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Mary Mancini, 92, operated Mancini's Grocery Store 
PALATINE BRIDGE - Mrs. Mary Gotti Mancini, operated Mancini's Grocery Store in Palatine Bridge from 1931 until 1954, died Sunday at the Palatine Nursing Home. Mrs. Mancini, of West Skyline Drive, was 92.
Born in Brown Station, Ulster County, Mrs. Mancini lived in Canajoharie and attended school there. She was also a resident of Palatine Bridge.
Mrs. Mancini was active in the Mancini family real estate business for many years. She was a member of St. Peter and St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Canajoharie. She also played the church organ in her younger years.
Mrs. Mancini was a member of the Palatine Literary Society.
Her husband, Rocco T. Mancini, whom she married May 6, 1928, died last year.
Survivors include three sons, Alfonso R. Mancini of Penfield, Monroe County, Ralph G. Mancini of Guilderland and Rocco T. Mancini of Palatine Bridge; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Mancini of Newton, Mass.; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The services will be held at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Lenz & Betz Funeral Home, 69 Otsego St., Canajoharie, and at 10:30 a.m. a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Peter and St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Cliff Street, Canajoharie. Calling hours will be from 5 this afternoon until 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Spring burial will be in St. Peter and St. Paul Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 126, Canajoharie, NY 13317, or to the Alzheimer's Association, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206.
[Published 20-Nov-2001]

Richard `Ike' Bell, owned Ike's Place in Charleston 
CHARLESTON - Richard "Ike" C. Bell, who owned and operated Ike's Place in Charleston, died Sunday at home after a long illness. Mr. Bell, of Corbin Hill Road, was 71.
Born in Gloversville, Mr. Bell was educated in Fultonville schools.
He was a truck driver for Cobleskill Stone Products, retiring in 1999. Mr. Bell also worked at the Glen Mohawk Milk Association of Fultonville for 13 years. He and his father operated the former Bell Dairy Farm at one time.
Mr. Bell was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
He was a member of the Esperance Elks Lodge 2507, Johnstown Moose Lodge 1185 and was a former member of the Charleston Volunteer Fire Department.
Survivors include his wife, Nita Pedrick Bell, whom he married Aug. 22, 1953; five sons, Richard J. Bell of Canajoharie, Randal C. Bell of Carlisle, Clayton "Terry" Bell of Palatine, Steven L. Bell of Charleston and Alan W. Bell of Ames; a brother, Dewey Bell of Charleston; a sister, Clara B. Bronk of Canajoharie; and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel of the Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 20 Otsego St., Canajoharie. Calling hours will be from 5 p.m. until the service at the funeral home.
Burial will be at a later date in Christian Church Cemetery, Charleston.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, NY 12078.
[Published 20-Nov-2001]

Nancy Pierce, 53, librarian at Johnstown High School 
JOHNSTOWN - Mrs. Nancy J. Pierce, who was a librarian at Johnstown High School for 26 years, died Saturday at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady after a short illness. Mrs. Pierce, of West Street, was 53.
Born in Gloversville, Mrs. Pierce was a graduate of Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School and Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
She retired from Johnstown High School in September of this year.
Survivors include her husband, James Pierce, whom she married June 16, 1971; two sons, Jeffrey Pierce of Johnstown and William Pierce of Gloversville; a daughter, Susan Bolebruch of Gloversville; two sisters, Dale Dayton of Corinth and Shirley Wintermute of Meco; a brother, Michael Smith of Sacramento, Calif.; her parents, Harold and Hattie Boyer Smith of Lassellsville; and a grandson.
The service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St. Calling hours will be from 5 this afternoon until 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Cremation will take place at Vale Crematory, Schenectady.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.
[Published 20-Nov-2001]

