Category Archives: Obituaries

Deacon John Cretaro

Deacon John Theodore Cretaro died Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in Mobile, Ala. Born August 2, 1941 in Canastota, N.Y. to Theodore and Rose (Cordileone) Cretaro, he is survived by his wife, Jo Anne Cretaro of Mobile; sisters, Patricia (Charles) Branagh of Clay, N.Y., Mary Cretaro and a brother, Michael Cretaro, both of Canastota, N.Y.; cousins, nieces and nephews. A graduate of Canastota schools, he served in the U.S. Air Force, graduated from the St. Phillip Neri Latin-Greek Seminary, Haverhill, Mass., and was affiliated with the Capuchin Friars of New York. He was a lay missionary for three years in Zaire, Africa and later, with his wife, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Congo-Zaire, Africa. He received his B.S. in Industrial Arts and M.A. in Psychological Counseling in Human Services from the State University of New York, Oswego. In 1980, he was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Syracuse. In 2003, after 26 years serving the poorest of Oswego County, he retired to Mobile to continue as a Permanent Deacon in the service of the Archdiocese of Mobile assigned to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and resident chaplain at the Cathedral Place Apartments. He was also a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. A private burial was held in Catholic Cemetery in Mobile. A funeral Mass was celebrated at the chapel of the Little Sisters of the Poor Sacred Heart Residence in Mobile on Saturday, March 21, 2015. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Mobile Archdiocese or the Little Sisters of the Poor. Condolences may be offered at

Newell Fred Stauring

Stauring, NewellNewell F. Stauring, 88, of Fulton, passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015 at Crouse-Irving Hospital. He was born on October 23, 1926, in Fulton, a son to the late William H. and Ida L. Whiting Stauring. Newell graduated from Fulton High School in 1943. He retired from Sealright in Fulton after 45 years. Newell enjoyed camping and hunting. Along with his parents he was predeceased by his wife, Virginia in 2008, five brothers, Howard, Ernest, John, George and William and five sisters, Marie, Maude, Fairy, Esther and Thelma. He will be greatly missed and forever loved by his four children, Newell B. Stauring of Camden, Christine (Stephen) Harris of Parish, Pamela (Len Collins) Pickard of Fulton and Rebecca Kinney of Fulton; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. Calling hours and a servcice were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in Mount Adnah Cemetery.

Ruth Benway

Benway, RuthRuth Benway of Fulton, passed away Sunday, March 22 at Oswego Hospital following a brief illness. She was born in Fulton, the youngest child to the late, Joseph and Anna Simon. Ruth retired from Syroco after 19 years of service and had previously worked at the Nestle Company for several years. Ruth was a communicant of the former Holy Family Church. She volunteered at Lee Memorial Hospital and was a member of Aurora of CNY. In addition to her parents, Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Raymond W. Benway; two brothers and four sisters. She is survived by her daughters, Linda Benway, Cathy (Terry) Alford and Karen (Phil) MacEwen; five grandchildren, Christopher, Katie, Amber, Corinne and Julia; nine great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. Calling hours and a service were held Friday, March 26 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will take place at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Contributions in memory of Mrs. Benway may be made to Aurora of CNY, Inc., 518 James St., Suite 100, Syracuse, NY 13203.

Frederick R. McCarthy, Sr.

Frederick R. McCarthy, Sr., 80, of Fulton, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died March 24, 2015 at James Square Nursing Home in Syracuse where he had been a resident for the past seven months. Born December 28, 1934 in Fulton, he was the son of Philip Sheridan McCarthy and Anna Muncy McCarthy. He attended Catholic grade school and graduated from Fulton High School in 1952. Mac served with the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and joined the New York State Police on August 1, 1957, initially serving as a uniformed trooper and later was promoted to investigator with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Troop D, Oneida. He retired in 1981 to go to work for Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation first as head of security at the Oswego steam plant and later as security supervisor at Nine Mile Point nuclear facility. Mac loved his dogs and horses as well as hunting, fishing and politics. He enjoyed telling stories of his years in the state police which included foot patrol at Sylvan Beach and the midway at the NY State Fair. He was chosen to guard Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev when he visited Hyde Park in 1951; he was at the Rochester riots in 1964 and the aftermath of Attica Prison riot in 1971. Mac was a member of the New York State Retired Troopers Association and Oswego County Lodge Fraternal Order of Police as well as Hannibal Post American Legion. He was predeceased by a brother, Philip McCarthy and sisters, Mary Jane McCarthy, Gertrude Cealie and Ellen Fones. Mac is survived by his wife of 38 years, Judith T. McCarthy; six children, Dennis (Donna) McCarthy of Solvay, Fred, Jr. (Jennifer) McCarthy of Town of Scott, Sam (Kathy) Gerbig of Oswego, Michael McCarthy of Clay, Sally McCarthy (Rick Schram) of Atlanta and Amanda (Nathan) Mountain of Syracuse; one sister, Patricia (James) Simpson of Fulton; grandchildren, Frederick III (Lauren) McCarthy of Charleston, SC, Daniel McCarthy of Baldwinsville, Brandon McCarthy of North Syracuse, Noah and Taylor Gerbig of Wareham, Mass., McCarthy Jane Mountain and Aidan Alexandra Mountain of Syracuse, Trey Glover of John’s Island, S.C., James Ouderkirk and JoAnne Crimmins of Oswego. Calling hours were Friday, March 27 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28 at the Fulton First United Methodist Church, 1408 State Route 176, Fulton. Donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 62 South First Street, Fulton, NY, 13069.

