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`Whit' Brown, 61, was senior account executive for Contel 
GLOVERSVILLE - Private services will be held for A. Whitney "Whit" Brown III, 61, of Alexander Street, who died Tuesday at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam after a short illness.
Mr. Brown was born in Gloversville.
He graduated from Johnstown High School in 1957. He was class president for three years and co-captain of the undefeated football team in 1956.
He served in the Army National Guard.
Mr. Brown was a member of the Johnstown Loyal Order of the Moose.
He was business office manager for the General Telephone Co. from 1958 until the early 1970s, when he became marketing manager.
Mr. Brown was senior account executive for Contel of New York from 1979 to 1985. From 1985 to 1987, he was senior account executive in Albany and direct sales manager in Boston. He was an account executive for Contel Customer Support from 1987 to 1988 and senior account executive for Contel IPC Information Systems in Philadelphia from 1989 to 1995. He subsequently worked at Amsterdam Printing and Litho.
He was awarded the 1991 President's Award and was named to the Contel Customer Support President's Club in 1988. In 1984, he was named Contel of New York Salesperson of the Year for Sales Achievement. He was named a member of Contel Elite and GTE Salesperson of the Year in 1976.
Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Cline of Johnstown and Kelly Shields of Amsterdam; a son, Michael W. Brown of Gloversville; and five grandchildren.
Calling hours are 5 to 8 this evening at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St., Johnstown.
Burial will be in Fern Dale Cemetery, Johnstown.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Hospital or the Humane Society.
[Published 9-Nov-2000]

James R. Bodwell, 84, WWII veteran of Navy Seabees 
WEST CHARLTON - Private services will be held for World War II veteran James R. Bodwell, 84, of Route 67, who died Tuesday at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, Mr. Bodwell lived in Michigan before coming to New York on 1936.
He worked at Adirondack Steel Foundries in Watervliet until 1941. He retired from General Electric in 1981 after 40 years of service.
Mr. Bodwell was a Navy Seabees veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific.
He was a member of West Charlton Church and the GE Quarter Century Club.
Survivors include his wife, Gertrude Jacobsen Bodwell, whom he married in 1947; three sons, Christian Bodwell of Salt Lake City, Utah, Scott Bodwell of Sheyboygan, Wis., and Graham Bodwell of West Charlton; a daughter, Lynn Cowper of Clifton Park; a brother, Graham Bodwell of Metamora, Mich.; two sisters, Mary Koester of Dearborn, Mich. and Jessie Flowers of Tigard, Ore.; and two grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to the Galway Volunteer Ambulance Corp. or the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corp.
Arrangements are by the Richard J. Ryan Funeral Home, Galway Village.
[Published 9-Nov-2000]

Marie Levonian Darian, 105, came to U.S. from Turkey 
TROY - Mrs. Marie Levonian Darian, 105, of Detroit Avenue, died Wednesday at Heritage House Nursing Center.
Born in Aintab, Turkey, Mrs. Darian came to this country in 1920. She lived in Detroit for several years and had been a resident of Troy since 1930.
She was a homemaker and an active worker in the United Armenian Calvary Congregational Church, where she was a member of the Ladies Aid Society.
Survivors include two sons, Ralph Darian of Schenectady and Leo Darian of Colonie.
A service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Bryce Funeral Home, corner of Pawling and Maple avenues.
Calling hours will be from 5 this afternoon until 7 tonight at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Elmwood Hill Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the Armenian Missionary Association of America, Inc., in care of the Elia Y. Levonian Memorial Fund, 31 West Century Road, Paramus, NJ 07652; or the United Armenian Calvary Congregational Church, Ninth and Eagle streets, Troy, NY 12180.
[Published 9-Nov-2000]

William Campbell 
FULTONVILLE - William F. Campbell, 83, of Sprakers Road, Sprakers, formerly of Brumley Road, Fultonville, died Monday at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam.
Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Campbell lived there, and in Long Island, before moving to Fultonville in 1984.
He was a steamfitter for the Brooklyn Navy Depot for 15 years.
Later, Mr. Campbell was a maintenance worker for the New York City Housing Authority for more than 20 years, retiring in 1977.
During World War II, he was an Army medical corpsman serving in Asia and the Pacific.
Mr. Campbell was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Fultonville.
He was a member and commandant of the Excelsior Yacht Club in Brooklyn.
Mr. Campbell was a former member of the Johnstown Moose Lodge.
He was of the Roman Catholic faith.
His wife, Patricia Campbell, whom he married July 28, 1951, died in 1969.
Survivors include a nephew, Kenneth Kuck of Albany; three nieces, Doris Tsamos of Staten Island, Marie Nelson of Brooklyn and Eileen Powell of Queens; and several great-nephews and great-nieces.
A service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Jackson & Betz Funeral Home, 15 Main St., Fultonville, where a calling hour will begin at noon.
Burial will be in Maple Avenue Cemetery, Fultonville.
Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct a service at the funeral home on Saturday.
Contributions to the American Cancer Society may be made in care of the funeral home.
[Published 9-Nov-2000]

