FORT PLAIN — Helen VanVolkenburg, 78, of 108 State Highway 80, Fort
Plain, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at Bassett Healthcare in
Helen was born on March 22, 1922, in Fort Plain, the daughter of the
late William and Iva (Plank) Marsh. She was a graduate of Fort Plain High
School and a lifelong resident there.
She was married to Harry C. VanVolkenburg in Fort Plain. Harry preceded
her in death.
Helen was a member of the Fort Plain Eastern Star and the Fort Plain
American Legion Auxiliary. She also was a member of the United Methodist
Church in Fort Plain.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Strathmann and husband Gil of
North Syracuse; and two grandchildren, Steven and Suzanne Strathmann.
In keeping with Helen's wishes, cremation will take place under the
direction of the Smith, Woody and Enea Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St.
Johnsville. Funeral services are private and will be held at the convenience
of Helen's family.
Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to a charity of one's
choice and are available at the Smith, Woody and Enea Funeral Home, St.
Margaret Ellen Jones
DOLGEVILLE — Mrs. Margaret Ellen Jones, 97, a resident of Valley Health
Services of Herkimer, died there, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000. She is survived
by two daughters, Margaret B. Robinson and her husband Clayton of Dolgeville,
and Lillian Mae Smolley and her husband Steve of Boynton Beach, Fla.; nine
grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; nieces; and nephews. She was predeceased
by her daughters, Bertha Jones in 1926, and Catherine Marie Mutinsky in
1996. A Memorial Mass will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000, at 10
a.m. in St. Peter's Catholic Church, Haverstraw. Interment will take place
in Mount Repose Cemetery in Haverstraw. There are no calling hours. Arrangements
are entrusted to the Roberts-Buck Funeral Home, 3 Faville Ave., Dolgeville.
Marion M. (Bowen) Mott
LITTLE FALLS — Marion M. (Bowen) Mott, 93, of 546 E. Gansevoort St.,
Little Falls, passed away in Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at Little Falls
Marion was born on Sept. 28, 1907, in Little Falls, the daughter of
the late Ransford and Anna (Clark) Bowen. She was a graduate of Little
Falls High School. Mary at one time resided in South Florida until moving
to Little Falls.
She was last employed as a secretary for the Florida State Board of
Medical Examiners in Miami, Fla. Marion was a communicant of Holy Family
Parish in Little Falls.
Survivors include her beloved son, Fred W. Mott and wife Sally of Mentor,
Ohio; a sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Babinec and husband William of Little
Falls; and her grandchildren, Breanna, Kyndra and Freddy Mott. She is also
survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Read; and two brothers,
Charles and Clark Bowen.
Marion's funeral will commence on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at 10:30
a.m. from the Enea Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls, and at
11 a.m. from the Holy Family Parish Church, corner of Main and John streets,
Little Falls, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the
Rev. Charles R. Celeste. Procession will follow to St. John's Cemetery
in Newport where interment will take place.
Friends and relatives may visit with the family on Saturday, Oct. 14,
2000, at the Enea Funeral Home from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
Memorial contributions in Marion's name can be made to the Little Falls
All of Marion's arrangements are under the direction of the Enea Funeral
Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls.
Richard A. Snell
ST. JOHNSVILLE — Richard Ames Snell, 88, of 1729 Mill Road, St. Johnsville,
passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at Little Falls Hospital.
He was born June 4, 1912, on the family farm in St. Johnsville, the
son of the late Howard E. and Maude (Ames) Snell. Richard was educated
in St. Johnsville schools and lived all his life on Mill Road in St. Johnsville.
His marriage to Dorothy O'Brien took place on Dec. 15, 1931. Mrs. Snell
passed away in 1987.
Mr. Snell was owner and operator of the Snell Family Farmstead on Mill
Road in St. Johnsville for over 40 years.
He was a member of St. John's Reformed Church in St. Johnsville, and
was a former deacon of the church for 12 years. Richard was town councilman
for nine years, chairman of the Board of Assessors for nine years, a former
Rotarian, and past member of the Farm Bureau.
Survivors include three daughters, Sue Williams and husband Roger of
Kennebunkport, Maine, J. Sally Thomson and husband Roy of Kinderhook, and
Cathy Miles and husband Ron of St. Johnsville; eight grandchildren; and
In keeping with Richard's wishes, cremation will take place under the
direction of the Smith-Woody and Enea Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville.
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at 11 a.m.
at St. John's Reformed Church with Rev. Russell Camp, pastor, officiating.
Interment will follow at West St. Johnsville Cemetery. The family will
be receiving friends and relatives at the Smith-Woody and Enea Funeral
Home on Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make
all memorial contributions to the St. Johnsville Senior Citizens. Envelopes
will be available at the funeral home.
Julia C. Buckley
MOHAWK — Mrs. Julia C. Buckley, 76, of 1065 State Route 5S, Mohawk,
beloved wife of Donald Buckley, passed away following a long courageous
battle with cancer on Wednesday morning, Oct. 11, 2000, at her home. Julia
was surrounded with the love and comfort of her family at her side.
In respect of Julia's wishes, direct cremation has taken place. The
family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday (tonight), 5-8 p.m.,
at the Holleran-Enea Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer. In
lieu of flowers, please consider donations in her memory to the Sue Campagna
Hospice of Herkimer County. Envelopes may be obtained from the funeral
A prayer service will be held Friday, Oct. 13, at 9:15 a.m. at the
Holleran-Enea Funeral Home, Herkimer. At 10 a.m. from the Blessed Sacrament
Church, Mohawk, a Memorial Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. James Steuer,
pastor. Procession will follow to Mountain View Memorial Garden, town of
Little Falls, where interment will take place alongside her first husband,
Robert Murphy, who passed away in 1975.
The family extends its most sincere thanks to the entire staff of Herkimer
County Hospice, especially mentioning Sr. Sharon Ann Boyd. Also of great
help and concern were Dr. Musa, Dr. Bunn, Dr. James Steinman, Fr. James
Steuer and Deacon Sam Salamone. Julia was blessed and aware of her wonderful
neighbors, friends and family who offered attention and care when she needed
it the most.
Julia was born on June 25, 1924, in Little Falls, the daughter of the
late Matthew and Julia (Kvas) Gorinshek. She was educated in Little Falls
schools, and lived her life in the Little Falls/Mohawk area. She was last
employed with Duofold in the Mohawk/Ilion area, and at one time had worked
with the National Auto Fibres. Julia retired in 1986. She was a communicant
of Blessed Sacrament Church, and along with her husband Don was a member
of the 187th Airborne New England Chapter of Rakkasans. Julia will be missed
for her easy going nature, her beautiful smile, and her genuine love and
concern for others. She loved pets, and was extremely fond of polka music.
She is survived by her husband, Don; her stepdaughters, Linda Sagatis
along with her husband Bill of Little Falls, Amy Gabriel along with her
husband Mark of Little Falls, Donna Schanne along with her husband Mark
of Houston, Del., and Kelly Chadder of Houston, Del.; her stepson, Donald
Buckley Jr. and his wife Terry of East Herkimer; her cherished twin sister,
Mary Murphy of Mohawk; and eight grandchildren, William Sagatis Jr., Steven
Sagatis, Carolyn Gabriel, Alisa Schanne, Haley Schanne, Greggory Buckley
and Tyler Buckley. Julia also leaves three special nieces, Michele Papaleo
and her husband James of Little Falls, Frances Scanlon of Mohawk, and Kathy
Visconti of Little Falls; and nephews, John Gilbo of Little Falls, and
Tony Visconti of Little Falls. Also sisters-in-law, Betty Pierce and Charles
of Long Beach, Wash., Doris Buckley of Little Falls, and Richard Buckley
and his wife Ambassador Prudence Bushnell Buckley of Guatemala; and many
nieces, nephews and cousins.
Julia was preceded in death by three brothers, Matthew Gorinshek, William
Gorinshek and Louis Gorinshek; her mother-in-law, Dorothy Buckley; brothers-in-law,
Francis Murphy and Joseph Buckley; her niece, Roberta Gilbo; and nephews,
William Murphy and William Scanlon.
Joseph Randazzo Sr.
LITTLE FALLS — Joseph Randazzo Sr., 79, of 10 Church St., Little Falls,
passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Monday, Oct. 9, 2000.
He was born on January 21, 1921, in Utica, the son of the late Joseph
and Rachael (Catrini) Randazzo. He was educated in Utica schools.
He was first united in marriage to the former Dora Prestiagiacomo.
He was later united in marriage to the former Mildred Gillen. She predeceased
him on Oct. 22, 1988.
Mr. Randazzo was a veteran of World War II, serving with the United
States Army. Entering the service with his two brothers, Roger and Jake,
on November 28, 1942. He served the 389th Field Artillery Battalion in
the Rhineland as a cook and baker. He was honorably discharged as a technician
fifth-grade on Oct. 4, 1945, at Ft. Bragg, NC.
He was of the Catholic faith. He was a member of the American Legion
Post No. 31, Little Falls.
Mr. Randazzo began his baking career as a young boy in Utica at the
age of 12 or 13. He worked for several bakeries in the Utica area before
coming to Little Falls where he started the White Rose Bakery. After selling
the business he became the baker and store manager of the former Dan-Dee
Doughnuts Shop in Little Falls, retiring in June of 1990.
He is survived by five sons, Joseph Randazzo Jr. and his wife, Heather,
of Little Falls, with whom he resided, Richard Randazzo and his wife, Susan,
of Ilion, Steve Randazzo and his wife, Jane, of North Augusta, SC, Donald
Randazzo and his wife, Joanne, of Huntersville, NC, and David Randazzo
and his wife, Diane, of Alder Creek; five daughters, Linda Marino and her
husband, Robert, of St. Johnsville, Rosalie McCurry and her husband, Carl,
of Marcy, Rachael Ann Dealing and her husband, Delbert, of Utica, Yvonne
Perry and her husband, Robert, of Waterville, and Lucinda Wright and her
husband, David, of East Long Meadow, Mass.; two sisters, Josephine Martocchia
of Utica and Teresa Jones of Herkimer; three brothers in-law, Richard Gillen
of Danube, Sid Gillen of Arlington, Tx. and Fred Gillen of Sloansville;
two sisters in-law, Bernadine Lawrence of Little Falls and Elizabeth Stewart
of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 22 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and many
nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Roger and Jake
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at 2 p.m.
at St. Anges Cemetery Chapel, Mohawk Street, Utica, with the Reverend Anthony
LaFache, pastor of St. Anthony's Church, Utica, officiating. Interment
will take place in the family plot in St. Agnes Cemetery.
Arrangements are by the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., 42 N. Ann
St., Little Falls, there are no calling hours.
It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Mr. Randazzo
be considered to the Little Falls Hospital Development Fund. Envelopes
are available at the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc. for this purpose.
ILION — Catherine LeGrand, 78, of the John Guy Prindle Apartments,
Ilion, and formerly of 653 E. Monroe St., Little Falls, passed away on
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at her home.
She was born June 18, 1922, in Little Falls, the daughter of the late
Peter and Katherine (Hocschied) Lemche. Catherine was a graduate of St.
Mary's Academy, and also attended college in New York City. A resident
of the Little Falls area for most of her life, Catherine moved to Ilion
two years ago.
Her marriage to Roger C. LeGrand Sr. took place on Jan. 4, 1947, at
St. Mary's Church in Little Falls. The couple shared a blessed union of
marriage for 37 years until the passing of Mr. LeGrand on Feb. 2, 1984.
For 24 years, until her retirement in 1979, Catherine was employed
at the Burrow's Paper Mill, Little Falls, in the finishing room.
Mrs. LeGrand was a member of the Holy Family Parish.
In her leisure, Catherine enjoyed embroidery where she spent many hours
mastering the art.
Survivors include three sons, John LeGrand and wife Mary of Daytona
Beach, Fla., Roger LeGrand Jr. and wife Karen of Baldwinsville, and David
LeGrand of Rome; a daughter, Robin Nichols and husband Walter of Little
Falls; her grandchildren, Laurie Wollacott and husband Kenn, Tina Ledrid
and husband Jason, Rodger LeGrand, Melissa LeGrand, Shannon Ropeter and
husband Lester, and Christopher Nichols; eight great-grandchildren; several
nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special cousin, Elizabeth Harvey of
She was predeceased by an infant sister in Yugoslavia.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at 10:15 a.m.
from the Enea Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls, and at 11 a.m.
from the Holy Family Parish Church, corner of East Main and John streets,
with Rev. Charles R. Celeste, pastor, celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.
Interment will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer. Friends
and relatives may call at the funeral home on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000,
5-8 p.m. All memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Family Parish
Renovation Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
HERKIMER — Mr. George J. Engert, 59, of 105 Protection Ave., passed
away Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000. He was born in Herkimer on Aug. 23, 1941,
the son of the late Daniel and Edna Snyder Engert. George was a graduate
of Herkimer High School, Morrisville Community College and later graduated
from Utica College of Syracuse University with the class of 1982. George
was married to Constance Warkowski on Aug. 26, 1961, in the Trinity Lutheran
Church, Herkimer. He was employed as a process engineer for Remington Arms,
retiring in 1986 after 25 years of dedicated service. His funeral will
be held Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. from the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi and
Burns Funeral Home, 329 S. Washington St., Herkimer, and 10 a.m. in Trinity
Lutheran Church with Rev. Dale Dickerson, pastor, officiating. Interment
will be in Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Calling hours will be Friday
from 5-9 p.m. from the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi and Burns Funeral Home.
Helen L. Primer
SMITHFIELD, Va. — Helen L. Primer, age 76, of 20180 Cherry Grove Rd.,
Smithfield, Virginia, formerly of Little Falls and Clayville, passed away
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, in Suffolk, Virginia.
Helen was born Feb. 23, 1924, in Little Falls, daughter of Joseph and
Marion (Bogarty) Cvetezar. She was a graduate of St. Mary's Academy, Little
Falls, Primarily a dedicated homemaker, Helen's life was centered around
her beloved family. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 11 commencing
at 10:15 a.m. at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion,
and at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation where Father Alfred Lamanna
will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Procession to Armory Hill Cemetery
for interment will follow mass. Family and friends are invited to visitation
Friday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, Ilion.
Alvin B. Conkling
ILION — Alvin B. Conkling, husband of Dorcas (Satterlee) Conkling,
passed away November 6, 2000, at the Masonic Home after a 15-year battle
with cancer. They were married in St. Johnsville Methodist Church on October
12, 1946. The recently celebrated 54 wonderful years of marriage. Funeral
services for Mr. Conkling will be held on Friday, November 10, 2000, at
7:15 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with
Reverend Robert Wollaber officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill
Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 3-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions
may be made to the Ilion Ambulance, the Ilion First United Methodist Church
or one's favorite charity. Please omit flowers.
LITTLE FALLS — Freda Maksymicz, 82, of 50 Furnace St., Little Falls,
passed away Sunday, November 5, 2000, at Little Falls Hospital where she
had been a resident of the Residential Health Care Facility at Little Falls
Hospital since September 1, 2000.
She was born July 17, 1918, in Little Falls, the daughter of the late
John and Katherine (Fullmer) Loucks. She was educated in Little Falls schools.
She was united in marriage to Michael Maksymicz on May 28, 1938, at
Christ Lutheran Church, Little Falls, by the Reverend J.F.K. Riebesell.
Mr. Maksymicz predeceased her on December 23, 1980.
She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Little Falls, and the Ladies
Aid Society of that church and at onetime served as society president.
She was also a member of the 30 year club of the Little Falls Felt Shoe
Mrs. Maksymicz was employed for 35 years by the former Little Falls
Felt Shoe Co. retiring in August of 1976.
She is survived by a son, Michael J. Maksymicz and his wife, Shirley,
of Monticello, Ind.; a daughter, Helen Maksymicz of Little Falls, with
who she resided; a brother, Adolph Loucks of Little Falls; two grandchildren,
Lisa Hall and her husband, Michael, of Lafayette, Ind., and Michael A.
Maksymicz and his wife, Vikki, of Lebanon, Ind.; six great-grandchildren,
Tyler and Tanner Maksymicz, Denise and Jason Hall and Greg and Doug Sigman
and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four brothers, George
Loucks, who died on December 29, 1973, John Loucks, who died on January
17, 1986, Frederick Loucks, who died on February 23, 1987, and Edward Loucks,
who died on July 11, 1991; three sisters, Caroline Mueller, who died on
September 26, 1971, Irene Buetel, who died on April 20, 1993, and Louise
Kaye, who died on June 14, 1996.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2000, at 10
a.m. from the Christ Lutheran Church, Petrie Street, Little Falls, with
the Rev. John A. Knarvik, former pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, officiating.
Interment will take place in Salisbury Rural Cemetery, town of Salisbury.
Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Chapman-Moser
Funeral Home, Inc., 42 N. Ann St., Little Falls, on Wednesday, November
8, 2000, from 5-8 p.m. and to attend the funeral services on Thursday morning.
It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Mrs. Maksymicz
be considered to the Christ Lutheran Church or Little Falls Hospital. Envelopes
are available at the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., for this purpose.
LITTLE FALLS — Mrs. Jessie Luken, 85, of 7 Sherman St., passed away
on Monday morning, Nov. 6, 2000, at her home with her family by her side.
She was born on Dec. 21, 1914, in Little Falls, the daughter of the
late John and Sophie (Roy) Salek. She was educated in Little Falls schools.
She was united in marriage to Harold Luken. The couple had lived in South
Dakota and New York City, finally retiring in the Little Falls area. Mr.
Luken passed away in 1983. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in
Survivors include her children, Harold "Billy" Luken Jr. and his wife
Pat of Monroe, Sandy Grcic and husband Drago of Little Falls, April Heffernan
of Little Falls, Sharon Carrigan of Little Falls, John Luken and wife Joyce
of Tampa, Fla., and Joyce Rodrigue and husband Norman of Bronx; one sister,
Helen Pettengill of Little Falls; a sister-in-law, Helen Salek of Dolgeville;
cousins, Teddy and Lucille Roy of Little Falls, and Val and Leona Salek
of Little Falls; grandchildren, Billy, Brian and Jennifer Luken, Michelle
and Dan Grcic, Karen Smith, Sharon Dorn, Robert Heffernan, Boyd Carrigan,
Denise Carrigan, Raymond Carrigan, Debra Rodrigue, and Christine and Dennis
Rodrigue; great-grandchildren, Amber Luken, Adam Carrigan, Ashley Tyo,
and Alec and Dillon Carrigan, Andrew Dorn and Brandon Smith; and many nieces,
nephews and cousins, including nephews, Randy and Larry Salek, and niece,
Ethel and Thirsty McKusick.
She was predeceased by a brother, William Salek.
Calling hours at the Enea Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls,
are on Wednesday, 4-7 p.m. The funeral will be held Thursday at a time
to be announced at the funeral home.
Robert J. Carney Jr.
MIDDLEVILLE — Robert J. Carney Jr., 53, of 87 S. Main St., died on
Nov. 5, 2000, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Bob was born in Herkimer
on Oct. 17, 1947, a son of Robert J. Carney Sr. of Middleville and the
late Elva (Butler) Carney. He graduated from West Canada Valley Central
School in 1966. Funeral services will be held at the Carney residence,
87 S. Main St., Middleville, on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and at St. Mary's
Church, Middleville, at 10 a.m. where a Mass of Christian Burial will be
celebrated by the Rev. Leo F. Potvin, pastor, officiating. Interment will
follow in St. John's Cemetery, Newport. Calling hours at the Carney residence
are Wednesday, 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of
the Autenrith Funeral Home, Newport.
Monday, November 6
Walter M. Reitz
MIDDLEVILLE — Walter M. Reitz, 76, of State Route 169, Middleville,
passed away Friday, Nov. 3, 2000 at the Masonic Home, Utica, where he has
been a resident since Oct. 10, 2000.
He was born on July 1, 1924 in Beaver, Pa., son of the late Michael
Martin and Mary A. (Hawk) Reitz. He was educated in Herkimer area schools.
He was united in marriage to the former Marian E, Kelly on May 21,
1949 at St. Joseph's Church, Dolgeville with Reverend Fitzgerald officiating.
Mr. Reitz was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army,
entering the service on Feb. 23, 1943 at Camp Upton. He served with the
34th Coast Artillery Battalion. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 18,
1946 as a technician 5th grade at Ft. Dix, N.J.
He was of the Protestant faith.
He was a member of the Dolgeville Masonic Lodge No. 796 F & AM
as well as an honorary lifetime member of the Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department.
