|`Raps' Rapavy, 69, was longtime Linton teacher, basketball coach
GLENVILLE - William "Raps" Rapavy, 69, of Marcia Court, died Sunday
at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady after a short illness.
Mr. Rapavy was a lifelong area resident. He attended the former Mont
Pleasant High School in Schenectady and Siena College and played basketball
at both schools.
After graduating from high school in 1945, he served in the Army as
an expert rifleman.
Mr. Rapavy graduated from Siena in 1952 and received a master's degree
in elementary education from the State University of New York at Oneonta.
In 1957, he became the junior varsity basketball coach at the former
Nott Terrace High School, later Linton High School.
Later, Mr. Rapavy was the varsity coach at Linton. During the 1968-1969
season, he won the Section II Championship and during the 1960s and 1970s,
his combined JV and varsity coaching record was 239-95.
In addition, he was a longtime math teacher at Linton.
Mr. Rapavy also coached the former Schaeffer Brewers pro basketball
A resident of Glenville for the last 31 years, Mr. Rapavy was a member
of the Edison Club in Rexford and the Lambda Delta Sigma fraternity and
a former member of the Willows Country Club.
He was a longtime all-star talent scout for Channel 13 Sports and a
member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Scotia.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Judy Madden Rapavy, whom he
married June 24, 1961; four sons, William G. Rapavy of New York City, Brian
T. Rapavy of Poulsbo, Wash., Barry J. Rapavy of Rockville, Md., and Brent
D. Rapavy of Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Mildred Macek of Newburgh; and three
Services will be at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at Glenville Funeral Home,
9 Glenridge Road, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 9 at St. Joseph's
Burial will be in Sts. Cyril and Method Cemetery, Rotterdam.
Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Concern for the Hungry, P.O.
Box 119, Schenectady 12301.
Adeline D. Barszcz
AMSTERDAM - Adeline D. Barszcz, 92, formerly of Milton Avenue died
Sunday at Montgomery Meadows.
Mrs. Barszcz was born in Poland and came to the Amsterdam area as a
She was employed by the former Mohawk Carpet Mills.
She was a member of St. John's Seniors. Mrs. Barszcz was a member of
The Church of St. John The Baptist and its Rosary Society.
She was married to the late Alexander Barszcz, who died in September
Survivors include two daughters, Jean Trzaskos and Lorraine Cosentino,
both of Amsterdam; two sisters, Mary Opalka and Ann Moskal, both of Amsterdam,
five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Amsterdam
Funeral Chapel, 13 Belmont Place.
A funeral service will be held at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Funeral
Chapel followed at 9 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of
St. John The Baptist.
Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Church of St. John The Baptist.
SCOTIA - Mrs. Audrey Peters Bishop, 56, of Fifth Street, formerly of
Amsterdam, died Saturday at St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady after a
Born in Amsterdam, Mrs. Bishop was a lifelong resident of this area.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas L. Bishop, whom she married in
December 1983; two daughters, Colleen Curtacci of Holland Patent and Karen
Sroka of Clarks Mills; a brother, Charles Peters of Amsterdam; and five
A service is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Betz Funeral Home, 171 Guy
Park Ave., Amsterdam. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Amsterdam.
Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Montgomery County SPCA in
care of the funeral home.
Charles Dumas, newspaperman, press secretary to Rockefeller
ALBANY - Charles W. Dumas, 68, of Albany, died Friday at home after
a long illness.
Born and educated in Providence, Mr. Dumas moved to this area in 1953
and began a 37-year career as a reporter and press aide to government officials.
As a reporter and bureau chief for the Associated Press, Mr. Dumas
received the Legislative Correspondents Alumni Association Award for excellence
in reporting three times.
He was Albany bureau chief for the New York Daily News.
Mr. Dumas served as press secretary to Lt. Gov. Malcolm Wilson and
was acting press secretary to Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller in the early 1960s.
In 1971, he was named director of communications for the New York state
Senate and served as a top aide to former senate majority leader Warren
M. Anderson for 16 years. Later, he worked in the same capacity for Sen.
Mr. Dumas retired in 1990.
An Army veteran, he served as a battlefield correspondent for the Seventh
Infantry Division during the Korean War, for which he was awarded a Bronze
Star. Mr. Dumas attained the rank of captain.
