Miscellaneous Montgomery County, New York Obituaries - 1996

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Henry T. Verra
November 20, 1996

Henry "Hank" T. Verra, 44, of Glenville Street, Rotterdam, died Wednesday at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady from injuries suffered from a beating on Nov. 14.

Born in Schenectady, Mr. Verra was a graduate of Bishop Gibbons High School.

He was co-owner of the former Shamus Tavern and the former Red Lion Restaurant and Lounge.

Mr. Verra was a self-employed travel agent for Casino Flings.

He was married to Denise "Dee-Dee" Towns Verra.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his parents, John M. and Nadine Potter Verra of Rotterdam; three brothers, Michael J. Verra off Westbury, Jeffrey A. Verra of Rotterdam and Ronald D. Verra of Niskayuna; and three sisters, Diana M. Seymour of Hillsdale, N.J., Maureen A. Vera of Rotterdam and Marilyn Therrien of Scotia.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Daly Funeral Home, 242 McClellan St., and at 10 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will be in St. Cyril's Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
 

Henry Young
November 20, 1996

Henry Young, 57, formerly of Charles Street, Amsterdam, died Wednesday at Willowood Nursing Home in North Adams, Mass., after a long illness.

Born Oct. 25, 1939 in Johnstown, he was the son of Harold B. and Edna Schubert Young. He was educated in Johnstown schools. 

He was employed as a short order cook at the Auriesville Shrine until retiring due to illness.

At one time, he served with the Air Force.

He attended Christ Lutheran Church in Johnstown.

He married Lita Carpenter Young on Oct. 31, 1965.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Nancy Kazala and Kathy Young, both of Amsterdam; three sons, Henry Young Jr. of Gloversville and Floyd and Harold Young, both of Amsterdam; a sister, Barbara Cooper of Florida; a brother, Floyd Young of Connecticut; nine grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St., Johnstown, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morlitz officiating.

Burial will be in Ferndale Cemetery in Johnstown.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
 

Edward Kaczor
November 21, 1996

Edward J. Kaczor, 77, of Fairmount Avenue, Amsterdam, died Thursday at the Samuel Stratton Veteran's Medical Center in Albany after a long illness.

Born Dec. 28, 1918 in Amsterdam, he was a son of Julian and Mary Frydlo Kaczor, he was a lifelong resident and attended local schools. Mr. Kaczor was an auto mechanic for many years and was the co-owner of the former A-B-C Motors in Amsterdam. He was later employed for Millbrook Bakeries in Albany before retiring in 1982.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and served in the Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star before being discharged in 1945.

Mr. Kaczor was a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church.

His wife, the former Josephine Rossi, died Jan. 31, 1985.

Survivors include a son, Joseph Kaczor of Amsterdam; four daughters, Elizabeth Spiewak of Pensacola, Fla.; Patricia Mather of Huntsville, Ala.; Rosanne Rusnica of Pattersonville and Judy Kaczor of Buffalo; two brothers, Leonard Kaczor and Stanley Kaczor, both of Amsterdam; three sisters, Emily Casabonne and Kate Delliveneri of Mayfield, and Josephine Caldaroni of Gloversville; and seven grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:15 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Church, 156 E. Main St., Amsterdam. Interment is in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery. 

Calling hours are from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, Amsterdam.

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

Eric Knoll
November 21, 1996

Eric Michael Knoll, 19, of 156 Riceville Road, Mayfield, died suddenly Thursday at home.

Born Nov. 20, 1977, in Gloversville, he was the son of Michael D. and Mildred Rhodes Knoll. He lived with his grandparents in Mayfield and was a 1996 graduate of Mayfield Central School.

He would have begun his enlistment with the U.S. Marines in December.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Gloversville.

He is survived by his father, Michael D. Knoll of Gloversville; his mother, Mildred Barringer of Johnstown; his paternal grandfather, Ronald G. Knoll of Mayfield; his brother, Jason D. Knoll of Gloversville; a sister, Jennifer M. Knoll of Johnstown; a half-brother, Ryan Barringer of Johnstown; his maternal grandmother, Emma Rhodes of Johnstown; his step-mother, Virginia Knoll of Gloversville; step-sisters Carrie Edick of Gloversville, Rickell Robbins of Fort Plain and Angel Foster of Gloversville; a step-brother, Joseph Rote of Johnstown; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

His paternal grandmother, Gloria M. Knoll, died Nov. 7.

