Category Archives: Obituaries

Anna Cutuli, worked at the Silk Mills and Nestles

Anna V. Cutuli, 99, of Fulton died Monday Nov. 4, 2013 in St. Luke Health Services, Oswego.

Mrs. Cutuli was born in Oswego the daughter of the late Salvatore and Vincenzia (Manitta) Cutuli.

Mrs. Cutuli worked at the Silk Mills, Fulton prior to retirement after working 32 years at Nesltes in Fulton. She was a former communicant of Holy Family Church, Fulton and a member of the Padre Pio prayer group; she is a communicant of Holy Trinity Church.

Mrs. Cutuli was predeceased by her husband Rosario Cutuli in 2002, and her brothers James, Vincent, Sam, Henry, and Louis Strazzere, and her sister Mary Strazzere.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Angela and Bud Maynard of Fulton; brothers Victor Cavone of Fulton, Anthony Cavone of Clay; sister Josie O’Brien of Fulton; grandchildren Colleen Lasher, Charles Maynard, Kris Maynard, and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. (today) Saturday  in St. Paul’s Church, Oswego where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours were Friday at the Sugar Funeral Home 224 W. 2nd. St. S. Fulton.

William E. Miller, owned Fulton Typewriter Store

William E. Miller, 73, of Oswego, passed away Friday Nov. 1 at home with his family by his side.

He was born in Syracuse, a son to the late Ernest E. and Lillian Cluse Miller. Bill lived in Fulton for several years before moving to Oswego 13 years ago.

He took over the family business, Fulton Typewriter Store (FTS, Inc.) and operated it for more than 55 years. In that time, Bill grew FTS, Inc. from a small storefront business to encompass all business supplies and services.

He loved music, playing bass guitar and singing. Bill enjoyed playing tennis, racquetball, loved S.U. sports and travelling during the winter months.

His most cherished time was spent entertaining his grandchildren and having them entertain him.

He was predeceased by his sister, Patricia Bevacqua; nieces, Christine Colucci and Cheryl Hanzlian.

Bill is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joan Gault Miller; his children, Timothy (Marie) Miller, Wendy (Chris) Sachel  both of Fulton, and William M. Miller of Oswego; four grandchildren, Seth Miller, Samatha Miller, Hayden Sachel and Sydney Sachel. Bill is also survived by his nephews, John, David and Gary Bevacqua as well as several cousins.

Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at Fulton First United Methodist Church, 1408 State Route 176, Fulton.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Miller may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Samuel J. Imbolli Sr., Korean War veteran

Samuel J. Imbolli Sr., 82, of Granby, passed away Monday, Oct. 28 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.

A native of Oswego, he had resided in the Granby-Fulton area for many years. He was a graduate of Oswego High School and had attended SUNY Oswego.

Sam was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a communicant of Holy Trinity Parish in Fulton.

Sam was a loving, compassionate and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. He was an extraordinarily special person to all those that had the joy of knowing him and he will be loved and be a special part of us forever.

May a shared moment with him be a cherished memory of a precious gift and may the glow of his love shine within you forever.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Kate French Imbolli; son, Samuel J. (Vicki) Imbolli Jr.; grandchildren, Rowan Samuel Imbolli and Caroline Katherine Imbolli; sisters-in-law, Ann (John) Snell and Joan Richards; brother-in-law, John (Nancy Ann) French and their families.

He was predeceased by his parents, Norman and Rose Tripp Imbolli and granddaughter, Hope Elizabeth Imbolli.

There are no calling hours at this time. Memorial services will be at a later date.

The family wishes to thank all who have made a difference in Sam’s life, he appreciated your love and support. A gift of remembrance for Sam would be offering kindness and hope to anyone in need and making a difference in their lives. He would ask that you forgive those who may have offended you; ask forgiveness of those you may have offended; and then forgive yourself.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 4043 Maple Road, Amherst, NY 14226 or to Assumption Food Pantry, 812 N. Salina St., Syracuse, NY 13208.

Foster Funeral Home in Fulton has care of arrangements.

Merton Rice, Nestles retiree

Merton G. Rice, 88, of Dansville, previously of Oswego, died Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Merton was employed at Nestle Co. in Fulton and retired in 1988.

He was an active member of the Hamer Sing-a-long Group and Oswego Valley Snowbelters Chorus. He was an Army Air Corp veteran, serving during World War II.

Merton was predeceased by his wife, Bessie Shepard Rice in 1965; brothers, Philip, Homer, Allen and Gordon; sisters, Maude Bueg, Grace Schnur and Louisa Rimkevitze; grandson, Jonathon Rice and great-grandson, Ryan Strong.

Surviving: his son, Ellis (Vanessa) Rice of Fulton; daughter, Sally (Greg) Ringelberg of Dansville; brother, Archie Rice of Florida; sister, Agnes Hawelka of Fulton; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Ira United Methodist Church, 12479 Ferris Road, Cato. Burial will follow at Roosevelt Cemetery in Schroeppel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Hospice. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has charge of arrangements.

Beverley Raponi, avid bowler, horsewoman

Beverley J. Raponi, 82, of Hannibal, passed away on Wednesday Oct. 30 at home surrounded by her loving family.

A native of Lysander, she lived in Baldwinsville, Fulton and Hannibal. Beverley retired as a personnel manager at Pass & Seymour, Inc. in Solvay and previously worked for Black Clawson in Fulton and Kuntz Real Estate.

