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Shirley Ann Pleskach

GLENFIELD - Shirley Ann Pleskach, 85, died early Friday morning, December 30, 2016 at Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility where she had resided since spring of 2013.

Elwood E. McDougall

Port Leyden- Elwood E. McDougall, Sr. 70, of River Road, husband of Phyllys, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital, New Hartford, following a brief illness.

Elwood was born on February 6, 1946 in Lyonsdale, a son of B. Raymond and Anna Sweeney McDougall. He was a graduate of Port Leyden High School, with the Class of 1964. While in school he accelerated at the sport of baseball, and throughout his life enjoyed the sport, playing on many local softball teams. On December 3, 1968, Elwood was united in marriage with the love of his life, Phyllys Champion at Forest Presbyterian Church, Lyons Falls.

For several years Elwood was employed as a painter at Petti Bone Co., Rome, before his employment with Law Bros. Construction of Lyons Falls. He was also employed by Herkimer Curtains & Fabric, Fischer Auto Parts, and Clarks Beach Motel, Old Forge.

Elwood was an avid outdoorsman and sportsmen, fond memories were made by the time he spent at camp with his family and friends.

Elwood is survived by his wife Phyllys, four daughters: Theresa (Gary) Outtrim, Old Forge, Paula (Allan) Hoffert, Jr., Constableville, Kristen McDougall, Boonville, and Kim (Gene) Clark, Jr., Rome; one son Elwood McDougall, Jr. and his fiancé Kayla Irving, 23 grandchildren, among whom is Dylan who resided with Elwood, 19 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers and 3 sisters. He was predeceased by his parents and 5 brothers.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 12:00 noon at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Calling hours will be held from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Port Leyden Fire Hall, P.O. Box #652, Port Leyden, New York 13433, to Medevac Flights, or a go fund me page has been set up.

Amelia M. Hill

August 23, 1920 to December 27, 2016

LOWVILLE - Amelia M. Hill, 96, died Tuesday morning, December 27, 2016, at Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility where she had resided since September.

Mrs. Hill was born August 23, 1920, in Croghan, the daughter of the late William J. and Flora N. (Zehr) Zehr. Amelia worked at Climax Mfg. for a few years in Castorland prior to her marriage to Bernard Alton Hill on April 26, 1947 at Carthage Methodist Church, parsonage, with Rev. Harold H. Barnard, officiating. Together the couple owned and operated a dairy farm on the Boshart Road where Amelia enjoyed tending her rather large garden, canning, knitting and for a time crocheting. She and her husband retired in 1978, when they moved to East State Street in Lowville. For 24 winters, they spent time in Clermont, FL. Bernard died on August 16, 2002.

Amelia is survived by her two children, Douglas B. and Martha Hill of Cicero and her daughter, Carol A. Valentine and husband Ronald of Oneonta; her sister, Delia Martin of Croghan; her four grandchildren: Kimberly Valentine and Danny Bush, Kevin Valentine, Elisabeth Coles and Sarah Hill and three great grandchildren, Meghan Coles, Kasey Valentine and Kathleen Valentine.

Amelia is predeceased by six sisters, including her triplet sisters, Dora Kloster, Dorothy Kloster and Doris Hill, Pearl Hayes, Florence Hellinger and Mae Farney and four brothers, Leon, Arthur, Roy and Ira Zehr.


The funeral will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2016, at 12:00 PM, at the Sundquist Funeral Home with Rev. Bruce W. Chapman, officiating. Burial will take place in the spring at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Croghan. Family and friends may call at the funeral home Saturday one hour prior to the funeral from 11:00 AM to 12:00 NOON.

Memorial in Amelia’s name may be made to: a charity of your choice.

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

Florence L. Lehman


NEW BREMEN – Florence L. Lehman, 84, of Patty Street, New Bremen, passed away Wednesday evening, December 28, 2016, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, under the loving care of her family and Lewis County Hospice.

