Category Archives: Obituaries

Dennis T. Gantley

1-10 OB-GantleyDennis T. Gantley, 74, of Fulton passed away peacefully at his home after a battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was born in Fulton to the late Everett and Esther (Pitcher) Gantley. He remained a lifetime resident of Fulton. Mr. Gantley was a self-employed logger and he owned and operated Black Creek Lumber, Fulton, for 50 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Mr. Gantley was a licensed pilot and his passion was flying his Cessna. Mr. Gantley is survived by his wife of 53 years Merry Gantley of Fulton; their four children, Eric (Patricia) Gantley of Syracuse, Rev. Mark Gantley of Hawaii, Denise Fleet of Baldwinsville, N.Y., and Kristen (Rafael) Gantley Chavez of Cicero, N.Y.; three siblings, Everett Gantley of Calif., Maria Murdoch of Phoenix, N.Y., Joseph Gantley of Calif.; six grandchildren, Kathryn, Erin, Evan, and Brian Gantley and Alexander and Julian Chavez; and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral Services will be conducted Monday at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Mr. Gantley’s son, Rev. Mark Gantley.  Burial will be held in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours will be conducted from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 West 2nd St. S., Fulton.

Ellen M. Hawthorne

Hawthorne OBEllen M. Hawthorne, 95, of Fulton, passed away on Monday, December 29 after a brief illness. She was born on October 1, 1919 in the town of Granby, the daughter of Eva (Loveland) and Vernon Fuller. Ellen retired after years of working at the Nestle Credit Union Office. She was a communicant of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Fulton and member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas #833; the Golden Agers and Fulton Women’s Club. Ellen was predeceased by her husband, Millard “Mike” Hawthorne in 1962; son, Bruce Hawthorne; granddaughter, Elizabeth Hawthorne; sister, Marie Halstead and brothers, Howard, Leo and Henry Fuller.
Ellen is survived by a daughter, Joyce Cook of Volney; sons, Dennis (Cindy) Hawthorne Sr. and David (Lisa) Hawthorne all of Fulton and Mark (Charlene) Hawthorne of Rhome, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Beulah “Bea” Welch of Florida; two nephews; nine nieces; many grandnieces and grandnephews and sister-in-law, Loretta Fuller of Fulton.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, January 5 at the Church of the Holy Trinity, corner of Rochester and South Third streets, Fulton, with burial at Jacksonville Cemetery in Lysander. Calling hours were Sunday, January 4 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Ellen’s wish was to have donations in lieu of flowers made to the Elizabeth Hawthorne Scholarship Fund at the YMCA Pre-School, 715 West Broadway, Fulton, NY 13069.

Marco Kaldi

Kaldi OBMarco Kaldi passed away unexpectedly on December 21 at his home in Bradenton, Fla. He was 52 years old. Marco was born in Paris, France and spent his young life in Milan, Italy. He came back to the U.S. when he was five and lived in New York City where he attended the United Nations School. He spent his high school years in the Boston area and joined the Navy upon graduation. He was stationed in Barbers Pointe, HI, where he was awarded a Humanitarian Service Medal. He attended Navy EOD School (Explosive Ordnance Detection) in Indian Head, MD and Airborne Training in Fort Benning, GA. His dreams of becoming a Navy Seal were dashed when he suffered severe injuries from a 50-foot fall while mountain climbing. He was medically discharged from the Navy. He spent many years working for EOD companies all over the world clearing the way for the military in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan, especially during the time that the US was at war with these countries.
It was while he was stationed at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan that he found the opportunity to exercise the kindness in his heart when a fellow worker from Zimbabwe spoke of his paralyzed eight-year-old son. The worker was trying to save enough money to buy a powered wheelchair for his son. Marco contacted Hoveround Corporation, headquartered near where he lived in Sarasota, Fla. The owner and CEO of Hoveround was touched by the story and responded with the donation of a $9,000 powered, all-terrain wheelchair, shipping the chair to Zimbabwe – the first ever sent there. Marco even assisted with finding a freight carrier who would ship the chair from Sarasota to Zimbabwe and Marco’s company agreed to pay the $1,000 shipping charge.
He was the quintessential Mr. Fix-It, once owning a tile and marble store in Honolulu. He worked on the construction of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Maui and built houses on Oahu. He was always ready to lend a hand. He was a loving father, a compassionate husband and a devoted friend. He was a “giver.” The common theme expressed by his friends and family is “he would give you the shirt off his back.” His kindness and his sensitive nature will be missed by all those who loved him.
Marco is survived by his wife, Charlotte; his daughter, Serena of Honolulu, HI; his mother, Leita Bevacqua Kaldi Davis of Bradenton, Fla., his father, Mirko Mandich and sister, Silvia Mandich, both of Venice, Italy; his brother, Jude of Miami; his grandmother, Ruth Aluzzi of Fulton and several beloved aunts, uncles and cousins in the Fulton/Syracuse area; and a niece and nephew in Venice, Italy.
A memorial service will be held at the Sarasota (FL) Military Cemetery on January 14, 2015. Arrangements for a memorial service in the Syracuse area are still being planned.

