David G. Cornell, 64, of Meadow Street, Broadalbin, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at Mountain Valley Hospice House, Gloversville with his loving family at his side
He was born in Amsterdam on March 30, 1953, a son of Gordon and Sharon Dennis Cornell and was a 1971 graduate of Broadalbin High School. David was a lifelong area resident.
He was employed in sales at Wheels Unlimited and later at Alpin Haus in Amsterdam. David was also a local DJ for several years. Most recently, he was a courier at St. Mary’s Healthcare.
He was a member of the Broadalbin United Methodist Church.
David was an exempt member of the Kennyetto Fire Company. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, the Sacandaga Boat Club, and the Sons of the American Legion in Broadalbin.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and snowmobiling. He loved camping, horse racing, NASCAR, and music. His greatest delight was spending time with his daughter and grandchildren.
Survivors include a daughter, Chelsea Cornell (Dustin Mosher) of Fort Hunter; his parents, Gordon and Sharon Cornell of Broadalbin; three brothers, Larry (Kathy) Cornell, James (Brenda) Cornell and Brian Cornell (Kim Smith), all of Broadalbin; a sister, Charlene (Brian) Westfall of Broadalbin; two grandchildren, McKenna and Jaxson; and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation was performed at Park View Crematorium, Schenectady. A private final burial was held at the Broadalbin-Mayfield Rural Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, in care of the funeral home.
Homer Ellsworth, age 94, a resident of Northville, died on Aug. 28, 2017, at home with his loving family by his side. He was born Sept. 26, 1922, in the town of Day, the son of the late Hiram and Mary Kenyon Ellsworth.
Homer was a graduate of Northville Central School. He served in the Army during WWII. He was employed for many years working in the leather mills and lastly employed at the Northville Post Office, retiring in 1984.
He was a lifetime area resident and a member of the Northville Presbyterian Church. He was predeceased by his wife, Amy L. Ellsworth on Feb. 1, 2012. He was also predeceased by a son, Richard Homer Ellsworth; and a daughter, Amy Aline Ellsworth. He was also predeceased by several of his brothers and sisters.
Survivors include his children, Ronald (Susan) Ellsworth of Greece, Lorraine Sue (Jack) Trembley of Hilton, and Karen (Gary) Bogusz of Broadalbin; two brothers, Robert Ellsworth and Corky Ellsworth of Northville; one sister, Janice Dence of Maine; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren also survive.
Burial was held at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Northville. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.northvillefuneralservice.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave., Gloversville, N.Y., 12078 or charity of your choice.
John E. LaVallee
John E. LaVallee, age 69, of Gloversville, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 30, 2017, at the Nancy Dowd Hospice House, Gloversville, following a long illness.
He was born June 26, 1948, in Gloversville, the son of Raymond and Helen Walker LaVallee. Employed by Prudential Insurance Company for several years, he later worked at Flex, Frontier and Fairpoint phone companies. Most recently he operated Stump City Trading Co. until his retirement in 2013.
John enjoyed woodworking and hunting and was a “Jack of all Trades.” He was called “MacGyver” as he could do almost anything.
He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Johnstown, Pine Tree Rifle Club and the NRA. He was a former Cub Scout leader at Pack 21 Park Terrace School and archery instructor at Woodworth Lake Boy Scout Camp.
Survivors include his wife of over 47 years, Joanne Sassi LaVallee; two children, Jean Etienne LaVallee (Maia) of Richmond, Va., and Monique LaVallee (Will Dutcher and his children Brandon, Tiffany and Andre) of Johnstown; his mother, Helen LaVallee of Johnstown; three sisters, Diane Rudolph (Lynn) of Mayfield, Antoinette “Toni” Kearney of Troy and Robin Coalter (Robert) of Gloversville; six grandchildren, Aidan John Holmes, Keegan Michael Holmes, Preston Simons, Avery Simons, Amelia LaVallee and Jean Xavier LaVallee; a sister-in-law, Janice Sassi; as well as several nieces and nephews including special niece, Rebekah Sassi (Kirk Berlenbach). He also leaves behind his dogs, Beau and Daisy who he adored.
John was predeceased by his father, Raymond; and nephews, Todd and Darren Rudolph.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Avenue, Gloversville or the James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society, 437 Nine Mile Tree Road, Gloversville, N.Y., 12078.
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.brbsfuneral.com.
Sharon L. Lizio
Sharon L. Lizio, age 68, of Johnstown, passed away on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at her residence with her loving family by her side.
She was born on Oct. 10, 1948, in the town of Johnstown, a daughter of the late Charles and Beverly Blood Hanson.
Sharon was employed for several years at Coleco in Amsterdam and later on at the Johnstown Knitting Mill. She was a gifted sewer and quilter. Mrs. Lizio also enjoyed crafting dolls and painting. Sharon was of the Presbyterian faith.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas J. Lizio, whom she married on June 14, 1996; one daughter, Connie Carver (Pat) of Mayfield; two sons, Donald Ladeau Jr. of Johnstown and Edward Ladeau (Mary) of Mayfield; stepson, Michael R. Lizio (Matthew Smutlzer) of Portland, Oregon; stepdaughter, Christine Klippert (Mike) of Surprise, Arizona; two brothers, Gary Hanson and Charles “Chuck” Hanson, both of Tribes Hill; one sister, Linda Hayward (Gary) of Fultonville; grandchildren, Austin Ladeau, Emily Ladeau, Danielle Klippert, Keeghan Carver and Koldyn Carver; and several nieces and nephews.
Interment was held at Pine Grove Cemetery, Tribes Hill.
Contributions in Sharon’s memory may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Avenue, Gloversville, N.Y., 12078, or to St. Mary’s Cancer Medicine Center, 4950 State Highway 30, Amsterdam, N.Y., 12010.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.agcolefuneralhome.com.
Dora D. Manaia
Dora D. Manaia, 82, of Vandenburgh Point Road, Gloversville, died peacefully after a long illness on Aug. 28, 2017. She was born on June 29, 1935, the daughter of the late Emmett and Lena Hunter Sweet.
A lifelong area resident, Dot attended Mayfield schools and was employed as a meat wrapper for several years at local grocery stores.
On July 29, 1954, she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Daniel R. Manaia. They were married for nearly 63 years until his passing on July 6, 2017. She was also predeceased by her son, Daniel E. Manaia; one brother, Charles Sweet; and two sisters, Luella Lathrop and Yvonne Crannell.
Dot enjoyed being with her family, shopping and camping. She was an avid NASCAR fan. She enjoyed watching “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune,” listening to country music, reading, cooking and knitting.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia (Robert) Wojcicki and Penny (Paul) Johnston; three grandchildren, Matthew (Tiffany) Wojcicki, Ashley (Chuck) Willson, Holly (Justin) Kirk; and two great-grandchildren, Calianne Wojcicki and Graysen Kirk.
Dot’s family wishes to thank the entire staff at Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nathan Littauer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their outstanding care and support.
Private burial was at the Northville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to the Mayfield Volunteer Fire Department, 28 N. School St., P.O. Box 722, Mayfield, NY 12117. Please visit the online memorial at www.brbsfuneral.com.
Owen Smith Sr.
Owen Smith Sr., age 85, a resident of Francis Street, Gloversville, died on Thursday, Aug. 31, at home with his loving family by his side. He was born Oct. 27, 1931, in St. Johnsville, the son of the late Acker and Bertha Smith. Owen attended St. Johnsville schools.
He was employed for 40 years as head of maintenance at the Auriesville Shrine, Fultonville.
Owen enjoyed spending his time at the Saratoga Racino and playing in the pitch and dart leagues in Tribes Hill.
He is survived by his son, Owen Smith Jr. (Darlene); one brother, Joseph Smith (Shirley) of Pensacola, Fla.; one granddaughter, Heather Kadle (Tim Page Sr.); one great-grandson, Troy Kadle; several nieces, nephews and cousins; great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Edna Marie Myers Smith. They were married Jan. 6, 1952 and she died Sept. 16, 2003. He was also predeceased by brothers and sisters.
Burial was held at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave., Gloversville, N.Y., 12078 or American Heart Association. Please visit the online guestbook at www.finocanfh.com.
Fred E. Talcott
Fred E. Talcott, age 59, of Johnstown, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, at his residence.
He was born in Amsterdam on Sept. 10, 1957, a son of the late Robert Sherwood Talcott and Shirley Jeffers Talcott.
Fred attended Gloversville schools and was employed as an electrician for several local businesses, including Somerset Industries, Andersen Instruments and Fulton County Electric. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Mr. Talcott is survived by his wife of 25 years, Betty J. Weaver Talcott; two stepsons, Bradley Dingman (Pamela) of Virginia and Jeffrey Dingman (Debbie) of Greenwich; one stepdaughter, Christine Dingman (Kelly LaCoppola) of Clifton Park; six siblings, Roxanne Lomanto (Pete) of Albany, Bill Waite of Florida, Bob Waite (Ann) of Gloversville, Albert Talcott (Arlene Stahl) of Gloversville, Carrie Karpinski (John Kennedy) of Bleecker and Nancy Hansen (Pete) of Gloversville; one stepbrother, John Talcott (Patti) of Houston, Texas; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and his canine companion, Soxie.
In keeping with Fred’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral services.
Cremation was at Vale Crematory, Schenectady.
Contributions in Fred’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Penny Lane, Latham, N.Y., 12110, or to the humane society of one’s choice.
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.
Dennis Michael Williams
Dennis Michael Williams, age 38, of Thompson Falls, Mont., passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. He was born on Jan. 5, 1979, a son of the late Kevin L. Williams and Karen M. Mosher Nellis of Caroga Lake, who survives.
Dennis was a class of 1998 graduate of Johnstown High School and served his country in the U.S. Navy. He was employed of several years as a contractor at various businesses. Mr. Williams was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and travelling.
He is survived by his wife, Natalee A. Barnes Williams of Post Falls, Idaho, whom he married on Feb. 18, 2001; mother, Karen M. Mosher Nellis (Daniel D. Nellis III) of Caroga Lake; one son, Bryan Williams of Post Falls, Idaho; twin daughters, Myah Williams of Post Falls, Idaho and Mazzy Williams of Andes; six brothers, Kevin Williams Jr. of Stratford, Brian Williams (Maria Douglas) of Caroga Lake, Jeffrey Williams (Mary) of Caroga Lake, Daniel D. Nellis IV of Caroga Lake, Raymond Nellis of Caroga Lake and Cody Bowler of Duanesburg; one sister, Jennifer Przybylowicz (Justin) of Johnstown; grandmothers, Gertrude Mosher of Stratford, Ruby Williams of Dolgeville and Marian Nellis of Johnstown; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins; and his best friend-cousin, Forrest Day (Julie) of Andes.
Burial was held at Dibble-Tuttle Cemetery, town of Salisbury.
Contributions in Dennis’ memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Penny Lane, Latham, N.Y., 12110 or online at https://donate3.cancer.org.
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.