Obituaries


Darin D. Mundell 48, passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY on April 21, 1968.

Darin worked at Absolute Hydroseeding in Ballston Spa. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and fishing, and was member of the East Stony Hunting Club. He could often be seen with his golden retrievers Owen and Elvis.

Darin had a big heart and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He cherished his nieces and nephew.

He was predeceased by his father Earl “Skip” Mundell. Darin is survived by his longtime companion Heidi Mitchell; mother Mary Lou Mundell; brother Tim Mundell (Jeanette); sister Dana Slater (Matt); nieces and nephew Julianne, Laura, Brian, Caroline, Megan and Olivia; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 24 from 2pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A celebration of Darin’s life will be held at 12 noon on Monday, July 25 at the Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Darin may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Louis F. Decker 53, passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on July 11, 1963, he was the son of Louis and Patricia Decker.

Louie worked at Point Breeze Marina on Saratoga Lake. He loved to fish. Lou was a homebody and enjoyed watching his favorite shows MASH and Hogan Heroes.

Lou is survived by his wife Dawn; his children Christopher Decker, Louis Decker III and Sherry Henderickson; his siblings Lisa Brooks (Floyd), Laurie Harrington (Lonnie), Bea Brooks (Don), Leonard Luce, Breck Luce, and Wes Benway; 11 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 10am Monday, July 25 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

John D. Whipple, Sr. 56, passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Saratoga Springs, on February 13, 1960, he was the son of Walter and Doris Whipple.

John was a parts manager for the Saratoga County Highway Department. He worked as a stagehand at SPAC as a member of Local 592. John was a member of the Simpson United Methodist Church in Rock City Falls and the Beech Mountain Sportsman’s Club.

John was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his family. He frequently could be found in his garage working on cars with his boys and his brother in law Jerry.

He was predeceased by his parents Walter and Doris, and his brother Dale. John is survived by his wife Brenda Sue Whipple; his sons John Whipple, Jr., Robert Whipple (Heather) and Brian Whipple (Megan); grandchildren Nathan, Chase, Gavin, Harper, Blane and Tanner; brother Gary Whipple (Kathy); and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, July 19 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Rock City Falls Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, July 18 from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to NYOH at Albany Medical Center, 43 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208 or The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Suzan Lee Potter Hamlin 81, passed away on January 7, 2016. She was born on February 2, 1934. Suzan graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in 1952. She met her husband when they both attended Rochester Institute of Technology, where she received an Associate’s Degree in Creative Arts. After being a full time mother to her three children, she became a Dental Assistant in Croton on the Hudson, NY. When her husband passed away in 1996, she moved back to her home town, Saratoga Springs.

Suzan loved to draw, paint and play her favorite sport, golf. She had a flamboyant personality and loved to be around people. She was good-hearted and generous, always making gifts for her friends and family during the holidays.

Suzan is predeceased by her husband William, and her parents Winston and Ruie Potter. She is survived by her children William Hamlin of Dallas, TX, Debra Rosamilia of Jacksonville, FL and Sandra Hamlin of Saratoga Springs; 6 grandchildren Melissa, Nicolette, William, Allen, Barbara Sue, and James Robert; 3 great-grandchildren Dominic, Vincent, and Orion;. sister Jean Cooney of Saratoga Springs; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 1pm Saturday, July 23 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Elliery W. Carter “Coot” 86, passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Born in Moriah, NY on March 3, 1930, he was the son of Hersel and Mabel Carter. Elliery was an Air Force veteran, serving in the Korean War.

Coot was a truck driver all of his life and was proud of the many miles he had traveled. He enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors. He loved the land and the waters of the Adirondacks especially around Ensign Pond Road where his childhood home was.

He was predeceased by his brothers Larry and Ed. Elliery is survived by his wife Jean, his children Karen, Laurie, Teresa, Jeffrey, Joe and Brad and their families; his brothers Howard and Ralph ; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1pm on Monday, July 18 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Factory Village Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Elliery may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarrioproject.org

Mary C. Ball formerly from Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2016 in Jacksonville, FL. She was 87 years young. Born on July 18, 1928 in Schenectady, NY, she was the only child of John and Mary Nolan.

