Category Archives: Obituaries

Richard Shortslef, worked for Sealright for 44 years

Richard D. “Smiley” “Shorty” Shortslef, 77, of Fulton, passed away Monday Nov. 25 at the Manor at Seneca Hill.

He was born in Oswego, grew up in Sterling and graduated from Hannibal High School. Richard worked at Sealright for 44 years, retiring in 2001.

He was a fan of the New York Yankees and the New York Giants.

Richard was predeceased by a daughter, Sheila, who died April 25, 2006; a brother, Donald Shortslef; two sisters, Mary Ellen O’Connor and Margaret Jane Jetty.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elaine Shortslef; a son, James (Shelley) Shortslef of Amboy; a daughter, Brenda (Darren) Roth of Fulton; a brother, Leigh (Pat) Shortslef of  Sterling; three grandchildren, Jesse Roth, Courtney Roth and Seth Perrin Shortslef; one great granddaughter, Ryleigh Mae Indick.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Church of the Nazarene, 914 Utica St., Fulton, NY 13069.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Howard Loomis, member of ‘Air Apaches’

Howard Beach Loomis, of Clymer, PA and formerly of Palermo, NY died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 at his home.

The son of Carlon James and Gertrude Lucille (Coventry) Loomis, he was born on July 22, 1923 in Palermo, NY.

Howard was a graduate of the Mexico Free Academy, Mexico, NY Class of 1940.

He served in the Pacific theater as a staff sergeant in the US Army Air Corps as a proud member of the 345th Bombardment (M) “The Air Apaches.” He participated in the war effort as a tail gunner and radioman on B25s.

After returning home, Howard resumed his studies in the College of Agriculture at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and in 1950 graduated with a B.S. in Agriculture.

Howard spent his entire life working in the dairy cattle industry until his retirement at the age of 78.

His career spanned involvement with the American Dairy Cattle Club; as a county agent with the NY State Cooperative Extension Service; work with the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) and as a district sales manager with the American Breeders Service.

On June 29, 1946, Howard wed Harriet “Elda” (Barnum) and they shared 67 years of marriage.

He was a voracious reader with a lifelong interest in US history, especially concerning writings about the Civil War. Howard was a strong supporter of conservation and civil liberties.

Howard is survived by his wife, Elda, of Clymer, PA; his four children: Kathleen Snyder of Clymer, PA; Deanna Loomis Houck of Candor, NY; Audrey Murphy and partner Brian Black of Slippery Rock, PA and Jay Loomis and wife Connie of Collegeville, PA; nine grandchildren: Kimberly Loomis Crockard and husband, Mike: Greggory Houck; Rhiannon Orendorff and husband Josh; Nicola Caringola and husband Mike; Trisha Boyer and husband Scott; Bridget Parson; Lacey Parson; Kristen Loomis and Jaycie Loomis and seven great grandchildren: Riley Crockard; Abigail, Olivia and Emma Orendorff; Victoria Caringola and Bayleigh and Brody Boyer.

Also surviving are his brother, Lee Loomis and wife Eleanor of Fulton, NY and his sister, Gertrude Lindsley of Fulton, NY.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Judy Loomis; his son-in-law, Clair Snyder; brother, Lawrence Loomis; brother-in-law, Paul Lindsley and his sister-in-law Janice Thaine and her husband, Gerald.

A private family visitation was held at the Rairigh Funeral Home, Ltd. in Hillsdale, PA. A family graveside service took place at Mount Albion Cemetery in Albion, NY with Rev. Susan Collins Thaine presiding.

The observance of military honors was accorded by the US Army Reservists.

John Fry, retired from Nestles

John A. Fry, 64, of Oswego, died Wednesday Nov. 20 at his home after a short illness.

He was born in Sandy Creek the son of the late Robert and Kathryn (Hatch) Fry. Mr. Fry lived in Fulton where he attended the Fulton School District, he then moved to Oswego where he lived for the past 21 years.

He worked in the warehouse for Nestle’s for 35 years retiring in 2002.

He was a member of the Fulton and Oswego Softball Leagues, Oswego and Fulton Men’s Bowling Leagues.

He was a strong supporter of the armed forces. Mr. Fry enjoyed watching the New York Giants, Syracuse University Sports, the Yankees, and NASCAR.

