Category Archives: Obituaries


Dorothy Duciaume, Fulton resident

Dorothy S. Duciaume, 88, of Fulton, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.

Born in Fulton, she was a life resident of central New York.  She was a homemaker with interests in baking, cooking, and crafts. She enjoyed Bingo, lawn sales and traveling.

She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Leonard Duciaume, who died Feb. 5, 2007, and her siblings, Roy McCarty and wife Frances of Fayetteville, Helen Tutor and husband James of St. Cloud, Fla. and Edward McCarty of East Syracuse.

Surviving are three daughters, Gloria Pitcher and husband, Frederick of Fulton, Patricia Duciaume and husband, E. Alan Silver of West Winfield, and Margaret “Meg” Guyer of West Winfield; sister-in-law, Patrica McCarty of East Syracuse; grandsons, Gary Raymond of Geneva and David Raymond of Fulton and fiancé Janelle Rice of Liverpool; granddaughter, Karen Raymond and husband Mourad BenHassen of East Syracuse; great-granddaughters, Nadia BenHassen and Sonya BenHassen of East Syracuse; and  numerous family and friends, including special friends, Irene Guske of West Winfield, and Tammy David, Donna Maunz and Amanda Thorngren of the PRC Social Day Care Program in New Hartford.

Calling hours will be at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St. Fulton, Sunday, Aug. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. with a funeral procession Monday, Aug. 27 at 8:45 a.m. to Holy Trinity Church, corner of Rochester and Third streets, Fulton, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Burial will in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Contributions may be made to the Cedarville Volunteer Fire Department, Cedarville, NY or the Volney Volunteer Fire Department, Fulton, NY.

The family also requests that family and friends commit a random act of kindness to someone in need to honor her life.


Dale Shortslef, retired from Novelis

Dale R. Shortslef, 61, of Oswego, died unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Oswego, he had lived in Sterling prior to moving to Oswego in 1975. He retired from Novelis in 2007 as a mill operator after 36 years of service.

After retirement, he returned to work as a grounds keeper at the Oswego Country Club in Oswego. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, cooking and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his mother, Norma J. Shortslef, who died April 21, 2009.

Surviving are three children, Andrea Shortslef, James Shortslef and Kristy Shortslef; four grandchildren, Camryn, Logan, Zachary and Hannah; father, Ward Shortslef; a brother, Gary Shortslef; and several nieces and nephews. Services were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Burial was in Springbrook Cemetery, Sterling. Calling hours were held Wednesday at the funeral home.


Harvia Chaffee, Hannibal resident

Harvia Gillespie Chaffee, 90 of Hannibal, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 at St. Luke Residential Health Services in Oswego.

She graduated from Fulton High School and had attended business school in Oswego. She had worked in Hannibal Central School District cafeterias for many years retiring in 1984. She resided on Auburn Street in Hannibal for over 50 years.

She was a member of the former Hannibal Community Church, which is now God’s Vision Christian Church, where she was superintendent of the Sunday school program for 25 years. She also sang in the church choir and had served as an officer in the women’s association, as church treasurer and as a deacon.

She was active and held various offices in the Order of the Eastern Star, Hannibal Senior Citizens and Hannibal Historical Society.

She enjoyed traveling, cooking, baking, sewing and interacting with her children, grandchildren and especially her great-grandchildren.

Her husband of 47 years, Neil Burleigh Chaffee, predeceased her in 1989.

Surviving are her son, James (Faith) Chaffee of Sterling; daughters, Carol (Lowell) Newvine of Hannibal, Muriel (Warren) Barkley of Three Mile Bay, and Donna (Jerry) Blake of Hannibal; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Laura Stock of Baldwinsville, Mary Earle of Phoenix, and Marjorie (Donald) Strine of North Chili; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to the Meadowbrook Manor Activities Fund, 31 Oswego Street, Hannibal, 13074 or to God’s Vision Christian Church, P.O. Box 69, Hannibal, 13074.


