Joseph R. Groshans
March 1942 – October 25, 2022
Joseph R. (Joe) Groshans, died October 25, 2022, surrounded by his loving and supportive family. Joe was born March 1942 in Gloversville NY to the late Eugene and Catherine Swart Groshans. Joe grew up in Caroga Lake and graduated from Wheelerville Union Free School. Caroga was where he met his future wife Charlene O’Brien in 1959 where her family had a summer camp. Joe altered his education plans from attending RIT in Rochester to take Mechanical Engineering at (MVTI) Mohawk Valley Technical Institute in Utica NY in 1960 to be closer to Char who was enrolled in Nursing at Faxton Hospital. They became inseparable from that point on and married in 1963. https://owenspavlotrogers.com/tribute/details/2979/Joseph-Groshans/obituary.html#tribute-start
Dianne B. (Rifkin) Kirshtein
June 29, 1932 ~ October 20, 2022
Dianne Belle Rifkin Kirshtein was born on June 29, 1932 in Syracuse, NY, the only and beloved daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Rifkin. Dianne graduated from Syracuse University with both an undergraduate degree in Speech and Drama, and a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. Although her early adult dream was to be a casting director, she acquiesced to her father’s practical suggestion to get a degree in an employable field, and she was able to use her SLP training at St. John’s in New Hartford. She also taught Drama at North Syracuse High School and was an adjunct professor at Utica college, where she taught Public Speaking in the 1970s. Dianne was active in many philanthropic organizations, including the Temple Beth El Sisterhood and Hadassah. She supported a variety of local institutions, as well as the Susan B. Komen Cancer Research Foundation and the Jimmy Fund. https://www.bentzfuneralhomes.com/obituary/Dianne-Kirshtein
John H. Clarke Jr.
July 14, 1936 — October 26, 2022
John H. Clarke Jr. Utica, NY John H. Clarke Jr., 86, of Utica, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at St Elizabeth Medical Center. He was born on July 14, 1936 in Utica a son of the late John and Veronica (Dirda) Clarke Sr. He was a graduate of Whitesboro Central Schools.
On June 28, 1958 in Boonville he was united in marriage to Margaret Evans, a blessed union of over 64 years.
John was a Carpenter by trade, he was employed with Local Union #120 in Utica working with Henderson & Johnson Construction in Syracuse, retiring in 1998 after many years of dedicated service. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/name/john-clarke-obituary?id=36922993
Mary Elizabeth Ford
June 7th, 1963, — October 25, 2022
ALBANY-Mary Ford, age 59 of Cohoes, Mary had a love of family, opening her home for holiday gatherings carrying on the spirit of the holidays that her Mother Lois had given to the family. Mary’s love of cooking brought friends and family around the large dining room table, topping the meal off with homemade pie and fresh coffee. Mary loved her Harley Davidson motorcycle and the freedom it brought, her trips to any Harley Davidson shop along the way were always filled with laughter. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/name/mary-ford-obituary?id=36924452
WAYNE F. HOUCK
February 19, 1951 – October 19, 2022
Clinton-Wayne F. Houck, age 71, of Barbara Ave. passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon October 19, 2022 in the Abraham House of Rome with his loving family at his side. He was born on February 19, 1951 in Rome, New York a son of the late Henry O. Houck II and Shirley Snook, was a graduate of the Oneida Schools and a devoted member to Crosspoint Church. On September 6, 1981 Wayne and Pamela Purdy were united in marriage in Syracuse, New York and have shared that vow of over forty-one years together. Prior to his retirement Wayne was employed as the maintenance superintendent of Parkedge Townhouses of Utica. In his spare time Wayne enjoyed fishing and golf. https://maleckifuneralhome.com/tribute/details/819/Wayne-Houck/obituary.html#tribute-start