Lois E. (Mereweather) Merritt

Lois E. (Mereweather) Merritt, 78, passed away on May 20,
2019. She was predeceased by her husband Joe, of 43
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

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.

Richard Murray Den Bleyker

Richard Murray Den Bleyker of Phoenix, NY died April 26, 2019 at St Joseph’s Hospital Syracuse, NY. Born August 30, 1951 Syracuse, NY. Predeceased by parents Richard & Skeets (Murray) Den Bleyker. Dick devoted his life to family and friends and was greatly respected by all who knew him.
He was a retired Oswego County Sheriff Sgt serving for 10 years, also retired from Entergy. He was a Master Mason of Callimachus Masonic Lodge 369 and Shriner member of Media Lodge.
Dick is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sally (Haney) Den Bleyker and daughter Amy (Jason) Godkin, grandchildren Alivia Lamphere, Kaylen Lamphere and Owen Godkin of Phoenix, NY. Sisters Patricia Henjes, Cynthia (Richard) Burton of Phoenix, and Susan Caltabiano of Chicago IL, a brother Daniel (Catherine) of Thornton, CO and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours will be Monday April 29th from 3 to 7 pm at the Pennellville Methodist Church 389 County Route 54, Pennellville, NY. A Funeral Service will be Tuesday 1 pm at the same church. Burial at Phoenix Rural Cemetery will follow the service.
Contributions in Dick’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 731 James Street #200, Syracuse, NY 13203.
Special thanks to the doctors and nurses at St Joseph’s Hospital 3-4 PCU Unit, the Seneca Dialysis Center, and his many devoted friends and colleagues who have loved and supported him for many years.
Arrangements are being made by Allanson- Glanville-Tappan Funeral Homes, Inc.

Margaret A. Cole

Margaret A. Cole, 67, of Phoenix, NY, passed away at her
home on Easter Sunday April 21, 2019. She was born in
Syracuse, NY to her late parents Edna (Smith) and Hubert
Post on Easter Sunday April 13, 1952 in Syracuse, NY.
Margaret was a 1970 graduate of J. C. Birdlebough
High School, Phoenix.

In 2009 Margaret became the confidential secretary for
Family Court, Oswego County Judicial system. Prior to
to her post, she was the town clerk for Schroeppel from
1997 until 2009, not only serving the town residents, but
as President of the Town Clerk’s Assoc. in NYS. She also
taught computer classes updating the procedural changes
in the state’s hunting licensing systems to many town clerks.

Margaret enjoyed antiquing, quilting, and spending time
with her family. She was known for her beautiful Christmas
displays. Many people would make a special trip to see
her creative works of art. And she had a wonderful
smile and a good sense of humor. She will be missed.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased
by her two brothers David and Robert Post.

Surviving are her devoted husband of 46 years Douglas P.
Cole; her loving daughter Chelsey A. Cole; two sisters
Barbara Saari, and Kim Post; several nieces, nephews,
cousins; and many friends.

Calling hours only are on Friday April 26, 2019 from 4 to 7
p.m. in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431
Main St., Phoenix, NY.

Larry Alan Dobson

April 18, 2019

Larry Alan “Dobber” Dobson, passed away on April 18, 2019,
at his home in Baldwinsville, with his wife by his side, a
casualty of the Vietnam War, Agent Orange Lung Cancer.
Born Nov. 4 1949 in Fulton, raised in Phoenix, NY where
he maintained life long friendships. He married the love
of his life LuAnn Tanner August 6, 1994.
Larry served with the 82nd Airborne in Vietnam in 1968-1969 and his welcome home occurred on his 20th birthday, on his birthday always noting his age and the number of years home from Vietnam. His awards among others are: a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation  Medal with “V” device; and a Purple Heart.
Larry lived his life to the fullest, he rode a 1978 Harley
Davidson he rebuilt from 2 bushel baskets, had a private
pilots license, and spending time boating. He particularly
enjoyed going for rides in his truck saying “if you don’t
go anywhere, you don’t see anything”.
He is a member of Baldwinsville VFW Post #153; Parish
American Legion Post #601; and Liverpool Elks #2348
where he spent nearly his entire membership serving
veterans, most recently as the VAVS for Syracuse VA
Hospital. Larry worked at Babbitt Bearings as a machinist
for nearly 30 years.
Larry is survived by his loving wife LuAnn; sister-in-law
Sally Bovee and her family in Tennessee; his nephew
Dalton Dobson of Phoenix; and several cousins; his dear
friends of the Breakfast Club at Bombadils Tavern and good
friends too numerous to mention. “Get in the Truck”
Calling hours only are on Monday April 22, 2019 from 4 to 7
p.m. in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431
Main St., Phoenix, NY. Burial at a later date in Arlington
National Cemetery.
To honor Larry’s wishes, there will be no flowers at his
visitation. Instead he had asked to consider his wife, LuAnn,
should anyone desire to make a contribution to her in his

James Dean DeWitt

James Dean DeWitt, 59, of Pennellville, NY  passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.  He was born in Albany, NY on

Feb. 29, 1960 to his mother Georgianna M. (Wilday) and his

late father Olin Dean DeWitt.  He worked for Price Chopper

Supermarkets in the Capital region eventually coming to

Central New York area.  His last position was at the Erie Blvd. location, town of DeWitt, NY. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, a

good handyman and liked to cook.

 Predeceased by his father Olin Dean DeWitt; his siblings

Olin DeWitt and Tina DiNova.

 Surviving are his loving companion of 24 years Nancy Reno;

his children Jimmy (Jessica) DeWitt and Danielle DeWitt all

Schenectady, NY, Dylan (Emily) DeWitt of Fulton, NY, Daniel

(Kayli), Reno of Fulton, NY,  and Christopher (Alicia) Reno of Fulton, NY

ten grandchildren; his mother Georgianna (Lloyd)

Proctor of Wynantskill, NY,his siblings Tammy (Lester) Douglas

of Troy, NY, Georgette (John) Neeld of Jacksonville, FL,

Cathy Lemner of Poestenkill, NY, Lloyd (Christa) Proctor, of

VA, several nieces, nephews, cousins,and friends.

 Calling hours are on Monday April 15, 2019 from 11 a.m. to

1 p.m. with a 1 p.m. funeral service all in the Allanson-

Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY

 Contributions to American Cancer Society.

Geraldine S. Smith

Geraldine S. Smith, 81, of Phoenix, NY, passed away at St. Joesph’s Hospital Health Center, Syracuse, NY on Wednesday April 3, 2019. Born to her late parents, Helen (Fausman) and
George T Farrarr in Syracuse on Jan 9, 1938. She was a graduate of Central Square High School. Geraldine wa a wonderful homemaker. And she was the manager at the Bavarian Pretzel Co., in Great Northern Mall, Clay, NY. Geraldine loved being with her family. She enjoyed raising her
granddaughters. She also enjoyed working on the computer and spending time on Facebook.
Geraldine was Predeceased by her brothers and sisters.

Surviving are her loving husband of 53 years, August M. Smith;
her seven children Edward, Steven, Ronald George, Cynthia,
Anna and Ellen; her 15 grandchildren; her 15 great-grand
children; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and friends.

Funeral service only on Saturday April 6 at 1 p.m. in the
Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St.,
Phoenix, NY 13135. The Rev. Jeff Hodge will be officiating
Geraldine’s service.

Beverly J. (Savage) Castiglione

Beverly J. (Savage) Castiglione

Beverly “Bev” Castiglione, 90, passed away on March 4, 2019. She was born on October 17, 1928, to her late parents, Belle (Dustin)

Savage Johnson and Arthur B. Savage, in Bombay, NY. She was a graduate of Bombay High School and Potsdam State Teachers

College. Bev was an accomplished musician and teacher and spent her life sharing music with others. She taught music classes

and directed choruses at both the Cherry Street School and the Emerson J. Dillon School in Phoenix for many years. In addition, she

served as the choir director at St. Stephen’s Church in Phoenix and the music director at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in

Baldwinsville over a number of years. Bev was also a very active, 50-year member in the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, an

organization of professional women educators, and held many positions at both the local and state levels.

Bev was predeceased by her loving husband of 43 years, Vincent “Vince” Castiglione in 1993. Surviving are her daughters, Sandra

(Robert) Tarnow and Susan (James) Baranski, and six grandchildren, Robert, Steven, Ryan, Natalie (Adan) Sanchez, Justin, and

James, as well as her brother, Phillip D. (Andrea) Savage, and nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be on Thursday, March 7, 2019, from 3-7 p.m. at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main Street,

Phoenix, NY. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 3494 State

Route 31, Baldwinsville, NY. All those attending the funeral are encouraged and welcomed by the family to continue the celebration

of Bev’s life at a luncheon immediately following the funeral service. Burial will be at a later date in Hillside Rest Cemetery,

Bombay, NY.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to SUNY College at Potsdam, Crane School of Music made payable to Potsdam

College Foundation, Inc. and mailed to 44 Pierrepont Avenue, Potsdam, NY 13676-2294. Please write that the contribution is in

memory of Beverly Castiglione and that it should be directed to the Crane School of Music.