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Friday, May 4, 2001
Howard James Grover Jr. 
Howard James Grover Jr., 59,, of Fieldstone Drive, Clifton Park, died suddenly Tuesday at his residence.

He was born in North Adams, Mass., the son of Helen Horan Grover of Lenox, Mass. and the late Howard James Grover Sr., and husband of Ann Marie St. John Grover. He had resided in Clifton Park since 1999 and was a graduate of Bryant College in Rhode Island, where he received a bachelor's degree in business.

He served in the National Guard at Ft. Knox.

Mr. Grover retired from GE Power Systems in 1997, where he had worked for 33 years, and was currently employed at L&D Associates in Latham.

He was a member of the Watervliet Lodge of Elks, American Legion Post in Amsterdam, GE Elfun Society, National Rifle Association, and Nichol Fly Hunting Camp in the Adirondacks. 

Howard was an avid gardener and expert wood crafter. He loved his Harley, his house on the Maine coast, his Lionel trains and collecting old miniature cars. He enjoyed cooking, and looked forward to hunting camp each fall. If you couldn't find Howard in the garden or on his bike, you could be sure to find him at a flea market. Howard was a loyal friend.

Survivors, in addition to his wife and mother, include three daughters, Lisa Michaud and husband Rich of Ballston Spa, Melinda Grover of Scotia and Diane Grover of Scotia; a brother, Edward Grover and wife Susan of Mayfield; his mother and father-in-law, Anna and Robert St. John Sr. of Troy; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eugene and Donna St. John of Troy; Sr. Patricia A. St. John, CSJ of Albany, Vincent and Sharon St. John of Florida; and four nieces and nephews, Michelle VanValkenberg of Oneonta, Melanie LeClairche of Scotland, Nicholas St. John of Troy and Michelle St. John of Troy.

Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Bryce Funeral Home Inc., corner of Pawling at Maple Avenues in Troy, where funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Church Hill Road in Crescent, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will take place at St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy. Directions and guest book available at www.brycefuneralhome.com. 
 

Daniel Everett Lesser 
Daniel Everett Lesser, 90, of Johnstown, died Tuesday, May 1, at Lutheran Home in Southbury, Conn.

He was the husband of Dorothy (Oaksford) Lesser, his wife of 67 years. 

Mr. Lesser was born on Jan. 27, 1911 in Johnstown, the son of the late Henry and Lena (Ilse) Lesser. Following graduation from Johnstown High School, Mr. Lesser sailed the world as a seaman aboard the freighter SS LaQuassak and then attended the University of Alabama, where he pursued his lifelong interest in business. He returned to Johnstown to run the Henry J. Lesser Glove Co., along with his father and two of his four brothers. Established in 1907, the company produced ladies' leather gloves and sold them in department stores and specialty shops throughout the country for nearly 60 years. 

Mr. Lesser was a lifelong member of the Christ Lutheran Church, Johnstown, a mason and an avid outdoorsman. 

Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Barbara Fisher of Woodbury, Conn.; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

Burial will take place in Johnstown. Arrangements are by Munson-Lovetere Funeral Homes Inc., Southbury. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. 
 

Elaine Seifter 
Elaine Seifter, 75, of Hendersonville, N.C., died quietly Tuesday, May 1, at her home. 

She was born on Jan. 23, 1926 in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of the late Joseph and Priscilla Bronstein Goliger. She received her BA degree at New York University and a MA degree at New Paltz State Teachers College. 

With an intense interest and the satisfaction derived from teaching children to read, she spent her career as a first-grade teacher in the Merrick, Long Island and Johnstown public schools.

Elaine had a long-time interest in music and was a fine amateur flutist. She played in several community orchestras and was an original member of the Connetones, the Connestee Falls Pop and Jazz group.

A former resident of Gloversville of 15 years, she and her husband moved to Brevard, N.C. in 1982. She was a past president of the Gloversville Chapter of Hadassah.

Survivors include her husband, Herbert A. Seifter; two sons, Lowell Seifter and his wife, Sharon, and Russell Seifter and his wife, Amanda; two grandchildren, Gabriel and Miriam; step-grandchildren, Ricardo, Roberto, and Roger; and her sister, Ramona Laurence. 

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Atagahi Park at Connestee Falls, Brevard.

Arrangements are by Thos. Shepherd & Son, Hendersonville.



Saturtday, May 5, 2001
Garth Barton Goodbread 
Garth Barton Goodbread, 44, of San Diego, Calif., passed away March 4 in San Diego.

He was born on April 1, 1956, in Schenectady and attended Gloversville schools until he moved to Texas. He was a Navy veteran.

