October 26, 2003
Wilbur Engle, 80, of Fonda, NY, passed away Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam.
Born in Oriskany Falls, NY on February 12, 1923 a son of Lester and Hazel Youmell Engle. He was in assisted living for most of his life. He was recently a resident of Saratoga, NY before moving to Amsterdam, NY where he became a resident of Liberty Enterprise. He just recently moved to the Hickory Hill Home in Fonda, NY.
Mr. Engle enjoyed his housemates and working with many different crafts.
He was of the Roman Catholic faith.
He is survived by one brother, Calvin Engle of Warrensburg, NY; nieces and nephews, John Engle, Walcott Engle, Brian and Donna Engle all of Warrensburg, Stephen and Betty Engle of Engelwood, Florida; one aunt, Corrine Engle of Madison, NY and one cousin also survives.
He was predeceased by a brother, Stanley Engle in 2002.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, Inc., 171 Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam with the Rev. Pascal Iannotti presiding.
Interment is in Warrensburg Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Cecilia's Roman Catholic Church in Warrensburg, NY c/o the funeral home.
Mabel H. Cook
October 27, 2003
Mrs. Mabel H. Cook, 98, of McKinley Road, Palatine Bridge, died early Monday, October 27, 2003 at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam following a brief illness.
Mrs. Cook was born in Currytown, NY on April 11, 1905 the daughter of George and Elizabeth Hilton Hazzard.
Mrs. Cook was educated at the former Currytown Country School and was most recently employed as a machine operator at Beech-Nut Corp. in Canajoharie for 37 years until retiring in 1958.
She was a life long area resident and a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Palatine Bridge.
She married Clifford W. Cook on May 27, 1933 in Canajoharie who predeceased her on August 10, 1993.
Survivors include one niece and three nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5, 2003 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, W. Grand Street, Palatine Bridge with Mr. David Tarbox officiating.
Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Fonda at the convenience of the family and there will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Cook to Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 126, Canajoharie, NY 13317 or Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 165 W. Grand Street, Palatine Bridge, NY 13428.
Raymond A. Lewis
October 20, 2003
Raymond A. Lewis, 87, of Sebring, Florida, passed away October 20, 2003, in Sebring. He was born in Irving, New York and had been a resident of Sebring since 1992, coming from Bradenton, Florida.
He was an Army veteran, serving with an artillery unit in western New York state prior to World War II. As a resident of Amsterdam, New York, he was part owner of Sky View Lanes, Inc., a family run enterprise. This popular business floursished in Collins Corners from 1951-1977.
He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and traveled extensively and belonged to numerous motorcycles clubs throughout the years. Even at the time of his death, Ray was anticipating motorcycles travel throughout the States.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen and son, Paul.
He is survived by his sons, Mark Lewis, Ballston Spa, NY, Peter Lewis, Amsterdam, NY, Michael Lewis, Gloversville, NY, John Lewis, Winston-Salem, NC, James Patrick Lewis, Amsterdam, NY, Robert Lewis, Amsterdam, NY and Thomas Lewis, Lawton, Oklahoma; daughter, Mary Chiodo, Andover, Mass. and 13 grandchildren.
A private memorial service is planned.
Arrangements are by Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, Sebring, Florida.
Louis R. Capece Sr.
October 29, 2003
Mr. Louis R. Capece Sr., of Hickory Hill Road, Fort Plain died Wednesday, October 29, 2003 at home with his family by his side following a brief illness.
Mr. Capece was born in St. Johnsville, NY on June 24, 1918, the son of Pasquale and Anna Gamula Capece. He was educated in St. Johnsville Schools and was most recently employed at the former Salada Foods in Little Falls working as a machine adjuster and in various other capacities from 1945 until retiring in 1976. Mr. Capece was also the caretaker of the West St. Johnsville Cemetery for many years and was very active in the Villages of St. Johnsville and Fort Plain Horticulture.
