WORCESTER – Peter J Provenzano III, 69, of Worcester, whose life of creativity peaked in The Tin Woodzman, passed peacefully on March 23, 2020, at home with his wife Deb at his side. His valiant battle with pancreatic cancer was not his to win.
Peter was born in Rockville Center to Peter J Provenzano Jr. and Phyllis (Gunther) Provenzano. He spent his childhood in Hempstead, and graduated from Hempstead High School. After a brief time at Nassau County Community College, he decided to follow in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps as a concrete finisher. The family moved to Poughkeepsie in 1968, and Peter went to work for James Provenzano Construction Co., Inc, the firm his grandfather created in the 1950s. He was a member of Laborers Local 35.
WORCESTER – Joseph B. Nelson III, 66, who operated his family’s century-old business, Nelson’s Garage, on Main Street, died of a heart attack on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, while with his hunting companions, son Joey and cousin John Hren.
He was born Sept 4, 1953, in Oneonta, to Joseph B. Nelson Jr. and Angelina (Hren) Nelson. Joe graduated in 1972 from Worcester Central School. He married Peggy Coombs on Sept. 18, 1976.
He worked in Oneonta for a short time before joining the family business, and has been there ever since. He was so proud of the fact that coming up in 2020 Nelson’s Garage has been in business for 100 years, with a Nelson always owning and operating the business.
WORCESTER – The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC) will present “Tactical Tasks and Tips in Truck Work” in Otsego County – at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Worcester Fire Department.
The association’s 2019 Seminar Series program is led by instructor Lieutenant Michael Ciampo of the Fire Department City of New York (FDNY).
WORCESTER – Born in the old country, Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, Italy, Gaspare Stabile led a life full of adventure.
His parents Giuseppe and Maria Cristina taught him a lot about the ways of the land, along with several uncles and cousins.
At the age of 19, he emigrated to the United States without any knowledge of what he would do. He seized the opportunity to forge a life with many difficulties as he didn’t speak any English. His strength and determination led him to the opportunity of becoming a mason. Competition was fierce, but Gaspare was able to rise above that as his attention to detail along with his friendliness led to many successes.
A Town of Worcester woman, Kimberly N. Steeley, 27, Decatur, was arrested Wednesday, May 8, accused in the death of her twin infant children, Liam and Bonde Steeley, it was announced this morning.
County Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr., District Attorney John M. Muehl and state police announced the two-count Grand Jury Sealed Indictment. She was charged with two counts of manslaughter, second degree, a class C felony, for recklessly causing the death of another.
Kimberly Steeley was arraigned on Wednesday and remanded to the Otsego County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 3.
WESTFORD – Henry M. “Hank” Burton, 80, who for 40 years operated the excavating company that bears his name, passed away suddenly on April 3, 2019, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
He was born Oct. 3, 1938, in Westford, the son of Charles and Minnie (Peeters) Burton. Hank graduated from Andrew S. Draper Central School in Schenevus, Class of 1957. He worked the Burton Family Dairy Farm for many years, and was also the owner/operator of Walts Restaurant in Worcester.
WORCESTER – David John Parker, 71, a retired career chemist, active in town government here, who patents included one on the inside coating of a Coors Beer can, passed away peacefully at home on March 24, 2019.
He was born May 25, 1947, in Schenectady, the son of Edward Joseph and Dorothy May (Gutta) Parker. Dave attended Mohonasen High School graduating in 1965, and then went on to Clarkson University, where he played lacrosse, receiving a BS in chemistry in 1969.
WORCESTER – Barbara D. Kersten, 70, of Worcester, who trained champion golden retrievers here for three decades, passed away on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.
She was born on Dec. 15, 1948, in Manhattan, the daughter of John S. and Mary (Henchel) Bliven.
Barbara owned and operated Lothlorien Goldens for more than 30 years. She was dedicated to breeding, showing and training Golden Retrievers, having shown numerous champions and obedience titles dogs in both the U.S. and Canada.
WORCESTER – A hostage situation on Main Street yesterday afternoon ended with two people safe and a shotgun-toting 20-year-old man in custody, state police are reporting this morning.
At about 2:15 p.m., troopers were dispatched by 911. when they arrived, the hostages exited the front of the residence but the suspect, Edgar R. Gonzalez-Francis, remained inside, reportedly armed with a shotgun, Troop C’s Public Information Office reports.