William T. Henderson, Little League coach, church usher, baseball card collector

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William Terry Henderson, 64, of Baldwinsville and formerly of Phoenix, died May 18, 2014 at home.

Mr. Henderson was born Oct. 25, 1949 to the late Ralph and Joan Henderson of Phoenix.

Growing up, he peddled milk in and around Phoenix for his family’s farm, Henderson Dairy. Later in life, he worked for Cooper-Crouse Hinds as a computer information department manager.

He was married to Constance Henderson for more than 42 years. “Poochie” was the love of his life.

A long-time baseball coach, he coached his sons and many other kids throughout Little League and other summer baseball teams. He was an avid Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves fan.

Later in life, he enjoyed watching his grandchildren play baseball, ice skating, gymnastics and soccer. He also collected baseball cards.

He was also the head usher and long-time member of Trinity Assembly of God in Clay. A fun-loving and outgoing person, he enjoyed interacting with people and making them laugh. He enjoyed visiting and playing with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Isabelle Joy Henderson, and a sister, Patricia Brown.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two sons and their wives, Derek and Lisa Henderson of Liverpool and Andrew and Regina Henderson of East Syracuse; grandchildren, Emma, Jared, Abigail, and Carter Henderson; sisters; Connie and Larry Gorthey of Florida and Bonnie and Robert Clark of Georgia; sister- and brother-in-law, Sue and Gerry Parkinson of Pennellville; brother-in-law, Dan Brown of Panther Lake; nieces and nephews, Rachael Parkinson, Mark Gorthey, Karen Gorthey, Scott Brown, Victoria Brown,  Ryan Brown, Heidi Woodcock, Molly Brown, Stephanie Davis Smith of GA, and Brianne Davis of CA; and many other loving friends and relatives.

Calling hours were Wednesday, May 21 at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix. A funeral service was held May 22 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Phoenix Rural Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Henderson Scholarship Fund, Phoenix Dollars for Scholars, 552 Main St., PO Box 445,

Deborah Florczyk, drove OCO, school bus

Deborah J. Florczyk, 57, of Fulton, passed away Friday May 16 at Oswego Hospital.

She was born in Fulton  to George Gates and the late Patricia Dashner.

Debbie was a life resident of the Fulton-Hannibal area and attended G. Ray Bodley High School. She was a bus driver for OCO, Hannibal Central Schools and the Phoenix school district.

Debbie enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, fishing and collecting dolls and movies.

In addition to her mother, Debbie was predeceased by her step father, Paul Dashner.

She is survived by her four children, Billie Jean Florczyk, Michael (Leslie) Florczyk, Edward Florczyk and David Florczyk all of Fulton; her father, George Gates of  Mexico, NY; siblings, Denise Trombly of Palmer, MA., Sheila Clark of Fulton, George Manchester of OH, David Manchester of Memphis, NY, Shawn Gates of MA, Coleen Proppe of  East Syracuse, Michael Gates of N.C. and Alicia Weems of AL.; eight grandchildren, Joseph, Joshua, Makayla, Mathew, Samantha, Spencer, Savanna and Madison; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are private. Calling hours were Wednesday, May 21, at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Florczyk may be made to the American Lung Association.

Elizabeth Anderson, retired health worker

Elizabeth Isadell Otis Anderson of Fort Wayne, Indiana, formerly of North Syracuse, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014 at Kingston Health Care Center.

She was born in Pulaski July 18, 1925.

She was predeceased by her parents, Earl A. and Pearle Bemis Otis and by her sons, Douglas Sweatland (1994) and Daniel Sweatland (2011).

She retired from Birchwood Health Care Center, Liverpool.

Surviving are her grandchildren, Sandy (Michael) Armstrong, Sheri Sweatland, Amy (Joe) Verner, Angela Sweatland, Travis Schleuter, Angela Petty, Christina Leahey, Tammy McCann; 13 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She also had a special place in her heart for her niece, Judy (Chris) DiLiberto and great nieces, Molly and Jenna DiLiberto.

