Category Archives: Obituaries

Laura Post Thompson, IRS auditor

Laura  Post  Thompson, 97, former Phoenix, NY resident, passed away on Tuesday Feb. 25, 2014, at the Chittenango Center for Rehabilitation and Health Care, Chittenango.

She was born in the town of Camillus, NY to her late parents, Mary (Zimmerman) and William Post on March 13, 1916.  She was a graduate of Phoenix High School, class of 1933.

When she entered the work force at age 18, her hourly rate was 32 cents in the wrapping room at Nestle Co., Fulton.  Later she worked for Columbia Mills Co., Minetto, NY.  They were manufacturers of venetian blinds.

Laura continued her education with two years of college.  She was hired as an auditor for the IRS in Syracuse, NY retiring in 1962 after 32 years of service.

Laura was a longtime member of the Phoenix United Methodist Church.

Besides her parents, she predeceased by her husband, Walter Pixley Thompson on July 23, 1994; her sister Helen M. Reichel on Dec. 24, 2005; her brother, Donald Post.

Surviving are her nieces and nephews.

Services were Feb. 28 in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135, with the Rev. Marion Moore-Colgan officiating.  Spring burial in Belle Isle Cemetery, town of Camillus, NY.

Calling hours were held prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.

Fred R. Lockwood, D-Day and Bulge survivor, served as Oswego Town supervisor, clerk, assessor

Fred R. Lockwood, 89, peacefully passed into the Lord’s presence from St. Luke Health Services in Oswego, on Feb.  25, 2014.

Born Feb. 1, 1925 to Harold and Eva Lockwood, of Hannibal, NY, Fred graduated in the class of 1942.

Drafted into the US Army in 1943, Fred landed on D-Day with the 4th Infantry on Utah Beach, earning two Bronze Stars and several other medals for heroic service in five major European campaigns, culminating with the Battle of the Bulge.

Fred married Grace Wellwood June 5, 1949 and resided in Southwest Oswego, where they raised four children and were happily married for 56 years, until Grace passed away in 2005.

Fred purchased his own grocery store in Southwest Oswego (where Ontario Orchards is now) in 1949 and worked there for 11 years; worked 10 years in food service at SUNY Oswego; then worked for the county as the administrator of Michaud Nursing Home in Fulton until retiring.

He enjoyed work and looked forward to each new day. Fred was active in Oswego Town government, serving as clerk, supervisor and assessor.

He also served as a trustee, then as president of the Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

Fred is a member of Oswego Alliance Church where he has served the congregation through various ministries.

Fred was active in sports since a boy, playing baseball on Hannibal’s team for many years, and then playing softball on Oswego teams. In later years he enjoyed taking part in the yearly Hannibal Old-Timer’s games, and umpiring softball games for Oswego leagues.

While working at SUNY Oswego, Fred played and organized “pick-up” basketball games which became known as “Freddy-Ball,” after their organizer. Even at age 50, it was well known that Fred could out play the younger men!

Surviving Fred are his children, Harold (Beth) Lockwood of Fulton, NY, Joyce (Chett) Hobbs of Florence, MS, Mary Ann (Gary) Wilcox of Mohawk, NY and Nancy (Jack) Hay of Knoxville, TN; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, with three more on the way; two sisters-in-law and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family received those wishing to express their respects Feb. 28 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1 (today) at the Oswego Alliance Church, 371 Thompson Road, Oswego with Pastor Wade Smith officiating.

Burial with military honors will be in the spring at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Oswego Alliance Church, 371 Thompson Rd, Oswego, 13126 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, 13204.

Mary E. Sperati, Nestle retiree

Mary E. Sperati, 99, of Fulton, passed away on Monday, Feb. 24 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

She was the daughter of Nazareno and Louise Sperati and was born in Fulton on Aug. 4, 1914.

Mary was a machine operator at the Nestle Co. in Fulton for 37 years, retiring in 1979. She had previously worked at the M. H. Fishman Company department store in Fulton.

Mary was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church in Fulton and a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Pere LeMoyne #833; Holy Trinity Golden Agers; Fulton Senior Citizens and Granby Senior Citizens.

Surviving is her niece, Louise of Fulton and other nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and brothers, Lawrence, James, Patrick and Peter Sperati.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, Feb. 28 at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton. Spring graveside services will be in  St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Calling hours were Thursday Feb. 27 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton, NY 13069.

Christine M. Wagner, loved her time at camp

Christine M. Wagner, 50, of Granby, lost a courageous battle with breast cancer on Friday, Feb. 21 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born on Feb. 7, 1964 in Syracuse, she attended high school at Onondaga Central. Chris worked at Price Shopper Supermarket in Fulton for more than 20 years.

She loved to spend time at her camp with her family and friends as well as digging and planting flowers throughout her numerous gardens. She was one tough cookie and will be missed by many.

Surviving are her loving husband, Robert H. Wagner Jr., of Granby; three children, Megan Wagner of New Milford, NJ, Nicole Wagner of Rochester and Matthew Wagner of Granby, along with many close family and friends.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 (today) at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

There will be no services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and care givers of the University Physicians Hematology / Oncology Oswego and Oswego County Hospice.

Rita M. Mentes, worked at Syracuse Pottery, Syroco

Rita M. Mentes passed away surrounded by her loving family at St. Luke Health Services on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.

She was a Cohoes, NY, native, and the daughter of the late Henry Bouleris and Elizabeth (LaPlante) Bouleris. She spent most of her adult life in the Syracuse and Fair Haven area.

Over the years, she worked at Syracuse Pottery, Syroco, her husband’s business, and Cato Show Print.

She was predeceased by her husband Imre Mentes, parents, two sisters and seven brothers.

She is survived by two daughters, Debbie (John) Sugar and Jill (Robert) Flack; four grandchildren, Jaclyn (Josh Blanchard) Sherman, Stephanie Sherman, Justin Sherman, and Janelle Flack; “adopted” grandson, Ron Ingison; and two great-grandchildren, Hailey Sherman and Alison Sherman-Green.

No public services will be held. A private celebration of Rita’s life will be held for immediate family only.

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

Marcia L. Ukleya, defense department auditor

Marcia L. Ukleya, 39, died Wednesday Feb. 19 in Community Hospital, Syracuse.

Marcia was born in Oswego, the daughter of Joseph and Loretta (Malone) Ukleya.

She worked for the United States Department of Defense in Arlington, VA, as an auditor.

Marcia was predeceased by her grandparents Louise Malone and Ed Ukleya.

She is survived by her parents, Joseph and Loretta (Malone) Ukleya of Hannibal; brother Tom (Mari) Ukleya of Clay; sister Amy (Dan) Pepper of Hannibal; grandparents Leonard Malone and Dorothy Ukleya; her nieces and nephews Kurt, Owen, Logan, and Makenzie; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services were Feb. 24 from the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego and St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Oswego.

Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Calling hours were Sunday Feb. 23 at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

Charles Melvin Peet, worked at BirdsEye, Red Creek Canning

Charles  Melvin  Peet, 89, of Oswego, passed away at the Pontiac Care and Rehab Center on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.

He was born to his late parents, Emma (Blount) and Ellsworth Peet, Jan. 2, 1925.

He was a graduate of  Mexico Academy. Charlie had been a farm hand in Palermo, Volney, and Phoenix areas much of his life. He also was employed at BirdsEye, Fulton and Red Creek Canning factory, as well as working in a sawmill.

He retired from the J. Martin Co., Lake City, Fla. in 1990.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, George Peet in 2006; and his close friends, Homer L. Eastman in 2000 and Velma Ruth Eastman in 2004.

Surviving are his two sisters, Ethel Gleason of Mexico, NY, and Edith J. House of Phoenix, NY;  several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services were Feb. 24 in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, with Pastor Barb Ouderkirk Pepper officiating. Spring burial in Pennellville Cemetery, Schroeppel.

Calling hours were Feb. 24 prior to the service in the funeral home.

Deborah Germon, served in U.S. Navy

Deborah A. Germon, 62, of Mexico died Wednesday Feb. 19, 2014 in the Oswego Hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Germon was born in Syracuse, the daughter of the late Wallace and Helen Grant.

She served in the United States Navy from 1980 until 1984.

Mrs. Germon is predeceased by her brother, Eric Grant.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Franklin Germon of Mexico; siblings Valerie Braden of Mexico, Frank Grant of Ct., Jessica Gordon of Pulaski, and Walley Grant of Oregon.

Funeral services and burial will be private.

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