Miscellaneous Rensselaer County, New York Obituaries

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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 in Caguas. 
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. Mary's Hospital. 
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 Hispschman Hoffman. 
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 1948. 
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 in Waterford. 
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 in Troy. 
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 in Menands. 
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 company. 
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 at Albany. 
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 illness. 
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 life. 
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.


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