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Friday, April 20, 2001
Lena P. Chase  
Lena P. Chase, 77, of Rebisz Road, died Thursday morning at home.

She was born on Dec. 5, 1923 in Broadalbin, a daughter of Dewey and Elsie Deming Kenyon. She was a lifelong area resident. Mrs. Chase was a 1941 graduate of the former Broadalbin High School. 

She was employed as an inspector for 30 years at the former Johnstown Knitting Mill and retired in 1991. At one time, she was employed at the former Mohawk Carpet Mills in Amsterdam.

Mrs. Chase was a former member of the Broadalbin Methodist Church. She was a member of the Adirondack Fiddler's Association as well as the New York State Fiddler's Association and the Champlain Valley Blue Grass Association.

Mrs. Chase was an avid bird watcher and enjoyed feeding them daily at her home. 

Survivors include her husband, Emmett F. Chase, whom she married on May 15, 1943; four sons, Robert L. Chase, Richard D. Chase and Randy J. Chase, all of Broadalbin, and Robin D. Chase of Morrison, Colo.; two brothers, Melvin Kenyon and Charles Kenyon, both of Broadalbin; three sisters, Shirley McNamara of Amsterdam, Lois Cadoret of Broadalbin and Marjorie Becraft of Camillus, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A calling hour will be 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 38 W. Main St., Broadalbin, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Chris Wintermute will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date at Broadalbin Union Rural Cemetery. 
 

Reynolda Edith Black Motley 
Mrs. Reynolda Edith Black Motley, of Thomasville, N.C., died Wednesday, April 4, in High Point, N.C. 

She was born in Winston-Salem, N.C. 

Her husband, John R. Motley, died on Aug. 17, 1989. Survivors include her sister, Elizabeth Mashburn of Gloversville 

Arrangements were by S.E. Thomas Funeral Service, Thomasville. 



Saturday, April 21, 2001
June Hammond  
Mrs. June E. Hammond, 79, of E. Main St., Johnstown, died Friday, April 20, at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, after a short illness.

She was born on Jan. 20, 1922, in Alburg, Vt., the daughter of John and Ethel May Wheeler Reynolds.

Mrs. Hammond was a graduate of Plainfield High School, Vt., and Becker College in Worcester, Mass., in the executive secretary program. She was first employed with the General Electric Company, Schenectady, and last worked for the New York State Department of Labor for 22 years until her retirement.

She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick W. Hammond, whom she married in 1950. He died on July 5, 1998. Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Bowers of North Carolina; two sons, Chris Hammond of Rotterdam and Mitch Hammond of Amsterdam; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Hammond was predeceased by two brothers, Earl and John Reynolds, and two sisters, Marguerite Long and Ruth Moore.

There will be a memorial service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St., Johnstown. There will be no calling hours. Cremation will be in Vale Crematory, Schenectady. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Amsterdam Babe Ruth c/o Dennis Nelli, 49 North Boulevard, Hagaman, NY 12086.
 

Do not stand at may grave and weep
 

I am not there &emdash; I do not sleep. 
 

I'm part of the thousand winds that blow, 
 

I'm part of the diamond glints of snow, 
 

I'm part of the sunlight on ripening grain, 
 

I am part of the gentle autumn rain. 
 

When you awake in the morning's hush, 
 

I am the swift uplifting rush
 

Of quiet birds in the circled flight. 
 

I am part of the stars that shine at night. 
 

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
 

I am not there. I did not die. 

Ronald Smith  
Ronald Haley Smith, 87, of Trackside Homes, Johnstown, died Friday, April 20, at St. Johnsville Nursing Home after a long illness

He was born on Nov. 21, 1913, in Rensselaer, the son of Harry and Jane Haley Smith. Mr. Smith attended the former Milne High School.

He owned and operated Smith's Office Equipment in Johnstown and retired in 1985.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Johnstown and Gloversville. He was a charter member of Johnstown Lion's Club, where he held a number of offices including president and secretary and district office. 

He married Clara Maddox on Aug. 5, 1939.

He is survived by his wife, Clara Smith of Johnstown; one daughter, Elizabeth J. Twardy of Johnstown; two grandchildren, Michael Twardy of Gloversville and Michelle Abel of Albany; two great-grandchildren and one cousin, Marilyn Remele of Alaska.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher St., Johnstown, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Richard Sears, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Johnstown and Gloversville, will officiate. Burial will take place at Graceland Cemetery, Delmar. Memorial contributions may be made to JAVAC or The Lions Eye Institute, 35 Hackett Blvd., Albany, NY 12208 or First United Methodist Church of Johnstown and Gloversville, 16 N. William St., Johnstown, NY 12095. 
 

