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Thursday, October 18, 2001
James S. Henderson  
James S. (Jim) Henderson, 78, of Mayfield, N.Y., joined his beloved wife on Sept. 20, 2001, after a long illness. 

Jim was born on April 15, 1923 in Bastrop County, Texas. He was a Navy veteran who served aboard the USS Chicago and USS New Jersey during WWII. After the war he relocated to Mayfield and married Vivian Jean Bradbury on May 27, 1950. 

He became a member of the U.S. Power Squadron located on the Great Sacandaga Lake, and was an avid fisherman. 

Jim retired after 30 plus years with Schenectady Chemicals Inc. 

His children, Thomas Henderson of Fort Worth, Texas, Nora J. Link of Chippewa Falls, Wis., and his brother, Kenneth Henderson, also of Fort Worth, will miss him greatly, as will all of those whose lives he has touched. 

Jim "left" us while residing with his daughter in Chippewa Falls. We wish him "Fair Winds and Following Seas." 

A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced by the family.



Friday, October 19, 2001
Gladys Ackerknecht  
Mrs. Gladys Ackerknecht, 88, formerly of Temple Street, Gloversville, died today at Green Mountain Nursing Facility in Colchester, Vt.

She was born on March 5, 1913 in Gloversville, the daughter of the late Herbert and Mary Tyler Thompson. She graduated from Gloversville High School. 

She worked for the FJ&G Railroad in the freight office as a clerk and typist and for 20 years was a secretary at the former N.A. Taylor Co. of Gloversville. She retired in 1975.

She is survived by one daughter, Linda Connelly of Bend, Ore.; one son, John C. Ackerknecht of Williston, Vt.; one sister, Eva Banovic of Gloversville; two grandchildren, David and Alison Ackerknecht; and several nieces and nephews. She was married on Oct. 18, 1939 to Donald P. Ackerknecht, who died in 1980. She was also predeceased by one brother, Herbert Thompson; and one sister, May Keaveney. 

Calling hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St., Gloversville, where a funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday. Burial will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. 
 

Clifford R. Klaiber  
Mr. Clifford R. Klaiber, 78, of 8 Spruce Lane, Gloversville, died Thursday, Oct. 18, at home.

He was born on April 1, 1923 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Klaiber. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II from 1942 to 1945 in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. 

He was a building supervisor, employed by Heritage House of East Rockaway, L.I., until his retirement in 1990.

Mr. Klaiber was of the Catholic faith. He enjoyed fishing and owned carrier pigeons, which he entered in competition races.

On July 11, 1964, he was married to Marion J. Maloy, who survives. He is also survived by his daughter, Kelly M. Klaiber of Johnstown; his son, Clifford Mahan; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his son, Robert Klaiber in 1973.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Jeffords & Stewart Funeral Home, 85 W. Main St., Broadalbin, where a prayer service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Timothy Mangan, pastor of St. Joseph's Church, will officiate. Interment will take place at Broadalbin Mayfield Rural Cemetery, Broadalbin. 
 

Robert H. Parslow  
Robert H. Parslow, 85, of Route 8, Lake Pleasant, died Wednesday evening at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient for one month.

He was born on July 24, 1916 in Lake Pleasant, the son of Henry and Bertha Morrison Parslow. He was a graduate of Wells High School.

He worked for New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the town of Lake Pleasant at one time. He owned and operated a boat livery in Lake Pleasant for many years.

He was a World War II Army veteran and served in the Rhineland. 

Survivors include six cousins, Josephine O'Connell and Dora Harrison, both of Lake Pleasant, John Parker of Florida, Roy Parker of Wells, and Calvin and Clarence Morrison, both of Speculator. 

His wife, June Parslow, died in 1988.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at South Shore Cemetery, Lake Pleasant. Memorial contributions may be made to the Speculator Ambulance Corps. Arrangements are by Northville Funeral Home. 



October 20, 2001
Norma Elizabeth Parsons 
Norma Elizabeth Parsons, 84, of Parsons Farm, Norboro Road, Gloversville, died early the morning of Oct. 19 at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a short illness.

She was born on June 5, 1917 on the family farm in the town of Johnstown, the daughter of Duncan MacGregor and Helene Cohen Parsons. She graduated from Gloversville High School in 1935, and from Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1939. 

She worked from the New York State Employment Office in Gloversville, Nathan Littauer Hospital, and operated her own business called Rita Products, along with the late Dorothy Wells.

She was a charter member of 1790 Club of the former Kingsborough Presbyterian Church; a supporter, advocate, board member, officer and volunteer of Gloversville YWCA for 50 years, a 49-year member of Johnstown Business and Professional Women's Club, where she was president from 1962 to 1964, Woman of the Year in 1980, chairman of many committees and served as parliamentarian and mentor for many years. She was also a member of the Audubon Bird Club; Sierra Club, and Bernese Mountain Dog Club of New York. She was known for her wonderful, friendly, huge dogs, who loved to visit the local banks and businesses. She was also a member of the Pleasant Square Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.

