Category Archives: Obituaries

Eleanor Cali, library board president

Eleanor L. Cali of Oswego, died June 6, 2012 at home surrounded by her family after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and cancer.

She was born Aug. 24, 1939 in Baldwinsville, the eldest daughter of Robert and Cynthia (Miller) House. She was educated at 8 Notes school, a one-room school house, and Phoenix High School, which she graduated from in 1957 as valedictorian.

In 1961, she completed studies at the State University of New York at Oswego, earning a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a major in biology. Following graduation she taught biology at Gates Chili) High School prior to moving to Oswego. Upon arriving in Oswego, she started work as a secretary at Oswego Catholic High School prior to her employment at the Oswego Hospital Laboratory, a position she retired from after 25 years of service rising to the position of County Laboratory Supervisor.

She was co-owner of Cali’s Carriage House Florist.

She married Michael A. Cali June 30, 1962. She was a communicant of Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. She was a founding member of the Columbiettes, and during her years in the Oswego County Laboratory, she was a member of the Society of Clinical Pathologists.

She was predeceased by her parents and younger sister, Dorrit House.

She is survived by her husband Michael A. Cali; sons, Shawn (Gail) M. Cali of Fairfax. Va., Michael S. Cali of Oswego, and daughter, Anne C Cali of Oswego; 12 grandchildren: Brittany, Emily, Rachel and Anthony Cali of Fairfax; Va., Kate Greene of Waterbury, Conn., Michael, Amanda, Hannah and Aiden Cali of Oswego, and Bobby, Madeline and Nicholas Cali of Oswego; a brother, Leon House of Fulton; and an aunt, Cora Williamson of Fulton.

She served for many years as a member of the Oswego County Genealogy Society, including terms as president and treasurer. She was a member of the Underground Railroad Commission working in many capacities, including conducting research and publishing historical texts. She also served as a volunteer at the H. Lee White Marine Museum.

The Oswego Public Library Board of Trustees recently awarded emerita status to Mrs. Cali for her many years of service and dedication to the library in which she served in a variety of capacities to include president. She served on the board from 2000-2009. Mrs. Cali was instrumental in leading the organization during the Building Renovation and Expansion Project.

Calling hours were held at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held at Saint Stephen the King Catholic Church, Oswego.

Marjorie Tyler, retired typesetter

Marjorie A. Tyler, 74 of Hannibal, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 at Seneca Hill Manor in Oswego.

She was the daughter of Lloyd and Dorothy (Little) Tyler and a life resident of the Hannibal area. She retired as a typesetter and editor at the Brown Newspaper in Baldwinsville and had previously worked at The Palladium Times, The Valley News and Red Creek Herald newspapers.

She taught physical education and English at the Hannibal High School and was a class of 1963 graduate of SUNY at Oswego.

She had attended the Hannibal Community Church where she played piano and was a former member of the Hannibal Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.

She is survived by her two brothers, Richard (Judy) Tyler and Donald (Carole) Tyler, all of Hannibal, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at Hannibal Village Cemetery in Hannibal. There are no calling hours. Contributions may be made to Oswego County Humane Society, 265 West 1st Street, Oswego 13126.

Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal has care of arrangements.

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Richard Derby, operated dairy farms

Richard Lyman Derby, 85, of Sterling, died July 30, 2012, at Oswego Hospital.

He was born in Sparta, N.Y., the son of the late Lyman and Hazel (Moffat) Derby. A resident of Sterling for 52 years, he operated dairy farms in Spencerport and Sterling until the mid 1970s. He was a wood grader for Bailey Lumber Company in Hannibal and Waterloo until his retirement in 1989.

He was a former Cub Scout leader and member of Hannibal Community Players, a member of the Fulton Ancient Order of Hibernians and an active communicant of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Hannibal.

He chaired the church’s annual chicken and biscuit dinner for decades and volunteered his time at many other church fund-raisers.

He enjoyed woodworking and created special gifts for his family and friends.

Mr. Derby is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean (Grapensteter) Derby; his children, Don (Bonnie) Derby of Florida, Sue (Dean) Percival of Sterling, Wayne (Mary) Derby of Georgia, Randy Derby of Florida, and William (Lori) Derby of Sterling; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his son, Ronald, and his brother, Donald.

