Nick Apolozan, age 80, of Gloversville, died Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Fulton Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, Gloversville.
He was born February 5, 1937, in Romania. He came to this country about 40 years ago and settled in New York City for several years. He later came to Gloversville and was employed by R.H. Crown Co. of Johnstown for about 20 years.
Burial will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery on the east side of South Kingsboro Ave., Gloversville.
Online condolences may be made at www.brbsfuneral.com.
Carolyn A. Blyth
Carolyn A. “Carol” Blyth, 54, of Gloversville died suddenly July 4 at Nathan Littauer Hospital.
Carol was born January 23, 1963, in Cobleskill, a daughter of James and (Bonnie) Blyth and Nancy and (Roland) Olson. She graduated from Berne-Knox Westerlo High School in 1981 and also attended Herkimer County Community College. For many years, Carol was employed at the Gloversville Walmart, and for the last five years, served as the assistant manager. Carol was known for her kindness and compassionate manner and enjoyed camping and socializing with family and friends.
Survivors include her life partner, Kathy Cook of Gloversville; her stepchildren, Rebecca Johnson of Amsterdam, Amy Johnson of Gloversville, and Elsie Roman of Amsterdam; eight grandchildren; her mother, Nancy (Roland) Olson of Citrus Springs, Fla.; her stepmother, Bonnie Blyth of Howes Cave; her siblings, James (Bunny) Blyth Jr. of St. Johnsville, Danny (Lisa) Blyth of Schenectady, Andrea (Brian) Borst of Schoharie, Jemima (Mark) Schinnerer of West Fulton, Richard (Laura) Diamond of Edmond, Okla., Brian (Annette) Diamond of Bethel, S.C., and Kimberley Klingbeil of Schenectady, along with several nieces, nephews and many wonderful friends, including Debbie and Stephen Cook. Carol was predeceased by her father, James Blyth Sr., in 2015.
Burial will be private at the convenience of family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Carol to the Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley, P.O. Box 40, Howes Cave, N.Y., 12092. Please visit www.langanfuneralhome.com to light a candle or leave a special message for Carol’s family.
Stephen F. Burda
Stephen F. Burda, 76, of Hagaman, has gone to his eternal rest on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, with his loving family by his side.
Born on February 25, 1941, in Johnstown, he was the son of the late Andrew and Anna Mellis-Burda. Stephen graduated from Johnstown High School, Class of 1959. He went on to become a barber where he devoted 50 years serving the Hagaman community at Reese’s Barbershop. He married the love of his life, Marjorie Marshall, on May 24, 1964. It was a beautiful union that lasted until his passing. Stephen was a former member of the Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department, a role he proudly played from 1967 until 1975. He was also a former member of the Hagaman Village Board, where he served for four years.
Stephen had an immense love for boating and being out on the lake cruising with his wife. He enjoyed going camping with his family and liked to bowl. He enjoyed having clam bakes with his family, and every year looked forward to his three-week winter vacation in Florida with his wife. Stephen had a very large personality and was well liked by all who had the fortune of meeting him. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.
Stephen is survived by his beloved wife, Marjorie Burda; his children, Steve (Carrie) Burda, Timothy Burda, Kathleen (Dan) Burda-Bryk, Kelly Burda-Morrison, and Jeffrey (Crista) Burda; his grandchildren, Tori, Cody, Casey, A.J., Josh, Jason, Shawn, Kira, Alexis, Joshua, Cory, Cheyenne, Dakota, Josh, and Seanna; his sisters- in-law, Marilyn Civic and Claudia Marshall. Many loving great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews also survive. Stephen was predeceased by his loving parents, Anna and Andrew Burda.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, 15 Main St., Fort Johnson.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105. Those wishing to express their condolences to the family may do so by signing our online memorial at www.brbsfuneral.com.
Marion H. Downer
Mrs. Marion H. Downer, age 97, of Gloversville, died Sunday, July 2, 2017, at Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home, Gloversville, following a long illness.
She was born August 6, 1919, in Johnstown, the daughter of Alfred and Julia Anna Warren Moyer. She attended the one room school known as the Scotch Bush School from 1926-1933, followed by Knox Junior High School and then graduated from Johnstown High School in 1937.
