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The latest stories from Watertown Daily Times as of Fri, 22 Mar 2019 18:22:54 -0400
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  • 03/21/19--13:41: Randell E. Boice
  • Randell E. Boice, 61, a resident of Greenwich passed away after a brief illness on March 20, 2019 at Saratoga Hospital surrounded by his loving wife, son and sister.

    He was born July 3, 1957 in Olympia, WA to Mary Kathryn and Robert A. Boice.

    Randell never failed to see the humor in any given situation and always made others around him smile and laugh. He served his country proudly in the United States Army as a medic and used his skills later in life as a registered nurse for over 30 years. He was a loving father, husband, brother and son. Randell enjoyed antiques or any odd knick knacks he could find and driving around Washington County with his wife enjoying the scenery. He enjoyed the Adirondacks and was a member of the Little Killdare Adirondack Club.

    In addition to his parents’ survivors include his loving wife Catherine Gross Boice of Greenwich; son Christian Boice of Watertown, NY; sister Kathryn Boice Sullivan and her fiancé William B. McCurdy Jr. of Kalamazoo, MI; nephew Jacob L. Sullivan and niece Meghan M. Sullivan.

    A memorial service for family and friends will be held at 7pm Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at the Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, 80 Main St, Greenwich, NY, 12834.

    Family and friends may pay their respects from 6-7pm prior to the service at the funeral home.

    Donations in Randell’s name may be made to Community Hospice, 179 Lawrence St, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866.

    Online condolences and messages to the family may be made at

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  • 03/21/19--13:42: Beverly Conklin
  • Hailesboro – Beverly Conklin, 82, passed away on Tuesday in Florida. A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 25th at 11 am at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur. Calling hours are on Sunday 4-7 pm & Monday 10-11 am, previous to the funeral.

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    PARISHVILLE—Arrangements for 85 year old Willard J. “Billy” Robinson, a resident of 928 County Rt. 58, are incomplete at this time with the Buck Funeral Home in Colton. Mr. Robinson passed away Tuesday afternoon at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital. A complete obituary will be available when finalized. The Buck Funeral Home in Colton is serving the family of Willard J. “Billy” Robinson.

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  • 03/21/19--13:42: Loretta S. “Petey” Regan
  • NORWOOD – Arrangements for 88 year old Loretta S. “Petey” Regan, a resident of Pleasant Street, Norwood, are incomplete at this time with the Buck Funeral Home in Norwood. Mrs. Regan passed away early Thursday morning at the Hill Haven Nursing Home in Webster, NY after a brief stay. A complete obituary will be available when finalized. The Buck Funeral Home in Norwood is serving the family of Loretta S. “Petey” Regan.

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  • 03/21/19--13:42: Trevor J. Reed
  • HERMON – Trevor J. Reed, age 40, of Hermon, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

    Calling hours will be held at French Funeral Home in Edwards on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. His funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Edwards Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery. Condolences may be shared online at

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  • 03/21/19--13:42: Lynn L. Johnson
  • Lynn L. Johnson, 73, of 224 S. Meadow St., Watertown, passed away March 20, 2019 at the Samaritan Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.

    He was born on December 31, 1945 in Batavia, NY, son of Lynn and Eleanor Warren Johnson. Lynn graduated from Batavia High School in 1965. Following school he entered the US Army on September 3, 1965. He served in Vietnam and received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was honorably discharged on August 30, 1968.

    Upon his honorable discharge he returned home and became a NYS corrections officer. He worked at the Watertown Correctional Facility, Attica Correctional Facility and retired from Cape Vincent Correctional Facility in 2000. While an officer at Attica Correctional Facility he was a hostage during Attica riot.

    He married Mildred I. Eiholzer of Morrisville, NY, on April 16, 1987 in South Carolina. The couple resided in Watertown.

    Mr. Johnson was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

    Among his survivors are his loving wife, Mildred I. Johnson, Watertown, two daughters, Jaimie Kramer and her fiance Bill Knapp, Hamilton, NY, Tricia and Jeff Zehr, Lorraine, 12 grandchildren, a sister, Sheila Mulwane, Bainbridge, NY, and several nieces and nephews.

    Family will receive friends on Saturday, May 4 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m., at the Hart & Bruce Funeral Home 117 N. Massey St., Watertown. The Funeral Service will immediately follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with honors from Cape Vincent Correctional Facility Honor Guard.

