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Charles Nathan
June 18, 1997

Charles Nathan, 89, of the High Rise Apartments, Amsterdam, died Wednesday at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady.

Born Nov. 25, 1907 in Amsterdam, he was the son of Abraham and Ethel Nathan. He was a graduate of Amsterdam High School and was a lifelong city resident.

He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the European Theatre of Operations.

Mr. Nathan was employed as a salesman at Lurie's Department Store in Amsterdam and later at Britt's Department Store in Gloversville, retiring in 1965.

He was a member of Congregation Sons of Israel Synagogue.

Survivors include six nephews, Henry Lessick of Amsterdam, Aaron Schinberg of Boston, David Nathan of Washington, Rick Nathan of Hopewell Junction, Stephen Nathan of Syracuse and Bernie Nathan of Detroit; three nieces, Beatrice Gordon of Miami, Anita Cantor of N. Miami Beach, Frieda Nathan of Utica, and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

A graveside service will be conducted at noon today at the Congregation Sons of Israel in Cranesville with Rabbi Shawn Gorman officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Sons of Israel Synagogue, 355 Guy Park Ave.

Arrangements are by the Johnson-Lindsay Funeral Home.
 

Marion Savage
June 17, 1997

Mrs. Marion E. Savage, 80, of 88 Lincoln St., Gloversville, died Tuesday at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a long illness.

Born Sept. 14, 1916 in Northville, she was the daughter of Harmon and Frances King Lair. She was a graduate of the Rome School for the Deaf and lived in the Binghamton area for many years before returning to the Gloversville area 40 years ago.

Mrs. Savage was employed as a glove worker at the Hilts-Willard Glove Co. in Gloversville.

She was of the Baptist faith.

She was married to John Savage, who died in 1959.

Survivors include a son, Francis H. Savage of Gloversville; a daughter, Velma Golden of Phoenix, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at the Walrath & Bushour Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, with the Rev. George M. Gray officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Gloversville.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 yo 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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

LaVerne Francisco
June 18, 1997

LaVerne Francisco, 74, of Route 30, Town of Florida, died Wednesday at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

Born July 6, 1922 in the Town of Florida, he was the son of Walter and Clara Beyer Francisco. He was a lifelong area resident and was educated in local schools.

He owned and operated the Blue Bank Farm on Lang Road for 30 years, retiring in 1986.

Mr. Francisco was director of the Montgomery County Cooperative Extension, the Montgomery County Farm Bureau and the Production Credit Service. He also served as a member of the Florida Volunteer Fire Department and was a member of Artisan Lodge No. 84 of the Free and Accepted Masons, and the Oriental Temple of Troy.

He was a member of the Florida Reformed Church in Minaville.

He married Catherine Sweet Francisco on July 24, 1043.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Roger Francisco of Largo, Fla., and Phillips Francisco of Amsterdam; a daughter, Carol Cutterback of Bremerton, Wash.; two brothers, Arnold Francisco of Lakeland, Fla., and Walter Francisco of Largo, Fla.; two sisters, Marjorie Ortel of Johnstown and Gertrude Kruger of Amsterdam; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Betz Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, with the Rev. Scott Crane officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Amsterdam, the Florida Reformed Church or the Florida Volunteer Fire Department.
 

Harold E. Whitlock
June 17, 1997

Harold E. Whitlock, 94, of North Road, Benson, died Tuesday at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville after a short illness.

Born Dec. 31, 1902 in Amsterdam, he was the son of Edward and Minnie Bramer Whitlock. He was a graduate of Wilbur H. Lynch High School. He lived in Amsterdam for most of his life, until moving to Benson 21 years ago.

Mr. Whitlock was employed by General Electric in Schenectady for more than 30 years, retiring in 1968.

He was a member of Fish House Masonic Lodge 298 in Northville and then Artisan Masonic Lodge in Amsterdam. He was also an honorary member of the Northville Fish & Game Club and was a ham radio operator.

He served as Benson town historian.

He was a member and former deacon at First Baptist Church in Amsterdam.

Mr. Whitlock served many years as treasurer of the Cerebral Palsy Center in Amsterdam.

He married Mary Rocco Whitlock on Sept. 2, 1939.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Robert Whitlock of Northville, three step-grandchildren and one niece.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at the Northville Funeral Home, 401 Bridge St. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Amsterdam.

Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the Masons will conduct a service at 7:30 p.m.
 

Elsie D. Vosburgh
June 19, 1997

Mrs. Elsie Daggett Vosburgh, 71, of Oneonta, died Thursday at her home after a long illness.

Born Sept. 7, 1925 in Broadalbin, she was the daughter of James M. and Jennie Codding Daggett. She was a graduate of Perth Central School, the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and was later engaged in graduate studies at Syracuse University.

For several years, she was a home economics teacher at Estee Middle School in Gloversville and also at the Roscoe Conkling School in Utica.

She married Donald R. Vosburgh on Jan. 15, 1949 in Fort Plain. The couple attended the presidential inauguration in Washington on their honeymoon.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Mark E. Vosburgh of Hudson, Ohio; a daughter, Melanie Anthony of Waldwick, N.J.; two brothers, James W. Daggett and Cecil N. Daggett, both of Amsterdam, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no funeral service or calling hours. Her body will be cremated.

