Category Archives: Obituaries

Robert A. Duval, longtime Oswego resident

Robert A. Duval, 49, of Oswego died Wednesday April 9, 2014 in University Hospital, Syracuse, after a courageous battle with colon cancer.

Robert was born in Oswego, the son of Robert E. Duval of Oswego and the late Suzanne (Horton) Duval.

In addition to his mother, he was also predeceased by his sister Janet Tucker and his beloved dog Pheobe.

He is survived by his father, Robert E. Duval; sisters Roberta (Erman) D’Alesandro of NC, Deborah (Kenneth) Graham of Fla.; five nieces, Christina, Jessica, Janelle, Brianna, Katie; and two great nieces Alyssa and Alexis.

Calling hours are 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday (today) April 12 at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

Private spring burial will be in Oswego Town Rural Cemetery.

Dawn Burton Ryder, worked for Syracuse Home Association

4-12_OBIT.ryderDawn Burton Ryder, 84, of Palermo, died Monday, April 7, 2014, at the home of her daughter.

She was born in Fulton, the daughter of the late Alvah and Agnes Watt Burton.

She was a certified nurses aide for the Syracuse Home Association.

She was a member of the Palermo Methodist Church, the Palermo Grange and the Ladies Home Bureau of Palermo.

She was predeceased by her husband, Vernon Ryder, in 2001; a son LaVerne Ryder in 2011; a daughter, Rosalee Graham in 2010; and siblings Quentin Burton, Marjorie Barney and Bruce Burton.

She is survived by three daughters, Kelly (Tim) Savage, of Palermo, Rebecca (Don) Dolbear of Palermo and Allison (Paul) Ryder of Palermo; 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held in the North Volney Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are in care of Harter Funeral Home, Mexico, N.Y.

Jeannette Dixon Peacock, former Fulton city personnel director

4-12_OBITpeacockJeannette Dixon Peacock, 82, of Fulton, passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, April 7, 2014, at Oswego Hospital.

She retired from the city of Fulton as personnel director.

She previously worked in the art department at Sealright Packaging Co. and at The Fulton Patriot newspaper creating page layouts as one of the “ink-stained wretches in the back room.”

Jeannette was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fulton and its choir. She was the last surviving original member of the Fulton Hobos and was an award-winning local artist, working primarily in oils and acrylics.

Jeannette served as a foster mother for 57 children. She was a member of Elizabeth Chapter, 105, O.E.S. and served as the first Queen of the Organization of Triangle in Fulton.

She was predeceased by her parents, Lawrence and Mabel “Greatie” Dixon and by her sister, Barbara Dixon Phelps, who died in January 2014.

Surviving are her four children, Sheila (Mary Jackson) Peacock of Manlius, Marcia Peacock of Sterling, Bruce Peacock and Lawrence “Lee” (April Parry) Peacock all of Fulton; grandchildren, Haley and Taylor Jackson, Michael (Lynn) King, Adam (Alicia) King, Robert (Amber) Acker and Nicholas and Andrew Peacock; great grandchildren, Ava and Addyson King and Jade Acker; brothers-in-law, Bruce Phelps and Roy Peacock; nieces, Linda Russell and Carol Hoyt; a cousin, Naomi Snyder and great nieces and great nephews.

Calling hours were Friday, April 11, at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday (today) at the funeral home, the Rev. Jeffrey Hodge officiating.

Burial will be at Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton.

Shelly Schumaker Iorizzo, excellent cook, generous to others, devoted mother

Shelly Schumaker Iorizzo started her new life on April 1, 2014.

Shelly was 47 years old, survived by a loving family: her husband, Lou; their children, Tyler and Monica; stepchildren, Vanessa, Luciano III (Dana) and their two children Daniel and Lydia.

Shelly is also survived by her parents, Gary and Joy Schumaker; her sister, Sherry (Jim) Best; brother Wayne (Sarah) Schumaker and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

First and foremost, Shelly was a devoted mother. Her love was unconditional and gave her the determination to face terminal illness, enduring treatments willingly to give her one more month, week, day or minute with her children.

Shelly was all about relationships. Her sharp wit and laughter attracted many friends, especially her husband. Together, they built their life and family, making lasting relationships in New York, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Arizona and Virginia.

Shelly will be deeply missed for her passion for life and compassion for others. She was an excellent cook, the life of any party and overwhelmingly generous. Her selfless nature was present throughout her life.

