Category Archives: Obituaries


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.


Constance Collins, Fulton graduate

Constance Collins
Constance Collins

Constance “Connie” Collins, 65, of Oswego, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 with her family by her side.

She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Dodge. She graduated from Fulton High School before working various jobs throughout the Syracuse area. She enjoyed crafts, video gaming, and traveling.

She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Edward “Eddie” Collins; brother, Gordon Dodge; and her dog, Sugar Muffin.

Calling hours and memorial service were held Wednesday at Traub Funeral Home, Central Square. Visit for On-Line Guest Book.


Lincoln Dix, Army veteran

Lincoln Dix

Lincoln J. Dix, 46, of Fulton, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 at home.

Born in Oswego, he had lived in the Fulton area for most of his life. He had worked for Gianetto Farms in Hannibal.  He was an Army veteran, serving from 1994 to 2001. He enjoyed camping, being outside and auto mechanics.

He was predeceased by his mother, Lena Dix, who died in 2004, and siblings, Brenda and Joel.

He is survived by his children, Matthew, Michael and Katrin all of Arizona; father, John Dix; siblings, Donna Abbott, John P. Dix, Georganna Woodworth, Chris Dix; his buddy, Oreo; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held Friday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to noon at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Services and burial will be private.


Kathryn Young Mosier, former GRB teacher

Kathryn Young Mosier
Kathryn Young Mosier

Kathryn Young Mosier, 71, of Fulton, died at her home Nov. 21, 2012.

She was born in Portland, Michigan on February 14, 1941 to Lucille and Bruce Young.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Albion College and her master’s degree from Middlebury College. She taught German at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton, before she spent two years with her husband as Peace Corps volunteers in the Philippines. She was a member of the Christian Science Church.

She is survived by her husband, Allan Mosier; two sons, Brett and Chad; three grandchildren, Kelsey, Adam and Noah; her brother, David Young; her sister, Carol Young Landers; and her daughters-in-law, Tracy and Jeanine.

She requested that there be no memorial service or funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton Public Library, 160 South First Street, Fulton, 13069.

Arrangements are in the care of Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.


Rhonda Richardson-Furlong, worked at Birds Eye

Rhonda Richardson-Furlong
Rhonda Richardson-Furlong

Rhonda Richardson-Furlong, 54, of Hannibal, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 at Oswego Hospital with her family by her side.

She was born in Oswego, graduated from Red Creek High School in 1977 and resided in Hannibal for the last 25 years.

She worked at Birds Eye for 22 years where she was a group leader. She loved fishing, sewing, puzzles and spending time with her grandchildren, Amelia Rose Furlong and Skylar Crofoot.

She was predeceased by her half-brother, Bradley Scott Richardson, who died July 30, 2012.

She is survived by her three children, Nigel Furlong of Phoenix, Amber Furlong of Fulton and Tiffany Jane Furlong of Hannibal; mother and step-father, Shirley and Ken Keil of Hannibal; father and step-mother, Russell and Susan Richardson of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two grandchildren, Amelia Rose Furlong and Skylar James Crofoot; five siblings, Cindy Falter of Rochester, Todd Richardson of Red Creek, Lisa (Randall) Kinville of Fulton, Justin Richardson of California, and Teddy (Terri) Richardson of Fulton; three step-children, D.J. Furlong of Martville, Matt Furlong of Syracuse and Jessica Garbutt of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

James Ormsby, Navy veteran

James R. Ormsby, 66 of Minetto, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.

A native of Oswego, he had resided in the Oswego and Fair Haven areas. He retired from Carpenter’s Local 747 after more than 20 years. He was a Navy veteran and a member of Hannibal American Legion Prior Stock Post 1552.

He is survived by his sons, Terry, Jerry and Joel.

A gathering was held Friday at Hannibal American Legion, Prior Stock Post 1552, Hannibal. Arrangements were in the care of Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal.

Paul Dashner, former Hannibal resident

Paul E. Dashner, 75, formerly of Hannibal, died Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Fowler, he had resided in the Hannibal area and was a truck driver for many years.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and the time spent with family and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Ann Dashner, who died in 2000, and sons, Daryl and Randy.

He is survived by his daughters, Darlene, Deborah, Denise, Sheila and Colleen; sons, Nelson, George, David and Shawn; sisters, Stella, Patricia, Charlotte and Elizabeth; brothers, Roger, Howard and Joseph; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Wednesday at Martville Cemetery.  There were no calling hours.

Arrangements were in the care of Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal.

Andrew Miller, local truck driver

Andrew John Miller, 52, of Oswego, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

He was born in Oswego and most recently was employed as a truck driver for Northern Ready Mix in Fulton. He was predeceased by brothers Donald Cook and Johnny Robison.

He is survived by three daughters, Samantha Skellington of Lacona, Christine Miller of Parish, and Madyson Miller of Oswego; four step-children, Dustin Beach of Oswego, Logan Beach of Oswego, Alanna LaVea of Indiana, and Ashlee (Brian) Stupp of Scriba; six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; his parents, Richard and Betty Cook Miller of San Diego, Calif.; three sisters, Sandy (Ted) Powers of Fulton, Jody (David) Harris of San Diego, Calif. and Debbie Robison of Charleston, S.C.; two brothers, Danny Robison of Charleston, S.C .and Mark (Tracey) Miller; a sister-in-law, Sandy Cook of Fulton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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