Category Archives: Obituaries

Richard “Rick” W. Felt

Richard W. Felt, 51, of Phoenix passed away suddenly Saturday, July 18 at home. Rick was born in Fulton on January 9, 1964 to Richard and Barbara Bowyer Felt, and had resided in the Fulton area his entire life. He enjoyed building scale models of tractor trailers and being outdoors. Richard was predeceased by his father Richard “Dick” C. Felt in March of 1988 and infant granddaughter Aubrey Smith in February of 2014. Rick’s memory will be forever cherished by his wife Laurie Felt of Granby; his mother Barbara DeSantos of Bridgewater, Mass.; four brothers, Terry Felt of Winfield, Pa., William Felt of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Peter Felt of Oswego, N.Y., and Michael Felt of Mexico, N.Y.; four children, Lance Smith of Fulton, Lee Henderson of Dallas, Texas, Robert Smith of Fulton, and Amanda Felt of Fulton; grandson Alexander Chapman of Fulton, and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours are Thursday July 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. with a service to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Should friends desire, donations in Richards memory may be made to the NRA.

Bradford D. DeRocha, Sr.

Bradford D. DeRocha, Sr., 68, of Hannibal died Wednesday, July 15 at home. Born in Syracuse, Brad had resided in the Hannibal area all of his life. He was a self-employed sheet rocker for over 25 years and also worked for the Town of Hannibal. Bradford belonged to the local Draft Horse and Pony Club and also enjoyed hunting, gardening and going to auctions. Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Kathleen of Hannibal; daughter, Heidi (John) Miller of Hannibal; two sons, Brad Jr. (Darlene) of Cato and Henry (Stephanie) of Hannibal; five grandchildren, Joshua, Alex, Zoey, Eryka and Zenon; his mother, Thelma Dunn; one brother, Douglas; two sisters, Michelle and Beverly; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours and a service were held Monday, July 20 at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal.

Rosemary Snow

Rosemary Snow, 83, of Fulton passed away peacefully in Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton. She was born in Rochester, N.Y. to the late Angelo and Virginia Lisuzzo. Mrs. Snow spent her younger years in Rochester and has been a resident of Phoenix and Fulton for most of her adult life. She was a past communicant of St. Peter’s and Paul Church, Rochester, N.Y. Mrs. Snow enjoyed attending church services and bible study while she was a resident of Michaud. She enjoyed music and playing BINGO. Mrs. Snow was predeceased by her husband Walter L. Snow Sr., in 2000 and by her four brothers. Mrs. Snow was a loving mother and grandmother and she enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by her seven children, also known as her seven “Js”: Jacqueline Snow of Oswego, Gerald (Trudy) Snow of Phoenix, Jo-Ann (Craig) Wright of Fulton, Julie Waterhouse of Fla., Joseph (Kathy) Snow of Fla., Janet (Gary Manford) Snow of Fulton, and Walter (Sara) Snow Jr., of Fla.; 22 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services and calling hours were held Tuesday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton with Rev. Vivian Summerville officiating. Burial with a committal service officiated by Rev. Summerville will be held 11:30 a.m. today at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Volney.

Thomas J. O’Brien

Thomas J. O’Brien, 77 of Cato, passed away on Wednesday, July 15 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. A native of Flushing, N.Y., he was a graduate of Weedsport High School and lived in the Cato-Hannibal area for many years. Tom was working for U.S. Security Associates and had previously worked for U.S. Securitas at Sysco Foods, Guardsmark Security at Miller Brewing Co. and was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and served five times in Vietnam. He had also owned and operated T & L Redemption Center in Hannibal and was a self-employed locksmith. Tom was predeceased by his parents, William and Ruth O’Brien, formerly of Weedsport. On July 9, 1960 Tom married Linda Slater and they have celebrated 55 cherished years together. He is also survived by two sons, Tim (Lyn) O’Brien of Colorado and Terry O’Brien of Fulton; a daughter, Tammy (John) Eastman of Hannibal; three granddaughters, Michelle Rockwood of Oswego, Stephanie Eastman of N. Syracuse and Kallie O’Brien of Waterloo; a grandson, Bradley O’Brien of Waterloo; a brother, Jack (Barb) O’Brien of Felton, Del.; a sister, Sally (Dick) Alnutt of Weedsport; numerous nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Naomi Bevier, Betty Mecca, Emmeline Peters and Virginia Cuyle and brothers-in-law, Roy Slater Jr. and Walter Pawlina. Calling hours were Sunday, July 19 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street in Fulton. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday at Holy Trinity Church, corner of Buffalo and South Third Streets in Fulton. Burial with full military honors followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery, South Seventh Street, Fulton.

