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Edward F. Aitken
January 4, 2001
Mr. Edward F. Aitken, 75, of Meadville, Pa., died Tuesday at Crawford County Care Center, Meadville
Born in Long Island City, Mr. Aitken was a 1942 graduate of Columbia High School, East Greenbush. He served in the Navy and retired in 1961 as a chief petty officer. He was employed as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1982.
Mr. Aitken was a member of Harmonsburg United Methodist Church, Meadville; and a former member of Trinity Reformed Church, Rotterdam, and Woestina Reformed Church, Rotterdam Junction. 
He became an Eagle Scout in 1941 and was also a scoutmaster.
Survivors include his wife, the former Margaret Proper, whom he married on June 27, 1948; one daughter, Bonnie Williamson of Amsterdam; two sons, Bruce Aitken and Scott Aitken, both of Meadville; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A calling hour will be 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Harmonsburg United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will take place in Viewland Cemetery, Schenectady. Arrangements are by Hatheway-Tedesco Funeral Home, Meadville. 
 
Anthony J. DeLuca
January 4, 2001
Mr. Anthony J. DeLuca, 84, of Waterford, Saratoga County, the brother of an Amsterdam resident, died Wednesday at Northwoods Extended Care Facility, Troy.
Born in Binghamton. Mr. DeLuca was educated in Schenectady schools and moved to Waterford in 1940.
He served in the Army during World War II. He was employed in the turbine division at General Electric Co., Schenectady, retiring in 1977 as a foreman. 
Mr. DeLuca was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Church; Charles J. Brady American Legion Post 235; Waterford Council 237, Knights of Columbus, and the GE Turbine Association. 
Survivors include two sons, Armond M. DeLuca of Waterford and Albert A. DeLuca of Worcester, Mass.; one sister, Ida Scarborough of Muncie, Ind.; two brothers, Andrew DeLuca of Amsterdam and Joseph DeLuca of Schenectady; and two grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, the former Viola Fannucci, who died in 1999.
Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St., Waterford. A service will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. At 9 a.m., a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Mary of the Assumption Church. Burial will take place at St. Mary's Cemetery. 
 
Margaret V. Hinman
January 4, 2001
Mrs. Margaret V. Hinman, 83, formerly of Gloversville, died Wednesday at Wells House Nursing Home, Johnstown.
She was born on Jan. 18, 1917 in Gloversville, the daughter of Frank and Tresa Harris Van Dusen. Mrs. Hinman was a 1935 graduate of Gloversville High School and was a lifelong area resident.
She was employed for more than 10 years at the former Littauer Adult Home, Gloversville.
Mrs. Hinman was a member of North Main Street United Methodist Church, Gloversville.
Survivors include her husband, John C. Hinman Sr., whom she married on June 3, 1937; two sons, John C. Hinman Jr. and Dennis W. Hinman, both of Gloversville; one daughter, Jeanne Iavarone of Amsterdam; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and cousins.
She was predeceased by one brother, Keith Van Dusen; and two sisters, Ruth Van Dusen and Edith Van Dusen. 
Calling hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville. A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. Dr. Alan Rhodes, pastor of North Main Street United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will take place in Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. 
 
Emil A. Mason
January 4, 2001 
Mr. Emil A. Mason, 89, of Mayfield, died Wednesday at home after a brief illness.
He was born on Aug. 30, 1911 in Amsterdam, the son of Charles and Lena Mason. Mr. Mason attended Amsterdam schools and was a 1927 graduate of Amsterdam High School. He lived in several communities around the world before returning to Amsterdam. 
He served in the Army during World War II. He was the owner and operator of the former Tower Inn Restaurant, Cranesville, for 17 years. He previously worked and managed many resorts and restaurants around the world.
He was employed first as a bartender at Higby Club, Old Forge, Herkimer County; was general manager of Royal Palms, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Sea Shore, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Camelback Inn, Phoenix, Ariz.; Colonial Inn, Harbor Springs, Mich.; Sky Room, Tucson, Ariz.; British Colonial Inn, Nassau, Bahamas; Grand Hotel, Mackinaw Island; and Topaz Restaurant and Antlers Country Club, Amsterdam. He later was a bartender at the Johnstown Holiday Inn, retiring in 1997 at the age of 86.
Mr. Mason was a communicant of St. Casimir's Roman Catholic Church, Amsterdam. 
Survivors include his wife, the former Marguerite Lisicki, whom he married on Aug. 11, 1967; one son, Robert Mochrie of Amsterdam; three daughters, Barbara Reller of Schenectady, Virginia Brooks of Perth and Helena Bradfield of South Carolina; one sister, Frances Calvano of Schenectady; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
A calling hour will be 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Casimir's Roman Catholic Church. Burial will take place in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Amsterdam. 

Emmeran A. Arnst
January 5, 2001
Mr. Emmeran A. Arnst, 81, of Caroga Lake, died Thursday at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a short illness. 
He was born on April 4, 1919 in Caroga Lake, the son of William and Theresia Leppert Arnst. Mr. Arnst was a 1937 graduate of Gloversville High School and was a lifelong area resident. 
He served in the Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
He worked for the late building contractor Henry Lenze, also for a railroad company delivery service, then at Hansen Fence Co. and last at A. Frederick Concrete, Gloversville, where he retired in 1976. 
Mr. Arnst was a member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Gloversville; Caroga Volunteer Fire Department; Veterans of Foreign War Post 7097; Tryon Amateur Radio Club; and a charter member of Caroga Historical Association and Museum. He was an avid ham radio operator.
Survivors include his wife, the former Grace Mowrey, whom he married on April 24, 1961; one sister, Catherine Sheffield of Nokomis, Fla.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Inez Trumbull; two brothers, Clinton "Chink" Arnst and Francis Arnst; and one sister, Edna Oare. 
Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. A prayer service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. Donald Czelusniak, pastor of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, will officiate. Burial will take place in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. 
 
Lee W. DeGraff
January 5, 2001
Mr. Lee W. DeGraff, 72, of Mayfield, died Wednesday at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a short illness. 
He was born in Glen Cove, Nassau County. Mr. DeGraff lived in Fort Johnson and Altamont before moving to Mayfield. He graduated from Union College and attended Cornell University for post-graduate studies. He served in the Navy during World War II.
He held the title of senior wildlife biologist for New York State Department of Environmental Conservation before he retired in 1983 after 33 years of service. His career started by planting trees, digging ponds and making marshes for the Game Management Department. He then became very involved with migratory birds (mostly ducks and geese) and their management. In 1963 he began leading the Upland Game Project, which was instrumental in bringing the nearly extinct wild turkey back to New York, where they continue to flourish to this day. He was the author of 12 scientific papers and was a freelance writer with published articles concerning the environment and natural resources. He was also an avid amateur photographer. Mr. De Graff was of the Protestant faith.
Survivors include one son, Lee S. DeGraff II of Charlton; one daughter, Christie L. DeGraff of Ithaca; one sister, Jacky D. Severinghaus of Edinburg; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 
A calling hour will be 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at White Funeral Home, 264 N. Ballston Ave., Scotia. A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Chuctanunda Cemetery in the spring. 
 