Survivors include his wife, Veronica Gabrielli Dumas; a daughter, Gabrielle
L. Dumas of Albany; a son, Charles B. Dumas of Colonie; three sisters,
Violet Reichert, Margaret Andresen and Dorothy Dumas, all of New England;
a brother, Douglas Dumas of New England; and three grandchildren.
A service will be at 8 tonight at the Frederick Funeral Home, 16 Manning
Square. Burial will be private.
Calling hours will be from 4 this afternoon to 8 tonight at the funeral
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Albany,
315 S. Manning Blvd., Albany 12208.
Don D. Brehm
NORTH BLENHEIM - Don D. Brehm, 68, of North Blenheim, died Saturday
at St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady after a brief illness.
Mr. Brehm was born in Rockford, Ohio, and lived most of his life on
the family farm in Guilderland. He was a resident of North Blenheim since
Mr. Brehm was a graduate of the former Draper High School in Schenectady.
He was employed by the New York Telephone Co. for 23 years before retiring
as an engineer.
Mr. Brehm was a member of the Noah Masons Lodge in Altamont and a charter
member of the Rotterdam Elks Lodge.
He served in the Army during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Vida Worthington Brehm; three daughters,
Carol Brehm Snell of Caroga Lake, Mary Lou Brehm Jepson of Rochester and
Chris Brehm Ioriatti of Union, Ill.; a brother, Richard Brehm of Guilderland;
a sister, Beverly White of Rotterdam; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Altamont Reformed
Church, 129 Lincoln Ave., Altamont.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Foundation Fighting Blindness,
P.O. Box 17279, Baltimore, Md. 21297.
Arrangements are by the Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main St., Altamont.
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Mrs. Dorothy Elizabeth Forstell, 79, of 128
Bid A Wee Lane, Panama City Beach, died Saturday at a local nursing home.
Mrs. Forstell moved to Bay County, Fla., from Schenectady four years
She was a clerk at the former Carl Co. in Schenectady until retiring.
Mrs. Forstell was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church.
Survivors include three sons, Wallace R. Forstell of New York City,
Richard G. Forstell of Panama City Beach and Ronald E. Forstell of Schoharie;
two sisters, Frances Bourke of Brooklyn and Carolyn Wherry of Whiting,
N.J.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home
chapel, 2403 Harrison Ave., Panama City. Entombment will follow in Garden
of Memories Cemetery.
A calling hour will precede the service at the funeral home.
Eric A. Carhidi
ROTTERDAM - Eric A. Carhidi, 24, of Arbor Avenue, died Saturday at
Ellis Hospital in Schenectady after being stricken at home.
Born in Niskayuna, Mr. Carhidi was a lifelong Capital Region resident.
He was a 1992 graduate of Mohonasen High School and played on its bowling
He attended Schenectady County Community College, where he was working
toward an electrical-technical degree.
Mr. Carhidi was a member of the Youth Bowling League at Rolling Greens
He had been employed by Burger King in Menands for the last nine years
and also worked in the summer program for the Rotterdam Parks and Recreation
He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Assumption Church.
Survivors include his parents, Michael and Frances Carhidi of Rotterdam;
a sister, Joan Marie Carhidi of Rotterdam; and his maternal grandparents,
Frank and Ollie Mauro Scialla of Rotterdam.
Services will be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the N. Rossi & Sons
Funeral Home, Union and North Jay streets, Schenectady, and at 9 at Our
Lady of the Assumption Church, where the Liturgy of the Word will be celebrated.
Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Glenville.
Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Evelyn R. Perry
JOHNSTOWN - Mrs. Evelyn R. Perry, 81, of Maple Knolls, formerly of
Waterford, died at home Saturday.
Born and educated in Lansingburgh, Mrs. Perry was a graduate of the
former Allen School of Commerce in Troy.
During World War II, she was employed as a private secretary at the
former Cluett & Peabody Co. in Troy.
Before that, she worked at Behr-Manning Co., now the Norton Co., in
Mrs. Perry was a communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church in Johnstown
and Grace Church in Waterford, where she was a member of the Women of Grace
She was the widow of Kenneth C. Perry.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda J. Tatro of Gloversville; and a
A service is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Grace Episcopal Church. Burial
will be in Waterford Rural Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice in care
of the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St., Waterford, 12188.
