Submitting an Obituary
We will share the news of a SUNY Oswego college community member’s death when we receive the information from a family member, friend or another source in the form of a previously published notice, typically from a newspaper or funeral home. Please send such notices to the Office of Alumni Relations, c/o In Memoriam, SUNY Oswego, Oswego NY 13126; or email email@example.com.
Joyce Smith Parsell ’39 of Watertown, N.Y., died Oct. 4, 2017. She taught in elementary schools for many years.
Dominic Giambo ’41 of Watkins Glen, N.Y., died Dec. 29, 2017. Dominic served in World War II from 1942 to 1946 as an aircraft machinist. He taught industrial arts for 35 years. Surviving are his children Carol Giambo Taber ’65, Robert Giambo ’74, David Giambo and Deborah Kiteveles; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Marshall Schmitt ’41 of Springfield, Va., died June 18, 2017. He earned a master’s degree at Ohio State and a Ph.D. at Penn State. Marshall began his career at Red Creek (N.Y.) Central School teaching industrial arts. Later, he was a specialist for industrial arts for the U.S. Office of Education. Marshall is survived by his daughter, Marsha Harris.
Albert Johnson ’48 of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., died Dec. 6, 2017. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II. Al earned a master’s degree at New York University. He taught from 1948 to 1969 in the Haverstraw-Stony Point (N.Y.) Central School District (now North Rockland), and retired as principal at the James A. Farley Middle School in 1983. He also taught engineering drawing for several years at Rockland Community College. Surviving are his companion, Joyce Sellers, five children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Geraldine Scanlon Jones ’48 of Oswego died Nov. 12, 2017. She was a teacher in the Oswego City School District for many years. Gerry is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Diane Fischer Jones ’73 and Patrick and Patricia Bach Jones ’78; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sisters, including Eleanor Scanlon Notarpole ’43 and Martha Scanlon Devine ’44.
Louis Cortese ’49 of Boynton Beach, Fla., died Nov. 14, 2017. He served with the U.S. Army and later earned a master’s degree from New York University. Louis taught industrial arts at St. Joseph’s Home Peekskill, N.Y., until his retirement. He was also chief of auxiliary police in Peekskill for several years. Louis is survived by two children, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
John Ellis ’49 of Cortland, N.Y., died May 9, 2016. He began his teaching career in Williamsburg, Va., and returned to New York state in 1951 to teach industrial arts at Homer Central School, retiring in 1983. Surviving are his daughters, Eileen Ellis Bianchi ’77 and Evelyn Rybaltowski, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Edith Maloney Knight ’50 of Oswego died Nov. 10, 2017. She was an educator for 25 years in the Oswego City and Mexico Central school districts. Edith was a longtime member of the SUNY Oswego Alumni Board of Directors, and was a recipient of the Oswego Alumni Distinguished Service Award. She is survived by four children, Burt, Thomas, Michael and Kathleen; 10 grandchildren, including Julia Knight ’17; and four great-grandchildren.
Carol Fletcher Adams ’51 of Wadsworth, Ohio, died Dec. 23, 2017. Carol taught in Monticello and Liverpool, N.Y., and Brook Park and Elyria, Ohio. She is survived by five children, 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Joanne DeLuca Russell ’51 of Norwich, N.Y., died Jan. 21, 2017. She taught for many years in Norwich City Schools. Surviving are her husband, William, two children, two granddaughters and a great-grandson.
William Hardy ’52 of Wilder, Vt., died Aug. 6, 2017. He served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Bill earned a master’s degree from the University at Buffalo and taught in the Rochester area for many years. He is survived by two children and five grandchildren. Bill was predeceased by his wife, Mary Ann Hansen Hardy ’52.
Douglas MacIntosh ’55 of Hudson Falls, N.Y., died Nov. 2, 2017. He earned master’s degrees from the Biblical Seminary and Siena College. Doug taught industrial arts at Hudson Falls Junior High School for 32 years. He is survived by his wife, Diane Vincent MacIntosh ’70, and two foster sons.
Louise Davis ’56 of Liverpool, N.Y., died Nov. 21, 2017. She earned an MBA at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was a manager for General Electric for many years. Louise is survived by her sister, Diane DuMond, and nieces and nephews.
Nancy Blodgett Trust ’56 of Pulaski, N.Y., died Aug. 30, 2017. She taught in Minetto, Orwell and Sandy Creek, retiring after 31 years. With her husband, she owned and operated Trust Nursery in Pulaski for 58 years. Nancy is survived by her husband, Charles (Dick); three children; nine grandchildren, including Brandie Edick ’16; and a great-granddaughter.
John Lombardi ’57 of Forest, Va., died Nov. 7, 2016. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. John taught at Longwood High School in Middle Island, N.Y., until his retirement in 1985. He is survived by his wife, Mildred; two children, John and Lynette; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Frank McCabe ’57 of Dalton, Mass., died Nov. 19, 2017. He earned graduate degrees in education from the City College of New York, Buffalo State College and SUNY New Paltz. Frank was an industrial arts teacher for 25 years, and later a school administrator. Surviving are his wife, Eileen Gore McCabe ’57, six children, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Thomas Orr ’58 of Long Prairie, Minn., died July 9, 2017. Tom entered the U.S. Navy in 1958 and served for 22 years as a carrier pilot on the USS Essex, a parachutist in the Antarctic and a finance/logistics officer at several locations, retiring in 1980. Following his service with the Navy, he moved his family to their dairy and sheep farm in Long Prairie. Tom is survived by his wife, Barbara Bowne Orr ’59, five children, 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Joseph Singleton ’58 of Mattituck, N.Y., died Nov. 21, 2016. He earned a master’s degree at New York University and was an educator on Long Island for 35 years, serving as assistant superintendent in Syosset, Western Suffolk BOCES and other districts. Surviving are his wife, Mary Lou Keane Singleton ’57, four sons and 10 grandchildren.
Annlyn Harrold Warner ’58 of Oswego died Sept. 27, 2017. She began her teaching career in the Rochester and Syracuse areas before returning to Oswego, where she taught reading at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School for the remainder of her career. Annlyn is survived by her husband, William; three children; four siblings, including Christopher ’80 and Mary Burnham Harrold ’80; and seven grandchildren.
John Harmeling ’59 of Green Cove Springs, Fla., died Dec. 8, 2017. He was a teacher and guidance counselor in the North Babylon (N.Y.) School District for 35 years. John is survived by his wife, Dorothy, two sons and nine grandchildren.
Joseph Farinola ’60 of Chapel Hill, N.C., died Sept. 27, 2017. He served with the U.S. Army and earned an Ed.D. at the University at Albany. He taught in the Syracuse and Jamesville-Dewitt school districts, and was a high school principal in Cobleskill, assistant superintendent of the Tompkins-Tioga-Seneca BOCES and superintendent of schools for Lawrence Township Schools in Lawrenceville, N.J. Prior to retiring, Joe was the district superintendent of Monroe County BOCES for 15 years. In retirement, Joe was a part-time JobLink counselor for Alamance Community College. Surviving are his wife, Kathy, four daughters, two stepchildren and seven grandchildren.
Nellie Garbus Mathews ’60 of Hannibal, N.Y., died Sept. 10, 2017. She taught in the Baldwinsville (N.Y.) Central School District for 30 years. Nellie is survived by her son, Richard Garbus, and her sister, Lucy Frank.
Anne Godici Rapp ’60 of Columbus, Ohio, died Oct. 4, 2017. She began her teaching career in California, and after moving to Columbus, she worked as a substitute teacher while raising her family. She worked as an editor for MacMillan McGraw Hill, AT&T, Paul Werth and Rockwell International; was employed by the Secretary of State’s office; and was the operations manager for the Spirituality Network. She is survived by her husband, Wayne; five children; nine grandchildren; and five siblings, including Francis Godici ’64, James ’68 and Diane Godici Huckabee ’68, Robert ’73 and Christine Godici Holmes ’97.
Donna Fry True ’62 of Port Richey, Fla., died Feb. 19, 2017. She taught in New York, California and Hawaii before moving to Florida, where she spent 15 years in New Port Richey at Anclote Elementary School. Donna retired in 1995 after 30 years in education. She is survived by her husband, Joseph; sisters, Marjorie Fry Powers ’55 and Katherine Fry Newland; and several nieces and nephews.
Phyllis Fenske ’64 of Oswego died Dec. 31, 2017. She earned a master’s degree at Indiana University and taught at SUNY Cobleskill, several Christian schools and later at Oneonta (N.Y.) Elementary School. Surviving are her sister, Nancy Fenske, and nieces and nephews.
