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Garofalo, Vito J.  
Vito J. Garofalo WHITESBORO Vito J. Garofalo , 94, of Whitesboro, NY, entered into eternal life on Saturday, April 25, 2015. He was born in Utica, NY, the son of the late Pasquale and Adeline Colacicco Garofalo, and was educated in local schools. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WW II, serving in Germany. In 1942, he married the former Madeline Ciufo on Valentine's Day, a union of 69 years until her passing in 2011. Mr. Garofalo was employed with GE and retired in 1980. He is survived by his son, Thomas A. and his wife, Valerie Garofalo, Whitesboro, NY; and his grandchildren, Lisa Garofalo, Gary Garofalo, Thomas D. Garofalo and Brenda Towner; and two great-grandchildren, Aidan and Owen Garofalo. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Dominick, Benjamin and Louis Garofalo, and a sister, Elisa Garofalo. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Amodio Funeral Service, 3309 Oneida St., Chadwicks, NY (at the John L. Matt Funeral Home). Calling hours Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Stevens-Swan Humane Society.
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Apr. 28 to Apr. 29, 2015
Gates, Michele D.  
Michele D. Gates UTICA Michele D. Gates , 80, of Utica, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare Center, New Hartford. Michele was born March 7, 1935, in Utica, the daughter of Edward W., Sr., and Kathryn (Gosling) Daly. She was raised in Utica and was a 1953 graduate of Utica Catholic Academy and then went on to graduate from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in 1956. On November 10, 1956, Michele was married to Gerald F. Gates. After a long career as a caregiver, as an O.R. Nurse with Faxton Hospital, Michele retired in 2002. She was a member of St. Peter's Church in North Utica. Michele's passion in life was caring for her family, cooking with love, and a good book. Michele is survived by five children, Timothy (& Margaret) Gates, Ft. Collins, CO, Karen (& Scott) Lansing, Marcy, Elizabeth Kennedy (& Robert Stolo), Ilion, Thomas Gates, Deerfield, and Harry Gates, Albany (& Linda Gates, Yorkville); nine grandchildren, Scott (& Tori) Lansing, Michaela Kennedy, Thomas (& Megan) Waldron, Samantha Gates, Raymond Gates, Lindsay Gates, Hannah Waldron, Zachary Waldron and Matthew Stolo; and one great-grandchild, Piper Waldron. She is also survived by her sister, Harriett (& Chuck) Martin, Whitesboro; a brother-in-law, Herbert Goodhines, Fayetteville; as well as by many nieces and nephews. Michele was predeceased by a daughter, Jean Waldron, in 2008; a brother, Edward (Ned) Daly, Jr.; and a sister, Susan Goodhines. Mrs. Gates' funeral will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 9:15 a.m. from the Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer Rd., North Utica, and at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter's Church, where her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Whitesboro. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 4-7 p.m. Those wishing may donate to United Cerebral Palsy in Michele's memory. Online memorial and guestbook available at: heintzfuneralservice.net
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Apr. 25 to Apr. 28, 2015
Golowski, Gary J.  
Gary J. Golowski YORKVILLE Gary J. Golowski , 60, was called home to the Lord, April 18, 2015, from St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. He was born in Utica on April 24, 1954, a son of the late Walter and Helen Zyla Golowski. Gary was a graduate of New York Mills High School. He was employed by Jefferson-Smurfit, New Hartford, until his retirement due to illness. Survivors include his brother, Melvin and his wife, Deborah (Dei) Golowski, Whitesboro; two nieces and their husbands, Laurissa and Jon Barlow, NC, and Kelly and Brett Merritt, Whitesboro; also several other relatives; and his good friends, Barney (B.G.) Gadziala, Louie Sychtyz, Archie Christian and Billy Kantor. Gary was known to be a prankster, and was a lot of fun. He loved his music (especially Santana), and was always trying out the latest and greatest stereo equipment. His corvette was his pride and joy. Gary was incredibly generous, and loved Jesus. Calling hours for Gary will be Wednesday, April 22, 2015, from 5:00-6:30 PM at Wolanin Funeral Home, Inc., 266 Main St., New York Mills, with a service to follow at 6:30 PM. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus and St. Casimer Cemetery, Whitetown. In lieu of flowers, please consider Spring Farm Cares in Gary's memory. wolaninfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Apr. 21, 2015
Grahame, Harriet E. - Johnson City  
Harriet E. Grahame WHITESBORO Harriet E. Grahame , 89, of Johnson City, NY, formerly of Whitesboro, passed away, after a long illness, Friday, April 17, 2015, at Susquehanna Nursing & Rehab Center. She was born in Whitesboro on March 31, 1926, with her twin brother, Harry, the daughter of the late Wilfred and Lena (Chicoine) Emery. Harriet graduated from Whitesboro High School in 1943, where she was Vice President of her senior class. She married Donald Grahame in 1946 and had two children. Harriet was employed at GE in Utica for 28 years until her retirement in 1986. Harriet was a loving and caring person her entire life and regularly gave of herself to others. She spent many months caring for her ailing mother, Lena, and her sisters, Blanche and Marion; she then moved to Rochester to care for her dying daughter, Carole Grahame Wemett, and helped raise her three grandsons. Surviving Harriet are a son, Gerald (Susan) Grahame; grandsons, Darren (Brigid) and Kyle Grahame, Brian (Kelly), Michael (Tammy), and Steven (Danielle) Wemett; great-granddaughters, Cloe and Kiya Wemett; great-grandson, Steven Wemett, Jr.; brother, Harry (Dorothy) Emery; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her daughter, Carole; sisters, Ella, Loretta, Irene, Blanche and Marion; and her brothers, Frederick, Clifford, Wilfred, Jr., and Charles Emery. The Grahame family would like to extend their gratitude to her home care givers, Melissa, Shannon, Nicole, Pat and Rose, and also to the nurses and staff at the Susquehanna Nursing & Rehab Center for their loving care of Harriet. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul's Church on Friday, April 24th, at 11:30 a.m. Friends and relatives are invited to call on Friday from 9-11 a.m. at Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Homes, 40 Main St., Whitesboro. Reception to follow at St. Paul's Church. Messages of sympathy can be sent to: www.dfwefh.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Apr. 22 to Apr. 23, 2015
Haggblom, Dorothy  
Dorothy Haggblom OLD FORGE Dorothy Haggblom , 91, of Old Forge, passed away April 19, 2015, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare in New Hartford. She was born in Thendara, NY, on July 14, 1923, the daughter of the late Jerry and Henrietta (Lane) Frappier. Dorothy attended Whitesboro and Utica schools. Dorothy married Victor Haggblom on October 23, 1948. They enjoyed 56 happy years together before his death in February 2005. She was the manager of Morrows Nut House in Utica, prior to becoming the assistant personnel manager at Sears Roebuck. She later became secretary for the Lasker Goldman Corporation in New York City, a position she held for 16 years before retiring in 1970. Dorothy leaves her nieces, Linda Gorto, of Wilkes Barre, PA, and Kerry Vermilyea and her husband, Thomas, of Ballston Lake, NY; nephew, Thomas Jarvis, of Ballston Lake; niece, Kelly Willsey, of OH, and her father, Charles Willsey, of NY; several cousins; and many dear friends. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Marguerite Scoville, and a nephew, Neil Scoville, of Gloversville, NY. Her funeral will be Friday at 5 p.m. at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, 128 Fern Avenue, Old Forge. Calling hours will precede the funeral, beginning at 3 p.m. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery on June 13, 2015, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a contribution in Dot's memory to the Old Forge Fire Department, POB 1170, Old Forge, NY 13420, or your favorite charity. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Apr. 22, 2015
Handzel, Gladys C.  
Gladys C. Handzel UTICA Gladys C. Handzel , 88, a lifelong area resident, entered into eternal rest on April 20, 2015, with her loving family by her side. Born to Eleanor Rodzinka and Charles Gudyka on November 5, 1926, Gladys spent her entire life in the Utica area, most notably working with companies such as General Electric, Coca-Cola, and the Utica Psychiatric Center. She married the love of her life, Frank Handzel, on November 6, 1948, and celebrated 40 years of marriage until his death in August 1989. Gladys is survived by her children, Frank Handzel (Kathy), Denise Sorge (Michael Lepcio), and John Handzel. She also leaves her daughters-in-law, Kelli Handzel and Mary Roberts. In addition to her children, Gladys leaves her grandchildren, Stephen Handzel (Marisha), Christopher Handzel (Deana), Sarah Sorge (Joseph Elacqua), Alexander Handzel, Brittanne Handzel, and Anthony Handzel. Gladys also celebrated the births of her great-granddaughters, Cecelia, Madelyn, and Shayna Handzel. Gladys is also survived by her sisters, Jane (John) Boehlert, Anne (Leo) Piechowicz, Patricia (Fred) Zurakowski, and Donna (John) Fogarty, along with sisters-in-law, Mary (Matthew) Kaczor and Ann Gudyka, and brother and sister-in-law, Joseph (Helen) Handzel. Gladys also leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins as well as a close family friend, John Garfield. Gladys was predeceased by her husband, Frank; her son, Michael Handzel; and her siblings, Catherine (Edward) Kolodziej and Charles Gudyka. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Church of Our Lady of The Rosary, New Hartford. Those that wish may call on Thursday (today) from 4-7 p.m. at the Kowalczyk Funeral Home, 1156 Lincoln Ave., Utica. Burial will take place in St. Stanislaus Bishops & Martyrs Cemetery, Whitesboro. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Gladys' memory to the charity of one's choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Light a Candle at: www.kowalczykfuneralhomes.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Apr. 22 to Apr. 23, 2015
Heiland, John M.  
