Category Archives: Obituaries

Margaret “Peg” Pickard: Retired from county courts

Margaret “Peg” Pickard, 76, of Fulton, passed away Sept. 8 with her family by her side.

She was born in Fulton, a daughter to Marjorie Hopkins and the late Glenn Hopkins.

Peg retired from the Oswego County Court Offices in Oswego. She enjoyed gardening, crafts and spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her father, she was predeceased by a son, Michael A. Pickard who died in 1977.

She is survived by two sons, Darren (Lise) Pickard and Steven (Carrie Emmons) Pickard both of Fulton;  her mother, Marjorie Hopkins of Oriskany Falls; three brothers, Robert (Valerie) Hopkins of Fulton, David (Barbara) Hopkins of Phelps, and Bruce (MerryBeth) Hopkins of Oriskany Falls; three granddaughters, Shannon (Matthew) Rathbun, Kelsey and Addison Pickard.

Funeral services were Sept. 12 at Bristol Hill Congregational United Church of Christ, Volney. Burial will be in Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were Sept. 11 at the funeral home in Fulton.

Eva Parsons: Became U.S. citizen in 1955

Eva Parsons, 86 of Cato, passed away Sept. 8 at home.

Eva was born May 13, 1927 in Gross Zimmern, Germany to the late Johannes and Anna Hechler Geir.

On Nov. 9, 1955, Eva became a U.S. citizen.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert S. Parsons.

She is survived by her three daughters, Diana Thomas of Florida, Nancy Pelkey of Cato and Laurie Parsons of Cato; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be private.

Contributions in memory of Eva may be made to Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal, has care of arrangements.

Doris B. Matzke: Life member of Iris Society

Doris B. Matzke, 92, of Fulton died Aug. 27 at Oswego Hospital after a short illness.

She was born in Oswego to the late George and Mildred Baldwin.

She was a life resident of Oswego County. Mrs. Matzke was a former employee of Sealright Co., Fulton.

She was a life member of the American Iris Society and a member of the National Wildlife Federation.

Mrs. Matzke was predeceased by her husband, Frederick Matzke, and sister Marjorie Mack.

She is survived by her son Peter (Jeanne) Matzke of Fairport,  one sister Betty Mangano of Minetto, two grandchildren:  Karen (Carlos) Gallegos and Michael Matzke, two great-grandchildren, Lena and Evan Gallegos.

Graveside services and burial will be 10:30 a.m. today, Sept. 14 at Jacksonville Cemetery, Lysander.  There will be no calling hours.

The Sugar Funeral Home Inc., Fulton, has care of the arrangements.

Dorothy H. Hall: Secretary at Nestle, LPN


Dorothy H. Hall, 95, of Fulton died Sept. 5 at Oswego Hospital.

She was born in Fulton, a daughter to the late Dr. A.L. Hall, who was the first surgeon at the Fulton hospital, and his wif,e Lena Howell Hall.

Ms. Hall was a secretary at the Nestle Co. in Fulton for 40 years and after her retirement served the community as a private duty licensed practical nurse.

She is survived by her neighbor, Natalie Carroll.

Funeral services are private. Burial will be in Mount Adnah Cemetery.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Judith Argus: Loved gardening, bingo


Judith Argus, 68, of Fulton passed away Sept. 4 with her family by her side.

She was born July 5, 1945 in Syracuse to George and Margaret Parkis.

She devoted much of her time and energy to her family and enjoyed gardening, crafting and playing bingo.

Judy was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Argus; sisters, Dolores and Jerry; brothers, Harold and George.

Surviving are her three daughters, Margaret (Bruce) Kimball, Tina (Adrian)  Hines and Kelly Argus; three grandchildren, Crystal, Lena, and Cole; sisters, Marion Hayes, Leona Crego and Rose Paro;  brother, Raymond Parkis.

Calling hours and services were Sept. 7 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial will be at Pine Plains Cemetery in Kirkville.

Contributions in memory of Judy may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, N.Y. 13126.

Anne B. Miller: Worked for federal government

Anne B. Miller of Springfield, Va., formerly of Fulton, was called to heaven on Sept. 3.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Miller, in 2000, her sister Joan Robinson, and her brother Joseph Giannetto.

She is survived by two daughters, Karen McKeon of Fairfax, Va., and Sharon Mackey of Rochester, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, twin sister Mary Fannetti of Minoa and several nieces and nephews.

Anne’s’ greatest love was for the Lord.  She was an active member of Immanuel Bible Church and loved reading the Bible. Her other great love was dancing, which she enjoyed her entire life.

Anne moved to Northern Virginia in 1976.  She began her government career working for the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of the Air Force, the U.S. House of Representatives (Select Committee on Assassinations) and the Department of the Army, where she retired in 1994 as a computer systems analyst.

A visitation was held at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home Sept. 6 and a funeral service was held at Immanuel Bible Church, Springfield, Va. Sept. 7. Burial was at Fairfax Memorial Park.

Donations may be made to Capital Caring Hospice, 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, Va.  22042.

Evelyn L. Harriger: Avid bowler, gardener, camper

Evelyn L. Harriger, 72, of Pennellville passed away Aug. 30 at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Syracuse.

She was born in Volney to her late parents, Ruby Evangeline (Breasnahan) and Harold Duell, on March 3, 1941.

Evelyn was a meat wrapper for Sam’s Club, Clay. She enjoyed the traveling dart club; was an avid bowler and gardener; and enjoyed camping, fishing and deer tracking. She made excellent pies.

Evelyn enjoyed spending quality time with her family.

She was predeceased by her son William Meeks in August 1977.

Surviving are her loving husband of 43 years, Joseph M. Harriger; her children, Robert Meeks (Jennie), Jerry (Melanie) Meeks, Beverly (Meeks) Badore (Kevin) and Joseph (Christin) Harriger; a brother, Jim (Lucy) Duell; a sister, Eleanor Hanson; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins.

Calling hours were Sept. 4 at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix.

Services were Sept. 5 at Pennellville United Methodist Church. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Volney.

Mary Elizabeth Schwitter Jones: Homemaker, gardener

Mary E. Jones, 93, of Fulton passed away Aug. 31 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Scriba, she was a longtime resident of the Fulton area. Mary was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by her husband, Tom Jones; seven children, Barbara (John) Oleyourryk of Oswego, Edward (Colleen) Jones of Fulton, Alun (Denise) Jones of Cumming, Ga., Kenneth Jones of Fulton, Linda Jones of Ithaca, Philip (Michelle) Jones of Fulton and Christopher (Doreen) Jones of Oswego; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services will be private.

Contributions in memory of Mary may be made to Friends of the Fulton Public Library, 160 S. First St., Fulton, N.Y. 13069.

Foster Funeral Home in Fulton has care of arrangements.