Category Archives: Obituaries

Rodney Hardesty, Nestle mechanic

Rodney L. Hardesty, 75 of Granby, died peacefully at home Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013.

A native of Conesville, Ohio, he had resided in the Granby and Fulton areas since 1975. He retired from Nestle, Fulton in 2000 after 24 years as a mechanic.

He served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years from 1955 to 1975. He was a member of the Oswego Valley Snowbelters Barbershop Chorus for many years.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Sandra Hardesty of Granby; two sons, Michael (Diana) Hardesty of Oswego and David Hardesty of Auburn; two grandchildren, Alexa and Mikayla of Oswego; his grand-dog, Sammy; two brothers, Bradley Hardesty of Florida and Edmond Hardesty of Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal with services immediately following.

Contributions may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation of CNY, 5005 Campuswood Drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Sharon Bateman, Oswego County custodian

OBITS-BatemanSharonSharon L. Bateman, 67, of Fulton, died Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Pontiac Care and Rehabilitation Center in Oswego.

She lived all her life in the Fulton and Oswego area. She worked as a custodian for Oswego County for 26 years. She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and was a volunteer with Catholic Charities.

She was also a volunteer with the Oswego County Board of Elections.

She was predeceased by her father, Joseph Bateman, who died in 1976, and her mother, Viola Bateman, who died in 2010.

She is survived by five children, Thomas (Debbie Pulsifer) Wallace of Hannibal, Brenda Wallace of Fulton, Mark (Amy) Wallace of Indiana, Brent (Tracie) Denny and Shane (Lisa Alvarado) Denny of Fulton; four sisters, Marlene Woodmancy, Faye Wallace, Gail Jodway and Leah Wheeler, all of Fulton; three brothers, Maurice Bateman of Cicero, Paul (Isabel) Bateman of Fulton and Howard Bateman of Oswego; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, corner of South Third and Rochester streets, Fulton.

Calling hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Catholic Charities, 365 W. First St., Fulton, NY 13069 or to the American Red Cross, Onondaga-Oswego Chapter, 220 Herald Place, Syracuse, NY 13202.

LeRoy Smiley Jr., Granby resident

OBITS–SmileyLeRoyLeRoy Smiley, Jr., 46, of Granby, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.

Born in Mobile, Ala., Smiley has lived in the Fulton and Granby areas for most of his life. He had worked for Wal-Mart in Fulton and for DMG in Baldwinsville for several years.

He enjoyed camping, fishing and was an avid Chicago Bears and New York Mets fan. For the last three years, he has sponsored local softball teams.

He was predeceased by his father, LeRoy Smiley Sr., who died in 2007; a grandson, Jayson Crandall II; and his uncle, John Smiley.

He is survived by his wife, the former April Cooper; children, Katrina, David, LaTosha, Tiffany, John, and Nathaniel; siblings, Theresa, Vernell, Charles and Samantha; grandchildren, Wyatt, Ethan, Ayanna, Mykayla, Akeylla, Drake, Trinity, DenaRae, SkyLynne, Nickolas, Issaic, Samuel, Drake, and Theresa; uncles, Aaron and CC; and nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton, 13069.

Contributions in memory of LeRoy may be made to American Lung Association of CNY, 155 Washington Avenue, Suite 210, Albany, 12210 or Parents of Special Children, 2 Tower Dr., Fulton, 13069.

Frank Libera, Fulton barber

OBITS-LiberaFrankFrank W. Libera, 82, an U.S. Army veteran, died in his sleep Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Clifton Springs Nursing Home.

He was a member of the Polish Legion of American Veterans, the American Legion and the Fulton Polish Home.

He worked his entire life as a barber in his hometown of Fulton and was a charter member at Beaver Meadows Country Club in Phoenix, where he demonstrated his love for golf by winning a number of club tournaments and scoring a hole in one on two occasions.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jeanette A. Libera; children, Gail (Anthony) Romano of Pittsford and William (Elizabeth) Libera of Canandaigua; and grandchildren Matthew (Rebecca) Libera of Greensboro, N.C. and Christopher Libera of Rochester.

Services will be held privately at the family’s request.

Alice Diamond, worked at Nestle

OBITS-DiamondAliceAlice M. Diamond, 86, of Hannibal, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at Morningstar Care Center in Oswego.

