Category Archives: Obituaries


William Jennings, World War II veteran

William Jennings
William Jennings

William J. “Pops” Jennings, 85, a former resident of Oswego, died at Veterans Hospital in Indianapolis Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.

Mr. Jennings resided in Greencastle, Indiana.

Born March 5, 1927 in Oswego, he was the son of Blanche (Himes) and William F. Jennings.

He resided in Greencastle since July 1995, moving there from Oswego.

July 5, 1947, he married Ruth Marie Lancette in Tully.

Mr. Jennings was a life long tradesman in the painting business until he retired in 1985. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he served his country aboard the USS Porterfield in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre.

Mr. Jennings was a member of Church By The Lake in Putnam County.

He was a member of VFW Post 9218 in Oswego, a former volunteer fireman for Scriba, a former member of the VanBibber Lake Lion’s Club and Moose Lodge 1592, Greencastle.

He enjoyed woodworking, bowling and he was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Pam Marie Johnson (husband, Robert) of Oswego; three sons, William Bryant (wife, Barbara) of Greencastle, Danny Thomas of Costa Mesa, Cali.,, and Charles Andrew of Oswego; two sisters, Nancy Carr of Wolcott and Jane Hart of Kirkville; a brother, David Jennings of Lycoming; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grand children.

He was predeceased in death by his parents; three brothers, Robert Jennings, Richard Jennings and Thomas Jennings; and four sisters, Bessie Sullivan, Lorna Jackson, Janet Puma, Patricia Curry.

A memorial service will be held today, Nov. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the community building at VanBibber Lake Estates.

Contributions may be made to the Christian Children’s Fund (

Eleanor Clark, retired teacher

Eleanor Nelson Clark, 92, of Oswego and formerly of Fulton, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012.

She was born Jan. 7, 1920 in St. Regis Falls, N.Y., a daughter to the late Harry B. and Pearl Nelson. She was a graduate of Potsdam State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in education.

Her career as an elementary school teacher began at the Potsdam Norman School as a master teacher specializing in reading. She then taught in Fort Covington, N.Y., the Conifer Union School in Conifer, N.Y., the Fulton School District ,and retired from the Phoenix Central School District in 1981.

She was a member of the Fulton Reading Circle, Fulton Women’s Club, the 1909 Shakespeare Club, the Oswego Valley Quilt Guild and the Fulton Historical Society. She was a member of the Fulton First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Glenn W. Clark of Bishop’s Commons, Oswego; son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Barbara Clark of New Bern, N.C.; daughter, Susan C. Miller of Morristown, N.J.; grandson, Tyler M. (Gillian) Clark of Midlothian, Va.; granddaughter, Amanda C. (Dr. Daniel) Champey of New Bern, N.C.; and four great grandchildren, Declan R., Brycen E., Carter W. and Anna Barbara Champey.

A calling hour and services were held Saturday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of CNY, 441 West Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204-1305 or the Friends of History in Fulton, 177 South First St., P.O. Box 157, Fulton, NY 13069.

Barbara Outman, resident of Phoenix

Barbara Outman, 77, formerly of Phoenix, died Nov. 15, 2012 at Oswego Hospital after a brief illness.

She was born in Canastota to the late William and Doris (Coss) Herzog. She was a lifelong resident of Phoenix. Mrs. Outman retired after several years with Will & Baumer Candle Company, Syracuse.  She loved to spend time with her family.

Mrs. Outman was pre-deceased by her husband, Stanley Outman, in 2004.

She is survived by her daughter, Dianna (Danny Horn) Reeves of Sterling; two grandchildren, Michael Reeves Jr. of Oswego and Anna Reeves of Sterling; two siblings, Evelyn Herzog of Granby and Roger Herzog of Clay; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and burial will be private. There will be no calling hours. Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton, has care of the arrangements.

Ida Maroney, local beautician

Ida Maroney, 93, of Fulton, died peacefully at home in her sleep Thursday, No. 15, 2012.

She was born in Fulton to the late Giacomo and Catherina (Lucaise) Fodera.  She was previously employed with Nestle, Fulton and General Electric, Syracuse. She was a beautician and well-known and respected landlord in Fulton for many years.

She was a dedicated servant of the Most High God, Jehovah (Psalms #83:18) for 63 years preaching the good news of God’s Kingdom and conducting free home bible studies.

Mrs. Maroney was pre-deceased by her husband, Carl Maroney, in 1974.

She is survived by her son, William J. Maroney of Fulton and Sterling; niece, Maria Franco Christensen of Penn Yan; several nieces and nephews in California; and a niece, Grace Fodera of Massachusetts.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, West River Road N., Fulton at 1 p.m. with Elder Randy Hibbert officiating.

Memorial calling hours will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday prior to the service. Burial will be held privately in Fairdale Cemetery, Hannibal.

Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton has care of the arrangements.


Sharon Pryor, retired LPN

Sharon Pryor
Sharon Pryor

Sharon A. Foster Pryor, 64, formerly of Oswego, died Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Crouse Hospital following a sudden illness.

A native of Fulton, she had lived in Oswego many years before moving to North Syracuse. She was a retired licensed practical nurse having worked for St. Luke Residential Health Services and Sunrise Nursing Home, formerly Harr Wood Nursing in Oswego, Dr. Shafiq Hazboun and Dr. Michael Bowser’s medical practices and Lee Memorial Hospital in Fulton. She enjoyed crocheting afghans and mittens.

She was predeceased by her parents, Clifford and Ruth Foster.

Surviving are her sons, Harold “Hal” (Kim Sotherden) Pryor of North Syracuse and Eric (DJ) Pryor of Baytown, Texas; brothers, Ronald (Cindy) Foster and Paul (Debbie) Foster, all of Fulton; sister, Carol Foster of Oswego; grandchildren, Jennifer and Stacey Sotherden, Kelsey and Vance Pryor; an aunt, Marion Taylor of Fulton; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours and services were held Sunday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was in Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton.

Contributions may be made to CNY SPCA, 5878 East Molloy Road,  Syracuse, NY 13211.


John F. Hotaling, truck driver

John F. Hotaling
John F. Hotaling

John F. Hotaling, 58, of Fulton, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at home surrounded by his family.

Born in Fulton, he was a life resident. John had previously worked for Black Creek Lumber and Mid-State Tree Service as a truck driver.

He was predeceased by his parents, Gilbert and Sara (Crouch) Hotaling; three brothers, Carl, Earl and Alan Hotaling; and by a sister, Sandy Kimball.

Surviving are his former wife, current companion and caretaker, Adelaide M. Hotaling of Fulton; two sons, John G. (Bethany) Hotaling of Virginia Beach, Va. and Levi F. Hotaling of Fulton; two daughters, Stephanie Burnett and Jennifer Hotaling, both of Fulton; three sisters, Sharon Dann, Shirley Hamilton, and Mary (George) Kimball, all of Fulton; 14 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.


Elizabeth Duffer, GE retiree

Elizabeth Duffer
Elizabeth Duffer

Elizabeth M. “Betty” Duffer, 74, of Clay, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Croghan, N.Y., a daughter to the late Alice Walter and Francis Duffer and graduated from Lowville Academy in 1955. Upon graduation, she moved to Fulton where she met her first husband and started her family. she retired in 1993 from General Electric in Liverpool where she worked for nearly 30 years.

She was an avid fan of NASCAR, the Dallas Cowboys and enjoyed gardening. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of both the Suttle Vernice American Legion and the VFW Post 153, Baldwinsville.

She was predeceased by a brother, Arthur Duffer, who died in 1994.

She is survived by her son, Verner Draper, Jr. of Pennellville; two daughters, Alice (Paul) Burns of Central Square and Joyce (John) Rao of Baldwinsville; several step-children including step-daughter, Darcy (Brian) Beattie-Clute of Fulton; two sisters, Shirley Berrus of Hannibal and Mickey Duffer of Oswego; her former husbands, William Dann of Baldwinsville and Verner Draper Sr. of  Fulton; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held today, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to Humane Association of CNY, Inc. 4915 ½ West Taft Rd., P.O Box 38, Liverpool, NY 13088.

Claudine Northrup, retired from Nestle

Claudine H. “Babe” (Blake) Northrup, 82, formerly of Fulton, died Nov. 9, 2012 at Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson, N.H. after a period of declining health.

She was born Sept. 8, 1930 to the late William and Claudine Blake of Hannibal and was affectionately known as “Babe” her entire life. She was a graduate of Hannibal High School, Class of 1947, and she retired after many years of service from Nestle Co., Fulton.

In her life, she enjoyed bowling, bingo, and bunko. She was actively involved in various civic and religious organizations, including the post of past president of the Fulton Elk’s Ladies Auxiliary and as a Eucharistic Minister at Holy Family Church, Fulton. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by her husband, Robert Northrup, in 2008; her first husband, Leon Laws; and most of her many siblings.

She is survived by her son, attorney Michael L. Laws and his wife, Patricia, of Nashua, N.H.; daughter, Denise Davis of Syracuse; two siblings, Janet Bogdal and William Blake both of Florida; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held today, Nov. 17 at 10:15 a.m. at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton, with Rev. Moritz Fuchs officiating.  Burial will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours will be conducted today from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.