Category Archives: Obituaries

David Colegrove-Armstrong, long-time Hannibal resident

David G. Colegrove-Armstrong, 66, of Hannibal, passed away Sunday, Oct. 6.

Born in Oswego, he had lived in the Hannibal area many years.  David had previously lived in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Houston, Texas.

He is survived by his daughters, Casandra Borland and Kolleen Carmona; siblings, Grace, Pauline and Richard; nieces, including, Liz Ritchie and nephews; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at Casandra’s home at a later date. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Arlene Williamson, retired from Nestles

Arlene I. Williamson; 89; of Fulton passed away peacefully Sunday Oct. 6, 2013 at her son’s home after a short illness.

Mrs. Williamson was born in South Granby to the late Victor and Mildred (Bassett) Austic.  She has remained a resident of Fulton most of her life.

After retiring from Nestles Co., Fulton, Mrs. Williamson began working part-time at Angelo’s Big M in the meat department.  She also worked at EJD in the Phoenix School System as a teacher’s aide.

Mrs. Williamson acted as secretary for Jacksonville Cemetery with her husband as superintendent and then her son successively since 1995 for more than 10 years.

Mrs. Williamson was a member of Little Utica United Methodist Church, Lysander where she was a member of the choir, and the Women’s Club.  She was also a member of the Enoch Thomas Cluster, the Lamson Grange, Lysander, a charter member of the Cody Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and an active member of the Lysander Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

Mrs. Williamson was also an accomplished organ player.

She was pre-deceased by her husband of 63 years Donald Williamson in 2005 and her brother Victor W. Austic in 1980.

Mrs. Williamson is survived by her children:  Judy (Harry) Grover, and Gary (Jean) Williamson both of Fulton, Mark (Shawn) Williamson of Liverpool, and Marty Carlson of Fulton, 12 grandchildren:  David (Kerry) Grover, Scott (Keri) Grover, Craig (Becka Rowe) Grover, Travis (Katie) Grover, Saun (Yvette) Williamson, Stacy (William Raymond) Mitchell, Becky (Joe) Sparks, Ashley (Matt Troutman) Williamson, Courtney (Terry West) Williamson, Mark Williamson Jr., Gabby Williamson, and Emily Williamson; 19 great grandchildren:  Stephanie, Kelly, Kyle, Bryce, Madison, Blake, Josh, Korena, Kenidee, Kyla, Breanna, Caitlyn, Keely, Saun “Tommy”, Hope, Zoie, Brooke, Blake, Lillian, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be held   10:30 a.m. Saturday at Little Utica United Methodist Church, Lysander with Rev. Michaela St. Marie and Rev. Donald Easton officiating.  Burial will be held in Jacksonville Rural Cemetery, Lysander.  There will be no calling hours.

Contributions may be made to Jacksonville Rural Cemetery, c/o John Horner, 164 County Route 14 Fulton, NY 13069.  The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton has care of the arrangements.

Edward R. Pero, self-made business man

Edward R. Pero, 47, of Fulton, passed away Friday Oct. 4.

Originally from Fulton, Ed was a self-made business man. He enjoyed being outdoors and spending time with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Richard Pero, who passed away in 2012.

He will be greatly missed and forever loved by his children, Angel, Josh, Alexis, Savannah, Kayla and Charlotte; granddaughter, Brooklyn; companion, Karen; his mother, Margaret Hawk Pero; mothers of his children, Anita and Rachel; many cousins and loving friends.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, with a service to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Farnham Family Services, 283 West Second St., Suite 200, Oswego, 13126.

Elaine Smith, worked at Mimi’s Diner

Elaine Smith, 64; of Fulton died Tuesday Oct. 8 at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Syracuse.
She was born to the late Louis and Hilda (Flack) Ristagno of Fulton. Mrs. Smith remained a resident of Fulton all of her life.
She was past employed with Mimi’s Drive Inn, Fulton for 20 years and currently worked as office manager for Oswego County Ambulance and Hearse Service, Fulton.
Mrs. Smith found great enjoyment through spending time with her family and those she loved.
She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Charles “Chuck” Smith Jr., of Fulton; three children, Coleen Goss, C.J. (Laurie Ouimet) Smith, and Cathleen (Andrew) Mangano all of Fulton; brother Donald (Janet) Ristagno of Cicero; three grandchildren: Connor, Trevor, and Tucker; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Fulton with Rev. Mike Weeden officiating. Burial will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.
Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton.

Bernice Jordan, 79, long-time Hannibal resident

Bernice E. Jordan, 79, of Hannibal passed away Friday at St. Josephs Hospital.

She was born in Liverpool Nov. 20, 1933, a daughter to the late Guy F. Collins, Sr. and Lena May Leach Collins.

Bernice lived in Hannibal for the past 54 years. Bernice was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Robert Clark Jordan, Sr. in 2006; two daughters, Bobbi Ellen Jordan-Revet in 1995 and Pamela Jordan in 1956; two brothers and four sisters.

She is survived by four sons, Ricky A. Jordan, Michael R. Jordan, James P. (Kathleen) Jordan and Robert C. (Bernice) Jordan, Jr. all of Hannibal; 11 grandchildren; several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 with a service to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal.

James K. Wellwood, outdoorsman, columnist, artist

James K. Wellwood, 81, of Sterling, died Sunday, Sept. 29 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Fulton, he was the son of the late Bernard and Charlene Wellwood and graduated from Fulton High School, class of 1950.

Jim had resided in Sterling since 1982. He retired in 1995 from his position with Oswego County after 11 years of employment.

He previously worked in the field of sales and sales management with Plunkett Chemical Co. in Chicago, IL and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada where he was responsible for sales and service in 28 states and two Canadian provinces.

Jim also worked for Sherwin-Williams Paints, Proctor Paint & Varnish and Montgomery Ward.

He served with the U.S. Naval Reserve Surface Division 386 in Oswego. Jim enjoyed fishing, hunting and he actively promoted conservation education through self-syndicated illustrated newspaper columns known as “Wildwood by Wellwood”. He was an accomplished artist with his works in private collections in the U.S. and Canada.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Shirley Wellwood of Sterling; two daughters, Cynthia (Timothy) Delaney of Sterling and Sharon (Wayne) June of Phoenix; two step-sons, Timothy (Linda) Ingison of Marysville, WA and Gary Ingison of Fulton; 13 grandchildren and many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Grace Lockwood.

Calling hours and funeral service were Friday, Oct. 4 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St. Memorial contributions made to a favorite charity in Jim’s memory.

Minnie Halstead, long-time Sterling area resident, former Sealright employee

Minnie E. Halstead, 81, of Martville died Monday at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

Born in Sterling, she was a resident of the Sterling area since 1963, previously living in North Dakota.

Minnie had worked at Sealright Co. in Fulton and Dad’s Dinner in Hannibal. She enjoyed sewing, crafts and watching birds, especially hummingbirds.

Minnie is predeceased by her husband, Derrald D. Halstead who died Nov. 29, 2008; a sister, Betty Hubbard and by a brother, Howard Colvin, Jr.

Surviving; children, Donna Halstead, Steven (Kathryn) Halstead, Kevin (Dawn) Halstead and Tim (Michelle) Halstead; 10 grandchildren, Stacie, Shawn, Sarah, Anthony, Chad, Nichole, Lindsey, Maria, Tiffany and Matt; four great-grandchildren, Lilly, Jacqueline, Cameron and Allison; a brother, Richard Colvin; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and funeral were Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Burial was in Martville Cemetery.

Joan E. D’Ambrosio, third-grade teacher in Cato, kindergarten teacher in Red Creek

Joan E. D’Ambrosio, 73 of Oswego, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1 at home.

She was the daughter of the late Allen and Alice Lucille Fowler of Oswego.  Joan had attended the Old Stone Schoolhouse District #2 in Hannibal and graduated from Hannibal High School and State University College at Oswego in 1961.

She married Vincent C. D’Ambrosio June 25, 1961.

Joan taught third grade at Cato Elementary School and kindergarten at Red Creek Elementary School.

While she raised her family, Joan was a substitute teacher in the Oswego City School District. She was an active member of the West Baptist Church and had taught Sunday school from the age of 16.

She was also a member of the American Baptist Women’s Group, Chairperson for the Board of Christian Education, Advisor for the Local Baptist Youth Fellowship and had worked with the Gideon’s presenting Bibles to Nursing Graduates.

Joan was an elections inspector in the Town of Oswego, an adviser to the Con Brios 4H Club and an officer of The Faculty Wives at SUNY Oswego.

Joan is survived by her husband of 52 years, Vincent D’Ambrosio; three children, Laurel (Donald) Artz, Patricia (Karl) Keydel and David (Paul) D’Ambrosio; grandchildren, Anthony and David Artz, Gregory, Stephanie, Andrew and Kaitlyn Keydel; a sister, Barbara (Carl) Irwin; nieces and nephews.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 (today) at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal with burial at Fairdale Rural Cemetery. Calling hours were Friday at the funeral home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal.

Contributions in memory of Joan may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego or West Baptist Church, 39 West Mohawk Street, Oswego, 13126.