A native of Fulton, she had resided in Hannibal most of her life. She was the daughter of David and Frances Guppy House. She had worked at Nestle Company in Fulton for over 18 years.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Barbara Whitmer in 2012.

Surviving are her children, Lois Groat of Hannibal, Susan Mastro of Solvay, Gail Patterson of Fulton, Charles (Anna) Diamond of Fairfax, Va., Joyce Gebele of LaGrangeville, Joan Diamond of Indianapolis, Ind. and Janet Busch of Temple, Ga.; a son-in-law, Daniel Whitmer of Fulton; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Calling hours are from 5 to 7 pm Friday, March 1 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services immediately following. Burial will be in the spring at Mexico Village Cemetery in Mexico.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 441 West Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204-1305.

Adelaide Pierce, retired from Sealright

OBITS-PierceAdelaideaAdelaide I. Pierce, 100, formerly of Hannibal, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

A native of Granby, Mrs. Pierce had resided in Hannibal most of her life. She retired in 1977 after 33 years with Sealright Company, Fulton.

She was predeceased by her husband, John M. Pierce, who died in 1971, and by her daughter, Beverly J. Haven.

Surviving are five sons, John M. Pierce, Jr. of Parish, Clarence M. Pierce of Syracuse, William F. Pierce of Fulton, Richard E. Pierce of Hannibal, and Bruce W. Pierce of Martville; 21 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 31 great-great-grandchildren; six great-great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be private. There are no calling hours. Burial will be at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to the First United Church of Fulton, 33 So. Third St., Fulton, 13069.

Foster Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.

Robert Shatrau, Navy veteran

OBITS-ShatrauRobertRobert A. Shatrau, 70, of Fulton, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at Oswego Hospital, Oswego.

He was born in Oswego to the late Harry and Ruth (Stewart) Shatrau. He has been a longtime resident of Fulton. He was a United States veteran having served in the Navy from 1960 to 1963.

Mr. Shatrau co-owned and operated NET Tool and Die, Fulton for more than 40 years.

Mr. Shatrau was an avid golfer and he enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Florida.

He was pre-deceased by his wife, Yvonne Shatrau, in 2012, and granddaughter, Janell Granger.

He is survived by his children, Robert “Boog” (Christine) Shatrau Jr. of Fulton, Melissa Granger of Fulton, Wallace (Deborah) Cummins of Fulton, Jeanette (Richard) Mills of Fulton, and James L. Cummins of Virginia; 11 siblings, Vaundaugha Larson of West Virginia, Helena Rockwood of Lysander, Richard Shatrau of Fulton, Sharon Poyneer, Mike Shatrau Linda Scriber, Brenda Shatrau Donald Shatrau, all of Oswego, Peter Shatrau of NOrth Carolina, Timothy Shatrau, Christopher Shatrau, all of Oswego; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held  at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at All Saints Episcopal Church, Fulton with Rev. Harold Avery officiating.

In the spring, Mr. and Mrs. Shatrau will be buried together in the Forever Garden, All Saints Episcopal Church, Fulton.

Calling hours will be conducted Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the Regional Oncology Center of Syracuse, East Adams St. Syracuse, NY 13210.

Carolyn Matzke, Phoenix resident

Carolyn T. Matzke, 94, of Phoenix, died Saturday Feb. 23, 2013.

She was born in Gouverneur, N.Y. to her late parents, Vera (Briggs) and Frank Thoman July 14, 1918. She was a secretary for the Radiological Society of N.A., Syracuse.

She  was a parishioner of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Phoenix, and active in its Rosary Society. She enjoyed travelling.

She was predeceased by her husband, Otto K. Matzke Sr., Aug. 27, 2006; a grandson, Peter Matzke; three brothers; and one sister.

Surviving are her sons, Otto K. Matzke, Jr. of Phoenix, William A. (Judy) Matzke of Whispering Pines, N.C., and Robert F. (Dennis) Matzke of Matthews, N.C.; one daughter, Marilyn M. (Frank) Stephens of Denver, Colo.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren (with one on the way); and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A church mass only will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. in St. Stephen’s Church, 469 Main St., Phoenix, with the Rev. Philip Brockmyre officiating.

Burial will be at a later date in Roosevelt Cemetery, Schroeppel.

Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, has charge of arrangements.