Miscellaneous Saratoga County, New York Obituaries

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William J. Argenti
Niskayuna -- William J. Argenti, 80, of Pearse Rd., died on Thursday, April 10, 2003 at St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady, after a brief illness. He was born on April 29, 1922, in Englewood, New Jersey, and was the son of the late Joseph and Sadie Savoca Argenti. Mr. Argenti retired in 1985 from the General Electric Co. in Schenectady where he had been a foreman, welder and fabricator, having worked for GE for over 37 years. He had also been a welding instructor at BOCES in Colonie and had worked on the Alaskan Pipeline project. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army Corps of engineers. He was the husband of Claire “Pete” M. Stoodley Argenti, to whom he was married on November 24, 1946. He was the father of Deborah Richman and her husband, Andrew of Wauwatosa, WI and Jerry Argenti and his wife, Alicia of Latham; brother of Elly Licata–Ewaldof Teaneck, NJ, and the late Joseph Argenti: grandfather of Justin, Nathan and Ian Richman, all of Wauwatosa, WI. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no public calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the Asthma Foundation, or the charity of one's choice. Arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Rt. 9, Clifton Park, New York 12065.

Aida E. Baghdassarian
Albany -- Miss Aida E. Baghdassarian, 86, of Child's Nursing Home, Albany, formerly of Loudon Arms Apartments, died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, following a lengthy illness. Born in Kharpout, Turkey, she suffered the loss of her family in the general genocide of Armenians from 1915 to 1920, becoming an orphan. By 1922, she had been rescued by the Near East Relief Organization and placed in an orphanage in Juniyeh, Lebanon. She earned a nursing degree from the American University of Beirut and worked as a nurse in Lebanon and Syria until she came to the U.S.A. in 1947 for further studies in nursing education and public health nursing. On graduation from the University of Rochester in June 1952, her student status terminated and she faced deportation. This fate was averted by a special bill on her behalf, introduced in Congress by Congressman Kenneth R. Keating of Rochester and signed by President Dwight Eisenhower. Aida worked as a nurse in the Rochester area until coming to the Capital District in 1957 to work as a nurse for Dr. Dicran A. Berberian of Loudonville. Thereafter, she served as a hospital nurse at Albany Medical Center and St. Peter's Hospital. Miss Baghdassarian was an active member of the Loudonville Community Church and was part of the Mary–Martha Circle, small group Bible study and adult Sunday school, and supported the work of the church with her presence, prayers and finance. A funeral service will be held at the Loudonville Community Church, 374 Loudon Road (Route 9, four miles south of Latham Circle), Loudonville, NY 12211, on Wednesday, April 16 at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Stanley Key, pastor, officiating. There will be no calling hours. Interment will be in Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Loudonville Community Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Morris–Stebbins–Miner & Sanvidge Funeral Home, 312 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY 12180.

Irene A. Borysewicz
Mechanicville -- Irene A. Borysewicz, 75, of Champlain Street, died Monday, April 7, 2003, at her residence. Born in Mechanicville on December 31, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Martin and Sophie Rozum Sokolski. Irene had been a specialty prep cook for Panza's Restaurant on Saratoga Lake for over 30 years. Survivors include two daughters, Linda Scott of Albuquerque, NM and Gloria Borysewicz of North Hollywood, CA; two sisters, Jean Sokolski of New York City and Helen Jankowski of Schenectady; one grandson, Taylor Scott; and two nieces. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 12 at 11 a.m. from the Dunn Funeral Homes, Inc., 319 Park Avenue, Mechanicville. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Saturday one hour prior to the funeral, beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will be in St. Paul's Cemetery, Mechanicville.

