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Joan Collins Engel


Obituaries -- 06/25/2014

Joan Collins Engel
June 19, 2014

BLUE MT. LAKE -- Joan Collins Engel passed away peacefully the morning of Thursday, June 19, at Upstate Medical University Hospital in Syracuse. All nine of her children had been present at her bedside in the days prior to her passing.
Born April 10, 1930, Joan grew up on Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks with her two younger sisters in a house built by their parents, Pat and Jan Collins, and uncles. The eldest cousin in a village filled with cousins, Joan led a generation that set a tone for joyous gatherings that continues to this day. In that same house, Thanksgiving dinners for 40 were routine –- with others expected to stop by throughout the day. Whatever the occasion, Joan made it impossible for anyone to feel unwelcome.
Her red hair was a familiar sight at nearby Indian Lake Central School, where she won the Hamilton County scholarship prize, achieved the second highest score in the statewide Regents exams, and was valedictorian of her senior class.
Joan selected the newly founded LeMoyne College in Syracuse, whose Jesuit faculty further nurtured her fascination with science and her love of faith. She earned straight A’s throughout college and, after graduating, worked in the histology department at the SU Medical School.
Joan was elected LeMoyne’s First Queen of the May at the 1949 spring dance. While at LeMoyne she met Charlie Engel, a local Syracusan and 6-foot, 4-inch captain of the speed skating team. They married in 1953, just after Charlie entered Syracuse Law School. The couple had nine children over the next 11 years.
In 1965, the family moved to 310 Summit Avenue on Onondaga Park. The kids all walked to Most Holy Rosary School and would often return home to find Joan putting away the contents of two-dozen bags of groceries. The dinner table easily sat 11 and was the family epicenter.
Joan served as a board member of the Syracuse City School District’s Special Education Committee, where she was an early advocate for the inclusion of children with special needs into the regular classroom. She was also an active member of the Altar and Rosary Society at Most Holy Rosary Church.
Devoted Catholic, steadfast Republican, talented home cook and loyal Syracuse fan, all of Joan’s devotions led directly back to family. And her absolute faith was understood by all who knew her.
Joan is survived by her sister, Margaret Doyle of Bluffton, S.C.; her children, Tim Engel (Ivy Main) of McLean, Va., Kathy Sullivan (Tom) of Needham, Mass., Karen Hartnett (John) of Syracuse, Lorraine Alexander of Lafayette, N.Y., Patty Barker (Brian) of Herndon, Va.; Carolyn Engel of Syracuse, Robert Engel (Judy Watson) of New York City, Richard Engel (Paula Mallory Engel) of Jamesville and Margaret Doherty of Syracuse; and 17 grandchildren. Joan was predeceased by her husband Charlie, who died in 2008; and her sister Kotty Duggan, who died in 1981.
Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday, June 27, at Joan’s family home in Blue Mountain Lake. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Blue Mountain Lake.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests any contributions in her memory be made to St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Blue Mountain Lake.
Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home, 6357 State Rte. 30, Indian Lake. For online condolences please visit
Nancy (Ann E.) Kohlbrenner
February 9, 2014

PISECO -- Nancy (Ann E.) Kohlbrenner of Piseco passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Higgins Bay Cemetery in Piseco, N.Y. Following the service a luncheon will be held at Melody Lodge, Speculator, N.Y.
Memorial donations may be made to Piseco Ambulance Corps, Piseco NY 12139 in her memory.
Edwin J. Hosley
June 22, 2014

MASSENA -- Edwin J. Hosley, 91, of Massena, formerly of Long Lake, passed away June 22, 2014 with his loving family by his side and under the care of hospice.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at Long Lake Cemetery located in Long Lake, N.Y.
Edwin was born May 09, 1923 in Long Lake, N.Y., son of the late Roy and Catherine (Morrison) Hosley. He attended Long Lake schools followed by enlisting into the United States Army Air Corps, where he served in the 8th Air Force during World War II, stationed in England.
Edwin married Rita Clement Sept. 28, 1946 at St. Henry’s Church in Long Lake. After his dedicated service to his country, Edwin worked as an equipment operator for over 30 years at National Lead Industries located in Tahawus, N.Y. He then worked at ALCOA as a general mechanic, retiring after 10 years of service.
Edwin was an avid golfer and could always be found out on the course. He was a member of the American Legion Post #79 in Massena and a past member of the Long Lake Fire Department.
Edwin is survived by his wife Rita of Massena; a son, James, and his wife Johanna Hosley of Milton, Del.; a daughter, Judy, and her husband Bradford Johnson of West Yarmouth, Mass; four grandchildren, Sean Johnson, Melisa Vaughn, James Hosley and Jillian Papola; five great-grandchildren, Henry Johnson, Caroline Johnson, Tristan Hosley, Tommy Papola and Jackson Vaughn; and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Hosley was predeceased by eight sisters and two brothers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Edwin’s memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 U.S. 11, Potsdam NY 13676 or VFW Post 3120, 196 Park St., Tupper Lake NY 12986.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Phillips Memorial Home, Massena. Online condolences may be shared with the family at
Irene June Miller
June 13, 2014

SPECULATOR -- Irene June Miller, 92, formerly of Rush (Monroe County), passed away peacefully Friday, June 13, 2014, at her brother's home in Speculator.
Born March 24, 1922 in Dundee, she was the daughter of the late Charles F. and Gladys R. (Stanton) Smith.
Irene graduated high school in Henrietta, and later married Gordon E. Miller in November 1941; the couple spent 67 years together before his passing in 2008.
She was employed for many years by the then-Monroe County Hospital. She enjoyed hunting and fishing trips throughout the United States and Canada with her husband; they were avid golfers as well. She also enjoyed family gatherings, with many nieces and nephews on both sides of the Miller and Smith families.
Besides her parents and late husband, Irene was predeceased by her brothers, William and Frederick Smith.
She is survived by her brothers Charles D. Smith and his wife, Charlotte, of Speculator, and Harry Smith and his wife, Dorah, of Brevard, N.C.; and two special cousins, Mary Pierson of Penn Yann and Charlotte DiGenarro of Hammondsport.
At Irene’s request there will be no calling hours.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Rush Methodist Church, with internment to follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, Rush.
Locally, friends are invited to celebrate her life at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Grace United Methodist Church, Rt. 8, Speculator.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations in Irene’s memory to the Rush Methodist Church, Grace United Methodist Church or Helping Hands Caregivers, 145 White Birch Lane, Indian Lake NY 12842.
Please visit for online guestbook and condolences.
Robert Joseph Yerge
November 11, 2013

PISECO -- Bob succumbed to prostate cancer Nov. 11, 2013.
He leaves behind his friend and beloved partner of 19 years, Charlotte Minich; and his four beloved children: Kathryn (Tom Rebhan), Kerri (Don McClain), Colleen Yerge and Matthew Yerge. He also leaves his dear step-children: C. Peter Minich (Cathy), Matthew Minich (Jen) and Jill (Doug Hawkins). Together, Bob and Char have 13 grandchildren. In addition, he leaves two sisters: Marian (Bill Kihl) and Carol (Don Ulrich).
Bob was born in Rochester, N.Y. Jan. 2, 1936 and grew up in Buffalo, earning a football scholarship to the University of Buffalo and graduating in 1958. Bob was part of the 1958 Lambert Cup Trophy football team that won a Bowl bid to Florida and turned it down due to racial discrimination. Fifty years later, the team was honored at another UB Bowl game for their stand against racial intolerance.
Bob was a health and physical education teacher for 38 years: 10 years at Niagara Wheatfield and 28 years at Williamsville School District in Buffalo. He coached football, track, cross-country, volleyball and swimming. He joined the Holiday Valley Ski Patrol in 1970 and was a member of the National Ski Patrol for 32 years.
In his retirement, Bob made many trips skiing out west with family. He enjoyed tennis and golfing with his many friends at Riverwood Golf Club in Port Charlotte, Fla. and golfing and boating in the summers with Charlotte in Piseco Lake, N.Y.
Bob’s remains will be placed in Prospect, N.Y.
Bob’s funeral Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church in Lake Pleasant, N.Y. at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. This will be followed by a short graveside service at noon at Prospect Cemetery and a Celebration picnic at the family camp on Piseco at 2 p.m.
Doris Sherman
PISECO -- The family of Doris Sherman invites relatives and friends on Saturday, July 12, 2014 to a memorial service for Doris at 11 a.m. in the Higgins Bay Cemetery and for a lunch in her honor immediately after at her former home in Higgins Bay.


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