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Blanche S. Minshell

November 19, 1936 - December 18, 2014

Blanche S. Minshell, 78, of Guilderland passed away on Thursday afternoon December 18th at Ellis Hospital. Born in Manheim, PA, Blanche was the daughter of the late George and Mary (Smith) Ober. A homemaker and member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Blanche was a devoted Elvis fan and loved dancing and bowling. Predeceased by her husband Donald Minshell, She leaves behind her children,...
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Jerome S. Prener

May 21, 1922 - December 17, 2014

Jerome S. Prener, 92, formerly of Schenectady, passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at The Bridges of Mendon in Mendon, NY. Born in Brooklyn, Jerome was the son of the late Joseph and Rebecca (Krawtsoff) Prener. Jerome earned a PhD in chemistry at New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering. Prior to moving to Schenectaty, Jerome worked as a research chemist on the...
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Frank M. Gallucci

February 15, 1932 - December 14, 2014

Frank M. Gallucci, 82, of Rotterdam died peacefully on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Ellis Hospital surrounded by his loving family Born and educated in Schenectady, Frank was the son of the late Luigi and Colomba Gallucci. Frank was known and will be remembered as a very kind, caring and happy person. A devoted family man, he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. ...
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Virginia M. Simmons

December 1, 1926 - December 13, 2014

Virginia M. Simmons, 88, of Rotterdam passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, December 13th, 2014. Born in Schenectady, Virginia was the daughter of the late Bert and Flora (Rockefeller) Bishop. Virginia was a caring wife, mother and grandmother. A wonderful homemaker, she loved to cook for her family on Thanksgiving and Christmas. She worked as a cashier at...
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Arlene V. Ruzzo

December 13, 2014

Arlene V. Ruzzo, 77, died on Dec 13, 2014 at home, surrounded by the love of her family and friends. She was a lifelong resident of Schenectady and was employed by G.E. and then the L&M Market on Broadway for over 20 years where she had her finger on the pulse of Bellevue. Arlene and Augie enjoyed many summers at their camp on Lake Pleasant in Speculator, N.Y. Arlene was an absolutely devoted and...
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Eugene "Gene" Wright

January 10, 1921 - December 11, 2014

Eugene "Gene" Wright, 93, died peacefully at his West Hill home in Rotterdam, NY on December 11. Born January 10, 1921 in Scotia, NY, Gene graduated from Scotia High School and earned an Engineering degree from UNH and a Masters from RPI. In 1943 he enlisted in the US Navy and served at Treasure Island in San Francisco, CA, where he instructed naval personnel in LORAN guidance systems. After his...
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Lois Caruso

February 17, 1949 - December 9, 2014

Lois Caruso passed away on December 9, 2014 at St. Peter's Hospice Inn after a courageous battle with cancer. Lois had a wonderful sense of humor and zest for life. Born in Paterson, NJ to Joseph and Connie Zandstra Cantanzaro, she moved to Schenectady in 1974 to participate more fully in volunteer bible education work. She was a member of the Schenectady South Congregation of Jehovah's...
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Angeline Savini

May 24, 1918 - December 9, 2014

Angeline Savini, 96, of Scotia passed away surrounded by her loving family at her home on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Born in Schenectady, Angeline was the daughter of the late Ferdinand and Lucy (Derubis) Battaglia. Predeceased in 1988 by her husband of 52 years, Libero Savini, Angeline is also predeceased by 6 brothers and 3 sisters. A homemaker, Angeline was devoted to her family. ...
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Grace Sarah DiDonato

January 31, 1919 - December 6, 2014

Grace Sarah Cagnina DiDonato, 95, passed into Heaven on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Ellis Hospital. She had been residing at home with her daughter and her family for the past four years when she was suddenly stricken. Grace was born on January 31st, 1919 in Schenectady, NY. She was the daughter of the late Laura (Brucemi) and Joseph Cagnina. Upon graduation from Nott Terrace High School,...
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Jean R. Giardenelli

October 4, 1922 - December 4, 2014

Jean R. Giardenelli 92 died peacefully December 4th at Albany Memorial Hospital. Born in Asbury Park, NJ, Jean was the daughter of the late Frank and Hazel (Whitman) Pierce. Jean worked for over 27 years for New York State Department of Tax and Finance before retiring in 1987. She loved family activities, being near her pool and bowling. Predeceased in 2002 by her husband Harry A. Giardenelli,...
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Mabel Ellen Parkman

December 4, 2014

Mabel Ellen Washburn Parkman, 91, long time resident of Schenectady, NY, died of age-related causes at the Cook Adult Home, where she was given loving care for the past three years. She was born on July 13, 1923 in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, the daughter of Hattie Johnson Washburn and Fred Farrington Washburn. She graduated from Foxcroft Academy, class of 1942 and married her childhood sweetheart,...
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Pam A. Wrzesinski

December 4, 2014

A beloved daughter, sister, aunt and great-aunt, Pam A. Wrzesinski passed away on December 4, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. She was an active member of St. Joseph's Church in Schenectady serving as Eucharistic Minister and Lector. Pam was also an avid and accomplished quilter and was a member of quilting guilds. Pam was employed at St. Peters Health Care Partners in Human Resources. ...
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John W. Morrett

July 21, 1920 - December 3, 2014

John W. Morrett 94 died Wednesday afternoon at Capitol Living Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Schenectady. Born in Schenectady, John was the son of the late Dominick and Rose Pidgeon Morrett. A World War II Navy Veteran, John retired from the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories in the early 1980's after many years of service. A member of the New Apostolic Church, he was also a member of the...
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Nicklas V. DeLella

August 28, 1947 - December 3, 2014

Nicklas V. DeLella 67 passed Wednesday December 3rd with his loving sister and brother-in-law by his side. Born in Schenectady, Nick was the son of Nicklas P. DeLella of Saratoga and the Late Gertrude (Kubina) DeLella and was also predeceased by his brother Gregory. A graduate of Mont Pleasant High School and H.V.C.C., Nick traveled all over the world for the General Electric Company before his...
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Robert P. Haldeman

October 27, 1926 - December 1, 2014

Robert P. "Bob" Haldeman 88 died peacefully Monday December 1 st at Ellis Residential and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Mahanoy City, PA, Bob was the son of the late Paul and Hattie Marie (Leiby) Haldeman and brother of the late George M. Haldeman. A graduate of Drexel University with a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, Bob worked for the General Electric for over 36 years before his...
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Francis O. Hopkins

November 28, 1919 - November 30, 2014

Francis O Hopkins 95 died Sunday November 30th at his son's home in Horseheads, NY surrounded by family. Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, Fran was the son of the late Cortland and Catherine (England) Hopkins. A graduate of Mont Pleasant High School and Navy veteran of WWII, Fran worked as a manufacturing engineer for the General Electric Company for over 43 years before his retirement....
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Louis A. Mastriani

March 22, 1918 - November 29, 2014

Louis A. (Lou) Mastriani passed away on November 29th at Albany Medical Center in the company of his family after a brief illness. Lou was born in Schenectady on March 22, 1918 and was one of five children and the second oldest son of Giovanni and Maria Pasquarella Mastriani (John and Mary Grace) who emigrated from Italy in 1909. Lou graduated from Mont Pleasant High School, where he was the...
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Lesa J. Ordon

January 19, 1966 - November 25, 2014

Lesa J. (Bousquet) Ordon, 48, of Amelia Street, Rotterdam, passed into God's hands in heaven after a valiant 3 ½ year battle with ovarian cancer on Tuesday, November 25. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Jeffrey R. Ordon of Rotterdam, her sons, USAF Senior Airman Bryan Ordon, stationed in Kunsan, South Korea and Robert Ordon of Rotterdam, her sister, Catherine Garrison (Gerald) of...
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Joseph P. Hughes

March 18, 1944 - November 24, 2014

Joseph P. Hughes, 70, of Schenectady, died early Monday, November 24, 2014 at Ellis Hospital. Born in Brooklyn, Joseph was the son of the late Robert G. and Isabella (McGaffin) Hughes. Joseph honorably served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He worked for many years as a court clerk for New York State. Joseph was very involved in A.A. for over 20 years. He sponsored...
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Bernice M. Rockwell

November 13, 2014

Bernice M. Rockwell, 98, of Port Richey, Florida passed away at Kingsway Arms Nursing Home in Schenectady on Thursday November 13, 2014. Born in Cobleskill, she was the daughter of the late Grover and Mildred (Dillenbeck) Wilty. Bernice was a graduate of the Delanson Union Free School. She was a sales clerk and buyer for the former Tuckers dress store in Schenectady. Bernice is predeceased by...
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James L. Nelson

November 13, 2014

James L. Nelson, 87, of Scotia passed away on Thursday November 13, 2014 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Born in West Charlton he was the son of the late Lewis and Cora (Murtlow) Nelson. James operated a farm in West Charlton for many years. He was a member of the West Charlton Presbyterian Church. James is predeceased by two brothers Kenneth Nelson and Raymond Nelson. He is survived by...
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Joyce A. Pittman

November 7, 2014

Joyce Ann Pittman, 53, of Schenectady, New York, departed this earthly life surround by her loving family, to go on to be with the Lord on Friday November 7, 2014, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, New York. She was born on June 19, 1961 in Schenectady. Joyce was the oldest daughter of the late Ernest and Elizabeth Ann (Hilliard) Williams of Schenectady. In 1980, Joyce graduated from Mont...
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Anna V. Grasso

November 6, 2014

Anna V. Battaglia Grasso, Schenectady, New York. Wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She was the needed hug, soothing touch, sympathetic ear, open heart, bared soul. A beautiful smile, infectious laugh, twinkling eyes. Making life a better place. Making everything look so easy. So many have lost so much. Anna, 91, passed away Thursday, November 6, 2014 peacefully in her sleep. Born in...
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Joan Adams

March 20, 1936 - November 5, 2014

Joan Adams, 78, of Ballston Spa, formerly of Glenville, passed away on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at her home. A life long resident of the area, Joan was born in Schenectady. She was a homemaker and former member of Immaculate Conception Church in Glenville. Joan is predeceased by her husband, Joseph Adams, Sr. and her two sons, Joseph Adams, Jr. and Christopher Adams. She leaves...
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Richard A. Wade

November 5, 2014

Richard A. Wade, 86, of Glenville passed away on Wednesday November 5, 2014 at the Glendale Home. Born in Schenectady, he was the son of the late Arnold and Mildred (Cammer) Wade, founders of Wade Tours in 1926. Richard was a member of the former Broadway United Methodist Church in Schenectady and was currently a member of the Rotterdam United Methodist Church. The family wishes to thank...
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Peter J. Zannitto

March 4, 1952 - November 4, 2014

Peter J. Zannitto, 62, of Rotterdam died on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at his home. Born in Schenectady, Peter is the son of the late Peter and Elizabeth (Jensen) Zannitto. After graduating from Mohonasen High School, Peter attended SUNY Delhi to pursue his passion of carpentry. Working many carpentry jobs over his 40 years in the field, Peter most recently owned his own carpentry...
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Joana Osei Ofosu

May 16, 1971 - November 3, 2014

The Oyoko Clan of Ejuso – Adadeetem in the Asante Region of Ghana and the USA wishes to announce the final funeral rites of MRS. JOANA OSEI OFOSU, whose sudden death occurred at Ellis Hospital at Schenectady in the USA on Monday, November 3rd, 2014. She is survived by Mr. Kwaku Osei Ofosu (Husband - USA), Pastor & Mrs. Richard Boateng (USA), Elder Victor Agyekum (Apostolic Church –...
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Charlotte Thorpe

November 2, 2014

Charlotte (Gorman) Thorpe of Scotia, NY died peacefully on Sunday, November 2, 2014 after a long illness. Born in Schenectady, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Vitch) Gorman and lived most of her life in Rotterdam. She was a 1954 graduate of Draper High School. Charlotte started dancing lessons in May 1941 at the tender age of 3 with the Blanck School of Dance in Schenectady,...
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Marlene A. Borra

June 1, 1932 - November 1, 2014

Marlene A. Borra, 82, died Saturday, November 1st at Ellis Hospital after a short illness. Born and educated in Schenectady, she was a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School and the daughter of the late Bill and Flora (Bent) Pink. A secretary at the General Electric Company, Marlene had also worked for the former Main Florist before her retirement. An avid reader, Marlene loved gardening and...
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Alexander Alfred Benzal

July 23, 1917 - October 29, 2014

Alexander Alfred Benzal, 97, died Wednesday, October 29th at Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born in New York City on July 22, 1917, Alexander was the son of the late Paul and Mary Benzal. A graduate of Saratoga high School, he attended Schenectady College Center before enlisting in the United States Army. A career Army veteran, Alexander served during WWII, Korea and the...
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Jean Christopher

June 13, 1923 - October 28, 2014

Jean Christopher, 91, of Schenectady passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Born in Madrid, NY, Jean was the daughter of the late Kenneth Myers and late Ella (Price) Duquette. Jean retired from the Watervliet Arsenal as a machinist and dispatcher and later worked for the Carl Company and NYS Department of Tax and Finance. Jean was an active member of St. Paul's...
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Michael J. Trolio

September 25, 1949 - October 25, 2014

Michael J. Trolio, 65, of Scotia, passed away on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at his home. Born in Schenectady, Michael was the son of the late Gino and Dorina (Tozzi) Trolio. Educated at Mont Pleasant School and Hudson Valley Community College, Michael honorably served his country in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. Michael has worked for the US Postal Service as a mail handler for over...
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Willard M. Palmer

February 19, 1926 - October 22, 2014

Willard M. Palmer, 88, of Rotterdam passed away on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at Ellis Hospital. Born and educated in West Fulton, NY, Willard was the son of the late Albert and Mary (Coons) Palmer. Willard honorably served his country in the US Air Force during World War II earning the rank of Major. He received the Distinguished Unit Badge, Air Medal with Oakleaf Clusters and a member of both...
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Dorothy E. Gauvin

April 15, 1924 - October 21, 2014

Dorothy E. Gauvin, 90, of Scotia passed away on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation. Born in Rensselaer Falls, NY, Dorothy was the sixth born of seven children to the late Frank and Bessie (Childs) Ritchie. Dorothy worked as a senior design draftsman in the Turbine Department at General Electric for over 29 years before her retirement. She was also a...
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Elizabeth Burr Abetti

November 4, 1928 - October 19, 2014

Elizabeth Burr Abetti left us forever on October 19, 2014 at Ellis Hospital after a very brief illness. Born Elizabeth Burr Nelson in Durham, NC on November 4, 1928, she grew up there and in Cambridge, MA where she married her husband Professor Pier A. Abetti of RPI on June 11, 1948. She led a very full life, traveling in 49 countries and living in 12 with her husband. She was devoted to her two...
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Stella Jankowski

November 22, 1911 - October 18, 2014

Stella (Stefania Godlewska) Jankowski passed away on Saturday October 18, 2014 at the age of 102. Born in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Szczepan and Josefa Godlewski. Predeceased in 1992 by her husband Victor W. Jankowski, Stella was also predeceased by her son Stephen J. Jankowski in 1992 as well as four brothers and a sister. Stella is survived by her sons Victor M. Jankowski (Jean...
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Grace I. Wood

October 17, 2014

Grace Isabel Wood, 81, passed away on Friday, October 17 in Shawnee, Kansas after a long illness. She was born in Schenectady, New York on July 14, 1933. Her parents were Waldo and Dorothy Becker. She is predeceased by two brothers, Arthur and Ralph, and a sister, Ruth. Grace met John G. Wood, Jr. when she was 11 years old. They later married and had 52 happy years of marriage until his...
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Marian E. Kroll

October 16, 1925 - October 14, 2014

Marian E. Kroll, 88, died Tuesday morning, October 14th at her home in Rotterdam. Born and educated in Rotterdam, Marian was the daughter of the late Andrew and Leah (Smith) Dodge. A former bookkeeper and office manager for Jaf Motors, Marian was the wife of the late Kenneth Kroll. She is survived by her nephew and caregiver Salvatore Sidoti and his children Mia and Elias Sidoti, a...
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Bernice Bradt

April 5, 1923 - October 12, 2014

Bernice Bradt, 91, of Rotterdam passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation in Scotia. Born in Delanson, NY, Bernice was the daughter of the late Ira and Inez (Dare) Auchampaugh. A graduate of Mont Pleasant High School, Bernice later worked as a cashier at Saveway Grocery and P&C Market for 34 years. Bernice was a member of Carman United...
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John A. Fisler

December 9, 1954 - October 11, 2014

John A. Fisler, 59, passed away Saturday October 11th at Ellis Hospital after a long illness. Born in Schenectady, John was the son of the late John and Jean (Moore) Fisler Jr. and a 1972 graduate of Mont Pleasant High School. A former employee of the General Electric Company, John was a former co-captain of his Mont Pleasant Wrestling Team and an avid Stock Car Racing Fan and a fixture at Fonda...
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Theresa "Terry" Madden

October 8, 2014

Theresa M. (Morinelli) Madden, born February 2, 1936, in Schenectady, New York to Edith (DiMeo) and Louis Morinelli gently passed away on Wednesday, October 8, surrounded by family after a long battle with cancer. With Patrick "Pat", her high school sweetheart and husband of 57 years, she lived in Rotterdam and raised two daughters – Kathy and Karen. Terry is survived by her husband,...
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Marilyn A. O'Connell

July 15, 1939 - October 5, 2014

Marilyn A. O'Connell, 75, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Born and educated in Schenectady, Marilyn was the daughter of the late Anthony and Marie (Sacco) Fallone. A 1957 graduate of Mont Pleasant High School, Marilyn worked as an administrative assistant for the New State Department of Military and Naval Affairs for over 29 years before her...
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Michael J. Dunn

January 6, 1943 - September 29, 2014

Michael J. Dunn, 71, of Rotterdam passed away early Monday, September 29, 2014 at Ellis Hospital. Born in Troy, NY, Michael was the son of the late Thomas and Virginia (Durnin) Dunn. Michael honorably served his country in the United States Army. He was a winder at the General Electric Company for many years. Michael was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed hunting. Michael was...
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Sarah Jane Dziamba

July 1, 1912 - September 28, 2014

Sarah Jane Dziamba, 102, passed away on Sunday September 28, 2014 at Kingsway Arms Nursing Home. She was born on July 1, 1912, the daughter of the late Eugene and Hattie McMillan Bond. She worked for the General Electric Co. in Schenectady for 37 years, retiring in 1972. Sarah was predeceased by her husband, Peter Dziamba, as well as her brothers, Ray Bond, Willard Bond, Richard Bond,...
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Anne M. Lamp

September 26, 2014

Anne M. Lamp, 79, of Troy, formerly of Rotterdam, passed away on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Diamond Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Greensboro, MD, Anne was the daughter of the late Wallace and Mary (Kemp) Propper. Educated at Mont Pleasant School in Schenectady, Anne was a homemaker and former member of the Second Reformed Church of Rotterdam. Anne was predeceased...
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Linda F. Adams

September 25, 2014

Linda F. Adams, 70, of Rotterdam passed away Thursday September 25, 2014 at home. Funeral Services will be Tuesday 11am at the Bond Funeral Home Broadway and Guilderland Avenue Schenectady. A Calling hour will be 10-11am prior to the service at the funeral home. Internment will be in Viewland Cemetery in Rotterdam.
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Helen H. Duglin

October 24, 1939 - September 22, 2014

Helen H. Duglin, 74, died Monday morning September 22, 2014 at her home in Rotterdam. Born and educated in Middleburgh, NY, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Mary Mayer. A bookkeeper for more then 44 years for Uptown-Savemore Beverage in Rotterdam, Helen was a former member of the Messiah Lutheran Church. An avid bowler, she bowled at Towne Bowling Alley for over 45 years. Helen...
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Marilyn Dillenbeck Harrigan

March 20, 1932 - September 21, 2014

Marilyn Dillenbeck Harrigan, 82, of Albany, formerly of Schenectady, passed away early Sunday morning, September 21, 2014 at Capitol Living Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Schenectady. A lifelong resident of the area, Marilyn was the daughter of the late John and Annie (Hallman) Dillenbeck. Marilyn was a 1950 graduate of Mont Pleasant High School. She worked for several years in the...
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Faye R. Gabriele

May 26, 1918 - September 19, 2014

Faye R. Gabriele, 96, of Schenectady, formerly of Rotterdam, passed away on Friday, September 19, 2014 at Kingsway Arms Nursing Home. Born in Schenectady, Faye was the daughter of the late Angelo and Philomenia (Nappi) Napolitana. A homemaker, Faye was a former sales clerk at The Barney Company. Faye was a former member of St. Anthony's Church and the Church of the Immaculate...
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Ruth G. Hughes

November 25, 1916 - September 19, 2014

Ruth G. Hughes, 97, of Guilderland Center, formerly of Rotterdam, passed away Friday, September 19, 2014 at Ellis Hospital. Born in Hartford, CT, Ruth was the daughter of the late Conrad and Anna (Folke) Grob. Ruth worked as a secretary for many years at the General Electric Company and Key Bank. A member of Bellevue Reformed Church, Ruth was also an active volunteer with the American Red...
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Wayne Alan Johnson

September 18, 2014

Wayne Alan Johnson, 72, of Dade City, Florida formerly of Schenectady passed away Thursday September 18, 2014 at home in Florida. Born in Schenectady, he was the son of the late Melville and Elizabeth (Middleton) Johnson. Wayne was employed as a machinist for the General Electric Company in Schenectady until his retirement. Wayne is survived by his wife Lurinda Johnson, three children -Wayne...
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Janet Ellen Luce

August 2, 1959 - September 18, 2014

Janet Ellen Luce, 55, of Rotterdam, passed away on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Ellis Hospital surrounded by her family after a long battle with brain cancer. Janet was born in Rotterdam, the daughter of the late Michael and Donna (Dunn) Masterpolo. Janet graduated from Mohonasen High School. A homemaker, Janet also worked at Hillside Elementary School in the Niskayuna School District...
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Clifford R. Gray

January 21, 1929 - September 18, 2014

Clifford R. Gray, 85, of Bonita Springs, FL and Clifton Park passed away Thursday September 18th, 2014 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Born in New York City, Clifford was the son of the late James and Olive (Bourne) Gray. A prominent business owner in the Capital District area, Clifford was president and owner of Clifford R. Gray, Inc. for the past 56 years. He was a member of the...
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Helen D. Burnako

May 11, 1928 - September 17, 2014

Helen Burnako passed away peacefully at home on September 17, 2014 after a short illness with her family at her side. Helen was preceded in death by her parents Stella and Benjamin and husband John. Also 3 brothers Chet, Raymond and Joseph Kapuscinski. Helen was a devoted homemaker and enjoyed gardening and cooking. She worked for some years as a hairdresser and for Picotte Company. Helen loved...
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Gordon B. Rockstroh, Jr.

October 22, 1919 - September 17, 2014

Gordon B. Rockstroh, Jr., 94, passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Pathways Nursing and Rehabilitation in Niskayuna. Born in Rotterdam, Gordon was the son of the late Margaret (Diamond) and Gordon Rockstroh, Sr. A United States Navy veteran, Gordon honorably served his country during World War II. After graduating from Draper School, Gordon worked for the United States Postal...
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Esther B. Capobianco

September 12, 2014

Esther B. Capobianco, 90, of Rotterdam passed away Friday September 12, 2014 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Born in Schenectady, she was the daughter of the late James and Angelamarie ( Varrone) Coppola. She was a homemaker. Esther was a member of St. Madeleine Sophie Church in Guilderland. Esther was a very loving and caring mother and grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family...
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Mario J. Gizzi

September 7, 2014

Mario J. Gizzi, 90, of Rotterdam passed away on Sunday September 7, 2014 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Born in Jamaica, NY, he was the son of the late Louis and Lozenzina (Palazzo) Gizzi. He served in the Army in World War 2. Mario was self employed for many years as a contractor. He was a member of the VFW Post 357 and was a lifetime member of the YMCA. Mario was an avid bowler and...
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Mildred C. Wadagnolo

September 6, 2014

Mildred C. Wadagnolo, 89, of Schenectady passed away on Saturday September 6, 2014 at Diamond Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Troy, NY. She was born in Jersey City, NJ, the daughter of the late William and Edna (Smith) Hahn. Mildred was a comptroller/bookkeeper for the American Thermostat Company. She was also employed as a bookkeeper for Post Brothers in South Cairo, NY. Mildred...
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Michael Alexandrov

September 1, 1968 - August 25, 2014

Michael Alexandrov passed away peacefully in his sleep Monday, August 25, 2014. Michael was born on September 1st, 1968 into a loving family in Odessa, Ukraine to parents Vladimir Alexandrov and the late Marianna Koylis. He leaves behind his loving husband William Fry of Rotterdam Junction, his long time companion Carl Roberts Alexandrov of Easton, NY, and his adoring pets, Annie, Salome,...
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Theresa A. D'Agostino

August 20, 2014

Theresa Ann D'Agostino, 79, died Wednesday morning, August 20, 2014 at Ellis Hospital due to complications from heart disease. Born in Schenectady, Theresa was the daughter of the late Frank and Emily (Stern) Belott. A graduate of Draper High School, Theresa owned her own piano instruction business for 30 years and gave the gift of music to many residents of the area. An accomplished pianist...
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Michael T. Norris

August 17, 2014

Michael T. Norris, 60, formerly of Schenectady died August 17th, 2014 in Bullhead City, Arizona after a long illness. Born and educated in Schenectady, Michael is the son of Herbert and Mary "Shirley" (Maraviglia) Norris of Schenectady and a 1972 graduate of Draper High School. An Army veteran, Michael was a truck driver for over 25 years, having worked for St. Johnsbury and Preston Trucking...
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Roberta J. Lupinski

January 1, 1952 - August 17, 2014

Roberta J. Lupinski, 62, of Scotia passed away Sunday August 17, 2014 at Ellis Hospital. Born in Schenectady, Roberta was the daughter of the late Edward and Dorothy (Schultz) Potter. Roberta was a homemaker and volunteered with the Red Cross. She enjoyed puzzle books, long country rides and fishing. Besides her parents, Roberta is predeceased by her husband Raymond G. Lupinski, Sr., as...
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Todd D. Sweet

February 23, 1972 - August 12, 2014

Todd D. Sweet, 42, of Duanesburg died Tuesday evening, August 12, 2014 at Ellis Hospital. Born in Schenectady, Todd is the son of Bruce and Hope (Munn) Sweet of Duanesburg. Todd worked as a stockperson at Walmart for many years. Todd is survived by his daughter, Gabrielle Sweet (Brandon) of Duanesburg, his brother, Shawn Sweet (Kelly) of Schenectady, sisters, Heidi VanAvery (Nelson) of Fort...
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Conrad R. St. Pierre

