Miscellaneous Fulton County, New York Obituaries

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April 7, 2001
Joan Bressard  
Joan Ellen Murray Bressard, 62, of Progress Road, Gloversville, passed away on March 30 at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a long illness.

She was born in Gloversville, the daughter of Millard P. and Edna Carr Murray.

Survivors include her husband, Dale Bressard, her children, Kirk Murray, Monique Murray and Tonya Bushnoe and her husband, Douglas, all of Gloversville. One sister, Leanore "Sissy" Love, and her husband, Robert, of Norfolk, N.Y, also survive as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and nine grandchildren. She was predeceased by her mother and father and two brothers, Millard E. Murray and Oland Murray, who died at infancy.

A service was held at Sacred Heart Church in Massena. Burial took place at Calvary Cemetery in Massena. Bearers were

Ed Ashe, William Fox, Robert and Randy Lyons, Milliard Murray Jr. and Mike Snyder. 



Sunday, April 8, 2001
Ethel M. Brown  
Ethel M. Brown, 88, formerly of Steele Avenue, Gloversville, N.Y., passed away Friday, April 6, at the Eastern Star Home in Oriskany, N.Y., where she had resided since May of 1997.

She was born Feb. 9, 1913, in South Glens Falls, N.Y., the daughter of Franklin and Helen Williams Brown. She attended Glens Falls High School.

Ms. Brown was employed at General Electric Co. in Schenectady from 1941 through 1958. From 1958 until her retirement in 1978, she was a dental assistant to Dr. John Liberti in Gloversville. She was of the Protestant faith and was a member and past matron of the St. Monica Chapter No. 486 O.E.S.

She is survived by one daughter, Judith Danelorich of Johnstown; one son, David J. Carter of Gloversville; two grandsons, three granddaughters, one great-grandson, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Ehle Funeral Home. Cremation will take place at the Leatherstocking Crematory in Cherry Valley, N.Y. 
 
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Mary Bartlett Pitcher 
Mary Bartlett Pitcher, formerly of Broadalbin, died Friday afternoon at the Masonic Home in Utica. She was 99. 

Born in Broadalbin, she and her late husband were founding members of the Sacandaga Bible Conference. She retired in 1962 from Beechnut Manufacturing as a bookkeeper and then moved to Florida. Mrs. Pitcher returned to this area in 1996. Her husband of 70 years, Lynn Fred Pitcher, died in 1994.

She is survived by her dear sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Compani of Tribes Hill; a nephew, John B. Compani of Amsterdam; and a grandniece and grandnephew.

Services are Monday at 2 p.m. at the Sacandaga Bible Conference, Broadalbin, with the Rev. Herbert Johnson officiating. Entombment will take place Wednesday in Boca Raton, Fla. A calling hour will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at the conference chapel. Contributions may be made to the Bible Conference or the Masonic Home in Utica. Arrangements are under the direction of the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam. 



Monday, April 9, 2001
Karon Anne McDonald Boland 
Karon Anne McDonald Boland, 44, of Latham, passed away Saturday evening at her home after a long illness, surrounded by her family. Karon was born in Lompoc, Calif., and was the daughter of Edward P. McDonald of Jacksonville, Fla., and the late Helen F. Walker McDonald. Karon resided in the Latham area with her family most of her life. She enjoyed a summer home in Sacandaga Park in the Adirondacks. Karon graduated from Hudson Valley Community College with an associate degree in respiratory therapy. She completed her clinical internship at Albany Medical Center. She loved horses, dogs and community theater. One of her community theater groups was the Ice and Fire Theater Group, where as a cast member of "Take a Number Darling," she performed before the President of Iceland, the U.S. Ambassador, the Russian Ambassador and their guests. She was a collector of strays, both people and animals, taking in anyone or anything that needed love. She was affectionately referred to as "Mama B" by many. 

She is survived by her husband, Henry T. Boland; three daughters, Kathleen Mary of Cohoes, Moira Cabrini and Meghann Bridget, both of Latham; one son, Henry Thomas Jr., of Latham; two grandchildren, Shane John Boland and Kalista Mae Mayo; four brothers, Edward P. McDonald Jr., of New Berne, N.C., Richard T. McDonald of Dallas, Texas, Michael E. McDonald of Lawton, Okla., and Kevin A. McDonald of Las Vegas, Nev.; several nieces and nephews also survive. Karon was predeceased by a daughter, Karon Kelly.

