Miscellaneous Fulton County, New York Obituaries

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Wednesday, April 11, 2001
Margaret Abbott  
Margaret "Peg" Abbott, 80, of North Arlington Avenue, Gloversville, died Tuesday at home following a brief illness.

She was born on Aug. 22, 1920 in Gloversville, the daughter of the late Archibald T. and Edna Royce Fear. 

She was a homemaker. She was well-known for her volunteer work at Lexington Center. 

She was a member of the Mental Health Association of Fulton County. She was formerly named Woman of the Year by the Association for Retarded Children. She was a member of the Ida McGinnis Senior Citizens, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Auxiliaries. She taught Sunday school many years at the First Presbyterian Church and the First Congregational Church of Gloversville. 

She was married on June 8, 1940 to James A. Abbott, who died in July 2000.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol Nussbaum of Gettysburg, Pa. and Janice Abbott of Gloversville; one son, James Abbott of Buffalo; one sister, Diane of Yuma, Ariz.; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one sister, Dorothy Marcais.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St., Gloversville. The Rt. Rev. Norman Strauss, rector of Trinity Anglican Episcopal Church, Gloversville, will officiate. Burial will take place at Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. 
 

Dave Kaplan  
Dave Kaplan, 89, of Sacandaga Park, Northville, died Tuesday at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital.

He was born on Aug. 27, 1911 in Gloversville, the son of Benjamin and Ida Kaplan. He graduated from Gloversville High School and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II and served from 1942 to 1945.

He was self-employed in the leather business for over 60 years.

Survivors include one sister, Shirley Friedman of Gloversville; one nephew, Dean Lastfogel of Woodbury, Long Island; one great-nephew, Lawrence Friedman of Rochester, Minn.; great-great-nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by one niece, Frances Lastfogel; and one nephew, Maurice Friedman.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville. Rabbi Martin Gordon will officiate. Interment will take place at Knesseth Israel Cemetery, Gloversville. Memorials may be made to the Northampton Ambulance Service or Knesseth Israel Synagogue. 
 

Walter W. Nourse Jr. 
Mr. Walter W. Nourse Jr., 73, of 104 Mill Road, St. Johnsville, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001 in Little Falls Hospital, where he had been a patient since March 22.

He was born on March 29, 1928 in the town of Day, Saratoga County, the son of Walter W. and Eleanor Dow Nourse. He attended schools in Edinburg.

He enlisted in the Navy and was discharged for medical reasons after a short period of service.

On July 4, 1948. he married Annette Stowell in the Oppenheim Methodist Church. She predeceased him.

Walter was employed as a polisher for the Remington Arms Co. of Ilion and retired from there in August 1981.

He was of the Methodist faith, a member of the Dolgeville Rod & Gun Club, a former member of the Oppenheim Volunteer Fire Department and was one of the volunteers who helped build the firehouse. He personally enjoyed woodworking and the grandchildren.

Surviving are his sons, Brian and his wife, Cathy Nourse of Oppenheim, Randy Nourse and his companion Vicky Scheuerman of Oppenheim; his stepsons, Michael Sanguine of Oppenheim and John P. Sanguine of Arizona; his brothers, Robert Nourse of Edinburg, Stanley Nourse of Gloversville; his sisters, Dorothy Gibson of Gloversville, Charlotte McNeil of Ocala, Fla., Marion Gelger of West Melbourne, Fla.; his grandchildren, Sara, Kelly, Kyle, Luke and Pam; Step-grandson, Robert Galusha. He was predeceased by a step-daughter, Sandra Galusha; and a brother, Edward Nourse. 

Calling hours are from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Roberts-Buck Funeral Home, 3 Faville Ave., Dolgeville, where funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. The Rev. James Thomas will officiate. Cremation will follow with interment in Brown Cemetery, town of Oppenheim. Memorials may be sent to the Oppenheim Volunteer Fire Department in his memory. 
 

Louise M. Koscher  
Louise M. Koscher, 93, of South Ten Broeck Street, Scotia, died April 9, 2001 at Baptist Health Center, Scotia, after a long illness. 

She was born in Johnstown and lived in the Scotia area for the past five years. 

