Norman S. Gershon Obituary
Norman S. Gershon, 74, of Bonita Springs, Florida, peacefully passed away on July 10th, 2016. Norman was born in Schenectady, NY on October 18th, 1941. He graduated from Linton High School, and Rochester Institute of Technology. He worked for over 30 years in the Printing Business as a Senior sales executive for a major company. He had a passion for fast cars and woodworking. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lela Miller Gershon; their daughter, Shari Greb; their son, Adam Gershon; four precious grandchildren, Matthew, Austin, Kyle,and Kailyn. His brothers, Richard and Robert Gershon, and their spouses. Private services will be conducted by the family. Donations or condolences can be made to Hope Hospice of Fort Myers, Florida.
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Anthony "Tony/Buck" S. Kasowski Obituary
Anthony "Tony/Buck" S. Kasowski, 74, passed away on Wednesday, June 15th at Ellis Hospital after a long illness. Tony was born on December 10, 1941 and was predeceased by his parents, Anthony and Jesse (Geddes) Kasowski and his sister, Janet Kasowski. A 1960 graduate of Linton High School, Tony proudly served in the United States Army for three years. He was employed by the General Electric Company as an electrician and Leader for over 35 years before retiring. For many years Tony coached at Woestina Little League and the Rotterdam Babe Ruth. He also served as Commissioner of the Rotterdam Pop Warner for many years. An avid fisherman, Los Angeles Dodgers and Cleveland Browns fan, Tony really enjoyed his woodworking. His greatest joy was being the proud father of two sons, and the grandfather of two grandsons and a granddaughter. Beloved husband of 49 years to Sharon (Campbell) Kasowski, and loving father of Chad S. Kasowski of Schenectady and Tony S. Kasowski (Alysse) of Porter Corners and the cherished grandfather of Kaelan, Hope and Lleyton. Tony is also survived by his sister, MaryAnn Schmidt of Sarasota, Fl and sisters-in-law, Karen Armsby (Allen) of Averill Park, Pam Romano (Joseph) of Albany and Paula Card (Fred) of Guilderland and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Monday afternoon, June 20th at 2 p.m. at Bond Funeral Home, Broadway & Guilderland Avenue, Schenectady, NY. Relatives and friends are invited to attend and may also call at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in Viewland Cemetery in Rotterdam, NY. Memorial contributions may be made in Tony's Memory to a charity of one's choice. To leave an online condolence for Tony's family, please visit www.bondfuneralhome.com. - See more at:
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Carmine "Carl" Denofio Obituary
Carmine "Carl" Denofio passed away on April 15, 2016 after a short illness. Carl was born September 15, 1923 in Schenectady, NY to Dominick and Helen (Formichelli) Denofio. He attended Schenectady schools and graduated from Mont Pleasant High School in 1941. He entered the Navy and served during WWII, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1946. Four months later, In June 1946, he married, Jennie Peruzzi, and together they raised their family in Schenectady. As a youngster, Carl was a good baseball player and his sister, Millie, remarked that the team always won when Carl played. He coached youth baseball in the Jaycee Little League and Schenectady Babe Ruth League, winning league championships at both levels. He was also a bowler and league officer with the Schenectady Bowling Association. He was a former member of the Laziale Society, the Sons of Italy, and the Elks Club in Florida. He also served as a board member with Schenectady Teachers Credit Union. Professionally, Carl earned his Bachelor's Degree from Siena College in 1950, and his Master's Degree from Siena College in 1956. He was granted his permanent Teacher's Certificate in 1955. He began his teaching career at Berne Knox High School, and then taught at Nott Terrace High School in Schenectady. He completed his career in 1979, retiring as the Business Department Chairperson at Linton High School. During his time at Linton, he performed in many of the talent shows, including his role as Batman's sidekick Robin. He always held a special place for his students, and even in his retired years he would seek out former students to talk about their school days. In the early 1950's he began the Denofio Insurance Agency, and continued as a principal in the agency until his death. He was a licensed Notary Public and also prepared tax returns for his many friends, relatives, and customers for many years. Carl was always willing to help his family and friends with household projects and was a tireless worker. Just last week, at the insistence of his wife, he was standing on a chair to change a lightbulb. He was always welcoming to others, inviting them to his swimming pool, his home in Florida or to dinner at the house. He is survived by his wife, Jennie (Peruzzi) Denofio; son, Don Denofio (Nancy) of Saratoga and son, David C. Denofio (Bridget) of Niskayuna; grandchildren, Dania (Marco) Bianchi and their children, Antonio, Giana and Maia; Donya (Michael) Clute and their children, Ryan and Gavin; Marc (Laura) Denofio and their children, Madeline and Jacob; Kirsten Denofio and her children, Mackenzie and Ellahmay; Brent Denofio and his children, Rayna and Santino; Brianne Denofio and her child, Sidro. He is also survived by his two sisters, Carmella (Millie) DeCaprio and Marguerite (Peg) Wos; wonderful and loving nieces, nephews and cousins; and his Uncle William DeNovio. He was predeceased by his parents; an infant son, Donald D. Denofio; and a daughter, Debra Denofio. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at St. Luke's Church, 1241 State St., Schenectady. The family will receive visitors, Tuesday, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Griswold Funeral Home, 1867 State St., Schenectady. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Schenectady. Donations in Carl's memory may be made to The Community Hospice, 445 New Karner Rd. Albany, NY 12205. To leave the family an online condolence, please visit www.sbfuneralhome.com.
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FIRE - THE WHOLE INSIDE OUR HOUSE DESTROYED by Tom Halstead

Last Thursday night/Friday morning (2/11-2/12) a fire destroyed all of the contents of the inside of our home. The fire started, I estimated, between 10 pm and 10:20 pm. We were watching the Democratic debate when I noticed grayish brown smoke coming out from underneath our fireplace. I initially stared at it, then realized it was starting to fill the room. I turned to Judy and said, "I think we should call the fire department." Judy at that point was standing up and said, "Look at the thermostat." Thick black smoke was pouring out from behind the thermostat. She said, "Let's get out of here." I became focused on a cell phone, to call the fire department, and since I didn't see mine I said to her several times, "where's your phone." She said, "F**k the phone let's get out of here." Fortunately our winter coats were in the hallway, as it was a bitter cold night, I looked back at our living room and saw it was filled with thick black acrid smoke. We opened the door and ran out. I ran to a neighbors house who had heard our alarm going off. He opened the door, gave me his cell phone and I called 911. I had the presence of mind to run back to our garage and get both of our cars out and park them in a visitors spot across the street. Within 5 to 7 minutes both the police and fire department arrived. We stayed in our neighbors house and periodically I went out to check what was going on. The Manhasset Fire Marshal and a Detective from the arson/bomb squad came into our neighbors house several times to keep us up to date on the progress of the fire department. The Detective asked me to call my insurance company because after the fire was put out the house had to be boarded up. I said I remembered that my cell phone was in our bedroom. The Fire Marshall said he would try and retrieve for me. Amazingly he was able to. I had my phone in an OuterBox case and it was wet but still on. The Fire Marshal got it opened and lo and behold it was still working. I guess these OuterBox's can withstand an atomic attack. At about 2:30 am the fire was put out. A manager from the management company that manages our property came and said that he would make sure our home was boarded up. We left at 3 am and are staying in a Hampton Inn in Westbury NY not too far from where we used to live. The past week has been taken up with dealing with insurance adjusters and claims, and also looking for new living quarters. Fortunately, for us, we have double insurance coverage. Our home has to be completely rebuilt. The company that manages our community will rebuild our home and their insurance will cover that. All the contents of our home will be covered by our homeowners insurance. The downside of this is it will take 8 to 12 months to rebuild. Our homeowners insurance will cover rent in a temporary place to stay for up to a year. To all my Facebook and Linton friends I may have been remiss in not informing you sooner of this rather horrible event. However, Judy and I have been completely preoccupied dealing with the immediate issues, that must be dealt with, when a tragedy like this occurs. I know you all send your good wishes and kind thoughts for our getting through this dreadful event. On the positive side, we both got out of the house alive and completely unharmed. Our material things can always be and will be replaced. I will post further emails on our progress

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My prayers and thoughts are with the Halsteads at this time. I can only imagine the stress that you are both under at this time.  May your friends and family surround you with love and support.  Know that we all feel blessed to know that you are both safe and uninjured.  Keep Peter posted.  Remain positive and appreciative for all your blessings while you rebuild your new home and life.  God bless you both!  Elaine ANGEROSA Wertalik

Tom, Wow...... so sorry to hear of your total loss. I think you are very lucky to have just loss material things and not your lives. Smoke inhalation is very dangerous and Judy was right "GET OUT" . I hope you and Judy will be able to return to a normal life shortly. Peter
James G. Petrokus
James G. Petrokus, 73, suddenly entered into eternal life Monday, February 15, 2016. Born in Harrisburg, PA, he was the son of the late Joseph and Helen Kachauowski Petrokus. Jim was a graduate of Linton High School, a communicant of St. Joseph's Church in Schenectady, and a US Army Veteran. He enjoyed fishing and photography, traveling to Florida to visit his sons and grandchildren, and he was a big fan of NASCAR. He was employed by the former Niagara Mohawk for 39 years before retiring. Jim's greatest joy was being the proud father of his two sons, and a grandfather to his wonderful grandchildren. Beloved husband of 50 years to Sandra Baldiga Petrokus; loving father of James J. Petrokus (Robin) and Bart A. Petrokus (Amy) both of Palm Beach, FL; cherished grandfather of James Jr., Matthew, Nicholas and Noah Petrokus; uncle of Richard Korkosz, Victoria Marino and Denise D'Amico; great-uncle of Gabriella, Alexandra and Olivia Marino. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Susan and John D'Amico; and brother-in-law, Larry Baldiga.
Funeral services are private.
Donations in Jim's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice.
To leave the family an online condolence, please visit www.sbfuneralhome.com
Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Feb. 18, 2016
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Sorry to hear of my fellow classmate Jim Petrokus from Linton HS Kenny Christians Electrical Class for three years has pasted away. This sad news causes me to pause, reflect on the past and say a prayer for Jim and his family.
Sorry to say like a lot of us, after high school Jim and I went our separate ways never to cross paths again.
I remember several days of skipping a class and driving my car for donuts and coffee with Jim and several other classmates. After school we would sometimes meet and go hunting together for rabbits and pheasants. He was fun to be with and everyone liked him. He was one of the good guys.
Awww I miss the good old days things were so much fun and simple then.
~peter

Jimmy was my one and only junior high crush. I have a picture of him, in my first holy communion picture, from Holy Cross Lithuanian Church.
~Aggie Zukauskas Pike

I remember him too, Peter. I got to know him during lunch break at Nott Terrace. He was interesting and kind. How nice of Gene to forward this. Memories...
~Margie Marguerite Minard Borchers
Daniel J. Hackett
Daniel J. Hackett, 73, of Rotterdam, passed away on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady in the loving care of his family. He was born on Sept. 8, 1942, in Hartford, CT, son of the late Bernard J. and Grace (Hardy) Hackett and educated in Schenectady schools. He furthered his education attending college in Albany. Mr. Hackett was a longtime employee of the General Electric Company, retiring after 38 years of dedicated service as an accountant, receiving the Elfun Service Award for meritorious service and also belonged to the GE quarter century club. He served his country with the United States Army during the Vietnam conflict from 1966 until 1969, when he was honorably discharged. He was the recipient of the US Army Commendation Medal and was past commander of the Rotterdam Disabled American Veterans. He was a communicant of and very active with St. Gabriel Catholic Church. Mr. Hackett was very involved in the community and served as an official umpire belonging to the Capital District Footballs Association for 25 years, New York Association of Certified Football Officials, Inc., receiving a merit award in 2012, Schenectady Baseball Umpire Organization for 25 years, receiving the distinguished service award in 2014, Capital District Wrestling Officials Association from 2003 until 2010. He also was a member of the Rotterdam Elk's Lodge. A loving and devoted family man, Mr. Hackett will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Survivors include his beloved family, his wife, Madaline, at home; his children, Jeff Hackett and wife, Tara of Rockville Center, NY, Michele Garrow and husband, Bob of Rotterdam; grandchildren, Christian and Tyler Hackett and Logan Garrow; a sister, Gail Diffley and husband, Michael of Schenectady, and Bonnie Brisk and husband, Frank of Schenectady; mother-in-law, Rosalie Conti; in-laws, Pat and Keith Carpenter and Tony and Mary Jane Conti, all of Rotterdam. He was preceded in death by his parents. Relatives and friends are invited to visitation at DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Ave., Rotterdam from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 8, 2015. The funeral will commence at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, November 9, 2015 from the chapel of the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home where prayer will be offered and at 10 a.m. from St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, Rotterdam where his Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Procession will follow to St. Joseph's Cemetery, Schenectady where interment will take place. The following organizations will gather at the funeral home to conduct ritualistic services on Sunday afternoon: Rotterdam Disabled American Veterans at 4:30 and the Rotterdam Elk's at 5:30. Kindly consider memorial contributions to Avyen Angel's c/o First New York, Rotterdam or to the Tyler DeMarco Foundation; envelopes are available at the funeral home. To offer online condolences to the family, go to www.demarcostonefuneralhome.com.
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55th Linton HS reunion at the Lighthouse 10-22-2015

Jim Seaman and Rudy Capparella

Jim S, Pete M ., Rudy

Judy and Tom Halstead

Sandy Campo, Fran Penta Seaman, Carole Ferucci Caparella

Ed Valchovic and Sandy Campo

"The Chairman Of The Board" Jim

Aggie Zukauksas, Gary DiLallo, Peter Maioriello, Mrs DiLallo

Mrs.Formichelli, Bob Formichelli, Ron Lippiello

Bob, Ron, Ron's Guest

Barbara Stacco , Aggie Z,

Gary and his Mrs.

- Mary Ellen Quinn, Mary Martin, Mr Martin, Mrs. O'Rourke,

- Mrs. Orourke, Dan O"Rourke, Elaine Anderosa

Elaine Anderosa, Linda Bricoccoli

- Elaine, Linda, Niaomi Ricci, Carol Mangano

Barbara Stacco, Aggie Z, Gary L, Mrs L, Peter Maioriello, Mrs Formichelli, Bob F, Ron L.