Category Archives: Obituaries

Gary Smith U.S. Navy helicopter pilot

OBITS-SmithGaryGary L. Smith, 70, of Fulton, died suddenly Thursday, March 28, 2013 at his home.

He was a graduate of Fulton High School class of 1960 and SUNY at Buffalo class of 1965 where he received his bachelor of science degree in business administration. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and served as a helicopter pilot based at the Naval Station in Lakehurst, N.J.

He had worked as a quality control engineer for P.S.E.&G. in Newark, N.J. for many years as a self-employed commodities trader and truck driver for various trucking companies. He enjoyed music, playing piano, traveling and spending time with his niece and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Everett Smith. Surviving are his mother, Dorothy Waldron Smith of Fulton; a brother, Brian (Sharan Nicola-Smith) Smith of Oakley, Calif.; nephews, Derek, Christopher and Jamison Smith; a niece, Brittney Smith; and several cousins.

Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today, April 1 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 356 North Midler Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13206.

Robert Stevens, World War II veteran

Robert N. Stevens, 98, of Rose, N.Y., died March 24, 2013 at the DeMay Living Center in Newark, N.Y.

He was a former Fulton resident where he was an union carpenter and millwright. He served in the Army during World War II.

He is survived by daughter, Betty Jane (Stevens-Ashby) Baker and husband James of Ontario; a son, Robert N. (Darlene) Stevens of Wolcott; 11 grandchildren Robert (Elizabeth) Ashby,Betty H. Ashby, William (Leisha) Ashby, Fred (Debbie) Ashby, Steven (Tina) Ashby, Debbie Wheaton, Christine (Brian) Keene, Sheri Bogart, Traci Hollebrandt, Connie (Kyle) Jones and David Reed; 46 great grandchildren; 32 great-great grandchildren; and one great-great-great granddaughter.

He was predeceased by his wife, Rose Anna, in 1999 and a daughter, Roberta Reed. Funeral services will be held April 2 at the Paul L. Murphy & Sons Funeral Home, Newark. Burial was in Macedon Cemetery.

Remembrances may be made to

Richard Pierce, DC, retired chiropractor

Richard F. Pierce, DC, 90, of Oswego and formerly of Fulton, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Rosewood Heights Health Center in Syracuse.

He was born in Volney, a son to the late Harold and Ruth Pierce. He was a chiropractor for 30 years in Fulton and then in Palermo. Retiring in 1979, he moved to Geneva and lived there for several years before settling in Oswego.

He was the New York District Director of the Chiropractic Association from 1962 to 1963; a member and past president of the Kiwanis; and a member of the Masonic Lodge, Shrine Media Temple, Elks, Lions and the American Legion.

He was also a past member of the Palermo Planning Board and the Palermo Assessors Board.

He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II.

He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth, who died April 18, 2010; and brothers, Paul and Raymond Pierce.

He is survived by a daughter, Karen Ruth Pierce, of Syracuse; five sons, Steven R. (Mary) Pierce, of Oswego, Jan H. (Laurie) Pierce of Mexico, Eric S. Pierce of Indianapolis, Ind., Thomas C. (Bonnie) Pierce of Edgarton, Mass., and James E. (Patsy) Pierce of Mt. Wolf, Pa.; two step-sons; John (Jamie) Wilson of Oswego and Cecil Wilson of Forest Port, N.Y.; a step-daughter, Lois (John) Totterdale of Oswego; sister-in-law, Natalie Pierce of Fulton; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, April 1 with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, CNY Chapter, 441 West Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204.

Margaret Baranello, mother of Fulton resident

Margaret L. Baranello, 88, formerly of Jamesville, N.Y., died peacefully at her home March 18, 2013 in Madison, N.C.

Mrs. Baranello was born in Syracuse to the late Edward B. and Margaret L. (Robinson) Donnelly. She was a resident of Jamesville for 40 years until moving to North Carolina eight years ago.

She was past employed with Memorial Hospital, Syracuse, for 10 years as a clerk in the accounts department. Mrs. Baranello enjoyed ceramics and crafting with beads.

She was pre-deceased by her first husband, Nicholas J. DePaola in 1945; her second husband, Ralph Baranello in 1993; son, John E. Baranello in 1981; brother, William B. Donnelly; and two sisters, Francis Wiley and Eve Stucker.

Mrs. Baranello is survived by her children, Patricia Kilts of Fulton and Ralph (Sheila) Baranello of North Carolina; three siblings, Edward (Beryl) Donnelly of Bridgeport, Martin Donnelly of Clay, and Marion Warner of East Syracuse; five grandchildren, Richard Kilts, Mark (Tammy) Kilts, Michael (Cassia) Baranello, Sean Baranello, and Danielle (Jason) Webster; eight great-grandchildren, Jeff, Daniel, Joshua, Kaitlin, Teagen, Nash, Vipin, and Bode; one great-great-grandson, Nolan; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family and burial will be held privately. Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton has care of the arrangements.

Edna Perchway Nellis, Holy Trinity Parish communicant

OBITS-NellisEdnaEdna R. Perchway Nellis, 78, of Fulton, died Monday, March 25, 2013 at Oswego Hospital after a sudden illness.

A native of Prairie du Long Township in Illinois, she had resided in the Fulton area most of her life. She retired from Container Corporation of America after over 30 years and had previously worked at Sealright Company.

She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Parish in Fulton and an avid bingo player.

She was predeceased by her son, Bruce Perchway.

Surviving are her husband of 33 years, David C. Nellis of Fulton; step-children, Timothy (Barrett) Nellis, Anthony (Tina) Nellis and Todd (Sue) Nellis all of Florida; daughter-in-law, Bonny Perchway of Oswego; two grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; siblings, Roland Birkner and Marlene Winkleman both of Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. tomorrow, March 28 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton, with services to immediately follow at 5 p.m. Interment will be in the spring at North Volney Cemetery in Volney.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Angeline Clark, avid bowler

Angeline Clark, 92, of Fulton, died Thursday, March 21, 2013.

Born in Pennsylvania, she had lived in the Fulton area for more than 60 years. She was an avid bowler.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edmund L.  Clark, and her son, Edmund J. Clark.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Kathleen Sperbeck Clark; grandchildren, Aaron Elizabeth Clark and Edmund J. Clark; great-granddaughter, Bianca Clark; sister, Mary Scarangella; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services will be private. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Letha Pelkey, Phoenix resident

OBITS-PelkeyLethaLetha Pelkey, 86, a lifetime Phoenix resident, died March 20, 2013.

She was born Nov. 15, 1926. She retired from Owens-Illinois in the Town of Volney. After her retirement, she enjoyed tending to her flowers in her yard. She especially enjoyed going out to lunch with her friends. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post 5540, Phoenix Memorial Post.

She is survived by her sister, Evelyn Perry of Phoenix; two sons, Larry (LuAnn) Dobson of Baldwinsville and James Dobson of Wilmington, N.C.; a granddaughter, Star Dobson; two grandsons, Scott Marong, and Dalton Dobson; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces, and nephews.

Services will be in the spring in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St., Phoenix, NY 13135. There are no calling hours.

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

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

F. Brooks West, World War II veteran

OBITS-FBrooksWestF. Brooks West, 86, of Fulton, died Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Oswego Hospital.

A native of Baldwinsville, he had resided in Fulton since 1960. He was a 1944 graduate of Baldwinsville Academy and Syracuse University class of 1951 where he received his bachelor’s degree in English.

He retired as advertising manager of The Fulton Patriot newspaper and had previously worked at Fulton Urban Renewal and Sealright Packaging Company. He was a U.S. Army Medical Corps veteran of World War II, serving in postwar Japan.

He was an avid fisherman, bridge player, golfer and member of Beaver Meadows Golf Club and B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge #830 in Fulton.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Mary C. West of Fulton; children, Frank Brooks West Jr. of Fulton, Louise Ritchey (Allan) of Kirkville, Mark West (Terri) of Brewerton, Mary Ellen West (Tim Davis) of Rochester and Timothy West (Marcellina) of Clay; grandchildren, Gregory Robinson of Sterling, Va., Jeffrey Robinson of Liverpool, Henry and Harrison Davis of Rochester and Benicio West of Clay; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be today, March 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Contributions may be made to Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville, NY 13027.