Category Archives: Obituaries

Nancy M. Merkley, loved to cook and try new recipes

Nancy M. Merkley, 56, of Fulton, passed away Thursday, March 20 at Oswego Hospital after a brief battle with cancer.

She was a graduate of Cicero High School, class of 1975.

Nancy was a big hearted wife, mother and grandmother who loved cooking and was never afraid to try a new recipe. She worked in the food service industry most of her life.

Nancy was a people person and was kind to everyone who crossed her path.

She was predeceased by her parents, Harry and Mae Hudson.

Surviving are her husband, David Merkley of Fulton; two daughters, Kelly (Chad) Kelahan of Aberdeen, MD and Kimberly Merkley of Fulton; three grandchildren, Austin, Benjamin and Lillian; a sister, Genevieve (Mark) Garland of Mattydale as well as several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 27 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., in Fulton with services 11 a.m. Friday, March 28 also at the funeral home.

Brindsley “Brin” McCann, retired from Sealright

Brindsley “Brin” McCann, 85, died Friday March 21, 2014 in University Hospital, Syracuse.

Mr. McCann was born in Volney, the son of Myron and Gertrude McCann.

Mr. McCann worked for Sealright Co. for 45 years before his retirement.

He served in the United States Army from 1950 until 1952.

He was a member of the Volney seniors and a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.

Mr. McCann was predeceased by his wife Mary F. McCann in 2014, and his siblings Fred, Richard, Maurice, Donald, Worden, Louis McCann and Eileen Mileskey, Dorothy Miller, Eleanor Lachut, and Gertrude Craw.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Spring burial will be in New Haven Cemetery. There are no calling hours. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

David N. Cravetz, charter member of Fulton Men’s Chorus

David N. Cravetz, 90, Delray Beach, FL, formerly of Fulton, NY, passed away peacefully March 11, 2014 after a long illness.

David was born in Syracuse, NY, and moved to Fulton at a very early age. While in Fulton, he was affiliated with the family businesses, Ontario Star Cleaners and B&T Sport Shop.

He and his wife Betty retired and moved to Florida in 1991.

David was a charter member of the Fulton Men’s Chorus and was involved in several musical productions in town. He was a member of the Masons, Hiram Lodge, #144. David was a member of Congregation Adath Israel, Oswego, NY and Temple Emeth, Delray Beach, FL.

Survivors include his loving wife of more than 66 years, Betty, Delray Beach, FL; two children, Paul “PJ” (Michelle) Cravetz, Clifton Park, NY, and Amy (Phil) Mrazik, Waterbury, CT; two granddaughters, Alexis Cravetz, New York, NY, and Jordan (Jeff) Speanburg, Huntersville, NC; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held March 14 at Beth Israel Memorial Chapel, Delray Beach, FL, and burial took place at the South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth, FL.

Donations may be sent to Hospice of Palm Beach County, Gerstenberg Hospice Center, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, Fl. 33407-2387.

Frederick Foster Dunsmoor, loved boating, golf

Frederick Foster Dunsmoor, 88, a resident of 3F, No. 15, Alley 38, Lane 24, Cheng-te Road, Section 3, Taipei, Taiwan, passed away Tuesday March 11, 2014.

He was birn in Osego Oct. 20, 1926, a son of the late Orlia and Bernice (Bullock) Dunsmoor.

He was a Navy and Air Force veteran. Fred loved boating and golfing and spending time with family and friends.

He was a member of Christ Church, Oswego, and Good Shepherds Church.

Surviving is his wife of 23 years, Ruth Dunsmoor; five children, Janet Morgan, sharon Dunsmoor, Rick Dunsmoor, David Dunsmoor and Cindy (Scott) Lambries; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sena Stone and Rose Pepper of Scriba.

He was a member of Master Masons, Shriners, past patron of Eastern Star, very active in all Masonic bodies — Scottish Rite, York Rite, the Royal Order of Scotland, Order of DeMolay and International Order of Rainbow for Girls.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Robert, Orlia, Jack, Edgar, Bryant; and a sister Norine Buske.

