It is with deep regret and sadness that Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen announces the line of duty death of Trooper James J. Monda.
On August 22, 2021, at approximately 4:00 pm, Trooper Monda was working a marine detail on the Great Sacandaga Lake.
At the boat launch in Fulton County, Trooper Monda went into the water and did not resurface.
Trooper Monda was transported to Nathan Littauer Hospital where he died.
Trooper Monda entered the State Police in September 2002 and served with the State Police for 18 years.
Trooper Monda served most of his career in Troop G. He was assigned to Troop B for nearly a year following field training, before returning to Troop G. His last assignment was SP Princetown.
Trooper Monda, 45, of Schenectady County, is survived by his fiancee, mother and father.
Peter David Cooper
At rest August 7, 2021 after a period of declining physical health and a nearly lifelong struggle with mental illness.
Peter grew up in Brookview, NY, the son of the late Charles J. and Helen P. Harter Cooper. Peter was also pre deceased by his brother, John, and his first wife, Karen Griner Cooper.
Peter is survived by his wife, Marcia Ciavardoni Cooper, step-daughters, Terri Cooper-Hrykkowian, Erin M. Cooper and five grandchildren; Kylie Farrell, Gregory A. Howard, Jr., Lauren Howard, Caitlyn Howard, and Emma Farrell. He is also survived by his niece, Melissa Faley and her family, his cousin Charlotte and her family, and Karen’s sister, Shirley and her family, as well as many friends, neighbors, breakfast, lunch and sailing buddies.
After graduation from Castleton High School, Peter served in both the Navy and the Army. Upon discharge he began a 32 year career with the New York State Police which included serving on the security detail of former three term NYS Governor M. Cuomo and with NYS DMV Investigations, retiring in 1992.
The family extends their thanks to the wonderful nurses and physicians at Samaritan Hospital ICU. Special thanks to Alfred M. Volo, Ph.D
Joseph H. Spine 78, passed away Thursday, August 12, 2021 in St. Luke’s Home after a brief stay.
He was born on November 18, 1942 in Ilion the son of the late Joseph Anthony (Spagna) Spine and Harriet Mae Wright. He attended Frankfort schools and graduated from Frankfort Schuyler Central School with the class of 1961. Joseph was married to Elvira Joan Tartaglia on May 9, 1964 in St. Mary of Mt Carmel Church, Utica. Elvira passed away on November 21, 1985. Out of all the great things Joseph did in his life his greatest accomplishments were his children. Joseph was proud of them and all they have done from their schooling to their children and families. Joseph met the second love of his life and fiancé, Lenora DePerno Fava. They enjoyed spending time together taking cruises to the Caribbean. Joe often expressed how thankful he was to have Lenora in his life. Lenora was devoted to Joseph and his family. A man of many traits Joseph enjoyed any activity that helped others. On March 17, 1961 Joseph enlisted in the Army National Guard, 107th Military Police Company. He furthered his military career and later used his expertise and skills to join the Frankfort Police Force as a full time officer. In 1965 he joined the City of Utica Police Department as a Patrolman, Joseph often referred to them as “One of the best Police Departments in the world.” In 1965 Joseph joined the New York State Police until his retirement in 1988 with the Rank of Zone Sergeant. In his time with the NYSP he served many counties and was recognized for several areas of expertise. Joseph served as the Town Justice for the Town of Frankfort from 1988-1993. Joseph furthered his career in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida where he was awarded a State of Florida Law Enforcement officer license and took a job with the Florida State Agency Health Care administration. Joe would often pride himself in “taking the court out of the stone age.”
They together Joe and Elvira had three children whom he was especially proud of. Joseph (Karen) Spine of White Lake, NY, Michael (Maria) Spine of Holly Springs, NC, Renee (Philip) DeSimone of Apex, NC.; his grandchildren, Michael and Nicholas Spine, Philip, Joseph and Vincent DeSimone and Nicole Spine, his brother, Nicholas Spine and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Joseph was pre deceased by his brother, U.S Army PFC Michael Spine and his sister, Vivian Sgroi.
Edward H. Kusmierczyk, 80, of Groveland, FL formerly from Lancaster, NY, passed away on July 26, 2021.
Ed was born on October 21,1940 in Lackawanna, NY to the late John and Mary (Granica).
He graduated Burgard High School in 1958. He attended night school at the University of Buffalo and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
He proudly served in the United States Army for two years and was awarded Soldier of the Month. He worked as a rigor/welder at Bethlehem Steel. He later became a New York State Trooper in 1970 and was promoted to First Sergeant where he retired after 26 years of service. Upon retirement, Ed served as board President of the Buffalo City Mission for 6 years. At the age of 70, he was ordained an Anglican Priest with St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church in N. Tonawanda, NY.
Ed was a beloved husband of Georgia (Rouse). Ed is survived by his son, Keith & Sandra (Daugherty) of Harrisburg, PA. and his daughter, Dawn (Paul) of Groveland, FL. Grandfather of Joshua & Virginia (Cunningham) of Linglestown, PA, Kaleb & Alexis (Harbour) of Fayetteville, PA, and Levi (Paul) of Groveland, FL. He was preceeded in death by his brother John. He will be missed by his sisters Irene and Mary Jane (Kroll), sister-in-law Diane (Koralewski). Uncle to 1 nephew and 6 nieces and Great Uncle to 3 nephews and 5 nieces.
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