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Robert Kozma

Nov 26, 1956 - Nov 26, 2023

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Rome, NY

Robert P. Kozma Robert P. Kozma, of Rome, passed away peacefully on November 21, 2023, just shy of his 67th birthday at the Wynn Hospital in Utica with his loving family at his side. He was born on November 27, 1956, in Rome, NY, a son of the late John and Mary Groves Kozma. Robert was a graduate of Oriskany High School, following graduation he accepted a position with Canterbury Press of Rome as an Offset Platemaker. Upon the closing of Canterbury Press he then went to work for Remington Arms i...Read More

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Joan M. Rueger

Dec 06, 1954 - Feb 26, 2024

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Rome, NY

ROME/LOWVILLE - Joan M. Rueger, 69, of Lawrence Street, Rome and formerly of Stowe Street, Lowville passed away on Monday, February 26, 2024 at Rome Memorial Hospital, Rome, NY. Joan is survived by her brothers and sisters, her twin sister, Jane and Paul Swett of Rome, Barb Brown of North Carolina, Patrick and Angela Rueger of Florida, William and Cindy Rueger of Holland Patent, Margaret and John Goddeau of Ballston Spa, Kathleen Delahunty of Levittown, PA, Robert Rueger of Utica, Joseph Rueger of Rome; several nieces, nephews and cousins that she loved to play with. She is predeceased by several special family members. Joan was born on December 6, 1954, in Utica, NY, the daughter of the late Robert and Eleanor Wilcox Rueger. She loved attending Day Hab and doing arts and crafts. Joan worked on the Janitorial Staff at Lewis County Industries for many years. Joan enjoyed supporting her community by participating in the Heart Walk, Relay for Life and Special Olympics. She especially loved dancing and spending time with her friends and staff who supported her throughout her life. Calling hours will be held Monday, March 4, 2024, at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc. in Lowville from 1:00pm to 3:00pm with a funeral service following at 3:00pm. Spring burial will be in Grandview Cemetery, Whitesboro. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Arc of Oneida - Lewis, 245 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13501. Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com . To to the family, please

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Sandra J. Click

Feb 08, 1953 - Feb 16, 2024

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Rome, NY

Sandra J. Click 71 of Rome passed away peacefully on Feb 16th 2024, with her family by her side. She was born Feb 8th 1953, daughter of the late Constance Elmer and Charles Carey. She was educated in Rome schools. As a daughter of a veteran, she proudly served in the USAR from 1976 to 1978. She found her passion in the food industry working in various restaurants in Arizona, Florida and NY. Her favorite was traveling as a troubleshooter for Dennys. Sandy loved God and raised her 2 children in church. She found purpose in helping the elderly in both her family and church. Sandra is survived by her daughter, Sarah Click and Robert Arensman of Rome and her Grandchildren whom she loved dearly A'Miracolo Zachary Adam Click and Ariella Elizabeth Arensman. A sister Debbie Kerber, nieces Candy and Penny and Nephews Michael, Travis and Trevor. Sarah's father, Gary DeCristo, her best friend since childhood Jill Burkhart, special friend and caregiver, Lucy Saul; Ms. Shirley, Linda, Cheryl, Laurie and Jack. She is predeceased by her beloved Son, Zachary Adam Click, parents, siblings Ed, Charles and Jeanie, special friend, Shawn Kelly, aunt and uncle, Betty and Art Elmer, niece and nephew, Melissa and Phillip Carey. Funeral services will be held Tuesday Feb. 27, 2024, at 6:00 Pm, at the Barry Funeral Home, 807 W. Chestnut Street. Burial will be in the spring in Rome Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 to 6 PM, prior to the funeral service.

