Memorial Page

We would like to dedicate this page to those Sentinel Alumni who have recently passed away.

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Gary Alan Namer

Gary Alan Namer, age 66 from Ticonderoga, NY passed away suddenly on September 5, 2019. He was born January 17, 1953 at Moses Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga. The beloved son for the late Frederick and Anna Namer.

Gary enlisted in the US Navy upon his graduation from Ticonderoga High School. Following his service to his country, he was employed for 20 years by the Sandy Hill Corporation in Hudson Falls, NY. He would then move back to his hometown, where he would join his brothers Fred and Joe at their meat market.

He loved his community, and was always thrilled to see his friends and family, whom he would often entertain with a story. In his youth, Gary was an accomplished baseball player. He was an avid Yankees fan. He enjoyed gambling, reading, and writing poetry, and had a taste for lousy beer. He also loved and doted on his dog Jazmin, who was always a faithful companion.

Gary leaves behind his daughter, Victoria (Preston) Crupe and his 2 cherished granddaughters, Emily and Rachael, of San Tan Valley, AZ. He is also survived by his brothers Stephen and Joseph, sisters Cheryl (Cory) Phinney and Paula (Peter) Besson and sister in law Joyce Namer all of Ticonderoga, as well as six nieces and nephews along with two great nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Frederick and Anna (Zachar) Namer along with his brother Fred and granddaughter Clara.

There will be no calling hours. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will take place at the family plot of St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery of Ticonderoga on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Mr. Elliott A. Shaw will officiate.

Donations can be made in Gary’s honor to North Country SPCA or the Ticonderoga High School Baseball Team.


Marilyn M. Herrick

Marilyn M. Herrick, 86, of Resthave Home in Morrison, IL, and formerly of Ticonderoga, NY, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2019, at Resthave.

Marilyn was born September 19, 1932, in Ticonderoga, NY, to Steward R. and Helen M. (Jeffers) Moore.

She attended Ticonderoga grade schools and was a graduate of Ticonderoga High School. She continued her education at Wheelock College in Boston, MA.

Marilyn married John Francis Connors on September 11, 1952, in Saratoga, NY. She later married James P. Herrick on October 5, 1968 in Hague, NY. He died July 6, 1988.

Marilyn was a telephone operator at New York Telephone and Telegraph in New York. She was later a bookkeeper and sales clerk for Moore Hardware in Ticonderoga, NY. Marilyn worked as an office manager at Lord Howe Estates for eight years and later worked at Resthave Home in Morrison in the activities department for many years.

She was a member of the Eastern Star in Sterling Chapter 354 and Merton Chapter 356 in Fulton, IL, and was a past grand matron. Marilyn was active in the First United Methodist Church of Ticonderoga and also the Morrison United Methodist Church. She served as a Sunday school teacher, a Stephen Minister, a church trustee, and participated in Monday Evening Club. Marilyn was an avid collector of teddy bears.

Survivors include one daughter, Glenna (Mike) Rodts of Crossville, TN; three sons, Jeffrey (Nancy) Connors of Salisbury, MD; Timothy (Mary) Connors of Ticonderoga, NY and Richard Connors of South Glen Falls, NY; nine grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James; one son, John Connors; one sister, Janice McDonald.

A Memorial Service will take place at the First United Methodist Church of Ticonderoga at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 20, 2019. The Rev. Scott Tyler, Pastor, will officiate.

Interment will follow at the Mt. Hope Cemetery of Ticonderoga.

Donations in Marilyn’s memory may be made to the Morrison United Methodist Church of Morrison,IL or Resthave Auxiliary of Morrison IL.


