Category Archives: Obituaries

Helen Strough, nurse at Lee Memorial

Helen M. Strough, 88, of Fulton, died Friday, July 6, 2012 at home.

Born in Oswego, she was a life resident of the Fulton and Oswego areas. She had worked at Fay’s Drugs before becoming a nurse at the age of 46, an accomplishment that made her very proud.

As a licensed practical nurse, she worked at A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital in Fulton. Her love of helping others extended well past normal retirement age as she had provided private home care for many people.

She was predeceased by her parents, Ray and Lauretta Roberts; sister, Lucille Cone; and by a daughter, Ann Bonacorsi.

Surviving are her husband of 42 years, James Strough Sr.; sons, Raymond (Gerry) Vivlemore and Mark (Barbara) Vivlemore, all of Oswego; step-children, Darlene Hughes of Fulton, James (Patricia) Strough, Jr. and April (Bruce) Casilio, all of Arkansas; her care giver and special friend, Kay Mason; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There are no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton. Burial will be private.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 441 W. Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, 13204 or Founders Affiliate of American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241.

Foster Funeral Home Fulton has charge of arrangements.


Gary Caprin Sr., retired custodian

Gary E. Caprin, Sr., 65, of Fulton, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

Born in Fulton, he was a life resident of the Fulton and Oswego areas. He retired from Oswego City School District in 2008 after 23 years as a custodian. He had previously worked for Local 214.

An avid bowler, he was inducted into the Fulton Bowling Hall of Fame. For many years, he played Santa Claus at the family home on Bronson Street in Oswego, entertaining the neighborhood children.

He was predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Mabel Caprin; sister, Mabel Kimball; brothers, William “Jim” Raymond, Billy and Richard Caprin and by a niece, Maurine Caprin.

Surviving are his companion of 27 years, Sharon Watson of Fulton; a son, Gary (Denise) Caprin Jr. of Oswego; a daughter, Heidi (Fran) Rowe of Oswego; six grandchildren, Gary III, Andrew, Marina, Mason, CJ and Adam; step-children, Carl (Kelly) Watson of Hannibal, Wayne (Bridgett) Watson of Fulton and Julie (Warren Newman) Carter of Fulton; brother, Bernard (Dorothy) Caprin of Fulton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours and service were held Sunday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Graveside services were held Monday 10 a.m. at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

Clayton Green, resident of Hannibal

Clayton J. Green, 73, of Hannibal, died Friday, July 6, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Belleville Ontario, Canada, he had lived in the Hannibal area for the last 45 years.

He retired from I.B.E.W. Local 243 after more than 50 years. He enjoyed gardening.

He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Jeannie Green, who died in 2010.

He is survived by his four children, Kim (Frank Cook) Green, Clayton (Roxanne) Green Jr., Kirby (Cindy) Green, and Cindy (Mike) Ware; three sisters, Phyllis Green, Shirley Houle and Eva Maracle; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services and burial will be held at a later date at Christ Church on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ontario, Canada.

Contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, CNY Chapter, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204.

Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal has care of local arrangements.


William Baldwin, World War II veteran

William I. Baldwin, 87, of Fulton, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at home with his family.

He was born in Irving, Mass. to the late Milton and Matilda (Kline) Baldwin. He was a resident of Fulton for most of his life. Later in retirement, he and his wife wintered in Florida. Mr. Baldwin was a United States veteran having served in the Army during World War II.

He retired from Sealright after 28 years and six years with Armstrong, Fulton as a chef with food service. He was also a former member of the Knights of Columbus #254.

Mr. Baldwin was in charge of catering the Knights of Columbus functions for several years.

He was pre-deceased by his siblings, Frank Baldwin and Virginia Gifford.

Mr. Baldwin is survived by his wife of 66 years, Anna Mae (Hogan) Baldwin of Fulton; two children, William M. (Bonnie) Baldwin of North Carolina and Daryl Ann (Phillip) Cobb of Oswego; three siblings, Louis (Colleen) Baldwin of Fulton, Milton (Nancy) Baldwin and Joan (Robert) Smith, all of Fulton; four grandchildren, Tracie, Tim, Deana, and Michelle; six great-grandchildren, Andrew, Gabriela, Greyson, Avery, Quinnton, and Casey; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton. The Rev. Robert Stephenson officiated. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were conducted Friday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Friends of Oswego County Hospice, Inc., PO Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126 or the Alzheimer’s Association of CNY 441 West Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204.

