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Paul R. Horth, 79, veteran, served with Gen. Stilwell 
CHURCHVILLE - Paul R. Horth, who was an Army veteran of World War II, serving with Gen. Stilwell's Burma Bridge Brigade, died Wednesday at the home of his daughter in Clifton Park. Mr. Horth, of Churchville, was 79.
Born in Oneonta, Mr. Horth attended Oneonta High School.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Churchville.
Mr. Horth was a bulldozer operator for the D&H Railroad. He was a bus driver and custodian for the Sidney Central School System for 15 years and later worked in the maintenance department at Security Trust Bank in Spencerport and also at Terrell's Remodeling in Churchville.
His wife, Sarah Wright Horth, whom he married Nov. 15, 1947, died in 1980.
Survivors include a daughter, Gail H. Ziegler of Clifton Park; four sisters, Ione Sprague of Clifton, N.J., Josephine Parsons of Oneonta, Kathereen Toth of Mt. Vision, and Bertha Redmond of East Guilford; and two brothers, Jesse Horth of Oneonta and Willis Horth of Laurens.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the C.H. Landers Funeral Home, Main Street, Sidney.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ballston Lake Volunteer Ambulance Service, 1123 Route 146A, Ballston Lake, NY 12019; or to the Jonesville Volunteer Fire Company, 953 Main St., Clifton Park, NY 12065.
Arrangements are by the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, Clifton Park.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Dr. John L. Shields, former assistant medical examiner 
NISKAYUNA - Dr. John L. Shields, who was the assistant medical examiner for Schenectady County for many years, died Sunday at home after a short illness. Dr. Shields, of Godfrey Lane, was 77.
Born in Cohoes, Dr. Shields lived in Niskayuna since 1960. He was a graduate of CBA, Siena College and later Albany Medical College in 1951.
He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was wounded in Europe and was the recipient of the Purple Heart.
Dr. Shields was a physician at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory during the 1950s and 1960s. He was the head of nuclear medicine at St. Clare's Hospital before retiring in 1990. He was in private practice with Dr. Richard Lang and had his own private practice in Schenectady, retiring in the late 1980s.
He was a member of the Medical Society of Schenectady County and the Mohawk Golf Club.
Dr. Shields was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church.
His wife of 50 years, Alice McCaffrey Shields, died in January of this year.
Survivors include two sons, John L. Shields Jr. of Munster, Ind., and Brian T. Shields of Schenectady; a daughter, Christina A. Ward of Alpharetta, Ga.; and four grandchildren.
The services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Jones Funeral Home, 1503 Union St., Schenectady, and at 10 a.m. a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima Church. Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Cohoes.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Fatima Renovation Fund, 2216 Rosa Road, Schenectady, NY 12309.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Ralph J. Lippitt, 81, veteran, received two Purple Hearts 
WATERVLIET - Ralph J. Lippitt, who was an Army veteran of World War II and the recipient of two Purple Hearts, died Monday at St. Mary's Hospital after being stricken at home. Mr. Lippitt, of Fifth Avenue, was 81.
Mr. Lippitt was born and raised in Albany.
Mr. Lippitt worked for the Delaware & Hudson Railway for more than 25 years and later for the town of Coeymans Highway Department before retiring due to a disability.
He was a member of the Watervliet and Ravena-Coeymans Veterans of Foreign Wars.
His wife, Pauline DeCrescenzo Lippitt, died in 1997.
Survivors include three sons, Keith P. Lippitt of Clinton, Conn., Kevin J. and Gary P. Lippitt, both of Albany; three daughters, Gail A. Arrington of Barto, Pa., Denise Suriano of Troy and Lynn Kuhen of Temple, Texas; two brothers, Edward Lippitt of Dayton, Ohio, and William Lippitt of Bedford, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, and at 9 a.m. a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart of Mary Church.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Marie J. Shook 
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Mrs. Marie J. Shook, 90, of Saratoga Springs, died on Friday.
Born in Fruit Ridge, Mich., Mrs. Shook was a 1929 graduate of Adrian High School. She also graduated from the Ft. Wayne Beauty College. She lived in Minnesota, Illinois, California, Oklahoma and Texas before settling in Adrian, Mich. Mrs. Shook was a beautician until her marriage.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Adrian and served in various church offices and its service organizations.
Mrs. Shook and her husband were the founders of Adrian Insulators which they operated until retiring in 1965. She moved to Sun City Center, Fla. in 1983 and relocated to Saratoga Springs in 1995 to be near her son.
She was a member of the Airstream Wally Byam Travel Club.
