Category Archives: Obituaries

Luther Dennison, retired Hannibal justice

OBITS-DennisonLutherLuther P. Dennison, 84, of Hannibal, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse after a brief illness.

He was born May 21, 1928 in the Town of Hannibal to the late, Harvey and Ruth Dennison. He graduated from Hannibal High School and married Joan Perkins on May 8, 1954.

He was a lifetime dairy farmer and had served as Hannibal Town Justice for 36 years, retiring Dec. 31, 2009. He was a member of Bowens Corners United Methodist Church; Hannibal Masonic Lodge #550 since May 1951; and Oswego County Magistrates Association.

He enjoyed spending time with his children, family and friends.

He was predeceased by a brother, Victor Dennison and sisters, Gladys Brewer and Helen Perkins.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Joan Perkins Dennison of Hannibal; their children, Linda (Joseph) Salvatore of Liverpool, Larry (Mary) Dennison of Hannibal, Keith (Melody Herring) Dennison of Texas, Jack (Sherri Bauer) Dennison of Hannibal, Jill (Glenn Cooper) Whalen of Hannibal, Kathe (Randy) Beckwith of Hannibal; a brother, Bernard (Vivian) Dennison of California and sister-in-law, Marian Schremph of Fulton; grandchildren, Jennifer, Kristina, Jamie (Meredith LaMont) Dennison, Eric (Michelle Hopp) Otis, Tiesha (Chris) Combes, Jami (Dan Hopman) Goldberg, Nicholas (Jennifer) Whalen, Jeffrey (Patty Stephenson) Beckwith, Jason (Brittany Rowe) Beckwith; step-grandchildren, Michelle Salvatore, Kristin (Alessandro) Bortoloni and Mark (Kelly) Salvatore; seven great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held April 21 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga Street, Hannibal. Burial was in Hannibal Village Cemetery. Calling hours were April 20 at Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bowens Corners United Methodist Church, 758 State Route 176, Fulton, NY 13069 or Hannibal Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 252, Hannibal, NY 13074.

James Arnold, retired social worker

OBITS-ArnoldJamesJames Neil Arnold, 70, of Fulton, died April 15, 2013 at Oswego Hospital following complications from multiple strokes.

He was born April 7, 1943 to Liberty and Irene (Wilcox) Arnold in West Point, N.Y. He attended Fulton schools and graduated from Fulton High School in 1960.

He participated in 4-H and Future Farmers of America and spent many summers at the Sandy Creek Fair and Camp Wabasso near Watertown.

He attended SUNY Morrisville and later transferred to Cornell University. After graduating Cornell, he worked briefly at Kodak in RochesterY then drove to Alaska in 1968.  He found work at a children’s center there, which sparked his lifelong interest in social work.

He met his wife in Alaska, married, and then earned his master’s degree in social work at the University of Nebraska. After returning to Alaska, he worked for 14 years in mental health centers in Anchorage and Wasilla.

In 1984, he and his family returned to Fulton, where he was employed by the Oswego County Mental Health Center, the Oswego County Correctional Facility, and Farnham, Inc.

In 2008, he retired from the mental health unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse, capping a 36-year career in the field of family counseling as a psychiatric social worker.

He was pre-deceased by his parents and infant daughter, Meadow.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Levan; daughters, Autumn (John Kelley) Arnold of Madison, Wisc. and Prairie (Jeffrey) Wessel of Baldwinsville; brothers, Jack (Virginia) Arnold of Fulton and Duane (Roxanne) Arnold of Fulton; sister, Christine (Dale) Dix of Fulton; aunt, Nancy (Wilcox) Hawthorne of Fulton; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, April 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Battle Island, State Route 48, Fulton. Burial will be held privately.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Great Bear c/o Fulton Family YMCA 715 W. Broadway, Fulton, NY 13069.

Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton has care of the arrangements.

Ralph Firenze, Air Force veteran

OBITS-FirenzeRalphRafael “Ralph” Pietro Firenze, 80, of Fulton, died Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the VA Medical Center in Syracuse after a long fight and courageous battle with heart disease.

He was born in Fulton July 26, 1932 to Pietro and Mary (Ditoro) Firenze. He was a graduate of Fulton High School and attended C.C.B.I. in Syracuse. After completing his course work he joined the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, he attended North Dakota School of Science in Wahpeton, majoring in clerical services.

He was stationed abroad in Korea and Japan as well as several air bases across the States. He especially enjoyed his time spent in Japan and Spokane, Wash.

He served in the United States Air Force from October 1951 until his honorable discharge in January of 1958 with the rank of staff sergeant.

