Category Archives: Obituaries

Merton Rice, Nestles retiree

Merton G. Rice, 88, of Dansville, previously of Oswego, died Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Merton was employed at Nestle Co. in Fulton and retired in 1988.

He was an active member of the Hamer Sing-a-long Group and Oswego Valley Snowbelters Chorus. He was an Army Air Corp veteran, serving during World War II.

Merton was predeceased by his wife, Bessie Shepard Rice in 1965; brothers, Philip, Homer, Allen and Gordon; sisters, Maude Bueg, Grace Schnur and Louisa Rimkevitze; grandson, Jonathon Rice and great-grandson, Ryan Strong.

Surviving: his son, Ellis (Vanessa) Rice of Fulton; daughter, Sally (Greg) Ringelberg of Dansville; brother, Archie Rice of Florida; sister, Agnes Hawelka of Fulton; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Ira United Methodist Church, 12479 Ferris Road, Cato. Burial will follow at Roosevelt Cemetery in Schroeppel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Hospice. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has charge of arrangements.

Beverley Raponi, avid bowler, horsewoman

Beverley J. Raponi, 82, of Hannibal, passed away on Wednesday Oct. 30 at home surrounded by her loving family.

A native of Lysander, she lived in Baldwinsville, Fulton and Hannibal. Beverley retired as a personnel manager at Pass & Seymour, Inc. in Solvay and previously worked for Black Clawson in Fulton and Kuntz Real Estate.

She was co-owner of Nut’n’Fanci Restaurant in Fulton, R.B.R. Arabians and R&D Pugs and Yorkshire Terriers and partner with her daughter, Renee Donhauser, at Scrubby Doo’s in Hannibal.

Beverley was an avid bowler at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton and loved horses and to spend time with her children and grandchildren.

Surviving are her companion of 42 years, Raymond K. Wideman of Hannibal; four children, Gale (Tracey) Raponi of Sterling, Kim (David) Cole of Hannibal, Renee (David) Donhauser of Fulton and Rhonda Raponi of Hannibal; 13 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard (June Dunbar) Frawley; nieces and nephews; step-children, Kim (Tim) Alexander and Karl (Karen) Wideman and step-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a brother, Gerald A. Frawley.

There are no calling hours or services at this time. Memorials in Beverley’s name may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, PO Box 102, Fulton, 13069. Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has care of arrangements.

Mathew Bivens, truck driver, mechanic

Mathew Bivens, 33, of Fulton died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

He was born in Oswego, NY and he has been a resident of Fulton for most of his life.

Mathew worked as a truck driver and mechanic with Upstate Tree Services, Fulton. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time and laughing with them.

Mathew is survived by his mother,  Penny Peters of Fulton; his father, Kenneth Bivens of NV; one sister,  Stacey (Dawn) D’Angelo of FL.; three brothers, Kenneth Bivens Jr., of Syracuse, NY, Ryan Bivens and Derek Bogart, both of Hannibal; maternal grandparents John and Juanita Stoughtenger of Granby; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no funeral services.  Burial will be held privately.

Calling hours were Tuesday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton.

Diane Mills, loved writing poetry

Diane S. Mills, 51; of Fulton died at home after a long illness.

She was born in Fulton and has been resident of Fulton for 20 years.  Mrs. Mills enjoyed writing poetry, and working on latch hook. She also loved making puzzles and playing video games.

Mrs. Mills was pre-deceased by her father, Theodore Lamie.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years,  Alanson “Lance” Mills of Fulton; three children, Elissa Marietti of FL., Elizabeth Mills of Fulton and Eliott Mills of Fulton; her mother, Marion Lamie of Cicero; four siblings,  Jacklyn (Scott) Brown of Cicero, NY, Jan (Mike) Connor of FL., James Lamie of PA, and David (Caroline) Lamie of Fulton; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Wednesday (today) at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., Fulton with Rev. David Nethercott officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were Tuesday in the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., Fulton.

The family has requested that contributions may be made to the Upstate ALS Research Fund 750 E. Adams St. CAB-326 Syracuse, NY 13210.

Vincent Caravan, former Valley News publisher, owner

Vincent R. Caravan, 91, of Fulton, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 at his home
of apparent heart failure. He was the publisher of The Valley News from
1972 until 2010 when ownership of the newspaper was taken over by The
Scotsman Press.

A native of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, he was born September 18, 1922,
the sixth of  ten children of Italian immigrants Stephen and Theresa
Caravan. After graduation from Pottsville High School, he entered the
U.S. Army and fought during World War II in the European Theatre. He was
the recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for wounds received in
action in Italy. He returned to the U.S. and was stationed for the rest
of his enlistment in western Pennsylvania where he met the late Isabelle
Slater with whom he was married in January 1946.