Howard R. Smith
MALTA - Howard R. Smith, 74, of Longkill Road, died Sunday at the Samuel
Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albany.
Mr. Smith was born in Troy and educated in the Troy school system,
graduating from Lansingburgh High School.
He was employed as chief clerk for the Delaware & Hudson Railroad
in Albany for 37 years until his retirement in 1979.
Mr. Smith was a member of Elks Lodge 2466 in Clifton Park, the Shenendehowa
Senior Citizens Center and the transportation and communications union.
He was a communicant of St. Michael's Church in Cohoes and Corpus Christi
Church in Ushers.
Mr. Smith served in the Army during World War II.
He was married to Anne Burns Smith until her death.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Kosek Smith; two daughters, Carole
Vozzy and Coleen Gray, both of Troy; a son, Howard S. Smith of Malta; four
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Fitzgerald
Funeral Home, 105 Vliet Blvd., Cohoes.
Services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and at
9:30 at St. Michael's Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be
celebrated. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery, Waterford.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association
of the Capital District, 50 Colvin Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12206, or in care
of the funeral home.
Jean P. Cerrone
GREENWICH - Mrs. Jean P. Cerrone, 70, of Woodlawn Avenue, died at home
Saturday after a long illness.
Mrs. Cerrone was born and raised in Albany. She lived on Saratoga Lake
for 20 years before moving to Greenwich last year.
She was employed on the housekeeping staffs of the Holiday Inn-Turf
and the Howard Johnson Motel in Colonie and the Tom Sawyer Motor Lodge
in Guilderland for several years.
Her husband, Darold D. Cerrone, died in 1969.
Survivors include a son, Ralph Cerrone of Greenwich; three brothers,
Howard "Sonny" Scheidel of Castleton, Victory "Mickey" Scheidel of Duanesburg
and Alexander Aurelio of Saratoga Lake; and three grandchildren.
Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the DeVito-Salvadore
Funeral Home, 39 S. Main St., Mechanicville.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday
at Assumption-St. Paul Church, Mechanicville. Burial will be in Our Lady
of Angels Cemetery, Colonie.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Washington County.
Joseph Kennedy of Rotterdam; was union official, baseball coach
ROTTERDAM - Retired union official Joseph Michael Kennedy, 62, of Lilac
Street died Sunday at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady.
Mr. Kennedy was born in Schenectady and lived in this area all his
life. He was a 1953 graduate of the former Mont Pleasant High School.
He was a member of Local 106 of the International Union of Operating
Engineers since 1953. Mr. Kennedy had served on the union's executive board
since 1980 and was appointed vice president of the union in 1990.
He retired in April 1997.
One of the top batting coaches in the area, Mr. Kennedy coached the
Guilderland High School baseball team of 1983, which won the Suburban Council
crown and had a combined batting average of over .400.
He was a member of St. Madeleine Sophie Church.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Dolores Carriere Kennedy; two
sons, Jeffrey M. Kennedy and Daniel E. Kennedy, both of Malta; two daughters,
Linda A. Kennedy and Maureen M. Cote, both of Rotterdam; a brother, John
A. Kennedy of East Rockaway; and nine grandchildren.
Calling hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral
Home, 5216 Western Turnpike, Guilderland, where a service is set for 8:30.
Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Guilderland High School Athletic
Fund, attention: Tom McCarthy, P.O. Box 37, Guilderland Center, 12085.
Kennerknecht service scheduled
FORT PLAIN - A memorial service will be held for Bruce Holland Kennerknecht,
who died May 24.
It will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Gray-Houghtaling & Smith
Funeral Home, 34 Center St.
SCHENECTADY - Mrs. Lillian Schatz, 88, of Front Street, died Friday
at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady after a short illness.
Mrs. Schatz was born in New Bedford, Mass. She was an area resident
for 16 years.
Her husband, Bernard Schatz, died in 1992.
