Category Archives: Obituaries

Elaine Smith, worked at Mimi’s Diner

Elaine Smith, 64; of Fulton died Tuesday Oct. 8 at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Syracuse.
She was born to the late Louis and Hilda (Flack) Ristagno of Fulton. Mrs. Smith remained a resident of Fulton all of her life.
She was past employed with Mimi’s Drive Inn, Fulton for 20 years and currently worked as office manager for Oswego County Ambulance and Hearse Service, Fulton.
Mrs. Smith found great enjoyment through spending time with her family and those she loved.
She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Charles “Chuck” Smith Jr., of Fulton; three children, Coleen Goss, C.J. (Laurie Ouimet) Smith, and Cathleen (Andrew) Mangano all of Fulton; brother Donald (Janet) Ristagno of Cicero; three grandchildren: Connor, Trevor, and Tucker; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Fulton with Rev. Mike Weeden officiating. Burial will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.
Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton.

Bernice Jordan, 79, long-time Hannibal resident

Bernice E. Jordan, 79, of Hannibal passed away Friday at St. Josephs Hospital.

She was born in Liverpool Nov. 20, 1933, a daughter to the late Guy F. Collins, Sr. and Lena May Leach Collins.

Bernice lived in Hannibal for the past 54 years. Bernice was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Robert Clark Jordan, Sr. in 2006; two daughters, Bobbi Ellen Jordan-Revet in 1995 and Pamela Jordan in 1956; two brothers and four sisters.

She is survived by four sons, Ricky A. Jordan, Michael R. Jordan, James P. (Kathleen) Jordan and Robert C. (Bernice) Jordan, Jr. all of Hannibal; 11 grandchildren; several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 with a service to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal.

James K. Wellwood, outdoorsman, columnist, artist

James K. Wellwood, 81, of Sterling, died Sunday, Sept. 29 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Fulton, he was the son of the late Bernard and Charlene Wellwood and graduated from Fulton High School, class of 1950.

Jim had resided in Sterling since 1982. He retired in 1995 from his position with Oswego County after 11 years of employment.

He previously worked in the field of sales and sales management with Plunkett Chemical Co. in Chicago, IL and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada where he was responsible for sales and service in 28 states and two Canadian provinces.

Jim also worked for Sherwin-Williams Paints, Proctor Paint & Varnish and Montgomery Ward.

He served with the U.S. Naval Reserve Surface Division 386 in Oswego. Jim enjoyed fishing, hunting and he actively promoted conservation education through self-syndicated illustrated newspaper columns known as “Wildwood by Wellwood”. He was an accomplished artist with his works in private collections in the U.S. and Canada.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Shirley Wellwood of Sterling; two daughters, Cynthia (Timothy) Delaney of Sterling and Sharon (Wayne) June of Phoenix; two step-sons, Timothy (Linda) Ingison of Marysville, WA and Gary Ingison of Fulton; 13 grandchildren and many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Grace Lockwood.

Calling hours and funeral service were Friday, Oct. 4 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St. Memorial contributions made to a favorite charity in Jim’s memory.

Minnie Halstead, long-time Sterling area resident, former Sealright employee

Minnie E. Halstead, 81, of Martville died Monday at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

Born in Sterling, she was a resident of the Sterling area since 1963, previously living in North Dakota.

Minnie had worked at Sealright Co. in Fulton and Dad’s Dinner in Hannibal. She enjoyed sewing, crafts and watching birds, especially hummingbirds.

Minnie is predeceased by her husband, Derrald D. Halstead who died Nov. 29, 2008; a sister, Betty Hubbard and by a brother, Howard Colvin, Jr.

Surviving; children, Donna Halstead, Steven (Kathryn) Halstead, Kevin (Dawn) Halstead and Tim (Michelle) Halstead; 10 grandchildren, Stacie, Shawn, Sarah, Anthony, Chad, Nichole, Lindsey, Maria, Tiffany and Matt; four great-grandchildren, Lilly, Jacqueline, Cameron and Allison; a brother, Richard Colvin; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and funeral were Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Burial was in Martville Cemetery.

Joan E. D’Ambrosio, third-grade teacher in Cato, kindergarten teacher in Red Creek

Joan E. D’Ambrosio, 73 of Oswego, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1 at home.

She was the daughter of the late Allen and Alice Lucille Fowler of Oswego.  Joan had attended the Old Stone Schoolhouse District #2 in Hannibal and graduated from Hannibal High School and State University College at Oswego in 1961.

She married Vincent C. D’Ambrosio June 25, 1961.

Joan taught third grade at Cato Elementary School and kindergarten at Red Creek Elementary School.

While she raised her family, Joan was a substitute teacher in the Oswego City School District. She was an active member of the West Baptist Church and had taught Sunday school from the age of 16.

She was also a member of the American Baptist Women’s Group, Chairperson for the Board of Christian Education, Advisor for the Local Baptist Youth Fellowship and had worked with the Gideon’s presenting Bibles to Nursing Graduates.

Joan was an elections inspector in the Town of Oswego, an adviser to the Con Brios 4H Club and an officer of The Faculty Wives at SUNY Oswego.

Joan is survived by her husband of 52 years, Vincent D’Ambrosio; three children, Laurel (Donald) Artz, Patricia (Karl) Keydel and David (Paul) D’Ambrosio; grandchildren, Anthony and David Artz, Gregory, Stephanie, Andrew and Kaitlyn Keydel; a sister, Barbara (Carl) Irwin; nieces and nephews.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 (today) at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal with burial at Fairdale Rural Cemetery. Calling hours were Friday at the funeral home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal.

Contributions in memory of Joan may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego or West Baptist Church, 39 West Mohawk Street, Oswego, 13126.

LeRoy Haynes, sportsman, Crouse Hinds machinist

LeRoy  L. Haynes, Sr., 76, of County Line Road, Phoenix, NY, town of Granby, passed away Thursday Sept. 26, 2013.

He was born to his late parents, Geneva (Rhodes) and Leonard Gerald Haynes in Anistin AL, on June 9, 1937.  LeRoy was a machinist for Crouse Hinds, Syracuse.

He attended the Lighthouse Church of God, Mexico, NY. LeRoy enjoyed the outdoors and was a sportsman.

He was predeceased by his first wife of 45 years, Sandra Lynn “Poco” (Myers) Haynes on Feb. 14, 2008; his sister, Charlotte Porter in 2013; his brother, Leonard Haynes in 1981.

Surviving are his second wife, Connie E. (Lynch) Haynes; his sons, LeRoy (Tobbie) Haynes of Granby, Shane (Peg) Haynes of Oswego, Wade Haynes of Granby, Travis (Casey) Haynes of Phoenix; two daughters, Julie (Fred) Sheradin of Phoenix, Darla (Daniel) Ziemba of Central Square; one step-daughter Chrystal (Jeremy) Royal of Fulton; one brother, Herbert Parker, Jr. of Fulton; one sister, Margaret Parker of WI; 12 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins.

Services were held Oct. 1, 2013 at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, NY with the Dr. Ronald Russell officiating.

Burial was in Jacksonville Cemetery, 9250 Fenner Road, Lysander.  Calling hours were before the funeral service at the funeral home.

Anne B. Giannetto Misita Miller, government worker

Anne B. Giannetto Misita Miller of Springfield, Va., formerly of Fulton, was called to heaven Sept. 3.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Miller, in 2000, her sister Joan Robinson and her brother Joseph Giannetto.
She is survived by two daughters, Karen McKeon of Fairfax, Va., and Sharon Mackey of Rochester, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, twin sister Mary Fannetti of Minoa and several nieces and nephews.
Anne’s greatest love was for the Lord. She was an active member of Immanuel Bible Church and loved reading the Bible. Her other great love was dancing, which he enjoyed her entire life.
Anne moved to Northern Virginia in 1976. She began her government career working for the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of the Air Force, the U.S. House of Representatives (Select Committee on Assassinations) and the Department of the Army, where she retired in 1994 as a computer systems analyst.
A visitation was held at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home Sept. 6 and a funeral service was held at Immanuel Bible Church, Springfield, Va., Sept. 7. Burial was at Fairfax Memorial Park.
Donations may be made to Capital Caring Hospice, 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, Va., 22042.

Robert H. Potter, Navy vet, Nestle retiree

Robert H. Potter, 69, died Tuesday Sept. 17 at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Syracuse.
He was born in Oswego, NY to the late Oliver and Ruth (Woods) Potter. He was a resident of the Granby/Fulton area for 43 years.
Mr. Potter was a United States Veteran having served in the Navy from 1963 to1967. He retired from Nestles Co., Fulton after 33 years of service.
He then attended Oswego County BOCES to study electronics. Mr. Potter was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed camping.
Mr. Potter is survived by his wife of 46 years Karen Potter of Fulton, two daughters: Lori (Joe) Moon of Fulton and Lisa (Gregory) Hilton of Hannibal, four siblings: Richard (Ronnie) Potter, FL, Jimmy Potter of Syracuse, Sue (Walt) Everson of Fulton, and Jeannie Emery of Syracuse, five grandchildren: Kyle Vincent, Derek and Emily Hilton, Katlyn and Colin Moon and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services and burial will be held privately. There will be no calling hours.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society CNY Region 6725 Lyons St. PO Box 7 East Syracuse, NY 13057. The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton has care of the arrangements.