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David Sturgis, building and grounds superintendent

David N. Sturgis, 71 of Fulton, died at home Monday, July 1, 2013 after a brief illness.

He retired as superintendent of buildings and grounds for the Fulton Consolidated School System after working there 40 years.

Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Sturgis of Fulton; children, Terry (Stanley) Perkins, Douglas (Colleen) Sturgis and David Sturgis Jr. all of Fulton, and Daniel (Tina) Sturgis of Rochester; sisters, Mary (William) Joice, Martha (Willard) Becker and Christine Sturgis, all of Fulton, and Margaret Mack of North Carolina; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Harriett Sturgis, and brother, Peter Sturgis.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. today, July 5 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street in Fulton.


Fulton Little League team wins title, needs $5,000 to advance to state tournament

Section 2 champions – The Fulton Little League Intermediate Team is Section 2 champions. To make the trip to the New York State Championship in Montgomery, N.Y., Monday, July 8, they need to raise $5,000. Businesses or individuals who would like to make a donation may contact coach Dingman at 598-7485 or coach Randy Cotton at 593-2284.
Section 2 champions – The Fulton Little League Intermediate Team is Section 2 champions. To make the trip to the New York State Championship in Montgomery, N.Y., Monday, July 8, they need to raise $5,000. Businesses or individuals who would like to make a donation may contact coach Dingman at 598-7485 or coach Randy Cotton at 593-2284.

Fulton Little League’s Intermediate Team won the District 8 Championship last week and followed that up with a Section 2 Championship July 3, said coach David Dingman.

“Following that game, there was little time for celebration as we were informed that we need to be in Montgomery, N.Y. Monday, July 8 for the New York State Championship Tournament. To make that trip, we need to raise $5000 to cover our expenses.

“The tournament runs from Tuesday, July 9 through Monday, July 15,” he added. “The team was obviously not prepared for a weeklong stay just outside of New York City. We are doing everything we can as fast as we can to raise the money to get the team and coaches there on Monday.

The team is holding the following events/activities:

• Bottle and Can Collection — Return all your bottles and cans to the Three Little Pigs and say they are for this team.

• Candy bar sales at the Fulton Wal-Mart

• Car Wash – Come give a donation and get your vehicle washed at Lakeview  Lanes Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m.

• Business Donation – Businesses or individuals who would like to make a donation can contact coach Dingman at 598-7485 or coach Randy Cotton at 593-2284.

“If the team is successful, they will have four days before having to go to Long Island for the Super Regional for eight days,” said Dingman. “If successful there they would have to go to California for the World Series. Why not us?

“We would like to thank you for any consideration you give to this urgent cause,” he continued. “The kids have worked hard and are playing well. Currently they are sitting at 15-1, winning their last 13 games and outscoring their opponents 180 to 20.”

Team members are Nolan Bonnie, Will Caster, Cole Cotton, Nick Dingman, Austin Flemming, Jacob Geitner, Bryce Guernsey, Josh VanHorn, Malcolm Wettering, and Kameron Whipple.

Coaches are Cotton, Dingman, and Larry King.

Natalie Alton, Pennellville resident

Natalie Alton, 84, of Pennellville, died Wednesday,  June 26, 2013.

A native of Oswego, she live in New Jersey, Manlius, and Atlanta, Ga., before retiring to Pennellville.  She was a staple in the community.  She was a ready volunteer with various organizations and was an active member of the Red Hat Society.

She enjoyed cooking and gardening.

She is survived by her sons, Richard (Lisa) Alton, and Mark Alton; grandchildren, Greg (Beth) and Catherine (Jonathan); a sister, Bernadette Capeling (Clint); a great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday July 3 from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a brief prayer service at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, located at 431 Main St., Phoenix.

Contributions may be made to CNY SPCA, 5878 East Molloy Road, Syracuse, NY 13211.

Virginia Balcom, Pennellville resident

Virginia May Nelson Balcom, a lifetime resident of Pennellville, died Sunday, June 23, 2013.

She was born to Hazel May (Foster) and Earl W. Nelson March 31, 1931 at their home in Pennellville. She was a 1948 graduate of Phoenix schools. She was an avid reader and could always be found with a pair of knitting needles in her hands.

She was married to her husband, Francis, June 11, 1950; he died Aug. 29, 2008.

She started her working career at Sweet Brothers Co. in Phoenix as a bookkeeper. When she began her family, she focused her energy as a homemaker and a mom. In the 1970s, she began working for Phoenix schools, first as a teacher’s aide and then as a library assistant in the Cherry Street School.

In the early 1980s, she worked at TRIO Ceramics, helping to teach classes. Later, her talents were applied to painting and decorating wood crafts for shows and fairs.

She was active in many organizations, including Phoenix Chapter of Amaranth and Eastern Star. She gave many years of service to Pennellville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, serving in roles as secretary, vice president, and president.  She also served in the same roles for the Oswego County Ladies Auxiliary.

