Miscellaneous Herkimer County, New York Obituaries

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Leland A. Carpenter
DOLGEVILLE — Mr. Leland A. Carpenter, 76, of 217 Sweet Hill Road, Dolgeville, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, in Little Falls Hospital after an extended illness. He was born in Fultonville on Aug. 26, 1924, the son of Charles and Flossie Hotaling Carpenter, and was educated in schools in Stratford. A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army with Company K 71st Infantry, from March 1943 until he was honorably discharged in October 1945 with the rank of PFC. He served in India and Burma and received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal/one Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation. Leland was married to the former Dolores Mae Hall on July 6, 1953, in Williamstown, Mass. He was employed by Rawlings-Adirondack Industries of Dolgeville as the Yard and Drykill Supervisor until his retirement due to his health. Memorial services for family members will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, at 11 a.m. at the Roberts-Buck Funeral Home, 3 Faville Ave., Dolgeville. Burial will be in Rural Park Cemetery, Inghams Mills, in the spring. There are no calling hours. Memorials may be made to the Hilltop Fire Department or to the Oppenheim Fire Department in his memory.

Raymond Korce
LITTLE FALLS — Raymond Korce, 84, of 291 Newville Road, Little Falls, passed away Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001 at his residence.
He was born on Jan. 31, 1917 in the town of Danube, the son of the late Frank and Anna (Prevek) Korce. He attended Little Falls High School.
He was united in marriage to the former Mary Margaret Gardinier on June 17, 1944 at St. Mary's Church, Little Falls. Mrs. Korce predeceased him on Feb. 19, 1996. The couple shared a union of 52 years together.
Mr. Korce was a member of Holy Family Parish of Little Falls.
Mr. Korce dedicated a great deal of time to public service. He served at onetime as town of Danube assessor, tax collector, and town supervisor. He later went on to serve as a member of the Herkimer County Legislature and was the Herkimer County Commissioner of Jurors for nine years. He was also active in various farm organizations and, to the time of his death, was serving on the New York State Regional Forest Practice Board.
Mr. Korce was owner and operator of the family dairy farm in the town of Danube, which he began working on at the age of 14, retiring from farming several years ago.
He is survived by his two sisters, Anne Furlan and Jane Rose, both of Little Falls; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and close friends who he thought so much of.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 9 a.m. from Holy Family Parish Church, corner of Main and John sts., Little Falls, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Charles R. Celeste. Interment will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer.
Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., 42 N. Ann St., Little Falls on Tuesday, Feb. 6 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. Korce be considered to the Holy Family Parish Church or the NYS Forestry Fund. Envelopes are available at the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc. for this purpose.

Esther M. (Hoffman) Myers
DOLGEVILLE — Esther M. (Hoffman) Myers, formerly of 161 King Road, town of Oppenheim, Dolgeville, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at Valley Health Services, Herkimer. She was 94.
Mrs. Myers was born on Sept. 27, 1906, in Galaway, the daughter of the late Peter and Stella (Hand) Hoffman. Esther shared 57 years of marriage with Seymour V. Myers. They were married in St. Mary's Church, Amsterdam. Mr. Myers passed away in September of 1984. She lived in Dolgeville for many years. Esther was last employed by Van Wie's Restaurant in Canajoharie for 15 years.She was of the Catholic Faith.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, James E. Myers Sr. and wife Beverly M. of Peru, Ind.; and a daughter, Noreen F. Looman of Dolgeville. Esther is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by nine brothers and sisters.
Esther's funeral service's will be held at the convenience of the family and are under the direction of the Enea Funeral Home, Little Falls.

Murray Robinson Lyon
LITTLE FALLS — Mr. Murray Robinson Lyon, 92, of W. Timmerman St., Dolgeville, and a life long resident of the community of Dolgeville, passed away on Friday, February 2, 2001, at Little Falls Hospital.
Murray's funeral will commence at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 5, 2001, at the Enea Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls. The family will be present to greet relatives and friends and to celebrate Murray's life from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment in Dolgeville Cemetery will take place later this spring. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Dolgeville Ambulance.
Mr. Lyon was born on the Lyon farm in the town of Manheim on August 11, 1908, the son of the late Waldo Marsden and Grace (Caulkins) Lyon. He married Dorothy Doxstader on October 4, 1929, sharing over 50 years of marriage until her passing on April 12, 1986. He was last employed with the Niagara Mohawk Company retiring with over 30 years of dedicated service retiring in 1973. He belonged to Niagara Mohawk's 25-year club and was of the Methodist faith.
He is survived by his daughter, Eleanor Sherwood of Salisbury Center; a brother, Theodore Lyon of Cobleskill; a sister, Rosalyn Lein of Dolgeville; a daughter-in-law, Beverly Lyon of Dolgeville; eleven grandchildren and several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy; his son, Raymond M. Lyon; and three brothers, Lyndon, George and Cecil.
Cremation will take place under the direction of the Enea Funeral Home, Little Falls, who is handling all funeral arrangements.

Mary G.Harrill
ILION — Mrs. Mary G. Harrill, 82, a longtime resident of Forge Hills Estates in Ilion, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home in Ilion. Mary received wonderful care during her stay at Mohawk Valley and her family would especially like to acknowledge her caregivers on the third floor.
She was born on January 6, 1919, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Omer and Loretta (Morris) Losier. Mary attended Ilion schools and had been a lifelong Ilion resident. She was united in marriage to Hugh E. Harrill on August 19, 1955. Mr. Harrill passed away on August 11, 1968. She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion.
Survivors include her sister in-law, Mrs. Bernard (Eileen) Losier of Ilion; and nieces and nephews including John and Sharon Kowalczik of Ilion, David and Katherine Williams of Ilion, Patricia Petryk of Pompey, Linda Losier of East Herkimer and Thomas and Theresa Losier of New Jersey; 13 grand nieces and nephews and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Mr. Bernard Losier, on December 2, 1998.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a time to be announced from the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, with the Reverend Joseph Beninetende, pastor, officiating. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer. In respect of Mary's wishes, there will be no public calling hours.
Those wishing are asked to consider donations in memory of Mrs. Harrill to the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home. Envelopes may be obtained from the Enea Family Funeral Home.
The family has entrusted funeral arrangements to the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street, between Ilion and Frankfort (894-8000).

Norma M. Corso
ST. JOHNSVILLE — Norma M. Corso, 58, of 11 Mechanic Street, St. Johnsville, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2001, at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam, N.Y.
She was born August 31, 1942, in the Town of Minden, the daughter of Viola R. (Sanders) Johnson and the late Arnold B. Johnson. Norma was educated in St. Johnsville schools and lived her life in the St. Johnsville area.
Her marriage to Robert G. Corso took place on May 16, 1959, at St. Patrick's Church, St. Johnsville by Reverend Walter T. Burns.
For 35 years, Norma worked at Helmont Mills Inc. in St. Johnsville, where she last held the position of foreman.
Mrs. Corso was a member of St. Patrick's Church, and was a former member of the St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department, Ladies Auxiliary.
A loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother, Norma considered her family to be her foremost priority and gave her full attention to their needs and concerns.
Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Robert; her mother, Viola Johnson, St. Johnsville; two sons, Anthony Corso of Auriesville and Michael Corso and wife Merry of St. Johnsville; two brothers, Russell Johnson of Fonda, and Richard Johnson of St. Johnsville; four sisters, Irma Service of St. Johnsville, Shirley Bowerman of Ephratah, Rosie Crosier and husband Tim of St. Johnsville and Leona Johnson of Nelliston; three grandchildren, Brandon Corso, Anthony Corso and Brittany Corso, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws.
She was predeceased by two sons, Robert Corso and Wade Corso; and two brothers, Butch and Clifford Johnson.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at 9 a.m. from the Smith-Woody and Enea Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville, and at 9:30 a.m. from St. Patrick's Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will take place later in the spring at St. Johnsville Cemetery. Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 3, 2001, from 6-9 p.m. 
All memorial contributions may be made to St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department or to St. Patrick's Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Anne H. Miller
LITTLE FALLS — Mrs. Anne H. Miller, 79 years of age, beloved wife of the late James W. Miller, passed away on Monday afternoon, June 25, 2001, in the comfort of her home, 28 King St., Little Falls.
Anne was born on April 16, 1922, in Little Falls to the late Raymond and Rhoda (Sart) Hart. She received her education and graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Little Falls. She lived her entire life in Little Falls. Anne was united in marriage to James W. Miller on March 7, 1944, he passed away on October 16, 1998. The two shared many wonderful years of marriage together and were blessed with a wonderful family. She was last employed as a computer technician for M.D.S. in East Herkimer for five years. She was of the Catholic faith and a dedicated parishioner of the Holy Family Parish Church in Little Falls. She became an honorary member of the Little Falls Elk's Lodge when her husband James passed away in 1998.
Anne was deeply devoted to her family and had an abiding love for her children and grandchildren; they were Anne's main focus. She also loved birds.
Anne is survived by her loving family including a son: B.J. Miller and wife Debbie of Palmyra, N.Y.; two daughters: Linda Miller of Little Falls and Faye Smalley and husband Paul of Mashpee, Mass.; a brother: William Hart and wife Kate of Greece, N.Y.; her cherished grandchildren: Derek Kleban and companion Julie Snyder of Ilion, Nicole Kleban and companion Ryan Dillon of Little Falls, Molly and Michael Miller of Palmyra, Rachel and Darcie Smalley of Mashpee, MA.; and a beloved great-grandchild: Lucas Kleban of Ilion. Also surviving are her in-laws: John Miller of Little Falls, Bernie Miller of Little Falls, Charles Miller of Schenectady, and Dorothy Malone of Little Falls; several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her circle of friends in the Little Falls area, too numerous to mention. She was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.
Friends and relatives are invited to visit with the family and pay their respects at the Enea Funeral Home, 24 West Monroe St., Little Falls on Wednesday, June 27, 2001, from 4-8 p.m.
Anne's funeral will commence at 10:15 a.m. from the Enea Funeral Home, Little Falls on Thursday morning, June 28, 2001, where prayer will be offered by Sister Marilyn Hayes. Funeral procession will proceed form the funeral home to Holy Family Parish Church, corner of E. Main and John streets, Little Falls, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Charles R. Celeste, pastor, at 11 a.m. Procession will follow to Mountain View Memorial Gardens, Little Falls, where Anne will be laid to rest next to her husband James. Remembrance's in honor of Anne can be made to the Sue Campagna Herkimer County Hospice and envelopes will be available at the Enea Funeral Home for those considering.
The family would like to offer their sincerest thank you to the dedicated caregivers at the Sue Campagna Herkimer County Hospice whose unending care and attention given to Anne and her family will never be forgotten.

Lucy Costanza
DOLGEVILLE — Miss Lucy Costanza, 90, a resident of the Folts Home since July 1999, and formerly of 3 Winton Lane, Dolgeville, died Sunday, June 24, 2001, at Folts Home. Lucy was born in Dolgeville on December 13, 1910, the daughter of Agostino and Thomasina Costanza and was educated in Dolgeville schools. Surviving her are her nieces and nephews, Anthony Jr. and his wife Sue Costanzo of Dolgeville, Patricia and Ted Bowker of Herkimer, Joseph Cacia of California, Joseph Costanzo of Kansas City, Mo., John Costanzo of Atlanta, Georgia, T.J. Costanzo of California; her great-nieces and nephews, Susan Bowker, Stephanie Costanzo, Michael Bowker, Anthony Costanzo; her sister-in-laws, Patricia Costanzo and Josephine Costanzo, both of Dolgeville. She was predeceased by her brothers, Joseph, Anthony and Sammy Costanzo, and a sister, Frances Cacia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 28, 2001, at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church, Helmer Ave., Dolgeville. Rev. John F. Riley, former pastor, will be the celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling hours are on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Roberts-Buck Funeral Home, 3 Faville Avenue, Dolgeville. Memorials may be made to the Memorial Fund of St. Joseph's Church in her name.

Charlotte Hill
ST. JOHNSVILLE — Charlotte Hill, 95, of 10 W. Main St., St. Johnsville, passed away on Friday, June 22, 2001, at her home.
She was born April 7, 1906, in Nelliston, the daughter of the late William and Wilhelmina (Sauer) Ostrom. She attended Fort Plain High School and lived most of her life in the St. Johnsville area.
She was married to Ralph Hill on July 31, 1946, in Johnstown. The couple shared a blessed union of 38 years until the passing of Mr. Hill on March 5, 1985.
For 39 years, until her retirement in 1971, Charlotte worked as a secretary of Beech-Nut Life Savers in Canajoharie.
She is survived by several cousins and friends, including Peter and Ann Tolfa of St. Johnsville.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at 1 p.m. at West St. Johnsville Cemetery with Sister Dolores Stevens of St. Patrick's Church officiating. There are no calling hours. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-Woody and Enea Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville.

William C. Arndt
NELLISTON — Mr. William C. Arndt, 84, of Luft Lane, Nelliston, died Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at home after a long illness. He was born on Sept. 14, 1916 in Pennsylvania, son of William and Rositta Owens Arndt. Mr. Arndt was educated at Salisbury Center School. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. He was a resident of Salisbury Center and an area resident since 1946. On June 19, 1982 he married Aleicia Avery in Salisbury Center. Mr. Arndt was predeceased by two wives, Arlene Seely Arndt and Velma Avery Arndt, who died on March 3, 1980. Survivors include his wife, Aleicia Arndt of Nelliston; a step-daughter, Evedean Sierra of Palatine Bridge; a sister, Joan Stallman of Little Falls; three step-grandchildren; and 6 step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will take place at the Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 34 Center St., Fort Plain on Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m. with Rev. R.W. Williams officiating. Interment will be in Fort Plain Cemetery. Calling hours will place on Friday (today), June 22 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service, PO Box 126, Canajoharie, NY 13317. 

Arthur (Art) J. Getman
LITTLE FALLS — Arthur (Art) J. Getman, 77, of 1 Milligan St., Little Falls, a longtime Little Falls resident, passed away on Wednesday afternoon June 20, 2001 in Little Falls Hospital.
Art was born on Jan. 6, 1924 in Columbia Center, son of the late Albert J. and Hazel (Freeman) Getman. He received his education in Ilion schools. He lived in Ilion and Herkimer at one time until moving to Little Falls. Art and Elizabeth A. Peeler joined in marriage at First United Methodist Church in Herkimer on May 8, 1966. Rev. Fred Cotnam officiated the ceremony. He was last employed as a custodian for the Little Falls Baptist Academy in Little Falls and also worked for the former Snyder Bicycle Co., the former Standard Desk Company of Herkimer, and at one was employed with the Little Falls Evening Times. He was of the Baptist faith and attended First Baptist Church, Little Falls.
Art is survived by his wife of 35 years, Elizabeth; a sister, Janet Parslow of Howes Cave; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends and relatives are invited to visit with the family and pay their respects at the Enea Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls on Saturday morning, June 23 from 10-11 a.m.
Art's funeral will commence at 11 a.m. from the Enea Funeral Home, Little Falls, on Saturday morning, June 23 where prayer will be offered by Rev. Donald Dixon, pastor of First Baptist Church, Little Falls. Procession will follow to Mountain View Memorial Gardens where Art will be laid to rest. Remembrances in honor of Art can be made to a charity of one's choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. 
A very special thank you on behalf of the family goes out to Little Falls Hospital, especially mentioning its emergency room, intensive care unit, and third floor east for all of the care given. Also, a very special thank you to Dr. Buch for his care and concern shown to Art during this difficult time. 

Floyd LaVeck
HERKIMER — Floyd LaVeck, 86, of Folts Home (Claxton Manor) and formerly of 416 Margaret St., Herkimer, passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at St. Luke's Hospital, New Hartford. 
He was born Sept. 19, 1914, in Fulton, the son of the late Louis and Luella (Sharpe) LaVeck. Floyd was educated in Brooklyn schools and also attended college.
His marriage to Katherine Vicini took place in Mohawk. Mrs. LaVeck preceded him in death on March 31, 1992.
Mr. LaVeck was an Army veteran, serving in Panama, where he was a marksmanship instructor.
Floyd was last employed at General Electric in Utica as a technician.
Being mechanically and electrically inclined, Floyd would tinker with all types of machinery and fixtures until they were repaired correctly. In leisure he enjoyed reading and listening to music.
Survivors include his son, Pastor Robert LaVeck and wife Amy of Gouverneur; two grandchildren, Kristin and Daniel LaVeck; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three sisters, Luella, Lumilla and Myrtle.
Memorial service will be held on Friday, June 29, 2001, at 11 a.m. at the Folts Home Chapel, 104 N. Washington St., Herkimer with his son, Pastor Robert LaVeck, officiating. There are no calling hours. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Holleran-Enea Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer. All memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. Envelopes will be available at the memorial service or at the funeral home.

Robert E. Ashe
UTICA/LITTLE FALLS —Mr. Robert E. Ashe, age 86 of Utica and a Little Falls native passed away on Thursday morning, November 15, 2001 in Charles T. Sitrin Health Care Center, New Hartford.
Mr. Ashe was born on December 16, 1914 in Little Falls the son of the late Michael and Bridget (Murphy) Ashe. He received his education in Little Falls graduating with the St. Mary's Academy "Class of 1934." He moved to the Utica area in 1963. Robert married the former Elizabeth Talaba on February 28, 1937 in Pennsylvania. He was last employed as manager of the former American Stores Company (Acme Markets), which were located throughout the Mohawk Valley. He served the company with 42 years of dedicated service. Mr. Ashe will be remembered as a family man who always tended to the needs of his family before his own.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 64 years, Elizabeth (Betty) Ashe; his children including a son Robert M. Ashe and wife Karen of Wausau, Wisconsin and Janet Winig and husband Robert of Gloversville; five cherished grandchildren: Scott, Cory and Nicole Winig, Jennifer and Bridget Ashe; several nieces and nephews. Also surviving is a sister-in-law Betty (Willy) Ashe of Utica; in-laws, Sam Talaba and wife Irma 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.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Enea Funeral Home. A funeral service will commence at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning, November 20, 200l from the Enea Funeral Home, 24 West Monroe St., Little Falls where prayer will be offered. A memorial mass will begin Tuesday at 11 a.m. the Holy Family Parish Church, corner of E. Main and John Street s, Little Falls with the Rev. Charles R. Celeste, Pastor officiating. Interment will take place in Holy Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Little Falls. Kindly consider memorial contributions to the Alzheimer Association and envelopes will be available at the funeral parlor for this purpose. An online sympathy note may be sent to the family at www.eneafuneralhomes.com.

Helen S.Pettengill
LITTLE FALLS — Helen S. Pettengill, 82, formerly of 277 Flint Ave., Little Falls, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001 at Little Falls Hospital. She was born on Dec. 6, 1918 in Little Falls, the daughter of the late John and Sophia (Roy) Salek. She was educated at Little Falls High School. She was united in marriage to Bayard Pettengill on Feb. 4, 1961 at the First Presbyterian Church, Little Falls by the Rev. Harold J. Thompson. Mr. Pettengill predeceased her on June 29, 1968. She is survived by her daughter, Ethel McKusick and her husband Thurston of Mohawk; a stepdaughter, Jean Rice and her husband Gerald of Little Falls; two stepsons, Frederick Pettengill of Dolgeville and Bayard Pettengill, Jr. and his wife Liz of Palatine Bridge; 16 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. from the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Albany Street, Little Falls with Rev. Dr. Steven A. Scarcia, rector, officiating. Interment will take place in Holy Spirit Polish National Cemetery, town of Herkimer. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Little Falls on Friday, Nov. 16 from 9-11 a.m. and to attend the funeral services to follow. Arrangements are by the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., 42 N. Ann St., Little Falls. It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Mrs. Pettengill be considered to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church or to a charity of one's choice. Envelopes are available at the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc. for this purpose.

David Marxe
ST. JOHNSVILLE — David Marxe, 47, of 107 Cromer Road, St. Johnsville, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001 at Little Falls Hospital. He was born May 25, 1953 in Long Island, the son of Ira and Ruth (Weiser) Marxe. He is survived by his parents and two sisters, Paula and Francine, all of New York City, and many special friends at the Lexington Center. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at noon at the Smith-Woody and Enea Funeral Home Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville with Reverend R.W. Williams, pastor of Mt. Valley Hospice officiating. Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. until the time of the services. All memorial contributions may be made to Community Animal Programs. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Ruth Ann Bush Perry
MORRISTOWN — Ruth Ann Bush Perry, 95, of the United Helpers-Canton Nursing Home, formerly of Morristown and Dolgeville, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2001 at the nursing home. Graveside services were held Thursday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. at the Dolgeville Cemetery, Dolgeville, with Rev. Gertrude Ortleib officiating. Arrangements were by the Fox-McLellan Funeral Home, Ogdensburg. Surviving are two sons, Lawrence Bush of Canton, and Gary Bush of Fly Creek; one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Shirley) Schuyler of Dolgeville; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and two stepdaughters, Marion Taylor and Dolores Wagner, both of Brier Hill. Mrs. Perry was born Nov. 27, 1905 in Clear lake, Wisc., the daughter of Alonzo and Katie Padget Palmer. She married Thomas Bush and he died in 1965. She later married Irving Perry and he died in 1992.

Cora Victoria Jaikin
DOLGEVILLE — Mrs. Cora Victoria Jaikin, 80, of Apt. No. 5, Parkside Courts, 53 South Main St., Dolgeville, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001 in Little Falls Hospital. She was born on Sept. 12, 1921 in Canada, daughter of James D. and Eva (Evans) Strait and came to this area with her family at the age of five. Cora was educated in rural schools in the town of Salisbury. Her marriage to Peter G. Jaikin, Sr. took place in Salisbury Center in 1939. Mr. Jaikin predeceased her on Jan. 26. 1977. Surviving are her sons and their wives, Frank and Evelyn Jaikin of Salisbury, Peter G. and Ruth Jaikin Jr. of Dolgeville, James and Artimisha Jaikin of Dolgeville, and Acee and Marie Jaikin of Stratford; her daughters and their husbands, Linda and David Dykeman of Dolgeville, Annabelle and Stanley Hayes of Florida, Mary and Harold Mosher of Amsterdam, Eva Marie and Leland Carpenter, Jr. of Florida; her sister, Eva Strait of Canajoharie; her brothers, George Strait of Dolgeville, James Strait of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Norman Strait of Jacksonville, Fla.; 34 grandchildren, 53 great-children, and nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. in the Roberts-Buck Funeral Home, 3 Faville Ave., Dolgeville. Mr. Rodney Congdon of the Williams Memorial Church will officiate. Burial will be in Curtis Corners Cemetery. Calling hours are Saturday morning from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be made to the Central Association for the Blind or the Dolgeville Ambulance Corps. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. 

Helena M. (Steele) Kelly 1914-2001
HERKIMER/CONNECTICUT — Mrs. Helena M. (Steele) Kelly, age 87, of the Southington Care Center, 45 Meriden Ave., Southington, Conn., and a former Herkimer and Little Falls resident, passed away on Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, at that center.
Helena was born on Aug. 23, 1914, in Little Falls, a daughter of the late Harry and Margaret (McDonnell) Steele and received her education in Little Falls. She lived the greater part of her life in Herkimer and Little Falls areas. She married Bernard Kelly who preceded her in death in 1988. Her last employment was with J.C. Penny Co. in Albany where she worked as a sales clerk. She at one time was employed at Helmont Mills in St. Johnsville as well as the J.C. Penny Company in Little Falls.
Survivors include two sons and their wives, Bernard H. "Pete" Kelly and wife Jeanne of Annville, Pa., and Dr. Thomas F. Kelly and wife Karen of Cheshire, Conn.; a daughter, Beverly Grady and husband James of Candor, N.Y.; two sisters, Margaret Legg and husband Walter of Fla., and Shirley Mushen and husband Don of Central Square, N.Y.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws including Paul Kelly and wife Betty. Preceding her in death was a brother Donald Steele and two sisters, Agnes Moody and Dorothy Gartner.
Friends and relatives may visit with the family and pay their respects at the Holleran-Enea Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer on Wednesday evening, Dec. 19, 2001, from 6-8 p.m.
Helena's funeral will commence on Thursday morning, Dec. 20, 2001, at 9:30 a.m. from the Holleran-Enea Funeral Home, Herkimer, where a prayer will be offered and 10 a.m. from St. Francis de Sales Church, North Bellinger St., Herkimer, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Mark Cunningham, pastor. Procession will follow to Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer where Helena will be laid to rest next to her husband Bernard. 
An on-line note of sympathy may be sent to the family by going to www.eneafuneralhomes.com on the Internet. Donations in honor of Helena may be made to the St. Francis Bell Fund and envelopes will be available at the funeral parlor for this purpose.