Calling hours will be fro 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at New Comer-Cannon Family Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Road, Colonie (Route 155-south of Central Ave). Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Troy. Interment will be St. Peter's Cemetery in Troy. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter, 6 Automation Lane, Albany, NY 12205, in memory of Karon A. Boland. 
 

Dorothy M. Crowter Cirillo 
Mrs. Dorothy M. Crowter Cirillo, 92, died Monday at Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home in Gloversville, where she had resided for the past one and one-half years.

She was born on July 29, 1908 in Fonda, the daughter of John and Ida Sutliff Crowter. A lifelong Gloversville resident, she was a glove worker at Joseph Bovee Glove Co., Acme Glove Co. and Principe Glove Co., and retired from Perrella Glove Company. She was also a union shop steward. 

Mrs. Cirillo was a member of the former First Baptist Church, Eagles Auxiliary, and Ida McGinnis Senior Citizens Club, all of Gloversville.

She was married to Peter Cirillo on Aug. 18, 1943. He died on Feb. 16, 1990. She is survived by her children, Patricia J. Bender and Peter Cirillo Jr., both of Johnstown; her step-children, Joseph Cirillo, Frank Cirillo and Connie Simonds, all of Gloversville, as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her sons, Stewart Hillman Jr. and Leon Hillman, and also by nine brothers and sisters.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Walrath and Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Dr. Robert Farmer, pastor of the Fremont Street United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will take place at a later date at Prospect Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagles Aerie Youth Fund, Gloversville, or to the charity of one's choice. 
 

John H. Mycek  
Mr. John J. Mycek, 75, of Manny Corners Road, Amsterdam, died Sunday evening at home, following a long illness. 

He was born Aug. 15, 1925 in Amsterdam, a son of the late Anthony and Anna Bialon Mycek. He was a graduate of St. Stanislaus School and the former Wilbur H. Lynch High School, Class of 1943. He received his undergraduate degree from Siena College in 1949. He then received his L.L.B. from St. John's University in 1952 and his Juris Doctor in 1968. 

He served in the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific from 1943-46. He was admitted to practice in New York state courts in 1952. He served in professional capacity as attorney for the former Enlarged City School District of Amsterdam and for the Montgomery County Democratic Committee, as director of the American Red Cross, director and vice president of the Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce, member and vice president of the board of education, director of the Cancer Fund, and was a member of the Montgomery County and New York State bar associations. 

In 1954, he was a candidate for the office of mayor in the city of Amsterdam. In 1987, former Gov. Mario Cuomo appointed him judge of the Montgomery County Surrogate Court. In November of that year he was elected judge and held office until his retirement in 1995. 

He was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. Locally, he was also a member of Elks Lodge 101, Polish-American Veterans, John J. Wyszomirski American Legion Post 701, Polish National Alliance and many other organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Gilda Ciotto Mycek, whom he married on October 7, 1972; five sons, Dr. John Anthony Mycek of Gloversville, Stephen Lawrence Mycek of Gloversville, William Harvey Mycek of Amsterdam, Anthony Joseph Mycek of Manahawken, N.J., and David Arthur Mycek of Cleveland, Ohio; two sisters, Sister Mary Angelica, of Enfield, Conn. and Jane M. Garratt of Amsterdam; 10 grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He was predeceased by a brother, Rev. Anthony Mycek, in 1964.

Calling hours are from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church Street. The funeral will be conducted at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 9:15 a.m. at St. Mary's Church. Interment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. The family prefers that memorial contributions be made to the Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice (Felicians) 1315 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082. 
 

Harriet M. Sweeney  
Harriet M. Sweeney, 105, a former resident of Second Street, Gloversville, died Monday, April 9 at the Nathan Littauer Nursing Home after a long illness. She had been a resident at the nursing home since March 1, 1998.

She was born on May 20, 1895 and was a lifelong area resident. She was a graduate of Gloversville High School and the former Gloversville Business School.

Mrs. Sweeney was employed as a bookkeeper with several local glove companies including the former Louis Myers and Son and Schrecker Glove Company of Gloversville.

