William M. ‘Bill’ Lashen

William M. “Bill” Lashen, 66, of Rome, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. He was born in Utica on May 27, 1950, the son of Elmer and June O’Brien Lashen. On June18, 1983 he married Linda Suiter. Surviving besides his loving wife, Linda, are: a daughter, Heather Lashen of Rome; two sons, Jamie Suiter of Fort Plain and Todd (Tiffany Croad) Lashen of Blossvale; three... 4:00pm 01/21/17

Delores M. Babcock

Delores M. Babcock, of Rome, passed away peacefully onMonday, Jan. 16, 2017 in Bentonville, AR. She was born on May 15, 1932 in Rome, NY to Charles and Mildred Taylor. On June 6, 1953 she married Howard Babcock, with whom she shared a loving union of 57 years until his passing in 2011. She was a childcare provider to many children for over 50 years. She is survived by her... 4:00pm 01/20/17

Thomas C. Ragonese

Thomas C. Ragonese, 82, of Rome, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. He was born on March 9, 1934, the son of Rosario and Eleanor Ragonese. In 1953 he married Jean Prosser. Tom worked for twenty-one years at DiBerardino’s Bakery in Rome and ten years at Madison Silo.  He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church. Surviving besides his loving wife of 63 years, Jean,... 4:00pm 01/19/17

Alice E. Benson Shafer

Alice Shafer, 97, formerly of Floyd, died on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Luthern Care. She was born on May 24, 1919 in Camden, a daughter of Edward and Mary Falvey. Alice attended Holland Patent Central School where she was active in basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer, and band. She graduated in 1937 from the first class in the “new building,” continued her education in... 4:00pm 01/19/17

Bruce F. Finster, Sr.

Bruce F. Finster, Sr., age 54, of Rome, passed away peacefully January 16, 2017, at his home. He was born August 21, 1962, in Rome, a son of the late Robert and Kathleen Belle Sheldon Finster, and graduated from Rome Free Academy. He was formerly married to Kathryn Rena. Bruce was a truck driver for Felice Moving and Storage Co. in Rome. He was a member of St. Mary’s/St... 4:00pm 01/18/17

Joanne L. Wray

ROME, NEW YORK — Joanne L. Wray, age 91, of Rome, passed away peacefully on December 28, 2016 at Bethany Gardens. Joanne was born in Oxford, IA on April 2, 1925 to the late William and Philobina Bireline Leeney. She graduated from high school in Iowa and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State and then a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Yeshiva University in... 4:00pm 01/18/17

MSG Rudolph E. Seabron

MSG Rudolph Everett “Rudy” Seabron, age 57, of Rome, was suddenly taken from us on the morning of January 8, 2017. Rudy was born on February 21, 1959 in Norfolk, VA to the late John Everett and Bernice Marie Seabron. He was the oldest of three children. Rudy grew up in St. Albans, Queens, NY and while he was in high school, the family moved to Plattsburgh, NY. He graduated... 4:00pm 01/18/17

Clicerio Peter Gonzalez

Clicerio Peter Gonzalez, 26, of Rome, NY lost his battle with cancer on Friday, January 13, 2017at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. Clicerio was born on October 8, 1990 in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico and moved to Rome, NY in 1999. He attended the BOCES Criminal Justice program and graduated from Rome Free Academy in 2009. He graduated from Mohawk Valley Community... 4:00pm 01/17/17