Harry F. Chapman
Schenectady -- Harry F. Chapman, 85, of Glenwood Boulevard, died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at St. Clare's Hospital after a long illness. He was born in Scotia, was a lifelong resident, and attended Nott Terrace High School. He worked at General Electric, building 273, as a blazer for 30 years until his retirement in 1978. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Irma Reisinger Chapman; his son, Ronald J. Chapman of Schenectady; granddaughter, Jennifer Maddalena of Stevens, WA, and one great–grandson. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family from the Daly Funeral Home, 242 McCellan St. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 7 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205.

Agnes Atwell Cowles Chase
Halfmoon -- Agnes Atwell Cowles Chase, 85, of Morris Lane in Halfmoon, died on Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at the Northwoods Residential Facility in North Troy. She was born in Corinth and was the daughter of the late Thomas and Estelle Fuller Atwell. Mrs. Chase was a graduate of Corinth Central School, class of 1936. She had lived in Halfmoon for the past 45 years and was a homemaker. A member of Shenendehowa United Methodist Church, Agnes was active with the United Methodist Women and was a member of the former Celia MacIntyre Circle. She was an avid bowler and a member of the Halfmoon Senior Citizens. She was the wife of Frederick B. Chase, whom she married on December 6, 1958; the mother of Betty Cowles of Halfmoon, and the late Sharon E. Been and James T. Cowles; the stepmother of Mrs. Gordon (Beverly J.) Emerick of Clifton Park; the sister of Ralph Atwell of Corinth, and the late Francis Atwell, Lowell Atwell and Minnie Atwell Herrick; the grandmother of Christina Cowles of Halfmoon, Mary Anne Seraphin of Westford, MA, James Been of Framingham, MA and Edmund Been of Encinitas, CA. Agnes is also survived by four great–grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9 in Clifton Park, with the Rev. Ralph Marino, Pastor, officiating. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Memory's Garden, Colonie. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Memorial Fund at Shenendehowa United Methodist Church, 971 Route 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

Teresa Lotano Codino
Glenville -- Teresa Lotano Codino, 69, entered heaven on April 8, 2003. She was at home surrounded by her loving family. Teresa was born on February 4, 1934, in Schenectady, the daughter of the late Angelo and Antoinette Mauriello Lotano. She graduated from the former Mont Pleasant High School in 1952 and then was employed by the General Electric Co. for nine years. In 1961 she and her husband founded Codino's Italian Foods. She remained active in the family business until 1990. Teresa loved to create gourmet meals for family and friends. Her other hobbies included sewing and knitting. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church. Her memory will live through her family, which included her loving husband of 43 years, Leno Codino; four beloved daughters, Paula (Scott) DeVantier of Glenville, Sandra (Timothy) Lynch of Foxboro, MA, Laura (Giulio) Veglio of Orlando, FL, and Rita (Robert) Vose of Enfield, CT; her cherished grandchildren, Katherine and Christina DeVantier, Conor and Liam Lynch, Giulio and Stefano Veglio, and Lindsay, Thomas and Robert Vose; and a dear sister–in–law, Anna Lotano. She was predeceased by a brother, Frank Lotano. Funeral services will begin Saturday at 9:15 a.m. from DeLegge Funeral Home, 1346 Chrisler Avenue, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Fatima Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friend may call at the funeral home this evening from 5 to 8 p.m. Entombment will be in Most Holy Redeemer Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12308

Robert ‘Rob' G. Covell Jr.
Saratoga -- Graveside services will be conducted for Robert “Rob” G. Covell, Jr., on Saturday, April 12, 2003 at 11 a.m. at the Gansevoort Cemetery, Route 50, Gansevoort. Arrangements are by the Wilton Funeral Home, 395 Ballard Road, Wilton, NY.

