Obituaries


Frank W. Jones, Jr., 76, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015. Born in New York, New York on November 26, 1938, he was the son of Frank and Grace Jones. He served in the United States Air Force.

Frank was a driver for Napa and Auto Parts International. He later did maintenance work at Hollendale Apartments in Clifton Park. He enjoyed roller-skating, fishing and camping.

He was predeceased by his brother Raymond Jones. Frank is survived by his wife Nanette Jones; his children Dallas, Donnie and Thom; brother Chuck Jones and his wife Nancy; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 22 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 7pm.

A service with military honors will be held 9:30am Monday, April 27 at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Garry M. Jacques 64, passed away Friday, February 13, 2015. Born in Watervliet, New York on August 7, 1950, he was the son of E. David and Ann Jacques. He served in the US Navy.

Garry worked in the Purchasing and Receiving Department at St. Peter’s Health Care Partners North East Health Division in Watervliet for many years. He enjoyed traveling and camping. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife Mary Diane Jacques and his daughter Tara Trentini. Garry is survived by his daughter Tammy Newhouse (Michael) of Ballston Spa, grandchildren, Briana, McKenzie, Brooke and Austin; son in law Robert Trentini of Corinth; brothers James Jacques (Carol) of Virginia and Dave Jacques (Chris) of Guilderland; sister Nadine Jacques of Troy; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 23 from 6-9pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service with military honors will be held 1:30pm Friday, April 24 at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Alice J. Smith 79, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015. Born in Hebron, New York on November 11, 1935, she was the daughter of Robert and Theodora Wilson. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s School for the Deaf in Buffalo. Alice was active in the deaf community and was named Miss Deaf Albany in 1956.

Alice worked at Fleet Bank in Albany for many years, retiring in 1999. She was an avid quilter and many of her family and friends were the recipients of her beautiful quilts. She also enjoyed working in her flower garden.

She was predeceased by her husband Eugene Smith and her brother James Wilson. Alice is survived by her daughters Teddy Smith of Ballston Spa and Millie Smith of Ballston Spa; granddaughters Shayne Vallone, Samantha Vallone and Cady Irwin; brother John Wilson; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 21 from 10am to 12 noon at the 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.

Elaine R. Bateholts 67, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015. She was born in Troy, New York on June 29, 1947. Elaine was a buyer for American Food Service for over 30 years. After her retirement, she owned and operated the Wee People Inn on Geyser Road in Ballston Spa for many years.

Elaine was a giving person who made friends wherever she went. She took many people into her home and helped them out in any way she could. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family, especially her beloved grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents Madalyn and Frank Kelly, and her son Kevin Fodge. Elaine is survived by her husband John Bateholts; her children Keith, David, Jason, Loretta, John Jr., Crystal, Candy, Lucas, Kitty, Jen and Holly; her sisters Peggy and Pat; 20 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 19 from 1pm to 3pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A time of sharing will be held at 2:30pm.

Kathleen Ann Irish, 70, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015. Born in Schenectady, New York on April 1, 1945, she was the daughter of Francis and Sophie Sammler. Kathy graduated from Draper High School in 1963. She was a graduate of the Ellis School of Nursing and later worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs for 29 years. Kathy married Charles on May 29th, 1965 and they would have celebrated their 50th anniversary this May.

Her greatest joy and beauty in life was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She always attended their dance and music recitals, baseball and soccer games. She could also be found dancing and teaching her generation’s dances to her grandchildren. Kathy loved to travel to the ocean and visit lighthouses with her loved ones and also had a large collection of lighthouse keepsakes from over the years.

Kathleen was a fighter. She fought for 2 ½ years against brain cancer with her husband Chuck by her side, as well as her children and grandchildren, supporting her and taking care of all of her needs. Her courage and bravery throughout this trial is what she will be remembered for. She also did not let this battle stop her from supporting and praying for others. She was a blessing and an inspiration to everyone she met. She kept her eyes on Jesus and knew that He was her answer to living and never let her circumstances cause her to complain. She had unwavering faith, for not only herself, but even others that she had never met.

