Lois E. (Mereweather) Merritt

Lois E. (Mereweather) Merritt, 78, passed away on May 20,
2019. She was predeceased by her husband Joe, of 43
years.
She is survived by her daughters Pam Hansen (SC), Jo
(Terry) Merritt (GA), Melinda Merritt (SC), and Melanie
(Jerry) Meeks (NC; grandchildren Paige (Vinnie) Romanotto
(NY), Nicholas (Kelly) Hansen (SC), Jerry Meeks (NC);
great-grandchildren Cole Faircloth (SC), Lily & Harper
Romanotto (NY), and Aleia Meeks (NC).
Calling hours will be on Friday May 24 from 4 to 7 p.m.
in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main
St., Phoenix, NY 13135.
Funeral mass will be on Saturday May 25 at 9:30 a.m. in
Saint Stephen’s Church, 469 Main St., Phoenix, NY with
the Rev. Joseph E. Scardella officiating. Assisting Father
Scardella will be Deacon Jeffrey Dean.
Burial to follow in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut
Street.

Neil A. “Hawkeye” DeVita

Neil A. “Hawkeye” DeVita, 95, former Phoenix, NY resident,
passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Morningstar
Care Center, Oswego, NY.
Born on June 8, 1923 in Syracuse, NY to his late parents,
Anna (Nappa) and Joseph DeVita.
Neil was a truck driver for Henderson & Johnson Co.,
Syracuse, NY retiring in 1980. Neil was a member of
the Callimicus Lodge # 369 F & M, Phoenix. He was a
member of the Tigris Shrine, a cymbal player, Syracuse.
belonged to Teamsters Local 317, and a union steward,
known as “Sand Man”. Former family partner with Joe’s
Bait Shop, Syracuse.
Predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Shirley E. (Williams)
DeVita in 2013; his daughter Doreen (DeVita) Gardner, his son-in-law Dana P. Gardner, and granddaughter Donya L. Gardner.
Surviving are his son Neil A. DeVita, Jr. (Karen Rupe);
grandchildren Angela DeVita and Nathaniel DeVita; nieces
and nephews Linda & Ed Stoutenger, Nancy & Bill DeLoff,
Larry & Mary Ellen Williams, B. J. Johnson & Linda Elhage,
Judy & Skip Stoutenger; other relatives and friends.
Services will be at the convenience of the family. Burial
will be in Chase Cemetery, State Rt. 48, Phoenix.
Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix has
charge of arrangements.

Contributions in Neil’s memory to: Tigris Shriners,

Alice T. (McMahon) Allen

Alice T. (McMahon) Allen, 86, of Phoenix, NY, passed away
on Friday May 10, 2019 at Saint Luke’s Health Services,
Oswego, NY after a brief stay.
Born on December 16, 1932 in Malone, NY to her late parents
Mary (Driscoll) and Patrick S. McMahon. Alice was a school
teacher in the Phoenix Central School District, retiring in 1992.
A parishioner of St. Stephen’s serving on the Altar Rosary
Society for over 50 years. Her life was centered around her
church. She actively committed herself to others by visiting
shut in people and offered communion to those she called on.
A member of VFW Post 5540 Auxiliary for over 50 years; a
Literacy Volunteer serving as a reading teacher for many years.
Predeceased by her husband of 40 years, Clifford F. Allen on
Feb. 27, 1993; her daughter Christine Gale Sheedy on May
28, 2008.
Surviving are her son Timothy C. “Gweemer” Allen; two
daughters Elizabeth (Richard) Livingston and Donna Bill;
brother-in-law Mart (Nancy) Allen; a sister Kathleen Lashway;
two sister-in-laws Marion McMahon and Adela Pearson;
four grandchildren Thomas Sheedy, Patrick Sheedy, David
Bill and Jessica Jennings; two great-grandchildren Nora Bill
and Ryan Sheedy; several nieces, nephews and many friends.
Calling hours are on Tuesday May 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. in
the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St.,
Phoenix. Prayers will begin on Wednesday May 15, at 8:45
a.m. in the funeral home followed by a 9:30 a.m. mass of Christian burial in Saint Stephen’s Church, 469 Main St.,
Phoenix, NY. The Rev. Joseph Scardella will officiate the
church mass. Deacon Jeff Dean will assist Fr. Scardella.
A committal service will follow in Phoenix Rural Cemetery,
126 Chestnut St., Phoenix,
Contributions in Alice’s memory to: Boys Town, 100 Flanagan
P. O. Box 5000, Boystown, NE 68010.