Death: Paul Arthur Tessier



Obituary of Paul Tessier

In loving memory of Mr. Paul Arthur Tessier, who passed away at the Temiskaming Hospital on Friday, August 25, 2017 at the age of 83.

A dedicated family man, Paul will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 61 years, Dorothy (nee Aitchison); his children Mark (Francine), Doug (Carolyn), Larry, and Janie; his grandchildren Liane, Elizabeth, Patrick, Rebecca, Jessica and Jordan; and his great grandchildren Taylor, Tylor, Trevor, Tinsley, Spencer and Gabriella.

Paul’s many accomplishments include being a Graduate of the Class of 1955 OAC Guelph, a member and chairman of the Timiskaming Board of Education, the Reeve of Elk Lake, and a volunteer musical entertainer at Northdale Manor for more than 50 years, as well as at many other facilities and venues.

As Senior Operations Technician at the Ministry of Natural Resources, Paul enjoyed a varied and diverse career with a few of many highlights being his work with the Junior Ranger Program, his work securing abandoned mining properties, and his work with the Provincial Fire Operations Team.

A talented singer, songwriter, musician, and artist, his passion for these was paralleled by his love of flying, and the creation and operation of his Federal Department of Transport licensed airport in Elk Lake.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Perrin Funeral Chapel on Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 2 pm until time for the memorial service at 3 pm. Rev. Judith Visser officiating.

The family would also like to sincerely thank all those who provided such compassionate care for Paul.

If desired, donations to New Liskeard Community Cancer Care or the Heart and Stroke Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.

As reported Saturday, August 26, 2017 online at Perrin Funeral Chapel Ltd, New Liskeard, Ontario.


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Thesier Family Reunion celebrates 90 years

WEST CARTHAGE — Thesier Park, Zecher Road, just outside of the village along the Black River, was invaded by 143 members of the extended Thesier family for their annual reunion Aug. 5.

It was the 90th consecutive family reunion of the descendants of Mose [1854] and Roseanna Thesier [1865], Lowville. The first of these annual events was held at Haas Park in Antwerp July 4, 1927.

The reunion has been held at Thesier Park, most years since 1994. Some of the reunions were held in Hermon, where Edith Tessier Brunet, daughter of Mose Thesier, settled.

Mose Tessier’s name was changed to Thesier when he moved to Northern New York in 1888 from Bourget, Ontario, Canada, after moving from Clarence Creek, Ontario.

“This reunion was really special” said Will Thesier, president of the Thesier Reunion Association.

T-shirts with the picture of the first family reunion imprinted on them, were given to everyone. The T-shirts were designed and arranged by Patte Lemieux, Carthage. There was music throughout the afternoon presented by the Thesier Family musicians. The musicians were Pat Thesier of Granger, Ind., Francis Thesier of Scotia, Jay Thesier, Canoga Park, Calif., Patte Lemieux, Carthage, Penny Zeller, Bristol, Va, Joyce Thesier of Lake Bonaparte and Leesburg, Fla., Tom Gaebel, Long Beach, Calif., and Will Thesier, Pelham, N.H.

Family came from throughout the state and from all over the country — California, Alabama, New Mexico, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Oregon.

A very special presentation was made by Jan Phillips, Marlene Rosno, Lisa Reynolds and Cherie Pape. They gave a heart-rendering poem about the family’s ancestry and they spoke about each of the children of Mose and Roseanna Thesier giving an account of their life and accomplishments. Then they gave a roll call of each of the families of the children of Mose and Roseanna Thesier. There was a loud cheer from each of the descendants of those families as their ancestors were named. The entire presentation was very well done. It was a highlight of the day and well received by everyone.

The officers of the Thesier Family Reunion Association are: president, Will Thesier, of Pelham, N.H.; secretary, James Babcock of Orange, N.J. and treasurer, Jean Thompson, of Edwards.

Special Activities: historian, Rita Thesier of Carthage, coordinator, Patte Lemieux of Carthage and coordinator Linda Stowell Scott of York, S.C.