Services were held yesterday at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Hannibal. Burial was private.

Arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

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Chad Kelly, died in Qatar

Chad M. Kelly, 30, of Fulton, died Monday, July 23, 2012 at Al Udeid Air Base, Doha, Qatar..

A native of Fulton, he had been stationed at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C. He was a G. Ray Bodley High School graduate, class of 2000, and he received his bachelor’s degree in business and marketing at SUNY Oswego in 2005.

He served in the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2010 and was assigned to the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment in Germany and the 319th Military Intelligence Battalion at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

He served in Iraq from August 2007 to October 2008 and received three Army Commendation Medals for his service.

He was employed by Macaulay-Brown, Inc. in Hampton, Va. and had previously worked at Torres and Centurum.

He was a lover of art, music, photography and tattoos.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Herbert and Marie Kelly Sr., and his maternal grandparents, Walter and Rose Duda.

Surviving are his parents, Herbert “Butch” and Donna (Duda) Kelly Jr. of Fulton; his sister, Corin Kelly of Fayetteville, N.C.; his girlfriend, Lauren Renne of Brooklyn; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated yesterday at The Church of the Holy Trinity, Fulton. Calling hours were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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Harry Naylor, owned Lock III Restaurant

Harry J. Naylor, 86, of Clay, died Thursday, July 26, 2012 at home with family by his side.

He was born July 7, 1926 in Syracuse, son of Robert and Dorothy Naylor. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46 and retired from IGA Markets as a meat cutter.

He co-owned Lock III Restaurant in Fulton. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, the outdoors and was an avid gardener.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Georgine; two sons,  Christopher Naylor and Richard (Diane) Naylor; daughter, Carol Bell (Marc Gaiger); five grandchildren, Matthew (Gwen) Bell, Peter Bell, Katherine Doolittle, Keelin Naylor and MacKenzie Naylor; and a sister, Laura Jane (Bernard) Kurtz.

Calling hours were held Tuesday at New Comer Funeral Home, North Syracuse.

A memorial mass was held Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church, Cicero.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of CNY.

To leave a special message for the family please visit www.NewcomerSyracuse.com.

Gloria Dickquist, former county resident

Gloria Jean “Grandma G” Dickquist, 70, of Winston-Salem, N.C., died at her home Saturday, July 28, 2012.

She was born in Oswego County Dec. 14, 1941, the daughter of the late Joseph P. Dickquist and Catherine Duda Dickquist.

Ms. Dickquist retired from the County of Onondaga in New York.

After retirement, she became a volunteer teacher’s aid at Lake Alfred Elementary School in Lake Alfred, Fla.

She then left Florida to be closer with her family in Pfafftown.

She is survived by a son, Daniel Ingleston and wife Terri of Pfafftown; three grandsons, Cory Ingleston (Janet Idol), Tyler Ingleston (Jessi Idol), and Evan Ingleston; a brother, Joseph J. Dickquist and wife Jeanne of Fulton; a sister, Marsha A. Loosen and husband Norbert of Fulton; and several aunts, uncles and extended family.

The family received friends Tuesday.

Contributions may be made to; American Cancer Society, 4 A Oak Branch Dr., Greensboro, NC 27407.

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Michael Trail, Fulton resident

Michael T. Trail, 44, of Fulton, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at University Hospital in Syracuse.

Born in Hornell, he had lived in Fulton for the past five years, previously living in Myrtle Beach.

He enjoyed watching movies, especially Star Trek movies, and cooking.

Surviving are his mother, Marcia K. Trail of Fulton; father, Robert Trail of Hornell; two sisters, Kimberly Trail and Kathy Furbeck, both of Fulton; two brothers, Robert Trail of New York City and Mark Trail of Hannibal; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life was held Thursday at Fulton First United Methodist Church, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Founders Affiliate of American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has charge of arrangements.

Francis Dennison, World War II veteran

Francis H. (Frank) Dennison, 93, of Zephyrhills, Fla. and formerly of Hannibal, died peacefully Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

He was a World War II veteran.

He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy (Louise) and Son Frank E. Dennison.

He is survived by his son, Gerald (Gloria) Dennison of Hannibal; daughter, Brenda J. (William) Goebel of Dade City, Fla.; brothe, Harold of Hannibal; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held next summer.