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Miscellaneous Obituaries
Oneida Co., NY

From the Utica Observer-Dispatch:

Robert C. "Bob" Austin of Ilion
Robert C. "Bob" Austin, age 75, of 3A Colonial Manor Apts., a longtime Ilion resident, passed away at home unexpectedly Thursday, October 10, 2002. All arrangements entrusted to the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, are incomplete.

Joseph M. Blydenburgh of Herkimer
"Vrij en Blij"
Dr. Joseph Blydenburgh, M.D., psychiatrist and former clinical director of the Marcy Psychiatric Center and a descendant of early Dutch settlers of New York, died Thursday, October 10, 2002. He was 72. Dr. Blydenburgh, who also practiced at Central Islip State Hospital on Long Island for many years, had numerous hobbies and loves. He spoke Dutch fluently, having attended the University of Amsterdam from 1950 to 1958 where he earned his medical degree. He enjoyed music and played the saxophone and clarinet. Other loves included genealogy, boating, fishing, public speaking, singing, handiwork and collectibles, and the Adirondacks, where he owned land in the town of Ohio and Saratoga County. Dr. Blydenburgh, born January 9, 1930, in Bay Shore, Long Island, was the sixth of ten children of John and Eleanor (Weickart) Blydenburgh. After graduating from Islip High School, he attended Hofstra University for pre-med, then went to the University of Amsterdam. He married Claire Reij in 1957 and came back to Long Island. Dr. Blydenburgh did a rotating internship at Polytechnic Hospital in New York and then joined Central Islip State Hospital under Director Dr. Francis J. O'Neill, whom he much respected. He transferred to Marcy State Hospital in 1972, retiring from there in 1984. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1985, became lieutenant colonel and was honorably discharged. He returned to Long Island and moved last year to Folts Homes. Survivors include son, Tim and wife, Jodi, their children, Colin, Kathe and Jeremy, of Ilion; daughter, Celeste Billings and husband, Michael, their children, Cory, Nicholas, Michael and Maya, of New Hartford; son, Joseph M. Blydenburgh and wife, Dora, their children, Amelia and Laura, of San Antonio, TX; daughter, Astrid Cook and husband, Jim, their children, Courtney and Taylor, of Ballston Spa; and daughter, Michelle Schrader and husband, Michael, their children, Hannah and Morgan, of Burnt Hills. Also surviving are brother, James Blydenburgh, of Oneonta; sisters, Winifred Bubla, of Florida, and Marie Tracy, of East Islip; and several in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Emmanuel, John, Barney, Gene and Edwin, and a sister, Alyce. He was predeceased by Claire, who died in 2001, and a special friend, Evelyn O'Connell, of Deer Park, who died in March 2002. His friendships included many people who worked for the Marcy and Utica Psychiatric Center. Thank you to Dr. Dale Adamson, the staff of Little Falls Hospital, Bassett Healthcare and Folts Homes. Funeral from Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court St., Herkimer, on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. in St. Francis de Sales Church, Herkimer. The Rev. Mark Cunningham, Pastor, will officiate. Dr. Blydenburgh will then be laid to rest in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. The family will be present in the funeral home to receive relatives and friends on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Montfort Spiritual Center, 26 South Saxon Ave., Bayshore, NY 11706-8893. We will all miss you, your sense of humor, guidance, generosity and love! On an old fashioned handsaw that hung for many years at the family house in the town of Ohio you wrote the words "Vrij en Blij", the Dutch words for "free and happy". You were that and truly are now.

Antoinette M. Callahan of Utica
Mrs. Antoinette Marie (Arcuri) Callahan, age 95, formerly of 1024 Mohawk St. and a longtime resident of Eden Park Health Care Center, passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2002 at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center. In keeping with Antoinette's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated on Friday morning (this morning) at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church. The family will receive visitors at the conclusion of the service. Arrangement have been entrusted to The Eannace Funeral Home, Inc., 932 South St., corner of Hammond Ave.

Michael A. DeSantis of Utica
Funeral services for Michael A. DeSantis will be this morning [Friday, October 11, 2002] at 9:30 a.m. from The Scala & Roefaro Funeral Home, Inc., 1122 Culver Ave. and at 10:30 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church.

Very Rev. Anthony Draus of Deerfield
Very Rev. Anthony C. Draus, 80, died late Wednesday evening, October 9, 2002, at St. Luke's Memorial Hospital Center. His Funeral Mass and burial will take place in Wilkes-Barre, PA, on Monday at a time to be announced. Family and friends may call on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Myslinski Funeral Home, Inc., 470 French Rd., Utica.

Robert C. Eichstadt, Sr. of Utica
Robert C. (Ike) Eichstadt, Sr., 77, of Utica, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2002, at home while in the care of his wife and family. He was born in Syracuse on March 31, 1925, the son of Charles and Helen (Wheeler) Eichstadt. Bob was employed for 28 years with the New York State Department of Transportation in their tree crew department, first as a climber and later in his career as a supervisor. He was very proud to have served his country during World War II in the United States Navy aboard the aircraft carrier, the USS Monterey, which saw extensive duty in the Pacific Theater. He was also a long standing member of the V.F.W. Post 368 here in Utica. Bob is survived by his wife, Dolores (Dote), and five children: three sons, Robert C. Eichstadt, Jr., Utica, Lawrence Eichstadt and his wife, Mary, Fuquay-Varina, NC, and Eric Eichstadt, Utica, and two daughters, Karen Woods, Utica, and Donna Bougourd and her husband, Rich, Utica. He also leaves his grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Dina and Amanda Woods, Andrea Rich, Alexis Bougourd, Amie and Rob Eichstadt and their mother, Lisa Meays, and one special great-grandchild, Alex Woods. Bob was predeceased by two brothers, Arthur and William, and a sister, Agnes. Graveside funeral services will be Monday at 9:30 at Crown Hill Memorial Park, New Hartford. Relatives and friends are invited and may call Sunday, 4-7 p.m., at Nunn & McGrath Funeral Directors, 470 French Rd., Utica. The Eichstadt family extends its sincere heartfelt gratitude to Hospice Care, Inc., and to Vickie, Sherry and Mary Ann Flood, RN, for their help and caring during difficult times. Please omit floral offerings and consider remembrances to Hospice in Bob's memory.

Eleanor Jane Graham of Whitesboro
Eleanor Jane Humphreys Graham passed away October 10, 2002. She was born July 10, 1920, in Yorkville to John and Jane Pritchard Humphreys. On December 21, 1940, she married John Henry Graham in Yorkville. He died February 4, 1977. Eleanor was a 1955 graduate of the Utica School of Practical Nursing and was president of her class. She was employed at Broadacres, Griffiss A.F.B. Hospital, the Lutheran Home, was office nurse for Dr. Edward Stanton, a private duty nurse and worked processing medical claims at Metropolitan Insurance. She was a member of Marcy Senior Citizens Club and the Floyd Seniors. Surviving are a daughter, Jane E., of Pennellville; a son, John W., of Watertown; as well as several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be Saturday, 9:30 a.m., at the J.W. Dimbleby Funeral Home, Forty Main St., Whitesboro. Interment will be in Carr Cemetery, Marcy. Calling hours are Friday (today), 4 to 7 p.m.

