Category Archives: Obituaries

Joseph LaRocca

Joseph LaRocca, 82, of Florida City, Fla., joined our Lord in heaven on Oct. 22, 2014 in Syracuse, N.Y. He was known as “Joe LaRock.” He was a true pioneer farmer of Florida City, and the rock for his family.

LaRocca was born in Hannibal, N.Y. to Salvatore and Maria LaRocca on Nov. 17, 1931.  He is survived by his loving wife, Frances LaRocca of 58 years; his four daugthers, Angela DelliVeneri, Joann Speers, Anna LaRocca-Hill and Francene Hagarman; sons-in-law, Robert Speers, the late Larry DelliVeneri, Jr., Jeffrey Hill and Kevin Hagarman. He cherished his seven grandchildren, Justin Speers, Kerri Speers, Danielle DelliVeneri, Lawrence DelliVeneri, Matthew Hill, Joseph Hill, Bryce Hagarman and his beautiful great-grandchild, Leah Pacheco Speers.

Visitation was held at Branam Funeral Home, 809 North Krome Avenue, Homestead, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m.

A funeral mass was held at Sacred Heart Church, 106 S.E. Road, Homestead, Fla., on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at 10 a.m.  Burial will follow at Palms Woodlawn Cemetery located at 27100 Old Dixie Highway, Naranja, FL 33032.

Joe attended high school at both Hannibal High School in Hannibal, and Homestead High School in Homestead, Fla., and graduated in 1949. He began farming at the age of four in upstate New York with his parents, where he would farm during the spring and summer.  He also farmed in Florida City during the winter months.

He was a dedicated parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Homestead, and Our Lady of the Rosary Church, in Hannibal. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Elks Club in Homestead, and recently he and the family were recognized as the Farm Family of the Year by the Florida Farm Bureau.

He loved spending time with his family, traveling the world with his wife, and watching NASCAR races every weekend.  He enjoyed spending weeks in Marco Island with family and friends, basking in the ocean, and vacationing at his farm in Upstate New York.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Homestead, Florida  “In memory of Joseph LaRocca.”

Parke C. Warner

WarnerParke OBParke C. Warner, 94, a life resident of Fulton, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 30 with his wife Carolyn at his side. Parke was the son of the late Claude and Kathryn Warner. He was predeceased by his sister, Lillian Peacock, and his brother, Cecil Warner. Parke enjoyed a long career in engineering at Hunter Fan, Sealright and retired from Alcan Aluminum in 1982. His other interests included camping, boating, snowmobiling and repairing anything mechanical.

Parke is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carolyn, of Fulton; son, Parke Richard of Fulton; two daughters, Linda (Jeffrey) Auser of Liverpool and Laura Warner of Flagler Beach, Fla.,; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.

The family received friends and relatives on Monday, Nov. 3 with a memorial service that followed at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity or perform an act of kindness for someone in Parke’s memory.

Vernon C. Collett

 

Vernon C. Collett, Jr., 65, of Fulton passed away Thursday at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. Born in Syracuse, he lived in Fulton for several years. Vernon worked for Crucible Steel for 32 years, retiring in 2003.

He was a U. S. Marine Corps veteran and POW of the Vietnam War. Vernon was a life member and past commander of the Mattydale VFW Post 3146. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Norma L. Collett of Baldwinsville; his companion for the last three years, Ilene Pickering of Fulton; a brother, Don (Barb) Collett of Baldwinsville; three sisters, Patty (Dale) Butler of North Carolina, Sandra Yager of Oswego and Mary Collett of Fulton; several nieces, nephews and his faithful and loving cat, Bud. Burial with military honors was held Wednesday, Sept. 24 at Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Howlett Hill Road, Syracuse. A reception was held following the services at the Vernice Suttle American Legion Post 113, 8529 Smokey Hollow Rd., Baldwinsville. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

 

Robert Baker         

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Robert Baker, 81, of Granby died Friday in the Oswego Hospital. Mr. Baker was born in Oswego the son of the late Leighton and Dorothy (LeFlemme) Baker. He was an operating engineer at Nine Mile I and II, and the Steam Station, before going to work for the Town of Oswego Highway Department. He is survived by his children Larry (Karen) Baker of Oswego, Cheryl Baker of Oswego, Roberta (Richard) Caprin of Arizona, Renee Ecker of Fla., Benjamin Baker of Fla., and his siblings Jerry Baker of Oswego, Ella Shatraw of Oswego, Clifford Baker of Calif., Charles Baker of Mass., John Baker of Mass., Kay Baker of Mass., nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his siblings Helen Reedy, Ada Baker, Mary Smith, Sonny, Ralph, Sam and Roy Baker. Private burial will be in Fairdale Cemetery. Calling hours were Monday at the Sugar and Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St. Oswego.

