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Sunday, April 1, 2001
Jean E. Bressard  
Jean E. Bressard, 62, of Gloversville died March 30, 2001. Surviving are her husband, Dale, and three children. 

Calling hours will be Sunday at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass is Monday at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Massena. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. 
 

Helena M. Oaksford  
Miss Helena M. Oaksford, 84, died Friday evening at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville. She had been a resident of the Getman Memorial Home for three years.

She was born Aug. 31, 1916, in Johnstown, the daughter of Roscoe and Emma Hinn Oaksford, and attended Gloversville schools. She was first employed at the former Martin and Naylor Department Store and later as an office clerk at Grandoe Glove Co., Gloversville.

Miss Oaksford was a member of the Fremont Street United Methodist Church and its Wesleyan Circle, and the Cayadutta Chapter # 166 Order of the Eastern Star, Gloversville.

She is survived by her sister, Vivian O. Fisher, and her husband, Richard C. Fisher of Gloversville; her nephews, David R. Fisher and his wife, Linda, of Gloversville, and Edwin W. Fisher and his wife, Sara, of Columbia, S.C. Her grandnieces are Kristin Fisher Komarinski, Karen Fisher, Robyn Fisher and Barrett Fisher. She was pre-deceased by her stepfather, Harry J. Bushouer.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. A private funeral service will be conducted Tuesday at the convenience of the family with the Rev. Douglas G. Lathrop officiating. Interment will take place at a later date at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Getman Memorial Home, 15 East State St., or the Fremont Street United Methodist Church, 17 Fremont St., Gloversville, NY 12078. 
 

Richard S. Arthur  
Richard S. Arthur, 98, of Keyes Avenue, Niskayuna, died Friday morning at Ellis Hospital after being stricken at home. He was born on June 23, 1902, to Bradford and Minnie Simmons Arthur in Gloversville. 

He graduated from Gloversville High School as valedictorian from the class of 1920. He graduated from Union College in 1924 with a B.S. in electrical engineering. Then he graduated from the three-year G.E. Company advanced engineering course. 

Mr. Arthur worked three years with the G.E. Railway Department in Erie, Pa., 10 years in Philadelphia as a railway engineer, principally on the Penn Railroad electrification. He received his professional engineer's license in 1936. He then worked 15 years in the G.E. Federal and Marine Department in Schenectady, supervising many government wartime contracts and assisting in the conversion of the Panama Canal power system from 25 to 60 Hertz. He then worked 12 years in the G.E. large motor generator department as manager of marketing administration, product service and personnel development. 

Mr. Arthur retired in 1967 after 43 years of service. He was an evening professor of electrical engineering for three years at Drexel Institute, 15 years in the Schenectady Chamber of Commerce and three years as chairman of the Highway Development Committee. 

He served 25 years on the Niskayuna Zoning Board of Appeals, most of the time as chairman. He worked five years with Boulton Realty in Schenectady as a licensed professional engineer and appraiser of machinery and equipment. 

Mr. Arthur served as president of the Visiting Nurse Service Association of Schenectady for two years. He was a consultant for three years on the New York State EAST Program (Energy Advisory Service to Industry). He was a member of First Reformed Church of Schenectady, where he was a deacon and an elder. He was a life member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic engineers, G.E. Quarter Century Club, G.E. Elfun Society, Niskayuna Rotary Club, General Society of Mayflower Descendants and the Mohawk Club of Schenectady. 

He was a former member of the Mohawk Golf Club, the Edison Club, Schenectady Curling Club, National Ordinance Association (now the National Defense Preparedness Association), National Society of Professional Engineers and Theta Delta Chi Fraternity.

His wife of 68 years, Ruth Wemple Arthur, died Dec. 15, 1998. He is survived by two daughters, Margaret "Peggy" Norton of Glenville, and Ruth "Dixie" Jeffries of New Orleans; one son, Richard W. Arthur, of Charlton; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 1 p.m. Tuesday at First Reformed Church of Schenectady. Memorial contributions may be made in Richard's name to First Reformed Church of Schenectady, 8 N. Church St., Schenectady, N. Y. 12305. Interment is in First Reformed Church Columbarium. Arrangements are by the Jones Funeral Home, 1503 Union St., Schenectady. 



