Obituaries


Larry Northrup 65, passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016. Born in Bronx, NY on September 1, 1951, he was the son of John and Frances Northrop.

Larry worked for the Ballston Spa Central Schools and Hannaford in Wilton. He later drove taxi for Capitaland Taxi.

Larry enjoyed cooking for his family and friends. He was a Buffalo Bills fan and loved watching the WWE.

He was predeceased by his father John and sister Marcell Fralick. Larry is survived by his daughters Nicole Northrop and Ashley Northrop; his mother Frances Northrop; sisters Susan Goldman and Beverly Tenwold; 1 niece and 4 nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to graveside service at 10am Thursday, September 29 at Sweetman Cemetery, Sweetman Road, Charlton. A celebration of his life will follow at the Barkersville Christian Church, 7200 Barkersville Road, Middle Grove.

Lillian J. Kester, 87, passed away peacefully on September 23, 2016. Born in Orchard Park, NY, April 11,1929 to Gladys and Weston Stroup. She married George (Jim) Kester in 1949 and lived in Delevan, NY for over 50 years. Lillian worked for Marriott Corp. as the Motorola cafeteria manager in Arcade for 30 years. She was a member of the Arcade United Methodist church. Lillian served as a volunteer at the Arcade Historical Society for 15 years. She has lived in Saratoga Springs, NY since 2009.

Lillian was predeceased by her husband George, three brothers, Wilfred, Clyde, Leslie and sister Eunice.
Lillian is survived by her sister, Lois Anderson (Irving) of Orchard Park, her daughters, Jane Ellen Bailey of Victor, NY and Jill Bednarek (John) of Greenfield Center, NY, three grand children, Annette Day (James), Peter Bednarek (Rebecca)and David Bednarek(Kristy), and 5 great grandchildren, Alexa, Austin, Luke, John and Anne.

A memorial service will be held at the Arcade United Methodist Church on October 15, 2016 at 1:30PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Arcade Historical Society, Arcade, NY.

Geronimo A. Castanos “Jerry”, 80, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Born in the Dominican Republic on December 4, 1935, he came to the United States as a young boy. He lived in New York City for many years, before moving to Ballston Spa.

Jerry worked at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for several years and later worked as a bus monitor for Shenendehowa Schools.

Jerry is survived by his wife Patricia; children Dawn, Frank and Michele; brother Anselmo; sister Gilda; 4 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

At Jerry’s request there will be no services. Memorial contributions in memory of Jerry may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Fay Elizabeth Neet, 73 a longtime resident of Ballston Spa, NY, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born on August 10, 1943, in Saratoga Springs, NY she was the daughter of Joseph and Stephanie Lupul.

Fay graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in 1962. She won the best dressed teenage girl award in the Saratoga Easter Parade. Fay worked in the meat department at Central Markets where she met John. After a short romance they were united in marriage on October 2, 1965. They have been happily married for over 50 years.

Fay was a member of the Southern Saratoga Herb Society. In her spare time she loved to be outside planting her garden and tending to her flowers. Her other hobbies included cooking, canning, sewing, camping and bowling. She adored her two grandchildren, Mallory and Ryan, and hosted many sleepovers for them.

Fay is lovingly remembered by her husband John; her children Richard Neet (Kim Turney) of Ballston Spa and Carolyn Czimbal (John) of Malta; grandchildren Mallory and Ryan Czimbal; sister Susan Anderson of Charleston, SC; brother Joe Lupul of Saratoga Springs; and numerous nieces, nephews, close relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, September 26, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in St Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, September 25 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Fay to The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Joyce A. Moore 75, left this world on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

She was born Joyce Ann Neddo in Waterford on September 9, 1941 in the humble home of Charles Neddo and Mary Margaret Wyhowanyas Neddo. On September 9, 1961 she married the love of her life Francis J. Moore.

Joyce found joy and pride in yard work, her flowers, and she sure loved her animals.

Joyce was predeceased by her father Charles Neddo and her husband Francis J. Moore. Joyce is survived by her daughters Christine Moore and her husband Brian VanCouyghen, and Jeannine Moore and her companion Ronald Miller; her mother Mary Margaret Neddo; her sister Cynthia Quantock and her husband Neil; her beloved grandchildren whom she loved spending time with, Brenna Dolan, Michaeleen VanCouyghen, Maeve VanCouyghen and Frankie Martino, who was named after his grandfather. She is also survived by her loving sidekick Cagney.

Funeral services will be held 11am Thursday, September 22 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rottie Empire Rescue, 47 Union Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. www.rottieempirerescue.com

The family would like to thank Dr. Liebers and staff of Saratoga Hematology and Oncology, Dr. Frank and staff of Saratoga Radiology, The Visiting Nurses of South County and South County Hospital.

Harry E. Coonradt, 86, passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on July 20, 1930, he was the son of Harry and Mary Coonradt.

