Category Archives: Obituaries

Joan D. Lewis: Loved water skiing, traveling

Joan Lewis of Saratoga, Calif., passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Aug. 18.

Joan, 83, was born in Fulton, daughter of Robert Edward Dyer and Mary Gertrude Crahan.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, Robert (Bob) Lewis, her brother William Edward (Bud) Dyer and her sister, Kathleen (Tina) Dyer, both of Fulton, and her children James, Mary Schiefer (Scott), Ramon (Susan), and Rebecca Hogue (Allan) and eight grandchildren Zachary, Joanna, Dustin, Kimberly, Samantha, Nathan, Allan and Julie Anne and one great-grandchild, Leila Noelle.

Words cannot capture the spirit, grace and dignity of Joan, an amazing wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend.

She enjoyed traveling but was most satisfied at home with her husband, children and grandchildren.  Joan loved playing bridge with friends, collecting stamps, nursing, sewing, knitting, water skiing in her earlier years and snow skiing in her later years.

Her children especially love watching old 8 mm film of Joan and Bob performing in amateur water ski shows on American Lake in Tacoma, Wash., with their water ski club, the “Totem Skiers.”

One of Joan’s favorite activities was dancing with Bob.  They were always the first couple on the dance floor, and often the last couple to leave it.  Although life was hectic raising four children, they always made an effort to go on dinner dates and spend time together.  It was truly a lifelong love affair.

Joan led an accomplished and well travelled life.  She completed nursing school at Crouse-Irving Hospital in 1951 and was a licensed registered nurse in California until 1995.

Her nursing positions included Lee Memorial of Fulton; St. Francis of Lynwood, Calif.; Community Hospital of Los Gatos, Calif.; Mission Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital, San Jose, Calif.  Also, she volunteered as school nurse at Sacred Heart School in Saratoga, Calif., for several years.

Bob’s work took the two on many adventures.  During Bob’s career at Container Corp. of America, they lived in Lynwood, Calif.; Tacoma, Wash.; Carson Park, Calif.; Mexico City, Mexico; Philadelphia, Pa. and Saratoga, Calif., where they have lived under the same roof for 52 years.

During their two and a half years in Mexico, Joan embraced the Mexican culture and language, becoming fluent in speaking, writing and reading Spanish.

Joan traveled with Bob on business trips to Tokyo, Japan and Valencia, Venezuela.  One of their fondest memories was having an entire big band and dance floor to themselves at an elegant hotel Venezuela.

After Bob retired, they traveled to Ireland, Greece and Italy.  They also were  dedicated members of the “Snowball Express,” a local group who took regular day trips to the ski slopes in Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Joan was active in her church, Sacred Heart of Saratoga, Calif., serving as Eucharistic minister. She provided communion services at Saratoga Retirement Health Center for a number of years with Bob.

A funeral Mass was held Aug. 23 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Alameda Family Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

There will be a private burial for immediate family only.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to the Hospice of the Valley, San Jose, Calif.

Richard L. Fowler Jr.: Grew up in Fulton, Hannibal

Richard L. Fowler Jr., 59, died Aug. 9 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown following a long illness.

Rick was born in Fulton and grew up in the Hannibal and Fulton areas.  He had been living in Oriskany Falls for 17 years.

Rick is survived by his mother, Marilyn DeLorio of Round Lake; a brother, Benjamin DeLorio of Watertown, Mass.; four sisters, Debra Fowler of Saranac Lake, Sheryl Fowler of Delmar, Susan Fowler of Albany, and Elizabeth DeLorio of Murrieta, Calif., as well as several nieces and nephews.

Rick was predeceased by his father, Richard L. Fowler Sr., in 1997.

A memorial service will be held at 1 pm. Aug. 24 at the Hannibal United Methodist Church.  Following the service, there will be an interment service at the Fairdale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Lung Association in Rick’s memory.

Mary K. Miller: Dedicated mother, homemaker

Mary Katherine Miller, 69, of Granby died Aug. 15 at her home after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Miller was born in Clarion, Penn., and was a resident of Fulton most of her life.

