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Antony Rabacoukas
January 26, 1997

Anthony T. Rabacoukas, 83, of 3rd Avenue, Amsterdam, died Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital after being stricken at home.

Born April 15, 1913 in Amsterdam, he was the son of Thomas and Anna Nowak Rabacoukas. He was a lifelong area resident and was educated in local schools.

Mr. Rabacoukas was employed at one time by Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Mills. Later, he was employed for Breton Industries until retiring. After his retirement he was employed part time as a security guard for Ward Products. He was a former member of Bigelow-Weavers.

Mr. Rabacoukas was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. 

He was a member of St. Stanislaus Church.

He married Adeline Pawlowski on July 11, 1937. 

Survivors include his wife of 59 years and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Guzielek-Pomykaj Funeral Home, 13 Belmont Place, followed at 9 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stanislaus Church. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 this evening at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 11, Amsterdam.
 

Loretta Dutcher
January 27, 1997

Loretta L. Dutcher, 93, of the St. Johnsville Nursing Home, formerly of Mohawk Street, Fort Plain, died Monday night at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam after a long illness.

Born Jan. 15, 1904 in Fonda, Mrs. Dutcher was the daughter of Charles Loring and Inez Robbins. She graduated from Fort Plain schools.

Mrs. Dutcher was a secretary at Beech-Nut/LifeSavers in Canajoharie, retiring in 1965.

She was a lifelong area resident and lived at the nursing home for four years.

She was a member of the Fort Plain Reformed Church.

Mrs. Dutcher was a member of the Otsquago Chapter No. 297 Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Fort Plain-Nelliston Senior Citizens.

She married Mason Dutcher on June 27, 1925. He died Sept. 6, 1936.

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley M. Guanu of Cherry Valley; a son, Loring S. "Dutch" Dutcher of Fort Plain; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 34 Center St., Fort Plain. The Rev. Kenneth Dingman will officiate. Spring burial will take place in Fort Plain 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 Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 126, Canajoharie or the Alzheimer's Association, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany 12206 or to the Fort Plain Volunteer Fire Department, Box 374, Fort Plain 13339.
 

Donald Rozkydal
January 22, 1997

Donald Rozkydal, 57, of 102 Walnut St., Canajoharie, died Wednesday morning at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam.

Born June 2, 1939 in Johnstown, he was the son of Vincent and Hazel Hayward Rozkydal. He was a 1957 graduate of Johnstown High School. He moved to Canajoharie in 1970, where he had since lived. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served with the 1st Armored Rifle Battalion, 105th Infantry, 1958 to 1962.

Mr. Rozydal was employed for 17 years at LifeSavers in Canajoharie. He was last employed by Townsend Leather Co. in Johnstown since 1993.

Survivors include two sons, Donnie Ray Rozkydal of Indianapolis, Ind., and Randall Rozkydal of Erving, Mass.; a daughter, Donielle Rozkydal of Palatine Bridge; five step-sons, Richard Jones and Marc Jones of Fort Plain, Phillip Jones and Steven Jones of St. Johnsville and Gary Jones of Canajoharie; a brother, Vincent Rozkydal Jr. of Palmer, Ak.; four grandchildren; 30 step-grandchildren; one great-step-grandson, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no calling hours.

A graveside memorial service will be conducted in the spring at Canajoharie Falls Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 139 S. Lake Ave., Albany 12208.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Lenz & Betz Funeral Home, 69 Otsego St., Canajoharie.
 

Mary Walkowiak
January 26, 1997

Mary S. Walkowiak, 87, of Hillcrest Spring Residential Adult Care, Upper Market Street, formerly of 32 Catherine St., Amsterdam, died Sunday morning at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 5, 1909 in Old Forge, Pa., she was the daughter of Peter and Mary Kochman Strzalka. She came to Amsterdam in 1913 and attended local schools and resided here since.

Mrs. Walkowiak was employed as a spinner at Mohasco Industries for more than 40 years before retiring.

She was a member of St. Stanislaus Church, its Rosary Society and the church's St. Sophia's Choir. She was also a member of the Mohasco Quarter Century Club.

She married Chester Walkowiak on Sept. 5, 1936. He died April 10, 1951.

Mrs. Walkowiak is survived by one brother, Edward Strazalka, of Hartwick, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were scheduled for 10:30 this morning at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church St., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. 

Calling hours were conducted Monday. 

Memorial contributions may be made to GAVAC or to St. Stanislaus School.
 

