Obituaries from the
"Hamilton County News"

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Pauline F. Boivin, 99, of Bennett Road, died Jan. 2, 1991, at Adirondack Tri-County Nursing Home Inc., North Creek, following a short illness. Born Feb. 10, 1891 in Indian Lake, she was the daughter of the late George and Zilda Traver Virgil. Mrs. Boivin's first husband, Charles Blanchard, died in 1966. Her second husband, William Boivin. Died in 1979.
    She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Indian Lake. Survivors include one daughter, [private] of Schenectady; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
    Services were held at the First Baptist Church of Indian Lake with the Rev. E. Paul Miller, Pastor, officiating. Graveside services took place in the Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.
    Bearers were Dick Spring, Tim Spring, LeRoy Spring, Donald Blanchard and George Virgil.

Paul Burgess, 91, a lifelong resident of Indian Lake, died Feb. 19, 1991 at his home on Lake Shore Drive, after a long illness. Born May 11, 1899, in Indian Lake, he was the son of the late John and Mary Lawrence Burgess. Mr. Burgess was employed as a truck driver for Hamilton County. He retired in 1964.
    His wife, Margia Starbuck Burgess, died before him. Survivors include two sons, [private]; one brother, Earl Burgess, Indian Lake; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Burial at the Cedar River Cemetery.

Richard J. Collins, 87, died December 31, 1991 at the Adirondack Tri-County Nursing Home, North Creek. Born Feb. 5, 1904, in Utica, he was the son of Richard and Margaret Callahan Collins.
    Graduate of Raquette Lake High School in 1922, and the University of Notre Dame in 1926, with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. While a student at Notre Dame he was active in track and won the Monogram awards in both cross-country and track. In his senior year he was a member of the championship two-mile relay team. Knute Rockne was head track coach at the time.
    Following graduation, Mr. Collins was employed in the research department of the International Paper Co. and later transferred from the Glens Falls office to the Fort Edward's. In 1930 he left to operate a boat livery in Blue Mt. Lake. During the winter he was associated with Chris-Craft Boats in Miami Beach, Fla.
    In 1942 he went to work at Sandy Hill Iron and Brass Works and was assistant plant manager at the time of his retirement in 1971.
    He was a member of T.A.P.P.I. which is a trade association of the pulp and paper industry, and he became chairman of the local district and later the Empire State section. He was also a member of the Glens Falls Council Knights of Columbus.
    Survivors include his wife, Hectorine Poissant Collins of Glens Falls; three daughters, Elizabeth Collins of Albany, Carol Douglas of Groose Point, Mich., and Ellen Butz of Blue Mt. Lake; one sister, Mrs. Margaret Cunningham of North Creek; two grandsons and one granddaughter; and nieces and nephews. Burial was in the Blue Mt. Lake Cemetery.

