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Marion Antalek
Avon Park, FL -- Marion Antalek, 87, formerly of Schenectady, died October 6, 2002 at Avon Park, FL. She was born in Schenectady and lived in this area until moving to Florida in 1991. Marion was a homemaker, a member of the Slovak Society, and a former member of St. Madeline Sophie Church. Her husband, Michael Antalek died on September 26, 2002. Survivors include three sons, Richard Antalek of Ballston Lake, Ronald Antalek of Mulberry, FL and William Antalek of Latham; three sisters, Virginia Wood of Sebring, FL, Clara Carroll and Viola Wronski, both of Schenectady; a brother, Harvey Swart of Frostproof, FL; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Sts. Cyril and Method Cemetery. Arrangements are by DeLegge Funeral Home.

Michael Antalek
Avon Park, FL -- Michael Antalek, 93, formerly of Schenectady died September 26, 2002 at Avon Park, FL. He was born in Schenectady and lived in this area until moving to Florida in 1991. Michael was a machine operator at General Electric for 35 years, a member of the Slovak Society and a former member of St. Madeline Sophie Church. His wife, Marion Antalek, died October 6, 2002. Survivors include three sons, Richard Antalek of Ballston Lake, Ronald Antalek of Mulberry, FL and William Antalek of Latham; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service Saturday at 11 a.m. at Sts. Cyril and Method Cemetery. Arrangements are by DeLegge Funeral Home.

Alexander R. Bolesky Jr.
Mechanicville -- Alexander R. Bolesky Jr., 66, of Farm to Market Road, died on Monday, October 14, 2002, at Albany Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was born in Troy on February 27, 1936 and was the son of the late Alexander R. and Mary Anusesky Boleski. Alex attended Mechanicville High School. He worked as a machinist and parts clerk at Southworth Machinery in Menands for over forty years, retiring in 2000. He also worked as a dairy farmer on the family farm. He was a former member of Hillcrest Volunteer Fire Dept. and was a communicant of Assumption St. Paul Church in Mechanicville. Mr. Bolesky is survived by his wife of 44 years, Mary J. (Corey) Bolesky. He is also survived by two sons, Frank P. Bolesky and his wife, Susan of Mechanicville, Michael J. Bolesky and his wife, Deborah of Amsterdam; two daughters, Linda Kowalchyk and her husband, Kevin of Mechanicville, and Joanne Bolesky and her companion, Pete, of Schenectady. He was the brother of Walter Boleski of Mechanicville and the late Marie Boleski. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 8:30 a.m. from the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9 in Clifton Park, and at 9:30 a.m. from the Assumption St. Paul Church, William Street, in Mechanicville, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to attend and may call at the funeral home on Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Waterford. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Bolesky's name to Hillcrest Volunteer Fire Company, Pruyn Hill Road, Mechanicville, NY 12118 or to the Clifton Park & Halfmoon Emergency Corps, P.O. Box 1469, Clifton Park, NY 12065. The family has entrusted arrangements to the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Rt. 9, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

Burton John Carman
Altamont -- Burton John “Jack” Carman, died on Monday, October 14, 2002. Born in Schenectady, July 31, 1927, he was the son of the late Burton A. and Mary Kerley Carman. He served on the U.S.S. Yorktown during World War II. Mr. Carman worked as an engineering designer at Benet Lab at the Watervliet Arsenal for 33 years, retiring in 1984. He was a coach for the Altamont Little League; a member of the Guilderland Central School Board for nine years, acting as its president for the last three years; a 53 year member of the Helderberg Reformed Church of Guilderland Center and its property chairman; a past master and 50 year member of Noah Lodge No. 754 F & AM; a life member of Gifford Grange; a member of the U.S.S. Yorktown CV-10 Association; the American Legion; the Pinehaven Country Club; and a volunteer with the Guilderland Center Fire Department. He married Shirley Anthony, who survives him, on July 2, 1949. Jack is also survived by his daughter, Candace Weeks and her husband, Richard, of New Vernon, NJ; his son, Bruce and his wife, Noreen of Pittstown, and his daughter, Sue Luyet and her husband, Francois, of Haiku, Maui and Geneva, Switzerland; six grandchildren, Nicholas and Jonathan Carman, Eric Magill, Alexandra, Katherine and Matthew Weeks; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews; three brothers, Robert Carman of Virginia Beach, VA, Richard Carman of Guilderland Center and William Carman of Berne. A celebration of Jack's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 20 at Helderberg Reformed Church, Route 146, Guilderland Center. The family requests that donations be made to the Ellis Hospital Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 1015, Schenectady, New York 12301-1015. (Please specify: In memory of Burton J. Carman).

