Catherine Young, of 78 Will Rogers Drive, Saranac Lake and formerly of Malone, died peacefully on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 with members of her family at her side at the Uihlein-AMC Mercy Center in Lake Placid after a brief illness. Born Sept. 4, 1920 in Chateaugay, she was the daughter of James and Florence (O’Meara) McCann. She was united in marriage with William M. Young of Malone at Our Lady Star of the Sea in New York City in 1943. Mrs. Young earned a bachelor and master’s degrees from SUNY Plattsburgh and was a member of the staff of the Malone Public School System from 1950 until her retirement in 1982. Deeply committed to reading and education throughout her life, she was a trustee of North Country Community College from 1977 to 1995, was elected to the National Board of Directors for the Association of Community Colleges, and served on the SUNY Plattsburgh College Council. She was also an active member of the Democratic party at the local, regional and national levels, and served as a New York state delegate to two national presidential conventions. She was an enthusiastic bridge player and a certified bridge instructor who introduced numerous students to the game. Most recently, she organized bridge classes at Saranac Village at Will Rogers, where she resided since 2001. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Sweeney of Saranac Lake; her sons: James of Palo Alto, Calif., Richard of Marathon and Donald of Mendon, Utah; one sister, Marie Budge of Schenectady; two brothers and their wives: Henry and Marie of New Hartford and Hugh and Lucille of Malone; she will be remembered with lo\ve by her grandchildren: Mark and Dan, sons of Jim and his wife Laura Jean, Josh, son of Susan and Bill Sweeney, Andrew, Devon, David and Kyle, children of Richard and Michelle, and Gage, Kramer and Chloe, children of Donald and his wife Carrie; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband in 1997; a son David in 1966; her sister Florence; and two brothers: John and Daniel. Friends and family gathered today at St. Joseph’s Church in Malone. A funeral Mass followed, with intermenty in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Malone. Arrangements were in care of the Spaulding Funeral Home of Malone. The family wishes to honor her request that memorial donations be directed to: North Country Community College Foundation, Tulloch/Malone Campus Library Fund, 23 Santanoni Ave., Saranac Lake, NY 12983.
Gerald Robert Woodruff, 69, of 1291 state Route 3, Bloomingdale, died Monday, June 25, 2007 at home following a long illness. Born July 1, 1937 in Saranac Lake, he was the son of Gerald and Natalie (Longtemps) Woodruff. He married Shirley Teresa Howard on July 19, 1958 at St. Paul’s Church, Bloomingdale. Mr. Woodruff was a lifelong resident of the area and had been employed at Camp Adirondack as a correctional officer for the state of New York for 28-and-one-half-years until his retirement in 2002. He was a past member of the Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department and had been a member there for more than 20 years. Mr. Woodruff enjoyed working with heavy equipment and building his own home. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Shirley of Bloomingdale; five sons: Kevin Woodruff and his wife Kimberly of Vermontville, Victor Woodruff of Bloomingdale, Paul Woodruff and his wife Gail of Saranac Lake, Gary Woodruff and his wife Laurie of Bloomingdale and Timothy Woodruff and his companion Rebecca Canfield of Bloomingdale; three daughters: Kim Hunt and her husband Mark of Minot, N.D., Shelly Heil of Saranac Lake, and Norma Woodruff of Saranac Lake; one sister Joyce Morency of Bloomingdale; one brother Lance Woodruff of Pa.; and 12 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and his twin daughter and son, Emma Jean and Elmer Woodruff. Calling hours will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 28 at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A Bible vigil service will take place Thursday evening. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11:15 a.m. Friday, June 29 at St. Paul’s Church in Bloomingdale, with the Rev. Patrick Mundy officiating. Friends wishing to remember Gerald may make memorial contributions to Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department or the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.
Gerald G. Bell, 72, of New York City and Tupper Lake, died Sunday, June 17, 2007 at the Cabrini Medical Center Hospice Unit in Manhattan where he was admitted on June 11. Born on March 2, 1935 in Redford, he was the son of Clarence G. and Rosalie (LaPlante) Bell. He was a 1952 graduate of Holy Ghost Academy and a veteran of the United States Army. Mr. Bell attended New York University, Murray State University in Kentucky and graduated from Louisiana State University in 1962. He was employed as a social worker for the City of New York until his retirement in 1995. He is survived by his sister Elizabeth Bell of Tupper Lake; one sister-in-law Mary Bell of Leroy; several nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and nephews; and one great-great niece. He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers: Clarence Jr., and Kenneth; and one sister Mary Bell. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake. A mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21 at St. Alphonsus Church in Tupper Lake. Burial will be in St. Alphonsus cemetery. Donations in Gerald’s memory may be made to the Cabrini Medical Center Hospice Unit, 10th floor, 227 East 19th St., New York, NY, 10003.
