Category Archives: Obituaries

Madeline Wall, former Fulton resident

Madeline “Birdie” Fleming Wall died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 in Tucson, AZ at the age of 98.

She was born Jan. 25, 1914 to John and Catherine (Bullock) Fleming in the Town of Volney.

Mrs. Wall graduated from Fulton High School and was married to Donald Wall in 1934.

Surviving are two sons, Ronald Wall of Billings, MT and John (Wanda) of Tucson, AZ; granddaughters Marianne Wall of Missoula, MT and Sarah Wall of Kansas City, KS; great-granddaughter, Abigail; one brother, Leonard Fleming of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, who died in 1995, she was pre-deceased by five brothers and one sister.


Jacob Wood, former Fulton resident

Jacob R. Wood, 35, of Syracuse, died Aug. 24, 2012 after a long illness.

He was born Feb. 18, 1977 in Oswego, the son of Joanne T. (Elhage) Weldin and Richard L. Wood.

He graduated from G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton in 1995, where he was a member of the drama club, a contributor to the “Bodley Bulletin” and a student correspondent for The Valley News.

He was currently enrolled in Everest University working on his master’s degree in business administration. He was a prevention health advocate with AIDS Community Resources in Syracuse.

While at ACR, he worked specifically with the Safety First Health Outreach Project and was recognized for his contributions several times since 2006.

He received an associate’s degree in restaurant and hotel management in 2007 and a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2010 from Bryant & Stratton College.

Aside from his love of volunteering and helping others, he had a passion for music. When he was not singing a song or learning to play a new instrument, he was writing. Not only did he write music, he wrote poetry and short stories.

His love of the performing arts also could be seen on the stage. He was a member of the Fulton Community Theater and enjoyed being on stage and entertaining others. He was in productions such as “Fiddler on the Roof” and took part in dinner theater.

He is survived by his parents, Joanne T. (Elhage) and Marvin J. Weldin of Fulton and Richard L. Wood of Oswego; his sisters, Rebecca L. Wood (Mara), Rene L. Wood, Denise E. Hartmann and Andrea J. Weldin; his half-brothers, Clifford and Daniel Wood; step-brother, Ed Weldin; maternal grandparents, Shirley and John Waloven; his cat, Remus Maximus Wood; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held today, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to noonat Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton with services at noon to immediately follow.

The family requests that those attending the service bring nonperishable food items to be donated to ACR on his behalf.


Rita Carr, retired nurse

Rita J. Carr, 89, of Fulton, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at St. Luke Residential Health Services in Oswego.

She was a longtime resident of Fulton, moving from Oswego in the 1940’s. Her working years in nursing began with the Oswego County Nursing Program and ended with retirement from Andrew Michaud Nursing Home in Fulton after over 18 years. After retiring, she trained for hospice service.

She was a communicant of Holy Family Church and participated in all church activities. She began her community volunteer work in the 1950s, serving on the Minetto P.T.A. board. She was a member of the Salvation Army Advisory board; the Fulton Historical Society for over 18 years; the Women’s Club; and was active with Bridge Marathons.

She was honored in 2005 by the Rotary Club in recognition for her many years of service by speakers from the Lee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Salvation Army Auxiliary, where she held presidencies.

She was predeceased by her parents, Clarence and Eldora Jones, and brother Wesley Jones.

Surviving are her four children, Carol (Garry) Muckey of Fulton, James (Madeline) Carr of Dedham, Mass., Virginia (Jack) Arnold of Fulton, and Roy (Lynn) Carr of Syracuse; a sister, Bessie (Andrew) Fisher of Fulton; two brothers, Clarence Jones of Augusta, Ga. and Frank (Sue) Jones of Lock Haven, Pa.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. A prayer service was held Friday at the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to St. Luke Health Services Fund, 299 East River Road, Oswego, NY 13126.


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.