After the war, Vincent returned to Pottsville and worked for his
father’s commercial printing company. In 1950 he purchased a small
printing business in Fulton and moved there permanently. In the late
’50s, he was hired by Oswego Valley News owners Colson and Beatrice Carr
and became managing editor of the newspaper in 1958. Over the next
several years, he upgraded the news content of the small community
newspaper with exclusive coverage of municipal meetings and local
sports, including photography. He also wrote both news and sports
columns at various times for the publication.

In 1972, Vincent became owner of the newspaper and eventually changed
its name to The Valley News to further affirm its Fulton identity. By
the late ’70s, the newspaper was winning awards for its local news and
sports coverage from the New York Press Association, and developed into
one of the leading community newspapers in the region under his guidance.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 268 and the Fulton VFW Post
569. He was the recipient of several awards and honors for achievements
in journalism, and was inducted into the Fulton Athletic Boosters Hall
of Fame in 2008 as well as the Fulton City Bowling Association Hall of
Fame in 1976. He served on numerous civic boards and committees during
his career, including as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Fulton
Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Fulton Board of Education in
the 1970s. In his later years he was a member of the Dexterville
Seventh-day Adventist Church.

He is survived by his son Ronald (Nancy) Caravan of Phoenix;
granddaughters Michelle (Herbert) Stockschlaeder of Buffalo, Adrienne
(Joseph) Gabalski of Manassas, Virginia, and Lisa Caravan of Auburn,
Alabama; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Caravan and Florence
Kane of Pottsville, Pennsylvania. He was predeceased by his wife,
Isabelle Slater Caravan, who died in 2007.

Calling hours are Thursday, Nov. 7, 4 to 7 p.m. at Sugar Funeral Home,
224 W. Second St., Fulton; funeral service is Friday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 1408 Curtis Street, with Elders of
the Dexterville Seventh-day Adventist Church and Pastor David Grey of
Mt. Pleasant UM Church officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Adnah
Cemetery, Fulton.

Chet Bernardelli, retired from P&C

Chet Bernardelli, 69, of Fulton, passed away Friday Oct. 25.

Born in Mississippi, he had lived in the Syracuse area for many years. Chet retired from P&C Foods.

He enjoyed boating, fishing, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his family.

Chet will be forever loved by his children, Jenna (Dustin) Quintana, Sarah Bernardelli and Lisa (Danny Ormsby); a grandson, Darwin; a sister, Cindy (Ted) Bernardelli Jarvis.

Calling hours and funeral service were Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Benjamin Jimenez, CCC student

Benjamin Jimenez, Jr., 23; of Fulton died Sunday Oct. 27 at University Hospital, Syracuse after suffering injuries in an accident.

He was born in Puerto Rico and he has been a resident of Fulton since 2002.  Benjamin graduated from Hannibal High School, Hannibal, NY.

He was past employed with Walmart, Fulton. Currently, he was continuing his education at Cayuga Community College, Fulton.

Benjamin was a competitor with the UFC.

He was pre-deceased by his paternal grandfather Israel Jimenez in 2011 and cousin Gabriel Jimenez in 2013.

Benjamin is survived by his parents Benjamin and Esmeralda (Feliciano) Jimenez, Sr.; maternal grandparents Hignio Feliciano and Josefina Acevedo of Fulton; paternal grandmother Blanca Ramos of Puerto Rico; two brothers Michael Jimenez and Joshua (Alyssa DeMauro) Jimenez both of Fulton; two half sisters Elizabeth and Von Marie Gonzalez both of NJ; three nephews, one niece and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services and calling hour were  Friday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton with Rev. Carmen Gonzalez officiating.

Burial was in Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

James DuBois, Central New York musician

James H. DuBois, 72 of Fulton passed away Tuesday Oct. 29 following a long illness.

James, a well-known local musician known as ‘Round Mound of Sound,’ started off his career playing the Upright Bass and played music all around Central New York, including Central Square, Fulton, Oswego, Phoenix, Hannibal and many other places where he specialized in singing,  the acoustic guitar, keyboard and Karaoke.

In addition to his music, Jimmy was a great artist specializing in natural scene painting of nature and wild animals.

Surviving are his wife Jeannie of 50 years; his son Amos (Michelle) DuBois; his daughter Florence (Christopher) Darby; his brothers, George (Patricia) DuBois Thomas (Brenda) DuBois, John (Lauralai) Raduns, and Eugene (Lori) Raduns; his sister Joan (Howard) Samson; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Friday at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Volney. There are no calling hours.

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