Category Archives: Obituaries

Cynthia “Cindy” Thompson, longtime Fulton-area resident

Cynthia “Cindy” Thompson, 49, of Fulton, passed away Wednesday evening Dec. 4 at home with her husband at her side.

Cindy lived her whole life in the Fulton area and graduated from Hannibal High School.

She was a homemaker, devoted wife and mother.

Cindy is survived by her husband, David Thompson; two children, Kyle and Melinda Stapleton; her mother, Sandra Sivers; maternal grandmother, Carol Cole; a brother, Bill (Ronica) Sivers all of Fulton; two nephews, Bill and Cody.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 7 at Little Utica United Methodist Church, 1459 Lamson Road, Phoenix.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Cindy may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, Inc., P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126-0102.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Phyllis Marie Caines, bookeeper and income tax preparer

Phyllis Marie Caines, 83, of Granby, passed away Monday Dec. 2, 2013 at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, after a sudden illness.

Born in Phoenix, N.Y., to her late parents, Marion Ruth (Barse) and William John Renfrew Nov. 10, 1930.

She was a graduate of Phoenix High School, class of 1948, and continued her education to learn accounting. Phyllis was a bookkeeper and income tax preparer, self employed for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest G. Caines on July 6, 2000; a brother, William H. Renfrew on Dec. 17, 1986; a sister, Shirley J. Mohat on Oct. 21, 2012.

Surviving are her four brothers and their wives, Robert and Pat Renfrew, Neal and Betty Renfrew, Gordon and Anna Renfrew, and Ernest and Debbie Renfrew; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Renfrew; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There are no services.

Contributions in Phyllis’s memory may be made to: CNY SPCA, 5878 East Molloy Road, Syracuse, NY  13221

Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, has charge of arrangements.

Terry O. Morrison, built his own home, helped to build his children’s homes

Terry O. Morrison, 73, of Fulton, went to be with the Lord and to reunite with his son Peter in Heaven on Friday Dec, 6, 2013.

Terry was born in Fulton, Nov. 28, 1940, the son of the late Otis and Elizabeth (Hubbard) Morrison.

He worked at Armstrong and retired from New York Telephone Co., Syracuse after many years of service.

He was a communicant of St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton, Baldwinsville.

Terry’s greatest passion was the love he had for his family.

He was a talented carpenter who built his own home, and was instrumental in the construction in each of his children’s homes.

He loved to travel and had the pleasure of seeing many different places in the United States and abroad.

Terry spent summers enjoying the sunsets at Brennans Beach, Pulaski, and he especially enjoyed his winters at The Villages, Florida.

He was the beloved husband of Felicia (LaFrate) Morrison for 54 years; father of Mary Ellen (Norman) Ellis of Hannibal, Laurence (Denise Perkins) Morrison and Patrick (Debra) Morrison all of Fulton; grandfather of Patti, Mary and Keely Morrison and Kristen McClellan; also survived by his sister Sandra Cunningham of North Carolina; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Thomas and Mary Jane Wright of Baldwinsville, sister-in-law Donna LaFrate of Baldwinsville; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A special thank you goes to the staff on the third floor oncology unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital for the care and comfort they provided during this difficult time.

A private memorial will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in the spring. Donations can be made in Terry’s memory to Unity Acres, PO Box 153, Orwell, NY 13426.

The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar Funeral Home Inc., Fulton.

Frederick “Ted” Bidwell, co-owner and VP of North End Paper Mill

Frederick E. “Ted” Bidwell, 83, of Palermo, passed away at his home Wednesday Dec. 4.

He co-owned, operated and was vice president of North End Paper Mill in Fulton retiring in 1991.

Ted was also an independent masonry contractor for many years. He enjoyed hunting and was founder of the Eight Point Club in Addison, N.Y.

Ted was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Carolyn Grassi Bidwell in 2006.

