Category Archives: Obituaries

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.

William Bauer, Phoenix resident

William W. Bauer, 78, of Phoenix, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 at Crouse Hospital after a brief illness.

He worked at Oberdorfer Foundry, Terminal Transport and the Town of Schroeppel Highway Department.

He was a member of the Draft Horse Association and was a vendor at local farmer’s markets for more than 35 years.

He was predeceased by his parents, Wilford and Edith Williams Bauer, and son, William Wilford Bauer, all of Phoenix.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Margaret Jessop Bauer; daughters, Rita Jablonski of Auburn and Nan (Roger) George, Sherri (Jack Dennison) Bauer and Jill (Lyle Jr.) Ernestine, all of Phoenix; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was in North Volney Cemetery. Calling hours were held Wednesday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Paws Across Oswego County, 2035 Co. Rte. 1, Oswego, 13126.


Leland Salsbury, World War II veteran

Leland F. Salsbury, 85 of Brewerton and formerly of Fulton, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

A native of Fulton, he was a 1944 graduate of Fulton High School. Leland had served in the Army Air Force during World War II.

After the war, he attended the University of Delaware and was in ASTRP.

He received his bachelor of science degree from Oswego State College and his master’s degree from New York University.

He taught in the Spring Valley High School and worked 38 years as an electrical engineer at General Electric in Liverpool. He attended the Liverpool United Methodist Church and was a former member of State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton.

He was a member of the General Electric and Martin Lockheed Association, Liverpool Elks Lodge and was a former member of Hiram Masonic Lodge #144 in Fulton.

He enjoyed ice skating, traveling and the outdoors.

He was predeceased by a son, Dr. David Salsbury, and a brother, Lyle Salsbury.

Surviving are his wife of 20 years, Johanna Jufko Salsbury of Brewerton; a son, Steven Salsbury of Fulton; stepchildren, Philip Jufko of Springhill, Fla., Todd Jufko of Pennellville and Jill Freytag of Pennellville; four grandchildren; a sister, Marion Cook of West Hartford, Conn.; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held today, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in Mt. Adnah Cemetery where military honors will be conducted. There are no calling hours.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Central New York, 990 Seventh North Street, Liverpool, NY 13088.


Dorothy Duciaume, Fulton resident

Dorothy S. Duciaume, 88, of Fulton, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.

Born in Fulton, she was a life resident of central New York.  She was a homemaker with interests in baking, cooking, and crafts. She enjoyed Bingo, lawn sales and traveling.

She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Leonard Duciaume, who died Feb. 5, 2007, and her siblings, Roy McCarty and wife Frances of Fayetteville, Helen Tutor and husband James of St. Cloud, Fla. and Edward McCarty of East Syracuse.

Surviving are three daughters, Gloria Pitcher and husband, Frederick of Fulton, Patricia Duciaume and husband, E. Alan Silver of West Winfield, and Margaret “Meg” Guyer of West Winfield; sister-in-law, Patrica McCarty of East Syracuse; grandsons, Gary Raymond of Geneva and David Raymond of Fulton and fiancé Janelle Rice of Liverpool; granddaughter, Karen Raymond and husband Mourad BenHassen of East Syracuse; great-granddaughters, Nadia BenHassen and Sonya BenHassen of East Syracuse; and  numerous family and friends, including special friends, Irene Guske of West Winfield, and Tammy David, Donna Maunz and Amanda Thorngren of the PRC Social Day Care Program in New Hartford.

Calling hours will be at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St. Fulton, Sunday, Aug. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. with a funeral procession Monday, Aug. 27 at 8:45 a.m. to Holy Trinity Church, corner of Rochester and Third streets, Fulton, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Burial will in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Contributions may be made to the Cedarville Volunteer Fire Department, Cedarville, NY or the Volney Volunteer Fire Department, Fulton, NY.

The family also requests that family and friends commit a random act of kindness to someone in need to honor her life.


Dale Shortslef, retired from Novelis

Dale R. Shortslef, 61, of Oswego, died unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Oswego, he had lived in Sterling prior to moving to Oswego in 1975. He retired from Novelis in 2007 as a mill operator after 36 years of service.

After retirement, he returned to work as a grounds keeper at the Oswego Country Club in Oswego. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, cooking and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his mother, Norma J. Shortslef, who died April 21, 2009.

Surviving are three children, Andrea Shortslef, James Shortslef and Kristy Shortslef; four grandchildren, Camryn, Logan, Zachary and Hannah; father, Ward Shortslef; a brother, Gary Shortslef; and several nieces and nephews. Services were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Burial was in Springbrook Cemetery, Sterling. Calling hours were held Wednesday at the funeral home.


Harvia Chaffee, Hannibal resident

Harvia Gillespie Chaffee, 90 of Hannibal, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 at St. Luke Residential Health Services in Oswego.

She graduated from Fulton High School and had attended business school in Oswego. She had worked in Hannibal Central School District cafeterias for many years retiring in 1984. She resided on Auburn Street in Hannibal for over 50 years.

She was a member of the former Hannibal Community Church, which is now God’s Vision Christian Church, where she was superintendent of the Sunday school program for 25 years. She also sang in the church choir and had served as an officer in the women’s association, as church treasurer and as a deacon.

She was active and held various offices in the Order of the Eastern Star, Hannibal Senior Citizens and Hannibal Historical Society.

She enjoyed traveling, cooking, baking, sewing and interacting with her children, grandchildren and especially her great-grandchildren.

Her husband of 47 years, Neil Burleigh Chaffee, predeceased her in 1989.

Surviving are her son, James (Faith) Chaffee of Sterling; daughters, Carol (Lowell) Newvine of Hannibal, Muriel (Warren) Barkley of Three Mile Bay, and Donna (Jerry) Blake of Hannibal; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Laura Stock of Baldwinsville, Mary Earle of Phoenix, and Marjorie (Donald) Strine of North Chili; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to the Meadowbrook Manor Activities Fund, 31 Oswego Street, Hannibal, 13074 or to God’s Vision Christian Church, P.O. Box 69, Hannibal, 13074.