He enjoyed gardening and woodworking, but more than anything, spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Charlene and her husband Brad in 1979, and by his granddaughter, Alison in 1994.

He has been a widower since 1998 when he lost his wife and the love of his life, Ruth, whom he married September 10, 1949.

He was also predeceased by his brother, Paul and sister, Josephine.

He is survived by his daughter, Dawn and her companion Anthony; his son, Gary and his companion Joan; two brothers, Louis (Bonnie) and Peter; two sisters, Carmella and Christine (Gary); grandsons, Gary Lee (Maria), William (Cylest, Brianna), Kevin (Stacy), Geoffrey (Ashley); granddaughters, Christy (Joseph), Beth Rene (Robert) and Morgan Raye; great-grandsons, Austin, Alex, Ethan, Saverio, Mason, and Dante; great-granddaughters, Giuliana, Kylee, Gabriella, Mackenzie, Giana, and Alexandria; nephew Geno; his ex-daughter-in-law, Trudy; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

For the past several weeks, he had been living on the 8th floor of the VA Hospital in Syracuse where he was staying in the Hospice wing of the Community Living Center.

Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 19 at Holy Trinity Church, corner of Rochester and South Third streets, Fulton.

A luncheon for family and friends will be held noon at Holy Trinity Church.

Contributions may be made to the VA Community Center, 800 Irving Avenue, 8th Floor, Syracuse, NY 13210.

Alice E. Race, former Fulton resident

OBITS-RaceAliceAlice E. Race, 78, of Lisbon, N.Y., died Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

She was born Dec. 20, 1934 in Fulton, the daughter of Pearly C.and Mildred (Dubois) Sixberry.

Formerly of the Fulton, she moved to the North Country in 1970.

Surviving are a son, Robert Reynolds of Ogdensburg; two daughters, Susan Deuel and her husband, Warren, of Fulton, and Wendy Lewis and husband, Jim, of Syracuse; eight step-children; a brother, Vernon and Dolly Sixberry of Maine; a sister, Mildred Clark of Fulton; two step-sisters, Cara Flacker of North Syracuse and Robin Hanson of Central Square; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her longtime companion “Polly.”

She was predeceased by her parents; step-mother, Susie Sixberry in 2008; step-fathers, Val Dubois and Francis Hicks; and her husbands, Fay A. Reynolds, Robert E. Guyette and Richard K. Race. Calling hours will be Tuesday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton.

A funeral will follow at 1:15 p.m. with Rev. Zack Working officiating. Burial will be in Morley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley and Morley Wesleyan Church.

Carla Hewitt, Red Creek resident

OBITS-HewittCarlaCarla Hewitt, 57, of Red Creek, died suddenly Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

A native of California, she had resided in Sterling prior to Red Creek. She had worked at Welch Allyn, Inc. in Skaneateles Falls and as a waitress at Granny & Honey’s in Fair Haven.

Surviving are her children, Angela (Sam Simmons) Newman of Sterling and Ernest Roberts of Cato; four grandchildren, Kendra, Virgil, Eric and Ethan; sister, Lillian Libey of California; close friends, Marion and Russ Patchen; and nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga Street, Hannibal with services immediately following.

Burial will be at Hannibal Village Cemetery in Hannibal.

Shirley DeVita, worked at Phoenix schools

OBITS-DeVitaShirleyShirley Eleanor DeVita, 86, of Phoenix, died Monday, April 1, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.

She was born Nov. 22, 1926 to her late parents, Gladys  (Townsend) and Harry Williams in Phoenix.

She was a homemaker and was employed by Phoenix Central Schools for many years. She enjoyed going to the casinos, and played Bunco with her friends. She was an avid bowler, too.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Doreen Gardner; her son-in-law, Dana P. Gardner; her granddaughter, Donja L. Gardner in 1980; and her sisters and brothers.

Surviving are her husband of 67 years, Neil A. DeVita, Sr.; her son and his companion, Neil A. DeVita, Jr. and Karen Rupe of Fulton; two grandchildren, Angela DeVita and Nathaniel DeVita; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There are no calling hours or funeral service. She was buried in Chase Cemetery, Lysander.

Contributions may be made to the Phoenix United Methodist Church, 49 Jefferson St., Phoenix, NY 13135.

Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix had charge of arrangements.

Ethel Ives, Volney resident

OBITS-IvesEthelEthel P. Ives, 95, of Volney, died April 7, 2013. She was predeceased by her husband, Lewis Ives.

Surviving are her children, Ronald (Jean) Ives and Elaine (Dennis) Lockwood, all of Volney; sister, Jean Halsey of Pulaski; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Calling hours, services and further obituary information will be announced at a later date in May.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.