Stanley R. Ottman

Ottman OBStanley R. Ottman, 89; of Phoenix died Friday at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse. He was born in Minetto, N.Y., to the late Roscoe and Anna (Savery) Ottman. He remained a lifetime resident of the area living in Oswego, Baldwinsville and Phoenix, N.Y. Mr. Ottman served in the Merchant Marine. He was past employed at A&P, Tops, Price Chopper, and Walmart in the management departments before retiring at 80 years old. Mr. Ottman was a member of the Lion’s Club, and the American Legion. He was a Volunteer Ambulance Driver for Baldwinsville Ambulance Corp. Mr. Ottman was predeceased by his children, Robert and Judith Ottman. He is survived by his wife of 69 years Josephine Ottman of Phoenix, eight children, Jo Ann Ottman of LaFayette, N.Y.; James Ottman of Oswego, N.Y.; Carol (William) Mosley of Tenn., Mary Jo (Daniel) McCarthy of N.M., Debra (Robert) Martin of Tenn., Stanley (Lisa) Ottman of North Syracuse, N.Y.; Mark (Ginny) Ottman of N.J.; Matthew (Diane) Ottman of N.M.; sister Adrienne DeGroff of Oswego, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Services were held Tuesday at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th St. S., Oswego with Rev. John Carter officiating. Burial is in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Oswego. Donations may be made to Food Bank of CNY, 7066 Interstate Island Road, Syracuse, N.Y. 13209; www.foodbankcny.org

Wilma S. Rondomanski

Rondomanski OBWilma S. Rondomanski, 94, who had been a lifelong resident of Fulton, N.Y., passed suddenly at her home at Linden Ponds in Hingham, Mass., on December 26, 2014. She had been a resident of the senior living community since 2008.
Wilma graduated from Fulton High School and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University where she met her husband, Chet. Together they raised their five daughters in their former home on West First Street, South in Fulton. She had an engaging personality and was occasionally outspoken but always sincere.
While her career was her dedication to her family, Wilma’s avocation was in business and sales — a trait followed by her daughters.  In early years, she worked part-time at her family’s business, Stanley Candy & Tobacco Co., and later was co-publisher and advertising sales representative of The Fulton Patriot for many years with her brother, Joseph. The Fulton Patriot survived until recently as one of the state’s oldest weekly newspapers.
Wilma was prominent in local and state Republican politics for nearly two decades, serving as vice chair of the Oswego County Republican Committee and representing the county as a member of the New York State Republican Committee.
She was an avid Syracuse University athletics fan and for years she and her husband were active members of the University Club and the SU Orange Pack. They were also members of the Oswego Country Club for years.
Wilma was a lifelong communicant of Holy Family-St. Michael’s Church where she was a member of the Altar Rosary Society. While in Fulton, she was active in the Fulton Women’s Club, the Friends of History in Fulton, and as a member of the A. L. Lee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary where she was a longtime volunteer at the snack bar. She also enjoyed supporting ethnic traditions within the activities of the Fulton Polish Home.
In recent years she looked forward to spending time visiting her daughters and vacationing with their families in Florida and on Cape Cod. Wilma also became an avid bridge player and enjoyed her many new friends at Linden Ponds.
She was predeceased by her husband Chester in 1999 and brother Joseph Swiatlowski in 2008.  She is survived by her five daughters, Kasia (Joel) Bulkley of Jupiter, Fla., Frances (Gay) Pomeroy of Dewitt, N.Y., Carol Hughes of Dover, Mass., Patricia (Bill) Quinn of Hingham, Mass., and Anne (Karl) Rohrmeier of Bellport, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a niece, Alicia Calagiovanni of Syracuse.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m Friday, Jan. 2, at The Church of the Resurrection, Hingham, Mass. Interment will be in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton, N.Y.
At the request of the family, contributions in her memory may be made to the Friends of History in Fulton, 177 South First St, Fulton, NY 13069 or to the Polish Home Scholarship Fund, 153 West First St., Fulton, NY 13069. Pyne Keohane Funeral Home may be contacted for directions or further information, 1-781-335-0045 or www.Keohane.com

