Category Archives: Obituaries

Alfred S. Arnold

Alfred S. Arnold, 76, born July 18, 1938, formerly of Fulton, N.Y. and Muncie, Ind., passed away January 10, 2015, in Albuquerque, N.M. Fred is survived by his son, Jeff, and wife, Denise; grandchildren, Brittany and Zack; step-grandchildren, Taylor, Jordan, and Isaac; great-grandson, Brantley; daughter, Kate; grandson, Timothy; son, Harley and wife, Jennifer; grandson, Jimmy; step-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Maria, and Kenneth; sister, Marian; numerous cousins, extended relatives and plenty of friends. Fred was preceded in death by his parents Glen and Ella Arnold. Fred enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1957 and served in Germany, Korea, and two tours in Vietnam. He was a decorated Army sharpshooter, avid motorcyclist, gun enthusiast and master mechanic. His nickname to bikers and trikers was “Festus.” A Memorial Service will be planned at the convenience of the family. Condolences may be sent to Gabaldon Mortuary at www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials in Alfred Arnold’s name to a Vietnam Veterans Organization of your choice.

Walter D. Scruton

Scruton OBWalter D. Scruton, 75, of Oswego, formerly of Hannibal, passed away Tuesday at the Syracuse V.A. Medical Center. He was born in Oswego, a son to the late Walter S. and Beryl M. (Weber) Scruton and lived most of his life in Hannibal. Walter graduated from Hannibal High School and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a design engineer with Atlantic Inland Design in Syracuse for several years. Walter enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, camping and sitting beside the campfire. In addition to his parents, Walter was predeceased by his brothers, Carl Leonard Scruton, who died in 1992, Gary L. Scruton, who died in 2001 and Thomas E. Scruton, who died in 2010; a sister, Joyce J. Santore Johnson, who died in 1988 and by a son-in-law, Mark Hudson. Walter is survived by his son, Walter D. “Skip” Scruton, Jr. of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; three daughters, Eileen Sharkey, Kimberley Scruton and Michelle Hudson all of Oswego; four sisters and one brother as well as several grandchildren. There are no calling hours or funeral services. At Walter’s request his body was donated to SUNY Upstate Medical University for the advancement of medical research. Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has care of arrangements.

 

Grace M. Smith

Smith OBGrace M. Callahan Smith, 90, formerly of Kellogg Rd., Hannibal, passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Michaud Residential Health Services. She was born March 2, 1924 in Syracuse, a daughter to the late Joseph and Maude Myrto Callahan. Grace retired from Hannibal High School as a lunch aide and was a communicant of Our Lady of The Rosary Catholic Church. She enjoyed her crafts.  Along with her parents, Grace was predeceased by her husband, Robert J. Smith, Sr. in 2010; son, Robert Smith, Jr. in 2009; daughter, Dorotha Bennett in 2014 and son-in-law, David Shoults in 2011.

She will be greatly missed and forever loved by her four children, Joann (Michael) Mays of Kansas, Mary Jean (Larry) Swiger of Tennessee, Hazel Shoults of Oswego and Joseph Smith of Hannibal; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Calling hours and a service were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Spring burial will be in Hannibal Village Cemetery.

 

Nancy M. Coulter

Coulter OBNancy M. Coulter, 87 of Fulton and formerly of Texas, passed away Monday.  Nancy had worked at several area diners. She enjoyed playing bingo, playing cards and visiting friends. Nancy was predeceased by her husband, Richard L. Coulter, who passed away in 1993 and siblings, James Scardella, Santo Scardella, Anthony Scardella, Palma Cardinalli and Josephine Patane. She will be greatly missed and forever loved by her children, Debra Duncan of Linden, Texas, Dennis (Cheryl) Coulter of Oswego and Robert Coulter of Texarkana, Ark.; sister-in-law, Edna Scardella; six grandchildren, Jessica, Crystal, Thomas, Christopher, Cameron and Cade; five great-grandchildren, Dominick, Armando, Jose, Samuel and Abigail; several nieces and nephews. A calling hour and service were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, E. Syracuse, NY 13057.

 

Helen E. Polin

Polin OB.Helen E. Polin, 92, of Louisville, Ky., passed away Friday, January 16, 2015 at Baptist Health.

She was a native of Raymondville, N.Y., and a homemaker.

