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Rita M. Hibbert King

OSWEGO, NY – Rita M. (Hibbert) King, a former resident of East Eighth Street, passed away at St. Luke’s Health Facility on Tuesday Oct. 12, 2010.

Mrs. King was born in Oswego on Nov. 14, 1918, the daughter of John B. and Eva (Peashey) Hibbert.

She was the widow of the late Sgt. Frank E. King, who died in 1964.

Rita M. Hibbert King

Rita M. Hibbert King

Mrs. King is survived by her daughter, Barbara Hanley of Oswego; and four sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Carol King of Montpelier, Vt., James and Nancy of Mattydale, Michael and Juli of Colorado Springs, Colo. and David and Linda of Oswego.

She is also survived by nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Hibbert of Oswego.

She was predeceased by five brothers, Alfred, Robert, Frederick, Leo and John Hibbert; five sisters, Rose Baker, Florence Syrell, Catherine Hibbert, Gladys Sivalia and Theresa Harrison; her son-in-law, Daniel E. Hanley; her grandson, Craig S. Hanley; and her great-grandson, Owen A. King.

Rita married Sgt. King on Aug. 31, 1941, in St. Louis Church, Oswego, and embarked on her life as a military wife.

Sgt. And Mrs. King settled in Patchogue, Long Island, where Sgt. King was stationed at Camp Upton until World War II.

Mrs. King returned to Oswego while Sgt. King served in the war.

After World War II, the family moved to Bristol, Pa., where Sgt, King was stationed at Fort Dix, NJ, and shortly thereafter was transferred to Korea.

In 1950, Mrs. King packed up two preschoolers, and sailed across the ocean to Austria, where they were stationed at Linz during the American occupation of that country.

In 1953, they were again transferred to the US, where they were stationed at Fort Benning, Ga. In 1954, they were transferred to Fort Knox, Ky., where they remained until Sgt. King’s retirement in 1960 when they returned to Oswego.

Mrs. King was a graduate of St. Louis School and Oswego High School.

She was a faithful member of St. Louis Parish in her early years and a faith member of St. Paul’s Parish since 1960.

She was a former member of the St. Paul’s Altar Rosary Society.

Throughout her life, Mrs. King was actively involved in many organizations. But, in her later years, she was a devotee of the Divine Mercy. She tirelessly promoted this devotion until her illness in 2000.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Church.

Friends and relatives may call at the Dowdle Funeral Home, 154 E. Fourth St., Oswego, on Friday from 4 – 7 p.m.

Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

William H. Fleischman, 90

OSWEGO, NY – William H. Fleischman, 90, passed away Monday Oct. 11, 2010, at St. Luke’s Health Services surrounded by his family.

Mr. Fleischman was born in Oswego, the third of seven sons born to William and Kathleen (Hollenbeck) Fleischman and husband of the late Theresa (Gallagher) Fleischman.

William H. Fleischman

William H. Fleischman

A lifetime resident of Oswego and communicant of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, he lived a life of honest work and friendship for all he met.

He worked hard at many jobs throughout his life – peddling papers as a young boy on town street corners, delivering tobacco to local drinking establishments, setting pins at the St. Paul’s Academy bowling alley, all before reaching

During The Depression, Mr. Fleischman joined President Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps, stationed in the Williamstown area, clearing roads and planting trees – work that provided his family with monthly support during difficult economic times.

After his time with the CCCs, Bill went to work at the St. Regis Paper Company as a machinist.

He put his technical skills to work as a radio operator during World War II in the Army Air Corps.

Following training in Chicago, Bill served in the Pacific Theater, assigned to the B-29 Flying Superfortress “City of Spokane” which made 24 successful bombing runs over the Japanese homeland, the 25th made over the U.S.S. Missouri and the signing of the armistice.

Bill and his crew, commanded by First Lt. Donald Barton, received the U.S. Army Air Corps Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded for heroism in flight, for their efforts on June 5, 1945 when, after successfully delivering their bombs on the city of Kobe, Japan, they broke formation to escort a heavily damaged B-29 back to their base in the Marianas Islands, defending themselves and the wounded plane from enemy air attack.

Bill and his crew were cited for “cool courage and outstanding skill…and deep devotion to duty…”

Returning from the war, Bill resumed his work at the St. Regis, eventually assuming the position of Business Agent for the members of the Machinists’ Union employed there.

In 1961, Bill and friend, Jim Mancuso, took over the former Burt and Reed filling station on East Ninth and Bridge streets and opened Fleischman and Mancuso’s Texaco.

