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.

Harborfest seeks volunteers

Harborfest is seeking volunteers for the July festival.

Each year, more than 400 volunteers are needed to put on the four-day, admission free festival. There are a variety of positions available, from trolley hosts to children’s activities assistants to merchandise assistants — there is something for everyone.

“Harborfest is a great opportunity to give back to the community by giving your time,” said Marta Santiago, a member of the Harborfest board of directors.

The festival is also looking for new park managers. If you would like to be a park manager, please indicate so on your volunteer application. There will be a screening and interview process conducted for all those interested.

Previous volunteers will be receiving applications in the mail within the next week.

If you have not volunteered before, applications are available on the Harborfest website, www.oswegoharborfest.com, or by stopping in the Harborfest offices in the McCrobie Building at 41 Lake St., Oswego.

For more information, call the Harborfest Volunteer Office at 343-3733, or email questions to volunteer@oswegoharborfest.com.

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