Category Archives: Obituaries

James Conn, Army veteran

OBITS-ConnJamesJames E. Conn, 83, of Granby, died Sunday, March 17, 2013 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Fulton, a son to the late Louis and Marjorie (Cooper) Conn and resided all his life in the Fulton, Granby and Hannibal areas.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He retired in 1989 from Alcan, where he worked for 20 years. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed racing and going to the Turning Stone Casino.

He was predeceased by his wife, Josephine (Kelly) Conn, who died Aug. 30, 2003; four brothers, Lewis Jr., Chuck, Billy and Gary Conn; a grandson, Tommy Conn, who died in 2001; and by a son-in-law, Ed Walker, Jr., who died in 2011.

He is survived by two daughters, Mary-Jane (Ron) Abbott of Marcellus and Carol Walker of Buffalo; two sons, Terry (Susan) Conn of Cato and Ken (Lin) Conn of Fulton; two sisters, Shirley (Bob) Pederson of Fulton and Beverly (Lloyd) DuBois of Volney; two brothers, Dickie Conn of Granby and Don Conn of Granby; six grandchildren, Ashley Walker, Nicholas Walker, Jasmine Conn, Jayden Conn, Louisa Conn and Louis Conn; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21 with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057 or to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, Inc., P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

Diane Ward, Fulton resident

OBITS-WardDianeDiane P. Ward, 63, of Fulton, died peacefully Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Manor at Seneca Hill, Oswego after a long illness.

She was born in Fulton to the late Erwin “Jack” and Anna (Wright) Ward. She was a longtime resident of Fulton before moving to the Manor at Seneca Hill eight years ago.

She Ward was an avid fan of Kenny Rogers and she enjoyed his concert in December 2012.  She loved music and visits from friends and family.

She is survived by her brother, Gary (Diana) Ward of Tennessee; half sister, Barbara (Richard) Serviss of Fulton; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral services and burial will be private. There will be no calling hours.

Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton, was in care of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Manor at Seneca Hill 20 Manor Drive, Oswego, NY 13126 or Make A Wish foundation of Central NY, Inc., Suite 900, 120 Madison Street, Syracuse, NY 13202.

Liam A. LaClaire, Infant son


Liam A. LaClaire, two months old, of Fulton, died Thursday, March 14, 2013.

He will be missed and forever loved by his parents, Lisa West and George LaClaire; brothers, George Michael LaClaire, Jr. and Travis Edwin LaClaire; maternal grandparents, Tracy and Roger Breckenridge, Emmie West, Harold DeSalvatore; paternal grandparents, Beth and Gary Hall; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, George E. LaClaire, Jr.

Calling hours will be held today, March 18 from noon to 2 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Richard Moreton, father of Hannibal resident

Richard E. “Tex” Moreton, 73, of Wolcott, died peacefully at home March 11, 2013 with his wife and family at his side.

He was a 30-year employee at Xerox in Webster. He was a member of the Elks and the Sons of the American Legion. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working outdoors, and his dog Dizzie.

He was predeceased by his father, Emery, and by his brother, George.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susan Moreton; his mother, Hester Moreton; sons, Richard (Marcia), Randy (Stacy) and Rodney; daughter, Renee (Harvey) Downs; eight grandchildren; and sister, Joan (James) Sterling.

Services will be private.

Contributions may be directed to Finger Lakes Hematology and Oncology, 6 Ambulance Drive, Clifton Springs, NY 14432.

Arrangements are in care of Norton Funeral Home of Wolcott.

Susan Bradley, Public health nurse

OBITS-BradleySusanSusan Bradley, 66, of Hannibal, died March 12, 2013.

She was the wife of David Bradley and the mother of Christopher (Ali) of Accord, N.Y. and Patrick (Meghan) of Charlottesville, Va.

She was the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Ortner and was born and raised in Darien Center, N.Y.

