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Recent Obituaries



Helene Irma (Smidt) (McDonald) Smith


Calling hours will be held on Monday, February 19 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Whelan Bros. & Hulchanski Funeral Home, 5854 Belle Isle Road, Syracuse, New York, 13209.
A service will follow calling hours at 12:00 noon with Dc. Robert Fangio.
Burial will be private. 


Helene Irma (Smidt) (McDonald) Smith, 91, of Marcellus, New York, passed away Sunday at Upstate Medical Center after a short illness.  
Born in Bremen, Germany, she immigrated to the United States in 1948 and lived in Marcellus most of her life. Helene retired from General Electric in 1986 after 37 years where she worked as a coordinator in the Television Department and HEMD (Heavy Military Department) on Farrell Road.
Helene enjoyed a very active retirement. She volunteered at Community General Hospital for a time, and she was a very active member of the German American Society of Central New York, as well as an avid and skillful Bingo player. She enjoyed traveling and made many trips to Germany and Austria as well as Hawaii.
She was predeceased by her husbands Roderick McDonald and George Ray Smith, (Smitty).
She is survived by many nieces and nephews both in the United States and Germany.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, February 19 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Whelan Bros. & Hulchanski Funeral Home, 5854 Belle Isle Road, Syracuse, New York, 13209.
A service will follow calling hours at 12:00 noon with Dc. Robert Fangio.
Burial will be private. 
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida, 33607.





David J. Fox

Calling Hours will be held on Thursday, February 15 from 4 - 7 PM at Whelan Bros. & Hulchanski Funeral Home, 5854 Belle Isle Road, Syracuse, NY 13209
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:30PM, on Friday, February 16, at Holy Family Church, 127 Chapel Drive, Syracuse, NY 13219.  
Burial will be private.


David J. Fox, 64 of Camillus passed away Friday after a long courageous battle with brain cancer. David was born in Syracuse, NY to the late Ralph and Mary Fox. He retired as a Sergeant from Fayetteville-Manlius Police Department and from New Venture Gear.  David’s passion was working on and racing his #50 stock-car, fishing, traveling, and warm weather. He had a very charismatic personality and will always be known as the family comedian. 
David is survived by his loving wife Patricia (Walsh); son, Christopher Fox; two daughters, Stacey (TJ) MacDonald, Brenda Fox (Fiancé, Ryan Schmid); 5 grandchildren; brother Dennis (Petra) Fox, Doug (Rita) Fox; sister Diane Gould; and several nieces and nephews. 
Calling Hours will be held on Thursday, February 15 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Whelan Bros. & Hulchanski Funeral Home, 5854 Belle Isle Road, Syracuse, NY 13209
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:30PM, on Friday, February 16, at Holy Family Church, 127 Chapel Drive, Syracuse, NY 13219.  
Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.




Rose Marie Bronzetti

Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, January 6 at 11:00 AM in Most Holy Rosary Church, 111 Roberts Avenue, Syracuse, NY
Burial will be private. 


Rose Marie Bronzetti, 93, of Syracuse, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Auburn, NY to Antonio and Carmella Leonti.  Rose retired from Dey Brothers Department Store after 20 years.  She was a member of the Italian Heritage Club, the Catholic Golden Agers and the IAAC.  Rose loved to garden, cook and spend precious time with her family.
She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years Vincent “Jim” Bronzetti in 2011.  Her son Joseph Bronzetti, her brother Orazzio Leonti and son in law Gregory Paige.
Rose is survived by her three daughters, Teresa Paige of Tyler, TX, Carmel Ann Bronzetti of Miami, FL, and Sylvia (James) McCarthy of Syracuse, daughter in law, Betsy Webb-Bronzetti. Six grandchildren, Michael Paige, Elizabeth (Matthew) Beadnell, Melissa (Nicholas) Stancato, Lisa (Daniel) Duffy, Thomas (Sarah) and Alicia Bronzetti. Two great-grandchildren Evelyn Rose Stancato and Michael McCarthy Beadnell; and several nieces and nephews. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, January 6 at 11:00 AM in Most Holy Rosary Church, 111 Roberts Avenue, Syracuse, NY
Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. 
Burial will be private. 
Contributions may be made in Rose’s name to Hospice of CNY.





Ramona Leitner Perrine

Visitation will be held at Whelan Bros. & Hulchanski Funeral Home, 5854 Belle Isle Road, Syracuse, NY 13209 on Saturday, January 6 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. 
A service will follow at the funeral home at 11:00 AM. 
Burial will be private. 


