Category Archives: Seniors

Bishop’s Commons celebrates 14th anniversary

Residents and staff at Bishop’s Commons in Oswego gathered recently to mark the enriched living residence’s 14th anniversary of providing care and services for seniors in the community.

A special luncheon helped mark the milestone and afforded staff and residents alike an opportunity to celebrate together.

Addressing all those gathered for the event, Executive Director Karen Murray said the most important role Bishop’s Commons has played is providing for the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of residents in a setting that allows them to continue to be a part of the community they helped build.

As part of the day’s celebration, Murray took a moment to recognize a number of residents who have called Bishop’s Commons home for some time, including one who has lived at the enriched living residence for 12 years.

“No matter how long you have been with us,” observed Murray, “It has been a privilege to get to know each of you and each has added something unique and very special to our community.”

Murray also used the occasion to present awards to a number of Bishop’s Commons staff, some having been with the enriched living residence since the doors opened in 2000.

“In our 14 year history, Bishop’s Commons has served over 400 people from across our area, said Murray.

“During this time we are fortunate to have a number of dedicated staff that have a great deal of experience with our organization; experience that certainly benefits those who call Bishop’s Commons home and certainly reflects well on our organization,” she said.

Christine Bobbett, loved to fish and knit

3-29_OBITbobbettChristine Bobbett, 83, of Fulton, NY, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Born in Syracuse, she was the daughter of the late John and Catherine Butler Delaney.

Christine was an Auburn Central High School graduate and was a retired caregiver from the former Mercy Hospital in Auburn.

Christine was a happy, caring and loving mother who not only took care of her family but also her many friends. She was an avid knitter who was involved in making lap robes for charitable organizations.

She enjoyed her summers fishing at the camp on Beach Island, Eagle Lake, Ontario.

Surviving is her husband of 61 years, Eugene Bobbett; three sons, John, David and Bill (Jodie) Bobbett, all of Fulton; a sister, Judith (Richard) Mahalik of Cicero; six grandchildren, Ryan (Maureen), Daniel (Stephanie), Kevin, Brea, Brenna and Bryce Bobbett; two great-grandchildren and five nieces and nephews, one of which, Jeff Mahalik, she thought of as her fourth son.

Christine was predeceased by a brother John Delaney.

There are no calling hours.  A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Friday, March 28 at St. Alphonsus Church, Auburn. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Langham Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Elsie Shoults Marriner, life resident of Fulton

Elsie C. Shoults Marriner, 82, of Fulton, passed away Monday, March 24 at home surrounded by her loving family.

A native of Dexterville, she was a life resident of the Fulton area. Elsie was predeceased by her husband, Howard E. Marriner, Sr. in 1994 and by her stepson, Howard E. Marriner, Jr. in 2005.

Surviving are her son, Vance (Jennifer) Marriner of Fulton; grandsons, Grant and Griffin Marriner of Fulton and Mitchel Marriner of Salisbury, MD; two sisters, Florence Shoults and Gladys (Leonard) Daniels all of Fulton and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Friday, March 28 at Foster Funeral Home, Inc., 910 Fay St.,  Fulton. Burial will be held at a later date at Hannibal Center Cemetery in Hannibal.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box102, Oswego, NY 13126-0102.

Frances L. Dennison, proud to be farmer’s wife and daughter

3-29_OBITdennisonFrances L. Dennison, nee Frances Louise Perkins, 95, of Hannibal, passed away Sunday, March 23 at Oswego Hospital after a brief illness.

She was the daughter of the late, Earl and Rhona French Perkins and wife of the late, Robert Dennison.

Frances was the most proud to be a farmer’s wife and farmer’s daughter.

She had been a very active member of the Hannibal Center United Methodist Church, board member of the Hannibal Center Cemetery Association and enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, reading and family geneology.

Frances, along with her husband Bob, raised several foster children.

She was predeceased, in addition to her husband and parents, by a daughter, Louise and son-in-law, Richard Godfrey; grandson, Richard Godfrey; great-grandson, Stephen Perras; foster daughter, Ramona Hedges; daughter-in-law, Amy Lovejoy and siblings, Norine Blodgett, Florence Kyle, James Perkins, Harry Perkins, Margaret Robinson and Harriet Michalski.

Surviving are her two daughters, Roberta (Arlen) Kinville of Fulton and Sandra (Richard) Griffin of Oswego; son, Harold Lovejoy of Weedsport; grandchildren, Arlene Cole, Kary Wilcox, Gayle Hyde, James Kinville, John Kinville, Sue MacDonald, Amy Klein, Justin Griffin, Jason Griffin and Kenneth White; 20 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Wednesday, March 26 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal with services immediately after.

