Anthony L. “Tony” Meucci, World War II veteran

Anthony L. “Tony” Meucci, 94, of Parkrose Estates, Liverpool, NY, and formerly of Yarmouth, Maine passed away Monday, March 24 after a brief illness.

He was born June 26, 1919 in Boston, Mass. and was a graduate of Bangor High School and the University of Southern Maine.

Tony and his late wife, Mary, met while in the Army at Camp Campbell, Kentucky and were married in 1943. They both served in Europe during World War II.

Following the war, Tony worked at Great Northern Paper Co. in Millinockett, Maine from 1953 until 1963. In 1965, the Meucci family moved to Yarmouth, Maine where he lived until 2007.

He retired in 1981 from the State of Maine where he worked as the business manager at both the Pineland Hospital and Maine Correctional Center.

Tony and Mary enjoyed travelling across the U.S. and into Canada with their camping trailer; he also enjoyed saltwater fishing in Casco Bay and the Royal River.

Tony is predeceased by his wife, Mary, who died in 1995; a brother, William, who died in 2013 and by a sister, Mary MacDonald.

He is survived by a son, Tom (Karen) Meucci of Baldwinsville, NY; a sister, Lee Bond of Baldwinsville, NY; a brother, Louis Meucci of Roseville, CA; two grandchildren, Sarah and Anthony “Greg” Meucci.

Tony will be buried alongside his beloved wife, Mary, at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta, Maine.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Meucci may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057 or to the Veterans Memorial Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 942, Augusta, ME 04332.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Sharon Elizabeth Martin, owned Shannon’s Hot Dogs

Sharon Elizabeth Martin, 71, of Fulton, died Wednesday, March 26 at Maytown Manor Inc., Florida after a long illness.

She was born in Syracuse, NY to the late Francis P. and Verna May (Lyke) Fitzgerald.

Mrs. Martin has been a lifetime resident of Fulton and enjoyed traveling to Florida during the winter months.

She owned and operated Shannon’s Hot Dogs, Fulton, for 20 years. Mrs. Martin enjoyed crafting and cross stitch. She was also an avid reader and gardener.

Mrs. Martin is survived by her husband of 50 years, Frederick Stephen Martin, Sr., of Fulton; their children, Frederick Stephen Martin, Jr., of Fulton, Shannon Marie (Joel) Cordone of Hastings, NY, Stephanie Mary Czirr of Albuquerque, N.M., Sara Margaret (Peter) Pascale of Kingston, N.J.; four siblings, Patricia A. Fitzgerald of Cicero, NY, Kay M. Roemer of Naperville, IL., Barbara M. Williams of Grow City, OH, Michele F. Betts of Clay, NY; four grandchildren,  Jeffrey P. Martin, Megan M. Cordone, and twins Alexander J. and Kayla M. Cordone.

Funeral services were Monday March 31 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc. and at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Rev. Jerome Amaechi.

Burial will be held in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours were Sunday March 30 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

The family would like to thank the Hospice workers for their loving care and gentle manner and they would encourage in lieu of flowers donations be made in Sharon’s honor to the Halifax Health Hospice,  3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL, 32129.

Timothy Lee Cughan, graduate of Bodley and SUNY Oswego

Timothy Lee Cughan (exited stage right) Sunday (March 16) at 3:30 p.m. after a seven-day stay at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa, OK.

Tim was born June 5, 1956 in Rochester, NY. At the age of 23 1/2 months, he was adopted by Victor and Marjorie Cughan in May of 1958.

Later, when Tim was four years old, he chose his baby sister on June 16, 1960 and Victor and Marjorie adopted her.

Tim graduated from G. Ray Bodley High School in 1975. Upon graduating, Tim attended Oswego State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in art and criminal justice.

He later moved to Tulsa, OK and attended Oral Roberts University to study biblical history.

It was later when working as a security officer that he met his wife, Ann Hoppe. Time and Ann were married July 10, 2001. At that time, they made their home in Deltona, Fla., where he continued his work as a security officer.

In December of 2013, Tim and Ann moved back to Tulsa. It was then that Tim began to have more health problems, first becoming blind then having a massive stroke that lead to his leaving us to be with Jesus.

Tim is predeceased in death by his parents, Victor and Marjorie Cughan, Onia and Betty Rosson, Melonie Kay Rosson, Steve Case, Wayne Rosson and Theresa Rosson.

Tim is survived by his wife, Ann Cughan at home; one sister, Victoria (Cughan) Merkley and husband John of Fulton, NY; stepchildren David Allen Hoppe and wife Bettie of Muskogee, Deanna Hoppe of Iowa and Tim Hoppe and wife Alisha of Dewey; one niece Eileen Griffin and husband Brian of Baldwinsville, NY; one nephew Eric Merkley and wife Amanda; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one God daugher Haley Putman of Bixby, OK; and a host of family and friends from New York to Florida and back to Oklahoma.

Family visitation was Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Smith Funeral Chapel, 1208 S. Main St., Sapulpa, OK. Funeral services were held Friday, March 21, 2014 at Westside FW Baptist Church, 1403 S. Cheyenne Road, Sapulpa, OK 74066.

Funeral services are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, 1208 S. Main St., Sapulpa, OK.

Louisa Parry, retired from GE

Louisa R. Parry, 91, of North Syracuse, formerly of Zephyrhills, Florida passed away Thursday, March 27 at Malta House.

She was born in Sterling, a daughter to the late John Henry and Lena Belle Switzer and lived most of her life in Sterling.

Louisa retired from General Electric where she worked for more than 20 years. After her retirement, Louisa and her husband moved to Zephyrhills, where she was a longtime volunteer at the Pasco Regional Medical Center.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, George Parry, Sr., who died in May 1994, and by a daughter, Bonnie Lou LeBlanc.

