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Chris Wheland, WWII vet, was awarded 2 battle stars 
LANSINGBURGH - Chris W. Wheland, who was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, died Tuesday at Samari- tan Hospital in Troy after a short illness. Mr. Wheland, of Fifth Avenue, was 77.
Born in Troy, Mr. Wheland was a lifelong resident. He graduated from Lansingburgh High School in 1941.
He had been a self-employed general contractor in the area since 1945.
He served 17 months in Europe during World War II. He was awarded two battle stars.
Mr. Wheland was an active member of United Methodist Church of Lansingburgh. He served as a trustee, chairman of finance, member of the administrative council, president and treasurer of the Men's Club, adviser to the group house chairman and church property, senior deacon and head usher. He also attended the local church council conference as lay leader.
He was a charter member of Lansingburgh Kiwanis Club and a member of the local scouting committee. He served as chairman of local Cub Pack 19 and Scout troop committeeman.
Mr. Wheland was active in Masonic circles. He was master and secretary of Jerusalem Masonic Lodge 355 on two occasions. He served on many lodge committees, was district chairman of the brotherhood fund and president of the Lansingburgh Masonic Temple Association. He was a member of Phoenix Chapter No. 133, RAM Bloss Council No. 14 and Iran Grotto.
He was a 32nd-degree Mason, and a member of Troy Delta Bodies, the Albany Consistory, the Oriental Shrine, Troy Shrine Club, Troy Shrine Patrol and captain of the guard of the Rose Crois Troy Delta Degree Team. He also served as worthy patron in the Court of the Amaranth. In 1990, he was grand representative of Turkey to the Grand Lodge of the state of New York.
Survivors include his wife, Julia Aird Wheland; two sons, John C. Wheland of Clifton Park and Glenn C. Wheland of Troy; a brother, Richard A. Wheland of Troy; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at the Bryce Funeral Home, corner of Pawling and Maple avenues in Troy.
Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Saratoga National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Lansingburgh Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 239, Troy, NY 12182; or Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Eugene Winters, 97, artist, works displayed in galleries 
BROOKLINE, Mass. - Eugene Winters, who worked in display and commercial design and as a fine artist, died on Tuesday. Mr. Winters, of Brookline, was 97.
Born in Vienna, Austria, Mr. Winters came to this country in 1939. He lived in Albany at one time.
He was a member of the Albany Artists Group. He was an abstract expressionist painter and glass artisan. His works were exhibited in many galleries and are in the permanent collections of the Corning Glass Museum, Toledo Museum of Art and the Albany Institute of History and Art.
He was the widower of Johanna Wiesinger Winters.
Survivors include two daughters, Dr. Lucy Sandler of Brookline and Terry Winters of Boston; a sister, Margaret Bauer of Marietta, Ga.; and two grandsons.
A graveside service will be held at 1 this afternoon at Memory's Garden, Colonie. A gathering will take place from 2:30 to 5:30 this afternoon at the Holiday Inn, 1442 Western Ave., Albany. A memorial observance will continue on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the home of Drs. Lucy and Philip Sandler in Brookline.
Local arrangements are by the Levine Memorial Chapel, Albany.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Thomas F. Ryan, 91, was active in seniors' groups 
JOHNSTOWN - Thomas F. Ryan, who served as president of the Johnstown 50 Plus Senior Citizens and the Ida McGinnis Seniors of Gloversville, died Tuesday at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam after a short illness. Mr. Ryan, formerly of Trackside Homes, was 91.
Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Ryan was educated in New York City schools. He moved to Johnstown in 1977.
He worked for the Sinclair Oil Corp., which later became the Atlantic-Richfield Oil Co., for 44 years. He started out as a messenger and became assistant to the vice president for marketing.
Mr. Ryan was a member of the Johnstown 50 Plus Senior Citizens and the Ida McGinnis Seniors of Gloversville, serving as president of both organizations. He was the treasurer of the Trackside Tenants Group.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church.
