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Rosemary Bell 
Mrs. Rosemary Bell, 51, of West Galway, Saratoga County, died Monday (February 18, 2000) at Glens Falls Hospital, Warren County.
She was born on Dec. 1. 1948 in Amsterdam, the daughter of William and M. Rose Di Pinto Bordak.
Mrs. Bell was a 1966 graduate of the former Wilbur H. Lynch High School, Amsterdam, and Fulton-Montgomery Community College. She was a lifelong area resident.
She was employed for several years as a registered lab technician at Nathan Littauer Hospital and most recently was a nurse at Riverfront Medical, Albany.
Mrs. Bell was a member of St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church, Hagaman, where she was president of its Rosary Society, an eucharistic minister and a religious education instructor. She was also actively involved in various soccer leagues in the Capital District.
Survivors include her husband, Douglas Bell, whom she married on Oct. 2, 1976; two daughters, Stacy Marie Bell and Sara Jean Bell, both of West Galway; her parents, of Amsterdam; one brother, John Bordak of Seymour, Conn.; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews and cousins.
There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Stephen's Church, Hagaman. Spring burial will take place in St. Stephen's Cemetery, Hagaman. Arrangements are by Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, Amsterdam. 
 
Margaret A. Berecka 
Mrs. Margaret A. Berecka, 78, of Gloversville, died Tuesday (February 8, 2000) at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, after a short illness.
She was born on June 26, 1921 in Amsterdam, the daughter of Charles F. and Edna Hogle Dolan. Mrs. Berecka was a graduate of St. Mary's Institute and the St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing, Amsterdam.
She served in the Army during World War II as a psychiatric nurse in hospitals in Ogden, Utah; Oakland, Calif.; and Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
She then returned to Gloversville and was a private nurse.
She was employed for 42 years at the former Johnstown Hospital, retiring in 1982. 
Mrs. Berecka was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church, Gloversville, and a member of its Rosary Society. She was a member of the St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association.
She was a former member of the Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars 2077 auxiliaries, Gloversville. 
On Oct. 23, 1946, she married Casimir J. Berecka, who died in 1987.
Survivors include three sons, C. James Berecka of Grapevine, Texas, Michael Berecka of Huntington, Long Island, and Andrew Berecka of Johnstown; two daughters, Marley Ann Berecka of Gloversville and Nancy Berecka of Pusan, Korea; one sister, Mary Jane Roddy of Fort Myers, Fla.; one brother, John Dolan of Oakview, Calif.; four grandchildren; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and one great-great-grandniece.
Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St., Gloversville. A prayer service will be conducted 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, Gloversville. Spring burial will take place in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville.
 
Carol Bever 
Mrs. Carol Bever, 48, of Clifton Park, a native of Amsterdam, died Thursday (February 10, 2000) at Samaritan Hospital, Troy, after a long illness.
She was born on Dec. 26, 1951 in Amsterdam, the daughter of Everett and Allison Ambridge Horning Sr. Mrs. Bever was raised in Fort Plain and was a graduate of Fort Plain High School. She resided in Fort Plain until she moved to Clifton Park in 1983.
She was employed for 10 years at Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp., Canajoharie. She then worked for 10 years at Fleet Bank, Schenectady, and Northwest Bank, Albany, for a few years. She then worked as a loan administrator for Century Health Capital Inc., Clifton Park.
Mrs. Bever was active in antique car clubs and van clubs throughout the area.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne D. Bever, whom she married on Nov. 12, 1983; two brothers, John O. Horning of Palatine Bridge and David R. Horning of Nelliston; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam. A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. Kenneth Dingman, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fort Plain, will officiate. Burial will take place in Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda.
 
Ann Bowers
Mrs. Ann Bowers, formerly of Gloversville, died Thursday (February 17, 2000) at the Masonic Home, Utica after a long illness.
She was born in Utica, the daughter of Felix and Mary Gacek Niznik. Mrs. Bowers moved to Gloversville in 1926. 
She was employed as a kitchen aide at Nathan Littauer Hospital and in the shipping department at Grandoe Gloves, Gloversville. She retired in 1974.
Mrs. Bowers was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Gloversville and its Altar Rosary Society; the Charismatic Prayer Group of St. Cecilia's Church, Fonda and Kateri of Auriesville.
On June 12, 1935 she married George P. Bowers, who died in 1973. She also was predeceased by two brothers, John Niznik and Stephen Neznik; and one sister, Stephanie "Sadie" Haligowski.
Survivors include one sister, Genevieve "Jenny" Biernat of Utica; five brothers, Stanley Niznik of Gloversville, Joseph Niznik, Chester Niznik, Walter Niznik and Matthew Niznik, all of Utica; several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St., Gloversville. A prayer service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. At 11 a.m. a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, Gloversville. The Rev. David Tressic, pastor, will be celebrant. Burial will be in Fern Dale Cemetery, Johnstown at a later date.
 
Eve L. Bryce 
Mrs. Eve L. Bryce, 78, of Amsterdam, died Monday (February 21, 2000) at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
She was born on Nov. 6, 1921 in the town of Florida, the daughter of Paul and Marjorie Vunck Kreitlow. She was a lifelong area resident and graduated from the former Wilbur H. Lynch High School in 1939.
Mrs. Bryce was employed by Collette Manufacturing Co. in Amsterdam for a number of years and later worked for Bayshore Industries in Amsterdam before retiring in 1978. 
She was a life member of the Amsterdam YMCA, former member and organist of Hemlock Gospel Church in North Broadalbin and a member of Broadalbin Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Fred R. Bryce, whom she married on Feb. 20, 1942; a son, Blain Bryce of Plattsburgh; a daughter, Shirley Bryce of Amsterdam; a sister, Mildred Morgan of Castleton; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. 
The family will receive relatives and friends Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Avenue, Amsterdam. A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Douglas Blanc officiating. Burial will take place in the spring at Broadalbin Cemetery.
 
Carl F. Bubela
Mr. Carl F. Bubela, 85, of Gloversville, died Thursday (February 3, 2000) at home after a short illness.
He was born on Nov. 4, 1914 in the town of Providence, Saratoga County, the son of Roman and Mary Ben Bubela. Mr. Bubela was educated in Providence schools.
He served in a tank battalion in the Army during World War II from June 25, 1941 to Oct. 10, 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart for the Battle of Normandy and also received several battle stars and three bronze stars.
He was a lumberjack for various lumber mills in the Providence area. He was employed at the former Mohawk Carpet Mills, Amsterdam after the war. He retired in 1976 from Gloversville Enlarged School District as head custodian at Boulevard School.
He enjoyed playing golf.
Mr. Bubela was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Fulton County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 122, both of Gloversville.
Survivors include his wife, the former Joan T. Giblin, whom he married on April 8, 1946; one son, Carl J. Bubela of San Diego, Calif.; four daughters, Joanne Dillon of Friendville, Pa., Marion Bubela of Del Mar, Calif., Karen Hoose of Mayfield and Eileen Fontanella of Galway; two sisters, Sophia Sleezer and Ann Bubela, both of Baltimore, Md.; and six grandchildren.
He was predeceased by one daughter, Gail Malagisi, who died in 1982.
Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. A prayer service will be held at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. At 11:30 a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, Gloversville. The Rev. David L. Tressic, pastor, will be celebrant. Spring burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown.
 
Gale J. Case 
Mrs. Gale J. Case, 52, of Gloversville, died Monday (February 14, 2000) at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a long illness.
She was born on Oct. 30, 1947 in Gloversville, the daughter of Elmer and Martha Scribner Knapp.
She was last employed at Safety Leather Co., Inc., Johnstown, until she retired in 1998 due to illness.
Survivors include her husband, Harold Case, whom she married on April 12, 1975; two sons, Todd Case of Johnstown and Toby Case of Gloversville; one sister, Linda Knapp of Gloversville; two brothers, Douglas Knapp of Dolgeville and Steven Knapp of Summit, Ark.; four grandchildren; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St., Johnstown. A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The Rev. Edwin Meyers, retired pastor of New Covenant Community Church, Johnstown, will officiate. Spring burial will take place in Johnstown Cemetery. 
 
