|Margaret Stellrecht Osterlitz, biology teacher in Arkansas
ROTTERDAM - Mrs. Margaret Stellrecht Osterlitz, 77, of Eugene Drive,
died at home Friday.
Mrs. Osterlitz was born in Batavia, graduated from Batavia High School
and attended Buffalo State Teachers College.
At one time, she taught biology in Blytheville, Ark.
A 50-year resident of Rotterdam, Mrs. Osterlitz was a member of St.
Gabriel's Church and its Women's Club, a volunteer at St. Clare's Hospital
in Schenectady and a former member of Parents Without Partners.
Her first husband, Robert H. Stellrecht, whom she married June 26,
1944, died in 1962. She married Anthony V. Osterlitz on Aug. 2, 1969. He
died in 1991.
Survivors include five sons, John R. Stellrecht and Mark J. Osterlitz,
both of Schenectady, Richard S. Stellrecht and Vincent A. Osterlitz, both
of Glenville, and David J. Stellrecht of Niskayuna; five daughters, Patricia
E. Eyer of Orlando, Fla., Barbara J. Welch of Esperance, Kathleen Stellrecht
Burns of Albany, Christine M. Stellrecht of Houston, Texas, and Mary A.
Mlodzianowski of Rotterdam; a sister, Rowena Landers of Batavia; 18 grandchildren;
and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Bond Funeral Home,
Broadway and Guilderland Avenue, Schenectady, and at 9 at St. Gabriel's
Church, 3040 Hamburg St.
Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Schenectady.
Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sunnyview Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Center, 1270 Belmont Ave., Schenectady 12308, or to Community Hospice of
Schenectady, 1411 Union St., Schenectady 12308.
Barbara Buzon, 79, owned, operated diner with husband
MIDDLEBURGH - Mrs. Barbara S. Buzon, 79, of River Street, died Friday
at Bassett Hospital of Schoharie County in Cobleskill.
Born in Blenheim, Mrs. Buzon was a lifelong area resident. She was
a graduate of Middleburgh Central School.
She and her husband owned and operated the Middleburgh Diner on Route
145 from 1951 to 1989.
Mrs. Buzon was a communicant of St. Catherine's Catholic Church and
a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include her husband, Stephen Buzon, whom she married Nov.
20, 1945; a daughter, Margaret Buzon of Middleburgh; and a son, Thomas
M. Buzon of Middleburgh.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Tuesday at
St. Catherine's Church on Main Street.
Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Palmer & Shaylor Funeral
Home, 63 River St.
Burial will be in Middleburgh Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Catherine's Church, Main
Street, Middleburgh, NY 12122.
Mary Pitcher, 99, a founder of Sacandaga Bible Conference
UTICA - Mrs. Mary Bartlett Pitcher, formerly of Broadalbin, died Friday
at the Masonic Home. She was 99 years old.
Born in Broadalbin, Mrs. Pitcher was a 1920 graduate of the Gloversville
She was employed as a bookkeeper and clerk for the Broadalbin Knitting
Co. and later for Beech-Nut Manufacturing in Canajoharie until her retirement
After retiring, Mrs. Pitcher moved to Florida. She returned to this
area in 1996.
She was a founding member of the Sacandaga Bible Conference in Broadalbin
in 1936 and was a past matron of the Broadalbin Order of the Eastern Star.
She married Lynn Fred Pitcher on June 24, 1924. He died Oct. 7, 1994.
Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Compani of Tribes Hill.
A service is set for 2 p.m. Monday at the Sacandaga Bible Conference,
where a calling hour will begin at 1.
Entombment will be Wednesday in the Boca Raton Cemetery Mausoleum,
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacandaga Bible Conference,
Broadalbin 12025; or to the Masonic Home, 2150 Bleeker St., Utica 13501.
Arrangements are by the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral
Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam.
Donald L. Gauvin, awarded 5 Purple Hearts, Bronze Star
INDIAN LAKE - Donald L. Gauvin, 80, of Jerry Savarie Road in Indian
Lake, Hamilton County, died Saturday at his daughter's home after a long
Mr. Gauvin was born in Blue Mountain Lake and attended Indian Lake
He was employed at Wedekind Motors in Schenectady for 17 years and
later was park superintendent of the Lake Durant Campsites for 10 years
until retiring in September 1990.
An Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Gauvin served as a paratrooper.
During the Korean War, he was a staff sergeant in command of the medical
ambulance corps at Fort Benning, Ga.
He was awarded five Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star and was a member
of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Wilson Gauvin, whom he married Aug.
28, 1945; two daughters, Sharon Earls and Celeste Gamache, both of Ballston
Spa; two brothers, Gordon Gauvin of Amsterdam and Nelson Gauvin of Indian
Lake; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Saratoga National Cemetery,
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Center at Glens Falls
Hospital, 100 Park St., Glens Falls, NY 12801; or to Hospice of Saratoga,
179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Arrangements are by the Brewer Funeral Home, Lake Luzerne.
Basil W. Carey
ESPERANCE - Basil W. Carey, 80, of Western Turnpike, died Friday at
Ellis Hospital in Schenectady after a short illness.
Mr. Carey was born in Braman Corners and graduated from Delanson High
School. He moved to Esperance 18 years ago.
He was employed as a heavy equipment operator for the Schenectady County
Highway Department for 40 years before retiring.
Mr. Carey was an Army veteran of World War II.
He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars James Duane Post
2303 in Delanson.
He was a charter member of Elks Lodge 2507, where he held the offices
of tiler and organist. He was 1988-89 Elk of the Year.
Survivors include a sister, Lorraine Berndsen of St. Louis.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the White-Van Buren Funeral
Home, 1779 Main St., Delanson. A calling hour will precede the service.
Burial, at a later date, will be in Esperance Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Esperance Elks Lodge 2507, Esperance,
MECHANICVILLE - Mrs. Concetta Martone Messore, 81, of William Street,
died at home Saturday after a short illness.
Born in Mechanicville, Mrs. Messore was a lifelong resident.
She had been employed at the former Korell Dress Manufacturers.
Mrs. Messore was a homemaker.
She was a communicant of Assumption-St. Paul Church and a member of
its Rosary Altar Society.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Michael F. Messore; three
daughters, Sandra M. White and Rosemary A. Messore, both of Mechanicville,
and Kathleen A. Messore of Selkirk; two sisters, Rose Caputo of Mechanicville
and Mary Fantuazzi of Clifton Park; and three grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at
Assumption-St. Paul Church on William Street.
Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery.
Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital District Cancer Research
Foundation, P.O. Box 610, Latham, NY 12110; or Community Hospice of Saratoga,
179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Arrangements are by the DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, 39 S. Main St.
Earl Waters Jr.
HARTFORD, Conn. - Earl L. Waters Jr., 54, of Hartford, died March 27.
Mr. Waters was born in Connecticut. He lived in Connecticut and in
New York state as a young man before settling in Connecticut in his twenties.
He was employed in data processing at the Travelers Insurance Co. for
Mr. Waters participated in many intramural sports during his time at
the Travelers and continued to be active in the Travelers Mixed Bowling
After leaving the company, he began a career as a consultant. For the
last three years, he had worked at Royal and Sun Alliance.
Mr. Waters was a member and past exalted ruler of Hartford Elks Lodge
He was a two-year veteran of the Vietnam War.
Survivors include four sisters, Sandra Tesch and Kathy Martin, both
of Voorheesville, Annamae Howard of Middle Grove and Debbie Betz of Schenectady;
and seven brothers, Robert Waters of Rensselaer, and James Waters, William
Waters, Kenny Waters, Donnie Waters, David Waters and Mark Waters, all
Services were held March 31 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vernon, Conn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Earl L. Waters Jr. Memorial
Fund in care of Elks Lodge 19, 34 Prospect St., Hartford, CT 06103.
Arrangements were by the Newkirk and Whitney Funeral Home in East Hartford,
GLOVERSVILLE - Mrs. Ethel M. Brown, 88, formerly of Steele Avenue,
died Friday at the Eastern Star Home in Oriskany, Oneida County, where
she had lived since May 1997.
Mrs. Brown was born in South Glens Falls and attended Glens Falls High
She was employed at the General Electric Co. in Schenectady from 1941
From 1958 until her retirement in 1978, Mrs. Brown was a dental assistant
to Dr. John Liberti in Gloversville.
She was a member and past matron of St. Monica Chapter 486 of the Order
of the Eastern Star.
Mrs. Brown was a Protestant.
Survivors include a daughter, Judith Danelorich of Johnstown; a son,
David J. Carter of Gloversville; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Ehle Funeral
Home, 15 N. William Street, Johnstown.
There are no calling hours.
Cremation will take place at the Leatherstocking Crematory in Cherry
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Star Home in Oriskany.
ALBANY - Mrs. Florence Muller, 69, of the Villa Mary Immaculate Nursing
Home, died there suddenly Friday.
Mrs. Muller was born in Chatham and lived in Albany most of her life.
She was the companion of William Conlon until his death.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Bell of Keeseville and Margaret
Skinkle of East Berne; a brother, Forrest Dedrick of Albany; two sisters,
Alberta Weaver of Albany and Helen Huick of Valatie; 11 grandchildren;
and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Chicorelli Funeral
Home, 331 Delaware Ave. Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.
Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
MENANDS - Mrs. Florence H. Watson of Kingston Avenue died Friday at
home after being stricken.
Born in Troy, Mrs. Watson was a graduate of St. Paul the Apostle School
in Mechanicville and the Juilliard School of Music, where she earned a
bachelor's degree in music.
She was employed as a bookkeeper for the New York Telephone Co. for
many years in the 1960s and 1970s.
Later, Mrs. Watson worked as a teacher's aide for the Troy City School
District for more than 25 years, retiring in 1999.
She lived in Watervliet for three years before moving to Menands in
She was the widow of the late John E. Watson.
Survivors include a son, David J. Watson of Colonie.
A service is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Dufresne & Cavanaugh
Funeral Home, 149 Old Loudon Road, Latham. Burial will be private in St.
Mary's Cemetery, Troy.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
RENSSELAER - James W. Mahoney of Mountain View died at home Saturday.