He is survived by his mother, Norma Dyckman of Corpus Christi, Texas; his father and stepmother, Barton R. and Joyce Goodbread of Johnstown; sisters and brother, Patricia Vandenabeele of Greenville, S.C., Debra Mason of Bennington, Vt., Barlaine Jackson of Johnstown, Brent Goodbread of St. Johnsville and Verda Marie Goodbread of Johnstown; aunts and uncles, Jack and Sandra Pawlowski of Mayfield, Marty and Joan Shields of Northville, Joel and Glenda Danforth of Oregon and Robert Danforth of Gloversville.

A private memorial service was held on March 9 in San Diego. Arrangements were by Telophase Cremation Society, San Diego. 
 

Robert G. 'Bob' Manchester 
RRobert G. "Bob" Manchester Sr., 64, of 5854 Route 29, St. Johnsville, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 3, 2001 at Little Falls Hospital. 

He was born July 27, 1936, in Gloversville, the son of Azubah (Crannell) Manchester and the late Oscar Guy Manchester. Bob was a graduate of Oppenheim School and lived in the Lassellsville area for many years. 

His marriage to Yukimo Kudo took place on April 28, 1958, in Tokyo, Japan.

Mr. Manchester was a United States Army veteran who enlisted on April 13, 1955, and was honorably discharged on March 31, 1963, with the rank of SP4.

For several years, Bob worked for Simco Tannery in Johnstown. Mr. Manchester was of the Methodist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Yukimo; his mother, Azubah Manchester of Gloversville; one daughter, Mimi Grouch of Camillus; two sons, Robert G. Manchester Jr., and wife Kathy of Oceanside, Calif., and Thomas J. Manchester and wife Chris of St. Joseph, Mo.; a sister, Jeanette Alkinburgh of Lassellsville; five brothers, Richard C. Manchester and wife Barbara of Lassellsville, Ralph T. Manchester and wife Barbara of Bleecker, James manchester and wife Betty of Gloversville, Roger D. Manchester of Texas and Daniel Manchester of Johnstown; 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

He was pre-deceased by a brother, Oscar Guy Manchester Jr.

Funeral services will be conducted at the convenience of the family at Saratoga National Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Smith, Woody and Enea Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville. All memorial contributions may be made to Samuel S. Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12208. Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home.



Sunday, May 6, 2001
Evaline A. Stanton  
Mrs. Evaline A. Stanton, 79, of Meadow Street, Johnstown, died Friday, May 4, at the Nathan Littauer Hospital after a long illness.

She was born Jan. 20, 1922, in Harmon, the daughter of Ivan and Mable Young Taylor.

She was employed at the former Johnstown Knitting Mill and also for the former MCA Records of Gloversville until her retirement.

Mrs. Stanton was predeceased by her husband, Howard Stanton, whom she married Oct. 24, 1953. He died March 9, 1974.

Survivors include three daughters, Carol A. Kilinski of Bluntville, Tenn., Cora M. McSpirit and Sharon Stanton, both of Gloversville; two sons, Kit Lee Stanton of Gloversville and Timothy P. Stanton; two sisters, Marion Lashbrooks of Gouverneur, George Taylow of Antwerp, and Frank Smith of Adams; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private services and visitation will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the First Baptist Church, Johnstown, or the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements are by the A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 E. Main St., Johnstown. 
 

Robert Corydon Wilson 
Mr. Robert Corydon Wilson, 86, of 24 Whitmore Ave., Johnstown, passed away Friday, May 4, at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a long illness.

He was born Oct. 28, 1914, in Gloversville, the son of Frederick W. and Ethel Hamm Wilson. He was a graduate of Johnstown High School in 1932 and attended Gloversville Business School.

From 1933 to 1953, Mr. Wilson was the freight and passenger accountant for the FJ & G Railroad. From 1954 until his retirement in 1974, he was employed by the Gloversville Federal Savings and Loan, where he started as a teller and eventually became treasurer of the association. 

Mr. Wilson was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and was active in the Boy Scouts of America for many years. He was a member of the Concordia Singing Society, the Johnstown Senior Citizens and was a life member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret M. Chvila of Johnstown, whom he married Aug. 14, 1938; one daughter, Diane C. Vandrei of Rochester, N.Y.; one sister, Shirley W. Connolly of Johnstown; two granddaughters, Pamela V. Bell and Darcy J. Kirkey; two great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews and cousins.

There will be no visiting hours. Friends are invited to attend a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 7, at St. John's Episcopal Church. Interment will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville, N.Y. Arrangements are by the Ehle Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to JAVAC. 
 

