Miscellaneous Fulton County, New York Obituaries

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Monday, May 14, 2001
Florence M. O'Malley 
Florence M. O'Malley died May 13, at her home on North Ballston Avenue in Scotia. 

Ms. O'Malley was born on June 12, 1915 in Columbiaville, N.Y. She was the daughter of the late Albert and Anna Leace Elting. She was a graduate of Child's Hospital in Albany with a degree in child nursing.

For many years, she owned and operated the former Jiminy Cricket Nursery School in Scotia. Following her retirement, she was in the mortgage-lending business.

Ms. O'Malley was a volunteer driver for people in need and contributed to many charities.

Survivors include two daughters, Elaine E. Holmlund of Mayfield and Lynnann Madison of Lake Katrine, N.Y. She also has three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a nephew.

Ms. O'Malley was predeceased by a brother, Charles Elting of Hudson, N.Y., and her former husband, James B. O'Malley. 

There will be no calling hours. A gathering in her memory will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at her home, 219 N. Ballston Ave., Scotia. Donations may be made to Community Hospice Foundation or St. Clare's Hospital. Arrangements are by Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Gloversville. 
 

Lucille M. Solar  
Mrs. Lucille M. Solar, 79, of West Main Street, Johnstown, died Sunday, May 13, at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam, after a long illness.

She was born on June 3, 1921 in Phoenix, N.Y., the daughter of Arnold and Emma Roberts.

Lucille was a graduate of Phoenix High School.

She worked for several area glove shops until 1969 when she purchased the Tip Top Tavern in Gloversville. She operated the tavern until her retirement in 1984.

Lucille was a member of the Johnstown Women's Bowling League for over 50 years, at one time holding the title of president and carrying the high average for the league. 

In September 1947 she became secretary of the Johnstown Women's Bowling Association, still holding that position at the time of her death. She also served 10 years as treasurer. 

Lucille had bowled in city tournaments since 1947 and bowled in many state bowling tournaments. She attended 43 New York State Women's Bowling conventions, representing the Johnstown association. 

In 1978 she was inducted into the Fulton County Bowlers Hall of Fame. 

On Sept. 26, 1944, she married Edward Solar, who died Jan. 17.

Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St., Johnstown, where funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Jack Millard will officiate. Burial will take place at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Johnstown. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Johnstown Women's Bowling Association Scholarship Fund, c/o Key Bank, 6 Market St., Amsterdam, NY 12010, or to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 1010, Rockville, Md. 20852-9813. 
 

Rose Horning  
Rose Horning, 94, of Sinclair Road, Edinburg, died May 2 at Wells Nursing Home, Johnstown, after a long illness.

Mrs. Horning was born on Nov. 16, 1906 in Little Neck, Long Island.

She was the owner of Orendoga Motel in Northville for many years.

Mrs. Horning was a communicant of St. Francis Roman Catholic Church, Northville.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews. 

Her husband, Edward Horning, died in 1977.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Northville Funeral Home, 401 Bridge St. Burial will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Northville. 
 

Lieselotte W. Koelbl 
Mrs. Lieselotte "Lottie" W. Koelbl, 79, of Walnut Street, Canajoharie, died Saturday at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

She was born on April 2, 1922 in Zweibruken, Germany, the daughter of Wilhelm Carbone and Anna Lydia Herkenrath. She was educated in Wurzburg, Germany. She studied nursing.

Mrs. Koelbl worked in area nursing homes for a time. In 1961 she fulfilled her desire to build her own nursing home in Palatine Bridge. Mrs. Koelbl and her husband owned and operated Palatine Nursing Home until 1985. She retired in 1985.

She immigrated from Germany and in 1951 she became a United States citizen. She was an area resident for over 45 years.

She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul's Roman Catholic Church, Canajoharie.

Survivors include two daughters, Marguerite L. Brandow, Dolgeville and Lisa C. Emden, Ephratah; two sons, Joseph F. Koelbl of Palatine Bridge and John L. Koelbl of Canajoharie; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

On April 10, 1948 she married John Koelbl in Germany and he died Feb. 22, 1999. 

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 20 Otsego St., Canajoharie, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. At 10 a.m. a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Sts. Peter and Paul's Roman Catholic Church, Cliff Street, Canajoharie. The Rev. William J. Gaffigan will officiate. Burial will take place at Sts. Peter and Paul's Cemetery, Canajoharie. Memorial contributions may be made to Mid County Volunteer Ambulance Service, PO Box 126, Canajoharie or the American Heart Association, c/o Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home. 
 

Matilda Warner  
Matilda Warner, 93, died Friday evening at Orange County Residential Health Care Facility, Goshen, N.Y. 

She was born on Oct. 29, 1907 in Union City, N.J., the daughter of John and Dorothy Brunner Meiller. Mrs. Warner attended Union City, N.J. schools and later moved to the Mayfield area where she resided most of her life. 

Mrs. Warner worked in the glove industry for many years in the Mayfield area, retiring from the former Dickson Glove Co. of Mayfield.

Mrs. Warner was a member of Mayfield Central Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by one son, Richard Warner of Middletown, N.Y.; two granddaughters, Tammy Forrest of Nederland, Colo. and Kim-Lori Hendzel of Dallas, Texas; and four grandsons, Will Forrest, Gus Forrest, Bridger Hendzel and Cole Hendzel. 

In 1965 Mrs. Warner was predeceased by her husband, Rupert Warner, whom she married in 1928. She was also predeceased by three brothers, James, Joseph and Charles Meiller; and by three sisters, Dorothy Bolton, Elizabeth Meyers and Adeline Parker. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Kenneth Applegate, interim pastor of Mayfield Central Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Interment will take place at Union Rural Cemetery, Mayfield. Memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer's Foundation or the Braeside Camp, 640 E. Main St., Middletown, N.Y. 10940. 
 

Donald W. Rorick  
Mr. Donald W. Rorick, 74, of Johnson Avenue, Johnstown, died Sunday at Nathan Littauer Hospital.

He was born on Jan. 12, 1927 in Gloversville and served in the Army during World War II in Italy.

He was employed by Crown Leather, Johnstown, until his retirement. He also was a freelance photographer for The Leader-Herald. 

Mr. Rorick was a member of the Fulton County Sheriff's Association and the Sir William Johnson Fire Department. 

He married Joyce M. Meyers on Oct. 16, 1948. She survives. Also surviving are his children, Sandra Pedrick of Gloversville, David Rorick of Caroga Lake, Ronald Rorick of Gloversville and Todd Rorick of Johnstown; his brother, William Fox of Wichita, Kan.; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by is son, Keith John Rorick; his sisters, Joyce Dingman, Janet Hayes and Vivian Wittman.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Interment will take place at Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211. 



Tuesday, May 15, 2001
Lillian Pfieffer James 
Mrs. Lillian "Carol" Pfieffer James, 73, of Jay Street, Gloversville, died Tuesday morning at Nathan Littauer Hospital.

She was born on June 21, 1927 in Gloversville, the daughter of Fred and Mary Yuker Pfieffer. 

She was a sales representative for the Watkins Sales Co. She enjoyed camping, ceramics, and flowers.

Mrs. James was a member of Cranberry Creek Community Church.

She is survived by her companion of many years, Gardiner Baurle and his son, Eric Baurle of Gloversville; also by a son, Donald F. Brockhum of Mayfield, a daughter, Rosemary Walters of Johnstown, 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and several cousins

She was predeceased by her husband, Victor L. James. 

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. Interment will take place at Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211, or the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205. 



Wednesday, May 16, 2001Adelaide M. Visione Morris 
Mrs. Adelaide M. Visione Morris, 89, formerly of Prospect Avenue, Gloversville, died Tuesday at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam.

She was born on March 18, 1912 in Saratoga Springs, the daughter of Ernest and Mary Silletto Visione. She lived in Johnstown following her marriage and in Florida for several years.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Gloversville.

Mrs. Morris is survived by her daughters, Betty A. Wiltey and Marilyn J. Salvione of Gloversville; also by nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren and several cousins. Her husband, Harry W. Morris, whom she married in 1932, died in 1959. Her son, Harry W. Morris Jr. died in 1987.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a prayer service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. The Rev. David L. Tressic, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, will officiate. Interment will take place at Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
 
Patrick P. Buanno 
Patrick P. Buanno, 82, of West Fulton Street, Gloversville, died Monday, May 14, at home after being stricken.

He was born on March 25, 1919 in Gloversville and was a lifelong area resident. He was a graduate of Gloversville High School.

Mr. Buanno was a corporal in the Army, serving in the 68th Military Police Co. He enlisted on July 18, 1941 and was discharged on Nov. 7, 1945. He was the recipient of the European African Middle East Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, American Service Medal, and American Defense Service Medal. He guarded German prisoners of war when they were transported from New York City to prison camps in Arizona.

Mr. Buanno was the owner and operator of the former P. Patrick Buanno Service Station and Garage on West Fulton Street, Gloversville. He was also a truck driver for Buanno Transportation of Fort Johnson and the shipping manager of the Hudson Concrete Drain Tile Co..

He was a communicant of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church and a member of the American Association of Retired Persons.

Mr. Buanno is survived by two brothers, Henry B. Buanno of Fort Johnson and Anthony C. "Chart" Buanno of Gloversville; four sisters, Mary Rossi, Madeline Persico, Emma Del Savio and Marguerite Pangllozzi, all of Gloversville; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Dominic and Pasqualina Covelli Buanno; four brothers, Mike Buanno Sr., Comie Buanno, Frank Buanno and Michael J. Buanno; and one sister, Ann Buanno.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at John W. Finocan Funeral Home Inc., 13 Prospect Ave., Gloversville, where a prayer service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church. 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 Building Fund or Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, NY 12078.
 
David Flint 
David Flint, 56, of East State Street, Gloversville, died Monday morning at Nathan Littauer Hospital.

He was born on March 11, 1944 in New Haven, Conn., the son of Carl and Doris Berne Flint.

Mr. Flint attended schools in the New York City area and later moved to Gloversville in 1992. He participated in the day program of Lexington Center of Gloversville.

Mr. Flint attended services at Knesseth Israel Synagogue, Gloversville.

Mr. Flint is survived by his mother, Doris Flint of Ann Arbor, Mich.; two brothers, Dr. Andrew Flint of Ann Arbor, Mich. and Lt. Col. Gordon Flint of Washington, D.C. He was predeceased by his father, Carl Flint.

A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m Thursday at Hollenbeck Funeral Home Inc., 4 Second Ave., Gloversville. Rabbi Martin Gordon of Knesseth Israel Synagogue will officiate. Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Memorial contributions may be made to Lexington Center, 127 E. State St., Gloversville, N.Y.
 
Robert James Getz 
Mr. Robert James Getz, 79, of Mesa Drive, Mayfield, Ky., died Monday, May 14, at Jackson Purchase Medical Center.

He was born on Dec. 31, 1921 in Canajoharie, the son of Edward Michael and Florence C. Phelps Getz. Mr. Getz was a graduate of the Fort Plain High School Class of 1939. He graduated from Bentley School of Accounting and Finance in Boston, Mass. in 1942. He previously lived in Nelliston and in Memphis, Tenn. from 1975. He resided in Mayfield, Ky. since 1998.

He was a veteran of World War II and served in the Marines as a master technical sergeant.

Mr. Getz was employed as an accountant at Life Savers Inc., Canajoharie. from 1942 until he retired in 1983 from Nabisco Co.

Mr. Getz was a member of Capleville United Methodist Church, Memphis, Tenn., and the former Knights of Pythias in Fort Plain.

He married Carmeta N. Nellis Getz on July 10, 1942 in Fort Plain.

Survivors include his wife, Carmeta N. Getz of Mayfield, Ky.; one daughter and son-in-law, Barbara A. and Robert Norquest of Baltimore, Md.; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert J. and Mary Ann Getz Jr. of Mayfield, Ky.; one brother, Donald H. Getz of Montvale, N.J.; two granddaughters, Tiffany Norquest of Baltimore, Md. and Stephanie Getz Upshaw of Paducah, Ky.; two step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 34 Center St., Fort Plain, where a service will be held at at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Alan Baumback will officiate. Burial will take place at Fort Plain Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Fort Plain United Methodist Church, 39 Center St.
 
John Joseph Palma 
John Joseph (Buttsy) Palma, 69, of 30 N. Division St., St. Johnsville, passed away Monday, May 14, after a courageous battle with cancer; he was surrounded by the love of his family by his side.

John was born on April 16, 1932 in St. Johnsville, the son of the late John Joseph and Carmella (Terranova) Palma. Buttsy was a graduate of St. Johnsville High School Class of 1950, where he was class president, and recently celebrated the 50th reunion. He also attended Oswego State College.

He was united in marriage to Cora Lee Perry on June 5, 1955 in St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church by the Rev. Walter Burns. The coupled shared a blessed and loving union of many years.

From 1954 to 1966, Buttsy was owner and manager of Palma's Esso Station in St. Johnsville, which was built by his father. In 1966 to 1978 he served as town justice and town board member; he officiated many wedding ceremonies, most of them held in the gracious hospitality of his home. From 1971 to 1978 he was owner of the Serenity Mobile Home Park on Route 5 West, where he developed a 13-unit mobile home park and installed the water and sewer system for the park. Buttsy was also employed as superintendent of the Department of Public Works and Water Treatment Plant Operator, St. Johnsville, from 1966 until his retirement in 1992, serving the village for 26 years. A dedicated employee, Buttsy worked side by side with his men. Everyone always commented about his "being down in the hole."

Upon his retirement he served as clerk of works for the Averill Street reconstruction project and recent development of the Well Field. He was also consultant for various other projects. After completely retiring from the village he provided service to many customers with snow plowing in the winter and lawn care during the summer.

Deeply instilled in the Catholic faith, Mr. Palma was a very active member of St. Patrick's Church, where he served as eucharistic minister until his illness. He also served on the committee to repave the church's driveway. As a community-oriented individual he served the community of St. Johnsville in many ways; he was a member of the St. Johnsville Youth Center Advisory Board where he was president for five years, and helped with the formation of the Youth Center in 1974. He was president of the St. Johnsville Recycling program, a member of the Montgomery County Recycling Commission, and a member of the Seminar Planning Committee of New York State Department of Health, Amsterdam district.

Buttsy dedicated his entire life in service and caring for the need of the St. Johnsville residents. Along with working for the village his interest always involved improving the community. A great man whose outlook and compassion for others will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved him, John's constant demonstration of deep respect for his associates, friends and co-workers earned the esteem and admiration of all who knew him.

A man who took pride in his work ethic did not only exist in the job, but also in his ever day routine. He was also a gifted and respected athlete excelling in basketball, baseball and bowling, where he carried a semi-pro average in a local traveling league for many years. In his retirement, he especially enjoyed the camaraderie of his many friends in the game of golf.

As a very artistic person, he was noted for designing meticulously crafted birdhouses in the shapes of houses, gazebos, churches and other forms. He also sculpted creative accessories with a chain saw for his sister's bear collection. He also assisted his wife, Cora Lee, in her many creative endeavors and shared many special times with her.

He is survived by his beloved family, including his loving wife of almost 46 years, Cora Lee; a son, Rodney John Palma and wife, Denise of Apache Junction, Ariz.; a daughter, Lisa Marie Clemons and husband, Timothy of Meco; five cherished grandchildren, Diantha Lynn Palma, Jasper Rodd Palma and Zane Bernard Palma, all of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Shalane Marie Clemons, and Timothy John Clemons of Meco; two great-grandchildren, Zara Myst Wermager and Zekiel Rain Wermager of Ariz. Also surviving are his sister, Josephine Terricola, whom he idolized, and husband, Phillip of St. Johnsville; brother-in-laws, Joseph Perry of Odenton, Md., Richard Perry and wife, Connie of St. Petersburg, Fla.; four nieces and two nephews. John also leaves many special friends, too numerous to mention. Buttsy's eldest grandson, Zachary Beau Palma, passed away on Jan. 20., he was extremely proud of Zachary and was sadly affected by his passing.

Friends and relatives may visit with the family and pay their respects from 4 to 8 p.m. today, May 16, at Smith-Woody and Enea Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at the funeral home and at 11 a.m. from St. Patrick's Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Procession will follow to St. Johnsville Cemetery, where interment will take place. Remembrances may be made to St. Patrick's Church, S.A.V.A.C., Little Falls Hospital, or to a charity of one's choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Buttsy's family would like to thank the third-floor nurse, aides, respiratory therapists and other staff of the Little Falls Hospital for the loving care and empathy shown to John and his family. A special thank you to Drs. R. and S. Sodhi, Dr. Desai and his staff at Faxton Hospital Cancer Center in Herkimer.


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