Category Archives: Obituaries

David LaClair Sr., Korean War vet, retired from General Electric

David LaClair Sr., 78, of Fulton, died Friday April 18 at Morning Star Care Center, Oswego.

Mr. LaClair was born in Fulton to the late Edmund and Angeline (McNally) LaClair.  He remained a life resident of Fulton.

Mr. LaClair was a United States veteran having served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He retired from General Electric after 30 years of service.

He was pre-deceased by his daughter Kathryn LaClair and grandson David Earl.

Mr. LaClair is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jean LaClair of Fulton; three children, Tammy (Daniel) Bullard, Jane LaClair, and David (Kelly) LaClair Jr., all of Fulton; sister Beatrice LaClair of Liverpool; seven grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

Mr. LaClair’s final wish was to donate his body to science. His gift was made to the Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY.

There will be a funeral service at the convenience of the family.  The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton has care of the arrangements.

Marie E. Oeinck Myers, volunteered at Oswego County Humane Society

Marie E. Oeinck Myers, 49, of Hannibal, passed away Sunday April 13.

Born in Syracuse, she had lived in the Hannibal area for many years.

Marie enjoyed the time she volunteered for the Oswego County Humane Society and listening to music.

She was predeceased by her mother, Ida Myers.

Marie’s memory will forever be cherished by her wife, Laurie F. Oeinck Myers; children, Jessica Myers and Kassie Myers; sisters, Theresa and Kim; brothers, Chuck and Johnny; aunt Gladys Harris; grandchildren Nathaniel and Zachary; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Monday, April 21 Assumption Cemetery, Court Street, Syracuse.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal.

Frances P. Cowan, home schooled her children

Frances P. Cowan, age 63, of San Antonio, Texas, caught the 11:47 a.m. Heavenly Express, on April 11 following a heart attack, and arrived in the arms of her Blessed Savior, Jesus Christ.

She is survrived by her husband, Joseph Wayne Cowan and three children, sons Christopher Joel Cowan of Bay Shore, NY, Jonathan Aaron Cowan (and wife Dr. Vanessa ) of New York City, and daughter Sarah Angela Cowan of the San Antonio home.

Also surviving is her mother, Mabel Whelply, of Kingsport, Tenn. and four sisters, Arlene (Whelply) Lorimer and husband Charles of Millington, Tenn., Barbara (Whelply) Barbe and husband Kenneth of Englewood, Colo., Nancy L. (Whelply) Shelton and husband Ronald of Kingsport, Tenn., Kathy (Whelply) Weller and husband Steve of Phoenix, NY.

She is preceded in death by her father, Robert E. Whelply, and one older sister, Carolyn M. (Whelply) McConnell.

Fran was a dedicated stay at home mother and especially being a home school mother for her three children which now have all been graduated from various colleges and being proud citizens for God and country.

She often said she learned more while home schooling than when she was in school herself. Fran was also an accomplished seamstress and quilt maker.

Visitation was Tuesday, April 15 at the Hillscest Funeral Home Chapel in San Antonio, Texas. A graveside service was held April 16 at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank The Cristus Santa Rose Hospital in Westover Hills for the care they afforded Frances.in the ICU.

Randy Lewis Wallace, racing fan, roofer

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Randy Lewis Wallace, 64, longtime West Phoenix, and Phoenix, NY resident, passed away Thursday April 10, 2014 at the V. A. Medical Center, Syracuse, NY.

He was born in Fulton, NY Sept. 10, 1949. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1966-1968.

Randy was a roofer. He was an avid fan and participant in auto racing and was known for his famous Q-2 car, as well as the Car 99 NY with the Wallace and Waldron Racing Team.

Randy was a fisherman and enjoyed camping and spending time with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his mother, Virginia Alice (Egan) Wallace on Feb. 5, 1965; his father, Lewis Wallace on Jan. 9, 1993; his step-mother, Evelyn Grace (Delaney) Wallace on July 4, 2000; his sister-in-law, L. Julie Wallace on April 24, 2003; and  a grandnephew Mitchell Wallace, II on Dec. 16, 1989.

Surviving are his life long partner, Nora J. Wallace of Gouverneur; his daughters, Virginia I. Wallace of Alexandria Bay, Regina L. (Christopher) Murphy of Martville; his three grandchildren, Jacob Alan, Mariah Wallace; and Christopher Murphy, Jr.; his brother, Roland J. “Ronnie” Wallace; his two nephews, Mitch Wallace, and Mark Wallace; his one niece, Michelle Wallace; grandnieces and nephews, his many friends; and a special friend Tommy Considine.

Calling hours were Monday April 14 at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix. The American flag was presented to the family.

Raymond “Skip” Abrams, NASCAR fan, construction foreman

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Raymond “Skip” Abrams, Sr., 63, of Sterling, passed away Tuesday, April 15 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

He was a life resident of the Sterling-Martville area. Skip worked as a construction foreman for Fastrak Services, Inc. in Liverpool for many years and previously for Truax & Hovey in Liverpool.

