Category Archives: Obituaries

Amy Jo “Missy” Conner

Conner OBAmy Jo “Missy” Conner, 48, of Middletown and formerly of Fulton, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Born in Syracuse, she had lived in the Fulton area for many years before moving to Middletown in 2007. Missy had worked at DDA for more than 10 years. She enjoyed music, singing and spending time with her family and friends. She was predeceased by her son, Justin Michael, who passed away in 1985. Missy will be greatly missed and forever loved by her long time love, Jimmy Hasher; children, Jeramiah (Dana), Jessica (Eric) and Jennifer (TJ); parents, Phyllis and Tracy Wood; several brothers and sisters; eight grandchildren, Ryan, Mathew, Victoria, Kailey, Gabriella, Madaylnn, Cayden and Emerie; several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Missy’s memory be made to American SIDS Institute, 528 Raven Way, Naples, Florida 34110 or

Mary “Midge” Hughes

Mary “Midge” Hughes, 68, of Liverpool, passed away unexpectedly at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Monday, November 24, 2014. She was born in Fulton, a daughter to the late Kenneth and Mary Gleason. Mary graduated from Guilderland Central High School in 1964. She had worked in the photo department at Alcan, Marine Midland Bank in Fulton, Woolworth’s in Fulton and Kohl’s in Liverpool. Mary retired in 2008 to help take care of her grandchildren. She was an avid collector of cardinals and enjoyed meeting with her group of friends every morning at the McDonald’s on Route 57 in Liverpool. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by a son, Terry. Mary is survived by her husband of 43 years, Alan D. Hughes; a son, Chris (Alex) Hughes of Mexico, N.Y.; a daughter, Kendra Hughes of Kentucky; one brother, Pat (Connie) Gleason of Saratoga, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Brook Hughes, David Rowland and Spencer Hughes; one great-grandson, Liam; and one niece, Nicole Gleason of Charlotte, N.C. Calling hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, November 29 with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in Mount Adnah Cemetery. Mary’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the emergency room staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital for the special care given to her during this most difficult time. Contributions in memory of Mrs. Hughes may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation CNY Affiliate, 5008 Brittonfield Parkway, Suite 300, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Margaret Isham Maxam

Margaret Isham Maxam, 70, of Phoenix, N.Y., passed away peacefully with her husband and family at her side on Thursday morning Nov. 20, 2014. She was born to her late parents, Eva M. (Thompson) and Charles H. Isham, on May 21, 1944. Margaret was a graduate of J. C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix, class of 1962. She furthered her studies at Central City Business School, Syracuse.

11-26 Maxam OB (1)Margaret was a supervising secretary for Coopers and Lybrand Co., Syracuse, for 35 years. In 1988 she received the “Living the Cooper and Lybrand Commitment Award.” As a life member of Phoenix United Methodist Church, she taught Sunday School for 35 years, was president of the U.M.W. for 20 years, a volunteer at the Teen Center inside the church, and she volunteered at the Phoenix Area Food Pantry, as well. Margaret’s love for children and family and friends was shown by her and her husband, Dennis, by hosting many family reunion gatherings; the P.U.M. Church Sunday School Rally Day and Fishing Derby at their home.

Besides her mother, Eva, who died in 1992, and her father, Charles, who died in 2009, she was predeceased by her brother, Charles Wayne Isham, in 1995. Surviving are her loving husband of 46 years, Dennis M. Maxam; her daughter and her son-in-law, Peggy D. Maxam Farr and Patrick Farr of N.C.; her sons, Marc E. Maxam and Kirk C. Maxam, both of Phoenix; her three grandchildren, Tyler P. Farr, Amanda M. Farr and MacKenzie S. Maxam; her sister Carlene and brother-in-law Chuck Gorman of Granby; her brother-in-law and his wife, Leo F. and Sandy (Cronk) Maxam of Syracuse; sister-in-law, Gloria Isham of Phoenix; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and many friends. Calling hours were Monday in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135. The funeral service was held Tuesday in the Phoenix United Methodist Church, 49 Jefferson St., Phoenix, with the Rev. Marion Moore-Calgan as presiding pastor, and the Rev. Susan Townsend. Burial followed in Chase Cemetery, 9450 State Route 48, Phoenix. Margaret’s motto was “Live to Love.” She will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her. Contributions in Margaret’s memory may be made to: Phoenix United Methodist Church for either the Sunday School Program, United Methodist Women, or the Teen Center. Also, contributions can be made to Phoenix Area Food Pantry, 43 Bridge St., Phoenix, NY 13135.

