Category Archives: Obituaries

Frank Barilla

Frank (Francis) Joseph Barilla, 80, Oswego, passed away on December 7, 2014 after battling a long illness.Barilla OB

Frank was born February 11, 1934 in Elmira, N.Y. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine of 60 years; his five children Deborah (Thomas) Akers, Donna (Michael) Weigelt, Diane (Thomas) Putnam, Darlene (Rick) Favata, Frank (Caryn) Barilla; three sisters Carmella VanRensellaer, Theresa Witchtowski, Rose Moshier; 10 grandchildren Joey, Angela, Josh, Karissa, Brianna, Rachel, Gavin, Garrett, Isabella and Jacob;  and four great-grandchildren Judah, Lydia, Luella and Lyla.

He was the owner and operator of Barilla’s Auto Service, as well as many properties in Oswego alongside his wife Lorraine, from 1958 until he was no longer able to work due to his illness.

Frank was also active in local politics, serving as Third Ward Alderman and chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Most importantly, Frank can be remembered as a hardworking and loving husband, father, and grandfather to his family. “I Love You More!”

Private, family services will be held. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego.

Doris J. Leonard

Doris J. Leonard, 94, of Hannibal, went to be with the Lord Saturday at Crouse Hospital. Born in Auburn, she had lived in the Hannibal–Martville area for more than 60 years. She had many friends through the New York State Christmas Tree Growers Association as well as from the Martville United Methodist Church. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul D. Leonard, who passed away June 22, 2003. Doris is survived by her twin daughters, Charlotte (Raul) Herrera of Webster and Sharon (Bob) Koch of Palmyra; two sons, Tom (Linda) and John (Colleen) Leonard, both of Hannibal; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Services were Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Spring burial will be at Bethel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Doris’s family suggests contributions to Martville United Methodist Church, c/o Donald Hass, 13609 Ira Station Road, Martville, 13111.

Clifford  W. “Pa” Casler

12-10 Casler OBClifford  W. “Pa” Casler, Sr., 81, of Phoenix, NY, passed away on Friday November 28, 2014. Born in Oswego, N.Y. to his parents, William and Hazel (Ostrander) Casler on Jan. 16, 1934, he was a self-employed laborer and had worked at General Electric, Syracuse. Clifford attended the Phoenix Nutrition Site at 43 Bridge Street, Phoenix, N.Y. Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Dolores (Longo) Casler; two sons, Clifford W. “Butch” and his wife Beth Casler, Jr. of Phoenix, and David Casler of Pennellville; one daughter, Bonnie J. and her husband, Peter Marino of Rochester, N.H.; a brother, W. Joe Casler of N.C.; a sister, Ella Mae Fraser of Brewerton; ten grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many close friends.  Calling hours and services were on Wednesday Dec. 3, 2014 at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY.

Memorials may be to the Phoenix Area Food Pantry, 43 Bridge St., Phoenix, NY 13135.

Oscar W. Canfield

12-10 Canfield OBOscar W. Canfield, 90, formerly of Fulton, N.Y., died Dec. 4, 2014, in Ephrata Manor, Ephrata, Pa. Born in Altmar, N.Y., he was a son of the late Floyd B. and Huldah (March) Canfield. Oscar was a 1951 graduate of Robert Wesleyan College. He was a WWII Army veteran serving with 793rd Military Police Battalion and a member of VFW Post 569, Fulton, N.Y. He retired after 39 years with Nestle Chocolate, Fulton, N.Y. A member of Fulton Alliance Church, he enjoyed family travels and woodworking. Surviving is his wife of 63 years, Dorothy M. (Mead) Canfield, Sebring, Fla.; a son, William (Susana) Canfield, Croton on the Hudson, N.Y.; daughters, Linda (Donald) Bitterman, Havre, Mont., and Sandra Canfield, Fulton, N.Y.; granddaughter, Sandi Bitterman; nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Loraine (Joe) Maietta, Fulton, N.Y. Brothers Douglas, Harold and Fenton predeceased him. Private services will be held by the family with inurnment in Florida.

