NORTH HARPERSFIELD — Marjorie Helen McCulley Hedman, 90, died in her sleep early Saturday morning, Oct. 20, 2001, at her home in North Harpersfield.
Born in Davenport on Jan. 10, 1911, she was the daughter of Henry and Grace Turner McCulley.
She was married to Harry B. Hedman on Feb. 24, 1933. He died on Aug. 26, 2001.
Marjorie had lived in the area all her life, wintering in Arcadia, Fla., until recent years.
She attended elementary and high school in Davenport.
Marjorie operated a dairy farm with her husband in the town of Harpersfield for many years. She also worked as a nurse's aide at the former Bathgate Hospital and Stamford Community Hospital.
Marjorie was a member of the Charlotte Valley Presbyterian Church and had been involved with the Harpersfield Historical Society, Col. Harper Grange and Stamford/Harpersfield Senior Citizens.
Marjorie is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Doris of Stuart, Fla.; a son, Edward of Albany; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Sue and Lloyd McMurdy of East Syracuse; one brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Anna McCulley of Davenport; one sister, Wilma Bramsen of Schenevus. Also surviving are five grandchildren: Marjorie McMurdy Struckle, Cheryl McMurdy Kane, Karen Hedman Smith, Donna Hedman, Catherine Hedman; four great-grandchildren, Melissa Struckle, Michael Smith, Danielle and Jeffrey Kane; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two brothers, Al and Don McCulley.
Friends may call at the Hall Funeral Home, 40 Main St. in Stamford from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Oct. 23.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001, at 10:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Valley Presbyterian Church, North Kortright, with the Rev. Tracie Martin officiating.
Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to the Charlotte Valley Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 184, Davenport, NY 13750.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Hall Funeral Home under the direction of William A. Tari.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Harold M. Armstrong, 75, of Lakeview Avenue, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at his home.
He was born on Feb. 21, 1926, in the town of Warren, son of the late Harrie L. and Belva A. Waffle Armstrong.
A lifelong Richfield Springs resident, he was educated in Richfield Springs schools.
An honorably discharged U.S. Navy veteran, he served in the Pacific during World War II. After his military service he returned to Richfield Springs, working as a self-employed wallpaper hanger and painter. He retired in 1996.
At one time he was married to Maxine A. Congdon.
He was a member of the Church of Christ Uniting, Richfield Springs, a 52-year member of Richfield Springs Lodge #482 Free and Accepted Masons and a former member of the Richfield Springs VFW Post #6659.
Harold will always be remembered as a happy, caring person and will be missed by many, especially his family.
Surviving him are two sons and their wives, Harold M. Jr. and Nancy Armstrong of Albany and Kenneth W. and Gloria Armstrong of Wilmington, N.C.; five daughters and their husbands, Bonnie L. and Mitchell Starr of Basalt, Colo., Sandra K. and Thomas Maxson of Richfield Springs, Joan M. and Gregory Ames of Sauquoit, Patricia L. and D. Scott Ray of Arlington, Texas, and Brenda L. and Patrick Elmer of Stoudsburg, Pa.; 15 grandchildren, Carin L. and Steven T. Maxson, Chad W. Houghtaling, Zachary, Nathan, Caleb and Isaac Ames, Taylor Elliott, Ryan DiCarlo, Leland E., Alexandra and Griffen Armstrong, Stephanie Ray, Brendan and Kyle Elmer; several nieces and nephews, including Neil Armstrong, Donald Armstrong and Gail Secord; and several cousins.
Besides his parents, Harold was preceded in death by a brother, Leland E. Armstrong.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 W. James St., Richfield Springs, with the Rev. William Harkins, pastor of the Church of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs, officiating. Interment will follow in Springfield Center Cemetery.
The family will be present in the funeral home to receive relatives and friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Members of Richfield Springs Lodge #482 Free and Accepted Masons are asked to meet at the funeral home on Tuesday for ritualistic service at 8 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
EAST HAMPTON — Genevieve "Genia" S. Jankowski, 81, of East Hampton, passed away peacefully Friday morning, Oct. 19, 2001, in the Southampton Hospital, Southampton.
She was born April 13, 1920, in Collinsville, Conn., the daughter of the late Ignacy and Marianna Kucienski.
Genia traveled round trips to her family home in Zawadzeniec, Poland, to receive her primary and secondary education.
During the World War II effort, Genia was cited as a most valuable employee of the Pfefner Ball Bearing Co. located in Connecticut.
On Jan. 11, 1948, she married Matthew Jankowski in St. Stanislaw's Church, New York City. In 1958, the Jankowskis moved to Rockdale, where they operated a dairy farm until 1967. Relocating to New York City, Genevieve was employed by Columbia University as a full-time switchboard operator for graduate housing from 1970 to 1989. After retiring they moved to Long Island.
She was a member of the East Hampton Senior Citizens.
She is survived her adoring husband, Matthew Jankowski, East Hampton; loving son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Caroline Jankowski, Oxford; loving daughter and son-in-law, Lillian Jankowski and Joseph Finger, Guilford; three grandchildren, Regina, June Ellen and Jonathan Jankowski; three sisters, Jania Folta, Anelcia Orlowski and Bogusia Zbrzenza, all from Connecticut; a brother, Victor Kucienski of Connecticut; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by a son, Eugene Jankowski in 1998; and two brothers, William and Stanley Kucienski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001, from the Sacred Heart Church, Sidney, with the Rev. Fr. Gordon Polenz officiating. Burial will follow in the Maplewood Cemetery, Mount Upton.
Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney.
Memorial gifts in her name may be directed to the Sacred Heart Church, Liberty Street, Sidney.
STAMFORD — Stephanie Theresa (Mickelus) Teunisen, 82, passed away peacefully at Robinson Terrace in Stamford on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001.
She was born Aug. 3, 1919, in Jersey City, N.J.
Stephanie married Jacob Teunisen on July 2, 1938, in Union City, N.J. Jacob predeceased her on Feb. 2, 2001.
She is survived by three children and their families: a daughter, Patricia and Charles Wyble of Jefferson, a daughter, Stephanie and Anthony Rathbone of Maywood, N.J., and a son, Walter and Bonnie Teunisen of Union, N.J. Also surviving are nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen Losiewicz of Maryland; and one brother, Stanley of Long Island.
Friends may call at the Hall Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Stamford, from 7 to 9 p.m. today. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001, at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Stamford. Interment will follow the Mass at the Evergreen Cemetery in Jefferson.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Hall Funeral Home under the direction of William A. Tari.
Wilma Cole Baulch
BURLINGTON FLATS — Wilma Cole Baulch, 84, of Burlington Flats, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at her home in Burlington Flats.
She was born on May 13, 1917, in Burlington Flats, the daughter of Adrian S. Cole Sr. and Hazel (Mills) Cole.
She married Ward V. Baulch in Burlington Flats. He died Dec. 27, 2000, and at the time of his death they had been married more than 66 years.
She served as secretary and treasurer of the Edmeston Central School district for many years until her retirement in 1980.
She enjoyed traveling, sewing, needlepoint and was an avid New York Yankees fan. She particularly enjoyed attending almost all of her great-grandchildren's sporting events and would do so in all types of weather.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Burlington Flats.
Wilma is survived by her daughter, Janet Fikes and her husband, Arleigh, of Burlington Flats; her grandchildren, Cindi Sue Patafie of Clinton, and Terry Fikes and his wife, Nanette, of Burlington Flats; her great-grandchildren include Steve and Kevin Patafie and Cassandra and Mathew Fikes. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Sarah Baulch of Burlington Flats and Elouise Leaman of Orange City, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A brother, Adrian Cole Jr., predeceased her.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Baulch residence, 150 Arnold Road, Burlington Flats.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001, at the Baulch residence, with the Rev. John Buskey officiating.
Committal services and interment will follow at the Burlington Flats Cemetery.
Friends are asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Legion post of Edmeston or the Edmeston Emergency Squad in her memory.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.
Barbara P. Soroka
SIDNEY — Barbara P. Soroka, 72, of Sidney, passed away Monday, Oct. 22, 2001, at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown.
She was born Sept. 23, 1929, in Cohoes, the daughter of Nelson and Helen (Snyder) Willsey.
She was married to William J. Soroka on June 26, 1948, in Mechanicville. Mr. Soroka predeceased her on July 30, 1990.
Barbara dedicated her life to the care of others. She played host to hundreds of foster and day-care children. Beginning in 1972, she opened her home to mentally handicapped adults and young adults, giving to many of them their first non-institutional home.
In 1982, Barbara was recognized by Broome Developmental Services as family care provider of the year. Even into her final years, she was foster mother to babies in need. Through this, her life's work, she touched the hearts of many people.
Barbara is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Monica and Terry Strickland of Jacksonville, Fla., Deborah and Dale Durand of Callicoon, Jennifer Soroka of Binghamton, Nancy and Eric Hendrickson of Oneonta and Zadane Soroka of Freeville; her sons and daughters-in-law, William Soroka of Sidney, David and Carolyn Soroka of Sidney, Michael and Jodie Soroka of Freeville, Gordon and Lorie Soroka of Mount Upton and Daniel and Deborah Soroka of Vero Beach, Fla.; 20 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held at the Westcott Funeral Home, 123 Main St., Unadilla, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001, from 3 to 6 p.m.
A funeral service will follow calling hours at 6 p.m., with the Rev. Dwayne Durand of Newport officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice Inc., 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820.
Funeral arrangements are by the Westcott Funeral Home, Unadilla.
Daniel W. Gassler
MORRIS — Daniel W. Gassler, 90, of 2150 Bleecker St., Utica, and formerly of Morris, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, at St. Luke's Hospital in Utica.
He was born July 17, 1911, in Rome, the son of Henry Gassler and Grace (Neff) Gassler.
Dan resided his entire life in the Morris and Oneonta area.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Morris. He was a past master of the Tienuderrah Masonic Lodge of Morris and a current member of the Butternuts Masonic Lodge of Gilbertsville.
He had been employed by the Linn Manufacturing Co. of Morris and McNeely-Sweet Motors of Oneonta and retired from the Raymond Corp. of Greene in 1976.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, the former Dorothy Olds; one son, Roland Gassler of Elbridge; a brother, Ivan Gassler of Danville, Pa.; two grandchildren, Amy Reams of Tampa, Fla., and Paul Gassler of Lincoln University, Pa.; and one great-grandson, Jacob Reams of Tampa, Fla.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001, at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time on Saturday.
Those who wish are asked to donate to the United Methodist Church of Morris in his memory.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.
MIAMI, Fla. — Graveside services for Charles Joseph Maddalone will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001, from the Prospect Cemetery in Sidney.
Local arrangements are under the direction of the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney.
Hilda Groat Brosen
STAMFORD — Mrs. Hilda Groat Brosen, 99 years, of Robinson Terrace, Stamford, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001, at Robinson Terrace.
She was born Feb. 8, 1902, in Kortright, the daughter of William and Chloe (Grosfant) Utter.
She married Loren E. Groat on Nov. 15, 1923 in Oneonta. Mr. Groat died April 24, 1947. On Aug. 22, 1954, Hilda married Henry Brosen. Mr. Brosen died Dec. 23, 1988.
Hilda was a seamstress at the Oneonta Dress Factory for many years.
Hilda grew up in Kortright but lived in Oneonta after marriage. She also lived in Columbia County for several years.
She was a member of the Daughters of Union Veterans, a member of the First United Methodist Church in Oneonta and had also attended the West Oneonta Baptist Church.
She is survived by one daughter, Gladys Warren of Rochester; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Russell Groat of West Oneonta and Eugene and Arlene Groat of Rensselaer; one stepdaughter, Janice Malmberg; three stepsons, Robert Brosen, Richard Brosen and William Brosen; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; stepgrandchildren; stepgreat-grandchildren; stepgreat-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Hilda was predeceased by a son, Arthur Groat; a daughter-in-law, Carolyn Groat; one sister, Leona Barbin; one brother, Herman Utter; and one stepson, Henry Brosen Jr.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, 2001, at 1:30 p.m. at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, with the Rev. John Dougherty officiating. Burial will follow at the Oneonta Plains Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001, from 7 to 9 p.m.
It has been requested that in lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to either the West Oneonta Fire Department, P.O. Box, West Oneonta, NY 13861, Catskill Area Hospice, 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820 or to the charity of one's choice in loving memory of Hilda Groat Brosen.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Sylvia Nita Holdridge, 86, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001.
She was born on April 18, 1915, in Exeter Center, daughter of the late Warren Lee and Itina Curtiss Babcock.
For 35 years she was employed as a teacher's aide at Jawonio.
Sylvia had a great love of children, family and nature.
She is survived by her son, DeForest and his wife Eileen Holdridge of Theills; two daughters, Ada and her husband George Mechler of Phillipsburg, N.J., and Joanne and her husband, Philip Geraci of Utica; a brother, Leigh Babcock of Schuyler Lake; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Byron Holdridge, on Oct. 2, 1976, and a brother, Gerald Babcock, who died on Jan. 14, 1994.
A service of remembrance and reflection will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. in J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James St., Richfield Springs.
The family will be present in the funeral home to receive relatives and friends on Friday from 4 until 7 p.m.
A graveside service will take place on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Hartwick Cemetery, Hartwick.
Memorial donations may be made to the Jawonio Foundation, 260 North Little Tor Road, New City, NY 10956.
DOWNSVILLE — Charlene Staubitz Bellows, 51, of Downsville, passed away Oct. 21, 2001, at her home, Gregory Hollow, in Downsville.
She was born on Jan. 28, 1950 in Staten Island, the daughter of Gustav and Claire (Guyer) Schoentube.
She has been a resident of this community for the past 23 years.
She was a custodian at Downsville Central School.
She was a member of the James S. Moore, Post 167 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph, of Downsville; one son, Bob Staubitz of Downsville; one daughter, Sandy Smith of Downsville; three stepsons, Jeff Bellows of Chicago, Ill., Joey Bellows of Washington, D.C. and Shane Bellows of Downsville; three brothers, John Schoentube of Brooklyn, Gustav Schoentube of Pa. and Raymond Schoentube of New Jersey; six sisters, Joan Tellefson, Thresa Goffredo, Marianne Mancinelli, Claire Carciello, all of Staten Island, and Vircina Fodor and Carol Pellegrino, both of Florida; four grandchildren, Billy, Brittany, Amber and Jenna; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Knorr Funeral Home on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001, at the Knorr Funeral Home at 11 a.m. with the Rev. James M. Clarke of St. Mary's Episcopal Church officiating.
Interment will be in Paige Cemetery in Downsville.
Funeral arrangements are by Knorr Funeral Home, Downsville.