Sean D. Bott
Sean D. Bott, 38, of West Main Street, Broadalbin, died Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady.
He was born in Sharon, Conn., on April 20, 1979, a son of Joseph and Penny Grey Bott, and moved to Broadalbin in 1980. Sean was a 1998 graduate of Broadalbin-Perth High School.
He was employed as a therapy aide at Lexington Center in Gloversville for nearly ten years.
Sean loved to write poetry and published two poem books. He also enjoyed anything and everything Beatles. Sean was an avid New York Yankee fan. His greatest delight was spending time with his son, his family and friends.
Sean was of the Catholic faith.
Survivors are his son, Alexander Bott of Galway; his parents, Joseph and Penny Bott of Gloversville; two brothers, Paul (Heather) Bott of San Antonio, Tex., and Brian Bott (Carly) of Broadalbin; maternal grandparents, Kenneth (Peggy) Grey of Pawling; a niece, Brianne; three nephews, Dakota, Hunter and Noah; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
Interment will be in Broadalbin-Mayfield Rural Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in care of the funeral home.
Jacqueline M. Chenaille
Jacqueline M. Chenaille, 67, of Brushton, died Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Alice Hyde Medical Center.
She was born August 6, 1949, in St. Hubert Quebec, Canada, the daughter of Joseph Paul and Carmelle Richer Chenaille. She attended local schools and graduated from Franklin Academy in 1969.
Jacqueline was a laborer at multiple industries and retired in 1995 due to ill health.
She was a communicant of St. Augustine Parish, North Bangor.
Surviving are a son, Terry Brown, and his wife, Cindi, of Brushton; two daughters and a son-in-law, Mrs. Linda (Charles) Dawson of Gloversville, and Tammy Baird of Hope; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Jacques (Shirley) Chenaille of Mayfield, Michael (Karen) Chenaille of Port Charlotte, Fla., Daniel (Rosalyn) Chenaille of North Java, and Robert Chenaille of Trout River; two sisters, Yolande Chenaille of North Bangor and Pauline Wilson of Massena; grandchildren, Jeremy, Shawn, Joshua and Terry Brown Jr., Sheyenne and Charity Dawson; and a great-grandson, Jeremy Brown Jr.
She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Richard; a brother-in-law, Harry Wilson; and a sister-in-law, Linda Chenaille.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Spaulding Funeral Home Inc.
Those wishing to give a memorial gift, the family requests consideration be given to the Bangor Fire and Rescue or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
James Hall Chu
James Hall Chu passed away on October 25, 2016, in Jamesville surrounded by the warmth and love of his family. He lived a rich and rewarding life of 92 years. Although he was an affectionate husband, devoted father, and loyal son and brother, these descriptions do not quite manage to describe the arc of his life or the indelible mark he left upon those whose lives he touched. Nevertheless, the facts of his life trace a biography worth noting — and remembering.
Born in Gloversville on May 20, 1924, Jim was the second son of George Bong and Joi Gee (Georgia) Chiang Chu, and brother to Helen, Kenneth, Edward, William, and Raymond. As a youngster, from the age of 12 to 16, he attended boarding school with his brother Ken at Lingnan University, in Canton (now Guangzhou), China. He excelled in this learning venture (and adventure), far from home and family. The university was forced to move several times as Japanese armies advanced across China, and the boys returned home to safety in 1940. Jim was valedictorian of Gloversville High School’s class of 1943. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army along with brothers Ken and Ed. He served in counterintelligence during World War II in Kunming, China, the details of which are still shrouded in requisite secrecy. After the war, he studied engineering at Cornell University on the GI Bill. He graduated with high honors as a member of the class of 1950. From there, he began a distinguished career at General Electric. It was pioneering work. Mr. Chu was part of GE’s Heavy Military Electronics Department (HMED) in Syracuse. Contributing to vitally important large military radar projects in the 1960s, Jim was a key technical participant in initiatives that aided America’s fledgling space program and military defense systems during the Cold War. He even lived for a while in rural Maine to work at a radar site, where he enjoyed stepping outside at lunchtime to pick wild blueberries. He retired from GE in 1988.