Her husband, John Shook, died in 1990.
Survivors include a son, Dr. Dale Shook of Saratoga Springs; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Adrian in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Maumee Street, Adrian, MI 49221.
Arrangements are by the William J. Burke & Sons-Bussing & Cuniff Funeral Homes.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Angeline Schewe 
EAST GREENBUSH - Mrs. Angeline Milianese Schewe, who was a line package worker for the Sterling Winthrop Co. for more than 20 years, died Sunday at Resurrection Rest Home, Castleton, after a short illness. Mrs. Schewe, of Miller Road, was 87.
Born in the Bronx, Mrs. Schewe lived most of her life in the Capital Region.
She retired from Sterling Winthrop in 1979.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond F. Schewe; two daughters, Natalie F. Moore of Nassau and Dolores S. Doonan of East Greenbush; three sisters, Nellie Langanbach of East Greenbush, Florence Scaccia of Nassau and Anna Pastore of Watervliet; a brother, Arthur Milianese of East Greenbush; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Rockefeller Funeral Home, 165 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer, and at 9:30 a.m. the Liturgy of Christian burial will be celebrated at the Church of the Holy Spirit, East Greenbush.
Calling hours will be from 4 this afternoon until 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Burial will be at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Resurrection Rest Home Van Drive Fund, 90 N. Main St., Castleton, NY 12033.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Anna Bichler Betzler 
GLENVILLE - Mrs. Anna Bichler Betzler, 76, of Maybrook Drive, died Saturday at home after a long illness.
Mrs. Betzler was born in Nuremberg, Germany. She came to this country in 1952 and lived in New York City, where she was a secretary for a yarn manufacturing company . She moved to Glenville in 1958.
Mrs. Betzler owned the Glenville Knitting Knook, a yarn shop on Saratoga Road, retiring several years ago.
She was a member of the Schenectady Turn-Verein.
Survivors include her husband, Michael Betzler, whom she married Dec. 6, 1958; two brothers, Ludwig Bichler and Rudolf Bichler, both of Nuremberg; and three sisters, Paulene Schlapp, Marie Weiss and Eliese Kurz, all of Nuremberg.
A service is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Glenville Funeral Home, 9 Glenridge Road, East Glenville. Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions maybe made to Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union St., Schenectady 12308.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Barbro Jervis 
SCHOHARIE - A private service will be held for Mrs. Barbro E. Jervis, 86, of Route 443, who died Saturday at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home, Albany.
Mrs. Jervis was born in Stockholm, Sweden.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Jervis was the widow of John Jervis.
Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Pruitt of Schoharie; a son, John Jervis of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Cremation took place at Cremation Funeral Service, Delmar.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Bertha Earing 
CANAJOHARIE - Mrs. Bertha M. Earing, 93, of Cliff Street, died Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam after a short illness.
Born in Morrisonville, Mrs. Earing was educated at the former Morrisonville Country School in Clinton County. She resided in Plattsburgh before moving to Canajoharie in 1943.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Earing was a member of St. Peter and St. Paul Roman Catholic Church and its Altar Rosary Society. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and Court Catherine Esther 1264.
Her husband, Carl C. Earing Sr., whom she married June 15, 1925, died in 1975. Her son, Carl C. Earing Jr., died last year.
Survivors include five daughters, Bernice Susi, Norma Fiacchi and Esther Nurnberger, all of Canajoharie, Iona Vaccaro of Wappinger Falls and Mickey Russo of Concord, N.H.; a son, James F. Earing of Earlville; 17 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
The services will be held at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home chapel, 20 Otsego St., and at 10 a.m. a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Peter and St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Cliff Street.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 this afternoon and 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Spring burial will be in St. Peter and St. Paul Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Cliff Street, Canajoharie; the Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 126, Canajoharie; or to the Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 28, Canajoharie 13317.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Catherine Comtois Gleason 
POESTENKILL - Mrs. Catherine Comtois Gleason of Poestenkill died Sunday at Albany Medical Center after a long illness.
Mrs. Gleason was born and educated in Cohoes.
She was a nurse at St. Peter's Hospital and at various nursing homes, retiring several years ago due to her health.
Mrs. Gleason was a communicant of the former St. Agnes Church, Cohoes. She was the widow of Roland Comtois.
Survivors include her husband, John S. Gleason; four daughters, Marion Heroux of Poestenkill, Kathy Comtois of Florida, JoAnn Comtois of Cohoes and Lori O'Konski of Alabama; five sons, Roland Comtois of Pleasantdale, Kenneth C. Comtois of Cohoes, Darrin and John Gleason Jr., both of Cohoes, and Michael Gleason of Clifton Park; a brother, Kenneth Radliff of Cohoes; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The service will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Dufresne Funeral Home, 216 Columbia St., Cohoes. Calling hours will be from 5 this afternoon until 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Arrangements are by the Looby Funeral Home, Cohoes.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Dorothy L. Bergeron 
BALLSTON SPA - Mrs. Dorothy L. Bergeron, who was a secretary for the Union Star and what is now The Daily Gazette, died Saturday at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady after a short illness. Mrs. Bergeron, of West High Street, was 80.
Born in Griffith, Ind., Mrs. Bergeron lived in Scotia before moving to Ballston Spa 30 years ago. She worked as a secretary for HUD and was a real estate broker for many years.
Mrs. Bergeron was a member of the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.
Her husband, Donald Bergeron, died in 1999.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna F. VanScoy of Ballston Spa and Kathy Marchesiello of Charlton; four sons, Robert Bergeron of Watervliet, Thomas Bergeron of Schenectady, John Bergeron of Clifton Park and Jack Degen of Richmond, Maine; a brother, Russell DeReamer of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and 12 grandchildren.
The services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church. Calling hours will be from 4 this afternoon until 7 tonight at the Wheeler Funeral Home, 25 Hyde Boulevard.
Burial will be in Saratoga National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, N.Y.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Ellen May Larucci 
SCHENECTADY - Private services will be held for Mrs. Ellen May Larucci, 92, of Kings Road, who died Sunday at the Glendale Nursing Home in Glenville.
Born in Schenectady, Mrs. Larucci was a lifelong area resident. Mrs. Larucci was a homemaker.
Her husband, Thomas Larucci, died in 1965.
Survivors include a daughter, Harriet Bowman of Mt. Airy, N.C.; two sons, Richard Gabriel of Womlesdorf, Pa., and Francis Larucci of Hatfield, Ark.; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
There are no calling hours.
Arrangements are by the Bond Funeral Home.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Helen Smith 
LEWES, Del. - Mrs. Helen Dittmar Smith, who worked for the General Electric Co. in Schenectady for 25 years, died Saturday at the home of her son after being stricken. Mrs. Smith, of Lewes, was 89.
Born in Schenectady, Mrs. Smith lived in Scotia and Altamont before moving to Clearwater, Fla. in 1973. She relocated to Lewes in 1998 to be with her son.
Mrs. Smith retired from GE in 1965 as a team leader in the Mica Products Division.
She was widow of Danforth Dittmar and Tom Smith.
Survivors include a son Robert Charles Barry of Dewey Beach and Lewes, Del.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Jude's Catholic Church, Route 1 and Five Points, in Lewes, Del. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes.
Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Scotia.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Historic Lewes Cat Society, P.O. Box 353, Lewes DE 19958.
Local arrangements are by the White Funeral Home of Scotia.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

John P. Urban 
BURNT HILLS - John P. Urban, 53, of Van Voast Drive, died Saturday in a hunting accident in the town of Tompkins, Delaware County.
Born in Schenectady, Mr. Urban was a lifelong area resident. He was educated in Schenectady schools.
He was employed for 35 years by the General Electric Co. in Schenectady in its large steam turbine generator department.
Mr. Urban was a communicant of St. Mary's Church and a member of the GE Quarter Century Club.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Williams Urban, whom he married Aug. 23, 1969; three daughters, Laurie Bridegroom of Johnsonville, Pamela Monaco of Lindenhurst, Ill., and Janet Urban of Dallas, Texas; a brother, James C. Urban of Central Islip; two sisters, Loretta Becker of Rotterdam and Marsha Feret of Richmondville; and six grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Kazyaka Funeral Home, 819 Eastern Ave., Schenectady, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Church.
Burial will be in Memory's Garden, Colonie.
Calling hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union St., Schenectady 12308, in memory of Mr. Urban.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Katherine Pfaffenbach 
SCHENECTADY - Mrs. Katherine M. Jelenic Pfaffenbach, who owned and operated Kathy's Beauty Shop in Rochester at one time, died Sunday at Northeast Special Care Facility in Rhinebeck. Mrs. Pfaffenbach, of Locust Avenue, was 82.
Born in Schenectady, Mrs. Pfaffenbach was a graduate of Nott Terrace High School.
She lived in Schenectady most of her life.
She was a dietician at Ellis Hospital for five years.
Mrs. Pfaffenbach retired as secretary of the Schenectady Police Department Community Center.
She was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts 357 and 1895 Ladies Auxiliaries.