    Military honors will be held at a later date at the Western New York National Cemetery in Pembroke, NY, where he will be entombed.

    Online condolences may be made at

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  • 03/21/19--13:42: David E. Compeau
  • David E. Compeau, age 76 of Glen Park passed away at his home Wednesday evening with his family by his side.

    David was born June 27, 1942 in Watertown the son of Earl and Irene Burrows Compeau. He graduated from General Brown Central High School. He served in the US Navy from 1960 to 1964 and then served in the Naval Reserve until 1966.

    He married Barbara J. Getman on August 21, 1965 at the Brownville United Methodist Church. David worked as a truck-driver and safety officer at Seaway Motor Express, SMX Trucking and was co-owner of 3 Knights Enterprises. After retirement he worked in sales at Gander Mountain.

    Dave was very active in the Dexter United Methodist Church, was a Lay-Leader, helped start the Town ofBrownville Food Pantry, also was a life-time member and past Fire Chief and officer of the Glen Park Fire Dept. and was instrumental in designing and building the current Glen Park Fire Station. He was also a member of Dexter American Legion and former member of the Masons.

    He is survived by his wife Barbara and two daughters: Renee Kolb of Glen Park and Robin and Matt Brouty of Brownville. Grandchildren include Derrick and Chelsea Kolb, Corrine Brouty, Kendall Kolb, Amanda Brouty and her fiancé Matt Julian. A brother Gary Compeau of Vermont also survives.

    He was predeceased by his parents, two sisters Susan Douglas and Linda Tapke.

    A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, March 30th at Dexter United Methodist Church at 11:00 AM with Rev. Sally Buyea officiating. He will be cremated. Donations may be made to the Dexter United Methodist Church, Glen Park Fire Dept. or Hospice of Jefferson County. Online condolences may be made to Arrangements are through Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter.

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  • 03/21/19--13:42: John C. Mitchell
  • Private graveside services for John C. Mitchell, age 92, of Hammond, NY, will be held in the Spring at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery in Waddington, NY. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg. Mr. Mitchell passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at Riverledge Rehabilitation Facility.

    John is survived by his wife, Ann; daughter, Deborah Mitchell of Ogdensburg, NY; twin sons, David and Donald Mitchell, who continue to operate the family farm and a beloved niece, Dorothy Wilson of Rock Island, TN. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters, Viola Pemberton and Margaret Noble.

    John was born on February 6, 1927, on the Mitchell Road in Macomb, NY, to Clair and Clara Castle Mitchell. When he was five the family moved to Dannamora where his father was a cook at the prison. In 1939, they moved to a dairy farm in Waddington, NY. On June 16, 1949, he married Ann Allison and they continued to farm until 1956 when the St. Lawrence Seaway took the farm. It was located on the narrowest point in the St. Lawrence, known as Point Three Points. They purchased a farm in Hammond in 1955.

    John was a member of the Hammond Volunteer Fire Department for many years and a cook at the Hammond 4-H and FFA Fair, known for his hamburgers. He was a Harley-Davidson enthusiast, owning four in his lifetime and loved fast boats, snowmobiles, ice fishing and parties at the “Sugar House,” a camp on the farm.

    John was known for his love of all animals, the family requests that any donations in his memory be made to the St. Lawrence Valley SPCA, PO BOX 594, Ogdensburg, NY 13669.

    Online condolences may be made at

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  • 03/21/19--13:42: Amedeo “Hag” Cappione
  • MASSENA - Amedeo “Hag” Cappione of 148 River Drive, Massena died Sunday, March 17, 2019 at his winter home in Winter Haven, Florida after a short illness.

    Hag was born in Massena on March 8, 1930 to Philomena and Amedeo Cappione. He was the 6th of 9 children and is survived by his sister, Loretta “Wella” Opalka, his brothers, Sam (Lena), Francis “Bucky” and Joseph (Sally) Cappione.

    He graduated from Massena High School in 1948, attended Manlius Military Academy and St. Bonaventure College where he played football. He enlisted in the Army and fought in the Korean Conflict.

    Hag owned and operated many businesses in the Massena area and was a long-time member of the Italian-American Club and Massena Country Club. Hag loved golf and was proud to have hit a hole-in-one 7 times.

