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Edith Snyder
February 13, 1997

Edith C. Snyder, 85, formerly of 69 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, died Thursday at Montgomery Meadows. 

Born Sept. 2, 1911, in Rifton, she was the daughter of Harvey and Viola Tappan Hollister. 

She was a manager for Brier's Leather in Amsterdam for many years. Mrs. Snyder was a member of the Hagaman Senior Citizens. 

Her husband, Frank Snyder, died in 1979. 

Survivors include her sister, Mildred Surento of Amsterdam; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Monday at the Richard J. Ryan Funeral Home, Sacandaga Road, (Route 147), Galway.

Calling hours are noon to 2 p.m. on Monday prior to the service.

Spring interment will take place in Greenhill Cemetery, Amsterdam.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department.
 

Vencenza Giovannone
February 14, 1997

Vincenza "Jennie" Iacovangelo Giovannone, 97, of the St. Johnsville Nursing Home, formerly of Division Street, Fort Plain, died Friday at the nursing home after a long illness.

Born Feb. 26, 1899 in Rodi Gargano, Italy, she was the daughter of Antonio Iacovangelo and Michelina DeMeo. She was educated in Italy and the United States after she arrived in 1911.

Mrs. Giovannone was employed as a machine operator at the Luxuray Knitting Mill in Fort Plain for 50 years before retiring in 1965. She also worked part-time at the former Freebold Nursing Home in Fort Plain. She also performed private duty home care.

She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Fort Plain. She was a member of the Fort Plain-Nelliston Senior Citizens and the Altar Rosary Society.

Survivors include a son, Emerson Giovannone of Palatine Bridge; three daughters, Gilda Mucha of Hendersonville, N.C., Gloria Friello of Danbury, Conn., and Doris Dutcher of Fort Plain; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Giovannone was predeceased by two stepsons, Anselmo Giovannone and John Giovannone.

There will be no calling hours.

A memorial mass will be conducted 2 p.m. March 7 at St. James Catholic Church, Fort Plain, with the Rev. Kenneth Swain officiating.

Burial will be in Fort Plain Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Scholarship Association of Fort Plain, P.O. Box 65, Fort Plain, 13339, or the St. James Memorial Fund, 115 Reid St., Fort Plain, 13339.

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

Florence Michalski
February 14, 1997

Florence V. Michalski, 75, of Amsterdam, died Friday at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 22, 1921 in Amsterdam, she was the daughter of Joseph and Nellie Barszcz Bik. She was educated in local schools and was a 1937 graduate of the former Wilbur H. Lynch High School.

Mrs. Michalski worked at one time for Mohasco Industries. Later, she was a homemaker. She then was employed by St. Mary's Hospital as a keypunch operator until retiring in February 1983.

She was a member of the Church of St. John the Baptist.

Her husband, Joseph M. Michalski, whom she married May 17, 1953, died Dec. 31, 1991.

Survivors include two sons, David Michalski of Galway and Robert Michalski of Amsterdam; a sister, Ernestine Krawczyk of Amsterdam; two aunts, Bernice Barszcz and Adeline Barszcz, both of Amsterdam; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by a brother, Leonard Bik, who died in 1983.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Guzielek-Pomykaj Funeral Home, 13 Belmont Place, Amsterdam.

Services will be conducted 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Michalski's memory to the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
 

Joseph Foltman
February 14, 1997

Mr. Joseph Foltman, 84, of San Pedro, Calif, formerly of Amsterdam, died Friday.

Born Feb. 26, 1912 in Amsterdam, he was a son of Bronislaus and Anna Raczkowaka Foltman.

Mr. Foltman served in the U.S. Army as a Staff Segeant Machinist and was discharged in 1946.

He was employed as a civil servant for the federal government for 35 years before retiring in 1979.

Survivors include three sons, Jeff Foltman of San Pedro, Calif., Paul Foltman of Jacksonville, Ore., and Steve Foltman of Olympia, Wash.; three sisters, Cecelia Wiatrowski of Angola, Marion Wasileski of Auburn, and Harriet Thackrah of Amsterdam; five brothers, Sylvester Foltman of Amsterdam, Dennis Foltman of Escanaba, Mich. and Arizona, William Foltman of Schenectady, Barney Foltman of Rye, and Anthony Foltman of Bradenton, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by a sister, Helen Foltman and a brother, Felecian Foltman.