Jean Ann (Myers) Berger

Jean Ann (Myers/Pickett) Berger, 81, of Pompano Beach, Fla., passed away on October 25, 2014.  She was born on October 6, 1933 to the late Jewett and Georgiana (Keyes) Myers.

Jean was raised in Fulton, N.Y., attended Green Mountain College and Emerson College and worked as a speech therapist in Albany, N.Y. She married Kenneth Pickett in 1957, had four children and moved to Millburn, N.J.   

Widowed at 34, Jean married Herman Berger in 1972. Together they ran a wholesale jewelry business. Jean moved to Pompano Beach in 1981 where she was a small business owner and sales rep.   

Jean maintained many friendships from all stages of her life, and mostly enjoyed spending time with them and her family. She will be remembered for her upbeat positive attitude, and “joie de vivre.”

Jean is survived by her four children and their spouses, James (Beth) Pickett of Mountain Lakes, N.J., Jana Liuzzi of Fort Myers, Fla., Kenneth (Lisa) Pickett of New York, N.Y., and Jennifer (Ron) Morales of Hillsdale, N.Y.; two stepchildren Peggy Slinger and James (Patti) Berger; and nine grandchildren Zachary, Kenneth, Matthew, Sarah, Dina, Thomas, Emily, Catherine, and Michael.

A memorial service will be held for Jean at 4 p.m. on December 6, 2014 at the Community Church of Mountain Lakes, 48 Briarcliff Road, Mountain Lakes, N.J. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Women in Distress of Broward County.

Albert Wygant

Albert Wygant, 88, of Oswego died Monday December 1, 2014 in University Hospital, Syracuse. He was born in Oswego the son of the late Scott and Maude (Richmond) Wygant. He was predeceased by his son Michael Wygant in 2009. Mr. Wygant worked as a furnace technician for Babcock Oil, Fulton, in addition he also worked at Nestle’s Fulton and General Electric in Syracuse. Mr. Wygant served in the United States Navy during World War II. Mr. Wygant was a member of the Barbershop Society, and St. Mary’s Men’s Choir for 16 years. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Ruth Wygant of Oswego, and their children Susan (Donald) Crofoot of Martville, Diane (David) Ferris of Oswego, Peggy (Roderick) Longo of Phoenix, Steven (Nancy) Wygant of Oswego, his sisters Pearl Babiarz of Fulton, Ruth Ketchen of Syracuse and grandchildren Wendy, Christina, Shawn, Jeremy, Sara, Brad, and great-grandchildren Catherine, Dalton, Ethan, and Nicholas. A Memorial Mass will be held in the spring of 2015. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego.

Dale R. Emmons

Dale R. Emmons, 56, of Hannibal, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at Florida Hospital in Zephyrhills, Fla.

Dale was born in Fulton to the late Myrle and Bessie (Crouch) Emmons. He worked at the Nestle Corporation for 26 years as a machine operator.

Dale spent many years working on various race teams at the Oswego Speedway, and was also an avid NASCAR fan.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Dawn (Barney) Emmons, of Hannibal; three daughters, Constance (Jared) Pritchard, of Hannibal; Stephanie Emmons, of Sterling; and Catherine Emmons, of Hannibal; two grandchildren, Curtis and Annabelle Pritchard, of Hannibal; two brothers, Gary Emmons, of Houston, Texas, and Albert Emmons of Hannibal; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Cayuga Street, Hannibal.

James D. Raney         

James D. Raney, 44, of Oswego died Thursday November 27, 2014 in University Hospital. He was born in Athens, Al., the son of the late William and Ruby (Davis) Raney. James has been a resident of Oswego for the past five years. He was a former member of the Order of the Masons in Mexico, N.Y., and he always enjoyed playing a joke and making people laugh. In addition to being predeceased by his parents he was predeceased by his sister Pamela Minnick. James is survived by his wife Kathleen Raney of Oswego; children Brittany, Ashley, and Sean Raney, all of Alabama; and his stepchildren Shawn, Mark, Brandon, and Tyler Washer, all of Oswego; his brothers Frankie and William Raney, and sisters Davie Smith and Sarah Higginbotham; and grandson Braydon and step grandchildren Emily and Sophia. Calling hours were Wednesday at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego.