Miscellaneous Montgomery County, New York Obituaries

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Beatrice Beacraft
March 14, 1997

Beatrice D. Beacraft, 72, of East Worcester, died Friday at Albany Medical Center. 

Born May 26, 1924 in Worcester, she was the daughter of Dorwin and Tillie (Morrell) Morrell. 

Her first husband, Herbert Alan, died in 1983. She then married Palmer S. Beacraft on Aug. 4, 1984, in Cobleskill.

She was a lifelong resident of Worcester.

She was employed for more than 20 years with Oneonta Dress as a dress maker, retiring in June of 1984.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Mary E. Loft of Fort Plain and Sandra L. Beacraft of Cobleskill; three grandchildren James, Jessica and Zachariah Wall of Fort Plain, a sister, Dorothy Joyce of Oneonta; a brother, Arthur Morrell of Schenevus; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at the E.J. Skinner Co Funeral Chapel in Worcester. The Rev. Judith A. Thistle, chaplain of A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, will officiate. Spring burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Worcester.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the East Worcester First Responders, P.O. Box 781, East Worcester, 12064.

Funeral arrangements are by the E.J. Skinner Co Funeral Chapel, 115 Main St., Worcester.
 

Albert Scott
March 17, 1997

Albert T. Scott Jr., 73, of Fort Plain, died Monday at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown after being stricken at home.

Born June 6, 1923 in Johnstown, he was the son of Albert and Katherine (Heroth) Scott. 

Mr. Scott was a resident of Fort Plain for 52 years. He worked at the Fort Plain Central School as custodian for 19 years until retiring in 1985. He was known as "Lockerman" on CB Channel 12, and was a charter member of the South Minden Volunteer Fire Department.

He married Mabel Bennett in Fort Plain on Jan. 31, 1940.

In addition to his wife, survivors include four daughters, Marion Scott of Northville, Katherine VanAlstine of Saratoga Springs, Elizabeth McGovern of Cherry Valley and Linda Prime of Fort Plain, 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Carl LeRoy.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley, with the Rev. Kenneth Dingman, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, and Rev. Adeline Bowley of the United Methodist Church, Rupert, Vt., officiating. Burial will be in the Freysbush Cemetery in this spring.

There will be calling hours from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, with a firemen service at 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the South Minden Volunteer Fire Department, Mid-County Ambulance, or the charity of one's choice.
 

Joseph Lallo
March 15, 1997

Joseph A. Lallo Sr., 89, of Gloversville, died Saturday at St. Johnsville Nursing Home after a long illness.

Born in Cohoes, Mr. Lallo was a glove cutter at Grandoe Glove Corp., retiring in 1970. 

He was a communicant of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church.

He married Anna M. Topo Lallo in November of 1993.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Joseph A. Lallo Jr. of Johnstown; a daughter, Dolores Sanders of Sebastian, Fla.; two sisters, Eleanor Keeler of Herkimer and Frances Nesci of Arizona; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Cremation will take place in Parkview Crematory in Schenectady.

A private graveside service will be held at Prospect Hill Cemetery. 

There are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice.

Arrangements are by the John W. Finocan Funeral Home.
 

Marion Winans
March 17, 1997

Mrs. Marion Van Tassell Winans, 85, of St. Johnsville Nursing Home, formerly of Cobleskill, died Monday at the nursing home after a long illness.

Born in Sidney, Mrs. Winans attended Sidney High School and lived most of her life in the Cobleskill area before moving to the home in 1995.

She was an X-ray technician for Community Hospital of Cobleskill before retiring. At one time, she and her husband operated a dry-cleaning business. Her husband, Leland C. Winans, died in 1996.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Frantzen of Richmondville and Beverly McClean of Syracuse; a grandson and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Robert A. Guffin Funeral Home, 1 Chapel St. Spring burial will take place in Cobleskill Rural Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Albany chapter of the American Heart Association.
 

Iona Burgess
March 17, 1997

Mrs. Iona West Burgess, 79, of Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home, Gloversville, died Monday after a long illness.

Born in Greenfield, Mrs. Burgess was educated in local schools.

She resided in Saratoga before moving to Schenectady, where she lived for 30 years. Since 1987, she lived in Fulton County and at the nursing home since 1994.

At one time, Mrs. Burgres was a member of several bowling leagues in Schenectady.

Her husband, James W. Burgess, whom she married Nov. 24, 1957, died in 1976.

Survivors include a son, Dayl Rhodes of Schenectady; a daughter, Shirley Stuart of Gloversville; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home, 38 W. Main st., Broadalbin. Burial will be in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Nathan Littauer Nursing Home's Van Fund.
 

Frederick Slaper
March 16, 1997

Frederick T. Slaper, 70, of Cliff Street, Canajoharie, died Sunday at home after a long illness.

Born May 22, 1926 in Amsterdam, he was the son of Roy and Mary Kane Slaper. Mr. Slaper lived most of his life in Canajoharie.

During World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy.

For 40 years, Mr. Slaper was a supervisor in the advertising shipping departments of the Beech-Nut Co., retiring in 1987.

