Obituary, John W. Gray

September 29, 2009 John W. Gray, 83, of Camillus, passed away Tuesday at VA Medical Center. A Navy veteran of WWII, he served on the USS Ben Franklin. John was employed for over 20 years with General Tire, retiring in 1984. He was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church and enjoyed gardening, fishing and his family’s cottage at Cape Vincent. John was predeceased by his brother, Albert Gray. Surviving are his loving wife of 60 years, the former Mildred Picha; daughters, Jane Williams of San Diego, CA and Joan Montana of Dallas, TX; sons, John P. and James R., both of Escondido, CA and Michael J. of Aurora, CO; sister, Dr. Mary L. Gray of Peabody, MA; and 11 grandchildren. A special thanks to the medical staff of the VA Medical Center for their loving care. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus and at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church where a funeral Mass will be celebrated. Relatives and friends may call today from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. John will be laid to rest in Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Church Food Pantry, 5600 West Genesee St., Camillus, NY 13031.

Published Syracuse Post Standard on Oct. 1, 2009

Obituary, George Patrick Medeiros

Canton – George Patrick Medeiros born March 17, 1925 in Provincetown, MA passed away August 16, 2019 at St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital, he was 94 years of age.

During World War II, George served as a Gunners Mate aboard the USS Franklin in the South Pacific for the U. S. Navy. When he returned from the war he was a commercial fisherman for several years. He then flew for Pan American Airlines before flying for the U.S. Customs in Homestead FL until retiring after 19 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and step-son.

Survivors include: wife Esther Thomas Medeiros of Canton; sister, Janie Heckert (Mel) of Canton, Ohio; niece, Debbie Wolfe of Gulfport; and nephews, Glynne and Ronny Gulledge of Gulfport.

Visitation will be at Breeland Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am chapel service.

Obituary, Dorris Wells “D.W.” Wilson

Dorris Wells “D.W.” Wilson, age 87 of Stephens passed away Sunday, December 29, 2013 at Silver Oaks Nursing Home in Camden. He was born October 6, 1926 in  Stephens, AR to Fred Wells and Thelma Louise (Sawyer) Wilson.

D.W. was a longtime member of Sulpher Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Before his retirement he made his living as a machinist for Mobil Oil Corporation. Before his health failed, D.W. loved being outdoors working in the yard, gardening or fishing. His hobby was restoring old furniture and woodworking. His greatest joy came from spending time with his family. D.W. served his country during WWII on the USS Franklin (CV13). On March 19, 1945, D.W. became a member of 704 Club (Survivors) when his ship came under attack 50 miles off the coast of Japan and claimed the lives of 724 of his crew members. For his service D.W. was awarded the Bronze Star Medal (Presidential Citation), the Asiatic Pacific Area Bronze Star and the Victory Medal. He will forever remain in the hearts of everyone who knew and loved him.

Preceding him in death are his parents, two brothers, Billy Ray Wilson and Norman Lamar Wilson.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, JoAnn Wilson of Stephens, AR; three sons, Norman Ray Wilson and wife, Vickie of Lumberton, TX, Ronald Wells Wilson and wife, Karen of Buna, TX, Robin Timothy Wilson and wife, Donna of Colmesneil, TX; step daughter, Claudia Wooldridge and husband, Danny of Springdale, AR; step son, Luther Miller of Stephens, AR; brother, Jack Albert Wilson and wife, Joanna of Springdale, AR; sister, Frances Louise Freeman and Mike of McKinney, TX; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be at 10:00AM Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Bailey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jack Wilson and Bro. Jamie Venable officiating. Burial and Military Honors will follow at Stephens Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home of Magnolia.

Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5-8PM at Bailey Funeral Home in Magnolia.

In Lieu of flowers memorials are requested to Sulpher Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church, C/O
Mearl Darden, 3225 Ouachita #2, Louann, AR 71751.
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Obituary, Frank J. Bertinetti

Frank J. Bertinetti, 94
Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2019 10:49 am
Frank John Bertinetti, 94, of Raymond, formerly of Nokomis, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Oct. 24, from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Girard. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at the church with Father James Palakudy officiating. Graveside services will be held at 1:45 p.m. at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. Calvert-Ferry Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Bertinetti was born Feb. 11, 1925, in Jeiseyville, a son of Dominic and Mary (Cambruzzi) Bertinetti. He married Norma Jean “Tootsie” Stivers in 1952, in Nokomis, and she preceded him in death in 1963. He later married Joan Finnefrock in 1973, in Raymond, and she preceded him in death in 1984.

