Category Archives: Obituaries

Gloria Arlene Parish

Parish, GloriaGloria Arlene Parish, 85, a resident of Gig Harbor, Wash., passed away at Saint Joseph Medical Center on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Gloria was the beloved matriarch of her family, with whom she lived. Moving from her birthplace of Fulton, N.Y. to Southern California as a young woman, her dirt bike adventures on The Ranch are legendary. Whether she was camping and canoeing in upstate New York’s autumn brilliance or enjoying the harbor surrounded by evergreen trees, she took delight in the beauty of God’s creation. Her sense of humor and zeal for life, as well as her wonderful imagination, continues on in her children and grandchildren. Though she worked hard in a range of occupations from Nestle Candy Company to McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, and UC Irvine’s Cancer Research Institute, her greatest legacy was her family. Throughout the years Gloria was a continual loving presence to those around her; accepting and generous in every possible way. Her faith in Christ bolstered many a fallen spirit and she kept a long prayer list to which she would devote time every day. She was a true prayer warrior.
Family members include her daughter, Susan Beck (Gig Harbor); sons Richard and Lee Pierce (Southern California); three granddaughters, six grandsons, two great-grandsons and her cherished family in New York.
Her life will be celebrated at home at a time to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a memorial donation be made to the American Cancer Society and/or the American Heart Association. Arrangements have been made with Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor. Messages for the family and  stories about Gloria can be left on their website at

Phyllis E. Jackson

Phyllis E. Jackson, 73, of Fulton died Sunday at Oswego Hospital after a brief illness.
She was born in Syracuse, N.Y., to the late Raymond and Esther (Maloney) Combs. Mrs. Jackson retired as a manager from K-Mart, Mattydale, N.Y., after working for 25 years. She was predeceased by her husband Neil Jackson and granddaughter Christina Elkin.  Mrs. Jackson is survived by her five children, Scott Jackson of Camillus, N.Y., Tracy (Michael) Elkin of Fulton, N.Y., Neil Jackson of Cato, N.Y., Brian Jackson and Lisa (Thomas) Searor, both of Fulton, N.Y.; four siblings, Charles (Lois) Maloney and Beverly (Lester) Grome, both of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Shirley (Jack) Whipple of Fla., and Thomas (Cindy) Maloney of Auburn, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held Thursday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., with Deacon Melvin J. Anthony Jr. officiating.  Burial will be held privately.

Ralph E. Virgo

Ralph E. Virgo, 68, of Oswego, died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at his home with his family at his side.
Mr. Virgo was born in Oswego the son of Mary Helen Virgo of Oswego and the late Nicholas Virgo. He received a Bachelor of Art degree in sociology, and educational psychology from SUNY Oswego; a Master of Science degree from SUNY Binghamton, and he was a graduate fellow in educational communication at the University of Iowa. Mr. Virgo worked at Control Data Corp. in Minneapolis, Minn., as an educational programmer and computer trainer. He was the founder and CEO of Virgo & Associates, an innovator of computer-based education and training. He is survived by his sister Linda Carter of Oswego; brothers Daniel (Karen) Virgo of Dunkirk, N.Y. and Michael Virgo of Oswego; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Saturday April 4, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. 4th. Oswego, NY.

Freda E. Harmon

Harmon, Freda OBFreda E. Harmon of Manlius, N.Y., and previously of Lakeland, Fla., and Fair Haven, Baldwinsville and Fulton, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 28, 2015.  She was 89 years old.
Freda was born on September 10, 1925 in Laceyville, Pa., to Jay and Angie Carter. She graduated from the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing in Sayre, Pa., in 1946. On May 14, 1948 she married the love of her life, Paul Harmon, in Ithaca, N.Y. After moving to Fulton, N.Y., Freda worked as a registered nurse at the A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital for 12 years, and later as an industrial nurse for 20 years with Armstrong World Industries, where she retired in 1986. She was a member of the North Lakeland Presbyterian Church and the Sandpipers Golf and Country Club, both in Lakeland, Fla.
Freda had a wonderful, witty sense of humor, and never met a stranger. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, a caring mother and grandmother, a compassionate friend, and a talented nurse.
Freda is survived by her loving husband, Paul Harmon, five daughters, Linda Harmon  (Doug Mack) of Bristol, Vt., Diane (Donald) Kastler of Hilton Head, S.C., Deborah (Thaddeus) Lewkowicz of Manlius, N.Y., Susan (Robert) Barry of Fulton, N.Y., Sherri Wakeham (Terrance Glancy) of Auburn, N.Y., one son, Bear (Carol) Harmon of Fulton, N.Y., and one sister, Luna Maurer of Hauppauge, N.Y. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her sister, Grace, her brothers, Boyce, George, Harry, and Mark, and her grandson, Jason.
A calling hour and special service were held Wednesday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Burial will be in Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton at a later date.  Condolences can be sent to Foster Funeral Home. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Oswego County Meals on Wheels, Office for the Aging, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, NY 13126.