Memorial contributions may be made to an animal care facility of one's choice.
 

Thomas Zeppieri
June 18, 1997

Thomas A. Zeppieri, 24, of 372 Guy Park Ave.., Amsterdam, died Wednesday at St. Mary's Hospital in Troy.

Born Aug. 25, 1972 in Troy, he was the son of Thomas and Margaret Mead Zeppieri. He was a 1990 graduate of Amsterdam High School and a 1992 graduate of Hudson Valley Community College.

Mr. Zeppieri was employed as an electronic technician at Capital Amusement Co. in Mechanicville.

He is survived by his parents.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Riley Mortuary, 110 Division St., Amsterdam, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:15 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 156 E. Main St. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, 39 S. Main St., Mechanicville, and from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Riley Mortuary.

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

Mary Estes
June 19, 1997

Mrs. Mary A. Estes, 86, of Broad Street, Fultonville, died Thursday at her home following a long illness.

Born May 7, 1911 in Bolton Landing, she was the daughter of George and Grace Pearl Howard Crockett. She moved to Fultonville as a young child and lived in the area since that time.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Estes was a member of the Charleston Christian Church and was also a member and past president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union.

She married Harold G. Estes on Oct. 9, 1929. He died in 1981.

Survivors include four sons, Vernon E. Estes of Carlisle, Pa., Robert A. Estes of Sprakers, Harold G. Estes Jr. of St. Johnsville, and Phillip C. Estes of Palm Bay, Fla.; two daughters, Rose Marie Ring of Fonda and Kathryn A. Smith of Carlisle, Pa.; three brothers, Ellsworth Crockett of Ira, Vt., Howard Crockett of Concord, N.H., and Horace Crockett of Rockville, Conn.; 17 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Charleston Christian Church with the Revs. Phillip Sears and David Howell officiating. Burial will be in Charleston Christian Church Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice or the Charleston Christian Church.

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

Clyde Saltsman
June 19, 1997

Clyde H. Saltsman, 77, of Marchand Manor, formerly of Main Street, Sharon Springs, died Thursday at the manor after a long illness.

He was born Sept. 5, 1919, in Stone Arabia, the son of George and Edna Christman Saltsman. He was educated in the former Stone Arabia country schools and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Saltsman was employed by Beech-Nut in Canajoharie for 40 years, retiring as a cooker in 1985.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and received the Purple Heart.

He was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church in Stone Arabia, the Schoharie County Fish & Game Club, VFW Post 3275 of Fort Plain, and the Beech-Nut 25-year club.

His first wife, Catherine Becker Saltsman, died in May 1972. He is also predeceased by a daughter, Nancy A. Klock, who died June 1.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Lane Saltsman of Sharon Springs, whom he married May 31, 1974; two sons, Alton C. Saltsman of Raleigh, N.C., and Robert M. Saltsman of Stone Arabia; two brothers, Malcolm Saltsman of Fort Johnson and Leo Saltsman of Stone Arabia; three sisters, Thelma Boyer of Stone Arabia, Edith Lansing of Rensselaerville and Mildred Bollen of the Town of Palatine; two stepsons, Clifford Lane of Massachusetts and Jesse Lane of Sharon Springs; one stepdaughter, Audrey Kennedy of Sharon Springs; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 20 Otsego St., Canajoharie, with the Rev. Kenneth Dingman officiating.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. The VFW Memorial Squad will conduct graveside military honors.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Catskill Area Hospice, 542 Main St., Oneonta 13820. 
 

John Kwiatkowski
June 30, 1997

John Kwiatkowski, 80, formerly of Log City Road, Amsterdam died Monday at Montgomery Meadows.

Born March 26, 1917 in Amsterdam, he was the son of Feliks and Marcella Pawlowski Kwiatkowski. He was a lifelong area resident and was educated in local schools.

Mr. Kwiatkowski was employed at one time as a weaver at the Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Mills and later was employed as a welder at the General Electric Co. in Schenectady, retiring in 1979.

He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. He participated in the Normandy invasion and was discharged as a coxain.

He was a member of St. Stephen's Church in Hagaman, and enjoyed bowling as a young man.

He married Carrie Lenarciak Kwiatkowski on May 4, 1946.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three brothers, Frank P. Kwiatkowski and William Kwiatkowski, both of Amsterdam, and Joseph Kwiatkowski of Hagaman; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Amsterdam Funeral Chapel, 13 Belmont Place, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen's Church in Hagaman. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen's Church.
 

The Rev. Jonathan Trela
June 28, 1997

The Most Rev. Jonathan E. Trela, 53, of Pearl Street, Schenectady, the pastor of the Holy Name of Jesus Polish National Catholic Church since Feb. 15, 1975, died Saturday at home after a long illness.

Born Feb. 20, 1945, he was the son of Stanley and Bertha Stollar Trela.

