Category Archives: Obituaries


John Walsh Sr., former city clerk

John F. “Jack” Walsh Sr., 85, of Fulton, died Thursday, June 14, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse following a brief illness.

Born April 29, 1927 in New Brunswick, NJ to Edward and Marguerite (McGovern) Walsh, he resided in Fulton since 1931. He was a 1943 graduate of Fulton High School and attended the Crane School of Music at Potsdam.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1945-1946 serving in the Pacific Theatre, Hawaii, Philippines, Korea and China aboard the U.S.S. LSM 475. He was vice president of Walsh’s Manor Inc. Restaurant in Fulton from 1947-1957.

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Anthony Iosue, World War II veteran

Anthony O. Iosue, 94, of Oswego, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in Oswego hospital after a short illness.

Mr. Iosue was born in Auburn and has been a resident of Oswego since 1940. Mr. Iosue served in the United States Army during World War II from 1943 until 1945. He was a former member of the Dante Alighieri Lodge #436, Oswego.

Mr. Iosue was predeceased by his wife, Sara Iosue, who died in 2004.

He is survived by his sons, Anthony J. (Barbara) Iosue of Florida and David J. (Gail) Iosue of Oswego; brother, Sonny (Joanna) Iosue of Florida; sister, Loretta (Kenneth) Davis of Auburn; grandchildren, Andrea, Allan, Callie, and Eric; great-grandchildren, Addison, Isabella, Vaughn, Preston, and Cayden; and his companion, Joyce Arnold.

Funeral services were held Friday at St. Joseph Church where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated. Burial was in All Saints Mausoleum.

Calling hours were held Thursday at Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, Oswego.


Roberta Bailey, school bus driver

Roberta A. Bailey, 75, of Fulton, died Sunday, June 10, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

A native of Clayton and Depauville, she had resided in Fulton since 1965. She retired after 20 years as a school bus driver for special needs students in the Fulton School District.

She was predeceased by her husband, James Bailey, in 1994 and sister, Sally Charlebois.

Surviving are her children, Peter (Sean Rowley) Bailey and Gregory (Lisa) Bailey, all of Fulton, and Lisa (Chuck) Duello of Burleson, Texas; seven grandchildren, James, Jacob, Gabriella, Rebecca, Sara, Emily and Carly; a brother, James (Gerry) Charlebois of Lewisville, Texas; a sister, Gretchen Johnson of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held today, June 16 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton with burial at Fairdale Rural Cemetery in Hannibal.

Calling hours were held yesterday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Parents of Special Children, Inc., 2 Towers Drive, Suite C, Fulton, NY 13069.


Emma Truax, worked at Nestle

Emma A. Truax, 90 of Volney, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Pontiac Care and Rehabilitation Center in Oswego.

A native of Bernhards Bay, she had resided in the Volney area most of her life. She had worked in the wrapping department at Nestle Company in Fulton and Mirabito Brothers Grocery in Fulton.

She loved cooking, baking, crafting, gardening and reading.

She was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Aaron F. Truax, who died Jan. 22, 2012.

Surviving are her children, Linda (Robert) Gainer of Syracuse and Wayne (Terry) Truax of Palermo; three grandchildren, Wayne Jr., David and Julie; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fulton. Calling hours were held Thursday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to a favorite charity.


Clifford Key, Pennellville resident

Clifford C. Key, 80, of Pennellville, died at home Sunday, June 10, 2012.

He was born in Syracuse to his late parents, Pauline (Wright) and Arthur M. Key, May 13, 1932. He was a graduate of Phoenix High School, later completing a four year apprenticeship in his selected field as a steamfitter.

He was a member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters 818, now Local #267 Union, Syracuse.

He was a mason and member of the Callimachus Lodge 369 F.&A.M., Phoenix; a social member of VFW Post 5540, Phoenix; life member and past secretary of the Phoenix Rod & Gun Club; past president of the CNY Rod & Gun Club, Pennellville; and past member of the Phoenix Camp-Copper Lake Association.

He was predeceased by his grandson, John David.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Charlotte M. Rakaska; his children, Gale S. (Nick) Smith of Manlius, Larry Gillespie of South Carolina, Patrick (Terry) Key of Palermo, and Brian (Sue) Key of Chittenango; his grandchildren, Scott, Olivia, Marietta, Robert, Cory, Drew, Jessica, Christopher, Cheri, Brandon; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Brewer of Canoga Park, Calif., and Adeline Carol Adams of Sun City, Ariz.; and nieces and nephews.

Services were held Thursday at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. The Rev. Richard H. Scheffler officiated. Burial was in Phoenix Rural Cemetery. Calling hours were held Wednesday. A Masonic service by members of his lodge was held Wednesday as well.

Contributions may be made to CNY Rod & Gun Club, 182 Peter Scott Rd., Pennellville, NY 13132.


Jason Yablonski, union representative

Jason M. Yablonski, 32, of Fulton, died Monday, June 11, 2012.

He was born in Oswego and grew up in Mexico before moving to Fulton in 1994. He was a union representative for Barnes and Cones in Syracuse. He was a father to Sofia Marshall Yablonski.

He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Michael Yablonski and Irving Casler Sr.

In addition to his daughter, Sofia, he is survived by his mother, Sharon Casler of Fulton; his father, Gary Yablonski of Mexico; a sister, Kelly (Jamie) Hobbs of Cummings, Ga.; a brother, Gary Yablonski, Jr. of Fulton; maternal grandmother, Mary Casler of Fulton; two nieces, Alexzandra Sullivan and Morgan Hobbs; four nephews, Aaron Yablonski, Andrew Yablonski, Braydon Hobbs and Grayson Hobbs; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Calling hours will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home.

Richard Pero, Army veteran

Richard W. “Dick” Pero, 79, of Oswego, died Monday, June 11, 2012 at University Hospital.

He was born in Syracuse and grew up in Cato before moving to Oswego in 1963. He was a self-employed truck driver for 24 years, shipping produce from Florida to New York before becoming a member of the Teamsters Local 317, Syracuse. He then drove for Lakeshore Transportation in Oswego until his retirement in 1998.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a collector of International Harvester tractors and collectibles.

He was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Lena Pero, and by a brother, William Pero.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Margaret Hawk Pero; one son, Edward R. Pero of Oswego; a brother, Albert (Barbara) Pero of Liverpool; six grandchildren; and two nieces.

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

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Robert Whipple Sr., World War II veteran

Robert Whipple Sr., 87, of Pennellville, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012.

He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Carpenter’s Union, Local 12, and the VFW Post 5540, Phoenix.

He was predeceased by his wife, Fran (LaPointe), and son, William.

Surviving are his son, Robert Jr.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be graveside at 10 a.m. Monday, June 18 in Pennellville Cemetery, County Route 54. Deacon Frank Forish will officiate and there will be U.S. Navy honors as well.

Arrangements are by Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix.