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Ruth Briggs, 69, taught school in Albany district, retired 1990 
VOORHEESVILLE - Mrs. Ruth Olsmit Briggs, 69, died Sunday at Ellis Hospital.
Born in Albany, Mrs. Briggs was a lifelong Voorheesville resident.
She earned a master's degree in education at the University at Albany and taught elementary school for more than 30 years in the Albany school district, retiring in 1990. She was also an Avon dealer for 21 years.
Mrs. Briggs founded the original Heritage Craft Fair in 1974. She was also a charter member of the Heldeberg BPW and a member of the "Dollars for Scholars" program at the C.A. Bouton High School.
Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Robert W. Briggs; a daughter, Annette "Ann" Briggs of Voorheesville; three sons, William J, Briggs of Phoenix, Ariz., Raymond Briggs of Altamont and Robert W. Briggs Jr. of Lakewood, Colo.; two sisters, Evelyn Olsmit Berger of Voorheesville and Florence Olsmit Wagoner of East Berne; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Reilly & Son Funeral Home, 9 Voorheesville Ave.
Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Voorheesville Area Ambulance or the American Heart Association.
[Published 5-Jun-2000]

Michael P. Glavin, Democratic leader, Schodack supervisor, 51 
SCHODACK LANDING - Michael Patrick Glavin, 51, died at home Sunday.
Born in Albany, Mr. Glavin worked with his family at Albany Glavin Travel. He also served as Schodack town supervisor for six years and as registrar for the Rensselaer County Board of Elections.
He co-founded the Irish American Society of Southern Rensselaer County and was past president of the Schodack Democratic Club. He was also a former chairman of the Rensselaer County Democratic Party.
Mr. Glavin was a lector and communicant of Sacred Heart Church, Castleton, and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 5, Albany.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Marie Elaine Glavin; a son, Brendan James Glavin of Rensselaer; a daughter, Colleen Marie Glavin of Rensselaer; his father, Patrick Thomas Glavin of Rensselaer; two brothers, Thomas Francis Glavin and Edward Butler, both of Rensselaer; and a sister, Ann Glavin Kelly of Rensselaer.
Services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 N. Allen St., Albany, followed at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 3 Catholic Way, Castleton-on-Hudson, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Burial will follow the Mass in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Albany, 315 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208.
[Published 5-Jun-2000]

Robert G. Kennedy, 79, owned R.J. Kennedy & Sons, Halfmoon 
HALFMOON - Robert G. Kennedy, 79, of Stone Quarry Road, died Sunday at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady.
Born in Halfmoon, Mr. Kennedy was a lifelong resident.
He graduated with honors from Waterford High School in 1938.
In 1942, Mr. Kennedy enlisted in the Army Air Forces and served until 1945, when he was honorably discharged.
He worked on the family farm after the war and was owner and operator of R.J. Kennedy & Sons in Halfmoon, which was established in 1939 by his grandfather.
Mr. Kennedy was a founding member of both the Tri-County Excavators Association and the American Legion Mohawk Post 1450 in Halfmoon.
He had been an active member of the Halfmoon Zoning Board of Appeals since its inception and was a member of the Operating Engineers local 106 in Albany. He was also a member of the Southern Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Ellen Garlock Kennedy; a son, R. James Kennedy of Halfmoon; a daughter, Patricia Hurley of Schenectady; and three grandchildren.
Services will be held at noon Tuesday at the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Memory's Garden, Colonie.
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Crescent Fire Department, 1440 Crescent Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065.
[Published 5-Jun-2000]

