Over 100 family and friends gathered together to celebrate the 100th birthday of Gladys Rappleye Sunday Aug. 5 at the Scriba Volunteer Fire Department Hall. Rappleye was born in the town of Palermo August 4, 1912 to Carl and Edna Snyder. She has resided in Oswego most of her life.
Mrs. Rappleye was the first recording secretary for the Scriba Volunteer Fire Dept. Auxiliary, where she is still a member. She is a 50-year member of the Eastern Star and a member of The DAR. She is an active member of the First United Methodist Church.
Gladys retired from Frank G. Wells men’s clothing store after 33 years as a secretary. She resides in Oswego with her husband Stewart, where she enjoys quilting, eating at restaurants, spending time with her family and fascinating them with stories of her life.
Family members from all over New York State, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Oregon, New Hampshire, Texas, and Michigan joined her in the celebration of her century long life.
In addition to the many well wishes she received from family and friends, Mrs. Rappleye also received birthday wishes from President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama, George W. Bush, Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Patty Ritchie and Willard Scott.
Lindalee, David, and Dennis Sawyer announced the 50th wedding anniversary of their parents, Bill and Pat Sawyer of Phoenix and originally from Fulton. Swayer is the son of Ben and Margaret Sawyer while Mrs. Sawyer is the daughter of Roger and Betty Marra. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 2.
There was an anniversary party in their honor at The Oasis at Thunder Island June 17th with family members, high school friends and close friends.
They met each other at Phillips Street School and were sweethearts all through high school at Oswego Catholic High. They graduated in 1960.
They were married at Holy Family Church June 2, 1962. He retired from the New York Army National Guard with 34 years of service, while she retired from Marine Midland bank.
They have two daughters-in-law, Cheryl and Jennifer, and two granddaughters, Alaina and Elizabeth.
They enjoy their house on the Oswego River also well as going to Florida during the winter.
Their children sent them on a second honeymoon, which they thoroughly enjoyed.
Oswego Industries, Inc. and its sister agency ARC of Oswego County have announced the hire of Lyndsay Frank as Director of Communications and Community Relations for the organization. In her position, Frank is responsible for fundraising, donor relations, communications, special events, public awareness and media relations for both organizations.
Frank comes to Oswego Industries, Inc. from Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania, a dropout prevention organization, where she served as Executive Director of the Capital Region affiliate based in Harrisburg. Prior to that, she worked in the public relations division in the Harrisburg office of Tierney, a full-service agency, based in Philadelphia, where she worked on a variety of clients including Verizon Wireless, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, FELD Entertainment, Jack Welch MBA program and the ACES Train, to name a few. Frank received her Bachelor’s Degree from Pennsylvania State University and currently resides in Fulton.