Miscellaneous Montgomery County, New York Obituaries - 1996

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Dean Hartz
August 28, 1996

Dean Allen Hartz, 54, of County Route 110, Broadalbin, died Wednesday from injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident on County Route 110.

Born in Mishwaka, Ind., Mr. Hartz came to Broadalbin in 1993.

He was a graduate of Grier School in New York City.

For the past 30 years, he worked for the Lee Dyeing Co. of North Carolina and served as vice president of manufacturing in the Johnstown and Gloversville offices.

Mr. Hartz was past commander for the Sons of the American Legion Post 337 and the Johnstown Loyal Order of Moose 1185.

He was a lifetime member of the Union Road Optimist Youth Club in Gastonia, N.C., and also coached several youth sports teams in Gastonia. 

At one time, he served as a Boy Scout leader in Connecticut.

He married Donna Anderson Hartz on Jan. 18, 1975.

In addition to his wife, survivors include five sons, Dean G. Hartz of Pequabuck, Conn., Todd J. Hartz of Bantam, Conn., Eric C. Hartz of Gastonia, N.C., Scott A. Hartz of Broadalbin and Craig A. Hartz of Fort Hood, Texas; his mother, Gladys Ford Gasser of Litchfield, Conn.; a brother, Edward W. Gasser of Burlington, Conn.; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Broadalbin Methodist Church, 67 N. Main St. Burial will be in Union Mills Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St., Johnstown

Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Road Optimist Youth Club, Box 433, Gastonia, N.C., 28053.
 

Mary Sirtoli
August 28, 1996

Mary R. Sirtoli, 76, of Christy Road, Mayfield, died Wednesday at home after a long illness.

Born in Caizzo, Italy, Mrs. Sirtoli moved to the Gloversville area in 1928.

Mrs. Sirtoli was a homemaker, and a communicant of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church in Gloversville.

Her husband, Angelo Sirtoli, died in 1985.

Survivors include two sons, Paul Sirtoli of Westfield and John Sirtoli of Gloversville; two daughters, Ann Begeal of Hope Falls and Rose Haak of Gloversville; a brother, Anthony Tascillo of Gloversville; three sisters, Betty Malagisi, Lucy Ferrara, and Viola Tascillo, all of Gloversville; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church's building fund; Mountain Valley Hospice of Gloversville; or to Food for the Poor, 550 S. W. 12th Ave., apartment 4, Deerfield Beach, Fla. 33442.

Arrangements are by the Amico Funeral Home, Gloversville.
 

Thomas Doak
August 29, 1996

Thomas J. Doak, 36, of West Clinton Street, Johnstown, died Thursday at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam after a short illness.

Born in Amsterdam, Mr. Doak was educated in Randolph.

He was a forklift operator for the Buddy L. Co. in Mayfield.

Survivors include his wife, Melissa Courtney Doak, whom he married this past May 29; three daughters, Crystal Zeth of Randolph, Christina and Katrina Doak, both of Fonda; two sons, David Doak of Fonda and Michael Doak of Gloversville; his father, William Doak of Gloversville; and four sisters, Cathy Simmons and Colleen and Carol Doak, all of Randolph, and Virginia Doak of Gloversville.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, Main and Melcher streets. Burial will be in Fern Dale Cemetery.

A calling hour will be held prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, Gloversville.
 

William Tooker
August 29, 1996

William H. Tooker, 82, of 186 Priddle Point Road, Mayfield, died Thursday afternoon at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, following a short illness.

Born April 30, 1914 in Gloversville, he was the son of Harold and Martha Hunter Tooker. He was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Tooker was a disabled prisoner of war in World War II, serving his country from April 20, 1944, to Oct. 2, 1945 in the U.S. Army Infantry.

He worded for several years at the former Fownes Glove Co. in Gloversville, and later for over 20 years as a press operator at MCA Record Co. in Gloversville, retiring in 1979.

Mr. Tooker was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Gloversville and the Fulton County Disabled American Veterans.

