Category Archives: Obituaries

Walter Krolikowski, Oswego resident

Walter E. Krolikowski, 61, of Oswego died Thursday, April 5, 2012 in the Oswego Hospital after a short illness. He was born in Oswego, the son of Shirley Krolikowski and the late Edward Krolikowski.

He was formerly employed with A & E Transport in Syracuse, where he transported disabled children.

Mr. Krolikowski enjoyed communicating with people through his CB radio, and he was a big fan of Elvis Presley.

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Joan Clark, Fulton resident

Joan A. DeMatteo Clark, 78, of Fulton, died Saturday, April 7, 2012 at home following a brief illness.

She retired as office manager at Palmer’s Chevrolet and had previously worked at Par-K Enterprises and Cole Muffler all in Fulton. She loved dancing and gardening.

She was predeceased by a son, David “Mike” LeVea; daughter, Lisa Milliken; and brother, Donald DeMatteo.

Surviving are her children, Kathy LeVea of Penfield, Billy (Missy) LeVea of Hannibal, Jay (Kelly) LeVea of Fulton, Tami (Steve) Shinnick of Elkton, Md., John (Becky) Clark of Fulton, and Curtis Clark of Elkton, Md.; sister, Mary Jane Maliszewski of Fulton; brother, Louis DeMatteo of Wildwood, Fla.; 25 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson and two nieces.

Calling hours will be held today, April 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday with services to immediately follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126-0102.

James Crego, retired from Nestle

James M. Crego, 72, of Fulton, died March 31, 2012 at home after a long illness.

He was the son of the late James and Ethel (Thompson) Crego. Mr. Crego retired from Nestles after more than 40 years. He was a member of the Cody Volunteer Fire Department. He was an avid farmer.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Annie Crego of Fulton; two daughters, Jane (Rodney DeLong) Crego of Fulton and Rebecca Crego of Fulton; three brothers, Gerald Crego, Richard Crego, and Jack Crego; five sisters, Maureen Holsapple, Diane Collazo, Carol Runions, Clara Chorney and Ethel May Crego; one granddaughter, Victoria Crego; and several nieces and nephews.

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Ronald Ives, Navy veteran

Ronald E. Ives, 61, of Fulton, died Sunday, April 1, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

Born in Fulton, he was a life resident. He had worked at Affordable Heating in Mexico for many years. He had previously worked at Cyclotherm Boiler and was co-owner of Wal-Ron Boiler Parts and Service, both in Oswego.

He was a former member of VFW Post 369 in Mexico. He was a Navy veteran, serving from 1973 to 1977.

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Dwight Murphy, born in Fulton

Dwight Louis (Doc) Murphy, 83, of Georgetown, S.C., died March 29, 2012 from complications involving COPD, a chronic pulmonary disease.

He was born May 10, 1928 in Fulton to Dwight Louis and Margaret Howe Murphy. He was an avid sailor and taught sailing at the Fair Haven Yacht Club. He built both Prams and Thistles.

He received a BA in music from Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and a master’s degree in music from the Manhattan School of Music in NYC. From 1952-1954, he taught at the Army band training school at Fort Dix, N.J. and played in the orchestra for the USO. He also played the trombone and double bass with many big bands from the era.

After marrying Nancy (Nanny) Louise Purcell July 13, 1957, he taught music in Munnsville, N.Y. for several years before moving to Lake Placid, where he taught band and orchestra in the local school and played with the Lake Placid Club Band.

In the early 1960s, the family relocated to Altamont, N.Y. where he taught music in the Colonie school district for 28 years and played double bass in the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Upon retirement from public school teaching, he started on a lifelong dream project of building a 38’ cruising sailboat made of Ferro cement called “Mrs. Murphy.”

Upon turning 50, he built his first banjo from a kit and learned the claw hammer style. He also picked up his fiddle again, focusing on the old time fiddle tunes. In 1993, he began documenting, collecting and notating old tunes for younger classical students not versed in learning by ear.

He instructed both adults and children at the Music School in Georgetown for several years.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Purcell Murphy of Georgetown, S.C.; daughter, Martha Murphy of Reno, Nev.; son, Mark Edmond Murphy of Shohola, Pa.; two granddaughters, Molly and Sally Murphy; two grandsons, Samuel and Airman Jacob Earl; sister, Sheila Bidwell of Naples, Fla.; brothers, Mark H. Murphy of Englewood, N.J. and Kevin Murphy of Salinas, Calif.; sister–in-law, Patricia Purcell of Roslindale, Mass.; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and students.

A musical–personal tribute will be held today, April 7 at the Newton’s Black Water River lot from 3 to 5  p.m.

Contributions may be made to the Old Time Herald at www.oldtomeherald.org or Old Time Music Group, PO Box 61679 Durham, NC 27715.

Dawn Dickquist, Owens Brockway retiree

Dawn Lincoln Dickquist, 72, of Fulton, died Monday, April 2, 2012 in Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, after a short illness. Her family was by her side.

She was born in Fulton, the daughter of the late John and Aillen (Fowler) Lincoln.

She retired from Owens Brockway, quality control department in 2000. She was past president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Elks and was president of the Altar Rosary. She was a member of the Golden Agers, Holy Family Choir, and a Eucharist minister at Holy Trinity.

She was a former committee person for the Republican Party. She was a Nascar and Oswego Speedway enthusiast.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her stepmother, Gladys Lincoln, and her brother and sister-in-law, John and Marguerite Lincoln.

She is survived by her children, John Dickquist of Oswego and Tammy Crary of Fulton; her sister, Mary (Al) Archer of Oswego; grandchildren, Kyle, Jessica, and Jennifer; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 10 at 9 a.m. at the Sugar Funeral Home and 9:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

Dean R. Ottoway, Marine Corps veteran

Dean R. Ottoway, 61, of Fulton, died Sunday, April 1, 2012.

He was born in Syracuse and resided in Fulton for the past 10 years. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War.

He had worked in construction and did volunteer work for the D.A.V. and Meals on Wheels.

He enjoyed ceramics and his greatest pleasure was spending time with his grandsons, Ryan and Mathew.

He was predeceased by his mother, Eleanor H. Brosseau; a sister, Lynn Ottoway; his father, Floyd Ottoway; and by his son, Dustin Ottoway.

He is survived by a daughter, Dana Ottoway of Fulton; two grandsons, Ryan and Mathew Gustke of Fulton; a brother, Anthony (Cathe) Brosseau of Liverpool; and a nephew, Robert Konys of Minetto.

Calling hours and services were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 333 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003-1148.

Kenneth Smithers Jr., Solvay resident

Kenneth C. Smithers Jr., 52, of Solvay, died Friday, March 23, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.

He was predeceased by his parents, Flora and Kenneth Smithers Sr.

Surviving are his sister, Flora (Martin) Long of Fulton; brothers, Perry (Maryann) Draper of Syracuse and Thomas Draper of Oswego; his girlfriend, Jennifer Brinkman and her daughter, Hailey Loucks; and several nieces and nephews.

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