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Dawn R. Worden

May 05, 1939 - Feb 22, 2024

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Rome, NY

Dawn R. Worden, 84, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side at The Abraham House in Rome on Thursday, February 22, 2024. She was born on May 5, 1939, to the late Ellison and Agnes (Schram) Root. Dawn worked for many years at The Rome State School and at the Presbyterian Home as a nurse’s aide. She was the kind of woman that would help out anyone and she loved her family and friends dearly. You can’t forget how fond she was of every animal she ever had including her rescue dog Buster. She loved talking to people, trips to the casino, garage sales, and her time spent at the Clark Mills Historical Society. She is survived by her sons William Daws and his love Barb Mosher, Don and Terra Worden; daughters, Rebecca (Armando) Banuelos, and Ann ( Kevin) House; grandchildren, Derek, Trinell, Armando Jr., Marvin, Hector, Vanessa, Michael, Andy, Tyler, Devon, Alivia, Anthony, Dominick, Scarlett and Charlotte; great-grandchildren, Vincent and Sophia; brother, Marvin (Sheila) Root and a large extended family. She also had too many friends to count including the Daws Family, Geer Family, Mary, Joyce, Theresa, Dick, Terry, Dori, and Jean. Predeceased by her beloved son Bobby in 1968, and her beloved Robert Daws. Following Dawn’s wishes there will be no calling hours or services. Condolences may be left online at owenspavlotrogers.com. She will be laid to rest in the spring in Kirkland Cemetery. Her family wishes to thank her good friends Sam and Monique Mancuso and Rob and Lyndsey Emery for always looking out for her and being there when she needed anything. Her Family would also like to thank the wonderful staff at the Abraham House of Rome for their care in her final days. Please consider donations in her memory to The Abraham House of Rome 417 N. Washington Street, Rome, NY 13440.

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Dawn R. Worden

May 05, 1939 - Feb 22, 2024

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Rome, NY

Dawn R. Worden, 84, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side at The Abraham House in Rome on Thursday, February 22, 2024. She was born on May 5, 1939, to the late Ellison and Agnes (Schram) Root. Dawn worked for many years at The Rome State School and at the Presbyterian Home as a nurse’s aide. She was the kind of woman that would help out anyone and she loved her family and friends dearly. You can’t forget how fond she was of every animal she ever had including her rescue dog Buster. She loved talking to people, trips to the casino, garage sales, and her time spent at the Clark Mills Historical Society. She is survived by her sons William Daws and his love Barb Mosher, Don and Terra Worden; daughters, Rebecca (Armando) Banuelos, and Ann ( Kevin) House; grandchildren, Derek, Trinell, Armando Jr., Marvin, Hector, Vanessa, Michael, Andy, Tyler, Devon, Alivia, Anthony, Dominick, Scarlett and Charlotte; great-grandchildren, Vincent and Sophia; brother, Marvin (Sheila) Root and a large extended family. She also had too many friends to count including the Daws Family, Geer Family, Mary, Joyce, Theresa, Dick, Terry, Dori, and Jean. Predeceased by her beloved son Bobby in 1968, and her beloved Robert Daws. Following Dawn’s wishes there will be no calling hours or services. Condolences may be left online at owenspavlotrogers.com. She will be laid to rest in the spring in Kirkland Cemetery. Her family wishes to thank her good friends Sam and Monique Mancuso and Rob and Lyndsey Emery for always looking out for her and being there when she needed anything. Her Family would also like to thank the wonderful staff at the Abraham House of Rome for their care in her final days. Please consider donations in her memory to The Abraham House of Rome 417 N. Washington Street, Rome, NY 13440.