Edith Mockry Evasuk
Potomac, MD -- Edith Mockry Evasuk, 100, passed away Wednesday afternoon at the HCR Manor Care Health Service in Potomac, MD. Born in the Ukraine on March 8, 1903, she was the daughter of Anthony and Theodora Mockry. She emigrated to the U.S. at the age of five with her mother and two brothers, to join their father in New York City. The family moved to Broadalbin in 1920. Edith returned to New York City in 1922, where she learned the art of embroidery and needlepoint, which was to become her career for many years. Edith was the oldest living communicant of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Amsterdam. In 1925 she married Louis Evasuk. He passed away in 1981. Edith moved to Maryland in 1983 to be with her daughter and son–in–law, Marian and Longen Chuchman. Her loving family includes her daughters, Dorothy Burban of Brookville, FL and Marian Chuchman of Rockville, MD; eight grandchildren; 11 great–grandchildren; seven great–great–grandchildren, and six nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brothers, John and Michael Mockry. Services will be held on Monday at 8:45 a.m. at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, Inc., 171 Guy Park Avenue, followed by the Divine Requiem Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, with Fr. Marian Kostyk as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery. Calling hours are Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, where the Panachyda service will take place at 6 p.m. Contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 24 Pulaski Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010.

Arthur E. Gifford
Colonie -- Arthur E. Gifford, 69, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Albany Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was born in Philmont, NY, and was the son of the late Arthur E. and Elizabeth VanValkenburgh Gifford. Mr. Gifford was a Colonie resident for most of his life. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran serving his country from 1953 through 1957. Mr. Gifford worked for New York State from 1957 through 1994 retiring from the Department of Taxation and Finance. He was a member of the Colonie Elks Lodge #2192 and served on the board of directors for the Department of Taxation and Finance Alumni Club. Mr. Gifford enjoyed fishing and traveling. Arthur was the beloved husband of 48 years to Grace R. Cotazino Gifford; the devoted father of Michael D. Gifford and his wife, Faith of Schenectady and Arthur E. Gifford, III of Albany; the cherished grandfather of Jennifer Gifford of Schenectady; great–grandfather of Amaya. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Funeral services will be Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. at New Comer–Cannon Family Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Rd., Colonie (Rt. 155–south of Central Ave.) then to the Church of St. Pius X at 11:30 a.m. where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Calling hours will be held today from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie. Memorial contributions may be made, in memory of Arthur E. Gifford, to Northeast Health Foundation, 2224 Burdett Ave., Troy, NY 12180, attention: Heart Program at Albany Memorial Hospital.

Charles Halpern
Albany -- Charles Halpern, 84, of the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home in Albany, died Wednesday evening April 9, 2003, at the nursing home. Mr. Halpern was born in New York City and resided there most of his life. He moved to Florida in 1986. While in New York City he was employed as a printer. He was married to Shirley Heffler Halpern until her passing. He is survived by a son, Ronald Halpern and his wife, Cheryl of Niskayuna, and was the cherished grandfather of Samantha and Michael Halpern. He was predeceased by three sisters, Pearl Fish, Sylvia Rock and Lee Howard. Services at Congregation Agudat Achim, 2117 Union Street, Schenectady on Sunday, April 13, 2003 at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in the Agudat Achim Cemetery in Rotterdam. Memorial contributions may be made to the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home, 180 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203. The period of mourning will be observed at the home of Cheryl and Ronald Halpern, 2098 Lynnwood Drive in Niskayuna on Sunday and Monday evenings, April 13 and April 14.

Shane D. Hotaling
Cape Cod, MA -- Shane D. Hotaling, 24, formerly of Sloansville, died at home, Sunday, April 6, 2003. He was the son of Agnes Hotaling and Wayne Hotaling, and the step–son of Paul Fiorillo, and is also survived by a brother, Martin, and a sister, Nicole. Family and friends are invited to gather in remembrance of Shane at Light's Funeral Home, 1428 State Street, Schenectady, today from 4 to 6 p.m.

Bernard J. Kozilsky
Waterford -- Bernard J. Kozilsky, 50, of 3rd St., died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Westchester Medical Center after a long illness. Born in Troy, he was the son of the late Bernard and Lucy Urbanski Kozilsky, and was a 1971 graduate of Mohonasen High School. Bernie was employed by the New York State Office of General Services in Albany. Prior to that he was employed at Portrola Packing Inc. in Clifton Park and at the former Albany Public Markets. He was a former assistant coach in the Waterford Youth Council Softball and Soccer Leagues. He is survived by his wife, Marion Walko Kozilsky; his children, Jason A., Alicia M. and Nicole S. Kozilsky, all of Waterford. He was the brother of Mary Anne Moore of Pennsylvania, Cathy Kozilsky of Rotterdam and Janie Casillo of Niskayuna. Funeral services will be held Saturday evening at 8 p.m. at the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Rt. 32), Waterford, with the Rev. Joyce Bryson, pastor of the Waterford United Methodist Church, officiating. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Waterford Rescue Squad, in care of the funeral home office.

Winifred A. Lucier
Rotterdam -- Winifred “Winnie” A. Lucier, 62, of Vischer Avenue, died suddenly Monday at the home of her son. She was born in Troy, the daughter of the late Thomas and Anna Messitt Leonard, and was a graduate of Shaker High School. For 35 years she worked as a dental assistant in Dr. James H. Murphy's office in Albany. She is survived by one son, Kevin and his wife, Janet Lucier of Glenville; a brother and sister, Leonard R. Leonard of Troy and Carole Bodo of Watervliet; two grandchildren, Alexandra and Bailey Lucier. She was predeceased by two brothers, Thomas A. Leonard and William J. Leonard. She was raised by her foster family, the late George Crall and William and Marie Martin. She is also survived by foster brothers and sisters, Marie Potter, Hugh Crall, Bonnie Michasiow, William C. Martin and Jeffrey Martin. Funeral services were held on Thursday at the Daly Funeral Home, Inc., 242 McClellan St., Schenectady. Calling hours were Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Watervliet. Memorial contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House, 139 South Lake Ave., Albany, NY 12208.

Reba Oberist Marcuccio
Amsterdam -- Reba Oberist Marcuccio, 86, of DeStefano St., died Wednesday, April 9, 2003. Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Burial at Fairview Cemetery, Amsterdam. A public memorial service will be held later at a date to be announced. Arrangements by the Betz, Rossi and Bellinger Family Funeral Home, Inc. 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam.

Olive Miller
Sharon Hill -- Olive Miller, 82, of Route 20, Sharon Hill, died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at her home. Born on November 24, 1920, in Amityville, Long Island, she moved to the town of Sharon from Hudson, NY in 1980. Mrs. Miller had been employed as a nurse's aide at the Adventist Home, Livingstonville, NY, before coming to reside in Sharon Hill. Her husband, Elmer Miller, died in 1978. She was also predeceased by a grandson, Allen Fitzpatrick. Survivors include a daughter, Joan Fitzpatrick of Sharon Springs; two sons, John Miller of Sharon Springs and William Miller of Tulsa, OK; five grandchildren; three great–grandchildren; and a sister, Laura Mehr of Suffern, NY. A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. at the Robert A. Guffin Funeral Home, 108 Chapel St., Cobleskill, NY, with the Rev. Lyle Miller officiating. Calling hours will be held Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mellenville Union Cemetery, Philmont, NY.

Erma O. Schaeffer
Duanesburg -- Erma O. Schaeffer, 80, formerly of Howes Cave, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at KingsWay Arms Nursing Center, Schenectady. Erma was predeceased by her husband, Rodney F. Schaeffer in 1995. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy (David) Young of Duanesburg; a sister, Zana M. (Donald) Kane, of Groton, NY; a granddaughter, Melissa Young; and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Schoharie United Presbyterian Church, Main St. Spring burial will take place at the Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Erma's memory may be made to the church at P.O. Box 340, Schoharie, NY 12157. Arrangements by DeMarco–Stone Funeral Home, Helderberg Avenue, Schenectady.


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