Category Archives: Obituaries

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Gertrude Craw, retired nurse’s aide

Gertrude E. Craw, 90, of Palermo, died Thursday, July 12, 2012 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

She retired from Andrew Michaud Nursing Home in 1984 after more than 20 years of service as a nurse’s aide.

She was predeceased by her husband, Horace “Ted” Craw and by a stepdaughter, Betty (Pope) Sivers in 1987.

She is survived by her children, Yvonne (Edwin) Bradish, Robert (Barbara) Craw, Sharon West, Beverly DuBois, Lois (Brien) Steele, Doris (Donald) McAuslan, Everett (Marlene) Craw, Edward (Mary) Craw and Addie (Roy) Dolbear; one brother, Brindsley (Mary) McCann; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

There are no calling hours. Graveside services were held Monday at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the Bristol Hill Congregational United Church of Christ, 3199 State Route 3, Fulton, NY 13069.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Donald Parsons, Army veteran

Donald G. Parsons, born Nov. 23, 1933 in North Victory, died July 6, 2012.

He was a truck driver for Lakeshore Transportation in Oswego from which he retired in 1999. He was also a member of Teamsters Union 317 Syracuse. He belonged to Martville Methodist Church. He served in the Army during the Korean conflict.

He and his wife, Diane, moved to Saint Cloud, Florida in 2001.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Janet, his mother and stepfather, Dorothy and William Russell, his father, Edward Parsons; and two brothers, Ernest and Glen Parsons.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years (Diane); three daughters, Donna (Tennessee); Judy (New York); Gidget (Florida) and five sons, Randy (Sue) of New York; Robert (Beth) of Florida; Johnnie (New York); John (Florida); Stephen (Florida). He is also survived by a sister, Irene (Dick) Harris of New York; and a brother Ross (Cathy) of New York. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and several grandchildren and great  grandchildren and a great great grandchild.

There will be no services. Contributions may be made to the Martville Methodist Church.

Shirley Allen, retired from GE

Shirley M. Allen, 83, of Fulton, died July 10, 2012 at University Hospital.

She was born in Solvay to Oscar and Edith (Olmstead) Cole. Mrs. Allen retired in 1990 from General Electric after 43 years.

She was a member and volunteer of the First United Church, Fulton.  Mrs. Allen was an avid reader, and she also enjoyed crossword puzzles.

Mrs. Allen was pre-deceased by her grandson, Kenneth E. Stoutenger, who died in 1989, and her husband of 57 years, Erwin Allen, who died in 2007.

She is survived by her four children, Richard (Alice) Allen of Fulton, Diane (Mike) Stoutenger of Texas, and Martin (Diane) Allen and Rodger (Tyran) Allen, both of Fulton; three siblings, Barbara Shoemaker of Homer, Thelma Chapman of Marcellus, and Frederick “George” Cole of Camden; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held tomorrow, July 15 at 3 p.m. at the First United Church with Rev. David Nethercott officiating. Burial will be held privately.

Contributions may be made to the Friends of Oswego County Hospice, PO Box 102 Oswego, NY 13126 or First United Church 33 S. 3rd St., Fulton, NY 13069.

Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton has care of the arrangements.

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Norman Holmes, Air Force veteran

Norman E. Holmes, 79, of Hannibal, died Tuesday, July 10, 2012.

A native of Fulton, he was born July 12, 1932 to Floyd and Gertrude Holmes. He retired as a truck driver from Oswego Asphalt in Central Square after 27 years and was a snow plow driver for the Oswego County Highway Department for ten years.

He was a member of Teamster’s Local #317 in Syracuse.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1950 to 1953 during the Korean War and was a member of Prior Stock American Legion Post #1552 in Hannibal.

He was predeceased by a grandson, Jeremy Duger; brothers, James, Floyd and Edward Holmes; and sisters, Bertha Barlow, Margaret Mullen, Shirley Dunsmoor, Mary Sawyer and Alberta Catalone.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Marlene Holmes of Hannibal; children, David (Linda) Holmes of Oswego, Theresa Fairbanks of Florida, Cindy (Chris) Castaldo, Mona (Randy) Hendricks and Jean (Steve) Hanlon all of Hannibal, Shelly (Tim) Shatrau, Mark (Vicki) Holmes and Cathy (Doc) Kingsley, all of Oswego and Brenda (Bill) Matson of Hannibal; 21 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert and Steve Holmes; sisters, Caroline Wallace, Patricia Denny and Elizabeth Branshaw; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held today, July 14 at 11 a.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal, with burial to follow in Hannibal Village Cemetery. Contributions may be made to a favorite charity of your choice.

