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Wilma Harris, 79, was teacher in Burnt Hills and Albany 
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. - Retired teacher Mrs. Wilma Harris, 79, of Village Drive, died Thursday at the Fairview Baptist Home as a result of Alzheimer's Disease.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Mrs. Harris lived in Boston, Gainesville, Fla., St. Paul, Minn., and in Schenectady. She received a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Toronto and a master's from Boston University.
She taught physics and chemistry at Burnt Hills High School and later at the Albany Academy for Girls. She was also a home teacher in Schenectady.
Her husband, Dr. Lawrence A. Harris, died in 1982.
Survivors include a daughter, Dorothy Forbes of Villa Park, Ill.; a son, Daniel Harris of Toledo, Ohio; and two grandsons.
Mrs. Harris has made a gift to the Anatomical Gift Association.
Arrangements are by the D'Andrea Funeral Services of Chicago.
[Published 2-Dec-1998]

Melissa F. Lechman, 41, activewith Schenectady Light Opera 
SCHENECTADY - Mrs. Melissa F. Lechman, 41, of Van Vranken Avenue, died Tuesday at St. Peter's Hospice, Albany, after a long illness.
A lifelong Schenectady resident, Mrs. Lechman was a graduate of Linton High School, Schenectady County Community College, and the University at Albany.
For the past two years, she was a unit secretary at Ellis Hospital.
Mrs. Lechman was a member of the Thursday Musical Belles and the Octavo Singers. She was active in local theater productions and with the Schenectady Light Opera Company.
She was a member of St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband, Christopher Lechman; two sons, Justin Andrew Lechman and Alexander Joseph Lechman, both of Schenectady; her father, Joseph Ferro of Schenectady; and a brother, Joseph Ferro of Schenectady.
Services will be at 8:45 a.m. Friday at the DeLegge Funeral Home, 1346 Chrisler Ave., and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Helen's Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Glenville.
Calling hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Research Fund, 1450 Western Ave., Albany 12203; or Community Hospice at the Inn, St. Peter's Hospital, 315 S. Manning Blvd., Albany 12208.
[Published 2-Dec-1998]

Debra Bick Giemza, 42, nurse at Ellis Hospital 21 years 
SCHENECTADY - Former nurse Mrs. Debra Bick Giemza, 42, of Garner Avenue, died Tuesday at Ellis Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Utica, Mrs. Giemza was a 1976 graduate of St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing in Amsterdam. She moved to Schenectady in 1977.
She was a registered nurse at Ellis Hospital for 21 years, retiring in 1997 due to the onset of illness.
Mrs. Giemza was a member of Ladies Auxiliary 156, Knights of St. John International, in Utica. She was a volunteer at St. Helen's School.
She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Schenectady and served on the church's board of directors.
Survivors include her husband of 17 years, Paul Giemza; a son, Mark F. Giemza of Schenectady; a daughter, Sarah E. Giemza of Schenectady; her mother, Dorothy Flanders Bick of Utica; three brothers, Daniel Bick of Niskayuna, Charles Bick of Whitesboro and David Bick of Utica; and three sisters, Diane Cromer of Marcy, Karolyn Sayles of Sherrill and Dorothy Facci of Charlton.
The service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Gleason Funeral Home, 730 Union St.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Schenectady, St. Helen's School or the Church of the Nazarene.
[Published 2-Dec-1998]

Brent T. Aldrich 
TROY - Brent T. Aldrich, 26, of Fourth Avenue, died Nov. 25 at Samaritan Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Kaneohe, Hawaii, Mr. Aldrich was educated in Lansingburgh.
At one time, he was a mechanic for Midas Muffler in Clifton Park and Brunswick before retiring as a result of disability.
Survivors include his mother, Patricia Garrow Herb of Lansingburgh; his father, Glen Aldrich of Poulsbo, Wash.; a stepsister, Leah Herb; and his grandparents, Wilfred and Catherine Renaudette Garrow and Cecile Herb, all of Pleasantdale.
Services will be private.
Burial will be in Waterford Rural Cemetery.
Arrangements are by the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, Waterford.
[Published 2-Dec-1998]

Carmel Capone Adinolfi 
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Mrs. Carmel "Nancy" Capone Adinolfi, 83, of Oak Street, died Monday at home.
A lifelong Saratoga Springs resident, Mrs. Adinolfi was a press operator for Thompson Laundry for many years and also worked for the Espey Manufacturing Co. on Ballston Avenue.
She was a member of St. Clement's Church and the Principessa Elena Women's Society.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, George J. Adinolfi; a daughter, Mrs. Catherine Niznik of Porter Corners; a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Zorn of Saratoga Springs; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Clement's Church, Lake Avenue.
Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, West Avenue.
Calling hours will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Wm. J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home, during which the Principessa Elena Women's Society will meet at 10.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga Emergency Corps.
[Published 2-Dec-1998]