She worked in the deli department at the Hannibal I.G.A.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald Miller in 2010, and was predeceased by her parents Robert Gifford, Katherine Ferringer and stepfather Arnold Ferringer.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and dedicated homemaker.

She enjoyed her many trips to the casino.

Mrs. Miller is survived by her children Suzanne (Brett) Law of Florida, and Jason (Michelle) Miller of Hilton, her sister Bobbi Heeter of Clarion, Penn., and grandchildren Alayna, Braden, James, Mallory and Addison.

Funeral services will be private. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Natoli Alfano: Served as Franciscan friar

Natoli Alfano, 80, of Granby died Aug. 15 in the Cortland Medical Center.

He was born in Fulton, the son of the late Benedict and Mary (Piersall) Alfano.

He was a Franciscan friar with the Franciscan Friars of the Sacred Heart.

He was predeceased by his sisters Sarah Sperbeck and Nancy Dana.

Mr. Alfano is survived by his brothers Vincent, Paul, Peter, Thomas, Robert, Joseph Alfano, and sister Josephine Acome, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Friends and family gathered Aug. 20 at First United Church, Fulton, for fellowship.

The arrangements are in the care of Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.

Timothy M. Merritt Sr.: Was auto body technician

Timothy  M. Merritt Sr., 48, of state Route 48, Fulton passed away Aug. 12 in Syracuse.

He was a graduate of J. C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix. Tim was an auto body technician.

He was predeceased by his brother, James L. Merritt on Nov. 29, 2004.

Surviving are his two sons, Timothy M. Merritt Jr. of Parish, and Anthony Merritt of Liverpool; his father, Richard L. Merritt Jr. of Fulton; his mother, Jane (Wilson) Parker of North Carolina; one sister, Mary Ann Merritt; and two granddaughters.

Services were Aug. 17 at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, with the Rev. Richard H. Scheffler officiating.

Shirley M. Phelps: Worked at Tops, Nestle

Shirley M. Phelps, 75, of Oswego, passed away Aug.14 at Oswego Hospital.

She had worked at Tops Friendly Markets and Nestle Co. in Fulton, as well as Comstock Foods in Red Creek.

Shirley was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Manly Eric Phelps, in 2012 and a son, Thomas Phelps, in 2009.

Surviving are her children, Rhonda (John) Wheeler, Melissa (Ken) Myers, Eric (Kathy) Phelps and Benjamin Phelps; a brother Bill Shoults and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services were Aug. 17 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was at Hannibal Center Cemetery.

Shirley J. Blance: Worked as executive secretary

Shirley Jean Blance, 78, of Fulton, died at home Aug. 8 after a long, brave battle with cancer.

She was born in Fulton, a daughter to the late John and Olive Beebe Gregory and was a life resident of the Fulton area.

Shirley graduated from Fulton High School and retired from Nestle Westreco as an executive secretary, where she worked for 35 years.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Robert Gregory who died in 2007.

Shirley is survived by her brother, James Gregory of Fulton; four nieces, Lynne (Joe) Hawksby of Minetto, Jill (Wayne) Blecher of Pennsylvania, Tammy Gregory of Fulton and Brenda Davis of Oswego; two nephews, Tim (Cheryl) Gregory of Walworth, and Ryan (Jaime) Gregory of Minetto as well as several grandnieces and grandnephews. T

here are no calling hours. Graveside services are private.

Contributions in Shirley’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St. ,P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057 or Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126-0102.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Genevieve M. Carter: Worked at Nestle 30 years

Genevieve M. Carter, 103, of Hannibal, passed away Aug. 8 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

A native of Lysander, she had resided in Hannibal most of her life. Genevieve retired in 1973 from Nestle Co., Fulton after 30 years and was a member of its Quarter Century Club.

She was predeceased by her husband, Floyd M. Carter, in 1989 and by her children, Esther L. Creighton in 1992, Floyd M. Carter Jr. in 1993 and Fred D. Carter in 2005 and a grandson, Floyd J. Chillson II in 1992.

Surviving are her 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, nine great-great grandchildren, two great-great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services were Aug. 12 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was at Fairdale Rural Cemetery in Hannibal.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hannibal Volunteer Fire Department or Hannibal Center United Methodist Church.