Miscellaneous Montgomery County, New York Obituaries - 1996

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William Colby
December 27, 1996

William H. Colby, 79, of Gloversville, was found dead Thursday afternoon after he was reported missing Wednesday.

He was born an raised in St. Johnsville and later moved to Gloversville. He later moved to New Jersey, before again returning to Gloversville.

Mr. Colby was employed by Acme Embossing and then by General Electric Co. before taking a job as a foreman at Heavy Labor Construction Co. in Newark, N.J., from which he retired in 1980. He was a member of New Jersey Local 482.

He served in World War II and the Korean War with the U.S. Marine Corps. During World War II, he participated in the offensives at Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima.

Mr. Colby was a member and past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2077, a member fo the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post 137, the Adirondack Marine Corps League and the Military Order of Cootie. He was also a member of the Mayfield Servicemen's Club, the Catholic War Veterans and the Concordia Singing Society. He was involved in the formation of the Joint American Legion and VFW Firing Squad for proper military burial of local veterans.

He married Christine Frederick Colby on Jan. 19, 1961.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Beverly Lydia of Houston; a son, Kevin Colby of Gloversville; a stepbrother, James Colby of Fairfax, Va.; two stepsisters, Patricia Green of Liverpool and Marjorie Grant of Richardson, Texas; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at the Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville. Burial, with full military honors, will be in Fern Dale Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Association, Capital District Chapter, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, 12206-2083.
 

Sally Jurewicz
December 27, 1996

Mrs. Sally V. Jurewicz, 80, of Australia Way, Clearwater, Fla., died Thursday at Mease Hospital in Dunedin, Fla.

Born in Amsterdam, she moved to Schenectady as a child and was educated in the Schenectady school system. She moved to Florida in 1982.

She was employed by the General Electric Co. for many years.

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

Her husband, Charles Jurewicz, died in 1982.

Survivors include a daughter, Sallyann Stibiger of Rotterdam; two sons, Charles Jurewicz of Rotterdam and Thomas Jurewicz of California; a sister Kate Morawski of Colonie; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Kazyaka Funeral Home, 819 Eastern Ave., Schenectady, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be in Sts. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery in Rotterdam.

A calling hour will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 502 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105-1905.

Bessie Graham

December 27, 1996

Mrs. Bessie C. Graham, 73, of Reed Street, Northville, died Friday at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady after a short illness.

Born in Northville, she was a lifelong area resident and a 1941 graduate of Northville Central School.

She was a homemaker.

Her husband, Ellis Graham, died in 1975.

Survivors include two sons, Erving Hayes of Westminster, Calif., and Joseph Graham of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and four grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted at Prospect Hill Cemetery at a time to be announced by the Northville Funeral Home.

There are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northville Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
 

Edwin Pottynski
December 29, 1996

Edwin A. Pottynski of Gorski Street, Amsterdam, died Sunday morning at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, following a long illness.

Born in Schenectady, a son of the late Andrew and Wanda Napiorkowski Pottynski, he also resided in Scotia and was educated there graduating from Scotia High School . In 1961, he moved to Amsterdam and resided here since.

He was employed by the General Electric Company in Schenectady and was also a private detective for Globe International Detective Agency of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lastly, he worked for 924 Management Inc. of Albany.

During World War II, Mr. Pottynski served in the Army. He was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Amsterdam and was also a member of American Legion Post 0039. 

He married Virginia S. Rucinski on July 2, 1961.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Pottynski is survived by two daughters, Sandra L. Gibson of Williamsville, N.Y., Dr. Laureen L. Smith, of Drexel Hill, Penn., one brother, Anthony Poltynski of Ballston Lake; two sisters, Dorothy Pastalaniec of Amsterdam; and Theresa Kruszona of Scotia; one granddaughter; one aunt; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Schenectady. There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church, Amsterdam or to the SPCA Animal Shelter, Route 5S, Amsterdam.

Arrangements are by the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church St., Amsterdam.
 

Anna DeSisto
December 29, 1996

Miss Anna DeSisto, 91, a 20-year resident of 272 West Main St. in Amsterdam, died Sunday at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

Born Nov. 5, 1905 in Alife, Italy, she was the daughter of Raffaele Angelo and Giovanna Maria DiCaprio DeSisto.

Miss DeSisto moved to Amsterdam from Italy and has since resided here. She was educated in Italy, Miss DeSisto was employed as a cook from 1950 to 1985 at Al's Pizzeria in Gloversville, retiring in 1985.

She moved in 1990 to the Golden Years Adult Home in Amsterdam, then in 1993 moved to Mount Loretto Nursing Home.

Miss DeSisto was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Amsterdam.

Survivors include two brothers, Alphonse DeSisto of Amsterdam and Martin DeSisto of Gloversville; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be 8:30 a.m. at the Betz Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:15 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Amsterdam.

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

Memorial contributions may be made in Miss DeSisto's memory to the Mount Loretto Nursing Home Memorial Fund, Box 3166, Amsterdam.
 

Ruth Dillon
December 29, 1996

Ruth G. Dillon, 79, of 23 Bridge St. in St. Johnsville, died Sunday at Little Falls Hospital.

Born Feb. 11, 1917 in Ephratah, she was the daughter of Henry and Jennie VanWormer Gray. Mrs. Dillon was educated in Johnstown schools and lived most of her life in the St. Johnsville area.

Mrs. Dillon was last employed as an inspector for Beech-Nut in Canajoharie.

She was of the Protestant faith.

Mrs. Dillon was a member of Maques Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and St. Johnsville Senior Citizens.

She was married to James G. Dillon on Aug. 18, 1952. 

In addition to her husband, survivors include a sister, LaMoyne Manclow of St. Johnsville; two nieces, Gail Carter of St. Johnsville and Carol Blowers of Johnstown. 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Smith-Woody and Enea Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville, with the Rev. Michael Yezierski, past of St. Johnsville United Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Ephratah Rural Cemetery in the spring.

Calling hours will be at 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday at the funeral home. Members of the Maques Chapter of the Eastern Star are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday for services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Johnsville Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
 

Gertrude Brockum
December 27, 1996

Mrs. Gertrude "Marceline" Brockum, 80 of North Street, Gloversville, died Friday at the St. Johnsville Nursing Home.

Born in Williamstown, Oswego County, Mrs. Brockum was a graduate of Williamstown High School. She later moved to Gloversville, where she resided more than 50 years.

Mrs. Brockum was a self-employed beautician, operating Marceline's Beauty Shop from 1950 to 1991 before retiring due to illness.

She was a member of the Gloversville American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliaryand the ladies auxiliaries of the Gloversville Eagles and Aerie and the Gloversville Moose Lodge.

Mrs. Brockum was also a member of the Fulton County Hairdressers Association.

Her first husband, Allen Pozefsky, died in 1991.

Survivors include three sons, Marvin Pozefsky of Milford, Conn., Larry Pozefsky of Albany and Richard Pozefsky of Ansonia, Conn.; two sisters, Sarah Thomas and Mary Stearns, both of Marcy, Oneida County; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and her companion, William Gable of Gloversville.

A service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at the Marcy Community Church. Burial will be in Carr Cemetery, Marcy.

Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second St.
 

Helen Fyvie
December 28, 1996

Mrs. Helen B. Fyvie, 94, of Sacandaga Park, Northville, died Saturday at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, Mass.

Born in Vischers Ferry, Mrs. Fyvie was a 1920 graduate of Schenectady High School.

She worked as a draftsperson at the General Electric Co., in Schenectady, from 1920 to 1924. She moved to Sacandaga Park in 1940.

She was a lifelong supporter of the Seeing Dye Dogs of Morristown, N.J., and president of the Flower Society of Dalton, Mass.

Mrs. Fyvie was also a member of the New York State Genealogical Society and Trinity Methodist Church in Schenectady.

She is survived by a sister, Margaret Erb of Northville.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Northville Funeral Home, 401 Bridge St.. Burial will be in the spring in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Humane Society.
 

