Miscellaneous Montgomery County, New York Obituaries - 1996

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Edward Blowers
November 18, 1996

Edward Blowers, 86, of the Fulton County Infirmary, Gloversville, died Monday at the infirmary following a long illness.

Born July 9, 1910 in Mayfield, he was the son of Leonard and Edna Robbins Blowers. Mr. Blowers resided in Mayfield and Gloversville most of his life and also lived in Niagara Falls.

He was a laborer with a shipyard company in Niagara Falls for several years. He retired many years ago.

Me attended the Fremont Street United Methodist Church in Gloversville.

Survivors include his sisters, Mabel B. Dingman of Gloversville; and Ila Vosburgh of Pinellas Park, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Walrath and Bushouer Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, with the Rev. Erik L. Smith, pastor of the Fremont Street United Methodist Church, officiating. Spring burial will be at King-Northampton Cemetery. 

There will be no calling hours.
 

Emily Podolec
November 18, 1996

Mrs. Emily M. Podolec, 83, of Edward Street, Amsterdam, died Monday afternoon at St. Mary's Hospital following a long illness. 

Born Feb. 6, 1913 in Amsterdam, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Sophia Kwarta Slezak. She was educated locally and was a lifelong area resident.

She was employed by Mohawk Carpet Co. and later she worked for the Edy Brush Co. before retiring in 1978.

She was a member of St. Stanislaus Church and its Rosary Society. 

She married Anthony P. Pololec on June 1, 1935.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Robert Podolec of Austin, Texas; two daughters, Stacia Hiatt of Cedar Park, Texas; Helen Machinski of Houston, Texas; two brothers, Joseph Slezak and Steve Slezak, both of Amsterdam; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church St., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. 

Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Recitation of the Rosary will be at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Montgomery Meadows Residential Health Care Facility or to Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, 12206.
 

Millie Buryn
November 17, 1996

Mrs. Millie E. Cymbalist Buryn, 84, of Princeton Building Unit 208, St. Petersburg, Fla., died Sunday following a long illness.

Born May 12, 1912 in Ukraine, she was the daughter of John and Tessie Chorny Cymbalist.

She came from the Ukraine to New York City in 1930 and later to Somerville, N.J., until moving to St. Petersburg in 1970.

Mrs. Buryn was employed as a dress maker with the Ruth's Fashion, St. Petersburg, Fla, until her retirement.

She was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, St. Petersburg.

Her first husband, William Buryn, died Oct. 11, 1984. She later married Harry F. Kobran of St. Petersburg, Fla., on June 14, 1988.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter, Natalie Negrich of Broadalbin; three grandsons and six great-grandchildren.

A prayer service will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Jeffords Chapel, 85 W. Main St., Broadalbin, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church with the Rev. Timothy Mangin officiating.

Calling hours will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will take place at St. Basil's Ukrainian Cemetery.
 

Ronald Dawson
November 17, 1996

Ronald P. Dawson, 59, of Castle Road, Newport, died Sunday while working in the woods in the Town of Norway.

Born in Schenectady, Mr. Dawson was a graduate of Scotia High School and Wanakena Ranger School.

In 1959, he began his career at the Department of Environmental Conservation and transferred to the Herkimer office in 1972. Currently, he was serving as an operations supervisor for the New York State EnCon Region 6 at Herkimer.

Mr. Dawson was a member of St. John's Church.

He married Susan Ambrose Dawson on Aug. 31, 1991.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Wendy Nightingale of Fort Plain; a son, David Dawson of Middleville; his parents, Vedder and Laura King Dawson of Scotia; a sister, Nancy Glindmyer of Scotia; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Wednesday at St. John's Church. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Autenrith Funeral Home, 7479 Main St., Newport.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church's restoration fund, P.O. Box 475, Newport, 13416.
 

David Alexander
November 15, 1996

David Lawrence Alexander, 32 of Macedon, died Friday after a year-long battle with cancer.

Born Nov. 10, 1964 in Newport, Vt., he was the son of Frederic and Frances Gosselin Alexander.

He was a graduate of Broadalbin High School and the State University of New York College at Morrisville and Oswego, with a bachelor of science degree in computer science.

Mr. Alexander was the recipient of the 1996 New York State Victory Spirit Award from the American Cancer Society.

He was employed by CitiBank in Macedon.

He was also the 1991 Rochester Men's Racquetball Champion and was an avid golfer.

He was married to Victoria Driscoll Alexander.

