Obituaries


Stephen J. Jurcsak 61, passed away Thursday, December 18, 2014 after a long illness. He was born in Ballston Spa, New York on December 29, 1952, the son of the late Andrew and Kathleen Jurcsak. He was an Air Force Veteran serving in Vietnam.

Stephen worked at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for many years, retiring in 2008. He enjoyed gardening, yard work and was an avid sports fan. Stephen enjoyed traveling to Hampton Beach, NH, the Adirondacks, and his favorite spot the Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine.

Stephen will be greatly missed by his family and his best friend Roger Morris. Roger and Stephen spent many mornings at Dunkin Donuts having coffee. Stephen also enjoyed spending time with his cat Simon and his dog Cosmo who were his constant companions.

Stephen is survived by his wife Patricia (Hewitt) Jurcsak; his children Justin Jurcsak and Lauren Jurcsak both of Ballston Spa; his beloved granddaughter Sophia; sisters Candace Waldrop (Charles) of Mount Pleasant, SC and Tracy Biddle of Ballston Spa; brother William Jurcsak (Susan) of Ballston Spa; and several nieces and nephews.

A service with military honors will be held at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga on a later date.

Memorial contributions in memory of Stephen may be made to the C. R. Wood Cancer Center, 100 Park Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801 or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38701.

Harry D. Davis 92, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Born on August 18, 1922, at the family home, Mourningkill Farm, in Ballston Spa, the son of the late Robert and Edith DeFreest Davis. He graduated from Ballston Spa High School. Harry was a decorated Army veteran of World War II and was part of the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

After the war, Harry returned home and worked for 43 years as a test engineer and then manager of the General Electric Material Testing Lab. He took over the family farm and expanded the orchards. As the apple business grew, he and his family created Mourningkill Bake Shop in the 1970’s.

He attended and served for over fifty years at the Ballston Center Presbyterian Church. He was never idle. He loved his farm, his family and his Apple pie. He greeted each day with a smile and was greatly loved and respected by all who knew him.

Harry was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Shirley Witbeck Davis, daughter Diane Davis and brother William Davis. He is survived by his children Sue McCormick (Bob), Denise Smith (Tony), Laurie Boekeloo (Tom) and Robert Davis (Bonnie); grandchildren Kimberly McCormick (James), Rachel Wilner (Paul), Jacob Davis, Zachary Boekeloo and Lydia Boekeloo; great granddaughter Reilly McCormick; sisters Julia Palmatier and Betty Waterhouse; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, December 29 from 10 to 11:30 am at the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa. A service be held at 11:30 am. Burial will follow in the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Harry to the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Tracy R. Smith 84, passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014. Born in Manheim, New York on November 12, 1930, he was the son of Robert and Magdelina Smith. Tracy was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a machinist at the Watervliet Arsenal for many years.

Tracy played mandolin in the Hill Top String Band. He restored old cars and had a car featured in the movie Ironweed. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his wife Bessie; daughter Karen Templin, 6 sisters and 2 brothers. Tracy is survived by his children Robert Smith of Ballston Spa, Brenda Woods of Prince George, VA, Tracy Michael (Scott) of Ballston Spa and Brian Smith (Amy) of Galway; brother John Smith of Tennessee; 11 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, December 21 from 2-4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4pm. Burial with military honors will be 11am Monday, December 22 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Friends are invited to meet at the funeral home at 10am to process to the cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. (woundedwarriorproject.org)

Kevin B. Baskin “Pops”, 62, passed away Saturday, December 13, 2014. Born in Plainfield, New Jersey on May 25, 1952, he was the son of Thurman and Ethel Baskin.

Kevin worked in public safety at Saratoga Hospital and Saratoga Race Track. He later was a jewelry specialist for Kohl’s. Kevin also designed jewelry for the Gem Vault in Flemington, New Jersey.

Kevin was a member of the Capital District Rock Club. He enjoyed rock hunting, gardening, designing jewelry and soccer.

Kevin is survived by his wife Jessie; his son Kyle Baskin of Ballston Spa; and his daughter Kaitlin Brabant and her husband Dallas of Bremerton, Washington.

Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Saratoga Hospital Radiation/Oncology Dept., 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Nancy J. Morley 84, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on August 9, 1930, she was the daughter of Bernard and Birdella Campbell.

Nancy was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and started working as a bookkeeper at the young age of sixteen. For many years she taught ceramic classes out of her home. Later she was a bus monitor for the Ballston Spa Central Schools.

She liked cooking, baking and watching the cooking channels. Nancy enjoyed visiting with her friends and going out to lunch.

She was predeceased by her husband Maurice “Chris” Morley and her brothers John and Ronald Campbell. Nancy is survived by her sister
Jo-Ann Griffin (Frank) of Ballston Spa; stepson Edward J. Morley of Stuart, Florida; two grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9-10:30am Tuesday, December 16 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A mass of Christian burial will follow at 11am in St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s School, 40 Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Fredric (Fritz) F. Feldhaus 74 passed away Monday, December 8, 2014 with his loving wife and family at his side. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 25, 1940 to Harry and Marian Feldhaus. He was the oldest of three boys. In 1959, he joined the US Navy.

After completing recruit training and instruction at Electronics Technician “A” School, he was assigned to the USS KAWISHIWI, AO146 and the USS MAURY, AGS-16. In 1960, he attended Nuclear Power School in Vallejo, California. He then spent four years assigned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt SSBN600. In 1968, he returned to NPTU Ballston Spa for assignment as a staff instructor at the S3G prototype. In the summer of 1971, he was assigned to the USS Benjamin Franklin, SSBN 640. He qualified as Engineering Officer of the Watch and was awarded Navy Achievement Medal for his performance. In 1974, he was again assigned to the SG3 prototype as staff instructor in Ballston Spa, NY. In 1975, he was selected to serve as a technical assistant for the Local Energy Research Development Field Office (AEC) to follow the testing and construction of the S7G. During the next 14 years, he advanced from Master Chief to Ensign, Lieutenant Junior Grade, Lieutenant, and Lieutenant Commander under Admiral Hyman G. Rickover. He went on to work for the Federal Government for over a decade.

Fritz was a dedicated member of the Sub Vets of Albany-Saratoga for ten years and a base board member for six years. In 2014, he became a member of the Holland Club after qualifying in submarines for fifty years. His work ethic, dedication to purpose and honorable service to his country was fully supported by his wife and family. Fritz spent his retirement traveling and sharing his grandchildren’s milestones with his wife. This year Fritz and Jo celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. His memory will be treasured and his legacy honored.

Fritz is survived by his wife Josephine (Jo) Pastore Feldhaus, daughter, Freda Feldhaus McGuire (Thomas), son Phillip Feldhaus (Laurie), mother Marian Feldhaus; brothers Tom Feldhaus and Gary Feldhaus (Shirley); eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Friday, December 12 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial with military honors will follow in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, December 11 from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in memory of Fritz to the USSVI/Albany Saratoga Base, 1557 Crescent Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

A kind and beautiful soul has left the earth. Anna Solotruck Horstman died peacefully at home on Sunday, December 7th. Anna was born on February 18, 1929, upstairs in the family farmhouse on Eastline Road, Malta, to Michael and Anna (Timko) Solotruck. She joined two brothers, Peter and George. Her arrival delighted the entire family and as a little girl, Anna’s exuberance kept the citizens of Eastline Road on their toes with her adventurous spirit. As a young woman Anna had a special part in helping to raise her three nephews, Ronald Solotruck, who survives her, George Tully Solotruck and Peter Solotruck, who predeceased her. She also shared a close connection with her brother George’s son George Solotruck.

Anna attended the one room schoolhouse in Eastline, graduated from Ballston Spa High School and continued her education at Mildred Elley Business School. She was a skilled secretary at IGE in Schenectady until after the birth of her second son. She then devoted the rest of her life to raising her children and caring for her family.

Anna was proud to have been a Saratoga County Election Inspector, a position she held for thirty years. She was a member of the Jonesville United Methodist Church, Home Bureau and a 4H leader. Anna was an accomplished gardener who grew many varieties of vegetables and flowers. She canned, preserved and cooked marvelous dishes from the bounty of her garden. She also had many farm animals as pets.

Anna was predeceased by her parents, her brothers and two nephews. Anna is survived by her loving family: her husband of 62 years, Richard, whom she married on January 27, 1952, her children: John (Valerie) Horstman, Michael (Jenny) Horstman, Grace (William) Dunker, and Carol (Daniel) Wheeler, grandchildren: Alexandra (Michael) Jackson, William (Ashley) Dunker, Erin Horstman, Stuart Horstman, Kyle (Liz) Wheeler, Mitchell (girlfriend Ashley) Wheeler, and Jacob (girlfriend Sheanna) Wheeler. Anna is survived by many other beloved relatives.

Calling hours are Sunday December 14th from 1 to 5 at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be Monday, December 15th at 10 am at the Jonesville United Methodist Church on Main Street Jonesville. Burial will follow at the Eastline Cemetery on Round Lake Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Saratoga, who provided such compassionate care to Anna and her family, or the Montgomery County SPCA, as Anna had a special love for all living things.

Robert H. Heritage 73, passed away Monday, December 8, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 26, 1941, he was the son of Roscoe and Viola Heritage. He was an Army veteran serving in Vietnam. As a youth, Bob worked at Stack’s Apple Orchard in Ballston Spa and later at General Electric Co for over 20 years.

Bob enjoyed dancing and playing BINGO. He ran a sports memorabilia business for several years. Bob loved NASCAR and watching the races at Albany Saratoga Speedway and Fonda Speedway. He enjoyed eating ice cream with his dog Ruby.

He was predeceased by his wife Kathleen Heritage, brothers Louie Heritage and Ralph Heritage, and sister Dorothy Howe. Bob is survived by his sister Mary Suits of Malta; nieces and nephews Cindy, Ronald, Marie, Louie, Gene, Arthur, Robert and Dean; adopted son Jay Fitzgerald and his wife Angela; and dear friends John and Peggy Fitzgerald.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Betty Jane Wolfe, 69, passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on December 6, 1944 she was the daughter of Ellen Bunyan and John Howard.

Betty Jane was a school bus driver for Galway Central School for many years. She was a member of the Ballston Spa Elks Auxiliary and the Ballston Area Seniors.
She was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening, traveling and the theater.

She was predeceased by her parents, brother Jack Howard, and goddaughter Kathleen Brucker. Betty Jane is survived by her children Tammi Lynne Wolfe of Ballston Spa and Shane Allen Wolfe of Fort Pierce, FL; grandchildren Cheyenne Coulombe of North Port, FL and Logan Wolfe of Fort Pierce, FL; sisters Mary Ebert (Al) of Ballston Spa, Marie Figueroa (Luis) of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, Beverly Clark of Ballston Spa; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, December 7 from 2-4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4pm.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Betty Jane to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Raymond J. Meyers 79, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Born in Caroga Lake, NY on August 13, 1935, he was the son of Andrew and Ethel Meyers. He served in the Navy for 21 years, retiring in 1975. He served four tours in Vietnam and on nine different ships during his career. His favorite ship was the Kansas City and his favorite port of call was Pago, Pago.

Ray worked for O. D. Heck Developmental Center for 20 years, and later for Parts Unlimited and Saratoga Race Course. He was member of Ballston Spa Elks Lodge #2619, American Legion Post 234, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and a life member of VFW Post 7097. Ray was a charter member of the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard.

Ray enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, his “granddog and girlfriend” Shadow, and traveling.

He was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Ethel Meyers and brother Arnold Meyers. Ray is survived by his wife Susan Meyers; stepdaughter Shelly Bessey (Roy) of Ballston Spa, stepson Charles O’Brien (Cynthia) of Garner, NC; stepgrandson Michael O’Brien; sisters Betty DeVoe of Caroga Lake, Marion Cheney (Al) of Caroga Lake and Marie Reddin (Ted) of Tennessee; mother in law Mary Miner of Ballston Spa; sister in law Sally Harrington (Charles) of Ballston Spa; special friends Daniel and Linda Doyle, and Stu Sillars; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 1:30pm Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road Town of Saratoga. A celebration of life will follow at the Ballston Spa Elks Lodge, 10 Hamilton Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Ave, Albany, NY 12208 or Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to sincerely thank the staff on 9B Hero Wing at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center for taking such wonderful care of Ray. We truly appreciate all you do for veterans.

Marilou Rossi 82, passed away Saturday, November 29, 2014. Born in Niskayuna, NY on January 22, 1932, she was the daughter of Marshall and Mary Elizabeth Duclos.

Marilou was a devoted mother and nana who was loved by all. She enjoyed volunteer work and served as a Eucharist Minister at St. Paul’s Church in Schenectady.

