Stacia Swiader

December 2, 2013

Stacia SwiaderStacia Swiader, 96; of Fulton died Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.  She was born in Oswego, NY to the late Peter and Caroline (Chowanice) Chernachowicz.  Mrs. Swiader was previously employed with Sealright Corp., Fulton and she later retired from Nestle’s Co., Fulton.  Mrs. Swiader was a past member of the St. Michael’ s Altar Rosary Society, and Fulton Polish Home Ladies Auxiliary.  She was pre-deceased by her first husband Matthew Okoniewski, and second husband Michael Swiader.  Mrs. Swiader is survived by her daughter June Okoniewski Burrell of Buffalo, NY and 2 grandchildren:  Matthew Burrell, and Gregory Burrell, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews including David and Catherine Okoniewski.

Funeral Services will be conducted 9:30 AM Friday at Holy Trinity Church where a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Robert Stephenson.  Burial will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.  There will be no calling hours.  The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 West Second St. S. Fulton has care of the arrangements.

Jenna & Elaina Sidman

November 30,2013
Jenna and Elaina Sidman infant twin daughters of Arthur and Amy Sidman peacefully became angels of God, November 30,2013. In addition to their parents they are survived by their sisters Sidney and Mallory, and brother Kaleb. Services and burial were private. The arrangements were in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Charles E Harris

November 29, 2013
Charles E. Harris, 88, of Seneca Hill, Oswego died Friday morning in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse. Mr. Harris was born in Fulton the son of the late Charles and Ethel (Wells) Harris. Mr. Harris owned and operated Harris Drywell in Oswego for many years until his retirement in 1997. He was predeceased by his daughter Suzanne Monroe in 1998, his brothers Ward Harris, and Vern Harris , and his sister Evelyn Woodard. He is survived by his wife Madalyn A. Harris of Seneca Hill, Oswego, his daughter Roxanne Falise of Colorado, son-in-law Phil Falise of Colorado, sisters Madalon Howland of Oswego, Charlotte Porter of Fulton, 3 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. A celebration of Mr. Harris’s life will be held Saturday December 7 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Mimi’s in Fulton. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. 4th. St Oswego.

G. Joseph Chalifoux

November 26, 2013
G. Joseph ChalifouxJoe Chalifoux, 79, of Fulton, passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at Syracuse Home’s in Baldwinsville, NY. He was a graduate of Fulton High School and the University College in Syracuse. He was a long time employee of Niagara Mohawk , retiring in 1994 after 42 years. Joe served in several capacities while at Niagara Mohawk, including: a surveyor in Northern New York (1952-1966), Consumer Relations in the Baldwinsville Office (1966-1976), and Community Relations Director for the Central Division (1976-1994). Joe was also well-known for his political service to the community, serving as an Alderman for the City of Fulton from 1967-1971, a member of the Oswego County Board of Legislators from 1971-1976, and a member of the CENTRO board of directors from 1977-2009. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of nearly 50 years, Shirley (Hamilton) Chalifoux, in 2004. Joe and Shirley enjoyed spending time in The Villages in Lady Lake, Florida, as well as at their Adirondack camp on Lake Titus near Malone, NY. He is survived by his three sons, Daniel (Kris) Chalifoux of Oswego, Richard (Janet) Chalifoux of Gainesville, Florida, and Dave (Robin) Chalifoux of Baldwinsville, seven grandchildren and three brothers: Thomas (Gerry) Chalifoux of Fulton, William (Marge) Chalifoux of Baxley, Georgia and Fran (Betsy) Chalifoux of Waldorf, Maryland. Funeral services will be conducted Monday December 2, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. from the Sugar Funeral Home Inc., Fulton and 9:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, Fulton where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Robert Stephenson. Calling hours will be Sunday December 1, 2013 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home 224 W. 2nd. St. S. Fulton. Contributions may be made in memory of Joseph Chalifoux to the Syracuse Home’s activity fund 7740 Meigs Road, Baldwinsville, NY 13027.

