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Ernest J. Lynch, 55

Ernest J. Lynch

Ernest J. Lynch

Ernest J. Lynch, 55, of Pennellville lost his battle with Primary CNS Lymphoma, Thursday at home.

Born in Syracuse, he was a resident of Norfolk, Virginia until moving to Pennellville six months ago to be with his family. Ernie was a Navy veteran serving over 20 years reaching the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class. He had served on the USS Nimitz, Kitty Hawk and Theodore Roosevelt. He had also served a tour of duty in Rota, Spain. Ernie was a member of the American Legion in Norfolk, VA.

He was predeceased by his father, William Lynch, who died November 14, 2008.

Surviving: his wife of 31 years, Elaine D. Lynch; twin daughters, Dianna Lee and Dawn Marie Lynch of Pennellville; mother, Nettie Lynch; granddaughter, Jamie Elizabeth Pergrem; four sisters; five brothers; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a 1 p.m. service to immediately follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Following services the family would like to invite everyone to the Phoenix American Legion for a reception.

The family would like to thank the Phoenix American Legion Post 418 for the contributions and benefit for Ernie.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.
www.fosterfuneralhome.com

Patricia A. Finch, 71

Patricia A. Finch

Patricia A. Finch

Patricia A. Finch, 71, of Pennellville, died Thursday at home.

Born in Syracuse she was a resident of the Pennellville area for over 40 years. Patricia had retired from Syroco in Baldwinsville after 30 years as a press operator. She had enjoyed bowling, bingo, playing cards, crocheting, painting, ceramics, bird watching and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband of 31 years, Donald D. Finch, who died December 13, 2009; parents, Adrian and Marge Hiscock; birth mother, Tessie Orton; brother, Adrian Thomas Hiscock, who died in 2010.

Surviving: children, Colleen (Dan) Bergman of Fulton, Gary (Jessie Sue) Smart of Fulton and Bobbie Jo (Dan) Bowman of Pennellville, Julie (Rodney) Hillerich of Florida and Lori (Kenny) Watson of Florida; 14 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; brother, Herbert Hiscock of Michigan; sisters, Sharon Mapstone of Liverpool, Kathy Zepp of Camilus, Linda Orton and Pamela Walts both of Fulton; several nieces and nephews.

Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours are Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the funeral home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons Street, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, 13057 or to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, 13126.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.
www.fosterfuneralhome.com

Michael Leigh Bowerman, 67

Michael Leigh Bowerman, 67, of Peter Scott Rd., Pennellville, NY, died peacefully at Francis House, Syracuse.

Born in Buffalo, NY to his late parents, Stanleigh Earl and Elsie Agnes (Metz) Bowerman on March 5, 1943. After graduating high school he furthed his studies as a U.S. Navy medic, attached to U.S.M.C. unit. Mike later worked 37 years for United Airlines as a customer service agent in Syracuse. He was a member of National Rifle Association, and an avid sportsman.

Surviving are his loving wife of 25 years, Elizabeth (Swanson) Bowerman; two sons, Michael Bowerman of Toms River, NJ and David Bowerman of Pennellville; two daughters, Julie Szczublewski of Orchard Park, NY and Dona Bowerman of Pennellville; two step-sons Mathew Barron of Lakewood, NY, and Mitchell Barron of Baldwinsville; one step-daughter Michelle Worden of Pennellville; one sister, Marcia Austin of Bethel, ME; nine grandchildren; two nephews.

Calling hours are from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday May 29, with the service at 3 pm at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135.  Contributions to Francis House 108 Michaels Dr., Syracuse, NY 13208.

Allanson-Glanville-Tappan

Brent Charles Varney, 21

Brent Charles Varney

Brent Charles Varney

Brent Charles Varney, 21, of Co. Rt. 10, Pennellville, died on Sunday, April 11, 2010.

He was born in Syracuse. Brent graduated from J.C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix, NY class of 2007. He was a route driver for CINTAS Co., Syracuse.

Surviving are his mother, Deirdre L. “Dee Dee” Varney of Pennellville; his father, Albert H. Varney of Brewerton; his brother, Brandon J. Varney and Megan Cannon of Liverpool; his maternal grandfather, Fredric R. Burtch of Lysander; his girlfriend, Jessika Pickreign of Oswego; several aunts, uncles, cousins; and more friends than one can count.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 pm on Friday and 9 to 11 am on Saturday, with a funeral service to follow at 11am all at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St. Phoenix, NY 13135.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made directly to the family.

“For every ray of sunshine, for every drop of rain, you will be missed.”

Rest in peace, “Copper Top”.

Pennellville Man Killed in Crash in Onondaga County

From the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department

Town of Clay, New York – Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports that deputies are investigating a one-car crash that claimed the life of a Pennellville man.

