Earl Hofmann

February 10, 2018
Earl Hofmann, 86, of Granby, died Saturday February 10, 2018 in the Oswego Hospital. He was born in Newark, NJ the son of the late Julius and Grace (Pealo) Hofmann. He was a land developer, developing Hofmann Heights on Germandale Dr. in Granby, and a farmer where he was the recipient of the prestigious farming award, the Oswego County Top Producing Diary Herd, he also worked as truck driver for Container Corp. of Fulton. Mr. Hofmann was predeceased by his twin children Julius and Jolene Hofmann. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Eleanor (Duger) Hofmann of Granby, and children Lynn (Greg) Waloven of Hannibal, Rosemary (David) Emmons of Hannibal, Earl Dan Hofmann of Fulton, Patricia (Marc) Marino of Fulton, Tammy Brown of Fulton, and Shelley (Martin) Tomasino of Fulton, adopted son Heraldo (Barbara) Reyes, and 16 grandchildren, and twenty-nine great grandchildren. Memorial service will be conducted Tuesday 6:00 PM at the Bowens Corner Methodist Church. Burial will be private. There will be no calling hours. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar Funeral Home Inc. 224 W. 2nd. St S. Fulton, NY. The family has requested contributions may be made to Bowens Corner Methodist Church758 State Route 176, Fulton, or the Oswego County SPCA.

Jerome Richard Lass

February 6, 2018
Jerome Richard Lass, 65; formerly of Fulton passed away peacefully Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware. Born August 30, 1952 in Oswego to the late Robert and Verna Schrader Lass. He was past employed with Morrill Press, Fulton and prior to retirement he returned to automobile sales. In 2017 he and his wife moved to Wilmington, DE to be closer to their daughter and her family. He was a loving husband, father, “Papa”, son and brother. Mr. Lass was an avid golfer, loved playing baseball with his beloved grandsons or watching his favorite teams: The Yankees, and Syracuse University Basketball. He and his wife enjoyed visiting vineyards where they could enjoy the beautiful scenery. He was a man that could start a conversation up with anyone and could even make friends or find a new golf buddy in the line at the supermarket. Mr. Lass was pre-deceased by his brother Robert Lass. He is survived by his wife Patricia Foley Lass, daughter and son-in-law: Allison and Patrick Kerwin, 2 grandsons: Ethan and Lucas Kerwin, 2 granddaughters: Aislin, and Addilyn Kerwin; his sister: Bonita (Peter) Vignogna and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Funeral Service will be held at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton with Rev. Joseph Scardella officiating.

William R. Connell

February 1, 2018
William R. Connell, 93; passed peacefully surrounded by family in Summerfield, FL. His journey began on April 9, 1924 at home at 591 Delaware Ave, Syracuse, NY. He was the sixth of seven children, and he was known as Irwin “Ford” Mereau. As a toddler, the children were given over to what is now known as Elmcrest Childrens Center. He found happiness when he was adopted in 1931 by Mabel & Thomas Connell. They provided a loving home on Brampton Rd., Syracuse and he began a new life with a new name. His next moment of fortune happened at 17 when he met the love of his life, Mary Jegier, in Schenectady, NY. They married on Jan. 1, 1944 and purchased their first home in New Haven, NY, where they brought three children into the world. After starting a dry-cleaning business in Oswego, NY, they settled in Fulton, NY; where they raised their children. During their empty nest years, they built a home on Oneida Lake and spent many winters in New Smyrna, FL. They also spent many years camping and traveling the Thousand Islands, Cape Cod, the East Coast and the country. In more recent years, they resided in Hannibal, NY and Summerfield, FL. In 1979, he had the good fortune to locate and reunite with two brothers, Earl “Scotty” Mereau and Clarence Mereau as well as cousins, nieces, and nephews. Bill enjoyed many years reconnecting with them. He always had a library card and a stack of books at his side. He was a lifelong student of American History, Anthropology, and Astronomy. He was conversant with many topics of the world. Bill was a passionate student of the human condition. He believed with religious fervor that it was a privilege to live each day. Bill believed that love and God have to be the basis of the universe. He was a wise and compassionate human being. He was very proud of his family and loved them very much. He had many friends and family who loved and respected him as well. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary, with whom he celebrated their 74th anniversary on Jan. 1st. He is also survived by their three children: William R. Jr. (Carol,) of Liverpool, NY, Thomas M. (Priscilla) of Clayton, NC; and Janet M. Cuyler (Paul T.) of The Villages, FL. He has nine accomplished grandchildren, and also twenty wonderful great grandchildren. Bill was pre-deceased by his grandson: Paul T. Cuyler Jr. (13) in 1983. Services will be private and arranged by Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton. Burial is in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton, NY. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Bill requested that a Celebration of Life be conducted in the Spring so that he can oversee it from above.

