Miscellaneous Fulton County, New York Obituaries

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Wednesday, April 4, 2001
Joseph C. Brunetto  
Joseph C. "Joe" Brunetto, of 1915 Cherokee Road, Waynesboro, Va., died Sunday, April 1, at Augusta Medical Center, Fishersville, Va.

He was born in Johnstown, the first son of Joseph and Antoinette Ruggeri Brunetto. He was a World War II Navy veteran.

He retired from General Electric Co. with 30 years of distinguished service. 

He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, Waynesboro.

Survivors are his wife, Clara S. Brunetto; a daughter and son-in-law, Roxanne and Joe Dotterer of Haymarket, Va.; two sons and their wives, Joseph R. and Vicki Brunetto of Columbia, S.C. and Tony and Robin Brunetto of Coral Springs, Fla.; a sister, Grace B. Whelan of Hutchinson Island, Fla.; Joe's brother and his wife, Carl A. and Carol Brunetto of Annapolis, Md.; and five grandchildren, Toni Dotterer, Courtney Dotterer, Corey Brunetto, Kristen Brunetto and Joey Brunetto.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at McDow Funeral Home, 1701 W. Main St., Waynesboro, Va. A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Catholic Church. The Rev. William O'Brien will officiate. Interment will take place at Augusta Memorial Park with honors conducted by Stuarts Draft Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9339. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Catholic Church Foodbasket, 344 Maple Ave., Waynesboro, VA 22980. 
 

Michael McFadden  
Michael McFadden, 78, of McMartin Street, Johnstown, died Tuesday, April 3, at home after a long illness.

He was born on Aug. 27, 1922 in New York City, the son of Michael and Elizabeth Carrol McFadden.

He served in the Army Air Force during World War II in the 365 Bomb Squadron in central Europe, Normandy and northern France.

He worked for 18 years as a New York City police officer and received the medal of valor. He retired in 1973.

He married Vivian Trombley on July 29, 1946.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian Trombley McFadden of Johnstown; two sons, Michael McFadden of Greenwich, N.Y. and Jon McFadden of Atlanta, Ga.; two daughters, Judy Bandura of Newburgh, N.Y. and Denise Wren of Goshen, N.Y.; eight grandchildren, Maureen, Jamie, Kelly, Sarah, Hannah, Madison, Brian and Jimmy; and two great-grandchildren, Samantha and Darien.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher St., Johnstown. The Rev. R.W. Williams, chaplain of Mountain Valley Hospice, will officiate. Cremation took place at Parkview Crematory, Schenectady. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice or charity of one's choice. 
 

Carmella R. Rose  
Carmella R. Rose, 88, a former resident of Orange Street, Gloversville, and Trackside Apartments, Johnstown, died April 3 at Fulton County Residential Health Care Facility, Gloversville, after a brief illness. She had been a resident there since May 23, 2000.

She was born on Jan. 7, 1913 in Gloversville and was a lifelong area resident. She attended Gloversville schools. 

Mrs. Rose was employed as a glove maker with several local glove companies and last for the Grandoe Glove Corporation of Gloversville. She retired in 1975.

She was a communicant of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church of Gloversville. She was a member of the senior citizens of Gloversville and Johnstown.

She was the wife of the late Joseph C. Rose, whom she married on Sept. 1, 1935 and he died Oct. 16, 1989. She was the loving mother of Fulton County Republican chairman and city of Gloversville Councilman Michael A. Rose and Barbara A. DiGiacomo, both of Gloversville. She was the sister of Salvatore "John" DelSavio of Gloversville. Mrs. Rose was the beloved grandmother of Matthew M., Christopher J. and Joshua T. Rose of Gloversville, Carmella A. Shane and Dominick J. DiGiacomo Jr., also of Gloversville, and Joseph C. DiGiacomo of Broadalbin. Also survived by eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Rose was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was predeceased by her parents, Anthony and Julia Luizzi DelSavio, and brothers, Joseph and James DelSavio. 

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at John W. Finocan Funeral Home Inc., 13 Prospect Ave., Gloversville. Prayer services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church. The Rev. Donald Czelusniak, pastor, will be celebrant. Interment will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fulton County Residential Health Care Facility, 847 Route 122, Gloversville, NY 12078-6413 or Wells House Adult Day Care, 201 W. Madison Ave., Johnstown, NY 12095. 
 

Walter E. Short  
Mr. Walter E. Short, 91, of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away March 27 at Fort Collins Assisted Living Center, where he resided. 

He was born on March 24, 1910 in Honesdale, Pa., the son of Edwin Franklin and Augusta Schroeder Short. Mr. Short was a long-time resident of Johnstown before he moved to Fort Collins four years ago. 

Mr. Short taught art in the Johnstown school system and served as principal of Knox Junior High School. He was an extraordinary gardener, artist and wood carver.

On Aug. 3, 1940, Mr. Short was united in marriage to the former Margaret Briggs Wells, who passed away Aug. 3, 1996. He is survived by his daughter, Peggy A. Short of Fort Collins. He was predeceased by his son, Thomas Edward Short. 

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. April 6 at New Mercer Commons in Fort Collins. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Larimer, Colo. 
 

Terry Waffle  
Terry Waffle, 53, of Tacoma, Wash. died Tuesday, March 27, at the VA hospital in Washington after a long illness. 

He was born on Nov. 22, 1947 in Gloversville, the son of Barbara Waffle of Gloversville and the late Kenneth Waffle Sr. He attended Gloversville schools and served in the Army and later resided in Tacoma.

Survivors include two sons, Terry Waffle Jr. and Jamie Waffle of Washington; two daughters, Heidi Sweet and Candie Shepperd of Washington; three brothers, Kenneth Waffle Jr. of Seguin, Texas, David Waffle of Washington, Richard Waffle of Gloversville, and predeceased by a brother, Raymond Waffle; six sisters, Marion Sleezer, Carol Gray, Patricia Morse and Linda Hickok of Gloversville, Barbara Hobbs and Beckie Thompson of Seguin, Texas. Other survivors include his maternal grandmother, Margaret Brott of Johnstown; seven grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. 

A military memorial service will be held in Washington. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 



Thursday, April 5, 2001
Robert Aldridge  
Robert Aldridge, 71, of Gloversville, died Wednesday at Nathan Littauer Hospital. 

He was born on July 4, 1929 in Nassau, Long Island, the son of Robert and Vivian Houghton Aldridge. He attended Nassau, Long Island schools and later moved to Gloversville in 1996.

He was employed by Lexington Center Day Treatment Program in Gloversville. 

He is survived by one brother, William H. Aldridge of Nassau, Long Island.

Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville, where a funeral service will follow at 10 a.m. The Rev. R.W. Williams will officiate. Spring interment will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Gloversville. Memorial contributions may be made to Lexington Center, Gloversville. 



Friday, April 6, 2001
Odion 'O.D.' Archer Jr. 
Odion "O.D." Archer Jr., 83, of Archer Road, died Thursday morning at home following a short illness.

He was born on March 9, 1918 in Halifax County, N.C., one of 14 children to Odion and Ellen Dickens Archer. He was educated there and moved with his family to Richmond, Va. Mr. Archer moved to Brooklyn in 1941 and then to Broadalbin in 1970.

Mr. Archer, along with his wife, owned and operated the former Archer's Grove in Broadalbin since 1970. He retired in 1986.

Mr. Archer attended Peoples AME Zion Church in Gloversville and the Johnstown AME Zion Church.

He was a member and past worshipful master of the Mount Lebanon Masonic Lodge 33 of Saratoga Springs and obtained the 32nd degree. Mr. Archer was a member of the Sacandaga Lodge IBPOEW 1462 of Gloversville and was the chief antler of the Capital City Council 95 for several years. 

In February 1947, he married the former Clarisy Hastic Archer. She died June 17, 2000.