Gordon D. Chappell

November 22, 2013

Gordon D. Chappell, 79; of Fulton died Friday at home.  Mr. Chappell was born in Chateaugay, NY to the late Victor and Nellie (Pickeron) Chappell.  He retired from the City of Fulton Traffic Division after 30 + years of service.  Mr. Chappell loved to walk.  He would walk 5+ miles every day.  Mr. Chappell is survived by his wife Darlene Chappell of Auburn, NY, 3 children:  Victor Gordon Chappell of Fulton, Christopher (Kelly) Chappell of Fulton, and Nicole (Douglas) Finley of Auburn, NY, 1  brother Maynard (Betty) Chappell of SC, 13 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  There will be no funeral service.  Burial will be held privately.  Calling hours will be conducted 9:00 to 11:00 am Saturday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton.

John A. Fry

November 19.2013

John A. Fry, 64 of Oswego died Tuesday at his home after a short illness. He was born in Sandy Creek the son of the late Robert and Kathryn (Hatch) Fry. Mr. Fry lived in Fulton where he attended the Fulton School District, he then moved to Oswego where he lived for the past twenty-one years. He worked in the warehouse for Nestle’s for thirty-five years retiring in 2002. He was a member of the Fulton and Oswego Softball Leagues, Oswego and Fulton Men’s Bowling Leagues. He was a strong supporter of the armed forces. Mr. Fry enjoyed watching the New York Giants, Syracuse University Sports, the Yankees, and Nascar. He was predeceased by his wife Irene Fry in 2002. He is survived by his sister Betty Woods of Solvay and his children Constance LaDue of Fulton, Antoinette Ouellette of Scriba, Scott (Della) Daniels of Fulton, Martian (Mary) Daniels of Oswego. 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday 11:00 a.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego. Burial will be in Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours will be Saturday 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home 147 W 4th St Oswego.

Evan E. Hoffman

November 13, 2013
Evan E. Hoffman, 42; of Fulton died Wednesday at home. He was born in Oswego, NY and Evan had remained a life resident of Fulton. He was currently employed with Hubbard Farms, Granby, NY. Evan enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was pre-deceased by his father Samuel Hoffman and brother Roger Hoffman. Evan is survived by his wife of one year Stephanie Hoffman of Fulton, daughter Christina Yanock of Fulton, stepson Francis Brockway Jr., of Fulton, 2 sons: Dakota and Dylan Hoffman both of Fulton, mother: Sonja (Kim) Becker of Fulton, maternal grandfather: Seth Loomis, 3 siblings: Samuel Hoffman, Ella Bonnell, and Heather Smith all of Fulton, 2 step siblings: Chester Hoffman of Hannibal, NY and Shirley Hoffman of Weedsport, NY and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral Services will be held 10:45 AM Saturday, November 23 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton. Burial will be held privately. Calling hours will be conducted from 9:00 to 10:45 AM Saturday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., Fulton.

Anna V. Cutuli

November 4, 2013
Anna V. Cutuli, 99, of Fulton died Monday November 4,2013 in St. Luke Health Services, Oswego. Mrs. Cutuli was born in Fulton the daughter of the late Salvatore and Vincenzia (Manitta) Strazzere. Mrs. Cutuli worked at the Silk Mills, Fulton prior to retirement after working 32 years at Neslte’s in Fulton. She was a former communicant of Holy Family Church, Fulton and a member of the Padre Pio prayer group; she is a communicant of Holy Trinity Church. Mrs. Cutuli was predeceased by her husband Rosario Cutuli in 2002, and her brothers James, Vincent, Sam, Henry, and Louis Strazzere, and her sister Mary Strazzere. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Angela and Bud Maynard of Fulton, brothers Victor Cavone of Fulton, Anthony Cavone of Clay, sister Josie O’Brien of Fulton, grandchildren Colleen Lasher, Charles Maynard, Kris Maynard, and 6 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday 10:00 a.m. in St. Paul’s Church, Oswego where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours will be Friday 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Sugar Funeral Home 224 W. 2nd. St. S. Fulton.

