John Hongo

October 12, 2012  

LOWVILLE, N.Y.  —  John Hongo, 91, formerly of West State Street, passed away Thursday evening, Oct. 11, at the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility.

A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in Brantingham Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville.

Born March 2, 1921, in Vintondale, Pa., a son of the late Steve and Emma Hongo, he attended country school on the East Road, and worked on the family farm.

He married Eleanor Cooper on Aug. 1, 1942. Together with his wife, the couple owned and operated a dairy farm on the Ridge Road in Lowville from 1950 until the mid-1970s, at which time the couple moved to their residence on West State Street. Mrs. Hongo died March 9, 2004.

He was a lifetime member of the Lowville Grange. He enjoyed cooking, gardening, smoking meat, and puttering in the garage. 

John enjoyed spending time at camp in Brantingham, and when he was younger, he enjoyed boxing.

Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Brenda and Tamas Takacs of Lowville; Jane Ciciarelli of Liverpool; a sister, Emma Ewing of Lowville; a brother, Joe Hongo of Carthage; four grandchildren, Scott Stoddard, Shanin Stoddard, Molly Williams and Jill Carver; seven great-grandchildren, Augusta Williams, Olivia Stoddard, Emma Stoddard, Sam Williams, Noah Stoddard, Liam Carver and Benjamin Carver. 

A great-grandson, Brennan Stoddard, died before him.

 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Central New York Chapter, 100 Metropolitan Park Dr., Suite 400, Liverpool, NY 13088, or online at centralnewyork ; or to Alström Syndrome International, 14 Whitney Farm Rd., Mount Desert, ME 04660. 

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Information provided by Iseneker Funeral Home of Lowville and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.