Category Archives: Obituaries

Thomas Robert Seawell

Thomas SeawellThomas Robert Seawell passed away August 28, 2015, in his home in Sterling, N.Y.
He was born March 17, 1936, in Baltimore, Md., to Robert James Seawell and Cynthia Edith Bass. He spent his childhood in Columbia, S.C., and moved to St Louis in 1948. He received his art education at Washington University, St. Louis and Texas Christian University. He taught for two years at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark. In 1963 he was hired by SUNY Oswego to establish a fine art printmaking program for the art department. He taught there until his retirement in 1992. During his tenure at Oswego, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, the SUNY system’s highest form of recognition for teaching. In 1992 he moved to Commerce, Texas where his wife, Barbara Frey, teaches ceramics at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Thereafter, they spent the academic year in Texas and summers in Sterling, N.Y. From 1992 through spring 2014, he taught screen printing and beginning printmaking classes as an adjunct instructor at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Thomas Seawell is particularly well known for his screen prints and collagraphs and has been recognized as one of the earliest practitioners of the collagraph medium.  His work is defined by a variety of noteworthy series including Family Album, States and Provinces, The Streets, Empty Centers, Variations on Themes of Jacques Callot, the Art Doors project, and a series of images of stock exchanges and trading floors commissioned by Geldermann, Inc. of Chicago.
Thomas Seawell’s work can be found in many public, private and corporate art collections. His work is archived in the Artist Printmaker Research Collection at The Museum of Texas Tech University.
During his long career as an artist and teacher, Thomas Seawell demonstrated an unwavering passion for art and love for teaching. He has touched many lives through the art he has created and has inspired numerous students in their quest to become artists and teachers of art. He will be remembered for his zest for life, his devotion to art, his love of music and travel, his wide repertoire of great stories, and his sense of humor and wit.
Thomas Seawell is survived by his wife, Barbara Louise Frey of Commerce, Texas, and their son, Jay Turner Frey Seawell of Washington, D.C. He is survived by three sons from his previous marriage to Eva Jo Bradford: James Bradford Seawell of Cambridge, Mass.; Lee Thomas Seawell of Syracuse, N.Y.; and Gustin Charles Seawell of St Louis, Mo. He is also survived by his dear sister, Nancy Jo Brown of Longmont, Colo., and nieces Cindy Poinsett, Cara Frihauf, Jana Schulder, and nephew David Brown.
The Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home of Oswego, N.Y. has care of the arrangements. There will not be a funeral. A memorial will be scheduled for a future date. Share condolences at www.sugarscanlonfuneralhome.

Mary G. Earle

Mary G. Earle, 83, of Phoenix, N.Y., passed away at Pontiac Nursing Home, Oswego, N.Y. on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Born in the town of Volney to her late parents, Pearl (Mac Intyre) and John C. Gillespie on May 30,1932, she was high school graduate, then completed one year of college.
Mary was an active member of Phoenix United Methodist Church. She was a choir member and soloist, liturgist, communion steward and served on the board of trustees.
Mary was active in the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 172, Phoenix.  As a past matron, she was selected as a grand representative for the Manitoba, Canada conference. She was also a baker. Mary’s famous bread pudding was offered at the dinners at the Masonic Temple in Phoenix. She also made delicious pies and cakes.
Mary was an LPN and worked at Michaud Nursing Home, Fulton, the Pontiac Nursing Home, Oswego, and as a private duty nurse.
She was predeceased by her husband, Gerald William Earle on May 8, 1996, three sisters and one brother. Surviving are her two sons, Donald C. (Harriet M.) Earle of Addison, N.Y., and Grover W. ( Faith) Earle of Pulaski; two sisters, her twin, Marjorie
Strine of N. Chili, N.Y., and Laura Stock of Baldwinsville; her six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services are on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 at 2 p.m. in Phoenix United Methodist Church, 49 Jefferson St., Phoenix, N.Y.  The Rev. Michaela St. Marie will officiate the funeral service.  Calling hours are from noon to 2 p.m. in the church prior to the funeral. Burial will follow the service in the Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St., Phoenix, NY 13135. Contributions to: Phoenix United Methodist Church in her memory. Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, NY has charge of arrangements.

Pamela Joan Bonney

BonneyPamela Joan Bonney of West Henrietta passed away Aug. 21, 2015.  She is survived by her daughters, Amanda (Scott) Dingman, Nichola (George) Rodriguez and Denise Bonney; beloved grandchildren, Josh and Abby Dingman, Alexander and Zachary Rodriguez; siblings, Roy (Gillian) Ford, Nina (Cedric) Paine; several nieces and many dear friends. Pam was always an ambitious woman illustrated by her degrees in math and physics.  She was never afraid of hard work and was committed to being a lifelong learner. She worked with computers from the 1970s in punch card days right up to the high tech times of her retirement. Her job at Burger Middle School allowed her to combine her three loves of learning, technology and helping people. Outside of work she filled her life with family, gardening and theater. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Friends may call at Jennings, Nulton & Mattle Funeral Home, 1704 Penfield Road, Penfield, Saturday Sept. 5 from 2-4 p.m. with a time for sharing memories at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Seneca Park Zoo or a favorite charity of the donor’s choice.

