Friends of Lewis County Hospice


Friends of Lewis County Hospice Recognizes Linda Noftsier

Friends of Lewis County Hospice
Linda Noftsier

The FOLCH Board of Directors acknowledges the dedication of Linda Noftsier, Treasurer of the Board since 2012.  In her role, Linda is responsible for the overall fiscal management of FOLCH’s funds.  She communicates with financial oversight agencies and auditors to assure all regulatory and legal guidelines are met.  Linda’s strong work ethic and expertise supports Board Members in their ongoing projects which benefit residents of Lewis County and their families receiving Hospice care.

Friends of Lewis County Hospice Presents Certificate and Memorial Stone to T.F Wright

An award was presented to Tina Ainsworth and Bill Wright (owner) of T.F. Wright in recognition of their service to Friends of Lewis County Hospice.  Their organization has been creating stones for the Hospice Memorial Garden since 2005.  As a token of our appreciation, a stone will be placed in the garden in their honor in recognition of their service and talents.


(Pictured from left to right – Bill Wright, Tina Ainsworth and Mary Ingersoll)

The Award/Certificate states:

"T. F. Wright and its talented employees have served FOLCH since 2005 by creating the Memorial Stones for the Hospice Memorial Garden.  You have contributed to the beauty of the garden with the stones that honor the loved ones of our grieving families.  All who enter the garden appreciate your professionalism and care in honoring their loved ones.  Thank you!"

FOLCH and Tug Hill Estate Holiday Market

FOLCH Board Members
(Pictured, from left to right)
FOLCH Board Members – Sue Matuszczak, Amy Deavers, Sue Sauer, Gretchen Lane, Hope Scouten, Tina Paczkowski; Tug Hill Estate Owner – Taren Beller; FOLCH Secretary – Marsha Zehr, FOLCH Board Member – Mary Ingersoll, FOLCH President – Joanne Dicob, FOLCH Treasurer – Linda Noftsier

The Friends of Lewis County Hospice Board would like to thank Jonathan and Taren Beller, owners of Tug Hill Estate for their very generous contribution of $1800. Their 2nd annual Holiday Market was held on Saturday, November 5th, 2022 where sipping and shopping with over 20 local craft vendors took place.  Donations from this year’s event were very graciously given to the Friends of Lewis County Hospice in support of the Hospice program in Lewis County.

2022 Epicurean Delight

Sponsored by Friends of Lewis County Hospice

This year’s Epicurean took place on May 1st, at the Lowville Elks Lodge from 3pm to 6pm.  There was live music provided by the amazing Atkinson Family Bluegrass Band, and a delicious buffet dinner of Baked Virginia Ham with all the “fixins”, provided by the Elks.  There was also a 50/50 raffle during the day’s events at which the following items were raffled:

2 Adirondack Chairs (valued at $325)
Hospice Memorial Stone
2 Barn Quilts (to be raffled separately)
1 Lap Quilt
$50 Gift Certificate to the Cottage Inn in Copenhagen
$50 Gift Certificate to the Steak ‘n Brew
2 – 1 Day passes to Brantingham Golf Course (to be raffled separately)

We would like to extend a sincere thank you to all sponsors and patrons who so generously donated to this annual Event.  Through your generosity, Hospice of Lewis County is able to offer comfort, medical and emotional support, and spiritual support to patients and their families.

A Special thank-you also to Linking Lewis County, The Moose, and the Lowville Journal for assistance in advertising for this event.

Epicurean Delight is Friends of Lewis County Hospice’s major fundraiser and, as with all of our fundraising, the revenues stay in Lewis County. We are pleased to work in partnership with Lewis County Hospice, part of Lewis County Health Systems, in providing compassionate, palliative and end of life care for our hospice patients and support for their families.

Friends of Lewis County Hospice

Friends of Lewis County Hospice presents a check every year to the Lewis County Health System to help cover the costs of providing Hospice services to county residents.  This past year’s donation was $150,000, up from last year’s donation of $125,000.

"Today is an incredibly important day for us," said health system Chief Executive Officer Gerald R. Cayer, speaking of the great partnership and cooperation between Friends of Lewis County Hospice, the Hospice team and the Lewis County Health System. "This is an incredible gift. It's made more generous by the fact that the gifts of Friends of Lewis County Hospice over the past four years have totaled almost half a million dollars. With friends like these we can meet the needs of the community.”

“We've invested and have been very grateful for assistance from the community," said the Friends of Hospice President Joanne S. Dicob. "When Jerry told us how much it cost to run Hospice last year, we couldn't match it, but we could give a good check. We haven 't always been able to do this, but we are very grateful to be able to do it now."

Mrs. Dicob said that community support via donations and estate bequests also helped to make the larger contribution possible this year. Our two major fundraising events are the Light Up a Life campaign in late Fall, and the Epicurean Delight in the Spring.  We are especially grateful to all who donate and participate in these two events.  It is due to community support that Friends of Lewis County Hospice is able to be so generous when donating to the Hospice program at the Lewis County Health System.

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