Mary worked most of her career for the Saratoga County Treasurers office. She was an active member of the Women's Club and Garden Club in Ballston Spa. She was a communicant of St. Mary's Church.

Upon retirement, Mary and Bill moved to Port St. Lucie and made many friends there before moving to Jacksonville, Florida. She and her family enjoyed many memorable years on the Great Sacandaga Lake. Mary visited Ballston Spa annually to spend time with her family and grandchildren which gave her great pleasure.

Mary was predeceased by her husband of 59 years William Ball and her son Richard Ball. She is survived by her daughter Eileen Holzwarth (Tom), her sons Phillip Ball, Stephen Ball (Cheryl) and Robert Ball (Audrey); five grandchildren Ryan Schrade, Scott Holzwarth, Adriane Ball (Seth), Kyle Ball (Sheree), and Devan Ball (Andy); great granddaughters Ella Harrigan, Ava Harrington; and great grandson Brandon Ball.

Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Darwin Rufus Whipple Jr was born on November 30, 1961. He had to take leave of this life on July 10, 2016 while he lay peacefully in his bed.

He is survived by his best friend and only son, Darwin R Whipple III (Dar) and Dar's fiancée Samantha; his wish upon a shooting star and eternal friend Heather Primeau (Susan Savage); stepdaughter Sirena; his father Darwin Whipple Sr., (he joins his mother Marie Binde Whipple); his sisters and their spouses, Yvonne and Andy Jones, Denise Whipple, Mary and Kyle Smith; his brothers and their spouses, James and Marie Whipple, David and Kelly Whipple; and many more family and friends. His friends were a part of his family.

Darwin battled addiction most of his life, but never surrendered his soul. He was a wonderful and trusted friend and would help absolutely anybody that he came across. Many, so many loved him. He loved his son above all others. Darwin was an avid sportsman and loved the outdoors. He could catch trout and catfish bare handed and often successfully hunted white tailed deer. If he could choose what heaven looks like, it would look like the woods on a mountaintop, and he would be hunting or fishing with his and his son's dog Seika, who's been waiting for him. If that is true then he has indeed won in the end and for the rest of time. He will be so very missed in this life. He recently mentioned that he knows that as long as he is loving and kind towards others, others will be kind and loving towards him - that is the way he lived.

All are invited to a celebration and remembrance of his life on Friday, July 15 at 3pm at Heather’s home, 709 Arnold Street, Ballston Spa.

Mary Ellen Banker, 62, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 10, 2016 with her loving family by her side.

Mary was born on April 20, 1954 in Saranac Lake, NY to Harry and Geraldine Jewtraw. She married Larry Banker on July 29, 1978 and lived in Vermontville, NY until 1998 then moved to Ballston Spa.

Mary worked at BJ’s Wholesale Club in Saratoga Springs for many years, before retiring due to illness. She loved her family, her dog Gabby, playing games and spending time with her girlfriends from BJ’s.

Mary is survived by her husband Larry, children Phillip Banker, Larry Banker (Pam), John Levis and Julie Bie (David); grandchildren Brittany (Anthony), Sarah (Kevin), Daniel, Devin (Brittany); great granddaughters Aria, Harper and Maeva; sister Alberta Tebeau; and two nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 14 from 3pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 5pm.

The family would like to thank the staff at Saratoga Hospital for their care, love and support shown to Mary and all of her family.

Veronica Palmero, age 95, passed away at Wesley Health Care Center on the evening of Wednesday, July 6, 2016. Veronica (“Ronnie”) was born in Manchester, England on February 1, 1921. She met her future husband Anthony (Tony) Palmero (deceased February 24, 2016) at a dance during World War II while Tony was stationed in the north of England. While in England, they married and gave birth to a daughter, Judith. At the end of the war, they moved to New York City, adding two daughters, Diane and Lisa, to their family. After retirement, Ronnie and Tony moved to South Glens Falls, NY.