Harry was a heavy equipment operator for over 65 years for several contractors and Local Union 106, working until he was 82 years old. With safety being the most important, he had pride in his work and a perfect safety record. In 1954, he worked on the St. Lawrence Seaway constructing a Hydropower Dam. From 1957 to 1965, he worked on the Albany South Mall and was also part of Great Lakes Dredging on the Albany Riverfront. In 1994, Harry set the Comet and Bobsled rides at Great Escape in Lake George as well as built new shopping centers and other buildings for Site Contractors of New England, Da Elia, Seward, Schultz, SAVAN, All Steel, Bast Hatfield, and Alpine.

Harry raced stock cars at many local race tracks including Albany Saratoga Speedway, Fonda and Whites Beach. His son Darryle and his grandchildren carried on the racing tradition and Harry was there to cheer them on.

He was predeceased by his wife Catherine, two sons Jeff and Darryle and siblings Mary, William, Noah, Jimmy, JoAnne and John. Harry is survived by his life partner Judy Maloney; children Ronald Coonradt, Sr. (Debbie) of Schenectady, Diane Ostrander (Michael) of Ballston Spa, Yvonne Harbers (Hans) of Delanson, and Jacquelyn Beaty (Don) of South Glens Falls; siblings Shirley Coonradt (Bill), Patricia Brooks and Chris Coonradt (Edith); 17 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and one great great grandson.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, September 19 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in West Milton Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, September 18 from 1pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Harry may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at www.michaeljfox.org

The family would like to thank Saratoga Center A3B Unit and Staff, Saratoga Hospital Staff on A-3, Dr. Kevin Rosas and Dr. Joseph LaRosa.

Matthew Donald Hazleton, 49, died peacefully at his home in Saratoga Springs, NY on Monday, September 12, 2016 after a 26-month battle with glioblastoma.

Born in Ballston Spa, NY, he was the son of Karen and Samuel H. Hazleton IV of Diamond Point, NY and the late Ronaele (Armer) Hazleton.

Matthew attended and was confirmed at the Niskayuna Reformed Church. He graduated from Niskayuna High School where he was a member of the wrestling team. He earned a B.S. in Biology, with a Computer Science concentration, from Binghamton University. He worked as a Technical Quality Assurance Manager for Matthew Bender/LexisNexis in Albany, NY for 15 years and was a President’s Club award recipient. He joined Efficiency Partners, LLC, a software and development company in Latham, NY, owned by his brother Samuel Hazleton V, where he has served as Technical Support Director for the past 8 years.

He was an avid golfer and fisherman who enjoyed camping, travel, and spending time with his wife and his many friends and family. He especially enjoyed the comradery of his bowling league partners and a long-time poker group.

Besides his parents, Matthew is survived by his wife Elizabeth “Betsey” (Alexander) Hazleton; grandmother Rita Houppert of Watertown, NY; siblings Kirsti Davis (Kent) of Sarasota, FL, Samuel Hazleton V (Joani) of Clifton Park, NY, Laura Gresens of Niskayuna, NY and Matthew Connell (Jill) of Niskayuna, NY; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Sara and Samuel Hazleton III, Eleanor "Robin" and Donald Armer, and Gerald Houppert, Sr.

A public memorial service will be held at the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church, 1331 Sacandaga Road, Amsterdam, NY on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 1:00 pm.

Matthew’s wife and family would like to thank Community Hospice of Saratoga for their kind and compassionate attention and care during the past two months.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Matthew’s name to the following: The Community Hospice Foundation, The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University Medical Center, the Lazarex Cancer Foundation, or Hope for Orphaned Pets Exist (H.O.P.E).

Clara “Cecelia” Burdikoff, 73, passed away peacefully September 12, 2016, at Saratoga Hospital. Born on April. 23, 1943 in Elyria, OH, she was the daughter of John and Clara Pleska. She married her childhood friend, Archpriest Igor Burdikoff, on December 27, 1964 in Lorain, OH.

During her 51 years of marriage to Archpriest Igor Burdikoff, she devoted herself to the Orthodox faith -serving as a choir director, church school teacher and volunteering wherever she was needed. Her love for music enabled her to be an accomplished piano and accordion player and an amateur song and story writer.

She obtained degrees from Bowling State University, OH, Montclair University, NY, and SUNY Albany. Throughout her professional life, she worked as a teacher in Michigan, New Jersey, and New York. In her last position before retirement, she worked as a library specialist at Veeder Elementary School in the South Colonie School District. A Grammota was also awarded to her by the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America for her steadfast loyalty and service to the church.

She is survived by her husband Archpriest Igor Burdikoff; 3 children, Stephanie Burdikoff- Zak (Jeff) of Glastonbury, CT, Michael Burdikoff (Karen) of Burnt Hills, NY, Christine Burdikoff-Boucher (Brian) of Chapin, SC; her 3 grandchildren Catherine Rose, Emily Mary, and Abigail Eva; 2 siblings Linda Halligan (Tim), John Pleska (Miriam); and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Friends and neighbors are invited to viewing hours 4-6:30pm and Parastas at 6:30pm at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake, NY on Friday, Sept 16, 2016. An invitation is also extended to the funeral service which will be held Saturday Sept 17, 2016 at 9:00am originating at Christ the Savior Church and presided over by His Eminence, Archbishop Michael. The burial service will take place at New Skete Monastery in Cambridge, NY, where she will be laid to rest.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her honor may be made to the Christ the Savior Orthodox Church Memorial Fund or New Skete Monastery.