Survivors include four daughters, Janice Pollack of Talladega, Ala.,
Sandy Axelrod of Allentown, Pa., Phyllis Gavitt of Schenectady and Linda
Hedler of Manorville, L.I.; two brothers, Louis Cohen of Florida and Hyman
Cohen of Dartmouth, Mass.; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 1 this afternoon in New Montefiore
Cemetery, Farmingdale, L.I.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Day Haven at the Annie Schaffer
Senior Center, 101 Nott Terrace, Schenectady 12305.
Arrangements are by the Jones Funeral Home, 1503 Union St.
Lydia Ann Homan
SCHENECTADY - Mrs. Lydia Ann Homan, 77, of Granville Avenue, died Friday
at home after a short illness.
Born in Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Homan moved to this area as a child. She
was a graduate of the former Mont Pleasant High School.
She was a member of New Life Ministries. Her husband, Henry D. Homan,
died in 1994.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Lou Schermerhorn of Schenectady
and Cecilia A. Homan of Rotterdam; and two sons, John F. Homan of Schenectady
and James E. Homan of Glenville.
A service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Daly Funeral Home, 242 McClellan
St., Schenectady. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Calling hours will be 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home. Memorial
contributions may be made to the New Life Academy.
TROY - Mrs. Martha Steidinger Ackermann, 95, of the Eddy Memorial Geriatric
Center, died there Saturday after a long illness.
Mrs. Ackermann was born in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and lived in Switzerland
for 20 years before coming to this country and settling in Glen Head, L.I.
She moved to Schenectady in 1990 and to the nursing home in February of
She was married to Adolph J. Ackermann until his death.
Survivors include a son, Robert Ackermann of Schenectady, and four
Services will be private. There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eddy Memorial Geriatric Center,
2256 Burdett Ave., Troy 12180.
Arrangements are by Bryce Funeral Home, 276 Pawling Ave., Troy.
NORTHVILLE - Mrs. Minnie Eddy, 91, of 186 County Highway 130, died
Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam after a short illness.
Mrs. Eddy was born in Benson, Hamilton County. She was a lifelong area
resident and attended the former Gifford Valley School and Northville High
Mrs. Eddy worked for a short time at the former Kingsley-Mansfield
She attended the Cranberry Creek Community Church in Mayfield.
Her husband, Elmer "Bunk" Eddy, whom she married April 24, 1950, died
Nov. 4, 1984.
Survivors include several cousins.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Walrath & Bushouer
Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. Burial will be in Prospect
Hill Cemetery. A calling hour will precede the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cranberry Creek Community Church,
112 Gilbert Road, Mayfield 12117.
SEVEN LAKES, N.C. - Norman Campbell, 76, of Seven Lakes died Saturday
at Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.
Mr. Campbell was born in Grand Rapids, Mich.
He served in World War II with the merchant marine.
After the war, Mr. Campbell joined the General Electric Co. in Burlington,
Vt., where he was a designer engineer for more than 25 years.
He retired in 1984 and moved to Seven Lakes.
Mr. Campbell was a member of the Burlington Elks Lodge and later Southern
Pines Elks Lodge 1692.
He also was a member of the Seven Lakes Modelers Aero Club and the
Seven Lakes Sailing Club.
While in Burlington, Mr. Campbell was a member of St. Paul's Cathedral
and the Rocky Ridge Country Club.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Ann Campbell; a son, Kenneth F.
Campbell of Duncanville, Texas; two daughters, Patricia W. Caron of Chesapeake,
Va., and Lynda Ann Dawkins of Lakeview; a brother, Richard Campbell of
Grass Valley, Calif.; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Emmanuel
Episcopal Church in Southern Pines.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Seven Lakes EMS, 969 Seven
Lakes North, West End, N.C. 27376, or to charity.
Arrangements are by the Boles Funeral Home and Crematory of Seven Lakes.
Reta P. Bouck
SCHOHARIE - Mrs. Reta P. Bouck, 95, formerly of the Driftwood Apartments,
died Friday at the Eastern Star Home in Oriskany, Oneida County, where
she had been a resident since May.
Mrs. Bouck was born in Port Maitland, Nova Scotia, Canada, and came
to this country in 1925. She lived in Miami from 1961 until moving to Schoharie
She was a graduate of Nova Scotia High School.
As a young woman, Mrs. Bouck worked at the former Harrington's Drugstore
on Main Street. Later, she and her husband operated a concession food business
at fairs throughout the Northeast.