Ronnie’s greatest joys in life were cooking and spending time with her family. Ronnie and Tony traveled frequently in their younger years throughout Europe and the United States. They enjoyed going to the theatre and ballet, in NYC and in Saratoga. In later years, they spent time shopping together each morning, cooking lunch together, drinking tea and enjoying visits with family. Ronnie’s favorite day of the week was Sunday, where she looked forward to making a special dinner for those she loved. There were many festive Sundays where Ronnie, after dinner, would do a “turn.” In England, a “turn” is the entertainment part of the party. Each family or friend sings a tune, tells a joke, etc. Ronnie enjoyed singing a ditty from the 1930’s or ‘40’s in her sweet little voice. It was always in fun and received with much love.

Ronnie was a beautiful, positive and gentle spirit. She always had a light in her eyes and a smile on her lips. Although sometimes shy, she loved meeting people and enjoyed social interactions. On July 6, after being separated for just over four months, she joined her love Tony, at whose side she spent seventy – two years of her life.

She is predeceased by her husband Tony, daughter Judith Palmero, and her four sisters. Ronnie is survived by her daughters Diane Poma and Lisa Palmero, granddaughter Alexandra Lombardoni and her husband Jon, grandson Michael Poma, and great-grandson Patrick Lombardoni.

There will be no calling hours. A service will be held on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 10:30 am at the Gerald B. H. Solomon National Cemetery. Ronnie will be buried alongside Tony, her partner in life and forever in love. Friends are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored by donations to The Judith Palmero Foreign Language Scholarship Fund, sponsored by Corinth High School, 105 Oak St., Corinth, NY 12822, to the attention of the Business Office.

The family would like to thank the staff at Wesley for their kindness and sensitivity.

Leah B. Fletcher 81, passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Born in New York, NY on September 25, 1934, she was the daughter of Henry and Jeanne Benach. Leah was an office manager for Mathatronics in New Rochelle for several years.

She was a member of the Saratoga Camp of Gideons International, Malta Ridge Vol Fire Co Ladies Auxiliary and volunteered at the City Mission of Schenectady. Leah was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa and the Baptist Women’s Fellowship. She enjoyed sewing and making cards with her friends.

Leah was predeceased by her husband L. Douglas Fletcher. She is survived by her sister Joan Glaser of New Jersey, several nieces and nephews, and her friends at the First Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, July 8 at the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa, 202 Milton Avenue. Burial will follow in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Leah to City Mission of Schenectady, 425 Hamilton Street, Schenectady, NY 12305 or the ASPCA.

Ole N. Tvede 96, passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2016. Born in Arendal, Norway on April 22, 1920, he was the son of Nielsen and Helga Tvede.

Ole was a World War II veteran serving in the Norwegian Merchant Marines as a gunnar. He was honored for his service and held in high esteem by his home country of Norway. He and his fellow veterans maintained close ties and got together yearly.

He was a seaman from an early age and worked on boats traveling to South America and many inland waterways. His last seaman days he worked for the Dwyer Oil Transportation Company. Upon retiring, he owned and operated Sunnyshores Motel and Cottages in Bolton Landing, NY. Ole loved people and had a very kind and generous spirit. He was happiest whipping up his Norwegian pancakes for motel guests and taking them on his classic Chris Craft vessel to Paradise Bay every day. Kids looked forward to their afternoon water skiing in the bay around the motel and the water ski certificate they were awarded on Saturday night.

Ole was a member and past president of the Sons of Norway Viking Coast Lodge in Florida. He enjoyed playing poker and was active in several bowling and golf leagues.

In 2009, he took his entire family and grandkids on a special trip to visit his birthplace in Norway. They visited his homestead, the school and church he attended, as well as participating in a large family reunion. His heritage and family were his pride and joy.

He was predeceased by his wife Thelma, longtime companion Bjorg Crandall, and his siblings, Nils, Gudrun, Borghild, Hans, and Ingeborg, and son in law John Consolagio. Ole is survived by his children Irene Consolagio (John Orton) of Gansevoort and O. Russel Tvede (Connie) of Angier, NC; grandchildren Kim (Terry), Amy (Terry), Randi (John), James (Lori), and Colleen (Nate); great grandchildren Larissa, Kasandra, Kyle, Tyler, Lily, Aiden, Ava, Paige, Jared and Lyla.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, July 9 from 10am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at noon. Burial will follow in Pineview Cemetery, Queensbury.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ole may be made to The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 543 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

Paul A. Pastore 89, passed away on Friday, July 1, 2016. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on May 2, 1927, he was the son of Raffaele and Antonetta Pastore. He served in the US Navy.

