Miscellaneous Fulton County, New York Obituaries


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January 21, 2001 

Stephen T. Freeman  
Dr. Stephen T. Freeman, 90, of Gloversville, died at Nathan Littauer Hospital on Friday after a short illness. 

He was born on Sept. 28, 1910, in Poland, the son of Matthew Frydman and Sara Goldberg Frydman.

Dr. Freeman practiced dentistry for more than 50 years, working in Poland, Sweden and the United States. He received degrees in dentistry from the Warsaw School of Dentistry and New York University. He resided in Gloversville since 1955, where he was in private practice from 1954 to 1998.

Dr. Freeman was a long-standing member of the Fourth District Dental Society as well as a former member of the Gloversville Masonic lodge. 

Dr. Freeman is survived by his wife of 56 years, Irena Anna Dyrcz-Freeman; two daughters, Zywia Wojnar of Wappingers Falls and Dobrochna Fire of Highlands, N.J.; five grandchildren; two sons-in-law; a daughter-in-law; a brother-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Dr. Freeman was predeceased by his son, Stanislaw M. Dyrcz Freeman of Massachusetts, and 12 brothers and sisters. 

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Hollenbeck Funeral Home Inc., 4 Second Ave., Gloversville. The funeral will take place on Monday at the Montefiore Cemetery in Farmingdale. 

Marcella J. Simpson  
Mrs. Marcella J. Simpson, 76, of Fonda, died Saturday at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital.

She was born Feb. 1, 1924, in Arendahl Township, Fillmore Contry, Minn., the daughter of J. Clarence and Thora R. Wilkre Skarstad. 

Mrs. Simpson was a graduate of Rushford High School in Rushford, Minn.

She lived in St. Paul, Minn., where she was employed by the J.R. Watkins Co. in Winona, Minn. She later worked for the Mining and Manufacturing Co. in St. Paul. She moved to the town of Glen in 1946, where she co-owned and operated with her husband the Simpson Dairy Farm on Argersinger Road in Glen for 12 years.

Mrs. Simpson was employed as a secretary for the White Mop Wringer Co. in Fultonville. In 1959, she started The Switch Grocery on Main Street in Fultonville and later moved to Riverside Drive in Fultonville, retiring in 1994. She later worked part time as a receptionist for the Independent Living Center in Amsterdam.

Mrs. Simpson was a member of the Fonda-Fultonville United Methodist Church in Fultonville and its women's group. She also was a member of the Mohawk Valley Chapter 489 Order of the Eastern Star, the Christian Women Organization, the Fonda-Fultoville Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 602, the Amsterdam Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Farm Bureau.

She married H. Jack Simpson on May 12, 1946. He died Jan. 5, 1984. She was predeceased by a son, Earl Simpson, in 1952.

Mrs. Simpson is survived by two sons, Ellsworth J. Simpson of Fonda and James C. Simpson of Fultonville; a daughter, Althea Giaquinto of Amsterdam; a sister, Thelma Hilgert of Atwater, Calif.; three grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Fonda-Fultonville United Methodist Church, Montgomery Street, Fultonville, with the Rev. Newton Perrins officiating.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Jackson and Betz Funeral Home Inc., 15 Main St., Fultonville. 

The St. Monica Juanita, Mohawk Valley and Cayadutta No. 486, Order of the Eastern Star, will conduct a service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.  

January 23, 2001 

Michael J. DaBiere  
Mr. Michael J. "Mickey" DaBiere, 90, of Amsterdam, a former amateur and professional boxer, died Monday at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam. 

He was born on Nov. 17, 1911 in Amsterdam, the son of Clement and Maria SanFilippo DaBiere. Mr. DaBiere attended area schools and was a lifelong area resident.

He was employed for 53 years at the former Fitzgerald Bottling Works from age 10 until he retired in 1974 as a supervisor.

He was known as Mickey DeBerry during Amsterdam's Boxing Mecca years. He compiled a record of 88 amateur fights and 22 professional fights, winning some 99 encounters, many by the way of knockout, with one draw and four losses. He retired from the ring in 1952 after 19 years and became a licensed referee. 

His picture and story appeared in the October 1946 issue of the National Ring Magazine which portrayed him as an up-and-coming fighter. He served as vice president of Ring 43 of the National Veteran Boxing Association, Utica, and was honored in 1983 by International Veteran Boxing Association Ring 26.

Mr. DaBiere was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Amsterdam.

He married the former Rose De Rossi on May 11, 1947.

Survivors include two sons, Clement DaBiere of Amsterdam and Michael DaBiere of York, Maine; two daughters, Rose E. Rzesos of Broadalbin and Mary Lou Colvin of Amsterdam; two brothers, James DeBerry and Clement DaBiere, both of Amsterdam; four grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at De Stefano Funeral Home, Route 5S, Amsterdam. A service will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Thursday 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. Burial will take place at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Amsterdam. 

Veronica Wojnarowski Kostyniak 
Mrs. Veronica Wojnarowski Kostyniak, 87, a native of Amsterdam, died Sunday at Kingsway Arms Nursing Center, Schenectady.

She was born on Dec. 28, 1913 in Amsterdam, the daughter of Michael and Suzanne Krywosz Wojnarowski. Mrs. Kostyniak was a lifelong area resident.

She previously was employed at General Electric Co., Schenectady, and Fownes Glove Co., Amsterdam. She and her husband were the proprietors of Ted's White Star Delicatessen, Schenectady, from the 1940s until 1967. 