Sophie Rzeszot
ROME — Sophie S. Rzeszot, 78, formerly of Vernon and currently of Rome, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at the University Hospital in Syracuse. She was born in Yorkville on Dec. 3, 1923, the daughter of Albert and Catherine Piorkowski Jezowski, and attended New York Mills and Utica schools. On Oct. 18, 1947, she married John Rzeszot in Sacred Heart of Jesus Polish National Catholic Church in New York Mills. A marriage of love, respect, caring and sharing for over 49 years until his death on March 18, 1997. Her survivors included a daughter, Cathy Rzeszot and her friend Douglas Prosser of Rome; two sons, Edward and his wife Carol Rzeszot of Dolgeville, and Chester Rzeszot and his fiancée Dorothy Wickham of Canastota; a brother, Walter Jezowski of Utica; two sisters, Mary and her husband John Danieluk of Yorkville, and Helen Mazurowski of Utica; and three grandchildren, Rachelle and her husband David Alig, Randi and Misuk Rzeszot, and Ryan Rzeszot. Also included is her great-grandson, Christopher; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. Funeral services will be held on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. at the Kobielski-Kowalczyk Funeral Home, 284 Main St., New York Mills, and at 10 a.m. at All Saints Parish Polish National Catholic Church in Rome. Relatives and friends may call on Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Polish National Catholic Cemetery, New Hartford. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the All Saints Parish Polish National Catholic Church, 801 Hickory St., Rome, NY 13440. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Ernest Claude Niles
DOLGEVILLE — Mr. Ernest Claude Niles, 88, of 19 S. Main St., died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at Little Falls Hospital. He was born on Jan. 23, 1914, in Fly Creek, a son of the late Claude and Bessie (Burns) Niles. Ernie graduated from Ilion High School class of 1932. Survivors include two nephews and their wives, James and Charlotte Robotham of Dolgeville, and William and Patricia Robotham of Mohawk; and one niece, Betty Backus of Ilion. There will be no calling hours. A service will be scheduled for the family in the spring. Arrangements are under the direction of the Roberts-Buck Funeral Home, 3 Faville Ave., Dolgeville.

Alyce M. Kardash
ST. JOHNSVILLE — Alyce M. Kardash, 81, of 1737 Mill Road, St. Johnsville, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at Little Falls Hospital.
She was born Nev. 15, 1920, in Nescopeck, Pa., the daughter of the late Karl and Mary (Breisch) Kaufman.
Her marriage to Stanley M. Kardash took place on Jan. 27, 1940, at St. James Church in Fort Plain by Rev. theodore J. Themm.
Mrs. Kardash was last employed at the St. Johnsville Central School District. At one time she worked for the former Swank Diner in St. Johnsville.
Alyce was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Fort Plain.
Survivors include her husband, Stanley; a son, Tevin Kardash and wife Anne Buffington of Little Falls, Karen Pollock and husband Paul of Virginia, and Sherry Spartano and husband Carlo of California; four grandchildren, Paige Spartano, Noelle Pollock and Camille and Adam Kardash.
She was predeceased by a sister.
In keeping with Alyce's wishes cremation will take place under the direction of the Smith-Woody and Enea Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville. There are no calling hours. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family. An on-line sympathy note may be sent to the family at www.eneafuneralhomes.com.

