Richard P. Allen
Richard P. Allen, 81, of Johnstown, passed into the arms of Jesus on April 10, 2017, at the Fulton Center for Rehabilitation.
Richard was born Nov. 21, 1935, to the late Frank Allen and Rose Hesek Allen. He then went on to marry his wife, Adrienne Sitterly Allen, on January 8, 1959.
Richard was employed for many years at the former Baronet-Litho in Johnstown. He attended and spoke at the Mayfield Community Church.
Richard leaves behind not only his wife, but also his beloved daughters, Dr. Lynn M. Allen (David Sheedy), Lisa A. Allen; beloved son, Glenn J. Allen (Sheila Blowers); and precious granddaughter, Amy A. Thomas (Brad Thomas). He also leaves behind his brothers, Jack Allen (Joan), Raymond (Fay) and Thomas Allen; as well as his sister-in-law, Mary Hladik Allen, Paula Palcovic Allen; nieces; and canine pal, Roxy Joy Allen.
Family and friends wishing to make a donation in Richard’s memory can do so to the Regional Animal Shelter, Gloversville, NY, or the James Brennan Memorial Humane Society, Gloversville, NY, in care of the funeral home. Please visit and sign the family’s guestbook at

Sophia Lazurko Bishko
Sophia Lazurko Bishko, 94, formerly of Broadalbin, New York, died peacefully on Friday, April 7, 2017, in Houston, Texas, where she lived her last two-and-one-half years of life.
Sophia was born in Ukraine, to the Rev. Petro Lazurko and his wife Maria. She immigrated to the United States in 1949 with her husband Konstantyn and their children as refugees. Her faith was a source of strength in meeting the challenges of building a new life on Union Mills Road, her home for 55 years. She was an active member of St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Broadalbin and later St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Amsterdam. Sophia was accomplished in traditional Ukrainian embroidery, was an excellent cook, and was well known for her generous hospitality.
Sophia was predeceased by her husband, Konstantyn; and sons, Peter and Orest. She leaves behind daughters, Christine (Victor) Villacorta of Houston, Texas and Irene (the Rev. Roman) Galadza of Brampton, Ontario, Canada; son, Igor (Carol) of Venice, Florida; widowed daughters-in-law, Sherry Bishko of Saratoga Springs, New York and Charlene Bishko of Little Rock, Arkansas; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces in Canada, Poland, and Ukraine.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church (address above) or to the reconstruction of St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church, by mail (10193 Heritage Road, Brampton, Ontario Canada L7A 0A1) or directly via the church website:

Donald A. Brownell
Donald A. Brownell, 72, a resident of Oviedo, Fla., born in Gloversville, formerly of Brandon, Fla., passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017, after a brief illness.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Lori O’Toole Brownell; four children, Christopher, Jeffrey, Donna Marie, Sarah; three stepchildren, Christina, Matthew, Tricia; and eight grandchildren. The youngest of six children, he is survived by his sister, Ramona (Oakley) Cole of Johnstown; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Don retired in 2009, from Klockner Namasco Corp. in Tampa.
Don was cremated and a family celebration of life dinner was held in his honor Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Brandon, Fla.