Stella Sikora Cichy 
Mrs. Stella Sikora Cichy, 83, of Amsterdam and Port St. Lucie, Fla., died Saturday (February 12, 2000) at Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, Fla,. unexpectedly after surgery. 
She was born on June 17, 1916 in Alvoca, Pa., the daughter of Anthony and Julia Kuna Dziewit. Mrs. Cichy attended Perth schools and was a graduate of Perth Central School.
She moved from Pennsylvania to Perth as a young child and later moved to Amsterdam. 
She owned and operated Stella's Beauty Parlor, Amsterdam, until she retired.
Mrs. Cichy was a former member of the Amsterdam Hairdressers Association and served as treasurer for several years. She was also a member of the Hagaman Senior Citizens; Church of St. John the Baptist and St. Stanislaus Church, both of Amsterdam, and Sacred Heart Church, Gloversville. 
On June 6, 1948, she married Joseph F. Sikora, who died on Dec. 6, 1991.
Survivors include her husband, Benjamin A. Cichy, whom she married on Nov. 19, 1994; three brothers, John Jevitt and Walter Jevitt, both of Amsterdam, and Raymond Jevitt of Chicago, Ill; one sister, Helen Krygowski of Rexford, Saratoga County; two stepsons, Raymond B. Cichy of Amsterdam and Thomas F. Cichy of Mayfield; five step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. 
Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Amsterdam Funeral Chapel, 13 Belmont Place. A service will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. At 9 a.m., a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Church of St. John the Baptist. Burial will take place in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Amsterdam.
 
William J. Collins 
William J. Collins, 82, of Gloversville, died Tuesday (February 1, 2000) .
Mr. Collins was born on Sept. 22, 1917 in Fonda, the son of William and Lillian Vollmer Collins. Mr. Collins graduated from Fonda schools. 
He was a World War II veteran and served in the first organized unit of the Navy Seabees. 
He worked as a dock foreman at Glen Mohawk of Fultonville for 20 years. He was subsequently employed as a lock tender for the New York State Barge Canal and retired in 1989.
He was a member and a past commander of the Fonda Veterans of Foreign Wars; a member of the Fonda Snell Hose Company of the Volunteer Fire Department; Johnstown Moose Lodge, and a charter member of the Navy Seabees of America. 
Survivors include a brother, Henry Volmer of Painnals Park, Fla.; three half-brothers Robert Collins of Missouri; Charles Collins of Florida and James Collins of Fultonville; a half-sister, Betty Zeno of Amsterdam; nieces and nephews. 
Calling hours will be 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Barter and Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher Ave., Johnstown. A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. Jack Millard, pastor of Johnstown Reform Church, will officiate. Burial will take place in Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda. 
 
William L. Conrad Sr. 
Mr. William L. Conrad Sr., 93, of Amsterdam died Wednesday morning (February 23, 2000) at his home after a brief illness.
He was born in Amsterdam on Jan. 7, 1907, a son of William F. and Lavina Benjamin Conrad. He attended local schools.
Mr. Conrad was a certified master electrician employed by the Crane & Nevins Co. and later Clarence Swart & Son Electricians. He joined the Amsterdam City Fire Department and retired in 1957 with the rank of Superintendent of Alarms after 22 years with the department. 
He was a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, a past member of Elks Lodge 101 and the Permanent Firefighters Association.
Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Nellie Gedraitis; two sons, William L. Conrad Jr. of Amsterdam and Arthur C. Conrad of Broadalbin; a daughter, Carol Gizara of Amsterdam; one brother, John B. Conrad of Amsterdam; three sisters, Beatrice Boyle, Jane Lysohir and Ruth LeRoy, all of Amsterdam; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours will be private. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday at 9:15 a.m. at St. Mary's Church with the Rev. James Gulley as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Arrangements are by Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam.
 
John M. Costello Jr.
Mr. John M. Costello Jr., 79, of Sacandaga Park, died Wednesday (February 16, 2000) at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a short illness.
He was born on Dec. 29, 1920 in Utica, the son of Francis and Josephine Higgs Costello. Mr. Costello moved from Piscataway, N.J., to Sacandaga Park last year.
He served in the Army Air Force during World War II.
He was first employed at Remington Arms, Utica. After the war, he was an electronics engineer at WENT radio station, Gloversville. In 1950, he worked for Lockheed Aircraft, Burbank, Calif., and was transferred to Edison, N.J., in 1960. He first retired in 1986. He then was employed at Victory Engineering, Springfield, N.J., and retired in 1993. 
Mr. Costello was a member of St. Francis of Cabrini Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the senior citizens center, all of Piscataway.
Survivors include his wife, the former Beverly Allen of Gloversville; one daughter, Janice E. Costello of Northville; one brother, Francis "Bud" Costello of New Hartford, Oneida County; three sisters, Patricia Costello of Utica, Rosemary Charbonnaue of Florida and Maryanne Fitzgerald of Canandaigua, Ontario County; five grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by two sons, John M. Costello Jr., who died in 1986, and James E. Costello, who died in 1989; and one brother, Edward Costello.
Calling hours will be 4 to 6 p.m. today at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. A prayer service will be conducted at 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. At 9:30 a.m., a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Gloversville. The Rev. Donald Czelusniak, pastor, will be celebrant. Spring burial will take place in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown.
 
Anna E. Cridland
Mrs. Anna E. Cridland, 91, of Johnstown, died Sunday (February 20, 2000) at the Edward L. Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility, Amsterdam, after a long illness.
She was born on May 26, 1908 in Minaville, the daughter of Marcil and Mary Louise Roy Lavalley.
Mrs. Cridland was a self-employed seamstress.
She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Cridland, who died on July 23, 1960.
She is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Church, Glebe Street, Johnstown. The Rev. James Fitzmaurice, pastor, will be celebrant. Spring burial will take place in Johnstown Cemetery. Arrangements are by A.G. Cole Funeral Home, Johnstown.
 
Lawrence W. Crosier 
Mr. Lawrence W. "Larry" Crosier, 85, of Palatine Bridge, died Tuesday (February 8, 2000) at home.
He was born on June 5, 1914 in Salem, Washington County, the son of Raymond S. and Emma Mae Walsh Crosier. Mr. Crosier was educated in Hebron and Granville schools.
He was employed at Fort Plain Agway until he retired in 1976. He was a farmer in Washington County at one time. 
Mr. Crosier was a member of St. John's Reformed Church, St. Johnsville, and the St. Johnsville Seniors.
Survivors include his wife, the former Jane E. Crosier, whom he married on Sept. 11, 1942; four sons, James Crosier of Fort Plain, Gerald Crosier of Amsterdam, Timothy Crosier of St. Johnsville, and Thomas Crosier of Johnstown; two daughters, Betsy Casey and Linda McConnell, both of Rochester; one brother, Joseph Crosier of Greenwich, Washington County; two sisters, Mildred West of Saratoga and Marjorie Damiata of Middletown, Conn.; 14 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by one son, Leonard Crosier; one brother, Harold Crosier; and two sisters, Thelma LaFountain and Carolyn Bodenstab. 
Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Smith-Woody and Enea Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville. A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Reformed Church, West Main Street, St. Johnsville. The Rev. Russell Camp, pastor, will officiate. Spring burial will take place in West St. Johnsville Cemetery.
 
