Category Archives: Obituaries


Helen VanDeWater, lifelong resident of Fulton

Helen M. VanDeWater died peacefully in her sleep Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton. She previously lived at the Springside at Seneca Hill.

She was born March 26, 1918, the daughter of Charles and Florence MacDougall and was a lifelong resident of the Fulton area.

Mrs. VanDeWater had worked at the Sealright Company in the 1940s and at Ford Plastic’s and Angelo’s Big M in the 1960s. As one of the first home demonstrators of Tupperware in the 1950’s, she won a nationwide sales contest with the grand prize of an ocean voyage on the Queen Mary to Europe and a month’s stay in France and Italy.

She was a life member of the Parent Teacher’s Association through her work with the Erie Street School P.T.A. She was an avid bowler, was the organizer and past president of the Sealright Women’s Bowling League at the Sealright Lanes when they were new, belonged to the Friendly Girls League at the Lakeview Lanes for over thirty years and traveled to many state tournaments. She was inducted into the Fulton Women’s Bowling Association’s Hall of Fame in the 1980’s.

She was the past president of the Fulton Senior Citizen’s Club that met at City Hall and was mistress of ceremonies of the Scudderville Band, a group of senior citizens who entertained at nursing homes and community events.

She liked to garden, loved to dance, play cards, spend time with her family and enjoyed going to the Turning Stone Casino. Helen was a fan of T.V.’s Animal Planet.

She greatly appreciated all the loving care she received from the staff of Michaud.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Alberta Moryl, Orin MacDougall and Marjorie Vodek, and by a son-in-law, Michael E. Hogan.

She is the widow of David McKinney, who died in 1967, and Kenneth VanDeWater, who died in 1983. She was also predeceased by her long time companion, Victor Bell, who died in 2006.

She is survived by four children: daughter Jerry and her husband, Ed Kasperek, son Paul McKinney and his partner Bill Bundy, daughter Denise and her husband, Mark Roth, and son, Dave and his wife, Sherry McKinney; step-daughter, Peggy Heffron; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

There were no calling hours and no services. The family will hold a private gathering in celebration of her life.

Contributions may be made to Paws Across Oswego County (a rescue and adoption agency for abused animals) 2035 County Route 1, Oswego, NY 13126 or to the Mount Adnah Cemetery Association, 706 East Broadway, Fulton, NY 13069. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Dorothy Volotta, resident of Hannibal

Dorothy I. Volotta, 94, of Hannibal, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

Born in Fulton, she was a life resident of the Fulton and Hannibal areas.

She was predeceased by her companion, Roland Byam, who died in 2003.

Surviving are a daughter, Michelle (Dennis) Chillson of Hannibal; and two grandchildren, Brian Chillson of Lewisburg, Pa. and Charlene Chillson of Boston, Mass.

Calling hours and service were held Saturday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Burial was in Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.


Loretta Marotta, Fulton crossing guard

Loretta E. Marotta, 76, of Fulton, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 at home with her family by her side.

Born in Baldwinsville, she had resided in Fulton most of her life. She had worked at SYROCO and was a crossing guard for the Fulton City Police Department. She was a communicant of The Church of the Immaculate Conception, now known as Holy Trinity Parish in Fulton.

She was a very active life member of the VFW Post 569 Ladies Auxiliary in Fulton and she enjoyed bingo, bowling, playing bunko and scrapbooking.

She was predeceased by her husband, Umberto Marotta; granddaughter, Ashley Pluff; brother, Norman Smart; and sister, Eleanor Burchill.

Surviving are her children, Joseph (Barbara) Marotta of Granby, Angela Marotta of Fulton, Diane Towsley of Clay and Michael Marotta of Fulton; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Barbara) Smart of Fulton and James Smart of Houston, Texas; several half and step brothers and sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday at Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours were held Monday, at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, PO Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126-0102.

Richard Wisowaty, resident of Hannibal

Richard J. Wisowaty, 63, of Hannibal, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

He had worked at Crucible Steel in Solvay for 16 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his wife of 20 years, Denise Calkins-Wisowaty of Hannibal; three daughters, Jodi (Bill) Serrano of Liverpool, Lynett (Mark) Greco of Phoenix, and Angela (Paul) Grimshaw of Fulton; seven grandchildren, Jesse (Karen) Eastman, Mitchell Eastman, Leah Greco, Meredith and Seth Grimshaw, Brendan Nichols and Jeromy Perry; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth (Carlene) Wisowaty of Pompey; and nephews and nieces. Calling hours were held Tuesday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. There were no services.

Esther Gravelle, former Fulton resident

Esther A. Gravelle, 90, a former Fulton, Arizona, and Florida resident, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2012 at St. Luke Health Services, Oswego.

Born Aug. 25, 1922 to her late parents, Anna A. (Ellison) Alvord, she was a graduate of Minoa High School. She was a homemaker.

She was predeceased by her husband, Francis C. Gravelle, who died March 20, 2000; a sister, Ella H. Brownell; and a brother, James Dwight Alvord.

Surviving are her son, James E. (Suzanne) Gravelle of Fulton; two daughters, Esther F. Tecklenburg of Tucson, Ariz. and Doris E. (Eric) Deadwyler of Cashiers, N.C.; three granddaughters; and nieces and nephews.

There are no services. Burial will be at a later date. Calling hours were held Monday at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix.

Contributions may be made to the John Foster Burden Fund, at St. Luke Health Services, 299 E. River Rd., Oswego, NY 13126.

William Bauer, Phoenix resident

William W. Bauer, 78, of Phoenix, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 at Crouse Hospital after a brief illness.

He worked at Oberdorfer Foundry, Terminal Transport and the Town of Schroeppel Highway Department.

He was a member of the Draft Horse Association and was a vendor at local farmer’s markets for more than 35 years.

He was predeceased by his parents, Wilford and Edith Williams Bauer, and son, William Wilford Bauer, all of Phoenix.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Margaret Jessop Bauer; daughters, Rita Jablonski of Auburn and Nan (Roger) George, Sherri (Jack Dennison) Bauer and Jill (Lyle Jr.) Ernestine, all of Phoenix; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was in North Volney Cemetery. Calling hours were held Wednesday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Paws Across Oswego County, 2035 Co. Rte. 1, Oswego, 13126.


Leland Salsbury, World War II veteran

Leland F. Salsbury, 85 of Brewerton and formerly of Fulton, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

A native of Fulton, he was a 1944 graduate of Fulton High School. Leland had served in the Army Air Force during World War II.

After the war, he attended the University of Delaware and was in ASTRP.

He received his bachelor of science degree from Oswego State College and his master’s degree from New York University.

He taught in the Spring Valley High School and worked 38 years as an electrical engineer at General Electric in Liverpool. He attended the Liverpool United Methodist Church and was a former member of State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton.

He was a member of the General Electric and Martin Lockheed Association, Liverpool Elks Lodge and was a former member of Hiram Masonic Lodge #144 in Fulton.

He enjoyed ice skating, traveling and the outdoors.

He was predeceased by a son, Dr. David Salsbury, and a brother, Lyle Salsbury.

Surviving are his wife of 20 years, Johanna Jufko Salsbury of Brewerton; a son, Steven Salsbury of Fulton; stepchildren, Philip Jufko of Springhill, Fla., Todd Jufko of Pennellville and Jill Freytag of Pennellville; four grandchildren; a sister, Marion Cook of West Hartford, Conn.; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held today, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in Mt. Adnah Cemetery where military honors will be conducted. There are no calling hours.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Central New York, 990 Seventh North Street, Liverpool, NY 13088.