Category Archives: Obituaries

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Albert Searles, Minetto UMC member

Albert Monroe Searles, 99, of Volney, died April 27, 2012.

Born in Oswego, he was a life resident of the Oswego and Volney areas. He was a 50-year member of Minetto United Methodist Church and was the oldest living male member.

In 2006, he was honored as the oldest person living in the Town of Volney and was given the honor of serving as the Grand Marshall for the parade that year.

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Betty Askew, Granby resident

Betty I. Askew, 86, of Granby, died Sunday, April 29, 2012 at University Hospital in Syracuse.

Born in Ellenburg Center, she has lived in the Fulton area since 1987. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church in Baldwinsville and was a member of the Senior Group. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ, knitting, sewing, cooking and gardening.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edwin A. Askew, who died in 1989.

She is survived by her children, David, Cynthia Leierer, Wayne, Paul and Elaine Johnston; siblings, Cortis Hobbs, Shirley Drummond, Harley Hobbs and David Hobbs;15 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Calling hours and service were held Tuesday at Temple Baptist Church, Baldwinsville. Burial was in Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Temple Baptist Church, 2295 Downer St., Baldwinsville, 13027

Foster Funeral Home, Inc. was in care of arrangements.

Michele Halstead, Michaud nurse’s aide

Michele A. Halstead, 56, of Fulton, died Monday, April 23, 2012 at University Hospital in Syracuse after a long battle with multiple cancers.

Born in Fulton, she was a life resident. She had worked as a nurse’s aide for 20 years at Andrew Michaud Nursing Home in Fulton.

Surviving are her mother, Elizabeth Merritt; a daughter, Denna (Santiago) Rodriguez; a son, Joshua Cooper; a sister, Sharon Wright; a brother, Donald Merritt; two granddaughters, Jasmine and Alejandrina; and companion, Rick Clark.

Calling hours and service were held Monday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Thelma DeForest, worked at Birdseye

Thelma DeForest, 82, of Fulton, died Monday, April 23, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Victory, she had lived in the Fulton and Hannibal areas since 1954. She had worked Birdseye Foods and Oswego Growers and Shippers.

She enjoyed playing cards, bingo and spending time with her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, William DeForest, and daughter, Shirley Hobby.

She is survived by her children, William of Hannibal, Richard of Fulton, and Patricia Irland of Fulton; two grandchildren,  Jessica and Justen; and one great-grandson, Lane.

Calling hours and services were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Burial was in Hannibal Center Cemetery.

Rita Scott, LPN at Oswego Hospital

Rita A. Scott, 91, of Oswego, died Saturday, April 21, 2012 in Oswego Hospital.

Mrs. Scott was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late Gaetano and Mary Louise (Gentile) DePasquale. Mrs. Scott was a former employee of Breneman Hartshorn and she worked as an LPN at Oswego Hospital.

Mrs. Scott was a communicant of St. Joseph Church, where she sang in the choir from 1949 until 2003 when she began singing in St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s Churches Resurrection Choir.

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Carl Andrews, amateur radio operator

Carl Loyal Andrews, 88, died March 21, 2012.

He was born Jan. 17, 1924 to Carl and Golda Andrews in Ashtabula, Ohio. He graduated from Ashtabula High School in 1941.

He served in World War II and in Korea and received his BA degree in 1960 from Kent State University in Ohio, taught history and social studies in New York State and Maine and moved from Fulton to spend the last 26 years of his life in Dewey, Ariz. at the Orchard Ranch RV Resort.

He was an amateur radio operator (W8UQC) and an avid photographer, documenting a memorable bicycle trip through Europe as well as his tour of duty in Korea.

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