Obituaries

Richard Goff Thomson

Apr 24, 2022

Richard Goff Thomson, 91, of Camillus, passed away Sunday at home. A lifetime resident of Syracuse, he was a graduate of Solvay High School and earned his B.S. in Industrial Relations from Le Moyne College. He received certifications in Electrical Schematics from Princeton and in Blueprint Development from RPI. He spent his career as a Manufacturer’s Representative and retired in...

Ivan I. Okhman

Apr 21, 2022

Ivan I. Okhman, 66, of Camillus, passed away Thursday. Born and raised in Kazakhstan, he was a mining engineer before coming to the U.S. in 1999. He was an auto body collision repair specialist for A & R Auto Sales and Spicer’s Auto Center. Ivan was a member and deacon at Word of Life Russian Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending...

Ellen Klementowski Silkworth

Apr 20, 2022

Ellen Klementowski Silkworth, 65, of Syracuse, passed away Wednesday at home. A lifetime resident of the Syracuse area, she was a graduate of St. Patrick’s High School. Ellen was employed by Niland Building Services as a custodian and later stayed home to raise her family. She was a communicant of St. Lucy’s Church and former member of the Gondaliya Club....

Barbara Benedict O'Hara

Apr 18, 2022

Barbara Benedict O'Hara, 85, of Brantingham, passed away Monday at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Utica. A lifetime resident of Syracuse, she moved to Brantingham, with her husband, in 1989. A graduate of Camillus High School, Barbara was the first dispatcher for the Camillus Police Department, followed by being a hairdresser for over 60 years. She was a communicant of St....

Winifred A. (Brown-Covell) Bowman

Apr 15, 2022

Winifred Amy Bowman, 98, of Solvay, passed away Friday at Loretto after a long and fulfilling life. She was born in Plymouth and resided many years in Syracuse. Winifred graduated from Norwich High School in 1941 and Morrisville College in 1943. She enjoyed traveling, doing puzzles, and she just loved her cats. Winifred was known by all to be a...

Jane M. Kwasigroch

Apr 15, 2022

Jane Trant Kwasigroch, 89, of Fairmount, passed away Friday. A lifetime resident of the Syracuse area, she graduated from St. John the Evangelist School. She retired in 1964 after 14 years with New York Telephone Co. to raise a family. In later years, she was employed at Head Start and several retail stores. A communicant of Holy Family Church, she...

Dorothy M. Graser

Apr 14, 2022

Dorothy Mae Graser, 95, of Syracuse, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, April 14 at The Commons in Auburn. A lifetime resident of Syracuse, she was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Dorothy and her husband, Leo, operated Wimpy’s Wagon (on the SU campus as “Mr. & Mrs. Wimpy”) for 18 years. In her later years, she...

Catherine "Cat" Hennessy

Apr 13, 2022

Catherine “Cat” Hennessy, 51, of Syracuse, passed away Wednesday at home. Born in Rochester, she was a 1989 graduate of West Genesee High School. Cat received her B.A. Degree in Psychology from Syracuse University. She was a seamstress for Syracuse Stage for 30 years. She was also a member of the West Genesee Marching Band and Syracuse University Marching Band....

Chester Martin Grzejka

Apr 13, 2022

Chester Martin Grzejka, 79, of Camillus, passed away Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. Born in Syracuse, he was a graduate of North High School. Chester was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was employed by Carrier Corp. for 35 years and was a communicant of Holy Family Church. Chester was predeceased by his parents, Chester Marcellus and Anna...

Donald E. Kelsey

Apr 12, 2022

Donald E. Kelsey, 97, a long time resident of Orchard Village, passed away at his home on Tuesday the 12th, surrounded by love and family. Born and raised in Buffalo, he attended St. John’s High School and graduated from Canisius College with a degree in Business Administration. Don had a lifetime career as a salesman with General Mills, residing in...

Walter M. McLachlan

Apr 10, 2022

Walter M. McLachlan, 90, of Camillus, passed away Sunday at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was born in Ballston Spa and raised in Gloversville where he met his future bride, the former Kathryn Batty. While at Gloversville High, he was a three-sport athlete, she his biggest cheerleader. He went on to serve in the Air Force during the Korean War. Upon...

Kevin E. Whelan

Apr 9, 2022

Kevin E. Whelan, 84, of Camillus, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, April 9, 2022. Born and raised in Syracuse, he was a graduate of St. Anthony of Padua High School, Le Moyne College, and Syracuse University College of Law. Kevin’s love of both reading and the law led to a 52-year career as an attorney, the majority in private...

Charles E. Spencer

Apr 9, 2022

Charles E. Spencer, 65, of Baldwinsville, passed away Saturday at St. Joseph's Hospital. Born in Syracuse, he was a graduate of West Genesee High School. He loved classic cars, golfing, fishing, and playing the guitar. A friend of Bill W. for 20 years, most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchild. Charles was...

Thomas Charles Buckel, Sr.

Apr 6, 2022

Thomas C. Buckel Sr., 88, of Camillus, passed away Wednesday at Upstate Hospital. Born in Batavia, he moved to Syracuse and graduated from Eastwood High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. Thomas was employed as the Director of Compensation at MONY Mutual of New York Insurance Co. for 28 years. He enjoyed his family, model...

Miriam Grace Valls

Apr 5, 2022

Miriam G. Valls, 96, of Camillus, passed away Tuesday at The Cottages at Garden Grove in Cicero. Born in Forest Hills, she retired from Syracuse University. She was a daily communicant of St. Joseph's Church and member of its funeral guild and Golden Agers. She was also active with the National Wildlife Federation. The family thanks the staff at The...

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