Lillian DeGroff: Enjoyed gardening, bingo

Lillian DeGroff, 84, of Hannibal died Aug. 18 in Pontiac Care & Rehabilitation Center, Oswego.

She was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late Edward and Hazel (White) Lasora.

She was a member of the Hannibal Fire Department Auxiliary and she enjoyed gardening and playing bingo.

Mrs. DeGroff was predeceased by her husband, Herbert DeGroff, in 1995.

She is survived by her children Richard “Doc” (Julia) DeGroff of Hannibal, Rebecca DeGroff of Hannibal, Ron (Linda) DeGroff of Fulton, Rachael (Scott) Smith of Florida, her brother Jerry White of Connecticut, grandchildren Ricky, Jeremy, Jessica, Elizabeth, Alishia, Scott Jr. and Kayla, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Aug. 22 in the Hannibal Cemetery. Calling hours were Aug. 21 at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Randy T. Seguin: Ran small engine repair shop

Randy T. Seguin, 49 of Cortland passed away Aug. 17 at home.

A native of Fulton, Randy had lived in the Cortland area for several years. He owned and operated a small engine repair shop for several years and was an avid outdoorsman.

Randy is survived by his parents, Nancy Carr Scott and Edwin Seguin; sister, Tammy Trovato; brother, Scott Seguin; nieces and nephews.

A calling hour was Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. There are no funeral services.

Douglas “Dougie” J. Miller: Residential painter for 20 years

Douglas “Dougie” J. Miller, 39, of Fulton, died Aug. 18.

He was born in Oswego and he had been resident of San Diego for 10 years before moving back to Fulton several years ago.

He attended Herkimer Community College for two years.  Mr. Miller was a commercial and residential painter for 20 years.  He was a Junior Olympic wrestling gold medalist in Southern California, and he enjoyed playing baseball in high school.

He was still involved with the Fulton Men’s League slow pitch softball at the time of his death.  Mr. Miller also was an avid fisherman.

He is survived by his parents, Douglas I. Miller of Fulton and Jacqueline Miller of Fulton; paternal grandmother, Joann Miller of Florida, siblings  Cassandra Lawson of Fulton and Gregory Miller of Fulton; five nieces,  Brooke, Lindsay, Sydney, McKenna, Jordynn; one great-nephew,  Wesely, one great-niece,  Isabella; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and a large extended family.

Funeral Services will be 11:30 a.m. today, Aug. 24, at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Secnd St. S., Fulton, with the Rev. Stephen Wirkes officiating.  Burial will be private.

Calling hours will be 9 to 11:30 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Joan Lee Livingston: Devoted Air Force wife

Joan Lee Livingston of Burke, Va., surrounded by the love of her family, peacefully passed away Aug. 16, going home to be with the Lºord.

She was daughter of the late Lester A. Lee and Ivah Snyder Lee of Cato and sister of the late Herb Bean of Venice, Fla., and Ken Bean of State College, Pa. She was sister of Marilyn Cole of Meridian and David Lee of Cicero.

Mrs. Livingston was the devoted wife of 61 years to Robert Livingston of Burke, Va., mother of Jana Luther of Centreville, Va., David and (Bonnie) Livingston of Winchester, Va. and Raymond Livingston of Front Royal, Va. She also is survived by five grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was a 64-year member of Brutus-Cato Order of the Eastern Star chapter 86.  She was a graduate of Auburn Business School.

Mrs. Livingston enjoyed traveling as an Air Force wife, as well as volunteering as president and recording secretary for the Wives Club.

She was active as a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader, seamstress and sewing teacher, milliner and cake decorator.  She also enjoyed family traditions.

Services were held in Virginia Aug. 22.

Local services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 24 at Meridian Baptist Church, immediately followed by an Eastern Star Service and then a burial at Cato Union Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Order of the Eastern Star, Brutus-Cato chapter 86 or Capital Caring Hospice, 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, Va. 22042.

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David “DJ” Mason: Volney Fire Co. volunteer

David “DJ” Mason, 46, of Fulton, died Aug. 16. He lived all his life in the Fulton-Volney area.

DJ worked as a laborer at Fulton Springs and Gypsum Express. DJ was a loving, kind-hearted father, brother, uncle and friend.

He loved spending time with his kids, enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, camping and going to the races.

DJ also enjoyed helping his community by volunteering his free time with the Volney Volunteer Fire Department.

DJ touched the lives of many. He had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. He will truly be missed and forever be in the heart and soul of his friends and family.