She was a member of the Wiawaka Ladies Group at the former Community
Church, now the Schoharie Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Bouck also was a former member and past worthy matron of Schoharie
Valley Chapter 450, Order of the Eastern Star, and a former royal matron
in the Amaranth group of the Brenendorf Chapter in Cobleskill.
She was a past member of the Showmen's Association in Miami and a former
member of the Schoharie Bridge Club.
Her husband, Harold A. Bouck, whom she married Dec. 15, 1925, died
March 4, 1963.
Survivors include a son, Robert W. Bouck of Lake Worth, Fla.; a daughter,
Florence H. Beach of Schoharie; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren;
and a great-great-grandchild.
There will be no services or calling hours. Burial will be in Showmen's
Cemetery, Southern Memorial Park, Hialeah, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Scho-Wright Ambulance Service,
P.O. Box 325, Schoharie 12157.
Arrangements are by the Langan Funeral Home, 227 Main St.
Rev. Barbara Boyd, was AME minister
The Associated Press
JACKSON, Miss. - The Rev. Barbara P. Boyd, the first woman ordained
a minister of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, died Friday of injuries
suffered in a car accident.
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Mrs. Thelma Crosthwait, 86, of the Saratoga Hospital
Nursing Home, died Friday at Saratoga Hospital after a long illness.
Mrs. Crosthwait was born in Greenfield Center.
Her husband, John R. Crosthwait, died in 1952.
Survivors include a daughter, Eleanor Muller of Saratoga Springs; a
sister, Alice Smero of Greenfield Center, three grandchildren and five
A service is set for 10 a.m. today at Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake
Thelma Knuetter Brock
PETERSBURGH - Mrs. Thelma Knuetter Brock, 57, of Route 2, died Saturday
at Albany Medical Center Hospital.
Born in Berlin, Mrs. Brock was a 1957 graduate of Berlin High School.
She was a former member of the Petersburgh Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Ronald L. Brock; a daughter,
Jenine R. Brock of Petersburgh; two sons, Ronald E. Brock and Karl D. Brock,
both of Berlin; two brothers, William Knuetter and Fred Knuetter, both
of Berlin; and five grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 3 this afternoon in Berlin Community
Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.
Arrangements are by the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, 66 Armsby Road.
NEW PALTZ - Victor "Vito" Cillis, 86, of New Paltz, formerly of Scotia,
died Sunday at the New Paltz Nursing Home.
Mr. Cillis was born in Pietragalla, Italy. He lived on Riverside Avenue
in Scotia before moving to New Paltz last year.
He was a patternmaker at the General Electric Co. in Schenectady for
17 years, retiring in 1974.
His first wife, Rose Shearer Cillis, died Sept. 26, 1956. He was married
to Doris Thelen Cillis until her death on March 27, 1996.
Survivors include two daughters, Janet Cillis Mitchell of Tillson,
Ulster County, and Jean Cillis Poague of Woodland Hills, Calif.; a stepdaughter,
Margaret Hugerich Pickett of Colchester, Vt.; a brother, Tony Cillis of
Hobart, Delaware County; 13 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
A service will be held at 9:45 a.m. Thursday at the White Funeral Home,
264 N. Ballston Ave., Scotia, followed by a graveside service at 10:30
in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna.
Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at MacArthur's Funeral Home
in Hobart and 6 to 8 p.m Wednesday at White's Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association,
488 Main St., Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Arrangements are by the Copeland Funeral Home.
Wilma Uzzell Smith
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. - Mrs. Wilma Uzzell Smith, 84, of 309 Brandon
Road, Hendersonville, died Sunday at the Westminster Towers Health Care
Center in Rock Hill, S.C.
Mrs. Smith was born in Snow Shoe, Pa.
She was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church.
She was married to Robert H. Smith until his death.
Survivors include three daughters, Kay S. Marshall of Brookfield, Wis.,
and Susan S. Williams and Barbara S. Chenette, both of Rock Hill; a sister,
Margaret Leader of Tucson, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Westminster
Presbyterian Church Chapel.
Burial will be in Memory's Garden, Colonie.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society,
P.O. Box 2535, Rock Hill, S.C. 29732. Arrangements are by the Bass Funeral
Home, 331 E. Main St., Rock Hill.