Category Archives: Obituaries

Franklin V. Bartlett, veteran, avid outdoorsman


Franklin V. Bartlett, 91, of Fulton passed away Tuesday July 1 at Oswego Hospital.

Frank was a life time resident of the area and had retired from Local 73 after many years. He was an Air Force veteran, serving from 1942-46. Frank was an avid outdoorsman.

He was predeceased by his wife, Gwendolyn; parents, Frank and Aleata Bellinger Bartlett; sisters, Hattie, Ida Pearl and Margaret; a brother, Harold; a grandson, Harry Bartlett, Jr.

He is survived by his companion, Terry Davenport; children, Franklin Jr., Holly Rathbun, Barry, Harry (Judy), Alan, Rachel (granddaughter, Lily) and Zacharey; step-children, Sarabeth Bartlett, Bill and Doug Hillick; sisters; Arlene Barlow, Kathleen Myers, Gloria White, Sue Zappala, Pat Gregory and Charlotte Pizio; brothers, Ross, Donald and Bill Bartlett; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousin.

A service will be 10 a.m. Monday July 7 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Volney. Calling hours will be noon to 2 p.m. Sunday July 6 at the funeral home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Jesse “Rex” Yardley, active in Lions Club, veteran, longtime member of State Street UMC


Jesse “Rex” Yardley, 80, of Fulton died June 28 at home surrounded by family.

He was born in Fulton, to the late Jesse and Mildred (Tooley) Yardley.  Jesse has remained a life resident of Fulton.

He was a United States veteran having served in the Navy from 1954 to 1959. He was a Fulton police officer for six years, past employed with Morrill Press, Fulton for 30 years and worked with Menter’Hearse and Ambulance Services for 53 years.

Jesse was an avid volunteer, having been a member of the Fulton Lions Club for 36 years and was the program coordinator for the Eyes and Hearing Program for 25 years.

He was also a past board member with the Fulton Lions Club and the Finger Lakes Eyes and Ears program.

Jesse was a current member of the Fraternal Order of Police, a lifelong member of the State Street Methodist Church, Fulton and he enjoyed hunting, golfing woodworking, gardening and attending all of his grandsons sporting and musical events.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sheila Yardley of Fulton; two daughters,  Ann-Marie (Dennis) Wise of Fulton, Lynn (Bradley) Shirk of Baldwinsville; grandsons, Zacharie, Jacob and Ryan Shirk; brothers-in-law Donald (Mary Ann) Riley of FL, Leonard Fleming of Fulton; sister-in-law June (Gary) Dusharm of Hastings, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

He was pre-deceased by his sister, Ann Fleming.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday July 4 at the State Street Methodist Church, Fulton with the Rev. Marion Moore-Colgan officiating.

Burial will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery where the Fulton VFW Post #569 will bestow military honors.

Calling hours will be conducted from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday July 2 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the State Street Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton, NY 13069 or the Fulton Lions Club 212 S. Fifth St., Fulton, NY 13069.

LaVersa M. Scott, active in Granby Center United Methodist Church

LaVersa M. Scott, 96, of Granby Center, passed away Sunday, June 29 surrounded by her loving family.

A native of Sandy Creek, she lived in Granby Center most of her life.

LaVersa was an active member of the Granby Center United Methodist Church for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband, John Scott, a son, Ellison Scott and by her brothers, Mason and Robert McNeilly.

Surviving are her children, Ann (Robert) Kastler of Fulton, Jean Scott of Sterling, Mildred Flett of Baldwinsville, Linda (Thomas) Leonard of Hannibal and John (Karen) Scott of Redmond, OR; a sister, Freeda Benham of Auburn; nine grandchildren, Laurie Thompson, Rosanne Cornell, Shelly Murphy, Kelly Jett, Aaron Flett, Holly Scott, John Scott, Jr., Scott Leonard and Penny Leonard; 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1 (today) at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 2 at the funeral home with burial at Fairdale Rural Cemetery in Hannibal.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Granby Center United Methodist Church.

Eleanor M. Reilly, newspaper typesetter

Eleanor M. Reilly, 76, of Hannibal, died Monday June 30, 2014 at Oswego Hospital.

Mrs. Reilly was born in Manhattan, NY, the daughter of the late William and Bedelia Crowley.

Mrs. Reilly was a typesetter for various local newspapers in New Jersey.

She is survived by her children Robert (Julia) Reilly of NJ, Dorian (Gary) Cole of Sterling, her brother Bill (Terry) Crowley of Long Island, and three grandchildren.

Mrs. Reilly was predeceased by her brother, Kevin Crowley.

Funeral services are at 9 a.m. Thursday July 3, 2014 in St. Mary of the  Assumption Church, Oswego. Entombment will be in All Saints Mausoleum.

The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.


Ralph J. Plata, Sealright retiree, former Polish Home member

Ralph J. Plata, 89, of Fulton, died Friday June 27 at Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton.

Mr. Plata was born in Oswego, NY to the late Joseph and Mary (Kruppa) Plata.

He retired from Sealright Co., Fulton after several years working as a machine operator.

He was a past communicant of Holy Family Church, Fulton. Mr. Plata was a past member of the Fulton Polish Home.

He was pre-deceased by his wife Charlotte Plata in 2009.

Mr. Plata is survived by his children,  Thomas Plata of NC, Tamara (Tony) Santiago of CA; brother, Frank Plata of Oswego, and sister Azelyn Alfiere of Syracuse; NY and two grandchildren, Nicole Plata and Christian Plata, both of WI; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held noon Thursday July 3 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., with the Rev. Robert Stephenson officiating.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours will be conducted 11 am. to noon Thursday July 3 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc. 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

George E. Weldin, retired from Carrier Corp.

George G. Weldin, 85, of Oswego, died Monday June 23, 2014 in Seneca Hill Manor, Volney.

He was born in Granby, and has been a lifetime resident of Oswego County. Mr. Weldin retired from Carrier Corp. in Syracuse as an air compressor builder.

He was a former Granby Volunteer Firefighter, a member of the National Campers and Hikers Association, and the Fulton and Oswego Stamp Club.

Mr. Weldin was predeceased by his wife Charlene Weldin in 2014, his daughter Katrina, and grandson George Carvey.

He is survived by his children Ola (Paul) Williams of AK, Bruce (June) Weldin of SC, Donnajean VanBuren of Fulton, stepdaughters Florence Ross and Cynthia Masuicca of Oswego, sister Nellie Hillman of Oswego, and several grandchildren.

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

Ruth M. Webber, loved music and dancing, her family, worked at Sealright



Ruth M. Webber, 87, of Fulton, died peacefully and gracefully in her sleep on Tuesday after recovering from hip surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Ruth was to love and be loved. Everyone who knew or had the opportunity to meet Ruth loved the sweet, kind person she was.

Ruth’s love for her family is all she lived for. She was the strongest person you would ever meet. Ruth survived the Great Depression and World War II, she never asked for much and gave all in return.

Ruth worked for 35 years at Sealright in Fulton. She enjoyed listening to music and loved to dance, but the most important part of her life was her children.

She is predeceased by her husband, Albert Webber, Sr. who died in 2006 and by several brothers and sisters.

Ruth is survived by her children, Susan Marie (John) DeMar of Las Cruces, N.M., David (Lee) Webber and Albert (Francine) Webber, Jr. both of Fulton; a sister, May Clark of Phoenix; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one great, great granddaughter as well as several nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services are 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28 (today) at All Saints Episcopal Church, 153 S. First St., Fulton. Burial will be in Chase Cemetery, Lysander.

Calling hours were 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Webber may be made to the American Red Cross, 344 W. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13202.