Monday, April 2, 2001
Ruth Sothern Steenburgh Goebel 
Mrs. Ruth Sothern Steenburgh Goebel, age 81, of Clyde Street, Gloversville, died Saturday at Nathan Littauer Hospital. She had been a resident of Pineview Commons Home for Adults in Johnstown for the past year.

Mrs. Goebel was born on Oct. 7, 1919 in Brooklyn, the daughter of LeRoy and Ruth Vincent Sothern. She was a 1936 graduate of Gloversville High School and attended Albany Business College.

She was employed as a secretary by the former Frank and Trombley Insurance Agency for many years. She also worked with the Gloversville YMCA Building Fund.

Mrs. Goebel was a member of the North Main Street United Methodist Church, Tryon Doll Club, Insurance Women of Fulton County, the Couples Club of the Fremont Street United Methodist Church, and the Chat-A-While Club.

She was married to Albert V. Steenburgh on April 4, 1942, who died Oct. 27, 1978. She was married later to Robert H. Goebel on Dec. 17, 1983, who died on June 5, 1996.

Survivors include her son, Ret. Naval Cmdr. Frederick L. Steenburgh of Spring, Texas; her daughter, Janice S. O'Regan of Johnstown; her grandchildren, Christina Taylor of Houston, Texas, Lori McCoy and Larry O'Regan of Johnstown and Amy O'Regan of Pontiac, Mich.; her great-granddaughter, Breana McCoy of Johnstown; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Her brother, Jackson L. Sothern predeceased her. 

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Dr. Alan C. Rhodes, will officiate. Interment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, NY. 12078 or the American Diabetes Association, 7 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12205. 



Tuesday, April 3, 2001
William F. Ward  
Mr. William F. Ward, age 78, of Route 110, Broadalbin, died Monday at home following a long illness. 

He was born on Oct. 17, 1922 in Gloversville, the son of Eurben "Derb" and Ruth Oathout Ward. Mr. Ward graduated from Gloversville High School in 1942, where he was a three-sport athlete. He then enlisted in the Marine Corps; and saw action in the Pacific during World War II. He was discharged in 1946, and enrolled in Springfield College as a physical education major. After graduation, he joined the New York Giants football organization, where he played in their Paterson, N.J. farm team. He later became physical director at the Atlantic City YMCA for five years, and coached basketball and baseball at Cornwall Central School. He returned to Fulton County and taught at Meco, Ephratah, Mayfield, and Perth, then at Estee Junior High School for three years. He then became varsity football coach at Gloversville High School, later becoming the track, junior varsity basketball and bowling coach at various times for a total of 24 years in the Gloversville school system. During his 11 years as football coach for the Huskies, they won five titles, three in the old Western Conference and two in the Foothills Council.

Mr. Ward was a member of Broadalbin United Methodist Church, the Broadalbin American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts and a former member of the Kennyetto Masonic Lodge in Broadalbin. He was a life member of both the New York State Teachers Association and the Section II Athletic Commission. He served as the Broadalbin Youth Commission director during the 1960s and 1970s.

He was married on May 22, 1944 to Beverly Garrett, who died Aug. 17, 1998. He is survived by his mother, Ruth Oathout Ward of Amsterdam; five sons. William Jeffery Ward of Owego, Paul G. Ward, Bart S. Ward, Christopher S. Ward and Michael B. Ward, all of Broadalbin; three daughters, Carla L. Gottbehut of Johnstown, Michele R. Hinkle of Fonda and Misty L. Palella of Florida; his sister, Betty Tretola of Gloversville; 14 grandchildren, one nephew; one niece and several cousins. He was predeceased by his son, Robert Scott Ward; his grandson, Garrett Ward; and his brother, Robert J. Ward.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Herbert Johnson and the Rev. Patricia Bush will officiate. Interment will take place at a late date at Broadalbin Mayfield Rural Cemetery, Broadalbin. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, or the American Red Cross, Fulton County Chapter, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, or the Springfield College Alumni, 263 Alden St; Springfield, Mass. 01109-3997. 
 

Thomas Novosel  
Thomas Novosel, 86, of Route 8, Speculator, passed away on April 1, 2001 after a long illness.

Mr. Novosel was born on Jan. 2, 1915 in Kane, Pa. He was the son of Nick and Barbra Balban Novosel.

