Category Archives: Obituaries

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.

Regina Husted, loved gardening

Regina H. Husted, 57, of Fulton passed away Saturday Dec. 28 at home.

She was born in Syracuse, a daughter to Carter Downer, Sr. and the late, Rita Marr Downer.

Regina enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren and her cats.

She is survived by three children, Peter (Crystal) Francisco, Lance (Kari) Francisco and Shane (Heather) Francisco; her companion, Harry “Bear” Bowker; her father, Carter Downer, Sr.; a brother, Carter (Kathy) Downer, Jr.; her aunt, Carol “Aunt Sis” Claflin;  a cousin, Marge Malark; seven grandchildren as well as several extended family members.

Calling hours were Friday, Jan. 3 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Graveside services will be in the spring at North Volney Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Regina may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126-0102.

Melody A. Crouch, lived in Granby

Melody A. Crouch, 54, of Granby, passed away on Thursday Dec. 26 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse surrounded by her loving family.

Surviving are her husband of 35 years, Clayton C. Crouch; four daughters, Crystal (John) Clark, Jennifer (George) Szymanski, Angela and Kimberly Crouch; a son, Michael Crouch; her mother, Lois Woolworth; seven grandchildren; five sisters; four brothers; several nieces and nephews and by a lifelong friend, Bertha Carpenter.

She was predeceased by her father, Bernard Woolworth.

Calling hours were Dec. 30 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services immediately afer.

Burial will be in the spring at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Volney. Contributions may be made to the family.

Joan M. Clark, retired from Nestles

Joan M. Clark, 81, of Fulton passed away Sunday Dec. 29 at Oswego Hospital.

A native of Fulton, she was a life resident of the area.  Joan retired from Nestles Co., Fulton in 1968.

She enjoyed bowling, knitting, reading and completing puzzles.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, William Clark; nine children, Richard Mace, Sally Garrison, Pamela Nobis, William Clark, Jr., Jo-Ann Treasure, Marjorie Faber, Peter Clark, Ann Lehtonen and Frank Clark; three siblings, Pat Davis, Buddy Mileskey, Monica Crandall; 18 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours are 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday Jan. 4 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Funeral services will be private.

Annamarie L. Williams, member of Believer’s Chapel

Annamarie L. Williams, 70, of Hannibal passed away Thursday Dec. 26 at home.

She was born in Bound Brook, NJ, and was a dedicated wife and mother. Annamarie was an active member of Believer’s Chapel in Fulton.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, David T. Williams; a daughter, Brenda Marie Williams of Hannibal; a son, Keith (Faye) Williams of Oswego; a brother, John Moscetti of Florida;  a granddaughter, Kaitlyn Nadine Williams.

There are no calling hours, memorial services will be at a later date.

Contributions in memory of Annamarie may be made to Believer’s Chapel, 614 S. Fourth St., Fulton, NY 13069.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.