Peter J. Zielinski  
Mr. Peter J. Zielinski, 88, of McCleary Avenue, died Friday evening at St. Mary's Hospital after a short illness. 

Born May 25, 1912, in Amsterdam, he was the son of Joseph and Mary Szufnara Zielinski. He was a lifelong area resident and was a graduate of Wilbur H. Lynch High School.

Mr. Zielinski was a World War II Navy veteran. He served with the Sea Bees and was stationed in Guam.

He at one time was employed by the Sanford Carpet Mills and later was a partner with Dominick Bottisti Jr. in B & Z Home Remodeling in Amsterdam until his retirement. 

Mr. Zielinski was a member of St. Stephen's Church in Hagaman and the Church of St. John the Baptist, Amsterdam. 

He was married to Helen E. French on June 30, 1940. She died on Dec. 27, 1980.

Mr. Zielinski is survived by his loving daughter, Claudia Z. McNeil of Perth; three devoted grandsons, David A. McNeil and his wife, Mary A. McNeil of Amsterdam, Christopher J. McNeil and Patrick J. McNeil, both of Perth; two special great-grandsons, Andrew D. and Matthew D. McNeil of Amsterdam; one brother-in-law, Kenneth L. French and his wife, Helena, of Amsterdam; one sister-in-law, Virginia E. French of Amsterdam; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Zielinski was predeceased by a brother, William Zielinski, and three sisters, Genevieve Wyszomirski, Sophie Zielinski and Helen Olbrych.

Funeral services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Guzielek-Pomykaj Funeral Home, 13 Belmont Place, followed at 9 a.m. by a Mass of Christian burial at the Church of St. John the Baptist.

Interment will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the St. Mary's Foundation in care of the funeral home.



Monday, May 7, 2001
Jane Albini Balzano  
Mrs. Jane Albini Balzano, 88, of Gloversville, died Sunday at the Fulton County Residential Health Care Facility, Gloversville.

She was born on Aug. 30, 1912 in Gloversville, the daughter of Ettore and Amelia Albini Albini. 

She was employed as a glove maker by G. Balzano and Son Inc. of Gloversville. 

Mrs. Balzano was a member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church and its Women's Society; the Ida McGinnis Senior Citizens Club; the 55 Plus Senior Citizens Club; and the Nathan Littauer Hospital Auxiliary, all of Gloversville. 

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Jane Paris of Shelton, Conn.; her brother, James Albini of Gloversville; her sister, Mary Savarese of Azusa, Calif.; her grandsons, Timothy S. Paris and his wife, Amy, and Daniel J. Paris; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was married to Carl M. Balzano on Sept. 21, 1946. He died on Nov. 28, 1976. She was also predeceased by a brother, Charles Albini, and a sister, Rose DeGaro.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a prayer service will be conducted at 9 a.m. Wednesday. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Gloversville. The Rev. Donald Czelusniak, pastor, will be celebrant. Interment will take place at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, 149 S. Main St., Gloversville, NY 12078 or the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY12205. 
 

Marguerite Kobuskie Hellwig 
Mrs. Marguerite Kobuskie Hellwig, 94, of Phelps Street, Gloversville, died Sunday at Nathan Littauer Nursing Home, Gloversville.

She was born on Oct. 15, 1906 in the town of Bleecker, the daughter of Joseph and Henrietta Walther Kobuskie. 

She was employed many years ago as a telephone operator by the former Glen Telephone Co. She also worked for Collier's Magazine for several years.

She and her husband were avid skiers, and attended many ski club and resort functions over the years. Mrs. Hellwig was a member of St. James Lutheran Church and the Pine Brook Golf Club, both of Gloversville.

She is survived by her brother, John "Jack" Kobuskie of Gloversville, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was married to Albert J. Hellwig, who died in 1972. She was also predeceased by her sisters, Marion Tomek, Ruth Robbins, and Esther Pelcher; and her brothers, Leonard Kobuskie and Joseph Kobuskie.

There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 10, at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. The Rev. Lauretta J. Dietrich, pastor of St. James Lutheran Church, will officiate. Interment will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 521 N. Main St., Gloversville, NY 12078. 
 

Gordon W. Morris  
Gordon W. Morris, 81, of Syracuse, died Saturday at the home of his daughter. 

He was born in Fox Hill, N.Y. He had lived in North Syracuse since 1960 and had summered at Lanz's in Clayton, N.Y. since 1980.

He was an honors graduate of Northville High School and a graduate of General Electric Turbine Department apprenticeship program in Schenectady.

He was employed as a supervisor and tool and dye designer in the microchip department at General Electric Co., Liverpool, N.Y. In his early years he had worked in a Feltspar mine and been a logger and woodsman. He was employed for 35 years and retired in 1985.

He was a member of the Sports Car Club of America and had raced at Watkins Glen. He was a fisherman and hunter and had traveled extensively in the United States.

He is survived by one daughter, Constance Ranalli of Camillus, N.Y.; two sisters, Joyce Ashlaw of Gloversville and Beulah Morris of Sarasota, Fla.; one brother, Walter Morris of Schenectady; three grandchildren, Maureen Woodcock of Mattydale, N.Y., Kimberly Lanning of Bernhards Bay, N.Y., and Michael Smith of Tucson, Ariz.; five great-grandchildren, Nicole, Alison, Joshua, Tiffany and Kristen. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, the former Dorothy Jensen, who died on Jan. 30, 1998.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at Fergerson Funeral Home, 215 S. Main St., North Syracuse. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Edinburg Cemetery. The Rev. Richard Klueg, will officiate. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Central New York, 990 Seventh North St., Liverpool, NY 13088. 
 

Jessie Shannon  
Jessie Shannon, 83, of Midtown Estates, St. Johnsville, passed away Thursday, May 3, at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady. 

She was born on March 23, 1918 in Little Falls Hospital, the daughter of the late Hugh J. and Cordelia Murphy Shannon. Jessie was a graduate of St. Johnsville High School and a lifelong St. Johnsville resident. 

Miss Shannon was last employed at Lee Dye in Johnstown and at one time worked for the former Palatine Dye Co. in St. Johnsville.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, St. Johnsville.

Survivors include a niece, Delia Fear and husband William of Gloversville; two nephews, Hugh M. Shannon of Florida and Gerald Shannon and wife Sylvia of Virginia; five great-nieces; five great-nephews; and one great-great-great-niece.

She was predeceased by three brothers, Alexander J., Arthur R. and Hugh J. Shannon Jr.

Interment will take place in West St. Johnsville Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith-Woody and Enea Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville. All memorial contributions may be made to either the St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department or to the St. Johnsville Police Department. Envelopes are at the funeral home. In keeping with Jessie's wishes, funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. 
 

Evaline E. Stanton  
Mrs. Evaline E. Stanton, 79, of Meadow Street, Johnstown, died Friday, May 4, at the Nathan Littauer Hospital after a long illness.

She was born on Jan. 20, 1922 in Harmon, the daughter of Ivan and Mable Young Taylor.

She was employed at the former Johnstown Knitting Mill and also for the former MCA Records of Gloversville until her retirement.

Mrs. Stanton was predeceased by her husband, Howard Stanton, whom she married on Oct. 24, 1953. He died on March 9, 1974.

Survivors include three daughters, Carol A. Kilinski of Bluntville, Tenn., and Cora M. McSpirit and Sharon Stanton, both of Gloversville; two sons, Kit Lee Stanton of Gloversville and Timothy P. Stanton of Johnstown; two sisters, Marion Lashbrooks of Gouverneur and Nellie Murdock of Adams; three brothers, Raymond Taylor of Gouverneur, George Taylor of Antwerp, and Frank Smith of Adams, 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the First Baptist Church, Johnstown, or the charity of one's choice. Arrangements are by the A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 E. Main St., Johnstown. Private services and visitation will be held at the convenience of the family. 
 

Floyd R. Weaver  
Mr. Floyd R. Weaver, 85, of Lake Avenue, Gloversville, died Saturday at Nathan Littauer Hospital.

He was born on June 5, 1915 in Gloversville, the son of John and E. Della White Weaver. He graduated from Gloversville High School in 1933. Mr. Weaver was well known for his musical talents. He played the mandolin with bands such as The Melody Trio, The Rainbow Revelers and The Irish Mountaineers.

He was a glove cutter, employed by E.L. Heacock Co. for 38 years, and later worked for Liccardo Gloves, Hilts-Willard Gloves, and Stevens Gloves Ltd., all of Gloversville. 

He was a member of the Bleecker Street Church of Christ; an honorary member of the Berkshire Fire Company; A.S.C.A.P; a former member of the Musician's Union, and former chairman of the town of Johnstown Republican Committee.

Survivors include his wife, EIvirah A. Winchell Weaver, whom he married on Aug. 31, 1935. His surviving children are Della G. Wilder and James E. Weaver of Gloversville; his grandchildren are Daniel Wilder, Hollie Weaver and Lacey Weaver. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his brothers Harvey, Chester, Charles, Rex and Roy Weaver, as well as his sisters Irene Johnson, Caroline Thompson, and Josephine Hammer.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Sandra Geer will officiate. Interment will take place at Wells Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bleecker Street Church of Christ or the Berkshire Fire Company.


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