    In addition to his brothers and sister, Hag is survived by his wife Susan; his son, Amedeo (Jennifer) and his granddaughter, Tessa. He was loved also by his step daughters Allie Magnanti and Amanda (Matt) Cummings; six step grandchildren and three great granddaughters; and many neices and nephews.

    Hag will be remembered for the twinkle in his eye, his devilish grin, his eternal optimism and his love of family.

    A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring.

    Local arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where memories and condolences may be shared online at

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  • 03/21/19--13:50: Laverne Kay Montalbano
  • CROGHAN – Laverne Kay Montalbano, 78, of Long Pond Road, Croghan, passed away Thursday morning, March 21, 2019 at the Lewis County Residential Facility.

    Calling hours are from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., 5702 Waters Road, Lowville , with a closing prayer at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family at Gospel Hall Cemetery in Belfort, N.Y.

    She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Nicholas; two sisters, Marlene Urtz of Lee Center, N.Y.; Sandra and George Neill of Georgetown, C.A.; special friends, Ernie and Elsie Iverson of Minnestota; Kelly Balash of Lowville, N.Y.; Patrica Pike; Barbara and Gordon Monnat; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

    Laverne was born on October 4, 1940 in Lowville, N.Y., a daughter of the late Harold and Virginia Yousey Noftsier. She graduated from West Leyden Central High School in 1958. On June 11, 1960 she married Nicholas A. Montalbano. Laverne worked as a billing supervisor for Revere Copper Products in Rome, N.Y. for 43 years. She was a former member of the Methodist Church of Donna, TX, and a Life Member and past President of the Mohican Model A Ford Club of Central N.Y., and the Ononabago Winnies RV Club of Central N.Y. Laverne also loved dinning out, reading, and traveling by R.V. to historic places in America. She enjoyed spending her winters in South Texas.

    The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Burke and his nurse, Sandy Oblick, and the staff at the Lewis County Hospital and Residential Facility.

    Condolences may be shared online at .

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  • 03/22/19--09:39: Dorothy (Dot) Smithers
  • SMITHERS, DOROTHY (DOT) of Copake Falls, NY formerly of Lynbrook, NY and Hutchinson Island, FL. passed peacefully on March 13th2019 in upstate NY in her 100th year. Predeceased by her loving husband Charles. Devoted Mother of Nancy Hescheles and Janet Virkus beloved Mother in law of David Hescheles and Philip Macallister, loving Grandmother of Kimberly Hines, Matthew Virkus, Jennifer Anschel, and Jessica Joyce, survived by 5 beautiful Great Grand Children. Dorothy was a member of the woman’s auxiliary at the Vulcan Fire Department in Lynbrook, became a volunteer driver for the visually impaired and was the secretary for the Athletic Director at LHS for 25 years. Her family was the center of her life. Dorothy was strongly influenced by her faith. She successfully dealt with the struggles of aging and always found the good in life. Celebration of her life will be in the spring. In memory of Dorothy please show an act of kindness.

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  • 03/22/19--13:34: Beverly J. Conklin
  • Hailesboro - Beverly J. Conklin, 82, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Tidewell Hospice House in Venice, Florida while residing with her companion David Porter of Adams Center.

    A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 25th at 11 AM at Green Funeral Home in Gouverneur with lay minister Martha Helmer officiating and burial to follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Richville. Calling hours will be on Sunday from 4-7 pm and Monday from 10-11 am preceding the funeral service. A celebration of life will take place at the Gouverneur Community Center following the burial.

    Beverly was born on September 18, 1936, the daughter of Donald Brown and Dorothy Hayden Brown.

    Beverly graduated from Gouverneur Central School in 1954 and attended Alfred State College before becoming a lab Technician at E. J. Noble Hospital Gouverneur in 1954. She retired in August of 1996 after 40 years as laboratory supervisor.

    Beverly married Arthur Tibbits in June 1956. The marriage ended in 1983. She married Richard Conklin on June 13, 1992. Richard passed away on March 20, 2013.

    She enjoyed playing bridge, volunteering and fundraising for cancer and other organizations, golfing, gardening and spending time with her family.

    She is survived by her three children, Tamara and William Kukula of Cicero, Teryl and David Norris of Tennessee and Toran Tibbits and his companion Tonya Patton of Fowler, 7 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 4 sisters, Bethany Kirby, Kathy and Phillip Bigarel, Vickey and Terry Newvine, Karen and Thomas Green, and many nieces and nephews.

    Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

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    PARISHVILLE- Graveside services for Willard (Billy) James Robinson , 85, of Parishville, NY, who passed away on March 19, 2019 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, will be held in the springtime in the Fairview Cemetery, Parishville. In keeping with Billy’s wishes, there will be no funeral services or calling hours at this time. A celebration in memory of Billy will be scheduled for the summer. Billy was born in Syracuse, NY to Willard B. and Mary Violet (Carbary) Robinson on January 24, 1934. He attended the Potsdam Campus School and then Potsdam High School graduating in 1953. He married Shirley Pryce on November 25, 1957. He worked as a private painting contractor for many years and was the co-owner and operator of JEBS Market in Parishville, NY until 1998. Billy was an avid outdoorsman and naturalist. His favorite time was spent at the log cabin in Hopkinton that he built by hand with his family.

    Billy is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Shirley (Pryce) Robinson of Parishville, two sons James (Ellen) Robinson of Germantown, MD and Lawrence (Chikako) Robinson of Potsdam, a daughter Jennifer (Charles) Henry, Canton, one half-sister Virginia Ward, Potsdam, 8 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother Charles Robinson. Memorial donations in Billy’s memory may be made to the Parishville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 264 Parishville, NY and memories and condolences may be shared online at . The Buck Funeral Home in Colton is serving the family of Willard (Billy) James Robinson.

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  • 03/22/19--13:34: Mary D. Todd
  • Canton-Funeral arrangements for Mary D. Todd, 82, of Canton, formerly of Higley are incomplete with Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Mary was the wife of Richard K. Todd. An obituary will appear as soon as available.

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  • 03/22/19--13:34: Lena Bearup
  • Lena Bearup, 95, formerly of Emerson St. and widow of George Bearup, Sr., passed away Thursday March 21st at the Samaritan Summit Village where she was a resident.

    Calling hours are scheduled for Monday March 25th from 4 pm - 7 pm at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home with a funeral mass on Tuesday at St. Anthony’s Church at a time to be announced.

    A complete obituary will follow. Arrangements are with the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown.

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  • 03/22/19--13:34: Sally J. Gray
  • Sally J. Gray, 75, of Clayton passed away at her home surrounded by her family Thursday, March 21, 2019.

    Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Monday, March 25, from 4 - 7 PM . The funeral service will be at River Community Church at 11 AM on Tuesday, March 26, with Rev. Bob Bausum presiding. Burial will be at the convenience of her family in Clayton Cemetery in the spring.

    Sally was born in Watertown on May 11, 1943, daughter of Earl A. “Runt” and Melba Rees Churchill. She graduated from Clayton High School and attended SUNY Fredonia and School of Cosmetology, Watertown. On August 4, 1962 she married Francis R. Gray at Clayton First Baptist Church with Rev. Laurence Wheaton officiating.

    She had a beauty shop in her home for fifteen years and then joined the family’s business, Gray’s Wholesale, Inc., starting in 1984. She retired as secretary and treasurer in 2015. Sally was a member of the First Baptist Church of Clayton for most of her life and enjoyed singing in the choir. Most recently, she has been an active member of the Alexandria Bay Baptist Church. She participated in the Clayton bowling league for many years and golfed in the Ladies Golf League for over fifty years. She very much enjoyed caring for her family, church, and friends. Her gift was hospitality and serving the Lord.

    Along with her husband, Francis, Sally is survived by her three children, Ross “Ty” Gray and wife, Linda, Plainfield, IL, Reisha Rieder and husband, Michael, Saratoga Springs, and Michael Gray and Amy Cantwell, Clayton; six grandchildren, Taylor, Aaron, and Connor Gray, Scotlynne and Grayson Rieder, and Rees Gray; sister, Beth Marshall and husband, Gerald “Sonny”, Clayton; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, her step father, Frederick F. Dartnell, nephew, Scott Marshall, and a sister who died in infancy, Sue Merrilee Churchill.

    In lieu of flowers, donations in Sally’s name may be made to either the Alexandria Bay Baptist Church, 41 Bolton Ave., Alexandria Bay, NY 13607 or Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to her family may be posted at

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  • 03/22/19--13:34: John Elwood Cook
  • CHESHIRE – John Elwood Cook, 72, of Cheshire and Wellesley Island, NY, passed away Wednesday March 20, 2019 at Smilow Cancer Center in New Haven. He was the husband of Judith (White) Cook.

