Category Archives: Obituaries

Peter Segretto, Navy veteran

OBITS-SegrettoPeter_WPeter Anthony Segretto, 79, of Rotterdam, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center after a long and courageous battle with prostate cancer. He was surrounded by his family.

He was born and raised in Oswego, the son of the late Anthony and Anna (Sugar) Segretto. He was a graduate of Oswego High School, after which he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was a graduate of Mohawk Valley Community College.

His work career concluded as a credit manager with many years service at RJ Murray Company in Latham. He was a communicant of St. Gabriel’s Church, member of the Rotterdam Elks Lodge 2157, Mohonasen High School Booster Club and a Rotterdam Little League Coach.

Surviving are son, Paul Segretto and his wife, Meg, of Falls Church, Va.; daughter, Ellen Grandy and her husband Gary of Wilton, N.Y.; daughter, Susan Soldini and her husband David of East Greenbush; grandchildren Alexander, Matthew, Zachary and William Grandy, Samantha and Andrew Soldini, Alexei and Alina Segretto; brother Michael Segretto and his wife Joanne of Oswego and the late Dorothy Nessel; brother-in-law, Al Nessel of Oswego; and several nieces and nephews. He was the former husband of Kathleen (Maney) Leader.

Calling hours will be held today, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego. Funeral services will follow at noon at the funeral home, 147 W. 4th. St., Oswego. He will be buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oswego.

Contributions may be made in Peter’s name to the Albany Stratton VA Hospice Unit, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12208.

William Burtis, Fulton resident

OBITS-BurtisWilliam_WWilliam R. “Bill” Burtis, 72, of Fulton died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at home.

Born in Fulton, he was a life resident of the area. In 1986, he had founded Sanford and Burtis Fire Equipment and retired in 2007. He was a member and past president of Fulton Lion’s Club, member of Syracuse Executives Association, and was a member and past Governor of Loyal Order of  Moose Lodge #1280, Fulton.

An avid outdoorsman, he thrived on hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, camping, and more. Auctions were a favorite pastime as well as emulating John Wayne and Johnny Cash. He had a deep appreciation for NASCAR, books, history, travel (especially Vegas).

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Julie A. Sheldon; children, Karen (Randy) Stoughtenger, Elizabeth (William) Clark and Steven Luke (Kimberley); and grandchildren, Nathan, Mallory, Lucas and Sophie.

Calling hours and service were held Sunday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Patricia Waloven, Wife of former Fultonian

OBITS-WalovanPatricia_WPatricia “Paddy” Lucille Waloven, 72, of Pasadena, Texas, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at home after a long illness.

Born Jan. 22, 1941 at Leavenworth, Kansas, she was the daughter of the late Col. John Q. Walker, U.S. Army (Ret.), and the late Helen L.(McDonald) Walker.

Growing up as an Army child, she resided at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; San Gabriel, Calif.; Eagle Rock, Calif., and Occupied Japan. She graduated from Rolla High School in Rolla, Mo. in 1959.

She was an avid book worm. She was heavily involved in genealogy, spending many years researching her family tree and family trees of other families.  She loved bowling and was a member of many bowling leagues over the years.

As a writer of short stories, poems, family history documentation, U.S. and state census data collection, she took advantage of computer technology and purchased her first computer in the early 1980s. In earlier years, she opened her home for the care of foster children.

Mrs. Waloven was employed until the time of her death as food service manager at J. Frank Dobie High School, Houston, Texas.

Mrs. Waloven started her employment with the Pasadena Independent School District in 1979 at Jensen Elementary School; Williams Elementary School in 1982; Pasadena High School in 1983; Test Kitchen in 1986 and Pasadena High School in 1987.

She is survived by her husband, Robert M.; children, Denise Eddleman of Houston and Christopher Eddleman (Pamela) of Humble, Texas; a grandson, Samuel Eddleman; stepchildren, Patrick Wills, David Strout, all of Humble, Texas; Michelle J. Waloven of Manhattan, N.Y. and Christine M. Waloven of Glens Falls, N.Y.

Calling hours were held Monday at Grand View Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Tuesday.  Condolences may be shared at


Gordon Wettering, Air Force veteran

OBITS-WetteringGordon_WGordon A. Wettering, 66, of Fulton, died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at home with his family by his side.

He was born in Fulton Oct. 26, 1946, a son to the late, Gordon A. and Phyllis Dashnau Wettering. He graduated from Fulton High School in 1964 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served 26 years until he retired as a master sergeant in 1991.

During that time, he served three Tours of Duty in Vietnam; he was in the communications field which had him and his family stationed throughout the world.

After his retirement from the Air Force, he returned to Fulton and went to work for The Valley News, where he retired as the circulation manager in 2010. He was an active official for many years for several local sports organizations, including leadership roles as the Umpire in Chief for the Fulton Softball Association and the Port City Umpires Association of Oswego.

He was the Head Assignor for the C.N.Y. High School Girls Fastpitch Softball League.

He was also a key member of the C.N.Y. Volleyball Organization.