There will be no services held. She willed herself to Indiana University’s Anatomical Program.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to your favorite charity or to the family in care of Fergerson Funeral Home, 215 S. Main St., North Syracuse, NY 13212.

Memorial messages may be left at www.FergersonFuneralHome.com.

Barbara J. Smithers, LPN at Syracuse hospital

Barbara Jane Smithers, 73, former Phoenix, NY resident, passed away in Oswego Sunday May 18, 2014.

Born in Phoenix, NY to her late parents, Lenora (Hollenbeck) and Arnold F. Gibbs, Nov. 16, 1940, she was a graduate of J.C. Birldlebough High School, later becoming a licensed practical nurse working in the Memorial Hospital Unit in Syracuse. 

Surviving are her husband, Ronald G. Smithers, Sr. of Phoenix; her two sons Ronald G. Smithers, Jr. of Phoenix, and Johnnathan D. Smithers of Phoenix; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; one brother, Bert Gibbs of Pennellville; nieces, nephews and cousins.

 Graveside services were held Thursday May 22 in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St., Phoenix.

Margie Bess Lawler, loved arts, crafts

Margie Bess Lawler, 41, of Fulton, passed away Sunday May 18 in Rochester.

Born in Utica, Bess had lived in the Fulton area for many years.

She enjoyed arts and crafts and the time she spent with her family.

She was predeceased by her father, Albert Lawler.

Bess is survived by her companion, Brian Graves; children, Ryanna (Josh) Lawler, Cameron (Bekah) Lawler, Tre (Bri) Graves, Jordan (Courtney) Graves, Shayla Graves, Sheldon Graves and Jada Graves; mother, Marjorie Burdick; great-grandmother, Dorine Larmon; siblings, Steven (Georgianna) Burdick, Raymond (Kathy) Burdick, Robin (Robert) Taylor, Keith (Kathy) Burdick, Sharon (Tom) Falato, Kenny (Patsy) Burdick, Al (Heather) Lawler, Mary “Wifey” Smith and Shelly Belly; grandchildren, Brayden, Marlie, Abel, Kirien and Zayne; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A calling hour was held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Energy seminar for seniors May 30

Submitted by Oswego County

The Oswego County Office for the Aging will host an Energy Efficiency Improvement Seminar for seniors from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 30 at the Oswego County Health Department Building located at 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

Guest speakers from Peace Inc., EMPOWER and Rural Development will present information on programs that are available to help make homes more energy efficient.

“This past winter has been an energy and financial drain on residents of Oswego County as well as across the United States,” said Sara Sunday, administrator of the Office for the Aging. “By bringing these representatives together to inform our seniors of what is available to help winterize and make their homes more energy efficient, the Office for the Aging hopes to help one of our most vulnerable populations save limited resources.”

Those interested in attending may reserve a seat by contacting the Office for the Aging at 349-3484, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Backus named Woman of Distinction

Jane Backus of Mexico was selected as state Sen. Patricia Ritchie’s 2014 Woman of Distinction from the 48th Senate District. She was honored recently at a special ceremony at the State Capitol. A retired English teacher, Backus taught seniors and sophomores at both Ogdensburg Free Academy and Mexico Academy and Central Schools for more than 25 years.  Today, she is an extremely active member of her community, volunteering her time with many organizations that aim to better the Central New York region.  Backus was one of more than two dozen women nominated for the program who were recognized at a ceremony held earlier this month at Watertown’s Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library. For more information on this year’s honorees, go to www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.
Jane Backus of Mexico was selected as state Sen. Patricia Ritchie’s 2014 Woman of Distinction from the 48th Senate District. She was honored recently at a special ceremony at the State Capitol. A retired English teacher, Backus taught seniors and sophomores at both Ogdensburg Free Academy and Mexico Academy and Central Schools for more than 25 years. Today, she is an extremely active member of her community, volunteering her time with many organizations that aim to better the Central New York region. Backus was one of more than two dozen women nominated for the program who were recognized at a ceremony held earlier this month at Watertown’s Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library. For more information on this year’s honorees, go to www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.

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