Miscellaneous Fulton County, New York Obituaries

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Tuesday, June 5, 2001
Elmer Longhenry  
Elmer Longhenry, 93, of West State Street, Gloversville, died Sunday at the Fulton County Residential Healthcare Facility, Gloversville. He was born on July 6, 1907 in Gloversville, the son of the late John E. and Alice Duesler Longhenry. He was educated in Gloversville and Johnstown schools and graduated from Gloversville Business School. 

From 1938 to 1959 he operated a grocery store and bakery on Washington Street, Gloversville. 

From 1950 to 1958 he was Gloversville 3rd Ward alderman; chairman of the Police Committee and the Ways and Means Committee. From 1959 to 1966 he was Gloversville city chamberlain, when he instituted the practice of investing idle funds. From 1966 to 1978 he was Fulton County treasurer and instrumental in changing the office to data processing; a former member of the Concordia Club and the Gloversville Lions Club. In 1920 he joined the First Baptist Church, Gloversville, where he was a trustee, deacon and treasurer; and a member of the CB Club of Fulton County; the Fulton County Officers Association and the Fremont Street United Methodist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Darla Jean Christiano of Ventura, Calif.; two sons, John E. Longhenry of Gloversville and David Longhenry of Raymond, N.H.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was married on June 6, 1931 to Dorothy Stoddard, who died in 1993.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St., Gloversville. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The Rev. William R. Andrist will officiate. Interment will take place at Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. 
 

Joyce A. Carpenter  
Joyce A. Carpenter, 81, of Carlisle, Pa., formerly of Easton, Md., died on Sunday, June 3, at the Sara Todd Nursing Home in Carlisle. 

She was born on Aug. 25, 1919, in Ilion, N.Y., the daughter of the late Harry and Helen Chartier Deming. After she graduated from Northville High School in 1937, she attended nursing school at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam, where she received her nursing degree in 1940. 

She worked at St. Mary's Hospital until 1964, when she moved to Columbus, Ohio. In 1971 she moved to Easton, Md., where she resided until 1999, when she moved to Carlisle, Pa.

Mrs. Carpenter is survived by: two daughters, Susan Gabriel of Mechanicsburg, Pa. and Genie Coe of Hastings, Mich.; one sister, Winifred McConnell of Greenville, S.C.; three brothers, Malcolm Deming of Fulton, N.Y., Douglas Deming of Taylor, S.C. and Lawrence Deming of Albuquerque, N.M.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. On Feb. 2, 1943 she married James W. Carpenter. Mr. Carpenter died on Nov. 15, 1994. She was also predeceased by a sister, Kathleen Sanders, who died in January.

Friends may call from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Easton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Easton. 

Memorial donations may be made to Grace Community Church, PO Box 317, Oxford, MD 21654 or St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 626 Williams Grove Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, or to your local American Cancer Society. See www.fhnfuneralhome.com 
 

Cecil Springsteen Flint 
Mrs. Cecil Springsteen Flint, 95, of Mayfield, died Monday at Nathan Littauer Nursing Home. 

She was born on June 21, 1905 in Brooklyn, the daughter of Oscar and Charlotte Anderson Springsteen. Mrs. Flint lived in Hempstead, Long Island for more than 40 years before she moved to Mayfield.

She was a graduate of Hempstead High School and earned a teaching degree from Jamaica, N.Y., Normal School. 

Mrs. Flint was an elementary school teacher in Hempstead for several years.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Church of Gloversville and a member of Hempstead Rosary Society of Our Lady of Loretto Roman Catholic Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Virginia F. Montague of Mayfield; two granddaughters, Barbara Slingerland of Rockwell, N.C. and Carol M. Desmond of Shallotte, N.C.; three great-grandchildren, Eric R., Matthew D. and and Sara N. Slingerland, all of Rockwell, N.C.; and one niece. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd M. Flint, who died in 1985; and one sister, Edith Kertell. 

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Gloversville. The Rev. David L. Tressic, pastor, will be celebrant. Interment will take place at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown. 
 

Gregg K. Smith  
Gregg K. Smith, 59, of Elliott Place, Clinton, died Sunday, June 3, at St Elizabeth's Medical Center.

He was born on March 17, 1942 in Gloversville, the son of Frederick K. and Virginia Youcheff Smith. Gregg graduated from Johnstown High School and attended school for airline industry training in Connecticut. 

In 1963 he married Irene Covert in Yonkers. The couple lived in Los Angeles and New York City before moving to Clinton in 1984. Gregg retired from USAir in 1995 as regional director of reservations. He owned and operated Mr. G's Subs and More in New Hartford until February.

He is survived by his wife, Irene of Clinton; his beloved son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Wendy Smith of Constantia; his three cherished grandchildren, Brandon, Alex and Miranda; his sister, Michelle Byron of Indiana; his uncle, Harold Smith of Florida; and cousins, Cynthia McLoughlin of California and Scott Smith of New Jersey.

Friends are invited to call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at Owens-Pavlot Funeral Service Inc., 35 College St., Clinton, where memorial services will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.



Wednesday, June 6, 2001
George Edward Hoyt Jr. 
George Edward Hoyt Jr., 32, born in Norwich, Conn., Dec. 20, 1968, passed away on May 26, 2001, in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. He was formerly from Orlando, Fla.

Survivors include his parents, George and Linda Hoyt of San Diego, Calif; a brother, Randy Michael Hoyt of San Diego; his grandfather, George Earl of Galway, N.Y.; and grandmothers, Anna Hoyt of Broadalbin, N.Y., and Betty Earl of Schenectady, N.Y.

Contributions may be made to the Volunteer Search & Rescue Group at: SAR Team, PO Box 616, Bridgeport, CA 93517 Attn: Lt. Cole Hampton. 
 

William F. Huptik  
Mr. William F. Huptik, 83, of Gloversville, died Monday at his residence after being stricken.

He was born in Gloversville Nov. 13, 1917, the son of the late Frank and Agnes Drahozal Huptick. He was a graduate of Gloversville High School.

Mr. Huptik owned the Seaboard Shellfish Co. on Bleecker Street for 25 years, retiring in 1975.

He was a former member of VFW Post 2077 and of the Kingsboro Golf Club. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. 

On Sept. 2, 1939, he married Anna Antalek, who survives. He is survived also by a daughter, Carol Palmateer, and a son, William Huptick, both of Gloversville; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

Mr. Huptik was predeceased by a daughter, Susan Towne, and a sister, Bertha Kollar.

Calling hours will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St., Gloversville. A service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. The Rev. Donald Czelusniak, pastor of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Gloversville, will officiate. Burial will take place in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown. 



Thursday, June 7, 2001
Roy James Bleyl III  
Roy James (Buddy) Bleyl III, 8, of Gloversville, died Tuesday at Albany Medical Center following a long illness. 

He was born on April 23, 1993, in Gloversville, the son of Roy James Bleyl Jr. and Angelique Van Slyke Bleyl of Gloversville.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Logan Mikhail Bleyl of Gloversville; paternal grandparents, Erwin and Laura Brockhum Lee and Roy James Bleyl Sr. of Gloversville; aunts, Kristine La Vada, Jillanne Bleyl, Cathy Willis; and uncles, Donald Bleyl, Roy Willis, Albert Van Slyke, Leon Van Slyke, Edward Darpino, David La Vada.

Calling hours will be 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, followed by a service conducted at 6 p.m., with the Rev. R.W. Williams officiating, at the Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St. A graveside service will be conducted at 9 a.m. Saturday at Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown.

The Cosmic Warrior

Written by David W. Bleyl with Inspiration from Roy J. Bleyl III

I exit now with pride and grace,

As I gaze upon my Creator's face.

I leave behind a physical shell,

That made my life a living Hell.

My Spirit now is free to fly.

Hold your memories of me deep inside,

And dream of me on my cosmic ride.

My time on Earth was a lesson for you,

To face your fears and accept the Spirit, too.

My Spirit now is free to fly.

I explore and soar from star to star,

But I stay inside you and will never go far.

The Spirit somehow works that way,

I'm in your hearts while in the Universe I play.

My Spirit now is free to fly.

Please, take a moment to mourn and cry,

Then lift your head as you wonder, "Why?"

And see me wave as I soar along,

A Cosmic Warrior, in a land, where nothing's wrong.

My Spirit now is free to fly.

"Good Bye!" 
 

George E. Scunziano Sr. 
George E. Scunziano Sr., of Tucson, Ariz., passed away Feb. 3, 2001 at the Odyssey House Hospice Unit in Tucson, Ariz.

