Category Archives: Obituaries

Barbara J. Butler Matzke, enjoyed reading, crocheting, playing Bingo

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Barbara J. Butler Matzke, 62, formerly of Fulton, passed away surrounded by her loving family at her home in Oswego on Thursday, June 19.

She had resided in Old Forge and Watertown for many years. Barb enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, reading, crocheting and playing Bingo.

Surviving are her six children, Aaron (Trisha) Matzke of Fort Worth TX, Susan Matzke of Boonville, Corinna (Christopher) Scribner of Phoenix, Michelle (Dennis) Wilcox of Colorado Springs, CO, John (Audra) Matzke of Fulton and Holly Kranbuhl of Boonville; three siblings; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many “adopted children”.

Calling hours are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 22 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services to immediately follow at 1 p.m.

Dylan Robert Blair, BOCES auto mechanic student, parks and rec summer employee

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Dylan Robert Blair, 18, of Fulton, passed away Tuesday June 17 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

Dylan was a life resident of Fulton and a member of the graduating class of 2014 from G. Ray Bodley High School. He was a B.O.C.E.S. student in their automobile mechanics class and played a year of high school football.

Dylan worked during the summer for the City of Fulton Parks and Recreation Department, had worked at Raponi Plumbing and Heating and was currently working at Babcock Oil.

Dylan enjoyed working on cars, hunting and playing hockey. He was predeceased by a brother, Ryan Chrisman, who passed in 2006, and a grandfather, Phillip Blair in 2012.

Dylan is survived by his mother, Suzanne Viscome; his father, Scott Blair; a sister, Samantha Blair; a brother, Montana Blair; maternal grandparents, Robert and Alice Viscome; paternal grandmother, Jeanne Blair, all of Fulton, as well as several cousins, aunts and uncles.

Calling hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 23 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 24 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, corner of South Third and Rochester Streets, Fulton.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Contributions in memory of Dylan may be made to the Dylan Blair Memorial Fund, c/o Ann Mahaney, 78 Brown Road, Hannibal, NY 13074. 

Leo P. Pappalardo, loved singing, cooking, fishing and spending time with family

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Leo P. Pappalardo, 73, of Fulton, passed away June 17, 2014, at Upstate University Medical Center surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Fulton, he was the son of the late Phil and Angelina (Curcuruto) Pappalardo.

 Leo was employed by Triline Automation Corp.

He was an active member of his parish church. Leo loved cooking, singing, fishing and spending time with his family. His kindness and spirit left a lasting impression on all who met him.

Leo leaves behind his beloved wife of 53 years, Wanda (Cooper) Pappalardo and four daughters: Beth Pappalardo-Mitchell (David) of Whitesboro, NY; Cheryl (Steven) Sovare of Webster, NY; Angela Pappalardo (Ted Sherman) of Buffalo, NY and Deanna Pappalardo of Fulton, NY.

Known to his four grandchildren as “Nano,” he will be deeply missed by Leo, Ian, Audrey and Nina. He also is survived by his sister Rosa (Richard) Kemmis, brother Salvatore (Rosalie) Pappalardo, all of Fulton, and sister JoAnn Natoli of Minetto.

 Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 20 at Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. Second St., S., Fulton.

 Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 2912 NY Route 48, Minetto, NY. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

In lieu of flowers, family requests contributions to the Golisano Children’s Hospital, Syracuse or the Catholic Charities Food Pantry of Oswego County.

Mary Reta Smith, dedicated wife, mother

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Mary Reta Smith, born March 8, 1956, the daughter of Floyd and Joyce Boynton passed away June 18, 2014 at the age of 58.

Mary was taken too quickly from her loved ones after succumbing to a prolonged battle with cancer. She was a dedicated wife and mother who found time to balance a busy work schedule with the demands of supporting and taking care of her family.

She is predeceased by her father and brother, Floyd Boynton, III.

Mary is survived by her husband John; two children, Michael (Randall Wilke) of Orlando, FL and Stephanie of Syracuse; her mother, Joyce Boynton; two sisters, Cheryl Boynton and Wendy (Michael) Whitney.

Calling hours will be held 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday (today) with a service to immediately follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Upstate Cancer Center, 750 E. Adams St., Syracuse, 13210.

Benjamin O. Knight, graveside service

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Graveside memorial services for Benjamin  O. Knight, 80, of Syracuse, NY will be at 1 p.m. Thursday June 19, 2014 in Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery, 723 N. Main St., Central Square, NY.

The Rev. T. E. Millbyer will officiate the service as well as military tribute by the US Army honor team, with the honor squad VFW Post 5540, Phoenix Memorial Post offering a fine tribute to Mr. Knight.

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

William Hamilton Sr., farmer, truck driver for OCO

William Hamilton, Sr., 83, of Pennellville died Tuesday June 10 at home.

He was born in Syracuse, NY and was a lifetime resident of Volney until 2010 when he moved to Pennellville.

As a child he grew up on a farm and later in life he continued to work in farming, and silo construction. Mr. Hamilton was past employed as a truck driver and he retired from OCO, Fulton where he worked as a bus driver and aide for 25 years.

He was a past member of the Fulton Moose Lodge and he enjoyed bowling at the Fulton Recreation Club and Lakeview Lanes.

Mr. Hamilton was pre-deceased by his granddaughter Tabitha.

He is survived by his six children:  Cheryl Hamilton of Pennellville, William Hamilton Jr., of Fulton, Michele Bradley of Fulton, Theresa Akarpinar of Granby, Eric Hamilton of Hannibal, Joanne Taylor of Granby; 17 grandchildren and several great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Burial will be held privately. Calling hours were Tuesday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton.

Margaret Beckwith, spring burial

Margaret Beckwith, 79, of Fulton will be buried at 9:15 a.m., Saturday, June 21,  in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton with the Rev. Moritz Fuchs officiating.

Following the burial, a celebration of Mrs. Beckwith’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21st at the Oasis at Thunder Island, Fulton.

The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton, has care of the arrangements.