James Carl Graffam died in Portland, Maine on August 4, 1995. James served on the USS Franklin and was a member of the 704 Club. After the war he returned to Portland, Maine and worked his entire career at the S.D. Warren Paper Mill. He was married to his wife, Mary, for 55 years. He had one son, James. He would seldom talk about his experience on the USS Franklin but when did it would be about how brave the crew was after the devastating attack and how everyone did what needed to be done to save the ship regardless of their actual navy specialty. He was very proud of his service in the U.S. Navy. He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Westbrook, Maine.
Willie was born on November 14, 1927 and passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019.
Willie was a resident of Neffs, Ohio at the time of passing.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving on the USS Franklin during World War II and a life member of the Neffs Rod and Gun Club.
Karl W. Kraft, age 99, of Batavia, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, July 15, 2019 at Brighton Gardens of St. Charles.
He was born June 23, 1920 in Batavia, the son of Albert J. and Annie W. (Johanson) Kraft.
Karl was united in marriage to Violet “Vie” E. (Ogren) Kraft on April 22, 1950 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles.
He was a 1938 Batavia High School graduate and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the U.S.S. Franklin aircraft carrier. Karl became an apprentice plumber in 1946 and started K.W. Kraft Plumbing in 1962.
Karl was a member and past Master Mason of the Masonic Lodge, Batavia 1197; Royal Arch Masons of Illinois, Fox River Chapter #14; Montgomery V.F.W. Post #7452; Batavia American Legion Post #504; Loyal Order of Moose, Batavia Lodge #682, and a lifelong member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia.
He is survived by his three sons John (Andrea), Peter (Leslee) both of Batavia, and Robert (Carolyn) of Galena MO; seven grandchildren Kelly (Elias) Ford of Nebraska, Benjamin of Florida, Joseph of Chicago, Jaymes (Dori Stein) of Batavia and Chelsea of Geneva, and Samuel and Annie Kraft of Chicago; four great-grandchildren Ann, Eli, and Mathew Ford of Nebraska and Aria Kraft of Batavia; sisters-in-law Sara Murtaugh of Batavia and Sally Mayer of Mount Carroll; many nieces and nephews; and a neighborhood full of good friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Everett W. (Elaine) Kraft; and his loving wife Violet who passed away in 2018.
Visitation will be held Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 9:00 am until the time of his funeral service at 11:00 am at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St, Batavia with Rev. Steven Ritter officiating.
Interment will follow at West Batavia Cemetery in Batavia.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln Street, Batavia, Illinois 60510 or Valley Sheltered Workshop, 325 Main Street, Batavia, Illinois 60510.
Arrangements handled by Malone Funeral Home in Geneva. For information 630-232-8233 or visit http://www.malonefh.com.
Donald A. Caputo, 100, of Rome passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at Bethany Gardens. He was born in Schenectady, NY, on November 25, 1918, son of the late Anthony and Catherine Manna Caputo. Don served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, in the Pacific Theater, on the air craft carrier USS Franklin. On June 9, 1946 he married Antoinette Palleschi in St. Anthony’s Church, Schenectady, NY. She passed away on January 20, 2016. Don retired from General Electric in Schenectady, in 1975. He was a member of St. Paul’s Church and Knights of Columbus.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Dominick Tagliaferri, Rome, Christine and Robert Corredine, Webster, NY; five precious grandchildren, Tracy (Mark) Melone, Tara Tagliaferri, Robert Corredine, Sarah (Cory) Quinter, Kerry (Daniel) Lee; nine wonderful great-grandchildren, Giulia, Sofia and Elsia Melone, Sarah and Hunter Tagliaferri, Casey and Paige Corredine, Mason and Makayla and Mae Quinter. Also surviving are several cherished nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Antoinette; seven brothers, Joseph, Louis, Peter, Charles, Carl, James and Anthony Caputo; and three sisters, Christine Caputo, Lorretta Caputo and Minnie Bala.
The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff of Bethany Gardens for the excellent care they provided for Donald.
Funeral services will be private. There are no calling hours. Burial will be in St. Cyril Cemetery, Schenectady, NY.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Donald’s name to: Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., Rome, NY 13440.
Arrangements are by the Nicholas J. Bush Funeral Home, Inc., 7751 Merrick Rd.
To offer online condolences, please visit http://www.njbushfuneralhome.com
Jameson (Jesse) Ireland James
Reno – Our dad, Jameson (Jesse) Ireland James passed gently into heaven on June 20th in Reno, NV surrounded by his loving family. He was born to Henry Peter and Nancy Belle James in Williamson, WV on October 23, 1927.
