Category Archives: Obituaries

Timothy Perkins, auto mechanic

Timothy W. Perkins, 68, of Hannibal died Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Oswego Hospital.

He was born in Oneida and resided in the Hannibal and Fulton areas for the last 23 years. He worked as a mechanic for eight years at the East Syracuse Auto Store, retiring in 1985.

He enjoyed camping with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Doris; children, Norman Merrill, Michael Merrill, both of Hannibal, Raymond Merrill of Volney, Maxine Hines of Fulton, Tammy Perkins of Florida and Tina Widger of Syracuse; a brother, Paul (Margie) Goodell of Williamson; sister-in-law, Maxine (Tom) Blowers of Oneida; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 1 to 3 p.m. today, July 5 with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Perkins may be made to the American Lung Association of New York State, 155 Washington Ave., Suite 210, Albany, NY 12210.

Mary Holland, owned Canalview Gifts

OBITS-HollandMaryMary M. Holland, 89, of Fulton, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

A native of Lackawanna, she had resided in Fulton since 1957. She had owned and operated Canalview Gifts in Fulton for 15 years.

She was a communicant Holy Family Church and member of the Fulton Women’s Club and the Interior Decorating Club.

She was predeceased by her husband, Merton J. Holland, son, Dennis Holland and sisters, Kathleen Mosier and Joan Sitz.

Surviving are her children, Beth Holland of Fulton and Kenneth Holland of Phoenix; six grandchildren; a great grand-daughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 8 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street in Fulton with services immediately following.

Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

David Sturgis, building and grounds superintendent

David N. Sturgis, 71 of Fulton, died at home Monday, July 1, 2013 after a brief illness.

He retired as superintendent of buildings and grounds for the Fulton Consolidated School System after working there 40 years.

Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Sturgis of Fulton; children, Terry (Stanley) Perkins, Douglas (Colleen) Sturgis and David Sturgis Jr. all of Fulton, and Daniel (Tina) Sturgis of Rochester; sisters, Mary (William) Joice, Martha (Willard) Becker and Christine Sturgis, all of Fulton, and Margaret Mack of North Carolina; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Harriett Sturgis, and brother, Peter Sturgis.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. today, July 5 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street in Fulton.

Natalie Alton, Pennellville resident

Natalie Alton, 84, of Pennellville, died Wednesday,  June 26, 2013.

A native of Oswego, she live in New Jersey, Manlius, and Atlanta, Ga., before retiring to Pennellville.  She was a staple in the community.  She was a ready volunteer with various organizations and was an active member of the Red Hat Society.

She enjoyed cooking and gardening.

She is survived by her sons, Richard (Lisa) Alton, and Mark Alton; grandchildren, Greg (Beth) and Catherine (Jonathan); a sister, Bernadette Capeling (Clint); a great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday July 3 from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a brief prayer service at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, located at 431 Main St., Phoenix.

Contributions may be made to CNY SPCA, 5878 East Molloy Road, Syracuse, NY 13211.

Virginia Balcom, Pennellville resident

Virginia May Nelson Balcom, a lifetime resident of Pennellville, died Sunday, June 23, 2013.

She was born to Hazel May (Foster) and Earl W. Nelson March 31, 1931 at their home in Pennellville. She was a 1948 graduate of Phoenix schools. She was an avid reader and could always be found with a pair of knitting needles in her hands.

She was married to her husband, Francis, June 11, 1950; he died Aug. 29, 2008.

She started her working career at Sweet Brothers Co. in Phoenix as a bookkeeper. When she began her family, she focused her energy as a homemaker and a mom. In the 1970s, she began working for Phoenix schools, first as a teacher’s aide and then as a library assistant in the Cherry Street School.

In the early 1980s, she worked at TRIO Ceramics, helping to teach classes. Later, her talents were applied to painting and decorating wood crafts for shows and fairs.

