Category Archives: Obituaries

Helaine Gorton, retired from DMV

Helaine A. Gorton, 72, of Fulton, died Monday, June 17, 2013 at Seneca Hill Manor, Volney.

She was born in Fulton to the late Walter and Rose (Lalik) Wallace.  Mrs. Gorton has remained a lifetime resident of Fulton.  Mrs. Gorton was past employed with Beneficial Finance, Fulton and General Electric, Syracuse.

She retired from the Oswego County Department of Motor Vehicle, Fulton after 19 years of service. She was a member of the East Coast Breweriana, and the American Breweriana.  Mrs. Gorton was an avid collector.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jeffery Gorton of Fulton; three sons, Michael Gorton of Fulton, David (Kim) Gorton of Volney, and Christopher (Lauren) Gorton of Longwood, Fla.; her sister, Barbara Gadziala of Fulton; two grandchildren, Hunter Gorton and Tanner Gorton; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services and burial will be held privately.  Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., Fulton, is in care of arrangements.

Dolores L. Schmidtmann, Former Clay resident

Dolores Schmidtmann, 83, a former resident of Horseshoe Island Road,

Clay, died Monday June 17, 2013.

She was born in Amsterdam, N.Y. to her late parents, Vivian H. (Shoecraft) and Leo K. Corsette. She was a homemaker and also belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Moyers Corners Fire Department, Clay.

She loved watching her birds in their natural environment. She also enjoyed playing cards.

She was predeceased by her husband, Erich C. Schmidtmann, in 2002.

Her survivors include her three sons, Erich L. Schmidtmann of Syracuse, Kurt A. (Laura) Schmidtman of Phoenix, and Terry W. (Gwen) Schmidtmann of Phoenix; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, David Leo Corsette; three sisters, Jeanne Schmidtmann, Sondra Corsette, and Deborah Supple; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside services will be held Saturday June 22 at  10:30 a.m. in Pine Plains Cemetery, 8686 Henry Clay Blvd., Clay, with the Rev. Diane Bradshaw officiating.

Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Homes, Phoenix, has charge of arrangements.

Orlo Green Jr., retired from Fulton Tool Co.

OBITS-GreenOrloOrlo A. Green, Jr. 78, of Phoenix, died Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Phoenix, he was a son to the late, Orlo Green Sr. and Daisy Green Keller. He was a life resident of Phoenix and attended Phoenix schools. He retired in 1987 from Fulton Tool Co. where he worked for 28 years as a truck driver.

He enjoyed playing cards, woodworking, NASCAR and restoring classic cars. He was especially proud of his 1963 Chevy Nova.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Robin, who died in 1972, and by a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Charles Walts who died in 2005.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Besaw Green; a daughter, Tammie (Ray) Brown of Fulton; a son, Orlo A. (Amy) Green III of Fulton; a sister, Ruth Hughes of Phoenix; a brother, Jim (Mary) Green of Phoenix; step-father, Charles Keller of Pennellville; three grandsons, Martin (Colleen) Daniels, Jr., Cody and Cole Green; two great-grandsons, Martin Daniels III and Keegan Daniels; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

John David Halstead Jr., Fulton resident

John David Halstead Jr., 44, of Fulton, died June 11, 2013 as a result of a construction accident in the Town of Oswego.

He had worked at U.P.S. Freight in East Syracuse for 17 years. He was an avid race car driver and auto mechanic and enjoyed auto racing, hunting and fishing. His greatest joy in life was his children.

Surviving are his children, Hannah and John David Halstead III; his father and stepmother, David (Joann) Halstead; mother and stepfather, Beverly (Don) Wilcox; siblings, Heather (Ronald) Strickler, Lorrie Anderson, John (Jeannine) Merriam, Denise (Michael) Heagerty, Karen (Ron) Ford and Donald Wilcox Jr.; paternal grandparents, John (Gertrude) Halstead; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 16 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton with services 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Fairdale Rural Cemetery in Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to his children c/o David Halstead, 70 South Eleventh Street, Fulton, NY 13069.

