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Kenneth Earl Merry, 87, earned Bronze Star in Army 
JOHNSTOWN - Kenneth Earl Merry, 87, of Pineview Commons on South Melcher Street, died Wednesday at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam.
Mr. Merry was a lifelong area resident and a graduate of the former Wilbur H. Lynch High School in Amsterdam.
During World War II, he served as a sergeant in the Army in Germany, France and Italy, and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Conspicuous Service Medal.
Mr. Merry was employed by The Schenectady Gazette, now The Daily Gazette, The Amsterdam Recorder and most recently The Leader-Herald in Gloversville, where he worked in display advertising until his retirement.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Amsterdam.
Survivors include a son, Robert Merry of Utica; a daughter, Margaret Merry of Amsterdam; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his companion, Kathleen Kennedy of Johnstown.
A graveside service will be held in Fairview Cemetery, Amsterdam, in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, 347 Golf Course Road, Amsterdam 12010.
[Published 2-Dec-2001]

John R. Castelli, 68, coach, teacher in Sch'dy schools 
NISKAYUNA - John R. Castelli, 68, of Whitney Drive, died Saturday at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady after a short illness.
Born and educated in Schenectady, Mr. Castelli was a graduate of the former Mont Pleasant High School, where he played varsity basketball.
He earned a bachelor's degree in American history from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1958 and completed graduate work at the State University at Albany.
Mr. Castelli also had study fellowships at the University of Maine and the University of Santa Clara and earned an associate's degree from the University of London.
He taught for the Schenectady City Schools at Oneida and McKinley middle schools and coached junior varsity basketball at Mont Pleasant High School.
He also taught American history at Shaker High School for more than 20 years.
Mr. Castelli played World Team Tennis in three national tournaments.
During the Korean War, he served in Germany with the Army's First Medical Battalion.
He was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Schenectady.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Tibone Castelli, whom he married June 20, 1959; a daughter, Michelle Clancy of Holliston, Mass.; a son, John James Castelli of Huntington; a brother, Vincent Castelli of Schenectady; a sister, Theresa Napolitana of Schenectady; and four grandchildren.
Services will be held at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the N. Rossi & Sons Funeral Home, Union and North Jay streets, Schenectady, and at 9 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Union Street, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Glenville.
Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union St., Schenectady 12308, or to the Visiting Nurses of Schenectady, 108 Erie Blvd., Schenectady 12305.
[Published 2-Dec-2001]

Richard M. Simmons, 45, was counselor to disabled 
SCHENECTADY - Richard M. Simmons, 45, of Hawk Street, died at home Friday after a short illness.
Mr. Simmons was born in San Bernardino, Calif.
He was a lifelong resident of the Capital Region and a graduate of Schenectady schools.
Mr. Simmons was a counselor for ARC in Albany until becoming ill.
Survivors include his parents, Le Roy and Gloria Dean Simmons; four brothers, Anthony Simmons, Jay Simmons, Duke Simmons and Christopher Simmons; three sisters, Gloria Smith, Vicky Hundley Simmons and Lisa Simmons; and his maternal grandmother, Sylvia Dean.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Light's Funeral Home, 1428 State St., where a calling hour will begin at 6.
Cremation will take place at the Parkview Crematory.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union St., Schenectady 12308.
[Published 2-Dec-2001]

Lorraine T. Filisko 
COBLESKILL - Mrs. Lorraine T. Filisko, 62, of Colonial Village, Route 7, died Friday at Bassett Hospital of Schoharie County.
Mrs. Filisko was born in West Hartford, Conn. A former resident of Newtown, Conn., she spent summers in the Cobleskill area for 16 years before moving here permanently in 1996.
Mrs. Filisko was a communicant of St. Teresa's Catholic Church in Trumbull, Conn.
Survivors include her husband, George P. Filisko, whom she married Nov. 30, 1957; two daughters, Linda Belinski of Denver, Colo., and Karen Bishop of Sharon Springs; a son, Gregory Filisko of Richmondville; and three grandsons.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 68 Elm St., where a calling hour will begin at noon. Burial will be at a later date in Resurrection Cemetery, Newtown.
Memorial contributions may be made to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care Inc., 1 MacArthur Ave., Cobleskill 12043.
[Published 2-Dec-2001]

`Jack' Lindsay 
ROTTERDAM - John "Jack" Lindsay, 81, of Owen Road, died Friday at St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady after a long illness.
Born in Schenectady, Mr. Lindsay was a graduate of the former Nott Terrace High School.
During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces as a corporal with the 314th Fighter Squadron.
Mr. Lindsay also was a graduate of the Aeronautics School in Columbus, Ohio.
For more than 32 years, he was employed by the Skyway Garage in Rotterdam as an auto mechanic.
Later, Mr. Lindsay worked for 12 years for Orange Mazda, retiring in 1995.
He was a member of Elks Lodge 2157, the Schenectady Masons Lodge 1174, the Woestina Young at Heart Senior Citizens and the Fellow Craft Club, where he was a former longtime secretary and treasurer.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Chichester Lindsay, whom he married Dec. 1, 1945; a daughter, Sandra Hughes of Rotterdam; and two grandsons.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Bond Funeral Home, Broadway and Guilderland Avenue.
Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Schenectady Memorial Park.
Contributions in memory of Mr. Lindsay may be made to the Messiah Lutheran Church, 2850 Guilderland Ave., Schenectady, or to the White Eagle Ambulance Inc., Cardiff Road, Rotterdam 12303.
[Published 2-Dec-2001]

Dorothea King 
SCHENECTADY - Mrs. Dorothea Kimmerly King, 89, of North Ferry Street, died at home Saturday.
Born in Latham, Mrs. King was an area resident most of her life.
She was a graduate of Schenectady High School and received a bachelor's degree from the New York State Teachers College at Albany and a master's degree from the State University at Oneonta.
Mrs. King was a teacher for several years at the Horace Mann School and Howe School, retiring in 1977.
She was a life member of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Annie Schaffer Senior Center and a member of the board of directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
Mrs. King also was a member of St. George's Episcopal Church, the Schenectady Arts Society, the Sunnyview Hospital Auxiliary, the Schenectady Symphony, the Schenectady Civic Players, the Stockade Association, and the New York State and Schenectady County retired teachers associations.
Her husband, J. Grant King, died in 1962.
Survivors include a daughter, Cynthia King Dandrew of Amsterdam; a son, James G. King of Niskayuna; and four grandchildren.
Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Gleason Funeral Home, 730 Union St.
There will be no services.
Cremation will take place at the Vale Crematory.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union St., Schenectady 12308, or to Children's Hospital, Albany Medical Center, New Scotland Avenue, Albany 12208.
[Published 2-Dec-2001]

Edward Helo Sr. 
ALBANY - Edward J. Helo Sr., 69, of North Allen Street, died Thursday at St. Peter's Hospital after a short illness.
Mr. Helo was born in Albany. He attended St. Ann's School and graduated from Philip Schuyler High School. He worked for the Kirby Vacuum Cleaner Co. in Schenectady for 40 years, retiring in 1998 as a distributor.
Mr. Helo was a member of Operating Engineers Local 106 and an Army veteran of the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Burke Helo; three sons, Joseph M. Helo of Schenectady, Edward J. Helo Jr. of Rutland, Vt., and Mark J. Helo of New Baltimore; a daughter, Melissa A. Helo of Selkirk; a sister, Freda E. Helo of Albany; a brother, Alfred M. Helo of Fort Myers, Fla.; and several great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. at the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 N. Allen St., and at 10:30 at Blessed Sacrament Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands.
Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blessed Sacrament Church, 607 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12206.
[Published 2-Dec-2001]

Frederick `Mike' Brunick 
EAGLE BRIDGE - Frederick "Mike" Brunick, 58, of Route 67, died Friday at Samaritan Hospital in Troy.
Mr. Brunick was born in North Troy and was a graduate of Lansingburgh High School.
Before retiring, he was a cook at Russell Sage College in Troy.
Mr. Brunick was a member of the Tomhannock Methodist Church.
He served in the Army in Germany from 1962 to 1965.
Survivors include a son, Floyd Brunick of Troy; two daughters, Linda Loomis of Schuylerville and Jean Gardner of Troy; a sister, Anita Bowers of Malta; and eight grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Chase Funeral Home, 173 Main St., Schaghticoke.
Burial will be in Tomhannock Cemetery.
Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tomhannock Methodist Church.
[Published 2-Dec-2001]

Gaetano Donatantonio 
ALBANY - Gaetano Donatantonio, 88, of Ten Eyck Avenue, died Saturday at St. Peter's Hospital after being stricken.
Mr. Donatantonio was born in Salerno, Italy, and was a self-employed tailor in Italy.
He came to this country in 1955 and worked for the Amalgamated Union until his retirement in 1974.
He was the widower of Teresa Dellinavelli Donatantonio.
Survivors include a son, Ralph Donatantonio of Whiting, N.J.; three daughters, Paula Fontana of Brooklyn, and Joanne Romeo and Maria Serafini, both of Albany; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Chicorelli Funeral Home, 331 Delaware Ave., and at 9 a.m. at St. James Church, Delaware Avenue, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Entombment will be in St. Agnes Mausoleum, Menands.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Northeastern Region, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.
[Published 2-Dec-2001]

Irving Plaskat 
JOHNSTOWN - Irving Plaskat, 87, of the Trackside Apartments, died Thursday at his niece's home in Thurmont, Md., after a long illness.
Mr. Plaskat was born in Brooklyn.
He was an administrative assistant for the New York City Board of Water Supply until 1967 when he moved to Hope Falls. He worked for the Gloversville Post Office from 1967 until his retirement in 1972.
Mr. Plaskat moved to Johnstown in 1985.
He was a member of the Northville American Legion Post, Northville Presbyterian Church, Fish House Masonic Lodge 298, Johnstown 50+ Senior Citizens and the Ida McGinnis Senior Citizens.
He had been a winter resident of Foley, Ala., for more than 20 years.
Mr. Plaskat was a veteran of World War II. He retired from the Army with the rank of sergeant major.
His wife, Doris Story Plaskat, whom he married Sept. 26, 1943, died in 1998.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
A service is set for 10 a.m. Monday at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Fonda.
Calling hours are 5 to 8 tonight at the funeral home. The Masons will meet at the funeral home at 7.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice.
[Published 2-Dec-2001]

Julia E. Sopko 
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Mrs. Julia E. Sopko, 79, of Lake Avenue, died Saturday at her home.
Mrs. Sopko was born in Saratoga Springs.
With her husband, she co-owned the Frank Sopko Builders construction company.
She was a member of St. Clement's Church.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Frank Sopko; a daughter, Judy Coonradt of Clifton Park; three sisters, Mary Witkoski of Lakeland, Fla., Cecelia Hammond of Clifton Park and Dorothy Luskin of Stillwater; and three grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Clement's Roman Catholic Church, 231 Lake Ave.
Burial will follow in St. Peter's Cemetery.
Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the William J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home, 628 N. Broadway.
[Published 2-Dec-2001]

Lois Sweitzer 
EAST GREENBUSH - Mrs. Lois Burns Sweitzer, of Chestnut Court, died Friday at Albany Memorial Hospital after being stricken.
Mrs. Sweitzer was born in Clinton. She had lived in East Greenbush since 1974.
She was employed as a secretary for the New York Central Railroad and the Agway Corp.
Mrs. Sweitzer was a member of the Friends of the East Greenbush Library and a communicant of the Church of St. Mary in Clinton Heights.
Survivors include her husband, Robert H. Sweitzer; two stepdaughters, Marjorie Martin of Albany and Eileen Grant of East Greenbush; two stepsons, Donald R. Sweitzer of Warwick, R.I., and Robert J. Sweitzer of Littleton, Colo.; two brothers, Robert J. Burns of Jamestown and William J. Burns of Utica; a sister, Dorothy (Sister Karen) Burns, OSF, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Ave., Rensselaer, and at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Mary, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Clinton.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the East Greenbush Community Library, Michael Road, East Greenbush, NY 12061.
[Published 2-Dec-2001]