Surviving are his four children, Fred Bidwell Jr. (Sharon) of Palermo, Mary Ann Czyz (Randy) of Baldwinsville, Tom Bidwell (Carol) of Palermo and Teresa Eggert (Fred Mellini) of Fulton; a brother, Francis “Butch” Bidwell (Connie) of Palermo; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions are encouraged to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Alan J. Crandall, member of VFW, Elks and Polish Home

Alan J. Crandell, 75, of Fulton, passed away peacefully Dec. 7 at the VA Hospice Unit in Syracuse with his family by his side.

He was a member of the Fulton Elks #830, Fulton V.F.W. Post 569 and the Fulton Polish Home.

Alan loved camping, being outdoors and his bonfires.

He also enjoyed horseshoes, fishing, bowling, carpentry, playing cards, NASCAR racing and watching sports with his family and friends.

Alan was a very friendly, well known and active member of his family and was always willing to lend a hand.

He will be greatly missed and forever loved by his wife of 48 years, the former Monica Mileskey; a son, Barry (Diane) Crandell; daughters, Lisa (Danny) Elmer and Carol (Terry) Larrabee; a brother, Robert (Gwen) Crandell; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

The family wishes to extend its sincerest appreciation to the VA Medical Center for the phenomenal care received and requests contributions in memory of Alan be made to the Syracuse VA Medical Center, 800 Irving Ave., Syracuse, 13210.

Stacia Swiader, worked for Sealright and Nestles

Stacia Swiader, 96, of Fulton, died Monday Dec. 2 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.

She was born in Oswego, NY to the late Peter and Caroline (Chowanice) Chernachowicz.

Mrs. Swiader was previously employed with Sealright Corp., Fulton and she later retired from Nestles Co., Fulton.

Mrs. Swiader was a past member of the St. Michael’ s Altar Rosary Society and Fulton Polish Home Ladies Auxiliary.

She was predeceased by her first husband Matthew Okoniewski, and second husband Michael Swiader.

Mrs. Swiader is survived by her daughter June Okoniewski Burrell of Buffalo; two grandchildren Matthew Burrell, and Gregory Burrell; several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews including David and Catherine Okoniewski.

Funeral services were Friday at Holy Trinity Church where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Rev. Robert Stephenson. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

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

Diane Spaulding, avid Bingo player

Diane Spaulding, 77, of Oswego, died Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013 in St. Joseph Hospital, Syracuse.

Mrs. Spaulding was born in Buffalo, NY, the daughter of the late Michael and Dorothy (Gray) Valley. Mrs. Spaulding lived in Akron, NY most of her life before moving to Oswego in 2010.

She loved spending time with her family, and she was an avid Bingo player, which was a love she passed down to her daughters and granddaughters. Mrs. Spaulding enjoyed her nightly card games with her friends.

She was predeceased by her husband J. Douglas Spaulding in 1991, her daughter Dodie L. Spaulding in 2000, and her siblings Nancy St. Onge, Michael Valley, and Suzanne Stratton.

Mrs. Spaulding is survived by her daughters Cynthia Spaulding of Oswego, Linda (Herb) Waterson of Lockport, Pamela (Douglas) Ribbeck of Lockport; six grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

Services and burial will be private. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

Arlene Crane, active member of Church of the Nazarene

Arlene M. Crane, 82, of Fulton, went to be with the Lord, Sunday Dec. 1 at University Hospital in Syracuse.

Born in Ballston Spa, she had lived in the Fulton area since 1952.

Arlene was an active member and Sunday school teacher at The Church of the Nazarene.

She was predeceased by her husband, Warren “Dick” Crane, who passed away in 2006.

Arlene is survived by her children, Constance C. Colling of Mexico, John W. Crane of Palermo, Paul R. Crane of Fulton and James R. Crane of Somerville, NJ; two grandchildren, Karen Miller and Keith Colling; one great-granddaughter, Kendall Miller.

A service was held Thursday at The Church of the Nazarene, 914 Utica St., Fulton.  There were no calling hours.

Contributions in memory of Arlene, may be made to The Church of the Nazarene, 914 Utica St., Fulton, 13069.  Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.