Category Archives: Obituaries

Judith Kessler Kay

Judith A. Kessler Kay, 71, of Phoenix, N.Y., passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital Center, Syracuse, N.Y., on Saturday, July 25, 2015.
Judith was born to her late parents, Margaret Palocy Kessler and Alexander W. Kessler on February 24, 1944 in Syracuse. She was a graduate of West Genesee High School. Judy enjoyed her hobbies, such as crocheting, as well as her interest in drawing. She was a very unique lady. Her natural tendencies were loving by her actions of caring and giving to others throughout her life. A down-to-earth loving soul, she also was a very funny person, with the ability to make others laugh. Judy could keep her wit about her, as she kept delivering one-liners one right after another.  She truly had a wonderful gift of creating laughter.
She is survived by her loving daughters and sons-in-law, Christine Meyers of Phoenix, Kathleen and Garry Cavanaugh of Phoenix, and son-in-law, Rick Meyers of Pennellville; her brother and sister-in-law, Alexander J. “Bud” and Carole Kessler of North Syracuse; her sister and brother-in-law, Deborah and Martin DeWitt of Camillus; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many friends.
Calling hours and a funeral service were held  Wednesday July 29, from in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135.

Ronald W. Bartlett, Sr.

Ronald W. Bartlett, Sr., 61 of Fulton passed away peacefully Wednesday at home with his loving family by his side after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was a lifelong resident of Fulton. Ron worked construction in his earlier years and was a carpenter who loved to build things with his hands. He was also a wonderful caretaker. He enjoyed the outdoors and the beauty of nature. One of Ron’s favorite hobbies was to take care of the ducks and geese in his pond. He was also one of Elvis Presley’s biggest fans.
Ron was predeceased by his mother, Bernice Draper Bartlett, and by a brother, Scott Bartlett. He is survived by his six children, Ronald W. Jr., Erin, Heather, Amanda, Samantha and Alex Bartlett; father, William Bartlett; nine siblings, Kenneth (Vikki) Bartlett, Melinda (Robert) Davis, Michelle Atkinson, Christine (Ronald) Austin, Kimberly Bartlett, Randy (Caroline) Bartlett, Timothy (Cindy) Bartlett, Jeffrey (Trudy) Bartlett and Ralph Bartlett; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 28 at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, county Route 45, Fulton.  Burial followed at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.  Calling hours were held Monday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. In memory of Ron, contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, 13126.

Sharon Vina Whelsky

Sharon V. Whelsky, 69, of Fulton, passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Seneca Hill Manor. She was born on June 2, 1946 a daughter to the late Harold and Vivian Durant. Sharon worked as an industrial nurse at Birds Eye Foods, Inc. in Fulton. She will be greatly missed and forever loved by her husband of 50 years, Edward Whelsky; two children, Cheryl (Tim) Gregory of Walworth and Edward (Dorie) Whelsky of Oneida; several grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. A graveside service was held Friday, July 24, 2015 at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. The family would like to sincerely thank the staff at Seneca Hill Manor for their love and care for Sharon over the last 13 years. For those wishing donations may be made to Seneca Hill Manor, 20 Manor Drive, Oswego, NY 13126, in memory of Sharon. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Joan G. Farmer

FarmerJoan G. Farmer, 78, of Liverpool passed away Tuesday, July 7 peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Mrs. Farmer was born in Pulaski, N.Y. to the late Charles and Geraldine (Young) Freeden. She has been a resident of Liverpool, N.Y. for the past 16 years. Mrs. Farmer was a United States military veteran having served in the Air Force. She was retired from Syracuse Regional Airport Taxi, East Syracuse, where she worked as a dispatcher. Mrs. Farmer loved to read, birdwatch and cook, and occasionally visit the casino. A devoted and loving mother and wife, she is survived by her husband of 60 years, James D. Farmer Sr., of Liverpool; their eight children, Mary Beth Farmer of Liverpool, James Farmer Jr. of Ohio, Jon Farmer of Ind., Tim Farmer of Liverpool, Tom Farmer of Maine, David Farmer of S.C., Amy Hayden of N.C., and Darren Farmer of Syracuse; five siblings, Joyce Comstock, Dian Johnson, Sharon Keating, and Mary Lou Betts, all of Pulaski, and Jim Freeden of Oswego; 23 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours were Saturday, July 11 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton. Burial and committal services were to be conducted by Onondaga County Hospice Chaplain Jeannie Moore followed by military honors bestowed by the United States Air Force Honor Guard at the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Syracuse, N.Y. Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton, N.Y., has care of the arrangements.

Richard “Rick” W. Felt

Richard W. Felt, 51, of Phoenix passed away suddenly Saturday, July 18 at home. Rick was born in Fulton on January 9, 1964 to Richard and Barbara Bowyer Felt, and had resided in the Fulton area his entire life. He enjoyed building scale models of tractor trailers and being outdoors. Richard was predeceased by his father Richard “Dick” C. Felt in March of 1988 and infant granddaughter Aubrey Smith in February of 2014. Rick’s memory will be forever cherished by his wife Laurie Felt of Granby; his mother Barbara DeSantos of Bridgewater, Mass.; four brothers, Terry Felt of Winfield, Pa., William Felt of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Peter Felt of Oswego, N.Y., and Michael Felt of Mexico, N.Y.; four children, Lance Smith of Fulton, Lee Henderson of Dallas, Texas, Robert Smith of Fulton, and Amanda Felt of Fulton; grandson Alexander Chapman of Fulton, and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours are Thursday July 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. with a service to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Should friends desire, donations in Richards memory may be made to the NRA.

Bradford D. DeRocha, Sr.

Bradford D. DeRocha, Sr., 68, of Hannibal died Wednesday, July 15 at home. Born in Syracuse, Brad had resided in the Hannibal area all of his life. He was a self-employed sheet rocker for over 25 years and also worked for the Town of Hannibal. Bradford belonged to the local Draft Horse and Pony Club and also enjoyed hunting, gardening and going to auctions. Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Kathleen of Hannibal; daughter, Heidi (John) Miller of Hannibal; two sons, Brad Jr. (Darlene) of Cato and Henry (Stephanie) of Hannibal; five grandchildren, Joshua, Alex, Zoey, Eryka and Zenon; his mother, Thelma Dunn; one brother, Douglas; two sisters, Michelle and Beverly; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours and a service were held Monday, July 20 at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal.

Rosemary Snow

Rosemary Snow, 83, of Fulton passed away peacefully in Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton. She was born in Rochester, N.Y. to the late Angelo and Virginia Lisuzzo. Mrs. Snow spent her younger years in Rochester and has been a resident of Phoenix and Fulton for most of her adult life. She was a past communicant of St. Peter’s and Paul Church, Rochester, N.Y. Mrs. Snow enjoyed attending church services and bible study while she was a resident of Michaud. She enjoyed music and playing BINGO. Mrs. Snow was predeceased by her husband Walter L. Snow Sr., in 2000 and by her four brothers. Mrs. Snow was a loving mother and grandmother and she enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by her seven children, also known as her seven “Js”: Jacqueline Snow of Oswego, Gerald (Trudy) Snow of Phoenix, Jo-Ann (Craig) Wright of Fulton, Julie Waterhouse of Fla., Joseph (Kathy) Snow of Fla., Janet (Gary Manford) Snow of Fulton, and Walter (Sara) Snow Jr., of Fla.; 22 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services and calling hours were held Tuesday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton with Rev. Vivian Summerville officiating. Burial with a committal service officiated by Rev. Summerville will be held 11:30 a.m. today at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Volney.