Category Archives: Obituaries

Nancy M. Coulter

Coulter OBNancy M. Coulter, 87 of Fulton and formerly of Texas, passed away Monday.  Nancy had worked at several area diners. She enjoyed playing bingo, playing cards and visiting friends. Nancy was predeceased by her husband, Richard L. Coulter, who passed away in 1993 and siblings, James Scardella, Santo Scardella, Anthony Scardella, Palma Cardinalli and Josephine Patane. She will be greatly missed and forever loved by her children, Debra Duncan of Linden, Texas, Dennis (Cheryl) Coulter of Oswego and Robert Coulter of Texarkana, Ark.; sister-in-law, Edna Scardella; six grandchildren, Jessica, Crystal, Thomas, Christopher, Cameron and Cade; five great-grandchildren, Dominick, Armando, Jose, Samuel and Abigail; several nieces and nephews. A calling hour and service were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, E. Syracuse, NY 13057.


Helen E. Polin

Polin OB.Helen E. Polin, 92, of Louisville, Ky., passed away Friday, January 16, 2015 at Baptist Health.

She was a native of Raymondville, N.Y., and a homemaker.

Preceding her in death were her parents, George H. and Alice L. White Tyo; her husband, Samuel Polin; a sister, Marie Kohler and a brother, Joseph Tyo.

Survivors include her daughters, Donna Zaborowski and Bonnie Wademan; brothers, Alfred J. Smith (Margaret) and Peter M. “Bud” Smith (Joan); grandchildren, Jacqueline Zaborowski, Anthony Dain (Sandee), and Randy Zaborowski; as well as her great-grandchildren, Derek, Corey, Nicole, Margaret and Andrew.

Her funeral service was held Thursday at Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road, Louisville. In accordance with her wishes, cremation followed her service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice in her memory. Online condolences may be directed to


Judith “Judy” Stevens

Stevens OBJudith “Judy” Stevens, 79 of Volney passed away Sunday Jan. 18 at home. A native of Mexico, she had lived in the Fulton area since 1953. Judy had worked at Nestle as well as A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital. Judy cherished the time she spent with her family. She will be dearly missed and forever loved by her husband of 61 years, Stanley; sons, Gregory, Doug (Dranee) and Brad (Laura); seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.  A memorial service was held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. There are no calling hours. In Judy’s memory, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, E. Syracuse, 13057.


Benson “Lee” Raymond

1-14 Raymond2 OB1-14 Raymon OBBenson “Lee” Raymond, 73, of Palermo, passed away peacefully at home with his loving family by his side. He was born in his family home in the Town of Richland, a son to the late, Benson A. and Carol B. Raymond. Lee, as he was known, was a life resident of Palermo. He attended Mexico Academy and served in the U.S. Army during the Berlin Crisis. Following his military service, Lee went to work at the Nestle Co. in Fulton and then built houses with Ryan Homes before becoming a union carpenter with the Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 12, Syracuse. Lee later became a Millwright with the Millwrights Local 1163, Rochester, where he retired in December 1997. Lee was known as a “Jack of all trades” and built furniture for his grandchildren and was in the process of restoring his 1928 Model A Ford truck. Lee also enjoyed spending time with and chauffeuring his grandchildren to their school and sporting events. In addition to his parents, Lee was predeceased by his children, Benson Raymond, Jr. and Meri Beth Raymond who died in 1972; a grandson, Douglas “Dougie” Raymond, Jr., who died in 1995; and by a sister, Kathryn Keator. Lee is survived by his wife of 51-and-a-half years, Gloria Jean Chapman Raymond; five children, Michelle (Robert) Holland of Palermo, Douglas (Laurie) Raymond of Mexico, Mark Raymond of Palermo, Jennifer (Timothy) Woods of Palermo and Stephen (Susan) Raymond of Palermo; 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; one brother, James (Laura) Raymond of Palermo; three sisters, Nola Lago of Fulton, Diane Stone of Florida and Sharon (Donald) McLaughlin of Nedrow as well as several nieces and nephews. Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 15 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Calling hours are 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in the spring at Vermillion Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Mr. Raymond may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126 or to the National League of P.O.W/M.I.A. Families, 5673 Columbia Pike, Suite 100, Falls Church, VA 22041.

Richard A. Crouse

1-14 Crouse OBRichard A. “Birdie” Crouse, 78, a lifelong resident of North Volney, passed away Saturday at home. He was born in Sodus, N.Y., on February 8, 1936, a son to the late Guy and Margaret Featherly Crouse and was a well-known logger and tree cutter. Richard had been a painter with I.U.P.A.T. Local 38, Oswego and had worked at the Marathon Paper Plant in Oswego. He was a member of the crew at Crouse Auto in Oswego. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings, Beverly Clark, Larry, David and Robert Crouse. Richard is survived by five sisters, Rosemary Clark of Arizona, Margaret (William) Branshaw of Granby, Linda Hoyt of Scriba, Donna (Terry) Stab of Georgia and Trish (Steve) Sucher of South Carolina; five brothers, Doug Crouse of Scriba, Daniel (Jean) Crouse of Scriba, Gary Crouse of Scriba, Todd (Karen) Crouse of North Volney and Steve (Jodi) Crouse of Hannibal; his best friend and soulmate, Barbara Jean Porter and her family of Fulton; his uncle, Harry Featherly of Sodus; an aunt, Thelma Havert of Painted Post, N.Y.; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours and a memorial service were held Monday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in the spring at Peck Cemetery.

Joan Terranova

1-14 Terranova OBJoan Terranova, 93; of Fulton died Wednesday at Oswego Hospital, Oswego. She was born in Fulton to the late Clement and Joanna (Brady) Thompson. She has remained a lifetime resident of Fulton. Mrs. Terranova was past employed with the law office of Dwight Murphy as a secretary at the Oswego County Veterans Service office. She was a past communicant of Holy Family Church, Fulton, and Holy Family Altar Rosary Society. She was predeceased by her son Joe Terranova in 1992 and her husband Carmelo “Charles” Terranova in 2008. Mrs. Terranova is survived by her three children, Donna Seeber of Fulton, Harold (Pam) Terranova  of Fla., and Charles “Terry” (Sharon) Terranova of Co.; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, “special” niece Helen Thompson of Fulton, and granddog Charlye. A funeral service will be conducted in the spring. Burial will be held in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. There will be no calling hours. The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton has care of the arrangements.

Marie J. Wright

Marie J. Wright, 83, of Oswego died Thursday January 8, 2015 in the Niagara Hospice, Lockport, N.Y., after a short illness. Mrs. Wright was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late James B. and Dorothea (Hunt) Lynch. Mrs. Wright was a resident of Oswego until moving to Grand Island to be near her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. Mrs. Wright worked for Oswego County BOCES with the special needs children. She was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Oswego Bowling League, the Oswego Bridge Club, and a communicant of St. Paul’s Church.

Mrs. Wright is survived by her son and daughter-in-law John and Sandra Wright, her grandchildren Bennett and LeeAnn Wright, all of Grand Island N.Y. In addition she is survived by her sisters Dorothea “Jackie” Root and Ann “Nancy” (Jason) Gelarden, both of Oswego, and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Wright was predeceased by her husband Robert W. Wright in 1973, their children William Wright, Robert G. Wright, Mary Wright, her sister Barbara Scanlon, and brothers Charles, and James Lynch.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, 11 a.m., at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Oswego. Calling hours will be Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the services at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego.

James E. Smith

James E. Smith, 60, of Fulton died Jan. 5, 2015. He was born in Oswego, N.Y., to Edward and Florence (Lovejoy) Smith. Mr. Smith has been a resident of the ADK and Fulton for many years. He was past employed with Crouse Hinds, Syracuse, N.Y., as a welder. He also previously worked at Nestle’s and Huhtamaki, Fulton. Mr. Smith’s passion was hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking and camping. He absolutely loved the outdoors. He is survived by his children, Shannon (James) Clew of Fulton, and Joshua (Mary) Smith of Clifton Park, N.Y.; companion Alice Humiston of Fulton; nine siblings, Harold Smith of Fulton, Harrison Shephard of Hannibal, Joanna Shephard Rawlins and Cathy Butler, both of Ga., Jimmy Shephard of Rochester, N.Y., Kenny Shephard, Debbie Smith, Freddy Smith and Star Smith Moran, all of Fulton; seven grandchildren, Montanna Smith, Nathen Smith, Abigail Lunderman, Hayden Smith, Noah Smith, Benjamin Smith and Lillylyn Humiston Seaton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours will be conducted 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton. Burial will be held privately.