On May 29, 1941, she married Dale H. Downer Sr., who passed away May 20, 1991, just 9 days before they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Fremont Street United Methodist Church. She was a member of the church since 1938 as well as its Wesleyan Circle, the Administrative Council, the former Couples Club (later known as The Fremonters) which Marion and Dale started in 1946. They were the first Presidents of the club and since Dale’s death Marion has served as President several times as well as Vice President, Secretary and also of Sunshine and Publicity and was a Choir Mother for many years.
For over 50 years Marion was a member of the former Par-Tee Bowling League where she served as President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer for many years. She was a member of Concordia Ladies Singing Society, Lions Auxiliary holding offices as President, Vice-President, Sunshine and Tail Twister. She had also been a member of Cayadutta Chapter Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years.
In her long lifetime she has worked numerous jobs such as at Johnstown Knitting Mill, the telephone company as an operator, Robison & Smith as a switchboard operator, also as a telephone operator in Marysville and Yuba City, California in 1944. She also worked at St. Thomas Inc. and for 18 years at The Leader-Herald as an insertor where she retired from in 1992. She worked as a waitress at Glen’s Restaurant and also worked at the Gloversville Day Nursery.
Marion is survived by her daughter, Carol Ann Rorick and her husband Robert of Gloversville and Lehigh Acres, Florida; her son, Dale H. Downer II and his wife Gail of Mooresville, N.C.; three grandchildren, Robert A. Rorick II of Gloversville, Joseph M. Rorick of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Michelle Lynn Downer of Mooresville, N.C.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by all five of her siblings, Howard Moyer, Katherine Coonley, Dorothy Smith, Olive Pyne and Madolyn Colson.
Interment will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home, 99 E. State St., Gloversville, or to the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.brbsfuneral.com.
Robert A. Ferguson
Robert A. Ferguson, age 75, of Kingsboro Avenue, Gloversville, died peacefully on July 1, 2017, at Mountain Valley Hospice in Gloversville. Born in Catonsville, M.D., on January 5, 1942, he was the son of the late Harry and Eleanor Sanner Ferguson Jr. He will be much missed by many.
Robert went to high school in Catonsville, Md. He then went on to earn his AB, JD, and PhD (American Studies) at Harvard University.
He held appointments as Professor of English and of Law at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and since 1989, at Columbia University. Robert was also the author of numerous books and articles, and a forthcoming book (2018), “Metamorphosis: How to Transform Punishment in America.” He was a member of the Eccentric Club in Gloversville and various professional organizations.
Robert is survived by his wife, Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson, whom he married on September 13, 1987; a brother, Harry Ferguson, and was predeceased by his sister, Eleanor Davis. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
A special thank you to everyone at Mountain Valley Hospice for making this uncertain transition as certain as possible. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Robert’s memory to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Avenue, Gloversville N.Y., 12078. Please visit the online guestbook at www.finocanfh.com.
Corky Fisher of Johnstown joined his father in heaven unexpectedly on July 3, 2017 while doing something he loved with his family. He was 64.
He was born on June 23, 1953 in Gloversville to the late Curtis Thor Fisher and Lois (White) Fisher. He married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, the former Marjorie Anne Downes, on February 16, 1979.
Above all else, Corky was devoted to his family and loved spending time with them. He had an infectious laugh and was always smiling. He truly enjoyed life.
Corky grew up on Yost Street in Johnstown and had fond memories with the group of children that called themselves the “Yost Street Gang.”
One of his passions throughout his life was athletics. As a child he participated in the Johnstown Little League, where he was coached by his father. In high school he participated in track and field, as well as played varsity football for the Sir Bills. He was a 1971 graduate of Johnstown High School.
During his adult life, Corky played for the Glove Cities Colonials for 2 seasons. He played recreational softball for many years. He was a frequent sight at Meco Ballpark where he played with his son Braedon, son-in-law Edmund, daughter-in-law Melissa, and brother Derek. Corky was a huge fan of the New York Giants, the New York Mets, Syracuse University sports, NASCAR and the United States Men’s and Women’s National Soccer Teams. Throughout his life, he attended numerous sporting events accompanied by various friends and family members.
Another of Corky’s passions was coaching his children and granddaughter, Kalia, throughout their childhood. They were members of the Johnstown Little League and Fulton United Soccer Club. He was instrumental in starting girl’s soccer in the Johnstown School District where he was the first Modified, JV, and varsity head coach in program history. He employed the philosophy of equal playing time for all players regardless of score or situation, something his father taught him. He was involved in Cub Scout Pack 69 of Johnstown for ten years as a den leader for his sons. He also coached the Special Olympics in Bermuda in the early 1990s.
