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Thomas Derrico, 96, played in Florida, Johnstown bands 
GLOVERSVILLE - Thomas A. Derrico, 96, formerly of the Kingsboro Towers, died Saturday at the Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home after a short illness.
Mr. Derrico was born in Grumo, Veneno, province of Naples, Italy.
He worked for the Fulton County Highway Department for 22 years before retiring in 1968 and moving to New Port Richey, Fla.
He subsequently relocated to Valrico, Fla.
He played the clarinet and the saxophone in many local orchestras and was a member of the Citizens Band in Johnstown.
Mr. Derrico played first-chair clarinet for the 80-piece Clearwater (Fla.) Concert Band and other bands in the area.
He returned to Gloversville in 1999 and was a communicant of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church.
His wife, Theresa Cole Derrico, whom he married Aug. 11, 1926, died in 1999.
Survivors include a daughter, Marie Otto of Gloversville; a grandson; and two great-grandsons.
Services will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Amico Funeral Home, 150 S. Main St., and at 9:30 at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Spring burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Calling hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice.

[Published 9-Dec-2001]

Charles W. Plumer Sr. 
WEST SAND LAKE - Charles W. Plumer Sr., 86, of Chamberlin Hill Road, died Friday at the Eden Park Health Center in East Greenbush after a short illness.
Mr. Plumer was born in New York City. He had lived in the Capital Region for 50 years and was a resident of West Sand Lake for 30 years.
Mr. Plumer retired in 1978 from the New York Telephone Co., where he had worked for 48 years.
He was married to the late Virginia Whalen Plumer.
Survivors include three sons, Robert C. Plumer of California, Charles W. Plumer Jr. of Danbury, Conn., and John M. Plumer of East Greenbush; three daughters, Lauretta Tierney of Mayfield, Virginia "Ginny" Lashoff of West Sand Lake, and Ronnie A. Clark of Albany; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Ave., Rensselaer, and at 10 at St. John's Church in Rensselaer, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Burial will be in Memory's Garden, Colonie.
Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
[Published 9-Dec-2001]

Helen Kuziara 
WATERVLIET - Mrs. Helen Kawa Kuziara, 83, of 25th Street, died at home Friday.
Mrs. Kuziara was born and raised in Watervliet.
She assisted her husband in the operation of the family store on 25th Street for many years.
Later, Mrs. Kuziara was employed as a cashier at the Central Market in Watervliet, and she worked at Montgomery Ward & Co. in Menands in the catalog phone order department.
She was also a homemaker and a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church.
Her husband, Theodore C. Kuziara, died Sept. 5, 1990.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Tessier of Woodbury, Conn.; a son, Thomas J. Kuziara of Watervliet; two sisters, Mary Novak of Watervliet and Alice Cronin of Madison, Conn.; and two grandchildren.
Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Parker Bros. Memorial Funeral Home, 2013 Broadway, and at 10 at Immaculate Conception Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Burial will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Colonie.
Calling hours will be from 3 this afternoon to 6 tonight at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer 12144.
[Published 9-Dec-2001]

James D. Barnett 
CLIFTON PARK - James D. Barnett, 82, of Tamarack Lane, died Friday at the Samuel S. Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albany after a long illness.
Mr. Barnett was born in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
He retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel and began a second career as a representative for the Mutual of New York Life Insurance Co.
Mr. Barnett was a member of the Clifton Park Center Baptist Church and the board of the Natural Food Associates of New York.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Juanita Allen Barnett; four sons, James D. Barnett Jr. of Auburn, Maine, Thomas D. Barnett of Phoenix, Ariz., Donald A. Barnett of Brentwood, Tenn., and Kenneth G. Barnett of Falls Church, Va.; a sister, Myra Mosley of North Carolina; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Clifton Park Center Baptist Church.
Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the NYS Natural Food Associates Inc., NY Port Authority Station, P.O. Box 30945, New York, NY 10011.
Arrangements are by the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9.
[Published 9-Dec-2001]

Jill E. Diamond 
MIDDLEBURGH - Miss Jill E. Diamond, 26, of Danforth Avenue, died Thursday at Little Falls Hospital from injuries received in an automobile accident earlier that day.
Miss Diamond was born in Cobleskill and was a 1993 graduate of Middleburgh Central School.
She was employed as a customer service representative at the Agway Center in Guilderland.
Survivors include her parents, Lorenzo "George" Diamond Jr. and Cheryl Pitt Diamond of Middleburgh; three sisters, Valerie Van Aller, Susanne Diamond and Heather Diamond, all of Middleburgh; her paternal grandmother, Beatrice Diamond of Middleburgh; and her companion, Robert Bagley of Middleburgh.
A service will be held at 8 p.m. Monday at the Schoharie Valley Alliance Church, Route 145.
Burial will be in the spring in Grovernors Corners Cemetery.
A calling hour will precede the service at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Schoharie Valley Alliance Church Youth Group Programs, Route 145, Middleburgh 12122.
Arrangements are by the Palmer & Shaylor Funeral Home in Middleburgh and the Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home in Cobleskill.
[Published 9-Dec-2001]

Joan Ryan Legan 
SCHENECTADY - Mrs. Joan Ryan Legan, 71, of Prospect Street, died Friday at the Samuel Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albany after a short illness.
Mrs. Legan was born in Albany and lived in Rensselaer for many years before moving to Schenectady.
She was a graduate of St. John's Academy in Rensselaer and the Hudson Valley Community College School of Nursing.
She was employed in health care for many years.
Mrs. Legan served in the Marine Corps in 1952 and was a member of the Joseph E. Zaloga American Legion Post in Albany.
While a resident of Rensselaer, she was a communicant of St. John's Church.
Survivors include a son, David M. Legan of Schenectady; a sister, Rosemary Williams of Rensselaer; three brothers, Bernie Ryan, Joseph Ryan and Edward Ryan, all of Rensselaer; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be private. There will be no calling hours.
Burial will be in Saratoga National Cemetery.
Contributions in memory of Mrs. Legan may be made to the Rensselaer Volunteer Ambulance Inc., 901 Third St., Rensselaer 12144, or to the Sisters of Mercy Retirement Fund, 310 S. Manning Blvd., Albany 12208.
Arrangements are by the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Ave., Rensselaer.
[Published 9-Dec-2001]

Lisa Schubert 
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Mrs. Lisa L. Schubert, 81, died Friday at the Wesley Health Care Center.
Mrs. Schubert was born in Bremen, Germany, and came to this country in 1955.
She lived in Bellmore, Long Island, for many years before moving to Beverly Hills, Fla. She was a resident of Saratoga Springs since 1999.
She was married to the late Hans Schubert.
Survivors include a son, Thomas Schubert of Wantagh; a daughter, Christa Boden of Saratoga Springs; three granddaughters; and a great-grandson.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff funeral homes, 628 N. Broadway.
Burial will be Tuesday in Fero Memorial Gardens, Beverly Hills.
Calling hours will be 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs 12866.
[Published 9-Dec-2001]

Marion Snipes 
SCHENECTADY - Mrs. Marion Rose Snipes, 65, of Hulett Street, died Wednesday at St. Clare's Hospital after a long illness.
Mrs. Snipes was born in Boston. She moved to this area from Queens 11 years ago.
She was a member of the Missionary Society for nine years and a member of Duryee Memorial AME Zion Church.
Survivors include her husband, John Snipes; three sons, Alexander White and Richard White, both of Manhattan, and George White of Syracuse; two daughters, Stacy Wells of Brooklyn and Christine White of Manhattan; a brother, Domonick Gironda of Portland, Maine; and 13 grandchildren.
A service is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Duryee Memorial AME Zion Church, 307 Hulett St.
Cremation will be in Park View Crematory.
A calling hour will precede the service Tuesday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Duryee Memorial AME Zion Church, 307 Hulett St., Schenectady, NY, 12304.
Arrangements are by Light's Funeral Home, 1428 State St.
[Published 9-Dec-2001]

