|Virginia Whalen, had owned Whalen's Grocery Store
AMSTERDAM - Miss Virginia Mae Whalen, who was the owner and operator
of the former Whalen's Grocery Store in Fort Johnson for several years,
died Saturday at St. Mary's Hospital. Miss Whalen, a resident of Montgomery
Meadows, formerly of Fort Johnson Avenue in Fort Johnson, was 83.
Miss Whalen was born in Fort Johnson and lived there all her life.
She attended Fort Johnson schools.
Miss Whalen was a member of the United Methodist Church on Golf Course
Road and a former member of the Molly Brant Club in Fort Johnson, the Fort
Johnson Fire Company Auxiliary and the Sir William Johnson Seniors.
She attended the coronation of the Queen of England in the 1950s.
Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Wittemeier of Fort Johnson.
A service is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger
Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave..
Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Tribes Hill.
A calling hour will precede the service at the funeral home.
Contributions in Miss Whalen's memory may be made to the Fort Johnson
Fire Company or to the Sir William Johnson Seniors, in care of the funeral
Gladys J. Hewitt, longtime owner of Hewitt's Market
BERLIN - Mrs. Gladys J. Hewitt, who with her husband, owned and operated
Hewitt's Market from 1941 to 1972, died Saturday at the Center for Living
& Rehabilitation in Bennington, Vt. Mrs. Hewitt, of School Street,
Mrs. Hewitt was born in Berlin.
She was a lifelong member and a former deaconess of the First Baptist
Church of Berlin and a member of Sarah's Circle and the Berlin Senior Citizens.
Her husband, Erskine S. Hewitt, whom she married Jan. 1, 1926, died
Survivors include two sons, Rodney E. Hewitt and Bruce A. Hewitt, both
of Berlin, two grandsons and a great-granddaughter.
A service is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Thomas M. Barber Funeral
Home, 66 Armsby Road, Petersburgh.
Burial will follow in Berlin Community Cemetery.
Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Berlin Free Town Library,
South Main Street, Berlin 12022.
`Bessie' Ballmes, 100
ROTTERDAM - Mrs. Elizabeth "Bessie" Ballmes, 100, of Irene Street,
died Sunday at St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady after a short illness.
Mrs. Ballmes was born in Rotterdam Junction at Lock House 25 on the
During World War II, she was employed at General Electric Co. in Schenectady.
Mrs. Ballmes also provided child care for many years for many area
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church.
Her husband, George E. Ballmes, whom she married in 1929, died in 1944.
Survivors include a son, Robert G. Ballmes of Rotterdam; four grandchildren;
and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Bond Funeral Home, at
Broadway and Guilderland Avenue, and at 10 at St. John the Baptist Church,
where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery.
Contributions in memory of Mrs. Ballmes may be made to the American
Cancer Society or to St. John the Baptist Church.
Achille J. Vitti
CLIFTON PARK - Achille J. Vitti, 80, of Grooms Pointe Drive, formerly
of Smith Hill Road in Center Brunswick, died Friday at the Glendale Nursing
Home in Glenville.
Mr. Vitti was born and educated in Stamford, Conn.
He retired in 1986 after 20 years as the northeast sales representative
for the DoAll Co. in Chicago, Ill.
Before that, Mr. Vitti was a tool and die maker with the Electrolux
Corp. in Stamford.
He was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Stamford and Our Lady
of Victory Church in Troy.
An Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Vitti served as a staff sergeant.
Survivors include his wife, Fannie Grimaldi Vitti, whom he married
Sept. 12, 1942; a son, George L. Vitti of Clifton Park; two brothers, Thomas
Vitti of New Milford, Conn., and Vince Presti of Stamford; four sisters,
Mary Eklund of New Jersey, Nancy Antonowicz of New Milford, Christine Martinelli
of Cape Cod, Mass., and Annie Sansone of Stamford; four grandsons; and
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday
at Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Ave., Stamford.
Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery in Darien, Conn.
Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lacerenza Funeral
Home, 8 Schuyler Ave., Stamford.