He was a graduate of St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon and also of St. Raphael's Noviaite in Lafayette, N.J. He also graduated from Seton Hall University, Immaculate Conception Seminary of Mahwah, N.J., Fordham University, and Drew University Theological School in Madison, N.J.

He earned his doctorate degree from St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore in 1990.

The Rev. Trela was a teacher of Patristics at Savronola Seminary and was also a member of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, the National Liturgical Commission, the Doctrine Commission, the National Music Commission and he was also chairman of the Commission on Mission and Evnaelization.

He was a substance abuse counselor for the Alcohol, Substance Abuse Council of Schenectady. He was a member of the Mohawk Valley Clergy Association and he was the founder of the Holy Name of Jesus Food Pantry in Schenectady. He was additionally a member of the Polish National Alliance.

He married Dorothea "Dori" Schmid Trela on June 5, 1975.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Henryk Tobias Trela of Schenectady; and a daughter, Karoline Anne Trela of Schenectady.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Holy Name of Jesus Polish National Catholic Church, Pearl Street, Schenectady, with the Most Prime Bishop John Swantek and the Right Rev. Anthony M. Rysz, Bishop, officiating. Burial will be in Hole Name of Jesus Polish National Catholic Cemetery, Schenectady.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church, where a Vespers service will be conducted at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Father Jonathan E. Trela Memorial Fund, care of the Holy Name of Jesus Polish National Catholic Church, 1040 Pearl St., Schenectady, 12303.

Arrangements are by the Betz Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam.
 

Orville Perkins
June 30, 1997

Orville A. Perkins, 78, of Vero Beach, Fla., formerly of Ballston Spa, died Monday at his son's home after a brief illness.

Born in Charlton, he lived most of his life in the Ballston Spa area before moving to Florida in 1988.

For many years, he was a dairy farmer at the Albert Merchant Farms in Burnt Hills. Subsequently, he was a foreman in the wash and dry room at the Ballston Knitting Co. for 30 years, retiring in 1984.

He was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church.

He was married to Mildred Perkins for 60 years.

In addition to his wife, survivors include four daughters, Barbara Funk of Gloversville, Regina Lee of Broadalbin and Holly Staulters and Nancy Fitzgerald of Ballston Spa; four sons, Richard, Roger and Frank Perkins, all of Ballston Spa, and William Perkins of El Paso, Texas; four sisters, Doris Sheppard of Melbourne, Fla., Nancy Merchant of Ballston Spa, Myrtle Robinson of Round Lake and Lois Catannizzo of Marianna, Fla.; a half-sister, Della Mae Groom of Ballston Spa; two half-brothers, Edwin Perkins of Ballston Spa and Orvel Sheppard of Pueblo, Mont.; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community hospice of Saratoga.

Arrangements are by the Armer Funeral Home.
 

Anthony Carroll
June 29, 1997

Anthony J. Carroll, 77, of 28 Mechanic St., St. Johnsville, died Sunday at Little Falls Hospital.

Born Nov. 16, 1919 in St. Johnsville, he was the son of James and Maria Carroll. He was a graduate of St. Johnsville High School and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, honorably discharged on Oct. 14, 1945 as a gunner's mate third class.

He was last employed at Mohawk Data Science in East Herkimer and previously worked at Palatine Dye.

Mr. Carroll was a member of St. Patrick's Church and also American Legion Post 160 in St. Johnsville and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3275 in Fort Plain. He was a retired volunteer for the St. Johnsville Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and was a former member of the St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department, where he was honored as Fireman of the Year in 1981.

He married Katherine Leve on May 11, 1946 in Little Falls.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, James Carroll of Utica; two daughters, Joan Sargeant and Patricia Long, both of Little Falls; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Smith-Woody & Enea Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church with the Rev. Pascal Iannotti officiating. Burial will be in West St. Johnsville Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Members of the St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department will conduct a service at 7:15 this evening at the funeral home and the members of American Legion Post 168 will conduct a service at 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department or the St. Johnsville Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
 

Doris Biscotti
June 29, 1997

Mrs. Doris Margaret Biscotti, 73, of Pulaski Street, Amsterdam, died Sunday at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

Born and educated in Halifax, Nova Scotia, she moved to Amsterdam during World War II.

She was employed at one time at the General Electric Co. in Schenectady, and later worked in the axminister design studio and shopping departments at Mohawk Carpet Mills. Subsequently, she was the cashier at Memorial Hospital's cafeteria for 26 years, retiring in 1990.

She was a member of St. Ann's Episcopal Church.

She married Anthony F. Biscotti on Oct. 1, 1977.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Robert Pawloski of Nevada; a daughter, Karen Beaton of Saratoga Springs; three brothers, Carl, Clarence and Clifford Doubleday, all of Halifax; sis sisters, Jean Forhan, Margaret Poulsen, Eileen Giles and Eleanor Gallant, all of Halifax, Geraldine Melnyk of Trenton, Ont., and Lorraine Turner of Ottawa; and three grandchildren.

The Office of the Burial of the Dead and Holy Eucharist will be read at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Ann's Episcopal church, Division Street, Amsterdam. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Amsterdam Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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


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