Ernest Valelunga, 91

FULTON, NY – Ernest Valelunga, 91, of Fulton, passed away Tuesday October 28, 2014, peacefully at St. Luke Health Services, Oswego.

He was born in Fulton, NY, to the late James and Anna (Fichera) Valelunga.

Ernest Valelunga
Ernest Valelunga

Mr. Valelunga remained a lifetime resident of Fulton.

He was past employed with Valelunga’s Grocery Store, Fulton, for 10 years, Valelunga’s Muck Farm and the West Side Hardware where he was partnered with his brother-in-law Joseph Galletta.

He also owned and operated Rural Supply Hardware, Fulton, before retiring from General Electric, Syracuse, after 10 years of service.

Mr. Valelunga enjoyed fishing and was an avid fisherman.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Nancy Quinn, in 2005; and sister, Catherine Galletta, in 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Doris Valelunga of Fulton; their three children: Vincent Valelunga of Fulton, Patricia (Daniel) Hall of Fulton and Sharon (David) Reiter of Arizona; sisters: Laura Browning of Scarsdale, NY, and Mary Anne Brunwin of California; three grandchildren: Eileen (Aaron) Quinn Fritton, and Dayna and Devin Reiter; two great-grandchildren: Kylie and Cole Fritton; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton, with Rev. Robert Stephenson officiating.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours will be held 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., Fulton.


  1. Vince&Patty,
    Sorry to hear of the loss of your dad.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.R.I.P.

  2. I am deeply sorry to hear of the loss of Ernie. He was one of the finest men that I had the pleasure of knowing. I had several rental properties years ago in Fulton and whenever I needed plumbing supplies he always was there to help me out. When I bought my first home on west 2nd street at 21 years of age it needed a lot of work. I went to Ernie for my plumbing needs & he said get what what you need kid and pay me later. That’s the kind of man he was and I will always be greatful & remember him that way. As well as his big Smile.
    R.I.P Mr. Valelunga Patrick Waterhouse

  3. Sorry to hear about Ernie he was such a great man to talk with and had a smile that would make you smile when u seen him. RIP big Ernie

  4. Doris, Vince, Patty and Family,

    Pam and I were grieved to read of Ernie’s passing. There a few really good people around these days, and now there is one less. Remembering back in the late ‘60’s when we first met, I thought that no one could be that nice. He was an inspiration for me for many years and in many ways. Though I haven’t seen him in the past few years, Ernie have often been in my thoughts. What a wonderful couple him & Doris made and we’re so happy to be friends with this great family, everyone should be so blessed. Please know that our prayers are with you all. Ernie is in a better place, where there is no pain or sorrow. Memories are a precious thing. When you remember him, he’ll will still be with you in your heart. We loved him and we will miss him as well. Our sympathies to you and your family, may the wonderful memories help to ease your pain.

    Those we love don’t go away
    They walk beside us everyday
    unseen, unheard, but always near,
    still loved, still missed and very dear

  5. Ernie was such a nice man! I always liked stopping to chat with him as he sat on his porch on West First. He will definitely be with the angels!
    My sympathy to his family,
    Bonnie Travet

  6. Ernest was a good man. Great to talk to always had a smile and a compliment for everyone. May he rest with the Lord, free of suffering and pain. He will be greatly missed.

  7. Dear Doris, Vince, Patty and family,

    Thinking of you all and keeping you in prayer.
    He will always be with you and will always be with us in spirit
    as we remember him working and waving from his yard on the corner of Phillip and First!
    God’s Peace.

  8. Like others, Ernie helped us out so many times when we needed supplies for our old house. He always treated us like a friend not just a customer.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ernie’s family.
    Hank & Diane Wood

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