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Perry, Rhayalene M. - Clinton  
Rhayalene M. Perry CLINTON Rhayalene M. Perry , 49, of Fountain St., passed away unexpectedly at home on Thursday, August 27, 2015. She was born in New Hartford, on November 3, 1965, a daughter of John B. and Sandra (ONeil) Williams. Rhayalene graduated from Clinton Central School and Utica School of Commerce. She was united in marriage to Michael T. Perry on August 3, 1991 at St. Mary's Church in Clinton. She worked as a legal secretary for many years, but was most proud of being a mother. She stayed home to take care of her family and raise her two sons, Matt, who is a Clarkson graduate and electrical engineer, and Ryan, who is a senior at Clarkson. Rhayalene loved watching her sons play sports and took more active roles with Clinton Lacrosse and as a Registrar for Clinton Youth Hockey for 12 years. She is survived by her husband, Mike; her two sons, Matt, of Rochester, and Ryan, of Clinton; her parents, John and Sandy Williams, of Clinton; her sister and brother-in-law, Michelle and Dan McNichol, of Clinton; her brother and sister-in-law, Gregory and Rebecca Williams, of Clinton; brother-in-law, Michael Taylor, of Baldwinsville; mother-in-law, Linda Perry, of NC; sister-in-law, Petrina and Fred Nesibitt, of SC; brother-in-law, Bobby and Angel Perry, of SC; and beloved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her sister, Wendy A. Taylor. All are invited to memorial calling hours from 1-4 PM on Sunday, August 30, 2015, at Owens-Pavlot & Rogers Funeral Service, Inc., 35 College St., Clinton. A Memorial Mass will be held at 9:30 AM on Monday at St. Mary's Church, Clinton. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Clinton Fire Dept. or the American Diabetes Association. owenspavlotrogers.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Aug. 29, 2015
Pieloch Jr., Daniel J. - Utica  
Daniel J. Pieloch, Jr. ORISKANY Daniel J. Pieloch, Jr. , 51, husband of Donna Thrasher, of Oriskany, NY, passed away unexpectedly on August 28, 2015. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Heintz Funeral Serv., Inc., N. Utica, are incomplete. Daniel's obituary will appear in Sunday's newspaper.
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Aug. 29, 2015
Sageer, Ann T. - Liverpool  
Ann T. Sageer LIVERPOOL, NY Ann T. Sageer , 54, died unexpectedly on Thursday morning, August 27, 2015, at her home in Liverpool, NY. She was born in Utica, NY, on October 28, 1960, to Fred and Mona (Karrat) Sageer. Ann attended OCC for her Associates Degree, and later attended Cornell University for her Bachelors in Industrial and Labor Relations. She worked for KLM for a number of years, early on in her career, and eventually moved into the medical insurance field. She was loved by all who met her, and always had a smile on her face. Her favorite pastime was being with her family and friends, whether it be in the kitchen, out on the dance floor, or just at home. Ann loved to dote over her furry friends, Jodi and Champ, and be with her nieces and nephew. Her ability to light up a room was unmatched, and she will be dearly missed. Ann was predeceased by her father Fred, and is survived by her mother, Mona; sisters, Agnes and Teresa; brothers, Gerard and Dominick (Ann) and their children, the "lights of her life", Lauren, Chelsea and Nicholas; and many close loving, aunts, uncles and cousins. Calling hours are Sunday, August 30, 2015, from 4-7 PM at the Maurer Funeral Home, Moyers Corners, 3541 State Route 31, Baldwinsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11 AM at St. Louis Gonzaga Church, 520 Rutger St., Utica, NY 13501. Rite of Committal and burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, and in honor of her father, please donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Central New York Chapter, Learbury Centre, 401 North Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13203.