Paul was a pharmacist and owned and operated Pastore Pharmacy in Ballston Spa with his wife Marilyn for many years. He was a historian and displayed many pieces of Ballston Spa History in the pharmacy. He enjoyed antiquing and collecting bottles.

Paul was a member of the Brookside Museum and The National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa. He was a member of the Ballston Spa Rotary and served as secretary for several years.

He was predeceased by his parents, brother Lucien, and sisters Rose Miranda and Irene Schallehn. Paul is survived by his wife Marilyn Cox Pastore; daughters Susan Scott (Robert) of Clay, Nancy Piscitelli (John) of Saratoga Springs, Debbie Froehlich (Mike) of Baldwinsville, and Robbie Berg (Mitch) of South Glens Falls; grandchildren Bob Scott (Jessica), and Kristy Smorol (Dave), great granddaughter Ellie Scott; sisters Florence Fountaine and Theresa Miranda; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Memorial contributions in memory of Paul may be made to the American Heart Association, Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of your choice.

Janet M. Pemberton 82, passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Born in Ticonderoga, NY on February 10, 1934, she was the daughter of Printess and Gladys Mason.

Janet graduated from Ballston Spa High School. After graduation, she worked for General Electric until her marriage in 1962.

Janet was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She held the Matron’s position many times and also served as District Deputy and Grand Adah. She was an active member of the Malta Ridge United Methodist Church.

She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Lawrence Pemberton. Janet is survived by her son Mark; sister Joyce Hinchcliff; and several nieces and nephews.

Janet will be deeply missed by her many friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 5 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, July 6 at the funeral home, with Rev. Penny Lacy officiating. Burial will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Thomas J. Osher 75, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Born in Troy, NY on June 7, 1941 he was the son of Maynard and Elaine Osher.

Tom was a salesman for Freihofer’s in Troy for many years. After retiring from Freihofer’s, he worked for Ballston Spa Central Schools. Tom enjoyed bowling and fishing.

He was predeceased by his father Maynard Osher. Tom is survived by his wife of 56 years Marie Osher; children Scott Osher (Susan) of Rochester, Beth Ann Orzolek (Gary) of Saratoga Springs and Marie Ann Burnell (Edward) of Ballston Spa; mother Elaine Osher; sister Phyllis Hall (Dale); 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 30 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 11am, Friday, July 1 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

Memorial contributions in memory of Tom may be made to the charity of your choice.

Robert L. Ostrander Sr. 80, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2016. Born in Schenectady, NY on June 29, 1935, he was the son of the late John and Evelyn (Schumaker) Ostrander. Bob grew up in Niskayuna before becoming a longtime resident of West Milton, NY and Avon Park, FL.

Bob was the beloved husband of Barbara (Barnes) and recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary while in Florida for the winter. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed driving his red and white ’54 Chevy, and riding his golf cart and four-wheeler with his constant and loyal companion “Lulu”.

He attended Ballston Spa Schools and was well-known in the community where he and his wife owned and operated mobile home parks and rentals in West Milton. Bob and Barbara enjoyed spending winters in Florida where they had an active and enjoyable life with many friends. Bob retired from Curtis Lumber Co in Ballston Spa after 35 years. He was a member of Moose Lodge 2494 in Avon Park, FL, Highlands County American Legion Post 69 in Avon Park, FL, and Fraternal Order of Eagles #2586 in Saratoga Springs. He was a former member of Moosewood Hunting Club in Stony Creek, and the North Eastern Lumberman’s Association.

Bob was predeceased by his brothers John and Thomas. Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara; sons Robert Jr. (Connie) of West Milton, Thomas (Stacy) of Rock City Falls, Peter (Robin) of Malta and Paul of West Milton; grandchildren Sherry Grabo (Don), Jennifer (Adam), Ryan, Gage, Kyle (Charla), Tyler, Cory and Ashley Ostrander; great grandchildren Leslie Ostrander, Tanner Grabo and Zachary Ostrander; brothers Richard (Jean) of Toms River, NJ; Fred (Diane), James (Peggy) and Michael (Diane) all of Ballston Spa; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 27 from 4pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, June 28 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in West Milton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rock City Falls Volunteer Fire Dept, PO Box 72, Rock City Falls, NY 12863 or The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Many thanks for the tender loving care received by all our cooks, and the helping hands from our sons, daughter-in-laws and grandchildren. Thanks to Dr. Kufs, Dr. Murray and Community Hospice of Saratoga for helping us make it through this ordeal.

