Miriam E. Meeson
TUPPER LAKE - Miriam E. Worton Meeson, 90, of Tupper Lake, died Monday, February 15, 2010, at Mercy Care in Tupper Lake after a long illness.
Born in Lebanon, PA, she was daughter of the late Walter J. Worton and Hazel Tilley Worton and wife of the late Thomas A. Meeson.
She was raised in Watervliet, resided in Troy for 60 years and at Tupper Lake since 2002.
She was a graduate of Watervliet High School.
Mrs. Meeson worked with her father in his company, Troy Chain Co., many years ago and later for many years at Lusco Paper Co. in Troy as a bookkeeper, retiring many years ago.
She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Watervliet and later North Reformed Church in Watervliet and attended First Baptist Church in Troy.
She was a Girl Scout leader, taught Sunday School and made much of her own clothing.
Survivors include two daughters, Sharon (Wendell) Smock of Glendale, AZ, and Lynn Goldman of Tupper Lake; a sister, Marjorie (J. Leslie) Wortz of Troy; her grandchildren Daniel Smock, Rebecca, Caitlin and Leigh Goldman and Lynaia Hoogewerf; her great-grandchildren Jonathan and Jocelyn Hoogewerf; and her son-in-law, Gerald Goldman.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Bryce Funeral Home Inc., 276 Pawling Ave. in Troy. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. Interment will be in Memory’s Garden in Colonie.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Miriam Meeson to the Alzheimer’s Association Capital District Chapter, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206-2083; or Keene Valley Neighborhood House, PO Box 46, Keene Valley, NY 12943.
For a private family guest book and service directions, visit www.brycefh.com.
James J. Roti Roti
LATHAM - James J. Roti Roti, 72, passed away peacefully Monday, February 15, 2010, at home after a year-long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born on November 14, 1937, in Troy, he was the son of the late Joseph J. Roti Roti and Elvira Virginia Roti Roti Allen and the stepson of Anna Mae Roti Roti of Latham.
Jim was raised and educated in South Troy and was a 1956 graduate of Troy High School. He later graduated in 1976 from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy and in 1977 received a bachelor of science degree from Empire State College in labor relations.
Jim was a U.S. Army veteran from 1956-59.
Upon returning home, Jim began his employment with the Ford Motor Co.’s Green Island Plant and joined the United Auto Workers Local 930.
In 1979, Jim became the president of Local 930 and fought untiringly to keep the Ford Green Island Plant open until it closed in 1989.
In 1989, Jim became the chief of disaster preparedness for the state Department of Labor and was employed for 12 years in that position until retiring in 2001.
He managed the first bombing at the World Trade Center in New York City.
Jim was also active in the community, and in 1960 became chief of police of the Colonie Auxiliary force and served in that capacity until 1972. He was also founder and past president of the state Auxiliary Police.
In 1970, he was the parade chairman for the town of Colonie’s 75th Anniversary.
He was a member of the Latham Knights of Columbus, Colonie Lodge of Elks, Loyal Order of Moose, Troy Boys Club Old Timers and the American Legion and was a communicant of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Latham.
He faithfully devoted 16 years of weekly visits to the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham in addition to volunteering at the Teresian House, Van Rensselaer Manor and St. Luke’s in Palm Harbor, FL.
In his retirement, he spent summers at the Mayfield Yacht Club on the Great Sacandaga Lake and winters at Crystal Bay Park at Palm Harbor, FL.
Jim is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 47 years, Suzanne E. (Suhowatsky) Roti Roti; his daughter Melissa M. (Eric) Brucker of Rexford; his son Justin J. Roti Roti of Latham; his granddaughter Sierra Rose Roti Roti; his sisters Joanne (Dan) Louis of Jacksonville, FL, Janet (James) Patrizio of Guilderland and Susan R. (Ronald) Wilcox of Latham; his brothers-in-law Stephen (Gale), Richard and the late Gary Suhowatsky; and several cherished nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call at Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet on Thursday from 4-7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated on Friday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church on Route 155 in Latham. Jim’s ashes will be entombed in the columbarium wall at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery following the funeral Mass.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Latham Knights of Columbus, 328 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110; the Troy Boys & Girls Club, 1700 Seventh Ave., Troy, NY 12180; or to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.
Raymond L. Bonesteel
GRAFTON - Raymond L. “Let” “Bony” Bonesteel died March 23, 2010, at his residence under the care of Rensselaer Hospice of Rensselaer County and surrounded by his loving family.
Raymond was born November 18, 1921, to the late Irving P. Bonesteel and Frances Dorsch Bonesteel.
He attended the one-room school in Grafton through eighth grade.
As a young man he worked on several local farms until the Army drafted him on November 19, 1942. During the first day of combat in France he was severely wounded in the neck with shrapnel and as a result earned the prestigious Purple Heart Medal. He continued to serve the front lines and quickly earned the rank of technical sergeant. Leading his platoon, he also served in the American Campaign and European African Middle Eastern Campaign. He was discharged from the Army in July 1945 and began working for Manning Paper Co. and eventually John M. Mullins Hauling and Rigging, where he retired.
He was a member of the Carner, Ethan & Smith VFW Post.
Let was an avid outdoorsman, hunting, fishing, and was a longtime baseball fan.
He was predeceased by Eleanor Bonesteel, Bub Bonesteel, Margaret Bonesteel, Betty Beaudry and Frances Corbin.
He is survived by his sister Carolyn Boomhower of Grafton; his nieces Patricia Corbin and Carol; his nephew Lester King, who was his caregiver and longtime comrade; his greatnieces Rebecca (Steven) Kirchner, Amy (Brian) Grandjean and Linda King; and his great-nephew Seth King. He most adored spending time with his great-great-nephews Ethan and Noah Grandjean and great-great-niece Kylie Grandjean. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews (many generations).
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 26, at the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, 66 Armsby Road, Petersburgh. Interment will follow with full military honors in the Eagle Mills Cemetery.
Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral home for visitation starting at noon on Friday.
Memorial contributions made to Community Hospice of Rensselaer County or the Grafton Rescue Squad in care of the funeral home, PO Box 361, Petersburgh, NY 12138.
Edward G. Bradley
WYNANTSKILL - Edward G. Bradley, 71, beloved husband for 43 years of Nancy Paradiso Bradley, entered into eternal life on Monday, March 22, 2010.
Born in Troy, he was the son of the late Edward F. and Catherine Arts Bradley.
He was educated in Troy schools.
He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 294 for over 40 years, retiring in 2004 from Albany Asphalt.
He was the former town of North Greenbush highway superintendent and past president of the Rensselaer County Highway Superintendents Association.
He was the founder of High Tech Lawn and Snow Service Ltd. in North Greenbush. He took exceptional pride in his work and appearance of the grounds at Rensselaer Technolgy Park.
Ed was a charter member of St. Jude the Apostle Church in Wynantskill and was a volunteer for many years on the church’s horseshow.
He was a former member of the Wynantskill Volunteer Fire Department and an honorary member of the Defreestville Fire Department.
His passion and pride was his family. Retirement for Ed consisted of spoiling his grandchildren and working on his family’s property — his legacy.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Todd (the late Krista) Bradley, Michelle (Rich) Lanoue and Jason (Amy) Bradley, all of Wynantskill, and Mark (Jennifer) Bradley of West Sand Lake; his grandchildren Shauna and Brady Lanoue and Connor Bradley, all of Wynantskill, and Lauren and Kayla Bradley of West Sand Lake; and a sister, Beverly (Bob) Rivest of South Carolina. He was predeceased by his brother Richard Bradley. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be from the Thomas S. Connolly Funeral Home, 294 Whiteview Road, Wynantskill, on Saturday at 8:45 a.m. and at 9:30 a.mM. at St. Jude the Apostle Church in Wynantskill, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated by Rev. John Varno and Rev. Anthony Ligato, pastor. Burial will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands.
Calling hours will be at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Contributions to the St. Jude the Apostle Church Memorial Fund, 43 Brookside Ave., Wynantskill, NY 12198, in memory of Ed would be appreciated.
TROY - Carmella Casale Girardi, 97, of Troy, beloved wife of the late Bart “Bucky” Girardi, passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy.
Born in Watervliet, she was the daughter of the late Raffaele and Angela Marchese Casale.
She was a seamstress at Marshall Ray in Troy for over 20 years.
Carmella was the mother of the late Sister Maria Vaccarello and the stepmother of the late Dominick Girardi. She was the sister-in-law of Rose Montarello, Frank Girardi and Lena Pirri and is also survived by several nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
The fneral will be held Saturday morning at 8:45 from the Morris-Stebbins-Miner & Sanvidge Funeral Home, 312 Hoosick St. in Troy, thence to St. Michael’s Church, 175 Williams Road in Troy, where at 9:30 a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Entombment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery Mausoleum in Troy.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Morris-Stebbins-Miner & Sanvidge Funeral Home, 312 Hoosick St., Troy, NY 12180. 518 272-3930.