Ella Arnold, retired teacher

Ella M. Arnold, 99, of Fulton, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

She was born in Oswego, a daughter to the late Harry and Daisy Lindsley. She graduated from Oswego State Teachers College in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in education. She taught in a one-room country school near Bowens Corners and then in Schroeppel.

She was employed in the children’s department with Montgomery Ward for six years before becoming the first kindergarten teacher at the Cleveland Elementary School.

After retiring, she and her late husband, Glen, spent their winters in Zephyrhills, Fla. before moving to Port Charlotte. She lived there until 2004 when Hurricane Charley hit Florida. She then moved back to Fulton to live with her daughter.

She was a member of the State Street United Methodist Church and their Bessie Rich Circle, the Granby, Fulton, Zephyrhills and Port Charlotte Senior Citizens Clubs and was active with their kitchen bands.

She was also a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association.

She was predeceased by her brother, Harold Lindsley, and sisters, Alice Parrow and Eva Beckel.

She is survived by her son, Alfred S. Arnold of Albuquerque, N.M.; a daughter, Marian L. Allen of Fulton; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two cousins; and several nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.


Betty Safranski, retired from Sealright

Betty Safranski of Oceanside, Calf. died June 26, 2012 after a short illness.

Born in Elmira in 1923, she married Fulton native, Louis Safranski in 1946 and spent the next 53 years as a resident of Fulton.

She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the Fulton Women’s Board. In 1988, she retired from the Sealright Co. and later relocated to Oceanside to be near family.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Louis, who died in 1958.

She is survived by daughter, Karen Arrieta and husband Tony; son, Edward Safranski and wife Kathy; a granddaughter and grandson; many nieces and nephews; and many great- and great-great nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 24 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton, with burial at St. Mary’s cemetery and a church luncheon to follow.

Ronald Kimball Sr., Air Force veteran

Ronald Kimball Sr., Air Force veteran

Ronald Kimball Sr. of Fulton died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 in St. Joseph Hospital, Syracuse.

Mr. Kimball was born in Fulton, the son of the late Hosie and Irma (Pierce) Kimball. He served in the United States Air Force from 1967 until 1974.

He was a life member of the VFW Post #569. He was a former employee of Walt Disney World in Florida as a maintenance man.

He is survived by his son, Ronald F. (Margaret) Kimball Jr. of Baldwinsville; brothers, Elmer (Rosie) Kimball of Massachusetts, Ralph (Ginger) Kimball of Florida, and Douglas (Teresa) Kimball of Fulton; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are in the care of the Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.


Linda Oleson, Phoenix resident

Linda M. Oleson, 54, of Phoenix, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.


Born in Syracuse, she was a 20-year resident of Phoenix. She had worked at S.S.A.C. in Baldwinsville for the past two years as an Inspector. She enjoyed baking cakes.


She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Joyce Emond, and by a brother, Randy Henderson.


Surviving are her husband of 17 years, David F. Oleson Sr.; children, Nick Victory, Sonya O’Hara, Brandi Nichols and Ashley Oleson; three step-children, Mary Oleson, David Oleson, Jr. and Timothy Oleson; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


Calling hours were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.


Contributions may be made to the family c/o David Oleson, Sr., 1 Spring Street, Phoenix, NY 13135.


Jean Collier, former Fulton resident

Jean Marie Collier, 81, of McAllen, Texas, and formerly of Fulton, died unexpectedly at home Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012.

She was born in Fulton and graduated from Fulton High School and Baptist Bible Seminary in Johnson City.

She had worked for the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C. before moving to McAllen, Texas where she was involved with Christian Missions in Mexico.

She retired from the Department of Social Services in McAllen.

She was predeceased by her parents, Bert Collier, Sr. and Grace Namit Collier; three brothers, Bert, Jr., Robert and Jack Collier and by a half sister, Ethel VanSanford.

She is survived by her sister, Barbara A. Knopp of Fulton, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Mount Adnah Cemetery (Sec. 25), Fulton.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.