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Norma Jean (Baron) Williams: Homemaker, volunteer

OB williams obit 8:3Norma Jean (Baron) Williams, 74, of Constantia, passed away peacefully at home July 29 surrounded by her family.

Born in Syracuse, she graduated from Liverpool High School. She worked part time for 24 years in the Personnel Department of Oswego County, but was first and foremost a homemaker. Norma was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader, and instrumental in the operation and continuance of the Constantia Library. She served as a Republican State Committee person, and a committee person for the Town of Constantia for 20 years. For six years, Norma was a volunteer with the Senior Nutrition Center in Constantia, where she was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2013. Norma was also an accomplished landscape artist. She was a communicant of Christ Church, Oneida Lake.

Norma is predeceased by her husband of 57 years, George J. Williams, in 2012.

She is survived by her children Clayton Williams, Deborah (Daniel) Boccardo, Susan O’Brien and Sandra Williams; grandchildren Adam, Dylan (Candy), Bailey, Joe, Dan and Robert; step-grandchildren Heather (Jason), Courtney, Jordan, Sara and Katie; brothers Ray (Jan) Baron, George Baron and Jerry (Roseanne) Baron.

Services were Aug. 2 at Christ Church, Oneida Lake with the Rev. Mike Thesier officiating. Calling hours were Aug. 1 at Traub Funeral Home, 684 N. Main St., Central Square. Burial was in West Monroe Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Oswego County and Christ Church, Oneida Lake.

The family would especially like to thank Norma’s Senior Nutrition Center friends for all of their support and kindness during their mother’s illness and Nurse Pattie, with Hospice of Oswego County, for her guidance and support in helping family members care for their mother.

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Joanne Hedges, Sterling resident

Joanne E. Hedges, 77, a resident of Sterling, died Wednesday, July 24, at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Oswego on March 9, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Hazel Murray. She was raised in Oswego, the youngest of five children.

She met Royal Hedges in Oswego when he was serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Drum. They were married and deployed to France to help rebuild the war-torn country and were a military family for 25 years. All of her children were girls until she eventually got her prayers answered and gave birth to a son, Royal Hedges Jr., the youngest child, after trying for so many years. She worked as a nurse’s aide at Meadowbrook Manor Nursing Home for 25 years and lived in Hannibal.

After retirement, she was well cared for by her family and children. She lived in Fair Haven for seven years before relocating to the Sterling area in 2006. She enjoyed church and prayer meetings, keeping a clean house and most of all cooking. She was famous for lemon meringue pie which her husband loved.

She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Royal Hedges Sr., who in 2000; a daughter, Amy Lovejoy in 2010; and three sisters. Surviving are her six children, Royal (Mary) Hedges Jr. of Goodyear, Ariz.; Vicky (Ean) Tennant of Sterling; Nancy (Terry) Zukovsky of Leesport, Pa.; Patricia (Mark) Sampson of Wolcott; Tammy Hedges of Elbridge and Kimberly (Paul) Martindale of Wolcott; a sister, Betty Martin; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services were held Saturday at Sterling Christian Church. Burial was in Hannibal Village Cemetery in Hannibal. Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal has care of arrangements.

Todd J. Warner, outdoorsman

Todd J. Warner, 47, of Volney, passed away suddenly at home on July 25.

He was the son of the late Jesse and Bonita Frataccia Warner. Todd graduated G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton, class of 1985.

He was employed by Interface Solutions in Fulton for 24 years and previously by ECM Construction in Volney.

Todd was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He enjoyed spending time with his sons hunting, fishing, camping and just being in the outdoors. His granddaughters brought him much joy. On his days off from work, he would ride his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and enjoy the company of his dogs, Ash and Xena.

Surviving are his wife, Sherri Warner; sons, Michael and Mitchell Warner of Volney; granddaughters, Mayleigh and Jesse of Parish; brothers, Craig Warner of Fulton and Eric Warner of Redfield; sisters, MariBeth Miller and Jennifer Bennett, both of Fulton; five nieces and 10 nephews.

Calling hours were 2 to 6 p.m. July 30 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. There will be no services.

Muriel Allerton: Former Fulton mayor, journalist

Muriel Allerton, 93, of Fulton, passed away July 25 at Oswego Hospital.

A native of West New York, N.J., she was the daughter of the late John and Eva Jobst.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from New York University. Muriel was known by many as the “Mother of Fulton” for her many years of volunteer service in the community. These organizations included, but were not limited to, the League of Women Voters, Fulton Historical Society, Fulton Art Association, Oswego Opera Theater, Fulton Soup Kitchen, Fulton American Field Service, Oswego County Council on the Arts, the former Oswego Press Club, Fulton Red Cross, Fulton Salvation Army and Fulton Music Association. She also served on the board of the State University of New York at Oswego. S

he thoroughly enjoyed her contributions to the community. Muriel was elected for two terms as mayor of Fulton, which she considered an honor; she was proud of the experience. She was honored as a New York state Woman of Distinction in 2010 by then state Sen. Darrel Aubertine. In 2002, she was honored in the “Book of Lives & Legacies” of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls.

