Miscellaneous Montgomery County, New York Obituaries - 1996

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Elizabeth Newkirk
November 7, 1996

Elizabeth C. Newkirk, 81, of Swan Street, Johnstown, died Thursday at the Fulton County Infirmary. 

Born Sept. 26, 1915 in Scotch Bush, she was the daughter of Warren and Elizabeth Dare Clute. She moved to Amsterdam when she was 7 years old. She was a 1932 graduate of Wilbur H. Lynch High School. 

Mrs. Newkirk moved to Johnstown in 1950. She was employed as a waitress at the Corner Restaurant for 15 years and later at the Manor House Restaurant in Gloversville in the same capacity before retiring in 1976.

She married Earl S. Newkirk on Oct. 19, 1935. He died June 18, 1977.

Mrs. Newkirk was a member of the North Bush United Methodist Church of Caroga Lake and also the Women of the Moose in Johnstown.

Survivors include four sons; Roger E. and Earl II Newkirk of Caroga Lake, Warren J. Newkirk of Rensselaer and Robert W. Newkirk of Scotia, two daughters, Carol E. Monroe of Kentucky and Karen A. LaVoie of Randall; a brother, Warren B. Clute of Amsterdam; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the Betz Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam. Burial will take place in the spring in the Chuctanunda Cemetery, Minaville.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice or North Bush United Methodist Church.
 

Gloria Knoll
November 7, 1996

Gloria Marie Knoll, 67, of 156 Riceville Road, Mayfield, died Thursday at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville following a long illness.

Born April 12, 1929 in Gloversville, she was the daughter of Ronald and Catherine McNicholas Burgess. Mrs. Knoll was a lifelong area resident and was a graduate of Mayfield Central School.

Along with her husband, she owned and operated the Knoll's Market in Mayfield since 1948.

Mrs. Knoll was a member of the Bannertown Senior Citizens Club.

She married Ronald G. Knoll on March 18, 1948.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, Jack Knoll of Washington, D.C., and Michael Knoll of Gloversville; a daughter, Jean Krom of Mayfield; a sister, Patricia Wessendorf of Sebastian, Fla., nine grandchildren, one nephew and three nieces.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Thomas J. Boyle officiating. Burial will be in Mayfield Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Walrath & Bushouer Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 261, Gloversville, 12078.
 

Joseph Murphy
November 7, 1996

Joseph P. Murphy, 84, of Glen Avenue, Amsterdam, died Thursday at St. Mary's Hospital after a short illness.

Born in Amsterdam, he was the son of Thomas and Mary Collins. Mr. Murphy was a graduate of St. Mary's Institute. He was a weaver at Mohasco Industries, retiring in 1973.

Mr. Murphy was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Signal Corps.

He married Beulah Davison Murphy on Oct. 4, 1952.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, David Murphy of Napierville, Ill., Daniel Murphy of Amsterdam and Joseph Murphy of St. Albans, Vt.; a sister, Katherine Murphy of Amsterdam and three grandchildren, Jessica, Megan and Erin Murphy.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Church, 156 E. Main St., Amsterdam. Burial will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, Fort Johnson.

Calling hours are from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Riley Mortuary, 110 Division St.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
 

Harold Wilson
November 7, 1996

Harold W. Wilson, 87, a resident of the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, died Thursday evening.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 38 W. Main St., Broadalbin
 

Harold Wilson
November 7, 1996

Former Broadalbin resident Harold W. Wilson, 87, died Thursday evening at the Vermont Veterans Hospital in Bennington, where he had been a resident since 1988.

Born March 8, 1909 in Gloversville, he was the son of Howard and Ellen Sweet Wilson. He attended Gloversville schools and was a lifelong area resident until moving to New Smyrna, Fla. for 10 years.

Mr. Wilson was employed as a fur cutter and later as a glove cutter, retiring several years ago from the Superb Glove Co. in Johnstown. He was also a self-employed carpenter.

Mr. Wilson was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, obtaining the rank of staff sergeant.

He was a former member of the American Legion Post 337 in Broadalbin.

Survivors include his son, Robert F. Wilson of Gloversville, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. Cremation will be at Parkview Crematory in Schenectady.

 There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are by the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 38 W. Main St., Broadalbin.
 

Jane Hepinstall
November 5, 1996

Jane N. Hepinstall, 80, of Albany died Tuesday at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany.

She was born in Amsterdam and lived in Albany most of her life.

She was a communicant of Holy Cross Church and a former member of its Ladies Guild and senior citizens. She was also a member of AARP Chapter 78.

She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Dr. James T. Hepinstall, and a son, James T. Hepinstall Jr.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Jane Flanigan of Delmar and Katherine and JoAnna Hepinstall, both of the Albany area; a sister, Bridget Bubniak of Amsterdam; five grandchildren and several nephews.

