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Willy Willendrup, manager of GE's DC motor section 
SCOTIA - Willy P. Willendrup, 81, of Country Fair Lane, died Feb. 12 at home after a long illness.
Born in Aarhus, Denmark, Mr. Willendrup lived in Copenhagen until 1958, when he moved to Schenectady.
In Copenhagen, he attended Gamel Hellerup Gymnastik Skole and Den Polytekniske Laereamstalt (Royal Technical Academy), where he earned a master's degree.
While living in Denmark, Mr. Willendrup worked for A/S Titan as an electrical design engineer for traction motors used by Danish State Railway System. He was in charge of this unit and also was a violinist with Titan's company orchestra from 1944 to 1958.
For 25 years, Mr. Willendrup worked in the large generator and motor division of the General Electric Co., retiring in 1983 as manager of the DC motor section.
During his career at GE, he designed large motors and generators for industrial and rolling mill power. He was a member of the engineering team that developed the present Class F mill motor and generator design. As senior design engineer, he prepared the electro-magnetic design standards for the Class F designs and conducted further component standardization through the years. He also was a consulting engineer on DC national standards (NEMA, IEEE).
Mr. Willendrup also served as a liaison engineer for DC motor and generator matters with GE's overseas affiliates, including those in Japan and Brazil. As manager of the DC Design Unit, he participated in design work, application decisions, and standardization. He also participated in various training courses, including the Professional Employee Management Course.
He was a member of the IEEE Working Group on the revision of IEEE-133, 1985, "Test Procedures for Direct Current Machines."
After retiring, Mr. Willendrup was a senior consultant for REM Technologies and Encotech Engineering.
He was a member of the Danish Ingenior Forening (DIF Danish P-E Society); Danish Brotherhood in American (DIF, H.C. Orsted 191); GE Elfun Society; a life member of the IEEE Society and GE Pensioneer.
Mr. Willendrup was a member of the Lutheran Church of Denmark.
Survivors include his wife, Elsie Willendrup; and a sister, Ethel Steen-Jorgensen of Copenhagen.
A service will be at 2 p.m. May 8 at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Route 50, Glenville.
Burial will be in September in Vestre Kirkegaard, Copenhagen.
Visitation will follow the service at the church parlor.
Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson's Research at Albany Medical Center.
Arrangements are by the Bond Funeral Home, Schenectady.
[Published 1-May-1999]

Anthony Giovanone, 77, owned the Empire Dental Laboratory 
SCHENECTADY - Anthony Giovanone, 77, died Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. Giovanone was born in Sorra, Italy, and moved to Schenectady when he was 4 years old.
He was a graduate of the former Nott Terrace High School, where he set records as a cross-country runner. He attended Syracuse University.
He was stationed in Oakland, Calif., during World War II and served with the Naval Dental Corps as a dental technician.
Mr. Giovanone was proprietor of the Empire Dental Laboratory in Schenectady for 47 years, until his retirement. He moved to Florida in the late 1980s.
He was a member of the National Board of Certified Dental Technicians and editor of the industry's national magazine for more than a decade.
Mr. Giovanone was former president of local 4th district, Dental Laboratory Guild; and a former president and state delegate of the National Dental Laboratory Association. He also served on the executive council of he National Association of Dental Laboratories.
As a youth, he served Mass at St. Anthony's Church. He was a member of St. Helen's Parish.
He was cross-country coach at Bishop Gibbons High School in the mid-1970s.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Eleanor Nolan Giovanone; three daughters, Mary Smith, Kathie DeGennaro and Angela Cullam, all of Schenectady; a son, Michael Anthony Giovanone of Schenectady; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. May 7 at St. Anthony's Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to any hospice program.
Arrangements were by the National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
[Published 1-May-1999]

Anna Turcins 
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Mrs. Anna Turcins, 96, formerly of the Stonequist Apartments, died Friday at the Maplewood Manor, Ballston Spa.
Born in Ludza, Latvia, Mrs. Turcins came to this country in 1949 and settled in this area.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include two sons, Jack J. Turcins of Middle Grove and Robert Turcins of Porter Corners; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
A service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Armer Funeral Home, 39 E. High St., Ballston Spa.
Burial will be in Greenfield Cemetery.
Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to charity.
[Published 1-May-1999]

Aurelia Sullivan 
RENSSELAER - Miss Aurelia Gloria Sullivan, 78, died Friday at Rosewood Gardens Nursing Home, East Greenbush, after a short illness.
Born in Lawrence, Mass., Miss Sullivan lived in Rensselaer most of her life.
She was a graduate of Van Rensselaer High School; a 1942 graduate of The College of Saint Rose; and the New York State Teachers College with a master's degree.
Miss Sullivan began teaching elementary school at St. John's Academy in Rensselaer. Subsequently, she taught at School 24 in Albany; the Winchendon, Mass., School; and the East Nassau Elementary School. For most of her teaching career, she was at School 2 in Troy, before retiring.
She was a member of the Troy Women's Club, the Business & Professional Women's Club, the Illium Literary Club, and the Thursday Morning Club.
Miss Sullivan was also a communicant of and a religious education teacher at St. Joseph's Church.
Survivors include a brother, Ferrin T. Sullivan of Averill Park; and a sister, Pamela Sullivan Murray of Troy.
Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Ave., and at 10:30 at St. Joseph's Church, where a Liturgy of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush.
Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church's restoration fund.
[Published 1-May-1999]

