Category Archives: Obituaries

Albert Donahue Sr. World War II veteran

OBITS-DonahueAlbertSrAlbert Donahue, Sr., 85, of Hannibal, died Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Oswego Hospital following a brief illness.

He was born in Solvay, a son to the late, John and Irene Donahue and resided in the Fulton and Hannibal areas for the last 50 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He had worked as a heavy equipment operator at the Brickyard in Warners and was a self-employed auto mechanic.

He enjoyed hunting and bass fishing.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Mabel Etta Waite, who died October 20, 2001; Albert “Butch” Donahue, Jr., who died May 1, 2009; Jack Donahue, Sr., who died June 15, 1972; two sisters; and two brothers.

He is survived by his six children, Gary (Karen) Donahue of Hannibal, Peggy (Ron) Billings of Fulton, Sandy (Tim) Gareau of Fulton, Duane (Gloria) Donahue of Fulton, Art (Kathy) Donahue of Hannibal and Dave (Kim) Donahue of Fulton; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in Belle Isle Cemetery, Warners.

John Sixberry Sr., Army veteran

OBITS-SixberryJohnSr.John C. “Pug” Sixberry, Sr. 62, of Mexico, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at home surrounded by his family.

A native of the Mexico area, he had owned and operated Family Firewood & Excavating for more than 25 years. He was an Army veteran. Always ready for a laugh or his next prank, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, Grover and Natalie Myers Sixberry Sr.; an uncle, Bobby Myers; a sister, Lila Weiland; a brother, Steven Sixberry; and daughter, Wendy Steingraber. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Bonnie Sixberry; children, Natalie “Joy” Corlis, Carol Sixberry, Destenie (John) Scott, John Sixberry, Jr., Amber (Dave) Sadowski, Jason (Jessica) Sixberry; siblings, Grover Sixberry Jr, David (Audra) Sixberry and Sharon (Brian) Kitney; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, June 5 at 10 a.m. at North Volney Cemetery, County Route 4, Volney. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, June 4 from 4 to 7 p.m.  at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton, 13069.

Ethel Reynolds, Volney resident

OBITS-ReynoldsEthelEthel L. Reynolds, 74, of Volney, died Saturday, June 1, 2013.

She lived in Volney for the past 40 years. She retired in 1995 from Esselte in Syracuse where she worked for over 25 years. She loved Bingo, country music and her fuzzy buddy, “Stella.”

She was predeceased by her husband, James E. Reynolds, who died April 11, 2004; her mother, Virginia Cote, who died Sept. 23, 2012; and by a brother, Robert Draughn, who died Aug. 9, 1994.

She is survived by two daughters, Debra (Cory) Shatrau and Tina (Daniel Thomas) Reynolds, all of Volney; three siblings, Royce (Georgia) Draughn of Phoenix, Hazel (Herman) McGee of New Hampshire and Sadie (Rick) Kirkendall of Central Square; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services are private. Calling hours will be held Thursday, June 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.



Bonnie Cooper, Hannibal resident

OBITS-CooperBonnieBonnie L. Cooper, 68, of Hannibal, died suddenly Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.

A native of Fulton, she resided in Hannibal most of her life. She had worked for a short time as a receptionist for Dr. Angelo Arena in Hannibal. Her main focus was taking care of her home and being a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She was passionate about animals and over the years, provided a home for many cats and kittens in need. She attended State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton.

She was predeceased by her son, Douglas Cooper in 1997.

Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Donald Cooper of Hannibal; daughter, Gayle (Patrick) Pensabene of Fulton; grandchildren, Patrick and Christina Pensabene, Shelby Erbeck and Morgan Cooper; two great-grandchildren; brother, Lawrence (Marlene) Sutcliffe of Hannibal; sister, Sharon (Brian) Guyer of Fulton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. today, June 3 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga Street, Hannibal with graveside services 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 4 at Hannibal Village Cemetery, Church Street in Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to Oswego County SPCA-OCAWL, P.O. Box 442, Fulton, NY 13069.

Robert J. Howland, Army veteran

OBITS-HowlandRobertRobert J. Howland, 67, of Oswego Town, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in Oswego Hospital.

