Category Archives: Obituaries

Bruce Ludington, Army veteran

Bruce Ludington of Freedom, Pa., died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.

He was born April 9, 1927 in Oswego, the son of the late Gertrude and Kirk Ludington. He attended Clarkson College of Technology. During his sophomore year, he served in the U.S. Army in Germany at the end of World War II.

He returned to his studies and graduated with a dual degree in mechanical and industrial engineering. He then went to work as a mechanical engineer for Alcoa in Massena, where he met and married Teresa Palmer of Massena. He transferred to Pittsburgh in 1961 when he joined the company’s Industrial Relations Department in a management role. He retired Feb. 1, 1993 after 41 years of service. He traveled extensively across the United States and around the world during his career.

As a young man, he was an accomplished trumpet player and formed a band that played in clubs in northern New York State. He was an avid reader with a strong interest in science, aviation and space exploration. He also enjoyed playing golf and bridge with his wife and friends. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church (North Hills).

He was the husband of nearly 58 years to Teresa; father of Bruce (Annette) of Idaho, Kirk (Lori) of Michigan, Leslie Deshaies (Mike) of Delaware, and Courtney Hetzler (Doug) of Mars, Pa; grandfather to 10 grandchildren, Brad, Nicole, Mike, Karl, Marisa, Kevin, Ryan, Cole, Cade, and Carsyn; one great-grandchild, Brayden; and several nephews and nieces.

He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Travis-Doull (Jerry) of Gloversville, N.Y. and sister-in-law, Eleanor Cole of Massena.

He was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Ronald Cole, and sister-in-law Carmen Gagner.

A funeral service was held at the Christ Episcopal Church (North Hills), Pittsburgh.

John Barnard Jr., World War II veteran

John D. Barnard Jr. died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 surrounded by his family.

Born April 9, 1926, he served in the United State Army 11th airborne as a paratrooper in World War II.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Irene; his daughter, Suzanne; sons, John, Kevin and Peter; six grandchildren, Caitlin, Andy, Kiely, Mark, Kari, and Steven; one great-granddaughter Zayley; and his brother, Robert.

Funeral services and burial in Clarerack Cemetery will be private. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

John Isham, Marine veteran

John  J. Isham, 88, a life-long resident of Oswego County, died recently after a short illness.

He was predeceased by his parents, Edna (Timerson) Isham and Harry Isham.

Surviving are his siblings, Fern Isham, Barbara (Robert) Hanley of Syracuse, and Richard Isham of Lockport; and several nieces and nephews.

He served honorably with the United States Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theatre.

He enjoyed his retirement years after working decades for O.M. Edwards, Inc. in its shipping department on Solar Street, Syracuse.

He enjoyed going to Fair Haven Beach, taking long walks, and reading newspapers. He was a sports enthusiast, particularly the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.

A calling hour and service were held Saturday at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. Burial was in Martville Cemetery, Sterling.

F. Irene Blake, born in Fulton

F. Irene Blake, 86, of LeRoy and formerly of Palm Coast, Fla., died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Facility.

Mrs. Blake was born December 19, 1925 in Fulton, a daughter of the late David and Elizabeth (Howard) Griffiths.

She had recently relocated to LeRoy from her home of 24 years in Palm Coast, Fla. She was a faithful member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Palm Coast. She loved to play cards and bake.She was a former member of the Cosmopolitan Club in Allentown, Pa.

Mrs. Blake enjoyed singing, and was a member of several church choirs over the years. She also greatly enjoyed entertaining people for dinner.

She was the wife of the late Donald J. Blake, who died in 1996. They spent 51 years together.

In addition she was predeceased byher brother, John (late Mary) Griffiths, and sisters, Marie Drake and Jean (late Richard) Oberg.

She is survived by her sons, Douglas (Grace) Blake of Kingwood, Texas and David (Donna) Blake of Stafford; grandchildren, Brendan (Shauna) Blake of Byron, Karen Blake and Kathryn (Scott) Chapman, both of Texas; a brother-in-law, Edward Drake of Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 156 Florida Park Drive North, Palm Coast, Fl, 32137.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Robert LaRose, owned Shorelines

Robert LaRose, 57, died Sept. 14, 2012 at his home in Phoenix.

He was born in Lowvilleto Dr. John and Helen LaRose.  He previously co-owned and operated Shorelines, Fulton.

Mr. LaRose loved the water and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also a NASCAR and professional sports fan. He liked to attend an occasional Buffalo Bills Football game.

Mr. LaRose was pre-deceased by his father,Dr. John LaRose.

He is survived by his longtime companion, Sharon Utick Ouderkirk of Phoenix; his mother, Helen LaRose of Arizona; two stepsons, Leonard Ouderkirk III of Fulton and Michael Ouderkirk of Fulton; two siblings, Richard LaRose of Arizona and Wendy LaRose; and one niece and one nephew.

There are no funeral services.  Burial will be private.  Sugar Funeral Home,Fulton have care of the arrangements.

Contributions may be made to the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Dept., Main St. Phoenix, NY 13135, or the Oswego County Humane Society 265 W. 1st St., Oswego, NY 13126.

Ethel Donnelly, Avid gardener

Ethel “Sally” Donnelly, 99, of Fulton and formerly of Oxbow Lake in the Adirondacks, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at Auburn Nursing Home.

She retired from Bristol Laboratories in Syracuse after 15 years. She was an avid gardener.

She was predeceased by her husband, Prentice Donnelly; daughter, Verne D. Gould; and by several siblings.

Surviving are three sons, Glenn, Dudley and Prentice; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held Wednesday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. There were no calling hours. Burial was in Jacksonville Cemetery.

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Katrina Shafer, Phoenix resident

Katrina M. (Bourlier) Shafer, 48, of Phoenix, died Tuesday Sept. 18, 2012.

She was born in Houston, Texas to her late parents, Anne L. (Carney) and John C. Bourlier. She was a graduate of J.C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix. She was a title clerk for Pete Kitt’s Sales and Service, Camillus. She enjoyed fishing, camping, and gardening, and her favorite place was the Florida Keys.

She was predeceased by her four sisters and two brothers.

Surviving are her significant other, Christopher A. Quill; her six children, Jalene Shafer, Bobby Shafer, Gretchen Shafer, Eric Shafer, Seth Shafer, Nick Shafer; two sisters, Linda Bergman and Sandy Gompert; a brother, David Bourlier; two aunts and two uncles; and several nieces, nephews, cousins.

Calling hours and service were held Friday at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix.

Ralph Hubbard, owned Hubbard Farms

Ralph A. Hubbard, 86, of County Line Road, Fulton (Granby), died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 at home with his family by his side.

He was born in Granby to the late Harold Hubbard and Irene Beebe. He was a graduate of Fulton High School. He was the owner and operator of Hubbard Farms, Fulton.  He was a former employee of the City of Fairbanks, Alaska.

He was a member of Cody Fire Department, the Granby Republican Committee, a director for the Empire State Potato Growers Association, New York State Grange Association, New York State Farm Bureau, and the National Federation of Independent Business.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Myrtle (Mackey) Hubbard; his sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Janette Hubbard of Fulton and Kirk and Debra Hubbard of Phoenix; his daughters, Kim Whipple of Pennellville and Cynthia Pluff of Phoenix; a foster brother, Charles “Bill” Hill of Fulton; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Calling hours were held Wednesday at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix.  Graveside service was held in Jacksonville Rural Cemetery, Phoenix. The Rev. Terrance E. Millbyer officiated.