Category Archives: Obituaries

Robert Bracy, retired pipefitter

OBITS-BracyRobertRobert A. Bracy, 77, of Fulton, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Oswego Hospital surrounded by his family.

He was born in New Haven, a son to the late Kenneth and Gladys Lawton Bracy. He attended Mexico Academy and enlisted in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He retired in 1991 from the Local 73, Oswego, where he was a pipefitter for several years.

He was a member of the Fulton Elks Lodge #830 and was a past Elk of the Year in 1981. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his morning coffee at the Foursome Diner with his buddies.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Flora Wilson, and two brothers, Charles and Donald Bracy.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Marcia Quade Bracy; five children, Richard (Cathy) Bracy of Fulton, Robert (Sue) Bracy of Cicero, Randy (Katy) Bracy of Palmyra, Cyndie (Mike) Tolone of the Bronx and Doug (Mary) Quade of Redfield; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces, and nephews.

Calling hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services to follow.

Contributions may be made to Menter’s Oswego County Ambulance Service, 404 Ontario St., Fulton, NY 13069 or the Founder’s Affiliate of American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Edward Gillette, Avid bowler

EDEdward Charles Gillette, 41, died peacefully at his home in Abilene, Texas March 3, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer.

He resided in Fulton most all of his life. In 2005, he moved to Texas where he was a commercial and residential painter. He attended G. Ray Bodley High School. He was an avid bowler and had a perfect 300 game. He enjoyed playing pool, watching NASCAR and was a Dallas Cowboys fan.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, Edward and Marion Gillette, Forbie Gorman and Margaret Scott.

Surviving are his parents, Alice and Charles “Bummer” Gillette of Fulton; daughter, Emily Gillette Driggers and son-in-law Sean of Texas; wife, Charmin and children, Parker (Brittany) Hoskins, Dokota Hoskins and Cassie (Aaron) Merkle and their grandchildren: Shailie, Cameron and Ella Rose, all of Texas.

Funeral services were officiated by his uncle, the Rev. William Ormsby at Dove Funeral Home in Abilene, Texas.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, March 30 at 4 p.m. at Fulton Christian Fellowship, 206 State St., Fulton.

Ruth Kocher, Bowling Hall of Fame member

Kocher, RuthRuth N. Kocher, 79 of Palermo, died Monday, March 11, 2013 at home.

A native of DuBois, Pa., she had resided in Palermo since 1967. She was an avid bowler and was a member of the NYS Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame and she was also an avid bingo player.

She was a wife and stay-at-home mom, raising their seven children.

She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Robert, who died March 2.

Surviving are her children, Ronald, Ruthie, Rebecca, Royanne, Rachel, Richard and Roger; 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; siblings; and nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours or services.

Contributions may be made to Palermo Volunteer Fire Department, 4170 State Route 3, Fulton, NY 13069.

Foster Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.

Dale McFarland, Air Force veteran

OBITS-McFarlandDaleDale A. McFarland, 73, of Sterling, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Oswego Hospital.

He was born in Sterling, a son to the late Allen and Marjorie McFarland. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 until 1966. His law-enforcement career began at Fair Haven Beach State Park as a Park Ranger/Police until 1979.

He then went to work at Niagara Mohawk where he worked until his retirement in 1994. During that time, he was the Police Officer for the Village of Fair Haven.

He worked court security for the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Department where he finally retired for good in 2008.

He was a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Eleanor McFarland of Sterling; two sons, Andrew A. (fiancé, Gail) McFarland of Hannibal and Timothy A. McFarland of Granby; two sisters, Maxine Goodsell and Carolyn Keville both of Sterling; three grandchildren, Candra (Joshua) McFarland-Gawarecki of Hannibal, Dustin McFarland and Amanda McFarland both of Scriba; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2013 with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal.

June Hart, 1939 Phoenix graduate

OBITS-HartJuneJune Virginia Oswald Hart, 91, of Pennellville, died March 7, 2013.

She was a 1939 Phoenix High School graduate. She was a former employee of NY Ordinance Works-gun and acid factories, Lysander, during World War II; Baldwinsville Sanitarium; Zahn Manor; Michaud Nursing Home, Fulton; and was a private duty home health aide, retiring at age 82.

She was a trustee for VFW Post 5540 Auxiliary Phoenix; an executor for American Legion Post 113, Baldwinsville.

