Category Archives: Obituaries

Ralph Firenze, Air Force veteran

OBITS-FirenzeRalphRafael “Ralph” Pietro Firenze, 80, of Fulton, died Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the VA Medical Center in Syracuse after a long fight and courageous battle with heart disease.

He was born in Fulton July 26, 1932 to Pietro and Mary (Ditoro) Firenze. He was a graduate of Fulton High School and attended C.C.B.I. in Syracuse. After completing his course work he joined the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, he attended North Dakota School of Science in Wahpeton, majoring in clerical services.

He was stationed abroad in Korea and Japan as well as several air bases across the States. He especially enjoyed his time spent in Japan and Spokane, Wash.

He served in the United States Air Force from October 1951 until his honorable discharge in January of 1958 with the rank of staff sergeant.

He enjoyed gardening and woodworking, but more than anything, spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Charlene and her husband Brad in 1979, and by his granddaughter, Alison in 1994.

He has been a widower since 1998 when he lost his wife and the love of his life, Ruth, whom he married September 10, 1949.

He was also predeceased by his brother, Paul and sister, Josephine.

He is survived by his daughter, Dawn and her companion Anthony; his son, Gary and his companion Joan; two brothers, Louis (Bonnie) and Peter; two sisters, Carmella and Christine (Gary); grandsons, Gary Lee (Maria), William (Cylest, Brianna), Kevin (Stacy), Geoffrey (Ashley); granddaughters, Christy (Joseph), Beth Rene (Robert) and Morgan Raye; great-grandsons, Austin, Alex, Ethan, Saverio, Mason, and Dante; great-granddaughters, Giuliana, Kylee, Gabriella, Mackenzie, Giana, and Alexandria; nephew Geno; his ex-daughter-in-law, Trudy; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

For the past several weeks, he had been living on the 8th floor of the VA Hospital in Syracuse where he was staying in the Hospice wing of the Community Living Center.

Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 19 at Holy Trinity Church, corner of Rochester and South Third streets, Fulton.

A luncheon for family and friends will be held noon at Holy Trinity Church.

Contributions may be made to the VA Community Center, 800 Irving Avenue, 8th Floor, Syracuse, NY 13210.

Alice E. Race, former Fulton resident

OBITS-RaceAliceAlice E. Race, 78, of Lisbon, N.Y., died Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

She was born Dec. 20, 1934 in Fulton, the daughter of Pearly C.and Mildred (Dubois) Sixberry.

Formerly of the Fulton, she moved to the North Country in 1970.

Surviving are a son, Robert Reynolds of Ogdensburg; two daughters, Susan Deuel and her husband, Warren, of Fulton, and Wendy Lewis and husband, Jim, of Syracuse; eight step-children; a brother, Vernon and Dolly Sixberry of Maine; a sister, Mildred Clark of Fulton; two step-sisters, Cara Flacker of North Syracuse and Robin Hanson of Central Square; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her longtime companion “Polly.”

She was predeceased by her parents; step-mother, Susie Sixberry in 2008; step-fathers, Val Dubois and Francis Hicks; and her husbands, Fay A. Reynolds, Robert E. Guyette and Richard K. Race. Calling hours will be Tuesday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton.

A funeral will follow at 1:15 p.m. with Rev. Zack Working officiating. Burial will be in Morley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley and Morley Wesleyan Church.

Carla Hewitt, Red Creek resident

OBITS-HewittCarlaCarla Hewitt, 57, of Red Creek, died suddenly Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

A native of California, she had resided in Sterling prior to Red Creek. She had worked at Welch Allyn, Inc. in Skaneateles Falls and as a waitress at Granny & Honey’s in Fair Haven.

Surviving are her children, Angela (Sam Simmons) Newman of Sterling and Ernest Roberts of Cato; four grandchildren, Kendra, Virgil, Eric and Ethan; sister, Lillian Libey of California; close friends, Marion and Russ Patchen; and nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga Street, Hannibal with services immediately following.

