2 locals win medals in Taekwondo

Pictured with Taekwondo America’s school owner Master Leo Pryor are NY State Championships medalists, assistant instructor Jordan Ketcham and Caden Burnswick.
Pictured with Taekwondo America’s school owner Master Leo Pryor are NY State Championships medalists, assistant instructor Jordan Ketcham and Caden Burnswick.

On Saturday, March 15, Master Leo Pryor, owner and head Instructor of Taekwondo America in Oswego, and assistant instructor Bernadett Pryor, accompanied their students to Queens College in New York City to participate in the 2014 New York State Championships.

Students started preparing for this event months ago and their efforts paid off.

Caden Burnswick, 6, earned a silver medal in the NY State Sparring Competition and began his Taekwondo training in October of 2012. Caden enjoys all aspects of Taekwondo, but sparring and board breaking are his favorite.

Jordan Ketcham, 17, is a student at Cayuga Community College where she tutors for math part time. She is also employed as an assistant instructor at Master Pryor’s TaeKwondo. Ketcham is a second Degree Black Belt, and earned a gold medal in the NY State Poomse Competition.

She has been training for nearly seven years and is working towards her Third Degree Black Belt. She plans to attend the national qualifiers May 20-22 in Buffalo.

Taekwondo training is an excellent way to fitness, fun and self discipline, Taekwondo is not only for children, adults of all ages can benefit from the exercise and conditioning Taekwondo offers It is a wonderful family activity.

For more information, call Oswego TAEKWONDO AMERICA Head Instructor Master Leo Pryor at 342-2470 or visit the website at www.masterpryorstkda.com.

Richard J. Ciaramella, construction worker

Richard Joseph Ciaramella, 70, of Oswego died Thursday April 24 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born to the late Anthony and Dorothy (Gronau) Ciaramella.

Mr. Ciaramella worked in construction for several years.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and watching television.

Mr. Ciaramella was pre-deceased by his son David Ciaramella.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years,  Dorothy Ciaramella of Oswego; one son Kevin (Amelia) Ciaramella of PA; five step-children, William Babcock of Pulaski, Patricia Cameron of WA, Cynthia Valensuela of NC, Richard Babcock of Altmar, NY, Thomas Babcock of Altmar, NY; two sisters, Frances Hibbert of Oswego, Antoinetta Stevens of Fulton; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Burial will be held privately.

Calling hours were Friday at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego

Franklin LaDeau, former Boy Scout leader, district commissioner

Franklin LaDeau, 76, of Sterling, passed away on Thursday, April 24 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse after a sudden illness.

A native of Glens Falls, he lived in Sterling since 2000. Frank retired in 2000 from Finch, Pruyn & Co. in Glens Falls after 13 years and previously worked at Ciba-Geigy in Glens Falls for many years.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge #1763 in Wolcott and was a former Boy Scout Troup Leader, District Commissioner and recipient of the Boy Scout Wood Badge Beads.

Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Barbara LaDeau of Sterling; three step-sons, Robert (Ellen) Kidwell of FL, Richard (Leigh) Kidwell of NJ and Stephen Kidwell of Ballston Spa and nine grandchildren.

Calling hours are from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fair Haven Fire Department Ambulance Squad, 14447 Short Cut Road, Fair Haven, NY 13064.

Irene Duciaume, enjoyed joking, playing cards

Irene Duciaume 94, of Fulton, died Wednesday April 23 in Michaud Residential Nursing Home, Fulton.

She was born in North Volney, NY to the late Herbert and Alice (Broadwell) Stevens.

Mrs. Duciaume was a lifetime resident of North Volney. She was past employed with Taggerts, Oswego and Birdseye of Fulton after 10-plus years of service.

Mrs. Duciaume was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed joking and playing cards.

She is pre-deceased by her husband Fabian Joseph Duciaume; siblings Jack, Herman, Herbert and Earl Stevens and Iola Polson.

Mrs. Duciaume is survived by her children Richard L. Duciaume of FL, Clarence F. “Duke” (Donna) Duciaume of TX, Marlene V. (David McConnell) Baker of Fulton, Benita I. (Vernon) Reynolds of Oswego; seven grandchildren; eight  great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was  Saturday April 26  at North Volney Church 2680 County Route 6, Fulton with the Rev. Tammy Nipper officiating.

Burial will in North Volney Cemetery, North Volney, at the convenience of the family.

There were no calling hours.

The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc. 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton has care of the arrangements. Contributions may be made to North Volney Church, 2680 County Route 6, Fulton, NY 13069 or Michaud Residential Health Services, 453 Park St. Fulton, NY 13069.

Gladys I. Lewis, G.E. retiree

Gladys I. Lewis, 96, of Fulton, passed away peacefully on Wednesday April 23.

A native of Palermo, Gladys was a retired member of Palermo Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She retired as an inspector from General Electric, In Liverpool, after 25 years of service.

Gladys is survived by her son, Donald (Beverley Ball) Smith; and grandchildren Jill (Alan) Smith Pitts and Jeffrey Smith.

A graveside service will be held privately in Upson Corner’s Cemetery. Contributions may be made to University Hospital, Comfort Care Program, 10th Floor or Oswego County Hospice.

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