After high school, he worked at General Electric until he enrolled in Hudson Valley Community College. He eventually found his calling in the fall of 1981 when he started working for Lexington Center. He developed a special connection with the clients he worked with. To him it was more than just a job. He retired in May 2016.
After family, Corky’s other interests were birds, the Civil War, old cars, photography, family game nights, art, fantasy sports, Fonda races, gardening, golfing, camping, classic rock music and Monarch butterflies.
Corky is predeceased by his father, Curtis Thor Fisher. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, three children, Angela (husband Edmund) McClary, Austin Fisher, and Braedon (wife Melissa) Fisher, three beautiful granddaughters, Kalia Fisher, Nyla McClary, and Teaghan McClary, his mother Lois White Fisher, four siblings, Garth Fisher, Nadine (husband Bruce) Jennings, Derek Fisher, and Alexis Sandiford, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Fonda.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wells Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service of Fulton County.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.agcolefuneralhome.com.
Francis E. Hazard
Major General Francis E. Hazard (Ret.), 88, of Urbana, Ohio, died on Monday, July 3, 2017, at Mercy Memorial Hospital, Ohio. He was born May 20, 1929, in Gloversville, the son of Francis A. Hazard and Clara E. (Smith) Hazard.
Throughout his life, he had a dual career in the military and higher education. Following high school graduation, Hazard entered the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as a cadet in New London, Conn. He served a part-time commitment for 33 years in the USAF Reserves as an Ohio Air National Guard fighter pilot (16 years) and airlift pilot (16 years). Earning a direct commission as second lieutenant in 1955, he was rated fighter pilot in 1957. After flying airlift for the 145th Aeromedical Squadron, Hazard transferred to the 164th Tactical Fighter Squadron in Mansfield, Ohio, where he flew fighters and later airlift. At State Headquarters, he rose through the ranks as director of operations, deputy chief of staff, and chief of staff. General Hazard was a command pilot with more than 4,800 flying hours in the C-46, C-47, C-119, T-28, T-33, T-34, F-84F, F100D/F and C-130B aircraft.
Concurrent with his military career, he devoted 45 years of professional service to the field of higher education. Dr. Hazard was the founding dean of the Kent State University Tuscarawas campus in New Philadelphia, where he served for 18 years. In 1980, he became the dean and director of The Ohio State University Marion campus for 12 years, and concluded his career as president of Urbana University for 10 years. Dr. Hazard, president emeritus, retired in 2001. The institutions he led experienced positive financial growth as a result of his utilizing community leadership and corporate support. Dr. Hazard authored numerous publications, six of which appear in Research in Education, and one in The Journal of Extension.
A lifetime of community service included chairman of the board of The Marion Bank, chair of Marion County Youth Services Advisory Committee, regional vice president of American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, USAF Academy Liaison Officer, United Way director, president of the Ohio Outdoor Historical Drama Association Inc., producer of “Trumpet in the Land,” congressional adviser to the Military Affairs Committee, National Vice President of Symposiarchs Fraternity, decades of Rotary membership, Grimes Foundation trustee, board member of the Family Services Agency of Clark and Champaign County, and member of the Johnny Appleseed Foundation. He was an avid reader, and enjoyed skiing, fishing, golfing, travel and spending time with grandchildren.
Dr. Hazard was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Virginia (Beck), of nearly 60 years, and is survived by three daughters, Rebecca (Michael) Inkrott, Valerie (Jay) Mueck and Laura Brockway; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sisters, Esther (Carl) Looman, Irene Mang and Carol Traylor.
Burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery, Urbana.
Memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Hazard’s memory to the WhereHouse food pantry and outreach, Urbana United Methodist Church, 238 N. Main St., Urbana, Ohio, 43078.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.
Robert J. Johnson
Mr. Robert J. Johnson, age 60, of Mayfield, died Monday evening, July 3, 2017. Bob unexpectedly died while on his way home from his Northville patrol when he stopped to do what he always did, which was to help others.
He was born October 29, 1956, in Gloversville, the son of William and Delores Hitt Johnson. He was a 1975 graduate of Gloversville High School and a 1986 graduate of the New York State Police Academy.
Bob was employed for 20 years by the Gloversville Police Dept. until his retirement in 2006. He later worked part time for the Fulton Co. Sheriff’s Dept. and at the time of his death worked part time for the Northville Police Dept. and GS4 Security, as well as assisting his wife, Lorna, with Blinds by Elmendorf. He was Past President of the Gloversville PBA.
Bob is survived by his wife, Lorna Allan Johnson, whom he married on May 24, 2014; a son, Christopher Johnson of Newburgh; three daughters, Jennifer Elmendorf (Rick Cheney) of Mayfield, Laura Elmendorf of Gloversville and Sarah Elmendorf of Louisville, Ky.; his mother, Delores Johnson of Little River, S.C.; three brothers, Michael and wife Susan Palmer Johnson of Johnstown, Timothy and wife Michelle Johnson of Gloversville and Peter McShane of Baltimore, Md.; two sisters, Jeanne and husband David Adair of Little River, S.C., and Elizabeth and husband John Bright of Conway, S.C.; a grandson, Benjamin Cheney; mother-in-law, Jeanne Allan of Mayfield; brother-in-law, Tod Allan of Mayfield, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his father and two brothers, Francis Johnson and William Johnson Jr.
Interment of Bob’s cremated remains will be at Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Gloversville PBA, P.O. Box 313, Gloversville, N.Y., 12078 or to the charity of your choice.
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.brbsfuneral.com.
Martin C. Stevens Jr.
Martin C. Stevens Jr., age 89, of Richmond, Va., and for many years a resident of Gloversville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 21, 2017. He was born in Gloversville on May 19, 1928, the son of Martin C. and Lillian (Burns) Stevens. He was a United States Army veteran who served in Germany from 1949-52, and was a graduate of Broadalbin High School. He worked and lived in Springfield, Mass., for several years, but worked for most of his career at and retired from General Fibre Box in Amsterdam before moving to Richmond in 1996.
Marty was a loving son, brother and uncle, and a loyal friend to many. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Sally Ann (Stevens) Smith. He leaves his sister, Mary Jane (Stevens) Pierce of Westfield, Mass.; his nephews, Steven Pierce of Westfield, Kurt Pierce and his wife, Susan, of Westfield and Scott Smith of Saratoga Springs; and a devoted friend, Franklin Lewis of Richmond.
John N. Sullivan
John N. Sullivan, 70, of Elbridge, passed away June 22, 2017, with his wife, Peggy Westfall-Sullivan, by his side. He was born in Gloversville and served 25 years in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam and the New York Air National Guard 174th Fighter Wing until his retirement in 1993. He was employed by General Motors.
He was predeceased by his father, Eugene (Caroline), and mother, Mary (Boiano) Sullivan; and siblings, Patricia Henry, Eugene Jr., Constance, Jackie and Timothy Sullivan.
Survived by his wife, Peggy Westfall-Sullivan; his children, Derek (Dawn) Sullivan of S.C., Scott (Kerri) Sullivan of N.C., Heather (Dustin) Hall of N.C., Michael (Jennifer) Westfall of N.C., Phill, Brian and Jennifer Chisson of Bath; his siblings, James (Alison), Mark (Missy) Debbie (Drew) Fallis, William Dambrosi, Karen Horning, Terry (Shirley) Kress, Karen (Larry) Dickson and Kathy (Dale) Roloson; 16 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in Willard Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn, with a reception to follow at Millstone Golf Course, Route 5, Elbridge. Floral deliveries to the church Saturday morning between 10 and 11 a.m.
Frank Tino, 63, of Gloversville, passed away after a brief illness at Nathan Littauer Hospital on June 24, 2017. Born in Schenectady on December 27, 1953, he was the son of the late Martin J. Tino and Loretta Dashnaw.
Frank was a proud veteran of the United States Coast Guard. He was employed for many years by New York state as an electronics manager. He was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed boating and fishing.
He is survived by his two sons, Nicholas Tino of Cobleskill and Matthew Tino of Fonda; brothers, Tony (Debbie) Tino of Franklin, Conn., Michael (Tina) Tino of Rochester and James (Susan) Tino of Ballston Spa. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Phillip Tino.
Family and friends are invited to a service of committal at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on Monday, July 10, at 12 p.m. Please arrive no later than 15 minutes before the service as it will begin at 12 p.m. sharp. Deacon Joseph Romand will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org). Arrangements are in the care of Gloversville Funeral Service, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville, N.Y., 12078. Please visit the family’s online condolence website at www.gloversvillefuneralservice.com.