Guy Riano, technical specialist at GE's Gas Turbine Dept. 
SCHENECTADY - Guy A. Riano, 86, of Willett Street, died Sunday at Kingsway Arms Nursing Center after a long illness.
Born in Schenectady, Mr. Riano was a lifelong area resident.
He was a graduate of Schenectady public schools.
Mr. Riano was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a medical technical sergeant with the 3rd Army in Germany.
He worked as a technical specialist at the General Electric Co. in the Gas Turbine Engineering department for more than 30 years and was a member of the GE Quarter Century Club.
Mr. Riano was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
He is survived by a sister, Elvira Petrillo of Schenectady.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
A calling hour will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the DeLegge Funeral Home, 1346 Chrisler Ave.
Entombment will be in Most Holy Redeemer Mausoleum, Niskayuna.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Building Fund, 1255 Pleasant St., Schenectady, NY 12303.
[Published 5-Jun-2000]

Ann T. Swedick 
COLONIE - Mrs. Ann Donovan Swedick, 61, of Island View Road, died Saturday at Samaritan Hospital, Troy, after a short illness.
Born in Troy, Mrs. Swedick was raised in Watervliet and graduated from Watervliet High School.
For the past 40 years, she was a resident of Island View Road.
Mrs. Swedick was vice president of the family business, Swedick & Donovan General Contractors in Colonie, retiring in 1988.
She was a communicant of St. Ambrose Church, Latham.
Mrs. Swedick was a former member of the Watervliet Columbiettes.
Survivors include her husband of 44 years, John P. "Jack" Swedick; her mother, Marcella Bevins Donovan of Watervliet; three daughters, Deborah Ann Whitham of Sarasota, Fla., Jacqueline Ann Swedick of Colonie, and Sherry Ann Ryan of Schaghticoke; two sons, Joseph M. Swedick of Waterford and Andrew J. Swedick of Raleigh, N.C.; five brothers, Edward J. Donovan of Owl's Head, Franklin County, Thomas J., William P. and Charles R. Donovan, all of Watervliet, and Robert M. Donovan of Waterford; two sisters, Mary Banten of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Judith Disbrow of Delanson; and six grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ambrose Church, 347 Old Loudon Road, Latham.
Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet.
Contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
[Published 5-Jun-2000]

Anna Cietek Sicko 
HALFMOON - Mrs. Anna Cietek Sicko, 89, of Dunsbach Road, died Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital in Troy after a short illness.
Born in Maplewood, Mrs. Sicko had lived in Halfmoon for more than 50 years.
She worked as a machine operator for the former Forman Clark Co. in Watervliet until her retirement.
Mrs. Sicko was a member of the Shenendehowa United Methodist Church.
She was the widow of John Sicko, who died in 1994.
Survivors include her two sons, Frank and John Sicko, both of Clifton Park; a sister, Julia Kutey of Cohoes; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Services will be held at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park, and at 9 a.m. at Shenendehowa United Methodist Church.
Calling hours will be held from 3 to 5 this afternoon and from 7 to 9 this evening at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Memory's Garden, Colonie.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Emergency Corps, P.O. Box 41, Clifton Park, NY 12065.
[Published 5-Jun-2000]

Beatrice Edgar 
CLIFTON PARK - Mrs. Beatrice "Bea" Edgar, 98, of the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home in Albany and former Clifton Park resident, died Sunday at her residence after a long illness.
Born in Scotia, Mrs. Edgar had lived on Beechwood Drive in Clifton Park for 10 years. Previously, she had lived on Long Island and later in the Malta Ridge area.
She was educated in Queens.
Mrs. Edgar worked as a licensed practical nurse for more than 40 years, practicing as a private duty nurse on Long Island for various agencies.
She was a charter member and charter secretary of the Richmond Hills Order of the Eastern Star (now Forest Hills) and was a member of the Jonesville United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Edgar was the widow of William E. Edgar.
Survivors include her daughter, Jane M. Chamberland of Clifton Park; a son, Charles W. See of Clifton Park; a stepson, William Edgar Jr. of Gilford, N.H.; a sister, Viola Stanton of Plainfield, N.J.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Memory's Garden, Colonie.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Malta Ridge Fire Department, Malta.
[Published 5-Jun-2000]

