Category Archives: Obituaries

Dean R. Ottoway, Marine Corps veteran

Dean R. Ottoway, 61, of Fulton, died Sunday, April 1, 2012.

He was born in Syracuse and resided in Fulton for the past 10 years. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War.

He had worked in construction and did volunteer work for the D.A.V. and Meals on Wheels.

He enjoyed ceramics and his greatest pleasure was spending time with his grandsons, Ryan and Mathew.

He was predeceased by his mother, Eleanor H. Brosseau; a sister, Lynn Ottoway; his father, Floyd Ottoway; and by his son, Dustin Ottoway.

He is survived by a daughter, Dana Ottoway of Fulton; two grandsons, Ryan and Mathew Gustke of Fulton; a brother, Anthony (Cathe) Brosseau of Liverpool; and a nephew, Robert Konys of Minetto.

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

Contributions may be made to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 333 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003-1148.

Kenneth Smithers Jr., Solvay resident

Kenneth C. Smithers Jr., 52, of Solvay, died Friday, March 23, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.

He was predeceased by his parents, Flora and Kenneth Smithers Sr.

Surviving are his sister, Flora (Martin) Long of Fulton; brothers, Perry (Maryann) Draper of Syracuse and Thomas Draper of Oswego; his girlfriend, Jennifer Brinkman and her daughter, Hailey Loucks; and several nieces and nephews.

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Kathleen Brennan, Clear Sound owner

Kathleen R. Brennan, 54, of Fulton, died Saturday, March 24, 2012 in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

She was raised in East Syracuse, the daughter of John and Florence Raulli.  She owned and operated Aimi’s Bridal Boutique for 14 years.

Most recently, she owned and operated Clear Sound Hearing in Fulton for six years.

She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church in Fulton and was also a member of the Oswego Yacht Club.

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Alexander Grimshaw, Army veteran

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Army veteran

Alexander J. Grimshaw, 79, of Fulton, died Friday, March 23, 2012 at University Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born in Bronx to the late Alexander and Anna (Valentine) Grimshaw. He has been a resident of Fulton for most of his life.  Mr. Grimshaw was a United States veteran having served in the Army during the Korean War. He previously worked at Sealright, Fulton, Metropolitan Life Insurance, Montgomery Ward, and later retired from Goldberg’s, Fulton as store manager.

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Carl O’Connor Sr., Army veteran

Carl F. O’Connor Sr., 80, of Hannibal, died Monday, March 19, 2012.

Mr. O’Connor was born Sept. 22, 1931 in Auburn, a son to John and Virginia Joslyn O’Connor. He was a veteran of the Army during the Korean Conflict and retired from Crouse-Hinds in Syracuse.

He was predeceased by his wife, Jean, who died in 2003; daughter, Dorothy; sister, Dorothy; and brother, Thomas.

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Grace Galletta, legal secretary

Grace Galletta, 85, of Oswego, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

Mrs. Galletta was born in Fulton to the late Thomas and Angelina (Cincotta) Mirabito. Mrs. Galletta was a legal secretary for attorney Hosmer Culkin of Oswego.

Mrs. Galletta was a past president of St. Joseph’s Golden Age Group and she enjoyed the Saturday night card club with her close friends at the Harbour House.

She was predeceased by her husband, Angelo Galletta. who died in 1984; her brother, Angelo Mirabito; and sister, Katherine Mirabito.

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Thomas El-Hage, former Palermo resident

Thomas J. El-Hage, 80, of Baldwinsville, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

A native of Palermo, where he had resided most of his life, Mr. El-Hage moved to Baldwinsville in 2003. He had worked as a sales manager for Combined Life Insurance Company of New York, Mexico Academy Central School as the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds for 32 years, NYS Conservation Department/DEC and was a self-employed landscaper/general contractor.

He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Baldwinsville and a former communicant of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Fulton.

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Carrold Puffer, born in Fulton

Carrold Andrew Puffer, 68, resident of Laurel Baye Health Care and formerly of Honea Path, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at Barnwell County Hospital.

Born in Fulton, he was a son of the late Carrold A.Puffer and Scillenia Puffer.  He was an U.S. Navy and Air Force veteran and was a construction worker.

Surviving are a daughter, Lisa Todd of Honea Path; sons, Kirt Ernest Ennley, Danial Scott Puffer and Lee Andrew Puffer, all of Atlanta, Ga., Cap Anderson and Troy Anderson, both of Kansas, and Bud Puffer of Fulton; a brother, Thomas Puffer of Texas; and a number of grandchildren.

A private family service will be held. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Harley Funeral Home & Crematory was in charge of arrangements.