Martha N. VanAlstyne

Martha N. VanAlstyne, age 83, of Johnstown, passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at her home at Pineview Commons.

Born on February 21, 1938, in Canastota, NY, she was the daughter of the late Lial and Madeline (Madison) Burton.

Everyone that knew Martha loved her, she was a hoot. Martha was fun loving, carefree, loved to sing, dance, and always tell jokes.

Martha married the love of her life, John VanAlstyne on December 2, 1962, until his passing in 2009.

Survivors include her daughters, Madeline VanAlstyne, Christine Nellis; brother, Ted Burton; sisters, Rosalie Seelow, Charmaine Ostrander; grandchildren, Amanda Ernst, David Ernst, John Lawrence, Justin Hladik, Julie Hladik; great-grandchild, Maxon Hladik; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her husband and parents, Martha was predeceased by her brothers, Richard, David, and Bill Burton; sisters, Lila Blowers, Violet O’Neill.

In keep with her wishes, there will be no funeral services or calling hours.

Memorial donations in Martha’s memory may be made to the Brennan Humane Society, 437 Nine Mile Tree Road, Gloversville, NY 12078.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main Street, Johnstown, NY.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting the family’s page at

By Patricia Older