Ferdinand C. “Bud” Lepinske


91748_2006913Ferdinand C. “Bud” Lepinske, 86, of 4834 Grange Rd, Clay, died Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at home after a brief illness. He was born September 17, 1919 in Liverpool, and was raised on the farm of his parents, Fred and Minnie Paneitz Lepinske, on what is now Grange Rd. He was named for his grandfathers, Charles Lepinske and Ferdinand Paneitz. He attended Lynnville School (District 5). He and his father worked the farm, and in 1942 they bought the adjacent farm of Alfred J. Strever. They rented the Strever house to Loren and Ethel Dence, and in this way Bud became acquainted with his wife, Dorothy Dence, whom he married in 1943. Raised by stern parents back in the time of the adage “Children should be seen and not heard”, he was a smart aleck from the beginning, a brazen boy with a rebellious demeanor that he never outgrew. He was handsome, determined, fiercely independent, self-deprecating, and critical. He was always preoccupied with making a living on the farm; he was a loving and caring father who didn’t often know how to express himself in a loving way. Dad was direct and told it like it was; he did not care to be politically correct nor did he care for those who are. He was mischievous, humorous and mocked people to their face; we came to recognize this as a sign of affection. An opinionated man, he reminded us of Archie Bunker – he seemed bigoted on the outside, but as we got to know him, we realized that this crab had a soft underbelly. An incredibly hard worker, he personified the Puritan work ethic. At the age of 78 he was cutting wood with a chain saw alone in the back lot, when the tree shifted and broke his leg. He was aware that he was injured but insisted on lifting the wood onto the wagon first – finishing the job – before driving the tractor down the lane and seeking medical attention. This was the kind of stubborn, diligent person Dad was. He was interested in every aspect of farming, history, nature, and machinery. Civic-minded – and a true networker – he was tirelessly dedicated to the community. He was a life member and trustee of the Clay Fire Dept. He was involved in Agway, Farm Bureau, Clay Town Board and Planning Board, Clay Historical Assoc. He served as Town Historian from 1989 to 2005, and was a major driving force behind the Clay Historical Park. He had an enormous memory, was a man of many details and a great storyteller. Whether he was attending a farm auction, town board meeting, or shopping for groceries, he would often run into an old friend or neighbor, which would result in a lengthy discussion. He drove the back roads rather than major highways in order to keep up with folks and what they were doing, the development of land, and to satisfy his own endless curiosity. He operated a dairy farm for much of his life until he sold the cattle in 1978 and went to work for the Onondaga Co Highway Dept, from which he retired in 1988. He continued gardening, baling and selling hay well into the 21st century. He enjoyed traveling, reading, visiting, dining out and watching birds. He is survived by his beloved wife, Dorothy; six sons, Gene, of Wasilla, Alaska; Jerry and James of Clay; David and his wife, Sue, of Clay; Fred and his wife, Carma, of Hotchkiss, Colorado; Jeffrey of New York City; a daughter, Diane, and her husband, Bob Stevens, of Fayetteville; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Peg Bachman of Cicero, and Dorothy Sarna of Liverpool. He was predeceased by his sister, Caroline Sotherden, of Clay, in 1994. A Graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 16, 2006 at Pine Plains Cemetery, Clay. There will be no calling hours. Contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 4947 Rt. 31, Clay, NY 13041, Clay VFD, 4383 Route 31, Clay, NY 13041 or Hospice of CNY, 990 7th N. St., Liverpool, NY 13088. Maurer Funeral Home, Inc. www.maurerfuneralhome.com

Published in the Syracuse Post Standard on 9/13/2006

Llyod Sotherden


April 27, 2008 Lloyd Sotherden, 81, of Clay, NY, died at home on Sunday, April 27, 2008, with his family by his side. Lloyd was born in Syracuse. He was a life resident of Clay. He was an electrician for Alpha Portland Cement Co., Jamesville, retiring in 1979. Lloyd also worked for the Clay Highway Department, and he retired from there in 1989. Lloyd was a Navy veteran of World War II; he was a member of the American Legion Post 787 Cicero. He was a member of Clay Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church and Clay Volunteer Fire Department. Lloyd is survived by his wife, Pauline Freeman; two sons, Timothy (Beth) and James (Dale) Sotherden; two daughters, Patricia Redhead (Bruce) and Tamala Haber (David Galloway); eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two stepgranddaughters; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be conducted Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at Clay Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Route 31, Clay, NY. Burial will be private. There will be no calling hours. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Central New York, 990 7th North Street, Liverpool, NY 13088-6148. Funeral arrangements are by Williams Funeral Home, Cicero, NY 13039.

Published in the Syracuse Post Standard on 4/29/2008.

Christopher A. Olson


0000135670_09222009September 18, 2009 Christopher A. Olson, 40, of Clay, passed away Friday from injuries sustained in an ATV accident. Chris worked for Tom Albanese Const. He was a captain and an EMT with the Clay Vol. Fire Dept. and was a member of the Onon. Co. Dive Team. He was a former member of NAVAC. Chris was an avid hunter who loved camping, four-wheeling and spending time with family and friends. He was a devoted husband, and father to his beloved son, Nick. He is survived by his loving wife of five years, Donna M. (Stebbins) Olson; son, Nicholas Olson; step-daughter, Felicia Otts; parents, Arlene and Richard Olson and Violet Draves; brothers, Tom (Patricia) Olson, Fred (Tammy) Stuter and Jamie Salvage; sisters, Sue (Matt) McDonald, Laurie (Randy) Soeder, Jeanne Olson, Sherry (Brian) DeForest and Sharon Paninski; 13 nephews; nine nieces; and many close friends whom he considered family. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at New Comer Funeral Home, 705 N. Main St., N. Syracuse. Burial will follow in Pine Plains Cemetery, Clay. Calling hours will be Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Nicholas Olson scholarship fund, c/o M&T Bank. To leave a special message for the family online, visit NewcomerSyracuse.com NewComer Funeral Home

