Obituaries

Arthur F. Torrance

Arthur Francis “Native Son” Torrance, 69, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.    Born on July 6, 1949 in Lake Placid, he was the son of Loren and Dorice (Wescott) Torrance. Arti was educated in local schools (of which he was too cool for) and ...

Robert D. Farrell

Robert D. Farrell, 88, of Ray Brook, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at his home in Ray Brook. Born May 17, 1930 in Saranac Lake, he was the son of Daniel and Marion [Skeels] Farrell. Mr. Farrell graduated from Mineville High School and the Saranac Lake Guild x-ray technology school. He ...

Raymond W. Pratt

On April 10, 2019, Raymond William Pratt passed away. Ray was born June 5, 1936 to Katherine Manning Pratt and Raymond Pratt in Lake Placid. His mother and stepfather, Roger Senecal, raised Ray and his two sisters, Barbara and Geraldine, all of whom preceded him in death. Ray graduated ...

Charles W. Becker

Charles W. Becker, 89, of Tupper Lake, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Born in Tupper Lake on Feb. 28, 1930, he was the son of Herbert and Margaret (Margavich) Becker.   Charles was a lifelong resident of Tupper Lake. After graduating from ...

Robert C. Preston Sr.

Robert C. “Bob” Preston Sr., 81, of Lake Placid, passed peacefully at home following a long illness surrounded by his family on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Bob, a life-long resident of Lake Placid, graduated from Lake Placid Central School in 1955. He was an avid sportsman enjoying ...

Death Notice: Arthur F. ‘Arti’ Torrance

Arthur F. “Arti” Torrance, 69, of Lake Placid, died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Canonsburg , Pennsylvania. A funeral service will be held at noon Friday, April 26 at M. B. Clark Inc., 2310 Saranac Ave., Lake Placid with the Rev. Derek H. Hansen officiating. Burial will ...

Herbert V. W. Bergamini, M.D.

Herbert V. W. Bergamini, M.D., 94, of Lake Placid, died Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at his home. He served in the Navy during World War II.   The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 22, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 136 Main St., Saranac Lake. Burial will be in the North Elba ...

Martha Lee Johnson

On the morning of March 26, 2019, Martha Lee Johnson, 65, of Tupper Lake, passed away after a year-long battle with uterine cancer, surrounded by her sisters and daughter in the loving care of St. Peter’s Hospital. Born in Ridgewood, New Jersey, Jan. 10, 1954, Martha grew up in Tupper ...

Sister Marie Gertrude Haughney, OCD

Sister Marie Gertrude Haughney, OCD, of the Monastery of the Incarnation in Beacon, peacefully passed away on April 6, 2019, at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck. Sister Marie Gertrude of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Dorothea Haughney) was born in New York City on July 16, 1933, the ...

Lillian MacNeill Stephens

Lillian MacNeill Stephens passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Thursday, April 4, 2019 in Middlebury, Vermont. Lilla was born May 19, 1931, to William and Sara Sharkey in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where Lilla’s love of sailing was nurtured, as she and her sister, ...

Gertrude J. (Gerrie) Graham

Gertrude J. (Gerrie) Graham, 80, of Norwalk, Connecticut passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at the Brightview Assisted Living Center in Norwalk, Connecticut.  Mrs. Graham was born Oct. 11, 1938 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of William and Josephine (Kaleta) ...

Charles A. Thomas

Charles A. Thomas of Lake Placid passed away peacefully at the age of 97 on April 4. For the past two years he had been a resident of Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Ellen, to whom he was married for 64 years, and by his sister Alberta Salvetti of ...

Death notice: Cynthia Jane ‘Janie Ryan’ Carey

Word has been received of the death of Cynthia Jane Carey, “Janie Ryan,” 60, of Watsonville, California, who died on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Calling hours are tentatively set to take place at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake on Friday April 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of ...

Kathleen Patricia Margaret Ryan Ivimey

Kathleen Patricia Margaret Ryan Ivimey, 89, of state Route 22B, Peru, New York, passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at home under the loving care of her family. She was born in Troy, New York, on Feb. 13, 1930, the daughter of John Joseph and Margaret Genevieve (Leonard) Ryan. Kathy ...

Death notice: William Scheefer Jr.

Word has been received of the death of William Scheefer Jr., 98, of Saranac Lake, who died on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid. A Mass of Christian burial is tentatively set to take place on Saturday, May 18, at St. Bernard’s Church, with the Rev. Patrick ...

James Arthur ‘Bud’ Stanton

James Arthur “Bud” Stanton of Akron, New York, died at the age of 57 on March 23, 2019. He was the father of Jesse (Dean) Betzold, Colby (Christopher) Jagielo and Harlee (Samuel) Lara; brother of Wesley (Tammy) Stanton, Terry (Cliff) Darrah, Linda (Wayne) Hudson, Debby Stanton, Leland ...

Robert Helms

Robert “Bob” Andrew Helms passed away in the early hours of the morning on March 26, 2019, due to his ongoing battle with cancer. He passed quietly, as was his nature, surrounded by his family and close family friends who had taken time out of their lives to spend those extra moments with ...

Brian J. Bristol

Brian James Bristol, 48, of Barryville passed away suddenly on March 20, 2019. Brian was born Dec. 29, 1970, in Ridgewood, New Jersey, to parents Barbara and Carlton Bristol. Brian graduated in 1989 from Ridgewood High School and went on to graduate with a degree in acoustical engineering ...

Death Notice: Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Veronica Roberts

Elizabeth “Betty” Veronica Roberts, a longtime resident of Saranac Lake, passed away on March 15, 2019, in Lady Lake, Florida. She was born March 3, 1926, in Glasgow, Scotland to Reginald and Elizabeth Quayle. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Local funeral ...

Death Notice: Robert A. Helms

Robert A. Helms, 57, of Tupper Lake, passed away Tuesday, March 26 at the University of Vermont Health Network’s Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh. Family will receive friends on Saturday, March 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake.