Gerald P. Barnell
September 27, 1998
Gerald P. Barnell, 89, of Phillips Street, Amsterdam, died Sunday at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital following a short illness.
Born July 27, 1909 in Amsterdam, he was the son of Albino and Carmella Palladino Barnell and was a lifelong Amsterdam resident.
A 1929 graduate of Amsterdam High School, he received his bachelor's degree from Ithaca College and completed additional graduate studies at the State University of New York at Albany, Syracuse University, Indiana University, Columbia University and the Julliard School of Music.
Mr. Barnell taught for one year at the Cazenovia Seminary, and then joined the Amsterdam school system. He served 39 years as instrument director, directing all performing instrumental groups, including the Junior High Band and Orchestra, the Senior High Band and Orchestra, and the Elementary Band and Orchestra. He also began the tradition of the Amsterdam Majorettes performing their "Rockette Line" to the song Lullabye of Birdland.
Mr. Barnell was a professional musician, performing with the Barnell Concert Orchestra and directing his own Union Orchestra.
He served as guest conductor at the Saratoga and Herkimer counties music festivals, and for 15 years was assigned as a New York School Music Association adjudicator. Under his direction, the High School Band took part in many parades and dedications. After his retirement he taught music education courses to future music teachers at The College of St. Rose.
Mr. Barnell was a member of the New York State School Music Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the New York State Teachers Association and the National Education Association.
He was also a member of the Amsterdam Teacher's Association, the Amsterdam Community Concert Association, and was a lifetime member of the Amsterdam Elks Lodge.
Mr. Barnell was a past president of the Montgomery County Music Teachers, and organized the first Montgomery County Music Festival.
He was an honorary life member of the Montgomery County PTA, was a merit badge counselor of the Boys Scouts, was a member of Industries For Amsterdam, and a member of Local 133 of the Professional Musicians Union.
Mr. Barnell was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church of Amsterdam.
He married Antoinette Morini on Oct. 12, 1940.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Gerald M. Barnell of Rotterdam; two sisters, Helen Fasolino and Edythe Mercurio, both of Amsterdam; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and several cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:15 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Amsterdam High School Marching Band and Majorettes.
September 28, 1998
Mrs. Ann "Bobbie" Wierzbicki of St. Jude Drive, Schenectady, died Monday at Ellis Hospital after a short illness.
Born in Amsterdam, Mrs. Wierzbicki was a lifelong area resident.
She worked for the Bigelow-Sanford Co. and Mohasco Mills at one time and was also employed by the General Electric Co.
She was a communicant of St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church.
She was married to Michael Wierzbicki for 35 years.
In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, Timothy and Michael Wierzbicki, both of Schenectady; and a sister, Edith Martin of Scotia.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Griswold Funeral Home, 1867 State St., Schenectady, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Paul's, Albany Street. Burial will be in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Amsterdam.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 this evening a the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Amsterdam and St. Paul's Catholic Church in Schenectady.
September 28, 1998
James J. Shiely, 82, of the Mount Loretto Nursing Home, Amsterdam, died Monday at his home.
Born in Schenectady, Mr. Shiely was a 1934 graduate of Nott Terrace High School and later the American Locomotive Apprentice Program.
Mr. Shiely was a tool and die maker for Alco for 32 years and was later a machinist for Yankee Motors in Rotterdam and Tessiere Bros. in Schenectady, retiring in 1980.
He was involved with Cub Scout Pack 43 and Boy Scout Troop 43 in Schenectady, where he was a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster and Schenectady Council Leader.
Mr. Shiely was a volunteer fireman for the South Schenectady Fire Department for more than 30 years.
He was a Eucharistic minister for Our Lady of the Assumption Church and was a member of the church's Holy Name Society.
Mr. Shiely was the widower of Katherine D. Shiely.
Survivors include two daughters, Amelia Louison of Amsterdam and Patricia Gabree of Rotterdam; a son, John B. Shiely of Rotterdam; two brothers, Nicholas and William Shiely, both of Scotia; six grandchildren and a great-granchild.
Funeral services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Ave., Rotterdam, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Bradt Street, Schenectady. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Brandywine Avenue, Schenectady.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the South Schenectady fire Department, Meeting Hall 6, Mariaville Road, Schenectady, 12306 or Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union St., Schenectady 12308.
September 27, 1998
William Parker, 75, of the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home, Albany, died Sunday at the residence after a long illness.
Born in Schenectady, Mr. Parker was a lifelong Capital District resident. At one time, he lived in Amsterdam.
During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army.
For more than 209 years, Mr. Parker was a laborer at the American Locomotive Products in Schenectady.
In his youth, he was race car driver at Lebanon Valley Speedway.
