Norene Ellen Avery

Norene Ellen Avery, 76, of Phoenix, NY passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse on Thursday February 23,2012.  She was a life resident of Oswego County.  Born in Fulton to her late parents, Zirita (Bloodgood) and Forrest E.Meeks, she was a graduate of Mexico Academy, Class of 1953.  Norene was a former beauty pageant winner and later a breast cancer survivor.  She was a fine homemaker and a longtime caregiver for family members.  Predeceased by her loving husband of 56 years, Charles Alfred Avery  on May 5, 2011, a sister, Donna Abulencia.  Surviving are her four sons and their spouses, Charles Forrest and Audrey Avery of Fulton,  Steven Michael and Patricia Avery of Pennellville, Philip John and Veronica Avery of PhoenixThomas Shawn and Julie Avery of North Syracuse; one daughter and her husband, Kathleen Ann and James Jordan of Hannibal; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Forrest  E. (Karen) Meeks, Richard  A. (Debra)Meeks, and Daniel J.  Meeks; one sister, Sherry A. (Thomas)Greer; numerous nieces and nephews.

Services are at 3 p.m. on Tuesday February 28, at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, with the Rev. David C. Nethercott officiating.  Burial will be in Jacksonville Cemetery, 9250 Fenner Road, Town of Lysander.  Calling hours are 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, prior to the service, in the funeral home 431 Main St..

Willis Edward Van Volkenburgh

Willis Edward Van Volkenburgh, Jr., 72 of County Rt. 12, Pennellville, died at the V.A. Medical Center, Syracuse, NY on Saturday February 11, 2012. He was born to his late parents, Helen (Hardter) and Willis Edward Van Volkenburgh, Sr., on May 24, 1939. Willis served in the US Navy from 1963 to 1965, serving on the USS Boston. He later worked for Cooper Industries, Co., Crouse-Hinds Div., Syracuse for 30 years, retiring in 2000. He was predeceased by his wife the former Katherine M. Makowski, on November 14, 2001. Surviving are his daughter, Deborah L. (Richard) Young of Central Square; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, John (Joyce) Van Volkenburgh of Clay, one sister, Irene Stranton of Syracuse; nieces and nephews. Calling hours are on Thursday from 5 to 7 pm in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix,NY 13135. Graveside services are on Friday at 10 am,with Navy honors in Pine Plains Cemetery, 8686 Henry Clay Blvd., Clay, NY 13041. The Rev. Diane Bradshaw will officiate. Contributions: Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

Betty J. Rieth

Betty  J. Rieth, 93, former Pennellville, NY resident, passed away peacefully with a daughter by her side, at Rosewood Heights Nursing Home, Syracuse, on Monday.  Born in Syracuse to Ethel Mary Schilly and George White on September 7, 1918. She was above all, a fine homemaker, with a great love for children.  Betty had nine of her own children with five of which were adopted. Over several decades, she was a foster parent to more than 100 children.  Mrs. Rieth was a teacher’s aide for Phoenix Central Schools.  Later, Betty earned her LPN license and up until 1990, worked for the Onondaga County Health Dept.. She was a member of the Pennellville United Methodist Church. Predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Harold E. Rieth in 1977; her son, Robert Rieth;  granddaughters, Cindy (Brown) Hildereth, Michelle Seals; a grandson, David Brown; and long-time friend, James G. Brownell.  Surviving are her eight children, Bonnie Brown (Jack) of West Monroe, Ronald Rieth of Nashua, NH, John(Janet) Rieth of Pennellville, twins, Teri-Lynn Beach of Lysander,and Lu-Ann Kleibacker of Fredericksburg, VA, Marcia Seals of L.A., CA, Michael (Carol) Rieth of Brewerton, Suzanne (Arthur)Anthony of Baldwinsville; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Rieth of Goshen, KY; 30 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Morris of Worcester, MA; several nieces, nephews, cousins.

Calling hours will be on Wednesday February 15, from 4 to 7 pm at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135. Services will be on Thursday, at 10 am in the funeral home, with the Rev. Diane Bradshaw officiating.  Burial will be in Pennellville Cemetery, Schroeppel.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Caughdenoy Vol. Fire Dept., 48 Prospect St., Central Square, NY 13036