John M. Heiland MOHAWK John Michael Heiland "Bucky", age 58, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, April 18, 2015, in his home. He was born on December 29, 1956, in Utica, son of the late Edward C., Jr., and Jane Snyder Heiland. John was raised and educated in the South Lewis Central School. On October 14, 1989, he was united in marriage with the former Sheila Krowicki in the Grace Episcopal Church, Mohawk. In 1992, they permanently moved to Mohawk to make a home and raise their family. For forty five years, Bucky worked as a diesel mechanic for Utica Mack, retiring in 2002. Mr. Heiland had a strong faith in God and was a member of the Grace Episcopal Church in Mohawk. In his leisure time, he liked to fish and listen to music. To those who knew him, he was a man who enjoyed any kind of racing, NASCAR, four wheelers, snowmobiles and especially dirt bikes. For a number of years, he loved to compete at the annual dirt bike races in Unadilla. Bucky was special to all who knew him and will be truly missed. Surviving him are his devoted wife of twenty-five years, Sheila; a son, John M. Heiland , Jr.; a daughter, Samantha Hawkins and her husband, Sean, all of Mohawk; one brother, Edward C. Heiland, III, and his wife, Susan, of Remsen; three sisters, Helen Drummond and her husband, Clarence, of Bear, DE, Debra Bulinski and her husband, Steve, of Forestport, and Kimberly Neale and her husband, Ron, of Black Bird Station, DE; and a cherished grandson, Connor Harkins, of Mohawk. He is also survived by his loving brothers and sisters-in-law as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours for Bucky will be on Tuesday (today) from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer. Funeral service will take place in the funeral home on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. with the Revered Sally Heiligman, Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Mohawk, officiating. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to The American Heart Assoc. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2015
Hill, John G.  
John G. Hill WATERVILLE John Gibson Hill, of Waterville, NY, died Thursday, April 9, 2015, after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ellen; a daughter, Lorene, of Benzonia, Michigan; a son, Christopher, of Waterville; and seven grandchildren. Mr. Hill was born in New York City in 1932, the son of John Gibson Hill, Sr., and Barbara Hatfield Hill. He was educated at the Peddie School in New Jersey. After high school, he served in the Army, spending most of his enlistment in the west, where he trained with the Tenth Mountain Division at Camp Hale in Colorado. As a part of his duty, he worked on battlefield communication systems, which led him to observe a number of above-ground atomic tests in Nevada. After serving in the Army, Mr. Hill attended the University of Virginia, where he earned a bachelors degree in geology. He went on to take a masters degree in the same field at NYU. He met his future wife, Ellen Scheiber, on a blind date in New York, and the two were married in 1957. Mr. Hill had an extraordinary career as a geologist in work that he loved and that took him to remote locations across the Western US. During his career, he was employed by the US Geological Survey, the Anaconda Corporation, Cities Service Minerals, Bendix, and First Mississippi Corporation, where he was Chief Geologist. Primarily an expert in porphyry copper deposits, he helped to pioneer stream sampling techniques. For most of his adult life, he lived in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado, before retiring to South Carolina. He loved jazz music, travel, and flying kites on the beach. A devoted husband and father, he had recently moved to Waterville to be near family. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1 PM, Friday, May 1, 2015, from St. Bernard's Church, 199 Stafford Ave., Waterville. Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 210 E. Main St., Waterville. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 411 West Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204-1305. To send a condolence or sign the Book of Memories online, go to: www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Apr. 26, 2015
Hughes, James P. - Palm Bay  
James P. Hughes PALM BAY, FLORIDA James P. "Hoover" Hughes, 69, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Jim was born in Clinton, NY, on March 9, 1946. Jim was the son of James and Wilma (Ankin) Hughes. Jim leaves behind his loving sister and caregiver, Carolyn Hughes, of Palm Bay, Florida; and a brother, Patrick and his wife, Michele, of Carrollton, Texas. Mr. Hughes also leaves behind several cousins, nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind special friends, Sue Kuusiari and J.P. Morgan of Millbury, MA. James spent the majority of his adult life in and around Millbury, Ma. He served in the Army as a member of the 101st Airborne Division, receiving a Purple Heart for his brave service. After the military, James attended and graduated from Worcester State College with a bachelor's degree in education. James participated in baseball, football and golf but his passion was ice hockey. He was inducted into the Kirkland Hall of Fame. He will be remembered for his willingness to help others and his ever-present sense of humor. James will be buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Clinton. There will be a graveside service held on June 20, 2015.
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Apr. 27, 2015
Huther, M. Grace  
M. Grace Huther UTICA M. Grace Huther , 96, of Utica, died on April 22, 2015, at the Pines at Utica Center. The funeral will be on Wednesday at 11:00 at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes. Entombment will be in Resurrection Chapel Mausoleum. Calling hours will be on Tuesday from 4:00 to 6:00 at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, 13 Oxford Rd., New Hartford. For online expression of sympathy, go to: www.dfwefh.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Apr. 25 to Apr. 27, 2015
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