Miscellaneous Fulton County, New York Obituaries

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October 14, 2001 
Felicia N. Colts 
Felicia N. Colts, 93, formerly of Amsterdam and most recently a resident of Nathan Littauer Nursing Facility, passed away Friday at Nathan Littauer Hospital.

She was born on Oct. 10, 1908 in Amsterdam, N.Y. She was the daughter of Brousslaus and Valeya Nadroski. She was a lifelong area resident and attended local schools.

Mrs. Colts was employed by the former Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Mills in Amsterdam as a setter for many years. She also worked as a dress maker for the former Martin Jay Dress Co. until her retirement in 1975.

Mrs. Colts was a very dedicated mother and grandmother. She lived her life around her family.

She married Laverne Colts on Feb. 9, 1929. He passed away in 1968.

Survivors include her beloved daughter, Beverly J. Holmes, and her husband, John S. Holmes. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Jacalyn H. Smith and her husband, Larry Smith; Mark I. Holmes and wife, Sally Holmes; Dale R. Holmes and wife, Dena Holmes; Janet L. Velte and husband, Tom Velte; and six great-grandchildren: Jennifer Brockert, Matthew Smith, April Holmes, Melody Holmes, Katelyn Holmes and Michael Velte.

Mrs. Colts was predeceased by her parents, her sister, Isabel Sitterly, and two brothers, Edward Nadroski and Theodore Nadler.

Funeral services are private and will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Tribes Hill, N.Y. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to G.A.V.A.C., both c/o the Betz, Rossi and Bellinger Family Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, NY 12010.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Betz, Rossi and Bellinger Family Funeral Home Inc.
 
 

Marshall B. "Mickey" Gottung 
Mr. Marshall B. "Mickey" Gottung, 73, of Sixth Avenue, Gloversville, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, at home.

He was born Sept. 6, 1928, in Fort Plain, the son of Marshall and Beatrice Barker Gottung. A 1948 graduate of Gloversville High School, Mr. Gottung was formerly a co-owner of Cro-Sen Cleaners in Gloversville. He was a volunteer for the Fulton County Meals on Wheels Program for many years. He coached American Legion Baseball and was co-founder of the Meco Softball League. He was a basketball game scorekeeper for the former Bishop Burke High School from 1967 until it closed. He then kept score at the Gloversville High School basketball games until his illness this past year. He received a Lifetime Membership Award from the Gloversville PTA in 1998. Mr. Gottung served for 16 years on the Gloversville Board of Water Commissioners. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and its Holy Name Society and the Gloversville Lions Club.

On Nov. 6, 1948, he was married to Phyllis M. LeVarn, who survives. Additional survivors include his son, Gregory M. Gottung, and his wife, Carole, of Gloversville; his daughter, Catherine J. Hogan and her husband, Charles, of Lyndonville; his son, John A. Gottung of Pittsfield, Mass.; his daughter, Carol A. Brown and her husband, Steven, of Ballston Spa; his son, James M. Gottung and his wife, Jill, of Stoner Lake; his 10 grandchildren, Marshall B. Gottung, Beth Gottung, Meghan Hogan, Daniel Hogan, Jonathan Gottung, Matthew Gottung, Catherine Saltsman, Scott Brown, Emma Gottung and Abigail Gottung; a nephew, Richard Russo, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Mr. Gottung was predeceased by his grandson, Christopher.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a prayer service will be conducted at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Gloversville. The Rev. David L. Tressic will be the celebrant. Interment will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, NY 12078.



Monday, October 15, 2001
Eugene R. Ackerknecht 
Eugene R. Ackerknecht, 65, of Matthew Street, Johnstown, died Saturday, Oct. 13, after being stricken while hunting. 

He was born on April 3, 1936 in Johnstown, the son of Karl and Flora Peek Ackerknecht. He attended Johnstown schools and served in the Navy from 1954 to 1958.

He worked as a wiring operator for General Electric and retired in 1979.

He was a member of St. Anthony's Church, Johnstown, and Ephratah Rod & Gun Club. He was an avid deer hunter. 

He married Alice Hladik on Aug. 30, 1958.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Hladik Ackerknecht of Johnstown; four sons, Ralph E. Ackerknecht of Gloversville, and David P. Ackerknecht, Alan F. Ackerknecht and Eugene K. Ackerknecht, all of Johnstown; one brother, Ernest K. Ackerknecht of Broadalbin; and two sisters, Sylvia Cheney of Rockwood and Mary Strevy of North Bush.

He was predeceased by one daughter, Lori Ann Ackerknecht, who died Dec. 29, 1989.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Anthony's Church. The Rev. James Fitzmaurice, pastor, will be celebrant. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements are by Barter & Donnan Funeral Home. 
 

Francesco E. Bianco Sr. 
Mr. Francesco E. Bianco Sr., 60, of Kettle Road, Amsterdam, died Sunday, Oct. 14, at home.

He was born on April 11, 1941 in Naples, Italy, the son of Ciro and Teresa D'Aniello Bianco. He came to Gloversville in 1967 and was married to Gloversville native Shirley Benton on Feb. 11, 1967.

He taught Italian adult education at Gloversville High School for several years.

He was employed as a machinist by General Electric Co., Schenectady for 30 years until his retirement.

Mr. Bianco was a member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church and Knights of Columbus Council 265, both of Gloversville, and Johnstown Moose Lodge 1185. He enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening and he bowled in a league at Super 30 Lanes, Amsterdam.

