Marion E. Leffler Tyll, 79
Troy - Marion E. Leffler Tyll, 79, of Cortland Street, died peacefully Saturday, April 5, 2003, at St. Mary's Hospital Troy, surrounded by her family.
Born in Troy, she was daughter of the late Frank and Maude Brewer Leffler and beloved wife for 41years of John E. Tyll. She was a resident of Troy all her life and attended Troy schools.
Mrs. Tyll was a school monitor for the Troy City School District at Troy High School for over 25 years, retiring 8 years ago. She was popular among students and the faculty.
She was an avid collector of dolls from all over the world and loved shopping, especially at flea markets. She was a member of the C.S.E.A.
Survivors in addition to her husband include her cherished children Lori Conley (Frank) of Troy, Joseph Sciotti (Shirley) of Watervliet, Leonard Sciotti (Jane) of Rensselaer, Chris Caruso (Mike) of Maplewood, Luanne Sciotti of Troy and Dominick Sciotti of Albany; her grandchildren Erin Conley, Gerri Molyn, Staci Hogeboom, Nicole Sciotti, Jeannette Ketcham, Jeffrey and Nicholas Sciotti and Michelle and Michael Caruso and several great grandchildren. She was also a close friend of Sheila Kordana of Troy and John Dundon III of Wynantskill. She was predeceased by two brothers Bill and Frank 'Bud' Leffler.
A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday at 9:30am at Our Lady of Victory Church North Lake Avenue Troy. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home Inc. corner of Pawling Avenue at Maple Avenue Troy on Tuesday from 5-8PM.
Stella Jean Staples, 91
North Greenbush - Stella Jean Staples, 91, died Monday October 20, 2003, at Van Rensselaer Manor after a long illness.
Born in Exeter, PA, on June 23rd 1912, she was daughter of the late Henry and Ellen Gill Phillips. She had resided in Pennsylvania until 1953 when she relocated to Troy.
Mrs. Staples was employed at Van Rensselaer Manor, Samaritan Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital as a CNA and retired from St. Mary's Hospital in 1979.
She was a communicant of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Troy and a member of its Altar Rosary Society and the Perpetual Adoration Society for 30 years.
She was predeceased by her husband William Leon Staples in February of 1966 and many brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Staples was the loving mother of Patricia Heath Schisler (Laslo) of Rotterdam, Elizabeth Armstrong Hart (Raymond) of West Sand Lake and William Frederick Staples of Garland, TX; dear sisters, Rose Coons of Troy and Ann Meehan of Levittown, PA; 15 grandchildren, Thomas Heath (Joyce), William Heath, Robert Heath, Catherine Heath Millen and the late William Millen, Patricia Heath, Michael Heath, Donna Heath Enos, James Heath (Tina), Elizabeth Armstrong Wall (Thomas), Lynda Armstrong Caccamo (John), Laurie Fazioli, George Armstrong III (Alyson), Patricia Staples Bean (Gary), Jeanne Staples and William Staples Jr. (Kyra); 5 step grandchildren, Daniel Hart (Sherry), James Hart (Patty), Ronald Hart, Susan Davis (Ray) and Raymond Hart Jr.; 31 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held Friday at 9:00am from the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. corner of Pawling at Maple Avenue Troy and at 9:30am from St. Paul the Apostle Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-8. Interment Elmwood Hill Cemetery in Troy.
Contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Staples to the Van Rensselaer Manor A-1 unit recreation activities 85 Blooming Grove Drive Troy, NY 12180 or Alzheimer's Association Capital District Chapter 85 Watervliet Avenue Albany, NY 12206-2083.
John J. (Smitty) Smith, 73
Grafton - John J. (Smitty) Smith, 73, of Old Road, died peacefully Friday at his home after a short illness.
Born in Troy, he was son of the late Nehill Francis and Helen Quillman Smith and husband for 47 years of Janet M. Knowlson Smith. He was a longtime resident of Grafton and was a graduate of Troy High School.
