Category Archives: Obituaries

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.

Eleanor Roth, retired reading teacher in Fulton

Eleanor Irene Roth, 93, of Fulton, passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.

Born in the town of Volney, she was a life resident of the Fulton area.

Mrs. Roth retired as a reading teacher from the Fulton City School District. She was an alumna of Oswego State Teachers College and a member N.Y.S. Retired Teachers Association.

Mrs. Roth was a communicant of Holy Trinity Parish in Fulton and a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Stanley Becker in 1959 and William Roth in 1993.

She is survived by daughters, Sheila Grant of Sterling and Mary Hicks of Pennellville; sons, Willard Becker, James Becker, Paul Becker and Gary Becker all of Fulton; step-children, Cindy Roth, Wayne Roth and David Roth all of Oswego and Barbara Roth of Florida; sister, Barbara Lathrop of Fulton; 38 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

Calling hours are from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 (today) with services at 3 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 2819 County Route 45, Fulton (Volney) with burial at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Volney.

Contributions may be made to the church.