Category Archives: Obituaries


Sharon France, retired from Alcan

Sharon R. France, 67, of Fulton and formerly of Hannibal, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012.

She worked at Alcan in Scriba for over 25 years, retiring in 2010. She enjoyed going to antique and craft shows.

She was predeceased by her parents, Julia and William LaBeef.

She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Robert France of Fulton; four children, Walt (Lenore) Patalina of Nevada, Patrick Ward of Florida, Sharlene (Ronald) Scott of Hannibal and Stephenie (John) Peters of New Hampshire; three step-daughters, Jacqueline (Mark) Koster, Kimberly France and Rebecca (Robert) Wilmott, all of Oswego; six siblings, Michael LaBeef of Fulton, Barbara Seymour of Florida, Daniel (Katherine) LaBeef of Hannibal, Richard LaBeef of Florida, Robert LaBeef of Fulton and Yvonne LaBeef of North Carolina; nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held Monday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Burial was in Springbrook Cemetery.

Calling hours were held Sunday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to St. Jude Tribute Program, c/o St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Ruth L. Cooper, worked at SYROCO

Ruth L. Cooper, 88 of Fulton died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.  Born in Fulton, she had lived between Fulton and Florida for many years.

Mrs. Cooper had worked at G.E., Birdseye, Comstock and SYROCO.  She was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Moose Club, enjoyed bowling, sewing and collecting teddy-bears.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward E. Cooper, who died in 1995 and a son, Douglas J. Cooper and grandson, Michael Cooper.

She is survived by her children, Jeannette (Danny) Gober of Granby, Darrell (Dolores) Cooper of Fulton, Nelson (Christa) Cooper of Fla., Larry (Sheila) Cooper of Fla.; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are today, Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon, with a service immediately following at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Fulton V.F.W. Post 569, 216 Cayuga St., Fulton, 13069.


Michael James LeVea, worked with Painters Local 31

Michael James LeVea, 38, of Baldwinsville died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 in Pennsylvania. Born in Oswego, he has lived in the Baldwinsville area for more than six years.

He had worked with Painters Local 31, Syracuse.  Mr. LeVea enjoyed music, camping and spending time with his children.

He was predeceased by his father, David LeVea, who died in 1998.  He is survived by his daughter, Kierston Llera-LeVea; son, Armani Llera-LeVea; parents, Bonnie (Gilbert) Trout; four brothers; nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be today, Aug. 8 from 5 to 7  p.m. with a funeral service to immediately follow at at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Michael Wardhaugh, worked for the Recreation Dept.

Michael Wardhaugh, 60 of Fulton, died Tuesday, July 31.

A native of Fulton, he had worked for the City of Fulton Recreation Department for several years.He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Mr. Wardhaugh was predeceased by his parents, William and Dorothy Martin Wardhaugh and brother, David Wardhaugh Sr.

He is survived by his children, Cindy and Jeremy; brother, James; sister, Lisa (Anson) Reed; grandson, Zachary; nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were held Monday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. There were no services.

Eleanor Cali, library board president

Eleanor L. Cali of Oswego, died June 6, 2012 at home surrounded by her family after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and cancer.

She was born Aug. 24, 1939 in Baldwinsville, the eldest daughter of Robert and Cynthia (Miller) House. She was educated at 8 Notes school, a one-room school house, and Phoenix High School, which she graduated from in 1957 as valedictorian.

In 1961, she completed studies at the State University of New York at Oswego, earning a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a major in biology. Following graduation she taught biology at Gates Chili) High School prior to moving to Oswego. Upon arriving in Oswego, she started work as a secretary at Oswego Catholic High School prior to her employment at the Oswego Hospital Laboratory, a position she retired from after 25 years of service rising to the position of County Laboratory Supervisor.

She was co-owner of Cali’s Carriage House Florist.

She married Michael A. Cali June 30, 1962. She was a communicant of Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. She was a founding member of the Columbiettes, and during her years in the Oswego County Laboratory, she was a member of the Society of Clinical Pathologists.

She was predeceased by her parents and younger sister, Dorrit House.

