Miscellaneous Fulton County, New York Obituaries

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Della May Cady 
Mrs. Della May (Baker) Cady, 75, of Harrison Street, Gloversville, died Saturday, June 1, 2002 at Nathan Littauer Nursing Home, Gloversville, following a short illness. 
She was born on Aug. 29, 1926, in Johnstown, the daughter of George and Katherine Schemerhorn Baker. 

Vernon Cosselman 
Vernon Cosselman, 85, of County Highway 112, Bleecker, died Sunday, June 2, 2002 at home. 
He was born February 6, 1917, in Johnstown, the son of Floyd and Emma LaGrange Cosselman. He served in the Army during World War II from 1941 to 1945. He was employed at the former Garlock's Garage as a mechanic for 13 years, and later was a co-owner and operator of the former Vern & Dutch Service Station on E. Fulton Street in Gloversville for 21 years until his retirement in 1979. 

Ann Lesperance 
Ann Rebisz Lesperance, 82, of Broadalbin, NY, died Friday, May 31, 2002 at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam, NY. 
She was born February 7, 1920, in Garfield, NJ, the daughter of Martin and Mary Wyka Rebisz. She attended Christian School for two years before moving to Broadalbin, where she attended Broadalbin Central School. 

Walletta Sweet 
Mrs. Walletta Sweet, 87, of Irish Settlement Road, Dolgeville, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at Nathan Littauer Nursing Home, Gloversville, after a short illness. 
She was born on March 15, 1915, in Johnstown, the daughter of Clifford and Leafa Nolan Van Alstyne. 

Sunday, June 02, 2002

Jay T. Blunk 
Jay T. Blunk, 98, of Ft. Johnson, formerly of Prindle Avenue, Johnstown, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, after a long illness. 
He was born Jan. 15, 1904 in Hales Mills, the son of John and Belle Evelyn Kelly Blunk. He attended Johnstown Schools. He was employed as a Freight and Passenger agent for 47 years for the former F&G Railroad. He retired in 1969. 

Joseph A. Tremblay 
Joseph A. Tremblay, 63, of Utica, passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at St. Luke's Memorial Hospital with his loving family by his side. 
Joseph was born in Gloversville, NY on January 16, 1939, the son of Anna (Pannone) Tremblay and the late Oscar Tremblay and received his education in Gloversville schools. He served in the US Air Force until his honorable discharge in 1966. In August 1993 Joseph married Linda O'Dell in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, New Hartford. For many years, he was employed with the NY State Department of Transportation retiring as highway supervisor in 1964. Joseph was a member of American Legion Post 229, N. Utica and Our Lady of the Rosary Church, New Hartford. He was a golf enthusiast and was a member of the Eagles Club Golf League. 

Mrs. Irene E. Van Evera 
Mrs. Irene E. Van Evera, 78, of State Highway 10, Ephratah, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at home, after being stricken. 
She was born on June 21, 1923, in the Town of Palatine, the daughter of Frank and Lottie Leavenworth Kretser. 

Saturday, June 01, 2002

Elizabeth A. Manzer
Mrs. Elizabeth A. Manzer, 79, of Geneva, formerly of Gloversville, passed away on Thursday evening, May 30, 2002 at the home of her granddaughter. 
Friends may call at the DeVaney-Bennett Funeral Home, 181 N. Main St., Geneva, NY on Sunday, June 2, 2002 from 4-7 p.m. 

Friday, May 31, 2002

Leon Finkle 

Mr. Finkle was the chairman of the board of Finkle Distributors of Johnstown at the time of his death. He joined the family business in 1946 and was instrumental in starting the expansion of the company which became a nationally known distributor throughout the Northeast, distributing food products, tobacco and many other consumer goods. He became the first recipient of the Young Executive Achievement Award in the industry. In 1989, he was honored as Man of the Year by the Neve Yerushalayim School in Israel. In 2001, he was honored by the N.Y. State Tobacco Association with their Beacon of Industry Award. Mr. Finkle was the treasurer of the Marian and Leon Finkle Foundation, supporting charities locally and nationally. 

Thursday, May 30, 2002

George Davidson 
Mr. George Davidson, 71, of State Highway 10, Johnstown, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at Wells Nursing Home, Johnstown, after a short illness. 
He was born on July 8, 1930, in West Islip, the son of Max and Julia Stagg Davidson. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Andrew Lawrence 
Mr. Lawrence was employed as a leather worker for the former Pan American Tanning Co. of Gloversville for 20 years. 

