Miscellaneous Fulton County, New York Obituaries

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November 6, 2001

Donald K. Morrison  
Donald K. Morrison, who was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in Asia and the Pacific, died Monday at Nathan Littauer Hospital Extended Care Facility. Mr. Morrison, formerly of Fifth Avenue, was 75. 

He was born on Aug. 3, 1926 in Watertown, the son of Roy and Dorothy Mapp Morrison. Mr. Morrison was a 1944 graduate of Watertown High School. 

He attended St. Lawrence and Clarkson universities.

He was a supervisor for the former Coleco Industries and retired in 1985.

He was a member of Fremont Street United Methodist Church and a former member of Gloversville Eagles Lodge. Mr. Morrison was an avid bowler.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Hartley Morrison, whom he married on Aug. 3, 1948; two daughters, Cynthia Parker of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Sue Ann McMaster of Greenfield; three sons, Dean and Scott Morrison, both of Johnstown, and Steven Morrison of Gloversville; a brother, S. Richard Morrison of Watertown; 11 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert F. Morrison.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St., Gloversville, where a funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. Contributions may be made to Fremont Street United Methodist Church Memorial Fund. 
 

Benito A. Scocco  
Benito A. "Ben" Scocco, 72, of Lee Avenue, Gloversville, died Monday afternoon at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady.

He was born on Jan. 30, 1929 in Flushing, N.Y., the son of Peter and Grace Mastroianno Scocco. He graduated from high school in Flushing and then served in the Navy on the USS Dayton in the Pacific Theater of operations. He received the WWII Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Ribbon.

He was employed for 39 years by Decca Record Co., which later became MCA Record Co., in Gloversville, where he retired in 1993 as printing department manager. He was a member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church of Gloversville, the Adirondack Printers Association, Johnstown Moose Lodge and Johnstown 50 Plus Senior Citizens Club. He was a former member of the Concordia Singing Society, Eagles Aerie and Catholic War Veterans, all of Gloversville. He was also a member of the Moose Golf League and several bowling leagues in the area. He was an avid fan of both of New York Yankees and New York Giants.

Ben is survived by his wife, Geri N. Priolo Scocco, whom he married on Sept. 4, 1955. He is also survived by his daughter, Donna and her husband, Michael Mazzeo, of Albany; son, Pete, and his wife, Crystal Scocco, of Gloversville; sister, Theresa Mueller of Glen Cove, N.Y.; grandchildren, Michaela Mazzeo and Amy and Paulette and John; great-granddaughter, Taylor Handy; several nieces, nephews, cousins and one aunt. He was predeceased by another sister, Gloria Caruso.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont Street, Gloversville, where a prayer service will be conducted at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Gloversville. Interment will take place at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 7 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12205, or to the St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church Building Fund, 149 S. Main St., Gloversville, NY 12078. 
 

James H. Bigsbee  
James H. Bigsbee, 94, who was a physical education teacher and coach for the Gloversville school system, died Oct. 31 at Homes Regional Medical Center, Melbourne, Fla. Mr. Bigsbee was a resident of North Main Street, Gloversville, and Palm Bay, Fla.

He was born on Oct. 11, 1907 in Albany County, the son of Matthew and B. Maud Bradt Bigsbee, moving to Gloversville in 1930. Mr. Bigsbee was a graduate of Scotia High School and Springfield College, where he played baseball and basketball. He earned a master's degree in education from New York University and did post graduate study at the University of Pennsylvania and Albany State.

Mr. Bigsbee was a lieutenant commander in the Coast Guard Reserve from 1942 to 1946. He played semi-professional baseball in Scotia and was a member of the Fulton County Bowlers Hall of Fame. He was a member of New York state basketball officials and established philosophy and rules of the modified sports program.

Survivors include his wife, Alpha Mc Atee Bigsbee, whom he married on March 29, 1958.

There will be no calling hours. Private graveside services will be held Friday at Evergreen Cemetery Center, Rutland, Vt. The Rev. Bruce A. Bishop of First Baptist Church will officiate. Arrangements are by John W. Finocan Funeral Home Inc., 13 Prospect Ave., Gloversville. 
 

Raymond J. Dmyszewicz 
Raymond J. Dmyszewicz, 77, of Union Mills Road, Broadalbin, N.Y., passed away Saturday morning at St. Mary's Hospital.

He was born in West Galway, N.Y., a son of Anthony and Felicia Wilkevich Dmyszewicz. He was a lifelong area resident and was a 1941 graduate of Galway Central School. 

Mr. Dmyszewicz served in the Marine Corps during World War II. He was a sharpshooter and an air mechanic, reaching the rank of sergeant. He took part in the Battle of Okinawa, Japan. 

He was employed by the American Locomotive Co. He was a self-employed contractor. He owned and operated the former Mohawk Valley Drywall in Utica, D and R Drywall and D and D Drywall of Amsterdam. He at one time owned Ray's Garage, which is now Hap Avery's Garage in Hagaman, and the former D'S Gulf Station on Manny's Corners Road in Amsterdam. He was also the proprietor of the Indian Village Trailer Court in Broadalbin. He also at one time was a retailer of snowmobiles in Amsterdam. 

Mr. Dmyszewicz was a communicant of St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church in Hagaman. He also was a member of the American Legion Post 337 in Broadalbin and the 40 Et 8 of Amsterdam and the VFW of Broadalbin. He was in the former Community Mixed Bowling League at the former Pin Haven Lanes in Amsterdam. 

Survivors include two beloved sons, William L. and Daniel E. Dmyszewicz, both of Broadalbin; one beloved daughter, Karen Meyers, and her husband, Richard, of Amsterdam; one stepson, Robert Benham of Florida; one stepdaughter, Sharon Kaminski of Amsterdam; three dear sisters, Mary Wall, Victoria Smith and Apolonia Slezak, all of Amsterdam; three cherished grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; one great-grandson and two step-great-grandchildren.

He was married for 21 years to Rosemary Ross Dmyszewicz, who passed away in 1969. He then married Bernice Benham Dmyszewicz. She passed away in 1989. He was also predeceased by a dear sister, Francis Dmyszewicz.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, where American Legion Post 337 will meet at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church, Hagaman. Burial will take place at St. Stephen's Cemetery with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or to Mountain Valley Hospice, c/o Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home Inc. 
 

Burrell Hawver  
Mr. Burrell Hawver, 92, of Old Fort Plain Road, town of Canajoharie, died Saturday morning, Nov. 3, at St. Johnsville Nursing Home after a brief illness.

He was born on July 12, 1909 in the town of Palatine, N.Y., the son of George and Mary Burrell Hawver. He graduated from Canajoharie High School in 1929 and graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1933. He was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Hawver was employed at the former Arkell and Smith Sack Factory in Canajoharie for 19 years. Then he worked at Beech-Nut/Life Savers, Canajoharie, N.Y., as a machine operator, retiring in 1974.

He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, Stone Arabia, and a member of Missionary Society of United Methodist Church, member of the Men's Group at the Salem United Methodist Church, Stone Arabia.

Survivors include one son, Robert B. Hawver from town of Canajoharie; two grandchildren, William Hawver from Myakka City, Fla. and Traci Lynn Stanek from Palmetto, Fla.; three great-grandchildren, Danielle Hawver from Myakka City, Fla., Hunter James Stanek and Holli Marie Stanek, both from Palmetto, Fla. On April 15, 1939 he married Mildred Young in Stone Arabia, who died on Sept. 30, 1997. He was predeceased by a grandson, Robert B. Hawver Jr. who died on July 25, 1985; and a great-grandson, Taylor Hawver, who died in 1993. 

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 20 Otsego St., Canajoharie. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Salem United Methodist Church, Stone Arabia. The Rev. Newton Perrins will officiate. Burial will take place at Fort Plain Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, Stone Arabia in care of the funeral home. 
 

Ellis N. Seeley  
Ellis N. Seeley, 84, of Cayuga Ave., Broadalbin, died Saturday at the Edward L. Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility in Amsterdam.

