Obituaries


Orville B. Curtiss, age 78, died after a short illness on February 24, 2015, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Orv was born on January 31, 1937 in Ballston Spa NY to parents W. Schuyler and Winnie Boyd Curtiss. He graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 1955. He enlisted in the Air National Guard on April 4, 1954 and served until February 28, 1993. Orv rose to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, with total service of 39 years with the Stratton Air National Guard Base, 109th Airlift Wing.

Orv was a charter member of the Galway Lions Club and served in various roles, including President, 1st Vice President and Club Secretary. He served on the district level as Zone Chairman and Region Chairman, and held numerous other committee chairmanships. Lion Orv was District Governor of District 20-Y2 1988-89 and was recognized as a Life Member by the Galway Lions Club and was a three-time honoree of the Melvin Jones Fellowship. One of his proudest moments was when he, as District Governor, signed the agreement between District 20-Y2 and the Albany Medical Center creating the Lions Eye Institute. At that time he became the Institute’s first Knight of the Blind.

Orv served the Town of Charlton as Zoning Administrative Officer for seven years, Planning Board member for seven years, and chairman of the Planning Board for six of those years. He was a Trustee for and a member of the Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church.

Orv enjoyed flying his entire life and held a private pilot’s license, commercial pilot’s license, flight instructor rating, instrument pilot’s license and a multi-engine rating.

His family and friends will always remember him as an avid and passionate golfer who never stopped chasing that elusive hole in one. Orv recently achieved his goal of writing a collection of personal stories, entitled “My Way,” to share with his family and friends.

Orv is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judith A. (Holbrook) Curtiss, of Charlton, NY, his children Lisa (Jeff) McKenzie of Stillwater NY, Kelly (Len) Martin of Galway NY, Todd (Nancy) Curtiss of Billings MT, and Jill (Joe) Galarneau of Ballston Spa NY; his grandchildren: Allison and Anna McKenzie; Karenna, Hayley, and Brooke Martin; Tia Curtiss; Kyle and Curtis Galarneau; and Amanda Galarneau (Ben) Bowman; and great-grandson, Ryan Bowman. He is also survived by his twin brother Oscar B. Curtiss and brothers and sisters: Charlotte Fick, Jane Mason, Angeline King, Laura Armstrong, Charles Curtiss, and Norman Curtiss. He was preceded in death by his brother William S. Curtiss.

Relatives and friends may call from 1-5pm on Sunday, March 1 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A funeral service will be held 10am Monday, March 2 at Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church, 768 Charlton Road, Charlton. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.

The family would like to thank Dr. Courtney Bellomo of NY Oncology Hematology at Albany Medical Center for her compassionate care and Community Hospice of Saratoga and Arlene Lyons for their gentle and kind support during Orv’s illness. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Orv’s memory to the Galway Lions Club, P.O. Box 244 Galway, NY.

Shirley G. Palmateer 85, passed away Monday, February 23, 2015. Born in Charlton, New York on September 22, 1929, she was the daughter of Harry and Sarah Gilchrist.

Shirley worked at General Electric Company and later worked at Agway for many years, until her retirement. She was a member of the West Charlton Presbyterian Church. Shirley volunteered at the Galway Food Pantry and enjoyed working in her flower garden.

She was predeceased by her brother Donald Gilchrist. Shirley is survived by her husband Floyd; her sons Bruce Palmateer of Middle Grove, Barry Palmateer of Galway and Brian Palmateer (MaryBeth) of Greenfield; grandchildren Mandi, Angela, Barry, Dan and Ben; great grandchildren Jasmine, Alexis, Natalie and Jaxon; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions in memory of Shirley may be made to the Galway Food Pantry, PO Box 31, Galway, NY 12074.

Teresa L. Timpanaro 90, passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015. Born in Amsterdam, New York on January 11, 1925, she was the daughter of Frank and Grace Panza.

Teresa was a restaurateur operating Panza’s Moonlight Inn in Saratoga Springs and later Joyce’s Log Cabin in Mechanicville with her husband Sebastian for many years. She enjoyed music, theater, swimming, traveling and baking. She was devoted to her family, they were her pride and joy.

145 North Main Street, Teresa’s long time home was forever open to all who knocked or rang the bell. There was rarely an evening when someone was not sitting around her kitchen booth drinking coffee, chatting and sharing thoughts. Teresa taught every child in the neighborhood how to swim in her family pool.

She was predeceased by her husband Sebastian "Busty", son Michael, and brother Joseph Panza. Teresa is survived by her daughters Nancy Timpanaro-Hogan (Wayne) of Halfmoon, Susan Hatalsky (Larry) of Malta, Johna Simmons (Donald) of Huntersville, NC; grandchildren Aaren Harris (Chris) of Greenfield Center, Stephanie Leonard (Kain) of Gunnison, CO, Blaise Timpanaro (Shawnna) of Mechanicville, Michael Timpanaro (Nicole Murphy) of Clifton Park, Matthew Simmons of Huntersville, NC and Taylor Simmons of Huntersville, NC; great grandchildren Alpine, Luisa, and Rewan; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 28 from 10-11:30am at All Saints on the Hudson Church, 121 North Main Street, Mechanicville. A mass will follow at 11:30am.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Pine West Plaza, Building 4, Suite 405, Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12205.

Terrence B. Vedder “Terry” with a capital T, 73, passed away Saturday, February 21, 2015. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on May 1, 1941, she was the daughter of William and Rose Kelley, Sr. and had a great childhood growing up on Mechanic Street. Terry was a secretary for Knolls Atomic Power Lab for several years and then worked in her brother, Dr. William Kelley’s office in Ballston Spa.

Terry loved life and truly enjoyed time with family and friends especially picnics and holidays. She enjoyed Friday nights at Monaco’s with her BFF Judy. In later years, she was a D-Line Dame, loving the good times and laughs with friends.

She was predeceased by her kind and loving husband Carl Vedder and her best friend and cousin Judy Brunell. Terry is survived by her daughter Kelley Bouchard and her husband Terry; her beloved and cherished granddaughters Bablina Rose and Ada Lee; brother Dr. William Kelley; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, February 27 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 26 from 4-7pm at the funeral home.

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

Todd John Maiuccoro, 44, of Malta passed away suddenly of natural causes on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at his home in Malta. Todd was born in Niskayuna, NY on April 20, 1970 to Janet Howells. He attended Shenendehowa High School.

Todd had many passions. He faithfully cheered on Dale Earnhart Jr. and loved watching and attending Nascar events. He was a frequent concert goer and enjoyed meeting the bands. The love of his life and constant companion was his Jack Russell Terrier, Cujo. He was quite fond of all animals.

Todd is survived by his loving mother Janet A. Howells of Saratoga Springs; his sister Janet Faraone (Nick) of Richmond, VA; his aunt Helen Dix (Jim) of Costa Mesa, CA; his aunt Carole Koch (Ray) of Amsterdam; his uncle Gary Maiuccoro (Cindy) of Schenectady; his uncle Rocco DiBianco (Marti) of Siesta Key, FL; his cousins Christopher DiBianco (Karen) of Schenectady, Stephanie DiBianco of Los Angeles, CA and Carla Hopkins of Philadelphia, PA; his nephew Nicholas, and his nieces Emily and Olivia.

Family and friends are invited to call from 10:30am to Noon on Saturday, February 21 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at Noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Todd 's memory to Adirondack Save-A-Stray, 4880 Route 9N, Corinth, NY 12822.

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.

A memorial service will be held in the Spring at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Elaine Kuder-Griffin 65, passed away Thursday, February 12, 2015, at her home. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on January 6, 1950, she was the daughter of Charles and Madeline Kuder. Elaine was an auditor for Saratoga County for many years, retiring in 2014.

She enjoyed tending to her flower garden and reading. Elaine trained and showed dogs for many years. She was a horse enthusiast and enjoyed riding. Her greatest joy was spoiling her granddaughter, Cadence.

Elaine is survived by her husband Douglas, her children Jennifer Wiesen (Richard) Ballston Spa and Candace Harblin (Patrick) of Ballston Spa; granddaughter Cadence Harblin of Ballston Spa and sister Charleen LaMore of Malta.

A memorial service will be held in the Spring at her home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.

We mourn the passing of James Lloyd Richardson, 78, of Malta, NY on February 11, 2015. Alzheimer’s took his memory, but we remember him as a loving father, resourceful fix-it man, devoted fisherman, hunter, camper, hardworking foreman, passionate reader and light-hearted friend.

Born in October 28, 1936 in Covington, Indiana, the son of Paul and Florence Richardson, he loved the outdoors and spoke fondly of adventures in the fields and streams where he grew up. Jim joined the US Air Force after a short stint on the Chicago railroad. He often joked that he “joined the Air Force to see the world, but only got as far as Syracuse, NY.” His service experience taught him skills for air conditioning, which he turned into a 40 year career at Carrier.

Jim is survived by his children Marie Hercamp (Ted), Diane Robles (Joe) and Jeff Richardson; grandchildren Kevin, Rebecca, Andrew and Alexa; siblings Frank Richardson, Betty Winspear, Ed Richardson, Wayne Richardson, Dave Richardson, and Mike Richardson. His former wife Helen Neuroth Richardson remained a dear friend.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am, Monday, February 23 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.

Memorial contributions to St. Mary’s School or the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) are appreciated or join the cause by walking in a local walk for Alzheimer’s as a way to pay tribute.

Raymond B. Bond 77, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Born in Delanson, New York on April 22, 1937, he was the son of Willard and Leona Bond, Sr. Ray served in the US Air Force. He was a truck driver for many years.

He was predeceased by his wife Mary and his sister Marion Kerney. Ray is survived by his children Sharon Winner of Mariaville, Marsha Dunn of Schenectady, Robert Blake (Linda) of Ballston Spa, Michael Bond of Schenectady, Raymond Bond of Ballston Spa and Kenneth Bond of Ballston Spa; grandson Cory and many other grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9:30-10:30am Tuesday, February 17 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 10:30am. Burial will military honors will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

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

Robert T. Dufort Sr., 80 passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2015. Born in Cohoes, New York on May 15, 1934, he was the son of Edward and Helen Dufort, Sr.

Bob was a welder at General Electric for many years. He enjoyed RV’ing, boating and spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Rose, and his brothers, Edward and Leo. Bob is survived by his wife Josephine; his children Robert Dufort, Jr. (Pam) of Ballston Spa, Laural Fernau (Greg) of Schenectady and Donna Dufort of Liverpool; stepson Jerry DeFilippo (Mary) of Ballston Spa; many grandchildren, a great grandson and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, February 16 from 9-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A mass of Christian burial will follow at 11:30am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial at Memory Gardens will be in the Spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Foundation for Ellis Medicine, 1101 Nott Street, Schenectady, NY 12308 or Baptist Health Nursing and Rehab Center, 297 North Ballston Avenue, Scotia, NY 12302

George E. Lee 81, passed away Thursday, Febuary 5, 2015. Born in Patterson, New York on June 5, 1933, he was the son of Edward and Mary (Whitefeather) Lee. He was a decorated veteran serving in the US Marine Corp and the US Army retiring after 25 years of service. He served in Vietnam and Korea and was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart.

After retiring from the military, George was a truck driver for Red Star Trucking for 17 years, retiring in 1996. He enjoyed vacationing in Cape Cod and Hawaii with his wife and family. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

George is survived by his wife of 29 years, Judy; his children Michelle, Mary, Laura, David, Tina and Tary; 8 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and his beloved four legged companion Penny.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service with military honors at 1:30pm, Friday, February 20 at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Operation Adopt A Soldier, 16 New Britain Drive, Gansevoort, NY 12831.

The family would like to thank the staff on D-1 of the Saratoga Hospital especially RN Wendy for her passionate loving care.

Lorraine Green 86, passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at her home. Born in Kingston, New York on June 25, 1928, she was the daughter of Raymon and Grace Houst.

Lorraine worked at Sealtest Dairy and later for Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School. She was a former Girl Scout leader and served as Vice President of the Friends of the Schenectady Museum. She was an active member of the Woodlin Club and organizer for the Swim Team. Lorraine enjoyed knitting, sewing and needlework.