Irene Maxson
December 29, 1996

Irene P. Maxson, 86, died Sunday at Nathan Littauer Nursing Home in Gloversville after a short illness. She had resided there five years.

Born Jan. 17, 1910 in Gloversville, she was the daughter of Raymond and Margaret Wessells Parramore.

She resided most of her life in Gloversville, also in Hope Falls in the 1970s. After retirement in Sebring, Fla., until her husband's death,then returned to Gloversville.

She was a graduate of Gloversville High School and Gloversville Business School.

Mrs. Maxson was employed at Fulton County Silk Mill; St. Thomas Inc., Mario Papa & Sons; and was the bookeeper for her husband's business for many years (Modern Roofing Co.,)all of Gloversville.

She was a member of Fulton County Daughters of the American Revolution, Pleasant Square Fire Auxiliary; Hope Volunteer Fire Auxiliary; Gloversville Christian Science Society.

She married Richard H. Maxson on July 15, 1933. He died Jan. 13, 1989.

Survivors include three sons,Edward C. Maxson of Gloversville, Charles R. Maxson of Northville, and David G. Maxson of Frostproof, Fla., five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

Calling hours are from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Walrath & Bushouer Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville where services will be conducted on Tuesday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Paul Rohrbacher officiating. Cremation will follow at Parkview Crematory, Schenectady.

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

Irene V. Topping
December 29, 1996

Irene V. Topping, 82, formerly of Elias Street, died Sunday evening at the Edward L. Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility.

Born in Lemieux, Ontario, Canada, on May 21, 1914, she was the daughter of John and Rose St. Amour Gardner and moved to Amsterdam as a young girl. She was educated here and was a licensed beautician.

Mrs. Topping operated the former Vidon Beauty Shop for 35 years. She was also a nurse's aide at the Mount Loretto Nursing Home and was last employed as a krealer for Bojud Knitting Mills until retiring.

She was a member and past matron of the Art-Wel Chapter 208 Order of the Eastern Star and a member of St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Her husband, Samuel C. Topping, died March 22, 1991.

Survivors include two sisters, Laurencia DiCaprio of Amsterdam and Leah Adamkoski of Perth; dear friends, Howard and Frances Fonda of Hagaman; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place. Interment is in the Spring at Hagaman Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, with an Eastern Star Service to be conducted at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke's Church or to Shriner's Children's Hospital Fund, both in care of the funeral home.
 

Richard Smith
December 28, 1996

Richard Smith, 80, of Main Street, Gloversville, formerly of Second Avenue, died Saturday at the Fulton County Infirmary in Johnstown.

Born in Gloversville, Mr. Smith graduated in 1936 from Gloversville High School and was a lifelong area resident.

An Army veteran of World War II, he served as an airplane mechanic in Europe from 1943 to 1945.

Mr. Smith was a self-employed carpenter.

He was a former member of St. James Lutheran Church, the Eccentric Club and the Johnstown Moose Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Inez Jones Smith, whom he married June 10, 1939; two sons, Douglas W. Smith of Charlton and Gregory J.Smith of Aurora, Colo.; a daughter, Lorie Rosenberg of Raleigh, N.C.; a sister, June Ottman of Gloversville; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at noon Wednesday at the Life Christian Center in Johnstown.

Memorial contributions may be made to charity.

Arrangements are by the Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave.
 

Robert Philips
December 27, 1996

Robert D. Philips, 87, of Prospect Avenue, Gloversville, died Friday at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Philips was born in Gloversville and lived there all his life. He was a graduate of Gloversville High School.

Mr. Philips was a self-employed certified public accountant. He had also worked for M.W. Roosevelt and Sons in Palatine Bridge; Kasson and Keller in Fonda and N.A. Taylor and Company in Gloversville. He retired in 1987.

He was married to Mary C. Kernahan on June 30, 1942.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jean Pierce of Gloversville, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 16 W. Fulton St. Cremation will take place at the Leatherstocking Crematory, Cherry Valley.

Arrangements are by the Hollenbeck Funeral Home.
 