A man of quiet strength, good humor, generosity, and abiding dignity, Jim took pleasure in wordplay, fishing, square dancing, and crossword puzzles (the Sunday New York Times puzzle was a favorite). He was a champion high school hurdler, an excellent swimmer and bowler. But family was foremost. The love of his life was the former Catharine Ann Nevin. Jim and Ann, as she is known, met through mutual friends early in their professional lives and married on June 29, 1957, in Jordan. They raised three children in Fayetteville, living there until 2008, and in their leisure time traveled the world together. They shared a special fondness for touring the U.S. by rail. Jim is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years; and his three children, David James (Lonnie), Robert Alan, and Jeanne Elizabeth; his older brother, Kenneth (Nancy) Chu of Durham, N.H.; younger brother, Raymond of Liverpool; sister-in-law, Judith McKone Chu of Westford, Mass.; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Adelia Slatt Chu; his brothers, William Y. and Edward J. Chu; and his sister, Helen “Duffy” Chu Mohler.
A memorial service and celebration of Jim’s life is planned for Saturday at 11 a.m. at United Church of Fayetteville, 310 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution may donate to the Loretto Foundation (700 East Brighton Ave., Syracuse, N.Y., 13205). His children owe a debt of gratitude to the staff of The Nottingham, a Loretto facility, for their kind and attentive care offered to our father in his final years. Though he shunned the spotlight, James Chu will shine in the hearts of those he loved. Please express condolences at cremationservicesofcny.com.
Catherine Cole, former area resident, entered this world June 29, 1950, the daughter of Kenneth and Verna Blakeslee. After successfully fighting breast cancer and numerous health challenges, she took a turn for the better and entered heaven on June 3, 2017.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Dr. Alan Cole; daughter, Amy Allen and son-in-law Jonathan Allen of Fairfax, Va.; son, Matthew Cole of Arlington, Va.; and grandchildren, Killian and Darcy Catherine Allen. She also leaves behind brothers, David, Gary and Kenneth; and sister, Doris. She was preceded by her sister, Valerie.
She was a 1968 graduate of Johnstown High School. She attended the King’s College in New York, and after her marriage, completed her bachelor’s degree in counseling and Greek from Dallas Bible College.
She had a love of reading, needlework, cranberry glass, travel and antiques. Her boundless love for her family turned a house into a home. She often said she adopted Ruth 1:16 as her life verse: “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay” as she made homes in Yuma, Ariz., Huntsville, Ala., Cherry Point, N.C., Dallas, Tx., Tucson, Ariz., Springfield, Va., and Lansing, Mich., before returning to live in northern Virginia.
She passed along a strong faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus, first to her family, then later as she ministered beside her husband in women’s ministry. Her knowledge of Greek enriched her teaching of the Bible. She first lived her faith, then later through her continued study, she passed along wisdom and encouragement in her teaching and mentoring younger women. Her generous love for others led her to a career in the nonprofit sector, working at the Central American Mission based in Dallas and the Volunteer Center of Dallas for more than a decade.
She spent her later years focused on time with her family. Both grandchildren learned to call her “Mom” as one of their first words because of her kind, gracious presence in their lives. Her husband, children and extended family were all blessed by her giving spirit and faithful love.
Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her honor to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (dana-farber.org) or a charity near to your heart.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.agcolefuneralhome.com.
James B. Colson
James B. Colson, age 69, a resident of Northville, died peacefully Sunday, June 4, 2017, at St. Peters Hospital in Albany with his loving family by his side. Born in Gloversville on July 7, 1947, he is the son of the late James E. and Edith Ford Colson.
Jim was employed by Traditional Builders in Rotterdam for many years. He was also a veteran of the United States Navy, serving in Vietnam, and a member of the American Legion. Jim was also an avid hunter.
He is survived by his loving wife, Toni Loucks Colson; children, Shane (Amanda) of Gloversville, Zachery (Jessie) of Hope, Joshua of Northville, LeAndra (Jim) of West Nyack and Kristy (Bob) of Northville; grandchildren, Kyle, Sydney, Zakery, Caleb, Alexis, Emmiley, Angelina, Braydin; and great-grandson, Ada. He is also survived by a sister, Gail (Sam) Olmstead; and brother-in-law and best friend, George Boomhower; and many nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to Dr. Rassis of Albany Thoracic & Esophageal Surgery for everything he did. Please visit the family’s online condolence website at www.northvillefuneralservice.com.
Shirley J. Cwiakala
Shirley J. Cwiakala, 80, of Vertucci Lane, Amsterdam passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady.
Born on July 13, 1936, in Gloversville she was the daughter of the late George Snow and Eva Bovee.
Shirley was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time and traveling with her family.
Shirley is survived by Bruno Cwiakala; and her four daughters, Deborah Lampkin (Kenneth) of Punta Gorda, Fla., Gail Weigel of Edinburg, Michele Cwiakala of Amsterdam, and Carol Cwiakala of LaGrange, Ga.; three sisters, Arlene Robinson, Ethel Sanborn (Arthur) and Margaret Risucci (Roco); six grandchildren, Jeffrey Lampkin, Kelly Durakovic (Meki), Joshua Cwiakala, Matthew Weigel (Nicole), Ryan Grab and Erin Hurst; six great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Shirley was also predeceased by three brothers, Irving Colby Jr., Donald Colby and Clyde Colby.
Interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery, Tribes Hill.
Memorial gifts in Shirley’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105, or to a charity of one’s choice.
To send online condolences to the family, go to www.rileymortuaryinc.com.
Charles E. Pratt
Charles E. Pratt passed away on June 2, 2017, in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Mr. Pratt was born February 2, 1922, in Lysander, the son of the late Clifton Pratt and Ruth DeLong. He is survived by his sons, Gary and wife, Patricia, of Henderson, Nevada, Gregg and his wife, Jennifer, of Saratoga Springs; and daughter, Cheryl Bauer and her husband, William, of Port Saint Lucie, Florida. He has two grandsons and four great-grandchildren. He has a brother, Clifton, who lives in Winter Haven, Florida. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise; and his sister, Shirley.
Mr. Pratt was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the European Theater. After working for 36 years with the Merchants National Bank in Syracuse, Mr. Pratt served for 13 years as president of Fulton County National Bank in Gloversville. He graduated from North Syracuse High School in 1939. During his Army and banking careers, he attended classes at Syracuse University, Cornell University, Purdue University, West Point and the University of Vienna. He was a member of the Centerville Masonic Lodge and the Tigris Shrine in Syracuse.
During their 64 years of marriage, Charles and Louise lived in North Syracuse, Liverpool and Gloversville; Cape Cod, Mass.; and Port Saint Lucie, Fla. After his retirement from banking in 1985, Charles and his wife, Louise, travelled the world visiting the Wonders of the World on five continents and riding on the Orient Express and the Trans-Siberian Railroad. They lived their motto: “enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.”
Arrangements are under the direction of Haisley Funeral and Cremation Services, 3015 Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce, Fla., 34947. A private interment will be at a later date at Pine Plains Cemetery, Clay.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Treasure Coast, 5000 Dunn Road, Fort Pierce, Fla., 34981.
Carolyn B. Putman
Mrs. Carolyn Becker Putman, 87, of State Highway 29A, Town of Mayfield died peacefully on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Born on May 22, 1930, in the family home on Maple Avenue in Mayfield, she was the daughter of the late Howard J. and C. Beatrice Olson Becker.
A lifelong area resident, Carolyn was a 1947 graduate of Mayfield Central School. She went on to attend Albany Business College and was employed in the Gloversville business offices of Singer Sewing Machines and later Robison and Smith.
On October 11, 1952, she was united in marriage to Earl B. Putman. That union lasted 36 years until his passing on November 3, 1988. She was also predeceased by her son Stanley M. Putman on June 14, 2009.
Carolyn along with her husband Earl, owned and operated the family farm, Putman Acres. Carolyn was a 75-year active member of the Mayfield Central Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder and Sunday school teacher. She was also a 4-H Leader, a member of the Fulton County Farm Bureau and it’s Women’s Committee, member of the Mayfield Grange, served on the Board of Elections and served on the Mayfield Town Board of Assessment Review for many years. Above all, she loved her family dearly and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Survivors include her sons, Jack Putman and his wife Bonnie and Kevin Putman and his wife Elaine, all of Gloversville; daughters, Kimberly Travis and her husband Richard of Broadalbin and Keletha Keehan and her husband Matthew of Fultonville; one brother, H. Stanley Becker and his wife Inez; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Putman; five grandchildren, Clarissa Putman, Gregory Putman and his wife Rebecca, Christopher Tyler and his wife Teresa, Jennifer Keehan and Sarah Keehan; three great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Brandon and Maya. Extended family members include: Steve DiMarco, Laurie and Jon Close, Hilda Ernst, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St. in Gloversville. A Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mayfield Central Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bonnie Orth and the Rev. Rebecca Putman co-officiating. Interment will take place at Union Rural Cemetery, Mayfield. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Mayfield Central Presbyterian Church, 22 N. Main St., Mayfield, N.Y., 12117. Please visit the online memorial at www.brbsfuneral.com.
Stephen L. Sheedy
Stephen L. Sheedy, 89, of Murrells Inlet, S.C., passed peacefully in his sleep on Friday, June 2, 2017, at his camp on Canada Lake, fondly known as “Buddy” by family and friends.
He was born January 17, 1928, in Yonkers, a son of the late Mary Alice “Mazzie” Treacy and Stephen L. Sheedy Sr.
Steve attended St. Margaret’s Elementary School in Riverdale, Fordham Prep, Merchant Marine Academy, Siena College and Columbia University. After college, Steve joined the United States Air Force, graduating in 52-Charlie Pilots Class. He flew 100 missions with the 15th Recon Squadron in Korea. His plane was shot many times. Once, he had a 30mm shell explode beneath his feet in the nose of the plane. After Korea, Steve was an instructor pilot at Webb AFB in Big Spring, Texas. While in Texas, his plane hit a debris field, severely wounding his aircraft, but successfully landing his aircraft. While in the Air Force, he became a member of the Mach Busters Club by breaking the sound barrier. After leaving the Air Force, he flew with the New York Air National Guard out of Westchester County before joining TWA. He flew with TWA for over 32 years, clocking over 33,000 hours of flying time. He was also a licensed glider pilot. He, his wife and two other partners operated Fulco Airport in Johnstown for five years in the late 1970s, renting out and chartering some of his seven airplanes. He was licensed to fly over 20 aircraft. Steve grew up in Riverdale, lived in Rye, Ossining and Johnstown, and spent his summers for the last 45 years at Canada Lake in the southern Adirondacks. He was a previous member of Coveleigh Club in Rye, Antlers Country Club in Fort Johnson, and Deer Track Golf Course in Surfside Beach, S.C. He was lifelong member of the VFW and the American Legion. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge in Murrell’s Inlet, S.C. He had a lifelong love of learning. Being an avid reader, he had taken a few adult education courses each semester since retirement. Most courses were based on history or archaeology. For 20 years, he was a member of the Waccamaw Archaeology Partnership, participating in many archaeological digs.
Steve is survived by his loving wife of 44 1/2 years, Sandra Holben Sheedy; son, Stephen C. (Betsy) Sheedy of Mystic, Conn.; daughter, Susan Kasson of Baldwinsville; son, David (Lynn) Sheedy of Carmel; four grandsons, Timothy Kasson of Baldwinsville, Stephen (Johana) Kasson of Danvers, Mass., Neil Kasson of Baldwinsville, and Michael Sheedy of Hastings-on-Hudson; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews; also survived by his sister, MaryLu (John) Della Rocca of Boca Raton, Fla., and Hampton Bays; his two beloved dogs, Genesee and Ruppert. Steve was predeceased by a son, Michael Leo Sheedy; and son-in-law, Burt Z. Kasson.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to an animal shelter of your choice.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.agcolefuneralhome.com.
Edmond H. Sinisi
Edmond H. Sinisi, age 87, a resident of Corinth and former resident of Edinburg, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs after a short illness. He was born in Brooklyn on March 1, 1930. He was a United States Army veteran and was the owner and operator of Econo Contracting in Northville for many years.
Ed grew up on the streets of Brooklyn playing stick ball with his brothers and neighborhood friends. He joined the Army in 1947. In August of 1951, he married the love of his life, Barbara. They had many happy years together. Ed was an avid athlete, with passions in both baseball and golf. He was involved for many years with the Knights of Columbus.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Curtis Sinisi; son, Lawrence Sinisi; and his brothers, Lawrence and Andrea Sinisi.
He is survived by his daughters, LouAnn (Bob) Wilcox of Corinth and Doreen (Ted) Horton of Northville; his brother, Frank Sinisi; and his sisters, Virginia (Tom) Pawluk, Julia Sinisi and Ann Browne; his ten grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Burial will be held at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Northville Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.northvillefuneralservice.com.
The family wishes that any donations be sent to the Knights of Columbus or the American Heart Association.
David L. Wrobel
David L. Wrobel, age 81, a resident of Mayfield, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017. He was born in Gloversville on May 19, 1936, the son of the late Joseph A. and Nellie Opalka Wrobel.
He was a United States Air Force veteran, serving from 1955 to 1957.
Mr. Wrobel was employed as a financial adviser working for IBM in East Fishkill until his retirement.
On November 26, 1955, he married Carolina Boger, who predeceased him on October 1, 2016.
Survivors include his four children, David, Tony, Sharon, Carol Lynn; and five grandchildren.
In keeping with his wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral service. Arrangements are by the Northville Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.northvillefuneralservice.com.