ONEONTA — Christine Smith Adams, 82, of Oneonta, formerly of Niagara County, died Wednesday morning, Jan. 20, 1999, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.
She was born Nov. 20, 1916, in Niagara Falls, the daughter of Harrison and Mattie (Corp) Smith.
She married Charles Adams on Jan. 20, 1962.
Christine graduated from Chittenango High School and attended Cortland Normal School. She worked for Kimberly Clark.
Christine loved the outdoors. She enjoyed camping, golfing and skiing. She was an avid bowler. Christine was a dog lover and raised and bred dogs. She also enjoyed horses and loved to ride them.
Christine is survived by her husband, Charles Adams of Niagara Falls; two sisters, Muriel Levine of Oneonta and Fern Humpfries of Daytona Beach, Fla.; one brother, Robert L. Smith of Kinston, N.C.
Christine was predeceased by her father, Harry B. Smith; her mother, Mattie Corp Smith; five brothers, Harold B., Arthur L., Glen L., John P., and G. Todd; and two sisters, Louise Gruber and Gracia Shomers.
Funeral services will be held in Niagara Falls.
It has been requested that in lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made to the A.O. Fox Nursing Home, 1 Norton Ave., Oneonta, N.Y. 13820 or to the charity of one's choice in loving memory of Christine Smith Adams.
Laura M. Beken
BLOOMVILLE — Laura M. Beken, 86, died on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1999, at the Delaware County Countryside Care Center in Delhi.
She was born Oct. 26, 1912, on Elk Creek in the town of Meredith, to the late Walter and Mary (Dwyer) Gavett. She was married to Edward E. Beken from Sept. 24, 1931, until his death, Feb. 24, 1986.
During those years they operated a dairy farm near Bloomville; she was an avid homemaker and gardener with a special love for flowers.
Laura is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Ella Mae and Mark Benson of Fairport and Betty and John Adams of South Kortright; a son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Norrie Beken of West Laurens; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999, at 11 a.m. in the Church of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, South Kortright, with the Rev. Fr. John Burns officiating. Calling hours are Friday, Jan. 22, 1999, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the MacArthur Funeral Home, Hobart. Burial will be later at Riverside Cemetery, Bloomville.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Bloomville Fire Department.
Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home, Hobart.
Kenneth W. Coveny
PITTSFIELD — Ken Coveny, 47, of Pittsfield, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1999, at his home.
He was born in Herkimer, on Sept. 21, 1951, he was the son of William E. and Beverly J. Coveny.
He was employed at various mobile home dealers as a setup and repairman. He was a handyman that could fix anything.
Being an avid outdoorsman he received great joy from fly fishing, deer hunting, gardening and joy riding with his dog. He was a very opinionated man who was always willing to offer a helping hand.
He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Janice Kukulech Coveny; his children, Kenneth II (Buttons) of Cuyler, George of Pittsfield, Beada of Norwich and Bev (Mickey) of New Berlin; grandchildren, Ashley and Ryan of Cuyler; best friends, Elmer Tuttle of Edmeston, Ginny Rifanburgh of Norwich and dog, Gizzy. Also surviving are several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in-laws and out-laws.
At the request of the family there will be no calling hours. Following cremation, a remembrance will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999, at 1 p.m. at the Dakin Funeral Home in New Berlin, with the Rev. Beverly Butler officiating.
MARGARETVILLE — Eugene John Gundelach, 71, of Margaretville, died Jan. 21, 1999, at his residence.
He was born Nov. 6, 1927, in New Rochelle, the son of Emil Gundelach and Elizabeth Voltz. His first marriage was to Gloria Koepper. She died in 1982. He then married Uta Sobiray in 1987.
He was a member of the U.S. Army Air Force from Jan. 21, 1946 until April 16, 1947.
He was the owner of Gundelach's Power and Bicycle Store in New Rochelle for more than 40 years, which was founded by his father and is run by his children today.
Mr. Gundelach retired in 1983 and in 1987 was able to fulfill his dream and move to the Catskills to be able to live in the mountains. While living in New Rochelle, he was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church.
Eugene will always be remembered for his kindness, gentleness and acceptance of others.
He is survived by his wife, Uta Gundelach of Margaretville; his children, Kathy Dean and Eugene, Barry, Beth and Kimberly Gundelach; two brothers, Harold and Emil Gundelach; a daughter-in-law, Linda; son-in-law, Garry; and three grandchildren, Jeannine, Jaime and Justin.
He is also survived by his best friend, Bill Peterson.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25, 1999, at the George T. Davis Funeral Home, New Rochelle.
Burial will be in the Beechwood Cemetery in New Rochelle.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 7-9 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Home.
Arrangements are by the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.
Marjory S. Ackley
LAURENS — Mrs. Marjory S. Ackley, 81, of Laurens, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.
She was born April 21, 1917, in Oneonta, the daughter of Arthur and Phoebe (Bunn) Springsteen.
She married Lester G. Ackley on June 23, 1940, in Oneonta. Mr. Ackley died Oct. 22, 1990.
Marjory was a retired school bus driver for the Laurens Central School.
She was a member of the Laurens American Legion. She enjoyed playing bingo, raising and racing coonhounds, and the outdoors. She will be greatly missed by all.
She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Nancy Ackley Sr. of Davenport; one sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Sam Rivituso of Florida; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Leo and Agnes Rous of Otego and Merle and Helen Rous of Otego; two granddaughters, Christy Dahms of Worcester and Michelle Ackley of Pennsylvania; one grandson, Lee Ackley Jr. and Donna Sieger of Laurens; one great-grandson, Jesse Dahms of Worcester; and several nieces and nephews.
Marjory was predeceased by one sister, Marian Bashaw.
Graveside funeral services will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family.
Burial will be in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery, Oneonta. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Laurens American Legion, Laurens, N.Y. 13796 in loving memory of Marjory S. Ackley.
Funeral arrangements by Bookhout Funeral Homes, Oneonta and Otego.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Steve Hyrnda, 74, of state Highway 28, died on Thursday evening, Jan. 21, 1999, in Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown.
He was born June 16, 1924, a son of the late John and Anna Pytel Hyrnda.
A lifelong Richfield resident, he was educated in Richfield Central High School with the Class of 1943.
On Dec. 5, 1974, he married Eugenia Korbut in Sts. Peter and Paul Russion Orthodox Church, East Herkimer.
He owned and operated the family dairy farm, retiring in 1986.
He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, East Herkimer.
Surviving beside his wife of 24 years, Eugenia, are a brother, John Hyrnda; two sisters, Mary Sadlon and Anne Hornacek, all of Richfield Springs; and several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Metro and William Hyrnda.
The family will receive friends and relatives on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 5 West James St., Richfield Springs.
Funeral will be from Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church on Monday at 9:30 a.m. with the Very Rev. James Jadick officiating.
Mr. Hyrnda will be placed in the J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home private receiving vault to await burial in Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cemetery later this spring.
Parastas will be held on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.
Freda N. Eckert
HARPERSFIELD — Freda N. Eckert, 53, of Gibbs Road, Harpersfield, died Friday, Jan. 22, 1999, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
She was born July 5, 1945, in Summit, the daughter of Orian and Nellie (Dyer) Cole.
She married Edward J. Eckert on Nov. 20, 1965, in Summit.
Freda lived in Harpersfield for the past 30 years moving there from Jefferson. Over the years, Freda was dedicated to caring for her home and family.
She is survived by her husband, Edward J. Eckert of Harpersfield; a daughter, Debra Eckert of Deer Park, L.I.; a son, David Eckert of Harpersfield; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Neora and David Jorgensen of Cobleskill and Neoma Cole of Scotia; a brother and sister-in-law, Ivan and Jane Cole of Summit; and nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, 1999, at the Hall Funeral Home, 142 W. Main St., Stamford, with the Rev. Carl Orlando, of Harpersfield, officiating. Burial will be held in Stamford Cemetery.
Friends may call Sunday afternoon and evening at the funeral home. The family will be in attendance between 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in Freda's memory to the R.A. Robinson Emergency Squad, Main Street, Stamford, N.Y. 12167.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hall Funeral Home, Stamford and Grand Gorge.
Philip Colone Sr.
ONEONTA — Philip Colone Sr., 95, of Oneonta died Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999, at the Oneonta Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born April 16, 1903, in Roccavivi, Aquila, Italy, the son of Luigi and Amelia (Dorazio) Colone.
He was first married to Pauline Sabatini in 1924. She died on April 8, 1956. He then married Maria Troino on June 11, 1959. She died on Nov. 12, 1965. On April 18, 1966, he married Angelina DePaulis.
For many years, retiring in 1963, Philip worked for the D&H Railroad in the wheel shop as a machinist.
He was a member of St. Mary's Church. An avid bowler, he was inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame. Other interests included playing bocce and the accordian.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Angelina Colone of Oneonta; his children and their spouses, Philip (Babe) and Jeanette Colone Jr. of Oneonta, Arthur and Denise Colone of Port Charlotte, Fla., John and Carol Colone of Manassas, Va., Gina and Martin Patton of Oneonta, and Mary and Duane Hathaway of Oneonta; a daughter-in-law, Eileen Colone of Oneonta; along with 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a son, Herman Colone, in 1998, and a granddaughter, Susan Colone, in 1980.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1999, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Oneonta, with the Rev. Paul Roman, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.
Friends may call today at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home after 3 p.m. The family will be in attendance from 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Mary's Church.
Arrangements are being made by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Esther L. Brockway
AUBURN, Calif. — Esther L. Brockway, 94, of Auburn, Calif., and a former resident of North Bangor, passed away Friday, Jan. 22, 1999, in Auburn, Calif.
She was born April 12, 1904, in Constable. She was the daughter of the late Herbert and Anna Aubrey Langdon.
She was a graduate of Franklin Academy in Malone, and a later graduate of the Adirondack Commercial School in Malone.
She was first employed by the school for the deaf in Malone, where she worked as head secretary.
After marriage she was a homemaker, and served as deputy clerk for the town of North Bangor for many years. During this period she also assisted her husband, who was clerk of the school board in the Bangor school system.
She was a member of the Bangor United Methodist Church, life member of the Order of Eastern Star in North Bangor and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Cooperstown chapter. She later transferred to the Auburn, Calif. chapter.
In 1932, she was united in marriage with Howard R. Brockway. He predeceased her in July 1978.
She was an avid bridge player, a homemaker and enjoyed traveling to see her children.
Survivors include two sons, Dr. James A. and Aida Brockway of Cherry Valley and Dr. Gary R. and Betty Brockway of Murray, Ky.; one daughter, Mrs. Paul (Ann) Brocker of Auburn, Calif.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one nephew.
Besides her parents and husband she was predeceased by one granddaughter, Kris Brockway, in September 1988, one brother, Walter Langdon, and one sister, Estelle Adams.
There will be no calling hours.
A spring memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family, with burial in North Bangor Cemetery, North Bangor.
Arrangements are with the Flint Funeral Home, Brushton.