Marilyn J. Bellinger
Mrs. Marilyn J. Bellinger, 86, of Canajoharie, New York, died April 24, 2017, at Palatine Nursing Home, with her family by her side.
Born on May 4, 1930, in Gloversville, NY, she was the daughter of Arthur M. Fleming and Genevieve R. Hyde Fleming. She was a graduate of Canajoharie High School, class of 1947 and Mary Mount College in Tarrytown, NY, class of 1984, with a BA in international marketing sales.
Mrs. Bellinger worked for Beech-Nut in Canajoharie from the mid 1960s until her retirement in 1995, working in the International Marketing Sales Department.
She was a lifetime area resident that resided in Pennsylvania from 1981-1992 for work.
Marilyn was a member of St. John’s & St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Canajoharie.
She was a past Girl Scout leader. She was a member of the Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, the Canajoharie PTA, Canajoharie AFS program, and was a literacy volunteer.
Her grandson, Jeremy; and sisters, Joan Swain and Lois Fleming, predeceased her.
Mrs. Bellinger is survived by her three daughters, Debbie L. and Barry Christman of Fort Plain, NY, Cindy L. Smith of Jacksonville, FL, Amy C. Lawton of Gloversville, NY; sisters, Phyllis “Chickie” Mallery and Keith, Janice Webb; seven grandchildren, Jessica Daniels, Catherine Daniels, Stephanie Hooker, Phillip Hooker, Kellie Lawton, Shaun Lawton, Caitlin Lawton; four great-grandchildren, Michael, Ethan, Madison, Tressa.
Contributions in memory of Mrs. Marilyn J. Bellinger may be made to St. John’s and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Church Street, Canajoharie, NY 13317 or to the Canajoharie Library, 2 Erie Blvd., Canajoharie, NY 13317.
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Joseph D. DeCristofaro
Joseph D. DeCristofaro, age 39, of Johnstown, passed away unexpectedly on April 25, 2017.
He was born on August 8, 1977, in Gloversville, the son of Joseph E. DeCristofaro and Rita Yost.
Joseph was a class of 1995 graduate of Mayfield High School. He attended Arizona University at Flagstaff for two years before his journey around the world. He spent two years backpacking through Europe and Asia, before continuing his college education at Northern California University at Chico where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He lived in Hawaii, California and Mexico, as well as Johnstown, his home in Upstate New York. Joe loved the outdoors, hiking and nature. He will be remembered by everyone for his zest for life, adventurous spirit and the love he had for the beauty that he saw in everything around him.
He most recently worked at Arrow Leather, side by side with his beloved father.
Survivors include his father, Joseph E. DeCristofaro (Colleen); mother, Rita Yost; brothers, Roy DeCristofaro and Thomas Yost (Jennifer); sister, Hannah Yost; stepbrother, D.J. Ioele; special aunt and uncle, Yvette and Bill Auty; uncle, Gary DeCristofaro; cousins, Nate Auty, Neil Auty (Sarah), Erica Auty (Ryan), John DeCristofaro (Chris) and Teresa DeCristofaro.
Private cremation was at Vale Crematory, Schenectady.
Memorial contributions in Joseph’s memory may be made to St. Christopher’s Inn online at stchristophersinn-graymoor.org/donate.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 E. Main Street, Johnstown.
Condolences may be made online by visiting our website at www.agcolefuneralhome.com.

Barbara J. Ferry
Barbara J. Ferry, 77, of Woods Hollow Road, Gloversville, died at home on April 26, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in the Bronx on October 24, 1939, a daughter of Nicola and Rose Rizzo Genovese and was a 1957 graduate of East Meadow High School on Long Island. Barbara moved to the area nearly 44 years ago. She completed the Licensed Practical Nursing program at BOCES and also graduated from FMCC as a certified teaching assistant.
Mrs. Ferry was employed as a teaching assistant at the Broadalbin-Perth School District for over 20 years, retiring in 2008. She returned as a substitute after retiring.
She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Broadalbin.
Barbara enjoyed knitting, counted cross stitching, and crocheting. Every year, she entered her craftwork at the Fonda Fair. In 2016, she was awarded the Blue Ribbon for Best of Show for her counted cross stitch entry. Barbara also was a rock hound and enjoyed searching for precious gems and rocks.
Survivors include her loving husband, William G. Ferry Sr., whom she married on September 25, 1959; two sons, William G. (Lucretia) Ferry II of Mayfield, and Brian N. Ferry of Statesville, NC; a daughter, Deborah (Morris) Johnson of Amsterdam; a brother, Nicholas (Marylou) Genovese of Chino Valley, AZ; five grandchildren; and a nephew.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, in care of the funeral home.

Karen E. (Wheeler) Foster
Karen E. (Wheeler) Foster, 59, of Gloversville, passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at her home after a brief illness.
Born May 12, 1957, in East Greenbush, NY, she was the daughter of the late Ballard and Grace Riddle Wheeler.
Karen was a graduate of Fulton-Montgomery Community College and was employed at Amsterdam Printing for over 17 years. She was an avid animal lover and especially loved her dogs. Karen also enjoyed reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Karen leaves behind her beloved husband of 27 years, Stephen M. Foster; daughter, Nicole A. Williams (Ryan); sons, Michael J. Foster (Angel) and Mark S. Foster (Beth); brother, Keith D. Wheeler; sisters, Brenda M. Iacocca (Ronald), Sharon L. Wheeler (Jennifer) and Jennifer O’Brien (Dave); grandchildren, Brody, Brynn, Byron, Alex, Malisha, Ashlynn, Andrew, Hunter and Elise; great-grandson, Mikah; nephews, Adam Decker, Jeremy Iacocca, David O’Brien; and niece, Meredith Iacocca. Karen is also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her son, Eric J. Foster.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Karen’s memory to the Regional Animal Shelter, 117 W. Fulton Street, Gloversville, NY 12078 or to Search Team 5-1, P.O. Box 382, Johnstown, N.Y. 12095.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Gloversville. Please visit the families online guest book to leave condolences and share memories at www.brbsfuneral.com.
Beverly Schreyer Gifford
Beverly Schreyer Gifford, 95, of Gloversville, NY, passed away peacefully, at Wells Nursing Home in Johnstown, New York. She was the daughter of Sarah and Earl Schreyer, and was of the Roman Catholic faith.
Beverly was born on August 11, 1921, and was a 1939 graduate of Canajoharie High School. She spent her career working for various companies in the area, specializing in bookkeeping. On September 21, 1940, she was married to her beloved husband, George C. Gifford at St. Peter and Paul, in Canajoharie, NY. Beverly loved golf, painting and above all; loved her family.
She leaves behind her daughters, Nancy A. Jung (Peter), Jeanne S. Fragetta and Peggy Gifford, who was the “light of her life.” Beverly also leaves behind her sister, Shirley M. Frank; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, who passed in May of 2002; her parents; and a son-in-law, James Fragetta.
The family wishes to thank the Wells House and Lexington Center, for their care and concern.
In keeping with Beverly’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lexington Center, 127 E. State St., Gloversville NY 12078. Condolences can be made online at www.ehleandbarnett.com.

John C. Kitchen
John C. Kitchen, 54, of Johnstown, passed unexpectedly on April 18, 2017.
Those wishing to make a donation in John’s honor, can do so by helping offset “funeral” expenses, in care of the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at www.ehleandbarnett.com.

Melody Jean Miller
Melody Jean Miller, 60, of Gloversville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at her home surrounded by her loving family following a long illness.
Born February 13, 1957, in Gloversville, she was the daughter of the late John and Cora Miller.
Melody dedicated her life to taking care of people with disabilities. She worked as a case manager for Lexington, Liberty, ALG and most recently prior to her illness for the Center for Disabilities in Albany. She proudly served her country for several years in the New York Army National Guard as a medic. Every spring, Melody and her family would go river walking when the Mohawk would get low to collect and paint rocks followed by a family picnic filled with good food and laughter. Melody also loved going to local fairs, especially Saratoga and Fonda.
Survivors include her sisters, Linda Brockhum (fiance, Frank Hickey) of Gloversville, Sally White of Gloversville and Mary Miller-Rhodes (Brian) of Gloversville; brother, John Miller of Gloversville; Melody was “Nana” to her beloved Erica, Alexander, Quinn and Dalton; and her very special niece who was like a daughter to her, Amy White (fiance, Nicholas Hamilton) of Cohoes. Melody is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her sisters, Connie Miller, June Miller, Hope Miller and Faith Miller and her cherished cat, Oopsie.
Cremation will take place at Parkview Cemetery Crematorium, Schenectady.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Melody’s memory to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Avenue, Gloversville, NY 12078.
The Miller family would like to thank the staff at Mountain Valley Hospice, especially Nancy, Debbie and Adrian for all their love, care and support during this very difficult time.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Gloversville. Please visit the families online guest book to leave condolences and share memories at www.brbsfuneral.com.

Benjamin M. Rose Sr.
Benjamin M. Rose Sr., 64, of Reed Hill Road, Fultonville, NY, passed away Friday, April 21, 2017, at St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam, NY.
Born February 1, 1953, in Amsterdam, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Anna May Schichler Rose.
Ben received his education in the Fonda-Fultonville school system.
Ben was employed at Anderson Instruments in the town of Glen.
Ben is survived by his wife, Carol Phillips Rose, whom he married April 29, 1972; one son, Benjamin M. Rose Jr., (Heather) of Randall, NY; two daughters, Katherine Marie Rose-Hayes (John) of Johnstown, NY and Tracy Cranker (James) also of Randall, NY; four sisters, Laurie LaVoie, Peggy Carpenter, Gwen Hutchins and Pam Manchester (Dan); eight grandchildren, Devin, Dylan, Carolyn, Jonathan, Allison, Brodie, Tyler and Kylie. Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Ben was also predeceased by one brother, Joseph Rose; three sisters, Jenny Costanzo, Tina Rose and Penny Rose; one granddaughter, Alyssa Rose; and his pet dog, Gabbie.
Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside memorial service Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 9 a.m. at Maple Avenue, Cemetery, Fultonville, NY.
Memorial gifts in Ben’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
To send online condolences to the family, go to www.rileymortuaryinc.com.

The Rev. Canon William D. Small
The Rev. Canon William D. Small, 82, passed away on April 23, 2017, at Adirondack Medical Center, a priest of the Episcopal Church, survived by his wife, Darleen Ellen Small; his son, W. David Small and Cecilia T. Small of Maynard, MA; by his daughter, Rebecca Small Kellogg and Steven S. Kellogg of Dexter, NY; and his daughter, Joan Small Western and Scott C. Western of Johnstown, NY; and his stepdaughter, Cynthia D. Sitter and Steven Sitter of Hagerstown, MD; ten grandchildren, Thomas W. Small, Margaret H. Small, Lucy H. Small, Jonathan N. Kellogg, Devon M. Kellogg, Noah R. Western, Whitney F. Western, Judith S. Whelan, Reese A. Sitter and Torin N. Sitter; a sister, Joan S. O’Hanlon of Esperance, NY; an AFS exchange daughter, Kristi Reed and Reg Reed; grandchildren, Taylor, Reggie and Zoe of Thousand Oaks, CA. He was predeceased by his wife, Martha Ross Small.
Father Small was educated in the public school and graduated from SUNY Albany in 1957 with a BA and an STM at Berkeley, Yale Divinity School. During his ministry he served as a college chaplain, as headmaster of an independent church related school, served on the staff of a metropolitan Council of Churches and carrying out his commitment to Christian unity has served in the leadership on many ecumenical church organizations. He was co-founder of the Doane Stuart Independent School in Albany and co-founder and Vicar of St. Boniface Church in an Albany suburb. He was rector and currently holds Rector Emeritus at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Johnstown, where he served faithfully for 20 years. Following his retirement, he served as interim minister of five Episcopal parishes, the most recent of which is St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Saranac Lake.
Peace and justice pursuits and Civil Rights movements included his participation in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his now famous “I have a dream” speech. The March was considered the impetus for the first significant Civil Rights legislation in a century. Father Small also organized and led a number of medical and construction missions to the Dominican Republic and he continued to work on peace and justice issues until his passing.
His chief avocation was musical theater which began for him in grammar school and grew expediently with his late wife, Martha, staging dinner theater, the goal of which was to entertain and to raise funds to benefit local needs.
Memorial gifts may be given to the new William D. Small Scholarship for Social Justice or the Martha R. Small Memorial Scholarship which funds scholarships at Saranac Lake High School, high schools in Fulton County and a scholarship for a FMCC student. Donations may be forwarded to St. John’s Church, 1 North Market Street, Johnstown, NY. In the memo line specify MRS or WDS Scholarship. Online condolences can be made at www.ehleandbarnett.com.

Carmeta Sophie Stahler
On Monday, April 24, 2017, Carmeta Sophie Stahler, 98, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on April 17, 1919, to parents, Joseph and Sophie Labunski. She was a lifelong resident of Fort Plain, where she was born, raised, educated and married. She was employed as a payroll secretary for 66 years at Luxuray, which later became Johnstown Knit.
On September 4, 1942, Carmeta married her loving husband, Leland Stahler, who passed away in 1961.
Carmeta had numerous hobbies, including, reading, upholstering, sewing, knitting, playing bridge and putting together puzzles. She was an avid golfer, tennis player, polka dancer, bowler, swimmer and basketball player in her younger days. To her credit, she once got a hole-in-one in golf and swam the entirety of Caroga Lake. In her later years she could be found tending her lawn, baking for her grandkids and watching the Yankees. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend; she will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
She leaves behind her son, Gary and his wife Marie Stahler of Canajoharie; beloved grandchildren, Payton Stahler of Miami and Mackenzie Stahler of Canajoharie; special niece, Lorraine O’Conner of Chestertown; along with several nieces and nephews. Carmeta was predeceased by her sisters, Ida Miller and Josephine Osley; her brother, Chester Labunski.
Memorial donations in Carmeta’s name can be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave., Gloversville, NY 12078. Please visit the family’s online guestbook www.brbsfuneral.com.

Dorothy F. Sweet
Dorothy F. Sweet, age 91, of Johnstown, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Wells Nursing Home, Johnstown.
She was born February 1, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York. She was a daughter of the late William and Grace Sohl.
Dorothy was raised in Brooklyn where she attended local schools. She and her family relocated to Johnstown in the mid 1940s. On November 8, 1947, she married Charles W. Sweet. They were married for 47 years until his death in 1995. She was predeceased by her great-granddaughter Taylor B. Tomlinson; brother-in-law, Donald McCoy; and sister-in-law, Patricia Sohl.
She was a member of St. Patrick’s Church now Holy Trinity and a lifelong member of the Rosary Society. When her children were young, she was a den mother and active in the Boy Scouts.
Dorothy loved bingo, the casino and she really enjoyed receiving lotto scratch offs. She spent some winters in Florida but didn’t like being away from family too long. She always looked forward to spending time with family.
She is survived by her daughter, Virginia (William) Kollar of Caroga Lake; sons, Lloyd (Janet) Sweet of Gloversville, Donald (Johanna) Sweet of St. Johnsville, Robert (Carol) Sweet and Christopher Sweet, both of Johnstown; sister, Virginia McCoy; and brother, William Sohl; along with eleven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown immediately following the funeral service.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Wells Nursing Home Activity Dept., 201 W. Madison Avenue, Johnstown, New York 12095.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Wells Nursing Home. They were wonderful and we appreciate everything they did for our Mom.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.agcolefuneralhome.com.

John V. Tagliaferri
John V. “Tag” Tagliaferri, age 72, of Gloversville, died Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Mountain Valley Hospice House, Gloversville, with his family at his side. He had battled with cardiac amyloidosis for four years.
He was born March 30, 1945, in Gloversville, the son of Albert and Carmela Generoso Tagliaferri. He was a 1963 graduate of Johnstown High School, later a graduate of Albany College of Pharmacy, where he was a member of Kappa Psi Fraternity. He was employed at the former Ahearn Pharmacy in Johnstown, as a field supervisor at Rite Aid Corporation, a pharmacist at St. Mary’s Hospital Pharmacy and was owner of Tag’s Pharmacy in Amsterdam, where he retired in 2008.
Tag was a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit, the American Automobile Club, where he served as a judge, Amsterdam Rotary, board member of Centro Civico of Amsterdam, Boy Scouts of America and the Order of the Arrow as well as the International Ford Retractable Club.
He was an avid restorer of antique automobiles and an occasional hunter.
Tag is survived by his wife of nearly 48 years, Katherine Rockwell Tagliaferri; two sons, John Tagliaferri II and wife Kelly of Stafford, VA and Jason R. Tagliaferri of Gloversville; two sisters, Rosemary Gnip and husband Louis of Ballston Spa and Maria Elaina Tagliaferri-Markiewicz and husband Richard of Schenectady; two grandchildren, Capri Tagliaferri and Giovanni Tagliaferri; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Tag’s family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Avenue, Gloversville, NY 12078 or The Cardiovascular Center at Boston Medical Center (https://developement.bmc.org/donate).
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.brbsfuneral.com.

John C. Kitchen
John C. Kitchen, 54, of Johnstown, passed unexpectedly on April 18, 2017.
Those wishing to make a donation in John’s honor, can do so by helping offset “funeral” expenses, in care of the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at www.ehleandbarnett.com.

Melody Jean Miller
Melody Jean Miller, 60, of Gloversville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at her home surrounded by her loving family following a long illness.
Born February 13, 1957, in Gloversville, she was the daughter of the late John and Cora Miller.
Melody dedicated her life to taking care of people with disabilities. She worked as a case manager for Lexington, Liberty, ALG and most recently prior to her illness for the Center for Disabilities in Albany. She proudly served her country for several years in the New York Army National Guard as a medic. Every spring, Melody and her family would go river walking when the Mohawk would get low to collect and paint rocks followed by a family picnic filled with good food and laughter. Melody also loved going to local fairs, especially Saratoga and Fonda.
Survivors include her sisters, Linda Brockhum (fiance, Frank Hickey) of Gloversville, Sally White of Gloversville and Mary Miller-Rhodes (Brian) of Gloversville; brother, John Miller of Gloversville; Melody was “Nana” to her beloved Erica, Alexander, Quinn and Dalton; and her very special niece who was like a daughter to her, Amy White (fiance, Nicholas Hamilton) of Cohoes. Melody is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her sisters, Connie Miller, June Miller, Hope Miller and Faith Miller and her cherished cat, Oopsie.
Cremation will take place at Parkview Cemetery Crematorium, Schenectady.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Melody’s memory to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Avenue, Gloversville, NY 12078.
The Miller family would like to thank the staff at Mountain Valley Hospice, especially Nancy, Debbie and Adrian for all their love, care and support during this very difficult time.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Gloversville. Please visit the families online guest book to leave condolences and share memories at www.brbsfuneral.com.

Benjamin M. Rose Sr.
Benjamin M. Rose Sr., 64, of Reed Hill Road, Fultonville, NY, passed away Friday, April 21, 2017, at St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam, NY.
Born February 1, 1953, in Amsterdam, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Anna May Schichler Rose.
Ben received his education in the Fonda-Fultonville school system.
Ben was employed at Anderson Instruments in the town of Glen.
Ben is survived by his wife, Carol Phillips Rose, whom he married April 29, 1972; one son, Benjamin M. Rose Jr., (Heather) of Randall, NY; two daughters, Katherine Marie Rose-Hayes (John) of Johnstown, NY and Tracy Cranker (James) also of Randall, NY; four sisters, Laurie LaVoie, Peggy Carpenter, Gwen Hutchins and Pam Manchester (Dan); eight grandchildren, Devin, Dylan, Carolyn, Jonathan, Allison, Brodie, Tyler and Kylie. Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Ben was also predeceased by one brother, Joseph Rose; three sisters, Jenny Costanzo, Tina Rose and Penny Rose; one granddaughter, Alyssa Rose; and his pet dog, Gabbie.
Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside memorial service Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 9 a.m. at Maple Avenue, Cemetery, Fultonville, NY.
Memorial gifts in Ben’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
To send online condolences to the family, go to www.rileymortuaryinc.com.
Rev. Canon William D. Small
The Rev. Canon William D. Small, 82, passed away on April 23, 2017, at Adirondack Medical Center, a priest of the Episcopal Church, survived by his wife, Darleen Ellen Small; his son, W. David Small and Cecilia T. Small of Maynard, MA; by his daughter, Rebecca Small Kellogg and Steven S. Kellogg of Dexter, NY; and his daughter, Joan Small Western and Scott C. Western of Johnstown, NY; and his stepdaughter, Cynthia D. Sitter and Steven Sitter of Hagerstown, MD; ten grandchildren, Thomas W. Small, Margaret H. Small, Lucy H. Small, Jonathan N. Kellogg, Devon M. Kellogg, Noah R. Western, Whitney F. Western, Judith S. Whelan, Reese A. Sitter and Torin N. Sitter; a sister, Joan S. O’Hanlon of Esperance, NY; an AFS exchange daughter, Kristi Reed and Reg Reed; grandchildren, Taylor, Reggie and Zoe of Thousand Oaks, CA. He was predeceased by his wife, Martha Ross Small.
Father Small was educated in the public school and graduated from SUNY Albany in 1957 with a BA and an STM at Berkeley, Yale Divinity School. During his ministry he served as a college chaplain, as headmaster of an independent church related school, served on the staff of a metropolitan Council of Churches and carrying out his commitment to Christian unity has served in the leadership on many ecumenical church organizations. He was co-founder of the Doane Stuart Independent School in Albany and co-founder and Vicar of St. Boniface Church in an Albany suburb. He was rector and currently holds Rector Emeritus at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Johnstown, where he served faithfully for 20 years. Following his retirement, he served as interim minister of five Episcopal parishes, the most recent of which is St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Saranac Lake.
Peace and justice pursuits and Civil Rights movements included his participation in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his now famous “I have a dream” speech. The March was considered the impetus for the first significant Civil Rights legislation in a century. Father Small also organized and led a number of medical and construction missions to the Dominican Republic and he continued to work on peace and justice issues until his passing.
His chief avocation was musical theater which began for him in grammar school and grew expediently with his late wife, Martha, staging dinner theater, the goal of which was to entertain and to raise funds to benefit local needs.
Memorial gifts may be given to the new William D. Small Scholarship for Social Justice or the Martha R. Small Memorial Scholarship which funds scholarships at Saranac Lake High School, high schools in Fulton County and a scholarship for a FMCC student. Donations may be forwarded to St. John’s Church, 1 North Market Street, Johnstown, NY. In the memo line specify MRS or WDS Scholarship. Online condolences can be made at www.ehleandbarnett.com.

Carmeta Sophie Stahler
On Monday, April 24, 2017, Carmeta Sophie Stahler, 98, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on April 17, 1919, to parents, Joseph and Sophie Labunski. She was a lifelong resident of Fort Plain, where she was born, raised, educated and married. She was employed as a payroll secretary for 66 years at Luxuray, which later became Johnstown Knit.
On September 4, 1942, Carmeta married her loving husband, Leland Stahler, who passed away in 1961.
Carmeta had numerous hobbies, including, reading, upholstering, sewing, knitting, playing bridge and putting together puzzles. She was an avid golfer, tennis player, polka dancer, bowler, swimmer and basketball player in her younger days. To her credit, she once got a hole-in-one in golf and swam the entirety of Caroga Lake. In her later years she could be found tending her lawn, baking for her grandkids and watching the Yankees. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend; she will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
She leaves behind her son, Gary and his wife Marie Stahler of Canajoharie; beloved grandchildren, Payton Stahler of Miami and Mackenzie Stahler of Canajoharie; special niece, Lorraine O’Conner of Chestertown; along with several nieces and nephews. Carmeta was predeceased by her sisters, Ida Miller and Josephine Osley; her brother, Chester Labunski.
Memorial donations in Carmeta’s name can be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave., Gloversville, NY 12078. Please visit the family’s online guestbook www.brbsfuneral.com.

Dorothy F. Sweet
Dorothy F. Sweet, age 91, of Johnstown, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Wells Nursing Home, Johnstown.
She was born February 1, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York. She was a daughter of the late William and Grace Sohl.
Dorothy was raised in Brooklyn where she attended local schools. She and her family relocated to Johnstown in the mid 1940s. On November 8, 1947, she married Charles W. Sweet. They were married for 47 years until his death in 1995. She was predeceased by her great-granddaughter Taylor B. Tomlinson; brother-in-law, Donald McCoy; and sister-in-law, Patricia Sohl.
She was a member of St. Patrick’s Church now Holy Trinity and a lifelong member of the Rosary Society. When her children were young, she was a den mother and active in the Boy Scouts.
Dorothy loved bingo, the casino and she really enjoyed receiving lotto scratch offs. She spent some winters in Florida but didn’t like being away from family too long. She always looked forward to spending time with family.
She is survived by her daughter, Virginia (William) Kollar of Caroga Lake; sons, Lloyd (Janet) Sweet of Gloversville, Donald (Johanna) Sweet of St. Johnsville, Robert (Carol) Sweet and Christopher Sweet, both of Johnstown; sister, Virginia McCoy; and brother, William Sohl; along with eleven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown immediately following the funeral service.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Wells Nursing Home Activity Dept., 201 W. Madison Avenue, Johnstown, New York 12095.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Wells Nursing Home. They were wonderful and we appreciate everything they did for our Mom.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.agcolefuneralhome.com.

John V. Tagliaferri
John V. “Tag” Tagliaferri, age 72, of Gloversville, died Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Mountain Valley Hospice House, Gloversville, with his family at his side. He had battled with cardiac amyloidosis for four years.
He was born March 30, 1945, in Gloversville, the son of Albert and Carmela Generoso Tagliaferri. He was a 1963 graduate of Johnstown High School, later a graduate of Albany College of Pharmacy, where he was a member of Kappa Psi Fraternity. He was employed at the former Ahearn Pharmacy in Johnstown, as a field supervisor at Rite Aid Corporation, a pharmacist at St. Mary’s Hospital Pharmacy and was owner of Tag’s Pharmacy in Amsterdam, where he retired in 2008.
Tag was a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit, the American Automobile Club, where he served as a judge, Amsterdam Rotary, board member of Centro Civico of Amsterdam, Boy Scouts of America and the Order of the Arrow as well as the International Ford Retractable Club.
He was an avid restorer of antique automobiles and an occasional hunter.
Tag is survived by his wife of nearly 48 years, Katherine Rockwell Tagliaferri; two sons, John Tagliaferri II and wife Kelly of Stafford, VA and Jason R. Tagliaferri of Gloversville; two sisters, Rosemary Gnip and husband Louis of Ballston Spa and Maria Elaina Tagliaferri-Markiewicz and husband Richard of Schenectady; two grandchildren, Capri Tagliaferri and Giovanni Tagliaferri; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Tag’s family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Avenue, Gloversville, NY 12078 or The Cardiovascular Center at Boston Medical Center (https://developement.bmc.org/donate).
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.brbsfuneral.com.