Caroline Green Moeske 
COLONIE - Mrs. Caroline Green Moeske, 88, of Valley View Apartments, died Nov. 23 at home after being stricken.
Born in Scotland, Mrs. Moeske lived in Green Island, Schenectady and, more recently, Colonie.
Mrs. Moeske worked at Whitehurst Printing for several years, retiring many years ago.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Watervliet.
Mrs. Moeske was the widow of Peter Albert Moeske.
Survivors include a son, Ronald Albert Moeske.
The service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Bryce Funeral Home, 276 Pawling Ave., Troy.
There will be no calling hours.
Burial will be in Elmwood Hill Cemetery, Troy.
Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Watervliet, 19 23rd St., Watervliet, NY 12189.
[Published 2-Dec-1998]

Emily Lombardi 
SCHENECTADY - Mrs. Emily Santelli Lombardi, 89, of Kings Road, formerly of Van Curler Avenue, died Monday at St. Clare's Hospital after a short illness.
Born in Waterford, Mrs. Lombardi lived most of her life in Schenectady.
For 10 years, she worked for the New York state Department of Taxation and Finance, retiring about 25 years ago.
Mrs. Lombardi was a member of St. Helen's Church.
She also was a Democratic committeewoman, a member of the Democratic Women's Club, and the Schenectady Women's Club.
Her husband, Carmen Lombardi, died in 1959; and her sister, Frances Sgarlata, died this past Oct. 23.
Survivors include three sisters, Alberta Parisi of Schenectady, Ida Roberts of Saratoga, and Clara Mauriello of Southbury, Conn.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Helen's Church.
Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Arrangements are by the Daly Funeral Home.
[Published 2-Dec-1998]

Hursell Dutcher 
GLOVERSVILLE - Private services will be held for Hursell K. Dutcher, 83, of Western Boulevard, who died Monday at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Gloversville, Mr. Dutcher was educated in Wheelerville schools. He was a lifelong area resident before entering the Wells Nursing Home in Johnstown in May.
He was a machine operator at the Gloversville Leather Co. for more than 30 years, retiring in 1976.
His wife, Clara Mae Grovenburg Dutcher, whom he married June 10, 1937, died in 1994. His daughter, Beverly A. Coons, died in September.
Survivors include three sons, Dewaine K. Dutcher of Johnstown, Douglas L. Dutcher of Rockwood and Kenneth S. Dutcher of Gloversville; a brother, Willis Dutcher of Johnstown; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
There will be no calling hours.
Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in Albany.
Arrangements are by the Walrath & Bushouer Funeral Home.
[Published 2-Dec-1998]

John Morgan Griffin Sr. 
SARATOGA SPRINGS - John Morgan Griffin Sr., 77, of Trotterview Estates, died Sunday at Saratoga Hospital.
Born in Luzerne, Pa., Mr. Griffin served with the supply battalion of the Army's 11th Armored Division during World War II.
For several years, he worked in the maintenance department of the New York Racing Association.
Survivors include a son, John M. Griffin Jr. of Saratoga Springs; a daughter, Margaret A. Kilbara of Saratoga Springs; a sister, Madaline Griffin of Scranton, Pa.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A service will be at 7 tonight at the Wm. J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home, 628 N. Broadway.
A calling hour will be prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1450 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203.
[Published 2-Dec-1998]

John Patierno 
SCHENECTADY - John P. Patierno, 98, of Oakland Avenue, died Tuesday at St. Clare's Hospital after a short illness.
Born in Alvingnion, Italy, Mr. Patierno lived in Schenectady since he was a young child.
For 49 years, he was a machinist for the General Electric Co., retiring in 1965.
Mr. Patierno was a member of the GE Quarter Century Club.
He also was a longtime communicant of St. Anthony's Church and a member of its Holy Name Society.
His wife, Michelina "Maggie" Isabella Patierno, died in 1972.
Survivors include two sons, Arthur D. and George W. Patierne both of Schenectady; a brother, Patsy Patierne of Glenville; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
Services will be at 10:15 a.m. Friday at the Griswold Funeral Home, 1867 State St., and at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony's Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Glenville.
Calling hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, during which the Holy Name Society will meet at 6 to conduct a service.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony's School in care of Sister Elisa.
[Published 2-Dec-1998]