He led a very rich life. Moving to Chicago as a young boy, he attended Mt. Carmel High School and enlisted into the US Navy at 16. He served his country proudly during WWII upon the storied USS Franklin aircraft carrier in which he survived an air attack in 1945 off the coast of Kyushu, Japan where over 800 men were lost. Jesse was a member of the “Big Ben 704 Club” – a group of survivors who heroically sailed the heavily damaged ship back to New York harbor. After the war, he returned home to Chicago where he began his long career in banking. He met our mother Donna Joy Davis in 1954, and they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary the day before his passing.
Our father was intrigued by all things Western. He wanted to move west and took a job offer in Reno in 1963 to work for First National Bank as a Loan Officer. He worked in the banking industry for many years until he decided upon a career change and accepted a position with his good friend Rob Allen.
He worked as the General Manager of Robson House Catering Company until he retired.
His years were spent lovingly raising two daughters and spending time with our mom and his four grandchildren. Our dad was extremely well read and was a great source of historical knowledge.
He had a love for dogs, Disneyland, and the outdoors. He loved working with his hands and built our family cabin near Graeagle, CA from the ground up. Spending time there all together was certainly amongst our family’s most cherished memories. He spent many years worshipping with his church family at South Reno Baptist Church. Our dad loved the Reno community and took pride in cooking for the annual Jack T. Reviglio Cioppino Feed to benefit the Boys & Girls Club for over 25 years.
Jesse is survived by our mother Donna and his sister Polly Schwickrath of Tucson, AZ, daughters Linda Anderson and husband John; Diane Prendergast and husband Tom, grandchildren Kimberly Steffen, Jonathan Anderson, and Megan Mortimore Hand, and four great-grandchildren. Jesse will now be joined together with his brother Peter Henry and his grandson Andrew Mortimore.
A family graveside service was held at Mountain View Cemetery.
Our heartfelt gratitude to our dad’s nurse Joan and the entire Renown Hospice team for the care of our dad over the past year. Words cannot express our sincere thanks for your care and compassion
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on June 30, 2019
William R. Albrecht Sr.
Attorney and former Superior Court judge in Warren County
William R. Albrecht, Sr., 92, born in Paterson, N.J., passed gently into heaven on June 15, 2019.
He is survived by his sons, Gary James Albrecht, and his wife, Deborah, of Blairstown, N.J., and Ronald Douglas Albrecht of Morris Plains, N.J. He was predeceased by two sons, William R. Albrecht, Jr., and Jeffrey Carl Albrecht.
William is survived by his wife of 46 years, Joan, and two step-daughters, Suzanne Markham and Cheryl Cunningham, both of Broken Arrow, Okla.
He was a surviving Bronze Star crew member of the World War II bombing of the carrier, USS Franklin, CV-13 off the coast of Japan. He attended John Marshall Law School, was a special agent of the FBI, and practiced law for more than 30 years with Schenck, Price, Smith & King of Morristown, N.J.
Upon resigning from the firm, he opened his own practice in Belvidere, N.J. He represented the Township of Knowlton, Town of Belvidere, several banks, hospitals and individuals. William was appointed judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Warren County, N.J., and served until his mandatory retirement at age 70, when he moved to Prescott, Ariz.
Published in Star-Ledger on June 23, 2019
Donald was born in Paterson, N.J., on Feb. 28, 1925, the son of the late Albert and Mary Cary Easton, of Verona, N.J. Upon enlisting in the United States Navy, Don served as a signal man during World War II. After serving in WWII, he attended Rutgers University and upon graduating with a degree in horticulture, he was commissioned into the United States Navy during the Korean War. While in active duty, he served on tours aboard the USS Wisconsin, the USS Franklin (CV 13), USS Enterprise (CV 6) and USS Marshall (DD 676). After the military, Don worked for the federal government in the Office of Personnel Management as a civilian where he met his beloved wife, Joan.
He was a member of St. John Vianney Parish at Corpus Christi Church, Montdale, and among Don’s many passions, he loved singing in the church choir, senior softball, daily crossword puzzles, cooking and gardening. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and lead a very charitable life. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Joan Marie, née Kazmierski, of South Abington Twp.; his children, Margaret Travis, née Strange, of Annandale, Va.; Charles Strange Jr., of Provo, Utah; Roger Strange, of Jacksonville, Fla.; Bruce Easton, of Warrenton, Va.; Donald Easton Jr., of Woodbridge, Va.; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 12 nieces, four nephews, and several great-nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Audrey Rosella, née Snyder; his sister, Pat; and nieces, Lori Ann Kazmierski and Kathleen Fitch.
The funeral will be Friday at 9:30 a.m. from the Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home Inc., 601 Dundaff St., Dickson City, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Corpus Christi Church, Montdale. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Scott Twp.
Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. For directions or to leave an online condolence, visit the funeral home website.
Published in Scranton Times on May 8, 2019