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Thomas Caton Jr.
April 16, 1997

Former Superintendent of Schools in the Greater Amsterdam School District, Thomas F. Caton Jr., 68, of Sawyer Road, Sherburne, died Wednesday at Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich.

Born May 5, 1928 in Oswego, he was the son of Thomas F. and Anna Mae Mulvihill Caton.

He had been a resident of Sherburne for the last year.

Mr. Caton had been an educator for more than 40 years. He started his profession as a teacher in the Liverpool School District. He also was a principal and assistant superintendent there. He was also superintendent in the Mount Markum School District in West Winfield, the Greater Amsterdam School District and the Union Free School District in Tarrytown, retiring in 1981. After his retirement, Mr. Caton was a telecommunications consultant.

He married Sarah Gorman Caton on April 14, 1952 in Oswego.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Michael T. of Earlville, Thomas J., of Onalaska, Wis.; three daughters, Kathleen Carey and Mary Jo Rose, both of Earlville and Carol J. Caton of Niskayuna; three sisters, Clara Schaffer of Rochester, Patricia Vezelis of Hilton and Jean M. Caton of Rochester; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at the Burgess Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at St. Mary's Church in Hamilton. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

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

Stanley De Julius
April 15, 1997

Stanley J. De Julius, 54, of Bullshead Road, Amsterdam, died Tuesday at St. Mary's Hospital following a long illness.

Mr. De Julius was born July 10, 1942, in Amsterdam and attended local schools. He was a lifelong city resident.

He was employed for 29 years by Longview Fibre Co. before retiring due to illness in 1996.

He was a member of St. Stanislaus Church.

Mr. De Julius was also a member of the Cranesville Volunteer Fire Department and Local 757 Graphic Communications International.

He was married to Janice Bartman De Julius.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a sister, an aunt, nieces and cousins.

Funeral services were conducted this morning 

Interment was in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

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

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

John Mlecz
April 14, 1997

John Robert Mlecz Sr., 64, of Palm Beach, Fla., and Richfield Springs, died Monday in Palm Beach, Fla.

Born Sept. 28, 1932 in Amsterdam, he was a son of the late John and Bessie Ziemba Mlecz. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War. 

In 1973 he purchased the Petrified Creatures Museum of Natural History in Richfield Springs. He was a member of the Richfield Chamber of Commerce.

He married Stella Carolina Gluszak on June 9, 1956.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, John Robert Mlecz Jr. of Richfield Springs, Ritchie S. Mlecz of the Bronx; a daughter, Sally Ellen Kennedy; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph's Church in Richfield Springs. Interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. 

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 5 W. James St., Richfield Springs.

Memorial contributions may be made to the non-profit organization of the Petrified Creatures Museum of Natural History.
 

Bernard Majewski
April 16, 1997

Bernard Majewski, 88, of Jersey Hill Road, Amsterdam, died Wednesday evening at St. Mary's Hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church St., Amsterdam.
 

Charles Ten Eyck
April 15, 1997

Charles Ten Eyck Jr., 79, of Route 10A, Johnstown, died Tuesday at home.

A lifelong Johnstown resident, Mr. Ten Eyck was a graduate of Johnstown High School and Morrisville Agricultural and Technical College.

He was a watchmaker for the family business, Ten Eyck Jeweler, until retiring.

Survivors include a brother, Yale Ten Eyck of Johnstown.

A graveside service will conducted be in Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda, at a later date.

There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are by Cole Funeral Home.
 

Alta Mulvey
April 16, 1997

Miss Alta Elizabeth "Betty" Mulvey, 78, formerly of Trackside Homes, Johnstown, died Wednesday at Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home after a long illness.

Born in Johnstown, Miss Mulvey attended St. Patrick's School.

She worked at Remington Rand in Ilion, and later for the former MCA in Gloversville, from which she retired.

Miss Mulvey was a communicant of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home.

Arrangements are by the A.G. Cole Funeral Funeral Home.
 

Helen Dyer
April 16, 1997

Mrs. Helen Pawlowski Dyer, 76, of St. Anna Drive, Rotterdam, died Wednesday at St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady after a long illness.

Born in Niskayuna, Mrs. Dyer was a graduate of Nott Terrace High School in Schenectady.

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

Her husband, Raymond J. Dyer Sr., died in 1982.

Survivors include three sons, Raymond J. Dyer Jr. of Middle Grove, James P. Dyer of Amsterdam, and John R. Dyer of Rotterdam; two daughters, Barbara Nikolaidis and Paula Ressell both of Rotterdam; a sister, Elizabeth Meyers of Schenectady; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:15 a.m. Saturday at the Daly Funeral Home, 242 McClellan St., Schenectady, and at 9 a.m. at St. Gabriel's Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will be in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna.

Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the White Eagle Ambulance Corps or the American Heart Association.
 

Bernard Majewski
April 16, 1997

Well-known author and social observer Bernard S. Majewski, 88, of Jersey Hill Road, Amsterdam, died Wednesday evening at St. Mary's Hospital following a short illness.

Born Nov. 6, 1908 in Fultonville, he was a son of the late Frank and Aniela Anaczkowski Majewski. He attended local schools and was a lifelong area resident.

At one time, he worked for the Mohawk Carpet Co. For many years, Mr. Majewski owned and operated a dairy farm on Jersey Hill Road. In his retirement, he was a frequent contributor to The Recorder and other local publications. He operated Country Treasure Donuts. He also raised rabbits and developed the "Chinook" breed. He regularly published a newsletter titled "Farm & Home Fireside."

Mr. Majewski was a member of St. Stanislaus Church and its Holy Name Society.

