Category Archives: Obituaries

Dennis W. Norton

Norton, DennisDennis W. Norton, 70, of Volney, passed away on Tuesday, March 24 at University Hospital in Syracuse. A native of Fulton, he was the son of the late Earl and Dorothy Reeves Norton and was a life resident of the Volney area. Dennis retired in 1999 as maintenance supervisor at Oswego County Department of Social Services in Mexico and he had previously worked for over 25 years as maintenance supervisor at Pathfinder Courts in Fulton. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Dennis was an active member and trustee of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Volney. He enjoyed his Harley Davidson motorcycles and was a founding member of the local Harley Davidson Dressers of America Association. Dennis was well known for his handyman “fix it” ability and was often seen helping and delivering for his daughter’s floral shop, DeVine Designs. Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Rita Mouchka Norton of Volney; two daughters, Teresa (Roy) Poudrier and Gail (Ernie Brown) Norton all of Fulton; two grandchildren, Jonathon Beeles of Oswego and Jamie Beeles of Fulton; two brothers, Earl Norton of Hannibal and Gordon Norton of Fulton; several nieces and nephews. Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 30 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton with services 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 31 at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, County Route 45, Volney. Burial with military honors will be in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church or to the Salvation Army of Fulton.

Lenora M. Gustavson

Lenora M. Gustavson, 71, formerly of Liverpool and Lacona, passed away March 15 at her daughter’s home. She was born May 11, 1943 in Lacona, N.Y., the daughter of the late Wilbur and Nina White VanGieson. She was educated in Sandy Creek School. She retired from Crouse Hospital housekeeping department and the Byrne Dairy store in Liverpool. She was married to Richard E. Gustavson who died in 2008.
She is survived by her children, Laurie (Keith) Ludlow of Fulton, Joseph (Diane) Salisbury and Burton Samphier of Henderson;13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Billie Kay Stowell of S.C., and Mina Whitmore of Watertown. She was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Snyder and Hannah Murray, and an infant son, Jeffrey.
Funeral services will be held Saturday March 21, 2015 at 3 p.m. ay the Summerville Funeral Home 1997 Harwood Dr., Sandy Creek. Calling hours Saturday 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service. Spring burial will be in Depauville Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Central New York P.O. Box 69 Syracuse, N.Y. 13208 or American Cancer Society P.O. Box 7 East Syracuse, N.Y. 13057.

Claudia J. Ferlito

Claudia J. Ferlito 3 001Claudia J. Ferlito, 68, of Fulton, N.Y., passed away at University Hospital, Syracuse, after a long illness.
Born in Syracuse, on March 27, 1946 to her late parents, Olive M. (Tidwell) Sprague and Harrison W. Sprague, Sr., Claudia was a homemaker. She loved to knit and to do gardening, spending time outside and fishing. She loved to help people, her dogs Susie and Brandy, were loved. Country music and dancing were enjoyed by her. Baking for her family and friends was an important part of her life. Claudia’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were held deeply in that special place in her heart.
She was predeceased by her two brothers, Bob and Bill Sprague; a sister, Betty Reed.
Surviving are her husband, Robert W. Ferlito of Pennellville; her son, Louis A. Massey, Jr. of Antwerp; her daughter, Claudette J. Alvez and her companion, Michael Ward, both of Gouverneur; a dear nephew, Raymond Sprague of Pennellville; her sister, Carol Y. Hollenbeck of Mexico; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Calling hours are on Saturday March 21 from noon until 2 p.m., and then from 4 until 6 p.m. in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135. The funeral service will be the next day, Sunday, at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Jeff Hodge officiating. Spring burial in Pennellville Cemetery, County Rt. 54, Pennellville, NY 13132
Contributions in Claudia’s memory may be made to American Caner Society, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Harold Alfred Burgess

Burgess, HaroldBorn in North Adams, Mass., to Charles and Alice Burgess, Harold graduated from Drury High School. After graduation, he served in the National Guard while working for J.C. Penney Co. In 1943, during WWII, Harold enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the China-Burma-India Theatre where he attained the rank of Sergeant in the Air Corps, 1712 Signal Service Battalion. Harold was a retail manager with J.C. Penney’s, Sears, Bradlees, Easy Bargain, Ames and K.B.C. which required him to relocate throughout the Northeast. From North Adams, Mass.; to Maine; Connecticut; Pittsfield, Mass.; Fulton; Oswego; Ogdensburg, N.Y.; Maryland; Malone, N.Y. and then back to Fulton. In 1989 after 43 years in retail management, Harold retired from K.B.C. He then moved to Fruitland Park, Fla., where he enjoyed many years of retirement. In 2004, Harold and his wife, Lois, moved back to Fulton.
Harold was predeceased by a brother, Robert Burgess, who died in 1976. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lois E. (Shaw Fisk) Burgess of Fulton; daughter, Rebecca (Joseph) Monteleone of North Fort Myers, Fla.; son, Reginald (Lisa) Burgess of Pittsfield, Mass.; stepson, Douglas (Susan) Fisk of Hannibal, N.Y.; three stepdaughters, Diane (Tim) Henry of Worthington, Mass., Donna (William) Tucker of Oswego, N.Y., Dena (Gary) Cameron of New Hill, N.C.; 12 grandsons, William (Christine) White of Granville, Mass., Scott (Erin) Tucker of Gaffney, S.C., Michael (Kelly) Tucker of Oswego, N.Y., Ryan Tucker of Boiling Springs, S.C., Hudson (Nicole) Burgess of Brookline, N.H., Eric Cameron of New Hill, N.C., Kevin (Natasha) Fisk of Hannibal, N.Y., Jed, Tyler, Steven, Larry and Alex Henry of Worthington, Mass.; three granddaughters, Jenna (Payton) Craddock of Garner, N.C., Kelly Fisk of Fulton, N.Y., and Marcedes Henry of Middlefield, Mass.; one great-grandson, Dillon White of Granville, Mass.; five great-granddaughters, twins, Molly and Sara Tucker of Oswego, N.Y., twins, Amelia and Addyson Tucker of Gaffney, S.C., and Audrina Fisk of Fulton, as well as one niece and two nephews in Massachusetts.
There are no calling hours.  A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Contributions in memory of Mr. Burgess may be made to the Food Bank of CNY, 7066 Interstate Island Rd., Syracuse, NY 13209 or the Salvation Army, 62 South First St., Fulton, NY 13069. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton, has care of arrangements.

Rev. Walter M. “Walt” Schneider

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Rev. Walter M. “Walt” Schneider, 82, of Sterling, passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 1 at Oswego Hospital. Born in Rochester, N.Y., he was the son of Martin and Martina Hoffman Schneider. Walt received his BA degree in religious theology from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., and master’s degree in marriage, family and child counseling from The American Institute of Family Relations in Los Angeles, Calif. He served as pastor at churches in Villisca and Red Oak, Iowa; as chaplain in the U.S. Army from 1961–198 including Vietnam and retired as a Lt. Colonel; he worked in family and individual counseling from 1981–1994 and was currently, since 2010, the pastor at Hope Community Lutheran Church in Red Creek, N.Y. Walt was an active member of local organizations including Town of Sterling Board; Sterling Historical Society, Fair Haven Chamber of Commerce and the American Legion Post in Red Creek where he served as chaplain.
Surviving are his wife, Gisela Schneider of Sterling; a daughter, Deborah (Craig) Wasilius of Hagerstown, Md.; a son, Paul (Yvette) Schneider of Reno, Nev.; grandchildren, Jessica and Erica Schneider; mother, Martina Schneider Roth of Rochester, N.Y.; brothers, Robert (Chris) Schneider of Fair Haven, N.Y., and Marty (Karen) Schneider of Hilton, N.Y.; nieces and nephews.
Calling hours were Friday, March 6 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga Street in Hannibal. Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7 at the Hope Community Church (Presbyterian Church), 6847 Main Street, Red Creek, N.Y.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Oswego County Humane Society, 110 W. Second St., Oswego, 13126.

Dorothy Churchill

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Dorothy Churchill, 93, of Fulton, passed away Saturday, February 21, 2015. Dorothy and her family moved to Fulton in 1957, where she and her husband operated Churchill Laundry and Dry Cleaning. Dorothy was active with softball, swimming and bowling while in Syracuse and continued to bowl in several leagues and act as president and secretary while in Fulton. In 1992, Dorothy was elected to the Fulton Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame. She retired from Marine Midland Bank. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Larry Churchill and by a grandson, police officer Robert Parkhurst, who both died in 1984. Dorothy is survived by her two daughters, Honey C. Parkhurst of Fulton and Joannne Cozine of Texas; two sons, John H. Churchill of Sterling and Richard M. Churchill of Florida; a sister, Marion Roberts of Florida; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. There are no calling hours or services. Dorothy donated her body to SUNY Upstate Medical University, Department of Anatomy for the advancement of medical education and research. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fulton PBA for the Officer Robert Parkhurst Scholarship Fund, c/o Fulton Police Department, 141 South First Street, Fulton, 13069. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Charles Ives Gehring Jr.