Calling hours are Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Walrath & Bushouer Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Thomas J. Boyle, administrator, as celebrant. 

Burial will be in Union Rural Cemetery of Mayfield.

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

Edward Zyzes
November 22, 1996

Edward A. "Hookey" Zyzes, 72, of New Street, Amsterdam, died Friday noon at the Hallmark Nursing Center in Schenectady after a long illness.

Born in Amsterdam July 29, 1924, he was the son of Walter and Helen Rukstikas Zyzes. He was a lifelong area resident and attended Wilbur H. Lynch High School. Mr. Zyzes also attended the Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia.

For more than 36 years he was employed by the General Electric Co. in Schenectady, retiring in 1986.

During World War II, he was a Private 1st Class in the U.S. Army stationed in Europe. He received the Bronze Service Star.

Mr. Zyzes was a communicant of St. Casimir's Roman Catholic Church and was a member of the American Lithuanian Club, the John J. Wyszomirski American Legion Post 701, and the G.E. Quarter Century Club.

He married the former Margaret M. Meade Feb. 26, 1949.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two sons, Kenneth E. Zyzes of Tribes Hill and Robert E. Zyzes of Amsterdam; three daughters, Ellen LeGere of Glendale, Ariz., Carol Lott of Northville and Monica Ravreby of Cambridge; a brother, Walter Kristie of Liberty, S.C.; nine grandchildren; nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services are Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, Amsterdam, with the Rev. Joseph Grabys officiating.

Interment is in St. Casimir's Cemetery.

Calling hours are Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Foundation in care of the Rossi Funeral Home.
 

James Quinn
November 21, 1996

James E. Quinn, 84, of the Wesley Health Care Center, Saratoga Springs, died Thursday at the home.

He was born in Rutland, Vt., the son of James and Florence Tennion Quinn and lived most of his life in the Galway area.

He worked for the Ballston Spa Central School District before retiring.

His wife, Norma Mae Quinn, died in 1961.

Survivors include a son, James O. Quinn of Galway; three daughters, Jean Tilley of Greenfield Center and Priscilla Harrington and Susan Weaver, both of Ballston Spa; a brother, Thomas Quinn of Lindenhurst; two sisters, Margaret Braim of Ballston Spa and Ruth Lord of Santa Clara, Calif.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, East Street, Galway.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 p.m. today at the Richard J. Ryan Funeral Home, Sacandaga Road, Galway.

Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wesley Health Care Center Homecoming Project, or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
 

Sophie Vaicunas
November 24, 1996

Sophie Vaicunas, 84, formerly of the Stratton Apartments, Division Street, Amsterdam, died early Sunday morning at the Montgomery Meadows after a brief illness.

Born Nov. 4, 1912 in Lithuania, she was a daughter of Frank and Josephine Butvilas Zilinskas. She came to Amsterdam as a child with her family and was educated here.

She was employed by Mohawk Carpets and the White Stag Co. and lastly for the Greater Amsterdam School District as a cafeteria aide until retirement.

Mrs. Vaicunas was a communicant of St. Casimir's Roman Catholic Parish.

Her husband, Anthony Vaicunas, died in 1973.

Survivors include a daughter, Eleanor Juozitis of Endicott; two sisters, Lillian Slaveikis and Ann Kiselis, both of Amsterdam; a brother, Ben Zilinskas of Albany; three grandsons, Robert, Paul and Michael Juozitis; five great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, Amsterdam, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Casimir's Church. Interment is in St. Casimir's Cemetery. 

A calling hour will begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 

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

Garfield Porter Burnham
November 24, 1996

Garfield Porter Burnham, 84, of Stone House Road in Fly Creek, died Sunday morning at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.

Born March 8, 1912 in Seneca Falls, he was the son of James Garfield and Alice Porter Burnham. 

