Category Archives: Obituaries

George Mark Mills Sr.: Navy veteran, worked at Carrier

George Mark Mills Sr., 60, of Pennellville passed away Aug. 22 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Syracuse.

He was born in Fulton on April 26, 1953. He was a 1971 graduate of J. C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix, where he was an athlete lettering in football, and track field.

George served 20 years in the Navy, later working for Carrier Corp., Syracuse.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 418 and the V.F.W. Post 5540, both in Phoenix; and Fleet Reserves in Groton, Conn.

He was predeceased by his son, George M. Mills Jr. on Oct. 24, 1998; his mother, Anna (Carey) Mills on Feb. 2, 2011; his father, George I. Mills, on May 21, 1988; and two brothers, William in 1990 and Daniel in 2001.

Surviving are his loving wife of 39 years, Catherine (Milligan) Mills; his son and daughter-in-law, William and Stacey Mills of Ira; his grandson, Austin Mills; four siblings Marguerite Sotherden, Patrick Mills and Violet Goodnow all of Pennellville, and Bonnie Shelton of El Paso, Texas; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were Aug. 26 at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, with Deacon Frank Forish officiating.

Burial with military and post honors, with the Rev. Philip Brockmyer officiating, will be 10 a.m. Aug. 30 in Pennellville Cemetery, county Route 54.

Contributions may be made to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 800 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210.

Dianne Shortsleeve: Retired as home health aide

Dianne Shortsleeve, 73 of Fulton, passed away at home Aug. 22 surrounded by her family.

A native of Oswego, she resided in the Fulton-Phoenix area most of her life.

She retired as a home health aide after 15 years and had previously worked at S.S.A.C., Eagle Comtronics and General Electric Co.

Dianne was an active member of Believer’s Chapel in Fulton, where she sang in the choir, organized and worked in the kitchen ministry and loved to serve the Lord.

She was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Lucille Pelow.

Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Frederick Shortsleeve of Fulton; four children, Cheryl (Thomas) Temple of Fulton, Mark (Paula) Shortsleeve of Parish, Edward Christian of Plattsburgh and Cindi (Kevin) Socie of Fulton; stepmother, Janice (Malcolm MacPherson) Pelow of Oswego; brothers, Richard (Maureen) Pelow of Oswego and Randall (Brenda) Pelow of Shippensburg, Pa.; sisters, Debra (Geoffrey) Carter of Belair, Md., Darlene (Gary) Sullivan of Rochester and Florence (Michael) Smith of Chicago; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Aug. 25 and services were Aug. 26 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial will be at Onondaga County Veteran’s Cemetery in Syracuse.

Memorial contributions may be made to Johns Hopkins Hospital, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218-2696.

Matthew D. Ladd: Enjoyed coaching youth soccer

Matthew D. Ladd, 50, of Martville, passed away suddenly at home Aug. 17.

He had worked at Minuteman Printing-Seaboard Graphics in Liverpool, Dellas Graphics in Syracuse, Mitchell Printing in Oswego and PIP Printing in Syracuse.

Matt enjoyed movies, music, entertainment trivia and coaching soccer for Fulton Youth Soccer.

He was a board member and the board secretary of Port City Shoreman Winterguard. Matt’s life revolved around his family and the many activities that his children participated in.

Surviving are his wife, Melissa Ladd of Martville; children, Jeremy Ladd, Jessica Ladd and Megan Ladd-Jock, all of Martville; two grandchildren, Natalie Paige Jock and Stone David Monty; his mother, Cecilia Ladd of Oswego; a sister-in-law, Marsha Carr of Martville; siblings, Michael Ladd of Hannibal, Mark Ladd of Oswego, Martin Ladd of Colorado, Maureen Andres and Julie Pettit of Oswego, Mitchell Ladd of South Carolina, Patrick Ladd of Chittenango and James Dennion of New Jersey; and many nieces and nephews.

There are no services or calling hours. At a later date a gathering will be held at the family home. Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has care of arrangements.

Anne Relf: Many friends in N.Y., Ireland

Anne Relf (nee Joyce), 62, of Fulton, slipped her earthly bonds and went to paradise to be with her mother Aug. 22.

She passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her loving family members from New York and Ireland.

