Category Archives: Obituaries


Jesse F. Warner, Volney board member

Jesse F. Warner, 74, of Redfield and formerly of Fulton, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 after a sudden illness.

He was born Aug. 26, 1937 in Gouverneur to the late Laural and Jessie Murphy Warner. He graduated from Fulton High School in 1956 and retired from I.B.E.W. Local 43 after 33 years as an electrician.

He was a member of the Volney Volunteer Fire Corporation for over 50 years and had served as president. He was also a member of the Volney Town Board; serving as assessor from 1974 to 1977, councilman from 1978 to 2000 and deputy town supervisor from 1996 to 2000, when he retired.

After the passing of his wife of 38 years, Bonnie, and residing in Volney for 60 years, he moved to Redfield.

He was predeceased by his wife, Bonita L. Frataccia Warner, and brothers, James, Alden and Harry.

He is survived by his five children, Craig (Tracy) Warner, Todd (Sherri) Warner, Mari Beth (Donald Jr.) Miller and Jennifer (Scott D.) Bennett, all of Fulton, and Eric Sr. of Redfield; his companion, Cyndi Jeromenik and her daughters, Stephanie and Jill; siblings, Joseph (Dale) Warner of Palermo, Martin (Neva) Warner of Hannibal and Catherine (Bill) Beebe of Volney; adopted family, Gerry and Stacey Tarbell of Volney; grandchildren, Jessie, James Jr., Jarred, Anthony, Vincent, Michael, Mitchell, Brittany, Ryan, Nicole, Eric Jr., Brandon, Taylor, Zach, Jake, Gabby, Colon, Zach, Amariah, Matthew and Jason; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held today from 3 to 7 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton, 13069.

Contributions may be made to Volney Vol. Fire Corp., 3002 St. Rte. 3 East, Fulton, 13069 or Camden Ambulance Service, 14 Church St., Camden, 13316.

Shirley DeForest, former local resident

Shirley DeForest died Jan. 1, 2012. She was a member of the McCarthy Baptist Church and belonged to the Golden Agers.

She is survived by her sister, Dorthy Refeld of California; husband, William DeForest of New York; sons, Patrick DeForest of New York, Jeff Johnson of California; a daughter, Debra Payne of Missouri; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Friday, June 29 at 10 a.m. at Fairdale Rural Cemetery in Hannibal.

Carmella Fitzsimmons, Oswego resident

Carmella M. Fitzsimmons, 91, of Oswego, died Friday, June 22, 2012 in St. Luke Health Services, Oswego.

Mrs. Fitzsimmons was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (DeSantis) Musa. She was the office clerk at Triangle Shoes and Modern Shoes, Oswego for many years. Mrs. Fitzsimmons was a member of the Legion of Mary and was a communicant of St. Joseph Church.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul Fitzsimmons, who died in 1983.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Carol Fitzsimmons of Oswego, and her grandchildren, Matthew and Rebecca.

Funeral services were held Monday at St. Joseph Church. Burial was in All Saints Mausoleum. There were no calling hours.

Arrangements were in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Joseph Castiglia, Navy veteran

Joseph Castiglia, 91, of Fulton and formerly of Sandpiper Golf and Country Club Lakeland, Fla., died Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Seneca Hill Manor after a long illness.

He was born in Minetto and attended schools in Minetto and Oswego. He volunteered in the US Navy in 1941. After training, he was assigned to the USS Mississippi and sailed to the North Atlantic.

When World War II was declared, the ship was ordered to the Pacific Theater. After 18 months aboard the ship, he volunteered for the Amphibious Force and was assigned to the USS Feland.  Following the invasion of Tarawa, he volunteered for submarine duty and after training he was assigned for duty on the USS Sennett Submarine.

He was later assigned to the USS Skate Submarine where he participated in the Bikini-A-Toll Atomic Bomb Test. He was honorably discharged from the US Navy in 1947.

On Sept. 6, 1947, he married Mary Fichera of Fulton. They remained lifetime residents of the area.

Mr. Castiglia was a past member of the Knight’s of Columbus, a past member and officer of the Fulton Elk’s Club. He was a charter member of Beaver Meadows Golf Club where he also served on the board of directors for three years. He was also a member of the Radisson Golf Club.  He avidly enjoyed playing golf.

He worked in Sales all of his life and retired in 1986 as a Marketing Manager for a NY Parts Co., Syracuse.

He was also a past member of Holy Family Church, Fulton.

