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Joanne Parks, Fulton resident

Joanne W. Parks of Fulton died Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Glen Cove, Long Island to the late Blair and Mary (Casey) White.

She has been a resident of Fulton for most of her life.

Mrs. Parks was past employed with Marine Midland Bank, Fulton and she was also a past member of the Holy Family Altar Rosary Society.

Mrs. Parks is survived by her husband of 47 years, Donald Parks of Fulton; three daughters,  Sharon (Thomas) Burns of New Windsor, N.Y., Sheila (Robert) Britton of Fulton, and Kathleen (Mike Wright) Parks of Webster, N.Y.; brother, J. Casey (Margie) White of California; sister, Phyllis (Blayne) Webb of Fulton; eight grandchildren, Dylan, Jocelyn, Kelsey, Alex, Seth, Zachary, Michael, and Cory; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted today, June 30 at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help where a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Robert Stephenson.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were held Friday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.

Margaret Slauson, former Fulton resident

Margaret Slauson, who was born March 19, 1923 in Fulton, died June 26, 2012 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Mrs. Slauson lived in Fulton until 2001 when she moved to Malta, N.Y.

She was employed at Quinn Real Estate for many years, and later was employed at Sealright Credit Union.

She was a parishioner of the Holy Family Church in Fulton.

She was the sister of Helen Rennie, Katherine Slauson, Paul Slauson, and Jane O’Brien, all of whom are predeceased. She was an aunt to Paul Rennie, Joan Rennie, and Mick O’Brien. She was a dear friend to the Hangac family of Fulton.

A private service will be held in Fulton with family and close friends.

Contributions may be made to a local animal shelter.

Arrangements are by the Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home.

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Jane Scruton, retired mail carrier

Jane Scruton, 69, of Oswego, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Fulton, she was a life resident of the Hannibal and Oswego areas. She was a mail carrier for 40 years and had retired from the Pennellville Post Office.

She was previously a nurse’s aide at Oswego Hospital on the Extended Care Floor. She was a 20 year member of the Hannibal Volunteer Fire Company, had served as director of operations for the ambulance service and on the board of directors.

She was a six-year member of the Hannibal Fire Company Auxiliary and had served as assistant treasurer.

She was president of the Hannibal Historical Society and a member of the Oswego Town Historical Society.

In 2011, she was awarded the Hannibal Alumni Association Person of the Year. She volunteered for American Red Cross, Oswego County D.A.T. Team and Oswego County Hospice.

She enjoyed the farm, animals, camping, fishing, flower and vegetable gardening and cooking.

Surviving are her companion of 22 years, Hugh Lewis of Oswego; children, Beckey McCarthy of Potstown, Pa., Cindy (Daniel) Gonzales of Round Rock, Texas, and Carl (Trisha) Scruton of Hannibal; step-children, Mark (Jeanne) Lewis of Oswego, Michelle (Bill) Snyder of Oswego and Daniel (Barb) Lewis of West Monroe; sister, Jean Lewis of Oswego; a brother, Robert (Patricia) Coe of Oswego; step-sister, Loramae Martin of Florida; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held today, June 30 at 10 a.m. at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Burial will be private. Calling hours were held yesterday at the funeral home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Contributions may be made to the Hannibal Fire Company Auxiliary, P.O. Box 244, Hannibal, NY 13074.

Bertha Mae Kelly, former Fulton resident

Bertha Mae Kelly, 89, died June 23, 2012 in Carlsbad, Calif. at home with family at her bedside, after a short battle with maxillary sinus cancer and much longer battle with suspected Alzheimer’s disease.

Born June 25, 1922 in Watertown, she lived in Carlsbad with husband Donald Paul Kelly, who died Sept. 7, 2006, and daughter, Valerie G. Browne. She was primarily a homemaker, but worked with her husband at J.R. Wood Company in Atwater, Calif. until they both retired in 1996. The pair returned to Fulton to enjoy family and friends during early retirement. They moved to Centralia, Ill. to spend time with family and friends; and, returned to San Diego County, Calif. for their final years with family.

