Category Archives: Obituaries

John Rizzo Sr., Retired from Nestle

OBITS-RizzoJohn_WJohn J. Rizzo Sr., 95, of Creekside Drive, Fulton, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Mr. Rizzo was born in Fulton, the son of the late Frank and Madeline (Scalise) Rizzo, and he remained a resident of the Fulton and Phoenix areas all his life.

Mr. Rizzo received his bachelor of science degree from Syracuse University. He retired from Nestle’s Co., Fulton after many years of service.

Mr. Rizzo was an avid bowler, member of bowling leagues, and a member of the Phoenix VFW.

He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Rizzo in 1999.

Mr. Rizzo is survived by his son, John J. Rizzo Jr. of Fulton; daughters, Madelyn Dievendorf of Minoa, Elizabeth Rizzo of Rome, and Connie Yablonski of Oswego; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held today, Jan. 16 at 9 a.m. at Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. Second St., Fulton, and at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, Fulton.

Spring burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours were held Tuesday at the funeral home.

Patrick Smith, Fulton resident

Patrick M. Smith, 52, of Fulton, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 at University Hospital in Syracuse.

He is survived by two brothers, Ted Jardin of Florida and Ron Smith of California; a sister, Missy Goodsell of Mexico; three sons, Michael Smith of Fulton, and Austin and Alex Smith both of Georgia; and an aunt, Sandra DeMott of Fulton.

There are no calling hours or funeral services. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Verna Clemons, Operated auction barn

Verna (Birdie) Clemons, 97, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 at a nursing home in Pinellas Park, Fla.

She resided in Fulton most of her life. She and her husband, Ernie, ran the Clemons Auction Barn on Crosby Hill for many years.

Mrs. Clemons is survived by two sons, Ernie Jr. of Fulton and Paul (Sandy) of Pinellas Park, Fla.; a sister, Joan Taylor of Fulton; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She will be transported to Fulton where she will be laid to rest with her husband.

Chester Narewski, Armstrong plant manager

OBITS-NarewskiChester_WChester J. Narewski, 98, of Fulton, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

Born in Solvay, he was a life resident of Fulton. He retired as the plant manager of Armstrong World Industries in Volney. He was a member of the Fulton Lions Club, St. Michael’s Club, Pathfinder Fish and Game Club, Three Lakes Club, Ducks Unlimited and Fulton Polish Home.

He was a communicant St. Michael’s Church in Fulton.  He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and collecting antique duck decoys.

He was predeceased by his wife, Josephine Narewski, who died June 17, 1990; son, Gary J. Narewski, who died July 30, 2007; a great-grandson, Austin Narewski, who died in 2010; his companion, Dorothy Beckstead, who died in 2008; and by siblings, Stanley, Bill, Helen Hattie and Frances.

Surviving are his grandchildren, Laurie (Mark) Bunschweiger of Oswego, Michael (Lori) Narewski of Wrentham, Mass., Cheryl (Bob) Hufland of Webster and Karen (John) Noel of Fulton; nine great-grandchildren, Kathryn, Elizabeth, Paige, Weston, Benjamin, Matthew, Andrew, Nicholas and Michael; daughter-in-law, Ann Narewski; sister-in-law, Mary LaBoda; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services were held Wednesday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Spring burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Michaud Resident Council, 453 Park Street, Fulton, NY 13069.

Faye Axtell, Hannibal resident

OBITS-AxtellFaye_WFaye M. Axtell, 81, of Hannibal died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.

Born in Fulton, she was a long time resident of the Hannibal area. A devoted homemaker, she enjoyed cooking, camping, being outdoors and the time she spent with her family.

She was a member of the Martville United Methodist Church and Oswego Elks Auxiliary.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carlton “Sam” Axtell; her children, Bonnie Lewis and Keith C. Axtell; grandson, Keith S. Axtell; and brothers, Edgar, George and William Beshures.

She is survived by her children, David of Texas, George (Dale) of Hannibal and Sam (Heather) of Fulton; a sister, Helen Colasanti of Kentucky; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Services will be held tomorrow, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at Fulton First United Methodist Church, Route 176, Fulton. Calling hours will be held today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to Meadowbrook Manor, 31 Oswego St., Hannibal, NY 13074.

Steven Foss, Charter bus driver

Steven Foss, 61 of Granby, died Friday, January 4, 2013 at University Hospital.

Born in Rochester, he had lived in the Fulton and Granby areas since 1994. He had worked as a charter bus driver for Blue Bird Transportation for several years.

He enjoyed watching NASCAR racing, wrestling and Buffalo Bills football games.

He was predeceased by his wife, Katherine Foss, who died in 2009, and his brother, Arthur Foss.

He is survived by his sons, James Foss and George Foss; mother, Frances Foss; brother, Thomas Foss; and five grandchildren, Kali, Desiree, Breann, Alysia, Emily.

There are no calling hours and services. Foster Funeral Home in Fulton has charge of arrangements.

Kathleen Wixson, Born in Fulton

OBITS-WixsonKathleen_WKathleen D. “Kay” Casey Wixson, 73, of North Syracuse, died Monday, De. 31, 2012 at Crouse Hospital.

She was born in Fulton to the late Edward J. and Victoria Lambert Casey. She was looking forward to retiring from Fergerson Funeral Home and enjoying her family. She was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church, a Bishop Curley Council Columbiette, and active for decades in many parish programs.

She was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Archie Sr. in 2006, and her son, Christopher in 2010.

Surviving are her sons, Archie E. (JoAnn) Wixson, Jr. of Baldwinsville, Stephen M. Wixson of North Syracuse and Mark C. (Melissa McGraw) Wixson of Clay; her brother, Dennis (Ann) Casey of Fulton; her sisters, Sharon (Bob) Klein of Chicago, Colleen (Bob) Silverman of Albany and Carol (John “Fitz”) Fitzgerald of Syracuse; eight grandchildren, Matthew, Michael, Jordan, Bradley, Noah, Danielle (Jason) Wild, Meaghen, Brittany, Joelle Fiorini and Kayla Delia; great-grandchildren, Everett Hicks and Luca and Santino Ciricillo; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday at St. Rose of Lima Church with burial following in North Syracuse Cemetery. Calling hours were held Friday at Gates Funeral Home, Baldwinsville.

Contributions may be made to Special Olympic: Special Olympics INC., 1133 19th street NW, Washington, DC 20036.

Mary James, Retired from Syroco

OBITS-JamesMary_WMary T. James, 98, of Fulton, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Fulton she was a life resident. She retired from Syroco in Baldwinsville as an assembler after many years. She had also worked the American Woolen Mill, Rosalie’s Dress Shop and Mirabito’s Big M, all in Fulton.

She was a communicant of Holy Family Church in Fulton, where she was a member of the Altar Rosary, Catholic Daughters and Golden Agers. She had volunteered with the A. L. Lee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

She loved to spend time with her family and prepare food for them especially her native Syrian food.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles A. James, who died in 1996; brothers, Roselli and Leonard Simon; and sisters, Julia Wickham, Sarah Gould and Jane Molinari.

Surviving are a son, William (Nancy) James of Phoenix; four grandchildren, Lisa (Daniel) Fletcher, Laurie James, Jennifer Diaz and William (Sharon) James; seven great-grandchildren, Katherine, Christopher, Colin, Julia, Evan, Grace and Owen; sister, Ruth Benway; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held Monday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.  Spring burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours were held Sunday.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.