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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 28, 2005, Syracuse, New York Friday. January THE POST-STANDARD PAGE B S OBITUARIES LOCAL NEWS Fritz Bippis January 26, 2005 Fritz Bippus, of Syra- cuse, died Wednesday at Grouse Hospital after a short ill- ness. Born in Germany, he came to the U.S. in 1956 and became a citizen in 1979. He retired from the O.M. Ed- wards Co. He was a member of the German American Singing Society, Ba- varian Club Almenrausch and Turners Club of Syracuse. He was predeceased by his wife Waltraud Bippus, May 1998. He is survived by a son, Ger- daughters, Adeleit Bippus of Plainville, Lola Vecchio of Liver- pool, and Monica Pratt of Cam- illus; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services will be held on Sat- urday at 4 p.m. at New Comer Family Funeral Home, North Syracuse. Burial will be private. Friends are invited to on Saturday irom 1 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home, 705 North Main Streei. IMNEWCOMER Family Funeral Home Nataiiiia "Pat" Jerome January 23, 2005 Natalina "Pat" Jerome, 87, passed away Sunday at Pinev- ille Rehabilitation Center in Charlotte, NC. A life-resident of East Syracuse and a commu- nicant of St. Matthew's Church in East Syracuse. She lived in Char- lotte for the past five years. Pat was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed Hettie Brown January 24, 2005 Hettie Brown, 91, of Lyons, NY, died Monday at Loretto Nursing Home in Syracuse. Calling hours were held 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 27, at the Boeheim-Pusateri Funeral Home, 77 William St. in Lyons. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Mt. Zion Mission- ary Baptist Church, Spencer Street. Spring burial will be in South Lyons Cemetery. Hettie was born August 29, 1Si3, in Harisviiie, SC. She was a senior companion at the New- ark Developmental Center. She was a member of Redeemed Church of God in Christ of Wil- liamson. Ho-inhtar Gnnstoia vvamer 01 Syracuse, her son, LeRoy (llean) Brown of Savannah; 10 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and stepson, John Gurley of Edgewood, MD. She was predeceased by her hus- band, Kimual, in 1948. spsndir.cj time with %miiv. She also enjoyed baking, sew- ing and playing bingo. Her el- dest son, Michael passed away in 1999. Surviving: Daughter and son-in-law, Karen and William Randal! of Charlotte, NC; a son, David of Marcellus; and daughter-in-law, Marlene Je- rome of Syracuse; nine grand- children; and seven great- grandchildren. Services: Saturday a.m. from Delaney-Greabell-Adydan Funeral Home, 9 a.m. in St. Mary's Church in Minoa. Burial St. Mary's Cemetery, DeWitt. Calling hours Friday 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home, 241 Kinne St., East Syracuse. Please sign the guest tak al Grace Menickeiii January 27, 2005 Grace Medico Menickelli, 91 of North Syracuse, passed away Thursday at Van Duyn. She was born in Syracuse ana a life resident of the Syracuse area. Grace re- tired from Muench Kreu- zer Candle Fac- tory after 50 years and was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church. Survivors: her husband of 53 years. Peter; daughter, Frances Bryan of Yorktown Heights; brother, Michael Medico of Florida; sister, Mary Conzel- mann of Baldwinsville; grand- children, Glenn Bryan and Kathy Eginton; five great- grandchildren. Funeral services Monday a.m. at FARONE SON and 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church. Burial in Assumption Cemetery. Calling hours Satur- day 4 to 6 p.m. and Sunday 3 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. FARONE SON FUNERAL HOME 1500 PARK ST. Four Generations of Funeral Gary Brown January 26, 2005 Gary Brown, 57, of 12 Frazee Street, Auburn, died January 26, 2005. Employed at Crucible Steel. USN veteran and U.S. Power Squadron Commander. Survived by wife, Linda Bai- ley Brown; mother, Hilda Brown; five sons and two daughters; three stepsons and one stepdaughter. hours will be held at the Cheche Funeral Home, Auburn, on Sat- urday from 1 to 4 p.m. To pbce u In Mcnnriam ad, Michael R. O'Brien January 24, 2005 Michael R. O'Brien, 59, of Baldwinsville, died Monday, January 24, 2005 at University Hospital. He was employed with Griffin Environmental Company of Syracuse for 25 years. He was a member of the Baldwins- ville First United Methodist Church. Survivors: his mother, Dorothy E. of Baldwinsville; two brothers, Gary F. and Craig B., both of Baldwinsville; one sis- ter, Stephanie Boriland, of Brownville, NY. Memorial Service: 11 a.m. Monday, January 31, 2005 in the Chapel of the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church, 17 West Genesee Street. Spring Burial will be in River- view Cemetery, Baldwinsvilte. Gates Funeral Home, Inc. has care of arrangements. I -r Ales Funeral Home, toe Compassionate Care Robert E. Jones, Esq. January 24, 2005 Robert E. Jones, Esq., of 87 Centra! Ave., Cortland, passed away on Monday, January 24, 2005, at the age of 76. Bob graduated Syracuse University School of Law in 1956; he was then admitted to the-New York State-Bar Associ- ation in 1957. He began his ca- reer practicing law with Henry Lucy in Homer until March 1964, when he was elected Cortland County District Attor- ney, a position he held until De- cember 1979. From January 1980 until Au- gust 1983 he served in the ca- pacity of Public Defender, and was the attorney for the town of Homer for 41 years. Surviving are a son, Alan Jones of Richmond, VA; daugh- ter, Lisa Williams of Akron, OH; brother, Bruce Jones and a sis- ter, Norma Creedon; grand- daughter, Nicole Wiiiiams; a grandson, David Jones. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, 2005, at the Donald L. Barber Funeral Home, Inc., 5016 N. Main St., Homer, with the Rev. John P. Fenlon officiating. Call- ing hours will be held on Satur- day from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Rodney 1. Zetko January 25, 2005 Rod Zetko, of Fayetteville, died Tuesday. He was a private investor, published author, and sportsman. He served his coun- try in the 82nd and 101st Air- borne divisions and was a member of the U.S. Army box- ing team. He played semi- pro baseball, won numerous city and state tennis titles, and was an inter- nationally acclaimed fisher- man. He attended St. Law- rence University, participating in baseball and football, Syra- cuse University graduate school, and Albany Law School. Survivors: his beloved wife, Marie; a daughter, Debbie Gaff of Utica; two grandchildren, anrt Erin: and his aunt. Mary Kuda of Utica. Funeral 1 p.m. Saturday at Eaton-Tubbs- Schepp Funeral Home. Calling hours will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, 7191 E. Genesee St., Fayette- ville. EATON-TUBM-SCHEPP MM Mk WMUMMfe Mice Casier January 26, 2005 Alice V. Casier, 88, cherished resident of Rosewood Heights, Syracuse, died at home. A na- tive of Minoa. she graduated from Percy Hughes School. Alice was a for- mer communi- cant of Blessed Sacrament Church and an active member of the Anaketus CluD. Her sisters, Hughes and Ruth Thomas, pre- deceased her. Survivors: her nieces, Barba- ra (Bill) Gouldthorpe of Fayette- ville and Pat Wickens of Syra- 2004 United Way drive tops donation total from last year Uasier 01 namourg ana (Virginia) Casier of Syracuse; a godson, Patrick White of Fay- etteville; and many other nieces and nephews. Funeral Services: a.m. Monday at Eaton-Tubbs- Schepp Funeral Home and a.m. at Holy Cross Church, De- Witt. Burial, Assumption Ceme- tery, Syracuse. Calling hours will be 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at ihe funeral home, 7191 E. Ger.- esee St., Fayetteville. Contributions: Rosewood Heights, 3rd floor, 614 S. Grouse Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210. EATON-TUBBS-SCHEPP Fayetteville 637-3214 Ptease sign the guest book at Donald 1. Scutt January 24, 2005 Donald Joseph Scutt, 64, of Clay, passed away Monday at Hollywood Memorial Hospital, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. after a nine- month illness with cancer. Don graduated i -.a. from Solvay High School in 1959 and then Paul Smith's College. He was employed in hotel management at the Lake Placid Ciub and the Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, FL. Donald is predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Marga- ret Scutt and brothers, Edward and James. He is survived by his loving twin brother, David of Clay and William (Donna) of Lakeland; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Services will be held on Monday at 9 a.m. at St. Ceci- lia's Church, Solvay. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends are invited to call on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at New Comer Family Funeral Home, North Syracuse, 705 North Main Street. Contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Ralph E. Scutt Memorial Scholarship, John Scutt, 121 Gettman Rd., Syracuse, NY 13209. fflNEWCQMER Family Funeral Home Timothy M. Barber January 25, 2005 Timothy M. Barber, 43, of Palermo, passed away unex- pectedly on Tuesday at Fulton Memorial Hospital. Tim resided in Palermo with his fiancee, Tracey Hilgenberg, and worked as a self-employed mechanic for many years. He was prede- ceased by his father, Roland Barber, in 1995. Tim leaves behind to cherish his memory two children, Erica and Timothy James both of Palermo. He is also survived by his loving mother, Thelma; four sisters, Anita and Elaine Barber, Sharon Beige, and Pa- tricia La Flamme; two brothers, Carl and Jim (Pugsley) Barber; several nieces, nephews, great- nieces, and great-nephews. Friends may call Saturday from a.m. to p.m. at Sears-Middleton-Jones Funeral Home Inc., 209 N. Main Street, North Syracuse, NY, with a me- morial Mrvlce at p.m. at the funeral home. Immediately following the memorial service, friends and family are wel- comed to join together for a