Kathy is survived by her devoted husband Charles A. Irish; her beloved children Michelle Steimer (David) of Ballston Spa, Melissa Matthews (David) of Ballston Spa, and Chuck Irish (Marti) of Henderson, NV; and her “little angel” grandchildren Jessalyn Steimer, Zachary Steimer, Jacob Matthews, Jenna Matthews all of Ballston Spa, Brooklyn Irish and Madison Irish of Henderson, NV; her loving sister Carol Murphy (Arthur) of San Diego, CA, her brother Edward Sammler of Greece, NY; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, April 17, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Schenectady Memorial Park. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 16 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family would like to thank Dr. Susan Weaver and NYOH at Albany Medical Center; Neurosurgeon Dr. Alan Boulos; the nurses and staff on D5 at Albany Medical Center; and the doctors, nurses and staff on A3 at Saratoga Hospital and the Radiation Oncology Center. And a special thank you for the love and support from Alicia Bove, Rocco and Linda Irish, and Carol Murphy.

We love you and miss you our beautiful wife, mama and nana.

John T. Mulvaney Sr. (Jack) passed away on April 8, 2015 at Mary’s Haven in Saratoga Springs, NY at the age of 87.

He was born on November 9, 1927 to Thomas and Helen Mulvaney, and sibling to two sisters. Jack grew up in Scotia, NY, where he met his childhood sweetheart, Gloria Cote. In 1947, they married and began a family in Ballston Lake. Jack earned his living as a machinist at General Electric. He retired after 39 years of service.

Jack spent 23 years volunteering with the ambulance squad. He also volunteered with the Ballston Lake Fire Department for 43 years, five of which he spent as a chief. He officially retired in 1987 and spent his days golfing and bowling with friends and family for years.

Jack’s friends and family all knew about his passion for country music. He played lead guitar and was front man of his band “The Country Casuals.” He played dances, events and benefits including those for organizations like the Saratoga ARC. Jack continued to perform well into his early 80s, gracing listeners with his beautiful voice and impeccable guitar playing.

Later on in life he served as a deacon, and went on to start a men’s bible study for Faith Baptist Church. They would meet twice a month at his favorite place to eat, the Burnt Hills Café.

Above all, Jack adored his family. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Gloria; his children Sharon Baesen (Ross), John Mulvaney, Jr. (Gail) and Kathy Mulvaney; his grandchildren Shelly Baesen, Tim Baesen (Kelly) and Kim Mulvaney; his great grandchildren Jared, Joshua and Amanda Baesen; his sister Helen Holcumb and 12 nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister Mary Groncki.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, April 13 from 10-11am at the Faith Baptist Church, 11 Glenridge Road, Rexford. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Colonie.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Mary’s Haven, 35 New Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Mrs. Billie Marjorie LaFave, nee Guinn, passed from this life on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

Born March 1, 1928 in Port Arthur, TX, she was 87 years old when she died after a short illness. She worked until she retired at age 62 as an LPN, doing hospital and private duty nursing in the states of Texas and New York. She was dedicated to her church.

She is survived by her husband, Eugene A. LaFave, her sons the Rev. T. A. LaFave and Mark LaFave, her daughter-in-laws the Rev. Mrs. Kathryn I. LaFave and Patricia LaFave; her grandchildren Rachel L. Jeffers, Rhonda A. Morales, Travis A. LaFave, Andrea LaFave, Matthew LaFave, Luke LaFave, Zachary LaFave, Nathan LaFave, and seven great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her sister Betty Harrod and son A. Lee LaFave.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, April 13, at Free Spirit Fellowship, 1425 West High Street, Ballston Spa from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. The funeral will be held on Tuesday, April 14 at 12:00 noon at Free Spirit Fellowship.

Flowers may be sent to the church between 12:00 and 3:00 PM on Monday, April 13, or contributions in lieu of flowers may be sent to Free Spirit Fellowship for mission work in Sierra Leone.

