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Alfred Geesler
February 15, 1997

Alfred J. Geesler, 85, of 2033 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, Fla., formerly of Amsterdam, died Saturday morning at the Mease Hospital in Dunedin after a long illness.

Born Jan. 6, 1912, in Fort Johnson, he was the son of Theron and Louise Minch Geesler. He resided in Amsterdam until 1969, when he moved to Dunedin.

He was the owner and operator of Geesler's Jewelers in Amsterdam and Dunedin, retiring in 1976.

Mr. Geesler was a member of the former Emmanual Presbyterian Church of Amsterdam.

He married he former Pearl Hughes on Oct. 19, 1935.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Robert W. Geesler of Pleasant Plain, Ohio; a sister, Wavel E. Green of Fort Johnson; and two granddaughters.

Private funeral services will be conducted at the convenience of the family in the spring. The interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Tribes Hill.

There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are by the Betz Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam.
 

Margaret Jameson
February 19, 1997

Margaret Jameson, 87, of 139 Woods Hollow Road, Gloversville, died Wednesday at the Fulton County Infirmary after a long illness.

Born June 29, 1909 in Gloversville, she was the daughter of Frank and Harriet Goodemote Allen.

She resided in Schenectady until 1962 and Sarasota, Fla., until April of 1996, when she moved to Mayfield and then to Johnstown.

Mrs. Jameson attended Knot Terrace School in Schenectady and the Ellis School of Nursing Class of 1930, where she earned her registered nursing degree. She was employed as a registered nurse with the American Red Cross in Schenectady. She retired in 1973.

Mrs. Jameson was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Schenectady.

She married Carlton G. Jameson on June 14, 1930. 

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Gary O. Jameson of Saratoga Springs; two daughters, Nancy France of Gloversville, and Terry Ayala of Sarasota, Fla.; nine grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at the Church of Christ, Route 67, Johnstown, at 11 a.m. Saturday. Cremation will take place at Parkview Crematory in Schenectady.

Arrangements are by Jeffords Chapel, Broadalbin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, 12078.
 

Mary Hutchison
February 20, 1997

Miss Mary Hutchison, 89, of the Sarah Jane Sanford Home, Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam, died Thursday afternoon at the Amsterdam Memorial Hospital, after a short illness.

Born Jan. 30, 1908 in Amsterdam, she was the daughter of John and Mary Anderson Hutchison and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a graduate of the Ellis Gurney School of Floral Design in Boston.

Miss Hutchison was a florist and a former co-owner with her sister of Mary & Belle's Floral Shop in Amsterdam. She retired in 1970.

She was a member of Art-Wel Chapter No. 208, Order of the Eastern Star in Amsterdam. Miss Hutchison was a communicant of the United Presbyterian Church of Amsterdam.

Survivors include two nephews, Thomas Burrell Jr. of Falls Church, Va.; and Hugh Hutchison of Amsterdam; six nieces, Phyllis Parry of Tribes Hill, Barbara Campbell of New London, N.H.; Catherine Boswell of Amsterdam; Mary Brooker of Broadalbin; and Alma Mary Phillips of Pattersonville; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Betz Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, with the Rev. Dan J. Wheeler officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart Fund or the United Presbyterian Church in care of the funeral home.
 

Charles Mc Clary
February 23, 1997

Charles M.B. McClary, 68, of Brandt Place, Amsterdam, died Sunday afternoon at home following an illness.

Born March 23, 1928 in Gloversville, he was the son of Charles and Minnie Barclay McClary.

Mr. McClary was educated in the Gloversville school system.

He was self-employed as a tree surgeon until retiring 15 years ago.

He was a veteran of the armed forces, and served with the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army until being honorably discharged.

Mr. McClary was of the Protestant faith.

He was a member of John J. Wyszomirski American Legion Post 701 of Amsterdam, Veterans of Foreign Wars 2007 of Gloversville and the Disabled American Veterans in Johnstown.

His first wife, Beverly Petitt McClary, died in 1994.

Survivors include his wife, Valerie Severino McClary; three sons, Charles S. McClary of Gloversville; Steven R. McClary of Glens Falls; and Lloyd M. McClary of Amsterdam; three daughters, Bonita Kowalski of Fort Hunter; Charlene Winnie of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Shirley McClary of Little Falls; five stepchildren, Charles Baker, Richard Baker and Frederick Callafello, all of Amsterdam; Debbie Baker and Michelle Hemstreet, both of Ballston Spa; two sisters, Lillian Randall of Gloversville and Esther Arminio of Fultonville; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. McClary was predeceased by a son, Richard M. McClary, two brothers, and three sisters.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Riley Mortuary Inc., 110 Division St., Amsterdam. The Rev. Raymond Barnett, pastor of Calvary Assembly of God Church, will officiate. Interment will be in Mayfield Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Amsterdam, 40 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam.
 

Anna Funaro
February 22, 1997

Mrs. Anna Mai Funaro, 85, formerly of 54 Church St., Amsterdam,died Saturday afternoon at the Montgomery Meadows Residential Health Care Facility.

Born June 3, 1911 in Ashtabula, Ohio, she was the daughter of Anthony and Mary Napolitano De Carlo. She moved to New York City at the age of 19 and also resided in Brooklyn and Oceanside.

For several years she also resided in California before she moved to Amsterdam in 1989.

Mrs. Funaro was a homemaker.

She was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Amsterdam.

She was married to Anthony J. Funaro. He died Dec. 18, 1981.

Mrs. Funaro is survived by three daughters, Mary Webb of Newbury Park, Calif., Diana Funaro of Los Angeles, Calif. and Frances Sigurdsson of Broadalbin; two brothers, Frank De Carlo of West Sayville and Joseph De Carlo of Trumbull, Conn., and one sister, Rose Bollino of Brooklyn; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:15 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Church. Interment will be in St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale. 

There will be no calling hours.

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

Lillian Reinhart
February 22, 1997

Mrs. Lillian K. Reinhart, 78, of the Glendale Nursing Home, formerly of Fort Plain, died Saturday at St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady after a long illness.

Born April 4, 1918 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of Richard Fust and Bertha Shoemaker.

She was a 1935 graduate of Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn.

Mrs. Reinhart was a homemaker.

She lived in Schenectady for the last 11 years before moving to Fort Plain.

She married John J. Reinhart on Sept. 19, 1942 in Brooklyn. He died Jan. 21, 1986.

Survivors include two sons, Cola R. Reinhart of Los Angeles, Calif. and Richard L. Reinhart of Schenectady; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Private graveside services will be conducted in the spring in Fort Plain Cemetery. The Rev. Kenneth Dingman will officiate.

Spring burial will be in Fort Plain cemetery. 

There are no calling hours.

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

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

Anne Ullman
February 22, 1997

Mrs. Anne M. Ullman, 94, of the Jay Ridge Apartments, Cobleskill, died Saturday at Bassett Hospital of Schoharie County after a long illness.

Mrs. Ullman was born in Castleton and had resided in Cobleskill for the last 10 years.

A former resident of Delanson, she had once operated the Oak Hill Tavern.

Survivors include her husband, Lawrence Ullman, whom she married June 9, 1963; a sister, Jeanette Corcoran of Albany, and two grandsons.

A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 68 Elm St. Burial will follow in Memory's Garden, Colonie.

A calling hour will precede the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cobleskill Public Library, Union Street, 12043.
 

Katherine St. Jacques
February 24, 1997

Katherine M. St. Jacques, 61, of Route 5, Fort Johnson, died early this morning at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady.

Born Nov. 26, 1935 in Margaretville, she was the daughter of Daniel and Georgianna Mead Jaquish. She was educated in Roxbury Central School, in Roxbury and was a graduate of Stamford Central School, Stamford. 

Mrs. St. Jacques was a private secretary and last was employed as ward secretary at the Montgomery Meadows. 

She was a member of St. Mary's Church.

She married Alvan St. Jacques on Feb. 16, 1957.

In addition to her husband, survivors include one brother, Daniel Jaquish of Fleischmanns; three sisters, Georgia Howard of Clarksville, Tenn; Patricia LaFond of Virginia Beach, Va., and Rose Mampreyan of East Quogue.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted St. Mary's Chaurch at a time to be announced.

There will be no calling or viewing hours.

Burial will take place in Halcottsville Cemetery, Halcotsville.

Arrangements are by the Reilly Mortuary Inc., Amsterdam.
 

Frank Coombs
February 21, 1997

C. Frank Coombs, 74, of Galway, died Friday at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville.

Born in Newport, Maine, Mr. Coombs was a graduate of the MCI School in Pittsfield, Maine. He was a resident of Galway since 1979.

He was employed by the Saratoga harness track for 13 years and later worked as a carpenter for more than 25 years for several construction company in the Schenectady and Saratoga areas.

Mr. Coombs was a member of the Johnstown Moose Lodge and its Horseshoe League.

