Miscellaneous Albany County, New York Obituaries

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Rev. Dr. J. Dean Dykstra, was minister in Schenectady church 
SCHENECTADY - The Reverend Dr. J. Dean Dykstra died April 29 in Kennebunkport, Maine, after a long illness.
The Rev. Dykstra was a graduate of Hope College, Holland, Mich., where he subsequently received an honorary doctorate. He also was a graduate of New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey. He held an honorary doctorate from Union College.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Patricia Dykstra; a son, Dr. Jon Dykstra of Washington, D.C.; two daughters, Pamela Dykstra of Homewood, Ill., and Patricia Felix of Spring Lake, Mich.; and seven grandchildren
A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at First Reformed Church of Schenectady, where the Rev. Dykstra had served as senior minister for 25 years before retiring in 1984.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lee and Bill Huntley Garden at First Reformed Church or to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are by the Jones Funeral Home, 1503 Union St.
[Published 10-May-2000]

Joseph D. Panetta, 74, former owner of Panetta's Restaurant 
LOUDONVILLE - Former restaurant owner Joseph D. Panetta, 74, of Loudonville, died Monday at Albany Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
Born and educated in Albany, Mr. Panetta had been a Loudonville resident since 1958.
He was a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy and attended Siena College.
Mr. Panetta was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II.
He had been proprietor of Joe's Liquors in Malta for the past 25 years. Previously, he was the owner of Panetta's Restaurant in Menands.
Mr. Panetta was a communicant of St. Pius X Church. He was a member of the Watervliet Elks Club and Wolfert's Roost Country Club.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Moylan Panetta; a daughter, Mary Ellen Higgins of Colonie; three sons, Dominick "D.J." Panetta of Loudonville, Kenneth L. Panetta of Guilderland and Gregory J. Winkler of Gainesville, Fla.; four sisters, Catherine Burke, Anna Zumbo, Rosemary Daly and Marion Neil, all of Latham; a brother, Charles Panetta of Oxford, Miss.; and eight grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Pius X Church.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Bowen Funeral Home, 97 Old Loudon Road, Latham.
Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.
Memorial contributions may be made to Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center, 43 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY 12208.
[Published 10-May-2000]

Iva Kling Larkin, 91, longtime hospital volunteer, school clerk 
LAWYERSVILLE - Mrs. Iva Kling Larkin, 91, of Lawyersville, died Monday at home after a long illness.
Born in Lawyersville, Mrs. Larkin was a lifelong area resident.
She was a 1926 graduate of Cobleskill High School.
Mrs. Larkin worked as a secretary at the Harder Refrigerator Co. from 1927 to 1933. In 1933, she went to work for Cobleskill Central Schools, first as a secretary, then as a senior account clerk and later as clerk of the board of education, retiring in 1971.
She was a member of the Lawyersville Reformed Church, where she served as treasurer and volunteered as organist for 50 years. She was the first female member of the church's consistory.
Mrs. Larkin was a member of the Ruby Unit, Community Hospital of Schoharie County Auxiliary, where she served over 17,000 hours as a volunteer. She also served as second vice president of the women's auxiliary and received the Community Service Award in 1992 from SUNY Cobleskill.
Her husband, Charles D. Larkin, whom she married in 1934, died in 1977.
Survivors include a son, Charles D. Larkin of Lawyersville; two granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter.
A service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lawyersville Reformed Church.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Robert A. Guffin Funeral Home, 1 Chapel St., Cobleskill.
Burial will be in Cobleskill Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawyersville Reformed Church, Cobleskill, NY 12043; or to the Animal Shelter of Schoharie County, P.O. Box 40, Howes Cave, NY 12092.
[Published 10-May-2000]

