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Margaret Massaro

November 27, 1919 to December 30, 2016


Boonville- Margaret Massaro, 97, resident of the Post St. IRA Facility, passed away on Friday, December 30, 2016, following a brief illness.

Margaret was born on November 27, 1919, and was educated in Rome. For many years she was employed in various homes, where she assisted in the housekeeping duties. Since March of 2006, Margaret resided at the Post St. IRA in Boonville, where she also attended the Schoonmaker Day Habilitation Program.

Margaret was a very social and outgoing person and lifted everyone’s spirits around her; she enjoyed singing, dancing, music, and playing bingo, and was also fond of the Holiday Season. She was of the Catholic faith.

Margaret is survived by one son, Anthony Massaro, Syracuse, and her many friends at the Post Street IRA.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, January 5, at 12:00 noon at the Trainor Funeral home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville., with Rev. Thomas Ward, officiating. Interment in the spring will be in West Leyden Rural Cemetery. There will be a calling hour from 11:00 until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Schoonmaker Day Hab Program.

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

Adolph Kulpa

May 23, 1935  -  December 29, 2016

Boonville- Adolph Kulpa, 81, died peacefully in his sleep Thursday morning, December 29, 2016, after a lengthy illness.

He was born at home in the town of Leyden on May 23, 1935, a son of the late Stanley and Harriet Lepkowski Kulpa. He grew up on the family farm on East Road and graduated from Port Leyden High School in 1953. For a short time Adolf played the accordion for the East Road Rhythm Riders Band. He worked at various jobs and served in the U.S. Army from 1955-57. Upon his honorable discharge he was employed at various construction jobs. On June 24, 1961 he was united in marriage to Josephine Lovenduski at St. Mary’s Church, Constableville, a union of 55 years. The couple lived on Route 26, Constableville until purchasing a farm on the East Road in 1966. Adolf operated the farm with his wife and later in partnership with his son Patrick. Adolf enjoyed gardening, his RTV, newspapers and word search.

Surviving are his wife, Josephine; sons, Patrick and Rebecca Kulpa, Boonville, Matthew and Crystal Kulpa, Davisburg, Michigan; brothers and sisters, Theodore and Mary Lou Kulpa, Castleton, NY, Constance and Carol Kulpa, Boonville, Stanley Kulpa and Beverley Pietraallo, Westerly, Rhode Island, Veronica Lorek, New Hartford and Charlotte and Frank Bumbolo, Canastota; granddaughters, Mariah and Gabrielle, Boonville, Raquel and Christiance, Davisburg, Michigan; step grandson and granddaughters, Jarred and Brittany Jackson, O’Fallon, Mo, Zachary and Jan Jackson, Boonville, Ethan Jackson and Taylor Medeiros, Boonville and Jennifer and Jeff Braun, Rome; 14 step great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two infant sons, sister, Helen in 1942, brothers Francis in 1955 and Bernard in 2013 and brother in law Edward Lorek in 2012.

In keeping with Adolph’s wishes there will be no calling hours or funeral. A graveside service will be held in the spring at Calvary cemetery in Port Leyden.

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

Mary Louise VanTran

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July 11, 1960  -  December 22, 2016

LOWVILLE – Mary Louise Vantran, 56, of late a resident of Focus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center of Utica, died on Thursday, December 22, 2016.

Mary Lou was born in Lowville on July 11, 1960 the daughter of the late Stanley E. and Gene E. (Sprague) Vantran, where she graduated from Lowville Academy and Central School. She worked with her father after high school for a short period before becoming a nurse’s aide at Lewis County General Hospital. She also worked at a nearby adult home, before briefly attending Paul Smith’s culinary arts program.

She was a member of the Lowville United Methodist Church, and the First United Methodist Church in Watertown where she resided later in life. She appreciated the opportunity to travel as a youth with the Girl Scouts, and later as an adult on a trip to Holland to visit friends there. She enjoyed crocheting and puzzles, but she truly loved flowers & cooking for herself and others.

Mary Lou is gratefully remembered for her kindness to all who knew her by her surviving brother and sister-in-law, John and Kimberly Vantran, and her four nephews: Ben, Luke, Matt, and Jack Vantran, all of Parkton, MD.

A memorial service will be held in the springtime, at the Lowville United Methodist Church.

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


Kathleen S. Haigh

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July 13, 1925 to December 25, 2016

LOWVILLE - Kathleen S. Haigh 91, joined her savior early Christmas morning while at Sunset Nursing Home.

Kay was born July 13, 1925 in Rochester NY. She was the youngest of five siblings raised by a widowed and blind mother. Employed by Eastman-Kodak during WWII, moved to Washington DC working for AAA where she met and married James R. Haigh Sept.29, 1949. They moved to Groton CT in 1966, where Kay was employed by Hartford National Bank.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in special ed from UCONN 1972 and taught at UCP’s Little White Schoolhouse. Kay sang with Eastern CT Symphony Chorus and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity. She was an active member of Christ United Methodist Church in Groton. After the death of husband Bob in 1988, she retired and re-located to Lowville NY.

Continuing her public service, Kay served on Lewis Co. citizen patrol, delivered meals-on-wheels, was Program Director of Lewis Co. literacy volunteers, and an active member of Lowville Baptist Church.

Kay is survived by her three children: Jeffrey A. Haigh of Ladenburg Germany, Janet L.Haigh of Waterford CT, Russell E. Haigh of Croghan NY, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren.

Memorials in Kay’s name may be made to: Literacy Volunteers of America

Arrangements are with the Sunquist Funeral Home, to convey online condolences, please use www.sundquistfh.com

Elmer W. Nafziger


October 3, 1925 - December 22, 2016

LOWVILLE - Elmer W. Nafziger, 91, formerly of James Street, died early Thursday morning, December 22, 2016, at Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility where he was a resident since December of 2014.

Mr. Nafziger was born on October 3, 1925, in the town of Martinsburg, the son of the late Joseph M. and Rose (Widrick) Nafziger. Elmer attended rural school on the Lee Road in the town of Martinsburg and Lowville Free Academy.

He married Gladys Mae Yousey on September 12, 1950, at Croghan Conservative Mennonite Church with Rev. Lloyd Boshart officiating. Elmer and Gladys were the owners of Evergreen View Farm in Martinsburg. Gladys died in December of 2014.
Elmer was a member of Lowville Mennonite Church where he served as a trustee, usher, and car parker.

He is survived by his six children: Lillian and Robert Steria of Croghan; Harlan and Ann Nafziger of St. Augustine, FL; Sidney and Beth Nafziger of Lowville; Wesley and Kendra Nafziger of Elkhart, IN; Isabel and David Norris of Lowville; Cora and Michael Zehr of Lowville; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three sisters: Arlene and Anthony Zehr of Croghan; Mary and Nelson Roes of Croghan; and Doris Roggie of Croghan. He is predeceased by a granddaughter, Diane Nafziger.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, January 2, 2017, at Lowville Mennonite Church, with Rev. Keith Zehr and Rev. Evan Zehr officiating. There will be no calling hours. Spring burial will be in Croghan Mennonite Cemetery.

Elmer’s family wishes to extend our gratitude for the compassionate care provided by the 1st Floor Lewis County RHCF staff.

Memorials in Elmer’s name may be made to: Mennonite Disaster Service in c/o Lois Zehr, 6595 East Road Extension, Lowville, NY 13367, Or to: the Missional Fund of Lowville Mennonite Church, PO Box 167, Lowville, NY 13367

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

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