He married Carrie L. Pryne on Nov. 11, 1939. She died Feb. 19, 1995.

Mr. Tooker is survived by two daughters, Diane C. Dambrosi of Amsterdam; and Kathy L. Lampman of Pittsburgh, Pa.; one sister, Evelyn T. Smith of Gloversville; one brother, Paul E. Tooker of Meco; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two nieces,and several cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Walrath & Bushouer Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, with the Rev. Edmund T. Freeborn III, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating.

Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
 

Andrew Clauson
Aug. 29, 1996

Andrew S. Clauson, 49, of Cable Road, Town of Mohawk, died Thursday at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam, after being stricken at home.

Born April 16, 1947, in Brooklyn, he was the son of James W. and Penelope Parish Clauson.

Mr. Clauson received his bachelor's degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in East Rutherford, N.J., and his master's degree in wildlife biology from Syracuse University School of Forestry.

He and his wife operated an Inn in Piseco after moving to this area in 1984. They operated Clauson's Strawberry Farm for the past 12 years. For the past six years he had been a teacher at the Alternative School in Amsterdam.

Mr. Clauson is survived by his wife, Diane Burgess, whom he married Nov. 16, 1974; a son, Daniel Clauson, also of the Town of Mohawk; a brother James Clauson Jr., also of Mohawk; a sister, Judith Holmes of Newtown, Conn.; his parents, of Montclair, N.J., and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no calling hours.

Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are by Barton & Donnan Funeral Home, Johnstown.
 

John Crocitti
Aug. 30, 1996

John Crocitti, 90, of Highland Gardens, Amsterdam, died late Friday evening at the Montgomery County Infirmary after a brief illness.

Born in Radicena, Province of Calabria, Italy, Oct. 8, 1905, a son of Domenico A. and Mary Montarelli Crocitti, he came to the U.S. in 1921 and lived in Amsterdam most of his life.

Mr. Crocitti was employed as a weaver for Mohasco Corp. and later as a clerk for the New York State Teachers Retirement System in Albany, retiring in 1975.

He was a trumpet player and played in the former Mohawk Mills Band and the Wyszomirski Post Legion Band at one time.

He was a communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church and served at one time as an usher.

He was the last surviving charter member and past president of the Columbian Social Club. From 1922 to 1927, he served with Company G. 105th Infantry of the National Guard.

His first wife, the former Louise Squillace, died in 1938. He married the former Helen Calvano in 1948.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary A. Stachnik of Amsterdam; two sons, Louise Crocitti of Rochester and John Crocitti of Miami; three brothers, Samuel Crocetti of Watertown, Mass., Dominic Crocetti of Louisville, Ky., and Joseph Crocetti of Amsterdam; five grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are Monday at 8:30 a.m. at the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:15 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.

Interment will be in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Calling hours are today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home, where the Columbian Social Club will gather for prayers at 6:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael's Church or to the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps in care of Rossi Funeral Home.
 

Anthony Milewski Sr.
Aug. 30, 1996

Anthony S. Milewski Sr., 85, of Kline Street, Amsterdam, died late Friday evening at St. Mary's Hospital.

Born in Mechanicville April 16, 1911, a son of Stanley and Alice Milewski, he moved to Amsterdam 78 years ago and lived here since.

He was employed by the former Collette Manufacturing Co., Sanford Carpet Mills and the American Locomotive Co. in Schenectady. He most recently worked for General Electric in Schenectady for 10 years as a pipe fitter, retiring in 1976.

An avid bowler, he was a member of several Amsterdam leagues. 

He was a communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church and a former member of the Community Seniors.

Survivors include his wife, the former Philomena Costanza, whom he married Dec. 2, 1939; a son, Anthony S. Milewski Jr. of Amsterdam; a daughter, Marie Carter of Corvallis, Ore.; a brother, Joseph Smith of Plymouth, Mich; a sister, Freida Zak of Southfield, Mich.; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, Amsterdam, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:15 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.

