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Vivian Smith, FHS graduate

Vivian L. Smith, 87, of Fulton, died Thursday, May 10, 2012 at her home.

She was born in August of 1924 in Mexico to her parents, Homer and Marjorie Ludington. She grew up in Fulton and was a graduate of the Fulton High School.

She lived in Georgia for many years before returning to live in Fulton in 2007.

She was predeceased by her son, Gary Harrington, who died in 2007.

She is survived by her brothers, Ramsey Ludington of Fulton and John Ludington of Thailand and Key Largo, Fla.; a granddaughter, Starr Grolimund, and a great-grandchild, Tristin Roger, of Milford, Pa.; a niece, Marion Ciciarelli; two nephews, Spencer Ludington and David Ludington, all of Fulton; care giver, Adele Sheldon; three nieces; and her companions, Michelob and Bella.

There will be no calling hours. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made to the Fulton Public Library.

Foster Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lulubelle Conibear, former Fulton resident

Lulubelle H. Conibear, 66,  of Gunstock Creek Road, Ellijay, Ga. died Friday, May 18, 2012.

She was retired and had worked in factories as a bus driver, a nurse’s aide, and as a licensed practical nurse.

She was born Aug. 28, 1945 in Palmyra, and had lived in Fulton, Ellijay, Ga., Abilene, Kan. and Gentry, Ark., before returning to Ellijay last fall. She was a lifetime member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Morgan and Hazel Mae Emerson Conibear of Fulton, and all of her aunts and uncles.

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Mary McKechnie, interior designer

Mary June McKechnie, who was born Jan. 22, 1930, died May 16, 2012 after several months of illness.

She was an interior designer and had a great sense of style.

She is survived by daughter, Anne Butler and husband Lindsay of Brackney, Pa.; daughter, Jane Galbreath and husband Mark, Odenton, Md.; grandchildren James, Elizabeth, Aaron and William David; sisters Grace Wiltse and Judy Graham, both of Fulton; and great-grandchildren, Lyla, Katelyn and Dylan.

She was predeceased by her husband, William G. McKechnie; parents, Iva and Arthur Dumont Sr.; brother, Arthur Dumont, Jr.; and grandson, Thomas J. Butler.

Memorial services will be held today, May 26 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, 44 Main Street, Binghamton. The Rev. Dr. David Drebert will officiate.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Salt Springs, PO Box 541, Montrose, PA 18801; Trinity Episcopal Church Binghamton, 44 Main Street, Binghamton, NY 13905; or the Silver Lake (Pa) Fire Company, PO Box 133, Brackney, PA 18812.

Alice Bocko, worked at Hunter Arms

Alice G. Bocko, 94; of Fulton died May 14, 2012 at Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton.

She was born to the late Thomas and Helena (Dunbar) Goss of Fulton. She has remained a lifelong resident of Fulton.

Mrs. Bocko was a past member of the Holy Family Altar Rosary Society. She was past employed with Hunter Arms and the Fulton City School District.

She was pre-deceased by her husband of 64 years Arthur Bocko in 2008, brother Gordon Goss and sister Catherine Goss.

She is survived by her daughter Mary C. Wacker and her son-in-law Dustin Wacker both of Fulton and her grandson Craig Wacker Of Raleigh, N.C.

She is also survived by her brother Thomas Goss of Fulton, Brother-in-law Earl (Patricia) Bocko of Minetto,  and sister-in-law Anna Goss of Jacksonville, Fla., and her nieces, nephews and great and great great nieces and nephews.

There were no calling hours. Funeral Services wereheld March 18 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton. Rev. Robert Stephenson officiated.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.


Celia Harper, 1926 FHS graduate

Celia K. Harper, 102, of Syracuse, died peacefully Thursday, May 10, 2012 at the Loretto Cunningham Nursing Home in Syracuse.

She was born Aug. 9, 1909 in Rawson, N.Y., the daughter of Ward and Madge (Lewis) Karns.  She was predeceased by husband, Frank in 1978; her daughter, Judy Svensson in 1999; and her brother, Ward Karns in 1945.

Mrs. Harper graduated from Fulton High School in 1926 and attended Syracuse University.  he was employed at the Sealright in Fulton.