Charles D. Derby 
Mr. Charles D. Derby, 72, of Gloversville, died Monday (February 21, 2000) at home after a long illness.
He was born on May 18, 1927 in Gloversville, the son of Charles H. and Mildred Dawson Derby. Mr. Derby was a 1945 graduate of Gloversville High School, and Bryant College, Rhode Island, with a degree in business administration. He was a lifelong area resident.
He served in the Navy during World War II.
He was president of Derby Office Equipment Inc., Gloversville, for 38 years.
Mr. Derby was a member of Sacred Heart Church and a former member of Knights of Columbus Council 265, the Lions Club and the Adirondack Bowling League, all of Gloversville. 
He was a former member of Pine Brook Golf Club, Gloversville, for 38 years, where he aced four times and was a past board member.
Survivors include his wife, the former M. Jane Smith, whom he married on April 15, 1950; three sons, William C. Derby, Mayfield, Michael D. Derby of Alexandria, Va. and Patrick Derby of Gloversville; one daughter, Nora Ann Leeder of Lake Tahoe, Calif.; one sister, Anne Derby Fox of Pittsford, Monroe County; four grandchildren, one niece, one nephew and several cousins.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Church, Gloversville. The Rev. David L. Tressic, pastor, will be celebrant. Cremation will take place at Park View Crematorium, Schenectady. Arrangements are by Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Gloversville.
 
William C. Dillenbeck Sr. 
Mr. William C. Dillenbeck Sr., 90, of Fort Plain, died Sunday (February 6, 2000) at Little Falls Hospital after a long illness.
He was born on July 3, 1909 in town of Danube, the son of Oliver and Betsy Ward Dillenbeck. Mr. Dillenbeck was educated in country schools and was a lifelong area resident. 
He was employed as a school bus driver for Fort Plain Central School and was self-employed as a sanitation contractor for the village of St. Johnsville.
Mr. Dillenbeck was of the Reformed faith and attended the former Stone Arabia Reformed Church.
On Nov. 26, 1931, he married the former Lena Smith, who died in April 1999. He was also predeceased by one brother, Leland Dillenbeck. 
Survivors include three sons, William C. Dillenbeck Jr. and Jeffrey Dillenbeck, both of Fort Plain, and Kenneth G. Dillenbeck of Nelliston; one daughter, Betty Neri of Broadalbin; three brothers, Harland Dillenbeck and Chester Dillenbeck, both of Fort Plain, and Herman Dillenbeck of Johnstown; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 20 Otsego St., Canajoharie. The Rev. John Omans, pastor of St. John's-St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Canajoharie, will officiate. Spring burial will take place in Ephratah Rural Cemetery. 
 
Yolanda Monaco Fiorillo
Mrs. Yolanda Monaco Fiorillo, 94, of Rotterdam, sister of a Johnstown resident, died Monday (February 7, 2000) at home after a short illness.
She was born on Dec. 16, 1905 in Schenectady, the daughter of Paul and Metilda Zoccoli Monaco. Mrs. Fiorillo was a lifelong area resident.
Mrs. Fiorillo was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Schenectady, and its St. Theresa Guild.
She was predeceased by her husband, James Fiorillo, who died in 1999.
Survivors include two daughters, June Gardner and Virginia Strow, both of Rotterdam; one brother, Roy Monaco of Glenville; four sisters, Ida Centifanti of California, Enes Reinhold of Connecticut, and Gemma Stapleton of Glenville and Pauline Ruhl of Johnstown; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Daly Funeral Home, 242 McClellan St., Schenectady. A service will be conducted at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. At 10 a.m., a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Schenectady. Burial will take place in Evergreen Memorial Park, Colonie.
 
Helen R. Aesch Fonda 
Mrs. Helen R. Aesch Fonda, 74, a former resident of Gloversville, died Thursday (February 24, 2000) at Nathan Littauer Nursing Home after a long illness.
She was born on Oct. 20, 1925 in Broadalbin, the daughter of Ernest and Victorine Verney Aesch. 
She worked as a cashier for various area grocery stores. She also was employed as a sewer at the former Glenwood Shoe Co., Gloversville, retiring many years ago.
Mrs. Fonda was a former member of the Johnstown Moose Lodge Auxiliary.
On Nov. 7, 1943, she married Richard Fonda, who died in 1999.
Survivors include one daughter, Marlene Yestremski of Gloversville; one brother, Henry Aesch of Gloversville; one sister, Flora Violyn of Gloversville; and one grandchild. 
Calling hours will be 2 to 6 p.m. today at Amico Funeral Home, 150 S. Main St., Gloversville. A service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. David Newkirk, pastor of Mayfield Methodist Church, will officiate. Spring burial will take place in Broadalbin Cemetery.
 