Sheila Joan Bennett

Sheila Joan Bennett, 79, of Ticonderoga, passed away suddenly, on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at her residence.
Born in Ticonderoga, March 2, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Donald Sr. and Pauline (Coley) Clark.
Sheila was a lifetime Ticonderoga area resident.
Her and her husband, Myron Bennett, owned and operated a Saw Mill in Penfield for many years.
Through the years she was employed in the Deli department of Grand Union and Planned Parenthood, both of Ticonderoga.
Survivors include one brother, Neil R. Coley and his wife, Elizabeth of Ticonderoga; one step-sister, Sally O’Dell of Ticonderoga; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, and her husband, Myron Bennett, she was also pre-deceased by two brothers, Donald Clark Jr. and Ronny Clark; one sister, Judith Stacy; one step-sister, Donna Hargett; and one step-brother, Joseph Coley.
A private graveside service will take place at the family plot of the Ironville Cemetery of Crown Point.


Virginia Margaret Royer

Virginia Margaret Royer, 98, of East Moriches, NY and formerly of Ticonderoga, NY passed away on Friday, August 16, 2019, at her residence.

Born, March 5, 1921, in Ticonderoga, she was the daughter of the late William and Hazel (Rafferty) Farrelly.

During W.W. II, Virginia was a riveter for P 47 Thunderbolt fighter planes.

Mrs. Royer was a resident of Ticonderoga before moving to Long Island, many years ago.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Walter H. Royer in 1985. She was also pre-deceased by four siblings, Katherine Clark, Elizabeth Mattison, Charles Farrelly and Pearl Ezzo Sharrow.

Survivors include one daughter, Virginia Kijowski and her husband, Harry of Center Moriches, NY; one son, Lee Royer and his wife Tracy of Riverhead, NY; two granddaughters, Leanne Powers and her husband Edward, and Emma Royer; and one great-grandson, Oliver Powers.

Relatives and friends may call Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Wilcox & Regan Funeral Home, 11 Algonkin St., Ticonderoga.

A Funeral Service will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the Funeral Home. The Rev. Mr. Elliott A. Shaw of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Ticonderoga, will officiate.


Anthony C. Armstrong

Anthony C. Armstrong, Sr. 58, of Ticonderoga, and formerly of Crown Point, passed away suddenly on Thursday, August 15, 2019.
Born in Ticonderoga, June 21, 1961, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Grace (Denno) Armstrong.
Anthony loved fishing and spending time on the mountain, building his cabin. He was a retired longtime truck driver, who loved the open road. He was always mobile on a motorcycle of sorts.
Survivors include his son, Anthony Armstrong and his wife, Katie (Woodard) Armstrong of Ticonderoga, NY; his daughter, Holly Armstrong of Fulton, NY; his step-daughter, Annie (Armstrong) Reed of Pottersville, NY; one brother, Michael Armstrong and his wife, Barbara of Crown Point, NY; three sisters, Cindy Daniels of Crown Point, NY, Kathy Dyke of Bakersville, CA, and Amy Gagnon and her husband Steve of Witherbee, NY; his best friends, Robert Sr. and Belinda Lacey of Crown Point, NY; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Kenneth and Grace Armstrong, he was also pre-deceased by his daughter, Beth Ann (Armstrong) Logan, two brothers, Kim Armstrong and Victor McLean; and one sister, Doreen Mains.
There are no public services. He will be laid to rest on the mountain at an undisclosed time for a private gathering.
Donations in Anthony’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Lindell B. Abbott

Lindell B. Abbott, of Irondequoit, NY and formerly of Ticonderoga, NY passed away on Friday, August 9, 2019 at the age of 93. Predeceased by his son, Gary. He is survived by loving and devoted wife of 68 years, Marjorie; sons, Douglas (Norma) Abbott, Whitney (Jeanne) Abbott; grandchildren, Daniel (Sara) Abbott, Emily (Ben) Pfeiffer, Carly Abbott; great grandchildren, Lily, Owen, Will, and Jacob; brothers, David (Dolores), Ronald Abbott; several nieces and nephews.

Lin’s memorial service was held on Sunday, August 18th, at 2:00 pm at the Community Room at St. Salomes apartments in Rochester, NY.

A Graveside Service with Military Honors will take place on Friday, August 30, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the family plot of the Valley View Cemetery of Ticonderoga.


