Miscellaneous Fulton County, New York Obituaries


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December 1, 2001
Chester W. Jones  
Chester W. Jones, age 79, of Barker Road, Gloversville, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001 at Seton Health-St. Mary's Hospital, Troy, N.Y. He was born on Jan. 23, 1922 in Providence, R.I., the son of Chester and Inez Sprague Jones. 

He served in the Army during World War II from 1942-1947, and received the Purple Heart in recognition of the wound he received from machine-gun fire. After the war, he came to the Albany area, where he resided for 28 years. He later lived in Benson, and finally in Gloversville, also wintering in Palmetto, Fla. for the past 20 years.

He was employed as a supervisor for 18 years by Tobin Packing Company, Albany. He was also a private painting contractor in the Albany area. In the late 1970s and early 1980s he served two terms as Superintendent of Highways for the town of Benson.

Mr. Jones was a member of Fulton County D.A.V. Chapter 122, the Gloversville Moose Lodge 351, the Johnstown V.F.W. Post 510, the Northville American Legion Post, and the Military Order of Purple Heart, Troy, N.Y. He was the Commander of the New York State Disabled American Veterans from 1971-1972.

He was married on Aug. 29 1970 to Norma Raymond Gay, who survives. Also surviving are 10 sons and daughters: sons, Thomas Jones, Florida; James Jones, Troy; John Jones, New Hampshire; Lawrence Gay, Edmeston, NY; Thomas Gay, Anchorage, Alaska; Michael Gay, Florida; daughters, Joan Delehanty, Colonie; Jean Allen, East Greenbush; Sandra Hackbirth, Texas; Mary Moyer, Johnstown; brother, Norman Jones, R.I., and sisters, Gloria Harlow, R.I. and Jacqueline Morrisette, R.I. Numerous grandchildren, many great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his first wife, Theresa Urgento Jones, and his sister ,Norma Jackman.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Inc. 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Winston Hallett officiating. Interment with military honors will take place at Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. Memorial contributions may be made to the D.A.V. Dept. of New York, Inc., 200 Atlantic Ave., Lynbrook, NY 11563. 

Morris Adelman  
Morris "Moe" Adelman, 84, of Gloversville, died Wednesday evening at his home.

Mr. Adelman was born on March 8, 1917 in Gloversville, the son of William and Ida Stein Adelman. He graduated from Gloversville High School and was a lifelong area resident. 

Mr. Adelman was employed in a family business, the Adelman Leather Co. of Gloversville, for several years. He later owned and operated the Supreme Markets of Broadalbin, N.Y. for 20 years.

Mr. Adelman was a member of the Knesseth Israel Synagogue of Gloversville for over 51 years; was also a member of the Jewish Community Center and formerly served on its board of directors. Mr. Adelman was a 40-year member of Pine Brook Golf Club, Gloversville. He was a member of the Commercial and the Gloversville Merchants bowling leagues. Mr. Adelman was very active in sports all of his life, including racquetball, golf and tennis.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ruth Cramer Adelman, whom he married on July 2, 1944; one son, Glenn, and his wife, Linda Adelman, of Johnstown; two daughters, Diane, and her husband, John Orloff of Sacandaga Park, N.Y., Peggy and her husband, Chris Livingstone, of New Milford, Conn.; one brother, Sidney, and his wife, Miriam Adelman, of Gloversville; two grandsons, Bryan Adelman of Rochester, N.Y. and John Orloff Jr. of Sacandaga Park; three granddaughters, Julie Adelman of Johnstown, Jennifer and Kelly Livingstone of New Milford, Conn.; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and many special loving friends and relatives.

Mr. Adelman was predeceased by one brother, Jack Adelman; and two sisters, Elizabeth Rubin and Anne Ginsburgh.

