Julia Shuman

Julia Shuman

OSWEGO — Julia Shuman, 97, of Oswego died peacefully at Oswego Hospital in Oswego, New York, on Dec. 22, 2019. A native of Hudson, New York, she lived in the Syracuse area for 65 years.

Born July 6, 1922 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Hungarian immigrants, the late Joseph and Mary (Hersko) Wassie. A loving family, Julia and her five inseparable sisters were taught the benefits and pride of an honest day’s work, a lesson that served her well throughout her life. Julia spoke fluent Hungarian and took great pride in her rich Hungarian (Magyar) heritage. Her Hungarian name was Juliska (YOO-leesh-ka).  Julia was a graduate of Hudson area schools. On December 22, 1945 in Hudson, she married Charles J. Shuman. (Mr. Shuman died May 12, 2007.)

Julia was an excellent homemaker who also managed an impeccable 12- unit apartment building close to the Syracuse University campus. Many future Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers, English majors and Educators alike were all welcome residents there. 

In November 2012, Julia came to live with her loving son Robert in Oswego, New York. She attended the Seneca Hill Manor Adult Day Program for seven years where she would actively partake and enjoy a variety of activities and made many new friends! While in Oswego, Julia enjoyed a variety of great music, singing, dancing and telling enthralling stories of life in the Hudson River valley. She loved to relax, watch and sing along to classic Broadway Musicals. Likewise, every Saturday, she looked forward to the weekly live broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show, accompanied by trusty cat Bentley, always at her side. 

In the summer months, Julia took delight in attending the Oswego Farmers Market. She especially liked the music, festive atmosphere, Mary (Aunt Mary) Plummers home cooking and upstate New York’s finest sweet corn. Julia always looked forward to Oswego’s annual Fourth of July Parade. In her bright blue sun hat and sparkling Tierra, marchers and dignitaries alike would break rank to have their picture taken with the queen of the parade, Julia Shuman. A very special thank you and hats off to photographer Jerry Maher of IHeartOswego for capturing those memorable moments!

The family would like to thank the staff at Seneca Hill Manor Adult Day Program and Julia’s at home caregivers for the most excellent, highest quality of care and compassion shown to their mother, time after time.

The family also extends a special thank you to Pastor Bruce Schrader of Oswego, New York, for his hospital visits in inclement weather, words of comfort, support and prayer. 

Julia is survived by her sons Ronald (Susan) of Collierville, Tennessee; Mark of DeWitt, New York; and Robert of Oswego; three grandsons Michael, Steven and Zachary; her sister Margaret Peduzzi of Kinderhook, New York; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents and husband Charles, Julia was predeceased by her four sisters; Elizabeth (Betty) Pyndus, Anna Tkatz, Mary Yegella and Helen Hoysradt.

Julia will return to her beloved Hudson, home of her childhood, for burial at Cedar Park Cemetery. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 at Sacco McDonald Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson.  Committal prayers will follow at noon at Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson. 

There will be no calling hours. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Adult Day Program at Seneca Hill Manor,  Attn: Kathy Cocciole, Dir., 20 Manor Drive, Oswego, NY 13126 

Oswego arrangements are in care of the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home.