The funeral is today at 9:15 a.m. at the Hearley & Son Funeral Home, 1561 Western Ave., Albany, and 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Church.

Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.
 

Kenneth Rand
November 8, 1996

Kenneth Frederick Rand, 82, of Fredericks Street, Canajoharie, died Friday at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam, following a long illness.

He was born in Syracuse March 18, 1914, the son of Frederick and Grace Elmslie Rand. He was educated in Syracuse schools and moved to the Canajoharie area in 1941.

Mr. Rand was employed by the Village of Canajoharie in the waste treatments plant maintenance department, retiring in 1976. He was formerly employed by Voght's Garage and LaSalle Laboratory.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association.

He married the former Lois Gardner March 18, 1937, in Verona.

Survivors include his wife, of Canajoharie; two daughters, Joyce A. French of Fort Plain and Dawn E. Herting of Palatine Bridge; two sons, Robert G. Rand of Fort Plain and Terry A. Rand of Canajoharie; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled 1 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel of Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home Inc., 20 Otsego St., Canajoharie, with the Rev. Kenneth Dingman officiating.

Burial will be in Ames Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service, Box 126, Canajoharie 13317; or the American Cancer Society Montgomery County Unit, P.O. Box 678, Amsterdam 12010.
 

Elizabeth Quinn
November 7, 1996

Elizabeth Crowley Quinn, 71, of Third Avenue, Tribes Hill, died Thursday at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam.

She was born in Amsterdam Jan. 26, 1925, the daughter of John J. and May McPhilomy Crowley.

Mrs. Quinn was educated at St. Mary's Institute and was a graduate of its class of 1942.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Quinn was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church, Tribes Hill, and a member of the Iroquois Senior Citizens Group.

She is survived by two sons, J. Michael Quinn of Carrollton, Texas, and Timothy A. Quinn of Tribes Hill; a daughter, Patricia Quinn of Fort Hunter; a sister, Helen Bush of Amsterdam; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by a son, Mark J. Quinn.

Funeral services are Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Riley Mortuary Inc., 110 Division St., Amsterdam, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Tribes Hill.

Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Tribes Hill.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Church.
 

Lynne Lasky-Case
November 8, 1996

Lynne M. Lasky-Case, 38, of Deer Path, Schenectady, died Friday at St. Peter's Hospital, Albany, after a long illness.

She was born in Amsterdam April 26, 1958, the daughter of Anthony and Dorothy Dybas Lasky. She lived in the Amsterdam area and was educated here before moving to Schenectady.

She was a 1976 graduate of Bishop Scully High School in Amsterdam and graduated in May 1980 from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a bachelor's degree in speech and language pathology, audiology and psychology. In 1981 she received her master's of science degree in speech and language pathology. 

She was a speech and language audiologist for the Greater Amsterdam School District.

Mrs. Lasky-Case was a member of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association.

She was a member of the Church of St. John the Baptist in Amsterdam, was a parish council member, secretary of the Ladies Rosary Society and a member of the Albany Diocese Amsterdam Cluster Committee.

She married Robert M. Case Aug. 4, 1985.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, of Schenectady, and parents, of Amsterdam, include a daughter, Alicia Anne Case, and a son, Marc Robert Case, both of Schenectady; a brother, Richard A. Lasky of Latham; a sister, Kathleen S. Delongchamp of Amsterdam; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services are 9:15 a.m. Monday at the Amsterdam Funeral Chapel, 13 Belmont Place, followed at 10 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 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Cemetery Fund; the Tecler Diagnostic Speech and Hearing Center, Northern Boulevard, Amsterdam 12010; or to the MCT Federal Credit Union, 39 Market St., Amsterdam, c/o Marilyn Ford for an educational fund for Alicia and Marc Case; or donations may be sent in care of the funeral chapel.
 

Anthony Da Biere
November 9, 1996

Anthony J. Da Biere, 80, of John Street, Tribes Hill, died Saturday morning at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam, following a short illness.

He was born May 20, 1916, in Amsterdam, the son of Clement and Arcangela SanFilippo Da Biere. He lived in Amsterdam and Fonda before moving to Tribes Hill in 1967.

Mr. Da Biere at one time owned and operated the former DeBerry's Hotel in Fonda. He later owned and operated De's Billiard Lounge and Miniature Golf on Route 30. He retired in 1980.

He was a communicant of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Tribes Hill.

He married Nell Bujanowski Aug. 26, 1934.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Richard and Anthony Da Biere, both of Tribes Hill; a daughter, Betty Ann Duell of Tribes Hill; three brothers, Michael, James and Clement Da Biere, all of Amsterdam; five grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral service is Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. at the Betz Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Tribes Hill.

Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Tribes Hill.

Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.
 

John Hamblin
November 7, 1996

John H. Hamblin, 88, of Route 80, Starkville, died Thursday evening at Valley Health Services in Herkimer after a short illness.

