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Stanley Czepiel, Jr.

Czepiel obit

June 6, 1927 - February 12, 2017

Stanley Czepiel, Jr, 89, of Fort Pierce, Florida passed away February 12, 2017.

Stanley was born in Utica, New York on June 6, 1927; the son of Stanley and Cornelia (Walarus) Czepiel. Stan was a self-made businessman. He started his own auto service station shortly after serving in the military. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Stan operated 5 Brothers Trading Post in West Leyden, New York and Czepiel Real Estate in West Leyden and Boonville, New York for many years before moving to Fort Pierce, Florida.

In November of 1954, he married Florence Hrim. Together they had three children. After the marriage ended, Stanley met Florence Bergden and enjoyed a loving relationship until his passing.
Stan was a member of many business and military organizations. He was very proud of his children and his business endeavors. Stan enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include children; Diana (Roger) Turek of Evergreen, Colorado, Daniel (Lorrie) Czepiel of Boonville, New York, and Stanley III (Brenda) of Lake Bonaparte, New York; as well as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his long-time companion, Florence Bergden of Fort Pierce, Florida and her family. Stan was predeceased by sisters, Josephine, Helen, Catherine, Sally and Emily; and brothers, Michael, John, Theodore, and Joseph.

Memorial contributions may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice 5090 Dunn Road Fort Pierce, Florida 34981.

Arrangements are under the direction of Haisley Funeral Home and Cremation Services 3015 Okeechobee Road Fort Pierce, Florida 34947.

To leave an on-line message of sympathy, please visit www.haisleyfuneralhome.com 

John C. Hirschey

Hirschey obit

June 12, 1943 to February 9, 2017

LOWVILLE - John C. Hirschey, 73, died Thursday, February 9, 2017 at his home.

John was born on June 12, 1943 in Lowville the son of the late Leland A. and Bernice S. (Farney) Hirschey. He graduated from Lowville Academy and Central School in 1961 and Jefferson Community College; he continued his education and graduated with a bachelor’s in accounting from Rochester Institute of Technology. He married Molly A. Grandjean on October 2, 1965 at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Robert Stover, officiating. The couple made their home in Lowville. John was a well known CPA in Lowville for over 40 years where he established, The Accounting Firm of Hirschey and Associates. Molly died on Saturday, January 13, 2001.

He is survived by his children, Erik S. and Pamela J. Hirschey of Glenfield; Heidi L. Hirschey of Morristown, NJ; his sisters, LuWenda M. Mohrman; Sara A. (Scott) King; Martha J. Cuilla; Rebecca J. Hirschey; Kristina M. Panowicz; and Laura L. (Samuel) Villanti; his brothers, Ronald L.; Bruce E. (Gayle); Michael L. (Judy); Martin A. (Linda); Randall L. (Shirley); Loren D.; Norman J. (Vikki); and Daniel J. Hirschey, his mother-in-law, Shirley J. Grandjean; his in-laws; Reginald (Kathy) Grandjean; Rosie (Michael) Souva; Diane (Robert) Purvines and Richard Campbell; several nieces and nephews.

John is predeceased by his sister, Diane Bernice; his father-in-law, Lester Grandjean; a brother-in-law, Timothy J. Panowicz; sisters-in-law, Cynthia G. Campbell; Rita S. and her husband Harry F. Ortlieb.

He loved history, classic boats, and old cars and was a member of Northern Cruisers of Lowville. He was in the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce and was businessman of the year in 2000. He served on numerous boards including: Oswegatchie FFA Camp, Brookside Senior Living Community, Ives Hill Retirement Community, and Lewis County Hospital Foundation. He was a past member of the Lowville Kiwanis. He supported fundraisers for Lowville Academy and Central School, FFA Camp Oswegatchie, the Lowville Fire Department and Marine Corps Toys for Tots.

John loved spending time with Molly and his children at their camp on Soft Maple and spending time with his family at numerous gatherings. He enjoyed woodworking, working on anything with an engine, and generally getting his hands dirty.
Mr. Hirschey served in the U.S. Army stateside during Vietnam and was honorably discharged.

His funeral service will be on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Lowville Mennonite Church with Rev. Evan Zehr officiating. Spring burial will be in Martinsburg Cemetery.

Family and friends may call at the church on Monday, February 13th, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9:00P.M.

Memorials in John's name may be made to: Lewis County Hospital Foundation, 7785 N. State Street, Lowville, NY 13367; or Lowville Mennonite Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 167, Lowville, NY 13367

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

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

Lawrence E. Ernst

Ernst obit


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

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