Virginia Waite  
Virginia Allen Waite, 71, of 378 County Highway 122, Gloversville, died Friday, April 20, at Albany Medical Center, Albany, following a long illness. 

Mrs. Waite was born on Jan. 28, 1930, in Gloversville, the daughter of Everett and Mildred Daniels Allen. Mrs. Waite was united in marriage to Robert A. Waite on Sept. 10, 1949. 

Mrs. Waite worked for many years as an inventory control clerk at the former Montgomery Ward store in Gloversville, and later at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Day Care Program, Johnstown, retiring in 1987.

She is survived by her husband, Robert A. Waite, and a son, Robert Allen Waite, both of Gloversville. Mrs. Waite was predeceased by a son, Gary A. Waite, her mother and step-father, Mildred and Stanley Hulett, and her father, Everett Allen.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, from the Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a memorial service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m.

Interment will take place in Fern Dale Cemetery, Johnstown.

Memorial contributions in Virginia's memory may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, NY 12078.



Sunday, April 22, 2001
Luke R. Corbett  
Mr. Luke R. Corbett, 91, of Trackside, Johnstown, passed away Friday at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a brief illness. He was born Dec. 28, 1909, in Amsterdam, the son of Thomas and Bridget Ward Corbett. 

He graduated from Johnstown High School in 1930, having been a four-year sports letterman. He attended Eastern University in Boston, where he also played basketball and baseball. Mr. Corbett played professional basketball for Company H in Gloversville. 

For 38 years, he was an agent for the Metropolitan Insurance Co., retiring in 1971. He served in the Army Air Force from 1943 to 1945 and was discharged with the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Corbett was a member of St. Patrick's Church and the Knights of Columbus and its service committee. He was a member of the Nick Stoner Golf Club for 50 years.

Mr. Corbett is survived by his wife, the former Catherine Smith of Johnstown, whom he married July 14, 1932. He is also survived by a son, William T. Corbett of Westerlo; and a daughter, Patricia Martin of Trenton, N.J.; a grandson; a granddaughter; a great-granddaughter; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no visiting hours. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Cremation will take place at Leatherstocking Crematory, Cherry Valley. Arrangements are by the Ehle Funeral Home. 
 

Howard A. Sprung  
Mr. Howard A. Sprung, 80, of North Perry Street in Johnstown, passed away Saturday, April 21, at Nathan Littauer Hospital after being stricken at home. He had been in failing health. He was born July 6, 1920, in Gloversville, the son of Timothy and Frances Hammersmith Sprung. He attended Gloversville High School. He was first employed from 1948 to 1968 at Liberty Dressing. He was employed from 1968 until his retirement in 1983 as a measurer for Crown Finishing in Johnstown. 

During World War II, he served in the Coast Guard from 1942 until his discharge in 1945. 

He was a member of the former Foresters' Club of Gloversville.

On June 1, 1946, he was united in marriage to the former Helen O'Bryan, who survives. Other survivors include three sons, Robert F. Sprung of Caroga Lake, Gary M. Sprung of Gloversville and James H. Sprung of Johnstown; four granddaugters, four grandsons and a great-granddaughter, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Ehle Funeral Home, 15 N. William St., Johnstown, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will be in Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. 
 

Anita Lynn MacPhail  
Anita Lynn MacPhail, 81, of Portsmouth, N.H., and formerly of Johnstown, died Saturday, April 21, at Sunbridge of Portsmouth Nursing Home after a long illness.

She was born Oct. 6, 1919, in Johnstown, the daughter of Salvatore and Cecile Causse DePhillips. She attended Gloversville schools.

She worked as a licensed practical nurse for Portsmouth Hospital, retiring in 1987.

She had been a member of St. Patrick's Church.

Mrs. MacPhail is survived by a daughter, Susan Villone of Johnstown, a son, Kevin Kline of Portsmouth, and two grandchildren, Cheri and Christopher Bruse of Johnstown. 

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday from St. Patrick's Church with the Rev. James Fitzmaurice, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Barter and Donnan Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice or the charity of one's choice.


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