Rita L. Lockwood 
CLIFTON PARK - Mrs. Rita L. Lockwood of Mohawk Terrace died Friday at the Schuyler Ridge Health Care Center.
Born in Troy, Mrs. Lockwood was a graduate of St. Joseph's School.
She worked at the Tobin Packing Co. in Albany for about five years as a meat processor.
Survivors include her husband, Philip Lockwood, whom she married July 14, 1957; a daughter, C. Judith Caponi of Waterford; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be private. There will be no calling hours.
Burial will be in Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.
Arrangements are by the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9.
[Published 9-Dec-2001]

Stanley `Bud' DiStefano 
LOUDONVILLE - Stanley "Bud" DiStefano, 73, of Loudonville and North Miami Beach, Fla., died at home Saturday.
Mr. DiStefano was born in Green Island and lived there until moving to Loudonville in 1955.
He was a graduate of LaSalle Military Academy on Long Island and attended Siena College.
Mr. DiStefano was vice president of the Green Island Contracting Corp. for many years before retiring in 1984.
He was vice president of Lodi Realty in Albany, a former Region 1 director of the Association of General Contractors, a former member of the board of directors at Albany Memorial Hospital, and a communicant of St. Pius X Church in Loudonville and St. Mary Magdalene Church in North Miami Beach.
Survivors include his wife, Janet Jeavons DiStefano; a son, Stanley L. DiStefano Jr. of Menands; five daughters, Nancy J. Burbridge of Ballston Lake, Laurie Todd of Claverack, Janice M. DiStefano of Rotterdam, Susan M. Allen of Ballston Lake and Anne B. DiStefano of Latham; a brother, Walter V. DiStefano of Tampa, Fla.; and 15 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Pius X Church.
Entombment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.
Contributions in Mr. DiStefano's memory may be made to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany 12205.
Arrangements are by the McNulty Funeral Home, 147 Hudson Ave., Green Island.
[Published 9-Dec-2001]

Theodora Sowek 
EAST GLENVILLE - Mrs. Theodora Krupa Sowek, 81, of Woodside Drive, died Friday at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady.
Mrs. Sowek was born in Newark, N.J., and graduated from Germantown High School.
She lived in Albany for 10 years and was employed by Montgomery Ward for seven years.
Mrs. Sowek moved to Glenville in 1957.
She was a member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception.
Survivors include her husband, Stanley A. Sowek, whom she married Oct. 4, 1947; two sons, Lawrence V. Sowek of Clifton Park and Richard E. Sowek of Latham; and two grandsons.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Memory's Garden, Colonie.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union St., Schenectady 12308, or to the Sisters of Mercy, 27 N. Main Ave., Albany 12203.
[Published 9-Dec-2001]

William H. Hoffman 
POESTENKILL - William H. Hoffman of Snyders Corners Road died Saturday at Samaritan Hospital in Troy after a long illness.
Born in Poestenkill, Mr. Hoffman lived here all his life and was educated in Poestenkill schools.
He was employed at Sterling Winthrop in Rensselaer as a machinist for 40 years, retiring 19 years ago.
Mr. Hoffman was a member of the Poestenkill Evangelical Lutheran Church and an Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Rose Snyder Hoffman; two daughters, Cheryl Durgan of Maine and Darlene Belleard of Latham; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A service is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the DeGraaf-Bryce Funeral Home, 4392 Route 150, West Sand Lake.
Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Troy.
Calling hours will be 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the Poestenkill Fire Company or to the Poestenkill Ambulance, Poestenkill 12140, in memory of Mr. Hoffman.
[Published 9-Dec-2001]

John Kusaywa, 83, veteran, owned Johnnie's Grocery 
COHOES - John Kusaywa, who, with his wife, owned and operated Johnnie's Grocery Store on Bridge Street for 35 years before retiring, died Friday in Atlantic City, N.J. Mr. Kusaywa, of Cohoes, was 83.
Born in Utica, Mr. Kusaywa was educated in Cohoes schools.
He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and earned a Purple Heart.
Mr. Kusaywa was a member of the American Legion, the Disabled War Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He also was a member of the Senior Tuesdays Bowling League.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Ida Francolini Kusaywa; two daughters, Linda Kusaywa and Connie Killian; a sister, Mary Hayostek; two brothers, Steve Kusaywa and Walter Kusaywa; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
A service is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Marra Funeral Home, Remsen and Columbia streets, where calling hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Contributions in memory of Mr. Kusaywa may be made to St. Rita's/Sacred Heart Church.
[Published 10-Dec-2001]

