Miscellaneous Montgomery County, New York Obituaries - 1996


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Courtney Blowers
Aug. 27, 1996

Courtney M. Blowers, 29, of South Windsor, Ct., died Aug. 27 in South Windsor. Born June 23, 1967 in New London, Ct., she was the daughter of Janice M. and Willard G. Blowers.

Miss Blowers holds degrees from the Watkinson School in Hartford, a paralegal certificate from the Hartford College for Women, Hartford; and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Hartford, West Hartford.

Survivors, including her parents, are her fiance, Brian Zawodniak of South Windsor, formerly of Wethersfield; her sister, Robin L. Blowers, of Hartford; her grandmothers, Ruth E. Frasier of Fultonville, and Mary R. Blowers of Johnstown; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Courtney Blowers Animal Adoption Fund at Valley Veterinary Hospital, 47 Patria Road, South Windsor, 06074; The Courtney Blowers Memorial Prize in English at the Watkinson School, 180 Bloomfield Avenue, Hartford, 06117; The Last Post (animal shelter ) 95 Belden St., Falls Village, Ct. 06031.

A celebration of her life will be held at The Watkinson School, 180 Bloominfield Ave., Hartford, at 3 p.m. Sept. 8.

Lewis Frederick
Sept. 2, 1996

Lewis S. Frederick, 72, of Argersinger Road, Fultonville, died Monday at home after a long illness.

Born in Tribes Hill, on Feb. 14, 1924, he was the son of Lewis S. Frederick Sr., and Marion Albrecht. Mr. Frederick attended local schools.

He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Mr. Frederick was a truck driver for Randall Implement, retiring earlier this year, due to the onset of illness.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Williams Frederick, whom he married Aug. 1, 1970; three daughters, Cindy Monk of Fultonville, Rose Palmer of Rochester and Kathy Thompson of Wichita, Kan.; four sons, Roger Frederick of Amsterdam, Scott Frederick of Fultonville, Joseph and Lewis Paul Frederick, both of Rochester; four sisters, Beverly Dutcher of Gloversville, Marie Doyle of Johnstown, Susan Bailey of Hope, Hamilton County, and Shirley Van Lone of Indiana; three brothers, Gene Frederick of Johnstown, Charles Frederick of Gloversville and Richard Frederick of Fonda; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St., Johnstown, with the Rev. Williams officiating. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Fern Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice or to the American Cancer Society.

Gladys Birdsong
Sept. 3, 1996

Gladys E. Birdsong, 78, of the Palatine Nursing Home, died Tuesday at the nursing home.

Born Nov. 19, 1917 in the Town of Canajoharie, she was the daughter of Earl and Ethel Wessels Vosburgh. She was a graduate of Canajoharie High School, Class of 1935.

For 46 years, Mrs. Birdsong lived in Perrine, Fla., before moving back to Canajoharie.

She was married to Stephen Birdsong. He died in 1992.

Mrs. Birdsong was last employed at Burdine's Clothing Store in Miami, Fla. At one time, she worked in the office at Beech Nut in Canajoharie.

Mrs. Birdsong was of the Protestant faith.

Survivors include her brother, Earl W. Vosburgh of Canajoharie; four sisters, Beatrice Voght and Marian Stevens, both of Canajoharie; Jean Peterson of St. Johnsville, and Norma Wells of Canajoharie; her step-father, Hyman Wasserman of Canajoharie; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Smith-Woody and Enea Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville, with the Rev. Wayne Cole, officiating. Burial will be in Canajoharie Falls Cemetery, Canajoharie.

Calling hours are from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Canajoharie Ambulance Corps or to a charity of one's choice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

John O'Connor
Sept. 3, 1996

John F. O' Connor, 86, formerly of Willow Street, Gloversville, died Tuesday at St. Peter's Hospital, Albany, after a long illness.

Born in Gloversville, Mr. O' Connor was a1929 graduate of Gloversville High School.

He was a clerk for the U.S. Post Office, retiring in 1976 after many years of service.

During World War II, Mr. O'Connor was a sergeant with the U.S. Army's 871st Ordnance Maintenance Company, serving in the Persian Gulf, New Zealand and Australia.

Many years ago, Mr. O'Connor worked at the Navy Depot in Scotia and for the General Electric Company in Schenectady.

Mr. O'Connor was a communicant of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church.

He was a member of the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Postal Clerks. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include a sister, Lucinda Olsinski of Jackson Heights; and a brother, Emmett D. O'Connor of Johnstown.

