Category Archives: Obituaries

F. Brooks West, World War II veteran

OBITS-FBrooksWestF. Brooks West, 86, of Fulton, died Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Oswego Hospital.

A native of Baldwinsville, he had resided in Fulton since 1960. He was a 1944 graduate of Baldwinsville Academy and Syracuse University class of 1951 where he received his bachelor’s degree in English.

He retired as advertising manager of The Fulton Patriot newspaper and had previously worked at Fulton Urban Renewal and Sealright Packaging Company. He was a U.S. Army Medical Corps veteran of World War II, serving in postwar Japan.

He was an avid fisherman, bridge player, golfer and member of Beaver Meadows Golf Club and B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge #830 in Fulton.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Mary C. West of Fulton; children, Frank Brooks West Jr. of Fulton, Louise Ritchey (Allan) of Kirkville, Mark West (Terri) of Brewerton, Mary Ellen West (Tim Davis) of Rochester and Timothy West (Marcellina) of Clay; grandchildren, Gregory Robinson of Sterling, Va., Jeffrey Robinson of Liverpool, Henry and Harrison Davis of Rochester and Benicio West of Clay; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be today, March 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Contributions may be made to Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville, NY 13027.

Beverly Peters, Syracuse resident

OBITS-PetersBeverlyjpgBeverly Jean Peters, 68, of Syracuse, died Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Loretto.

She was born in Syracuse, a daughter to Mary Kelley and the late Harold Kelley Sr. She was a member of the Westvale Seventh Day Adventist Church. She loved God, Jesus and attending church. She enjoyed music and loved her cats, especially “Tiger.”

In addition to her father, she was predeceased by a brother, David Kelley.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Andrew M. Peters of Syracuse; her mother, Mary Kelley of Syracuse; four children, David Parkis of Watertown, Carol, Beverly and Rosa; three sisters, Marie (Robin) Kelley, Mary and Wanda, all of Syracuse; three brothers, Harold Kelley, Jr., Patrick Kelley and Daniel Kelley, all of Syracuse; and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling and services will be held  today, March 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in Loomis Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Westvale Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2511 W. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13219-1549.

Mary Judd, former Pennellville resident

OBITS-JuddMaryMary Irene Judd, 85, of Waterford, Maine and formerly of Pennellville, died in Lewiston, Maine Friday March 22, 2013.

She was born in on June 25, 1927 to her late parents, Doris F. (Duggleby) and Russell C. Wilson in Oneonta.

She was a 1945 graduate of Oneonta High School. She was a singer for the radio station WGY in Schenectady. Later, she worked for the Phoenix Central School District.

She was an active member of Oxford County United Parish in Bethel, Maine and a former member of several churches throughout her life.

She was predeceased by her husband, Rollin L. Judd Sr., in 2000; a daughter, Teresa Joan Hood in 1991; and a brother, Russell Wilson.

Her survivors include her children, Linda J. Kellogg of Pennellville, Rollin L. (Deborah) Judd Jr. of Fulton, Steven R. (Patricia) Judd of Camden, N.C.; her sisters, Beverly Graves of Oneonta, Sandra (John) Wilson-Stalker of Pennellville, and Joann (George) Lanty of East Syracuse; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and her companion, Vernon R. Vincent of Waterford, Maine.

Visitation only will be held Wednesday, March 27 in the Pennellville United Methodist Church from 2 to 6 p.m. Contributions may be made to this church in Mary’s memory.

Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, has care of arrangements.

Norma Freeden, Fulton High School graduate

OBITS-FreedenNormaNorma Eleanor Freeden, 87, of Fulton, died after a brief illness Friday, March 22, 2013 at her home with her children by her side.

She was born April 30, 1925 to the late Claude and Harriet Edly Lewis and had graduated from Fulton High School.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward R. Freeden in 1987 and is survived by their children, Mark E. Freeden of Fulton and Claudia J. (Aaron) Karppala of Sandy Creek; a sister, Shirley and brother-in-law Ray Cotton of Northport, Fla. and their son, Gary; two grandchildren, Matthew Smith and Patricia DeVeau and a great-granddaughter, Riley DeVeau.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton with services to immediately follow at 6 p.m. Interment at Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton will be in the spring.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

Anthony DeBalso Jr., Baldwinsville resident

OBITS-DeBalsoAnthonyaAnthony J. DeBalso Jr., 77, of Baldwinsville, died Monday, March 18.

He was predeceased by his father, Anthony J. DeBalso; his mother, Florence (Picciano) DeBalso; and brother, Michael DeBalso.