He served in the Navy during World War II.

He married Esther Saltsman Coombs on May 2, 1970.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Alan Coombs of Ballston Spa and Brian Coombs of Scotia; two daughters, Sheila Mullens and Cindy Coombs; both of Schenectady; a stepdaughter, Linda Kearns of Broadalbin; six grandchildren, two step-granddaughters, and a step-great-grandson.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Gloversville. A calling period will follow the service at the Johntown Moose Lodge.

There will be no prior calling hours at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saratoga Hospice, Trinity Episcopal Church or to Mountain Valley Hospice.

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

Charles Reilly
February 22, 1997

Charles A. Reilly, 88, of the Wanaque Center, Haskell, N.J., formerly of Charleston, died Friday.

Born in Brooklyn, he lived in Wayne, N.J. until he moved to Charleston in 1971. He moved back to Wayne in 1995.

For more than 29 years, Mr. Reilly worked as a custodial engineer at Public School #132 in the Bronx until his retirement in 1970.

Mr. Reilly was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post #450, Pequannock. He was a member of the AARP and the Charleston Senior Citizens Club.

He was a former parishioner of St. Cecelia's Roman Catholic Church in Fonda, and a 3rd and 4th degree Knight of Columbus - Council #209 in Amsterdam.

Survivors include his wife, the former Myrtle Hobbs of Wayne, N.J.; two sons, Charles D. Reilly of Wayne, N.J. and Adam D. Reilly of Haskell, N.J.; two daughters, Louise Neurouter of Wayne, N.J., and Eve Anne Renna of Pequannock; a sister, Loretta Nigro of Del Ray Beach, Fla.; two brothers, Henry Reilly of Del Ray Beach, Fla., and Adam Edward Reilly of Melville, Long Island; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are by the Moore's Funeral Home, 1591 Alps Road, Wayne, N.J.
 

Vincent Riggi Sr.
February 5, 1997

Vincent Thomas Riggi Sr., of 1625 Magnolia Ave., Lady Lake, Fla., died Feb. 5 at Leesburgh Medical Center, Fla.

Formerly of Ballston Lake, Mr. Riggi was born in Yonkers on April 30, 1916.

He was a member of the Bricklayers Union and the Sons of Italy of Schenectady. While living in Florida, he became a member of the Orange Blossom Gardens Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Riggi of Lady Lake, Fla., and three sons, Ronald A. Riggi of Saratoga Springs, Vincent T. Riggi of Lake George and Jeffery Riggi of South Glens Falls and nine grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation Fund.

Arrangements were under the direction of the All Faiths Cremation Society, Lady Lake, Fla.
 

Ada May Behlen
February 23, 1997

Ada May Behlen, 94, of 16 Montgomery St., Gloversville, died Sunday at the Fulton County Infirmary in Gloversville.

Mrs. Behlen was born July 23, 1902 in Gloversville. She resided in Gloversville all her life, and lived at the Getman Memorial Home for four months before entering the infirmary in October.

She was educated in Gloversville schools.

Mrs. Behlen was employed as a clerk with the former Martin & Naylor Co. and the former Argersinger's Department Store in Gloversville. She retired about 20 years ago.

She was a member of the Fremont Street United Methodist Church, Gloversville and the Ida McGinnis Senior Citizens Club, Gloversville. She was also a member of the 55 Plus Senior Citizens of Johnstown and Cayadutta Chapter No. 166 Order of the Eastern Star.

She married Frank Letson Behlen on June 26, 1926. He died Aug. 26, 1956.

Survivors include a daughter, Ruth Britt of Queensbury, two sons, Letson Behlen of St. Cloud, Fla., and Stanley Behlen of Gloversville; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Lois B. Stanyon, on Jan. 22, 1992.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Walrath & Bushouer Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, with the Rev. Erik L. Smith officiating. Burial will be in Fern Dale Cemetery, Johnstown.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society, P.O. Box 688, Gloversville, 12078, or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 261, Gloversville, 12078.
 

Norma McDuffee
February 23, 1997

Mrs. Norma J. McDuffee, 72, of 145 Cliff St., Canajoharie, died Sunday evening at the Palatine Nursing Home, Palatine Bridge.

Born Aug. 11, 1924 in Tacoma, Wash., she was the daughter of David C. and Edith Paggeot Turner.

Mrs. McDuffee was a graduate of the Stadium High School in Tacoma, Wash. She was a lifetime resident of the Seattle-Tacoma area. She has resided for the past four years in Canajoharie. She was employed by The Boeing Co., in Seattle, Wash., for six years until retiring in 1986.

