Category Archives: Obituaries

Kenneth L. Dodge

Memorial services for 86-year-old Kenneth L. Dodge, a resident of 464 Cold Brook Drive, South Colton, will be held at a later date. Mr. Dodge passed away Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg. Ken is survived by his sisters Donna Cobb, Virginia Lund and Carol Paura as well as a brother, Charles Sheldon, all of whom live in the Fulton and Oswego area. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and his lifelong friend Richard Owens of South Colton and Palm Harbor, Fla. Along with his parents, Ken was predeceased by two sisters, Betty Morgan and Helen Warne, and two brothers, Lawrence and John Dodge.
Born in Bundyville, N.Y., on June 20, 1928 to the late Norris and Mayfred Savoid Dodge, Ken worked as a banker in Potsdam and was also the co-owner of the Dodge and Savoid IGA Store in South Colton. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. He also enjoyed an occasional trip to the casino. Memorial Donations in his memory can be made to a charity of one’s choice. Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.buckfuneralhome.com. The Buck Funeral Home in Colton is serving the family of Kenneth L. Dodge.

James Finnley Stevens

Stevens OBJames “Jim-E” Finnley Stevens, 25, of New Haven passed away unexpectedly on December 24. He was born in Oswego and grew up in New Haven. Jim-E was currently employed by Imperial Roofing Co. in Charlotte, N.C. and had previously owned his own construction business, J.M.E. Construction in New Haven. Jim-E enjoyed four-wheeling, dirt bikes, hunting and paintball. He is survived by his mother, Michelle Crumpton of New Haven; his father, Jeff Stevens of New Haven; his girlfriend, Aleesha Hart of Mexico; two children, Rhiley Stevens and Arie James Stevens; four siblings, Michael Stevens, Erica Petrie, Megan Petrie and Matthew Petrie all of New Haven; paternal grandmother, Hilda Stevens of Summerfield, Fla., paternal great-grandmother, Florence Stevens of North Volney, as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. Calling hours and a funeral service were held Saturday, December 27 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in North Volney Cemetery.

Susan Marie Cunningham

Susan Cunningham, 64, of Fulton, passed away Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse. She was born in Oswego on December 8, 1950 to the late Herbert W. and Thelma Cunningham. Early in her life Susan worked for Nestle Co. in Fulton.  Always focused on the happiness of her family and friends, she was known for her fudge and kindness. She lived every day to the fullest and encouraged others to do the same. In addition to her parents, Susan is predeceased by her brother, David Waldron. Susan’s memory will be forever cherished by her son, Daniel (Stephanie) Cunningham of Fulton; six beloved grandchildren, Jeffrey Rusaw Jr., A1C, Derrick Rusaw, Olivia Cunningham, Lillian Cunningham, Cayley Cunningham and Maximus Cunningham; extended family, Renee and George Sacco and their families. There are no funeral services. Calling hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 23 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton.

Marcy A. Leroux Craven

12-20 Craven OBMarcy A. Leroux Craven, 64, of Fulton and formerly of Middleburgh, Fla., departed this life unexpectedly on Saturday, Dec. 13. She was born May 19, 1950 in Tupper Lake, the daughter of the late Maynard and Iona Leroux. Marcy was a 1968 graduate of J.C.B. High School in Phoenix and had once been employed by Western Electric in Syracuse. In April 1970, she married Bruce Hall in Tupper Lake. While Bruce was in the Navy, she experienced military life as they traveled to Guam, where they were both champion archers, Tennessee, Washington, D.C. and Jacksonville, Fla., where she had worked at NAS Jacksonville Naval base for several years. Marcy will be remembered for her joy of cooking, passion for horses and NASCAR as well as out fishing her brother-in-law. Her family was very close and shared great love for one another. She will be missed and thought of every day for the remainder of their lives and she will always have a spot reserved at the table for card night. Marcy is survived by her sons, Scott and Kevin Hall; sisters, Callie (Bruce) Benware and Laurie Leroux; brother, Gary (Vicki) Leroux; granddaughter, Alyssa Hall; nieces, Stacy (Buster) Hall and Nicole (Jason) Mace; great-nieces and nephews, Montana Hall, Cameron Hall, Cayleb Hall, Curtis Mace and Morgane Mace. A service was heldThursday, December 18 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. There were no calling hours. Burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery will be private in the spring.

Janet  H. Hawley

12-20 Hawley OBJanet  H. Hawley, 82, former Phoenix, town of Granby resident, passed away at St. Camillus Health & Rehabilitation Center, in the town of Geddes, on Sunday December 14, 2014. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., to her late parents, Verna (Muir) and William Holl on October 14, 1932, she later moved to Fulton and was a graduate of Fulton High School, Class of 1950. She then attended the General Hospital School of Nursing, Syracuse, graduating and earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She married her husband, Robert G. Hawley, in 1955. Janet was a polio registered nurse for three years. She then was employed by Dr. LaFrate, M.D., Fulton, as a pediatric nurse for 10 years. Janet went to work for Ray Middle School, Van Buren Road, Baldwinsville Central Schools, as the school nurse for 18 years, completing her career in nursing.