He was pre-deceased by one son, Joseph Castiglia in 1976.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Fichera Castiglia of Fulton; two children, Paul Castiglia of Fulton and Mary Castiglia of North Carolina; one brother, James Castiglia of Minetto; two sisters, Betty Tetro, and Theresa DeStevens, both of Fulton; one grandson; one granddaughter; two great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were conducted Monday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Minetto where a mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. Larkin. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. There were be no calling hours.

Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton has care of the arrangements.

Rosalie Battles, SUNY Oswego retiree

Rosalie Battles, 63, of Fulton, died peacefully at home June 23, 2012 after a long battle with cancer.

She was a graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School and RIT. She was an active volunteer, devoting her time to numerous organizations within Fulton city schools as well as Fulton Figure Skating Club and the YMCA. She retired from Oswego State University.

She was predeceased by her mother and father, Mary and Rosario Arcidiacono.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Gary F. Battles; son, Jeffrey Battles; daughter, Sarah (Seth) Mensah and many cousins and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today, June 27 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, corner of South Third and Rochester streets, Fulton. Calling hours were held Tuesday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Memorial Sloan – Kettering Cancer Center.

Harvey Seymour III, avid bowler

Harvey Jay Seymour III, 46, of Fulton, died Thursday, June 14, 2012 as a result of a roofing accident.

Mr. Seymour worked for A to Z Construction in Phoenix and had previously worked for Hough Construction in Oswego for 17 years. He was a bowler for 36 years and was recently inducted into the Fulton Bowling Hall of Fame.

He also enjoyed auto racing for the past 30 years in Fulton, Brewerton, Oswego and around the state.

Surviving are his wife of 21 years, Christina Moore Seymour of Fulton; son, Cory Seymour and step-children, Patrick Casler, William Jackson and Harley Wylie; parents, Harvey “Buck” and Mary (Niccoli) Seymour of Fulton; brothers, Russell (Dawn) Seymour and Ernest Seymour of Fulton; sisters, Michele Coant of Fulton and Mary Beth LeClair of Hannibal; five grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours were held at Foster Funeral Home.


Albert Robbins Jr., avid sportsman

Albert C. “Bucky” Robbins Jr., 81, of the Fulton and Pulaski areas, died Sunday, June 17, 2012 at his home after a long illness.

He was born in Sussex, N.J., the son of the late Phoebe and Albert Robbins. He had worked as a truck driver for Mid-Hudson Steele in Howell, N.Y. before retiring and moving to Pulaski, where he worked for Tony’s Salmon Country Sport Shop.

He was an avid sportsman, hunter, trapper and fisherman all his life.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Jane Decker Robbins, and his second wife, Sara Sperbeck Robbins.

He is survived by his daughter, Rose Robbins Sweeney of Port Jervis; two step-daughters, Linda Bender of Middletown and Kathleen Sperbeck Clark of Fulton; two step-sons, Kevin and Timothy Sperbeck of Fulton; grandchildren, Brittany, Charles, Colley, Aaron Elizabeth, Edmund, Timothy, Katlyn and Andrea; and five great-grandchildren.

A gathering was held Friday at Skeet and Bonnie Scoville’s home in Pulaski.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, 13126.

Foster Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.


Helen Iselin, West Monroe resident

Helen L. (DeSaw) Iselin, 88, of West Monroe, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at the St. Joseph’s Hospital, Comfort Care Center.

Born to her late parents, Hazel (Smith) and Esson L. Wilcox, she was a homemaker and a owner and operator of a laundromat in East Syracuse.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Phoenix.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Andrew L. DeSaw in 1984, and her second husband, Hollis J. Iselin in 2001; and a brother, Lyle Wilcox in 1988.

Surviving are her children, Wayne L. Renfer of Charleston, S.C., Helen Matchett of West Warwick, R.I.,Nancy (Bill) Balson of Coventry, R.I., and Sharon (Joe) Gilbert of Fulton; grandchildren, Ketelyn Gilbert, Steven Gilbert, Joseph Gilbert, Heidi Rutter, Allissa Archambault, Becca Ramberg, Josh Matchett, Daniel Matchett, Michael Renfer, Laura Renfer, and Karen Oliver; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were held yesterday at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. Services are today, June 23 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 16 County Route 57A, Phoenix. Pastor J. Scott McElyea will officiate. Burial will follow in Pine Plains Cemetery, 465 Peck Rd., North Manlius.

Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Phoenix.