Prizes were given out for the following categories:

Oldest man: Leonard Richer, 84, Liverpool

Oldest woman: Joyce Thesier, 86, Lake Bonaparte and Leesburg, Fla.

Youngest boy: Wyatt Labrosse, 3, Massena

Youngest girl: Rileigh Buckley,1, Croghan

Newly married: Sean and Kristin Johnson, Beaver Falls [two week]

Oldest man never married: Eugene Thesier, 81, Copenhagen

Oldest woman never married: Mary Richer,63, Tupper Lake

Jan Phillips, 68, San Diego, Calif., boycotted the award

Longest married: Thomas and Elaine Barr, Tijeras, N.M. [57 years]

Farthest traveled: Marni Rosno and Jan Phillips from San Diego, Calif.

There were prizes for the children.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage and venison was provided and everyone brought a dish to share. There was plenty of food for everyone.

The day was filled with laughter and conversation and catching up with the events of family members not seen for at least a year or more.

There was a genealogy table hosted by Rita Thesier, Carthage, where everyone could see pictures of past reunions back to 1927 and family pictures and reunion pictures of all the years since 1927 through last year. Booklets of the genealogy of the Thesier family were available. There were scrolling pictures on digital picture frames put together by Tom Gaebel of Long Beach, Calif.

The Thesier genealogy dates back to the birth of Urbain Tessier, born in 1624 at Angers, France, of Artus Tessier dit Lavigne, and came to the site of Montreal, Canada, where he married Marie Archambault in Quebec on Sept. 28, 1648. He died March 21, 1689, in Montreal, Canada. He came to the Americas with Maissoneuve, the founder of Montreal.

The weather took a break from the heavy rain on Thursday and Friday evening and the reunion was spared from the rain.

Everyone is looking forward to next year to another great Thesier Family Reunion.

As reported Saturday August 19, 2017 online in The Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, New York.

Death: Margaret Ann Burke Young Thesier



CARTHAGE — Margaret Ann “Peggy Sue” (Burke) Thesier, 54, 20181 County Route 45, passed away on August 10, 2017 at her home after a long fought battle against cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Born on September 21, 1962 in Lowville, to James and Helen (Berrus) Burke, she graduated from Lowville Academy in 1980. She formerly worked as an LPN at Lewis County General Hospital. Peggy married Michael F. Young of Lowville in 1985, later earning her Paralegal Degree from Utica College. She worked as a paralegal for 8 years at The Young Law Firm.

She is survived by her loving husband, Richard, whom she married on December 29th, 2001. Together they operated Thesier Tax & Accounting Services and a successful payroll business.

Over 25 years, they built a beautiful family, with seven children, Matthew (Lydia) Young, Mollie Young, Meredith (Addison) Sullivan, Emily (Kyle) Miller, Danielle Thesier, Kelli Jo (Michael) Guyette and Christopher (Hollie) Thesier, as well as four beloved grandchildren, Jaden, Carter, Maggie and Declan.

She is also survived by her siblings, William (Patricia) Burke, Janet (Paul) Manzer and Christine (James) Freeman as well as several nieces and nephews whom she adored.

Peggy was predeceased by her parents, James and Helen Burke and daughter, Melinda Young.

Peg was very active in the local community; she was a patron of St. James Catholic Church, Carthage, a member of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, the Bassett-Baxter Post #789 American Legion Auxiliary and the Women’s twilight golf league at Carlowden Country Club.

Raised on a dairy farm on Tug Hill, she acquired a love for the outdoors. She was often found gardening, tending to her horses, picking leeks and enjoying her “Farm” on County Route 45.

Peggy brought people together through her cooking and love of entertaining; she enjoyed traveling and spending time at her condo in Florida. Above all, she loved spending time with her family. Her greatest pride was rooted in the success of her children and her deepest love was for her grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the St. James Catholic Church, with the Rev. Donald A. Robinson, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the New St. James Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 15th, from 1:00 – 3:00 & 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., 500 State St., Carthage.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Carthage Augustinian Academy, 317 West St., Carthage, NY 13619 or the TF Wright Scholarship Fund, to support local students as they pursue careers in business, in care of the NNY Community Foundation, 131 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences can be made at

As reported Friday, August 11, 2017 online in The Carthage Republican, Carthage, New York.


