Category Archives: Obituaries

Michael Falise, excavating contractor

Michael Falise, 93, of Minetto died Monday Sept. 23, 2013 peacefully surrounded by his family at University Hospital, Syracuse.

Mr. Falise was born in Oswego, the son of the late Philip and Rose (Sugar) Falise. He was a self-employed excavating contractor.

Mr. Falise was predeceased by his wife Mary O. Falise Feb. 20, 2013.

He is survived by his sons Michael J. (Marybeth Salisbury) Falise of Minetto, Stanley P. (Terri) Falise of Minetto, Stephen J. (Theresa Corradino) Falise of Oswego; grandchildren Michelle, Matthew, Jamie, Sarah, Ryan and Stephanie; and great-grandchildren Colin, Alex, Josephine, Harrison, Jonathan, Matthew and Graham.

In addition, Mr. Falise was predeceased by his daughter-in-law Diane Falise, and siblings Anthony, Joseph, Philip, Martin, Samuel, John, Martha Crisafulli, Anna LoSurdo,and Virginia Otteri.

Funeral services and burial will be private.
The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

Roy Morgan, long-time member of the Enterprise Fire Department in Phoenix


Roy C. “Uncle Roy” Morgan, 80, of Elm Street, Phoenix, passed away Monday after a long battle with several cancers.

He was born to the late Freda (Smith) and Wesleyan Morgan on June 17, 1933 in Phoenix, NY.
A graduate of Phoenix High School, class of 1951, he was an Army veteran during the
Korean Conflict, serving in Germany.

Uncle Roy was a 56-year member of the Enterprise Fire Co., and was honored as
a firefighter of the year. He also was very involved with other fire company related
organizations in the area.

Roy was predeceased by his twin brother, Ralph A. Morgan on Dec. 28, 2010; and a sister,
Arlene M. Knowlton on Mar. 24, 2008.

Surviving are his loving wife of 57 years, Ona S. (Wooding) Morgan; his two daughters,
Cherie J. (Merton) Shaw, and Valerie (Jay) Czyz; four grandchildren, Sara and Jason
Czyz and Scott and Karen Harris; one great-grandson, Alexzander Harris; one sister,
Nellie Chamberlain; a sister-in-law, Madalyn Morgan; a brother-in-law, Erwin Knowlton;
several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were Thursday at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home,
Phoenix, with the Rev. Douglas Chamberlain officiating.

Burial was in Phoenix Rural Cemetery with firefighter honors. Calling hours were Wednesday.

Contributions may be made in memory of Roy to: Enterprise Fire Co., 469 Main St., Phoenix, NY
13135, or to the Special Needs Playground Program, 25 Lock St., Phoenix, NY  13135

Denise M. Dixon: Mother of two sons

Denise  M. Dixon, 53, of Pennellville passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse, on Sept. 7.

She was born on June 17, 1960.

Surviving by her former husband, Jackie Dixon; two sons, Josuha Dixon and Justin Dixon;  her mother, Jacqueline Tracy; her step-father, John Stoltz; a brother, James Tracy; two sisters, Lisa Stone and Bobbi Jo Clayton.

Calling hours and services were Sept. 13 in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. The Rev. Diane (Bradshaw) Kimpland officiated. Burial will be in Roosevelt Cemetery, Schroeppel.



Margaret “Peg” Pickard: Retired from county courts

Margaret “Peg” Pickard, 76, of Fulton, passed away Sept. 8 with her family by her side.

She was born in Fulton, a daughter to Marjorie Hopkins and the late Glenn Hopkins.

Peg retired from the Oswego County Court Offices in Oswego. She enjoyed gardening, crafts and spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her father, she was predeceased by a son, Michael A. Pickard who died in 1977.

She is survived by two sons, Darren (Lise) Pickard and Steven (Carrie Emmons) Pickard both of Fulton;  her mother, Marjorie Hopkins of Oriskany Falls; three brothers, Robert (Valerie) Hopkins of Fulton, David (Barbara) Hopkins of Phelps, and Bruce (MerryBeth) Hopkins of Oriskany Falls; three granddaughters, Shannon (Matthew) Rathbun, Kelsey and Addison Pickard.

Funeral services were Sept. 12 at Bristol Hill Congregational United Church of Christ, Volney. Burial will be in Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were Sept. 11 at the funeral home in Fulton.

Eva Parsons: Became U.S. citizen in 1955

Eva Parsons, 86 of Cato, passed away Sept. 8 at home.

Eva was born May 13, 1927 in Gross Zimmern, Germany to the late Johannes and Anna Hechler Geir.

On Nov. 9, 1955, Eva became a U.S. citizen.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert S. Parsons.

She is survived by her three daughters, Diana Thomas of Florida, Nancy Pelkey of Cato and Laurie Parsons of Cato; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be private.

Contributions in memory of Eva may be made to Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal, has care of arrangements.

Doris B. Matzke: Life member of Iris Society

Doris B. Matzke, 92, of Fulton died Aug. 27 at Oswego Hospital after a short illness.

She was born in Oswego to the late George and Mildred Baldwin.

She was a life resident of Oswego County. Mrs. Matzke was a former employee of Sealright Co., Fulton.

She was a life member of the American Iris Society and a member of the National Wildlife Federation.

Mrs. Matzke was predeceased by her husband, Frederick Matzke, and sister Marjorie Mack.

She is survived by her son Peter (Jeanne) Matzke of Fairport,  one sister Betty Mangano of Minetto, two grandchildren:  Karen (Carlos) Gallegos and Michael Matzke, two great-grandchildren, Lena and Evan Gallegos.

Graveside services and burial will be 10:30 a.m. today, Sept. 14 at Jacksonville Cemetery, Lysander.  There will be no calling hours.

The Sugar Funeral Home Inc., Fulton, has care of the arrangements.

Dorothy H. Hall: Secretary at Nestle, LPN


Dorothy H. Hall, 95, of Fulton died Sept. 5 at Oswego Hospital.

She was born in Fulton, a daughter to the late Dr. A.L. Hall, who was the first surgeon at the Fulton hospital, and his wif,e Lena Howell Hall.

Ms. Hall was a secretary at the Nestle Co. in Fulton for 40 years and after her retirement served the community as a private duty licensed practical nurse.

She is survived by her neighbor, Natalie Carroll.

Funeral services are private. Burial will be in Mount Adnah Cemetery.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Judith Argus: Loved gardening, bingo


Judith Argus, 68, of Fulton passed away Sept. 4 with her family by her side.

She was born July 5, 1945 in Syracuse to George and Margaret Parkis.

She devoted much of her time and energy to her family and enjoyed gardening, crafting and playing bingo.

Judy was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Argus; sisters, Dolores and Jerry; brothers, Harold and George.

Surviving are her three daughters, Margaret (Bruce) Kimball, Tina (Adrian)  Hines and Kelly Argus; three grandchildren, Crystal, Lena, and Cole; sisters, Marion Hayes, Leona Crego and Rose Paro;  brother, Raymond Parkis.

Calling hours and services were Sept. 7 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial will be at Pine Plains Cemetery in Kirkville.

Contributions in memory of Judy may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, N.Y. 13126.