When Mr. Mancuso left the business a few years later, it became Fleischman’s Texaco until Bill’s retirement in 1982.

During that time, Bill was known for his “service with a smile.”

In a profile published by The Palladium Times in the late 1970s, he was quoted as saying of his town and his business, “I enjoy the people I meet everyday. Many are customers who have been with me all these years. The most gratifying thing is the opportunity to help others.”

In 1948, he invited a local fifth grade teacher, Theresa “Dode” Gallagher, to attend Oswego’s Centennial celebration; the pair had known each other since they had been in St. Paul’s School together.

They were married two years later.

Bill contributed to the early years of Operation Oswego County, founded in 1953, and its economic development efforts for the area to improve the quality of life in the region.

He hosted a radio show on WSGO, interviewing local business leaders.

Bill had many interests and a generous soul.

A passionate golfer who really enjoyed the game, he was also a member for more than 50 years of the Oswego Country Club, where he spent countless hours on its fairways and in its clubhouse and where he enjoyed the friendship and camaraderie of legions.

He was an avid gardener, an interest instilled in him from his work with the CCCs, and an amateur woodworker.

He inherited his mother’s superb cooking skills.

He was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about opera music.

A lifelong supporter of the American Red Cross, Bill received his 10-gallon donor pin and, upon his retirement, began volunteering for the local chapter, frequently driving blood from local blood banks to Syracuse for processing.

He often gave rides to others who were unable to drive themselves, to doctor appointments or just for fun.

He knew the roads of Oswego County like the back of his hand.

In addition to his wife and parents, Bill was predeceased by four brothers: John, Philip, Richard and Frederick Fleischman.

He is survived by his daughters: Jean Fleischman of Milton, Massachusetts and Theresa Russo and her husband, Anthony, of Syracuse.

He is also survived by his two brothers: Arthur Fleischman and his wife, Mary, of Liverpool and Joseph of Minneapolis; his sister-in-law Rosemary Thomas Fleischman of Schenectady; and by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and two great-grandnephews and by his beloved friend, Inger Stern.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. from St. Paul’s Church.

Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Dowdle Funeral Home on Thursday from 4-8 p.m.

Friends and family wishing to honor Bill may consider donating to the Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross, 333 W. First St., Oswego or to the John Foster Burden Fund, St Luke Health Services, 299 East River Road, Oswego.

Frances A. Broadwell, 60

OSWEGO, NY – Frances A. Broadwell, 60, entered into eternal life on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, at her home.

She was born April 2, 1950, in Oswego, NY.

Franny lived her life as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

Frances A. Broadwell

Frances A. Broadwell

She loved camping with family, was a wonderful cook and loved sharing it with others.

Franny met Beryl, her loving husband of 41 years, raised two children and lived her life to the fullest by spending time with her three grandchildren and her faithful dog and companion, Lucky.

She worked for the Oswego City School District in the food service department starting in 1980 and then became a head cook in 1982 until her retirement three years ago in 2007.

Surviving are her husband Beryl; two children, Chrissy (Art) McManus and Rodney (Nicole) Broadwell; three grandchildren, Jenna and Mackenzee McManus and Rylee Broadwell.

She is also survived by three sisters and two brothers: Lauretta (Tim) Allen, John (Sharon) Burger, Mary Catherine (Earl) Swartz, Richard (Julie) Burger, Tina (Stephen) Flack.

She was predeceased by her parents, James A. and Laura J. Burger; and a brother, James G. “Cricket” Burger.

She left a lasting impression on all who knew her because of her true generosity and will be greatly missed by her dear friends and family.

A Catholic Memorial Mass to celebrate her wonderful life will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

There are no calling hours.

Contributions may be made to The Friends of Oswego County Hospice, PO Box 102, Oswego, NY or St. Mary’s Building Fund, 103 W. Seventh St., Oswego.

Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home is arranging the services.

Online condolences: www.daincullinan.com

Thomas G. Coffey, 88

OSWEGO, NY – Thomas G. Coffey, 88, a resident of 235 W. Fifth St., Oswego, passed away on Sunday Oct. 10, 2010, at University Hospital, Syracuse.

Thomas G. Coffey

Thomas G. Coffey

Born in Albion, NY, he was a son of the late Thomas and Charlotte (Smith) Coffey and was a graduate of the Albion High School, Class of 1939.

He received his master’s from the State University of Oswego.

Mr. Coffey retired as captain in infantry from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service.

