Miscellaneous Montgomery County, New York Obituaries
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March 2, 1997
Jean Ross Lawrence, 82, of B'Nai B'rith Apartments, Albany, died Sunday morning at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home in Albany, where she has resided for the last three months.
Born Sept. 5, 1915 in Newark, N.J., she was the daughter of Joseph and Annie Zelnick Ross, she attended Newark schools and was a graduate of the Montclair University, where she received her teaching degree. Prior to her marriage she was a teacher at Newark elementary schools. She was later employed as an accounts clerk at various banks in Miami, Fla.
Mrs. Lawrence relocated to the Albany area eight years ago. She was a member of the Congregation Sons of Israel Temple in Amsterdam.
Survivors include three sons, Joseph Lawrence of Amsterdam, Sheldon Lawrence of Asheville, N.C., and Geoff Lawrence of Washington, D.C., a daughter, Beth Lawrence of Asheville, N.C., three sisters, June Brezenoff, Carol Hornick and Ruth Ross all of New York City, three grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A graveside service will be conducted at 4 p.m. today at the Congregation Sons of Israel Cemetery, Town of Amsterdam.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Sons of Israel Temple, Amsterdam.
Arrangements are by the Betz Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam.
Mary Rose Walsh
Mrs. Mary Rose B. Walsh, 70, of Circle Lane, Schenectady, died Monday at her son's Rotterdam home after a short illness.
Born in Albany, Mrs. Walsh lived in Schenectady from 1958 to 1987. She also lived in Clifton Park for a time before her retirement.
Mrs. Walsh worked as a telephone operator for the New York Telephone Co. for more than 40 years and American Telephone & Telegraph, retiring in 1986. Since 1988, she was a receptionist at Villa Mary Immaculate Nursing Home in Albany.
Mrs. Walsh was a communicant of St. Paul the Apostle Church.
Her husband, Thomas Walsh, died in 1983.
Survivors include three sons, Tim and Jay Walsh, both of Rotterdam, and Patrick Walsh of Scotia; three daughters, Maureen Hesner of Colonie, Charleen Ferrara of Charlton and Jeaneen Rufer of Schenectady; and a brother, John Byrne of Albany; two sisters, Beatrice Flanders and Peggy Byrne, both of Albany; and 15 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Griswold Funeral Home. 1867 State St., Schenectady, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church. Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Schenectady or Villa
Mary Immaculate Nursing Home.
Clarence E.J. Smith of Lester Street, Colonie, died Monday at St. Peter's Hospice after a long illness.
Born in Winsted Conn., he was the son of the late Clarence E. and Emma E. Peasley Justus and was a resident of the Capital District most of his life.
He was a 1943 graduate of Bethlehem Central High School and also a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Mr. Smith worked for the New York State Court of Claims for more than 45 years, retiring in 1988.
During World War II, he was a photographer for the U.S. Army Air Corps in the 373rd Airbase Squadron.
Mr. Smith was a member of the Young Republicans Club, Elks Lodge 2480 in Guilderland, the Civil Service Employees Association, the Retired Public Employees Association and Sigma Kappa Delta Fraternity.
He was a communicant of the Church of St. Clare.
He married Patricia Seymour Smith on Feb. 9, 1946.
In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, William J. Smith of Canajoharie, David S. Smith of Citrus Heights, Calif., and Jeffrey W. Smith of Niskayuna; a daughter, Nancy J. Hosford of Madison, Miss.; three sisters, Doris Tompkins of Hopewell Junction, Alverda Goewey of Albany and Jean Farinella of Colonie; 11 grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, nephews and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Church of St. Clare, 1947 Central Ave. The Rev. Michael Schmitt will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Fonda, where the Rev. Kenneth Swain, pastor of St. James Catholic Church in Fort Plain, will conduct graveside services.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Tebbutt Funeral Home, 633 Central Ave., Albany.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, Mass., 01104.
Local arrangements are by the Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home,
20 Otsego St., Canajoharie.
Mrs. Margaret Brothers, 81, of Cady Street, Johnstown, died Monday at home after a short illness.
Born in Johnstown, Mrs. Smith was a 1933 graduate of Johnstown High School and the former Gloversville Business School.
At one time, Mrs. Brothers worked for the former Aliczet Bacmoe Glove Co. in Gloversville. She was also employed as a salesclerk at the former Endicott-Johnson shoe store in Gloversville.
Until her retirement several years ago, Mrs. Brothers worked for the former Boyce and Lazarus Glove Co.