Nancy Haney, worked at Lee Memorial

Nancy Gritzer Haney died peacefully Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at the age of 72 with loved ones by her side.

She was born April 22, 1940 in Johnstown, Pa., a daughter to the late Michael and Anna Krizansky Gritzer. After graduation from high school, she married Thomas P. Haney and they lived in New Jersey where she worked as an executive secretary and as a realtor before moving to Fulton.

While in Fulton, she worked for many years at A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital as the Director of Volunteer Services.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 37 years, Thomas P. Haney, and two sisters, Shirley Demyan and Evelyn Thomas.

She is survived by her son, Sean Patrick Haney; a brother-in-law, George Thomas; four sisters-in-law, Agnes Naugle, Virginia Witherow, Roberta Vasbinder and Rosemary Zimmerman as well as several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Monday, July 2 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057-0007 or to the American Red Cross, Onondaga-Oswego Chapter, 220 Herald Place, Syracuse, NY 13202.

Clara Kurhela, former Schroeppel resident

Clara M. Kurhela, 88, a former Schroeppel resident, died at Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton, Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

She was born in Volney to her late parents, Clara (Baker) and James Curran.

She was a lab technician for General Electric, Syracuse, retiring in 1984 after 24 years of service.

A lady of faith, she was a member of the Central Square Congregation of the Jehovah’s Witnessess.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wlfred G. Kurhela in 2004, and her son, Eric Kurhela in 2003.

Surviving are her daughters and son, Elizabeth Russell of Inverness, Fla., Elsa (Sully) Nappa of Hannibal, and Arvid Kurhela of Phoenix; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held today, July 7 at 10 a.m. at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix. Calling hours were held yesterday at the funeral home.

Burial will be held Tuesday, July 10 at 10 a.m. in Roosevelt Cemetery, 4434 N.Y.S. Rte. 49, Schroeppel.

Contributions may be made to Central Square Congregation of the Jehovah’s  Wittnesses, 12 Gildner Rd., Central Square, NY 13036.


Grace Storrs, licensed practical nurse

Grace “Pat” Storrs, 78, of Fulton, died Sunday, July 1, 2012.

She was born in the Town of Champion, a daughter to the late Ruth Brownell. She lived in Fulton from 1964 to 1984. Upon her retirement from Syroco, she moved to Hudson, Fla. where she worked as an LPN. In 2006, she moved back to Fulton to be closer to her family.

She was predeceased by a brother, Larry Brownell.

She is survived by four children, Clark (Kim) Storrs of Williamstown, Dwain Storrs of Mexico, Cathy (Ben) Nagel of Fulton, and Eric (Marjorie) Storrs of Fulton; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Graveside services will be at a later date.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.


Holly Swartz, raised in Fulton

Holly Waby Swartz, 67, of Largo, Fla. died Monday, Feb. 20 at Morton Plant Hospital after a long battle with lung cancer.

Born January 12, 1945 in Klamath Falls, Ore., she was the daughter of Fred and Marie Boyle Waby. She was raised in Fulton and graduated from Fulton High School in 1963.

Mrs. Swartz was a teacher for over 40 years in the Pinellas County School system in Florida and she retired from Largo Middle School.

She is survived by two daughters, Amy (Benton) Wells of St. Pete and Heidi (Brian) Casson of Salt Lake City, Utah; grandchildren, Israel Casson and Pyper Casson;  foster grandchildren; an aunt, Helen (Skeezie) Boyle; and cousins Doreen Greule (Jean Kaminsky), Lana (Paul) Perron, Tony (Claudia) Boyle, Patty Boyle, and Terry (George) Moore.

A burial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. July 13 at St. Joseph’s Cemetery on Lake Avenue, Auburn.

Contributions may be made to the Suncoast Hospice in Largo Florida or Stand Up To Cancer at