Category Archives: Obituaries

Jean Ann (Myers) Berger

Jean Ann (Myers/Pickett) Berger, 81, of Pompano Beach, Fla., passed away on October 25, 2014.  She was born on October 6, 1933 to the late Jewett and Georgiana (Keyes) Myers.

Jean was raised in Fulton, N.Y., attended Green Mountain College and Emerson College and worked as a speech therapist in Albany, N.Y. She married Kenneth Pickett in 1957, had four children and moved to Millburn, N.J.   

Widowed at 34, Jean married Herman Berger in 1972. Together they ran a wholesale jewelry business. Jean moved to Pompano Beach in 1981 where she was a small business owner and sales rep.   

Jean maintained many friendships from all stages of her life, and mostly enjoyed spending time with them and her family. She will be remembered for her upbeat positive attitude, and “joie de vivre.”

Jean is survived by her four children and their spouses, James (Beth) Pickett of Mountain Lakes, N.J., Jana Liuzzi of Fort Myers, Fla., Kenneth (Lisa) Pickett of New York, N.Y., and Jennifer (Ron) Morales of Hillsdale, N.Y.; two stepchildren Peggy Slinger and James (Patti) Berger; and nine grandchildren Zachary, Kenneth, Matthew, Sarah, Dina, Thomas, Emily, Catherine, and Michael.

A memorial service will be held for Jean at 4 p.m. on December 6, 2014 at the Community Church of Mountain Lakes, 48 Briarcliff Road, Mountain Lakes, N.J. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Women in Distress of Broward County.

Albert Wygant

Albert Wygant, 88, of Oswego died Monday December 1, 2014 in University Hospital, Syracuse. He was born in Oswego the son of the late Scott and Maude (Richmond) Wygant. He was predeceased by his son Michael Wygant in 2009. Mr. Wygant worked as a furnace technician for Babcock Oil, Fulton, in addition he also worked at Nestle’s Fulton and General Electric in Syracuse. Mr. Wygant served in the United States Navy during World War II. Mr. Wygant was a member of the Barbershop Society, and St. Mary’s Men’s Choir for 16 years. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Ruth Wygant of Oswego, and their children Susan (Donald) Crofoot of Martville, Diane (David) Ferris of Oswego, Peggy (Roderick) Longo of Phoenix, Steven (Nancy) Wygant of Oswego, his sisters Pearl Babiarz of Fulton, Ruth Ketchen of Syracuse and grandchildren Wendy, Christina, Shawn, Jeremy, Sara, Brad, and great-grandchildren Catherine, Dalton, Ethan, and Nicholas. A Memorial Mass will be held in the spring of 2015. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego.

Dale R. Emmons

Dale R. Emmons, 56, of Hannibal, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at Florida Hospital in Zephyrhills, Fla.

Dale was born in Fulton to the late Myrle and Bessie (Crouch) Emmons. He worked at the Nestle Corporation for 26 years as a machine operator.

Dale spent many years working on various race teams at the Oswego Speedway, and was also an avid NASCAR fan.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Dawn (Barney) Emmons, of Hannibal; three daughters, Constance (Jared) Pritchard, of Hannibal; Stephanie Emmons, of Sterling; and Catherine Emmons, of Hannibal; two grandchildren, Curtis and Annabelle Pritchard, of Hannibal; two brothers, Gary Emmons, of Houston, Texas, and Albert Emmons of Hannibal; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Cayuga Street, Hannibal.

James D. Raney         

James D. Raney, 44, of Oswego died Thursday November 27, 2014 in University Hospital. He was born in Athens, Al., the son of the late William and Ruby (Davis) Raney. James has been a resident of Oswego for the past five years. He was a former member of the Order of the Masons in Mexico, N.Y., and he always enjoyed playing a joke and making people laugh. In addition to being predeceased by his parents he was predeceased by his sister Pamela Minnick. James is survived by his wife Kathleen Raney of Oswego; children Brittany, Ashley, and Sean Raney, all of Alabama; and his stepchildren Shawn, Mark, Brandon, and Tyler Washer, all of Oswego; his brothers Frankie and William Raney, and sisters Davie Smith and Sarah Higginbotham; and grandson Braydon and step grandchildren Emily and Sophia. Calling hours were Wednesday at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego.

