Category Archives: Obituaries


Dorothy Fresch, retired Hannibal teacher

Dorothy Palmer Fresch, 96, of Hannibal, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

She was born April 2, 1916 on the family farm. Her parents were Fred Palmer and Eva Shutts and her sisters were Ruth (Richardson) and Marion (Van Patten).

At 18, she married her high school sweetheart, Eugene Fresch, and together they had four children: Harry, Kay, Sue, and David.

Those children gave her ten grandchildren; Harry gave her Joe Fresch from Fulton who now lives in Austin, Texas. Kay, her predeceased daughter with James Godden, gave her Richard, Robert and Jeanine Godden, all of Oswego, and Sam Graham-Godden of New York City. Sue Magazu gave her Brian and Alicia of Jacksonville, Fla. David and Cynthia (Hare) gave her Jerrod Calkins, Tara and Alena Fresch, all of Oswego.

Also surviving are several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.

As a host to AFS (American Field Service) students as well as other programs and means, she made close, loving contacts with people in Italy, Iceland, Finland, Germany, Australia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Thailand, Malaysia, and Chile.

The large part of her adult life was centered on teaching.

She started her 30 year career teaching all grade levels in a one room school house and ended with teaching sixth grade for the Hannibal Central School District, retiring in 1975.

She was a charter member and treasure of Hannibal Historical Society, director of the Hannibal Village Cemetery, the Hannibal Community Center, and was a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association.

In 2011, she was named Hannibal’s Woman of the Year.

She enjoyed the company of the Elderberries, the Hannibal Seniors Group and for 50 years was a part of the Hannibal Hens Club.

She was a member of the Hannibal United Methodist Church since 192. She later became the church treasurer for 20 years.

She had visited all of the continents except for Antarctica.

There will be no calling hours. Memorial services will be held today, Sept. 6 at the Hannibal United Methodist Church, West and Church streets, Hannibal.

Burial will be in Hannibal Village Cemetery.

Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Hannibal United Methodist Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 89 Hannibal, 13074.

Jack Wright Sr., worked at Black Clawson

Jack L. “Jack Rabbit Farm” Wright Sr., 57, of County Route 57, Fulton, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 at his home with his family by his side.

He was born to his parents, Norma G.(Niles) and Francis E. Wright, May 13, 1955. He graduated J.C. Birdlebough High School in 1973. He furthered his studies.

He was a panel fitter for Black Clawson Davis Standard Co., Fulton, for 38 years. He was a union representative United Steel Workers for 35 years. He was a volunteer firefighter for the Town of Granby and enjoyed Quarter Midget Racing.

He was predeceased by his mother, Norma G. (Niles) Wrightm who died Aug. 19, 1994.

Surviving are his wife, Theresa M. Darling Wright; four children, Mary Wright of Fulton, Jack L. (Jody) Wright Jr. of Fulton, Jeremy (Rachel) Wright of Fulton, and Nathanael (Christine) Darling of Phoenix; his father, Francis E. Wright of Phoenix; three grandchildren, Jacob, Emma, Jeremy, Jr.; and one aunt, Fanny (Ziggy) Feuerherm of Ft. Plain, N.Y.

Calling hours were held Tuesday and services were held Wednesday at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. The Rev. Terrance E. Millbyer officiated.  Burial was in Phoenix Rural Cemetery.

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

Madeline Wall, former Fulton resident

Madeline “Birdie” Fleming Wall died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 in Tucson, AZ at the age of 98.

She was born Jan. 25, 1914 to John and Catherine (Bullock) Fleming in the Town of Volney.

Mrs. Wall graduated from Fulton High School and was married to Donald Wall in 1934.

Surviving are two sons, Ronald Wall of Billings, MT and John (Wanda) of Tucson, AZ; granddaughters Marianne Wall of Missoula, MT and Sarah Wall of Kansas City, KS; great-granddaughter, Abigail; one brother, Leonard Fleming of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, who died in 1995, she was pre-deceased by five brothers and one sister.


Jacob Wood, former Fulton resident

Jacob R. Wood, 35, of Syracuse, died Aug. 24, 2012 after a long illness.

He was born Feb. 18, 1977 in Oswego, the son of Joanne T. (Elhage) Weldin and Richard L. Wood.

He graduated from G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton in 1995, where he was a member of the drama club, a contributor to the “Bodley Bulletin” and a student correspondent for The Valley News.

He was currently enrolled in Everest University working on his master’s degree in business administration. He was a prevention health advocate with AIDS Community Resources in Syracuse.

While at ACR, he worked specifically with the Safety First Health Outreach Project and was recognized for his contributions several times since 2006.

He received an associate’s degree in restaurant and hotel management in 2007 and a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2010 from Bryant & Stratton College.

Aside from his love of volunteering and helping others, he had a passion for music. When he was not singing a song or learning to play a new instrument, he was writing. Not only did he write music, he wrote poetry and short stories.

His love of the performing arts also could be seen on the stage. He was a member of the Fulton Community Theater and enjoyed being on stage and entertaining others. He was in productions such as “Fiddler on the Roof” and took part in dinner theater.

He is survived by his parents, Joanne T. (Elhage) and Marvin J. Weldin of Fulton and Richard L. Wood of Oswego; his sisters, Rebecca L. Wood (Mara), Rene L. Wood, Denise E. Hartmann and Andrea J. Weldin; his half-brothers, Clifford and Daniel Wood; step-brother, Ed Weldin; maternal grandparents, Shirley and John Waloven; his cat, Remus Maximus Wood; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held today, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to noonat Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton with services at noon to immediately follow.

