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Lewis, Jack Roger  
Jack Roger Lewis CLINTON Jack R. Lewis, 91, passed away on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at Lutheran Care. He was born in Ft. Worth, TX, on April 27, 1923. He received his B.S. degree from Wichita State University. Jack served in the United States Army during WWII and was stationed in England, France and Germany. He was a long time employee of General Electric, at Broad St. and French Rd. plants. He loved gardening and fishing. He spent many happy hours at his camp on Limekiln Lake. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Melitta Fell Lewis, who he was happily married to for 63 years. Jack is survived by his two daughters, Jacqueline Centollela and Christine Spano, both of New Hartford; two granddaughters, Natalie Spano and her husband, Clive England, of Conn., and Rebecca Spano Foster and her husband, Zachary Foster, of GA; two sisters, Helen Gideon, of KS and Rebecca Faulk, of KS; a brother, Steve Lewis, of KS; and a brother-in-law, Kurt Fell, of Germany. The family would like to thank Lutheran Care for their compassionate care given to Jack in his final years, especially the staff on Applewood Unit. A private family service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, New Hartford. For online expression of sympathy go to: www.dfwefh.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Jan. 20, 2015
Lewis, Joseph "Joe"  
Joseph Joe Lewis WHITESBORO Mr. Joseph Joe Lewis , age 72, of Whitesboro, passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, and the love of his family that gave him the incredible will to live. He was born on November 6, 1942, in Lebanon, a son of the late George and Nebeha Zeina Lewis. He came to the United States at the age of 9 years old, and attended Utica Schools. On October 24, 1982, he was joined in marriage to Linda Rocco, and they shared their life together for 32 years. Joe was a butcher by trade, employed by the Utica Veal Co. from 1962-1993, for the Broccolis. From 1973-2012, he worked at the Vista Bowling Lanes, for John Leogrande and Mel Allen. He also worked at Gold Medal Packing, for Joe Rocco, then at New York Custom Processing, for Joe Rocco, Jr., until he became ill in 2011. He also spent time bartending at Michael Ts Restaurant and enjoyed every minute of it. Surviving are his beloved wife, Linda; and their children, Laurie and Patrick Maglione, of Syracuse, Richard and Michelle Lewis, of FL, Ronald and Stacie Ricci, of Vernon, Bryan and Shawna Ricci, of Whitesboro; beloved grandchildren, Kayla Gerstner, Bryan Ricci, Jr., and Cortnee Howe, Joshua Ricci, Brianna Maglione, Alyssa Maglione, Gabriella Ricci, Bianca Ricci, Dylan Lewis, Isabella, Chloe and Ashton Ricci; beloved great-grandchildren , Arianna and Bella Gerstner and one on the way; two sisters, Georgette Nehme and Rosie Lewis; one brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Sharon Lewis; his mother-in-law, Mary Rocco; in-laws, Janice Rocco and Lynde Schultz, Anthony and Lorraine Rocco, Sandra and Robert DePerna, and Robert and Mary Kennedy; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Anthony (Tony) Lewis; his sister, Leona Lewis; and his father-in-law, Anthony Rocco Sr. Joe loved to hunt and fish. He especially loved to play poker and relax and have a few cocktails. But most of all, he loved his family. He was the most patient, loving and wonderful man that lived. He was the best grandfather, father, and husband anyone could ask for. Our family wishes to thank Dr. Brownstein, for always calling and caring so much. The nurses and staff at St. Lukes Hospital, Dr. Butala and the nurses in chemotherapy, the wonderful nurses of Hospice, especially Irene for her compassion. Also, a special Thank You to Joes loyal friends, Mel Allen and Barb, Bob Smith, Marilyn LaBarbara, John Davis, The Curtain Brothers and especially Scott Augustine and everyone who went to the Vista. We cant forget his best friend and brother-in-law, Bob Kennedy. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral services on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m., in St. Louis Gonzaga Church, where the Divine Liturgy of the Faithful Departed will be celebrated by The Very Rev. Chorbishop John Faris. Private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday (today), from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at The Scala & Roefaro Funeral Home Inc., 1122 Culver Ave. The Prayer of Incense will be at 6:30 p.m. Online sympathy: www.scalaroefaro.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Jan. 21 to Jan. 22, 2015
Lowell, Kenneth J.  
Kenneth J. Lowell SAUQUOIT Kenneth J. Lowell , 89, passed away peacefully on January 16, 2015, in the comfort of his home. He was born in Chadwicks, NY on May 18, 1925 to the late Lawrence and Jenny Mahar Lowell and was a graduate of Bridgewater schools. Ken proudly served his country during WWII with the U.S. Marines in their 1st Marine Division as a Corporal, Company A 1st Amphibious Tractor Battalion in the Pacific Campaigns as an Amphibious Tractor Operator. On September 3, 1949 in St. Francis DeSales Church in Utica, Ken and Bernice Adams were united in marriage, a loving union of 54 years until her death on September 10, 2003. He was employed as a Quality Supervisor at Kelsey-Hayes in Whitesboro, retiring after 33 years. His memberships included St. John the Evangelist Church in New Hartford, American Legion Fort Schuyler Post 1290, the V.F.W. and the 1st Marine Division Association. Ken is survived by his two daughters and sons in law; Ann Marie and John Eallonardo of Liverpool and Denise and Joel Grimaldi of New Hartford, his son and daughter in law; Thomas and Kathy Lowell of North Utica, his grandchildren; Christa Ann Eallonardo, Matthew Lowell, Zachary Grimaldi and John Charles (JC) and Nicole Eallonardo as well as many nieces and nephews. Ken was also blessed with the friendship of many, especially his brother in law; George Fitzgerald, Walter Dluginski, Frank Homer, fellow Marine William Strack and the Kelsey Hayes boys, all of whom did so much for Ken over the years. He was predeceased by two sisters and one brother. Kens Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, January 23 at 10:00 at St. John the Evangelist Church, New Hartford. Interment with military honors will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday from 4-7 at the Smith Funeral Home, 3022 Oneida St. Sauquoit. In Kens memory and in recognition of his service to his country, please consider donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, ( www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org ). Envelopes and donation forms will also be available at the funeral home. To view Kens online memorial, please visit: smith-funeralhome.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Jan. 18 to Jan. 22, 2015
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