Preceding her in death were her parents, George H. and Alice L. White Tyo; her husband, Samuel Polin; a sister, Marie Kohler and a brother, Joseph Tyo.

Survivors include her daughters, Donna Zaborowski and Bonnie Wademan; brothers, Alfred J. Smith (Margaret) and Peter M. “Bud” Smith (Joan); grandchildren, Jacqueline Zaborowski, Anthony Dain (Sandee), and Randy Zaborowski; as well as her great-grandchildren, Derek, Corey, Nicole, Margaret and Andrew.

Her funeral service was held Thursday at Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road, Louisville. In accordance with her wishes, cremation followed her service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice in her memory. Online condolences may be directed to www.ratterman.com.

 

Judith “Judy” Stevens

Stevens OBJudith “Judy” Stevens, 79 of Volney passed away Sunday Jan. 18 at home. A native of Mexico, she had lived in the Fulton area since 1953. Judy had worked at Nestle as well as A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital. Judy cherished the time she spent with her family. She will be dearly missed and forever loved by her husband of 61 years, Stanley; sons, Gregory, Doug (Dranee) and Brad (Laura); seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.  A memorial service was held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. There are no calling hours. In Judy’s memory, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, E. Syracuse, 13057.

 

Benson “Lee” Raymond

1-14 Raymond2 OB1-14 Raymon OBBenson “Lee” Raymond, 73, of Palermo, passed away peacefully at home with his loving family by his side. He was born in his family home in the Town of Richland, a son to the late, Benson A. and Carol B. Raymond. Lee, as he was known, was a life resident of Palermo. He attended Mexico Academy and served in the U.S. Army during the Berlin Crisis. Following his military service, Lee went to work at the Nestle Co. in Fulton and then built houses with Ryan Homes before becoming a union carpenter with the Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 12, Syracuse. Lee later became a Millwright with the Millwrights Local 1163, Rochester, where he retired in December 1997. Lee was known as a “Jack of all trades” and built furniture for his grandchildren and was in the process of restoring his 1928 Model A Ford truck. Lee also enjoyed spending time with and chauffeuring his grandchildren to their school and sporting events. In addition to his parents, Lee was predeceased by his children, Benson Raymond, Jr. and Meri Beth Raymond who died in 1972; a grandson, Douglas “Dougie” Raymond, Jr., who died in 1995; and by a sister, Kathryn Keator. Lee is survived by his wife of 51-and-a-half years, Gloria Jean Chapman Raymond; five children, Michelle (Robert) Holland of Palermo, Douglas (Laurie) Raymond of Mexico, Mark Raymond of Palermo, Jennifer (Timothy) Woods of Palermo and Stephen (Susan) Raymond of Palermo; 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; one brother, James (Laura) Raymond of Palermo; three sisters, Nola Lago of Fulton, Diane Stone of Florida and Sharon (Donald) McLaughlin of Nedrow as well as several nieces and nephews. Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 15 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Calling hours are 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in the spring at Vermillion Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Mr. Raymond may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126 or to the National League of P.O.W/M.I.A. Families, 5673 Columbia Pike, Suite 100, Falls Church, VA 22041.

Richard A. Crouse

1-14 Crouse OBRichard A. “Birdie” Crouse, 78, a lifelong resident of North Volney, passed away Saturday at home. He was born in Sodus, N.Y., on February 8, 1936, a son to the late Guy and Margaret Featherly Crouse and was a well-known logger and tree cutter. Richard had been a painter with I.U.P.A.T. Local 38, Oswego and had worked at the Marathon Paper Plant in Oswego. He was a member of the crew at Crouse Auto in Oswego. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings, Beverly Clark, Larry, David and Robert Crouse. Richard is survived by five sisters, Rosemary Clark of Arizona, Margaret (William) Branshaw of Granby, Linda Hoyt of Scriba, Donna (Terry) Stab of Georgia and Trish (Steve) Sucher of South Carolina; five brothers, Doug Crouse of Scriba, Daniel (Jean) Crouse of Scriba, Gary Crouse of Scriba, Todd (Karen) Crouse of North Volney and Steve (Jodi) Crouse of Hannibal; his best friend and soulmate, Barbara Jean Porter and her family of Fulton; his uncle, Harry Featherly of Sodus; an aunt, Thelma Havert of Painted Post, N.Y.; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours and a memorial service were held Monday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in the spring at Peck Cemetery.