Clara Sheldon Vant, 88

Clara Sheldon Vant
Clara Sheldon Vant

Clara Sheldon Vant, 88, of Fulton, passed away Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at St. Luke Residential Health Services in Oswego. She was born on February 21, 1922 to Macel and Cassie Gilbert Sheldon and was a life resident of the Fulton-Volney area with the exception of a recent ten year period in Penn Yan. She had attended Weed Rural School, Fulton High School class of 1941 and was a 1943 graduate of Canton College with a degree in Home Economics.

Clara married Joseph J. Vant on August 1, 1945 and together ran a successful dairy farm for over 30 years. She was the chief fire dispatcher for the Volney Volunteer Fire Department for over 25 years, a member of the Fire Department Auxiliary and was sworn in as a Volney Fireman.

She was a communicant of The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Fulton. Clara was a 4H Leader, member of the Volney Senior Citizens and Fulton Women’s Club.

She took pride in having worked the election polls for District 3 in Volney for over 40 years and at one time was a Republican Committee Person.

Clara was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Joseph J. Vant, who died in 1990, by her brother, Kenneth Sheldon and granddaughter, Valerie Spanneut Steele.

Surviving are three daughters, Joanne (Paul) Horrell of Hannibal; Bernice (Gene) Spanneut and Charlotte (Robert) Gillespie all of Penn Yan; five sons, William Vant of Rouses Point, James Vant and Joseph (Michelle) Vant Jr. all of Fulton, Vincent (Linda) Vant of Oswego and Steven (Janet) Vant of West Valley; 25 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Clara will be remembered by those who knew her for the Four F’s: Family, Friends, Food and Faith.

Services will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Church, corner of Rochester and South Third Streets, Fulton with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fulton. Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Volney Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, P.O. Box 190, Fulton, 13069 or to Alzheimer’s Association, 441 W. Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse 13204.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.


  1. Entire Vant Family.
    So sorry to hear of your Moms passing. She was a great women whom always treated everyone with respect and courtesy. Her and Old Papa will allways be in my memories.

    Robin Cooper
    Inverness, fl.

  2. Dear Joanne, Bernice, and other Vant family members,
    It is always sad to see an old friend and acquaintance pass. I have known your mom since our high school days. She was always a kind and caring person. I am sure she will be missed by you and the many residents of Volney whom she knew and helped. She was one of those people who made a difference in life in Volney Center.

    Of course, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Arlene Sikes Okoniewski and Rusty Okoniewski,
    Casselberry, Florida

  3. Our deepest sympathies go out to all of you. Our memories are full of good times with the Vant & Wilber families spending time together. Good memories will never fade.

  4. Charlotte and family
    Sorry to hear about your Mom. She always greeted me with a smile when we would see each other. She was a great lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family.

  5. To my cousins and their families,
    There’s not a day in the last few years we haven’t shared thoughts and even time together! Our lives have always intertwined, of course. Now it seems we bear losses together– a result of time flying by so quickly.
    My memories of being together at holidays are as fresh now as when we were celebrating. Suet pudding, finding a Christmas tree to cut down, food that never stopped and of course the yearly Volney parade by the party site! My Uncle Joe and Aunt Clara, my only “real” first generation relatives and all of you were very important to all of us. I wish my mother could be with you today, I am glad for the support Clara & Jane have given each other these last two years.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


  6. My thoughts are with all the Vant family sorry for your loss she was a very lovely lady she’ll be missed

  7. To the Vant Family…I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you all loved your mom…my deepest sympathy. Joanne, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. To Joanne and All the Vant family…Our Sympathy and prayers go out to you
    all. Your Mom was a very special lady…Suzie Acker Place

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