Warren A. Busseno Sr., 73, former chef for Russo's 
SCHENECTADY - Warren A. Busseno Sr., who was a chef for Russo's Restaurant in Amsterdam for 12 years, died at home Saturday after a long illness. Mr. Busseno, of Avenue A, was 73.
Mr. Busseno was born in Fort Johnson. He moved from Amsterdam to the Schenectady/Scotia area four years ago.
He retired from Russo's Restaurant in 1999.
Mr. Busseno was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous.
An Army veteran of World War II, he served in the Pacific.
Survivors include his wife of four years, Mary Ellen Phlipsak Busseno; two sons, George Busseno and Warren A. Busseno Jr., both of Amsterdam; two daughters, Michelle Person and Kimberly Brumley, both of Amsterdam; two stepsons, Michael Roach and Harry W. Letko, both of Schenectady; a stepdaughter, Glenna Roach of Schenectady; a sister, Theresa Malley of Broadalbin; a brother, Howard Busseno of Amsterdam; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Westminster United Presbyterian Church, 1690 Avenue A.
Entombment will be in Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.
There will be no calling hours.
Contributions may be made to St. Mary's Hospital, Alcohol Rehabilitation, 427 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam 12010, in memory of Mr. Busseno.
Arrangements are by the Bekkering-Ellis Funeral Home, 1 Mohawk Ave., Scotia.
[Published 10-Dec-2001]

William Reid, 79, bomber pilot 
LONDON - William Reid, a World War II bomber pilot whose determination to reach his target despite serious wounds and a badly damaged plane earned him Britain's highest military honor, has died. He was 79.
Reid died Nov. 28 at his home in Crieff, Scotland, his family said.
Reid was captain of a Royal Air Force Lancaster bomber that set out for Duesseldorf, Germany on Nov. 3, 1943.
Attacked by a German fighter over the Netherlands, the plane was badly damaged and Reid wounded in the head, shoulders and hands. He flew on, but a second German attack killed the Lancaster's navigator, fatally wounded the radio operator and knocked out the oxygen supply. Reid also suffered further wounds, but flew on for 50 minutes and dropped his bombs on their target.Dizzy from loss of blood and the bitter cold - the windshield had been shattered - Reid managed to fly the crippled plane back to England. Reid was awarded the Victoria Cross for the mission.
Reid recovered from his wounds and went on to fly missions over France. In July 1944, his plane was hit by a bomb dropped by another Lancaster during an attack. Reid ejected and was captured by the Germans. He ended the war at Luckenwalde prison camp. 
[Published 10-Dec-2001]

Johnny Stearns, television pioneer 
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Johnny Stearns, who wrote the popular "Mary Kay and Johnny" show during its 2 1/2-year run and went on to a career as a television producer, director and host, died Wednesday at a Newport Beach, Calif., hospital of complications from a fall. He was 85.
Before Lucy and Desi, George and Gracie, and Ozzie and Harriet, there was Mary Kay and Johnny.
In the fall of 1947, Johnny and Mary Kay Stearns made TV history playing "themselves" as young New York newlyweds in a pioneering television situation comedy, "Mary Kay and Johnny."
The weekly 15-minute show was broadcast live from New York, beginning on the old DuMont Network and later moving to NBC and CBS. The character of Johnny, the more serious of the pair, was a banker; and Mary Kay was his homemaker wife, who was prone to getting into odd predicaments.
Stearns produced Steve Allen's precursor to "The Tonight Show" on WNBC-TV in New York and produced and directed "The Arthur Murray Dance Party" on NBC.
In 1961, after moving to Los Angeles, he began a long-running career in public affairs television as producer and host of "Agriculture U.S.A." on NBC. Later known as "AG-USA," it ran on NBC stations until 1990 and continues in syndication.
After 40 years and 1,100 episodes, Stearns recorded a voice-over for the final episode of the show only days before he died.
Born in Billerica, Mass., in 1916, Stearns began acting at age 14.
He made his Broadway debut in "Night Music" with the Group Theater and performed in "One Touch of Venus" with Mary Martin, "On the Town" and "Are You With It."
It was during this period that he met Mary Kay Jones, whom he married in 1946.
In addition to his wife, Stearns is survived by sons Christopher Jonathan; daughter Melinda; and one grandson.
[Published 10-Dec-2001]

