Category Archives: Obituaries

Esther Irland, loved to ‘whoop it up’

Esther Irland passed away quietly on Monday, March 10 at the age of 86.

She had spent that day surrounded by her family and succumbed to complications from a merciless series of health issues.

Esther was predeceased her husband Bruce Irland, who died in 1986.

She is survived by her sons, Gary and Phillip as well as seven grandchildren and 10great grandchildren whom she adored.

Esther was known to ride (fast) on snowmobiles, motorcycles and boats as well as “cutting a mean rug” and whooping it up whenever possible. She was loved by all who knew her and will be sorely missed.

There will be a celebration of Esther’s life on Thursday, March 20 at the I.O.O.B. (International Order of Old Bastards) Club, 1170 Sand Hill Road, Martville, NY starting at 3 pm. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Pictures and stories are welcome.

If you would like to make a contribution in Esther’s name to the Humane Society, she would have liked that.

Margaret M. Gantley, retired from Springside at Seneca Hill

Margaret M. Gantley, 71, of Fulton, died Thursday March 6 at her home.

She was born in Oswego, NY to the late William and Leona (Rowlee) Ferriter.

Mrs. Gantley was a resident of Fulton for most of her life. She retired from Springside at Seneca Hill, Volney, NY in 2012.

Mrs. Gantley was a devoted caregiver for her family.

She was predeceased by her brother Gerald Ferriter in 1961.

Mrs. Gantley is survived by her daughter Sandra Ferriter of Fulton; eight siblings,  Susan Ferriter of Fulton, Katherine Enright of Mexico, NY, Michael (Patsy) Ferriter of Sterling, NY, Lawrence (Sheila) Ferriter of Fulton, Janice Leonard of Minetto, Frances Davis of NC, Mary Jeanne Lapeta of Ill., and Elizabeth (David) Baldwin of Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no funeral service.  Burial will be held privately.

Calling hours are 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15 in the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton.

David P. Colling, HVAC technician

David P. Colling, 51, of Fulton, died Friday March 7, 2014 in the Oswego Hospital.

Mr. Colling was born in Oswego, the son of the late Burton and Margaret (Hollenbeck) Colling.

He worked for Wilmorite in Syracuse, as a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technician.

Mr. Colling is survived by his children, Matthew Colling, Brandon Colling and Rebekah Colling, all of Phoenix; and his siblings Burton (Connie) Colling of Mexico, Patricia (Gary) Ryan of Baldwinsville, Cindy (Bill) Neivel of Mexico; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Tuesday March 11 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton. Spring burial will be in Palermo Cemetery.

Calling hours also were Tuesday at the funeral home at 224 W. Second St.  Fulton.

Newton George Ward, Navy vet, owned Ward’s Service Station, sold Coca-Cola

Newton “Newt” George Ward, 87, passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014, from complications of a recent surgery.

Newt was born in Lysander, NY on April 1, 1926. There was not a more appropriate day than April Fool’s Day for Newt to be brought in to this world. His constant humor and ability to make anyone laugh was undeniable.

Newt attended school in Fulton, NY.  He was a proud member of the Drum and Bugle Corp.

After falsifying his age, with his father’s permission, he joined the US Navy in 1942 at the age of 16. He served on the USS Abele and USS Hilarity, holding a rank of Motor Machinist Mate Third Class.

He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the American Theatre Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Medal and the Victory Medal during his service in the Navy. He received an honorable discharge March 25, 1946.

Throughout his life, Newt worked for various employers. One of his most memorable jobs was working as a salesman for Coca-Cola.

Newt loved to share with friends and family his success story of “outselling all route salesmen for the red Coca-Cola coolers” in 1954. In the small community of Fulton, 22 of the 23 service stations held Ward-sold red coolers for Coca-Cola. His gift of gab, work ethic and tenacity ensured his success in sales.

In addition, Newt operated the Mobil Gas Station, named Ward’s Service Station in Fulton, NY. He was always proud of the service he provided the Fulton community. He also enjoyed the flexibility this provided him to disappear for something very important, such as a good card game or exciting craps game.

Upon closing of Ward’s service station, Newt began his journey as a proud Teamster at Fiddler, the Oswego steam station and Nine Mile. He retired in 1991 as the Teamster steward.

