J. Walter Becker Jr.
J. Walter Becker Jr., 85, of Gloversville died Friday evening with his loving family by his side. Born in Central Bridge, he was the son of Walter and Rita Van Pelt Becker.
Walter worked on the family farm in Randall and also was a maintenance worker at various McDonald’s restaurants in the area for many years. Walter was very interested in the study of genealogy and was very active and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Biscotti Becker; his children, Kim Becker, Dean (Susie) Becker, Gary (Cindy) Becker, Brent Becker, Christine (Dwayne) Gallt and Brenda (Bill) Dorman; 21 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Joyce Miers Becker.
Interment will be in Esperance Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave., Gloversville, N.Y., 12078, or Alzheimer’s Assoc., Pine West Plaza, Washington Ave. Extension, Albany, N.Y., 12205. Online condolences at www.amicofuneralhome.com.
Patricia A. (Mongin) Berger
Patricia A. (Mongin) Berger, a resident of Chelmsford, Mass., for 49 years, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at Lowell General Hospital. She was 80 years old.
She was born in Amsterdam on January 25, 1937, and was a daughter of the late Michael J. and Aurelia R. (Widmyer) Mongin of Johnstown.
Patricia grew up on Fordham Road in the Bronx and attended St. Nicholas of Tolentine High School and later Hunter College. Her career began in New York City in the insurance industry. After her marriage to Guy, she moved to Boston and eventually to Chelmsford. Once her children were older, Patricia transitioned to real estate and spent over 30 years as a realtor. She was always very active in the community and was a familiar face working the polls at election time. Patricia was an avid bridge player and enjoyed playing tennis. She also loved to travel and garden.
Patricia is survived by her children, Michael P. Berger and his wife, Kristina, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Tamara J. Wickramasinghe and her husband, Raj, of Winchester; and three grandchildren, Malia K. Berger, and Ollie and Anya Wickramasinghe. She also leaves a brother, Michael J. Mongin and his wife, Elaine, of Johnstown. She was the wife of the late Guy B. Berger.
Interment is in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Chelmsford. For those who desire, donations in memory of Pat may be made to the charity of one’s choice. For online condolences, visit chelmsfordfuneralhome.com.
Christine E. Coughlin
Christine E. Coughlin passed away on June 20, 2017, after complications from a hip fracture.
Christine was born on December 25, 1925, in Haverhill, Mass., the daughter of the late Jeremiah W. Connolly II and Sadie M. Kennedy-Connolly.
Christine attended school in Massachusetts and was employed for several years at the Hytron Radio Corp. in Newburyport, Mass. Christine then served in the Women’s Army Corps from 1952 to 1954. She was married to John (Jack) R. Coughlin in 1954. Jack and Chris settled in Johnstown and built their house at 907 South Perry St., in 1965, where they raised their three children and resided until 2016.
Christine enjoyed going to the theater, traveling, bowling and skiing. She had beautiful handwriting and spent many years completing certificates for the Johnstown School District. Christine also loved her many pets over the years including Jingles, Suzie, Cherri, Abbie and Suzie II.
Christine is survived by her husband, John R. Coughlin; son, Perry W. Coughlin and wife, Deborah; and daughter, Kellie A. Hastedt and husband Bruce; her sister, Evelyn M. Tracchia and husband, Charles; grandchildren, Bryan J. Coughlin and wife, Ruby, Elyse K. Dostie-Slavich and husband, Alexander, Matthew R. Coughlin and wife, Mikka, Rebecca A. Lescrynski and husband, Richard; and eight great-grandchildren, Abigail, Ryan, Sebastian, Seth, Emmaline, Jasmine, William and Jaclyn. Christine was predeceased by her daughter, Dale L. Coughlin; her brother, Jeremiah W. Connolly III; and her sister, Lorraine F. Blasi.
Send your condolences to Jack and family by mailing cards to John R. Coughlin, c/o Kellie Hastedt, 595 Chapel St., Lee, Mass., 01238. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to honor Christine’s wishes for donations to be made in her memory to the James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society, 437 Nine Mile Tree Road, Gloversville, N.Y., 12078.
Joseph P. Fiorito
Joseph P. Fiorito, age 94, of Johnstown, died Sunday, July 23, 2017, at Wells Nursing Home, Johnstown.
He was born January 21, 1923, in Johnstown, the son of Alfio and Tindara Ricciardi Fiorito.
A 1941 graduate of Johnstown High School, Joe served as a corporal in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Joe was an airplane electrical mechanic, and his enlistment included being stationed in the Western Pacific Theater of Operation.
Joe’s decorations included the American Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was employed by Independent Leather as a shipping supervisor for 34 years until his retirement.