Brandon Lee DiMartino
Brandon Lee “DMAR” DiMartino, age 19, of Gloversville, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017 at home.
He was born on February 12, 1998 in Gloversville.
Brandon was employed at Target Distribution.
Survivors include his mother Tia Dence and step- father Richard Taylor: his father Robert DiMartino; his maternal grandmother Cindy Dence; step-grandfather Raymond Calhoun Jr.; paternal grandmother Patricia Lee; paternal grandfather Daniel Tracy; his brothers Tyler Taylor, Richard Taylor Jr., Forrest Taylor, Joshua Cross and Dyvian Taylor; his sisters Alanna DiMartino, Ashley DiMartino, Bethany Dence-Duffek and kira DiMartino; uncle Richard “uncle Lou’ Jackson; aunts Julie Dence and Louis DelGado, Shawna Dence and Jay Lamphere , Carol and Bob Duffek; his best friend Rodney Johnson.
Cremation will be at Vale Crematory, Schenectady.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Charity of Choice.
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Hazel Van Heusen
Hazel Van Heusen, 96, of the Town of Hope, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 14, 2017 at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville following a brief illness. Her loving family was by her side.
Born August 23, 1920, the daughter of the late Robert and Rose Robinson Bennett. She is a graduate of Northville Central School, class of 1936. Hazel was employed by Serfis Glove Company in Northville for many years until its closing. She then worked for MCA in Gloversville.
She married John Van Heusen Oct. 1, 1938. They shared a union of 52 years until his passing in 1990.
Survivors include sons, Philip Van Heusen (Judy), Gary Van Heusen (Marcia) and Mark Van Heusen (June) and a daughter, Phyllis Insognia. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
In addition to her husband John, she is predeceased by son in law, Ricardo (Butch) Insognia, great grandchild Gabrielle Van Heusen, a sister, Helen Coulombe, and a brother, Howard Bennett.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Hazel’s memory to the Northampton Ambulance Service, 112 S 2nd St, Northville, N.Y. 12134, Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave. Gloversville N.Y. 12078 or to the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department, 7 N. Shore Road, Northville, N.Y. 12134.
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Eugene R. Christopher
Mayor Eugene R. Christopher, 88, of Union Street, Broadalbin died Thursday evening April 13, 2017 at home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Broadalbin on December 8, 1928 a son of Victor and Clara Crannell Christopher and was a 1945 graduate of Broadalbin High School. In 1947, Gene graduated from Albany Business School. He was a lifelong village resident.
Mr. Christopher was employed at Bigelow-Sandford, formerly of Amsterdam and later at DeLuke Ready-Mix of Scotia. He was the general manager of Electric City Concrete of Scotia, and retired from Cranesville Block Co., as comptroller, in 2008.
Mr. Christopher served the Village of Broadalbin as a trustee beginning in 1976 and was appointed as mayor in 1991 upon the death of then mayor Larry Olmstead. He was elected as mayor in 1992 and served until 2005, choosing not to run for reelection due to heart bypass surgery. In 2007, Eugene was once again elected mayor and continued serving until his death.
Gene was a 50 year member of the Broadalbin United Methodist Church and served as superintendent of Sunday school at one time.
He was a 35 year member of the Kennyetto Fire Company and served seven years with the National Guard.
He was married to Jacqueline Cooker Christopher on May 28, 1950. She died January 30, 2010.
Survivors include his wife, Diana Garrison Christopher, whom he married on March 14, 2015; a son, David (Sharon) Christopher of Cape Coral, FL; a daughter, Carol Mattioni of Gloversville; a brother, Victor J. Christopher, Jr. of Broadalbin; a sister, Vivian Bush of Fort Edward; five grandchildren, Rebecca, Jonathan, Heather, Michael, and Sarah; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorial contributions may be made to the UW Foundation-Cush it to the Limit, in care of the funeral home.

Iona M. Darling
Iona M. Darling, 92, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Daytona Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center, Daytona Beach, Fla., surrounded by loving family. Memorial and burial services will be held at a later date in Northville.
A lifelong resident of Northville and member of the Northville United Presbyterian Church, Iona was born on May 21, 1924, to Nellie and Howard Sauve. She graduated in 1941 from Northville Central School. Iona worked in a glove factory and was employed by the Grand Union in Northville for many years. She loved to play cards and spend time with family and friends. She moved to a care facility in Florida a few years ago to be closer to her family. She was married to the late Ora “Bud” Darling for 66 years.
Survivors include Dawn Darling, Sharon Mayes, Geraldine Size; her sister, LaVerne Gruet; her brother, Irwin “Spike” Sauve; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Besides her parents and husband, Iona was predeceased by her brothers, Ford, Leslie and Jerry Sauve; her sister, Martha Schultz; her son, Daniel Darling; her grandson, Michael Messner; and great-granddaughter, Lindsey Ranz.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northville Fire Department, P.O. Box 756, Northville, NY 12134, the Northville Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 657, Northville NY, 12134, or Halifax Health Hospice, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129.

Thomas V. Hoover
Thomas V. Hoover, age 65, died Monday, April 10, 2017, at the Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville. He was born at home in his beloved Speculator to Esther and Alfred Hoover on May 28, 1951. He married Bobbi Lynne Hoover on February 12, 1972.
He worked at Oneida Market in Speculator, where he was taught to be a butcher. After Oneida Market closed, he went to work at Charles Johns Market in Speculator, then Franks Market in Lake Pleasant until he began working as a custodian at the Lake Pleasant Central School. He worked at the school until he retired in 2009. He was also a member of the Speculator Volunteer Fire Department for 40 years. He was known as the “Go To” guy for all things Willys Jeeps.
He was a member of the Mountain Community UMC in Speculator.
Besides his wife, he leaves his precious family: his son, Thomas Jr. (Linda); his daughter, Vicki; his grandchildren, Lance Clark (Jolene), Thomas Clark (Stacey), Kristal Parslow (Bill); and his great-granddaughter, Shelby (his honeybunch) Clark; his siblings: his brothers, Kenneth Hoover (Charlotte), Norman Hoover; and sisters, Beverly Hoffman (Robert) and Mina Knowlton (Robert); numerous nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly, as well as many brothers and sisters-in-law.
He was well-loved by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be planned at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Speculator Volunteer Fire Department and the Speculator Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Arrangements are by the Northville Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at

Vincent “Vinny” Paul Oare Sr.
Vincent “Vinny” Paul Oare Sr., 72, of Gloversville, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.
Born October 18, 1944, in Albany, he was the son of the late Claude and Marie Earley.
Vinny was a proud Army and Air Force veteran, dedicating almost 20 years of service to our country. He served several tours in Vietnam, where he received numerous awards and decorations for his faithful service. Vinny was an animal lover and was known to many as “The Cat Man.”
Survivors include his beloved wife of 49 years, Prudence Sparks Oare of Gloversville; daughters, Jennifer Young (Donald) of Mayfield and Patricia Oare-Fonda of Gloversville; son, Vincent P. Oare Jr. (Jeanette) of Newport, Tenn.; grandchildren, Andrew, Nicklaus, Justin, Kristopher, Emmillee, Tori, Jacob, Julianna, Austin and Alison; step-granddaughters, Aiofe Hammersmith (Otto) of North Carolina, Sandy Lill (Matt) of North Carolina and Nicolle Lymn of Gloversville; great-granddaughter, Eliannah; step-great-grandson, Thor; sisters, Sharon Gray, Janet Simek and Cathy Simondson (Arnie); and brothers, Brian Sweet and Levi Sweet. Vinny is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by his brother, Harold Sweet.
Burial with military honors will be held at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Vinny’s memory to the Fisher House, 111 Rockville Pike 420, Rockville, MD 20850, or online at
Arrangements have been entrusted to Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Gloversville. Please visit the family’s online guest book to leave condolences and share memories at

Richard M. “Dick” Retersdorf
Richard M. “Dick” Retersdorf, age 96, of Gloversville, died April 8, 2017, at Mountain Valley Hospice House, Gloversville.
He was born May 28, 1920, in New Hartford, the son of the late Howard and Mary Mallory Retersdorf. He worked many years ago as an ice cutter and later was employed as a machinist by Curtin-Hebert of Gloversville for over 40 years until his retirement.
Dick was a member of the North Main Street United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his son, Edward Retersdorf and his wife Susan of Mayfield; two grandchildren, Adam Retersdorf and his wife Jessica of Mayfield and Sarah Retersdorf of Amsterdam. He also leaves behind a great-granddaughter, Savannah Retersdorf; and several nieces and nephews.
Dick was predeceased by his wife, Ida M. Safford Retersdorf; his daughter, Claudia Retersdorf; and his three brothers, James, Jack and Robert Retersdorf.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Avenue, Gloversville, NY 12078.
Online condolences to the family may be made at

