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Motyka, Raymond Henry  
Raymond Henry Motyka UTICA/NORTH CAROLINA Raymond Henry Motyka passed away on January 21, 2015, after a long illness, at Long Leaf Neuro Medical Hospital, NC. He was born on May 31, 1936, the son of the late Michael and Felicia Lenart Motyka. He was a graduate of Utica Free Academy. He received an MA from Syracuse University and an MA from Cornell University. He served his country in the United States Army. He was united in marriage to Barbara Mierzwa. Mr. Motyka was employed as a teacher in the Utica School System and Mohawk Valley Community College. Survivors include his beloved wife, Barbara; three sons, Michael (Annabelle) Motyka, of Tracy, CA, Dr. Thomas (Elizabeth) Motyka, of Chapel Hill, NC, and Matthew (Karen) Motyka, of Clinton, NY; and six dear grandchildren. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Memorial Graveside Service to be held at a date to be announced in Sts. Stanislaus and Casimer Cemetery, Whitestown, with burial to follow. Arrangements by Wolanin Funeral Home, Inc., 266 Main St., New York Mills. wolaninfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Feb. 1, 2015
Notman Sr., Brian B.  
Brian B. Notman, Sr. BRIGHTON TOWNSHIP It is with great sadness and broken hearts that we announce the death of Brian B. Notman, Sr. , of Brighton Township, PA, on Thursday, January 29, 2015, after a brief illness. Son of the late Thomas and Rita Notman, Brian was born in Utica, NY, on July 6, 1940. He leaves his wife of 55 years, Doris; son, Brian Jr. and his wife, Susan, of Brighton Township, PA; and daughter, Pamela and her husband, Douglas Buck, of Moon, PA. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, Stephanie, Brittany and Megan Notman and Brandon and Taylor Buck; two great-grandchildren, Andrew and Audrina Notman; a sister, Margaret and her husband, David Parker, of Kernersville, NC; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Elaine and Richard Baki, of Bossier City, LA; numerous nieces and nephews, neighbors, friends and special group of people he worked with. Brian was an active employee with 56 years of service with American/US Airways. He started with Mohawk Airlines in 1958 and saw the mergers of Piedmont, PSA, Allegheny, America West, US Air and most recently American Airlines. Brian enjoyed every aspect of the airline business and made many friends over the years. He also loved classic cars, his '75 white stingray corvette was his pride and joy, and loved attending car cruises. Brian was also active for many years with the Brighton Township youth sports, the highlight being winning the Beaver County Colt League Championship in 1981. Brian will be tremendously missed by all who loved him. As per his wishes, cremation services were performed by the Noll Funeral Home, Inc., 333 Third St., Beaver, PA, where a private service was conducted. Online condolences may be shared at: nollfuneral.com We wish to thank the staff at Good Samaritan Hospice Heritage Valley Beaver for their loving care and compassion through this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Good Samaritan Hospice Heritage Valley Beaver, 1000 Dutch Ridge Road, Beaver, PA 15009 or the charity of your choice.
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Feb. 1, 2015
Odell, Louise H.  
Louise H. Odell UTICA Louise H. Odell , 91, of 9 Lower Woods Road, died on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at St. Lukes Hospital in Utica. She was born on November 9, 1923 in Turin, NY to Charles and Mary Rodman Hoffman. She married Robert W. Odell on June 10, 1943 in Turin, NY. She is survived by two daughters, Bonnie Mitchell, Whitesboro; Roberta Askew, Sauquoit, NY; a sister, Nancy Meyers, Lyons Falls. A graveside service will be held in the Turin Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are being handled by the Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., located at 500 State Street Carthage NY 13619.
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Jan. 25, 2015
Ogonowski Jr., Honorable Matthew S.  
