Category Archives: Obituaries

Mary E. Gaydos: Community volunteer

Mary Elizabeth Worden Gaydos, 92, died of respiratory failure Aug. 30 in Lakeland, Fla.

Born in Fulton on Feb. 21, 1921, Mrs. Gaydos spent her early childhood in Cortland, where her father, Arthur Worden — who was stage manager at Fulton’s Quirk Theater when it opened in 1913 — managed a vaudeville theater.

When movies replaced vaudeville, the family moved to Wolcott, where her father bought the Palace Theater.

Her grandfather, Allen Worden, was a Fulton artist whose successful stage scenery business, A. E. Worden Scenic Co., 511 Academy St., designed and painted backdrops for Broadway productions in New York City.

She attended Rider College, Trenton, N.J. where she met and married Andrew Gaydos in 1941, and then returned to Fulton when Mr. Gaydos was employed by the Nestle Co.

Before moving to Florida when her husband retired in 1979, Mrs. Gaydos was an active community leader in Fulton.

She was president of the A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Fairgrieve School Parent Teacher Association and Arrowhead Garden Club.

She chaired the Cracker Barrel Fair for a number of years and served in many capacities at Fulton’s First United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Gaydos is survived by daughter Carol Elizabeth Gaydos Tenney, Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three nieces and two nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Flora Worden of Lakeland, Fla.; daughter Barbara Whiting of Silver Spring, Md.; husband Andrew; sister Frances Porcher of Fort Myers, Fla.;  and brother Leslie Worden of Lake Mary, Fla.

Condolences may be sent to heathfuneralchapel.com in Lakeland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine, lvim.net; Alliance for Independence,  afi.fl.org; The Cottage, Gaithersburg, Md., hospicecaring.org/donations or Cornerstone Hospice, cornerstonehospice.org.

Jennie A. Arduini: Retired from Nestle Co.

Jennie A. Arduini, 85, of Fulton, died Aug. 29 at St. Luke Health Services, Oswego.

She was born in Torrington, Conn., to the late Philip and Rose (Scarpello) Strazzante.

Mrs. Arduini was a resident of Fulton since 1965 and retired from Nestle Co., Fulton. Mrs. Arduini enjoyed being with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred J. Arduini, in 1981.

She is survived by four children: Valorie E. (Joseph) Story of Fulton, Al (Chris) Arduini of Baldwinsville, Paul (Katie) Arduini of Central Square, Mary A. (Lee) Chetney of Oswego; three siblings, Mary Hall of Oswego, Josephine Geowey of Florida, Santa Roberts of California, nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were Sept. 2 at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton, where a Mass of Christian burial was celebrated by the Rev. Robert Stephenson. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were Sept. 1 at the Sugar Funeral Home Inc., Fulton.

Edith I. Pierce: Skilled tailor; proud of heritage

Edith I. Pierce, 81, formerly of Fulton, passed away Aug. 30 at Crouse Hospital.

Born in Berlin, Germany, she had lived in the Fulton-Hannibal area since 1957. She was a skilled tailor and had retired from Syroco after more than 20 years.

Edith was proud of her heritage and enjoyed Oktoberfest. She was a member of German-American Society of Central New York.

She was predeceased by her brother, Jake, and sister, Giddy.

Edith will be greatly missed and forever loved by her companion of 33 years, John Holihan; children, Lori (Phillip) Bailey and William (Kim) Pierce Jr.; grandchildren, Jennifer and Mark Bailey; a brother and sister; several nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours or services.  Contributions in memory of Edith may be made to your local humane society.

Foster Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Lawrence W. Ibbs: Enjoyed working outdoors

Lawrence W. Ibbs, 71, of Wolcott, passed away Aug. 20 at Rochester General Hospital after a long illness.

Larry was born in Auburn and had lived in the Wolcott area for most of his life. Larry graduated from Lincoln School of Welding in Cleveland and later retired from Local 832.

He was a member of the Wolcott Elks Lodge 1763 and enjoyed farming and working outdoors.

He is predeceased by his father, William Ibbs and brother, Frederick Ibbs.

Larry is survived by his wife of 29 years, the former Melody Crossin; daughter, Sherrie (John) Ivanov; mother, Lenora Aldrich Ibbs; grandson, Trevor; siblings, Marguerite (John) Moorehead, Sharron (Leroy) Bennett, Leland (Tammy) Ibbs, Donald (Amy) Ibbs; sisters-in-law, Wilma Sherman, Nora Matthews and Cibbie (Bob) Fillingham; his beloved basset hound, Jack and special friend, Darlene DiNopoli.

Larry’s family invites friends to an informal gathering from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at his home, 5355 Spring Green Road, Wolcott.

In memory of Larry, contributions may be made to your local humane society or Wolcott Elks Lodge 1763, Youth Programs, 6161 West Port Bay Road, Wolcott, NY 14590.

Arrangements are in the care of Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal.

Lois B. Campolieta: Taught English at Fulton High

Lois B. Campolieta, 83, of Fulton, passed away Aug. 25, 2013, at Highland Hospital of Rochester.

She was a native of Syracuse and had resided in Fulton since 1954. A graduate of Nottingham High School, Lois had attended and graduated from Syracuse University in 1951.

Following graduation, she began teaching English at Fulton High School, where she met her husband, Joe, and enjoyed 56 years of marriage.

Lois was a faithful communicant of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fulton, where she had served as a lector, Eucharistic minister, greeter and was a member of the Parish Council. She enjoyed spending time with her family, reading and walking in the mall with her friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph N. Campolieta, who passed away in 2011.

Lois is survived by her three sons, Joseph (Nancy Grandin) Campolieta of Simsbury, Conn., Paul (Rhonda) Campolieta and Robert (Laura) Campolieta all of Fulton; six grandchildren, Daniel (Kristen), Mary, Alaina, Sara, Brett and Katherine Campolieta; many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 30 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fulton, with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fulton.

Calling hours were Aug. 29 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions in memory of Lois may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton 13069, Hospice of Rochester, 2180 Empire Blvd., Webster, NY 14580 or Fulton Music Association, P.O. Box 727, Fulton, 13069.

Catherine “Kay” Galletta: Owned Westside Hardware

Catherine “Kay” Galletta, 87, of Fulton, passed away peacefully Aug. 25, 2013.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Catherine was born in Baldwinsville to the late James and Anna (Fichera) Valelunga.

She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Joseph A. Galletta Sr., who died Sept. 24, 2011.

Catherine is survived by her children, Ann (John) Schaefer, Kathleen (Terry) Kinney, Nancy (James) Falanga and Joseph Jr. (Shona) Galletta; two sisters, Laura (Fred) Browning and Mary Ann Reiss-Brunwin; a brother, Ernest (Doris) Valelunga; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Catherine enjoyed a 38-year career as a supervisor with the railroad freight systems including: New York Central, Penn Central and Conrail.

She also worked with her husband, Joseph, to establish a business of 50 years, Westside Hardware.

Calling hours were Aug. 30 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. today, Aug. 31, 2013, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, South Third and Buffalo streets, Fulton. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the Joseph and Catherine Galletta Sr. Scholarship Fund, 223 West Broadway, Fulton, NY 13069.

Francis S. Koskowski: Enjoyed growing vegetables

Francis S. Koskowski, 85, of Granby, passed away Aug. 26, 2013.

Frank had retired from Armstrong World Industries as an electrician after 43 years.  He enjoyed farming and growing vegetables.

He was a communicant of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

He was predeceased by his daughters, Carolyn and Sandra.

Frank is survived by his wife of 64 years, Beverly; children, Ron Koskowski, Linda (Don) Austin, Christine Gardner, Frank (Rhonda) Koskowski, Lori Bush and Sherri Koskowski; siblings, Dolores and Edward; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services were Aug. 29 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

George Mark Mills Sr.: Navy veteran, worked at Carrier

George Mark Mills Sr., 60, of Pennellville passed away Aug. 22 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Syracuse.

He was born in Fulton on April 26, 1953. He was a 1971 graduate of J. C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix, where he was an athlete lettering in football, and track field.

George served 20 years in the Navy, later working for Carrier Corp., Syracuse.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 418 and the V.F.W. Post 5540, both in Phoenix; and Fleet Reserves in Groton, Conn.

He was predeceased by his son, George M. Mills Jr. on Oct. 24, 1998; his mother, Anna (Carey) Mills on Feb. 2, 2011; his father, George I. Mills, on May 21, 1988; and two brothers, William in 1990 and Daniel in 2001.

Surviving are his loving wife of 39 years, Catherine (Milligan) Mills; his son and daughter-in-law, William and Stacey Mills of Ira; his grandson, Austin Mills; four siblings Marguerite Sotherden, Patrick Mills and Violet Goodnow all of Pennellville, and Bonnie Shelton of El Paso, Texas; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were Aug. 26 at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, with Deacon Frank Forish officiating.

Burial with military and post honors, with the Rev. Philip Brockmyer officiating, will be 10 a.m. Aug. 30 in Pennellville Cemetery, county Route 54.

Contributions may be made to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 800 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210.