Frank B. Mowers
SALISBURY CENTER — Mr. Frank B. Mowers, age 85, of Emmonsburg Road, and a lifelong Salisbury Center resident passed away on Wednesday morning, Feb. 20, 2002. His peaceful passing occurred in the Little Falls Hospital after a brief illness.
Mr. Mowers was born on Sept. 20, 1916 in Salisbury Center, a son of the late Leon R. and Delia (Dingman) Mowers. He received his education in Salisbury Center schools. Frank was married to the former Louisa Mae Cool on March 16, 1935 at the Methodist Parsonage in Salisbury Center. Together, the couple provided each other and their family with endless love and dedication. He was last employed as superintendent with the North Hudson Woodcraft Company. After 40 years of faithful service to the company, he retired at the age of 62. He was a member of the Universalist Church, Salisbury Center and was a Mason with the Dolgeville Lodge.
Among the many pastimes he pursued he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He demonstrated an enthusiastic interest in traveling. His famous trips leaves the family with many memories. Above all, Frank took tremendous pride in his family.
Mr. Mowers leaves his loving wife whom he shared 66 years with, Louisa of the home address; two sons, Dean F. Mowers of Salisbury, and Robert E. Mowers of Salisbury Center along with his special friend Anne Schuyler; two daughters, Pauline M. Knapp and husband Thurman of Dolgeville, and Marcia J. Cigale and Edward of Little Falls; two sisters, Evelyn Tyoe of Spruce Lake, and Elva Chestney of Middleville; a sister-in-law, Edna Mowers of Little Falls; nine grandchildren, Ned Mowers and wife Sandra of Dolgeville, Denise Cramer and husband Zane of Auburn, Stephen Mowers and wife Lisa of Fairfield, Conn., Gary Mowers and wife Shelly of Salisbury Center, Brett Mowers of Salisbury Center, Tanya Vickers and husband David of Salisbury Center, Lynne Lyon and husband Richard of Dolgeville, Brad Polivka and wife Joanne of Rome, and Teresa Cigale of Little Falls. Also surviving are 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins, including a special cousin Emma Mickel of Camden. It would be remiss to not mention the many friends in the Dolgeville and Salisbury areas that Frank leaves behind. Preceding Frank in death were three sisters, Marie Lanphere, Dorothy Knapp, and Inez Johnston; two brothers, Harold and Raymond Mowers; one son-in-law, Archie Polivka; two daughters-in-law, Betty Jane Mowers and Irene Mowers; and two granddaughters, Julia D. Mowers and Tamala Jane Humphrey.
Frank's family invites relatives and friends to visit with them and pay their respects at the Enea Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls, on Friday evening, Feb. 22, 2002, from 6-8 p.m.
The funeral will commence on Saturday morning, Feb. 23, 2002, at 11 a.m. in the Enea Funeral Home chapel where prayer will be offered. Remembrances in Mr. Mower's memory may be made to the Salisbury Center Volunteer Fire Department of the Universalist Church, Salisbury Center. Envelopes will be available at the funeral parlor. By family request, please omit floral offerings. The Dolgeville Masonic Lodge will gather in a body at the funeral parlor on Friday evening at 7 to conduct a service in honor of Frank. Condolence's may be sent to the family by going to www.eneafuneralhomes.com on the World Wide Web.
Anyone needing a ride to the funeral home can call the Enea Family at 823-2424.

Lucy Fletcher
ST. JOHNSVILLE — Lucy Fletcher, 85, of 7 Timmerman St., (St. Johnsville Nursing Home), and formerly of 9 Hough St., St. Johnsville, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at Faxton Hospital, Utica.
She was born July 28, 1916, in Frankfort, the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine (LaPresto) Riscica. Lucy attended Amsterdam schools and moved to the St. Johnsville area in the late 1930s.
Her marriage to Homer Fletcher took place on March 22, 1947. Mr. Fletcher passed away in 1992.
For over 20 years, Mrs. Fletcher worked for the former Allegro Shoe Co. in St. Johnsville and Little Falls.
Mrs. Fletcher was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in St. Johnsville and a member of the St. Johnsville Senior Saints and Oppenheim Senior Citizens.
A loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Lucy expanded every effort towards providing them a good family life. She loved to cook and was known for her homemade spaghetti and sauce. Along with cooking Lucy enjoyed sewing. In her leisure she liked to play cards.
Survivirs include her daughter, Valerie Claus of St. Johnsville; a brother, Casmier Riscica of Albany; a sister, Josephine (Buffy) Colorito of St. Johnsville; four grandchildren, Haley Ferguson and husband Scott of Oppenheim, Tammy Claus of Oppenheim, Peter Claus and wife Kerry of Oppenheim, and Keith Smith of St. Johnsville; seven great-grandchildren, Brock and Mackenzie Ferguson, Brody, Troy and Conner Claus, and Brianna and Keith Smith; several nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Carmella Riscica of Albany.
She was predeceased by a brother, Phillip Riscica; and a sister, Dominica Perry.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at 10 a.m. from the Smith-Woody and Enea Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville, with Sister Dolores Stevens, of St. Patrick's Church, officiating. There are no calling hours. Interment will take place in West St. Johnsville Cemetery in the spring. An on-line sympathy note may be sent to the family at www.eneafuneralhomes.com.