Vivian M. Wardhaugh

Wardhaugh, Vivian M.Vivian M. Wardhaugh, 99, formerly of Fulton passed away Friday, August 28 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego. She was born in Ira, the daughter of the late Oliver and Goldia Guernsey Weston. Vivian was a resident of Fulton for more than 60 years and was previously employed by Nestle and Sealright. She was a member of State Street United Methodist Church and had previously been a member of its choir for 30 years. Vivian was a 50-year member and three-time past president of the local, county and 5th District V.F.W. Auxiliaries. She was a charter member and past president of the Fulton M.O.C. #48, past officer of the Fulton Merton R. Kemp, Jr. Marine Corps League Auxiliary and a member of the Fulton B.P.O.E. #830 Elks Auxiliary. She was also a past member of the Fulton Women’s Chorus, a chaperone and booster for Fulton Gauchos and a Cub Scout den mother and Girl Scout leader. She was predeceased by her husband, Oliver Wardhaugh; daughter, Shirley Wose; brother, Charles Weston and a sister, Mary Stitch. Vivian is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Larry) Flood of Fulton; son, Charles (Debbie) Wardhaugh of Fulton; son-in-law, Forest Wose of Maryland; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at State Street United Methodist Church, Fulton. Burial will be in Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours were Tuesday, Sept. 1 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Contributions may be made to State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State Street, Fulton, 13069 or St. Luke Health Services, 299 E. River Rd., Oswego, 13126.

Noreen “Mickey” Naramore

Naramore, NoreenNoreen “Mickey” Naramore, 72, of Hannibal, passed on Tuesday, August 25 at Oswego Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She enjoyed knitting and socializing with friends. Mickey will be greatly missed by her loving husband, David Naramore; children, Laura Denery, Allen Battles, Richard Parkhurst, Jr., Edward Parkhurst and Kelly Rollins; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Raelene Rupe and brother, Raymond Nichols, Jr. A celebration of life was held Saturday, Aug. 29 at Boog’s, 1218 county Route 3, Hannibal. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mickey may be made to the Syracuse VA, Voluntary Services, 800 Irving Ave., Syracuse 13210. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton, has care of arrangements.

Joseph Murabito Jr.

j murabito1 Joseph Murabito Jr., 94 of Dublin Street, Oswego died Monday, August 24, 2015 in St. Joseph Hospital. Mr. Murabito was born August 28, 1920 in Oswego, the son of the late Joseph and Rosaria (Rapisardi) Murabito. He was a member of the Carpenters Local #747, serving as the treasurer for 27 years, and working with Stone & Webster at the local power plants. Mr. Murabito was a communicant of St. Joseph Church, where he was a past trustee and treasurer. Mr. Murabito was an usher at St. Joseph Church since 1956. He was a past committee chairman of the Third Ward Democratic party. He served in the United States Army 155th infantry in the South Pacific during World War II. Mr Murabito was a member of the VFW Quattrini Dehm Post, and the Crisafulli Post where he was past commander. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, and the American Legion. Mr. Murabito was a 4th Degree Knight and a member of the color corps with the Knights of Columbus #227 and the Elks. He was a Century Club member of the Oswego Hospital; a volunteer at the hospital since Dec. 12, 1994; and a member of RSVP. Mr. Murabito enjoyed riding his Harley since 1974. He was a former member of the Dante Alieghieri. He was the recipient of the Immaculata Ward from the Bishop; and he received the volunteer of the year award from the City of Oswego, St. Joseph’s Church, and RSVP. Mr. Murabito was predeceased by his wives Lena Murabito in 1974 and Elizabeth Brown Murabito in 1996. He is survived by his daughter Judi (Mike) Kenific of Oswego; sons John and David Murabito of Oswego; brother Angelo Murabito of Oswego; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings Santo, Fred, Sam, Sally, Clara and Grace.
Funeral services were conducted Friday at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, and St. Joseph Church. Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Calling hours were Thursday at the funeral home 147 W. 4th. St., Oswego.

Maurice L. “Red” Waite

Waite, Maurice L. PICMaurice L. “Red” Waite, 92, of Martville, formerly of Buffalo, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego surrounded by his loving family. Red worked many years as a pipefitter in the Local 210 in Buffalo. When not at work, he enjoyed gardening. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Doris Mae, and daughter Carol Wilson. Maurice will be greatly missed and forever loved by his daughters, Linda Panepinto, Sandy Cali and Sue Wyant, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A graveside service with military honors will be at a later date. If family or friends should desire, donations in memory of Maurice may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 441 West Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204. Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal, has care of arrangements.

Donald L. Besaw

Donald L. Besaw, 92, of Fulton passed away Aug. 21, 2015 at Oswego Hospital, Oswego. He was born in Fulton, N.Y., to the late George and Ellen (Garno) Besaw. Mr. Besaw has remained a lifetime resident of Fulton. He was a United States veteran having served in the Marine Corps from 1948-1952.  Mr. Besaw retired from Nestle Co., Fulton. He loved to hunt and fish and he was still actively hunting deer and turkey into his 89th year. Mr. Besaw was predeceased by his first wife, Agnes Besaw, in 1992. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Mary Besaw of Fulton; two sons Terry L. Besaw of Fulton and Kevin L. Besaw of Oswego; and granddaughter Michelle Besaw of Oswego. Graveside services and burial were held Thursday at St. Mary’s Cemetery with Rev. Moritz Fuchs officiating.  There were no calling hours.  The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton has care of the arrangements.