Rev. Theodore Emanuel Hammer
January 5, 2001
The Rev. Dr. Theodore Emanuel Hammer, 82, of Guilderland, a former resident of Canajoharie, died Tuesday at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center, Guilderland.
He was born on Dec. 2, 1918 in Greenport, Long Island, the son of Emanuel W. and Marie A. Ringen Hammer. Rev. Hammer received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Bucknell University in 1942. He was ordained from Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pa. in 1948; received a master's degree in education and counseling from SUNY Oneonta in 1977, and a doctor of ministry from Drew University, Madison, N.J. in 1985. He lived in Canajoharie from 1956 until he moved to Guilderland in February 1999.
He worked as an electrical engineer for Radio Corporation of America, Camden, N.J., from 1942 to 1945.
Rev. Hammer's first parish was in Fountain Hill, Pa. in 1948. His second parish was in Saugerties, Ulster County, in 1951. He was pastor of both St. John's-St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Canajoharie, and Trinity Lutheran Church, Stone Arabia, from 1956 until he retired from active ministry in 1985.
He was assessor of the town of Canajoharie in the 1990s. 
Rev. Hammer was a member of St. John's-St. Mark's Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church. He was a charter member of the Mid-County Volunteer Volunteer Ambulance Corporation since 1969 and served for 25 years. He received his first amateur radio license in 1931 and obtained his first-class radio telephone license in 1935. He was a member of the Lutheran Synod's Task Force on Aging and Social Concerns of Upper New York, and dean of Palatine District during the mid 1960s. He was active in the area Mid Singles, Tri Singles, and Parents without Partners during the mid-1980s through the late 1990s. He was a member of the Philadelphia Masons' St. John's Lodge since mid-1940s.
Survivors include two sons, Craig T. Hammer of Schenectady and Keith M. Hammer of Mohnton, Pa.; one daughter, Dr. Gwendolyn P. Hammer of San Francisco, Calif.; one sister, Gloria M. Sandelin of Andersonville, N.C.; one step-granddaughter; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
On June 13, 1948, he married the former Barbara Jeanette Freydberg, who died in January 1977.
Calling hours will be 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the chapel of Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 20 Otsego St., Canajoharie. A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5430 Route 10, Palatine Bridge. The Rev. Gail Wolling, pastor of St. John's-St. Mark's Lutheran Church and the Rev. Charles D. Lindholm will officiate. Burial will take place in Grandview Cemetery, Allentown, Pa. 
 
Cmdr. John F. O'Toole Jr.
January 5, 2001
Cmdr. John F. O'Toole Jr., 43, of Fredericksburg, Va., a former resident of Northville, died Tuesday at home.
He was born in Queens and was a 1976 graduate of Northville Central School. He was commissioned in 1980 through the Naval ROTC program at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received a bachelor's degree in building construction. He attended the Navy's Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, R.I. and served aboard the USS Belknap until 1984.
He was a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. with a degree in mechanical engineering and earned a engineering duty officer qualification in submarines following sea duty aboard the USS Georgia. He also served in Groton, Conn. and in Norfolk.
He was repair officer on the USS Emory S. Land, Norfolk, in 1997. During his tour, the tender changed its home port to La Maddalena, Italy and deployed to the Mediterranean. He was chosen to be the assistant program manager for construction in the Virginia Class Submarine Program, where he served until February 2000. His military awards included the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal.
Survivors include his wife, the former Anita Rasmanis; one daughter, Kathleen "Katie" O'Toole of Fredericksburg; two sons, Brendan O'Toole and Michael O'Toole, both of Fredericksburg; his parents, John F. and Mary Ann O'Toole of Northville; one sister, Mary Ann Caraco of North Bennington, Vt.; two brothers, Timothy O'Toole of Scituate, Mass. and Michael O'Toole of Lynchburg, Va.
Arrangements are by Laurel Hill Funeral Home, Spotsylvania, Va.

Viola Castle Taylor
January 5, 2001
Mrs. Viola Castle Taylor of Wakefield, Mass., a native of Gloversville, died Monday at the Center for Optimum Care, Wakefield.
Mrs. Taylor had resided in Wakefield since 1936. She was a longtime member of Melrose Highlands Congregational Church, Melrose, Mass., where she served as deacon.
Mrs. Taylor was a member of Melrose Highlands Women's Guild.
Survivors include two sons, Richard S. Taylor Jr. of Scotia and David M. Taylor of North Reading, Mass.; one sister, Charlotte J. Davey of Ballston Lake, Saratoga County; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard S. Taylor.
A service was conducted today at Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose.

