Nicasia Cerklewich

June 30, 2015
Nicasia CerklewichNicasia “ Gussie” Cerklewich, 85, of Oswego, died Tuesday June 30, 2015 in St. Luke Health Services, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Oswego the daughter of the late Samuel and Josephine (Gambino) Miceli. Mrs. Cerklewich worked for New York Telephone Company, Oswego,as an operator; and for Pontiac Nursing Home. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church, Oswego, and her faith was very important to her. Mrs. Cerklewich was predeceased by her husband Henry Cerklewich, son John Cerklewich and brothers Anthony and Matthew Miceli, sister Stephanie Miuccio. Mrs. Cerklewich was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her children Anne Thomas of Oswego, Patricia (Michael) Blackwell of Oswego; Paul (Janese) Cerklewich of Oswego; and Mary Beth Cerklewich of Oswego; ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Funeral services will be Friday 11:00 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Oswego. Calling hours will be Friday 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego. Burial will be Monday 9:00 a.m. in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

James “JP” Peter Gray Jr.

June 28, 2015
James “JP” Peter Gray Jr.James “JP” Peter Gray Jr., 43; passed away suddenly Sunday. He was born in Syracuse, NY and he was originally from Phoenix, NY and has been a resident of Fulton for 19 years. JP had worked for McLane Northeast, Baldwinsville, NY for 20 years as an Inventory Controller. He also owned and operated Gray Enterprise, Fulton. He was a loving and devoted husband and dad. He most enjoyed spending time outdoors with his children. JP was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also loved to snowmobile. He was pre-deceased by his grandparents: Adolf “Goldy” and Martha Gray and William and Gladys Hansen. James Peter was survived by his wife of 19 years: Tracey (Carioti) Gray, their sons: James Peter Gray III, and Joseph Michael Vito Gray all of Fulton, his parents James Peter (Carol) Gray Sr. of Phoenix, NY, and Gertrude (Charles) Hollenbeck of TN, 4 siblings: Sandra Gray of Mattydale, NY, Christine Spinelli of Auburn, NY, William Gray of TN, and Jayson Gray; 7 stepsiblings: Tammy, Troy, Stephen, Robbie, Cricket, Chuck, and Tony and JP’s mother and father-in-law: James and Linda Carioti and sisters-in-laws: Jennifer (Steve,) Aimee (John,) and Samantha (Seth,) and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 AM Friday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Baldwinsville, NY where a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. John Finnegan. Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours will be held 3:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton.

Teresa Marie Grasso

June 26, 2015
Teresa Marie GrassoTeresa Marie Grasso, 71, of Oswego died Friday morning in the Oswego Hospital. She was born in Oswego the daughter of the late Thomas and Marian (Cernaro) Grasso. Teresa was a graduate of Oswego High School and CCBI. She was the secretary for the Dean of Students at SUNY Oswego, for over 25 years. She was a communicant of St. Joseph Church. Teresa was a former board member with the Heart Association, and the Salvation Army. She was an environmental activist before most people knew what it was; she was a member of the Environmental Support Group, and a chair member of the CSEA. She was a proud sister of the Beta Chi Sorority. She was the life of the party and a joker at heart; she enjoyed making people laugh. Having a happy home was a priority for her and one she devoted her life too. She was happiest when the house was full. Teresa was a loving mother, grandmother, true and good sister, and a caring friend. She is survived by her children J. Scott (Patti) Tripp of Syracuse; Marianne (Steve) Thomas of AZ; her stepchildren Kim Martin Sassa of Oswego; Ken (Roshmi) Martin of Oswego; her siblings Thomas (Donna) Grasso of Rosendale; Maryann (Michael) Masuicca of Oswego; Joseph (Sue) Grasso of Westmoreland. She is also survived by her grandchildren Brandon (Andreea) Thomas; Evan Thomas; Kaziah Searles; Alexander Tripp; Angelique McDuffie; and Cassandra Martin. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, Oswego. Burial will be at a later date. Calling hours will be Monday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. 4th. St Oswego. Contributions may be made to the Oswego Salvation Army.

