Category Archives: Obituaries


Grace Storrs, licensed practical nurse

Grace “Pat” Storrs, 78, of Fulton, died Sunday, July 1, 2012.

She was born in the Town of Champion, a daughter to the late Ruth Brownell. She lived in Fulton from 1964 to 1984. Upon her retirement from Syroco, she moved to Hudson, Fla. where she worked as an LPN. In 2006, she moved back to Fulton to be closer to her family.

She was predeceased by a brother, Larry Brownell.

She is survived by four children, Clark (Kim) Storrs of Williamstown, Dwain Storrs of Mexico, Cathy (Ben) Nagel of Fulton, and Eric (Marjorie) Storrs of Fulton; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Graveside services will be at a later date.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.


Holly Swartz, raised in Fulton

Holly Waby Swartz, 67, of Largo, Fla. died Monday, Feb. 20 at Morton Plant Hospital after a long battle with lung cancer.

Born January 12, 1945 in Klamath Falls, Ore., she was the daughter of Fred and Marie Boyle Waby. She was raised in Fulton and graduated from Fulton High School in 1963.

Mrs. Swartz was a teacher for over 40 years in the Pinellas County School system in Florida and she retired from Largo Middle School.

She is survived by two daughters, Amy (Benton) Wells of St. Pete and Heidi (Brian) Casson of Salt Lake City, Utah; grandchildren, Israel Casson and Pyper Casson;  foster grandchildren; an aunt, Helen (Skeezie) Boyle; and cousins Doreen Greule (Jean Kaminsky), Lana (Paul) Perron, Tony (Claudia) Boyle, Patty Boyle, and Terry (George) Moore.

A burial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. July 13 at St. Joseph’s Cemetery on Lake Avenue, Auburn.

Contributions may be made to the Suncoast Hospice in Largo Florida or Stand Up To Cancer at

Walter Glod, Navy veteran

Walter S. Glod, 86, of Fulton, died July 2, 2012 from the return of a brain tumor. He died at home with his family at his side.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was very proud of his Naval military career and his 30 years of employment with Container Corporation of America.

He was a lifetime member of the Fulton Polish Home and other various American Legions, VFWs and the Moose Lodge.

He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Betty, who died in 1997.

He is survived by five children, Francis (Midge) Glod, Rosemary (Lyle) Kellogg, Walter J. Glod, Joanne “Mark” Graham and James “Lisa” Glod; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his companion, Beverly Clark.

Funeral services were held Friday at Fulton First United Methodist Church, Fulton. Burial was St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were held Thursday at the Fulton First United Methodist Church.

Contributions may be made to the Fulton Polish Home Scholarship Fund, 153 W. First St., Fulton, NY 13069.

Joanne Parks, Fulton resident

Joanne W. Parks of Fulton died Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Glen Cove, Long Island to the late Blair and Mary (Casey) White.

She has been a resident of Fulton for most of her life.

Mrs. Parks was past employed with Marine Midland Bank, Fulton and she was also a past member of the Holy Family Altar Rosary Society.

Mrs. Parks is survived by her husband of 47 years, Donald Parks of Fulton; three daughters,  Sharon (Thomas) Burns of New Windsor, N.Y., Sheila (Robert) Britton of Fulton, and Kathleen (Mike Wright) Parks of Webster, N.Y.; brother, J. Casey (Margie) White of California; sister, Phyllis (Blayne) Webb of Fulton; eight grandchildren, Dylan, Jocelyn, Kelsey, Alex, Seth, Zachary, Michael, and Cory; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted today, June 30 at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help where a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Robert Stephenson.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were held Friday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.

Margaret Slauson, former Fulton resident

Margaret Slauson, who was born March 19, 1923 in Fulton, died June 26, 2012 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Mrs. Slauson lived in Fulton until 2001 when she moved to Malta, N.Y.

She was employed at Quinn Real Estate for many years, and later was employed at Sealright Credit Union.

She was a parishioner of the Holy Family Church in Fulton.

She was the sister of Helen Rennie, Katherine Slauson, Paul Slauson, and Jane O’Brien, all of whom are predeceased. She was an aunt to Paul Rennie, Joan Rennie, and Mick O’Brien. She was a dear friend to the Hangac family of Fulton.

A private service will be held in Fulton with family and close friends.

Contributions may be made to a local animal shelter.

Arrangements are by the Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home.


Jane Scruton, retired mail carrier

Jane Scruton, 69, of Oswego, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Fulton, she was a life resident of the Hannibal and Oswego areas. She was a mail carrier for 40 years and had retired from the Pennellville Post Office.

She was previously a nurse’s aide at Oswego Hospital on the Extended Care Floor. She was a 20 year member of the Hannibal Volunteer Fire Company, had served as director of operations for the ambulance service and on the board of directors.

She was a six-year member of the Hannibal Fire Company Auxiliary and had served as assistant treasurer.

She was president of the Hannibal Historical Society and a member of the Oswego Town Historical Society.

In 2011, she was awarded the Hannibal Alumni Association Person of the Year. She volunteered for American Red Cross, Oswego County D.A.T. Team and Oswego County Hospice.

She enjoyed the farm, animals, camping, fishing, flower and vegetable gardening and cooking.

Surviving are her companion of 22 years, Hugh Lewis of Oswego; children, Beckey McCarthy of Potstown, Pa., Cindy (Daniel) Gonzales of Round Rock, Texas, and Carl (Trisha) Scruton of Hannibal; step-children, Mark (Jeanne) Lewis of Oswego, Michelle (Bill) Snyder of Oswego and Daniel (Barb) Lewis of West Monroe; sister, Jean Lewis of Oswego; a brother, Robert (Patricia) Coe of Oswego; step-sister, Loramae Martin of Florida; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held today, June 30 at 10 a.m. at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Burial will be private. Calling hours were held yesterday at the funeral home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Contributions may be made to the Hannibal Fire Company Auxiliary, P.O. Box 244, Hannibal, NY 13074.

Bertha Mae Kelly, former Fulton resident

Bertha Mae Kelly, 89, died June 23, 2012 in Carlsbad, Calif. at home with family at her bedside, after a short battle with maxillary sinus cancer and much longer battle with suspected Alzheimer’s disease.

Born June 25, 1922 in Watertown, she lived in Carlsbad with husband Donald Paul Kelly, who died Sept. 7, 2006, and daughter, Valerie G. Browne. She was primarily a homemaker, but worked with her husband at J.R. Wood Company in Atwater, Calif. until they both retired in 1996. The pair returned to Fulton to enjoy family and friends during early retirement. They moved to Centralia, Ill. to spend time with family and friends; and, returned to San Diego County, Calif. for their final years with family.

She was predeceased by her husband of 27 years, Donald Paul Kelly; and husband of 32 years,  Harold Howard Bronner; her father and mother, Nicholas Cleophous Martin and Lida May Landon; brother, Nicholas Martin; sister Mary Martin; and great-grandson, David Wayne Morrison II.

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Shirley Somers, Arizona resident

Shirley Somers, who was born June 29, 1926, died May 23, 2012 of natural causes in Phoenix, Ariz.

She is survived by her children, their spouses and families: Leigh Somers; Natalie and Jim Capps, their two daughters  and grand-children; Nancie and Marty Ancona, their daughter and son; Eric and Beth Somers; daughter-in-law, Naomi Somers; brother-in-law, Joe and his wife Betty; and brother-in-law, Bob.