She was a glove maker for Boyce and Lazarus Leather in Johnstown for many years.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Johnstown and its Catholic Daughters of America. She was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Scotia and its Rosary Altar Society at the time of her death.

Survivors include her husband of 72 years, Emil Koscher; one daughter, Jacqueline Svec of Scotia; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be after 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, First Street, Scotia, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Burial will take place at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Johnstown, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Building Fund, or to the Baptist Health Center. Arrangements are by White Funeral Home, 264 N. Ballston Ave., Scotia.



Thursday, April 12, 2001
Margaret Abbott  
Margaret "Peg" Abbott, 80, of North Arlington Avenue, Gloversville, died Tuesday at home following a brief illness.

She was born on Aug. 22, 1920 in Gloversville, the daughter of the late Archibald T. and Edna Royce Fear. 

She was a homemaker. She was well-known for her volunteer work at Lexington Center. 

She was a member of the Mental Health Association of Fulton County. She was formerly named Woman of the Year by the Association for Retarded Children. She was a member of the Ida McGinnis Senior Citizens, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Auxiliaries. She taught Sunday School many years at the First Presbyterian Church and the First Congregational Church of Gloversville. 

She was married on June 8, 1940 to James A. Abbott, who died in July 2000.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol Nussbaum of Gettysburg, Pa. and Janice Abbott of Gloversville; one son, James Abbott of Buffalo; one sister, Diane Modeen of Yuma, Ariz.; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one sister, Dorothy Marcais.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. today at Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St., Gloversville, where services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday. The Rt. Rev. Norman Strauss, rector of Trinity Anglican Episcopal Church, Gloversville, will officiate. Burial will take place at Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. 
 

Robert E. Dorman  
Robert E. Dorman, 51, of Bushnell Road, Mayfield, died Wednesday at home after being stricken.

He was born on Jan. 25, 1950 in Gloversville, the son of Carleton and Doris Loux Dorman. Mr. Dorman was educated in Mayfield schools.

He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a recipient of the Bronze Star. He was a former member of the Army National Guard.

Mr. Dorman worked for Callanan Industries, Pattersonville ,until last summer, when an industrial accident interrupted his employment. He previously had worked for 25 years at Wood and Hyde Leather Co., Hagaman.

Mr. Dorman was a member of the Saturday Night Hellers Bowling League and the Gloversville Moose Lodge. 

Survivors include his wife, the former Shirley Merrihew Dorman, whom he married on Jan. 24, 1976; a daughter, Diane Dorman of Mayfield; three sisters, Marsha Johnson of Gloversville, and Dorie Cast and LaVerna Nicolella, both of Mayfield; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Calling hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St., Gloversville, where a service will be held at 7 p.m. Burial will take place at a later date at Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. Contributions may be made to the James A. Brennan Humane Society, 437 Nine Mile Tree Road, Gloversville, NY 12078. 
 

Lillian Spritzer  
Lillian Spritzer, 81, of Gloversville, died early Thursday morning at Nathan Littauer Hospital.

She was born on Feb. 9, 1920 in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of Samuel and Clara Fine. She graduated from Philadelphia schools and later attended Temple University, Philadelphia. Mrs. Spritzer moved to Gloversville in 1957, where she had since resided. 

She was a member of Knesseth Israel Synagogue, the local Hadassah and the Jewish Community Center, all of Gloversville. 

Survivors include her husband, Eugene J. Spritzer, whom she married on Nov. 19, 1939; six grandchildren; and one nephew. She was predeceased by two sons, Donald Spritzer, who died in 1989 and Gary Spritzer, who died in 1994; and one brother, Joseph Fine.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Knesseth Israel Synagogue, Gloversville. Rabbi Martin Gordon will officiate. Interment will take place at Knesseth Israel Cemetery, Gloversville. Memorial contributions may be made to Knesseth Israel Synagogue. Arrangements are by Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville. 
 

Charlotte Stoddard  
Charlotte Stoddard, 85, formerly of Gloversville, died Wednesday evening at Glendale Nursing Home, Glenville.

She was born on Aug. 13, 1915 in Broadalbin, the daughter of Joseph and Rose Harrington Reynolds. She attended Gloversville schools and lived in the area most of her life. 