Mrs. McDuffee was of the Roman Catholic faith.

She married Donald N. McDuffee Sr. on Jan. 19, 1946.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Donald N. McDuffee Jr, of Gig Harbor, Wash.; a daughter, Katherine A. MacIntyre of Caroga Lake; two brothers, Marshall Turner of Tacoma, Wash., David Turner of Castle Rock, Wash., two sisters, Elizabeth Turner of Tacoma, and Janet Duchnowski of Federal Way, Wash.; two grandsons, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be conducted in April in Tacoma, Wash.

There will be no calling hours. 

Burial of cremains will take place in the Calvary Cemetery in Tacoma, Wash. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Canajoharie. 

Arrangements are by the Lenz & Betz Funeral Home, 69 Otsego St., Canajoharie.
 

Constance Barna
February 23, 1997

Constance L. Conover Barna, 40, died Sunday at University Hospital in Syracuse following a long illness.

Born March 8, 1956 in Gloversville, she was the daughter of Ann L. Morehouse of Gloversville and Robert R. Conover of Long Lake.

Ms. Barna graduated from Gloversville High School in 1974 and then attended classes at Syracuse University, where she learned to operate computers with her eyes only. On March 15, 1991, she was honored with the "Woman of Courage" award in Syracuse, which was presented by Mayor Thomas Young and the Syracuse Commission for Women.

In addition to her parents, survivors include three sisters, Melody Slofsky of Queensbury, Penny Laird of Gloversville and Cindy Morehouse of Gloversville; her step-mother, Carol Conover of Long Lake, a step-brother, Chad R. Martin of Long Lake; her step-grandmother, Doris Conover of Broadalbin; her advocate, Stephanie Walker and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Long Lake Cemetery, Long Lake, with the Rev. Harold "Bunny" Austin officiating.

Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Brewer Funeral Home Inc., 24 Church St., Lake Luzerne.

Memorial contributions may be made to your local Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation.
 

Ruth Collins
February 14, 1997

Ruth W. Collins, 87, died Feb. 14 in Sarasota, Fla. She was the wife of Leonard Robert Collins, who predeceased her in 1972. 

Mrs. Collins resided in Charleroi for 20 years after which she lived in Philadelphia, Edinburg, Northville and Sarasota.

She is survived by three children, Barbara C. Singer of Northville, Dorothy Brenner of Rockville, Md.; and Leonard R. Collins of Valatie; her brother, Leonard Wurzel of Sands Point, eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Goucher College Alumni Fund, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, Md., 21204-2794.
 

Lottie Tlustachowski
February 24, 1997

Mrs. Lottie Tlustachowski, 93, of Steele Avenue Extension, Gloversville, died Monday at Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home.

Born and educated in New York City, Mrs. Tlustachowski moved in 1926 to Johnstown, where she lived most of her life.

She and her husband owned and operated the former Martin's Glove Co. in Johnstown for more than 30 years. She was a sewing machine operator at the former Jules Garfall Co. in Johnstown, retiring in 1980.

Mrs. Tlustachowski was a member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church.

She married Martin Tlustachowski on Oct. 17, 1920. He died in 1959.

Survivors include two daughters, Julia Martin and Helen Sena, both of Gloversville; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Hollenbeck Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., and at 9:30 a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church. Spring burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Johnstown.

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 charity or the American Cancer Society.
 

Philip and Sandra Jenne Haas
February 6, 1997

Funeral services were conducted recently in Ukiah, Calif., for Philip H., 55 and Sandra Jenne Haas, 53 who were killed at their home on Feb. 6. Their deaths are under investigation.

Mr. Haas was born and raised in Cobleskill. He was a graduate of Cobleskill High School and served in the Navy. Mr. Haas had several advanced degrees.

He was a volunteer with Project Sanctuary.

Mrs. Haas was a graduate of Ukiah High School. The couple managed property for Gulick Properties.

They are survived by a son, Bryan Haas of Ukiah; and two daughters, Heidi Dunham of Ukiah and Sheryl McKeever of Marysville.

Mrs. Haas is survived by her mother, Annie Marie Jenne of Ukiah; and her sister, Peggy Ann Ward of Ukiah. 

Mr. Haas is survived by a brother, Henry Haas of Amsterdam; and a sister, Jill Sammon of Palm Bay, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross or Project Sanctuary.

Arrangements are by the Eversole Mortuary.


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