships in NY. Approximately 10 years ago, the business moved to Elmer Hill Rd. in Lee.

John was a member of St. mary’s Church of West Leyden, Lee Center Trail Busters Snowmobile Club and the Boonville Elks Lodge. John was a gifted mechanic who could work on anything. John worked hard, played hard and was known for being brutally honest. He was also willing to help anyone in need with anything. John loved watching his children and grandchildren play ball, where you would find him at almost every game.

John is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law; Timothy and Kris Schoff, Lee Center; Patrick Schoff, Apopka FL; and Christopher and Joanna Schoff, Victory, NY; a father-in-law Harry Vernold, Rome; one brother, Ken Schoff, Salem, VA; and cherished grandchildren, Halie, Tyler, Avery, Jordan, and Hayden. John was predeceased by a son, William Schoff, and mother-in-law Rose Vernold.

Memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to the Rome Humane Society, PO Box 4572, Rome, NY 13440.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 10 AM at Strong-Burns & Sprock Funeral Home, 7751 Merrick Road, Rome. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Tuesday from 3-7 PM at the funeral home. Interment will take place in the spring at Osceola Cemetery.

Jennie M. Marsden

June 26, 1947 to January 5, 2017

Boonville- Jennie M. Marsden, 69, of Academy St., wife of Kenneth, passed away while surrounded by the loving care of her husband and family on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at University Hospital, Syracuse.

Jennie was born in North Western, on June 26, 1947, a daughter of Lewis A. and Mary E. Moore Sykes. She grew up in North Western, where she attended a rural school, completing her education at Holland Patent Central School. Thereafter Jennie was employed on the assembly line at General Electric and at Mele Mfg. Co. both in Utica.

Jennie was united in marriage with Kenneth T. Marsden, Sr. and afterwards she devoted her life to raising her children.

For 47 years, through December, 2016, Jennie and Kenneth greatly enjoyed making and selling Christmas wreaths at their home. She also loved buying and selling at garage sales and flea markets and trips to the Turning Stone Casino and playing Bingo.

In addition to her loving husband, Kenneth, Jennie is survived by one daughter, Billie Jo (Janaka) Liyanage, Prior Lake, MN; three sons, Kenneth, Jr. (Kimberly) Westernville, Michael A. Sr. (Desiree) Rome, Joseph M. (Alexis) Boonville; eight grandchildren, Stephen and Brandon Burke, Michael and his twin sister, Megan and Leah Marsden, Gracelyn and Logan Marsden, Gabrielle Wells, and two great grandchildren; two sisters, Orvis Beckwith, Floyd, Cathy (Cliff) Foster, Hubbardsville, a brother in law, Wayne Swancott, Sr. Lee Center, a sister in law, Gloria Sykes, Ava; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Jennie was predeceased by an infant brother, Dwayne and infant sister, Marlene, a brother, Joseph Sykes; two sisters, Charlotte Swancott and Orris Laplant and her husband, Ronnie; her mother and father; a nephew Todd Laplant; a niece, Deborah Beckwith; and a brother in law, Earl Beckwith.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of her life, on Saturday, January 21, 2017, beginning at 1 P.M. at Boonville Elks Lodge (down stairs), on State Rt. 12, Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Research Center 750 East Adams St. Syracuse, NY 13210.

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

Harold Peebles

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April 10, 1921 ~ January 7, 2017

DENMARK - Harold Peebles, 95, of State Route 26, died early Saturday morning, January 7, 2017 at his home under the loving care of his family and Lewis County Hospice.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Beaver Valley United Methodist Church, Naumburg, Rev. Tracy Cook, Pastor, and Rev. Bruce W. Chapman, officiating. Calling hours will be from 4 - 8 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017, at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. Burial will be in Martinsburg Cemetery in the spring. Contributions may be made to Beaver Valley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 127, Castorland, NY 13620.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Pearl; four children and their spouses, Pamela and Robin Hoskins of Port Leyden; Douglas and Deborah Peebles of Barnes Corners; Steven and Hanh Peebles of Liverpool; Lloyd Peebles and his companion, Joyce of Denmark; a brother, Charles Peebles of Lowville; a sister, Louise Schantz of Lowville; 21grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by granddaughters, Annette Blair Merry; Janessa and Jessica Peebles; and three brothers, Henry and his wife, Loretta Peebles, James Peebles, Austin Peebles; and a sister-in-law, Ardis Peebles.