She was predeceased by her husband Donald Green, brother Douglas Houst and sister Gloria Morgan. Lorraine is survived by her children Nancy Shambo (Michael) of Scotia, NY, Linda Zoumaya (Philip) of Ave Maria, FL, Patricia Rowe (Damian) of Wilton, NH, Kathleen Doxtader (John) of Hurley, NY, Cynthia Green of Santa Maria, CA and Karen Green of East Hampton, NY; grandchildren, Kaitlin Colson (Neil), Mollyann Shambo, Megan Madden (Joshua), Rita Zoumaya, Daniel Zoumaya, Scott Rowe, Janice Rowe, Jennifer Lin (Jet), Brian Doxtader, David Doxtader (Erin), James Doxtader, Lorenzo Davila Green, Christina Davila Green, Sarah Schiavoni, Mark Schiavoni, Josiah Schiavoni, and Stephen Schiavoni; great grandchildren Emma Colson, Alexander Colson, Felicity Madden, Augustine Madden, Walter Lin, Andrea Lin, Aedan Doxtader, Sophia Doxtader and Damian Davila Green; brother Robert Houst (Linda), brother in law Walter Green (Sherron) and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Thursday, February 12 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Schenectady. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 6-8pm on Wednesday, February 11 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa, NY.

Memorial contributions in memory of Lorraine may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 139 South Lake Avenue, Albany, NY 12208 or the charity of your choice.

James P. Rose 94, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Saratoga Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born on June 22, 1920 in Ballston Spa, he was the son of the late James and Grace (Suttle) Rose. He attended Ballston Spa High School and after school worked for Finns Hotel as a bartender.

On March 12, 1942, he joined the US Army’s 109th Infantry and trained in England. Jim was a NCO in charge of a platoon of 40 riflemen which he led in active combat. He fought in 3 battles in Europe including the invasion of Normandy-Northern France and fought for four months on the front line rising to the rank of Tech Sergeant. In the Hurtgen Forest, he sustained head injuries and was hospitalized for four months in England. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star-Distinguished-American Defense Medal, and the European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, 3 Bronze Stars, 1 Bronze Arrow Head and a citation from the French Government.

On his return after the War, as a World War II veteran, he took advantage of the GI Bill and became an apprentice as a ceramic tile and marble setter. He worked for the next 13 years for Mitchell Tile Company; then in 1963, he started his own business as J. P. Rose Tile & Marble and installed tile for many local home builders including the first homes built in Clifton Park. He expanded his business by opening a retail location on Freeman’s Bridge Road named Rose Tile Supply importing and selling ceramic tile. He retired from his business in 1985 and moved to Syracuse to work for his son at Best Tile Distributors.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa, ITAM Post #35 in Saratoga; Wellness Center and Saratoga YMCA. He devoted his life to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who will all dearly miss him. He could always be seen attending his grandchildren’s soccer, basketball and baseball games. He loved to raise giant tomatoes and cherished every spring planting his garden.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Theresa (Mangona) Rose; son Robert Rose (Donna) of Clay; daughters Jane Dearbeck of Scotia and Kathy Sherman (Bill) of Ballston Spa; loving grandchildren Jason Dearbeck (Carrie), Amy Hill (Chuck), James Rose (Rebecca), Clifford Dearbeck, Michael Rose (Amanda), Peter Rose (Jessica), Josh Wilkins (Bettie), Christina Rose and Adam Wilkins; precious great grandchildren Kaelyn Jo Rose, Deacon Dearbeck, James Hill, Connor Rose, Evan Rose, Dax Rose and Emmitt Rose.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, February 10, at St. Mary’s 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 Monday, February 9 from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s name to the Rescue Mission, PO Box 11122, Syracuse, NY 13218 or Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

John F. Brown, Jr., 88, passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2015. Born in Chatfield Corners, New York on May 10, 1926 he was the son of John and Edith Brown, Sr.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II. John worked at Cottrell Paper Co. in Rock City Falls for many years. He enjoyed fishing, ice fishing, bike riding and spending the winters in his Florida home.

He was predeceased by his wife Veda. John is survived by his daughter Tammy Rendo (Paul); granddaughter Alicia Farrow (Josh), grandson Andrew Rendo (Stephanie), great granddaughter Gabby Farrow, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10-11am Saturday, February 7 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am. A committal service will be held 1pm Tuesday, February 10 at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Simpson United Methodist Church or Community Emergency Corp.

Robert N. Lawrence 84, passed away Monday, February 2, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family and friends. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on January 14, 1931, he was the son of Raymond and Allie Lawrence.

Bob worked at Van Raalte in Saratoga Springs for 21 years and later was a custodian for Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Schools retiring after 27 years. He was a former member and deacon of the Alliance Church in Ballston Spa. He completed courses to be a Sunday School Superintendent. Bob was a current member of the Hope Church in Ballston Spa where he served as a greeter.

He enjoyed woodworking, playing piano, crossword puzzles, gardening, and feeding and watching the birds. Bob was a quiet and loving man.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Macia; his children Macia Tidwell (Ted) of Seattle, Washington, Craig Lawrence of Ballston Spa, and Elaine Lawrence of Pennsylvania; grandchildren Cristina Trebbe and Kelly Coleman (Scott); great grandchildren Emmett, Dustin, Destiny, Emma, Evian and Emily; his extended family and many friends.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Saturday, February 7 at the Hope Church, 208 Greenfield Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Factory Village Cemetery in the Spring. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4-6pm on Friday, February 6 at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to Hope Church, 208 Greenfield Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank Arlene, Mary, Ann and Meg from Community Hospice of Saratoga for their care and compassion.

Lillian L. (Traynor) Vietje, of Porter Corners, NY, died peacefully at her home on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Her loving husband and caregiver, Darren, and other family members were with her.

Lilli was born in Tupper Lake, NY on September 15, 1964, and grew up in Long Lake, NY. The daughter of Shirley (Wagner) Traynor and James Traynor, she graduated from Long Lake High School in 1982, and earned her associates degree from Utica Business College in 1984.

An outgoing "people" person, Lilli had a wide circle of friends. She was an avid reader and enjoyed skating, gardening, Gordon Lightfoot, camping, swimming, and fishing with her husband Darren. She was known for her generosity and thoughtfulness. She especially loved Christmas, and spent all year finding treasures and special gifts for friends and family.

She was predeceased by her father, James Traynor and her brother, Steven.

Lilli is survived by her loving husband of 20 years, Darren Vietje, of Porter Corners, NY; her mother, Shirley Traynor of Long Lake, NY; her sisters Theresa Gutierre (Ralph), and Deborah Foster (Barton), both of Ransomville, NY; her brothers Michael Traynor (Bett Simpsonville) of South Carolina, Doug Traynor of St. Petersburg, FL, Karl Traynor (Michelle) Pinellas Park, FL, and Dustin Traynor (Kate) of Long Lake, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will hold a celebration of her life from 2-3pm Sunday, February 15, at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A ceremony of remembrance will begin at 3:00pm.

The family also wishes to thank the nurses and volunteers of Community Hospice of Saratoga for their care and professionalism.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to The Make A Wish Foundation.

Ernest W. Kunz, 102, was home when he went to be with the Lord on January 29, 2015, with his wife Marian by his side.

Born in West Hoboken, NJ on November 5, 1912, he was the son of Ernest and May Kunz and grew up in Maywood, NJ. He graduated from Stevens Tech and worked at GE KAPL during World War II in the armament section designing and fabricating gun turrets for the B17, B24, B36 and Navy torpedo planes. After the war he worked in the Guided Missile Department designing and manufacturing Hermes missiles and continued to work at GE KAPL until his retirement as plant supervisor in 1975.

Ernie was a charter member and Chairman of the Town of Malta Planning Board, charter member of the Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, Clerk of the Works for the new Malta Town garage and Malta’s first town hall. He was Commissioner Representative for Malta on the Saratoga Sewer District at its inception.

As a hobby he enjoyed working on the mechanics of cars and ran a used car business for 52 years. Growing up, he summered in the Adirondacks at his parent’s camp and still enjoyed the Adirondacks throughout his entire life.

He was predeceased by his parents and his sister May Buchan. Ernie is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marian C. Kunz, children, Kathy Nielsen of Texas, Gina Kunz (Richard Ruman) of Florida, Curt Kunz (Melissa Cornthwaite), Sandra Kunz, and Jamie Kunz-Butler (Jeff Butler) all of Malta; five grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

A private service will be held.

Donald A. Santa Barbara, Sr. 67, passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Born in Schenectady, New York on June 15, 1947, he was the son of the late Andrew and Evelyn Santa Barbara. He served in the US Army.

Don was a mechanic at the GE Silicone Plant in Waterford for many years, retiring in 2006. He enjoyed auto racing and restoring old cars.