The family requests that those attending the service bring nonperishable food items to be donated to ACR on his behalf.


Rita Carr, retired nurse

Rita J. Carr, 89, of Fulton, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at St. Luke Residential Health Services in Oswego.

She was a longtime resident of Fulton, moving from Oswego in the 1940’s. Her working years in nursing began with the Oswego County Nursing Program and ended with retirement from Andrew Michaud Nursing Home in Fulton after over 18 years. After retiring, she trained for hospice service.

She was a communicant of Holy Family Church and participated in all church activities. She began her community volunteer work in the 1950s, serving on the Minetto P.T.A. board. She was a member of the Salvation Army Advisory board; the Fulton Historical Society for over 18 years; the Women’s Club; and was active with Bridge Marathons.

She was honored in 2005 by the Rotary Club in recognition for her many years of service by speakers from the Lee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Salvation Army Auxiliary, where she held presidencies.

She was predeceased by her parents, Clarence and Eldora Jones, and brother Wesley Jones.

Surviving are her four children, Carol (Garry) Muckey of Fulton, James (Madeline) Carr of Dedham, Mass., Virginia (Jack) Arnold of Fulton, and Roy (Lynn) Carr of Syracuse; a sister, Bessie (Andrew) Fisher of Fulton; two brothers, Clarence Jones of Augusta, Ga. and Frank (Sue) Jones of Lock Haven, Pa.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. A prayer service was held Friday at the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to St. Luke Health Services Fund, 299 East River Road, Oswego, NY 13126.

Marie Fabrizio, registered nurse

Marie I. Fabrizio, 88, a native of Cortland and a resident of Fulton since 1948, died Aug. 27, 2012 at home with her family at her side.

Mrs. Fabrizio was a registered nurse graduate from E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Buffalo. She was a cadet nurse during World War II and worked as a private duty nurse in Fulton for several years. Previously, she had been employed at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. and Cortland Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Fabrizio, with her late husband, Louis Fabrizio, operated the Fabrizio Cake Shop for 20 years until their retirement.  She was a member of Holy Family – St. Michael’s Parish, and a member of its Altar Rosary Society. She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church, Golden Agers Society and Altar Rosary Society of Holy Trinity Church, Fulton.

Mrs. Fabrizio was a past member of the Catholic Daughters Court Pere LeMoyne # 833, Oswego County Catholic Nurses, and a charter member of the now disbanded Fulton Private Duty Nurses Association.

She served as a committee person with the Fulton Democratic City Committee.

Mrs. Fabrizio was predeceased by her husband of over 60 years Louis Fabrizio, and her brother Palmiero Spaziani.

She is survived by her daughters, Elaine Angell and Cheryl (George) Thornber, both of Fulton, and her son, Gary Fabrizio of Florida. In addition she is survived by a sister, Louise (Ron) Spencer of Fulton, and seven grandsons, Nathan Angell, Marlo Angell-Jasso, Matthew Ilacqua, Derek Brett, Gavin and Jared Thornber, and Alexander Fabrizio; five great-granddaughters; five great-grandsons; two great-great-grandsons; one great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Friday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton, and in Holy Trinity Church, Fulton where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated.

Calling hours were held Thursday at the funeral home. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Cortland.

Donations may be made to the Friends of Oswego County Hospice, PO Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126; and St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.


Rodd Raynor, GM at Fred Raynor Ford

Rodd Raynor, 45, of Oswego, died Aug. 22, 2012.

He was born in Syracuse and graduated from Marcellus High School in 1985. He was the general manager at Fred Raynor Ford in Fulton. He was an avid photographer and a writer. He enjoyed motorcycles, cars and mud bogging. He especially enjoyed going to the Syracuse Nationals every year.

He loved animals and rescued many; taking them to the vet, nursing them to health, and then finding them new homes.

He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Bob Raynor and Jim Walker, and by a grandmother,  Edna Walker.

He is survived by his father and stepmother, Fred and Penny Raynor; his mother, Nancy Swiech (Doug); his grandmother, Marie Raynor; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

There are no calling hours. Funeral services were private. A casual gathering to celebrate his life will be Sept. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St., Oswego.

Contributions may be made to Extend-a-Paw and mailed c/o Fulton Savings Bank, 1909 State Route 3, Fulton, NY 13069.

Foster Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.

Richard Reed, Palermo resident

Richard E. “Dick” Reed, 58, of Palermo, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 resulting from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Palermo.

A native of Star Lake, N.Y., he graduated from Hermon-DeKalb Central School in DeKalb Junction, N.Y. and from SUNY Canton.

He lived in Degrasse while he was employed 15 years by St. Joes Talc Mine in Edwards. He moved to Palermo and worked at Carrier Corp. in Syracuse for 15 years and was currently working for Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. in Brewerton for the past five years.

He was predeceased by his parents, Clarence and Louise (Curtis) Reed; grandparents, Arthur and Aneita Curtis; and a sister, Jackie Macauly.

Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Sharron Parrott Reed of Palermo; step-children, Pernell Curtis of Lauder Hill, Fla. and Robin Moore of Mexico; a daughter, Rebecca Reed of Alaska; siblings, Arthur (Dymphina) Reed of Jacksonville, Fla., Anita (Jerry) Hutton of Gouverneur, Helen Gray of Miami, Okla., and Sue (Terry) Reed of Edwards; and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Calling hours were held Thursday Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Graveside services were held Friday at Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Following the service, a gathering was held at the Palermo Town Park, County Route 45, Palermo.