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AKWESASNE – Mr. John F. Oakes, 92, of 10 Hilltop Drive, St. Regis unexpectedly passed away Friday morning, June 14, 2013 at his home.
John was born July 4, 1920 in St. Regis, the son of the late Angus and Mary Porke Oakes. He attended school in St. Regis. On July 17, 1941, John married Isabelle E. Stady at the St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Jacobs, officiating. Isabelle predeceased him on February 27, 2007.
“Cadillac John” as he was known to his many ironworker friends, was an ironworker with Local 6 in Buffalo and Local 440 in Utica for many years. He also worked as a foreman for Bethlehem Steel working all over the country, mainly building bridges. He was a lifelong communicant of St. Regis Catholic Church, where he served as an altar boy for many years as a child. He was also a member of the Michael Jacobs Knights of Columbus Council #10423. John dedicated his life to raising his children and helping raise many of his grandchildren. He enjoyed watching his lacrosse and hockey, watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren play sports, and truly loved to get in his car and just drive around.
John is survived by his children, Christine Oakes of Syracuse; Joseph and Loretta Oakes of Akwesasne; Lorraine Oakes of Akwesasne; Walter Oakes of Akwesasne; James Oakes and his companion, Sharon Thomas of Akwesane; Victor and Rhonda Oakes of Akwesasne; and Janice and Larry Greenfield of Fulton. He is also survived by his 73 loving grand and great grandchildren, who he was instrumental in raising, 2 great great grandchildren; his brother, Levi Oakes of Akwesasne; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his children, John Michael Oakes on May 25, 1979, May Jane Oakes in 1945; Enos Oakes on November 16, 1959, Jackie and Roy Oakes in infancy; and Angus Oakes on December 24, 2007; grandsons, Joseph Porter on September 28, 1995; Casey Oakes on May 1, 1993; great grandsons, Jazz Jacobs on January 3, 1997 and Niklas Adams-Thompson on January 14, 2010; his sister, Margaret H. Pyke on June 7, 1993; and 2 brothers, Samuel J. Oakes on August 14, 1979 and Lawrence C. Oakes, Sr. on April 29, 2000.
Friends may call at his home beginning 4:00 PM, Monday (today) until 10:00 AM Wednesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday 11:00 AM at St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Jerome Pastores, celebrating. Burial will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery.Read more ?
AKWESASNE – Mr. Joseph Johnson, 77, of 77 Hilltop Drive, St. Regis, peacefully passed away Friday morning, June 14, 2013 at his home. He had been in failing health for the past 4 years.
Joe was born October 19, 1937 on Cornwall Island, the son of the late Peter Michael and Louise Foote Johnson. He attended Mohawk Schools. On May 6, 1961, Joe married Mary M. Diabo at St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Jacobs, officiating.
Joe was an ironworker with Local #823 in Montreal and Ottawa, retiring in 2005. He enjoyed fishing, carpentry work, gardening, and watching lacrosse and hockey.
He is survived by loving wife, Mary; his children, Timothy Johnson of St. Regis; Kathleen David of St. Regis; Kimberly Johnson of Cornwall Island; Peter Johnson of St. Regis; and Kenneth and Diane Johnson of St. Regis; 14 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by 2 daughters, Sharron M. Johnson on December 5, 1993 and Bonnie Johnson Rojek on March 22, 1996; two granddaughters, Amanda Johnson on March 26, 1986; Ashley Rose Johnson on April 14, 1989; a grandson, Jeremy David on March 27, 2001; and his siblings, Mitchell, William, Richard, Silas, Frank, Louie, Rita and Cecelia Johnson, Mary Johnson Sawatis, and Catherine Gushlaw Rowe.
Friends may call at his home beginning 4:00 PM Saturday until 10:30 AM, Sunday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Sunday 11:30 AM at St. Regis Catholic Church, with Rev. Jerome Pastores, celebrating. Following cremation, burial will be in Kateri Cemetery at the convenience of the family.Read more ?
AKWESASNE – Mrs. Verna M. Loran, “Kwatarani”, 75, of 306 State Highway 37, unexpectedly passed away Tuesday evening, June 11, 2013 in the emergency room at Massena Memorial Hospital.