Joe was married to Virginia M. Semione on February 9, 1952. Virginia passed away January 30, 1984. He is survived by several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, Virginia, Joe was predeceased by his parents and all six of his brothers and sisters, Peter J. Fiorito, Anthony P. Fiorito, Mary F. Mancini, Josephine F. Shores Camp, Barbara F. Intone and Ida F. Vincent. Joe was also predeceased by his companion of many years, Eleanor E. Russo.
Joe was an avid sports fan, especially of New York Yankees baseball and horse racing. He loved music and dancing with his wife Ginny. He had an infectious laugh, and little known by most, enjoyed drawing, especially that of people and horses.
For Christmas of 2012, a trip was arranged by his nephews, Bruce Frank and Jim Shores and niece, Rebecca Shores to fly to High Point, N.C., to visit his sisters, Josephine and Mary. It was a wonderful reunion and a blessed memory.
Many thanks to Joe’s kind neighbors at Trackside Apartments, especially to Beverly, Charlie and Camille. Also, many thanks to the staff at Pine View Commons, and to his roommate-second cousin Rosario Liccardi and his daughter Camille, and to the staff of the Wells Nursing Home. Additionally, thank you to his nephew-godson, Bruce Frank for attending to Joe’s needs and personal affairs in his later years. Lastly, many thanks to those family members who invited Joe into their homes for the holidays over the years.
Interment has taken place at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the VFW National Headquarters.
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.brbsfuneral.com.
Michael F. Geraghty
Attorney Michael F. Geraghty, age 94, of Saratoga Boulevard, Gloversville, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 31, 2017. Born September 20, 1922, to Michael P. and Anne (Derrig) Geraghty in Little Falls, he attended Saint Mary’s Academy in Little Falls and later graduated from Gloversville High School in 1940. He graduated from the College of Holy Cross, where he was a member of the President’s Council and an avid Crusaders fan.
In World War II, Mike served in General Patton’s 3rd Army as a member of the 11th Tank Battalion of the 10th Armored Division. During his service, he achieved the rank of sergeant and was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in action. Following his service, Mike graduated from Georgetown University Law Center. He returned to the area and practiced law for over 60 years. Mike was married to Eleanor B. (Mosher) Geraghty on July 25, 1981, who predeceased him. He was also predeceased by his sister Mary Geraghty; and his brothers John, Alfred and James Geraghty.
Michael Geraghty is survived by children, Michael F. Geraghty Jr. (Katherine), Sue Geraghty Eckert and Patrice A. Geraghty; grandchildren, Kelly D. Geraghty, Michael F. Geraghty III, Michael P. Eckert, Katelyn S. Eckert and Mackenzie E. Geraghty; stepson, Vaughn B. Mosher (Roberta); step-grandchildren, Alexandra Mosher (Darren Maksymetz) and Reid Mosher; great-grandchildren, Derrig S. Geraghty, Owen P. Geraghty and McKenna M. Geraghty. He is also survived by his siblings, Martin Geraghty, Teresa Becker and Brendan Geraghty; sister-in-law, Emer Geraghty; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Through the years, Mike has touched the lives of many within the community and those he met in his travels. He will also be greatly missed by the close friendships that he cherished from all walks of life, and will be best known as an advocate attorney for those who would have gone otherwise unrepresented.
Interment will take place in the Gerald B.H. Soloman Saratoga National Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Parkhurst Field Foundation, P.O. Box 706, Gloversville, N.Y., 12078, or a charity of one’s choice. For additional details, log on to: finocanfuneralhome.com.
Richard A. Johnston
Richard A. (Dick) Johnston, age 86, of Gloversville passed away on July 30, 2017, at Mountain Valley Hospice following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Dick was born September 22, 1930, in Muskegon, Michigan, the son of the late Andrew (Bud) Johnston and Loraine (Bernier) Johnston. Dick graduated from Flushing High School, then attended Florida Southern University and Hofstra University until being drafted into the Marine Corps, serving from 1951 to 1953 when he was honorably discharged.
On October 11, 1953, Dick married his high school sweetheart, Margaret (Peg) O’Shaughnessy, then moved to Gloversville to work for Decca Records. He remained with Decca Records for 18 years. In 1971, Dick along with his wife Peg, became the owner/operators of Dick & Peg’s Northward Inn.
Dick was an all-around athlete, an avid outdoorsman and loved all four seasons. He was a founding member of Camp Chuck-a-Muck in Owl Pond. Dick was very involved in his community as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, member of the Board of the Industrial Development Corps, the YMCA, Pine Brook Golf Club and the Lions Club.
Dick is survived by his wife of 64 years, Peg. Survivors also include his son, Robert (Bob) Johnston (Patty); his daughter, Lora Johnston (John); granddaughter, Ashley Lauria; grandsons, Michael, Kevin and Kyle Johnston; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Dick was predeceased by his two sons, Michael and Jack Johnston; his son-in-law, Steven Swartwout; along with two brothers, Robert and David Johnston.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave., Gloversville, N.Y., 12078, or the Lexington Foundation, 465 North Perry St., Johnstown, N.Y., 12095, or the charity of your choice.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting www.barterdonnan.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Barter & Donnan Funeral Home.
Etta M. LaRowe
Etta M. LaRowe, 90, of Gloversville passed away peacefully on July 30, 2017, at Nathan Littauer Hospital with her loving family and friends by her side.
Born August 10, 1926, in Gloversville she was the daughter of the late George Q. Miller and Olive Smith Miller.
Etta loved to cook and feed everyone who stopped to visit her. She was an excellent cook. She enjoyed Memorial Day and Labor Day picnics with family and friends. She enjoyed the fellowship of her cats, watching the Yankees, Shirley Temple and her favorite movie of all time was “Gone With the Wind.” She was truly a sweet and caring lady and will truly be missed by all who knew her.
Etta is survived by her sons, Ken LaRowe Jr. (Linda) of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Thomas LaRowe (Sue Ellen) of Gloversville; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild. She leaves behind several nieces and nephews.
Etta was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth LaRowe Sr.; her parents; daughter, Diane LaRowe; her brothers, Donald, Horton and Bernard Miller; and sisters, Dorothy Straight and Myrtle Miller.
Burial was at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Gloversville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105. Please visit the family’s online condolence website at www.gloversvillefuneralservice.com.
Joshua A. McSpirit
Joshua A. McSpirit, age 25, of Gloversville, passed away due to a fishing accident on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
He was born on October 30, 1991, in Gloversville, a son of Kevin A. Scott of Gloversville and Susan McSpirit of Mayfield.
Josh was a class of 2009 graduate of Gloversville High School. He was employed as a laborer at Tomra Recycling in Rotterdam. He also worked at Schoolhouse Pallets in Mayfield. Mr. McSpirit previously attended Emmanuel Baptist Church and Adirondack Baptist Church. He was a member of the Teamsters Union.
He is survived by his mother Susan McSpirit of Mayfield, father Kevin A. Scott and his stepmom Andrea of Gloversville; fiancee Jessica Duteau of Gloversville; a son, Jackson McSpirit, and a stepson, Hunter Poultney; two brothers, Lawson James Ippoliti and Sheldon LeVeille; one sister, Kathleen Mussey; paternal grandmother, Joan M. Scott of Mayfield; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Josh was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Furman Joseph McSpirit and Gertrude Ward McSpirit, and paternal grandfather Robert Scott.
Interment will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville, at the convenience of the family.
Contributions in Josh’s memory may be made to the Jackson McSpirit Trust Fund, c/o Joan M. Scott, 14 N. School St., Mayfield, N.Y., 12117.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.agcolefuneralhome.com.
Robert P. Paine
Mr. Robert P. Paine passed away on June 21, 2017, at Brookdale Countryside, Clearwater, Florida. Born in Schenectady on August 1, 1924, he was the son of Prescott W. and Grace Eldred Paine.
Robert entered into the apprentice program at GE prior to joining the Army in 1943. He served in the Normandy Campaign, Norther Europe Campaign and Central Europe Campaign receiving four bronze stars. After the war, he worked for Anderson Instrument Company where he retired as vice president. He then decided to use his watchmaking skills and opened Paine Jewelers in Fultonville. Robert was an avid skeet and trap shooter. He was a life member of the NRA, Pine Tree Rifle Club and the Ilion Fish and Game Club. He was also a 50 year member of the Oriental Shrine and Masonic Lodge.
He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Anderson Paine on August 31, 1990; and his brother, Frank on December 4, 1968. Survivors include four nieces and nephews.
Interment with full military honors was at the Maple Avenue Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Pine Tree Rifle Club, 419 Johnson Ave., Gloversville, N.Y., 12078. Please visit the online memorial at www.brbsfuneral.com.
Glen R. Scribner, Jr.
Glen R. Scribner, Jr., age 73, of Johnstown, passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Amsterdam.
He was born in Gloversville on January 17, 1944, a son of the late Glen R. Scribner, Sr. and Dorothy Mildred Leach Scribner.
Glen was a Wells Central School graduate. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1966 aboard the U.S.S. Lake Champlain. Mr. Scribner also served as a Johnstown police officer in the early 1970s. He then was employed as a building & grounds laborer for Fulton County until his retirement. Glen was a proud lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #1575, Johnstown, and held every office position with the organization.
Mr. Scribner is survived by his wife, Dianne L. Weaver Scribner, who he married on June 22, 1991; three daughters, Tammy Scribner of Wendell, North Carolina, Sherri Kolacki and her husband, Michael, of Orlando, Fla., and Lisa Quinn and her husband, Jason, of Wendell, North Carolina; one son, Glen R. Scribner III and his wife, Jessica, of Johnstown; one stepson, Anthony Papini of Northampton; nine grandchildren, Amber Dimick, Keith Dimick, Bobby Lambert, Damian Lambert, Amanda Guerra, Samantha Griffin, Brian McMichael, Kayla McMichael and Allison Scribner; five great-grandchildren; and his beloved canine companion, Buddy.
In keeping with Glen’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral services.
Cremation was at Vale Crematory, Schenectady.
Contributions in Glen’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project online at support.woundedwarriorproject.org.
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.
David W. Stanyon
David W. Stanyon, 59, of St. Cloud, Fla., died Friday, July 28, 2017, at Orlando VA Medical Center, Orlando, Fla.
He was born October 19, 1957, in Syracuse, the son of Donald and Lois Behlen Stanyon.
A 1975 graduate of Gloversville High School, he served in the U.S. Army from 1976 to 1979. He was the owner of Quality Phone Service of Florida. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed both snow and water skiing. He has resided in the St. Cloud area since 1981.
David was Past Master of the Masonic Lodge of St. Cloud, Fla.
He is survived by his wife, Diane Cronin Stanyon of St. Cloud, Fla.; two children, Trishia Stanyon-Johnson (Jeremy) and Ryan Stanyon of St. Cloud; two brothers, Donald F. Stanyon Jr. (Lisa) of Gloversville and Daniel R. Stanyon (Dawn) of Canaan, Conn.; a grandson, Jason Johnson; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Interment with military honors will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the American Cancer Society, 1 Penny Lane, Latham, N.Y., 12110.
Online condolences may be made at www.brbsfuneral.com.
Clyde Victor Stuart
Clyde Victor Stuart, 81, of Gloversville passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at home.
Born May 27, 1936, in Hope, he was the son of Hazel Scribner and Victor Stuart.
On December 3, 1982, he married Clara Graft, who passed away July 2012.
Clyde was predeceased by his sister, Doris Kilgore, and his brother, Richard Scribner.
Clyde is survived by his sister, Barbara Homs of Amsterdam, and his children, Bonnie (Mel) Wilcox of South Carolina, James Stuart of Massachusetts, Cindy (Mark) Loux of Broadalbin, Sharon (Clyde) Peek of Gloversville, Lori Stuart of Rockwood, Laurel Coon of Johnstown, Karen Insogna (Brad) of Gloversville, Phyllis (Joe) Lair of Johnstown, and Kenneth (Holly) Bunn of Broadalbin.
Clyde is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Clyde donated his remains to Albany Medical College.
There will be a memorial service at Kingsboro Towers Community Room, 2 Frontage Road, on Saturday, August 5, at 3 p.m.
Franklyn S. Topliff
Franklyn S. Topliff of Gloversville passed away peacefully on Monday, July 31, 2017, at the Nancy Dowd Mountain Valley Hospice Home, Gloversville. He was born February 18, 1921, to H. Stroah Topliff and May (Smith) Topliff LaBarr. He was 96 years old.
Franklyn graduated from Gloversville High School and enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served for three years in Europe.
Franklyn worked for a couple of aircraft companies, G.E., other companies and Mohawk Cabinet, later called Hussmann’s as an arc welder, retiring in 1984. He was also self-employed, with his wife, in the business of silking gloves. He was also a musician. He worked for several orchestras, bands and combos, and until very recently, for 40 years with singer Fran Dybas. At the young age of 5 years old, he taught himself to play the piano. He had no formal training.
Franklyn walked 5 miles every day for many, many years. He was very handy and did many jobs around the house. He built a walk-in closet as an addition, paneled and built a closet in the bedroom, remodeled the kitchen, sanded and varnished all of the hardwood floors and many, many other jobs around the house.
Franklyn’s family meant the world to him. He was married to the love of his life, Beatrice J. Sprung Topliff, on June 14, 1947. She predeceased him on May 21, 2015. He is survived by his children, Kenneth C. Topliff (Gina Ruller) of Hudson, Florida, Carol B. Topliff Johnson of Gloversville, and Douglas S. Topliff of Gloversville; his grandchildren, Jason T. Topliff, Leila L. Johnson, Yassin L. Johnson, Jephthah A. (Amy) Johnson, Annabelle Topliff (Ollie), Stroah (Tajia) Topliff and Tanisha Topliff; and his great-grandchildren, Beaza, Zemzem, and Keyre, Robert Bultman, Thaddeus Johnson, Arya Johnson, Joshua Graham Jr., Aidan Foster and Sophia Topliff. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and other family members. He was predeceased by his parents, wife, grandson Ryan K. Topliff, and sister Helen Kneaskern.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. R.W. Williams officiating.
Interment will take place at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Nancy Dowd Mountain Valley Hospice Home, 108 Steele Ave., Gloversville, N.Y., 12078.
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.brbsfuneral.com.