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Joseph Castiglia, Navy veteran

Joseph Castiglia, 91, of Fulton and formerly of Sandpiper Golf and Country Club Lakeland, Fla., died Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Seneca Hill Manor after a long illness.

He was born in Minetto and attended schools in Minetto and Oswego. He volunteered in the US Navy in 1941. After training, he was assigned to the USS Mississippi and sailed to the North Atlantic.

When World War II was declared, the ship was ordered to the Pacific Theater. After 18 months aboard the ship, he volunteered for the Amphibious Force and was assigned to the USS Feland.  Following the invasion of Tarawa, he volunteered for submarine duty and after training he was assigned for duty on the USS Sennett Submarine.

He was later assigned to the USS Skate Submarine where he participated in the Bikini-A-Toll Atomic Bomb Test. He was honorably discharged from the US Navy in 1947.

On Sept. 6, 1947, he married Mary Fichera of Fulton. They remained lifetime residents of the area.

Mr. Castiglia was a past member of the Knight’s of Columbus, a past member and officer of the Fulton Elk’s Club. He was a charter member of Beaver Meadows Golf Club where he also served on the board of directors for three years. He was also a member of the Radisson Golf Club.  He avidly enjoyed playing golf.

He worked in Sales all of his life and retired in 1986 as a Marketing Manager for a NY Parts Co., Syracuse.

He was also a past member of Holy Family Church, Fulton.

He was pre-deceased by one son, Joseph Castiglia in 1976.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Fichera Castiglia of Fulton; two children, Paul Castiglia of Fulton and Mary Castiglia of North Carolina; one brother, James Castiglia of Minetto; two sisters, Betty Tetro, and Theresa DeStevens, both of Fulton; one grandson; one granddaughter; two great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were conducted Monday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Minetto where a mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. Larkin. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. There were be no calling hours.

Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton has care of the arrangements.

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Albert Robbins Jr., avid sportsman

Albert C. “Bucky” Robbins Jr., 81, of the Fulton and Pulaski areas, died Sunday, June 17, 2012 at his home after a long illness.

He was born in Sussex, N.J., the son of the late Phoebe and Albert Robbins. He had worked as a truck driver for Mid-Hudson Steele in Howell, N.Y. before retiring and moving to Pulaski, where he worked for Tony’s Salmon Country Sport Shop.

He was an avid sportsman, hunter, trapper and fisherman all his life.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Jane Decker Robbins, and his second wife, Sara Sperbeck Robbins.

He is survived by his daughter, Rose Robbins Sweeney of Port Jervis; two step-daughters, Linda Bender of Middletown and Kathleen Sperbeck Clark of Fulton; two step-sons, Kevin and Timothy Sperbeck of Fulton; grandchildren, Brittany, Charles, Colley, Aaron Elizabeth, Edmund, Timothy, Katlyn and Andrea; and five great-grandchildren.

A gathering was held Friday at Skeet and Bonnie Scoville’s home in Pulaski.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, 13126.

Foster Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.

Harvey Seymour III, avid bowler

Harvey Jay Seymour III, 46, of Fulton, died Thursday, June 14, 2012 as a result of a roofing accident.

Mr. Seymour worked for A to Z Construction in Phoenix and had previously worked for Hough Construction in Oswego for 17 years. He was a bowler for 36 years and was recently inducted into the Fulton Bowling Hall of Fame.

He also enjoyed auto racing for the past 30 years in Fulton, Brewerton, Oswego and around the state.

Surviving are his wife of 21 years, Christina Moore Seymour of Fulton; son, Cory Seymour and step-children, Patrick Casler, William Jackson and Harley Wylie; parents, Harvey “Buck” and Mary (Niccoli) Seymour of Fulton; brothers, Russell (Dawn) Seymour and Ernest Seymour of Fulton; sisters, Michele Coant of Fulton and Mary Beth LeClair of Hannibal; five grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours were held at Foster Funeral Home.

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Helen Iselin, West Monroe resident

Helen L. (DeSaw) Iselin, 88, of West Monroe, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at the St. Joseph’s Hospital, Comfort Care Center.

Born to her late parents, Hazel (Smith) and Esson L. Wilcox, she was a homemaker and a owner and operator of a laundromat in East Syracuse.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Phoenix.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Andrew L. DeSaw in 1984, and her second husband, Hollis J. Iselin in 2001; and a brother, Lyle Wilcox in 1988.

Surviving are her children, Wayne L. Renfer of Charleston, S.C., Helen Matchett of West Warwick, R.I.,Nancy (Bill) Balson of Coventry, R.I., and Sharon (Joe) Gilbert of Fulton; grandchildren, Ketelyn Gilbert, Steven Gilbert, Joseph Gilbert, Heidi Rutter, Allissa Archambault, Becca Ramberg, Josh Matchett, Daniel Matchett, Michael Renfer, Laura Renfer, and Karen Oliver; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were held yesterday at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. Services are today, June 23 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 16 County Route 57A, Phoenix. Pastor J. Scott McElyea will officiate. Burial will follow in Pine Plains Cemetery, 465 Peck Rd., North Manlius.

Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Phoenix.

Richard Hibbert, Air Force veteran

Richard J. Hibbert, 69, of Oswego, died Monday, June 18, 2012 at St. Joseph Hospital after a brief illness.

Mr. Hibbert was born in Oswego, the son of the late Leo and Maryann (Briggs) Hibbert. He retired in 2002 from SUNY Oswego as a supervisor in the Janitorial Department. He worked as a longshoreman for 30 years at the Port of Oswego Authority.

Mr. Hibbert served in the U.S. Air Force in the Philippines, and at Otis Airforce Base Massachusetts, where he was assigned special security for former President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

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Yvonne Shatrau, worked at Betty’s Place

Yvonne J. Shatrau, 71, of Fulton, died Monday, June 18, 2012 at University Hospital, Syracuse, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Oswego to the late Charles and Doris (Coville) Haynes. She has been a longtime resident of Fulton. Mrs. Shatrau worked for many years at Betty’s Place, Fulton as a waitress. She was an avid bowler and she served as the past secretary for the Thursday Night Women’s League, the Mixed League and the Bowling Association.

Mrs. Shatrau was an honored recipient of the Bowling Hall of Fame.

She was an avid volunteer and participant of All Saints Episcopal Church, Fulton. She was also a past Brownie Leader and Daisy Troop Leader.

Mrs. Shatrau was pre-deceased by her granddaughter, Janell Granger.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Robert Shatrau of Fulton; five children, James L. Cummins of Virginia, Jeanette (Richard) Mills of Fulton, Wallace (Deborah) Cummins of Fulton, Melissa Granger of Fulton and Robert “Boog” (Christine) Shatrau Jr., of Fulton; five siblings, Charles (Pauline) Haynes of New Hampshire, Charlotte Cahill of Oswego, Harriet Whitten of Fulton, Doris Mae Ritz of Pennellville, and Barbara Haynes of Gouverneur; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today, June 23 at 9 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, Fulton with Rev. Harold Avery officiating. Burial will be held privately.

Calling hours were held yesterday at Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.

Donations may be made to the Regional Oncology Center of Syracuse, East Adams St. Syracuse, NY 13210.

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Joseph Mitchell, Purple Heart recipient

Joseph A. “Pug” Mitchell, 87, of Martville, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012 after the passing of his wife of 65 years at Morningstar Residential Health Center in Oswego.

He was born in Oswego and resided in Martville since 1970.

He graduated from Oswego High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17 to fight in World War II where he received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals.

He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served in Korea and Vietnam until his retirement in 1969.

He worked at Alcan until his retirement in 1985.

During his retirement, he enjoyed playing cards and spending time outdoors.

He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Jean M. Mitchell, who died May 4, 2012; two brothers, William and Harold Mitchell; and a sister Wanda Gorman.

He is survived by six children, Timothy (Gail) Mitchell of Paducah, Ky., Gail (Walter) Lehmann of Hannibal, Jacqueline (Charles) Giancola of Manlius, Lynn McCormick of San Antonio, Texas, Matthew (Terri) Mitchell of Martville and Kathleen (Jeffrey) O’Brien of Fair Haven; a sister, Alma (Joseph) Castaldo of Oswego; 18 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren. Calling hours and services were held Monday at Martville United Methodist Church. Burial was in Martville Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Martville United Methodist Church, c/o Donald Hess, Treasurer, 13609 Ira Station Rd., Martville, NY 13111. Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has care of arrangements.

Catherine Pittsley, worked at Birds Eye

Catherine F. Pittsley, 59, of Fulton, died peacefully Thursday, June 14, 2012 at home surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Pittsley was born in Fulton and she has been a resident of the Fulton and Granby area all of her life. She was past employed with Birds Eye, Fulton.

Mrs. Pittsley later enjoyed staying at home and raising the family.

She is pre-deceased by her father. George Coles.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, David Pittsley of Fulton; two daughters, Allison Pittsley of Fulton and Jennifer (James Bellinger) Pittsley of Fulton; her mother, Wilma (German) Coles of Oswego; brother, Bruce Coles of Fulton; granddaughter, Paige Bellinger of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton. The Rev. Vivian Summerville officiated. Burial was in Jacksonville Cemetery, Lysander.

Calling hours were held Monday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to University Hospital Cancer Research Building Fund, 750 E. Adams St., Syracuse, NY 13210; Friends of Oswego County Hospice, 34 E. Bridge St., Oswego, NY.