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William Archinal 
January 1, 2001
Mr. William J. Archinal, 90, of Gloversville, died Friday at Nathan Littauer Hospital. He had resided at Pineview Commons Home for Adults, Johnstown, for two weeks.
Born on Sept. 8, 1909 in Johnstown, he was the son of Conrad and Agnes Haas Archinal.
Mr. Archinal was educated in Johnstown schools. He was employed in the maintenance department of Nathan Littauer Hospital for several years, then worked at the former Sand's Grocery in Johnstown for many years.
Mr. Archinal married Margaret E. McFeeley on July 28, 1931. She died on July 19, 1997.
Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn J. Cornell of Gloversville and Bonnie A. Brown of Caroga Lake; a sister, Ann Basileo of Johnstown, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. 
Mr. Archinal was predeceased by his brother, Edward Archinal, and his two sisters, Katherine Montanye and Lorraine Auferheide.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a service will follow at noon with the Rev. Dr. Alan C. Rhodes, pastor of North Main Street United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will take place in Fern Dale Cemetery, Johnstown.

Herbert Brenno 
January 1, 2001
Mr. Herbert T. Brenno, 80, a former resident of Hornell and the father of two Gloversville men, died Thursday at the Fulton County Residential Health Care facility after a long illness.
Born on Feb. 12, 1920, in Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, he was the son of William and Laura LeMay Brenno. 
Mr. Brenno was educated in Ogdensburg schools, and served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater during World War II. 
He then lived in Pearl River, Rockland County, and worked at the Rockland County Psychiatric Center as an electrocardiogram and electroencephalograph technician, retiring in 1975.
Mr. Brenno was a member of the American Legion and VFW in Orangetown, and the Elks Club in Nanuet. From 1975 to 1979, he lived in Hornell, Steuben County. In 1979, he lived in Amsterdam and then Morristown, St. Lawrence County, prior to returning to Hornell. He was an avid bowler and bocce player.
Mr. Brenno married Jeannette Vice on Jan. 28, 1946. She died in 1997. 
Survivors include one daughter, Lori Blades, of Hornell; two sons, Michael "Mick" Brenno and Jeff Brenno, both of Gloversville; and one sister Mae Sansone, of New Britain Conn.; six grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Brenno was predeceased by one son, John Brenno; a grandson, Jeremy T. Brenno; and two brothers, Harold and Frank Brenno.
A private funeral service will be conducted at the the Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St., Gloversville, at the convenience of the family. There will be no public calling hours. Cremation will take place at Parkview Crematory, Schenectady. Final Interment of the cremains will take place in Calvary Cemetery, Massena. 

Mr. Louis A. Conti
January 1, 2001
Mr. Louis A. Conti, 79, of Gloversville died Sunday at the Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home after a long illness.
He was born Oct. 22, 1921, in Ambridge, Pa., a son of Angelo and Constanza Biasini Conti.
Mr. Conti served in the Army during World War II.
He worked in his early years as a glove cutter for Rubin Glove Co., then as a stock clerk for General Electric Co. in Schenectady, retiring in 1984.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Gloversville and a former member of the local Glove Cutters Union.
He married Bernice Aderholdt on July 11, 1942. She died Aug. 12, 1996.
Survivors include two sons, Paul Conti of Gloversville and Thomas Conti of San Francisco, Calif.; two sisters, Gloria Plummer of Kissimini, Fla., and Leona Jenkins of Gloversville; and one grandson.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Barter and Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher St., Johnstown. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Church in Gloversville with the Rev. David Tressic, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in the spring at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown.