A WWII Navy bomber escort pilot, he was stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Franklin during WWII. He worked as a forklift operator prior to his retirement from Caterpillar Tractor, Inc. He worked as a funeral director’s assistant for Hough Funeral Home in Raymond, and in his later years, he worked for Calvert and Ferry Funeral Homes in Auburn, Girard and Virden.

A member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Girard, he was a member of the Auburn Knights of Columbus, the Masonic Lodge in Morrisonville, the Scottish Rite, Blue Lodge, the Answar Shrine Temple in Springfield, American Legion Post #94 in Nokomis, 40 and 8, Fraternal Order of Police in Springfield and the Illinois Sheriff’s Association.

He is survived by his niece, Rebecca DiClemente; nephews, James (Debra) Bertinetti and Dominic Bertinetti III; sister-in-law, Doris Bertinetti, all of Tinley Park; special friend, Leona Hacker of Girard; several great-nieces and great-nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents and two wives, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dominic “Buck” Bertinetti, Jr.

Memorials may be made to donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be left at http://www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary, James Carl Graffam S1/c

James Carl Graffam died in Portland, Maine on August 4, 1995. James served on the USS Franklin and was a member of the 704 Club. After the war he returned to Portland, Maine and worked his entire career at the S.D. Warren Paper Mill. He was married to his wife, Mary, for 55 years. He had one son, James. He would seldom talk about his experience on the USS Franklin but when did it would be about how brave the crew was after the devastating attack and how everyone did what needed to be done to save the ship regardless of their actual navy specialty. He was very proud of his service in the U.S. Navy. He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Westbrook, Maine.

Obituary, Willie Kovalyk

Willie was born on November 14, 1927 and passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019.

Willie was a resident of Neffs, Ohio at the time of passing.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving on the USS Franklin during World War II and a life member of the Neffs Rod and Gun Club.

Obituary, Karl W. Kraft

Karl W. Kraft, age 99, of Batavia, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, July 15, 2019 at Brighton Gardens of St. Charles.

He was born June 23, 1920 in Batavia, the son of Albert J. and Annie W. (Johanson) Kraft. 

Karl was united in marriage to Violet “Vie” E. (Ogren) Kraft on April 22, 1950 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles.

He was a 1938 Batavia High School graduate and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the U.S.S. Franklin aircraft carrier.  Karl became an apprentice plumber in 1946 and started K.W. Kraft Plumbing in 1962. 

Karl was a member and past Master Mason of the Masonic Lodge, Batavia 1197; Royal Arch Masons of Illinois, Fox River Chapter #14; Montgomery V.F.W. Post #7452; Batavia American Legion Post #504; Loyal Order of Moose, Batavia Lodge #682, and a lifelong member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia.

He is survived by his three sons John (Andrea), Peter (Leslee) both of Batavia, and Robert (Carolyn) of Galena MO; seven grandchildren Kelly (Elias) Ford of Nebraska, Benjamin of Florida, Joseph of Chicago, Jaymes (Dori Stein) of Batavia and Chelsea of Geneva, and Samuel and Annie Kraft of Chicago; four great-grandchildren Ann, Eli, and Mathew Ford of Nebraska and Aria Kraft of Batavia; sisters-in-law Sara Murtaugh of Batavia and Sally Mayer of Mount Carroll; many nieces and nephews; and a neighborhood full of good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Everett W. (Elaine) Kraft; and his loving wife Violet who passed away in 2018.

Visitation will be held Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 9:00 am until the time of his funeral service at 11:00 am at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St, Batavia with Rev. Steven Ritter officiating.

Interment will follow at West Batavia Cemetery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln Street, Batavia, Illinois 60510 or Valley Sheltered Workshop, 325 Main Street, Batavia, Illinois 60510.

Arrangements handled by Malone Funeral Home in Geneva.  For information 630-232-8233 or visit http://www.malonefh.com.