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Vernon-Allen E. Johnson

Nov 23, 1938 - Feb 23, 2024

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Rome, NY

Vernon-Allen E. Johnson, age 85, of Vernon passed away peacefully Friday evening February 23, 2024 in the Rome Grand Rehab and Nursing Facility after a brief stay. He was born on November 23, 1938 in Ann Arbor, MI the son of the late Edward A. and Ethel H. (Cheney) Johnson and was a graduate of the Stockbridge Valley Central School class of 1957. On January 21, 1959 Allen enlisted with the United States Navy and was honorably discharged on January 18, 1963. Allen and Barbara Abel were united on August 7, 1965 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Oneida and have shared that vow of over fifty-eight years together. After his retirement form H P Hood with over thirty-five years of service Allen volunteered as a driver for the Madison County Office for the Aging for fourteen years. Surviving is his wife, Barbara A. Johnson of Vernon, son, Thomas Johnson of Vernon, granddaughter, Ashley (Edgardo) Colon of Utica, great-grandchildren, Luca, Logan and Lincoln Colon, brothers-in-law, Frederick Abel of Knoxboro and LeRoy Abel of Oneida, sister-in-law, JoAnn Chamberlin of Oneida and several nieces and nephews. Allen was predeceased by a son James E. Johnson on January 18, 2022. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Malecki Funeral Home, 23 Front Street, Vernon, NY. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Robert Catherwood officiating. Burial will be in Crown Hill Memorial Park, Clinton, NY. In lieu of flowers please send donations in Allen’s memory to the St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church, 502 W. Chestnut Street, Rome, NY, 13440. Online condolences may be sent to maleckifuneralhome.com

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Dora “Joyce” Brady

Sep 21, 1938 - Feb 20, 2024

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Rome, NY

Dora “Joyce” Brady, 85, of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at Rome Health. She was born in Summitville, Ohio on September 21, 1938, daughter of the late Thomas and Nina Grey Fields. Dora graduated high school in Salineville, Ohio. On April 01, 1962, she married David D. Brady in Elyria, Ohio, a blessed union of nearly 62 years. Dora was employed as a clerk for McLaughlin’s Department Store in Waterville, N.Y. The family also owned and operated AAA Pic & pay Lumber, for many years. She was a member of Skyline Baptist Church in Floyd, N.Y. Joyce had a love for flowers and also loved to spend her spare time crafting. Her ideas and projects were endless, and she found the most joy in hosting her friends to showcase her projects. Joyce will also be remembered for her kindness and hospitality she showed towards her friends and members of her Church. Surviving besides her husband David, are two sons; David D. Brady, Jr, of Rome, and James D. Brady, of New Hartford, as well as five grandchildren; Heather Brady, Cate Brady, Jill Martingano, Parker Harvell, and Benjamin C. Brady. She was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Nina Fields, two sons; Mark A. Brady, and Thomas C. Brady, two sisters; Jean Toalston, and Norma Wilms, as well as a brother, Jack Fields. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions in Dora’s name be made to ICR Institute for Creation Research, at P.O. Box 59029, Dallas, TX 75229, or online at , or to Source of Light International, 1011 Mission Road, Madison, GA 30650-4908, or online at . Funeral Services will be held on Monday February 26, 2024 at 6:00 p.m., at Strong-Burns & Sprock Funeral Home, 7751 Merrick Rd., Rome, N.Y. Family and friends are invited to call from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the funeral home, prior to the service. Burial will take place in Stanwix Cemetery, at a later date.

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Frances J. Rose

Jan 29, 1936 - Feb 19, 2024

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Rome, NY

Frances J. RoseChadwicksFrances J. Rose of Whitesboro and formerly of Chadwicks, peacefully passed away on Monday, February 19, 2024 at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome. She had recently celebrated her 88th birthday by enjoying a delectable Farmhouse Pantry treat that had been transported up for her special day.Fran was born on January 29, 1936 in Utica, the daughter of Chester and Julia (Parkola) Brodzik and graduated from TR Proctor High School as a member of the class of 1954. She held numerous jobs upon graduation until she married in 1962. After two decades of being a stay at home mom, she was employed by Divine Brothers of Utica until her retirement. Because sitting still was never her strong suit, she promptly “unretired” to work for Jim Shamis at Carbone Honda where she jokingly referred to herself as “one of Jim’s call girls”. Rest assured that in today’s terminology, she would instead be referred to as a “customer care specialist”. Fran later went on to work for NY Sash in the sales department and as usual, made friends with everyone she came in contact with. After she retired once again, her newfound commitment to working out at Curves in Washington Mills ultimately led to yet another “unretirement” where Fran found her second family in Cheryl and Ted Pytel and her “Curves ladies”. She was always there by 6am to greet her ladies with a warm smile and a kind word, and rumor has it that she never complained about anything–at least 98% of the time.Frances was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren and would sing their praises to anyone who would listen, and while the dementia did not take away her wickedly dry sense of humor which she maintained right up until her passing, neither did it dampen her love of ice cream. So the next time you have a hankering, be sure to raise that frozen treat to Fran!Surviving are her daughter, Michele Cross, Painted Post, NY; son, Scott Rose, Commerce City, CO; former daughter-in-law Brandee Stanley Rose, Henderson, CO; granddaughter, Kaleigh (Riley Peterson) Rose, Greeley, CO and grandson, SrA Ian Rose, McGuire AFB, NJ. She was predeceased by her parents and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.Frances’ family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Jim Shamis, Cheryl and Ted Pytel and her Curves ladies, Chris Hoyland, Nancy Emerson and Carol Sullivan for their friendship through the decades and to her newer friends–Patty and Joan. A sincere thank you to Dr. Chabot, Dr. Sullivan and the Waterville staff for their wonderful medical care through the years. A special thank you to Bonnie, Laura Lee, Sue and Linda who helped Fran at home and to the aides, LPNs and RNs at The Grand who connected with and looked after Fran as if she were their own mother. Lastly, her family wishes to acknowledge the ER, ICU and step down unit staff at Rome Memorial Hospital for their professionalism, compassion and excellent care that was so appreciated when Fran decided to ring in the New Year by trying to leave this earth a bit prematurely.In keeping with Fran’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or service as she has donated her body to Upstate Medical Center for the advancement of science. Arrangements are with Smith Funeral Home, 3022 Oneida St., Sauquoit.Donations in Fran’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Pat Summitt Foundation.

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Deborah Hayden O'Shea

Mar 15, 1947 - Feb 13, 2024

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Rome, NY

    Deborah Hayden O’Shea 76, died peacefully on February 13, 2024 in Rome, NY after being diagnosed with cancer.     Born in Baltimore, MD in 1947, Deb was the eldest of three children of Albert and Dorthy (Clerihue) Hayden. Debbie was raised in northern NJ and spent her High School years in Bayshore,  Long Island which lead to her life long love of sailing and swimming. In 1965 Deb attended the University of New Mexico and then found her way to Rome, NY where she worked as a flight attendant for Mohawk Airlines. This early introduction to the world spawned a deep love of travel throughout her life. In 1971 she married her former husband Kevin O’Shea. Deb lovingly raised her two children Timothy and Matthew and took on the roll as Director of the Rome Art and Community Center.     In 2003 Debbie moved to Fayetteville, NY and started her career for the Onondaga Bar Association to coordinate the Volunteer Lawyers Project. Deb dove headfirst into trying to make a positive change for the less fortunate in the community. She headed the Eviction Defense Program which grew to provide defense to up to 1,000 families a year. Before retiring in 2020 her outstanding career was recognized by winning an award from the NY Bar Association acknowledging the vital services of non attorneys who provide equal access to justice.      Deb had a passion for travel, politics and a love for basket weaving. Deb was a member of the the Oneida Lake Sailing Club and looked forward to her weekly meets. Deb always had a positive attitude and stayed smiling even to the very end. We would like to thank all of the staff at Betsy Ross and everyone that came to visit with her, all of the many cards and flowers that were sent to her.      Deb is survived by her sons Timothy O’Shea and Matthew O’Shea (Tiffany); her brother, Paul Hayden (Kathy); her cherished grandchildren Timothy, William, Robert, Brayden, Kaleb and Kylie; and numerous nieces nephews; and her loving friend Mary-Sue Brost who was like a sister. Deb was predeceased by her parents and her sister Lynn Lane.       Calling hour are Saturday, March 2, from 11am to 1pm at Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel, 7191 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. A service will follow at 1pm at the funeral home.       In lieu of flower’s contributions can be made in Deb’s name to the Vera House in Syracuse NY    

