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Obituaries - 10/18/2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - Updated: 9:29 AM

Ruth W. Weaver

October 14, 2012

Mrs. Ruth W. Weaver, 84, of Sprakers, New York died Sunday, October 14, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam.

Born on July 10, 1928 in East Aurora, NY, she was the daughter of Frederick Wickert and Helen May Gould Wickert.

She was a graduate of Nottingham High School in Syracuse, NY and a graduate of St. Mary’s Institute of Nursing, class of 1963.

Mrs. Weaver had been a resident of the Town of Root since 1952, previously residing in the Town of Carlisle.

Mrs. Weaver started her career in 1964 working in St. Mary’s Hospital as a nurse. In 1972 she became the Director of Nurses for Palatine Nursing Home. She then went to work as the Director of Nursing for Arkell Hall in 1974. Mrs. Weaver had been a familiar face at Arkell Hall Adult Home for over 20 years. She was the Director of Arkell Hall starting in 1978, a position she held until 1994.

She was of Methodist faith.

Mrs. Weaver was a former member of Little Falls Hospital and was a member of the Red Cross.

On January 8, 1949 at the Gilboa Methodist Church in Gilboa, NY, Ruth married Walter James Weaver. Together they celebrated over 63 years of marriage.

Mrs. Weaver was predeceased by a son, Thomas Walter Weaver on June 26, 1990. She was also predeceased by her sisters, Priscilla Guyette and Helen Hamilton.

She is survived by her husband, Walter James Weaver of Sprakers, NY; daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Robert Anderson of Ballston Spa, NY; brother, Fred Wickert Jr. of Gilboa, NY; grandchildren, Thomas W. Weaver, Jr. of the Town of Root, NY, Adam C. Weaver of the Town of Root, NY, Heather M. and Robert Ketzer of Canajoharie, NY, Kristin and Todd Scott of Saratoga, NY, Britta Anderson of Ballston Spa, NY; great-grandchildren, Ryan Weaver, Alex Weaver, Melena Scott, Hailey Weaver, Jacoba Ketzer, Hanna Ketzer; daughter-in-law, June Dolly; foster daughter, Mary Hicks of Albany, NY; nephews, Charles, Eugene, Martin and Christopher Guyette; as well as several cousins.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10:00am at the Chapel of Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 20 Otsego Street, Canajoharie, NY 13317 with Rev. Brett Popp officiating.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 3:00-6:00pm at the funeral home.

Burial will take place in Canajoharie Falls Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Ruth W. Weaver may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211 or to the Christian Church of Charleston, 1380 E. Lykers Road, Sprakers, NY 12166.

Please sign the online guestbook for Mrs. Weaver at

Shayne Todd Walters

October 8, 2012

Shayne Todd Walters 49, of Esperance Road, Town of Charleston died suddenly Monday October 8th at the Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

Mr. Walters was born January 31, 1963 in Cobleskill, a son of Alfred J. and Jean A. (Barnard) Walters. He graduated from Fonda-Fultonville High School and began his working career as a self-employed truck driver. After living in the South for a time, he and his wife, Laurie returned to the family home in Charleston where he drove trucks for Price Chopper.

His affection for draft horses brought him to begin a back-woods   logging business that he operated for many years. He was an avid horseman and enjoyed training, showing and driving draft horses. Shayne was elected Supervisor for the Town of Charleston in 2003 and was currently serving as the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for Montgomery County.

Mr. Walters was an accomplished musician playing mostly string instruments and also the piano. He and his wife served as music     coordinators for the Randall Christian Church where he was a  member. He was also a member of the Schoharie Valley Antique Car Club, was appointed to the board of directors of the Cobleskill Fair, served on the Montgomery County Republican Committee and was a member of the fish and wildlife conservation club for Montgomery County. He enjoyed restoring antique motorcycles, riding motorcycles and hill-climbing along with restoring antique cars.