Gary Fryer
January 27, 1997

Gary G. Fryer, 45, Yale University's director of public affairs, press secretary to former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo from 1987-90, and a reporter at The Recorder in the 1970s, died Monday after a long battle with cancer.

Fryer, a father of 22-month-old triplets and a teen-age son, died at the Yale University Health Services Center, where he had been a patient.

In 1990, Fryer became executive vice president of Lawrence Management Group, a part of the Lawrence Group of insurance-related companies in Albany, New York.

From 1987-90, Fryer was counselor and press secretary to Cuomo, serving as chief spokesman with the media and managing the governor's press office. Fryer was nominated by Cuomo and confirmed by the New York state senate as a trustee of the State University of New York in 1992.

In 1986, Fryer served as campaign spokesman in Cuomo's successful bid for a second, four-year term. Fryer had joined the Cuomo administration in 1983 as a spokesman for the state Department of Taxation and Finance.

Prior to going to work for the state, Fryer had been director of communications for the state Civil Service Association, the largest public employee union for New York's state government.

From 1973 to 1977, Fryer was a reporter with The Recorder.

A native of Orange, N.J., Fryer was a 1973 graduate of Seton Hall University, where he earned his degree in communications.

Fryer lived in Woodbridge with his wife, Joanne Segal, and the couple's three children, Matthew, Jennifer and Rebecca. His 16-year-old son, Adam, lives in Delmar. Fryer also is survived by his father, Arthur, of Whiting, N.J.; his brother, Arthur, of Verona, N.J.; and his two sisters, Judy Shaw, of Fresno, Calif., and Carol Sutphin, of Blacksburg, Va.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
 

Helen Mazanek
January 28, 1997

Helen Mazanek, 85, of Garfield Place, Amsterdam, died Tuesday at her home.

Born Aug. 3, 1911 in Syracuse, she was the daughter of Stanislaus and Stefania Opalka Jendrejewski. She came to the Amsterdam area in 1921 at the age of 10.

Mrs. Mazanek attended school in Syracuse until moving to Amsterdam, where she attended Amsterdam schools.

She was employed by Bigelow Sanford Carpet Mills and later for Fownes Bros. until retiring.

She was a member of the St. John's Seniors and was a member of the St. John's Bowling League for several years.

Mrs. Mazanek was a member of The Church of St. John The Baptist.

She married Alfred Mazanek on Sept. 3, 1939.

Survivors, including her husband of 57 years, include three sisters, Mary Opalka, Adeline Barszcz, and her twin sister Ann Moskal, all of Amsterdam; a granddaughter, one great-granddaughter and nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Mazanek was predeceased by her son, Edward J. Mazanek, on March 11, 1991.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Friday at the Guzielek-Pomykaj Funeral Home, 13 Belmont Place, followed at 9:30 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 will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and at the funeral home.

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

Terry Lofstrom
January 26, 1997

Terry L. Lofstrom, 42, of Tampa, Fla., died Sunday at St. Joseph's Hospital after a long illness.

Born in Gloversville, Mr. Lofstrom was a 1972 graduate of Mayfield High School. He resided in Mayfield and Schenectady before moving to Florida in 1988.

Survivors include two daughters, Rachael Lofstrom of Gloversville and Jessica Lofstrom of Johnstown; his parents, Jessie and Calvin Lofstrom of Camillus; a sister, Lisa Lofstrom of Liverpool, and two brothers, Brian Lofstrom and Camillus and Kevin Lofstrom of Florida and three grandchildren.

Cremation will be in Florida.

A memorial service will be conducted in Gloversville at a later date.

Spring burial will be in Mayfield Cemetery.

Local arrangements are by the A.G. Cole Funeral Home in Johnstown.
 

Tristan Carville
January 26, 1997

Tristan Michael Carville, infant son of Robert J. and Robin Blayzor Carville of South Market Street, Johnstown, died Sunday at Albany Medical Center Hospital shortly after birth.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Patrick Edward Carville of Johnstown; his paternal grandparents, Hugh and Geraldine Carville of Johnstown; his paternal great-grandmother, Nora Carville of Utica; his maternal grandfather, Robert Blayzor of Amsterdam; his maternal grandmother and step-father, Kathe and Paul Hawver of Johnstown; and his maternal great-grandparents, Edward and Agnes Blayzor of Gloversville.

Funeral services will be private.

Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Whitesboro.

Memorial contributions may be made to Neo-Natal Research, Albany Medical Center Foundation Development Office, 43 New Scotland Ave., A-119, Albany, 12208-3478.

