Category Archives: Obituaries

Betty Schoolcraft Irwin King

King OBBetty Schoolcraft Irwin King, beloved and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away on Saturday December 27, 2014.  A resident of Baldwinsville, N.Y., and Sun City Center, Fla. She was born on May 20, 1940 to her late parents, Aletha (Conine) and Kenneth M. Schoolcraft.
Betty was a graduate of Hannibal High School and SUNY Oswego, earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.  She took several courses at Syracuse University to pursue a PhD.
Betty was a teacher at Jordan Elbridge system, Ramsdell School in Jordan for 29 years, retiring in 1997. More recently, she had been a teacher of students at OCC, town of Onondaga, as well as in Limanowa, Poland.
As a member of the First Congregational Church, UCC, Betty served as a deaconess, a cabinet member and on other church related committees. She was also a member of the DAR; Topics Club, Phoenix; the Red Hats Society, Baldwinsville, NYS Retired Teachers Assoc.; and Pi Gamma Mu, which is a national social science honor society.
Her other interests include her family, sewing and traveling. She had seen 29 countries and 44 of the 50 states in the U. S. Betty enjoyed reading, music, acted as a soloist at many churches, and sang at over 50 weddings.
Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Danton L. King; her daughters and their husbands, Renee (Paul) Fernandes of Liverpool,  Rhonda (Menelaos) Georgiadis of Fulton, Kathleen (James) Snizek of Liverpool, and Alison (Jack) Meade of Camillus; six grandchildren, Gregory and Magda Georgiadis, Natalie and Brandon Fernandes, and William and Samuel Meade; four brothers, David (Judy) Schoolcraft of Syracuse, Fred (Vivian) Schoolcraft and H. James (Patricia) Schoolcraft all of Liverpool, Steven (Theresa) Schoolcraft of Baldwinsville; two sisters, Carol (Robert) Bernys of Sanford, Fla., and Victoria Crismond of Casselberry, Fla.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours were Tuesday and Wednesday in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, N.Y. Services were held Wednesday in the First Congregational UCC, at 43 Bridge St., Phoenix, NY 13135. Burial will be in Pine Plains Cemetery, Henry Clay Blvd., Clay, N.Y.
Contributions in Betty’s memory may be sent to: American Cancer Society; the SPCA; Wounded Warriors Project; or First Congregational UCC

Elnora J. Matthews

Matthews OBElnora J. “Nora” Matthews, 62, of Fair Haven passed away Tuesday surrounded by her family following a brief illness. She was born in Syracuse, a daughter to the late William J. and Elizabeth J. Crossin and lived most of her life in the Red Creek and Fair Haven area. Nora worked at Alcan for 24 years, before her retirement in 2004 and then went to work part-time for Novelis for the past nine years. She enjoyed sewing and spending time with her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Nora was predeceased by her husband, Corwynn “Red” Matthews, who died April 10, 2010. Nora is survived by two daughters, Lenora J. Perkins of Cabool, Mo., and Rachel (Frederick) Whitt of Martville; three grandchildren, Nicholas (Samantha) Perkins, Joshua (Heaven) Perkins and Frederick Whitt, Jr.; three sisters, Elizabeth A. “Cibbie” (Robert) Fillingham of Martville, Melody Ibbs of Wolcott; and Wilma Sherman of Red Creek; an aunt, Enola Hart of Syracuse as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours are noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 3, 2015 with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Burial will be in Springbrook Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Nora may be made to the Upstate Cancer Center, 750 East Adams St., Syracuse, NY 13210.

Charles (Chuck) John Belaski

Bulaski OBCharles “Chuck” Belaski, 77, of Haines Alaska passed away December 11, 2014 from ALS/ Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Born November 7, 1937 in Fulton, N.Y. he joined the Air Force as a young man and retired after 20 years at Patrick Air Force Base.  Chuck continued his career on the Eastern Test Range with RCA, GE and CSR and resided in Cocoa Beach, Fla.  He later built his dream home in Haines, Alaska where he resided until recently.  Chuck is survived by his sister Gayle A Belaski-Flick, brother-in-law Richard L. Flick, his soul mate Joan Brown (also from Alaska), three daughters, one son, several nieces, nephews and grandchildren.  His wishes are to be cremated and his remains released in the Chilkoot River in Haines, Alaska where he has been fishing for the past 20 years.