She was predeceased by her husband Nicholas Rossi. Marilou is survived by her children Debra Vealey of Albany, Nicholas “Bob” Rossi (Becky) of Schenectady, and Kathleen Rossi-Roh (Dave) of Melrose, Massachusetts; grandchildren Nicole Rossi (Josh), Colleen Hildreth (Thomas), Nicholas Rossi (Marisa), Brendon Vealey, and Jessie Roh; great grandson Shane Rossi; brother Marshall Paul DuClos; and cousin Margaret Silverman.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9:30-10:30am Wednesday, December 3 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A mass of Christian burial will follow at 11am at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Marilou to the children’s charity of your choice.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. David Rockwell and Dr. Hani Shahata for their care and compassion.

Fred J. Rogner, 71 of Burnt Hills, passed away at home on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 after a brief illness. Born on February 4, 1943 in Saratoga Springs, he was the oldest son of Anita K. Rogner and the late Hans Rogner.

Fred taught science at Stillwater Central Schools for over 30 years, retiring in 2002. He was also known for making high quality horse hay. In his free time, he enjoyed cross-country skiing, biking and was a great animal lover. Fred could also be found every August at the Empire Farm Days and daily at either the local Stewart’s or Dunkin’ Donuts.

Fred served on the Town of Ballston Zoning Board of Appeals for many years.

Fred is survived by his wife, Sharon Rogner; mother Anita Rogner; sister, Linda Nutting (Tom); brothers Jim Rogner (Anna Marie) and Tom Rogner; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a time of remembrance and visitation from 2-4pm Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in the William E. Sewell Community Room at the Ballston Town Hall, 323 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa. There will be a time for sharing memories of Fred starting at 3:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Irene P. Schallehn 89, passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014 at her home. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 7, 1925, she was the daughter of Raffaele and Antonetta Pastore. She was salutatorian of her graduating class at Ballston Spa High School and received her master’s degree from Albany State Teacher’s College.

Irene began her teaching career at Dolgeville Central Schools and later taught English at Ballston Spa High School for over 20 years, retiring in 1984. She was the first teacher awarded an honorary membership in the National Honor Society. Even after her retirement she received cards and letters from grateful students.

As a child, she was an actress in many local productions. She continued her acting through high school and college. Later, she directed plays at St. Mary’s School through the CYO Program.

Irene enjoyed hiking, vacationing in Maine and the family camp on Saratoga Lake. Her greatest joy was attending her grandchildren’s many activities.

She was predeceased by her husband Eugene, her brother Lucien Pastore and her sister Rose Miranda. Irene is survived by her children Bernie Schallehn (Alta) of Voorheesville, Mike Schallehn (Mary) of West Milton, and Gina Schallehn-Uebrick (Mark) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Nikki Coleman (Joe), Karla Schallehn (Nathan Wojcik), Valerie Bonfey (Greg), Luc Schallehn, Walker Tedford, Brighton Tedford and Schallehn Tedford; great grandchildren Vanessa Coleman and Barrett Coleman; sisters Theresa Miranda of Ballston Spa and Florence Fountaine of Ballston Spa; brother Paul Pastore of Ballston Spa; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be held 9:30am Wednesday, November 26 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, November 25 from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the food pantry at Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Maurice Perkins Hale, Jr., 88, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Born in Powell, Wyoming on April 1, 1926, Maurice grew up on the farm of his parents, Maurice and Nova Hale. He served in the Navy during World War II, and afterwards attended Union College and LeTourneau University. In 1952 he married Dorothy Joan Grosvenor. The Lord blessed them with four sons and a daughter.

Maurice worked for the General Electric Research Lab and the Burnt Hills School District before retiring in 1991. “Moe,” as he was affectionately known, had a special gift for making people feel valued. His ability to accept others just as they are gave him many friends. He had a keen analytical mind and was interested in a wide variety of subjects. Moe could fix just about anything from TVs to cars. His riding mower was a prized possession, and caring for his Ridge Road property was a favorite pastime.

The great passion of his life was knowing, loving and serving Jesus Christ. He was deeply involved from the beginning in the formation of the East Glenville Community Church and served there in many different roles. His love of the gospel inspired him to support many missions and missionaries. He volunteered for years at the Schenectady City Mission, mentoring men and pointing them towards Christ.

Moe deeply loved his family, cherishing “Doddy,” his dear wife of 63 years, his five children and their spouses, seventeen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He carried them all close to his heart, often calling and encouraging them.