Verna was born June 21, 1937 in Cornwall, Ontario, the daughter of the late Mitchell and Agatha Mitchell Peters. She attended schools on Cornwall Island. On July 21, 1956, she married Bernard Loran at the Racquette River Methodist Parsonage with Rev. Fred Bailey, officiating. He predeceased her on May 23, 2004.
Verna once worked as a seamstress at the Bombay Slipper Factory and at the Levi Company in Cornwall. She was a member of the Hogansburg Methodist Church, the Andrew W. Cook American Legion Post 1479 Auxiliary and the Red Hat Society. She loved being outdoors working on her flowers and lawn, walking, and her “Sunday Drives”.
She is survived by her six children, Bernie Jr. and Holly Loran, Lisa and Matt Jacobs, Dawn Loran, Francine Chubb and her companion, Rob Green, Aaron “Ace” and Karen Loran, and Michael Loran, all of Akwesasne; 15 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; her brother, Richard Peters of Akwesasne; and her sister, Shirley Jacobs of Akwesasne. Verna is also survived by her chosen sisters, Marlene Garrow and Maryella Chubb; two god children, Robert Roundpoint and Sean Gambill; her in-laws, Connie and Billy Sunday, Irene Gambill and her companion, Nelson Sawatis, Marienne Loran, Venita Loran, and Carl Cook, all of Akwesasne; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was predeceased by two children, Tracy Loran on March 11, 1960, and Lois Ann Benedict on June 10, 1982; a grandson, Landon Loran Cook on January 28, 1986; 10 siblings including, Theresa Sunday, Elizabeth “Betty” Laughing, and Benny Roundpoint; and her in-laws, Esther Loran, Jeanette Cook, Daniel Loran, Sanford Loran, and Ella Peters.
Friend may call at the Akwesasne Homemakers beginning Thursday 4:00 PM until 10:00 AM on Saturday. Funeral services will be held Saturday 11:00 AM at the Hogansburg Methodist Church with Rev. Sheila Nichols, officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Meadow Cemetery, Akwesasne.Read more ?
MASSENA – Mrs. Marion R. Cousineau, 95, of 432 Leslie Road, passed away Sunday evening, June 9, 2013 at Massena Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient since June 4th.
Marion was born October 29, 1917 in Massena, the daughter of the late William and Florence Nichols Rickard. She graduated from Massena High School and later from Canton ATC.
Marion first worked as a payroll clerk at ALCOA before going to the NYS Parks and Recreation Office, where she worked for 10 years. She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church.
She is survived by many cousins. Marion was predeceased by her husband, Richard E. Cousineau on February 13, 1997.
As per Marion’s request, there will be no calling hours or funeral service. Her cremated remains will be privately buried in Massena Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Grace United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, c/o Everett Hampton 662 North Racquette River Road, Massena, NY 13662.Read more ?
MASSENA – Mr. Harold A. Flynn, 92, of 18 Brighton Street, passed away Saturday morning, June 8, 2013 in the emergency room at Massena Memorial Hospital.
Harold was born December 22, 1920 in Osnabruck Center, Ontario, the son of the late German L. and Gertrude M. Hollister. He attended schools in Massena and Norwood-Norfolk and in 2003 he received his diploma through the Operation Recognition. He served in the US Army during World War II, having been stationed in North Africa and Italy as a medic. Harold married Dorothy Durant on June 22, 1946 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Leslie Potter, officiating.
Harold worked at ALCOA as a die man for 46 years, retiring in 1985. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, where he served as an usher for many years. He enjoyed spending time at his camp on Wilson Hill and gardening. After his retirement, he enjoyed playing golf and garage-saling. He was was a member of the ALCOA 25-year Club and the Raymondville Golf Club.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 67 years, Dorothy; two sons, William Harold Flynn of Ogdensburg; and Barry Michael Flynn of Massena; his sister, Sally Waldruff of Winchester, Virginia; and nieces and nephews, Gerald and Melissa Durant, Kent, Kim, and Kurt Waldruff; Lynn St. Pierre; and Jackie Start Gijanto; and several great nieces and nephews.
Harold was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, William and Glenn Flynn; and two sisters, Kathleen Bogart and Jean Stark.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday 2:00 PM at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena with Rev. Heather Stierheim, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating. A calling hour will begin at 1:00 PM prior to the service. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Area 2, Massena.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the Richard E. Winter Cancer Treatment Center.Read more ?