Burial will be at Hannibal Village Cemetery in Hannibal.

Shirley DeVita, worked at Phoenix schools

OBITS-DeVitaShirleyShirley Eleanor DeVita, 86, of Phoenix, died Monday, April 1, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.

She was born Nov. 22, 1926 to her late parents, Gladys  (Townsend) and Harry Williams in Phoenix.

She was a homemaker and was employed by Phoenix Central Schools for many years. She enjoyed going to the casinos, and played Bunco with her friends. She was an avid bowler, too.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Doreen Gardner; her son-in-law, Dana P. Gardner; her granddaughter, Donja L. Gardner in 1980; and her sisters and brothers.

Surviving are her husband of 67 years, Neil A. DeVita, Sr.; her son and his companion, Neil A. DeVita, Jr. and Karen Rupe of Fulton; two grandchildren, Angela DeVita and Nathaniel DeVita; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There are no calling hours or funeral service. She was buried in Chase Cemetery, Lysander.

Contributions may be made to the Phoenix United Methodist Church, 49 Jefferson St., Phoenix, NY 13135.

Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix had charge of arrangements.

Ethel Ives, Volney resident

OBITS-IvesEthelEthel P. Ives, 95, of Volney, died April 7, 2013. She was predeceased by her husband, Lewis Ives.

Surviving are her children, Ronald (Jean) Ives and Elaine (Dennis) Lockwood, all of Volney; sister, Jean Halsey of Pulaski; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Calling hours, services and further obituary information will be announced at a later date in May.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Frederick Haynes, Navy veteran

OBITS-HaynesFrederickFrederick James “Wolf” Haynes, 63, of Oswego, died Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Community General Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born in Oswego July 25, 1949, the son of the late Fred “Hook” and Gloria (Jock) Haynes.  He retired from Eagle Beverage of Oswego as a salesman.

He served in the United States Navy and he was an active member of the VFW post 2320, Oswego, and the American Legion Post 268 of Oswego.

He is survived by his son, Michael James(Maryanne) Haynes of Syracuse; grandson, Michael; granddaughters, Amber, Jessica, and  Kaylee; great-grandson, Caiden Michael; brother Richard Haynes; sisters, Elaine (Victor) Sciortino  and Kathy (Rick Engle) Haynes, all of Oswego; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins

He was predeceased by his sister, Diane “Flapper” Haynes.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, April 13 at 3 p.m. p.m. at the VFW Post 2320, East Bridge Street, Oswego.

Arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Robert Vivlamore, Vietnam War veteran

OBITS-VivlamoreRobertRobert Albert Vivlamore, 67, of Fulton, died Sunday, April 7, 2013 at home.

He was born in Oswego and lived most of his life in Fulton. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. He was employed with Nestle Company for 30 years.

He loved camping, hiking, riding his motorcycle and he was a HAM radio operator.

He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Helen Vivlamore.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Barbara Stevens Vivlamore of Fulton; a son, Shane R. Vivlamore of Fulton; a daughter, Shannon L. (Anthony) Gerald of Fulton; two sisters, Margaret and Karen; two half-brothers, Dick and Mike Sixberry; and three granddaughters, Savanna, Carrianah and Sophia.

There are no calling hours or funeral services. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Virginia Simmons, telephone operator

OBITS-SimmonsVirginiaVirginia M. Simmons, 85, of Hannibal, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

A native of Minetto, she was a life resident of the Hannibal and Oswego areas. She had worked as a telephone operator for Oswego County Telephone Company in Fulton.

She was known by her family and friends as “Aunt Gina” and was loved by her family, grandchildren and the many children who she watched and nurtured over the years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul C. Simmons, in 2010. Surviving are her children, Nancy (Keith) Kyle and David (Bethany) Simmons, all of Hannibal; a brother, Mack (Mary) Stock of Hannibal; ten grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton with services 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Oswego Town Rural Cemetery in the spring.