Barbara Ann “Bonnie” DuRoss

Barbara Ann “Bonnie” DuRoss, 63, formerly of Ticonderoga and most recently of Queensbury, passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at the Glens Falls Hospital.

Born in Ticonderoga, December 13, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Wallace E. and Helen M. (Ford) DuRoss.

Bonnie was a resident of Ticonderoga for most of her life and was employed by the former Ames Department Store of Ticonderoga for 21 years. While in Ticonderoga, she was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was a former member of the Catholic Daughters, Court St. Mary’s # 794 of Ticonderoga.

Most recently she lived in Queensbury.

She was pre-deceased by her parents; and also, by her brother, John W. “Jack” DuRoss.

She is survived by several cousins including Rebecca Hill of Chestertown and Rachael DuRose of Pottersvile; and many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Ticonderoga. The Rev. Howard J. Venette, Pastor, will officiate.

The Rite of Committal will follow at the family plot of St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery of Ticonderoga.

Donations in Bonnie’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School, 64 Amherst Avenue, Ticonderoga, New York 12883.


Vickie Lynne Drinkwine

DELMAR — Vickie Drinkwine passed away peacefully on Aug. 4, 2019 after courageous battles with breast cancer, surrounded by her family and friends. Born and raised in Ticonderoga, a proud Sentinel, she relocated to Albany when she was reacquainted with her lifetime love and husband, Gary Drinkwine.

Vickie was a self-diagnosed “Crazy Cat Lady.” Along with her love of cats, and animals in general, she enjoyed crafts and the practice of Reiki. She also looked forward to her annual plunge into Lake George with her lifelong girlfriends. She was well-known and loved for her large personality and even larger laugh. Vickie was well loved among her coworkers at DePaula/Orange Ford in Albany. Her parents are Mildred (Benway) and the late Charles Goff Sr.

Vickie is survived by her husband of 19 years, Gary Drinkwine; and stepsons, Keith (Lisa) and Kevin (Andrea) Drinkwine; his mother, Mildred Goff; brother, Charles (Nancy) Goff Jr.; nephews, Brian (Sandra), Timothy (Amy) and Daniel Goff; sister, Kay (Walter) Wells; nephews, Wyatt (Jessika) and Tyler (Vanessa) Wells; brother, Richard (Theresa) Goff; nephew and niece, Christopher (Carolyn) and Abigail Goff; and sister, Theresa Daniels; and nieces and nephew Casey (Eric), Cullen and Kateri Kuhlow; as well as countless family and friends. Vickie was predeceased by her father, Charles Goff Sr.; many uncles and aunts; as well as her granddaughter, Josephine Burritt Drinkwine.

Her family would like to thank Dr. Theodoulou of NYOH. Also the incredible physicians and nursing staff at St. Peter’s Hospital, specifically Dr. Savage and especially the Hospice Inn care team. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Friends Comforting Friends, 25 Steamboat Landing, Ticonderoga, NY 12883; or Kitten Angels 233 Houseman St., Mayfield, NY 12117-3948. A service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, at the Delmar Reformed Church, Delmar. Reception to follow. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Ticonderoga.


