Category Archives: Obituaries


John F. Hotaling, truck driver

John F. Hotaling
John F. Hotaling

John F. Hotaling, 58, of Fulton, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at home surrounded by his family.

Born in Fulton, he was a life resident. John had previously worked for Black Creek Lumber and Mid-State Tree Service as a truck driver.

He was predeceased by his parents, Gilbert and Sara (Crouch) Hotaling; three brothers, Carl, Earl and Alan Hotaling; and by a sister, Sandy Kimball.

Surviving are his former wife, current companion and caretaker, Adelaide M. Hotaling of Fulton; two sons, John G. (Bethany) Hotaling of Virginia Beach, Va. and Levi F. Hotaling of Fulton; two daughters, Stephanie Burnett and Jennifer Hotaling, both of Fulton; three sisters, Sharon Dann, Shirley Hamilton, and Mary (George) Kimball, all of Fulton; 14 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and service were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.


Elizabeth Duffer, GE retiree

Elizabeth Duffer
Elizabeth Duffer

Elizabeth M. “Betty” Duffer, 74, of Clay, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Croghan, N.Y., a daughter to the late Alice Walter and Francis Duffer and graduated from Lowville Academy in 1955. Upon graduation, she moved to Fulton where she met her first husband and started her family. she retired in 1993 from General Electric in Liverpool where she worked for nearly 30 years.

She was an avid fan of NASCAR, the Dallas Cowboys and enjoyed gardening. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of both the Suttle Vernice American Legion and the VFW Post 153, Baldwinsville.

She was predeceased by a brother, Arthur Duffer, who died in 1994.

She is survived by her son, Verner Draper, Jr. of Pennellville; two daughters, Alice (Paul) Burns of Central Square and Joyce (John) Rao of Baldwinsville; several step-children including step-daughter, Darcy (Brian) Beattie-Clute of Fulton; two sisters, Shirley Berrus of Hannibal and Mickey Duffer of Oswego; her former husbands, William Dann of Baldwinsville and Verner Draper Sr. of  Fulton; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held today, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to Humane Association of CNY, Inc. 4915 ½ West Taft Rd., P.O Box 38, Liverpool, NY 13088.

Claudine Northrup, retired from Nestle

Claudine H. “Babe” (Blake) Northrup, 82, formerly of Fulton, died Nov. 9, 2012 at Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson, N.H. after a period of declining health.

She was born Sept. 8, 1930 to the late William and Claudine Blake of Hannibal and was affectionately known as “Babe” her entire life. She was a graduate of Hannibal High School, Class of 1947, and she retired after many years of service from Nestle Co., Fulton.

In her life, she enjoyed bowling, bingo, and bunko. She was actively involved in various civic and religious organizations, including the post of past president of the Fulton Elk’s Ladies Auxiliary and as a Eucharistic Minister at Holy Family Church, Fulton. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by her husband, Robert Northrup, in 2008; her first husband, Leon Laws; and most of her many siblings.

She is survived by her son, attorney Michael L. Laws and his wife, Patricia, of Nashua, N.H.; daughter, Denise Davis of Syracuse; two siblings, Janet Bogdal and William Blake both of Florida; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held today, Nov. 17 at 10:15 a.m. at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton, with Rev. Moritz Fuchs officiating.  Burial will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours will be conducted today from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.


Richard Cole, retired from Carrier

Richard Cole
Richard Cole

Richard W. Cole, 81, of Hannibal, died suddenly at home Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.

Born and raised on a farm in the town of Oswego, he was a life resident of the area. He retired from the Carrier Corporation in Syracuse after 32 years of service and had previously drove school bus.

He enjoyed watching NASCAR racing and being a volunteer firefighter for the Hannibal Volunteer Fire Company.

He was predeceased by his wife, Beverly J. Cole, who died Jan. 22, 2006.

Surviving are his seven children, George Cole, Lynn (Ken) Burba, Mark (Judy) Cole, Lisa Cole, Michele Christopher, Timothy Cole and Chrystal Edwards; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and service were held yesterday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Burial was in Fairdale Rural Cemetery.

Esther C. Paine, Owned Paine Farms

Esther C. Paine, 93, of Granby, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 at her son Benjamin’s home after a short illness.

Mrs. Paine was born in Lysander, the daughter of the late Frank and Jane Paine. Mrs. Paine, along with her family, owned and operated Paine Farms.

Mrs. Paine was predeceased by her husband, O. Brewster Paine.

She is survived by two sons, Oliver (Cindy) Paine and Benjamin Paine, both of Granby; one brother, Robert Cook of Lysander; five grandchildren, Oliver, Michael, Seth, Ethan, and Jeremy; and one great-granddaughter, Meredith.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. 2nd St., Fulton.


Michael F. Prime, Navy veteran

Michael F. Prime
Michael F. Prime

Michael F. (Primer) Prime, 64, of Fulton died November 9, 2012.

Mr. Prime retired from the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department in 2003. He served during Vietnam abroad the USS New Jersey, retiring after 30 years of service from the Navy.

He loved sports and played basketball, golf, softball and bowled on numerous teams in Onondaga and Oswego Counties through the years. He was also an avid SU and Yankees fan.

He leaves behind his wife of 27 years, Bonnie (Allen), daughter Denise (Ben) Johnson of Liverpool, son Michael S. of Fulton, grandson Zachary Hull of Liverpool, three sisters Marlene Walts of North Syracuse, Karen Campbell of Washington, Lisa Jones of Pittsfield, Mass., three nephews and one niece.

Mr. Prime donated his body to SUNY Upstate Hospital for research. Donations may be made to Oswego County Hospice.

Services will be held at the convience of the family. Harter Funeral Home is in chare of the arrangements.


Grace Carroll, Florida resident

Grace Carroll
Grace Carroll

Grace A. Carroll, 96, of Frostproof, Fla., died Thursday, Nov. 8 at the home of her children, Douglas and Barbara Carroll of Phoenix.

Mrs. Carroll was the daughter of the late Fred and Hazel (Farnham) Ackles of Cortland.

She was predeceased in 2001 by her husband of 66 years, Russell E. Carroll.

She is survived by her four children, David R. Carroll of Frostproof, Fla., Patricia (Wendell) Tucker and Douglas (Barbara) Carroll of Phoenix, and William (Inge) Carroll of Cincinnati, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 43 Bridge St., Phoenix.

Contributions may be made to Phoenix Area Food Pantry, 43 Bridge St., Phoenix, NY 13135, or a favorite charity.


Bethany Spier, GRB graduate

Bethany Spier
Bethany Spier

Bethany M. (Gravatt) Spier, 30, of Toas Ave in Mattydale, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

She grew up and was raised in the Fulton area before moving to Mattydale in 2006. She was a 2001 graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School and received her associate’s degree in applied science from Cayuga Community College in 2004.  She enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom and spending time with her family. She attended Community Wesleyan Church of Baldwinsville.

She was predeceased by her step-father, Frank Grady, in 2003.

She is survived by her husband of five years, Scott Spier and their daughter, Lilly; her mother, Katheryn Gravatt-Grady of Fulton; two siblings: Jessica (Rick) Lowe of Concord, N.Y. and Adam (Deanna) McKelvey of Oswego; and several nieces and nephews.

Contributions may be made to the Livestrong Program, North Area YMCA, 4775 Wetzel Road Liverpool, NY 13090.

Calling hours were held Thursday at Krueger Funeral Home, Mattydale. Funeral services were held Friday at Community Wesleyan Church of Baldwinsville.  Burial was in Hannibal Village Cemetery.