Category Archives: Obituaries

John David Halstead Jr., Fulton resident

John David Halstead Jr., 44, of Fulton, died June 11, 2013 as a result of a construction accident in the Town of Oswego.

He had worked at U.P.S. Freight in East Syracuse for 17 years. He was an avid race car driver and auto mechanic and enjoyed auto racing, hunting and fishing. His greatest joy in life was his children.

Surviving are his children, Hannah and John David Halstead III; his father and stepmother, David (Joann) Halstead; mother and stepfather, Beverly (Don) Wilcox; siblings, Heather (Ronald) Strickler, Lorrie Anderson, John (Jeannine) Merriam, Denise (Michael) Heagerty, Karen (Ron) Ford and Donald Wilcox Jr.; paternal grandparents, John (Gertrude) Halstead; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 16 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton with services 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Fairdale Rural Cemetery in Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to his children c/o David Halstead, 70 South Eleventh Street, Fulton, NY 13069.

Robert Somers Sr., Korean War veteran

Robert “Bob” Somers Sr., 80,    of Fulton, died Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born in Fulton to the late Leonard and Clara (Mustard) Somers. Mr. Somers remained a life resident of Fulton. He was a United States veteran having served in the Army during the Korean War. Mr. Somers was past employed as a Fulton police officer.  He later retired from Container Corporation of America, Fulton after more than years of service. He was a past member of the Fulton Board of Education and he was a former Fulton First Ward alderman.

Mr. Somers was a past communicant of Holy Family St. Michael’s Church where he was an avid volunteer, usher, and bingo worker. He was a co-chairman for several years with his wife, Rose, for the annual church festival and tour director for the Holy Family St. Michael’s Golden Agers.

Mr. Somers was also a volunteer with Oswego County Catholic Charities.

He was pre-deceased by his wife, Rose Somers, in 2006.

Mr. Somers is survived by his two sons, Robert (Deborah) Somers Jr. of Fulton and Michael (Kerry) Somers of Fulton, a brother, Joseph Somers of Fulton; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 13 in Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton with Rev. Robert Stephenson officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours will be conducted Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.  at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S.,  Fulton.

Ellen M. Dolbear, retired from Birds Eye

OBITS-DolbearEllenEllen M. Dolbear, 90, of Palermo, died Friday, June 7 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse after a sudden illness.

She retired from Birds Eye / Kraft Foods after more than 20 years of employment.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wallace “Duane” Dolbear, in 1982 and her great-grandson, Cole Michael Dolbear, in 2011.

Surviving are her children, Duane (Marge) Dolbear, Michael Dolbear, Nelson Dolbear, Roy (Addie) Dolbear, James (Mickie) Dolbear; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There are no calling hours. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 14 at Mt. Adnah Cemetery, 706 East Broadway in Fulton. Contributions may be made to the Bristol Hill Congregational United Church of Christ, 3199 State Route 3, Fulton, NY 13069.

Foster Funeral Home in Fulton has care of arrangements.

Paul Moody, retired from Sonoco

OBITS-MoodyPaulPaul William Moody, 71 of Hannibal, died peacefully June 2, 2013 at Oswego Hospital surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with mesothelioma.

He was born May 27, 1942 to Roy and Hilda Woolley Moody and graduated from Oswego High School in 1960. He retired from Sonoco Flexible Packaging after more than 15 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman; a true outdoorsman.

He was a member of Pathfinder Fish and Game Club. He enjoyed barbequing and spending time with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents and younger brother, Robert.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sharon Ducharme Moody; sons, Brent (Kayli) Moody of Oswego and Jason Moody of Baldwinsville; two grandsons, Jordan Rourke and Sage Moody of Oswego; brother, Richard  (Anna) Moody of Oswego; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday with services immediately following at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, E. Syracuse, NY 13057 or consider supporting a local blood drive.