James “Jim” Webb, 70 of Saranac Lake, died Saturday, June 16, 2007, at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake after a period of illness. Born Feb. 25, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of Charles Cornelius and Allie (Mays) Webb. His family later moved to New Jersey. He traveled across the United States working with race horses for many years. Mr. Webb married Jocelyne Jodoin, of Canada, on Feb. 26, 1977 where he resided until he moved to Saranac Lake to work as a chef at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Later he worked as a cook for the Adirondack Correction Facility, retiring after 20 years of service. He also worked as a chef for the Hilton in Lake Placid for several years and other restaurants in the area. While working for the Adirondack Correctional Facility he was on the Board of Affirmative Action. James was a talented trumpet player who had the opportunity to play with Dizzy Gillespie on a few occasions. During the course of his illness, he found great joy in playing the trumpet and spoons every Thursday with local musicians. He also found great peace in going to church and be in the presence of his lord. Some of his other passions included fishing, cooking, horses, jazz music, his dog Rock, and spending time with his family, who was his greatest source of pride and joy. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife; two sons: Jesse Webb of Saranac Lake and Phillip Webb of Seattle, Wash.; one daughter, Melanie Webb of Albany; two sisters: Geraldine Campbell and husband George and Laverne Costen; two brothers: Sonny Webb and his wife Lil and Clarence Webb all of Philadelphia, Pa.; a mentor Thomas Heard of Miami, Fla.; two sisters-in-law: Diane Vincent and husband Sylvain of Canada and Lise Jodoin of Canada; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Cameron Webb. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 22 at the Saranac Village at Will Rogers in Saranac Lake. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday June 23 at the High Peaks Church (formerly the North Country Christian Center), 97 Will Rogers Drive, Saranac Lake, with the Rev. Michael Stanley officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of James “Jim” may be made to the family in care of Pastor Michael Stanley at the High Peaks Church.
Carl Robert “Bob” Sweeney, 91, of Hurley Avenue in Lake Placid passed away June 17, 2007 at his home. Born Jan. 12, 1916 in Nicholville, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Burton Sweeney.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Sweeney married Marion Martin July 6, 1942 in Bangor, N.Y.
Bob has worked for many years at the Lake Placid Club as an operating engineer, retiring in 1981. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed tending his flowers, his vegetables and his yard. He was a life member of the American Legion, Post 326 in Lake Placid. Mr. Sweeney is survived by one son, Michael Sweeney and his wife Susan of Lake Placid; two daughters: Donna Rhodes and her husband Ashley, of Ellenton, Fla. and Patricia Daby and her husband Kimball of Lake Placid; two sisters: Helen Winch of Saranac Lake and Dorothy Villa of South Glens Falls; seven grandchildren: Jeff and Michael Rhodes, Christopher, Lisa and Kelly Sweeney, and Kimball and Mark Daby; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Oct. 1, 1991; a granddaughter Lynne Rhodes; six brothers; and two sisters. Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21 at the Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid. An American Legion prayer service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Patrick O’Reilly officiating. Cremation will follow. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in the North Elba Cemetery.
Grace Elizabeth Trimm Bisson, 82, of 111 Stetson Road, Tupper Lake died Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at Adirondack Medical Center—Mercy in Tupper Lake where she was a recent resident. Born March 14, 1925 in Tupper Lake, she was the daughter of Maurice and Nora (Gale) Trimm. She graduated from Tupper Lake Central High School in 1943. Upon graduation from high school, Grace went to work for the Office of Price Administration, War Price and Rationing Board housed in the former Altamont Hotel. The board issued ration books and stamps as part of the war-time economy. In 1947 she married J. Gordon Bisson of Tupper Lake. She later was employed as assistant executive secretary of the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce and in 1962 became its executive secretary, serving in that position until 1982. In 1982, Grace was appointed executive director of the Tupper Lake Housing Authority, retiring in 1992. In recognition of her dedicated service to the Tupper Lake Housing Authority, the Ivy Terrace Community Building was named in her honor. Grace also served on the town of Altamont board of appeals and the board of the Tupper Lake Professional Center. Grace was an accomplished artist and gardener. She was a lifelong art student and studied oil painting with the late Ray Jackman, and was a regular entrant in the annual Tupper Lake Art Show, submitting works in oils, acrylics, and pen and ink. For many Christmas seasons, her artwork of colorful Christmas themes decorated the doors and windows of homes in the community. She took great pride in her flowers and enjoyed many hours tending her well manicured gardens. Grace is survived by one son, James and his wife Cynthia Bourdage Bisson of Piercefield; a sister, Mildred Dupuis of Plymouth, Mass.; four nieces: Patty Dupuis of Plymouth, Mass., Nancy Socha of Stockbridge, Mass., Sandy Trimm Auer of Oakton, Va. and Susan Trimm of Ashville, N.C.; three nephews: Larry Trimm of Orange, Texas, and Richard and James Dupuis, of Florida. She was predeceased by her husband; her close friend and companion James Littlefield; her parents; three brothers: Lewis, Howard and Herb; one sister Lola; and a nephew Kenneth Trimm, who resided in Port Orchard, Wash. Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake. Burial will take place in July at the convenience of the family in the Lakeview Cemetery in Tupper Lake. Those wishing to make contributions in Grace’s memory are asked to consider the Tupper Lake Arts Council.