David Astor, 89, editor, activist 
LONDON - David Astor, editor of Britain's respected Observer newspaper for 27 years and a dedicated anti-apartheid campaigner for decades, has died. He was 89.
Astor died in his sleep Friday, the newspaper said Sunday. It did not give the cause of death.
Nelson Mandela, the former South African president, described Astor as "a loyal friend."
"Under him, the Observer supported the African National Congress from the early years of apartheid, when we most needed it and when most newspapers ignored it," Mandela said Saturday.
"I will always remember the generosity and loyalty of David, both as a friend and supporter of our movement and South African Democracy," Mandela said.
A Buckingham Palace official said Queen Elizabeth II was "deeply saddened" at the news of Astor's death.
In its obituary, The Daily Telegraph said Astor "proved himself one of the outstanding editors of the post-war period, transforming his family's newspaper ... from a staid organ of the Establishment into the leading forum of English liberalism."
He is survived by his second wife, Bridget, whom he married in 1952, and their two sons and three daughters, as well as the daughter from his first marriage.
[Published 10-Dec-2001]

Anthony J. Maddaloni 
ROTTERDAM - Anthony J. Maddaloni, who was a longtime employee of the General Electric Co., died Sunday at the Our Lady of Mercy Life Center in Guilderland. Mr. Maddaloni, of Merritt Drive, was 88.
Born in Amsterdam, Mr. Maddaloni lived most of his life in the Schenectady area.
Before World War II, he was a member of the Army National Guard 27th Infantry Division.
Mr. Maddaloni worked for 44 years as a supervisor in the insulating materials department for GE in Schenectady, retiring in 1973.
He was a member of the Mount Carmel Holy Name Society and a church usher.
Mr. Maddaloni also was a member of the Rotterdam Senior Citizens and the GE Quarter Century Club.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Antimina Gallo Maddaloni; a daughter, Rose Marie Zanta of Guilderland; two sons, Dominick Maddaloni of Guilderland and Anthony Maddaloni of New Scotland; a brother, Joseph Maddaloni of Schenectady; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Ave., followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 9 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Pleasant Street.
Burial will be in Memory's Garden, Colonie.
Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Our Lady of Mercy Life Center in care of the St. Peter's Hospital Foundation, 317 S. Manning Blvd., Albany 12208.
[Published 10-Dec-2001]

Helen Fortune 
BALLSTON SPA - Mrs. Helen F. Fortune, 84, of Ballston Avenue, died Friday at Saratoga Hospital.
Mrs. Fortune was born in Brooklyn and was a graduate of John Jay High School there.
She had lived in Rockville Centre, Long Island, for 16 years before moving to Ballston Spa.
Mrs. Fortune worked in the manufactured home business for many years.
She was married to the late George T. Fortune for 30 years.
Survivors include four sons, Gerard Fortune and Joseph Fortune, both of Ballston Spa, Terrence Fortune of Galway and Kenneth Fortune of Schuylerville; and five grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Milton Avenue.
Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.
Calling hours will be 7 to 9 tonight at the Armer Funeral Home, 39 E. High St.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville 12211.
[Published 10-Dec-2001]