She is survived by her husband Michael A. Cali; sons, Shawn (Gail) M. Cali of Fairfax. Va., Michael S. Cali of Oswego, and daughter, Anne C Cali of Oswego; 12 grandchildren: Brittany, Emily, Rachel and Anthony Cali of Fairfax; Va., Kate Greene of Waterbury, Conn., Michael, Amanda, Hannah and Aiden Cali of Oswego, and Bobby, Madeline and Nicholas Cali of Oswego; a brother, Leon House of Fulton; and an aunt, Cora Williamson of Fulton.

She served for many years as a member of the Oswego County Genealogy Society, including terms as president and treasurer. She was a member of the Underground Railroad Commission working in many capacities, including conducting research and publishing historical texts. She also served as a volunteer at the H. Lee White Marine Museum.

The Oswego Public Library Board of Trustees recently awarded emerita status to Mrs. Cali for her many years of service and dedication to the library in which she served in a variety of capacities to include president. She served on the board from 2000-2009. Mrs. Cali was instrumental in leading the organization during the Building Renovation and Expansion Project.

Calling hours were held at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held at Saint Stephen the King Catholic Church, Oswego.

Marjorie Tyler, retired typesetter

Marjorie A. Tyler, 74 of Hannibal, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 at Seneca Hill Manor in Oswego.

She was the daughter of Lloyd and Dorothy (Little) Tyler and a life resident of the Hannibal area. She retired as a typesetter and editor at the Brown Newspaper in Baldwinsville and had previously worked at The Palladium Times, The Valley News and Red Creek Herald newspapers.

She taught physical education and English at the Hannibal High School and was a class of 1963 graduate of SUNY at Oswego.

She had attended the Hannibal Community Church where she played piano and was a former member of the Hannibal Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.

She is survived by her two brothers, Richard (Judy) Tyler and Donald (Carole) Tyler, all of Hannibal, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at Hannibal Village Cemetery in Hannibal. There are no calling hours. Contributions may be made to Oswego County Humane Society, 265 West 1st Street, Oswego 13126.

Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal has care of arrangements.


Richard Derby, operated dairy farms

Richard Lyman Derby, 85, of Sterling, died July 30, 2012, at Oswego Hospital.

He was born in Sparta, N.Y., the son of the late Lyman and Hazel (Moffat) Derby. A resident of Sterling for 52 years, he operated dairy farms in Spencerport and Sterling until the mid 1970s. He was a wood grader for Bailey Lumber Company in Hannibal and Waterloo until his retirement in 1989.

He was a former Cub Scout leader and member of Hannibal Community Players, a member of the Fulton Ancient Order of Hibernians and an active communicant of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Hannibal.

He chaired the church’s annual chicken and biscuit dinner for decades and volunteered his time at many other church fund-raisers.

He enjoyed woodworking and created special gifts for his family and friends.

Mr. Derby is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean (Grapensteter) Derby; his children, Don (Bonnie) Derby of Florida, Sue (Dean) Percival of Sterling, Wayne (Mary) Derby of Georgia, Randy Derby of Florida, and William (Lori) Derby of Sterling; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his son, Ronald, and his brother, Donald.

Services were held yesterday at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Hannibal. Burial was private.

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


Chad Kelly, died in Qatar

Chad M. Kelly, 30, of Fulton, died Monday, July 23, 2012 at Al Udeid Air Base, Doha, Qatar..

A native of Fulton, he had been stationed at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C. He was a G. Ray Bodley High School graduate, class of 2000, and he received his bachelor’s degree in business and marketing at SUNY Oswego in 2005.

He served in the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2010 and was assigned to the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment in Germany and the 319th Military Intelligence Battalion at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

He served in Iraq from August 2007 to October 2008 and received three Army Commendation Medals for his service.

He was employed by Macaulay-Brown, Inc. in Hampton, Va. and had previously worked at Torres and Centurum.

He was a lover of art, music, photography and tattoos.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Herbert and Marie Kelly Sr., and his maternal grandparents, Walter and Rose Duda.

Surviving are his parents, Herbert “Butch” and Donna (Duda) Kelly Jr. of Fulton; his sister, Corin Kelly of Fayetteville, N.C.; his girlfriend, Lauren Renne of Brooklyn; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated yesterday at The Church of the Holy Trinity, Fulton. Calling hours were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.