David W. Williams, 90, was longtime civil rights judge 
LOS ANGELES - Judge David W. Williams, a tough sentencer who became the first black federal judge west of the Mississippi, died at 90 Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
The cause of death was pneumonia, said his son, David W. Williams of Orono, Minn.
Williams was a lifelong Republican who fought civil rights battles for blacks in the 1940s and 1950s and took on difficult assignments as a judge, including presiding over 4,000 criminal cases stemming from the 1965 Watts riots in Los Angeles.
Although he took senior status 20 years ago, meaning he could work as little as he wanted without jeopardizing his pay, Williams remained an active member of the U.S. district court in Los Angeles until his death. He was hospitalized in late March after returning from a Caribbean cruise, but continued to review cases - habeas corpus petitions from inmates - in his sickbed.
"He was a beloved figure on this court . . . the epitome of what a senior judge can be," said Chief U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr.
Williams was a native of Atlanta, but grew up in South-Central Los Angeles. After graduating from high school in 1929, he worked his way through the University of California, Los Angeles and law school at the University of Southern California by mopping bank floors and running errands at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. He was admitted to the California bar in 1937.
As a lawyer in the 1940s, he joined a small group of black attorneys who worked with Thurgood Marshall, then head of the legal defense arm of the NAACP, to fight the restrictive covenants that barred minorities from residence in many parts of Los Angeles.
Williams was appointed to the Municipal Court in 1956 and to the Superior Court in 1963. He was elevated to federal district court in 1969 after his nomination by President Nixon. He took senior status in 1981.
He volunteered to handle the bulk of the criminal cases that arose from the Watts riots, a massive job that many judges happily avoided. But to Williams, it was "a badge of courage to take on this Herculean task that was also so emotionally charged," Hatter said.
Hatter, who knew Williams for more than two decades, recalled that they once handled the trials of two former nuns accused of bank robbery. Hatter said he sentenced his nun to eight years in prison while Williams gave his the maximum - 20 years. "He was a tough sentencer - no doubt about that," Hatter said.
Although Williams did not agree with mandatory sentencing - "Some of us judges," he once said, "feel we are made to be like robots who cannot decide for themselves" - he did not flinch from a 1988 federal narcotics trafficking statute that called for vastly harsher sentences for defendants with two or more prior drug offenses.
In 1989 he became the first judge in California and the second in the country to impose a life sentence under that federal law. The defendant was a small-time drug dealer convicted of possessing only 5.5 ounces of crack cocaine.
It was the first time in 35 years as a judge that Williams had given a life sentence without possibility of parole.
Williams is survived by sons Vaughn, of New York City, and David; and two grandchildren. 
[Published 10-May-2000]

Michael Morano, Conn. senator 
GREENWICH, Conn. - Michael Morano, a former state senator known as "Mr. Highway Safety," died Sunday. He was 84.
Morano, a Republican, was an advocate of transportation safety during his 28 years in the General Assembly.
In 1992, the bridge on Interstate 95 over the Mianus River was dedicated to Morano. He had worked with town, state and federal officials in the aftermath of the 1983 Mianus River bridge collapse, in which three people died and three others were seriously injured.
Morano was co-chairman of the General Assembly's Transportation Committee from 1984 to 1986.
His political career began in 1960, when he beat former Gov. Lowell Weicker Jr., then a Greenwich lawyer, for the Republican nomination for state representative.
[Published 10-May-2000]

Rudolf Stohler, mollusk expert 
BERKELEY, Calif. - Rudolf Stohler, an international authority on mollusks who helped develop rules for collecting mussels safely, died April 24 of heart failure. He was 98.
In the 1920s, Stohler helped pinpoint the organisms that made mussels unsafe to eat at certain times of the year.
He joined the UC Berkeley staff in 1933 and taught cytology, zoology and biology. He was also curator of the invertebrate zoology museum .
[Published 10-May-2000]

`Mae' Cervenka 
CLIFTON PARK - A graveside service for Mary "Mae" Cervenka, who died on Jan. 21, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Jonesville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Arrangements are by the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9.
[Published 10-May-2000]

Berger Hauge 
SCHENECTADY - Private services will be held for Berger J. Hauge, 93, of Altamont Avenue, who died Monday at the Hallmark Nursing Center after a short illness.
Born in Oslo, Norway, Mr. Berger moved to the United States at the age of 15. He was a longtime New York City resident and lived in Tampa, Fla., for many years. He had been a Schenectady area resident since 1985.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Mr. Hauge worked as a waiter in various New York City restaurants.
He was the widower of Anna Baumler Hauge, who died Oct. 6, 1992.
Survivors include his son, Berger J. Hauge Jr. of British Columbia, Canada; three daughters, Susan Bonesteel of Arizona, Christine Spoon of Tennessee and Jean Wolff of Longemont, Colo.; and several grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Daly Funeral Home, 242 McClellan St.
[Published 10-May-2000]

