Category Archives: Obituaries


Catherine Soper, retired from Sealright

Catherine J. Soper, 91,of Fulton, died Sept. 15, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

She was a life resident of the Fulton and Granby areas. She retired from Sealright Company in Fulton. She was a communicant of the former Church of the Immaculate Conception in Fulton and was known for and enjoyed caring for others within her neighborhood.

She was predeceased by her husband, Howard Soper, and a son, Charles Soper.

Surviving are a son, Kenneth (Vicki) Soper of North Chesterfield, Va.; a daughter, Kathleen Soper of Oswego; a daughter-in-law, Janice Soper of Sterling; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday at Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fulton. There were no calling hours.

Foster Funeral Home in Fulton was in care of arrangements.

Arlene Brown, Phoenix resident

Arlene M. Brown, 89, of Phoenix, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.

She was born to her late parents, Bessie (Hoyt) and Clarence Prouty. She was a homemaker and avid bingo player.

She was predeceased by her husband, Graydon E. Brown, who died July 4, 1968, and brothers and sisters.

Surviving are her children and their spouses, Pamela (Richard) Halstead, Noreen (James) Brady, Robert Scott (Jacqlyn) Brown, Elaine (George) Simons, Janet (Brian) Detota, and Randi (Denny) Rapp; a brother, Paul Prouty; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins.

Services will be at the convenience of family. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Warners.  Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, was in care of arrangements.

Phillip Blair, golf instructor

Phillip Blair, 68, of Fulton, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born in Burlington, Vt. and he has lived in Fulton for most of his life. Mr. Blair owned and operated the Blair Homes of Fulton. He enjoyed golfing and music.

He was an instructor and manager of the Caughdenoy golf Course.  He was an instructor at the Battle Island Golf Course, Fulton, and the Foxfire Golf Course, Baldwinsville.  He was a member of the Battle Island Golf Club.

Mr. Blair was pre-deceased by his grandson, Ryan Chrisman, and brothers David Blair and Charles Blair.

He is survived by his three sons, Scott (Shari Blowers) Blair of Fulton, Kevin Blair of Fulton, and Todd (Billijo) Blair of Fulton; two sisters, Jenny (Nelson) Slingerland and Tory (Steven) Girban, both of Vermont; seven grandchildren, Samantha, Montana, Dylan, Kyle, Avery, Phoebe, and Landon; and the Slingerland and Girban families.  Memorial calling hours will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton.

There are no funeral services. Burial will be held privately.

Harry Collins, World War II veteran

Harry F. Collins, 88, of Fulton, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012.

He was born in Fulton, a son to the late Ralph and Edna Collins. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a life member of the Fulton VFW Post #569 and a member of the Parachute Club of America.

He was very involved with Alcoholics Anonymous and started the Lake Effect A.A. group in Oswego.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his grandson, Dameon M. Collins.

He is survived by six children, Karen Collins of California, Kathy (Frank) Silfies of Rochester, Richard Collins of Florida, LouAnn (James) Collins-Warren of Fulton, Michael (Jaime) Collins of Nevada, and Sean (Kate) Collins of Fulton; 10 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at the First United Methodist Church of Fulton, 1408 N.Y.S. Rte. 176, Fulton.

Burial, with military honors conducted by the Fulton VFW Post #569 and the U.S. Marine Corps, will be in Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.


Paul Santore, former legislator

Paul A. Santore, 68, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 in St. Joseph Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born in Oswego, the son of Angeline (Zappala) Santore and the late Carmen Santore. He was employed with General Electric, Syracuse in the management analysis department and he was later plant manager for ARCOM Labs, Syracuse.

He served in the United States Army from 1961 until 1964.

He was the Oswego County Republican Committee treasurer, county legislator for eight years, and the Republican city chairman for five years.

He was president of the Oswego County Salvation Army board and a communicant of St. Mary’s Church. He was a member of Literacy Volunteers, Oswego County Veterans Museum, Oswego Library, and many more community organization.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Judith Santore of Oswego; children, Paul (Karyn) Santore II of Hannibal and Lisa (Joseph) Miller of Kentucky; stepdaughters, Virginia Haney of Macedon and Carolee Haney of Florida; sisters, Joanne (Michael) Segretto of Oswego, Jane (Paul) Santore Talbot of Baldwinsville, and Marian (Steve) Bischof of Indiana; brother, Robert (Kate) Santore of East Syracuse; and grandchildren, Christianna, Alyssa, Carmyn, Zachary, Dominique, Matthew, Paul, and Mario.

Funeral services were held Monday at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Oswego where Rev. Richard Morisette celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial. Burial was in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

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

Contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Restoration Fund or the Oswego County Salvation Army.

Franklin Oates, World War II veteran

Franklin Keith Oates, 87, of Archer, Fla.. died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at The Haven Hopice in Gainesville, Fla.

He was born in Keyser, W.V. He served in the Armed Forces during World War II. He moved his family to Fulton in the 1950s where he started Oates’s Garage on the corner of New York Route 3 and County Route 6 in Volney. He worked at Air-Cool Motors, Nestle, and Bob Tretsch’s garage until moving to Florida for health reasons.

He was predeceased by his mother, Viola Davis, and his grandson, Josh Felmey.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Ellen Oates: four children, Cheryl (Les) Holmes of Fulton, David (Kirsten) Oates of Fulton, Norma Falter of Plant City, Fla., and George (Cindy) Oates of Leesburg, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Heather (James) Class of Florida, Erica Bradley of New York, Jamie Oates of Florida, Steven Oates of Florida, Justin Oates of Florida, Timothy (Bethany) Falter of Florida, and Christopher (Melissa) Falter of Florida; and 13 great-grandchildren. Services will be held in Florida at a later date.

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.