Ferdinand “Fred” Squitieri, 86 of Minetto died Friday September 6, 2019, peacefully at home with his family by his side. Mr. Squitieri was born in NY, NY the son of the late Anthony and Alvira (Pastena) Squitieri. Mr.Squitieri has been a resident of the Oswego area for most of his life. He was a member of the IBEW Local # 43 for over fifty years. He was an electrician at the International Paper, Oswego for many years before his retirement. He was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus Council # 227. Fred enjoyed drawing, painting art work, carpentry, fixing things and most of all he had a great sense of humor. Above all he loved spending time with his family. Fred is survived by his wife of fifty – eight years Patricia “Pat” Familo Squitieri of Minetto, and their children Selene Squitieri of FL, Anthony (Roz) Squitieri of Camillus, Timothy (Sandrine) Squitieri of Fl, his grandchildren Cassidy Squitieri and F. Austen Squitieri. He is also survived by his siblings Annette DeCare of Syracuse, Al (Anne) Squitieri of Fulton, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his siblings Hope D’Agostino, and Rose DeRenna. Funeral services will be held Wednesday 10:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Minetto. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be conducted Tuesday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Sugar Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th St. Oswego
September 3, 2019
Samuel Distin, 84; of Volney passed away at University Hospital, Syracuse due to the injuries sustained from a fire in the family home a month ago. He was born in Fulton, NY to the late Delos and Serena (Sherman) Distin. Mr. Distin was resident for all of his life. He was a United States Veteran having served in the Army during the Korean War. Mr. Distin was past employed with Nestles, Fulton for 16 years and retired in 1993 from Alcan, Scriba. He was a devoted Christian and a member of the Landmark Church, FL., and Fellowship Baptist Church, Parish. Mr. Distin enjoyed traveling to Florida and was an avid Yankee fan. He was a family man who was most happy when he was spending time with his family. He was pre-deceased by his siblings Joyce Wright and Don Distin. Mr. Distin is survived by his devoted wife of 61 years Marlene Distin of Volney, their 4 children: Steven (Paula) Distin of Volney, Brad (Laurie) Distin of NC, Barry (Tymberly) Distin of OH, Serena (Andy) Shepard of Volney, his brother Milton Distin of FL, 12 grandchildren: Craig Distin Gregory Distin, Ashlee Hannon, Brad Distin Jr., Rachel Distin, Bryan Distin, Matthew Disitin, Joshua Distin, Amanda Distin, Nicole Shepard, Justin Shepard, Jared Shepard, 7 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Saturday with a Funeral Service to follow at 2:00 PM at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton with Pastor Joe Mann officiating. Burial will be held in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Volney.
September 2, 2019
Donald “Butch” Kunzwiler, 82; of Fulton passed away peacefully Monday at Oswego Hospital, Oswego after a long illness. He was born in Oswego, NY to the late Wray and Antoinette Margaret (Toporowski) Kunzwiler. Donald was a longtime resident of Fulton, NY. He began his career in Lyons, NY having worked in the Education System for over 35 years as an Administrator and Principal. Mr. K. returned home and worked in the Fulton School District where he served as Principal overseeing 5 Elementary Schools and finally retiring as the Principal at Fairgrieve Elementary School in the early 90’s. Donald was the past president for the Fulton Youth Hockey and the Fulton Polish Home. He was an avid golfer and a longtime member of the Oswego Country Club. Donald had a passion for children having a well-rounded education including extracurricular activities. He loved to attend his sons’ and grandchildren’s sporting events having also volunteered many hours as a coach for baseball, football. Mr. K was a tireless mentor to numerous local children through the years. He was also an avid communicant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Minetto. Don was survived by his devoted wife of 58 years Carolyn Kunzwiler of Fulton, their sons: Jeffrey D. (Amy) Kunzwiler of Fulton, Michael K. (Mary) Kunzwiler of Oswego, 6 grandchildren: Krysten Amy, Kyle Kunzwiler, Brady Kunzwiler, Sophie Kunzwiler, Michael J. Kunzwiler, Marissa R. Kunzwiler and several nieces and nephews.
Don was predeceased by his older brothers: Robert, Floyd, and John Kunzwiler. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 AM Friday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Minetto where a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Guy Baccaro. Entombment will follow in All Saint’s Mausoleum, St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oswego. Calling hours will be conducted 4:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton. In light of Don’s lifelong dedication to education the family has requested that in lieu of flowers to please consider bringing school supplies that could be distributed in honor of Don throughout the community.
August 23, 2019
Tammy L. Taranto, 57; of Fulton passed away Friday at Van Duyn Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, Syracuse, NY after a brief illness. Tammy was born in Syracuse; NY and she has been a resident of Fulton for most of her life. She was past employed as a security guard. Tammy is survived by her daughter Jessica Grimes of Fulton, her mother Thelma Fitzgerald of Baldwinsville; Longtime Companion: Robert Elmer of Fulton, 3 siblings: Samuel (Tracy) Grimes III of NJ; Lisa Fisher of Baldwinsville, Kelly (Katrina Weeden) Fitzgerald of Baldwinsville, her nephews: Joey (Katie) Fisher, Matthew Grimes, and niece: Abigail Grimes. A Graveside Service and Burial will be conducted 9:30 AM Wednesday at Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton. There will be no calling hours. The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton has care of the arrangements.
August 21, 2019
Marjorie Guernsey, 77; of Fulton, NY passed away at St. Luke Health Services, Oswego after a long illness. She was born in Central Square, NY to the late Robert and Dorothy Ingerson. Mrs. Guernsey had been a resident of Fulton for most of her life. Mrs. Guernsey was previously employed with K-Mart and Plainville Turkey Farm. She enjoyed shopping. Mrs. Guernsey loved spending time with her family. She was pre-deceased by her husband Loren “Butch” Guernsey and their three children: Ricky Guernsey, Christine Guernsey, and Loren “Butch” Guernsey Jr. Mrs. Guernsey is survived by her children: Teresa Guernsey of Fulton, Marjorie (Kevin) Hines of NC, April Forsythe of Oswego, Berton (Brenda) Guernsey of NC, Colleen Guernsey of Fulton, Loren B. (Laura) Guernsey III of Westbury, NY and Floyd (Holly Hines) Guernsey of Mexico, NY, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. A Graveside Service will be held 3:00 PM Wednesday at Jacksonville Cemetery, Lysander. There will be no calling hours. The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton has care of the arrangements.
James J. (Jim} Ruggio, 90, of Liverpool, NY, and previously from Oswego, NY died peacefully at the VA Hospital, Syracuse, Monday August 19, 2019. Jim was predeceased by his parents, Vita and Frank Ruggia of Oswego, and 7 brothers: Carmen, Anthony, Joseph, William, Alfred, and infant brothers Joseph and William. He is survived by his 5 children, David (Carol) Ruggio; Michael (Kathy) Ruggio; Karen (Ashwin) Amanna; Steven (Zhao xia) Ruggio; Debra Ruggio. Jim is also survived by his sister Frances Enwright; 12 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. Jim served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, and he was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. Jim was an usher and longtime volunteer at St. Joseph’s Church, where he was a very devout Catholic and family man. A Memorial Mass will be held Christ the Good Shepherd at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Oswego, NY. at 9:00 AM Friday August 23, 2019. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. 4th St. Oswego. A special thank you goes to his former wife Theresa and her husband Bob Domachowski, who provided care for Jim in their home. A special thank you also goes to the VA Hospital, Syracuse for all their care and support. Contributions may be sent to The VA Hospital, 800 Irving Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210.
Randy Witteman, 34, of Oswego died Sunday August 18, 2019 after a sudden attack. He was born in Greeley, Colorado. He was a resident of Cicero, NY where he was a graduate of CNS High School. Randy has been a resident of Fulton and Oswego for the past seven years. He enjoyed spending time with his children and playing video games. Randy is survived by his girlfriend Ashley Allen and their children Dante, and Alecia all of Oswego, he is also survived by many friends. Randy was predeceased by his foster parents Malcolm and Lorraine Witteman of Cicero. Calling hours will be Monday August 26, 2019 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM with a prayer service at 5:30 PM at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego.
August 17, 2019
David A. Hehir, 79; a former longtime resident of Cape Coral, Florida and recent resident of Fulton passed away in University Hospital, Syracuse Saturday evening. He was born in Rochester, NY to the late Benson and Florawce (Wager) Hehir. Mr., Hehir retired from Allied Van Line, Brockport, NY after several years of employment. He is survived by his wife of 20 years Alice Fulkerson of Fulton, 2 children: Glenn Johnson of FL, and Wendy Swarzella of CO, his brother and sister-in-law: Gordon and Camella Hehir of Fairport, NY, 2 grandsons: Garret Blake Johnson , and Harrison Gage Johnson and several nieces and nephews. Burial will be held privately. There will be no funeral service. The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton has care of the arrangements.
August 6, 2019
Evelyn A. Copps, 88; of Oswego passed away peacefully at Bishop Commons, Oswego. She was born in Oswego, NY to the late Karl and Marion (Saladin) Knuth. Mrs. Copps remained a lifetime resident of Oswego. She was a longtime past communicant of St. Mary’s Church, Oswego. Mrs. Copps had been an active volunteer with the Human Concern Center for over 20 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her family as a devoted wife and mother. Mrs. Copps was pre-deceased by her husband Kenneth C. Copps in 2002. She is survived by her 2 sons and daughters-in-laws: Carl and Anne Copps of Clifton Park, NY and Charles and Betsy Copps of Fulton; 4 grandchildren: Casey (Jeffrey) DiPaola, Heather (John Meglino) Copps, Kenny (Ashley) Copps, Auger Copps; 2 great grandchildren: Evan and Corey DiPaola and several nieces and nephews. The family extends their deep gratitude to the staff and residents of Bishop Commons for making her final years comfortable and happy. A Calling Hour will be conducted 11:00 to Noon Saturday at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th St., Oswego followed with a prayer by her son Pastor Charles Copps. Burial and committal service will immediately follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oswego. Donations may be made in honor of Evelyn to the Human Concerns Center, 85 E. 4th St., Oswego, NY 13126.
August 2, 2019
Carol Tamburo Wallace, of Fulton passed peacefully on Friday, August 2, 2019 at Oswego Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Carol was born April 23, 1939 in Auburn, NY to the late Samuel and Carmela (Daloia) Tamburo. She had a magnetic personality, a quick wit, and loved to have fun. She was the matriarch of her large and close-knit family, including the many dear life-long friends that she considered family. Carol graduated from Auburn East High School, Eastman School of Dental Hygiene, and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree at SUNY Cortland. She also earned her Advanced Certificate at SUNY Oswego in Elementary Education. Carol was employed by the Fulton City School District as a Dental Hygiene Teacher and later as a Substitute Teacher. She served as President and Vice President of the NYS Dental Hygiene Teacher Association. Carol was also a member of the Fulton Teachers Association and the New York State Teacher Retirement System. Her job at Lanigan Elementary led her to meet Floyd Wallace, who became her loving husband of 54 years. They were married April 24, 1965 and together they had four children that Carol devoted her life to raising: Daniel (Francia) Wallace of Ithaca, NY; Cheryl (Anthony) Vilardo of Niagara Falls, NY; Michelle (Bob) Briggs of Fulton and David (Jackie) Wallace of Baldwinsville, NY. While making the choice to stay home and raise her children, Carol was an active member of the Fulton community. She served for many years on the Fulton YMCA Board of Directors. She was also involved in the Fulton Friends of the Library, Fulton Women’s Club, Fulton Historical Society, and the Fulton Athletic Booster Club. Carol was a past communicant of Holy Family Parish, Fulton and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Minetto. Carol loved to travel, visiting Europe, Mexico, cruising the Caribbean, spending winters in Florida and frequenting the casinos of the Northeast. Carol’s other hobbies included shopping (she loved a good deal,) practicing yoga, and hosting parties. Carol was the kind of grandmother every child should have. She adored her eight grandchildren: Carlos and Owen Wallace, Carmella and Katie Vilardo, Robert and Claire Briggs and Jay and Lauren Wallace. They all adored her right back and Carol was also thrilled to hear that she had a ninth grandchild on the way, due in January 2020. In addition to her husband, children and grandchildren, Carol is survived by her dear sister Marlene Tamburo and brother Samuel Tamburo both of Auburn, NY. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws; all of whom loved Carol dearly. A Funeral Service will be held 9:45 am Tuesday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Minetto where a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. John Canorro. Burial will be held privately in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Auburn, NY. Calling Hours will be conducted 4:00 to 7:00 PM Monday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Carol to the Children’s Room of the Fulton Library: 106 S. 1st St., Fulton, NY 13069, where she loved bringing her grandchildren, the Fulton YMCA Scholarship Program: 715 W. Broadway, Fulton, NY 13069 or the Fulton Athletic Booster Club: C/O Lisa Greene, 362 Park St. Fulton, NY 13069.