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Ruth Dodge Barber, Sch'dy Bowling Hall of Fame, 80 
ROTTERDAM - Mrs. Ruth Dodge Barber, who was inducted into the Schenectady Bowling Hall of Fame in 1993, died Monday at Ellis Hospital as a result of cancer. Mr. Barber, of Arbor Avenue, was 80.
Born in Troy, Mrs. Barber was a graduate of Scotia High School.
She worked for the H.S. Barney Co. in Schenectady during the 1940s and was a secretary for the Golub Corp. in Rotterdam until retiring in 1984.
Mrs. Barber was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church.
She bowled for more than 60 years and was a member emeritus of the Schenectady-Scotia Women's Bowling Association. She was a life member of the Women's International Bowling Congress and a member of the New York State Women's 500 Club. She was named Secretary of the Year for the 1990-91 season. Mrs. Barber was a member of the Fisher Home Bureau in Rotterdam and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Scotia for 67 years.
Her husband of 59 years, Elmer A. Barber, died in April.
Survivors include two sons, Bruce A. Barber of Hampton, Va., and David K. Barber of Medford, Long Island; two daughters, Cindi Palmatier of Rock City Falls and Judith Gravell of Gloversville; two brothers, John L. Dodge of Scotia and Henry Dodge of Schenectady; a sister, Electa Utermark of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; 19 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
The service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Ave. Visitation will take place from 11 a.m. Friday until the service at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Schenectady Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211; or the Rotterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 101 Princetown Road, Rotterdam, NY 12306.
[Published 29-Nov-2001]

Grace Anderson, worked for FDR when she was 16 
SCHENECTADY - Mrs. Grace Terry "Mother Love" Anderson, who worked for President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the Little White House in Warm Springs when she was 16 years of age, died Monday at St. Clare's Hospital. Mrs. Anderson, of Summit Avenue, was 82.
Mrs. Anderson was born and educated in Warm Springs, Ga.
Her service to President Franklin D. Roosevelt was featured in Life magazine.
Mrs. Anderson worked for doctors in the Schenectady area for many years.
She was a member of New Bethel Community Church of God in Christ, formerly known as Bethel Church of God in Christ. She served the church for more than 50 years.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Lee Anderson, whom she married Dec. 19, 1949; two daughters, Barbara Lee Smith and Terry Ann McDougald, both of Schenectady; four grandsons; and three great-granddaughters.
A service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at New Bethel Community Church of God in Christ, 839 Albany St. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m.
Burial, at 9 a.m. Saturday, will be in Evergreen Memorial Park in Colonie.
Arrangements are by Light's Funeral Home.
[Published 29-Nov-2001]

Margaret `Peg' Sowle, 76, owned Covenhoven Gifts 
GLEN - Mrs. Margaret "Peg" L. Sowle, who owned and operated Covenhoven Gifts out of her home in Glen for many years, died Sunday at her winter home in Melbourne, Fla. after being stricken. She was 76.
Born in Glen, Mrs. Sowle lived most of her life on the family farm in Glen. She also spent the summer months at Canada Lake. She attended Hartwick College.
She was an antiques dealer at one time and later rented cabins on her property in Canada Lake.
She was a member of the Glen Reformed Church.
Mrs. Sowle was the widow of Carl W. Ruby. She later married John Sowle. He died in 1994.
Survivors include four sons, Richard Ruby of Canada Lake, Rex Ruby of Caroga Lake, Scott Ruby of Gloversville and Michael Sowle of Glen; a daughter, Amy Sowle of Gloversville; a stepson, Chet Sowle of Florida; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Glen Reformed Church, Main Street, Glen. Calling hours will be from 5 this afternoon until 8 tonight at the Jackson & Betz Funeral Home, 15 Main St., Fultonville.
Burial will be in Maple Avenue Cemetery, Fultonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice.
[Published 29-Nov-2001]