August 14, 1940 - August 10, 2014

Conrad R. St. Pierre, 73, of Rotterdam passed away suddenly on August 10, 2014. Born in Bath, Maine, Conrad was the son of the late Napoleon and Rita (Belanger) St. Pierre. Conrad received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Maine, later earning his second Masters degree from Union College. Conrad owned and operated his own business, Electrical Power Consultants, from...
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Frank W. Rosin

October 15, 1921 - August 10, 2014

Frank W. Rosin, 92, died Sunday morning August 10, 2014 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Born and educated in Rotterdam, Frank was the son of the late Max and Ida (Speckin) Rosin and a graduate of Draper High School. A WWII Army veteran, Frank received a Purple Heart in April of 1945. A toolmaker for the General Electric Company for more than 26 years prior to his retirement in 1974, Frank was a...
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Lanita F. Santoro

March 9, 1935 - August 5, 2014

Lanita F. Santoro, 79, of Duanesburg passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at her home with family at her side. One of eight children, Lanita was born in Berlin, NY to the late Melvin and Evelyn (Hull) Deyoe. Lanita was a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School. She worked as an associate at Frank Santoro and Sons, and operated Rotterdam Storage. Lanita was a very active member of the Rotterdam...
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Karen A. Madden

March 6, 1961 - July 31, 2014

Karen A. Madden, 53, wife of Dickie Bateman, a resident of New Haven, New York, passed away at the Oswego Hospital on July 31, 2014. Surrounded by dozens of family and friends, she lost her courageous battle with cancer. Born in Schenectady, New York, she was a daughter of Patrick and Theresa "Terry" (Morinelli) Madden. She graduated from Draper High School, having been a member of the...
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Myron "Mike" Pasquarella

August 15, 1932 - July 30, 2014

Myron "Mike" D. Pasquarella, 81 died Wednesday morning July 30th at HCR Manor Care in Potomac, MD. Born and educated in Schenectady, Mike was the son of the late Patrick and Theresa (Coppola) Pasquarella. A former milkman for the former Bellevue Dairy, Mike worked for over 20 years for the Golub Corporation before his retirement. A Navy veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of Our Lady Queen...
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Pauline A. Tedesco

August 17, 1935 - July 30, 2014

Pauline A. Tedesco, 78, passed away at her home on Wednesday morning July 30, 2014. Born in Schenectady, Pauline was the daughter of the late Paul and Mary (Pawalczak) Divinetz. A former employee of the General Electric Company in the Turbine Department, Pauline retired in 2000 from the New York State Department of Tax and Finance after 15 years of service. Family was first and foremost in...
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Robert J. Hewett

August 21, 1931 - July 28, 2014

Robert J. Hewett, 82, passed Monday morning July 28 , 2014 surrounded and supported by his loving family at Ellis Hospital. Born and educated in Schenectady, Robert was the son of the late Robert L. and Bertha (Hannah) Hewett and a1949 graduate of Draper High School. The owner and president of Hewett Builders Inc. for over 35 years, Bob had built over 1000 homes in his career. Bob was a member...
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Joseph Angelo Camardello

July 28, 2014

Joseph Angelo Camardello was born in Little Falls, New York on November 6, 1956 and passed away peacefully on July 28, 2014 at his Rotterdam Junction, NY home with his family at his side. He is survived by his mother, Sharon Camardello, his wife, Linda Camardello, two daughters, Jessica Camardello and Brittany Rickard, son-in-law Jeffrey Rickard, brother, Michael Camardello, Raul Ramos, and the...
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Mark S. Havis

June 25, 1950 - July 27, 2014

Mark S. Havis, 64, died unexpectedly, Sunday July 27, 2014 in Clifton Park. Born in Schenectady, Mark was the son of the late Stanley and Elizabeth (Matarazzo) Havis. A 1968 graduate of Guilderland High School, Mark received his bachelor's degree in History and Sociology from S.U.N.Y. Brockport in 1972. A 30 year employee in the Human Resources Department for the New York State Department of...
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Donald F. Jewett

July 20, 2014

Donald F. Jewett, 95, of Duanesburg, died peacefully at home, early Sunday morning, July 20, 2014 and entered into his eternal home with his Lord and Savior and departed loved ones. Born August 22, 1918, Donald was the son of the late Earl and Ada (Fryer) Jewett. He was a graduate of Draper High School and Cobleskill College. Donald lived his life centered around his love for Jesus, his family...
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Edward S. Gilbert

July 17, 2014

Edward S. Gilbert, 76 of Schenectady and formerly of Kingston passed away surrounded by his loving family on July 17, 2014. Edward was born in Albany; he was the son of J. Archie and Gladys (Spensely) Gilbert. He graduated from Bethlehem Central High School in 1957. He received his associate's degree in Business from SUNY Cobleskill in 1959. He graduated from SUNY Albany with his Bachelor's...
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Donald F. Moss

February 28, 1934 - July 13, 2014

Donald F. Moss 80, formerly of Grand Pine Drive, Port Richey, Fl. died Sunday July 13th at his daughter's home in Clifton Park. Born and educated in Schenectady, Donald was the son of the late Raymond and Irene (Atkins) Moss. A life long plumber and steamfitter, Donald worked for Local 7 of the Union for numerous years before his retirement. A devoted husband, father, grandfather and great...
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Catherine Naomi Hulett Leighton

December 19, 1921 - July 7, 2014

Catherine Naomi Hulett Leighton, 92, of Castleton, NY, formerly of Schenectady, passed away on Monday, July 7, 2014 at Riverside Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Castleton. Born in Schenectady, Catherine was the daughter of the late Frank and Catherine (Murphy) Hulett. Catherine was a member of the Disabled American Veterans #88. A writer of children's books, Catherine loved fishing...
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Frieda M. Pierone

February 28, 1926 - July 7, 2014

Frieda M. Pierone, 88, died Monday morning, July 7th at Ellis Hospital due to complications from Parkinson Disease. Born in Troy, Frieda was the daughter of the late Frank and Emily (Stern) Belott. A graduate of Nott Terrace High School and Mildred Elley Secretarial School in Albany, Frieda worked for the ALCO for 10 years later retiring from the Knolls Atomic Power Labratories after 40 years of...
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John S. Przybylek

November 17, 1938 - July 6, 2014

John S. Przybylek Jr. 75 died Sunday July 6th at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Born in Schenectady, John was the son of the late John and Jennie Przybylek Sr. and a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School. A former member of the Army National Guard, John retired from the General Electric Company after many years of service and was also a member of the Rotterdam Volunteer Fire Department District...
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Dominick "Tom" Marra

May 31, 1926 - July 1, 2014

Dominick "Tom" Marra, 88, of Rotterdam passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville. Born in Schenectady to the late Dominick and Margarita (Mango) Marra, Dominick served in the US Army during World War II. Working in the shipping department at the Watervliet Arsenal for 16 years before his retirement in 1983, Dominick had previously worked in the...
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Salvatore "Sam" Miceli, Jr.

April 3, 1947 - June 30, 2014

Salvatore Sam Miceli Jr, 67, of Delanson passed away Monday June 30, 2014 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, NY. Born in Schenectady, NY, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Jean (Buccellato) Miceli Sr. He graduated with a degree in Bio-Chemistry from SUNY Cobleskill and was self employed as a Contractor. Sam was a loyal father and family member. Sam had a love of life that was contagious. He...
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Donald E. Grounds

October 7, 1941 - June 24, 2014

Donald E. Grounds, 72, of Catskill, formerly of Schenectady, passed away on Tuesday June 24, 2014 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. Born in Schenectady, Donald was the son of the late John and Margaret (Neth) Grounds. After graduating from Mont Pleasant High School, Donald served as an E5 Petty Officer in the United States Navy from 1959 until his retirement in 1979. He was a member of...
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Raymond C. Gosda

June 19, 2014

Raymond C. Gosda, 96, of Rexford died Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Schuyler Ridge Nursing Facility in Clifton Park. Raymond was born on July 4, 1917 in North Andover, MA, the son of the late John and Emily (Anderson) Gosda. A veteran of World War II, Raymond trained war dogs and was sent to the Philippines, Okinawa and Korea where he used the dogs for reconnaissance. He was educated at Hobart...
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Audrey "Ma" Swart

November 4, 1937 - June 11, 2014

Audrey "Ma" (Matthews) Swart, 76, died Wednesday morning June 11th at Ellis Hospital. Born and educated in Schenectady, Audrey was the daughter of the late Orlo "Ike" and Marie LaViolette Hulett. An aide and unit clerk at Ellis Hospital for over 20 years, she was a former school bus driver and school bus driver instructor at Burnt Hills Ballston Lake School for over 14 years. A member of St...
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Paul E. Courtemanche

October 10, 1935 - June 10, 2014

Paul E. Courtemanche, 78, of Schenectady passed away Tuesday June 10, 2014 at his home. Born in Rutland, VT, Paul was the son of the late Lucien and Frances (Allard) Courtemanche. A member of the Naval Reserve from 1953-1958, Paul was a lifelong mechanic retiring from Montgomery Ward in Niskayuna. A former stock car racer, he enjoyed motorcycles, fishing and woodworking, he was also an avid...
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Jean E. Dillenbeck

June 7, 2014

Jean E. Dillenbeck, 90, of Schenectady passed away Saturday at Kingsway Arms Nursing Home in Schenectady. Born in Schenectady, she was the daughter of the late Ambler and Isabella (Ryan) Rowland. She was a graduate of Draper High School. Jean was a home maker. She was a member of Trinity Reformed Church in Rotterdam. Jean was active in the church choir and the church bell choir. She also...
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Sandra Danzig Jewett

January 4, 1938 - June 6, 2014

Sandra Danzig Jewett, passed away on June 6, 2014 at the age of 76. Sandra, a native of Schenectady, New York is survived by her devoted husband of 47 years, Reid Jewett, also a native of Schenectady, NY. Also, by her sister Judith Sampson, her brother Robert Danzig and her cousins Patricia Cerone and Donna Mitchell. Her parents were David and Isabell Danzig. Sandra was a professional ballet...
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George W. St. John

June 6, 2014

George W. St. John passed away June 6th 2014 at the age of 91. George was the Son of the late John and Rose St. John and lived in Rotterdam, New York his whole life. In addition to his parents, George was predeceased by his brothers, Paul St.John, Raymond St.John and his sister Mary Fagel. George was a life long resident of Rotterdam NY, attended Draper High School in Rotterdam and...
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Sylvia May Chamberlin

November 19, 1924 - June 3, 2014

Sylvia May Chamberlin, 89, of Delanson passed away at home on June 3, 2014. Born in Worwickshire, England, Sylvia was the daughter of the late Albert John and Annie Vera (Brinkworth) Middleton. Sylvia worked as a light tester at Sterling Winthrop in Rensselaer for over 10 years. A member of Christ Church Episcopal in Duanesburg, Sylvia was a member of their Altar Guild, Ladies Guild and...
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Barbara J. Downey

November 7, 1956 - June 2, 2014

Barbara J. Downey, 57, of Colonie passed away on Monday June 2, 2014 at Ellis Hopsital. Born in Albany, Barbara was the daughter of Norma (Slingerland) D'Alfonsi of Absecon, NJ and the late Saturno D'Alfonsi. Barbara was a self employed caterer at her company Everyday Delectables. Besides her mother Norma, Barbara is survived by her son, James T. Downey, Jr. of Albany and two brothers, Bruce...
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Helen S. Smith

October 16, 1929 - May 28, 2014

Helen S. Smith, 84, passed away at her home on Wednesday May 28, 2014. Born in Carlisle, NY, Helen was the daughter of the late Peter and Theresa (Douzyrski) Tylka. A former office manager for Consolidated Waste, Helen had also worked for the Schalmont School District. She was predeceased in 1996 by her husband Leland Smith. Helen is survived by her children, Gary Smith and his wife Susan of...
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Kathleen C. Heron

March 24, 1952 - May 25, 2014

Kathleen Coffey Heron died peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones on May 25th, 2014. Kathy was born on March 24th, 1952 in Schenectady NY, the daughter of the late great "Big Mike" and Kate Coffey. She is survived by her husband Daniel, son Matthew and Lulana Heron and her greatest joy, Grandson Declan Timothy Heron; Brothers, Michael (Marge) Coffey, and Jim (Sandy) Coffey; Uncle,...
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Mary A. Layton

April 10, 1926 - May 21, 2014

Mary A. Layton, 88, of Cobleskill formerly of Rotterdam died Wednesday May 21, 2014 at her daughter's home. Born in Elizabeth, NJ to the late Florence and William Roth, Mary was a homemaker and a bookkeeper for her family's business. Besides her parents, Mary is predeceased in 2009 by her husband of over 60 years, Ralph Layton, as well as her son Ralph Layton. She is survived by her daughters...
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Breanne Hope Robles

January 28, 2014 - May 21, 2014

Breanne Hope Robles, beloved infant daughter of Heather (Kokosa) Robles and Richard Robles, II, of Rotterdam, passed away on Wednesday May 21st, 2014 at Albany Medical Center after a long illness. Breanne was born in Albany. Besides her parents she is survived by her brother, Ricky T. Robles; her grandparents, Richard and Anna Robles of Rotterdam and Paula and Fred Kokosa of Schenectady; aunts...
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George Leslie Bush

May 13, 2014

George Leslie Bush, of Rotterdam, NY, passed away peacefully in his sleep at age 88. The only son of Frank Leslie Bush and Ina Maria Carpenter, He was born in Amsterdam, NY and was a graduate of Wilbur Lynch High School and Hudson Valley Community College. He proudly served his country in the Merchant Marines. His lifelong passion was Ham Radio and was proud to speak with other hams around the...
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Doris Ann Simkins

May 12, 2014

Doris Ann Simkins, 83, of Charlton passed away at the Glendale Home on Monday May 12, 2014. Born in Schenectady, she was the daughter of Peter and Theresa (Paminger) Linscott. Doris was employed as a Rural Route Carrier for the Post Office for over 10 years. She was previously employed for the Wilson Baseball factory and Hyde Boats. Doris was a member of the Rexford United Methodist Church and...
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Donald James Pepper

May 11, 2014

Donald James Pepper, 55, formerly of Scotia passed away at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville. Born in Schenectady, he was the son of Francis and Mary (Cutter) Pepper. He was employed for many years as a cook at the former Brandywine Diner in Schenectady. Donald is survived by five brothers Joseph Pepper, Francis Pepper, David Pepper, Mike Pepper and Angel Pepper, also two sisters...
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Helen Elizabeth Adriance

May 10, 2014

Helen E. Adriance, 97, Rotterdam passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday May 10, 2014. Born in Schenectady, she was the daughter of Edward Joseph and Helen Mary (Crowley) Hayes. Helen was a graduate of Draper High School. She was employed for the YWCA in Schenectady as a cafeteria worker. Prior to that, she was employed as hairdresser and for the Federal Bakery, both in...
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Billie B. Belshaw

May 8, 2014

Billie B. Belshaw, 65, of Rotterdam passed away Thursday May 8, 2014 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Born in Rotterdam, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Alice (Premore) Burke. She was employed by MVP Health Care in Schenectady. Billie is survived by her two sons William McGrath of Rotterdam and Robert McGrath of Rotterdam, two sisters Alice Nichols of Florida, NY and Mary Van...
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Linda L. D'Alessandris

June 26, 1946 - May 8, 2014

Linda L. D'Alessandris, age 67, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on May 8, 2014. Linda was the daughter of Bertha and the late Ralph Francisco. She is survived by her husband of almost 45 years, Donald; her mother, Bertha, and sister, Geraldine Ferraro (Marc). Also mourning her loss are her daughters Gina Faucett (Bob) and Toni Ann Smith (Clarence) and her son, Donald J....
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Amanda Pucci

April 5, 1991 - May 6, 2014

Amanda Pucci, age 23, residing in Chicago, Illinois, originally from Schenectady, NY died May 6, 2014. She was a graduate of Schalmont High School and received her Associates Degree from Schenectady County Community College. She was in the process of finishing her education while living in Chicago. Amanda was a spunky young woman who made the most of every single day. She is survived by her...
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