Irene Pingelski 
HALFMOON - Mrs. Irene Pingelski, who was employed in the food service department of Shenendehowa Central School in Clifton Park for 13 years, died at home Saturday after a long illness. Mrs. Pingelski, of Fellows Road, was 56.
Mrs. Pingelski was born, raised and educated in Poland and came to this country in 1964.
She retired recently from the Shenendehowa Central School due to illness.
Earlier, Mrs. Pingelski and her husband owned and operated Clifton Country Farms in Halfmoon.
She was a member of the Night Owls Ladies Home Bureau and a communicant of St. Michael's Church in Cohoes.
Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Adam G. Pingelski; two sons, David Pingelski and Derek Pingelski, both of Halfmoon; a daughter, Caroline M. Packard of Ballston Lake; a brother, Roman Zaloga of Poland; and two sisters, Halina Jablonowska and Jadzia Tuszkiewicz, both of Poland.
Services will be at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park, and at 9:30 at St. Michael's Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery, Waterford.
Calling hours will be 2 to 4 this afternoon and 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Clifton Park Fire Department, 38 Old Route 146, Clifton Park 12065, or to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs 12866, or to St. Michael's Church, 36 Page Ave., Cohoes 12047.
[Published 10-Dec-2001]

Janet Hughes 
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Mrs. Janet L. Hughes, who was an artist and a member of the Saratoga County Arts Council, died at home Saturday. Mrs. Hughes, of the Embury Apartments on Lawrence Street, was 87.
Mrs. Hughes was born in Brooklyn. She attended Cornell University as a member of the Class of 1935.
She was a resident of Saratoga Lake for most of her life.
Many of her works have been displayed at several area shows. She currently has a painting in the traveling art show for the New York State Nursing Home Association.
Her husband, Walter E. Hughes, died in 1960.
Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Ferradino of Malta; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be private. There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs 12866.
Arrangements are by the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing Cunniff funeral homes, 628 N. Broadway.
[Published 10-Dec-2001]

Lillian Dawson 
BALLSTON SPA - Mrs. Lillian Lehman Dawson, 90, died Saturday at Maplewood Manor.
Mrs. Dawson was born in Brooklyn and lived there most of her life before moving to Long Island and most recently to Schenectady.
As a young woman, she worked for the New York Telephone Co.
Later, Mrs. Dawson was a waitress on Long Island.
She sang opera in Manhattan and Brooklyn for much of her life.
She was the widow of Lloyd Gessler and Harold Dawson.
Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Nacy of Saratoga Lake, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs.
Burial will follow in North Milton Cemetery.
Calling hours will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Simone Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs.
[Published 10-Dec-2001]

Pauline Schwartz 
AMSTERDAM - Miss Pauline Schwartz, 88, of Bullshead Road, died Saturday at the Liberty Bullshead Intensive Care Facility, where she had lived since 1990.
Miss Schwartz was born in New York City.
In 1925, she was cared for at the Letchworth Development Center in New York City. In 1981, she moved to the Wilton Developmental Center.
Miss Schwartz had participated in the Liberty Day Treatment program since 1987 and resided at a family care home in Palatine Bridge before moving to her present residence.
She also participated in the Liberty Day Treatment Seniors Program at Bullshead Road.
There are no immediate survivors.
A service will be held at 1:30 this afternoon at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave.
Burial will be in Temple of Israel Cemetery, Cranesville.
A calling hour will precede the service at the funeral home.
Contributions in memory of Miss Schwartz may be made to Liberty or to the Montgomery County SPCA in care of the funeral home.
[Published 10-Dec-2001]

Phyllis W. Carver 
ALBANY - Mrs. Phyllis W. Carver, 93, of the Teresian House, died there Sunday. She had lived at the nursing home since February 1998.
Mrs. Carver was born in Newtonville, Mass., and raised in Worcester, Mass., where she graduated from high school.
She received an undergraduate degree from Springfield College and a master's degree from the University of Connecticut.
Mrs. Carver operated a private kindergarten in her home in Hampden, Maine, for 14 years.
She taught second grade for seven years and served for seven years on the staff of the Cooperative Special Service Center as head of the speech therapy program in the public schools of four towns in Connecticut.
Mrs. Carver was the recording secretary of the Connecticut Speech and Hearing Association for three years.
She was a piano soloist in churches in the Springfield area.
She was a former resident of Largo, Fla.
Her husband, Wells E. Carver, whom she married in 1929, died in 1987.
Survivors include two sons, the Rev. Sherwood E. Carver and Richard Carver of Granby, Mass.; a daughter, Janice Carver of Baltimore, Md.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Teresian House Chapel.
[Published 10-Dec-2001]