Carol Ann Palmer 73, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Born in Cohoes, NY on July 13, 1941 she was the daughter of Edgar and Eva Collum.

Carol was a homemaker and enjoyed bingo, knitting, cross stitch and scrapbooking. She was a member of the Malta Ridge United Methodist Church and enjoyed volunteering for their soup and sandwich program.

She was predeceased by her grandson Kevin P. Miller. Carol is survived by her husband Buel S. Palmer; her children Michael J. Sweeney (Heather) of Syracuse, Michele A. Miller (Daniel) of Glenville, stepchildren Veronica Chase (Michael) of Glens Falls, Sandra Oswald of Norfolk, VA and Buddy Palmer of Schenectady; grandchildren Kaela N. Miller of Glenville, Emily A. Miller of Glenville, Zachary K. Sweeney of Syracuse, Daniel J. Sweeney of Syracuse; stepgrandchildren Sara Dixon of Virginia Beach, VA, Kyle Oswald of Norfolk, VA, Robert Sutphen of Ticonderoga, Ryan Sutphen of Queensbury and Patrick Sutphen of San Antonio, TX; brothers Leo Collum of Melrose and Edward Collum of O’Fallon, MO; sister Diana Whalen of Schuylerville and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11am Saturday, April 11 at Malta Ridge United Methodist Church, Malta Avenue, 729 Malta Avenue, Malta.

A graveside service will be held 9:30am Monday, April 13 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice or Malta Ridge United Methodist Church.

The family would like to thank the staff from Community Hospice of Saratoga for their care and compassion.

Evelyn (Evie) R. Van Derwerker 100, passed away peacefully April 6, 2015 at the Home of Good Shepherd in South Glens Falls, NY.

Evelyn was employed many years by the County and The Saratoga Hospital Laboratory as a histology technician. She loved traveling, sewing, spending time at camp at Goodnow Flo in Newcomb, NY and being with her family.

She was predeceased by her loving parents, Susan and James Mallery, her devoted husband, Efnor Van Derwerker and two sisters, Dorothy Phillips and Helen Moore.

She is survived by her daughters, Kay Wise (Donald) of Silver Spring, MD and Karen Lair (Clifton Stevens) of Gansevoort, NY. She has 4 loving grandchildren, Jeffrey La Fave (Tara), Craig La Fave (Abby), Melissa Fleck (John), Darren Wise (Nicole), step-granddaughter, Candice Becker (Michael), step-grandson Dustin Lair (Traci) and her 8 great-grandchildren will miss her tremendously.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Farrell, Community Hospice, the staff and nurses at The Home of Good Shepherd who were Evie's angels.

There will be no services and burial will be at the discretion of the family.
Contributions can be made to the Home of Good Shepherd @Moreau, Community Hospice or Moreau Emergency Squad.

Robert K. Curtis 87, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015. Born in Schenectady, New York on August 21, 1927, he was the son of Kent and Lucy Curtis. He was paratrooper in the US Army serving in World War II.

In 1947 at the age of 20, Bob took over Curtis Lumber and began a long and prosperous career in the lumber industry. In the early 60’s he started the fabrication of roof trusses. He bought the property and established the Curtis Industrial Park and brought the railroad into the park. In 1973 he ran the first log through the sawmill and later opened a planing mill on site. He was a visionary of the lumber industry and was the first area business to have computers in the store. After his retirement from Curtis Lumber, Bob opened Saratoga Lumber Traders in 1992.

In the late 60’s and early 70’s Bob had a Handy Man Show on WGY Radio. Curtis Lumber was honored by Better Homes and Garden Magazine and Bob received the Eastern NY Lumber Dealers Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

As one of the top ten businessmen in the United States, Bob was asked to serve as an US ambassador to China, where he shared ideas with them on how to improve the operation of their businesses.