      Ramona Leitner Perrine, 100, passed away peacefully on New Years Day.  Ramona was born at home on the family farm in Nebraska before women had the right to vote. She drove a car at 9 and was a trick horse rider.  She married Roy Perrine in 1940. They remained married until Roy's death in 2003. They moved to Syracuse in 1942. She went to work for USAir (then called Mohawk Airlines) at age 50. This allowed her to travel the world from Kenya to Japan. She retired at 65. Ramona was an excellent cook, expert seamstress, golfer and bridge player. She was active in the community and belonged to the Tuscarora Golf Club.
Ramona is survived by three daughters. Rochelle Perrine, grandson Gregory Schmalz of Berkley, CA., granddaughter Kirsten Leitner (Paul Loomis) of Nevada City, CA.  Stephanie Publicker (Mark) of Gorham, ME., grandson Daniel Publicker and great-granddaughter Isabelle of Gorham, ME., granddaughter Suzanna Mettham (James) and great-grandson, Henry, of Brooklyn, NY. Wendy Osborne (Mark) of Syracuse, NY, granddaughter Lauren Osborne of Portland, OR., and grandson Ethan of Syracuse, NY. and a sister Gerada Nelson (Ted) of Stillwater, OK. 
      Ramona’s family would like to thank Dr. Martin Noonan for his compassionate care over many years. Thank you to the wonderful staff at Clarebridge Assisted Living, Keepsake Village at Greenpoint and St. Camillus for their devoted care and attention.
      Visitation will be held at Whelan Bros. & Hulchanski Funeral Home, 5854 Belle Isle Road, Syracuse, NY 13209 on Saturday, January 6 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. A service will follow at the funeral home at 11:00 AM. 
Burial will be private. 
     Contributions may be made to Ovarian Cancer, Research Fund Alliance, ocrfa.org.





Arnold “Lefty” Fregin
Calling hours will be Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 4 - 7pm at Whelan Bros. & Hulchanski Funeral Home, 5854 Belle Isle Road, Syracuse, NY 13209.

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 10:00 am in Holy Family Church, 127 Chapel Drive Syracuse, NY 13219.
Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Dewitt. 


Arnold “Lefty” Fregin passed away at home on 27 October 2017. He was 81. 
Born in Canada, Lefty came to Syracuse as a boy and became a US citizen. Upon graduating from Most Holy Rosary High School, the Cincinnati Reds signed him to a professional baseball contract. He played in their minor league system for the next 5 years. Following baseball, he spent 7 years playing semi-pro hockey for the Syracuse Stars. After retiring as an athlete, he made himself a career in the grocery business, finishing with Nojaim Supermarkets. 
He raised a large family with his wife of 52 years, Suzanne Devereaux. His extended family was the local youth hockey community where he spent more than 30 years contributing his time and effort developing the sport and its athletes. 
Lefty was predeceased by his brother, Lloyd; son, Kevin; and wife, Suzanne. 
He is survived by his daughters: Karen (Thomas) Buck, Jo-Ann (Shannon) Trice, Jennifer (Keith) DiBello; grandchildren: Erich and Matthew Haney, Luke and Allyson Trice, Jenna and Mia DiBello; sister: Francis Rockburn; brother-in-law: James (Loretta) Devereaux; and all of his beloved nieces and nephews. 
Calling hours will be Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Whelan Bros. and Hulchanski Funeral Home, 5854 Belle Isle Road, Syracuse, NY 13209.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 10:00 am in Holy Family Church, 127 Chapel Drive Syracuse, NY 13219. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Dewitt.




Lauren D.(Donahoe) O’Malley

Calling hours will be held on Friday, October 20 from 4 - 7 PM at Whelan Bros. & Hulchanski Funeral Home, 5854 Belle Isle Road, Syracuse, New York, 13209.

Services will be Saturday, October 21 at 11:00 AM at
Whelan Bros. & Hulchanski Funeral Home.
Burial will be private.

Lauren D.(Donahoe) O’Malley, 62 of Syracuse, passed away on Wednesday at Crouse Hospital surrounded by her family after fighting a long battle with Diabetes.  A lifelong resident of Syracuse, she was a 1972 graduate of West Genesee High School and attended Ithaca College.   Lauren was an avid supporter of her childrens academic and athletic endeavors and continued that tradition in the role of “Grammy” to Owen and Grace O’Malley.  Lauren enjoyed her evening bike rides and swimming countless laps in her pool. She treasured special times at large family gatherings and with her life long girl friends.
Survived by her son Sean (Mary) O’Malley and daughter Korey (Nick) Cianfrocco, two grandchildren, her brothers Peter, Bill, Dann, and Chuck Donohoe, sister Christine (Tom) Nixon and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, October 20 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Whelan Bros. & Hulchanski Funeral Home, 5854 Belle Isle Road, Syracuse, New York, 13209.
Services will be Saturday, October 21 at 11:00 AM at Whelan Bros. & Hulchanski Funeral Home. Burial will be private.
Contributions may be made in Lauren’s name to the CNY American Diabetes Association, 6390 Fly Road, 2nd Floor, E. Syracuse, New York 22215.





