Miscellaneous Montgomery County, New York Obituaries - 1996

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Barbara Webber
Oct. 18, 1996

Barbara Watrobski Webber, 96, of Port Charlotte, Fla., formerly of Schenectady, died Friday at Charlotte Regional Medical Center in Punta Gorda, Fla., after a long illness.

She was born in Amsterdam Sept. 15, 1900, the daughter of Jacob and Sophia Kosmierkoska Watrobski. She was a graduate of the Amsterdam school system and lived here most of her life, moving from Schenectady to Florida in 1995.

Mrs. Webber was a clerk at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, for 15 years, retiring in 1983. She was also a communicant of St. Joseph's Church, Schenectady.

Her husband, Ralph Webber, died in 1958.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Marx of Punta Gorda, Fla.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two nieces and a nephew.

The funeral is Monday at 10 a.m. at Light's Funeral Home Inc., 1428 State St., Schenectady, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church.

Burial will be in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna.

A calling hour will precede the service Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Church, 225 Lafayette St., Schenectady 12305.
 

Angelo Verderese
Oct. 18, 1996

Angelo "Baldy" Verderese, 74, of Wilson Avenue, Amsterdam, died Friday morning at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

Born in Amsterdam Sept. 19, 1922, the son of Pasquale and Carmella Verderese, he was a lifelong resident of Amsterdam and attended local schools.

During World War II he served with the U.S. Navy on the USS Massachusetts. Following his discharge, he returned to Amsterdam and worked for a time at the former Boggies Tavern making pizzas. He later founded the former Baldy's Tavern on Reid Street, which he operated for six years. For 20 years he was employed as a drill press operator in the large turbine division of General Electric in Schenectady, retiring in 1984.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the John J. Wyszomirski American Legion Post 701, Polish American Veterans and the Catholic War Veterans. An avid bowler and golfer, he was a member of several local leagues.

Mr. Verderese was a communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church and was a member of its senior citizens club.

His wife, the former Virginia Campochiro, whom he married June 25, 1950, died Sept. 15, 1992.

Survivors include two sons, Angelo Verderese of Amsterdam and Richard Verderese of Liverpool; a brother, Nicholas Verderese of Amsterdam; five granddaughters; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services are Monday at 8:15 a.m. at the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.

Interment is in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Calling hours are Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home, where Post 701 will conduct a service at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Amsterdam in care of the funeral home.
 

Veronica Plantis
Oct. 18, 1996

Veronica S. Plantis (Plankis), 91, formerly of John Street, Amsterdam, died Friday morning at Mount Loretto Nursing Home after a long illness.

Born in Amsterdam April 21, 1905, she was the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Navik Schotts.

She was educated locally and was employed at one time as a winder for the former Mohawk Carpets, until her retirement. Mrs. Plantis was a communicant of St. Casimir's Roman Catholic Church.

Her husband, William Plantis, died in 1977. She was also predeceased by a daughter, Jennie Tarnowski.

Survivors include two daughters, Julia Plantis of Schenectady and Eleanore V. Salton of Amsterdam; a sister, Gertrude Olson of Amsterdam; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:15 a.m. Monday at St. Casimir's Church, 260 E. Main St., Amsterdam.

Interment will follow in St. Casimir's Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Casimir's Memorial Fund.

Arrangements are by the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, Amsterdam.
 

Aloysius Sum
Oct. 18, 1996

Aloysius Sum, 80, of Rainsville, Ala., formerly of Hallandale, Fla., and Amsterdam, died Friday morning at home.

He was born April 26, 1916, in Amsterdam, the son of Benedict and Anna Wozniak Sum. He was a graduate of Amsterdam High School and lived here until moving to Florida in 1954. He moved to Rainsville, Ala., two weeks ago.

During World War II he served in the Army, attaining the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Sum was a self-employed grocer and also operated a coin-operated laundry in Miami. Later, he was a volunteer in local school cafeterias. 

He was a communicant of Annunciation Church in Hollywood, Fla.

Survivors include his wife, the former Delores Cichy, whom he married Dec. 9, 1956; a son, Gary Sum of Rainsville, Ala.; a brother, Stanley Sum of Amsterdam; two sisters, Florence Grabicki of Schenectady and Bernadine Syzdek of Scotia; four grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral is 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church St., Amsterdam, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church.

Interment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

Calling hours are Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m.
 

Bernard Armstrong
Oct. 19, 1996

Bernard F. Armstrong, 80, of Crane Street, Amsterdam, died Saturday at home.

He was born in Amsterdam Aug. 30, 1916, the son of Charles and Teresa Costello Armstrong. He was educated in the Amsterdam school system and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Armstrong was formerly employed by the American Locomotive Company in Schenectady and was most recently employed by Nadler Brothers Dairy, retiring in 1979.

He was a member of St. Mary's Church, the Holy Name Society and the Monday Senior Bowling League.

Mr. Armstrong is survived by his wife, the former Eileen Keiley, whom he married in 1940; a son, Timothy B. Armstrong of New Port Richie, Fla.; a daughter, Teresa Gustas of Catskill; three brothers, C. Kenneth, John and William Armstrong, all of Amsterdam; two sisters, Ruth Schmidt of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Bernice Smitka of Perth; two grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services are Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Riley Mortuary Inc., 110 Division St., Amsterdam, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:15 a.m. at St. Mary's Church.

Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Fort Johnson.

Calling hours are Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Amsterdam, 40 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam.
 

Mary Markiewicz
Oct. 19, 1996

Mary Markiewicz of Sanford Avenue, Amsterdam, died Saturday at home.

She was born in Amsterdam, the daughter of Rudolph and Caroline Smiech Sliva. She was educated locally and was a lifelong area resident.

Mrs. Markiewicz was employed by the former Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Mils, then by Chalmers Knitting Mills and later at the Amsterdam Printing and Litho Co. until retiring.

She was a member of the Church of St. John the Baptist and its Ladies Rosary Society. She was also a member of St. Cecelia's choir.

She was married Aug. 17, 1935, to Michael Markiewicz. He died Nov. 30, 1984.

Survivors include a son, Richard M. Markiewicz of Amsterdam; a daughter, Barbara Markiewicz of Amsterdam; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services are 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Amsterdam Funeral Chapel, 13 Belmont Place, followed at 9 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of St. John the Baptist.

Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery.

Calling hours are today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. John the Baptist.
 

Adolph Wnek
Oct. 19, 1996

Adolph Wnek, 78, of Vanderveer Street, Amsterdam, died Saturday at St. Mary's Hospital after a short illness.

He was born in Amsterdam April 25, 1918, the son of Jacob and Mary Majewski Wnek.

He was a 1936 graduate of the former Wilbur H. Lynch High School and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Wnek worked for the former Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Mills and later for Dudka's Garage, until retiring.

He was a member of the Church of St. John the Baptist, belonged to the St. John's pierogi crew and was a member of the former PNL Club. He was also an Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Krygowski, whom he married June 2, 1946; two daughters, Connie Slaveikis of Amsterdam and Margie Davis of Glenville; a brother, Edmund Wnek of Amsterdam; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Monday at the Guzielek-Pomykaj Funeral Home, 13 Belmont Place, followed at 10:30 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of St. John the Baptist.

Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery.

Calling hours are today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. John the Baptist.
 

Eva Marie Hazzard
October 20, 1996

Eva Marie Hazzard, 63, of Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam, died early Sunday morning at St. Mary's Hospital after a long illness.

Born Sept. 27, 1933 in the Black Forest region of Germany, she was the daughter of Otto and Cecilia Gottel. She moved to the United States and to Amsterdam after her marriage in 1953.

Mrs. Hazzard was a homemaker. She was a communicant of St. Casimir's Roman Catholic Church.

