Category Archives: Obituaries

Alfred Tesoriero

Alfred J. Tesoriero, 90, of Oswego died Sunday, April 12, 2015 in the Oswego Hospital. Mr. Tesoriero was born in Manhatten, N.Y., the son of the late Dominico and Maria (DeStafani) Tesoriero. He has been a resident of Oswego County since 1945. Mr. Tesoriero retired from the maintenance department at Nestle Co. in Fulton in 1981. Prior to his retirement he worked at Sealright Corp. Mr. Tesoriero served in the United States Army Air Corp during World War II, from 1942 until 1945. He was a former member of the VFW. Mr. Tesoriero was predeceased by his first wife Jennie Zeno Tesoriero, and his second wife Mary Mattot Tesoriero. He is survived by his children Catherine (William) Deban of Oswego, JoAnn (Joseph) Conzone of Oswego, James (Vicky) Tesoriero of Oswego, and MaryAnn Drumm of Baldwinsville. In addition he is survived by his grandchildren, Holly, Shannon, Keri, Joe, Lindsey, Kaelyn, step-granddaughter Carrie, and great-grandchildren J.J., Anthony, Miller, August and Giuliana. Mr. Tesoriero was predeceased by his siblings Josephine, Mary, Anthony, Dominick and Nancy. Funeral services will be Wednesday at noon at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home with Rev. Greg Kreinheder. Calling hours will be Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. to noon at the funeral home, 147 W. 4th. St., Oswego, NY.

Betty Jane Davis

Betty Jane Davis, 88, a former Phoenix, N.Y. resident, passed away on April 2, 2015 at Syracuse Home Association in Baldwinsville. She was born in Johnson City, N.Y. on April 20, 1926 to her late parents, Fannie Bell (Jenkins) and Hoyt Holbert. Betty was predeceased by her husband, Albert Driscoll Davis in 1996; and her brother, Robert Holbert in 2001. Surviving are her daughter, Jana Jo (Davis) Schmidtmann of Baldwinsville, NY; her son Thomas P. Davis of Oak Island, N.C.; two grandchildren, Jennifer Schmidtmann and Erich K. Schmidtmann; and three nephews Bobby, Gary and Jeff Holbert. Betty was a graduate of Johnson City High School. She was a cafeteria supervisor for A. L. Lee Memorial Hospital, Fulton, N.Y. Betty was a fine homemaker. She enjoyed spending time with Jana gardening and swimming. Betty was a loving mother and grandmother who will be long remembered and sadly missed. Services included a Catholic mass on Tuesday April 14, 2015 at Saint Stephen’s Church, 469 Main St., Phoenix, N.Y. Spring interment will be in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St., Phoenix, N.Y. Contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association CNY Chapter, 441 Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204.

Herman R. Harrington

Herman R. Harrington, 73; passed away at home on April 8 peacefully with his family after a long illness. He was born in Portsmouth, Va., to the late George and Elva (Laws) Harrington. Mr. Harrington was a United States Veteran having served from 1960-1963. He was past employed as an ironworker at Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Allied Chemical, Syracuse, N.Y. Mr. Harrington with his wife co-owned and operated Midway Stables, Fulton. He enjoyed being an avid hunter and fisherman. Mr. Harrington is survived by his wife Linda Harrington of Fulton; three children Christopher (Jill) Harrington of Phoenix, N.Y., Kirk (Tracy) Harrington of Volney, N.Y., Nichole (Dennis) Deyo of Fulton, N.Y.; brother Glenn Harrington of Calif.; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton, followed by Military Honors bestowed by the NYS Army Honor Guard. Burial will be held privately. Calling hours will be conducted Sunday, April 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., Fulton. Contributions may be made to VA Medical Center 800 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210; and/or Oswego County Hospice P.O Box 102 Oswego, NY 13126.

James I. Galusha

James Irving Galusha, 82, of Fairport, N.Y., died March 24, after a short illness. The cause of death was metastatic melanoma, according to his son, Jeffrey. Jim was an insurance executive and owner of Canaltown Insurance Agency in Fairport for several decades before retiring and settling in both Fairport and a second home in Georgetown, Texas. He was born in Fulton, N.Y., on January 13, 1933, the son of Irving C. Galusha, long-time advertising manager and editor of “The Fulton Patriot” newspaper, and Helen S. Galusha. A graduate of Fulton High in 1949 as salutatorian, he went on to Cornell University, earning a degree from its Industrial and Labor Relations School in 1953. At Cornell he was a member of the R.O.T.C., of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and sang and wrote musical arrangements for Cayuga’s Waiters, a male a cappella group. Having discovered his real vocation, which was music, specifically jazz, and after serving in the Army for two years, Jim went on to The Westlake College of Music in Los Angeles, where he became an accomplished musician. A trumpet player as he grew up, he was good enough to be asked to join Tony Bennett’s band after Bennett’s manager heard him play at Three Rivers’ Inn outside Fulton. Instead, he chose to go to Westlake and to study a new instrument, the string bass. Subsequently he performed widely as a bassist with jazz bands. In addition to his dual identity as insurance executive and jazz musician, Jim became an avid sailor. He named his boat “The Taciturn” in a wry nod to one of his defining qualities. Eventually he earned the position of Commander of the Sodus Bay Yacht Club’s U.S. Power Squadron and taught a course in celestial navigation for the Squadron. Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Gloria, and is survived by his present wife, Margie; three sons, Vincent of Salisbury, England, Jeffrey and Steven, both of Fairport; sisters Helen Devitt of San Antonio, Texas, Nancy Thomas of Reston, Va., and Donna Allen of Fulton and Indio, Calif.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Jim was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew him as a man of large intelligence, decency, and measured judgment, who relished a good story and never met a crossword puzzle he couldn’t solve.

Marilyn Clyne

Marilyn ClyneMarilyn H. Clyne, 70, of Oswego died Tuesday April 7, 2015, at her home surrounded by her family. Mrs. Clyne was born in Cicero, N.Y., the daughter of the late Charles and Agnes (Nacewicz) Herbert. Mrs. Clyne retired from Constellation Nuclear Plant where she was a control room clerk. She was a former employee of SUNY Oswego where she worked in the library, and was a job coach for the developmentally disabled teens. She was also a past employee of Carrier Corp., Syracuse. Mrs. Clyne was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church. She enjoyed her family, dedicating her life to her husband, children, and sister. Mrs. Clyne is survived by her husband of 47 years Michael W. Clyne of Oswego, children Karen Michelle Clyne, and Brian Daniel (Janet) Clyne all of Oswego; her sister Paula Herbert of Oswego.
In addition she is survived by her grandchildren Eric Charles Clyne, Joshua Daniel Clyne, and nephews Daniel Herbert Jr., and Ian Herbert. Along with her family she is survived by her granddogs Tasha, and Reo. Mrs. Clyne was predeceased by her brother Daniel Herbert Sr., in 2002.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego. Funeral services will be Monday 9 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Oswego, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. John Hogan.

Leon “Rocky” Smith

Smith, LeonLeon Smith, 88, of Fulton passed away Tuesday surrounded by his family. A lifelong resident of Fulton, Leon was born to the late Leon and Lillian MacNamara Smith. He was a well-known self-employed mason. Leon was a communicant of The Church of the Immaculate Conception and a member of V.F.W. Post 569, both in Fulton. He was a Navy Veteran and served during WWII.
He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, the former Barbara Hammond and daughter Cynthia Wood in 1997, as well as brothers Ernie and William and a sister, Cora. Leon will be greatly missed and forever loved by his children, Deborah Smith of Syracuse, Leon (Terri) Smith, Matthew (Terry) Smith of Fulton and Lorrie (Michael) Shortsleeve of Oswego; siblings, James (Mary), Norm, Jane Rawson, Pat (Claudette), Marion Arcardi; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, April 11 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fulton. Calling hours were Friday, April 10 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Contributions in memory of Leon may be made to VFW Post 569, 218 Cayuga St., Fulton or to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton, 13069.

Gloria Arlene Parish

Parish, GloriaGloria Arlene Parish, 85, a resident of Gig Harbor, Wash., passed away at Saint Joseph Medical Center on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Gloria was the beloved matriarch of her family, with whom she lived. Moving from her birthplace of Fulton, N.Y. to Southern California as a young woman, her dirt bike adventures on The Ranch are legendary. Whether she was camping and canoeing in upstate New York’s autumn brilliance or enjoying the harbor surrounded by evergreen trees, she took delight in the beauty of God’s creation. Her sense of humor and zeal for life, as well as her wonderful imagination, continues on in her children and grandchildren. Though she worked hard in a range of occupations from Nestle Candy Company to McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, and UC Irvine’s Cancer Research Institute, her greatest legacy was her family. Throughout the years Gloria was a continual loving presence to those around her; accepting and generous in every possible way. Her faith in Christ bolstered many a fallen spirit and she kept a long prayer list to which she would devote time every day. She was a true prayer warrior.
Family members include her daughter, Susan Beck (Gig Harbor); sons Richard and Lee Pierce (Southern California); three granddaughters, six grandsons, two great-grandsons and her cherished family in New York.
Her life will be celebrated at home at a time to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a memorial donation be made to the American Cancer Society and/or the American Heart Association. Arrangements have been made with Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor. Messages for the family and  stories about Gloria can be left on their website at

Phyllis E. Jackson

Phyllis E. Jackson, 73, of Fulton died Sunday at Oswego Hospital after a brief illness.
She was born in Syracuse, N.Y., to the late Raymond and Esther (Maloney) Combs. Mrs. Jackson retired as a manager from K-Mart, Mattydale, N.Y., after working for 25 years. She was predeceased by her husband Neil Jackson and granddaughter Christina Elkin.  Mrs. Jackson is survived by her five children, Scott Jackson of Camillus, N.Y., Tracy (Michael) Elkin of Fulton, N.Y., Neil Jackson of Cato, N.Y., Brian Jackson and Lisa (Thomas) Searor, both of Fulton, N.Y.; four siblings, Charles (Lois) Maloney and Beverly (Lester) Grome, both of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Shirley (Jack) Whipple of Fla., and Thomas (Cindy) Maloney of Auburn, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held Thursday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., with Deacon Melvin J. Anthony Jr. officiating.  Burial will be held privately.