She was predeceased by her husband, Manford G. Hart, in 1982; three sons, Brian in 1957 and Larry and Gordon, both in 2003; a grandson, John Sochia Jr.; and a great-grandson, Richard Hart.

Surviving are her eight children, and their spouses, Patricia, Bonnie, Jean, Rose (Rod) Dunn,

Sheila, Bruce (Linda) Hart, Karen (John) Sochia, and Kevin Hart; 36 grandchildren; 75 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins; and brother-in-law, Ken (Mary) Hart.

Calling hours were held Sunday, March 10 with Deacon Frank Forish at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix.

Spring burial will be in Chase Cemetery, Lysander.

Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes or American Heart Associations.

Elsie E. Stanard, Volney resident

OBITS-StanardElsieElsie E. Stanard, 88, of Volney, died Friday, March 8, 2013 at University Hospital in Syracuse surrounded by her family.

A native of McDonough, she had resided in the Volney and Fulton areas most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Leon and Irene Eccleston.

She had worked with her husband as office manager and bookkeeper for Lauren Stanard Insurance and in tax collecting.

During World War II, she volunteered with the Army Air Forces Ground Observer Corps. She was a member of the former First Baptist Church in Fulton where she taught Sunday school and was a member of the Women of the Moose in Fulton, where she had served as an officer.

She loved her family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and gardening.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lauren Stanard, in 2011, and siblings, Gerald, Clifford and Dewey Eccleston, Betty Wright and Mary Rice.

Surviving are her children, Jerry (Barbara) Stanard, Trudy Winfield, Garry (Connie) Stanard and Lauren (Michelle) Stanard; grandchildren, Bryan (Jen) Stanard, Kerrie (Paul) Phillips, Allison (Chris) Nelson, Melissa (Jamie) Nabinger, David Winfield and Adam Stanard; 11 great-grandchildren; siblings, Robert (Mary) Eccleston and Llewellyn (Sue) Eccleston; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14 at First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St., Fulton with services to immediately follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. David Nethercott officiating.

Burial will be in the spring at Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Arrangements are the care of Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Carl A. Bishop, Army veteran

Carl A. Bishop, 84, of Scriba, died March 7, 2013 in University Hospital, Syracuse.

Mr. Bishop was born in Oswego to the late Carl E. and Mary (McGraw) Bishop. He attended Oswego schools and graduated from Oswego High School in 1948.

He was a U.S. Army veteran where he served in the 25th infantry division for two years in Korea. He worked as a maintenance painter at SUNY Oswego for more than 27 years.

He was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Barbara (Teasley) Bishop, and his brothers, Donald, Robert, James, and Thomas Bishop.

He is survived by his sister, Carol (Frank) Bartello of Oswego, and several nieces and nephews.

He enjoyed reading, gardening, hunting and spending time with family and friends.

Funeral services will be Monday at 9 a.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th St. Oswego. Spring burial will be in Peck Cemetery, Scriba. There will be no calling hours.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Bishop’s name to St. Mary’s Church Preservation Fund, 103 W. 7th. St. Oswego NY.

Beth Ferguson, Mexico graduate

Beth Marie Ferguson, 32, of Oswego, died Feb. 12, 2013.

She was born in Oswego on Feb. 27, 1980. She graduated from Mexico High School and continued on to receive an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Cayuga Community College.  Because of her love to interact with and help people, her favorite job was working at IME Co. in customer service and as an administrative assistant.

She enjoyed being outdoors and had a passion for animals, especially her cat Tyson.  She enjoyed reading, listening to music and spending time with her friends and family.

She is survived by parents, Robert and Colleen Ferguson; grandmother, Beatrice Smith; sisters, Christine Farrell (Edward), Robin Burdick (Marvin), Kimberly Jada (Louis), and Margaret Murabito (Michael); brother, James Ferguson (Alinna); nieces, Kayla Burdick (Brian), Natasha (Zack), Arianna Burdick and Natalie Jada; nephews, Nicholas Barnes, Zachary and Jacob Farrell, and Evan Burdick; and boyfriend, Bill Ridgeway.

She was predeceased by  grandparents, Donald Smith and William and Irene Ferguson.

Calling hours will be held 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Nelson Funeral Home, 11 West Albany St. Oswego. Spring burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Scriba.

Online condolences may be made at www.nelson-funeralhome.com.