Born in Green Island, Mr. Mahoney graduated from Watervliet High School.
He was employed by the state and later joined the State Bank of Albany,
now Fleet Bank, retiring in 1978 as vice president of branch administration.
During this time, Mr. Mahoney attended Russell Sage College and taught
courses at the American Institute of Banking.
He was active with the Yankee Doodle Entertainers and St. Joseph's
parish and school.
Mr. Mahoney served in the Pacific during World War II.
His wife, Dorothy Webster Mahoney, whom he married in May 1937, died
in December 2000.
Survivors include two sons, Michael L. Mahoney and James L. Mahoney;
a brother, Edward J. Mahoney; a sister, Pauline Mahoney Walther; and a
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday
at St. Joseph's Church, 1620 Third St.
Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral
Home, 1700 Washington Ave.
BALLSTON SPA - John S. Pinel, 53, of Juniper Drive, died Saturday at
home after being stricken.
Born in Syracuse, Mr. Pinel was a graduate of Burnt Hills-Ballston
Lake High School. He had lived at his present address for the last 18 years.
He owned and operated Perfection Group in Ballston Spa.
Survivors include two daughters, Courtney L. Pinel of Saratoga Springs
and Samantha L. Pinel of Cohoes; his parents, Edgar and Leatrice Olney
Pinel of Scotia; two brothers, Stephen L. Pinel of East Windsor, N.J.,
and James S. Pinel of West Warwick, R.I.; and a sister, Ellen M. Barnes
of Bellevue, Wash.
Services will be private. There are no calling hours.
Burial will be in Ballston Village Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are by the Wheeler Funeral Home.
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Miss Lena C. Mereness, 89, of the Wesley Health
Care Center, formerly of Sharon Springs, died Friday after a short illness.
Miss Mereness was born in Sharon Springs. She attended Green Mountain
College and Boston University and did graduate work at the Garrett Biblical
Institute and Albany State College for Teachers.
Miss Mereness was active in Christian education at the First United
Methodist Church in Schenectady, and in Cambridge, Ohio, and Shelby, Ohio.
She worked on the editorial staff of the Methodist Publishing House
in Nashville, Tenn., from 1961 until her retirement in 1976.
Miss Mereness moved to the Embury Apartments in 1991 and to the Wesley
Health Care Center in 1999.
She was a member of the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church and
its Ruth Circle, Loyalty Circle and Vespers.
She also taught self-help classes for the Arthritis Foundation for
Survivors include a sister, Sadie Short of Colonie.
Miss Mereness made an anatomical gift to Albany Medical College.
A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Monday at the Saratoga Springs
United Methodist Church. A reception will follow at the Wesley Health Care
Center, Lawrence Street.
A family reunion memorial service will be held June 2 at the Sharon
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church,
603 State St., Schenectady; or to the Sharon Reformed Church, Route 10,
Sharon Springs; or to the Arthritis Foundation, 1717 Central Ave., Suite
Arrangements are by the Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 68 Elm St., Cobleskill.
COLONIE - Mrs. Mabel Wertman, 93, of the Albany County Nursing Home,
died at the home Friday after a long illness.
Mrs. Wertman was born and educated in Middleburgh. She had lived in
Colonie since 1931.
She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Loudonville and
a former member of the Lutheran League of Women.
Mrs. Wertman was a life member of the Shaker Road-Loudonville Fire
Department Ladies Auxiliary.
She was married to Howard C. Wertman until his death.
Survivors include three sons, Howard R. Wertman and Roger D. Wertman,
both of Latham, and Robert W. Wertman of Guilderland; two sisters, Jennie
Messerle and Myrtle Miller, both of Albany; a brother, Ted Barkman of East
Berne; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services are set for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Bowen Funeral Home, 97
Old Loudon Road, Latham.
Calling hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Memory's Garden.
Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church,
2 Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY 12211.
BALLSTON SPA - Miss Margaret J. Barney, 84, formerly of Northline Road,
died Friday at Maplewood Manor.
Miss Barney was born in Ballston Spa.
She worked at Swan Dry Cleaners for many years.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa.
Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Barney of Ballston Spa.
A service will be held at 8 p.m. Monday at the Armer Funeral Home,
39 E. High St.
Burial, at a later date, will be in Middle Grove Cemetery.
Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Emergency Corps,
Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.
SCHENECTADY - Mrs. Mary D. Fazzone, 76, of May Avenue, died Friday
at St. Clare's Hospital after being stricken at home.
Mrs. Fazzone was born and educated in Carmen and attended Draper High
She worked at the Rotterdam Army Depot for three years during World
Survivors include her husband, Ralph "Rick" Fazzone, whom she married
Jan. 1, 1944; two sisters, Harriett Peek of Rotterdam and Myrtle Pucci
of Schenectady; and a brother, George "Skip" Schrom of Rotterdam.
Services will be held at 7 tonight at the N. Rossi & Sons Funeral
Home, Union and North Jay streets. Calling hours are from 5 this afternoon
until the service at the funeral home.
Burial, at a later date, will be in Viewland Cemetery in Rotterdam.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association,
440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.