Janet was the past matron for the Order of Eastern Star, Elizabeth Chapter 105, Fulton; nurses alumni organization, Syracuse; she helped start a knitting club at the Phoenix Public Library; and was a member of the Granby Senior Citizens group.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert G. Hawley in 1986, after 31 years of marriage. Surviving are her daughter Debbie L. and son-in-law Kurt Stolar of Phoenix; her son, Robert W. “Crowbar” Hawley of Volney; her brother, William Holl of Queensbury, N.Y.; and two grandchildren, Bobby Hawley and Amanda Hawley.

Calling hours were Thursday December 18 at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135. After the visitation, a funeral service was held with the Rev. David C. Nethercott officiating. Burial followed the service in Riverview Cemetery, 70 Tappan Street, Baldwinsville, NY  13027.

Gerald M. Zeitlin

Gerald M. Zeitlin, 77, of Oswego died Tuesday December 9, 2014 at his home. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa. He was a graduate of Cornell University (BEE 1960), and the University of Colorado (MSEE 1969). He pursued further graduate studies in physics, astronomy, and astrophysics at the University of California, Berkeley. He devoted his energies to the Open SETI Initiative. Mr. Zeitlin had held a private pilot certificate since 1981. Mr. Zeitlin served in the United States Army, where was a 1st Lieutenant. Mr. Zeitlin was predeceased by his wife Mary Louise Zeitlin in 2013. Mr. Zeitlin is survived by his sister Susan Baer of Pa., stepchildren Jennifer Kagan of Syracuse, and Eliot Kagan. Services and burial were private. The Sugar Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th St., is in care of the arrangements

William M. DuBois

William DuBois OBWilliam M. DuBois, 70, of Phoenix, N.Y.,passed away at University Hospital, Syracuse on Thursday December 11, 2014. Born in Fulton to his late parents, Ethel (Young) and Lloyd M. DuBois on May 5, 1944, he was a graduate of Fulton High School, and attended college. Bill was a highly decorated US Army veteran, serving in Vietnam from 1965-1967. He received the Purple Heart, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation Badge. Bill also received NYS military awards as well.

Bill was later employed by The Nestle Co., Fulton, as a candy technologist, serving 27 years. Later he worked for BOCES in Liverpool for 10 years. He attended St. Stephen’s Church, Phoenix.

Bill was a member of the Phoenix Memorial Post, VFW, Post 5540; an outdoorsman; enjoyed poker games, and very active with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his sister Delores Dawn Lockwood in 2003.

Surviving are his loving wife of 47-plus years, Susan M. (Benjamin) DuBois; two sons Michael W. and his daughter-in-law, Nora DuBois of Baldwinsville, and Marc E. DuBois of Baldwinsville; two brothers, Gary (Ann) DuBois of Oswego, and Lloyd M. (Beverly) DuBois, Jr. of Fulton; four sisters, Syndey (Don) Wallace of Hannibal, Janice Nielson of Phoenix, Brenda (Gary) Ingersoll of Fla., and Linda Conn of Fulton; six grandchildren, Aaron DuBois, William DuBois, George DuBois, Aiden DeBois, Maegan DuBois, and Charlotte DuBois; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; friends.

Services were Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Stephen’s Church, 469 Main St., Phoenix, with the Rev. Philip Brockmyre officiating. Spring burial with military honors will be in Mt. Pleasant Southside Cemetery of Volney on Co. Rt. 45.

Calling hours from 2 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m.  Monday at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135

Memorials in Williams memory may be made to: V. A. Medical Center, 800 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210, or SUNY Upstate Cancer Center, 750 E. Adams St., Syracuse, NY 13210.

Ward “Bud” Shortslef, Jr.

Shortslef OBWard “Bud” Shortslef, Jr., 92, of Sterling, passed away Thursday at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego. He was born in Oswego, a son to the late Ward and Amanda (Walrath) Shortslef and was a life resident of Sterling. Ward was a graduate of Hannibal schools. He retired from Sealright in Fulton and had returned to work as a laborer at Ontario Orchards. Ward was a member of the Bluegrass Association and enjoyed farming and bluegrass music. He was predeceased by a son, Dale Shortslef; three brothers, Arthur, Menzo and Robert Shortslef and by a sister-in-law, Anna May Shortslef. He is survived by a son, Gary Shortslef on Manlius; five grandchildren, Crystal Hatten of Sterling, Dawn Delacruz of Fulton, Andrea Shortslef of Oswego, James Shortslef of Hannibal and Kristy Pritchard of Sterling; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Evelyn (Eugene) Pritchard of Sterling and Theresa (Michael) Naklick of Fla.; two brothers, Neil (Hope) Shortslef of Sterling and Harold (Louise) Shortslef of Fulton as well as several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held in the spring at Springbrook Cemetery, Sterling. Calling are  4 to  7 p.m. Monday at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga Street, Hannibal.