Obituaries - 08/15/2012

Angelo T. Lomascolo

August 7, 2012

Angelo T. Lomascolo, 73, of Ballston Lake, entered into eternal life on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at the Winchester Medical Center in Winchester Virginia.

Born in Watervliet, he was the son of the late Thomas John and Anne Elizabeth Suriano Lomascolo. Angelo was a graduate of Watervliet High School and Hudson Valley Community College.

Angelo was a veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1959-1961.

He was employed at the Watervliet Arsenal as a machinist, supervisor and Contract Administrator in Procurement, until retiring.

In addition to his parents, Angelo was predeceased by his first wife of 48 Years, Anne M. Krill Lomascolo, who died February 14, 2010. Knowing and loving Jesus Christ was the preeminent focus of his heart and life, followed by giving himself wholeheartedly to his family and friends.

His children will remember him as a hero during their childhood, always protecting and watching over them, providing them with all of their needs, and teaching them the importance of seeking God’s plan for their lives. Angelo also enjoyed woodworking in his shop and made many True works of art his family will cherish forever.

Beloved husband of Stephanie Fish Lomascolo of Clifton Park, devoted father of Lori A. (Raymond, Jr.) Murray and Thomas J. (Lisa) Lomascolo, all of Mooresville, NC, Stephen A. (Linda) Lomascolo of Ballston Lake and Martha A. (Charles) Curto of Niskayuna, adored grandfather of Raymond Murray, III and Joshua Murray, Nicholas and Christian Lomascolo, Olivia and Antonio Lomascolo and Paolino, Marco, Matteo, and Sofia Curto, brother of Regina (the late, John) Hockey and Elizabeth “Betty” Barbuto, both of Clifton Park, brother in law of Thomas (Carol) Krill of Defreestville and Nick (Sue) Krill of Brunswick, as well as longtime cherished friend of Eugene and Josephine Wells of Clifton Park, James and Jane Haver of Ballston Lake and his buddies of the Thursday morning Bible study.

Funeral service were held on August 11th at 10:00 a.m. at the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home 1550 Route 9 Clifton Park.

Relatives and friends called at the funeral home on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Rev. Charles L. Gay will lead the family in a prayer service  at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.

Interment was in the Jonesville Cemetery.

The family desires that memorial contributions be made to Life Changers Fathers House, PO Box 3709, Cookeville, TN 38501

Funeral arrangements were entrusted by the family to the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park, New York 12065. (518) 371-5454.

Blanche Frazier Farrell

August 11, 2012

Blanche Frazier Farrell, 89, of Indian Lake, died peacefully at her home, August 11, 2012, after a long illness.

Born to Leonard and Cordelia Frazier on December 12, 1922, Blanche grew up in Chestertown, N.Y., graduating from high school there before going on to Plattsburgh State Teachers College where she earned a degree in home  economics. She began her teaching career at Indian Lake Central School in 1945 and soon after married James Farrell of that town.

After pausing to begin a family in the 1950s, she resumed her career, retiring in 1979. Blanche was a strong advocate for the importance of home economics and much dismayed at its recent de-emphasis in New York state public schools.

In her retirement, Blanche enjoyed traveling, especially to Italy, and summer months at her beloved camp on Indian Lake. A dyed-in-the-wool New Deal Democrat, she loved to follow politics and was not shy in sharing her opinions on current affairs.

She was also an avid fan of local high school sports and a loving, supportive mother and grandmother.

Blanche was predeceased by an infant son, Joseph Michael, and her husband.

She is survived by two sons, Michael (Patty) Farrell of Long Lake and Jay (Peggy) Farrell of Fort Edward; grandchildren, Darci (Fred) Jarvis of Argyle, Stephen (Liz) Farrell of Hudson Falls and Shea (Brian) Carr of Troy; great-grandchildren, Caylee and Freddy Jarvis and Ian and Delaney Carr; a sister, Anne Moore, of Port Frederick, Md.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Russell Rider for his wonderful care and guidance during the course of Blanche’s illness.

Calling hours for family and friends will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. August 19, 2012, at the family residence, 6282 Route 30.

Per her request, Blanche’s body has been donated to Albany Medical Center.

Those wishing to make memorial donations may direct them to Indian Lake Theater, P.O. Box 517, Indian Lake, NY 12842 or Indian Lake Rescue Squad, RR 28, Indian Lake, NY 12842.

John F. Wiegand

July 26, 2012

John F. Wiegand, 87, of Phoebe Berks Village, PA, passed away July 26, 2012.

He was the husband of R. Ann (Fasic) Wiegand. In addition to his wife, Mr. Wiegand is survived by several nieces and nephews.

He spent his summers in Piseco, NY where he enjoyed boating and the outdoors.

Graveside services were held in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Whitesboro, NY at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 498 Bellevue Ave., Reading PA, 19605, or Piseco Volunteer Ambulance Association, Piseco, NY 12139 in his memory.

Bean Funeral Homes & Crematory, Sinking Springs were entrusted with the arrangements and online condolences may be made at

Theresa A. “Terry” Straine

July 31, 2012

Theresa A. “Terry” Straine of Lake Pleasant, NY entered heaven on July 31, 2012 in Sacramento, CA after a brief    illness.  

Terry was born in Roseville, CA on January 8, 1924 to Francis A. and Rachel E. Nagle, Sr. She lived in CA her entire life until the death two years ago of her husband of 63 years, Harry M. Straine, Jr. It was then that she moved to Lake Pleasant to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Ken and Sherry (Straine) Kuhrt. Harry and Terry made their home in the Sacramento area most of their married life and had a warm enthusiasm for entertaining guests and enjoying close friendships.  

Many of the friendships were nurtured through church, Bible studies and Gideons International. She graduated from Roseville High School, the University of Nevada, Reno and UCLA. Following college she taught Kindergarten in the Sacramento Unified School District. Friends in both CA and NY admired and appreciated her story-telling capabilities.  

Her penchant for recalling the smallest of details about events both in the past and present was impressive to everyone who knew her. Terry read the newspaper every day to keep on top of current events and enjoyed corresponding through letters and postcards with family and friends. In NY Terry was a member of North Country Bible Fellowship where she  worshiped her Savior, Jesus Christ, and was blessed by thoughtful and caring members of the congregation.  

Terry was pre-deceased by her parents, her husband, Harry, and their son, Larry, and his wife, Cheryl.  

She is survived by daughter, Sherry, and her husband, Ken from Lake Pleasant, NY, son Kerry, and his wife, Olivia from Carmichael, CA, Minoru Okuda and his wife, Ayako from Japan, nine loving grandchildren, Kendra Kuhrt, Roger Kuhrt and his wife, Maureen, Tracy Kuhrt, Courtney Straine, Lori Straine, Kevin Straine and his wife, Marni, Kory Straine and his wife, Debbie, Kelly Straine, Kameron Straine, one great grandson, Cooper Straine, sister-in-law Nadine Nagle and numerous nieces and nephews.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Gideons International or Gospel Volunteers at Camp of the Woods in Speculator, NY.  

A memorial service in celebration of Terry’s life will be held on Thursday, August 16th at  10:00 am at North Country Bible Fellowship on Elm Lake Road, Speculator, NY.

Joyce Steinhorst Rucker

August 2, 2012

Joyce S. Rucker, 89 of Speculator, NY went to be with the Lord on August 2nd at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, NY.        

 She was born in Utica, NY on January 18, 1923, the daughter of Emma and Theodore Steinhorst.

She is survived by nieces Sue Keck of Germany and Italy; and Linda Roser of New Hartford, NY; a great nephew Christopher Keck of New York City; and a very special great neice Jennifer Keck of Roatan, Honduras.

Mrs Rucker graduated from Utica Free Academy in 1941 and Westminster Choir College-(majoring in organ and voice) in 1945. After graduating, she went to Birmingham, Alabama where she worked to plant churches through music.

She married Fred Rucker in 1950 and they lived in Houston Texas. He died in 1953.

She was predeceased by her sister, Betty Roser and her brother-in-law, Emerson Roser, and their son Ted Roser.

She came back to Utica and took a job in the Utica Public Schools, as a vocal music teacher. She got her Masters in Music from Crane School at Potsdam. She then lived the rest of her life in Utica becoming the head of Vocal music.

From 1985 to 2000, she owned a house in Speculator, NY with her surviving housemate, Marty Shean, where they would go every weekend. She retired in 1988, but since her housemate was still teaching, she came back as an assistant in a kindergarten and the school district, didn’t know how to pay her, because she was the first retiree to return!

When her housemate retired they moved permanently to Speculator, NY, except for winter trips to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Funeral services were held on August 8th, 10 AM at Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams and Edmunds Funeral Home, 13 Oxford Road, New Hartford, NY 13413. Rev Dan Burgess officiating.

In lieu of flowers, Joyce wished for donations to the Speculator Volunteer Ambulance Corps., PO Box 282, Speculator, NY 12164.

Thomas Fisher McAfee

August 7, 2012

Thomas Fisher McAfee, died August 7, 2012 at his home in Speculator, NY.

He was born to John Knox McAfee and Lou Fisher McAfee in New Rochelle, NY.

It the late thirties the family moved to Speculator, NY. Tom attended Lake Pleasant School, Manilus Military Academy, and graduated from Wells High School. He served the Navy and his country during the Korean War.

Tom received his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering in three years from Parks College. While attending Parks, he worked in the cafeteria and at the local airfield, where he traded labor for flying lessons. He certified and took off for the skies.

As a teen, Tom met Sarah Ann Yates one summer in Speculator and they dated for seven years before marrying in 1956 at Grace Methodist Church in Speculator.

Tom worked for Grumman Aircraft in Long Island, where he’d fly over the sound when he could get a plane. He later worked for Lockheed Aircraft in Marietta, GA. He became a flight instructor in his spare time. When he became a corporate pilot for Pasquales in Birmingham, AL, his hobby became his vocation. After leaving Pasquales, he landed a job in Winston Salem, NC where he retired from The City of Winston Salem.

Tom is survived by Sarah and brother John and his wife, Delores; daughter and son-in-law Robin and Keith Griffin, son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Susan McAfee; his granddaughter, Nicole, Oliver and their son, Alex Gatchalian, his grandson Sean and his daughter, Kallie Griffin and grandson Thomas James McAfee.

Tom lived well and died among family and friends in Speculator – “God’s Country” – where his heart and soul have always belonged.