After marrying Frank in 1936, they moved to the Syracuse area and resided in Lyncourt. She was a Girl Scout leader, a Cub Scout den mother, a Lyncourt School band booster and taught furniture refinishing and stenoscript in the Lyncourt school adult education program.

After surviving breast cancer in 1958, she began to work at Syracuse University library, completed her degree at SU in 1968 and retired in 1974.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Syracuse where she volunteered as a historian/archivist. She also volunteered for Syracuse Meals On Wheels, the Onondaga Historical Association, and at the Hutchings Psychiatric Center where she was recognized as volunteer of the year in 1993.

She is survived by her twin sons, Richard J. of Liverpool and Peter W. (Elaine) of Crystal Lake, Ill.; a brother, Richard Karns of Batavia; a sister, Marjorie Naioti of Fulton; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Calling hours were held Thursday Carter Funeral Home, Syracuse.  Services were held yesterday at the funeral home and burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to a favorite cancer charity.


John Tyrie Jr., Social studies teacher

John Joseph Tyrie Jr. (Jack), 56, a resident of Oswego, died May 14, 2012, suddenly at home.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of late John J. and Geraldine (Mullins) Tyrie Sr.

Mr. Tyrie graduated in Lindenhurst in 1974 and was a 1978 graduate of SUNY Oswego, where he later earned his Masters in reading education. He was the president of Sigma Tau Chi in the fall of 1977.

He was a beloved social studies teacher for 33 years for Hannibal Central School and an adjunct professor at the SUNY Oswego since 2007.

Mr. Tyrie was a young democrat and was always interested in politics. He was a city democratic committee secretary and was an Oswego Town council member and town supervisor. He volunteered as a Cub Scout leader.

He served in numerous capacities at St. Mary’s Church, including CCD instructor, Eucharist Minister, choir member, and lector.

He was a husband, father and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid reader and active in college and community theater.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Patricia (Greene) Tyrie; two daughters, Elizabeth (Gianluca) Berloco of Rome, Italy and Jennifer E. Tyrie of Oswego; one son, John J. Tyrie III; three brothers, Kevin Tyrie of Fla., James (Jeannine) Tyrie of West Islip, N.Y., and Brian (Ann) Tyrie of West Islip, N.Y.; five sisters, Betty Ann (Peter) Massaro of Lindenhurst, N.Y., Cathy Lycke of Islip Terrace, N.Y., Geraldine (Michael) Filippone of N. Babylon, NY, Patricia (George) Colton of Lindenhurst, N.Y., and Denise (Randy) DeVoe of Babylon, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Claire, Viola and Lavinia, with one more on the way; numerous loving nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were held Friday at Nelson Funeral Home. Services will be held today, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Nelson Funeral Home has care of arrangements.


Gladys Cole, worked at Nestle

Gladys R. Cole, 86, a resident of Hannibal, died May 15, 2012, at home, surrounded by her family.

Born in Sterling, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Elsie (Emery) Flack.

She worked for Nestle for more than 20 years and retired in 1988.

She enjoyed Bingo and especially spending Sunday afternoons with her family.

Surviving are her three daughters, Patricia (Leigh) Shortslef of Sterling, Linda M. Cole of Oswego, and Diane Cole of Oswego; two sons, Richard W. (Margot) Cole of Hannibal, and David (Kim) Cole of Hannibal; sister-in-law, H. Lucille Flack of Sterling and brother-in-law Albert Busch of Cicero; ten grandchildren, Bridget Ziskind, Susan Woodard, Beth Cole, Lori Carr, Sara Contestabile, Alexander Farley, Amanda Cole, Taylor Castaldo, Amanda Humphey, and Doug Stevens; 16 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and extended family, Richard and Candy Malone and family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Fred W. Cole, in 1989; brothers, Harold “Miley” Flack and Herbert “Juney” Flack; sisters, Arlene McCarthy, Hilda Ristagno, Evelyn Cole, Helen Duffy, and Marie Busch; and grandson, Parker Farley, who died May 2, 2012.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Church, Oswego. Burial will be in Fairdale Cemetery, Hannibal.

Calling hours will be held tomorrow, May 20 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St., Oswego.

Contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice.

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