Ruth Howard
DOLGEVILLE — Mrs. Ruth Howard, 81, wife of Robert Howard, passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, at Little Falls Hospital. She had resided at Valley Health Services for the past two and a half years. Ruth was born in Gloversville on Jan. 16, 1921, a daughter of the late Godfrey and Fannie (Bellinger) Palmer. She graduated from Dolgeville school in 1940. Her marriage to Robert Howard took place at St. Joseph's Parish House on Jan. 26, 1946, with Father Fitzgerald officiating. Survivors other than her husband of 56 years, Robert, are a daughter and her husband, Barbara and William Schuyler of Fort Plain; and a son and his wife, Richard and Delia Howard of Clifton Park; a sister, Jean Lichtneger of Closter, N.J.; and two sisters-in-law, Lois Howard of Dolgeville, and Marian Palmer of Little Falls; four grandchildren, Heather Schuyler of Waterford, Daryl Schuyler of Fort Plain, Christopher Howard of Beacon, and Jennifer Howard of Montgomery; along with several nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. at the Roberts-Buck Funeral Home, 3 Faville Ave., Dolgeville, with the Rev. Robert Jeffers, pastor of the Salisbury Methodist Church, officiating. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Valley Health Services, Herkimer. Envelopes will be provided at the service.

Burt H. Eckard
SOMERSET, Mass. — Burt H. Eckard, 67, of Calvin Ave., Somerset, died Sunday at his home. He was the husband of Arlene M. (Travers) Eckard. Born in Cherry Valley, the son of the late Bert and Flora (Adams) Eckard, he lived in New York and Bourne, Mass., for many years and in Somerset since 1972. A 20-year member of the Air Force and a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars and the Cuban Crisis, he served in the Air Defense Command and Military Airlift Command, retiring in 1975. Besides his wife of 43 years, survivors include two daughters, Paula Ouellette of Fall River and Deborah Mendes of Assonet; a son, Richard Eckard of Fall River; a brother, Robert Eckard; and a sister; Geraldine Hill. He is also survived by five grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Following cremation, visitation will take place Wednesday, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., in the Auclair Funeral Home, 690 S. Main St., Fall River, Mass.

Olin Michael (Dogcatcher) Rumrill
ST. JOHNSVILLE — Olin Michael (Dogcatcher) Rumrill, 60, of 5936 State Highway 29, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002, at Little Falls Hospital, with his beloved wife and family at his side. Olin was born on May 7, 1941, in Northville, a son of the late Raymond and Dorothy "Looman" Rumrill and received his education in Stratford schools. His marriage to the former Aleta Mae Johnson took place in Oppenheim on Oct. 21, 1967, with Max Lyons, justice of the peace, officiant. Survivors include his loving wife of 34 years, Aleta; five sons and their wives, Arthur and Colleen Rumrill of Johnstown, Robert and Karen Rumrill of Fort Plain, Richard and Eva Rumrill of Lassleville, Michael and Cindy Rumrill of Ephratah, and Brian and Tina Rumrill of Salisbury Center; two daughters, Anna Tennant and her friend Bill Doucet of Lawrence, Mass., and Gail Rumrill and her friend Harry Vogel III of Little Falls; one brother, Raymond Rumrill of Dolgeville; and a sister, Sue Rashbach of Frankfort; 19 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Roberts-Buck Funeral Home, 3 Faville Ave., Dolgeville, on Wednesday at 11 a.m., with the Rev. William Hayes of Lassleville, officiating. Interment will take place in the spring at the Ephratah Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Tuesday evening from 5-8. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the family. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.

Carmela M. Groom
CAROGA LAKE — Carmela M. Groom, age 75, of 112 Vrooman Road, Caroga Lake, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002, at St. Francis Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, La.
She was born on June 7, 1926, in Little Falls, the daughter of the late Rocco and Angelina (Morra) Colangelo. Carmela was a graduate of Little Falls Hospital.
She was united in marriage to Jerry Groom on Oct. 8, 1955, in Long Beach, Calif. The couple had shared in a blessed union of 38 years until the death of Mr. Groom on Dec. 18, 1993.
In 1972, Mr. and Mrs. Groom started and owned (Hawaiian Boats, Inc.) which custom built over 14,000 high performance fiberglass ski boats until 1980 when they moved to Caroga Lake. There they owned and operated Groom's General Store from 1980-1992. The store is still owned and operated by the family.
Outside of her working career, Carmela was a devoted mother and grandmother who cherished her family dearly. Being the vivacious lady she was, Carmela kept herself an active and busy person for many years. Two of her favorite hobbies were playing poker with her friends whenever she could and traveling which she truly enjoyed.
Surviving are her beloved children, Leslie H. Groom and wife Mary Ann Reddoch-Groom of Boyce, La., Jerry L. Groom II and wife Kimberly of Caroga Lake, and Kevin M. Groom and wife Catherine Kendrick of Corvallis, Ore.; her cherished grandchildren, Callista, Jerry, Cameron, Keiko, Jerry III, Patrick and Michael Groom; and in-laws, Raymond J. Groom, Patricia Groom and Leslie Groom. She was preceded in death by one sister, Yolanda Caracane.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2002, at 10:30 a.m. from the Enea Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer. Friends and relatives may call at the Enea Funeral Home on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, from 5-7 p.m.
For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to the American Heart Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. If you care to share a memory with the family you may do so by going to www.eneafuneralhomes.com for an online sympathy note.


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