She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. Mrs. Brothers was also a member of the Johnstown Women of the Moose; St. Monica's Chapter 486 Eastern Star and the Order of the Amaranth; and the Mohawk Council Degree of Pocahontas.
Survivors include three daughters, Patricia Wilder of Fonda, Charlene Brothers of Johnstown and Anne Cook, also of Johnstown; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at the A.C. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St. Burial will be in Fern Dale 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 Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance
Corps or to Christ Lutheran Church.
Ernest Mrazz Sr.
Ernest "Knifeman" F. Mrazz Sr., 77, of South Market Street, Johnstown, died Monday at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville, after being stricken at home.
Born in Schenectady, Mr. Mrazz attended local schools in Johnstown.
He served with the U.S. Army during World War II.
Mr. Mrazz was a plant operator for the Canajoharie water works until his retirement.
He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Mrazz was a member of the Disabled American Veterans in Herkimer, the C.B. Coffee Club and the AARP.
He was a charter member of the National Knife Collectors Association, Tryon County Muzzleloaders and the Ephratah Volunteer Fire Department.
Mr. Mrazz was a former member of the National Rifle Association.
He married Ada Neyhouse Mrazz on Jan. 8, 1945.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Ernest F. Mrazz Jr. of Johnstown; a daughter, I.M. Sue Pentland of Johnstown; a brother, Charles Mrazz of Kissimmee, Fla.; a sister, Genevieve Skoda of Johnstown; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Christ Lutheran Church, 1 W. Montgomery St. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Anna M. Slovack, 80, formerly of Wood Street, Gloversville, died Sunday at Nathan Littauer Nursing Home after a short illness.
She was the daughter of Louis and Josephine Aldi Stofelano. A lifelong Gloversville resident, Mrs. Slovack was a graduate of Gloversville High School. She had been a resident of the nursing home since 1996.
She was a glovemaker at the E.L. Heacock Co., and more recently a seamstress for Robinson-Smith Co.
Mrs. Slovak was a member of Sacred Heart Church and its Rosary Society.
She was also a member of the Ida McGinnis Senior Citizens.
Her husband, William J. Slovack Sr., whom she married June 28, 1935, died in 1993.
Survivors include a son, William J. Slovack Jr. of Amsterdam; three daughters, Annette M. Calandra of Gloversville, Josephine A. Quinn of Schenectady and Marilyn J. Wrobel of Kimballton, Iowa; 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at John W. Finocan Funeral Home, 13 Prospect Ave., and at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.
Spring burial will take place in Prospect Hill Cemetery, in Gloversville.
Calling hours will be from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church's building fund.
Elmer Rossi "Dusty Miller"
Elmer Rossi Sr., also known as Dusty Miller, 86, of Jackson Street, Amsterdam, died Monday evening at his home following a long illness.
Born July 22, 1910 in Amsterdam, he was the son of John and Zoe Mahue Rossi and resided in Amsterdam all of his life.
He was employed for many years by Finkle Distributors and later by Iannotti's Vending, retiring 10 years ago. He also was a driver for John Tag's Pharmacy in Amsterdam.
Mr. Rossi formed and led the Colorado Wranglers western band for many years, broadcasting thousands of shows on radio stations in New York and Vermont. The band also performed on the "Wheeling Jamboree" a nationally broadcast radio show, and performed at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., where the broadcast was aired on WSM, the radio station of the Grand Old Opry. Mrs. Rossi hosted the "Dusty Miller Show" on radio station WCSS in Amsterdam until Jan. 12.
On Feb. 3, he was honored by Mayor John Duchessi who proclaimed that day as "Dusty Miller Day" in Amsterdam.
He was a member and past president of the Northeast Country & Western Association, a member of the Albany Local No. 14, American Federation of Musicians, and the Schenectady Local No. 133, American Federation of Musicians.
Mr. Rossi was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Amsterdam.
He married the former Marion Jane Steadwell on Nov. 12, 1931.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Elmer Rossi Jr. of Amsterdam and John Rossi of Orlando, Fla.; two daughters, Marcia McGuigan of Pensacola, Fla., and Deborah Joralemon of Amsterdam; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren ; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:15 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Cremation will follow at the Parkview Crematory, Schenectady.
Calling hours are from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Betz Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer
Ambulance Corps or Hospice of Amsterdam, in care of the funeral home.
Lucille Persse Cudney, 88, of 27 Wooster St., Gloversville, died Tuesday at Montgomery Meadows, Amsterdam, after a short illness.
Born March 15, 1908 in Fonda, she was the daughter of Richard A. and Estella Wemple Persse.