Mr. Reitz was a well-known area automobile mechanic, operating several
service stations in Dolgeville: first the former Shell Service Station
at the corner of Main and Spencer streets, Dolgeville; then the former
Mang's Garage, E. State Street, Dolgeville; and the former Clifford Fuel
Co. station at the corner of Faville and Main Street, Dolgeville until
1980. He and his wife Marian then relocated to West Sedona, Ariz. and was
employed as a mechanic for the Red Rock Equipment Rental Co. until 1990,
when he returned to Middleville. At the time of his death, he was employed
as a John Deere mechanic for the former Endres Equipment Co., now Cazenovia
Equipment, Herkimer. He is survived by his wife Marian; two sons, Allan
Reitz and Martin Reitz, both of Dolgeville; three daughters, Katherine
Dillenbeck and her husband Jack of Fairfield, Cheryl Moore and her husband
Robert of Milford, and Marianne Dillenbeck and her husband Kevin of Little
Falls; two brothers, Robert Reitz and his wife Edna of Herkimer, and William
Reitz and his wife Alma of Oneida; three sisters, Betty Fleming of Plattekill,
Katherine (Sue) Snedeker and her husband Richard of Herkimer, and Sara
Ruth (Doll) Wise of Pennsylvania; eight grandchildren, Tammy Pierson of
Fairfield, Lisa Carrigan of Little Falls, John Dillenbeck of Fairfield,
Daniel Dillenbeck of Vermont, Michael Dillenbeck of Fairfield, Elizabeth
Dillenbeck of Little Falls, Benjamin and Kelly Moore of Milford; seven
great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased
by three brothers, Elsworth, George, and James Reitz; and five sisters,
Florence Glowtacky, Frances Wise, Pauline Johns, Margaret Bronson, and
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. from
the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., 42 N. Ann St., Little Falls with
the Reverend Jeremy L. Spencer, pastor of First Baptist Church, Herkimer,
In keeping with Mr. Reitz's wishes, cremation will follow with final
interment in Rural Park Cemetery, Inghams Mills.
Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Chapman-Moser
Funeral Home, Inc. on Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 5-8 p.m. and to attend the funeral
services Wednesday morning.
It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Mr. Reitz
be considered to the Middleville Vol. Fire Department, Kuyahoora Vol. Ambulance
Corps (KAVAC), or to the Hilltop Vol. Fire Dept. Envelopes are available
at the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc. for this purpose.
Members of the Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department will call in a body
at the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening to honor their departed
Robert P. McEvoy, Sr.
LITTLE FALLS — Mr. Robert P. McEvoy, Sr. of 608 E. Gansevoort St.,
Little Falls, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000 surrounded
with the love and comfort of his family. He was 73.
Bob was born on March 16, 1927, the son of the late James Edward and
Katherine (Volz) McEvoy. He lived his entire life in Little Falls and attended
St. Mary's Academy, graduating in 1945. He then went on to attend technical
college in Buffalo.
On Oct. 27, 1951, Bob joined in marriage with Marian Mazgulski at St.
Mary's Church with Reverend Edward Heenan officiating. He served our country
with the U.S. Coast Guard, serving aboard the USS Leonard Wood in the Pacific.
Bob was last employed by the New York State Department of Transportation
as engineer in charge in the Utica district for 32 years of dedicated service,
retiring in 1982. He also owned and operated the Northgate True Value hardware
store in Little Falls, where he earned the respect, regard, and loyalty
of the people he served. More recently, Bob surveyed for Talarico-Talsons
Joint Venture. He was a communicant of the Holy Family Parish Church in
Bob belonged to numerous organizations and societies in Little Falls,
including the Knights of Columbus, where he once held the elite title of
Grand Knight and was most recently the financial secretary. He was also
a member of the Staff Sgt. Steve Stefula VFW Post No. 4612; American Legion
Post No. 31; Little Falls Historical Society; Herkimer County Historical
Society; New York State Association of Transportation Engineers, Inc.;
National Railway Historical Society - Gulf Curve Chapter, and was past
president for the club.
One of Bob's favorite interests was trains and this was reflected buy
his frequent train rides traveling cross country, enjoying scenery, and
chatting with the people aboard. He was always willing to "talk train."
It's through this hobby that Bob met many friends and always kept in touch
with them. Bob was proud to be one of the first people on the scene at
the Gulf Curve train accident, a story he loved to share with anyone. Another
one of his hobbies was to ski and his dream was to own Shu-maker Mountain
Ski Resort in Little Falls, a dream that was eventually realized. A determined
and focused individual, Bob was a successful and accomplished entrepreneur.
He was proud to be co-owner and developer for the Sunset View Mobile Home
Park in Little Falls. Bob enjoyed spending time listening to various kinds
of music at home and in his office. He was a big fan of the New York Yankees
and was very happy to watch them win the World Series last week. Bob will
be remembered as a hard-working, honest, dependable businessman and friend.
He will be missed by all.
He is survived by his family including his beloved wife Marian of Little
Falls; his sons, Robert P. McEvoy, Jr. and wife Susan of Danvers, Mass.,
Michael J. McEvoy and wife Jo of Larkspur, Calif., Peter A. McEvoy and
wife Debbie of Las Vegas, Nev., and Andrew J. McEvoy and wife Theresa of
Little Falls; his daughters, Patricia A. VanGorder and her husband Jeffrey
of Little Falls, Kathleen M. Prestopnik and husband James of Little Falls;
three sisters, Mary E. Tongue and husband Richard C. of Ft. Lauderdale,
Fla., Anne McDonald of Little Falls, and Catherine Engle of Lancaster,
Pa.; his cherished grandchildren, Jocelyn and Pamela VanGorder of Little
Falls; Ryan, Sara, and Zachary McEvoy of Larkspur, Calif.; two nieces,
Nancy Tongue and Megan Engle; three cousins, Dr. Bernard (Frank) and wife
Barbara McEvoy, Nancy DeMichelle and husband Robert, and Jean Benham.
Bob's funeral will commence with full military honors on Monday, Nov.
6 at 10:15 a.m. from the Enea Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls
and at 11 a.m. from the Holy Family Parish Church, corner of East Main
and John streets, Little Falls, with the Reverend Charles R. Celeste celebrating
a Mass of Christian Burial. The funeral procession will proceed to St.
Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer, where Bob will be laid to rest.
Friends and relatives may visit with the family at the funeral home
on Sunday, Nov. 5 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. The following organizations are
asked to gather in body at the funeral home on Sunday: the VFW at 6:30
p.m.; Little Falls Fire Department at 7 p.m.; and the American Legion at
7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions in Bob's name may be made to the Holy
Family Parish Restoration Fund or the Little Falls Hospital Development
Fund. The family has entrusted the Enea Funeral Home, Little Falls, to
handle all of Bob's funeral arrangements.
Lena (Wiczkouski) Crimmins
HERKIMER — Lena (Wiczkouski) Crimmins, 86, of Valley Heath Services,
Herkimer, and formerly of 341 Eureka Ave., Herkimer, passed away on Thursday,
November 2, 2000, at Valley Health Services.
She was born April 21, 1914, in Herkimer, the daughter of the late
Roman and Catherine Wiczkouski. Lena was a graduate of Herkimer High School,
Class of 1932, and was a life long resident of the Herkimer area.
Her marriage to William Crimmins took place on September 14, 1936,
at St. Mary's Rectory in Little Falls. The couple shared a blessed union
of marriage for 16 years until the passing of William on October 15, 1952.
For 20 years, until her retirement in 1973, Lena was employed at the
former Univac as a tester.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Crimmins of Little Falls; a son,
William Crimmins and his wife, Patricia Brennan Crimmins, of Tonawanda
and a special niece, Katherine Krawecki of Herkimer.
Lena was predeceased by a beloved grandson, William Scott Cimmins,
in 1990 and a sister, Ohla Krawecki.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2000, at 7 p.m.
from the Holleran-Enea Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer, with
the Reverend Robert Shinos, pastor of the Church of Saints Anthony and
Joseph's, officiating. Interment will be held at the convenience of the
family in St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer. Friends and relatives
may call at the Holleran-Enea Funeral Home on Saturday, November 4, 2000,
from 4 p.m. until the time of the services. All memorial contributions
may be made to Valley Health Services or the Herkimer County Humane Society.
Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The family of Lena would like to extend a sincere thank you to the
doctors, nurses and staff of Valley Health Services for the care shown
to their mother during her stay.