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Helen L. Schwalm, 84, 08/08/2009

OSWEGO, NY – Helen L. Schwalm, 84, a resident of 48 E. Schuyler St., passed away on Aug. 8, 2009, at Oswego Hospital.

She was born in Oswego and had attended Oswego schools.

Mrs. Schwalm was totally devoted to taking care of her family.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Leonard Schwalm Sr.; two sons, David (Bonnie) Schwalm Sr. of Baldwinsville and Mark (Sharon) Schwalm of Sarasota Fla.; seven grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a son, Leonard Schwalm Jr.; and two grandsons, David Jr. and Michael Schwalm, all of whom were killed by a drunken driver in a motor vehicle accident in 1977.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1 p.m. from the Dowdle Funeral Home.

Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service.

Agatha E. “Gay” Zellar

Agatha E. “Gay” Zellar

Agatha E. “Gay” Zellar

Agatha E. “Gay” Zellar, 89 of Fulton went to be with the Lord on Friday at home.

Born in Syracuse, Gay was a long time resident of the Fulton area. She was a member of the former First Congregational Church in Fulton. Gay enjoyed the change of the seasons. She also enjoyed reading.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald A. Zellar, who died in 1993.

Gay is survived by her daughter, Dona (Phil) Karns of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and many loving friends. According to Gay’s wishes, all services will be private.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.

Gerald R. Davis, 45, 08/06/2009

OSWEGO, NY – Gerald R. Davis, 45, a resident of 30 Woodland Way in the Town of Scriba, died Thursday Aug. 6, 2009, at Oswego Hospital.

He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and was the son of Patricia Reed Davis of Oswego and the late Edward Davis.

Gerald R. Davis

Gerald R. Davis

He was a member of the Steamfitters and Plumbers Local 73 in Oswego and had been employed on various local projects.

He enjoyed fishing, golfing and spending time with his son, Jacob.

Mr. Davis served in the US Army from 1983-85.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Davis is survived by one son, Jacob Davis of New Jersey; one brother, Edward Robert Davis of Portsmouth, Va.; two sisters, Judy Davis of Washington State and Dawn (Jeff) Smith of Scriba; one niece, Elicia Davis; and his fiancé, Connie Sheltra.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Calling hours will be Monday 5-7 p.m. at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home.

Contributions may be made to a fund that is being established to aid Mr. Davis’s son, Jacob. Please send contributions to Dawn Smith 160 Creamery Road, Oswego, NY, 13126.

John E. Corey, 62, 08/01/2009

OSWEGO, NY – John E. Corey, 62, a former resident of Middle Road in the town of Scriba, died Saturday Aug. 1, 2009, in the Demay Living Center, Newark, NY, where he had been a patient.

He was born in Oswego, the son of Doris Smith Wallace and the late John Levi Corey.

He had been self-employed mechanic for many years.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by one daughter, Tabitha Corey of Richland; one son, Ronald Rhoads of Oswego; four brothers, James Corey of Florida, Jay Corey, Joseph Crimmins and Frederick Crimmins all of Oswego; three sisters, Dolores Corey of Oswego, Donna Vance of Florida and Deborah (Richard) Dann of Mexico; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held 1 p.m. on Aug. 10, at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home.

Burial will be in New Haven Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service.

Shannon Marie Phillips, 51, 08/02/2009

OSWEGO, NY – Shannon Marie Phillips, 51, a resident of Portland, Maine, and a former resident of Oswego, died on August 2, 2009, in Maine as a result of a whitewater kayaking accident.

Born in Auburn NY, she was the daughter of George and Sharon (Hogan) Phillips of Oswego.

She was a graduate of Oswego High School and also was a graduate of the University of Southern Maine.

In addition to kayaking, she enjoyed hiking and camping and all outdoor activities.

Besides her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Scott (Lynn) Phillips of Fulton and James “Lee” (Kate) Phillips of Las Vegas.

She was predeceased by a brother, Darren Patrick Phillips.

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

Burial will be in Rural Cemetery.

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

Theresa M. Laird, 83, 08/01/2009

OSWEGO, NY – Theresa M. Laird, 83, a former resident of Pontiac Terrace Apartments and Loretto Nursing Home in Oswego, died Saturday Aug. 1, 2009, in Oswego Hospital.

She was born in Fulton, NY.

She had been employed for many years as a private duty housekeeper and caregiver.

She was the wife of the late Larry Laird.

She is survived by her daughters, Kathy Bareford and Debbie Hewitt both of Oswego; her grandchildren, Michael Hewitt, Mark Hewitt, Shelly Hewitt and Donald Baptista; several great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Gary Laird; and a granddaughter, Holly Laird.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home with Rev. Andrew Baranski officiating.

Burial will be in Peck’s Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Harold F. Becksted, 76

<br />Harold F. Becksted

Harold F. Becksted

Harold F. Becksted, 76, of Co Rt. 25, Minetto, passed away July 30, 2009 at his home surrounded by his family.

Born in Minetto, NY, he was the son of the late George and Violet (Lawler) Becksted.

He served in the National Guard from 1951 to 1954.

He was employed with the Pipe Fitters Union 273 since 1971, where he worked construction on the 3 nuclear power plants. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers local 545.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, farming and was a welding instructor.

Surviving are his wife, Sharon (Schleicher) Becksted; two daughters, Jolene Becksted and Valerie (Becksted) Favata, both of Minetto; a brother, George Becksted Jr. of Oswego; two sisters, Louise Cloonan of Oswego; Elise Becksted of Zephyrhills, Fl; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his younger brothers, John “Fred” Becksted and Karl Becksted.

