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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, November 3, 2011

Frank Cicero

SLINGERLANDS — Frank (Francesco) Cicero, who shared his love of language with generations of Guilderland students, died at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. He was 83.

Born in Castroreale, Sicily, he was the son of Salvatore and Carmela (Calamoneri) Cicero. He came to the United States as a young man in 1950 and proudly served his country during the Korean War, from 1954 to 1956, stationed in Germany

He graduated from Siena College in 1954 and received a master’s degree from the University at Albany in 1958. Mr. Cicero retired from the Guilderland Central School District in 1992 after 34 years of supervising the foreign-language department and teaching Italian, Spanish, and Latin.

In 2003, he retired as an adjunct professor of Italian at Schenectady County Community College. He was a contributing author and reviewer for the New York State Regents Exams for Spanish and Italian.

“Frank loved spending time with family and friends, making pizza on Friday nights and pasta suppers on Sunday afternoons,” his family wrote in a tribute. “He enjoyed working around his home, gardening, and wine making. An avid sports fan, he followed Siena basketball, the New York Knicks and Italian soccer. Frank cherished his time with grandchildren Jack, Aidan, Ryan, Colin, and Rose.”


Frank (Francesco) Cicero is survived by his children, Frank S. Cicero and his wife, Lisa; Richard Cicero and his wife, Lisa; and Carol Ann Lynch and her husband, Tom. He is also survived by his sisters, Catherine Rappazzo and her husband, Joe; Rose Ceraolo and her husband, Anthony; Maria Furnari; and Connie Violato as well as by his many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

His devoted wife, Agnes Cicero, died before him as did his brother, Salvatore Cicero.

Calling hours were held on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Applebee Funeral Home in Delmar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today, Nov. 3, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church at 35 Adams Place in Delmar with burial in Calvary Cemetery in Glenmont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Siena College Annual Fund, 515 Loudon Rd., Loudonville, NY 12211-1462.

Howard J. Misselhorn

Howard J. Misselhorn, an engineer who was active in church, died on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011. He was 93.

Born and raised in Indiana, he lived in Altamont, and in several places in Massachusetts.

He was born on Feb. 24, 1918 in Kendallville, Ind., the son of the late P. Arthur and Charlotte (Auman) Misselhorn. Mr. Misselhorn attended St. John’s Parochial School and Kendallville High School from which he graduated in 1936. He attended Purdue University in Indiana, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Mr. Misselhorn was employed by General Electric Company in Pittsfield, Mass. where he worked in conjunction with the Department of Naval Operations during World War II. He also worked at G.E. plants in Schenectady, and Fitchburg, Mass. before retiring from the company after 43 years.

He was a dedicated and active member of the churches he attended – Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield, Mass.; St. John’s Lutheran Church in Altamont; Union Congregational Church in Groton, Mass; and Community Congregational Church in New Port Richey, Fla. where he and his wife, Helen, wintered for the last 20 years. During his church years, he sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and served on many boards and committees. He was also an active member of the Groton Lions Club after he retired.

Howard is survived by his wife of 66 years, Helen (Heidel) Misselhorn of Ayer, Mass.; his daughter, Barbara Wyman and her husband, Bruce Wyman, of Maynard, Mass., his daughter, Karen Sherwin and her husband, Bradford Sherwin, of Ayer, Mass. He is also survived by his nephew and several nieces.

His son, James Paul Misselhorn, died before him as did his brother, Edwin Misselhorn, and his sister, Pauline (Misselhorn) Adams; both of his siblings had lived in Indiana.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Badger Funeral Home at 45 School Street in Groton, Mass. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. at the Union Congregational Church at 218 Main Street in Groton, Mass.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Congregational Church, 218 Main Street, Groton, MA 01450, or to the Community Congregational Church, 6533 Circle Blvd, New Port Richey, FL 34652.

John F. Warnken

ALTAMONT — John F. Warnken was a loving and compassionate husband, father, and grandfather. He died unexpectedly on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at Ellis Hospital. He was 69.

Mr. Warnken was born on Nov. 19, 1941, in Unionville, son of the late Richard and Margaret Warnken.

His wife of 21 years, Linda Warnken, said he was a “unique man” whom everyone loved.

Mr. Warnken was a carpenter with Local 370 in Albany for over 30 years; he worked on everything from roads to machinery.

He also served as a deacon and sexton at the Altamont Reformed Church.

“He loved all of it, the potluck dinners, and the mission trips,” Mrs. Warnken said.

In his spare time, Mr. Warnken was “always in the woods,” fishing and hunting, said his wife. He also loved to play the board game Scrabble.

He especially loved being a grandfather to his five grandchildren.

“He was a man of few words, but, when he said something, he meant it,” said Mrs. Warnken. “He was full of so much compassion, and he was always there for everyone.”


Mr. Warnken is survived by his wife, Linda Warnken; two sons, Randy Warnken, and Matthew Warnken, and his wife, Allison; two stepchildren, Heidi Audino, and her husband, Scott, and Richard Schultz; five grandchildren, Cole, Kyle, Madison, Angelina, and Isabella; two brothers, Richard and Russell; and three sisters, Betty, Linda and Debbie.

A memorial service will be held at the Altamont Reformed Church on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall after the service; refreshments will be served, and his life will be celebrated.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

— Anne Hayden

David A. Concordia

VOORHEESVILLE — David Concordia, who took care of those he loved and those he hardly knew, died on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, after a car accident. He was 62.

Growing up in Rotterdam, Mr. Concordia was the son of an engineer at General Electric and, after graduating from Mohonasen High School, went on to the University of Buffalo and Union College, where he earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering.

“He was really smart,” said his wife, Kathleen Concordia, and he was an interesting person to talk to.

He ran every day and played basketball in a league at the YMCA or with his son. He followed the University of Kentucky’s basketball team because that’s where Pat Riley went. Riley grew up in Schenectady and went on to be the head coach of five championship teams.

He also loved his 1968 Jaguar, which he restored. Mrs. Concordia remembered, “He said he saw one when he was 12 years old and he’s wanted one ever since.”

Mr. Concordia knew how to fix cars and things around the house. After he retired from a career at Benet Laboratories at the Watervliet Arsenal, he began working at Umbrella of Schenectady, an elder care organization that helps people stay in their homes. “He wasn’t one to sit around,” his wife said. He would do handy work at people’s houses for Umbrella.

He always fixed things around his own house, his wife said — he built the deck on the back of their home. “He was a really good husband,” she said. “He made sure my car worked and my finances were in order.”

Mr. Concordia had a taste for Italian food and liked to eat out, his wife said. He favored the Hidden Café in Delmar, Sage Bistro, Athos, and Bellini’s.

“He was extremely conscientious and honest,” she said. “He was not a phony person at all.”


Mr. Concordia is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Shields) Concordia, and his son, Patrick Concordia. He is also survived by his brother, Charles Concordia, and his wife, Catherine, of Massachusetts, and his sister, Joan Auger, and her husband, Ric, of Texas. He is also survived by many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

His parents, Francis and Martha (Pfister) Concordia, died before him.

His family thanks the doctors, nurses, and staff in the surgical intensive care unit of Albany Medical Center for their compassionate care. “In keeping with David’s generous spirit, he gave the gift of organ donation to help others,” his family wrote in a tribute.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home on Delaware Avenue in Albany. Calling hours will begin at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Parsons Child and Family Center, 60 Academy Rd., Albany, NY 12208 or to Umbrella of the Capital District, 509 A Union St., Schenectady, NY 12305.

Saranac Hale Spencer

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