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Arthur Krom
April 20, 1997

Arthur T. Krom, 84, died Sunday night at Montgomery Meadows, Amsterdam.

Born Oct. 31, 1912, in Jamestown, he moved to the Amsterdam area as a child.

Mr. Krom was employed at General Electric in Schenectady for 35 years.

He was married to Rose Panunzio. She died in 1981.

He was a member of Local Union IUE No. 301.

Mr. Krom is survived by one daughter, Marilyn Carusone of Amsterdam; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

No services were scheduled.

Arrangements were by the Albany Medical College, Anatomical Gift Program.
 

Dorothy Kowalski
April 21, 1997

Dorothy J. Kowalski, 78, of Route 29A, Caroga Lake, died Monday at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville, after a long illness.

Born in Johnstown, Mrs. Kowalski was educated at St. Patrick's School and was a graduate of Johnstown High School.

She was a waitress for Vrooman's Hotel, the Maple Tree Knoll, and the Unger House. She also was a self-employed dressmaker.

Mrs. Kowalski was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Johnstown.

She also was a member of the 50-Plus Senior Citizens of Johnstown.

Her husband, William J. Kowalski Sr., whom she married Aug. 12, 1939, died in 1991.

Survivors include two sons, William J. Jr. and Michael Kowalski, both of Caroga Lake; two daughters, Barbara Donnelly of Greenwich and Rosemary Jenner of Kingswood, Texas; three sisters, Catherine Miller of Lake Hamilton, Fla., Marguerite Eacker of Sunrise, Fla. and Marie Losee of Johnstown; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services are 8:30 a.m. Thursday at A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St., and at 9 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, both in Johnstown, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.

Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Department or the American Cancer Society.
 

James Trumbull
April 20, 1997

James A. Trumbull, 92, of the Fulton County Infirmary, Gloversville, died Sunday at the infirmary, where he lived for three years.

Born April 22, 1904, in Johnstown, he was the son of Horatio and Mary Rogers Trumbull.

He lived in Johnstown most of his life and was a graduate of Johnstown High School.

Mr. Trumbull was employed at the former Bormans Coat Factory in Johnstown and at Heacock Leather in Gloversville and last as a real estate salesman with the Arlene M. Sitterly Inc. Realtors in Johnstown for many years.

He married Lillian Filmer June 1924. She died Aug. 4, 1985.

Survivors include a daughter, Constance Shepard of Gloversville; two sons, Douglas R. Trumbull of Johnstown and David E. Trumbull of Gloversville; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several cousins.

There will be no calling hours. 

Private services will be conducted at the convenience of the family today at Walrath & Bushouer Funeral Home Inc., Gloversville, with the Rev. Jack Millard, pastor of the Reformed Church of Johnstown, officiating. 

Burial will be in Fern Dale Cemetery in Johnstown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Amsterdam Cancer Society, P.O. Box 261, Gloversville 12078.
 

Ethel Havel
April 21, 1997

Ethel M. Havel, 72, of Trackside Apartments, died Monday at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville.

Born March 8, 1925, in Fonda, she was the daughter of John and Grace Wilder Murphy. She was a graduate of the former Fonda High School and moved to Johnstown in 1946. 

Mrs. Havel was a communicant of St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in Johnstown. She was a member of the Johnstown Women of the Moose.

On Nov. 9, 1946, she married Joseph Havel. He died Jan. 17, 1961. 

Mrs. Havel is survived by her daughter, Linda Havel of Northville; two sons, Joseph Havel and Jeffrey Havel, both of Johnstown; one brother, Elmer Murphy of South Carolina; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in Johnstown. 

Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda. 

Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Ehle Funeral Home, 15 N. William St., Johnstown. 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Johnson-Lindsay Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, Amsterdam.
 

Michael Fregin
April 20, 1997

Michael R. Fregin, 43, of East State Street, Johnstown, died Sunday at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville, after being stricken at home.

Born in Ilion, Mr. Fregin was educated in Mohawk.

He was a laborer for the Glen Travel Depot in Fultonville.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy Fregin; six sons, Michael Fregin Jr. of Johnstown, Robert Fregin of Gloversville, Shawn, Matthew and Jack Daniels Fregin all of Amsterdam, and Wayne Williams of Little Falls; five daughters, Jessica Fregin of Johnstown, Michelle Fregin of Albany, Jenni and Ashlee Marie Fregin, both of Amsterdam, and Janet Harrington of Little Falls; and his long-time companion, Sherie Gates of Johnstown.

There will be no services.

Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, Main and Melcher streets.

Cremation will be in Parkview Crematory, Schenectady.
 

Eileen Gilston
April 20, 1997

Eileen Bouton Gilston, 83, of 144 S. Pawling St., Hagaman, died Sunday evening at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

Born March 10, 1914, in Fonda, she was the daughter of Dr. LaVerne A. and Ethel McGraph Bouton.

Mrs. Gilston was a lifelong area resident and attended St. Mary's Institute, graduating in 1932. She also attended the College of St. Rose. Mrs. Gilston was a receptionist at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital, and later was a director of activities at the Montgomery County Infirmary, Amsterdam, retiring in 1981.

Mrs. Gilston was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Amsterdam, the Altar Society of St. Mary's Church and St. Mary's Women's Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, William J. Gilston Sr., whom she married Aug. 22, 1940; two sons, William J. Gilston Jr. of Fonda and Joseph W. Gilston Sr. of Broadalbin; a daughter, Mary Eileen Gilston of Hagaman; two brothers, LaVerne A. Bouton II of Tribes Hill, and Dean M. Bouton of Schenectady; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 11 a.m. Saturday at the Betz Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, followed by a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Amsterdam, at 1 p.m. Arrangements are by the Boice Funeral Home, 124 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department, Pawling Avenue, Hagaman 12086.
 

Margaret Forest
April 21, 1997

Margaret Forest, 91, of Trackside Homes, Johnstown, died Monday at the Fulton County Infirmary after a long illness.

Born and educated in Manhattan, Mrs. Forest lived in Johnstown since 1946. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church.

Mrs. Forest was also a member of the 50-Plus Senior Citizens Club.

Her husband, Daniel Forest, died in 1972.

Survivors include a brother, Palmer Cohara of Branchville, N.J.

There will be no services or calling hours.

Cremation will be in Vale Crematory, Schenectady.

Arrangements are under the direction of the A.G. Cole Funeral Home.
 

Mary McNamara
April 20, 1997

Mary M. McNamara, 99, of St. Johnsville Nursing Home, formerly of Maple Avenue Apartments, Canajoharie, died Sunday night at the nursing home after a long illness.

Born Feb. 25, 1898, in Richfield Springs, she was the daughter of Andrew Murphy and Susan Styles. She attended country schools in the area.

A homemaker, she was formerly employed at Beech-Nut in Canajoharie for several years.

Mrs. McNamara had been a resident of the Palatine Bridge and Canajoharie areas since 1929.

She was a member of St. James Roman Catholic Church in Fort Plain. Mrs. McNamara was also a member of the Mapletown Grange.

She married Raymond M. McNamara on April 6, 1921 in West Winfield. He died April 28, 1980.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Darrow of Sprakers; a son, Edward McNamara of Florida; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.

A prayer service is planned at 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home Inc., 20 Otsego St., Canajoharie, and at 11 a.m. at St. James Church, Reid Street, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. The Rev. Kenneth Swain will officiate.

Burial will be in Fort Plain 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 Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 126, Canajoharie 13317; or to St. James Church Memorial Fund, 115 Reid St., Fort Plain. 
 

Frederick Helms
April 23, 1997

Frederick R. Helms, 65, of Marilyn drive, Glenville, died Wednesday at home after being stricken.

Born in Schenectady, Mr. Helms was a lifelong area resident.

He was a graduate of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

He was a computer applications engineer for the General Electric Co. from 1952 to 1966. He was vice president and general manager of the Financial Computer Center of Eastern New York, a GE affiliate, from 1966 to 1979; program manager for GE Information Services from 1979 to 1985; and a senior consultant for GE Consulting from 1985 until his retirement in 1991.

Mr. Helms was a former member of the Scotia-Glenville Board of Education. He was also a member of the GE Elfun Society, the Beukendaal Masonic Lodge and the GE Quarter Century Club.

Survivors include his wife, Bette Ann Harrison Helms, whom he married in 1952; two daughters, Stacy M. Wilson of Charlton and Karen E. Henderson of Scotia; two sons, Michael P. Helms off Alta Loma, Calif., and Douglas F. Helms of Knoxville, Tenn.; his mother, Ethel Helms of Rotterdam; a brother, Robert W. Helms of Webster; and two grandchildren.

A service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Glenville Funeral Home, 9 Glenridge Road, East Glenville.

Calling hours are 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (for research only) 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, Md. 20814. 
 

Minna Foster
April 25, 1997

Minna W. Foster, 104, of 13 S. Hollywood Ave., Gloversville, died Friday at home after a short illness.

Born July 8, 1892 in Hoboken, N.J., she was the daughter of August and Ellen Pollak Weideman.

She resided in Astoria, Long Island, for several years, then in Northville for 27 years, and in Gloversville for the past 49 years.

Mrs. Foster was a designer model with Cerf Brother Inc. of New York City many years ago. 

She was a member of the Northville United Methodist Church and a charter member of its Gleaners Class and Juanita Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Northville.

She was married to Edward D. Foster. He died in 1972.

Survivors include a daughter, Dolores B. Easterly of Gloversville; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Foster was predeceased by two daughters, Zara Schuh and Mabel McTeague.

Calling hours will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Walrath & Bushouer Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville.

Services will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Thomas Blowers, pastor of Northville United Methodist Church, officiating.

Cremation will be at Parkview Crematory with final interment at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Northville. 
 

Mildred Pettit
April 25, 1997

Mildred R. Pettit, 93, of 131 Midline Road, Broadalbin, died Friday at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

Born Jan. 18, 1904 in Scottsville, Vt., she was the daughter of Fred and Mattie Door Hullet. She resided in Broadalbin since 1952. She was educated in Manchester, Vt. area schools.

Mrs. Pettit was employed as a domestic with several families in the Broadalbin area.

She was married to John Rogers who died in 1952. She married Orrin L. Pettit on March 30, 1958.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Madeline Shewell of Glens Falls, and Louise Silver of Arkansas; 14 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours will be conducted from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Jeffords Chapel, 85 W. Main St., Broadalbin.

Services will be conducted Monday at 9 a.m. at the funeral chapel with the Rev. Herbert Johnson officiating. 

Burial will be at Factory Point Cemetery in Manchester, Vt.
 

Viola Lowe
April 23, 1997

Viola Lowe, 88, formerly of Fonda, died Wednesday evening at the Hallmark Nursing Home, Schenectady where she had been a resident since 1993.

Mrs. Lowe was born Aug. 3, 1908 in Hyndsville, and was a lifelong area resident. 

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Lowe was of the Baptist faith. 

Survivors include her husband, Wellington Lowe; a son, Earl Tillison of Broadalbin; four daughters, Naomi Tillison of Schenectady, Rosemary Tillison of Amsterdam, Viola Saterlee of Fonda, and Ula Mac Tillison of Herkimer; a step-son, Jesse Carouthers of Schenectady; three grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. 

She was predeceased by two sons, Robert Tillison and Douglass Lowe. 

There will be no calling hours. 

Arrangements are by the Jackson & Betz Funeral Home, 15 Main St., Fultonville. 

Graveside services will be conducted Monday by the Rev. Robert Smith at the Cobleskill Rural Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Lowe's memory to the Hallmark Nursing Centre, 526 Altamont Avenue, Schenectady, 12304.
 

Margaret Baker
April 22, 1997

Margaret Marie Niles Baker, 69 of Fayetteville, died Tuesday at Van Duyn Extended Care Facility after a long illness.

Born in Amsterdam, she was a graduate of Russell Sage College. She lived in Onondaga County since 1964 and most recently in Fayetteville.

Mrs. Baker worked at General Electric Co.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church United, Fayetteville.

Survivors include her husband, Carl Baker; two sisters, Eileen Dibble of DeWitt and Laureen Givis of Tribes Hill; a brother, Charles Niles of Sarasota, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Thursday and were private. 

Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Fayetteville.

Contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upstate New York Chapter.

Arrangements were by the Burns-Garfield Funeral Home in Fayetteville.


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