She resided in Gloversville most of her life and attended Fonda schools. She was a 1927 graduate of Amsterdam Business School.
Mrs. Cudney was first employed in 1927 by the former Trust Co. of Fulton County in Gloversville which became the National Commercial Bank and Trust Co. in 1962. Her employment there spanned 46 years, including acting as both assistant secretary-treasurer. She retired in 1973 as assistant manager. She later became a bookkeeper and cashier for 15 years with the Manor House Restaurant in Gloversville, a family owned business, where she retired in 1991.
She was a member of the Fonda Reformed Church, St. Agnes Guild of Trinity Episcopal Church and the YWCA of Gloversville. She was past president of Soroptimists of Fulton County, past treasurer of both the Salvation Army of Gloversville and the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce and Industry, past chairperson of the Gloversville area United Cerebral Palsy Christmas Telethon, and Ancient Order of the Amaranth.
Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth P. Moyer of Gloversville; two nephews, D. Robert Persse of Fonda, and Richard S. Persse Jr. of Broadalbin; several grand-nieces and grand nephews, great-grandnieces and great-grand nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Walrath & Bushouer Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, with the Rev. Karen Patterson, pastor of the Fonda Reformed Church officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Fonda.
Calling hours will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army of Gloversville,
10 Spring St., Gloversville or to the Fonda Reformed Church, 5 Broadway,
Steven D. Jaquay, 49, of North Main Street, Gloversville, died Tuesday at home after a brief illness.
Mr. Jaquay was born in Kendalville, Ind. He lived in Gloversville since 1963 and attended Gloversville High School.
Mr. Jaquay worked in the samples department of the former Feuer Leather Co. in Johnstown.
He was a communicant of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church.
He married Teresa Renda Jaquay on Aug. 31, 1966.
In addition to his wife, survivors include three daughters, Yvonne A. Mendetta, Michele L. Marotta and Amy R. Larimore, all of Gloversville; his stepfather and mother, Milan and Patricia Pugh Sills of Munice, Ind.; two brothers, Douglas Jaquay of Kansas City, Mo., and William Jaquay of Florence, Ky.; a sister, Cindy Jaquay of Gloversville; and four grandchildren.
A prayer service will be conducted at 9 a.m. Friday at the John W. Finocan Funeral Home, 13 Prospect Ave., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 at Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Fern Dale Cemetery in Johnstown.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 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.
Mrs. Catherine Howland McClaine, 84, of Schenectady, died Tuesday at home.
Born in Duanesburg, she was a lifelong area resident.
She was a cashier at Loblaws for 20 years and subsequently worked for Spalding Bakery in Rotterdam for 15 years.
Mrs. McClaine was a member of Princetown Reformed Church and its Ladies Circle.
She was also a member of the Rotterdam Senior Citizens.
Survivors include a son, John F. McClaine of Cleveland; a daughter, Kathleen M. McClaine of Schenectady; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at the Bond Funeral Home, Broadway and Guilderland Avenue. Burial will be in Schenectady Memorial Park, Rotterdam.
Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Vincenza Iacovangelo Giovannone
Vincenza "Jennie" Iacovangelo Giovannone, 97, of the St. Johnsville Nursing Home, formerly of Division Street, Fort Plain, died Feb. 14.
A Memorial Mass will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at St. James Catholic Church, Reid Street, Fort Plain.
Arrangements are by Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, Fort
Ann M. Schoonmaker, 77, of East Main Street, Nelliston, died Tuesday evening at home.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Lenz &
Betz Funeral Home, 69 Otsego St., Canajoharie.
Miles Frasier Jr.
Miles L. Frasier Jr., 70, of Jockeyville Estates, Gloversville, died Monday at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a long illness.
Born and educated in Northville, Mr. Frasier was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in the Pacific, including the battle of Iwo Jima. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
He was a tool and die maker for Coleco Industries, retiring in 1988.
Mr. Frasier was a member of the Marine Corps League, Veterans of Foreign Wars and its firing squad, the American Legion, a commander of the Disabled American Veterans, a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, 5th Marine Division Association and the Mayfield Serviceman's Club.
He married Bettie Wadsworth Frasier on March 31, 1979.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Christopher Frasier of Baton Rouge, La., two stepsons, Larry Frasier of Edinburg and Bradley Frasier of Jensen Beach, Fla.; three daughters, Linda Wood of Gloversville, JoAnne Snyder and Pamela Bradt, both of Mayfield; two brothers, Carl Frasier of Mayfield and Earl Frasier of Charleston, S.C., and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Northville Funeral Home, 401 Bridge St. Spring burial will be in Wadsworth Cemetery, Hope.
Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, during which all the service organizations will meet at 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oncology Department of Nathan
Littauer Hospital or Mountain Valley Hospice.
Carleton V. Nellis, 91, of the Nathan Littauer Nursing Home in Gloversville, formerly of Northville, died Saturday after a long illness.
Born in Northville, Mr. Nellis lived there most of his life until moving to Gloversville in 1990.
He was proprietor of Nellis Radio and Television Repair until retiring. During World War II Mr. Nellis worked for the General Electric Co. in Schenectady.
He also was a contributor to the Leader-Herald, writing stories about local venues and history.
Mr. Nellis was a founding member of the Northville Civic Association. He was also a member of the Redmen's Club and Rotary Club, the Historic Association, Senior Citizens, 55-Plus, all in Northville; and a member of the Boy Scouts Council since 1917. For many years, he served as secretary of the Nellis Clan and as editor of the Nellis Reunion Newsletter.
Survivors include two daughters, Judith A. Palmateer of Meco and Jayne B. Mulligan of Johnstown; a son, Carleton W. Nellis of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
There will be no calling hours.
Mr. Nellis has made an anatomical gift to Albany Medical College.
Mrs. Rose B. Field, 88, of North Main Street, Central Bridge, died Tuesday at the Mount Loretto Nursing Home in Amsterdam.
Mrs. Field was born in New York City. In her early years, she was a singer in New York City theatres.
Also, Mrs. Field operated the Mulberry Street Restaurant in Manhattan until moving to Central Bridge in 1970.
She was the widow of Raymond C. Field who died in 1969.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Field and Lorraine Flick, both of Central Bridge.
A spring graveside service will be held at Grove Cemetery, Quaker Street.
There are no calling hours.
Arrangements are by the White-Van Buren Funeral Home, Delanson.
William Olszowy, 73, of Firehouse Road, Clifton Park, died Sunday.
Born in Mechanicville, Mr. Olszowy was educated in Cohoes.
He was employed as a machine operator for Tagson Paper in Menands and Mechanicville. He also operated an auto body shop for many years.
Survivors include a son, William Olszowy of Galway; a daughter, Diane Esposito of Wilton; six brothers, Joseph Olszowy of Florida, Michael Olszowy of Niskayuna, Frank Olszowy of Sacandaga, Edward and Henry Olszowy, both of Cohoes, and Martin Olszowy of Green Island; three sisters, Julia Follett of Rexford, and Helen LaFountain and Frances Lennie, both of Cohoes; and two grandchildren.
Private services will be held. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Waterford. There will be no calling hours.
Arrangements are by the Dufresne Funeral Home, Cohoes.
Mrs. Pearl Cronin Neamon, 86 of Lincoln Avenue, Amsterdam, died Tuesday at Albany Medical Center Hospital.
Born Jan. 22, 1911 in Amsterdam, she was the daughter of Arthur and Minnie Kasdorf Yager. She was educated in Amsterdam schools and was a lifelong resident of Amsterdam.
Mrs. Neamon was employed as a supervisor at Fownes Bros. & Co. Gloves for many years.
She was a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Amsterdam and a former member of the church choir.
Her first husband, Thomas S. Cronin, died Sept. 27, 1983.
Survivors include two brothers, William Yager and Harold Yager, both of Amsterdam; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Johnson-Lindsay Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, Amsterdam, with the Rev. James J. Gulley officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Fort Johnson.
A calling hour will precede the funeral service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church.
Douglas E. Klingbeil
Douglas E. Klingbeil, 60, of Route 30A, Fultonville, died this morning at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam after being stricken.
Born June 26, 1936, in Mechanicville, he was the son of John and Doris Knightes Klingbeil. He was a 1955 graduate of Shenendehowa High School in Elnora. He was a resident of Fultonville for past 16 years.
For a number of years, Mr. Klingbeil co-owned and operated with his brother, Klingdeal Dairy Farm on Warner Hill in Schoharie. He later was employed by Almor Co. in Amsterdam and lastly, by B. N. L. in Amsterdam, until retiring in 1995.
Mr. Klingbeil was a member of the Charleston Senior Citizens
Survivors include his mother, Doris Klingbeil of Fultonville; four brothers, Gilbert, of Schoharie, Robert and Richard of Central Bridge, and Edward of Fultonville; also several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Jackson & Betz Funeral Home, 15 Main St., Fultonville, with the Rev. Charles Hesselink officiating. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery, Schoharie.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fonda-Fultonville Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps.