Martha (Kilmer) Kaiser Davis
Martha (Kilmer) Kaiser Davis, daughter of the late Ellen A. and Robert C. Kilmer, of 312 Pleasant Ave., Johnstown, passed away peacefully on June 16, 2017, in Sarasota, Fla., at the age of 85. Born in Johnstown, she later moved to Perth, where she raised her family, on to Ballston Spa, then Forestport for a time before moving to Florida.
She will be missed by her many friends; devoted husband, Bill Davis of Ellenton, Fla.; her brother, Robert Kilmer of Johnstown; sister, Barbara Abbott of Palm Harbor, Fla.; her five children, David Kaiser of Forestport, James Kaiser of Hendersonville, N.C., Lawerence Kaiser of Henderson, Nev., Jeffrey Kaiser of Wells, Linda Kaiser of Phoenix, Ariz.; as well as her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Barbara J. Dupre
Barbara J. Dupre, 78, of Exeter, N.H., died April 28, 2017, at the Exeter Hospital. She was born November 19, 1938, in Amsterdam, N.J., daughter of the late Lawrence J. Dupre and Florence Mae (Robare) Dupre.
Barbara was raised in Johnstown, the youngest of seven children. She earned an associate’s degree from Albany Business College in Albany. Barbara got married in England and lived there for 3 years. While raising her children, she was a devoted homemaker. When she resided in Florida, Barbara worked for five years with people who were developmentally disabled. Later, she worked in activities in Florida and New Hampshire, and she became the Activities Director at Kirkwood Corners.
Barbara was an active communicant of St. Joseph Church, Epping, N.H.
Her favorite hobby was playing bridge.
She was predeceased by two sisters, Patricia Bishop and Jeanne Moore; two brothers, John Dupre and Richard Dupre; and a son-in-law, Robert Urbanowski.
Barbara is survived by a daughter, Beth Urbanowski of Exeter, N.H.; son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Julieann Aldrich of WI; son, Aaron Aldrich of Derry, NH; 4 grandchildren, Nicole Urbanowski, Nathan Urbanowski, Emily Urbanowski and Erica Aldrich; a brother, Robert Dupre of Buffalo; a sister, Doris Condon of Syracuse; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held in N.H.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, Okla., 73123.
For more information, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.
John W. Finocan
John W. Finocan, age 100, of Gloversville, passed away peacefully in his home on June 19, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on December 23, 1916, in Gloversville, a son of the late John W. Finocan and Jane Farrell Finocan. John graduated from Gloversville High School in 1934 and then spent a year at the most elite boarding school in America, The Phillips Exeter Academy. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1939. He was also a member of the Zeta Psi Fraternity and the college football team.
His first job was in Washington, D.C., working as a government representative for Noland Supply Company that was building the Pentagon. In September of 1942 at the age of 25, he enlisted in the Navy and returned to Dartmouth as an ensign officer to train in seamanship and ship handling for three months. Then he was sent to Norfolk, Va., and was assigned to command a 110-foot wooden hull sub chaser that, with its sonar gear, tracked German submarines along the East Coast. Later in 1942, Finocan was sent to the naval base in Miami for further sonar training at the Submarine Chasers Training Center. He spent two months there learning new gear and more about ships, and then was sent to Sydney, Australia, to train with the Australian Navy. He was assigned to the 7th Fleet under General Douglas MacArthur, who operated out of Australia at the time. Eventually, as a Senior Lieutenant, he was given control of a patrol craft that was 200 feet long and had a crew of 100 with six officers.
In 1945, Finocan was ordered back to the states, was promoted to Lieutenant Commander, and given a long leave. He came back to Gloversville, and after the death of his father, took over the operation of the John W. Finocan Funeral Home and also met his future wife, Marilyn Collins. It was a loving union that lasted 67 years until her passing in 2013. John was also predeceased by his son, John W. Finocan III; his sister, Mary Finocan Heckler; and his son-in-law, Frank Vassi.
Mr. Finocan was the past president and life member of the Eccentric Club in Gloversville and also a member of the Catholic War Vets, Concordia Singing Society, and Knights of Columbus. He was a former Gloversville school board member and a member of the Seagate Club in Delray Beach.
He will always be remembered for his sense of humor and quick wit. He was a gifted storyteller and loved sharing many stories about his life’s experiences. John always wore a smile and made others smile too. He also loved to entertain and welcomed all of his family and friends to his homes in both Gloversville and Delray Beach.
Mr. Finocan was the happy and proud father of his surviving children, Shelly Ann Vassi of Delray Beach, Timothy Collins Finocan of Gloversville, and daughter-in-law, Elle Finocan of Saranac Lake; also his grandchildren, Justin Vassi (Jill), Daniel Vassi, Luke Vassi (Jenny), Gillian Kaag (Michael), Caitlyn Powers (Paddy), Amy Moviel (Scott), Thomas Finocan (Christina); six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
John’s family would like to thank the caring staff at Nathan Littauer Hospital and Mountain Valley Hospice, especially Anna Marie and Paulette, and his compassionate caregivers, Mavis, Flo, Samantha, Renee, Margie, Kari, and all the girls, along with his many friends for all of the love and support they gave and showed toward John and the family.
Burial with military honors will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville, N.Y., 12078.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John’s memory may be made to the Gloversville Public Library Campaign, 58 East Fulton St., Gloversville, N.Y., 12078.
Online condolences may be made to www.finocanfh.com.
Margaret A. Friday
Margaret A. Friday, age 101, a longtime Gloversville resident, died peacefully Wednesday morning, June 21, 2017, at Hospice of the Chesapeake, Pasadena, Maryland. She had been living at Sunrise Independent Living, Severna Park, Maryland, since 2007.
She was born November 4, 1915, in Gloversville, the daughter of Augustus and Evelyn Craig Fanch. She was a graduate of Gloversville High School, Gloversville Business School and the Brodean School. For many years, she worked as secretary to William Morris, Commissioner of the Fulton County Department of Social Services, Johnstown.
Mrs. Friday was a member of the Foothills United Methodist Church. She was Past Matron of Cayadutta Chapter 166 OES, now St. Monica Chapter 486 OES, where she had been a member since 1949. She also was Past District Deputy Grand Matron of the Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery District and Past Commissioner of Appeals of the Grand Chapter of the State of New York.
She is survived by her daughter, Gayle “Stormy” Friday, and her husband, James “Kit” Bradley, of Arnold, Maryland; a grandson, Kerry K. Bradley, and his wife, Nicole; two great-grandchildren, Alexander and Christopher Bradley of Ashburn, Virginia; as well as two nephews, Robert Fanch of Denver, Colorado, and Richard Fanch of Saratoga.
She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Durant M. Friday, in 2006; as well as a brother, John L. Fanch; and two sisters, Mildred Rockwell and Edna Frick.
Interment will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Eastern Star Home, Oriskany, N.Y., or Hospice of the Chesapeake, Pasadena, M.D.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brbsfuneral.com.
James “Jimmy” Hladik
James “Jimmy” Hladik, age 73 of Gloversville, passed away on Friday, June 23, 2017 at Albany Medical Center after a long illness.
He was born on May 30, 1944 in Johnstown, a son of the late John A. and Anna M. Maderic Hladik.
Jimmy’s father was one of the original founders of Lexington Center. Jimmy was a lifelong stock car racing fan and loved going to Fonda Speedway. He was a big fan of Elvis Presley and enjoyed collecting and playing records. In his younger days, Jimmy enjoyed working and cutting grass with his riding tractors at the family homestead on West Main Street. He was of the Catholic faith and was a longtime communicant of the former St. Anthony’s Church in Johnstown.
