Obituaries - 01/27/2011

Catherine Crews

January 20, 2011

Mrs. Catherine Crews, 80, of Rt. 163, Fort Plain, New York, died Thursday, January 20, 2011 at St. Johnsville Nursing Home with her loving family by her side.

Born on December 17, 1930 in Canajoharie, NY, she was the daughter of George Searles and Lucinda Trumble Searles.  

She was a graduate of Springfield Central School, Class of 1949 and had been a lifelong area resident.

Mrs. Crews was a mother and a homemaker. She also helped her husband on the farm and the family business.

She was of Lutheran faith.

Mrs. Crews loved the outdoors and birds. She enjoyed sewing, making clothes and crocheting.

On December 17, 1949 at the Saltspringville Church, she was married to James R. Crews, Sr.  Together they celebrated 61 years of marriage.

She is predeceased by her parents; sister, Doris Maring; two brothers, Donald and Robert Searles.

Mrs. Crews is survived by her husband, James R. Crews, Sr. of Fort Plain, NY; two daughters, Sharon and Rodney Reynolds of Fort Plain, NY, Bonnie and George Hogan of Fort Plain, NY; son, James and Bonnie Crews, Jr. of Fort Plain, NY; brother-in-law, Roger Crews of Fort Plain, NY; five sisters-in-law, Linda West of Little Falls, NY, Barbara Pedrick of GA, Isabell Searles of East Springfield, NY, Margaret Crews of Canajoharie, NY, Irma Crews of Little Falls, NY;10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service was held on Monday, January 24, 2011 at Noon at the Chapel of Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 34 Center Street, Fort Plain, NY with Rev. Kenneth Dingman officiating. The family received relatives and friends on Monday, January 24, 2011 from 10-12:00pm at the funeral home.  

Burial will take place in Fort Plain Cemetery in the Spring.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Catherine Crews may be made to Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service, PO Box 453, Palatine Bridge, NY 13428, or to the South Minden Volunteer Fire Department, 1029 St. Hwy. 163, Fort Plain, NY 13339.

Please sign the online guestbook for Mrs. Catherine Crews at www.houghtalingandsmith.com.

Leland E. Hoke

January 25, 2011

Mr. Leland E. Hoke, 85, of St. Route 168, Fort Plain, New York, died Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at Valley Health Services in Herkimer, NY with his family by his side.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 28, 2011 at 11:00am at the Chapel of Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 34 Center Street, Fort Plain, NY with Rev. Kenneth Dingman officiating.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, January 27, 2011 from 4:00-7:00pm at the funeral home.  

Burial will take place in VanHornesville Cemetery in the Spring.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.houghtalingandsmith.com.

John B. Bauder

January 12, 2011

John B. Bauder, of Nelliston, passed away January 12, 2011 at St. Mary’s, Amsterdam peacefully with his beloved wife at his bedside.

He was a lifelong resident of Nelliston.  

He was a veteran of the  Korean War, serving in the U S Army as a Sgt. from  1950 – 1953.

Survivors include his loving wife Jennie Bauder , a daughter Audrey Walendziak, a granddaughter Keshia Walendziak, and a sister Marilyn Yaniak of Rochester, NY.

He will be missed by his family and friends and forever in their hearts.

There will be no public services at this time, internment will take place at a later date.

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

Arlie Jean Miller

January 18, 2011

Mrs. Arlie J. Miller, 82, formerly of Brightman Street, Nelliston, New York, died Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital, following a brief illness.

Born on May 1, 1928 in Johnstown, NY, she was the daughter of Benjamin Danforth and Viola Green Danforth. She was a graduate of Fort Plain High School, class of 1946 and was a lifelong local area    resident.

Mrs. Miller worked in Beech-Nut’s Credit Department for approximately 10 years then went to work for the Ben Franklin Store in Fort Plain for many years.

She was a member of the Fort Plain United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Miller was an Exempt Member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fort Plain Fire Department, a member of the Women’s Society of the Fort Plain United Methodist Church and the Afternoon Circle of the Church.

On April 22, 1950 at the Fort Plain Reformed Church, she was married to Robert Miller, Jr.  He preceded her in death on August 20, 2000.

Mrs. Miller is survived by her daughters, Robin Ossian of Gilbert, AZ, Kathy Maddox of Iowa,LA; son, Brian R. Miller of Tempe, AZ; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Services will be announced in the spring.  

Arrangements are under the direction of Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 34 Center Street, Fort Plain, NY 13339.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Mrs. Arlie J. Miller may be made to the Fort Plain United Methodist Church, 39 Center Street, Fort Plain, NY 13339 or to the Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service, PO Box 453, Palatine Bridge, NY 13428.

Please sign the online guestbook for Mrs. Miller at www.houghtalingandsmith.com.

Joseph W. Markulis

January 22, 2011

Joseph W. Markulis, 89, formerly of Charleston, NY passed away peacefully at St. Johnsville Nursing Home on January 22, 2011.

He was born March 31, 1921 in Amsterdam, NY, the son of the late William Markulis and Winifred Lados Piekarski and step father Anthony Piekarski.

Joe was a life time resident of the area and attended local schools. He has lived in Charleston since the 1970s.

He was enlisted in the United States ARMY in 1942 and was         honorably discharged soon after due to injury.

He worked for Mohasco for many years as a stock room manager.

Joseph was united in marriage to Margaret Gaugler on January 23, 1944. They shared a beautiful 61 years together until her passing in 2005.

He is a former parishioner of St. Cecilia’s Church.

He enjoyed reading, gardening, sports, especially the New York Giants, and the New York Mets. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Joseph's loving family includes his daughters Nancy (Herman) Marotta of Fultonville, and Jude Brown of Seattle; grandchildren, Mark Zajac, David (Aubrey) Zajac, Eli Brown, Matthew Marotta and Daniel (Jessica) Marotta; great grandchildren, Marion Marotta, Lauren and Lindsey Marotta, Kozmo and Meza Zajac. He is also survived by his sister Charlotte (Chet) Zostautus.

In addition to his parents he is predeceased by two brothers, Steve and Leon Markulis and three sisters, Camille Zawisza, Mildred Betka, and Lottie Arndt.

Funeral arrangements at this time are in the care of Jackson & Betz Funeral Home, 15 Main St. Fultonville, NY 12072.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place in the spring and interment will take place at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Fort Johnson. An announcement will be published at that time.

Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Johnsville Nursing Home, in care of the funeral home office.