Category Archives: Obituaries

LeRoy Smiley Jr., Granby resident

OBITS–SmileyLeRoyLeRoy Smiley, Jr., 46, of Granby, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.

Born in Mobile, Ala., Smiley has lived in the Fulton and Granby areas for most of his life. He had worked for Wal-Mart in Fulton and for DMG in Baldwinsville for several years.

He enjoyed camping, fishing and was an avid Chicago Bears and New York Mets fan. For the last three years, he has sponsored local softball teams.

He was predeceased by his father, LeRoy Smiley Sr., who died in 2007; a grandson, Jayson Crandall II; and his uncle, John Smiley.

He is survived by his wife, the former April Cooper; children, Katrina, David, LaTosha, Tiffany, John, and Nathaniel; siblings, Theresa, Vernell, Charles and Samantha; grandchildren, Wyatt, Ethan, Ayanna, Mykayla, Akeylla, Drake, Trinity, DenaRae, SkyLynne, Nickolas, Issaic, Samuel, Drake, and Theresa; uncles, Aaron and CC; and nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton, 13069.

Contributions in memory of LeRoy may be made to American Lung Association of CNY, 155 Washington Avenue, Suite 210, Albany, 12210 or Parents of Special Children, 2 Tower Dr., Fulton, 13069.

Frank Libera, Fulton barber

OBITS-LiberaFrankFrank W. Libera, 82, an U.S. Army veteran, died in his sleep Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Clifton Springs Nursing Home.

He was a member of the Polish Legion of American Veterans, the American Legion and the Fulton Polish Home.

He worked his entire life as a barber in his hometown of Fulton and was a charter member at Beaver Meadows Country Club in Phoenix, where he demonstrated his love for golf by winning a number of club tournaments and scoring a hole in one on two occasions.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jeanette A. Libera; children, Gail (Anthony) Romano of Pittsford and William (Elizabeth) Libera of Canandaigua; and grandchildren Matthew (Rebecca) Libera of Greensboro, N.C. and Christopher Libera of Rochester.

Services will be held privately at the family’s request.

Alice Diamond, worked at Nestle

OBITS-DiamondAliceAlice M. Diamond, 86, of Hannibal, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at Morningstar Care Center in Oswego.

A native of Fulton, she had resided in Hannibal most of her life. She was the daughter of David and Frances Guppy House. She had worked at Nestle Company in Fulton for over 18 years.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Barbara Whitmer in 2012.

Surviving are her children, Lois Groat of Hannibal, Susan Mastro of Solvay, Gail Patterson of Fulton, Charles (Anna) Diamond of Fairfax, Va., Joyce Gebele of LaGrangeville, Joan Diamond of Indianapolis, Ind. and Janet Busch of Temple, Ga.; a son-in-law, Daniel Whitmer of Fulton; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Calling hours are from 5 to 7 pm Friday, March 1 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services immediately following. Burial will be in the spring at Mexico Village Cemetery in Mexico.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 441 West Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204-1305.

Adelaide Pierce, retired from Sealright

OBITS-PierceAdelaideaAdelaide I. Pierce, 100, formerly of Hannibal, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

A native of Granby, Mrs. Pierce had resided in Hannibal most of her life. She retired in 1977 after 33 years with Sealright Company, Fulton.

She was predeceased by her husband, John M. Pierce, who died in 1971, and by her daughter, Beverly J. Haven.

Surviving are five sons, John M. Pierce, Jr. of Parish, Clarence M. Pierce of Syracuse, William F. Pierce of Fulton, Richard E. Pierce of Hannibal, and Bruce W. Pierce of Martville; 21 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 31 great-great-grandchildren; six great-great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be private. There are no calling hours. Burial will be at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to the First United Church of Fulton, 33 So. Third St., Fulton, 13069.

Foster Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.

Robert Shatrau, Navy veteran

OBITS-ShatrauRobertRobert A. Shatrau, 70, of Fulton, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at Oswego Hospital, Oswego.

