Dorothy Tyo


(October 5, 1925-March 3, 1973)


NORFOLK--Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy L. Perry Tyo, 47, wife of Neil Tyo, Norfolk, were held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Visitation with spring burial in the parish cemetery.

The body has been taken to the family home, Main Street, by the Buck Funeral Service.

Mrs. Tyo suffered a broken neck in a snowmobile accident Saturday afternoon (Mar. 3, 1973) in the Town of Waverly, Franklin County.

Surviving are the husband; her mother, Mrs. Helen Riley Perry McNasser, Norfolk; three daughters, Mrs. William (Joan) Lalonde, Mrs. Roswell (Bonnie) Cassada Jr., and Mrs. Alfred (Mary Jane) Shampine, all of Norfolk; three grandchildren; one brother, Kenneth Perry, Potsdam.

Mrs. Tyo was born Oct. 5, 1925 in Potsdam, the daughter of Milan and Helen Riley Perry. She was graduated from Potsdam High School and was married to Neil Tyo in St. Mary’s Church, Potsdam, Aug. 9, 1943.

Since then they have resided in Norfolk. She was a service records supervisor for the New York Telephone Company and he is employed by Niagara Mohawk Power Corp.

Malone State Police, who investigated the accident, said Mrs. Tyo was driving a snowmobile on the Azure Mountain Club Road in the Town of Waverly, Franklin County. This is a private road, following the abandoned railroad track and is just off the McCavanaugh Pond property. She was traveling north at about 20 miles an hour.

Her snowmobile struck a cable which had been placed across the roadway, about 16 inches above the ground. The cable caught the gas tank cover, slid over the cowling and the windshield and struck Mrs. Tyo in the throat.

Her husband was following on his snowmobile, and friends, Mr. And Mrs. Robert Lavigne, Norfolk were behind the two snowmobiles in their truck.

Mrs. Tyo was brought to the Blue Mountain Inn, 15 miles from the scene of the accident, in the Lavigne truck and was taken by the St. Regis Falls Rescue Squad to the Alice Hyde Hospital, Malone. Dr. Robert H. Henderson declared her dead on arrival.

Ervin W. Phillips, Fort Covington, a Franklin County coroner, ordered an autopsy which was performed by Dr. William Shannon, Cornwall.

Death was due to a broken neck, the autopsy revealed. An inquest is pending.


(This obituary was provided by Joan Tyo Lalonde, the original source unknown).