Category Archives: Obituaries

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 were held Thursday 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.

Goldie E. Johnson, Fulton waitress

Goldie Esther (Stewart) Gault Johnson, 91, of Fulton, died Monday, August 6, 2012 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

She was born in River Rouge, Michigan, a daughter to the late, George and Delia Stewart.  She grew up in Red Creek where she graduated from Red Creek High School in 1938.

She worked as a waitress for several local restaurants in the Fulton area.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Gordon Gault; a daughter, Patricia Gault Frataccia; grandson, Vito Terzulli; a sister, June Ross; two brothers, George and John Stewart.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Carl Johnson of Fulton; two daughters, Linda Engle and Joan (Bill) Miller both of Oswego; sister-in-law, Janice Stewart of Waterloo; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are private. Calling hours were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13058.


Mary Southard, retired from Birdseye

Mary L. Southard, 87, of Fulton, died Friday, July 27, 2012 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

She retired from Birdseye Division of General Foods and had worked at K.B.C. and Fishman Co., all in Fulton.

Sje was a former member of women’s bowling leagues in Fulton and the W.I.B.C.

She was predeceased by her husband, Royal Southard; brothers, Sam, Ross, Ike Story and Thomas Story Wolever; sisters, Mabel Powers, Luetta Clark, Rebecca Guiffrida and Idabell Bunn.

Surviving are her daughter, Sharon Sherman of Fulton; a brother, H. Daniel Story of Yorktown, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services were held Tuesday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was in Pine Plains Cemetery in Clay.

Contributions may be made to the Humane Society, 265 West First Street, Oswego, NY 13126.


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.