Johnny Roventini, advertising icon 
WHITE PLAINS - Johnny Roventini, the pint-size bellboy who became one of the best-known figures in American advertising by shouting "Call for Philip Morris," has died. He was 88.
Roventini died Monday at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, said a nephew, Philip Roventini. The cause of death had not been determined. Roventini had lived with a brother in Chestnut Ridge for the last year after spending all his life in Brooklyn.
In 1933, Roventini was 22 and being promoted by the New Yorker Hotel as "the smallest bellboy in the world" at 48 inches tall when he met advertising man Milton Biow, who had an idea for a cigarette ad. Biow gave him a dollar "to locate Philip Morris."
"I had no idea that Philip Morris was a cigarette," he said later, and he strode through the hotel, shouting "Call for Philip Mor-rees."
That began a career that brought Roventini a lifetime contract and a salary of up to $50,000 - fabulous at the time. He was heard on popular live radio programs and on some of the most-watched television shows of the 1950s and 1960s, including "I Love Lucy," "Candid Camera" and the Red Skelton and Jackie Gleason shows.
Roventini, who was born into an immigrant Italian family, lived with his mother until she died in the 1960s and never married.
[Published 2-Dec-1998]

Leonard Marciniak 
AMSTERDAM - Leonard J. Marciniak, 75, of Jewett Street, died Tuesday at Amsterdam Memorial hospital after a long illness.
Born in Amsterdam, Mr. Marciniak was a 1941 graduate of the Wilbur H. Lynch High School.
He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and attended Arkansas State College while in the service.
Mr. Marciniak worked for the Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Mills for 15 years and later for Sears and Roebuck Co. in Amsterdam. Subsequently, he was employed at the store's Colonie location for 29 years where he was the manager of the print and sign shop. He retired in 1985.
Survivors include his wife, Filomena "Mena" Sarra Marciniak, whom he married May 4, 1947; two sons, Richard L. Marciniak of Schoharie and Robert J. Marciniak of Amsterdam; and four grandchildren.
The services will be held at 9:15 a.m. Friday at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., and at 10 a.m. a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Hospital Foundation or Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.
[Published 2-Dec-1998]

Linda Garber 
GLOVERSVILLE - Mrs. Linda Clark Garber, 56, of West Fulton Street Extension, died Monday at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital.
Born in Springville, Erie County, Mrs. Garber was raised in Wellsville, Allegheny County and was a 1960 graduate of Wellsville High School.
She was a nurse's aide at Nathan Littauer Hospital during the mid to late 1960s and also at the Fulton County Infirmary from 1977 to 1986. She was a private duty nurse until 1994, when she retired due to the onset of illness.
Mrs. Garber was a member of St. James Lutheran Church.
Survivors include her husband, Richard A. Garber, whom she married Oct. 5, 1968; three sons, Francis D. "Butch" McCracken Jr. of Gloversville, Michael E. McCracken of Connecticut and Matthew R. Garber of Gloversville; a stepdaughter, Kathy J. Garber-Gibson of Gloversville; a stepson, Richard J. Garber of Gloversville; a sister, Garri Jeannene Fredrickson of Dansville; and seven grandchildren.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Walrath & Bushouer Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 this afternoon and 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda.
Memorial contributions may be made to National Kidney Foundation, 23 Computer Drive East, Albany, NY 12205.
[Published 2-Dec-1998]

Michaline Yurchuk 
AMSTERDAM - Mrs. Michaline Yurchuk, 84, of Van Derveer Street, died Tuesday at Amsterdam Memorial hospital.
Born in Mikulyntsi, Ukraine, Mrs. Yurchuk was educated in Ukraine. She came to the Utica area in 1953 and later settled in Amsterdam.
Mrs. Yurchuk was a homemaker.
She was a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Her husband, Miroslav Yurchuk, whom she married Nov. 2, 1939, died August 28.
Survivors include a son, Irenaeus J. Yurchuk of Livingston, N.J.; and three grandchildren.
The services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Guzielek-Pomykaj Funeral Home, 13 Belmont Place, and at 11 a.m. a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Calling hours will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, during which a Panachada service will be held at 7:30.
Burial will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Orphans in Ukraine Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home.
[Published 2-Dec-1998]

