Category Archives: Obituaries

Kenneth Coant Sr., Marine veteran

Kenneth William Coant, Sr., 72, formerly of Fulton died in Bowling Green, FL Aug. 24, 2012 after a sudden illness.

He was a Marine veteran. He was a life member of B.P.O.E # 830 in Fulton. He was a deputy for the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department. He retired from Nestle after 35 years. He owned a restaurant in Fulton called Jim’s Soda Spot.

He was an avid race fan. He enjoyed races at Oswego Speedway. He enjoyed cooking, playing bingo, shopping and having fun at the casino.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Susan Coant, in 2010; a grandson, Samuel William Heer, in 2010; and a son, Ronald James Coant in 2004.

Surviving are his children, Kenneth William Coant Jr. of Florida, Kathy Coant-Heer and Samuel Arthur Heer of Central Square; Two sisters, Gert Dann and Betty Hayle of Fulton; a brother, Herman Coant of Fulton; his grandchildren, Ashley Pittsley of Oswego, Joshua Pittsley, and Koa Clark of Mexico, Brandon Pittsley and Dylan Pittsley of Central Square and Tiffany and Chelsea Coant of Fulton; And a great-grandson, Hunter James Pettit of Oswego.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in New York.

Raewynn Matthews, former Oswego resident

Raewynn “Red” James Matthews, a Las Vegas resident for more than 45 years, died Sept. 5, 2012.

He was born Feb. 26, 1935 to Henry James and Thelma Matthews of Oswego.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Brian, and twin brother, Corwynn.

Starting out his young life at Nellis Air Force Base, he continued working hard as a member of the Las Vegas Labor Union Local 872. He was a master mechanic and was well-known for his workmanship of collecting and restoring old John Deere tractors.

Fishing, hunting and bird watching were also his passions

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Janice; his son, Tod and his wife, Jodee, and their children, Kyle, Clayton, Lauren and Brian; and his son, Henry and his son Dylan; and other family members.

Services will be held at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Buchanan Blvd., Boulder City, Nevada.


Armeine Sherman, Fulton resident

Armeine Sherman, 73, of Fulton, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 at Oswego Hospital, Oswego.

She was born in Fulton to the late William and Dorothy (Gaffney) Scanlon. She has been a resident of Fulton all of her life. Mrs. Sherman was past employed as a clerk at the Oswego County Real Tax Office for 20 years and she was also a bus driver for Golden Sun Bus, Minetto.

Mrs. Sherman was pre-deceased by her sister, Kathleen Voss, and brother, Thomas Scanlon.

She is survived by her husband, Gene Sherman of Fulton; two sons, Mark (Michele) Sherman of Fulton and Todd Sherman of Pennellville; one sister, Patricia Eckard of Frewsburg, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Dalton and Ryan Sherman; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were  conducted Friday in Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton, and at Our Lady of Perpetual Help where a mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. Larkin.

Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oswego. Calling hours were held Thursday at the funeral home.


Catherine Soper, retired from Sealright

Catherine J. Soper, 91,of Fulton, died Sept. 15, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

She was a life resident of the Fulton and Granby areas. She retired from Sealright Company in Fulton. She was a communicant of the former Church of the Immaculate Conception in Fulton and was known for and enjoyed caring for others within her neighborhood.

She was predeceased by her husband, Howard Soper, and a son, Charles Soper.

Surviving are a son, Kenneth (Vicki) Soper of North Chesterfield, Va.; a daughter, Kathleen Soper of Oswego; a daughter-in-law, Janice Soper of Sterling; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday at Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fulton. There were no calling hours.

Foster Funeral Home in Fulton was in care of arrangements.

Arlene Brown, Phoenix resident

Arlene M. Brown, 89, of Phoenix, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.

She was born to her late parents, Bessie (Hoyt) and Clarence Prouty. She was a homemaker and avid bingo player.

She was predeceased by her husband, Graydon E. Brown, who died July 4, 1968, and brothers and sisters.

Surviving are her children and their spouses, Pamela (Richard) Halstead, Noreen (James) Brady, Robert Scott (Jacqlyn) Brown, Elaine (George) Simons, Janet (Brian) Detota, and Randi (Denny) Rapp; a brother, Paul Prouty; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins.

Services will be at the convenience of family. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Warners.  Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, was in care of arrangements.

Phillip Blair, golf instructor

Phillip Blair, 68, of Fulton, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born in Burlington, Vt. and he has lived in Fulton for most of his life. Mr. Blair owned and operated the Blair Homes of Fulton. He enjoyed golfing and music.

He was an instructor and manager of the Caughdenoy golf Course.  He was an instructor at the Battle Island Golf Course, Fulton, and the Foxfire Golf Course, Baldwinsville.  He was a member of the Battle Island Golf Club.

Mr. Blair was pre-deceased by his grandson, Ryan Chrisman, and brothers David Blair and Charles Blair.

He is survived by his three sons, Scott (Shari Blowers) Blair of Fulton, Kevin Blair of Fulton, and Todd (Billijo) Blair of Fulton; two sisters, Jenny (Nelson) Slingerland and Tory (Steven) Girban, both of Vermont; seven grandchildren, Samantha, Montana, Dylan, Kyle, Avery, Phoebe, and Landon; and the Slingerland and Girban families.  Memorial calling hours will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton.

There are no funeral services. Burial will be held privately.

Harry Collins, World War II veteran

Harry F. Collins, 88, of Fulton, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012.

He was born in Fulton, a son to the late Ralph and Edna Collins. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a life member of the Fulton VFW Post #569 and a member of the Parachute Club of America.

He was very involved with Alcoholics Anonymous and started the Lake Effect A.A. group in Oswego.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his grandson, Dameon M. Collins.

He is survived by six children, Karen Collins of California, Kathy (Frank) Silfies of Rochester, Richard Collins of Florida, LouAnn (James) Collins-Warren of Fulton, Michael (Jaime) Collins of Nevada, and Sean (Kate) Collins of Fulton; 10 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at the First United Methodist Church of Fulton, 1408 N.Y.S. Rte. 176, Fulton.

Burial, with military honors conducted by the Fulton VFW Post #569 and the U.S. Marine Corps, will be in Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.


Paul Santore, former legislator

Paul A. Santore, 68, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 in St. Joseph Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born in Oswego, the son of Angeline (Zappala) Santore and the late Carmen Santore. He was employed with General Electric, Syracuse in the management analysis department and he was later plant manager for ARCOM Labs, Syracuse.

He served in the United States Army from 1961 until 1964.

He was the Oswego County Republican Committee treasurer, county legislator for eight years, and the Republican city chairman for five years.

He was president of the Oswego County Salvation Army board and a communicant of St. Mary’s Church. He was a member of Literacy Volunteers, Oswego County Veterans Museum, Oswego Library, and many more community organization.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Judith Santore of Oswego; children, Paul (Karyn) Santore II of Hannibal and Lisa (Joseph) Miller of Kentucky; stepdaughters, Virginia Haney of Macedon and Carolee Haney of Florida; sisters, Joanne (Michael) Segretto of Oswego, Jane (Paul) Santore Talbot of Baldwinsville, and Marian (Steve) Bischof of Indiana; brother, Robert (Kate) Santore of East Syracuse; and grandchildren, Christianna, Alyssa, Carmyn, Zachary, Dominique, Matthew, Paul, and Mario.

Funeral services were held Monday at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Oswego where Rev. Richard Morisette celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial. Burial was in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Calling hours were held Sunday at Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Restoration Fund or the Oswego County Salvation Army.