Jack Alvin Melander, 87 of Ballston Spa passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2016. Ironically, he recently stated that he couldn’t believe a woman might win the presidential election within his lifetime. A recovering history buff, he was born on November 7, 1928 in Schenectady, New York. After moving to Ballston Spa as a child, he remained there until his death.

In the early 1960's, he was the President of Tufflite Plastics which he founded with his parents and brother. After leaving Tufflite, he started multiple businesses in the area including Floral Fashions located on Pleasant Street and a dish garden wholesale business. Due to his business savvy, he was able to fully retire in the late 1970’s. After that time, he could often be found in afternoons waving at passersby on Saratoga Avenue near the Old Knitting Mill where he offered housing to many people over the years.

When picking a team for Trivial Pursuit, if you wanted to win, you picked Jack. He would correctly answer most questions, not even realizing that he was aware of the material. He loved New Orleans Jazz, Neil Diamond and Butter Pecan ice cream. One of his favorite movies was The Sting, from 1973 and starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman. Prior to Jay Leno taking over, he and his mother loved to watch The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Due to his children, he had ties to the Florida Gators (Go Gators!) and followed their football schedule up until the end of his life.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Evelyn Melander, brother Richard Melander and son Ricky Curtis Melander. He is survived by his children Debbie Miller (David), Chris Melander, Jackie Aikens (Tom), David Melander, Sally Kobylinski (John) and Jenifer Harris (Pat); and his brother, Carl Melander (Margaret). In addition, he had twelve grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be planned in Orlando, FL October 15, 2016 and another one during his birthday weekend, November 5-6, 2016 in Ballston Spa, NY.

Eloise H. St. Onge, 92, passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Born in Oneonta, NY on May 1, 1924, she was the daughter of Frank and Orrilla Mulkins.

Eloise worked for the Department of Motor Vehicles in Ballston Spa for many years. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and spending time with her beloved dog Becka.

Eloise is survived by her husband of 70 years, Earl; her children Gary St. Onge (Jackie), Donald St. Onge (Angie) and Susan St. Onge; granddaughters Christine and Michelle; and great granddaughter Amelia.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to
The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12147 or the charity of your choice.

Maynard W. Staulters, 84, of Angola, Indiana, died September 7, 2016 in Lakeland Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Angola. He was born November 23, 1931 in Ballston Spa, New York to Carl and Lillian May (Dubois) Staulters. He married Dorothy B. Baker on November 15, 1952.

He worked 36 years for the New York State Department of Transportation, retiring in 1990.
Maynard served his country in the US Army. He was a member of the Henry Cornell American Legion Post 234, Ballston Spa.

He was predeceased by his parents; two sons, Dale Staulters and Mark Staulters; brother, Leonard Staulters and sisters, Virginia Staulters and Ruth Ballinger. Maynard is survived by his wife, Dorothy B. Staulters of Angola, Indiana; sons, Keith A. (Kristi Hunt) Staulters of Angola, Indiana and Clay W. Staulters of Angola, Indiana; 5 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call Tuesday, September 20 from 10:30am to 12:30pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services with military honors will follow at 1:30pm at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

The following obituary was written by Paul himself, a prolific writer and man of great wit and humor.

Paul C. Neth, 85, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at home, surrounded by his family, after a long period of having one foot in a drifting canoe and the other on a slippery rock.

Paul was the son of German immigrant parents, Wilhelm and Eugenia Neth. Born on September 17, 1930, in Utica, NY, Paul graduated from the Utica Free Academy in 1948. He began his college studies later that year at the NYS College of Forestry, Syracuse University, and completed two years, before transferring to the NYS College of Agriculture, Cornell University, where he received his B. S. in 1952. He entered Graduate School at Cornell where he lost his heart to a delightful young lady named Shirley, but still received an M.S. in 1955, and a Ph.D. in 1959, specializing in Fishery Science and Wildlife Management.

On December 19, 1953, he married Shirley A. Albrecht (the daughter of Frank and Harriet Albrecht of Little Falls) who, at the time was Executive Secretary to Dr. Gustav Swanson, Head of the Ag School’s Conservation Department. Shirley later confided to her children that she snared Paul, then a poor, struggling, starving graduate student, with two tickets to “The Mikado” and a large pan of delectable, creamy brownies. He also thought she was hot! Although being quite naïve about such matters, he wasn’t sure what that meant.

Paul began his career as an aquatic biologist at the NYS Conversation Department’s Ray Brook office in 1957. In 1962 he was appointed Regional Fisheries Manager for Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties. In 1969, he accepted statewide responsibilities in New York’s fisheries program when he transferred to the Albany Central Office and became Federal Aid Coordinator for the Division of Fish and Wildlife Bureau of Fisheries. In 1973, he was promoted to Fisheries Research Supervisor with responsibility for all contract research and special study projects being funded by the Bureau. This position later evolved into that of Inland Fisheries Section Head when he assumed broad programmatic and administrative responsibilities involving nearly all aspects of New York’s freshwater fisheries endeavors, excluding the Great Lakes.

