Category Archives: Obituaries

Muriel Smith, Former Fulton resident

Muriel I. Smith, 97, of Winter Haven, FL, died Oct. 20, 2012.

She was born August 15, 1915 to Frederick and Mildred Eggleston in Somerville, NY.

She was a graduate of Oswego Normal School and taught in a one-room school in Blossvale, N.Y. After marrying Frances E. Smith, who predeceased her in 1998, she moved to Fulton. Here, she raised her family and became a substitute teacher in the Fulton City School District.

Surviving are children Martha (Michael) Iamaio of Orlando, Fla., James (Suzanne) Smith of Melbourne, Fla., and Kathleen (David) Couture of Fulton; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Thelma Duhrke of Fulton.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service is planned in the spring.


Helen Nalle, Retired LPN

Helen Nalle
Helen Nalle

Helen F. Nalle, 91, of Fulton, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Fulton to the late Clarence and Gertrude Cunningham, Mrs. Nalle was a life resident of the Fulton area.

She retired in 1983 from Community General Hospital where she was as a licensed practical nurse, previously working at Oswego Hospital and General Electric Company in Liverpool.

She was a communicant of Holy Family Catholic Church in Fulton. She loved to play bingo, cards, gambling and traveling.

She was predeceased by her husband, James Maher, who died in 1976.

Surviving are her children, Ellen (James, Sr.) Healy of Fulton, Daniel Maher of Fulton, Pat (Robert) Coe of Oswego, James (Connie) Maher of Hannibal and Kathy (Robert) McRae of Fulton; 16 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Services for Helen Nalle were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours were held Thursday at the funeral home.

Willis Sheltray, Fulton resident

Willis G. Sheltray, 52, of Fulton died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at home.

Born in Fulton, he was a life resident of the Fulton and Volney areas.

He was predeceased by his grandson, Raymond Stone. Surviving are his companion, Waneda Jenks of Fulton; children, Sunshine Sheltray of Wisconsin, Amber Stone of Oswego and Willis Sheltray III of Oswego; four grandchildren, Jazmine, Lillien, Quinton, and Christopher; and several brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

Franklyn Waite, Speedway mechanic

Franklyn P. Waite, 59 of Fulton, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.

Born in Fulton, he was a lifelong resident. He had worked as a mechanic at the Fulton Speedway and Utica- Rome Speedway for more than 15 years. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a member of the STAR Society. He is survived by his companion, Paula Phelps; brothers, Richard and Stephen Waite; half-sister, Christine Armaglio; friends, Harry Bowker and Regina Husted; and several nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours and services. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Norma Sacco, former Oswego resident

Norma E. Sacco, 87, died Oct. 24, 2012 in Spring Hill, Fla.

She was born in Oswego to Edith and Clarence Dingman. She taught school for 20 years around the Oswego area. She was predeceased by her husband, James L. Sacco Sr.; a son James Jr.; and a grandson, John L.

She is survived by daughter, Debora and husband Samuel Good; Rose Sacco and her companion, Jimmie Strickland; and Charles and Mary Mimmack; sister, Carol Lovejoy; grandchildren James, April, William and Christine; 17 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.


Wayne Howard, Purple Heart recipient

Purple Heart
Wayne A. “Lucky” Howard

Wayne A. “Lucky” Howard was born June 17, 1925 in Fulton and died Oct. 14, 2012 at the age of 87 in San Diego, Calif.

He was born to Belva and Charles Howard and was the eighth of nine children. He grew up in Fulton and joined the Army September 1, 1943. He was stationed in Italy and southern France. While in Normandy, he was shot and spent one year paralyzed and in a body cast. He was honorably discharged on May 31, 1945 after receiving two stars and the Purple Heart.

He had a passion for flying model airplanes and was a very active member in the Oswego Valley Modelaires for many years, where he was awarded an honorary life time membership. He spent his last five years with his son and family in San Diego.

He was pre-deceased by his wife, Joy, and by his son, Richard.

He is survived by three children, Bruce, Sandy and Leslie and their spouses; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.

Mr. Howard’s and his wife’s ashes will be placed at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego.

Bonham Bros & Stewart Mortuary and Cremation Service is assisting the family.

Alex Clemons, Fulton resident

Alex Clemons, 35, of Fulton died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

He was born in Papua, New Guinea and he has been a resident of Fulton since 1988. He enjoyed being a father and spending time with his family. He enjoyed all sports especially football. He attended G. Ray Bodley High School where he was on the football and wrestling teams.

He is survived by five children, Jasmine, Coby, Ezra, Nathan, and Mylee, all of Fulton; his parents, Ernest and Arsenia Clemons of Fulton; and five siblings, Albert Clemons of New Guinea, Nicholas Clemons of Fulton, Leonard Clemons of New Guinea, Laurencia Clemons of Fulton, and Christina Clemons of Colorado.

Calling hours and funeral services were held Thursday at the Sugar Funeral Home. The Rev. Stephen Wirkes officiated. Burial was held privately.

Harry Bickford Sr., Worked at Nestle

Harry L. Bickford Sr., 61, of Hannibal, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 at home surrounded by his family.

He had worked at Nestle Company in Fulton for over 30 years. He had served in Army from 1977 to 1979.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and just being outdoors. He was a devoted New York Yankees fan and never missed watching a game. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Vina Bickford.

Surviving are his wife of 38 years, the former Betty Abbott; children, Jeff (Melissa) Bickford of North Carolina, Harry (Andrea) Bickford, Jr. of Hannibal, Tammy Elliot of North Carolina, and Betty Bickford of Hannibal; brothers, Vern (Cindy) Bickford of Fulton and Charles (Peggy) Bickford of Palermo; a sister, Marjorie McEwen of Fulton; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

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

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