Arrangements are under the direction of the A.G. Cole Funeral Home.
 

James Ippoliti
January 28, 1997

James L. Ippoliti, 76, formerly of Log City Road, Amsterdam, died Tuesday at his home on Mayfield Drive, Port Richey, Fla.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Johnson-Lindsay Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, Amsterdam.
 

Eliza Kissinger
January 29, 1997

Eliza L. Kissinger, 73, of 66 Fifth Ave., Gloversville, died Tuesday at home after a long illness.

Born Aug. 12, 1923 in Broadalbin, she was the daughter of Clarence L. and Carolyn Roosevelt Collins.

She resided in Gloversville most of her life.

Mrs. Kissinger attended Broadalbin and Gloversville schools.

She was employed as a glove worker with the VanDerEssen Glove Co. and also worked in the laundry department and kitchen at Nathan Littauer Hospital, and at Robison and Smith Inc., all before her marriage. In later years, she was a home health care volunteer for many years.

Mrs. Kissinger was of the Presbyterian faith.

She married Curtis D. Kissinger on Aug. 2, 1952.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Vickey Kinnier and Kathy E. Dougherty, both of Johnstown; two sons, Alan C. Kissinger of Clifton Park and John L. Kissinger of Brunswick, Ga.; three brothers, Leland Collins of Belmont, Theodore Collins of Northville, and Clarence Collins Jr. of Johnstown; two sisters, Almeda Sutliff and Norma Collins, both of Johnstown; five grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Walrath & Bushouer Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, with the Rev. R.W. Williams, chaplain of Mountain Valley Hospice, officiating. Spring burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Gloversville.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, 12078.
 

Violet Decker
January 20, 1997

Violet Decker, 86, of Visalia, Calif., died Jan. 20 at a Visalia Hospital. 

Born July 22, 1910 in Belfast, Ireland, Mrs. Decker was educated in Belfast and in 1924 she moved to Amsterdam, where she was employed at the Mohawk Carpet Mills. 

She married John Decker on Aug. 20, 1932. He died in 1993. She and her husband moved to Massachusetts in 1965 where she was employed as an inspector for Wrights Manufacturing. 

Survivors include a son, Don Decker of Rotterdam; a daughter, Cathy Brown of Visalia, Calif.; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A service was conducted at Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Ave., Visalia, Calif., on Jan. 22.

Burial took place at Visalia District Cemetery.
 

John Marlitt
January 29, 1997

John W. Marlitt, 55, of 81 S. Judson St., Gloversville, died Wednesday at home, where he was stricken. 

Born Dec. 1, 1941 in Gloversville, he was the son of Delbert and Carrie Dingman Marlitt. He was a lifelong Gloversville resident and was educated in Gloversville schools.

He was employed in the sample department as supervisor with the UNI Distribution Corp., Gloversville, for 30 years until his death.

Mr. Marlitt was a member of the Salvation Army of Gloversville.

Survivors include a brother, Delbert Marlitt Jr. of Gloversville; a sister, Mary Ann "Cookie" Quackenbush of Gloversville; and several nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at the Walrath & Bushouer Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, with Capt. Robert Ginter, commanding officer of the Salvation Army of Gloversville, officiating. Spring burial will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Gloversville.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army of Gloversville, 10 Spring St., Gloversville, 12078.
 

Anthony Carach
January 28, 1997

Anthony L. Carach Sr., 75, of Curry Road, Rotterdam, died Tuesday at home.

Born in Amsterdam, Mr. Carach was a lifelong area resident and was a graduate of Nott Terrace High School in Schenectady.

During World War II, Mr. Carach served with the Army with an anti-tank gun crew in Europe and was awarded four Bronze Stars.

For many years, he was proprietor of the Elcar Service Station on Altamont Avenue. For 20 years, he worked at Condec until retiring in 1985. After retirement, he worked for the Mohawk Golf Course locker house from 1988 to 1994.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Josephine DePoalo Carach; a son, Anthony Carach Jr. of Lebanon, N.J.; a daughter, Jo-Ann Morgan of Rotterdam; four sisters, Mary Horn and Roseland Evenson, both of Rotterdam, and Emma Marcello and Theresa Carach, both of Schenectady; a brother, Herman Carach of Schenectady; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Abbey of Evergreen Memorial Park, followed by entombment.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Schenectady or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are by the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home.
 

David Barker
January 29, 1997

David H. Barker, 64, of Church Street, Hagaman, died Wednesday morning at his home following a long illness.