Mrs. Florence "Electa" Garrett, 76, formerly of Lake Pleasant, died June 15, 1991 at home in Schenectady, after a short illness. She was born in Lake Pleasant, the daughter of Spencer and Vie Pelcher Knapp. She attended Lake Pleasant and Wells schools.
    Mrs. Garrett was employed for 25 years as an underwriter for the former Terbush and Powell Insurance Co. in Schenectady. She retired in 1980. Her first husband was Eric Ericson. She later married Reid Garrett, who died in 1969.
    Survivors include a son, Robert Ericson, Pittsfield, Mass.; a daughter, Elma Ericson, Schenectady; four brothers, Clarence Knapp, Lithia, Fla., Jason Knapp, Lake Pleasant, Fred Knapp, Piseco, and Nelson Knapp, California; five sisters, Mrs. Ida Goodson, Albany, Mrs. Martha Makey, South Carolina, Mrs. Shirley Thompson, Yonkers, Mrs. Elsie Nadeau, Schenectady, and Mrs. Judy Hallam, Tribes Hill; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Wayne W. Hammer, 81, of Adirondack Lake Road, died April 7, 1991, at his home after a short illness. He was born June 5, 1909 in Batavia, Genesee County, son of William and Estella Hammer. He lived in the Town of Hope prior to moving to Indian Lake in 1972.
    Mr. Hammer was employed as a foreman at the former C, J, Bachner Glove Com., Gloversville, retiring in 1972. He was a former member of the Hope Vol. Fire Dept. and a former Justice of the Peace and councilman in the Town of Hope. His wife, the former Josephine Watkins, whom he married April 23, 1928, died Aug. 22, 1977.
    Surviving include three sons, Wayne Hammer of Indian Lake, Eugene Hammer of Wells, and Jack Hammer of Broadalbin; two sisters, Mildred Chase of Gloversville and Madeline Shutts of Dayton Beach, Fla.; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Carrie Hanmer, 69, of Winebrook Hill, Newcomb, died April 20, 1991 at Adirondack Medical Center, Saranac Lake, after a lengthy illness. Born Aug. 29, 1921 in Long Lake, daughter of McKinley and Mae Woodruff Hanmer. She married Merritt Hanmer on Feb. 22, 1942 in Long Lake.
    Member of Eastern Star Abenaque Chapter, American Legion Auxiliary, Utica Eagles Club No. 97 and Laos Court Aaonms. Survivors include her husband; two sons, Jere Bennett of Glens Falls and Peter Hanmer of Utica; two daughters, Mrs. Paul (Neena) Yandon of West Berne and Mrs. Patricia Bean of Newcomb; 11 grandchildren; brother Robert Hanmer of Troy; and one sister, Mrs. William (Alma) Black of Indian Lake. Cremation took place at Whispering Maples Memorial Gardens, Ellenburg Depot. Burial at Long Lake Cemetery.

Shirley J. Junco, 56, died Dec. 17 at Albany Medical Center. Born July 18, 1935 in Albany, she was the daughter of William and Winifred Scoons Blodgett. She married Manuel Junco who survives.
    Mrs. Junco was employed at the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mt. Lake. Survivors besides her husband include two sons, Mark Junco of Berne and Kirk Junco of Gainsville,Va.; one daughter, Karen Swint of Berne; five sisters, Lois Perrelle of Peekskill, Joan Plummer of Delmar, Margie Taylor of Mass., Bobbie Broader of Ravena and Deanna Loucks of Delmar; two brothers, Ronald Blodgett of Ohio and Geurtze Blodgett of Delmar; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Charles D. McCarthy, 86, Route 8, Lake Pleasant, died suddenly, Feb. 7, 1991, at his home following a short illness. Was born in the Town of Ohio, Herkimer Co., on April 16, 1904. He was the son of Joseph and Adelaide Ellithorpe McCarthy.
    He attended schools in Remsen, N. Y., and married Viola Moran in 1929. She died May 10, 1985. He later married Alma Dougall on Feb. 14, 1988, in Morehouse and she survives. He was of the Methodist faith. For 40 years he owned and operated McCarthy's Gun Shop in Lake Pleasant.
    He was a member of the Newport Masonic Lodge, Newport, the East Coast Arms Collectors Association Inc. and numerous other professional gun associations. In addition to his wife, he is survived by several nieces and nephews. Burial in Fish Mountain Cemetery.

Mrs. Clara B. Osgood, 89, Deerland Rd., died Feb. 16, 1991, at the Greenwich Memorial Hospital, Greenwich, Conn. She was born Aug. 24, 1901 at Long Lake, daughter of Durward and Florence LaPelle Parker, and was graduated from Long Lake central School.
    March 31, 1921 she was married at Long Lake to the Rev. Dennis Osgood. He died at Long Lake Sept. 9, 1986. Rev. Osgood was pastor of the Wesleyan Church in Forest Gate, Vt. For six years in the 1940's. Later he served as pastor of the Wesleyan Church in Chittenden, Vt. Until his retirement in 1969, at which time the couple retired to Long Lake.
    Surviving are three daughters; Mrs. Robert (Esther) Capen, Long Lake, Mrs. Harold (Evangeline) Grant, Houghton, and Mrs. James (Marilyn) Ross, Baker Mills; one son, Donald Osgood, Pound Ridge; 16 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. A son, Durward, died Dec. 16, 1959. Surviving also is a brother, Arthur Parker, Long Lake. Interment was at Long Lake Cemetery.