TROY - Elizabeth “Betty” Brundage peacefully entered into the arms of our Lord on March 17, 2010, at Samaritan Hospital at the age of 90.
Born in Troy, to the late Edward and Anna (Coyle) Boushea, she lived her entire life Troy.
Betty was educated in Troy schools, and was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Troy.
She retired from Sacred Heart Church after years of caring for the altar linens, a job she took great pride in.
Betty began her work at the Shirt Factory in Troy and was a member of the Nurse’s Aide Corps of the Red Cross during World War II.
After raising her two oldest children, she returned to the work force, first in the Ladies Department at Topps Department Store and then later for Sacred Heart Church.
She was a member of the Altar Rosary Society at Sacred Heart up until her health prevented her from attending.
Betty married Charles A. Brundage on February 2, 1942. They were married 47 years at the time of his death in 1989.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her granddaughter Wendy Brundage; her sister and brother-in-law Sarah (Walter) Stark; her brother and and sister-in-law Edward (Bernadine) Boushea; her niece Theresa (Harry) Brundage; and nephew Walter Stark.
Betty is survived by her loving children and their families, U.S. Army (Ret.) CW4 Edward C. and his wife Leslie of Eddington, ME, MaryLee (Nichols) of Troy, Beth Ann (Berry) of Lake George and Donald and his wife Laura of Saratoga Springs; her grandchildren Robin Lynn (Shawn) Mayhew of Brewer, ME, Steven (Diana) Grogan of Averill Park, Jamie Lee Brundage and her fiance Shawn O’Brien of Cohoes, Casey Lynn Brundage of Watervliet, Jason and Michael Berry of Lake George, Ashley Parker and Michael Parker of Eddington, ME, Michelle (Paul) Clements of Newburg, ME, and Joseph (Breaian) Locke of Bangor, ME; and her 13 great-grandchildren, Gary James, Sharalyn, Caleb and Clara of Eddington, ME, Ari’yanna, Autumn, Adien and William of Averill Park, Kody and Riley of Cohoes, Paul Jr. and Taylor of Newburg, ME, and Gaberial of Bangor, ME. She is also survived her nephews, niece, cousins and their families.
Friends and family may call on Friday from 4 until 8 p.m. at the Daniel D. Purcell Funeral Home, 510 Pawling Ave. in Troy. Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Internment will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery on Oakwood Ave. in Troy. Pall bearers will be Charles Stark, Steven Grogan, Michael Berry, Jason Berry, Shawn O’Brien and Harold Felt.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Center of Disabilities Service Foundation or to the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center Foundation in Betty’s name.
The Family would like to thank Georgia Russell who was caring for Betty, as well as the Troy firefighters and paramedics who responded, the staff of the emergency room and fourth floor (PCU) at Samaritan Hospital, as well as Linda Rinella and her staff for all they have done.
Dorothy E. Kanopka
STEPHENTOWN - Dorothy E. Kanopka, 92, of Route 43, died Sunday afternoon at Samaritan Hospital in Troy after being stricken at her home, surrounded by her devoted granddaughters.
Born in Stephentown on March 6, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Claude H. and Mary E. Rainey Chittenden.
She was the loving wife of the late Casimir (Charlie) Kanopka.
Dorothy was very active within her community as well as the Rensselaer County Senior Citizen Center, where she was awarded the Senior of the Year award. She was also very committed to her church, Stephentown Center Baptist Church.
For many years she enjoyed Lebanon Valley Speedway racing. She was a devoted Kenny Tremont fan.
She took great pride in the care of her home and lawn.
Survivors include her son John “Jackie” Kanopka and his wife Faye of Berlin; her grandchildren Courtney L. Kanopka and Morgan E. Kanopka, both of Averill Park, Cheryl (Larry) Maxon of Berlin and Edward (Kim) Maxon of Brunswick, along with her great-grandchildren Gavin Timothy Kanopka, Brittany, Dustin, Phillip and Desiree.
Relatives and friends are invited to the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. for visitation. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m., officiated by Rev. Trygve Tomlinson. Burial will follow in Garfield Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Stephentown Rescue Squad in care of the funeral home, PO Box 9, Stephentown, NY 12168.