|Thursday, January 22, 1998
Luis M. Acevedo, 60
TROY — Luis M. Acevedo, 60, of Sixth Avenue, died Tuesday at Albany
Medical Center Hospital after a brief illness.
Born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late Pedro Acevedo
and Antonia Lozada.
He was educated in Puerto Rico.
Mr. Acevedo had worked as a machinist at Tek Hughes in Watervliet and
was a former member of the Almagamated Clothing Workers Union.
Survivors, besides his mother, include a daughter, Gloria A. Acevedo
Miles of Johnstown and a grandson. He was the brother of, Pedro Luis Acevedo
of Hoosick Falls, Pedro J. Acevedo of Troy, Gloria Acevedo of Troy, Angel
Luis Acevedo of Troy, Aida and Alva Acevedo, both of Illinois, Israel Acevedo
of Pennsylvania, Ventura Acevedo of Syracuse, Efrain Acevedo of Puerto
Rico, Fernando Acevedo of Connecticut and Raymond Acevedo of Illinois.
The funeral will be held in Caguas. Burial will be in Monte Calvario
Calling hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the John H. Clinton Funeral
Home, Washington Park and Third Street in Troy.
Robert F. Andrews, 76
TROY — Robert F. Andrews, 76, of Fourth Avenue, died Tuesday at St.
Born in Burlington, Vt., he was the son of the late George E. and Rose
Bushey Andrews, and the husband of M. Rita Darfler of Lansingburgh.
Mr. Andrews was a sergeant in the Army's 83rd Bomb Squadron during
World War II. He was awarded the American Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific,
a Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
He worked in maintenance at Freihofer's in Albany for 20 years, retiring
14 years ago.
He was a communicant of St. Augustine's Church in Lansingburgh.
Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Wojtaszek of Lansingburgh; a
son, James Darfler of Wayne, Mich.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Saturday from the John J. Sanvidge Funeral
Home Inc., 115th Street and Fourth Avenue in Lansingburgh, and at 9:30
a.m. at St. Augustine's Church. Burial will be in the St. John's Cemetery.
Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Gerard W. Daoust, 72
EAST GREENBUSH — Gerard Wilfred Daous Sr., 72, of Michele Drive, died
Wednesday at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany after a short illness.
Born in Albany, he was the son of the late Alfred G. and Yvonne Le
Buis Daoust, and the husband of Delores Tagliento Daoust.
He resided in the East Greenbush area for many years.
Mr. Daoust worked for many years as a carpenter and retired from St.
Anne's Institute in Albany as head of maintenance.
He was a member of the J.N. Ring Fire Co. in Rensselaer and a communicant
of Holy Spirit Church in East Greenbush.
He also was a member of the Rocking Chair Senior Bowling League, the
East Greenbush Fire Co. and Rensselaer Senior Citizens.
Survivors include two sons, Gerard W. Daoust Jr. and David J. Daoust;
two daughters, Mary F. Daoust, and Deborah Wolf, all of East Greenbush;
he was the brother of Rita Bigelow of Springfield, Mass., Alfred Daoust
of Coxsackie, Yvette Cusick of Albany, Marie Ladouceur of North Greenbush,
Yvonne Scully of Rensselaer, Irene Daoust of Rensselaer, Wilfred Daoust
of Woodland, Calif., Annette Braman of Rensselaer, Ernest Daoust of East
Greenbush, Franklinette Motler of East Greenbush, Bernard Daoust of Castleton,
and Ronald Daoust of Schodack.
The funeral will be at 8 a.m. Saturday from the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral
Home, 1700 Washington Ave., Rensselaer, and at 9 a.m. at the Church of
the Holy Spirit in East Greenbush. A spring burial will be in the Holy
Sepulchre Cemetery in East Greenbush.
Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday from the funeral home.
Lila Dearstyne, 88
TROY — Lila Bonesteel Dearstyne, 88, of Heritage House Nursing Center
and formerly of Church Street in Wynantskill, died Tuesday at the center
after a long illness.
Born in Troy, she was daughter of the late Loren and Neva Wagar Bonesteel
and wife of the late Lawrence S. Dearstyne.
She had resided in the Troy and Wynantskill areas all her life and
was a graduate of Troy High School.
Mrs. Dearstyne was a clerk for Rensselaer County Department of Social
Services for several years, retiring in 1974.
She was a member of First Reformed Church of Wynantskill, the Reformed
Church Women and the Wynantskill Seniors.
