Category Archives: Obituaries

Beatrice Lyons, enjoyed gardening

Beatrice J. Lyons, 95, of Scriba, passed away Monday Feb. 10 at Michaud Residential Health Services.

A native of Oswego, Bea had lived in the area for many years and enjoyed gardening.

She was predeceased by her husband, Milton “Mickey” Lyons, who passed away in 1983 and her infant son, Kenneth.

Bea will be greatly missed by her children, Ann Clark and Richard Lyons; sister, Hilda Case; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and service were Thursday Feb. 13 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Michaud Residential Health Services, 453 Park St., Fulton, 13069.

Mary Ann Cavallaro, babysitter, baker

Mary Ann Cavallaro, 94, of Fulton, passed away peacefully Monday feb. 10 at her son’s home in Syracuse.

She was born in Fulton, NY June 7, 1919, the daughter of the late Salvatore and Santa Cutuli. She and her husband Morris were married Dec. 12, 1942 in Fulton, where they lived and raised their family.

Mary worked for a short time at the Fulton Woolen Mill and in New York City during World War II. As a homemaker, she babysat for the children of several families and sold homemade baked goods. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who loved being in the midst of her family.

Mary’s door was always open for company who would gather around the dining room table for delicious food, coffee and conversation.

She was a longtime member of Holy Family Church in Fulton.

Mary was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Morris, in 1985, and by her sisters Ida Greco and Lucy Greco.

Mary is survived by her son, Maurice, of Syracuse; daughter, Linda (Gerald H) Brown of Oswego; grandsons Gregory and Christopher; sister Ann Louise of Syracuse; step granddaughters Bethany VanBuren, Renee Mulkerin, Cindy Lockler; seven step great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday Feb. 15, 2014 in Holy Trinity Church, Fulton.

Calling hours will be 4 to 6 p.m. Friday Feb. 14 at the Sugar Funeral Home 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton.

Spring burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Merton Spencer, retired from Palermo Highway Department

Merton R. Spencer, 85, of Palermo, passed away Monday, Feb. 10 at Pontiac Nursing Home in Oswego.

A native of Henderson, he had resided in the Palermo–Mexico area many years.

Mert retired from the Town of Palermo Highway Department after 24 years. He had previously worked at Nestle Co. in Fulton and on his parents’ dairy farm in North Mexico.

He was a former member of the Palermo Volunteer Fire Department.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Barbara Koliada Spencer of Palermo; eight children, Robert (Michelle) Spencer of Volney, Ronald Spencer of Palermo, Patricia (Joseph) Davis of Fulton, Randy (Kim) Spencer of Yarmouth, ME, Stephen (Karen) Spencer of Lakeland, FL, Pamela (Larry) Breckenridge of Lakeland, FL, Sheryl (Ken) Strait of Palermo and Susan (Ken) Beattie of Lakeland, FL; a brother, Frederick (Alice) Spencer of Central Square; a sister, Ruth (Bill) Barry of Sandy Creek; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mert was predeceased by his parents, Jesse and Mildred Hill Spencer and a brother, John Spencer.

Calling hours are from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services immediately following.

A spring burial service will be held at Upson Corners Cemetery in Palermo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Palermo Volunteer Fire Department.

Florence Rogers, worked at A.L. Lee Hospital

Florence L. Rogers, 86, of Fulton died Tuesday Feb. 11 at Pontiac Nursing Home, Oswego.

She was a born to the late Theron and Eva (Chapman) Clemons and she remained a life resident of Fulton.

Mrs. Rogers retired in 1993 from A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital after 20 years of service.

She is survived by her three daughters,  Margeurite (Larry Davis) Tetro of CA, Cheryl “Susie” (Mike) Snyder of Fulton, and Edith (Todd) Burdekin of Fulton; four grandchildren, Christine Tetro, Tina Donaldson, Mike Chrisman, Jamie Burdekin; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Friday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., with Major James Purvis, from the Oswego County Salvation Army, presiding.

Burial will be held in the spring at Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours were Friday prior to the service.

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

Raymond “Pete” Carswell, loved hunting, fishing and riding his motorcycle

Raymond “Pete” Carswell, 70, of Hannibal, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 30 at Oswego Hospital following a long illness.

A native of Syracuse, he lived in Hannibal for the past 42 years. Pete was a retired heavy equipment operating engineer through Local #545 in Syracuse for 50 years.

He had attended the Oswego Alliance Church and was a former member of the Moyers Corners Volunteer Fire Department.

Pete enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a member of the Retreads motorcycle riding club. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Lynn Crowner Carswell of Hannibal; three children, Kimberly (Jim) Foster of Victoria, VA, Scott (Monica) Pease of Barco, NC and Daniel Carswell of Hannibal; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours were Feb. 1 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Services were Feb. 2 at the Oswego Alliance Church, 371 Thompson Road in Oswego.

A spring graveside service will be at Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery in Warners.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hannibal Volunteer Fire Department, Hannibal, NY.

Frank Patterson Gauntt, World War II Army veteran

Frank Patterson Gauntt, 95, of Fulton, passed away Wednesday Jan. 29 after a brief illness.

He was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey, a son to the late William and Annabelle Gauntt.

Frank was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He worked at Owens Illinios in Bridgeton for 41 years.

Frank was a member of the Imperial Council of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

In addition to his parents, Frank was predeceased by his wife, Estella Spencer Thompson Gauntt, who died Aug. 26, 1981; two sons, Frank Edwin Gauntt in 1942 and Gary Gauntt in 2005.

He is survived by his daughter, Renee L. (Raymond) Arnold of Fulton; three grandchildren, Stephanie M. Arnold of Fulton, Emily Brandriff of N.J. and Debbie Ballurio of N.J., as well as several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. Graveside services will be private at Fernwood Cemetery, Bridgeton, N.J.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Gauntt may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

William Burr Mason, Black-Clawson retiree

William Burr Mason, 100, died Friday Jan. 31 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

Born Feb. 6, 1913, in Syracuse to Dr. Burr T. and Caroline (Dopffel) Mason, he lived his entire life in Fulton, NY.

Bill was married to the late Victorine Lewis for 57 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1942 to 1945.

In 1979, Bill retired from Black-Clawson Co. after working many years as purchasing agent.

He is survived by daughters, Janet Molter of MA and Ginger Mason (Peter Ferick) of VT; grandchildren, Brian (Kelly) Molter, Steven Molter, Alexandra Ferick, and Mason Ferick; two great-grandchildren; a niece and a nephew.

Ever thinking of others, he donated his body to the medical school at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

Further arrangements are private and are in the care of Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Rd., Baldwinsville, NY 13027 or to a charity of one’s choice.

The family is especially thankful for the care “Willie” received at Bishop’s Commons and St. Luke Health Services.

Gertrude Halstead, born in Germany

Gertrude H. Halstead, 91, of San Diego, CA, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7.

A native of Stuttgart, Germany, she had lived in San Diego since 1954.

Gertrude retired as a keypunch operator for Accounting Corp. of America after 30 years.

Surviving are her husband, John H. Halstead of San Diego, CA; a son, J. David (Joann) Halstead of Fulton, NY; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, County Route 3 in Hannibal at a later date.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.