She was a member of Phoenix Senior Citizens, a past member of Phoenix UCC Church for more than 70 years, and a current member of the Pulaski UCC Church.

Besides her husband Francis, she was predeceased by a grandson, Scott Morrison.

Surviving are her son, Gordon W. of Parish; daughters, Linda L. Lyons of Oswego and Sherri A. Jackman and her husband, Paul, of Cicero; her son Alan F. and partner Robert Weiner of LaFayette; her grandchildren, Ryan J. Lyons, Lori L. Lyons, Nate and Wesley Ann Balcom, Jessica L. Lyons, Rebecca Balcom, Robert and Mandy Morrison; two great-grandsons; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Thursday June 27 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St.,

Phoenix. Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Lauri J. Craig officiating.

Interment will be in Pennellville Cemetery, County Route 54.

Contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of CNY or the American Cancer Society.

Jean Arena, gardener at Arena’s Eis House

Jean Marie Arena, 71, of Fulton, died unexpectedly at her home Saturday, June 22, 2013.

She was born May 5, 1942 in Port Byron to the late Thomas and Raffaela “Mary” Guidone. She graduated from Port Byron High School and Powelson Business School.

She was predeceased in death by her husband of 26 years, Louis, in 1989.

She worked side by side with her husband at both Arena Farms in Fulton and later at Arena’s Eis House Restaurant in Mexico from the 1960s through the 1980s.

For over two decades, she meticulously tended the gardens at the Eis House until her passing.

She loved to play golf and was active with various social service initiatives, as well as providing compassion and understanding to those in need.

She is survived by three sons, John D. of Newark, N.J., Robert T. of Boulder, Colo., and Paul A. of Mexico; her daughter-in-law, Sarah; two grandchildren, Louis Ross and Marteen Rose; three siblings, Anthony (Sandy) Guidone, Cathy (Tony) Tucci and Mary (Les) Deemer; her sister-in-law, Rae Arena; brother-in-law, Dr. Angelo Arena; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 27 at Holy Trinity Church, corner of Rochester and South Third streets in Fulton. Calling hours are 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton.

Contributions may be made in Jean’s name to Unity Acres, P.O. Box 153, Orwell, NY 13426 or Camp Good Days, 356 North Midler Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13206.

Lorraine Warner, retired nurse’s aide

Lorraine Warner, 71, of Oswego, died Sunday, June 23, 2013 in Oswego.

Mrs. Warner was born in Carthage, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Eunice (Ellsworth) Trumble. She was a retired nurse’s aide for Sunrise Nursing Home.

Mrs. Warner was predeceased by her husband, Daniel Warner, in 1981.

She is survived by her children, Robert Wetherwax of Texas, Scott Warner of Oswego and Daniel (Laurie) Warner of South Wales, N.Y.; her sister, Joyce Austin of Harrisville, N.Y.; and ten grandchildren.

Services and burial will be private. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Kenneth Crisafulli, local cook

Kenneth J. Crisafulli, 65, of Oswego, died Monday, June 24, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Oswego, the son of the late Catino Crisafulli and Laura (Murray) Eicholzer. He was a cook at the Oswego County Public Safety Building from July 1989 until 2013, in addition he cooked for several local restaurants including the Colonial House.

He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was the former local, state, and national commander for the Italian American War Veterans.

He was the current commander of the Charles Crisafulli Post #15. He enjoyed watching the Yankees, Nascar and Syracuse University Sports.

He is survived by his wife Danielle Crisafulli; children, Scott DeStevens, Katrina Crisafulli, and Danika Crisafulli; siblings, Anne (Charles) Demm, Geralyn (Gerard) Roy, Tina (Keith) Peterson, and Michael (Stephanie) Pasco; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph Church. Burial will be private in St. Paul’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego.

Anne Swierczek, Retired nurse

OBITS-SwierczekAnneAnne Louise Swierczek, 86, died June 15, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, Richard; daughters and sons-in-law, Suzanne, Celia, Ellen, Lisa, Amy and Katy; 11 grandchildren; and brother, John.

She was pre-deceased by her brother ,Joseph Snyder.

She and her husband were born in Fulton and graduated from Fulton High School in 1944. She received a certificate as a registered nurse upon graduation from the Edward J. Meyer Memorial Training Hospital for Nurses in Buffalo in 1948.

After working in hospitals in New York State and Florida, she worked as a nurse for ARAMCO oil company in Saudi Arabia from 1952 to 1954.

She then worked as a charge nurse at Lee Memorial Hospital and later Andrew Michaud Nursing Home in Fulton.

She and her husband, who was employed as a music teacher, were wed December 27, 1954.

There will be no visiting hours. Contributions may be made to Hope Hospice, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA  02601.