There will be a funeral service at Mary Star of the Sea Church in San Pedro, Calif. A private, graveside service will be conducted at the convenience of the family at St. John's Cemetery, Amsterdam.

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

Gladys Martin
February 15, 1997

Gladys M. Martin, 95, of Amsterdam, died Saturday evening at Montgomery Meadows where she lived since 1988.

Born in Amsterdam Feb. 10, 1902, she was the daughter of Lyle and William Waite Burtt.

Mrs. Martin was educated in the Amsterdam school system and was employed by Johnstown Knitting Mills for more than 40 years until her retirement in 1973.

She was of the Roman Catholic faith.

Her husband, Bernard T. Martin, whom she married on June 19, 1918, died in 1954.

Survivors include a daughter, Margaret E. Davis of Johnstown; three sisters, Marion Van Duesen and Florence Clairmont, both of Amsterdam, and Catherine Golding, of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Mrs. Martin was predeceased by a son, James Martin, and a daughter, Dorothy L. Hurley.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Riley Mortuary Inc., 110 Division St., Amsterdam, with the Rev. James Gulley, officiating.

Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Fort Johnson.

Calling hours are 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick's Church Memorial Fund, 205 Glebe St., Johnstown 12095.
 

John Favorita Sr.
February 13, 1997

John V. Favorita Sr., 84, of 315 Tree Haven Blvd., Hendersonville, N.C., died Thursday at Pardee Memorial Hospital following a short illness.

He was a native of Brooklyn and a prior resident of Garden City, Long Island, and had lived in Henderson County for the last 15 years. 

He was married to Josephine Favorita, who died in 1996.

Mr. Favorita was a retired federal employee and a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. 

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II and Korea; a member of the Air Force Association, and a member of the Marconi Lodge.

He is survived by his son, John V. Favorita Jr. of Canton, Ill.; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church by Father Alfonso D. Pagliara. 

Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, N.C. 

Calling hours were Sunday at the Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Home, Hendersonville, N.C., with a vigil service at 7:30 p.m.

 Memorial contributions may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, P.O. Box 2395, Hendersonville, N.C. 28793.
 

Leonina Cochi
February 15, 1997

Leonina Cochi, 99, of the St. Johnsville Nursing Home, formerly of 88 E. Main St., St. Johnsville, died Saturday at the nursing home.

She was born May 29, 1897, in Maenza, Italy, the daughter of Guy and Louisa Forcincila. She was educated in her native land, and moved to the St. Johnsville area in 1913.

She married Carlo Cochi on Sept. 2, 1917, in St. Johnsville. He died in June 1940.

For more than 30 years, Mrs. Cochi was owner and operator of Cochi's Gas and Grocery Store in St. Johnsville

Mrs. Cochi was a member of St. Patrick's Church and its Rosary Society. She was also a member of St. Johnsville Senior Citizens.

Survivors include two sons, Oscar Cochi of Rochester and Carlo Cochi of New Hartford; a daughter, Laura Fontana of St. Johnsville; 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by a grandson, Robbie Cochi.

Funeral services are 8:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Smith-Woody and Enea Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville, and at 9:15 a.m. from St. Patrick's Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Pascal Iannotti, pastor. 

Burial will be in St. Johnsville Cemetery in the spring. 

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Johnsville Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps or St. Patrick's Church.
 

William Fennhahn
February 16, 1997

William P. Fennhahn, 73, of Amsterdam, died Sunday morning at home following a long illness.

Born in Manheim, Germany, Jan. 31, 1924, he was the son of Wilhelm and Anna Hessman Fennhahn.

Mr. Fennhahn was educated in Hillsdale, Columbia County, and graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a bachelor of science degree.

He was employed as a teacher in the Amsterdam School District for 14 years at the Theodore Roosevelt Junior High School and for 15 years with the St. Johnsville School District.

Mr. Fennhahn was an army Veteran of World War II, and served as a Platoon Sergeant with the 5th Ranger Batallion. He participated in the Normandy Invasion and was twice the recipient of a Purple Heart Medal. He was also awarded the Bronze and Silver Star medals.

He was a member of the John J. Wyszomirski American Legion Post 701, secretary of the Amsterdam Bowling Association, a member of the Amsterdam Bowling Hall of Fame, and the Amsterdam Dart League.

Mr. Fennhahn played professional baseball with the New York Giants organization.