Bernice Caprin Rowe

Bernice Caprin Rowe, 52, of Fulton died Wednesday at University Hospital, Syracuse after a short illness. Bernice was born in Fulton to the late Raymond and Mary Evelyn (Samson) Caprin.  She had remained a lifetime resident of Fulton.  Bernice retired after 14 years with Staff King, Oswego where she worked as a home health aide. She enjoyed being an active member of the Elk’s BPOE Lodge #830, Fulton and the Fulton VFW Auxiliary. She also loved bowling. Bernice is survived by her boyfriend of 15 years Jonne Harvey of Fulton; children Raelyn (Russ) Rowe of Fulton, Clinton Rowe, Jr., of Fulton, Michael (Shelby) Rowe of Fulton and step-daughter Sarah Harvey of West Monroe, N.Y.; ex-husband Clinton Rowe Sr. of Fulton; siblings Christine (Tim) Bartlett of Parish, Raymond (Debbie) Caprin of Hannibal, Beth (Rick) Nixdorf of Florida; four grandchildren Landon, Damien, Conner and Kaydence; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  Funeral Services were held Tuesday at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton, where a mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. Jerome Amaechi. Burial was in Fairdale Cemetery, Hannibal, N.Y.  Calling hours were Monday at the Sugar Funeral Home Inc., 224 W. Second St., S. Fulton.

Carl P. Richardson Sr.

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Carl P. Richardson Sr., 79, of Phoenix, passed away at Seneca Hill Manor, Volney, with his family by his side on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. He was born in Hastings, N.Y. to his late parents Lucy (Barthel) and Leon Richardson on Feb. 18, 1935.

He was a carpenter and the owner of Carl Richardson Insulation and Painting, and a life member of Local 747 Carpenter’s Union, Syracuse. Carl was a real estate owner and remodeled several Phoenix-area homes throughout the years.

He wintered for over 25 years in Mesa, Ariz., where he was active in the men’s club of the Velda Rose Methodist Church, as well as the local churches in Phoenix, N.Y., First Congregational

and First United Methodist. He was active in the Phoenix Sno Drifters; and his passion was extreme for the special needs playground project, Schroeppel, throughout the years.

He was predeceased by his great-grandson Patrick Cooper; his brother Solomon; and his sister Pauline.

Surviving are his loving wife of 60 years, Maureen (Gorthey) Richardson; daughter Nancy (Herb) Eaton; son Carl P. Richardson Jr.; daughter Sheryl Cooper and Michael; a

special daughter, Betty Richardson; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; brother Edwin (Janice) Soble; four sisters Rose Mulchey, Anna Middleton, Catherine Duell, and Grace Stone; brother-in-law Donald Pachaud; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A special thanks and appreciation extended to the staff members of the second floor at Seneca Hill Manor for their wonderful care of Carl. Memorial services were held Aug. 25 with Rev. Susan Townsend officiating.  Calling hours were held prior to the service at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Special Needs Playground, 25 Lock St., Phoenix, NY 13135 or the Phoenix Area Food Pantry, 43 Bridge St., Phoenix, NY 13135.

Nancy Walker Jenner

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Nancy Walker Jenner, 73, of Palermo, passed away at home on Thursday, with her family by her side. She was born in Syracuse, a daughter to the late Edward and Emma Walker and grew up in Baldwinsville. Nancy retired from New Process Gear, where she worked for over 30 years. She was a member of the Retreads Motorcycle Club of Fulton and a lifetime member of the Palermo Snowgoers Club. In addition to her parents, Nancy was predeceased by her husband, Howard Jenner, Sr., who died Nov. 14, 2006, and by her son, Howard Jenner, Jr., who died Feb. 2, 2011. Nancy is survived by her children, Delores (Al) Sweet of Fulton, Robin L. (Jay) Johnson of Palermo, Rusty Jenner of Palermo, Pamela Williamson of Fulton and Gail Clark of Georgia; a sister, Diana (Karl) Beck of Central Square; a brother, James (Kathy) Walker of Syracuse; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. Calling hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 27 with a funeral service at 5 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Her burial will follow in Jacksonville Cemetery, Lysander.

Donald “Fitz” French

Donald “Fitz” French, 59, of Granby, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends. He was born to Louis H. French of Pulaski and the late Shirley Frances (Mason) and Alphonso Viscome. Fitz was born in Oswego and he has been a resident of Granby for most of his life. He retired in 2010 from the Oswego Boilermakers Local 175 after 25 years of service. In his youth he was an altar server to the area catholic churches. In his later years his passion was the outdoors. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and trapper. He was also interested in the conservation of the wild. Fitz was a longtime member of the Mad River Club and the Trappers Association.  In the past he enjoyed being active with dirt bike racing, snowmobiling and four-wheeling. He is survived by his five siblings, Katherine (Gene) Stone, Robert (Debra) French, Herbert French, Julie (Bruce) Knapp and David (Gail) Viscome, all of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services were held Tuesday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc. 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton with Deacon Philip Kehoe officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.  Calling hours were Monday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc.