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Philip Pecora, World War II veteran

OBITS-PecoraPhillipPhilip “Phadob” F. Pecora, 93, of Oswego, died Monday, June 17, 2013 in Oswego Hospital.

He was born in Oswego to the late F. Daniel and Carmela Pecora. He remained a life resident of Oswego.

Mr. Pecora was a United States veteran having served in the Army during World War II and was present during the Battle of the Bulge.

He retired from Cyclotherm Boiler Co., Oswego after 39 years of service. He worked as a crossing guard at Bridge, Liberty, and Utica streets for 20 years. Mr. Pecora was a member of the Elks Lodge BPOE # 271, Knights of Columbus Council #227, the American Legion and the VFW Crisafulli Post.

He was also a bartender at Sereno’s Restaurant, Oswego and Canale’s Barn, Scriba.

Mr. Pecora was a faithful communicant of St. Joseph’s Church, Oswego and he enjoyed being with his family.

Mr. Pecora was pre-deceased by his siblings, Daniel Pecora Jr., Nellie Cafalone, Frances Pecora, and Anthony Pecora.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Theresa Pecora of Oswego; children, Phyllis (Dan Greene) Masuicca of Oswego, Daniel (Kathleen) Pecora of Oswego, and Dennis (Dana) Pecora of Oswego; brother, Joseph Pecora of Oswego; grandchildren, John “JP” (Laurie Davis) Masuicca,  Terri (Jason) Wills, Brian (Julie) Masuicca, Kristina (Arthur) Bennett, Daniel Pecora Jr., Dustin Pecora, Stacy (Sam) Ware, and Megan Pecora; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held tomorrow, June 20 at 8:15 a.m. in the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home and 9 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, Oswego, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Gregory Kreinheder.

Burial will be held in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oswego.  Calling hours will be held today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th St., Oswego.

Leslie Corey, former pastor

Leslie Corey, 81, of Phoenix, died Sunday, June 9, 2013.

He was born in Fulton to Ernest and Editha (Loomis) Corey and was the youngest of eight children.

He was a licensed minister and pastored the Gilbert Mills Church for many years.

He retired from the Carpenters Union Local 12. He was a long-standing member of the Grace Assembly of God Church in Syracuse.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ruth O’Neill Corey; his children, Annette (William) Procanick of Clinton, N.Y., Sharon (Erik) Flichtbeil of Saratoga Springs, Stephen (Cathy) Corey of Syracuse, and Noreen Corey of Equatorial Guinea, Africa; seven grandchildren, Elissa, Kristin, and Michelle Procanick, Erika (George) Flichtbeil-Young, and Rachel Flichtbeil, Jesse and Jai Corey; two great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Jeremiah Young; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted Saturday, June 29 at 11 a.m. at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix.  Burial will follow the service in Pennellville Cemetery, County Route 54, Pennellville.

There are no calling hours.

Contributions may be made to International Deaf Education Association to benefit Manos Felices (Happy Hands) School for the Deaf, a ministry in Equatorial Guinea, run by Noreen Corey. Please send checks payable to: IDEA, in the memo box indicate “Noreen Corey Project Fund,” c/o IDEA, P.O. Box 20715, Billings, MT 59104.

Helaine Gorton, retired from DMV

Helaine A. Gorton, 72, of Fulton, died Monday, June 17, 2013 at Seneca Hill Manor, Volney.

She was born in Fulton to the late Walter and Rose (Lalik) Wallace.  Mrs. Gorton has remained a lifetime resident of Fulton.  Mrs. Gorton was past employed with Beneficial Finance, Fulton and General Electric, Syracuse.

She retired from the Oswego County Department of Motor Vehicle, Fulton after 19 years of service. She was a member of the East Coast Breweriana, and the American Breweriana.  Mrs. Gorton was an avid collector.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jeffery Gorton of Fulton; three sons, Michael Gorton of Fulton, David (Kim) Gorton of Volney, and Christopher (Lauren) Gorton of Longwood, Fla.; her sister, Barbara Gadziala of Fulton; two grandchildren, Hunter Gorton and Tanner Gorton; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services and burial will be held privately.  Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., Fulton, is in care of arrangements.

Dolores L. Schmidtmann, Former Clay resident

Dolores Schmidtmann, 83, a former resident of Horseshoe Island Road,

Clay, died Monday June 17, 2013.

She was born in Amsterdam, N.Y. to her late parents, Vivian H. (Shoecraft) and Leo K. Corsette. She was a homemaker and also belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Moyers Corners Fire Department, Clay.

She loved watching her birds in their natural environment. She also enjoyed playing cards.

She was predeceased by her husband, Erich C. Schmidtmann, in 2002.

Her survivors include her three sons, Erich L. Schmidtmann of Syracuse, Kurt A. (Laura) Schmidtman of Phoenix, and Terry W. (Gwen) Schmidtmann of Phoenix; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, David Leo Corsette; three sisters, Jeanne Schmidtmann, Sondra Corsette, and Deborah Supple; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside services will be held Saturday June 22 at  10:30 a.m. in Pine Plains Cemetery, 8686 Henry Clay Blvd., Clay, with the Rev. Diane Bradshaw officiating.

Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Homes, Phoenix, has charge of arrangements.

Orlo Green Jr., retired from Fulton Tool Co.

OBITS-GreenOrloOrlo A. Green, Jr. 78, of Phoenix, died Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Phoenix, he was a son to the late, Orlo Green Sr. and Daisy Green Keller. He was a life resident of Phoenix and attended Phoenix schools. He retired in 1987 from Fulton Tool Co. where he worked for 28 years as a truck driver.

He enjoyed playing cards, woodworking, NASCAR and restoring classic cars. He was especially proud of his 1963 Chevy Nova.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Robin, who died in 1972, and by a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Charles Walts who died in 2005.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Besaw Green; a daughter, Tammie (Ray) Brown of Fulton; a son, Orlo A. (Amy) Green III of Fulton; a sister, Ruth Hughes of Phoenix; a brother, Jim (Mary) Green of Phoenix; step-father, Charles Keller of Pennellville; three grandsons, Martin (Colleen) Daniels, Jr., Cody and Cole Green; two great-grandsons, Martin Daniels III and Keegan Daniels; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

John David Halstead Jr., Fulton resident

John David Halstead Jr., 44, of Fulton, died June 11, 2013 as a result of a construction accident in the Town of Oswego.

He had worked at U.P.S. Freight in East Syracuse for 17 years. He was an avid race car driver and auto mechanic and enjoyed auto racing, hunting and fishing. His greatest joy in life was his children.

Surviving are his children, Hannah and John David Halstead III; his father and stepmother, David (Joann) Halstead; mother and stepfather, Beverly (Don) Wilcox; siblings, Heather (Ronald) Strickler, Lorrie Anderson, John (Jeannine) Merriam, Denise (Michael) Heagerty, Karen (Ron) Ford and Donald Wilcox Jr.; paternal grandparents, John (Gertrude) Halstead; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 16 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton with services 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Fairdale Rural Cemetery in Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to his children c/o David Halstead, 70 South Eleventh Street, Fulton, NY 13069.

Gospel singer to perform at Sterling UMC

Gospel singer Dan Schall will perform Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. at the Sterling United Methodist Church.

The church is located on Route 104A.

According to his web site, “Dan Schall shares his music ministry in many crossroad towns throughout the eastern states. Through his music, he conveys his love for Jesus Christ and his concern for his fellow man’s eternity. Dan stutters when he speaks, but the Lord has granted him a singing voice to share the Lord’s words through music. He made his commitment to share the gospel message, after hearing someone sing the song, ‘He Touched Me.’

It continues, “The anger that he had stored up for many years of his youth was released by knowing that Jesus Christ died for all the trials that he had gone through. He had difficulty in being able to share what Christ meant to him in spoken word, so he began to share what Christ meant to him in song. Through his concerts, he is able to reach out in a simple way to help move others to realize what God has given them.”

Robert Somers Sr., Korean War veteran

Robert “Bob” Somers Sr., 80,    of Fulton, died Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born in Fulton to the late Leonard and Clara (Mustard) Somers. Mr. Somers remained a life resident of Fulton. He was a United States veteran having served in the Army during the Korean War. Mr. Somers was past employed as a Fulton police officer.  He later retired from Container Corporation of America, Fulton after more than years of service. He was a past member of the Fulton Board of Education and he was a former Fulton First Ward alderman.

Mr. Somers was a past communicant of Holy Family St. Michael’s Church where he was an avid volunteer, usher, and bingo worker. He was a co-chairman for several years with his wife, Rose, for the annual church festival and tour director for the Holy Family St. Michael’s Golden Agers.

Mr. Somers was also a volunteer with Oswego County Catholic Charities.

He was pre-deceased by his wife, Rose Somers, in 2006.

Mr. Somers is survived by his two sons, Robert (Deborah) Somers Jr. of Fulton and Michael (Kerry) Somers of Fulton, a brother, Joseph Somers of Fulton; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 13 in Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton with Rev. Robert Stephenson officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours will be conducted Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.  at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S.,  Fulton.