Category Archives: Obituaries

Charles Ives Gehring Jr.

CPO Charles Ives Gehring, Jr USN RET, 84, of Oak Grove, Ky., passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn. Sykes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Sykes Funeral Home Chapel, Clarksville, Tenn. The family will receive friends from noon until the time of service on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Funeral Home.
Charles was born April 6, 1930 in Volney, N.Y. to the late Charles Ives Gehring, Sr., and the late Dorothy Smith Gehring. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Joyce Lucille Welling Gehring, and daughter, Pamela Gehring.
He served in the US Navy as a Submarine Serviceman and Medical Corpsman in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a devoted husband, father and an avid lover of animals. He was also an avid Ham radio enthusiast.
He is survived by sons, Charles Ives (Darlene) Gehring III, Howard (Alesia) Gehring, Walter (Nicole) Gehring; brothers, David (Julie) Gehring, Bruce (Faye) Gehring; grandchildren, Andrea, Howard II, Robert, Krystal, David, Joshua, Joseph, Sean, Ryan; great-grandchildren, Mia, Gabrielle, Abbigail and Jacob.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2000 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN  37203.
Online condolences may be made at www.sykesfuneralhome.com

Paul Charles Litchison

Litchison OBPaul Charles Litchison, 88, of Phoenix, N.Y., died Saturday, February 28, 2015 in St. Joseph’s Hospital after a long illness. He was born on May 19, 1926, the son of Paul Charles and Josephine E. Litchison (nee Whitecotton {Wirt}.)
He spent his early childhood in Syracuse and high schools in Liverpool. Paul joined the Boy Scouts in 1939, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in 1943.
He was a US Army veteran and served in Italy at the very end of World War II. A huge fan of the big bands of the 1940s, he greatly enjoyed events at Drumlins and at the Persian Terrace of Hotel Syracuse.
Paul married Alma Jean Hill on October 21, 1950 at the First United Methodist Church on West Genesee Street, Syracuse. They moved to Phoenix in 1954 where they raised four children, Louis, Charles, Becky and Bonnie. Paul worked for Allied Chemical at Solvay Process as a lab technician from 1949 to 1981. He was assistant and Scoutmaster for 40 years with Boy Scout Troop 20. He was a member of the Phoenix United Methodist Church; the Kananake Canoe Club; the Joy Germ Club; and the Phoenix Village Players theatrical group. He donated well over 10 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross over his lifetime. Paul loved family vacations camping in the Adirondacks with his homemade camper, and later at Camp Litchhaven. He loved music and played the ukulele and recorder instruments.
After retiring, Paul made and played a broom handle-washtub bass with the “Chuckles ‘n’ Tunes,” performing hundreds of times at area VFW’s senior facilities, and social venues for over 20 years. His friend, and radio personality, Phil Market, dubbed him “Hot Tub Paul!” Reading, doing the daily word scramble, and writing rhyming poems were his lifelong passions.
Paul is predeceased by his wife Jean, of 45 years (Dec. 24, 1995); his son Charles (July 17, 1990); a brother-in-law, Rev. Irving G. Hill (June 10, 2010) Surviving are his son Louis  and Krista Litchison (nee Sweetser) of Manlius; two daughters, Becky Betts of Baldwinsville, and Bonnie Litchison of Oswego; daughter-in-law Diane Litchison-Kuzio (nee Reitz) of Fulton; sister-in-law Marcia Hill (nee Coons) of Syracuse; eight grandchildren, Aaron Litchison of Manlius, Stephanie (Betts) and Miller Young of Delmar, N.Y., Katherine Betts of Hartford, Conn., Erica (Betts) and David Smith of Baldwinsville, Amy (Litchison) and Brian DeMott of Fulton, Jeffrey and Cory (Greenwood) Litchison of Fulton, Teresa (Litchison) and Carlos Cruz-Tejeda of Hawaii, and Jaielle Litchison of Oswego; ten great-grandchildren, Emma Litchison, Mya, Sawyer, and Macy Young, Charlotte Smith, Kayleigh, Skylar, Piper and Aubrie Litchison, and Athena DeMott.
Services will be at the the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, NY 13135 on Tuesday, March 3, at 11 a.m.
Contributions should be made to the American Red Cross in Paul’s memory.

Elaine C. Waring

Elaine C. Waring, 89, of Lakeland, Fla., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 at Lakeland Regional Health after a brief illness. Elaine was born in Fulton to Frank and Clara Hubbell. She retired from the Polk County Health Department and was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
In addition to her parents, Elaine was predeceased by her husband William Waring, her sisters Frances and Geraldine, brother Donald and a grandson William Waring III.
Surviving are her children Cheryl (Larry) Hodge of Lakeland, Fla., William (Anita) Waring, Jr. of Franklinton, N.C., Timothy (Shelly) Waring of Fulton, Craig (Renee) Waring of Fulton and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A private ceremony was held at Heath Funeral Chapel in Lakeland, Fla. There will be a spring burial at St. Mary’s in Fulton.