Darla Kamal 
BALLSTON LAKE - In Tuesday's Gazette, the obituary for Darla S. Kamal misidentified one of her surviving family members.
She is survived by her son, Justin David Kamal of Ballston Lake.
[Published 10-May-2000]

Edward Dochniak 
CLIFTON PARK - Edward P. Dochniak, 78, of Tanner Road, died last Wednesday at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady after a long illness.
Born in Schenectady, Mr. Dochniak worked as a machinist for the General Electric Co. in Schenectady, where he had been employed for more than 25 years.
He was past president of the Dairy Goat Breeders Association of the Capital District and a member of the American Dairy Goat Association. He was the president of the Transims Credit Union in Schenectady and a member of the GE Quarter Century Club.
Mr. Dochniak had been a communicant of St. Edward's Church in Clifton Park.
Survivors include his wife, Jennie Prencuk Dochniak; and a niece, Susan Cole of Schenectady.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Edward the Confessor Church.
Calling hours will be private.
Burial will be in the Church of St. Adalbert Cemetery, Schenectady.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Edward the Confessor Church, 569 Clifton Park Center Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065; or the Ballston Lake Volunteer Ambulance, 1123 Route 146A, Ballston Lake, NY 12019.
Arrangements are by the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9.
[Published 10-May-2000]

Edward Lowell 
TROY - Edward L. Lowell, 74, of 118th Street, died Monday at home.
Mr. Lowell was born and educated in Troy.
For many years, he was a chef at the former Thornie's Restaurant, retiring several years ago.
During World War II, Mr. Lowell served with the Army.
He was a communicant of St. Augustine's Church, Lansingburgh.
Survivors include a son, Larry Lowell of Troy; a daughter, Diane Lowell of Troy; and three sisters, Agnes Burger and Kathleen Hale, both of Troy, and Bertha Myers of Speigletown.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Augustine's Church.
Burial will be in Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.
Calling hours are from 6 to 9 this evening at the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, 115th Street and Fourth Avenue.
Contributions may be made to Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard.
[Published 10-May-2000]

Harrison Martin 
SCHENECTADY - Harrison L. Martin Jr., 52, of State Street, died Sunday at St. Clare's Hospital after being stricken.
Born in Saranac Lake, Mr. Martin attended Schenectady schools.
For several years, he was a truck driver.
During the Vietnam War, Mr. Martin served with the Marines.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Popolizio Martin of Seward; three sons, Stephen L. and Austin D. Martin, both of Seward, and Christopher J. Martin of Rotterdam; two daughters, Patricia A. Martin of Rotterdam and Jessica A. Martin of Seward; six brothers, Michael O. Martin of Schenectady, Eugene Martin of Delmar, Stephen Martin of Oregon, Timothy Martin of Florida, Jeffrey Martin of Broadalbin and Gerald Martin of New York City; two sisters, Delia Bolia of Esperance amd Susan Knight of Pattersonville; and seven grandchildren.
A service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Light's Funeral Home, 1428 State St.
There are no calling hours.
Burial will be in the veterans section of Vale Cemetery.
[Published 10-May-2000]

Jane Dippo 
COHOES - Mrs. Jane F. Dippo, 74, of Continental Avenue, died Tuesday at home after a long illness.
Mrs. Dippo was born in Cohoes. She was a graduate of St. Bernard's School and Keveny Memorial Academy.
She was an operating room technician at the Leonard Hospital in Lansingburgh, retiring with more than 25 years of service.
Mrs. Dippo was a communicant of Sacred Heart/St. Rita Church, a member of its St. Anne Society and served as Eucharistic minister.
She was a member of the 55 Club.
Mrs. Dippo was the widow of John F. Dippo.
Survivors include three sons, James P. Dippo of Cohoes, John F. Dippo Jr. of Schenectady and William M. Dippo of Earlton in Greene County; a daughter, Ellen M. Wodeschick of Milltown, N.J.; a sister, Lois Sheehan of Seminole, Fla.; and nine grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday at 8:15 a.m. at the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, corner of 115th Street and Fourth Avenue, Lansingburgh, and at 9 at Sacred Heart Church, Park Avenue, where a Mass of Christian burial will be concelebrated.
Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Waterford.
Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
[Published 10-May-2000]

