Category Archives: Obituaries


Sarah Wilcox, Born in Fulton

Sarah Wilcox
Sarah Wilcox

Sarah H. “Sally” Wilcox, 92, of Fort Myers, Fla., died Oct. 15, 2012.

She was born Nov. 15, 1919 in Fulton, a child of Daniel and Marion (Shattuck) Hudson.

A resident of Fort Myers for the past five years, she previously lived in Jordan, N.Y. where she worked as partner with her husband in their business, Wilcox Agway Service, located in the White Mill, built in 1820.

She was a 1940 graduate of Canton State School of Agriculture. A member of the Jordan United Methodist Church, she was a member and past worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was also active in the Central New York ARC and belonged to the Ft. Oswego Daughters of the American Revolution.

Wife of the late Lyman Wilcox, who died in 1989, she is survived by her daughters, Elaine W. (John) Swank of Fort Myers, Fla. and Danielen C. Wilcox of Chittenango,; two grandchildren; her brother, Henry (Beverly) Hudson of Fulton; and her sisters, Harriet Rowell of Westdale, N.Y. and Marian (Fay) Fanning of Fulton.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. in the Jordan United Methodist Church, 63 Elbridge St., Jordan, N.Y.

Contributions may be sent to the church. Burial will be in Jacksonville Cemetery.  Friends may sign the guest book at


Josephine Niegos, Retired from GE

Josephine Niegos
Josephine Niegos

Josephine “Josie” Niegos, 95, of Fulton, died Oct. 17, 2012.

She was born in Fulton to the late Frank and Irene (Ciula) Safader and remained as a life resident. She retired from General Electric after 25 years of service and had previously worked at the American Woolen Mill in Fulton.

She was a communicant of St. Michael’s Church in Fulton where she a past president of the St. Michael’s Altar Rosary Society. She was a member of the Fulton Polish Home Ladies Auxiliary where she was a past president.

She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Niegos, who died in 1995; and sisters, Sophie Sinicki and Mary Shand, who died in 2007.

Surviving are children, Elaine (Bill) Conners, Geraldine Gilliland and Richard (Ofelia) Niegos, all of Fulton; and grandchildren; great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A calling hour and a Mass of Christian Burial were held Monday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fulton. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. To leave a message of condolence for the family, visit

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.


Rocco Fortino, World War II veteran

Rocco Fortino
Rocco Fortino

Rocco P. Fortino, 93, of Oswego, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at his home with his family at his side.

Mr. Fortino was born in Phillipsburg, N.J., the son of the late Dominic and Mary (LoCarro) Fortino.  Mr. Fortino was a former employee of Stone and Webster and Niagara Mohawk. He was a longtime member of the IBEW where he was the recording secretary.

He was an active volunteer for RSVP and the American Cancer Society. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church, where he was an altar server for funeral masses, and he enjoyed working at St. Mary’s Bazaar.

He was a former member of the Dante Alighieri, sons of Italy. Mr. Fortino enjoyed being outdoors in his garden.

He served in the United States Navy during World War II from 1944 until 1946.

He was predeceased by his wife, Grace Fortino in 2004, and his sisters, Grace Iudicello and Maggie Corona.

Mr. Fortino is survived by his children, Francis (Nancy Talanian) Fortino of Massachusetts, Anne Marie (Gary) Rubin of Lake George, and Mary Jean (Michael) Church of Oswego; his brother, Joseph Fortino of New Jersey; and grandchildren, Michael and Christopher Church and Melody and Patrick Rubin.

Funeral services will be conducted today, Oct. 24 at 9 a.m. at Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego, and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary the Assumption Church, Oswego. Burial will be St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oswego. Calling hours were held Tuesday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to St. Mary the Assumption Church, Oswego.

Shirley Mohat, Former Granby resident

Shirley J. (Renfrew) Mohat, 83, a former Granby resident, died Sunday Oct. 21, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

She was born in Phoenix to her late parents, Marion Ruth Barse and William John Renfrew in 1929. She was a homemaker.

She was predeceased by her husband, Owen H. Mohat in 1999, and her brother, William H. Renfrew in 1986.

Surviving are her sons, Donald O. (Joyce) Mohat and Gary A. Mohat; four brothers, Robert (Patricia) Renfrew, Neal (Betty) Renfrew, Gordon (Anna) Renfrew, and Ernest (Debra) Renfrew; one sister, Phyllis Caines; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside services will be held today, Oct. 24 in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St., Phoenix.

Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Viola Kellogg, East Syracuse resident

Viola Kellogg, 71, of East Syracuse, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 at James Square Health and Rehabilitation Centre, Syracuse.

She was born in 1941 to her late parents, Marion (Gilbert) and Thomas A. Billings. She was a homemaker.

She was predeceased by her husband, Faron Kellogg, in 2000.

Surviving are her five brothers, Robert Billings of Syracuse, Ronald Billings of Fulton, Jim Billings of Fulton, Fred Billings of Oklahoma City, Ok., and Harold Billings.

Services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24 at noon in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. A calling hour will be from 11 a.m. to noon in the funeral home, 431 Main St., Phoenix.


Roy J. Cooper, World War II veteran

Roy J. Cooper
Roy J. Cooper

Roy J. Cooper, 87, of Rochester Street, Fulton, died at Oswego Hospital Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012.

He was born to his late parents, Florence (Wells) and Roy L. Cooper Feb. 4, 1925 in Fulton.

He was a proud U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was a technician in research and development with Nestle for 45 years.

He was a member of Phoenix Memorial Post 5540, VFW, and VFW Post 5335 and American Legion Post 164, both in Boynton Beach, Fla.; Callimachus Masonic Lodge 369, Phoenix; past member of the Elks Lodge, 830, Fulton; and former president of Nestle’s Recreation, office club and credit union.

He was predeceased by his wives, Bessie, Eloise, and Petra or Vivi.

Surviving are his two sons, Roy L. (Janet) Cooper of Fulton, and Gary R. (Brenda) Cooper of Newfane, N.Y.; one daughter, Libby (John) McGinley of Phoenix; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Everett (Virginia) Cooper of Lycoming, and Arnold (Helen) Cooper of Mesa, Ariz.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours were held Monday at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. Services were held Tuesday in the funeral home. The Rev. Tammie L. Nipper officiated. Burial was in Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to VFW Post 5540, Phoenix, or V. A. Medical Center.

Michael Thompson, born in Oswego

Michael J. Thompson, 55, a resident of Fulton prior to moving to Pennsylvania, died Sept. 3, 2012 in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Thompson was born in Oswego, the son of the late Louis and Phyllis Thompson.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, and fishing was was an avid Nascar racing fan.

He is survived by his sisters Barbara Walker of Fulton, Theresa (James) Moody of Oswego, and Patricia Preeman of Oswego, and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. at the Fulton Salvation Army.

Arrangements are in care of the Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.

Yerfra Garry, Liverpool resident

Yerfra “Murphy” Garry of Liverpool died Monday, Oct. 12, 2012 in Sunnyside Care Center, Syracuse.

Mrs. Garry was the daughter of the late Onofrio and Rose (Arcillo) Brancato.She retired from Sibbley’s Syracuse in 1980.

Mrs. Garry was predeceased by her husband, John Garry, in 2002 and her son, James Perry, in 2012.

Mrs. Garry is survived by her son, Mark (Deirdre) Garry of North Syracuse, and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego. Burial was in All Saints Mausoleum.