Anne C. Arsenault, 89, of Tupper Lake, died Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at Uihlien Center where she had resided since February 2002. Born Feb. 3, 1918 in Braddock, Pa., she was the daughter of John and Mary (Krise) Dow. She moved to Tupper Lake in 1938. On June 19, 1939 she married Lawrence Lemieux in Tupper Lake. He died on Dec. 10, 1963. In October 1965 she married Joseph Arsenault. He died in February 1997. Mrs. Arsenault worked as a cook in several of the local hotels such as the Altamont, Iroquois and Holiday House. She was a member and past president of the Womens Republican Club, past senior regent of the Womens Moose and a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxillary. She is survived by two daughters: Jeannine Clark and her husband George of Tupper Lake and Claire Ann DeCecceo and her husband Dale of Erie, Pa.; one son Lawrence of California; one step-son Mark Arsenault and his wife Sue of Tupper Lake; one step-daughter Jody Smith of Texas; 13 grandchildren; three step grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter; and one great-great-granddaughter. She was predeceased by her husbands; her parents; one brother, the Rev. Lawrence Dow; and one sister Virginia Lenheart. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm Thursday, June 14 at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake. A mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 15 at St. Alphonsus Church in Tupper Lake. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Those wishing to remember Mrs. Arsenault may consider the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad.
George J. Wood III, 55, of 80 Black Spruce Lane, Bloomingdale, died Monday, June 11, 2007 at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Born Feb. 29, 1952 in Glen Cove, Long Island, he was the son of George J. and Dorothy (Hagan) Wood Jr. He married Pamela Bitel on May 21, 1983 at St. Mary’s Church in Hamilton, Ohio. Mr. Wood was a resident of the Saranac Lake area since 1990 when he moved from Freehold, N.J. He was employed as an LPN at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Prior to that he was employed as a class A mechanic and later as a rare and specialty gas technician for Airco. Mr. Wood was a four-wheel drive enthusiast and enjoyed tinkering with his jeep. He is survived by his wife Pamela of Bloomingdale; one daughter, Kelly Wood of Bloomingdale; one son, Travis Wood of Bloomingdale; his parents; two brothers: Kevin Wood of Long Island and Robert Wood of Freehold, N.J.; one sister, Mary Ellen Scott of N.J.; and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, June 14 at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A prayer service will take place at 8:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jeffery Hubbard officiating. Friends wishing to remember George may make memorial contributions to American Heart Association in care of the funeral home.
Virginia “Ginny” M. Schnibbe, 53, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Born July 29, 1953, in Yonkers, she was the daughter of Francis J. Shipman and the late Julie (Morris) Shipman. Ginny graduated from Mercy College in 1976 with a degree in journalism and was employed by McGraw Hill as an editor in New York City. She married Steven C. Schnibbe on July 23, 1983 and moved to Saranac Lake in 1984. She was a loving and devoted mother who was very close with her children. Her sense of humor and personality was full of life and happiness, a sentiment that was shared with everyone who cared for her and will miss her. She is survived by her husband; a 22-year-old son, Robert F.; a 21-year-old daughter, Juliane E., both of Saranac Lake; two sisters: Kathleen Harrington (spouse of the late Peter Harrington) of Hudson, Ohio and Peggy Nudo and her husband Ralph of Carmel; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass and intermenty were held Saturday, June 9, in Yonkers. Memorial contributions may be made directly to the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department’s rescue squad or North Country Life Flight.
William J. Morrison, 71, of Lake Placid, died Thursday, June 7, 2007 at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Born July 31, 1935 in Lake Placid, he was the son of Walter and Eileen (Farley) Morrison. Mr Morrison was a graduate of Lake Placid High School, Class of 1954. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Lake Placid Sons of the American Legion. Bill had worked in the Syracuse area for several companies as a construction estimator and after his retirement moved back to Lake Placid. He is survived by his wife, Sandy (Todd) Morrison of Lake Placid; three daughters: Kelly Conway and her husband, Pudge of Lake Placid, Andrea Martuscello of Liverpool, N.Y. and Terri Charland and her husband, Jody of Oahu, Hawaii; a son, John Morrison and his close friend, Sharron Nugent of Lake Placid; a sister, Sheila Wasson and her husband, James of Lake Placid; six grandchildren; two aunts; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two sisters: Sandy Smith and Patricia Culleton. Calling hours will be be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 10 at the Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, June 11 at St. Agnes Church in Lake Placid with the Rev. Patrick O’Reilly officiating. Burial will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery. Donations in memory of Mr. Morrison may be made to the Adirondack Medical Center’s kidney dialysis unit, 2233 state Route 86, Saranac Lake, NY, 12983.
