Jan 12, 1958 - Nov 27, 2023
James John Graulty
Aug 10, 1949 - Feb 23, 2024
JAMES J. GRAULTY LATHAM - James John Graulty, 74, passed into eternal life on February 23, 2024, at Schenectady Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing with his wife by his side. Jim was born on August 10, 1949, the third of three children to John Lawrence Graulty and Stella Veronica Tomaski. Jim married the love of his life, Deborah Claire Decker on October 9, 1976, and recently celebrated 47 years of marriage. Jim enjoyed watching NASCAR and baseball. He also enjoyed being his wife's "taxi" driver and grocery shopping. He would patiently wait in the car while Deb was at an appointment or in a store and would people watch reporting to Deb the funny things, he would see people do. Jim served his country honorably in the US Navy for 4 years during the Vietnam War Era. Jim was a union electrician with Local 438 which later became Local 236 until the mid-1980's. He then worked for the United States Postal Service at New Karner Road for thirty-three years. Jim is survived by his wife Deborah, his sister Kathleen LaPierre, brother-in-law Thomas Hoefer (late Karen), brothers-in-law Robert Decker (Phyllis), Douglas Decker (Sandra), his mother-in-law Jean Decker and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his father, mother, sister Karen Hoefer and father-in-law Cecil Decker. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours at The Dufresne and Cavanaugh Funeral Home, 149 Old Loudon Road, Latham on Tuesday February 27th, 2024 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm with a service immediately following. Jim's wishes were to be cremated and his ashes spread at sea. In lieu of flowers Jim's family requests memorial donations be made to the , , or . For further information to leavea condolence message for the family please visit www.dufresneandcavanaugh.com.
Nancy M. Prefore
Aug 24, 1961 - Feb 15, 2024
Nancy M. Prefore, 62, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with breast cancer on Thursday February 15th, at the Schenectady Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. She resided on Sharpe Road in Wynantskill with her family. Nancy was born on August 24, 1961, in Troy, NY, daughter of the late Norma (Hunter) and Gerard Morin Jr. She graduated from St Mary’s Academy in Hoosick Falls with the class of 1979. Nancy was a dedicated worker, and was employed at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, NY, for over forty years working her way from a new x-ray technician to Medical Imaging Supervisor. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with her children, volunteering at area food shelters, cooking amazing meals - as well as eating out, entertaining family and her large group of lifelong friends. Nancy loved summer days floating in her pool. Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Charles, their children Charley Prefore of Rensselaer, NY and Elise Prefore of Wynantskill, NY, sisters Judith (John) Nolan, of Arlington, VT, Sandra (James) Robinson of Orwell, VT, and Suzanne (John) Schwarz of Cambridge, VT. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held at the Mahar Funeral home, at 43 Main Street in Hoosick Falls, NY on Saturday, March 2nd at 1:00, and will be concluded with a brief ceremony starting at 2:30. For those who are not able attend, there will be a celebration of life, which will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Joseph’s House and Shelter in Troy, NY, or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the care of the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main Street in Hoosick Falls, NY.