Rev. Kenneth I. Hinman

Rev. Kenneth I. Hinman, 92, of 46 Flynn Ave., Plattsburgh, N.Y. went to meet his Savior on April 14, 2015, at CVPH Medical Center. He was born Dec. 13, 1922 to Orra and Bernice (Flint) Hinman in Palermo, N.Y. Kenneth served in World War II from 1943 to 1946. He received three battle stars for service in the Pacific Theater including Okinawa, with the 345th Station Compliment Squadron. Kenneth and Gloria Henry were married Feb. 27, 1944, in her parents’ home, Oliver and Selma Henry, of Mexico, N.Y. He is survived by his daughters, Ann Zacker of Yukon, Okla., Linda (Stanley) Oliver of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; and granddaughter, Jennifer Zacker of Golden, Colo.; his brother, Hadwen (Marion) Hinman of Zephyrhills, Fla., a sister-in-law, June (Mogens) Hansen of Oswego, N.Y.; and brother-in-law, Earl (Marcia) Henry of Fredericksburg, Va. also survive him. He was predeceased by his wife Gloria; his parents, Orra and Bernice Hinman; his sister, Roberta Owen; and brother, Leonard Hinman. Kenneth was an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, serving in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 10 years, and Waverly, N.Y. eight years. His wife Gloria assisted in his ministry by organizing children’s ministries and training workers. Rev. Hinman will be remembered for his kind, Christian compassion and generous spirit. A memorial service will also be held at the Church of the Nazarene in Fulton on Saturday, July 25, at 11 a.m. Dr. David Cramer and Rev. Jim Butler will officiate. Arrangements are in care of the Harter Funeral Home, 9 Washington Ave., Mexico, NY 13114.

Leonard Malone

Leonard D. Malone, 94, of Oswego Town, N.Y. passed away at St. Luke Health Services, Oswego. He was born in Oswego Town to the late John and Anna (Gray) Malone. Mr. Malone remained a life resident of Oswego Town. He was retired from the Oswego Town Highway Department where he worked on highway maintenance for several years. Mr. Malone also enjoyed farming on the family farm for many years. He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Hannibal, and St. Joseph’s Chapel, Hannibal. He was predeceased by his wife Louise Malone in 1997; two grandchildren, Marcia Ukleya in 2014 and Dennis Malone in 2014; his son Dennis Malone in 1957; and also four brothers and one sister. Mr. Malone is survived by his five children, Robert (Sonya) Malone, Richard (Candy) Malone, Loretta (Joseph) Ukleya, Noreen (Eric) Kaltenborn, and Virginia (Terry) Wilbur, all of Hannibal, N.Y.; brother, Leo Malone of Hannibal;12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Service will be held 9:30 a.m. today at Our Lady of the Rosary, Hannibal where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Smegelsky. Burial will be held in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oswego. Calling hours were Friday at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th St. Oswego, N.Y.

Alan Lee (Skip) Todd

Alan Lee (Skip) Todd, 84, died on June 26 in Daytona Beach, Fla., from complications suffered in a fall in April. He was born in Ellenville, N.Y. to Alvin H. Todd and the former Owella Bollin, but resided for the first third of his life in Fulton. He relocated to Port Orange, Fla., in 1984 with his wife Susan, who survives him. His work career began at Nestle in Fulton, after which he worked at General Electric in Syracuse and retired from General Dynamics/Electric Boat in Connecticut as a submarine designer. He remained fond of the memories of growing up in his home town — he remembered it as a good place in which to grow. He was well known locally as an all-around athlete in high school and, afterward, playing football, baseball, softball, swimming and for a limited time the pole vault and high jump. He was also a bowler in Port Orange in his retirement. He graduated Fulton High School in 1948, but did postgraduate work for a year, mostly so he could play his beloved sports. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was married to the former Ruth LaFurney in 1950, and although their union ended in divorce, he was very proud of his children, Mike Todd of Connecticut, Michelle Seubert and Evan (Sandra) Todd of Tennessee, Gary (Darlene) Todd of Texas, Adele Seubert of Fairport, N.Y., and Eric Todd of Fulton. They all survive him, as does his sister Dolores (Paul) Lauricella, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. At his request, there will be no services. His remains will be interred in the Jacksonville, N.Y. cemetery at a later date.

William (Bill) John Whitens

Whitens OBWilliam (Bill) John Whitens, 87, of Fulton passed to his rest on July 14 at Crouse Hospital after suffering a stroke the day before. Bill was born in Hermansville, Mich., where four brothers and other family still reside. He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Conibear) with whom he would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on August 21 of this year; five children, Lori (Gregory) Caracciolo of Chandler, Ariz., Brenda (Robin) Caster of Fulton, Judy Dygert of Fairport, Tim (Nancy) Whitens of Fulton, and Dan of Fulton. He enjoyed immensely his 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was a Korean War Veteran who served in Germany from 1950-52. Bill was a building contractor in the Fulton area for 50-plus years, which included building homes, remodeling and making furniture. He had a wonderful tenor voice and sang in the Fulton Men’s Chorus in the early 1960s and the Hamer Sing-a-long more recently. He attended Fulton First United Methodist Church for the past four years and before that attended Dexterville SDA­ church. Some of his hobbies included fishing, camping in the Adirondacks every summer and cutting wood. He and his son Tim have owned Willow Creek Farm Alpacas for 14 years. A memorial service will be held on July 18 at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Route 176, Fulton.