Rose "Rose Marie" DiDonna
December 22, 1996

Rose DiDonna, 92, a business leader who helped bring the IBM plant and the Hudson Valley Mall to the Town of Ulster, died Dec. 22 at the New Paltz Nursing Home after a long illness.

Mrs. DiDonna was born in Amsterdam on March 3, 1904, a daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Grace Liccardo Ferlazzo.

Her husband, Joseph DiDonna, died in 1973. She was predeceased by a son, Joseph A. Jr., who died in 1939.

Mrs. DiDonna is survived by two sons, Louis of the Townn of Ulster and Richard of Darien, CT.; five grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral mass was celebrated Tuesday at St. Joseph's Church in Kingston. Burial was held in St. Mary's Cemetery in Kingston.

Arrangements were by Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home, 411 Albany Ave., Kingston.
 

Mikayla Wolfkiel
December 28, 1996

Mikayla Renee Wolfkiel died at birth Saturday at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam.

She was the daughter of David G. Wolfkiel Jr. and Nickole Oakes Wolfkiel of Fort Plain.

In addition to her parents, survivors include Mikayla's paternal grandparents, Anna T. Wolfkiel of Fort Plain and David G. Wolfkiel Sr., of Lafayette, Colo.; her maternal grandmother, Linda Lesso Claven of Ames; her paternal great-grandmother, Mary T. Wolfkiel of Windsor, Colo.; her maternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Linder of Endicott; and aunts and uncles.

Services will be private at the Fort Plain Cemetery with the Rev. Kenneth Swain, pastor of St. James Church, officiating.

Arrangements are by the Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home in Fort Plain.
 

Rosemarie Otrube
Mrs. Rosemarie Otrube, 58 of Prindle Avenue, Johnstown, died Friday at Nathan Littauer Hospital after being stricken at home.

Mrs. Otrube was born and educated in Johnstown.

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

Survivors include herhusband,Steve Otrube, whom she married May 17, 1958; two sons,Stephen Otrube of Sacramento, Calif., and James Otrube of Sioux Falls, S.D., two daughters, Arlene Wickierak of Durham, N.C., and Theresa Brandt of Johnstown; three sisters, Otilia Knuffke and Irene Manno, both of Johnstown, and Marilyn Testerman of Belarie, Md., a brother, John Hladik of Johnstown, and a granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony's Church. Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Barter & Donnan Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
 

Josephine Eldridge
JosephineSinatra Eldridge, 70, of Van Buren Road, Schenectady, died Friday, Dec. 27, at home, after a long illness.

Mrs. Eldridge was born in Amsterdam. She was a homemaker.

She was married to Carl Eldridge Sr. He died in 1993.

Survivors include a son, Bruce Thompson of Glenville, a son, Carl Eldridge Jr. of the Town of Day; one grandson; four granddaughters, and 1 great-granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Daly Funeral Home, 242 McClellan St. Burial will be in Memory's Garden, Colonie.

Calling hour will preceed the service Tuesday from 8 to 9 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Crosstown Plaza, 2330 Watt St., Schenectady.
 

Sadie Medwid
Sadie Medwid of Edson Street, Amsterdam, died early this morning at St. Mary's Hospital, shortly after arrival.

Born in Amsterdam, she was the daughter of Michael and Josie Bruzinskas Pucunas. She was educated in local schools. 

Mrs. Medwid was employed as a weaver for Mohawk Carpets and later as an assembler for Ward Products, retiring in 1973.

She was an active communicant of St. Casimir's Roman Catholic Parish where she served on the parish council and was a Eucharistic Minister. She was a charter member and past president of St. Casimir's Ladies Auxiliary. She was also past president and charter member of the St. Casimir's Seniors, and Living Rosary Society of the church.

She married William Medwid on April 16, 1950.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Richard Sakadolsky of Northville; three grandsons; and three great-grandsons.

Services will be held Thursday at 9:45 a.m. at the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 at the Church of St. John the Baptist with the Rev. Joseph Grabys officiating.

Interment will be held in St. Casimir's Cemetery, Amsterdam.

Calling hours are Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to GAVAC or to a charity of one's choice.


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