He was a 37-year member of the Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department; a member of the Smith-Schultz American Legion Post No. 222; a member of the Elks Lodge 2621 of Nelliston; past director and past president of the Canajoharie Country Club; a Little League coach; and coach of the Beechies girls softball team.

Mr. Slaper was a communicant of Sts. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church.

He married Jeanne Smith Slaper on April 4, 1953.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Jana Susi and Julie Franchi, both of Canajoharie, and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Lenz & Betz Funeral Home, 69 Otsego St., and at 9:30 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Spring burial will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department or the Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
 

George Wemple
March 16, 1997

George Alan Wemple, 84, of 23 E. Eighth Ave., Gloversville, died Sunday at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a short illness.

Born Feb. 22, 1911 in Gloversville, he was the son of George L. and Alice Van Allen Wemple. Mr. Wemple was a graduate of Gloversville High School. He was in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946.

Mr. Wemple was a disabled veteran from World War II with the 10th Mountain Division, and a recipient of the Purple Heart.

He attended North Main Street United Methodist Church in Gloversville.

Me married Amelia Simon on Feb. 5, 1942. She died June 7, 1975.

Mr. Wemple is survived by his sister-in-law, Matilda Simon of Gloversville, with whom he resided for many years; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Private funeral services will take place at the convenience of the family. Burial will take place in Prospect Hill Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to 10th Mountain Division, 1776 S. Jackson St., Denver, Colo., 80210. 

Arrangements are by the Walrath & Bushouer Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville.
 

Wesley Putman
March 17, 1997

Wesley D. Putman, 59, of First Avenue, Broadalbin, died Monday evening at Albany Medical Center Hospital following a brief illness.

Born in Johnstown, he was the son of Wesley M. and Ethel Schoolcraft Putman and was a 1954 graduate of Broadalbin High School. He served in the apprentice program with General Electric Co., Schenectady, where he then became employed in turbine management for 40 years, retiring in 1995. Mr. Putman was instrumental in the development of the Robert Moses Parkway Dam, located in Niagara County.

Mr. Putman was a member of the Army National guard based in Schenectady for 19 years, attaining the rank of lieutenant.

He was a former chief of the Kennyetto Volunteer Fire Co. and was a chairman of the former Broadalbin Civic Association.

Mr. Putman was a member of the North Main Street United Methodist Church in Gloversville.

Survivors include two sons, David W. Putman of Ballston Lake and Michael W. Putman of Buffalo; two daughters, Pamela A. Colasanti of Johnstown and Melissa A. Nicosia of Broadalbin; his parents, Wesley and Ethel Schoolcraft Putman of Johnstown; a sister, Nancy L. Sammons of Sammonsville, his special friend, Kay Fassett of Broadalbin; nine grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 38 W. Main St., Broadalbin with the Rev. Gregory Le Strange of Fayetteville officiating. Spring burial will take place at the Broadalbin Cemetery.

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

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

Antonio Russo
March 18, 1997

Antonio Russo, 84, of 35 William St., Gloversville, died Tuesday at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville after a long illness.

Born Oct. 11, 1912 in Gloversville, he was the son of Nicholas and Mary Gentile Russo.

Mr. Russo was a graduate of Gloversville High School. He was employed in maintenance with the Fulton County Infirmary, retiring in 1983.

He was a member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church in Gloversville.

He married Sophie Mendetta on May 31, 1942.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Mary Ricciardi of Gloversville; a son, Nicholas Russo of Gloversville; a granddaughter; two great-grandsons; and a sister, Josephine Bunn of Gloversville.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Friday at the Walrath & Bushouer Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, with the Rev. Donald Czelusniak officiating. Burial will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville in the spring.

Calling hours will be 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 12078; or to St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, 149 S. Main St., Gloversville, 12078.
 

Fred Cummings
March 18, 1997

Fred Cummings, 79, of Callaghan Boulevard, Charlton, died Tuesday at home after a long illness.

Born in Belfast, Ireland, Mr. Cummings was a graduate of Quincy, Mass., High School and earned an associate's degree from Wentworth Institute in Boston.

He moved to the Schenectady area in 1940 when he joined the General Electric Co. as a student draftsman. In 1942, he transferred to gas turbine drafting. During his career, he held various supervisory positions until 1972, when he was appointed manager of documentation systems and drafting in the gas turbine technical resources operation. He retired in 1980.

Mr. Cummings was the author of two technical papers and was a design contributor to the GE Aircraft Engine that was a forerunner to the gas turbine.

He was a member of the GE Quarter Century Club, GE Elfun Society, the General Electric Co. Hall of History Society, and a former member of the Edison Club.

Mr. Cummings was also a former member of the First Reformed Church.

He served twice as vice chairman and also as a board member for the Institute for the Certification of Engineering Technicians.

His first wife, Grace Flatt Cummings, died in 1978.

He later married Sally Shea Cummings on March 29, 1980.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Marcia Dunbar of Houston and Leslie Cummings of Syracuse; and a grandson.

Private services and burial will be conducted at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Schenectady or the Ballston Lake Elementary Squad.

Arrangements are by Light's Funeral Home in Schenectady.


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