Miscellaneous Montgomery County, New York Obituaries
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June 2, 1997
Samuel J. Wojnar, 49, of Myrtle Avenue, Rotterdam, died Monday at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady.
Born in Amsterdam, he was the son of Mack and Frances Wojnar. He graduated from Martin County High School in Stuart, Fla.
He was employed as an operations support analyst for the Golub Corp. for 19 years.
He was a Vietnam War veteran of the U.S. Army.
Mr. Wojnar was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church.
He was married to Rita Chemka Wojnar for 19 years.
In addition to his wife and parents, survivors include a son, Michael Wojnar of Rotterdam; and three brothers, Timothy Wojnar of Tennessee, Rodney Wojnar of Amsterdam and Michael Wojnar of Amsterdam.
Funeral services will be conducted at 9:15 a.m. Friday at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home Inc., 1605 Helderberg Ave., Rotterdam, followed by a Mass of christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church. Burial will be in St. Casimir's Cemetery in Amsterdam.
Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ellis Foundation, P.O. Box 1015, Schenectady, 12301.
Mrs. Margaret Kokocki, 78, of the Roosevelt Apartments, Amsterdam, died Monday at St. MAry's Hospital.
Born April 29, 1919 in Scranton, Pa., she was the daughter of Stefan and Tekla Sisko Oleksak. She moved to the Amsterdam area at the age of 5 and was educated in local schools.
Mrs. Kokocki was employed at the Mohawk Carpet Mills.
She was a member of St. Stanislaus Church.
Survivors include four children, Rose Mary Jacobs of Fonda, Anthony J. Kokocki of Fort Johnson, Edward S. Kokoski of of Saratoga Springs and Ann Marie Quick of Amsterdam; seven grandchildren, Kara and B.J. Jacobs, Donald, Heather and Jennifer Kokocki and Laura and Amy Kokoski; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Guzielek-Pomykaj Funeral Home, 13 Belmont Place, Amsterdam, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m..at St. Stanislaus Church. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to
St. Stanislaus School.
Mrs. Edith W. Bouck, 74, of Schenectady, died Monday at her home after a long illness.
Born in Amsterdam, she was a lifelong area resident. She was a homemaker.
Her husband, Basil Bouck, died in 1980.
Survivors include three sons, Dennis Bouck of Glenville, Dale Bouck of Watervliet and Dana Bouck of Schenectady; a daughter, Bonnie Michael of Scotia; two brothers, William Way of Richmond, Calif., and Kenneth Way of San Pablo, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Bond Funeral Home, Broadway and Guilderland Avenue, Schenectady. Burial will be in Viewland Cemetery, Rotterdam.
Mrs. Marjorie Blackwell, 72, of Prospect Avenue, Gloversville, died Sunday at her home.
Born and educated in Pittsfield, Mass., she later moved to Gloversville.
She was a domestic helper for more than 20 years in Gloversville, retiring in 1987.
She was married to Robert Blackwell Jr.
Survivors include a sister, Muriel Griffin of Englewood, N.J.
A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Pittsfield Cemetery.
There will be no calling hours.
Arrangements are by the Hollenbeck Funeral Home.
Richard "Red" Lawrence, 75, of Military Road, Edinburg, died Tuesday at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville after a short illness.
Born in White Plains, he was a graduate of Northville High school.
He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.
Mr. Lawrence was a construction worker at the B. William Delia Co. and the Carl Reese Construction Co., from which he retired.
He was of the Catholic faith.
He married June Hines Lawrence on July 6, 1945.
In addition to his wife, survivors include four sons, Donald Lawrence of Northville, Larry Lawrence of Johnsburg, James Lawrence of Clarksville, Tenn., and Russell Lawrence of Edinburg; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Northville Funeral Home, 401 Bridge St., Northville. burial will be in Edinburg Cemetery. Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may by made to the Edinburg Emergency Squad.
George R. Bornt, 79, of 159 Northern Blvd, Hagaman, died Tuesday at home.
Born June 14, 1917, in Amsterdam, he was the son of George and Hazel Carr Bornt.
Mr. Bornt was a lifelong Amsterdam resident and attended local schools.
He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the European Theater of Operations.
He was employed by Mohawk Carpet Mills in Amsterdam, then was the owner and operated the Bornt service station on Northern Boulevard in Hagaman for 35 years.
He also restored player pianos, band organs and antique cars.
Mr. Bornt was a member of the Hagaman United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son, Richard C. Bornt of Gloversville; a daughter, Sandra Lee of Broadalbin; a brother, Laverne Bornt of Hagaman, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at the Betz Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, with Rev. John Becker officiating. Burial will be in the Hagaman Cometary.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Amsterdam Lions Club.
Edythe J. Meserand, 88, of Charleston, died Monday at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady.
She graduated from high school in Jamaica, Queens.
Miss Meserand was the recipient of numerous awards, including a Peabody Award and a Freedom Foundation Award, in connection with her career in the radio and television industry, which started in 1926 and continued until her retirement in 1985. She was also awarded medals from the prime minister of Czechoslovakia and also from Pope Pius XII in 1950.
She was a founding member of the Charleston Historical Society and was a leader in the effort to restore the First Baptist Church in Charleston. She was also the Charleston town historian.
For her work with the Charleston Historical Society, she received the Medal of Honor from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the highest honor granted to a non-member of the organization.
Survivors include Jane Barton of Charleston, with who she operated the Windy Hill Tree Farm in Charleston; a sister, Mary Miserendino of Convent Station, N.J.; two nieces, three grand-nieces and two great grand-nephews.
Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.
Calling hours will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Charleston Historical Society, 20 Polin Road, Charleston.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Charleston Historical Society, 1120 Esperance Road, Esperance, 12066.
Arrangements by the Jackson & Betz Funeral Home Inc., 15 Main St., Fultonville.
Arrangements are by the Lanz & Betz Funeral Home Inc., 69 Otsego
Mrs. Myrtle C. King, 87, of the St. Johnsville Nursing Home and a former resident of Freysbush Road, Fort Plain, died Wednesday at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam after a long illness.
Born Aug. 3, 1909 in Auriesville, she was the daughter of Claude and Georgianna Kinaman Smith. She had lived in Gloversville for 18 years before moving to Fort Plain and then to the nursing home, where she had been a resident for the past eight years.
She was educated in Auriesville and the Stone Ridge Country School.
Mrs. King was employed at the Luxuray Knitting Mill in fort Plain for 12 years and later worked as an assembler at Comptones in Canajoharie for seven years, before retiring in 1960.
She was a member of the Freysbush United Methodist Church and its Ladies Auxiliary.
Survivors include a son, Kenneth S. King of Fort Plain; four daughters, Betty Yager, Audrey Lamphere and Sandra Przestrzelski, all of Fort Plain, and Linda Hoffman of Johnstown; three step-children, Richard Rice, Marion Wells and Norma Borst, all of Fort Plain; a brother, Robert Smith of Bristolville, Ohio; a sister, Alma Marshall of Little Falls; 36 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at the Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 34 Center St., Fort Plain, with the Rev. Alan Baumback officiating. Burial will be in Fort Plain Cemetery.
Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the South Minden Volunteer Fire
Department, Box 224, Fort Plain, 13339 or to the charity of one's choice.
Miss Madeline D. Bonanno, 79, formerly of Pulaski Street, died Wednesday at Montgomery Meadows after a long illness.
Born Dec. 20. 1917 in Amsterdam, she was the daughter of Joseph and Angelina Guiffre Bonanno. She was a lifelong area resident and was educated in local schools.
She was a homemaker and communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
Survivors include a sister, Theresa Fallova of Amsterdam; two nieces, three nephews, three grandnieces, four grandnephews and one great-grandnephew.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:15 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery.
Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Amsterdam,
40 Guy Park Ave., or Montgomery Meadows.
Mrs. Beatrice Yung, 87, of Gates Mills Road, Middleburgh, died Tuesday at Bassett Hospital of Schoharie County following a long illness.
She was born in West Hoboken, N.J.
Survivors include seven daughters, Alice Stanton of Esperance, Beatrice Grzybowski of Hicksville, Catherine Stempel of Voorheesville, Joan Flitcroft and Mary Cahill, both of Middleburgh, Dorothy Moon of Cobleskill and Patricia Hitchcock of Jefferson; two sons, Anthony C. Yung Jr. of Crystal River, Fla., and John W. Yung of Middleburgh; 22 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was conducted this morning at Keyserkill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Middleburgh Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 817, Middleburgh, 12122.
Arrangements are by the Palmer & Shaylor Funeral Home.
Esther A. Gray, 75, of 572 County Route 108, Ingham Mills, died Thursday at Little Falls Hospital.
Born Aug. 9, 1921 in Ilion, she was the daughter of Lewis and Elma Brown Beebe. She was a graduate of Ilion High School and lived most of her life in Ingham Mills.
She was of the Protestant faith and was a member of the Oppenheim Senior Citizens.
Survivors include two sons, Edward Gray and Dennis Gray of St. Johnsville; three daughters, Carolyn Johnson of Oppenheim, Joanne Gebhardt and Nancy Gray of St. Johnsville; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild and two step-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the SMith-Woody and Enea Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville, the the Rev. Cheryl Peaslee, pastor of Ingham Mills Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Rural Park Cemetery in Ingham Mills.
Calling hours are from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Little Falls Hospital.
Mrs. Anna Bishop, 86, of Tucson, Ariz. and formerly of Scotia died May 31 after a short illness.
She was born Sept. 13, 1910 in Amsterdam.
She was the widow of Raymond N. Bishop, who died in 1984.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Lou Rankin of Tucson; two sons, Raymond N. Bishop Jr. of Schenectady and Roger H. Bishop of Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Madeline Wilmot of Fonda, and 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Mass will be conducted at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Church in Scotia. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, AMsterdam, at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements are by the Betz Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam.
Fayette "Nick" Nichols
Fayette "Nick" Nichols, 64, of 30 Willett St., Fort Plain, died Wednesday at his home after a long illness.
Born Oct. 26, 1932 in Canajoharie, he was the son of William and Gertrude Fisk Nichols. He was a lifelong resident of the Canajoharie/Fort Plain area and was a graduate of Canajoharie High School.
Mr. Nichols was first employed on the Nichols dairy farm in Fort Plain and was later employed by the Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. in Canajoharie for 40 years, retiring in 1991. He was also the racing handicapper at Fonda Speedway for more than 35 years.
He was a member of Moose Lodge 853 of Canajoharie and was also a member of St. John's and St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Canajoharie.
Survivors include a daughter, Tanya Nichol LaVoie of Gloversville and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lenz & Betz Funeral Home, 69 Otsego St., Canajoharie, with the Rev. John Omans officiating. Cremation will be at Leatherstocking Crematory in Cherry Valley.
Calling hours are from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Montgomery County Chapter of the American Cancer Society or to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital.