Miscellaneous Montgomery County, New York Obituaries - 1996

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Blanche Decker
December 29, 1996

Blanche L. Decker, 84, of Kingsboro Towers, Gloversville, died Sunday at Nathan Littauer Hospital after being stricken at home.

She was born in Shandaken Dec. 24, 1912, the daughter of Osmer Lane and Sarah Kathleen Thompson.

Mrs. Decker retired from Fownes Bros. in Amsterdam after working there for 18 years as a cost accountant. She was a former member of the Perth Bible Church.

She married Leslie Decker in Kingston in 1927, where she lived before moving to Gloversville. He died in 1972.

She is survived by her sons, George Leslie Decker and Ronald R. Decker, both of Gloversville; a daughter, Patricia A. Parker of Perth; a sister, Ellen Crookston Mazzuca of Kingston ;14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Decker's body was donated to the Albany Medical College Anatomical Gift Program. 

A memorial service for the family will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Broadalbin ambulance service, Broadalbin. 

Arrangements are the Hans Funeral Home in Albany.
 

Charles Brumagim
December 21, 1996

Charles G. Brumagim, 89, of Vernon, Conn., died Dec. 21.

Born in Amsterdam, he was the son of George and Mary Gillans Brumagim. Mr. Brumagim was raised and educated in Amsterdam and was a graduate of St. Mary's Institute. He moved to Vernon in 1992. 

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Catherine Sullivan Brumagim; his daughter, Alice C. McPadden of Vernon; his sister, Margaret Doorey of Booneville; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was pre-deceased by a son, Charles Hicks Brumagim.

Funeral services were private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vernon Manor Cheer Fund, 180 Regan Road, Vernon, Conn. 06066; or to St. Mary's Church, Main Street, Amsterdam.

Arrangements are by the Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect St., Rockville.
 

Sadie Medwid
December 30, 1996

Sadie Medwid of Edson Street, Amsterdam, died early Monday 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 9:45 a.m. Thursday at the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m.at the Church of St. John the Baptist with the Rev. Joseph Grabys officiating.

Interment will be 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 the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps. or to a charity of one's choice.
 

Betty Chriss
December 30, 1996

Betty J. Chriss, 71, of Touareuna Road, Amsterdam, died Monday morning at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam, following a short illness.

She was born July 12, 1925, in Amsterdam, the daughter of Charles and Emma Benson Hornbeck Sr. and lived in Amsterdam most of her life.

She was employed as a waitress at the Carl Company in Amsterdam and Peggy's in Schenectady. She was later employed in sales at Pyramid Jewelers in Amsterdam, retiring in 1988.

Mrs. Chriss was a member of West Glenville Grange 1531 and a communicant of the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church.

She married Charles T. Chris Aug. 31, 1985.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three step-daughters, Sharon Bellamy and Susan Manell, both of Amsterdam, and Mary Lou Nicolella of Gloversville; seven step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday at the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Ronald Sloat officiating.

Interment will be in Greenhill Cemetery, Amsterdam, in the spring.

Calling hours are today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Betz Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Area 9 Special Olympics or the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church, in care of the funeral home.
 

Lawrence Baldine Sr.
December 30, 1996

Lawrence J. "Baldy" Baldine Sr., 71, of Market Street, Amsterdam, died Monday at St. Mary's Hospital after a long illness.

He was born in Amsterdam May 25, 1925, the son of Peter and Anna Sandy Baldine. He was educated in Amsterdam schools and was a lifelong city resident.

Mr. Baldine was employed as a fireman and security guard at the General Services Administration Navy Depot of Scotia for many years. He later was a self-employed carpenter and also served as clerk of the works of the new Montgomery County Courthouse project, retiring in 1992.

He served with the U.S. Army 24th Signal Co. in Japan at the conclusion of World War II and was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church.

Mr. Baldine was an avid golfer and served on the Amsterdam Municipal Golf Commission. He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus Council 209.

Survivors include his wife, the former Anna Lauria, whom he married April 8, 1951; two sons, Peter Baldine of Yorkville, Ill., and Lawrence Baldine of Washington, D.C.; two daughters, Anna Maria Baldine of Washington, D.C., and Carmella Cowles of Mayfield; one brother, Anthony Baldine of Amsterdam; three grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services are 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the DeStefano Funeral Home, Route 5S, Amsterdam, followed at 9:15 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church.

Interment will follow in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Calling hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps or to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
 

Helen Eads
December 30, 1996

Helen Zinn Eads, 80, of Wall Street, Amsterdam, died Monday at the Niskayuna home of her son after a brief illness. 

Born in Brooklyn, she had been a salesperson of women's better sportswear at Abraham and Strauss in Brooklyn during the 1950s through the 1970s. Later, she had been a clerical worker for the City of New York until her retirement in the 1980s. A resident of upstate New York since 1994, she was a communicant of the Church of St. Helen in Schenectady and the wife of the late Howard Eads.

Survivors include one son, Cleve (Mary) Eads of Niskayuna; one sister, Genevieve Sartory of Albany; three grandchildren; and two nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:45 a.m. Friday at the Frederick Funeral Home, 16 Manning Square, Albany, and at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Helen, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. 

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital District Hospice, 1411 Union St., Schenectady, 12308.
 
 

Stephen McWilliams
December 30, 1996

Stephen A. McWilliams, 51, of Crooked Street, Broadalbin, died Monday at Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center Hospital in Albany.

Mr. McWilliams was born in Albany. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

At one time, Mr. McWilliams was a painter and furniture refinisher.

Most recently, he was a processing technician at Clearvue Polymers, Amsterdam.

He married Nancy M. Glenn McWilliams in 1987.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Tina M. Munchbach of Broadalbin and Lisa A. Ferguson of Amsterdam; three sons, David M., Daniel L., and Stephen A. McWilliams Jr., all of California; a brother, Ronald Dinsmore of Scotia; and two grandchildren.

A service will be conducted at 8:30 p.m. today at the Richard J. Ryan Funeral Home, Sacandaga Road, Galway, where calling hours will begin at 7. Cremation will take place at Vale Crematory in Schenectady.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
 

Patricia Tymchyn
December 30, 1996

Mrs. Patricia B. Tymchyn, 66, of Hawes Road, Altamont, died Monday at St. Peter's Hospital, Albany.

Born in Scotia, Mrs. Tymchyn was a graduate of Scotia High School. She moved to Altamont in 1948. Mrs. Tymchyn was a transcriptionist for Traveler's Insurance Co., Albany, retiring in July.

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

Survivors include her husband, Martin M. Tymchyn; two sons, Kevin Tymchyn of Gallupville and Michael Tymchyn of Schenectady; two daughters, Lynda Furmann of Glen and Michele Seelow of Mayfield; two sisters, Catherine Bachand of Altoona, Fla., and Mary Rose Mallia of Jacksonville, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Lucy's Church, Grand Street. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main St.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Hospital Oncology Department, 315 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, 12208.
 
 

Mary Hall
December 31, 1996

Mary E. Hall, 87, of 41 First Ave., Broadalbin, died Tuesday at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for three weeks.

Born Sept. 1, 1909 in Austria-Hungary, she was the daughter of George and Katherine Tanchak Stanton and came to the United States in 1910, settling in Minerva. 

She was educated in schools there and later moved to Long Island, where she lived until 1958. She then moved to the Broadalbin area where she had since resided.

Mrs. Hall was employed in the tape department at the former MCA of Gloversville, retiring in 1971.

She was of the Episcopalian faith.

She married Alfred W. Hall on Aug. 21, 1931. He died Sept. 30, 1969.

Mrs. Hall was predeceased by two sons, Charles Hall, who died in 1964 and George Hall, who died in 1969.

Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth Marion of Sequim, Wash.; two sisters, Rose Benedict of Broadalbin and Alice Paul of Lyons, N.J.; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be conducted in the spring at the Union Mills Cemetery. 

There will be no calling hours.

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

Arrangements are by the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., Broadalbin.
 

John Murphy
December 29, 1996

John F. Murphy, 78, of County Route 107, Fort Johnson, died Sunday at East Texas Medical Center after being stricken while on vacation.

Born June 15, 1918 in West Hartford, Conn., he was educated there. He was the son of James P. and Mary E. Clark Murphy.

Mr. Murphy served with the Merchant Marine.

He was employed as a field quality control inspector in the Turbine Engine Department for Westinghouse Electric, New England Division until his retirement. At one time he also worked on the Erie Canal.

Mr. Murphy was of the Catholic faith.

He is survived by his wife Joyce Taylor Murphy, a daughter, Colleen Brancato of Johnstown; three sons, John F. Murphy Jr. of Florida, Robert B. Murphy of Connecticut and Dennis P. Murphy of Houston, Texas; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today at the A. G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 E. Main St., Johnstown, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony's Church 4 Nicholas St., Johnstown.

Calling hours were Wednesday.

Burial will be in the spring at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Johnstown.
 

Vincent "Jimmy" DelCostello
December 31, 1996

Vincent DelCostello, 83, of Austin Street, Amsterdam, died Tuesday morning at his home after being stricken.

Born Feb. 16, 1913 in Amsterdam, he was a son of Michael and Serafina Frescura DelCostello. 

He was educated locally and lived here all his life. 

For many years, he was employed by the General Electric Co. in Schenectady as a forklift operator, retiring in 1978. 

Mr. DelCostello also ran the former Jim's Lucheonette on Market Street for several years. 

He was a communicant of St. Michael The Archangel Roman Catholic Church. 

He was a member of several senior citizen's groups, including St. Casimir's Seniors, Mount Carmel Seniors, the Hi-Lo Seniors, and the United Presbyterian Seniors.

His wife, the former Eleanor DiCaprio, died in April of 1981. 

Survivors include his companion of many years, Josie Sokalski of Amsterdam; two sons, Michael W. and Richard A. DelCostello both of Amsterdam; two daughters, Linda Nasadoski and Michele Harpp both of Amsterdam; four brothers, Michael DelCostello of Schenectady, Herman DelCostello of Gloversville, Albert and Carmen DelCostello both of Amsterdam; two sisters, Lena DelCostello and Antionette DaBiere both of Amsterdam; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

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

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

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

Vera Shuttleworth
December 30, 1996

Vera F. Shuttleworth, 82, of Seven Hills Road, Northville, died Monday morning at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville after a long illness.

Born and educated in Amsterdam, Mrs. Shuttleworth was a resident of Northville since 1976.

She was a homemaker.

Her husband, Robert A. Shuttleworth, died in 1988.

Survivors include a son, Robert F. Shuttleworth of Northville; a daughter, Anne Magnifico of Woodmere; a brother, James Egan of Amsterdam; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be private. Burial will be in the spring in the Hagaman Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Arrangements are by the Northville Funeral Home.


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