Died : Feb 19, 2024
Schenectady - Dina Rubina, 91, passed away at Albany Medical Center on Sunday February 19, 2024. Funeral services will be held graveside at Agudat Achim Cemetery on Tuesday February 20, 2024 at 1:30 pm. To to the family or in memory of Dina Rubina, please
Feb 16, 1931 - Feb 14, 2024
Dateline: SchenectadyBenny Cannavo, 92, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on February 14, 2024. Born in Limina, Sicily, Italy, he was the son of the late Giuseppe and Domenica (Saglimbeni) Cannavo. Benny was educated in Italy and immigrated to the United States in November of 1949. He married his beloved wife Rose (Pino) on June 15, 1958. Together, in the home that he proudly built, they shared 30 years of marriage and raised their two sons until her passing in 1988. Benny worked as a mason and at a lumber yard when he first arrived from Italy. He also owned and operated 'Benny's Snack Bar'. From 1974 to 1983 Benny was a Deputy Sheriff for the County of Schenectady. He spent most of his years in the linen/textile industry, beginning with American Coat and Apron, Service Linen, and finally for Associated Textile where he retired as a manager in 1993.Music was a fundamental part of Benny’s life, forming the band 'Benny Cannavo and the Accents' in 1958. He was proud to pass his passion for music on to his sons who still perform in the band today. Following his retirement from the band, he enjoyed watching his sons perform. Benny was inducted into the Capital District Wedding Association Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the 2020 Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Hall of Fame award. In 2018, after celebrating the 60th anniversary of the band, he was given the Key to the City and April 6th was declared 'Benny Cannavo Day'. Through his many years of hard work and dedication, he created a legacy which will live on. He was a member of the Sons of Italy in Rotterdam and a former member of the Italian American Community Center. In addition to music, Benny enjoyed traveling, and rooting for the NY Giants and Yankees. He loved spending time with his many friends. Above all, he cherished the time with his family, and loved getting together for family dinners, holidays or just stopping by for a visit with his grandchildren. Benny was passionate about everything he did and was the true patriarch of the Cannavo family. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.Left to honor Benny’s memory are his sons, Joseph Cannavo (Claudia) and Frank Cannavo (Lisa). He was the devoted grandfather to Lucas and Sarina Cannavo, known affectionately as 'Nonno'. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Santo Pino (Gloria), sister-in-law Joan Pino, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by his brother Carmen Cannavo, his sister Carmela Cannavo (Peter), sisters-in-law Maria Genovese (Pietro) and Caterina Ando (Bruno), and his brother-in-law Antonino Pino.Calling hours for Benny will be held on Monday, February 19, 2024, from 5 pm – 8 pm at the Glenville Funeral Home, 9 Glenridge Road, Glenville. Funeral services will begin at 9:45 am on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am at St. Anthony’s Church, 331 Seward Place Schenectady, NY 12305. Interment will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Glenville.The family would like to thank Joe Vitus, Landmark Health, and the Community Hospice for the wonderful and dedicated care Benny received. The family would also like to thank Michael Mason and the Glenville Funeral Home for their exceptional compassion and support during this time.
Ronald Lee Morris
Jun 23, 1943 - Feb 11, 2024
Ronald Lee Morris, commonly known as Lee Morris, 80, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 11, 2024 at Schenectady Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Schenectady, NY. Born June 23, 1943 at Leonard Hospital in Troy, NY, he was the son of the late Joseph H. Morris and Eleanor M. Crandall Morris. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Bruce C. Morris. Survivors include his daughter Brenda Mercier; his son, Jeremy Morris; his grandchildren Christine, April, Brandon, Jazmyn, Julie, Joe, and seven great grandchildren; his sister, Jo-Ann Patenaude; his brother James Morris, wife Nancy; his brother Richard Morris, wife Pamela; his brother Allan Morris, wife Myra; and his sister Cynthia Morris, husband Albert Melton. A celebration of Lee’s life will be held on the anniversary of his birthday, June 23 , 2024, in Crandall Hall at the Quaker Springs United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Fairmount Cemetery in Quaker Springs. Memorials in his memory can be made to Saratoga National Historical Park in three ways: A charitable contribution may also be made to:
Charles Frederick Stamm
Jan 09, 1929 - Sep 24, 2023
Charles Frederick Stamm, M.D., 94, died peacefully on Sunday, September 24, 2023, at his home in Schenectady, New York, following a period of declining health. Family and caregivers were present. Dr. Stamm was a radiologist at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, New York. Dr. Stamm was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on January 9, 1929, the son of the late Charles Levi Stamm and Carrie Margaret (Shilling) Stamm; soon after, the family moved back to Shillington, Pennsylvania, which was founded by Dr. Stamm's great-grandfather, Samuel Shilling. Early in life Dr. Stamm played the bass violin in bands and orchestras in southeastern Pennsylvania while studying under Wes Fisher (Mohnton, Pennsylvania) and then Warren Benfield of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He was graduated from Shillington High School in 1946. During these early years, he worked at a variety of jobs, including as an assistant to a veterinarian, as a wrangler who groomed, fed, watered, and gave children rides on "Cisco Kid" Ponies, and, one summer, as the operator of an ice cream truck for Pensupreme. He and his family were neighbors and close acquaintances of the young writer John Updike and his family. Dr. Stamm was graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1950 and then went on to Temple University School of Medicine to earn his medical degree. While at Franklin and Marshall he met, at a dance, his future wife, Ann McCord Benchoff, from Woodstock, Virginia, who was attending Hood College in nearby Maryland; they were paired by design and chance, arranged by height, as was a common practice at socials of that era; they married in 1955. He enlisted in the Medical Corps of the United States Air Force and was assigned to Elmendorf AFB in Alaska where he and Ann spent the next two years. His medical residency was at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor before establishing a permanent residence in Schenectady as a radiologist at Ellis Hospital. Dr. Stamm became the Chief of Radiology for a period of time marked by a great expansion of the Radiology Department and the implementation of vastly more powerful equipment and techniques in radiology, including the first CT scans for medical diagnostics. Dr. Stamm continued playing the bass violin during a decades-long tenure at the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, for which he served as President of the Board, and the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society. Dr. Stamm served a term as President of the Schenectady County Medical Society and was actively involved with the Union College Academy for Lifelong Learning (UCALL) serving as Chairman of the Steering Committee. Dr. Stamm and his family attended Friedens United Church of Christ, Union Presbyterian Church, and First United Methodist Church in earlier years; more recently, he and Ann were active members of Schenectady's St. George's Episcopal Church. Dr. Stamm was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Benchoff Stamm; his sisters, Margaret "Miggs" Stamm Coleman and Elizabeth "Betts" Stamm Wagner; and his son-in-law, William Robert Nave, Jr. Surviving are his four children: Katharine (m. Stephen) Schindler of Reston, Virginia; Martha Stamm Weiskotten of Schenectady, New York; Charles (m. Christina Tse) Stamm of Brooklyn, New York; and Jared Stamm of West Hebron, New York. Also, his five grandchildren: Laura (m. Dylan Simms) Addams Weiskotten, Ann Compton Schindler, Katharine Gates Weiskotten, Charles Tse Stamm, and Caroline Quinn Stamm; and a great-granddaughter: Dahlia Nicole Simms. The family is greatly appreciative of the care given to Dr. Stamm in his last years by the caregivers at Home Instead, Inc.: Stacey, Deb, Shirley, Tracy, Dorette, Olga, Nevid, Radha, Lakeya, Tweir, Vanessa, Onika, Sonia, and Sol; along with April, Sarah, Radha, Kim, and Angellina. Dr. Stamm's life continued in health through the care given by Dr. Chan, Dr. Pezzulo, Dr. Dibble, and Dr. Campo. Services will be held for Dr. Stamm at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2023, at St. George's Episcopal Church, 30 North Ferry Street, Schenectady, New York. The Reverend Thomas Pettigrew, Rector, and