Rollins H. “Moe” Alley
Rollins H. “Moe” Alley passed away on June 6. He was 62.
Mr. Alley was born Sept. 8, 1954.
Survivors include his two sisters, Kathy and Valanice, two nieces, Christy and Irean, and three children, Lynn, James and Annette.
Robert A. Edwards
Robert A. Edwards, age 74, of Gloversville, passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at Glens Falls Hospital.
He was born on October 9, 1942, in Gloversville, the son of the late John and Marguerite Smith Ruzicka.
Robert was employed as a tool and die maker for Curtin-Herbert for over 44 years, until his retirement. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping and spending time with his best friend, Paul Christman.
Mr. Edwards is survived by his ex-wife, Karen Edwards of Gloversville; two sons, Michael Edwards of Amsterdam and David Edwards of Gloversville; one daughter, Kimberly Sagadorf of Amsterdam; three grandchildren, Trindalynn Velie, Cody Gray and Christopher Gray; and his canine companions Daisy Mae and Joey.
In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his two dogs, Freckles and Rex.
A celebration of life service will be conducted at a later date.
Private cremation was at Vale Crematory, Schenectady.
Contributions in Robert’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Pine West Plaza Building 2, Suite 204, Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, N.Y., 12205.
Robert’s family would like to express a special thank you to Joann Clear and Mary.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, Inc., 215 E. Main St., Johnstown.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.agcolefuneralhome.com.
T. Joan Felski
Mrs. T. Joan Felski, 90, of Broadalbin passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the Wilkinson Skilled Nursing Facility in Amsterdam.
She was born April 28, 1927, in Amsterdam, the daughter of the late Mary M. Murphy Di Caprio and Frank “Jiggers” Di Caprio. She graduated from St. Mary’s Institute, class of 1946, the Amsterdam School of Commerce, Mildred-Elley in Albany, the General Motors (GM) School of Accounting in Tarrytown, and the State University of New York at Albany.
She held dual employment in the New York State Department of Labor for 26 years as an interviewer and at the New York State Department of Civil Service as a supervisor in Test Administration, retiring in 1989. She also worked as a waitress in her father’s business, Di Caprio’s Caterers.
She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Amsterdam and Holy Redeemer Church in Stuart, Fla.
She was co-founder and first president of the Police Officers Wives Society (POWS), raising money for charitable causes and sponsored the Centennial Ball. She was appointed by the Mayor’s Advisory Committee as the first coordinator of Senior Citizens Activities. She was a past publicity chairman for the Heart Fund and involved in various charities. She was a member of the Montgomery County Historical Society, the St. Mary’s Alumni Association and the Irish American Club of Amsterdam.
Mrs. Felski spent time between Stuart, Fla., and Sacandaga Lake at her “Camp,” where she enjoyed serving others. She was an accomplished amateur photographer, winning several contests in Stuart, Fla., and Schenectady and enjoyed her gardening.
On March 12, 1976, she married Maurice R. Felski. He died June 2, 2015. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her son Robert Anthony Fabozzi and her brothers Francis E. Di Caprio (Bud), Amsterdam, and Robert C. Di Caprio, Sr., Tribes Hill.
She is survived by her nephews Francis E. Di Caprio, Jr. (Rosa), Amsterdam, Thomas S. Di Caprio, Sr. (Diane), Hagaman, Dr. Robert C. Di Caprio, Jr. (Patricia), Schenectady, James F. Di Caprio (Denyce), Odessa, Florida, and David J. Di Caprio (Michayla), Tribes Hill; two nieces, Lisa A. McCoy (Scott), Johnstown, and Mara J. Buchanan (Scott), Ballston Lake; 22 dear great- nieces and nephews; 12 godchildren, cousins and sisters-in-law.
Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fort Johnson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Montgomery County SPCA, St. Mary’s Alumni Association or to St. Mary’s Church.
Please submit condolences at www.jendrzejczakfuneral.com.
Michael J. Hornbeck
Michael J. Hornbeck, Sr., 47, of Main Street, Fultonville, died Sunday morning, June 11, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Amsterdam on July 5, 1969, a son of Jennifer Downing Gilston and the late James C. Hornbeck, and was a lifelong area resident. Mike was a 1987 graduate of Fonda-Fultonville Central School.
He was employed at Keymark in Fonda for more than twenty-eight years.
In recent years, Mike had a passion for bringing joy to others. He especially enjoyed playing Santa Claus at Christmas and sharing positive words of wisdom that inspired many people. Mike loved boating, fishing, carpentry and bowling. He was a NY Yankee and Jets fan and also enjoyed Friday night card games with family and friends.
In addition to his father, Mike was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, James and Stella Downing.
He married the love of his life and best friend, Jolene A. Battisti, in 1989. In addition to his wife, survivors include three children, Michaela L. Hornbeck and her fiancee, Josh Burr, Michael J. Hornbeck, Jr., all of Fultonville, and John L. Polenski, Jr. and his fiancee Alyssa Maine of Ephratah; his mother and step-father, Jennifer and Joseph W. Gilston, Sr. of Broadalbin; a half-sister, Jacey (Michael) Dorman of Gloversville; a half-brother, Daniel (Megan) Hornbeck of Cornwall; his mother-in-law, Johna E. Muller of Gloversville; three sisters-in-law, Diantha (Tim) Meier, Christa (Michael) Downing of Gloversville, and Shirley Dingman (Cory Mosher), of Ephratah; and three brothers-in-law, Joseph P. Battisti, Jr., all of Fultonville, Anthony (Patti) Gabriel and Benjamin Muller, all of Syracuse; a grandson, Layne J.B. Polenski; three aunts, Jann (Richard) Laniewski of Vero Beach, Fla., Joan (Gerry) Gardner of Tribes Hill, and Janey (Ronald) Dygert of Palatine Bridge; two uncles, Jon (Joann) Downing of Fonda, and Jason (Katherine) Downing of Fort Hunter; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; his treasured, loyal sidekicks, Roxie and Zeke; and many, many loyal friends.
Cremation was performed at Park View Crematorium, Schenectady. Final burial will be in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery in Fonda. Memorial contributions may be made to the Johnstown Animal Clinic or to Community Hospice of Amsterdam, both in care of the funeral home.
Charles R. Maxson
Charles R. Maxson, 74, of Amsterdam passed away Monday, June 12, 2017, at Wilkinson RHCF in Amsterdam.
Charlie was born in Gloversville on September 7, 1942, the son of the late Richard H. Maxson and Irene (Parramore) Maxson, and attended Gloversville schools.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1964, and was honorably discharged in 1966. Charlie worked in construction and was a roofer in his family’s business, Modern Roofing Co., of Gloversville. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and reading his Bible.
Charlie was a member and deacon of The First Baptist Church of Amsterdam. He was a very quiet man, but enjoyed conversation with friends. He will be missed by his friends and church family.
Interment will be at the Gerald B. H. Solomon-Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, in Schuylerville.
A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Amsterdam at a date to be announced.
Memorial contributions in Charlie’s name can be made to the DAV-Disabled American Veterans or to The First Baptist Church of Amsterdam, both in care of the funeral home. Arrangements are by the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home, Inc., 111 County Highway 106, Johnstown, N.Y., 12095.
Please visit the online memorial at www.halgasfuneralhome.com.
Hannah Millett, age 98, of Johnstown, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the Fulton Center, where she resided.
Hannah was born on February 16, 1919, in Gloversville, the daughter of the late Clinton and Hazel May Dence.
Hannah worked for most of her career at the former Johnstown Knit and was then a homemaker.
Hannah’s greatest accomplishment and joy was her family. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great- grandmother.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Dominick Ruggeri, in 1975.
Hannah and Dominick had three children, Mary Ruggeri (Kathy), Dominick Ruggeri (Michele) and Joseph Ruggeri (Margaret). She is also survived by her former daughter-in-law, Susan Ruggeri. She later married Walter Millett, who predeceased her. Also surviving is a stepdaughter, Margaret True. Hannah is survived by her loving grandchildren, Christine Cunningham, Dominick Ruggeri (Shona), Joseph Maru (Melissa), Barbara Nigro (John), Joseph Ruggeri (Kristina), Michelle Rogers (Todd) and Daniel Ruggeri (Noel). Hannah was also blessed with 13 great-grandchildren, Gabriella, Tyler, Ryan, Michaela, Austin, Allyson, Kaitlyn, Keagan, Peyton, Paige, Spencer, Jaxson and Gianna, several nieces, nephews and sister-in-law Angie Ruggeri.
Hannah was predeceased by her loving sisters, Edna and Lois, and her brother William.
Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Johnstown.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the charity of choice.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.barterdonnan.com.
John E. Montanye
John E. Montanye, 58, of Johnstown passed away Tuesday morning, June 6, 2017.
John grew up in Johnstown and was the only child of Roger and Mary Montanye. He enjoyed camping, photography, and relaxing at home with his dogs.
He was father to Marcy Montanye, Codie Montanye and Alexis Montanye, and stepfather to Andrew Brink. He was also the proud grandfather of Gabriel and Zyler, and partner to Deborah Watson.
In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral services.
Bruno C. Neri
Bruno C. Neri, age 75, of Johnstown, passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a long illness with his loving family by his side.
He was born on July 28, 1941, in Amsterdam, a son of the late Charles and Rose Sinatra Neri.
Bruno attended Amsterdam schools. He worked at the Amsterdam Broom Company, Lee Dye, and lastly as a truck driver for St. Johnsbury Trucking in Latham until his retirement. Mr. Neri was of the Catholic faith, a communicant of Holy Trinity Church in Johnstown. Bruno was an avid member of the Teamsters Union #294. He enjoyed teasing his grandchildren, watching TV, yard work and maintaining his home. Bruno loved his dog, Molly, who was a big part of his everyday life.
Bruno is survived by his loving wife, Pruthenzzia Corsi Neri; four children, Victoria R. Neri, Thomas C. Neri, Joanne M. Neri and Anthony B. Neri; one brother, Benjamin Neri and his wife, Anita; seven grandchildren, Bruno A. Neri, Natalia Neri, Regina Neri, Juliana Neri, Tristan Vaber, Nicholas Vaber and Madison Neri; and one niece, Annamarie Neri (Michael Casadei).
Interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Pine West Plaza Building 2, Suite 204, Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, N.Y., 12205, or to the Lewy Body Dementia Association online at www.lbda.org/donate.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher Street, Johnstown.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.barterdonnan.com.
Rebecca J. Pettit
Rebecca J. Pettit, age 50, of Johnstown, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, with her loving family by her side.
She was born on August 6, 1966, in Gloversville, a daughter of the late William Lair and Joan Gates Lair of Bonneauville, Pennsylvania, who survives.
Rebecca was a Class of 1985 graduate of Gloversville High School. She worked as a medical records clerk at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville for several years. Mrs. Pettit was of the Baptist faith, a member of the Adirondack Baptist Church.
In addition to her mother, Rebecca is survived by her husband, Mark A. Pettit, whom she married on October 19, 1985; three sons, Chad Pettit and his companion, Hannah Taglialatela, Steven Pettit and Tyler Pettit, all of Johnstown; one daughter, Brianna Pettit of Johnstown; three sisters, Cathy Manchester (Fred) of Bleecker, Erin Pettit (Ron) of Fort Plain and Victoria Mitchell (Jeremy) of Pennsylvania; two grandchildren, Elijah Pettit and Leianna Pettit, one stepgranddaughter, Mia Molina; mother-in law and father-in-law Lois Steenburgh Pettit and Ronald Pettit of Fort Plain; and three nieces and four nephews.
Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda.
Contributions in Rebecca’s memory may be made to Adirondack Baptist Church, 1431 State Highway 29, Gloversville, N.Y., 12078.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, Inc., 215 East Main Street, Johnstown, N.Y., 12095.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.agcolefuneralhome.com
Carolyn Becker 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 its Women’s Committee, a 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.
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 Street, Mayfield, N.Y., 12117. Please visit the online memorial at www.brbsfuneral.com.
Marie Duesler VanDusen
Mrs. Marie Duesler VanDusen, 90, of Johnstown, passed away Monday morning, June 12, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Amsterdam.
Born on July 31, 1926, in Amsterdam she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Rosina Morey Duesler. She was a lifelong area resident and attended Fonda High School.
Marie worked first for the Premier Glove Co. in Fultonville and later was employed by the White Mop Wringer Co., where she worked until her retirement.
Marie married Gordon VanDusen on October 30, 1942, at Beaver Fall. He passed away on June 21, 2010.
She was a member of the Fonda Reformed Church for over 78 years, where she served on the consistory and the church financial committee. Marie also was a devoted Sunday school teacher. She was a member of the Glen-Mohawk Seniors and took many trips with her husband and friends. Marie enjoyed traveling extensively with her husband, Gordon, throughout the country along with several cruises. She also enjoyed crocheting and reading in her spare time.
Survivors include her sister, Helene Van Alstyne of Fultonville; sister-in-law, Barbara Duesler of Cherry Valley; and her nieces and nephews, Suzanne Hinkle, Mary Ellen Francisco, Robert Van Alstyne, Lawrence Van Alstyne, Jeffrey Van Alstyne, Everett Genser, Marie Genser, Antoinette Mowrey, Merrlyn Clapper, Amy Herr and Richard Duesler. She was predeceased by her brother, Theodore Duesler, and her sister, Winifred Tremante.
Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Sand Flats, Fonda, N.Y., 12068.
Contributions in Marie’s memory may be made to the Fonda Reformed Church, 19 Broadway, Fonda, N.Y., 12068. Online condolences may be made at www.brbsfuneral.com.