Arnold J. Nellis 
PALATINE BRIDGE - Arnold J. Nellis, was a canal structure operator at Lock 15 for the New York state Department of Transportation, died Sunday at the Palatine Nursing Home after a long illness. Mr. Nellis, of Center Street, was 92.
Born and educated in Canajoharie, Mr. Nellis was a lifelong area resident.
He retired in 1972.
Mr. Nellis was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston.
He was a founding member of the former Christian Science Society of Canajoharie. He was a member of the Palatine Society of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Nellis Family Association.
Survivors include his wife, Alberta Prall Nellis, whom he married June 10, 1933; four daughters, Catherine Montilla of Clifton Park, Nancy Showerman of Candor, Carol Preston of Manchester, Conn., and Elizabeth Stanley of Burke, Va.; eight grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
The service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the chapel of the Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 20 Otsego St., Canajoharie. A calling hour will precede the service at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Fort Plain Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 126, Canajoharie, NY 13317.
[Published 29-Nov-2001]

Charles J. Murnane 
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Charles J. Murnane, who was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in Panama, died Nov. 22. Mr. Murnane, of Clearwater, was 78.
Born in Utica, N.Y., Mr. Murnane was a graduate of Georgetown University. He moved to Schenectady in 1950.
Mr. Murnane worked for the former American Locomotive Co. He was later the director of labor relations for the Coopers Manufacturing Co. in Springfield, Ohio, until retiring.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Mary Pallotta Audet Murnane; a son, John D. Murnane of New York City; a daughter, Mary Lourdes Burns of Guilderland; a stepdaughter, Nancy James Reynolds of Clifton Park; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 2777 Albany St., Schenectady.
There are no calling hours.
Cremation will take place at Parkview Crematory, Schenectady, with burial at a later date in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna.
Memorial contributions may be made to charity.
Arrangements are by the Griswold Funeral Home, Schenectady.
[Published 29-Nov-2001]

Charles W. Burns Sr. 
LOUDONVILLE - Charles W. Burns Sr., who repaired machinery at the General Electric Co. in Schenectady for 35 years, died Wednesday at the Eddy Ford Nursing Home in Cohoes after a short illness. Mr. Burns, of South Maple Lane, was 86.
He was a lifelong Capital Region resident who was educated in East Greenbush schools.
Mr. Burns retired in 1981.
He was a communicant of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Latham.
Mr. Burns was a member of the Tamarack Outdoorsmen.
He was the widower of Charlotte Golden Burns.
Survivors include a daughter, Marion Burns Hummel of Rome; a son, Charles W. Burns of Loudonville; a sister, Evelyn Paul of Mesa, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Bowen Funeral Home, 97 Old Loudon Road, Latham. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until the service at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Memory's Garden, Colonie.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Northeastern New York Chapter, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206.
[Published 29-Nov-2001]

Clement Hellyer, journalist 
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Clement David Hellyer, a Southern California journalist who helped bring Latin American news to the pages of American newspapers, died Nov. 15.
Hellyer was the Latin American news editor for The San Diego Union from 1953 to 1960, when the newspaper published more stories on Latin America than any other English-language daily.
[Published 29-Nov-2001]

Donald Glover 
SCHENECTADY - Services were held for Donald Francis Glover, 71, of Ocean Pines, Md., formerly of Schenectady, who died Nov. 20 at Halquist Memorial Inpatient Hospice Center in Arlington, Va., after a short illness.
Mr. Glover was born in Schenectady.
He worked for the General Electric Co. before becoming an electrical engineer for IBM, where he worked for 34 years.
Mr. Glover was a Navy veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Helen MacGregor Glover, whom he married in 1954; a son, Donald T. Glover of Ashburn, Va.; two daughters, Marcy Crane of Annandale, Va., and Lori Glover-Colavita of Denver, N.C.; two sisters, Elizabeth Ferber of Verona, N.J., and Barbara Glover of Schodack Landing; a brother, James Glover of West Orange, N.J.; and four grandchildren.
Arrangements were by the Rapp Funeral Home, Silver Spring, Md.
[Published 29-Nov-2001]

Edward T. `Bud' Harrigan 
NISKAYUNA - Edward T. "Bud" Harrigan, who was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Philippines, died Tuesday at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Mr. Harrigan, of Route 7, was 83.
Mr. Harrigan was born in Troy.
He worked for the New York Central Railroad and was later a machinist with the New York state Department of Transportation before retiring.
Mr. Harrigan was the widower of Mildred Cassidy Harrigan.
Survivors include a sister, Grace Gavin of Schenectady.
The services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Wm. Leahy Funeral Home, 336 Third St., Troy, and at 10 a.m. a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Church, Troy.
Calling hours will be from 4 this afternoon until 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Schenectady County, 1411 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12308; or the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center, 215 Washington Ave. Extension, Albany, NY 12205.
[Published 29-Nov-2001]

Frank LaPietro Jr. 
MECHANICVILLE - Frank P. LaPietro Jr., 57, of School Street, Riverside, died Tuesday at the Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center Hospital in Albany after a short illness.
Born in Troy, Mr. LaPietro was a 1961 graduate of Mechanicville High School.
He worked at the former Tagson's Paper Co. and the former West Virginia Pulp and Paper Co., both of Mechanicville.
Mr. LaPietro served in the Air Force. He was a member of the Henry Lefko American Legion Post of Riverside.
He was a member of Assumption-St. Paul Church.
Survivors include his mother, Ann Mickalonis LaPietro of Mechanicville; a brother, Robert LaPietro of Delanson; and a sister, Tiffany Bay of ohoes.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Assumption-St. Paul Church, William Street. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, 39 S. Main St.
Burial with military honors will be at the Saratoga National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
[Published 29-Nov-2001]

Harold Seelow 
GLOVERSVILLE - Harold Seelow, who was a machinist at the Remington Arms Co. in Ilion for more than 21 years, died Monday at home after being stricken. Mr. Seelow, of Helwig Street, was 62.
Born in Gloversville, Mr. Seelow was a lifelong area resident who attended Gloversville schools.
He served in the National Guard.
Survivors include two sisters, Bertha Minckler of Gloversville and Elaine Minckler of Boaz, Ala.
A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Northville.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 tonight at the Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave.
Cremation was at the Leatherstocking Crematory, Cherry Valley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the James A. Brennan Humane Society or the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
[Published 29-Nov-2001]

Josephine LaRose 
COHOES - Mrs. Josephine Skawinski LaRose, who worked in the textile industry and for Barclay Home Products for many years, died Wednesday at home. Mrs. LaRose, of Hamilton Street, was 79.
Mrs. LaRose was born and educated in Cohoes.
Mrs. LaRose was a member of the Cohoes Senior Citizens, the Polish American Association PNA Group 2462 of Cohoes and the Cohoes Columbiettes.
She was a communicant of St. Michael's Church and a member of its Rosary Society.
Mrs. LaRose was the widow of Leo E. LaRose.
Survivors include a daughter, Susan LaRose Bilka of Cohoes; two sons, Leo J. and John J. LaRose, both of Cohoes; a sister, Ann Cerqua of Waterford; a brother, Edward Skawinski of Cohoes; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday at 9 a.m. at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 105 Vliet Blvd., and at 9:30 at St. Michael's Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Calling hours are from 4 this afternoon until 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Waterford.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rensselaer County Hospice, 295 Valleyview Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.
[Published 29-Nov-2001]

M. Elaine Cromie 
VICTORY MILLS - Miss M. Elaine Cromie, who was a legal secretary for the law firm of Paul Jones and Robert Katzman in Saratoga Springs before retiring, died Wednesday at the Hallmark Nursing Center in Granville. Miss Cromie, formerly of Cemetery Road, was 80.
Born in Saratoga Springs, Miss Cromie was a graduate of Columbia University. She lived in Saratoga Springs for many years and also resided at the Home of the Good Shepherd before relocating to the Hallmark Nursing Center.
Miss Cromie was a member of Notre Dame-Visitation Church, Schuylerville.
Survivors include several cousins.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday at Notre Dame-Visitation Church, Pearl Street, Schuylerville.
There are no calling hours.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Schuylerville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA of Upstate New York, 454 Queensbury Ave., Queensbury, NY 12804.
Arrangements are by the Flynn Bros. Funeral Home, Schuylerville.
[Published 29-Nov-2001]