Remembrance of Tim's life at the American Legion Post from to 5 p.m. in Parish, NY. Please sign the guest book at Thursday is short of nffiM god. By Frank Brieaddy Staff writer The United Way of Central New York 2004 campaign re- covered from a MOW 10 a total of in pledges and gifts, a gain of over the 2003 campaign total reported last January. The total, reported Thursday nual Community Achievement Celebration at the Oncenter, was well below the goal of mil- lion. But it was a relief to cam- paign organizers who made an urgent appeal for increased giv- ing six weeks ago when they were projecting less in giving this year than last year. j About million came in i after that appeal, according, to United Way President Frank i Lazarski. i Campaign volunteers recan- vassed companies and labor I groups in the final weeks, stress- 1 ing tie potential shortfall. i "There was a lot of sweat eq- uity put into said Robert I Goldman, chief executive officer of the engineering firm of BBL i Environmental Services and vol- unteer chairman of the cam- paign. j Goldman announced this i year's total at the Oncenter gath- ering of about 300 campaign j volunteers, representatives of charities that are funded and j United Way staff. Rachel Houseman, United Way vice president for resource development and the lead staff person for the campaign, attri- DeMareia Glen January 23, 2005 ueiviareia daughter of Linda Dreher and Daryl Glen, passed away Sun- day at Crouse Hospital. Surviv- ing besides her parents are three sisters; two brothers; her maternal and paternal grand- parents. Calling hours will be today 11 a.m. to p.m. at Garland Bros Funeral Home, 143 W. Castle St. UMred Woy oworas The United Way gave out six Spirit of Caring Awards Thursday: Organized Labor Participation Award: United Auto Workers Locals 624 and 2149 Professional Service Award: r, o H uci iiiuuy, UUIIN.C oc 01 WBMI Volunteer Services Award: Lockheed Martin Gifts-in-Kind Award: Clarke American Leadership Development d- Veterans Affairs ToplOonpoiQK These are the top 10 in total dollars 1. Niagara Mohawk, a National Grid Company and IBEW Local 97: 2. SUNY Upstate Medical University: 3. New Process Gear and UAW Leeds 62-1 end 4. Lockheed Martin Employees Federated Fund: 5. Welch AHyn Inc.: 6. Pitkin: 7. Carrier Core, and SMWIA Campaign Excellence Award and Niagara Mohawk, a National Grid Company 2004 Campaign Volunteer of the Year: Kevin McCartan, of Deluxe Financial Services Up sightly 8. UPS: 9. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.: 10. Syracuse University: These are the top 10 in giving per employee (excludes corporate gift) 1. Parsons Associates: als significantly increasing per- 1 sonal gifts, new corporate gifts 1 and companies that extended the i length of then- campaigns to en- courage more employee partici- pation and bigger pledges. After the public appeal for help Dec. 10, health benefits ad- ministration company Pomco called the United Way and said, "What can we according to Houseman, In the midst of significant hiring, the company added an aggressive pitch for the United Way to its orientation for new staff. Sidney M. Greenberg. owner of East Syracuse Chevrolet, wrote out a corporate gift of Management and labor at National Grid's Niagara Mo- hawk, which had suspended a significant portion of its United Way pitch to employees during two months of tense contract ne- gnfiaTinirs ioined forces auicklv in December after the contract settlement. "This was a tough said Following are results oi ihe United Way of Central New York 2004 and 2003 campaigns Campaign total announced Thursday: Last year's total announced in January 2004: Source: United Way of Central New York Jim Card, business representa- tive for the International Broth- erhood of Electrical Workers Local 97. referring to contract talks. He said he feared the Unit- ed Way would be a hard sell to some employees who didn't like the final contract. "We stressed at the meetings that this is for the United Way, let's put our differences be- said Ray Penge, co-chair of NiMo's campaign. "They really rallied. It was terrific." said Houseman. NiMo and the fBEW led the whole community in pledges for the fourth consecutive year with a total of followed by Upstate Medical University, New Process Gear and its two United Auto Workers unions, the Lockheed Martin Employees Federated Fund and Welch AHyn. Together, the top five cor- porate campaigns account for 25 percent of the total. Houseman said the campaign was hurt by some obvious losses, such as the elimination of Carrier Corp. manufacturing jobs that cut Carrier's total from in 2000 to this year, which was still good enough for seventh place on the total pledges list. There were other, more subtle losses, she said. One company let go several well-paid employ- ees. 31 of whom were United Way donors of or more a vear. One company was bought out by another Irom out ol tne area with a different corporate philanthropy system that vastly Communications: 3. Cncndags Coun Office: 4. Hiscock Barclay: 5. Bond, Schoeneck King: 6. Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society: 7. Manufacturers Association 8. Alliance Bank: 9. PricewaterhouseCoopers: 10. Eric Mower and Associates: Source: United Way of Central New York reduced United Way participa- tion, she said. The campaign numbers re- ported every January are not final. Cash and pledges are counted until an Apni 15 closing date. The 2003 total increased :n the three months be- tween the celebration and >vhen the books were closed. House- man said. She said it is impossible to predict how much the campaign total will grow before April 15. It is also impossible to predict much discretionary money the United Way will have to dis- tribute from its community fund. In the last few years, donors have increasingly designated money to specific charities that aren't part of the local allocation process. Lazarski said donor designa- tions run between 18 percent and 22 percent of money pledged and there is no hint how much will be left for the United Way's family of agencies after money is diverted to other charities. United Way campaign totals have fluctuated widely over the past few years with the local economy. The 2002 campaign produced the biggest gain since fne Ac- corded the biggest drop in at least 20 years. Catholic Charities offers infant adoption seminar j Catholic Charities of Onon- j daga County's Adoption Ser- vices Program will host a free seminar on open infant adoption. The seminar is 7 p.m. today in the second-floor conference room at the House of Provi- dence, 1654 W. Onondaga St., Syracuse. For more information or to register, call 362-7576. Professor gets fellowship to teach, study at Cornell An assistant professor of his- tory at Le Moyne College has been awarded a one-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University for the 2005-06 academic year. Meredith Terretta, of Syra- cuse, will retain her professor- ship at Le Moyne while she teaches and does research at Cornell. She plans to return to full-time teaching at Le Moyne in 2006-2007. Syracuse Research Corp. gives to East Y The computer center at the East Area Family YMCA will be named after Syracuse Research 3 gift to the Capstone Campaign. The campaign, a continuation of a drive to build the YMCA, has raised of a million goal in two months. For information, call YMCA Development Director Patti Giancola at 637-2557, ext. 208 or visit: Reservists con nominate employers for recognition A national group serving as liaison between reservists and employers wants nominees for its 2005 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve award is given for outstanding support of employees who serve in the Reserve or National Guard. Only reservists can nominate an em- ployer. Reservists can go to to make nomi- nations. The deadline is mid- night Feb. 24. Stote bar association gives award to Fitzpatn'ck Onondaga County District Attorney William J. Fitzpatrick is being honored at the New York State Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section's annu- al meeting in New York City this week. Fitzpatrick was to be honored as the state's "Out- standing Prosecutor." P-S Achievement Awards luncheon set for Feb. 10 Tickets are still available for The Post-Standard Achievement Awards luncheon to be held at noon Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Holiday Inn This year's honorees are: Dr. Ann Sutera Botash, the Rev. Jo- seph Champlin, Phil Geary, Tim Green, Elizabeth Liddy, Tern McGraw, Paula Ilacqua-Morales, Lois Schaffer, John Stage and Greg Teamey. Call Helen Mar- cum at 637-4647 for ticket in- formation. Investor signs deal for hotel By Frederic Pierce Staff writer An unidentified investor has signed a purchase contract to buy the decrepit Hotel Syracuse and hopes to complete the deal within a few months, according to the buyer's lawyer. "They have our said Robert Romeo, who said the pa- perwork was signed Wednesday and he was waiting for the bank that owns the downtown land- mark to send it back to him. Romeo would not identify the buyer or say how much it was paying for the historic but ne- glected building because the deal was not final. No one at Thompson Calhoun Fair, the Atlanta-based broker hired to sell the hotel for First Bank of Oak Park in Illinois, was available to talk about the sale late Thursday afternoon. Romeo has said the mystery buyer was primarily interested in the 21-year-old tower annex of the 400-room hotel and planned to invest up to million to bring it back on line. Plans for the rest of the three- building structure, which in- cludes the Addis building on South Sauna Street, are suii not determined, he said. Romeo represented developer Joseph Hucko in his successful transformation of the Dome Hotel into the Hawthorn Suites and represents Miami investor Eli Hadad, who has purchased more than a dozen city proper- ties, most recently the Spaghetti ;