Contributions in Mr. Vitti's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's
Association, Northeastern New York Chapter, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany
Arrangements are by the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route
BALLSTON LAKE - Clyde Henry Lancaster, 77, of Connolly Road, formerly
of Duane Avenue in Schenectady, died Saturday at Saratoga Hospital.
Born in Schenectady, Mr. Lancaster attended the former Nott Terrace
He served in the Navy from 1941 to 1945 as a landing boat crew member
on the USS Harry Lee Attack Transport APA 10 in the Pacific.
He received six battle stars and an Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal,
an Atlantic Service Medal, a Philippine Liberation Medal, a Philippine
Independence Medal and a World War II Victory Medal.
Mr. Lancaster was employed as a butcher for various companies in the
tri-cities area, working mostly at Gabriel's Food Center on State Street
in Schenectady until his retirement.
He was a longtime member of American Legion Post 1092, a life member
of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 357, and a member of the Mont Pleasant
Survivors include his longtime companion, Susan Cicero of Ballston
Lake; two daughters, Patricia Snyder of Colonie and Sandra Nealon of Rotterdam;
two sons, William Lancaster and James Lancaster, both of Ballston Lake;
and eight grandchildren.
Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral
Home, 1605 Helderberg Ave., Rotterdam.
Burial will be in Saratoga National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society,
260 Osborne Road, Loudonville 12211, or to the American Lung Association
of Northeastern New York, 3 Winners Circle, Suite 300, Albany 12205.
Dr. Lawrence Jacobs
NEW YORK - Dr. Lawrence Jacobs, a pioneer in fighting multiple sclerosis,
dies Nov. 2 of cancer. He was 63.
Jacobs' work help lead to the development of human protein-based drugs
that reduce symptoms in the most common form of the disease, which attacks
the nerves in the spine and brain.
Raised in Buffalo, Jacobs earned his medical degree from St. Louis
University and then joined the faculty of the SUNY Buffalo medical school.
LIVERPOOL - Mrs. Eileen Cooney Reid, who was employed as a reservationist
for US Airways, died Sunday at Community General Hospital. Mrs. Reid, of
Liverpool in Onondaga County and Marco Island in Florida, formerly of Scotia,
Mrs. Reid was born in Binghamton. She was a 1940 graduate and valedictorian
of St. Patrick's High School in Binghamton. She retired in 1986.
Mrs. Reid was a communicant and eucharistic minister of Christ the
King Church and a member of its Women's Group.
She also was a member of the Association of Retired US Airways Employees,
the Nine Hole Liverpool Golf League and the Liverpool Garden Club.
Her husband, Forest H. Reid, died Nov. 18, 1980.
Survivors include five daughters, Sandra R. Johnson of Liverpool, Karen
R. Kline of Crystal Lake, Ill., Christine R. Tubbert of Onondaga Hill,
Deborah R. Rodrigo of Marcellus and Janet R. Tousaw of Syracuse; a son,
David W. Reid of Syracuse; a sister, Patricia C. Perriccio of Rehoboth
Beach, Del.; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Christ the King Church,
21 Cherry Tree Circle, followed by a luncheon at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Francis House, 108 Michaels Ave.,
Syracuse 13208, or to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., Syracuse
Arrangements are by the Maurer Funeral Home, 300 Second St.
SCHUYLERVILLE - Henry G. Wilson, 75, formerly of Ferry Street and the
Embury Apartments in Saratoga Springs, died Saturday at the Wesley Health
Care Center in Saratoga Springs after a long illness.
Mr. Wilson was born in Smithville and was a lifelong resident of Schuylerville.
He was employed by the J.T. Still Funeral Home in Schuylerville and
the Tunison Funeral Home in Saratoga Springs.
Mr. Wilson was a member of the Ballston Spa Baptist Church and a former
member of the Old Saratoga Reformed Church, where he served in the consistory,
played the organ, sang and directed the choir, and taught Sunday school.
He was a longtime volunteer for the Wesley Heath Care Center and entertained
Survivors include two sisters, Beatrice Pechette and Lillian Wanmer,
both of Schuylerville.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the activity
room of the Wesley Health Care Center, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs.
There will be no calling hours.
