Many transcribed by Thelma Moye in 2012, a frequent contributor to Jefferson County GenWeb.


Edward E. Cobb
March 20, 2012

SACKETS HARBOR, N.Y. — Edward E. Cobb, 92, of County Route 62, passed away Sunday evening, March 18, at his home under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 23, at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home with Rev. Mary Drake officiating. Burial will be for the convenience of the family in Sulphur Springs Cemetery. Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the funeral home. A Masonic service will be conducted by members of the Sackets Harbor Lodge #135 F&AM at 7 p.m. following visitation.

Born April 25, 1919, in Watertown, a son to Edward Elijah and Maud Harmer Cobb, he graduated in 1940 from Adams Center High School and from Canton ATC. He worked his entire life on the family farm on the outskirts of Sackets Harbor. He served as the Supervisor for the Town of Hounsfield from 1963 to 1993. Mr. Cobb married Doris M. Andrus on Feb. 23, 1946, at the Rutland Congregational Church. Mrs. Cobb passed away June 23, 2007, at their home.

He served as chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors from 1974 to 1975, and also served as Jefferson County Commissioner of Jurors from 1968 to 1975. He was president of the Board of the Jefferson County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. He served on the Executive Committee of the Northeast Dairy Federation Cooperative. He was one of the original members of the Board of Directors of the Jeff Bulk Cooperative, a director for the Metropolitan Cooperative Milk Producers Association and was a member on the Board of Directors for the Savings and Loan Association of Watertown (Jeff-Lewis) Savings Bank.

He was a member of the Sulphur Springs UMC and a 70-year member of the Sackets Harbor Lodge #135 F & AM. Mr. Cobb enjoyed fishing and hunting at his camp near St. Regis Falls.

Surviving are his children, Craig (Susan) Cobb, Dewitt, Sharon (Martin) Del Signore, David Cobb and his fiancé', Sherry Bates, all of Sackets Harbor; grandchildren, Michelle (Michael) Aldrich, Kevin and Christopher Cobb, Matthew and Max Del Signore; and a great-grandson, Edward James Aldrich.


James L. Dwyer January 7, 2012

DEXTER, N.Y. — James L. Dwyer, 72, of Syracuse, passed away Saturday morning, Jan. 7. at University Hospital. Born July 4, 1939, in Theresa, N.Y., he was the son of Leo and Winifred Ward Dwyer. He resided in Syracuse where he worked as a mechanic at several bowling lanes until ill health forced him to retire.

Surviving are his mother, Winifred, Central Square; three sisters, Karen Cole, Syracuse, Linda and Robert Hurley, Adams Center, and Veronica and James Revette, Central Square; children, Charlene, David, James 2nd, James 3rd, Bobbie Mae; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. A sister, Cynthia Dwyer, predeceased him in 1973.

A memorial Mass will be held 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Immaculate Conception Church of Brownville. Burial will follow in Dexter Cemetery. Calling hours will be 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the Mass at Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter.


Jerry A. Dwyer March 15, 2012

Jerry A. Dwyer, 75, of Chaumont and Watertown died in Tucson, AZ March 8th. Jerry was in declining health since diagnosed with Fragile X Tremor and Ataxia Syndrome.

Jerry was born February 1937 in Adams to Howard and Mildred Hall Dwyer. He graduated from Lyme Central in 1954 and started work as a Teller for Northern New York Trust Company, which became Marine Midland Bank. Jerry held a variety of positions including Branch Manager and Bank Officer. In the 1990s, Jerry worked for Hopkins Homes Real Estate earning the Residential Marketing Master designation.

In 1954, Jerry married his high school sweetheart Diane Turkington (Zimmer). They raised four children and worked the farm on Old Town Springs Rd. After they divorced, Jerry moved to Watertown. In 1992, he married Janice Kucik and resided on Sandy Creek Valley Rd. Jerry was predeceased by Janice in 2005. He then moved to Tucson to live near his children.

Jerry was a member of Chaumont Presbyterian and Burrville Congregational Churches, Elk’s Lodge # 496, Jefferson County Rotary Club and Fair Board, American Cancer Society, and March of Dimes. Jerry was a former Town of Lyme Youth Committee Chairman, and was an “Old Newsboys” collecting Salvation Army donations. Jerry enjoyed basketball – playing during high school, helping his son perfect his hook shot, and cheering on the Syracuse Orangemen from his recliner during retirement. The people who loved Jerry remember him as hard working, clever and quick witted, the life of the party. He was the first on the dance floor and the last one off.

Jerry is survived by his children - Judy (Thomas) Lumia, Tucson; Terry (Cynthia) Dwyer, Tucson, Lynda (Kevin) Williams, Brentwood CA, and Traci Summer, Tucson. Also stepson Mark Kucik and Mark’s wife Jenessa (Stockwell) and daughter Liberty, as well as grandchildren - Eric (Natalie) McEntaffer, Jacob Strubbe, Alex Dwyer, Kailin and Twins Sean and Kyle Williams, Patrick and Diona Lumia, Twins Anna and Kadi Summer, and one great-grandchild Trevor McEntaffer and two siblings - Ronald (Margaret) Dwyer and Sharon Giddings. He was predeceased by his parents, wife Janice Dwyer, and sister and brother in-law Frances and Homer Hedger.