Lucille Mae Pickreign, 88, of Bedford, Ind. and formerly of Harrietstown Road in Saranac Lake, died Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at her daughter Helen’s home in Bedford, Ind. where she had been a resident for the past two and a half years. Born June 5, 1919 in West Chazy, she was the daughter of Harley and Mabel (Recor) Bushey. She married Joseph Pickreign. Mrs. Pickreign was a long-time resident of the area and was employed as a cook at the Lake Placid Club and the Cedar Post. Along with her husband Joseph, she owned and operated the Hilltop Restaurant on the Harrietstown Road and an antiques business. She later worked as a home health care provider for several years at private homes in the area. Mrs. Pickreign was a member of the Saranac Lake Moose Club, the First United Methodist Church and she loved traveling. She is survived by three sons: Joseph Pickreign and his wife Shirley of Saranac Lake, Kenneth Pickreign of Saranac Lake and Edgar Pickreign and his wife Charlene of Fredericksburg, Va.; three daughters: Clemos Tanzini and her husband William of Saranac Lake, Helen Case and her husband Joseph of Bedford, Ind., and Donna Tappin and her husband David of Scotia; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband July 29, 1980; her parents; a daughter, Patricia Ann Pickreign; four brothers: David, Donald, Leonard and Elwin Bushey; and three sisters: Vida Stiles, Clara Smith and Clemos Manning. There will be no calling hours. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 12 at the First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Merry Watters officiating. Burial will follow in Harrietstown Cemetery in Saranac Lake. Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. Friends wishing to remember Lucille Mae may make memorial contributions to the First United Methodist Church or the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department’s rescue squad in care of the funeral home.
Barbara Hubbell Field, 82, of Sebring, Fla. passed away May 24, 2007 at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Born Dec. 27, 1924 in New York City, she was the daughter of Sophie Young Hubbell and George Loring Hubbell, Jr. of Garden City. She married Jay Murchison Field on Jan. 8, 1948. The couple enjoyed nearly 59 years together. She was a life-long summer resident of Chazy, where she enjoyed the company of family and friends at her Sunnywood home. She is survived by two sons and their wives: Jay, Jr. and Evelyn Field of Loon Lake, and John and Eileen Field of Potomac Falls, Va.; two grandchildren: Joshua Field of Saranac Lake, and Ashlee Field of Richmond, Va; a sister, Elizabeth Parsons of Spokane, Wash.; a brother, George Loring Hubbell III of Plattsburgh; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband; a grandson, Christopher Paris Field; two sisters: Sophie Collins and Susan Wohlers; and a brother, William Hubbell. There will be no calling hours. Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake.
Albert “Bud” M. Claremont, 77, of 96 Franklin County Route 60, Gabriels, died Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at the Mercy Health Care Center in Tupper Lake where he had been a resident since 1999. Born May 7, 1930 in Paul Smiths, he was the son of Albert and Mary (Titus) Claremont. He married Shirley Parker on Feb. 25, 1961 at St. Bernard’s Church in Saranac Lake. Mr. Claremont was a lifelong resident of the area and was employed as a carpenter by Murnane Construction Company in Plattsburgh for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1989. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Korean War from 1949 to 1952. Mr. Claremont was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a past member of the Paul Smiths-Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He is survived by his wife of Gabriels; two sons: James Claremont and his wife Mary Ellen of Colchester, Vt. and Todd Claremont and his wife Charlene of Gabriels; six grandchildren: James, Caroline, Ashley and Kellie Claremont and Brittany and Brooke Smith of Gabriels; a daughter, Shelley Smith and her husband Roger of Gabriels; three sisters: Jeanne Billy and her husband Paul of Camillus, Shirley Oehler of Gabriels and Carolyn Mathews of Plattsburgh; his mother-in-law Helen Parker of Saranac Lake; a brother-in-law, Harold Parker and his wife Shelly of Peru; a sister-in-law Peggy LeVrier and her husband Wayne of LaPorte, Texas; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and a son, Paul Claremont. Calling hours will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Friday, June 1 at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A veterans service and a fireman’s prayer will immediately follow. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Church of the Assumption in Gabriels, with the Rev. Thomas Kornmeyer officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery in Gabriels. Friends wishing to remember Albert may make memorial contributions to Paul Smiths-Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department in care of the funeral home.