Category Archives: Obituaries

Raymond W. Powers, lifelong Scriba resident and avid outdoorsman

Raymond W. Powers, 448 Myers Road, Oswego, a lifelong resident of Scriba, passed quietly at Seneca Hill Manor, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.

Ray was born on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26, 1931 at his parents’ home in Scriba. He was not a college graduate – he was a simple, honest, loyal family loving man who valued his family and the acquired friendships of those he admired and appreciated.

Those who knew Ray respected his no-nonsense purposeful ideals, his practical down-to-earth methods of dealing with everyday life.

Rays onset of health problems started early in life but did not deter him from his real loves and ambitions. His family came first, but secondly he was a lifetime sportsman and outdoorsman.

From a very early age his parents, his uncles and his friends instilled in Ray a love for the majestic mountains, the quiet gentle forests, the cool sparkling streams, the cold lake waters, and the deep swift flowing rivers.

He didn’t kill for sport, only for food. The older men taught him to respect all living things – the rabbit, the quail, the patridge (as Ray called partridge), the wapiti (deer), the fish – that provided nourishment for his family.

As a young man Ray worked on numerous muck lands for the local farmers, including the Marano family and for Ken Sheldon. He also worked as a stock boy at The Woolsworth 5 cent and 10 cent department store in Oswego. A week after graduating from Oswego High School, he went to work for The Nestle Co. in Fulton as a laborer.

Raymond married the former Betty Crandall from Hannibal and in a span of five years the couple were joined by four adorable sons: Garry Raymond, Dan Thomas, Scott Wilburt and Patrick Lee.

After 15 years at Nestle, seeking a much different work environment with much improved benefits, Ray obtained employment with The Alrall Company, later called Alcan Aluminum Corp., in Scriba, where he worked for 25 years.

He retired in August 1989, from his team leader position on the 72-inch high-speed cold rolling mill. His coworkers endearingly nicknamed him Dad – he was the oldest man on his crew and senior man as well.

Ray was a past member of the United Methodist Church of Scriba and a member of the United Baptist Church, Route 104, of Scriba. He had served with the Scriba Volunteer Fire Department and the Alcan Emergency Squad.

Ray served as sexton at Peck Cemetery, Scriba and for several years as a dog warden in Scriba. Ray was a member of Nicks Lake Rudland Gun Club in Old Forge, in the Adirondacks, and a member of The Butterfly Waterfowl Club, Scriba and for more than 60 years was a member of The Spikehorn Camp in Brantingham.

I’d like to close with this reflection because of his love for western books and movies. Ray has now seen his last sunset, answering the call to the final round-up. His spirit will be with us forever and always.

I am confident we will meet again at the campfire in the sky. Lord, hear our prayers as his life on earth has changed but it has not ended – Ray journeys on with the Great Spirit, may he rest in eternal peace. The passing of time will never heal our hearts completely but those of us remaining have to go on – there will be new horizons to see and live through.

Ray was predeceased in death by his first wife, Betty; his beloved parents, Harold and Emma Raymond Powers; his brother, Jacky; and his sister, Norma Powers Cronk.

Remaining to cherish his memory is his wife of 21 years – Nan Wright Powers; his four sons, Dan T. Powers and wife, Judy of Fulton, Garry R. Powers and wife, Deborah, Patrick L. Powers, and Scott W. Powers, all of Oswego; 12 grandchildren, Stephanie, Tammy, Amanda, Jade, Shannon, Kimberly, Christopher, Rachel, Joshua, Nicholas, Andrew and Jeremy; 19 great grandchildren, Jeffrey, Derrick, Olivia, Lillian, Cayley, Maxamus, Terry (T), Bentley, Trayton, Emma, Lochlyn, Makennah, Kamdyn, Nathan, Ella, Ava, Ewan, Tennyson and Rowan.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Nelson funeral home from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, followed by funeral services with Rev. Vivian Summerville, at the funeral home 11 W. Albany St. Oswego.

Burial will be in the Powers’ family plot, Peck Cemetery, County Route 4 (Hall Road), South, Scriba, NY.

Expressions of sympathy may directed in his memory to The Scriba Christmas Project, which his parents, Emma and Harold Powers, originally organized on Klocks Corners Road at their home, or to an organization of your choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.nelson-funeralhome.com

 

Theresa M. Knopp Stephens, former chief clerk for state Supreme Court

Theresa “Tee Cee” M. Knopp Stephens, 53, of Oswego passed away Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Albany Medical Center.

She was a 1977 graduate of Oswego High School and C.C.B.I. where she received her associate’s degree in business administration with honors.

Theresa retired as chief clerk for the New York state Supreme Court, Oswego County in Oswego after many years.

She was a member of the Fulton Lions Club and Oswego Professional Women’s Club. Theresa was predeceased by the love of her life, husband, Robert L. Stephens, in 2010 and her parents, John and Eileen Demm Knopp.

Surviving are her sisters, Patricia (Dan) Fern of Magnolia, TX and Kathleen (Sue Haney) Knopp of Fulton, nieces, Sarah (Eric) Ingerson and Meghan (J.D.) Knight; nephew, Thomas (Rachael) Knopp; grandnieces and grandnephews, Tyler, Ian, Jacob, Avery, Addie, Ethan and Tenley; her aunts and cousins.