She graduated from Notre Dame High School in Batavia and earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from D’Youville College in Buffalo.

During her nursing career, she worked as a public health nurse for both Oswego and Onondaga counties. She was the admissions nurse for Loretto Geriatric Center for many years.  Additionally, she worked for Crouse Irving Memorial and Upstate hospitals in Syracuse.

She was a gardener and enjoyed yoga.

Besides her husband and children, she is survived by three sisters and a brother, Elizabeth (Roger) Popp of Kissimmee, Fla., Sally Wilkinson of Cocoa Beach, Fla., Mary (Richard) Morley of Syracuse, and Charles (Mary) Ortner of Lafayette, Ind.; brother-in-law, Douglas (Barbara) Bradley of Skaneateles and sister-in-law, Gerry Roycraft of Camillus; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and funeral services will be held in April with times to be announced at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to the Oswego County Humane Society, 265 W. First St., Oswego, 13126.

Wanda Richards, licensed practical nurse

OBITS-RichardsWandaWEBWanda J. Richards, 62, of Fulton, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Oswego Hospital.

She was born in Fulton, a daughter to the late Leon “Yago” and Doris Jodway and was a life resident of Fulton.

She attended Syracuse University. She was formerly employed as a licensed practical nurse at A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital until her retirement in 2003.

She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She enjoyed camping and travelling.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three brothers, Larry, Darryl and Gene Jodway.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Keller M. Richards; siblings, Dennis Jodway of Fulton, Vicki Jodway of Auburn, Steven Jodway of Fulton and Jacqueline Jodway of New Haven; two aunts, Marie (John) Richards of Florida and Avis Blasczienski of Fulton; and several nephews and nieces, especially her godchild, Kelly Blasczienski of Liverpool.

Graveside services will be in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Keller M. Richards.

Robert Bracy, retired pipefitter

OBITS-BracyRobertRobert A. Bracy, 77, of Fulton, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Oswego Hospital surrounded by his family.

He was born in New Haven, a son to the late Kenneth and Gladys Lawton Bracy. He attended Mexico Academy and enlisted in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He retired in 1991 from the Local 73, Oswego, where he was a pipefitter for several years.

He was a member of the Fulton Elks Lodge #830 and was a past Elk of the Year in 1981. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his morning coffee at the Foursome Diner with his buddies.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Flora Wilson, and two brothers, Charles and Donald Bracy.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Marcia Quade Bracy; five children, Richard (Cathy) Bracy of Fulton, Robert (Sue) Bracy of Cicero, Randy (Katy) Bracy of Palmyra, Cyndie (Mike) Tolone of the Bronx and Doug (Mary) Quade of Redfield; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces, and nephews.

Calling hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services to follow.

Contributions may be made to Menter’s Oswego County Ambulance Service, 404 Ontario St., Fulton, NY 13069 or the Founder’s Affiliate of American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Edward Gillette, Avid bowler

EDEdward Charles Gillette, 41, died peacefully at his home in Abilene, Texas March 3, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer.

He resided in Fulton most all of his life. In 2005, he moved to Texas where he was a commercial and residential painter. He attended G. Ray Bodley High School. He was an avid bowler and had a perfect 300 game. He enjoyed playing pool, watching NASCAR and was a Dallas Cowboys fan.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, Edward and Marion Gillette, Forbie Gorman and Margaret Scott.

Surviving are his parents, Alice and Charles “Bummer” Gillette of Fulton; daughter, Emily Gillette Driggers and son-in-law Sean of Texas; wife, Charmin and children, Parker (Brittany) Hoskins, Dokota Hoskins and Cassie (Aaron) Merkle and their grandchildren: Shailie, Cameron and Ella Rose, all of Texas.

Funeral services were officiated by his uncle, the Rev. William Ormsby at Dove Funeral Home in Abilene, Texas.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, March 30 at 4 p.m. at Fulton Christian Fellowship, 206 State St., Fulton.