Survivors include his wife, Laurie Ann (Proper) Walters whom he married January 4, 1986, a son John Foti, a daughter Frankie Foti, his mother Jean Walters of Charleston, one brother Michael Loiodice of MD, two nephews Brian and Michael Loiodice and a grandniece Lilly Loiodice. He was predeceased by his father and a sister, Gabrielle Duffy.

Calling hours were held from 5:00-7:00 PM on Friday, October 12th at the Langan Funeral Home, 327 Main St., Schoharie followed by a prayer and remembrance service.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Shayne Walters was held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 13th at the Randall Christian Church, St. Rte.5S, Randall, NY.

Burial will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Walters to Country Roads Animal Rescue, PO Box 196, Fultonville, NY 12072.

Further information is available at

Elizabeth Dillon Younglove

October 10, 2012

Elizabeth Dillon Younglove, a devoted wife and mother whose maternal love and devotion pervaded her long life, passed away on October 10, 2012.

A Fort Plain resident all her life, Elizabeth was a parishioner of the former St. James Roman Catholic Church. She was married and is survived by Robert Cole Younglove for 61 years. Their life’s journey together was a model of selfless love, friendship and commitment.

Elizabeth’s life was marked by maternal love for her family and friends alike; she is survived by many adoring family    members. She was the cherished mother and best friend of Linda (John) Laccetti of Latham, and Robert C. (Ellen) Younglove II of Amsterdam; her surviving grandchildren include Jordan (Elaine) Laccetti of Saratoga Springs, Alex Laccetti of Latham, Robert Younglove of Amsterdam, and Lynda (Adam) Casey of Rotterdam. She is also survived by her beloved sister Genevieve Williams of Palatine Bridge and the nieces and nephews so dear to her.

Elizabeth was employed for over twenty years in the cafeterias of the Fort Plain Central School District. Her work was an important aspect of her life, allowing her to serve the community’s youth while       growing close to some of her dearest life-long friends.

Upon retiring, Elizabeth became an enthusiastic traveler who spent much of her time traveling throughout our fifty states, as well as Canada, Mexico and Europe. She was also an avid baker and chef; some of her greatest pleasures in life were derived from trying new recipes and gifting her friends and family with baked assortments for the holidays. She was also a passionate animal lover.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Eddy Village Green, House 22, for their unwavering support over the past few years, and Community Hospice of Rensselaer for their invaluable care.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 10 o’clock at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church, 115 Reid Street, Fort Plain, NY 13339 with the Rev. Dennis Murphy as celebrant.

Private burial will take place in the Fort Plain Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in memory of Elizabeth be directed to Community Hospice of Rensselaer 295 Valley View Blvd. Rensselaer, NY 12144 (518) 285-8114

Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff at Lenz & Betz Funeral Home, 69 Otsego Street, Canajoharie, NY 13317.

Please visit the online guestbook at

Edward Damin

July 5, 1994

Geraldine Damin

April 4, 2012

A funeral service with be held for Edward Damin who passed away on July 5, 1994 and for his wife Geraldine Damin who passed away April 4, 2012 on Saturday October 20, 2012 at 11AM at West St. Johnsville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that    donations in Edward’s and Geraldine’s names be made to either the Alzheimer Association or Lung Cancer Association.

The family would like to invite their friends and relatives for a gathering at Ripeppi’s Restaurant immediately after the service.

The family is being cared for by the Enea Family Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville (518-568-2300), John P. Lewandowski, Funeral Director.

Tillie A. Crocker

October 13, 2012

Mrs. Tillie A. Crocker, 108, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2012 at the St. Johnsville Rehabilitation & Nursing Center where she had been a resident since 2003.

She was born on June 3, 1904, in Dolgeville; daughter of the late Michael and Anna Wachta.

Tillie is survived by her son Robert and his wife Lorraine of St. Johnsville; her granddaughter Keara Battisti and her husband Darren of St. Johnsville and her two great grandchildren: Reese and Quinn Battisti.

In keeping with her wishes there are no calling hours.

Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.

The family is being cared for by John P. Lewandowski, Funeral Director; Enea Family Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville (518-568-2300).