Newt was a staunch union man and had no problems sharing his opinions on that issue. Shortly after retirement, Newt returned to the world of employment.

He was a truck driver for New Penn Golf Carts for several years. He not only knew where every diner was in New York, but where every golf course was as well.

At a young age, Newt had a passion for car racing. He was a frequent driver at The Oswego Speedway.

Newt’s impact on the local racing community still exists today. Driving the infamous polka dotted car, number 8, he won the Opening Night Feature at the Oswego Speedway in 1953.

This led to his love for NASCAR racing, always cheering for Dale Earnhardt Jr. In addition, Newt truly enjoyed a game of chance, whether it involved football, cards, horses or dice. Those who were able to join him at a casino could admire his ability to brave the odds – sometimes with success, sometimes not.

Knowing that so many of his friends and family supported Syracuse Athletics and the Yankee Baseball Club, he religiously watched every SU basketball and football game and NY Yankee game, always cheering for the opposing team.  The sole purpose of this was to be the first to mention an SU or Yankee loss to their fans.

Newt could always be heard repeating some of his famous lines such as “This isn’t my first rodeo,”  “Darlene Who?” or pointing to his head stating “What do you think?  This is just for holding a hat”?

Many moons ago, he was known to be in a bar stating, “When Newt Ward drinks, everybody drinks, which led to drinks being poured for all in the place, then when he finished his drink he said “When Newt Ward pays, everybody pays.”

We have been told he then had to quickly exit the bar.

Newt could also be found at Mimi’s Diner for breakfast nearly every morning.  He found one of the advantages of aging was the ability to flirt with the waitresses without being charged with harassment.

He always had a way to make whoever was waiting on him believe she was his favorite. The family would like to thank each and every waitress at Mimi’s for all of the joy and laughter they brought to him and taking care of him like he was their dad.

Newt had a lifelong love for chocolate and ice cream. He would always pick an extra large banana split over any nutritional meal. His family and friends could always plan on a nightly trip to Carvels, Byrne Dairy or The Big Dipper.

His wit, stories and sense of humor were unparalleled. This could often be verified by some of his closest friends, Randy Perry, Norm (Sparky) Bovay, Fred Bevacqua, Dick Clark and Gerry Allen.

Newt lived his life on his own terms.  He lived large, loved large and left a large legacy behind.

Newt is predeceased by his parents, Newton Nutting Ward and Genevieve (Horr) Ward, his brothers Jack and Elmer and his sister Blanche (Ward) Brewer.

Newt is survived by his wife Ann (Anabel) Ward; children, Deborah (Dick Campbell) Ely, and Connie Ward both of Fulton, Steve (Sue) Ward of Albany, Dan (Sandy) Shue, Shelly (Randy) Allen and Tammy (Blake) Bednarz; sister Rhoda Brown; and former wife, Barbara Stowell Nastasi, all of Fulton. He is also survived by his grandchildren Matthew, Brittany, Jocelyn, Christina, Jessica, Valentina, Kimberly, Courtney, Anna and Blake; niece, Judy (Bud) Young; nephews, Jim Mangano and Randy Brown. He also leaves behind his beloved dog, Chuck.

His family is very thankful for the love and care he received from the staff of St. Luke Rehabilitation Facility, St. Francis Living Facility and St. Joseph’s Hospital Staff on Unit 2-5 and Unit 1-8.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton, NY. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

If Newt has touched your life and you would like to share a memory at his funeral service please let one of his children know.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Ward may be made to the animal rescue organization, Paws Across Oswego County, 2035 County Route 1, Oswego, NY 13126.

Ruth S. Hagen, owned Mexico 5&10, served on Mexico village board

Ruth S. Hagen, 94, beloved and cherished mother, grandmother and great grandmother, died peacefully at the Meadowbrook Nursing Home March 2, 2014.

She was born Ruth Hazel Savage, the daughter of John and Hazel Savage, May 15, 1919 in Brooklyn, N.Y. She graduated from Rochester Business School in 1939.

In 1941, she married William Henry Hagen (who died in 1998), with whom she had four children: Ruth Hagen Mowry (David) of Plattsburgh, N.Y., William Hagen Jr. (Kathleen McCartney) of Northampton, Mass., James Hagen (Suzanne) of Temple, Texas  and Peter Hagen (Bonnie Savage)  of Fulton, N.Y.