She is survived by a sister, Jean Parsons Ross of Winter Park, Fla.; two nephews; one niece; one grandnephew; and one grandniece.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday. The Rev. Bonnie Orth will officiate. Interment will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. Memorial contributions may be made to Gloversville YWCA, 33 Bleecker St., Gloversville, NY 12078, or to Johnstown BPW Scholarship Fund, c/o Carol Hadcock, 282 County Highway 131A, Johnstown, NY 12095. 



Monday, October 22, 2001
Thelma E. Deming  
Thelma E. Deming, 79, of Forest Hill Towers, Gloversville, died Sunday afternoon at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam following a long illness.

She was born on Nov. 9, 1921 in Batchellerville, the daughter of Warren and Alethia Millington Deming. She was a lifetime resident of the area. 

She was employed by Amsterdam Print & Litho for many years.

Survivors include one son, Charles Cornell of Arkansas; one brother, C. Jack Deming of Edinburg; three sisters, Freda Vandenburg, Ruth Simpson and Lula La Port, all of Edinburg; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by one brother, Robert Deming.

Burial will take place at Edinburg Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department or Edinburg Methodist Church. 
 

Ambrose Michael Eastwood 
Ambrose Michael Eastwood, 88, beloved husband of Elsie (Schlote) Eastwood for 55 years, passed away on Oct. 14, in St. Cloud, Fla. A native of Johnstown, N.Y., he is also survived by his daughter, Amy Eastwood; son-in-law, Mark Hulliung; grandchildren, Maxwell and Meg Hulliung; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was a veteran of World War II and a longtime employee of Gifford Motor Sales and Kentris Motors. 

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at St. Patrick's Church in Johnstown. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory are welcome to St. Patrick's Church, 205 Glebe St., Johnstown, NY 12095, or National Shrine of the North American Martyrs, Auriesville, NY 12016, or the American Heart Association, Northeastern Area, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205-3890. Arrangements made by Fisk Funeral Home, St. Cloud, Fla., and Ehle Funeral Home of Johnstown. 
 

Betty Margaret Grimm 
Betty Margaret Grimm, 79, of Pinewood Drive, Guilderland, N.Y., died Oct. 21, at St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady after a short illness.

She was born in Schenectady and was a lifelong area resident. She was educated in Schenectady schools. 

She was a homemaker in her own home. She was of Reformed faith.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Robert A. Grimm; one son, Robert A. Grimm Jr. of Schenectady, N.Y.; two daughters, Pamela J. Persse of Broadalbin, N.Y. and Jan E. Chesnut of Delanson, N.Y.; one brother, Donald Collins of Burnt Hills, N.Y.; one sister, Doris Murtaugh of Rotterdam, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Griswold Funeral Home, 1867 State St., Schenectady, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will take place at Memory's Garden in Colonie, N.Y. Memorial contributions may be made to Western Turnpike Rescue Squad, 3686 Carman Road, Schenectady, NY 12303. 
 

Harold E. Harrington 
Harold E. Harrington, 77, of Maple Avenue, Gloversville, died Saturday evening at Nathan Littauer Hospital.

He was born on Aug. 19, 1924 in Wells, the son of Edward and Elsie Stuart Harrington. He was an Army veteran of WWII and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

He was employed as a lumberman by Great Eastern Lumber Co. of North Creek, N.Y.

He was a former member of Wells Fire Department and Wells Volunteer Fire Department. 

Survivors include four sons, Eugene Harrington of Wells, Paul Harrington of Nantucket, Mass., Norman Harrington of Gloversville and Mark Harrington of San Manuell, Ariz.; one brother, Donald Harrington of Wells; two sisters, Betty Whitman and Ruth Bartholf, both of Hope; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Northville Funeral Home, 401 Bridge St., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will take place at Wells Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Wells Ambulance Corps or Wells Volunteer Fire Department. 
 

Macel A. Warren  
Mrs. Macel A. Warren, 91, of West Montgomery Street, Johnstown, died Saturday at home after being stricken.

She was born on April 23, 1910 in Johnstown, the daughter of Daniel and Mabel Stewart Allen.

Mrs. Warren was a member of the Lions Auxiliary, Johnstown; VFW Auxiliary, and Johnstown 50 Plus Senior Citizens.

She was employed with Delco in New Jersey, the former Johnstown Knit and Diana Knit and worked as a waitress for the former Sir William Grill in Johnstown.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Muhlberger of Schenectady and Donald Muhlberger of Chatham, N.J.; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Mrs. Warren was predeceased by her husband, Clyde K. Warren, whom she married on Nov. 23, 1949. He died June 1, 1975.

There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 E. Main St., Johnstown. The Rev. Don English will officiate. Burial will take place at Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimers Association, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206-2083. 



Tuesday, October 23, 2001
Elizabeth Naudin McGrath Snedeker 
Mrs. Elizabeth Naudin McGrath Snedeker, 88, of South Lake Drive, Palm Beach, Fla., died peacefully Friday Oct. 19, in West Palm Beach.

