Earl A. Hotaling

Earl A. Hotaling, 50, of Fulton passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse. Born October 9, 1964 in Oswego, he had resided in Fulton all his life.
His favorite pastimes were hunting, fishing and camping. Earl was predeceased by his father, Earl W., who passed away October 24, 2007; paternal grandmother, Sara I. Hotaling; maternal grandmother, Sarah F. Bower and maternal grandfather, Joseph E. Bower. His memory will be forever cherished by his wife of 23 years Anne; his children, Stephanie A., Christine E. and Daniel J.; his mother and stepfather Sharlene J. and Jan H. Poyneer; his brother, Brian L. (Kathy) Hotaling and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours and a service were held Friday, February 27 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Should family and friends desire, donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Hospital Wound Care Center, 4206 Medical Center Drive, Fayetteville N.Y. 13066.

Daniel “Cord” Marino

MarinoDaniel J. “Cord” Marino, 65, of Oswego died Tuesday February 24, 2015 in the Oswego Hospital.
Cord was born in Oswego the son of the late Anthony and Eunice (Kandt) Marino. Cord worked with the Laborers Local #214, and # 633 until his retirement in 2005. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and mostly spending time with his family and friends vacationing in Florida with the “click.” Cord is survived by his wife of 45 years Brenda (Conzone) Marino; their children Melissa (Brian Bordon) Marino Clary, Michelle (Bob) Garafolo, Daniel “Michael” Marino all of Oswego; his loving grandchildren Morgan, Megan, Cameron, Lauren, Lacey, and Grace. In addition he is survived by his brothers Robert (Sherry) Marino, Tom (Bonnie) Marino, and sisters Toni Lee Rio, and Kathy (Ronald) Hyde, all of Oswego.
Funeral services were Friday at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home and St. Joseph Church. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Richard P. Bateman

Bateman001 (1)Richard P. Bateman Sr., 82, a resident of Fulton, passed away February 21, 2015 at St. Luke Health Services.
Born in Oswego, he was the son of the late Joseph and Viola (McMann) Bateman.
Richard was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during the Korean War.
He lived in Alaska for 45 years. He loved racing cars and snow machines in Alaska. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion.
Surviving is his wife of 41 years, Isabell (Taber) Bateman; son, Richard (Donna) Bateman Jr. of California; stepdaughter, Deborah (Donald) Morgan of Hannibal; two stepsons, David (Joyce) Andrews of Alaska and Dan Andrews of Florida; two brothers, Maurice Bateman of Cicero and Howard Bateman of South Carolina; three sisters, Marlene Woodmancy of Fulton, Gail Jodway of Maine, and Peggy Wheeler of Oswego; 12 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and his loving cat, Morgan.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Sharon Bateman and Faye Wallace.
Funeral Services will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, February 28 at Nelson Funeral Home. Spring Burial will be in Peck’s Cemetery.
Calling hours are from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service, at 11 W. Albany Street, Oswego.
Donations may be made to the Oswego County SPCA, PO Box 442, Fulton, NY 13069.
Nelson Funeral Home has care of arrangements.

Ruth Eleanor Hackett Kitney

Kitney OBRuth H. Kitney passed away at home on Friday, February 13 at age 103. She was a lifelong resident of Fulton.

Ruth was born on June 21, 1911, the first of five children born to Marion Helen Gomon Hackett and William George Hackett of Fulton. Her four brothers and sisters predeceased her.

Ruth went to Fulton schools and then attended the Oswego Normal School where she trained to become an elementary school teacher. She first taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Ira, N.Y. in 1930. For most of her career she taught third grade at Erie Street School in Fulton, retiring in 1969 after teaching for more than 30 years.

Ruth married Henry W. Kitney of Fulton in 1934. They were married for 57 years, until Henry’s death in 1991. Ruth and Henry had three children, Brian (Sharon), Bruce (Karen) and Barbara (Larry) Terpening. Ruth was proud to count 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren in her large and beloved family. Her grandchildren include: Kim Blake, Maureen Tetro, Todd Terpening, Jill Cali, Ryan Terpening, Allyson Becker, Elizabeth Kitney, Katherine Kitney-Hayes, Brian Kitney, Kelly Kitney, Sheri Finnigan and Krystal Kitney.

Ruth and Henry enjoyed travel and were fortunate to visit many parts of the United States. They traveled several times to Europe and even took a tour of Iceland.

Ruth was a talented artist, floral arranger and seamstress. She gave sewing lessons for years and was well known for the beautiful quilts she made for family and friends. Over the years she made many quilts for the Lee Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary Cracker Barrel Fair and she and other members of the Bessie Rich Circle of the State Street United Methodist Church made more than 100 hand-pieced quilts to sell in the annual Church Rummage Sales.

Ruth’s faith was strong and abiding. She was a member of the State Street United Methodist Church for over 65 years. She was also a member of the Fulton Decorator Club, the Arrowhead Garden Club, the Fulton Women’s Club, the Retired Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, and was a founding board member of the Oswego County Visually Impaired Group. Although she lost her sight more than 20 years ago she very much enjoyed listening to books on tape and discussing them at the Visually Impaired Book Club.

In 2012, at age 101, Ruth wrote and published a book-length memoir about her life in Fulton. She dedicated her book to “Everyone who has loved me as an infant, a child and an adult. I treasure my memories of you.” All those who knew Ruth will truly treasure their memories of her.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, February 17 at State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton. Spring burial will be at Mt. Adnah Cemetery. Calling hours were Monday, February 16 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Contributions may be made to the State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton, 13069 or to the Oswego County Visually Impaired Group, c/o Ms. Laura Smith, President, 100 Rochester St., Apt. 1104, Fulton, 13069.

Christopher D. “Pedro” Horrell

Horrell OBChristopher D. “Pedro” Horrell died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 14, 2015. He was born on September 5, 1980 to Doris LeFever and Paul Horrell. Chris attended Phoenix and Hannibal Schools. He had worked at various construction jobs and was a lifelong Bronco fan. He is survived by his parents; grandmother, Louise L. Finch; daughter, Daphne Jackson and her mother, Christine; four brothers, Tony and Shane Brock and Ryan and Nicholas Horrell; former stepmother, Linda Rogers and present stepmother, Joanne Horrell. His is going to be missed by his beloved dog, Izzy. Calling hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Chris can be made to your local animal shelter.

Luis M. Santos DeCastro

Luis M. Santos Decastro, 66, of Oswego died Wednesday February 11, 2015, in St. Joseph Hospital after a courageous battle with a rare degenerative disease. His strength and positive outlook throughout his life were a true inspiration for his family. Luis was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has been a resident of Oswego for over 20 years. Luis was a barber in Puerto Rico, and later worked in auxiliary services at SUNY Oswego. He is survived by his loving family, children Ivelisse Santos Ridriguez of Mass., Kasia (John) Johnson of Fulton, Andrew Dziedzic of Hannibal, Danny Ruiz of Texas, his mother Ramonita Vazquez of Mass., and his partner Michele Dziedzic of Oswego. In addition he is survived by his loving grandchildren Haiden, Grant and Jackson. Services and burial are private. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego.

Andrew Arthur Griffin

Andrew Arthur Griffin, 70, of Springfield, Mo., passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015. He was born January 18, 1945, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Andrew and Anna Griffin.

Andy is survived by his wife, Lorraine (Brown) Fuller-Griffin formerly of Fulton, N.Y.; stepson, James Fuller and wife Marrissa; and a host of friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 26, 2015, in the Salvation Army Chapel, 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, MO 65802. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, Springfield, Mo.

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