Thomas J. O’Brien, 77 of Cato, passed away on Wednesday, July 15 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. A native of Flushing, N.Y., he was a graduate of Weedsport High School and lived in the Cato-Hannibal area for many years. Tom was working for U.S. Security Associates and had previously worked for U.S. Securitas at Sysco Foods, Guardsmark Security at Miller Brewing Co. and was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and served five times in Vietnam. He had also owned and operated T & L Redemption Center in Hannibal and was a self-employed locksmith. Tom was predeceased by his parents, William and Ruth O’Brien, formerly of Weedsport. On July 9, 1960 Tom married Linda Slater and they have celebrated 55 cherished years together. He is also survived by two sons, Tim (Lyn) O’Brien of Colorado and Terry O’Brien of Fulton; a daughter, Tammy (John) Eastman of Hannibal; three granddaughters, Michelle Rockwood of Oswego, Stephanie Eastman of N. Syracuse and Kallie O’Brien of Waterloo; a grandson, Bradley O’Brien of Waterloo; a brother, Jack (Barb) O’Brien of Felton, Del.; a sister, Sally (Dick) Alnutt of Weedsport; numerous nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Naomi Bevier, Betty Mecca, Emmeline Peters and Virginia Cuyle and brothers-in-law, Roy Slater Jr. and Walter Pawlina. Calling hours were Sunday, July 19 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street in Fulton. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday at Holy Trinity Church, corner of Buffalo and South Third Streets in Fulton. Burial with full military honors followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery, South Seventh Street, Fulton.
Rev. Kenneth I. Hinman, 92, of 46 Flynn Ave., Plattsburgh, N.Y. went to meet his Savior on April 14, 2015, at CVPH Medical Center. He was born Dec. 13, 1922 to Orra and Bernice (Flint) Hinman in Palermo, N.Y. Kenneth served in World War II from 1943 to 1946. He received three battle stars for service in the Pacific Theater including Okinawa, with the 345th Station Compliment Squadron. Kenneth and Gloria Henry were married Feb. 27, 1944, in her parents’ home, Oliver and Selma Henry, of Mexico, N.Y. He is survived by his daughters, Ann Zacker of Yukon, Okla., Linda (Stanley) Oliver of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; and granddaughter, Jennifer Zacker of Golden, Colo.; his brother, Hadwen (Marion) Hinman of Zephyrhills, Fla., a sister-in-law, June (Mogens) Hansen of Oswego, N.Y.; and brother-in-law, Earl (Marcia) Henry of Fredericksburg, Va. also survive him. He was predeceased by his wife Gloria; his parents, Orra and Bernice Hinman; his sister, Roberta Owen; and brother, Leonard Hinman. Kenneth was an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, serving in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 10 years, and Waverly, N.Y. eight years. His wife Gloria assisted in his ministry by organizing children’s ministries and training workers. Rev. Hinman will be remembered for his kind, Christian compassion and generous spirit. A memorial service will also be held at the Church of the Nazarene in Fulton on Saturday, July 25, at 11 a.m. Dr. David Cramer and Rev. Jim Butler will officiate. Arrangements are in care of the Harter Funeral Home, 9 Washington Ave., Mexico, NY 13114.
Leonard D. Malone, 94, of Oswego Town, N.Y. passed away at St. Luke Health Services, Oswego. He was born in Oswego Town to the late John and Anna (Gray) Malone. Mr. Malone remained a life resident of Oswego Town. He was retired from the Oswego Town Highway Department where he worked on highway maintenance for several years. Mr. Malone also enjoyed farming on the family farm for many years. He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Hannibal, and St. Joseph’s Chapel, Hannibal. He was predeceased by his wife Louise Malone in 1997; two grandchildren, Marcia Ukleya in 2014 and Dennis Malone in 2014; his son Dennis Malone in 1957; and also four brothers and one sister. Mr. Malone is survived by his five children, Robert (Sonya) Malone, Richard (Candy) Malone, Loretta (Joseph) Ukleya, Noreen (Eric) Kaltenborn, and Virginia (Terry) Wilbur, all of Hannibal, N.Y.; brother, Leo Malone of Hannibal;12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Service will be held 9:30 a.m. today at Our Lady of the Rosary, Hannibal where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Smegelsky. Burial will be held in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oswego. Calling hours were Friday at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th St. Oswego, N.Y.