Bob served in many organizations. He was past president of the Adirondack Retail Lumberman’s Association and the 70th President of the NRLA. He was a member of Capital District Retail Lumberman Association, Burnt Hills Fire Department, LMC, and served on the Board of Directors for the Ballston Spa National Bank.

Bob was a charitable man and supported many local organizations over the years. He was instrumental in establishing BOCES and the Wesley Health Care Center.

He has visited every state and continent except Antarctica always looking to learn new things and meet new people.

He was predeceased by his wife Joyce; grandson Shane Michael LaBreck, sister Doris Jordan and brother Earl Curtis. Bob is survived by his children Jay Curtis (Kendra), Todd Curtis, Lea Ann Curtis, and Debra Curtis; grandchildren Christopher Curtis, Kylie Holland (Andrew), Kristina, Stephanie and Stuart Curtis, Tanya Lawless (Michael), Rachael Roberts and Sommer Poirier (Ryan); sisters Marylou Gryzich, Nancy Voehringer (Frederick) and Lucille Brewster; five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9am Wednesday, April 8, at the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Briggs Cemetery on a later date. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 7 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Burnt Hills Fire Department.

Jacob Franklin Purdy passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Gateway House of Peace. Jacob was born to Jacob and Elizabeth Purdy, October 10, 1928, in Middletown, New York. He served his country in the US Navy aboard the USS John New. In his early days he was a rodeo rider in Wyoming. Jacob was a general contractor for several years prior to becoming a driver for Yellow Cab in Albany. Known as "Cowboy" to all his fellow drivers, he drove his cab with pride for over 30 years. On February 5 of this year, he married his love Lorraine.

He was predeceased by his brothers Leo, Howard and Raymond, his sisters Irene, Esther and Shirley, and his beloved daughter Dawn.

Jacob is survived by his wife Lorraine, children Darrell Della Rocco (Donna), Debra Hancock (Michael), Dana Purdy, Danielle Purdy (James Arrant), Dory Goldman (Hunter), nephews Chuck (Dee) and Bill. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Kreg, Darcey, Tiara, Sammy, Dana, Nicole, Michael, Matthew, Adam, Joshua and Brittany; and his great grandchildren Olivia, O'Rian and Brady. He will be fondly remembered by his stepchildren Scott, Sharon, Libby and Nikki.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 9 at 10am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. In lieu of flowers contributions in Jacob's name can be made to Hudson Mohawk Humane Society, Gateway House of Peace or Community Hospice of Saratoga.

Susan C. Decker 89 of Ballston Spa entered into the loving arms of the Lord Jesus Christ on March 30, 2015 at the Glendale Nursing Home. Born in Ballston Spa on September 12, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Maxwell and Margaret Thayer Gregg.

Sue attended Ballston Spa High School and graduated in 1943. She attended Nathan Littauer School of Nursing and graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1946. From 1946 to 1958 she was employed by Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville as an RN. After her nursing career she became a homemaker and started her family.

Sue enjoyed cooking, her flower garden, taking long rides in her husband’s 1965 restored Ford Mustang convertible, reading harlequin romance novels and books by Danielle Steele, and enjoyed her yearly trips to Cape Cod. Sue was an avid bird watcher and enjoyed feeding the birds and watching them come to her windows. She liked going to Wiswall Park and listening to the music festivals each week and attending the firehouse parties. Susan was born a Presbyterian and later baptized a Baptist and became a member of the Old Stone Church in Ballston Spa. Sue loved going to church. She was a member of the choir and loved to sing hymns and soon became a deacon of the church. She attended Bible Studies regularly and many church functions and activities.

Sue (Susie) will be remembered as a friendly, fun-loving and giving individual. She was always there to help anyone in need less fortunate than herself.

She was predeceased by her husband Clyde W. Decker (a Trustee for many years in the Village of Ballston Spa and a Fire Police Chief for the Eagle Matt Lee Fire Department in Ballston Spa) and her sister Marjorie Rooke.