the Very Reverend Gary W. Kriss will officiate. Visitors are invited to Jones Funeral Home at 2020 Central Avenue, Colonie, New York, on Friday, October 6, 2023, between 4 and 7 p.m. to pay their respects to Dr. Stamm and his family. A burial service will be held at a later date at Massanutten Cemetery in Woodstock, Virginia. Memorial contributions may be made to the Schenectady-Saratoga Symphony Orchestra, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305 or St. George's Episcopal Church, 30 North Ferry Street, Schenectady, NY 12305. To leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.jonesfh.net. Visitation 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Friday, October 6, 2023 Jones Funeral Home 2020 Central Avenue Colonie, New York, United States 12205 Mass 11:00 am Saturday, October 7, 2023 St. George's Episcopal Church 30 North Ferry Street Schenectady, New York, United States 12305 To to the family, please
Robert A. Fear
Died : Aug 30, 2023
Schenectady - Robert A. Fear, age 94, of Schenectady, NY, passed away on August 30, 2023 at a Nursing Facility after a brief illness. Robert was a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler with a Bachelor Degree of Marine Engineering. He was an accomplished engineer employed by General Electric as well as serving in the Naval Reserves for many years. Robert retired from GE Knolls Atomic Power Lab in 1991. Married for 62 years, Robert was a loving husband to Dorothy T. Fear who passed away in 2015. He was also a dedicated member of Niskayuna Reformed Church. Survivors are daughter Debra L. Wynyard and her husband Peter of Syracuse, son Mark A. Fear of Mount Joy, PA, sister-in-law Beverly K. Schuttler and her husband William of Lewes, Delaware, sister-in-law Virginia Fear. Granddaughters Mrs. Jennifer Mellinger and Mrs. Nichole Fear DeAzpeitia, and Mrs. Diana Wynyard-Lara. Great-grandchildren Timothy Mellinger, Greg Mellinger, Luke Mellinger, Joclyn Azpeitia, Christopher Azpeitia, Osvaldo (Carter) Lara, Reid Lara, and Cooper Lara. Also surviving are cousins, nieces, and nephews. A calling hour will be held Friday, September 8, from 10 am to 11 am at Jones Funeral Home, 2020 Central Avenue, Colonie, NY 12205. Funeral Service will follow at 11 am. After that a private family-only burial service will take place at the Niskayuna Reformed Church Cemetery. Flowers may be sent to the Jones Funeral Home or in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert's memory to the Humane Society or St. Jude's Children's Hospital. To leave a special message for Robert's family, please visit www.jonesfh.net Visitation 10:00 am - 11:00 am Friday, September 8, 2023 Jones Funeral Home 2020 Central Avenue Colonie, New York, United States 12205
Feb 11, 1959 - Aug 21, 2023
Schenectady - Mark Snyder, 64, passed away peacefully after a long illness on August 21, 2023, at Capstone Rehabilitation Center. Mark was born on February 11, 1959, in Schenectady. He was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Agnes Snyder. Mark is survived by his brother, Roger (Ellen) Snyder of Colorado, his sisters, Linda Snyder of New York, Nancy Snyder of Florida, several nieces and lifelong friends Elliott Shanklin, Paul Mlodzianowski and Tony Musco. Mark grew up in the Stockade area of Schenectady, graduated from Linton High School, and had lived most of his life in the area. He worked as a painter for Fresh Kote and while work is work, Mark enjoyed working with his good friends, Paul and Tony, until he suffered a stroke a few years ago. Everyone who knew Mark was aware of his love of horse racing, and at times in his life he was part of racing partnerships with friends. Spanish Serenade and Dunvegan were both winners at Belmont Racecourse. He was very knowledgeable of the sport and was a walking dictionary of horse racing/breeding facts. Mark traveled to Ireland, Scotland, England, Hong Kong, and Germany to enjoy the sport internationally as well. Milwaukee Bucks and Yankees were his favorite teams. Mark's quiet and calm nature, generous heart and sense of humor made him loved by many people. He was a gentle giant who will always remain in our hearts. Services will be private. In Lieu of flowers or cards, please consider a donation in his name to his favorite not-for-profit: Old Friends Cabin Creek, Thoroughbred Retirement Farm, 483 Sand Hill Road, Greenfield Center, NY 12833. Arrangements are being made by Jones Funeral Home, 2020 Central Ave., Colonie. To leave a message of condolences please visit www.jonesfh.net.
