Obituaries

Grace Oakley

Grace Katherine Oakley, 91, passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at her home.
She was born January 20, 1922 in South Kortright, the daughter of John and Marion (Oblinski) Bisbee.

She married Clifton O. Oakley on January 11, 1941 in the South Kortright Rectory.


Eleanor Ardito

Eleanor Ardito, 84, resident of Kelly Corners died Friday February 8, 2013 at the O’Connor Hospital in Delhi.

Eleanor was born in Hollis, Queens on March 9, 1928, the daughter of William and Emma (Mueller ) Mayer. She married Michael Potapchuk on November 24, 1951 in Brooklyn. They had two children, her husband died on November 16, 1976. Eleanor married Michael Ardito on September 3, 1978 and moved to the Catskills.


Anthony Franchini

It is with deep sadness and regret that we confirm the death of Anthony Franchini this past week from complications following lung surgery.

Anthony hailed from New Jersey, the youngest of eight siblings, and is survived by two sisters, Rose and Marie, and a number of nieces and nephews.

After a stint in the Navy, he moved to the East Village, 30-some years ago, witnessing the neighborhood’s many transformations.


Ellen Bowie

Ellen Mae Bowie, 81, a resident of Gilboa, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 at A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta.

Ellen was born on June 12, 1931 in Gilboa, the daughter of Sweeting Miles and Hazel (Brownell) Kohler. She married William Bowie on June 15, 1951 in Brooklyn. He died in May of 2006.
She worked as a telephone operator for New York Telephone and as a paraprofessional for special needs visually handicapped children at Public School 90 in Richmond Hills. She received her associate’s degree at Queensborough Community College at Bayside.


Paul Makara Jr.

Paul A. (Moose) Makara Jr., 82, a resident of Arkville died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at Margaretville Hospital.

Paul was born July 28, 1930 in the Bronx, the son of Paul A. and Annie (Yockobischn) Makara. He was one of 17 children.

He married Mildred E. Runge and they celebrated 62 years of marriage together.
Paul joined the U.S. Army on January 8, 1953 and served until December 11, 1954.
He worked on construction, driving heavy-duty equipment for Teamsters Local 445 located in Newburgh. He retired in 1994 moving to Arkville in 1975 from Stony Point.


Daniel Gaponiuk

Daniel Gaponiuk, 81, of Arkville, and formerly of Garfield, NJ, and Fleischmanns, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.

Dan was born to Daniel and Jean Gaponiuk in Passaic, NJ. He was a Navy veteran and served on the USS Willard Keith from 1951 to 1955. Dan was retired from ITT Avionics in Nutley, NJ and also from Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in Highmount where he operated a lift for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman as well as a handyman and friend to many.

He was predeceased in 1978 by his wife, Patricia, and his parents.


Gloria Shaver

Gloria B. Shaver, 91, of Turnwood passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at Roscoe Regional Rehabilitation & RHCF.
She was the daughter of the late Richard and Lena Owens Borden, born on December 28, 1921 in Arena.


Antonia Monastyrski

Antonia “Toni” Monastyrski, 88, of Margaretville, and formerly of New York City, died on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 at Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation on Long Island.

She was born on April 11, 1924 to Julia and Semen Kozak in the Ukraine, the youngest of five children. Looking for a better life, she immigrated to the United States after World War II.
She was married to Paul Monastyrski, who died in January, 1992.
Antonia was a devoted Catholic, loved God, this country and the Catskills. She also enjoyed gardening and loved her flowers.


William McGinley

William J. McGinley, 63, a resident of Hurley, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 at the Kingston Hospital.
William was born on August 23, 1949 in New York City, the son of William and Helen (Kelly) McGinley. He married Brigid Geoghan on September 18, 1987 in New York City.

He graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree and was always active with physical education. He played baseball in the New York Yankees’ minor league system and then coached baseball, basketball and football at St. Christopher’s School on Long Island. He has always been involved with the fitness industry.


Patricia Scianablo

Patricia Scianablo, 85, a resident of Roxbury, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 at her residence.
Patricia was born on March 4, 1927 at Baltimore, MD, the daughter of William and Elsie (May) Scianablo. She married John Scianablo, who predeceased her in 1994.

Two sons, Richard and John Scianablo; three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive Patricia.

A memorial services to celebrate Patricia’s life will be held at a later date.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.


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