Obituaries

Irene Newell

Irene Newell, of Liverpool, passed away June 1, 2017, at Francis House of Syracuse after a courageous battle with congestive heart failure and dementia. She was born Oct. 23, 1935, youngest daughter of Fred and Catherine Amo Gorrow of Saranac Lake. She was a 17-year survivor of ...

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Christopher J. Riani

Christopher James Riani, 57, of Saranac Lake, died Friday, June 2, 2017. Born in Lowville on May 31, 1960, he was the son of Richard and Joan (Sweatt) Riani. Christopher was a creative entrepreneur who owned and operated many successful businesses. Leaving the corporate world behind, ...

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Vicky L. Champney

Ms. Vicky L. Champney, 64, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, comforted by the love and support of her sister Bonnie at her side. Arrangements are entrusted to Hammill Funeral Home in Winthrop. Vicky was born on July 12, 1952, to ...

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Erik J. Lamb

Erik J. Lamb, 29, of Lake Placid, lost his battle with life on May 31, 2017. Erik was born on Aug. 13, 1987, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to Kathryn Kindle Lamb and Joseph V. Lamb lll. He leaves behind many who loved him for his kind nature, patience and compassion towards others. He ...

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Michael R. Woods

Michael R. Woods, 67, of Larkin Road, Hubbardsville, passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Utica. He was born Feb. 22, 1950, in Saranac Lake, a son of Richard and Eleanor Kelly Woods and was a graduate of Saranac Lake schools. On April 4, 1970, Michael ...

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Bonnie Fitz-James

Bonnie Fitz-James passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Bonnie was born April 2, 1955, in Amsterdam, New York, to Robert and Helen Fitz-James. Bonnie attended Amsterdam High School and SUNY Potsdam where she earned a Bachelor of Arts ...

Death Notice: Vicky L. Champney

Vicky L. Champney, 64, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh. Arrangements are entrusted to the Hammill Funeral Home in Winthrop. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 3 at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Parishville with ...

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Ruth D. (Bean) Kern

Mrs. Ruth Dora Bean Kern, 91, of Saranac Lake, died Saturday, May 27, 2017. Mrs. Kern was born on July 13, 1925, in Littleton, New Hampshire, the daughter of Charles and Bertha (MacArthur) Bean. An older brother Henry died in 1934. Mrs. Kern graduated from Saranac Lake High School in ...

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Memorial Service: Nancy C. (Bartholomew) DePuy

Memorial services have been set for Nancy Clara Bartholomew DePuy, 82, of 36 Rockland Ave., Saranac Lake, who passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Albany. Her husband of 61 years, Richard Vernon DePuy, also of Saranac Lake, and her devoted companion, was with her. The two ...

Graveside Service: Neal W. Andrews

Interment Services have been set for Neal Williams Andrews, 54, of Mechanicville, who died on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. A graveside service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday June 3, in Pine Ridge Cemetery in Saranac Lake.

Graveside Service: Mary E. Kinville

Interment services have been set for Mary E. Kinville, 96, of Saranac Lake, who died on Thursday, March 2, 2017. A graveside service will take place at 1:30 p.m. Thursday June 1, in Bernard Cemetery in Saranac Lake. Friends wishing to remember Mary E. Kinville may make memorial ...

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Kevin M. O’Reilly

Kevin Michael O’Reilly passed away on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Wilmington. He was born July 25, 1961 in Queens. As a child and into his teen years he competed in swimming and roller hockey. He attended Arch Bishop Molloy High School where he graduated in 1978. After high school, he ...

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Carolyn Wojcik Scerra

Carolyn Wojcik Scerra, 36, passed away due to cancer on May 22, 2017, surrounded by her family. Carolyn is survived by her husband Matthew and daughter Isabel, 2; her father and mother, Stephen and June (Russell) Wojcik; brother and sister Stephen Wojcik and Jessie Wojcik; grandparents ...

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David E. Jacobs

David Edwin Jacobs, 79, of Tupper Lake, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, following a long illness. Born in Canaseraga on Oct. 6, 1937, he was a son of Silas and Ann Jacobs. He attended local schools and graduated from ...

Joseph ‘Joe’ P. Foley

Joseph “Joe” P. Foley, 57, of Saranac Lake died unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Joe was born in Saranac Lake on March 25, 1960. His love of good food, lovingly prepared, as a chef in Florida and Lake Placid gave him great joy. An avid reader, astute student of life and ...

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Helen (Smith) Dennin

Helen Smith Dennin died peacefully at her home in Lake Placid on Friday, May 19, 2017. Helen was born Aug. 1, 1923 in Rome, New York, the daughter of Michael and Margaret Smith. During her early years, Helen enjoyed a simple and happy life in Rome with her close-knit Irish family and group ...

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Memorial Service: Michael ‘Skip’ Vitco

Michael “Skip” Vitco, 74, of 5 Cranberry Way, Saranac Lake, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Virtua Hospital in Mount Holly, New Jersey, surrounded by his family and close friends. A celebration to honor his life will be held on June 28 at Casa Del Sol restaurant in Saranac ...

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Howard Coombs

Howard Coombs, 84, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2017, at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. He was born in Barachois, Gaspe, Quebec on Sept. 26, 1932, to Edith (Thompson) and Herman Coombs. He spent his childhood growing up with his family on the Gaspe Peninsula. He later ...

Death notice: Helen S. Dennin

Helen S. Dennin, 93, of Lake Placid passed away Friday, May 19, 2017, at her home in Lake Placid. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 at M. B. Clark Inc., Funeral Home, Lake Placid. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, at St. Agnes ...

Graveside service: Hawley Roy Snyder

Interment Services have been set for Hawley Roy Snyder, 82, of Saranac Lake, who died on Saturday, March 4, 2017. A graveside service with military honors will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday May 25, at St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Saranac Lake with the Rev. C.J. McAvoy officiating. ...