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Doris Petraske

February 2, 1997
Doris Peters Petraske, 82, of 51 E. Eighth Ave., Gloversville, died Sunday at home following a long illness.

Born July 13, 1914 in Bleecker, she was the daughter of Frank D. and Bertha Ernst Peters. She was a graduate of Gloversville High School and Albany Business School. 

Mrs. Petraske was employed at the former Trust Co. of Fulton County, J.C. Bleyl Co., and for 28 years in the business office as internal auditor and payroll clerk with the Gloversville Enlarged School District.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Gloversville where she had served on the administrative board and also as church financial secretary for many years. The Gloversville Business and Professional Women's Association; the Fulton County Museum, and the Retired Teachers Association.

She married Frederic E. Petraske on Oct. 3, 1936. He died July 19, 1993.

Survivors include a sister, June P. Wiley of Johnstown, a brother, Donald F. Peters of Gloversville, three nephews, three grand-nephews and several cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at the Walrath & Bushouer Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, with the Rev. Richard Sears officiating. Spring interment will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, or the First United Methodist Church of Gloversville, 7 Elm St., Gloversville, 12078.
 

Florence Foster

February 3, 1997
Florence H. Foster, 76, formerly of Maple Avenue, Fort Hunter, died Monday morning at Montgomery Meadows.

Born Nov. 10, 1920 in Oswego, she was the daughter of William and Edna Tullar Godden. Mrs. Foster was educated in the Amsterdam school system.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Foster was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church. 

Her husband, Russell W. Foster, whom she married Sept. 24, 1941, died in 1993.

Surviving are two sons, William Foster of Fort Hunter, and Donald Foster of North Carolina; four sisters, Barbara Hayes, Helena Hartig, and Edna Bend all of Amsterdam, and Harriet Thackrah of Sprakers; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Riley Mortuary Inc., 110 Division St., Amsterdam, with the Rev. Dan J. Wheeler, pastor of the United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Amsterdam.

Calling hours will be from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

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

Kenneth La Mere

February 2, 1997
W. Kenneth La Mere, 70, of 45 Lincoln Ave., Amsterdam, died Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital after he was stricken at home.

Born Nov. 13, 1926 in Poultney, Vt., he was the son of Walter and Lucy Parker Le Mere. He resided in Hudson Falls for many years, in Philmont from 1960 until 1975, when he moved to Amsterdam.

Mr. La Mere was educated in Hudson Falls schools. He served in the Navy during World War II, Signalman First Class, serving in the Philippines.

He was employed as a foreman for several knitting mills, last for 19 years with the Adirondack Knitting Co. in Amsterdam, retiring in 1994.

Mr. La Mere was a member of St. John the Baptist Church of Amsterdam, and the New Country Fan Club of Hudson Falls.

He married Betty Tripp on April 14, 1951. She died Feb. 5, 1988.

Survivors include two sons, Neil W. La Mere of Gloversville and Steven M. La Mere of Amsterdam; two daughters, Deborah J. Robinson of Hudson Falls, and Lori L. LaMere of Gloversville; two sisters, Evelyn Brown of Hudson Falls, and Margaret Maynard of Hudson Falls; three grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A prayer service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Walrath & Bushouer Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, with the Rev. Stan Swiezowski, pastor of St. John the Baptist, officiating. Spring burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, in Hudson Falls.

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 American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, 12010 or the March of Dimes, 80 Wolf Road, Albany, 12205.
 

Antonina "Edna" Padowicz

February 3, 1997
Antonina "Edna" Padowicz, 99, formerly of Hibbard Street, Amsterdam, died Monday at Mount Loretto Nursing Home, where she was a resident.

Born Aug. 27, 1897 in Glogow, Poland she was the daughter of Gregory and Mary Kubas Pikor. She came to this area at the age of 13.

Mrs. Padowicz was employed by Mohasco Industries.

She was a member of St. Stanislaus Church and a former member of the Ladies Rosary Society. 

She married Walenty Padowicz on May 2, 1916. He died Aug. 9, 1965.