John Waloven

June 26, 2015
John Waloven, 91; of Fulton passed away Friday, June 26th at Oswego Hospital, Oswego NY. He was born in Fulton, NY to the late Dennis and Magda (Yacura) Waloven. Mr. Waloven has remained a lifetime resident of Fulton. He was a United States Veteran having served in the Army from 1943-1945. Mr. Waloven retired in 1986 from Sealright Co., after 43 years of service. He was a lifetime member of the Fulton VFW and a past communicant of Holy Family Church, Fulton. Mr. Waloven enjoyed performing with his
Accordion for residents of the local nursing homes. He was a past communicant and council member of Our Lady of the Rosary, Hannibal. He and his wife Shirley were avid volunteers and successfully chaired Our Lady of the Rosary Chicken and Biscuit Dinner committee for several years. They were also longtime communicants of Holy Trinity Church, Fulton and most recently Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Minetto. He is survived by his wife of 36 years Shirley Waloven of Fulton, 3 children: John Waloven Jr., of Oswego, Gregory Waloven of Hannibal, Christopher Waloven of Hannibal, 5 stepchildren: Michael Elhage of LA., Mark Elhage of Baldwinsville, NY; Christine Hunter of Kingston, Canada; Joanne Weldin of Fulton, Linda Johnson of NC., son-in-law Daniel Jurenko, and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mr. Waloven was pre-deceased by his 1st wife Ann Waloven in 1977, his daughters: Patricia Nappi in 1997, and Ann Jurenko in 2010, stepson: Gerard Elhage, 3 siblings: Frank Waloven, Michael Waloven, and Torra Waloven. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 AM Tuesday at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton where a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. James Schultz. Burial will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours will be conducted from 4-7 PM Monday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers that donations may be made to Oswego County Catholic Charities 365 West 1st St. Fulton, NY 13069.

Sherry L. Beckley

Sherry L. Beckley, 70, of Oswego died Tuesday June 23, 2015, in Oswego Hospital.

She was born in Ohio, the daughter of the late Arthur and Pearl Beckley.

Ms. Beckley was a former accountant at Green Lakes State Parks and she retired from Securit All Security Solutions as a security guard.

She enjoyed walking and playing cards.

Ms. Beckley was predeceased by her daughter, Dawn Futo.

She is survived by her children Sherry Smith of Syracuse, Teresa Mabb of Constantia, Ronald Mabb of Oswego, Arthur (Cathy) Mabb of Hannibal and Justin (Jessica) Mabb of Oswego; her siblings Darlene Thomas of Oswego, Debbie (Donald) VanAuken of Oswego and Pam Gamlin of Florida; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Monday 5:30 p.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Calling hours will be Monday 4 to 5:30 p.m. prior the services at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

Joy A. Crouch

June 19, 2015
Joy A. Crouch, 66; of Fulton has joined the angels in song. Joy was born March 9, 1949 in Oswego, NY to the late Nelson and Lucinda (McGregor) Jodway. She was pre-deceased by her infant son Christopher and brother Nelson Jodway Jr. Mrs. Crouch and her husband Raymond have been honorary members of the CNYBA for many years. She loved to share her singing and songwriting with the public and she had been a musical enjoyment to many. Mrs. Crouch is survived by her husband of 32 years Raymond C. Crouch of Fulton, children: David Gray of Oswego, Timothy Gray of Oswego, Veronica Gray of Oswego and Rose Angela Dupree of Pulaski, her siblings: Barbara Chvola, Cheryl Prichard and Gary Jodway all of Oswego and 7 stepchildren one of whom Cynthia (Crouch) Bouffard gave Joy loving and tender care during her final days. Mrs. Crouch is also survived by 8 grandchildren. She considered them to be the bright lights in her life. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, July 2nd at Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church, Volney with Rev. Shawn Porter officiating. Burial will be held privately in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton has care of the arrangements.

Thomas “Pat” Battista

June 19, 2015
Thomas “Pat” BattistaThomas “Pat” Battista, 92, of Oswego died Friday June 19, 2015 in St. Luke Health Services with his wife by his side. Mr. Battista was born in Oswego the son of the late John and Anna (DeSantis) Battista. He retired from Nestle’s Fulton in 1985 as a millwright. He served in the United States Army during WWII from 1943 until 1945, in the First Infantry Division (Big Red 1). He landed on Omaha Beach on D Day, he made all three amphibious landings in N. Africa, Europe and Sicily. He was the recipient of two purple hearts, a bronze star and several other medals. He was honorably discharged, after being wounded in action. Mr. Battista was a communicant of St. Joseph Church, Oswego, the Holy Name Society, the Dante Aleghieri, Oswego, the VFW Post #5885, Oswego, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Fulton Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Rose (Barillo) Battista of Oswego, and their children Patricia (Richard) Cummings of Oswego; Rosemary (Arnold Whiting) Ingersoll of Oswego; James (Elena) Battista of Oswego; John (Mary Jean) Battista of Oswego; and Mary Beth Battista of Oswego. In addition he is survived by his siblings Frances Hibbert of Oswego, Samuel (Anna) Battista of Oswego; and Mary Ann (William) Pierce of Fulton, 13 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, great and great great nieces, and nephews, and cousins. Mr. Battista was also predeceased by siblings Carmella “Ella” Battista, Michael Battista, Rosie Peterson, Theresa Hibbert, and Margaret “Jenny” Battista. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday 10:00 a.m. in St. Joseph Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Gregory Kreinheder. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego.