Born Feb. 9, 1932 in Amsterdam, he was the son of Harold and Dorothy Harrington Barker. He was educated in the Amsterdam school system and was a graduate of Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, where he majored in advertising and design.

Mr. Barker was employed by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department and retired in 1986.

He served with the U.S. Navy for eight years, achieving the rank of Petty Officer. He was honorably discharged in 1958.

Mr. Barker was an honorary lifetime member of the Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff's Association and also a member of the New York State Deputy Sheriff's Association.

He married Mary Kelly on Dec. 6, 1958.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Michael H. Barker of Schenectady; a daughter, Amy B. Malagamba of Lake Oswego, Ore.; three brothers, Richard Barker of Oklawana, Fla., Robert Barker of Gloversville, and Charles Barker of Mosier, Ore.; one grandson, and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A prayer service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday at the Riley Mortuary Inc., 110 Division St., Amsterdam. Spring interment will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery in Hagaman.

Calling hours are from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart Transplant Fund, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, C-700 PUH, 200 Lothrop St., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15123.

James Ippoliti

January 29, 1997

James L. Ippoliti, 76, formerly of Log City Road, Amsterdam, died Tuesday at his home on Mayfield Drive, Port Richey, Fla.

Born March 1, 1920 in Schenectady, he was the son of Anthony and Maria Magnarelli Ippoliti. He graduated from the former Scotia High School in 1938. 

Mr. Ippoliti served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in the European Theater. 

He was employed by the former Parsons Ford Garage for 17 years. He then worked for Anthony Mormile & Sons Plumbing and Heating for 18 years. He then founded Jim Ippoliti Burner Service which he operated and until retiring in 1988. He moved to Port Richey, Fla., where he had since resided. 

Mr. Ippoliti was a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Amsterdam.

He was a former member of the Catholic War Veterans of St. Michael's Church.

He married the former Marion Lidgard on April 22, 1944.

In addition to his wife, survivors include five daughters, Carolyn Brundige and Ann Marie D'Addio, both of Amsterdam; Linda Tessitore of Oceanside, Calif., Nancy Ippoliti of Frankfort, Kent. and Pamela Ippoliti of Saratoga Springs; four brothers, Joseph Ippoliti of Glenville, Lewis Ippoliti of Schenectady, Mac Ippoliti of Port Richey, Edward Ippoliti of California; two sisters, Connie Bronevsky and Hilda Gibbons, both of Port Richey; nine grandchildren, one great-grandson and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Johnson-Lindsay Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, Amsterdam, followed at 9:15 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. Burial will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery.

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

Clarabel Coddington
January 29, 1997

Mrs. Clarabel Coddington, 87, of Montgomery Meadows, Amsterdam, formerly of Fultonville, died on Wednesday at the residence.

Born Sept. 8, 1909 in Clayton, she was the daughter of John and Mary Cook Schulz. She moved to Fultonville at the age of 4 and was educated in Charleston schools.

Mrs. Coddington was a homemaker.

She was of the Protestant faith.

She married Clarence Coddington Sr on Oct. 9, 1928. He died in 1972.

Survivors include four sons, John Coddington of Sprakers and Gerald, Lawrence, and Clarence Coddington Jr., all of Fultonville; a daughter, Gladys Brunell of Fultonville; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be private and burial will be in Maple Avenue Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are by the Jackson-Betz Funeral Home.
 

Stanley Sack
January 29, 1997

Stanley Sack, 84, a resident of the Fulton County Infirmary, and formerly of the Northway Mobile Home Park in Perth Road, Amsterdam, died Wednesday at the infirmary.

Born March 25, 1912 in Mountain Top, Pa., he was the son of Barney and Agnes Sack. He later moved to the Amsterdam area. Mr. Sack was educated in Mountain Top and was a graduate of Fairview High School in Mountain Top. He was employed by General Electric in Schenectady.

Mr. Sack was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 55. He was a a World War II Army veteran.

He was a member of St. Stanislaus Church. 

He married Antonia Dybowski Sack. She died Oct. 6, 1983.

Survivors include nieces and a nephew.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Amsterdam Funeral Chapel, 13 Belmont Place, followed at 11:30 by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday before the funeral services.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stanislaus Church.
 

Mary Rowan
January 28, 1997

Mrs. Mary J. Rowan, 89, of Albuquerque, N.M., died Tuesday.

Born in Delanson, Mrs. Rowan resided in Schenectady before moving to New Mexico in 1975. She was the widow of James A. Rowan.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Burial will be in Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla. Arrangements are by the French Mortuary.


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