Category Archives: Obituaries

Richard Hibbert, Air Force veteran

Richard J. Hibbert, 69, of Oswego, died Monday, June 18, 2012 at St. Joseph Hospital after a brief illness.

Mr. Hibbert was born in Oswego, the son of the late Leo and Maryann (Briggs) Hibbert. He retired in 2002 from SUNY Oswego as a supervisor in the Janitorial Department. He worked as a longshoreman for 30 years at the Port of Oswego Authority.

Mr. Hibbert served in the U.S. Air Force in the Philippines, and at Otis Airforce Base Massachusetts, where he was assigned special security for former President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

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Yvonne Shatrau, worked at Betty’s Place

Yvonne J. Shatrau, 71, of Fulton, died Monday, June 18, 2012 at University Hospital, Syracuse, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Oswego to the late Charles and Doris (Coville) Haynes. She has been a longtime resident of Fulton. Mrs. Shatrau worked for many years at Betty’s Place, Fulton as a waitress. She was an avid bowler and she served as the past secretary for the Thursday Night Women’s League, the Mixed League and the Bowling Association.

Mrs. Shatrau was an honored recipient of the Bowling Hall of Fame.

She was an avid volunteer and participant of All Saints Episcopal Church, Fulton. She was also a past Brownie Leader and Daisy Troop Leader.

Mrs. Shatrau was pre-deceased by her granddaughter, Janell Granger.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Robert Shatrau of Fulton; five children, James L. Cummins of Virginia, Jeanette (Richard) Mills of Fulton, Wallace (Deborah) Cummins of Fulton, Melissa Granger of Fulton and Robert “Boog” (Christine) Shatrau Jr., of Fulton; five siblings, Charles (Pauline) Haynes of New Hampshire, Charlotte Cahill of Oswego, Harriet Whitten of Fulton, Doris Mae Ritz of Pennellville, and Barbara Haynes of Gouverneur; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today, June 23 at 9 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, Fulton with Rev. Harold Avery officiating. Burial will be held privately.

Calling hours were held yesterday at Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.

Donations may be made to the Regional Oncology Center of Syracuse, East Adams St. Syracuse, NY 13210.


Joseph Mitchell, Purple Heart recipient

Joseph A. “Pug” Mitchell, 87, of Martville, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012 after the passing of his wife of 65 years at Morningstar Residential Health Center in Oswego.

He was born in Oswego and resided in Martville since 1970.

He graduated from Oswego High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17 to fight in World War II where he received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals.

He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served in Korea and Vietnam until his retirement in 1969.

He worked at Alcan until his retirement in 1985.

During his retirement, he enjoyed playing cards and spending time outdoors.

He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Jean M. Mitchell, who died May 4, 2012; two brothers, William and Harold Mitchell; and a sister Wanda Gorman.

He is survived by six children, Timothy (Gail) Mitchell of Paducah, Ky., Gail (Walter) Lehmann of Hannibal, Jacqueline (Charles) Giancola of Manlius, Lynn McCormick of San Antonio, Texas, Matthew (Terri) Mitchell of Martville and Kathleen (Jeffrey) O’Brien of Fair Haven; a sister, Alma (Joseph) Castaldo of Oswego; 18 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren. Calling hours and services were held Monday at Martville United Methodist Church. Burial was in Martville Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Martville United Methodist Church, c/o Donald Hess, Treasurer, 13609 Ira Station Rd., Martville, NY 13111. Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has care of arrangements.

Catherine Pittsley, worked at Birds Eye

Catherine F. Pittsley, 59, of Fulton, died peacefully Thursday, June 14, 2012 at home surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Pittsley was born in Fulton and she has been a resident of the Fulton and Granby area all of her life. She was past employed with Birds Eye, Fulton.

Mrs. Pittsley later enjoyed staying at home and raising the family.

She is pre-deceased by her father. George Coles.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, David Pittsley of Fulton; two daughters, Allison Pittsley of Fulton and Jennifer (James Bellinger) Pittsley of Fulton; her mother, Wilma (German) Coles of Oswego; brother, Bruce Coles of Fulton; granddaughter, Paige Bellinger of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton. The Rev. Vivian Summerville officiated. Burial was in Jacksonville Cemetery, Lysander.

Calling hours were held Monday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to University Hospital Cancer Research Building Fund, 750 E. Adams St., Syracuse, NY 13210; Friends of Oswego County Hospice, 34 E. Bridge St., Oswego, NY.

Joseph Ranieri, World War II veteran

Joseph A. Ranieri, 91, of Fulton, died June 14, 2012 at University Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born in Syracuse and he was a lifetime resident of Fulton. Mr. Ranieri was a United States Veteran having served during World War II in the Army Air Corp. He retired from Armstrong, Co., Fulton as a chief shift inspector after more than 30 years of service.

Mr. Ranieri was pre-deceased by his wife, Edith Ranieri, in 2004.

He is survived by his son, Kim  (Kathleen) Ranieri of LaFayette; five grandchildren, Michael, Jaime, Gina, David, and Kayte; and six great-grandchildren Skylar, Jesse, Jenna, Elysse, Evan and Jaegar.

Funeral services were held at Holy Trinity Church where a mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. Stephen Wirkes. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

A calling hour was held at Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.


Maurine Caprin, worked at Nestle

Maurine Caprin, of Fulton, died Friday, June 15, 2012 from a severe asthmatic attack.

She was born in Fulton, the daughter of the late Raymond and Mary Evelyn Caprin.

She was a former employee of Nestle. She was a member Elks BPOE Lodge 830, the VFW Post 569, and she loved to play softball and go bowling.

She is survived by her sisters and brother, Christine (Tim) Barlett of Parish, Raymond (Debbie) Caprin of Hannibal, Bernice (Jonne) Rowe of Fulton, Beth (Rick) Nixdorf of Florida; close friend, Pam Cordone of Fulton; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held today, June 20 at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, Fulton where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will be in Fairdale Cemetery.

Calling hours were held Tuesday at Sugar Funeral Home Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the Humane Society.

The family will be holding a celebration of her life at the Elks Lodge 830, 57 Pierce Dr., Fulton, following the funeral and burial.


John Walsh Sr., former city clerk

John F. “Jack” Walsh Sr., 85, of Fulton, died Thursday, June 14, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse following a brief illness.

Born April 29, 1927 in New Brunswick, NJ to Edward and Marguerite (McGovern) Walsh, he resided in Fulton since 1931. He was a 1943 graduate of Fulton High School and attended the Crane School of Music at Potsdam.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1945-1946 serving in the Pacific Theatre, Hawaii, Philippines, Korea and China aboard the U.S.S. LSM 475. He was vice president of Walsh’s Manor Inc. Restaurant in Fulton from 1947-1957.

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Anthony Iosue, World War II veteran

Anthony O. Iosue, 94, of Oswego, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in Oswego hospital after a short illness.

Mr. Iosue was born in Auburn and has been a resident of Oswego since 1940. Mr. Iosue served in the United States Army during World War II from 1943 until 1945. He was a former member of the Dante Alighieri Lodge #436, Oswego.

Mr. Iosue was predeceased by his wife, Sara Iosue, who died in 2004.

He is survived by his sons, Anthony J. (Barbara) Iosue of Florida and David J. (Gail) Iosue of Oswego; brother, Sonny (Joanna) Iosue of Florida; sister, Loretta (Kenneth) Davis of Auburn; grandchildren, Andrea, Allan, Callie, and Eric; great-grandchildren, Addison, Isabella, Vaughn, Preston, and Cayden; and his companion, Joyce Arnold.

Funeral services were held Friday at St. Joseph Church where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated. Burial was in All Saints Mausoleum.

Calling hours were held Thursday at Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, Oswego.