New York State Funeral Directors Association

Gordon Wise passed away in December 14, 2012. He was the owner of Young Funeral Home in Williamson, and the 2009 recipient of the Rochester-Genesee Valley FDA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mary Frances Millspaugh Hoyt, 51, passed away on November 22, 2012 following a brief illness. Mary was the owner of Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home in Catskill. Additionally she was very active in her professional community, serving as a Board Member of NYSFDA, and Secretary/Treasurer of Directors Choice Credit Union.

Edward O. Curry, Jr., 96, of Peekskill, passed away November 17, 2012. Edward had been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1937, and was associated with the E.O. Curry Funeral Home, the family-owned business for 75 years.

Nancy Bruso, of Malone, passed away unexpectedly on November 8, 2012. Nancy was the wife of Joseph M. Bruso, owner of Bruso-Desnoyers, Cappiello, McKenzie, and Cosgrove Funeral Home, and Anderson Funeral Homes.

Dain Venne, 29, son of Brian and Laura Venne, was killed in action November 3, 2012 while on patrol in Afghanistan. His dad Brian is a long-time funeral director at the Harland Funeral Home in Port Henry.

Thomas L. Pavlot, 65, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 5, 2012. Tom was the President of Owens-Pavlot Funeral Service, Inc., in Clinton. He retired in 2008 after over 40 years in the funeral service. He is survived by: his wife, Jill; five children, Tom Pavlot, Deli Rogers (FDSS Trustee), Krystal L. Pavlot, Joseph T. Pavlot, and Paige Ellen Pavlot; and four grandchildren.

Mark Greco, 58, passed away on October 4, 2012. Mark was a licensed funeral director and a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner for over 35 years where he worked for various Funeral Homes, and the last 20 years at Robertaccio Funeral Home, Inc., in Patchogue.

I. James Oatman, 65, passed away on September 6, 2012. James was president and manager of Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home in Springville until 2011.

Ray E. Stout, Jr., 84, passed away on August 15, 2012 in New York. Ray was a licensed funeral director for over 50 years. He is survived by his beloved wife, Joan; his children Ray III, John, Joan, and Jean; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Charles E. Metzroth, Jr., 70, passed away on July 31, 2012 after a prolonged illness. Charlie, known as Professor Metzroth to many, taught mortuary science at SUNY Farmingdale and Nassau Community College and was the proprietor of Metzroth Funeral Home in Babylon.

Roger H. Swartz, 87, passed away on May 31, 2012 in Albany. Roger was the owner of Swartz Funeral Home in Fort Plain for over 40 years. He is survived by his beloved wife, Edith; his children James “Dennis” Swartz; and David J. Swartz; granddaughter; and several great grandchildren.

Ruth Ager Vreeland, 95, passed away on April 5, 2012. She was the loving mother of Janet and dearest mother-in-law of NYSFDA past president, John Sommese.