Catherine Robertson Brown 
RENSSELAER - Mrs. Catherine Robertson Brown, 93, of Wendell Street, died Sunday at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany after a short illness.
Born in Rensselaer, Mrs. Brown was a lifelong resident.
Mrs. Brown was a graduate of St. John's Academy.
She worked at Roxy Cleaners.
She was a member of the ladies auxiliary of the Gerald O'Neil American Legion Post 1683 and was a Gold Star Mother. She was also a life member of the ladies auxiliary of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen.
In 1999, Mrs. Brown was recognized by the city of Rensselaer as one of its oldest citizens.
She was a communicant of St. John's Church.
Mrs. Brown was the widow of John J. Brown.
Survivors include two sons, Robert H. and Michael J. Brown, both of Rensselaer; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the W. J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Ave., followed at 10 at St. John's Church, Herrick Street, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush.
[Published 5-Jun-2000]

Cornelis VanderVeen 
COBLESKILL - Cornelis VanderVeen, 37, of Florence Street, died Saturday at St. Barnabus Medical Center, Livingston, N.J., as a result of injuries suffered in a farming accident in April 1999.
Born in Port Jervis, Mr. VanderVeen was a 1980 graduate of the Covenant Christian School of Duanesburg.
He worked at the family dairy farm, Seven View Farm, in Delanson. He was also a licensed Realtor for Caldwell-Banker from 1987 to 1989.
A former member and deacon of Reformed Presbyterian Church, Duanesburg, Mr. VanderVeen was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Cobleskill.
Survivors include his parents, Seymor and Grace VanderVeen of Delanson; his wife, Nancy Heckman VanderVeen, whom he married Sept. 30, 1988; three daughters, Sara G., Anne-Marie J. and Kristin A. VanderVeen, all of Cobleskill; two sisters, Heidie E. Armao of Tennessee and Patricia A. Tangen of Delanson; and three brothers, Maurice VanderVeen of Canada and Frank and Robert VanderVeen, both of Delanson.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Zion Lutheran Church, Main Street, Cobleskill.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 68 Elm St.
A reception will follow in the church hall after the Wednesday service.
Burial will be at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Grove Cemetery, Delanson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church, Main Street, Cobleskill, NY 12043.
[Published 5-Jun-2000]

Frances Wager 
SCHENECTADY - Mrs. Frances "Fay" Nuzback Wager, 86, died Saturday at Hallmark Nursing Home, Rotterdam.
Born in Scranton, Pa., Mrs. Wager had lived in Schenectady since the late 1950s.
She worked as a clerk at the Barney Department Store in Schenectady for many years.
Mrs. Wager was the widow of John Wager, who died in 1982.
She was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church.
Mrs. Wager is survived by a brother, Tony Nuzback of Wisconsin.
A service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Bond Funeral Home, Broadway and Guilderland Avenue. A calling hour will precede the service at the funeral home.
Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Glenville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1450 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203.
[Published 5-Jun-2000]

John A. Relyea 
SARATOGA SPRINGS - John A. Relyea, 75, died Saturday of congestive heart failure at Saratoga Hospital.
Born in Ballston, Mr. Relyea was a longtime resident of Saratoga Springs.
He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in Italy.
Mr. Relyea owned and operated his own plumbing business and also worked for Congress Gas and The Saratogian, all of Saratoga Springs.
He was a lifetime member of the Maple Avenue Volunteer Fire Department, the Saratoga Masons, the VFW Post 420, the American Legion Post 70, and the Eagles, all of Saratoga Springs.
Mr. Relyea was a deacon and member of the First Baptist Church, Saratoga Springs.
Survivors include his son, John R. Relyea of Greenfield; two daughters, Nancy L. Relyea and Lisa M. Marshall, both of Greenfield; a sister, Alameda Hurd of Greenfield; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the VFW Post 420 in Saratoga Springs.
An anatomical gift has been made to Albany Medical College.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 7 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12205.
Arrangements are by the Hans Funeral Home, Albany.
[Published 5-Jun-2000]

