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September 26, 2018

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Dolores Irene Dempsey, 81


Dolores Irene Dempsey.

Dolores Irene Dempsey.

Dolores Irene Dempsey, 81, of Oswego, formerly of Fulton, passed away Saturday after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Fulton, a daughter to the late George and Gladys Pooler. Dolores graduated from Fulton High School in 1948 and from the St. Louis Institute of Music in 1951. Dolores was a musical virtuoso of concert pianist caliber and was a music teacher for over 55 years, teaching piano and organ.

She was instrumental in the formation and operation of Dempsey’s Sports shops in Fulton, Oswego, and Syracuse, serving as a bookkeeper for many years.

Dolores enjoyed her family, traveling, bird watching, gardening, reading, attending car shows with her husband and all forms of music. She was a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Fulton Garden Club. Dolores was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Oswego.

In addition to her parents, Dolores was predeceased by a daughter, Rhonna, in 1963 and by a son, Bryan, in 1964.

Dolores Irene Dempsey, in a photo from 1947.

Dolores Irene Dempsey, in a photo from 1947.

She is survived by her dedicated, loving husband of 59 years, John W. “Bill” Dempsey; three sons, Randy (Patricia) Dempsey, Mike (Lori) Dempsey and Kerry (Tina) Dempsey all of Fulton; a daughter, Michelle Dempsey of Vermont; a brother, Norman (Ann) Pooler of Fulton; sister-in-law, Marcia Ross of Florida; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren, and two nephews. She is also survived by her faithful dogs, Inky and Lucy.

There will be no calling hours. Memorial services are 7 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, Oswego.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mrs. Dempsey may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 45 East Utica St., Oswego, NY 13126 or to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton, has care of arrangements.

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5 Responses “Dolores Irene Dempsey, 81”

  1. MRS. ROSE A. VAN ALSTYNE
    April 10, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    BILL AND FAMILY-
    SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT DELORES—-I AM SO GLAD WE GOT TO HAVE THAT “LONG” TALK ON THE PHONE—-
    MANY AN EVENING, I SAT OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSE UNDER THE STREET LIGHT READING, WAITING FOR OUR GIRLS WHILE DELORES APPLIED HER CRAFT!!!
    IT SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY.
    OUR THOUGHT & PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.
    ROSE ANN, TERRY & AMY

  2. Wendy Falanga
    April 11, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Chelle, Mike & Family,

    We love you all . . . .

    Dan & Wendy

  3. kim snow
    April 13, 2011 at 8:16 am

    dear mr. dempsey , i am so sorry for your loss,

  4. Peg Hangosky Ludwig
    April 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Bill and family: I am so sorry to hear about Dolores. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God give you the strength to cope with this loss. I was so glad that I was able to meet with you both this past fall while Dolores was alive. I really enjoyed seeing you both as well as Randy and Pat’s family. I only wish I had been able to spend more time visiting with you all. God bless you all. I am so sad for you all.

    Peg Hangosky Ludwig (Bill’s first cousin, in Indiana)

  5. April 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Michelle and Family

    I am sad to hear your mom passed Michelle, Prayers are with you all.

    Phil

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