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Obituaries -- 04/30/2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - Updated: 10:42 AM

Betty Mabel Brown Olexo

April, 2, 2014

LAKE PLEASANT--Betty Mabel Brown Olexo went home to her beloved Lord Jesus April, 2, 2014.

Betty was born Oct. 29, 1926 in Lynn, Mass. to parents Ralph and Ellen Mabel Brown. Betty was raised in Milford, Conn., along with her three brothers, enjoying activities like sailing and Girl Scouting.

Betty attended Mount Holyoke College and University of Bridgeport. She married George R. Olexo, and spent time traveling the world and living in Taiwan.

After returning to the United States Betty lived in Falls Church, Va. Betty and family returned to Connecticut and lived in Wilton, where she was a busy mother raising four daughters while being active in Girl Scouts, Pony Club, Republican Party, and Garden Club.

Betty and family also had a second home in Lake Pleasant, NY, where she and her family spent summers, weekends and holidays for nearly 37 years. Betty became a full-time resident for many years in Lake Pleasant, serving on the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors. Betty loved the Adirondack Mountains and spent her time boating, hiking, gardening, snow skiing, and creating and enjoying memorable moments with her family.

The last 12 years of Betty’s life was spent in Berlin, Md., where she had a very active life, being a volunteer on Assateague Island; an avid bird watcher, creating an extensive life list; playing bridge; and forever making new friends. Other interests include adding to her extensive knowledge of the Civil War and daily pursuit of current events to reinforce her well renowned, conservative political views.

Betty is predeceased by daughter Cara Ellen, brothers Ralph and Chester Brown and nephews Ross Brown and Radford Brown.

She is survived by three daughters, Dulce Olexo, Geordie (Bill) Walters and Melora Olexo; two grandchildren, Rebecca and Ross Walters; brother Peter Brown; many nieces and nephews and their families; and several loving friends.

There are no further arrangements; as Betty was fond of saying, “It is what it is.” Contributions in her name may be made to: Heart of the Horse Rescue, 14148 Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks CA 91423; or Coastal Hospice, 2604 Old Ocean City Rd. PO Box 1733, Salisbury MD 21802.

“When called to sail the seas of Heaven,

No longer bound to earthly soil,

Abide in rest, no more to toil,

The Captains table welcomes thee,

Fair winds and following seas.”



Mary T. Opalka

April 25, 2014

AMSTERDAM--Mrs. Mary T. Opalka, 97, formerly of Norris Street, Amsterdam, NY passed away April 25, 2014 at the Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility.

She was born Oct. 27, 1916 in Amsterdam, a daughter of the late John and Tekla Skowronek Mason. She attended local schools and was a lifelong resident.

For many years she was employed by the Amsterdam Printing Company. She was also a homemaker.

She was a member of St. Stanislaus Church and its Ladies Rosary Society. She was also a member of the St. Stanislaus Pierogi Angels and the Inman Senior Citizens.

Mary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great “Babci.”

She was married to John T. Opalka Sept. 9, 1939. He died May 2, 2005. She was also predeceased by a granddaughter.

Survivors include her children, John (Patricia) Opalka of Fort Johnson, Robert (Shirley) Opalka of Wells, and Joanne (John) Sierzega of Amsterdam; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one niece; one nephew; and cousins.

The family would like to acknowledge and extend their appreciation to the staff of Wilkinson First Floor for the dedication and love extended to our Mother.

The funeral service will be held at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church Street, Amsterdam, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church with the Rev. O. Robert DeMartinis, Celebrant. Interment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 28, at the funeral home with the Rosary Society service at 5:15 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stanislaus Church, 46 Cornell Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010. Please submit on-line condolences at



Laverne D. Gill

April 23, 2014

HADLEY--Laverne D. Gill, 91, of South Shore Road, Hadley died Wednesday April 23, 2014 at his son’s home in Amsterdam following a long illness. He was born in Fultonville March 8, 1923, the son of the late George and Mary Martha Doak Gill.  Laverne was a graduate of Fultonville High School. He was a United States Army veteran serving in World War II. He was then employed by General Electric for 38 years.

He was a member of the VFW in Fonda and the American Legion 701 Amsterdam.

Survivors include his son, Bruce Gill of Amsterdam; one sister, Beryl Naginey of Altamont; and two grandchildren, Derek and Daniel. He was  predeceased by his wife, Ellyn Gorden Gill, July 15, 2009.

Friends called Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Northville Funeral Home. A graveside service was held Monday April 28, at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery with full Military Honors at 9:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be made to the family online at


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