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Tuesday, October 16, 2001
Harry A. Carpenter Sr. 
Harry A. Carpenter Sr., 74, of Railroad Street, Fort Hunter, passed away Sunday at his home.

He was born on Jan. 18, 1927 in Fonda, a son of Milton and Luella Hoffman Carpenter. He lived here all his life and attended local schools.

Mr. Carpenter was employed for many years in the construction business in the area, and Karg Brothers leather mill until he retired.

During World War II and later the Korean War, he served with the Navy.

Mr. Carpenter was of the Roman Catholic faith and was a member of the VFW Post 942, the Improved Order of Redman Tribe 569, the Cherry Valley Fish and Game Club and past member of Fort Hunter Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors include his beloved wife, the former Sharon L. Warner, whom he married on June 6, 1981; seven sons, Milton Carpenter of Schenectady, Harry A. Carpenter Jr. of Parsippany, Joseph Carpenter of Glen, Andrew, Jeffrey, Gary and JayDee Carpenter, all of Fort Hunter; four daughters, Roseann Brooks of Tatum, N.M., Geraldine Guberski of Hollysprings, N.C., Nancy Wells of Grand Prairie, Texas and Theresa Moore of Glen; seven sisters, Gertrude Potter of Hope, N.Y., Doris Hitchcock of Glen, Helen Quackenbush of Wayne, N.Y., Grace Blair and Phyliss Calkins, both of Fultonville, Rhonda Morse of Hudson Falls and Lena Martuscello of Gloversville; two brothers, Edward Carpenter of Florida and Jack Carpenter of Georgia; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, Michael in 1957, a brother, Kenneth and a sister, Geraldine Carpenter.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Jackson & Betz Funeral Home, 15 Main St., Fultonville, where the VFW post will conduct a service at 7 p.m. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. Wade Prime will officiate. Interment will take place at Cangahnawaga Cemetery, Fonda. Contributions may be made to Fort Hunter Volunteer Fire Department or VFW Post 942 in care of the funeral home. 
 

Earlston M. Giles Jr. 
Earlston M. Giles Jr., 66, of Pearl Street, Hudson Falls, died Monday, Oct. 15, at Samaritan Hospital, Troy.

He was born on Nov. 7, 1934 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of the late Earlston M. Giles Sr. and Ethel (Lett) Giles. 

Earlston was a former member of North Creek Rotary Club, a member of Miami University Alumni Association in Oxford, Ohio and a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants of NYS.

In his youth, he was a Golden Gloves boxer in Cincinnati. He also enjoyed playing tennis and handicapping horse races. 

He loved the Adirondack Mountains and was an outdoor enthusiast. 

Survivors include his wife, Geneva (Lynch) Giles of Hudson Falls; a son, Gregory Giles of Seattle, Wash.; three daughters, Jennifer Giles and Tracy Giles, both of Seattle, Wash., and Jacqueline Schlate and her husband, Stephen of Suffern, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, Belinda Bradley of Glens Falls; and a brother, Gale Giles of North Hampton, Mass. 

Besides his parents, a son-in-law, Jerry Bradley, predeceased him.

At Mr. Giles request, there will be no calling hours. The family suggests that donations be made in Earlston's memory to the American Cancer Society, 380A Glen St., Glens Falls, NY 12801. Arrangements are under the direction of M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main St., South Glens Falls. Funeral service and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. 
 

Kay Karlsen  
Kay Karlsen, 45, of Gloversville, died Sunday at Albany Medical Center.

She was born on Nov. 27, 1956 in New Jersey, the daughter of Robert and Phyllis Coger McElwaine. She graduated from New York City schools and later moved to Gloversville in September 2000.

She was employed as a librarian for New Hyde Park School District and later volunteered for New York City schools. 

She is survived by her husband, Richard Karlsen, whom she married on May 17, 1989; two daughters, Tiffany Fosson of Deland, Fla. and Megan Karlsen of Gloversville; two brothers, David McElwaine of North Carolina and Scott McElwaine of Long Island; one sister, Heather Flowers of Long Island; and one granddaughter, Sarah Fosson.

Arrangements are by Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville. A memorial service will be held in Long Island at the convenience of the family. 
 

