Category Archives: Obituaries

Carmela L. “Millie” Yager

Carmela L. “Millie” Yager, 87, of Fulton died Thursday, Feb. 12, at St. Luke Health Services, Oswego. She was born in Fulton to the late Joseph and Agatha (Torisi) Cavallaro. Mrs. Yager remained a lifetime resident of Fulton. She retired as a general manager from Pathfinder Industries, Fulton, after 17 years of service. Mrs. Yager was a past communicant of Holy Family Church, Fulton. She was predeceased by her son Jason Yager III in 2000, grandson Joseph Turner in 1982, and siblings Sandy Cavallaro, Frank Cavallaro, Barbara Dagata and Lucy Musumeci. Mrs. Yager is survived by her beloved husband of 68 years Jason E. Yager Jr., of Fulton; four children Daniel Yager of Elmira, N.Y.; Christine (Howard) Rose of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; Joyce Turner of Fulton, and Julie (Joseph) Crahan of Baldwinsville; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., Fulton, with Rev. Robert Stephenson officiating. Burial will be held in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.


James L. Baber

James L. “Jimmy” Barber, 76, of Ira, (Cato), passed away on Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015. Born in Utica, N.Y. on Dec. 12, 1938, he was a graduate of Phoenix Central Schools. James was a U.S. Army veteran serving abroad and stateside. He achieved the rank of PFC.

Barber OBJimmy was an automobile salesman for Burdick BMW Co., in North Syracuse, retiring in 1996 after 20 years of service. Upon retiring, Jimmy moved to the country. His love for cars continued, including antique, muscle cars, and luxury automobiles.

He enjoyed playing billiards with his nephews Jay, Collin, and his friend Dave. Jimmy loved New York Giants football, New York Yankees baseball, Syracuse Orange sports, the out of doors, including mowing his lawn, and cocker spaniel dogs.

He was a member of the Little Utica United Methodist Church, and loved his church family.

He was predeceased by his mother and father, Marion (Pottleton) and

Edward Barber; a brother, Rev. Douglas E. Brushell in 2012; and sisters Sally Jean and Janie.

Surviving are his loving wife Joyce (Johnson) Barber; one brother, Gareth (Dee) Wood; three sisters, Joanie Petrucci, Sandy Couch and Linda (David) Felix; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There were no calling hours. Services were Tuesday February 17 in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, N.Y., with nephew Jason D. Brushell officiating.


Ruth N. Waldron

Waldron OBRuth N. Waldron, 92, of Oswego, former Phoenix, N.Y. resident, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015 at Oswego Hospital. Born in Charlotte, N.C. to her late parents, Clara (Roberts) and James M. Cash on October 14, 1922, she was an employee of General Electric Co., Syracuse, retiring in 1985 after 20 years of service.

Ruth is predeceased by her husband of 34 years, Carl R. Waldron, Sr. on February 13, 1976; her sons, Derick E.  Waldron on October 17, 1981 and James E. Waldron on November 14, 2008.

Survivors include her two sons and daughters-in-law, Carl R. and Roxanne Waldron, Jr., and Austin F. and Judy Waldron, all of Fulton, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; several nieces, including Sharon and her husband Larry Brower of N.C.; several nephews, and many cousins.

Calling hours and a memorial service were held Thursday, January 29, 2015 in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, N.Y.

Spring interment will be in Chase Cemetery 9450 State Rt. 48, Phoenix, N.Y.

Alfred S. Arnold

Alfred S. Arnold, 76, born July 18, 1938, formerly of Fulton, N.Y. and Muncie, Ind., passed away January 10, 2015, in Albuquerque, N.M. Fred is survived by his son, Jeff, and wife, Denise; grandchildren, Brittany and Zack; step-grandchildren, Taylor, Jordan, and Isaac; great-grandson, Brantley; daughter, Kate; grandson, Timothy; son, Harley and wife, Jennifer; grandson, Jimmy; step-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Maria, and Kenneth; sister, Marian; numerous cousins, extended relatives and plenty of friends. Fred was preceded in death by his parents Glen and Ella Arnold. Fred enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1957 and served in Germany, Korea, and two tours in Vietnam. He was a decorated Army sharpshooter, avid motorcyclist, gun enthusiast and master mechanic. His nickname to bikers and trikers was “Festus.” A Memorial Service will be planned at the convenience of the family. Condolences may be sent to Gabaldon Mortuary at In lieu of flowers, please send memorials in Alfred Arnold’s name to a Vietnam Veterans Organization of your choice.