Richard Sefcovic 
JOHNSTOWN - Richard J. Sefcovic, 82, of Briggs Street, died Wednesday at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville, after a short illness.
Mr. Sefcovic was born in Johnstown.
He retired in 1990 from N.A. Taylor of Gloversville.
Mr. Sefcovic also worked for the former Johnstown Tanning and the former Fleming & Joffe.
He was a World War II veteran of the Army's Second Armored Division.
Mr. Sefcovic was a member of St. Anthony's Church, the Johnstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 510, the Pine Tree Rifle Club, and the Johnstown Loyal Order of the Moose.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Tanner Sefcovic, whom he married Aug. 9, 1952; two sons, Anthony and John Sefcovic, both of Johnstown; and four grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony's Church, Nicholas Street.
Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Johnstown.
Calling hours are from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, or to Nathan Littauer Hospital.
[Published 9-Nov-2000]

Mary Marek 
PERTH - Mrs. Mary J. Marek, 82, of McKay Road, died Wednesday at home.
Born in Amsterdam, Mrs. Marek was a lifelong area resident.
She worked for the St. Thomas Co. in Gloversville prior to her retirement.
Mrs. Marek was a communicant of St. Stanislaus Church.
She was a member of Hagaman Senior Citizens and served as the organization's secretary for five years.
Her husband, Herman Marek, died in 1969.
Survivors include a son, Jerome Marek of Perth; a daughter, Diana Marek of Niskayuna; a brother, George Pilecki of Schoharie; and three grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church St., and at 10 at St. Stanislaus Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
A calling hour will precede the services Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, NY 12078, or the charity of choice.
[Published 9-Nov-2000]

Sophie Gacek 
GUILDERLAND - Private services will be held for Mrs. Sophie Gacek, 86, of Our Lady of Mercy Life Center, who died Wednesday at the center.
Born and educated in Troy, Mrs. Gacek worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy as a member of the support staff for many years.
She was a longtime communicant of Sacred Heart Church in North Albany.
Mrs. Gacek was the widow of Raymond Gacek, who died in 1959.
Survivors include a daughter, Annette Argyros of Loudonville; a son, John Gacek of Cobleskill; two sisters, Stella Mack of Cohoes and Mary Maksimowicz of Waterford; a brother, Thomas Godzik of Poultney, Vt.; and a granddaughter.
Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Troy.
Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206.
Arrangements are by the Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home, Latham.
[Published 9-Nov-2000]

Shirley Maloney 
LAKE PLEASANT - Mrs. Shirley M. Maloney, 80, of South Shore Road, died Monday at home after being stricken.
Born in Rochester, Mrs. Maloney had been a part-time resident of Lake Pleasant for 45 years before becoming a permanent resident in 1985.
Mrs. Maloney attended Seton Hill College in Pennsylvania.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Maloney was a member of the Lake Pleasant Golf Club, the Hamilton County Twigs and the Oak Hill Country Club of Rochester.
She was a communicant of St. James Roman Catholic Church.
Her husband, Edgar C. Maloney, whom she married July 29, 1944, died in 1993.
Survivors include two daughters, Ann Schneider of Williamson and Kathleen DeAngelus of Pittsford; a brother, Raymond Beaucaire of Pittsford; and four grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. James Roman Catholic Church.
Burial will be in Pittsford Cemetery, Pittsford.
Contributions may be made to the Speculator Ambulance Corps or Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14618.
Arrangements are by the Northville Funeral Home, Northville.
[Published 9-Nov-2000]

Lorraine Smith 
GLENVILLE - Mrs. Lorraine K. Smith, 89, of Jennifer Road, died Tuesday at Ellis Hospital after a short illness.
Born in Schenectady, Mrs. Smith was a lifelong area resident.
She was a clerk for the former General Electric Maqua Co., retiring in 1972 after 23 years of service.
Mrs. Smith was a member of the East Glenville Community Church.
Her husband of 63 years, P. Sheridan Smith, died in 1993.
Survivors include a son, Phillip H. Smith of Glenville; a sister, Mary Clemons of Scotia; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the White Funeral Home, 264 N. Ballston Ave. (Route 50), Scotia.
A calling hour will precede the service at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Scotia.
Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of Northeastern New York, 3 Winners Circle, Suite 300, Albany, NY 12205.
[Published 9-Nov-2000]

Julius Stankus 
COLONIE - Julius R. Stankus, 78, of Caveson Lane, died Tuesday at home.
Born in Albany, Mr. Stankus had been a Colonie resident for 46 years.
He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in Europe. He received the Bronze Star.
Mr. Stankus worked for the Servomation Corp. in Saratoga Springs for 31 years, retiring in 1988.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Patricia A. Stankus; five sons, Robert T. Stankus of Schenectady, Gerald P. Stankus of Pennsylvania, Richard E. Stankus of Guilderland, and Donald J. and James M. Stankus, both of Colonie; four brothers, Alfred Stankus of Wynantskill, William C. Stankus of Schenectady, Richard Stankus of Colonie and Leo Stankus of Guilderland; three sisters, Vera Smith of Albany, Frances Russo of Rotterdam Junction and June Stankus of Schenectady; and 12 grandchildren.
Services will be held at 8:15 a.m. Saturday at the New Comer-Cannon Family Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Road, followed at 9 a.m. at the Church of Saint Clare, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Memory's Garden.
Contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Albany, 315 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208.
[Published 9-Nov-2000]

Josephine Molello 
ALBANY - Miss Josephine Molello, 88, of the Albany County Nursing Home, died Tuesday at St. Peter's Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Rome, Italy, Miss Molello lived in Albany all of her life.
Until retiring, she was a payroll clerk at the Freihofer Baking Co.
Miss Molello was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Survivors include a brother, Peter R. Gerace of Albany; and a sister, Judy Fiscaletti of Slingerlands.
A service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Chicorelli Funeral Home, 331 Delaware Ave., where a calling hour will begin at 8:30.
[Published 9-Nov-2000]

John Manchester 
GLOVERSVILLE - John "Jack" Manchester Jr., 64, of County Highway 112, died Tuesday at Nathan Littauer Hospital after being stricken at home.
Born in Gloversville, Mr. Manchester was a 1954 graduate of Johnstown High School and was an Air Force veteran, serving from 1955 to 1963.
He was a member of the Johnstown Loyal Order of the Moose and attended the former Garoga Methodist Church.
Mr. Manchester worked at General Electric Co., Schenectady, retiring in 1995.
Survivors include his wife, June Knoblauch Manchester, whom he married Nov. 16, 1957; two sons, John R. Manchester of Santa Monica, Calif., and Fred A. Manchester of Bleecker; a daughter, Brenda L. Manchester of Gloversville; two sisters, Betty Hulsaver of Caroga Lake and Connie Smith of St. Johnsville; and three grandchildren.
There are no services or calling hours.
Cremation will be in Vale Crematory, Schenectady.
Contributions may be made to the Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Department.
Arrangements are by the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, Johnstown.
[Published 9-Nov-2000]

Jane Hess 
GUILDERLAND - Mrs. Jane McKamey Hess, 73, of East Lydius Street, died Tuesday at an area health care facility after a short illness.
Born in Berwick, Pa., Mrs. Hess was a 1945 graduate of Berwick High School.
She was a member of the Guilford Church of Christ in Berwick.
Mrs. Hess was a secretary for the American Car and Foundry in Berwick.
After moving to Madison, Conn., in 1951, she was a secretary for the Madison School District and then the North Madison Congregational Church before retiring in 1984 and moving to Schenectady.
Mrs. Hess was a member of the Lynnwood Reformed Church.
Her husband, Derl J. Hess, died on 1998.
Survivors include two sons, Jeffrey J. and Michael J. Hess, both of Guilderland; two brothers, Warren McKamey Jr. of Williamsport, Pa., and Francis Roll of Berwick, Pa.; and four grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held in the Pinegrove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick, Pa., at a later date.
There are no calling hours.
Contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12308.
Arrangements are by the New Comer-Cannon Family Funeral Home, Colonie.
[Published 9-Nov-2000]

George Kavoukian 
CLIFTON PARK - George Kavoukian, 72, of Southbury Road, died Tuesday at home after a long battle with cancer.
Born in Albany, Mr. Kavoukian was a graduate of Bethlehem High School. He was a yard foreman for Leaseway Transportation in Selkirk for 22 years, retiring in 1988. He and his father were co-owners and operators of Pearl Cash Market in Albany for 25 years.
Mr. Kavoukian was a member of the Watervliet Elks Lodge 1500 and attended St. Mary's Historic Church of Albany.
He was the widower of Peggy Duffy Kavoukian.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Kavoukian of North Greenbush and Chris Deyo of Latham; a brother, Martin Kavoukian of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; his fiancee, Peggy Pendel Deyo of Clifton Park; and three grandchildren.
Services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, followed at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Historic Church of Albany, corner of Pine and Lodge streets, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.
[Published 9-Nov-2000]