Mildred Myers 
JOHNSTOWN - Mrs. Mildred Myers, 92, of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., formerly of Johnstown, died Monday at Marriott Caluso Harbour, Fort Myers, after a long illness.
Born in Amsterdam, Mrs. Myers lived most of her life in the Johnstown area before moving to Florida in 1996.
For 20 years, she was a cafeteria worker in Johnstown schools, retiring in 1970.
Mrs. Myers was a member of Southwest Baptist Church in Fort Myers Beach and Hoosic Valley Community Church in Schaghticoke. She was a former member of the First Baptist Church in Johnstown, where she was a primary Sunday school teacher for many years.
Her husband, Chauncey L. Myers, whom she married April 4, 1931, died in 1989.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra McElroy of Fort Myers Beach and Carol Green of Spencerport; a brother, Charles Holdorf of Cooperstown; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hoosic Valley Community Church, Schaghticoke, NY 12154.
[Published 2-Dec-1998]

Nina Watkins 
SHUSHAN - Mrs. Nina Jackson Watkins, 88, died Monday at home.
A lifelong Shushan resident, Mrs. Watkins was a graduate of Salem High School and earned a teaching certificate from Oneonta Normal School.
For many years, she taught elementary grades at Cambridge Central School, retiring in 1971.
Mrs. Watkins was a longtime member of Shushan United Methodist Church.
She also was a member and past matron of the Cambridge Valley Chapter Order of the Eastern Star; a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association; a longtime member of the Shushan Grange; a member of the Mary McClellan Hospital Auxiliary; and a volunteer at Cambridge and Salem schools.
Her husband, Edgar Watkins, died in 1964.
Survivors include three daughters, Marcia Logan of Redmond, Ore., Mary Ellen Nevin of Schenectady and Jane Grant of New Hartford; a sister, Eleanor Shaw of Shushan; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Shushan United Methodist Church.
Burial will be private in Woodlands Cemetery, Cambridge.
Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, 73 W. Main St., Cambridge, during which the OES will conduct a service at 5.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church in care of Mrs. Gayle Shaw, P.O. Box 122, Shushan, NY 12873; or to charity.
[Published 2-Dec-1998]

Raymond J. Oare 
GLOVERSVILLE - Raymond J. Oare, 66, of Gloversville, died Monday in Manning, S.C., after a long illness.
Born in Gloversville, Mr. Oare served with the Air Force as a gunner and precision photo operator from 1952 to 1974 when he retired.
Later for 12 years, he worked for the Gloversville and Johnstown Joint Wastewater and Treatment Facilities, retiring in 1988.
Mr. Oare was of the Roman Catholic faith.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Lair Oare, whom he married May 26, 1951; a daughter, Susan Martin of Grafton, Va.; a son, Steven Oare of Gloversville; six sisters, Ethel Ambrosino and Phylis Oare, both of Gloversville, Mary Smith of Johnstown, Gloria Dygert and Marilyn Fredericks, both of Palatine Bridge, and Jean Wohegemuth of Fort Plain; three brothers, James Oare of Gloversville, John Oare of Portsmouth, Va., and Paul Oare of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St., Johnstown.
Burial will be in Fern Dale Cemetery, Johnstown.
Calling hours will be 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
[Published 2-Dec-1998]

Ruth Gage Lambert 
SCHENECTADY - Mrs. Ruth Gage Lambert, 84, of DeWitt Street, formerly of Gage Road, Delanson, died Monday at the Hallmark Nursing Center in Rotterdam.
Born in Delanson, Mrs. Lambert lived there until moving to Schenectady in 1990. She was a graduate of Delanson High School.
Mrs. Lambert and her husband operated a dairy farm in Delanson until she became a nurse's aide at the Glendale Home. She worked at the home for 10 years, retiring in 1968. She later provided private home care.
She was a member of the former Duane Grange and attended the Annie Schaffer Senior Citizens Center in Schenectady.
Mrs. Lambert was a member of Trinity Reformed Church in Rotterdam.
Her husband, J. Austin Lambert, died in 1990.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia O'Clair of Rotterdam and Mildred Fink of Schenectady; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
The service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the White-Van Buren Funeral Home, 1779 Main St., Delanson.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Spring burial will be in Esperance Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to charity.
[Published 2-Dec-1998]

Ruthann Cohen 
ALBANY - Miss Ruthann Cohen, 56, of Arborwood Drive, Burlington, Mass., died of breast cancer Monday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Miss Cohen was born in Albany. A teacher, she began her career in the Ravena-Coeymans school system.
She moved to Boston and taught at the elementary level in the Lexington school system for 28 years.
Survivors include a brother, Marvin Cohen of Albany; and her companion, Richard Rosengard of Haverhill, Mass.
A service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Levine Memorial Chapel, 649 Washington Ave.
Burial will follow in Temple Israel Cemetery, Guilderland.
Contributions may be made to the Elsie and Louis Cohen Memorial Fund in care of Temple Israel, 600 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY, 12208.
[Published 2-Dec-1998]


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