Category Archives: Obituaries


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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Edward Reich, Navy veteran

Edward O. Reich, 89, of Fulton, died Thursday, April 5, 2012 at The Manor at Seneca Hill in Volney.

Born in Manhattan, he was a 60-year resident of Fulton. Mr. Reich retired from Sealright Corporation in Fulton after many years as an accountant. He was a Navy veteran serving on the U.S.S. Langley.

He was an avid New York Giants and New York Yankees fan. He loved music and movies.

He was predeceased by his wife, Doris M. Reich, who died Dec. 9, 2011.

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Timothy Cook, Phoenix graduate

Timothy Cook, 53, of Tampa, Fla., died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at Life Path Hospice.

He was born March 8, 1958, the son of Patricia (Dight) Cook Rill and the late John J. Cook.

He was a 1976 graduate from Phoenix. He earned a degree in economics from SUNY Potsdam in 1980.

He spent 17 years at Newfane Lumber Co., Lockport; later management positions elswhere.  Besides his father, he is also predeceased by his step-father, Paul W. Rill in 2011.

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