Category Archives: Obituaries

Florence Eames Wallace, Valley News columnist, Fulton teacher, sold antiques

Florence “Flo” Eames Wallace, 73, of Fair Haven, formerly of Fulton, passed away Sunday, May 11 after a long illness in Tucson, AZ where she spent her winters.

A native of Fulton, she lived in Fair Haven for the past 20 years.

Florence retired after 33 years as an elementary teacher in the Fulton School District and was a substitute high school teacher at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton.

She was the author of a newspaper column for The Valley News many years ago and had owned a seasonal boutique in Fair Haven selling antiques, crafts and books.

Florence had been an avid fan of her daughter Amanda’s basketball career and was a devoted mother and grandmother.

She was predeceased by her parents, Fred and Florence Eames, her sister, Joyce Salisbury and by her beloved daughter, Trooper Amanda Anna, who died in the line of duty in 2012.

Surviving are her devoted husband, Frank Wallace of Fair Haven; a grandson, Ethan Anna of North Syracuse; two step-sons, Vernon and Craig Wallace, both of PA; brother-in-law, Bruce Salisbury; nieces, Tracy Burford and Susan Salisbury; nephew, Daniel Salisbury and grandnieces and grandnephews.

Calling hours were Friday, May 23 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Services are at noon Saturday, May 24 (today) at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Springbrook Cemetery in Fair Haven.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trooper Amanda Anna Fund, P.O. Box 485, Fair Haven, NY 13064.

Ann Elizabeth Gould, thoughtful mother

Ann Elizabeth (Hartenhoff) Gould passed away peacefully at Oswego Hospital after a brief illness.

Born to Henry and Estol Hartenhoff in Fulton in 1936, she lived in the Fulton and Oswego areas.

She was predeceased by her former husband Charles Gould, and is survived by long-time companion Gordon Ware.

She was a loving, thoughtful mother to six children: Cathy Varnum, Janice (Gerald) LaVaute, Patti (William) Rogers, and Doug, Noreen and Jodi Gould.

She was infinitely proud of her children and more than a dozen grandchildren on whom she doted, including Wendy (Michael) Williams, Mandie (Frederick) Lathrop, Ryan Varnum, Matthew (Crystal) LaVaute, Kelly LaVaute, Derek (Hailey) Rogers, Nicholas (Christine) Rogers, Rachel Gould, Kile Green and Zachery (Joelle) Gould.  Her eleven great-grandchildren include Jason, Alec, Baylen, Maddoc, Macade, Talon, Noah, Owen, Quentin, Clare and Mia.

A private family remembrance service is planned.  There are no calling hours.

Donations may be made to United Friends of Homeless Animals, 432 Centerville Road, Richland, NY 13144.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Foster Funeral Home in Fulton.

William T. Henderson, Little League coach, church usher, baseball card collector


William Terry Henderson, 64, of Baldwinsville and formerly of Phoenix, died May 18, 2014 at home.

Mr. Henderson was born Oct. 25, 1949 to the late Ralph and Joan Henderson of Phoenix.

Growing up, he peddled milk in and around Phoenix for his family’s farm, Henderson Dairy. Later in life, he worked for Cooper-Crouse Hinds as a computer information department manager.

He was married to Constance Henderson for more than 42 years. “Poochie” was the love of his life.

A long-time baseball coach, he coached his sons and many other kids throughout Little League and other summer baseball teams. He was an avid Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves fan.

Later in life, he enjoyed watching his grandchildren play baseball, ice skating, gymnastics and soccer. He also collected baseball cards.

He was also the head usher and long-time member of Trinity Assembly of God in Clay. A fun-loving and outgoing person, he enjoyed interacting with people and making them laugh. He enjoyed visiting and playing with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Isabelle Joy Henderson, and a sister, Patricia Brown.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two sons and their wives, Derek and Lisa Henderson of Liverpool and Andrew and Regina Henderson of East Syracuse; grandchildren, Emma, Jared, Abigail, and Carter Henderson; sisters; Connie and Larry Gorthey of Florida and Bonnie and Robert Clark of Georgia; sister- and brother-in-law, Sue and Gerry Parkinson of Pennellville; brother-in-law, Dan Brown of Panther Lake; nieces and nephews, Rachael Parkinson, Mark Gorthey, Karen Gorthey, Scott Brown, Victoria Brown,  Ryan Brown, Heidi Woodcock, Molly Brown, Stephanie Davis Smith of GA, and Brianne Davis of CA; and many other loving friends and relatives.

Calling hours were Wednesday, May 21 at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix. A funeral service was held May 22 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Phoenix Rural Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Henderson Scholarship Fund, Phoenix Dollars for Scholars, 552 Main St., PO Box 445,

Deborah Florczyk, drove OCO, school bus

Deborah J. Florczyk, 57, of Fulton, passed away Friday May 16 at Oswego Hospital.

She was born in Fulton  to George Gates and the late Patricia Dashner.

