Category Archives: Obituaries

Michelle Angelina, Oswego resident

OBITS-AngelinaMichelle_WMichelle Angelina, 45, of Oswego, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 in University Hospital after a short illness.

She was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late Charles and Gertrude Sawyer. She enjoyed reading and bowling.

She is survived by her husband, Gregory Angelina; children, Danielle Sawyer, Justin Angelina, and Logan Angelina, all of Oswego; her granddaughter Deiarania Sawyer; brother and sisters, Ronald (Ann) Reeves, Valerie (William) Dawnstar, Kimberly Sawyer, Deedra Sawyer, all of Oswego, and Shereen (Joseph Willard) Sawyer of Maryland; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. at the Port City Faith Assembly of God Church, West 5th. Street, Oswego. Calling hours will be Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the church prior to the service.

Arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 West Fourth Street, Oswego.

Beverly Dean, Prep cook at Mimi’s

Beverly A. Dean, 71 of Fulton, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 at Oswego Hospital in Oswego after a brief illness.

A native of Utica, she had resided in Fulton most of her life. She had worked as a prep cook at Mimi’s Drive-In in Fulton for several years.

She was predeceased by her parents, Merrill and Florence (Miner) Dodds ,and a brother, Donald Dodds.

Surviving are her companion, Robert Holcomb of Fulton; a brother, Merrill (Beatrice Brown) Dodds of Mattydale; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Contributions may be made to OCAWL-SPCA, PO Box 442, Fulton, NY 13069.

John Rizzo Sr., Retired from Nestle

OBITS-RizzoJohn_WJohn J. Rizzo Sr., 95, of Creekside Drive, Fulton, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Mr. Rizzo was born in Fulton, the son of the late Frank and Madeline (Scalise) Rizzo, and he remained a resident of the Fulton and Phoenix areas all his life.

Mr. Rizzo received his bachelor of science degree from Syracuse University. He retired from Nestle’s Co., Fulton after many years of service.

Mr. Rizzo was an avid bowler, member of bowling leagues, and a member of the Phoenix VFW.

He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Rizzo in 1999.

Mr. Rizzo is survived by his son, John J. Rizzo Jr. of Fulton; daughters, Madelyn Dievendorf of Minoa, Elizabeth Rizzo of Rome, and Connie Yablonski of Oswego; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held today, Jan. 16 at 9 a.m. at Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. Second St., Fulton, and at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, Fulton.

Spring burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours were held Tuesday at the funeral home.

Patrick Smith, Fulton resident

Patrick M. Smith, 52, of Fulton, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 at University Hospital in Syracuse.

He is survived by two brothers, Ted Jardin of Florida and Ron Smith of California; a sister, Missy Goodsell of Mexico; three sons, Michael Smith of Fulton, and Austin and Alex Smith both of Georgia; and an aunt, Sandra DeMott of Fulton.

There are no calling hours or funeral services. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Verna Clemons, Operated auction barn

Verna (Birdie) Clemons, 97, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 at a nursing home in Pinellas Park, Fla.

She resided in Fulton most of her life. She and her husband, Ernie, ran the Clemons Auction Barn on Crosby Hill for many years.

Mrs. Clemons is survived by two sons, Ernie Jr. of Fulton and Paul (Sandy) of Pinellas Park, Fla.; a sister, Joan Taylor of Fulton; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She will be transported to Fulton where she will be laid to rest with her husband.

Chester Narewski, Armstrong plant manager

OBITS-NarewskiChester_WChester J. Narewski, 98, of Fulton, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

Born in Solvay, he was a life resident of Fulton. He retired as the plant manager of Armstrong World Industries in Volney. He was a member of the Fulton Lions Club, St. Michael’s Club, Pathfinder Fish and Game Club, Three Lakes Club, Ducks Unlimited and Fulton Polish Home.

He was a communicant St. Michael’s Church in Fulton.  He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and collecting antique duck decoys.

He was predeceased by his wife, Josephine Narewski, who died June 17, 1990; son, Gary J. Narewski, who died July 30, 2007; a great-grandson, Austin Narewski, who died in 2010; his companion, Dorothy Beckstead, who died in 2008; and by siblings, Stanley, Bill, Helen Hattie and Frances.

Surviving are his grandchildren, Laurie (Mark) Bunschweiger of Oswego, Michael (Lori) Narewski of Wrentham, Mass., Cheryl (Bob) Hufland of Webster and Karen (John) Noel of Fulton; nine great-grandchildren, Kathryn, Elizabeth, Paige, Weston, Benjamin, Matthew, Andrew, Nicholas and Michael; daughter-in-law, Ann Narewski; sister-in-law, Mary LaBoda; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services were held Wednesday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Spring burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Michaud Resident Council, 453 Park Street, Fulton, NY 13069.

Faye Axtell, Hannibal resident

OBITS-AxtellFaye_WFaye M. Axtell, 81, of Hannibal died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.

Born in Fulton, she was a long time resident of the Hannibal area. A devoted homemaker, she enjoyed cooking, camping, being outdoors and the time she spent with her family.

She was a member of the Martville United Methodist Church and Oswego Elks Auxiliary.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carlton “Sam” Axtell; her children, Bonnie Lewis and Keith C. Axtell; grandson, Keith S. Axtell; and brothers, Edgar, George and William Beshures.

She is survived by her children, David of Texas, George (Dale) of Hannibal and Sam (Heather) of Fulton; a sister, Helen Colasanti of Kentucky; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Services will be held tomorrow, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at Fulton First United Methodist Church, Route 176, Fulton. Calling hours will be held today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to Meadowbrook Manor, 31 Oswego St., Hannibal, NY 13074.

Steven Foss, Charter bus driver

Steven Foss, 61 of Granby, died Friday, January 4, 2013 at University Hospital.

Born in Rochester, he had lived in the Fulton and Granby areas since 1994. He had worked as a charter bus driver for Blue Bird Transportation for several years.

He enjoyed watching NASCAR racing, wrestling and Buffalo Bills football games.

He was predeceased by his wife, Katherine Foss, who died in 2009, and his brother, Arthur Foss.

He is survived by his sons, James Foss and George Foss; mother, Frances Foss; brother, Thomas Foss; and five grandchildren, Kali, Desiree, Breann, Alysia, Emily.

There are no calling hours and services. Foster Funeral Home in Fulton has charge of arrangements.