Survivors include two daughters, Dolores Archer Patterson of Raleigh, N.C. and Lillian Archer Johnson of Broadalbin; four sisters, Margaret Hines of Rocky Mount, N.C., Violet Whitaker and Irene Moore, both of Baltimore, Md. and Zelia Powell of Richmond, Va.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Calling hours will be 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home, 38 W. Main St., Broadalbin, where the Elks ritual will be conducted at 4 p.m. and the Masonic ritual will follow. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 12, at Cedar Grove Baptist Church, Scotland Neck, N.C. Burial will take place Friday, April 13, in Haynesworth Cemetery, Sumter, S.C. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Kidney Donor Foundation in care of the funeral home. 
 

Charles Finkle  
 

Charles Finkle, 87, of 24th St., Troy, died Thursday morning, April 5, at Boca Community Hospital, Boca Raton, Fla. 

He was born and raised in Gloversville and moved to Troy in 1945. He had been the founder of the Finkle Distributor Co. and had been the sole proprietor of Wustefeld Candy Co. still actively working until earlier this year. 

He was a member of Temple Beth El in Troy, B'nai B'rith and the Shriners.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Solomon Finkle; three sons, Arthur Finkle and his wife, Jackie Eskin of Fairfield, Conn., Bruce Finkle and his wife, Lisa of Delmar and Robert Finkle and his wife, Lauren, also of Delmar and a daughter, Judy Robins and her husband, Fred of Manhattan. He is also survived by two brothers, Harry Finkle of Schenectady and Leon Finkle of Gloversville. Grandfather of Eric and Karen Robins, Michele and Dana Finkle, Benjamin, Evan and Brianna Finkle and Joshua, Justin and Jessica Finkle. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Abe Finkle. 

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at Temple Beth El, 411 Hoosick St., Troy. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Beth El or Hadassah. Funeral arrangements are by Levine Memorial Chapel, 649 Washington Ave., Albany. 
 

Donald J. Sawyer  
Donald J. Sawyer, age 83, of 7 Charleston Circle, Englewood, Fla., died Saturday at Heartland Rehabilitation Center, Sarasota, Fla.

Mr. Sawyer was born on June 2, 1917 in Gloversville, the son of James and Sara Abbey Sawyer. He graduated from Gloversville High School and attended the former Gloversville Business School. 

He served in the Army Quarter Master Corps during World War II in Europe, Italy and north Africa. 

After the war he returned home and entered the real estate business with his father. He continued the operation of Sawyer Real Estate in Gloversville for nearly 40 years. 

Mr. Sawyer followed writing all of his adult life and published two books. His first book was "They Came to Sacandaga", a story about Godfrey Shew, a settler of the Fish House area. His second book, "Shoo Fly" was a collection of folklore stories. His poetry, folklore, and articles about notable people appeared in numerous New York state, Florida and national publications.

Mr. Sawyer was an active member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, where he served in various capacities. His past community involvement included the Gloversville Lions Club, YMCA, Fulton County Historical Society and Gloversville Free Library Board of Directors. 

He was married to Charlotte A. Finch in 1945, who died in 1971. He is survived by his second wife, Dean Baringer Hyde, whom he married in 1976. Also surviving are his sons, Richard F. Sawyer of Seattle, Wash. and David F. Sawyer of Olympia, Wash.; his step-daughters, Marilyn Hyde Pennington of Walton, N.Y. and Carol Hyde Warren of Englewood, Fla.; his sister, Marion Harney of Lake George, N.Y.; one grandson; nine step-grandchildren; two nephews; one niece and five great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Gloversville. The Rev. Tom Davis will officiate. Interment will take place at a later date at Broadalbin Mayfield Rural Cemetery, Broadalbin. Memorial contributions may be made to first Congregational United Church of Christ, 31 E. Fulton St.; Gloversville Free Library, 58 E. Fulton St.; or Fulton County Historical Society, Gloversville.


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