A memorial will be March 25th in Tucson for his Arizona family and caregivers.

Memorial contribution may be made to Burrville Congregational Church, 25200 County Route 67 Watertown NY 13601.

Jerry was a grandson of Francis & Harriet "Hattie" Bamford Dwyer...Thelma


Olympia A. (Spaziani) Fiaschetti
MARCH 11, 2012

Former Watertown resident Olympia A. (Spaziani) Fiaschetti, 80, of passed away on March 1, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz. She was born on March 16, 1931, to Anna and Gerald Spaziani, in Watertown, N.Y.

Olympia married Americo Fiaschetti on May 23, 1953, at St. Anthony’s Church in Watertown, and the couple made their home there until 1977 when they moved to Arizona. Although they missed their families and friends, they loved living in the Southwest. During her life, Olympia worked in a variety of occupations. She owned two different restaurants – The Village Inn in Black River, N.Y., and Gaetano’s in Mesa, Ariz. She worked retail, trained and practiced interior decorating, was a bookkeeper, and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She loved to cook, sew and paint with oils.

She is survived by her daughters: Amerika (Tom) Davis of Williamsburg, Va., Alaina Hull of Gilbert, Ariz., Alyssa (Michael) Andrews of Mesa, Ariz., and Adina Slyter of Williamsburg, Va.; 11 grandchildren; sisters Geraldine (Carl) Lettiere and Patricia Spaziani, both of Watertown, N.Y.; brother, Anthony Spaziani of Fairborn, Ohio; former sons-in-law Andy Hull and Rodney Slyter; nieces, nephews and many loving relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Americo (Meek) in 2008.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Emerald Groves in Mesa for their friendship with Olympia. Their caring encouragement and companionship provided a contentment that none of us could achieve.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the Fiaschetti home, 3864 E. Omega Circle, Mesa. All friends and family are invited. Her cremains will be taken to Watertown, N.Y., where a funeral Mass will be held July 28 at St. Anthony’s Church. Olympia and Americo will be laid to rest at that time.


Joseph W. Murphy
March 15, 2012

Joseph W. Murphy, 81, Boyd St., Watertown, died Tuesday afternoon, March 13, 2012, at his home. Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown, on Saturday, March 17, from 11AM - 2PM with the funeral service at the funeral home at 2PM with Rev. Steven Murray, Holy Family Church, officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

Mr. Murphy was born in Watertown on October 24, 1930, son of Patrick O. and Marion Pledger Murphy. He graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy. On April 23, 1951 he entered the US Army and received the Germany Occupational Medal. He was released from active duty as a Corporal, and served in the reserves until March 21, 1957. He worked for the City of Watertown in the engineering office for 30 years. He was a communicant of Holy Family Church and a member of the American Legion Post 61.

He is survived by his brother and his wife, Richard E. and Clara M. Murphy, his nephew, Michael L. Murphy, all of Watertown, two great nieces, and one great nephew.

Donations in Joe’s name may be made to American Legion Post 61, 138 Sterling St. or Holy Family Church, 129 Winthrop St., both in Watertown, NY 13601, or to American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852.


Marion A. Fargo Taylor November 14, 2010

EVANS MILLS, N.Y. - Marion A. Taylor, 93, of Cemetery Road,, passed Sunday, Nov. 14, at Mercy of Northern New York, Watertown. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wed., Nov. 17, at the Bruce Funeral Home, Black River. Burial will follow in Sanford Corners Cemetery. A calling hour will precede the service from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Born May 29, 1917, in Ontario, Canada, a daughter of William and Alice Raison Fargo, she moved to Champion at the age of six and attended Champion and Great Bend Schools. Following school she worked on the family farm in Champion. She married Carl G. Taylor, town of Champion, on July 4, 1936, at the Felts Mills Church of Christ with Rev. William A. Williams officiating.

The couple lived on the family farm until 1947. They moved to Star Lake for a year before moving to Evans Mills and purchasing a farm there in 1948. The couple owned and operated the farm up until they sold it in 1966. They then settled in the Village of Evans Mills. Mrs. Taylor was a member of the Evans Mills United Methodist Church and she enjoyed reading.

Among her survivors are a son and his companion, Ronald C. Taylor and Mary Smith, Evans Mills; three daughters and their husbands, Carolyn B. and Paul Schnepp, Theresa, Audrey M. and Neil Ryor, Calcium, Gail K. and Art Below, Comfort, Texas; a brother and his wife, Wayne and Jean Fargo, Clearwater, Fla.; a sister, Wilma Peck, Great Bend; 16 grandchildren, 24 great=-grandchildren, and five great great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Carl Taylor, a son, Roger Taylor, a daughter, Beverly Watson, two grandchildren, Timothy Taylor, Matthew Wheatly, and six brothers, Harry, Vernon, Kenneth, Edgbert, Allen, and Calvin, all died before her.


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