Category Archives: Obituaries

Margaret A. Beckwith, longtime athletic booster

Margaret A. Beckwith, 79, of Fulton, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 after a long illness.

She was born in Fulton, NY to the late Anthony and Elizabeth White.

Mrs. Beckwith was a graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School and a lifelong resident of Fulton. She retired from Niagara Mohawk after more than 40 years of service.

Mrs. Beckwith was an active volunteer and member of the Fulton Athletic Booster Club for many years and served as treasurer for 25 of those years.  Margaret received many accolades as both an athlete and avid sports fan.

However, one of her proudest and honored achievements was being recognized with a scholarship named in her honor for the senior female student athlete of the year.

Margaret’s greatest passion was the love she had for her family, friends and beloved Yankees. She was a permanent fixture at most sporting events, but none more so than her own grandchildren from whom she would watch with pride and admiration.

Mrs. Beckwith was pre-deceased by her husband of 46 years George W. Beckwith in 2011, and her siblings, Henry, Ralph, Janette, Joseph, Fred and Edie.

She is survived by her loving family George (Christine) Beckwith of Fulton, and Bill (Sue) Beckwith of Fulton and much-loved grandchildren Megan, Courtney, Austin, Callie and Evan, and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a spring burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery with a graveside service. A gathering for family and friends will follow the cemetery service in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Margaret’s name to the Fulton Athletic Boosters Club, C/O Daniel Shue, 31 Aspen Cove Lane, Fulton, NY 13069.

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

Charlene (Ross) Weldin, accomplished seamstress

Charlene (Ross) Weldin, 76, of Oswego, passed away peacefully at home under the loving care of her daughters.

She was born Jan. 5, 1938 to the late Charles and Florence Hunt, and was a life resident of Oswego.

Charlene worked at various jobs throughout her life, including Singer’s, Cahill’s Fish Market and Tops. Charlene was an accomplished seamstress, and enjoyed her pets and camping with her husband George at Black River Bay Campground.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Robert Ross; her brother, Lyons Hunt; and son-in-law Greg Thomas.

Mrs. Weldin is survived by her husband George Weldin; daughters Florence Ross of Oswego, Cynthia (Mark) Masuicca of Oswego; her sister Joan (David) McCann; grandchildren Karolyn Thomas, Kassidy (Jeremy) Pekarek, Sarah Thomas, Ross Thomas, Angela Thomas; and four great grandchildren.

All who knew Charlene enjoyed her talent to make them smile.

A celebration of Charlene’s life will be held Saturday Jan. 25, 2014 (todaay) at Vona’s Restaurant, Oswego from 1 to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Syracuse Ronald McDonald House.

The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

Julie A. DeGroff, former cashier at Walmart

Julie A. DeGroff, 55, of Hannibal, died Thursday Jan. 16 in the Oswego Hospital after a sudden attack.

She was born in Oswego, the daughter of Anne Carney of Oswego and the late William Carney.

She was a former cashier at Walmart, Oswego.

She enjoyed crocheting, walking her dogs and being with her family. Julie was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years Richard “Doc” DeGroff of Hannibal; sons, Rick (Chrissy Williams) DeGroff of Hannibal, Jeremy (Kate) DeGroff of Fulton; granddaughter Olivia DeGroff; mother Anne Carney; siblings, Cathy (Dave) Goettsch of CA, Billy (Lisa) Carney of Oswego, Patti (Joe) Scanlon of Oswego, Maureen Carney of Oswego, Monica (Dale MacDonald) Carney of Fulton, Theresa (Nate Johndrew) Carney of Oswego and John Carney of Syracuse.

Funeral services were Monday Jan. 20 at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home with the Rev. Dean Flemming officiating.

Spring burial will be in Hannibal Cemetery. Calling hours were Monday at the funeral home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

Nellie Mae Reynolds, former nurse at Michaud

Nellie Mae Reynolds, 72, of Oswego, formerly of Fulton, passed away on Wednesday Jan. 15 at Oswego Hospital surrounded by her 10 children.

Nellie was born in Palermo, a daughter to the late Walter and Laura Vandlinder, Sr.

She was formerly employed as a nurse at Michaud Nursing Home.

Nellie was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, crossword puzzles and cooking by “putting everything in one pot.”

In addition to her parents, Nellie is predeceased by a  daughter, Helen Ouderkirk; two sisters, Mary Winn and Liz Manford; a brother, David Moody; companion, Edwin E. Ouderkirk.

