Helen A. Barney, 94

OSWEGO, NY – Helen A. Barney, 94, a resident of Oswego, passed away on Monday February 3, 2014, at the Morningstar Care Center.

Born in Westville, NY, she was the daughter of the late George and Lucy (McClain) Learned and had attended Franklin County schools.

She retired from General Electric in Syracuse after 35 years of service.

Helen was an avid bowler and loved to play bingo.

Surviving are her son, Douglas (Carol) Barney of Southwest Oswego; three daughters, Donna (John) Sawyer of Southwest Oswego, Judy Schappe of Malone and Deborah Boeglin of Oswego; a brother, Irwin Learned of Granby; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Erwin J. “Buster” Barney, in 1997.

A celebration of life will be held at the home of her granddaughter, Rene Sawyer, 714 County Route 20, Oswego, on Tuesday, February 11 from 2-8 p.m.

Arrangements are in care of the Dowdle Funeral Home.

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  1. I’d like to first correct the spelling of my Aunt’s name. Judy Schaap of Malone is a surviving daughter. Also, Deborah’s last name is McLymond not Boeglin as printed. All 4 of Helen and Buster’s children love and miss them dearly. As do all of their grandchildren. Their grandchildren include Erwin (Lori) Sawyer, Helen (Anthony) DiMartino, Jennifer (Todd) Morris, Yolanda West, Calvin (Amanda) Fellows, Donna (Jackie Lomire) Fellows, John Fellows, Tanya (Gary) Crego, Tara (Robert) Huffman, Trisha (Chris) MacCaull, Andrew (Catrina) McLymond, Brooke McLymond, Colene McLymond, Danielle Boeglin, and Marissa Olcott-McLymond.

    We could not have asked for better or more loving grandparents. They taught us to value our family and to love and respect each other. This core value of family is why many of grew up and remain best friends today. Thank you Grandma and Granpa for leaving us as your legacy. My hope is that we make you proud. May you both find peace in each other’s arms.

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