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Earl Axtell
January 26, 1930 – August 21, 2017

~~Port Leyden- Earl Axtell, 87, of East Main St., husband of Jane, passed away after a brief illness on Monday, August 21, 2017, at the Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville, while surrounded by the loving care of his wife and family.

A son of Glenn D. and Eugenia Cable Axtell, Earl was born in Starkville, New York, (Montgomery County), on January 26, 1930.  At the age of seven, he moved with his family to the Moose River Road near Port Leyden where he grew up.  He graduated from Port Leyden Central School with the Class of 1949.

On August 10, 1949, Earl married Jane M. Croneiser at St. Martin’s Church, Port Leyden.  After their wedding, they purchased a dairy farm on State Rt. 26 near Turin which they operated for several years.  Later, they purchased a dairy farm on Rt. 12 D in the Town of Leyden which they operated until 1974 when they retired from farming and moved to Port Leyden.  For many years thereafter, Mr. Axtell operated a cattle trucking business.  From the 1970s until 2007, he served as the caretaker for the Port Leyden Cemetery and later for the Calvary Cemetery, Port Leyden.

Mr. Axtell was a member of St. Martin’s Church, Port Leyden.  He greatly enjoyed hunting, playing the guitar, and spending time with his family at their camp.  He, dearly, loved his wife, Jane, and his daughters; one of his most treasured expressions was “Mom and the girls” and he was known by his grandchildren as “Grandpa Guzzle!”

In addition to his wife, Earl is survived by five daughters:  Bonnie (Jim) Easton, of Lyons Falls, Janette (John) Carpenter, of Boonville, Beth Axtell, of Ravena, New York, Jean (Dean) Bissell, of Voorheesville, Mary (Joe) Legnetto, of Syracuse; thirteen grandchildren:  Brittany Axtell; Brianna and Clarke Bissell; Brad (Jennifer), Chad, and Robert (Jessica) Carpenter; Catie, Rebecca, Scott, and Stefan (Cari) Howanietz; Bailee and Kaylee Legnetto; and Kristin (James) VanAlstine; fifteen great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Lindsey Legnetto; three brothers, Myron, Harold, and Walter Axtell; and two sisters, Beatrice Ripple and Edith Rocker.

A Prayer Service will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M. at St. Martin’s Church, Port Leyden, Rev. Lawrence Marullo, pastor, officiating.  Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Port Leyden.  Calling hours are from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to either Calvary Cemetery, Port Leyden, care of P.O. Box 431, Port Leyden, New York 13433, or to Port Leyden Village Cemetery, P.O. Box 218, Port Leyden, New York 13433.

Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., Boonville, New York, 2017

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