Miscellaneous Fulton County, New York Obituaries

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November 15, 2001

Erna Blanke  
Erna M. Blanke, 93, formerly of St. Thomas Place, Gloversville, died Wednesday at the Fulton County Residential Health Care Facility.

She was born on Sept. 5, 1908, in Tempelburg in Pommern, Germany, the daughter of Ernst and Anna Maletzke Dittberner. She attended schools in Germany and in 1928 moved to New York City, where she resided until she moved to Gloversville in 1967.

She operated Grafunder Variety Store in New York City for many years with her husband. 

She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church and its Daughters of Luther, AARP and the Ida McGinnis Senior Citizens Club, and a former member of the Cayadutta Chapter of Order of Eastern Star and Concordia Club, all of Gloversville.

She is survived by one stepdaughter, Kathleen (Kay) and her husband, Esley Miller of Gloversville; two step-grandchildren, Norman Miller of Stafford, Va., and D.C. Karen Miller of Atlanta, Ga.; four step-great-grandchildren, Jennifer, Stephanie, Kaylee and Ashley Miller; one step-great-great-grandson; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Herman Grafunder, who died March 6, 1960. She later married John Blanke on Jan. 22, 1967, and he died Aug. 8, 1988. She was also predeceased by several brothers and sisters.

The family will be receiving friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville, where there will be a funeral service at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Rev. Lauretta Dietrich, pastor of St. James Lutheran Church, will officiate. Interment will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Lutheran Church or Ida McGinnis Senior Citizens Club, both of Gloversville. 
 

Albert 'Dick' Gugenberger 
Albert (Dick) R. Gugenberger, 78, of Gloversville, died Wednesday at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady. Mr. Gugenberger was born on June 14, 1923, in Gloversville, the son of Albert and Mildred Harris Gugenberger. He attended Northville school and lived in the Gloversville area most of his life. He was a World War II veteran of the Army, having served in the Pacific Theater and received two Bronze Stars. 

He was employed by Gugenberger Inc. of Gloversville in the roofing and sheet metal business, and later he was self-employed in sheet metal and heating business. He retired from Stephen Miller Contracting Co. of Mayfield due to illness.

Mr. Gugenberger was a member of North Main Street United Methodist Church and VFW Post 2077, and a former member of the Foresters and Ida McGinnis Senior Citizens Club, all of Gloversville. He was an Explorer Scout leader for many years and an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth (Betty) Graves of Gloversville, whom he married on Dec. 23, 1944. She is also survived by three sons, Richard L. Gugenberger and Robert J. Gugenberger, both of Mayfield, and Daniel R. Gugenberger of Johnstown; three daughters, Judy Lyn Elmendorf of Meco, Jill M. Bell and Jan S. Ackernecht, both of Gloversville; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Raymond and Elwin Gugenberger.

The family will be receiving friends from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville, where a funeral service will directly follow at 7 p.m. The Rev. R.W. Williams will officiate. Interment will take place at Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. Memorial contributions may be made to the World War II Memorial Fund. 
 

Bessie Richter  
Mrs. Bessie Richter, 95, formerly of West Fulton Street, Gloversville, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Fulton County Residential Health Care Facility after a long illness.

She was born on Oct. 4, 1906, in Broadalbin, the daughter of Hallock and Lena Hart Fraker.

Mrs. Richter was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Johnstown.

She was employed with Fulton County Silk Mills in Gloversville until her retirement. 

Survivors include two sisters, Louise Robbins of Gloversville and Isabel Wolfgram of Niantic, Conn.; one brother, George Fraker of Gloversville; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Richter was predeceased by her husband, Ervin Richter, who died in 1975; they were married on July 1, 1948.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 E. Main St., Johnstown, where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the charity of one's choice. 
 

Beulah Thompson  
Mrs. Beulah Jane Brownell Thompson, 76, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Fulton County Residential Health Care Facility. She was a resident there for seven years.

She was born on July 4, 1925, in Northville, the daughter of Lynn and Bertha Black Brownell. She resided in Gloversville most of her life. 

She was employed by Decca Record Co. and its successor, MCA Record Co., in Gloversville for many years until her retirement.

She is survived by sons Bill Thompson, Doug Thompson and Robert Thompson, all of Gloversville; daughters Deborah Raykoskie and Jean Eaton, both of Texas, Pam Greenough of Fonda, Nancy Ruck, Donna Genatiempo and Kim Sparks, all of Gloversville; brother Glen Brownell of Arizona; sisters Helen Johnson and Beatrice Brownell, both of St. Johnsville; 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

On July 7, 1940, she was married to Everett C. Thompson, who died April 11, 1989. She was also predeceased by infant sons, Richard and Russel Thompson; a granddaughter, Michelle L. Ruck; a brother, Kenneth Brownell; and sister, Elizabeth Weber.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. Interment will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Northville. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 7 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12205 or the charity of one's choice. A private funeral service will be held Friday at the convenience of the family. The Rev. David C. Newkirk will officiate.
 
November 16, 2001

Robert Ashe  
Mr. Robert E. Ashe, 86, of Utica, a Little Falls native, passed away Thursday morning, Nov. 15, at Charles T. Sitrin Health Care Center in New Hartford.

He was last employed as manager of American Stores Co. (Acme Markets), located throughout the Mohawk Valley.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 64 years, Elizabeth (Betty) Ashe; his children, including a son, Robert M. Ashe and his wife, Karen of Wausau, Wisc., and Janet Winig and her husband, Robert, of Gloversville; five cherished grandchildren, Scott, Cory and Nicole Winig and Jennifer and Bridget Ashe; and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Betty (Willy) Ashe of Utica; in-laws, Sam and Irma Talaba of Little Falls and Tina Stransky of East Herkimer. Preceding Robert in death were two sisters, Mildred Ashe and Elizabeth Simmons, and four brothers, James, John, Thomas and Willard Ashe.

A funeral service will begin at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Enea Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls, where prayer will be offered. A memorial Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Parish Church, corner of East Main and John streets in Little Falls. The Rev. Charles R. Celeste will officiate. Interment will take place in Holy Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Little Falls. Kindly consider memorial contributions to the Alzheimers Association; envelopes will be available at the funeral parlor for this purpose. 
 
November 17, 2001

Sharon Ann Maye Abel 
Sharon Ann Maye Abel, 47, of Route 10, Caroga Lake, died Thursday evening, Nov. 15, at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a long illness.

She was born on Aug. 12, 1954, in Amsterdam, the daughter of Ernest and Nancy Haggart Maye. She graduated from Johnstown High School in 1973.

She co-operated in the management of the Outlet Restaurant in Caroga Lake for the past five years. 

She was of the Protestant faith.

She is survived by one son, Jonathan S. Abel of Johnstown; two daughters, Kerry-Anne Abel of Perth and Cristy L. Abel of Lower Bank, N.J.; her mother, Nancy Maye of Johnstown; a granddaughter, Caeley L. Melita, and grandson, Zachary M. Winnie; five brothers, Richard E. Maye of Pennsylvania, Ernest J. Maye, Thomas J. Maye and Paul W. Maye, all of Johnstown, and James C. Maye of Gloversville. She was predeceased by a brother, Larry G. Maye; and her father, Ernest Maye.

Calling hours will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher St., Johnstown, where a memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. The Rev. Jack Millard, pastor of Johnstown Reformed Church, will officiate. Cremation will take place at Parkview Crematory, Schenectady. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the James A. Brennan Humane Society or a charity of one's choice. 
 

James Stewart Beatty 
Mr. James Stewart Beatty, 55, of 6735 Forest Oaks Drive, Clemmons, N.C., died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born May 3, 1946, in Amsterdam, N.Y., the son of James F. and Mildred Pfliegl Beatty. He was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Beatty worked for the Sodexho Corp. as director of Food and Nutrition at High Point Regional Hospital. He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Thomas Beatty. Surviving are his wife, Terry S. Beatty, of the home; two sons, James F. Beatty of Asheville, N.C., and Todd M. Beatty and wife, Michelle, of Winston-Salem; four grandchildren, Jimmy, Meaghan, Brandon and Andrew; his mother, a sister, Sally Beatty and a brother, Michael Beatty, all of Johnstown, N.Y.; a niece, Jenna; a nephew, Michael; and several aunts and cousins. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Vogler's Clemmons Chapel. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Holy Family Catholic Church by Father Michael Butner. Burial will follow at Westlawn Gardens of Memory. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1900 S. Hawthorne Road, Suite 622, Winston-Salem, NC 27103-3901 or to Hospice & Palliative Care Center, 1100-C S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or to the American Institute for Cancer Research, 1759 R. Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. 
 

Arthur J. Fagan  
Mr. Arthur J. Fagan, 89, of State Highway 29, Johnstown, died on Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville, after a long illness. 

He was born Aug. 2, 1912, in Ohio, Herkimer County, the son of Louis J. and Carrie Reising Fagan.

Mr. Fagan moved to the area as a young man.

He was employed with the American Locomotive Co. and in 1946 started a dairy farm that is now operated by his sons and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Marion Kegg Fagan, whom he married Nov. 12, 1936; two sons and their wives, Fred L. and Margaret Fagan and John A. and Donna Fagan, both of Johnstown; one sister, Marguerite Fagan Ambrosino of Gloversville; one brother, Raymond and his wife, Frances Fagan, of Gloversville; one brother-in-law, Charles Drouse of Johnstown; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by four grandchildren; two brothers, Ralph Fagant and Charles Fagan; and one sister, Anna Fagan Allen.

Friends may call from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St., Johnstown. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. R.W. Williams officiating. Burial will be in Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the charity of one's choice. 
 

Elizabeth L. Teetz  
Mrs. Elizabeth L. Teetz, 74, of Harrison Street, died Friday morning at her daughter's home in the town of Glen after a long illness. She was born in Amsterdam, N.Y., on Aug. 7, 1927, the daughter of Roy and Margherita Fabing Buhrmaster. She worked at Beechnut Foods in Canajoharie for many years and retired in 1971. Mrs. Teetz was a member of the Catholic War Veterans Auxiliary Post 642 and the Gloversville 55 Plus Senior Citizens. She was an avid bingo player who enjoyed camping and fishing, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and was of the Catholic faith. She was married to Howard Teetz, who died in 1989. 