Doris F. Pack, 55, died Feb. 14, at Albany Medical Center, Albany, following a brief illness. She was born in Hempstead, Long Island, and had resided in the Town of Hope for the last 20 years.
    Mrs. Pack was employed for several years in the 1980's as a home health aide for Hamilton County. She was previously employed as a bookkeeper for several years. Survivors include three daughters, Cindy Harms, Latham; Lori Pack, Long Island, and Sally Thorne, Brick Town, N. J.; one son, Mike Pack, Phoenix, Arizona; four sisters, Irene Augustine, Medford, Sally Taylor, Hempstead; Mary Taylor, Ventura, Calf. and Wendy Mason, Seaford, Nassau County; one brother, James Browne, Hicksville, Nassau County; and one granddaughter.

Marian E. Page, 77, of Page Street, Lake Pleasant, died Jan. 16, 1991, at her home after a long illness. She was born April 12, 1913, in Lake Pleasant, a daughter of Frank and Marian Parslow Courtney. She attended Lake Pleasant Schools and was a lifelong resident.
    Mrs. Page was a housekeeper in area homes for many years. She was married to Robert Page, Oct. 11, 1940. He died Sept. 16, 1972. Survivors include two sons, [private]; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Burial will be in Fish Mountain Cemetery here.

Henrietta O. Perkins, 90, Rt. 8, Speculator, died Jan. 5, 1993 at the Fulton County Infirmary where she had been a patient since Aug. 1992. Born March 31, 1901 in Wells, she was a daughter of Luther and Mary Page Orr. She was a graduate of Wells High School and a lifetime Hamilton County resident.
    Mrs. Perkins operated the Perkins Home here from 1940 to 1961. She was a member of the Grace Methodist Church. She was married to Ashley Perkins Aug. 31, 1922. He died Dec. 19, 1965.
    Survivors include three sons: Edward and Thomas of Speculator, and George of Lake Pleasant; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Burial in the Speculator Cemetery.

Mildred M. Safford, 78, died December 23, 1991 at her home on Tifani Lane, Long Lake following a lengthy illness. Born Dec. 23, 1918 in Yonkers, she was the daughter of Raymond and Mildred Aquino Reiff. She married William Safford, who survives her.
    She came to Long Lake in 1969. She was a sales agent for a real estate firm, co-owner of the Adirondack Hotel for five years, then owned and operated the Village Inn for 12 years.
    Survivors besides her husband include one son, Douglas Safford of Long Lake; one daughter, Mrs. Judy Scott Boudreau of West Memphis, Ark.; one brother, Raymond Reiff of Long Lake; one sister, Dorothy Mancini of Long Lake; and two grandchildren.

Phyllis B. Stanton, 65, of Stanton Road, died Jan. 4, 1991, at Adirondack Tri-County Nursing Home, Inc., North Creek, following a long illness. Born March 10, 1925 in Dobbs Ferry, she was the daughter of the late A. Russell Beekman and Gertrude S. (Swenson) Beekman, North Creek.
    After graduating from Indian Lake Central School, Mrs. Stanton attended Albany Hospital School of Nursing and received her registered nurse certificate in 1946. During her career she was employed as a legal secretary in the Hamilton County and New York State judicial systems during various judgeships. She was also served as a clerk of surrogate court and family court. Before retiring, Mrs. Stanton was a caseworker for the Hamilton County Department of Social Services.
    Her husband of 32 years, Donald W. Stanton, died April 6, 1989. Her brother, A. Russell Beekman Jr., also died before her. Survivors include one son, [private]; one foster daughter, [private]; two sisters, [private]; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
    Memorial services were conducted at the Indian Lake United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert Hurd, pastor, officiating.

Elizabeth Sullivan, 84, Deerland Road, Long Lake, died Jan. 13, at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. She was born July 1, 1906 in Newcomb, the daughter of Andrew and Margaret O'Donnell Sullivan.
    She was a grade four teacher at Long Lake Central School for over 40 years. Miss Sullivan was a graduate of Long Lake High School and of the Potsdam Normal School, now the State University at Potsdam. She was a member of the New York State Teachers Association.
    Survivors include two sisters, Marion Sullivan of Long Lake and [private]; one nephew; two nieces; several cousins and great-nieces and great-nephews. Burial at the Long Lake Cemetery.