Sue is survived by her three children Carolyn S. Kaufmann (Theodore) of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Gregg A. Decker (Nancy) of Saratoga Springs and Cathie J. Arcaro Greive Close (Robert) of Clifton Park. Susan was blessed and is survived by her five grandchildren Deborah, Melissa, Christopher, Todd and Samantha; and seven great grandchildren Kimberly, James, Katelyn, Alexander, Grant, Christopher, Jr. and Nicholas.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, April 6, from 11am to 12 noon, with a memorial service following at 12 noon at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The cremains will be buried in the Factory Village Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Old Stone Church, 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

William L. Bernash 71, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on May 29, 1943, he was the son of Rudolph and Erma Bernash.

Bill worked for Saratoga Dairy for 20 years. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his wife Hope; children Michelle Bernash, Jonathan Batchelder, James Bernash, Scott Bernash, Dawn Wadsworth, William Bernash, Jr., Addam Bernash and Tabatha Hatlee; sisters Evelyn Palmateer and Christina Smith; 22 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 12-2pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 2pm.

Terrence J. Fortune 64, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015 surrounded by his family. Born in Brooklyn, New York on July 31, 1950, he was the second born son of George and Helen Fortune.

Terry was a self-employed man. For many years he tended bar at the Saw Mill Tavern in Schenectady. He loved riding his motorcycle and was also a charitable man. Always willing to lend a hand, Terry organized numerous “Toy Runs” riding his Harley with the sidecar. He was also a music lover, a fan of blues music who enjoyed attending concerts. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents George and Helen Fortune, and his brothers Gerard and Kenneth. Terry is survived by his sons Sean Fortune of Troy and Ryan Fortune of Galway; brother Joseph Fortune of Saratoga Springs; niece Mariah, and nephews Gerard and Matthew Fortune.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, April 7 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, April 6 from 5pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Terry may be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation www.npcf.us

Milda L. Martin 83, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015. Born in Latvia on October 20, 1931, she was the daughter of Karlis and Elza Ritsaule.

Milda worked at the Ballston Knitting Mill and later was a nurse’s aide at the Saratoga County Infirmary in Ballston Spa, until her retirement. She was a member of the Latvian Lutheran Church and the Ballston Area Seniors.

She was predeceased by her husband Hugo Martin. Milda is survived by her son Richard Martin and her friends Dorothy Lapis and Sandra Laube Barber.

A memorial service will be held 10:30am Wednesday, April 15 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saratoga Bridges.

Thomas E. Curley 94, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015. Born in Meadville, Pennsylvania on September 22, 1920, he was the son of Andrew and Jennie Curley. He was a Navy veteran of World War II serving on the USS Otus in the Philippines.

Tom was a truck driver for NY Central Railroad for 35 years, retiring in 1984. He was a Harley enthusiast and avid NY Yankee fan. He enjoyed taking road trips, especially to Disneyworld. Tom was a member of American Legion Post 1272 of Schenectady and American Legion Post 234 of Ballston Spa.

He was predeceased by his wife Jean. Tom is survived by his sons Roger Curley (Doris) of Dublin, Ohio, Thomas Curley (Ellin) of Easton, Connecticut and Todd Curley (Tracy) of Galway; grandchildren Jordan Curley, Jerod Curley and Amy Curley; great grandchildren, Rowen, Reese, Bryn, Hailey, and Amanda; sister Helen Marble of Rochester, Minnesota; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Friday, April 3 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 2 from 5-8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post 234, 23 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Helen M. (Coon) DeLorenze, 81 passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Born on March 18, 1934 in Ballston Spa, she was a life-long resident and daughter of the late Eugene A. and Catherine A. (Wager) Coon.

A graduate of Ballston Spa High School, Helen retired from the Streever Insurance Agency in Ballston Spa where she worked for many years. She loved the outdoors and hiking in the Adirondacks and was a member of the Adirondack Mountain Club 46ers as well as other local hiking clubs. She also enjoyed camping with the Loners on Wheels.