She was a former member of Sacred Heart Church, Gloversville, and its Rosary Society. 

Survivors include one daughter, Joan Hallenbeck and her husband, Al Hallenbeck of Ballston Spa; two sisters, Elizabeth Kelly and her husband, Paul Kelly of Little Falls, and Esther "Peg" Frasier of Northville; two grandchildren, Jeffrey and James Hallenbeck; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Forrest Stoddard, who died on June 7, 1981; and one brother, Delbert Reynolds.

The family will be receiving friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville, where a funeral service will directly follow at 10 a.m. The Rev. David L. Tressic, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Gloversville, will officiate, assisted by her cousin, John Kelly of Ilion. Interment will take place at Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Church, Gloversville. 



Friday, April 13, 2001
Joseph Lupo  
Mr. Joseph Stephen Lupo, 93, of Ridge Road, Canajoharie, died early Thursday morning, April 12, at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam after a long illness.

He was born on Jan. 6, 1908, in Fonda, the son of Donato and Carmella Cetera Lupo. Mr. Lupo was a graduate of Canajoharie High School's class of 1927 and was a lifelong area resident.

He was an Army veteran of World War II and served as a corporal.

Mr. Lupo was employed in the planning and production department at Beech-Nut and Life Savers in Canajoharie for more than 45 years. He was also a former member of the Volunteer Police of Canajoharie. He retired in 1973.

He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul's Roman Catholic Church, past commander and member of Smith-Schultz Post 222 American Legion, member and past head man of Last Man's Club, and a member of the 25 Year Club at Beech-Nut, all in Canajoharie.

On Sept. 24, 1932, in Schenectady, he married Mary Masi Lupo, who died Aug. 26, 2000. 

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Pasquale Basilio of Schenectady and Angeline "Jean" and James Luft of Canajoharie; five grandchildren, Anne Marie Stroble of Glenville, Anthony Basilio of Schenectady, Joseph R. Luft of Tonawanda, Angela Darling of Broadalbin and Jennifer Broady of Palatine Bridge; and four great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 16, at the chapel of Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home Inc., 20 Otsego St., Canajoharie, where a prayer service will be held at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 17. At 10 a.m., a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Sts. Peter and Paul's Roman Catholic Church, Cliff Street, Canajoharie. The Rev. William J. Gaffigan will officiate. Burial will take place Sts. Peter and Paul's Cemetery at a later date with full military honors at graveside by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3275, Fort Plain. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service, PO Box 126, Canajoharie, NY 13317 or American Cancer Society, 1450 Western Ave. Room 101, Albany, NY 12203-3572.



Saturday, April 14, 2001
Frances J. Borntraeger 
Mrs. Frances J. Borntraeger, 68, of Cornell Street, Amsterdam, died Friday morning at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam.

She was born on Sept. 3, 1932 in Gloversville, the daughter of Harry W. and Emma H. Morgan Hayes. 

Mrs. Borntraeger moved to Amsterdam in 1955. She was employed by various glove shops, including U.S. Products of Amsterdam, until retiring in 1996. 

She was a devoted communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Amsterdam. She was a past president and member of the John J. Wyszomirski Post 701 Ladies Auxiliary and the VFW Women's Auxiliary 55; played Mrs. Santa Claus for the Post 701 for 18 years and at one time served as a den mother of the McCleary School.

She was married on June 22, 1958 to Howard R. Borntraeger. Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, Joseph Karl Borntraeger and his wife Kimberly of Amsterdam; one daughter, Donna Marie Vega-Ponce and her husband Carlos of Amsterdam; one sister, Doris Leo of Amsterdam; one granddaughter, Ashley Rebecca Vega-Ponce; two step grandchildren, Justin Craig and Brandon Craig. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. She was predeceased by a brother, Richard J. Hayes. and a sister, Nora L. Fonda.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam. The VFW Women's Auxiliary will conduct a service at 7:15 p.m. and the John J. Wyszomerski Post 701 Ladies Auxiliary will give their service at 7:30 Monday evening at the funeral home. The funeral service will be conducted at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday morning at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 11:30 am. at the St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, Grove Street, Amsterdam. Burial will take place at the Fairview Cemetery in Amsterdam. 