His wife, Agnes Davis Ryan, whom he married in 1932, died in 1995.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Muller of Palmyra, Va.; a son, Robert Ryan of Bedford; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher St., and at 11 at Immaculate Conception Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Calling hours are 2 to 4 this afternoon and 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Spring burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Edward Bilodeau, veteran, taught at two local schools 
ALTAMONT - Edward H. Bilodeau, who taught at Altamont Elementary School and the Guilderland Middle School, died Monday at home after a long illness. Mr. Bilodeau, of Fairview Avenue, was 76.
Born in Littleton, N.H., Mr. Bilodeau was a graduate of Plymouth State Teachers College.
He taught elementary school in Franconia, N.H., and Littleton, N.H., before moving to Altamont in 1962.
Mr. Bilodeau was an Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 10th Mountain Division. He was a member of the Boyd Hilton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and the Helderberg American Legion Post.
He was a communicant of St. Lucy's Church.
Survivors include a son, Paul Bilodeau; and two daughters, Judy and Penelope Bilodeau.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Lucy's Church, Grand Street.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Lucy's Food Pantry, Grand Street, Altamont, NY 12009.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Mary Vassilliw 
COBLESKILL - Private services will be held for Mrs. Mary Vassilliw, 85, of Campus Drive, who died Tuesday at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown after a long illness.
Born in Manhattan, Mrs. Vassilliw lived in Sunnyside, Queens, before moving to the Cobleskill area in 1980. She was a graduate of Washington Irving High School in New York City.
Mrs. Vassilliw was a member of St. Christopher Episcopal Church.
She was a volunteer with the ladies auxiliary of the former Community Hospital of Schoharie County.
Her husband, George Vassilliw, died in 1976.
Survivors include a son, John G. Vassilliw of New York City.
Burial will be in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Christopher Episcopal Church, St. Christopher Place, Cobleskill, NY 12043; or the Schoharie Valley Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 40, Howes Cave, NY 12092.
Arrangements are by the Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, Cobleskill, and the Palmer & Shaylor Funeral Home of Middleburgh.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Ronald E. Marl 
NORTH PORT, Fla. - Ronald E. Marl, who was a finance officer for the state of New York before retiring in 1989, died Sunday in Port Charlotte, Fla. Mr. Marl, of North Port, was 49.
Mr. Marl was born in Ellenville and lived in Schenectady before moving to Florida 10 years ago.
Survivors include his wife, Denise M. Marl; a daughter, Danamarie E. Marl of North Port; a son, Jerrod A. Marl of North Port; his mother, Miliru Parker of Punta Gorda, Fla.; and a granddaughter.
A service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Farley Funeral Home's North Port Chapel.
Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, South County Unit, 2100 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite A, Venice, FL 34293; or the American Lung Association, 2201 Cantu Court, Suite 119, Sarasota, FL 34232.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Ruth J. Young 
GLOVERSVILLE - Mrs. Ruth J. Young, formerly of Gloversville, died Sunday at the Fulton County Residential Health Care Facility.
Born and educated in Gifford Valley, Mrs. Young was a lifelong area resident.
She was a glove maker for various glove companies in the area and later retired from the Grandoe Glove Corp. in 1990.
Mrs. Young was a former member of the Rebekah Lodge.
Her husband, George Young, died in 1976.
Survivors include two daughters, Anna Javarone and Harriet Semprevio, both of Gloversville; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
There are no services or calling hours.
A graveside service will be held in the spring at Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Cremation took place at the Leatherstocking Crematory, Cherry Valley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Residential Health Care Facility or to charity.
Arrangements are by the Hollenbeck Funeral Home.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Patricia Bradley 
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Mrs. Patricia Guevin Bradley, who was an administrative assistant with the Youth Ministry Department of Columbia International University, died on Sunday. Mrs. Bradley, of Columbia, was 61.
Mrs. Bradley was born in Schenectady.