Mr. Burnham spent his boyhood in Amsterdam and graduated from Amsterdam High School. He then went on to graduate from Oswego State University in 1941 and received his master's degree in industrial education from Cornell University in 1952. For 29 1/2 years he taught industrial arts in Liberty, retiring in 1970. He had also worked in construction for the New York Power and Light Corp.

A veteran of World War II, Mr. Burnham served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in Italy from 1942 until 1945.

Mr. Burnham was a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association, the New York State Historical Association, the Fly Creek Area Historical Association, Friends of Bassett and Friends of the Library.

He married Katherine Miller on July 26, 1942, in Amsterdam.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Nancy Burnham Favin of Rockville; a son, Commander Robert Miller Burnham, U.S. Navy Retired, of Marietta, Ga.; a sister, Mary Lucille Burnham of Amsterdam; and five grandchildren.

A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Connell, Dow and Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut St., Cooperstown, with the Rev. Dr. Horace Brown King, pastor of the Fly Creek United Methodist Church, officiating. Arthur Henry of Goodyear Lake will offer the eulogy.

Graveside committal prayers will be offered at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the family plot in Fairview Cemetery in Amsterdam.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Bassett, 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, 13326.
 

Frederick Ostrander
November 23, 1996

Frederick W. Ostrander, 80, of Best Road, Rensselaer, died Saturday at St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady after a long illness.

Mr. Ostrander was born in North Greenbush. He was the owner of Ferry Street Welding in Albany for 50 years.

He was a deacon at the Bloomingrove Reformed Church in Defreestville and a member of the church's Sunday Night Club.

Mr. Ostrander was an Army veteran of World War II.

He was married to Jennie Harris Ostrander.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Dean F. Ostrander of Delanson; a daughter, Jean M. Somma of San Dimas, Calif.; a brother, Edward Ostrander of Rensselaer; a sister, Vera Gardner of Roselle Park, N.J.; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Bloomingrove Reformed Church. Burial will be in Bloomingrove Cemetery, Defreestville.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the W.J. Lyons Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Ave.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church.
 

Angelina Buttino
November 24, 1996

Miss Angelina Buttino, 71, of William Street, Gloversville, died Sunday at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a long illness.

Born in Gloversville, Miss Buttino was educated in Gloversville schools.

She was a beautician for many years at various shops in Gloversville, retiring in 1968.

Miss Buttino was a member of the Ida McGinnis Senior Citizens, the National Hairdressers Association and St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church.

Survivors include two brothers, Cosimo Buttino and Luigi Buttino, both of Gloversville, and a sister, Pippina D'Errico of Gloversville.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St., and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.

Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery in the spring.

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 Ida McGinnis Senior Citizens, to the St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church Building Fund or to Mountain Valley Hospice.
 

Marion VanEtten
November 24, 1996

Marion B. VanEtten, 85 of Amsterdam, formerly of Heuvelton, died Sunday at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital.

Born March 27, 1911 in Watertown, she was the daughter of William and Flossie Van Winkle Burmingham. She was a graduate of New Hartford School and the Utica School of Commerce.

She married Gordon T. VanEtten on Aug. 23, 1931. He died Oct. 19, 1983.

Mrs. VanEtten was of the Methodist faith.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Roberts of Amsterdam and Arlene Bower of Utica; a son, Gordon E. VanEtten of Vermont; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Jay W. Dimbleby Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Whitesboro. Burial will take place in Grand View Cemetery in Whitesboro.

Calling hours will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sanford Home for Elderly Women, 69 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, or to a Hospice of your choice.
 

Josephine Partyka
November 25, 1996

Josephine B. Partyka, 71, of Crane Street, Amsterdam, died this morning at St. Mary's Hospital following a long illness.

Born Aug. 31, 1925 in Amsterdam, she was a daughter of Albert and Mary Przybylo Partyka. She was a graduate of Wilbur H. Lynch High School and was a lifelong city resident.

Miss Partyka was employed by the General Electric Co. in Schenectady before retiring.

She was a member of St. Stanislaus Church and its Rosary Society. Mrs. Partyka was a member of the American Polonaise Society.

Survivors include a sister Genevieve (Jean) Wojcicki of Amsterdam, a brother, Raymond Partyka of Amsterdam; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday 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 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 2:15 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to St. Stanislaus School.


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