Leland S. Reed 
Mr. Leland S. Reed, 92, of State Hwy. 29, Gloversville, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at Wells Nursing Home, Johnstown. He was a resident there since August. 
He was born August 26, 1909, in the town of Benson, the son of Alfred and Elizabeth Scribner Reed. He attended Northville Central School before moving to the town of Mayfield in 1924. He was graduated from Gloversville High School in 1927 and went to work on his father's dairy farm, which he took over in 1930. He operated the farm for more than 50 years before retiring in 1980 and turning the farm over to a stepson. 

Robert J. Smith 
Mr. Robert J. Smith, 58, of Gloversville, N.Y., died suddenly Friday, May 28, 2002, at Nathan Littauer Hospital. 
He was born September 20, 1943, in Holyoke, MA, the son of Irving and Margaret Gifford Smith and was a 1961 graduate of Gloversville High School. He retired last year as a Battalion Chief of Gloversville Fire Dept., where he had served for 34 years. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Elizabeth Velicky Empey 
Mrs. Elizabeth Velicky Empey, 78, of N. Market St., Johnstown, died Saturday, May 25, 2002, at Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility, Amsterdam. 
She was born July 12, 1923, in Johnstown, the daughter of Michael and Anna Hladik Velicky. She graduated from Johnstown High School and lived in Johnstown most of her life. She owned and operated the former Tomba, Victory and Empey's Restaurants, all located in Johnstown. 

Pernie Hope Frasier 
Pernie Hope Frasier, 80, of Northville Rd., Edinburg, died Sunday, May 26, 2002, at St. Mary's Hospital after a sudden illness. She was born in Edinburg, NY, July 6, 1921, the daughter of Harvey and Anna Hope Simpson. 
She attended schools in Edinburg and graduated from Northville Central School in 1940. She owned and operated a Gulf station with her husband for 28 years. She served as a postmaster and clerk in charge of the Edinburg Post Office, retiring in 1976. Mrs. Frasier wintered in St. Cloud, FL, (Mark Park) for 26 years. She was a member of the Edinburg Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and the finance committee of the church. She was also a member of the Sacandaga Grange, Edinburg Historical Society and the Edinburg Senior Citizens. She served as an election inspector for many years. She also loved her dog Mitzi. Her husband, Charles L. Frasier, whom she married December 28, 1940, died January 5, 1997. 

Betty Leonard Ginter 
Mrs. Betty Leonard Ginter, 75, of Heritage Village, Gerry, NY, died Friday, May 24, 2002, at the Heritage Village Health Center. 
She was born November 11, 1926, in Adams Basin, NY, the daughter of Benjamin and Blanche Barney Leonard. A longtime resident of Mayfield, she has resided in Gerry the past two years. Betty enjoyed playing the piano and the French horn. She was involved in Fulton County Farm Bureau, the Mineral Club and the Fulton County Doll Club. She collected dolls and miniatures and has won ribbons at the state fair for her collectables. She and her husband processed and sold maple syrup at the Tamarack Bird and Wildlife Museum, which they operated prior to Mr. Ginter's death. They also operated The Green Acres Farm in Mayfield. 

Armand Henault Jr. 
Armand Henault Jr., 67, of Fort Johnson, NY, died March 16, 2002 at Carolinas Medical Center after a short illness. 
He is survived by his wife, Garry Ten Eycke Henault; a son, Peter Henault of St. Marys, Georgia; a daughter, Margaret Papadakis of Charlotte, NC and two grandchildren, Ivan Henault and Arianna Papadakis. 
Richard E. Loeben 
Richard E. Loeben, 78, of 77 Catherine Street, Fort Ann, died at Saratoga Hospital, Monday, May 27, 2002. 
Born in Gloversville, Sept. 2, 1923, he was the son of Richard and Anna (Schreckenberger) Loeben. 

Monday, May 27, 2002

Evelyn M. Gifford Hare 
Mrs. Evelyn M. Gifford Hare, 98, of State Highway 30, Mayfield, died Saturday, May 25, 2002 at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville. 
She was born December 1, 1903, in Johnny Cake Hollow in the town of Northampton, the daughter of Fred and Hattie Collins Gifford. She was employed in her younger years as a glove maker by the former Wilkins Glove Company of Mayfield, and was a motor route driver for the former Schenectady Union Star for 17 years. 

Katherina 'Kitty' Whittle 
Katherina "Kitty" Whittle, 85, of Seven Hills Rd., Northville, died Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at home, following a long illness. 
She was born September 16, 1916 in Commack, Long Island. She attended schools on Long Island and was employed as a secretary by the Hazeltine Corp. in Huntington, Long Island, for many years. Mrs. Whittle was also a caregiver.


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