To offer an online message of sympathy please go to

Ethel C. Jordan

October 14, 2012

Mrs. Ethel C. Jordan, 103, of Wagner Hill Road, Fort Plain, New York died Sunday, October 14, 2012 at St. Johnsville Nursing Home following a brief illness.

Born on May 19, 1909 in Van Hornesville, NY, she was the daughter of Howard Moyer and Lessie Fort Moyer.

She was a lifelong area resident and a graduate of Springfield High School. She also completed a Teacher Training Course at Springfield.

Mrs. Jordan taught at one room school houses until 1930. She then spent the next 30 years as a mother and homemaker. In the 1960s Mrs. Jordan started her bottle and antique business, Antiques Old & Unusual.

She was a member of the former St. James Lutheran Church in Starkville, NY. She was treasurer of the church for many years and also taught Sunday school.

Mrs. Jordan enjoyed bowling, sewing, quilting and rug weaving.

On November 27, 1930 Ethel married Ralph Snell Jordan. He preceded her in death on April 2, 1977. She was also predeceased by all seven siblings.

Mrs. Jordan is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, R. Nicholas and Susan M. Jordan of Starkville, NY; grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth Jordan of Haverhill, MA, Adam Nicholas and his wife, Morgan Jordan of Glenmont, NY; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 10:00am at Fort Plain Cemetery with Rev. Kenneth Dingman         officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 34 Center Street, Fort Plain, NY 13339.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Ethel C. Jordan may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, PO Box 13535, Albany, NY 12212 or the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211.

Please sign the online guestbook for Mrs. Ethel C. Jordan at

Carol Phyllis Van Evera

October 10, 2012

Carol P. Van Evera, 62, of Canajoharie, NY, passed away on October 10, 2012 at her home with her loving family at her side after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on July 22, 1950 in Queens Village, NY, the daughter of Charles Phillip and Edna (Schwamb) Armitstead.

She was a 1968 graduate of Cherry Valley Central School and a 1971 graduate of S.U.N.Y. at Oswego.

On August 18, 1973, Carol married Bruce Allen Van Evera.

She was employed by and retired from Niagara Mohawk (National Grid) after 40 years of service.

She was a lifelong member of the Freysbush Lutheran Church and attended the Reformed Church of Canajoharie.

She was an avid hiker and enjoyed traveling, visiting 17 different countries.

Carol was the owner/operator of Quilt-A-Whirl and enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening, and followed the craft show and antique fair       circuit with Bruce for many years. Carol had served as President of Canajoharie HUD program. Carol was a very loving and giving person who will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband Bruce A. Van Evera, daughter Erin E. Van Evera-Welch (Dale) of Midland, TX, son Jacob R. Van Evera (Lydia) of Cobleskill, NY, loving granddaughter Olivia A. Van Evera, brothers William (Sarah) Armitstead, Dr. Thomas (Patricia) Armitstead, sister Ellen (James) Johnson, sister-in-law Cynthia Armitstead, loving mother Edna Armitstead, and several aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in her journey by her father C. Phillip Armitstead, and brother Charles Armitstead.

At Carol’s request she will be cremated and buried in the Cherry Valley Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

A celebration of Carol’s life was held at the Canajoharie Reformed Church, with Rev. Miriam Barnes officiating, on Sunday, October 14th at 3PM.

Memorial donations in Carol’s name may be made to the Reformed Church of Canajoharie, to a church of one’s choice, or to Mountain Valley Hospice.

To light a candle or sign the online guest book visit

Arrangements are entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley, NY.

Robert Frank Lusk

October 8, 2012

Robert F. Lusk, 66, of Cherry Valley, NY died unexpectedly on October 8, 2012.  

Visitation was held at the Ottman Funeral Home from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, October 11, 2012.  

Funeral services were at noon Friday, October 12, 2012, at the First Presbyterian Church, Cherry Valley.

Contributions in Mr. Lusk memory may be made to the Cherry Valley Ambulance and Rescue Squad.

For more information or to light a candle visit

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley, NY.


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