Robert L. Garner Jr. 
ROTTERDAM - Robert L. Garner Jr., who had been employed by SOFCO in Scotia since 1975, died Saturday at Bassett Hospital of Schoharie County in Cobleskill. Mr. Garner, of Edgewood Avenue, formerly of Mariaville Road in Princetown, was 54.
Born in Niskayuna, Mr. Garner was a graduate of Schalmont High School.
Mr. Garner served as a sergeant in the Air Force, stationed in Japan.
He was married to Betty A. Garner, who died in 1992.
Survivors include a daughter, Michell Garner of Rotterdam; a son, Robert J. Garner of Rotterdam; his parents, Robert Garner Sr. and Evelyn Garner of Rotterdam; two brothers, Sheridan Garner of Plattsburgh and William Garner of Rotterdam; two sisters, Karen Rios of Scotia and Linda Laczo of Rotterdam; two grandchildren; and his companion, Phyllis Aldi of Rotterdam.
A service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Ave.
Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Dunnsville Road.
Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
[Published 10-Dec-2001]

Steven Mihalik 
MAYFIELD - Steven E. Mihalik, who was a veteran of World War II, died at home Saturday. Mr. Mihalik, of Houseman Street, was 82.
Mr. Mihalik was born in Newark, N.J.
He was employed by Engelhard in Newark and lived in Iselin, N.J., before retiring in 1984.
He was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Northville.
During World War II, Mr. Mihalik served in the Pacific as a private first class in the Army's 246th Field Artillery.
His wife, Helen Glosenger Mihalik, whom he married July 19, 1946, died in 1986.
Survivors include a son, Larry Mihalik of Northville; a daughter, Loretta Vitello of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; a brother, John Mihalik of Livingston, N.J.; a sister, Anne Zemla of Mountainside, N.J.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday at St. Philomena Church, 386 S. Livingston Ave., Livingston.
Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, N.J.
Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Northville Funeral Home, 401 Bridge St., Northville, and 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, 145 E. Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston.
[Published 10-Dec-2001]

Terry Jones 
SCHENECTADY - Mrs. Terry Lee Jones, who was employed at Regent College in Albany as a student counselor, died Friday at St. Clare's Hospital after a short illness. Mrs. Jones, of Rankin Avenue, was 42.
Mrs. Jones was born in Tarrytown and was a graduate of Ossining High School and the American International College in Springfield, Mass. She moved to Schenectady in 1996.
Her husband, Kurby Jones, died in 1997.
Survivors include a son, Jason McKreith of Schenectady; a daughter, Michel McKreith of Schenectady; her parents, Elmer and Carolyn Jones of Ossining; and a sister, Alicia Jones of Westport, Conn.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Daly Funeral Home, 242 McClellan St.
Calling hours will be 5 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery.
[Published 10-Dec-2001]

Todd M. LaClair 
AVERILL PARK - Todd M. LaClair, who had been a pipe fitter for Lydall Manning in Green Island for the last 13 years, died Sunday in Old Forge from injuries received in a snowmobile accident. Mr. LaClair, of Meadow Road, was 39.
Mr. LaClair was born in Malone. He lived in Churubusco for four years and resided most of his life in Averill Park. He was educated at Averill Park High School and the Modern School of Welding in Schenectady.
While in high school, Mr. LaClair was a member of the wrestling team.
Survivors include his parents, Christina Miller Groves of Waterford and Richard P. LaClair of Wynantskill; two sons, Branden Michael LaClair and Bradley Todd LaClair, both of Averill Park; a stepson, William Mahar of Averill Park; a sister, Penny Malone of Schodack; two stepbrothers, Robert Scott Groves of Nassau and Darren W. Groves of Averill Park; and his fiance, Brenda J. Mahar.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Henry's Church.
Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Bryce Funeral Home, Pawling and Maple avenues, Troy. Burial will be in St. Henry's Cemetery.
Contributions may be made in Mr. LaClair's memory to the Averill Park Wrestling Club in care of the Bryce Funeral Home, 276 Pawling Avenue, Troy.
[Published 10-Dec-2001]


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