Wharton E Sprague, known by most as Skip, 83 of Skaneateles NY passed away September 3, 2014. Born and raised in Weedsport, NY he was the son of Kenneth and Frances Sprague. Skip was a veteran of the Korean war, a staff sergeant serving in the Air Force He was an avid reader, he was employed as a hardware sales rep his entire life until retirement and was a man of few words, but one of immense knowledge. He was predeceased by his parents and his friend Doug Boyle. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Ethel Frost Sprague, daughters Laurie Liebman (Jon) of Skaneateles, Debbie Sprague of Skaneateles, Linda Roberts (Roy), of Greenwich Connecticut, Son Allen Sprague (Kim) of Weedsport and daughter Patty Sprague (Mike Morabito) of Skaneateles. Grandchildren Jen, Danny and Zach Liebman and Ashley Smith. Services are private there are no calling hours. Arrangements by Robert D. Gray Funeral Home. To send condolences visit robertdgrayfuneralhome.com
Faulkner, Richard J.
Rochester: Passed peacefully on August 29, 2014 at age 89. Predeceased by his wife, Jane and second wife, Lucille; his brother, William; sisters, Dorothy Powers and Ruth Freeman. Survived by his children, Robert (Carol), Donald (Mary Ellen), and Ann (John) Pennell; grandchildren, Jason (Nicole), Sarah (Steve) Diegel, and Matthew Pennell; great grandchildren, Logan, Savannah Diegel, Seth Diegel, and Scarlett Diegel; sister, M. Joyce Craig; brother-in-law, Lester Wood and sisters-in-law, Linda Diehl and Gertrude Wood; many nieces and nephews.
Richard, a World War II veteran, was awarded the Purple Heart in March 2014 after 70 years. He was an auto mechanic for a short time before joining New York State Electric and Gas where he worked until he retired in 1986. In his retirement, he traveled extensively throughout the world. Family and friends may call at the Robert D. Grey Funeral Home, 49 Jordan St., Skaneateles, NY with calling hours on Monday from 5-8 pm and the funeral service there on Tuesday at 10 am. Memorial contributions can be made to Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center, c\o Lifetime Care Hospice, 3111 S. Winton Rd., Rochester, NY 14623.
Elizabeth S. “Bebe" Painter, 88, of Auburn, died Monday, August 25, 2014. She was born in Auburn, to the late Karl and Elizabeth Schreck. She graduated from Auburn East High and St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Syracuse. Bebe was employed as a registered nurse for many years at Auburn Memorial Hospital. After retirement she traveled extensively with her husband, Bud, visiting every state at least once except Montana and Minnesota. They spent their winters in Tampa, Florida where she was a member of the Incarnation Church, Fountain View Coffee Klatch and Women’s Club. In the summers in Auburn she volunteered at Hospice, played bridge with the Mantel Bridge Club, played golf at Highland Golf Club and was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and Rosary Society. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting and kept her grandchildren and great-grandchildren supplied with mittens and hats. Surviving are her husband of 67 years, Raymond “Bud” Painter; son, Michael, of Florida, daughters, Barbara “Bonnie” (Bob) Rooker of Auburn and Mary “Betsy” (John) Mullane of Cicero; sisters, Barbara Kimak and Mary Gray; 8 grandchildren; Kachelle Painter, Beckie Rooker Johnson, Brian Rooker, Carrie Rooker Love, Randy Hadden, Kelly Hadden Rainisch, Bryan Mullane and Julie Mullane. 21 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by a son, William, brother, Karl Schreck, and sisters; Dorothy Schreck and Jeanne Schofield. Calling hours are from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 6th at Sacred Heart Church, Melrose Rd, Auburn NY with a mass of Christian burial to follow at 11 a.m. in the church. In lieu of flowers contribution may be made to the Cayuga Community College (CCC) William J. Painter Memorial Scholarship c/o Bonnie Rooker, 51 Stryker Ave, Auburn NY 13021. To send condolences visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com
Aurelle Catherine (Wagner) Walton, 99, of Skaneateles, NY, died on August 22, 2014, after a brief illness, surrounded by family. She was born in Auburn on January 2, 1915 to Joseph and Frances Wagner, who had recently settled here from Czechoslovakia. She graduated from East High School in Auburn, NY, and went on to raise 11 children, through whom she was gifted with 30 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren. Aurelle held dearly her Catholic faith. She hardly ceased from providing her loved ones with food and sweet things, with boiled cabbage, baked beans, baked potatoes, chocolate cakes, fruit and cheese kuchens… She loved music, valued education, and felt herself deeply connected to the people and places of upstate New York, her home. Her expressive face—which how often creased suddenly with that mischievous smile—will be lovingly remembered and missed. She lived to see much, and the weight of her years and depth of her achievement will be honored with present sadness, lasting affection, and gratitude.
Aurelle was predeceased in death by her husband of 58 years, David T. Walton, sons David T. Walton and Paul Bart Walton, and grandson Jason Walton; may she be at peace together with them. She is survived by a sister, Frances Scollan of Auburn, NY, and 9 of 11 children: Peter Walton of Skaneateles, NY; Mary Sullivan of Skaneateles, NY; John Walton of Cato, NY; Elizabeth Zebley of Sherrill, NY; Anna Walton of Las Vegas, NM; Aurelle Rath of Skaneateles, NY; Linus Walton of Skaneateles, NY; Francis Walton of Carlyle, IL; and Sheila Walton of Los Angeles, CA. Funeral mass will be held at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, Skaneateles on Monday, August 25th at 9:00am with burial at St. Josephs Cemetery. Donations may be made in her honor to your local food pantry or Saint Mary's Food Pantry in Skaneateles.
Vincent E. Merriman, 88, of Skaneateles “Daddy.” “Papa.” “Grampie.” Passed away suddenly Thursday August 14, 2014. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lakes Catholic Church in Skaneateles, NY. Vince enjoyed blue grass music and square dancing with the Cayuga Cut-ups. He was a long time member of the Mottville Volunteer Fire Department. He was married for 42 years to the love of his life and predeceased by Allie Mae Brewer of Amber and his daughter Kathy.Born in Otisco, he was the son of James Franklin and Margaret Agnes (Flanagan) Merriman and is survived by his children; Donna (Tom), Colleen, Sherey (Jerry) and his siblings Paul, Arlene Swete, and Lucy Swanson and his partner Dolly Flick, 7 grandchildren; Brendan, Tim (Allison), Kristin (Mike), Joe (Sarah), Jen (Tim), Devon and Morgan. He enjoyed 8 great grandchildren; Will, Allie, Ainsleigh, Jace, Christian, Luke, Benny, Allie May. Vince has many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. Vince was an employee of Jones McCrea for many years and was presently employed by the Village of Skaneateles Water Treatment Plant. In addition to his careers he could often be found helping anyone in need whether family, friend or stranger. Day or night, near or far, snow, sleet, rain or sunshine, no deed was too big or small. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, partner and friend. He will be greatly missed. A funeral Mass we be held Wednesday at 10 AM in St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Skaneateles. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Skaneateles. Calling hours will be held Tuesday 4 to 8 PM at the Robert D .Gray Funeral Home 49 Jordan St. Skaneateles.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mottville Fire Co. or St. Mary’s of the Lake food pantry. To send condolences visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com
Eunice Louise Daggett departed this earthly life on August 10, 2014. She was born in New Haven, NY, on a beautiful spring day, March 8, 1931, to the late George Clayton Daggett and Edith May Adams Daggett. She lived in several places before moving to Skaneateles, in 1943. She was a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church since 1952, the Valentine Meyer American Legion Auxiliary in Skaneateles Falls, the Skaneateles Seniors and a member of The Red Hat Society in Melbourne, FL, where she made her winter home. Eunice was a graduate of Skaneateles High School and Powelson Business Institute. She retired from the New Process Gear Division, Chrysler after 33 years of service working first as an Executive Assistant to the Purchasing Manager and then as a Buyer. She is survived by Brother-In-Law, Donald E. Mortin of Melbourne, FL; Sister-In-Law, Fay Daggett, of Asheboro, N.C., Niece, Cynthia Daggett Byrd, Nephew, Stephen A. Daggett, of Asheboro, N.C., and Nephew, Dr. David E. Mortin (Patricia) of Aberdeen, Md. Eunice was predeceased by two sisters and a brother. They were Fay Mortin (Donald) of Melbourne, Fl, Glenice E. Daggett of Skaneateles, NY and George Richard Daggett (Fay) of Asheboro, N.C. She was an avid Yankee fan and enjoyed her sunny winters in Florida. Eunice leaves behind many wonderful friends both north and south. Calling hours will be held Friday 1 to 3 PM with a service to follow at 3 PM at the Robert D. Gray Funeral Home 49 Jordan St. Skaneateles. To send condolences visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com