Margaret K. Smith  
Mrs. Margaret K. Smith, 91, of 31 W. Madison Ave., Johnstown, N.Y., the wife of former Fulton County Surrogate A. Page Smith, passed away Monday, Oct. 15, at her home. 

She was born on Nov. 13, 1909 in Albany, the daughter of Charles E. and Margaret Miller Koelsch.

Mrs. Smith was a 1927 graduate of Albany High School and was employed for 10 years by the American Surety Co. of Albany. On Feb. 5, 1938, she was united in marriage to Johnstown City Judge and Recorder A. Page Smith. Judge Smith served as city judge from 1937 to 1953 and as surrogate from 1955 to 1966. He died on Sept. 12, 1976.

Mrs. Smith was a member of the Students' Club, the Fulton County Children's Committee, officer of Johnstown Hospital and Wells House Auxiliary, the former Welfare Guild, Johnstown Women of the Moose and was a member and deacon of First Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by two sons, David C. Smith and his wife, JoAnne Brockmyer Smith of Pinehurst, N.C., attorney Peter K. Smith and his wife, Jane Borgese Smith of Johnstown; and a granddaughter, Diana Smith.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, Johnstown, N.Y. Cremation will take place at Leatherstocking Crematory, Cherry Valley, N.Y. Arrangements are by Ehle Funeral Home, Johnstown. 
 

Robert F. Wilson  
Robert F. Wilson, 67, of Fifth Avenue, Gloversville, died Oct. 7 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady following a brief illness.

He was born on March 31, 1934 in Gloversville, the son of the late Harold and Nancy Griffith-Wilson. He was educated in Gloversville and Mayfield schools. Early in life he was a meat cutter for the former Acme Market and for the past 40 years he had been president of Duff and Wilson Paving Contractors.

He was a Korean War veteran in the Navy. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of the Indian Oven Hunting Club in Bleecker.

He is survived by his wife, Christine Duff Wilson; one son, Marcus D. Wilson and his wife, Eileen, and one granddaughter, Brieanne Wilson, all of Gloversville. He was predeceased by two brothers, Harold (Dick) Wilson and Howard Wilson.

There were no calling hours. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda. Arrangements are by Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St., Gloversville. 



Wednesday, October 17, 2001
Jemal Legesse DeSantis 
Jemal Legesse De Santis died Sept. 11, in New York, N.Y. 

He was born on Dec. 30, 1972 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He came to the United States at the age of 11 in 1984 and attended Gloversville schools thereafter, graduating from GHS in 1990. He studied first at Fulton-Montgomery Community College and later attended North Carolina State University, where he majored in business and graduated with a BA degree in 1998.

At the time of his death he resided in Jersey City, N.J. with his brother, Yassin Legesse Johnson, and worked in lower Manhattan at 1 World Trade Center. He was employed in securities transactions for Cantor - Fitzgerald.

He is survived by his mother, Anmarie DeSantis of Palm Beach; father and stepmother, Vincent DeSantis and Pamla Jeffers of Gloversville; brothers, Kemal Legesse DeSantis of New York City, Dorian B. Brumaghim and James C. DeSantis, both of Gloversville. He is also survived by his natural mother, Duriti Hirpo, of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; his elder brother, Mohammed Legesse of Gloversville, and several natural brothers and sisters, both of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the United States. His natural father is the late Haji Legesse Sherefa of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

A memorial service will be held at the Gloversville High School auditorium on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. The public is invited. 
 

James T. Brown Sr.  
Mr. James T. Brown Sr., 53, of Walton Place, Scotia, N.Y., died Sunday, Oct. 14, at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, N.Y., after being stricken at home.

He was born in Staten Island, N.Y., the son of Mathew and Doris Borg Brown. 

He was a Navy veteran and served in Vietnam.

Mr. Brown was a New York City police officer and retired in 1984.

Mr. Brown was a member of the VFW.