She married Gordon C. Hazzard on Oct. 31, 1953.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Gordon O. Hazzard and Christopher A. Hazzard, both of Amsterdam; four daughters, Cecilia Hazzard of Oppenheim, Anita Ericson of Hagaman, Lorraine Clarke of Dansboro, Pa., and Joanne Cardona of Amsterdam; three sisters, Margaret Hosler of Wamego, Kan., Sophie Klawe and Lotte Sandle, both of Germany; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at the convenience of the family at the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, with the Rev. Joseph J. Grabys officiating. Interment is in St. Casimir's Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pediatric Department of Amsterdam Memorial Hospital in care of the Rossi Funeral Home.
 

John White
October 19, 1996

John White, 78, of the Montgomery Meadows, Sandy Drive, Amsterdam, died Saturday afternoon at the home after a brief illness. He was a former resident of Albany.

Born Nov. 27, 1917 in Chicago, Ill., he later moved to Albany, where he resided for most of his life.

He served with the Merchant Marines for a time and was employed as a superintendent for the Tenbroeck Apartments in Albany before retiring.

He was of the Catholic faith.

He is survived by his friend, Dawn Tatlock and family of Amsterdam.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at The Polish National Catholic Church of the Good Shephard, Teller Street, Amsterdam.

Calling hours are private.

Interment is in Good Shephard Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, Amsterdam.
 

Audrey "Ada" Horning
October 19, 1996

Mrs. Audrey "Ada" Horning of the Trackside Homes, Johnstown, died Saturday at Little Falls Hospital.

Born in the Town of Palatine, she was the daughter of John and Katie Edick Hinkle and was a lifelong resident of the Johnstown area. She worked in area glove shops for many years. Mrs. Horning was then employed by St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam until her retirement in 1975. 

She was married to George Horning, who died in 1979. 

Survivors include two sisters, Frances R. Kumpan of Johnstown and Ruth Skakel of Johnstown; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Horning was predeceased by two sons, Robert E. Horning and George W. Horning.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Ehle Funeral Home, 15 N. William St., Johnstown, with the Rev. Richard L. Sears officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda. 

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Johnstown.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Johnson-Lindsay Funeral Home, Amsterdam.
 

William Michalski
October 19, 1996

William L. Michalski, 86, of Brookside Avenue, Amsterdam, died Saturday at St. Mary's Hospital after being stricken at home.

Born June 23, 1910 in Amsterdam, he was the son of Jacob and Anna Paszkowska Michalski and was educated in local schools.

Mr. Michalski was employed by the Glen Mohawk Dairy in Fultonville until retiring in 1975.

He was a member and past president of Montgomery County Senior Organization. Member and past president of New York Statewide Senior Action Council. He served as a delegate to the White House Council on Aging.

He received the 1987 Senior of the Year Award.

Mr. Michalski was a member of the Church of St. John the Baptist and a member and past president of St. John's Seniors. He served on the Parish Council and was a eucharistic minister and lector for the church. He was also a member of the St. John's pierogi crew.

He married Stella Zurawicki Michalski on Sept. 28, 1935.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Michael W. Michalski of Amsterdam; a daughter, MaryAnn Michalski of Amsterdam; two sisters, Nellie Zerbst of Broadalbin and Irene Taber of Venice, Fla.; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a son, Ronald J. Michaels, in 1990.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Amsterdam Funeral Chapel, 13 Belmont Place, followed at 9 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of St. John the Baptist. Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. John The Baptist.
 

Andrew Susi
October 20, 1996

Andrew S. "Andy" Susi, 79, of 23 Sanders St., St. Johnsville, died Sunday at his home.

Born Sept. 16, 1917 in Canajoharie, he was the son of Frank and Agnes Cancelino Susi. He was educated in Canajoharie schools and lived in the St. Johnsville area since 1945.

Mr. Susi was a World War II Army veteran, enlisting in 1941 and was honorably discharged in 1945 with the rank of staff sergeant. While serving his country he received the Purple Heart Medal, the Bronze Star and the Distinguished Service Medal.

Mr. Susi also served in D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.

He was last employed at St. Johnsville Central Schools for 15 years. At one time, Mr. Susi worked for C.J. Burgess in Canajoharie for 20 years.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Church in St. Johnsville and was also a member of St. Johnsville American Legion Post No. 168.

