Category Archives: Obituaries

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.

Joseph Ranieri, World War II veteran

Joseph A. Ranieri, 91, of Fulton, died June 14, 2012 at University Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born in Syracuse and he was a lifetime resident of Fulton. Mr. Ranieri was a United States Veteran having served during World War II in the Army Air Corp. He retired from Armstrong, Co., Fulton as a chief shift inspector after more than 30 years of service.

Mr. Ranieri was pre-deceased by his wife, Edith Ranieri, in 2004.

He is survived by his son, Kim  (Kathleen) Ranieri of LaFayette; five grandchildren, Michael, Jaime, Gina, David, and Kayte; and six great-grandchildren Skylar, Jesse, Jenna, Elysse, Evan and Jaegar.

Funeral services were held at Holy Trinity Church where a mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. Stephen Wirkes. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

A calling hour was held at Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.


Maurine Caprin, worked at Nestle

Maurine Caprin, of Fulton, died Friday, June 15, 2012 from a severe asthmatic attack.

She was born in Fulton, the daughter of the late Raymond and Mary Evelyn Caprin.

She was a former employee of Nestle. She was a member Elks BPOE Lodge 830, the VFW Post 569, and she loved to play softball and go bowling.

She is survived by her sisters and brother, Christine (Tim) Barlett of Parish, Raymond (Debbie) Caprin of Hannibal, Bernice (Jonne) Rowe of Fulton, Beth (Rick) Nixdorf of Florida; close friend, Pam Cordone of Fulton; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held today, June 20 at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, Fulton where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will be in Fairdale Cemetery.

Calling hours were held Tuesday at Sugar Funeral Home Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the Humane Society.

The family will be holding a celebration of her life at the Elks Lodge 830, 57 Pierce Dr., Fulton, following the funeral and burial.


John Walsh Sr., former city clerk

John F. “Jack” Walsh Sr., 85, of Fulton, died Thursday, June 14, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse following a brief illness.

Born April 29, 1927 in New Brunswick, NJ to Edward and Marguerite (McGovern) Walsh, he resided in Fulton since 1931. He was a 1943 graduate of Fulton High School and attended the Crane School of Music at Potsdam.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1945-1946 serving in the Pacific Theatre, Hawaii, Philippines, Korea and China aboard the U.S.S. LSM 475. He was vice president of Walsh’s Manor Inc. Restaurant in Fulton from 1947-1957.

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Anthony Iosue, World War II veteran

Anthony O. Iosue, 94, of Oswego, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in Oswego hospital after a short illness.

Mr. Iosue was born in Auburn and has been a resident of Oswego since 1940. Mr. Iosue served in the United States Army during World War II from 1943 until 1945. He was a former member of the Dante Alighieri Lodge #436, Oswego.

Mr. Iosue was predeceased by his wife, Sara Iosue, who died in 2004.

He is survived by his sons, Anthony J. (Barbara) Iosue of Florida and David J. (Gail) Iosue of Oswego; brother, Sonny (Joanna) Iosue of Florida; sister, Loretta (Kenneth) Davis of Auburn; grandchildren, Andrea, Allan, Callie, and Eric; great-grandchildren, Addison, Isabella, Vaughn, Preston, and Cayden; and his companion, Joyce Arnold.

Funeral services were held Friday at St. Joseph Church where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated. Burial was in All Saints Mausoleum.

Calling hours were held Thursday at Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, Oswego.


Roberta Bailey, school bus driver

Roberta A. Bailey, 75, of Fulton, died Sunday, June 10, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

A native of Clayton and Depauville, she had resided in Fulton since 1965. She retired after 20 years as a school bus driver for special needs students in the Fulton School District.

She was predeceased by her husband, James Bailey, in 1994 and sister, Sally Charlebois.

Surviving are her children, Peter (Sean Rowley) Bailey and Gregory (Lisa) Bailey, all of Fulton, and Lisa (Chuck) Duello of Burleson, Texas; seven grandchildren, James, Jacob, Gabriella, Rebecca, Sara, Emily and Carly; a brother, James (Gerry) Charlebois of Lewisville, Texas; a sister, Gretchen Johnson of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held today, June 16 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton with burial at Fairdale Rural Cemetery in Hannibal.

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

Contributions may be made to Parents of Special Children, Inc., 2 Towers Drive, Suite C, Fulton, NY 13069.


Emma Truax, worked at Nestle

Emma A. Truax, 90 of Volney, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Pontiac Care and Rehabilitation Center in Oswego.

A native of Bernhards Bay, she had resided in the Volney area most of her life. She had worked in the wrapping department at Nestle Company in Fulton and Mirabito Brothers Grocery in Fulton.

She loved cooking, baking, crafting, gardening and reading.

She was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Aaron F. Truax, who died Jan. 22, 2012.

Surviving are her children, Linda (Robert) Gainer of Syracuse and Wayne (Terry) Truax of Palermo; three grandchildren, Wayne Jr., David and Julie; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fulton. Calling hours were held Thursday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to a favorite charity.


Clifford Key, Pennellville resident

Clifford C. Key, 80, of Pennellville, died at home Sunday, June 10, 2012.

He was born in Syracuse to his late parents, Pauline (Wright) and Arthur M. Key, May 13, 1932. He was a graduate of Phoenix High School, later completing a four year apprenticeship in his selected field as a steamfitter.

He was a member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters 818, now Local #267 Union, Syracuse.

He was a mason and member of the Callimachus Lodge 369 F.&A.M., Phoenix; a social member of VFW Post 5540, Phoenix; life member and past secretary of the Phoenix Rod & Gun Club; past president of the CNY Rod & Gun Club, Pennellville; and past member of the Phoenix Camp-Copper Lake Association.

He was predeceased by his grandson, John David.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Charlotte M. Rakaska; his children, Gale S. (Nick) Smith of Manlius, Larry Gillespie of South Carolina, Patrick (Terry) Key of Palermo, and Brian (Sue) Key of Chittenango; his grandchildren, Scott, Olivia, Marietta, Robert, Cory, Drew, Jessica, Christopher, Cheri, Brandon; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Brewer of Canoga Park, Calif., and Adeline Carol Adams of Sun City, Ariz.; and nieces and nephews.

Services were held Thursday at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. The Rev. Richard H. Scheffler officiated. Burial was in Phoenix Rural Cemetery. Calling hours were held Wednesday. A Masonic service by members of his lodge was held Wednesday as well.

Contributions may be made to CNY Rod & Gun Club, 182 Peter Scott Rd., Pennellville, NY 13132.