During his career, he contributed to many of the successful and productive fisheries programs of the 1970’s and 1980’s that placed New York’s sport fishing opportunities among the best in the U.S. He was deeply involved in the early stages of the Great Lakes salmonid program, the landlocked salmon and wild brook trout programs, American shad restoration in the Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers, and especially the fisheries management of the Finger Lakes and Lake Champlain. He also dealt with many controversial issues ranging from protection of Hudson River striped bass to sea lamprey control in Seneca and Cayuga Lakes and Lake Champlain.

He truly enjoyed his long association with DEC and its superb and talented fisheries staff. His work brought him into contact with many outstanding professionals in related fields, including law and engineering, scientists at universities in New York, Vermont and Canada and involvement in interstate and international commissions. These experts were often deeply involved in NY fisheries programs and contributed greatly to their success.

Paul retired from DEC in 1990. He received Departmental Service awards for the work of his teams on sea lamprey control in Seneca and Cayuga Lakes and development of commercial fishing regulations for striped bass in the Hudson River. The 8-year experimental Lake Champlain sea lamprey control project, in which he and many others were involved, received the 1999 Excellence in Sport Fisheries Management Award by the American Sport Fishing Association and the Best Fisheries Management Federal Aid in Sportfish Restoration Project Award by the Fisheries Administrators Section of the American Fisheries Society.

He loved the out-of-doors and especially treasured the memories of many exploratory canoeing and camping trips to the Adirondacks and Maine with Shirley and his daughters. In the early stages of his life he enjoyed trapping and hunting, especially bow hunting, and could, many years later, still count the number of trees that jumped in front his well-directed arrows at the last moment to save a deer. His only peer at this skill was his father, who set an even higher standard for impaling trees. His interest in fishing intensified as he aged and he spent many hours bouncing about on the waves of Lake Champlain in his 17-foot rowing canoe, “The Lamprey Suck II” while turkey vultures circled overhead, licking their beaks, anticipated and easy, if somewhat fatty, meal.

He also spent an inordinate amount of time on Adirondack trout ponds watching loons and otters outfish him and cursing his luck for not having been born with webbed feet and a serrated beak so that he could at least be competitive with his feathered and furry associates. He and Shirley spent many pleasant fall days at Cape Cod with friends where he and his buddy “Grif” enthusiastically sought out striped bass and bluefish and occasionally caught some. He enjoyed travelling with Shirley (Alaska and Nova Scotia were highlights), reading, good music, and complaining about politicians. He loved puttering around their property, doing maintenance on Shirley’s 1001 horticultural delights.
Paul was a member of the American Fisheries Society and its Northeast Division and New York Chapter. He was the first President of the New York Chapter and over time served various committee functions in each.

Paul leaves behind his wife, the love of his life and dearest friend, Shirley Albrecht Neth, with whom he had many great adventures during their 62 years of marriage; two extraordinary daughters, intelligent, capable and with great heart, in whom he had great pride, Kristina Neth and Lynn Jessee; two delightfully challenging and loving grandchildren, Erin and Alex Jessee; sons in law Michael Houghton and Bret Jessee; sisters Rosemary Dickson and Dorothea Wolf; brothers in law James Dickson, Robert Albrecht, David Albrecht, and cousins Hanna Suppe and Janet Charlebois; several nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

At Paul’s request, there will be no services. Memorial contributions in memory of Paul may be made to The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144 or a charity of your choice.

Paul and his family would like to thank the staff of Community Hospice of Saratoga for their efficient and caring services.

John B. Dower 93, passed away on Friday, September 2, 2016. Born in Port Henry, NY on January 6, 1923, he was the son of Maurice and Beatrice Dower, living most of his life in Ballston Spa. He was an Army veteran of World War II. John worked for the NYS Department of Labor for many years, retiring in 1978.

John was his grandchildren and great grandchildren’s biggest fan, attending all their sports and school activities. He was devoted supporter of Ballston Spa Wrestling. He was a speed skater with the Saratoga Winter Club until his seventies and was an avid motorcyclist, riding until his late eighties. He also enjoyed playing golf. John was a member of VFW Post 358 in Ballston Spa where he served as commander.

He was predeceased by his wife Gloria, brothers Maurice and Robert, and daughter in law Debra Dower. John is survived by his children John Dower (Rebecca) and Kathleen Johnson (Vince); grandchildren Regan (Linda), Ryan (Nicole), and Rory (Sarah) Johnson, Katie (Tim) Decker, Erin (Brian) Fleming, Allison (Francesco) D’Agati and Caitlyn D’Agati; great grandchildren Ronan, Brody, Caleigh, Camryn, Gavin, Aiden, Griffin, Johnny, Amelia, Teagan, Tessa and Makenna; sister Beatrice Bernhard; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 6 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 9:30am Wednesday, September 7 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to the Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Charlotte M. DesRoches, 93, passed away Saturday, August 27, 2016. A long time area resident, she was the daughter of the late James and Laura (Champlin) Northrup.

Charlotte worked as a Nurse’s Aide for many years at Glendale Nursing Home and also worked in private duty. She enjoyed playing bingo and gambling at local casinos and also loved to paint.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, John DesRoches and a son, Alfred Gannon.

She is survived by her children, Richard Northrup (Mary), Jim Gannon (Gwen), Sandra Stannard (Ronnie), Nanette Gause, Cheryl Kwiatkowski (Alan), and many grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Giovanni "Tom" St.Martin died very peacefully on Friday, August 26, 2016 with his wife by his side. Born in Schenectady, New York, on December 21, 1926, to the late Thomas and Theresa St.Martin.

He leaves his wife of 46 years, Karen, 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

A celebration of life (open house) will be held in his honor Sunday, September 4th from 4pm to 8pm, 294 Riverview Road, Rexford.

William R. Collins, 80 passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Born on March 9, 1936 in Palmyra, NY, he was a long time area resident and son of the late Eugene T. and Marguerite (Gray) Collins. A graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, William joined the United States Navy, serving in the Sea Bees and in the US Naval reserves, obtaining the rank of Chief upon his discharge. He retired from the New York State Department of Transportation where he worked as a mechanic for many years.

William enjoyed music and played in a band with his father in his younger years, playing at area Grange halls. He also enjoyed the rodeo and had been a bull rider, competing in local rodeos. William liked classic cars and was in the process of restoring a 1940 Mercury.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife, Linda and his daughter, Malinda.

He is survived by his children, Sarah TenEyck (David) of Ballston Spa, Kathleen Currier (Steve) of Ballston Spa, Marisa Collins of Greenfield and William Collins, Jr. of Ballston Spa; his step children, Tammie Schott and Michael Green (Stacy) all of Ballston Spa; his brother, Tommy Collins (Gerry) of Ballston Spa; sister, Jeanine Reynolds (Dave) of Hudson Falls; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 am Monday, August 29, 2016 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow at Rock City Falls Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 pm Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Milton Eagles Fire Dept, PO Box 72, Rock City Falls, NY 12863.

Kurt S. Miller 60, passed away on Monday, August 22, 2016. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on August 30, 1955, he was the son of Bernard and Violet Miller. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

Kurt was a truck driver working for Chris Craft Industries, Garnsey Trucking, Hayes Paving and Richards Paving, retiring in 2013. He enjoyed watching Nascar, football and his game shows. He liked motorcycle rides with his family, tinkering on his many projects and just being up at the “property.”

He was predeceased by his parents Bernard and Violet, brother Wayne and sister Karen Sue Miller. Kurt is survived by his wife of 36 years Colleen Murphy Miller; son Patrick Miller; brother Russell Miller (Sandra); and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, August 26, from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 7pm.

Burial will be 10am Saturday, August 27, in Ballston Spa Cemetery, Garrett Road, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Kidney Foundation, 501 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.

Helen “Nellie” Deuel, 94, passed away peacefully August 21, 2016, at Baptist Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Scotia.

Born Sept. 20, 1921 in Mechanicville, NY, she was the daughter of Baltrus and Anna Yankowski. She married Frank W. Deuel Sr. June 24, 1951 in Ballston Spa.

Helen worked many years at the Ballston Knitting Factory as well as the Saratoga Tree Nursery. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa and was greatly involved in the community volunteering with the Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary as well as supporting various churches in the area.

An avid cook and baker, Helen was well known for her famous baked beans, jellies and her incredible pies which she sold at Bowman’s Apple Orchard and donated to fundraisers for the Malta Ridge Methodist Church. She would also help make pierogi every month at Christ the Saviour Church. She enjoyed collecting coins and spending time with her large network of friends.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her older brothers Mike, Joe and Bill Yankowski as well as her husband Frank Sr. and two children Diane and Frank Jr.

She is survived by her son-in-law William Kultzow of Ballston Spa; her granddaughters, Allison Flick and her husband, Simeon, of San Diego, Calif., and Laura Kultzow and her husband, Chris, of Windsor Mill, MD.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Friends and neighbors are invited to burial services at the family plot in Greenridge Cemetery in Saratoga Springs on Thursday, Aug 25, 2016, at 10 a.m.

Dorothy L. Pettit, 94, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in West Milton, NY on April 5, 1922, she was the daughter of Arthur and Lottie Thayer.

Dorothy worked at the Ballston Knitting Mill and during World War II at General Electric. She later worked at Knights Orchard. She enjoyed crocheting, listening to old country music and vacationing in Maine. She loved to dance or as she called it jigging.

She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth, daughters Patricia and Holly, siblings Gertrude, Lena, Ruth, James, William, Michael, Arthur, and Melvin. Dorothy is survived by her sons David Pettit (Debra) of Erwin, Tennessee and Tim Pettit (Margaret) of Ballston Spa; daughter-in-law Doris Pettit; granddaughters Patty Kolberg (John), Pamela Thew (Jody), Jamie Propper (Chad), Catherine TenEyck (David), and Erika Pettit (Steve); great grandchildren Derek, Joey, Jordan, Sierra, Eric, Cassie, Mackenzie, Timothy, Nathaniel and Katie; stepgrandchildren Amy Epting and Susan Freeman (Ryan); step great grandchildren Dylan, Reese, Amber and Morgan; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 1pm Tuesday, August 23 at Ballston Spa Cemetery, Garrett Road, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144 or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The family would like to thank Community Hospice of Saratoga and all of Dorothy’s caregivers for their love and support.