He married Theresa E. Gonyea in 1950.

Along with his wife, survivors include two sons, Michael Fennhahn and Thomas Fennhahn, both of Amsterdam; four daughters, Patricia Dunn of Canal Fulton, Ohio, Kathleen Penrosa of St. Cloud, Fla., Mary Lou Brooker of Amsterdam and Roseanne Santana of Bath; a brother, Arthur Fennhahn of Rock Tavern; a sister, Gene Weid of Stuyvesant; and 10 grandchildren.

Mr. Fennhahn was predeceased by a son, Joseph Fennhahn.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Riley Mortuary Inc., 110 Division Street, Amsterdam, with the Rev. James Gulley officiating.

Spring interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Tribes Hill.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Fennhahn's memory to Hospice of Amsterdam, 40 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, or to the American Cancer Society, Montgomery County Unit, P.O. Box 678, Amsterdam.
 

Paul Velicky
February 16, 1997

Paul V. Velicky, 90, formerly of Blanchard Road, Johnstown, died Sunday at the Montgomery Meadows Infirmary.

Born and educated in Johnstown, Mr. Velicky was a lifelong area resident.

An Army Veteran of World War II, he served in Europe from October 1943 to November 1945.

Mr. Velicky retired in 1971 from the Twin City Leather Company of Gloversville, where he was employed as a slocum staker. Later, he worked part time at several area leather companies until 1984.

He was a member of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union and a former member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2077 in Gloversville and the Pine Tree Rifle Club.

His wife, Marion Manzer Velicky, whom he married in 1927, died July 9, 1990.

Survivors include a son, Paul A. Velicky of Johnstown; a brother, George Velicky of Johnstown; a sister, Mary Gunsel of Schenectady; and four grandchildren.

Services will be private. There will be no public calling hours.

Spring burial will take place in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Montgomery Meadows Infirmary.

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

Genevieve "Jean" H. Serylo
February 17, 1997

Mrs. Genevieve H. Serylo, 83, formerly of 19 Milton Ave., Amsterdam, died Monday morning at the Mount Loretto Nursing Home.

Born May 21, 1913 in Dynow, Poland, she was the daughter of Stanislaus and Veronica Sikorowicz Decowski. She came to Amsterdam in 1923 and resided here since.

She was employed by the former Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Co., M. Brier & Sons and lastly by Consolidated Novelty Co. before retiring.

She was a member of St. Stanislaus Church. She was also a member of St. John's Ladies Bowling League and the Mount Loretto Ladies Auxiliary. 

She married William J. Serylo on May 27, 1933. He died Jan. 8, 1987.

Survivors include three daughters, Winifred "Billie" Gallagher of Perth and Lakeland, Fla., Christine Califano of Naperville, Ill., and Veronica "Ronnie" Urba of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one niece and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church St., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery. 

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

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stanislaus Church.
 

Harriet E. Crews
February 16, 1997

Mrs. Harriet E. Crews, 59, of Crews Drive, Fort Plain,died Sunday at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

Born Oct. 24, 1937 in Lexington, she was the daughter of Oscar Hogan and Hattie VanValkenburgh. She was a 1956 graduate of Fort Plain High School.

Mrs. Crews was employed by Beech-Nut Co. in the Gum Department for 10 years. She was also a homemaker.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Freysbush and a member of the Ladies Aid Society of the church.

She married Roger R. Crews Sr. on Sept. 28, 1957.

Mrs. Crews was predeceased by a son, Roger R. (Fred) Crews Jr. on Nov. 22, 1991.

In addition to her husband, survivors include her mother, Hattie Hogan of Fort Plain; three daughters, Brenda Dawson of Minden; Tammy Konik of Manheim; Ellen Riddle of Fordsbush; three brothers, George Hogan and Richard Hogan Sr., both of Fort Plain and Charlie Hogan of Canajoharie; five sisters, Donna Bunker of Fort Plain; Diane Hogan of Canajoharie, Doris Handy of Nelliston, Ruth Triumpho and Elsie Buccalo, both of Canajoharie; eight grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 34 Center St., Fort Plain, with the Rev. Kenneth Dingman, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, Fort Plain, officiating. Burial will be in Fort Plain Cemetery in the spring. 

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 126, Canajoharie, 13317.
 

Mildred Marler
February 15, 1997

Mildred P. Marler, 73, of Trackside Ill, Johnstown, died Saturday at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville after a brief illness.