He was the faithfully devoted husband of his surviving wife, Shirley of Amsterdam. He was the proud and loving father of Francesco E. Bianco Jr. of Gloversville, Marcello C. Bianco of West Glenville and Mario G. Bianco of Amsterdam. Additional survivors include his brothers, Raffaele Bianco, Mario Bianco and Pasquale Bianco, and his sisters, Marianna DiGrazia and Ernestina Montuori, all of Napoli, Italy; grandsons, Francesco E. Bianco III and Luciano F. Bianco; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister, Paola Bianco.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a prayer service will be conducted at 8:45 a.m. Thursday. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Gloversville. The Rev. Donald Czelusniak will be celebrant. Interment will take place at Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. 
 

Richard A. Bohanske  
Richard A. Bohanske, 74, of Lake Drive, Northville, formerly of Oregon Avenue, Schenectady, died Friday, Oct. 12, at home.

He was born in Schenectady. He had lived in Schenectady all of his life until the last 10 years in Northville.

He was a computer programmer at Watervliet Arsenal for 37 years and retired in 1981.

He was a member of St. Helen's Church, American Legion Post 1092 for 51 years, was past county commander, VFW in Broadalbin, Vets of WWII in Schenectady, and was Fourth District Cheminot in the Four and Eighty.

He served in the Navy during WWII.

He is survived by his wife, Ouida (June) Bohanske, whom he married in 1958; three daughters, Priscilla Coughlin of Halfmoon, H.L. Brown of Rhode Island and Deborah Pachino of Hagaman; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Richard A. Bohanske II.

Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Daly Funeral Home, 242 McClellan St., Schenectady. Services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. at St. Helen's Church. Interment will take place at Memory's Garden, Colonie. 
 

Suzanne Fudger  
Mrs. Suzanne Fudger, 89, of Houseman Street, Mayfield, died Sunday, Oct. 14, at Nathan Littauer Hospital after being a patient for two weeks.

Mrs. Fudger was born on April 28, 1912 in Frankfort, N.Y., the daughter of Joseph and Natalie Luscre Depasquale (Pasck).

Mrs. Fudger was a homemaker who loved to cook and garden. 

Survivors include her husband, James Fudger, whom she married on April 3, 1965; one stepson, David Fudger of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; one daughter, Grace Sue Nicolette of Las Vegas, Nev.; one sister, Josephine Sarno of Fort Plain, N.Y.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Burial will take place at Oakview Cemetery, Frankfort, N.Y. Arrangements are by Northville Funeral Services Inc. Funeral services will be held at a later date. 
 

Percy W. Steele Jr.  
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Percy W. Steele Jr., 65, of Stevers Mill Road, Broadalbin, died Saturday afternoon at home.

He was born on Dec. 1,1935 in Broadalbin, a son of Percy W. and Lillian Bunce Steele. He was educated in local schools. Mr. Steele was a lifelong area resident.

At one time time he was employed at the former Mohawk Carpet Mills in Amsterdam and later worked as a deliveryman for the former Broadalbin Coal and Feed Supply Co. Later, Mr. Steele was employed as a heavy equipment operator for 24 years with the New York State Highway Department and retired in 1991.

He was of the Protestant faith.

Mr. Steele was a past president and former member of the Union Mills Cemetery Association; an exempt member and former chief of the Kennyetto Fire Co., and a former member of the New York State Fire Chief Association. He was a former member of the Fulton County Fire Chief Advisory Board, the Fulton County Fireman's Association, and the local C.D. Rescue Squad. Mr. Steele was a former fire warden in Broadalbin and served as a town tax assessor for 20 years,

He was predeceased by a brother Daniel Steele, who died in December 2000.

He is survived by four sons, Perry Steele and his wife Sandy; Percy Steele III, Roy Steele, and Jim Steele and his wife Jen; two daughters, Sally Blanc and her husband Doug, and Tammy Parks and her husband Trevor; his mother Lillian Steele, a brother, Leamon Steele; five sisters, Deanne Zajaceskowski, Betty Terrell, Judy Spraker, Deanna Weiderman, all of Broadalbin, and Patricia Herba of Perth; 12 grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

On May 26,1957 he married the former Elaine R. Welke. She died on April 13, 2000.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 38 W. Main St., Broadalbin. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. Doug Blanc will officiate. Interment will take place in the Union Mills Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may to Broadalbin-Kennyetto Auxiliary, P.O. Box 219, Broadalbin, NY 12025. 
 

Harold G. VanAmburgh 
Mr. Harold G. VanAmburgh, 34, of South Hollywood Avenue, Gloversville, died Saturday, Oct. 13, as the result of a motor vehicle accident in the town of Johnstown. 

He was born on June 21, 1967 in Albany, N.Y. He was the son of Harold and Dianne Hosley VanAmburgh. He attended Northville schools. He was employed at the Getty Station, Gloversville, at the time of his death.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Harold and Phyllis VanAmburgh of DeBary, Fla.; his mother, Dianne Hosley of Gloversville, N.Y.; daughter, Brianna Lyn Szabo of Broadalbin, N.Y.; two brothers, Daniel John VanAmburgh of Gloversville and Timothy Edward and wife, Debra VanAmburgh, of Tribes Hill, N.Y., and his former companion, Michelle Szabo of Broadalbin.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Northville Funeral Service Inc., 401 Bridge St., where funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Senior Citizen Service Center of Gloversville and Fulton County, 53 Church St., Gloversville, NY 12078.


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