Lelah Lou Stam
Mrs. Lelah Lou Stam, 87, most recently of Caroga Lake, died Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at St. Johnsville Rehab & Nursing Center, following a brief illness.
Born on November 6, 1929, in Nelliston, she was the daughter of Harry Hollenbeck and Katherine Doxstader Hollenbeck. She was a graduate of Canajoharie High School, class of 1937 and was a lifetime local area resident, spending summers and weekends at Caroga Lake and winters in Florida, for the past 11 years.
She was a member of St. John’s & St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Canajoharie.
Mrs. Stam was a member of the DAR, the Canajoharie American Legion Auxiliary, and the Johnstown Moose Lodge 1185. She loved “baking in the sun,” traveling, being outdoors, and going out to eat.
On June 23, 1951, at her parent’s home, Lelah was married to Everett E. Stam. Together they celebrated over 53 years of marriage. Everett preceded her in death on June 21, 2005. Her nephew, Michael Douglas also predeceased her.
Mrs. Stam is survived by her sister-in-law, Eileen Douglas and her husband, Gerald of Fort Plain; nieces and nephews, Sandra Douglas Schmidt and her husband, Michael, Mark Douglas and his wife, Eunice, Eric Douglas and his friend, Lisa, Melissa Douglas and her son, Jacob, Gerald Douglas Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, all of Fort Plain, Jody Douglas of Ilion; lifetime friends, Bob and Doreen Attridge, Greg and Linda Lott, Laura and Paul Labota.
Burial will take place in Maple Avenue Cemetery in Fultonville, NY.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mrs. Lelah Lou Stam may be made to Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter Inc., 133 Hilltop Road, Sprakers, NY 12166.
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Donald R. Sweet
Donald R. Sweet, 86, of Mayfield, passed away peacefully at his home on April 10, 2017. His loving family was by his side. Born in Northville, NY, on March 21, 1931, he was the son of the late Roy J. and Ethel Groff Sweet.
Donald is a lifetime resident of the area and attended local schools. He was last employed by Fiber Conversion in Broadalbin. He enjoyed boating, four-wheeling, selling wood to campers at the campsite with his wife, and could always be found in his screen house smoking his pipe.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Colson Sweet; daughters, Tammy (Thomas) Goyette of Mayfield and Barbara (Philip) Blowers of Benson; a son, Donald (Patti) Sweet of Northville; grandchildren, Brian (Kristina) Savage, Melinda Spotswood, Dalton Rudd, Wendy (Brian) Esperti, Joey Sweet and Ronald (Terri Savlov) Blowers; great-grandchildren, Rileigh, Kendyl, Paul, Sophia, Mike and Joey; and two great-great-grandchildren. A sister, Ethel Gifford of Mayfield, also survives.
Donald was predeceased by his son, Ronald Sweet; and brother, Harold Sweet.
Family and friends are invited to join a celebration of Donald’s life on Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. at the home of Tammy and Thomas Goyette, 146 Houseman Street, Mayfield, NY 12117. Arrangements are in the care of Northville Funeral Service, 401 Bridge Street, Northville, NY 12134. Online condolences may be made at

Anthony Tascillo
Anthony Tascillo, age 90, of Gloversville, died April 5, 2017, at Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home, Gloversville.
He was born December 12, 1926, in Italy, the son of Andrew and Angeline Palumbo Tascillo. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was later employed by the Gloversville Enlarged School District where he retired as Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds following many years of service.
Tony was a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Gloversville.
On June 16, 1962, he was married to Marjorie M. Moore, who died on March 8, 2004.
Survivors include a son, Mark Tascillo and his wife Katie, and a grandson, Darren Tascillo, all of Canton, Michigan. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Tony was predeceased by all six of his siblings, Viola Tascillo, Rose Piazza, Elizabeth Malagisi, Lucy Ferrara, Mary Sirtoli and Salvatore Tascillo.
A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 151 S. Main St., Gloversville, with the Rev. Donald Czelusnaik as celebrant.
Interment will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Nathan Littauer Hospital, 99 E. State St., Gloversville, NY 12078.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home.
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