Category Archives: Obituaries

Michael A. LaBeef, ironworker, veteran, sports enthusiast, well known in wrestling community


Michael A. LaBeef, 73, of Fulton, passed away surrounded by his loving family on  Tuesday July 8 after a battle with cancer.

Mike was born in Sterling Valley, a son to the late William and Judy LaBeef and lived most of his life in Fulton.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the ripe young age of 16, where he served four years.

Mike was an ironworker with Local 60 and retired from the Local 9, after spending more than 40 years in the trade. He also held a “second job” as he called it, at O.T.B. He would stop and have breakfast with his friends on his way into “work.”

Mike was also known as “The Devil” to his circle of sports enthusiast friends. He was an avid softball player in his younger days and when his body didn’t move as quickly, he became an umpire for the Fulton Softball Association.

You could often find Mike at the Fulton Y.M.C.A., where his jaw got more of a workout than any other part of his body.

Mike had been battling cancer since November of 2013. He would be at the oncologist every Thursday keeping everyone laughing and forgetting their worries if only for a little while.

Mike was very well known to the Fulton wrestling community, in which he had two sons and three grandsons who wrestled for Fulton. He was affectionately known as “Papa” to all the boys in the program.

Mike’s grandchildren were his pride and joy. He would often travel across states to watch them in whatever sport or activity they were participating in.

He is predeceased by his sister, Sharon France.

Mike is survived by two sons, Ron  (Olinda) LaBeef of Pomfret, CT and Don (Lori) LaBeef of Fulton; a daughter, Michele (Robert) Earl of Fulton; his longtime companion, Virginia Whitmire of                  Niagara Falls; three brothers, Danny (Kate) LaBeef of Hannibal, Richard LaBeef of Auburndale, FL. and Robert LaBeef of Pleasanton, Kansas; two sisters, Barbara Seymour of Auburndale, FL. and Yvonne Palmer of Wilmington, DE; eight beautiful grandchildren, Mike LaBeef, Alex LaBeef, RJ LaBeef and Gena LaBeef all of Pomfret, CT, Mitchell LaBeef, Madelyn LaBeef, Marcus Earl and Jonathan Earl all of Fulton; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 11 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Burial will be in Springbrook Cemetery, Fair Haven.

An adult celebration of Mike’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday July 12 following the funeral services at the Fulton Elks Lodge #830, 57 Pierce Dr., Fulton.


Lawrence Croucher, plant pathologist and crop consultant


Lawrence F. Croucher, 63, of Oswego died Friday July 4, 2014 in University Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born in Syracuse, the son of the late Leslie and Anna (Perry) Croucher.

Larry was a plant pathologist and crop consultant for Crop Production Services, of Sodus, NY.

He is survived by his wife of eight years, Joyce Croucher of Oswego; children Benjamin (Melanie) Croucher of PA, Carrie Croucher of Boston Sean Croucher of HI; stepchildren Judith (Eric) Emerling of Springville, Tanya Kszystyniak of Ithaca, Joshua Kszystyniak of Syracuse; his brother, Thomas (Sonia) Croucher of Indiana; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday July 8 at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were Monday July 7 at the funeral home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

Ian Stanbridge, worked at Anheuser Busch, volunteered for Boy Scouts, Little League


Ian P. Stanbridge, 61, of Phoenix, NY passed away at his home surrounded by family after battling a long illness.

Mr. Stanbridge was born to the late John and Olive “Joyce” (Jones) Stanbridge of Cheltenham, England. He has been a resident of the United States since 1976 and has been living in Phoenix, NY since 1977.

Mr. Stanbridge had served in the Territorial Army in England. He worked as a maintenance mechanic and machinist at Anheuser Busch, Baldwinsville, NY for 24 years.

Mr. Stanbridge was the founding member of the Baldwinsville Brewery Bicycling Club. He enjoyed being a past volunteer with Boy Scouts of America and the Phoenix Little League.

Mr. Stanbridge is survived by his wife of 40 years, Glenda Stanbridge of Phoenix, NY; children, Matthew (Jesse) Stanbridge of CA and Katherine (Matthew) Maine of Pennellville, NY; granddaughter Vivian Maine of Pennellville, NY; sisters and brother-in-laws, Jennifer Kinder, Gillian (Clive)  Berriman both of Cheltenham, England, and Debra (Martin) Jenkins of Staffordshire, England; and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the convenience of the family.  Burial will be held privately. There will be no calling hours.

The family has requested that donations may be made in honor of Ian to Rails to Trails Conservancy, The Duke Ellington Building, 2121 Ward Ct., NW 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20037; American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601 or to All Saints Episcopal Church, 149 S. First St. Fulton, NY 13069.

The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton has care of the arrangements.


Richard Barnes, long-time Fulton resident

Richard Barnes, 61, of Fulton, passed away Saturday July 5.

Born in Syracuse, he was a long time resident of the Fulton area.

Richard had worked at Radio Shack in Oswego.

He was predeceased by his parents, Richard and Gloria Barnes.

Richard is survived by his wife Debbie and several other extended family members.

A graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday July 10 at Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Section 28 in Fulton.  There are no calling hours.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Foster Funeral Home in Fulton.

Maudie M. (Spady) Jacobs, Carrier Corp. retiree

 Maudie  M. (Spady) Jacobs, 74, of Phoenix, NY,
passed from this life, to life eternal on Saturday
July 5, 2014 after a long illness.
Born in Northhampton, VA to her late parents,
Maudie M.(Whitman) and William T. Spady on
April 6, 1940.
 She graduated Northhampton High School, class
of 1958.  Maudie was a 23-year employee of Carrier
Corp., Syracuse, retiring in 2000. She was a member of
Carrier Retirees Association.
She was predeceased by her son, Gregory James Jacobs on
May 13, 1986; and brothers and sisters.
She leaves one surviving son, George Robert Jacobs,
Jr.; very dearest friends Ron and Mary Smith of Phoenix,
and Lori and Rick Matot of Phoenix; one sister, Ruth
Gladys (William) Smith of Richmond, VA.; many nieces, nephews
and cousins.
Calling hours are from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday July 9 at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, followed by a 3 p.m. funeral service, at 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY.
 Burial will be in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St..
Contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice.