Madelyn May Williams

Madelyn May Williams, 94, of Hinmansville, NY,
passed away on Tuesday June 18, 2019 in Syracuse,
NY. Born in Little Rock Camp, W. VA on May 23, 1925
to her late parents Norah Dell (Webb) and Virgil Backus.
She was employed by General Electric Co., Syracuse.
Madelyn enjoyed cleaning, painting, and mowing. She
was predeceased by her husband of 24 years, Maynard
Lee Williams, Sr. in 1972.
Surviving are her daughter Virginia Berg of Albany; her
son Maynard Lee (Theresa) Williams, Jr. of Oswego; 4
grandchildren, Sara Berg, Heather Berg, Maynard Lee
Williams, III, (Ashley), Jennifer Williams; 4 great and 5
great-great grandchildren; a cousin Mildred (Woody)
Woodard; and other relatives in the Unadilla, NY area.
Calling hours only are on Monday June 24, from 10 a.m.
until noon in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home,
431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135. Burial to follow in
Sand Hill Cemetery, 121 Sand Hill Rd., Unadilla, NY,
with an e.t.a. of 2 to 2:30 p.m..

Graveside services for Robert James “Turk” Murphy

Graveside services for Robert James “Turk”
Murphy, 93, of Liverpool, NY, who died on February
15, 2019, will be on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at
11 a.m. in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Baldwinsville, NY.
Deacon Jeffrey Dean will officiate the service.
U.S.M.C. honor team and VFW Post 5540 honor
squad, Phoenix, NY, will offer military rites.
Turk was a founding member of the VFW Post
5540, as well as a member of it, ‘s honor squad.
Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home,
Phoenix, NY has care of arrangements.

James H. Charles

James H. Charles (June 6, 1933 – June 1, 2019), 85, known as “Jim” and later “J.C.,” formally of Clayton, Phoenix, Cazenovia, Waterloo, Wolcott and Newark, NY and Myrtle
Beach, SC, passed away on Saturday June 1, 2019.

He was born in Syracuse.A man with boundless energy, he approached the end of life with bravery and humor, in the same way he lived for almost 86 years.

After graduating from high school in Clayton, NY, (class of 1950), Jim entered the US Air Force and served proudly during the Korean War era, stationed overseas in England, and honorably discharged in 1955.

Following graduation from St. Lawrence University, he worked for Firestone Tires as a sales manager and attended Syracuse University for graduate school before becoming a career-high school math teacher in Phoenix and then Cazenovia, NY.

His encore career included a return to retail management for Fay’s Drugs and teaching mathematics at Butler Correctional Facility.

He loved sailing and boating.

His lifelong passion for being on the water began while growing up on the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

He loved working in his wood shop, reading, writing and watching football on TV.

He especially loved following SU football and basketball teams.

He dearly loved and cherished his family and many wonderful friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Ruth (nee Fowler)
Charles; his brother, Richard (“Dick”) Charles.

He is survived by his daughters, Stephanie (Steven) Cushman, Mary Helander, Jennifer (Vincenzo) Fuschino and Elizabeth Charles; brothers, Jack (Mary Lou) Charles and Joel (Carol) Charles; grandchildren, Cassidy, Jacob, Maria and Jessica; and former wives and mothers of his girls, Peg (Dick) Scheffler and Sue Charles.

Calling hour will be on Monday June 10, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 43 Bridge St., Phoenix, followed immediately by an 11 a.m. memorial service and celebration of his life.

In lieu of flowers, donations to his memory may be made to the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 43 Bridge St., Phoenix, NY, 13135.

Arrangements by Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, NY.

Barbara J. Gunsalus

Barbara J. Gunsalus, 80, of Phoenix, NY passed away at
her home on Monday June 3, 2019. Born to her late parents
Freida S. “Fritz” (Scherfling) and George W. Dunn on Feb-
ruary 13, 1939. She was a 1957 graduate of John C. Bird-
lebough High School in Phoenix. Barbara was a pharmacy
technician for Wayne’s Pharmacy, and retired from Tops
Markets Pharmacy, Fulton, NY
Barbara was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star,
Chapter 173, of the Callimachus Lodge 369, Phoenix.
Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband
of 42 years Ronald E. Gunsalus on Nov. 21, 2001; her brother
Edward G. Dunn on Oct. 11, 2004.

Surviving are her daughters Debra J. (Keith) Caltabiano of
Phoenix and Sandra (Greg) Melocik of South Lake, TX;
seven grandchildren Heidi, Brian, Nicholas, Michael,
Meagan, Christini, and Jessica; two great-grandchildren
Jabe and Peyton; her sisters Janet D. (Doug) Farling of
Webster, and Betty Madison of Baldwinsville; her sister-in
-law Kathy Dunn of Black River; her brother-in-law Richard
(Marilyn) Gunsalus of Phoenix; nieces, nephews, & cousins.

Calling hours are on Thursday June 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. in
the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St.,
Phoenix. The funeral service will be on Friday June 7, at
2 p.m. with the Rev. Lauri J. Craig officiating. Burial will
follow in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St..
Contributions in Barb’s memory to: Friends of Oswego
County Hospice, Inc., P. O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

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.