Mrs. Evon Abraham, daughter of George and Malvena Alexander, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2017.
She was predeceased by her husband, Naif Abraham, who passed away on January 13, 1996; and her daughter-in-law, Karen Abraham on October 1, 2014; and her siblings, Elaine, Evelyn, Edward and Edmond. She is survived by her children, Naif Jr. (Mary), Eddy and Cheryl; her grandchildren, Eddy Jr., Adrian, Naif III and Jenny; her great-grandchildren, Kyleigh, Quentin, and Nolan.
A private service will be held at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home for her family members only. Interment will be held at Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Evon was born and raised in Columbia, S.C. This is where she met her husband as he was stationed there before his military service in Europe during WW II.
Evon was a homemaker who also helped her husband run Naif’s family convenience store.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave., Gloversville, N.Y., 12078.
Online condolences may be made to Evon’s family at www.brbsfuneral.com.
Stephen P. Arnold
On Saturday, August 5, 2017, the Lord called Stephen P. Arnold, age 62 of Gloversville, home to be with his late wife, Denise F.J. Arnold.
Stephen was born on September 11, 1954, in Gloversville, to the late Forrest and Yona Valik Arnold.
He is survived by his beloved only daughter, Christine (Jodi) Soltner; his cherished granddaughter, Juliana Briggs; and adored grandson, Joshua Robbs; and his special niece, Jolene Johnson.
He is also survived by his siblings, Janna Arnold (Ray), Joanna (Deb) Taylor, Besty (Dave) Lindsley, Frank (Cara) Arnold, Micki McClary, Gina (Mike) Poindexter, Philip (Donna) Arnold, David (Cindy) Arnold and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Stephen was predeceased by his wife, Denise F.J. Arnold, who passed on December 3, 2016; one sister, Melissa Arnold; and one niece, Amy King.
He married his best friend, Denise Frasier on July 28, 1973. Stephen worked at many area factories. Mr. Arnold was of the Christian faith. He loved spending time with his family around the campfires. Stephen loved to watch TCM old movies, history and politics. He loved spending time with grandbabies Joshua his buggyboy and Juliana his little NayNay. He also loved talking and debating politics with his daughter-in-law, Jodi. Every Daddy loves his little girl and I was my Daddy’s little girl, I love my Daddy, I will truly miss him.
There will be no services or calling hours.
Cremation was at Vale Crematory, Schenectady.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 East Main St., Johnstown.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.agcolefuneralhome.com.
Our beloved mother, Virginia Alice Whitaker Beesmer, 81, of 150 Stone Road, West Hurley, New York, passed to her eternal reward on Sunday, August 6, 2017, in the home of her oldest son and daughter-in-law, the Rev. Donald and Linda Snedeker, of 34 Snedeker Road, Clifford Twp., Pa., 18470-7571, after a yearlong battle with auto-immune non-alcoholic liver disease.
She was born on November 28, 1935, in Mt. Marion, the daughter of the late Theodore (Ted) R. Whitaker and Elizabeth Law Snedeker. She was educated in Kingston and Sandy Creek, area schools. In around 1951, she moved from the Kingston area to the Snedeker Family Farm in Lacona, where she resided in the upstate New York area, before returning in 1974, back to the Kingston area where she has resided for the last 43 years.
In the early part of her life she was closely associated with the Free Methodist Church and was baptized in the Old Tremper Avenue Free Methodist Church of Kingston in 1939, by then pastor, the late Rev. Louis Smith. It is believed that she became a junior member of that church sometime later. She had many treasured memories of attending with her mother the summer annual Free Methodist Camp meetings at Hancock, often traveling there by train from Kingston. During the last 40 years of her life, she was closely associated with and supported the Evangelical Wesleyan Church, and was a faithful supporter of the Fox Hill Camp Meeting, near Northville, and attended the Lake Idlewild and Great Bend, Pa. churches, when she was in the area. She also attended the Stone Ridge Pilgrim Holiness Church for several years.
