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Sakowicz, Mary  
Mary Sakowicz YORKVILLE Mary Sakowicz , 92, passed away peacefully at the St. Luke's Home, with her loving family by her side, on July 22, 2015. Mary was born in Wiencierza, Poland, on March 9, 1923, a daughter of the late Michael and Catharine Salawa. During WW II, Mary was held captive in Germany. Following her release, she relocated to Alberta, Canada. On October 23, 1949, she was united in marriage to the late Peter Sakowicz. Mr. Sakowicz passed away in 2008. Mary was a member of the former Sacred Heart Church in Utica, NY. Mary was employed at several different locations, including St. Luke's Hospital, retiring in 1987. Mary was a family oriented person, devoted to her loved ones. She ensured any family member and guest were comfortable. She enjoyed preparing traditional Polish food for family gatherings. Survivors include her daughter, Diane (Randy) Dymond, SC; two sons, John Sakowicz, Yorkville, and Michael Sakowicz, Marcy; two cherished grandsons, Joshua and Andrew Dymond; and several special friends, especially acknowledging Craig Breitenstein and Mariel Mazza. She was predeceased by family in Poland, Europe. Mrs. Sakowicz's funeral service will be private and at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. The family would like to sincerely thank the staff of the St. Luke's Home with special appreciation to Barton East staff members for the loving care and genuine dedication shown to Mary and her family. Arrangements in care of Wolanin Funeral Home, Inc., N.Y. Mills. wolaninfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on July 26, 2015
Sanders, Arthur H.  
Arthur H. Sanders DEANSBORO Arthur Hardie Sanders, 90, of Deansboro, passed away Monday, January 19, 2015. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 1, 2015, in the Deansboro Cemetery, Deansboro, NY. All are welcome to attend. Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 210 E. Main St., Waterville. www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on July 28, 2015
Shibley, Mary L. - Utica  
Mary L. Shibley SCHUYLER Mary L. Shibley , 97, of Schuyler, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015, at home, surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born in Utica on June 4, 1918, a daughter of Henry W. and Irene (Larraby) Eilers. She was united in marriage to John E. Shibley at St. Agnes Church, Utica, on September 18, 1937, a blessed union of 64 years until his death on April 23, 2001. Mary was a parishioner of St. Mark's Church in North Utica and a member of the D.A.V. Stars and Stripes Chapter #82 Ladies Aux. She was an avid reader and Yankees Fan. Mary had a close relationship with her great-granddaughter, Rebecca Richards Lashure who lived in the area. Becky taught her to text and did she ever!, "LOL". Mary is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Ann and Fred Ayers, of Albany; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, especially remembering her newest great-great-grandson, Brayden. Mary was predeceased by an infant daughter, Therese; three sons, John, David and Nicholas; and four brothers, Clarence, Henry, Francis and James Eilers. Mrs. Shibley's funeral will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at 9:15 from the Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer Rd., N. Utica, and at 10:00 from St. Mark's Church, where her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will take place in St. Agnes Cemetery, Utica. Calling hours at the funeral home are Friday evening from 4-7. Those so wishing may make donations to St. Mark's Church or Hospice & Palliative Care in Mary's memory. Special thanks to Mary's niece, Mae Tyler, and her children, Laurie and Joseph, the Hospice staff for all the loving care and support they gave to her, Saint Padre Pio and Dr. Tannenbaum for saving her eyes. Mom, we believe in angels and know that you do too, and in our hearts, we know that angels are watching over you. Online messages of sympathy may be made at: Heintzfuneralservice.net
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from July 28 to July 31, 2015
Silfer III, Clarence F. - Clinton  
Clarence F. Silfer, III NEW HARTFORD Clarence F. Silfer, III , 83, a longtime resident of Holland Patent, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. He was born July 7, 1932, in Syracuse, a son of the late Clarence F. and Irma (Wickert) Silfer. Clarence attended Syracuse University, receiving a scholarship-funded physics baccalaureate in 1954. He began his professional career as an electrical engineer with Rome Air Development Center (RADC) the same year. On July 20, 1957, he was united in marriage to Barbara J. Hart, a blessed union of love and friendship for 58 years. In his thirty-four year career with RADC, Clarence participated in numerous radar research and development projects and rose to Senior Engineer of the Signal Processing Division. Clarence retired from RADC in 1988. Displaying a life-long curiosity in the world around him, Clarence was a talented craftsman who enjoyed building wooden watercraft (Adirondack guide boats, canoes) and furniture. Clarence was also an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, hiking and camping with his family. Among his many other avocations, he was also an enthusiastic gardener and a passionate scholar. A devoted husband and father, he is survived by his wife, Barbara; four children, Jeffrey Silfer of Clinton, Andrew (Maureen) Silfer of Mechanicville, NY, Brian (Amy) Silfer of Cazenovia, NY, and Susan (Jack) Forbes of Smithfield, VA; ten grandchildren, Matthew and Daniel Silfer, Nathan, Michelle, Kathleen and Elise Silfer, Jessy and Brian Silfer and Coleman and Cameron Forbes; and many nephews. Private services will be held for the family. Arrangements by Owens-Pavlot & Rogers Funeral Service, Inc., Clinton. Please consider donations to HealthFriends CNY, 1119 Elm St., Utica, NY 13501 or Central Assoc. for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Development Office, 507 Kent St., Utica, NY 13599-1140. owenspavlotrogers.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from July 29 to July 30, 2015
Stappenbeck, Margaret E.  
Margaret E. Stappenbeck NEW HARTFORD Margaret E. Stappenbeck , formerly of New Hartford, passed away peacefully Saturday July 25, 2015, at the Lutheran Home, after reaching her goal of 100. Relatives and friends are invited to call Tuesday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at Nunn & McGrath Funeral Directors, 470 French Road., Utica. Funeral services will be 10:15 a.m. from the funeral home and 11 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, New Hartford, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from July 26 to July 27, 2015
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