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Mary Cecilia Tapley

Jan 21, 1941 - Feb 15, 2024

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Rome, NY

Mary Cecilia Tapley, 83, formerly of Watertown, New York, peacefully passed away at Rome Hospital on February 15, 2024. Mary spent the last two years as a resident at The Grand in Rome. Born on January 21, 1941, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mary was the daughter of Theodore and Marie (Nolan) Smith. She graduated from Sicilian Academy in Philadelphia in 1958 before relocating to Watertown, where she married Robert Tapley on September 26, 1964. Mary dedicated herself to her work, spending years employed by the Watertown Times from 1959 to 1967, and later with MLS Cleaning Service out of Pennaville, New York, cleaning doctor’s offices in Watertown and retiring in 2015. Among her survivors are her daughter and son-in-law, Andrea L. and Eric Barrows, of San Antonio, Texas; four grandchildren: Yndia V. Barrows-Walker, of Washington; Cheyenne A. Barrows, of San Antonio, Texas; Joshua Hall, of Carthage, New York; and Cordell Tapley, of Tennessee. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Ted and Debbie Smith, of Huntsville, Alabama; two half-sisters, Mary Ann Ball, of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, and Joan Cross, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death are her beloved husband, Robert Tapley, and her son, Sean M. Tapley. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hart & Bruce Funeral Home in Watertown. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family in Glenwood Cemetery. Condolences and memories can be shared online at hartandbrucefh.com. To to the family or in memory of Mary C. Tapley, please

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Phyllis M. Lighthall

Jul 07, 1942 - Feb 16, 2024

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Rome, NY

Prospect - Phyllis M. Lighthall, 81, affectionately known as Maude passed away on February 16, 2024 at Rome Health.She was born on July 7, 1942 in Utica, N.Y. a daughter of Herbert and Martha Griswold Pride. She grew up in Barneveld, N.Y. and attended Holland Patent High School and obtained her G.E.D. She was united in marriage with Donald Lighthall on April 16, 1960. Maude worked at Stonehedge Nursing Home, Rome and Dr. Redmond’s Medical office in Barneveld. Her last employment was with Upstate Cerebral Palsy, retiring in 2013. Phyllis loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She loved a good picnic, camping, birds, her flower garden, going shopping, and she never said no to a bowl of ice cream. Her husband Donald was the love of her life, having been with him since the age of 15. She spent summers with her best friend Susan, and continued their friendship for a lifetime. Phyllis will be deeply missed by her family.She was a member of Prospect Methodist church.Surviving are her husband, Donald; children, Carl and Earlette Lighthall, Forestport, Timothy and Phylis Lighthall, Remsen, Grace and Mike Tourtelot, Davidson, N.C. Dawn Lighthall, Prospect, Brad and Kim Lighthall, Floyd, Donald Heigl and Renee and Billy Jewett, Remsen; grandchildren, Jack and Valerie Lighthall, Carl Jr. and Michelle Lighthall, Luke and Jenelle Lighthall, Nicole Lighthall, Timothy Lighthall, Joseph and Danielle Lighthall, Cheryl Belcher, Darlene Lefevre, Elizabeth and Jon Dell, Sarah and Dave Beam, Stephen Tourtelot, Ben Tourtelot, Tom and Trisha Barnes, Daniel and Jarrin Barnes, Amanda and Chad Hutchins, Natasha and Ryan Barnes, Heidi and Mark Wilcox, Rachel and Marco Pozo, and Abigail Lighthall. She was blessed with many great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and all the children of Prospect that had a place to come and grab something to eat and hang out.She was predeceased by her parents, a daughter, Dee Dee Bowman, a brother, Seth Pride, and a grandson, Bradley Michael. The family would like to give a special thank you to Rome Health 2 East, and I.C.U. as well as a special thank you to her daughter Dawn, and granddaughter Michelle, for all the care given to Phyllis. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at Ackley-Mills Funeral Home, 9597 Main St., Remsen from 2-5 pm with a funeral service to immediately follow. Spring burial Prospect Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the service at Holland Patent American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to Prospect Methodist Church, P.O. Box 101, Prospect, N.Y. 13435. For an online message of sympathy please go to www.millsfuneralhomes.com.To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Phyllis M. Lighthall, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. Memorial DonationThere are no gallery images.#recaptcha-container label {display: none}Upload a PhotoLabel: *Image: *Gallery:Obituary Photos Required Confirmation: Upload Gallery Image

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