Category Archives: Obituaries

Sarah McMillen, Sterling Town clerk

Sarah L. “Sally” McMillen, 82, of Sterling, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 at University Hospital in Syracuse.

A native of Oswego, she had resided in Sterling most of her life. She had served as Sterling town clerk and as a tax collector from 1976-1996.

She was a member and organist of the Sterling United Methodist Church and was active as treasurer, Sunday school teacher and senior choir member.

She enjoyed travelling by car to any destination that the driver chose, playing solitaire and solving crossword puzzles.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul McMillen, who died in 2003.

Surviving are her children, Joanne (David) Scruton of Hannibal and Blair McMillen of Sterling; granddaughters, Ashley Scruton of Liverpool and Rachel Scruton of St. Louis, Mo.; and sister-in-law, Marie (George) Smith of Oswego.

Calling hours were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Services were held Friday at Sterling United Methodist Church. Burial was in Sterling Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Sterling United Methodist Church, PO Box 319, Fair Haven, NY 13064 or to the Humane Assoc. of CNY, 4915 West Taft Road, Liverpool, NY 13088.

Thirza North, Phoenix resident

Thirza E. North, 98, of Phoenix, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.

Shew was born Nov. 21, 1913 in Mexico to her late parents, Eva (Stevens) and Claude Pettingill.

She was a graduate of Mexico Academy. She was a technician for Crouse-Irving Hospital, Syracuse.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold North, who died in 1956.

Surviving are her children, Carol E. Remington of Phoenix, Eleanor McDermott of Phoenix, Ariz,, and Ted M. (Sandra) North of Phoenix; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and cousins.

Calling hours and services were held Thursday at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. Burial was in Phoenix Rural Cemetery.


Eleanor Biddlecome, Fulton resident

Eleanor J. Biddlecome, 86, of Fulton, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 at Morningstar Residential Care Center in Oswego.

A native of Fulton, Mrs. Biddlecome was a life resident.  She had worked as a salesclerk for F. W. Woolworth Company and Hudson Hosiery in Fulton.

She was predeceased by her husband, Francis H. Biddlecome, who died in 2000, and by her brother, Gordon F. Chesbro, who died in 2006.

She is survived by a brother, Roland F. Chesbro of Fulton, and several nieces, nephews and close friends.

Calling hours and services were held Monday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.  Burial was in Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Morningstar Residential Care Center, Resident Activity Fund, 17 Sunrise Dr., Oswego, NY 13126 or to the Friends of History in Fulton, 177 South First St., P.O. Box 157, Fulton, NY 13069.


Leonard Calkins, Vietnam War veteran

Leonard “Lenny” Calkins, 73, of Fulton, died Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at home.

He was born in Toledo, Ohio, a son to the late William D. and Rose M. Wright. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and then re-enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam War.

He retired in 2007 from O.R.C. Plastics.

He is survived by his children, David, Richard, Joyce, Sherry, Candice and Bambi, and several grandchildren.

Calling hours and services were held Tuesday with services at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was in Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.


Raymond Weller, Navy veteran

Raymond “Whitey” Weller, 86, of Baldwinsville, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.

He was born in Lysander to his late parents, Lulu (Hammond) and Leslie Weller, May 11, 1922.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving on the USS Guam during World War II. He was employed by Leasway Trucking and later he became the manager of Fulton Spring Service, Fulton.

He was past commander of the VFW Post 5380, Hannibal, and a life member of VFW Post 5540, Phoenix.

He was predeceased by his daugther, Cynthia Weller, who died in 1962; six brothers, Dick, Don, Ralph, Louie, Carl, and Cecil.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Cora E. (Loveless) Weller; his daughters, Donna (Steve) Auyer of Liverpool, Wanda Weller of Baldwinsville, Raymond (Carol) Weller, Jr. of Arizona, Robert Weller of Fulton, Les (Julie) Weller of Fulton, and Steven (Kathy) Weller of Phoenix; eight grandchildren; three great- granddaughters; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours were held Sept. 9 at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. Burial was private.

Contributions may be made to the V.A. Medical Center, 800 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210.


Gloria O’Donnell, resident of Oswego

Gloria J. O’Donnell, 86, of Oswego, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 in St. Luke Health Services, with her family by her side.

Mrs. O’Donnell was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late Sam and Catherine (Molinari) Morgia. She worked for the Chocolate Works of Oswego, Thomas Motor Lodge, Oswego, and for the Oswego City School District Lunch Room Department.

Mrs. O’Donnell was predeceased by her husband, Thomas O’Donnell; brothers, Joseph and Leo Morgia; and sisters, Jenny Rinaldo, Barbara Janice and Jeanette Morgia.

She is survived by her daughters, Catherine (William) Zakur of Oswego, Linda O’Donnell of Fulton, and Patricia (Joseph) Commisso of Liverpool; her brother, Samuel (Shirley) Morgia of Oswego; grandchildren Catherine and Dominic Commisso; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 in Holy Trinity Church, Fulton. Burial will be in All Saints Mausoleum, Oswego.

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


Constance Akins, Fulton resident

Constance L. Akins, 67, of Fulton, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

She was born in Tupper Lake, N.Y. to the late Joseph and Jeanette (LaPierre) Trombley. Mrs. Akins has been a resident of Fulton for 30 years. She enjoyed reading, fishing, bingo and being on the computer.

Mrs. Akins was pre-deceased by her husband, Clifford Akins in 2009.

She is survived by her children,  Ronald (Linda) Deyo of Phoenix, Ricky (Kelly) Deyo of North Carolina, Jackie Akins of Phoenix, and Jason (Karen) Akins of Fulton; sister, Judith (Patrick) Sullivan of Liverpool; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Tuesday at Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours were held Monday at Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.


Edward Diak, World War II veteran

Edward Diak, 85, of Fulton, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

He was born in Fulton, a son to the late Metro and Anna Diak, and lived all his life in Fulton.

He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a delivery man for Canada Dry, Dorsey Beverage Company and for Onondaga Beverage, where he retired from in 1985.

He was a member of Teamsters Local #1149, Baldwinsville, and the Mattydale American Legion.

He was a deacon at the former First Congregational Church in Fulton.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Rose M. Diak, who died March 19, 2010; two sisters, Mary Sackett and Kate Best; and five brothers, Nicholas, John, Stephen, Joseph and Michael Diak.

He is survived by two sons, Douglas and Dennis (Patty) Diak, both of Fulton ,as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was in Mount Adnah Cemetery. Calling hours were held Monday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Founders Affiliate, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.