Walter D. Scruton

Scruton OBWalter D. Scruton, 75, of Oswego, formerly of Hannibal, passed away Tuesday at the Syracuse V.A. Medical Center. He was born in Oswego, a son to the late Walter S. and Beryl M. (Weber) Scruton and lived most of his life in Hannibal. Walter graduated from Hannibal High School and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a design engineer with Atlantic Inland Design in Syracuse for several years. Walter enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, camping and sitting beside the campfire. In addition to his parents, Walter was predeceased by his brothers, Carl Leonard Scruton, who died in 1992, Gary L. Scruton, who died in 2001 and Thomas E. Scruton, who died in 2010; a sister, Joyce J. Santore Johnson, who died in 1988 and by a son-in-law, Mark Hudson. Walter is survived by his son, Walter D. “Skip” Scruton, Jr. of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; three daughters, Eileen Sharkey, Kimberley Scruton and Michelle Hudson all of Oswego; four sisters and one brother as well as several grandchildren. There are no calling hours or funeral services. At Walter’s request his body was donated to SUNY Upstate Medical University for the advancement of medical research. Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has care of arrangements.


Grace M. Smith

Smith OBGrace M. Callahan Smith, 90, formerly of Kellogg Rd., Hannibal, passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Michaud Residential Health Services. She was born March 2, 1924 in Syracuse, a daughter to the late Joseph and Maude Myrto Callahan. Grace retired from Hannibal High School as a lunch aide and was a communicant of Our Lady of The Rosary Catholic Church. She enjoyed her crafts.  Along with her parents, Grace was predeceased by her husband, Robert J. Smith, Sr. in 2010; son, Robert Smith, Jr. in 2009; daughter, Dorotha Bennett in 2014 and son-in-law, David Shoults in 2011.

She will be greatly missed and forever loved by her four children, Joann (Michael) Mays of Kansas, Mary Jean (Larry) Swiger of Tennessee, Hazel Shoults of Oswego and Joseph Smith of Hannibal; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Calling hours and a service were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Spring burial will be in Hannibal Village Cemetery.


Nancy M. Coulter

Coulter OBNancy M. Coulter, 87 of Fulton and formerly of Texas, passed away Monday.  Nancy had worked at several area diners. She enjoyed playing bingo, playing cards and visiting friends. Nancy was predeceased by her husband, Richard L. Coulter, who passed away in 1993 and siblings, James Scardella, Santo Scardella, Anthony Scardella, Palma Cardinalli and Josephine Patane. She will be greatly missed and forever loved by her children, Debra Duncan of Linden, Texas, Dennis (Cheryl) Coulter of Oswego and Robert Coulter of Texarkana, Ark.; sister-in-law, Edna Scardella; six grandchildren, Jessica, Crystal, Thomas, Christopher, Cameron and Cade; five great-grandchildren, Dominick, Armando, Jose, Samuel and Abigail; several nieces and nephews. A calling hour and service were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, E. Syracuse, NY 13057.


Helen E. Polin

Polin OB.Helen E. Polin, 92, of Louisville, Ky., passed away Friday, January 16, 2015 at Baptist Health.

She was a native of Raymondville, N.Y., and a homemaker.

Preceding her in death were her parents, George H. and Alice L. White Tyo; her husband, Samuel Polin; a sister, Marie Kohler and a brother, Joseph Tyo.

Survivors include her daughters, Donna Zaborowski and Bonnie Wademan; brothers, Alfred J. Smith (Margaret) and Peter M. “Bud” Smith (Joan); grandchildren, Jacqueline Zaborowski, Anthony Dain (Sandee), and Randy Zaborowski; as well as her great-grandchildren, Derek, Corey, Nicole, Margaret and Andrew.

Her funeral service was held Thursday at Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road, Louisville. In accordance with her wishes, cremation followed her service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice in her memory. Online condolences may be directed to