Alan Lee (Skip) Todd, 84, died on June 26 in Daytona Beach, Fla., from complications suffered in a fall in April. He was born in Ellenville, N.Y. to Alvin H. Todd and the former Owella Bollin, but resided for the first third of his life in Fulton. He relocated to Port Orange, Fla., in 1984 with his wife Susan, who survives him. His work career began at Nestle in Fulton, after which he worked at General Electric in Syracuse and retired from General Dynamics/Electric Boat in Connecticut as a submarine designer. He remained fond of the memories of growing up in his home town — he remembered it as a good place in which to grow. He was well known locally as an all-around athlete in high school and, afterward, playing football, baseball, softball, swimming and for a limited time the pole vault and high jump. He was also a bowler in Port Orange in his retirement. He graduated Fulton High School in 1948, but did postgraduate work for a year, mostly so he could play his beloved sports. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was married to the former Ruth LaFurney in 1950, and although their union ended in divorce, he was very proud of his children, Mike Todd of Connecticut, Michelle Seubert and Evan (Sandra) Todd of Tennessee, Gary (Darlene) Todd of Texas, Adele Seubert of Fairport, N.Y., and Eric Todd of Fulton. They all survive him, as does his sister Dolores (Paul) Lauricella, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. At his request, there will be no services. His remains will be interred in the Jacksonville, N.Y. cemetery at a later date.
William (Bill) John Whitens, 87, of Fulton passed to his rest on July 14 at Crouse Hospital after suffering a stroke the day before. Bill was born in Hermansville, Mich., where four brothers and other family still reside. He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Conibear) with whom he would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on August 21 of this year; five children, Lori (Gregory) Caracciolo of Chandler, Ariz., Brenda (Robin) Caster of Fulton, Judy Dygert of Fairport, Tim (Nancy) Whitens of Fulton, and Dan of Fulton. He enjoyed immensely his 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was a Korean War Veteran who served in Germany from 1950-52. Bill was a building contractor in the Fulton area for 50-plus years, which included building homes, remodeling and making furniture. He had a wonderful tenor voice and sang in the Fulton Men’s Chorus in the early 1960s and the Hamer Sing-a-long more recently. He attended Fulton First United Methodist Church for the past four years and before that attended Dexterville SDA church. Some of his hobbies included fishing, camping in the Adirondacks every summer and cutting wood. He and his son Tim have owned Willow Creek Farm Alpacas for 14 years. A memorial service will be held on July 18 at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Route 176, Fulton.
Sheri A. Harrington, 47, of Fulton, N.Y., died on Thursday June 18,2015 at Upstate University Hospital after a hard fought battle with cancer. She was born in Oswego and lived in the area most of her life. She was employed by Time Warner in Syracuse. She was a member of the Fulton Alliance Church and enjoyed the fellowship there. Along with others, recently she wrote “Her Story” in a book published by the church this past spring. Sheri was a graduate of G. Ray. Bodley High school and attended Oswego State University with a degree in elementary education. She was a member of Phi Lambda Phi sorority. She was an elementary school teacher in New York and Florida. Prior to teaching she was an airline attendant for American Airlines. She was also employed by the Youth Advocate Program (YAP) in Fulton where she invented and applied a method which is now called “The Sheri Method.” She also received the Youth Counselor of the Year award. Parents and children alike remember her as hard working, kind and generous. A cherry tree was to be planted in her honor by Dave Canfield, the former director of YAP on Saturday, July 11. Sheri loved her family, reading, writing, comedy and football. She always said her most treasured gift was her son Michael. Surviving are her parents, Shirlee and Jerry Schremp; her companion of nine years John Buchanan; her son Michael Buchanan; sister Karrie Schremp; three brothers Ronald J. Harrington Jr., Sean Harrington and Jared Schremp; nephews Jake and Max Harrington; aunts Genie Maxam, Lynda Leigh and Linda Harrington; uncles Bob Leigh,Terry Tolbert; and extended uncles, aunts and cousins of the Schremp, Harrington, Leigh, Maxam, Mucha and Powers families. Funeral services were held at Fulton Alliance Church. Burial was at Mt. Adnah Cemetery June 23, 2015. Contributions may be made to Upstate University Cancer Center, Syracuse. Arrangements were in the care of Harter Funeral Home www.harterfuneralhome.com
Dorothy Durfey, 82; of Fulton will be buried 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 17 at Peck Cemetery, Scriba, N.Y. with the last rite of committal to be given by Rev. Vivian Summerville. The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton has care of the arrangements.
Larry F. Sedner, 56, of Fulton passed away Sunday July 5, 2015. Born in Oswego to the late Carl and Adah Henry Sedner, he had lived most of his life in the Fulton area. He is predeceased by two siblings, Kenny Sedner and Pam Kenyon. Larry is survived by his siblings, Dennis M. (Linda) Henry, Linda Sherman, Mary Ann (Moe) Mulvaney, Terry J. Sedner and Holly L. (Jim) Manford and several nieces and nephews. There are no calling hours or services. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.