Burial will be at a later date at Hannibal Center Cemetery in Hannibal.

The family requests donations be made to Hannibal Center United Methodist Church, c/o Diane Whitcomb, 531 County Route 21, Hannibal, NY 13074 or to Hannibal Center Cemetery Association, c/o Roberta Kinville, 988 County Route 8, Fulton, NY, 13069.

Michaud residents visit Fulton Junior High

Residents of Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton boarded their bus for a trip across town to the Fulton Junior High School to see this year’s Spring Showcase.

The Junior High Student Spring Showcase was an opportunity for families and community friends to visit the open house and interact with students and learn about information they displayed on projects that they have been working on for the past few weeks, covering a wide variety of topics.

Michaud residents enjoyed presentations from the Art Department, Health Department, Family & Consumer Science, and Technology Department and as a special treat had a mini-concert from the school chorus and Orchestra.

Helping senior citizens to be fed

Oswego County Opportunities’ Nutrition Services is asking Oswego County residents to be a part of its annual March for Meals campaign by being a part of the many events that they will be hosting during the month of March.

OCO’s annual March for Meals campaign helps to raise the awareness of senior hunger in Oswego County and serves as a fundraiser to help support the agency’s Home Delivered Meal Service.

To celebrate their March for Meals Campaign, OCO Nutrition Services has planned the following community events:

** Wednesday, March 19 (today), Fundraiser from 4 to 9 p.m., at the Bake Shop Eatery, 3281 Main St, Mexico. A total of 15 percent of all proceeds will be donated to OCO’s Nutrition Services to support the Meals on Wheels program.

** Wednesday, March 19 (today), Mayors For Meals Day. To raise awareness and to encourage action at the local level, Oswego County dignitaries will participate in the campaign by delivering meals to homebound seniors or by serving meals at one of OCO’s eight senior Dining and Activity Centers.

** Date to be announced, Pinewood Derby, at the Sandy Creek Dining and Activity Center from 11 a.m. to noon. Judy Parker, center manager, has invited special guests and local dignitaries to build and race pinewood derby “meal delivery vans” to see which guest can deliver the meals the fastest on the derby track.

Lunch will be served at the center after the race. Reservations are requested. For more information and to make reservations contact Judy Parker at 298-5020 or via e-mail at jparker@oco.org

** Meals on Wheels Collection Vans.  Look for donation boxes shaped as delivery vans at senior centers and in local places of business for the month of March. All donations will be used to support Meals on Wheels participants and to provide special events at OCO’s Senior Dining and Activity Centers.

“In this tough economy, the food and human contact we provide to seniors in this community is needed more than ever,” said Bridget Dolbear, program services coordinator with OCO Nutrition Services..

“We need community members to come out and support our March For Meals events. Their support will help us continue feeding senior citizens in our community.  Our clients are counting on us. We can’t let them down,” she said.

The Meals On Wheels Association of America created the March For Meals campaign in 2002 to raise awareness about senior hunger.

‘We Are Meals On Wheels, so no senior goes hungry’ is the continuing slogan for the campaign. Senior citizens across the country go hungry every day and one in seven seniors is threatened by hunger.

The older population is increasing at a staggering high rate with an increase of more than 20 million senior citizens from this decade alone. The goal of Nutrition Services and other Meals on Wheels programs is to end senior hunger by 2020 and you can help.

The OCO’s Meals on Wheels program delivers around 1,000 meals each day to homebound seniors. There are no un-served areas in the county.

Typically, the Meals on Wheels driver is the only person that the homebound participants see for days at a time.

“Our participants have said that it makes them feel better to have someone check on them and they enjoy the conversations as much as the meals,” said Distribution Supervisor Allen Wert.

While the program does have nine paid employee routes, Wert said it is the volunteers that are the driving force behind the Meals on Wheels program.

“We have 19 volunteer routes for our home delivered meals. Our program relies heavily on the assistance we receive from our volunteers. We couldn’t do it without them,” said Wert.

If anyone is interested in delivering meals or helping out at one of our Dining and Activity Centers please call us at 598-4712, we would love to hear from you.”

In addition to the Meals on Wheels program, OCO Nutrition Services has eight senior Dining and Activity Centers located in Constantia, Fulton, Hannibal, Mexico, Oswego, Parish, Phoenix and Sandy Creek. The centers feed about 100 senior citizens daily and offer fun activities and friendly conversations.

Dolbear said updates on OCO’s March for Meals campaign as well as photos from the events and activities at OCO’s Dining and Activity Centers would be on the agency’s Facebook page at OCO Senior Centers.  “I encourage community members to like us on Facebook.  Our goal is to have 300 likes by the end of March!”