Ella Harppinger 
GLOVERSVILLE - Mrs. Ella E. Harppinger, 81, formerly of Helwig Street, died Tuesday at the Fulton County Regional Health Care Facility after a long illness.
Born in Amsterdam, Mrs. Harppinger attended the Gloversville Wesleyan Church.
She was a homemaker.
Ruskin Harppinger, whom she married in 1942, died in 1945.
Survivors include two sons, Ralph and Ellsworth E. Whitbeck, both of Gloversville; a daughter, Kathleen Meacham of Ravena; a sister, Gladys Bania of Johnstown; a brother, Robert L. Cline of Gloversville; and five grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St., Johnstown.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Maple Avenue Cemetery, Fultonville.
Contributions may be made to the Ayers Memorial Animal Shelter, 133 Hilltop Road, Sprakers, NY 12166.
[Published 9-Nov-2000]

Edward Cuomo 
SCHENECTADY - Edward Cuomo, 77, of State Street, died Nov. 1 at Ellis Hospital.
There are no known survivors.
Burial will be at 1 this afternoon in Vale Cemetery.
There are no calling hours or services.
Arrangements are by the Jones Funeral Home, 1503 Union St.
[Published 9-Nov-2000]

Catherine B. McBride 
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Mrs. Catherine B. McBride, 79, of the Wesley Health Care Center, died Wednesday at the residence.
Born in Troy, Mrs. McBride attended Emma Willard School and was a graduate of Catholic Central High School in Troy.
She also attended Troy Business College.
For more than 20 years, Mrs. McBride worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where for 15 years, she was senior secretary in the Physics Department.
She was a volunteer for Samaritan and Saratoga hospitals.
Mrs. McBride was a communicant of St. Clement's Roman Catholic Church and a member of the Ladies Guild of Charity.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Robert B. McBride; four daughters, Linda Antes of Pittsburg, Pa., Dr. Edna Ann Pytlak of Brooklyn, Maria Bucciferro of Saratoga Springs, and Mary Joan Bluemich of Aachen, Germany; a son, Dr. R. Bruce McBride of Delmar; a brother, Charles P. Boland of Troy; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Clement's Church, 231 Lake Ave.
Burial will follow in the family plot at Oakwood Cemetery, Troy.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the William J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home, 628 N. Broadway.
Contributions may be made to the Wesley Health Care Center's "With a Heart, Choose A Friend" program, in care of Patricia Schaffer, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
[Published 9-Nov-2000]

Bertha Root 
POESTENKILL - Mrs. Bertha Miller Root, 84, of Flint Drive, died Tuesday at home after a short illness.
Mrs. Root was born in Watervliet and graduated from Watervliet High School.
She was a nurse's aide at Samaritan Hospital in Troy from 1958 to 1968. She subsequently worked as a transcriber for the New York Court of Claims from 1968 until her retirement in 1979.
Mrs. Root was a member of First Wesleyan Church of Watervliet and served as Primary Department superintendent, the Young Missionaries Workers' Band superintendent, Sunday school superintendent and Wesleyan Missionary Society president. She was also church pianist, church board member and a trustee.
She served as an officer of the Eastern New York Holiness Association.
Survivors include three daughters, Lois Merritt of Fayetteville, N.C., Joyce Dombrosky of East Poestenkill and Rebecca Lynn Root of Troy; a son, Timothy P. Root of North Greenbush; a sister, Ruth Jazarnski of Troy; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
A service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Wesleyan Church of Watervliet, 529 Fifth Ave., Watervliet.
Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.
Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church, 529 Fifth Ave., Watervliet, NY 12189.
Arrangements are by the Morris-Stebbins-Miner & Sanvidge Funeral Home, 312 Hoosick St., Troy.
[Published 9-Nov-2000]

Barton Steadwell 
ESPERANCE - Barton C. Steadwell, 74, formerly of Esperance, died Tuesday at the Green Manor Nursing Home in Ghent.
Born in the town of Florida, Mr. Steadwell had lived in Esperance for many years before moving to Gloversville in 1980. He moved to the nursing home in June of this year.
He attended a one-room schoolhouse at Braman Corners as well as Delanson High School.
Mr. Steadwell was an Army veteran of World War II, serving under General George Patton.
He was a leather worker at Johnstown Leather.
Survivors include a daughter, Shiela Beno of South Berwick, Maine; a brother, Keith Steadwell of Esperance; four sisters, Jane Lansing and Audrey Trudell, both of Scotia, Lucy Bellinger of Fultonville and Vala Jackson of Voorheesville; and three grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Esperance Cemetery.
There are no calling hours.
Arrangements are by the White-Van Buren Funeral Home, Delanson.
[Published 9-Nov-2000]

Adelaide Wehr 
SCHENECTADY - A graveside service will be held for Adelaide Bishop Wehr, who died Oct. 22 at the Masonic Home in Utica.
The service will take place at 11 a.m. Friday in the Urn Garden at Park Cemetery, Scotia.
Arrangements are by the Jones Funeral Home.
[Published 9-Nov-2000]


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