Earl Axtell - 8/30/2017


Earl Axtell-8/30/2017

PORT LEYDEN - Earl Axtell, 87, of East Main Street, husband of Jane, passed away, after a brief illness on Monday, August 21, 2017, at Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville, while surrounded by the loving care of his wife and family. Earl was born in Starkville, NY (Montgomery County) on January 26, 1930, a son of Glenn D. and Eugenia Cable Axtell. At the age of 7, he moved with his family to Moose River Road, near Port Leyden, where he grew up. Earl graduated from Port Leyden Central School with the Class of 1949. On August 10, 1949, he married Jane M. Croneiser in St. Martin’s Church, Port Leyden. After their marriage the couple purchased a dairy farm on State Route 26, near Turin, which they operated for several years. Later they purchased a dairy farm on Route 12 D in the Town of Leyden, which they operated until 1974, when the couple 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 was employed as caretaker for the Port Leyden Cemetery and later at 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. Earl dearly loved his wife Jane and his daughters; one of his most treasured expressions was “Mom and the girls” and was known by his grandchildren as “Grandpa Guzzle!” In addition to his wife, Earl is survived by five daughters, Bonnie (Jim) Easton, Lyons Falls, Janette (John) Carpenter, Boonville, Beth Axtell, Ravena, NY, Jean (Dean) Bissell, Voorheesville, and Mary (Joe) Legnetto, Syracuse; many grandchildren, Scott Howanietz, Rebecca Howanietz, Stefan (Cari) Howanietz, Catie Howanietz, Brad (Jennifer) Carpenter, Robert (Jessica) Carpenter, Chad Carpenter, Kristin (James) VanAlstine, Brittany Axtell, Brianna Bissell, Clarke Bissell, Bailee Legnetto, and Kaylee Legnetto; 15 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Lindsey Legnetto. He was also predeceased by three brothers, Myron Axtell, Harold Axtell and Walter Axtell; and two sisters, Beatrice Ripple and Edith Rocker. A Prayer Service was held on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., 143 Schuyler Street, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Martin’s Church, Port Leyden, where Reverend Lawrence Marullo, pastor, officiated. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery, Port Leyden. Calling hours were from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to either Calvary Cemetery, Port Leyden, care of PO Box 431, Port Leyden, NY 13433, or to Port Leyden Village Cemetery, PO Box 218, Port Leyden, NY 13433. For an on-line message of sympathy, please go to www.trainorfuneralhome.com.