A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Friday at Knesseth Israel Synagogue, 34 E. Fulton St., Gloversville. Rabbi Martin Gordon officiated. Interment took place in Knesseth Israel Cemetery, Gloversville. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice or Knesseth Israel Synagogue. Arrangements are by Hollenbeck Funeral Home Inc., 4 Second Ave., Gloversville. 

Olive Morrison  
Olive Morrison, age 96, of Gloversville, died Friday at the Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home of Gloversville. Born on July 30, 1905 in Gloversville, she was the daughter of Frank and Alice McCoy Knapp. She attended Johnstown schools and was a lifelong area resident. Mrs. Morrison was a former textile worker in the Fulton County area.

Mrs. Morrison attended the Bleecker Street Church of Christ of Gloversville.

Mrs. Morrison was predeceased by her husband, Burton Morrison, who died in 1965, whom she married on Nov. 22, 1922.

Survivors include one son, Arthur F. Morrison Sr. of Johnstown; two daughters, Joan Rorick of Broadalbin, N.Y. and Betty Sweet of Gloversville; 50 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 25 great, great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by four sons, James, Robert, Kenneth and Burton Morrison Jr.; two daughters, Ruth Morrison and Mildred Carter; two brothers, Jason and Gilroy Knapp; one sister, Lulu Brown; one grandson, John Morrison. and one great granddaughter, Monica Hamel.

The family will receive friends on Sunday from 5-8 p.m. at the Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville, where a funeral service will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Wayne Jones, pastor of the Fremont Street United Methodist Church of Gloversville, officiating. Interment will take place in the Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown, N.Y. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association. 

Gordon F. Tuttle  
Gordon F. Tuttle, former general secretary of the Gloversville YMCA, died Nov. 18, in Salt Lake City, Utah at the age of 85, with his family by his side. 

He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Maxine Tuttle, and his three children, Judyth Chism of Richmond, Utah, Peter Tuttle of Cleveland, Ohio and Patricia Subik of Amsterdam, N.Y. 

A celebration of his life was held on Nov. 20, in Salt Lake City, Utah with family from all over the United States in attendance. A second celebration of his life will be held in Washington, Utah at a future date for the many friends that he made when he and Maxine settled there after his retirement. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation in his name be made to the YMCA. 

December 2, 2001Kenneth Earl Merry 
Kenneth Earl Merry, 87, of Johnstown, died Wednesday at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam.

Mr. Merry was born on November 3, 1914, the son of Earl and Bessie Sherwood Merry.

He was a lifelong area resident and was a graduate of Wilbur H. Lynch High School, Amsterdam.

During World War II, Mr. Merry served as a Sargent with the United States Army. He served in France, Germany and Italy and was the recipient of the Bronze Star and a conspicuous service medal.

Mr. Merry was employed by the Schenectady Gazette, the Amsterdam Recorder and lastly, the Leader - Herald where he worked in display advertising until his retirement.

He was a communicant of the United Methodist Church, Amsterdam.

He is survived by his son, Robert Merry and his wife Patricia of Utica; a daughter, Margaret Merry of Amsterdam; 3 grandchildren, Robert Merry Jr., Darryl Merry and Brian Merry; 3 great-grandchildren, Kyle, Jessica and David Merry; and his companion, Kathleen Kennedy of Johnstown.

A graveside service will be held at the Fairview Cemetery, Amsterdam, in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the United Methodist Church, 347 Golf Course Road. Amsterdam, NY 12010.
Irving Plaskat 
Irving Plaskat, 87, of Trackside Apartments, Johnstown, died Thursday at the home of his niece in Thurmont, MD after a long illness.

He was born June 18, 1914 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of Herman and Mary Stubing Plasket.

Mr. Plaskat was a retired army Sergeant-major and served during World War II. He was a member of the Northville American Legion, Northville Presbyterian Church, Fish House Lodge #298 F&AM, the Johnstown 50+ Senior Citizens, and the Ida McGinnis Senior Citizens.

Mr. Plaskat worked as an administrative assistant to the New York City Water Board of Water Supply in Hope Falls until 1967 when he moved to Northville. He worked for the Gloversville Post Office, retiring in 1972. He moved to Johnstown in 1985.

For more than 20 years he and his wife spent summers in Foley, AL.

He was married to Doris A. Story Plaskat on September 26, 1943. Mrs. Plaskat died February 26, 1998.

Mr. Plaskat is survived by several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at the A.G. Funeral Home, inc., 215 Main St., Johnstown, with the Rev. Paul Hopewood officiating.

Calling hours will be on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the funeral home.

Members of the Fish House Lodge #298 F&AM will conduct a ritual at 7 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Fonda.

In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial contributions to the charity of their choice.

Monday, December 3, 2001
Charlotte 'Nanny' A. Bell 
Charlotte "Nanny" A. Bell, 60, of Main Street, Fultonville, died Saturday at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam.

She was born on April 6, 1941 in Staten Island, N.Y., the daughter of John and Elizabeth Magerl. She was educated in New York City and after high school went on to receive a degree in nursing. Mrs. Bell moved to Fultonville in 1980. 

She worked at various hospitals in New York City as a registered nurse. She later worked for Montgomery County Department of Public Works in Fonda until her retirement. 

Her hobbies included sewing, cooking, baking bread, and playing bingo but most of all she enjoyed caring for and spending time with her eight beloved grandchildren.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Dorean Bell; three daughters and sons-in-law, Lori and Michael Meyers of Hazlet, N.J., Patricia and John Coreen of Fultonville and Theresa and Mickey Crandall of Fultonville; a brother, John Magerl of Brooklyn; two sisters, Betty Gurico of Homestead, Fla. and Barbara Magerl of Key West, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Raymond Green, John Green, Michael Meyers, Christopher Green, Katherine Crandall, Megan Meyers, Lauren Crandall and Brianna Bell; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Jackson & Betz Funeral Home, 15 Main St., Fultonville, where funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association in care of the funeral home. 

Dorotha C. Christman 
Mrs. Dorotha C. Christman, 96, of School Street, Ephratah, died Saturday, Dec. 1, at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a long illness.

She was born on Jan. 17, 1905 in Gloversville, the daughter of Claude and Sarah Jane Steele Barker.

Mrs. Christman was a homemaker and for a number of years served as the assessor for the town of Ephratah.

Survivors include two daughters, Elsie Roberts of Ephratah and Blanche Gray of Schenectady; one son, Paul F. Christman of Ephratah; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren. 

On June 30, 1925 she married Thurman D. Christman, who died June 24, 1968. She was also predeceased by two sons, Claude W. Christman, who died Aug. 7, 1971; and T. Gerald Christman, who died Aug. 24, 1984.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 E. Main St., Johnstown. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ephratah Reformed Church, County Route 140, Ephratah. Dr. George McBarney Gray, M.A. will officiate. Burial will take place at Ephratah Rural Cemetery. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Ephratah Reformed Church, c/o Bernard Christman, 132 Route 67, Fort Plain, NY, 13339. 

Peter K. Claus  
Peter K. Claus, 53, of 364 Route 331, St. Johnsville, passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, at Albany Medical Center, Albany, after being in ill health for the past several months.

He was born on Jan. 5, 1948 in Little Falls, the son of Lelah (Smith) Claus, of Oppenheim and the late Virgil C. Claus. He was educated at Oppenheim-Ephratah High School. 

He was married at one time to the former Valerie Fletcher on June 3, 1967.

He was a member of Oppenheim United Methodist Church. He was also a member of Dolgeville Producers Co-op having served at one time as president and as a member of the board of directors.

Mr. Claus was an avid and lifelong dairy farmer, owning and operating the Spooky Hollow Farm in the town of Oppenheim.