Barbara Arnason 
LOUDONVILLE - In Friday's Daily Gazette, the obituary for Mrs. Barbara Burt Arnason misstated the date of services.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. May 15 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 262 State St., Albany.
Arrangements are by the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, Clifton Park.
[Published 1-May-1999]

Esther A. Ogden 
ALBANY - Mrs. Esther A. Ogden, 84, of Albany, died Thursday at Albany Memorial Hospital.
A lifelong Albany resident, Mrs. Ogden worked for the New York state Department of Civil Service until retiring in 1978.
She was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church.
Survivors include her husband, William Ogden; four brothers, Dominik, Francis, Joseph and Michael Mariani, all of Albany; and a sister, Mary Smolinski of Albany.
Services will be at 9:45 a.m. Monday at the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 N. Allen St., and at 10:30 at Blessed Sacrament Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery.
Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, Our Lady of Hope Residence, Jeanne Jugan Lane, Latham, NY 12110.
[Published 1-May-1999]

Frances Hickok 
COLONIE - Mrs. Frances L. Hickok, 93, formerly of Colonie, died Thursday at the Hallmark Nursing Centre, Rotterdam.
Born in Schenectady, Mrs. Hickok was proprietor of the Tick-Tock Tavern for 25 years.
She was a communicant of St. Clare's Church.
Her husband, Stanley Hickok, died in 1951.
Survivors include two sons, Stanley G. Hickok of Schenectady and Ronald L. Hickok of Virginia; a daughter, Joan F. Small of Rotterdam; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Griswold Funeral Home, 1867 State St., Schenectady, and at 9 at St. Clare's Church, 1947 Central Ave., where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Burial will be in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna.
Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to charity.
[Published 1-May-1999]

Gloria Handelman 
CLIFTON PARK - Mrs. Gloria B. Handelman, 86, of Hollandale Apartments, died Friday at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady.
Born in Brooklyn, Mrs. Handelman lived most of her life in the New York City metro area before moving to the Capital Region in 1988.
She was a member of Congregation Beth Shalom.
Survivors include her husband of more than 60 years, Irving Handelman; two sons, Mark Handelman of New York City and Martin Handelman of Manalapan, N.J.; a daughter, Roberta Moses of Ballston Lake; and six grandchildren.
A service will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Agudat Achim Cemetery Chapel, Rotterdam.
Burial will be in Beth Shalom Cemetery, Rotterdam.
A period of mourning will be observed at the Handelman residence, 15B Hollandale Apartments, following burial Sunday through Tuesday evening.
Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Beth Shalom, Clifton Park Center Road, Clifton Park, 12065.
Arrangements are by the Levayah Chapels, Schenectady.
[Published 1-May-1999]

Harry Vetoich 
MAPLEWOOD - Harry Vetoich, 86, of Maplewood, died Friday at Samaritan Hospital, Troy, after being stricken at home.
A lifelong Maplewood resident, Mr. Vetoich served with the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.
For many of his working years, he was a meat cutter and operated Vetoich Meat Market. Later, he worked for the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. and Pantry Pride supermarkets, retiring from the latter at age 64. Subsequently, he worked part-time for Sky View Market in Latham.
Mr. Vetoich was a member of the Colonie Elks Lodge and the Menands Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
He was a communicant of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Watervliet.
Survivors include his wife, Pauline Zmud Vetoich, whom he married Jan. 9, 1943; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, and at 10 at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, both in Watervliet.
Burial will be in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Waterford.
Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, during which a Panikhyda service will be at 6:30.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church.
[Published 1-May-1999]

Henry Slezak 
ALBANY - Henry A. Slezak, 81, of Morris, N.Y., died Tuesday at the Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center Hospital.
Born in Poland, Mr. Slezak came to this country in the late 1930s.
He worked for the Schlitz Brewing Co. until retiring in the early 1970s.
Mr. Slezak was the widower of Florence Slezak.
Survivors include two sisters, Ludwika Sczewc of Poland and Wanda Murlik of Coral Springs, Fla.
Services will be in Morris.
Arrangements are by the Levayah Chapels, Schenectady.
[Published 1-May-1999]

Kenneth Pisarczyk 
AMSTERDAM - Kenneth Pisarczyk, 62, of Mathias Avenue, died Thursday at St. Mary's Hospital after being stricken.
A lifelong Amsterdam resident, Mr. Pisarczyk was a graduate of Wilbur H. Lynch High School and Albany Business College.
He was an insurance salesman for the John Hancock Insurance Co.
Mr. Pisarczyk was a parishioner of Good Shepherd Polish National Alliance Church.
He was a past president of the Life Underwriters Association and of the Sacred Heart Club; and a member of the Polish National Alliance.
At one time, Mr. Pisarczyk served with the Air Force.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Decowski Pisarczyk, whom he married Sept. 16, 1961; a son, James Pisarczyk of Amsterdam; a daughter, Kristan A. Tittle of Lunenburg, Mass.; and a sister, Charlene Bartman of Amsterdam.
A service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Riley Mortuary, 110 Division St.
Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
A calling hour will be prior to the service at the mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made to charity.
[Published 1-May-1999]