    John was born September 12, 1946, in Herkimer, NY, the son of the late John J. and Camilla (Krisher) Cook. He was an art teacher in Wallingford for his entire career, most recently at Sheehan High School until his retirement in 2002. His students were very important to him and he entertained them with his humor as well as teaching art.

    John was a prolific songwriter, musician and artist with a special connection to the St. Lawrence River. As a fourth generation resident of the 1,000 Islands, he captured the essence of the river through his artwork and music. His successful career was recognized on both the local and national level. His work appeared in many juried shows at the Thousand Islands Art Center and the Frederic Remington Art Museum where he was awarded “Best in Show” several times. Other notable achievements include participating in exhibits at the Chautauqua Institution three times and the Adirondack Watercolor National Exhibition at The View in Old Forge, NY. He was a lifetime member of the Silvermine Guild and had a one-man show there early in his career.

    Besides his wife of 51 years, John is survived by his son Jesse of Greenfield Center, NY; his daughter Allison Latcheran and her husband Jeffrey of Pittsburgh, PA; his grandchildren Connor, Courtney and William; as well as his dog Asta.

    Arrangements – Funeral services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family and there are no calling hours. The Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire is assisting with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Frederic Remington Art Museum, 303 Washington St, Ogdensburg, NY 13669. For online condolences, to share a photo or a story, please visit

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  • 03/22/19--13:50: Loretta S. “Petey” Regan
  • NORWOOD – A Mass of Christian burial for 88 year old Loretta S. “Petey” Regan, a resident of Hill Haven Nursing Home in Webster, NY and formerly of 12 Pleasant Street, Norwood, will be held Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Visitation in Norfolk with Rev. Garry Giroux presiding. Burial will be held in the Visitation Cemetery in the springtime. Family and friends may call at the Buck Funeral Home in Norfolk on Monday, March 25, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. Petey passed away early Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Hill Haven Nursing Home in Webster.

    Petey is survived by her son, Kevin and Annette Regan, Potsdam; her two grandchildren, Jamie and Colin Merna and Derek Regan; her three great-grandchildren, Liam, Madeleine and Klara; a brother Joseph and Vicki Sabad, Oregon; a daughter-in-law, Susan Regan, Potsdam and a sister-in-law, Beverly Sabad, Bristol, TN as well as her beloved nieces, nephews and extended family members. Petey was pre-deceased by her beloved husband Patrick on April 6, 2010, two sons, Patrick Jr. and George, a daughter Margaret Regan; her brothers John, Frank, Jim, George and Alex Sabad and her sisters Irene Oaks, Bessie Woodward and Rose Paige.

    Born in Norfolk, NY on April 20, 1930 to the late George and Rose Vari Sabad, Petey married Patrick J. Regan on December 30, 1950. Petey was a devoted homemaker and parishioner of St. Andrew’s Church and enjoyed cooking and watching the Yankees. Most of all, Petey enjoyed spending time with her family as well as working on family genealogy. Memorial Donations in Petey’s memory can be made to the Church of the Visitation and memories and condolences may be shared online at . The Buck Funeral Home is serving the family of Loretta S. “Petey” Regan.

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  • 03/22/19--13:51: Vera Mae Weaver
  • Graveside services for Vera Mae Weaver, age 76, of Harrisville, NY, will be held in the Spring at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Harrisville Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Frary Funeral Home, Harrisville. Mrs. Weaver passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at Carthage Area Hospital.

    Vera is survived by a son, Samuel G. Weaver, of Hartford, VT; two daughters, Ms. Trudy Matlock of Centennial, CO and Mrs. Billy Joe (Tammy) Caldwell of Brenton, LA; a brother, Clayton Swem of Harrisville, NY, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Vera is predeceased by her son, Stuart L. Weaver; two brothers, Francis and Charles Swem; two sisters, Mary (Swem) Rebb and Helen Coleman.

    Vera was born on February 12, 1943, in Watertown, NY, the daughter of Edmund Palmer and Frances Inez (Gonio) Swem. She was educated in local schools. Vera married Lane G. “Rick” Weaver in Harrisville, NY in 1960. He predeceased her on December 25, 1993. Vera worked for a time at the VA Hospital and later retired as a cashier after seventeen years of employment from Ames Department Store in Gouverneur, NY.

    Vera was a member of the VFW, American Legion and also the AMVETS.

    Online condolences may be made at