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.
July 28, 2019
Robert M. Hensel, 50, of Fulton N.Y., passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019. Born on May 8, 1969, in Rota Spain, Robert M. Hensel was born with a birth defect known as Spina bifida. A disability that never stopped him from achieving success in his life. Mr. Hensel was a leading figure within the disability community. In 2000, Hensel sought to have a week designated that would bring to light, accomplishments being made by individuals with disabilities. Due to his efforts, Oswego County passed a motion recognizing Oct. 1-7 as Beyond Limitations week. He made it into the Guinness World Record and Ripley’s World Record for longest wheelie in a wheelchair. He was also an International Poet-Writer. He loved fishing, traveling, collecting antiques and music. He will be greatly missed by all. Wheelie on Bobby !! Survived by his Girlfriend- Kathy St.Andrew, Mother-Linda H. Conzone, Father- Robert J. Hensel and wife Patty , Stepbrother- Patrick Halstead and Stepsister-Sherri Halstead
Calling hours are Thursday August 1, 2019 from 2pm to 4pm at Sugar and Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. Fourth St Oswego NY
Anna Kozel Roy 68 of Oswego passed away peacefully at home on July 28.
She was surrounded by her loving family and closest friends. Anna was born in Baltimore, Maryland the daughter of the late Frank Kozel and Lucia (Lucy) McCracken. Anna was a Special Education Teacher; she loved to encourage her students to excel. Her creativity showed in her beautifully landscaped gardens and richly decorated home where she enjoyed cooking her favorite recipes. Alexandria Bay was Anna’s favorite yearly vacation for ‘Blues in the Bay’ with her best friends. Above all, Anna’s heart was first and foremost with her daughter Jessica, her grandson, family and her many loyal and devoted friends…’her girls’.
Anna is survived by her Daughter Jessica Rettig Ponti of Baldwinsville (Fred Orr Jr.), Grandson Nolan. She is also survived by her siblings Terri Burns of Oswego, Rosalie Kozel of Oswego, Mike McCracken of Baldwinsville, Lauren Comerford (Joe Ferlito) of Oswego, Jeff McCracken of Oswego, Stepfather Pat McCracken of Oswego, Stepdaughter Leslie Rettig Pcolinsky (Brad Pcolinsky) and son Jacob of Canastota. She is blessed by several nieces and nephews and she leaves behind her ‘babies’, Grayson and Ellie May (Pugs). Funeral services will be private.
A celebration of Anna’s life to be held at Bridie Manor, Saturday August 10 at 5:00 PM with music, dancing and making memories in Anna’s style. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Friends of Oswego County Hospice and Oswego County Humane Society.
The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 West 4th St. Oswego NY.
June 5, 2019
Agnes Familo, a long –time resident of Oswego, before retiring to Zephyrhills, Florida, where she resided for many years, passed away Wednesday, the fifth of June 2019.
She was born February 12, 1930 in Fulton, New York to the late Marie and Richard Barton. She married Joseph E. Familo in 1950, and started her own successful business, Agnes’ Ceramic Studio, in Oswego which she ran until she retired in 1982. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph E. Familo. Agnes is survived by her six children Therese (Barry) Bivens of Oswego, Mary Familo, Zephyrhills Fl. Joanne Doran , Dothan Alabama, Marc Familo, Hornell NY, Joseph (Carol) E. Familo Jr, Oswego, and Stacia (Robert) Familo-Hopek, Atlanta Georgia, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Agnes was a volunteer with her local church and senior center for many years and was an avid reader. Memorial services will be held in Oswego, New York, later this year, and she will be brought to rest next to her husband at St Paul’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday July 29, 2019 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego. A Memorial Mass will be Tuesday at 9:00 AM at Christ the Good Shepherd at St. Joseph Church. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care, 2061 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes FL 34639-9978.
Edward J. Kasperek, 86; of Fulton passed away Tuesday morning peacefully at Seneca Hill Manor, Volney after a long illness. He was born in Oswego to the late Joseph and Anne (Stobnicke) Kasperek. Ed was a resident of Fulton for most of his life. While in Oswego High School he was named All-State in Football. Mr. Kasperek was a United States Veteran having served in the Army during the Korean War. He worked and retired as a Lineman with Niagara Mohawk after several years of employment. Mr. Kasperek modeled his life by these words: Family, Church, Work, Play. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking, cutting wood and working hard. He was a past Alderman, and he was a member of the Fulton Gauchos. He loved playing the bugle/trumpet and singing. Ed received much peace through music and the outdoors. He was an avid volunteer and morning mass attendee with Holy Family Church and Holy Trinity Church, Fulton. He was longtime member of the Fulton Polish Home. Ed was well-known for his corny jokes and always enjoyed helping make people laugh. Mr. Kasperek liked to play cards and he was an loyal fan of his grandchildren’s sports events and endeavors.
He was pre-deceased by his 1st wife: MaryAnn Kasperek, and brother: Thomas Kasperek.
Mr. Kasperek is survived by his wife of 18 years Geraldine “Jerry” Hogan Kasperek of Fulton, children: Edward P. (Sue Jones) Kasperek of Fulton, Joanne (Michael) Pollock of Fulton, Teresa Wendt of IN, step-children: Karen (Charles) Fadden of Hannibal, NY; Lynn (Dennis) Lyons of Fulton, Michael (Michele) Hogan of OR, Andrew (Gina) Hogan of Fulton; his sister Anna Mae Wapen of Lockport, NY; 7 grandchildren, 11 step grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 14 step-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held 9:30 AM Monday in Holy Trinity Church where a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Joseph Scardella. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours will be conducted 1:00 to 4:00 PM Sunday in Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton. Donations may be made to Unity Acres 2290 County Rte. 2, Orwell, NY 13426;
or the Oswego County Humane Society 29 W. Seneca St. Oswego, NY 13126.
July 16, 2019
Tim J. Tompkins, 53; of Hannibal passed away at Oswego Hospital after a long illness. He was a lifetime resident of Hannibal. Tim enjoyed carpentry, fishing, and farming. He had a great love for animals and family. Tim is survived by his wife of 26 years Lyda L. Wing of Hannibal, 5 children: India Tompkins, Crystal J. Tompkins, Tim Tompkins Jr., Beau Tompkins, Xavier Tompkins, his adoptive Mother Norma Tompkins, first wife: Tina Tompkins, siblings: Cindy (Rush,) Wendy, Cindy (Halstead,) and Joyce, 9 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Tim was pre-deceased by his adoptive Dad Bill Tompkins. Funeral Services and Burial will be held private. There will be no calling hours. The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton has care of the arrangements.