Ardith 'Ardy' Priester Lee
January 1, 2001
Mrs. Ardith "Ardy" Priester Lee, 82, died Friday evening at Maplewood Manor, Ballston Spa. She lived at the Fulton County Residential Health Care Facility for seven years before entering Maplewood Manor in June.
Mrs. Lee was born May 16, 1918, in Corinth, the daughter of Emil and Laura Taylor Priester.
She was a 1935 graduate of Corinth High School and a 1937 graduate of Syracuse Beauty School.
She practiced hairstyling in Syracuse for a time before moving to Gloversville. She worked for several leather glove manufacturers and was employed at the Fulton County Infirmary in Gloversville for 17 years, where she retired as head housekeeper.
Mrs. Lee was a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Gloversville.
She married Harold E. Lee on April 3, 1971. He died Oct. 3, 1991.
She is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins and was predeceased by her sister, Florence Priester Rivette, and brothers Walter and George Priester.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Walrath and Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a prayer service will follow at 11 a.m. This will be followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Kingsboro Avenue, Gloversville, with the Rev. David L. Tressic, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will take place in the spring at Greenwich Cemetery, Greenwich.

Charles T. Trippodo
January 1, 2001
Mr. Charles T. Trippodo, 77, formerly of Gloversville, died Saturday at the Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home after a long battle with Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.
He was born March 23, 1923, in Gloversville, a son of Salvatore and Rose Flacco Trippodo.
Mr. Trippodo was a lifelong Gloversville resident and a 1941 graduate of Gloversville High School.
He and his family managed The Manor House restaurant in Gloversville for 15 years. He was assistant manager of the former Hippodrome Theater in Gloversville and he and his wife owned The Coffee Shop on North Main Street in Gloversville for many years. He retired in 1985 from the silicone chemical department at General Electric Co. in Waterford after 10 years of service.
He served as a volunteer for many youth organizations and helped develop the athletic programs at the former Bishop Burke Catholic High School. In the early 1940s, he coached several area high school basketball and football teams, including those of Bishop Burke's.
Mr. Trippodo was a member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church in Gloversville, where he was a former Holy Name Society member.
He married Evelyn E. Walker on June 29, 1946. She survives.
Other survivors include two sons, Ronald Trippodo of Perth and Lawrence Trippodo of Rochester; two daughters, Susan McNeil of Perth and Barbara Burton of Penfield; 11 grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Trippodo was predeceased by four brothers, Anthony, Frank, Mario and Ross Trippodo, and two sisters, Eunice and Anna Trippodo.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Walrath and Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a prayer service will be conducted at 9 a.m. Wednesday. This will be followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church with the Rev. Donald Czelusniak, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will take place in the spring at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown. 

Howard F. Barnes
January 2, 2001
Mr. Howard F. Barnes, 88, of Bolton Landing, Warren County, the father of a Northville resident, died Sunday at Albany Medical Center after a short illness.
He was born on May 1, 1912 in Mechanicville, Saratoga County, the son of Frederick and Virginia Soliere Barnes. He was employed as a machine operator at Hercules, Hudson Falls, Washington County. After he retired, he worked for several years as a caretaker for the Miller Estate, Bolton Landing.
Mr. Barnes was a trustee and member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Bolton Landing, for more than 50 years, beginning in 1935. He was a member of the Bolton Fire Department and served as fire commissioner for 10 years. He was also a member of Civilian Conservation Corps Camp 7, Bolton Landing. 
He enjoyed working in his flower and vegetable gardens. 
Survivors include two daughters, Gertrude Remington of Brant Lake and Betty Lou DeMatties of Northville; one sister, Josephine Murray of Mechanicville; nine grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. 
On Sept. 26, 1934, he married the former Verna Dudley, who died on July 24, 1993; two sons, Howard "Bud" Dudley Barnes, who died in 1997, and Earle Frederick Barnes, who died in 1935; and one brother, David Joseph Barnes, who died in 1971. 
Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. today at Stafford Funeral Home, 90 Montcalm St., Lake George, Warren County. A service will be conducted at noon today at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Stewart Avenue, Bolton Landing. The Rev. Dawn Robbins-Wood, pastor, will officiate. Burial will take place in Brant Lake Cemetery, Route 8, Warren County. 

