Category Archives: Obituaries

Elliott Blake, Army veteran

Elliott Blake
Elliott Blake

Elliott E. Blake, 73, of Granby, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at Crouse Hospital.

Born in South Hannibal, he had lived in the Philadelphia area prior to moving back to Granby in 1988. He was a bus driver for Golden Sun Bus Service for more than 20 years.

Elliott Blake was an Army veteran serving from 1956 to 1959.

He was predeceased by his son, Elliott Blake, Jr., daughter, Rayann Blake, and brothers, Darrell and Stuart Blake.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Ann Blake; grandson, Christopher (Wendy Gilbert) Blake; two great-grandchildren, Justin and Skylar, all of Fulton; and a sister, Beverly McKalsen of Granby.

A celebration of his life is being planned for a future date.  Foster Funeral Home has care of arrangements.

Rae Combes, Former Martville resident

Rae Marie Combes, 61, of Oneida and formerly of the Martville and Cato areas, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at Oneida Healthcare.

She loved listening to country music, especially Johnny Cash, shopping, and puzzles.

She was predeceased by her parents, Raymond E. and Isabelle R. Combes; a brother, Robert Combes; and by her grandparents, Fred and Bernice Combes.

Surviving are her sisters, Diane (Rick) Mace and Bernice Hendricks, all of Oswego, Brenda (Kevin) Warren of Fulton, and Darlene (Percy) Shaw; brothers, Raymond (Cynthia) Combes, Mark (Patti) Combes, and Mike (Dawn) Combes, all of Hannibal; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services are private. Spring burial will be at Bethel Cemetery, Hannibal. Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has charge of arrangements.

Jane Molinari, Retired from Nestle

Jane Molinari
Jane Molinari

Jane Molinari, 95, of Fulton, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

She was born Aug. 26, 1917, the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Hesneey) Simon.

At a young age, she worked at the American Woolen Mill in Fulton. She married Andrew Molinari in 1943 during World War II and celebrated 68 years of marriage together.

She maintained all office duties for the A. Molinari Painting Company. She also worked at and retired from the Nestle Chocolate Company in Fulton.

She was a communicant of Holy Family Church. She loved to dance, bowl and golf in her younger years and was an avid Yankees and S.U. fan. Her pride and passion was her family and her meals she shared with all them.

She is survived by her son, Ronald (Lorrie) Molinari; daughter-in-law, Sheridan Molinari; grandchildren Jason Molinari, Drew Molinari, Joshua Molinari, Nathaniel Molinari and Ryan Molinari; sisters, Mary James and Ruth Benway; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Andrew Molinari, who died in 2011; eldest son, Richard Molinari, who died in 2006; brothers, Roselli and Leonard Simon; and sisters, Julia Wickham and Sarah Gould.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fulton.  Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Calling hours were held Sunday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in tribute to Rick Molinari.

Judy Cavalier, Retired from Hutamaki

Judy K. Cavalier, 70, of Fulton, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse.

She was born in Fulton to the late Frederick and Alice (Rowe) Cavalier. She has been a life resident of Fulton and she was a retiree from Hutamaki, Fulton.

Judy Cavalier was a member of the Catholic Daughters Court Pere LeMoyne #833, and a former chairman of the Immaculate Conception Bazaar. She was also a co-leader of the Immaculate Conception Youth Group.

She was pre-deceased by her infant brother, Michael Thomas Cavalier, and sister, Barbara Vandelinder.

She is survived by her siblings:  Mary (Douglas) DeLong of Fulton, Edward (Margaret) Cavalier of Rochester, Fred (Jeanne) Cavalier, Joann Cavalier, and Joseph (Nancy) Cavalier, all of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 10 at Sugar Funeral Home and at Holy Trinity, Fulton.

The Rev. Robert Stephenson celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial.

Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were held Sunday at the funeral home.

Snowe Yelle, Infant daughter

Snowe Marie Yelle, infant daughter of Amanda Aikens and John Yelle, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.

Besides her parents, she is survived by her siblings, Dakota, Jacob, Jaden, Isaiah, John Jr., and Lexxus; maternal grandparents, Darlene Aikens and Ronald Bartlett Sr.; paternal grandparents, Joan Yelle and the late Terry Yelle; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A service was held Tuesday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.  There were no calling hours.

Mary Smith, Retired teacher’s aide

Mary E. Smith, 92, a resident of Oswego, died Saturday, Dec.  8, 2012 in Oswego Hospital.

Mrs. Smith was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. and has been a resident of Oswego since 1965. Mrs. Smith worked at Taggarts, Oswego Eastern Aircraft, N.J., Merck’s N.J., and she was a teacher’s aide at Riley School. She was a communicant of St. Paul’s Church.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Smith, who died in 1996; her son, Daniel Sterphone; her parents, Michael and Mary (Newstead) Donahue; and her sister, Margaret VanBogaert.

She is survived by her children, Lloyd (Alice) Smith, and Rebecca (Hercules) Master; daughter-in-law, Marie Sterphone; sisters, Emma Grasso of Oswego and Terri (Agnes) Foley of New Hartford; eight grandchildren, Dee Creek, Julie (Keith) Watkins, Desiree (Seth) Martin, Hercules “Tom” Master IV, Steven and Anthony Master, Ayn and Stacie Smith; and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral services and burial were private. Arrangements were in the care of Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home.

William Randall, Retired math teacher

William Randall
William Randall

William J. Randall, 93, of Palermo, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Albion, he was 50-year resident of Palermo.

He retired in 1974 from Central Square School District where he taught math.

Two years following his retirement, he returned to teaching until his second retirement in 2009 as a substitute teacher for the Fulton City School District and was the recipient of the Golden Apple Award.

Many of his former students might remember Mr. Randall’s card tricks that he would show the class, but only after their school work was completed.

He was a veteran serving in the Navy. He was an Eagle Scout and had been a camp director for many Boy Scout camps.

He was also a camp director at the YMCA camp and Future Farmers of America, Oswegatchie Camp, where he was aquatic and assistant camp director.

In the 1930s, he had worked for the C.C.C. He enjoyed being outdoors where he liked to garden and bird watch.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Mary Lou Randall; daughter, Nancy Iorizzo; son, William (Mary Ruth) Randall; one granddaughter, Cassie (Ryan) McGinley; and great-grandson, Max McGinley.

Calling hours and service were held Tuesday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Burial was in North Volney Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Future Farmers of America, Oswegatchie Camp, 9340 Long Pond Road, Croghan, NY 13327.

Shirley Clark, Hannibal resident

Shirley M. (DeGraw) Clark, 76 of Hannibal, died peacefully at Oswego Hospital Saturday Dec. 1, 2012.

Born in Dover, N.J., she grew up in the Boonton, N.J. area. She loved life and her family and friends. She loved flowers, going to casinos and making banana bread.

She was predeceased by her parents, Albert and Helen DeGraw, and a sister, Diana Norris.

Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Roger Clark of Hannibal; a daughter, Terry Clark of North Syracuse; a son, Craig Clark of Hannibal; a sister, Marge Carter of Fulton; two brothers, Bill (Jesse) DeGraw of Texas and Roger (Peggy) DeGraw of New Jersey; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Alzheimer’s Association or Hannibal Volunteer Fire Department.