Obituaries - 06/08/2010


Henry Gotcsik

May 29, 2010

Henry “Hank” Gotcsik, 91, of Eagle Bay and Webster, N.Y. died on May 29 at the M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center in Canandaigua. Hank was born on Jan. 12, 1919 in Rochester, the son of Henry and Barbara Gotcsik. He was a WWII Army veteran and retired in 1981 from Bausch & Lomb in Rochester. He enjoyed golf and watching sports. He was predeceased by his wife Pauline E. Gotcsik; son Henry “Danny” Gotcsik; sister Elizabeth McHugh.

He is survived by his daughter Julie Lamere of Tupper Lake; sons Paul (Karen) Gotcsik of Rochester, George (Fran) Gotcsik of Lima; Glen Gotcsik of Litchfield, N.H.; seven grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

His memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 10, at 9:30 a.m. at the All Seasons Chapel at White Haven Memorial Park, 210 Marsh Road, Pittsford, N.Y. Private entombment at White Haven Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Lima Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 335, Lima, NY 14485. Arrangements by the O’Connell-Dougherty Funeral Home, Lima, N.Y.

David A. Thomas

May 31, 2010

David A. Thomas, 52, passed away on Monday, May 31 at his home in West Leyden, N.Y.

Dave was born on Sept. 3, 1957 in Newburg, N.Y. He was a long time resident of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. where he worked as Service Manager for Mid-Hudson Valley Propane for many years. He then established his own company, DAT’s Service, providing installation and service of propane appliances. Dave was well known and respected in the local propane industry for his outstanding knowledge, ability and concern for customers.

During 2009, Dave briefly worked for Helmer’s Fuel in Old Forge, N.Y. before contracting cancer.

Dave was extremely proud of his Native American heritage and his affiliation with the Abenaki tribe.

His life long passion was motorcycling. Wherever he resided, Dave rode often and participated in events with his many biker friends. He won many awards for his antique Harley Davidson, which was fondly known as “Big Pink” for its original magenta color.

Dave is survived by his life partner, Victoria Kiskiel and her children Lauren, John and Leeann Kiskiel of West Leyden N.Y.; his mother, Lorraine Hitchcock of Sheffield, Mass.; daughter, Linda Alberg, her husband Tait and granddaughter, Caitlin of Poughkeepsie; daughter, Windy Thomas and grandsons, Kaiden, John and Ka’Jon of Columbus, Ohio. He is pre-deceased by his father, William Thomas and son, David Thomas.

A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at the West Leyden Hotel at 2 p.m., on Saturday, June 12. Anyone wishing to attend is welcome and asked to bring a dish to pass, their own table setting and beverage of choice. A grill will be available for use. Bring your memories of Dave to share with all. Please contact Vicky at (315) 358-4110 or Deb (315) 397-8193 for further information. There will be no services.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Callaghan Funeral Home, Port Leyden.

Memorials may be made to the Friends of Hospice, PO Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367, the West Leyden Fire Department, PO Box 205, West Leyden, NY 13489 or the American SIDS Institute, 509 Augusta Dr, Marietta GA 30067.

The family wishes to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to the many friends, community members and businesses who have given such tremendous support, especially to the March 6 Benefit for Dave.

Dolores (Dee) Fetterman

May 23, 2010

Dolores (Dee) L. Fetterman, 80, passed away on Sunday, May 23, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Utica. Formerly of Marcellus, she moved to Old Forge in 1997. While in Marcellus, she was a member of Marcellus First Presbyterian Church. She worked as a secretary for Marcellus Central Schools and later in the mortgage department at Syracuse Savings Bank. In Old Forge she was a member of Niccolls Memorial Presbyterian Church where she volunteered in the thrift shop and made many friends.

Dolores was predeceased by her husband, Richard, in 1976; also, by her mother, Beatrice Corwin, and her sister, Patricia Sullivan, whom she lived with for many years. She is survived by her sons Thomas Fetterman and his wife Cheryl of Cayuga, and Richard Fetterman and his girlfriend Minnie Makey of Old Forge; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Fetterman, of Old Forge; three granddaughters, Terry Fetterman and fiance Matt Newman, Sandy Fetterman and boyfriend Jon Paul Duguay, and Julie Fetterman; and two great-grandchildren, Hannah Fetterman and Gabriel Duguay.

Graveside services were held for Dolores at Highland Cemetery in Marcellus on May 26, where she was laid to rest with her husband and her mother. Friends of Dolores are invited to attend memorial services to be held at Niccolls Memorial Presbyterian Church in Old Forge on June 15 at 1:30 p.m. Memorial contributions in memory of Dolores may be made to the Fetterman-Durrant Memorial Scholarship, c/o Marcellus Central Schools, 1 Mustang Hill, Marcellus, NY 13108.