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Friday, May 25, 2001
Chester Foster 
Chester Foster, 82, of Deerfield, Fla., died May 21 in Florida.

He was born on Aug. 29, 1918, in Caroga Lake. He was the son of Burtell and Anna Foster.

Mr. Foster proudly served two terms in the Army as a first lieutenant. He was a carpenter and justice of the peace in the town of Caroga before he moved to Boca Raton, Fla. Until his retirement, he worked for Pan Am at San Salvador.

He is survived by his wife, Ann, of Deerfield; one daughter, Carol of Buffalo; one sister, Lucy Becker of Gloversville; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Harry, Wesley and Henry; and two sisters, Edith Western and Eva Sweet.

The American Legion held funeral services on May 24 in Florida. Private interment will be conducted today at Boca Raton Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice.



Saturday, May 26, 2001
Claudia Shirley Cross 
Mrs. Claudia Shirley Cross, 83, of Yesler Way, Hillsdale, N.J., died Wednesday, May 23, at home after a short illness.

She was born on Nov. 1, 1917 in Palatine Bridge, the daughter of Edward and Pearl Peeler Ambridge. She previously lived in Albany and Canajoharie. She had been a resident of New Jersey since 1981. Mrs. Cross was educated at Canajoharie High School.

Mrs. Cross was employed as a assembly person at Ceramaseal in New Lebanon Center, N.Y. for 35 years and retired in 1980.

She was of the Lutheran faith and a former member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fort Plain.

Survivors include one daughter, Shirley A. Anderson of Hillsdale; one brother, H. Gary Ambridge of Palatine Bridge; three sisters, Bessie Dillenback of the town of Palatine; Jane Coppernoll of Johnstown and Frances Shults of Canajoharie; three granddaughters, Kelly Salmon and Kristin Anderson, both of Westwood, N.J., and Karin Franz of Little Falls, N.J.; one great-grandson, Matthew John Salmon of Westwood; several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

She married James J. Cross on June 7, 1946 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fort Plain. He died in 1981.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, in the chapel of Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home Inc., 20 Otsego St., Canajoharie. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, at the funeral home. The Rev. Gail Wolling will officiate. Burial will take place at Memories Garden Cemetery, Colonie. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205-3890.



Sunday, May 27, 2001
Pamela J. Mosher Catania 
Pamela J. Mosher Catania, 50, of Third Avenue, Gloversville, died early Saturday morning at the Fulton County Residential Health Care Facility.

She was born April 7, 1951, in Gloversville, the daughter of Fred and Mary Ambrosino Mosher. She was a homemaker and member of Sacred Heart Church, Gloversville.

She is survived by her son, Robert L. Catania Jr., and her granddaughter, Morgan E. Catania of Gloversville; brothers, Fred Mosher of Johnstown and Daniel Mosher of California; a sister, Mary Mosher-Rose of Montana; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents and sisters, Judy and Marlene Mosher.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church, Kingsboro Avenue, Gloversville. The Rev. David L. Tressic will be the celebrant. There will be no calling hours.

Burial will take place in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 North Main St., Gloversville, NY 12078.

Arrangements are with Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Inc.
 

Dr. John Andrew McNamara 
Dr. John Andrew McNamara, 66, of 13 Ball Road, Syracuse, died Friday at Community General Hospital, Syracuse.

From 1977-98, he was superintendent of the Johnstown School District and also served as former director of grants at Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery County Board of Cooperative Educational Services. He retired in 1977.

He was a member of Rotary Club and Literacy Volunteers for several years.

He is predeceased by his wife, Monica McNamara, who died in May 1993.

Surviving are two sons, John A. McNamara III of Denver, Colo., and James T. McNamara of Syracuse; two sisters, Kathleen Maxwell and Jeanne Gensler of Syracuse; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Whelan Bros. Funeral Home, 3700 West Genesee St., Syracuse.

A funeral service will be held at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A Mass will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Church, Syracuse.

Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, DeWitt.

Contributions may be made to United Parkinson's Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
 
 

James A. Quinlan 
James A. Quinlan, 78, of Goffstown, N.H., died Saturday at Elliot Hospital, Manchester, N.H., after a period of declining health.

Born in Amsterdam on June 10, 1922, he was the son of Joseph and Abina Quinlan. Mr. Quinlan lived in Scotia for 40 years before moving to Manchester in 1999.

He graduated from Johnstown High School and the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., in 1944.

During World War II and the Korean War, he served with the United States Navy, in which he retired as a lieutenant commander.

Before his retirement in 1984, Mr. Quinlan worked as a mechanical engineer with General Electric for 33 years.