Surviving are: her 10 children, Timothy Ouderkirk of Fulton, Anthony Ouderkirk of Hannibal, Frances Kimball of Scriba, Louise Heywood of White Plains, Earl James Ouderkirk of Fulton, Lee Rose Heywood of Fulton, Melissa Catalone of Scriba, Nellie Mae Heywood-Reynolds of Fulton, Patrick John Gandino of Volney and Douglas Reynolds of Baldwinsville; a step-brother, Eddie Butler of Albany, GA; two sisters, Christine Pullen of Hannibal and Bonnie George of Oswego; two brothers, Henry Vandlinder and Walter Vandlinder of Oswego; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 12 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 (today), at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in the spring at Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Geraldine June Baker, lived in Fulton most of her life

Geraldine June Baker, 86, passed away at Michaud Residential Health Services, on a Tuesday afternoon.

June was born in Syracuse, schooled in Pulaski, and lived in the Fulton area most of her life.

She worked at Sealright, GE, Michaud, CYO, Meals-On-Wheels and home.

She was the wife of one, mother of five, and friend of many.

Thank you, to her family at Michaud, her friends at Mimi’s, and to her many friends of the Fulton area.

Services were private.

Please visit www.traubfh.com for On-Line Guest Book.

Jennifer Lamb Stell, formerly of Fulton

Jennifer Lamb Stell, 37, passed away Jan. 5, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

Formerly of Fulton, she moved to Texas in 1996 and was employed by AT&T.

She graduated in 1995 from Faith Baptist Academy in Baldwinsville.

She is survived by her parents, Edward and Jean Lamb of Fulton; two brothers, Edward J. (Marylene) of Fulton and Jason (Lynn) of Camden, NY; eight sisters, Denielle Ryan (David), Abigail, Jayme, Brooke, Kyleigh, Lauren, Morgan (Josh), all of Fulton, Sydney Thornton (Ben) of Washington; five nephews and seven nieces.

There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Fulton Alliance Church on Route 48 in Fulton.

Elizabeth “Betty” Ellsworth, owned Ellsworth’s Red & White Grocery, Econ-Wash Laundromat

Elizabeth  I. “Betty” Ellsworth, 93, of Phoenix, NY, passed away Thursday Jan. 16, 2014 at the Syracuse Home Association, Baldwinsville.

She was born in Phoenix June 3, 1920 to her late parents, Ora V. (Dolbear) and Claude P. Wallace. She was valedictorian of her graduating class, Phoenix High School, class of 1938.

Betty was owner/operator of Ellsworth’s Red & White Grocery Store, and Econ-Wash Laundromat, both located in downtown Phoenix, for many years, before closing and late sold. She also was owner of the coin-operated car wash located on Davis Street.

Betty was a member of the Phoenix United Methodist Church and it’s Women’s Fellowship organization; Ladies Auxiliary of the Phoenix Memorial Post 5540, VFW; Eastern Star; Century Club member and served as an officer; Topics Club; treasurer of T.O.P.S. organization; and an avid bowler.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 36 years, Arthur R. Ellsworth on Sept. 18, 1976; her three sisters, Mary Fryer, Marjorie Myers and Geraldine Miklada, all in 2012.

Surviving are her daughter, Jo Anne “Jody” Brooks Ryan and her husband, Harvey Ryan; her son, Arthur Craig (Mary) Ellsworth of Pennellville; four grandchildren, Heather (Jim) Stagnitta, Aaron Brooks, Amanda Ellsworth, and Kevin Ellsworth; two great-granddaughters, Elizabeth “Beth” Stagnitta, and Emilee Stagnitta; one brother, Earl “Cactus Bob” Wallace of Baldwinsville; one sister, Eleanor Fisher of Fulton; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014 (today) in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, with the Rev. Lauri  J. Craig officiating. Burial will be in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St..  Phoenix.

Calling hours were Tuesday at the funeral home at 431 Main St..

Contributions in Betty’s memory to: Century Club, or the Phoenix Public Library, 34 Elm St., Phoenix, NY 13135

Myron “Jim” Harbison, was New York State Veteran of the Year

Myron “Jim” Harbison, 93, of Oswego, died Wednesday Jan. 15 at St. Luke Health Services.

He was born in Oswego, the son of the late Eugene and Sarah Harbison.

Mr. Harbison retired from the United States Navy, and was a World War II veteran after 25 years of service. He later retired as manager of ABC Store in Norfolk, VA.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge #271, Oswego where he was honored as NYS Veteran of the Year. Mr. Harbison was a fourth degree Knight and life member with the Knights of Columbus Council # 227, Oswego.

Mr. Harbison was predeceased by his wife Mary Harbison in 2008 after 68 years of marriage.

He is survived by several nieces, nephews, and close friends. Graveside services will be held Monday Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. in All Saints Mausoleum, Oswego.

The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.