Mary Jean Fortino Church

Mary Jean Fortino ChurchMary Jean Fortino Church, 61, of Oswego died Saturday June 13, 2015 in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. She was born in Oswego the daughter of the late Rocco and Grace (Murabito) Fortino. Jean attended St. Mary’s elementary school, and was a 1971 graduate of Oswego High School, and Home coming Queen her senior year at the high school. She was a 1975 graduate of SUNY Oswego with a Bachelor’s of Science degree, and in 1980 receiving her Master’s degree in reading education. Jean was a reading teacher with the Oswego City School District, where she taught at St. Mary’s, St. Paul’s and Catholic High School, Kingsford Park, and Fitzhugh. She was very well respected by her colleagues and worked as a reading teacher from 1975 until 2005. Jean had an abiding devotion to the children of Oswego whom she taught and, an affection for serving her community. She would often stay after school to help provide extra help to her students. Jean was active in the all school activities throughout her career. Jean was a volunteer for the Oswego Red Cross, the Cub Scouts and with the Oswego Children’s Board. She was a lifelong communicate of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, where she received her sacraments, and was married from. She would volunteer at St. Mary’s Bazaars and church events in Hopkins Hall. Her strong belief in God guided her through her life. Jean was a dedicated mother to her two sons and throughout their lives, and was often found providing encouragement at soccer, lacrosse, and other sporting and community events. She is survived by her loving husband of 31 years Michael L. Church of Oswego and beloved sons Michael Church, and Christopher Church both of Oswego. In addition she is survived by her brother Francis (Nancy) Fortino of MA, her sister Anne Marie (Gary) Rubin of Lake George, and her longtime friend and cousin Judith (Michael) Kenefic of Oswego, uncles, aunts and cousins. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday 9:00 a.m. from the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego, and 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Church. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Oswego Children’s Board or a charity of your choice.

Neil J. Samson

June 9,2015
Neil J. SamsonNeil J. Samson, 75, of Oswego died Tuesday June 9, 2015 in the V.A. Medical Center, Syracuse after a short illness. He was born in Fulton the son of the late Harold and Flora Samson Sr. Neil worked for the Teamster’s Local # 317, at the Steam Station in Oswego. Later he worked at Master Bedroom, Fulton until his retirement. He served in the United States Army from 1963 until 1965. Neil enjoyed woodworking and was always puttering around with a project. In addition to his parents Neil was predeceased by his brother James Samson, and stepson Ronald Gulliver. He is survived by his significant other Karen Borek of Fulton, son Kevin L. Holliday of Oswego; stepchildren Kathy Johnson of Oswego; Robert (Barbara) Gulliver of Phoenix; Dale (Chrissy) Gulliver of Oswego; grandchildren Heather, Brittany, and Jordan Holliday. He is also survived by his siblings Harold (Rose) Samson of CA; Donald (Almeda) Samson of Fulton; Howard (Joan) Samson of Fulton; Ellen Woodruff of Fulton; Edna Taylor of AZ; Shirley (Rick) Hall of CA; and 21 nieces and nephews. Neil’s wishes were to have private services, and no calling hours. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego.

Francis Moore

June 4, 2015
MooreFrancis Moore, 101; passed away Thursday evening at home. He was born in Syracuse, NY the son of the late Frank and Florence (Farr) Moore. Mr. Moore retired from Centro in 1976 where he was employed as a Bus Driver for 35 years. He owned and operated Little Guys Photography Studio with his wife Minnie. Mr. Moore was featured in the Syracuse Post Standard Rotogravure section and also appeared on the Jim Deline television show giving Photography lessons and tips. He was pre-deceased by his wife Minnie Moore and sons Michael Moore and Gerald Moore. He is survived by his daughter Roberta Mahar of Baldwinsville, NY, sisters: Mary Reicherdt, Barbara Margrey, Patricia Lamontange all of Central New York, 12 grandchildren, and 25 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Funeral Service will be held 12:30 PM Monday at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton where a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Cannoro with burial following at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton has care of the arrangements. Contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 & donors@stjude.org