A prayer service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at the John W. Finocan Funeral Home, 13 Prospect Ave., followed at 9:30 at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.

Burial will be in St. Cecilia's Cemetery in Fonda.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to charity.

Joseph Czelusniak
Sept. 3, 1996

Joseph P. Czelusniak, 93, of the Mount Loretto Nursing Home, Amsterdam, formerly of Clark Avenue, died Tuesday at the home.

A lifelong Amsterdam resident, Mr. Czelusniak worked for the Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Mills at one time.

He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church and the former St. John's Club.

His wife, Josephine Dlugolacki Czelusniak, whom he married June 8, 1929, died in 1992.

Survivors include two sons, Edward Czelusniak of Schenectady and Richard Czelusniak of Dove Canyon, Calif.; two daughters, Clara Kolacki of Amsterdam, and Mary Ann Celmer of Dillon, S.C.; three brothers, Klemens and Thomas Czelusniak, both of Amsterdam, and Leonard Czelusniak of Pine, Ariz.; two sisters, Ada Wanda Dybas of Amsterdam and Sister Mary Eulogia of Schenectady; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Guzielek-Pomykaj Funeral Home, 13 Belmont Place, Amsterdam, and at 9 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.

Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church or to the nursing home.

Clements Ostrowski
Sept. 3, 1996

Clements 'Happy' Ostrowski, 74, of 2400 Seabring Drive, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., died unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 3 in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Born in Amsterdam, he was the son of Szczepan and Aniela Wojnowska Ostrowski. Mr. Ostrowski was a former resident of Amsterdam, until he moved to California and for the past 10 years had resided in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. He was educated in Amsterdam.

Mr. Ostrowski was a tool and die maker until retiring several years ago.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Ostrowski; one daughter, Diane Manistra of Yorba Linda, Calif.; one son, David Ostrowski of La Mirada, Calif.; six grandchildren; and four nieces and several cousins. Mr. Ostrowski is predeceased by a son, Stephen Ostrowski.

Funeral services and burial took place on Saturday Sept. 7, in Lake Havasu.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Ostrowski's memory to the Church of St. John the Baptist Church, 44 Vanderveer St., Amsterdam.

Dorothy Byard
Sept. 9, 1996

Dorothy L. Byard, of State Highway 30, Delanson, died Monday at home after a short illness.

Born in Scotch Plains, N.J., she wintered in Bradenton, Fla. She moved to Delanson in 1965 from New Jersey.

Mrs. Byard worked at RCA in New Jersey and in the Hematology Lab at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady for 11 years.

She was a member of Pine Hill Beagle Club in Guilderland, and the Mohawk Valley Art and Wood Carving Association; and a volunteer for South Eastern Guide Dogs and Pelican Mans Bird Sanctuary, both in Florida.

She was married to Everett W. Byard. He died Sept. 27, 1990.

Mrs. Byard is survived by two sons, William Byard of Salem, Mass.; and Everett Byard Jr. of South Plainfield, N.J.; one daughter, Evelyn Hoops of Montville, N.J.; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Byard's memory to the South Eastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th St., East, Palmetto, Fla. 34221 or to Pelican Mans Bird Sanctuary, P.O. Box 2648, Sarasota, Fla., 34234.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Jones Funeral Home, 1503 Union St., Schenectady.

Burial will be private.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Joseph LaRue
Sept. 8, 1996

Joseph B. LaRue, 73, of Springfield Road, Wilmington, died Sunday at the Adirondack Medical Center, Saranac Lake.

Born in Charlton, Mr. LaRue was a plant operator for the Cushing Stone & Gravel Company in Amsterdam for 20 years before retiring.

He was the widower of his first wife, Geneva LaFountain LaRue.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Geppner LaRue, whom he married June 12, 1982; nine daughters, Carolyn Way of Wilmington, Donna Warren of Scotia, Sandra Smith of Plattsburgh, Anna Payro of AuSable Forks, Victoria Macey of Saranac Lake, Alma Getman of Lassellsville, Margaret Haskell of Ballston Spa, Jo-Etta Butter of Schenectady, Susan Whitehead of Virginia; five sons, George LaRue of Ballston Spa, Monty, Marty and Marcel Bruce, all of Wilmington, and Michael LaRue of Virginia; eight sisters, Mary Perry of Ganesvoort, Bessie Curry of Norfolk, Alma Bass and Margaret Farrell, both of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; June Petrey of Las Vegas, Anna Stewart of Schenectady, Doris Hoffman of Bradenton, Fla., and Dorothy Broughton of Kissimmee, Fla., three brothers, Russell LaRue of Aurora, Colo., Herman LaRue of Fort Plain, and George LaRue of Ballston Spa.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Cremation will be at Whispering Maples Crematory, Ellenburg Depot. 

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Sweetman Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wilmington Ambulance Service or to the American Lung Association.

Arrangements are by the Zaumetzer-Sprague Funeral Home, AuSable Forks.

Martha Baker
Sept. 9, 1996

Martha LaMothe Baker, 79, of Greenfield., a former resident of Amsterdam, died Monday afternoon at the home of her daughter, in Goffstown, N.H., following long illness.

Mrs. Baker was born June 25, 1917 in Amsterdam, the daughter of George and Anna Severin Abraham. She resided in Amsterdam until 1942 when she moved to Greenfield.

She was a 1935 graduate of the Wilbur H. Lynch High School in Amsterdam.

Mrs. Baker was first employed by the former Van Raalte Corporation in Saratoga Springs. She was later employed as a staff attendant by the New York State Department of Mental Health at the Mount McGregor facility in Wilton. She retired several years ago.

Mrs. Baker was of the Lutheran faith.

She was first married in 1942 to Eugene R. LaMothe. He died in 1968. In 1978 she was married to Bernard Baker. He died in 1993.

She is survived by three sons, Eugene G. LaMothe of Fort Worth, Texas, and Gary J. LaMothe and Wayne E. LaMothe, both of Greenfield; three daughters, Bonnie LaMothe of Goffstown, N.H., Doreen Emery of Greenfield, and Sandra Cox of Manchester; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at the Betz Funeral Home, Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, with the Rev. Robert Doxey, and Guy LaMothe officiating. The interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Fort Johnson.

Calling hours will be held today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Dolores Kilgore
September 9, 1996

Mrs. Dolores E. Kilgore, 61, of Wille Road, Johnstown, died Monday at home after a long illness.

Born in Glen, Mrs. Kilgore attended local schools.

At one time, she worked for St. Thomas Inc. Recently, she was manager of the Sunoco Station at Eighth and Kingsboro Avenue in Gloversville, retiring in 1979.

She married Clarence Kilgore on Aug. 13, 1960.

In addition to her husband, survivors include four daughters, Linda Hine, Melody Miller and Yvonne Peters, all of Gloversville and Brenda Van Every of Mayfield; two sisters, Ernestine Hall of Amsterdam and Shirley Case of Marshfield, N.C.; a brother, Ernest Guyette of Amsterdam; her mother, Nettie Hazzard Guyette of Amsterdam; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Fonda.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, 12078.

Kenneth Shaw
September 10, 1996

Kenneth W. Shaw, 82, of Greenfield Avenue, Ballston Spa, died Tuesday at Saratoga Hospital after a long illness.

Born Aug. 20, 1914 in Perth, he was the son of David and Minnie Shaw. He lived in the Ballston Spa area for most of his life. Mr. Shaw was a farmer and also worked for Ken's Trucking in Ballston Spa for 10 years, retiring in 1978.

Survivors include one step-daughter, Sherry Chase of Ballston Spa; one step-son, Paul Chase of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Anna Gray of Johnstown and Margaret Herrick of Gloversville.

A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at the Hagaman Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2330 Watt St., Crosstown Plaza, Schenectady, 12304.

Arrangements are by the Armer Funeral Home Inc., 39 E. High St., Ballston Spa.

John Civic
September 10, 1996

John Civic, 87, of Fish House Road, Broadalbin, died Tuesday evening at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam.

Born June 17, 1909 in Yonkers, he was the son of Michael and Anastasia Mahorowicz Siwik and came to this area at the age of 9. He attended schools in Broadalbin and was a resident for most of his life. He resided at the Mount Loretto Nursing Home since February, 1996.

Mr. Civic was employed at the former Mohasco Industries of Amsterdam for 39 years. He later worked at the General Electric Co. in Schenectady for six years, retiring in 1974. He then worked with the Town of Providence for three years as landfill supervisor.

Mr. Civic was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church in Broadalbin. He was a charter member of the Providence Volunteer Fire Company, and of the Providence Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

He married the former Mary Sokach on June 3, 1934.

In addition to he wife, survivors include a son, John Civic of Broadalbin; a daughter, Betty J. Satterlee of Broadalbin; a sister, Katherine Kondrat of Galway; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 38 W. Main St., Broadalbin followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church, 2 North St., Broadalbin.

Interment will be at St. Basil's Cemetery in Broadalbin.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Providence Volunteer Ambulance Corps or the Providence Volunteer Fire Company.

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