Honorable Matthew S. Ogonowski, Jr. UTICA Honorable Matthew S. Ogonowski, Jr. , age 86, went home to the Lord when he passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in the privacy of his home with the love and support of his family by his side. Born in Utica on August 2, 1928, Matthew was the son of the late Matthew S., Sr. and Adelaide (Pawlowicz) Ogonowski. Matthew was a graduate of Utica Free Academy/Class of 1945. He continued his studies at Utica College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951. He began his post-graduate work at Albany Law School where he was awarded his J.D. degree (juris doctor) and his licensure as a practicing attorney in New York State in July of 1956. On May 9, 1959 he married the former Angela Tomaselli with whom he shared 55 years; their marriage was a union of a combination of her kind and gentle soul and Matthews trait of being a true gentleman; this made for unlimited memories of a wonderful life graced with great love. Matthew served as Assistant Oneida County Attorney from 1963-1971 and in that capacity was trial counsel for the Board of Elections, Workers Compensation Office, Oneida County Sheriffs Department, County Highway Department, Civil Defense, and Family Court Juvenile Delinquency cases. He taught Criminal Law to members of the Utica Police Department at M.V.C.C. and served as a law guardian in the Family Court of Oneida County for several years. In 1985, he was appointed Utica City Judge by Mayor Louis LaPolla and in 1986 was elected to the position, retiring in 1998. As a judge, he was a man of integrity. He lived by the virtue of honesty which was inherent in his rulings. His judicial precepts always reflected his humanitarian interest in his fellow man and his love for serving his community. His numerous affiliations in civic and community concerns included the Citizens Association for Greater Utica, Committee to make Utica College a City College, Attorney for the City of Utica Department of Building and Codes, Planning, and Zoning; Advisory Committee of the Marcy Psychiatric Center School of Nursing, Third Degree Member of the William Burke Utica Council #189 Knights of Columbus, Delegate to Judicial Conventions in Syracuse, co-organizer of the Utica Bowling Association Hall of Fame, original incorporator of the Utica Recreation Facilities Association, Inc., Legal advisor to the Polish Legion of American Veterans Athletic Committee, Chairman of the Utica Charter Revision Committee, member of the Sons of Italy Lodge #2054, Board member of M.A.M.I, a legal and medical interpretation and translation organization which was a truly memorable time for Matthew; Republican Party of Oneida County, and the City Club of Utica. He was a longtime member in good standing of the Oneida County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. Although Judge Ogonowskis career was eminent and extensive, he was first and foremost dedicated to his family. Within the tapestry of his life is woven Matthews image as a great husband and an outstanding dad. He was a parent who charismatically, confidently, and enthusiastically took the time to instill in his children the importance of education and hard work. He advised them that they could accomplish almost anything if they were willing to put their heart and soul into their endeavors. He was passionate and perseverant at imparting to his sons the virtues of being kind to others and becoming the best men they could possibly be. Whether in the role of family man, father, or friend, he had a great sense of humor and a great delivery, often making others feel at ease. He balanced his life with his wisdom and light-hearted nature. He was exceptionally expressive in his writing and editing which made him a consummate communicator. He kept abreast of current events and was concerned about the state of our country and global issues. A sports enthusiast, many will remember Matthew as a passionate golfer often frequenting the fairways at the Crestwood Golf Course and the Valley View Country Club. He also had a hand in the sport of bowling, participating in many area leagues, and had a command of the game of chess. He loved to travel with his family and held fond memories of their trips to Canada, Cape Cod, the West Coast, and his most memorable journey to the majestic Grand Canyon. Matthews appreciation of natures wonders was commensurate with his admiration of his canine companion, Fred, and the special times he shared with him. Matthew is survived by his beloved wife, Angela; and his greatest blessings of which he was so proud, his sons, Mark Ogonowski, and David Ogonowski, both of California, and Matthew P. Ogonowski of Washington, DC. He also leaves his sister, Adelaide Johnson of the Albany area; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, in-laws, Lawrence and Patricia Tomaselli, and Donald A. Gigliotti. He was blessed with many friendships and colleagues through the years. He was predeceased by his niece, Susan V. Siegel; his brother-in-law, Harvey Johnson; and his sister-in-law, Mary Gigliotti. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Matthew's funeral service and Celebration of Life which will commence on Wednesday at 12:00 noon at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, 2222 Genesee Street, Utica, where his Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Rev. Joseph Salerno. Expressions of sympathy in the form of donations may be directed to the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), 120 Wall Street, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10005, the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601, or the Childrens Cancer Fund, 10300 N. Central Expressway, Suite 463, Dallas, Texas 75231; envelopes will be available at the service. Interment will take place privately in Calvary Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Eannace Funeral Home, Inc., 932 South St., corner of Hammond Ave. Online tributes at: EannaceFuneralHome.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Jan. 26, 2015