Louisa is survived by six children, George Parry, Jr., Brenda Smith, John Parry, Barbara Barber, Roger Parry and Michael Parry; 16 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

There are no calling hours. Graveside services will be in the spring at Springbrook Cemetery in Sterling.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements. Contributions in memory of Mrs. Parry may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Esther Rogers, co-owned Lower Falls Liquor Store

Esther L. Rogers, 97, of Fulton, passed away surrounded by her family on Thursday, March 27 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

Born in Canastota, Esther lived in Oneida before moving to Fulton in 1961.

She co-owned Lower Falls Liquor Store in Fulton with her husband, Harley, in the 1960s.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harley F. Rogers in 1992 and by a sister, Doris Wishart and two brothers, Richard Wishart and Leon Reising.

Surviving are: a son, Harley “Tom” (Sue) Rogers of Leoma, TN; two daughters, Peggy  (Bob) Cushman of  Oneida and Debbie (Paul) Foster of Fulton; a brother, Don Reising of Blossvale; nine grandchildren, Mike  (Diane) Cushman, Sue  (Frederick) Stefanik, Valerie (Beth Curry) Cushman, Tim (Tina) Cushman, Chris Cushman, Kim (Neil) DiSpirito, Karen Vanderwalker, Kim (Kelly) Leroux and Dennis (Brea) Goss; 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours were Saturday, March 29 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services after the calling hours.

Burial will be in Vienna Cemetery, McConnellsville, NY at a later date.

Contributions may be made to Oneida Fire Benevolent Association, 109 N. Main St., Oneida, NY 13421 or Michaud Residential Health Services, 453 Park St., Fulton, NY 13069.

Make your own Easter basket April 7

A tisket a tasket, design your very own Easter Basket.

Lakeside Artisans’ fabric artist, Kathy Fenlon, is offering an Easter Basket class from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 7 at Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Canal Commons in Oswego.

Students will design and decorate their own Easter basket. Fenlon will take home the decorated outside and finish the basket for students to pick up by April 13.

For those students who want to finish their own, directions for finishing the basket will be provided.

All materials and supplies will also be provided. If students have decorative trims they would like to use to add individual creative flourishes, they may bring them.

The class fee is $45, with the $10 registration deposit included.

For information about registering for the class, please contact Lakeside Artisans at 342-8880, lakesideartisans@gmail.com or visit us on facebook or our website, www.lakesideartisans.com .

Poetry Corner, by Jim Farfaglia

Sensing Spring, by Jim Farfaglia

Mother Nature has entered

a Crayola Crayon contest

and wins first prize

for best new shade of green.

She calls it “Springtacular.”

Mr. Skunk has returned,

leaving behind his calling card;

I find myself almost grateful

to smell something other than

the dead of winter.

The earth sings again:

my backyard a concert hall,

its icy demeanor warming,

the gurgle of melting snow

murmuring a pleasant melody.

Crocuses pop up everywhere,

like raised hairs on the arm

of an excited world.

I brush their tops

and I bristle, too.

The kale has wintered over.

I strip off a leaf or two

and chew:

Fine dining at the local café,

reopened for the season.

SUNY Oswego students present art at Quest

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

David Owens, a SUNY Oswego junior fine arts major, will present his work-in-progress, “Twelve in Oswego: An Artistic Interpretation of Time and Place,” April 9 at the college’s Quest symposium.

For every month of the year, Owens finds an ideal location to photograph a place in the city of Oswego and creates paintings based on the photos.

His goal is to get people to see his process and understand his work, as well as to think about the environment of the city and how it transforms month after month.

Owens will display and talk about the paintings he has completed and his project at Quest, the college’s daylong celebration of scholarship and creativity.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

The artist hopes to turn these paintings into a 12-month calendar once he is finished.

“I wanted to make the project relatable to people who see it and get them to understand my process,” he said.

With his camera in hand, Owens spends about two hours capturing the perfect moment for a potential piece in his artwork. He has fully completed paintings for the months of January and February, and is  finishing one for March.

Owens received a grant from the college’s Scholarly and Creative Activity Committee to assist his project. The grant helped him pay for art supplies, boards and paint that would have been much too expensive for him otherwise.

He also received the SUNY Oswego Presidential Purchase Award in 2013 and 2014 at the Juried Student Exhibition.

Opening doors

Owens is one of two students selected to represent the college in the “Innovative Exploration Forum: Undergraduate Research in New York State’s Public Higher Education System” in April at the University Faculty Senate in Albany.

His painting for the month of January also was displayed in Schweinfurth Memorial Arts Center in Auburn.

“This project has opened a lot of doors for me,” said Owens, who continuously sends his artwork to publications and regional shows.

Art faculty member Richard Metzgar mentors Owens in the development and completion of his project, and the student has appreciated the teacher’s efforts.

“He’s invaluable,” Owens said. “His professional work relates to mine as an artist, and he pushed me conceptually to go with this idea.”

Metzgar also helps Owens with grant applications and posters that are going to be on display.

Owens said he has always been passionate about painting and expressing himself creatively through his artwork. Along with pursuing his project, he contributes to the student-run newspaper, the Oswegonian, through cartoons, editorial illustrations and covers.

His artwork is displayed on his website, www.cargocollective.com/faidstudios.

Most of the presentations for Quest will take place in the Campus Center. Parking is free for those attending the April 9 symposium in the rear half of the lot behind Hart and Funnelle resident halls and the adjacent commuter lot.

Visit www.oswego.edu/quest for more information, including times and places for the more than 300 presentations, exhibitions and other events.

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