Category Archives: Obituaries

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.

Todd J. Warner, outdoorsman

Todd J. Warner, 47, of Volney, passed away suddenly at home on July 25.

He was the son of the late Jesse and Bonita Frataccia Warner. Todd graduated G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton, class of 1985.

He was employed by Interface Solutions in Fulton for 24 years and previously by ECM Construction in Volney.

Todd was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He enjoyed spending time with his sons hunting, fishing, camping and just being in the outdoors. His granddaughters brought him much joy. On his days off from work, he would ride his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and enjoy the company of his dogs, Ash and Xena.

Surviving are his wife, Sherri Warner; sons, Michael and Mitchell Warner of Volney; granddaughters, Mayleigh and Jesse of Parish; brothers, Craig Warner of Fulton and Eric Warner of Redfield; sisters, MariBeth Miller and Jennifer Bennett, both of Fulton; five nieces and 10 nephews.

Calling hours were 2 to 6 p.m. July 30 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. There will be no services.

Muriel Allerton: Former Fulton mayor, journalist

Muriel Allerton, 93, of Fulton, passed away July 25 at Oswego Hospital.

A native of West New York, N.J., she was the daughter of the late John and Eva Jobst.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from New York University. Muriel was known by many as the “Mother of Fulton” for her many years of volunteer service in the community. These organizations included, but were not limited to, the League of Women Voters, Fulton Historical Society, Fulton Art Association, Oswego Opera Theater, Fulton Soup Kitchen, Fulton American Field Service, Oswego County Council on the Arts, the former Oswego Press Club, Fulton Red Cross, Fulton Salvation Army and Fulton Music Association. She also served on the board of the State University of New York at Oswego. S

he thoroughly enjoyed her contributions to the community. Muriel was elected for two terms as mayor of Fulton, which she considered an honor; she was proud of the experience. She was honored as a New York state Woman of Distinction in 2010 by then state Sen. Darrel Aubertine. In 2002, she was honored in the “Book of Lives & Legacies” of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls.

She worked as a journalist and wrote a column in a local newsletter for many years. Her interests included knitting, sewing, crafts, politics, listening to the news, reading and writing. Muriel was an avid fan of the arts and loved hotdogs and Manhattans and hated exercise.

Muriel is survived by her husband of 69 years, Joseph Allerton of Fulton; her children, Peter (Margo) Allerton of Toronto, Canada, and their daughter, Caelin; Steven Allerton and his friend Jane of Key West, Fla.; Martha Allerton and Michael of California; her cousin, Carol Miller and her in-laws, John (Lee) Allerton and George (Viola) Allerton.

Her beloved son, Paul Allerton predeceased her in 2001.

Memorial services will be held at a date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Muriel’s name may be made to the Fulton Salvation Army, 62 S. First St., Fulton, NY 13069 or State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton, NY 13069. Foster Funeral Home in Fulton has care of arrangements.

Angelina Talamo, Sealright retiree

Angelina R. Talamo, 94, of Fulton, died Wednesday, July 24, at Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton.

She was born in Fulton to the late Angelo and Rose (Crai) Vescio. Mrs. Talamo resided in Fulton for most of her life. She was formerly employed with Sealright Co., Fulton, having retired in April of 1983.

She was a member of the Fulton VFW Auxiliary Post #569 and Catholic Daughters Court Pere LeMoyne #833.

Mrs. Talamo was predeceased by her husband, John G. Talamo, in 1980, and son, John A. Talamo, in 1963.

She is survived by her daughter, Paula (William) Rohn of Fulton; siblings, Joseph Vescio, Sam Vescio, Ellen McGraw, and June Johnston, all of Fulton; granddaughter, Karen (Randy) Stoughtenger of Baldwinsville, step-grandchildren, Denyse (Jeff) McCoy of Iowa; William (Wendy) Rohn of Michigan, Cindi Alt of Michigan, Cheri Rohn of Liverpool, Derry (Pat) Micale of Cicero, and Steve (Teresa) Rohn of Tennessee; and one great-grandson, Nate Stoughtenger.

Calling hours and funeral services were held Saturday at the Sugar Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Stephenson officiated. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.