She served as a member of the Fulton and Mexico PTAs. In Mexico, where she raised her family, she was an active member of the Methodist Church.

She owned and operated the Mexico 5&10 where she daily greeted her many friends in the community. She also served as a member the Village Board.

She held various professional positions. She retired as secretary to the school psychology department at SUNY Oswego in 1978 and was a member of CSEA.

She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She will be remembered as someone quick to extend a helping hand, a warm hug, and an engaging conversation.

For the past seven years, she was a resident of the Vilas Home, Plattsburgh, N.Y.

In addition to her children, she is survived by three brothers, Jack Savage (Vera) of Clearwater, Fla., David (Dorothy) of Leesburg, Fla. and Tom (Evelyn) of Mexico, N.Y.; grandchildren: Melissa Mowry, Pres Hagen, Sam Hagen, Susan Hagen, Sarah Hagen, Kaitlin Strovink, Kim Strovink, Amanda Adamay and Sadie Adamay; and five great grandchildren: Helen Hale-Mowry, Alex Hale-Mowry, Henry Eminger, Penny Eminger  and Scarlet Sansone.

A memorial service will be held at the Methodist Church in Mexico at a date to be announced. Donations in her memory may be made to the Vilas Home, Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Heald Funeral Home, 48 Court St., Plattsburgh.

To light a candle or leave an online condolence, please visit healdfuneralhomeinc.com

Rosario Licciardello, lettuce and onion farmer

Rosario Licciardello, a self-employed lettuce and onion farmer, passed away on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at his home.

He was 95.

The son of the late Gaetano Licciardello and Verda Cutuli Licciardello, he was born June 11, 1918 in New York City.

A veteran of WWII, Rosario served his county in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Marie, at home; children, Maria Nazarro and her husband Robert of Pine Bush, Richard Licciardello and his wife Sandra of Fulton, NY, Lauri Quigley and her husband John of Pine Bush, Howard Potter II and his wife Terri of Bath, NY, Scott Porter and his wife Sheila of Albany; sister Vita Chalone and husband Bart of Fulton, NY 16 grandchildren,  six great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Rosario is predeceased by his brother, Michael Licciardello and his sister; Sadie Malone.

Cremation will be private and at the convenience of the family. A memorial service will take place at a later date in the spring.

Arrangements are entrusted to the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc. www.wmgaganfuneralhome.com

Shirley S. (Young) Bird, owned Bird Farm in Volney

Shirley  S. (Young) Bird, 73, of Volney, NY, passed away at home on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 with her family by her side.

Born in Syracuse, NY to her late parents, Mildred E. (Drumma) and Roy  J. Young, Sr. on Dec. 22, 1940, she was the owner/operator of the Bird Farm in Volney, NY.

Shirley was predeceased by her late husband of 45 years, William Lamar Bird in April of 2006; a daughter, Sally  A. Satusky in April of 2009; her siblings, three brothers, John, Roy Jr., and James; six sisters, Janet, Joan, Beverly, Rosemary, Patricia and Marilyn.

Surviving are her daughter, Susan A. (Larry) Benjamin of Phoenix, NY; three sons William S. Bird of Southport, NC, Randy M. (Katy) Bird of Kapolei, HI, and Timothy P. (Gloria) Bird of Baldwinsville; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bud Young and Richard Young; three sisters, Jean Cook, Barbara Johnson and Ruth Whorrall; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private burial will take place in the summer.

Contributions in Shirley’s memory to: American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Homes, Inc., Phoenix, has care of arrangements.

Anita “Cathi” Ramacus, collected angels

Anita “Cathi” Ramacus, 57, of Fulton, died Thursday Feb. 20 at Oswego Hospital, Oswego after a long illness.

Cathi was born in Syracuse, NY and she has been a resident of Fulton for most of her life.

Cathi was a very spiritual person and she enjoyed collecting angels.

She is survived by her children, Antonita “Toni” Ramacus of Syracuse, Frances “Franny” Ramacus of Fulton, Ramsey Ramacus, and Gregory Ramacus both of Syracuse; two sisters, Rita of Clay and Terry of CA; 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were held Tuesday Feb. 25 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton. Burial will be held privately.