Robert Somers Sr., Korean War veteran

Robert “Bob” Somers Sr., 80,    of Fulton, died Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born in Fulton to the late Leonard and Clara (Mustard) Somers. Mr. Somers remained a life resident of Fulton. He was a United States veteran having served in the Army during the Korean War. Mr. Somers was past employed as a Fulton police officer.  He later retired from Container Corporation of America, Fulton after more than years of service. He was a past member of the Fulton Board of Education and he was a former Fulton First Ward alderman.

Mr. Somers was a past communicant of Holy Family St. Michael’s Church where he was an avid volunteer, usher, and bingo worker. He was a co-chairman for several years with his wife, Rose, for the annual church festival and tour director for the Holy Family St. Michael’s Golden Agers.

Mr. Somers was also a volunteer with Oswego County Catholic Charities.

He was pre-deceased by his wife, Rose Somers, in 2006.

Mr. Somers is survived by his two sons, Robert (Deborah) Somers Jr. of Fulton and Michael (Kerry) Somers of Fulton, a brother, Joseph Somers of Fulton; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 13 in Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton with Rev. Robert Stephenson officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours will be conducted Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.  at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S.,  Fulton.

Ellen M. Dolbear, retired from Birds Eye

OBITS-DolbearEllenEllen M. Dolbear, 90, of Palermo, died Friday, June 7 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse after a sudden illness.

She retired from Birds Eye / Kraft Foods after more than 20 years of employment.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wallace “Duane” Dolbear, in 1982 and her great-grandson, Cole Michael Dolbear, in 2011.

Surviving are her children, Duane (Marge) Dolbear, Michael Dolbear, Nelson Dolbear, Roy (Addie) Dolbear, James (Mickie) Dolbear; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There are no calling hours. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 14 at Mt. Adnah Cemetery, 706 East Broadway in Fulton. Contributions may be made to the Bristol Hill Congregational United Church of Christ, 3199 State Route 3, Fulton, NY 13069.

Foster Funeral Home in Fulton has care of arrangements.

Paul Moody, retired from Sonoco

OBITS-MoodyPaulPaul William Moody, 71 of Hannibal, died peacefully June 2, 2013 at Oswego Hospital surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with mesothelioma.

He was born May 27, 1942 to Roy and Hilda Woolley Moody and graduated from Oswego High School in 1960. He retired from Sonoco Flexible Packaging after more than 15 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman; a true outdoorsman.

He was a member of Pathfinder Fish and Game Club. He enjoyed barbequing and spending time with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents and younger brother, Robert.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sharon Ducharme Moody; sons, Brent (Kayli) Moody of Oswego and Jason Moody of Baldwinsville; two grandsons, Jordan Rourke and Sage Moody of Oswego; brother, Richard  (Anna) Moody of Oswego; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday with services immediately following at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, E. Syracuse, NY 13057 or consider supporting a local blood drive.

Albert Donahue Sr. World War II veteran

OBITS-DonahueAlbertSrAlbert Donahue, Sr., 85, of Hannibal, died Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Oswego Hospital following a brief illness.

He was born in Solvay, a son to the late, John and Irene Donahue and resided in the Fulton and Hannibal areas for the last 50 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He had worked as a heavy equipment operator at the Brickyard in Warners and was a self-employed auto mechanic.

He enjoyed hunting and bass fishing.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Mabel Etta Waite, who died October 20, 2001; Albert “Butch” Donahue, Jr., who died May 1, 2009; Jack Donahue, Sr., who died June 15, 1972; two sisters; and two brothers.

He is survived by his six children, Gary (Karen) Donahue of Hannibal, Peggy (Ron) Billings of Fulton, Sandy (Tim) Gareau of Fulton, Duane (Gloria) Donahue of Fulton, Art (Kathy) Donahue of Hannibal and Dave (Kim) Donahue of Fulton; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in Belle Isle Cemetery, Warners.