February 6, 2000
Thomas J. McCormack, 78, of Cliffside Apartments, Middleburgh. died Sunday at home after a long illness.
He was born in Brooklyn and lived in North Babylon most of his life.
In 1985, Mr. McCormack retired as manager of St. James Lumber Co., Suffolk County, and moved to Warnerville at that time. He lived in Middleburgh since November.
During World War II, he served in the Army with the 414th Anti-Tank Co. of the 104th Timberwolf Division.
He was a member of American Legion Post 1261, Schoharie, and a former member of the Richmondville Ambulance Squad.
He married Elizabeth Vann Feb. 16, 1947.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two daughters, Anne Notaro of Fultonham and Susan Roth of Broadalbin; a son, Thomas J. McCormack Jr. of Lawyersville; a sister, Catherine Knox of North Fort Myers, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Catherine's Church, Main Street, Middleburgh.
Burial will be in Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.
Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Palmer & Shaylor Funeral Home, 63 River St., Middleburgh.
February 7, 2000
Mary C. Nabozny Kozlowski, 98, of Opalka Road, Fort Johnson, died Monday evening at St. Mary's Hospital.
Arrangements under the direction of Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church St., Amsterdam, are incomplete and will be announced.
February 8, 2000
Longin "Smokey" Kretowicz, 83, of Clizbe Avenue, Amsterdam, died this morning at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
Arrangements, under the direction of the Amsterdam Funeral Chapel, are incomplete and will be announced.
February 9, 2000
Matthew J. Mellon, 81, of Major Dickenson Avenue, Stillwater, died Wednesday at Saratoga Hospital after a long illness.
He was born in Mechanicville. He was a 1937 graduate of Mechanicville High School and a graduate of Oswego State College.
A World War II veteran, he served with the 8th Air Force in England.
Mr. Mellon was an industrial arts teacher at Mechanicville High School for 20 years, retiring in 1980. He had previously worked as a union carpenter for the Frank Antolick Construction Co.
He was a charter member of Stillwater Rescue Squad, a member of Newland Wood Fire Department, and the Mechanicville VFW.
He was a communicant of St. Peter's Church.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Constance Brown Mellon; a daughter, Jeannine Bassani of Fort Plain; a son, Thomas Mellon of Stillwater; a brother, Charles Mellon of Hendersonville, Tenn.; two sisters Mary Bove and Patricia Mellon, both of Mechanicville; and five grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter's Church, North Hudson Avenue, Stillwater.
Spring burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery.
Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, 39 S. Main St., Mechanicville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Stillwater Rescue Squad.
February 8, 2000
Lawrence W. Crosier, 85, of 102 Lafayette St., Palatine Bridge, died Tuesday at home.
He was born June 5, 1914, in Salem, the son of Raymond S. and Emma Mae Walsh Crosier. He was educated in Hebron and Granville.
Until his retirement in 1976, he was employed at the Fort Plain Agway and at one time was a farmer in Washington County.
He was a member of St. John's Reformed Church in St. Johnsville and a member of the St. Johnsville senior citizen club.
He married Jane E. Crosier Sept. 11, 1942.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include four sons, James Crosier of Fort Plain, Gerald Crosier of Amsterdam, Timothy Crosier of St. Johnsville and Thomas Crosier of Johnstown; two daughters, Betsy Casey and Linda McConnell, both of Rochester; a brother, Joseph Crosier of Greenwich; two sisters, Mildred West of Saratoga and Marjorie Damiata of Middletown, Conn.; 14 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, Leonard Crosier.
The funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Reformed Church, St. Johnsville, with the Rev. Russell Camp, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in West St. Johnsville Cemetery in the spring.
Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Smith-Woody and Enea Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Reformed Church.
February 7, 2000
Yolanda Monaco Fiorillo, 94, of Wavell Road, Rotterdam, died Monday at home after a short illness.
She was born in Schenectady and was a lifelong area resident.
She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and its St. Theresa Guild.
Her husband, James Fiorillo, died last year.
Survivors include two daughters, June Gardner and Virginia Strow, both of Rotterdam; a brother, Roy Monaco of Glenville; four sisters, Ida Centifanti of California, Enes Reinhold of Connecticut, Gemma Stapleton of Glenville, and Pauline Ruhl of Johnstown; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The funeral is 9:15 a.m. Saturday at the Daly Funeral Home, 242 McClellan St., Schenectady, followed at 10 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park, Colonie.
Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union St., Schenectady 12308.
February 8, 2000
Margaret A. Berecka, 78, of Gloversville, died Tuesday at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady after a short illness.
She was born June 26, 1921, in Amsterdam, the daughter of Charles F. and Edna Hogle Dolan. She was a graduate of St. Mary's Institute and St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing.
She was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a psychiatric nurse in hospitals in Ogden, Utah; Oakland, Calif.; and Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
After her military service, she returned to Gloversville and was a private nurse. Mrs. Berecka retired from the former Johnstown Hospital in 1982 after 42 years of service.
She was a former member of the Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars 2077 auxiliaries. She was a member of St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association.
Mrs. Berecka was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church and a member of its Rosary Society.
She married Casimir J. Berecka Oct. 23, 1946. He died in 1987.
Survivors include three sons, C. James Berecka of Grapevine, Texas, Michael Berecka of Huntington and Andrew Berecka of Johnstown; two daughters, Marley Ann Berecka of Gloversville and Nancy Berecka of Pusan, Korea; a sister, Mary Jane Roddy of Fort Myers, Fla.; a brother, John Dolan of Oakview, Calif.; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
A prayer service is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 147 Bleecker St., Gloversville, followed at 11 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church.
Spring burial will be in Prospect Cemetery.
Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
February 3, 2000
Francis N. Furnare, 82, formerly of Hillside Avenue, Schenectady, died Feb. 3 at the St. Johnsville Nursing Home after a long illness.
He was born in Albany and was a winder for the General Electric Co. in Schenectady for 45 years, retiring in 1979. He was a member of the GE Quarter Century Club.
From 1943-1945 he served as a squad leader in the U.S. Army, in Normandy, northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. Among his several citations and decorations were the EAME Theatre ribbon with five bronze stars and three purple heart medals with one oak leaf cluster.
He was a member of the Order of the Purple Heart.
He was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church and a former member of its Holy Name Society.
His wife, Rose Mary Frances Furnare, died in 1998.
Survivors include a son, Sal Furnare of Fultonville; a brother, Anthony Furnari of Schenectady; three grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was Monday at Griswold Funeral Home, 1867 State St., Schenectady, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of St. Anthony.
Interment will be in St. Anne's Cemetery, Middle Granville, in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fonda-Fultonville Booster Club, Box 271, Fonda 12068.
Sister Mary Claire Doherty
February 8, 2000
Sister Mary Claire Doherty, CSJ, the former Genevieve Doherty, died Tuesday at St. Joseph's Provincial House, Latham.
She was born in Schenectady, the daughter of James and Mary Reilly Doherty. She had been a sister of St. Joseph for 75 years.
She received a bachelor's degree from the College of St. Rose, Albany, and a master of fine arts degree from Catholic University of America, Washington. She also studied at Syracuse University, Marywood College, Scranton, Pa., and the Plus XII Institute of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy.
She was an artist and also taught art in schools of the dioceses of Albany and Syracuse, including Bishop Scully High School in Amsterdam, St. Francis De Sales in Utica, St. John the Evangelist in Syracuse, Catholic Central High School in Troy, and Cathedral Academy in Albany.
Before retiring to St. Joseph's House in 1990, she was affiliated with St. James parish in Albany.
Survivors include grandnephews Charles Sebast of Cohoes, Bob Warren of Troy and Joseph and Dorothy Noonan of South Glens Falls; and cousins.
The funeral is 10:30 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Virgins Chapel, St. Joseph's Provincial House, Latham.
Interment will be in Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery, Latham.
Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Heritage Room of the Provincial House.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, c/o development department, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham 12110
Arrangements are by the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home Inc., corner of 115th Street and Fourth Avenue, Troy.
February 7, 2000
Thomas M. Hughes, 42, of White Bear, Minn., died Monday at home.
He was employed by Deluxe Checks for 20 years.
Survivors include his mother, Maurine Hughes of Asheboro, N.C.; a sister, Pat Owens of Asheboro, N.C.; two brothers, Alan "A.J." Hughes of Chantilly, Va., and Bill Hughes of Browns Summit, N.C.; and his grandmother, Alice Hughes of Amsterdam.
The funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday at Pugh Funeral Home Chapel, Asheboro, N.C., with the Rev. David M. Hamlyn officiating.
Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Pugh Funeral Home, Asheboro. Other times are at the home of his mother at 309 Roseboro Drive, Asheboro.
February 6, 2000
Lena C. Shepard, 88, of Jockey Street, Galway, died Sunday at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa.
She was born in Amsterdam and worked for various textile companies in both New York and Rhode Island.
She was a member of the MSGR, Deangelis Manor Senior Association in West Warwick, R.I.
Survivors include two sisters, Mary Sheets of Galway and Mary Wielt of Blossvale; and two brothers, Salvatore Cincotta and George Crissalli, both of San Diego.
The funeral was this morning at the Ianotti Funeral Home, 415 Washington St., Coventry, R.I.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Coventry.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Maplewood Manor Residence Fund, 149 Ballston Ave., Ballston Spa 12020.
Local arrangements were by the Tunison Funeral Home, Saratoga Springs.