Barbara E. Devendorf, passionate about playing bridge

Barbara E. Devendorf passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at the age of 85.

She was born Jan. 22, 1928 in East Syracuse, N.Y., to the late Martin and Lucy Lawler.

She was employed for many years as an office manager in the medical field in New York, but had made her home here in The Plantation since 1992.

Barbara enjoyed golfing, but her true passion was playing bridge.

She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Paul Devendorf, of Leesburg; one son, Douglas (Jean) Devendorf of Fulton, N.Y.; two daughters-in-law, Sandra and Vicki Devendorf; five grandchildren, Wayne, Neil and Ian Devendorf and Jimmy and Justin Keller; and one great-granddaughter, Katie Ann Devendorf.

Barbara is also survived by a brother, Richard (Joy) Lawler of Zephyrhills, Fla.; and four sisters; Jeanne (Herbert) Bills of Port Orange, Fla., Vivian (Glenn) Cooper of Pennellville, N.Y., Mary Lou (Edward) Brown of Phoenix, N.Y., and Jacqueline (Carl) Caltabiano of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; a sister-in-law Jean Lawler, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Wayne and Richard Devendorf, and a brother; Martin Lawler Jr.

A memorial service for Barbara will be held in the Page-Theus Funeral Home in Leesburg, Fla. at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 14. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 12:30 p.m. Tuesday until the time of services.

Burial will take place at a later date in Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton, N.Y.

Memorials in Barbara’s honor may be directed to the Cornerstone Hospice, Tavares, Fla.

Juanita Dobbin VanLinder, worked at Mimi’s

Juanita Dobbin VanLinder, 101, of Fulton, died Monday Jan. 6 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

Juanita was a homemaker and worked at Mimi’s Drive Inn as a light cleaner for 30 years, retiring in 2004. She was an animal caretaker and was known to take in stray animals.

Juanita was predeceased by her husband, Byron A. VanLinder in 1966; her daughters, Nancy VanLinder in 1947, Merlin Townsend in 1997 and Sally Leubner in 2013; two sons, Lee VanLinder in 2010 and Carl VanLinder in 2012.

She is survived by two daughters, Patti (Rodney) Leubner of Aurora and Irene Hall of Oswego; 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

There are no calling hours. Graveside services will be in the spring at Jacksonville Cemetery, Lysander.

Contributions may be made to the Oswego County Humane Society, 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY 13126. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Mary F. McCann, worked at Sealright for 39 years

Mary F. McCann, 89, of Volney, died Friday Jan. 3, 2014, in the Oswego Hospital.

Mrs. McCann was born in Scriba, the daughter of the late Leon and Eva Bartlett.

She retired from Sealright Corp. as a machine operator after 39 years of service.

Mrs. McCann was a member of the Volney Seniors.

She is predeceased by her sons, Norman and Gerald Grant, and her brother Earl James Monroe.

Mrs. McCann is survived by her husband of 57 years, Brindsley O. McCann of Volney; her brother Ross Bartlett of Fulton; sister, Jane Daniels of Fulton; four grandsons Gary, Jerry, James, Tim; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Jan. 6 at the Sugar Funeral Home Inc., with the Rev. George Wurz.

Spring burial will be in New Haven Cemetery.

Calling hours were Jan. 5 at the funeral home, 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

Sandie Szatanek, registered nurse at Upstate

Sandie Szatanek, 66, of Baldwinsville, went home to her eternal father Monday, Jan. 6 with her family by her side.

She was a registered nurse at SUNY Upstate for more than 30 years and retired in 2004.

Sandie was a loving and caring wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and grandmother.

She was a communicant of Pope John XXIII Church in Liverpool.

She was predeceased by her mother and father, Georgia and John Wallace, Sr.; brothers, Louis Wallace and Jesse Wallace and sister, Jean Keeney.

Sandie leaves behind a lifetime of joy and memories which will continue to be celebrated by her husband, Frank; children, Denise (Todd) Moorhead, Pamela Szatanek, Douglas (Allison) Szatanek and Steven Szatanek; as well as five grandchildren, Conner, Maegen, Emma, Adyson and Nathan.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday Jan. 9 Pope John XXIII Church, 8290 Soule Road, Liverpool, with burial at Assumption Cemetery. Calling hours were Wednesday Jan. 8 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Rescue Mission, 120 Gifford St., Syracuse, 13202 or Hospice of CNY, 990 Seventh North St., Liverpool, 13088.

Gerry Vivlemore, had strong faith in God

Gerry Vivlemore, 71, of Scriba passed away Dec. 24, 2013, in Las Vegas, en route to visit her father.

Born in Syracuse in October 1942, she grew up in the Oswego area. A 1960 graduate of Bishop Cunningham High School, she had a strong faith in God that carried her through life.

She loved life and each member of her family; she will be missed by all who knew her, aloha for now.

She is survived by husband of 36 years Raymond; her children, Tina (Jeff) Henkiel of Vestal, Jim (Sue) Toy, Ken (Carolyn) Toy, both of Oswego, and Ray Vivlemore III of Auburn, and Christa VanWie of Mexico.