She was predeceased by her husband of 27 years, Donald Paul Kelly; and husband of 32 years,  Harold Howard Bronner; her father and mother, Nicholas Cleophous Martin and Lida May Landon; brother, Nicholas Martin; sister Mary Martin; and great-grandson, David Wayne Morrison II.

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Shirley Somers, Arizona resident

Shirley Somers, who was born June 29, 1926, died May 23, 2012 of natural causes in Phoenix, Ariz.

She is survived by her children, their spouses and families: Leigh Somers; Natalie and Jim Capps, their two daughters  and grand-children; Nancie and Marty Ancona, their daughter and son; Eric and Beth Somers; daughter-in-law, Naomi Somers; brother-in-law, Joe and his wife Betty; and brother-in-law, Bob.

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Jesse F. Warner, Volney board member

Jesse F. Warner, 74, of Redfield and formerly of Fulton, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 after a sudden illness.

He was born Aug. 26, 1937 in Gouverneur to the late Laural and Jessie Murphy Warner. He graduated from Fulton High School in 1956 and retired from I.B.E.W. Local 43 after 33 years as an electrician.

He was a member of the Volney Volunteer Fire Corporation for over 50 years and had served as president. He was also a member of the Volney Town Board; serving as assessor from 1974 to 1977, councilman from 1978 to 2000 and deputy town supervisor from 1996 to 2000, when he retired.

After the passing of his wife of 38 years, Bonnie, and residing in Volney for 60 years, he moved to Redfield.

He was predeceased by his wife, Bonita L. Frataccia Warner, and brothers, James, Alden and Harry.

He is survived by his five children, Craig (Tracy) Warner, Todd (Sherri) Warner, Mari Beth (Donald Jr.) Miller and Jennifer (Scott D.) Bennett, all of Fulton, and Eric Sr. of Redfield; his companion, Cyndi Jeromenik and her daughters, Stephanie and Jill; siblings, Joseph (Dale) Warner of Palermo, Martin (Neva) Warner of Hannibal and Catherine (Bill) Beebe of Volney; adopted family, Gerry and Stacey Tarbell of Volney; grandchildren, Jessie, James Jr., Jarred, Anthony, Vincent, Michael, Mitchell, Brittany, Ryan, Nicole, Eric Jr., Brandon, Taylor, Zach, Jake, Gabby, Colon, Zach, Amariah, Matthew and Jason; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held today from 3 to 7 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton, 13069.

Contributions may be made to Volney Vol. Fire Corp., 3002 St. Rte. 3 East, Fulton, 13069 or Camden Ambulance Service, 14 Church St., Camden, 13316.

Shirley DeForest, former local resident

Shirley DeForest died Jan. 1, 2012. She was a member of the McCarthy Baptist Church and belonged to the Golden Agers.

She is survived by her sister, Dorthy Refeld of California; husband, William DeForest of New York; sons, Patrick DeForest of New York, Jeff Johnson of California; a daughter, Debra Payne of Missouri; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Friday, June 29 at 10 a.m. at Fairdale Rural Cemetery in Hannibal.

Carmella Fitzsimmons, Oswego resident

Carmella M. Fitzsimmons, 91, of Oswego, died Friday, June 22, 2012 in St. Luke Health Services, Oswego.

Mrs. Fitzsimmons was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (DeSantis) Musa. She was the office clerk at Triangle Shoes and Modern Shoes, Oswego for many years. Mrs. Fitzsimmons was a member of the Legion of Mary and was a communicant of St. Joseph Church.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul Fitzsimmons, who died in 1983.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Carol Fitzsimmons of Oswego, and her grandchildren, Matthew and Rebecca.

Funeral services were held Monday at St. Joseph Church. Burial was in All Saints Mausoleum. There were no calling hours.

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