Interment will be in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Calling hours are Monday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael's Memorial Fund.
 

Michael Morrone
Aug. 30, 1996

Michael P. Morrone, 79, of Mary Street, Tribes Hill, died late Friday evening at the Samuel Stratton Veterans Medical Center in Albany after a brief illness.

Born in Amsterdam Jan. 21, 1917, the son of Paul and Maria Sista DiCaprio Morrone, he was a lifelong area resident and attended local schools.

Mr. Morrone was employed for 48 years by Santos Construction Co., retiring in 1980.

He was an Army veteran of World War II and served with the Medical Corps in Africa and Italy.

He was a communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Amsterdam.

Survivors include his long-time companion, Antoinette Cantiello of Amsterdam; a sister, Carmella Harrison of Amsterdam; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.

Interment will be in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael's Memorial Fund or the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Arrangements are by the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, Amsterdam.
 

Florence Sise
September 1, 1996

Florence C. Sise, 98, formerly of 23 McClellan Ave., Amsterdam, died Sunday at Mount Loretto Nursing Home, where she had resided since May of 1990.

Born Oct. 26, 1897 in Menands, she was the daughter of Patrick and Catherine Dougherty Hayes.

Mrs. Sise was educated in the Albany school system and was a 1916 graduate of Albany High School.

She was employed as a secretary at the New York State Capitol in Albany and later for the Trunk Line, a railroad shipping cooperative. From 1952 to 1967, she was employed by the Department of the Navy at the Naval Correspondence School in Scotia.

Mrs. Sise was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Amsterdam, and a member of its Rosary Society.

Survivors include one son, Robert J. Sise of Amsterdam; eight grandsons, Michael J., John R., Thomas E., Richard E., William P., Timothy E., Joseph M., and Bernard F. Sise; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Sise was predeceased by one grandson, Robert J. Sise Jr.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Church. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held today from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Riley Mortuary Inc., 110 Division St., Amsterdam.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.
 

Wilma Mildern
September 2, 1996

Wilma E. Mildern, 81, of Lakeview Road, Broadalbin, died Monday morning at the Edward L. Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility where she had resided for the past two months.

Born Dec. 9, 1914 in Georgetown, Ill., she was the daughter of Elmore R. and Laura Sprouls Sheets and was educated in local schools. She resided in Perth since 1945 and moved to Broadalbin five years ago.

Mrs. Mildern worked as a baker and cashier in the cafeteria at the former Perth Central School for 13 years. She later worked in the paint department at Mohawk Finishing Products Inc., Amsterdam, retiring in 1977.

She attended the United Methodist Church in Amsterdam and was a member of the Perth Senior Citizens.

She married Alford L. Mildern on March 21, 1945. He died Jan. 30, 1976.

Survivors include a son, Louis R. Mildern of Broadalbin, two daughters, Sally A. David of Perth, and Donna S. Mildern Casady of Sante Fe, N.M.; two grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Perth Cemetery with the Rev. Patricia A. Bush officiating. 

There will be no calling hours. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Anthony Slezak
September 1, 1996

Anthony N. Slezak Sr., 79, of Truax Road, Amsterdam, died Sunday afternoon at Glens Falls Hospital following a long illness.

Born Aug. 21, 1917 in Amsterdam, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Josephine Grybos Slezak. He attended local schools and was a graduate of Amsterdam High School.

During World War II, Mr. Slezak served in the Army and attained the rank of staff sergeant.

He was the plant manager for Bradley Lumber Co. in Warren, Ark., from 1946 to 1958. Later, he was the regional equipment manager for the New York State Department of Transportation in Utica, before retiring in 1982. He was an avid gardener and a master chef.

Mr. Slezak was a member of St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church in Hagaman. He was also a member of AARP and past president of the Lions Club in Warren, Ark.

He married Bernice K. Madej on May 3, 1942. She died Jan. 5, 1964.

