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Vincent Savona, chemistry teacher

Vincent J. Savona, 70, of Oswego, died Thursday, May 31, 2012 in Oswego Hospital.

Mr. Savona was born in Oswego, the son of the late Joseph and Stella (Azzarelli) Savona. He attended graduate school at UCLA and received his master’s degree from SUNY Oswego in science education.

Mr. Savona was a chemistry teacher at Central Square, prior to teaching chemistry at the Oswego High School for 29 years. He was an adjunct professor with Syracuse University.

Mr. Savona was inducted into the Oswego and New York State Softball Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Margaret  “Meg” Savona of Oswego; sons, Michael Savona of Oswego and Andrew (Tracy Haynes) Savona of Florida; sisters, Rosemary Frawley of Buffalo, Grace Chillemi of Oswego, and Virginia Familo of Oswego; step-grandchildren. Eric, Katherine, and James Trudell; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday at St. Joseph Church where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated. Calling hours were held Sunday at Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Church organ fund.

Dorothy Hoysic, former Oswego resident

Dorothy W. Hoysic, 87, a resident of Oswego and formerly of Wolcott, died May 23, 2012 at St. Luke Health Services.

Born in Rochester, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Mary (Semler) Wehner.

She graduated from Nazareth Academy and later from Nazareth College of Rochester.

She was a homemaker and had previously worked for St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester as a lab technician.

In the Diocese of Rochester, she was an active volunteer and volunteered for Cursillo, teen seminars, Genesis, and the family camp at Koinonia.

She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and was a mother of eight.

Surviving are her daughters, Jean (William) Gamble, Ruth (Gordon) Keenan, and Nancy (Steve) Gant; her sons, Stephen (Joy Landauer-Hoysic) Hoysic, David (Mary) Hoysic, and Paul (Sylvane) Hoysic; daughter-in-law, Eileen Hoysic; 11 grandchildren, Robert, Benjamin, Peter, Susan, John, Paul, Thomas, Elizabeth, Victoria, Sophia, and Justin; and one great grandchild, Olivia Jean (Benjamin) Gamble.

She was predeceased by her husband, George T. Hoysic, in 1996; her daughter, Judith Hoysic; and her son, Christopher Hoysic.

Services were held Wednesday, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Wolcott. Burial was in Huron Evergreen Cemetery, Wolcott.

Calling hours were held Tuesday at Nelson Funeral Home, Oswego.

Contributions may be made to St. Mary Magdalene Church, Catholic Community of the Blessed Trinity, 11956 Washington St. Wolcott, NY 14590.


Amanda Anna, New York State Trooper

New York State Trooper Amanda Anna, 31, of Liverpool, died Saturday, May 26, 2012 at University Hospital following an accident while in the line of duty.

A native of Fair Haven, she had graduated from Hannibal Central Schools in 1999 and Houghton College where she had excelled in scholastics and basketball. She was a six-year veteran with the New York State Police and was assigned to the Hastings barracks where she devoted her passion to the community.

She enjoyed playing in the Legion Band, was a sailing instructor at Fair Haven Yacht Club and a competitive athlete.

She is survived by her four year old son, Ethan Charles Anna; her fiancé, Andrew Lodge and his three children, of Liverpool; her parents, Florence and Frank Wallace of Fair Haven; siblings, Vernon and Craig Wallace both of Pennsylvania; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m.  Friday at North Syracuse Baptist Church, 420 South Main St., North Syracuse, NY with committal and burial at Springbrook Cemetery, Route 104A, Sterling.

Calling hours will be 2 to 7 p.m. today at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trooper Amanda Anna Fund, P.O. Box 485, Fair Haven, NY 13064.

Craig Blanding, retired from Air Force

Sr. Master Sergeant Craig Lamb Blanding USAF (Ret.), 54, formerly of Fulton, died April 11, 2007 in Japan.

Lamb was born April 15, 1952 in Fulton and was the son of Ronald and Cora Blanding. He graduated from G. Ray Bodley High School in 1970. Sr. Master Sergeant Blanding retired from the U.S. Air Force where he received several awards during his 30 year career as an engineer.

He was predeceased by his wife, Pin Blanding; his father, Ronald Blanding; and by an infant sister, Mona Meg Blanding.

He is survived by his mother, Cora Miller of Altmar; sister, Kim (Michael) Landers of Liberty, Tenn; a niece, Amy Landers of Tennessee; a nephew, Kyle Landers, who is in the U.S. Navy; and several aunts and uncles.

Graveside services, with military honors, were held May 24 at Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton. The Rev. Mark Kimpland officiated. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.


Vivian Smith, FHS graduate

Vivian L. Smith, 87, of Fulton, died Thursday, May 10, 2012 at her home.

She was born in August of 1924 in Mexico to her parents, Homer and Marjorie Ludington. She grew up in Fulton and was a graduate of the Fulton High School.

She lived in Georgia for many years before returning to live in Fulton in 2007.

She was predeceased by her son, Gary Harrington, who died in 2007.

She is survived by her brothers, Ramsey Ludington of Fulton and John Ludington of Thailand and Key Largo, Fla.; a granddaughter, Starr Grolimund, and a great-grandchild, Tristin Roger, of Milford, Pa.; a niece, Marion Ciciarelli; two nephews, Spencer Ludington and David Ludington, all of Fulton; care giver, Adele Sheldon; three nieces; and her companions, Michelob and Bella.

There will be no calling hours. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made to the Fulton Public Library.

Foster Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lulubelle Conibear, former Fulton resident

Lulubelle H. Conibear, 66,  of Gunstock Creek Road, Ellijay, Ga. died Friday, May 18, 2012.

She was retired and had worked in factories as a bus driver, a nurse’s aide, and as a licensed practical nurse.

She was born Aug. 28, 1945 in Palmyra, and had lived in Fulton, Ellijay, Ga., Abilene, Kan. and Gentry, Ark., before returning to Ellijay last fall. She was a lifetime member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Morgan and Hazel Mae Emerson Conibear of Fulton, and all of her aunts and uncles.

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Mary McKechnie, interior designer

Mary June McKechnie, who was born Jan. 22, 1930, died May 16, 2012 after several months of illness.

She was an interior designer and had a great sense of style.

She is survived by daughter, Anne Butler and husband Lindsay of Brackney, Pa.; daughter, Jane Galbreath and husband Mark, Odenton, Md.; grandchildren James, Elizabeth, Aaron and William David; sisters Grace Wiltse and Judy Graham, both of Fulton; and great-grandchildren, Lyla, Katelyn and Dylan.

She was predeceased by her husband, William G. McKechnie; parents, Iva and Arthur Dumont Sr.; brother, Arthur Dumont, Jr.; and grandson, Thomas J. Butler.

Memorial services will be held today, May 26 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, 44 Main Street, Binghamton. The Rev. Dr. David Drebert will officiate.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Salt Springs, PO Box 541, Montrose, PA 18801; Trinity Episcopal Church Binghamton, 44 Main Street, Binghamton, NY 13905; or the Silver Lake (Pa) Fire Company, PO Box 133, Brackney, PA 18812.