He is survived by his wife,”Doddy”; his brother, David Hale; sisters Margaret Bushnel and Ann Marra; sons James, David, Richard, and Robert; and a daughter, Susan Hale.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday December 6, 2014, at 10:00 AM at the East Glenville Community Church, 351 Saratoga Rd, East Glenville, New York.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Schenectady City Mission.

Roger G. Chase 91, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Born on August 13, 1923 in Broadalbin, NY, he was the son of Wilbur and Mary Chase. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Roger served as Assessor for the Town of Galway for 30 years. He also worked at General Electric, retiring in 1985. His good work ethics and reliability gave him an outstanding reputation.

Roger was predeceased by his beloved wife of 56 years, Sonia and his son Gerald W. Chase. He is survived by his son Ronald R. Chase of Galway.

At Roger’s request there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Galway Ambulance Corp., PO Box 22, Galway, NY 12074 or the charity of your choice.

Robert J. Scanlon 65, passed away Sunday, November 16, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 21, 1949, he was the son of John and Velma Scanlon. Bob worked at Knolls Atomic Power Lab in West Milton for 47 years, retiring on July 31, 2014.

Bob loved watching local car racing at Albany Saratoga Speedway and Fonda Speedway. He enjoyed Nascar, bowling and playing pool.

Bob is survived by his uncles James Manzer of Ballston Spa and Bruce Manzer of Bahrain; several cousins; best friends David and Angela White of Brunswick; and his many friends and co-workers.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, November 19 from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

Leslie C. Bottger 87, passed away Saturday, November 15, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on December 7, 1926, he served in the US Navy and later retired from the US Air Force after 20 years of service.

Leslie was a machine operator at General Electric Co for 20 years. He was a member of VFW Post 1895 of Schenectady and Charlton Seniors. He enjoyed model trains, reading and fishing with his friend Pete.

He was predeceased by his wife Barbara and his sister Rita Colon. Leslie is survived by his daughter Nancy Bottger of South Hadley, Massachusetts; grandchildren John Mango (Crystal) of Chicopee, Massachusetts and Maryanne Cournoyer of South Hadley, Massachusetts; great grandchildren Nathan Mango, Erin Mango, Joseph Cournoyer and Ashley Cournoyer, friends Nancy Bianco and her family of Ballston Lake; and Pete and Flo Edwards of Ballston Lake.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, November 19 from 11am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 12 noon. Burial will be in Memory Gardens in Colonie.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Louis E. Hemm, 76, passed away at home on Sunday, November 9, 2014 surrounded by his loving family, after a valiant battle with lung cancer.

Lou was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on May 26, 1938, he was the son of the late Louis and Marie Hemm. He graduated from Chicopee High School and the Hamden School of Pharmacy in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy.

He served in the Air National Guard of Massachusetts and was stationed overseas in France. Upon returning home, Lou took a job at Northampton State Hospital, where he retired after 30 years of service as their pharmacist. He also worked at Center Pharmacy in Chicopee, MA. Lou finished his career as a pharmacist retiring in August 2013 from Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke, MA.

Lou’s desire to become a pharmacist came after spending many hours with his uncle, who was also a pharmacist at Leja’s pharmacy in Holyoke, MA.

Lou’s love for woodworking was evident in all the homes he owned. Every home became a showcase for his passion, the last being the sunroom he built where he spent a lot of time during his last days. His other passion was working outside in his many gardens.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother in law Dennis Mokrzycki. Lou is survived by his wife of 12 years, Barbara Matthews-Hemm; his children Deborah Chicorka (David) of Enfield, CT, Todd Hemm (Lisa) of Colchester, CT, and Doreen Shaffer (Michael) of Saratoga Springs, NY; stepchildren Scott Matthews (Carolyn Goering) of Slingerlands, NY and Neil Matthews (Michele) of Saratoga Springs, NY; grandchildren Amanda, Branden, Chrissy, Matthew, Laura, Alyssa, Katelyn, Victoria, Nicholas, Brooke, Scott, Dawn and Steven; sister Joyce Mokrzycki and niece Kerry Carneiro both of West Springfield, MA.

A memorial service will be held 10am Friday, November 14 at the Niskayuna Reformed Church, 3041 Troy Schenectady Road, Schenectady, NY. Burial will follow in the Niskayuna Reformed Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga Wish Fund c/o Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Delmonte and his staff, and Community Hospice of Saratoga, especially Arlene and Donna, for allowing Lou to pass on with pride and dignity.