A memorial service will be held in Taipei. He will be bureid in Alaska.

Ezra Michael Natoli-Bourdon, infant

Ezra Michael Natoli-Bourdon, infant son of David Bourdon and Marianne Natoli, entered into God’s loving arms Monday March 17, 2014 at Highland Hospital, Rochester, due to Triploid Syndrome.

In addition to his parents, Ezra is survived by his brother, Ledger Natoli–Bourdon; his maternal grandparents, Bob and Peggy Natoli of Oswego; paternal grandparents, Jim and Nancy Bourdon of Oswego; paternal great-grandmother, Phyllis Maniccia of Oswego; uncles Bobby Natoli of Oswego, Matt (Mylien Le) Bourdon of Washington, DC; his aunt Emily Bourdon of Oswego; and cousin Hannah Bourdon of Oswego.

Funeral services and burial for Ezra will be private.

The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

Robert “Bob” Hughes, WWII veteran, longtime printer

3-15_OBIThughesRobert “Bob” Hughes, 89, of Fair Haven, passed away on March 8, 2014 with his family by his side in Syracuse, NY.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife and best friend of 65 years, Betsy Hughes; his children, Robin (John) Thomas of Seattle, WA, Debbie (Ralph) Stamp of Cleveland, NY,  Jody (Marty) Satalin of Syracuse, NY,  Scott (Maureen) Hughes of Clinton, NY; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Bob grew up on the South Side of Syracuse and led a colorful childhood, and often recounted stories of selling newspapers on the street corner he bought and setting up pins at the local bowling alley.

His family later moved to Fulton, NY, where he attended Fulton High School and was a multi-sport athlete until 1942 when he enlisted and served as a Navy Pharmacist’s Mate in the Asiatic Pacific.

Upon returning as a WWII veteran, he completed his high school degree and soon met his wife, Betsy Miller of Baldwinsville, NY.

Bob was a devoted husband and loving father while raising four children with Betsy in Lysander, NY and spending summers in their beloved Fair Haven.

Bob led a successful career in the printing industry, starting at Sealright Co. and ultimately retiring as vice president of sales from Sonoco Flexible Packaging (formerly Morrill Press) in 1996.

He and Betsy moved to Fair Haven year-round, enjoying its beauty and volunteering in various village activities, including being a founding member of the Save our Fourth Association (S.O.F.A.).

Well-known and loved by all for his charming wit and humorous jokes, Bob will be missed by family and countless friends.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at the convenience of the family at a future date. Arrangements are being handled by Traub Funeral Home.

Contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to S.O.F.A., P. O. Box 13, Fair Haven, NY 13064.

Please visit www.traub.com for On-Line Guest Book.

Gregory A. Case, corrections officer, loved outdoors

3-15_OBITcaseGregory A. Case, 55, of Red Creek, passed away on Tuesday, March 11 at Auburn Community Hospital after a brief illness and a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

He was a graduate of Red Creek Central High School, class of 1977.

Greg retired in 1998 as a corrections officer after 15 years at Butler Correctional Facility in Red Creek, Auburn Correctional Facility and Watertown Correctional Facility.

He loved the outdoors including camping, hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his wife of seven years, Melody Webster Case of Red Creek; children, Christine (Michael) Harrison, Jr. of Oneida and Steven Case of Red Creek; a grandson, Cameron Harrison; parents, Allen “Pete” and Joan Case of Martville; siblings, Jeffrey (Kathleen) Case of Albany, Cynthia (Steven) Keeling of Martville and Amy (Daisy Curcie) Case of North Syracuse; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kristine (Tim) Lozier of Fair Haven, Holley (Steven) Goolding of Fair Haven, Brenda Webster of Queensbury and Wendy Webster of Auburn; mother-in-law, Nancy Webster of Fair Haven; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family wishes to thank special care givers, Taylar Smalling, Donald Hartley, Mickey Jeffers, Laura Lozier and Susan Wheaton.

Calling hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 15 (today) at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal with services immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are encouraged to be made to Multiple Sclerosis Resources of CNY, 6743 Kinne St., East Syracuse, NY 13057.

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.