Albert Donahue Sr. World War II veteran

OBITS-DonahueAlbertSrAlbert Donahue, Sr., 85, of Hannibal, died Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Oswego Hospital following a brief illness.

He was born in Solvay, a son to the late, John and Irene Donahue and resided in the Fulton and Hannibal areas for the last 50 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He had worked as a heavy equipment operator at the Brickyard in Warners and was a self-employed auto mechanic.

He enjoyed hunting and bass fishing.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Mabel Etta Waite, who died October 20, 2001; Albert “Butch” Donahue, Jr., who died May 1, 2009; Jack Donahue, Sr., who died June 15, 1972; two sisters; and two brothers.

He is survived by his six children, Gary (Karen) Donahue of Hannibal, Peggy (Ron) Billings of Fulton, Sandy (Tim) Gareau of Fulton, Duane (Gloria) Donahue of Fulton, Art (Kathy) Donahue of Hannibal and Dave (Kim) Donahue of Fulton; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in Belle Isle Cemetery, Warners.

John Sixberry Sr., Army veteran

OBITS-SixberryJohnSr.John C. “Pug” Sixberry, Sr. 62, of Mexico, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at home surrounded by his family.

A native of the Mexico area, he had owned and operated Family Firewood & Excavating for more than 25 years. He was an Army veteran. Always ready for a laugh or his next prank, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, Grover and Natalie Myers Sixberry Sr.; an uncle, Bobby Myers; a sister, Lila Weiland; a brother, Steven Sixberry; and daughter, Wendy Steingraber. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Bonnie Sixberry; children, Natalie “Joy” Corlis, Carol Sixberry, Destenie (John) Scott, John Sixberry, Jr., Amber (Dave) Sadowski, Jason (Jessica) Sixberry; siblings, Grover Sixberry Jr, David (Audra) Sixberry and Sharon (Brian) Kitney; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, June 5 at 10 a.m. at North Volney Cemetery, County Route 4, Volney. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, June 4 from 4 to 7 p.m.  at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton, 13069.

Ethel Reynolds, Volney resident

OBITS-ReynoldsEthelEthel L. Reynolds, 74, of Volney, died Saturday, June 1, 2013.

She lived in Volney for the past 40 years. She retired in 1995 from Esselte in Syracuse where she worked for over 25 years. She loved Bingo, country music and her fuzzy buddy, “Stella.”

She was predeceased by her husband, James E. Reynolds, who died April 11, 2004; her mother, Virginia Cote, who died Sept. 23, 2012; and by a brother, Robert Draughn, who died Aug. 9, 1994.

She is survived by two daughters, Debra (Cory) Shatrau and Tina (Daniel Thomas) Reynolds, all of Volney; three siblings, Royce (Georgia) Draughn of Phoenix, Hazel (Herman) McGee of New Hampshire and Sadie (Rick) Kirkendall of Central Square; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services are private. Calling hours will be held Thursday, June 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.



Bonnie Cooper, Hannibal resident

OBITS-CooperBonnieBonnie L. Cooper, 68, of Hannibal, died suddenly Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.

A native of Fulton, she resided in Hannibal most of her life. She had worked for a short time as a receptionist for Dr. Angelo Arena in Hannibal. Her main focus was taking care of her home and being a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She was passionate about animals and over the years, provided a home for many cats and kittens in need. She attended State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton.

She was predeceased by her son, Douglas Cooper in 1997.

Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Donald Cooper of Hannibal; daughter, Gayle (Patrick) Pensabene of Fulton; grandchildren, Patrick and Christina Pensabene, Shelby Erbeck and Morgan Cooper; two great-grandchildren; brother, Lawrence (Marlene) Sutcliffe of Hannibal; sister, Sharon (Brian) Guyer of Fulton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. today, June 3 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga Street, Hannibal with graveside services 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 4 at Hannibal Village Cemetery, Church Street in Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to Oswego County SPCA-OCAWL, P.O. Box 442, Fulton, NY 13069.