He married Teresa Fontana on Dec. 19, 1942. She died Nov. 28, 1985.

Survivors include a son, Anthony Susi of Johnstown; two brothers, Alfred Susi of Fort Plain and Richard Susi of Canajoharie; five sisters, Helen Barberio of Florida, Marguerite Brust of Canajoharie, Anne Quackenbush of Palatine Bridge, Dorothy Quackenbush of Canajoharie and Agatha Davi of Florida; three grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by two sons, Andrew Susi and Dominic Susi, and two brothers, Joseph and Frank Susi.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Smith-Woody and Enea Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville and at 9:30 at St. Patrick's Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Pascal Iannotti, pastor. Burial will be in St. Johnsville Cemetery. 

Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday Members of St. Johnsville American Legion Post No. 168 are asked to meet at the funeral home Wednesday at 7:15 p.m.

All memorial contributions may be made to St. Johnsville Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
 

Catherine Hayes
October 20, 1996

Catherine Lee Hayes, 94, a former resident of the New Amsterdam Apartments, died Sunday evening at the Mount Loretto Nursing Home.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Betz Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam. 
 

Mary Ryder
October 20, 1996

Mrs. Mary Bujanowska Ryder, 77, of Pearse Road, Niskayuna, died Sunday at home.

Born in Amsterdam, Mrs. Ryder lived most of her life in the Schenectady area. She was a graduate of Skidmore College, with a bachelor's degree in English.

Mrs. Ryder was employed at the former American Locomotive Co. in Schenectady and later was vice president and secretary of Ryder General Contracting and Tree Service in Schenectady.

Mrs. Ryder worked in the advertising department of the Schenectady Gazette, now the Daily Gazette, until retiring in 1981.

Mrs. Ryder was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church.

Her husband, Vernon Ryder, died in 1973.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna R. Donnelly of Niskayuna and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul the Apostle Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Arrangements are by the Daly Funeral Home, 242 McClellan St., Schenectady.
 

Andrew Keba
October 19, 1996

Andrew Keba, 86, of Matthew Street, Johnstown, died Saturday at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

Born April 18, 1910 in Barton, Ohio, he was the son of Andrew and Mary Fejko Keba. He moved to the St. Johnsville area in 1925, where he operated a dairy farm before coming to Johnstown.

He was a leather worker at Twin City Leather, Simco Leather and most recently Johnstown Leather, retiring in 1976.

Mr. Keba was a member of St. Anthony's Church, a former 4th degree member of the Johnstown Knights of Columbus and a member of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union.

His wife, Velma Hladik Keba, whom he married Nov. 23, 1932, died in June.

Survivors include two brothers, Stephan Keba of Seminole, Fla., and David Keba of St. Johnsville; and three sisters, Helen Kanuchh of St. Johnsville and Jenny Kornas and Margaret Kornas, both of Herkimer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at St. Anthony's Church at a time to be announced. Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, Main and Melcher streets.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony's Church or to charity.
 

Sara Dygert
October 19, 1996

Mrs. Sara M. Dygert, 95, of Buel, died Saturday at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam.

Born July 21, 1901 in Buel, she was the daughter of Ernest and Mary (Alter) McFee.

Mrs. Dygert, who studied piano, pipe organ and cello, was at one time the organist for Buel Presbyterian Church.

She worked in the cafeteria at the Ideal Hospital in Endicott and worked for three years in the Canajoharie Hotel and for 10 years she worked at Arkell Hall Inc. in Canajoharie, retiring in 1972.

Mrs. Dygert is survived by one son, Milfred C. Dygert of Rochester and a grandson, Todd Dygert, and a granddaughter, Diseree Dygert; five nephews, several grand-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Leon and Roy McFee and two sisters, Mary McFee and Faith Smith.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley, with the Rev. Carter Adriance of Ames Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Ames Cemetery.

Calling hours will begin at noon Tuesday until the service time at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mountain Valley Hospice or the Mid County Volunteer Ambulance Service, Canajoharie.


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