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Swalgin, Gail K. - N. Utica  
Gail K. Swalgin 1939 - 2016 Loving Mother and Grandmother N. UTICA - Gail K. Swalgin, 76, of N. Utica, passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Heritage Health Care Center in Utica, with her devoted daughter, Karie, by her side. Gail was born in Utica on December 5, 1939, the daughter of John G. and Nellie (Schneider) Kratzenberg. She was raised in Utica and was a graduate of Utica Free Academy. In 1958, Gail married Jack G. Taylor. For over 20 years, Gail was employed with and managed Whitesboro Limo and Driving School. She later worked at Baileys Stop and Shop in Hinckley, NY. Gail was a huge Dale Ernhart, Jr., fan and was a member of Life Tabernacle Church in Whitesboro. She received her greatest joy spending time with her beloved grandchildren. Gail is survived by her daughter, Karie Lynn deSouza, of N. Utica; son, William (B.T.) Taylor, of Trenton; three cherished grandchildren, Geremias, Nikolina and Taylor; two sisters and one brother-in-law, June and David Rank, of Ilion, and Sharon Manning, of Prospect; one brother and two sisters-in-law, Rodney "Gus" and Linda Kratzenberg, of Newport, and Susan Kratzenberg, of Forestport; her in-laws, Ethel and Jerome Alexander, of Floyd, Janice and Allen St. Germaine, of Yorkville, Hyzer and Shelva Taylor, of Newport, Brian and Shirley Tayler, of Morehouse, and Kathy Taylor, of Floyd; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her former husband and lifelong friend, Jack Taylor; son, Timothy Taylor; son-in-law, Mika deSouza; and brother, Robert John Kratzenberg. Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial visitation on Monday, June 27, 2016, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer Rd., N. Utica. A memorial service and celebration of Gail's life will be held on Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the conclusion of visitation with Rev. Mark Waterman officiating. The family would like to thank all of their friends and family who have been so kind and supportive with their continual prayers during Gail's extended illness. Special thanks and appreciation for all the care given to Gail by the staff at Heritage Health Care Center, especially Tim Bushley. Online guestbook and messages of sympathy at .
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on June 26, 2016
Williams Jr., John Gwynne - Utica  
John Gwynne Williams, Jr. 1934 - 2016 UTICA - John Gwynne Williams, Jr., 81, of Utica, passed away June 21, 2016, at his home, with his loving wife by his side. John was born July 27, 1934, in Utica, son of the late John Gwynne Williams, Sr. and Alice Marie Ruhm Williams. He graduated from Utica Free Academy, Class of 1953, and attended Utica College. He married Sara Philipson on October 20, 1962 at Grace Episcopal Church, Utica. They shared a loving marriage, for 53 years, during which he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. John served as a US Navy Corpsman during the Korean War. After which he was employed as a truck driver for Scheildelman, Inc., in Utica, where he retired after many years. John was a lifelong member of Grace Church, Utica, where he was an usher, served on the properties committee and was the youth basketball coach. He also served as a Boy Scout leader, a volunteer at St. Luke's Memorial Hospital and the American Heart Association. He is survived by his wife, Sara, of Utica; his sons, Christopher J. Williams, of Whitesboro, and Paul R. Williams, of Utica; his grandchildren, Kristen (Josh) Synakowski, Bethany Williams, Katelyn Williams and Brandon P. Williams; his great-grandchildren, Reagan, Elias and Andrew; and many other close family members. The funeral will be Friday, June 24, at 3:30 PM, at Grace Church, corner of Genesee and Elizabeth Streets, Utica. Calling hours will be held prior to the funeral service, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, at Grace Church. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Online messages of sympathy may be left at . Arrangements are with Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, New Hartford.