Survivors include his wife, Nora Brooks Brown, whom he married on July 13, 1999; sons, James T. Brown Jr. of Gloversville, N.Y. and Thomas V. Brown of Wells, N.Y.; stepson, Paul Foster of Northville, N.Y.; daughter, Lori Brown Gosson of Wells; stepdaughters, Katherine Foster of Upland, Calif., Lynette Foster of Gloversville and Tiffany Babcock of Wells; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Matthew Brown.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Northville Funeral Service Inc., 401 Bridge St. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Wells. Burial will take place at St. Ann's Cemetery, Wells. Memorial contributions may be made to NYPD and FDNY Widows and Children's Fund, PO Box 3713, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163. 
 

Edna M. Jablonski  
Edna M. Jablonski, 78, of Gloversville, died Tuesday at her home after a short illness. 

She was born on July 1, 1923 in Lincoln, Vt., the daughter of Julius and Nellie Olcott Lathrop. She was a 1942 graduate of Gloversville High School and lived in the Gloversville area most of her life.

Mrs. Jablonski was employed by the former Decca Records and later retired from the Winig Slipper Co. of Gloversville.

She was a member of North Main Street United Methodist Church of Gloversville. She also enjoyed reading, crocheting and birding.

She is survived by her husband of over 58 years, Edmund F. Jablonski; one son, Ronald Jablonski of Mayfield; two daughters, Sharon Pustolka of Schenectady and Sheila Blowers of Gloversville; one sister, Bernice Jones of Gloversville; seven grandchildren, Michael Pustolka, Lori Tasick, Brian Pustolka, Jennifer Jablonski, Ronald J. Jablonski, Eric Blowers and Craig Blowers; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by one brother, George Lathrop; and one sister, Vernice Reed.

The family will be receiving friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville, where a funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Dr. Alan C. Rhodes, pastor of North Main Street United Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. Memorial contributions can be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville. 
 

Margaret B. Murphy  
Mrs. Margaret B. Murphy of Franklin Street, Gloversville, died at Nathan Littauer Hospital Extended Care Facility. 

Mrs. Murphy was born in Syracuse. She was educated in Little Falls schools. Mrs. Murphy was a graduate of Nathan Littauer Hospital School of Nursing.

She was a registered nurse at Nathan Littauer Hospital and taught there for many years. Mrs. Murphy also worked for Fulton County Department of Social Services for 11 years and retired in 1978. 

She was a member of Nathan Littauer Hospital Nurses Alumni Association, Gloversville Business and Professional Women's Association and Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a board member of Gloversville Day Nursery. Mrs. Murphy was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Margaret A. Kimple of Charlotte, N.C.; a son, Thomas Murphy of Gloversville; a sister, Florence Spencer of Mohawk; a brother, James Bucklin of Whitehall, Pa.; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a dear friend, Les Massad. Her husband, Thomas Murphy, whom she married on April 27, 1940, died in 1972.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St., Gloversville, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Burial will take place at Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. Memorial contributions may be made to Fulton County Children's Committee, in care of Mildred Busch, Caroga Lake, NY 12032. 
 

Irene F. Viskup  
Mrs. Irene F. Viskup, 83, of Orchard Street, Gloversville, died Wednesday at home following a long illness.

She was born on Feb. 22, 1918 in Northville, the daughter of Burr and Florence Briggs Lawton. She was educated and lived in Gloversville all of her life. 

She was employed as a layer-off by Knit-True Handware of Gloversville for more than 20 years until her retirement. Mrs. Viskup was a member of St. James Lutheran Church and a former member of Gloversville Women of the Moose 149.

On Feb. 22, 1936, she married John Viskup who survives. She is also survived by her two daughters, Patricia A. Mach and her husband, Michael Mach, and Barbara S. Viskup, all of Gloversville; brothers, Richard Travis of Gloversville, Charles Travis of Johnstown and Ronald Travis of Murray, Utah; sisters, Lucille Boyd and Betty Poyfair, both of Gloversville; granddaughters, Kimberly LaVallee of Gloversville and Barbara Betz of Johnstown; great-granddaughters, Samantha Hall and Elizabeth Betz, both of Johnstown; great-grandson, Jonathan Betz of Johnstown; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by brothers, Harry Travis and Clifton Travis.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Lauretta J. Dietrich and the Rev. Nancy C. Betz will officiate. Cremation will follow at Park View Crematorium, Schenectady. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, NY 12078.


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