Survivors include two sons, Adolf Padowicz of Schenectady, and Bronislaus Padowicz of Amsterdam; three daughters, Olga Bochniewicz of Amsterdam, Sadie Rourke of Ballston Spa, and Isabel Twardzik of Bradenton, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Amsterdam Funeral Chapel, 13 Belmont Place, followed at 9:30 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 8 to 9 a.m. prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Loretto Development Fund, or to St. Stanislaus Church. 
 

Dorothy Mercer

February 2, 1997
Mrs. Dorothy Mercer, 61, of Gloversville, died Sunday at Nathan Littauer Hospital.

Mrs. Mercer was born in Gloversville and was a graduate of its schools. She lived in St. Johnsville for several years before returning to Gloversville.

Mrs. Mercer was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church.

She was a member of the Better Breathers Club of Fulton County and a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program.

Her husband, Raymond J. Mercer, whom she married in 1967, died in 1974.

Survivors include two brothers, Gordon Seeley of Stratford and Bernard Seeley of St. Johnsville; two sisters, Idella Benson of Little Falls and Lucille Bowers of St. Johnsville.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave. Spring burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 this afternoon and 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Ambulance Service.
 

Pauline Steinmann

February 3, 1997
Mrs. Pauline Steinmann, 96, of Peck's Lake, died Monday at home after a long illness.

Born and educated in Slovakia, Mrs. Steinmann moved to New York City, and then to Morristown, N.J., in 1965. Mrs. Steinmann came to this area in 1988 to live with her son.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Her husband, William Steinmann, whom she married in 1926, died in 1967.

Survivors include her son, Ernest Steinmann of Gloversville; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, 16 W. Fulton St. Spring burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 2 to 4 this afternoon and 7 to 9 tonight at the Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund.
 

Charles Myers

February 3, 1997
Charles B. Myers, 79, of Lark Street, Amsterdam, died Monday morning at his home.

Born Aug. 7, 1917 in Scotia, he was the son of Charles and Annabelle Martin Myers. He attended Scotia schools.

Mr. Myers was the deputy police chief in the Village of Scotia for many years until his retirement in 1974. He then moved to Wells, until moving to Amsterdam 10 years ago.

He was a communicant of St. Casimir's Roman Catholic Parish and a member of the Northeastern Chiefs of Police Society.

He married the former Genevieve E. Pacunas on Sept. 2, 1940. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, David Myers of Hayes, Va., and Edmund Myers of Scotia; five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Vanderveer Street. The Rev. Joseph J. Grabys will officiate. Interment is in St. Casimir's Cemetery.

A calling hour will begin at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

Marion Steuer

February 3, 1997
Marion P. Steuer, 91, of Park Hill Adult Home, Amsterdam, died Monday.

Born in Amsterdam, she was the daughter of Elroy and Mary Perkins Palmer. She was a graduate of Amsterdam High School. 

She was first employed as a secretary for Bigelow Sanford Carpet Mills, and lastly, a secretary for the former New York State Veterinarian Agency in Amsterdam. 

Mrs. Steuer lived in Lantana, Fla.; from 1971 until she returned to Amsterdam in 1989.

She was of the Protestant faith.

She was married to Ernest Steuer. He died Aug. 11, 1986.

Mrs. Steuer is survived by nieces, nephews, and great -nieces and great- nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Robert Steuer.

There will be no calling hours. Services will be announced.

Arrangements are by the Ehle Funeral Home, 15 N.William St.., Johnstown. Interment is at the Leatherstocking Crematory, Cherry Valley.
 

Kathleen Andrews

February 1, 1997
Mrs. Kathleen Kelly Andrews, 70, of Florida Avenue, Amsterdam, died Saturday at her winter home in Ruskin, Fla.

Born Jan. 11, 1927, she was the daughter of William Kelly and Mary Riddell Kelly Harbour. She was a graduate of Wilbur H. Lynch High School in Amsterdam.

She was an operator for New York Telephone Co. and was later a professional organ player at The Barnes Hotel Lounge. Subsequently, she was a portrait photographer and manager of Elmer Epner Photography in Amsterdam. She was also a part-time manager and vault keeper at Off-Track Betting in Amsterdam.

Survivors include her husband, William Andrews; a son, Daniel Andrews of Amsterdam; a brother, Charles Harbour of Amsterdam; a sister, Carol Harbour Barnes of Albany; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:15 a.m. Thursday at the Betz Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, and at 9 a.m. a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association. 
 

Alice Holloway
February 2, 1997

Alice G. Holloway, 93, formerly of Early Woodland Apartments, Cobleskill, died Sunday at the Eden Park Nursing Home.

Mrs. Holloway was born in Worcester and attended a one-room schoolhouse there. Later, she taught school in the Worcester area.

For most of her life, she was a homemaker.

Mrs. Holloway resided in the Early Woodland Apartments from 1980 to 1995. Prior to that, she lived in Howes Cave for many years and wintered in Tampa, Fla.

Many years ago, she was a waitress at the former White Restaurant on Division Street. During World War II, Mrs. Holloway was a crane operator at the General Electric Company, Schenectady.

She was a member of the former Community Hospital Auxiliary. Mrs. Holloway was a member of the Barnerville United Methodist Church; the Women's Christian Temperance Union; and the Ruskin United Methodist Church in Ruskin, Fla.

Her husband, Earl L. Holloway, whom she married in 1924, died in 1980.

Survivors include two sons, Roger E. Holloway of Central Bridge and Frank J. Holloway of Advance, Calif.; a sister, Myrtle Putman of Green Island; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Ruskin Memorial Park, Ruskin, Fla.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Barnerville United Methodist Church, Box 274, Central Bridge 12035.

Arrangements are by the Langan Funeral Home, Central Bridge and Schoharie. 
 

Dr. John Kiselis
February 3, 1997

Dr. John P. Kiselis, 87, of Quincy, Ill., a native of Amsterdam, died Monday morning at the Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

Born in Amsterdam Sept. 28, 1909, he was a son of Anthony and Edna Kiselis and a graduate of the University of Arkansas and Loyola University-Stritch School of Medicine. He was a pathologist at St. Mary's Hospital in Quincy and West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Ill.

Dr. Kiselis was a member of the American Medical Association, Illinois and Adams County Medical Society, College of American Pathologists, Illinois Pathological Society, American & Illinois Societies of Blood Banks.

While in Amsterdam, he was a communicant of St. Casimir's Roman Catholic Parish and more recently, of St. Peter's Church in Quincy.

Survivors include his wife, Helen D. Kiselis, whom he married Oct. 20, 1937; two sons, John A. Kiselis of San Antonio, Texas, and Mark M. Kiselis of Dallas; three daughters, Jeanne K. McCurry of Chicago, Rita K. Bruns of St. Louis, and Mary K. Syc of Lake Forest, Ill.; 15 grandchildren and a nephew.

Services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at St. Ann's Chapel in St. Casimir's Cemetery. Father Joseph J. Grabys will officiate. Interment will follow in the cemetery. There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Casimir's Parish, 260 E. Main St.

Arrangements are by the direction of the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, Amsterdam.
 

Lois Bachman
February 4, 1997

Lois Bachman, 71, of Sacandaga Road, Galway, died Tuesday at Albany Medical Center after being stricken at home.

Born in Hawley, Pa., Mrs. Bachman moved to the Galway area in 1979.

She was of the Presbyterian faith.

Mrs. Bachman was a member of the Lioness Club of Galway, Order of the Eastern Star of Hawley, Pa., and the Galway Senior Citizens.

She was the widower of Wilmer "Cy" Backman.

Survivors include her mother, Lillian Roloson Plum of Hawley; two daughters, Kathryn L. Burnett and Patricia A. Bartleson, both of Hawley; her companion, Neal J. McCane of Galway; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

The service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Richard J. Ryan Funeral Home, Sacandaga Road, Galway.

