Category Archives: Obituaries

Joshua Brown, “Superman” to the Brown family

On the 17th of February, 2014, Joshua “Superman” Brown, 16, of Oswego, left us and went to Heaven to become an Angel.

He had a smile that would stop any tear from falling and when he hugged you, he made you feel like everything was going to be alright. Josh was the most selfless person anyone could ever meet.

He leaves behind his loving parents, Stacey Croci, Dominique Croci and John Ford; a brother, Andrew Knapp; three sisters, Airyona, Luvlee and Angel Croci; loving grandparents, Virginia Smith, John Valero; Debra and Mike Hunter, Tom and Ruby Brown; as well as several cousins, aunts, uncles and loving friends.

Joshua is our Superman and is now our Superangel.

Calling hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 (today) with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions in memory of Joshua may be made to the Golisano Children’s Hospital c/o Upstate Medical University Foundation, 750 E. Adams St., Syracuse, NY 13210.

Henry James Bonnie, avid outdoorsman

Henry James Bonnie, 72, of Fulton, passed away Sunday Feb. 16 at Oswego Hospital.

Hank was a life time resident of the Fulton area. He had retired from the City of Fulton and had also worked at Battle Island Golf Course.

He was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church and was an avid outdoorsman.

He was predeceased by his parents, Francis and Eva Bonnie and siblings, Francis “Butch” Bonnie and Jeanette Cocopoti.

Hank is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Betsy Miller; children, Kimberly Jo (Rodger) Wooding, Bonnie Bea (Mark) Bonnie-Billion, Henry Jay Bonnie and Billijo Lee (Todd) Blair; sisters, Keitha and Dorothy; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday Feb. 22 (today) at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 2819 County Route 45, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Fund, 2996 County Route 45, Fulton, NY 13069.

Hector Rivera, longtime Fulton resident

Hector Rivera, 60, of Fulton, died Sunday Feb. 16, 2014, in St. Joseph Hospital after a short illness.

He was born in Puerto Rico, the son of Alejandro Rivera of Brooklyn and the late Victoria Rivera. He has been a resident of Fulton for many years.

He is survived by his sons Luis Viera and Alex Rivera both of Fulton; his brother Charlie Rivera of Brooklyn; his sister Yolanda Rivera of Fulton; and five grandchildren.

Calling hours were Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Sugar Funeral Home 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

Charles H. Burgdorf, car dealer, salesman

Charles H. Burgdorf, 89, of Fair Haven, N.Y., and Brooksville, Fla., passed away Saturday Feb. 15, 2014, at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

Born in Auburn, he graduated from Hannibal High School and lived most of his life in Fair Haven.

Charles was a car dealer and salesman for decades. He was always ready to ‘talk to anyone’ and could make conversation with anybody at any time.

He was a member of the Hannibal Lodge No. 550 F.&A.M. and the Sterling Senior Citizens.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret Burgdorf, who passed away in 1989; his second wife, Elizabeth McGlen, who passed away in 2012; a son, Timothy and his sister, Jane Earle.

Charles is survived by his son, Michael Burgdorf of Dallas, Texas; brother, Chauncey Burgdorf of Hannibal; and four grandchildren.

A private burial and graveside service at Martville Cemetery will be held at a later time. There are no calling hours.

Contributions in memory of Charles may be made to a SOFA P.O. Box 521, Fair Haven, NY 13064.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal.

Algidio “Archie” Fiorini, former member of Fulton Planning Commission

Algidio “Archie” Fiorini, 79, of Fulton, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in the Oswego Hospital after a short illness.

Mr. Fiorini was born in Fulton, the son of the late Angelo and Elena (Boccitto) Fiorini. He was sales director for Archway Cookie for many years until his retirement in 1997.

Mr. Fiorini served in the United States Navy from 1952 until 1955. He was board member for the Oswego County Catholic Charities, a member of the City of Fulton Planning Commission, and he was trustee for Holy Family Church, Fulton.

Mr. Fiorini was predeceased by his daughter, Elena Taggart in 2009, and his brother Peter Fiorini.

Mr. Fiorini is survived by his wife of 58 years Bianca Fiorini of Fulton; their children Silvia (Robert) Langdon of Fulton, Daniel (Peggy) Fiorini of Baldwinsville, Steven Fiorini of Fulton, Mark Fiorini of Baldwinsville; son-in-law Peter Taggart of Bainbridge; two brothers Albert (Diane) Fiorini of GA, Anthony (Jill) Fiorini of CA; 10 grandchildren Rachel, Jessica, Erica, Sarah, Nicholas, Dan, Gina, Vanessa, Hannah, Jeremy; and four great grandchildren Leah, Mason, Elaina, and Wynter.

Funeral services were Friday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Minetto. Burial will be private. There will be no calling hours.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Fiorini’s name to the John Foster Burden Fund, St. Luke Health Services, 299 E. River Road, Oswego.

Sandra L. House, Salvation Army volunteer

Sandra L. House, 55, of Fulton, died Tuesday evening Feb. 18 at her home after short illness.

She was born in Fulton, the daughter of the late Wesley and Betty (Carr) Thrasher.