She was active in many organizations, including Phoenix Chapter of Amaranth and Eastern Star. She gave many years of service to Pennellville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, serving in roles as secretary, vice president, and president.  She also served in the same roles for the Oswego County Ladies Auxiliary.

She was a member of Phoenix Senior Citizens, a past member of Phoenix UCC Church for more than 70 years, and a current member of the Pulaski UCC Church.

Besides her husband Francis, she was predeceased by a grandson, Scott Morrison.

Surviving are her son, Gordon W. of Parish; daughters, Linda L. Lyons of Oswego and Sherri A. Jackman and her husband, Paul, of Cicero; her son Alan F. and partner Robert Weiner of LaFayette; her grandchildren, Ryan J. Lyons, Lori L. Lyons, Nate and Wesley Ann Balcom, Jessica L. Lyons, Rebecca Balcom, Robert and Mandy Morrison; two great-grandsons; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Thursday June 27 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St.,

Phoenix. Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Lauri J. Craig officiating.

Interment will be in Pennellville Cemetery, County Route 54.

Contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of CNY or the American Cancer Society.

Jean Arena, gardener at Arena’s Eis House

Jean Marie Arena, 71, of Fulton, died unexpectedly at her home Saturday, June 22, 2013.

She was born May 5, 1942 in Port Byron to the late Thomas and Raffaela “Mary” Guidone. She graduated from Port Byron High School and Powelson Business School.

She was predeceased in death by her husband of 26 years, Louis, in 1989.

She worked side by side with her husband at both Arena Farms in Fulton and later at Arena’s Eis House Restaurant in Mexico from the 1960s through the 1980s.

For over two decades, she meticulously tended the gardens at the Eis House until her passing.

She loved to play golf and was active with various social service initiatives, as well as providing compassion and understanding to those in need.

She is survived by three sons, John D. of Newark, N.J., Robert T. of Boulder, Colo., and Paul A. of Mexico; her daughter-in-law, Sarah; two grandchildren, Louis Ross and Marteen Rose; three siblings, Anthony (Sandy) Guidone, Cathy (Tony) Tucci and Mary (Les) Deemer; her sister-in-law, Rae Arena; brother-in-law, Dr. Angelo Arena; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 27 at Holy Trinity Church, corner of Rochester and South Third streets in Fulton. Calling hours are 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton.

Contributions may be made in Jean’s name to Unity Acres, P.O. Box 153, Orwell, NY 13426 or Camp Good Days, 356 North Midler Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13206.

Lorraine Warner, retired nurse’s aide

Lorraine Warner, 71, of Oswego, died Sunday, June 23, 2013 in Oswego.

Mrs. Warner was born in Carthage, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Eunice (Ellsworth) Trumble. She was a retired nurse’s aide for Sunrise Nursing Home.

Mrs. Warner was predeceased by her husband, Daniel Warner, in 1981.

She is survived by her children, Robert Wetherwax of Texas, Scott Warner of Oswego and Daniel (Laurie) Warner of South Wales, N.Y.; her sister, Joyce Austin of Harrisville, N.Y.; and ten grandchildren.

Services and burial will be private. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Kenneth Crisafulli, local cook

Kenneth J. Crisafulli, 65, of Oswego, died Monday, June 24, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Oswego, the son of the late Catino Crisafulli and Laura (Murray) Eicholzer. He was a cook at the Oswego County Public Safety Building from July 1989 until 2013, in addition he cooked for several local restaurants including the Colonial House.

He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was the former local, state, and national commander for the Italian American War Veterans.

He was the current commander of the Charles Crisafulli Post #15. He enjoyed watching the Yankees, Nascar and Syracuse University Sports.

He is survived by his wife Danielle Crisafulli; children, Scott DeStevens, Katrina Crisafulli, and Danika Crisafulli; siblings, Anne (Charles) Demm, Geralyn (Gerard) Roy, Tina (Keith) Peterson, and Michael (Stephanie) Pasco; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph Church. Burial will be private in St. Paul’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego.