Obituaries

Jack Sweeney holds the ciborium that held consecrated wafers at St. Bernard's Catholic church when the church burned in December 1967. Sweeney, who served 37 years in the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department, crawled through the smoke-filled church to retrieve the Host during that fire.
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

Berton ‘Jack’ John Sweeney

Berton “Jack” John Sweeney, 88, of Saranac Lake, died peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at his home. Born in Lake Placid on June 16, 1929, he was the son of Burton and Charlotte (Murray) Sweeney. Jack married Rita A. Acrivlelis on April 7, 1950 in Tacoma Park, Maryland. She predeceased ...

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John G. Shea

GREENVILLE, South Carolina — John G. “Jerry” Shea, 87, passed away at Open Arms Hospice in Greenville, South Carolina, on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, with his wife and eldest daughter at his side. The son of the late John S. Shea and Margaret Blust Shea, John attended St. Bernard’s ...

Nancy ‘Nan’ L. (Post) Finsterer

Nancy “Nan” Lynn Finsterer (Post), 66, of Elderwood of Uihlein in Lake Placid, died unexpectedly after a lengthy battle with illness Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at Adirondack Health in Saranac Lake. She was born March 15, 1951, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Lawrence and Selma ...

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Henry Miller Bonner Sr.

Henry Miller Bonner Sr., 95, of Southport, Connecticut, and beloved husband of the late Anne Barrows Bonner, passed away peacefully in his residence Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Born in New York City, the son of the late David Bonner Jr. and Marion Miller Bonner, he maintained his Southport home ...

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Glenna Irene Tucker Durkin

Glenna Irene Tucker Durkin passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. Glenna was born on March 4, 1924, in Montreal Quebec, Canada. Glenna shared a birthday with her mother Violet Bell “Queenie” Tucker. Her father Ernest James Tucker from Cornwall, England, stated that ...

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Robert ‘Bob’ Roy Reynolds

Robert “Bob” Roy Reynolds, 89, of Lake Placid, died Dec. 20, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia, of natural causes. Born on Feb. 8, 1928, and raised in Hanover, New Hampshire, he was the son of Roy and Phyllis (Kennedy) Reynolds. After serving in the U.S. Navy with his cousin Donald Bond for ...

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Nancy Ann Foster

Nancy Ann Foster, 83, of Lake Placid, has lost her very long battle with Alzheimer’s. She passed away peacefully in the arms of her daughter Cheryl and her granddaughter Jennifer on Dec. 24, 2017, at St. Albans Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Albans, Vermont. Nancy was born in Jay ...

Charlotte N. Dumas

OGDENSBURG — Charlotte N. Dumas, 81, of 256 County Route 28 died Tuesday morning, Dec. 26, 2017, at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg. Charlotte was born in Lake Placid on Aug. 15, 1936, a daughter of the late John and Norma (Winch) Darrah. She graduated from Lake Placid ...

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Lillian Grace ‘Babe’ Travis Ortloff

Lillian Grace Travis Ortloff, one of Lake Placid’s most beloved residents, died in the early morning of Dec. 27 at Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid. Known as Babe from her earliest years, she was born on July 19, 1916, in Hopewell Junction, New York, the third daughter of George and Alice ...

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Joseph P. Chancey

Joseph P. Chancey, 94, of 1186 Goldsmith Road, Sugarbush, passed away on Dec. 17, 2017, at Elderwood of Uihlein nursing home in Lake Placid. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, on Oct. 4, 1923, to Grace Champine (Chancey). Joseph was raised in Detroit, Michigan, and lived in Ocala, ...

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Patrick E. Dukett

Patrick Edgar Dukett, 69, passed away on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 at his home. Pat was born on Oct. 9, 1948 in Saranac Lake. He was the fourth of six children of Edward and Margaret (St. Mary) Dukett. Pat attended St. Bernard’s and Pius Catholic Schools in Saranac Lake and graduated ...

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G. Richard Sawyer

G. Richard Sawyer, 90, of Saranac Lake, died Monday Dec. 25, 2017 at his daughter’s residence. He was born in Saranac Lake on May 1, 1927, the son of Leo and Gladys (Manning) Sawyer. Richard married Patricia Miner in Plattsburgh on Aug. 29, 1949. She predeceased him on May 9, ...

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Leon P. Lamoy

Leon Lamoy, 68, passed away Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017. Complications created by a heart attack he suffered years earlier eventually took his life. Leon was born Aug. 13, 1949. He was the son of Eleanor and Victor Lamoy. He graduated from Ausable Forks Central School and went on to earn a ...

Francoise (Frances) Mae Betters

Francoise (Frances) Mae Betters

Francoise (Frances) Mae Betters passed away Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Chardon, Ohio, at the age of 81 after a brief illness. Born in Saranac Lake on May 21, 1936, to the late Mae Beaubien Betters and Percy D. Betters, she attended Saranac Lake High School (Class of 1954) where she was ...

Irene Prinz

Irene Prinz

Irene Prinz passed away on Dec. 9, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on Nov. 18, 1934, to Karl and Frieda Leinemann in Woltorf-Kreis-Peine, Germany. In 1955, Irene arrived in New York City and started her modeling career. In 1963, she met her future husband ...

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Freda (LaPoint) Preston

Freda LaPoint Preston, 83, of Lake Placid, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones, on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. Born on Dec. 23, 1933 to Earl and Erma LaPoint, Freda was raised in Pierrepont with her nine brothers and sisters. She eventually moved to Lake Placid where she ...

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Charlcie A. Delehanty

Charlcie Ann Delehanty, 94, departed this life on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Born March 11, 1923 to Charles L. and Sarah Emily Holton Burton in Speer, Oklahoma, she graduated from Antlers, Oklahoma High School in 1940, receiving the American Legion Award for character and scholarship. She ...

Charles F. Cleland

The one and only Charles Forrest Cleland was born Aug. 20, 1952 in Lewis, the son of Forrest and Dorothy (Denton) Cleland, and left this earth on Dec. 9, 2017. He was known to those closest to him as “Uncle Buddy,” and was known to all who knew him as a deep philosopher of thought, a ...

John B. Colby

John Bambrick Colby, 48 passed away on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at his home. He was born on Jan. 23, 1969 in Lake Placid to Barbara A. and William R. Colby. John was a 1987 graduate of Lake Placid High School and was a Journeyman Plumber by trade. He previously owned and operated ...

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Olive ‘Ollie’ D. Forth

Olive “Ollie” D. Forth of Saranac Lake, passed away Dec. 11, 2017 at CVPH Medical Center. She was born in Rochester on Dec. 31, 1926. She was the daughter of the Martha M. Ide and Dr. Vladimir T. Dimitroff. She was a 1945 graduate of North High School in Worcester, Massachusetts. ...