Category Archives: Obituaries

Dixie Tucker, Fulton Alliance Church member

Dixie Tucker, 76, of Clay, died Wednesday, July 24, at home.

Born in Herkimer, she had been a longtime resident of the Fulton area.

She enjoyed being a waitress. She was a member of Fulton Alliance Church and valued the many volunteer opportunities through her ministry.

She is survived by her children, Bonita (Lorne Burnham) Butler, Dan Gamble, Donna Gamble, James (Stephanie) Gamble; sisters, Sharon Beckstead and Starr Raymond; a granddaughter, Deanna Wettering; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held 11 a.m. today, July 31, at Fulton Alliance Church, 1044 State Route 48, Fulton, 13069. There are no calling hours. Contributions in memory of Dixie may be made to Fulton Alliance Church, 1044 St. Rte. 48, Fulton, NY 13069.

Timothy LaQuire, guitarist and music lover

Timothy “Possum, Birdman” LaQuire, 58, of Oswego died July 22.

He was born in Syracuse, and was a resident of Oswego most of his life. Tim was an employee of Novelis Corp., Scriba. He loved playing his guitars and listening to his music collection. He was a former member of the American Legion.

Tim is survived by his wife of 22 years, Angela M. LaQuire of Oswego, daughters Felecia (Paul) Reed of Liverpool, Angela R. LaQuire of Fulton, parents Keith and Jean Egnew of Oswego, sisters Kim Ellingwood and Kathy (Bob) Ruggio of Oswego, brother Vince (Betty) LaQuire of Fulton, grandchildren Lily Wright, Emma Long, Madison Majeski and Natalie Reed, and stepbrothers, sisters and several nieces, and nephews.

Tim was predeceased by his sister Marlene Hasselbauer.

Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home. Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. prior to the services at the funeral home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

Mayor, journalist Allerton dies at 93

Muriel Allerton, 93, former Fulton mayor and longtime community journalist, died Thursday

“She was an amazing person,” said current Mayor Ronald L. Woodward Sr., who served a two-year term as mayor in the 1980s. Allerton was his campaign manager.

When he finished his term in 1987, she successfully ran for mayor and served two terms. Woodward helped her with her campaign.

He recalled her as an intelligent leader who cared deeply about the community.

“She was always there to help the little guy and the disenfranchised,” Woodward recalled. “She was a very popular mayor. She came through some very tough times,” he said. “The city took a tremendous hit from state aid and there were a lot of layoffs.”

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Hilda R. Muscalino, local woman

Hilda R. Muscalino died Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

She was pre-deceased by her husband John F. Muscalino and is survived by her children, Nancy Hammond and her husband Larry; John O. Muscalino; Tom Muscalino and his wife Dorothy; and Fr. Dan Muscalino; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today, July 27 at St. Francis Xavier Church, 1 W. Main St., Marcellus, with a private burial in Fulton.

There are no calling hours.

Donations may be made to the Loretto Foundation, 700 Brighton Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13205.

Foster Funeral Home in Fulton has care of her arrangements.

Edith Havens O’Toole, home health aide

Edith Havens O’Toole, 66, of Hannibal passed away July 20 at home.

She had graduated from Hannibal High School, moved to California and returned to the Hannibal area nearly five years ago.

She was a home health aide for many years and was a very loving and caring person.

She is survived by her husband, Steve O’Toole; son, Chris O’Toole; brothers, Rex and Lee; sister, Tammy; uncle, James Havens; dear friend, Judy Chillson; two grandchildren.

A gathering was held July 26 at the Hannibal American Legion.

Jennifer Beyrau: Loved animals and photography

Jennifer M. Beyrau, 42, of Volney, passed away July 21.

She  was born in Syracuse, a daughter to Kathleen Ling and the late Joseph Beyrau.

Jennifer loved her animals and photography. She was a member of Believer’s Chapel in Fulton.

In addition to her father, she was predeceased by her grandparents, Dorothy and Francis Lydon.

She is survived by lifelong companion, Kenneth F. Darling III of Volney; her son, Dakota R. Beyrau of Volney; her mother and stepfather, Kathleen and Frederick Ling of Fulton; a brother, James Beyrau of Lyons; a sister, Lisa (Shawn) Wadsworth of South Onondaga; aunt and uncle, Richard and Marcia Lydon of Skaneateles Falls; twin nieces, Abigail and Morgan Wadsworth; niece, Stephanie Cira; a nephew, Anthony Cira.

Funeral services were July 25 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Volney.

Calling hours were July 24 at the funeral home, 910 Fay St.

Friends may visit the guest book at fosterfuneralhome.com.

Clara E. Fadden Coniff, clinical therapist

Clara E. Fadden Coniff died Saturday, June 8, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington, N.C., after a lengthy illness.

Clara was born October 3, 1955 in Fulton, NY, the daughter of late James R. Fadden and Bernice F. Maas Fadden. She was a graduate of Hannibal Central High School, Hannibal, N.Y.; received an Associate’s Degree in Architectural Design from SUNY College at Alfred, N.Y.; a Bachelor’s Degree in Education specializing in Industrial Arts from SUNY College at Oswego, N.Y.; and a Masters of Social Work from East Carolina State University in Greensville, N.C.

Upon receiving her Masters of Social Work, Clara was employed as a clinical therapist in Sampson, Duplin, Pender, and Onslow Counties, N.C., specializing in children and families. She also worked in Crisis Counseling. Her work allowed her to take her compassion and caring for others and make a difference in their lives.

Clara is survived by three sisters and four brothers: Ellen (Albert) Zaranka of Durham, N.C.; Robert (Marilyn) Fadden of Seattle, Wash.; Peter (Irene) Fadden of Walworth, N.Y.; Charles (Karen) Fadden of Hannibal, N.Y.; Phillip (Cathy) Fadden of Rockford, Ill.; Mary (Gregory) Mayotte of East Fishkill, N.Y.; and Alice (Marta Sloper) Fadden of Homer, N.Y. Clara leaves 11 nieces and nephews and 8 grand-nieces and nephews. Clara is also survived by her stepsons John, Edward and William Coniff and a step-granddaughter, Syriana.

Clara lived her life as she wanted and exited this world into God’s arms as she wished. She was intelligent, interesting, loving of all, compassionate to those in need, and giving beyond reason.

Calling hours will be 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 20, with a service to immediately follow at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Burial will be at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal. Contributions in Clara’s name may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego or The Manor at Seneca Hill, 20 Manor Drive, Oswego, 13126.

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Louise Abraham, Fulton TV bookkeeper

Louise E. Abraham of Fulton died Monday, July 8, 2013 at St. Luke Residential Health Services in Oswego.

Born in Scranton, Pa. to the late William and Elizabeth Spohrer, she resided in Fulton most of her life. As the oldest of five girls and as a result of her mother’s illness, she was often called upon at an early age to do the cooking, cleaning and shopping for the family.

She attended church and graduated high school from St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Scranton. In 1941, she met and married George Abraham, also of Scranton.

In the early 1950s, they moved to Fulton and established Fulton TV, which later become Fulton TV & Appliance Inc. She was the bookkeeper and receptionist, a position she would maintain for over 40 years, first with her husband and later with her son Stephen.

In a time before cell phones, she became a licensed amateur radio operator and communicated with other radio operators from around the world.

She was happiest when she was busy and hard work was never a chore to her. She enjoyed reading and the company of her family most of all, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband George Abraham in 1995.

She is survived by a daughter, Jane (Jerome) Miller of Tully; three sons, George (Haike) Abraham of St. Petersburg, Fla., Stephen (Teresa) Abraham of Fulton, and Douglas (Gina) Abraham of Matthews, N.C.; a sister, Ruth Marhevka of Millington, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with burial at Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Adnah Cemetery Association, 706 East Broadway, Fulton, NY 13069.