Elizabeth Naudin was born on March 28, 1913 in Gloversville, N.Y., to John and Katherine "Kitty" McGinnis Naudin. John Naudin, originally of Grenoble, France, was a co-founder of the Gloversville leather concern Jones & Naudin Inc. John and Kitty and Betty moved to 52 Kingsboro Ave. when Betty was a child. She graduated from Kenwood Academy, a Catholic convent in Albany. She later continued her education at Bouffement in Switzerland, and also at Columbia School of General Studies.

In her twenties, Betty married John Francis McGrath of Waterbury, Conn., who was a lieutenant colonel in the Army, stationed at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn. They had two girls, Lynn and Nancy McGrath. After the war, the family moved to the small city of Summit, N.J. where John McGrath started a chamois leather tannery in nearby Newark. They had a son, John Francis McGrath Jr. The McGraths belonged to the Canoe Brook Country Club, where both enjoyed playing golf.

During the summer of 1959, the family experienced two tragic deaths. Betty's father John Naudin died from a sudden heart attack while on a June fishing trip near Montreal on an excursion with fellow members of the Gloversville Elks Club. Her husband John McGrath died in his sleep, suddenly and unexpectedly in August. He was in his mid-forties. Within a year, Betty moved her young family to Park Avenue in Manhattan.

Three years later in 1962, she married Long Island widower Sedgwick Snedeker. Mr. Snedeker had three sons, Tom, Bill and Jim. Mr. Snedeker lived in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., and the newlyweds kept the Manhattan apartment as well. Mr. Snedeker was a lawyer with the Wall Street firm of Shearson and Sterling. He was a member of the Union Club and the Holland Society. When Mr. Snedeker retired, they relocated to Palm Beach, Fla. They were members of the Everglades Club, The Four Arts Society, The Beach Club and Piping Rock Yacht Club in Long Island, where they kept their summer cottage in Laurel Hollow. During their time in Palm Beach, they had been active in The Heart Ball, which Mrs. Snedeker co-chaired. Mr Snedeker died in May of this year. 

Betty Snedeker volunteered at the United Nations and the Lighthouse for the Blind. She was a member of New York's Colony Club until her death. The Snedekers have given, through the John Naudin Foundation, to the Salvation Army of Palm Beach, Planned Parenthood, The Rehabilitation Center for Children and Adults, the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the American Cancer Society, among others. The Naudin Foundation continues to contribute to such worthy Gloversville causes as the Nathan Littauer Hospital, The Glove Theater Restoration, and the Ida L. McGinnis Senior Citizens Club, which was begun by Betty Snedeker's beloved Aunt Ida.

Mrs. Snedeker leaves behind her daughters, Lynn M. Tone of Laurel Hollow, Long Island, and Nancy Hodgkinson of Dallas, Texas; her son, John F. McGrath of Bensalem, Pa.; her stepsons, Tom Snedeker of New Orleans, La.,; and Jim Snedeker of Pennington, N.J. Her surviving grandchildren are William Hodgkinson, Elizabeth Goettlicher, and Katherine Chauncey. Her great-grandchildren are Jessica Goettlicher, Jennifer Goettlicher, Alexander Chauncey and Lillian Chauncey.

There will be no calling hours. A Requiem Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Trinity Episcopal Church 31 Spring St., Gloversville. The Rev. William A. Hio will officiate. Interment will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are by Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. 
 

Margaret R. Boughton VanDeusen 
Mrs. Margaret R. Boughton VanDeusen, 72, of Park Street, Gloversville, N.Y., died Sunday evening at Nathan Littauer Hospital after being stricken at home.

She was born on Feb. 12, 1929 in Glenville, N.Y., the daughter of Arthur and Mary Koshak Boughton. A lifelong area resident, she lived in Amsterdam, Mayfield, St. Johnsville, Hagaman and Gloversville.

She was self-employed for 23 years at Reid Hill Painters in Amsterdam and later worked at Liberty Enterprises in Amsterdam for seven years. She retired in 1991.

Mrs. VanDeusen was a member of Fifth Ward Women's Bowling League at Super 30 Lanes in Amsterdam, the Guys and Dolls Bowling League at Perry Lanes in Johnstown. She was of the Roman Catholic faith.

She was very proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was always there for anybody. She loved playing bingo at local bingo games and bowling in league games.

She was married on Feb. 4, 1973 to Dana VanDeusen.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her loving family: Four sons, Dennis Czelusniak of Amsterdam, Gary Czelusniak of St. Johnsville, John Czelusniak of Fort Plain and Roni Czelusniak of Hudson Falls; five daughters, Carol Trombetta of St. Johnsville, Maryann Linney of Fort Plain, Dana Crowter and Evangeline VanDeusen, both of Gloversville, and Juanita VanDeusen of Mayfield; 21 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam. Funeral services will be held at 8:15 a.m. today at the funeral home followed at 9:15 a.m. by a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, East Main Street, Amsterdam. Burial will take place at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Amsterdam. 

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Liberty Enterprises c/o the funeral home.


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