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Caitlin (Chirello) and Jeffrey Besio
local residents

Local couple exchange wedding vows at Baldwinsville church

Caitlin (Chirello) and Jeffrey Besio
local residents

Caitlin A. Chirello and Jeffrey C. Besio exchanged wedding vows Aug. 4, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Baldwinsville.

Rev. John Finnegan and Rev. Robert Stevenson celebrated the nuptial mass.

The bride is the daughter of Steve and Cathy Chirello of Fulton. The groom is the son of Stephen Besio of Liverpool and Cynthia Besio of Liverpool.

Maid of honor was Mary Chirello, sister of the bride, and best man was Eric Price.

Bridesmaids included Chelsea Foley, sister of the groom; Laura Finocchiaro; Dr. Sarah Finocchiaro; and Michaelina Carrese. Groomsmen included Mike Foley, brother-in-law of the groom; Jason Disco; Ashtion Holmes; and Chris Berry.

A reception was held at Bellevue Country Club, Syracuse.

The bride is a graduate of Le Moyne College and earned a master’s degree in Literacy from Nazareth College. She teaches special education in the Fulton City School District.

The groom is a graduate of Cicero-North Syracuse High School and he attended St. John Fisher College. He is in sales at Shapiro Motors, Oswego.

Gerald and Sharon Root
Fulton residents

Fulton couple celebrates 40th anniversary

Gerald and Sharon Root
Fulton residents

Gerald “Jerry” and Sharon “Sherry” (Welcher) Root of Fulton celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Sept. 29, 2012.

They were married in Fulton in 1972. A quiet celebration trip was taken in early September with a weekend getaway on their anniversary. They met in November 1971, and both are native Fultonians.

Children include daughters Kerry Grover and husband David of Fulton, Amy Beth Lisi of North Syracuse, and a son, Aaron Root and wife Amy of Franklin, Indiana. There are eight grandchildren, Joshua, Bryce, Madison, Blake, Michael, Josephine, Dominick and Anthony.

He enlisted in the Air Force in 1967, stationed in Austin, Texas, until his discharge in 1971. He worked for Niagara Mohawk for 27 years until his retirement.

She worked at Chappell’s for 14 years until it closed. From there she worked at Goetz Dolls in Radisson until soon after 9/11.

For years, their hobby has been antique cars. They currently have a 1956 Buick. He also collects petromobilia and enjoys restoring anything old and automotive related. Both are antique car enthusiasts and have belonged to old-car clubs. They attend shows and enjoy and appreciate cars brought back to production. They also love antiquing and attending auctions.

She loves to read and putter outdoors, and they delight in spending time with their grandchildren and sharing their interests in life.

Fulton High School Class of 1962 met in July for their 50th class reunion at Lakeview Lanes. In front from left are Lois Kring Proietto, Kathy Wilcox, Shirley Zellar, Carol Clemons Case, Ellen Mayer Barbagallo, Sharon Hastings, Nanci Blaich Blance, Jennifer Allen Killian, Phyllis Cole O’Grady, Jim Bonnie, and Carol Harbottle Alburger. In second row are Nancy Hudyma Close, Judy Falanga, Sally Diffin Smith, Marilyn Papaleo Brown, Sharon Ducharme Moody, Roxanne Taylor Wooding, Jeri Ure Cole, Terry Patrick Burnett, Linda Tetro Quinlan, Mary Jacobs Follenweider, Charlene Wilcox Fitzgerald, Gerald (Jake) Ballard,  Jim Meagher, Joyce Shambo Lee, and Mary Rogozinksi Lalone. In third row are Mervyn Gaylard, Peter Poulakis, Neill Anderson, Lyle (Jerry) Salsbury, John LeClair, Ed Kerfein, John (Jack) Rodger, Bob Misch, Chris Keller, Lee Williams, Glenn Barker, and Joyce Lamay McDowell. In fourth row are Joy Young, Bill Roy, Clancy Peters, Eileen Salls Oliver, Theron (Skeeter) Scoville, Roger Stewart, Bob Salvage, Ken Reynolds, Eunice Demperio Pomeroy, Roger Huss, Jim Growe, Bill Spaulding, Wayne Beardsley, Don Slokowski, Peter Bock, Linda Peck Greene, Neil Osborne, Eric Black, Lee Stanton, Joe Tetro, Axel Luther, and Joe Cosimano.