He was born on March 4, 1917 in Fish House, a son of Harry and Mary Hart Seeley. He was a member of the first class to graduate from the former Broadalbin High School in 1935. Mr. Seeley had resided in Amsterdam before moving to Broadalbin 24 years ago.

He was employed as an electrician and was a member of the I.B.E.W. Local 166 of Schenectady.

Mr. Seeley was a member of the Northampton United Methodist Church at Fish House. He was also a member of the Galway Senior Citizens.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy E. Miller, whom he married on Dec. 4, 1937; a son, Robert Seeley of Broadalbin; a daughter, Janice Jordan of Fort Johnson; three sisters, Amy Fairchild of Gloversville, Charlotte Sinkora of Malta, Florence Skelley of Amsterdam; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 38 W. Main St., Broadalbin. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. Brad Broyles will officiate. Interment will take place in the Northampton Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Parkinson's Disease & Movement Disorders Center at Albany Medical Center, in care of the funeral home. 
 

Mildred R. Trautner  
Mrs. Mildred R. Trautner, 79, a former resident of Franklin Street, Gloversville, died Monday afternoon at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient since Nov. 2, after a long illness.

Mrs. Trautner was born on Nov. 2, 1922 in Marcy, N.Y., moving to Gloversville 12 years ago from Rome, N.Y. She was a high school graduate. 

She owned and operated along with her husband several meat markets in the Gloversville, Rome and Oneida area.

Mrs. Trautner was of the Episcopalian faith and a member of the New York State Harness Owners Racing Association. 

Survivors include two sons, John L. Trautner of Rome, N.Y. and Kenneth J. Trautner of Dennison, Texas; two daughters, Jeanne M. Mauro of Gloversville and Virginia A. Earing of Schenectady; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and one cousin. She was predeceased by her parents, Oliver P. and Minerua Scouten; her husband, Kenneth J. Trautner, whom she married Sept. 28, 1939 and who died July 10, 1982; one brother and two sisters.

There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at John W. Finocan Funeral Home Inc., 13 Prospect Ave., Gloversville. Bishop Norman F. Strauss, rector of Trinity Anglican Episcopal Church, will officiate. Cremation will take place at Parkview Crematory, Schenectady. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Northeast Associate Office, 125 Wolfe Road, Suite 225, Albany, NY 12205. 
 
November 7, 2001

Geround Readdean  
Geround (Bill) Readdean, 79, who was an Army veteran of World War II, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, at St. Mary's Hospital after a long illness.

He was born on March 10, 1922 in Pittsfield, Mass., later resided in Montreal, Canada. He then moved to Gloversville in the 1940s. 

He was a supervisor for the Fonda Glove Lining Corp.; later a supervisor for the former Coleco Industries; and also owned and operated G. Bill Readdean Moving & Trucking Co. Also, he was a Brownie troop leader for McNab School. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Survivors include one sister, Ida from New York City; one daughter, Patricia Readdean of Chestnut Street, Gloversville; two sons, Geround Readdean II from Schenectady and John Readdean from Gloversville; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Patricia and Frances.

There will be no calling hours. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. 
 

Lt. Col. Daniel J. Cooley 
Lt. Col. Daniel J. Cooley, MD, 67, of Higgins Bay, passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, at his home following a 1 1/2 year battle with cancer.

Dr. Cooley was born on Jan. 27, 1934 in East Herkimer, a son of Mary (Gilchrist) Cooley of Herkimer and the late Ernest Cooley. He graduated from Herkimer High School in 1953 and on Sept. 19, 1954 he was united in marriage to the former Lorraine Krawczeski. Dr. Cooley graduated with honors from Atlantic Union College in 1956 and later graduated in the top 10 percent of his class from Loma Linda Medical School, Los Angeles, Calif. After completing his internship in 1961 at Meyers Memorial Hospital in Buffalo, he moved his family to Piseco to practice medicine for the towns of Arietta and Hoffmeister. In addition to his private practice, he had served as coroner and health officer for Hamilton County as well as the Piseco school physician. In 1976, Dr. Cooley followed a lifelong dream and joined the Air Force. He and his family were stationed in Columbus, Miss., where he served active duty for six years, followed by 10 years in the Air Force Reserves. During active duty, Dr. Cooley received the Joint Service Accommodation Medal for his participation in the Mariel Boat Lift in 1980. After his honorable discharge from active duty, he and several Columbus, Miss. physicians formed Emergency Physicians Inc. in which he was actively employed for 10 years. In 1992, Dr. Cooley and his family returned to New York, where he became a staff physician for the Mohawk Correctional Facility, Rome, from which he retired in 1999.