Mrs. Kostyniak was a communicant of Church of St. Adalbert, Schenectady, and its Altar Rosary Society. She was a member of the Rotterdam Senior Citizens Center.

Survivors include two sons, Theodore E. Kostyniak of Burnt Hills, Saratoga County, and Paul J. Kostyniak of Amherst, Erie County; one daughter, Maryrose Kostyniak of Walden, Orange County; one sister, Klara Czelusniak of Amsterdam; and five grandchildren.

On July 14, 1944, she married Theodore Kostyniak, who died in 1966.

Calling hours will be 3 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Leszczynski Funeral Home, 716 Crane St., Schenectady, where St. Adalbert's Altar Rosary Society will meet at 7 p.m. A service will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. At 9 a.m., a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Church of St. Adalbert. Burial will take place in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Rotterdam. 

Elsie E. Lukach Quackenbush 
Mrs. Elsie E. Lukach Quackenbush, 80, died Monday at the Fulton County Residential Health Care Facility, Gloversville, where she had resided the past 11 years.

She was born on April 19, 1920 in Marlboro, Ulster County, the daughter of Joseph and Grace Palmateer Lukach. Mrs. Quackenbush grew up in the Highland area of Ulster County, and lived much of her life in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County. She graduated from Highland High School. She and her husband moved to Broadalbin in 1988.

She was employed for more than 25 year as as a factory worker at JK Dress Co., Poughkeepsie. She enjoyed sewing. 

Survivors include her husband, Raymond D. Quackenbush, whom she married in 1970; one daughter, Judith Halstead Leonard of Johnstown; two stepsons, Stanley Quackenbush and Brian Quackenbush, both of Morristown, Tenn.; one stepdaughter, Janice Wetterau of Morristown, Tenn.; two brothers, Elmer Lukach of Milton, Ulster County, and Edward Lukach of Middletown, Orange County; seven grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and one cousin.

She was predeceased by one brother, Alfred Lukach; and one sister, Edna Stewart.

There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be conducted in Maple Avenue Cemetery, Fultonville, in the spring. Arrangements are by Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Gloversville. 

Opal M. Swank  
Mrs. Opal M. Swank, 94, of Amsterdam, died Monday at the Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility, Amsterdam, after a long illness.

She was born on Aug. 31, 1906 in the town of Canajoharie, the daughter of Herman and Libbie Hilckie Schwabrow. Mrs. Swank was educated in Canajoharie schools. She previously lived in Fort Plain and was a lifelong county resident. She had resided in Amsterdam since 1986. She was a homemaker. 

Mrs. Swank was of the Lutheran faith.

Survivors include two sons, Earl Swank of Palatine Bridge and John Swank Jr. of Burlington Flats, Otsego County; five daughters, Ruby Craver, Rita King, Louise Batehols and Barbara Stowell, all of Fort Plain, and Ilene Surnear of Plattsmouth, Neb.; one brother, John Schwabrow of Florida; one sister, Ruth Teniczar of Albany; 30 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

On July 4, 1937, she married John Swank, who died on Oct. 18, 1961.

There will be no calling hours. A service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 34 Center St., Fort Plain. The Rev. Alan Baumback, pastor of Fort Plain United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will take place in Ames Cemetery in the spring. 

Walter G. Hannahs  
Mr. Walter G. Hannahs, 75, of Niskayuna, the father of a Johnstown resident, died Sunday at home.

He was born on Nov. 16, 1925 in Milton, Pa., the son of James Newell and Anna Mary Gyltz Hannahs. Mr. Hannahs was a 1944 graduate of Potsdam High School. He graduated cum laude from St. Lawrence University with a bachelor's degree in history in 1949. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha. He earned a master's degree in history from the University of Rochester. 

He taught at Herkimer High School and Johnstown High School earlier in his career. He was an admissions officer and financial aid officer at the University of Rochester from 1956 to 1966. He held a variety of positions with the New York State Department of Education, including associate of higher education; assistant coordinator, Office of State Aid to Non-Public Colleges; and director of student financial aid, Regents Examination and Scholarship Center from 1966 to 1975.

He served in the Army during World War II in the combat infantry in Europe and participated in the Battle of the Bulge.

He was director of financial policy development for the state Higher Education Service Corporation.

He was an associate in higher education for the Bureau of Post-secondary Planning and a consultant to the U.S. Office of Education from 1976 until he retired in 1991.

Mr. Hannahs was a member of the guidance subcommittee of the College Scholarship Service Assembly; a member of the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association, and a past president of the National Association of State Scholarship Programs. 

He was active in University of Rochester alumni activities, including membership in the President's Leadership Council and chairmanship of the Regional Alumni Association and Scholarship Committee.

He was a volunteer for the Boy Scouts in Niskayuna and the Niskayuna Little League; a member of the Schenectady Inner City Ministry; and past president of Colonial Little Theatre, Johnstown.

He also served as a vestryman and church warden.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, the former Mary Wilson; one son, James N. Hannahs of Johnstown; two daughters, Diane J. Hannahs of Schenectady and Carol A. Byrne of North Kingston, R.I.; one sister, Laura Hartung of The Villages, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Jones Funeral Home, 1503 Union St., Schenectady. A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 10 N. Main Ave., Albany. Burial will take place in Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. 

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