Category Archives: Obituaries

Deborah Florczyk, drove OCO, school bus

Deborah J. Florczyk, 57, of Fulton, passed away Friday May 16 at Oswego Hospital.

She was born in Fulton  to George Gates and the late Patricia Dashner.

Debbie was a life resident of the Fulton-Hannibal area and attended G. Ray Bodley High School. She was a bus driver for OCO, Hannibal Central Schools and the Phoenix school district.

Debbie enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, fishing and collecting dolls and movies.

In addition to her mother, Debbie was predeceased by her step father, Paul Dashner.

She is survived by her four children, Billie Jean Florczyk, Michael (Leslie) Florczyk, Edward Florczyk and David Florczyk all of Fulton; her father, George Gates of  Mexico, NY; siblings, Denise Trombly of Palmer, MA., Sheila Clark of Fulton, George Manchester of OH, David Manchester of Memphis, NY, Shawn Gates of MA, Coleen Proppe of  East Syracuse, Michael Gates of N.C. and Alicia Weems of AL.; eight grandchildren, Joseph, Joshua, Makayla, Mathew, Samantha, Spencer, Savanna and Madison; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are private. Calling hours were Wednesday, May 21, at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Florczyk may be made to the American Lung Association.

Elizabeth Anderson, retired health worker

Elizabeth Isadell Otis Anderson of Fort Wayne, Indiana, formerly of North Syracuse, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014 at Kingston Health Care Center.

She was born in Pulaski July 18, 1925.

She was predeceased by her parents, Earl A. and Pearle Bemis Otis and by her sons, Douglas Sweatland (1994) and Daniel Sweatland (2011).

She retired from Birchwood Health Care Center, Liverpool.

Surviving are her grandchildren, Sandy (Michael) Armstrong, Sheri Sweatland, Amy (Joe) Verner, Angela Sweatland, Travis Schleuter, Angela Petty, Christina Leahey, Tammy McCann; 13 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She also had a special place in her heart for her niece, Judy (Chris) DiLiberto and great nieces, Molly and Jenna DiLiberto.

There will be no services held. She willed herself to Indiana University’s Anatomical Program.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to your favorite charity or to the family in care of Fergerson Funeral Home, 215 S. Main St., North Syracuse, NY 13212.

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Barbara J. Smithers, LPN at Syracuse hospital

Barbara Jane Smithers, 73, former Phoenix, NY resident, passed away in Oswego Sunday May 18, 2014.

Born in Phoenix, NY to her late parents, Lenora (Hollenbeck) and Arnold F. Gibbs, Nov. 16, 1940, she was a graduate of J.C. Birldlebough High School, later becoming a licensed practical nurse working in the Memorial Hospital Unit in Syracuse. 

Surviving are her husband, Ronald G. Smithers, Sr. of Phoenix; her two sons Ronald G. Smithers, Jr. of Phoenix, and Johnnathan D. Smithers of Phoenix; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; one brother, Bert Gibbs of Pennellville; nieces, nephews and cousins.

 Graveside services were held Thursday May 22 in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St., Phoenix.

Margie Bess Lawler, loved arts, crafts

Margie Bess Lawler, 41, of Fulton, passed away Sunday May 18 in Rochester.

Born in Utica, Bess had lived in the Fulton area for many years.

She enjoyed arts and crafts and the time she spent with her family.

She was predeceased by her father, Albert Lawler.

Bess is survived by her companion, Brian Graves; children, Ryanna (Josh) Lawler, Cameron (Bekah) Lawler, Tre (Bri) Graves, Jordan (Courtney) Graves, Shayla Graves, Sheldon Graves and Jada Graves; mother, Marjorie Burdick; great-grandmother, Dorine Larmon; siblings, Steven (Georgianna) Burdick, Raymond (Kathy) Burdick, Robin (Robert) Taylor, Keith (Kathy) Burdick, Sharon (Tom) Falato, Kenny (Patsy) Burdick, Al (Heather) Lawler, Mary “Wifey” Smith and Shelly Belly; grandchildren, Brayden, Marlie, Abel, Kirien and Zayne; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A calling hour was held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Rosario Licciardello, veteran, lettuce and onion farmer

5-21_OBITlicciardelloRosario “Charlie” Licciardello, 95, of Pine Bush, NY, formerly of Fulton, passed away Feb. 28.

A native of New York City, he had resided in Fulton most of his life. Charlie was a self-employed lettuce and onion farmer.

He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 542nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion and in both the European and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters of Operations.

Charlie was predeceased by his parents, Gaetano and Venera Cutuli Licciardello, a brother, Michael Licciardello and a sister, Sadie Malone.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Marie Hakes Licciardello of Pine Bush; children, Maria (Robert) Nazzaro of Pine Bush, Richard (Sandra) Licciardello of Fulton, Lauri (John) Quigley of Pine Bush, Howard (Terri) Potter II of Bath and Scott (Sheila) Potter of Albany; a sister, Vita (Bart) Chalone of Fulton; 16 grandchildren; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24 at Holy Trinity Church, corner of Rochester and South Third streets, Fulton, with military honors.

Foster Funeral Home in Fulton has care of the local arrangements.

Roger A. Cook, retired Army officer, audiologist

5-21_OBITcookRoger Addison Cook, 67, passed away May 14, 2014 after a brief illness.  

He was born July 3, 1946 to Carlon Addison Cook and Marjorie Alice Sylvester Cook in Fulton, NY.

He was preceded in death by his parents.  

