Category Archives: Obituaries


Rodd Raynor, GM at Fred Raynor Ford

Rodd Raynor, 45, of Oswego, died Aug. 22, 2012.

He was born in Syracuse and graduated from Marcellus High School in 1985. He was the general manager at Fred Raynor Ford in Fulton. He was an avid photographer and a writer. He enjoyed motorcycles, cars and mud bogging. He especially enjoyed going to the Syracuse Nationals every year.

He loved animals and rescued many; taking them to the vet, nursing them to health, and then finding them new homes.

He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Bob Raynor and Jim Walker, and by a grandmother,  Edna Walker.

He is survived by his father and stepmother, Fred and Penny Raynor; his mother, Nancy Swiech (Doug); his grandmother, Marie Raynor; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

There are no calling hours. Funeral services were private. A casual gathering to celebrate his life will be Sept. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St., Oswego.

Contributions may be made to Extend-a-Paw and mailed c/o Fulton Savings Bank, 1909 State Route 3, Fulton, NY 13069.

Foster Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.

Marie Fabrizio, registered nurse

Marie I. Fabrizio, 88, a native of Cortland and a resident of Fulton since 1948, died Aug. 27, 2012 at home with her family at her side.

Mrs. Fabrizio was a registered nurse graduate from E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Buffalo. She was a cadet nurse during World War II and worked as a private duty nurse in Fulton for several years. Previously, she had been employed at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. and Cortland Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Fabrizio, with her late husband, Louis Fabrizio, operated the Fabrizio Cake Shop for 20 years until their retirement.  She was a member of Holy Family – St. Michael’s Parish, and a member of its Altar Rosary Society. She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church, Golden Agers Society and Altar Rosary Society of Holy Trinity Church, Fulton.

Mrs. Fabrizio was a past member of the Catholic Daughters Court Pere LeMoyne # 833, Oswego County Catholic Nurses, and a charter member of the now disbanded Fulton Private Duty Nurses Association.

She served as a committee person with the Fulton Democratic City Committee.

Mrs. Fabrizio was predeceased by her husband of over 60 years Louis Fabrizio, and her brother Palmiero Spaziani.

She is survived by her daughters, Elaine Angell and Cheryl (George) Thornber, both of Fulton, and her son, Gary Fabrizio of Florida. In addition she is survived by a sister, Louise (Ron) Spencer of Fulton, and seven grandsons, Nathan Angell, Marlo Angell-Jasso, Matthew Ilacqua, Derek Brett, Gavin and Jared Thornber, and Alexander Fabrizio; five great-granddaughters; five great-grandsons; two great-great-grandsons; one great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Friday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton, and in Holy Trinity Church, Fulton where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated.

Calling hours were held Thursday at the funeral home. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Cortland.

Donations may be made to the Friends of Oswego County Hospice, PO Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126; and St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

Richard Reed, Palermo resident

Richard E. “Dick” Reed, 58, of Palermo, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 resulting from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Palermo.

A native of Star Lake, N.Y., he graduated from Hermon-DeKalb Central School in DeKalb Junction, N.Y. and from SUNY Canton.

He lived in Degrasse while he was employed 15 years by St. Joes Talc Mine in Edwards. He moved to Palermo and worked at Carrier Corp. in Syracuse for 15 years and was currently working for Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. in Brewerton for the past five years.

He was predeceased by his parents, Clarence and Louise (Curtis) Reed; grandparents, Arthur and Aneita Curtis; and a sister, Jackie Macauly.

Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Sharron Parrott Reed of Palermo; step-children, Pernell Curtis of Lauder Hill, Fla. and Robin Moore of Mexico; a daughter, Rebecca Reed of Alaska; siblings, Arthur (Dymphina) Reed of Jacksonville, Fla., Anita (Jerry) Hutton of Gouverneur, Helen Gray of Miami, Okla., and Sue (Terry) Reed of Edwards; and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Calling hours were held Thursday Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Graveside services were held Friday at Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Following the service, a gathering was held at the Palermo Town Park, County Route 45, Palermo.


Helen VanDeWater, lifelong resident of Fulton

Helen M. VanDeWater died peacefully in her sleep Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton. She previously lived at the Springside at Seneca Hill.

She was born March 26, 1918, the daughter of Charles and Florence MacDougall and was a lifelong resident of the Fulton area.

Mrs. VanDeWater had worked at the Sealright Company in the 1940s and at Ford Plastic’s and Angelo’s Big M in the 1960s. As one of the first home demonstrators of Tupperware in the 1950’s, she won a nationwide sales contest with the grand prize of an ocean voyage on the Queen Mary to Europe and a month’s stay in France and Italy.