Calling hours are from 6-9 p.m. on Monday, January 2, 2017, at Lowville Mennonite Church. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Lowville Mennonite Church, with Rev. Keith Zehr and Rev. Evan Zehr officiating. A luncheon will follow at the church. Burial will be in the Croghan Mennonite Cemetery in the spring. Contributions may be made Faithful Workers Sewing Circle at Lowville Mennonite Church, C/O Eunice Roggie, 5563 Woodlawn Ave, Lowville, NY 13367 or Lewis County Office for the Aging, 7660 State Street, Lowville, NY 13367.

She is survived by five children and their spouses, Sheryl and John Nespor of San Diego, California; Sue and Kevin Roggie of Lowville; Perry Lehman of Lowville; Cindy and David Lapp of New Bremen; Mark and Dixie Lehman of Lowville; brothers and sisters, Sherwood and Linda Zehr of Black River; Estella Yancey of Florida; Rachael Widrick of Lowville; sisters-in-law, Geraldine Zehr of Castorland; Janet Zehr of Croghan; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her husband, Daniel Lehman; three brothers, Gilbert Zehr, Clifford Zehr, and Henry and his wife Mable Zehr; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Rosella and Walter Thompson, Grace and Elmer Steria, and Eleanor Zehr, who passed away in infancy; a sister-in-law Joan Zehr; and brothers-in-law, Clyde Yancey and Sherwood Widrick.

Florence was born on December 11, 1932, at home in Croghan, NY, a daughter of the late David H. and Veronica Widrick Zehr. She attended country school in Belfort, Beaver River Central School, and completed her schooling at Copenhagen Central School. On November 2, 1950, she married Daniel S. Lehman at Lowville Mennonite Church, with Rev. Lloyd Boshart officiating. Together with her husband, she owned and operated a third-generation dairy farm on the Snell Road from 1961 until retiring in 1995, when they sold the farm to their son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Dixie Lehman. During their time of operation, they were awarded the Lewis County Conservation District’s Farmer of the Year honors in 1976.

Mrs. Lehman was a member of the Lowville Mennonite Church. She was also a faithful participant of Lowville Mennonite Sewing Circle and a dedicated caregiver at Brookside Senior Living Community.

She enjoyed sewing, counted cross stitch, gardening, cooking and baking, and most of all, helping others. She lived a life of true service and touched countless lives.

Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com .

Myra L. Szyikowski

June 1, 1926 to December 26, 2016

Myra L. Szyikowski, widow of the late Henry J. Szyikowski, and longtime resident of Boonville, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2016 after a brief illness at Faxton- St. Luke’s Healthcare. Myra was born in Forestport, N.Y. on June 1, 1926. She was the daughter of George (“Fred”) and Susan Roberts Worden. She was a graduate of Forestport High School, Class of 1944. For a time Myra worked as a housekeeper for the Rhodes family and later at Snow Top beverage.

On November 16, 1946 Myra married Henry J. Szyikowski and made their home on Echo Lake Rd. in Boonville. Myra was a housewife and mother who took care of their son, John. She enjoyed canning and freezing all the produce from their garden at harvest time. She loved flowers and enjoyed taking care of her flower beds. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church- Christ Our Hope in Boonville and was involved in school activities at Adirondack where John attended school. In her later years she enjoyed crocheting afghans and scarves which she would give to friends, family, and veterans to enjoy. She also knew how to play solitaire 3 different ways and would do so most afternoons. She had a sharp memory and recalling many stories and past events with great detail and accuracy.

Myra is survived by her daughter-in-law, Susan; granddaughter, Meghan (Mark) Mambretti and her “little munchkins”, great-grandchildren Joseph, Molly, Alexandra and John Mambretti: her God-daughter, Connie Charbonneau Raschella and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Henry; daughter, Susan Jane; son, John Henry and her five siblings; Clarence (“Bud”), Frances, Harold (Red), Ruth and Catherine.

Her Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, December 30, at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph’s Church of Christ Our Hope Catholic Community, Charles St. Boonville, with Rev. Thomas Ward officiating. Interment in the spring will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Boonville. Calling hours are Thursday 4-7 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made
to the John Szyikowski Memorial Scholarship Fund C/O Adirondack Central School, 110 Ford St. Boonville, NY 13309, or to the Boonville Fire Company Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 164, Boonville, NY 13309.

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

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