He is survived by his loving wife Sherry J. Morrey of Port Isabel and his sister, Cheryl F. Cook of Framingham, MA.

Roger had a distinguished military career and retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army in 2002.  

He began his military life with graduation from the Citadel Military College of South Carolina as a member of Class 1969. He remained in the Army Reserves while attending East Carolina University, Greenville, NC where he obtained a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and followed by a master’s degree in clinical audiology from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.  

He was employed as a clinical instructor in audiology at the Medical University of South Carolina; as an assistant professor of audiology at South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, SC and an adjunct professor of audiology at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC.

Roger entered active duty in the Army Medical Service Corps in 1981, first in the capacity of a clinical audiologist and then as a health care administrator. His assignments included Fort Wainwright, AK, Fort Jackson, SC; Fort Rucker, AL; Fort Benning, GA and Fort Sam Houston, TX.

Always looking for the next challenge, Roger was awarded the Expert Field Medical Badge and the Air Assault Badge. Additional military training included Airborne Training, Combat Casualty Care Course, Command and General Staff College, and the Army Flight Surgeon Course after which he maintained non-crew flight status.

He furthered his formal education while on active duty by obtaining master’s in public health from the University of South Carolina and a doctor of audiology from the Audiology Foundation of America.

His military honors include the Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award), Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medical (2nd award).

Upon retirement at Fort Sam Houston, Roger headed to the southern-most tip of Texas in search of sunny skies and beach life.  

He was an avid fisherman and dove hunter and enjoyed walking his beloved golden retrievers at Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island.  

After Sherry’s retirement from the Army in 2006, they traveled extensively in the Caribbean in search of the bluest waters and whitest beaches. 

Roger will be greatly missed by his family and friends who accepted his rascal ways and off-beat humor. The family expresses their deepest appreciation to the medical staff of Harlingen Medical Center for their compassionate and competent care during Roger’s stay.

There will be future plans for the spreading of Roger’s ashes in the Laguna Madre and in Fernandez Bay, Cat Island, Bahamas.

You are invited to sign the online guestbook or leave a memory at

Barbara May (Shutts) Gifford, avid quilter and seamstress

5-21_OBITgiffordBarbara May (Shutts) Gifford, 89, of Hannibal, passed away peacefully May 15, 2014 at Oswego Hospital. 

Barbara was born Aug. 8, 1924 in Sterling, daughter of the late Howard Cooper and Amy Stone Cooper. She lived in Martville and most recently, Hannibal. 

She was employed by Westreco and Herron’s Fabric Center. Barbara was an avid quilter and custom seamstress and was known for enjoying spirited card games with her many friends. 

She was a member of the Hannibal United Methodist Church; along with being the founder of the Lake Shore Country Quilt Guild, co-founder and co-trainer of RSVP Osteoporosis Program in Hannibal, Elderberrys Senior Citizens of Hannibal, Ecumenical and the Enoch Thomas cluster representative from the Hannibal United Methodist Church, member of the Sarah Circle (sending cards from the church), member of the Spirit Life Team, Church Woman of the Year, and Historical Society Citizen of the Year. 

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Gifford was predeceased by her first husband, Harry E. Shutts; her second husband, John A. Gifford; a step-daughter, Nita Gifford and her sister Marian C. Ducret of Georgia on April 5, 2014. 

She is survived by three sons and a daughter: Barry E. (Madeline) Shutts of Tampa, FL, Stephen H. (Sharon) Shutts of Wolcott, Glenn A. (Vivian) Gifford of Henrietta and Margaret S. Shutts of Rochester; two step-daughters, Gail Gifford of OH and April Mullins of CT; four grandchildren: Jackie (Tom) Cole, Jessie (Todd) Shoemaker, Angela Shutts and Nicole Macon (Kevin); five great grandchildren; a niece, Joanne Gaba and a nephew, David Ducret. 

Calling hours were Monday, May 19 at Hannibal United Methodist Church, 320 Church St., Hannibal. Funeral services followed with the Rev. Dean Flemming officiating. 

Interment will be at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal. 

Special thanks go out to the emergency staff at Oswego Hospital for the gentle care Barbara received while in their care. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hannibal United Methodist Church, 320 Church St., P.O. Box 89, Hannibal, NY, 13074; the Alzheimer’s Association of CNY, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY, 13204 or the American Diabetes Association Syracuse, NY Office, 6390 Fly Rd., 2nd Floor, E. Syracuse, NY, 13057. 

Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has care of arrangements.

Alan Duke Daghita, loved long walks, fishing

5-17_OBITdaghitaAlan Duke Daghita, 39, of Hannibal, passed away Tuesday May 13 at home in the presence of his loving family.

He was born in Ithaca and lived most of his life in Hannibal. Alan attended Hannibal Schools and worked for Bauer Hockey in Liverpool for several years.

He loved to take long walks and go fishing.

Alan is survived by two sons, Michael Daghita of Hannibal and Bradley Daghita of Rome; his mother and step father, Beverly Daghita and Don Taylor of Hannibal; his father, Albert Daghita of Ithaca; one sister, Regina Margrey of New Haven; four brothers, Michael (Melanie) Daghita of Trumansburg, Dean (Linda) Daghita of Haymarket, VA, David (Jenny) Daghita of Australia and Ronald (Kim) Daghita of Kirkwood, NY; a close friend, Mark Digregorio as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Alan’s family wishes to thank the staff at Oswego County Hospice for the excellent care provided to Alan during his illness.

Calling hours are noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17 (today) with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Burial will be in Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

Contributions in memory of Alan may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.