Dr. Cooley, a family man, was also an avid trapper, fisherman and hunter. He returned later in life to his home that he loved in the Adirondack mountains, where he planned to enjoy his retirement. Dr. Cooley, the man who touched so many lives with his healing, will long be remembered in the stories shared by so many. 

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Lorraine; his mother, Mary, a resident of Folts Home, Herkimer; seven children, Douglas A. Cooley and his wife, Cecelia, of Wiley, Texas; Cheryl L. Cooley of Kansas City, Mo.; Russell A. Cooley and his wife, Sandra, of Philips Ranch, Calif.; Bradley A. Cooley of Quincy, Mass.; Daniel J. Cooley Jr. of Higgins Bay; Lorilei Cooley of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Lorilyn Cooley, MD, of Albany; three brothers, William Cooley, MD and his wife, Joan, of Hinckley, James Cooley, MD, of Delanson and Thomas Cooley of Morgantown, W. Va.; seven grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, he was also predeceased by a son, Clayton D. Cooley.

The family will be present to receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Autenrith Funeral Home, 7479 Main St., Newport. A memorial graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Higgins Bay Cemetery, Piseco. The Rev. Dr. Campbell C. Laker will officiate. 

In lieu of flowers consider memorials to Piseco Common School (for the Clayton Cooley Award) or Piseco Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Piseco, NY 12139. 
 

Audrey J. Yorks Cronin 
Mrs. Audrey J. Yorks Cronin, 76, formerly of Gloversville, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 7, at Eden Park Health Care Center, Cobleskill.

She was born on June 3, 1925 in Mayfield, the daughter of Andrew and Inez Orcutt Yorks. She was educated in Mayfield schools.

She was employed by various companies in the area, she later worked as a machine operator at Alegro Shoe Co. in Gloversville.

Mrs. Cronin was married to Robert S. Cronin, who died in 1986.

She is survived by her daughters, Sharon A. Brower and Patricia I. Cronin, both of Gloversville; son, Edward A. Cronin of Johnstown; stepdaughter, Loretta Lee Kadle of Gloversville; sister, Goldie M. Titus of Mayfield; brother, Robert Yorks of Gloversville; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. The Rev. R.W. Williams will officiate. Interment will take place at Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. Memorial contributions may be made to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care Inc., 1 MacArthur Ave., Cobleskill, NY 12043. 
 
November 8, 2001

Emory C. Blowers  
Mr. Emory C. Blowers, 81, of South Market Street, Johnstown, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville, following a short illness.

He was born on March 21, 1920 in Edinburg.

Mr. Blowers served with the Army Air Force, which later became the 82nd Air Force. He was a maintenance mechanic at a P-47 base, stationed at a former British base in Duxford, near Cambridge, England. Today, Duxford Airbase has a British Air Museum, and is home to the American Air Force Museum in Britain.

He was employed at the White Mop Wringer Co. in Fultonville for 35 years until his retirement in 1982.

Mr. Blowers was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union.

He was an avid bowler, hunter, fisherman and camper.

Survivors include his wife, Mitzi Portolano Blowers, whom he married on June 30, 1979; one daughter, Debra Crawford of Gloversville; one stepdaughter, Patricia Van Heusen of Gloversville; two stepsons, George Kenyon of Fonda and Albert Kenyon of Saratoga Springs; one niece, Linda Hollenbeck of Johnstown; several grandchildren; nieces; nephews and cousins.

