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Wednesday, May 9, 2001
Donald L. Hackett  
Donald L. Hackett, 70, of Norwich, N.Y., pioneer of the Clyde Cole Wrestling Tournament of Oxford, N.Y. and an avid boxer, passed away Monday morning, May 7, in Norwich.

Don entered the Army and pursued the sport of boxing. After his discharge, Don began a long career as a self-employed contract painter, and was especially proud of his painting of the Chenango County Courthouse done many years ago. An avid reader and writer following his retirement, Don has had three books published, which are also printed on the Internet. In 1984, the Clyde Cole Wrestling Tournament was dedicated to Don in appreciation of his work on its behalf.

Don is survived by his children, Debra "Debbie" Hawley and her husband Blair of Johnstown and Donald H. Martin and his wife Julie of Caroga Lake; three grandchildren, Hunter, Riley and Gabrielle Martin; his mother, sister, and brother. 

Funeral services for Don will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at R.J. Fahy Funeral Home, Norwich. Memorial contributions may be made to Norwich Emergency Squad marked Emergency Medical and sent c/o Fire Chief, One City Plaza, Norwich, NY 13815. 
 

Homer Peace  
Homer Peace, 94, of Wells, died Monday at Wells House in Johnstown.

He was born on June 25, 1906 in Brooklyn. Mr. Peace was a longtime Long Island resident. He retired to Wells in 1971. Mr. Peace had been a resident of Wells House since March. 

He was a graduate of Lynbrook High School, where he was captain of the football team. He attended art school at Pratt Institute.

An accomplished artist, Mr. Peace worked in New York City in publishing, designing book jackets, and in advertising as an art director.

He was the widower of Ida Brown Peace, whom he married in 1932. She died in 1950. He was also the widower of Ruth Kronmann Peace, whom he married in 1953. She died in 1999. 

Survivors include a daughter, Carol Peace Robins of New York City.

Arrangements are by Northville Funeral Home. Funeral services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family.



Thursday, May 10, 2001
Dawn E. Foster  
Dawn E. Foster, 55, of Hope, N.Y., died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at the home of her brother, Rudy Peters and his family, surrounded by her loving family. 

She was born on April 8, 1946 in the town of Wells, N.Y. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Clara Foster Peters. She was a graduate of Wells Central School and attended Monroe Community College. She was a graduate of Cornell University and Pittsburgh State University. She was pursuing her doctorate degree at New Mexico University in the field of computers. 

Dawn was last employed by a Fortune 500 telemarketing firm in Miami as a computer consultant. She also was a college professor. Survivors include her mother, Clara B. Peters, Johnstown, N.Y.; her son, Brian Haines of Tyrone, N.Y.; three daughters, Kerrie Chamberlain and Kimberly Haines, both of Rochester, N.Y., and Kristina Haines of Ocala, Fla. Four brothers, Rudy and Robert Peters of Hope, N.Y., Elton Peters of the town of Day, N.Y. and Douglas of Johnstown, N.Y. One sister, Cathy Bartholf of Hope, N.Y. Three grandchildren, Seth Trimble and Levi Lenirand, both of Ocala, Fla. and Victoria Chamberlain of Rochester, N.Y. Many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Northville Funeral Home, 401 Bridge St., where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, or the Lake Pleasant United Methodist Church, Route 8, Lake Pleasant, N.Y. Burial will take place at Algonquin Cemetery at the convenience of the family. 
 

David B. Mehnert  
Mr. David B. Mehnert, 61, of South Shore Road, Hadley, died Tuesday, May 8, at Nathan Littauer Hospital. 

He was born on Aug. 18, 1939 in Lapeer, N.Y., the son of Frank and Gwendolyn Walker Mehnert. He was a graduate of Averill Park High School and Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.

Mr. Mehnert was technical director I.T.V. for the Newburgh Board of Education, Newburgh, N.Y., where he worked for about 30 years. 

He was a member of Northville United Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder, and was a member of its handbell choir. He was vice president of the Sacandaga Seniors and a volunteer for AIDS Related Community Services in Newburgh. He was a ham radio operator and also was a volunteer examiner for the American Radio Relay League.

He was married on Dec. 14, 1962 to the former Joan Kirkpatrick who survives. Additional survivors include his children, Lisa A. Deon of Utica, Stephanie Aames of Philadelphia, Pa.; David B. Mehnert Jr. of Wallkill, N.Y.; and Frances Larson of Brisbane, Calif.; his stepmother, Elsie Mehnert of New Hartford, N.Y.; as well as five grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Northville United Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Paul Hopwood and the Rev. Paul H. Wilson will officiate. Cremation will take place at Park View Crematorium, Schenectady. Memorial contributions may be made to Trans World Radio, PO Box 8700, Cary, NC 27512, or the Heifer Project International, PO Box 8106, Little Rock, Ark. 72203. Arrangements are by Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. 



Friday, May 11, 2001
Edward Fassett  
Mr. Edward J. Fassett, 57, of Wagners Hollow Road, Fort Plain, died early Wednesday morning, May 9, at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam after a long illness.

He was born on March 22, 1944, in Little Falls, the son of Harry Sweet and Alvada Jones Bouck. Mr. Fassett was a graduate of Fort Plain High School, class of 1964. He was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Fassett was employed as a linesman for Citizens Communications for more than 35 years.

He served in the Army from 1965 to 1967.

He was a member of Stone Arabia Trinity Lutheran Church. He was a member of Ephratah Rod & Gun Club, where he also served as former president and recently was active as vice president. He also was a member of Loyal Order of Moose 1185, Johnstown.

He married Sharon I. Crouse Fassett on April 2, 1966, in St. John's and St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Canajoharie.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon I. Fassett of Fort Plain; three daughters, Tammy R. Talbot and Theresa R. Baker, both of Fort Plain, and Ann Marie Fassett of Palatine Bridge; one brother, Douglas Bouck of Schenectady; three sisters, Doris Hisert of St. Johnsville, Beverly Lake and Marion Duesler, both of Ephratah; seven grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, at Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 20 Otsego St., Canajoharie. Funeral services will be held at noon Monday, May 14, at Stone Arabia Trinity Lutheran Church, Route 10, Palatine Bridge. The Rev. Gail Wolling will officiate. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda. Memorial contributions may be made to Mid County Volunteer Ambulance Service, PO Box 126, Canajoharie. 
 

David Mehnert  
Mr. David B. Mehnert, 61, of South Shore Road, Hadley, died Tuesday, May 8, at Nathan Littauer Hospital. 

He was born on Aug. 18, 1939, in Lapeer, N.Y., the son of Frank and Gwendolyn Walker Mehnert. He was a graduate of Averill Park High School and Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.

Mr. Mehnert was technical director I.T.V. for the Newburgh Board of Education in Newburgh, where he worked for about 30 years. 

He was a member of Northville United Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and was a member of its handbell choir. He was vice president of Sacandaga Seniors and a volunteer for AIDS-related community services in Newburgh. He was a ham radio operator and also was a volunteer examiner for the American Radio Relay League.

He was married on Dec. 14, 1962, to the former Joan Kirkpatrick, who survives. Additional survivors include his children, Lisa A. Deon of Utica, Stephanie Aames of Philadelphia, Pa., David B. Mehnert Jr. of Wallkill, N.Y., and Stacey L. Muller of Newburgh. He is also survived by his sisters, Sharon Snyder of Vernon, N.Y., and Frances Larson of Brisbane, Calif., his stepmother, Elsie Mehnert of New Hartford, N.Y., as well as five grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Northville United Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Paul Hopwood and the Rev. Paul H. Wilson will officiate. Cremation will take place at Park View Crematorium, Schenectady. Memorial contributions may be made to Trans World Radio, PO Box 8700, Cary, NC 27512 or the Heifer Project International, PO Box 8106, Little Rock, AR 72203. Arrangements are by Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. 
 

John J. Kadlic  
John J. Kadlic, 96, of North Market Street, Johnstown, died Thursday evening, May 10, at Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility in Amsterdam after a long illness.

He was born on Nov. 15, 1904, in Kuty, Czechoslovakia. He served in the Army during World War II.

He worked as a leather worker for Twin Cities Leather Co. for 20 years and retired in 1968.

He was a member of St. Anthony's Church in Johnstown. 

He married Marie Ujcek on Oct. 20, 1945, at St. Anthony's Church. She died Aug. 15, 1987.

He is survived by one son, Judge John J. Kadlic of Reno, Nev.; one daughter, Anne E. Samenko of Johnstown; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Anthony's Church in Johnstown. The Rev. James Fitzmaurice, pastor, will be celebrant. Burial will take place at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Johnstown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society, the Community Hospice of Amsterdam or the charity of one's choice. 



Saturday, May 12, 2001
Anna M. Faulknor  
Mrs. Anna M. Faulknor, 78, formerly of Johnstown, died Wednesday, May 9, at Mediplex Nursing Home in Holyoke, Mass., after a long illness.

She was born on Aug. 22, 1922 in Speculator, the daughter of George and Marie Slack. She operated the former Anna's Taxi in Johnstown until her retirement.

Mrs. Faulknor was predeceased by her husband John Faulknor. He died on April 11, 1996.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St., Johnstown, with the Rev. R. W. Williams, Mountain Valley Hospice chaplain, officiating. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be in Speculator Cemetery. 
 

Earl A. McSpirit  
Earl A. "Duke" McSpirit, 54, of 141 County Highway 107, Johnstown, died Friday at home with his family after a short illness.

Duke was born on Dec. 11, 1946 in Gloversville, the son of Patrick and Elizabeth Decker McSpirit. Mr. McSpirit married Mary L. Henderson on Aug. 22, 1969. She survives. 

Duke was a great fan of motor sports and owned and drove the I-1 race car at Fonda Raceway. He was a floor worker, employed by Risedorph Leather Co., Gloversville, retiring due to ill health.

He is survived by his wife, Mary L. McSpirit; one son, Earl S. McSpirit; two daughters, Brandy M. McSpirit and Dixie L. McSpirit, all of Johnstown; six brothers, William McSpirit of Gloversville, Firman McSpirit of Mayfield, Thomas McSpirit of Gloversville, Richard McSpirit of Fonda, Charles McSpirit of Gloversville and Fred McSpirit of Gloversville; three sisters, Patricia Passino of Bonny Lake, Wash., Mabel Ward of Fultonville, and Joan Carter of Gloversville. Six grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. 

He was predeceased by a brother, John Mc Spirit. 

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday from the Walrath and Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. R. W. Williams officiating. Interment will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. Memorial Contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73, N. Main St., Gloversville, NY 12078. 
 

Doris M. Ryan  
Doris M. Ryan, 78, of Gloversville, died Thursday, May 10, at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam after a long illness. 

She was born in Brooklyn to the late Dagfin and Olive Sutherland Andersen. 

Mrs. Ryan was a resident of Wells House Nursing Home and a former member of the Eastern Star. 

Doris is survived by her daughters, Doris Frank of Johnstown and Sharon Seymour of Potsdam. She is the grandmother of Lisa Payment, Gail Kochek and Sean Seymour; great-grandmother of David Payment. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was the wife of the late William Ryan.

There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are by New Comer-Cannon Family Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Road, Colonie. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.



Sunday, May 13, 2001
Fernand A. Berthiaume 
Fernand A. Berthiaume, 69, of Outer Drive, Rotterdam, passed away at St. Clare's Hospital on Friday, May 11, 2001, after a long and courageous battle with multiple sclerosis. 

Born in Berlin, N.H., he was a beloved son of the late Stanislas and Malvinia St. Pierre Berthiaume. He was the beloved husband of the former Geraldine Jordan. Mrs. Berthiaume survives at home. 

He was a graduate of Notre Dame High School, class of 1956. He moved to the Schenectady area in 1956.

Mr. Berthiaume retired from the New York State Office of General Services in 1987 with 30 years of service as assistant plumbing engineer. 

He was a decorated Korean War veteran and retired from the New York Army National Guard. Besides his beloved wife, he leaves behind two loving daughters and sons in law, Linda and Edward Germain Jr. of Queensbury and Sandra and Dale Guldenzopf of Rotterdam, and one loving son and daughter-in-law, John and Linda Berthiaume of Mayfield. He is also survived by eight loving grandchildren, Lisa and Sara Germain of Queensbury; Justin, Melissa and Christy Guldenzopf of Rotterdam, John Jr., Nicole and Joshua Berthiaume of Mayfield.

He is survived by two loving sisters, Cecile Laferriere of Malden, Mass., Jeanne Lambert of WeekiWachee, Fla., and two loving brothers, Gerard Berthiaume of Gorham, N.H., and Andre Berthiaume of Berlin, N.H.

There are no calling hours. All services are private. Burial will be in Saratoga National Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the DeMarco Stone Funeral Home Inc., 1605 Helderberg Ave., Rotterdam. Donations may be entrusted to the St. Clare's Hospital Foundation, 600 McClellan St., Schenectady, NY 12306. 
 

Chester R. Burton  
Chester R. Burton, 85, formerly of the Old Outlet Road in Caroga Lake, died at the Clare Bridge Manor of Clifton Park on Friday, May 11, 2001. He had been residing at Clare Bridge Manor since May 2000.

He was born on July 4, 1915, in Stratford, the son of Harry and Alice Minter Burton, and he was a graduate of Dolgeville High School, class of 1931.

A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy from April 1944 until he was honorably discharged in January 1946. He served with the U.S. Naval Task Group in France. 

Chester was employed by the General Electric Co. of Schenectady for 35 years and retired in 1980. 

He was a member of the Dolgeville Masonic Lodge No. 796 Free and Accepted Masons, and a member of the Quarter Century Club of General Electric. 

Surviving him are his sons, Bruce Burton and his fiancee Millie Rowe of Amsterdam, Larry Burton and his wife, Pat, of Derrand, Ill., Robert Burton and his wife, Judy, of Fishkill, and Richard Burton and Dedee of Amsterdam; a daughter, Julie; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Roberts-Buck Funeral Home, 3 Faville Ave., Dolgeville, with the Rev. Dr. Steven A. Scarcia of Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Little Falls officiating. Burial will take place at Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Little Falls at the convenience of the family. Calling hours are Monday from 1 p.m. until the service.

Memorials in his name should be sent to the Hospice program of Schenectady County. 
 

Marion F. Persse  
Mrs. Marion F. Persse, 100, formerly of East State Street, Johnstown, N.Y., died Thursday at the St. Johnsville Nursing Home after being a resident for six years.

Born on February, 19, 1901, in Fords Bush, N.Y., she was a lifelong area resident. Mrs. Persse was a homemaker, and with her husband Dudley, she owned and operated the former Twin Cities Milk Company, Main Street, Johnstown.

She was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the St. Monica Court of Johnstown, N.Y. She was also a member of the Fonda Reformed Church.

She was married in 1923 to Dudley Persse, who died in 1982.

Mrs. Persse is survived by a son, D. Robert Persse of Gloversville, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Thomas Persse and Nancy Dence, both of Fonda, N.Y.; and a great-granddaughter, Katie Bowler.

The funeral services will be held on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Fonda Reformed Church, Broadway, Fonda, N.Y., with the Rev. Karen Patterson officiating. The burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Fonda. The family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Fonda Reformed Church.

The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Jackson & Betz Funeral Home, 15 Main St., Fultonville, N.Y. 
 

Richard C. Ambridge  
Richard C. Ambridge Jr., 48, of Allentown, Pa., died Sunday, May 12, 2001, at St. Luke's Osteopathic Hospital, Allentown, Pa. Mr. Ambridge was born on February 11, 1953, in Amsterdam, N.Y. He married Nancy M. Croll and they were married for 24 years.

Mr. Ambridge, a graduate of Gloversville High School in Gloversville, N.Y., was a maintenance supervisor for Town & Country Apartments, Hidden Village in Allentown for 10 years, and prior to this, he worked for B&K Management at Freedom Estates in Bethlehem for seven years.

His father is the late Richard C. Ambridge Sr., and his mother, Leila (Wells) Ambridge, lives in Gloversville, N.Y. He is survived by his wife; his mother; six sons, Todd A. Smith of Johnstown, N.Y., Clayton A. Smith of Bethlehem, Pa., John E. Smith of Hagaman, N.Y., Thomas C. Smith of Schnecksville, Pa., Rodney M. Smith of Allentown, Pa., and Richard J. Ambridge of Quakertown, Pa; two daughters, Nancy A. Sigley of Bethlehem, Pa., and Brianna Stratton of Gloversville, N.Y.; two brothers, Jerry Ambridge of Gloversville, N.Y., and Thomas Ambridge of Lorie, S.C.; one sister, Diana Carrese of Gloversville, N.Y.; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at Long Funeral Home, 500 Linden St., Bethlehem, Pa., where calling hours will be held Monday, May 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. 

Interment will be at White Church Cemetery, Tamaqua, Rush Township, Pa. Memorial contributions in Mr. Ambridge's memory may be made to ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) c/o Long Funeral Home.


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