She is also survived by her father, John (Anita) Fragale of Arizona; and brothers John ‘Boo’ of Arizona, Tom of Nevada; sisters, Pat (Steve) Burch of Oswego and Michelle (Scott) Burgess of Texas; 11 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter; two aunts; an uncle; cousins; several nieces and nephews.

Gerry was predeceased by her mother, Francene Fragale of Oswego.

Gerry’s family wishes to give a very special thank you to the staff of University Physicians Oswego Oncology.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Per Gerry’s wishes there are no calling hours.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today — Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 — at St. Joseph Church, Oswego, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Gregory Kreinheder.

The Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego, is in care of the arrangements.

Cheri Sidman, longtime bookkeeper

Cheri Sidman, 66, of Hannibal, passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Syracuse, she lived in Baldwinsville and was a graduate of C.W. Baker High School before moving to Hannibal.

Cheri retired from OVIA/Streeter & VanSanford Insurance as the office manager after many years of service and was a professional bookkeeper.

She was a member of Hannibal Center United Methodist Church where she was bookkeeper and Hannibal Center Cemetery as bookkeeper and board member.

Cheri was a member of the Fulton Art Guild and was a painter in oils, watercolors and charcoals.

She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and photography.

Cheri was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Betty Reid and twin grandchildren, Jenna and Elaina Sidman.

Surviving are her husband of 35 years, Lee Sidman of Hannibal; three children, Alesia Byers of Titusville, FL, Casey Ware of Bradenton, FL and Arthur (Amy) Sidman of Hannibal; grandchildren, Sidney, Mallory, Kaleb and Caden; three siblings, Robert (Colleen) Reid of North Syracuse, Mark Reid of Brewerton and Debbie (Harry) Moffat of Pennellville as well as many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Thursday, Jan. 9, at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Services followed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hannibal Center United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, c/o Diane Whitcomb, 531 County Route 21, Hannibal, NY, 13074.

Real estate group donates to homeless youth program

The Oswego County Board of Realtors® recently presented Karen Merrill, coordinator of Oswego County Opportunities’ PATH program with a check in support of the programs’ efforts of helping area youth. Each year, the Oswego County Board of Realtors® organizes a fundraiser for the PATH program.

“Our members open their hearts and their pocketbooks to support the PATH Program,” said Gene Friske, Executive Officer of the Oswego County Board of Realtors®.

“We are happy to be able to assist such a worthwhile endeavor as OCO’s PATH program and I am pleased to say that our support has increased steadily over the years,” Friske added.

Established in 1991, OCO’s PATH program has provided hundreds of homeless youth with transitional independent living services and helped them become contributing members of society.

This year, the program was awarded another 5-year grant from the federal government to continue to provide services to the homeless youth of Oswego County.

“The donations we receive from caring organizations such as the Oswego County Board of Realtors® helped us provide youth in the PATH program with a little something special at Christmas such as food, clothing, and some gifts, many times these gifts are the only ones these youth receive.,” Merrill said.

“The homeless youth population is a very misunderstood and many times, unjustly criticized population,” added Merrill.  “PATH helps youth realize there are members of the community and that their community supports them and acknowledges the positive things they are doing to better themselves.”

Those interested in learning more about the PATH program may contact Karen Merrill at OCO’s Crisis & Development Services office, 598-6664, ext. 1708.

Birdlebough grads discuss gender stereotypes, healthy relationships

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Two John C. Birdlebough graduates returned to the Phoenix Central School District as educators this week, promoting healthy relationships and discussing gender stereotypes.

The 2002 graduates, Megan Bittel, an educator with Oswego County Opportunities’ Services to Aid Families program, and Colleen Saxby, community development manager with the Girl Scouts, led discussions with middle school students in Joe Adams’ health classes.

Divided into two groups – one for boys and one for girls – the educators addressed a variety of social and relationship issues that commonly lead to bullying.

“We are working to identify gender stereotypes and hoping they can break these stereotypes through education,” Bittel said.

“We teach acceptance of others, we should be aware of things that affect bullying so we can put an end to it.”

The group of boys talked about the adjectives that describe what society believes a man should be, the misconceptions that still exist in regard to male and female roles, and the judgment that teens often face from their peers if they don’t possess “typical” male traits.

“The reality is that boys and men who don’t fit neatly into these stereotypical categories, they’re called some pretty nasty things … sissy, wuss, wimp, girl. What message are we sending to boys when the worst thing they can be called is a girl?” Bittel asked.

“No one deserves to be called names because they don’t fit into this teeny, tiny box society expects them to,” she said.

Both Bittel and Saxby also discussed the importance of healthy relationships, from friendships to dating. Topics included dating violence and age of consent.

“This program teaches students what a healthy relationship looks like,” Saxby said. “It gives them a sense of self.”

The educational initiative spanned several days, with five classes participating in two sessions each.

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