Lena Dillenbeck 
PALATINE - Mrs. Lena Smith Dillenbeck, 85, of Stone Arabia Road, died Thursday at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam, after a brief illness.
Born in Oppenhiem, Mrs. Dillenbeck was educated in area country schools and was a lifelong area resident.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Dillenbeck was of the Reformed faith.
Survivors include her husband, William C. Dillenbeck Sr. of St. Johnsville, whom she married Nov. 26, 1932; three sons, William C. Jr. and Jeffrey A. Dillenbeck, both of Fort Plain, and Kenneth G. Dillenbeck of Nelliston; a daughter, Betty L. Neri of Broadalbin; a sister, Thelma Rose of Fort Plain; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services and visitation will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 126, Canajoharie, 13317; or to charity.
Arrangements are by the Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, Canajoharie.
[Published 1-May-1999]

Marie Eskedal 
SCOTIA - Private services will be held for Mrs. Marie Eskedal, 92, of the Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, who died Thursday at the home after a long illness.
Born in Grimstad, Norway, Mrs. Eskedal lived in the Sharon Springs and Cobleskill areas at one time. She spent the summer months in the town of Day.
Mrs. Eskedal was a shipping clerk at the Floquil Co., in Lawyersville, retiring in 1969.
She was a member of the Calvary Assembly of God Church in Cobleskill.
Her husband, Peder Eskedal, whom she married in 1925, died in 1983.
Survivors include two sons, Robert A. Eskedal of Scotia and Arnold Eskedal of Lebanon, Conn.; two daughters, Doris Warner of Sharon Springs and Sandra Hayes of Lakeside, Mont.; a sister, Sandra Mason of Paradise, Calif.; 19 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at a later date at Calvary Assembly of God Church.
There will be no calling hours.
Burial will be in Cobleskill Rural Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the memorial fund at the Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 297 N. Ballston Ave., Scotia, NY 12302.
Arrangements are by the Robert A. Guffin Funeral Home, Cobleskill.
[Published 1-May-1999]

Raymond E. Wilson 
CLIFTON PARK - Raymond E. Wilson, 75, of Old Route 146, died Friday at Samaritan Hospital, Troy, after a brief illness.
Born in Melrose, Mass., Mr. Wilson served with the Army during World War II.
For more than 25 years, he was a truck driver for Holmes Transportation in Albany before retiring. Earlier, he was a trackman for B&M Railroad in Hoosick Falls.
Mr. Wilson was a member of Teamsters Union Local 294 in Albany.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Harrington Wilson; three sons, Raymond Charles Wilson of El Cajon, Calif., Harold Lewis Wilson of Waterford, and Robert Kenneth Wilson of Middletown, N.J.; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A service will be at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9.
Burial will be in Saratoga National Cemetery.
Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
[Published 1-May-1999]

Renee Reddy 
SARATOGA SPRINGS - A memorial Mass will be celebrated for Renee C. Reddy who died Saturday.
The service will be at noon today at the Church of St. Peter, Broadway.
Arrangements are by the Tunison Funeral Home.
[Published 1-May-1999]

Stephen Butler, co-owner of the Butler Dairy Farm 
BALLSTON SPA - Stephen Dudley Butler, 84, of Highland Drive, died Friday at home after a long illness.
Born in Stillwater, Mr. Butler was reared in Willow Glen and was a 1933 graduate of Ballston Spa High School. He was a lifelong area resident.
During World War II, he served with the Army transportation corps.
Mr. Butler and his brother were proprietors of the Butler Dairy Farm in Mechanicville from 1946 until retiring in 1975.
He was a member of Ballston Spa United Methodist Church since 1926 and a former chair of the trustees.
Mr. Butler was also a member of the Franklin Masonic Lodge for more than 40 years and a past master; a member of the Royal Arch Masons Warren Chapter for more than 30 years and a past high priest; and a member of Order of the Shriners Oriental Temple.
He was a founding member of Cub Scout Pack 1 and a former member of Boy Scout Troop 1; former member of the Ballston Spa Village Cemetery board; and a member of the 70-Plus Ski Club who skied until this past February.
Survivors include his wife, Eldonna "Toni" Heath Butler, whom he married June 27, 1942; a daughter, Alicia Butler Todaro of Cohoes; two sons, Stephen C. Butler of South Glens Falls and Jeffrey A. Butler of Ballston Spa; a brother, Richard D. Butler of Mechanicville; two sisters, Gertrude Rennie of Gulf Port, Fla., and Marjorie Schoenecker of Sarasota, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church.
Burial will be in Ballston Spa Village Cemetery.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Regional Center at St. Peter's Hospital, 315 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, 12208; or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, 12866.
Arrangements are by the Wheeler Funeral Home.
[Published 1-May-1999]


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