A Legend Passes; Cazenovia Curmudgeon Dies at 85

The Human Condition

By Martha E. Conway

(Cazenovia, NY – Aug. 3, 2014) A great man left our community and this earth Sunday. Donald W. Krueger, more famously known as the Cazenovia Curmudgeon, died Aug. 3 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Syracuse after struggling with health issues for a prolonged […]

Obituaries: Mary B. Fellows

Mary B. Fellows, 71, of 225 Farrier Avenue, Oneida, died Thursday, February 27, 2014, at her home, following a lengthy illness.

She was born on June 1, 1942, in Canastota, the daughter of Raymond Stage and Theresa Relyea Ptak.

Mary spent her early years in Canastota, graduating from Canastota High School in 1960. She […]

Obituary: Ruth O. Ackley, 87

Ruth Olive (Howard) Conway Ackley, 87

(Onondaga) Ruth Olive Ackley, 87, died at Loretto Nursing Home Feb. 13, 2014, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Ruth was born at home in Clark’s Hollow, New York, June 24, 1926, to Orliss Bacon and Elsie (Berean) Howard. She received her primary education at Fabius-Pompey Central School […]

Obituary: Janet (Spawn) Westerberg

(Chittenango, NY – Feb. 2014) Janet (Spawn) Westerberg, 86, lost her battle with a long illness Feb. 5, 2014, while at Blossom View Nursing Home. She is the beloved wife of and survived by husband John C. She leaves her son, Douglas; daughter-in-law, Marty; two grandchildren, Kim (Dan) Verdine and James; two great grandchildren, […]

Obituaries: Richard J. “Dick” Frink

(Canastota, NY – Dec. 2013) Richard J. “Dick” Frink, 55, of 207 Wilson Ave., Canastota died on Tuesday December 3, 2013 at Crouse Hospital following a lengthy illness.

He was born on February 26, 1958 in Canastota, the son of Robert L. and Marcia Albanese Frink.

Dick lived in Canastota all of his life […]

Obituary: Frank J. DiChristina

Frank J. “Coach Di” DiChristina, 79, of Chittenango passed away Tuesday Oct. 15, 2013 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.

Frank was born on August 22, 1934 in Bronx, NY, son of Thomas and Mildred DiChristina.

After graduation from Evander Childs High School in the Bronx, Frank matriculated to Brockport State University where he received a […]

Flower Pot Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini Dies at 89

By Margo Frink

(Chittenango, NY – Aug. 7, 2013) Margaret Pellegrini, who played the flower pot Munchin and one of the sleepy head kids in the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz,” died this morning around 7 a.m. near her home in Phoenix, Ariz., according to Colleen Zimmer, one of the organizers of the Oz-Stravaganza […]

Lebanon Town Board Pays Tribute to Deland Niles

Dear Lebanon Residents:

On behalf of the Lebanon Town Board, I am saddened to report the loss of a friend and community institution for the Town of Lebanon.

Deland Niles, 55, of Bradley Brook Road, passed away Thursday July 18, 2013 at his home.

Deland leaves behind two sons and many other family locally and […]

Obituary: Donald H. Behr, 84

(Oneida, NY –May 2013) Donald H. Behr, 84, of 223 North Street, Oneida, died Tuesday, May 7, from complications from injuries from a fall at his home on Monday. He was surrounded by loving family at Oneida Healthcare at the time of his passing./

Don was born May 27, 1928, in Oneida, the son of […]

Obituary: Leonard Heath, 67

(Waterville, NY – May 2013) A legend of sorts has passed away. On April 14, 2013, Leonard Heath, 67, of Waterville, New York, went to the big tractor pull in the sky.

Tractor pull fans will remember Leonard as the big guy with the whistling, flying 1086 who won nearly every pull he entered; Leonard […]

Hundreds Bid Farewell to Basilio

Carmen Basilio, right, and Dickie DiVeronica are pictured together during the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend in June 2007. (Photo by Margo Frink)

(Canastota, NY – Feb. 2013) A memorial mass was held at St. Agatha’s Church Feb. 9 to say goodbye to Canastota’s world boxing champion Carmen Basilio. Despite frigid temperatures in […]

To the Family of Mayor Hudson

(Oct. 20,2012) On behalf of the staff at the Madison County Courier we would like to send our deepest sympathies to the family of Oneida Mayor Donald Hudson, who passed away last night.

He was one of the finest men we knew and will truly be missed.

The bottom photo was taken by one of […]