Mr. Wilson donated his body to the Anatomical Gift Program at Albany
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wesley Health Care Center,
131 Lawrence St,. Saratoga Springs 12866.
Arrangements are by the Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave., Saratoga
SOUTH GLENS FALLS - Mrs. Jean Wittman Thompson, who was employed for
25 years by Dr. Robert Reed of Glens
Falls, died Friday at Glens Falls Hospital after a long illness. Mrs.
Thompson, of Willow Street, was 77.
Born in Lansingburgh, Mrs. Thompson was a 1942 graduate of Lansingburgh
Survivors include her husband, James Thompson, whom she married Nov.
3, 1946; a son, Terry Thompson of Cincinnati, Ohio; and five grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at
St. Augustine's Church in Lansingburgh. Burial will be private.
A calling hour will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the
John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, 115th Street and 4th Avenue, Lansingburgh.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society,
260 Osborne Road, Loudonville 12211.
John `Eddie' Geist Jr.
CLIFTON PARK - John "Eddie" Geist Jr., 86, of the Hollandale Apartments,
died Sunday at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady after a short illness.
Mr. Geist was born in New York City.
He retired in the mid-1980s from the Allen Roger Lumber Mill in Wentworth,
Mr. Geist was an Army veteran of World War II. He received an American
Service Medal, an American Defense Service Medal, a European-African-Middle
Eastern Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Ethel Eilers Geist; three brothers,
Charles Geist, George Geist and Arthur Geist, all of Long Island; and two
sisters, Lucille Rominger of Montpelier, Vt., and Mildred Rominger of Queens
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Gordon C. Emerick
Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9.
Burial will be in Saratoga National Cemetery.
Calling hours will be 2 to 4 this afternoon and 6 to 8 tonight and
2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
TROY - Mrs. Marion Kittell Erickson of McChesney Court, who was editor-in-chief
of the Russell Sage Alumni Quarterly for 10 years, died at home Saturday
after a long illness.
Mrs. Erickson was born in Brunswick and educated in Troy public schools
and at Cornell University and Russell Sage College, from which she graduated
She was a resident of Troy's east side for the last 85 years.
Mrs. Erickson was a reporter for the Troy Record newspaper, now the
Record, from 1934 to 1941.
She worked at Russell Sage in several capacities for several years
and was active in alumni affairs.
Mrs. Erickson attended the Pawling Avenue United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Carl G. Erickson, and a
son, Carl S. Erickson of Troy.
Services will be private. Burial will be in Garfield Cemetery, Stephentown.
Calling hours will be 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Bryce
Funeral Home, 276 Pawling Ave.
Contributions in memory of Mrs. Erickson may be made to the Russell
Sage College Class of 1934 Scholarship Fund in care of the Development
Office, 92 First St., Troy 12180.
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Mrs. Mary Winslow Kindred of North Street, who was
a church organist for more than 25 years, died Saturday at the Wesley Health
Care Center after a short illness.
Mrs. Kindred was born in Corinth and was a graduate of Corinth High
She had lived in Saratoga Springs since 1940, except for the years
during World War II.
She was employed by the civil service at the Holabird Signal Depot
(Dundalk) in Baltimore, Md., and also worked in Montgomery Ward catalog
sales in Saratoga Springs and the knitting accounting office of the Van
Mrs. Kindred was a member of the Grace Church of the Nazarene since
1952. She served as a steward, Youth Society president, missionary president
and Sunday school teacher.
She also was a longtime member of the American Bible Society's Bible-a-Month
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, John E. Kindred; a son,
John J. Kindred of Warrensburg; a daughter, Suzanne "Sue" Richards of Johnson,
Vt.; two sisters, Althea Winslow Ide of Corinth and Ellen Darling Petrosky
of Corinth and Crescent City, Fla.; a brother, Clifton Winslow of Crescent
City; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Tunison Funeral Home,
105 Lake Ave.
Burial will follow in Greenridge Cemetery. There will be no calling
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Church of the Nazarene,
367 Caroline St., or to the Saratoga Emergency Corps, P.O. Box 4456, both
Saratoga Springs 12866.
