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Obituaries - 06/07/2012

Todd E. Oldick
 June 2, 2012

Mr. Todd E. Oldick, 43, of Sanders Rd., Fort Plain, NY, passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 2, 2012.
He was born on September 3, 1968 in Little Falls, son of Bradford Cook and Marianne Durfee.
 Todd was loved by many. He liked to make people laugh with the things he liked. He enjoyed hunting, being outside and being a farmer. His favorite sports teams were the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Yankees.
He is survived  by his daughters: Alivia Oldick and Gracelyn Oldick; his wife Stephanie Oldick; his mother Marianne Durfee and his stepfather Don Durfee; his brothers: William Oldick, Jeremy Durfee and Brad Cook; his sisters: Melissa Wilson, Jody Douglas, Jennifer Durfee, Lisa Feasel, Brenda Lapi, Krissy Talbot and Charlie Cook and his numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his father  Bradford Cook.
The family will receive relatives and friends  at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville from 3:00-5:00pm on Saturday June 9, 2012.  The family is being cared for by John P. Lewandowski, Funeral Director.
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In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations in Todd’s name be made to the Herkimer Humane Society of the Ayres Animal Shelter. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Elizabeth Avis Garrison Zierer
June 4, 2012

Mrs. Elizabeth Avis Garrison Zierer, 78, of Lafayette Street, Palatine Bridge, New York died Monday, June 4, 2012 at Palatine Nursing Home.
 Born on March 28, 1934 in Starkville, NY, she was the daughter of Charles A. Garrison and Catherine Swift Garrison. She was a long time area resident and a graduate of VanHornesville Central School.
Mrs. Zierer was a Quality Home Health Care Aide in Schenectady for many years.
She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Freysbush.
Mrs. Zierer was a member of the Canajoharie Women of the Moose, Chapter 987 for over 40 years.
On February 18, 1986 in Fort Plain, Elizabeth married Stanley Zierer. He preceded her in death on February 25, 2008.
Mrs. Zierer is survived by her three daughters, Virginia Eacker of Palatine Bridge, NY, Elaine Clark of Canajoharie, NY, Mary Louise Maia Silber of Knightdale, NC; son, Charlie R. Eacker of Amsterdam, NY; three sisters, Shirley (Sherwood) Dingman of Fort Plain, NY, Fay (Keith) Veitch of Fort Plain, NY, Edna (David) Bowman of Fort Plain, NY; grandchildren, Aaron, Ashley, Ginger, Michael, Daniella, Jacob, Amanda, Christopher, Heather; as well as several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Burial will take place in Fort Plain Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are entrusted to Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 34 Center Street, Fort Plain, NY.
In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Mrs. Zierer may be made to the Women of the Moose #987, Erie Blvd., Canajoharie, NY 13317.
Please sign the online guestbook for Mrs. Elizabeth A. Garrison Zierer at

Ferdinand “Ferd” C. Kaiser
June 2, 2012

Ferdinand C. Kaiser, 87, of Abeling Street, Canajoharie, died Saturday evening, June 2 at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany. He was born November 22, 1924 in the Bronx, NY and was the son of Ferdinand and Elsa Hammerlitz Kaiser.
Ferdinand graduated from Jamaica High School and then served in the US Army in Europe during World War II. After the war, he attended and graduated from New York University in 1949 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance.
He was initially employed by the Tetley Tea Company and  transferred to Canajoharie in 1962 when the company was acquired by the Beech-Nut Packing Company. He became the manager of payroll and disbursements and eventually retired in 1989 with 40 years of total service.
He was an active member of St. John’s and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and was involved with both the church council and the choir. He was a Trustee on the Board of Directors of the Arkell Hall Foundation. He served on the boards of the Canajoharie Community Services and the Palatine Church Society. He was also a member of the Canajoharie Life Savers 25 Year Club.
Ferdinand is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, June Balling Kaiser, who he married on May 16, 1954. He is also survived by their two sons, David and his wife, Tamara, who live in Towaco, New Jersey and Clifford and his wife, Laurie, who live in Cranford, New Jersey. He is also survived by four grandsons, Matthew, Christopher, Jeffrey and Kevin; two nephews, Glenn and Wayne Balling and one niece, Kristi Horne. He was predeceased by his brother, Herman, in 1975.
A funeral service was held for Ferdinand on Wednesday, June 6 at 10:00 AM at the St. John’s and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 143 Church Street, Canajoharie, New York with Rev. Zachary Labaugh officiating. The family received friends and family on Tuesday evening, June 5 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at the Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 20 Otsego Street, Canajoharie.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Ferdinand Kaiser’s name to St. John’s & St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 275, Canajoharie, NY 13317.
Please sign Mr. Kaiser’s online guestbook at

Roger H. Swartz
May 31, 2012

Roger H. Swartz, 87, of Palatine Bridge, passed away peacefully at Albany Medical Center on May 31, 2012 after a brief illness.
The son of the late Harold J. and Lelah Fisk Swartz, he was born in Fort Plain, NY on August 13, 1924.
Roger was a lifelong area resident and graduated from Fort Plain High School. He enlisted into the United States Army, 11th Air Borne Division during WWII in the Pacific Theater. After being honorably discharged he returned home and studied to be a Funeral Director at the Simmons School of Embalming in Syracuse. He then took over the family business, The Swartz Funeral Home in Fort Plain until his retirement 40 years later.
Roger was a well respected member of his community and was    committed to several organizations in Fort Plain his entire life. He was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, The Rotary Club, Fort Plain Lodge #433 F&AM, The BPOE #2621, The VFW Mohawk Valley Post #3275 and was a life member of the American Legion Post #554. Roger was an avid bowler, golfer and a member of the Valley Ramblers Motor Home group and a long time member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association. Most recently as a veteran of WWII, he was afforded the opportunity to go on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. and to the National Monument.
His loving family includes his wife of 66 years, Edith K. Swartz whom he wed on March 2, 1946; his devoted sons James “Dennis” Swartz (Deborah J. Carey) and David J. Swartz both of Palatine Bridge, NY; beloved granddaughter Stacey (Phil) Mackes; and great grandchildren Sophia and Landon.            
Funeral Services for Mr. Swartz were held on Monday, June 4, 2012 at 11 o‘clock at the Lenz & Betz Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenneth Dingman presiding.   
Family and friends were invited to visit on Sunday, June 3, 2012 from 2:00 until 6:00p.m. at the funeral home. A Masonic Service was held at 3:00p.m. and a VFW Service was held at 3:30p.m. during the calling period to honor their friend.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 23 Computer Drive, Albany NY 12205 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of his colleagues at the Lenz & Betz Funeral Home, 69 Otsego Street, Canajoharie, NY 13317.  
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