Services with be held convenience to the family. No calling.
Nelson Funeral Home has care of arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at www.nelson-funeralhome.com

Oswego’s Historian Dies: Rosemary Nesbitt, 84

The woman who brought history alive in Oswego for decades has died.

Rosemary Nesbitt died Sunday, 84 years old, ending a life of documenting Oswego’s history and spreading those stories to others through theater, books and talks.

Enjoy this slideshow of Rosemary in action:

Rosemary S. Nesbitt, 84, 08/02/2009

OSWEGO, NY – Rosemary S. Nesbitt, 84 of Oswego, passed away peacefully on Sunday Aug. 2, 2009, with her family by her side.

Mrs. Nesbitt was born on Oct. 12, 1924, in Baldwinsville, NY, to the late Matthew and Mary Louise Sinnett.

She was educated in the Baldwinsville schools as a child, and was a proud graduate of Syracuse University with a major in theater graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1947.

<p>Mrs. Rosemary Nesbitt.</p>

Mrs. Rosemary Nesbitt.

Mrs. Nesbitt was a college professor for more than 40 years, educating students at Wells College, Syracuse University, and SUNY Oswego.

In 1955, Mrs. Nesbitt married George R. Nesbitt Sr., who predeceased her in 1971.

In 1959, Mrs. Nesbitt adopted Oswego as her home, and worked tirelessly to bring to life the rich history of the Oswego area.

She was a Distinguished Teaching professor at the State University of New York at Oswego where she will be fondly remembered as an inspiring educator and as the director of the Oswego children’s theater.

She held this position for 20 years, during which time she authored 15 plays for children.

Mrs. Nesbitt’s devotion to children is also revealed in the two historical novels she wrote for children: The Great Rope and Colonel Meacham’s Giant Cheese.

In addition to her professional activities, she also was very active in civic affairs and volunteerism.

She was the founder and director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum, retiring from the directorship in 2008.

Mrs. Nesbitt served as the first and only female chairperson of the Port of Oswego Authority for 10 years.

For eight years she served as campaign chair for the United Way.

Mrs. Nesbitt spearheaded the establishment of several historical monuments in Oswego.

A monument to the women and children of the northern frontier was erected during the Bicentennial followed by a monument honoring the American war dead from the Battle of Oswego in 1814.

Mrs. Nesbitt along with a group of local visionary’s created a summer festival in 1987 called Oswegofest.

The festival grew into what is now known as Harborfest.

In 1988, she was appointed by Mayor Terry Hammill to chair the Sesquicentennial celebration to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the chartering of the city of Oswego.

One of Mrs. Nesbitt’s proudest accomplishments was a yearlong research project which secured Dr. Mary Edwards Walker a position in the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

As city historian Mrs. Nesbitt was responsible for the oversight of historic development within the city including the preservation of the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse.

Some of Mrs. Nesbitt’s  many other accomplishments include: Women of The Year in Cultural Development (Post Standard) 1971, State University of NY’s Chancellor’s award for Excellence in teaching 1972-1973, “Citizen of The Year” Oswego Jaycees 1974, George R. Arents Pioneer medal for Achievement in Education (Syracuse University) 1975, Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge George Washington Honors Medal 1975, Oswego Zonta Woman of the Year Amelia Earhart award 1994, “Woman of Distinction” NY State Senate 2002, and many more.

Mrs. Nesbitt is also listed in: Who’s Who in America, Dictionary of American Authors, Contemporary Leaders of America, and 2000 Outstanding Women of the World.

On a personal note, Mrs. Nesbitt  took part in many adventures including, an extensive bicycle trip across Europe after World War II,  witnessing the Coronation of  Queen Elizabeth II, crossing the Atlantic on the QE II during a hurricane, treating her sister to a graduation trip to Mexico in 1950, and taking her 4 children on camping trips across the United States.

Mrs. Nesbitt is survived by her brother, John (Joan) Sinnett of Syracuse; son, George (Dianna Benson) Nesbitt; three daughters, Mary (Jonathan) Kamelhar of Pennsylvania, Anne (Lynn) Babcock and Elizabeth (Victor) Martin of Oswego; six grandchildren, Elizabeth, Brian, Alexandra, Emily, Devlin and Chloe; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister, Patricia Flammer.

A public funeral will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in St. Mary of The Assumption Roman Catholic Church, Oswego.

There are no calling hours and internment will be private.

A public celebration of Rosemary’s life will be held Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. in Breitbeck Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the H. Lee White Marine Museum, West First Street Pier, Oswego; St. Mary’s Restoration Fund, 103 W. Seventh St., Oswego; or the United Way of Greater Oswego County, 1 S. First St., Fulton.

The family wishes to thank, doctors Ram, Alcasid, Duggan, Mandanas and Thotambilu and the ICU, and third floor staff of Oswego Hospital for their loving care of our mother.

Janet Coons, 81

Janet Coons, 81, of Fulton, died Friday at home after a brief illness.

She was a life resident of Fulton and the daughter of Bronislaw and Antonia Brzuchac. Janet had worked at Armstrong World Industries in Fulton. She was well known locally as a painter and was a founding member of the Fulton Art Association. She was also a former member of the Art Association of Oswego. Janet won several art awards locally and at the New York State Fair.

Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Bruce Coons; two sisters, Loretta Munger of Fulton and Geneva Arcoraci of Oswego; a brother, Allan Brzuchac of Oswego; several nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours or services. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has charge of arrangements.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.

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