Class of 1962 holds 50th reunion

Fulton High School Class of 1962 met in July for their 50th class reunion at Lakeview Lanes. In front from left are Lois Kring Proietto, Kathy Wilcox, Shirley Zellar, Carol Clemons Case, Ellen Mayer Barbagallo, Sharon Hastings, Nanci Blaich Blance, Jennifer Allen Killian, Phyllis Cole O’Grady, Jim Bonnie, and Carol Harbottle Alburger. In second row are Nancy Hudyma Close, Judy Falanga, Sally Diffin Smith, Marilyn Papaleo Brown, Sharon Ducharme Moody, Roxanne Taylor Wooding, Jeri Ure Cole, Terry Patrick Burnett, Linda Tetro Quinlan, Mary Jacobs Follenweider, Charlene Wilcox Fitzgerald, Gerald (Jake) Ballard, Jim Meagher, Joyce Shambo Lee, and Mary Rogozinksi Lalone. In third row are Mervyn Gaylard, Peter Poulakis, Neill Anderson, Lyle (Jerry) Salsbury, John LeClair, Ed Kerfein, John (Jack) Rodger, Bob Misch, Chris Keller, Lee Williams, Glenn Barker, and Joyce Lamay McDowell. In fourth row are Joy Young, Bill Roy, Clancy Peters, Eileen Salls Oliver, Theron (Skeeter) Scoville, Roger Stewart, Bob Salvage, Ken Reynolds, Eunice Demperio Pomeroy, Roger Huss, Jim Growe, Bill Spaulding, Wayne Beardsley, Don Slokowski, Peter Bock, Linda Peck Greene, Neil Osborne, Eric Black, Lee Stanton, Joe Tetro, Axel Luther, and Joe Cosimano.
Fulton High School’s Class of 1942 held its 70-year reunion recently. In front from left are Betty Keck Patrick, Vivian Collins Ciciarelli, Pauline Zizzi Mirabito, Jennie Cherniak O’Hare, Julie Tetro Holt, Betty Wilson Wheeler, and Nellie Garbus Mathews. In back from left are Brien Mathews, Marjorie Naioti, Clyde Grim Jr., Keith Baker, James Arcadi, Stanley Curtis, Andrew Fisher, Faith Fuller Morin, Barbara Bennett Lukas,  Robert Pickles, Frank Pafumi, Rev. Mortiz Fuchs, John Parson, and Mary St. Phillips Runeari.

Fulton’s Class of 1942 holds reunion

Fulton High School’s Class of 1942 held its 70-year reunion recently. In front from left are Betty Keck Patrick, Vivian Collins Ciciarelli, Pauline Zizzi Mirabito, Jennie Cherniak O’Hare, Julie Tetro Holt, Betty Wilson Wheeler, and Nellie Garbus Mathews. In back from left are Brien Mathews, Marjorie Naioti, Clyde Grim Jr., Keith Baker, James Arcadi, Stanley Curtis, Andrew Fisher, Faith Fuller Morin, Barbara Bennett Lukas, Robert Pickles, Frank Pafumi, Rev. Mortiz Fuchs, John Parson, and Mary St. Phillips Runeari.

Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County turns 40

Members of the Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County will celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary Monday, Oct. 22  at 6 p.m. at Vona’s Restaurant in Oswego.

Guest speaker for this milestone event will be broadcast journalist Garrick Utley, who was named a senior fellow and professor of broadcasting and journalism at SUNY Oswego’s School of Communication, Media and the Arts.

PJC was formerly known as the Oswego County Press Club and was founded Oct. 4, 1972.

Each June, the club presents the Muriel Allerton Scholarship Award to an incoming college freshman pursuing a media-related career.

The 40th anniversary celebration begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. with a buffet dinner served at 7 p.m.

There is a cost to attend the dinner. Reservations are due by Oct. 15. Anyone with questions regarding the dinner may contact Marion Ciciarelli at 349-5601.

Couple celebrates 65 years of marriage

Charles and Fanny Knapp, of Fulton celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary August 23, 2012. They were married at the First Presbyterian Church in Fulton in 1947.

They met in 1942 at the State Theater in Fulton, where Charles was head usher. Fanny (Baker) was a Girl Scout selling Defense Stamps in the lobby.

Graduating in 1943, Charles joined the Navy and trained as an electrician. Fanny graduated in 1945 and worked as a telephone operator. They kept in touch during WW II and became engaged on Fanny’s 18th birthday. The Knapps purchased a small home in Fulton after Charles returned from the war, and they were married on August 23, 1947.

Charles worked construction, and Fanny left the Telephone Company in 1949 when the first of their four sons was born.

December 1955, the Knapps purchased Neahtahwanta Farm on Lakeshore Road in Granby. Charles started his own electrical contracting business in 1959, after their fourth son was born, and Fanny started driving school busses and continued for the next 30 years.

The Knapps raised horses and beef cattle on their farm. Charles was a member of the Media Shrine Horse Patrol for many years and Fanny was always a familiar sight riding horses in local parades.

Many elementary school classes made field trips to the farm where the students enjoyed their first ride on a horse. The farm’s palomino stallion “Tony” was very popular with the children.

Charles has been active in the Masonic orders for 50 years and holds the York Cross of Honor. Fanny is a long time member of Eastern Star and is a past queen of the Daughters of the Nile.

Their family includes sons Lance (Polly), Loren (Denise), Mark, and Bruce (Julie), all of Fulton; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The couple has always enjoyed going on cruises, attending family gatherings and parties.