SCHENECTADY - Maurice "Moe" Picard, who was a barber at Tom's Barber
Shop in Burnt Hills, died Saturday at St. Clare's Hospital after a short
illness. Mr. Picard, formerly of Cohoes, was 57.
Mr. Picard was born and educated in Cohoes.
Survivors include a cousin, Paul Picard of Saratoga Springs.
A service is set for 7 tonight at the Dufresne Funeral Home, 216 Columbia
Calling hours will be from 4 this afternoon to 7 tonight at the funeral
GREENFIELD CENTER - Miro Mitosinka, who was employed as a driver for
the CD & L Delivery Co. in Albany, died Saturday at Saratoga Hospital.
Mr. Mitosinka, of Greene Road, was 51.
Mr. Mitosinka was born in Piestany, Czechoslovakia. He had lived in
this area for 14 years.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Helena Drlickova Dzurek
and Frank Dzurek of Greenfield Center; two brothers, Eduard Mitosinka and
Robert Mitosinka, both of Saratoga Springs; and a grandson.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday
at St. Clement's Roman Catholic Church, 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs.
Burial will follow in St. Peter's Cemetery on West Avenue in Saratoga
Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the William J. Burke &
Sons Funeral Home, 628 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs.
LATHAM - Mrs. Sarah Soultanian Natcharian, 62, of Dyke Road, died Saturday
at Samaritan Hospital in Troy after a short illness.
Born in Vauxhall, N.J., Mrs. Natcharian moved to Troy as a young girl
and was a graduate of Troy High School and the Mildred Elley School.
She lived in Washington, D.C., from 1965 to 1967, and had been a resident
of Latham since 1968.
Many years ago, Mrs. Natcharian was employed at the Intercounty Title
Insurance Co. in Albany.
She was a part-time secretary for the North Colonie School District
and most recently worked in the same capacity in the offices of the Town
of Colonie supervisor and historian.
Mrs. Natcharian was a member of St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church
in Watervliet, where she was a diocesan delegate, a member of the parish
council, the church choir and the Women's Guild, and an officer of the
Mr. and Mrs. Club.
She was a member of the Friends of Pruyn House, the Rensselaer County
Home Bureau, the Daughters of Vartan and the Blue Creek Garden Club.
Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Philip J. Natcharian; two
sons, Matthew Natcharian of Wilbraham, Mass., and Michael Natcharian of
Albany; a sister, Sonia Matulewicz of Whately, Mass.; two brothers, Archie
Soultanian of Troy and Haig A. Soultanian of Long Island; and two grandchildren.
A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Armenian
Apostolic Church, 100 Troy-Schenectady Road, Watervliet.
Burial will be in Elmwood Hill Cemetery, Troy.
Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Contributions in memory of Mrs. Natcharian may be made to St. Peter
Armenian Apostolic Church, 100 Troy-Schenectady Road, Watervliet 12189.
Arrangements are by the Bryce Funeral Home, Troy.
Tyler M. Hart
ROTTERDAM - Tyler Michael Hart, the infant son of Kevin and Michelle
Hart of Rotterdam, died Saturday at Albany Medical Center Hospital.
He was born November 1 at Bellevue Women's Hospital in Niskayuna.
Survivors in addition to his parents include a sister, Courtney Hart
of Rotterdam; his maternal grandparents, Michael and Victoria Lawya of
Rotterdam; his paternal grandparents, John Hart Jr. and Robert Nailor Hart
of Niskayuna; his maternal great-grandparents, Jane Macherone DeNofio and
Victor and Eileen Lawya, all of Schenectady.
A Mass of the Angels will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul
the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Albany Street, Schenectady.
Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Schenectady.
Calling hours will be 6 to 8 tonight at the N. Rossi & Sons Funeral
Home, Union and North Jay streets, Schenectady.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 139
S. Lake Ave., Albany 12208.
Vincent `Bill' Sarnacki
EAGLE MILLS - Vincent "Bill" Sarnacki, who participated in anti-submarine
missions over the North Atlantic during World War II, died suddenly Saturday
at Samaritan Hospital in Troy after being stricken at home. Mr. Sarnacki,
of Robin Lane, was 76.