Mary R. “Pender” McCullough, 98, formerly of Westvale, died Monday. Born in Syracuse she was a communicant of St. Charles Church, and was a member of the Westvale Art Club. Surviving are 3 sons H. Joseph (Kathy) of Auburn, Michael (Sharon) of Creston, Iowa; and Mark (Marilyn) McCullough of Torrance, CA; 2 daughters-in-law Patricia and Sandy McCullough, 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents Dr. W.M. Pendergast and his wife Mary, her husband Harry, her son Steven, an infant daughter Kathleen, 2 brothers Dr. Walter and Robert Pendergast and a sister Dr. Kathleen Pendergast. A Funeral Mass will be held 10 AM Friday at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Skaneateles. Burial in the Pendergast Family Cemetery, Phoenix. Calling hours Thursday 7 to 9 PM at the Robert D. Gray Funeral Home 49 Jordan St. Skaneateles. Contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or a charity of your choice. To send condolences visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com
THOMAS J. CASA, of Auburn, passed peacefully on August 1, 2014 in his 93rd year. He was predeceased by Elizabeth his wife of 59 years. He is survived by his daughter Michele (Robert) Allan of Skaneateles, his son Michael (Ruby) Casa of Johns Island, SC and Moravia, five grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren, his brother Frank (Fran) Casa and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Josephine Colella. Tom was very proud of his service in the Navy both in WWII and the Korean Conflict. His first career was with General Electric where Tom’s skills were needed for months at a time in distant places like Germany and Turkey and the Aleutian Islands. His second career was as a technician for Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES. In his late 50’s, Tom joined the Merchant Marine as a radio officer assigned to various large sea-going oil tankers. A true Renaissance Man, Tom played the saxophone professionally, read prodigiously, tried his hand at painting, was a Ham radio operator (W2XK), played golf at Highland, stayed true to his faith, traveled the world extensively and, even in his 90’s, was using his computer and iPad for e-mail and playing chess. Always a charmer, Tom would regale all who would listen with tales of his excursions around the world – Singapore, the Philippines, South America, Istanbul, to name a few! A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Alphonsus Church, East Genesee Street, Auburn, NY on Saturday August 9, 2014 at 11:00 am followed by interment of his ashes at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. To send condolences visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com
Roy Lewis, formerly of Camillus and Skaneateles, died Wednesday at age 96. He was born on a farm in LaMoure, ND and graduated from Washington State University with an electrical engineering degree. He worked for General Electric in Schnectady, Clyde, Auburn, and Singapore. He was married to Mildred Lois Armstrong (deceased) for 63 years. He enjoyed woodworking, summers on Skaneateles Lake, and international affairs. Survived by daughter Karen, her husband Ron Beavers, and granddaughter Ashley Beavers. We wish to thank Alterra Summerfield Village and the Iroquois Nursing Home for all their kind care. Burial is private. To send condolences visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com
Mary Lou Hasenjager, 73, of Moravia, died Friday July 25, 2014. She was born in Cortland and lived in Skaneateles Falls for many years before moving to Moravia in 1984. She was a 1958 graduate of Cortland High School and a member of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Mottville.
Surviving are her husband William, 2 sons William Jr. (Mary-Kay) and Robert Hasenjager both of Aurora, 2 grandchildren Sydney and Louis, and special friends Linda Cottrell of Tully and Birgitte Keegan of Otisco. She will always be remembered for her Fourth of July parties at the lake.
Services are private. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Finger Lakes 1130 Corporate Dr. Auburn, NY 13021, or Make a Wish Foundation 5005 Campuswood Dr. E. Syracuse 13057.
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