Category Archives: Obituaries


Jack Thompson, Air Force veteran

Jack I. Thompson, 73, of Phoenix, died Monday October 1, 2012.

Born in Phoenix to his late parents, Anne F. (Egan) and George B.

Thompson on September 24, 1939, he was a United State Air Force veteran, serving from 1957 to 1961.  A professional truck driver, he drove for Marsellus Casket Co. for 15 years. Prior employment also included a snowplow driver for the Town of Schroeppel Highway Department.

He served as a captain and held the office of president for the Phoenix Fire Department. He was a social member of the VFW Post 5540, Phoenix; a member of the Syracuse Hog Chapter; the Star Motorcylcle Club; and the Upstate Cruise Motorcycle Club.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Karen (Fryer) Thompson, Feb. 8, 2003; his son, Shaun I. Thompson, in 1999; and his brother, Gerald R. Thompson, in 2005.

Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Dean E. and Andria Thompson of Clay; daugter-in-law, Diane Thompson of Central Square; four grandchildren, Kyle, Allyson, Chad, and Brandon; a sister, Kathy Thompson Watson of Charleston, S.C.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services will be held Saturday Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. in the Phoenix Fire Station, 457 Main St., Phoenix, 13135. Burial with firefighter and military honors to follow in the Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St., Phoenix. Calling hours are in the fire Station the same day from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY  13126. Allanson-Glanville- Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, has charge of arrangements.

Nettie Baldwin, former county residen

Nettie Baldwin, 96, of Gastonia, N.C. died Sept. 18, 2012 at the Brian Center Health and Rehab, Gastonia.

She was born Nov. 22, 1915 in Oswego County, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Nettie Stewart Huntington.

A memorial service will held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Oct. 13 at Mount Pleasant Methodist Church, Volney.

Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia. A guest registry is available at

Betty Mace, retired from GE

Betty R. Mace, 87, of Fulton, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 at The Manor at Seneca Hill.

Born in Hannibal, she was a daughter to the late Wayne and Lottie (Andrews) Perkins. She resided in Fulton most of her life. She and her late husband, George, raised one daughter, Connie. She retired from General Electric in Liverpool where she worked for over 30 years. She was a lifetime member of the Fulton V.F.W. Post #569 Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by her daughter, Connie (Floyd Stanton) Henderson; two grandchildren, Maureen (David) Miceli and Matthew (Crystal) Henderson; great-grandchildren, Nathan and Colby Henderson, Nicholas Miceli and Michael Brooks, all of Fulton; and one niece, Maxine Perkins of Watertown.

There were no calling hours. Graveside services were held Sept. 27 at Jacksonville Cemetery, Lysander.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton was in care of arrangements.


Marie MacCaull, nursing instructor

Marie Elizabeth Hyatt MacCaull died peacefully with her family by her side Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 at the age of 88.

She was born in Ogdensburg March 30, 1924. She was the daughter of the late Bill (Slant) and Ann Thorpe Hyatt.

She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy class of 1941 and A. Barton Hepburn School of Nursing class of 1944. She married Raymond A. MacCaull Aug. 11, 1945 at St. Mary’s Rectory in Ogdensburg.

She had worked at A. Barton Hepburn Hospital, St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center and retired as a Nursing Instructor at Oswego County BOCES in 1982.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ray and a daughter, Ann MacCaull.

She is survived by her children, William (Patricia) MacCaull of Sterling, Carolyn (George) Trippany of Massena, Susan (Donald) Dodd of Slate Run, Pa., Mary M. Green of Hannibal, R. Joseph (Melonye) MacCaull of Oswego and Martha (Robert) Allen of Newark. She is also survived by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours. A celebration of her life will be held today, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. when her ashes are placed with her husband in Hannibal Village Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Hannibal Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 252, Hannibal, NY 13074.Foster Funeral Home was in care of arranegments.


Paul Giuffrida, born in Oswego

Paul Anthony Giuffrida, 57, died Oct. 1, 2012 in his home in Dallas, Texas after a long battle with ALS.

He was born in Oswego Sept. 11, 1955 to Salvatore and Nina Giuffrida. He attended Catholic elementary and high schools in Fulton and Oswego.

After high school, he joined the U.S. Army where he met Sherrie Swanson, to whom he was wed Nov. 27, 1976. They lived together in a number of cities throughout the U.S. before settling in Dallas in 1991.

He retired from Tiger-Drylac Powder Coating in 2008 where he was senior sales manager for the Central US. He enjoyed golfing.

He is survived by his wife, Sherrie Giuffrida; his brother, Fred Giuffrida of San Francisco; three nieces; one nephew; and two grand-nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. in Dallas, Texas at the Giuffrida home Saturday, Oct. 13. Another service will follow in the Fulton and Oswego area the following week at a place to be determined.

Contributions may be made to the ALS Associations Walk to Defeat ALS. The website to contribute is

Paul Houghtaling, Pennellville resident

Paul E. Houghtaling, 76, of Pennellville, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.

He was born in Mattydale to his late parents, Ellen (Williams) and Paul R. Houghtaling in 1936. He was an employee of General Electric Co., Syracuse, retiring in 1991, after 36 years of service.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Helen (Scott) Houghtaling; one son, Terrance A. Houghtaling; one daughter, Pamela Houghtaling; three grandchildren, Alison, Shelby, and Andrew; one great-grandchild, Brayden; and several nieces and nephews.

Services are private. Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, has charge of arrangements.

Melvin Sherman, Navy veteran

Melvin C. Sherman, 86, of Fulton, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at James Square Health and Rehabilitation Center in Syracuse.

A native of the Waterloo area, he was a life resident of Fulton. Mr. Sherman retired from Penny Curtis Trucking in 1988 after more than 10 years. He had previously worked for General Foods, BirdsEye Division in Fulton. He also was the site manager for the Food Co-Op, Fulton. Mr. Sherman was a Navy veteran.

He was predeceased by his wife, Edna Sherman.  Surviving are three daughters, Sharon Utley of Florida, Patricia Barber of Fair Haven and Sandy Gioia of Oswego; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours. Services are private.  Contributions may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, 13220 or to American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons Street, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, 13057.

Foster Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.

Genevieve Runeare, Fulton resident

Genevieve Runeare, 97, of Fulton died Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at Oswego Hospital, Oswego.

She was born in Fulton to the late Louis and Anna (Bevacqua) Rotella. She remained a life resident of Fulton and spent considerable time visiting her sons in Santa Cruz, Calif. Mrs. Runeare was past employed with the Fulton Consolidated School District Lunch Program.

She was a past member of the Holy Family Altar Rosary, Fulton Women’s Club, and past president of the Holy Family Golden Agers.

She was a longtime member of the A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and Catholic Daughters Court Pere LeMoyne.

She made dozens of trips to California over the years and formed relationships on both coasts.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Carcido Runeare, who died in 1982.

She is survived by six children,  Joseph Runeare, Louis Runeare, Larry (Colleen) Runeare, and Michael (Linda) Runeare, all of California, Kathleen (Walter) Lotz of Florida, and Christine (Christopher Shue) Runeare of Fulton; 10 grandchildren, Jamie, William, Tracey, Matthew, Gina, Maggie, Gabrielle, Nicholas, Sebastian, and Maxwell; and several great grandchildren nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday in Sugar Funeral Home and at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Minetto where a mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. Robert Stephenson. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were held Sunday at the funeral home in Fulton.