Category Archives: Obituaries

Michele Halstead, Michaud nurse’s aide

Michele A. Halstead, 56, of Fulton, died Monday, April 23, 2012 at University Hospital in Syracuse after a long battle with multiple cancers.

Born in Fulton, she was a life resident. She had worked as a nurse’s aide for 20 years at Andrew Michaud Nursing Home in Fulton.

Surviving are her mother, Elizabeth Merritt; a daughter, Denna (Santiago) Rodriguez; a son, Joshua Cooper; a sister, Sharon Wright; a brother, Donald Merritt; two granddaughters, Jasmine and Alejandrina; and companion, Rick Clark.

Calling hours and service were held Monday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Thelma DeForest, worked at Birdseye

Thelma DeForest, 82, of Fulton, died Monday, April 23, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Victory, she had lived in the Fulton and Hannibal areas since 1954. She had worked Birdseye Foods and Oswego Growers and Shippers.

She enjoyed playing cards, bingo and spending time with her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, William DeForest, and daughter, Shirley Hobby.

She is survived by her children, William of Hannibal, Richard of Fulton, and Patricia Irland of Fulton; two grandchildren,  Jessica and Justen; and one great-grandson, Lane.

Calling hours and services were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Burial was in Hannibal Center Cemetery.

Rita Scott, LPN at Oswego Hospital

Rita A. Scott, 91, of Oswego, died Saturday, April 21, 2012 in Oswego Hospital.

Mrs. Scott was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late Gaetano and Mary Louise (Gentile) DePasquale. Mrs. Scott was a former employee of Breneman Hartshorn and she worked as an LPN at Oswego Hospital.

Mrs. Scott was a communicant of St. Joseph Church, where she sang in the choir from 1949 until 2003 when she began singing in St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s Churches Resurrection Choir.

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Carl Andrews, amateur radio operator

Carl Loyal Andrews, 88, died March 21, 2012.

He was born Jan. 17, 1924 to Carl and Golda Andrews in Ashtabula, Ohio. He graduated from Ashtabula High School in 1941.

He served in World War II and in Korea and received his BA degree in 1960 from Kent State University in Ohio, taught history and social studies in New York State and Maine and moved from Fulton to spend the last 26 years of his life in Dewey, Ariz. at the Orchard Ranch RV Resort.

He was an amateur radio operator (W8UQC) and an avid photographer, documenting a memorable bicycle trip through Europe as well as his tour of duty in Korea.

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Shirley Morrell, retired from Sealright

Shirley Morrell, 75, of North Richland Hills, Texas, died Friday, April 20, 2012 at a local hospital.

She was born Jan. 5, 1937 in Fulton to Winfield and Loretta Kyle in Fulton. She retired in 2000 from Sealright. She and her husband, Stan, moved to North Richland Hills seven years ago to be closer to their son and granddaughter.

She was a fun-loving person who loved traveling and cooking for her family.

Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Stan Morrell; son, Michael Morrell of Colleyville, Texas; siblings, Duane and Phil Kyle, and Betty Morrell, all of Sterling Valley; granddaughter, Morgan Morrell of Colleyville; and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park at a later date.


Violet Hotchkiss, resident of Fulton

Violet Smith Hotchkiss, 73, of Fulton, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

She was born in Waterloo and lived most of her life in Mexico and Fulton. She graduated in 1956 from Fulton High School. She was employed at Crouse Hinds for 15 years and A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital for 25 years before retiring in 1997.

She was a Girl Scout Leader from 1969 through 1972 at Oak Street School. She also enjoyed bingo and playing cards with her family and friends.

She is predeceased by her son, Edward McGibbon Hotchkiss; mother, Viola Jerome Smith Martin; father, Arthur W. Smith; and 3 brothers, Arthur S. Smith, Edward J. Smith, and Charles L. Smith.

Surviving are her husband of 56 years, Raymond; daughters, Cynthia (Richard) Turner of Westerly, RI; Wendy (Lynn) Dayger of Canterbury, Conn.; son, Dustin (Bonnie) Hotchkiss of Fulton; one brother, Harold (Betty) Smith of Greenville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Kerry (John) Heinz of Dunlap, IL; Austin (Stephanie) Dayger of Plainfield, Conn.; Alecia Dayger of Sommerville, Mass.; Nicole Lastra of Fulton; Jennifer Hotchkiss of Minetto; and Kadin and Cheyenne Hotchkiss of Fulton; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life service was held Sunday, at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Anatomical Gift Program, 750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, New York, 13210 where she has donated her body for the advancement of medical education and research.