Category Archives: Obituaries

Rosario Licciardello, lettuce and onion farmer

Rosario Licciardello, a self-employed lettuce and onion farmer, passed away on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at his home.

He was 95.

The son of the late Gaetano Licciardello and Verda Cutuli Licciardello, he was born June 11, 1918 in New York City.

A veteran of WWII, Rosario served his county in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Marie, at home; children, Maria Nazarro and her husband Robert of Pine Bush, Richard Licciardello and his wife Sandra of Fulton, NY, Lauri Quigley and her husband John of Pine Bush, Howard Potter II and his wife Terri of Bath, NY, Scott Porter and his wife Sheila of Albany; sister Vita Chalone and husband Bart of Fulton, NY 16 grandchildren,  six great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Rosario is predeceased by his brother, Michael Licciardello and his sister; Sadie Malone.

Cremation will be private and at the convenience of the family. A memorial service will take place at a later date in the spring.

Arrangements are entrusted to the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc. www.wmgaganfuneralhome.com

Shirley S. (Young) Bird, owned Bird Farm in Volney

Shirley  S. (Young) Bird, 73, of Volney, NY, passed away at home on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 with her family by her side.

Born in Syracuse, NY to her late parents, Mildred E. (Drumma) and Roy  J. Young, Sr. on Dec. 22, 1940, she was the owner/operator of the Bird Farm in Volney, NY.

Shirley was predeceased by her late husband of 45 years, William Lamar Bird in April of 2006; a daughter, Sally  A. Satusky in April of 2009; her siblings, three brothers, John, Roy Jr., and James; six sisters, Janet, Joan, Beverly, Rosemary, Patricia and Marilyn.

Surviving are her daughter, Susan A. (Larry) Benjamin of Phoenix, NY; three sons William S. Bird of Southport, NC, Randy M. (Katy) Bird of Kapolei, HI, and Timothy P. (Gloria) Bird of Baldwinsville; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bud Young and Richard Young; three sisters, Jean Cook, Barbara Johnson and Ruth Whorrall; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private burial will take place in the summer.

Contributions in Shirley’s memory to: American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Homes, Inc., Phoenix, has care of arrangements.

Anita “Cathi” Ramacus, collected angels

Anita “Cathi” Ramacus, 57, of Fulton, died Thursday Feb. 20 at Oswego Hospital, Oswego after a long illness.

Cathi was born in Syracuse, NY and she has been a resident of Fulton for most of her life.

Cathi was a very spiritual person and she enjoyed collecting angels.

She is survived by her children, Antonita “Toni” Ramacus of Syracuse, Frances “Franny” Ramacus of Fulton, Ramsey Ramacus, and Gregory Ramacus both of Syracuse; two sisters, Rita of Clay and Terry of CA; 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were held Tuesday Feb. 25 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton. Burial will be held privately.

Lillian Margaret “GG” Distin, loved Jesus Christ

Lillian Margaret “GG” Distin, 96, left her Greenbrier, Ark. residence, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, for the mansion prepared for her in Heaven.

Born on Wednesday, July 4, 1917 in Fulton, N.Y., to Margaret and Leroy Barker, she was just as energetic and bright as the holiday of her birth.

When born again in 1961, Jesus Christ became her first love, next to her family and church. For 30 years she was a beautician in her own salon. A powerful prayer warrior is gone, but her legacy of Christian faith lives on in the family she leaves behind.

She is survived by her children, Dennis Distin and wife Ricki of Greenbrier,Arkansas and Ronald Distin and wife Elaine (Pipsy) Distin of Beverly Hills, Florida. Grandchildren: Christy Secrease, Chip Distin, Ronnie Distin, Danny Distin and Amy Valentine. Great-grandchildren: Ryan Harrington, Ronnie, Cale, Blake and Lacy Distin, Kaylee and Meagan Secrease.

She was predeceased by her parents, sisters Arlene Hall and Lucille of Fulton, N.Y., and Milton “Mike” Distin, her devoted husband of 52 years, of Holiday, Fla.

Friends and family attended an evening of celebration and remembrance Feb. 27 in Springhill, Ark. Internment will be at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater, Fla.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to House of Prayer, P.O. Box 547, Greenbrier, AR 72058, Alzheimer’s Arkansas or Gideon International.

Arrangements are by Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Greenbrier.

Laura Post Thompson, IRS auditor

Laura  Post  Thompson, 97, former Phoenix, NY resident, passed away on Tuesday Feb. 25, 2014, at the Chittenango Center for Rehabilitation and Health Care, Chittenango.

She was born in the town of Camillus, NY to her late parents, Mary (Zimmerman) and William Post on March 13, 1916.  She was a graduate of Phoenix High School, class of 1933.

