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Our Obituaries

David Joshua Kowalski

January 17, 1985 - May 16, 2017

MALTA - David Joshua Kowalski, age 32, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Dave was born at Bellvue Hospital. He was the beloved the son of David and Annie (DeBlasio) Kowalski. He was raised in the loving community of Rotterdam, and was a graduate of Schalmont High School class of 2003. He was an extremely loyal and passionate boyfriend, friend, uncle, brother, and son. David's...
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Angelina Paone Caschera

May 8, 2017

GLENVILLE – Angelina Paone Caschera, 91, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Monday, May 8, 2017 at St. Luke's Hospital in Utica after a brief illness. She was the daughter of the late Vincenzo and Antonia Nardo Paone of Calabria, Italy and Schenectady. Angelina was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School and soon entered the work force for the war effort at General Electric. Her family...
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Americo Paniccia

September 21, 1927 - May 2, 2017

SCHENECTADY - Americo Paniccia, 89, passed away peacefully on Tuesday May 2, 2017, after a short illness at Ellis Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Americo was born in Giglio, province of Frosinone, Italy on September 21, 1927, a son of the late Armando and Loreta (Cestra) Paniccia. Americo proudly served in the Italian Army during WWII, after which he located to Venezuela residing...
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Flora Rossi Scavia

April 3, 1927 - April 30, 2017

ROTTERDAM – Flora Rossi Scavia, 90, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at home, surrounded by her loving family. Flora was born on April 3, 1927 a daughter of the late Dominick and Anna Maria (Cieri) Rossi. She was a 1945 graduate of Nott Terrace High School and worked for New York Telephone for a brief period. Flora was a devoted homemaker, she raised her...
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Henry "Hank" Rotundo

December 21, 1927 - April 29, 2017

SCHENECTADY – Henry D. "Hank" Rotundo, 84, passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2017, after an extended illness, surrounded by his loving family. Hank was born on December 21, 1932 a son of the late Constantine and Santina (Cashera) Rotundo. He was a 1951 graduate of Nott Terrace High School and was a pin setter at VV lanes. Hank was a self taught Master Drywall Taper, working in the...
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Armand U. Garofalo

August 16, 1931 - April 25, 2017

Our beloved Armand U. Garofalo of Clifton Park NY and Dennis, MA passed away early Tuesday morning April 25, 2017. He was loved by his family as a husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He was also loved by so many as a friend. Our dad was the center of our family. He loved to be surrounded by family and friends and used every opportunity to always have a yard full of guests at...
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Charles W. Lester, Jr.

October 11, 1930 - April 19, 2017

Niskayuna – Charles W. Lester, Jr., 86, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, after a lengthy illness. Charles was born on October 11, 1930 a son of the late Charles and Mabelle (Downs) Lester, Sr. He was a 1948 graduate of Mt Pleasant High School and attended Union College, The University of Buffalo and later Schenectady County Community College, earning a degree in fire...
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Ricky S. Collins

February 1, 1954 - March 17, 2017

SCHENECTADY – Ricky S. Collins, 63, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 17, 2017. Ricky was born in Plattsburg on February 1, 1954 a son of the late Gladys Collins and Gerald Wells. He was a 1961 graduate of Linton High School and began working in the funeral industry with Guardian Vault Company; then with Ft. Miller Service Corp., retiring in 2013 after 23 years of service. Rick...
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Dominick Arduini

November 7, 1929 - March 14, 2017

SCOTIA – Dominick Arduini, 87, passed away peacefully at Ellis Hospital on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 with his loving family at his side. Dominick was born and educated in Fumone, Province of Frosinone, Italy on November 7, 1929, a son of the late Felice and Enrica Potenziani Arduini. He immigrated to the United States in 1949, and became a US citizen. He served in the US Army during the Korean...
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Domenico Fazzone

June 12, 1933 - March 10, 2017

Domenico Fazzone died from complications from Parkinson's disease on March 10, 2017, in Austin, Texas at age 83. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Maria, and his three children, Peter (wife Mary), Joseph (wife Tracy), and Maryann (husband Paul), his 8 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and his brother, Louis (wife Antonietta) and sister, Genoveffa, of Schenectady, NY, and sister,...
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Richard A. 'Rit' Sanders, Jr.

June 7, 1970 - March 10, 2017

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Richard A. Sanders, Jr., 46, passed away after a brief illness on Friday at Saratoga Hospital. Rit was born in Schenectady, the son of Richard 'Ritt' Sanders, and the late Belinda Schults Masterpole. He attended Saratoga High School and Electrician Trade School. He worked as a licensed electrician in the local area. Rit was kind, generous and fun loving; he loved his music...
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Elizabeth Liz "Cuchi" Gonzalez

April 25, 1968 - March 5, 2017

SCHENECTADY – Elizabeth 'Liz' Gonzalez, 48, also known as "Cuchi ", a woman with a heart overflowing with love, and a mother to everyone, died on Sunday, March 5, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. Liz was born and educated in the South Bronx a daughter of Ramon Gonzalez and Teresa Garcia. Locating to Schenectady several years ago, Liz has lived in Schenectady most of her life. She...
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Olga Wojewoda Mulyca

September 19, 1920 - February 21, 2017

SCOTIA – Olga H. Mulyca, 96, passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Ellis Hospital after a brief illness. Olga was born in Manhattan on September 19, 1920, the daughter of the late Frank and Ahafia Suszczyk Wojewoda. Locating to Berne with her family, Olga graduated from Knox High School, class of 1938. Olga like many women aided the war effort, working for the General Electric Company...
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RoseMary Cuomo DeSantis

February 18, 1924 - February 18, 2017

ROTTERDAM – RoseMary Cuomo DeSantis, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017 on her 93rd birthday. RoseMary was born and educated in Schenectady, the daughter of the late Pasquale and Mary Pisano Cuomo. She worked many years as a wrapper/packager for Selected Meat Packers in Rotterdam. RoseMary was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved to cook, especially her Italian specialties....
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Russell A. Catalano

February 19, 1948 - February 18, 2017

Russell A. Catalano (COL, Ret), of West Galway, NY, retired US Property and Fiscal Officer for NY Army National Guard passed away on February 18, 2017 after a brief illness. Born on February 19, 1948 in Schenectady, NY, he was a long time resident of the Capital District area. He was the son of the late Sebastian and Minnie (Potts) Catalano. He is survived by his three loving children, who he...
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Clare J. Caplinger

November 22, 1925 - February 10, 2017

SCHENECTADY – Clare J. Caplinger, 91, entered into eternal peace on Friday, February10, 2017 at Ellis Hospital, after a brief illness, with her loving family at her side. Clare was born in Schenectady, a daughter of the late John and Sadie Jakubowski Nalaskowski. She graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in January 1944. Clare began work in 1945 at Sealtest Foods in Schenectady and later...
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Orlando J. Caruso

May 14, 1919 - February 5, 2017

SCOTIA - Orlando J. Caruso, 97, passed away at Baptist Nursing Home on Sunday February 5, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Born on May 14, 1919 in Schenectady New York, he was the son of John and Florence Reo Caruso. He was predeceased by his wife of 67years, Antoinette and his brother, Armando. Orlando worked for General Electric for 40 years as a crane follower/operator, retiring in...
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Doris Gregorini Bach

June 24, 1926 - February 5, 2017

Rotterdam – Mrs. Doris Gregorini Bach, age 90, formerly of Dover Drive died on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Ellis Hospital. Doris was born in Schenectady on June 24, 1926. The daughter of Ennio and Pierina (Carbonardi) Gregorini her stepfather Mario Calvani died in 1934. She was raised on Van Vranken Avenue. Her mother ran a small store on Front Street. An attendant of Nott Terrace High...
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Ida Aho Van Natten

October 16, 1916 - February 2, 2017

GLENVILLE – Ida Aho Van Natten, 100, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Ellis Hospital due to a fall outside her home. Ida was born Irja Aho in Philadelphia, PA on October 16, 1916, to Finnish parents Kalle 'Carl' and Hulda Ranantan Aho. The family located to Scotia during Ida's young years, starting a new life. She was employed for many years at the E-Z Wash as a dry cleaning...
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Peter Albino Coppola

November 19, 1942 - January 31, 2017

SCHENECTADY – Peter Albino Coppola, 74, a lifelong resident of Goosehill, passed away at home Tuesday after a brief illness. Peter was born in Schenectady on November 19, 1942 a son of the late Alexander and Helen Ruscitti Coppola. He was a 1962 graduate of Bishop Gibbons High School and received an Associate's degree from Spencer Institute as a court stenographer. Peter worked ten years at...
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Mary Jane Daversa Marinucci

February 26, 1917 - January 29, 2017

SCHENECTADY – Mary Jane Daversa Marinucci, 99, graciously answered the call from her Lord on Sunday, January 29, 2017, entering into the Kingdom of Heaven. Mary was born February 26, 1917, a daughter of the late John and Olympia Nardacci Daversa. She graduated from Nott Terrace High School. Mary worked as an assembler for the General Electric Company for 28 years before retiring to care...
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Steven M. Faraone

November 29, 1965 - January 26, 2017

SCHENECTADY – Steven M. Faraone, 51, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Steven was born in Schenectady on November 29, 1965, a loving son of Catherine 'Kay' (Motto) Faraone and the late Dominick 'Dick' Faraone. He graduated from Linton High School and began working at detailing cars. Steven was kind, compassionate and lived his life with great precision. He had a...
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Ann M. Gross Birch

August 11, 1943 - January 22, 2017

BURNT HILLS – Ann Birch, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at Mountain Valley Hospice in Gloversville. Ann was born on August 11, 1943 to the late Walter and Mary Gross in Schenectady, she was one of 11 children. Ann courageously battled Scleroderma for 31 years and lung cancer for 3 years. Ann was a great role model. She was always giving and caring....
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John A. Ezzo

September 18, 1946 - January 22, 2017

NISKAYUNA – John A. Ezzo, 70, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Ellis Hospital. John was born in Schenectady, a son of the late Mario and Elizabeth (Coppola) Ezzo. He was a 1964 graduate of Linton High School and worked at ALCO for a short time. John began his 30 year tenure with the General Electric Company, retiring as an inspector in the Turbine Division, where he...
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Pasquale Mastroianni

September 4, 1930 - January 16, 2017

SCHENECTADY – Pasquale Mastroianni, 86, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017, with his loving family at his side. Pasquale was born in Caiazzo, Province of Caserta, Italy on September 4, 1930 a son of the late Giovanni and Anna Maria (DeMatteo) Mastroianni. He immigrated to Schenectady in 1966 and worked as a laborer for Fazzone Construction. Pasquale was a man of great strength, faith and...
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Gina Benacquista Gizzi

November 23, 1945 - December 30, 2016

SCHENECTADY – Gina Benacquista Gizzi, 71, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, December 30, 2016. Gina was born in Fontechiari, Frosinone, Italy on November 23, 1945 a daughter of the late Attilio and Rosa Gizzi Benacquista. She married her husband Natalino on August 12, 1967 and together they immigrated to America in September 1973. Gina worked for Ursula of Switzerland, where...
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Edward A. Mastro

November 9, 1956 - December 15, 2016

STATEN ISLAND – Edward A. Mastro, 60, passed away on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at Staten Island University Hospital after a brief illness, surrounded by his dear friends. Ed was born in Niskayuna a son of the late Rudolph and Gloria (Aragosa) Mastro. He graduated from Linton High School and has worked for MURPHCO Air Conditioning in NYC for many years. Ed was a kind, loving and generous...
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Teresa DeFrancesco Murphy

February 9, 1921 - December 15, 2016

SCHENECTADY – Teresa C. Murphy, 95, of Holland Road, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Thursday morning. Teresa was born in Schenectady on February 9, 1921 a daughter of the late Carmello and Venera (Conte) DeFrancesco. She was a 1939 graduate of Nott Terrace High School. Teresa waitressed for many years at The Niskayuna Club in Niskayuna. Teresa kept her family and friends close to her...
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Sandy Montone Donovan

September 28, 1947 - December 4, 2016

ROTTERDAM – Sandy Montone Donovan, 69, entered into eternal rest after a long illness on Sunday at Ellis Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Sandy was born in Schenectady on September 28, 1947 a daughter of the late Frank and Vera Montone. She graduated from Linton High School, class of 1965, beginning work as a medical transcriptionist at Ellis Hospital. For many years, Sandy...
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Arthur E. Nolin

April 28, 1937 - November 27, 2016

SCHENECTADY – Arthur E. Nolin, 79, of Gerling Street, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Sunday, at home surrounded by his loving daughters. Art was born in Cohoes a son of the late Arthur A. and Georgianna Couture Nolin. He was a 1955 graduate of Catholic Central High School and began his 37 year career with NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, where he met the love of his life, Kathaleen...
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Jacklyn M. DeThorne

January 25, 1937 - November 19, 2016

ROTTERDAM – Jacklyn M. DeThorne, 79, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Jackie was born and educated in Northampton, MA and resided in Florida and Michigan before moving to Albany in 1953. She worked at Grant's Department Store in Albany and for Universal Medical in Malta for 20 years and most importantly a homemaker. She was...
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Kenneth Lee Conrad

October 21, 1927 - November 8, 2016

Kenneth (Kenny) Conrad passed peacefully, Tuesday, November 8th after a short illness following a broken hip. Kenny is survived by his daughter, Karen Conrad (Suzie), and his son's Mark (Velvet)and Kevin. Granddaughters Amanda (Chris), Danielle (John), Morgan, grandsons Mark (Brittany), Aaron and Jonathan. Great granddaughters Carmella and Chloe, great grandson Eric. Kenny was an alumnus of...
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Colin J. Robinson

October 7, 1955 - November 3, 2016

ROTTERDAM – Colin J. Robinson, 61, passed away on Thursday at Ellis Hospital. Colin now lives his life in eternal sunshine. Colin was born and educated in Sidney, New South Wales, Australia on October 7, 1955, a son of Walter and Margaret Robinson. He served in the Australian Army as a Corporal from 1977 until 1983. The Aussie as he was so honorably called located to the United States,...
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Marguerite 'Peggy" Falvo

May 2, 1946 - November 2, 2016

SCHENECTADY – Marguerite S. 'Peggy' Falvo, 70, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Ellis Hospital, surrounded by the love and peace of her adoring family. Peggy was born on May 2, 1946 a daughter of the late Herman and Mary Penna Carach. She graduated from Linton High School, class of 1964 and Mildred Elley School of Business. Peggy was the owner and...
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Emily Ruscitto Underhill

October 2, 2016

GUILDERLAND – Emily Ruscitto Underhill, lost her battle with Multiple Myeloma on October 2, 2016. She had been battling Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and breast cancer in addition. She now rests peacefully in the arms of her Lord. Emily was the youngest of seven children born to Emil and Nicholetta (Sarno) Ruscitto in Cleveland, Ohio in 1938. Upon the untimely death of her mother in 1940, she...
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Nyola "Nikki" Flory

August 19, 1925 - September 24, 2016

ROTTERDAM – Nyola 'Nikki' Flory, 91, of Wavell Road, passed away Saturday evening after a long illness. Born August 19, 1925, in Carthage, Jefferson County, NY, Nikki was the daughter of the late Howard E. and Aleta Bell Pierce Lashaw. After her birth her family returned to Schenectady, graduating from Mt Pleasant High School, class of January 1944. Nikki work for General Electric Co for 16...
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Carol Winne Griffin

February 22, 1944 - September 19, 2016

NISKAYUNA - Carol Winne Griffin, passed away after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's. Born February 22, 1944, Carol was the daughter of the late Matthew and Ann (Kukan) Winne. A lifelong resident of Niskayuna, she spent her summers working at the family owned motel business in Hague, NY. After graduating from Niskayuna High School, class of 1962, Carol graduated from Cornell...
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Patsy J. Meola

January 1, 1913 - September 18, 2016

BOCA RATON - Patsy Meola, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on September 18th, at the Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, Florida. Pat was born in Schenectady on January 1, 1913. He worked for General Electric for 47 years and retired as Manager of Equipment Manufacturing Services. Pat was predeceased by his wife, Jennie in...
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Karen S. Catroppa

August 3, 1957 - September 14, 2016

ROTTERDAM – Karen S. Catroppa, 59, entered lovingly into the arms of her Lord on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Karen was born in Schenectady on August 3, 1957. She graduated from Colonie Central High School and began her career with the Capital Region OTB; NYS Legislature; Cornell Cooperative Extension; and Northeastern Fine Jewelry. Karen was a woman of great stamina, strength, faith and...
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Henry 'Snooky' Peck

January 19, 1936 - September 13, 2016

SCHENECTADY –Henry J. Peck, 80, passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Ellis Hospital, surrounded by the love and peace of his daughter and son-in-law, after a long illness. Hank was born in Schenectady on January 19, 1936 a son of the late Erving and Henrietta Collins Peck. Hank started his long career with the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, on Freemans' Bridge Road, before moving...
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Anna M. Fossella

April 18, 1931 - September 7, 2016

SCHENECTADY – Anna M. Fossella, 85, lovingly entered into the arms of the Lord on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Anna was born on April 18, 1931, a daughter of the late Nicola and Anna (Carnavale) Fossella. She graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1949 and began her long tenure with the General Electric. Anna worked at the main plant before retiring from the Research and Development...
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Cindy Fenton DeThorne

June 20, 1955 - September 1, 2016

GLENVILLE – Cindy E. DeThorne, 61, passed peacefully and acceptingly into the Arms of the Lord on Thursday, September 1, 2016. Cindy was born in Rochester on June 20, 1955, a daughter of the late Roger Fenton and Patricia (Bertram) Fenton. She was educated locally and was a 1974 graduate of Ballston Spa High School. She worked many years as a unit clerk at Ellis Hospital. Cindy was a...
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Nancy Ann Nydam

July 20, 1958 - August 4, 2016

PATTERSONVILLE – Nancy Ann Nydam, 58, passed away on August 4, 2016 at Saratoga Hospital after a short illness. Nancy was born on July 20, 1958 in Walton, NY, a daughter of the late Peter and Ruth (More) Nydam, and spent her younger years on the family farm in N. Franklin. As a young adult, Nancy lived in Sidney, NY and in 2006 located to the Minard House in Pattersonville, NY. She attended...
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Winnifred "Winnie" Cain

January 25, 1921 - July 19, 2016

Winnifred "Winnie" Cain, 95, of Vineland, N.J., entered into eternal peace on July 19, 2016 at home with family . She died quietly in her sleep after a week of feeling increasingly tired. She leaves behind to treasure her memory 6 children: Morrison G. Cain (Hae Chun) of Bethesda, Md., Joseph Cain (Christine) of Old Chatham, N.Y., Martha Viel (Charles) of VIneland, N.J., Ellen Louie (Ronald) of...
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Louis A. Mell

September 14, 1922 - July 18, 2016

SCHENECTADY – Louis A. Mell, 93, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 18, 2016 after a long illness Louis was born in South Schenectady on September 14, 1922, a son of the late Andrew and Mary (Fiorentino) Mell. He was a graduate of Draper High School and enlisted in the US Navy. He was an extremely proud veteran serving in WWII in the Asiatic, Pacific and Atlantic. Lou worked several years...
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Josephine 'Jobie' LaMalfa

December 2, 1947 - July 7, 2016

TOWN OF MOHAWK – Josephine 'Jobie' LaMalfa, 68, entered peacefully, into eternal rest on Thursday, July 7th at Ellis Hospital, surrounded by the love and peace of her family. Jobie was born on December 2, 1947 in Yonkers, NY a daughter of the late Lewis and Kathleen (VanWart) Morrell. She was raised in Amsterdam and graduated from St. Mary's Institute. Jobie attended nursing school, earning...
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Jeffrey A. Peek

March 1, 1967 - June 29, 2016

SCHENECTADY – Jeffrey A. Peek, 49, entered peacefully into eternal rest at his home on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Jeff was born in Schenectady on March 1, 1967 a son of George and Linda (VanBuren) Peek. He graduated from Linton High School, class of 1986. Jeff with his love for people, made his career in retail. He worked for Famous Footwear in Rotterdam and most recently at the Crossgates...
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Virginia 'Jeanie' Bianco Shafer

May 7, 1938 - June 27, 2016

SCHENECTADY – Virginia (Jeanie) Bianco Shafer, 78, passed away on Monday, June 27, 2016, at home, surrounded by her adoring family. Jeanie was born on May 7, 1938, in Scranton, PA, a daughter of the late Anthony and Della Bianco. She located to Schenectady as a young girl and was educated locally. She worked at Kingsway Arms Nursing Center, retiring in 2008 after 26 years of dedicated...
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Frank L. Alvarez

September 13, 1927 - June 12, 2016

SCHENECTADY - Frank L. Alvarez, 88, passed away suddenly at home on June 12, 2016. He was born in Schenectady, on September 13, 1927, son of the late Baldamero and Jennie DeCelli Alvarez. He was a proud Second Class Seaman in the United States Navy during WWII where he helped to build aircraft carriers in New York City, until he was honorably discharged in 1946. He started his amateur...
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Patricia Rodgers Collins

April 10, 1943 - June 6, 2016

SCHENECTADY -- Patricia Rodgers Collins, 73, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, June 6, 2016. Pat was born in Patterson, NJ, a daughter of the late Truman Rodgers and Vivian (Walder) Rodgers Younger. She graduated from Lakewood High School in NJ, class of 1961 and Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT with an associate's degree in bookkeeping. Pat worked for Albany Savings Bank, as a...
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Gloria M. Stinzianni

October 25, 1921 - May 28, 2016

PINELLAS PARK, FL- Gloria M. (Marconi) Stinzianni, 94, formerly of Schenectady, passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Gloria was born in Manhattan New York, the daughter of the late Edmond and Orelia (Josephine DiCannazzaro) Marconi. Residing in Schenectady most of her life, she attended St. John the Baptist School and furthered her education attending...
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Joe Cacciolfi

March 10, 1952 - May 18, 2016

SCHENECTADY – Joe Cacciolfi, 64, a lifelong resident of the Stockade, passed peacefully into eternal rest on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at his residence. Joe was born an on March 10, 1952 the son of the late Paul Joseph and Gemma (Gizzi) Cacciolfi. He was a graduate of Bishop Gibbons High School, class of 1970. Joe worked for Schatz Stationery for over 15years; before opening Koeing Art...
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Constance Lontrato

October 2, 1923 - May 13, 2016

ROTTERDAM - Constance Rossi Lontrato, 92, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Albany Medical Center after a short illness. Constance was born in Port Chester, NY a daughter of the late Nicola and Caroline Bucci Rossi. She was predeceased by her husband, Dominick Lontrato; son-in-law, Charles Richards; siblings, Marion Randall, Joseph Ross, Nicholas Rossi, Philip Rossi and Nora Cremo...
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Dorothy Rita Knapick

May 2, 1923 - May 12, 2016

SCHENECTADY – Dorothy Rita Knapick, 93, entered peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Thursday at Ellis Residential & Rehabilitation Center with her loving children at her side. Dorothy was born and educated in Bridgeport, CT, a daughter of the late Edward and Dorothy Callahan McHugh. During World War II, Dorothy served as a Corporal in the United States Marines. On June 17, 1947, Dorothy...
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Thomas J. Saul

May 17, 1924 - May 7, 2016

GLENVILLE – Thomas J. Saul, 91, passed away on Saturday May 7th. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 17, 1924 to the late Jacob Nicholas Saul and Elsie Bayersdorfer Saul. Mr. Saul spent his early years in West Hempstead, NY, graduating from Hempstead High School in 1942. He enrolled in the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY and, as a cadet midshipman at age 19, was sent to Murmansk,...
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Philomena Ravaioli

September 13, 1928 - May 4, 2016

NISKAYUNA - Philomena Ravaioli, 87, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2016 with her daughters by her side. She was born Filomena Palmieri on September 13, 1928 to Crescenzo and Carmina (Torelli) Palmieri in Faicchio Provence of Benevento, Naples, Italy. At the age of nine, she and her mother traveled on the SS Rex to the United States arriving on March 23, 1938 joining her father in Schenectady...
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Louise G. Marconi

February 12, 1923 - April 14, 2016

SCHENECTADY - Louise (Luigia) Genevieve (Conti), Marconi 93, passed peacefully in her home of 65 years on April 14, 2016 surrounded by her family after a brief illness. Louise was born in Schenectady NY on February 12, 1923, the daughter of the late Angelo and Anna (Longe) Conti. Louise was educated in the Schenectady Schools and was a 1944 graduate of the Ellis School of Nursing. She was an...
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David J. Mattie

May 5, 1942 - April 5, 2016

BROADALBIN – David J. Mattie, 73, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday at St. Mary's Hospital. David was born and educated in Amsterdam. He was the son of Steven Markulis and the late Salvena Perfetti Lasinski. Dave honorably served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He was employed as a clerk for the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance for many years. Dave was an avid outdoorsman....
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John C. LaPointe, Sr.

November 10, 1932 - March 28, 2016

GLENVILLE – John C. LaPointe, Sr., 83 passed away peacefully on Easter Monday, March 28, 2016 at Albany Medical Center Hospital after a long illness. He was surrounded by the love and devotion of his family. John was born in Brooklyn a son of the late Norman and Ida Mae (Henry) LaPointe, Sr. He was raised in Schenectady and graduated from the former Nott Terrace High School, class of 1950....
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Edward A. Heiserman

December 4, 1926 - March 24, 2016

NISKAYUNA – Edward A. Heiserman, 89 entered peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Holy Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Ellis Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Ed was born in Queens, NY, a son of the late Edward and Frances (Ritter) Heiserman. He was educated in Schenectady and enlisted in the US Army Air Corps. Ed honorably served his country from 1944-1946 during WWII in the Asian...
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Marcel V. 'Mark' Carrara

January 8, 1925 - March 20, 2016

NISKAYUNA – Marcel V. 'Mark' Carrara, 91, entered peacefully into the Arms of the Lord on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016 at Ellis Hospital. Mark was born in Schenectady on January 8, 1925 a son of the late Anthony and Patricia (Gardino) Carrara. He was a 1943 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School and entered the US Army Air Corp. Mark honorably served as a flight engineer, flying on B-24...
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Margaret M. 'Peggy' Brisson

February 27, 1927 - March 12, 2016

HALFMOON – Margaret M. 'Peggy' Brisson, 89, entered into the arms of the Lord on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at home, surrounded by her loving daughters. Peggy was born in Albany on February 27, 1927 a daughter of the late George and Margaret (Pike) Lauer. She worked as a clerk for several years at local markets and then for SUNY, APC in Albany, retiring after several years of service. Peggy...
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Orega M. Gentiluomo

September 4, 1927 - February 29, 2016

SCHENECTADY – Orega M. Gentiluomo, 88, entered peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Monday, February 29, 2016, at Ellis Hospital, surrounded by her adoring family. Orega was born on September 4, 1927 in Amsterdam a daughter of the late Anthony and Catherina Cincotta Cardarella. She was a graduate of Amsterdam High School and Schenectady Beauty School. She worked as a beautician for many...
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Anthony A. Riccio

March 23, 1924 - February 11, 2016

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – Anthony A. Riccio, 91, formerly of Schenectady, entered into eternal peace on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Baptist Medical Center South, after a brief illness. Tony was born in Schenectady, a son of the late Angelo and Margherite Petrazzuoli Riccio. He was a graduate of Schenectady Vocational High School and attended Russell Sage College, where he earned his...
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Anthony J. Friguletto

May 30, 1925 - February 9, 2016

ROTTERDAM – Anthony J. Friguletto, 90, of Glengary Road, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, February 09, 2016 after a brief illness. Tony was born and educated in Schenectady, a son of the late Peter and Rose Robertello Friguletto. He was a 1943 graduate of Mont Pleasant High School. Tony honorably served as a Sergeant in the US Army during WWII in the Philippines' and was awarded a...
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Phyllis "Walsh" Gallione

September 14, 1948 - January 24, 2016

SCHENECTADY - Phyllis J. "Walsh" Gallione, 67, passed away peacefully at home Sunday, January 24, 2016; surrounded by her family after a short battle with cancer. Phyllis was born in Cobleskill, the daughter of the late John and Ethel Walsh. She attended Mohonasen High School, where she met her beloved husband Anthony L. Gallione, II. She worked for many years as a private duty nurse. Phyllis...
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Melody A. Craft

October 7, 1959 - January 20, 2016

SCHENECTADY - Melody A. Bellinger Craft, 56, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday morning, January 20, 2016, with her loving family by her side, after a short courageous battle against cancer. Mel was born October 7, 1959 in Niskayuna to Lester and Nina Sisson Bellinger. She was a graduate of BH-BL School, and a long time employee for the State of New York. Melody finished her career at...
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Kim Valentino

August 6, 1955 - January 15, 2016

LOUISVILLE, KY – Kim Valentino, 60, entered into eternal rest on January 15, 2016 after a long illness. Kim, a daughter of the late Anthony and Margaret Valentino, was born and educated in Schenectady. She worked as a supervisor of quality control at Campbell Plastics. Kim was a strong, and independent woman. Her dedication to being a selfless mother brought her the greatest reward here on...
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Joyce E. Bender

March 26, 1933 - January 7, 2016

COLONIE – Joyce E. Bender, 82, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at St. Peter's Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Joyce was born in Germantown on March 26, 1933 the daughter of the late Gilbert and Beatrice (Moore) Miller. She attend local schools and graduated from Watervliet High School. Joyce worked as a sales associate for Macy's in Colonie...
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Bette A. Helms

March 24, 1933 - December 28, 2015

GLENVILLE – Bette A. Helms, 82, passed away on Monday, December 28, 2015. Bette was born in Schenectady on March 24, 1933 the daughter of the late Jack and Margaret (Norman) Harrison. She graduated in 1950 from Scotia High School and attended Schenectady County Community College. Bette worked at First National Bank of Scotia and later in the Trust Division of Schenectady Trust. Bette was an...
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Annette L. Blake

June 26, 1931 - December 28, 2015

SCOTIA - Annette Laura Cuomo-Blake, 84, passed away on Monday, December 28, 2015 at Ellis Hospital after a brief illness. Annette was born and educated in Schenectady a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Padricelli) Cuomo. She graduated high school and received a BA in criminal justice. She was devoted to her family and was known as a second mother to many troubled young boys who...
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Joseph D. Marotta

September 24, 1959 - December 8, 2015

SCHENECTADY - Joseph Donald Marotta (Sept. 24, 1959 – Dec. 8, 2015) passed away unexpectedly in Schenectady, NY on Tuesday afternoon. He was born in Corona, New York, the last of six children to Frank Marotta of Schenectady, NY and Rose Marie Yannucci of Corona, NY, both deceased. He is survived by his brothers Anthony (Terri), Frank (Cathy), Michael (Tony), and twin brother, John (Anita),...
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Elsie D. Perretta

November 13, 1914 - November 15, 2015

SCHENECTADY – Elsie D. Perretta, 101, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at home, surrounded by her loving family. Elsie was born in Schenectady on November 13, 1914, a daughter of the late Michael and Angelina (DeFillippo) Meola. She worked as a laborer, making baseballs by hand; then as a sales clerk for various retail stores and later in the food service...
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Mary 'Sponge' Pidgeon

January 3, 1915 - November 4, 2015

SCHENECTADY – Mary 'Sponge' Pidgeon, 100, a lifelong resident of N. Jay Street, embraced her Lord and was reunited with her loved ones on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. Mary was born in Pennsylvania on January 3, 1915, a daughter of the late Antonio and Concetta (Rossi) Valentino. She located to Schenectady as a young girl, attending local schools. She graduated from Continuation School on...
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Mary DiCocco Civisca

February 14, 1926 - October 28, 2015

SCOTIA – Mary DiCocco Civisca, 89, passed away on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 after a short illness. Born February 14, 1926 in Sora, Province of Frosinone, Italy to Ralph and Concetta (DeLegge) DiCocco, Mary emigrated to the United States when she was 12 years old. She was raised in Schenectady and was a graduate of Nott Terrace High School. Mary spent the last 66 years as a resident of...
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Ralph Joseph Putrock

April 25, 1950 - October 26, 2015

Glenville, NY – Ralph Joseph Putrock, 65 of Glenville died tragically in an automobile accident on Monday, October 26, 2015 in Glenville, NY. Born on April 25, 1950, he was the son of the late Ralph Joseph Putrock, Sr. and Margaret Diamond. He attended Mount Pleasant High School in Schenectady. He proudly served in the United States Army during the Viet Nam War and was the recipient of...
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Vincent Carlino

July 24, 1930 - October 6, 2015

SCHENCTADY – Vincent Carlino, 85, an icon of Front Street, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at Ellis Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Vincent was born in Schenectady on July 25, 1930, a son of the late Dominico and Girlorma Carnvale Carlino, Sr. He honorably served in the US Army from 1947 thru 1953, stationed in Korea. Returning to Schenectady he entered Hudson Valley...
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Adele DiPietro

September 15, 2015 - October 4, 2015

SCHENECTADY– Adele Laviano DiPietro, 100, formerly of Grand Blvd, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at Kingsway. Adele was born in Fondachelli, Province of Messina, Sicily on September 15, 1915. She immigrated to Schenectady in 1936 to be with her husband Angelo. In 1944 she, together with her husband owned and operated Angelo DiPietro's Wholesale Hardware Store, on...
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Achamma Kuruvilla Thomas

December 14, 1930 - October 2, 2015

Achamma Thomas was born on December 14, 1930 into the Thykkadavil family in Thiruvalla, Kerala in India to Late Mr. T.K. Kuruvilla and Late Mrs. Annamma Kuruvilla. After her graduate studies she specialized as an educationist and worked as a mathematics teacher in Kerala for several years. The students she taught have fond memories of her. She got married in May 1966. Her husband Very Reverend...
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George G. Gourlay III

January 31, 1951 - September 22, 2015

SCHENECTADY – George Gourlay, 64, master licensed plumber, died at Albany Medical Center surrounded by loved ones, following a brief illness, on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. George was born in Scotia and graduated from Scotia-Glenville High School. He was the son of the late George and Louise (DiLornezo) Gourlay. He lived most of his life in Schenectady. In his younger years, George was an...
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Albert J. Smith

March 14, 1945 - September 20, 2015

GLENVILLE – Albert J. Smith, 70, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at his home, surrounded by the love of his family. Al was born on March 14, 1945 a son of the late Albert J. and Marion (Dallas) Smith, Sr. He graduated in 1963 from Mt. Pleasant High School, and started his career in 1964 at American Locomotive Company in Schenectady, where he mastered his...
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Joseph A. Ferrara

October 1, 1927 - September 16, 2015

BOCA RATON, FL – Joseph Albert Ferrara, 87, passed away on September 16, 2015 at his home in Boca Raton, FL. Joseph was born on October 1, 1927 to Joseph and Gilda Ferrara in Schenectady. He served his country during WWII as a Seabee in the US Navy. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he attended UCLA in Westwood CA then the University of Miami Law School and became a member...
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Mark A. Carroll

October 27, 1957 - September 15, 2015

ROTTERDAM – Mark A. Carroll passed away September 15, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. Mark was a graduate of Mohonasen High School and went on to build a promising career in the automotive industry. He was an avid golfer and pool player and, his passion led him to mentor others. He was predeceased by his father Francis A. Carroll. Mark is survived by his mother Dolores...
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Helen H. Alvarez

July 9, 1926 - September 10, 2015

SCHENECTADY – Helen M. Alvarez, 89, passed away at Ellis Hospital on September 10, 2015, after a brief illness surrounded by family and in the loving arms of her husband. Helen was born in Granville, NY on July 9, 1926, a daughter of the late Harry and Carrie (Hoare) Hayes. She worked at WRGB and The Place, retiring after many years of service at which time she became a home health aid,...
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James A. Cantore

August 16, 1928 - August 23, 2015

White River Jct., VT- James Anthony Cantore, 87, died August 23, 2015 after a long and prosperous life loved by his family and friends. Jim was born August 16, 1928 in Schenectady, NY the only child of Vincenzo (James) and Grace (Colozze) Cantore. Jim graduated from the University of New Haven with a BS in 1971 and a Master's Degree in 1975. He was married to Betty Irene (Doyle) Cantore at St...
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George F. Carling, Jr.

January 26, 1937 - August 22, 2015

CHANDLER, AZ - George F. Carling Jr. passed on August 22, 2015 after a lengthy illness. George was born on January 26, 1937 in East Orange, New Jersey, the son of George F. and Matilda Visser Carling. He spent his early years and was educated in Essex County, New Jersey. He married Beverly Mennillo on Oct. 21, 1994, worked as a union elevator technician and enjoyed working on cars and auto...
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Robert G. Urban

June 7, 1944 - August 18, 2015

SCHENECTADY – Robert G. 'Bobby' Urban, 71, died on August 18, 2015 at Ellis Hospital, after a brief illness. Bobby was born in Schenectady, a son of the late Bronislaw and Helen LuBrant Urban. He attended St. Adalbert School and graduated from Bishop Gibbons, class of 1962. He received his certification from St. Clare's radiation program and worked for many years as a technician there. He...
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A. Richard Martinelli

February 5, 1934 - August 18, 2015

GUILDERLAND – A. Richard Martinelli, 81, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Ellis Hospital after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family. Richard was born in Schenectady on February 5, 1934 a son of immigrant parents, Aurelio and Assunta Gemi Martinelli. He graduated from the former Nott Terrace High School in 1951 and began his long and illustrious...
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Salvatore Croce , Jr.

September 28, 1931 - August 18, 2015

TOWN OF MILTON- Salvatore Croce, Jr., 83 formerly of Schenectady passed away on August 18th at home surrounded by his loving family. Sam was born in St. Johnsville, on September 28, 1931, a son of the late Salvatore and Madeline (Peretta) Croce, Sr. He was raised in Schenectady and was a 1949 graduate of Nott Terrace High School. Sam honorably served in the US Army during the Korean War. He...
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Germano Califano

October 20, 1923 - August 2, 2015

ROTTERDAM – Germano Califano, 91, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, August 2, 2015. Germano was born in San Giovanni e Paolo, Province of Caserta, Italy on October 20, 1923, a son of the late Raffaele Califano and Raffaela Sangiovanni. He immigrated to Schenectady in 1972 and began working at the Mt. Pleasant Bakery. In 1973 Germano began his employment with New York State, working...
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Ferol Grant McClosky

March 21, 1946 - July 30, 2015

Ferol L. (Grant) McClosky Ferol "Cissie" McClosky passed away at her home in Scotia at the age of 69 on Thursday, July 30th. She was surrounded by her beautiful garden where she loved to spend her time. Ferol will forever be cherished, remembered and loved by her devoted husband of 49 years, Ronald E. McClosky, her three sons, Michael (Rita) of Saratoga Springs, Mark (Kathryn) and...
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Rose L. Stella

July 21, 1923 - July 23, 2015

SCHENECTADY – Rose L. Stella, 92, passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Rose was born on July 21, 1923 in New Haven, CT, a daughter of the late Antonio and Fannie Civitello Tascillo. Locating to Schenectady at the age of 5, Rose was educated locally. She graduated as Vice President of her senior class from Schenectady Votek, class of 1941, majoring in dressmaking. During WWII she supported...
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Ann B. Paige

September 24, 1924 - July 17, 2015

PHONIEX, AZ – Ann B. Paige, 90, formerly of Schenectady, entered into eternal rest on Friday, July 17, 2015. Ann was born in Cuthbert, GA on September 24, 1924 a daughter of the late Jasper and Lila Cox. She worked as a nurse, and retired from the General Electric and later Brown Transportation with over 20 years of service. She was a 50 year member of Friendship Baptist Church and a charter...
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AnnMarie Attanasio

December 12, 1950 - July 16, 2015

SCHENECTADY – AnnMarie Attanasio, 64, with her loving family at her side entered into eternal rest on Thursday, July 16th at Ellis Hospital after a short illness. She was born in Schenectady on December 12, 1950 and graduated from Linton High School in 1969. She attended cosmetology school and worked as beautician for Ray's Beauty Parlor and later as a cook for Grandma's, Union College and...
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Ralph T. Matarazzo

October 14, 1956 - July 16, 2015

SCHENECTADY – Ralph Matarazzo, 58, passed away on Thursday, July 16th at Ellis Hospital, with his devoted wife and family at his side. Ralph was born October 14, 1956 in Schenectady, a son of the late Roland and Doris Touhey Matarazzo. He attended Linton High School and HVCC. He was employed as a master taper for several years. Ralph was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers International...
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Pattie Mattie

August 8, 1951 - July 7, 2015

TOWN OF BROADALBIN – Pattie Mattie, 63, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday at Ellis Hospital, surrounded by her adoring family. Pattie was born on August 8, 1951 in Amsterdam, a daughter of the late Phillip and Philomena (Marrone) DiCaprio. She was a 1969 graduate of Amsterdam High School and began her career with the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, retiring in 2006, after 38 years...
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Giuseppe Bianchi

September 9, 1928 - July 2, 2015

SCHENECTADY – Giuseppe Bianchi, 86, of Avenue B, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at his home after a brief illness. Giuseppe was born in Fontechiari, province of Frosinone, Italy on September 9, 1928 the son of the late Raffaele and Annunziata Polsinelli Bianchi. He honorably served in the Italian Army. Immigrating to Schenectady on November 22, 1966 with his...
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Kathleen Marie O'Connor

December 29, 1952 - June 14, 2015

SCHENECTADY – Kathleen M. O'Connor, 62, passed away on June 14, 2015, at home. She was the daughter of the late James and Rose (Celia) O'Connor, Jr. Kathleen was a 1971 graduate of Mohonasen High School and received a degree in Early Childhood Education from Maria College. Kathleen worked as a medical transcriber for Community Care Physicians. She is survived by her loving daughter,...
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John E. DeCiero, Jr.

March 2, 1928 - June 8, 2015

GLENVILLE – John E. DeCiero, Jr., 87, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Monday at Ellis Hospital. John was born in East Orange, NJ a son of the late John and Theresa Muccillo DeCiero. He was a 1947 graduate of Gloversville High School and worked in a local glove shop, before enlisting in the US Army, serving during the Korean Conflict. John was honorably discharged and began a career...
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Clementina 'Tina' A. Caporale

June 8, 1926 - June 1, 2015

SCHENECTADY – Clementina "Tina" A. Caporale, 88, entered peacefully into eternal rest on June 1, 2015. Tina was born in Utica, NY, a daughter of the late Salvatore and Rose Stoppiello Arcuri. Tina graduated from Proctor High School and Plattsburg State Teachers College, where she met the love of her life, Joseph P. Caporale, Sr. The couple married on July 3, 1950, and moved to Schenectady,...
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