For more information on the March for Meals campaign and to learn how you can help put an end to senior hunger, contact Bridget Dolbear at OCO Senior Nutrition Services, 598-4712, ext. 1813 or via e-mail at bdolbear@oco.org.

 

St. Francis residents keeping fit

The weather may be keeping some people indoors, but at St. Francis Commons the weather hasn’t stopped residents there from getting plenty of exercise!

Thanks to a partnership with SUNY Oswego, Amanda Shultz, a senior majoring in wellness management, is completing an internship at the assisted living residence which focuses on keeping seniors active and healthy.

The internship involves leading two  45-minute “SUNY Fit” classes each week for residents, incorporating movement and stretching to music.

Every Friday afternoon the program is expanded to involve an indoor walking club, volleyball games and even a few new twists on games; recent activities reflect the Winter Olympics.

“My passion is to help people improve the quality of their lives,” said Shultz. “Being able to help the residents be more physically active helps them immensely in performing everyday tasks that can sometimes become more difficult as we age.”

“My goal is simply for the residents to get stronger and feel better while hopefully having a lot of fun,” she said. “So far, I have seen great participation and I am developing a great relationship with each person attending my class.”

Shultz’s internship at St. Francis Commons will continue through the current school semester.

“Everyone understands how important physical activity is for your wellbeing, and everyone likes to make exercise as enjoyable as possible,” said Peg Livoti, director of activities at St. Francis Commons.

“We are excited to have Amanda’s enthusiasm for exercise and healthy lifestyle choices, and are pleased to add this wellness program to compliment all the other activities and events we have available for our residents,” she said.

St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence is the newest phase of development on the St. Luke healthcare campus, located on the east side in the City of Oswego.

The campus also includes St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence and Little Lukes Childcare Center.

For more information about St. Francis Commons please call (315) 326-0870, or visit on the web at www.stfranciscommons.com

Senior citizen news

Granby Center Senior News

Our meeting for the New Year was very good. We had 46 members at the Jan. 16 get-together. Seemed good to see so many of our seniors.

Cards made by Nancy were won by Jeanette Pauldine. The 50/50 was won by Jeanne Smith.

Kitchen committee for Feb. 6 is John Krupa, Jean Cronk, Ruth and Bob Sheldon and Imo Lefort. For Feb. 20, the kitchen committee is Fran Wadas, Donna Babcock, Joanne Gardner and Imo LeFort.

We had a very good speaker — Rachel Baglia from Oswego Health. She was very informative about blood pressure and hypertension.

Trips were discussed by Joanne Gardner.

Submitted by E. Martin

Volney Seniors

Early on Dec. 4, the roads were covered with ice. It warmed up and like magic, the ice was gone. We had many seniors make it to the meeting.

Fifty-seven of us made it to our Thanksgiving dinner at Bristol Hill Church. The meal was so good.

Our new member is Barbara Wallace. Welcome aboard.

Birthdays — Therisa Caltbiano, Gordon Smith, Roy Crouch and Denise Munger. We wish you all many more healthy, happy ones.

A 57th anniversary is being celebrated by Charlie and Rita Murphy. Congratulations.

On Dec. 14, we had our Christmas dinner at Seneca Hill. It was so beautiful with the big Christmas tree all decorated. I always try to sit at a table where I can look at the tree and enjoy it all the time we’re there.

The 50/50 winner for November was Mary Sugar and for December it was Mary Lalanga.

Submitted by Alma Bowering

 Phoenix Senior Citizens Club

At the club’s annual Christmas Party Dec. 13, the newly elected officers were installed by installing officer Arlene Slaski.

Trip Coordinator Martha Arnold announced that in February we will be carpooling to Heid’s in Liverpool for their famous hot dogs and coneys. She asked everyone to save the 2 for 1 coupons that are featured in the newspapers.

Cars will leave the town building at 10:30 a.m. People can drive ahead and meet the others at Heid’s if they choose.

We had a pot luck covered dish birthday and anniversary celebration Jan. 10.

The next business meeting for the Phoenix Senior Citizens club of the Town of Schroeppel is at 1:30 p.m. Friday Feb. 7 at the town of Schroeppel building on Route 57A.

If Phoenix schools are closed that day, there will be no meeting or covered dish dinner that day.

The next pot luck covered dish birthday and anniversary celebration dinner is at 1:30 p.m. Friday Feb. 14. Bring a dish to pass and your own table service. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and lemonade are provided.

The senior club is always looking for new members age 50 and over to join. Dues are $5 per year and can be paid to Treasurer Peggy Sayles at any meeting or dinner. For more information, call President Joanne Czajkowski at 622-1239.