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Aug. 29, 2015

Obituaries from Two Days Ago

Eilers, Patricia J. - Utica  
Patricia J. Eilers MADISON - YORKVILLE Mrs. Patricia J. Eilers , 69, of Madison, formerly of Meyers Ave., Yorkville, passed away on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare in New Hartford, with her loving family by her side. Patricia was born in Rome, NY, on August 22, 1946, the daughter of Brice and Esther (Newtown) LaValley, and received her education at Waterville Central High School. In Virginia, in February of 1962, Patricia married Henry W. Eilers, a devoted union of 49 years until Henry's death in 2011. At one time, Patricia was employed with Waterville Knit and for many years as a sewing supervisor with H.P.K. in Utica. She was a past member of the Oriskany Falls Fire Department Auxiliary, a parishioner of St. Joseph & St. Patrick Church in Utica and enjoyed camping, puzzles and loved animals and children. Mrs. Eilers is survived by three daughters and one son-in-law, Brenda Moon and Paul Larmon, of Hubbardsville, Betty and James Williams, of Deansboro, and Belinda Donahue, of Madison; one son, Edward Eilers, of Utica; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Adeline Tanner, of Richfield Springs, Alice and George Cushman, of Waterville, and Joan Lewis, of Oriskany Falls; nine cherished grandchildren; four beloved great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and in-laws. She was predeceased by a son, Henry Eilers; a brother, Walter LaValley; and a sister, Beatrice June. Mrs. Eilers' funeral will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at 9:15 a.m. at the Heintz Funeral Home, 1517 Whitesboro St., Utica, and 10:00 at St. Joseph & St. Patrick Church, where her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Her Rite of Committal and burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Yorkville. Calling hours for family and friends are Friday (today) from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Those wishing to make a donation in Patricia's memory, please consider the ASPCA. Mrs. Eilers' family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, especially the CCU, for the wonderful care and compassion you provided to Patricia. Online guestbook and messages of sympathy at heintzfuneralservice.net
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2015
Gaska, Josephine - Utica  
Josephine Gaska UTICA Josephine H. Gaska, 90, a lifelong Utica resident, passed away on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center. She was born in New York Mills, the daughter of Stanley and Mary Chraszcz Urban, and attended local schools. On February 3, 1945, she married Joseph Gaska in St. Mary's Church, New York Mills, and shared a joyous union until his passing on June 16, 2007. Josephine was employed with several companies throughout the area until her retirement from Sturgess Manufacturing. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church and the West Side Seniors. Josephine always enjoyed doing crafts, reading, her gardening in the spring/ summer and spending the holidays with her family and friends. Josephine was always there for everyone and will be sorely missed. Her survivors include her two daughters and their spouses, Mary Kellihan, of VA, and Anne and Kevin Graziadei, of Oriskany; seven sons and their spouses, Joseph and Phyllis Gaska, of GA, Lawrence and Bonnie Gaska, of Hudson Falls, Michael and Cathy Gaska, of NC, Bruce Gaska and his companion, Gloria Koslofsky, of Utica, Thomas and Susan Gaska, of RI, Jeffrey Gaska, of Utica, and Christopher Gaska, of Utica; nine grandchildren, Denise and her husband, Mick Wheeler, of VA, Cristian Gaska, of Lake Placid, Amber and Brian Graziadei, of Utica, Michael and Sarah Gaska, of NC, Collin Derek and Rachel Gaska, of RI; four great-grandchildren, Kaitlin, Michael, Courtney and Patrick; a sister, Nellie Marshall, of Revena, NY; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Janet Gaska, and her siblings, Stephanie Mikuta, Celia Hill, Helen Roemer and Stanley Urban, and several other siblings. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, Utica. Those that wish may call on Friday (today) from 4 until 6 p.m. at the Kowalczyk Funeral Home, 1156 Lincoln Avenue, Utica. Entombment will take place in Resurrection Chapel Mausoleum of Holy Trinity Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the West Side Seniors, 717 Court Street, Utica, NY 13502 or to Operation Sunshine, 221 Oriskany Blvd., Utica, NY 13501. Light a Candle at: www.kowalczykfuneralhomes.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Three Days

Frank, Joyce I. - Webster  
