Category Archives: Obituaries

Richard L. Fowler Jr.: Grew up in Fulton, Hannibal

Richard L. Fowler Jr., 59, died Aug. 9 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown following a long illness.

Rick was born in Fulton and grew up in the Hannibal and Fulton areas.  He had been living in Oriskany Falls for 17 years.

Rick is survived by his mother, Marilyn DeLorio of Round Lake; a brother, Benjamin DeLorio of Watertown, Mass.; four sisters, Debra Fowler of Saranac Lake, Sheryl Fowler of Delmar, Susan Fowler of Albany, and Elizabeth DeLorio of Murrieta, Calif., as well as several nieces and nephews.

Rick was predeceased by his father, Richard L. Fowler Sr., in 1997.

A memorial service will be held at 1 pm. Aug. 24 at the Hannibal United Methodist Church.  Following the service, there will be an interment service at the Fairdale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Lung Association in Rick’s memory.

Mary K. Miller: Dedicated mother, homemaker

Mary Katherine Miller, 69, of Granby died Aug. 15 at her home after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Miller was born in Clarion, Penn., and was a resident of Fulton most of her life.

She worked in the deli department at the Hannibal I.G.A.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald Miller in 2010, and was predeceased by her parents Robert Gifford, Katherine Ferringer and stepfather Arnold Ferringer.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and dedicated homemaker.

She enjoyed her many trips to the casino.

Mrs. Miller is survived by her children Suzanne (Brett) Law of Florida, and Jason (Michelle) Miller of Hilton, her sister Bobbi Heeter of Clarion, Penn., and grandchildren Alayna, Braden, James, Mallory and Addison.

Funeral services will be private. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Natoli Alfano: Served as Franciscan friar

Natoli Alfano, 80, of Granby died Aug. 15 in the Cortland Medical Center.

He was born in Fulton, the son of the late Benedict and Mary (Piersall) Alfano.

He was a Franciscan friar with the Franciscan Friars of the Sacred Heart.

He was predeceased by his sisters Sarah Sperbeck and Nancy Dana.

Mr. Alfano is survived by his brothers Vincent, Paul, Peter, Thomas, Robert, Joseph Alfano, and sister Josephine Acome, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Friends and family gathered Aug. 20 at First United Church, Fulton, for fellowship.

The arrangements are in the care of Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.

Timothy M. Merritt Sr.: Was auto body technician

Timothy  M. Merritt Sr., 48, of state Route 48, Fulton passed away Aug. 12 in Syracuse.

He was a graduate of J. C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix. Tim was an auto body technician.

He was predeceased by his brother, James L. Merritt on Nov. 29, 2004.

Surviving are his two sons, Timothy M. Merritt Jr. of Parish, and Anthony Merritt of Liverpool; his father, Richard L. Merritt Jr. of Fulton; his mother, Jane (Wilson) Parker of North Carolina; one sister, Mary Ann Merritt; and two granddaughters.

Services were Aug. 17 at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, with the Rev. Richard H. Scheffler officiating.

Shirley M. Phelps: Worked at Tops, Nestle

Shirley M. Phelps, 75, of Oswego, passed away Aug.14 at Oswego Hospital.

She had worked at Tops Friendly Markets and Nestle Co. in Fulton, as well as Comstock Foods in Red Creek.

Shirley was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Manly Eric Phelps, in 2012 and a son, Thomas Phelps, in 2009.

Surviving are her children, Rhonda (John) Wheeler, Melissa (Ken) Myers, Eric (Kathy) Phelps and Benjamin Phelps; a brother Bill Shoults and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services were Aug. 17 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was at Hannibal Center Cemetery.

Shirley J. Blance: Worked as executive secretary

Shirley Jean Blance, 78, of Fulton, died at home Aug. 8 after a long, brave battle with cancer.

She was born in Fulton, a daughter to the late John and Olive Beebe Gregory and was a life resident of the Fulton area.

Shirley graduated from Fulton High School and retired from Nestle Westreco as an executive secretary, where she worked for 35 years.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Robert Gregory who died in 2007.

Shirley is survived by her brother, James Gregory of Fulton; four nieces, Lynne (Joe) Hawksby of Minetto, Jill (Wayne) Blecher of Pennsylvania, Tammy Gregory of Fulton and Brenda Davis of Oswego; two nephews, Tim (Cheryl) Gregory of Walworth, and Ryan (Jaime) Gregory of Minetto as well as several grandnieces and grandnephews. T

here are no calling hours. Graveside services are private.

Contributions in Shirley’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St. ,P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057 or Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126-0102.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Genevieve M. Carter: Worked at Nestle 30 years

Genevieve M. Carter, 103, of Hannibal, passed away Aug. 8 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

A native of Lysander, she had resided in Hannibal most of her life. Genevieve retired in 1973 from Nestle Co., Fulton after 30 years and was a member of its Quarter Century Club.

She was predeceased by her husband, Floyd M. Carter, in 1989 and by her children, Esther L. Creighton in 1992, Floyd M. Carter Jr. in 1993 and Fred D. Carter in 2005 and a grandson, Floyd J. Chillson II in 1992.

Surviving are her 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, nine great-great grandchildren, two great-great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services were Aug. 12 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was at Fairdale Rural Cemetery in Hannibal.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hannibal Volunteer Fire Department or Hannibal Center United Methodist Church.

Richard R. Erb Sr.: Fulton’s 2009 veteran of year

Richard R. Erb Sr., 83 of Sharp Road, Fulton, passed away Aug. 5 surrounded by family and friends.

He was a lifelong resident of Fulton, graduating from Fulton High School. After returning from military service, he worked at and retired from Nestle Co.

During his earlier years, Richard served in the Marine Corps, having fought in the Korean War and the battle at the Chosin Reservoir.

He received the Good Conduct Medal, China Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Navy Occupation Medal, United Nations Service Medal and a Presidential Unit Citation.

In retirement, Richard was actively involved as a member of the Merton R. Kemp Jr. Detachment of the Marine Corps League, having served as its president in 1995.

He also was deeply involved with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Fulton Veteran’s Council. In 2009, he was honored as Fulton’s Veteran of the Year and in 2012 was inducted into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame.

In his free time, Richard loved being with his family and friends and could be seen volunteering much of his time to various local organizations, including Toys-For-Tots.

Richard was predeceased by his daughter, Jennifer Erb in 1996 and step-daughter, Sharon Parkhurst in 2013.

Surviving are his loving wife, Florence Jenkins Erb of Fulton; three sons, Robert (Kathy) Cline of Hannibal, Richard (Amy) Erb Jr. of Virginia and Mark Erb of Martville; three step-sons, Samuel (Gena) Parkhurst, Larry Parkhurst and Leonard (Tammy) Parkhurst all of Fulton; a step-daughter, Patricia Vincent of Fulton; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren, 11 step-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Services were Aug. 10 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton, with burial and full military honors at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, county Route 3 in Hannibal.

Memorial contributions may be made to Toys-For-Tots, 203 E. Bridge St., Oswego, NY 13126; Fulton Veteran’s Council, c/o Walk of History, PO Box 93, Fulton, NY 13069 or Friends of Oswego County Hospice, PO Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

The family would like to thank Oswego County Hospice and a special thanks to Debbie C. for the wonderful care provided.