Debra Jean LaQuire Prosenick

11-26 Prosenick OB (1)Debra Jean LaQuire Prosenick, 36, passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 21 after a hard fought battle with leukemia. She is survived by her husband, Adam; 13-year-old-son, Christopher; 11-year-old daughter, Jennifer; parents, Vincent and Betty Giles LaQuire; sister, Melissa L. (Terry) Royce; honorary sister and cousin, Angela R. LaQuire; brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Tammy Prosenick; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday with a funeral service to immediately follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

June R. Holden

Holden, June OBJune R. Holden, 80, of Fulton, formerly of Hubbardsville, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at Morningstar Care Center. She was born on June 9, 1934 in Hamilton, a daughter to the late Ernest and Fiona Clark Ramsdell. June was a longtime member of First United Church of Fulton. She enjoyed reading and writing. June helped with the writing of The History of Fulton. She was predeceased by her brother, Ernest “Bub” Ramsdell.

Surviving are her husband, Francis “Snuffy” Holden; four sons, Hank Holden of S.C., Hugh Holden of China, Eric (Sonia Page) Holden of Hannibal and Carl Holden of Oswego; five grandchildren, Dan, Jason, Aaron, Deanna and Andy; four great-grandchildren; as well several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday at First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St., Fulton. Burial will be in Fairdale Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to charity of choice in June’s memory.

Joseph LaRocca

Joseph LaRocca, 82, of Florida City, Fla., joined our Lord in heaven on Oct. 22, 2014 in Syracuse, N.Y. He was known as “Joe LaRock.” He was a true pioneer farmer of Florida City, and the rock for his family.

LaRocca was born in Hannibal, N.Y. to Salvatore and Maria LaRocca on Nov. 17, 1931.  He is survived by his loving wife, Frances LaRocca of 58 years; his four daugthers, Angela DelliVeneri, Joann Speers, Anna LaRocca-Hill and Francene Hagarman; sons-in-law, Robert Speers, the late Larry DelliVeneri, Jr., Jeffrey Hill and Kevin Hagarman. He cherished his seven grandchildren, Justin Speers, Kerri Speers, Danielle DelliVeneri, Lawrence DelliVeneri, Matthew Hill, Joseph Hill, Bryce Hagarman and his beautiful great-grandchild, Leah Pacheco Speers.

Visitation was held at Branam Funeral Home, 809 North Krome Avenue, Homestead, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m.

A funeral mass was held at Sacred Heart Church, 106 S.E. Road, Homestead, Fla., on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at 10 a.m.  Burial will follow at Palms Woodlawn Cemetery located at 27100 Old Dixie Highway, Naranja, FL 33032.

Joe attended high school at both Hannibal High School in Hannibal, and Homestead High School in Homestead, Fla., and graduated in 1949. He began farming at the age of four in upstate New York with his parents, where he would farm during the spring and summer.  He also farmed in Florida City during the winter months.

He was a dedicated parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Homestead, and Our Lady of the Rosary Church, in Hannibal. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Elks Club in Homestead, and recently he and the family were recognized as the Farm Family of the Year by the Florida Farm Bureau.

He loved spending time with his family, traveling the world with his wife, and watching NASCAR races every weekend.  He enjoyed spending weeks in Marco Island with family and friends, basking in the ocean, and vacationing at his farm in Upstate New York.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Homestead, Florida  “In memory of Joseph LaRocca.”

Parke C. Warner

WarnerParke OBParke C. Warner, 94, a life resident of Fulton, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 30 with his wife Carolyn at his side. Parke was the son of the late Claude and Kathryn Warner. He was predeceased by his sister, Lillian Peacock, and his brother, Cecil Warner. Parke enjoyed a long career in engineering at Hunter Fan, Sealright and retired from Alcan Aluminum in 1982. His other interests included camping, boating, snowmobiling and repairing anything mechanical.

Parke is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carolyn, of Fulton; son, Parke Richard of Fulton; two daughters, Linda (Jeffrey) Auser of Liverpool and Laura Warner of Flagler Beach, Fla.,; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.

The family received friends and relatives on Monday, Nov. 3 with a memorial service that followed at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity or perform an act of kindness for someone in Parke’s memory.

Vernon C. Collett


Vernon C. Collett, Jr., 65, of Fulton passed away Thursday at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. Born in Syracuse, he lived in Fulton for several years. Vernon worked for Crucible Steel for 32 years, retiring in 2003.

He was a U. S. Marine Corps veteran and POW of the Vietnam War. Vernon was a life member and past commander of the Mattydale VFW Post 3146. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Norma L. Collett of Baldwinsville; his companion for the last three years, Ilene Pickering of Fulton; a brother, Don (Barb) Collett of Baldwinsville; three sisters, Patty (Dale) Butler of North Carolina, Sandra Yager of Oswego and Mary Collett of Fulton; several nieces, nephews and his faithful and loving cat, Bud. Burial with military honors was held Wednesday, Sept. 24 at Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Howlett Hill Road, Syracuse. A reception was held following the services at the Vernice Suttle American Legion Post 113, 8529 Smokey Hollow Rd., Baldwinsville. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.