Pezzula, Vera  
Vera Pezzula ROME, NEW YORK Vera Pezzula , 58, of Rome, passed away with her loving family at her side on January 22, 2015, at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. She was born on August 17, 1956 in Constableville, New York a daughter of Michael and Natalia Keres Merza. Vera was a graduate of Adirondack High School class of 1974. She was presently employed at the Marcy Correctional Facility as a Librarian and was formerly employed at the Rite Aid Distribution Center in Rome. On June 22, 2002 she was united in marriage to Ralph A. Pezzula in a ceremony which took place in Lee Town Park. Surviving Vera is her loving husband Ralph; stepchildren, Melissa Dole, Neil and Jennifer Pezzula , all of Rome; a sister and brother-in-law, Sophie and Mark Jennings, Taberg; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Peter and Dorothy Merza, CT, Jerry and Martha Merza, IL , Taras and Janice Merza, PA; three grandchildren, Emily Dole, Jacob and McKenna Pezzula; along with several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049 Syracuse, N.Y. 13220 or the Humane Society of Rome, P.O. Box 4572 Rome, N.Y. 13442. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday January 28, 2015 at 11:A.M. First Presbyterian Church, Rome. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Tuesday from 4-7P.M. at Strong-Burns & Sprock Funeral Home, 401 North George Street, Rome. Interment will take place in Lee Valley Cemetery in the spring.
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Jan. 25, 2015
Piasecki, Stanislaw  
Stanislaw Piasecki MARCY Stanislaw Piasecki , 58, of Marcy, passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare. He was born in Poland, Europe, on October 10, 1956, the son of Theodore and Stefania Piasecki, and came to the U.S. in 1986. On February 14, 1987, he was married to Czeslawa Majcher in Holy Trinity Church, Utica. Stanislaw was employed with the Walmart Corp. He was a member of Holy Trinity Church. His survivors include his loving wife, Czeslawa, of Marcy; a daughter, Anna; sons, Andrew and Peter, all of Marcy; and several brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church. Those that wish may call on Friday (today) from 4 until 6 p.m. at the Kowalczyk Funeral Home, 1156 Lincoln Ave., Utica. His family would like to express their appreciation to the first floor of Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare for the excellent care he received. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Holy Trinity Church, 1206 Lincoln Ave., Utica, NY 13502. Light a Candle at: www.kowalczykfuneralhomes.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2015
Piejko, Helen M.  
Helen M. Piejko UTICA, NY Mrs. Helen M. Piejko , 100, a resident of Focus Rehab and Nursing Center in Utica, passed away Friday, January 30, 2015, at the nursing home. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Heintz Funeral Service, Inc., Utica, will be held privately at the convenience of the family.
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Jan. 31, 2015
Pomeroy Jr., Leroy W.  
Leroy W. Pomeroy, Jr. WATERVILLE Leroy W. Pomeroy, Jr. , 57, of Tower St., passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015, at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Utica. He was born June 14, 1957, in Herkimer, NY, a son of the late Leroy W., Sr., and Evelyn Brewer Pomeroy, and was a graduate of Mohawk schools. Leroy was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during Vietnam. On April 30, 1977, Leroy married Wilma LaMore in Ilion. He worked in maintenance at the Utica Police Department and the Charles T. Sitrin Health Care Center. Leroy was a former member of the Grace Episcopal Church in Waterville, where he had served on the Board. He was a member of the Fulmer American Legion Post #92 in Sangerfield; the Sanger Lodge #129 F&AM; Yahnun Scottish Rite; the Ziyara Shrine where he served as District Deputy and Grand Master for First Oneida; and Grand Steward at Grand Lodge of New York State. He was a former member of the Utica Lions Club and the VFW Post #502 of Frankfort. Surviving are his wife, Wilma; two sons, Allen and Kimberly Pomeroy, of Clinton, and John Pomeroy and Amber Usyk, of Waterville; a sister and brother-in-law, Tammy and Dan Rando, of Herkimer; granddaughters, Jenna Lynn Pomeroy, of Waterville, and Paige Anne Pomeroy, of Clinton; a niece, Brooke Rando; a nephew, Jason Rando; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Allen Pomeroy. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, January 29, 2015, from the Southgate Ministries, 127 E. Main St., Waterville, with full military honors. Interment will be held in St. Bernard's Cemetery, Waterville, in the spring. Friends are invited to call at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home (Kloster & Northrop Memorial Chapel), 210 East Main St., Waterville, from 2-4 and 7-9 on Wednesday. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Assoc., PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220. 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 from Jan. 27 to Jan. 28, 2015
Potter, Donald B.  