He is survived by his mother, Lelah Claus; two sons, Keith G. Smith of St. Johnsville and Peter C. Claus and his wife, Kerry of Oppenheim; two daughters, Haley Ferguson and her husband, Scott and Tammy Claus, both of Oppenheim, a brother, Shawn W. Claus and his wife, Debra of Oppenheim; three sisters, Bonnie E. Myers and her husband, Robert, Janey Hayes and her husband David and Kellie Fiskaa and her husband, Allan, all of Oppenheim; a sister-in-law, Sheila Claus of Oppenheim; seven grandchildren, Brock and Mackenzie Ferguson, Brody, Troy and Conner Claus, Keith G. Smith III and Brianna Smith; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Jeffrey M. Claus, who died on July 28, 1999.

Peter was a dedicated father and grandfather, who loved the outdoors and took every opportunity to share and enjoy it with his family. Although he left us too soon, his fond memory and devoted love will remain in our hearts forever. We will miss him dearly and never forget him.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Chapman-Moser Funeral Home Inc., 42 N. Ann St., Little Falls and attend the funeral services at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the funeral home. The Rev. Joseph Kim, pastor of Oppenheim United Methodist Church, will officiate. In keeping with Mr. Claus's wishes, cremation will follow. 

It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Mr. Claus be considered to the Oppenheim United Methodist Church or to the Oppenheim Volunteer Fire Department. Envelopes are available at the funeral home for this purpose. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Gregory O'Keefe and Ginger Clive for all of their care and support.

December 4, 2001
Thomas Ryan  
Thomas F. Ryan, 91, formerly of Trackside Homes, Johnstown, died today at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam after a short illness.

He was born on April 26, 1910, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Thomas and Jenny Cassidy Ryan. He attended New York City schools.

He was employed for 44 years by Sinclair Oil Corp., which later became Atlantic Richfield Oil Co. He started out as a messenger and worked his way up to assistant to vice president of marketing. He moved to Johnstown in 1977.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and active in both Johnstown 50 Plus Senior Citizens and Ida McGinnis Senior Citizens inGloversville, serving as president of botth. He also served as treasurer of the Trackside Tenants Group.

He is survived by one daughter, Mary Muller of Palmyra, Va.; one son, attorney Robert Ryan of Bedford, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson. He was married to Agnes Davis Ryan in 1932, and she died in December 1995. 

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher St., Johnstown, where a prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Johnstown. The Rev. James Fitzmaurice will be celebrant. Burial will take place at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Johnstown, in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. 

Ruth Young  
Ruth J. Young, 96, formerly of Gloversville, died Sunday at Fulton County Residential Health Care Facility.

She was born on Feb. 5, 1905, in Gifford Valley, N.Y., where she attended schools. She was the daughter of George and Anna Crowter Manzer and was a resident of the area most of her life.

She was a glovemaker for various glove companies in the area and later retired from Grandoe Glove Corp. in 1990. 

She was a former member of Rebekah Lodge. 

She is survived by daughters Anna Javarone and Harriet Semprevio, both of Gloversville; grandchildren Nancy Jackson, Sandra Javarone, Jerry Semprevio, Joseph Semprevio, Philip and his wife, Rose Ann Semprevio, Brian and his wife, Tina Semprevio, Dennis and his wife, Carol Young and Yvonne Crocetta; and several great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, George Young, who died July 17, 1976; a stepson, James Young; eight sisters, Virginia Tallman, Evelyn Tymchyn, Robertina Del Costello, Beatrice Graham, Marion Velicky, Florence Hayes, Juanita Ropeter and Mildred Mosher; two brothers, George Manzer Jr. and Henry Manzer; and a grandson, Mario Javarone.

There will be no prior visitation or services from the funeral home. A graveside service will be held in the spring at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Gloversville at a date to be announced. Cremation took place at Leatherstocking Crematory, Cherry Valley. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Residential Health Care Facility or charity of one's choice. Arrangements are by Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville. 

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