Born July 9, 1908 in the Town of Stark, he was the son of James Hamblin and Carley Shaver. He was educated in the Fort Plain schools.

Mr. Hamblin was employed by the Town of Stark Highway Department in many capacities for many years and was later employed by the Fort Plain Cemetery for 25 years, retiring in 1981.

He was a lifelong area resident and a member of the Starkville United Methodist Church. He was the caretaker of the church for more than 50 years and Town of Stark historian for many years.

He married Florence O. Stiles on Aug. 23, 1941. She died Nov. 8, 1993.

Survivors include a son, Edward Aney of Herkimer; a daughter, Christine Dager of St. Johnsville; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Starkville United Methodist Church, Route 80, Starkville, under the direction of the Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 34 Center St., Fort Plain. The Rev. Joseph Timlin will officiate.

Burial will be in Fort Plain Cemetery.

There are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 126, Canajoharie, 13317; or to Starkville United Methodist Church Memorial Fund in care of Clarissa R. Young, treasurer, 443 Hoke Road, Fort Plain, 13339.
 

Howard Ward
November 10, 1996 

Howard E. Ward, 78, of the St. Johnsville Nursing Home, formerly of Fordsbush, died Sunday at the nursing home after a long illness.

Born Nov. 10, 1918 in Minden, he was the son of Willard Ward and Izora Ash. Mr. Ward was educated in the Fordsbush Country schools.

He was a dairy farmer in Minden on his own farm for 50 years, retiring in 1986.

Mr. Ward was a lifelong area resident and lived at the nursing home since 1992. He was a member of Dairyman's League Co-Op.

He was of the Lutheran faith.

Mr. Ward married Ruth Wheadon on Sept. 14, 1940, in Canajoharie. She died April 21, 1986.

Survivors include a son, Dale H. Ward of Fort Plain; a sister, Leona Wheadon, also of Fort Plain; three grandchildren, Nancy Wengenack of Rochester, Minn., Deborah Waner of Fort Plain, and Thomas Ward of Palatine Bridge; two great-grandchildren and one niece.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 34 Center St., Fort Plain, with the Rev. Kenneth Dingman officiating.

Burial will take place in Fort Plain Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 126, Canajoharie, 13317; or the Fort Plain Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 374, Fort Plain, 13339.
 

Grace Earing
November 11, 1996

Grace W. Earing, 77, of Prospect Street, Canajoharie, died this morning at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam, after being stricken at her home.

Born Sept. 9, 1919 in Springfield, she was the daughter of Haswell Edick and Evelyn Head. Mrs. Earing was educated in the Springfield schools and the Owen D. Young Central School in Van Hornesville.

She was employed by the LifeSavers plant in Canajoharie as a gum machine operator for 21 years, retiring in 1982.

Mrs. Earing was a resident of Canajoharie for more than 50 years. She and her husband spent summers at their camp on Lake Champlain.

She married Carl C. Earing on June 15, 1951.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter, Susan Jean Burnham of Bloomingdale, Mich.; a son, Gregory Kimball of Mechanicsburg, Ohio; two brothers, Vincent "Gene" Edick of Canajoharie and Arthur Edick of Vancouver, Wash.; and 14 grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Terry Kimball.

Burial will be private. There are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 126, Canajoharie.

Arrangements are by Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, Canajoharie.
 

Eleanor Van Steenburgh
November 10, 1996

Mrs. Eleanor E. Van Steenburgh, 80, of River Street, Gloversville, died Sunday at home after a long illness.

Mrs. Van Steenburgh was born in Johnstown.

She was a hairdresser and also was employed as a licensed practical nurse at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital and later at the Fulton County Infirmary until retiring many years ago.

Mrs. Van Steenburgh was a communicant of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church.

She married Harry Van Steenburgh on June 21, 1941.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Thomas Van Steenburgh of Gloversville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church. Burial will be in Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Amico Funeral Home, 150 S. Main St.
 

Emma Cubit
November 8, 1996

Mrs. Emma Brown Cubit, 85, of Route 9, Ballston Spa, died Friday at the Hallmark Nursing Centre in Rotterdam after a long illness.

Born in Amsterdam, Mrs. Cubit lived in the Schenectady area for more than 50 years.

She was a former member of the South Schenectady Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and the Bellevue Reformed Church.

She married Fred Cubit on Aug. 30, 1935. He died in 1978.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Wright of Malta and Beverly Hansen of Huntington Station; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at noon today at the Bond Funeral Home, Broadway and Guilderland Avenue, Schenectady. There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hallmark Nursing Centre Activity Ceter, 1940 Hamburg St., Schenectady, 12304.
 

Stella Godey
November 10, 1996

Mrs. Stella L. Godey, 92, formerly of Catherine Street, Amsterdam, died Sunday evening at the Montgomery Meadows Residential Health Care Facility following a long illness.

Arrangements by the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church St., Amsterdam, are incomplete and will be announced.


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