Category Archives: Obituaries

Victoria Vazquez, Fulton resident

Victoria A Vazquez, 54, of Fulton, died Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at University Hospital.

Born in Buffalo, she had lived in the Fulton area for more than 20 years. She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fulton.  She was predeceased by her mother, Rose Vazquez, who died in 2001.  She is survived by her daughter,  Anna Maria Diaz of Syracuse; her father, Fernando Vazquez Sr. of Oswego; brothers, Fernando Vazquez, Jr. of South Granby and Victor Vazquez of Oswego; and two grandchildren, Amber and Michael.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fulton.  Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oswego. Calling hours were held Monday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Ethel Ives, Sterling resident

Ethel Pettit Ives, 101, of Sterling, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

She was born in Fair Haven, a daughter to the late Vernon and Nora Baggs Pettit.

She lived all her life in Sterling and graduated from Fair Haven High School. She had worked for Comstock Foods in Red Creek and then for Sterling Co-op.

She had her own roadside stand in front of her home where she sold fruits, vegetables, flowers and rabbits.

She was a member of the Sterling Historical Society and was a member of the former Fair Haven Grange. She enjoyed quilting, gardening and spending time with her friends, cats and family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Ives, who died in 1967; three brothers, Carl Pettit, Earl Pettit, Sr. and Alvah Pettit; and a sister, Edith Wright.

She is survived by a son, Ed (Fran) Ives; two grandchildren; three great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. The Rev. Gordon Wendell officiated. Burial was in Sterling Center Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Oswego County Humane Society, 265 West First St., Oswego, NY 13126.

Tracey Hotaling, former Fulton resident

Tracey E. Hotaling, 73, of Oswego, died Sunday, July 22, 2012 at University Hospital, Syracuse after a long illness.

He was the son of the late Tracey and Bernis (Winks) Hotaling. Mr. Hotaling was a resident of Fulton for over 47 years and just recently moved to Oswego.

Mr. Hotaling was past employed with Londy Argo, Syracuse as a house mover. He enjoyed making people smile and he loved to fish.

He was pre-deceased by his wife, Virginia Hotaling, who died in 2011.

He is survived by two children,  Teresa (Rick) Maine of Hannibal and Trace (Carol) Hotaling of Volney; four step-children, David Phillips of Phoenix, Liz Terrimiggi of Fulton, Billy Phillips of Phoenix, and Helen Short of Oswego; two sisters, Patricia Fellows of Phoenix and Janet Sheets of Auburn; five grandchildren, Rick, Connie, Shirley, Terri and Brian; and several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services and burial were held Friday at Mt. Adnah Cemetery with the Rev. Sandra Rude officiating.

Calling hours were conducted Thursday at Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.

Priscilla Colosimo, elementary teacher

Priscilla (Looker) Colosimo of Milwaukee, Wisc. and recently of Savannah, Ga., died July 21, 2012 after a long illness.

She was born Jan. 25, 1921 to Floyd and Maud Looker in Mt. Pleasant, N.Y. She married Robert Colosimo of Fulton, who predeceased her in 1999.

She was an elementary teacher in the Fulton schools before relocating with her family to Waterford, Wisc. in 1966, where she was a librarian and an elementary teacher in the Fox River School.

She returned to New York State and became a registered nurse. She worked in Lee Memorial Hospital and the Harwood and Michaud Nursing Homes as well as private duty nursing.

She and her husband moved back to Milwaukee where she lived until 2009 when she went to Savannah.  She was a parishioner of St. Bernadette Church in Milwaukee.

She is survived by five children, Judith (Milo) Moore of Savannah; Jacqueline (Dick) Henning of Appleton, Wisc.; Janelle of San Mateo, Calif.; Jerrold of Milwaukee; and Jennifer Naus of Appleton; and eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was also predeceased by her daughter, Julie (Bob) Johnson, who died in 2010.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church, Milwaukee, July 27.

Krause Funeral Home, Milwaukee, was in care of arrangements.

Eugene Ropelewski, resident of Fulton

Eugene Ropelewski, 87, of Fulton, died Sunday, July 22,2012 at Senenca Hill Manor with his family by his side.

He was born in Elmira and has been a resident of Fulton for over 25years. He was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #273. He was the owned and operated Gene’s Heating & Air Conditioning in Fulton.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Cathcart of Fulton; children, Paul of Florida, Antionette Lyons of Florida, Markee Cathcart of Fulton, Kevin and Keith Sheridan of Oswego, Kim McPherson of Oswego, Kathy Sheridan Bradwisch of Oswego, Erin Cartcart of Syracuse, and Sean Cathcart of Baldwinsville; and several grandchildren.

Funeral services and burial will be private. Arrangements are in the care of the Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.

Steven Cooper Sr., Eagle Scout

Steven C. Cooper, Sr., 51, of Fair Haven, died Saturday, July 21, 2012 at home.

Born in Oswego, he was a life resident of the Fair Haven area. He was the greenskeeper at Springbrook Golf Course in Sterling which he had helped his family build. He graduated from the National Hardwood Lumber Association Inspection Training School Dec. 12, 1980 and had worked in the lumber industry before working at the family golf course.

He was an Eagle Scout and had been very active with the scouts.

He was predeceased by his father, Clarence Cooper, who died in 1989 and an uncle and close friend, Manford Lehne, who died in 2009.

Surviving are a son, Steven C. Cooper Jr. of Fair Haven; mother, Patricia Cooper Maxon of Sterling; a brother, Curt (Lisa) Cooper of Sterling; two step-sisters, Alayne (Neil) Howard of Hudson and Joyce (Jurgen) Englehardt of Maine; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held tomorrow, July 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. There are no services. Burial will be private at the family’s convenience.

Contributions may be made to the Fair Haven Fire Dept. P.O. Box 334, Fair Haven, NY 13064.

Jerry Stoutenger, life resident of Phoenix

Jerry F. Stoutenger, 46, of Phoenix, died unexpectedly Wednesday July 18, 2012.

He was born to his late parents, Elizabeth (Towsley) and Lloyd H. Stoutenger Sr., July 3, 1966.

A life resident, he was a graduate of John C. Birdlebough High School in 1985.

He was a landscaper for T. J.’s Lawns Plus, Phoenix. He had a huge passion for his sports. He loved snowmobiling, motocross, and boating with his friends.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Chris Stoutenger; two children, Cherish Stoutenger and Jeremie Stoutenger; his brothers and sisters and their spouses, Tom and Kay Stoutenger, Sue and Dick Ungleich, Ed and Linda Stoutenger, Liz and Richard Kobus, Lloyd and Mary Stoutenger, Jr., Penny and Dave Finch and Terry and JoAnn Stoutenger; and aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours and services were held Monday at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. Burial was in Chase Cemetery.

Contributions may be made directly to the family.

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Ruth Casey, retired from Sealright

Ruth E. Casey, 106, of Fulton, died Sunday July 15, 2012 at Michaud Nursing Home.

A private burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

She was born Oct. 23, 1905 in Fulton to Verner and Clare DeCare Dealons. She retired from Sealright. She enjoyed Bingo and antiquing.

She was predeceased by her husband, Patrick J. Casey, in 1971 and son, Richard Albright, in 1979.

She is survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, special friends, Pauline Kaestle and Joanne Graham, many friends, and the caregivers at Michaud Nursing Home.