Josephine A. Flood

January 30, 2018
Josephine A. Flood, 93; passed away quietly at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse after a short illness. At the time of her death, she was living in her own home in Minetto, NY of which she was very proud.
Josephine grew up and lived for many years in the Town of Granby on Honey Hill Road at her family’s farm. She attended and graduated from local schools. She was an excellent student, particularly in Mathematics. Josephine was pre-deceased by her parents Thomas L. Flood and Josephine L. Flood, a brother Timothy L. Flood, and two sisters Mary Flood and Catherine Flood. Josephine Flood worked for the Container Corporation of America in its personnel office.
She was member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fulton, NY which is now known as Holy Trinity Catholic Church, to which her family and Josephine gave generous support. Josephine was a member of Catholic Daughters Court Per LeMoyne. One of her fondest memories was traveling to Ireland with a Parish group.
She was active in Democratic politics. She served on the Democratic Committee for the Town of Granby, as well as an Election Inspector. She was one of the founding member of D.A.W.N., the Democratic Action Women’s Network.
With Catherine’s passing in 2002, the last of her immediate family, Josephine sold the farm and moved to Springside at Seneca Hill. She enjoyed the companionship of the other residents, especially her fellow Euchre players. She liked Sudoku and Solitaire, which she learned to play on the computer.
Josephine also took annual road trips with her friend, Margaret Streitenberger, in Margaret’s motorhome, along with all of their respective pets, which she always enjoyed.
After becoming ill, about four years ago, Josephine took charge and responsibility, as she always did, and purchased he home in Minetto, NY where she lived and was attended by loyal caregivers.
Her greatest joy and pleasure came from her pets. Her niece, Sandy Bomgren, often visited with her Shelties. Josephine particularly bonded with the oldest Sheltie, Mandy, who brought back many happy childhood memories of Josephine’s family dog, Lucky, an Airedale Terrier.
Josephine is survived by a nephew: Larry (Sharon) Flood, two nieces: Karen Flood Heaphy and Sandy (Eric) Flood Bomgren, as well as the extended family of her brother and sister consisting of 6 great nieces and 1 great nephew, 14 great great nieces and 7 great great nephews. Calling hours will be held Friday, February 2, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM followed by a Catholic Commemorative Service at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton conducted by Rev. Father Joseph Scardella, Pastor of Holy Trinity Church, Fulton.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Josephine’s name to Paws Across Oswego County, 1035 County Route 1, Oswego, NY 13126, to honor her love of pets.

Concetta Baldassin

January 29, 2018
Concetta Baldassin, 87; of Fulton passed away peacefully Monday at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse. She was born in Brooklyn, NY to the late Antonio and Anna (Apicella) Mamatto. She lived for most of her life in Long Island, NY and then retired to Florida for 10 years. She settled in this area about 3 ½ years ago. Mrs. Baldassin retired from the Accounts Receivable Department with Esselte Pendaflex, Garden City, NY after several years of service. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and playing BINGO. Mrs. Baldassin was especially devoted to her family and her prayer time showing special devotion to Mary and the Rosary. She was pre-deceased by her husband Louis Baldassin in 2004 and her brother Joseph Apicella. Mrs. Baldassin is survived by her four children: Donna (Robert) Light of Dallas, TX; Julie (John) Paine of South Lake, TX; Paul (Jodi) Baldassin of Satellite Beach, FL; and Carole (David) Webb of Fulton, NY, her sister: Christina D’Angelo of Plantation, FL, and 8 grandchildren. A mass of Christian Burial will be held in Florida at the convenience of the family. Burial will be held in the Florida Memorial Gardens, Florida. There will be no calling hours. The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton, NY has care of the arrangements.

Bobbie-Jo Tackman

January 28, 2018
Bobbie-Jo Tackman, 39; of Oswego passed away Sunday at Upstate Medical Center. She was born in Oswego, NY and has been a resident of this area for most of her life. Bobbie-Jo was past employed with St. Luke Health Services, Oswego and Oswego Hospital where she had worked as a Nurse’s Aide. Bobbie-Jo had also been employed as a clerk with St. Joseph’s Hospital in the Medical Records Department. Bobbie-Jo enjoyed swimming, camping, nature and anything that had to do with the outdoors. She was pre-deceased by her brother Jason Abbott. Bobbie-Jo is survived by her husband Thomas Tackman of North Syracuse, NY, 4 children: Julianne A. Zaryski of Fulton, Olivia T. Abrams of PA, Emily M. Tackman of North Syracuse, NY; Madison R. Tackman of North Syracuse, NY; her mother: Donna Abbott of Oswego, her father: Michael (Gail) Kofkee of TN, and step-father James Abbott; 4 siblings: Michaleann Crockford, Emmett Abrams, Melanie Abbott, Michael Kofkee and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton. Burial will be held privately. There will be no funeral service.