Marie Washburn 
NAPLES, Fla. - Mrs. Marie McDonough Washburn, 85, of Naples, formerly of Colonie, died Friday at the Aristocrat in Naples.
Mrs. Washburn was born in Cohoes.
She was employed by the General Electric Co. in Schenectady as a financial assistant in the tube division until retiring in 1979 after 28 years of service.
Mrs. Washburn was a communicant of St. Clare's Church in Colonie before moving in 1987 to Naples, where she was a communicant of St. Peter the Apostle Church.
She was the wife of the late Joseph W. McDonough and Robert G. Washburn.
Survivors include two sons, Joseph F. McDonough of The Woodlands, Texas, and Martin J. McDonough of Pittstown, N.J.; a daughter, Maryann McNeish of Wethersfield, Conn.; two sisters, Gertrude Lobdell and Theresa DiCocco; and nine grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Clare's Church, 1947 Central Ave., Colonie.
Burial will be in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York, 33 Everett Road, Albany 12205.
Arrangements are by the Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home, Latham.
[Published 2-Dec-2001]

Marion Judge 
CORINTH - Mrs. Marion E. Judge, of Corinth, died at home Saturday after a short illness.
Mrs. Judge was born in Saratoga Springs and graduated from Saratoga Springs High School.
She was formerly employed in Saratoga Springs as a photo artist for Gustav Lorre, a society photographer.
She also worked as an operator for the New York Telephone Co. in Saratoga Springs and at Riley's Lake House and Casino.
Mrs. Judge was a communicant of the Church of the Immaculate Conception and a longtime member of its Altar Rosary Society.
She was a member of the Corinth Garden Club and served as its secretary for more than 30 years.
She was married to the late Joseph Judge.
Survivors include a daughter, Catherine A. Judge of Saratoga Springs.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 403 Palmer Ave.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Densmore Funeral Home, 7 Sherman Ave. The Altar Rosary Society will meet at the funeral home at 8.
Memorial contributions may be made to an animal welfare organization.
[Published 2-Dec-2001]

Muriel Tupacz 
GEORGETOWN, S.C. - Mrs. Muriel Maloney Tupacz, 79, of Georgetown, died at home Friday.
Born and raised in Schenectady, Mrs. Tupacz was a graduate of the Mildred Elley Business School in Albany.
She moved to Georgetown in 1947.
She was a bookkeeper for many years. In 1965, she became the distributor of the News and Courier morning newspaper in the Maryville section of Georgetown.
With her husband, Mrs. Tupacz had owned and operated Tupacz Liquors and Fine Wines since 1976.
She was a longtime member and former president of the South Carolina Liquor Retailers Association.
Mrs. Tupacz was a communicant of St. Cyprian's and St. Mary's churches and a charter member and past president of St. Mary's Catholic Women's Club. She was active in the St. Cyprian's Outreach Program.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Edward K. Tupacz; a daughter, Elizabeth T. Imes of Johnson City, Tenn.; a son, Edward Gerard Tupacz of Bangkok, Thailand; a sister, Mary A. Shaw of Schenectady; a brother, Thomas J. Maloney of Schenectady; and a grandson.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Our Lady of Ransom Church, 317 Broad St. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.
Calling hours will be from 3 to 5 this afternoon and 7 to 9 tonight at St. Cyprian's Church, 1905 Front St.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Cyprian's Church, P.O. Box 2037, Georgetown, SC 29442; or to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD; or to the Hollings Cancer Center, MUSC, Charleston, SC; or to charity.
Arrangements are by the Mayer Funeral Home.
[Published 2-Dec-2001]

Nancy Schriver 
GLENVILLE - Mrs. Nancy Gore Schriver, 45, of Saratoga Road, died Friday at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady after a long illness.
Born in Tupper Lake, Mrs. Schriver lived most of her life in this area.
She worked for the Aetna Life Insurance Co. as a customer service representative for three years until becoming ill.
Survivors include her husband, David I. Schriver, whom she married in July; two daughters, Wendy Salisbury of Reno, Nev., and Neva Gore of Glenville; three sisters, Susan Frank of Scotia, Roxanne Arnold of Reno and Dale Young of Schenectady; two brothers, Dick Arnold of Tupper Lake and Michael McMillan of California; and three grandchildren.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Marantha Ministries United Pentecostal Church, St. David's Lane and Route 7 in Niskayuna.
There will be no calling hours.
Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery, Schenectady.
Contributions may be made to Locks of Love, 1640 S. Congress Ave., Suite 104, Palm Springs, FL 33461, in memory of Mrs. Schriver.
Arrangements are by the Daly Funeral Home, 242 McClellan St., Schenectady.
[Published 2-Dec-2001]


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