Miscellaneous Fulton County, New York Obituaries

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Thursday, May 17, 2001Alfred Edward Geraghty 
Atty. Alfred Edward Geraghty, 74, of Almond Street, Gloversville, entered into eternal rest on May 16 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady after a short illness. 

Mr. Geraghty was born on Nov. 1, 1926 in Little Falls, N.Y. to the late Michael and Anne Geraghty. He attended Gloversville schools until he entered the armed services in World War II. After he returned from Germany, he attended Pennsylvania Military Preparatory School, where he graduated as valedictorian in 1949. At PMPS he was captain of the football and wrestling teams. He was also Cadet captain and won the Soldier's Medal which was presented by Walter Bedell Smith, then ambassador to England.

Mr. Geraghty graduated from Notre Dame with honors in 1952, condensing four years into three. He then attended Georgetown University Law Center where he attained an LLB, LLM and a JD. Mr. Geraghty then returned to Gloversville, where he began his 45-year career as an attorney. In addition to his private practice he served terms as city judge and city attorney. 

In 1962 he married the former Emerita McManus of Westport Ireland. Together they raised three sons, Sean of Colonie, Brian of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Ciaran of Albany, and one daughter, Emer Teresa of Albany. 

Mr. Geraghty was active in local and church organizations. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Fulton County Democratic Committee and was a third degree in the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the parish at Sacred Heart Church and participated in many rosary groups and Right-To-Life activities.

In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by two grandsons, Seamus and Alfred, three granddaughters, Aine, Bridget and Juliette, one sister, Terry Becker, four brothers, James, Martin, Michael and Brendan Geraghty, and 18 nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the John W. Finocan Inc., 13 Prospect Ave., Gloversville, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Monsignor Martin Geraghty of St. Francis DeSales, Belle Harbor, N.Y., cousin, will be celebrant. Interment will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, N.Y. 12205, or the American Cancer Society, 1450 Western Ave., Room 101, Albany, NY 12203-3572. 
 
Florence A. Brockhum 
Mrs. Florence A. Brockhum, age 71, of Blanchard Road, Gloversville, died Wednesday morning at home.

She was born on March 27, 1930 in Hadley. On Sept. 27, 1947 she married George H. Brockhum. She and her husband formerly bowled in the Saturday Night Mixers League at both Kobuskie Lanes and Perry Lanes. 

She is survived by her husband, George, as well as her daughters, Terrie M. Lazaroff of St. Johnsville and Susan A. Shults of Northville; her son, Wayne M. Brockhum of Tampa, Fla.; her brothers, Burton Frasier Jr. and Everett Blanchard Jr. of Gloversville; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her mother, Jenny Allen Merrill; and her sister, Loretta Ingraham. 

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a memorial service will follow at 6 p.m. The Rev. R.W. Williams, chaplain of Mountain Valley Hospice, will officiate. Cremation will take place at Park View Crematorium, Schenectady. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, NY 12078, or the American Lung Association, 587 Main St., Suite 109, New York Mills, NY 13417.
 
Robert D. Goguen 
Mr. Robert D. Goguen, 83, of Johnstown, died Tuesday, May 15, at home after being stricken.

He was born on May 29, 1917 in Fitchburg, Mass., the son of Daniel and Mary Sullivan Goguen. 

Mr. Goguen was a World War II Army veteran.

He was employed with the Freihofer Bakery in Albany for many years, before he moved to the Johnstown area. Recently he was employed with the Lexington Community Services meals on wheels program. 

Survivors include his wife, Lois Cole, whom he married in 1963; three sons, Matthew Goguen of Saratoga Springs, David Goguen of Tewksbury, Mass. and Robert I. Goguen of Gansevoort; one daughter, Kathleen M. Goguen of Fitchburg, Mass.; five grandchildren, Conner, Carley, Michael, Daniel and Mary Goguen; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by one son, Daniel Goguen, who died in 1979. 

There will be no calling hours. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service at 10 a.m. Friday at A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 E. Main St., Johnstown. The Rev. James Fitzmaurice will officiate. 

It was Mr. Goguen's request to bequeath his remains to the anatomical gift program at Albany Medical College. Burial will take place at Saratoga National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps Inc., PO Box 523, Johnstown, NY 12095.
 
Robert R. Knapp 
Robert R. Knapp, 69, of Lathrop Road, Gloversville, died Wednesday, May 16, at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam after a long illness.

He was born on March 24, 1932 in the town of Edinburg and was a lifelong area resident. He was a graduate of Mayfield Central High School. 

Mr. Knapp was a corporal in the Army during the Korean War and served from 1951 to 1953.

Mr. Knapp was a truck driver for Shepard Oil Co. Inc. of Johnstown and Coleco Industries Inc. of Mayfield. He retired in 1996.

He was of the Methodist faith and a member and trustee of the Gloversville Moose.

Mr. Knapp is survived by his wife, the former Della Gibson. They were married on April 26, 1955. Survivors include one son, investigator Reginald R. Knapp of Gloversville, of the Fulton County Sheriff's Department; one daughter, Michelle L. Palmatier of Amsterdam; four grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Royal and Elizabeth Cook Knapp; and one brother, Clifford Knapp. 

The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at John W. Finocan Funeral Inc., 13 Prospect Ave., Gloversville, where a funeral service will immediately follow. Elder John Buchanan of Mayfield Center Community Church, will officiate. Cremation will be at Parkview Crematory, Schenectady. Interment will take place at Mayfield Cemetery. The family would like to invite friends to a reception at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Gloversville Moose.
 
Charles E. Miller 
Mr. Charles E. Miller, 96, formerly of 409 S. Melcher St., Johnstown, passed away May 16 at Gloversville Residential Health Care Facility, where he had resided since April. 

He was born in Gloversville, the son of George E. and Edna J. Crouse Miller. He was a 1921 graduate of Gloversville High School and was an alumnus of the former Phi Delta Sigma Fraternity. He attended the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia and came to Johnstown in 1938. He was a partner with his father, and brother Fred C. Miller, in the operation of the Fred C. Miller Glove Co. in Gloversville from 1925 until his retirement in 1975.

Mr. Miller was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Gloversville, where he served as trustee. He was also a member of the Ida L. McGinnis Senior Citizens and the Eccentric Club.

He is survived by his daughter, Carol Whitlock of Washington, D.C.; three grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Miller was united in marriage to the former Kathryn Noone in 1938 and she passed away in 1967.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Ehle Funeral Home, 15 N. William St., Johnstown, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Interment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda. Memorial contributions may be made to the Getman Home, Gloversville.



Saturday, May 19, 2001John E. Dyer 
John E. Dyer, 43, of the Stratford Lexington Home died Friday, May 18, 2001, in Little Falls Hospital of natural causes. 

John was born in New York City on Aug. 14, 1957, the son of Benita Booker. John has been a resident of the Lexington Home in Stratford since 1992. He attended both the Stratford Methodist Church and St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Dolgeville. He especially enjoyed music and visiting with everyone. John's life was enriched by all of his friends and staff at the Lexington Home.

He is survived by two sisters, Adrienne Dyer and Regina Brown, both of Brooklyn; one brother, Henry Booker of Virginia; and his friends and staff at the Lexington Home.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Roberts-Buck Funeral Home, 3 Faville Ave., Dolgeville. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Dolgeville Cemetery.
 
Brian Johnson 
Brian "Bi" C. Johnson, 89, of North Port, Fla., who has a summer home in Broadalbin, died May 15 in Bon Secours-Venice Hospital, Venice, Fla.

He was born on March 10, 1912, in Buffalo. He was a veteran of the National Guard. He was an avid reader and he loved traveling and boating.

Before he retired, he was an architectural representative associated with the firms Heuber, Hares & Glavin and Sargeant, Webster, Cranshaw & Folley. He also worked for the state of New York. 

He is survived by his wife, Doris (Trevett) Johnson of North Port, Fla.; five children; three stepchildren; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Interment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery, Syracuse. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to North Port Rotary Scholarship Fund, PO Box 7557, North Port, FL 34287 would be appreciated. 

Arrangements are by James A. McKee Funeral Home, North Port. 
 
Henry Webster 
Henry Leon Webster, 65, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., died May 15 at Havasu Regional Medical Center. 

He was born on Sept. 6, 1935, in Bolton Landing, N.Y. He battled polio as a child. He grew up in Warrensburg, N.Y. He had been a resident of Lake Havasu City for 27 years from Gloversville. 

He was a veteran of Marine Corps.

He worked 13 years as a grocery produce manager in Johnstown, then five years in his own business. He moved to Lake Havasu City in 1974 and started the Webster Family restaurant, selling it in 1976. He pursued his interest in cooking at local restaurants until retiring in 1982. He also started Hava Medical Supply Co. with his wife, Betty. He worked as chef for Elks Lodge 2399 in Lake Havasu City. 

He enjoyed hunting, archery, fishing and camping, and he was an avid billiards player.

Henry's son Bob has been working on a fund-raiser as a member of the Joints in Motion marathon team. Bob will run in memory of his father. 

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Betty Webster of Lake Havasu City; his sons, William Henry and wife Karen Webster of Bagdad, Ariz., and James Wesley and wife Kathy Webster of Vashon Island, Wash., and Robert Wayne and wife Robyn Webster of Camp Verde, Ariz. He is survived by his brothers, Wesley and wife Ann Webster of Newington, Conn., Delbert and wife Joan Webster of Stony Creek, N.Y., Conroy and wife, Grace Webster and Charles Webster of Warrensburg, N.Y.; his sisters, Sylvia and husband Henry Moffitt of Warrensburg, Nancy and husband Carl Belden of Bolton Landing, Martha and husband Elmer Kilburn of Gansvoort, Linda and husband Frank Bennet of Warrensburg, Debbie and husband, Melvin Stevens of Fort Anne; grandchildren, Clare, Cheyanne, Joshua, Alison, Rebekah, Emily, Anna, William, Nicholas, Krystall, Ryan, David and Sherry; great-grandchildren, Kiara, Dillon, Courtney and Brendon. He is also survived by two aunts, several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was predeceased by his parents, Marcus Earl and Pearl May "Denton" Webster; his brothers Douglas and Marlin; and his sister, Aletha Webster Fish.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Lietz-Fraze Chapel, 21 Riviera Blvd., Lake Havasu City. The Rev. John Mackey will officiate. Burial will also take place today at Lake Havasu Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, c/o Bob Webster, PO Box 1002, Camp Verde, AZ 86322 or the American Diabetes Association. 



Sunday, May 20, 2001Charles E. House 
Charles E. House, 81, of East Fourth Avenue, Johnstown, died Saturday, May 19, at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a long illness.

Born Oct. 11, 1919, in Johnstown, he was the son of William and Emma Eagan House and attended Johnstown schools.

Mr. House worked as a textile dyer for 16 years at Tricot Fabrication, Dolgeville, retiring in 1980 due to illness.

He was of the Protestant faith.

On Nov. 16, 1968, he married the former Eileen Leroux, who survives in Johnstown.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, David House of Arizona, John House of Meco and Alan House of Amsterdam; two step-sons, Kevin Bradley of Fultonville and Robert Bradley Jr. of Fonda; one brother, William House of Johnstown; two sisters, Marilyn Devoe of Gloversville and Elizabeth Montanye of Johnstown; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Bernice House; a brother, Alton House; and a sister, Catherine Lampman.

The funeral will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Barter & Donnan Funeral Home with Rev. Jack Millard, pastor of the Johnstown Reformed Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Barter & Donnan Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of one's choice. 
 
Gary Robinson 
Gary F. Robinson, 46, of East State Street, Johnstown, N.Y., died Friday afternoon at the Albany Medical Center, Albany, N.Y., after being stricken at home. Born on Feb. 22, 1955, in Gloversville, N.Y., he was the son of Jesse H. and Clara Gordon Robinson. He was a graduate of Johnstown High School and received an associate's degree in physical education from FMCC.

Mr. Robinson was a lifelong area resident and he was employed as an iron worker for the Union Local 12 of Albany, N.Y,. at the time of his death. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Johnstown and Gloversville, Union Local 12 of Albany, N.Y. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed boating.

He is survived by his lifelong companion, Kathy Gargiulo of Johnstown; one brother, Jesse G. Robinson of Burnt Hills, N.Y.; one sister, Janice Barnwell of Johnstown; one niece, Heather Barnwell of Mt. Holly, N.J.; one nephew, Garrett Barnwell of Johnstown; one great-niece, Tamisha Barnwell of Johnstown; one uncle, Alexander Gordon of Catlett, Va.; four aunts, Dorothy Gordon of Stratford, Va., Uresula Robinson of Johnstown, Ruby Gordon of Ansonia, Conn., and Ruby Robinson of Fredericksburg, Va.., and many cousins.

The family will be receiving friends on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ehle Funeral Home, 15 N. William St., Johnstown, where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Richard Sears, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Johnstown and Gloversville, officiating. Interment will take place in the Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda, N.Y. Memorial contributions can be made to the Mountain Valley Hospice or the American Cancer Society.



Monday, May 21, 2001Howard W. Fear 
Mr. Howard W. Fear, 90, of Gloversville, died Sunday at his residence following a brief illness.

He was born on Aug. 1, 1910 in Gloversville, the son of the late Arthur and Ida Waring Fear. He was educated in Gloversville schools. 

He was a glove cutter, working mostly for Clair Gloves in Gloversville, and retired in 1980.

He was a former member of the Elks Lodge. He was a hunting and fishing enthusiast. He also enjoyed friendly poker games with his many friends.

He is survived by one brother, Richard Fear of Pittstown, N.J.; nieces; nephews; and his longtime friend, Nancy Bennett of Johnstown. He was predeceased by his wife, Viane Anagnostopolus Fear, who died in 1987; and his son, Robert Fear, who died in 1957.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St., Gloversville. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. R.W. Williams will officiate. Burial will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. Donations may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice.
 
James R. Howe 
Mr. James R. Howe, 54, of Route 137, Caroga Lake, died Sunday morning at home after a long illness.

He was born on Oct. 1, 1946 in St. Johnsville, the son of James J. and Bernice Balitore Howe. He lived most of his life in the St. Johnsville and Oppenheim area. He attended Oppenheim-Ephratah schools. 

Mr. Howe was employed as a chef for the Little Falls Hospital and later for the Little Falls Country Club. 

He was of the Roman Catholic faith.

He was married to the former Lori Petrie on May 15.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his mother, Bernice Balitore Howe of Oppenheim; two brothers, Dante Howe and Alan Howe, both of Oppenheim; several nephews; a niece; and cousins.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam. The funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. David Johnson will officiate. Cremation will take place at Vale Crematory in Schenectady.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the family, in care of the funeral home.


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