Donald B. Potter CLINTON Donald Brandreth Potter, 91, of Clinton, died at his home on January 20, 2015. Born in Utica, NY in 1923, he grew up on the Whitney Park at Little Tupper Lake and graduated from Saranac Lake High School. His studies at Williams College were interrupted by distinguished World War II service in the Tenth Mountain Division. He fought in the Appenine Mountains of Italy and was awarded a battlefield commission and the Bronze Star. He returned to marry Jane Chapple and conclude his education at Williams College, Brown University (M.S.), and the California Institute of Technology (Ph.D). He also worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and the Piedmont of North Carolina before joining the faculty at Hamilton College in 1954. His many devoted students remember a passionate and dedicated teacher with a contagious love for life and for the natural world. He retired as Stone Professor of Geology in 1988. His research, based on exacting field work, ranged from a decades-long project in the Taconic Mountains of eastern NY to an assessment of volcanism in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico. He included students in the research, and many participated in a field study of Mariscal Mountain in Big Bend National Park. His strong interest in planetary geology was marked by the first geologic map of a Mars quadrangle published by the U.S. Geological Survey. He was a competitive skier in high school, college, and even on the cross country circuit well into his 80s. He maintained miles of well-travelled trails where he was not afraid to wear out the less vigorous of his students and family. He hunted and hiked with zeal. He loved singing tenor in the St. James Church choir for more than 50 years and was at the heart of many family campfire sings in the Adirondacks. Don had a heart for civic work, and he led the Clinton Community Chest, the Clinton School Board, the Brandreth Park Association, and Cub Scout Pack 9. He and his wife, Jane, had a deep commitment to the Clinton ABC (A Better Chance) program that he co-founded and that intersected strongly with his passions for equality and education. His retired years included significant writing projects. With his brother Orlando he wrote a richly illustrated history of Brandreth Park in the Adirondack Mountains. He continued to teach geology to students of all ages, lead field trips, and read voraciously. Don's greatest joy and greatest work was his family. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Jane Chapple Potter, in 2004, and is survived by Bran and Cynthia Potter of Sewanee, TN, Eric and Phyllis Potter of Austin, TX, Jennifer Potter Hayes of Old Forge, NY, Chris and Cathy Potter of Bound Brook, NJ, Mary Potter of Wellesley, MA, Rachel Potter and Melanie Sax of Madison, WI, Gordon M. Hayes Jr. of Clinton, NY; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the Hamilton College Chapel at 1 PM on Saturday, February 7th with a reception to follow. There will be no calling hours. In place of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. James Episcopal Church in Clinton, NY, or the Clinton ABC Program. owenspavlotrogers.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Jan. 23 to Feb. 6, 2015
Poznar, Walter P.  
Walter P. Poznar HAMILTON Walter P. Poznar , 86, of Hamilton St., passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse. He was born January 19, 1929 in Elizabeth, NJ, a son of Andrew and Frances (Spulak) Poznar. He was a graduate of New York University and received his PhD from Indiana University. He was a brilliant professor of English Literature at Keuka College, and then at St. Leo University in Florida until his retirement. Walter married Adeline Abrams who predeceased him in 1999. He loved and was proud of his family. He was passionate about the classics of film, music and literature, and he was a die-hard Syracuse University basketball fan. Walter enjoyed socializing at the local coffee shops and his family is grateful to the Hamilton community for opening its arms to him. Surviving are his children, Susan B. Poznar of Russellville, AR; Robert A. and his wife Lisa A. Poznar of Cazenovia. He was predeceased by a daughter, Karen J. Poznar in 2006; a brother, Matthew and two sisters, Helen and Beatrice. In keeping with his wishes, there are no services or calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Hamilton Public Library, 13 Broad St., Hamilton, NY 13346. Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 25 Broad St., Hamilton, NY. To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to www.burgessandtedesco funeralhomes.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Jan. 29, 2015
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