Evelyn P. Gravelle

Hague. Evelyn P. Gravelle passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 after a fulfilling and wonderful life.
Evelyn was born on July 22nd, 1927, in Ticonderoga, New York. She was the daughter of the late Marjorie (Wright) and Frank Pond. Evelyn grew up in Ticonderoga. She was a cheerleader and involved in many school activities. She and her high school sweetheart, Lawrence J. Gravelle Jr., were married for thirty-two years and have three daughters.
Evelyn attended Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. Her previous jobs included working at the New York Telephone Company and as the receptionist and travel agent at International Paper for over nineteen years. After retirement Evelyn volunteered at the St. Mary’s School library for over twenty years. She loved reading to the children and being a part of the St. Mary’s family. She greatly appreciated her friendships with Sister Sharon, Karlene Gonyeau, and all of the staff and volunteers at St. Mary’s School. She later worked at the Hague beach information booth during the summers where she enjoyed greeting people from all around the world until she was eighty-nine years old.
Evelyn had a great sense of humor and loved to be with people. She was a former member of St. Mary’s Choir, the Ticonderoga Youth Commission, the Ticonderoga High School Booster club, and the St. Mary’s School 50th reunion committee. Evelyn’s love of adventure led her to Ireland, France, the Caribbean, and Florida. She especially loved to travel to Cape Cod and Boston, Massachusetts, to cheer on the Red Sox. She made friends wherever she went with her spiffy personality and beautiful smile.
Evelyn enjoyed many summers on Lake George with her family, friends, and special neighbors.
Evelyn was pre-deceased by her husband Larry, her nieces and nephew, and her son-in-law.
Evelyn is survived by her daughters Susan Gravelle Peters, Linda Gravelle St. Peter, and Margy Gravelle Pote, her grandchildren Kaitlyn Pote, Lee Peters, Matthew St. Peter, and Kyle St. Peter, her sister Betty-Ann Arthur, and great-grandchildren.
Her family would like to thank Evelyn’s favorite healthcare providers Dr. Glen Chapman, Sabrina Ross RN, and the Hudson Headwaters staff, as well as Dr. Cheng, the nurses of the Glens Falls Wound Center, and the Ticonderoga and Hague emergency squads for their loving care and kindness.
Relatives and friends may call Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Wilcox & Regan Funeral Home, 11 Algonkin St., Ticonderoga.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Ticonderoga. The Rev. Howard J. Venette, Pastor, will officiate.
In lieu of flowers contributions in Evelyn’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s School Adopt-A-Student program, 64 Amherst Ave., Ticonderoga, NY 12883.


Bill Deso

Ticonderoga. Bill Deso was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic cancer in February and passed away on June 28, 2019.
He was born on May 13, 1958, the only son of Dean F. Deso and the late Gertrude (Demar) Deso.
Bill graduated from Ticonderoga High School in 1976 and worked briefly before entering SUNY Plattsburgh. He commuted for several years and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in chemistry in 1985.
His first job was with Naval Intelligence. After a few years there, he moved to the US Secret Service where he remained for 18 years. His final career move was to the Department of Homeland Security in 2008 where he remained until his passing. He worked tirelessly to improve the safety of first responders.
He enjoyed spending time with his family. We always knew when he wasn’t feeling well as he stopped picking on us! In his spare time, he also enjoyed walks, movies, television and watching Formula One racing.
Bill was the head usher at the 4 p.m. Mass at Ascension Catholic Church for many years. He also served the parish as a member of the Parish Council. Bill was a founding member of the Council # 12254 of the Knights of Columbus and was a 3rd Degree member.
He is survived by his father Dean Deso of Ticonderoga, NY, his older sister Beverly Deso of Saranac Lake, NY, his younger sister Mary Deso of Pittsfield, MA and his aunts Jane Perry, Teresa Deso and Dorothy Demar as well as numerous cousins. His mother predeceased him on August 11, 2013.
His family wishes to thank all of his friends, neighbors and coworkers who supported him throughout his illness. The cards, calls and visits always brightened his day.
Family will receive friends on Friday, July 5, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Beall Funeral Home, 6512 NW Crain (Rt 3 South), Bowie, MD. A Funeral Mass will be held at Ascension Catholic Church, 12700 Lanham- Severn Road, Bowie, MD on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 11 a.m.
A Graveside Service will take place in Ticonderoga, NY on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the family plot of St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery of Ticonderoga. The Rev. Howard J. Venette, Pastor, will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to one of the following charities that Bill supported: Little Sisters of the Poor, 4200 Harewood Rd. NE, Washington, DC, 20017 or High Peaks Hospice, PO Box 840, Saranac Lake, NY 12983 or St. Mary’s School, 64 Amherst Avenue, Ticonderoga, NY 12883 or Ascension Catholic Church 12700 Lanham- Severn Road, Bowie, MD 20715.



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