He is survived by his wife Mary Ellen (Polly) Smith Slezak, whom he married Feb. 13, 1965; three sons, Anthony N. Slezak Jr., of Galway; Andrew L. Slezak, of Mayfield; and Michael A. Slezak, of New York City; five daughters, Barbara S. Burnett, Burke, Va.; Dr. Nancy S. Knudsen, Amsterdam; Katherine M. Slezak, Amsterdam; Deborah A. Slezak, Hagaman; Rebecca A. Slezak, Amsterdam; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; one sister, Winifred Petroski of Amsterdam; three brothers, Raymond Slezak, Rotterdam; Chester Slezak of Amsterdam; and Norbert Slezak, also of Amsterdam; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:15 a.m. Thursday at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church St., Amsterdam, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Stephen's Church.

Interment will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, the National Audubon Society or to St. Stephen's Church.
 

Mildred Pawlowski
September 1, 1996

Mrs. Mildred Pawlowski, 84, of Reid Street, Amsterdam, died Sunday evening at St. Mary's Hospital after being stricken at home.

Born Feb. 22, 1912 in Amsterdam, she was a daughter of the late Ignacy and Helen Trzeciakowski Kowalski. She was educated locally and was a lifelong area resident.

Mrs. Pawlowski was employed by the Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Co. in the Finishing Department. She was also a homemaker.

She was a member of St. Stanislaus Church.

She married Thaddeus (Ted) Pawlowski on June 17, 1939.

In addition to her husband, survivors include one son, Robert G. Pawlowski of Amsterdam; two grandchildren, John Pawlowski of Evansville, Ind.; and Christine Roiland, St. Kittus, British West Indies; one niece, one grand-niece and several cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday 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 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.
 

Alice Jankowski
August 31, 1996

Mrs. Alice W. Jankowski, 90, formerly of Tribes Hill, died Saturday at the Palatine Nursing Home, where she had lived since 1994.

Born Jan. 16, 1906 in Gloversville, she was the daughter of Jacob nd Frances Hine Wagner. Mrs. Jankowski moved to Tribes Hill as a young girl and lived there most of her life.

She was employed at the Vosburg Box Co. in Tribes Hill; Mohawk Carpet Mills and Montco, both in Amsterdam; and Edward's Box Co. and Britts Department Store, both in Gloversville.

Mrs. Jankowski retired in 1984.

She was a member of Textile Workers Union of America Local 835 and the Tribes Hill Presbyterian Church.

Her husband, Fred C. Jankowski, died in 1955.

Survivors include two sons, Francis J. Jankowskiof Albuquerque, N.M., and Herman Jankowskiof Lebanon, Pa.; a granddaughter, Beth Casteele of Kettering, Ohio; and two great-granddaughters.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Tribes Hill Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Barbara Floryshak officiating.

Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Tribes Hill.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Boice Funeral Home, 124 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church.
 

Violet Shulze
August 31, 1996

Violet Shulze, 97, formerly of Sacandaga Road, Galway, died Saturday at the Ashmere Manor Nursing Home in Hinsdale, Mass.

She lived in Galway all of her life until five years ago and was a caregiver for her parents and sister most of her life.

A graveside service was conducted at 10:45 a.m. today in Galway Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Richard J. Ryan Funeral Home, Galway Village.
 

Leona Higgins
September 1, 1996

Mrs. Leona A. Higgins, 75, of Route 30, Northville, died Sunday at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville, after being stricken at home.

Born and educated in Corinth, Mrs. Higgins moved to Northville in 1959.

At one time, she worked for Peter's Novelty Co. in Gloversville and for Coleco Industries in Mayfield.

Mrs. Higgins was a member of the Cranberry Creek Community Church.

She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She married John Higgins on Aug. 25, 1968.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two brothers, Vernon Yennard of Mayfield and Adlore Yennard of Caroga Lake; and three sisters, Melvina and Mary Russell, both of Bakers Mills, and Ellen Russell of Mayfield.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Northville Funeral Home, 401 Bridge St.

Burial will be in Speculator Cemetery.

Calling hours are from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northampton Ambulance Squad.
 

Helen Olendorf
September 1, 1996

Mrs. Helen Dearstyne Olendorf, 91, of the Embury Apartments, Saratoga Springs, died Sunday at home.

Born in Albany, Mrs. Olendorf resided in Buffalo for several years before moving back to Albany in 1947 and to Saratoga Springs in 1982.

She was the widow of Charles W. Olendorf Sr.

Survivors include two sons, Charles W. Olendorf Jr. of Galway and John R. Olendorf of Gloversville; a daughter, Barbara Greer of Carlsbad, Calif., and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Services will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital District Chapter of the American Diabetes Association, Albany.

Arrangements are by the Armer Funeral Home in Ballston Spa.
 

Alice Dadson
August 30, 1996

Mrs. Alice R. Dadson, 92, of Palm Harbor, Fla., died Friday at Helen Ellis Hospital in Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Born in Chicago, Mrs. Dadson lived in Broadalbin before moving to Florida in 1969.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Broadalbin.

Survivors include two daughters, Jacqueline E. Kitler of Palm Harbor and Patricia L. Lang of Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.; three sisters, Josephine Mather of Middletown, R.I., Norma Maufole of Summerville, S.C., and Carole Duggan of Tenafly, N.J.; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday in Florida.

Burial will be in Troy.

Memorial contributions may be made to Meal on Wheels of Palm Harbor.

Arrangements are by the Moss-Feaster Funeral Home, Dunedin, Fla.
 

Robert Frydel
September 2, 1996

Robert J. Frydel, 78, of South Nine Mile Road, Alleghany, and formerly of Debra Lane, Hagaman, died Monday afternoon at Olean General Hospital following a short illness.

Born March 25, 1918 in Amsterdam, he was the son of John and Mary Gucz Frydel. He was a graduate of St. Stanislaus School and a 1935 graduate of Wilbur H. Lynch High School. 

He completed training courses at the U.S. Department of Labor OSHA Training Institute in Des Plaines, Ill. He also attended the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, State University of New York at Albany, the Albany Business College and numerous New York State Department of Labor Training Courses.

During World War II, Mr. Frydel served in the Army and was a graduate of the Armored Force School at Fort Knox, Kentucky and was a instructor of Tank Crew Basic Maintenance - 8th Armored Division. He was an Armed Forces certified tank driver, an anti-tank gunner and also served in the Military Police. He served overseas under Gen. George S. Patton in the North African and Sicilian Campaigns and under Gen. Mark Clark in the Italian Campaign, all during the 1943-45 period. At the conclusion of the war, he was stationed in Bosnia (Yugoslavia). He was awarded six battle stars for the Battle of Tunisia, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Po Valley, and North Appenines. He was also awarded the African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

He was employed by Mohawk Carpet Mills until 1964 as senior electrician at the Shuttleworth Division. Later, he was a factory inspector and Associate Factory Inspector of the Utica District of Industrial Safety Service, New York State Department of Labor.

In 1977, he was appointed senior safety and health consultant in OSHA Consultative Services Bureau of the combined Albany-Utica District of the NYS Department of Labor Division of Safety and Health before retiring in 1982.

He was a member of St. Stanislaus and St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. He was past secretary of the Town of Perth Planning and Zoning Commission, member of the Executive Committee of the Fulton County Republican Committees, past president of the Perth Republican Club, member and past adjutant and trustee of Amsterdam VFW Post 55, member of the Organizing Committee and charter member of the Polish-American Veterans, served on the Amsterdam Veterans Council, member of the Knights of Columbus Amsterdam Council 209, life member of the Fifth Army Association, Public Employees Federation Retirees and served on Assemblyman Glen Harris Advisory Committee.

He was married to the former Eleanore Piurek on April 27, 1947. She died Aug. 8, 1994.

Survivors include one daughter, Elaine Wier of Olean, Cattaraugus County; one grandson, Michael J. Wier, of Olean, one sister, Dorothy Markowicz of Amsterdam; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be 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 p.m. Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stanislaus School.


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