Robert W. Inman of Utica
Robert W. Inman, 96, a lifelong resident of Utica, passed away October 9, 2002, at his home in South Utica. He was born September 19, 1906, the son of the late Carlos and Lavinia J.T. Inman. He was predeceased by 14 brothers and sisters. He is survived by many nieces and nephews living throughout the country. He was especially close to the children of his younger sister, Mabel Inman Roberts. He shared his home with his nephew, Kevin Roberts, and spent a lot of time in California visiting Byrl Roberts, Byron Roberts and Susan Harrison, with Gina and Burl Andrews, all of Vallejo, CA. He also enjoyed visiting his nephews, Kermit Roberts (Lynda) and Craig Roberts (Peggy), both of the Bay area. He retired as a trust officer at Marine Midland Bank in 1971, having over 46 years of service. He was educated in Utica Schools, attended Utica College of Syracuse University and graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. He was a graduate and past president of the Utica Chapter of the American Institute of Banking. He was most proud of being a lifelong member of Bethany Presbyterian Church where he had been a longtime elder. Mr. Inman was a member and trustee of Utica Lodge #47 F&AM, Yahnundahsis Bodies A.A.S.R. and Ziyara Shrine Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., Past Worthy Chief and Past District Deputy of Utica Council #20 Universal Craftsmen Council of Engineers, past Secretary and Past President of the Shrine Club of Greater Utica, and a member of various Shrine Clubs. He was longtime treasurer of Utica Chapter #3 of the Izaak Walton League of America, Utica Post #229 American Legion, Utica Elks Lodge #33, Deputy Director of Legion 15 of the Shrine 100 Million Dollar Club and endowment, wills and gifts committee, and the 7th Infantry Division Association. He was a veteran of WW II and, among other decorations, he received the Bronze Star for action in the Pacific Theater. Mr. Inman and nephew, Kevin Roberts, wish to thank his Bethany family for all of your prayers and concern. Special thanks to Drs. Pachikara and Tretter for their care, compassion and friendship extended to Robert these past years. He held a special place in his heart for Rose Jones and Jean O'Neil, Gladys Morris and Barbara McKee. "I had a marvelous life and leave it with no regrets." Mr. Inman's nephew would also like to add his personal thanks to the staff at Oxford Home Health Care, especially Laine and Jasmine, for their great care of Robert this past month. Special thanks also to both the visiting nurse, Terese, and Physical Therapist, Roger, from St. Elizabeth, you're all wonderfully gifted. A Memorial Service will be held at Bethany Presbyterian Church at a date and time to be announced. The Rev. Arthur Kennedy will officiate. There are no calling hours, per Mr. Inman's request. Burial will be in the family plot at Cedarville Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In memory of Mr. Inman, kindly consider the Ziyara Shriner's Transportation Fund, 251 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13501. Arrangements are with the Friedel, Williams, Coriale & Edmunds Funeral Home, New Hartford.

Marie D. Mastrovito of Utica
Mrs. Marie D. (Scotellaro) Mastrovito, age 79, a lifelong Utican, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2002. Born in Utica on June 5, 1923, Marie was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Grippe) Scotellaro. She was raised and educated locally. On September 7, 1946, she married Frank J. Mastrovito with whom she has shared a union of 56 years. Throughout the extent of their marriage, Marie and Frank have proved to be a couple well-suited to one another in many of the aspects of their life together. From 1967 until 1981, Mrs. Mastrovito was employed with the Utica City School District. Assigned to Christopher Columbus School, she served as a monitor; as a result of her successful performance and her relationship with the children of the school, she was known and still remembered by the affectionate nickname of "Sarge". She was a communicant of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church and also was a member of the Kossuth Ave. congregation of the St. Cosmo and St. Damiano Society. In her earlier years, she belonged to several other civic and community groups as well. Blessed with an innate understanding of children and with an intuitive capacity to relate to them, as well as the ability to communicate with them and to win their trust, Marie demonstrated her love for children in everything she did. In the raising of her own children, in her supervision of the students at Columbus School, and in her interest in every young person with whom she came in contact, she will always remain an inspiration and a dear memory to all those people whose lives she touched in their childhood years. Mrs. Mastrovito is survived by her husband, Frank J.; her three sons and daughters-in-law, Peter M., Sr., and Ann Mastrovito, of Utica, Frank A. and Mary Ann Mastrovito, and Robert L. and Sheila Mastrovito, all of New Hartford; and her grandchildren, Peter M. Mastrovito, Jr., Audrey Ann Mastrovito, Gina Marie Mastrovito-Smith and her husband, Kristian Smith, Frank P. Mastrovito, Michelle Mastrovito, Lisa Mastrovito and Robert Mastrovito. She always cherished in her heart the love and memory of her infant granddaughter who preceded her in death. She is also survived by four brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Edith Scotellaro, Michael "Nippy" and Marge Scotellaro, Sam and Carmelita Scotellaro, and Raymond and Virginia Scotellaro, all of Utica; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins; and a sister-in-law, Julia Mastrovito. She was predeceased by three sisters, Celeste Zaino, Theresa "Tessie" Stoppiello and Eleanor Parrotta; and two brothers, Peter Scotellaro and Louis Scotellaro. The family offers its heartfelt thanks to the dedicated caregivers of the 7th floor at the Heritage Health Care Center, especially acknowledging Shawanda and Mario. Visitation will be held Friday (today) from 5-8 at the Eannace Funeral Home, Inc., 932 South St., corner of Hammond Ave. By family request, please omit floral offerings. For those wishing to do so, please consider honoring Marie's memory with contributions to the family to enable them to establish a scholarship fund in her name for students at Columbus School; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Mrs. Mastrovito's funeral will commence on Saturday morning at 8:00 from the funeral home and at 9:00 at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church, where her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will take place in St. Agnes Cemetery.

Josephine Miskowiec of Utica
Mrs. Josephine Miskowiec, 92, died early Wednesday morning, October 9, 2002 at the Presbyterian Home for Central New York. She was born in Utica, a daughter of John and Frances Tomkiewicz Krukar and graduated from Holy Trinity School. On January 17, 1932, she was united in marriage with Andrew Miskowiec at Holy Trinity Church. Mr. Miskowiec died in 1987. Josephine had retired from the Mele Manufacturing Co. after several years of employment. She had been a member of the Whitestown Senior Citizens, the West Side Center, New York Mills Seniors and the Star of Freedom. She leaves her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Nancy Miskowiec, Utica; a brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Marie Krukar, Yorkville; three sisters, Sister M. Judith, of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Scranton, PA, Stella Pinto, Utica and Helen Godleski, Ormond Beach, FL; six beloved grandchildren, Michael and Betty Ann Miskowiec and their children, Andrew and Abigail, John and Jodi Miskowiec and their children, Andy and Elana, Kathryn Miskowiec, Mary Beth and Alex Piejko and their children, Joshua, Tom and Sarah, Gail Miskowiec and Nancy Jo Miskowiec. She was predeceased by two brothers, Stanley and Paul Krukar. Her funeral will be held Saturday morning at 8:15 from Myslinski Funeral Home, Inc., 470 French Road and at 9 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery. Family and friends may call on Friday (today) from 4 to 7 p.m. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Cedar Wing of the Presbyterian Home especially acknowledging Diane, Dan and Pat for the many acts of kindness shown to Josephine. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ARC of Oneida and Lewis Counties, c/o 245 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13501.

Cadet "Doug" Moriarty of Florida-Clinton
Funeral services for Cadet "Doug" Moriarty, who passed away Saturday, October 5, 2002 will be held on Friday (today) at 9:30 a.m. from the Heintz Funeral Home, 10 East Park Row, Clinton and at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Clinton. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Clinton.

Samuel R. Paniccia of Clinton
Samuel R. Paniccia, 67, died Thursday, October 10, 2002, at Faxton Hospital with his family at his side. His funeral will be held on Monday at St. Thomas Church at a time to be announced. Family and friends may call on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. at Myslinski Funeral Home, Inc., 470 French Rd.

Joseph Vomero of Florida - Utica
Mr. Joseph Vomero, age 92, of Florida, passed away on Monday, August 19, 2002, in Florida. Surviving are two daughters, Gerry Palmer and Lita Minkin, both of FL; one sister, Mary Tomaino, of New Hartford; one brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Rosemary Vomero, of Utica; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Mass on Saturday (tomorrow) at 10:30 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Utica. The family will receive visitors at the conclusion of Mass in the church vestibule. Burial will be in the family plot at Calvary Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are by The Scala & Roefaro Funeral Home, Inc., 1122 Culver Ave.

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