She was co-owner of Nut’n’Fanci Restaurant in Fulton, R.B.R. Arabians and R&D Pugs and Yorkshire Terriers and partner with her daughter, Renee Donhauser, at Scrubby Doo’s in Hannibal.

Beverley was an avid bowler at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton and loved horses and to spend time with her children and grandchildren.

Surviving are her companion of 42 years, Raymond K. Wideman of Hannibal; four children, Gale (Tracey) Raponi of Sterling, Kim (David) Cole of Hannibal, Renee (David) Donhauser of Fulton and Rhonda Raponi of Hannibal; 13 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard (June Dunbar) Frawley; nieces and nephews; step-children, Kim (Tim) Alexander and Karl (Karen) Wideman and step-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a brother, Gerald A. Frawley.

There are no calling hours or services at this time. Memorials in Beverley’s name may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, PO Box 102, Fulton, 13069. Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has care of arrangements.

Mathew Bivens, truck driver, mechanic

Mathew Bivens, 33, of Fulton died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

He was born in Oswego, NY and he has been a resident of Fulton for most of his life.

Mathew worked as a truck driver and mechanic with Upstate Tree Services, Fulton. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time and laughing with them.

Mathew is survived by his mother,  Penny Peters of Fulton; his father, Kenneth Bivens of NV; one sister,  Stacey (Dawn) D’Angelo of FL.; three brothers, Kenneth Bivens Jr., of Syracuse, NY, Ryan Bivens and Derek Bogart, both of Hannibal; maternal grandparents John and Juanita Stoughtenger of Granby; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no funeral services.  Burial will be held privately.

Calling hours were Tuesday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton.

Diane Mills, loved writing poetry

Diane S. Mills, 51; of Fulton died at home after a long illness.

She was born in Fulton and has been resident of Fulton for 20 years.  Mrs. Mills enjoyed writing poetry, and working on latch hook. She also loved making puzzles and playing video games.

Mrs. Mills was pre-deceased by her father, Theodore Lamie.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years,  Alanson “Lance” Mills of Fulton; three children, Elissa Marietti of FL., Elizabeth Mills of Fulton and Eliott Mills of Fulton; her mother, Marion Lamie of Cicero; four siblings,  Jacklyn (Scott) Brown of Cicero, NY, Jan (Mike) Connor of FL., James Lamie of PA, and David (Caroline) Lamie of Fulton; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Wednesday (today) at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., Fulton with Rev. David Nethercott officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were Tuesday in the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., Fulton.

The family has requested that contributions may be made to the Upstate ALS Research Fund 750 E. Adams St. CAB-326 Syracuse, NY 13210.

Vincent Caravan, former Valley News publisher, owner

Vincent R. Caravan, 91, of Fulton, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 at his home
of apparent heart failure. He was the publisher of The Valley News from
1972 until 2010 when ownership of the newspaper was taken over by The
Scotsman Press.

A native of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, he was born September 18, 1922,
the sixth of  ten children of Italian immigrants Stephen and Theresa
Caravan. After graduation from Pottsville High School, he entered the
U.S. Army and fought during World War II in the European Theatre. He was
the recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for wounds received in
action in Italy. He returned to the U.S. and was stationed for the rest
of his enlistment in western Pennsylvania where he met the late Isabelle
Slater with whom he was married in January 1946.

After the war, Vincent returned to Pottsville and worked for his
father’s commercial printing company. In 1950 he purchased a small
printing business in Fulton and moved there permanently. In the late
’50s, he was hired by Oswego Valley News owners Colson and Beatrice Carr
and became managing editor of the newspaper in 1958. Over the next
several years, he upgraded the news content of the small community
newspaper with exclusive coverage of municipal meetings and local
sports, including photography. He also wrote both news and sports
columns at various times for the publication.

In 1972, Vincent became owner of the newspaper and eventually changed
its name to The Valley News to further affirm its Fulton identity. By
the late ’70s, the newspaper was winning awards for its local news and
sports coverage from the New York Press Association, and developed into
one of the leading community newspapers in the region under his guidance.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 268 and the Fulton VFW Post
569. He was the recipient of several awards and honors for achievements
in journalism, and was inducted into the Fulton Athletic Boosters Hall
of Fame in 2008 as well as the Fulton City Bowling Association Hall of
Fame in 1976. He served on numerous civic boards and committees during
his career, including as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Fulton
Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Fulton Board of Education in
the 1970s. In his later years he was a member of the Dexterville
Seventh-day Adventist Church.

He is survived by his son Ronald (Nancy) Caravan of Phoenix;
granddaughters Michelle (Herbert) Stockschlaeder of Buffalo, Adrienne
(Joseph) Gabalski of Manassas, Virginia, and Lisa Caravan of Auburn,
Alabama; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Caravan and Florence
Kane of Pottsville, Pennsylvania. He was predeceased by his wife,
Isabelle Slater Caravan, who died in 2007.

Calling hours are Thursday, Nov. 7, 4 to 7 p.m. at Sugar Funeral Home,
224 W. Second St., Fulton; funeral service is Friday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 1408 Curtis Street, with Elders of
the Dexterville Seventh-day Adventist Church and Pastor David Grey of
Mt. Pleasant UM Church officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Adnah
Cemetery, Fulton.