Marion Sullivan, 82, of Deerland Road, died June 7, 1991, at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, after a brief illness. Born March 7, 1909 in Long Lake, she was the daughter of Andrew and Margaret O'Donnell Sullivan.
    She was a food service worker for many years at Long Lake Central School. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Loretta Parker; one nephew; two nieces; and several great-nephews and great-nieces. Her sister, Elizabeth Sullivan, died Jan. 13.
    Services were conducted at St. Henry's Church, Long Lake, with Father Peter Helfrich officiating. Burial was at Long Lake Cemetery.

Theoda Harrington Tubbs, 62, of Route 8, Piseco, died Jan. 13 at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam, after a long illness. Born July 7, 1929 in Wells, she was the daughter of Seth and Theresa Gifford Harrington. She was educated in Wells and was a lifelong Hamilton County resident.
    Mrs. Tubbs was a cook at Claire's Diner and George's Restaurant, both in Speculator. She married Herbert O. Tubbs, Sr. July 8, 1954. He died Feb. 20, 1986. Survivors include two sons, Herbert O. Tubbs, Jr. and Thomas W. Tubbs, both of Piseco; three daughters, Frances Brann of Lake Pleasant, Anna Tubbs of Piseco and Susan Tubbs of Gloversville; two brothers, Edward Harrington of Gloversville and George Harrington Sr. of Wells' a sister, Eliza Tubbs of Wells; four granddaughters; a great grandson; nieces, nephews and cousins. Burial was in Higgins Bay Cemetery.

Lillian M. Tweedy, 99, of Main Street, Indian Lake, died Jan. 2, 1991, at Mercy Health Care Center, Tupper Lake, following a long illness. She married Kenneth King Tweedy in Marathon. He died in 1971.
    Mrs. Tweedy lived most of her life in Binghamton. The Tweedy family was one of the founders of Binghamton.
    She lived with her son and daughter-in-law in Indian Lake for the past eight years. Mrs. Tweedy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Binghamton. She enjoyed knitting and extensive travel. One daughter, Katherine K. Reed, died before her Feb. 1, 1989.
    Survivors include one son, [private]; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Burial will be at convenience of the family at the Vestal Hills Memorial Park, Vestal.

Mrs. Joan Billington Van Arsdale, 63, a long-time summer resident in Piseco, died Jan. 30, 1991, at Wuesthoff Hospital, Rockledge, Fla., following a short illness. She was born Oct. 15, 1927, in Illion, daughter of Harvey Edgar and Olive Beatrice Williamson Billington. She was a 1945 graduate of Ilion High School and a 1949 graduate of Oswego State College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. She moved to Piseco from Ilion in 1989.
    Mrs. Van Arsdale was employed by the Holland Patten School District from 1949 until 1954. From 1954 to 1958 she worked for the New Hartford School system. From 1972 until retiring in 1984 she worked for the Ilion Central School system. She was a member of the Ilion High School alumni association, the Piseco Volunteer Fire Dept., and the First Presbyterian Church of Ilion.
    She was married to Richard H. Van Arsdale Dec. 23, 1950. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a brother, [private]; a son and daughter-in-law, [private]; a son, [private]; a daughter, [private]; two grandchildren; a niece, nephews and cousins. Burial was at the Higgins Bay Cemetery.

Linda M. Warner, 44, Rt. 30, Wells died Jan. 9, 1993 at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady. She was born Nov. 11, 1947 in Glens Falls, a daughter of Richard and Mary Mulcahy Webster. She remained in Glens Falls until shortly after her marriage when she moved to Gloversville where she lived until 1988. At that time she moved to Wells. At the time of her death she was employed at the Lakeside General Store, Wells.
    In 1968 she married William I. B. Warner II, who survives. In addition to her husband she is survived by two sons, William I. B. Warner III of Gloversville and Douglas E. Warner of Wells; two daughters, Jennifer L. Warner and Kristine L. Warner, all of Wells; three brothers, Richard Webster of Poughkeepsie, John Webster of Hadlock Pond, Warren County and George Webster of Glens Falls; one sister, Mary DelJocko of Poughkeepsie; and nieces and nephews.


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