Survivors include a son, David Parker of Ohio; three daughters, Ella Planch of Broadalbin, Pamela Parker of Arizona and Sandra Parker of Bethlehem; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in Park View Cemetery, Schenectady.
There will be no calling hours.
Arrangements are by the Griswold Funeral Home, Schenectady.
September 27, 1998
Mrs. Ruth V. Croote, 79, of Route 7, Oak Hill, Central Bridge, died Sunday at home after a short illness.
Born in Roseboom, Mrs. Croote lived in Cherry Valley until moving to Schenectady in 1927. She later lived on Esperance Road, Charleston, moving to Central Bridge in 1978.
Mrs. Croote attended Draper High School in Schenectady.
She was a homemaker and sold crafts at The Everything Shoppe in Cobleskill.
She was a member of Cobleskill Senior Citizens and its card players club.
Mrs. Croote attended the Charleston Christian Church in Charleston Four Corners.
She married Frank L. Croote on April 12, 1935. He died in 1982.
Survivors include six sons, Thomas Croote of Esperance, Frank L. Croote of Central Bridge, John Croote of Rotterdam, Robert M. Croote of Canajoharie, Leonard D. Croote of Cobleskill and Howard P. Croote of Watervliet; three daughters, Ruth V. Russell of Fonda, Sarah A. Hensel of Schoharie and Shirley E. Hurley of Middleburgh; a brother, Milton T. Spencer of Schenectady; a sister, Iona Brusie of Ballston Lake; 23 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Schenectady Memorial Park, Giffords Church Road, Rotterdam, followed by a gathering at the Charleston Christian Church.
There will be no calling hours.
Arrangements are by the Langan Funeral Home, 21 N. Main St.
Memorial contributions may be made to Catskill Area Hospice, P.O. Box 39, Cobleskill, 12043.
September 28, 1998
Mrs. Lena Smith Perkins, 83, of Bullard Avenue, Glens Falls, died Monday at her home.
Born Sept. 2, 1915 in Canajoharie, she was the daughter of Guy B. Smith and Hattie O'Bryant. She was educated in Canajoharie schools and lived in Glens Falls for 39 years, previously residing in Canajoharie and Vermont.
At one time, she worked for Luxuary Knitting Mill in Fort Plain and also at the Arkell & Smith Sack Factory in Canajoharie until moving to Glens Falls.
Mrs. Perkins was a member of the Otsquago Chapter Order of the Eastern Star in Fort Plain.
She married Frederick J. Perkins on Jan. 28, 1938. He died March 16.
Survivors include a sister, Henrietta Spraker of Canajoharie.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 20 Otsego St., Canajoharie. Burial will be in Canajoharie Falls Cemetery.
A calling hour will be conducted prior to the service at the funeral home, during which the Eastern Star will conduct a service at 10:30 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.
September 25, 1998
Shanya Marie DelliVeneri, 19, of 1795 County Route 107, Perth, died Friday at Albany Medical Center after being involved in an automobile accident in Rotterdam Junction.
Born Jan. 8, 1979 in Amsterdam, she was the daughter of Linda and Thomas P. DelliVeneri of Perth. She attended Amsterdam High School and graduated from Broadalbin-Perth High School. She was employed by Norma Jean's Amsterdam Theater.
Miss DelliVeneri attended St. Mary's Church.
In addition to her parents, survivors include a brother, Thomas P. DelliVeneri III of Perth; a sister, Angelina DelliVeneri of Perth; her paternal grandparents, Corine and Thomas DelliVeneri Sr. of Amsterdam; her maternal grandparent, Cecelio Soto of Amsterdam; her fiancee, Jeremey Greco, and aunts, uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Church. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Fort Johnson.
Calling hours are from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Riley Mortuary, 110 Division St., Amsterdam.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church.
September 29, 1998
Mrs. Mary D. Romsiewicz, 85, of Hibbard Street, Amsterdam, died this morning at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital.
Born June 18, 1913 in Amsterdam, she was the daughter of Albert and Stella Pietrusza Dylong. She was a graduate of St. Stanislaus School and the Amsterdam School of Commerce and was a lifelong city resident.
She was employed by Montgomery County Department of Social Services in Fonda for 36 years and was a supervisor for the accounting department before retiring in 1973.
Mrs. Romsiewicz was a member of St. Stanislaus Church. She was also a member of St. Mary's Hospital Club 60, St. Mary's Foundation, Sterling Care of Amsterdam Memorial Hospital and GEAA.
She married Leo P. Romsiewicz Sr. on June 6, 1948.
In addition to her husband, survivors include, a son, Leo P. Romsiewicz Jr. of Marietta, Ga.; a sister, Dorothy Becker of Schenectady; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church St., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Hospital Foundation or to St. Stanislaus Church.