Survivors include two daughters, Ann Griswold of Lansingburgh Martha
Colangelo of Eagle Mills; a sister Bertha Collier of Wynantskill; 10 grandchildren
and 11 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday from First Reformed Church of
Wynantskill with Rev. Sophie Mathonnet-VanderWell, pastor, officiating.
Interment will be in Eagle Mills Cemetery.
Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Bryce Funeral Home Inc.
276 Pawling Ave. in Troy.
Contributions may be made to First Reformed Church of Wynantskill,
Main Avenue and Church Street Wynantskill 12198 or the Alzheimer's Association
Capital District Chapter 85 Watervliet Avenue Albany 12206-2083.
Albert E. Hoffman, 82
EAST GREENBUSH — Albert E. Hoffman, 82, of Troy Road, died Monday at
the Samaritan Hospital in Troy after a brief illness.
Born and educated in Menands, he was son of the late Albert and Anna
Mr. Hoffman worked with the family business, Hoffman's Ice Sales, until
1940. He later operated the Tavern at Mid-City Park on Broadway in Menands;
and retired in 1979 from Albany Steel, where he drove a truck.
Survivors include two daughters, Carole Morgan of Troy and Sandra Prediger
of Schroon Lake; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday from the Morris-Stebbins-Miner and
Sanvidge Funeral Home, 312 Hoosick St., Troy, with Rev. Ronald Mackey,
associate pastor of Loudonville Community Church, officiating. Burial will
be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.
Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Contributions made to The Gideons, Box 743, Troy 12181.
Donald W. Hussey, 69
PLEASANTDALE — Donald W. Hussey, 69, of Hudson Avenue, died Monday
at his residence after a long illness.
Born and educated in Troy, he was the son of the late Foster R. and
Marjorie Ormsby Hussey Sr. and the husband of Melissa Mary Stimpson Hussey.
Mr. Hussey was an Air Force veteran, serving in Germany from 1946 to
He had worked for several manufacturing companies and was a self- employed
carpenter. After he retired in 1994, he worked part-time for Ken Goewey
Dodge in Troy.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Lansingburgh, the
Veterans of Lansingburgh and the Charles J. Brady American Legion Post
Survivors include seven daughters, Donna Lee Napoli of Troy, Deborah
Ann Peppin of Troy, Patricia L. Hussey of Schenectady, Jeannette L. Allen
of Snyders Lake, Lorraine C. Hussey of Russell, Mass., Melissa M. Hussey
of Troy, and Karen L. Rendon; four sons, Gene Wesley Hussey of Seattle,
Brian K. Hussey of Massachusetts, David S. Hussey of Russell, Mass., and
Donald Hussey Jr., of Troy; four brothers, Harry Hussey of Colonie, Stanton
Hussey of Watervliet and Paul and Arthur Hussey, both of Troy; four sisters,
Marjorie Graber of California, Yvonne Jones of East Greenbush, and Sandra
L. and Dale M. Hussey, both of Troy; 21 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at the Brunswick Presbyterian
Church with Rev. Harry Heintz, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Memory's
Garden in Colonie.
Calling hours were Wednesday at the Morris-Stebbins-Miner & Sanvidge
Funeral Home in Troy.
Ann Ives, 92
WATERFORD — Ann Crutchley Ives, 92, of Third Street, formerly of Beechwood
Community in Troy and Dutch Village in Menands, died Wednesday at the home
of her caregiver, Mildred VanBuskirk.
Born in Troy, she was the daughter ofthe late John F. and Catherine
E. Evans Crutchley and the widow of Legrand Ives.
She was a graduate of Lansingburgh High School.
Mrs. Ives retired in 1973 as a supervisor for the state Department
of Insurance after 42 years of service.
She was a former communicant of St. Peter's Church in Troy.
Survivors include a step-daughter-in-law, Ann Ives of Greenwich; five
step-grandchildren; and her friend, Mildred VanBuskirk
The funeral will be private under direction of the McLoughlin &
Mason Funeral Home in Lansingburgh. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery
Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 85 Watervliet
Ave., Albany 12206.
James Keefe, 83
COLONIE — James "Yipper" Keefe Sr., 83, of the Albany County Nursing
Home, formerly of Cohoes, died Wednesday at St. Mary's Hospital in Troy.
Born in Cohoes, he was the son of the late Henry and Catherine Mullen
Keefe and husband of the late Mary Clara Keefe.
Mr. Keefe lived in Cohoes most of his life and attended Cohoes schools.
