Category Archives: Obituaries

Lynn F. Proper

Lynn F. Proper, 66, of Altmar, passed away Thursday at University Hospital in Syracuse. Born in Rome, “Lynnie–Poopoo” had lived in the Rome area until moving to Altmar in 1992. He enjoyed singing, camping and spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 36 years, the former Penny Cronk; children Amy, Jennifer, Corey and Shelley; siblings Fran, Joanne, Rhoda, Rhonda and Michael; nine grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A gathering will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in the care of Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Richard A. Spencer, loved life, spread cheer, worked at Oswego Industries


Richard A. Spencer, 73, of 299 E. River Road, Oswego, and formerly of Canastota, passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at St. Luke Health Services, Oswego, where he has resided for the past 17 years.

He was born on March 5, 1941, in Penn Yan, the son of George and Retha Stucker Spencer.

Richard spent his early years in Canastota, and has lived in Oswego most of his adult life.

He worked at Oswego Industries for many years, and later volunteered at St. Luke Health Services.

Richard enjoyed life to the fullest. He was proud of his accomplishments and enjoyed spreading cheer wherever he could. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a large smile. He often made others feel good by complimenting them.

He liked to shop, use an iPad, listen to music, watch television, listen to his police scanner, and enjoy a good meal. All of these, he enjoyed doing with others (especially with “his girls”).

He had no known survivors. His caregivers at St. Luke Health Services remember him fondly.

Funeral services are at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the J. Homer Ball Funeral Home, Inc., 201 James St., Canastota, with the Rev. Donna Chapman of the Whitelaw Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial was with his parents in Lenox Rural Cemetery, Canastota.

Calling hours are from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service, at the funeral home.

Debra A. Scherer, supervisor at Syracuse Plastics, Oneida Plastics

Debra “Deb” A. Scherer, 52, of Granby, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, July 29.

She had resided in the Fulton area most of her life. Deb worked as a supervisor at Syracuse Plastics in Fayetteville and Oneida Plastics in Phoenix.

She was a member of Oswego Alliance Church in Oswego and Harmony Riders Horseback Riding Club.

Deb was predeceased by her father, Charles Phillips.

Surviving are her husband, David Scherer of Granby; four children, Marie, Michelle, Michael and Melissa; her mother, Rosemary Phillips; siblings, John (Tammy), Cherie (John), Dolores, Charles and Dale; 14 grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at the funeral home with burial at Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton.


Vicki Hainey, avid horsewoman, retired from Butler Correctional Facility


Vicki L. (James) Hainey, 64, of Hannibal, passed away at home Friday, July 25, after losing a hard fought battle with cancer.

Born in Fulton, Vicki was a lifelong resident of Hannibal, where she graduated from Hannibal Central School.

She retired from Butler Correctional Facility in 2007.

An avid horse woman, Vicki owned several through the years and rode as often as she could. Vicki was a co-founder of “The Old Broads Riding Club” and eventually became “The Queen.”

Vicki is survived by her husband of 22 years, Ron Lamie; son Jamie Hainey of Hannibal; step daughter Renee (Dan) Manwaring of Fulton; “adopted” daughter Kirsten (David) Oates of Fulton; parrot Rowdy; horses Milo and Suade; and eight little dogs.

There will be no services or calling hours.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society or Cancer Society.

 “It’s been a great ride….Enjoy the new one.”

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Venera Bonanno, volunteered at A.L. Lee Hospital and Michaud nursing home


Venera “Anna” Bonanno, 92, of Fulton, died Monday July 28, 2014 in Seneca Hill Manor.

Mrs. Bonanno was born in Fulton, the daughter of the late Joseph and Angelina (Laspina) Fichera.

Mrs. Bonanno was a volunteer at A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital and at Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton.

She was predeceased by her husband, Vincent Bonanno in 1998, her daughter, Margaret Knight in 2007, and her brother, Nunzio Ficher in 1993.

Mrs. Bonanno was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her daughters, Barbara (Tom) Grimes of E. Amherst, NY, Teresa (Stephen) Wallenfels of Richland, WA, Susan (Steven) Barber of Lake View, NY; son-in-law George Knight of Utah; sister Mary (Alfred) Stancampiano of Oswego; grandchildren Jeffrey and Christine Barber, Amy and Katie Grimes and Michael Wallenfels; great grandson Henry Wallenfels.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday July 31 from the Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton, and 11:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday July 30 at the funeral home, 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Catholic Charities, Fulton, or University Dialysis Center, 1127 E. Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13210


Kenneth Holland, former Phoenix schools transportation supervisor

Kenneth M. Holland, of River Road,  Phoenix, died Monday July 21, 2014 in Wyoming County Community Hospital, Warsaw, NY at the age of 63.

He was born June 16, 1951 in Buffalo, a son of the late Merton and Mary (Carroll) Holland.

He was a graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton and was supervisor of transportation for Phoenix Central School where he had worked for 16 years prior to retiring.

An avid hunter, he was a member of the NRA, Tuscarora Hunting Club and Pathfinder Fish & Game.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (Cahill) Holland whom he married in 1981; three sons, Kenneth Holland, Jr. of Brewerton, Kelly Holland of Houston, TX, Kyle Holland of Las Vegas, NV; a daughter, Krista (Timothy) Beechler of Java Center, NY; two granddaughters, Raena and Sydney; his beloved dog, Clicker; a sister, Beth Holland of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dennis Holland.

A Celebration of Kenneth’s Life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday July 27, 2014 at RFH’s  Hideaway, 1058 County Route 57, Phoenix.

Memorials may be made to Scope-NY, 8316 Irish Rd., Colden, NY 14033-9777 (; Pathfinder Fish & Game Club, 116 Crescent Drive, Fulton, NY; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 (

Arrangements were completed by W. S. Davis Funeral Home, Inc., 358 W. Main St., Arcade.

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Harold J. McCarthy, loved gardening, hunting and fishing

Harold J. McCarthy, 77, of Fulton, died Tuesday July 22, 2014 peacefully at home with his wife at his side.

Mr. McCarthy was born in Fulton, the son of the late Ted and Marian (Reeves) McCarthy.

He was a retired mechanic from International Harvester and Oswego Wire.

Mr. McCarthy enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Valarie (Connelly) McCarthy; his children Allison Raum, Harold J. McCarthy Jr., Jonathan McCarthy all of Oswego; four grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Burial was held privately.

The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

Duane Dolbear, retired from Syroco in Baldwinsville


Duane Dolbear, 71, of Fulton, passed away at his home on Monday, July 21.

He retired from Syroco in Baldwinsville after 19 years.

Duane was predeceased by his parents, Wallace and Ellen Scoville Dolbear.

Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Marge Dolbear of Fulton; three daughters, Shannon O’Keefe and Tonya Dolbear both of Fulton and Leona (Brandin) Dolbear of Mexico; eight grandchildren, Cheyanne, Julia, Abiu, Marco, Kaytlynn, Caleb, Noah and Tristin; four brothers, Michael, Nelson, Roy (Addie) and James (Mickie) Dolbear and many nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours or services. Foster Funeral Home in Fulton has care of arrangements.