She is survived by a son, William R. Dievindorf of Currytown, N.Y.; a stepson, Charles H. Siegle of Fort Plain; two daughters, Catherine I. Macek of Glen, Cheryle E. Morgan of Bradenton, Fla.; a sister, Marilyn E. Gilberson of Colonie, N.Y.; a niece, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and her companion of 10 years, Salvatore V. Caporossi of Gloversville.

Calling hours will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Amico Funeral Home, 150 S. Main St., Gloversville. The CWV No. 642 and its auxiliary will conduct a ritual at 6 p.m. followed by a 6:30 p.m. ritual Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Cremation will be at the Leatherstocking Crematory, Cherry Valley. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice. 
 
November 19, 2001

Carleton Hine  
Carleton Hine, 85, of Gloversville, died Saturday, Nov. 17, at Nathan Littauer Hospital.

He was born on Jan. 2, 1916 in Gloversville, the son of William and Lillian Gray Hine. He attended Gloversville schools and was a lifelong area resident.

He was employed by Independent Leather Co. and retired in 1984.

Survivors include one son, Robert Barter of Chesapeake, Va.; two daughters, Patricia A. Nellis of Caroga Lake and John Wanderlick of Orange, Mass.; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one brother, Kenneth Hine; three infant sisters; and one grandson, John Wanderlick. 

The family will be receiving friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville, where a funeral service will directly follow at 10 a.m. The Rev. R.W. Williams will officiate. Interment will take place at Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or to the charity of one's choice. 
 

Bernard Masker  
Mr. Bernard Masker, 85, formerly of Lee Avenue, Gloversville, died Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam following a long illness.

He was born on Aug. 20, 1916 in Vilna, Poland, the son of the late Josef and Ida Harris Maskor. He was educated in Gloversville schools.

He worked in the leather industry as a chemist and worked at the former Martin-Deichsel Leather Co. He retired about 18 years ago.

He was a former member of the former Elks Club in Gloversville.

He is survived by two daughters, Sally Seeley of Delanson and Lois Moore of Hamlin, N.Y.; one son, Robert Masker of Randolph, N.J.; one brother, Paul Masker of New York City; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one nephew. He was married to the former Jene Martin Masker on Feb. 23, 1941 and she died in 1991.

A calling hour will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St., Gloversville, where a funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. The Rev. Jack Millard, pastor of Johnstown Reformed Church will officiate. Burial will take place at Ferndale Cemetery in Johnstown. 
 

Nancy J. Pierce  
Mrs. Nancy J. Pierce, 53, of West Street, Johnstown, died Saturday, Nov. 17, at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, after a short illness.

She was born on Sept. 24, 1948 in Gloversville. Mrs. Pierce graduated from Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School and Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

She was employed as a librarian at Johnstown High School for 26 years until her retirement in September 2001.

Survivors include her husband, James Pierce, whom she married on June 16, 1971; two sons, Jeffrey Pierce of Johnstown and William Pierce of Gloversville; one daughter, Susan Bolebruch of Gloversville; two sisters, Dale Dayton of Corinth and Shirley Wintermute of Meco; one brother, Michael Smith of Sacramento, Calif.; her parents, Harold and Hattie Boyer Smith of Lassellsville; one grandson, Ryan Bolebruch of Gloversville; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 E. Main St., Johnstown, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. R.W. Williams will officiate. Cremation will take place at Vale Crematory, Schenectady. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to American Lung Association. 
 

John A. Shoop  
John A. Shoop, 76, of Johnstown, died Sunday at Nathan Littauer Hospital.

He was born on Oct. 27, 1925 in Gloversville, the son of John and Augusta Lucia Shoop. He graduated from Gloversville High School and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a World War II veteran serving in the Marine Corps.

He was a self-employed carpenter for several years and later employed at Treher & Jung Inc. in Gloversville as a carpenter. At the time of his retirement he was a self-employed contractor in the area.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Gloversville and a member of Pleasant Square Volunteer Fire Department for 51 years; a former member of Star Scout in Boy Scout Troop 15 of Sacred Heart Church.

Survivors include his wife, the former Shirley Gugenberger, whom he married in October 1983; one son, John J. Shoop of Gloversville; one stepson, Albert Gugenberger of Casa Grande, Ariz.; four daughters, Valerie Shoop and Judy Swart, both of Gloversville, Jane Cancio of Galway and Barbara McGrattan of Fairport, N.Y.; three stepdaughters, Susan Tagliatela and Patricia Capparello, both of Gloversville and Nancy Insogna of Caroga Lake; one sister, Jean Cox of Lakeland, Fla.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one sister, Lucia Simmering.

The family will be receiving friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville. A prayer service will be held at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. The Rev. David L. Tressic, pastor, will be celebrant. Interment will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice.


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