He was predeceased by his wife Irene Fry in 2002.

He is survived by his sister, Betty Woods of Solvay; his children, Constance LaDue of Fulton, Antoinette Ouellette of Scriba, Scott (Della) Daniels of Fulton, Martian (Mary) Daniels of Oswego; 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego. Burial will be in Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were Saturday at the funeral home 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

Leta Hartle, member of Bowling Hall of Fame

Leta Adele Prime Hartle, 102, of Fulton, passed away Sunday, Nov. 17.

She was the daughter of the late Roy and Ola Allen Prime and was predeceased by her husband, Irving “Bud” Hartle, in 1986.

Leta was an avid bowler and member of the Bowling Hall of Fame and loved playing Bingo.

Surviving are her daughter, Norma (Frederick) Swiech and son, Paul (Brenda) Hartle, as well as four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Calling hours were Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Services followed the calling hours.

Joshua C. Clark, enjoyed gaming, fishing

Joshua C. Clark, 25, of Fulton, passed away Sunday Nov. 17.

Born in Oswego, he had always lived in the Fulton area.

Joshie enjoyed gaming and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Michelle; his children, Matthew and Serenity; his parents, Carl and Elizabeth Clark; sisters, Chrissy and Carrie; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours were Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with a graveside service following at Mt. Adnah Cemetery.

Christine A. Pelo, enjoyed camping, demolition derbies

Christine A. Pelo, 63, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Tuesday Nov. 19.  A native of Oswego, Chris had lived in the Fulton area most of her life.  She retired from Birdseye Foods after more than 35 years.  Chris enjoyed camping, crocheting and demolition derbies.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Edward Vanderhaden.

Chris is survived by her husband of eight years, Harold Pelo; three children, Michael, Mark and Stephanie; a brother, Stephen Bartosek; several grandchildren; nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday (today) at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.  Calling hours were Friday at the funeral home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Roy Morgan, long-time member of Enterprise Fire Department, Phoenix

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Roy C. “Uncle Roy” Morgan, 80, of Elm Street, Phoenix, passed away Monday after a long battle with several cancers.

He was born to the late Freda (Smith) and Wesleyan Morgan on June 17, 1933 in Phoenix, NY.
A graduate of Phoenix High School, class of 1951, he was an Army veteran during the
Korean Conflict, serving in Germany.

Uncle Roy was a 56-year member of the Enterprise Fire Co., and was honored as
a firefighter of the year. He also was very involved with other fire company related
organizations in the area.

Roy was predeceased by his twin brother, Ralph A. Morgan on Dec. 28, 2010; and a sister,
Arlene M. Knowlton on Mar. 24, 2008.

Surviving are his loving wife of 57 years, Ona S. (Wooding) Morgan; his two daughters,
Cherie J. (Merton) Shaw, and Valerie (Jay) Czyz; four grandchildren, Sara and Jason
Czyz and Scott and Karen Harris; one great-grandson, Alexzander Harris; one sister,
Nellie Chamberlain; a sister-in-law, Madalyn Morgan; a brother-in-law, Erwin Knowlton;
several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were Thursday at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home,
Phoenix, with the Rev. Douglas Chamberlain officiating.

Burial was in Phoenix Rural Cemetery with firefighter honors. Calling hours were Wednesday.

Contributions may be made in memory of Roy to: Enterprise Fire Co., 469 Main St., Phoenix, NY
13135, or to the Special Needs Playground Program, 25 Lock St., Phoenix, NY  13135

Makynzie Jade Griffith, ‘our little ladybug’

Makynzie Jade Griffith, 14-month-old daughter of Ryan Wilcox and Jamie Griffith, passed away Thursday afternoon Nov. 14 at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse.

She was born in Oswego Hospital and was known to her family as “our little ladybug.”

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Carson James Wilcox; maternal grandmother, Cathy Sabin of Fulton; paternal grandparents, Scott and Robin Hoyt and John and Robin Wilcox all of Fulton; aunts, Chrissie Griffith and Amanda Sabin both of Fulton; cousins, Alexandrea and Logan Wilcox.

Calling hours were Monday, Nov. 18 with services after the calling hours at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Burial will be in Mount Adnah Cemetery.