Thelma M. Gras 
Mrs. Thelma M. Gras, 96, of Northway Mobile Home Community, Amsterdam, died Monday (February 7, 2000) at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital.
She was born on May 26, 1903 in Seward, Schoharie County, the daughter of Henry and Clara Sexton Eckerson. Mrs. Gras was a graduate of Cobleskill High School. She resided in the Oneonta area most of her life and moved to Amsterdam in 1990.
She was active in Elm Park Methodist Church while in Oneonta, where she was an officer in the Loyal Workers Women's Group and a member of the building committee. 
On Nov. 5, 1924, she married George Gras Sr., who died on Dec. 20, 1967. Survivors include three sons, George Gras Jr. of Utica, Gerald L. Gras of Bennington, Vt. and Donald C. Gras of Amsterdam; three daughters, Shirley Montemurro of Fort Edward, Washington County; Betty J. Robinson of Trumansburg, Tompkins County, and Barbara A. Grimes of Liverpool, Onondaga County; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Private calling hours and a private service will be conducted at the convenience of the family at Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam. The Rev. Cal Briggs-Harris, pastor of Amsterdam United Methodist Church, will officiate. Spring burial will take place in Mount Vision Cemetery, Otsego County.
 
William E. Groshans 
Mr. William E. Groshans, 78, formerly of Ephratah, died Monday (February 21, 2000) at the Marchand Manor Home for Adults, Sharon Springs, Schoharie County, after a long illness.
He was born on July 6, 1921 in Gloversville, the son of Frank and Emma Smutz Groshans. Mr. Groshans was a graduate of Wheelerville Free Union School, Caroga Lake, and resided in Ephratah most of his life. He previously lived at the former Patricia Ann's Adult Home, Fonda, and had been a resident of Marchand Manor for the past year.
He served with the Army during World War II.
He was employed for 20 years at Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp., Canajoharie. He later worked for several years in the maintenance department at the former Fulton County Infirmary, Gloversville. He retired several years ago due to a disability.
Survivors include his wife, the former Theresa Tuniz, whom he married on Feb. 1, 1948; two daughters, Emma Murphy of Fort Plain and Maria Sweet of Gloversville; five sisters, Emma Jean Kelly and Elizabeth Harnish, both of Gloversville, Evelyn Echos of Brandon, Fla., Marie Schur of Mayfield and Maureen Rumrill of Caroga Lake; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Frank Groshans and Thomas Delehanty; and one sister, Louise Lawrence.
Calling hours will be 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. A service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The Rev. R.W. Williams, chaplain of Mountain Valley Hospice, will officiate. Spring burial will take place in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. 
 
Sadie Grzywienski 
Mrs. Sadie Grzywienski, 90, of Hagaman, died Monday (February 7, 2000) at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam.
She was born on Jan. 4, 1910 in town of Florida, the daughter of Kostany and Frances Somak Kowalski. Mrs. Grzywienski attended area schools and was a lifelong area resident.
She was employed as a twister at the former Mohawk Carpet Mills, Amsterdam, retiring in 1965.
Mrs. Grzywienski was a communicant of St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church, Hagaman.
On June 5, 1938, she married Zygmont "Ziggy" Grzywienski, who died on Feb. 9, 1996.
She is survived by two sisters, Lottie Stark of Hagaman and Winifred Francisco of the town of Florida; nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam. A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. At 11 a.m., a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church, Hagaman.
 