Mr. Keefe retired in 1979 from the maintenance department of the Cohoes
City School District. Prior to that he worked for the former Empire Cotton
Co. in Cohoes.
He was a communicant of St. Agnes-St. Patrick's Parish in Cohoes. He
was a member of the Polish American Association PNA Group 2462 in Cohoes
and was a coach for the Cohoes Intermediate Baseball League.
Survivors include a son, James S. Keefe Jr. of East Greenbush; two
sisters, Gladys Keefe and Theresa Towne, both of Cohoes; two grandchildren;
and three great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Fitzgerald Funeral
Home, 105 Vliet Blvd., Cohoes and at 9 a.m. at St. Agnes-St. Patrick's
Church. Burial will be in Memory's Garden in Colonie.
Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Marie Louden, 95
NORTH GREENBUSH — Marie Louden, 95, died Friday at the Van Rensselaer
Manor after a long illness.
Born in Albany, she lived in the Capital Region all her life.
Ms. Louden was retired from the Housekeeping Department at Child's
Hospital in Albany.
Survivors include nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Rockefeller Funeral
Home, 165 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer. Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery
There are no calling hours.
Mary McCloskey, 82
WATERVLIET — Mary Fuchs McCloskey, 82, of 12th Avenue, died Wednesday
at St. Mary's Hospital.
Born in Watervliet, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Karoline
Engel Fuchs and widow of Stephen J. McCloskey.
A resident of Watervliet for most of her life, Mrs. McCloskey worked
for the Norton Co. in Watervliet for more than 35 years, retiring in 1976.
She was a member of the Papermakers Union and the Norton Retiree Club.
She was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church in Watervliet
and was a member of its Rosary Society.
She enjoyed sewing.
Survivors include a brother, Michael S. Fuchs of Latham.
The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday from Parker Bros. Memorial,
2013 Broadway, Watervliet, and at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception
Church. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Colonie.
Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Contributions made to the Immaculate Conception Church, 2420 Seventh
Ave., Watervliet 12189.
Shirley D. McLoughlin, 83
LATHAM — Shirley D. McLaughlin, 83, of Latham, died Tuesday at Hallmark
Nursing Centre in Schenectady after a long illness.
Born in Minneapolis, Minn., she was the daughter of the late Shirley
and Edna Ashley Drake and widow of J. Karl McLaughlin.
As a young girl she moved to Long Beach, Calif., where she received
her education. She graduated from Scripps College in Clarmont, Calif.,
and Stanford School of Nursing.
She later moved to Wenham, Mass. where she lived for 11 years and resided
in Latham since 1949.
Mrs. McLaughlin was a registered nurse at Shaker High School in Latham
for 16 years, retiring in 1979.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Troy.
Survivors include a daughter, Kathryn Montgomery of Huntington Beach,
Calif.; three sons, James D. McLaughlin of Albany, John S. McLaughlin of
Latham and Hugh S. McLaughlin of Groton, Mass.; and seven grandchildren.
The funeral will be private. Burial will be in Memory's Garden in Colonie.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Bowen Funeral Home in Latham.
Contributions made to Alzheimer's Association, NE New York Chapter,
85 Watervliet Ave., Albany 12206.
Irving S. Miller, 80
RENSSELAER — Irving S. Miller, 80, of Lindbergh Ave., died Friday at
Grand Stand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Born in Albany, he was the husband of Doris I. Dumas Miller of Rensselaer.
He lived most of his life in Rensselaer.
Mr. Miller was a supervisor for Sterling Drug Co. in Rensselaer, retiring
in 1978 after 36 years service.
He was a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows, where he
was a district deputy and past grand master.
Mr. Miller was a member of the Chemical and Hose Co. 4, and the Gerald
O'Neil American Legion Post, both in Rensselaer.
He was an Army Veteran of World War II, serving in the 931st Signal
Battalion in the China-Burma-India Theater.
He was very active in Rensselaer Little League and was a founder of
the Babe Ruth League in Rensselaer. He also played softball for the fire
Survivors include a daughter, Judith A. Miller Skiff of Nashua, N.H.;
five grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday from the W.J. Lyons
Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Ave. in Rensselaer. Burial will be in
the Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands.
Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Richard L. Raut, 66
MECHANICVILLE — Richard L. Raut, 66, of County Route 75, died Sunday
at his residence.
He was a Tully, Onondaga County, native and lived there prior to moving
to Mechanicville in 1967.