Norman Remsen ’64 of Bethlehem, Conn., died Sept. 4, 2017. He earned a master’s degree at Western Connecticut State University. Norman began his teaching career in Valley Stream, N.Y., before moving to New Milford, Conn, where he taught from 1970 until his retirement in 2015. He is survived by his wife, Judith Seewald Remsen ’65; his children, Glenn and Dawn; and four grandchildren.
William Stessen ’65 of Syracuse, N.Y., died Aug. 23, 2017. He spent 37 years as a teacher, most recently in the West Genesee Central School District. Bill is survived by his wife, Kathleen Hinchman, and two children.
John Daken ’66 of North Tonawanda, N.Y., died Sept. 28, 2017. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1961 to 1968. He was a guidance counselor at Sweet Home High School in Amherst for more than 20 years. Following his retirement, he worked as a regional admissions counselor for SUNY Oswego for several years. John was a member of the Oswego Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2000-2014. He is survived by his wife, Joann; his daughters, Jennifer Daken, Susan Daken Wadosky and Colleen Klaes; and six grandchildren.
Ethelyn Shaw Kern ’66 of Raymond, Maine, died Dec. 30, 2017. She began her career as a teacher then worked at the Islip (N.Y.) public library for over 10 years. Lyn is survived by her husband, Joseph, three daughters and five grandchildren.
Elvira Leoniewa Bourgon ’67 of El Paso, Texas, died Feb. 3, 2015. She taught in the El Paso School District for many years. Ellie is survived by her husband, Marcel; her mother, Olga Czerepin; two children and a granddaughter.
Beth Gilmore Sherman ’67 of Oswego died Oct. 5, 2017. She was a substitute teacher in the Oswego City School District, and worked at the Coffee Connection and Wayne’s Drugs. Beth was predeceased by her husband, Peter Sherman ’65. She is survived by sons, Christopher and Gregory, and a grandson.
Joseph Viola ’67 of North White Plains, N.Y., died May 27, 2015. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Joseph was a retired truck driver with Local 456 in Elmsford, N.Y. Surviving are his wife, Barbara, two children and two grandsons.
Edward Shattuck ’68 of Carbondale, Colo., died Dec. 29, 2016. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Cuban missile crisis and blockade. Prior to retiring and moving to Colorado, Ed worked for the Commission for the Blind in Portland, Ore. He is survived by his wife, Julie; her sons, John and Andre Mpitsos; sisters, Claudia Shattuck Szitar M’72 and Mary Shattuck Bush; and brother, John. Ed was predeceased by his parents, Edward ’41 and Mary Shattuck.
Helen Galusha Devitt ’71 of San Antonio, Texas, died June 21, 2017. She earned a degree in library science from Syracuse University and worked as a school librarian in Fulton, N.Y., and San Antonio. Helen is survived by four daughters, 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and her siblings, Alfred ’57 and Donna Galusha Allen ’57 and Nancy Galusha Thomas.
Alfred Fergerson ’71 of North Syracuse, N.Y., died Nov. 17, 2017. He was also a graduate of Onondaga Community College and Simmons School of Mortuary Science. He was the owner of Fergerson Funeral Home and was the deputy mayor for the Village of North Syracuse. Fred is survived by his wife, Patricia, and two children.
Jacalyn Ryan ’72 of Oswego died Oct. 14, 2017. Prior to retiring in 2010, Jaci was an employee benefit specialist for Oswego County. She is survived by aunts and cousins.
Carl Elliott ’73 of Centennial, Colo., died April 27, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a son, Steven; three grandsons; his mother, Virginia Aldrich; and three brothers, Paul, David and Michael.
Wayne Bardua ’74 of Palm Coast, Fla., died Oct. 29, 2017. Prior to retirement, he taught 5th grade in Highland Falls, N.Y. Wayne is survived by his wife, Patricia; his mother, Jean; and three stepchildren.
Wendolyn Saunders Havey ’76 of Syracuse, N.Y., died Sept. 23, 2017. She worked at ADP for 35 years. Wendy is survived by her husband, James, and daughters, Meredith and Lauren.
Angela Barone Wilking ’77 of Oswego died Aug. 14, 2017. She worked as a piano teacher, and wrote and composed music and hymns. She is survived by her husband, Brian.
Charles Gerber ’79 of Camden, N.Y., died Sept. 24, 2017. He worked at Camden Wire Co. as a supervisor of accounting before returning to the family business, Camden Collision, in 1990. He retired in January 2017. Chuck is survived by four siblings, and his nieces and nephews.
Joan Pynes ’79 of Tampa, Fla., died July 6, 2017. She earned a Ph.D. from Florida Atlantic University and was a professor of public administration at the University of South Florida. Joan is survived by her husband, Michael McNaughton.
Thomas Topping ’79 of Murfreesboro, Tenn., died Nov. 11, 2016. Tom served with the U.S. Navy before coming to SUNY Oswego. He is survived by his siblings, Phyllis Powers, and Alfred and Robert Topping; and his nieces and nephews.
Dale Tripp ’81 of Hartsville, S.C., died Oct. 28, 2017. He had been vice president of Anderson Brass since 2001. Dale is survived by his wife, Audrey Richards Tripp ’81; sons, Joshua and Garrett; brother, Wayne; sister, Donna; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kenvyn ’53, Professor Emeritus of Industrial Arts Technology at Oswego, and Jane Richards.
Betty Cooper ’83 of Syracuse, N.Y., died Aug. 13, 2017. Prior to retiring, she taught in the Syracuse City School District for 20 years. Betty is survived by six children and several grandchildren.
Mickey Boucher ’85 of Lockport, N.Y., died Dec. 20, 2017. He earned a master’s degree at the University at Buffalo. Mickey was a social worker for New Directions Youth and Family Services for 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Julie Cowe Boucher ’85; his children, Justin and Janine; his parents, Wayne and Joan Boucher; and his sister, Michelle Boucher McGriff ’89.
Patricia Johnson Carlton ’86 of Delmar, N.Y., died Feb. 21, 2017. She was a teacher and an administrator, most recently serving as principal in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District. Tricia is survived by her husband, David Caso; her children, Dylan and Melana Carlton; and stepchildren, Sam and Ben Caso.
Joseph Dugandzic ’86 of Cranford, N.J., died Jan. 7, 2017. He was a high school English teacher for over 20 years. Joe is survived by his wife, Maureen, and his children, Kerry and Richie.
Maureen Perkins Murphy ’87 of Fayetteville, N.Y., died Nov. 30, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Dennis, three children, two grandchildren, her parents, Ernest and RoseMarie Perkins, and her sisters.
Ann Marie Satalino DelPriore ’89 M’95 of Cicero, N.Y., died Nov. 20, 2017. She worked at Park Hill Pre-K for more than 23 years. Ann Marie is survived by her husband, Dominic, and son, Domenico.
Michele Desrosiers ’93 of Carthage, N.Y., died Sept. 21, 2017. She was a 1991 graduate of Jefferson Community College and a 1996 graduate of the University of Mississippi. Michele had recently retired from the Carthage Free Library. Surviving are two children and three grandchildren.
Lois Dominy Ensby ’93 of Baldwinsville, N.Y., died Dec. 27, 2017. Lois worked at the Bonanza Restaurant in Liverpool for more than 20 years. She earned an associate’s degree at SUNY Canton and later attended SUNY Oswego. Lois is survived by her husband, Richard; sons, Michael and Stephen; daughters, Lynda Ensby Slater ’98, Machell Ensby Jones ’88 and Stephany Ensby Collins ’99; 13 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
Timothy Sherman ’95 M’98 of Fulton, N.Y., died Nov. 16, 2017. He is survived by his parents,John ’61 and Laura Sherman; his brother and sister-in-law, Ted and Angela Sherman and their children.
Beverly Breen, Bursar Emerita, died Dec. 15, 2017. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Syracuse University. Beverly is survived by six children and 11 grandchildren.
William Doll, former Associate Professor of Elementary Education, died Dec. 27, 2017. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree from Boston University and a Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. He taught at Oswego from 1971 until 1985. He is survived by his wife, Donna, and his children, stepchildren and grandchildren.
Walter Freimanis, Professor Emeritus of Music, died June 11, 2017. He taught in Oswego’s music department for many years, retiring in 2003. Walter is survived by his wife, Edith, siblings, nieces and nephews.
John Maceri, former Instructor of Public Justice, died Oct. 24, 2017. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College and a master’s degree from Syracuse University. He taught community corrections and the senior seminar at Oswego for over 25 years. John is survived by his sister-in-law, nieces and nephews.