DJ is survived by his three children, Tyler David Mason, Jordyn Taylor Mason and Dylan Scott Mason all of Fulton; his parents, David and Eulia Mason of Fulton; two brothers, Edward (RobbieLynn) Mason of Phoenix and Richard Mason of Hannibal; three sisters, Wendy (James) Emond of Granby, Roberta (Edward) Weldin of Fulton and Michelle Mason of Oswego; former wife, Tommi Mason of Volney; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services were Aug. 20 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions in memory of DJ may be made to the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, c/o Foundation for Upstate Medical University, 750 E. Adams St., CAB 326, Syracuse, NY 13210-9943.

Joan D. Lewis: Loved water skiing, traveling

Joan Lewis of Saratoga, Calif., passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Aug. 18.

Joan, 83, was born in Fulton, daughter of Robert Edward Dyer and Mary Gertrude Crahan.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, Robert (Bob) Lewis, her brother William Edward (Bud) Dyer and her sister, Kathleen (Tina) Dyer, both of Fulton, and her children James, Mary Schiefer (Scott), Ramon (Susan), and Rebecca Hogue (Allan) and eight grandchildren Zachary, Joanna, Dustin, Kimberly, Samantha, Nathan, Allan and Julie Anne and one great-grandchild, Leila Noelle.

Words cannot capture the spirit, grace and dignity of Joan, an amazing wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend.

She enjoyed traveling but was most satisfied at home with her husband, children and grandchildren.  Joan loved playing bridge with friends, collecting stamps, nursing, sewing, knitting, water skiing in her earlier years and snow skiing in her later years.

Her children especially love watching old 8 mm film of Joan and Bob performing in amateur water ski shows on American Lake in Tacoma, Wash., with their water ski club, the “Totem Skiers.”

One of Joan’s favorite activities was dancing with Bob.  They were always the first couple on the dance floor, and often the last couple to leave it.  Although life was hectic raising four children, they always made an effort to go on dinner dates and spend time together.  It was truly a lifelong love affair.

Joan led an accomplished and well travelled life.  She completed nursing school at Crouse-Irving Hospital in 1951 and was a licensed registered nurse in California until 1995.

Her nursing positions included Lee Memorial of Fulton; St. Francis of Lynwood, Calif.; Community Hospital of Los Gatos, Calif.; Mission Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital, San Jose, Calif.  Also, she volunteered as school nurse at Sacred Heart School in Saratoga, Calif., for several years.

Bob’s work took the two on many adventures.  During Bob’s career at Container Corp. of America, they lived in Lynwood, Calif.; Tacoma, Wash.; Carson Park, Calif.; Mexico City, Mexico; Philadelphia, Pa. and Saratoga, Calif., where they have lived under the same roof for 52 years.

During their two and a half years in Mexico, Joan embraced the Mexican culture and language, becoming fluent in speaking, writing and reading Spanish.

Joan traveled with Bob on business trips to Tokyo, Japan and Valencia, Venezuela.  One of their fondest memories was having an entire big band and dance floor to themselves at an elegant hotel Venezuela.

After Bob retired, they traveled to Ireland, Greece and Italy.  They also were  dedicated members of the “Snowball Express,” a local group who took regular day trips to the ski slopes in Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Joan was active in her church, Sacred Heart of Saratoga, Calif., serving as Eucharistic minister. She provided communion services at Saratoga Retirement Health Center for a number of years with Bob.

A funeral Mass was held Aug. 23 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Alameda Family Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

There will be a private burial for immediate family only.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to the Hospice of the Valley, San Jose, Calif.

In And Around Hannibal

Rita Hooper 706-3564

Recently Fulton First United Church sponsored Fulton Idol, a five-evening program of vocal training for young people.

Three music teachers provided the leadership and the church provided the space and refreshments and underwrote the miscellaneous costs.

The program was free for the children and included a performance and reception for family and friends. I was lucky to be a part of this program, to watch the progress of each of the gals (no boys took part although they were more than welcome) and witness their willingness to help each other.

I think the teachers and helpers gained much from the experience as well.

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Little Lukes launches DragonBoat

On Sept. 3, staff members at Little Lukes Preschool and Childcare Center will participate in the Oswego DragonBoat Festival and boat races.

Four boats containing 84 Little Lukes team members will compete in a friendly boat race.

This race is a great team-building event that brings together a group of employees from all five Little Lukes’ centers in Oswego and Onondaga counties.

The DragonBoat races are an event sponsored by the Oswego YMCA. They allow weekday teambuilding events in the DragonBoats leading up to the Sept. 7 main event.

“In this event, Little Lukes staff must both communicate and work as a team in order to efficiently row the boat and cross the finish line. Little Lukes has been participating in this event for two years, and it has been a continued success in building strong team relationships throughout the centers,” said Darci Powers, executive director at Little Lukes.

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