Mrs. Pfaffenbach was a member of Emmanuel Frieden Church.
Her husband, Warren H. Pfaffenbach, died last year.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Davies of Rotterdam and Valerie Riggi of Schenectady; three sons, Ante, Vaughn and Karl Jelenic, all of Schenectady; a brother, Robert W. Haman of Jupiter, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Daly Funeral Home, 242 McClellan St.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Vale Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Emmanuel Frieden Church, 218 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, NY 12307.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Margaret D. White 
ROTTERDAM - Mrs. Margaret D. White, who was a floor supervisor for the F.W. Woolworth Co. in Schenectady for nearly 27 years, died Sunday at St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady. Mrs. White, of Third Avenue, was 87.
Mrs. White was born and educated in Schenectady. She retired from Woolworth's in 1976.
Mrs. White was a former president of the Clan MacCrae Ladies Auxiliary and a life member of the Carman Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for more than 50 years.
She was a member of the Carman United Methodist Church.
Her husband, Oliver P. "Bucky" White, died in 1957.
Survivors include a son, Harry O. White of Rotterdam; a daughter, Janet F. Towle of Dayton, Ohio; a brother, William Smylie of Schenectady; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Ave. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Memory's Garden, Colonie.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Carman United Methodist Church, 2350 Hamburg St., Schenectady, NY 12303.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Marie C. Sullivan 
MIDDLEBURGH - Miss Marie C. Sullivan, 74, of Huntersland Road, died Sunday at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady.
Born in Jersey City, N.J., Miss Sullivan was an office manager for Sears-Roebuck Co., first in New York City and later in Chicago when that office was moved. She was a communicant of St. Catherine's Church.
Survivors include a sister, Lillian Gannon of Middleburgh.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Catherine's Church. Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Palmer & Shaylor Funeral Home, 63 River St.
Burial will be in Middleburgh Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Catherine's Church or the Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley, P.O. Box 40, Howes Cave, NY 12092.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Mario D'Agostino 
SCHENECTADY - Mario D'Agostino, 67, of Woodlawn Avenue, died Sunday at home after a short illness.
Born and educated in Pondeladone, Province of Caserta, Italy, Mr. D'Agostino served in the Italian army. He came to this country in 1968, settling in Schenectady. He lived on South Avenue for 30 years before moving to Woodlawn in 1998.
He worked in construction in Italy and in Switzerland. He also worked in construction for the Mason and Labor Union Local 190 out of Albany for several years and the Palma Lumber Co. on Kings Road for 10 years. Subsequently, Mr. D'Agostino was a machinist in turbine blade manufacturing at the General Electric Co., retiring in 1995. After retiring, Mr. D'Agostino was employed by Gridley Crane & Sons and by Albany Pool.
Mr. D'Agostino was a communicant of St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Maria DiCaprio D'Agostino, whom he married in 1960; two daughters, Nicolina "Niki" Doepel and Maria "Lafeal" D'Agostino-Gannon, both of Schenectady; a son, Staff Sgt. Giuseppe D'Agostino of Schenectady; three brothers, Modini, Francisco "Chi" and Lazio D'Agostino, all of Pondeladone; three sisters, Andreanna, Rosa and Angela D'Agostino, all of Pondeladone; and five grandchildren.
The services will be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the N. Rossi & Sons Funeral Home, Union at North Jay streets, and at 9 a.m. a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Anthony's Church, Seward Place.
Calling hours will be from 5 this afternoon until 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12308.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Mary C. Good 
BALLSTON SPA - Mrs. Mary C. Good, 54, of Martin Avenue, died Saturday at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany.
Mrs. Good was born in Schenectady and was a 1964 graduate of St. Vincent DePaul Institute and a graduate of Schenectady County Community College with an associate's degree in art.
She also earned a bachelor's degree in child psychology from Empire State University.
At the time of her death Mrs. Good had worked for the Head Start/Even Start program in the Ballston Spa Central School District since 1980.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband, Alexander Good; a son, David Good of Ballston Spa; three daughters, Catherine Good and Teresa Glad, both of Saratoga Springs, and Karen Good of Brunswick; three sisters, Nancy Emerick of Syracuse, Cathleen Blanchard of Latham and Marcia Hunter of Wilton; a brother, Michael Emerick of Hershey, Pa.; and three grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Milton Avenue. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.
Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Armer Funeral Home, 39 E. High St.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1450 Western Ave., Albany 12203, in memory of Mrs. Good.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Mary Leonard 
BRATTLEBORO, N.C. - Mrs. Mary Bruno Leonard, 55, of Brattleboro, died Friday at home.