He married Edna Hincman Majewski on Nov. 26, 1936.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Joan Orzolek of Ballston Lake, and Barbara Mulyca of Rotterdam; a sister, Lillian Beatty of Amsterdam, and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Saturday 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. Stanislaus Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stanislaus Church.
 

Mary Zaklukiewicz
April 16, 1997

Mary J. Zaklukiewicz, 89, of Van Derveer Street, Amsterdam, died Wednesday evening at St. Mary's Hospital where she had been a patient for a day.

Born Feb. 14, 1908 in Amsterdam, she was the daughter of Joseph and Bernice Stepien Halgas and was educated in local schools. She was a lifelong resident of Amsterdam.

Mrs. Zaklukiewicz was employed at one time as a setter at the former Bigelow Sanford Carpet Mills in Amsterdam. She later worked at the former Consolidated Novelty as an assembler and then as a foreman. She retired in 1975.

Mrs. Zaklukiewicz was a volunteer with the American Red Cross, based in Amsterdam.

She was a communicant of the Church of St. John the Baptist and was a 66-year member of its Ladies Rosary Society. She was a member of the St. John's Seniors. She was an honorary member of the Polonaise Society and a member of the Club 60 at St. Mary's Hospital.

She married Edward W. Zaklukiewicz on Sept. 5, 1931. He died Nov. 11, 1964.

Survivors include two sons, Richard E. Zaklukiewicz of Little Falls and Gerald A. Zaklukiewicz of Amsterdam; a daughter, Theresa M. Guzielek of Johnstown; two sisters, Monica Cichy and Eleanor Swierzowski both of Amsterdam; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Riley Mortuary, 110 Division St., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Van Derveer Street. Interment will be in the St. John's Cemetery. 

Calling hours will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. John the Baptist.

Arrangements are by the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., Broadalbin.
 

Grace Foss
April 17, 1997

Grace L. Foss, 96, of Wells Nursing Home, Johnstown, died Thursday after a long illness.

Born Jan. 3, 1901 in Broadalbin, she was the daughter of George and Marion Sawyer Lasher.

She resided in Amsterdam for several years and mostly lived in Canajoharie and Broadalbin, before entering the nursing home eight years ago.

She was a graduate of Broadalbin High School and attended the Gloversville Business School.

Mrs. Foss was employed at Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. in Canajoharie for about 20 years, then she was a clerk with Holzheimer & Shaul in Amsterdam for 20 years.

She was a member of Canajoharie Reformed Church.

She was a former member of the Broadalbin Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Canajoharie American Legion Auxiliary.

She married Fred Foss in 1920. He died in 1967.

Survivors include a son, John R. Foss of Johnstown; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Fred G. Foss.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Jeffords Chapel, 85 West Main St., Broadalbin, with the Rev. Kathy Jo Blaske, guest pastor of the Canajoharie Reformed Church, officiating. Burial will be at Broadalbin Union Rural Cemetery in Broadalbin.

Calling hours will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wells Nursing Home Inc., 201 W. Madison Ave., Johnstown, 12095.
 

Duane Strong
April 15, 1997

H. Duane Strong Jr., 71, of Union Street, Cobleskill, died Tuesday at his home.

Born in Oneonta, Mr. Strong lived in Cobleskill for the past 47 years. He was a graduate of the State University of Oneonta College, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees.

Mr. Strong was a social studies teacher at Cobleskill Central School until retiring in 1985. He later volunteered his time to the Otschodela Boy Scouts Council, the Salvation Army and the Community Hospital of Schoharie County.

He was a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association, American Legion Pot 1688 in Laurens, Cobleskill Restoration and Development, Cobleskill Historical Society, Schoharie County Historical Society, Better Breathers, SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association, American Association of Retired Persons, Schoharie Arts Council and Strong Family Association of America.

Mr. Strong was honored in 1989 with the Outstanding Community Service Award by the Schoharie County Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. In 1990, Mr. Strong received the Outstanding Community Service Award by SUNY Cobleskill. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Cobleskill Historical Society in 1994.

Mr. Strong was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He was a member of the Laurens Presbyterian Church.

His wife, Marjorie Riggs Strong, died in 1984.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Leland Strong of Hollywood, Fla., and James Duane Strong of Mechanicville; a brother, Robert Strong of Wolcott; a grandson and a great-grandson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Robert A. Guffin Funeral Home, 1 Chapel St. Burial will be in the Laurens Rural Cemetery in Laurens.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or the Cobleskill Rescue Squad.
 

Ralph Spencer
April 17, 1997

Ralph F. Spencer, 82, of West Pine Street, Gloversville, died Thursday afternoon at the Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Facility after a long illness.

Born Oct. 7, 1914, he was the son of Christopher and Clementina D'Errico. He was educated in Gloversville. Mr. Spencer worked at the former Blodgett Tailoring and Dry Cleaners for many years.

He became head custodian for the Gloversville Enlarged School District in 1974 and retired in 1984.

Mr. Spencer was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific.

He was a member of Catholic War Veterans Post 642 and worked at the post's Tuesday night bingo games.

Mr. Spencer was a member of A.O.E.F. Foresters Club and West River Hunting Club.

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

He married Betsey Whipple Spencer on Jan. 26, 1946.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Damien Keier of Gloversville; a daughter, Gina Spencer Leichenauer of Gloversville; a brother, Peter Spencer of Cheshire, Conn.; three sisters, Sophie Celantano of Hollywood, Fla., Patricia Trippodo of Gloversville and Mary Campochiro of Amsterdam; and four grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Amico Funeral Home, 150 S. Main St., and at 9:30 at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Cremation will follow at the Leatherstocking Crematory, Cherry Valley.

Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The Catholic War Veterans Post will conduct a ritual at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church building fund or to the Catholic War Veterans Post 642.


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