She was a member of the Columbia Crossroads Church.
Mrs. Bradley was a licensed practical nurse in Guam at one time.
Survivors include her husband, Stephen Ralph Bradley; six sons, Peter Bradley of Longview, Texas, David Bradley of Orlando, Fla., Mark Bradley of Colorado Springs, Colo., Philip Bradley of Columbia, Matthew Bradley of the RAF, stationed at Lakenheath, England, and Paul Bradley of St. Paul, Minn.; her mother, Margaret Thomas Guevin of Reno, Nev.; a brother, John H. Guevin Jr. of Reno; two sisters, Joan Garling of Powder Springs, Ga., and Diane Lopez of Las Vegas, Nev.; and 11 grandchildren.
The service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Andrew's Evangelical Church, 2609 Seminole Road. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel.
Burial will be in Bush River Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Columbia International University, Student Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 3122, Columbia, S.C. 29230.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Mary Kouary 
ALBANY - Mrs. Mary Koney Kouary, who was a bookkeeper for Fleet Bank of Albany before retiring in 1980, died Saturday at a facility in Vineland. Mrs. Kouary, of Vineland, N.J., formerly of Albany, was 84.
Mrs. Kouary was born in Albany and lived there for most of her life. She moved to Vineland nearly two years ago.
Mrs. Kouary was a member of St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church in Albany.
She was the widow of Charles H. Kouary.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Graceland Cemetery. A luncheon will be held after the service at St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church, 440 Whitehall Road.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church, 440 Whitehall Road, Albany, N.Y.
Arrangements are by the Chicorelli Funeral Home.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Diane L. Mersincavage 
WARNERVILLE - Ms. Diane L. Mersincavage, 41, of West Fulton Road, died Monday at the Bassett Healthcare Facility in Cooperstown after a long illness.
Born in New York City, Ms. Mersincavage lived in Howes Cave and in Lindenhurst before moving to Warnerville in 1990. She was a graduate of New Hyde Park High School in Long Island.
She worked for the Castro Convertible Co. many years ago. She was also a homemaker.
Ms. Mersincavage was a member of the Adullam Full Gospel Church.
Survivors include two sons, Joseph M. and Peter S. Gaida, both of Warnerville; her companion of 19 years, Joseph P. Gaida; a sister, Joanne Gentile of Mantua, N.J.; and a brother, Robert Mersincavage of Walton.
The services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Langan Funeral Home, 21 N. Main St., Central Bridge. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Sloansville Valley Cemetery, Sloansville.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Mary Leach 
ALBANY - Mrs. Mary Curran Leach, who worked as a switchboard operator and supervisor at the state Senate for 20 years, retiring in 1995, died Monday after a short illness. Mrs. Leach, of North Allen Street, was 71.
Mrs. Leach was born in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland, and came to this country in 1958.
She had worked part-time at the University Club in Albany since 1959.
Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Thomas J. Leach; three sons, Edward J. Leach of Albany, Thomas J. Leach Jr. of Latham and Sean P. Leach of Clifton Park; four brothers, Timmy Curran of Ireland, Sean Curran of Greenville, Davey Curran of Averill Park and the Rev. Anthony Curran of Schenectady; a sister, Eileen Hanafin of Castleton; and six grandchildren.
A service will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at the historic Church of St. Mary on Capitol Hill.
Calling hours are from 4 this afternoon until 8 tonight at the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 N. Allen St., Albany.
Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church, 10 Lodge St., Albany, NY 12207.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Rita MacIntyre 
SCHENECTADY - Mrs. Rita Coons MacIntyre, 79, of Bradford Road, died Monday at the Glendale Nursing Home in Glenville after a long illness.
Born in Schenectady, Mrs. MacIntyre was a lifelong Schenectady area resident.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. MacIntyre was of the Catholic faith.
Survivors include her husband, John C. MacIntyre, whom she married in 1942; and a son, Donald MacIntyre of Schenectady.
There are no services or calling hours.
Burial will be in Park View Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206.
Arrangements are by the Griswold Funeral Home.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Mary DiDonna 
MURRELLS INLET, S.C. - Mrs. Mary Goodwin DiDonna, 77, of Cypress Keys, died Monday at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.
Born in Cayce, S.C., Mrs. DiDonna was a homemaker.
She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church.
Mrs. DiDonna was a member of the Litchfield Country Club.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas A. DiDonna Sr.; two sons, Thomas A. DiDonna Jr. of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Ronald J. DiDonna of Glenville; a brother, Stanley Goodwin of Cayce; three sisters, Kathryn Strong of Hamlet, N.C., Betty Reese of Cayce and Bennie Joyce Senese of Surfside Beach; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
The service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; or St. Michael's Catholic Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 2659, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Henry R. Cox 
BALLSTON SPA - Henry R. Cox, who worked for the state Office of General Services in Albany for many years, retiring as a senior stationary engineer, died Tuesday at Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs. Mr. Cox, of Garrett Road, was 83.
Mr. Cox was born in Bethlehem, Pa., and moved to Ballston Spa in 1930.
Mr. Cox was a member and trustee of First Baptist Church.
He was a founding member of the Buckskin Hunting Club and was active in the Cub Scouts for many years.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Elvira Lowell Cox; a son, David Cox of Corinth; two daughters, Marylou Latrimone of Floresville, Texas, and Nancy Harrison of Greenfield Center; two brothers, Bill Cox of Winter Haven, Fla., and James Cox of Bellevue, Wash.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church on Milton Avenue. A calling hour will precede the service Saturday at the church.
Burial will be in Batchellerville Cemetery in Edinburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 202 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, NY 12020.
Arrangements are by the Armer Funeral Home.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Jean Benjamin 
AMSTERDAM - Mrs. Jean A. Benjamin, 75, of the Stratton Apartments, formerly of Northway Mobile Home Park in Perth and Tribes Hill, died Tuesday at home after a long illness.
Born in Amsterdam, Mrs. Benjamin was a 1943 graduate of Wilbur H. Lynch High School and a 1944 graduate of the Amsterdam School of Commerce.
Mrs. Benjamin was an office clerk for the George H. Maus Importer and the Frick Co., both in Amsterdam. She was later employed at Brown's Ford in Johnstown for 20 years, retiring in 1987.
She was a member of the Tribes Hill Presbyterian Church and the Amsterdam Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
Her husband, Leland Benjamin, whom she married July 11, 1953, died in 1982. Her brother, Ronald C. Hirschfeld, died in March.
Survivors include a daughter, Beverly Copeland of Richmond, Va.; a stepson, Frank L. Benjamin of Saratoga Springs; and a stepdaughter, Barbara Davis of Lincoln, Calif.
The service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Tribes Hill Presbyterian Church, Mohawk Drive, Tribes Hill. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave.
Burial will be in Fort Plain Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Amsterdam, 40 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, or the Zonta Mammography Fund, in care of the Amsterdam Memorial Hospital Foundation, 4988 Route 30, Amsterdam, NY 12010.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Saul Kaplan 
ROTTERDAM - Saul M. Kaplan, who was a mechanical engineer for the General Electric Co. in Schenectady for more than 35 years, died Monday at home. Mr. Kaplan, of Dahlia Street, was 67.
Born in Chelsea, Mass., Mr. Kaplan earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and later earned a master's degree from New York University. Mr. Kaplan earned his second master's degree in history from the University at Albany this month.
Mr. Kaplan retired in 1999. He remained with GE as a part-time engineering consultant. He was a member of the GE Quarter Century Club and the GE Elfun Society.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Collis Kaplan; two sons, Guy Scott of Apex, N.C., and Gustav Kaplan of Rotterdam; a daughter, Gay Kendall of Troy; a brother, Allen Kaplan of Wayland, Mass.; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Unitarian Society, 1221 Wendell Ave., Schenectady.
There are no calling hours.
Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.
Arrangements are by the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Gertrude E. Kruger 
TOWN OF FLORIDA - Private services will be held for Mrs. Gertrude E. Kruger, 87, of State Route 30, who died Monday at Montgomery Meadows Residential Health Care Facility in Amsterdam after a short illness.
Born and educated in Stone Arabia, Mrs. Kruger moved to the Amsterdam area in 1932.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Kruger attended Florida Reformed Church in Minaville.
She was a member of the Beldons Corners Community Club and the Mariaville Rod & Gun Club.
Her husband, Walter K. Kruger, whom she married Aug. 18, 1933, died in 1998.
Survivors include two daughters, Alice E. Gaugler and Gladys M. Krohn, both of the town of Florida; a brother, Arnold Francisco of the state of Florida; a sister, Marjorie Ortell of Johnstown; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a step-great-grandson.
Spring burial will be in Chuctanunda Cemetery, Minaville.
Contributions may be made to the Town of Florida Volunteer Fire Department or the Florida Reformed Church in care of the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, NY 12010.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Mary Georgetti 
BALLSTON SPA - Mrs. Mary Costa Georgetti, 80, of Rowland Street, died Sunday at home.
Born in Brooklyn, Mrs. Georgetti lived in Lynbrook, N.Y. for 30 years before moving to the Ballston Spa area four years ago.
Her husband, Thomas L. Georgetti, died in 1996.
Survivors include a daughter, Stephanie Beller of Ballston Spa; a son, Thomas Georgetti of Brooklyn; four grandsons; and two great-granddaughters.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Clement's Roman Catholic Church, 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 this afternoon and 7 to 9 tonight at the William J. Burke & Sons-Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs.
Burial will be in the Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.
Memorial contributions may be made to charity.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Florence E. Fleming 
RENSSELAER - Services were held for Mrs. Florence E. Fleming, 77, of Rensselaer, who died Saturday at Albany Memorial Hospital.
Born in Mechanicville, Mrs. Fleming lived in Rensselaer for many years.
She was a senior account clerk for the New York state Education Department.
Mrs. Fleming was the widow of Robert J. Fleming Sr.
Survivors include a son, Robert J. Fleming Jr. of Rensselaer; and a daughter, Penelope A. Fleming of Rensselaer.
Burial was in Graceland Cemetery, Albany.
Arrangements were by the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Phoebe B. Baker 
SHARON SPRINGS - Mrs. Phoebe B. Baker, who was a supervisor for the Department of Motor Vehicles in Albany, died Monday at home after a short illness. Mrs. Baker, of Briggs Road, was 81.
A lifelong area resident, Mrs. Baker was born in Delanson and attended Cobleskill Central School.
For the past 18 years, she lived in Sharon Springs.
Mrs. Baker worked for the Department of Motor Vehicles for 20 years, retiring in 1983.
She was a member of the Silver and Gold Club; Carlisle Senior Citizens; Cobleskill Eagles Aerie Auxiliary; East Worcester Fish and Game Club; and a charter member of the Cobleskill Fire Auxiliary.
Mrs. Baker was a volunteer for Bassett Healthcare, WELCA and Zion Lutheran Church's Ladies Aid Committee.
Her husband, Burtis Baker, whom she married Jan. 11, 1938, died in 1991.
Survivors include two sons, John Baker of Warnerville and Carl Baker of Seward; two daughters, Janet Davis of Zephyrhills, Fla., and Jacquelyn Costello of Sharon Springs; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Matthew's Lutheran Chapel, Leesville.
Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Lappeus Funeral Home, 113 Park St.
Burial will be in Esperance Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 70 E. Main St., Cobleskill, NY 12043.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Margaret Russell 
COLONIE - Mrs. Margaret Hoffman Russell, 93, formerly of Van Heusen Street, died Tuesday.