Born in Rotterdam, Mr. Sarnacki was a 1943 graduate of St. Mary's High
School in Schenectady.
He joined the Navy during World War II and served from 1943 to 1945
as an air crewman in patrol bomber squadrons. Mr. Sarnacki was employed
at the General Electric Co. in Schenectady from 1946 to 1987, retiring
as a planner in the large motor and generator department.
He was a member of the GE Quarter Century Club and the GE Apprentice
Mr. Sarnacki worked part-time for more than 10 years as an examination
supervisor for the state Department of Civil Service until the late 1980s.
He was a former member of the Eagle Mills Volunteer Fire Co. and a
former den leader for the Eagle Mills Webeloes.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mary Palubniak Sarnacki, and
three sons, William A. Sarnacki, Eric V. Sarnacki and Mark F. Sarnacki,
all of Eagle Mills.
A service is set for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Howard B. Tate &
Son Funeral Home, 2237 NY 7, Raymertown.
Burial will follow in Eagle Mills Cemetery, Brunswick.
Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to St. Francis De Sales Roman Catholic Church,
316 Congress St., or to the Eagle Mills Volunteer Rescue Squad, 627 Brunswick
Road, both Troy 12180, in memory of Mr. Sarnacki.
Walter C. Hackett
EAST GLENVILLE - Walter C. Hackett, who was the owner and operator
of H and F Auto Body in East Hampton for 35 years, died Saturday at the
Samuel Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albany after a short
illness. Mr. Hackett, of Pinewood Drive, was 80.
Mr. Hackett was born in East Hampton, Long Island.
Mr. Hackett lived in Tampa, Fla., for eight years before moving to
Glenville. He served in the Army during World War II.
Survivors include a son, Walter C. Hackett Jr. of East Hampton; three
daughters, Paula H. Brinkman of Glenville, Naimy Massi of East Hampton
and Susan Hackett of Hastings on Hudson; and six grandchildren.
There will be no services.
Arrangements are by the Glenville Funeral Home, 9 Glenridge Road.
JOHNSTOWN - William "Bill" Tuttle, who was a custodian for the Johnstown
School District before retiring in 1992, died Sunday at the Wells Nursing
Home after a short illness. Mr. Tuttle, of Chamberlain Drive, was 73.
Mr. Tuttle was born in Charleston Four Corners. He was educated in
one-room schoolhouses in Charleston and Randall and attended school in
He was employed as a truck driver and glass worker.
Mr. Tuttle was a member of the Johnstown-Gloversville First United
Methodist Church and a volunteer fireman for the Town of Mohawk Volunteer
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Maryellen Grant Tuttle; a son,
William G. Tuttle of Florence, Ariz.; a daughter, Gail Bush of Johnstown;
five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A service is set for 11 a.m. Thursday at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home,
215 E. Main St. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda.
Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral
Memorial contributions may be made to the Johnstown Area Volunteer
Ambulance Corps or to charity.
John Richard Robillard
PERU, Ind. - John Richard Robillard, 66, of South Sease Drive, died
at home Sunday.
Mr. Robillard was born in Schenectady. He earned a bachelor's degree
in political science from Ball State University in 1986.
He served in the U.S. Air Force for 28 years. He was a civil service
employee at Grissom Air Force Base until his retirement on Dec. 31, 2000.
Mr. Robillard was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, a fourth
degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a life member of the Miami
County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2067.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Laycock Robillard, whom he married
July 5, 1958; a daughter, Ann Robacker of Belleville, Ill.; three sons,
Mark Robillard of Canton, Ga., David Robillard of Indianapolis, Ind., and
Steven Robillard of Muncie, Ind.; his mother, Louise Robillard of Schenectady;
two brothers, Gene Robillard of Schenectady and Raymond Robillard of Orlando,
Fla.; two sisters, Nancy Galente of Orlando and Carolyn McNolty of Schenectady;
and nine grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday
at St. Charles Catholic Church, 58 W. 5th St.
Burial with full military honors will be in St. Charles Catholic Cemetery.
Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Eikenberry-Eddy
Funeral Home, 84 W. Main.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church.