He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War and served in the Air
National Guard at Hancock Field.
Mr. Raut retired as manager of the Sears Store in Colonie. He was the
former owner and operator of the Tully Atlantic Gas Station.
He was a member of the Plumb Brook Fish & Game Club in Mechanicville.
Survivors include his wife, Delores Hare Raut; two sons, Richard J.
Raut of Mechanicville and David L. Raut of Amsterdam; a daughter, Darlene
Ormsby of Mechanicville; a sister, Larraine Davis of Hendersonville, N.C.;
and four grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 8 p.m. today at the Hartwell Funeral Home, 11
Clinton St., Tully. Burial will be in Lafayette Cemetery.
Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Thomas J. Sheeran, 66
WYNANTSKILL — Thomas J. Sheeran Sr., 66, of Wynantskill, died Wednesday
after a brief illness.
Born and educated in Troy, he was the son of the late Thomas J. and
Anna J. Pillsworth Sheeran and husband of Madelyn Ciarlone Sheeran.
Mr. Sheeran graduated in 1948 from Catholic Central High School. After
serving in the Navy, he graduated from Siena College and the state University
Mr. Sheeran was a teacher in the Mohanesen School District. He also
served as a junior-senior high school principal in the Mount Markhan Central
School District in West Winfield and as school superintendent in the Jefferson
and St. Lawrence county school systems. He returned to the Capital District
in 1983 after retiring from school administration and was a union negotiator
for AFSCME Council 66, retiring in 1989.
He was a communicant of St. Jude's Church in Wynantskill.
Survivors, besides his wife include three sons, Thomas J. Sheeran Jr.
of Troy, Anthony Sheeran of Albany and John Sheeran of Ballston Spa; two
daughters, Linda Loury of Poestenkill and JoAnne Fletcher of Peterborough,
N.H.; three brothers, Joseph Sheeran and Vincent Sheeran, both of Troy,
and Robert Sheeran of Sayville; and nine grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Church. Burial
will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the John H. Clinton Funeral
Home, Washington Park and Third Street, Troy.
Contributions made to Sheeran Scholarship Memorial Fund, at Seton Hall
University, South Orange, N.J. 07079-2691.
Francis A. Toma, 69
MECHANICVILLE — Francis A. "Tootsie" Toma Sr., 69, of Hulin Street,
died Tuesday at Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a brief
Born in Cohoes, he was the son of the late John and Angeline Febba
Toma and widower of Lucy Zeppieri Toma.
Mr. Toma grew up in Cohoes and lived in Mechanicville all his adult
He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II.
Mr. Toma was a trainman for the Boston & Maine Railroad in Mechanicville
for 40 years, retiring in 1987. He was also the on-site manager for A.J.
Toma Construction in Cohoes for a number of years.
He was a member of the United Transportation Union and Assumption-St.
Paul Church in Mechanicville.
He was a thoroughbred horse racing enthusiast.
Survivors include two sons, Francis A. Toma of Niskayuna and Michael
T. Toma of Malta; three daughters, Mary Beth Toma of Mechanicville, Roberta
Chauvin of Coram, Long Island, and Gina M. Higgins of Stillwater; three
brothers, Anthony and Albert Toma, both of Cohoes, and Carmen Toma of Loudonville;
five sisters, Anne Santucci, Jean and Roberta Toma and Helen Howe, all
of Cohoes, and Karen White of Latham; his friend, Virginia Volk of Clifton
Park; and two grandsons.
The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Assumption-St. Paul Church,
William Street. Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery.
Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. today at the DeVito-Salvadore Funeral
Home, 39 So. Main St., Mechanicville.
Katherine R. Valenti, 80
HALFMOON — Katherine R. Valenti, 80, of Halfmoon, died Tuesday at her
residence after a brief illness.
Born in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Francesco and Carmella
Sergio Grillo and widow of Sebastiano Valenti.
She lived in Halfmoon for the past five years and previously lived
in Lindenhurst, L.I.
She received her education in Mother Cabrini's Convent in Hyde Park.
Mrs. Valenti was a seamstress in New York City for more than 50 years.
She was a choir member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Lindenhurst
and a member of the Corpus Christi Church in Ushers.
Survivors include a daughter, Sofia Donati of Halfmoon; two sisters,
Josephine Sampson of Babylon and Anna Roselli of Brooklyn; and two grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Corpus Christi Church.
Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Waterford.
Calling hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Catricala Funeral Home,
1597 Route 9, Clifton Park.