Smitty was highway supervisor for the Rensselaer County Highway Department for 15 years, retiring in December of 1993.
He was an avid train buff and enjoyed traveling.
Survivors in addition to his wife include a son, John N. Smith (Linda) of Berlin; a daughter Cathy Hewitt (Charley) of Grafton; a sister Barbara Danbury (George) of Grafton; a brother-in-law, Jack Knowlson of Boulder City, NV; six grandchildren, Chris and Chad Hewitt and Brandy, Mackenzie, Forreste and Amber Smith; a great-grandson Anthony Bender and several nieces and nephews, Peter and Chris Danbury, Bernice Danbury, Barbara Munsey and Holly Knowlson. He was predeceased by a great-granddaughter Kylie Yerdon.
Funeral service will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Interment Oakwood Cemetery in Troy.
Contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Smith to the Grafton Rescue Squad Grafton, NY 12082 or Grafton Volunteer Fire Company South Road Grafton, NY or The Community Hospice 445 New Karner Road Albany, NY 12205.
George L. Smith
Eagle Mills - George L. Smith, of Dater Hill Road, died suddenly Saturday at Lime Rock Park Raceway in Connecticut.
Born in Troy, he was son of the late Ray L. and Natalie Wade Smith and beloved husband of Karen Englert Smith for 27 years. He was a life long resident of Eagle Mills and was educated at Troy High School and attended Clarkson University.
Mr. Smith operated Troy Belting and Supply Company in Watervliet since 1968, a business that his father, Ray, purchased in the early 1940's. His family business is now in its third generation of operation. He also was the proud owner of Kings Grant Farm in Eagle Mills which he has operated since 1954 and just recently stocked with Braunvieh cattle.
A member for over 25 years of the Sports Car Club of America, he also raced motorcycles and boats over the years. He was also a member of the New York Beef Cattlemen's Association and numerous business related associations.
Survivors in addition to his wife include his children George L. Smith II (Kathleen) of San Diego, CA, Stacia L. Hayes (Jack) of Troy, Jason Wade Smith (Laura) of Eagle Mills, Kim O'Donnell (Edward) of Eagle Mills, Kelly Clark (Ken) of Greenfield Center and Mark Gliosco (Teresa) of Eagle Mills and a cousin Kathleen Sliter (David) of Barbeau, MI.
Funeral service will be held Thursday at 11:00AM from Christian Church- Disciples of Christ Route 2 and Maple Avenue in Eagle Mills with Rev. Michael White, Pastor, officiating. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home Inc. corner of Pawling at Maple Avenues in Troy on Wednesday from 6-9pm. Interment Eagle Mills Cemetery.
Flowers appreciated or contributions to National Camps for Blind Children c/o Larry Ward 9 Franklin Street Red Hook, NY 12571.
James 'Jay' P. Welch, 87
Brunswick - James 'Jay' P. Welch, 87, of Brunswick Road, died Thursday at Van Rensselaer Manor North Greenbush after a long illness.
Born in Troy, he was son of the late James T. and Bridget Ryan Welch and husband for 50 years of the late Josephine A. Ferris Welch. He had resided in the Brunswick area all his life and was a graduate of LaSalle Institute in Troy, class of 1932 and did post graduate work at Troy High School, Hudson Valley Community College and Cornell University.
Mr. Welch was the proprietor of Welch's Farms in Brunswick for many years.
He was a member of the New York State Farm Bureau, a Director of the former Troy Milk Producers Association and a communicant of St. Francis de Sales Church in Troy.
Survivors include a son James (Jamie) S. Welch and wife Cheryl of Fredericksburg, VA; a daughter Susie Zouky and husband Albert of Brunswick; a brother Joseph D. Welch of Baldwinsville; three sisters Eileen Johnson of Cohoes, Sr. Alice Marie Welch CSJ of Latham and May Carhart of MA; two grandchildren Ann Zouky of Philadelphia and Sarah Zouky of Brunswick and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held Monday at 9:30am from the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. corner of Pawling at Maple Avenue Troy and at 10:00am from Hope United Methodist Church Route 2 in Eagle Mills where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 4-8pm. Entombment St. Mary's Mausoleum in Troy.
Contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Welch to The Community Hospice of Rensselaer County 295 Valley View Blvd. Rensselaer, NY 12144.
Marion H. Russell Whitney, 75
East Poestenkill - Marion H. Russell Whitney, 75, of North Road, died Tuesday at St. Mary's Hospital Troy, after a brief illness.
Born in Wilmington, VT she was daughter of the late Leonard Upton and Hattie Sumner Russell. She had resided the past 48 years in East Poestenkill and was educated at Vermont.
Mrs. Whitney was a homemaker and a beloved and wonderful mother. She was active in the Union Gospel Church in East Poestenkill where she was a Sunday school and a vacation Bible school teacher, a Trustee, worked in the food pantry and was the Sunshine Lady. She loved family, her church and reading the Bible. Mrs. Whitney even cleaned and polished the church that she loved.
Survivors include five daughters, Joan Collins (Douglas) of East Poestenkill, Cheryl Whitney of Troy, Colleen LaPage of Nassau, Iola Pratt (Timothy) of Rensselaer and Jody Singleton (Acie) of Pocahontas, TN; six sons Keith Whitney of Troy, Brian Whitney (Shelia) of East Poestenkill, Arthur Whitney (Linda) of East Poestenkill, Greg Whitney (Lois) of Stillwater, Timothy Whitney (Betty) of Palenville, NY and Bruce Whitney (Tammy) of West Sand Lake; a step daughter, Lucretia 'Lucky' Ballard of Granville; 37 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son Joel Whitney; two grandsons Douglas Collins Jr. and Jeff Taylor and a great grandson Michael Weaver.
Funeral service will be held Saturday at 11:00am from the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy with Rev. Harold R. Matson, former Pastor of the Wesleyan Church of Wynantskill, officiating. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 3-5 and 7-9PM. Interment Brookside Cemetery in Poestenkill.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Whitney to the Union Gospel Church PO Box 55 Poestenkill, NY 12140.
Salvador P. Scarlata, 85
Sand Lake - Salvador P. Scarlata, 85, of Millers Corners Road, died Wednesday at St. Mary's Hospital Troy, after a brief illness.
Born in Albany, he was son of the late Anthony and Assunta Mercurio Scarlata and husband for 57 years of Josephine M. DiMaggio Scarlata. He was raised in Albany, resided on Burden Lake for 25 years and the past 15 years on Millers Corners Road and was educated at Blessed Sacrament School and attended Philip Schuyler High School in Albany.
Mr. Scarlata was a self employed heavy equipment operator many years ago and later worked for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 106 for 60 years, retiring in 1979.
He was a very active founding member and Past President of the Burden Lake Improvement Association and a communicant of St. Henry's Church in Averill Park. He was a Navy SeaBees veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific Theatre and was stationed in the Alution Islands and Iwo Jima.
Survivors in addition to his wife include three sons, Steven P. Scarlata (Judith) of Wynantskill, Michael A. Scarlata (Helen) of Albany and Christopher P. Scarlata of Boise, ID; a daughter, Susan Houser (Jerry) of East Greenbush; 10 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by 2 sisters and 3 brothers.
Funeral service will be held Monday at 9:00am from the DeGraaf-Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 4392 Route 150 West Sand Lake, and at 9:30am from St. Henry's Church in Averill Park where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 2-5pm. Interment Holy Sepluchre Cemetery in Rensselaer.
Contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Scarlata to the Burden Lake Improvement Association or to St. Henry's Church PO Box 550 Averill Park, NY 12018.