Joyce I. Frank WEBSTER/ROME Joyce I. Frank , 81, passed away peacefully on August 25, 2015, at Maplewood Nursing Home in Webster, NY, after a long illness. Before moving to Webster in January, 2015, Joyce lived at the Terrace at Woodland in Rome. Joyce was born in Lyons Falls, the daughter of Charles and Heloise McDonald. She graduated from Lyons Falls High School as the valedictorian in 1952 and married F. William (Bill) Frank of Constableville. Joyce and Bill lived in Rome where they both worked at Griffiss Air Force Base and raised three children, Diana (O'Meara), Jeffrey, and Lisa (Poinan). Bill passed away in August of 2001, and Diana followed in October of 2013. Joyce is survived by Lisa and Mike Poinan and their daughters, Alyssa, Jenna and Molly, of Rochester; Derrick O'Meara of Rome and his children, Erik and Erin O'Meara, of Virginia Beach and Rhode Island, respectively; and Jeffrey in Washington, DC. Joyce's brother, Merwin McDonald and his wife, Ruth, live in Lyons Falls; sister, Judy Tingley and spouse, Ron Bowerman, reside in Syracuse; and sister, JoEllen and husband, Bruce Wolf, live in Minot, South Dakota. Joyce's brother, Robert McDonald (Mary Grace), of Rochester, passed away in 2012. Many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends live in central and northern NY and across the country. Joyce had a love of music and the arts. She played piano, flute, guitar and hand bells. As a young mother, she studied art and became an accomplished painter, particularly enjoying pastel and watercolor media. She served as president of the Rome Art Association and enjoyed teaching seniors how to draw and paint at the Ava Dorfman Center in Rome. Joyce attended the First Presbyterian Church in Rome, where she was active in youth programs and the hand bell choir, which she called "the dingalings". Until her illness with multiple myeloma (diagnosed in 2008), she remained active at church and also supported special activities in classrooms in Rome and Rochester, where her daughters taught elementary school. Joyce enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking and travel. She collected teddy bears and birdhouses. She and Bill had a tradition of escaping the cold for two weeks right after New Year's to Naples, FL. They enjoyed it all the better when children and grandchildren could join them. Of her many endeavors and qualities, Joyce may be most remembered for her energy, creativity, her kind heart, and her genuine relationships. Her five grandchildren and their hopes and dreams remained her greatest joy and light, even in the darkest of times during her struggle with cancer and the loss of her daughter. The family expresses heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Maplewood Nursing Home for their compassionate care, kindness, and the dignity they preserved for Joyce as she concluded her life. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of Joyce's life at 11:00, Thursday, August 27, at the First Presbyterian Church, 108 W. Court St., Rome, followed immediately with burial in Rome Cemetery. Flowers may be sent to the church, or donations in Joyce's memory may be made to the International Myeloma Foundation ( myeloma.org ), First Presbyterian Church Youth Fund, Jervis Public Library of Rome, or charity of choice. Arrangements by Prince-Boyd & Hyatt Home For Funerals, Inc., 210 W. Court St., Rome, NY. You may send a message of sympathy online at: www.princeboydhyatt.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Aug. 27, 2015
Helmer Jr., Albert Joseph - Ilion  
Albert Joseph Helmer, Jr. ILION Albert Joseph Helmer, Jr. , (Al), "Butch", 76, of Ilion, passed away on Monday, August 24, 2015, at Little Falls Hospital. Al was born on August 22, 1939, in Herkimer; he was the son of the late Albert J. and Catherine Mary (Seaver) Helmer. He attended Ilion Schools with the class of 1957 and was employed at HCCC until his retirement in 2000. On October 12, 1968, Albert married the former Betty Doremus at the People's Undenominational Church in Cedarville. Al was a member of the Ilion Presbyterian Church where he served as Deacon for 10 years, Herkimer German Maennerchor, a former member of Ilion Moose Lodge 1010, and he was also an avid bowler. Al is survived by his wife, Betty; two sons, Alec and his wife, Jennifer, and Albert "Joe" and his wife, Julie, both of Ilion; two daughters, Alicia and her husband, Kevin Townsend, of Brewerton, NY, and Ann and her husband, Richard Farmer, of Cornelius, NC; three brothers, Robert and his wife, Carol, of Winterhaven, FL, Richard, of Cohoes, NY, and David and his wife, Heike, of Berkley, CA; three sisters, Mary Bongiorno, of Frankfort, Doreen Helmer, of Herkimer, and Joellen Schafer, of Ilion; ten grandchildren, Timothy Helmer-Hall, Jillian and Paige Farmer, Joey and Samantha Helmer, Matt and Morgan Townsend, Lucas Mickle, and Alyssa and Corinne Baerman; one great-grandchild, Aiden Townsend; a godchild, Carissa Johnson; in-laws, Arthur Doremus and Tom Martin, Ruth Hanrahan, Marjorie Creaser, Jane Rood, Fred and Judy Doremus, Roy and Cheryl Doremus, Gene and Mary Doremus, John and Sherry Bouck, Keith and Pat Doremus, Karen and Jack Allen, Carl Doremus and Daryl Yerdon and Dennis and Thim Doremus; as well as several nieces and nephews. A memorial service for Al will be held on Sunday, September 6, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Ilion Presbyterian Church; Rev. Ruth Kuo will officiate. In lieu of calling hours, family and friends are invited to join the gathering at the Ilion Moose Lodge following the service. Friends and family are asked to consider memorial donations to either the American Diabetes Foundation or the American Heart Association. Al's family wishes to thank Bassett Little Falls ER and 3rd floor staff for the care given during his illness. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To send an online condolence, please go to: www.whiter-hendrix.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Aug. 27, 2015
Hogan, Shirley Dutcher - Vernon Center  
Shirley Dutcher Hogan VERNON CENTER Shirley Dutcher Hogan , 79, formerly of Vernon Center, died Tuesday, August 25, 2015, in the Alpine Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Little Falls, where she had been a resident for the past three years. Born in Gray on November 3, 1935, she was the daughter of Arthur and Lillian Peabody Dutcher. A resident of the area since 1988, moving from Cold Brook, Mrs. Hogan was a graduate of Poland High School. She married David E. Hogan on December 25, 1968, in Vernon Center. Mr. Hogan died May 13, 2009. Prior to her retirement, Shirley was a cook for the Lutheran Home in Clinton. She was of the Methodist faith. Surviving are two daughters, Scarlett Connor and Holly Luther, both of Little Falls; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Stuart and Stephen Bannister, both of Cold Brook, Marshall and Kristine Bannister, of Virginia, and Harry and Kimberly Hogan, of Vernon Center; one sister, Joan Dutcher, of Cold Brook; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Tim and Shirley Dutcher and Donald and Jean Dutcher, all of Cold Brook; eight grandchildren, Amanda (Chad) Salls, Cody (Michelle) Connor, Cassie and Taylor Luther, Brent, Karissa and Nathan Bannister, and Peyton Simmonsl two great-grandchildren, Connor Salls and Jamie Connor; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Arthur Dutcher. Special thank you to all the nurses and staff at the Alpine Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for their compassion and care shown to Shirley and her family. Funeral services will be held, at the convenience of the family, from the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., 260 Main Street, Oneida. Following the interment of Shirley, there will be a gathering at 1 PM, Sunday, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Harry and Kimberly Hogan, Marble Road, Vernon Center, NY. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 7, 6725 Lyons Street, E. Syracuse, NY 13037 or the Alzheimer's Association, 441 W. Kirkpatrick Road, Syracuse, NY 13204. To leave a message of condolence, please visit: www.campbell-dean.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Aug. 27, 2015
Swienton, Greg - Utica  
Greg Swienton UTICA Greg Swienton , 61, a lifelong area resident, passed away on Thursday, August 20, 2015, after a brief battle with lung cancer. He was born in Utica on August 25, 1953, the son of Rudy and Virginia Szymanowski Swienton. For over forty years, he was employed with the Special Metals Co. as a machinist. Greg was a proud Eagle Scout in his younger years as well as an avid fisherman. Greg will be remembered as a kind, compassionate, loving man and an indispensable part of the lives of his family and friends. He will leave a large void in our hearts that can never be filled. His survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Matthew Milozzo; granddaughter, Alessa Milozzo; his mother, Virginia; a sister and brother-in-law, Michele and Tom McCambley; a brother, Paul Swienton; as well as nieces, Laura LeMura and Sara McCambley. Also surviving are his longtime companion, Brenda Flory, her daughter, Christine Flory, and grandbaby, Annabelle. He was predeceased by his father, Rudy Swienton, and sister, Mary Helene. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass which will be celebrated on Friday at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, Utica. There are no calling hours. The family will receive visitors at the conclusion of Mass. Burial will take place in Holy Trinity Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of the Kowalczyk Funeral Home, 1156 Lincoln Ave., Utica. Light a Candle at: www.kowalczykfuneralhomes.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Aug. 24 to Aug. 27, 2015
Wilbur, Francelia Carroccio - Hamilton  
Francelia Carroccio Wilbur HAMILTON Francelia Carroccio Wilbur died August 10, 2015, in Orlando, FL. Francelia was born in Utica, NY, on October 28, 1949, to Salvatore and Frances (LeWorthy) Carroccio. She grew up and lived in Hamilton until December 1978, when she and her family moved to Florida. She is survived by her two children, Tricia (Ray) Mingo, of Clinton, NY, and Sean (Michelle) Wilbur, of Orlando, FL. Francelia was blessed with five grandsons, Tricia's children, Aaron, Aidan and Ethan, and Sean's children, Lane and Nate. She is also survived by two sisters, Maryonna Carroccia, of Hamilton, NY, and Donna (Larry) Jennings, of Sherburne, NY; two nieces, Alicia (Ryan) Brigham, of Earlville, NY, and Mandi (Josh) Zbydniewski, of Sherburne, NY; a great-niece, Peyton Brigham; a great-nephew, Bentley Zbydniewski; and many cousins. Services and interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Hamilton are private. Arrangements by Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, Hamilton. To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online, go to: www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Aug. 27, 2015
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