He was a teacher at Margaret Cuyler Elementary School in Red Creek and later retired from Kingsford Park in 1986.

Thomas was a member of American Legion #1757 in Sackets Harbor, Elks #271 in Oswego, the NYS Retired Teachers and the Retired Officers Association.

Surviving are his wife, the former Katherine Metcalf of Oswego; four sons, Thomas (Terry) Coffey, Michael (Mary) Coffey, Matthew Coffey, Peter (Clionna) Coffey all of Oswego; a daughter, JoAnne (Joseph) Kapuscinski of Oswego; a sister, Eleanor Williams of Albion; a brother, Robert Coffey of Plant City, Fla.; nine grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, Mark in 1973; a sister, Patricia Dunham; and two brothers, John and David Coffey.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. from St. Mary’s Church.

Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Dowdle Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Human Concerns Center, Oswego.

Robert H. Chetney, 83

OSWEGO, NY – Robert H. Chetney, 83, of 152 W. Seventh St. in Oswego passed away Wednesday Oct. 6, 2010, at St. Luke’s Health services.

Mr. Chetney was born in Oswego to the late Harold and Dorothy (Muldoon) Chetney.

He was a life resident and graduated from Oswego schools.

Bob served in the US Army and was a World War II veteran.

Robert H. Chetney,

Robert H. Chetney

After his time in the military, he worked as advertising manager at The Palladium Times.

Mr. Chetney retired from Oswego County as the Commissioner of Elections and served as president of the New York State Association of Commissioners of Elections.

In 1975, he founded Chetney Real Estate with his late wife, Helen, most recently serving as the broker and president.

During his successful real estate career, Bob brokered several commercial deals including Wal-Mart, Staples, and Kinney Drugs.

Mr. Chetney was a past president of the Oswego County Board of Realtors and was Realtor of the Year in 1985.

Bob began his political career by joining the Young Republicans for Eisenhower.

He served as legislative aide to former State Senator (H. Douglas) Barclay and Third Ward supervisor from the city of Oswego from 1968-1972.

In 1970, he was elected chairman of the Oswego County Board of Supervisors.

He also served as the chairman of the Oswego City Republican Committee for many years.

Mr. Chetney was a past chairman of the Oswego County Industrial Development Agency and had served on the board of directors of Operation Oswego County and Oswego Hospital.

He was very proud of his Irish heritage.

He was a past president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and for many years was host of the Irish-American hour on WSGO.

Mr. Chetney was also a member of the Oswego County Board of Realtors, the K of C, Elks, and the American Legion.

Mr. Chetney was predeceased by his beloved wife, Helen (Hennessey), who died in 2004.

He is survived by his daughter, Mary Beth (Bill) Blum; sons, Bob (Jackie) and Brian (Julie);  grandchildren, Erin Chetney, Sean Blum and Claudia, Jake, and Alex Chetney all of Oswego; brothers, Bill (Audrey) of Fulton and Jim (Sandy) of Scriba; brother-in-law, Bob (Sylvia) Hennessey of Whispering Pines, NC; sister-in-law, Marion Hennessey of Syracuse; and several nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to his adopted family, the wonderful staff at St. Luke’s.

Funeral services will be Monday 8:30 a.m. from the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home and at 9 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church.

Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held Sunday 3-6 p.m. at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home.

Contributions may be made to John Foster Burden Society, 299 East River Road, Oswego, NY 13126.

Marie E. Wall, 75

OSWEGO, NY – Marie E. Wall, 75, a longtime resident of Oswego passed away on Wednesday Oct. 6, 2010, at
St. Luke Health Services.

Born in Oswego, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Martha (Lentine) Gambino and was a graduate of Oswego High School.

Marie was employed with the P & C, Brenamen’s and later retired from SUNY Oswego Auxiliary Services.

She enjoyed taking and showing pictures, gardening, cooking and loved to travel.

Surviving are three sons, Robert (Pamela) Wall of Navarre, Fla. David Wall of Oswego and John (JoAnn) Wall of Oswego; three sisters, Rose Friscia, of Revere Ma., Anita Miuccio of Virginia and Judy Testa of Cortland; a brother, Peter Gambino of New York City; and four grandchildren.

A memorial mass will be held on Monday at 11:30 a.m. from St. Mary’s Church.

Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the Dowdle Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Nancy J. Bugow, 71

OSWEGO, NY – Nancy J. Bugow, 71, a former resident of 162 E. Fourth St., passed away on Saturday Oct. 2, 2010, at the home of her daughter surrounded by her family.

Nancy J. Bugow

Nancy J. Bugow

Born in Oswego, she was a daughter of the late Jennings and Jane (McCaffrey) Cahill and was a graduate of Oswego High School.

Nancy was employed with Nestle’s and was also a home health care aide.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, friends and family.

She was a member of the Oswego Moose.

Surviving are her children, Judy Pelow, Melissa Vickery, Susan Palmer, John Bugow, Christene Rolfe and Dan Bugow all of Oswego; two brothers, Dean (Ann) Cahill and Timothy (Pat) Cahill both of Oswego; three sisters, Ellen Van Horn of
Oswego, Judy Leone of Oswego and Sue Haynes of Pulaski; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son, Thomas Bugow; and her brothers, William, Robert and Martin (Gus) Cahill.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. from St. Paul’s Church.

Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Dowdle Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Contributions may be made to Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

Virginia A. Dain, 92

OSWEGO, NY – Virginia A. Dain passed away on Saturday Sept. 25, 2010, at age 92.

Virginia, known to many as “Tiny,” was born on May 1, 1918, to Charles L. Dain and Geneva Galvin Dain.

Virginia A. Dain

Virginia A. Dain

A lifelong resident of Oswego, NY, she was predeceased by her five brothers and sisters.

She was a graduate of the College of Saint Elizabeth of Morristown, NJ and was honored to be in Who’s Who of American College Women.

She received her Master’s Degree in Audio Visual from Syracuse University in 1949 and started the first AV Program in Oswego High School.

She taught World History for 36 years while being head of the AV Department and retired in 1977.

Ms. Dain was an avid golfer and in 1941, was winner of the President’s Club silver trophy from the Oswego Country Club.

She enjoyed skiing, travel, gardening, and helping others.

She was a devout member of St. Peter’s Church.

Ms. Dain is survived by her three nieces she helped raise,  Sally Warner Stanek of Fairport, NY, Joan Warner Plato and Gerald Plato of Ellicott City, Md., and Martha Warner Nelson and Mark Nelson of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.

She also leaves many cherished nieces and nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Her family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, 112 E. Second St.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, at St. Peter’s Church.

Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery, following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Church, 83 E. Albany St., Oswego.


Mary T. Daly, 86

OSWEGO, NY – Mary T. Daly, 86, a former resident of 196 W. Sixth St., Oswego, passed away Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, at Sunrise Nursing Home.

Mrs. Daly was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late Anthony and Anna (Ditota) Losurdo.

She was a graduate of Oswego High School and was a life resident.

She was the wife of the late John H. Daly, who died in 1966.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a secretary, for 30 years, at SUNY-Oswego.

Mrs. Daly was a volunteer at Oswego Hospital and was a member of the Oswego Hospital Women’s Auxiliary.

She was also a member of the Golden Age Group at Holy Family Church in Fulton.

She is survived by a daughter, Ann (Ronald) Reeves of Oswego; a granddaughter, Rebecca Reeves of Oswego; two  great-grandchildren, Terry and Ethan; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Nancy Plata and Elizabeth Brown; and a brother, Joseph Losurdo.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home.

Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, 112 E. Second St., Oswego.


Harry A. Stubba, 90

OSWEGO, NY – Harry A. Stubba, 90, passed away Thursday Sept. 23, 2010, at Oswego Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

Harry was born in Chicago, the son of Harry and Katherine Koehler Stubba, in 1920.

Two years later, the family moved to Oswego.

Harry A. Stubba

Harry A. Stubba

He attended Oswego schools and graduated in 1939.

On Dec. 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps.

Harry served for six years, at the rank of captain, and flew most models of the American air fleet.

Following his discharge from the Air Corps, he worked for 30 years at Eagle Beverage in Oswego, retiring in 1987.

Harry and his beloved wife, Carmella Terminella, were married on Sept. 26, 1959, and raised three children, a son and two daughters.

An avid sportsman, Harry especially enjoyed baseball and bowling.

He was also very proud of his 1931 Model A Ford.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Carm; children, Frank (Stacey) Stubba of Miller Place, NY, Carol (Doug) Waterbury and Katherine (Darryl Boscoe) Stubba of Oswego.

He was the beloved papa of eight grandchildren, Alexandra, Elizabeth, Isabella and William Waterbury, and Nicholas Stubba, all of Oswego, Christopher, Victoria and Caden Stubba of Miller Place, NY; a brother, Rev. William (Eleanor) Stubba of Eatonton, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Pearl, who died in 1918 as an infant.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service, at the funeral home, 112 E. Second St.

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