Helen F. Rubinski 89, passed away Saturday, November 1, 2014. She was born in Galway, New York on April 6, 1925 to John and Mary Jaworsky.

Helen worked at Mohasco Industries in Amsterdam for several years. She enjoyed gardening and flowers. Helen was an animal lover, especially her cats. She was known as “Bobshee” to her beloved great grandchildren, whom she loved spending time with.

She was predeceased by her husband John Rubinski and her sister Blanche Benzal. Helen is survived by her grandson Michael Kennedy and his wife Kellie and their children Lexi and Justin; sister Ann Morris of Scotia; nephews Donald Furman of Saratoga Springs and John Furman of New Mexico; niece Dr. Eileen Friedman of Syracuse; great niece Tracy Furman of Clifton Park; friend Melanie Meilunas and her family, David, Abigale, Trevor, Keith, Dalton, Mikayla, and Madelyn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, November 4 from 12:30-1:30pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 1:30pm. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

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

Jeff Francis Manning, 57, devoted husband, father, son and brother, died Wednesday, October 29, surrounded by his family.

Jeff was born on October 20, 1957, in Verdun, France to Jerald and Wreatha Manning.

Jeff graduated from Ballston Spa High School, where he met his high school sweetheart and future wife of 37 years, Mary Ann Manning.

Jeff was a hard-working man who took pride in his work. He started his career at Kraft General Foods before working at Universal Packaging. He ended his career proudly as the Deputy Superintendent of Highways, for the town of Milton.

Jeff enjoyed restoring old cars and working in his garage, traveling South in his Motor home with his wife and 8 Yorkshire Terriers, and working outside in his backyard.

Jeff is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; his two children, Jennifer Christine and Jeffrey Michael; Mother, Wreatha Manning; Brothers and Sisters, Jerald Manning (Carla), Janet Manning (Pete Cahill) and Judy Kelley (Bill); His mother in law, Dorothy Antinore; Brothers and Sister in law, Patty Gabree (Jim), Chuck Antinore (Lynn), and Jim Antinore (Cathy); aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerald Manning, his grandmother, Lillian Rhodes and his father in law, Vincent Antinore.

The family has requested a private memorial. In lieu of flowers sent to the family, the family asks that donations be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. The family would like to give their sincerest thanks to Dr. Romero, the staff at Malta Medical Hematology and Oncology, and the staff at Saratoga Hospital for their compassionate care.

Erma (Reynolds) Snell, 89, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at Wesley Nursing Home. In her final days she was surrounded by her loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Erma was born March 26, 1925 to Benjamin and Edna Reynolds in Greenfield, NY. She was one of six children.

She married Herbert Snell in 1944 and they had two children, Ruth and Bonita. Erma found no greater joy than raising her children. In addition to spending time with her family, Erma enjoyed word searches and country music. She was known for her famous potato and Jell-O salads, macaroni & cheese and hot dogs, as well as her beautiful hand-knit Christmas Stockings (many of which were made with love while cheering on her New York Yankees).

During her long life, Erma worked at many different places including Cudney’s Laundry, Ballston Knitting Company and retired from Universal Medical. Erma lived in the same house, which she helped to build, for the past 55 years. She worked hard throughout her life to provide for her family and to ensure that they always had a place to call home.

Erma was fortunate to have spent the past 40 years surrounded by not just her children, but her grandchildren, Chuck and Kelly, as well. And life only got better when she welcomed her great-grandchildren, Peyton, Sydney and Cooper. Grammy will always hold a special place in their hearts.

Erma was predeceased by her parents, her husband and her siblings.

Erma leaves behind her two children Ruth Donohue and her husband, Jim, and Bonnie Quackenbush and her husband, Duane; her two grandchildren Charles Donohue and wife Malinda, and Kelly (Donohue) Catarelli and husband Jason; and three great-grandchildren, Peyton, Sydney and Cooper.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9-10am Friday, October 31 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 10am. Burial will be in Dunning St. Cemetery, Malta.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

Robert P. Furman 62, passed away Saturday, October 25, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on January 19, 1952 he was the son of the late Robert and Wreatha Furman. Bob served in the US Air Force for 20 years, retiring in 1991.

Bob is survived by his brother Gary Furman of Malta; nephew Scott Furman (Lisa) and their children Ashley and Kira of Ballston Spa: niece Kattie Dixon (Jason) and their children Amber and Kai of Ballston Spa; and his uncle Robert Blizzard of Malta.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 1pm Wednesday, November 5 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

Jeanette A. Grady 90, passed away Thursday, October 23, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on September 17, 1924, she was the daughter of Adam and Cecilia Wojtowecz. She worked at the Ballston Knitting Mill for many years.

Jeanette enjoyed playing cards and was an excellent cook. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband John, son Patrick, brothers Irvin, Chester, Walter and John Wojtowecz, sisters Caroline Breyo, Emily Wojtowecz, Margaret Heritage and Stella Diggins. Jeanette is survived by her children James Grady (Debbie) of Saratoga Springs and Karen Shea of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Kelly, John, Maureen, Michael, James Jr. (Crissy), Meghan (Jason), Jonathan (Lisa), and Brandon (Kate); sister Agnes Gawrys of Ballston Spa; 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, October 26 from 3-6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs on Monday, October 27 with a graveside service at 10am.

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

Joseph J. Miles 53, passed away Sunday, October 12, 2014. Born in Troy, New York on November 20, 1960 he was the son of Leon and Ellen Miles. Joe was a truck driver for PVC Industries for many years.

Joe had a wonderful sense of humor and was always telling jokes and stories. He enjoyed woodworking. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his beloved daughter Rebecca and his family. He was an amazing person who will be missed by all who knew him.

He was predeceased by his son Dalton. Joe is survived by his wife Bobbi and their daughter Rebecca; stepmother Carol Miles of Rensselaer; sisters Charlotte Grant of Tennessee and Celeste Miles of Rensselaer; brother Noel Miles of Illinois and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 16 from 6-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 7pm.

Robert E. Rougier 77, passed away Wednesday, October 8, 2014. He was born in Ballston Spa, New York on September 4, 1937. He worked for Ballston Spa Central Schools for many years, retiring in 1987.

Bob was a life member of the Rock City Falls Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed watching Nascar and spending time with his beloved grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife Rosalie and his brothers William and Norman. Bob is survived by his children Robert Rougier (Kim) of Ballston Spa and Rhonda Vervey (Henk) of Hannibal; grandchildren Adriana, Greg and Roxanne (Nate); and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, October 13 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 from 2-5pm on Sunday, October 12 at the funeral home.

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

Diana M. Gardner 68, passed away Wednesday, October 8, 2014. She was born in Spokane, Washington on April 21, 1946. She moved to Clifton Park in 1969 where she raised her family and then moved to Saratoga Springs in 1990.

Diana was a registered nurse at Saratoga Hospital for many years. She later worked as a nurse for the NYS Department of Corrections at Coxsackie Correctional Facility and Mount McGregor Correctional Facility, retiring in 2010.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed painting, ceramics, crafts and occasionally singing Karaoke. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents Irving and Doris Cunningham and her brother Stanley Watts. Diana is survived by her children Kimberly Soden (Michael) of Ballston Spa, Michael Gardner (Christine) of Galway, Jeanette Spero (Michael) of Saratoga Springs and Teresa Falvey (Cornelius III) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Adam, Aaron, Joshua, Adreena, Ryan (Joanna), Kirsten, Nicholas, Christian, Brenden, Brianna and Zachary; great grandson Talon; brothers Richard Cunningham and James Cunningham; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5-7pm Friday, October 10 at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A celebration of Diana’s life will be held 2pm Sunday, October 12 at her son’s home 111 Maston Road in Galway.

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

MaryAnn Anderson 70, passed away Sunday, October 5, 2014. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on September 14, 1944, she was the daughter of Leonard and Edna Brown.

MaryAnn was a home health aide and was a volunteer at Mary’s Haven for many years. She enjoyed making crafts.

She was predeceased by her husband Douglas Campbell, mother Edna Brown and sister Janice Evert. MaryAnn is survived by her children Laurie Campbell of Tennessee, Jon Campbell of Utah and Tina Campbell of South Carolina; her father Leonard Brown of Malta; sisters Arlene Summers of Florida and Kathy Barnes of Amsterdam; half-brother David Wright of Argyle; cousin Macia Lawrence of Ballston Spa; 6 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 10am Saturday, October 11 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Factory Village Cemetery.

Following the services, relatives and friends are invited to a reception at Doubleday Woods, 91 Church Ave, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mary’s Haven, 35 New Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Carl E. Englehart 84, passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on January 24, 1930, he was the son of Frank and Ethel Englehart. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and Cobleskill College.

Carl worked at the Pine Grove Dairy and on his family farm for several years. In 1960 he began work as an Artificial Inseminator Technician and retired from Eastern Artificial Insemination Cooperative, Inc. in Ithaca, NY. Carl was the Tax Collector for the Town of Milton for 41 years.

Carl was an avid gardener and enjoyed fishing and small game hunting. He was famous for his Tomato Wine. He was a member of the Milton Grange and Ballston Spa Elks and served as president of the Ballston Spa Junior Baseball League. Carl enjoyed the Saratoga County Fair and was a cattle judge for several years.

He was predeceased by his wife Mary Englehart, brothers, Everett, Lawrence and Frank Englehart, Jr., and sister in law Shirley Mahar. Carl is survived by his children, Deborah Crane (James) of Ballston Spa, Karen Garant (John) of Ballston Spa, Wendy Butkus (Gregory) of Charlton and Halie Englehart (Rebecca) of Ballston Spa; granddaughters Stacie, Jennifer, Robynn, Melanie and Erin; great grandsons Jackson, Benjamin, Vander, Gunder and Brady; brother Raymond Englehart (Jean) of Schenectady; sister in law Evangeline Brenenstuhl of Cohoes, several nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog Lola.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, October 6 at the First Baptist Church, 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, October 5 from 2-6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Carl to the Ballston Spa Junior Baseball, PO Box 172, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Betty Jane McCartney 89, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 after a long illness. She was born on April 28, 1925 in Delanson, NY, the daughter of the late Henry and Edith (Dingman) Richtmyer.

Betty was a graduate of Nott Terrace High School. She worked at the Carl Company in Glenville and later retired from Saratoga County. In the 6th grade, Betty met Thomas McCartney, they were married on June 21, 1947.

She was predeceased by her brother James Richtmyer and sister Marjorie Richtmyer. Betty is survived by her husband of 67 years, Thomas A. McCartney; daughter, Kathleen Foster (Tom); two sons, Thomas H. McCartney (Kim) and Mark McCartney (Cindy); three grandsons, William McCartney, Andrew McCartney and Jesse McCartney; and niece Diedre Wright (Roland) and their son Christopher.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Betty to Community Hospice of Amsterdam, 246 Manny Corners Road, Amsterdam, NY 12010.

The family would like to thank Corrine Staniskia for the seven years of loving care she gave to Betty and each and every one of the staff of Community Hospice of Amsterdam for their care and support.

Aaron Lindsey Huggins, 31, a loving father, husband, son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend, died peacefully on September 24 at Saratoga Hospital surrounded by family and friends.

Born in Albany and raised in Saratoga, Aaron grew up enjoying camping with his family and had a passion for baseball, especially his beloved Boston Red Sox. His spark for adventure led to winter weekends spent in the mountains on his snowboard and even a sky dive out of a plane. On November 17, 2012, he married Alisa Goodman of Fort Ann and they welcomed their beautiful boy Aidan Lee in April 2013. Aaron enjoyed spending time together with his young family. In the spring of 2014, Aaron completed an apprenticeship program to become a journeyman, often working in areas of disaster relief.

In addition to his wife and son, Aaron is survived by his parents Reggie and Andrea Huggins of Saratoga Springs; his brother and sister-in-law Shane and Jessica Huggins of Rotterdam; his maternal grandmother Betty Dean of Ballston Spa; his paternal grandparents Gerald and Sharon Huggins of Howe Caverns; his parents in-law, Les and Colleen Goodman, two sister in-laws and niece; his extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins; and many friends.

The family is welcoming everyone who would like to pay tribute to Aaron to a memorial service and celebration of life on Sunday, October 5 from 1 to 4 pm at the Ballston Spa Country Club. Time will be set aside at 2:30 pm for family and friends to share a few words in remembrance of Aaron.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be contributed to a trust started on behalf of Aaron for his son, Aidan at www.gofundme.com/f2wpn4 or by calling State Farm Agent Nicole Della Porta at (518)587-0136. The family wishes to thank the Saratoga Hospital staff for their exceptional care, as well as the friends and colleagues who have shown their support.