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the St. Jude Children's Hospital or to St. Michael's Memorial Fund c/o the funeral home. 
 
 
 
 

Bertha E. Chambers  
Bertha E. Chambers, 88, of White Birch Road, Northville, died Thursday evening at the Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home following a long illness. 

She was born on Sept. 21, 1921 in Gloversville, the daughter of Ludwig and Lydia Wilson. She was a homemaker. 

Her husband, James Chambers, is deceased. She is survived by one daughter, Rose Watson of Northville, three grandchildren, Rose Lobdell of Hope, Frank Lobdell and Bobby Lobdell both of Gloversville; and six great-grandchildren. 

Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Northville Funeral Home, where services will follow at 7 p.m. Spring burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Northville. 
 

Elinor B. Fisher  
Mrs. Elinor B. Fisher, 73, of Barber Street, Fonda, died Thursday, April 12, at the Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville, after a long illness. 

She was born on Aug. 25, 1927 in Fonda, the daughter of Harry and Elizabeth Blakely Barker. Mrs. Fisher was employed as a nurse's aide at the Wells Nursing Home in Johnstown until her retirement. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert H. Fisher, whom she married on June 4, 1948. He died on June 23, 1993. Survivors include one daughter, Doris Fisher of Dunedin, Fla.; two sons, Roger Fisher of Fonda and Thomas Fisher of Gloversville; one sister, Doris Humphrey of Fonda; 11 grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A reception for friends and family will be held at a later date. There will be no calling hours. Cremation will be in Vale Crematory, Schenectady. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of Mid New York, 311 Turner St., Suite 415, Utica, NY 13501.

Arrangements are by the A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 E. Main St., Johnstown. 
 

Richard Glenn  
Richard Glenn of Ridge Road, Galway, died on April 12, 2001 at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa.

Born in Amsterdam, Mr. Glenn was a heavy equipment operator for the Saratoga County Highway Department for 32 years, retiring in 1978. He was a past member of the Galway Volunteer Fire Department and a current member of the United Rod and Gun Club in Benson, N.Y., and a member of the Bleecker Fish and Game Club. He also operated Sundown Meadow Farm until his retirement. 

Survivors include three daughters, Janet Stangle, Nancy McWilliams, and Dorothy Wilson all of Gloversville; one son, Robert Glenn; eight grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday at the Richard J. Ryan Funeral Home, Sacandaga Road, Galway Village, where a service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Spring interment will be in the West Galway Cemetery. 

Those wishing to donate may do so to the Galway Fire Department in his memory. 
 

Maj. Hallet Richard Knight 
Maj. Hallet Richard Knight, 67, of Caroga Lake, where he had resided since 1972, died Friday, April 13, at home with his family.

He was born in Chatham, N.Y., on Sept. 15, 1933, the son of the late Hollet T. and Helen D. Hogeboon Knight. 

Major Knight received his education at Chatham High School, Fulton-Montgomery Community College and Albany Business College. He was employed by the Department of Taxation and Finance of New York state, and retired after 28 years of service. Major Knight was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Korea from 1953 to 1955. He continued his military career with the U.S. Army Reserve, and retired after 23 years as a master sergeant. He received a commission with the New York National Guard, and at the time of his death held the rank of major. 

Major Knight is survived by one son, Terry Knight of Caroga Lake; four daughters, Cindy Barnett of Crofton, Ky., Sharon Alger of Hudson, Lisa Steward of Ghent, and Christy Knight of Caroga Lake; three stepchildren, Robert Klock, Warren Klock and Kimmie Sutton, all of Gloversville; one sister, Alice Powell of Newbern, N.C., one great-grandchild, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one son, Richard Powell, and one sister, Carolyn Pryor. 

Calling hours are from 5 to 8 Sunday evening at the Riley Mortuary, 110 Division St., Amsterdam. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the mortuary. Interment with full military honors will be at the Richard B. Hogeboon Cemetery, Chatham, N.Y.

Memorial contributions in Major Knight's name may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, NY 12078, or to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211.


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