Category Archives: Obituaries

Alfred Pyzdrowski, ‘master carpenter’

Alfred A. Pyzdrowski, 93, of Fulton, died Thursday evening Jan. 2.

He was born in Syracuse Nov. 30, 1920; and graduated from Central Square High School in 1938.

Mr. Pyzdrowski was a resident of Fulton for most of his life and he enjoyed winters in Florida since his retirement in 1982 from the Oswego Hospital as a boiler technician.

He was a member of the Carpenters local of Syracuse where he worked for Terry Heights Corp., as a master carpenter and cabinet maker for over 25 years. He was a self-employed contractor and builder of new homes in the Fulton area.

Mr. Pyzdrowski was both an accomplished builder for many years and a faithful Jehovah’s Witness since childhood, he helped establish the first Kingdom Hall in Fulton – Oswego area.

He will always be remembered as one who gave freely to the needs of others.

Mr. Pyzdrowski was predeceased by his wife of 69 years Barbara, and their daughter Peggy Ann O’Brien.

He is survived by his son Stephen John Pyzdrowski of Florida; two grandsons Curtis O’Brien of Volney, Cordell O’Brien of Baldwinsville; and triplet great grandsons.

He is also survived by his brothers Julian (Lois) Pyzdrowski of Central Square, Stanley Pyzdrowski of Baldwinsville, his sister Jenny Ryan of Fulton.

Funeral services were Tuesday at the Fulton Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, where his nephew David Ryan will conduct the services. Calling hours were Sunday at the Sugar Funeral Home 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton.

Spring burial will be in Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Carol Bixby Belanger, Fulton resident

Carol Bixby Belanger, 63, of Fulton, passed away Dec. 31 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

She is survived by her children, Charles, John, Brandi and Rebecca Belanger and Kathi Runyon; her mother, Eileen Bixby; siblings, Thomas, Charles, James, John and Steven Bixby and Eileen Huwe; two grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours or services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., POB 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Foster Funeral Home in Fulton has care of arrangements.

James Edward Healy, worked at Sealright for 40 years

James Edward Healy, Sr., beloved husband and devoted father, passed away Wednesday Jan. 1 after a brief illness at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

James was born Aug. 25, 1937 in Fulton, a son to the late, Betty Van Buren. He graduated from Mexico High School and in 1959 married Ellen Maher.

James worked at Sealright for 40 years, retiring in 1996.

He enjoyed camping, fishing, tying flies and spending time with his family and friends.

James is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Ellen V. Healy of Fulton; two daughters, Sherry (Richard) Martuza of Arkansas and Terry Healy of Fulton; one son, James (Mary) Healy of Baldwinsville; a sister, Patricia Hines of Fulton; seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Chris) Kent of Fulton, Jamie Demars of Florida, Kristy Phillips of Boston, Alicia Healy of Baldwinsville, Keith Healy of Fulton, Jessica and Josh Martuza of Arkansas; as well as four great grandchildren.

Calling hours were Sunday Jan. 5 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Healy may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Donald A. Dashnau Jr., archer and builder

Donald A. Dashnau, Jr., 55, of Oswego, passed away Wednesday Jan. 1.

He was a life resident of Oswego. Don was a pipefitter, welder, carpenter and roofer before working at Huhtamaki for several years.

He was an avid hunter, spent a lot of time in his archery workshop and was a member of Deerslayers Bowman’s Association in Oswego.

Don was very proud of his daughters and grandchildren — when he was down they always brought his spirit up.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, William T. and Luella M. Donaldson.

Don is survived by his daughters, Donielle Dashnau  and Courtney Dashnau both of Fulton; his companion, Mary Meeker of Fulton; his mother, Lora Mae Martin of Eustis, Fl.; his father, Donald A. Dashnau, Sr., of Oswego; a brother, Jerry Himes of Eustis, Fl.; a cousin, Jack Lewis, who was like a brother to Don; an aunt, Jean Lewis; uncle and aunt, Robert and Patricia Coe all of Oswego; and three grandchildren, Boston Dashnau, Carson and Louella Chetney.

Calling hours were Monday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Graveside services will be in the spring at Mount Adnah Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Dashnau may be made to the Pentecostals of Fulton, (Pastor David Bassette), 100 Cayuga St., Fulton, NY 13069.

John W. Morrell, World War II vet, worked at P&C

John W. Morrell, 88, of Oswego, passed away Tuesday Dec. 24.

He was born in Sterling, a son to the late Charles and Ella Morrell.

John retired in 1984 from P&C where he worked for 28½ years as a tractor trailer driver.

He was a member of the Red Creek Conservation Club since 1952 and had served as a past president. John was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II and was a member of the American Legion Prior Stock Post in Hannibal.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and skeet shooting.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings, Betty DiBello, Robert Morrell and Harry Morrell.

John is survived by a daughter, Marleen Spencer of Fulton; a son, Damen (Linda) Morrell of Oswego; two sisters, Nancy (Beauford) Allen of WV and Connie Rotash of Red Creek; a brother, Stanley Morrell of TX; four grandchildren, eight great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. Funeral services are private.

Contributions in memory of John Morrell may be made to Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, 2996 County Route 45, Fulton, NY 13069.

Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has care of arrangements.

Thelma J. Sidman, former Hannibal tax collector

Thelma J. Sidman, 90, of Hannibal, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 25 at Morningstar Care Center in Oswego.

A native of Victory, Thelma was a life resident of the Hannibal area. She had worked at Schuler’s Potato Chip Co. in Cato from 1940-1941 and served as tax collector for the Town of Hannibal from 1973-1993 and as school tax collector for eight years during the 1980s.

Thelma was a member and former trustee of the Hannibal Center United Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher for several years and was a former financial secretary of the church.

She was also a member and treasurer of the United Methodist Women in Hannibal Center.

She had enjoyed sewing and reading.

Thelma was predeceased by her husband, George A. Sidman in 1998 and by infant twin great-granddaughters, Elaina and Jenna Sidman.

Surviving are: two sons, Lee (Cheri) Sidman of Hannibal and Ray (Martha) Sidman of San Bernardino, CA; a daughter, Sandra Loomis of Fulton; a brother, Howard Boyce of Perrysburg, OH; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Dec. 28 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Services followed.

Spring burial will be at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hannibal Center United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, c/o Cheri Sidman, 113 Cemetery Drive, Hannibal, NY 13074.

Ruth A. Briggs Baldwin, member of Fulton First United Methodist Church

Ruth A. Briggs Baldwin, 92, of Oswego, passed away Tuesday Dec. 24 at St. Luke Health Services surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Pennellville to the late Frederick and Ruth Dievendorf, she was a life resident of the Oswego-Fulton area.

In 1981, Ruth retired from Nestles Co. in Fulton after 12 years. She was previously employed at Sealright Co. and Woolworth’s, both in Fulton.

Ruth was a member of the Fulton First United Methodist Church.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Louis D. Briggs, who passed away in 1987, her second husband, Harold E. Baldwin, who passed away in 2006, as well as siblings, Velma Pierce, Helen Morrison and Arnold Dievendorf.

She is survived by her children, Bonnie (Chuck) Wheeler of NC, Bob (Dorothy) Briggs of CA, Andrea (Richard) Tucker of CT and Janet Green of Fulton; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; niece, Marlene Bracey.

Services were Dec. 29 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.  Spring burial will be at Pennellville Cemetery.  Calling hours were Dec. 28.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke Heath Services, 299 East River Road, Oswego 13126.