AKWESASNE – Mr. Albert P. Lazore, 75, formerly of St. Regis, passed away early Thursday morning at the home of his son and daughter-in-law in West Carthage under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County.
Albert was born July 24, 1937 in St. Regis, Quebec the son of the late Peter and Susan Arquette Lazore. He attended schools in Syne, Hogansburg, St. Regis Island, and Deferiet. On July 30, 1956, he married Harriet Mitchell at the St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Brodeur, officiating. She predeceased him on January 2, 1979.
Albert first worked construction during the building of the Eisenhower Locks and in Syracuse until 1960 when he began working at the St. Regis Paper Company in Deferiet. He remained there for 28 years until his retirement. He was a proud member of the Massena Moose Lodge and enjoyed fishing, gardening, and his tractor. He also enjoyed listening to country music and socializing with his many friends.
Albert is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Arnold and Joanne M. Lazore of Carthage; his daughter, Katherine Lazore of Akwesasne; his grandchildren, Jonathan Hastings, Mary Margaret MacNeil, Deena Ann, Michael, Thomas, and Rebecca Lazore; Ryan Thompson; and 4 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Charlotte Francis a resident at IAK HIH SOH THA Lodge; and three nieces, Joanne Lazore, Caroline King, and Tina Lazore, all of Akwesasne.
He was predeceased by his sister, Annie Deer on January 14, 1991 and his brother, Michael P. Lazore on November 5, 1987.
Calling hours will be held privately. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Sunday 1:30 PM at St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Jerome L. Pastores, celebrating. Burial will follow in Kateri Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Massena Moose Lodge or the Hospice of Jefferson County.Read more ?
AKWESASNE – Mrs. Grace LaFrance Day, 103, of 36 Racquette Point Road, peacefully passed away, after a brief illness, in the comfort of her home, early Monday evening, June 3, 2013 with her loving family by her side.
Born June 15, 1909 at her family home on Racquette Point, Grace was the daughter of the late Noah and Louise Isaac LaFrance. She attended schools on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation until 8th grade and than went to the Thomas Indian School near Buffalo. Grace first married Tom Casey which ended in divorce. They had one son, Theodore LaFrance Casey who died on April 3, 1954. On August 13, 1948, Grace married Jacob Day in Syracuse. He predeceased her on September 16, 1986
Grace first worked for Bristol Labs in Syracuse until 1953 and the birth of her children. She than became a stay at home mom. She later went to work at the St. Regis Mohawk Headstart from 1981 to 2005 as a foster grandparent, retiring at the age of 96. In 2012, Grace received the New York State Elder County Award and the St. Regis Mohawk Office of the Aging Elder of the Year Award. Grace loved to sew and was known to many as the “Neighborhood Seamstress”. She also enjoyed reading, teasing her many friends and family, traveling, pets, and loved all of her “Head Start Children”.
She is survived by her two loving children, Jann Day and Jeff Day, both of Akwesasne; her beloved granddaughter, Jackie Thomas and her husband, Tiio of Akwesasne; her beloved great grandsons, Tylar and Bryson Thomas of Akwesasne; her chosen grandson, Jason Oakes, her chosen granddaughter, Leslie Ann Fountain, and her chosen great grandsons, Ryan and Roclan Boots, all of Akwesasne. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Anna Burns Dyer of Akwesasne; four nieces, Judy Thompson of Akwesane; Rita LaFrance of Massena; Mary Upell Ashcraft of Virginia; Louise LaFrance of Madrid; her nephew, Regis Newton LaFrance of Akwesasne; and many great nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to her parents, her husband, and her son; Grace was predeceased by three brothers, Benjamin LaFrance on February 15, 1967; Theodore LaFrance on July 13, 1997; Newton LaFrance on March 18, 1988; two sisters, Ethel Thompson on June 30, 1954; Alvina Upell on October 31, 1984; and her nephew, Fred Thompson on June 30, 2008.
Friends may call Wednesday (today) 1-7:00 PM at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where words and memories will be shared at 7:00 PM. A celebration of her life will be held on her birthday, Saturday, June 15th from 12 – 2:00 PM at the St. Regis Mohawk Senior Citizens Building.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Hospice of the North Country or the St. Regis Mohawk Senior Citizens.Read more ?
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