He was an avid hunter, enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Dorothy Arnold Wettering; three sons, Gordon A. Wettering, Brian T. (Rachel) Wettering, and Mark E. Wettering, all of Fulton; five sisters, Lucy Wettering of Mexico, Michelle Wettering of Fulton, Denise Wettering of Fulton, Mary Wettering of Oswego and Gwen (Charles) Tyrell of Fulton; two brothers, Daniel Wettering of Fulton and Malcolm (Sheryl) Wettering of Fulton; one granddaughter, Katherine Ann Wettering; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held today, Jan. 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Funeral services will be held tomorrow, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial, with military honors, will be in the spring at Mount Adnah Cemetery.

Joseph Osetek, Former county legislator

OBITS-OsetekJoseph_WJoseph A. “Smokey” Osetek, 87, of Oswego, died Monday Jan. 21, 2013 in Oswego Hospital.

Mr. Osetek was born in Oswego, the son of the late Antoni and Catherine (Tencza) Osetek.

Mr. Osetek was educated in local schools and he attended various technical schools, receiving I.C.S. certification in combustion engineering. He participated in labor relation seminars where he received certification in labor relations. Mr. Osetek was a service engineer at Ames Iron Works and Fitzgibbons Boiler works, before becoming a NYS Boiler inspector for many years until his retirement in 1992 as a NYS Senior Boiler Inspector.

He was a lifelong parishioner of St. Stephen the King Parish. Mr. Osetek served as Oswego County Legislator, representing the seventh ward in the city of Oswego from 1972 until 1995 and he was a member of Oswego County Board of Health and Community Service Board from 1984 until 2012.

He enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting.

He was predeceased by his stepfather, Andrew Kalinowski; brothers, John, Stanley, and Frank Osetek; and sisters, Helen Osetek, Wanda Sczupak and Connie Kalinowski.

Mr. Osetek is survived by his wife of 54 years, Diane (Heagerty) Osetek of Oswego; children, Gregory (Judith) Osetek of Oswego, Julia (John) Schwaller of Florida; grandsons, Benjamin Joseph Schwaller, Andrew and Alexander Osetek; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted today, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen the King Church, Oswego, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Osetek’s name to St. Stephen the King Church Building Fund, 138 Niagara St., Oswego, NY 13126.

Arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Jordan Davies, GRB graduate

OBITS-DaviesJordan_WJordan R. Davies, 21, of Fulton, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

A 2010 graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton, he was currently employed by Ryder Transportation in East Syracuse as a diesel technician.

He played Fulton Youth Hockey and had raced in the Oswego County Quarter Midget Club. He loved trucks, BMX bikes, four wheeling and racing.

He was involved with the local laborers union.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, Leonard J. Pfeiffer and Michaelene A. Wasicko Davies; great-grandparents, Helene and Otto Pfahl; Mildred and George Davies and Jake and Patricia Batchelor.

Surviving are his parents, Michael and Kelly Davies of Fulton; siblings, Jonathan Davies of North Carolina, Chelsea (Anthony) Wise of Fulton, Michaelene Davies, Benjamin Davies and Audra Joy Stanski, all of Fulton; grandparents, Robert and Frances Davies of Lowville, Fred and Lynn Batchelor of Oswego, Charlotte Pfahl of Sandy Creek; favorite nephew, Brayden Anthony; his favorite companion “Toot”; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Calling hours will be held today, Jan. 26 from 3 to 6 p.m. with services to immediately follow at 6 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Oswego County Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box 442, Fulton, NY 13069.

Longin Minota, Phoenix resident

OBITS-MinotaLongin_WLongin John “Red” Minota, 89, of Phoenix, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

Born in Syracuse April 26, 1923 to Anthony and Elizabeth Minota, he had lived in the Phoenix area most of his life. He retired as a mechanic from Allied Chemical after more than 30 years.

He had also owned and operated a farm for many years.

He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Muriel J. Truax Minota, who died Jan. 22, 2007.

He is survived by daughters, Linda (Herman) Harrington of Fulton, Judy Petrie of Pennellville, Constance (Mike) Root of Fulton, Christine (Brett) McBean of Fulton and Sally (Mike) Karkruff of Phoenix; sons, Stephen Minota of Phoenix and Andy Minota of Sandy Creek; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Calling hours were held Wednesday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Phoenix Food Pantry, 41 Bridge St., Phoenix, NY 13135.

Terry Romano, Fulton gymnastics coach

OBITS-RomanoTerry_WTerry Romano, 68, of Fulton, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.

Born in Lyons, he has lived in the Fulton area for 40 years. He had worked for Oswego Industries and Catholic Charities.

He had owned and operated Stingers Gymnastics Club and was the gymnastics coach for Fulton schools. He enjoyed playing softball, bowling, fishing and golf.

He is survived will be loved and greatly missed by his wife of 40 years, Diane; daughters, Cinda Reid of Mexico and Rebecca (Dr. Andrew) Miner of Maine; a brother, Thomas Romano; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Messages of sympathy or donations may be sent to P.O. Box 185, Fulton, NY 13069.