Katheryn Gazlay Weigele 
SCHENECTADY - Mrs. Katheryn Gazlay Weigele, 81, died Sunday at St. Clare's Hospital.
Born in Accord, Mrs. Weigele lived in the Kingston area before moving to Schenectady in 1942.
She worked as a retail salesperson at the former Addis & Day Store and the Boston Store, both in Schenectady, for more than 12 years.
Mrs. Weigele was a former member of the Bellevue Reformed Church.
Survivors include two children, Linda Penta of Hershey, Pa., and Joanne Snure of Guilderland; a brother, Clyde Gazlay of Lake George; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Lynnwood Reformed Church, 3700 Carman Road. A gathering will precede the service at 10 at the church.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fairview Cemetery, Stone Ridge.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 1411 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12309.
Arrangements are by Bond Funeral Home, Broadway and Guilderland Avenue.
[Published 5-Jun-2000]

Mary Morse 
JOHNSTOWN - Mrs. Mary Deubel Morse, 34, of North Perry Street, died suddenly Saturday at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville.
Born in Yonkers, Mrs. Morse was a longtime Gloversville resident.
She worked as a clerk at "Handy Ups & Downs" in Amsterdam.
Survivors include her three daughters, Susan, Melissa and Deborah Morse, all of Fort Johnson; a sister, Debra S. Snell of St. Johnsville; and two brothers, Christopher and Alan Deubel, both of Gloversville.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. Cremation will follow at Park View Crematorium, Schenectady.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1450 Western Ave., Room 101, Albany, NY 12203-3572.
[Published 5-Jun-2000]

Robert Donnelly Jr. 
AMSTERDAM - Robert W. Donnelly Jr., infant son of Robert W. Donnelly Sr. and Lisa DelliVeneri of William Street, died Sunday at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital shortly after being admitted.
Robert was born on April 11 in Amsterdam.
In addition to his parents, Robert is survived by three half sisters, Crystal and Libina Thomason, both of Tennessee, and Ashley Donnelly of Perth; and his paternal grandparents, Robert Donnelly and Nancy Nicholas.
Services will be held at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Riley Mortuary, 110 Division St., followed at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 156 E. Main St., where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Fort Johnson.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Institute Education Fund, Upper Church Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010.
[Published 5-Jun-2000]

Robert J. Gilson 
SCHENECTADY - Robert J. Gilson, 84, formerly of State Street, died Friday at Hallmark Nursing Centre.
Mr. Gilson was born in Glens Falls and lived in Schenectady for several years.
He was a cook at the former Country Gentlemen Restaurant in Saratoga Springs and the Turf Tavern in Scotia prior to his retirement.
Mr. Gilson was an Army veteran of World War II.
There are no known survivors.
Cremation will take place at Vale Crematory.
Arrangements are by the Gleason Funeral Home.
[Published 5-Jun-2000]

Sandra Lee Beacraft 
COBLESKILL - Miss Sandra Lee Beacraft, 38, of Division Street, died Saturday at Bassett Hospital of Schoharie County, Cobleskill, after a long illness.
Born in Cobleskill, Miss Beacraft was a 1979 graduate of Cobleskill Central School and recently earned an associate's degree from SUNY Cobleskill, where she graduated with high honors.
She had worked as a library clerk at the Community Library of Cobleskill for the past several years. She was editor of the library's quarterly newsletter and was a member of the "Chat & Chew" library reading group.
Miss Beacraft was a published writer.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cobleskill.
Survivors include her father, Palmer Beacraft of East Worcester; a sister, Mary Wall of Fort Plain; and her longtime companion, Michael Breglia of Cobleskill.
Services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church, Main Street.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 68 Elm St.
Burial will be in Lawyersville Cemetery, Lawyersville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Library, Union Street, Cobleskill, NY 12043.
[Published 5-Jun-2000]


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