Eva Budka Cassidy
Schenectady -- Eva Budka Cassidy, 99, of the Guilderland Center Nursing Home, formerly of DeGraff Street, died Tuesday, October 15, 2002, at the nursing home. Born in Buffalo, NY, Mrs. Cassidy lived most of her life in Schenectady. For twelve years she worked as an assembler at the General Electric Co., until retiring. She was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Schenectady. Mrs. Cassidy is predeceased by her husband, Harry Cassidy, who died in 1992, and a sister, Mrs. Randolph (Ann) Welden. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Henry (Sadie) Czech of Schenectady. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral which will be conducted Saturday morning at 8:15 o'clock at the Gleason Funeral Home, 730 Union Street, and at 9 o'clock at St. Mary's Church where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Calling hours will be Friday evening from 5 o'clock until 7 o'clock at the funeral home. Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Schenectady. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church, 828 Eastern Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12308.

Stacia A. Closson
Great Barrington, MA -- Stacia Anne Closson, 90, of Timberlyn Heights Nursing Home, died Sunday evening at the home after a long illness. Formerly of Holland Road, Schenectady, Mrs. Closson was born and educated in Herkimer. For many years, she worked as a tax clerk for the New York State Department of Taxation in Albany. She was a former member of the Eastern Star and Christ Church Episcopal on State Street. She was the beloved wife of the late Lyle Closson, who died in 1990. Survivors include her daughter, Geraldine Grigsby of Euclid, OH; three grandchildren, John Grigsby of Hillsboro, VA, Katharine Grigsby of Cleveland, OH and Jeffrey Grigsby of North Ridgeville, OH; three great–grandchildren, Kathleen, Daniel, and Margaret Grigsby, all of Virginia. A graveside funeral service will be held Friday afternoon 2 p.m. at Parkview Cemetery in Schenectady. There will be no calling hours by request. Arrangements are by the Bond Funeral Home, Broadway and Guilderland Avenue, Schenectady.

Margaret Collins
Rotterdam -- Margaret (Gallagher) Collins, 84, of Third Avenue, died Tuesday evening at Ellis Hospital after a long illness. Born in Schenectady, she was a graduate of the former Gorham Beauty School, and was the first woman bus driver for Mohonasen High School, retiring after 14 years of service. She also worked for the Bartender and Waitress Union at Ramada Inn in Schenectady for more than 20 years. She was a member of St. Gabriel's Church. Margaret led a very full life and loved to travel. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Chester J. Collins; a daughter and her husband, Rita and Anthony Piscitelli of Rotterdam; a granddaughter and her husband, Melissa Anne and Jody Wright of Rotterdam. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning 8:15 a.m. at the Bond Funeral Home, Broadway and Guilderland Avenue, Schenectady, followed at 9 a.m. at St. Gabriel's Church, Hamburg Street, Rotterdam, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. There will be no calling hours by request. Interment will be at Viewland Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Collins' memory to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Gloria P. DiDonna (Bruzdzinski)
Ballston Spa -- Gloria P. DiDonna (Bruzdzinski), 72, of Shore Drive, Ballston Spa, died Sunday, October 13, 2002 at Saratoga Hospital. Born in Schenectady, she was the daughter of the late John and Sadie Bruzdzinski. She attended local schools. Early in her career, she worked for the New York State Taxation and Finance for several years. She was married to Angelo A. DiDonna on December 24, 1964, and during the 60's she had helped in the operation of the family business, DiDonna's Restaurant Bar and Marina. In later years, she was manager of South Shore Marina, Saratoga Lake. She was a member of St. Mary's Church of Ballston Spa. Survivors include her husband, Angelo DiDonna of Ballston Spa; son, Anthony J. DiDonna and his wife, Kelli of Saratoga Lake; daughters, Shirley Boatwright and her husband, Larry of Coeur–d'alene, ID, Wanda Fournier and her husband, Gary of Federal Way, WA and Joan Campbell of Lakeside, CA; nine grandchildren, Logan DiDonna, Lance Paules, Wendy Graves, Bill Tracy, Ronnie Tracy, Michelle Caudillo, Jeanne Caudillo, Colleen Cash, and Paul Campbell; ten great–grandchildren; one brother, Edward Bruzdzinski of Quartz Hill, CA; three sisters, Wanda Pickett, Gladys Schneider of Villa Park, IL, Diane Rourke of Schenectady; numerous nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews also survive. She was predeceased by three siblings, John Bruzdzinski, Virginia Wood, Joan Palmer. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 18, 2002 at 9:45 a.m. at the Glenville Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Glenville Funeral Home, 9 Glenridge Road, East Glenville, Thursday 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be at the DiDonna's funeral plot at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Glenridge Road. Memorial donations to Alzheimer's Association, Northeastern NY Chapter, 85 Watervliet Avenue, Albany, New York 12206–2083. Arrangements are entrusted by the family to the Glenville Funeral Home, Scotia–Glenville.