Catherine  Mills

Catherine Mills OBCatherine  Mills, 59, of Pennellville, N.Y., passed away on Friday, March 20 at the VA Medical Center, Syracuse, N.Y. Born in Greenock, Scotland to her late parents, Catherine (Orr) Milligan and William Milligan on May 8, 1955, she was a homemaker. A Member of H. F. American Legion Post 418, Phoenix. She was predeceased by her husband George M. Mills, Sr.; her son George M. Mills, Jr.; and a brother, George Milligan. Surviving are her son and his wife, William J. and Stacey Mills of Hannibal; one grandson, Austin Mills; her brothers and sisters, Andrew (Margaret) Milligan, William Milligan, May (Jim) Dykes, Anthony Milligan, and Isobel Milligan Malone all of Greenock, Scotland; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service was held Friday, March 27 in the American Legion Post 418 in Phoenix, N.Y.  A spring burial will occur on a week day at a later date in Pennellville Cemetery, Schroeppel.

Dennis W. Norton

Norton, DennisDennis W. Norton, 70, of Volney, passed away on Tuesday, March 24 at University Hospital in Syracuse. A native of Fulton, he was the son of the late Earl and Dorothy Reeves Norton and was a life resident of the Volney area. Dennis retired in 1999 as maintenance supervisor at Oswego County Department of Social Services in Mexico and he had previously worked for over 25 years as maintenance supervisor at Pathfinder Courts in Fulton. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Dennis was an active member and trustee of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Volney. He enjoyed his Harley Davidson motorcycles and was a founding member of the local Harley Davidson Dressers of America Association. Dennis was well known for his handyman “fix it” ability and was often seen helping and delivering for his daughter’s floral shop, DeVine Designs. Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Rita Mouchka Norton of Volney; two daughters, Teresa (Roy) Poudrier and Gail (Ernie Brown) Norton all of Fulton; two grandchildren, Jonathon Beeles of Oswego and Jamie Beeles of Fulton; two brothers, Earl Norton of Hannibal and Gordon Norton of Fulton; several nieces and nephews. Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 30 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton with services 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 31 at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, County Route 45, Volney. Burial with military honors will be in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church or to the Salvation Army of Fulton.

Lenora M. Gustavson

Lenora M. Gustavson, 71, formerly of Liverpool and Lacona, passed away March 15 at her daughter’s home. She was born May 11, 1943 in Lacona, N.Y., the daughter of the late Wilbur and Nina White VanGieson. She was educated in Sandy Creek School. She retired from Crouse Hospital housekeeping department and the Byrne Dairy store in Liverpool. She was married to Richard E. Gustavson who died in 2008.
She is survived by her children, Laurie (Keith) Ludlow of Fulton, Joseph (Diane) Salisbury and Burton Samphier of Henderson;13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Billie Kay Stowell of S.C., and Mina Whitmore of Watertown. She was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Snyder and Hannah Murray, and an infant son, Jeffrey.
Funeral services will be held Saturday March 21, 2015 at 3 p.m. ay the Summerville Funeral Home 1997 Harwood Dr., Sandy Creek. Calling hours Saturday 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service. Spring burial will be in Depauville Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Central New York P.O. Box 69 Syracuse, N.Y. 13208 or American Cancer Society P.O. Box 7 East Syracuse, N.Y. 13057.

Claudia J. Ferlito

Claudia J. Ferlito 3 001Claudia J. Ferlito, 68, of Fulton, N.Y., passed away at University Hospital, Syracuse, after a long illness.
Born in Syracuse, on March 27, 1946 to her late parents, Olive M. (Tidwell) Sprague and Harrison W. Sprague, Sr., Claudia was a homemaker. She loved to knit and to do gardening, spending time outside and fishing. She loved to help people, her dogs Susie and Brandy, were loved. Country music and dancing were enjoyed by her. Baking for her family and friends was an important part of her life. Claudia’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were held deeply in that special place in her heart.
She was predeceased by her two brothers, Bob and Bill Sprague; a sister, Betty Reed.
Surviving are her husband, Robert W. Ferlito of Pennellville; her son, Louis A. Massey, Jr. of Antwerp; her daughter, Claudette J. Alvez and her companion, Michael Ward, both of Gouverneur; a dear nephew, Raymond Sprague of Pennellville; her sister, Carol Y. Hollenbeck of Mexico; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Calling hours are on Saturday March 21 from noon until 2 p.m., and then from 4 until 6 p.m. in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135. The funeral service will be the next day, Sunday, at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Jeff Hodge officiating. Spring burial in Pennellville Cemetery, County Rt. 54, Pennellville, NY 13132
Contributions in Claudia’s memory may be made to American Caner Society, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.