Willard H. Whitney, taught at the University at Albany 
BANGOR, Maine - Services were held for Willard Hall Whitney of Bangor, who worked at what is now the University at Albany. He died Oct. 10.
Born and raised in Calais, Maine, Mr. Whitney moved to Bangor in the mid-1930s. He was a 1940 graduate of Bangor High School and a 1944 graduate of the University of Maine.
He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in Europe.
After the war, Mr. Whitney was a repatriation officer for the International Refugee Organization. After his service with the IRO, Mr. Whitney continued his study of foreign languages at the Sorbonne, the University of London and Oxford University.
He returned to Maine in 1953. He taught at high schools in Winterport and Bar Harbor, Maine, and Norwich, Conn. In 1964, Mr. Whitney began work at what is now the University at Albany, chiefly as a supervisor of foreign language student teaching. He retired in 1984 and returned to Bangor shortly thereafter.
Survivors include his wife, Therese Whitney; a son, Richard Whitney of Bangor; and a daughter, Catherine Whitney of Guilderland, N.Y.
Burial was in the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta, Maine.
Arrangements were by the Brookings-Smith Funeral Home.
[Published 20-Nov-2001]

Dorothea Eckert 
REXFORD - Mrs. Dorothea Harrington Eckert, who was employed in the cafeteria program at Shenendehowa Central School for 20 years, died Friday at home after a long illness. Mrs. Eckert, of Sugar Hill Road, was 81.
Born in Schenectady, Mrs. Eckert was a 1938 graduate of Mont Pleasant High School. She lived in Rexford for the past 46 years.
Mrs. Eckert worked for the General Electric Co. in Schenectady for several years. She retired from Shenendehowa Central School in 1987.
She was a member of the Shenendehowa Senior Citizens.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Henry Eckert; two daughters, Judith Sitterly of Mechanicville and Janis Eckert-Twohy of Lake Port, Calif.; a son, Jeffery L. Eckert of Penn Yan; a sister, June Trask of Morrisville; and four grandchildren.
The service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Memory's Garden, Colonie.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice.
Arrangements are by the Catricala Funeral Home, Clifton Park.
[Published 20-Nov-2001]

John A. Shoop 
JOHNSTOWN - John A. Shoop, who was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, died Sunday at Nathan Littauer Hospital. Mr. Shoop, of North East Avenue, was 76.
Born in Gloversville, Mr. Shoop was a graduate of Gloversville High School and was a lifelong area resident.
Mr. Shoop was a self employed carpenter for several years. He was later a carpenter for Treher & Jung Inc. in Gloversville. He retired as a self employed area contractor.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Gloversville.
Mr. Shoop was a member of Pleasant Square Volunteer Fire Department for 51 years. He was a former member of Star Scout in Boy Scout Troop 15 of Sacred Heart Church.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Gugenberger Shoop, whom he married in 1983; a son, John J. Shoop of Gloversville; a stepson, Albert Gugenberger of Casa Grande, Ariz.; four daughters, Valerie Shoop and Judy Swart, both of Gloversville, Jane Cancio of Galway and Barbara McGrattan of Fairport; three stepdaughters, Susan Tagliatela and Patricia Capparello, both of Gloversville and Nancy Insogna of Caroga Lake; a sister, Jean Cox of Lakeland, Fla.; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville, followed at 10 at Sacred Heart Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 this evening at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville.
Contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice.
[Published 20-Nov-2001]

John H. Sator 
GUILDERLAND - John H. Sator, who worked for 40 years for the former New York Telephone Co., died Sunday at the Glendale Nursing Home in Glenville after a long illness. Mr. Sator, formerly of Cherry Lane, was 96.
Mr. Sator was born in Utica.
He retired from the New York Telephone Co. in 1965. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
Mr. Sator was a 50-year member and past master of the Clinton Hampton Free and Accepted Masonic Lodge 347.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary C. Murphy of Ballston Lake and Joan M. Meister of Old Town, Maine; a son, John R. Sator of Enterprise, Ala.; 10 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
There are no calling hours.
Burial will be at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211.
Arrangements are by the Glenville Funeral Home.
[Published 20-Nov-2001]

Mildred Swiergiel 
ROTTERDAM - Mrs. Mildred Varin Swiergiel, who was a secretary at one time at the General Electric Co. in Schenectady, died Sunday at St. Clare's Hospital after a long illness. Mrs. Swiergiel, of Rotterdam Street, was 46.
Born and educated in Schenectady, Mrs. Swiergiel was a 1973 graduate of Mont Pleasant High School.
Survivors include her husband, Michael D. Swiergiel Sr.; a daughter, Rachelle Swiergiel of Rotterdam; her parents, Rufus I. Varin Sr. of Saranac and Mildred Schager Tegiacchi of Schoharie; a stepson, Michael D. Swiergiel Jr. of Scotia; two stepdaughters, Melissa A. Swiergiel of Schenectady and Vera-Lynn Vroman of Scotia; three brothers, Rufus I. Varin of Schoharie, Russell Varin of Portland, Maine, and Roland Varin of Ephratah; a sister, Virgilia Tegiacchi of Waterville; and nine step-grandchildren.
The service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Ave. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Gallupville Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Clare's Hospital, care of 3W Dialysis Unit, 600 McClellan St., Schenectady, NY 12304.
[Published 20-Nov-2001]

Nicolina Sgueglia 
SCHENECTADY - Mrs. Nicolina Sgueglia, 86, of Montesarchio, Province of Benevento, Italy, formerly of Schenectady, died at home Monday after a short illness.
Born in San Giovanni e Paolo, Italy, Mrs. Sgueglia lived in Brazil for several years. She had lived in Schenectady from 1970 until 1992 before returning to Italy.
She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Schenectady.
Her husband, Salvatore Sgueglia, died in 1974.
Survivors include two sons, Guido and Giovanni Sgueglia, both of Schenectady; four daughters, Raphaela Goes, Maria Camargo and Lena DeGoes, all of Brazil, and Gina Damiano of Italy; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services and burial will be held in Italy.
A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
Arrangements are by the DeLegge Funeral Home.
[Published 20-Nov-2001]

Bernard Masker 
GLOVERSVILLE - Bernard Masker, who worked for the former Martin-Deichsel Co., died Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam, after a long illness. Mr. Masker, formerly of Lee Avenue, was 85.
Born in Vilna, Poland, Mr. Masker was educated in Gloversville schools.
He was a chemist in the leather industry, retiring 18 years ago.
Mr. Masker was a former member of the Elks Lodge.
He was married Feb. 23, 1941 to Gene Martin Masker, who died in 1991.
Survivors include two daughters, Sally Seeley of Delanson and Lois Moore of Hamlin, Monroe County; a son, Robert Masker of Randolph, N.J.; a brother, Paul Masker of New York City; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A service will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St., where a calling hour will begin at 1.
Burial will be in Fern Dale Cemetery, Johnstown.
Contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, NY 12078.
[Published 20-Nov-2001]

Carleton Hine 
GLOVERSVILLE - Carleton Hine, 85, of Second Avenue, died Saturday at Nathan Littauer Hospital.
Born and educated in Gloversville, Mr. Hine was a lifelong area resident.
He worked for Independent Leather Co. and retired in 1984.
Survivors include a son, Robert Barter of Chesapeake, Va.; two daughters, Patricia A. Nellis of Caroga Lake and John Wanderlick of Orange, Mass.; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
A service will be held at 10 this morning at the Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave.
A calling hour will precede the service at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Fern Dale Cemetery in Johnstown.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to charity.
[Published 20-Nov-2001]

Donald P. Traynor 
ALBANY - Donald P. Traynor, who was employed at the Watervliet Arsenal before retiring in 1984, died Thursday after being stricken. Mr. Traynor, of Guilderland, was 77.
Born in New York City, Mr. Traynor lived most of his life in the Capital Region and was a graduate of Cathedral Academy in Albany. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Mary DeGonzague Traynor; two daughters, Patricia A. Nealon of Clifton Park and Tina M. Bacon of Mariaville; a brother, Warren C. Traynor; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Christ the King Church, 20 Sumpter Ave., Westmere.
Mr. Traynor has made an anatomical gift to Albany Medical College. Arrangement are by the Hans Funeral Home.
[Published 20-Nov-2001]

Dorothy Fitzsimmons 
WESTFIELD, N.J. - Mrs. Dorothy McCaron Fitzsimmons, 94, of Westfield, died on Saturday.
Born in the Bronx, Mrs. Fitzsimmons was raised in Brooklyn and lived in Schenectady and in Tequesta, Fla., before moving to Westfield eight years ago.
She was a homemaker.
Her first husband, James McCaron, died in 1969. She later married Charles Fitzsimmons. He died in 1996.
Survivors include a daughter, Lynne Hartzell;two grandchildren; and four great-grandsons.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Evangelist Church, Schenectady.
Burial will be in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna.
Arrangements are by the Dooley Colonial Home.
[Published 20-Nov-2001]

George E. Wolfe 
SARATOGA SPRINGS - George E. Wolfe, who was a baker at Tuttle's Bakery and a cook at Lou's Luncheonette, died Sunday at Saratoga Hospital. Mr. Wolfe, of Allen Drive, was 85.
Mr. Wolfe was born in Saratoga Springs. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Salvation Army and the Saratoga Eagles Aerie.
Survivors include his companion, Beatrice Ramsey; two sons, Edward Wolfe of Saratoga Springs and Harry Wolfe of Queensbury; a daughter, Georgianna Bell of Saratoga Springs; a sister, Anna Brady of Albany; three stepsons, Victor and Johnny Wine, and George Crandall, all of Saratoga Springs; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave. Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Greenridge Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Catholic Charities of Saratoga Springs, 142 Regent St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
[Published 20-Nov-2001]

Margaret B. Couball 
ROTTERDAM - Mrs. Margaret B. Couball, 85, of Greenpoint Avenue, died Saturday at St. Clare's Hospital after a short illness.
Born in Schenectady, Mrs. Couball lived most of her life there.
She was a homemaker and a registered nurse in Schenectady.
Mrs. Couball was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church and a member of its Rosary Society.
She was a member of St. Clare's Hospital Auxiliary and was a volunteer with Patient Services at the Kingsway Arms Nursing Home.
Mrs. Couball was the widow of August P. Couball.
Survivors include eight daughters, Marilyn Guidarelli and Anne Couball, both of Schenectady, Joyce Grossi of Barrington, N.H., Margaret Mary Ross of Rotterdam, Rosemary Egan of Clifton Park, Mary Bell of Carmel, Theresa Foley of Colonie and Christine Jordan of Watertown; two sons, John Couball of Schenectady and Joseph Couball of Yuma, Ariz.; 36 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
The services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the New Comer-Cannon Family Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Road, Colonie, and at 11 a.m. a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Church. Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rotterdam Kiwanis, 2706 Wellington Ave., Schenectady, NY 12306.
[Published 20-Nov-2001]

Marguerite E. DeVoe 
ROTTERDAM - Mrs. Marguerite E. DeVoe, who was an executive housekeeper at the Holiday Inn on Nott Terrace for 11 years, died Sunday at the home after a long illness. Mrs. DeVoe, of Hallmark Nursing Center, formerly of Palmer Street, was 93.
Born in Rutland, Vt., Mrs. DeVoe moved to the local area as a child.
She retired from the Holiday Inn in 1977.
Mrs. DeVoe was a member of the Woodlawn Reformed Church.
Her husband, Henry DeVoe Sr., whom she married in 1924, died in 1966.
Survivors include three daughters, Frances Payette of Clifton Park, Loretta Nayman of Schenectady and Dawn Lockhurst of Scotia; three sons, Henry D. DeVoe Jr. of Schenectady, Robert A. and Donald F. DeVoe, both of Clifton Park; 21 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
The service will be held at noon on Monday at Memory's Garden Chapel, Colonie.
Cremation will take place at Parkview Crematory, Schenectady.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hallmark Nursing Center, Hamburg Street, or Community Hospice, Union Street, both in Schenectady.
[Published 20-Nov-2001]


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