Category Archives: Obituaries

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.

Virginia Albino

1-10 OB-Albino Virginia (Terramijji) Albino, 94, passed away peacefully into the arms of her
Lord, and the arms of her children, at Loretto Cunningham care facility on
Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. She was a former resident of Woodbine Ave., Syracuse, N.Y., for many years.
A lifelong hairstylist, she engaged her craft. Virginia enjoyed weekly Thursday bus trips to Turning Stone Casino, Verona. She loved watching golfer Tiger Woods, and was a devout fan of all Syracuse University sports.
She was born on Jan. 12, 1920 in Fulton, N.Y., to her late parents, Antoinette
(Percichino) and John Terramijji. She is also predeceased by her three children, Mike Novak in December 2014, John Novak in November 2014, Katherine Geswaldo in March of 1988; her daughter-in-law, Kathleen (Milligan) Novak in May of 2008; her grandsons, Charles A. “Chucky” Novak in July of 1981, and Joseph Vito Geswaldo in December of 2012.
Surviving are a her daughter-in-law, Gloria Novak; her son-in-law, Louis A. Geswaldo, Sr.; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
A Catholic Mass was held Friday Jan. 9, 2015 in Saint Stephen’s Church, 469 Main Street, Phoenix, NY 13135, with the Rev. Philip Brockmyre officiating. Burial followed in Assumption Cemetery, 2401 Court Street, Syracuse, NY 13208.
In keeping with Virginia’s wishes there are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Saint Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, 301 Prospect Ave., Syracuse, NY 13203
Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, N.Y. has care of arrangements.

Dennis T. Gantley

1-10 OB-GantleyDennis T. Gantley, 74, of Fulton passed away peacefully at his home after a battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was born in Fulton to the late Everett and Esther (Pitcher) Gantley. He remained a lifetime resident of Fulton. Mr. Gantley was a self-employed logger and he owned and operated Black Creek Lumber, Fulton, for 50 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Mr. Gantley was a licensed pilot and his passion was flying his Cessna. Mr. Gantley is survived by his wife of 53 years Merry Gantley of Fulton; their four children, Eric (Patricia) Gantley of Syracuse, Rev. Mark Gantley of Hawaii, Denise Fleet of Baldwinsville, N.Y., and Kristen (Rafael) Gantley Chavez of Cicero, N.Y.; three siblings, Everett Gantley of Calif., Maria Murdoch of Phoenix, N.Y., Joseph Gantley of Calif.; six grandchildren, Kathryn, Erin, Evan, and Brian Gantley and Alexander and Julian Chavez; and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral Services will be conducted Monday at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Mr. Gantley’s son, Rev. Mark Gantley.  Burial will be held in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours will be conducted from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 West 2nd St. S., Fulton.

Ellen M. Hawthorne

Hawthorne OBEllen M. Hawthorne, 95, of Fulton, passed away on Monday, December 29 after a brief illness. She was born on October 1, 1919 in the town of Granby, the daughter of Eva (Loveland) and Vernon Fuller. Ellen retired after years of working at the Nestle Credit Union Office. She was a communicant of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Fulton and member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas #833; the Golden Agers and Fulton Women’s Club. Ellen was predeceased by her husband, Millard “Mike” Hawthorne in 1962; son, Bruce Hawthorne; granddaughter, Elizabeth Hawthorne; sister, Marie Halstead and brothers, Howard, Leo and Henry Fuller.
Ellen is survived by a daughter, Joyce Cook of Volney; sons, Dennis (Cindy) Hawthorne Sr. and David (Lisa) Hawthorne all of Fulton and Mark (Charlene) Hawthorne of Rhome, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Beulah “Bea” Welch of Florida; two nephews; nine nieces; many grandnieces and grandnephews and sister-in-law, Loretta Fuller of Fulton.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, January 5 at the Church of the Holy Trinity, corner of Rochester and South Third streets, Fulton, with burial at Jacksonville Cemetery in Lysander. Calling hours were Sunday, January 4 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Ellen’s wish was to have donations in lieu of flowers made to the Elizabeth Hawthorne Scholarship Fund at the YMCA Pre-School, 715 West Broadway, Fulton, NY 13069.

Marco Kaldi

Kaldi OBMarco Kaldi passed away unexpectedly on December 21 at his home in Bradenton, Fla. He was 52 years old. Marco was born in Paris, France and spent his young life in Milan, Italy. He came back to the U.S. when he was five and lived in New York City where he attended the United Nations School. He spent his high school years in the Boston area and joined the Navy upon graduation. He was stationed in Barbers Pointe, HI, where he was awarded a Humanitarian Service Medal. He attended Navy EOD School (Explosive Ordnance Detection) in Indian Head, MD and Airborne Training in Fort Benning, GA. His dreams of becoming a Navy Seal were dashed when he suffered severe injuries from a 50-foot fall while mountain climbing. He was medically discharged from the Navy. He spent many years working for EOD companies all over the world clearing the way for the military in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan, especially during the time that the US was at war with these countries.
It was while he was stationed at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan that he found the opportunity to exercise the kindness in his heart when a fellow worker from Zimbabwe spoke of his paralyzed eight-year-old son. The worker was trying to save enough money to buy a powered wheelchair for his son. Marco contacted Hoveround Corporation, headquartered near where he lived in Sarasota, Fla. The owner and CEO of Hoveround was touched by the story and responded with the donation of a $9,000 powered, all-terrain wheelchair, shipping the chair to Zimbabwe – the first ever sent there. Marco even assisted with finding a freight carrier who would ship the chair from Sarasota to Zimbabwe and Marco’s company agreed to pay the $1,000 shipping charge.
He was the quintessential Mr. Fix-It, once owning a tile and marble store in Honolulu. He worked on the construction of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Maui and built houses on Oahu. He was always ready to lend a hand. He was a loving father, a compassionate husband and a devoted friend. He was a “giver.” The common theme expressed by his friends and family is “he would give you the shirt off his back.” His kindness and his sensitive nature will be missed by all those who loved him.
Marco is survived by his wife, Charlotte; his daughter, Serena of Honolulu, HI; his mother, Leita Bevacqua Kaldi Davis of Bradenton, Fla., his father, Mirko Mandich and sister, Silvia Mandich, both of Venice, Italy; his brother, Jude of Miami; his grandmother, Ruth Aluzzi of Fulton and several beloved aunts, uncles and cousins in the Fulton/Syracuse area; and a niece and nephew in Venice, Italy.
A memorial service will be held at the Sarasota (FL) Military Cemetery on January 14, 2015. Arrangements for a memorial service in the Syracuse area are still being planned.