Marion H. Roner of Wesley Health Care Center, passed away at Saratoga Hospital after a brief illness on Friday, August 19th, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Bellevue Maternity Hospital in Niskayuna, as one of the first babies to be born there, Marion lived her childhood in the city of Schenectady. Marion was the daughter of the late Helen and Alton Marshall of Schenectady. A 1948 graduate of Nott Terrace High School in Schenectady, Marion married the love of her life, Jack Roner of Ballston Spa, on her birthday on August 7th, 1949.

Marion was a talented homemaker, settling on a special piece of two-acre paradise in Rock City Falls, spending several years of her life dedicated to caring for her husband, Jack, throughout his lengthy battle against cancer. Marion was also a talented seamstress, knitter, and general jack of all trades, renowned, amongst the family, for her famous “no Fail Fudge”, with or without nuts. Her strong will and independent spirit kept her going through any adversity she faced, helping her rebound from personal losses of family and friends, breast cancer, open heart surgery, a fairly recent broken hip, declining vision and dementia. She was an encyclopedia of tips, tricks and remedies. She was also a huge sports fan, faithfully following her NY Yankees, NY Jets and college basketball, supplemented with any other sport that happened to be airing on television at the time. Also, Marion, with her late best friend, Elva Shrome, surprised her family by pairing up for weekly trips on the “Senior Bus”, keeping the local stores alive with their small, but cherished, purchases. Marion will be forever remembered for her infectious smile, her enthusiastic sense of humor and her boisterous laugh.

Her grandkids and great grandkids were always the very center of her world. The grandkids will always cherish Nana/Grandma for her extensive candy aisle, always fully stocked and ready for a variety of selections. The entire clan of six grandchildren and nine great children were on the receiving end of her knitting and sewing talents, encompassing everything from special, individual blanket afghans, car seat cushions, knit slippers, mittens, work aprons and miscellaneous clothing alterations. Her supportive sideline cheering at all of the school sporting events, musical concerts, and every dance recital never waned. Frequently her photography skills, attempting to capture those special life moments, needed serious editing to be accurately pieced together. Quite often her excitement at witnessing her family’s achievements exceeded her best technical skill with a camera. Family faces/heads did not always appear correctly in the frame. Her spirit and dedication to her family will be forever missed. We love you Mom, Nana, Grandma and Great Grandma! Please keep us informed, “What’s new in your world ?”

Marion was predeceased by her husband, Jack G Roner, in 1994, her young son, Richard W Roner, in 1956, and her grandson, Bryan A Shrome, in 1995. Marion is survived by her brother, Robert A Marshall of NE Palm Bay, Florida, her daughter, Elizabeth (Gary) Shrome of Rock City Falls, her son, David (Suzanne) Roner of Ballston Spa, and daughter Catherine (Terry) Shrome of Rock City Falls. Also surviving Marion are the “lights of her life” grandchildren, Nicholas (Rachel) Shrome of Galway, Kristel (Adam) Thomas of Rock City Falls, Jamie Gerke of Rock City Falls, Matthew Roner and his significant other Chelsea Farr of Ballston Spa, Ashley Roner and her fiancé Derek Heald of Rock City Falls.

Especially missing Marion will be her cherished great grandchildren, Krystina, Jocelyn, and Trevor Gerke of Rock City Falls, Alixandria and Liliana Shrome of Galway, Ethan, Grady, Chase, and Jackson Thomas of Rock City Falls

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, August 24 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, August 23 from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the caring staff at 2 Victoria Wesley, in particular, Karl, Jason, Ellen, Jan, Sue, and Gerry, who got to “enjoy” her singing, rhyming, and smiles as well as her excitement whenever she got her hot fudge sundaes, with coffee ice cream, her maple sugar candies, or her special chocolate candy from Uncle Sam’s. The staff always made her feel comfortable, ensuring that she got her desired “cuddle time.” Many thanks as well from the family for the staff at Saratoga Hospital’s A3 wing especially Hannah, Chrissy, and Deanna for their comforting care during her final moments.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, or to a special charity of your choice, in honor of Marion.

Wreatha J. Manning passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at the age of 86, in the loving care of the staff at the Gateway House of Peace, after a long illness. Born in Schenectady, NY on February 3, 1930, she was the daughter of James and Lillian Little.

After graduating high school, Wreatha moved to Washington, DC and worked at the Pentagon where she met her husband who was serving in the US Army. She returned to Ballston Spa and worked as a waitress at the Sugar Shack. Wreatha later was a secretary at the Saratoga County Department of Social Services, retiring in 1994.

She was predeceased by her husband Jerald F. Manning, Sr., son Jeff Manning, sisters Dorothy Prisco and Ruthie Sager, and brother James Little. Wreatha is survived by her children Jerald Manning, Jr. (Carla) of Ballston Spa, Janet Manning (Peter Cahill) of Fort Myers, FL, and Judy Kelley (William) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Erika, Jessica, Melissa, Brandon, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Lindsay and Ryan; brother Philip Little of Ballston Spa, sister Celia Valentino of Schenectady; 11 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, August 21 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Wreatha to the Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank the staff at Gateway House of Peace for the care and compassion given to Wreatha.