CPO Charles Ives Gehring, Jr USN RET, 84, of Oak Grove, Ky., passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn. Sykes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Sykes Funeral Home Chapel, Clarksville, Tenn. The family will receive friends from noon until the time of service on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Funeral Home.
Charles was born April 6, 1930 in Volney, N.Y. to the late Charles Ives Gehring, Sr., and the late Dorothy Smith Gehring. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Joyce Lucille Welling Gehring, and daughter, Pamela Gehring.
He served in the US Navy as a Submarine Serviceman and Medical Corpsman in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a devoted husband, father and an avid lover of animals. He was also an avid Ham radio enthusiast.
He is survived by sons, Charles Ives (Darlene) Gehring III, Howard (Alesia) Gehring, Walter (Nicole) Gehring; brothers, David (Julie) Gehring, Bruce (Faye) Gehring; grandchildren, Andrea, Howard II, Robert, Krystal, David, Joshua, Joseph, Sean, Ryan; great-grandchildren, Mia, Gabrielle, Abbigail and Jacob.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2000 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN  37203.
Online condolences may be made at www.sykesfuneralhome.com

Paul Charles Litchison

Litchison OBPaul Charles Litchison, 88, of Phoenix, N.Y., died Saturday, February 28, 2015 in St. Joseph’s Hospital after a long illness. He was born on May 19, 1926, the son of Paul Charles and Josephine E. Litchison (nee Whitecotton {Wirt}.)
He spent his early childhood in Syracuse and high schools in Liverpool. Paul joined the Boy Scouts in 1939, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in 1943.
He was a US Army veteran and served in Italy at the very end of World War II. A huge fan of the big bands of the 1940s, he greatly enjoyed events at Drumlins and at the Persian Terrace of Hotel Syracuse.
Paul married Alma Jean Hill on October 21, 1950 at the First United Methodist Church on West Genesee Street, Syracuse. They moved to Phoenix in 1954 where they raised four children, Louis, Charles, Becky and Bonnie. Paul worked for Allied Chemical at Solvay Process as a lab technician from 1949 to 1981. He was assistant and Scoutmaster for 40 years with Boy Scout Troop 20. He was a member of the Phoenix United Methodist Church; the Kananake Canoe Club; the Joy Germ Club; and the Phoenix Village Players theatrical group. He donated well over 10 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross over his lifetime. Paul loved family vacations camping in the Adirondacks with his homemade camper, and later at Camp Litchhaven. He loved music and played the ukulele and recorder instruments.
After retiring, Paul made and played a broom handle-washtub bass with the “Chuckles ‘n’ Tunes,” performing hundreds of times at area VFW’s senior facilities, and social venues for over 20 years. His friend, and radio personality, Phil Market, dubbed him “Hot Tub Paul!” Reading, doing the daily word scramble, and writing rhyming poems were his lifelong passions.
Paul is predeceased by his wife Jean, of 45 years (Dec. 24, 1995); his son Charles (July 17, 1990); a brother-in-law, Rev. Irving G. Hill (June 10, 2010) Surviving are his son Louis  and Krista Litchison (nee Sweetser) of Manlius; two daughters, Becky Betts of Baldwinsville, and Bonnie Litchison of Oswego; daughter-in-law Diane Litchison-Kuzio (nee Reitz) of Fulton; sister-in-law Marcia Hill (nee Coons) of Syracuse; eight grandchildren, Aaron Litchison of Manlius, Stephanie (Betts) and Miller Young of Delmar, N.Y., Katherine Betts of Hartford, Conn., Erica (Betts) and David Smith of Baldwinsville, Amy (Litchison) and Brian DeMott of Fulton, Jeffrey and Cory (Greenwood) Litchison of Fulton, Teresa (Litchison) and Carlos Cruz-Tejeda of Hawaii, and Jaielle Litchison of Oswego; ten great-grandchildren, Emma Litchison, Mya, Sawyer, and Macy Young, Charlotte Smith, Kayleigh, Skylar, Piper and Aubrie Litchison, and Athena DeMott.
Services will be at the the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, NY 13135 on Tuesday, March 3, at 11 a.m.
Contributions should be made to the American Red Cross in Paul’s memory.