Mr. Howland was born in Oswego, the son of the late Francis and Katherine (O’Brien) Howland. He served in the United States Army. Mr. Howland retired in 2005 as a machine operator from Alcan Aluminum, Oswego.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Susan Howland of Oswego Town; children, Robert (Lenore) Howland of Oswego, Stacie (Joe) Garafolo of Oswego, and Kevin (Amanda) Howland of Baldwinsville; brother, Charles Howland of Fulton; grandchildren, Hunter, Nicholas, Olivia, Isabelle, Jesse, and Jacob; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside services will be held Monday, June 3 at 9 a.m. at St. Peter’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Sunday, June 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home.

Richard LaDue, owned Sunshine Produce

OBITS-LaDueRichRichard “Rich” LaDue, 61, of Fulton, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at home surrounded by his family and friends.

He was a 1970 graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School where he was a member of the varsity gymnastics team. He owned and operated Sunshine Produce on West Broadway in Fulton since 1975.

He was an avid hunter and snowmobiler. He was predeceased by his parents, Julian and Rose West LaDue.

Surviving are his son, Richard (Kelly) LaDue of Ontario; significant other, Wendy LeVea of Fulton; step-children, Jeremy and Jessica Shepard and John LeVea; grandchildren, Devin and Brandon LaDue, Carly and Macy Chirdo, Chloe Hurlbut and Calie and Cadie Shepard; siblings, Darlene Noel of Fulton, Robert (Debi) LaDue of Vineland, N.J., James (Cathy Sosenko) LaDue, Julie (Scott Seguin) LaDue, and William (Cindy) LaDue, all of Fulton; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 31 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1 at the funeral home with burial at Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton.

James Ambuske Sr., Union Local #520 president

James M. Ambuske Sr., 86, of Fulton, died May 23, 2013 at Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton.

He was born in Salamanca, N.Y. to the late Frank and Helen (Bielfelt) Ambuske. Mr. Ambuske has been a resident of Fulton for 65 years. He was past employed with North End Paper Mill, Fulton and he retired after 36 years of employment with CCA/Jefferson Smurfit, Fulton where he also served as president of the Union Local #520.

Mr. Ambuske was a life member of the Fulton Polish Home.

He was pre-deceased by six siblings, Fred (Margie) Ambuske, Frank (Harriet) Ambuske, Dolores (Jim) Hill, Barbara (Huey) Newark, Anna (Dick) Guard, and Betty (David) Griffin; and son-in-law, Bernard Scout.

Mr. Ambuske is survived by his wife of 65 years, Alberta Weske Ambuske of Fulton; six children, Regina Scout of Fulton, James (Joyce) Ambuske Jr. of Fulton, Helen (Mike) Speck of Fulton, Colleen Ambuske of Fulton, Michael (Amy) Ambuske of Fulton, and  Karen (Bill) Fisher of Fulton; two brothers, Mark (Mary) Ambuske of Salamanca, N.Y. and Phillip (Joyce) Ambuske of Salamanca, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Amanda (Randy Lyttle) Scout, Brian Ambuske, Priscilla Ambuske, Josh (Ashley Sizemore) Speck,  Max Ambuske,  Megan (Bryant) Acquaro; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton where a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Robert Stephenson. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours will be conducted Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton.

Contributions may be made to St. Mary’s School of the Deaf, 2253 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214.

Virginia D. Bailey, retired from Nestle

OBITS-BaileyVirginiaVirginia D. Bailey, a lifetime resident of Bundyville, died at home Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at the age of 94.

She was born at home Oct. 2, 1918, a daughter to the late Fred and Eunice Loughrey.

She retired in 1980 from Nestle Company where she worked for 32 years and was the longtime sexton of Fairview Cemetery in Bundyville.

She enjoyed gardening and studying genealogy.

She was predeceased by her husband, Earl C. Bailey, who died April 22, 1988; a daughter, Janet Bailey; grandson, Larry C. Bailey, Jr.; two daughters-in-law, Karen Bailey and Jean Bailey and by three brothers and one sister.

She is survived by two sons, Earl “Jerry” Bailey and Larry C. Bailey Sr., both of Bundyville; a sister, Lorraine Trenca of Oswego; four grandchildren, Debbie Denery, Connie Wallace, Gail Blum and Daniel Woodard; six great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 29 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Bundyville. Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 at the funeral home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Bailey may be made to Fairview Cemetery-Bundyville, c/o Willard Spaulding, 2081 County Route 1, Lot 15, Oswego, NY 13126.