Category Archives: Obituaries

Ralph J. Plata, Sealright retiree, former Polish Home member

Ralph J. Plata, 89, of Fulton, died Friday June 27 at Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton.

Mr. Plata was born in Oswego, NY to the late Joseph and Mary (Kruppa) Plata.

He retired from Sealright Co., Fulton after several years working as a machine operator.

He was a past communicant of Holy Family Church, Fulton. Mr. Plata was a past member of the Fulton Polish Home.

He was pre-deceased by his wife Charlotte Plata in 2009.

Mr. Plata is survived by his children,  Thomas Plata of NC, Tamara (Tony) Santiago of CA; brother, Frank Plata of Oswego, and sister Azelyn Alfiere of Syracuse; NY and two grandchildren, Nicole Plata and Christian Plata, both of WI; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held noon Thursday July 3 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., with the Rev. Robert Stephenson officiating.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours will be conducted 11 am. to noon Thursday July 3 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc. 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

George E. Weldin, retired from Carrier Corp.

George G. Weldin, 85, of Oswego, died Monday June 23, 2014 in Seneca Hill Manor, Volney.

He was born in Granby, and has been a lifetime resident of Oswego County. Mr. Weldin retired from Carrier Corp. in Syracuse as an air compressor builder.

He was a former Granby Volunteer Firefighter, a member of the National Campers and Hikers Association, and the Fulton and Oswego Stamp Club.

Mr. Weldin was predeceased by his wife Charlene Weldin in 2014, his daughter Katrina, and grandson George Carvey.

He is survived by his children Ola (Paul) Williams of AK, Bruce (June) Weldin of SC, Donnajean VanBuren of Fulton, stepdaughters Florence Ross and Cynthia Masuicca of Oswego, sister Nellie Hillman of Oswego, and several grandchildren.

Funeral services, and burial will be private. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego. 

Ruth M. Webber, loved music and dancing, her family, worked at Sealright



Ruth M. Webber, 87, of Fulton, died peacefully and gracefully in her sleep on Tuesday after recovering from hip surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Ruth was to love and be loved. Everyone who knew or had the opportunity to meet Ruth loved the sweet, kind person she was.

Ruth’s love for her family is all she lived for. She was the strongest person you would ever meet. Ruth survived the Great Depression and World War II, she never asked for much and gave all in return.

Ruth worked for 35 years at Sealright in Fulton. She enjoyed listening to music and loved to dance, but the most important part of her life was her children.

She is predeceased by her husband, Albert Webber, Sr. who died in 2006 and by several brothers and sisters.

Ruth is survived by her children, Susan Marie (John) DeMar of Las Cruces, N.M., David (Lee) Webber and Albert (Francine) Webber, Jr. both of Fulton; a sister, May Clark of Phoenix; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one great, great granddaughter as well as several nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services are 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28 (today) at All Saints Episcopal Church, 153 S. First St., Fulton. Burial will be in Chase Cemetery, Lysander.

Calling hours were 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Webber may be made to the American Red Cross, 344 W. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13202.


Kenneth W. Richards, World War II Army Air Corps veteran, Sealright retiree

Kenneth W. Richards, 91, of Fulton died Saturday June 21 at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born in Fulton to the late George and Iva (Dolbear) Richards.

Mr. Richards was a United States WWII veteran having served in the Army Air Force from 1942 to 1945.

He retired from Sealright Co., Fulton where he worked as a machinist for several years.

Mr. Richards is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marion Richards of Fulton; two daughters, Kathy (Al Kieswetter) Richards of Massena, NY and Kim (Martin) Roarke of Fulton; three siblings, Karl Richards of Fulton, Austa Koes of Oswego and Keller Richards of Fulton; five grandchildren; and several great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Richards was pre-deceased by four siblings: Thelma, Nila, Norma and Kyle.

Memorial services are at 10 a.m. Thursday June 26 at the First United Methodist Church, County Route 176, Fulton with the Rev. Vivian Summerville officiating.

Burial will be held in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Volney. Calling hours are 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday June 26 at the First United Methodist Church.

The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc. 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton has care of the arrangements. The family has requested donations be made to a charity of your choice in Mr. Richards honor.   


Russel Stannard, chief canal lock operator, Navy veteran

Russel Stannard, 76, of Sterling died Thursday June 19 in Oswego Hospital after a short illness.

Mr. Stannard was born in Boonville, NY, the son of the late William and Winifred Stannard.

He retired in 1995 as a chief lock operator for the NYS Canal Corp. He served in the US Navy from 1955 until 1969.

Mr. Stannard was a member of the American Legion Post 1, Albany NY, and Past Commander of the American Legion Post 658, Fair Haven. He was a Fair Haven village trustee from 1974 until 1978 during their Bicentennial Celebration.

Mr. Stannard is survived by his wife, Patricia Stannard of Sterling; children Janice (Jeff Treasure) Skinner of Sterling, Darlene (Ron Dates) Burley of Martville, Lee Simpkins of Hannibal, Arica (Mark) Harteis of Oswego; sisters June MacArthur of Oswego, Carol Brookes of FL, Donna Cooke of Fair Haven; 13 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services and burial in Springbrook Cemetery will be private.

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

Barbara J. Butler Matzke, enjoyed reading, crocheting, playing Bingo


Barbara J. Butler Matzke, 62, formerly of Fulton, passed away surrounded by her loving family at her home in Oswego on Thursday, June 19.

She had resided in Old Forge and Watertown for many years. Barb enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, reading, crocheting and playing Bingo.

Surviving are her six children, Aaron (Trisha) Matzke of Fort Worth TX, Susan Matzke of Boonville, Corinna (Christopher) Scribner of Phoenix, Michelle (Dennis) Wilcox of Colorado Springs, CO, John (Audra) Matzke of Fulton and Holly Kranbuhl of Boonville; three siblings; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many “adopted children”.

Calling hours are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 22 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services to immediately follow at 1 p.m.

Dylan Robert Blair, BOCES auto mechanic student, parks and rec summer employee


Dylan Robert Blair, 18, of Fulton, passed away Tuesday June 17 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

Dylan was a life resident of Fulton and a member of the graduating class of 2014 from G. Ray Bodley High School. He was a B.O.C.E.S. student in their automobile mechanics class and played a year of high school football.

Dylan worked during the summer for the City of Fulton Parks and Recreation Department, had worked at Raponi Plumbing and Heating and was currently working at Babcock Oil.

Dylan enjoyed working on cars, hunting and playing hockey. He was predeceased by a brother, Ryan Chrisman, who passed in 2006, and a grandfather, Phillip Blair in 2012.

Dylan is survived by his mother, Suzanne Viscome; his father, Scott Blair; a sister, Samantha Blair; a brother, Montana Blair; maternal grandparents, Robert and Alice Viscome; paternal grandmother, Jeanne Blair, all of Fulton, as well as several cousins, aunts and uncles.

Calling hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 23 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 24 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, corner of South Third and Rochester Streets, Fulton.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Contributions in memory of Dylan may be made to the Dylan Blair Memorial Fund, c/o Ann Mahaney, 78 Brown Road, Hannibal, NY 13074.