Margaret Anne Bauer

Margaret Anne Bauer, 79 of Phoenix, passed away Thursday after a short illness. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens, farming, crocheting and reading. With her husband they were vendors at local farmer’s markets for more than 35 years. Margaret was predeceased by her parents, Gerald and Mary Jessop; her husband, William Walter Bauer; a son, William Wilford Bauer; sisters, Pale Hall and Geraldine Deyo and a brother, John Jessop. Surviving: daughters, Rita Jablonski of Auburn and Nan (Roger) George, Sherri (Jack Dennison) Bauer and Jill (Lyle, Jr.) Ernestine all of Phoenix; sisters, Carol Kerfien and Cheryl Scerbo; brother, Gerald Jessop; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Calling hours will be Saturday, January 3, from noon to 3 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. A funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. Burial will be at North Volney Cemetery in the spring. Contributions may be made to Paws Across Oswego County, 2035 Co. Rte. 1, Oswego, 13126.

Nettie V. Lewis

Lewis OBNettie V. Lewis, 103, a former resident of county Route 25 in the Town of Oswego, passed away Thursday, at St. Luke Health Services.
Mrs. Lewis was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late John J. Murray, Jr., and Julia “Nettie” (Ellis) Murray. She was a former “Miss Oswego.” She was the wife of the late Colonel James N. Lewis, who died in 1986. She is survived by two sons, James V. Lewis of Batavia, and Edward J. Lewis of Hannibal; a daughter, Christine Clancy of Clay; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Dawn Lewis; six brothers, Clarence, Lawrence, Herman, Ernest, Raymond and Wilfred Murray; two daughters-in-law, Bonnie (Axtell) Lewis, and Jean Ann (Spath) Lewis; and a niece, Barbara Van Housen.
She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church.
Funeral services were held Tuesday in St. Mary’s Church, 103 West Seventh Street in Oswego. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery. There were no calling hours. Arrangements are in care of the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, 112 East Second Street in Oswego. Memorial contributions can be made to the Disabled American Veteran’s charity at www.dav.org.

Michael A. Castiglia

Castiglia OBMichael A. Castiglia, 25, of Minetto passed away on Sunday the 28th of December at his home. Mike was born in Minetto on September 9, 1989.
Mike is predeceased by his brother James M. Jr., and by his maternal grandfather Fernand Duhamel.
He is survived by his parents, Jim and Cindy Castiglia of Minetto, sisters Nicole (Mike) Jenson of Minetto; Samantha (Jon) Campbell of Portsmouth, Va.; Jennifer (Ted) Kuriger of Oswego; and Jamie Castiglia of Oswego. Michael is also survived by his paternal grandparents Jim and Katherine Castiglia and by his maternal grandmother Jean Duhamel. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews as well as cousins.
Mike loved to hunt and spend time with family. He had a big heart and a lot to give, he could always put a smile on anyone’s face.
He was loyal and dedicated to his family and friends. Mike’s services and burial will be private. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Kenneth L. Dodge

Memorial services for 86-year-old Kenneth L. Dodge, a resident of 464 Cold Brook Drive, South Colton, will be held at a later date. Mr. Dodge passed away Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg. Ken is survived by his sisters Donna Cobb, Virginia Lund and Carol Paura as well as a brother, Charles Sheldon, all of whom live in the Fulton and Oswego area. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and his lifelong friend Richard Owens of South Colton and Palm Harbor, Fla. Along with his parents, Ken was predeceased by two sisters, Betty Morgan and Helen Warne, and two brothers, Lawrence and John Dodge.
Born in Bundyville, N.Y., on June 20, 1928 to the late Norris and Mayfred Savoid Dodge, Ken worked as a banker in Potsdam and was also the co-owner of the Dodge and Savoid IGA Store in South Colton. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. He also enjoyed an occasional trip to the casino. Memorial Donations in his memory can be made to a charity of one’s choice. Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.buckfuneralhome.com. The Buck Funeral Home in Colton is serving the family of Kenneth L. Dodge.

James Finnley Stevens

Stevens OBJames “Jim-E” Finnley Stevens, 25, of New Haven passed away unexpectedly on December 24. He was born in Oswego and grew up in New Haven. Jim-E was currently employed by Imperial Roofing Co. in Charlotte, N.C. and had previously owned his own construction business, J.M.E. Construction in New Haven. Jim-E enjoyed four-wheeling, dirt bikes, hunting and paintball. He is survived by his mother, Michelle Crumpton of New Haven; his father, Jeff Stevens of New Haven; his girlfriend, Aleesha Hart of Mexico; two children, Rhiley Stevens and Arie James Stevens; four siblings, Michael Stevens, Erica Petrie, Megan Petrie and Matthew Petrie all of New Haven; paternal grandmother, Hilda Stevens of Summerfield, Fla., paternal great-grandmother, Florence Stevens of North Volney, as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. Calling hours and a funeral service were held Saturday, December 27 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in North Volney Cemetery.