Category Archives: Obituaries

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.

Anne Swierczek, Retired nurse

OBITS-SwierczekAnneAnne Louise Swierczek, 86, died June 15, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, Richard; daughters and sons-in-law, Suzanne, Celia, Ellen, Lisa, Amy and Katy; 11 grandchildren; and brother, John.

She was pre-deceased by her brother ,Joseph Snyder.

She and her husband were born in Fulton and graduated from Fulton High School in 1944. She received a certificate as a registered nurse upon graduation from the Edward J. Meyer Memorial Training Hospital for Nurses in Buffalo in 1948.

After working in hospitals in New York State and Florida, she worked as a nurse for ARAMCO oil company in Saudi Arabia from 1952 to 1954.

She then worked as a charge nurse at Lee Memorial Hospital and later Andrew Michaud Nursing Home in Fulton.

She and her husband, who was employed as a music teacher, were wed December 27, 1954.

There will be no visiting hours. Contributions may be made to Hope Hospice, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA  02601.

Philip Pecora, World War II veteran

OBITS-PecoraPhillipPhilip “Phadob” F. Pecora, 93, of Oswego, died Monday, June 17, 2013 in Oswego Hospital.

He was born in Oswego to the late F. Daniel and Carmela Pecora. He remained a life resident of Oswego.

Mr. Pecora was a United States veteran having served in the Army during World War II and was present during the Battle of the Bulge.

He retired from Cyclotherm Boiler Co., Oswego after 39 years of service. He worked as a crossing guard at Bridge, Liberty, and Utica streets for 20 years. Mr. Pecora was a member of the Elks Lodge BPOE # 271, Knights of Columbus Council #227, the American Legion and the VFW Crisafulli Post.

He was also a bartender at Sereno’s Restaurant, Oswego and Canale’s Barn, Scriba.

Mr. Pecora was a faithful communicant of St. Joseph’s Church, Oswego and he enjoyed being with his family.

Mr. Pecora was pre-deceased by his siblings, Daniel Pecora Jr., Nellie Cafalone, Frances Pecora, and Anthony Pecora.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Theresa Pecora of Oswego; children, Phyllis (Dan Greene) Masuicca of Oswego, Daniel (Kathleen) Pecora of Oswego, and Dennis (Dana) Pecora of Oswego; brother, Joseph Pecora of Oswego; grandchildren, John “JP” (Laurie Davis) Masuicca,  Terri (Jason) Wills, Brian (Julie) Masuicca, Kristina (Arthur) Bennett, Daniel Pecora Jr., Dustin Pecora, Stacy (Sam) Ware, and Megan Pecora; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held tomorrow, June 20 at 8:15 a.m. in the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home and 9 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, Oswego, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Gregory Kreinheder.

Burial will be held in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oswego.  Calling hours will be held today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th St., Oswego.

Leslie Corey, former pastor

Leslie Corey, 81, of Phoenix, died Sunday, June 9, 2013.

He was born in Fulton to Ernest and Editha (Loomis) Corey and was the youngest of eight children.

He was a licensed minister and pastored the Gilbert Mills Church for many years.

He retired from the Carpenters Union Local 12. He was a long-standing member of the Grace Assembly of God Church in Syracuse.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ruth O’Neill Corey; his children, Annette (William) Procanick of Clinton, N.Y., Sharon (Erik) Flichtbeil of Saratoga Springs, Stephen (Cathy) Corey of Syracuse, and Noreen Corey of Equatorial Guinea, Africa; seven grandchildren, Elissa, Kristin, and Michelle Procanick, Erika (George) Flichtbeil-Young, and Rachel Flichtbeil, Jesse and Jai Corey; two great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Jeremiah Young; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted Saturday, June 29 at 11 a.m. at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix.  Burial will follow the service in Pennellville Cemetery, County Route 54, Pennellville.

There are no calling hours.

Contributions may be made to International Deaf Education Association to benefit Manos Felices (Happy Hands) School for the Deaf, a ministry in Equatorial Guinea, run by Noreen Corey. Please send checks payable to: IDEA, in the memo box indicate “Noreen Corey Project Fund,” c/o IDEA, P.O. Box 20715, Billings, MT 59104.

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.