March 6, 2012
ITALY – Francesco Commisso of Siderno Marina, Italy died at his home on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Mr. Commisso is survived by his wife Rosetta (Pisano) Commisso; his children Raffaele (Loridonna) Commisso, Lina (Felice) Mittica, Vincenzo (Elisa) Commisso, Domenico (Gabriella) Commisso, and Anna (Vincenzo) Ieraci all of Italy; his brothers Vincenzo (Concetta) Commisso of Albany and Domenico (Theresa) of Italy; his nephews Raffaele (Josephine), Charles (Rosetta), and Frank (Castilia) Commisso of Albany; and by many grandchildren, nieces and nephews in Italy and the United States. He was predeceased by his sisters, Lina Commisso Costanzo and Ida Commisso Pellegrino.
A memorial mass will be celebrated on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at The Church of St. Vincent de Paul, 900 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY. Relatives and friends are invited.
To leave a message of condolence for the family or send a sympathy card, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
March 2, 2012
ALTAMONT – Edmund F. Partell, 98, of Altamont, died Thursday, March 1, 2012. Edmund was born February 27, 1914 in Troy, NY, the son of Clark and Elizabeth Preston Partell. He served in the United States Navy during World War II in the Atlantic Theatre, and retired in 1979 from the NYS Dept of Transportation after 28 years of service. He was a longtime parishioner of the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Albany, and St. Lucy’s Church in Altamont.
Edmund enjoyed a long and active life. The youngest of ten children and the only boy, he learned early on the value of effort and responsibility. Always there to give support or a helping hand, Ed generously did his best to contribute. Ed was a loving and dedicated husband to Mariam for 65 years. Ed liked everyone and people responded to that, especially children who sensed his kind and gentle nature. He enjoyed his role as an Uncle and he unassumingly demonstrated this love to his nieces and nephews throughout his lifetime. Ed’s spirit called him to be active in church life and over the years he did much to help others in their need. Of particular importance to him was the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, the “Lily of the Mohawks”, who’s life he admired for her courageous spirit. Ed liked nature and spent many summers in the Adirondacks fishing, tenting and later at his camp on Green Pond near Saranac Lake. His appreciation of wilderness was contagious and he shared this love with many friends and family. Ed enjoyed tending his vegetable garden and sharing the produce with others. Other times, Ed would be found working on carpentry projects, building Adirondack-style tables, and giving them to lucky family or friends.
Ed was predeceased by his wife Mariam Hallenbeck Partell; and by his sisters Irene Fitzgerald, Margaret Robinson, Agnes Robinson, Helen O’Neill, Elizabeth Kinlock, Sr.Gertrude Joseph Partell, and Gertrude Doogan; he is survived by his nieces and nephews Beverly Gillette, Joan & Ray Fletcher, Nancy Studer, and Mary Lynne Van Waldick; and by many grandnieces and grandnephews.
Edmund’s family would like to extend special thanks to all the fine caregivers who tended to him during his illness. We are especially thankful for the efforts of Father Paul Smith, Dr. Charles Trout, and the Community Hospice. We are also grateful to Stephen Hans for his kindness, thoughtfulness, and flexibility in assisting our family.
A Mass of Christian Burial and interment service were held privately. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Rd., Latham, NY 12110-4799. To leave a message of condolence for the family or send a sympathy card, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
February 18, 2012
ALBANY – Charles E. Marks, 68, of Albany, died peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, February 17, 2012 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital. Mr. Marks was born at home in Elizaville, NY, and raised in Albany. He was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy and Vincentian Institute, and served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1966. He was employed by the Tobin Packing Co. and the Gold Bond Division of National Gypsum Co. at the Port of Rensselaer, retiring in 2009. Charlie was a member of the Joseph E. Zaloga Post #1520 of the American Legion, and an avid fan of the New York Giants and Mets. He loved garage sales, auctions and an occasional trip to the racino with his sister. Gathering for Sunday dinners with our extended family was a highlight of Charlie’s week. He loved us all very much and our weekly dinners were our special times to interact across generations.