Thomas was a lifelong lumberman, starting his own lumber company, Novosel Lumber, with his wife in 1944. He and his wife owned and operated Oak Mountain Ski Center, and built and operated Silver Bells Ski Center. He was a storyteller, inventor and avid gardner. 

He was a member of the Northern Pulpwood Association, the NE Loggers Association, the Elks, the New York State Ski Area Operators Association, the Speculator Fire Department, and St. James Catholic Church in Lake Pleasant. 

Mr. Novosel is survived by Emelia Yansick Novosel, wife of 57 years, of Speculator, N.Y. Four daughters, Nancy Germain of Speculator and her husband Norman; Rosemarie Sniezyk of Pittsfield, Mass. and her husband John; Jennifer Novosel of Delmar, N.Y. and Kathleen Novosel Diedrich of Saratoga, N.Y. and her husband Peter. Seven grandchildren include Tom, Erik, Ryan and Shannon Germain, Sarah Sniezyk, Ben and Mia Diedrich, and one great-grandson, Thomas Germain. Thomas is predeceased by brothers, Steve Novosel, Carl Novosel, John Novosel and Joseph Novosel and is survived by brothers, Nick and Frank Novosel of Kane, Pa. and George Novosel of State College, Pa. He is also survived by sisters, Rose Lundeen, Mary Ilebda and Millie Kocjarcie of Kane, Pa. and Ann Huntsinger of Hot Springs, Ark. Several nieces and nephews. 

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. today at St. James Major Church, Lake Pleasant, where a Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Spring burial will take place at Airdville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, St. James Church or Speculator Ambulance Corps. Arrangements are by the Northville Funeral Service Inc. 
 

Filomena Anadio Precopia 
Filomena "Phyllis" Anadio Precopia, age 83, of Johnstown, entered into eternal rest on Sunday April 1, 2001 at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a long illness. 

She was born on July 7, 1917 in Gloversville and was a lifelong area resident.

Mrs. Precopia worked as a glove maker for the former Denkerts Sporting Goods Inc., Johnstown, and Johnstown Knitting. She retired in 1983.

She was the wife of the late John Precopia Sr.; loving mother and mother-in-law of John Precopia Jr. of Johnstown; Joseph and Janice Precopia of Albany, Joan Ann and Skip Nickel of Alplaus, N.Y., James and Debra Precopia of Johnstown. Mrs. Precopia was the beloved grandmother of Jennifer and Mark Hale of Saratoga Springs; Kevin Nickel of Portland, Ore.; Joseph and Melissa Precopia of East Greenbush; Melissa and Andrew Harrison of Attleboro, Mass., Jamie Precopia of Johnstown and great-grandmother of Samuel Hale of Saratoga Springs. She was the sister of Benjamin Anadio, Carmella Martin, Peter Anadio. She was the sister-in-law of Ann Anadio, Antoinette Anadio, Barbara Anadio and Anthony Avellino. She is survived by her "special" niece, Jackie Boles of Gloversville, and many nephews and nieces.

She is predeceased by her parents Joseph and Theresa Anadio; brothers, Anthony Anadio, Joseph Anadio, Dominic Anadio; and her sisters, Belle Nichols, Lucy Murdico and Theresa Avellino.

There will be no calling hours. A prayer service will be held at 9: 30 a.m. Wednesday at the Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher St., Johnstown, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Warren Street, Johnstown. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment will take place in the spring at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Those who wish may send a contribution to the American Cancer Society, Northeastern Area, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY12205-3890.

The family would like to thank all the nursing staff of Nathan Littauer Hospital and all the nurses and aides that took care of Mrs. Precopia at home for all their care, kindness and support for their mother during her illness. 
 

Jacqueline Yacobucci Sinnott 
Jacqueline Yacobucci Sinnott, 62, of Fanlew, Fla., died Monday, March 26, in Tallahassee, Fla.

She was a native of Gloversville. She lived in Crawfordville, Fla. before she moved to Fanlew three years ago.

She was a home health care nurse.

She attended St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Crawfordville.

Survivors include her husband, Edward C. Sinnott of Fanlew; two sons, Christian C. Tanner of Fanlew and Timothy Moran of Gloversville; two daughters, Kathy and Libby, both of Canada; and one brother, Bob Yacobucci of Gloversville. 

Services were held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at Beggs Funeral Home Apalachee Parkway Chapel, Tallahassee. 


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