Miscellaneous Fulton County, New York Obituaries

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Tuesday, May 1, 2001
William Eastman Bush 
William Eastman Bush, 91, of Wild Road, Piseco, died Monday at Nathan Littauer Nursing Home after a short illness.

He was born and raised in Kearney, N.J., where he resided for 62 years. He attended Newark College of Engineering and New York University. 

Mr. Bush was a plastics engineer at DuPont in Kearney and at the Mechanical Institute in Boonton, N.J. He retired in 1969 and moved to Piseco. 

He was a member of Piseco Volunteer Fire Department and Piseco Historical Society. He also participated in many community events.

He is survived by a daughter, Joann Bush of Lake Pleasant. His wife, Mary Todd Bush, died in 1978.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Piseco Library, the Piseco Volunteer Ambulance Corps or the Piseco Volunteer Fire Department. Arrangements are by Northville Funeral Home. A gathering to celebrate his life will be held at the convenience of the family. 
 

Marybeth Lawless  
Marybeth Lawless, 44, of Amityville, died Sunday, April 22, in Long Island, after a long illness.

She was born on Jan. 2, 1957 in Queens, the daughter of Thomas and Audrey McCrann of Baldwin, N.Y. 

Marybeth was a 1975 graduate of Oceanside High School in Baldwin, N.Y. and attended both Fulton-Montgomery Community College and SUNY at Cobleskill. 

She worked as a cashier at the former Carl's Drug Store and as a teller and customer service representative at the main office of City National Bank & Trust Co. Eventually, Marybeth returned to her native area and taught at the Montessori Children's School in Massapequa, N.Y. 

She is survived by her father, Thomas; husband, John P. Lawless; daughters, Colleen Ottalagano of Buffalo, Amanda Ottalagano and Rebecca Burgess, both of Gloversville; and son, Sean Patrick Lawless of Amityville. Also one grandchild, four sisters and three brothers.

A funeral Mass was held in Marybeth's honor on April 26 at St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church, Amityville. Burial took place at St. Charles Cemetery in East Farmingdale, N.Y. Memorial contributions may be made either directly to the family or to the American Cancer Society. In either case, contributions should be mailed to John Lawless, 51 Prospect St., Amityville, NY 11701. 
 

Bernard W. Miller  
Bernard W. Miller, 76, of South Market Street, Johnstown, died Monday, April 30, at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a long illness.

He was born on Nov. 14, 1924 in Johnstown, the son of Bernard and Margie Lanning Miller. He graduated from Johnstown High School in 1943. He then served as a medic in the Navy during World War II in the South Pacific.

He worked as a cutter at Baronet Litho in Johnstown and retired in 1980. He also worked as a bartender at the Rainbow Restaurant.

He was a member of the Johnstown Eagles and the Johnstown Moose. He was active in area bowling leagues and he enjoyed fishing. 

He married Pauline F. Viola on March 1, 1947 and she died in 1969.

He is survived by two sons, Michael and Daniel Miller of Johnstown; five grandchildren, Jill Ann Miller of Hollywood, Calif., Scott Miller of Dillon, Colo., and Susy Miller, Mathew and Travis Miller, all of Johnstown.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher St., Johnstown, where a service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Jack Millard, pastor of Johnstown Reformed Church, will officiate. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda. Memorial contributions may be made at Johnstown Library, 38 S. Market St., Johnstown, NY 12095. 
 

Mabel Van Nostrand Sherwood 
Mrs. Mabel Van Nostrand Sherwood, 75, of Mayfield, died Monday at Nathan Littauer Nursing Home.

She was born on Aug. 27, 1925 in Cranberry Creek, the daughter of Levi and Goldia Rooney Sweet. Mrs. Sherwood attended Cranberry Creek and Mayfield schools. She was a lifelong area resident. 

She worked in the housekeeping department at the Fulton County Infirmary for several years and retired in 1980.

She is survived by two sons, James Van Nostrand of Mayfield and Elwin Van Nostrand of Johnstown; two stepsons, Michael Sherwood of Middletown, N.Y. and Robert Sherwood of Las Vegas, Nev.; two stepdaughters, Cathy Lang of Pleasantville, N.Y. and Anne Marie Sherwood of Pennsylvania; two sisters, Eunice Wagner of Albany and Anna Sweet of Mayfield; a stepsister, Thelma Wildermuth of Northville; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She married Ross J. Van Nostrand in 1943 and he died June 21, 1969. She married Arthur Sherwood on Aug. 25, 1979 and he died June 6, 1981. She was also predeceased by a brother, Nelson Sweet. 

Family will be receiving friends 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. R.W. Williams, Mountain Valley Hospice chaplain, will officiate. Burial will take place at King Cemetery, Northampton. Contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, NY 12078. 
 

Wallace E. Thompson  
Mr. Wallace E. "Buster" Thompson, 82, of Pumpkin Hollow Road, Wells, died Tuesday at Nathan Littauer Hospital.

He was born on June 20, 1918 in Gloversville, the son of James and Hazel Gifford Thompson. He served in the Army Infantry for four years during World War II.

He was employed at the Seneca Navy Base Ammunition Depot for many years and also at the Army/Navy Depot in Scotia. He retired in 1979 as a refrigeration mechanic at the Watervliet Arsenal.

Mr. Thompson was a member of Wells United Methodist Church, Wells American Legion Post and Wells Fish and Game Club. He was an avid fisherman and also enjoyed producing maple syrup.

He is survived by his nephew, Gary S. Stanton of Broadalbin; his niece, Lynn Harlow of Quinton, Va.; several grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Lorraine M. Stanton of Broadalbin, in 1999. 

There will be no calling hours or services. Cremation will take place at Park View Crematorium, Schenectady. Memorial contributions may be made to Wells Fire Department; Wells Ambulance Corps or Wells Library. Arrangements are by Jeffords & Stewart Funeral Home, Broadalbin. 



Wednesday, May 2, 2001
Matthew J. Brown  
Matthew J. Brown, 32, of Route 30, Hope, died Tuesday at Nathan Littauer Hospital after being stricken.

He was born on April 24, 1969 in Bellflower, Calif., the son of James T. and Suzanne McElroy Brown Sr. He graduated from Wells Central School and graduated from Fulton-Montgomery Community College with a fine arts degree. 

He was a self-employed contractor. He was an avid hiker and NASCAR fan.

Survivors include his father, James T. Brown Sr. of Brooksville, Fla.; his mother, Suzanne McElroy of Wells; his wife, Georgette Brown at home; his daughter, Madeleine at home; two brothers, James T. Brown Jr. of Gloversville and Thomas V. Brown of Wells; one sister, Lori Brown Gosson of Wells; several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Northville Funeral Home, 401 Bridge St. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church, Wells. Burial will take place at St. Ann's Cemetery, Wells. Memorials may be made to City National Bank, Northville, in Matthew's memory. 
 

Stella Cardella  
Miss Stella Cardella, 83, of Fulton County Residential Health Care Facility, Gloversville, where she had resided since 1972, died Monday at Nathan Littauer Hospital.

She was born on Dec. 15, 1917 in Brooklyn, the daughter of Stefano and Angela La Porta Cardella. 

She is survived by two nieces, Karen Tyler of Johnstown and Rosemarie Squillace of Phoenix, Ariz.; one nephew, Peter Kakareka of Howes Caverns.

Burial will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. Arrangements are by Amico Funeral Home, Gloversville. Funeral services will be private. 
 

Emmett Duesler  
Mr. Emmett Duesler, 80, formerly of Rockwood, died Monday at Fulton County Residential Health Care Facility, Gloversville after a long illness.

He was born on Jan. 25, 1921 in Rockwood, the son of Nellis and Jesse Chatterton Duesler.

He was a World War II Army veteran.

He was employed as a glove cutter at the former Superb Glove Co. in Johnstown until his retirement in 1983.

Mr. Duesler is survived by one sister, Agnes Stahl of Johnstown. Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 E. Main St., Johnstown. The Rev. R.W. Williams will officiate. Burial will take place at Rockwood Cemetery. 



Thursday, May 3, 2001
Jeanne E. Brownell  
sJeanne E. Brownell, 54, of Iroquois Trail, Tribes Hill, died Wednesday morning at Montgomery Meadows, Amsterdam, after a short illness.

She was born on May 17, 1946 in Amsterdam, the daughter of Cyrus Wayne and Betty Hanson Brownell. She was a lifelong Tribes Hill resident. She graduated in 1965 from Fonda-Fultonville High School and later attended Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

Miss Brownell first was employed by the Montgomery County Historical and Archives Department and later continued working for the Department of Social Services of Montgomery County until her recent illness.

She was a member of the Art-Well Chapter 208, Order of the Eastern Star, and Order of the Amaranth, Amsterdam, and was a member of the Tribes Hill Presbyterian Church and also served at one time as a Sunday school teacher.

She was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed quiz shows and trivia and served as a volunteer in writing the church bulletin.

She is survived by her father, Cyrus Wayne Brownell of Tribes Hill; two brothers, Wayne M. Brownell and Mark A. Brownell, both of Tribes Hill; a sister, Carol B. Soucy of Manchester, N.H.; uncles; aunts; three nieces; four nephews; two great-nieces, and cousins.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, where the Art-Well Chapter 208 OES will conduct a service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Tribes Hill Presbyterian Church, Mohawk Drive. The Rev. Barbara Floryshak will officiate. Burial will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery, Tribes Hill. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Tribes Hill Presbyterian Church or to the Shriners Crippled Children's Hospital in Springfield, Mass., care of the funeral home. 
 

Lawrence C. Mereness 
Mr. Lawrence C. Mereness, 59, of Route 80, Fort Plain, died Wednesday, May 2, at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam, after a long illness.

He was born on Sept. 4, 1941 in Fort Plain, the son of Charles Lowell and Eva Miller Mereness. Mr. Mereness was a graduate of Fort Plain High School Class of 1962. He previously lived in Mission Hills, Calif. and had been a resident of Fort Plain since 1998.

Mr. Mereness was a former truck driver for Byrd Transportation of Albany. Prior to that he was a truck driver in Los Angeles, Calif. for Hostess Bakery. 

He was of the Lutheran faith. He was a former member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1612 in California.

On Nov. 21, 1965 he married Sheila A. Thomas Mereness in Culver City, Calif.

Survivors include his wife, Sheila A. Mereness of Fort Plain; one daughter, Audra L. Mereness of Fort Plain; one brother, DeWayne G. Mereness of Fort Plain; one sister, Jeanette E. Shelton of Santee, Calif.; one grandson, Dustin Charles Mereness of Fort Plain; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 34 Center St., Fort Plain, where funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, May 5. The Rev. Kenneth Dingman will officiate. Burial will take place at Fort Plain Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service, PO Box 126, Canajoharie, NY 13317.


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