Gertrude P. Haverly 
Mrs. Gertrude P. Haverly, 91, of Gloversville, died Wednesday (February 23, 2000) at Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility, Amsterdam.
She was born on Sept. 19, 1908 in Amsterdam, the daughter of William and Emmaline Sylvester Peck. Mrs. Haverly was a 1926 graduate of Amsterdam High School and later completed a course in library science from Columbia University, New York City. She resided in the Amsterdam and Fort Johnson area most of her life. She later moved to Gloversville in 1972. 
She was employed for more than 15 years as assistant librarian at Amsterdam Free Library.
Mrs. Haverly was a life member of St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Amsterdam, and a member of its Daughters of Kings class. She also was a member of the Lutheran Church Women's group and the Montgomery County Historical Society. 
On Oct. 22, 1927, she married Roy A. Haverly, who died on Nov. 12, 1977. She also was predeceased by three brothers, William Peck, Douglas Peck and Herbert Peck.
She is survived by one daughter, Susan Haverly Frascatore of Fort Johnson; two grandchildren; three great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville. A service will be conducted at the funeral home at a time to be announced. Spring burial will take place in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville.
 
Juliet Minet Iannotti 
Mrs. Juliet Minet Iannotti, 79, formerly of Hagaman, died Tuesday afternoon (February 22, 2000) at Nathan Littauer Nursing Home, where she had resided for one year.
She was born on July 20, 1920, in Newark, N.J., the daughter of Louis and Julia Zito Minet. Mrs. Iannotti moved from New York City to the Hagaman area in 1940. She had been a resident of Park Hill Adult Home, Amsterdam for three years prior to her residence at the nursing home.
She was a homemaker. Mrs. Iannotti was a member of the Art League of Amsterdam.
On July 20,1940, she married Ralph J. Iannotti, who died on June 15,1986. She was also predeceased by one daughter, Karen Iannotti George, who died in 1983.
She is survived by three nephews, Ralph Marcucio, Robert Marcucio and Glen Marcucio, all of Hagaman.
Calling hours will be 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam. A service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The Rev. Brad Broyles, pastor of Northampton United Methodist Church, Fishhouse, will officiate. Spring burial will take place in Hagaman Cemetery. 
 
Theresa M. Jabonaski
Mrs. Theresa M. Jabonaski, 77, of Guilderland, mother of a Sprakers resident, died Wednesday (February 9, 2000) at St. Clare's Hospital, Schenectady.
She was born in Albany and was a lifelong area resident. 
Mrs. Jabonaski was a communicant of St. Madeleine-Sophie Church, Schenectady, and a member of its Faith Sharing Group and Christ Child Society.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Peter Jabonaski; two sons, William Jabonaski of Sprakers and Peter Jabonaski of Lincoln Center, Mass.; two daughters, Joyce Jabonaski of Albany and Karen Mayfield of Long Beach, Calif.; one sister, Angie Cerone of Albany; and four grandchildren.
Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. today at DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 5216 Western Turnpike, Guilderland. A service will be conducted at 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. At 11:30 a.m., a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Madeline-Sophie Church, 3500 Carmen Road, Schenectady. Burial will take place in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie.
 
Wanda Clara Kowalski Jablonski 
Mrs. Wanda Clara Kowalski Jablonski, 77, of Amsterdam, died Friday evening (February 18, 2000) at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital after being stricken at home.
She was born May 22,1922, in the town of Florida, the daughter of Marian and Mary Jankowski Kowalski.
She was employed for several years by the General Electric Co. in Schenectady. She was also a homemaker.
Mrs Jablonski was a member of St. Stanislaus Church. She was also a former member of the AMVETS Auxiliary of Fort Hunter.
She married Alexander Jablonski on Jan. 27,1946. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Dennis Jablonski, Las Vegas, Nev., and David Jablonski, Amsterdam; one daughter, Denise Quist of Minaville; two brothers, Henry and Boleslaw Kowalski, both of Minaville; two sisters, Regina Lomnicki and Isabelle Sasowski, both of Minaville; eight grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours are 4-7 p.m. Monday at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church St., Amsterdam, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

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