Marjorie Baker 
FULTONVILLE - Private services were held for Mrs. Marjorie Grace Baker, 77, of Maple Avenue, formerly of Canajoharie, who died Wednesday at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam after a long illness.
Born in Sharon Springs, Mrs. Baker was a graduate of Sharon Springs High School and Albany Business College. She moved to Fultonville in 1995.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Baker was a member of St. John and St. Mark Lutheran Church, Canajoharie.
Survivors include her husband, Donald A. Baker, whom she married Feb. 15, 1947; three daughters, Cheryl Horning and Barbara Baker, both of Canajoharie, and Diane Baker of Port Orange, Fla.; two sons, Jeffrey Baker of Canajoharie and Douglas Baker of Rensselaer; and three grandsons.
There are no calling hours.
Burial will be in the Canajoharie Falls Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 126, Canajoharie, NY 13317.
Arrangements are by the Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, Canajoharie.
[Published 29-Nov-2001]

Pasquale and Marianina Riccio 
ALVIGNANO, Italy - Pasquale and Marianina Ferucci Riccio of Alvignano, Province of Caserta, died Nov. 13 as a result of an auto accident. He was 67 and she was 65.
Mr. and Mrs. Riccio were lifelong residents of Alvignano. They were married in 1960.
Survivors include two sons, Carmen and Miguel Riccio, both of Alvignano; four sisters, Carmela Coppola of Schenectady and Lucia Martino, Catherine Castiello and Concetta Gallo, all of Italy; and a brother, Rafael Riccio of Italy.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church, Rosa Road, Schenectady.
Burial was in Alvignano.
Local arrangements are by the N. Rossi & Sons Funeral Home in Schenectady.
[Published 29-Nov-2001]

Ruby Mackey 
COLONIE - Mrs. Ruby Potter Mackey, 72, of Shepard Avenue, died at home Wednesday after a long illness.
Born in Schenectady, Mrs. Mackey was a lifelong area resident.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Mackey was a former member of the Church of the Nazarene.
Floyd Mackey, her husband of 24 years, died in 1977.
Her son, Raymond A. Mackey, died in March.
Survivors include two daughters, Ella M. Hokirk of Colonie and Ruby J. Dabis of Parksville; a son, William J. Mackey; two sisters, Pearl Polomaine and Katherine Briggs, both of Schenectady; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Bond Funeral Home, Broadway and Guilderland Avenue, Schenectady.
A calling hour will precede the service at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
[Published 29-Nov-2001]

Ruth Ward 
AMSTERDAM - Mrs. Ruth Oathout Ward, who was a supervisor for the N.A. Taylor Co. in Gloversville for more than 20 years, died Wednesday at the Mount Loretto Nursing Home. Mrs. Ward, formerly of Gloversville, was 94.
Born and educated in Gloversville, Mrs. Ward was a longtime resident.
She made gloves out of her home for many years.
Mrs. Ward was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Gloversville.
Her husband of 62 years, Eurben J. Ward Jr., died in 1984. Her son, William F. Ward, died April 2nd of this year.
Survivors include a daughter, Betty Tretola of Gloversville; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Fern Dale Cemetery, Johnstown.
Memorial contributions may be made to charity.
[Published 29-Nov-2001]

Shirley Matusak 
NISKAYUNA - Mrs. Shirley A. Matusak, who was an administrative assistant at Union College for 25 years, died Tuesday at Albany Medical Center after a short illness. Mrs. Matusak, of Oregon Avenue, was 68.
Born in Rome, Oneida County, Mrs. Matusak was a graduate of Bryant College with a degree in business administration. She lived in Niskayuna for the past 40 years.
Mrs. Matusak retired from Union College in 1991.
Mrs. Matusak was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Her husband, Rodney J. Matusak, whom she married in 1951, died in 1991.
Survivors include two sons, Mark R. Matusak of Tiverton, R.I., and Robin J. Matusak of Johnsonville; a brother, William Whitman Jr. of Booneville; and three grandchildren.
The services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1850 Union St.
There are no calling hours.
Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Batchellerville Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.
Arrangements are by the Glenville Funeral Home, Glenville.
[Published 29-Nov-2001]


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