Category Archives: Obituaries

Bernadine Fragale, Former Oswego resident

Bernadine Fragale
Bernadine Fragale

Bernadine ”Bernie” Fragale, a resident of James Square, Syracuse, died peacefully at St. Joseph Hospital Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 after a brief illness.

She was born in Rome Dec. 23, 1919, but spent her youth in Altmar until she married her husband Michael Fragale, Feb. 11, 1939 in Oswego, where she lived for many years.

Bernadine Fragale spent many years of her life working hard on their small self-sustaining farm in Oswego. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and a devoted Catholic.

She was predeceased by her husband, Michael, Nov. 3, 2001, and her son, Joseph, July 2, 1960.

She is survived by her sons, Michael J. (Tracy) Fragale of New Mexico and Christopher G. (Annette) Fragale of Oswego; daughters, Theresa J. (Robert) Domachowski of Liverpool, Mary Lenz of Liverpool, and Anne (John) Filk of E. Aurora; 21 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Hollis (Marilyn) Mellen of Oswego and Harlow Mellon of Radisson; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Friday at St. Joseph’s Church, Oswego. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated. Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oswego. Calling hours were held Thursday at Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Contributions may be made to St. Margaret School Angel Fund, 203 Roxboro Rd., Mattydale NY 13211.

David Phillips, Fulton resident

OBITS-PhillipsDavid_WDavid A. Phillips, 56, of Fulton, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 at Rosewood Heights Nursing Home in Syracuse.

Born in Fulton. he was a life resident. He previously worked at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego as a janitor and had worked in his early years at Mt. Adnah Cemetery. He enjoyed model cars, working on cars and tinkering with anything that had an engine. He was known by many family and friends as Davy Crockett.

He was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Ida Phillips; two sisters, Charlotte Riley and Mary Jane Collins; step-father, Tracy Hotaling; and step-mother, Virginia Hotaling.

Surviving are a son, David Phillips of Fulton; step-son, Peter Cogain of Fulton; fiancé, Diane Marshall of Granby; siblings, Helen Shortt of Oswego, Elizabeth Rice of Fulton, Billy (Terry) Phillips of Phoenix, Raymond Phillips of New Haven, Teresa (Richard) Maine of Hannibal, and Trace (Carol) Hotaling of Volney; step-sister, Phyllis Weldin of Volney; and several nieces and nephews;

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

Eugene Steeves, Fulton resident

OBITS-SteevesEugene_WEugene F. Steeves, 87, of Fulton, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.

He was born in Pittsfield, Maine and resided in Fulton most of his life. He was a friendly, loving person who enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. He could often be found riding the bus through Fulton and spending time at Wal-Mart or Price Chopper.

He is survived by his niece, Mary (Paul, Sr.) Clarke of Fulton and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

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

Kevin Kehoe, Oswego resident

Kevin Kehoe
Kevin Kehoe

Kevin J. Kehoe, 61, of Oswego, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at Crouse Hospital after a year long battle with cancer.

He was the youngest son of the late Leo and Mildred (Piddock) Kehoe and grew up in Copenhagen and Watertown, graduating from Watertown High School and SUNY Oswego.

Kevin Kehoe has been a resident of Oswego for his adult life. He owned and operated rental apartments, and was the former president of the Oswego Landlords Association. He took pride in carefully maintaining his properties.

He was predeceased by his brother, Myron, and infant sister, Mary Josephine.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Luann (Dixon) of Oswego; children, Kevin Michael of Los Angeles, Erin May of Manhattan, Kristin Marie (Kerian) Fennelly of Westport, Mass.; two grandchildren, Lyla May and Gracie Marie Fennelly; his brothers and sisters, L. Paul (Betty) of Sodus, William (Delores) of Troy, Joan of Albany, Sharon of Brockport, Peter of Troy, Dennis (Karen) of Newark, Korleen (Ray) Gould of Watertown; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego, and at St. Joseph Church. Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Calling hours were held Monday.