She worked as a journalist and wrote a column in a local newsletter for many years. Her interests included knitting, sewing, crafts, politics, listening to the news, reading and writing. Muriel was an avid fan of the arts and loved hotdogs and Manhattans and hated exercise.

Muriel is survived by her husband of 69 years, Joseph Allerton of Fulton; her children, Peter (Margo) Allerton of Toronto, Canada, and their daughter, Caelin; Steven Allerton and his friend Jane of Key West, Fla.; Martha Allerton and Michael of California; her cousin, Carol Miller and her in-laws, John (Lee) Allerton and George (Viola) Allerton.

Her beloved son, Paul Allerton predeceased her in 2001.

Memorial services will be held at a date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Muriel’s name may be made to the Fulton Salvation Army, 62 S. First St., Fulton, NY 13069 or State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton, NY 13069. Foster Funeral Home in Fulton has care of arrangements.

Angelina Talamo, Sealright retiree

Angelina R. Talamo, 94, of Fulton, died Wednesday, July 24, at Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton.

She was born in Fulton to the late Angelo and Rose (Crai) Vescio. Mrs. Talamo resided in Fulton for most of her life. She was formerly employed with Sealright Co., Fulton, having retired in April of 1983.

She was a member of the Fulton VFW Auxiliary Post #569 and Catholic Daughters Court Pere LeMoyne #833.

Mrs. Talamo was predeceased by her husband, John G. Talamo, in 1980, and son, John A. Talamo, in 1963.

She is survived by her daughter, Paula (William) Rohn of Fulton; siblings, Joseph Vescio, Sam Vescio, Ellen McGraw, and June Johnston, all of Fulton; granddaughter, Karen (Randy) Stoughtenger of Baldwinsville, step-grandchildren, Denyse (Jeff) McCoy of Iowa; William (Wendy) Rohn of Michigan, Cindi Alt of Michigan, Cheri Rohn of Liverpool, Derry (Pat) Micale of Cicero, and Steve (Teresa) Rohn of Tennessee; and one great-grandson, Nate Stoughtenger.

Calling hours and funeral services were held Saturday at the Sugar Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Stephenson officiated. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Dixie Tucker, Fulton Alliance Church member

Dixie Tucker, 76, of Clay, died Wednesday, July 24, at home.

Born in Herkimer, she had been a longtime resident of the Fulton area.

She enjoyed being a waitress. She was a member of Fulton Alliance Church and valued the many volunteer opportunities through her ministry.

She is survived by her children, Bonita (Lorne Burnham) Butler, Dan Gamble, Donna Gamble, James (Stephanie) Gamble; sisters, Sharon Beckstead and Starr Raymond; a granddaughter, Deanna Wettering; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held 11 a.m. today, July 31, at Fulton Alliance Church, 1044 State Route 48, Fulton, 13069. There are no calling hours. Contributions in memory of Dixie may be made to Fulton Alliance Church, 1044 St. Rte. 48, Fulton, NY 13069.

Timothy LaQuire, guitarist and music lover

Timothy “Possum, Birdman” LaQuire, 58, of Oswego died July 22.

He was born in Syracuse, and was a resident of Oswego most of his life. Tim was an employee of Novelis Corp., Scriba. He loved playing his guitars and listening to his music collection. He was a former member of the American Legion.

Tim is survived by his wife of 22 years, Angela M. LaQuire of Oswego, daughters Felecia (Paul) Reed of Liverpool, Angela R. LaQuire of Fulton, parents Keith and Jean Egnew of Oswego, sisters Kim Ellingwood and Kathy (Bob) Ruggio of Oswego, brother Vince (Betty) LaQuire of Fulton, grandchildren Lily Wright, Emma Long, Madison Majeski and Natalie Reed, and stepbrothers, sisters and several nieces, and nephews.

Tim was predeceased by his sister Marlene Hasselbauer.

Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home. Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. prior to the services at the funeral home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

Mayor, journalist Allerton dies at 93

Muriel Allerton, 93, former Fulton mayor and longtime community journalist, died Thursday

“She was an amazing person,” said current Mayor Ronald L. Woodward Sr., who served a two-year term as mayor in the 1980s. Allerton was his campaign manager.

When he finished his term in 1987, she successfully ran for mayor and served two terms. Woodward helped her with her campaign.

He recalled her as an intelligent leader who cared deeply about the community.

“She was always there to help the little guy and the disenfranchised,” Woodward recalled. “She was a very popular mayor. She came through some very tough times,” he said. “The city took a tremendous hit from state aid and there were a lot of layoffs.”

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