Category Archives: Obituaries


Concetta Donahue, Former Oswego resident

Concetta Donahue
Concetta Donahue

Concetta “Connie” Donahue, a former resident of East Seneca Street, Oswego, died Nov. 30, 2012 at the home of her sister, Eileen Schulz, in Central Square.

Born in New York City May 12, 1917, she was the daughter of Salvatore and Grace Grasso. She moved to Oswego with her family as a young girl and attended Oswego schools. She was a homemaker and a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

She had been employed at several garment mills in Oswego, including Osted, Conde, and Lastlong. As well as being an accomplished seamstress, she liked gardening and was a good cook who enjoyed feeding friends and family.

She enjoyed traveling and went on several trips with her husband, Bob; her sister, Josie; and the senior groups from Oswego.

Concetta Donahue was a communicant of St. Joseph”s Church and a former member of the St. Anne’s Society.

The past several years, she has been cared for in the home of her sister, Eileen, with the help of several aides.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Robert, her sister Josephine Donabella, and her brother Santo Grasso.

She is survived by her brother. John (Connie) Grasso of Oswego; sister, Eileen Schulz of Central Square; sisters-in-law, Mary Smith, Emma Grasso, and Agnes (Walt) Foley; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday in St. Joseph’s Church where a Mass of Christian burial was celebrated. Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Margaret Gravelle, Phoenix graduate

Margaret Lydia Gravelle died Nov. 9, 2012 after losing her battle with brain cancer. She had been under hospice care for several weeks. Her husband and her mother were at her bedside at the time of her passing.

She was born Jan. 8, 1984 to Jim and Sue Gravelle of Fulton.   She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Andrew and Harriet Bassett and Francis and Esther Gravelle.

She is survived by her husband, Wesley Winkelman; parents, Jim and Sue Gravelle; in-laws, Gary and Earlene Winkelman of Middleton, ID; a brother-in-law, Jesse Winkelman (Susan) of Sacramento, Calif.; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

She and her husband were married Sept. 1, 2007 in Raleigh, N.C. He was a constant source of strength, support, and unconditional love during her illness.

She was a graduate of Phoenix Central Schools. Her college career included earning a BS degree in psychology from the State University College at Oneonta, and a MSW degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She had begun her PhD studies in educational psychology at the  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She had always been an excellent student. She learned to read at the age of two and one-half years, skipped a grade in elementary school, and graduated early from SUNY Oneonta.

She enjoyed travel, be it a long drive in her VW Jetta, making up her itinerary along the way, or following a more specific schedule. With her parents, she visited many states, including Alaska and Hawaii. There were also vacations in the Bahamas and  Ireland.

Following her marriage, they traveled to Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland and England.

There will be a celebration of her life at the Riverside Inn, 930 South First St., Fulton, at noon Saturday, Dec. 8 for family and friends.

Contributions may be made to Doctors Without Borders; Above and Beyond English Setter Rescue at; Activate Good; WUNC. Arrangements are by Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. Burial will take place in Jacksonville Cemetery, Lysander at another time.


George LaClaire Jr., avid hunter

George LaClaire
George LaClaire, Jr.

George LaClaire, Jr., 51, of Volney, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. He was a life resident of the area and was an avid hunter who loved his family and friends greatly.

He was predeceased by his parents, George and Betty LaClaire Sr.

He is survived by his fiancee, Carol Cook; his children, Margaret (Terry) Graves and George M. (Lisa West) LaClaire Sr.; step-children, Tara France and Tonya (Carmen) Papa; siblings, Clifford Dann, Grace Dann, Diane Zuflet and Robert LaClaire; nine grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Michael Prime, Fulton resident

Michael F. Prime, 64, of Fulton, died Nov. 9, 2012.

A memorial celebration of life service with military honors will be held today, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 2819 Co. Rte. 45, Fulton. with the Rev. David Grey officiating.

Attendees may wear uniforms, Yankee or SU attire.

Contributions may be made to Fulton Youth Baseball or Oswego County Hospice.


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.