Survivors include one sister, Nancy Hladik of Penfield, one brother, John G. Hladik and his wife Jeanne of Johnstown, several nieces, nephews, cousins and his extended Lexington family.
There will be no calling hours.
Burial will be at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Johnstown.
Contributions may be made in his memory to the Lexington Foundation, 465 N. Perry Street, Johnstown, N.Y., 12095.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher St., Johnstown.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.barterdonnan.com.
Mary E. (White) King
Mary E. (White) King, age 95, of Johnstown, passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Wells Nursing Home, with her loving family by her side.
She was born in Canajoharie on May 20, 1922, a daughter of the late Harold D. and Lucy Wessels White.
Mary graduated from Canajoharie High School. She was quite musical, becoming an accomplished pianist and church organist, playing for over 60 years at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Canajoharie and Ormond Beach Presbyterian Church in Florida, as well as accompanying the Mohawk Valley Choralaires for many years.
Mrs. King was a loving wife, mother and homemaker who was supportive of her children and their activities, serving for a time as a Girl Scouts leader.
To the end, Mary was a sweet, gentle soul and a friend to all she met. Her faith guided and sustained her and gave her strength, and her warmth, openness and sense of humor made her a joy to be around. If she had a weakness, it was a seeming inability to drive past a garage sale.
Mrs. King is survived by sons Robert (Bettina) King and William (Susie) King and daughter Joanne (Gregory) Blair; grandchildren Jeffrey (Melissa Trachtenberg) King, Christopher (Sarah Winstead) King, Jennifer (Lee Orr) Monroe and Samuel King; great grandchildren Mariah and Aiden Monroe and Harvey, Russell, Maxwell and Alethea King and her “Florida daughter” Jamie (Ken) Hawes.
Mary was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, James E. King, infant daughter Jane Elizabeth King and sisters Helen Billings and Dorothy Kackley.
A memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher St., Johnstown.
Memorial visitation for family and friends will be on Friday prior to the service from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Interment was at Ames Cemetery, Ames, N.Y.
Mary’s family would like to thank the 1st Floor Staff at Wells Nursing Home. They have been friends as well as caretakers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice or to the Caroga Lake Evangelical Chapel, 102 Pine Avenue, Caroga Lake, N.Y.,12032.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.barterdonnan.com.
Paul E. Nelligan
Paul E. Nelligan of Broadalbin passed away June 17, 2017, at his home with his loving family by his side. Born on March 14, 1951, in Rochester, he was the son of the late James and Margaret (Neary) Nelligan. He was a resident of Broadalbin for many years. Paul retired from Target Distribution in 2011 and was an avid golfer and bowling enthusiast. He most enjoyed his travels to his home in South Carolina and the Myrtle Beach golf courses.
Paul is survived by his loving wife, Brenda J. (Lee) Nelligan, as well as sons, Paul E. Nelligan Jr. and Robert J. Nelligan. He is also survived by his brothers, William B. Nelligan (Gina) of Texas, Timothy A. Nelligan of Guilderland, Joseph P. Nelligan (Corrin) of Ballston Spa; his sister, Catherine E. Nalbert (Richard) of Charlton; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Paul was predeceased by brothers, John L. Nelligan, James D. Nelligan and Michael T. Nelligan.
At Paul’s request, his body will be donated to the Albany Medical College Anatomical Gift Program. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Albany Medical College Anatomical Gift Program or to Mountain Valley Hospice of Gloversville.
Father Egidio A. Vecchio
Father Egidio A. Vecchio, M.S., 90, a member of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, died May 25, 2017, at St. Dominic Village Nursing Home in Houston, Texas. He was born March 13, 1927, in Syracuse, son of the late Anthony and Angela (Pugliesi) Vecchio. After attending grammar and junior high school in Gloversville, he completed high school at the La Salette Seminary in Hartford, Conn. He entered the La Salette Novitiate on July 1, 1947, in Bloomfield, Conn., and made his first vows on July 2, 1948. He then completed his studies in philosophy and theology at the La Salette Seminary in Ipswich, Mass. Father Vecchio was ordained to the priesthood on June 4, 1955, at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Norwood, Mass.
After his ordination, he served as assistant shrine director at the former National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Later, he ministered as pastor or associate pastor at parishes in Michigan, Louisiana and Texas. He served with great enthusiasm the mission churches of Nacogdoches, Tex., especially in Moral, Tex. During Father’s ministry in Louisiana for over twenty years, he was appointed dean of the Sulphur Deanery and then Vicar of the West Vicariate by the Most Rev. Jude Speyer, D.D., when the Diocese of Lake Charles was created in 1980. Father Vecchio was most proud to serve the parishioners in Sulphur, La., while overseeing the construction and dedication of the new Our Lady of Prompt Succor parish church, complex and rectory. This parish is the foundational ministry of the La Salette priests and brothers in the south. He enjoyed his years as pastor in parishes in Vinton, DeRidder and the Immaculate Conception in Sulphur, La. While serving the Diocese of Beaumont, Tex., Father received the Pastor of the Year Award at the Tyler County Ministerial Alliance 17th Annual Community Thanksgiving Service in 2008. In the same year, his parish of Our Lady of the Pines in Woodville, Tex., was the recipient of the Bishop Curtis Guillory Parish Award for the greatest strides in Stewardship. In 2009, he was presented with the Honorary Outstanding Citizen Award by the Tyler County Chamber of Commerce in East Texas.
Father Vecchio shared his gifts and talents with the La Salette community in various administrative positions over the years as provincial supervisor, provincial councilor and provincial treasurer. As pastor, he took great pleasure in offering hospitality and hosting dinners for fellow clergy, including bishops, religious and laity. In 1999, he entered his final ministry assignment serving the parishioners of Our Lady of the Pines, Woodville, Tex., until his retirement in 2009. He resided at Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Sulphur, La., until he moved to St. Dominic Village in Houston, Tex.
In addition to his La Salette confreres, Father Vecchio, M.S., is survived by his sisters, Angie Parillo of Gloversville, Antoinette Sirois of Concord, N.C., and Theresa Mastropaolo of Gloversville. Father was predeceased by his sisters, Amelia Shramm and Mary Kurek; and his brother, Santo Vecchio. He was uncle to many nieces and nephews and will be missed by numerous relatives and loving friends.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated May 31, 2017, at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Parish in Sulphur, La. Burial took place in Mimosa Pines Cemetery in Sulphur, La. Condolences in his memory may be made to: Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette Retirement Fund, 915 Maple Ave., Hartford, Conn., 06114-2330. May he rest in peace.
James M. Wiley
James M. Wiley, age 60, of Main Street, Johnstown, passed away after a long illness on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at the Samuel Stratton VA Hospital in Albany.
Born on August 9, 1956, he was the son of the late Thomas E. (Sr.) and Jeannine Wiley. He graduated from Wilbur H. Lynch High School, then attended Fulton-Montgomery Community College and received a two-year liberal arts degree. James served in the U.S. Navy in Jacksonville, Fla. He worked as a security guard for SI Group in Schenectady for numerous years before retiring. James was a very kind and generous man who found great joy in helping others. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and was also an accomplished musician.
James is survived by his daughter, Samantha Wiley of Raleigh, N.C.; sons, Robert Wiley and Matthew Wiley both of Las Vegas, Nev.; brothers, Thomas Wiley (Pam Wilusz/partner) of Ballston Spa, Edward Wiley (Shelley) of Brooksville, Fla., Gerald Wiley of Sharon Springs, Terrance Wiley of Stockbridge, Ga.; and a sister, Jeannine Wiley of Sharon Springs. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Burial with military honors will be at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.
In lieu of flowers, donations in James’ name can be made to feedingamerica.org.
Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.