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Our Obituaries

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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Dorothy M. Carrierio

October 20, 1930 - May 27, 2015

SCHENECTADY – Dorothy Colucci Carrieri, 84, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Ellis Hospital. Dorothy was born in Schenectady a daughter of the late Albert and Mildred Musco Colucci. She graduated from Nott Terrace High School and received her associates' degree. She worked as a secretary for Allstate and became a district manager for Avon Products. After retiring she...
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Dominic A. Cusano

May 20, 1924 - May 25, 2015

NISKAYUNA - Dominic A. Cusano, 91, died early Memorial Day morning, May 25th. Born on May 20, 1924, he is the son of the late Joseph and Mary Guisto Cusano. A graduate from Nott Terrace High School, Dominic began his graduate studies at Union College which was interrupted by more than two years in the military service, half of which was spent as a POW in Germany. He returned to Union College...
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Elizabeth Doherty Scarchilli

April 22, 1925 - May 25, 2015

WATERFORD - Elizabeth A. "Betty" Scarchilli (Doherty), 90, of Waterford, beloved wife of the late Anthony J. Scarchilli who passed away on May 9, 2015, peacefully entered into eternal life at her residence surrounded by her family and caregivers on May 25, 2015. Born in Troy, she was the daughter of the late Edward J. and Esther M. Creswell Doherty. Betty was employed at Neurenberg's a shirt...
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James J. DeMasi

September 18, 1921 - May 22, 2015

SCHENECTADY – James J." Papa Jimmy" DeMasi, 93, passed away peacefully Friday, May 22nd at his home. He has gone off to enjoy his loved ones who have passed before him. He is survived by his brother; Fred DeMasi; daughter, Susan DeMasi; son, Leonard DeMasi and grandson Nico Vecchiarelli. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the Rossi & Ditoro Funeral Home, 501 Union...
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Vera Zalewski

June 14, 1924 - May 18, 2015

Town of Duanesburg – Vera Zalewski, 90, passed into eternal life on Monday. Born June 14, 1924 in Schenectady, she was a daughter of the late Louis Ciccoppi and Eleanor Ambrosini Ciccoppi. After graduating from Nott Terrace High School in 1943, Vera worked for the General Electric Company as a lab technician for 18 years and for Glenridge Hospital as a medical technician for 20 years. ...
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Anthony J. Scarchilli

April 5, 1927 - May 9, 2015

WATERFORD - Anthony J. Scarchilli, 88, of Waterford, beloved husband of Elizabeth "Betty" Scarchilli for 67 years, peacefully entered into eternal life surrounded by his family on May 9, 2015. Born in Waterford, he was the son of the late Michael and Angelina Cafferella Scarchilli. Anthony attended Waterford schools and enlisted in the service as a First Class Seaman in the U. S. Coast...
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James Paul Benedict

August 24, 1951 - May 7, 2015

GLENVILLE – James P. Benedict, 63, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Thursday, May 7th at Ellis Hospital, surrounded by his devoted family. Jim was born in Swickly, PA on August 24, 1951 a son of the late Anthony and Adelia DeCrosta Benedict. He was raised in Schenectady and was a 1969 graduate of Linton High School. Jim was employed for 35 years at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory....
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Virginia Frances Borchardt

August 15, 1937 - May 6, 2015

SCHENECTADY – Virginia F. Borchardt, 77, passed away May 6, 2015. Survivors are her five children, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and cousins. Funeral services will be private.
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Marjorie DeNuccio

April 18, 1923 - April 25, 2015

ROTTERDAM - Marjorie A. Campochiaro DeNuccio, age 92, lifelong resident of Schenectady, passed away at home on April 25, 2015, after a short illness. Marjorie was predeceased by her lifelong companion Frank Gardino and several brothers and sisters. Mother of Richard DeNuccio and Laura DeNuccio of California. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Marjorie had many...
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Burton E. Taylor

November 19, 1941 - April 17, 2015

SCHENECTADY – Burton E. Taylor, 73, passed away on Friday at Ellis Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Burton was born and educated in Schenectady, a son of Lottie Lawyer Taylor and the late Burton Taylor. He honored his county and enlisted in the Army National Guard, serving a 3 year term. Having many self taught trades, Burton worked in the construction industry. He was employed as...
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Raffaele "Ralph" Capoccia

February 7, 1923 - April 13, 2015

NISKAYUNA – Raffaele "Ralph" Capoccia, 92, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Monday, April 13, 2015 at Ellis Hospital, surrounded by his loving and devoted family. Ralph was born in Fontechiari, province of Frosinone, Italy on February 7, 1923 a son of the late Antonio and Filomena Bianchi Capoccia. He worked his mastery as a mason, in his hometown and surrounding areas. He served as...
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Patricia Ann Napolitano-Macri

September 16, 1950 - April 1, 2015

SCHENECTADY – Patricia A. Napolitano-Macri, 64, a lifelong resident of Park Place, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday. She was born in Schenectady a daughter of the late Felice and Nancy Barbato Napolitano. She attended local schools, was a homemaker to her devoted family and a lifelong communicant of St. Anthony's Church. In addition to her parents, Patty was predeceased by a...
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Murray George Grant

October 19, 1927 - March 29, 2015

COBLESKILL - Murray George Grant of Cobleskill, New York, passed away Sunday, Mach 29,2015. He was the son of Margaret E. and George Claremont Grant, born October 19, 1927, in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Murray earned his Bachelor Degree at University of California, Santa Barbara,California, and his Master's Degree at California State University, Los Angeles. He was raised in...
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Frederick 'Fred' Colucci

July 20, 1950 - March 25, 2015

SCHENECTADY – Frederick 'Fred' Colucci, 64, passed away on Wednesday at Ellis Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Fred was born and educated in Schenectady, a son of the late Fred and Laura Colucci. He was a 1968 graduate of Linton High School and received his BS degree in Business from Siena in 1972. Fred joined the family business Colucci Covering Center on McClellan Street before...
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Anna Benaquisto Grabowski

June 11, 1925 - March 16, 2015

NISKAYUNA – Anna Benaquisto Grabowski, 89, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Monday, March 16, at home surrounded by her loving family. Anna was born in Schenectady on June 11, 1925 the daughter of the late Aggilio and Maria Ferrara Benaquisto. She was educated in Schenectady schools and worked as a waitress at several restaurants including the Toddle House, James' and The Puritan. She...
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Erik Dimon Payne

July 10, 1989 - March 14, 2015

AMAGANSETT, NY - Erik Dimon Payne, 25, of Amagansett NY, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, March 14th, 2015 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born on July 10th, 1989 in Riverhead, NY, third child and only son of Wesley B. Payne and Diane M. Payne. Erik graduated from East Hampton High School in 2007, and The Baran Institute of Technology in 2009 after studying auto body...
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Athena Kruszona

December 5, 1914 - March 4, 2015

GLENVILLE – Athena Kruszona, 100, passed peacefully into the Arms of the Lord on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 surrounded by the love of her family and friends. Athena was born December 5, 1914 the daughter of the late George and Mary DeMatteo Bliss. She was a 1953 graduate of the former St. Joseph's Academy. She worked for the General Electric Company and later as a clerk at Rickett's Dry...
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RoseMary Rose Mashuta

June 21, 1923 - March 3, 2015

REXFORD – RoseMary J. 'Rose' Mashuta, 91, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, surrounded by the love of her family. Rose was born and educated in Schenectady. She was a longtime resident of Front and Jefferson Streets in the Stockade and worked for many years at the family business, "Corner Tavern" and for over 30 years at Mastroianni Bakery. She was predeceased by...
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Salvatrice (Kathy) Venditti

February 3, 1927 - March 1, 2015

GLENVILLE- Salvatrice 'Kathy' J. Venditti, 88 formerly of McDonald Avenue, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Sunday, March 1st at Albany Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. Kathy was born in Pittston, PA the daughter of the late Salvatore and Maria Augello Costanzo. She located to Schenectady with her family at the age of 15. She attended the former Nott Terrace High School...
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August M. Caschera

August 17, 1920 - February 24, 2015

SCOTIA – August M. Caschera, 94, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Ellis Hospital. Augie was born in Schenectady on August 17, 1920 the youngest son of the late Michael and Mary Caschera. He graduated from Nott Terrace High School, where he excelled in track, bowling and golf. In 1937 he won the Edison Club Caddy Championship. Augie honorably served in the...
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George D. Hebert, Jr.

December 19, 1927 - February 12, 2015

SCHENECTADY – George D. Hebert, Jr., 87, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Ellis Hospital. George was born in Schenectady on December 19, 1927 a son of the late George and Mary Mazoway Hebert, Sr. He honorably served in the US Navy during WWII and attended Albany Business College. From 1952 until 2001, George and his wife owned and operated Dambrose...
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Augusto 'Augie' DiCarlo

August 1, 1940 - February 6, 2015

SCHENECTADY- Augusto 'Augie' DiCarlo, 74, died suddenly on Friday morning at Ellis Hospital. Augie was born in Fontechiari, province of Forsinone, Italy on August 1, 1940 a son of the late Giovanni and Anna Maria Isopo DiCarlo. He honorably served in the Italian Army. In 1965, he immigrated to America settling in Schenectady. Augie worked for Fazzone Construction and Central Markets. He later...
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Louis Miranda

December 7, 1936 - January 26, 2015

ROTTERDAM - Louis Miranda, 78, passed peacefully into eternal rest on Monday, January 26, 2015 at Ellis Hospital, surrounded by his devoted family. Louis was born in Dragoni, Italy on December 7, 1936, a son of the late Joseph and Anna Miranda. After immigrating in 1952, Louis honorably served in the US Army and received his A.D. at Albany Business School. He owned and operated Miranda's...
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John J. Gallo

August 18, 1943 - January 18, 2015

NISKAYUNA – John J. Gallo, 71, passed away on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital. John was born in Schenectady on August 18, 1943 a son of the late John J. and Anne P. Calarco Gallo. John enjoyed a career as a successful professional sales manager. He loved the beach, cooking and was an avid golfer. He is survived by his devoted children, Jacqueline Gallo,...
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Camille C. Del Monico

July 2, 1920 - January 15, 2015

SCHENECTADAY- Camille C. Del Monico, 94, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Thursday, January 15, 2015 surrounded by the love and peace of her family. Camille was born and educated in Greenwood, MS, a daughter of the late Salvatore and Salvatrice Restivo Maranto. She met the love of her life Frank, while he was serving in the US Army during WWII. They married on December 2, 1940 and...
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James 'Jim' Vandewalker, Jr.

May 30, 1961 - January 7, 2015

SCHENECTADY- James H. Vandewalker, Jr., 53 passed away suddenly on Wednesday at home, after being stricken. Jim was born in Gloversville on May 30, 1961 a son of Shirley Vandewalker and the late James H. Vandewalker, Sr. He was a 1979 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School and apprenticed with Local #201, International Painters & Allied Tapers Union. He worked construction and at local...
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Rosemary Vianna Lake

September 21, 1922 - January 7, 2015

SCHENECTADY- Rosemary Vianna Lake, 92, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Wednesday at home surrounded by her loving family. Rosemary was born in Schenectady on September 21, 1922, a daughter of the late Antonio and Mary Ann Esposito Vianna. She graduated high school and joined the war effort by working at the General Electric Company during WWII. After the GE, she worked at Woolworth's...
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Filomena Zotta DeFrancesco

February 21, 1922 - January 1, 2015

TROY ~ Filomena Zotta DeFrancesco, 92, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, The Feast Day of the Solemnity of Mary, January 1, 2015. Filomena was born on February 21, 1922, in Pietragalla, Province of Basicilata, Italy, a daughter of the late Maria Antonia Pafundi and Michele Zotta. She was educated in her home town and on January 17, 1935 at the young age of 12, immigrated with...
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