Judson L. Oot

Judson L. Oot, 35, of Sterling, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, November 26 at his home. Born in Oswego, N.Y., June 20, 1979, he spent the majority of his life in the Martville, N.Y. area and a few years in Ira, N.Y., and had attended Hannibal and Cato high schools. For a very proud but brief time he was a member of the Ira Fire Department.Oot OB

Judson always said he learned everything about “wrenching” from his dad when he was a young boy. He had been employed over the years with several automotive service companies, starting at age 13 at Baker auto parts yard in Red Creek and was able to fix anything with a motor. Even worked for John Deere in Florida.

After a serious accident in 2007 in Florida left him with a TBI, he started his own small engine service. Known for a kind heart, he was always willing to help those in need.

Surviving are his partner and soulmate Barbara Hadcock of Sterling; his parents James and Juanita Oot of Ira, N.Y.; one brother, James Oot II of Ira, N.Y.; two nephews, Jacob and Cilas Oot of Ira, N.Y.; three uncles, Richard Oot of Albuquerque, N.M., Guy Osborn of Fla., and Roger Osborn of North Carolina; two aunts, Doris Mansfeld of Decator, Alabama and Lori Landford of Texas; many cousins, and some very best friends, Tom, Eric, Donny and Steve.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, William and Frances Oot, and maternal grandparents, Guy and Virginia Osborn and an uncle, Dale Osborn.

Calling hours and a memorial services were Wednesday at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal.

Doris S. Perkins

Perkins OBDoris S. Perkins, 68, of Hannibal, passed away on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at home. She was born March 2, 1946, a daughter to the late Norman H. and Laura A. Beckley Starr. Along with her parents, Doris was predeceased by her husband, Timothy in 2013, two sisters, Arlene VanVorst and Rose Hammond and one brother, Robert Starr.

She is survived by her four children, Norman Merrill of Hannibal, Maxine Merrill-Hines of Fulton, Raymond Merrill of Volney and Michael Merrill of Hannibal; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Maxine (Tom Blowers) Barrett of Oneida; brother-in-law Paul (Marge) Goodwell of Williamson and as well as several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and a funeral service were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St. Fulton.

Amy Jo “Missy” Conner

Conner OBAmy Jo “Missy” Conner, 48, of Middletown and formerly of Fulton, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Born in Syracuse, she had lived in the Fulton area for many years before moving to Middletown in 2007. Missy had worked at DDA for more than 10 years. She enjoyed music, singing and spending time with her family and friends. She was predeceased by her son, Justin Michael, who passed away in 1985. Missy will be greatly missed and forever loved by her long time love, Jimmy Hasher; children, Jeramiah (Dana), Jessica (Eric) and Jennifer (TJ); parents, Phyllis and Tracy Wood; several brothers and sisters; eight grandchildren, Ryan, Mathew, Victoria, Kailey, Gabriella, Madaylnn, Cayden and Emerie; several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Missy’s memory be made to American SIDS Institute, 528 Raven Way, Naples, Florida 34110 or sids.org.

Mary “Midge” Hughes

Mary “Midge” Hughes, 68, of Liverpool, passed away unexpectedly at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Monday, November 24, 2014. She was born in Fulton, a daughter to the late Kenneth and Mary Gleason. Mary graduated from Guilderland Central High School in 1964. She had worked in the photo department at Alcan, Marine Midland Bank in Fulton, Woolworth’s in Fulton and Kohl’s in Liverpool. Mary retired in 2008 to help take care of her grandchildren. She was an avid collector of cardinals and enjoyed meeting with her group of friends every morning at the McDonald’s on Route 57 in Liverpool. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by a son, Terry. Mary is survived by her husband of 43 years, Alan D. Hughes; a son, Chris (Alex) Hughes of Mexico, N.Y.; a daughter, Kendra Hughes of Kentucky; one brother, Pat (Connie) Gleason of Saratoga, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Brook Hughes, David Rowland and Spencer Hughes; one great-grandson, Liam; and one niece, Nicole Gleason of Charlotte, N.C. Calling hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, November 29 with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in Mount Adnah Cemetery. Mary’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the emergency room staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital for the special care given to her during this most difficult time. Contributions in memory of Mrs. Hughes may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation CNY Affiliate, 5008 Brittonfield Parkway, Suite 300, East Syracuse, NY 13057.