Category Archives: Obituaries

Ruth Eleanor Hackett Kitney

Kitney OBRuth H. Kitney passed away at home on Friday, February 13 at age 103. She was a lifelong resident of Fulton.

Ruth was born on June 21, 1911, the first of five children born to Marion Helen Gomon Hackett and William George Hackett of Fulton. Her four brothers and sisters predeceased her.

Ruth went to Fulton schools and then attended the Oswego Normal School where she trained to become an elementary school teacher. She first taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Ira, N.Y. in 1930. For most of her career she taught third grade at Erie Street School in Fulton, retiring in 1969 after teaching for more than 30 years.

Ruth married Henry W. Kitney of Fulton in 1934. They were married for 57 years, until Henry’s death in 1991. Ruth and Henry had three children, Brian (Sharon), Bruce (Karen) and Barbara (Larry) Terpening. Ruth was proud to count 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren in her large and beloved family. Her grandchildren include: Kim Blake, Maureen Tetro, Todd Terpening, Jill Cali, Ryan Terpening, Allyson Becker, Elizabeth Kitney, Katherine Kitney-Hayes, Brian Kitney, Kelly Kitney, Sheri Finnigan and Krystal Kitney.

Ruth and Henry enjoyed travel and were fortunate to visit many parts of the United States. They traveled several times to Europe and even took a tour of Iceland.

Ruth was a talented artist, floral arranger and seamstress. She gave sewing lessons for years and was well known for the beautiful quilts she made for family and friends. Over the years she made many quilts for the Lee Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary Cracker Barrel Fair and she and other members of the Bessie Rich Circle of the State Street United Methodist Church made more than 100 hand-pieced quilts to sell in the annual Church Rummage Sales.

Ruth’s faith was strong and abiding. She was a member of the State Street United Methodist Church for over 65 years. She was also a member of the Fulton Decorator Club, the Arrowhead Garden Club, the Fulton Women’s Club, the Retired Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, and was a founding board member of the Oswego County Visually Impaired Group. Although she lost her sight more than 20 years ago she very much enjoyed listening to books on tape and discussing them at the Visually Impaired Book Club.

In 2012, at age 101, Ruth wrote and published a book-length memoir about her life in Fulton. She dedicated her book to “Everyone who has loved me as an infant, a child and an adult. I treasure my memories of you.” All those who knew Ruth will truly treasure their memories of her.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, February 17 at State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton. Spring burial will be at Mt. Adnah Cemetery. Calling hours were Monday, February 16 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Contributions may be made to the State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton, 13069 or to the Oswego County Visually Impaired Group, c/o Ms. Laura Smith, President, 100 Rochester St., Apt. 1104, Fulton, 13069.

Christopher D. “Pedro” Horrell

Horrell OBChristopher D. “Pedro” Horrell died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 14, 2015. He was born on September 5, 1980 to Doris LeFever and Paul Horrell. Chris attended Phoenix and Hannibal Schools. He had worked at various construction jobs and was a lifelong Bronco fan. He is survived by his parents; grandmother, Louise L. Finch; daughter, Daphne Jackson and her mother, Christine; four brothers, Tony and Shane Brock and Ryan and Nicholas Horrell; former stepmother, Linda Rogers and present stepmother, Joanne Horrell. His is going to be missed by his beloved dog, Izzy. Calling hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Chris can be made to your local animal shelter.

Luis M. Santos DeCastro

Luis M. Santos Decastro, 66, of Oswego died Wednesday February 11, 2015, in St. Joseph Hospital after a courageous battle with a rare degenerative disease. His strength and positive outlook throughout his life were a true inspiration for his family. Luis was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has been a resident of Oswego for over 20 years. Luis was a barber in Puerto Rico, and later worked in auxiliary services at SUNY Oswego. He is survived by his loving family, children Ivelisse Santos Ridriguez of Mass., Kasia (John) Johnson of Fulton, Andrew Dziedzic of Hannibal, Danny Ruiz of Texas, his mother Ramonita Vazquez of Mass., and his partner Michele Dziedzic of Oswego. In addition he is survived by his loving grandchildren Haiden, Grant and Jackson. Services and burial are private. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego.

Andrew Arthur Griffin

Andrew Arthur Griffin, 70, of Springfield, Mo., passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015. He was born January 18, 1945, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Andrew and Anna Griffin.

Andy is survived by his wife, Lorraine (Brown) Fuller-Griffin formerly of Fulton, N.Y.; stepson, James Fuller and wife Marrissa; and a host of friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 26, 2015, in the Salvation Army Chapel, 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, MO 65802. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, Springfield, Mo.

Raymond A. Jenkins

Jenkins OBRaymond A. Jenkins, 82, died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at home in Pelion, S.C., surrounded by his family, following a brief illness.

Born in Volney, N.Y., he was the son of the late Lester and Pansy Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins served in the United States Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He loved to read and bird watch. He was an avid clock collector.

Surviving are his four daughters, Tammy (Walt) Clemons of Pelion, S.C., Rebecca Boone of West Columbia, S.C., Raylene Rossiter of Oswego, N.Y., and Amanda (David) Hoover of Swansea, S.C.; brothers Warren and Gary (Rosemary) Jenkins; and sisters Florence Erb and Sandy Fields. Mr. Jenkins also is survived by his nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by 13 brothers and sisters.

Services will be held at Barr-Price Funeral Home and Crematorium, Lexington Chapel, Lexington, S.C.

Carmela L. “Millie” Yager

Carmela L. “Millie” Yager, 87, of Fulton died Thursday, Feb. 12, at St. Luke Health Services, Oswego. She was born in Fulton to the late Joseph and Agatha (Torisi) Cavallaro. Mrs. Yager remained a lifetime resident of Fulton. She retired as a general manager from Pathfinder Industries, Fulton, after 17 years of service. Mrs. Yager was a past communicant of Holy Family Church, Fulton. She was predeceased by her son Jason Yager III in 2000, grandson Joseph Turner in 1982, and siblings Sandy Cavallaro, Frank Cavallaro, Barbara Dagata and Lucy Musumeci. Mrs. Yager is survived by her beloved husband of 68 years Jason E. Yager Jr., of Fulton; four children Daniel Yager of Elmira, N.Y.; Christine (Howard) Rose of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; Joyce Turner of Fulton, and Julie (Joseph) Crahan of Baldwinsville; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., Fulton, with Rev. Robert Stephenson officiating. Burial will be held in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.


James L. Baber

James L. “Jimmy” Barber, 76, of Ira, (Cato), passed away on Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015. Born in Utica, N.Y. on Dec. 12, 1938, he was a graduate of Phoenix Central Schools. James was a U.S. Army veteran serving abroad and stateside. He achieved the rank of PFC.

Barber OBJimmy was an automobile salesman for Burdick BMW Co., in North Syracuse, retiring in 1996 after 20 years of service. Upon retiring, Jimmy moved to the country. His love for cars continued, including antique, muscle cars, and luxury automobiles.

He enjoyed playing billiards with his nephews Jay, Collin, and his friend Dave. Jimmy loved New York Giants football, New York Yankees baseball, Syracuse Orange sports, the out of doors, including mowing his lawn, and cocker spaniel dogs.

He was a member of the Little Utica United Methodist Church, and loved his church family.

He was predeceased by his mother and father, Marion (Pottleton) and

Edward Barber; a brother, Rev. Douglas E. Brushell in 2012; and sisters Sally Jean and Janie.

Surviving are his loving wife Joyce (Johnson) Barber; one brother, Gareth (Dee) Wood; three sisters, Joanie Petrucci, Sandy Couch and Linda (David) Felix; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There were no calling hours. Services were Tuesday February 17 in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, N.Y., with nephew Jason D. Brushell officiating.


Ruth N. Waldron

Waldron OBRuth N. Waldron, 92, of Oswego, former Phoenix, N.Y. resident, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015 at Oswego Hospital. Born in Charlotte, N.C. to her late parents, Clara (Roberts) and James M. Cash on October 14, 1922, she was an employee of General Electric Co., Syracuse, retiring in 1985 after 20 years of service.

Ruth is predeceased by her husband of 34 years, Carl R. Waldron, Sr. on February 13, 1976; her sons, Derick E.  Waldron on October 17, 1981 and James E. Waldron on November 14, 2008.

Survivors include her two sons and daughters-in-law, Carl R. and Roxanne Waldron, Jr., and Austin F. and Judy Waldron, all of Fulton, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; several nieces, including Sharon and her husband Larry Brower of N.C.; several nephews, and many cousins.

Calling hours and a memorial service were held Thursday, January 29, 2015 in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, N.Y.

Spring interment will be in Chase Cemetery 9450 State Rt. 48, Phoenix, N.Y.