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on June 22, 2016
Yerdon, Richard W. "Dick" - Marcy  
Richard W. "Dick" Yerdon 1947 - 2016 A Great Outdoorsman MARCY - Mr. Richard W. "Dick" Yerdon, age 68, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center with his loving family at his side. Born in Cooperstown, NY on September 29, 1947, Richard was the son of the late Delmer S. and Ruth (Swartz) Yerdon. He was a graduate of Richfield Springs Central High School/Class of 1965. Dick enlisted in the United States Navy Seabees, and honorably served 2 tours of duty in Vietnam and concluded his time in service in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. It was a war that incurred casualties of conscience by veterans, and Dick was quiet about his involvement for years after. On October 5, 1968, Dick married the former Barbara DeMarco with whom he shared 47 years. They needed one another and he trusted his Bobbie like no one else. "Love you" was woven into their everyday vocabulary. Dick worked as a journeyman electrician with the IBEW Local #43 and continued his membership affiliation during his retirement. He returned to higher education in his field and received an Associate degree in Electrical Technology from M.V.C.C. in the 1980's. This accomplishment enhanced the love of his vocation and the outdoors. He retired in 2011 to enjoy the pleasures and slower pace of life in later years. Dick was generous of heart and a genuine family man who enjoyed visiting and sharing company and conversation with loved ones. He was multi-talented in troubleshooting and he could fix anything. And, he was a perfectionist in everything he did. If a job was not done right the first time, he would do it over again, no matter how much time it took. Dick's affinity for the outdoors brought him peace and harmony. It was a calm place and time for him, whether fishing in a bass boat or hunting in all seasons. He admired horses and was so proud that his grandfather had introduced him to these beautiful equines. He was overjoyed that his daughter-in-law and granddaughter owned a Hobby farm and shared the interest with him. Dick converted to Catholicism and privately professed his faith to the Lord. His life was enriched by his wife, his children, and the special grace of grandchildren, and he held their needs in his heart at all times. It was a good life, made better by loved ones who gave their best, and honored him in return. Dick is survived by his wife, Barb; his son and daughter-in-law, Scott T. and Gabrielle Yerdon of West Monroe NY; his grandchildren, Dean Yerdon, and Savanna Yerdon; and his sister, Judi Ginder of TN. His extended family includes his nieces, nephews, especially acknowledging Mark Yerdon, who was a good soul, helpful and dependable to Dick and his family; great-nieces, great-nephews, cousin Shirley (Yerdon) DiSpirito; in-laws Jeannette DeCicco, and Tom and Marie DeMarco; and his friend Robert "Bobby" Gulla, a protege and beloved young man who shared Dick's love of the outdoors. He was predeceased by his brother, Henry Yerdon; and his sister, Beverly Kaiser. The family thanks the incredible team of doctors and nurses at CTICU at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center; family and friends who were so supportive with love and prayers during the past month of trying times; and the Maynard Volunteer Fire Department for their timely response and compassion. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4:00-7:00 at the Eannace Funeral Home, Inc., 932 South St., corner of Hammond Ave. Expressions of sympathy in the form of donations may be made to the Maynard Volunteer Fire Department; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Richard's funeral service will commence on Wednesday morning at 9:30 from the funeral home and at 10:30 at St. Anthony & St. Agnes Church where his Mass of Christian Burial will be offered with Military Honors conferred. Interment will take place in Crain Memorial Cemetery in Richfield Springs at the convenience of the family. Online tributes at .
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on June 27, 2016
Zammiello, Mary Ann - New York Mills/utica  
Mary Ann Zammiello 1931 - 2016 NEW YORK MILLS/UTICA - Mary Ann Zammiello, 84, a lifelong area resident, passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at S.U.N.Y. Health & Science Center, Syracuse. She was born in Utica on December 6, 1931, the daughter of Stanley and Anna Babowicz, and attended area schools. After graduating Nursing School, she was employed with both St. Elizabeth Hospital and Faxton Hospital. Mary Ann was united in marriage to Bernard Zammiello on May 17, 1952, in Holy Trinity Church, Utica, a loving union for over 64 years. She was an active member of Holy Trinity Church, where she attended daily Mass and was a member of the Rosary Society, serving as President. Her survivors include her beloved husband, Bernard, of New York Mills; three sons, Joseph Zammiello, of Big Fork, MT, John Zammiello, of Utica, and Steven and his wife, Asha Zammiello, of Utica; eight grandchildren, Theresa Jelowiec, JoAnna Hazard, Elizabeth Zammiello, Isla Zammiello, Ashley Zammiello, Jacob Duda, John Zammiello, Jr., and Justin Zammiello; two sisters and their spouses, Virginia and Thomas Green, of CA, and Elizabeth and Victor Rzepka, of New York Mills; and in-laws, Barbara and Ed Paperella, of Whitesboro. She was predeceased by her daughter, Elizabeth Duda, and her sister, Frances Dzwonkowski, and brother, Edward Babowicz. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church. Those that wish may call on Thursday, one hour prior to the Mass, at the Kowalczyk Funeral Home, 1156 Lincoln Ave., Utica. Burial will take place in Holy Trinity Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Church, 1206 Lincoln Ave., Utica, NY 13502. Light a Candle at .
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on June 29, 2016
Zwir, Melissa (Missy) - New Hartford  
Melissa (Missy) Zwir 1982 - 2016 NEW HARTFORD - Melissa (Missy) Zwir, 33, passed away on June 20, 2016. Missy was born on July 1, 1982, in New Hartford, the daughter of Jamie DelMastro and Julie Zwir. Surviving are her mother and stepfather, Julie and Ed Seiselmyer; daughter, Mariah Fuentes, and son, Javion Brown; sister, Amanda Gestrich; brother, Justin Gestrich; grandmother, Irene Zwir; Godmother, Alicia Nolan; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services, under the direction of Nunn & McGrath Funeral Directors, were held privately.
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on June 23, 2016
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