Category Archives: Obituaries

Margaret J. Wilkinson: School cafeteria manager

Margaret J. Wilkinson, 85, of Phoenix passed away Aug. 2.

She was born in Fulton to her late parents, Margaret E. (Ludington) and Carl E. Morehouse, on Aug. 18, 1927.

Margaret was a cafeteria manager for Phoenix Central Schools. She completed 22 years of service.

Margaret spent most of her life in Phoenix. She belonged to the First Baptist Church;  Order of the Eastern Star, No. 172, Phoenix; Phoenix Fancy Hats; Phoenix Nutrition Site; Phoenix Senior Citizens; the OCVI, Oswego; and the Pioneer Horseshoe Club, Syracuse.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Harlan F. “Harky” Wilkinson, on April 30, 2005, and her twin sister, Marjorie  J. Schenck, on Sept. 19, 2003.

Surviving are her children, David H. Wilkinson (Helen Mensinger) of Wayland, Dale A. (Sharon) Wilkinson of Pennellville, and Margaret R. (Rod) Sayles of Phoenix; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one niece, one nephew.

Calling hours were Aug. 6 with a brief   OES No. 172 service at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home. Phoenix.

Services will be 10 a.m. today, Aug. 7, at First Baptist Church, 16 county Route 57A, Phoenix, with Pastor J. Scott McElyea officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Warners Road, Warners.

Contributions in Margaret’s memory may be made to the Phoenix Area Food Pantry, 43 Bridge St., Phoenix, N.Y. 13135 or Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, N.Y.  13126.

Naomi Durfey: Always sent birthday cards

Naomi Durfey, 82, of Fulton, passed away Aug. 1 at Morningstar Residential Care Center in Oswego.

Naomi was born in Fulton, a daughter to the late Raymond and Anna Kerfien and she lived all her life in the Fulton-Volney area.

She had worked at Comstock Foods and Birdseye Foods before becoming a homemaker.

Naomi always sent birthday cards to her family and this is a tradition that will be dearly missed.

She was a member of the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church and active with the women’s groups. Naomi was an avid bingo player and a former member of the Mount Pleasant Grange.

She was predeceased by three daughters, Norma in 1960, Irene in 1972 and Betsy in 1998; two sons, George in 1967 and Lawrence in 2003; and by her husband, Steven A. Durfey, who died in 1994.

Naomi is survived by her daughter, Della (Scott) Daniels of Fulton; siblings, Dianna Reynolds of Tennessee, Alton Kerfien of Fulton, Sheila Schliecher of Fulton and Linda (Daniel) Jodway of North Carolina; seven grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren along with several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Calling hours were Aug. 4 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Funeral services were Aug. 5 at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, Volney. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Naomi may be made to the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 2996 county Route 45, Fulton, NY 13069.

Allerton memorial update

A memorial service for Muriel Allerton will be held at a later date at the family’s convenience, perhaps in September. The service will take place at State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton, said the Rev. Jeff Hodge of Baldwinsville United Methodist Church. Hodge will participate in the service. Burial will be private. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton, has care of arrangements.

Rinda Longley Wright Argetsinger: Oswego Hospital ICU nurse

OB Argetsinger 8:3Rinda Longley Wright Argetsinger, 73, of Fulton, passed away suddenly at home on July 30.

She was born at home in Sterling on April 26, 1940, the daughter of the late Carl and Beulah Longley.

Rinda was a dedicated registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Oswego Hospital for many years and owned Wells Fargo Café in Red Creek for 15 years. She volunteered as a Take Off Pounds Sensibly leader in both Oswego and Fulton for many years.

Rinda enjoyed and loved life, spending as much time with her family and friends as possible, holidays, picnics or just a day of relaxing games with her children. She also loved writing poems and finding ways to share them with many people.

Surviving are her five children, Craig (JoAnn) Wright of Fulton, Teresa (Andy) Malcott of Fulton, Richard (Donna) Wright Jr. of Henrietta, Jeffrey Wright of Red Creek and Robin (Kevin) Hall of Fulton; a sister, Peggy Mitchelson of Oswego; a brother, Russell Longley of Martville; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a sister, Mary Axtell of Martville.