Contribution may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of CNY, which was special to him as he was blessed to be the recipient of a kidney from his wife.

Elliott Blake, Army veteran

Elliott Blake
Elliott Blake

Elliott E. Blake, 73, of Granby, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at Crouse Hospital.

Born in South Hannibal, he had lived in the Philadelphia area prior to moving back to Granby in 1988. He was a bus driver for Golden Sun Bus Service for more than 20 years.

Elliott Blake was an Army veteran serving from 1956 to 1959.

He was predeceased by his son, Elliott Blake, Jr., daughter, Rayann Blake, and brothers, Darrell and Stuart Blake.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Ann Blake; grandson, Christopher (Wendy Gilbert) Blake; two great-grandchildren, Justin and Skylar, all of Fulton; and a sister, Beverly McKalsen of Granby.

A celebration of his life is being planned for a future date.  Foster Funeral Home has care of arrangements.

Rae Combes, Former Martville resident

Rae Marie Combes, 61, of Oneida and formerly of the Martville and Cato areas, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at Oneida Healthcare.

She loved listening to country music, especially Johnny Cash, shopping, and puzzles.

She was predeceased by her parents, Raymond E. and Isabelle R. Combes; a brother, Robert Combes; and by her grandparents, Fred and Bernice Combes.

Surviving are her sisters, Diane (Rick) Mace and Bernice Hendricks, all of Oswego, Brenda (Kevin) Warren of Fulton, and Darlene (Percy) Shaw; brothers, Raymond (Cynthia) Combes, Mark (Patti) Combes, and Mike (Dawn) Combes, all of Hannibal; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services are private. Spring burial will be at Bethel Cemetery, Hannibal. Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has charge of arrangements.

Jane Molinari, Retired from Nestle

Jane Molinari
Jane Molinari

Jane Molinari, 95, of Fulton, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

She was born Aug. 26, 1917, the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Hesneey) Simon.

At a young age, she worked at the American Woolen Mill in Fulton. She married Andrew Molinari in 1943 during World War II and celebrated 68 years of marriage together.

She maintained all office duties for the A. Molinari Painting Company. She also worked at and retired from the Nestle Chocolate Company in Fulton.

She was a communicant of Holy Family Church. She loved to dance, bowl and golf in her younger years and was an avid Yankees and S.U. fan. Her pride and passion was her family and her meals she shared with all them.

She is survived by her son, Ronald (Lorrie) Molinari; daughter-in-law, Sheridan Molinari; grandchildren Jason Molinari, Drew Molinari, Joshua Molinari, Nathaniel Molinari and Ryan Molinari; sisters, Mary James and Ruth Benway; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Andrew Molinari, who died in 2011; eldest son, Richard Molinari, who died in 2006; brothers, Roselli and Leonard Simon; and sisters, Julia Wickham and Sarah Gould.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fulton.  Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in tribute to Rick Molinari.

Judy Cavalier, Retired from Hutamaki

Judy K. Cavalier, 70, of Fulton, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse.

She was born in Fulton to the late Frederick and Alice (Rowe) Cavalier. She has been a life resident of Fulton and she was a retiree from Hutamaki, Fulton.

Judy Cavalier was a member of the Catholic Daughters Court Pere LeMoyne #833, and a former chairman of the Immaculate Conception Bazaar. She was also a co-leader of the Immaculate Conception Youth Group.

She was pre-deceased by her infant brother, Michael Thomas Cavalier, and sister, Barbara Vandelinder.

She is survived by her siblings:  Mary (Douglas) DeLong of Fulton, Edward (Margaret) Cavalier of Rochester, Fred (Jeanne) Cavalier, Joann Cavalier, and Joseph (Nancy) Cavalier, all of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 10 at Sugar Funeral Home and at Holy Trinity, Fulton.

The Rev. Robert Stephenson celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial.

Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were held Sunday at the funeral home.