Category Archives: Obituaries

Richard Moreton, father of Hannibal resident

Richard E. “Tex” Moreton, 73, of Wolcott, died peacefully at home March 11, 2013 with his wife and family at his side.

He was a 30-year employee at Xerox in Webster. He was a member of the Elks and the Sons of the American Legion. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working outdoors, and his dog Dizzie.

He was predeceased by his father, Emery, and by his brother, George.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susan Moreton; his mother, Hester Moreton; sons, Richard (Marcia), Randy (Stacy) and Rodney; daughter, Renee (Harvey) Downs; eight grandchildren; and sister, Joan (James) Sterling.

Services will be private.

Contributions may be directed to Finger Lakes Hematology and Oncology, 6 Ambulance Drive, Clifton Springs, NY 14432.

Arrangements are in care of Norton Funeral Home of Wolcott.

Susan Bradley, Public health nurse

OBITS-BradleySusanSusan Bradley, 66, of Hannibal, died March 12, 2013.

She was the wife of David Bradley and the mother of Christopher (Ali) of Accord, N.Y. and Patrick (Meghan) of Charlottesville, Va.

She was the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Ortner and was born and raised in Darien Center, N.Y.

She graduated from Notre Dame High School in Batavia and earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from D’Youville College in Buffalo.

During her nursing career, she worked as a public health nurse for both Oswego and Onondaga counties. She was the admissions nurse for Loretto Geriatric Center for many years.  Additionally, she worked for Crouse Irving Memorial and Upstate hospitals in Syracuse.

She was a gardener and enjoyed yoga.

Besides her husband and children, she is survived by three sisters and a brother, Elizabeth (Roger) Popp of Kissimmee, Fla., Sally Wilkinson of Cocoa Beach, Fla., Mary (Richard) Morley of Syracuse, and Charles (Mary) Ortner of Lafayette, Ind.; brother-in-law, Douglas (Barbara) Bradley of Skaneateles and sister-in-law, Gerry Roycraft of Camillus; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and funeral services will be held in April with times to be announced at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to the Oswego County Humane Society, 265 W. First St., Oswego, 13126.

Wanda Richards, licensed practical nurse

OBITS-RichardsWandaWEBWanda J. Richards, 62, of Fulton, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Oswego Hospital.

She was born in Fulton, a daughter to the late Leon “Yago” and Doris Jodway and was a life resident of Fulton.

She attended Syracuse University. She was formerly employed as a licensed practical nurse at A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital until her retirement in 2003.

She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She enjoyed camping and travelling.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three brothers, Larry, Darryl and Gene Jodway.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Keller M. Richards; siblings, Dennis Jodway of Fulton, Vicki Jodway of Auburn, Steven Jodway of Fulton and Jacqueline Jodway of New Haven; two aunts, Marie (John) Richards of Florida and Avis Blasczienski of Fulton; and several nephews and nieces, especially her godchild, Kelly Blasczienski of Liverpool.

Graveside services will be in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Keller M. Richards.

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.