Rhoda Landman
January 2, 2001
Miss Rhoda Landman, 67, of Gloversville, died Monday at Nathan Littauer Hospital.
She was born in New York City, the daughter of Joseph and Pauline River Landman. Miss Landman was educated in New York City.
She was employed by Lexington Day Treatment Center, Gloversville.
There are no known survivors.
She was predeceased by one brother, Jack Landman.
A calling hour will be 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville. A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Rabbi Martin Gordon of Knesseth Israel Synagogue, Gloversville, will officiate. Burial will take place in Knesseth Israel Cemetery, Gloversville. 

Genevieve Dwojakowski Rubinski
January 2, 2001
Mrs. Genevieve "Genia" Dwojakowski Rubinski, 81, of Schenectady, a native of Amsterdam, died Sunday at home after a short illness. 
Mrs. Rubinski attended the former Mont Pleasant High School, Schenectady, and was a lifelong area resident.
She was employed at General Electric Co., Schenectady, and the former Campbell Plastics. She later worked as a machine operator at the former Mica Co., Schenectady, during the 1960s and retired from the company. 
Mrs. Dwojakowski was a communicant of Church of St. Adalbert, Schenectady, and a member of its Altar Rosary Society and Choral Society for more than 60 years.
Survivors include her husband, Marvin Rubinski, whom she married on June 28, 1958; two sisters, Bernadine Mastroianni and Alfreda Balga, both of Schenectady. 
Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Leszczynski Funeral Home, 716 Crane St., Schenectady, where members of the Altar Rosary and Choral Society will meet at 7 p.m. for a service. A service will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. At 9 a.m. a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Church of St. Adalbert, Schenectady. Burial will take place in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Rotterdam. 

Kassian Semczuk
January 2, 2001
Mr. Kassian Semczuk, 76, of Amsterdam, died Monday at home.
He was born on July 24, 1924 in Novaky, Ukraine, where he received his education. Mr. Semczuk had resided in Amsterdam since 1949.
He was first employed by the former Mohasco Corporation, Amsterdam. He worked for many years as a carpenter at General Electric Co., Schenectady, retiring in 1990.
Mr. Semczuk was a master wood carver and a member of the European guilds. He was a member of the Amsterdam Bicentennial Committee and constructed a prize-winning windmill for the celebration. He also provided carvings for churches and institutions.
He was a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Troy, where he was vice president at one time. He was also a member of the Ukrainian-American Citizens Club, Amsterdam, and the Ukrainian National Association Branch 266 and IUE Local 301, Schenectady.
Survivors include his wife, the former Olga Kaluk, whom he married on Oct. 2, 1945; two sons, John Semczuk of Amsterdam and Roman Semczuk of Perth; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters; several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church St., Amsterdam with Parastas at 7 p.m. A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery, Amsterdam. 

Dorothy Mead Wilhelm
January 2, 2001
Mrs. Dorothy Mead Wilhelm, 93, of Schoharie, the mother of a Northville resident, died Saturday at Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility, Amsterdam.
She was born in Schoharie and was educated in Middleburgh, Schoharie County. Mrs. Wilhelm had resided at the facility since November 1999.
She was employed as a home health aide many years ago. She was also a homemaker.
Mrs. Wilhelm was a member of Schoharie Reformed Church and a former member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Middleburgh.
Survivors include four daughters, Jeanne VanDenburg of Schenectady, June Vrooman of Northville, Janice Baker of Poughkeepsie and Jacquelyn Sackett of Sheboygan, Wis.; one son, R. Christopher Wilhelm of Schenectady; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. today at Langan Funeral Home, 227 Main St., Schoharie. A service will be conducted at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Lutheran Cemetery, Schoharie. 

John Alfred Betcher
January 3, 2001
Mr. John "Jack" Alfred Betcher, 83, of Canajoharie, died Sunday at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, after a long illness. 
He was born on June 7, 1917 in Burlington, Vt., the son of Col. Alfred John and Olive Lucile Cook Betcher. Mr. Betcher graduated from Canajoharie schools. He attended Kew Forest Prep School, Kew Gardens, Queens County, and Cochran Bryant Prep School, Maryland. He was a 1939 graduate of Colgate University with a bachelor's degree in English literature. He had been a resident of Canajoharie for 70 years.
Mr. Betcher was of the Lutheran faith. 
Survivors include three cousins, Robert Betcher of Biloxi, Miss., Millard Eide of Moorhead, Minn. and Bruce E. Betcher of Grand Forks, N.#D.
Calling hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 20 Otsego St., Canajoharie. A service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The Rev. Kenneth Dingman, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fort Plain, will officiate. Burial will take place in Canajoharie Falls Cemetery in the spring. 

