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Darvoe, Ethel M. - Utica  
Ethel M. Darvoe 1917 - 2016 UTICA - Ethel M. Darvoe, 98, of Utica, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at the Pines at Utica Center. She was born on September 21, 1917, in Syracuse, NY, a daughter of the late George and Gertrude (Damrath) Atkinson. On August 1, 1941, she was united in marriage to Fredrick Darvoe. A blessed union of over 51 years, Mr. Darvoe died on December 28, 1992. Ethel was a stay at home mom who cherished her family. After her children were grown, she accepted a position with Mele Manufacturing in Utica and retired from there after 15 years of dedicated service. Ethel was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved taking care of her family. She enjoyed crocheting, canning, and especially enjoyed the time that she spent with her family. She is survived by her daughters, Diane Wilson and her husband, David, of Canastota, and Nancy Monopoli, of Utica. She also leaves her grandchildren, Michael Wilson and his wife, Jean, Mark Wilson and his wife, Valerie, Melody Hazer and her husband, Eric, and Melissa Darvoe; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Fredrick Darvoe; her brothers, John, George and Robert Atkinson; and her sisters, Emma Strobeck and Helen Stockheuser. She was also predeceased by a son-in-law, Salvatore Monopoli. The family wishes to sincerely thank the Pines 3rd floor staff, also their office staff and Estate Planning for all of the care and help during Ethel's illness. Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, Forty Main St., Whitesboro. For online expressions of sympathy, please go to www.dfwefh.com .
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on May 29, 2016
Demarais, Ernest D. - North Utica  
Ernest D. Demarais 1927 - 2016 World War II Veteran NORTH UTICA - Ernest (Ernie) D. Demarais, 89, of N. Utica, passed away at home on Thursday, May 26th, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. Ernie was born on May 23rd, 1927, in New York City, a son of the late Desire and Clara (Naegele) Demarais. He received his education in the Utica Schools. Ernie enlisted in the United States Navy, serving during World War II, and was honorably discharged in 1945. Ernie had worked at Griffiss Air Force Base before entering into the service, and after his discharge, he immediately returned to Griffiss Air Force Base for a 36 year career there. Ernie was initially employed as an aircraft mechanic, but through his hard work, determination, and completion of several government offered courses through Ohio State University, ended his career as a management analyst assigned to the SAC Management Engineering team specializing in, and responsible for, all of the manpower affairs generated within the SAC Wing, Air Base Group, and Base Hospital at Griffiss Air Force Base. Ernie retired in 1980. On May 7th, 1949, Ernie married Ferdinanda (Ferdy) A. Ciccone at St. Anthony's Church in Utica. Ernie and Ferdy enjoyed 67 years of marriage, a loving relationship built on mutual respect and admiration. They were inseparable, loved the same things, and did everything together. Ernie instilled in his children and grandchildren the importance of good work ethics, high morals, and always doing the right thing. He was a man of deep faith and much wisdom that he was always willing to impart. He will be missed by all who loved him. Ernie was a member of the American Legion Post #229, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, but was most proud of his membership at the North Utica Senior Citizens Community Center where he volunteered countless hours on all the center's major fundraisers. Ernie also enjoyed playing poker, Scrabble and doing crossword puzzles. Ernie is survived by his beloved wife, Ferdy; his daughter and son-in-law, Yvonne and Mark McClusky, Utica; his son and daughter-in-law, Ernest A. and Barbara DeMarais, VA; four cherished grandchildren, Eric McClusky and his wife, Mary, Cicero, NY, Brian McClusky, Utica, Michael DeMarais, VA, and Daniel DeMarais, VA; four great-grandchildren, Liliana Klemanski, Aubrianna McClusky, Sofia McClusky and expecting the arrival of his newest great-grandchild, Lena Grace McClusky; three sisters, Rita Hoffman, Clark Mills, Dorothy Rouillier, Clark Mills, and Lorraine Coreno, AL; a brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Peg Desmarais, FL; in-laws, Teresa Pecorello, Utica, and Ed Berkowicz, Marcy; and many nieces and nephews. Ernie was predeceased by two sisters, Clara Berkowicz and Diane Davies, and a brother, Albert Demarais. Mr. Demarais' funeral will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at 10:30 from St. Peter's Church in North Utica. The family will greet people at the conclusion of the Mass. Burial will take place in Calvary Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Those so wishing may make donations to the North Utica Senior Citizens Community Center in Ernie's memory. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to family friend and nurse, Kelly Studer, and the staff of Hospice for all the loving care they gave to Ernie. Arrangements are by the Heintz Funeral Service, Inc. Online messages may be made at Heintzfuneralservice.net . Remember always - "You never make yourself look good by making someone else look bad. You make yourself look good, by being good. So be good!"
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on May 29, 2016
Dobler Jr., Kurt P. - Leesburg  
Kurt P. Dobler, Jr. 1925 - 2016 LEESBURG, FL - Kurt passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Leesburg, FL, at the age of 90. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Shirl, who passed away on May 2, 2008. They are survived by their children, Eric Dobler, of Duanesburg, NY, Kristen Dobler Ganey, of Chandler, AZ, Konrad and Pamela Dobler, of Whitesboro, NY, Lesa Scopelli, of Indian Harbor Beach, FL, Karl and Carol Dobler, of Cypress, TX, and Kurt F. Dobler, of Syracuse, NY. After he retired from Kelsey Hayes, Whitesboro, NY, they enjoyed traveling the US by motor coach for nearly 5 years before settling in the Plantation in Leesburg, FL, for the last 26 years. Both were involved with acting and stage work here in New York and later helping to start the Sawgrass Players at the Plantation Community in Florida. They both wanted to emphasize their love for their children and the joy with seeing their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A final note, "Now Together Forever" Mom and Dad!
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on May 29, 2016

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Dowe, Yolanda M. (Scheri) - Utica  
Yolanda M. (Scheri) Dowe 1932 - 2016 Truly a Lady who had Beauty and Class UTICA - Mrs. Yolanda M. "Yo" (Scheri) Dowe, age 84, went home to her Lord when she passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the Masonic Care Community of NY. Born in Utica on April 19, 1932, Yolanda was the daughter of the late William and Antoinette (Conte) Scheri. She was a graduate of T.R. Proctor High School/Class of 1950. On September 7, 1959 she married Albert Dowe, Jr. with whom she shared 56 years in a union blessed with true love. They were extremely close and had common values and interests. They were of one mind and one heart, a blessing that made them dedicated and ideal parents. In the workforce, Yolanda was employed by Dr. Samuel T. Rubino for several years. In addition to her many responsibilities at home, Yolanda helped her husband run the family business, Dowe's Market on Columbia Square in West Utica. On the home front, she worked from dusk to dawn as a dedicated mother and homemaker. She was passionate about her children, always supportive and instructive. She gave them the greatest love and guidance a mom could give based on her life experiences and their needs…and always with good intentions. She made peace when there was discord and she never spoke of others with negativity. She was a benevolent person who cared for everyone before herself. Cooking was an integral part of her life and she spent many hours preparing and presenting delicious meals for her family. Baking was a breeze for Yo and her fabulous cookie trays were appreciated by many. As matriarch, she handled holidays and festivities with style, grace, and elegance. From the comfort of her home, she embraced her husband's passion and love of sports, and in younger years she enjoyed bowling and gardening. But her greatest interest was watching her children come into their own as great folks, fair-minded, and successful in their lives and livelihoods. She practiced her Catholic faith as a parishioner of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes. Yolanda is survived by her husband, Al; her daughter, Sherry L. Gerace of New Hartford; her sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. David A. and Franca D. Dowe of Travelers Rest, SC, Daniel W. Dowe, Esq. and Janet Dowe, Esq. of Bronxville, NY, and Steven R. Dowe, Esq. and Lori A. Dowe of Manhattan; her grandchildren, Jessica, and Allie Dowe; Triplets Lauren, Christina, and Caroline, and Allison Dowe; and Alexander, and Nicholas Dowe. Her extended family includes many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and inlaws, Lila Atkinson, Margaret "Marge" Scheri, Judi Scheri, Laurice R. Gigliotti, Jr., Beverly DiGirolamo, Joseph and Suellen Dowe, Margaret and James Costello, and Richard H. and Cheryl Dowe; and her friends, including longtime friend Wendy Bowers; Dorothy Rich, and Vincent and Lucille Chapman who visited weekly at the Masonic Home. She was predeceased by her brothers and sister-in-law, Frank A. and Martha "Margie" Scheri, Anthony Scheri, Albert and Fannie Scheri, and Ralph "Ruffy" Scheri; her inlaws, Donald W. Atkinson, Louis J. Gigliotti, and Dominick DiGirolamo; her niece, Marie Roser; and her nephew, William Scheri. The family is grateful to Dr. Guy Wilcox who shared a great degree of professional care and compassionate, personal concern for Yolanda; the staff of the Masonic Care Community of NY notably the Buffalo Household, nurses and especially the aides who were angels; and Fr. Joseph Salerno and Fr. Lucas who brought pastoral blessings. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5:00-8:00 at the Eannace Funeral Home, Inc., 932 South St., corner of Hammond Ave. In lieu of floral offerings, expressions of sympathy in the form of donations may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or the New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204; envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Yolanda's funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence on Thursday at 10:30 from the funeral home and at 11:30 at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes where her Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Rev. Joseph Salerno. Committal Prayers and Interment will follow graveside at Calvary Cemetery. Online tributes at www.EannaceFuneralHome.com .
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on May 24, 2016
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