Calling hours are from 1 to 3 p.m. today, Aug. 3 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St. in Hannibal with services at 4:30 p.m. at Sterling United Methodist Church, 1297 State Route 104A.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the ICU at Oswego Hospital, 110 W. Sixth St., Oswego, N.Y., 13126.

Anna M. Whaley: Avid bowler

Anna M. Whaley, 92, of Fulton, passed away July 28 at Oswego Hospital.

Anna lived in Fulton since 2001, and had previously lived in Richland and Syracuse.

She was born March 1, 1921, in Richland. She graduated from Pulaski High School in 1940. Anna was employed by Prestolite in Syracuse for 34 years, retiring in 1980.

She was an avid bowler, and she bowled in several leagues in Syracuse. Anna also appeared on the television show “Bowling for Dollars.”

Surviving are one son, Lawrence Whaley of Fulton, four grandchildren, Lorie E. Guernesy of Mexico, Terri Ackerman of Carmi, Ill., James Whaley of Fulton, and Christopher Whaley of Baldwinsville, and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Aug. 2 at Foster-Hax Funeral Home, 52 Park St., Pulaski, with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Pulaski. Calling hours were prior to the funeral.

Donations in Anna’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., East Syracuse, N.Y., 13057.

Norma Jean (Baron) Williams: Homemaker, volunteer

OB williams obit 8:3Norma Jean (Baron) Williams, 74, of Constantia, passed away peacefully at home July 29 surrounded by her family.

Born in Syracuse, she graduated from Liverpool High School. She worked part time for 24 years in the Personnel Department of Oswego County, but was first and foremost a homemaker. Norma was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader, and instrumental in the operation and continuance of the Constantia Library. She served as a Republican State Committee person, and a committee person for the Town of Constantia for 20 years. For six years, Norma was a volunteer with the Senior Nutrition Center in Constantia, where she was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2013. Norma was also an accomplished landscape artist. She was a communicant of Christ Church, Oneida Lake.

Norma is predeceased by her husband of 57 years, George J. Williams, in 2012.

She is survived by her children Clayton Williams, Deborah (Daniel) Boccardo, Susan O’Brien and Sandra Williams; grandchildren Adam, Dylan (Candy), Bailey, Joe, Dan and Robert; step-grandchildren Heather (Jason), Courtney, Jordan, Sara and Katie; brothers Ray (Jan) Baron, George Baron and Jerry (Roseanne) Baron.

Services were Aug. 2 at Christ Church, Oneida Lake with the Rev. Mike Thesier officiating. Calling hours were Aug. 1 at Traub Funeral Home, 684 N. Main St., Central Square. Burial was in West Monroe Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Oswego County and Christ Church, Oneida Lake.

The family would especially like to thank Norma’s Senior Nutrition Center friends for all of their support and kindness during their mother’s illness and Nurse Pattie, with Hospice of Oswego County, for her guidance and support in helping family members care for their mother.

Visit traubfh.com for an online guest book.

Joanne Hedges, Sterling resident

Joanne E. Hedges, 77, a resident of Sterling, died Wednesday, July 24, at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Oswego on March 9, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Hazel Murray. She was raised in Oswego, the youngest of five children.

She met Royal Hedges in Oswego when he was serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Drum. They were married and deployed to France to help rebuild the war-torn country and were a military family for 25 years. All of her children were girls until she eventually got her prayers answered and gave birth to a son, Royal Hedges Jr., the youngest child, after trying for so many years. She worked as a nurse’s aide at Meadowbrook Manor Nursing Home for 25 years and lived in Hannibal.

After retirement, she was well cared for by her family and children. She lived in Fair Haven for seven years before relocating to the Sterling area in 2006. She enjoyed church and prayer meetings, keeping a clean house and most of all cooking. She was famous for lemon meringue pie which her husband loved.

She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Royal Hedges Sr., who in 2000; a daughter, Amy Lovejoy in 2010; and three sisters. Surviving are her six children, Royal (Mary) Hedges Jr. of Goodyear, Ariz.; Vicky (Ean) Tennant of Sterling; Nancy (Terry) Zukovsky of Leesport, Pa.; Patricia (Mark) Sampson of Wolcott; Tammy Hedges of Elbridge and Kimberly (Paul) Martindale of Wolcott; a sister, Betty Martin; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services were held Saturday at Sterling Christian Church. Burial was in Hannibal Village Cemetery in Hannibal. Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal has care of arrangements.