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January 17, 2001 
 
 

James R. Cronin  
Mr. James R. Cronin, 67, of Gloversville, died Tuesday at the Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home, where he had resided for nearly 15 years.

He was born on April 18, 1933 in Gloversville, the son of Fred and Mary Miller Cronin. 

He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was employed as a truck driver by area trucking companies.

Mr. Cronin was of the Methodist faith.

Survivors include his wife, the former Adeline A. Cosselman, whom he married on Sept. 27, 1985; two daughters, Diane Stanyon of St. Cloud, Fla. and Carrie Cronin of Gloversville; one son, Mitchell Cronin of Little Falls; one sister, Mabel E. Cronin of Gloversville; four grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by one sister, Alice Suitor.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. The Rev. Douglas G. Lathrop, associate pastor of Fremont Street United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will take place in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville, in the spring. 
 
 
 
 

Theresa Cutinella  
Miss Theresa Cutinella, 81, of Amsterdam, died Tuesday at St. Mary's Hospital after being stricken at home.

She was born on July 21, 1919 in New York City, the daughter of Bernard and Bessie Schneider Cutinella. Miss Cutinella lived in New York City most of her life until she moved to Amsterdam five years ago. She participated in the Liberty Day Treatment Program for several years.

Miss Cutinella was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, Amsterdam.

Survivors include two sisters, Beatrice Rotoli of the Bronx and Mildred Cosentino of Springville, Calif.; one brother, Joseph Cutinella of Florida; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church, the Bronx. Burial will take place in St. Raymond's Cemetery, the Bronx. Arrangements are by Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, Amsterdam. 
 
 
 
 

Helen P. Zabawczuk LaFountain 
Mrs. Helen P. Zabawczuk LaFountain, 70, of the town of Mayfield, died Monday at Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga Springs, after a long illness.

She was born on June 7, 1930 in the town of Providence, a daughter of Nicholas and Pauline Zabawczuk. She resided in the town of Mayfield most of her life.

Survivors include her husband, Robert E. LaFountain, whom she married on Sept. 29, 1962; three sons, Roy W. Sweet and Jerry M. Pepper, both of Mayfield, and Kenneth Sweet of Northville; three daughters, Pauline Burton of Mayfield, Sandra Carroll of Northville and Trina Fountain of Gloversville; two brothers, Edward Zabawczuk of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and John Zabawczuk of Tampa, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

She was predeceased by a brother, William Zabawczuk and two sisters, Jean Brown and Mary Johnson.

Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at Jeffords & Stewart Funeral Home, 85 W. Main St., Broadalbin. A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The Rev. Herbert Johnson, a retired Baptist minister, will officiate. Burial will take place in Broadalbin Union Rural Cemetery in the spring. 
 
 
 
 

Etta C. Morrison  
Mrs. Etta C. Morrison, 92, of Palatine Nursing Home, Palatine Bridge, died Monday at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam, after a long illness.

She was born on May 1, 1908 in the town of Mohawk, the daughter of John Allen and Rachel Etta Fox Cross. Mrs. Morrison was educated at the former Country School, Yosts, and Canajoharie High School. Mrs. Morrison was a lifelong resident of Nelliston until 1991, when she moved to Syracuse.

She was employed for 28 years in various departments at Beech-Nut Corp., Canajoharie, and retired from the packing and shipping department.

Mrs. Morrison was a member of United Methodist Church, Fort Plain, and a former member of its women's group and the Beech-Nut 25 Year Club.

Survivors include one daughter, Rachel M. Stockwell of Fort Plain; one son, Ronald E. Morrison of Palatine Bridge; one sister, Bertha Vrooman of North Syracuse; 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. 

On Oct. 5, 1929, she married Chester A. Morrison, who died on Oct. 30, 1984. She was also predeceased by one daughter, Bernice Drury, who died on Aug. 20, 1994.

A calling hour will be 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 34 Center St., Fort Plain. A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. The Rev. Alan Baumback, pastor of Fort Plain United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will take place in Fort Plain Cemetery in the spring. 
 
 
 
 

Martha Dorothy Patterson 
Mrs. Martha Dorothy Patterson, 76, of Gloversville, died Monday at Scottsdale Shea Hospital, Scottsdale, Ariz., after a short illness.

She was born on March 24, 1924 in Gloversville, the daughter of Frederick A. and Gertrude Kobuskie Arnold Sr. Mrs. Patterson attended Gloversville High School and Gloversville Business School.

She was employed for several years as a secretary at John Hancock Insurance Co. and worked for 25 years at Robison & Smith. She retired in 1986.

Mrs. Patterson was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Gloversville, and the Meco School PTA.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan J. Roy of Winter Park, Fla. and Nancy A. O'Donnell of Scottsdale; four sisters, Eleanor Brownell of Johnstown, Marie Wilson of Gloversville, Barbara Adams of Darien, Conn. and Elizabeth Hughes of Mayfield; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 

On June 24, 1944, she married Carlton Patterson, who died on March 3, 1987. She also was predeceased by two brothers, Richard J. Arnold and Frederick A. Arnold Jr.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville. A prayer service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. At 11 a.m., a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church. The Rev. David L. Tressic, pastor, will be celebrant. Burial will take place in Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. 
 
 
 
 

Florence M. Persch  
Mrs. Florence M. Persch, 83, of Meco, died Tuesday at home after a short illness.

She was born on Nov. 16, 1917 in Gloversville, the daughter of Fred and Mabel Gutha Young. Mrs. Persch attended Meco schools and was a lifelong area resident.

She worked for a short time as a glove worker. She also assisted in the family grocery business for several years. He was employed as a secretary/treasurer for I. Persch Bus Corporation, Meco, retiring in 1980. 

She worked as a town of Johnstown election inspector for many years.

Survivors include two daughters, Joan M. Brown of Houston, Texas and Jacquelyn K. Christiano of Gloversville; one sister, Dorothy Riska of Meco; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one uncle; several nieces; one nephew, and cousins. 

On Oct. 3, 1936, she married Ivan "Ike" Persch, who died on Oct. 14, 1993. She also was predeceased by one son, Ivan R. "Bucky" Persch, who died on July 18, 1983.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville. A service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The Rev. Wade Prime, pastor of Village Bible Church, Fonda, will officiate. Burial will take place in Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. 
 



January 18, 2001 
 
 

Ruth V. Alter  
Mrs. Ruth V. Alter, 94, of Gloversville, died Wednesday at the Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home, where she had resided for nine years.

Born in Northville, she was the daughter of Roulie and Mae LaFountain Crowter. She was valedictorian of her senior class when she graduated from Northville High School. She later attended the former Gloversville Business School.

She was employed by the Streeter & Hackney Glove Co. and Meyers Fur Shop, both formerly of Johnstown, and was a secretary in the Fulton County area.

Mrs. Alter was of the Methodist faith. She was a member of the Ida McGinnis Senior Citizens Club in Gloversville. 

On Aug. 28, 1926, she married William E. Alter. He died on Feb. 27, 1991.

She is survived by three daughters, Barbara A. Svolos of Johnstown, Patricia Leaton of Byron and Judith Alter-Schuh of Mayfield; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by two brothers, Clarence and Richard Crowter and three sisters, Florence Staley, Ida Eschler and Minnie Horton.

Calling hours will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. David C. Newkirk officiating. Interment will take place in the spring in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Northville. 
 
 
 
 

Catherine M. Dean  
Mrs. Catherine M. Dean, 92, of Amsterdam, died Tuesday at Park Hill Adult Home in that city, after a brief illness. 

She was born on July 23, 1908 in Fort Johnson, the daughter of Floyd S. and Ella Dufel Mosher. Mrs. Dean was a graduate of Amsterdam High School and the former Oneonta Normal School. She was a lifelong area resident.