She was a life member of the Parent Teacher’s Association through her work with the Erie Street School P.T.A. She was an avid bowler, was the organizer and past president of the Sealright Women’s Bowling League at the Sealright Lanes when they were new, belonged to the Friendly Girls League at the Lakeview Lanes for over thirty years and traveled to many state tournaments. She was inducted into the Fulton Women’s Bowling Association’s Hall of Fame in the 1980’s.

She was the past president of the Fulton Senior Citizen’s Club that met at City Hall and was mistress of ceremonies of the Scudderville Band, a group of senior citizens who entertained at nursing homes and community events.

She liked to garden, loved to dance, play cards, spend time with her family and enjoyed going to the Turning Stone Casino. Helen was a fan of T.V.’s Animal Planet.

She greatly appreciated all the loving care she received from the staff of Michaud.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Alberta Moryl, Orin MacDougall and Marjorie Vodek, and by a son-in-law, Michael E. Hogan.

She is the widow of David McKinney, who died in 1967, and Kenneth VanDeWater, who died in 1983. She was also predeceased by her long time companion, Victor Bell, who died in 2006.

She is survived by four children: daughter Jerry and her husband, Ed Kasperek, son Paul McKinney and his partner Bill Bundy, daughter Denise and her husband, Mark Roth, and son, Dave and his wife, Sherry McKinney; step-daughter, Peggy Heffron; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

There were no calling hours and no services. The family will hold a private gathering in celebration of her life.

Contributions may be made to Paws Across Oswego County (a rescue and adoption agency for abused animals) 2035 County Route 1, Oswego, NY 13126 or to the Mount Adnah Cemetery Association, 706 East Broadway, Fulton, NY 13069. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Dorothy Volotta, resident of Hannibal

Dorothy I. Volotta, 94, of Hannibal, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

Born in Fulton, she was a life resident of the Fulton and Hannibal areas.

She was predeceased by her companion, Roland Byam, who died in 2003.

Surviving are a daughter, Michelle (Dennis) Chillson of Hannibal; and two grandchildren, Brian Chillson of Lewisburg, Pa. and Charlene Chillson of Boston, Mass.

Calling hours and service were held Saturday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Burial was in Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.


Loretta Marotta, Fulton crossing guard

Loretta E. Marotta, 76, of Fulton, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 at home with her family by her side.

Born in Baldwinsville, she had resided in Fulton most of her life. She had worked at SYROCO and was a crossing guard for the Fulton City Police Department. She was a communicant of The Church of the Immaculate Conception, now known as Holy Trinity Parish in Fulton.

She was a very active life member of the VFW Post 569 Ladies Auxiliary in Fulton and she enjoyed bingo, bowling, playing bunko and scrapbooking.

She was predeceased by her husband, Umberto Marotta; granddaughter, Ashley Pluff; brother, Norman Smart; and sister, Eleanor Burchill.

Surviving are her children, Joseph (Barbara) Marotta of Granby, Angela Marotta of Fulton, Diane Towsley of Clay and Michael Marotta of Fulton; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Barbara) Smart of Fulton and James Smart of Houston, Texas; several half and step brothers and sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday at Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours were held Monday, at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, PO Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126-0102.

Richard Wisowaty, resident of Hannibal

Richard J. Wisowaty, 63, of Hannibal, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

He had worked at Crucible Steel in Solvay for 16 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his wife of 20 years, Denise Calkins-Wisowaty of Hannibal; three daughters, Jodi (Bill) Serrano of Liverpool, Lynett (Mark) Greco of Phoenix, and Angela (Paul) Grimshaw of Fulton; seven grandchildren, Jesse (Karen) Eastman, Mitchell Eastman, Leah Greco, Meredith and Seth Grimshaw, Brendan Nichols and Jeromy Perry; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth (Carlene) Wisowaty of Pompey; and nephews and nieces. Calling hours were held Tuesday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. There were no services.

Esther Gravelle, former Fulton resident

Esther A. Gravelle, 90, a former Fulton, Arizona, and Florida resident, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2012 at St. Luke Health Services, Oswego.

Born Aug. 25, 1922 to her late parents, Anna A. (Ellison) Alvord, she was a graduate of Minoa High School. She was a homemaker.

She was predeceased by her husband, Francis C. Gravelle, who died March 20, 2000; a sister, Ella H. Brownell; and a brother, James Dwight Alvord.

Surviving are her son, James E. (Suzanne) Gravelle of Fulton; two daughters, Esther F. Tecklenburg of Tucson, Ariz. and Doris E. (Eric) Deadwyler of Cashiers, N.C.; three granddaughters; and nieces and nephews.

There are no services. Burial will be at a later date. Calling hours were held Monday at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix.

Contributions may be made to the John Foster Burden Fund, at St. Luke Health Services, 299 E. River Rd., Oswego, NY 13126.