He was born in Oswego to the late Harry and Ruth (Stewart) Shatrau. He has been a longtime resident of Fulton. He was a United States veteran having served in the Navy from 1960 to 1963.

Mr. Shatrau co-owned and operated NET Tool and Die, Fulton for more than 40 years.

Mr. Shatrau was an avid golfer and he enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Florida.

He was pre-deceased by his wife, Yvonne Shatrau, in 2012, and granddaughter, Janell Granger.

He is survived by his children, Robert “Boog” (Christine) Shatrau Jr. of Fulton, Melissa Granger of Fulton, Wallace (Deborah) Cummins of Fulton, Jeanette (Richard) Mills of Fulton, and James L. Cummins of Virginia; 11 siblings, Vaundaugha Larson of West Virginia, Helena Rockwood of Lysander, Richard Shatrau of Fulton, Sharon Poyneer, Mike Shatrau Linda Scriber, Brenda Shatrau Donald Shatrau, all of Oswego, Peter Shatrau of NOrth Carolina, Timothy Shatrau, Christopher Shatrau, all of Oswego; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held  at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at All Saints Episcopal Church, Fulton with Rev. Harold Avery officiating.

In the spring, Mr. and Mrs. Shatrau will be buried together in the Forever Garden, All Saints Episcopal Church, Fulton.

Calling hours will be conducted Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the Regional Oncology Center of Syracuse, East Adams St. Syracuse, NY 13210.

Carolyn Matzke, Phoenix resident

Carolyn T. Matzke, 94, of Phoenix, died Saturday Feb. 23, 2013.

She was born in Gouverneur, N.Y. to her late parents, Vera (Briggs) and Frank Thoman July 14, 1918. She was a secretary for the Radiological Society of N.A., Syracuse.

She  was a parishioner of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Phoenix, and active in its Rosary Society. She enjoyed travelling.

She was predeceased by her husband, Otto K. Matzke Sr., Aug. 27, 2006; a grandson, Peter Matzke; three brothers; and one sister.

Surviving are her sons, Otto K. Matzke, Jr. of Phoenix, William A. (Judy) Matzke of Whispering Pines, N.C., and Robert F. (Dennis) Matzke of Matthews, N.C.; one daughter, Marilyn M. (Frank) Stephens of Denver, Colo.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren (with one on the way); and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A church mass only will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. in St. Stephen’s Church, 469 Main St., Phoenix, with the Rev. Philip Brockmyre officiating.

Burial will be at a later date in Roosevelt Cemetery, Schroeppel.

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

Sharon Frost, GRB graduate

Obits-FrostSharonSharon Niver Frost, 61, of Fulton, died suddenly Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at Oswego Hospital.

A native of Fulton, she was a life resident. She was a 1969 graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School and of Continental Institute of Cosmetology. She had worked as a monitor at G. Ray Bodley High School and as a pharmacy cashier at Fay’s Drugs.

She was a longtime member of State Street United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed playing bunko, camping in her motor coach and collecting and decorating with primitive and folk art.

She had served as secretary of the Fulton Junior Baseball Association for many years.

Surviving are her husband of 41 years, Gary Frost of Fulton; children, Jeffrey (Crystal) Frost, Matthew (Jessica) Frost and Kami (Dwain) Storrs; seven grandchildren; brothers, Dennis (Brenda) Niver and Kevin Niver; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held today, Feb. 25 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton, with services immediately following.

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

Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 6390 Fly Road, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Anthony Trepasso, Nestle millwright

Anthony C. Trepasso, 69, of Baldwinsville and a formerly of Fulton, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 in St. Joseph Hospital, Syracuse.

Mr. Trepasso was born in Syracuse, the son of the late Gabriel and Jane (Mangano) Trepasso. He worked as a millwright at Nestle, Fulton for many years.

Mr. Trepasso was a member of the United Food & Confection Workers Local #17.

He is survived by his son, Patrick Trepasso of Baldwinsville; brother, Tom (Barb) Trepasso of Fulton; and sister, Elizabeth (Fran) St. Onge of Fulton.

Spring burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Monday, Feb. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. Second St. S, Fulton.