Jean H. Lynch

In Jean’s memory, her sister Jane Lynch will be establishing the Jean Lynch Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will be an annual award to a female student with disabilities in the 

North Syracuse School district, to provide funds towards college costs.
Contributions to the scholarship fund in Jean’s honor are welcome. For more information on the scholarship, contact Jane Lynch at jwls14@yahoo.com.


Jean H. Lynch was born in Gloversville, New York on July 14, 1940, and passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, New York on August 9, 2017, due to complications from an infection. 
Jean grew up in Gloversville, New York, attending Gloversville High School and Syracuse University for her college degree and Masters in Speech Pathology. She worked as a speech pathologist in the North Syracuse School District for thirty years, floating between schools to attend students in need of her special skills. After her retirement in 1994, Jean had fun dabbling in real estate, and enjoyed time spent at her second home in Port Richey, FL.
She loved traveling to Cape Cod, collected folk art for her cozy and beautiful homes, was a passionate quilter, a meticulous gardener and proud mother to various beloved felines. Jean’s accomplishments are remarkable because she suffered a birth accident which left her without use of her legs. During a time when the world was not too considerate of or convenient for people with disabilities, Jean forged a fiercely independent life, refusing to let her disability define her and fully contributing to society. Friends and family will miss her bright and courageous spirit, sense of humor, love of life, patient teaching and her care for others.
Jean is survived by her sisters Jane Schum and Mary Lynch, her nephew Christopher Stone, nieces Catherine and Jennifer Schum, and her cats Agatha and Catbury. Jean was preceded in death by her parents Thomas Gerald Lynch and Francis Hawley Lynch. She was laid to rest in a private family ceremony, and reunited with her parents in their family plot at Ferndale Cemetery in Johnstown, New York.
In Jean’s memory, her sister Jane Lynch will be establishing the Jean Lynch Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will be an annual award to a female student with disabilities in the North Syracuse School district, to provide funds towards college costs. Contributions to the scholarship fund in Jean’s honor are welcome. For more information on the scholarship, contact Jane Lynch at jwls14@yahoo.com.





Sarah A. Mathews

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, October 17 at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Hope Church
(formerly St. James Church) 4845 S. Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13205
Burial will take place in Onondaga Valley Cemetery. 


Sarah A. Mathews, passed away peacefully on Thursday,  October 12.  She was born in Syracuse and was a lifetime resident. Sarah graduated from Vocational High School.  She retired from Scotts Flowers in 1966. She was a volunteer at James Square Nursing Home from 1971 to 1976. Sarah was a communicant of Our Lady Of Lourdes Church. 
Predeceased by her husband John in 1991. 
Survived by two sons, John of Canandaigua, NY, James of Pompano Beach, Florida, one grandson Anson Mathews of Seattle, Washington, one granddaughter Sarah Mathews of Syracuse, and one great-granddaughter Mahogany Mathews of Syracuse,  many nieces and nephews, and a special “little sweetie”.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, October 17 at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Hope Church (formerly St. James Church) 4845 S. Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13205
Burial will take place in Onondaga Valley Cemetery. 






Irene B. Zysk

Calling hours will be Sunday, October 1 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at
Whelan Bros. & Hulchanski Funeral Home, 5854 Belle Isle Road, Syracuse, NY 13209. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM on Monday, October 2 in Holy Family Church, 127 Chapel Drive, Syracuse, NY 13219 with entombment in St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Dewitt.


Irene B. Zysk, 94 of Camillus passed away peacefully on Wednesday surrounded by her family.  A life resident of Syracuse she was married for 54 years to Stephen S. Zysk. 
        Her work experience included several secretarial positions.  Irene was active with the Camillus and Holy Family senior groups. She traveled extensively in her retirement.
Predeceased by her husband Stephen S. Zysk in 1999, her sister Dorothy Powers and daughter in law Elizabeth Zysk.
She is survived by three sons, Kenneth (Susan) of Texas, Richard of Syracuse, and Robert (Anne) of Fairmount, four grandchildren, Hillary (Shawn) McCurley, Hannah Zysk, 
        Andrew (Katie) Zysk, Tyler (Beth) Zysk and two great granddaughters, a brother in law Robert Powers and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Sunday, October 1 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Whelan Bros. 7 Hulchanski Funeral Home, 5854 Belle Isle Road, Syracuse, NY 13209
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM on Monday, October 2 in Holy Family Church, 127 Chapel Drive, Syracuse, NY 13219 with entombment in St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Dewitt.
Contributions in Irene’s name may be made to Holy Family Church, 127 Chapel Drive, Syracuse, NY 13219.






Dr. Brewster Doust 

There will be a celebration of life for Dr. Brewster Doust on September 25th from 10:00am to 12:00 Noon at Whelan Bros. & Hulchanski Funeral Home, 
5854 Belle Isle Road, Syracuse, NY 13209

Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.  