Robert L. Smith
Dec 23, 1927 - Feb 14, 2024
Robert L. Smith, 96, of Schenectady passed away after a long illness at the Glendale Home on Wednesday February 14, 2024. Born in Schenectady, he was the son of the late Lester and Euretta (Cranneli) Smith. He was a graduate of Draper High School. Bob was employed as a yard conductor of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad. After retiring from the railroad, he was the owner of S & M Carpet. He was a member of the former Immaculate Conception Church in Schenectady and later joined Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Rotterdam. Bob was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Bob was passionate about gardening and woodworking and spent countless hours in his woodworking shop. He also was passionate about deer hunting. He was a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Bob was predeceased by his wife Emily (Morrett) Smith and sister Beatrice Crandall. The family would like to extend a sincere “thank you” to the Erie Crossing and Union Station Units at Glendale Home for their care of Dad. Robert is survived his loving children Gail D. Barber (late James) and Gary R. Smith of Rotterdam, his brother in law Donald Morrett of Schenectady and his grandchildren Justin Barber, Aubrey Galietta, Joshua Smith (Sara), Nicholas Smith (Jennifer) and Ryan Barber (Amanda Davis). He is also survived by 6 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services for Bob will be on Monday February 19, 2023 at 10:30AM at Bond Funeral Home 1614 Guilderland Avenue Schenectady followed by a Mass at 11AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church 210 Princetown Rd Rotterdam. A Visitation will be from 9-10:30 am prior at the funeral home. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Contributions can be made in Bob’s memory to the Glendale Resident Council 59 Hetcheltown Road Schenectady, NY 12302.
Lawrence Bruno Czech
Jul 21, 1937 - Feb 11, 2024
Lawrence Bruno Czech, known to his loved ones as Larry, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2024, at the age of 86 with his wife and son by his side. He was born on July 21, 1937, in Amsterdam, NY, to Barbara and Bruno Czech. Larry was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. Larry is survived by his wife of 57 years Barbara Czech, his son Christopher ( Elizabeth ) Czech, his sister Catherine Sefton, his brother Jerome Czech, his granddaughter Charlotte Czech, as well as his niece, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Barbara and Bruno Czech, and his brothers Terrance Czech and Gregory Czech. Larry attended St. Stanislaus School for his primary education and later graduated from Wilbur Lynch High School. He furthered his education at SUNY Albany earning a BS and MS in physics. Larry continued his education taking classes at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and United States Army Chemical School specializing in military Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear defense. Larry retired from a long and distinguished career from the New York State Office of Emergency Management, where he specialized in writing emergency plans for the state and conducting training exercises for nuclear power plants. Larry had a passion for music! Whether stopping by the house, or calling on the phone you were always greeted by the happy sounds of polka music playing in the background. He enjoyed listening to the polka programs on Siena College Radio on Sunday mornings and 24/7 on the Polka Jammer Network. His appreciation went beyond just listening. He played the accordion in a band called The Czech Mates and other local polka bands. Larry took great pride in his son’s athletic endeavors driving here, there, and everywhere and spending countless nights in hotel rooms to support Chris. He was the parent you could always count on to be at every game and practice as well as a walking rolodex of Dunkin Donuts locations. Larry supported youth hockey and lacrosse in the capital region, serving as a board member for the Capital District Chapter of US Lacrosse, a team manager for several teams, and a regular volunteer at festivals and tournaments. Larry and Barbara enjoyed cruising to the Caribbean and many exotic ports of call in the years “BC.” Later trading the warm waters of the Caribbean for many family vacations to Maine and Cape Cod. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Friday, February 16th, from 5-7 PM at Daly Funeral Home, 242 McClellan St., Schenectady. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 17th, at 9 AM at St. Luke's Church, 1241 State St., Schenectady, followed by interment at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Larry’s memory to the Polka Jammer Network that filled his home with happiness. Additionally donations can be made in his name to the Post-Polio Health International or BOCA Area Post Polio Group, which provided support and resources to understand his condition and guide his medical treatment throughout his life.