Edna Gerthoffer van der Ven (Cole), 93, formerly of Fayetteville, passed away Wednesday. She lived in Fayetteville for 57 years before moving to the Nottingham in 2010 after the death of her husband, Ted. Edna was born in Syracuse to William and Agnes Cole. She graduated from Minoa High School and attended CCBI (Central City Business Institute). She married Norbert Gerthoffer in 1947. She worked many years as a secretary and retired from General Electric in 1953 when they started their family. She was a homemaker and stayed home to care for her children. When the youngest child started school in 1969, she went to work for the Fayetteville Manlius School District, retiring in 1992 after 23 years. In 1992, she married Ted van der Ven. They stayed very active over the years, doing volunteer services at many different places, including Fayetteville and Manlius Senior Centers, Christ Retreat House, IC Church in Fayetteville, and the New York Senior Games. They also took yearly trips and cruises. She is predeceased by six brothers and sisters; husbands, Norbert Gerthoffer and Ted van der Ven; and son, Thomas Gerthoffer in 2017. Edna is survived by her three children, Julie (James) Higgins, Joan (Frank Nourse) Gerthoffer, Carol (Anthony) Asiaghi; two stepsons, Guido (Nancy) and Siem (Kate) van der Ven; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be on Monday from 10-11 am at the Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel, 7191 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. A service will follow at 11 am at the funeral home. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, DeWitt.
Margaret L. Hobbs, 84, of Manlius passed away peacefully after a courageous fight with breast cancer. She was a graduate of Manlius High School and CCBI. She was a communicant of St. Ann’s Church in Manlius. She was very devoted to her family and friends. She was predeceased by two brothers, Lawrence and Michael Lennon; and her sister, Mary Susan Rosivach. She is survived by her children, Teresa Hobbs (Louis Manzietti) of Syracuse and J. Kevin Hobbs (Christina) of Apex, NC; sister, Teresa Crowe of Manlius; and several nieces, nephews and two step-grandchildren. Family and friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 18th at Newell-Fay Manlius Chapel, 8171 Cazenovia Rd., Manlius. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Friday, January 19th at St. Ann’s Church in Manlius. Spring burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Pompey. The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Jeffrey Kirschner, Samantha Burke PA and the staff at HOA Brittonfield. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.
Francis Philip Lang, Sr., 78, passed away January 15, 2018 peacefully at home. Born October 20, 1939 in Jamesville, NY, he was the son of Phillip Alexander and Helen Ochsner-Lang. He was a steam fitter/welder for the Local 267. In his spare time, he was an avid outdoorsman, loved working with his hands, and taking care of those he loved. Fran was involved in his local communities of Jamesville, NY and Citra, FL. Francis is preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Lang. He is survived by his loving wife, Gail Donaldson-Lang; sons, Fran Lang Jr., David Lang (Lisa); daughters, Elizabeth “Beth” Anne Lang, Karen Moore; brothers, Raymond Lang, Paul Lang; sisters, Peggy Butler, Carol Thomas, Marie Lang; and one grandson, David “DJ” Lang. Calling hours will be Friday, January 26 from 4 to 7 pm at Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel, 7191 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville, NY. The interment will be held in the spring at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Jamesville, NY.
Richard B. Leo, 80, formerly of Kirkville died at the VA Medical Center in Syracuse. He was a resident of Arizona for many years before returning to the Syracuse area. Services will be private.
Joyce Meredith Swayze Douglas, of East Syracuse, passed away on January 14, 2018 to be with her husband Donald, the love of her life. She was born in Otselic, NY in 1932. She attended East Syracuse schools and married in 1953. They lived in Minoa and raised two sons, and she worked as a bookkeeper for many years. She was a devoted grandma who spoiled her grandchildren as much as possible. Most recently, she enjoyed retirement life, especially the times she spent with her siblings, their spouses, and as many other family members as would fit in the room. She was one of the first tenants at Colonial Village Apartments in East Syracuse and developed lasting friendships with her neighbors. Joyce is predeceased by husband, Donald, who died in 1984; siblings, Jean LaMora and Ernest Swayze; and parents, George and Sylvia Swayze. She is survived by sons, William (Susan) of Maine and Scott (Julie) of South Carolina; grandchildren, Zachary (Robyn) and Dufferin Douglas, Brandi (Mathew) Sturdevant, and Shawn (Miles) Vazquez; great-grandchildren, Kyra Sturdevant and Soul Vazquez; siblings, Roger Swayze, Joanne Goettel, Janet Harrington, Judith Baker, and Jill Swayze; along with the in-laws who she loved like siblings; and many nephews and nieces. Visiting hours to remember Joyce and celebrate her life will be on Saturday, January 20 from 11 am to 1 pm at R.H. Schepp & Son Minoa Chapel, 6530 Schepps Corners Rd., Minoa. A reception will follow immediately afterward at the Colonial Village Apartments Community Room, 5890 Bowman Road, East Syracuse. In lieu of flowers, consider making a contribution to Francis House, 108 Michaels Ave., Syracuse, NY 13208 to help them continue their important work.