There will be no calling hours. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda. Arrangements are by A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 E. Main St., Johnstown. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. 
 

Katie E. Knapp  
Miss Katie E. Knapp, 86, of Linden Street, Schenectady, died Saturday, Nov. 3 at Ellis Center for Long Term Care in Schenectady after a short illness.

She was born in Gloversville. Miss Knapp lived in Schenectady most of her life.

Miss Knapp was a seamstress for Geraldine Pocketbook Factory in Gloversville. Later she was a cleaning person at Mohawk Office Products Inc. in Schenectady.

She is survived by several cousins.

There will be no calling hours. A service will be conducted at 9 a.m. Saturday at Gleason Funeral Home, 730 Union St., Schenectady. Interment will take place at Vale Cemetery, Schenectady. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. 
 

Albert T. Schriner  
Albert T. Schriner, 92, of Titus Towers, Ithaca, N.Y., died Tuesday, Nov. 7 at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca.

He was born on April 2, 1909 in the town of Deerfield, Oneida County, the son of Charles and Matilda Hille Schriner. 

He lived in Gloversville in the 1920s and 1930s, and was employed at various hotels and restaurants during the depression in the Fulton County area, including Pedrick's Restaurant in Gloversville. He later worked on the construction of military bomber bases and Tennessee Valley Authority atomic projects. He retired as an operating engineer from Union Local 545; Syracuse, N.Y.

Mr. Schriner, known as "Big Al," was a member of A.A; and had friends around the world who he had met and helped through being a contact person and attending international conventions.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews, including Fay L. Lock and Edward J. Lock of Gloversville. He had many close friends in the Ithaca area. He was predeceased by nine brothers and sisters. 

There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice or the Cayuga Medical Center, 101 Dates Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850. Arrangements are by Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. A private graveside service will take place at the convenience of the family at Union Rural Cemetery, Mayfield. The Rev. Dr. Alan C. Rhodes will officiate. 
 

Rev. Dr. Jasper A. Steele 
The Rev. Dr. Jasper A. Steele, 83, of Embury Apartments, Saratoga Springs, died Nov. 6 at Saratoga Hospital after a short illness.

He was born on Feb. 7, 1918 in Gloversville and had resided at his present address for the past seven years. He was a 1935 graduate of Gloversville High School and received a bachelor of arts degree in 1939 from Brothers College of Drew University, Madison, N.J.; master of divinity in 1942 from Boston University School of Theology, and doctor on ministry in 1976 from Drew Theological Seminary.

He had served as pastor in the United Methodist Church in North Ferrisburg, Vt. from 1942 to 1945; Averill Park, N.Y. from 1945 to 1949; Granville, N.Y. from 1949 to 1955; Ticonderoga, N.Y. from 1955 to 1961; Montpelier, Vt. from 1961 to 1965; Brooklyn, N.Y. from 1965 to 1974; Newtonville, N.Y. from 1974 to 1979. He had also served as Albany District Superintendent from 1979 until his retirement in 1985. After his retirement he was pastor emeritus for the Burnt Hills United Methodist Church.

He was a charter member of Glenville Rotary Club and its first secretary; charter member of Albany Airport Rotary Club and its first secretary. He had also received from Rotary the Paul Harris Award. He was past president of the Embury Residence Association, and a member of the Executive Board of Drew Theological Alumni Association. He was a member of Troy Conference and had attended the Saratoga United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Anna Hoefeld Steele; two daughters, Ruth A. Kuchinad of Georgetown, Ontario, Canada and Katherine E. Hargis of Stillwater; two sons, David A. Steele of Batavia and John W. Steele of Baltimore, Md.; four grandchildren, Christine Prodger, Laura, Emily, and Candace Steele; and two great-grandchildren, Alicia and Chelsea Prodger.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Saratoga United Methodist Church, Henning Road. The family will greet friends at a reception following the service. Burial will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. Memorial contributions may be made to Jasper and Anna Steele Prize, Drew University Theological School, Developmental Department, Madison, NJ 07940 or The Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Arrangements are by Wheeler Funeral Home, Ballston Spa.


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