Category Archives: Obituaries


Shirley Hibbert, Oswego resident

Shirley Hibbert
Shirley Hibbert

Shirley R. Hibbert, 90, of Varick St., Oswego died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 in Seneca Hill Manor.

Mrs. Hibbert was born in Auburn, the daughter of the late William and Rosemary Southworth, and she has been a lifetime resident of Oswego.

Mrs. Hibbert retired in 1979 as a transportation supervisor from the Oswego City School District. She enjoyed knitting and reading.

Mrs. Hibbert was predeceased by her husband, John F. Hibbert, in 1990; her daughter, Theresa Scozzari; and son, James Scozzari.

She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Myer of Oswego; four grandchildren, Chuck Bahner, Michelle (Dave) France, Tim (Beth) Myer, Lisa Solazzo; and six grandchildren Mark, Phillip, McKenna, Kassandra, Cameron, and Caedance.

Funeral services were held Thursday at St. Mary of the Assumption Church. Burial was in St. Paul’s Cemetery. Calling hours were held Wednesday at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Philomena Proppe, Resident of Oswego

Philomena Proppe, 96, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 at Morningstar Care Center, Oswego.

She was born in Oswego to the late Louis and Aniela (Wislinzko) Bellardino. She was pre-deceased by her sisters, Helen Castiglia and Louise Arduini.

She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Kelsey of Fulton; siblings, Anthony Bellardino of Oswego, Mary Treameck of Oswego, Jeanette Mulcahey of Minetto, Susie Fox of Granby, and Nellie Roach of South Dakota; grandson, Lawrence (Patricia) Kelsey of Kentucky; three great-grandchildren, David, Katy-Lynn, and Shawn Kelsey; one great-great-grandson, Caden Kelsey; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and calling hours will be held privately with Rev. Robert Stephenson officiating. Burial and committal services will be held privately at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton has care of the arrangements.

George MacEwen, Worked at Sealright

George Edward MacEwen, 73, of Missouri and formerly of Fulton, died  Nov. 20, 2012.

He was born in Fulton, but moved to the Kansas City area in 1967 for his job.

He started right out of high school at Sealright (now known as Huhtamaki) where he worked for 54 years in Research and Development.

He was preceded by his parents, Anna and Harold MacEwen, and brother, Melvin MacEwen.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah MacEwen; children: Karen (Doug) Marx, Darren Owens, Dawn (Trent) Miller, Lynn (Scott) Raysik, Danielle (Joel) Tomlinson, David MacEwen; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers; one sister; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Nov. 24 at Charter Funerals/Northland Chapel. Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.


Concetta Donahue, Former Oswego resident

Concetta Donahue
Concetta Donahue

Concetta “Connie” Donahue, a former resident of East Seneca Street, Oswego, died Nov. 30, 2012 at the home of her sister, Eileen Schulz, in Central Square.

Born in New York City May 12, 1917, she was the daughter of Salvatore and Grace Grasso. She moved to Oswego with her family as a young girl and attended Oswego schools. She was a homemaker and a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

She had been employed at several garment mills in Oswego, including Osted, Conde, and Lastlong. As well as being an accomplished seamstress, she liked gardening and was a good cook who enjoyed feeding friends and family.

She enjoyed traveling and went on several trips with her husband, Bob; her sister, Josie; and the senior groups from Oswego.

Concetta Donahue was a communicant of St. Joseph”s Church and a former member of the St. Anne’s Society.

The past several years, she has been cared for in the home of her sister, Eileen, with the help of several aides.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Robert, her sister Josephine Donabella, and her brother Santo Grasso.

She is survived by her brother. John (Connie) Grasso of Oswego; sister, Eileen Schulz of Central Square; sisters-in-law, Mary Smith, Emma Grasso, and Agnes (Walt) Foley; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday in St. Joseph’s Church where a Mass of Christian burial was celebrated. Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Margaret Gravelle, Phoenix graduate

Margaret Lydia Gravelle died Nov. 9, 2012 after losing her battle with brain cancer. She had been under hospice care for several weeks. Her husband and her mother were at her bedside at the time of her passing.

She was born Jan. 8, 1984 to Jim and Sue Gravelle of Fulton.   She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Andrew and Harriet Bassett and Francis and Esther Gravelle.

She is survived by her husband, Wesley Winkelman; parents, Jim and Sue Gravelle; in-laws, Gary and Earlene Winkelman of Middleton, ID; a brother-in-law, Jesse Winkelman (Susan) of Sacramento, Calif.; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

She and her husband were married Sept. 1, 2007 in Raleigh, N.C. He was a constant source of strength, support, and unconditional love during her illness.

She was a graduate of Phoenix Central Schools. Her college career included earning a BS degree in psychology from the State University College at Oneonta, and a MSW degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She had begun her PhD studies in educational psychology at the  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She had always been an excellent student. She learned to read at the age of two and one-half years, skipped a grade in elementary school, and graduated early from SUNY Oneonta.

She enjoyed travel, be it a long drive in her VW Jetta, making up her itinerary along the way, or following a more specific schedule. With her parents, she visited many states, including Alaska and Hawaii. There were also vacations in the Bahamas and  Ireland.

Following her marriage, they traveled to Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland and England.

There will be a celebration of her life at the Riverside Inn, 930 South First St., Fulton, at noon Saturday, Dec. 8 for family and friends.

Contributions may be made to Doctors Without Borders; Above and Beyond English Setter Rescue at; Activate Good; WUNC. Arrangements are by Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. Burial will take place in Jacksonville Cemetery, Lysander at another time.


George LaClaire Jr., avid hunter

George LaClaire
George LaClaire, Jr.

George LaClaire, Jr., 51, of Volney, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. He was a life resident of the area and was an avid hunter who loved his family and friends greatly.

He was predeceased by his parents, George and Betty LaClaire Sr.

He is survived by his fiancee, Carol Cook; his children, Margaret (Terry) Graves and George M. (Lisa West) LaClaire Sr.; step-children, Tara France and Tonya (Carmen) Papa; siblings, Clifford Dann, Grace Dann, Diane Zuflet and Robert LaClaire; nine grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

Michael Prime, Fulton resident

Michael F. Prime, 64, of Fulton, died Nov. 9, 2012.

A memorial celebration of life service with military honors will be held today, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 2819 Co. Rte. 45, Fulton. with the Rev. David Grey officiating.

Attendees may wear uniforms, Yankee or SU attire.

Contributions may be made to Fulton Youth Baseball or Oswego County Hospice.


Joseph Mirabito, Grocery store owner

Joseph Mirabito
Joseph Mirabito

Joseph Mirabito, 88, a lifetime resident of Fulton, died in his sleep on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

He was predeceased by his wife of 33 years, Betty Phillips Mirabito. He had co-owned and operated Mirabito Brothers Grocery Store on the corner of East Fifth and Pratt streets in Fulton with his brother Angelo for over 40 years. He and his wife were communicants of Holy Trinity Parish in Fulton where they headed the Landscape Committee for many years. After her passing, he created a Memorial Rose Garden as a tribute to her in the church courtyard.

For many years, they hosted an annual “Mirabito Family Reunion” at their home on Jones Drive in Fulton where more than a 100 family members would gather. He was an active member of the Fulton Rotary Club. He had served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 during World War II.

One and one half years after the passing of Betty’s first husband, Erwin Phillips, Mr. Mirabito, a 50-year-old bachelor, invited Betty to dinner during her weekly grocery shopping trip. They were married eight weeks later and enjoyed a wonderful life together until her passing in 2008.

Surviving are two stepsons, Michael (Brenda) Phillips of Fulton and Steven (Paul Stewart) Phillips of Oswego; grandchildren, Chad Phillips of Orlando, Fla. and Danielle (Don) Wester of New Woodstock; two great-granddaughters, Delaney and Devyn Wester; two brothers, Vincent (Maureen) Mirabito and John (RoseMary) Mirabito, all of Syracuse; a sister, Mary Lanzafame of Liverpool and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were held Friday, Nov. 30 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Prayer services will be held today, Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. at the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, corner of Rochester and South Third streets, Fulton. Burial and committal rites will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Cody Volunteer Fire Department, 155 County Route 55, Fulton, NY 13069.