Category Archives: Obituaries

George M. Wise, former Volney historian

George M. Wise, 80, of Richland, died Thursday, May 2, 2013 at his home with his family by his side.

He was born in Volney, the son of the late Duane and Ellen (Boigel) Wise.

Mr. Wise is a former car dealer for R.E. Davis & Son of Oswego. Mr. Wise served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 until 1955.

He was the historian for the Town of Volney for many years and a member of the Volney Historical Society.

Mr. Wise was predeceased by his wife, Betty Wise.

He is survived by his children, Shellie (Harry Groves) Wise of Gansvoort, Zane Wise of Chicago, Kris Wise of Fulton, Sally Wise of Pulaski, and George Wise of Fulton; grandchildren, Eliza, Cortni, and Corina; and several brothers and sisters.

Gathering for family and friends will be held Sunday, May 26 at the Volney Municipal Building from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St., Oswego, are in the care of the arrangements.

Sister Joanne Fuchs, former Fulton resident

OBITS-FuchsJoanneSister Joanne Fuchs, a Sister of Mercy for more than 66 years and a longtime nurse, died Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Mercy Health Care Unit. She was 89.

Born Johanna Fuchs, she entered the Sisters of Mercy April 16, 1947, a year after graduating from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She made her perpetual profession on Dec. 21, 1952.

Born in Dade City, Fla., Sister Fuchs moved with her family to Fulton, where she attended elementary, junior high and high school, graduating in 1942.

She worked for a year and attended the Mercy nursing school before earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing from D’Youville College. She worked at Mercy Hospital, Kenmore Mercy and St. Jerome Hospital in Batavia, where she spent more than 50 years as a nurse supervisor.

She is survived by three sisters, Christine Ostrowski, Rosemarie Meiers and Bertha Palamar.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held in Mercy Center Chapel.

Jane Hall Doss, seamstress


OBITS-DossJaneJane Hall Doss, 84, of Palermo, died peacefully May 19, 2013 with her family by her side at Oswego Hospital.

A native of Otisco, she had lived in the Palermo area since 1950. She had worked at the Cameo Theater and NY Telephone Co. as an operator. She had a lifelong passion of sewing. She was a seamstress many years for the Sterling Renaissance Festival.

She also enjoyed reading and gardening. She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fulton.

She was predeceased by her husband, George “Ernie” Doss; infant daughter, Nancy Ann; grandson, Larry Doss; and brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her children, Daniel Doss, Christine (Najam) Razvi, Pauline (William) Benson and Donald (Sally) Doss; brother, David Hall; sisters, June Schilling and Dorothy Grzejka; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, corners of Buffalo and So. Third St., Fulton.  Burial will be at Roosevelt Cemetery, Route 49, Schroeppel.  Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Charles I. VanHorn, heavy equipment operator

Charles I. VanHorn, 85, of Red Creek, died Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.

He was an excavating heavy equipment operator for J K Tobin Construction Co. in Jamesville for over 35 years. He loved and was loved by his family and enjoyed John Deere tractors, gardening, woodworking and country music.

He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara in 2005, and by three brothers, James, George and Gerald VanHorn. Surviving are his children, William (Phyllis) VanHorn of Cato, Charles (Laurie) VanHorn of Red Creek, Karen (Doug) DeMaintenon of Orlando, Fla. and Rocco (Cari) Giacolone of Cato; siblings, Joseph (Sandra) VanHorn of Meridian, Earl (Anne) VanHorn of Cato, Oliver (Shari) VanHorn of Cato, Harold (Dorothy) VanHorn of Cato and Beulah Cavanagh of Weedsport; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga Street, Hannibal with services 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Cato Union Cemetery in Cato.

Memorial contributions may be made to LaBuff-Cole American Legion Post #911, 2598 Legion Street, Cato, NY 13033.

Richard O’Bryan Jr., Red Creek resident

Richard H. O’Bryan Jr., 71, of Red Creek died Thursday, May 16, 2013 at University Hospital in Syracuse after a brief illness.

Born in Granby, he had lived in the Ira and Red Creek areas for many years. He had worked for Comstock Foods for more than 20 years and retired from Cahoon Farms. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, kayaking, gardening and spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his parents, Richard H. and Bertha O’Bryan Sr. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, the former Cindy Gombas of Red Creek; children, Jennifer (Carl) Gillis of Martville, Ashley O’Bryan of Red Creek, Kim Neal of Fair Haven, Keith (Dee) of Sterling, and Richard III of Rochester; brother, Dale (Mary) O’Bryan of Auburn; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. Services were private. Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has care of arrangements.

Nicholas Kellogg, Hannibal resident

Nicholas “Nick” Kellogg, 27, of Hannibal, died suddenly Wednesday, May 15, 2013 as a result of an automobile accident.

He had worked as a self-employed construction contractor and as a mechanic at Fred’s Auto Parts in Oswego. He enjoyed all motorsports, hunting and outdoor sports.

Surviving are his fiancée, Samantha Phillips of Hannibal; two children, Dakota and Alyssa Kellogg; parents, Warren Kellogg of Hannibal and Bernadine (David) LaManche of Central Square; a sister, Kristine Kellogg of Hannibal; step-brother, Gregory LaManche and step-sister, Kristin Krause, both of Constantia; paternal grandmother, Estella Kellogg of Hannibal; maternal grandparents, Dorothy and Robert Howard of Constantia; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Calling hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga Street in Hannibal with services immediately following.

Contributions may be made to his children in care of Samantha Phillips, 79 Kellogg Road, Hannibal, NY 13074.

Harris Brown Jr., Local 73 welder

Harris “Brownie” Brown Jr., 75, of Fair Haven, died Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Oswego Hospital.

Mr. Brown was born August 22, 1937 in Watertown, a son to the late Harris O. and Clarice M. Kiah Brown. He retired from the Local 73 in Oswego as a welder. He attended Ogdensburg Free Academy and St. Mary’s Academy Class of 1956.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sara; three children, Kraig Brown of Syracuse, Debra Davis of Norwich, and Basil Brown of Pulaski; one step-son, George Vollrath of Central Square; two granddaughters, Kelly and Shannon; one sister, Mary Lou McKee; and two nephews, Terry and Todd McKee of Ogdensburg.

A memorial service will be held privately. Memorials may be made to the Fair Haven Fire Department or to the Fair Haven Food Cupboard in his memory.

Arrangements were entrusted to Becker-Keysor Funeral Home, Red Creek.

Elsie A. Davis, retired from Nestle

OBITS-DavisElsieElsie A. Davis, 102, of Fulton, died Monday, May 13, 2013 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

She was born in Plainville, a daughter to the late Ernest and Minnie Welch. She lived most of her life in Fulton and resided for nearly 25 years in Baldwinsville. She retired from the Nestle Company in 1976, where she worked for over 40 years.

She was a member of the former First Congregational United Church of Fulton, B.P.O.E. Lodge Auxiliary, Elizabeth Chapter #105 Order of the Eastern Star and the Cairo Temple Daughters of the Nile.

She was predeceased by her husband, Earl F. Davis, who died in 1994; three brothers, Clark Welch, Lester Welch and Kenneth Welch; and by a sister, Mary Hanley.

She is survived by a sister, Ruth Palmer of Fulton and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Calling hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 17 with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Burial will be in Jacksonville Cemetery, Lysander.

Contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.