Leah Stuart 
TRIBES HILL - A private service will be held for Mrs. Leah M. Gordon Stuart, 92, of Mohawk Drive, who died Tuesday at St. Mary's Hospital after a short illness.
Mrs. Stuart was born and educated in Tribes Hill.
For many years, she worked at the Amsterdam Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, retiring as manager.
Mrs. Stuart was a member of the Tribes Hill Presbyterian Church and a former member of the Antlers Country Club.
Survivors include a niece, Patricia J. Schwartz of Tribes Hill; a great-niece, Susan Downing of Delmar; a great-nephew, Dr. Charles Schwartz of Scotia; a great-great-niece; and three great-great-nephews.
There are no calling hours.
Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the Tribes Hill Fire Department or Tribes Hill Presbyterian Church, both of Mohawk Drive, Tribes Hill, NY 12177.
Arrangements are by the Riley Mortuary, Amsterdam.
[Published 10-May-2000]

Malvina Dolan 
TROY - Mrs. Malvina Dolan, 97, of the Eddy-Ford Nursing Home in Cohoes, formerly of Troy, died Tuesday at the residence after a long illness.
Mrs. Dolan, a homemaker, was born in Troy.
She was a communicant of St. Patrick's and St. Anthony's churches.
She was a member of the Troy Senior Citizens and a former member of St. Patrick's Mothers Club.
She was the widow of Joseph T. Dolan.
Survivors include three daughters, Shirley LeCuyer of Cohoes, and Jean Hillje and Deloris Hurd, both of Troy; a son, Joseph Dolan of Clifton Park; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday at 8:45 a.m. at the Morris-Stebbins-Miner & Sanvidge Funeral Home, 312 Hoosick St., and at 9:30 at St. Patrick's Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Burial will be in St. Jean's Cemetery.
Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eddy-Ford Nursing Home, 421 West Columbia St., Cohoes, NY 12047.
[Published 10-May-2000]

Perry Mendel, 78, was founder of Kindercare 
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Perry Mendel, founder and former chairman of KinderCare Learning Centers, which grew into the nation's largest day-care chain, died Saturday from complications from cancer. He was 78.
Mendel founded KinderCare in Montgomery in 1969 and capitalized on the growing number of women entering the workplace and needing child care. Through the 1970s his company became the nation's biggest day-care operation, with more than 1,000 centers in more than 30 states.
In the 1980s, the Montgomery-based corporation ventured into financial services and retailing and Mendel's career crumbled in financial scandal.
He pleaded guilty to failure to pay taxes on fees he received in a 1985 deal involving Michael Milken, who headed the junk bond department of the now-defunct Drexel Burnham Lambert.
Mendel served about nine months of a one-year federal sentence.
[Published 10-May-2000]

Raymond McConnell 
REXFORD - Raymond McConnell, 78, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., formerly of Rexford, died Monday at St. Lucie Medical Center after a long illness.
Mr. McConnell was born in St. Albans, Vt.
He moved to Port St. Lucie six years ago.
For 20 years, Mr. McConnell worked in customer service at the General Electric Co., Schenectady.
He was also a former Schenectady police officer.
Mr. McConnell was a member of the Edison Club.
Survivors include his wife, Janet Curran McConnell; two daughters, Maxine Hobbins of Saratoga Springs and Priscilla Harvey of Schenectady; a brother, Clifton McConnell of Ballston Lake; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Bekkering-Ellis Funeral Home, 1 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, followed at 9 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Schenectady, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Entombment will be in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to charity of choice.
[Published 10-May-2000]

Thurman Rice 
BROADALBIN - A graveside service for Thurman C. Rice, who died Feb. 5, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Union Mills Cemetery.
Arrangements are by the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home.
[Published 10-May-2000]

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