Charlie is survived by his beloved wife Linda Lusso Marks; his daughters Michelle Marks (Dan Wolfe) of Averill Park and Casey Marks of Albany; his sister Mary Ellen Miles (David) of Menands; his brother Ken Marks (Debbi) of Rensselaer; his nieces and nephews Peter, Kevin and Shane Marks, Melissa Rezey (Mike), Kelly Yates (Seth), and Rebecca Keith (Dan), and Leanne Little (John), Kenny and Ashley Marks; his great nieces and nephews Emma, Carly, John, Olivia, Makenna, and Danny; and his special friends Mary Quinn, Brendan, Patrick and Dylan. He was predeceased by his parents Charles and Ruth Cunningham Marks, and his brother Kevin Marks.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 10:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be in the Maple Avenue Cemetery, Fultonville, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Peter’s Hospice, 315 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208; or to Emmaus United Methodist Church, 715 Morris St., Albany, NY 12208. To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
February 14, 2012
AVERILL PARK – Deirdre A. Swedick- King embraced her Lord and Savoir on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 after a short but courageous fight with cancer. She was born in Troy, NY, the daughter of Maureen McClune Swedick, on October 4, 1962. Deirdre grew up in Albany and began her 26 year career as a clerk at the New York State Retirement system at age 23. She was a dedicated employee who loved her job. There wasn’t a lost folder under anyone’s messy desk that she couldn’t locate. Although she was ‘just a clerk’ she taught many newcomers and bigwigs above her how the retirement system worked and often took on the workload of three people. She was a private person but not so much that she was afraid to tell you where the bear sat in woods. She was respected dearly and had a tremendous loyalty in her faith.
Deirdre reluctantly left behind her loving husband John, her two children Shannon Marie and Paul Vincent, her beautiful granddaughter and her brother Thomas Swedick. She also leaves behind her true friend and “bubba” Gina Costantini. Deirdre was predeceased by her mother in 2007.
The family would like to send out a special thanks to all those who sent cards and donated time on her behalf as it brought Deirdre great comfort to realize just how many people that really cared about her and her well being.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday morning at 10:30 in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4th Avenue & Franklin St., Albany. Relatives and friends are invited. There will be no calling hours. Interment will be in Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Glenmont. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany. The family suggests memorial contributions to Community Hospice of Rensselaer, 295 Valley View Boulevard, Rensselaer, NY 12144-9309. To leave a message of condolence for the family or send a sympathy card please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
February 8, 2012
DELMAR – Doris M. Corless Turner, 84, of Delmar, died Tuesday, February 7, 2012 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital. Mrs. Turner was born in Windsor, Ontario, where she lived until her marriage in 1953, when she moved to Elmira, New York. She also resided in Buffalo and Lady Lake, FL before moving to Delmar four years ago. She was a very active member of the Lake Street Presbyterian Church in Elmira for many years, and also served as a volunteer at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira.
Mrs. Turner was predeceased by her husband G. Richard Turner. She is survived by her sons John W. Turner (Yvonne) of Waddington, NY, and Robert J. Turner (Carolyn) of Guilderland, NY; her brother Harry Corless (Joanna) of Woodslee, Ontario; her granddaughters Kelly Elizabeth Turner, Lauren Elizabeth Sembler (Mark), and Courtney Ann Turner, her nieces Kimberly and Gillian, and her nephew James.
A graveside service will be held in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Jerusalem Hill Rd., Elmira on Saturday, May 5th, at 11:00am. Relatives and friends are invited. There will be no calling hours. The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany, NY. To leave a message of condolence for the family or send a sympathy card please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
February 5, 2012
STILLWATER – Naomi Grace Scutt passed away after a short illness on Friday, February 3rd, 2012. She is pre-deceased by her husband Irving Scutt, her sister Gwendoline Wilde, and her parents Charles and Lorena Stewart.
Naomi was a wonderful mother who raised two sons, Robert (Samantha) and Jason Scutt of Stillwater. She was a loving grandmother to Jason Clark Scutt and Thomas James Williams. Naomi was also the beloved aunt of Mark (Donna) and Gary (Wanda) Wilde of Troy and Wynantskill, respectively.