Mrs. House was a volunteer at the Salvation Army food pantry. She was a member of the Oswego County Association for the Deaf.

Mrs. House is survived by her husband of 24 years, Leon House of Fulton; son Leon House Jr., of Fulton; five grandchildren; her sister Lori; and brother Wesley.

Calling hours will be Monday Feb. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton, NY.

Calvin C. Hall, owned Hall Electric and Motor

Calvin C. Hall, 87, of Fulton, died Monday Feb. 17 at Michaud Residential Health Services.

He was born in Volney, the son of the late Clinton and Ella (Allen) Hall.

He was the owner of Hall’s Electric and Motor of Fulton until his retirement.

Mr. Hall was a life member of the Lions Club of Fulton. He served in the United States Navy during World War II.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Josephine Hall of Fulton; his sons Gary (Beth) Hall of Fulton, Calvin A. Hall of Oswego; brother Cedric Hall of Fulton; sister Carrie Palmer of Fulton; four grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

Spring burial will be in Fairdale Cemetery.

The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar Funeral Home 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton.

Rodney E. Johnson, former curator at Fort Ontario

Rodney E. Johnson died at his Middlefield home Feb. 14, 2014.

He was born Nov. 6, 1928, in Fulton, N.Y., the eldest of two sons of Erwin R. Johnson and Kittie Ferguson Johnson.

Mr. Johnson graduated from Fulton High School in 1947 before going on to graduate from State University College at Oswego, and later, doing graduate work at Oswego, Oneonta, Saint Rose, Albany and Boston University.

After Rod married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Jeanne Walker,  they moved to the old Sutton Farmhouse at Sutton’s Corners in Oswego County.

They restored the house in the 1950s, naming it Mulberry Hill. For a short time, he was curator of Fort Ontario and they lived in the former lighthouse keeper’s cottage across from the fort.

In 1963, they relocated to the hamlet of Middlefield, near Cooperstown. The couple worked to preserve and restore several early Middlefield buildings, most importantly, their 18th century home, the Joshua Pinney Tavern, well-known for its beautiful wall murals featured in several authoritative books on this topic.

During the span of his 20-year teaching career he taught history, English and special education. He is fondly remembered by many former students who were inspired by his high standards.

He was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1969. For 37 years, he pastored United Methodist churches, including those in McDonough, Preston, Willet, West Davenport, Davenport, Emmons and Cooperstown Junction. For several years, he held vespers for the scouts at Crumhorn Mountain Boy Scout Camp.

In 1981, following their passion for preservation, the Johnsons opened Leatherstocking Realty, which specialized in the pairing of historic houses with enthusiastic preservationists.

Mr. Johnson was a past president of Otsego-Delaware Board of Realtors, twice served as chair for the Otsego-Delaware Multiple Listing service, and was once Director of the Real Estate Board as well.

As President of the Town of Middlefield Historical Association for five years, he was instrumental in securing the Middlefield District Number One Schoolhouse to use as the organization’s headquarters.

In keeping with his interests in preservation, Rod helped create the Middlefield Zoning Board of Appeals, resulting in the current zoning laws that have helped preserve the heritage of the community at large.

He was a Master Mason and member of  Otsego Lodge No. 138, Free & Accepted Masons. It should be noted that the third floor of the Pinney Tavern was well documented as an early meeting hall for the Masonic Brothers, known as The Widow’s Son Lodge No. 391, chartered in 1824.

The Johnsons, along with a small group of residents, worked tirelessly to have the hamlet of Middlefield designated an Historic District on the State and National Registries; they were successful in this endeavor in the mid 1980s.

For many years, people enjoyed visiting with Rod and Jeanne at their antique store, The Village Peddler, where they shared their love of antiques and their vast knowledge of local history with store visitors.

This early building, at the crossroads of Middlefield, had been slated for demolition before Rod and Jeanne took on the mammoth restoration project to preserve the Middlefield landmark as it stands today.

Rod was predeceased by a son, Kevin Johnson, his brother, Roy Johnson, and his beloved wife, Elizabeth Jeanne.

Surviving  are his daughter, Karen Rury (Edward) and their children, Sarah, Jessica (Jason) and Jonathan (Maura); his daughter, Kittie Johnson (Mr. Blair Campbell); his son Mark Johnson (Gina) and children Matthew Carr (Heather), Benjamin and Samuel; his son, Seth Johnson (Doreen) and their children, Jessica, Scott (Amanda) and Weston.

He is survived by a great-granddaughter, Cameran Flint and five great-grandsons, Elliot and Aidan Rury ; Nathan Rury ; and Gabriel and Logan Johnson.

Rod was a person who possessed many fine qualities. He was loved dearly by his family and friends. He was versatile and talented, whether building stone walls, tending his honey bees or playing checkers with his grandson … all the time running on High Octane Coffee!

Contributions may be made to The Middlefield First Responders in recognition of the compassionate help Rod and his family received over the past several years.

Donations may be mailed in care of Doug Roberts, 208 County Highway 43, Schenevus, NY 12155.

Rod’s memorial service will be held this spring at the United Methodist Church at Cooperstown Junction.

Arrangements are with the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.