Category Archives: Obituaries

Margaret Isham Maxam

Margaret Isham Maxam, 70, of Phoenix, N.Y., passed away peacefully with her husband and family at her side on Thursday morning Nov. 20, 2014. She was born to her late parents, Eva M. (Thompson) and Charles H. Isham, on May 21, 1944. Margaret was a graduate of J. C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix, class of 1962. She furthered her studies at Central City Business School, Syracuse.

11-26 Maxam OB (1)Margaret was a supervising secretary for Coopers and Lybrand Co., Syracuse, for 35 years. In 1988 she received the “Living the Cooper and Lybrand Commitment Award.” As a life member of Phoenix United Methodist Church, she taught Sunday School for 35 years, was president of the U.M.W. for 20 years, a volunteer at the Teen Center inside the church, and she volunteered at the Phoenix Area Food Pantry, as well. Margaret’s love for children and family and friends was shown by her and her husband, Dennis, by hosting many family reunion gatherings; the P.U.M. Church Sunday School Rally Day and Fishing Derby at their home.

Besides her mother, Eva, who died in 1992, and her father, Charles, who died in 2009, she was predeceased by her brother, Charles Wayne Isham, in 1995. Surviving are her loving husband of 46 years, Dennis M. Maxam; her daughter and her son-in-law, Peggy D. Maxam Farr and Patrick Farr of N.C.; her sons, Marc E. Maxam and Kirk C. Maxam, both of Phoenix; her three grandchildren, Tyler P. Farr, Amanda M. Farr and MacKenzie S. Maxam; her sister Carlene and brother-in-law Chuck Gorman of Granby; her brother-in-law and his wife, Leo F. and Sandy (Cronk) Maxam of Syracuse; sister-in-law, Gloria Isham of Phoenix; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and many friends. Calling hours were Monday in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135. The funeral service was held Tuesday in the Phoenix United Methodist Church, 49 Jefferson St., Phoenix, with the Rev. Marion Moore-Calgan as presiding pastor, and the Rev. Susan Townsend. Burial followed in Chase Cemetery, 9450 State Route 48, Phoenix. Margaret’s motto was “Live to Love.” She will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her. Contributions in Margaret’s memory may be made to: Phoenix United Methodist Church for either the Sunday School Program, United Methodist Women, or the Teen Center. Also, contributions can be made to Phoenix Area Food Pantry, 43 Bridge St., Phoenix, NY 13135.

Debra Jean LaQuire Prosenick

11-26 Prosenick OB (1)Debra Jean LaQuire Prosenick, 36, passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 21 after a hard fought battle with leukemia. She is survived by her husband, Adam; 13-year-old-son, Christopher; 11-year-old daughter, Jennifer; parents, Vincent and Betty Giles LaQuire; sister, Melissa L. (Terry) Royce; honorary sister and cousin, Angela R. LaQuire; brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Tammy Prosenick; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday with a funeral service to immediately follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

June R. Holden

Holden, June OBJune R. Holden, 80, of Fulton, formerly of Hubbardsville, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at Morningstar Care Center. She was born on June 9, 1934 in Hamilton, a daughter to the late Ernest and Fiona Clark Ramsdell. June was a longtime member of First United Church of Fulton. She enjoyed reading and writing. June helped with the writing of The History of Fulton. She was predeceased by her brother, Ernest “Bub” Ramsdell.

Surviving are her husband, Francis “Snuffy” Holden; four sons, Hank Holden of S.C., Hugh Holden of China, Eric (Sonia Page) Holden of Hannibal and Carl Holden of Oswego; five grandchildren, Dan, Jason, Aaron, Deanna and Andy; four great-grandchildren; as well several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday at First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St., Fulton. Burial will be in Fairdale Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to charity of choice in June’s memory.

Joseph LaRocca

Joseph LaRocca, 82, of Florida City, Fla., joined our Lord in heaven on Oct. 22, 2014 in Syracuse, N.Y. He was known as “Joe LaRock.” He was a true pioneer farmer of Florida City, and the rock for his family.

LaRocca was born in Hannibal, N.Y. to Salvatore and Maria LaRocca on Nov. 17, 1931.  He is survived by his loving wife, Frances LaRocca of 58 years; his four daugthers, Angela DelliVeneri, Joann Speers, Anna LaRocca-Hill and Francene Hagarman; sons-in-law, Robert Speers, the late Larry DelliVeneri, Jr., Jeffrey Hill and Kevin Hagarman. He cherished his seven grandchildren, Justin Speers, Kerri Speers, Danielle DelliVeneri, Lawrence DelliVeneri, Matthew Hill, Joseph Hill, Bryce Hagarman and his beautiful great-grandchild, Leah Pacheco Speers.

Visitation was held at Branam Funeral Home, 809 North Krome Avenue, Homestead, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m.