Richard Emil Evans
January 3, 2001
Mr. Richard Emil "Dick" Evans, 61, of Fort Johnson, died Tuesday at home.
He was born on Nov. 17, 1939 in Utica, the son of Robert and Helen Higham Evans. Mr. Evans was a graduate of Utica Free Academy. He had a camp at Pleasant Lake. 
He served in the Army in Korea. He was the owner and operator of Evans and Sons Construction Co., doing dry wall finishing for 40 years. He retired in May 2000.
He was a basketball free throw champion and avid diver while in high school. He enjoyed golf and was a volunteer with the cancer telethon.
He is survived by his companion, Shirley Konik.
On Dec. 5, 1970, he married the former Dolores Ann Tresoline, who died in 1997.
Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

Larry J. Kazala Sr.
January 3, 2001
Mr. Larry J. Kazala Sr., 54, of Amsterdam, died Tuesday at the home of his parents.
He was born on Jan. 17, 1946 in Amsterdam, the son of Martin J. and Florence Stark Kazala. Mr. Kazala was a graduate of the former Wilbur H. Lynch High School, Amsterdam, and was a lifelong area resident. He was employed at Wal-Mart, Amsterdam.
Mr. Kazala was a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Amsterdam.
Survivors include his parents of Amsterdam; one son, Larry J. Kazala Jr. of Amsterdam; two daughters, Beverly Kazala of Gloversville and Erin Guisti of Amsterdam; four brothers, Richard Kazala of San Antonio, Texas, and George Kazala, Keith Kazala and Timothy Kazala, all of Amsterdam; two sisters, Judy Miller of Gloversville and Lee Ann Kazala of Amsterdam; several grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:15 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Amsterdam. Burial will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, Fort Johnson.

Florence D. Miller
January 3, 2001
Mrs. Florence D. Miller, 88, formerly of Perth, died Tuesday at the Fulton County Residential Health Care Facility, Gloversville. 
She was born on June 6, 1912 in Woodshollow, town of Mayfield, the daughter of James and Grace Frederick Dickinson. Mrs. Miller attended Woodshollow Schools and lived most of her life in Perth.
She was employed at Harrower's Blanket Mills, Hagaman; the Chalmers Knitting Mill, Crosley Glove Co., and Almor Co., all of Amsterdam. She retired in 1977.
Mrs. Miller was a member of Amsterdam United Methodist Church, the Perth Seniors and the Perthshire Grange.
On Oct. 20, 1928, she married Harold F. Miller, who died on Jan. 1, 1969. She was also predeceased by one son, Charles Miller, who died on Feb. 19, 1988.
She is survived by one grandson, Dany-James Miller of Utica; two step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandson.
A calling hour will be 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam. A service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The Rev. Cal Briggs-Harris, pastor of Amsterdam United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will take place in Perth Cemetery in the spring.

Gail Tomlinson
January 3, 2001
Miss Gail Tomlinson, 63, of Hebron, Washington County, a native of Gloversville, died Saturday at home after a short illness.
She was born on Oct. 15, 1937 in Gloversville, the daughter of Fred and Vivian Kidson Tomlinson. Miss Tomlinson was a graduate of the Albany Medical Center School of Nursing.
She worked for 20 years at Albany Medical Center. She was also employed for five years as a registered nurse at Hallmark Nursing Centre, Schenectady, and was a private duty nurse in the Capital Region. 
She is survived by her companion of 22 years, Janet Truelove. 
Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Griswold Funeral Home, 1867 State St., Schenectady. A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Park View Cemetery, Schenectady.


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