Calling hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services to immediately follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to Albany Medical Center Renal Transplant Program, Mail Code 73, 43 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY 12208-3479.

Patricia Davis, lifetime Fulton resident

Patricia H. Davis, 87, of Fulton, died Tuesday Nov. 12 at Oswego Hospital.

She was born in Fulton Aug. 8, 1926, one of 10 children to the late Ezra and Grace Boshart Davis.

Pat lived in Fulton all her life, she loved children and was a lifelong caregiver for many of her nieces, nephews and family members.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Edna Heagerty, George Davis, Howard Davis, Donald Davis, James Davis, Richard Davis, Manitha Spoon, Margaret Davis and Martha Anderson.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Barb Davis of Fulton; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Calling hours were Friday with services following at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Burial will be in Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Beverley LaBarge, worked for Key Bank

Beverley J. LaBarge, 80, of Fulton, passed away Friday, Nov. 8.

Born in Michigan, she had lived in the Fulton area and had worked at Key Bank for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Q. LaBarge, who passed away in 1998.

Beverley will be greatly missed and forever loved by her children, Kim (Dan) Garrow of Oklahoma, Jo-Lyn (Mike) Phillips of Fulton and Jon (Georgia) LaBarge of Long Island; siblings, Gardenia, Earl and Gilbert; five grandchildren, Alissa (Chad) Bush, Taylor (Hannah) Knight, Michael (Crystal) Phillips and Amie (Jason) Shaffner and Jacob LaBarge; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday (today) at Foster Funeral Home with burial at Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were Friday at the funeral home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Cassie ‘Gladys’ Capalary, private duty nurse

Cassie M. “Gladys” Capalary, 94, of Fulton, died Monday Nov. 11 at Pontiac Care and Rehabilitation Center in Oswego.

She was born in Palermo and resided at 455 Park Ave., Fulton since 1993 with her brother and sister-in-law until their passing and nephew, Mark R. Clark until she entered the nursing home in 2010.

Gladys was a private duty nurse for nearly 40 years and cared for the elderly, including her late brother and sister-in-law, Henry and Rose Clark, Sr.

She was a member of Pilgrim Holiness Church in Syracuse.

Gladys was predeceased by her husband, Ronald J. Capalary.

She is survived by a brother, John Clark of Fulton; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services are private. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Douglas L. Canfield, owns Canfield Machine and Tool

Douglas L. Canfield, 87, of Fulton, went to be with the Lord Nov. 7.

The son of Floyd and Huldah March Canfield, Doug was born in Altmar, NY and at the age of 14 moved to Fulton when his father was hired at Nestles.

Doug was a WWII veteran having served in the 936th field artillery battalion. He learned the toolmaker trade after the war and worked for General Electric for 18 years before he felt God direct him to start Canfield Machine and Tool.

Doug is survived by Helen, his wife of 62 years. His only regret in life was not marrying her sooner.

They have four sons: Doug (Ethel), Chris (Windy), David and John (Jen). His five grandchildren, Evangeline, Elizabeth, Emily, Sarah and Silas, were the joy of his life.

Doug’s favorite book was the Bible and he wanted everyone to have an opportunity to read it. To that end, he was active with the Gideons for more than 40 years. He worked faithfully with the youth and as a Sunday school teacher at the Fulton Free Methodist Church for many years.

Calling hours were Monday, Nov. 11 at  Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. A memorial celebration was Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, 2819 County Route 45, Fulton with the Rev. David Grey officiating.

Memorial gifts may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214.

Carmella McMullen, enjoyed playing Bingo

Carmella M. McMullen, 83, of Fulton passed away Wednesday Nov. 6 with her daughters by her side at Michaud Residential Health Services.

She was born in Fulton, a daughter to the late Peter and Mary Firenze.

Carmella was a homemaker and enjoyed playing Bingo. She is now reunited in Heaven with her late husband, “Mickey” McMullen, who died June 2, 1981; sister, Jo Fields; brothers, Paul and Ralph Firenze and a grandson, Richard Overton. Carmella is survived by three daughters, Debra (Gary) Percival, Michele (John) Overton both of Fulton and Marybeth (Troy) Johnson of Lowville; a sister, Christine (Gary) Fields of Phoenix; two brothers, Louie (Bonnie) Firenze and Peter Firenze both of Fulton; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Nov. 10 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be private in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Carmella’s family would like to thank the staff at Michaud Residential Health Services for the exceptional love and care provided to their mother and family during this most difficult time.

Ida Taft, lifelong Volney resident

Ida M. Taft, 88, of County Route 6 Volney, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013  at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

She was a life resident of Volney and a member of the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Volney.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert G. Taft and by siblings, Shirley Watson, George Bracy and Norma Downing.

Surviving are four daughters, Christine Clawson of Roswell, GA, Cathy (John) Watson, Pamela Dunning, and Bonnie (Kevin Gareau) Taft all of Fulton; two sons, Jerry (Kathy Bray) Taft and Russell (Debbie) Taft all of Fulton; a sister, Virginia Drake of Fulton; 14 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Nov. 6 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services immediately following at 6 p.m.