Her final gift was the gift of sight through the donation of her corneas so that others may see life through her eyes.

There was a service held in Williamsburg, Va. Sunday, April 6.

Family and friends will also celebrate Shelly in her hometown of Hannibal, NY Thursday, April 10 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Calling hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. with service to follow.

Shelly’s lifelong love of music can be honored through memorial contributions to the Williamsburg Music Club, P.O. Box 1808, Williamsburg, VA  23187.

Walter E. Everson, Army veteran, worked for many local companies

Walter E. Everson, Sr., 83, of Fulton, passed away Thursday evening April 3 at home with his family by his side.

He was born in Bundyville, a son to the late Wilbur and Irene Everson.  Walt lived in Michigan for several years before moving to Syracuse and eventually returning to Fulton. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Walt worked at Syracuse China, MacCordy Machine, Tool and Die Corp. and Foster Bros. Cutlery, Inc. Also, he was a truck driver for several local companies.

In addition to his parents, Walter is predeceased by his first wife, Cora Everson; two sons, Walter Everson, II and James Everson; three sisters, Vivian, Peggy and Marion Everson; two brothers, Wesley and William Everson.

Walter is survived by his wife of 48 years, Susan Potter Everson of Fulton; four children, Sonja Jane (Art) Holtzinger of Indiana, Brian (Penny) Everson of Fulton, Rose (Don) Benjamin of Watkins Glen,Vicki Mayer of Florida and Michael (Katrina) Everson of South Carolina; a sister, Virginia Dennison of Fulton; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Tuesday, April 8 with services following at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Everson may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Ronald March, Army veteran, carpenter

Ronald M. March, 80, of Fulton, passed away Tuesday April 1 at Oswego Hospital.

He was born in Lacona, NY, a son to the late Moses and Mae March.

Ron graduated from Cato-Meridian High School in 1951 and enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1953, where he served his nation until his honorable discharge in 1955.

Ron was a carpenter with the Carpenter’s Local #12, Syracuse.

He was a life member of the Fulton V.F.W. #569 and the B.P.O.E. Lodge #830, Fulton. Ron enjoyed bowling and spending time on his farm.

He is predeceased by a son, Michael, who died Dec. 21, 1957.

Ronald is survived by his wife of 22 years, Mary M. March of Fulton; four children, Judith White of Pulaski, Timothy March of Red Creek, Thomas March of Fulton and Jeffrey March of Fulton; three step-children, Robert Hines of Fulton, Joseph Hines of Mexico and Sherry Hines of Fulton; a brother, Ralph March of Oswego; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren.

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

Llewellyn ‘Red’ Calkins, veteran, enjoyed camping, hunting

4-5_OBITcalkinsLlewellyn “Red” Calkins, 79, of Fulton, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 28, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Lysander, he had lived in the Fulton–Volney areas for most of his life.

Red had retired in 1991 from the Oswego County Highway Department.

He enjoyed hunting, camping, spending time outside and making maple syrup.

Red was a member of the Fulton Alliance Church and enjoyed attending the Men’s Breakfasts.  He was an Air Force veteran.

He was predeceased by his parents, Lincoln and Ora Hart Calkins.

Red will be greatly missed and forever loved by his wife of 58 years, the former Janet Spaulding; children Randy, Ron (Paula), Richard and Renee (Rob) Warren; siblings, Noreen Pickard, Lincoln Calkins, Ora Lee Dorval and Denise Wisowaty; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were April 1 with a service to immediately follow at Fulton Alliance Church. Contributions in memory of Red may be made to the church, 1044 State Route 48 South, Fulton, 13069.

Gordon M. Sheldon, dairy farmer

Gordon M. Sheldon, 78, of Granby,  passed away Sunday, at Oswego Hospital.

He was born in Syracuse and had resided most of his life in Granby.

Gordon owned and operated a dairy farm in Granby.

He was an Army veteran, serving from 1953-1956.

He is survived by his wife, Theresa of Granby; a son, Gordon J. (Mina) of Marietta, Calif.; a daughter, Camille J. (Douglas) Elkins of Liverpool; a brother, Robert (Ruth) Sheldon of Granby; two granddaughters, Alexandra and Katherine Elkins; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were April 1 with a service to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Burial in the spring will be in Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Contributions in memory of Gordon may be made to Catholic Charities, 365 W. First St. S., Fulton, 13069.