Calling hours are 7 p.m. until the service, at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Green Gates Cemetery, Hawley.

Memorial contributions may be made to Galway Ambulance Corps. 
 

Walter Kopper
February 2, 1997

Private services will be held for Walter A. Kopper, 86, of Western Avenue, West Charlton, who died Sunday at home after a short illness.

Born in Niskayuna, Mr. Kopper was a lifelong area resident.

He worked for the General Electric Company for 43 years, beginning at Building 37 and retiring as a supervisor from the Research and Development Laboratory in Niskayuna.

Mr. Kopper was a member of the GE Quarter Century Club.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Adele Dreves Kopper; a daughter, Gail Blackmore of Surrey, England; and two grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours.

Burial will take place in Parkview Cemetery in Schenectady.

Arrangements are by Baxter Funeral Home, Schenectady. 
 

Joyce Wallin
February 3, 1997

H. Joyce Barkley Wallin of Greene Mountain Lake died Monday at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va.

Born in Amsterdam Sept. 6, 1923, she was the daughter of Danforth C. Barkley and Mary Maker Barkley. She was a graduate of St. Mary's Institute, and Miss Bennett's in Springfield, Mass.

Mrs. Wallin was a former resident of Springfield, Mo.; Scotia; Charlotte, N.C.; Endicott; Chesapeake, Va.; and Phoenix.

She was a member of the American Red Cross, St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary, Oais Charities, Girl Scouts, Head Start and the United Way.

She was a member of Shepherd of The Hills Catholic Church in Quinque, Va.

Mrs. Wallin is survived by her husband, Joseph L. Wallin of Greene Mountain Lake, Stanardsville, Va.; a daughter, Margaret Wallin Dowling; a daughter, Debra Wallin LaMori of Charlottesville; a son, Jay B. Wallin of Williamsburg, Va., a son, Timothy J. Wallin of Alexandria, Va.; a sister, Eleanor Barkley Land of Amsterdam; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Ryan Funeral Chapel, Quinque.

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

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Ryan Funeral Chapel with burial at Monticello Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greene County Rescue Squad of Stanardsville, Va.
 

Francis Phillips Sr.
February 3, 1997

Francis J. Phillips Sr., 58, of Reed Street, Canajoharie, died suddenly Monday at his home.

Born in Herkimer Nov. 21, 1938, he was the son of Stanley Phillips and Elizabeth Sands. He was educated in the Herkimer schools.

Mr. Phillips was employed at Life Savers and then at Conusa and at the time of his death, he was employed as a foreman at Richardson Brands in Canajoharie.

He lived in Canajoharie for the last 27 years.

Mr. Phillips was of the Methodist faith.

He married Doris Borst Dec. 6, 1969, in Freysbush.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Francis J. Phillips Jr., of Frederick, Md.; and Robert A. Phillips of Canajoharie; two brothers, Stanley Phillips of Herkimer and William Phillips of Rome; one grandson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 20 Otsego St., Canajoharie.

The Rev. Kenneth Dingman will officiate.

Spring burial will be in Fort Plain Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 28, Canajoharie 13317. 
 

Zofia Zaliskiewicz
February 3, 1997

Zofia Zaliskiewicz, 76, of Chesapeake, Va., died Monday. She resided in Amsterdam until 1980 and moved to Chesapeake, where she resided until the present time. 

She was the widow of Michael Zaliskiewicz.

She is survived by her son, John Zaliskiewicz of Chesapeake, Va.; her daughter, Christine Cooley; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Bridge Chapel, Norfolk, Va.
 

Emily Malacynski
February 4, 1997

Emily H. Malacynski, 80, of Broadalbin, died Tuesday evening at the Eden Park Nursing Home in Albany. 

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 38 W. Main St., Broadalbin.
 

Winifred Mockry
February 5, 1997

Winifred V. Ratajczak Mockry, 92, of Woodrow Road, died this morning at St. Mary's Hospital after a brief illness.

Arrangements are incomplete by the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place and will be announced.


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