Debbie was a life resident of the Fulton-Hannibal area and attended G. Ray Bodley High School. She was a bus driver for OCO, Hannibal Central Schools and the Phoenix school district.

Debbie enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, fishing and collecting dolls and movies.

In addition to her mother, Debbie was predeceased by her step father, Paul Dashner.

She is survived by her four children, Billie Jean Florczyk, Michael (Leslie) Florczyk, Edward Florczyk and David Florczyk all of Fulton; her father, George Gates of  Mexico, NY; siblings, Denise Trombly of Palmer, MA., Sheila Clark of Fulton, George Manchester of OH, David Manchester of Memphis, NY, Shawn Gates of MA, Coleen Proppe of  East Syracuse, Michael Gates of N.C. and Alicia Weems of AL.; eight grandchildren, Joseph, Joshua, Makayla, Mathew, Samantha, Spencer, Savanna and Madison; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are private. Calling hours were Wednesday, May 21, at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Florczyk may be made to the American Lung Association.

Elizabeth Anderson, retired health worker

Elizabeth Isadell Otis Anderson of Fort Wayne, Indiana, formerly of North Syracuse, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014 at Kingston Health Care Center.

She was born in Pulaski July 18, 1925.

She was predeceased by her parents, Earl A. and Pearle Bemis Otis and by her sons, Douglas Sweatland (1994) and Daniel Sweatland (2011).

She retired from Birchwood Health Care Center, Liverpool.

Surviving are her grandchildren, Sandy (Michael) Armstrong, Sheri Sweatland, Amy (Joe) Verner, Angela Sweatland, Travis Schleuter, Angela Petty, Christina Leahey, Tammy McCann; 13 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She also had a special place in her heart for her niece, Judy (Chris) DiLiberto and great nieces, Molly and Jenna DiLiberto.

There will be no services held. She willed herself to Indiana University’s Anatomical Program.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to your favorite charity or to the family in care of Fergerson Funeral Home, 215 S. Main St., North Syracuse, NY 13212.

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Barbara J. Smithers, LPN at Syracuse hospital

Barbara Jane Smithers, 73, former Phoenix, NY resident, passed away in Oswego Sunday May 18, 2014.

Born in Phoenix, NY to her late parents, Lenora (Hollenbeck) and Arnold F. Gibbs, Nov. 16, 1940, she was a graduate of J.C. Birldlebough High School, later becoming a licensed practical nurse working in the Memorial Hospital Unit in Syracuse. 

Surviving are her husband, Ronald G. Smithers, Sr. of Phoenix; her two sons Ronald G. Smithers, Jr. of Phoenix, and Johnnathan D. Smithers of Phoenix; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; one brother, Bert Gibbs of Pennellville; nieces, nephews and cousins.

 Graveside services were held Thursday May 22 in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St., Phoenix.

Margie Bess Lawler, loved arts, crafts

Margie Bess Lawler, 41, of Fulton, passed away Sunday May 18 in Rochester.

Born in Utica, Bess had lived in the Fulton area for many years.

She enjoyed arts and crafts and the time she spent with her family.

She was predeceased by her father, Albert Lawler.

Bess is survived by her companion, Brian Graves; children, Ryanna (Josh) Lawler, Cameron (Bekah) Lawler, Tre (Bri) Graves, Jordan (Courtney) Graves, Shayla Graves, Sheldon Graves and Jada Graves; mother, Marjorie Burdick; great-grandmother, Dorine Larmon; siblings, Steven (Georgianna) Burdick, Raymond (Kathy) Burdick, Robin (Robert) Taylor, Keith (Kathy) Burdick, Sharon (Tom) Falato, Kenny (Patsy) Burdick, Al (Heather) Lawler, Mary “Wifey” Smith and Shelly Belly; grandchildren, Brayden, Marlie, Abel, Kirien and Zayne; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A calling hour was held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Rosario Licciardello, veteran, lettuce and onion farmer

5-21_OBITlicciardelloRosario “Charlie” Licciardello, 95, of Pine Bush, NY, formerly of Fulton, passed away Feb. 28.

A native of New York City, he had resided in Fulton most of his life. Charlie was a self-employed lettuce and onion farmer.

He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 542nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion and in both the European and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters of Operations.

Charlie was predeceased by his parents, Gaetano and Venera Cutuli Licciardello, a brother, Michael Licciardello and a sister, Sadie Malone.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Marie Hakes Licciardello of Pine Bush; children, Maria (Robert) Nazzaro of Pine Bush, Richard (Sandra) Licciardello of Fulton, Lauri (John) Quigley of Pine Bush, Howard (Terri) Potter II of Bath and Scott (Sheila) Potter of Albany; a sister, Vita (Bart) Chalone of Fulton; 16 grandchildren; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24 at Holy Trinity Church, corner of Rochester and South Third streets, Fulton, with military honors.

Foster Funeral Home in Fulton has care of the local arrangements.