Category Archives: Obituaries

Thomas “Pat” Battista

Battista 001Thomas “Pat” Battista, 92, of Oswego died Friday June 19, 2015 in St. Luke Health Services with his wife by his sie. Mr. Battista was born in Oswego the son of the late John and Anna (DeSantis) Battista. He retired from Nestle’s Fulton in 1985 as a millwright. He served in the United States Army during WWII from 1943 until 1945, in the First Infantry Division (Big Red 1). He landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, he made all three amphibious landings in N. Africa, Europe and Sicily. He was the recipient of two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and several other medals. He was honorably discharged after being wounded in action. Mr. Battista was a communicant of St. Joseph Church, Oswego, the Holy Name Society, the Dante Aleghieri, Oswego, the VFW Post #5885, Oswego, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Fulton Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Rose (Barillo) Battista of Oswego, and their children Patricia (Richard) Cummings of Oswego; Rosemary (Arnold Whiting) Ingersoll of Oswego; James (Elena) Battista of Oswego; John (Mary Jean) Battista of Oswego; and Mary Beth Battista of Oswego. In addition he is survived by his siblings Frances Hibbert of Oswego, Samuel (Anna) Battista of Oswego; and Mary Ann (William) Pierce of Fulton, 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, great- and great-great-nieces, and nephews, and cousins. Mr. Battista was also predeceased by siblings Carmella “Ella” Battista, Michael Battista, Rosie Peterson, Theresa Hibbert, and Margaret “Jenny” Battista. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at St. Joseph Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Gregory Kreinheder. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

James Randall Altman

James Randall AltmanJames Randall Randy “Mileaway” Altman, 60, of Phoenix, N.Y., passed away on Thursday June 18, 2015 after a brief illness. He was born in Fulton, NY on Feb.18, 1955, to his mother, Marjorie (Deyo) Altman and his late father, Fredrick Altman, Sr., who died on Aug. 24, 2013. Mileaway was a member of the Carpenters Union Local # 747 for over 30 years. He was also an original member of the Flat Face & The Shempdells Band for nearly 40 years, earning him the title of “best damn spoon player in this town,” and providing good times and great memories for those he touched through his presence and their music. To know him was to love him, and his memory will live in the hearts and minds of so many. Surviving are his two sons, Justin Altman and (Cortney), Mathew (Gina) Altman, all of Pennellville; and their mother Gina (Dunn) Altman of Phoenix; his grandchildren, Chase, Shay and Cal Altman; his mother Marjorie (Deyo) Altman of Easley, S.C.; his siblings, Fred Altman, Jr. of Bluffton, S.C., Rod (Nancy) Altman of Phoenix, Terri (Chuck) Gettino of Pulaski, Tammi Altman of Easley, S.C., Tim (Jolene) Altman of Easley, S.C., and Todd Altman o Phoenix; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Calling hours were Monday June 22, in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135.

Warren Lee Deuel

Warren Lee Deuel, 63, of Fulton, passed away at University Hospital, Syracuse. Born in Fulton, N.Y., to his mother, Grace (Gardenier) Deuel and his late father, John Deuel on May 23, 1952, he was a graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton. Warren was a truck driver for Saunders Concrete & Aggregate Plant, Nedrow. He was predeceased by his brother, Steven Deuel. Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Susan (Reynolds) Deuel of Fulton; two daughters, Jennifer Evans of Calif., and Lindsey Deuel of Fla.; one son, Ryan Deuel of Fulton; his mother, Grace Deuel of Va.; one sister, Nora Deuel of Va.; and two granddaughters, Theresa Gordy and Allie Deuel. There are no services. Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, N.Y., has care of arrangements.

Bernard Drake

Bernard Drake, 95, of Fulton was buried noon Friday, May 22 at Jacksonville Cemetery, Lysander with the last rite of committal to be given by Rev. Jeff O’Brien. Military honors will be bestowed by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard.  The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton has care of the arrangements.

Lawrence “Larry” Galvin, Sr.

Galvin, LarryLawrence “Larry” Galvin, Sr., 84, of Oswego and formerly of Fulton, passed away Sunday, May 17 at his home. Larry was a 22-year Army veteran and was the recipient of the Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal Silver Clasp with One Loop, National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Expert Badge Rifle M14 and the Meritorious Unit Citation. He had served two tours in Korea and Vietnam. Larry was an active member of the Fulton Christian and Missionary Alliance Church where he served as a deacon for 12 years; on the board of ministry, taught bible studies, a leader of the prayer chain as well as visiting people in the hospital, nursing home and private residences. Larry also hosted missionaries in his home and was involved in missionary work. Larry was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, the former Patricia A. Clark Galvin, who passed away November 15, 2013, and a brother, Fredrick Galvin, who passed away in 2004.
Surviving are his eight children, Gail (Mark) Steele of Md., Larry (Nanette) Galvin, Jr. of Ill., Brent (Cathy) Galvin of Hannibal, Mike (Denice) Galvin of Minetto, Vicky (Mike) Hokanson of Fulton, Jeannie (Tim) Salisbury of Buffalo, Tricia (Jeff) Spoto of N. Syracuse and Linda (Chad) Sheldon of Fulton; 20 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren, who also knew him as ‘CooCoo,’ because of his famous birdcalls.
Calling hours were Friday, May 22 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.  A graveside service with Military Honors will be held at noon today at St. Mary’s Cemetery, S. Seventh St., Fulton. Contributions in memory of Larry may be made to The Gregory J. Harris Military Courtesy Room at Hancock International Airport, 5701 E. Circle Drive #335, Cicero, New York 13039.

Henry Ernest Wolvin

Wolvin, HenryHenry E. Wolvin, 89, of Fulton, passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at James Square Health and Rehabilitation Centre in Syracuse. He was born on March 26, 1926 in River Rouge, Mich., a son to the late Nelson and Grace Abrams Wolvin. After 35 years, Henry retired from Whitehead and Kales in Michigan. He was predeceased by four siblings.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanora Wolvin; three sons, Michael, Henry, Jr. and Dennis; several grandchildren, step-children and step-grandchildren as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.
At Henry’s request there will be no services. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton, has care of the arrangements.