A luncheon will be held immediately after the burial at
Pascale’s Italian Bistro, 800 Nottingham Road, Syracuse, NY 13224.




M. Virginia Casey Kotz Flynn Jacobs
There will be no calling hours.
There will a private service for the family.


M. Virginia Casey Kotz Flynn Jacobs of Syracuse, N.Y. Born October 3, 1920, passed on September 13, 2017. For many years Ginny was a bridal consultant and buyer in the NYC fashion district. She was a member of the Museum of Arts and Science, the Casements Ormond Beach, Member of the national and local Sierra Club, Republican Woman’s Club, Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce, Charter President of the Tymber Creek Garden Club, and Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s Club. She was Licensed in Florida as a hearing aid dealer.
Predeceased by her husband's Robert Kotz Sr., Edward Flynn and Loren Jacobs, her beloved brother’s Msgr. A. Robert Casey and Eugene Casey.
Because she lived, we live, her children, Robert (Virginia) Kotz, Marianne (Earl) Watt and Patri (Howard Boatwright) Welch, six grandchildren, Lisa Watt, Brad (Kathy Bahn) Watt, Josh (Danielle)Watt, Brian Welch, Chad (Ashley)Welch and Julie Welch, nine great-grand children and two great- great-grand children.
There will be no calling hours.
There will a private service for the family.
A very special thank you to her loving caregivers Mary and Jerry.






Reverend John P. Bucki, S.J.

Calling hours will he held on Friday, September 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at the Panasci Family Chapel at Le Moyne College, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon on Saturday, September 16.  
Internment will be in the Jesuit Cemetery at Auriesville, New York. 

The Jesuit community at Le Moyne College in Syracuse is deeply saddened to announce the death of the Reverend John P. Bucki, S.J., at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y. on September 2, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Until recently, Father Bucki had served as the director of Le Moyne’s campus ministry and as rector of its Jesuit community.
A native of Buffalo, Father Bucki was born in 1950.  After graduating from Canisius High School, he entered the Society of Jesus on August 25, 1968.  He was a graduate of Fordham University (where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa), and of the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. Father Bucki was ordained a priest on June 9, 1979.
Several of Father Bucki’s earliest ministries were in the field of education.  He taught mathematics at Regis High School and at Xavier High School, both in New York City, and at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester. During the 1980’s, he accepted assignments to Nigeria and the Philippines. Upon returning to the United States, he served for twelve years as an Associate Pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church in Manhattan. During that time, he worked to establish a soup kitchen and food pantry that has provided sustenance to thousands of needy individuals.
Starting in 2001, Father John Bucki became engaged in campus ministry, a field to which he would direct his energies for the remainder of his life.  This work began at Canisius College in Buffalo for eleven years, and then at Le Moyne College since 2012.  At both schools, he developed successful outreach programs of service to the community.  In working with students, he fostered a commitment to justice and peace.  His consistent approach was one of hope and joy toward life and our world.  A friend to everyone on campus, Father Bucki officiated at approximately 500 marriages during the course of his ministry.
Father John P. Bucki was predeceased by his parents, John F. and Adeline G. Bucki.  
        Survivors include a brother, the Honorable Carl L. (Dr. Deborah) Bucki; a sister, Dr. Barbara (Dr. Stephen) Ohm; his nephew Craig (Kathleen) Bucki, Esq.; nieces Rachel, Johanna and Valerie Ohm; great nieces Colleen and Claire Bucki; and numerous cousins.  
Calling hours will he held on Friday, September 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at the Panasci Family Chapel at Le Moyne College, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon on Saturday, September 16.  
Internment will be in the Jesuit Cemetery at Auriesville, New York. 
To honor the memory of John Bucki S.J. please send donations to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), 1016 16th St., Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20036 or online at jrsusa.org



Norma Ehegartner Foody

There will be no calling hours.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM on  Monday, September 11 at St. John the Baptist Church,406 Court Street, Syracuse, NY 13208.  
Interment will be in Assumption Cemetery.

Norma Ehegartner Foody 102, passed away on Tuesday.  Norma was a life resident of Syracuse. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University in 1935 and received her Masters Degree in German Language.  She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Lambda Theta and Phi Gamma Phi.   Mrs. Foody was a Professor Emerita at Onondaga Community College, retiring in 1978.  She was a communicant of St. John the Babptist Church and was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.  She was also member of the Onaway Club, Victorian Society, and the English Speaking Union.
Her husband, Jeremiah L. Foody passed away in 1972.
She is survived by several cousins, and nieces and nephews. 
There will be no calling hours.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM on  Monday, September 11 at St. John the Baptist Church,406 Court Street, Syracuse, NY 13208.  Interment will be in Assumption Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Church, 406 Court Street, Syracuse, NY 13208.



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