Vincent R. Caravan, 91

Vincent R. Caravan, 91
Former Valley News Publisher

Vincent R. Caravan, 91, of Fulton, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 at his home of apparent heart failure. He was the publisher of The Valley News from 1972 until 2010 when ownership of the newspaper was taken over by The Scotsman Press.

A native of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, he was born September 18, 1922, the sixth of ten children of Italian immigrants Stephen and Theresa Caravan. After graduation from Pottsville High School, he entered the U.S. Army and fought during World War II in the European Theatre. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for wounds received in action in Italy. He returned to the U.S. and was stationed for the rest of his enlistment in western Pennsylvania where he met the late Isabelle Slater with whom he was married In January 1946.

After the war, Vincent returned to Pottsville and worked for his father’s commercial printing company. In 1950 he purchased a small printing firm in Fulton and moved there permanently. In the late ‘50s, he was hired by Oswego Valley News owners Colson and Beatrice Carr and became managing editor of the newspaper in 1958. Over the next several years, he upgraded the news content of the small community newspaper with exclusive coverage of municipal meetings and local sports, Including photography. He also wrote both news and sports columns at various times for the publication.

In 1972, Vincent became owner of the newspaper and eventually changed its name to The Valley News to further affirm its Fulton identity. By the late ’70’s the newspaper was winning awards for its local news and sports coverage from the New York Press Association, and developed into one of the leading community newspapers in the region under his guidance.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #268 and the Fulton VFW Post #569. He was the recipient of several awards and honors for achievements In journalism, and was Inducted Into the Fulton Athletic Boosters hall of Fame In 2008 as well as the Fulton City Bowling Association Hall of Fame In 1976. He served on numerous civic boards and committees during his career, Including as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Fulton Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Fulton Board of Education In the 1970’s. In his later years he was a member of the Dexterville Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

He is survived by his son Ronald (Nancy) Caravan of Phoenix; granddaughters Michelle (Herbert) Stockschlaeder of Buffalo, Adrienne (Joseph) Gabalski of Manassas, Virginia, and Lisa Caravan of Auburn, Alabama; six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Caravan and Florence Kane of Pottsville, Pennsylvania. He was predeceased by his wife, Isabelle Slater Caravan, who died in 2007.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, 4 to 7 p.m. at Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. Second St., Fulton. The Funeral service will be conducted 10:00 AM Friday, Nov. 8 at the First United Methodist Church, 1408 Curtis Street, with Elder Comley of Dexterville Seventh-Day Adventist Church and Pastor David Grey of Mt. Pleasant UM Church officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton. The Fulton VFW Post #569 Honor Guard will bestow military honors.

Diane S. Mills

October 31, 2013
Diane S. Mills Diane S. Mills, 51; of Fulton died at home after a long illness. She was born in Fulton and has been resident of Fulton for 20 years. Mrs. Mills enjoyed writing poetry, and working on latch hook. She also loved making puzzles and playing video games. Mrs. Mills was pre-deceased by her father Theodore Lamie. She Mills is survived by her husband of 32 years: Alanson “Lance” Mills of Fulton, 3 children: Elissa (Lou) Mariotti of FL., Elizabeth Mills of Fulton and Eliott Mills of Fulton, her mother Marion Lamie of Cicero, 4 siblings: Jacklyn (Scott) Brown of Cicero, NY, Jan (Mike) Connor of FL., James Lamie of PA, and David (Caroline) Lamie of Fulton, 4 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be conducted 9:00 AM Wednesday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., Fulton with Rev. David Nethercott officiating. Burial will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours will be held 4:00 to 7:00 PM Tuesday in the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., Fulton. The family has requested that contributions may be made to the Upstate ALS Research Fund 750 E. Adams St. CAB-326 Syracuse, NY 13210.