When she entered the work force at age 18, her hourly rate was 32 cents in the wrapping room at Nestle Co., Fulton.  Later she worked for Columbia Mills Co., Minetto, NY.  They were manufacturers of venetian blinds.

Laura continued her education with two years of college.  She was hired as an auditor for the IRS in Syracuse, NY retiring in 1962 after 32 years of service.

Laura was a longtime member of the Phoenix United Methodist Church.

Besides her parents, she predeceased by her husband, Walter Pixley Thompson on July 23, 1994; her sister Helen M. Reichel on Dec. 24, 2005; her brother, Donald Post.

Surviving are her nieces and nephews.

Services were Feb. 28 in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135, with the Rev. Marion Moore-Colgan officiating.  Spring burial in Belle Isle Cemetery, town of Camillus, NY.

Calling hours were held prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.

Fred R. Lockwood, D-Day and Bulge survivor, served as Oswego Town supervisor, clerk, assessor

Fred R. Lockwood, 89, peacefully passed into the Lord’s presence from St. Luke Health Services in Oswego, on Feb.  25, 2014.

Born Feb. 1, 1925 to Harold and Eva Lockwood, of Hannibal, NY, Fred graduated in the class of 1942.

Drafted into the US Army in 1943, Fred landed on D-Day with the 4th Infantry on Utah Beach, earning two Bronze Stars and several other medals for heroic service in five major European campaigns, culminating with the Battle of the Bulge.

Fred married Grace Wellwood June 5, 1949 and resided in Southwest Oswego, where they raised four children and were happily married for 56 years, until Grace passed away in 2005.

Fred purchased his own grocery store in Southwest Oswego (where Ontario Orchards is now) in 1949 and worked there for 11 years; worked 10 years in food service at SUNY Oswego; then worked for the county as the administrator of Michaud Nursing Home in Fulton until retiring.

He enjoyed work and looked forward to each new day. Fred was active in Oswego Town government, serving as clerk, supervisor and assessor.

He also served as a trustee, then as president of the Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

Fred is a member of Oswego Alliance Church where he has served the congregation through various ministries.

Fred was active in sports since a boy, playing baseball on Hannibal’s team for many years, and then playing softball on Oswego teams. In later years he enjoyed taking part in the yearly Hannibal Old-Timer’s games, and umpiring softball games for Oswego leagues.

While working at SUNY Oswego, Fred played and organized “pick-up” basketball games which became known as “Freddy-Ball,” after their organizer. Even at age 50, it was well known that Fred could out play the younger men!

Surviving Fred are his children, Harold (Beth) Lockwood of Fulton, NY, Joyce (Chett) Hobbs of Florence, MS, Mary Ann (Gary) Wilcox of Mohawk, NY and Nancy (Jack) Hay of Knoxville, TN; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, with three more on the way; two sisters-in-law and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family received those wishing to express their respects Feb. 28 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1 (today) at the Oswego Alliance Church, 371 Thompson Road, Oswego with Pastor Wade Smith officiating.

Burial with military honors will be in the spring at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Oswego Alliance Church, 371 Thompson Rd, Oswego, 13126 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, 13204.

Mary E. Sperati, Nestle retiree

Mary E. Sperati, 99, of Fulton, passed away on Monday, Feb. 24 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

She was the daughter of Nazareno and Louise Sperati and was born in Fulton on Aug. 4, 1914.

Mary was a machine operator at the Nestle Co. in Fulton for 37 years, retiring in 1979. She had previously worked at the M. H. Fishman Company department store in Fulton.

Mary was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church in Fulton and a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Pere LeMoyne #833; Holy Trinity Golden Agers; Fulton Senior Citizens and Granby Senior Citizens.

Surviving is her niece, Louise of Fulton and other nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and brothers, Lawrence, James, Patrick and Peter Sperati.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, Feb. 28 at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton. Spring graveside services will be in  St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Calling hours were Thursday Feb. 27 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton, NY 13069.

Christine M. Wagner, loved her time at camp

Christine M. Wagner, 50, of Granby, lost a courageous battle with breast cancer on Friday, Feb. 21 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born on Feb. 7, 1964 in Syracuse, she attended high school at Onondaga Central. Chris worked at Price Shopper Supermarket in Fulton for more than 20 years.

She loved to spend time at her camp with her family and friends as well as digging and planting flowers throughout her numerous gardens. She was one tough cookie and will be missed by many.

Surviving are her loving husband, Robert H. Wagner Jr., of Granby; three children, Megan Wagner of New Milford, NJ, Nicole Wagner of Rochester and Matthew Wagner of Granby, along with many close family and friends.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 (today) at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

There will be no services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and care givers of the University Physicians Hematology / Oncology Oswego and Oswego County Hospice.