Category Archives: Obituaries


Leonard Calkins, Vietnam War veteran

Leonard “Lenny” Calkins, 73, of Fulton, died Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at home.

He was born in Toledo, Ohio, a son to the late William D. and Rose M. Wright. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and then re-enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam War.

He retired in 2007 from O.R.C. Plastics.

He is survived by his children, David, Richard, Joyce, Sherry, Candice and Bambi, and several grandchildren.

Calling hours and services were held Tuesday with services at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was in Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.


Raymond Weller, Navy veteran

Raymond “Whitey” Weller, 86, of Baldwinsville, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.

He was born in Lysander to his late parents, Lulu (Hammond) and Leslie Weller, May 11, 1922.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving on the USS Guam during World War II. He was employed by Leasway Trucking and later he became the manager of Fulton Spring Service, Fulton.

He was past commander of the VFW Post 5380, Hannibal, and a life member of VFW Post 5540, Phoenix.

He was predeceased by his daugther, Cynthia Weller, who died in 1962; six brothers, Dick, Don, Ralph, Louie, Carl, and Cecil.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Cora E. (Loveless) Weller; his daughters, Donna (Steve) Auyer of Liverpool, Wanda Weller of Baldwinsville, Raymond (Carol) Weller, Jr. of Arizona, Robert Weller of Fulton, Les (Julie) Weller of Fulton, and Steven (Kathy) Weller of Phoenix; eight grandchildren; three great- granddaughters; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours were held Sept. 9 at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. Burial was private.

Contributions may be made to the V.A. Medical Center, 800 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210.


Gloria O’Donnell, resident of Oswego

Gloria J. O’Donnell, 86, of Oswego, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 in St. Luke Health Services, with her family by her side.

Mrs. O’Donnell was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late Sam and Catherine (Molinari) Morgia. She worked for the Chocolate Works of Oswego, Thomas Motor Lodge, Oswego, and for the Oswego City School District Lunch Room Department.

Mrs. O’Donnell was predeceased by her husband, Thomas O’Donnell; brothers, Joseph and Leo Morgia; and sisters, Jenny Rinaldo, Barbara Janice and Jeanette Morgia.

She is survived by her daughters, Catherine (William) Zakur of Oswego, Linda O’Donnell of Fulton, and Patricia (Joseph) Commisso of Liverpool; her brother, Samuel (Shirley) Morgia of Oswego; grandchildren Catherine and Dominic Commisso; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 in Holy Trinity Church, Fulton. Burial will be in All Saints Mausoleum, Oswego.

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


Constance Akins, Fulton resident

Constance L. Akins, 67, of Fulton, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

She was born in Tupper Lake, N.Y. to the late Joseph and Jeanette (LaPierre) Trombley. Mrs. Akins has been a resident of Fulton for 30 years. She enjoyed reading, fishing, bingo and being on the computer.

Mrs. Akins was pre-deceased by her husband, Clifford Akins in 2009.

She is survived by her children,  Ronald (Linda) Deyo of Phoenix, Ricky (Kelly) Deyo of North Carolina, Jackie Akins of Phoenix, and Jason (Karen) Akins of Fulton; sister, Judith (Patrick) Sullivan of Liverpool; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Tuesday at Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours were held Monday at Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.


Edward Diak, World War II veteran

Edward Diak, 85, of Fulton, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

He was born in Fulton, a son to the late Metro and Anna Diak, and lived all his life in Fulton.

He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a delivery man for Canada Dry, Dorsey Beverage Company and for Onondaga Beverage, where he retired from in 1985.

He was a member of Teamsters Local #1149, Baldwinsville, and the Mattydale American Legion.

He was a deacon at the former First Congregational Church in Fulton.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Rose M. Diak, who died March 19, 2010; two sisters, Mary Sackett and Kate Best; and five brothers, Nicholas, John, Stephen, Joseph and Michael Diak.

He is survived by two sons, Douglas and Dennis (Patty) Diak, both of Fulton ,as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was in Mount Adnah Cemetery. Calling hours were held Monday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Founders Affiliate, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.


Gloria Hough, retired from Sealright

Gloria Jean Hough, 80, of Fulton, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Fulton, she was the daughter of the late Leon and Cora Upcraft. She lived in Fulton all her life. She retired in 1990 from Sealright where she worked for many years as a secretary.

In addition to her parents, Gloria was predeceased by her husband, Charles Hough, who died Aug. 12, 2010.

She is survived by a son, Eric Kaltenborn of Hannibal; a daughter, Michelle Hayward of Camillus, and four grandchildren. There were no calling hours. Graveside services are private at Hannibal Village Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the S.P.C.A. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Johnny Dodge, worked at Nestle

Johnny L. Dodge, 59, of Fulton, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

He was born to the late Norris and Mayfred (Savoid) Dodge in Fulton. He was past employed with Nestle and Birdseye, Fulton.

Mr. Dodge was pre-deceased by his siblings, Betty Morgan, Helen Warne and Lawrence Dodge,

He is survived by his children, Joel Dodge of Fulton, Amber Dodge of Fulton, Johnny Dodge Jr., of Florida, and Dayton Dodge of Mississippi; his siblings,  Virginia Lund of Oswego, Donna Cobb of Oswego, Carol Paura of Oswego, Charles Sheldon of Fulton, and Kenneth Dodge of Colton, N.Y.; five grandchildren; and close friend April Forsythe.

There will be no funeral services. Burial will be held privately. Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton have care of the arrangements.

Catherine White, life resident of Fulton

Catherine A. White, 80, died peacefully Sept. 5, 2012 at her son’s home in Ormond Beach, Fla. after a long illness.

Mrs. White was born to the late Frederick and Anna (Butler) Clancy in Oswego.  She has been a life resident of Fulton and for the last 10 years she began summering in Fulton and wintering in Florida.

Mrs. White was a past communicant of St. Michael’s Church, Fulton.

She was pre-deceased by her husband of 49 years, Alfred “Fred” White in 2001, and her brothers, twin Robert, Jack, Joseph, and Francis Clancy.

Mrs. White is survived by her children, Robert White of Florida and Peggy (Will) Navagh of Fulton; sister, Helen Bellamy of Fayetteville; brother David Clancy of Oneida; two grandchildren, Eric and Lindsay Navagh; sister-in-laws, Margaret Beckwith, Beverly Clancy, Carol Clancy, Mary Latino, and Catherine White; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m.  at Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton, with Rev. Moritz Fuchs officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were held Tuesday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Odyssey Hospice, 149 South Ridgewood Ave., Daytona Beach, FL. 32114.