She was employed for 40 years as an elementary schoolteacher for the Greater Amsterdam School District and retired from the R.J. McNulty School in 1970.

Mrs. Dean was a member of United Methodist Church and its Pioneers Club and the Fifth Ward Seniors,all of Amsterdam; the New York State Retired Teachers Association, the Amsterdam Retired Teachers Association, the Oneonta Alumni Association, the Home Bureau and the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by one grandniece, Deborah D. Campbell of Broadalbin; and one grandnephew, W. Alan Delamater of Burnt Hills, Saratoga County.

She was predeceased by her husband, Frank Dean, who died in 1973.

There will be no calling hours. A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church, Golf Course Road, Amsterdam. The Rev. Cal Briggs-Harris, pastor; the Rev. Gary W. Campbell and the Rev. Alan Delamater, nephews, will officiate. Burial will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery, Tribes Hill, in the spring. Arrangements are by Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, Amsterdam. 
 
 
 
 

Donald L. DePew  
Mr. Donald L. DePew, 73, of Nelliston, died Tuesday at Little Falls Hospital after a long illness.

He was born on Jan. 28, 1927 in Paterson, N.J., the son of Percy and Florence DeGroat Depew. Mr. DePew was educated in New Jersey. He previously lived in Mahwah, N.J. and had been an Nelliston area resident since 1988.

He served in the Army during the Korean War. He as employed as a stationary engineer at Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, N.J. and retired in 1988. Mr. DePew was an avid fisherman.

Survivors include his wife, the former Gloria Mann, whom he married on July 28, 1956; two sons, Wayne DePew of Nyack, Rockland County, and Donald L. DePew Jr. of Mahwah; four daughters, Deborah Smith of Torrance, Calif., Yvonne Conklin of Nelliston, Michelle Black of Cobleskill, Schoharie County, and Tammy DeGroat of St. Johnsville; one sister, Violet O'Blenis of Liberty, Sullivan County; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at First Assembly of God, 559 E. Jefferson St., Little Falls. The Rev. Daniel Perisi will officiate. Arrangements are by Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, Canajoharie. 
 
 
 
 

Eleanor Waterbury Franz 
Mrs. Eleanor Waterbury Franz, 88, of Dolgeville and Canada Lake, died Tuesday at Little Falls Hospital.

She was born on Jan. 6, 1913 in Dolgeville, the daughter of Dr. Walter and Florence Shaver Waterbury. Mrs. Franz was a 1930 graduate of Dolgeville High School and a 1934 graduate of Albany State College with a bachelor's degree. She earned a master's degree from Syracuse University in 1970. She spent many summers in East Canada Lake at the family cottage. 

She worked at Cherry Burrell, Little Falls, in the war effort during World War II.

She was an English teacher and librarian in Milford, Otsego County, and Corning schools, Steuben County. She became supervisor of English in 1937 in the Milne School of Albany State University. She was employed as an English teacher and librarian at Dolgeville Central School, retiring in 1973.

Mrs. Franz was a member of Dolgeville Presbyterian Church. She was a former board member and president of the Herkimer County Historical Society. She was a prime mover in establishing the Dolgeville-Manheim Historical Society. She was historian for Dolgeville and Manheim for many years. 

She had interests in local history and writing. She wrote at one time for Dolgeville, Little Falls and other area newspapers, as well as numerous articles in publications such as North Country Life, Adirondack Life, New York Folklore Quarterly, New York State Education and The English Journal.

She was the author of a number of books including "Dolge," "Manheim's Snells Bush" and "The Underground Railroad in Brocketts' Bridge, N.Y."

She and her husband shared interests in travel, books, folklore, antiques and Canada Lake.

Survivors include her husband, Lorenz Franz, whom she married on July 3, 1939; one daughter, Deborah Hoffman of Gloversville; one son, Kirk W. Franz of Arlington, Va.; one brother, Chaloner Waterbury of Newport, Herkimer County; and two grandsons.