For most of her life she was a stay-at-home mom and housewife, but she did work for a time at a needle manufacturing supply company in Syracuse. She was the bookkeeper and secretary for the Beesmer’s Construction Co. Inc., until it closed in 2011.
Her lifelong dedication for over 50 years was for the love, care, health, and happiness of her youngest disabled son, Thomas Bagalonis Jr. Her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren were the light of her life.
She is survived by her four sons, the Rev. Donald D. Snedeker and wife Linda, Randy Snedeker and wife Kathy of Gloversville, Brian Bagalonis and wife Joan of West Hurley, and Thomas Bagalonis Jr. of Woodstock; two stepdaughters; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and many dear friends.
She was predeceased by her three husbands, Robert C. Snedeker, Thomas Bagalonis Sr., and Donald G. Beesmer; along with her stepfather, the Rev. Clarence A. Snedeker; a sister, Marjorie Whitaker Gagne; and a nephew, Timothy A. Fracassee.
Interment will be in the family plot at the Mt. Marion, N.Y., Cemetery.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the one of the following: The Parking Lot Building Fund of the Stateline Evangelical Wesleyan Church of 26710 State Route 11, Great Bend, Pa., 18821 or The Fox Hill Camp Improvement Fund, 225 Fox Hill Road, Northville, N.Y., 12134.
Bruce L. Davis
Bruce L. Davis, 77, of Johnstown, passed away peacefully with his family by his side Saturday, August 5, 2017, at St. Mary’s Health Care, Amsterdam.
He was born April 26, 1940, in Chesapeake City, M.D. He was the son of the late Henry Davis and Emma Mae Robinson Dether. Bruce married the former Merry Lou Klymkow and celebrated 54 years of marriage.
In Bruce’s early years he was a trainer and driver of standard bred horses, racing in the New England States. After settling in New York, Bruce was an automobile salesman at various dealerships in Fulton County for 39 years, retiring from Rose Buick and Fagant’s Auto Sales.
Bruce enjoyed spending time at family gatherings and visiting with family and friends while traveling to his winter home in Florida. While in Florida he enjoyed playing golf with his new friends from the states and Canada. For many years Bruce bowled with the Saturday Night Hellers and was always up for the challenge. He loved getting on his lawn mower to mow all his lawns, his and friends. He was known as the “Lawn Superintendent.” He will be missed by all he knew and loved.
Bruce is survived by his wife and three children, Bonnie Scott (Susanne Wilson) of Hernando, Fla.; Robert Davis (Joanne) of Gloversville and William Davis (Debbie) of Earleville, M.D.; a brother, Carl Davis of Smyrna, Del.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents; also a brother, Henry Davis of Warwick, M.D.; a sister, Joyce Boulden of Cecilton, M.D.; and a grandson, Joshua Hartford Davis of Gloversville.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the American Lung Association, 1595 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, N.Y., 14620.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Gloversville.
Online condolences may be made at www.brbsfuneral.com.
Robert H. Hawley
Robert H. Hawley, aged 89, passed peacefully Sunday, August 6, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Born July 15, 1928, and raised in Gloversville. Robert served brief tours in the Marines and Merchant Marine. Later he returned to Gloversville, served with the Gloversville Police Department, and met the love of his life, Marianne. They were married on February 27, 1956.
Robert became a father with the birth of his children, Michael and Nadine. He has anchored a strong family ever since. After ending his public service, Robert moved to Maryland and worked as a security guard. He raised his family in Maryland and always enjoyed the simple pleasures of family life.
Robert was a modern renaissance man who taught himself German and Italian in order to more fully enjoy his love of Opera. He was also an avid marksman, a lover of thoroughbreds, a history buff, a witty writer, a voracious reader, a devoted pet owner, a dedicated runner, a film connoisseur, a shrewd bargain hunter, a loyal football fan, a great friend, an amazing grandpa, a thoughtful gift giver and the picture of health for 89 years. Robert always defended what he thought was right and never lacked a sharp witty response. He showed what was important in life by the way he lived.
Robert is sorely missed by his loving wife and children, extended family (especially James and Loretta Hawley), a wide circle of adoring grandchildren and numerous friends. A celebration of life will be held in September. Contact Nadine (Hawley) Blusiewicz at [email protected] for further details.
Rev. Douglas G. Lathrop
Rev. Douglas G. Lathrop was the son of the late George J. Lathrop of S. Lincoln, Vt. and the late Jean Burnham Lathrop of Gloversville and Littleton, Colo. He was born in the old Littauer Hospital in Gloversville on March 17, 1945, and entered eternal rest on August 7, 2017.
Moving to Amsterdam in 1953, he was a graduate of Wilber H. Lynch High School in Amsterdam, class of 1963; Fulton-Montgomery Community College, first class of 1966; SUNY Oneonta with a BA and MSEd degrees in 1967 and 1972 respectively. He also attended the Course of Study at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Lathrop began his teaching career in 1967 at the Glen Worden Elementary School which is in the Scotia-Glenville School District. Moving back to Gloversville in 1971, his career consisted in teaching at Estee Middle School Physical Science, Chemistry and Earth Science. He also completed post-graduate work in the Geologic Sciences at SUNY Albany. Affiliations include the Gloversville Retired Teachers Assn., NYSRTA, AFT, and the Hudson-Mohawk Professional Geologist Assn; retiring from teaching in 2000.
His life’s passion, after his wife, children and grandchildren, was his fascination for the Adirondack Mountains. He studied the flora, fauna, lore, and traditions of the local colorful people who explored and survived the harsh living conditions. He hiked, drove and paddled inside the Blue Line.
He received his license to preach in 1965, served as a supply pastor during other pastor’s summer vacations; in 1971 he was appointed the part-time pastor of Northampton UMC, in 1972-2002, appointed Youth Pastor, Assistant Pastor, and Associate Pastor of the Foothills UMC, Gloversville, In 2002, he was appointed Pastor of Wells UMC, and in 2005 appointed Pastor of the Multi-denominational United Church of Kanab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona, finally retiring in 2009 after a successful new Worship building project.
Prior to retiring from teaching, he spent summers working for the N.Y. S. Dept. of Health as a Public Health Inspector for Fulton, Montgomery and Herkimer Counties. He was an Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 53, Health Director, Program Director, and Camp Director of the former Woodworth Lake Scout Reservation. He was a NYSDEC Licensed Guide and a charter member of the New York State Outdoor Guides Assn. He was also trained in scouting for the handicapped and served on the committee to establish Lexington Center’s Troop 5. He spent 20 years representing Gloversville on the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board, serving as chairman on three separate occasions. He served as a chaplain for the Local Hospice Assn. and part-time chaplain at the Nathan Littauer Hospital.
While living in Kanab, Utah, he volunteered in the Paleontology Lab for the Bureau of Land Management, preparing Hadrosaur specimens for the Utah Natural History Museum.
He was a Past Master of Gloversville Lodge 429 F. & A. M., St. Patrick’s Lodge 4 F and A.M., and Grand Chaplain Emeritus of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York, a member of Sacandaga Chapter 116, Royal Arch Masons, St. George Commandry 37, Knight Templars, and 32nd Degree Mason of the Valley of Schenectady Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.
After the 2009 retirement, he and his wife Jill divided their time, spending summers in Superior, Colo., near the Flat Irons, and winters in Yuma, Ariz. Eventually, they became permanent residents in Yuma, Ariz.
Besides his wife Jill (nee Walrath), whom he married in 1993, he is survived by sons, Douglas A. of Gloversville, Jeffrey G. (Marcelle) of Naperville, Ill.,, Andrew M. (Melanie) of Gloversville; and stepchildren, Doreen M. Smith (Robert Jr.) of Meco and Donald M. Canfield (Kirstin) of Lakewood, Colo.; and grandchildren, Morgan, Quade, Carson, Adriana, Miles, Vincent, and Lucas. Also surviving are two half sisters, Anne Marie and Lisa.
The family would like to personally thank all the staff on the second floor at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam for their exceptional care, compassion and attentiveness to Doug and his family.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Gloversville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 1 Penny Lane, Latham, N.Y., 12110 or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 5 Computer Drive West, Suite 100, Albany, N.Y., 12205 or to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave., Gloversville, N.Y., 12078.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brbsfuneral.com.
Elaine B. Loucks
Elaine B. Loucks, age 66, of Gloversville, passed away on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Born to the late Everett Loucks Sr. and Leona Abbott Loucks.
She is survived by her son, William J. Loucks (Ada), three grandchildren, Crystal Loucks, Austin Loucks, and Andrew Loucks; one great-grandchild, Liam; three sisters, Priscilla Blood (Gary), Inza O’Connor (Paul), Rhoda Klingbeil (Earl); four brothers, LeRoy Loucks, John Loucks (Kin), Everett Loucks (Judy) and William K. Loucks.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Burt C. Loucks; and three sisters, Sylvia Lightcap, Dorothea Jump and Dorothy Dingman.
The memorial service will be conducted on August 19, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Hope Chapel, 8 Nicholas St., Johnstown, N.Y., 12095.
Evelyn X. Muska
Evelyn X. Muska, age 91, of Johnstown, passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2017, at the River Ridge Living Center, Amsterdam.
She was born on December 28, 1925, in Johnstown, a daughter of the late Louis Jurica and Julia Stortecky Jurica.
Evelyn attended Johnstown schools and was employed as a glove worker for many local glove manufacturers. She was also employed at Universal Distribution. Mrs. Muska was of the Catholic faith, a communicant of Holy Trinity Church. Evelyn was a member of the Caroga Lake Seniors.
She is survived by her two daughters, Lynn Mylott and her husband Tom and Susanne E. Joyce, both of Johnstown; one sister, Helen Abel of Johnstown; four grandchildren, Jason Mylott (Kristi), Jeff Mylott (Michelle), Michelle Kollar (Robert) and Gregory J. Joyce; three great-grandchildren, Mason Mylott, Hudson Mylott and Madison Kollar; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Evelyn was predeceased by her husband, Michael J. Muska, whom she married on August 28, 1945, and he passed on February 27, 2002; two brothers, Joseph Jurica and Billy Jurica; two sisters, Julia Mylott and Frances Bunce; and son-in-law, Gregory M. Joyce.
Interment will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Johnstown.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
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.
Virginia Nevich, of Johnstown, passed away on August 12, 2017, at 2:18 a.m.
Born on September 10, 1927, in Amsterdam, a daughter of the late John and Anna Yakas Crouse. She was a lifelong area resident and attended Amsterdam schools.
She was employed in sales for over 28 years at Amsterdam Printing and Litho Company. She also worked for a time at the New York State Department of Tax and Finance and the Scotia Naval Supply Depot.
She was an avid reader. She loved dancing and traveling across the country. She also enjoyed her visits to the ocean and spending time with her family.
Virginia was a communicant of the former St. Casimir’s Roman Catholic Church in Amsterdam.
She married William Nevich on October 5, 1946. He passed away on March 18, 2008. Virginia was predeceased also by her son, Thomas W. Nevich on December 2, 2016.
Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Warner of Pulaski; four cherished grandchildren, Neil (Melissa) Nevich of Charlotte, N.C., Megan (Matt) McClearn of Watervliet, Austin Warner of Gabriels, and Forrest (Katie) Warner of Waterville; and five great-grandchildren, Austin and Sebastian Warner, Ava Nevich, and Emeliana and Elijah McClearn. Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, with Father O. Robert DeMartinis presiding. Interment will follow in St. Casimir’s Cemetery, Amsterdam.
Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105 . Please leave condolences online at www.brbsfuneral.com.
Breta A. Rossi
Breta A. Rossi, 78, of Amsterdam, New York, entered into eternal life Saturday, August, 5 2017, at her residence with her loving family by her side. She was born on November 24, 1938, in Albany to Herbert and Julia (Slocum) Hallenbeck.
Breta is survived by her husband, George V. Rossi; they were married July 14, 1957. They resided in the city of Amsterdam then later moved to town of Perth in 1964. They raised their four sons, Michael (Tracey) Rossi of Barre, Vt., David Rossi (Amanda) of Miami, Florida, George H. (Marlene) Rossi of Perth, Jamie (Tressa) Rossi of Perth in that home. Their home was also welcome to many extended family to include Breta’s mother Julia and many other members of the extended family. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, Kyle, Christopher, Tauna, Rhiannon, Jeffrey, Amanda, Michelle, Morgan and Anthony.
Breta is survived by her supportive sister-in-law, Patricia ( Joe ) Bezak of Hagaman; and brother-in-law, Richard Rossi (Wanda) of Paisley, Florida. She has many loved nieces and nephews that she influenced throughout their lifetime.
Besides her parents, Breta was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey Rossi; a grandson, Nicholas Lee Rossi; a brother Charles (Chuck) Hallenbeck; and a sister, A. Lucille Syzdek.
She was a graduate of the Wilbur H. Lynch High School, class of 1956. Later she graduated from Gloversville School of Practical Nursing, where she earned a license as a LPN.
Breta was diagnosed with multiple physical condition though she never gave up, she never complained, always maintaining a brave and cheerful outlook of the future — even with multiple doctor appointments, rides in ambulance, ER visits, hospitalizations, transfusions and pain. She continued to be a devoted wife, sister, mom, aunt, dear grandmother and friend to all that walked into her path.
Filled with compassion and interest in others, Breta made friends easily and maintained in contact with many. She loved taking care of others, especially her boys, their children but most of all her dear husband George. She and George, enjoyed to travel with their lifelong friends and family, Bill and Betty Maines, George and Bev Kreisel and Joe and Pat Bezak.
Before her illness, Breta always enjoyed walking with her long time friend, Shirely Milano and her dog Barney, swimming with her dear friend, Marilyn at the YMCA, long phone calls with Monica Iannotti, and monthly breakfast with her nursing friends.
Breta was employed at St. Mary’s Hospital for over 30 years, retiring in 1998 due to an injury. She attended St. Stephan’s Roman Catholic Church.
Breta enjoyed ceramics, gardening and swimming in her pool. When family and friends came over to her home she especially liked taking walks around her pond and enjoying a good time.
Burial will be in the family plot of the St. Stephens Cemetery, Hagaman.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Breta’s name may be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105 and Mountain Valley Hospice.
A celebration of Breta’s life will be celebrated on Sunday, August 13, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Perthshire banquet hall, 112 Perthshire Drive, Amsterdam, N.Y., 12010. All are invited to attend and share in this celebration.
The online guestbook may be signed at www.brbsfuneral.com.
John H. Wilkes
John H. Wilkes, 71, of Caroga Lake, died Thursday at home. Born in Gloversville, November 12, 1945, the son of Herbert and Frances Baker.
He was one of the original employees at the former Fulton County Infirmary where he was a maintenance mechanic for some 40 years.
On November 10, 1973, he married Charlotte Vanvranken, who survives. He is also survived by his children, Joshua (Jessica) Wilkes and Justin (Tammy) Wilkes; granddaughters, Samantha and Kristin Hauenstein; grand dogies, Daisey May, Montego, Gretel and Casper. He was predeceased by his son, Jed Wilkes; and daughter, Cassie Dawn Wilkes Hauenstein; and his beloved bird, Buttercup.
Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Brennan Humane Society, 437 Nine Mile Tree Road, Gloversville, NY 12078. Online condolences to www.amicofuneralhome.com.