Category Archives: Obituaries

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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Shirley Morrell, retired from Sealright

Shirley Morrell, 75, of North Richland Hills, Texas, died Friday, April 20, 2012 at a local hospital.

She was born Jan. 5, 1937 in Fulton to Winfield and Loretta Kyle in Fulton. She retired in 2000 from Sealright. She and her husband, Stan, moved to North Richland Hills seven years ago to be closer to their son and granddaughter.

She was a fun-loving person who loved traveling and cooking for her family.

Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Stan Morrell; son, Michael Morrell of Colleyville, Texas; siblings, Duane and Phil Kyle, and Betty Morrell, all of Sterling Valley; granddaughter, Morgan Morrell of Colleyville; and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park at a later date.


Violet Hotchkiss, resident of Fulton

Violet Smith Hotchkiss, 73, of Fulton, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

She was born in Waterloo and lived most of her life in Mexico and Fulton. She graduated in 1956 from Fulton High School. She was employed at Crouse Hinds for 15 years and A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital for 25 years before retiring in 1997.

She was a Girl Scout Leader from 1969 through 1972 at Oak Street School. She also enjoyed bingo and playing cards with her family and friends.

She is predeceased by her son, Edward McGibbon Hotchkiss; mother, Viola Jerome Smith Martin; father, Arthur W. Smith; and 3 brothers, Arthur S. Smith, Edward J. Smith, and Charles L. Smith.

Surviving are her husband of 56 years, Raymond; daughters, Cynthia (Richard) Turner of Westerly, RI; Wendy (Lynn) Dayger of Canterbury, Conn.; son, Dustin (Bonnie) Hotchkiss of Fulton; one brother, Harold (Betty) Smith of Greenville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Kerry (John) Heinz of Dunlap, IL; Austin (Stephanie) Dayger of Plainfield, Conn.; Alecia Dayger of Sommerville, Mass.; Nicole Lastra of Fulton; Jennifer Hotchkiss of Minetto; and Kadin and Cheyenne Hotchkiss of Fulton; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life service was held Sunday, at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Anatomical Gift Program, 750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, New York, 13210 where she has donated her body for the advancement of medical education and research.


Frances Cronk, worked at Birdseye

Frances L. Richards Cronk, 82, of Fulton, died Monday, April 16, 2012.

Mrs. Cronk was a life resident of the Fulton area. She had worked at Birdseye in Fulton, General Electric, Co. in Liverpool and was last employed as a home health aide.

She was an avid bingo player and she loved to crotchet.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold E. Cronk, who died March 30, 1992.

She is survived by her four daughters, Alice Moore of Winter Haven, Fla., Celina (James, Jr.) Fredenburg of Fulton, Cheryl (Terry, Sr.) Recore of Oswego, and Pauline (Matthew) Birmingham of Constantia; a sister, Lena Needles of Tennessee; four brothers, William Richards of Oswego, John Richards of Arizona, Nelson (Joyce) Richards of Fulton and Leon (Cathy) Richards of Maryland; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; and  several nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. Graveside services were held Friday at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, County Route 3, Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, 34 East Bridge St., Oswego, NY 13126.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Shelley Horning, local waitress

Shelley Devendorf Horning, 56, of Fulton, died Friday, April 13, 2012 at University Hospital, Syracuse.

Born in Fulton, she was a life resident. She was a known and well liked waitress at several local restaurants. She enjoyed spending time with her dogs and loved all animals. She had also volunteered for the local Salvation Army.

She was predeceased by her mother, Helen Devendorf, and her husband, Roger Horning.

She is survived by her father, Ed (Grace Gault) Devendorf of Granby; siblings, Lance Devendorf of Fulton, Patti (David) Kuhl of Oswego, Greg (Kelly) Devendorf of Copenhagen and Patrick (Becky) Devendorf of Fulton; two nieces; a nephew; and a grand-niece.

Calling hours were held Tuesday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.  Private graveside services will be held at a later date.  Contributions may be made to PAWS Across Oswego Co., 2035 Co. Rte. 1, Oswego, 13126.

Mary Brown, World War II veteran

Mary M. (Costello) Brown, 89, formerly of Fulton, died Saturday, April 14th at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan, N.Y.

Mrs. Brown was born July 31, 1922, the oldest child of the late Joseph and Ann (McKniff) Costello of Forge Village, Mass. Mrs. Brown moved to Fulton in 1965 and later moved to Penn Yan. She graduated from high school before her 17th birthday, attained her R.N. degree following nurses training at the Burbank Hospital School of Nursing, Fitchburg, Mass, and served in the United States Navy Nurse Corp from 1945-1948.

She was honorably discharged as a World War II veteran at the rank of Lieutenant Jr. Grade. She served at Mare Island Naval Hospital, Vallejo, Calif., where she attended to soldiers injured in the Pacific Theater. Although she returned to nursing in the late 1960s for nearly 20 years, she dedicated her earlier married life to her husband and children in Webster City, IA; Tuscola, IL, Tampa, FL and Fulton.

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