Published in Syracuse Post Standard on September 22, 2009

Samuel ” SAM I AM” Solitto


Samuel S. Solitto, III, 78, passed away on Tuesday after a brief illness. He was born in Ithaca and has resided in Liverpool all of his life. He graduated from Liverpool High School in 1958 and married his high school sweetheart, Patricia A. (Cromp) on August 8, 1959. Samuel was US Air Force Veteran, proudly serving his country. He retired from Fays Drugs/Rite Aid on August 1, 2014 after 47 years of employment. Samuel was an active member of the Clay Fire Department Station 1 for 45 years making his last call on May 29, 2018 at 12:47 pm. He also served as Second Vice Commander of the American Legion Post 787 in Cicero. He was predeceased by his parents, and his daughter, Mary Ann in 2014.
Surviving are his loving wife of 58 years, Patricia; son, Stephen (Vickie); two daughters, Lisa Notaro and Patti (Tony) Giachetti, the pride of his life, his many grandchildren, a great-grandson, devoted niece and nephew, Pete and Margaret Staurch and their daughter, Tori of Yonkers, NY; sister, Marie Elena Schlueter, nieces, nephews and many loving friends.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 2 to 5 pm at the Maurer Funeral Home Moyers Corners, 3541 State Rt 31, Baldwinsville. Funeral services will be on Monday at 11:00 am at the funeral home.
Please consider contributions in Samuel’s memory to either Clay Volunteer Fire Department, 4383 Rt 31 Clay, NY 13041 or Victory for Veterans, 8035 Oswego Road, Liverpool, NY 13090.
Date of Death: May 29, 2018

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Gerry F. “Honey” Murphy Jr


o414996murphy_20121207Gerry F. “Honey” Murphy Jr., 86, of Clay, passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at Upstate University Hospital. Mr. Murphy was born in Syracuse and had lived in Clay for over 75 years. He was a master plumber all of his life. He worked for Watson Plumbing, HG Cross Plumbing then he later worked out of the Union Hall at Nine Mile Nuclear Plant in Scriba until his retirement. He was a life member of the Clay Volunteer Fire Dept. and served as chief from 1979 to 1981. He was a member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 267. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served in WWII aboard the USS LST 325 navel ship. He loved the outdoors and especially fishing with his grandson. He loved his family and adored his grandchildren.He was predeceased by his wife, Louise Murphy who died in 1997.

Survivors: his companion, Lee Hemmer; two sons, Michael (Sandy Ochsenbein) Murphy and David Murphy; four grandchildren, Jeff (Heather) Murphy, John (Jill) Murphy, Jennifer Murphy (Ray Willis) and Dereck Ochsenbein; five great-grandchildren and one niece.

Graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday at the Pine Plains Cemetery, Henry Clay Blvd., Clay, NY.

Published in Syracuse Post Standard on December 6, 2012

Bruce Redhead Jr


Bruce Redhead Jr., 61, of Clay, passed away on Thursday at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Bruce retired from the Town of Clay Highway Department and a past member of the Clay Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and gardening and his John Deere tractor. Surviving are his wife, Patricia of 41 years; daughter, Diana (Jason) Vanderhoof; son, Michael Redhead; brothers, Robert Redhead and Jeffrey Swartwood; sister, Ellen Lashomb (Cliff); three grandchildren, Caitlyn Vanderhoof, Jacob Vanderhoof and Gianna Savinelli-Redhead; several nieces and nephews and his faithful companion, Romy. Calling hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 5, 2014 at the Maurer Funeral Home, 300 Second St., Liverpool. Services and burial will be private. Contributions may be made to the Diabetes or Kidney foundation.

Published in Syracuse Post Standard on January 3, 2014

Glenn S. King


FBW99v7vmoXQyFc44BgNSxdnwjP8nvvqj5heXl5+r8Bd68MK7ZR4R8AAAAASUVORK5CYII=Glenn S. King, 88, of Clay, passed away on Monday at Upstate University Hospital. Glenn was born in Syracuse to the late Wesley and Rose Shepard King. He was retired from Jerome Fire Equipment where he worked for many years. He was a member and past chief of the Clay Volunteer Fire Dept. for over 70 years. Glenn was also past treasurer of the Onondaga County Fire Chiefs Association, and a longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. He was predeceased by his parents, and a brother, Jack King.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 60 years, Azalia “Butch” (Marvin) King; his children, Debbie (John) Martynski; Brenda (Bill) Arnault; Becky Knapp; Judi (Jack) Phillips; Terry (Doreen) King; Barb (Geno) Concolino; grandchildren, Josh, Jamie, Jackie and Jesse Martynski; Billy, Bryan and Jillian Arnault; Ricky Knapp; Taylor and John Phillips; Jason, Liz and Zach Brown; Meghan, Nick and Alex King; Jordan and Ashley Concolino; great-grandchildren, Nathan and Joelle James; his brother, Bruce (Peg) King; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 4945 State Route 31 in Clay. Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Maurer Funeral Home Moyers Corners, 3541 State Route 31 in Baldwinsville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Glenn’s memory may be made to the Clay Volunteer Fire Dept., 4383 Route 31, Clay, NY 13041, or to Immanuel Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 49, Clay, NY 13041.

Published in Syracuse Post Standard from July 8 to July 9, 2015