In addition to her parents, Helen is predeceased by her brother, George Coon. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Charles Billings of Loudonville as well as several nieces and nephews.

Services are private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to the Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake, NY 12986 or to the American Diabetes Association.

Judith G. Wolfe 79, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 27, 1935, she was the daughter of Howard and Marion Smejkal.

Judy was an elementary school teacher at Shenendehowa for more than 20 years. She was a lifetime learner who enjoyed reading and was an active member of her book club for over 30 years. She also enjoyed traveling, gardening, and participating in activities at the Malta Senior Center.

Judy was the beloved mother of Amy Wolfe of High Bridge, NJ, Carrie Wolfe (partner Kent Munn) of Sterling, VA and Jeff Wolfe (wife Amy) of Newton, MA; grandchildren Tuesday, Janet, Jessica, Brian, Sarah, David, and Julie; great grandchildren Damien, Tiana, Olivia and Aiden; brothers David Smejkal and Daniel Smejkal of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and nephew Shaun Smejkal.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, March 30 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 Sunday, March 29 from 2 to 4 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Doctors Without Borders at www.doctorswithoutborders.org

Frances E. Brown 76, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015. She was born in Burlington, Vermont on April 29, 1938.

Frances was a secretary for the Boy Scouts of America for several years. She was devoted to her grandchildren and enjoyed reading.

Frances is survived by her daughter Kimberley Garso (Lamont) of Ballston Spa; grandsons Nicholas and Collin; sisters Ruth Blondin (Harold) of Queensbury and Edla Wells of Latham.

A private service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Frances to the Wesley Health Care Center, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Gertrude M. De Chants 86, formerly of McLean Street, Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 23, 2015 at Wesley Health Care Center. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on November 28, 1928, she was the daughter of William and Mary Desadora. She married Angelo De Chants on June 1, 1947; they were married for 50 years until he passed away on March 27, 1998.

Gertie was a caring person and wonderful friend who approached life with enthusiasm. She valued her family, her community and the many friends she made through the years. She thoroughly enjoyed her many years working at Leo’s Diner in Ballston Spa and then in her late 60’s she began a new career as a supermarket marketing demonstrator, retiring in 2013.

Gertie also served as an election official and Cub Scout leader. She enjoyed bowling, gardening, bingo and casinos.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Angelo, and her brother Leo Desadora. Gertie is survived by her son David De Chants and his wife Danielle of Mechanicville, grandchildren Christine Cote and her husband Jeremy, David De Chants, Jr., Jonathan De Chants, Devan De Chants and Danea De Chants; sisters Mena Ravena and her husband John of Mt. Laurel, NJ, Clara Peartree of Ballston Spa, Rosemarie Quade of Latham, Joan Desadora of Saratoga Springs, Gloria Polacko of Amsterdam, sister in law Nancy Desadora, many nieces and nephews, and many close friends.

Gertie’s family would like to express gratitude to the staff of Woodlawn Commons and Wesley Health Care Center for their thoughtfulness and care.

Services by Father Thomas Kelly of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Ballston Spa will be private followed by burial at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Saratoga Springs.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Pine West Plaza, Building 4, Suite 405, Washington Ave Ext., Albany, NY 12205.

Cody J. VanSleet 24, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015. Born in Troy, New York on October 25, 1990. Cody worked for Enpac Pallets and Crates in Corinth.

Cody loved woodworking and was scheduled to show his work at the Northeastern Woodworkers Association Woodworkers Showcase in Saratoga Springs this weekend. A talented artist, he enjoyed attending the Burning Man Festival in Nevada with his Aunt Bobbie.

Cody enjoyed fishing and hanging with his brothers and nephews.

Cody is survived by his mother Patricia VanSleet of Fort Plain, father Richard VanSleet of Lake Luzerne, sister Krissy Bonds (Justin) of Massachusetts, brothers Jeremy VanSleet (Sandina) of Winthrop, Nate VanSleet (Josh) of Corinth, his beloved nephews Ryder and Levi, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9-11am Thursday, March 26 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Suicide Prevention Center of NY.

Elizabeth M. Patterson 77, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015. Born in Gloversville, New York on June 29, 1937, she was the daughter of Joseph and Mary Chartrand.

Betty was a nurse’s aide at Maplewood Manor for 39 years.

Betty grew up in Factory Village and raised her family in Ballston Spa. She was a loving mother who passionately cared for her family and friends. She was famous for her cooking and loved her pets. She also loved ceramics and planting flowers in her yard.

She was predeceased by her husband Richard Patterson. Betty is survived by her sons Curtis Patterson of Saratoga Springs, David Patterson of Fairfield, Iowa and Mark Patterson (Gail) of Jacksonville, Florida; and her grandchildren Jennifer, Michael, River and Kalen.

Funeral services will be held 9am Friday, March 27 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 Thursday, March 26 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

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

Allen L. Thornhill 87, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Born in Saratoga Springs, New York on June 15, 1927, he was the son of Leroy and Florence Thornhill. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Allen worked for General Electric Co. for 38 years.

He was predeceased by his parents Leroy and Florence Thornhill, brothers Wesley Thornhill (Doris) and Kenneth Thornhill; and his sister Ruth Mundell (Harold).

Allen is survived by his wife of 64 years Marie; daughter Allena Delmarter (Bernard), sons Mark Thornhill (Betty), David Thornhill (Valerie), grandsons Mark Thornhill, Jr., Steven Thornhill (Brenda); great granddaughter Bree Thornhill; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in the Spring at Rock City Falls Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in memory of Allen may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Cathy Ann Clampett 64, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015. Born in Kingston, New York on April 20, 1950, she was the daughter of John and Adele Clampett.

She was a graduate of Catskill High School and the College of St. Rose. Cathy was a medical technologist at Samuel Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany for 30 years.

She was predeceased by her parents John and Adele Clampett, longtime companion Erwin Mosher and brother in law Alan Combs. Cathy is survived by her sister Patricia Combs of Daytona Beach, Florida, brother Thomas Clampett (Virginia) of Schenectady; aunts Minerva Tancredi of Tucson, Arizona and Kingston, NY, and Barbara Burtnett (Bill) of Tucson, Arizona.

There will be no service at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Cathy to Old Songs, Inc., 37 South Main Street, PO Box 466, Voorheesville, NY 12186.

Bruce Dean Escher 63, originally from Ballston Spa, passed away at home Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Born in Saratoga Springs on May 6, 1951, he was the son of Charles and Marjorie Escher.

Bruce was a Ballston Spa Police Officer and later worked for Saratoga County as a Welfare Fraud Investigator. In 1988, Bruce moved to Florida where he was a patrolman for the Jupiter Police Department advancing to Detective and later worked in Contractor Certification for Palm Beach County, retiring as Director in 2014.

While living in Ballston Spa, Bruce maintained the "BIG" ice skating rink on Eastern Avenue. He owned and ran Bruce's Bike Shop and sponsored the Ballston Racing Team. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed Harley Rides, road trips, RV’ing the East Coast, and cruising in his boat on the Inter Coastal Waterway of Florida. His infectious laugh will be missed by all who knew him.

He was predeceased by his father Charles Escher and his son Bruce Escher, Jr. Bruce is survived by his wife Lisa; stepsons Matthew Perkins of West Palm Beach, and Raymond Perkins and his three children of Greenfield Center; mother Marjorie Escher; brothers Charles Escher (Lynn) and Raymond Escher (Tina); and several nieces and nephews,.

A celebration of life will be held at his residence March 29th in Palm Beach Gardens. A graveside service will be held in the Ballston Spa Cemetery on a date to be announced.

James E. Murphy 83, passed away Friday, March 13, 2015.

James is survived by his wife Eleanor Murphy; daughters Nancy Cahill (Kerry), Susan Joy (Joe) and Jane Murphy; grandchildren Courtney Cahill, Rebecca Shibley (Luke) and Jon Bunyan; great grandchildren Evan White, Hayden Cahill, Collin White, Lilia White, Sophia White and Mackenzie Shibley; brother Ray Murphy; sister June Murphy; and family friend Bob.

At James request there will be no service.






Julia Brooks 90, passed away Friday, March 13, 2015. Born in Stony Creek, New York on February 23, 1925, she was the daughter of Jay and Mable Eldridge.

Judy enjoyed the simple things in life, yard work, her flower beds, puzzles, and playing the pull tab tickets at area VFW and American Legions. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and her cats.

Judy was a life member of VFW Post 358 Ladies Auxiliary. She was also a member of American Legion Post 234 Ladies Auxiliary and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles 2586.

She was predeceased by her husband Joseph J. Brooks, daughter Connie Minshall, mother Mable Eldridge Knight, father Jay Eldridge, brothers Carl, Chuck, Ben and James, and sister Verna.

Judy is survived by her five children Joseph D. Brooks (Mary) of Greenfield Center, Barbara Staulters of Ballston Spa, Kathy Lewis (Bill) of Ballston Spa, Bonnie Moon of Malta and Dan Brooks of Malta; 14 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, March 17 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 Monday, March 16 from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

A reception will be held at American Legion Post 234, 23 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa following the service at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Saratoga Hospital and Community Hospice of Saratoga for their outstanding care and compassion given to Julia in her final days.

Mary A. Taylor 86, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on December 12, 1928, she was the daughter of Roy and Lillian Thomas.

Mary worked at the Ballston Knitting Mill for several years. She was a charter member of VFW Post 358 Ladies Auxiliary. In her younger years, Mary enjoyed camping with her family, bowling and ceramics. Her greatest joy was helping to raise her grandsons.

She was predeceased by her husband Charles, sister Ruth Sodemann, brother Raymond Thomas, and son in law Edward Manderville. Mary is survived by her daughter Marcia Manderville; grandsons Christopher Barone of San Diego, CA and Jason Barone (Annie) of Ballston Spa; great grandsons Edward and Gus; niece Sally Sroka (John) of Defreestville, and several other nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 13 from 9:30am to 10:30am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 10:30am. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mary may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate

Daniel J. Surdyka 46, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Born in Saratoga Springs, New York on June 3, 1968, he was a graduate of Galway High School. Dan was a tractor trailer driver, until an accident in 1989 when he became a permanent resident of Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs.

Danny loved being in the outdoors where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, hiking and camping.

Dan is survived by his parents, Ronald and Priscilla (Sue) Surdyka, Sr. of Galway; brother Ronald Surdyka, Jr. (Margaret) of Galway; sister Lisa Lamb (Rick) of Fort Plain; niece Suanne Hadley; nephew Robert Hadley, Jr.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, March 9 from 4-6:30pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6:30pm. A graveside service will be held 10am Tuesday, March 10 at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Avenue, Saratoga Springs.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Wesley for their years of loving care and compassion.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Galway Volunteer Fire Co., Inc. or Galway Volunteer Ambulance Corp.

Robert W. Kopp 87, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Born in Schenectady, New York on September 14, 1927, he was the son of Robert and Emma Kopp. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

Bob was a design specialist at the GE Research and Development Center in Niskayuna for over 30 years, retiring in 1987. He was a member and trustee emeritus of the Round Lake United Methodist Church. Bob was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting, fishing and smoking his pipe.

Bob is survived by his wife Mary; his son Carl Kopp (Debbi) of Hagaman; grandchildren Rachel Kopp-Bessette (Darrel) of Amsterdam, Jay Ingersoll (Trish) of Amsterdam, and Robert Kopp (Salina) of Johnstown; great grandchildren Ashley Perrino, Carlin Horn and Harper Kopp; sister Ruth Park of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, March 9 at Round Lake United Methodist Church, 34 George Avenue, Round Lake. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 8 from 2-5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Round Lake United Methodist Church.