A funeral mass was held at Sacred Heart Church, 106 S.E. Road, Homestead, Fla., on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at 10 a.m.  Burial will follow at Palms Woodlawn Cemetery located at 27100 Old Dixie Highway, Naranja, FL 33032.

Joe attended high school at both Hannibal High School in Hannibal, and Homestead High School in Homestead, Fla., and graduated in 1949. He began farming at the age of four in upstate New York with his parents, where he would farm during the spring and summer.  He also farmed in Florida City during the winter months.

He was a dedicated parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Homestead, and Our Lady of the Rosary Church, in Hannibal. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Elks Club in Homestead, and recently he and the family were recognized as the Farm Family of the Year by the Florida Farm Bureau.

He loved spending time with his family, traveling the world with his wife, and watching NASCAR races every weekend.  He enjoyed spending weeks in Marco Island with family and friends, basking in the ocean, and vacationing at his farm in Upstate New York.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Homestead, Florida  “In memory of Joseph LaRocca.”

Parke C. Warner

WarnerParke OBParke C. Warner, 94, a life resident of Fulton, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 30 with his wife Carolyn at his side. Parke was the son of the late Claude and Kathryn Warner. He was predeceased by his sister, Lillian Peacock, and his brother, Cecil Warner. Parke enjoyed a long career in engineering at Hunter Fan, Sealright and retired from Alcan Aluminum in 1982. His other interests included camping, boating, snowmobiling and repairing anything mechanical.

Parke is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carolyn, of Fulton; son, Parke Richard of Fulton; two daughters, Linda (Jeffrey) Auser of Liverpool and Laura Warner of Flagler Beach, Fla.,; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.

The family received friends and relatives on Monday, Nov. 3 with a memorial service that followed at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity or perform an act of kindness for someone in Parke’s memory.

Vernon C. Collett


Vernon C. Collett, Jr., 65, of Fulton passed away Thursday at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. Born in Syracuse, he lived in Fulton for several years. Vernon worked for Crucible Steel for 32 years, retiring in 2003.

He was a U. S. Marine Corps veteran and POW of the Vietnam War. Vernon was a life member and past commander of the Mattydale VFW Post 3146. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Norma L. Collett of Baldwinsville; his companion for the last three years, Ilene Pickering of Fulton; a brother, Don (Barb) Collett of Baldwinsville; three sisters, Patty (Dale) Butler of North Carolina, Sandra Yager of Oswego and Mary Collett of Fulton; several nieces, nephews and his faithful and loving cat, Bud. Burial with military honors was held Wednesday, Sept. 24 at Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Howlett Hill Road, Syracuse. A reception was held following the services at the Vernice Suttle American Legion Post 113, 8529 Smokey Hollow Rd., Baldwinsville. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.


Robert Baker         

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Robert Baker, 81, of Granby died Friday in the Oswego Hospital. Mr. Baker was born in Oswego the son of the late Leighton and Dorothy (LeFlemme) Baker. He was an operating engineer at Nine Mile I and II, and the Steam Station, before going to work for the Town of Oswego Highway Department. He is survived by his children Larry (Karen) Baker of Oswego, Cheryl Baker of Oswego, Roberta (Richard) Caprin of Arizona, Renee Ecker of Fla., Benjamin Baker of Fla., and his siblings Jerry Baker of Oswego, Ella Shatraw of Oswego, Clifford Baker of Calif., Charles Baker of Mass., John Baker of Mass., Kay Baker of Mass., nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his siblings Helen Reedy, Ada Baker, Mary Smith, Sonny, Ralph, Sam and Roy Baker. Private burial will be in Fairdale Cemetery. Calling hours were Monday at the Sugar and Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St. Oswego.

Bernice Caprin Rowe

Bernice Caprin Rowe, 52, of Fulton died Wednesday at University Hospital, Syracuse after a short illness. Bernice was born in Fulton to the late Raymond and Mary Evelyn (Samson) Caprin.  She had remained a lifetime resident of Fulton.  Bernice retired after 14 years with Staff King, Oswego where she worked as a home health aide. She enjoyed being an active member of the Elk’s BPOE Lodge #830, Fulton and the Fulton VFW Auxiliary. She also loved bowling. Bernice is survived by her boyfriend of 15 years Jonne Harvey of Fulton; children Raelyn (Russ) Rowe of Fulton, Clinton Rowe, Jr., of Fulton, Michael (Shelby) Rowe of Fulton and step-daughter Sarah Harvey of West Monroe, N.Y.; ex-husband Clinton Rowe Sr. of Fulton; siblings Christine (Tim) Bartlett of Parish, Raymond (Debbie) Caprin of Hannibal, Beth (Rick) Nixdorf of Florida; four grandchildren Landon, Damien, Conner and Kaydence; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  Funeral Services were held Tuesday at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton, where a mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. Jerome Amaechi. Burial was in Fairdale Cemetery, Hannibal, N.Y.  Calling hours were Monday at the Sugar Funeral Home Inc., 224 W. Second St., S. Fulton.