Anne was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and is survived by Jim, her childhood sweetheart and husband of 43 years, and by her children, Michael (Julie) Relf of Cicero, Lisa Relf (Robert) Duso of Fulton, Anne-Marie Relf (Jessie) Waugh of Fulton, Kevin (Lauren) Relf of Syracuse and Brendan Relf of Fulton; six grandchildren, Connor Relf, Evan Waugh, Kaylee Waugh, Cassidy Duso and Will Duso, all of Fulton, and Kate Relf of Cicero; sisters, Betty Misertino of Fulton and Eileen Joyce of Belfast, Northern Ireland; brothers, Noel Joyce and Joseph Joyce both of Belfast, Northern Ireland and several nieces and nephews.

Anne was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church in Fulton and a member of the Fulton Polish Home and past president of the Lady Hibernians.

Calling hours were Aug. 26 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Mass was celebrated   Aug. 27 at Holy Trinity Church with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fulton.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, PO Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126-0102.

Peggy O’Brien: Lifetime resident of Fulton

Peggy O’Brien, 69, of Fulton passed away Aug. 22 at University Hospital, Syracuse, after a long battle with cancer.

She was born in Fulton to Alfred Pyzdrowski and the late Barbara Pyzdrowski.  Mrs. O’Brien was a lifetime resident of Fulton.

She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Calvin O’Brien, in 2008.

Mrs. O’Brien is survived by her sons Cordell (Jeannie) O’Brien of Baldwinsville and Curtis O’Brien of Volney, brother Stephen Pydrowski of Florida, triplet grandsons: Connor, Kyle and Carter O’Brien of Baldwinsville.

Services were Aug. 26 at the Fulton Congregation of Jehovah Witnesses with Elder Randy Hibbert officiating.

Burial will be held privately in Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours were Aug. 25 and Aug. 26 at the Sugar Funeral Home Inc., Fulton.

Stella Shambo: Worked at Sealright 24 years

Stella Shambo, 97, of Fulton, passed away Aug. 19 at Michaud Residential Health Services.

She had worked at Sealright Co. in Fulton for 24 years.

Stella was a communicant of the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Fulton and member of the Altar Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Fulton Polish Home.

Stella was predeceased by her husband, Mitchell Shambo, in 1974; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Shambo; sisters, Wanda Masters, Isabel Garba, Gladys Markot, Jennie Ciesla and Evelyn Benis.

Surviving are her two children, Joyce (Robert) Lee and Charles “Beaver” (Sandra Tarnelli) Shambo, both of Fulton; two grandchildren, Michael (Kelli) Shambo of Wake Forest, N.C., and Mary (Jon) Santoro of Apex, N.C.; two great-grandchildren, Mitchell and Nicholas Santoro, and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Aug. 22 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. A Mass of Christian Burial was Aug. 23 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fulton.

Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fulton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton Polish Home Scholarship Fund, 153 W. First St., Fulton, NY 13069.

The family will miss her and keep her close in their memory with love forever.

Kathleen Mathews: Retired teacher in Marcy

Kathleen “Kay” Mathews, 97, of Marcy died Aug. 19 at Oswego Hospital.

She was born in Glenboro, Manitoba Canada, the daughter of the late Ernest and Maude Walley, and was a resident of Marcy most of her life.

Mrs. Mathews was a retired teacher at Crane Hill School in Marcy.

She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Mathews, in 1986.

She is survived by her children Kathleen (Richard) Marrazzo of Barneveld, Laura (Lou) Angelina of Oswego, Marianne Mathews of Oxford, her brother Ernest Walley of Birtle, Manitoba Canada, eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at the family’s convenience. The arrangements are in the care of Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Anne S. Gunn: Fulton resident since 2000

Anne S. Gunn, 74, of Fulton died Aug. 17 at Seneca Hill Manor, Volney, after a long illness.

Mrs. Gunn was born in Syracuse to the late Howard and Bernice (Stevens) Smith.

She was an Oswego resident for 18 years until moving to Fulton in 2000.

Mrs. Gunn is survived by her husband of 54 years, William “Peter” Gunn of Fulton; four children,  James Gunn of Fulton, Suzanne Taylor of Fulton, Lisa Gentile of Oswego and Peter Gunn of California; siblings Raymond Smith of East Syracuse and Ruth Clark of Syracuse; nine grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were Aug. 21 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Oswego, where a mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Rev. John Smegelsky.  Burial will be held privately.

The Sugar Funeral Home Inc., Fulton has care of the arrangements.

The family has requested that contributions may be made to: Oswego County Opportunities Senior Services, 239 Oneida St. Fulton, NY 13069 or Multiple Sclerosis Resources of CNY Inc., PO Box 237, East Syracuse, NY 13057.