John W. Dix

Dix, John OBJohn W. Dix, 83, of Volney, passed away peacefully Friday, March 27, at his home surrounded by his family. John had been a lifelong resident of the Fulton-Oswego areas. John had been a fuel truck driver for many years. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed camping. He and his late wife were members of the Fulton Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and, together, enjoyed participating in their many events. John was predeceased by his wife, the former Lena Mae Reynolds, and children Brenda, Joel and Lincoln. John will be greatly missed and forever loved by his children, Donna Abbott, John Dix, Georganna Woodworth, Christopher Vaughn; siblings, Edith Ives and Marjorie Calkins; 24 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.  Calling hours were Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. A memorial service will be Saturday, 11 a.m. at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses Fulton Congregation, county Route 85, Fulton. Burial in the spring will be at Peck Cemetery in Scriba.

Lorraine “Lori” Woodworth

WoodworthLorraine “Lori” Woodworth, 64, of Fulton passed away at her home surrounded by her family after a long illness. She was born in Syracuse, N.Y. to the late Lloyd and Mildred (Recore) Rathbun Sr. She has been a resident of Fulton for 23 years. Lori previously worked for the Syracuse Home Association for 19 years. Currently and for 23 years, she has co-owned and operated Fulton Auto Salvage with her husband. Lori loved spending time with her family. She was also an avid BINGO player and she enjoyed going to the casino. She was predeceased by two siblings, Lloyd Rathbun Jr. and Ruth Bell. Lori is survived by her husband of 45 years, Steven Woodworth of Fulton; three children, Diana (Darren) Kelso of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Kathy (Scott) Grevelding of Clay, N.Y., and Steven (Jaime) Woodworth II of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; two siblings, Lee Ashby of Baldwinsville, N.Y., and Frank Rathbun of Plainville, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, Stephanie, Jordan, Cassidy, Scottie, Michael, Kaelyn, Zayne; one great-grandchild, Brynlee; and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours were Tuesday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton. Burial will be held privately.

C. James Weinhold

WeinholdC. James Weinhold, 84, of Fulton died Thursday at St. Joseph Hospital, Syracuse. Mr. Weinhold was born in Philadelphia, N.Y., the son of the late Charles and Carrie (Parker) Weinhold. Mr. Weinhold served in the United States Navy for seven years during the Korean War, and 15 years in the Air force with the Boys from Syracuse. He retired from Western Electric, Syracuse, after 30 years as an inspector, and later worked in the maintenance department with the Fulton City School District. He was Past Commander of the VFW Post 569, Fulton; and Past Commander of the American Legion, Fulton; he was a member of the Veterans Council, and the Knight of Columbus. He was a Eucharistic minister at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton, and a BINGO inspector. Mr. Weinhold is survived by his wife Theresa (Kidd) Weinhold of Fulton, sons Gary (Jane) Weinhold of Fla.; Steve (Lynn) Weinhold of Fla.; his daughter Cheryl (Bruce) Smith of Sackets Harbor; stepsons Don (Debbie) Kidd of Fla.; Gregg (Karen) Kidd of Manlius; his sister Ida Mae Weinhold of Fla., and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his first wife Pauline Weinhold and several siblings. Funeral services were Tuesday in Holy Trinity Church, Fulton, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours were Monday at the Sugar Funeral Home 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton.

Robert D. Snow

Robert D. Snow, 84, of Fulton passed away at Oswego Hospital. Bob was born in Fulton to the late Frank and Marian Dickinson Snow and resided in the Fulton area for his entire life. He served in the Marine Corps from 1948 to 1952 before returning to Fulton to work for Alltel New York, Inc. and, upon retiring, Bob owned and operated Black Creek Trading Post. Robert enjoyed hand-crafting guns and hunting gear, oil painting, hunting, fishing and camping. In addition to his parents, Robert was predeceased by his siblings, Frank Jr., Elizabeth, Norma and twins, Ronald and Donald. Bob will be greatly missed and forever loved by his wife of 42 years, Marlene; daughters, Darlene and April (Bruce) and step-son Jim (Pat); several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Calling hours and a service were held Tuesday, March 31 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial with military honors will be in the spring at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.