Betty Schoolcraft Irwin King

King OBBetty Schoolcraft Irwin King, beloved and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away on Saturday December 27, 2014.  A resident of Baldwinsville, N.Y., and Sun City Center, Fla. She was born on May 20, 1940 to her late parents, Aletha (Conine) and Kenneth M. Schoolcraft.
Betty was a graduate of Hannibal High School and SUNY Oswego, earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.  She took several courses at Syracuse University to pursue a PhD.
Betty was a teacher at Jordan Elbridge system, Ramsdell School in Jordan for 29 years, retiring in 1997. More recently, she had been a teacher of students at OCC, town of Onondaga, as well as in Limanowa, Poland.
As a member of the First Congregational Church, UCC, Betty served as a deaconess, a cabinet member and on other church related committees. She was also a member of the DAR; Topics Club, Phoenix; the Red Hats Society, Baldwinsville, NYS Retired Teachers Assoc.; and Pi Gamma Mu, which is a national social science honor society.
Her other interests include her family, sewing and traveling. She had seen 29 countries and 44 of the 50 states in the U. S. Betty enjoyed reading, music, acted as a soloist at many churches, and sang at over 50 weddings.
Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Danton L. King; her daughters and their husbands, Renee (Paul) Fernandes of Liverpool,  Rhonda (Menelaos) Georgiadis of Fulton, Kathleen (James) Snizek of Liverpool, and Alison (Jack) Meade of Camillus; six grandchildren, Gregory and Magda Georgiadis, Natalie and Brandon Fernandes, and William and Samuel Meade; four brothers, David (Judy) Schoolcraft of Syracuse, Fred (Vivian) Schoolcraft and H. James (Patricia) Schoolcraft all of Liverpool, Steven (Theresa) Schoolcraft of Baldwinsville; two sisters, Carol (Robert) Bernys of Sanford, Fla., and Victoria Crismond of Casselberry, Fla.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours were Tuesday and Wednesday in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, N.Y. Services were held Wednesday in the First Congregational UCC, at 43 Bridge St., Phoenix, NY 13135. Burial will be in Pine Plains Cemetery, Henry Clay Blvd., Clay, N.Y.
Contributions in Betty’s memory may be sent to: American Cancer Society; the SPCA; Wounded Warriors Project; or First Congregational UCC

Elnora J. Matthews

Matthews OBElnora J. “Nora” Matthews, 62, of Fair Haven passed away Tuesday surrounded by her family following a brief illness. She was born in Syracuse, a daughter to the late William J. and Elizabeth J. Crossin and lived most of her life in the Red Creek and Fair Haven area. Nora worked at Alcan for 24 years, before her retirement in 2004 and then went to work part-time for Novelis for the past nine years. She enjoyed sewing and spending time with her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Nora was predeceased by her husband, Corwynn “Red” Matthews, who died April 10, 2010. Nora is survived by two daughters, Lenora J. Perkins of Cabool, Mo., and Rachel (Frederick) Whitt of Martville; three grandchildren, Nicholas (Samantha) Perkins, Joshua (Heaven) Perkins and Frederick Whitt, Jr.; three sisters, Elizabeth A. “Cibbie” (Robert) Fillingham of Martville, Melody Ibbs of Wolcott; and Wilma Sherman of Red Creek; an aunt, Enola Hart of Syracuse as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours are noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 3, 2015 with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Burial will be in Springbrook Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Nora may be made to the Upstate Cancer Center, 750 East Adams St., Syracuse, NY 13210.

Charles (Chuck) John Belaski

Bulaski OBCharles “Chuck” Belaski, 77, of Haines Alaska passed away December 11, 2014 from ALS/ Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Born November 7, 1937 in Fulton, N.Y. he joined the Air Force as a young man and retired after 20 years at Patrick Air Force Base.  Chuck continued his career on the Eastern Test Range with RCA, GE and CSR and resided in Cocoa Beach, Fla.  He later built his dream home in Haines, Alaska where he resided until recently.  Chuck is survived by his sister Gayle A Belaski-Flick, brother-in-law Richard L. Flick, his soul mate Joan Brown (also from Alaska), three daughters, one son, several nieces, nephews and grandchildren.  His wishes are to be cremated and his remains released in the Chilkoot River in Haines, Alaska where he has been fishing for the past 20 years.