He was born on Dec. 14, 1926, in Brooklyn, to Alfred Scunziano and Marjorie Borthwick Scunziano.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

Mr. Scunziano was a bus driver and union shop steward while living in Brooklyn. In 1962 he moved his family to Edinburg, N.Y. He was a police officer and chief of police in Northville and town magistrate for 17 years in Edinburg until moving to Tucson, Ariz., in 1996.

He was president of the Fulton and Saratoga Counties Magistrates Association and a member of the New York State Magistrates Association and life member of the New York State Chiefs of Police Association and the Northeastern Chiefs of Police Association. His greatest accomplishment was his love and devotion to his wife and their 11 children. 

Survivors include his wife, Claire R. Scunziano; eight sons, George E. Scunziano Jr., John Scunziano, Robert Scunziano, Michael Scunziano, and William Scunziano, all of New York, James Scunziano of Oregon, Alfred Scunziano of Arizona, and Joseph Scunziano of Massachusetts; three daughters, Linda C. Lyons of Arizona, Marjorie Sams of Virginia, and Patricia Scunziano of New York; 20 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He is survived also by two brothers, Joseph Scunziano of Staten Island, N.Y., and Alfred Scunziano of Mobile, Ala.

Cremation took place in Tucson, Ariz. The family would be honored by all who can attend a Memorial Mass on Saturday, June 9, at 2 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Northville. A graveside service will follow at the Edinburg Cemetery, with Father Powhida officiating. 
 

Elmer Longhenry  
Elmer Longhenry, 93, of West State Street, Gloversville, died Sunday at the Fulton County Residential Healthcare Facility, Gloversville.

Omitted from the obituary published Tuesday was a predeceased great-grandchild, Robert T. Longhenry Jr., and the number of surviving great-grandchildren was seven.



June 9, 2001Griffith B. Lewis 
Griffith B. Lewis, 98, a longtime resident of Boght Road, Watervliet, died Thursday evening, June 7, 2001 at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center in Guilderland, N.Y. Born in Troy, N.Y. on Feb. 23, 1903, he was the last surviving son of 17 children born to the late Griffith Martin and Adelaide Bertrand Lewis.

"Griff," as many knew him, grew up on the family's six-acre farm in Colonie, N.Y. Shortly after marrying a "beautiful Irish Lass," the former Dorothy Kelly from Troy, N.Y. on Aug. 17, 1929, he built his own home on the same property. The couple raised their family and maintained their home there for over 60 years. Their marriage endured for over 71 years until Mrs. Lewis' death on March 12, 2001.

During the Great Depression, Mr. Lewis started his career working along with his father at the Wilcox and Gibbs Sewing Machine Company of Troy, N.Y., rising to the level of manager. Using his skills as a master mechanic, inventor and administrator, he emerged in 1945 to take over as president of Hagaman Industries, a floundering business in Hagaman, N.Y. After four years of success as a manufacturer of recreational and canvas boat products, Mr. Lewis went on to found Barlow Manufacturing Company, Inc., in Amsterdam, N.Y.

For the next 23 years he designed, invented and manufactured many ballistic protective devices for the Department of Defense. His company was one of the only four companies supplying critical protective items to the Army during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Mr. Lewis held several patents for his inventive use of bulletproof nylon and fuel transport products. For his efforts, Mr. Lewis was cited by the Department of Defense as "Supplier of the Year" by the Chrysler Tank Plant in Detroit, Mich. Remaining loyal to the workers and community of Amsterdam, in 1972 he expanded his company to 150 employees and along with the assistance of this sons, founded Breton Industries, Inc. On any given day, Mr. Lewis could be found working in his office where his walls were adorned with blueprint drawings, patterns and napkin-scribblings of his latest inventions as well as accolades and awards, such as the "Prime Contractor of the Year" from the U.S. Small Business Department, Region 2, sponsored by the Watervliet Arsenal in Watervliet, N.Y. He received the award in Washington D.C. by then-President Ronald Regan and New York State Senator Alfonse D'Amato. Resolutions recognizing his achievement were also received from the New York State Senate and Assembly in special ceremonies. He continued to serve as president of Breton Industries, Inc. until 1987 and remained as an active consultant until his death.

Mr. Lewis enjoyed traveling the world for both business and pleasure. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and traveled around the world in search of wild game. His expeditions ranged from the freezing wilds of Alaska and Canada to the broiling deserts of Kenya ,where he explored and hunted on safari with his sons. Trophies of Kodiak bear, mountain goat, elk, moose and antelope filled his home's family room as a testament to his hunting skill. As a fisherman, Mr. Lewis held a record in Nova Scotia for a single-line catch of a 625-pound tuna fish.

Mr. Lewis was a long-time communicant of St. Patrick's Church in Watervliet, where he served as parish council member and on various committees. In 1983, sponsored by the Most Rev. Howard J. Hubbard, DD, Bishop of Albany, Mr. Lewis was installed as a Knight in the American Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in a ceremony that was held in St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. His tireless efforts and unselfish generosity to his family, friends and all who knew and loved him will remain his legacy.

He is survived by his four loving sons and their spouses, G. Richard Lewis and his wife Maryrose of Latham, N.Y., Ronald J. Lewis and his wife Barbara of Yuba City, Calif., Gary T. Lewis and his wife Patricia of Philadelphia, Pa., and Peter A. Lewis and his wife Glenda of Scotia, N.Y.; his cherished grandchildren, Kristin Grice, Karen Schuler, G. Eric Lewis, Randy Lewis, Lorrie Reynolds, Lanceton Lewis, Marielle Martin, Michael, Jason and Jeffrey Lewis; his dear sisters, Mildred Connolly of Troy, N.Y. and Leona Ekstrom of Guilderland, N.Y.; his special nieces and nephew, Mary Beth Pazzula of Niskayuna, Jane Ann Fitzmaurice of Poestenkill and Brother John Wilson, FSC of New Jersey and 13 adoring great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited and may also call at the Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet, N.Y., from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Patrick's Church, Watervliet. Interment will follow in Memory's Garden in Colonie, N.Y. Contributions may be made to the LaSalle Institute Scholarship Fund, 174 Williams Road, Troy, NY 12180, in memory of Griffith B. Lewis.
 
Frederick J. Weber 
Frederick J. Weber, 56, of Ferguson Street, Schenectady, passed away at Ellis Hospital on June 7, 2001. He was born on Dec. 4, 1944, in Gloversville, N.Y., a son of the late Frederick Weber Sr. and Ruth Raimo Weber. His mother survives in Gloversville.

Mr. Weber was employed by General Electric Steam Turbine as an assembler for 35 years until his retirement in November 2000.

He was the beloved husband of 36 years of Mary Sickles Weber. She survives him at home.

He leaves behind one loving daughter, Donna Weber, and her fiance, Charles Dailey of Rotterdam; one loving brother and sister-in-law, William and Mary Weber of Gloversville; two loving sisters, Lynne Hinman of Saratoga and Kathleen Brown of Gloversville; one sister-in-law, Caroline Felt of Rensselaer, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to call at the DeMarco Stone Funeral Home Inc., 1605 Helderberg Ave., Rotterdam, N.Y., on Sunday, June 10, 2001, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 11, 2001, at 8:15 a.m. at the funeral home. Immediately following, a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. at St. Gabriel's Church, Hamburg Street, Rotterdam. Interment will be in St. Cyril's Cemetery, Duanesburg Road, Rotterdam.
 

 

 
Edward H. Donnelly 
Edward H. Donnelly, 96, of Trackside Homes, Johnstown, died Friday morning at the Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home.

He was born in Broadalbin on Dec. 17, 1904, a son of Michael and Lena Edwards Donnelly, and was educated in local schools. Mr. Donnelly resided in Broadalbin since 1947, moving to Ellenton, Fla. in 1980. In 1996 he moved to Johnstown.

At one time, Mr. Donnelly was employed at the former Mohawk Carpet Mills in Amsterdam and later worked at the Fulton County Silk Mill for 10 years. He retired in 1972.

Mr. Donnelly was an Army veteran of World War II, and served in the Middle East for three years.

He was a member of the Northampton United Methodist Church at Fish House and a member of the American Legion Post 337 in Broadalbin.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Hattie Putnam, who died in 1989 and Lila Ferguson, who died in 1996.

Survivors include his wife, the former Rose M. Adamec Donnelly, whom he married on Dec. 27, 1941, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be conducted from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home, 38 West Main St., Broadalbin. Funeral Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Northampton United Methodist Church at Fish House, 1605 County Highway 110, Broadalbin, with the Rev. Brad Broyles officiating. Burial will take place in the Broadalbin-Mayfield Rural Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the church in care of Elizabeth Pickering, PO Box 356, Broadalbin, NY 12025.


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