Rhys G. Evans, 74, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, June 22, 2016. Born May 17, 1942 in Westernport, Maryland, he was the son of the late Rev. Dr. Garrett H. Evans and Miriam (Schutt) Evans.

Rhys was a long-time resident of West Virginia, growing up in Wheeling and Huntington and living for several years in Charleston on the Great Kanawa River. He worked for several years as a sales manager in retail relations at the West Virginia Lottery.

Rhys had a great passion for the water. He always lived near a waterway where he could be on a boat in his free time. While living in Huntington, WV, he was actively involved in the regatta and boat races held there every year on the Ohio River.

Rhys was an active contributor to several boating clubs, including the Great Kanawa River Navy, New Bern Yacht Club, the Twin Rivers Sportsmen’s Club and the Cape Lookout Sail and Power Squadron. His love of the water brought him to New Bern while cruising “The Great Loop” in his Bayliner Yacht. He considered boating on the local rivers and streams to be as close to Heaven as he could get. His participation in many club cruises brought a sense of security to fellow boaters, as Rhys held a 100-ton Masters License.

He loved to spend time at the family cottage on Long Island Sound in Madison CT each year, where he would meet up with his two sons for a week of fishing, boating and adventures. He also loved to ski and would make his way to upstate NY once a year for several years to ski with his boys. His infectious laugh, sense of humor and generous heart will be missed by his many friends.

One of Rhys’ greatest accomplishments was achieving his sobriety almost 30 years ago, thus turning his life around for the better. He remained very active in Alcoholics Anonymous throughout the rest of his life.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his beloved son, Glenn R. Evans.

He is survived by his son, Lance G. Evans and his wife, Kristen of Ballston Spa, NY; his four grandchildren, Garrett, Katielynn, Madison and Miriam Evans; his daughter-in-law, Veronica L. Evans of Hadley, NY and her children, Caitlin and Jonathan; his brother, Leigh Evans (Norma) of Sumner, SC; his sister, Charlotte Ingersoll (Tony) of Freeport, ME; and his dear friend Judy Hamilton of New Bern.

In accordance with Rhys’ wishes there will be no public services.

Memorial contributions may be made to C.W.I. (Community Work and Independence), PO Box 3033, Glens Falls, NY 12801-0303 (www.cwinc.org).

Billy-Jo T. Brown, 39 passed away Monday, June 20, 2016. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on September 1, 1976.

Billy worked at Muddy Acres Farm in Greenfield. He was a bullrider and traveled in the Rodeo Circuit for many years. He was an avid coon hunter and enjoyed quad racing at Royal Mountain. Billy loved spending time with his family and friends and was always ready for a good time.

Billy is survived by his wife Sara; son Gabriel; stepchildren Skyler and Tayler; mother and stepfather Patty and Frank Flanagan IV; siblings Frank Flanagan V, George Brown, Heidi Tague, Margaret Pritchard, William Brown, Jr., and Heather Burke; grandmother Frances Flanagan; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, June 26 from 10am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A celebration of Billy’s life will follow at 1pm at Muddy Acres Farm, 95 Middle Grove Road, Greenfield Center.

Barbara R. Wescott 60, passed away on Friday, June 17. 2016. Born in Glens Falls, NY on May 5, 1956, she was the daughter of Richard and Agnes Cutter.

Barb worked in the Produce Department at Price Chopper in Malta.

Barb is survived by her husband Gordon; son Scott; her siblings William, Debbie, Martha, Marsha, Bonnie, Larry, Gary, Sheila, Barry, Christopher, Robin, and Tania; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 25 from 10 am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at noon.

Carl E. Horstmann, Sr. 80, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2016. Born in Schenectady, NY on November 18, 1935, he was the son of William and Amelia Horstmann.