He was an avid NASCAR race fan attending the races at Dover and Bristol. Skip was a devoted family man who held annual pool parties at his home.

Surviving are his three children, Raymond (Laurie) Abrams, Jr. of Sterling, George Abrams of Lyons and Lisa (Michael) Granieri of Fayetteville; longtime companion, Paula Seymour of Sterling; 10 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; siblings Linda Parrow, Lorrie Welsh, Trudy Abrams and Murray Abrams all of Martville, Dottie Sage of Volney, Terry Catchpaw of Palermo, Rusty Abrams of Sterling and Debbie Dishaw of Penn.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth “Punk” Parsons.

Calling hours were Friday April 18 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St.,  Hannibal with services immediately following with Rev. Dean Flemming officiating.

Burial will be at a later date in Martville Cemetery.

Beverly Deacons Owens, Fulton High grad, retired from Oswego County Employment and Training

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Beverly Deacons Owens, 74, of State College, Penn., died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at The Hearthside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, State College.

Born Sept. 6, 1939, in Fulton, NY, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Dora Arlene Tilton Wells.

On March 2, 1996, she married Danny Owens, who preceded her in death on Jan. 10, 2014.

She is survived by one son, Clarence J. Deacons and his wife, Jan, of Fulton, NY and one daughter, Wendy Deacons Steele and her husband, Richard, of Millsboro, Del.; three grandchildren, Tabor Deacons, Dean Miller and Hailey Steele; three great-grandchildren.

Beverly was a 1957 graduate of Fulton High School in New York.

She retired in 1995 from the Oswego County Employment and Training Office.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com.

Stuart W. Turner, carpenter, veteran, lifetime Phoenix resident

Stuart W. Turner, 82, life resident of Phoenix, N.Y., passed away on Tuesday April 8, 2014.

He was born July 27, 1931 to his late parents, Grace E. (Winne) and William H. Turner.  He was a graduate of Phoenix High School, class of 1949.

Stuart served in the U. S. Army, Korea.

Stuart was a carpenter. He was a superintendent for Hueber-Brever, Co., Syracuse for many years.

A member of the Phoenix United Methodist Church; Schroeppel Historical Society; a trustee for Phoenix Rural Cemetery Board and organizer of the weekly cemetery volunteers group; a participant of the school “canal days” child educational yearly event on Lock 01; a charter member of the John Deere Two Cylinder Club and member of VFW Post 5540.

He was an accomplished craftsman and enjoyed fine woodworking projects. Stuart also repaired mantle and wall hanging clocks.

Predeceased by his loving wife of 55 years, Ann Marie (Spriggs) Turner on March 26, 2008; and his siblings, Jane, Martha, Bob, and William.

Surviving are his three daughters, Sandra (Ken) Gomez, Sharon Cook, and Judy Turner and her husband Bob O’Connell; a son William Turner; six grandchildren, Erica Gomez, Paul Gomez, Courtney Cook, Kelsey Cook, Jacob Dievendorf and Ann Dievendorf; one sister, Winne (Rod) Bunyea; and Stuart’s companion, Florence Baur.

Calling hours were Friday April 11 in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix. Graveside service with military honors was Saturday April 12, in the Phoenix Rural Cemetery, with the Rev. Jeff Hodge officiating.

Contributions in Stuart’s memory to: Phoenix Fire & Emergency Fund, 457 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135

 

Catherine J. D’Amore Tesoriero, former secretary to school superintendent in Oswego

Catherine J. D’Amore Tesoriero, 97, of Oswego, died Sunday April 13, 2014, at St. Luke Health Services, Oswego.

Mrs. Tesoriero was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late Sam and Adeline (D’Amico) D’Amore.

She was a graduate of the Oswego High School class of 1934, and she received a Professional Secretarial Standard Cerificate from National Secretaries Association.

Mrs. Tesoriero was a member of the National and New York State Association of Educational Secretaries, and a chapter member of Oswego County Educational Secretaries Association and Clerical Association of Oswego City School District.

Mrs. Tesoriero was a member of the senior advisory council for the City of Oswego. She was employed with the City of Oswego for 14 years in various offices, including vital records as a statistical registrar. Mrs. Tesoriero worked for 24 years for the Oswego City School District, retiring in 1979, as the secretary to the Superintendent of Schools.

She was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Oswego.

Mrs. Tesoriero was predeceased by her husband, Anthony Tesoriero, daughter Florence, and her sisters Yolanda Lee, and Isabelle Molinari.

She is survived by her children Anthony (Martha) Tesoriero of OH, Karen (Dale) Connors of Va.; her brother Dr. Patrick D’Amore of Fredonia, NY; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday April 16  (today) in St. Mary of the Assumption Church. Burial will be in All Saints Mausoleum.

Calling hours were Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St. Oswego.

Contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church Preservation Fund.