Born in Troy, N.Y., Mrs. Leonard was a 1966 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Business.
She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Tom J. Leonard; a daughter, Crystal Lee Leonard of Brattleboro; her parents, Rocci R. and Grace Daurio Bruno of Mechanicville; two sisters, Margaret Brownell of Mechanicville,, and Louise Lent of Paoli, Pa.; four brothers, Rocci Bruno Jr. of Albany, Patrick and Raymond Bruno, both of Mechanicville, and Victor Bruno of Sarasota, Fla.
Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Ann Cemetery, Cranston, R.I.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, P.O. Box 3814, Durham, NC 27710.
Arrangements are by the Bowling Funeral Home, Rock Mount, N.C.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Mary Perna 
GLOVERSVILLE - Mrs. Mary Perrella Perna, 95, of Gloversville, died Saturday at the Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home after a short illness.
Born in Gloversville, Mrs. Perna was employed at home as a glove maker by her husband and her brother, Joseph Perrella.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Church and its Rosary Society.
Mrs. Perna was a member of the 55-Plus Senior Citizens Club.
Her husband, Louis Perna Sr., whom she married Oct. 6, 1923, died in 1963.
Survivors include four daughters, Theresa Piazza of Troy, Congetta Putnam of Gloversville, Virginia Perna of Glens Falls and Linda Cook of Texas; six sons, Pasquale, David, and Raymond Perna, all of Gloversville, Donald Perna of Ilion, Fred Perna of Johnstown and Robert Perna of Watervliet; a brother, Alfred Perrella of Florida; 28 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
The services will be held at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., and 11:30 a.m. a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church. Calling hours will be from 5 this afternoon until 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Church, 189 Kingsboro Ave., Gloversville, NY 12078 or to charity.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Michael V. Itzo 
ROTTERDAM - Michael V. Itzo, who worked for the state of New York for nearly 27 years, died Monday at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany. Mr. Itzo, of Valentine Drive, was 54.
Born in Schenectady, Mr. Itzo was a 1965 graduate of Mont Pleasant High School. He graduated from Siena College with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
He was the assistant director at the Division of Cemeteries of the Department of State at the time of his death.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Itzo; a daughter, Amanda Itzo Robbins of Boston; a son, Michael D. Itzo of Schenectady; a stepdaughter, Amanda L. Hooker of Rotterdam; his mother, Beatrice Gilpin Itzo; and two sisters, Cindy Itzo Corcoran of Colonie and Patricia Gavingan of Rotterdam.
The services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Ave. Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Schenectady.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Richard L. Rubscha 
GLOVERSVILLE - Richard L. Rubscha, who was an Army veteran of the Korean War, died Sunday at home after a long illness. Mr. Rubscha, of East Ninth Avenue, was 71.
Born in Amsterdam, Mr. Rubscha was educated in Gloversville schools. He was a meat cutter at the former Acme Market and then at the former P&C supermarket, retiring in 1993.
He was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.
Mr. Rubscha was a member of the Johnstown Moose Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Donnelly Rubscha, whom he married Oct. 8, 1955; three sons, Richard Rubscha of Peoria, Ariz., Mark Rubscha of Caroga Lake and Thomas Rubscha stationed with the Navy in Norfolk, Va.; two daughters, Deborah Vainauskas of Hagaman and Susan Smith of Gloversville; two brothers, Paul Rubscha of Johnstown and Robert Rubscha of Mayfield; and seven grandchildren.
A prayer service will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St., followed at 9:30 at Sacred Heart Church where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Spring burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Johnstown.
Calling hours are from 5 to 8 this evening at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, NY 12078.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]

Sophia N. Gluckow 
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Mrs. Sophia Nina Gluckow, who taught first grade at the Division Street Elementary School for 43 years, died Monday at Pine Manor in Ballston Spa. Mrs. Gluckow, formerly of Seward Street, was 91.
Mrs. Gluckow was born in Poland.
She taught in New York City in her earlier years before moving to Saratoga Springs.
Mrs. Gluckow was a member of Congregation Shaara Tfille in Saratoga Springs.
She was the widow of Samuel Gluckow.
Survivors include three cousins, Rosalie Pulver of Florida, George Arrow of California and Naomi Lieber of Florida.
The service will be held at 2 this afternoon at the Simone Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. A calling hour will precede the service at the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Jewish Community Center Cemetery, Weibel Avenue. A gathering will follow at Congregation Shaara Tfille.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Division Street Elementary School, in care of Mary Ann Handy, 220 Division St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
[Published 11-Dec-2001]


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