Carl was a graduate of Shenendehowa High School, Williamsport College and SUNY Morrisville. He worked for Volkswagen in Latham for many years and later for Fault Finders, and retired from Fairchild in Clifton Park in 1981.

Carl was a clockmaker and repaired antique clocks. He enjoyed Nascar, tractor pulls and truck pulls. He served on the Saratoga County Fair Board for many years and was a 50 year member of the Jonesville Volunteer Fire Dept.

He was predeceased by his daughter in law Brenda, and sister in law Anna. Carl is survived by his wife of 50 years Barbara; his children Amy Miller (Rusty) of Ballston Spa and CJ Horstmann (Kris) of Galway; grandchildren Brandon, Randy, Elizabeth, Kaitee, Bridgette, and Carlee; great grandson Hunter; brothers Richard Horstman of Jonesville, William Horstmann (Ardath) of Stuart, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, June 21 from 10am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at noon. Burial will follow in Jonesville Cemetery.

John "Johnny" Brown, Jr., 47 passed away suddenly on March 16, 2016 from natural causes. The first born son, he was born in Albany. He was raised and educated in Guilderland, and worked for his family's business "Edie's CD's" straight out of High School. When the business was taken on the road, Johnny spent a good portion of his life traveling the country working flea markets, until he was charmed by New Orleans, making it his home.

Most recently, he enjoyed managing, events coordination and bartending at Mags 940 in New Orleans. Johnny was famous for saying "most people work for a living, I get paid to throw a party". Johnny will be remembered for his smile, but most of all for his huge heart. He loved with all his being, whether it was his family, his friends, his pup "Jack-Jack", or a complete stranger. He never hesitated to help anyone in need, whether someone needed a place to stay, or an ear for listening, he was there.

Johnny has a great affection for the outdoors, from camping, sitting by a fire and story-telling, to kayaking and boating. He just enjoyed life. Early mornings when the bar was slow, he enjoyed quizzing his brother on movie trivia, and sharing a laugh when it was from a comedy. A special bond that will never be replaced.

Johnny is survived by his life partner: Mark Colley, parents: John and Pamela Brown, two sisters: Edie Murray (Dan) and Jennifer Livingston (Shawn) and his brother: Michael Brown (Tricia) as well as his four adored nieces; Kiersten, Brooke, Megan and Lily, his nephew: Camden, and many aunts and uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his brother Eric Brown and nephew Eric Murray.

Relatives and friends are invited to share in a celebration of his life at the Livingston/Brown residence: 46 Shadow Wood Way, Ballston Lake at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. His burial will precede the celebration at 12:00 at Malta Ridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Humane Society in Johnny's name.

Robert J. Castanza 63, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Born in Yonkers, NY on December 5, 1952, he was the son of Joseph and Florence Castanza.

He moved to Saratoga Springs in 1985. Bob worked at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

Bob is survived by his daughter Mary Castanza of Ballston Spa and his grandson Trevor Ballew.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, June 21 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Lewis L. Schumacher 87, passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Born in Schenectady, NY on August 18, 1928, he was the son of Leo and Julia Schumacher.

He was a graduate of Scotia Glenville High School and Siena College. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. Lew was a Rural Letter Carrier for the Ballston Spa Post Office for 28 years, retiring in 1988.

Lew was a 53 year member of Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co No 1 and a charter member of the Community Emergency Corp in Ballston Spa. He served on the Ballston Spa Library Board and was a member of Spiritual Frontiers, and the Mohawk Valley Dowsers Association.

He was an avid reader and enjoyed his daily Cryptoquote puzzles. Lew was a talented artist and loved to hunt.

He was predeceased by his parents Leo and Julia Schumacher, son James, and brothers Edward and Robert, and nephew Ricky. Lew is survived by his wife Carole; his children Diane Granberg of Ballston Spa, Jeffrey Schumacher (Kristina) of Galway and Linda Johnson (Regan) of Niskayuna; grandchildren Ronald, James and Jacob Granberg; Kelsey and Jordan Schumacher; Ronan, Brody and Camryn Johnson; brother Richard Schumacher (Elizabeth)of Reading, PA; son in law Ronald Granberg, Jr. of Ballston Spa; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, June 14 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Schenectady. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 13 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co No 1, PO Box 4, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Saratoga Bridges, 16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

James M. Place, 64, passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on October 13, 1951, he was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Place. He served in the Army National Guard.

Jim was a self employed contractor. He was a talented artisan and created beautiful metal sculptures and wooden canes. Jim was always tinkering, building kit cars and restoring his 1950 pickup truck. He loved cars and enjoyed the races at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta.

He was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Elizabeth Place, sister Bonnie Sharpe, and his beloved dog Mutley. Jim is survived by his wife Jo; his children Ashley Place of Saratoga Springs and Ryan Place of Auburn; brother Thomas Place of Hadley; sister Cathy Nichols of Ballston Spa; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 20 from 6pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 7pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Susan R. Doyle, 54, passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on February 9, 1962, she was the daughter of Joseph and Geneva LaRue.

Susan was a strong, independent woman who was dedicated to her boys and her family. She loved her dogs Chloe and Zeus. She enjoyed traveling, playing BINGO and singing Karaoke.

She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Geneva LaRue, and her brother George B. LaRue. Susan is survived by her husband Larry; sons Anthony Baker (Heather Byrne) of Gloversville, Adam LaRue of Glen, and Joseph Whitehead of Yorkville, Ohio; granddaughter Jacqueline; siblings Donelda LaRue, Michael LaRue, Alma Getman (Gary), Margaret LaRue, Jo-Etta Butler (Dominic), and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, June 3 from 10am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 12 noon. Burial will follow in Sweetman Cemetery, Charlton.

Memorial contributions in memory of Susan may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Leslie J. Dunster, Jr., passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016.

After retiring from the US Navy, Les worked for the Stratton VA Medical Center. Les enjoyed boating and water sports. He loved to travel and was stricken in Estonia while touring the Baltic Sea.

He was predeceased by his father Leslie J. Dunster, Sr., his mother Winifred Dunster and his sister Shirley Beckwith.

Les is survived by his wife Kimberly; daughters Allison Walker (Bennett) of Boston, MA and Ariel Dunster (John Mathews) of Saratoga Springs; grandson Clark Walker; brother Rev. Larry Dunster (Susan) of Columbia, SC and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 10am Monday, June 27th at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Les may be made to the American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association.

Joshua C. Byrnes, 35, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2016. He was born in Denver, Colorado on February 27 (2/27 at 2:27 in the afternoon), 1981.

Josh was a Manufacturing Engineer at BVM Corp., in Denver. He also had his own business call J. Byrnes Design where he produced CAD drawings for Team Tool’s patents, Ecotruk’s humanitarian bicycle, Centura Health to name a few. Josh purchased his own CNC Milling machine and learned BobCAD CNC programming language on his own to create prototype parts for his customers. Josh was an Inventor and worked closely with his good friend Ted Crawford to create Toolmakers LLC.

His greatest joy was spending time with his Fiancée Rachel and their little girl Eva. He also enjoyed raising and breeding his purebred German Shepherds Molly and Hudson.

Josh began riding ATV’s at 3 years old and soon graduated to racing Quads and Skidoo snowmobiles. Josh loved to snowboard and taught his younger sister how to ski at Ellicotville.

Josh was a great son and fun to be around. He had a big heart and would always offer his hand out to help someone. He will truly be missed.

Josh is survived by his father Stephen Byrnes (Kim) of Saratoga Springs, mother Janie (Reynolds) Byrnes of Denver, sister Crystal Byrnes (Gerry) of Saratoga Springs, sister Caitlin Lewis (Shane) of Saratoga Springs, great-uncle and god-father William Byrnes (Kerri) of Cape Coral, grandmother Elizabeth Byrnes of Ballston Spa and several aunts and uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, June 6 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Josh may be made to www.gofundme.com/27cjy788 for his daughter Eva.

John D. Womer “Jack”, 61, passed away on Monday, May 23, 2016, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Albany, New York on December 4, 1954.

Jack was the President of Adirondack Cabling and Security, which he co-owned with his brother Bob. He was a member of the Galway Lions Club where he served as treasurer. Jack was an avid gardener. He liked to travel and enjoyed being in the outdoors. Jack brewed his own beer and hard cider for his family and friends.

His quick witted humor and positive outlook on life will never fade from our memories.

He was predeceased by his parents John “Bill” and Dorothy (Irish) Womer. Jack is survived by his wife Cathy (Dolan) Womer; his sons David Womer and his wife Dana of Amsterdam, and Jeremy Womer and his wife Raquel Rozdolski of Saratoga Springs; grandchildren Mason and Jackson Womer; siblings Bill Womer (Linda) of Latham, Nancy Turner (Bill) of Glens Falls and Bob Womer (Kathy) of Broadalbin; his beloved dog Bailey and grandpuppy Winston; and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call from 4pm to 7pm on Thursday, May 26 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A celebration of Jack’s life will be held on Saturday, June 4 at 1pm at Jack’s home, 1094 Westline Road, Amsterdam.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jack may be made to Galway Lions Club, PO Box 244, Galway, NY 12074.

Gary C. Weaver, 64, passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 at The Community Hospice Inn after a long illness.

Born in Amsterdam, NY on October 20, 1951, he was the son of Claire Weaver and the late Howard Weaver. He grew up in Ballston Spa and was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. He worked for Ballston Spa Central Schools for 10 years and later for Advance Auto in Saratoga Springs.
Gary and his father were very active in the Boy Scouts and shared many adventures together. He loved anything to do with cars and music. He had a love for dogs and throughout his life he had a steady companion by his side.

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years Patti (Haskell) Weaver, sons James and Jason Weaver, mother Claire Weaver, siblings Kathy Hanley and Kevin Weaver. He was the proud grandpa of Hailey, Molly and Travis. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 19 from 6pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will be held at 7pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gary’s memory to The Community Hospice Inn, 315 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208 or SPCA of Upstate NY, PO Box 171, Hudson Falls, NY 12839.

Thomas P. Deveno, 93, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Born in West Springfield, Massachusetts on September 21, 1922, he was the son of Michael and Mary Deveno. Tom served in the US Army during World War II, working with the Army Corps of Engineers during and after the war.

Tom was a successful land developer in Saratoga County for many years.
He was a self-made man who appreciated nature and its beauty. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and the horse races at Saratoga.

He was predeceased by his first wife Theresa, and his siblings Fran, Neal, Connie, Mike, Al and Angie. Tom is survived by his beloved wife Jeanne; his daughters Mary and Nancy (Rich Pagano); siblings George (Ann), Nancy (Norm Scott) and Ann; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 19 from 11am to 1pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 1pm. Burial will follow in Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the NHT Tree Planting Fund, c/o Director of Management and Budget Services, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-5010 or the charity of your choice.

The family would like to thank Dr. Nolan, Dr. Tonneau and the staff at Ellis Hospital for their care and compassion.

Robert Arthur Zetterstrom, 80, passed away unexpectedly, on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at the Saratoga Rehabilitation Center in Ballston Spa, after putting forth great effort towards returning to his home in Saratoga Springs.

Robert was born April 7th, 1936 in Saratoga Springs, the son of Robert N. Zetterstrom and Grace Ladabouch Zetterstrom. He graduated from Saratoga Springs High School. Robert worked for Quevic Vichy Spring Co., Bigsbee Motors, and served 2 years in the United States Army. He retired from Prestige Vending Co. Robert was raised on the Zetterstrom family farm and took great pride that his home was still on the original farm property. He was a "Zetterstrom". Robert had several lifelong friends who all enjoyed the common passion of automobiles and watching automobile racing. In later years he enjoyed their "Breakfast Club" outings.

He is survived by his daughter Laurie S. Zetterstrom, grandson Griffin T. Hirsch, both of Gilbert, Arizona, his sister, Eileen R. "Figment" Zetterstrom of Humble, Texas, as well as his nephew, Martin R. Hill, step-daughter Jacqueline S. Beirer, and granddaughter Clementine J. Neilen. Also surviving are several cousins, grand-nephews, and grand-nieces.

A memorial service will be held Friday, July 1st, at 9:00 a.m. at the family plot in Maplewood Cemetery, on Weibel Ave., with long time family friend, Rev. Richard Leonard of Mayfield, New York, officiating.