Geraldine Phyllis Moulton

Moulton, GeraldineGerry Moulton, 84, of Fulton, died Friday, February 20, 2015 at Morningstar Care Center. Born in Fulton, Gerry had lived in Phoenix and Seattle, Wa., before returning to Fulton. She was a teacher assistant at Cherry Street School in Phoenix where she taught remedial reading. She was a communicant of Holy Family Church in Fulton. One of Gerry’s greatest joys was volunteering for Michaud Nursing Home, Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army all in Fulton. She was predeceased by her husband, Sidney J. Moulton who died in 1993.
Surviving are a daughter, Lisa (Thomas) Bowers of Fulton; sisters, Charlene Neyhart, Cindy Lindenberg and Marlene Martin; a brother, Loren Rivers; a grandson, Zachary Brooks; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton, has care of the arrangements.

Dorothy “Dot” Longley

Longley, Dorothy M.Dorothy “Dot” Longley, 91 of Fulton passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24 at St. Francis Commons in Oswego. A native of Bethel, Dot had retired as the office manager from Longley Brothers Dodge after more than 25 years. She and her husband, Earl, were avid round and square dancers and traveled nationwide. She was a member of Fulton Women’s Club and an active member of State Street United Methodist Church. Dot enjoyed growing flowers, especially African violets. She was predeceased by her brother, Paul Garrett. Dot will be greatly missed and forever loved by her husband of 72 years, Earl H. Longley; children, Carol Sanzotta and Dennis (Nan) Longley; grandchildren, Kristie Valenze, Russell Perkins, Amanda Gentry and Douglas Longley; eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.  Calling hours will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at State Street United Methodist Church. A service will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the church, 357 State St., Fulton.  Contributions may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241 or Alzheimer’s Association, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, 13204.

Earl A. Hotaling

Earl A. Hotaling, 50, of Fulton passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse. Born October 9, 1964 in Oswego, he had resided in Fulton all his life.
His favorite pastimes were hunting, fishing and camping. Earl was predeceased by his father, Earl W., who passed away October 24, 2007; paternal grandmother, Sara I. Hotaling; maternal grandmother, Sarah F. Bower and maternal grandfather, Joseph E. Bower. His memory will be forever cherished by his wife of 23 years Anne; his children, Stephanie A., Christine E. and Daniel J.; his mother and stepfather Sharlene J. and Jan H. Poyneer; his brother, Brian L. (Kathy) Hotaling and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours and a service were held Friday, February 27 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Should family and friends desire, donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Hospital Wound Care Center, 4206 Medical Center Drive, Fayetteville N.Y. 13066.

Daniel “Cord” Marino

MarinoDaniel J. “Cord” Marino, 65, of Oswego died Tuesday February 24, 2015 in the Oswego Hospital.
Cord was born in Oswego the son of the late Anthony and Eunice (Kandt) Marino. Cord worked with the Laborers Local #214, and # 633 until his retirement in 2005. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and mostly spending time with his family and friends vacationing in Florida with the “click.” Cord is survived by his wife of 45 years Brenda (Conzone) Marino; their children Melissa (Brian Bordon) Marino Clary, Michelle (Bob) Garafolo, Daniel “Michael” Marino all of Oswego; his loving grandchildren Morgan, Megan, Cameron, Lauren, Lacey, and Grace. In addition he is survived by his brothers Robert (Sherry) Marino, Tom (Bonnie) Marino, and sisters Toni Lee Rio, and Kathy (Ronald) Hyde, all of Oswego.
Funeral services were Friday at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home and St. Joseph Church. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Richard P. Bateman

Bateman001 (1)Richard P. Bateman Sr., 82, a resident of Fulton, passed away February 21, 2015 at St. Luke Health Services.
Born in Oswego, he was the son of the late Joseph and Viola (McMann) Bateman.
Richard was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during the Korean War.
He lived in Alaska for 45 years. He loved racing cars and snow machines in Alaska. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion.
Surviving is his wife of 41 years, Isabell (Taber) Bateman; son, Richard (Donna) Bateman Jr. of California; stepdaughter, Deborah (Donald) Morgan of Hannibal; two stepsons, David (Joyce) Andrews of Alaska and Dan Andrews of Florida; two brothers, Maurice Bateman of Cicero and Howard Bateman of South Carolina; three sisters, Marlene Woodmancy of Fulton, Gail Jodway of Maine, and Peggy Wheeler of Oswego; 12 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and his loving cat, Morgan.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Sharon Bateman and Faye Wallace.
Funeral Services will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, February 28 at Nelson Funeral Home. Spring Burial will be in Peck’s Cemetery.
Calling hours are from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service, at 11 W. Albany Street, Oswego.
Donations may be made to the Oswego County SPCA, PO Box 442, Fulton, NY 13069.
Nelson Funeral Home has care of arrangements.