Calling hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Roberts-Buck Funeral Home, 3 Faville Ave., Dolgeville. A service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The Rev. David Blank will officiate. Burial will take place in Dolgeville Cemetery. 
 
 
 
 

Donald R. Gardner  
Mr. Donald R. Gardner, 65, of Cohoes, a native of Gloversville, died Tuesday at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady. 

He was born in Gloversville, the son of William Roy and Vivian Fanny Ryfa Gardner. Mr. Gardner was a lifelong area resident.

He served in the Navy from 1957 to 1960. He was director of human resources for BOCES. He was an avid skier, golfer and baseball fan.

Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Ann Lombardo; one son, Jace A. Gardner of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Laurie A. Schleiger of Latham and Christine M Rankin of Clifton Park; two brothers, Fred C. Gardner of Northville and Gary L. Gardner of Summers Point, N.J.; one sister, Janet Eschler of Northville; one grandson; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at Lasak & Gigliotti Funeral Home, 8 Dudley Heights, Albany. A service will be conducted at 8:15 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. At 9 a.m., a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Church of Our Lady of Angels, Central Avenue, Albany. Burial will take place in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie. 
 
 
 
 

Jean Perillo  
Mrs. Jean Perillo, 85, of Amsterdam, died Wednesday at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

She was born on Feb. 15, 1915 in Amsterdam, the daughter of Joseph and Sadie Dobies Belkowski. Mrs. Perillo was educated in area schools and was a lifelong area resident. 

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Perillo was a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Amsterdam.

Survivors include one son, Stephen A. Perillo of Amsterdam; one daughter, Nancy Lee Rogers of Amsterdam; one brother, Edward Belkowski of Perth; four grandchildren; two great-grandsons; nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur A. Perillo, who died on Jan. 5, 1968; and one son, Louis Perillo, who died in 1993.

Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam. A service will be conducted at 8:15 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. At 9:15 a.m. a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Amsterdam. The Very Rev. James J. Gulley, pastor, will be celebrant. Burial will take place at St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Amsterdam. 
 
 
 
 

Everett A. Quackenbush 
Mr. Everett A. Quackenbush, 73, of Gloversville, died Wednesday at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady.

He was born on March 3, 1927 in Gloversville, the son of Hiram and Othelia Burgess Quackenbush. Mr. Quackenbush was a 1944 graduate of Gloversville High School and was a lifelong Gloversville resident.

He served as a seaman first-class in the Navy from 1944 to 1946. He was employed as a foreman of the Turbine and Small Motors Division at General Electric Co., Schenectady from 1948 until he retired in 1982.

Mr. Quackenbush was a former co-chairman of the Gloversville Parade Committee, and was active in the Salvation Army.

Survivors include three daughters, Lynne Putnam and Debra Javarone, both of Mayfield, and Betty "Bets" Quackenbush of Rochester; five grandchildren, two nieces, one nephew, one great-niece and one great-nephew. 

On June 3, 1950, he married the former Marie Betty Duquette, who died on Dec. 5, 2000. He also was predeceased by one brother, Bernard Quackenbush; and two sisters, Eleanor Quackenbush and Betty Quackenbush.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville. A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. David L. Tressic, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Gloversville, will officiate. Cremation will follow at Leatherstocking Crematory, Cherry Valley, Otsego County. Burial will take place in Mount Royale Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 
 
 
 
 

Edward Solar  
Mr. Edward Solar, 86, of Johnstown, died Wednesday at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a long illness.

He was born on Dec. 16, 1914 in Johnstown, the son of John and Helen Kadlic Solar.

He was employed at Elmer Little Glove Co. and the former Crescendoe Glove Co. until his retirement in 1976.

Mr. Solar attended St. Anthony's Church, Johnstown.

He is survived by his wife, the former Lucille Roberts, whom he married on Sept. 16, 1944; nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St., Johnstown, where a service will be conducted at 7 p.m. with his nephew, Deacon Richard Solar of St. Anthony's Church officiating. Spring burial will take place in St. Anthony's Cemetery. 


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