Ruth Hurlbut

January 25, 2018
Ruth Hurlbut, 97; of Fulton passed away peacefully at the Syracuse Veteran’s Administration Medical Center after a short illness. Mrs. Hurlbut was born in Oswego, NY to the late Walter and Edith (Hill) Killenbec. She was previously a resident of Florida and lived most of her life in Oswego County. Mrs. Hurlbut was a United States World War II Veteran having served in the Army Air Corp from 1944 to 1945. She was previously employed with Taggert, Oswego, Flexo Wire, Oswego and then she retired from Sealright, Co., Fulton where she worked as a Machine Operator. Mrs. Hurlbut enjoyed sewing, knitting and reading. She was pre-deceased by her husband Edward Hurlbut and son David Simons. Mrs. Hurlbut is survived by her 2 children: Lois Rhines of Fulton, and Walt (Dianne) Simons of WA, 4 grandchildren: Christopher Rhines, Rachel Doty, David (Andrea) Simons and Deborah (Tom) McGraw; 8 great grandchildren: Ben Rhines, Chris Bonnell, Liam, and Abagail Roberge, Andrew Simons, Makayla, Bodan, and Halli McGraw, great great granddaughter Isabella Breckheimer and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services and Burial will be held privately. There will be no calling hours. The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton has care of the arrangements.

John “Poke” Orr

January 24, 2018
John “Poke” Orr Sr., 77, of Oswego died Wednesday January 24, 2018 in Crouse Hospital, Syracuse. Mr. Orr was born in South March, Ontario Canada the son of the late John and Marjorie (Armstrong) Orr. He has been a resident of Oswego since 1970. Mr. Orr worked for the IBEW Locals # 328 Oswego and Local #43 Syracuse upon there merge. He worked at many different companies under the local which includes Nine Mile I and II Nuclear Power Plants, James A Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power, the Oswego Steam Station, Novelis, Miller Brewing and Budweiser. Mr. Orr is survived by his sons Gary (Rhoda) Heald of Hannibal, John (Faith Cook) Orr Jr. of Oswego, James (Valerie) Orr of Oswego, his sisters Rossie Story of Canada, Joan (Brian Richards) Orr of Canada. Mr. Orr is also survived by his grandchildren James Jr., Alexandrea, Gary, Kara, Hannah, Amy, and his great grandson Gary Jr. “Bubba”. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his siblings Sterling Orr, and Janet Ritchie. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday 6:00 PM at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego with Pastor Kit Swartz. Burial will be Canada. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM prior to the services at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego.

Margaret A. McHenry

January 21, 2018
Margaret A. McHenry, 84; of Sterling, NY passed away Sunday at Morningstar Care Center, Oswego. She was born in Astoria, NY and she had been a resident of Sterling, NY for the last 13 years. Mrs. McHenry was a devoted wife and mother. She was a past Girl Scouts’ Assistant Leader for several years, member of a Quilter’s Guild, and the Fair Haven American Legion Woman’s Auxiliary. Mrs. McHenry had been an active communicant with St. Jude Catholic Church, Fair Haven, Blessed Trinity Church, Wolcott, NY; and St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Red Creek, NY. She was pre-deceased by her parents: Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Ruf and her brother. Mrs. McHenry is survived by her husband of 60 years William McHenry of Sterling, NY and their 4 children: Patricia McHenry of PA, David (Rhonda) McHenry of MD, Sheila (Steven) Hosnander of MA, and Dianne (James) Grivner of PA, and 5 grandchildren: Michael, Steven J., Sarah, David W., and Abigail. Funeral Services and Burial will be held privately. There will be no calling hours. The Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th St, Oswego, NY has care of the arrangements.

Mary E. LaRock

January 19, 2018
Mary E. LaRock, 77; of Fulton passed away peacefully Friday at Francis House, Syracuse, NY after a long illness.  She was born to the late John and Florence (Wenman) Abbott.  Mrs. LaRock remained a life resident of Fulton.  She is survived by her husband of 58 years David F. LaRock Sr., of Fulton; their three children: David (Ginger) LaRock Jr., of TX, Denise (Larry) VanSkoik of FL, and Geneen (Jonathan) Taylor of Fulton; her brother: John (Mori) Abbott of Auburn, NY; 4 grandchildren: Tee-Jay, Lance, Zachary, and Michael; and 2 great grandchildren:  Caitlyn, and Evan.  Funeral Services and Burial will be held privately.  Donations may be made to Francis House, 108 Michaels Ave., Syracuse, NY 13208.  The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 West Second Street has care of the arrangements.