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Henri Floch, former Phoenix teacher

Henri J. Floch died Tuesday, July 3, 2012. He was born June 1, 1928 in Brooklyn to his late parents, Henri G. and Martha (LeCoz) Floch, who were both newly immigrated from France.

While still a young boy, Mr. Floch got the opportunity to live in France.

He met his wife Doris, of nearly 58 years,also a Brooklyn native, on a blind date while in college.

After graduating from SUNY Oswego, he started teaching the sciences at Phoenix schools.

He was drafted by the U.S. Army soon after the Korean War began.  Upon his return, he resumed teaching. He often credited Principal John C. Birdlebough for shepherding him through all the steps as a new teacher.

Henri and Doris were married in 1954. They started a family by having three daughters. He wrote and published two science textbooks over his career.

He is survived by his wife, Doris (Burkle); daughters, Margot Floch and her husband, Greg Irving,

Nancy Mansson and her partner, Sheila Blais, and Barbara Floch and her partner, Bonnie Foley; grandson, Andrew Mansson and his wife, Christina Mansson; and two great-grandchildren, Henry and Jillian Mansson.

Calling hours will be held Tomorrow, July 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix.

The family is planning on establishing a scholarship fund in Henri’s name in the near future. Contributions may be made to the family at this time.

Helen Strough, nurse at Lee Memorial

Helen M. Strough, 88, of Fulton, died Friday, July 6, 2012 at home.

Born in Oswego, she was a life resident of the Fulton and Oswego areas. She had worked at Fay’s Drugs before becoming a nurse at the age of 46, an accomplishment that made her very proud.

As a licensed practical nurse, she worked at A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital in Fulton. Her love of helping others extended well past normal retirement age as she had provided private home care for many people.

She was predeceased by her parents, Ray and Lauretta Roberts; sister, Lucille Cone; and by a daughter, Ann Bonacorsi.

Surviving are her husband of 42 years, James Strough Sr.; sons, Raymond (Gerry) Vivlemore and Mark (Barbara) Vivlemore, all of Oswego; step-children, Darlene Hughes of Fulton, James (Patricia) Strough, Jr. and April (Bruce) Casilio, all of Arkansas; her care giver and special friend, Kay Mason; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There are no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton. Burial will be private.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 441 W. Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, 13204 or Founders Affiliate of American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241.

Foster Funeral Home Fulton has charge of arrangements.

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Gary Caprin Sr., retired custodian

Gary E. Caprin, Sr., 65, of Fulton, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

Born in Fulton, he was a life resident of the Fulton and Oswego areas. He retired from Oswego City School District in 2008 after 23 years as a custodian. He had previously worked for Local 214.

An avid bowler, he was inducted into the Fulton Bowling Hall of Fame. For many years, he played Santa Claus at the family home on Bronson Street in Oswego, entertaining the neighborhood children.

He was predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Mabel Caprin; sister, Mabel Kimball; brothers, William “Jim” Raymond, Billy and Richard Caprin and by a niece, Maurine Caprin.

Surviving are his companion of 27 years, Sharon Watson of Fulton; a son, Gary (Denise) Caprin Jr. of Oswego; a daughter, Heidi (Fran) Rowe of Oswego; six grandchildren, Gary III, Andrew, Marina, Mason, CJ and Adam; step-children, Carl (Kelly) Watson of Hannibal, Wayne (Bridgett) Watson of Fulton and Julie (Warren Newman) Carter of Fulton; brother, Bernard (Dorothy) Caprin of Fulton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours and service were held Sunday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Graveside services were held Monday 10 a.m. at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

Clayton Green, resident of Hannibal

Clayton J. Green, 73, of Hannibal, died Friday, July 6, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Belleville Ontario, Canada, he had lived in the Hannibal area for the last 45 years.

He retired from I.B.E.W. Local 243 after more than 50 years. He enjoyed gardening.

He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Jeannie Green, who died in 2010.

He is survived by his four children, Kim (Frank Cook) Green, Clayton (Roxanne) Green Jr., Kirby (Cindy) Green, and Cindy (Mike) Ware; three sisters, Phyllis Green, Shirley Houle and Eva Maracle; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services and burial will be held at a later date at Christ Church on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ontario, Canada.

Contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, CNY Chapter, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204.

Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal has care of local arrangements.