Edwin K. Lansing 70, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2016. Born in Niskayuna, NY on November 5, 1945, he was the son of Albert and Jennie Lansing. He served in the US Army and was stationed on the DMZ in Korea.

Ed was a district manager for Grand Union for 39 years. He then worked part time as a starter at the Saratoga Spa State Park Golf Course. Ed enjoyed golfing, playing poker and morning coffee with his friends. He was an avid NY Yankees fan. His greatest joy was spending time with his beloved grandsons and his dogs.

Ed is survived by his wife of 49 years, Elsie; his son Edwin Lansing (Nicole) of Greenville and daughter Andrea Lansing Sobel (Evan) of Brooklyn; grandsons Joseph, Rory and Jackson; siblings Conrad Lansing, William Lansing, June O’Brien, Albert Lansing, Jr., Sharon Senecal, Alberta Stanford and Roland Ingraham; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 11 from 3pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A funeral service with military honors will be held 9:30am Friday, August 12 at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans www.dav.org

John J. Bena, “Jack” 86, passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2016. Born in Poughkeepsie, NY on February 17, 1930, he was educated in Saratoga and graduated from Schuylerville High School in 1947.

John served in the US Navy for 3 years during the Korean War. He worked for the NYS Government retiring in 1988, and operated an auto repair and sales business until recently. John served on the Town of Malta Zoning Board for 30 years.

At John’s request, services will be private.

Albert Eisenhauer, long-time fifth and sixth grade teacher in the Ballston Spa School District followed his beloved wife Helen in death on August 5th.

Mr. Eisenhauer was known for his unconventional teaching techniques that inspired his students to learn.

Mr. Eisenhauer spent his early life growing up in Albany, a city he dearly loved. Living just a block from the Governor’s Mansion when Franklin D. Roosevelt was Governor of New York he often recollected playing with his friends dangerously close to Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt’s flower garden. To distract the boys and save her flowers, Mrs. Roosevelt would hurry out and invite them into the kitchen for a piece of chocolate cake and a glass of milk. It was a win/win situation that worked for both sides every time.

When he was 14 years old and eager to begin serving his country, Mr. Eisenhauer took advantage of the fact that his mother was out of town and hurried right down to the Washington Avenue Armory where he enlisted in Company C of the 10th Regiment of the 27th Division of the New York National Guard. Although the minimum age for enlistment was 18 somehow the Guard was satisfied that he would qualify. By the time he was 15 he had made Corporal and become the Company Clerk. As such he had the responsibility of carrying his company’s guidon, an honor he cherished all his life. The job also involved typing perfect copies of the payroll pages for the whole company after their drill ended at 10 pm. On a manual typewriter with many perfect copies required that job took most of the night. When he finished typing he would curl up on the big rolltop desk next to his typewriter and sleep until it was time to change back into his civilian clothes and head off to resume his other life as a high school student.

In WW II Mr. Eisenhauer was trained in the Army Specialized Training Program as an engineer and then a military doctor. He worked at an army hospital that was a first stop for acute care patients. Once they were stabilized, he often accompanied them as their caregiver on the trips to hospitals near their homes for recovery.

In his post-war life Mr. Eisenhauer had other callings but found his true passion and focus in life as a teacher. He was a true scholar, a constant reader and life-long learner. He was interested in everything and sharing whatever he learned. One friend accused him of “leaking knowledge wherever he went”. He was an innovative and inspiring teacher to generations of fifth and sixth graders in Ballston Spa, many of whom still remember him and the years in his class with great fondness.

He was ever an encourager of education and believer in people. He was ahead of his time in believing in the “natural superiority of women” encouraging and supporting girls to be all they wanted to be in an era when society gave them limited options.

Always eager life-long learners, when he and Mrs. Eisenhauer retired from many years of teaching school they both returned to college. They both attended Skidmore College as full-time students writing all the papers and taking all the exams fall and spring semesters for 11 years. In those 11 summers they were full-time summer students at Christ Church, Oxford University in England.

Especially active in support of the Saratoga-Potsdam Chorus for many years, the Eisenhauers supported many local educational and cultural activities and enriched the lives of thousands of students and friends all their lives.

Mr. Eisenhauer is survived by his loving extended family, his many friends in the Village he loved, and the thousands of students whose lives he encouraged, enriched and touched forever.

Visitation will be held at the Armer Funeral Home Inc. 39 East High Street in Ballston Spa from 5pm to 7pm. Funeral services will be held at Christ Episcopal Church on West High Street in Ballston Spa at 11am on Wednesday, August 10. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to an organization supporting military veterans or a charity of personal choice.

Judith M. Durante 73, passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2016. Born in Whitehall, NY on January 10, 1943, she was the daughter of John and Ida Mae (Kimberly) Rich.

Judi’s greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Judi was an avid book reader and gardener. She enjoyed walking with her friends in her community. She was very active in planning events at the clubhouse, relaxing at Saratoga Race Track and trying her hand at the slot machines at Turning Stone.