In addition to his wife and parents, survivors include a brother, Mark F. Alexander of Schenectady; a sister, Susan F. Avondolio of West Chester, Ohio; and three nieces, one nephew; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. today at St. Joseph's Church in Broadalbin. Burial will take place in Irasburg, Vt.

Calling hours were conducted in Macedon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Wayne County Unit, 224 Fair St., P.O. Box 479, Newark, 14513.

Arrangements are by the Payne & Murphy Funeral Home, Macedon.
 

Ophelia Grybos
November 19, 1996

Mrs. Ophelia Grybos, 82, of McCleary Avenue, Amsterdam, died Tuesday evening at home after a long illness.

Born May 7, 1914 in Amsterdam, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Rosiorowski Mruczek. She was educated locally and was a lifelong city resident.

She was a glovemaker and machinist at Amsterdam Glove Co. for many years before retiring in 1983.

She was a member of the former St. Joseph's Church and also of St. Stanislaus Church.

She married Stanley W. Grybos Sr. on Sept. 7, 1935. He died Aug. 2, 1954.

Mrs. Grybos was pre-deceased by a son, Robert S. Grybos Sr., on Nov. 21, 1995. 

Survivors include a daughter, Donna DePalma of Amsterdam; two sons, Lawrence M. Grybos of Plattsburgh and Stanley W. Grybos Jr. of Amsterdam; a sister, Tessie Klapmeyer of Minaville; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church St., 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 from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Mental Health Center, 427 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, 12010.
 

Herbert Lott
November 19, 1996

Herbert J. Lott, 56, of County Route 107, Amsterdam, died Tuesday at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital after being stricken.

Born Dec. 26, 1939, he was the son of Everett and Nicholina Parillo Lott. Mr. Lott was a lifelong area resident.

He was educated locally and was a 1958 graduate of Amsterdam High School.

He was employed at the General Electric Co. in Schenectady until retiring in 1978.

Mr. Lott was a member of the Perth Volunteer Fire Department for the past 25 years. He held the office of first assistant fire chief for several years; was currently serving on the board of directors for the fire department and since 1984 has been the deputy fire coordinator for the Fulton County Civil Defense Fire Coordinator's Office. He also is a member of the Johnstown Order of the Moose.

Mr. Lott was a member of the Church of St. John The Baptist.

He was married to Gertrude Sawitzki Lott for 37 years.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Cynthia Biega of Schenectady and Laura Romanowicz of Amsterdam; a sister, Theresa Morrello of Las Vegas; two granddaughters, Allison and Amanda Biega both of Schenectady; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association; the American Heart Association or to the Church of St. John the Baptist.
 

Earl Greenfield
November 19, 1996

Earl E. Greenfield Jr., 67, of Montgomery Street, Gloversville, died Tuesday at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a short illness.

Born in Johnstown, Mr. Greenfield was educated in Gloversville.

He was a leather worker for the Ellithorp Tanning Co. and later worked for Leavitt-Berner Tanning Corp. until retiring.

He married Nellie Ferguson Greenfield in June of 1995.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Barbara Freese of Johnstown; three grandsons and a great-grandson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

 Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 

Elizabeth Belknap
November 19, 1996

Mrs. Elizabeth M. Belknap, 72, of North Market Street, Johnstown, died Tuesday at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville after being stricken at home. 

Born in Bellows Falls, Vt,, Mrs. Belknap was a graduate of Leland Gray Seminary in Vermont and Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York City.

She was a member of St. Anthony's Church.

Mrs. Belknap was also a member of the Silhouette Card Club.

She was married to Perley H. Belknap.

In addition to her husband, survivors include four daughters, the Rev. Jill Eads of Las Vegas, Mary Ellen Terry of Johnstown, Karen Hartlieb of Canajoharie and Heide Ambrosino of Mayfield; eight sons, Jack Belknap of Amsterdam, Peter and William Belknap both of Pearland, Texas, James Belknap of Johnstown, Brian Belknap of Gloversville, Robert Belknap of Las Vegas, Paul Belknap of St. Johnsbury, Vt., and Philip Belknap of Killeen, Texas; three brothers, Richard Moore of Springfield, Vt. and Robert Moore of Sprout Brook and Thomas Moore of Michigan; 34 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony's Church. Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Ehle Funeral Home, 15 N. William St.
 

Joan Wilson
November 19, 1996

Mrs. Joan D. Wilson, 66, of Mountain Road, Mayfield, died Tuesday at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville after a long illness.

Born and educated in Buffalo, Mrs. Wilson lived in Mayfield for the past 50 years.

She worked for Coleco Industries at one time.

She married Cola Wilson on Jan. 15, 1949.

In addition to her husband, survivors include four sons, Michael Wilson Sr. and Terry Wilson Sr., both of Mayfield, Malcolm Wilson Sr. of Gloversville, and Charles Wilson of Washington; two daughters, Deanne Deming of Mayfield and Zella Allen of Gloversville; three brothers, Charles Bushen of Schenectady, Donald Bushen of Buffalo and Paul Bushen of Florida; 30 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Northville Funeral Home, 401 Bridge St., Northville. Burial will be in King Cemetery, Northampton.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northampton Ambulance Squad in Northville.
 

John Lalik
November 19, 1996

John R. Lalik, 83, of South Gray Road, Connersville, Ind., died Tuesday at Fayette Memorial Hospital after an illness of five years.

Born July 13, 1913 in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of Albert Lalik and Mary Kanior.

Mr. Lakik was employed as a Teamster Union truck driver for more than 30 years retiring in 1980.

He lived in Connersville since 1989 and previously lived in Canajoharie.

He is a member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Connersville and was a member of the Moose Lodge in Connersville.

He married Stella J. Czerkies on May 25, 1940 in Utica.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Joan Augustine of Connersville, Ind.; two sisters, Stella Wasko of Stratford, Conn., Helen Krutz of Fort Plain; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at the St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Connersville with the Rev. Stan Herber officiating. Spring burial will take place in St. Peter's & Paul's Cemetery in Canajoharie.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Urban-Winkler Funeral Home in Connersville.

Local arrangements are by the Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home in Canajoharie.
 

Michael Costisick
November 19, 1996

Michael Costisick, 51, of Horizon View Drive, East Greenbush, died Tuesday after a short illness at St. Peter's Hospice. 

Born in Auburn, Mr. Costisick was a resident of the Capital District most of his life. He grew up in Amsterdam.

He was an enginner with IBM in Albany for more than 30 years. He was the Exalted Ruler for the Rensselaer Elks lodge 2073. He was an avid dart player and a member of the local church dart league and was also a member of the Rensselaer Elks Golf League.

Mr. Costisick was married to Virginia Morse Costisick. 

In addition to his wife, survivors include his mother, Helen Kapcha Costisick of Rhinebeck; three daughters, Ginny L. Morse, Missy S. Morse and Haley B. Costisick, all of East Greenbush, a brother, John Costisick of Poughkeepsie, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the William J. Rockefeller Funeral Home, 165 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer. 

Calling hours are Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Unit, 4th Floor, St. Peter's Hospital, 319 S. Manning Blvd.
 

Benny Sagaitis
November 20, 1996

Benny P. Sagaitis, 78, of McDonnell Street, Amsterdam, died Wednesday evening at his home after being stricken.

Born Nov. 21, 1917 in Amsterdam, he was a son of Matthew and Mary Sagaitis. He was a lifelong resident and attended local schools.

He was employed as a storekeeper for Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. for more than 25 years before retiring in 1980. Mr. Sagaitis served with the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was a communicant of St. Casimir's Roman Catholic Church.

His wife, the former Mildred Moselewski, died March 11, 1994. He was pre-deceased by a daughter, Mary Ann Wright, on July 12, 1992.

Mr. Sagaitis is survived by a son, Thomas M. Sagaitis of Johnstown and his daughter-in-law, Rosanne Sagaitis, also of Johnstown.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:15 a.m. at St. Casimir's Church. Interment is in St. Casimir's Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Montgomery County SPCA or to GAVAC in care of the Rossi Funeral Home.
 

Ingrid Donahue
November 20, 1996

Ingrid M. Donahue, 72, of Anderson Road, Sprakers, died Wednesday evening at home. 

Born April 8, 1924 in Koingburg, Germany, she was the daughter of Professor Willy J. Resky and Martha Wiemer. She came to the United States when she was 6 years old and came to this area in 1968 from the Bronx. She was educated in New York City Schools and graduated from the Conservatory School of Music in Brooklyn and attended the Juliard School of Music in New York City, where she received a degree in composing and choir directing.

For many years she was an organ and piano teacher in New York City and Randall retiring in 1994.

She was a member of the Fultonville Reformed Church and was the church organist and choir director for 18 years.

She also played organ at many area churches.

She married Ronald P. Donahue on May 6, 1968.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a sister, Ruth Foster of Calicuan and four nieces.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at the Jackson & Betz Funeral Home 15 Main St., Fultonville.

Burial in Maple Avenue Cemtery Fultonville. 

Calling hours are from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to the service. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rural Grove Volunteer Fire Department or to the Fonda-Fultonville Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps.


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