She was a communicant of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church and its Rosary Society, and a member of the Ida McGinnis Senior Citizens, both of Gloversville. 

She was the wife of the late Walter Sweeney. Survivors include two nephews, Frank E. and Robert J. Sweeney; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, William E. Sr. and Mary C. Quinn Christie, and one brother, William Christie.

Calling hours will be private and at the convenience of the family. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church. The Rev. Donald Czelusniak, pastor, will officiate. Internment will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville at a later date. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church building fund. arrangements are by the John W. Finocan Funeral Home, 13 Prospect Ave., Gloversville. 



Tuesday, April 10, 2001
Eleanor Alice Dillenbeck 
Mrs. Eleanor Alice Dillenbeck, 73, of 526 Hard Scrabble Road, Little Falls, died Monday at home after a brief illness.

She was born on Aug. 21, 1927, in Little Falls, the daughter of Lottie Mae Sleezer Keyser of Dolgeville and the late John P. Baicar. Her marriage to William K. Dillenbeck took place on June 27, 1948, in Dolgeville.

As a partner with her husband and a mother to her children, Eleanor enjoyed her family and duties on the family farm for her entire life. She enjoyed operating her tractor on the farm, along with reminiscing with her grandchildren about many different stories of her childhood. She especially enjoyed her family life and raising their 10 lovely children.

Eleanor was a member of the Lotville Grange, a life member of Salisbury Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club and a life member of Ohio Ridgerunners Club. Her special interests were her family along with hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, cooking, canning, gardening, singing and playing the guitar.

She is survived by her devoted husband, William, of 53 years; her mother, Lottie Mae Keyser of Dolgeville; her children and their wives and husbands, June E. and James Salamone of Little Falls, John W. and Katherine Dillenbeck of Fairfield, William F. and Ruth Dillenbeck, Susan M. Mosher, Keith A. Dillenbeck and Diane Abele, Kevin J. and Marianne Dillenbeck, Mark J. and Christine Dillenbeck, all of Little Falls, Robert A. Dillenbeck of Boston, Mass., Kim R. and Richard Lindsay of Little Falls and Kay E. and James Lipice of Newville; a sister and brother-in-law, Arlene and Calvin Ellis of Dolgeville, a stepbrother and sister-in-law, George and Marion Keyser of Little Falls; a sister-in-law, Dorothy E. Rantanen; her grandchildren, John, James, Lisa, Bernadette Salamone, John Michael and Tammy Dillenbeck, Craig and Crystal Dillenbeck, Steven and Richard Mosher, Matt and Sara Abele, Daniel and Elizabeth Dillenbeck, Tricia and Rebecca Dillenbeck, David, Amy, Donald, Jennifer Maxwell; 14 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her father, John Baicar, and her stepfather, Ellery Keyser.

Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Roberts-Buck Funeral Home, 3 Faville Ave., Dolgeville. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, Prospect Street, Herkimer. The Rev. William H. Otis will officiate. Burial will take place later at Rural Park Cemetery, Inghams Mills. Memorials may be sent to the Ohio or Salisbury Ridgerunners Clubs in her memory. 

The family would like to especially thank Dr. Russell and Lorna Zelman for all their kindness and assistance during her illness, and a special thanks to her daughter Kim and her grandson David for their hours of help and care for my wife and our mother. 
 

Alden D. Wheeler Sr. 
Alden D. Wheeler Sr., 78, of Newport, Pa., died Monday afternoon at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital following a short illness.

He was born on Sept. 16, 1922, in Gloversville, the son of Harland and Linda Dennie Wheeler. He graduated from Northville Central School. He had been residing in Pennsylvania the last 10 years. 

He was a Navy World War II veteran.

He was employed at the former Oneida Market as manager in Northville, Wells, Speculator and Gloversville. He last was employed as a printer by The Leader-Herald, Gloversville. 

He was a member of the American Legion and a former member of the Northville Presbyterian Church. 

His wife, the former Frances Wilson, is deceased.

Survivors include two sons, Alden D. Wheeler Jr. of Newport, Pa., and John Wheeler of Johnstown; one daughter, Patricia Pagano of Middletown, Pa.; one sister, Lois Reece of Northville; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several cousins.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Northville Funeral Home, 401 Bridge St., where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Spring burial will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Northville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of choice.


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