Judi is predeceased by her husband of 25 years Ronald Durante. She is survived by her son Frank Muzio (Amy) of Charlton, stepson Ryan Durante (Erika) of Oneida; grandchildren Rachel Muzio, McKenna, Kiara and Joshua Durante; siblings Joan Cummings (Jeep) of Saratoga Springs, Michael Rich (Sharon) of Stillwater and Jack Rich (Sharon) of Waynesboro, VA; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10:30am to 11am on Saturday, August 13 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Judi to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Joseph E. Scotti, 70 passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Born in Troy, NY on August 2, 1946, he was the son of Louis and Ada Scotti. He served in the US Army.

Joe worked for General Electric Co in Schenectady for 28 years and was a member of the GE Quarter Century Club. He enjoyed the races at Saratoga and playing golf. He was an avid Yankees and Giants fan.

Joe is survived by his wife Dolores; his sons Chris Scotti and Kevin Scotti of Clifton Park; sisters Pamela Scotti Brown and Karen Scotti of Mechanicville; and nieces Heather and Stephanie.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, August 9 at Corpus Christi Church, 2001 Route 9, Round Lake where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Waterford. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4pm to 7pm on Monday, August 8 at Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park.

Memorial contributions in memory of Joe may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or American Diabetes Association.

Gene W. Rougie, Sr., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 after a long illness at the age of 79.

Gene was born on June 11, 1937 in Ballston Spa, NY to Wilfred and Theresa Rougie. Gene served in the United States Air Force for 4 years as a Ground Radio Operator, and also served in the United States Army Reserve. He worked for many years at the Shenendehowa Schools as a groundskeeper and was the president of the CSEA Union for a several years. Gene was a jack of many trades, working in garages on cars, farming, and building houses. He loved working with his sons in construction.

Gene was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Saratoga Springs for many years. He was a generous, witty, dedicated individual who loved kidding with everyone. He loved playing cards and bingo with anyone who wanted to play. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and being outdoors.

Gene is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia A. Rougie; 10 Children Mary Robinson (Richard) Gene Rougie, Jr, Ida Thornton (Thomas), Will Rougie, Theresa DiGiulio (Richard), Christopher Rougie (Cathy), Patricia Lunt (John), Jeremy Rougie (Nicole), Sara Stiles (Malcolm), Jonathon Rougie (Krista); sister Ida Anderson, 28 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and his large extended family. He is preceded in death by his parents Wilfred and Theresa Rougie, Sr., sister Mary Pompliano and granddaughters Madison Stiles and Jessica Jones-Welch.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 4 from 2pm to 4pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, 10 Glenmore Avenue, Saratoga Springs. A service will follow at 4pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Gene’s life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to DCI Rubin Dialysis Center in Saratoga Springs.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Saratoga Hospital and DCI Rubin Dialysis Center for their dedication in taking care of Gene over the last few years.

Charles E. Bunse “Buzz” 78, passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Born in Kingston, NY on February 19, 1938, he was the son of Charles and Mae Bunse. He served in the US Army.

Charles was a salesman for Sentry Business Products for 22 years. He enjoyed traveling, cruises were his favorite.

He was predeceased by his sister Kay King. Charles is survived by his wife Barbara; his daughters Jennifer Wood of Ballston Spa and Melissa Collins (Chris) of Ballston Spa; and his grandchildren Joe, Shelby and Lily.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 10am Thursday, August 4 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post 234, 23 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Donna L. McMahon 72, passed away Friday, July 29, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family. Born in Troy, NY on October 2, 1943, she was the daughter of Michael and Dorothy Galuski.

Donna was a homemaker and devoted mother who cherished the time spent with her family, especially her beloved grandson John. She was a member of Ballston Spa Elks Lodge 2619 and served as past president of the Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed shopping and playing Bingo.

She was predeceased by her parents, and her brother Michael. Donna is survived by her husband John “Jack” W. McMahon, Sr.; son John “Jack” W. McMahon, Jr., (Kimberley); daughter Casey McMahon; grandson John W. McMahon III, brothers Kevin Galuski (Linda), Joseph Galuski, and John Galuski (Christine); and several nieces, nephews and great nieces.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, August 2 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, August 1 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mastrianni and his staff, and Kelly and the staff from Community Hospice of Saratoga for their care and compassion.

Sally L. Loya, 71, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Ballston Spa, NY on December 3, 1944, she was the daughter of Alvah and Lena Cornell. Sally loved her family and treasured the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her parents Alvah and Lena Cornell, grandson Timothy Truett, and eight siblings. Sally is survived by her husband of 54 years Alfred Loya, Sr.; her children Kimberly Truett, Alfred Loya, Jr. (Bunsong), Carol Phillips (John), Chad Loya (Jenny) and Heather Loya all of Ballston Spa; granddaughters Kendra, Josalin, Tiffany and Paige; grandsons Tyler (Marissa) and Dillion; great grandson Justin; brother Alvah Cornell; sister Lillian Bush; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Sally’s life from 6pm to 9pm on Tuesday, August 2 at VFW Post 358, 68 East North Street, Ballston Spa.