He was a lifelong area resident and was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Navy with the rank of Second Class Petty Officer.
Mr. Capece was of the the Roman Catholic Faith and a member of the Fort Plain American Legion Post #554. He enjoyed making homemade sausage and was an avid gardener often taking his flowers to local nursing homes.
On October 10, 1936, he married the former Olga George at St. Patrick's Church in St. Johnsville by Father Cunningham.
Mr. Capece is predeceased by his parents, one brother, Dominick Capece and one sister, Philomenia Moroetti.
Survivors include his wife, Olga Capece of Fort Plain; three sons, George L. Capece of Fort Plain, Louis "Rusty " Capece Jr. of Key West, Florida and Ronald D. Capece of St. Johnsville; two brothers, Joseph Capece of Little Falls and Donald Capece of Fort Plain; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A 1:00 p.m. funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2003 at Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 34 Center Street, Fort Plain with Father Kenneth Swain officiating.
Burial will follow at the West St. Johnsville Cemetery.
Family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, October 31, 2003 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Capece's memory to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main Street, Gloversville, NY 12078 or Fort Plain Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 374, Fort Plain, NY 13339.
Maurice C. (Butch) Suits
October 26, 2003
Moe (Butch) Suits passed away at Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, Arizona on October 26, 2003
He was born in Ballston Spa, New York on September 3, 1947, the son of Maurice B. and Doris J. Suits.
A 1965 graduate of Galway Central High School, he received his Associates Degree in Civil Engineering from Hudson Valley Community College in 1967. He began his career in 1968 with the New York State Department of Transportation. In 1972 he went to work for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation as a principal engineering technician. He transferred to Encon's Division of Operations in 1977 and was employed there as Regional Operations Supervisor in Schenectady until his retirement in 1999.
Moe (Butch) was an active member of the West Charlton Fire Department since 1965 serving various offices throughout the years and was elected to the Board of Commissioners in 1986. He was awarded a lifetime membership status in 1990.
He was also an active member of the Galway Fish and Game Club for over 20 years. He was the archery director for the club and was a NYS Certified Bow Hunter Instructor and an advocate of bow hunter education taking much pleasure in teaching kids.
He is survived by his wife Kathlene Grey Suits and a daughter Rachel Suits. He is also survived by three step daughters, Brandy Manor, Danielle Manor and Emily Manor all of Casa Grande, Arizona; his parents, Maurice B. Suits and Doris J. Suits of West Charlton, New York; a sister, Margaret Kondrat and her husband Paul J., of West Charlton; a brother, Gordon Suits and his wife Deborah of Broadalbin; his nephew Paul Ryan Kondrat and his wife Jessica of Ashland, Massachusetts; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was predeceased by a brother George in 1974.
A memorial service will be held at the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church, West Charlton, New York on Friday, November 7, 2003 at 11:30 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Rachel Suits Education Trust Fund, at any branch of Ballston Spa National Bank or mail to: Ballston Spa National Bank, 5091 Sacandaga Road, Galway, New York 12074.
Agnes H. Kula
October 28, 2003
Mrs. Agnes H. Kula, 91, formerly of Hollywood Road, died Tuesday afternoon at the Edward L. Wilkinson Residential Healthcare Facility.
Born on June 21, 1912 in Amsterdam she was the daughter of John and Helen Szczygiel Holik. She attended Amsterdam schools and was a lifelong area resident.
Mrs. Kula at one time worked at Amsterdam City Hall. She later was employed by the Board of Education for the Greater Amsterdam School District until her retirement.
She was a member of Saint Stanislaus Church.
She was married to Edward P. Kula on November 26, 1944, he died on September 19, 1951.
Mrs. Kula is survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was predeceased by three brothers, Alexander J. Holik, Chester W. Holik, and Raymond Hall and three sisters, Clara Suchy, Florence Paris and Constance Holik.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Amsterdam Funeral Chapel, 13 Belmont Place followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stanislaus Church.
Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held Friday prior to the service from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m.
Donations may be made in Mrs.. Kula's memory to the 3rd floor of the Edward L. Wilkinson Residential Healthcare Facility, 4988 State Highway 30, Amsterdam, New York, 12010.
October 28, 2003
Mrs. Celia McCarty, 98, formerly of Mathais Avenue and Park Hill Adult Home died Tuesday afternoon at the Montgomery Meadows.
Born on December 28, 1904 in Amsterdam she was the daughter of Stanley and Victoria Cetnar Czelusniak. She attended Amsterdam schools and was a lifelong area resident.
She was at one time employed by Mohawk Carpet Mills and later by Luries Department Store, retiring in 1966.
Mrs. McCarty was a member of St. Stephen's Church in Hagaman and was also a member of St. John's Seniors.
She was married to Francis "Mac" McCarty on January 25, 1934, he died on October 28, 1991.
Mrs. McCarty is survived by one sister, Stella Bandos of Amsterdam, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces and great nephews.
She was predeceased by five brothers, Paul, Alexander, Jacob, John and Hipolit Czelusniak and three sisters, Mary Bartowski, Caroline Wirth and Jane Constantino.
Funeral services will be held 8:15 a.m. Friday at the Guzielek-Pomykaj Funeral Home, 13 Belmont Place followed at 9:00 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stephen's Church in Hagaman.
Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Thursday afternoon from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Donations may be made in Mrs. McCarty memory to a charity of one's choice.
Paul W. Hawkins Sr.
October 30, 2003
Mr. Paul W. Hawkins Sr., 65, of County Highway 107, Johnstown, NY died at home Thursday afternoon.
He was born December 15, 1937 in Cookeville, Tennessee a son of the late J.B. and Julia Maxwell Hawkins. He was a high school graduate and a recipient of an Associates Degree.
Mr. Hawkins served in the United States Navy from 1954-1958.
He was of the Protestant faith.
For 23 years, he was engaged in textile manufacturing in various locations in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Amsterdam, NY. For the last 20 years, he was the owner and operator of Paul's Kitchen in Amsterdam, NY.
He was predeceased by his brothers John, Eskew and James and his son Bruce in 2002.
He is survived by his wife Linda Buyce Hawkins whom he married July 13, 2003; three sons, Paul W. Hawkins Jr., South Bend, Indiana, Jeremy Hawkins, Amsterdam, New York, and Ronald Hawkins, North Attleboro, Massachusetts; one sister, Modene Nassa, Cookeville, Tennessee; three step children; nine grandchildren; five step grandchildren; one great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 2:00 until 4:00 Saturday afternoon at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church Street, Amsterdam, New York.
Services and burial will be private.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 North Main Street, Gloversville, NY 12078.
Noel Torres Sr.
December 3, 2003
Noel Torres Sr., 47 years old of Lefferts Street, Amsterdam passed away Wednesday morning at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam, NY.
He was born on August 25, 1956 in Puerto Rico the son of the late Ursulo and Aurilo Pacheco Torres.
Noel came to this country in 1980 and settled in Amsterdam where he was employed by the Gem Urethane Corp. as a machine operator for a number of years.
He was a member of the Pentecostal Church of Amsterdam.
Noel is survived by three sons, Noel Jr., Joel, and Govanni Torres, of Amsterdam, three daughters Neida Boyer, Yessani Luna and Irelisse Torres of Amsterdam, eight brothers, Joe, Benjamin, Luis, David, Hector, Misael and Josue Ortiz, and Carlos Torres; one sister Marie Ortiz and four grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a daughter Eveline Torres and a sister Haydee Ortiz.
Noel is survived by his fiance Aixa Suarez and his former wife Medalyn Gonzales.
A funeral service will be conducted Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam, NY.
A calling hour will precede the funeral service on Friday at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Amsterdam.