June 8, 1998
Anthony H. Batson, 67, of Wagner's Hollow Road, Fort Plain, died Monday at his home after a long illness.
Born Oct. 13, 1930 in Flushing, he was the son of Walter and Angela D'Girolamo Batson. He was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and lived most of his life on Long Island before moving to Fort Plain in 1996.
He was employed for many years in the food service business and for Canteen Corp. He was also a bus driver for Jay Dee Tom For Bus Co.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
He was a member of many camping organizations.
He married Florence Molloy Batson on July 7, 1949. She died in 1995.
Survivors include three sons, Warren R. Batson of Poughkeepsie, Glen A. Batson of Chicago, and Steve W. Batson of Lindenhurst; a daughter, Shirley Ann Espinoza of Lindenhurst; two stepdaughters, Darlene Spaulding of Canajoharie and Loretta Wells of Fort Plain; a stepson, Carl R. Gray of Fort Plain; two brothers, Eddie Batson of Durham and Roy Batson of Seaford; a sister Vita Rodzinski of Yonkers; eight grandchildren and his companion, Marion R. Wells of Fort Plain.
Memorial services will be private. There will be no calling hours.
Burial will be in Pine Lawn National Cemetery on Long Island.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville.
Arrangements are by the Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home.
June 8, 1998
Claude A. Bennett, 70, of 280 County Route 102, Gloversville, died Monday at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a brief illness.
Born Dec. 8, 1927 in Broadalbin, he was the son of Edwin and Abby Crannell Bennett. He was a 1946 graduate of Gloversville High School.
Mr. Bennett served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 t0 1947.
He was a self-employed carpenter for many years and was also a firefighter with the Gloversville Fire Department for 33 years before retiring as a battalion chief in 1990.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church and was a lifelong member of the Concordia Singing Society. He was also a member of the Association of Retired Gloversville Police Officer and Firefighters.
He married Elizabeth S. Loveland on March 21, 1953.
In addition to wife, survivors include two sons, Claude L. Bennett of Saratoga Springs and John W. Bennett of Gloversville; a brother, William Benett of Ormond Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Dorothy Boyer and Shirley Nourse, both of Gloversville; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Walrath & Bushouer Funeral Home Inc., 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. Interment will be in Fern Dale Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
June 8, 1998
George J. Rossi, 84, of Cochrane Avenue, Amsterdam, died Monday at the Glendale Nursing Home in Glenville.
Born Jan. 16, 1914 in Amsterdam, he was the son of Charles and Jane Ferlazzo Rossi. He was educated in local schools and was a lifelong area resident.
He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Amsterdam for 35 years, retiring in 1973.
Mr. Rossi was a communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
His wife, Mabel Boyd Rossi, died Sept. 26, 1986.
Survivors include two daughters, Carole Wagoner of Schenectady and Janine Freamon of Citrus Heights, Calif.; five sons, George J. Rossi Jr. of Ormond Beach, Fla., Robert Rossi of Gurnee, Ill., Lewis Rossi of Amsterdam, Gary Rossi of Saugerties and James Rossi of Clifton Park; a sister, Anna Caruso of Clifton Park; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:15 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Church. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
June 5, 1998
Mrs. Julia S. Hammond, 82, of Port Henry, died Friday in Jamesville.
Born in Witherbee, she attended Simmons College and Plattsburgh State Teachers College.
She was a teacher in the Moriah Central School District for 25 years, retiring in 1975. She was also the owner of the Elk Inn Bed and Breakfast.
She was a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association, the American Association of University Women, the New York State United Teachers Association, the Audubon Society, the Town of Moriah Historical Society and the Elizabethtown-Westport Garden Club.
Her husband, Francis Hammond, died in 1965.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Hammond of Altamont and Patrick Hammond of Galway; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter on April 27.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Harland Funeral Home, 45 S. Main St., Jamesville. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in Moriah.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Town of Moriah Ambulance Squad, Moriah Center, 12961.
June 8, 1998
Miss Virginia A. Pantalone, 66, of Summit Towers, Schenectady, died Monday at Ellis Hospital after a long illness.
Born and educated in Amsterdam, she was a Schenectady resident for the past 30 years.
Survivors include two sons, Richard H. Olson of Seneca and Nicholas I. Olson, three daughters, Susan Dwyer of Johnstown, Jean Malatino of Amsterdam and Carla A. Olson; two brothers, Joseph and Daniel Pantalone, both of Gloversville; three sisters, Antoinette Jacobson and Flora Sollak, both of Gloversville and Mary Wager of Pennsylvania; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Light's funeral Home, 1428 State St., Schenectady, where a calling hour will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1450 Western Ave., Albany, 12305.
John J. Going
June 8, 1998
John J. Going, 97, of 1120 Wheatland Ave., Lancaster, Pa., died Monday at St. Anne's Home in Columbia, Pa., after a brief illness.
Born in Amsterdam, he was the son of John P. and Mary Dillon Going. He was a graduate of St. Mary's Institute in Amsterdam and also attended the School of Commerce in Troy.
He worked for the Stephen Sanford Carpet Co. in Amsterdam at one time. He later worked as credit manager of the packaging and materials division and export operations of Armstrong World Industries, retiring in 1965 after 36 years of service. In his retirement, he served as a bookkeeper at the Landis Valey Farm Museum's gift shop.
He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Lancaster and was a former member of the church choir.
Mr. Going was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Lancaster Council 866, and was a past grand knight, a fourth district deputy and a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus, Santa Maria Assembly. For several years, he headed the St. Anne-Neumann Senior Group.
His wife, Marion C. Morton Going, died in 1993.
Survivors include two sons, Robert M. Going of Lancaster and John E. Going of New York; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Elizabeth J. Going.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Lancaster. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Lancaster.
Calling hours are from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Arrangements are by the Charles Snyder Funeral Home Inc.
June 27, 1998
Helen D. Vergona, 89, of Arnold Ave., Amsterdam, died Saturday at St. Mary's Hospital.
Born in Amsterdam on July 5, 1908, she was the daughter of Pasquale and Giovanna Iannuzzi Lucente. She was a graduate of Amsterdam High School and Albany Business College.
Mrs. Vergona was a legal secretary and stenographer for the late Supreme Court Justice Felix Aulisi until her retirement. She was a communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church and was an honorary life member and past president of its Alter Rosary Society. She was a charter member and past president of the Columbiettes of Council 209 Knights of Columbus, a sustaining member of St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary, the Columbian Italian-American Social Club Auxiliary, the Amsterdam Century Club and the state Legal Secretary Association.
She was predeceased by her husband, John Vergona.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Jayne Allen of Amsterdam; a sister, Theresa McGillin of Amsterdam; two grandchildren; nieces; nephews and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of St. Michael the Archangel. Interment is in St. Michael's Cemetery.
Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rossi Funeral Home, 11 Mohawk Place, Amsterdam.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Michael's Memorial Fund or to the Arthritis Foundation.
Mary Di Caprio
June 27, 1998
Mary M. "Murph" Di Caprio, 90, formerly of Austin St., Amsterdam, died Saturday at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
Born Aug. 28, 1907 in Amsterdam, she was the daughter of Martin and Mary Folliard Murphy. She was a 1925 graduate of St. Mary's Institute and was a lifelong area resident.
Mrs. Di Caprio was the co-owner of Di Caprio's Diner and Catering Service for over 50 years before her retirement in 1966. She was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church and its Rosary Society. She was a charter member of Emblem Club No. 273 of Amsterdam.
She was predeceased by her husband, Frank "Jiggers" Di Caprio, whom she married on June 30, 1926 and by a son, Robert C. Di Caprio, Sr.
Survivors include a daughter, Joan Felski of Amsterdam; a son, Francis Di Caprio, Sr., of Amsterdam; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews and cousins.
Services will be conducted at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church St., Amsterdam followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:15 a.m. at St. Mary's Church. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Fort Johnson.
Calling hours are 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Amsterdam or to St. Mary's Church Development Fund, in care of Jendrzejczak Funeral Home.
Frank J. Tine
June 25, 1998
Frank J. Pine, 75, of Boynton Beach, Fla., formerly of Johnstown and Fonda, died Thursday at home after a long illness.
Born Nov. 29, 1922 in Fabius, he was the son of George Pine and Iva Nodine Pine.
Mr. Pine was an insurance agent for The North American Insurance Co. of Chicago until his retirement.
He was married to Doris R. Lennon for 48 years.
In addition to his wife, survivors include four children, James J. Pine of Tupelo, Miss., Ronald F. Pine of Ephratah, Diane M. Simeone of Fremont, Calif., Nan S. Jones and of Johnstown; a sister, Mabel L. Chase of Homer, five grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Cremation services where arranged by Cremation Services of Palm Beach.
A memorial service will be conducted at a later date in Johnstown.
Memorial contributions may be made the the Hospice of Palm Beach, 4500 PGA Blvd. Suite 30, Palm Beach, Fla. 33418.
July 20, 1998
Claude W. Borchert, 84, of Wagner Street, Fort Plain, died Monday at his home.
Born in Freysbush, he was the son of William and Leola Ward Borchert. He attended Fort Plain schools and was a lifelong area resident.
Mr. Borchert worked for Eversons Dairy in Palatine Church for about 10 years delivering milk. He was later employed as a supervisor by McFarlands Engineering during the construction of the New York State Thruway. Lastly, he worked as a farmer at Trumbull's Farm in Fort Plain, retiring in 1983.
He was of the Methodist faith.
He married Esther J. Putnam Borchert in October of 1935.]
In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Nancy Carter of Fort Plain; a brother, Ward Borchert of Freysbush; three sisters, Linnie Moyer of VanHornsville, Marie Eckler of Canajoharie and Charlotte Loadwick of Nelliston; two grandsons, two great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Lenz & Betz Funeral Home, 69 Otsego St., Canajoharie. Burial will follow in Fort Plain Cemetery.
Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mid-County Ambulance Service, Canajoharie.