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Richard A. Spencer, loved life, spread cheer, worked at Oswego Industries

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Richard A. Spencer, 73, of 299 E. River Road, Oswego, and formerly of Canastota, passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at St. Luke Health Services, Oswego, where he has resided for the past 17 years.

He was born on March 5, 1941, in Penn Yan, the son of George and Retha Stucker Spencer.

Richard spent his early years in Canastota, and has lived in Oswego most of his adult life.

He worked at Oswego Industries for many years, and later volunteered at St. Luke Health Services.

Richard enjoyed life to the fullest. He was proud of his accomplishments and enjoyed spreading cheer wherever he could. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a large smile. He often made others feel good by complimenting them.

He liked to shop, use an iPad, listen to music, watch television, listen to his police scanner, and enjoy a good meal. All of these, he enjoyed doing with others (especially with “his girls”).

He had no known survivors. His caregivers at St. Luke Health Services remember him fondly.

Funeral services are at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the J. Homer Ball Funeral Home, Inc., 201 James St., Canastota, with the Rev. Donna Chapman of the Whitelaw Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial was with his parents in Lenox Rural Cemetery, Canastota.

Calling hours are from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service, at the funeral home.

Debra A. Scherer, supervisor at Syracuse Plastics, Oneida Plastics

Debra “Deb” A. Scherer, 52, of Granby, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, July 29.

She had resided in the Fulton area most of her life. Deb worked as a supervisor at Syracuse Plastics in Fayetteville and Oneida Plastics in Phoenix.

She was a member of Oswego Alliance Church in Oswego and Harmony Riders Horseback Riding Club.

Deb was predeceased by her father, Charles Phillips.

Surviving are her husband, David Scherer of Granby; four children, Marie, Michelle, Michael and Melissa; her mother, Rosemary Phillips; siblings, John (Tammy), Cherie (John), Dolores, Charles and Dale; 14 grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at the funeral home with burial at Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton.

 

Tax preparers suspended for not filing taxes

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday announced the results of an initial crackdown on tax preparers.

He said 40 tax preparers in the state have been suspended because they failed to file their own personal income tax returns for 2011 and 2012.

None of the tax preparers suspended were from Oswego County.

Once suspended, tax preparers cannot legally complete or file a client’s state returns for compensation. More than 7 million New Yorkers use tax preparers each year.

Vicki Hainey, avid horsewoman, retired from Butler Correctional Facility

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Vicki L. (James) Hainey, 64, of Hannibal, passed away at home Friday, July 25, after losing a hard fought battle with cancer.

Born in Fulton, Vicki was a lifelong resident of Hannibal, where she graduated from Hannibal Central School.

She retired from Butler Correctional Facility in 2007.

An avid horse woman, Vicki owned several through the years and rode as often as she could. Vicki was a co-founder of “The Old Broads Riding Club” and eventually became “The Queen.”

Vicki is survived by her husband of 22 years, Ron Lamie; son Jamie Hainey of Hannibal; step daughter Renee (Dan) Manwaring of Fulton; “adopted” daughter Kirsten (David) Oates of Fulton; parrot Rowdy; horses Milo and Suade; and eight little dogs.

There will be no services or calling hours.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society or Cancer Society.

 “It’s been a great ride….Enjoy the new one.”

Please visit www.traubfh.com for On-Line Guest Book.

Venera Bonanno, volunteered at A.L. Lee Hospital and Michaud nursing home

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Venera “Anna” Bonanno, 92, of Fulton, died Monday July 28, 2014 in Seneca Hill Manor.

Mrs. Bonanno was born in Fulton, the daughter of the late Joseph and Angelina (Laspina) Fichera.

Mrs. Bonanno was a volunteer at A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital and at Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton.

She was predeceased by her husband, Vincent Bonanno in 1998, her daughter, Margaret Knight in 2007, and her brother, Nunzio Ficher in 1993.

Mrs. Bonanno was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her daughters, Barbara (Tom) Grimes of E. Amherst, NY, Teresa (Stephen) Wallenfels of Richland, WA, Susan (Steven) Barber of Lake View, NY; son-in-law George Knight of Utah; sister Mary (Alfred) Stancampiano of Oswego; grandchildren Jeffrey and Christine Barber, Amy and Katie Grimes and Michael Wallenfels; great grandson Henry Wallenfels.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday July 31 from the Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton, and 11:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday July 30 at the funeral home, 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Catholic Charities, Fulton, or University Dialysis Center, 1127 E. Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13210

 

‘Great Rope’ play to be performed Aug. 2

Cast, crew and sponsors gather for this shot of the Great Rope, built by production manager Mary Kay Stone, to be used in the telling of the 200-year-old historic event. The Great Rope play, written by the late Rosemary Nesbitt, is based on a true story and will be presented in one performance only, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 on the Fort Ontario Parade Grounds. Audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Rain date is Aug. 3. Tickets are available at river’s end bookstore, Man in the Moon Candies, Arts in the HeART Gallery in Fulton, H. Lee White Marine Museum and Fort Ontario Historic Site. For more information, visit www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com, www.fortontario.com or www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.
Cast, crew and sponsors gather for this shot of the Great Rope, built by production manager Mary Kay Stone, to be used in the telling of the 200-year-old historic event. The Great Rope play, written by the late Rosemary Nesbitt, is based on a true story and will be presented in one performance only, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 on the Fort Ontario Parade Grounds. Audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Rain date is Aug. 3. Tickets are available at river’s end bookstore, Man in the Moon Candies, Arts in the HeART Gallery in Fulton, H. Lee White Marine Museum and Fort Ontario Historic Site. For more information, visit www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com, www.fortontario.com or www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.