Surviving are his wife, Gail Davis-DeBalso; son, Dennis; daughters, Crystal (Glenn) MacDougall and Andrea (Ray) Nichols; stepchildren, Kimberly (Art) Sandford, Kevin (Donna) Clark, and John Dodge; siblings, Florence Guifre and Jerry DeBalso; four grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28 in the Community Wesleyan Church, 112 Downer St., Baldwinsville. There are no calling hours.

Contributions may be made to any animal shelter or homeless shelter.

Nancy Duciaume, North Volney resident

OBITS-DuciaumeNancyNancy Ann Duciaume, 87, a lifelong resident of North Volney, died suddenly Saturday, March 16, 2013.

She was born in Fulton, a daughter to the late Gardwell and Ruth LePointe Darling. She had worked at the Portage Restaurant and Lakeview Lanes. She was gifted in sales and began her career at Woolworth’s Department Store and continued in direct sales for Sarah Coventry, Contempo Fashions and Mary Kay.

She was a 4-H Leader and a member of the North Volney United Methodist Church.

Her particular zest of life was dancing to country music, playing bunco with the girls, which she did for 40 years, and short travels as a member of the Volney and Mexico Senior Citizen groups.

She enjoyed crocheting, sewing and other crafts, was an avid reader who liked to share her readings with her friends.

She was predeceased by her former husband, Raymond M. Stevens, Sr., who died Jan. 28, 1976; her husband, Donald F. Duciaume, who died Oct. 1, 2002; and by a brother, William Darling.

She is survived by six children and six step-children, Raymond (Rosalie) Stevens, Jr. of North Volney, James (Mary) Stevens of North Volney, Carol (James) Mason of Cleveland, Ohio, William (Gail) Stevens of North Volney, Ruth (Dan Brown) Stevens of Scriba, Kenneth L. (Phyllis) Stevens of Mexico, Emma M. Wright of Syracuse, Theresa E. Bianco of Texas, Edward (Debbie) Duciaume of Oswego, Sara (Gary) Myers of Minnesota, Dolores (Darrell) Cooper of Fulton and Renee (Bill Gephardt) Duciaume of Syracuse;  a brother, John (Linda) Darling of Scriba; 28 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; two (soon to be four) great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2013 with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the North Volney United Methodist Church, c/o Rosalie Stevens, 2680 County Route 6, Fulton, NY 13069.

James Conn, Army veteran

OBITS-ConnJamesJames E. Conn, 83, of Granby, died Sunday, March 17, 2013 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Fulton, a son to the late Louis and Marjorie (Cooper) Conn and resided all his life in the Fulton, Granby and Hannibal areas.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He retired in 1989 from Alcan, where he worked for 20 years. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed racing and going to the Turning Stone Casino.

He was predeceased by his wife, Josephine (Kelly) Conn, who died Aug. 30, 2003; four brothers, Lewis Jr., Chuck, Billy and Gary Conn; a grandson, Tommy Conn, who died in 2001; and by a son-in-law, Ed Walker, Jr., who died in 2011.

He is survived by two daughters, Mary-Jane (Ron) Abbott of Marcellus and Carol Walker of Buffalo; two sons, Terry (Susan) Conn of Cato and Ken (Lin) Conn of Fulton; two sisters, Shirley (Bob) Pederson of Fulton and Beverly (Lloyd) DuBois of Volney; two brothers, Dickie Conn of Granby and Don Conn of Granby; six grandchildren, Ashley Walker, Nicholas Walker, Jasmine Conn, Jayden Conn, Louisa Conn and Louis Conn; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21 with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057 or to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, Inc., P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

Diane Ward, Fulton resident

OBITS-WardDianeDiane P. Ward, 63, of Fulton, died peacefully Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Manor at Seneca Hill, Oswego after a long illness.

She was born in Fulton to the late Erwin “Jack” and Anna (Wright) Ward. She was a longtime resident of Fulton before moving to the Manor at Seneca Hill eight years ago.

She Ward was an avid fan of Kenny Rogers and she enjoyed his concert in December 2012.  She loved music and visits from friends and family.

She is survived by her brother, Gary (Diana) Ward of Tennessee; half sister, Barbara (Richard) Serviss of Fulton; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral services and burial will be private. There will be no calling hours.

Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton, was in care of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Manor at Seneca Hill 20 Manor Drive, Oswego, NY 13126 or Make A Wish foundation of Central NY, Inc., Suite 900, 120 Madison Street, Syracuse, NY 13202.