Mrs. Russell was the widow of Theodore Roosevelt Russell, who died in 1966.
Survivors include a son, Ted R. Russell of Colonie; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx.
There are no calling hours.
Contributions may be made to charity.
Arrangements are by the Glenville Funeral Home.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Lawrence E. Kirker Sr. 
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Lawrence E. Kirker Sr., 71, of Loughman, died Saturday in Kissimmee after being stricken.
Born in Schenectady, Mr. Kirker moved to Loughman in 1965.
He was a mechanic for Tiner Harvesting, B.C. Cook and Sons and Long's Fruit Harvesting.
Mr. Kirker was a Baptist.
He was the widower of Ruth Kirker.
Survivors include five daughters, Wilhelmina Aini of Rotterdam, Alyce Dariano of Scotia, Sue Lucas of Davenport, Fla., and Laurie Barnes and Lynda Moore, both of Haines City, Fla.; five sons, Lawrence Kirker Jr. and George Kirker, both of Scotia, Richard Kirker of Esperance, David Kirker of Winterhaven, Fla., and Rory Kirker of Rome, Italy; a sister, Alice Hilliard of Augusta, Ga.; 23 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Immaculate Conception Church, Bradt Street, Schenectady.
Local arrangements are by the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, Schenectady.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

George Rocco 
SCHENECTADY - Services were held for George D. Rocco, 80, of Garden Grove, Calif., formerly of Schenectady, who died Nov. 28 at the home of his son in Garden Grove.
Born and educated in Schenectady, Mr. Rocco was a 1941 graduate of the former Nott Terrace High School. He had lived in Schenectady until April 1950, when he moved to Garden Grove.
Mr. Rocco was an Army veteran, serving with the New York National Guard, 27th Division, 105th Infantry. He was wounded during the Battle of Saipan and received the Purple Heart.
He was a purchasing agent for Bethlehem Steel Co. in Orange County, Calif., for 25 years. He later worked for the Hollywood Wax Museum in California for four years.
Mr. Rocco was a former communicant of St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, where he was also an altar boy. He was a member of St. Polycarp Catholic Church in Garden Grove.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his wife, Vera Mandaro Rocco, whom he married in 1945; three sons, John and Thomas Rocco, both of Garden Grove, and Anthony Rocco of Yorktown, Ind.; two brothers, Nicholas Rocco of Schenectady and Anthony "Red" Rocco of Stamford, Conn.; and four grandchildren.
Burial was in Garden Grove.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in the spring.
Contributions may be made to the St. Anthony's Church Memorial Fund, 331 Seward Place, Schenectady, NY 12305.
Local arrangements are by N. Rossi & Sons Funeral Home.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]

Frank K. Intelisano Sr. 
BROADALBIN - Frank K. Intelisano Sr., who was a dye-check inspector at the General Electric Co. in Schenectady for 30 years, died Tuesday at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Mr. Intelisano, of Stevers Mill Road, was 67.
Born in New York City, Mr. Intelisano attended P.S. 40 there. He moved to Gloversville as a young adult and had resided in Broadalbin for the past 40 years.
He retired from GE in 1994.
Mr. Intelisano was a member of I.U.E. Local 301 in Schenectady.
Mr. Intelisano attended St. Joseph's Church.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly Lake Intelisano, whom he married Dec. 24, 1950; four sons, Frank K. Intelisano Jr. of Gloversville, Joseph and Michael M. Intelisano, both of Amsterdam, and James V. Intelisano of Northville; four daughters, Sandra J. Przybylowicz of Galway, Terry A. Greco and Annette C. Intelisano, both of Broadalbin, and Pauline B. Intelisano of Ballston Spa; his mother, Josephine Kenwood of Shoreham; a brother, Michael Kenwood of Shoreham; a sister, Susan McIlwaith of Shoreham; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Church, 7 North St. Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home, 38 W. Main St.
Burial will be in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
[Published 5-Dec-2001]


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