Naomi declined to receive funeral services upon her death and instead chose to participate in Albany Medical College’s anatomical gift program. It is the family’s sincere hope that the cause of knowledge be furthered by Naomi’s generous contribution. To leave a message of condolence for the family or send a sympathy card please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
January 25, 2012
ALBANY – Gertrude E. Soyer Mendel, 83, of Albany, died Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at the Teresian House in Albany. Trudy was born February 19, 1928 in Sioux City, IA, the daughter of the late Peter and Mary Soyer. Trudy was known by her contagious smile and everlasting generosity and kindness. She had many hats in the world, but Trudy’s favorite and most rewarding job was that of mom and grandma. In addition, she and her late husband owned the Betsy Ross Diner and Mendel’s Pub, and later in life she was employed by St. Peter’s Hospital and Honigsbaum’s Department Store.
Trudy was predeceased by her husband Eugene J. Mendel, Sr. She is survived by her daughters Debra Terrell, Lori Hart (Bill), and Lisa Ellis; her daughter in law Maura Wallingford Mendel; eighteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She was also predeceased by her sons Eugene J. Mendel, Jr. and Danny Bethel, and by her grandson Alexander Mendel.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday morning at 11:00 in the Infant of Prague Chapel at the Teresian House, 200 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12203. Relatives and friends are invited. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Teresian House. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany. To leave a message of condolence for the family or send a sympathy card please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
January 25, 2012
TROY – Anna Belle Shephard, 79, of Troy, NY, died Sunday, January 22, 2012 at the Albany Medical Center. She is survived by her children George W. Shephard (Jane) of Holyoke, MA, Lewis J. Shepard (Wendy) of Canaan, NY, Phyllis Rojko of Bondsville, MA, Joyce Church of Ware, MA, and Robert Shephard of Enfield, CT; by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, as well as great great grandchildren. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. To leave a message of condolence for the family or send a sympathy card please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
January 23, 2012
ALBANY – Emma Michela Leonard, 96, of Albany, died Sunday, January 22, 2012 at the Teresian House in Albany. Emma was born in Albany, the daughter of the late Mario Michela and Agatha Ciaccia Michela, and she lived here all her life. She was a communicant of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for over forty years, and also of the former St. Anthony’s and St. Margaret Mary’s Churches. She sang in the choir of St. Anthony’s Church and at the Cathedral. She also was employed by the State of New York in the Governor’s Office. She also was a homemaker for most of her life, and cherished children, good food, and her family.
Emma was predeceased in 1991 by her husband James J. Leonard. She is survived by her children Michele T. Leonard and Mary S. Leonard of Albany, Mark J. Leonard (Kimberlee) of Guilderland, and Ann R. Louer (David) of Albany; her grandchildren Andrea Thorne, Victoria, Claire, and Marissa Leonard, Daniel Louer, and Ashley and Matthew Wyland; and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Joseph Michela; her sister Angela Pezzulo, and her cousin Elizabeth Ciaccia O’Hanlon who was raised with Emma like a sister; her daughter in law Eileen Leonard; and her infant grandson James David Louer.
The Leonard family wishes to thank the staff of the Teresian House for the wonderful care they provided to Emma; Ivory Pettiway for her care of Emma at home, and the religious and parish communities, friends and neighbors who visited and prayed with Emma.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Thursday morning at 9:00, and from there to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Eagle St., Albany at 10:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Restoration Fund, 125 Eagle St., Albany, NY 12203; or to The Smile Train, 41 Madison Ave., 28th Floor, New York, NY 10010. To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
January 21, 2012
DELMAR – Shirley B. Van Wely, 87, of Delmar, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at St. Peter’s Hospital. Shirley was a long time resident of Albany and Delmar, and she retired from the New York State Teacher’s Retirement System.
Shirley is survived by her four sons Donald of Springfield, OR, Peter (Abbie) of Fairport, NY, Paul (Debbie) of Albany, and Frank (Claire) of Keene, NH; by her grandchildren Derek, Sean, Neil, Justin, Hannah Rose, Erik, Ester Jo, Charlotte, and Jack Van Wely; and by eight great grandchildren.
The family will hold a private service. There will be no calling hours. For those who wish to remember Shirley in a special way, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To leave a message of condolence for the family or send a sympathy card, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.