Category Archives: Obituaries

Wanda J. Stevens

Wanda J. Stevens, 58, of Hannibal died Wednesday, July 28, 2015 in the Oswego Hospital after a long illness. Mrs. Stevens was born in Fulton the daughter of the late Sebastian and Viola Alfano. She is survived by her husband James Stevens of Hannibal; sons Jason and Jamie Stevens, both of Hannibal; six grandchildren and one great-grandson. In addition, she is survived by her brothers Buck (Vicky) Alfano of Rochester, Vincent (Laurie) Alfano, George Alfano, Robert Alfano; and sisters Sara Woodward and Starr Bolster, all of Fulton. Burial will be private. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar Funeral Home 224 W. 2nd St. S Fulton.

Bonnie Bodewaldt

Bodewalt obitBonnie Bodewaldt, 73, passed away on July 19, 2015 in Big Sky, Montana while on vacation with her family. She was born in Fulton, N.Y. on January 25, 1942 to Jack and Marian Ketcham.  Newark Valley, N.Y. was home for Bonnie and her husband, Jack Bodewaldt, for 24 years. After Jack retired in 1998 they moved to Fair Haven, N.Y. where Bonnie was living until the time of her death.  Bonnie was an active member of the Fair Haven Community Church and the Sterling Silver Swingers. She is survived by her brother Thomas (Linda) Ketcham of Oswego, N.Y.; daughters Cheryl (Mark) Yount of Wilmington, N.C., Amy (Glen) Bodewaldt of Walker, La., Karen (Will) Tracy of Fayetteville, N.Y.; sons, Jack Welch of Plymouth, Wisc., Robert (Rhonda) Bodewaldt of Albuquerque, N.M.; 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; nephews Thomas (Kim) Ketcham, Jr., Wayne Ketcham and Mark Bodewaldt; nieces Deborah (Robert) Gates and Allison (Michael) Skinner. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and daughter-in-law, Carla Welch.  A memorial service will take place on August 8 at 2 p.m. at the Fair Haven Community Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fair Haven Community Church, or your local SPCA.

Judith Kessler Kay

Judith A. Kessler Kay, 71, of Phoenix, N.Y., passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital Center, Syracuse, N.Y., on Saturday, July 25, 2015.
Judith was born to her late parents, Margaret Palocy Kessler and Alexander W. Kessler on February 24, 1944 in Syracuse. She was a graduate of West Genesee High School. Judy enjoyed her hobbies, such as crocheting, as well as her interest in drawing. She was a very unique lady. Her natural tendencies were loving by her actions of caring and giving to others throughout her life. A down-to-earth loving soul, she also was a very funny person, with the ability to make others laugh. Judy could keep her wit about her, as she kept delivering one-liners one right after another.  She truly had a wonderful gift of creating laughter.
She is survived by her loving daughters and sons-in-law, Christine Meyers of Phoenix, Kathleen and Garry Cavanaugh of Phoenix, and son-in-law, Rick Meyers of Pennellville; her brother and sister-in-law, Alexander J. “Bud” and Carole Kessler of North Syracuse; her sister and brother-in-law, Deborah and Martin DeWitt of Camillus; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many friends.
Calling hours and a funeral service were held  Wednesday July 29, from in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135.

Ronald W. Bartlett, Sr.

Ronald W. Bartlett, Sr., 61 of Fulton passed away peacefully Wednesday at home with his loving family by his side after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was a lifelong resident of Fulton. Ron worked construction in his earlier years and was a carpenter who loved to build things with his hands. He was also a wonderful caretaker. He enjoyed the outdoors and the beauty of nature. One of Ron’s favorite hobbies was to take care of the ducks and geese in his pond. He was also one of Elvis Presley’s biggest fans.
Ron was predeceased by his mother, Bernice Draper Bartlett, and by a brother, Scott Bartlett. He is survived by his six children, Ronald W. Jr., Erin, Heather, Amanda, Samantha and Alex Bartlett; father, William Bartlett; nine siblings, Kenneth (Vikki) Bartlett, Melinda (Robert) Davis, Michelle Atkinson, Christine (Ronald) Austin, Kimberly Bartlett, Randy (Caroline) Bartlett, Timothy (Cindy) Bartlett, Jeffrey (Trudy) Bartlett and Ralph Bartlett; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 28 at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, county Route 45, Fulton.  Burial followed at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.  Calling hours were held Monday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. In memory of Ron, contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, 13126.

Sharon Vina Whelsky

Sharon V. Whelsky, 69, of Fulton, passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Seneca Hill Manor. She was born on June 2, 1946 a daughter to the late Harold and Vivian Durant. Sharon worked as an industrial nurse at Birds Eye Foods, Inc. in Fulton. She will be greatly missed and forever loved by her husband of 50 years, Edward Whelsky; two children, Cheryl (Tim) Gregory of Walworth and Edward (Dorie) Whelsky of Oneida; several grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. A graveside service was held Friday, July 24, 2015 at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. The family would like to sincerely thank the staff at Seneca Hill Manor for their love and care for Sharon over the last 13 years. For those wishing donations may be made to Seneca Hill Manor, 20 Manor Drive, Oswego, NY 13126, in memory of Sharon. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Joan G. Farmer

FarmerJoan G. Farmer, 78, of Liverpool passed away Tuesday, July 7 peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Mrs. Farmer was born in Pulaski, N.Y. to the late Charles and Geraldine (Young) Freeden. She has been a resident of Liverpool, N.Y. for the past 16 years. Mrs. Farmer was a United States military veteran having served in the Air Force. She was retired from Syracuse Regional Airport Taxi, East Syracuse, where she worked as a dispatcher. Mrs. Farmer loved to read, birdwatch and cook, and occasionally visit the casino. A devoted and loving mother and wife, she is survived by her husband of 60 years, James D. Farmer Sr., of Liverpool; their eight children, Mary Beth Farmer of Liverpool, James Farmer Jr. of Ohio, Jon Farmer of Ind., Tim Farmer of Liverpool, Tom Farmer of Maine, David Farmer of S.C., Amy Hayden of N.C., and Darren Farmer of Syracuse; five siblings, Joyce Comstock, Dian Johnson, Sharon Keating, and Mary Lou Betts, all of Pulaski, and Jim Freeden of Oswego; 23 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours were Saturday, July 11 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton. Burial and committal services were to be conducted by Onondaga County Hospice Chaplain Jeannie Moore followed by military honors bestowed by the United States Air Force Honor Guard at the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Syracuse, N.Y. Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton, N.Y., has care of the arrangements.

Richard “Rick” W. Felt

Richard W. Felt, 51, of Phoenix passed away suddenly Saturday, July 18 at home. Rick was born in Fulton on January 9, 1964 to Richard and Barbara Bowyer Felt, and had resided in the Fulton area his entire life. He enjoyed building scale models of tractor trailers and being outdoors. Richard was predeceased by his father Richard “Dick” C. Felt in March of 1988 and infant granddaughter Aubrey Smith in February of 2014. Rick’s memory will be forever cherished by his wife Laurie Felt of Granby; his mother Barbara DeSantos of Bridgewater, Mass.; four brothers, Terry Felt of Winfield, Pa., William Felt of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Peter Felt of Oswego, N.Y., and Michael Felt of Mexico, N.Y.; four children, Lance Smith of Fulton, Lee Henderson of Dallas, Texas, Robert Smith of Fulton, and Amanda Felt of Fulton; grandson Alexander Chapman of Fulton, and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours are Thursday July 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. with a service to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Should friends desire, donations in Richards memory may be made to the NRA.