Category Archives: Obituaries

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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.

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William Baldwin, World War II veteran

William I. Baldwin, 87, of Fulton, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at home with his family.

He was born in Irving, Mass. to the late Milton and Matilda (Kline) Baldwin. He was a resident of Fulton for most of his life. Later in retirement, he and his wife wintered in Florida. Mr. Baldwin was a United States veteran having served in the Army during World War II.

He retired from Sealright after 28 years and six years with Armstrong, Fulton as a chef with food service. He was also a former member of the Knights of Columbus #254.

Mr. Baldwin was in charge of catering the Knights of Columbus functions for several years.

He was pre-deceased by his siblings, Frank Baldwin and Virginia Gifford.

Mr. Baldwin is survived by his wife of 66 years, Anna Mae (Hogan) Baldwin of Fulton; two children, William M. (Bonnie) Baldwin of North Carolina and Daryl Ann (Phillip) Cobb of Oswego; three siblings, Louis (Colleen) Baldwin of Fulton, Milton (Nancy) Baldwin and Joan (Robert) Smith, all of Fulton; four grandchildren, Tracie, Tim, Deana, and Michelle; six great-grandchildren, Andrew, Gabriela, Greyson, Avery, Quinnton, and Casey; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton. The Rev. Robert Stephenson officiated. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were conducted Friday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Friends of Oswego County Hospice, Inc., PO Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126 or the Alzheimer’s Association of CNY 441 West Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204.

Nancy Haney, worked at Lee Memorial

Nancy Gritzer Haney died peacefully Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at the age of 72 with loved ones by her side.

She was born April 22, 1940 in Johnstown, Pa., a daughter to the late Michael and Anna Krizansky Gritzer. After graduation from high school, she married Thomas P. Haney and they lived in New Jersey where she worked as an executive secretary and as a realtor before moving to Fulton.

While in Fulton, she worked for many years at A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital as the Director of Volunteer Services.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 37 years, Thomas P. Haney, and two sisters, Shirley Demyan and Evelyn Thomas.

She is survived by her son, Sean Patrick Haney; a brother-in-law, George Thomas; four sisters-in-law, Agnes Naugle, Virginia Witherow, Roberta Vasbinder and Rosemary Zimmerman as well as several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Monday, July 2 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057-0007 or to the American Red Cross, Onondaga-Oswego Chapter, 220 Herald Place, Syracuse, NY 13202.

Clara Kurhela, former Schroeppel resident

Clara M. Kurhela, 88, a former Schroeppel resident, died at Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton, Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

She was born in Volney to her late parents, Clara (Baker) and James Curran.

She was a lab technician for General Electric, Syracuse, retiring in 1984 after 24 years of service.

A lady of faith, she was a member of the Central Square Congregation of the Jehovah’s Witnessess.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wlfred G. Kurhela in 2004, and her son, Eric Kurhela in 2003.

Surviving are her daughters and son, Elizabeth Russell of Inverness, Fla., Elsa (Sully) Nappa of Hannibal, and Arvid Kurhela of Phoenix; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held today, July 7 at 10 a.m. at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix. Calling hours were held yesterday at the funeral home.

Burial will be held Tuesday, July 10 at 10 a.m. in Roosevelt Cemetery, 4434 N.Y.S. Rte. 49, Schroeppel.

Contributions may be made to Central Square Congregation of the Jehovah’s  Wittnesses, 12 Gildner Rd., Central Square, NY 13036.