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Death: Randy P. Carr




Randy P. Carr, 64, of Hastings, passed away unexpectedly at home.
He is survived by his wife, Rose; daughter, Melissa; son, Mathew; six grandchildren.
Services will be private.
Arrangements entrusted to Traub Funeral Home, Central Square.
Date of Death: March 27, 2017

As reported March 28, 2017 online in Syracuse Post-Standard, Syracuse, New York.


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Death: Lewis Tessier



Lewis Tessier

On February 4, 2017, Lewis Tessier of Spruce Grove passed away at the age of 64 years. Lewis is survived by his two sons, Brody and Jody; five grandchildren; mother, Mary Tessier; two brothers; six sisters; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

As reported Tuesday, February 7, 2017 online in ObitTree.


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Death: Rebecca Ann Cook Brunet



Rebecca C. Brunet

Funeral services for Rebecca C. Brunet, age 93 of Ogdensburg will be held at 9:00am on November 18, 2016 at Notre Dame Church with Rev. F. James Shurtleff officiating. Burial will follow at Notre Dame Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday (Nov 17th) from 4:00 – 7:00pm at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home. Mrs. Brunet passed away on Tuesday morning at the Riverledge Healthcare Facility.

Surviving is her children; a son William Brunet & his companion Sue Leeder of Black Lake; daughters Lorraine Todd & her husband Robert of Delray Beach FL, Veronica Russell & her husband Thomas of Clifton Park, Mary Brunet and her husband Kurt Plagge of Ames IA, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister Rita Blevins of Potsdam; a brother Donald Cook and his wife Lula of Hermon along with several nieces, nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Francis on June 5th 2011; sisters Margaret Kirkey, Marion Reed and a brother Bernard who died at a young age.

Rebecca was born in Hermon on March 28, 1923, the daughter of Roy and Veronica (Tiernan) Cook. She attended Hermon Schools and later married Francis Brunet on March 28, 1941 in Dekalb at St. Henry’s Church. She and her husband owned and operated a farm in Hermon and later moved to the Village of Hermon for many years. She attended the A. Barton Hepburn Hospital School of Nursing and relocated to Tupper Lake where she worked at Sunmount Hospital while attending the Adirondack Community College and received her further degrees. Following retirement, the couple moved to North Carolina and later spent many years with family and friends in Delray Beach FL.

Memorial contributions can be made to Notre Dame Church Heritage Fund or a charity of one’s choice. Condolences can also be shared online at

As reported Monday, November 14, 2016, online in Daily Courier-Observer, Massena, New York.


FindaGrave Memorial # 172727338

Death: Thomas Edward Baxter



Thomas E. Baxter

Thomas E. Baxter, 71, of DeKalb Junction died on October 11, 2016, at his home; Allen-Denesha Funeral Home, DeKalb Junction, entrusted with arrangements. Calling hours will be 1 – 3 PM, Thursday, October 13, 2016, the funeral service will be at 3 PM, at the funeral home, Pastor Martha Helmer officiating. Burial will follow in Hermon Cemetery. He is survived by his son, Michael ( Elizabeth “Liz”) Baxter, Pennellville, sisters, Inez Snow, Hermon, Kathryn Huvinen, WA, Susan Allen, DeKalb, a grandson, Brett Tayler, Waddington, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Richard Baxter and Neadom Baxter. Tom was born on March 12, 1945 in Hermon, the son of the late William and Lucille Hickok Baxter. On May 15, 1965 he married Faye E. Perrin, she died on February 15, 1997. He owned and operated a dairy farm in Hermon. Tom enjoyed fairs. Tractor pull contests, making puzzles and always helped by giving people rides. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley. Online condolences can be made at

As reported Tuesday, October 11, 2016 online in The Daily News, Batavia, New York.


FindaGrave Memorial # 171171746