Nancy Oldick
January 5, 2001
Mrs. Nancy Oldick, 89, of St. Johnsville, died Wednesday at home after a long illness.
She was born on Feb. 22, 1911 in the town of Danube, the daughter of John and Cora Davis Grainer. Mrs. Oldick was educated in the former Country School, town of Danube. She was a lifelong area resident.
She was the proprietor of a dairy farm with her husband in the town of Minden for 60 years, retiring in 1992.
Mrs. Oldick was a former member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fort Plain. 
Survivors include five daughters, Marian M. Mikus and Betty N. Steele, both of Little Falls, Lucille E. Oldick of East Herkimer, Jane Lasher of Ephratah and Denise A. Oldick of St. Johnsville; four sons, Ramon E. Oldick, William F. Oldick and Ralph C. Oldick, all of Fort Plain, and Donald W. Oldick of Little Falls; one sister, Ann Cook of Fort Plain; 22 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
On June 18, 1929, she married Harland J. Oldick, who died on Nov. 19, 1991.
Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 34 Center St., Fort Plain. A service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The Rev. Kenneth Dingman, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will take place in Fort Plain Cemetery in the spring.

Veronica Divijak Putnam
January 5, 2001
Mrs. Veronica Divijak Putnam, 77, of Johnstown, died Thursday at Nathan Littauer Nursing Home after a long illness.
She was born on July 24, 1923 in Johnstown, the daughter of Florian and Caroline Smrtic Divijak. Mrs. Putnam graduated from Johnstown schools in 1942.
She served in the Army during World War II in the motor pool. She was employed as a glove worker at Gates Mills and then the former Crecendoe Glove Co., Johnstown.
Mrs. Putnam was a member of First Presbyterian Church and its choir, and the Women of the Moose, in Johnstown. 
She was an avid bowler on several leagues in the Johnstown area.
She is survived by one daughter, Marijane DeGaro of Clifton Park; and two grandchildren. 
On Feb. 20, 1947, she married Clarence Putnam, who died on May 27, 1998. She also was predeceased by one sister, Julia Frank; and two brothers, Floyd Divijak and Thomas Divijak.
Calling hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher St., Johnstown. A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. The Rev. Dr. Earl Johnson Jr., pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Johnstown, will officiate. Burial will take place in Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda.

Carol T. Tarbox
January 5, 2001
Mrs. Carol T. Tarbox, 66, of Schenectady, the mother of Broadalbin and Amsterdam residents, died Wednesday at home after being stricken.
Born in Schenectady, Mrs. Tarbox attended Draper High School,and was a lifelong area resident.
She was a clerk at City Mission of Rotterdam until the time of her death.
Survivors include three daughters, Kathy L. Taylor and Karen S. Hughes, both of Broadalbin, and Carol A. Brooks of Amsterdam; two sons, Charles L. Tarbox Jr. of Colonie and James A. Tarbox of Schenectady; three sisters, Doris Simkins of Charlton, Helen Ridge of Schenectady and Betty Tries of Colonie; one brother, John Linscott of Florida; and eight grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Charles L. Tarbox Sr., who died in 1994.
A calling hour will be 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at DeMarco Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Ave., Rotterdam. A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Vale Cemetery, Schenectady. Arrangements are by DeLuccia Funeral Services, Rotterdam.

Rosa Bienick
January 6, 2001
Mrs. Rosa Bienick, 68, of Amsterdam, died Friday morning at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam.
She was born on Aug. 8, 1932, in Amsterdam, the daughter of Benedito and Rose Peconie Frascatore. She was a lifelong area resident and was a 1950 graduate of Wilbur H. Lynch High School in Amsterdam. 
She was employed by General Electric Co. in Schenectady for a number of years and was employed by the Golden Years Adult Home in Amsterdam from 1978 to 1987. She was last employed for two years at the St. Mary's Institute in Amsterdam until her retirement in March, due to poor health. 
Mrs. Bienick was a former member of the St. Agnello Club in Amsterdam, a member of the Amsterdam Women's Commercial Bowling League and the Tuesday Night Mixed Bocci League, both in Amsterdam. 
Survivors include one son, Robert Bienick of Guilderland; two daughters, Janice Swider of Glenville and Lisa Appleton of Rexford; one sister, Livia Coluni of Amsterdam and Benjamin Frascatore of Tribes Hill; six grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She as predeceased by her husband, Walter Bienick, whom she married on Nov. 18, 1956. Mr. Bienick died on Nov. 22, 1990.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam. Services will be held at 8:15 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:15 a.m. at the St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church on Grove Street in Amsterdam. Burial will take place in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Amsterdam. 
 
David DiMezza
January 6, 2001
Mr. David Di Mezza, 84, of Gloversville, died suddenly Friday morning at Nathan Littauer Hospital. 
He was born on Aug. 1, 1916, in Gloversville, the son of Cosimo and Anna Fariello Di Mezza. He was a lifelong area resident and a graduate of Gloversville High School. 
Mr. Di Mezza was the owner and operator of the former Di Mezza Sporting Goods store in Johnstown for more than 20 years and Di Mezza's Variety Store in Gloversville, which closed in 1998. At the time of his death, he was working in Johnstown for Fulton County in the building and grounds department. 
He was a member of the Gloversville Knights of Columbus, Council 265, where he was a third-degree and a former grand knight. He was a communicant of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church and a member of the 55 Plus Senior Citizens Club. 
Survivors include his wife, the former Carmella Piazza, whom he married on Sept. 28, 1947; one son, David J. Di Mezza of Latham; one brother, James Di Mezza of Gloversville; several nieces, nephews and cousins. 
He was predeceased by two sisters, Susan Scully and Rose Smigley; and two brothers, Carlo and John Di Mezza. 
Calling house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Amico Funeral Home, 150 South Main St. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Cremation was at the Leatherstocking Crematory in Cherry Valley. Spring burial will be at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Johnstown.
The Gloversville Council 265 of the Knights of Columbus will hold a ritual at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Calvin N. Courtney
January 7, 2001
Mr. Calvin N. Courtney, 17, of Division Street, Amsterdam, died suddenly Friday at home.
Born July 14, 1983 in Little Falls, he was the son of R. Calvin and Ginger Pohlig Courtney. He resided in Caroga Lake most of his life.
He was a part-time employee at The Unger House Restaurant in Caroga Lake.
Mr. Courtney was a senior at Johnstown High School. He was a member of the Alpine Ski, Cross Country and Track teams. He was also a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Little Falls.
Survivors include his father, R. Calvin Courtney of Gloversville; his mother, Ginger Pohlig Clive of Dolgeville; his sister, Sarah E. Courtney of Albany; maternal grandmother, Joan Pohlig of Powder Springs, Ga.; and paternal grandmother, Barbara N. Thompson of Johnstown; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was predeceased by grandfathers Robert Pohlig Sr. and Robert J. Courtney.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a prayer service will follow at 7 p.m. The family will also receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Little Falls, where a Mass will be celebrated at noon with Rev. Stephen Scarcia officiating.
Cremation will follow at Park View Crematorium, Schenectady. 
 
Carmen Maria Lopez
January 7, 2001
Mrs. Carmen Maria Lopez, 85, of Wall Street, Amsterdam, died Friday evening at St. Mary's Hospital after a brief illness.
Born Jan. 15, 1915, in Toabaja, Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of Jose and Ana Negron Lopez. She attended school in Puerto Rico before coming to the United States. She lived in the New York City area before moving to Amsterdam in 1991.
She worked as a seamstress in Manhattan before her retirement.
She was a member of the Pentecostal Church in Amsterdam, A.K.A. Iglesia Pentecostal M.I.
She married Felix Martinez, who died in 1976.
She was predeceased by a son, Ramon Martinez, in 1994. 
Survivors include one son, Angel Martinez of Amsterdam; 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, with the Rev. Jose L. Gonsalez officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends beginning at 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home Inc., Amsterdam.


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