Mary Louise Fasolino
Saratoga Springs -- Mary Louise Fasolino of Lake Avenue, died Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at Saratoga Hospital following an extended illness. Born on May 14, 1917 in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Andrew & Josephine (Pompay) Iorio. Educated in Saratoga Springs, she was a graduate of St. Peter's Academy and the Eastman School of Business. On October 15, 1939 she married Daniel A. Fasolino. They then moved to Mechanicville where they made their home. He passed away on October 7, 1975. She and her husband operated a meat market and grocery store on Leonard St. and another at the corner of Main St. and Saratoga Ave. in Mechanicville for many years. Mary Louise was very active in community affairs while in Mechanicville. She was a communicant of the Assumption–St. Paul Church and was instrumental in helping to organize the Rosary Altar Society of Assumption–St. Paul Church serving as its 1st vice president. She was also a member of Court St. Paul #71 Catholic Daughters of the Americas, holding several offices including Regent. She was selected to represent the State Court at its National Convention in Los Angeles, CA. She was also a member of Sr. Dante Club Order Sons of Italy and was Vemerable as well as serving in other offices. She was elected State Trustee of the Grand Lodge. She was also president of the Plumbrook Fish and Game Club for over 25 years. Retiring in 1981 from the Mechanicville School System, she worked in the Middle School and High School Libraries and then in the business office for over 20 years as a secretary. She served on the Saratoga County Narcotics Guidance Council for two years, served on the board of directors of the Mechanicville Community Center and assisted with the weekly bingo; was a charter member of Peter Purcell Post # 21 Auxiliary (ITAM) Italian American War Veterans serving as auxiliary, having served as local, state and national president of the ITAM Ladies Auxiliary; and served as a Republican Election Inspector for district # 3 for many years. In 1988 she moved back to Saratoga Springs to be with her family. Continuing to be active in community affairs, she transferred from Court St. Paul # 41 CDA to Court McLaughlin # 422 where she held several offices and became Regent. She was past president of the Past Regents Chapter of the Albany diocese. An alumnus of St. Peter's Academy, she was the 3rd Recipient of the Dominick Imgenie Award for Christian Leadership. She was a member of AARP Chapter # 380 serving as treasurer for two years and served on the board of directors, a member of Principessa Elena Woman's Society, volunteered for several years at the Urban Cultural Park Visitors Center, the Saratoga City Center and for many events and served on the board of directors for volunteers. She was a member of the Ladies of Charity, Friends of the Library and the Historical Society. Mrs. Fasolino was a communicant of St. Clement's Church. She was also a member of the Principessa Elena Women's Society and R.S.V.P. Besides her husband, a sister, Raphael “Rae” DeSorbe, died June 30, 2002 and a brother, Vincent S. Iorio, also died before her. Survivors include her sister, Adrienne I. Caruso, of Saratoga Springs; several nieces, nephews, grand–nieces, nephews and cousins. We will miss her. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 19 at St. Clement's Church, 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. The Rite of Committal will follow at the family plot at St. Peter's Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 at Simone Funeral Home, Inc., 105 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. Catholic Daughters Court McLaughlin # 422 will meet at 7 p.m.; members of ITAM Ladies Auxiliary will meet at 7:15 p.m.; and members of Principessa Elena Women's Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. and Ladies of Charity will meet at 7:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Heather H. Flanders
Schenectady -- Heather Houghton Flanders, 84, died Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at the Ellis Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility. Heather was born in Newboro, Ontario, and moved to this country as a young woman. She graduated from Albany High School and the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She worked for Memorial Hospital for several years, then for the Albany County Health Department, and also as a school nurse. She also served as a nurse for the Altamont Fair for many years. She was a member of the Altamont Reformed Church and the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association. She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, J. Allen Flanders III in 1997. Survivors include three sons, James Allen Flanders IV and his wife, Chris–Ann of Scotia, Dr. Daniel Houghton Flanders and his wife, Michelle, of Rexford, and Dr. John Douglas Flanders of Wakefield, RI; six grandchildren, James S. Flanders, Kristen Pinkerton, Robert C. Flanders, Susan Cushman, Daniel Flanders Jr. and Victoria Flanders; one great–granddaughter, Annie Kate Pinkerton. A memorial service will be held Friday at 5 p.m. at the Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main Street, Altamont. Those who wish may make contributions to the Rett Syndrome Association Foundation, 4600 Devitt Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246.