Saturday night at approximately 11:15 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to a single car crash that claimed the life of Brent Varney, 21, of 680 County Route 10, lot 39. Deputies investigating the crash report that Varney was driving a 2001 Ford Explorer and traveling north on Morgan Road when he apparently drifted into the southbound lane and then off the west side of the roadway before crashing into a utility pole at the intersection of Oak Orchard Road.

A passing motorist discovered the heavily damaged SUV and immediately called for police. Rescue crews arriving at the scene raced to free Varney from the wreckage. Varney sustained multiple injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Members of the Sheriff’s Accident Investigation Team were called to conduct a complete investigation and will rely on a final autopsy to help determine the cause of the crash. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Dean’s List: Binghamton University Honors Area Students

The following students are on the Dean’s List for their outstanding academic achievement for the Fall 2009 semester from the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

The criteria for the Dean’s Honors list is a minimum grade point average of 3.5.

Christopher Marnell Mohr — Pennellville
Joseph T. Troia — Phoenix

Binghamton University is one of the four university centers of the State University of New York. Known for the excellence of its students, faculty, staff and programs, Binghamton enrolls approximately 14,800 students in programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Its curriculum, founded in the liberal arts, has expanded to include selected professional and graduate programs.

Donald D. Finch, 64

Donald D. Finch

Donald D. Finch

Donald D. Finch, 64, of Pennellville, died Sunday at home.

Born in Syracuse, he was a resident of the Pennellville area for over 40 years. Don retired from Syroco in Baldwinsville after 40 years of service as a trouble shooter. Don loved gardening and growing flowers. He also enjoyed bowing and golfing. Don was predeceased by his parents, George and Blanche Finch as well as 11 siblings.

Surviving: his wife of 31 years, Patricia Finch: children, Julie (Rodney) Hillerich of Florida, Lori (Kenny)Watson of Florida, Colleen (Dan) Bergman of Fulton, Gary (Jessie Sue) Smart of Fulton and Bobbie Jo (Dan) Bowman of North Syracuse; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Pearl Harp of Solvay and Midge Lane of North Rose.

Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons Street, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, 13057.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.
www.fosterfuneralhome.com

Ron W. Matzke, 63

After a long illness, Ron W. Matzke, 63, of Pennellville, NY, passed away on Monday November 16, 2009. He was surrounded by his caring family. Ron was born in Baldwinsville. He served in the US Army 1966-67. Ron worked for O.C.O., Fulton for 11 years; previously employed by Ryder Truck Rental for 18 years.

Pre-deceased by his mother and father, Geraldine (Sperbeck) and John P. Matzke, Jr.; and his brother, Jack Matzke.

Surviving his loving wife of 43 years, former Patricia Cullen; two daughters, Christy Matzke (Jim Lawson) of Solvay, and Janet Matzke (Rob Cottrell) of Pennellville; three sisters, Connie (Reg) Horner of Phoenix, NY, Anne (Jim) Wyman of Bracey, VA;, Heidi (Kendall) Waldron of Fulton; one brother Thayer (Dawn) Matzke of Bridgeport; two grandchildren, Jessica Lawson, Anthony Lawson; several aunts, nieces, and nephews.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 pm Friday Nov. 20, at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St. Phoenix. Services are at 7 pm with the Rev. Caroline Simmons officiating. Military honors will be offered as well.

Allanson-Glanville-Tappan
315-695-3131

Barbara Parkhurst, 62

Barbara Parkhurst, 62, of Pennellville passed away Thursday at home surrounded by her family.

Born in Watertown, she had lived in the Pennellville area for many years. Barb retired from SYROCO in Baldwinsville in 2005 after more than 25 years. She cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Dave; children, David, Jr., of Central Square, Melissa (Joe) Griffin of Phoenix and Kimberly (Jim) Marlowe of Constantia; her mother, Clarissa Withrow of Carthage; two sisters, Linda Lytle and Ann DiStefano; a brother, Robert Withrow; her mother-in-law, Pearl Evans of Phoenix; two grandchildren, Austin Marlowe and Veronica Griffin; several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Pennellville Cemetery, Co. Rte. 54, Pennellville. Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.
www.fosterfuneralhome.com

Soldiers Receive New Rank, New Responsibilities

Maj. Gen. Joseph J. Taluto, The Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capabilities for additional responsibility and leadership.

Israel Heyward from Pennellville, NY (postal code 13132) and serving with 442d Military Police Co is promoted to the rank of Private 1st Class.

Andrew Shear from Cato, NY (postal code 13033) and serving with 222d Military Police Co is promoted to the rank of Specialist.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.

These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit www.dmna.ny.state.us or www1800goguard.com.

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