Harold was born on April 10, 1921 at home in Lowville, a son of the late Lloyd and Mary Austin Peebles. He graduated from Lowville Academy in 1940. While in school, he worked on the family farm, and for area farms. He worked in construction prior to his marriage. On December 6, 1952, he married Pearl E. Berrus at Lowville United Methodist Church. Harold continued working in the construction of bridges until, together with his wife, the couple purchased a dairy farm on Route 26 in Denmark in 1959. Harold and Pearl operated the dairy farm for many years, until retiring, and selling the farm to their son, Lloyd.

Mr. Peebles was a member of Beaver Valley United Methodist Church, Naumburg. He was a life member of B.P.O.E. #1605, Lowville Elks Lodge, a member of the North Country Draft Horse Club, and a member of the former Denmark Grange. Harold served on the Board of Directors of the Northern New York Farmer’s Market.

He enjoyed refinishing furniture. Harold loved hunting, draft horses, and attending his grandsons’ go cart races. He was an avid Jeff Gordon fan.

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

Natalie B. Ripp


February 3, 1925 to January 7, 2017

Port Leyden- Natalie B. Ripp, 91, formerly of Mechanic St., widow of John M. passed away while under the loving care of her family at Lewis Co. Extended Care Facility, Lowville, on Saturday, January 7, 2016.

She was born in Syracuse, NY, on February 23, 1925, a daughter of La Verne and Frances Fleming Boland. Natalie grew up in Syracuse, where she graduated from Most Holy Rosary High School. There after she furthered her education graduating from Marywood College, Scranton, PA, where she earned a Bachelor Degree in Home Economics. Afterwards Natalie moved to Port Leyden, where she taught Home Economics at Port Leyden Central School.

On December 23, 1948, Natalie was united in marriage with John M. Ripp at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Syracuse, NY. Later for many years Mrs. Ripp was employed as a substitute teacher, before teaching reading for several years at the Howard G. Sackett BOCES Center, Glenfield. Mr. Ripp passed away on May 30, 1985.
She is survived by six sons, William, Bradenton, FL, Michael (Judy) Lyons Falls, Mark, Lebanon, TN, Brian, Port Leyden, Sean, (Lou Anne) Sackets Harbor, Alan (Lyn) Port Leyden; four daughters, Mary Ripp, Port Leyden, Patricia (Thomas) Koubek, Howell, NJ, Kathleen Ripp, Hawthorne, NY, and Laura (Paul) Lazarus, Lowville; thirteen grandchildren, many great grandchildren and one sister, Carolyn Jaquin Winter Park, FL. She was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Boland.

Mrs. Ripp’s family extends a note of heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the entire 4th floor staff of Lewis County Extended Care Facility for the wonderful and compassionate care extended to Natalie.

Funeral Services will begin on Wednesday, with a 10:15 am Prayer Service, at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St., Boonville, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00A.M. at St. Joseph’s Church of Christ Our Hope Parish, Boonville, where Rev. Thomas Ward, pastor, assisted by Deacon James Chaufty, a longtime friend of the Ripp family will officiate. Calling hours are Tuesday, 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home. A spring interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Port Leyden. Memorial Contributions may be made to Port Leyden Fire Company, P.O. Box # 652, Port Leyden, NY 13433.

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

Phyllis Ruby Davis

January 22, 1921  -  January 1, 2017

LOWVILLE - Our mother Phyllis Ruby Davis left this world to be with her beloved husband Donald Charles Davis on Sunday afternoon January 1st at the Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility. Phyllis was born January 22, 1921 in Lowville, the daughter of Raymond and Pearl Rowsam. She graduated from Lowville Academy. Phyllis was united in marriage to Donald C. Davis on August 28, 1938.

During World War II she drove a 2.5 ton Army truck on Camp Drum. Later she operated "Phyl's Beauty Shop" for many years before going back for Nurses Aid training. She started at the Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility on their opening day of operations. She eventually transferred into the Activities Department where she eventually retired.

She is survived by her daughters Carole A. Butcher, The Villages, FL, Cynthia E. Davis, Lowville, NY and her son Jeffrey D. Davis, Cazenovia, NY.  Grand children Dawn Schilling The Villages FL, Keagen Davis, Springfield, MA and Leaha Davis Wilson, Champaign, IL.  and several great- great grand children.

She was predeceased by her Husband Donald Davis 1994 and brothers Kennith and Bernard "Bing" Rowsam.   

There will be no calling hours. There will be a private spring burial in the Beaches Bridge Cemetery.

The Davis family would like to extend their gratitude and sincere thanks to the entire 3rd floor staff at the Lewis County Health Care Facility for the care and compassion they gave our Mother Phyllis. God Bless and Thank You all so much.

To leave an online message of sympathy, please visit www.sundquistfh.com

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