Frank M. Grasso
Cobleskill -- Frank M. Grasso, 81, of Barnerville Road, died Tuesday, October 15, at Samuel Stratton Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albany. Mr. Grasso was born November 2, 1920 in Italy, the son of Frank M. and Julia (Melita) Grasso. Mr. Grasso retired from Lancaster Development of Cobleskill where he was a general superintendent, prior to which, he had been employed at Callanan Road Improvement in South Bethlehem and several other construction companies. He was a United States Army veteran, serving from 1944 to 1945 and received the Asiatic–Pacific Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Philippines Liberation Ribbon, and World War II Victory Medal. Mr. Grasso was a member of the American Legion Fred L. Stilson Post #57 of Cobleskill. Mr. Grasso also was a member of the Schoharie County Numismatic Club. He served as a former fire chief for the Charlotteville Volunteer Fire Department. For many years, Mr. Grasso assisted in repairing instruments for the orchestra of the Cobleskill School District, He was a member of the Barnerville United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Alvana (Rifenback) Grasso, whom he married January 4, 1942 in Charlotteville; two daughters, Ella Sager and her husband, Ken of Rogersville, TN, and Theresa Grasso of Watervliet; two sisters, Maria Dauley of Cobleskill, and Julia Zeh and her husband, Marvin of East Worcester; nine grandchildren, several great–grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 18, at the Barnerville Methodist Church with the Reverend Michael Terrell officiating. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the Mereness–Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm Street, Cobleskill, where a prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. by the American Legion Fred L. Stilson Post #57. Burial will be at Summit Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Cobleskill–Richmondville Central School Orchestra, 1353 State Route 7, Richmondville, New York 12149.

Donald G. Hall
Ballston Spa -- Donald G. Hall, 93, died October 16, 2002 at Maplewood Manor, Ballston Spa. Born November 1, 1908 in Ballston Spa, he was the son of the late Charles and Mary Coy Hall. Mr. Hall was a lifelong Ballston Spa resident. He worked for Ricketts Laundry in Ballston Spa for 25 years, retiring in 1963. He then was self–employed as a television repairman for ten years. He and his wife spent the winter months in Melbourne, FL for many years returning in 1989. He was an avid golfer, having three hole–in–ones to his credit, one from the Ballston Spa Country Club and the other two at Melbourne Municipal Golf Course in Florida. He was also an avid bridge player. In 2000, he was elected president of the Residents Council of Maplewood Manor. Because of ill health he had to resign in 2001. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Caroline Pfreundner Hall; his parents, Charles and Mary Coy Hall; his brothers, Walter Hall, Carlton Hall and Robert Hall; and his half–sister, Ruby Howell. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Kellogg and her husband John of Clifton Park, and Mary Smollin and her husband, William, of Clifton Park. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Michele Nagel of Tampa, FL, Stacey Tully of St. Albans, VT, Stephen Smollen of Seoul, South Korea, and Timothy Smollin of Clifton Park; and four great– grandchildren. Services will be held Friday, October 18, 2002 at 11 a.m. with a calling hour prior to the services at the Mevec Funeral Home, 224 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Interment will be at Ballston Spa Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to Maplewood Manor Nursing Home, 149 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa, New York 12020.

Samuel Hayes
Glens Falls -- Samuel Hayes, 80, passed away on Monday, October 14, 2002, at Glens Falls Hospital. Born on August 28, 1922 in Amsterdam, he was the son of the late Harry and Carrie (Hoar) Hayes. Survivors include his sisters, Helen Alvarez of Schenectady and Delsia Arnt of Amsterdam. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2002, at Queensbury Day Hab, 613 Sherman Avenue, Queensbury, NY. Arrangements are under the direction of Regan & Denny Funeral Service, 53 Quaker Road, Queensbury.

Albert J. Lanoue
Cohoes -- Albert J. Lanoue, 87, died October 1, 2002. He was the devoted husband of the late Virginia (Jean) Fountain Lanoue, beloved father of Ronald Lanoue, Alan Lanoue, Susan Gaynor, Gary Lanoue and David Lanoue. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and six great–grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 19, 2002 at 11 a.m. from St. Mary's Church, Crescent. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are by the Marra Funeral Home, 246 Remsen Street, Cohoes, NY.

Robert Meyer
Schenectady -- Robert Meyer, 87, died Monday, October 14, 2002 at Ellis Hospital. Mr. Meyer was born on July 28, 1915, in Schenectady, the son of the late Henry and Sophie Mohle Meyer. Mr. Meyer was a veteran of the Air Force, serving during WWII. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, the Schenectady Masonic Lodge #1174 F & AM, the Sigma Bodies AASR Valley of Schenectady, and was a member of two bowling leagues. Survivors include two cousins, Lawrence and Robert Kahre; two sisters–in–law, Sophie Hollister and Viola Hulin; and a special friend, Mildred Panica. Mr. Meyer was predeceased by his loving wife, Iola Meyer; one brother, Cornelius Meyer; and one sister, Esther Meyer. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2002, at the Griswold Funeral Home, 1867 State St., Schenectady. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home Thursday from 12 to 1 p.m. Inurnment will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at 11 a.m. Contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Thomas J. Murray
Latham -- Thomas J. Murray, 87, of Old Loudon Road, died on Wednesday, October 16, 2002. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 8 a.m. from the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Rt. 9, Clifton Park, thence to St. Mary's Church in Crescent, where at 8:30 a.m. the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Calling hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday in the funeral home.

Katherine M. Rucinski
Halfmoon -- Katherine M. Rucinski of Staniak Road, died October 15, 2002, at Saratoga Hospital after a long illness. Born in Cohoes on November 25, 1917, she was the daughter of Ignacy and Maria Sypek Staniak. She spent her early years on the family farm on Staniak Road and received her education in the Mechanicville and Round Lake Schools. In 1939, she married George Rucinski of Ushers and moved with him to Pittsfield, MA., where he worked for GE. The couple had two sons, Edmund and Joseph, both born in Pittsfield. In 1964, the Rucinskis returned to Halfmoon. In addition to their community related involvements in Pittsfield and Berkshire County, George and Katherine took an active part in the farming enterprises of their representative families in Halfmoon and Ushers. They were among the founders of Corpus Christi Parish in Ushers. Katherine was the office manager of Ernie's Appliances and Refrigeration of Round Lake and was an avid gardener. Katherine was one of a group of women who dedicated their horticultural talents to growing flowers and decorative foliage destined to adorn the sanctuaries of a number of area churches. Together with her late husband they were active in collecting and distributing food to the poor through the Shenendehowa Food Pantry of Jonesville United Methodist Church. She was a member of the honorary committee involved in the Gala Evening at the Earl this past September 19th. This was a fund–raising event helping to finance the restoration of the historic Gardner Earl Chapel in Oakwood Cemetery. Katherine is survived by her two sons, Edmund of Halfmoon and Joseph of Clifton Park; a brother, Edmund Staniak of Halfmoon; several nieces, nephews and friends also survive. A funeral service will be on Saturday at 9:15 a.m. from the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad Street (Rt. 32), Waterford, and at 10 a.m. at Corpus Christi Church in Ushers. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Interment will be at St. Michael's Cemetery, Waterford. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Francis T. Slattery
Latham -- Francis Timothy Slattery, 81, of Troy–Schenectady Road, beloved husband of the late Madelyn Farrell Slattery, died Tuesday, October 15, 2002, at the Colonie Manor in Latham. Born in Standish, NY, on October 4, 1921, he was the son of the late William Patrick and Eva Alexander Slattery. He was a graduate of Lyon Mountain High School, class of 1940, and attended St. Michael's College in Winooski, VT, leaving to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corp. He trained in communications at Seymour Johnson Field in North Carolina and at Yale University in New Haven, CT. He was assigned to Barksdale Field in Shevesport, LA., and at San Antonio Air Force Redistribution Center, from where he was discharged in 1946. He was employed as a chemist assistant at Republic Steel Blast Furnace in Troy, NY until 1955. He then worked for the General Electric Company Silicone Division in Waterford as a Polymer Specialist and later as an environmental specialist from which he retired in 1984. Mr. Slattery was a Latham resident since 1957 and was a member of the Colonie Elks Lodge #2192 and an honorary life member of the Latham–Colonie K of C Council #3394, a member of the G.E. Quarter Century Club and the G.E. Sillicone Retiree's Association. Mr. Slattery and his late wife were volunteers at Our Lady of Hope residence in Latham. Survivors include his loving children, Frankie Patrick Slattery of Loveland, Ohio, Timothy G. Slattery of Watervliet, William S. Slattery of Rye, NY, and Seaneen G. Gilleece of Clifton Park; his sister, Eva Martin of Plattsburgh; ten cherished grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Friday, October 18, 2002 at 9:15 a.m. from the Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home, 149 Old Loudon Road, Latham, and at 10 a.m. in our Lady of the Assumption Church, 498 Watervliet–Shaker Road, Latham, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Pastor Geoffrey Burke. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment with Military Honors will be at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna. Contributions to may be made to either Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 498 Watervliet–Shaker Road Latham, NY 12211, or to St. Michael's College, Winooski, VT, 05404, would be appreciated.

Louis F. Squadere
Apache Junction, AZ. -- Louis F. Squadere, 81, died May 1 in Mesa, Arizona after a short illness. Mr. Squadere was born on September 22, 1920 in Watervliet, NY, and was the son of Luiggi and Gilorma Squadere. Mr. Squadere was employed for over 20 years at Barclay Home Products in Cohoes and California. He was the past president of the CRS Post in Watervliet. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He is predeceased by his wife, Kathy Squadere. He is also predeceased by three sisters, Rose Jones, Betty Scarchilli, and Sophia Napolitano; and two brothers, Nicholas Squadere and Lawrence Squadere. Mr. Squadere is survived by three sons; Louis, Richard and wife, Debbie, Steven and wife, Deanne, all in Arizona. He is also survived by a host of grandchildren and great–grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is survived by brothers, Joseph Squadere of Latham and Frank Squadere of Watervliet. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Latham.

Virginia C. (Collins) Webster
Rotterdam -- Virginia C. (Collins) Webster, 79, formerly of Tremont Avenue, at rest October 15, 2002 at the home of her daughter, in Rotterdam, surrounded by her family. Born in Malone, NY, she lived most of her life in the Schenectady area. She was a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School and was the Women's North American Speed Skating Champion from 1937 to 1943, when she entered the U.S. Navy WAVES. She worked many years as a waitress first for Hogan's Town House in Schenectady and later at the Turf Inn, Colonie, from which she retired in 1980. She was a communicant of St. Luke's Catholic Church and was an active volunteer with the Salvation Army. She was the wife of the late Edward Webster who died in 1999. She was the beloved mother of Mary Ann Davis and her husband, Glen of Rotterdam, Mark Bickford of Round Lake, James Bickford of San Jose, California, and the late Joseph Bickford; grandmother of Jason, Jim, and Rene Pardi, Harley and Haley Bickford, Mark Bickford Jr., Lisa Pasquarella, Michelle Ellis; sister of Ruth Murray of Springfield, VA, Ann Matuck of Pennfield, NY, and Al Collins of Schenectady She is also survived by great–grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will begin Saturday 8:15 a.m. at the DeMarco–Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Avenue, Rotterdam, followed at 9 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Luke's Catholic Church, 1235 State Street, Schenectady. Calling hours will be held Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Memory's Garden, Colonie. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 222 Lafayette Street, Schenectady, New York 12305, or to the charity of one's choice.

Leonard A. Wigen
Carlisle -- A funeral service will be held for Leonard A. Wigen, of State Route 20, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, at the Mereness–Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm Street, Cobleskill. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Carlisle Cemetery.


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