He was an avid fly fisherman and hunter who also enjoyed skiing and the outdoors.

Mr. Quinlan was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was a longtime communicant of St. Joseph Church, Scotia.

Family members include his wife of 57 years, Madolein E. (Marlette) Quinlan of Goffstown, N.H.; a son, Timothy J. Quinlan of Goffstown, N.H.; a daughter, Mrs. Peter (Eileen A.) D'Agostino of Dublin, Ohio; four grandchildren; a niece; and several nephews.

Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 537 Union St., Manchester, N.H.

The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial will take place in Veterans National Cemetery, Bourne, Mass.



Tuesday, May 29, 2001Helen M. Genatiempo 
Helen M. Genatiempo, 90, a former resident of South Kingsboro Avenue, Gloversville, and Little Falls, N.Y., died Monday, May 28, at Wells House Nursing Home, Johnstown, where she had resided for the past five years, after a long illness. 

She was born on April 18, 1911 in Gloversville, the daughter of Isaac and Permelia Young LaMont. 

She was employed as a glove maker at the former Aris Glove Co., Gloversville, and also employed at Felt Shoe Co. of Little Falls as a machine operator.

She was a member of Bleecker Street Church of Christ, Gloversville.

She is survived by two daughters, Virginia J. Krajewski and Shirley J. Topping, both of Amsterdam; one sister, Doris J. Konik of Gloversville; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was the wife of the late Paul C. Genatiempo, who died Feb. 9, 1997. She was also predeceased by nine brothers and sisters.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at John W. Finocan Funeral Home Inc., 13 Prospect Ave., Gloversville. A service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The Rt. Rev. Norman F. Strauss, rector of Trinity Anglican Episcopal Church, Gloversville, will officiate. Interment will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. Memorial contributions may be made to Wells House Nursing Home, 201 W. Madison Ave., Johnstown, or to the charity of one's choice.
 
Marie Dageenakis Mowrey 
Mrs. Marie Dageenakis Mowrey, 67, of Johnstown, entered into eternal rest Monday evening in the loving care of her family at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Mowrey was born on Dec. 18, 1933 in Johnstown, the daughter of Anthony and Carmela Cortese Dageenakis. She attended Johnstown schools.

She was employed as a leather seamstress for Jules T. Garfall Co. until 1980, then became the proprietor of Marie's Sewing Service in Johnstown for 20 years.

Mrs. Mowrey was a member of St. Patrick's Church and its Altar Rosary Society, president of its Rosary Society for the last few years and co-chairman of its arts and craft festival for years; and a former member of the Teroga Tribe of Redmond Drum and Bugle Corps, all of Johnstown. 

She was a devoted wife and mother and grandmother to many. Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ann Mowrey of Johnstown and Jo Marie Savage of Gloversville; five sons, Mitchell Mowrey and Kurt Mowrey of Johnstown, Anthony Mowrey of Gloversville, Steven Mowrey of Caroga Lake and Timothy Mowrey of Lafayette, Colo.; three sisters, Josephine Pritchard of Hershey, Pa., Helen Craver of Lafayette, Colo. and Ann Jacyszyn of Arvada, Colo.; two brothers, Anthony Dageenakis of Boulder, Colo. and John Dageenakis of Lafayette, Colo.; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; aunts; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many friends, brother and sister-in-laws.

She was predeceased by her husband, Walter J. Mowrey Jr., whom she married on Nov. 25, 1950 and he died March 19, 1999; and a brother, George Dageenakis.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher St., Johnstown. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Church. The Rev. James Fitzmaurice, pastor, will be celebrant. Interment will take place in Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rosary Society of St. Patrick's Church, 205 Glebe St., Johnstown, NY 12095.



Wednesday, May 30, 2001
Inger Margaret Smith 
Inger Margaret Smith, 92, of Leona Valley, Calif., died Sunday, May 20, at Antelope Valley Health Care Facility, Lancaster, Calif., after a long illness.

Mrs. Smith was born on June 24, 1908 in Dickson, Alberta, Canada, the daughter of Johannes and Anna Jensen. She emigrated with her mother and sister to Audubon, Iowa following her father's death in 1909. She was a graduate of Audubon High School. 

She worked at Mattel Toys in Hawthorne, Calif. until her retirement.

She is survived by two sisters, Marie Winthers and Elsie Hansen, both of Audubon, Iowa; one son, Donald P. Smith Jr. of Johnstown; two grandsons, Robert Smith of Escondido, Calif. and Ryan Smith of Lancaster, Calif.; one granddaughter, Jennifer Smith of Austin, Texas; and one great-granddaughter, Aubri Smith. She was married to Donald P. Smith in 1940 in Colorado Springs, Colo. He died in 1972. 

Interment took place May 23 at Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. 



Thursday, May 31, 2001
Kathryn Elizabeth Fagan 
Kathryn Elizabeth Fagan, 31, of Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard, Mass., died Tuesday, May 29, at home after being stricken.

She was born on May 3, 1970 in Amsterdam, the daughter of Fred and Margaret Michaelson Fagan. She graduated from Broadalbin-Perth High School in 1988; graduated from Paul Smith's College in Saranac, N.Y. in 1990 and SUNY at Plattsburgh in 1993 with a degree in hotel management.

She worked at Harborside Resort & Harbor View Restaurant as a banquet manager. She then worked for Inside-Out Landscaping all of Martha's Vineyard. 

She was of the Catholic faith. She was a member of the Pink Squid Yacht Club of Martha's Vineyard.

Survivors include her parents, Fred and Margaret Michaelson Fagan of Broadalbin; three brothers, Greg Fagan and Michael Fagan, both of Perth, and Andrew Fagan of Waverly, N.Y.; four sisters, Ann Hogan of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Tricia and Edward Tauss of Midlothian, Va., Andrea Boles of Broadalbin, Maureen and Michael Davio of Fairport, N.Y.; her companion, Sam Kistler of Martha's Vineyard; eight nephews, Matthew, Bryan, Jason, Jamie, Jared, David, Ryan and Michael; seven nieces, Sarah, Kelsey, Rachael, Dawn, Erin, Emily and Kyley; aunts and uncles, Sr. Ann Michaelson of Albany, Hank and Joan Michaelson of Naples, Fla., James and Stephanie Michaelson of Canton, and John and Donna Fagan of Johnstown; several cousins; great-uncle, Charles Drouse; great-aunts, Ruth Cerrone and V. Roberta Michaelson; paternal grandparents, Arthur and Marian Fagan of Johnstown. She was predeceased by her sister Mary Fagan Poleto in 1991. 

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher St., Johnstown. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Church, Johnstown. The Rev. James Fitzmaurice, pastor, will be celebrant. Burial will take place at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Johnstown. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick's Memorial Fund, 205 Glebe St., Johnstown, NY 12095, or charity of one's choice. 
 

Victoria M. Kobuskie 
Mrs. Victoria M. Kobuskie, 82, formerly of Gloversville, died Tuesday at Dover General Hospital Nursing Facility, Dover, N.J., following a long illness.

She was born on Nov. 11, 1918 in Gloversville, the daughter of the late Charles and Jennie Evangelista Catanzaro. She was a 1937 graduate of Gloversville High School. She was a homemaker.

She was a former member of Sacred Heart Church, Gloversville.

The family lived in Gloversville until 1984, when they moved to Randolph, N.J. for retirement.

Survivors include her husband, Donald J. Kobuskie of Randolph, N.J., whom she married on May 19, 1946; two daughters, Lynda J. (Kobuskie) Liebermann of Succasunna, N.J. and Jeanne M. (Kobuskie) Ragonesi of Morris Plains, N.J.; one son, John C. Kobuskie of Vestal, N.Y.; and six grandchildren. She was predeceased by three sisters, Leah Peck, Mary Cristiano and Elisa Catanzaro; and one brother, Philip Catanzaro. 

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St., Gloversville. A prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. At 11 a.m. a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church. The Rev. David Tressic, pastor, will be celebrant. Burial will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. Contributions can be made to Alzheimer's Association, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY12206. 
 

Elizabeth Mortimer  
Mrs. Elizabeth Mortimer, 95, formerly of Mayfield, died Wednesday at Nathan Littauer Nursing Home, where she had been a resident since February 2000.

She was born on Oct. 14, 1905 in Mayfield, the daughter of Gates and Lizzie Morrison Van Buren. Mrs. Mortimer was a graduate of Broadalbin Training Class. 

She taught for 20 years, mostly at Mayfield Elementary School, where she was a first grade teacher. She also taught at Cranberry Creek School.

She was a member of Fulton County Retired Teachers Association.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Cramer and Maxine McClary, both of Northville; one sister, Jean Van Buren of Vero Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Homer Mortimer, whom she married on Nov. 12, 1932, died in 1976. She was also predeceased by one brother, Barnett Van Buren; and one sister, Margaret Muddle.

A calling hour will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Northville Funeral Home, 401 Bridge St. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Mayfield Cemetery.


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