Born March 22, 1923 in Ossining, she was the daughter of Charles Henry and Hermina Tietzen Pape. She resided in the Ossining area most of her life, and lived in Bleecker from 1976 until moving to Johnstown in 1993.

She was a graduate of Ossining High School.

Mrs. Marler was employed as a bank teller with the Bank for Savings, Ossining, and for many years worked on the family-owned and operated Pape Dairy Farm in Ossining.

She was past matron of Callabergh Chapter Order of the Eastern Star No. 424 in Ossining and a member of First Baptist Church of Ossining.

She married William R. Marler on Oct. 31, 1942. He died Dec. 11, 1993.

Survivors include two sons, William R. Marler Jr. of Manchester, Conn., and Jeffrey L. Marler of Caroga Lake; a sister, Evelyn James of New London, N.H.; a brother, Douglas Pape of Bedford Hills, two grandsons, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, where burial will take place.

Arrangements are by Walrath & Bushouer Funeral Home Inc., Gloversville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc., P.O. Box 523, Johnstown, 12095 or the charity of one's choice.
 

Gladys Martin
February 15, 1997

In Monday's obituary for Gladys M. Martin, it should have read she was the daughter of Lyle and Lillian Waite Burtt.
 

Robert "Beetles" Bielawa
February 17, 1997

Robert A. Bielawa, 67, formerly of Main Street, Fort Johnson, died Monday morning at his home at the High Rise Apartments.

Born March 7, 1929 in Amsterdam, he was the son of Walenty and Mary Szczygiel Bielawa, he was a graduate of Wilbur H. Lynch High School and attended the State University of New York at Farmingdale. For more than 30 years, Mr. Bielawa was employed as a welder for the General Electric Co. in Schenectady, retiring in 1985 due to disability.

During the Korean Conflict, he served with the U.S. Air Force.

He was a member and past commander of the John J. Wyszomirski Post 701 American Legion, The Irish American Club and the G.E. Quarter Century Club.

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

He married the former Margaret M. Clary on Aug. 26, 1956.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Mary Beth Knowles and Diane Bielawa, both of Rochester; two sons, Robert A. and David L. Bielawa, both of Amsterdam; two sisters, Lottie Slottka of Fort Johnson and Clara Janas of Schenectady; a brother, Roman "Ron" Bielawa of Stratford, Conn.; three grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:15 at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. Interment is in St. John's Cemetery, with military honors.

Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the American Legion Post 701 will conduct a service at 7:30 p.m. for their late past commander.
 

Ernest Kosinski
February 16, 1997

Ernest A. Kosinski, 76, of Myers Court, Colonie, died Sunday at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany.

Mr. Kosinski was born in Schenectady and had lived in Colonie for many years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. He had been employed as an auto repairman at the former Capital Buick in Albany.

He was a member of the H B Kuhn Senior Citizens and had been a member of the Colonie Elks Lodge No. 2192.

Mr. Kosinski was the widower of the late Eleanor Washburn Kisinski.

He is survived by a sister, Esther Aspirion of Albany and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:15 a.m. Thursday from the Reilly & Son Funeral Home, 1200 Central Ave., Colonie, and at 9 a.m. at the Church of St. Clare, 1947 Central Ave., Colonie. Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Colonie.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 
 

Mary Rose Oare
February 17, 1997

Mary Rise Oare, 91, of 10 1/2 James St., Gloversville, died Monday at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville after a short illness.

Born July 28, 1905 in Canastota, she was the daughter of Michael and Bridgette Bush Pitchanau. She resided in Gloversville most of her life.

Mrs. Oare was employed as a glove worker with the Elwood Andrist Glove Co., and also with Aris Glove Co., both of Gloversville.

She was of the Baptist faith. 

Mrs. Oare was a former member of Gloversville Ladies of the Moose.

She married Robert Oare in December, 1954. He died June 25, 1989.

Survivors include two sons, Robert H. Morey and Harold John Morey, both of Gloversville; two stepsons, Robert Oare Jr. of Hagaman, and Gerald Oare of Gloversville; a stepdaughter, Katherine Kucel of Meco; a brother, John Pitchanau of Vestal, a sister, Marguerite Leibl of Gloversville; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Walrath & Bushouer Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. Spring burial will be at Broadalbin Union Rural Cemetery in Broadalbin.

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

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


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