Don is survived by his wife Helen LaBombard Tyrell Santa Barbara; his children Donald A. Santa Barbara Jr. (Holly) of Latham, Leslie Santa Barbara of Ballston Spa, Annette Clay (James) of Gansevoort, Amy Tyrell (Ami) of Galway, Heather Santa Barbara of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Samantha, Andrew, Delanie, Joseph, Jayce, Tyrell, James, and Jaden; brothers in law Eli LaBombard (Crystal) of Corinth, Michael LaBombard (Hazel) of Schenectady, and Richard LaBombard (Lori) of Delanson; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Tuesday, February 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 Monday, February 2 from 5-7pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Don may be made to the American Cancer Society.

The family would like to thank Dr. Lynn Hickey and staff, and the Visiting Nurses of Schenectady for their care and compassion.

Veda E. Brown 87, passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Born in Rock City Falls, NY on September 6, 1927, she was the daughter of Thomas and Eva Baker.

Veda was a social worker for Saratoga County for several years. She was an active member of the Simpson United Methodist Church in Rock City Falls. She enjoyed gardening, volunteering, country music and spending the winters in her Florida home. Veda was a renowned cheesecake chef.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Fred Baker and Floyd Baker. Veda is survived by her husband John Brown; daughter Tammy Rendo (Paul); granddaughter Alicia Farrow (Josh), grandson Andrew Rendo (Stephanie), great granddaughter Gabby Farrow; brother John Baker (Bevi); sister Enid Older; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9-10am Friday, January 30 at the Simpson United Methodist Church, 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls. A service will follow at 10am. A committal service will be held at 12:30pm Tuesday, February 3 at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Simpson United Methodist Church or Community Emergency Corp.

Patricia L. Devine 66, passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Born March 26, 1948 in Clifton Park, she was a life-long area resident and daughter of the late John F. and Elizabeth (Mceckron) Kenney.

Patricia worked at Grand Union for several years and retired after over 20 years at Racemark International in Malta as a machine operator and supervisor. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, camping and spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Christine Kenney and Sharyn Brown. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, John J. Devine, Jr. of Malta; her children, Tammy Devine (Ann Smith) of Ballston Spa, Elizabeth Minervini (Michael F.) of Malta and John J. Devine, III of Ballston Lake; her grandchildren, Michael P., Matthew, Abigail and Allison Minervini; her sister, Mary Wilkie of South Carolina; brothers, Jack Kenney of Houston, TX, Mike Kenney of Ballston Lake and Robert Kenney of Mechanicville; her mother in law, Anna Devine of Ballston Lake and many nieces and nephews.

A service will be held at 10:00 am Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

A celebration of Patricia’s life will be held on Sunday, February 15 from 1-4pm at the Ballston Spa Elks
Lodge, 10 Hamilton Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made the Saratoga Radiology and Oncology Center through Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Brenda M. Horstmann 49, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015. She was born in Niskayuna, NY on November 16, 1965. Brenda was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. She was a secretary at the Waterford Halfmoon High School. She also worked as a dispatcher for the Saratoga Park Police.

Brenda was a devoted mom who loved spending time with her daughters. She was a 4-H leader and showed many bunnies at the Saratoga County Fair with her girls. She enjoyed horseback riding and country music, especially Alan Jackson.

Brenda is survived by her husband CJ Horstmann and their beloved daughters Elizabeth, Kaitee, Bridgette and Carlee; father David Garrison (Barb); mother Tanya Garrison; brother Darryl Garrison (Sumer); sister in law and brother in law Amy and Rusty Miller; nephew Randy Miller; close friend Bill Marshall; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 30 from 4-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will be held at 10am Saturday, January 31 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Brenda may be to the Brenda Horstmann Memorial Fund at any First Niagara Bank for the girls.

Barbara E. Nutting, 85, passed away Monday January 26, 2015 at Albany Medical Center surrounded by her family, after a brief illness and complications from surgery.

Born at home on January 21, 1930 she was the oldest of six children born to the late Urles and Evelyn King. Her family moved to Ballston Spa in December of 1942 where she attended Ballston Spa High School.

Barbara met the love of her life, Warren P. Nutting, and they were married on August 20, 1950 while he was serving in the US Navy. Following Warren’s discharge from the Navy, they settled in the Saratoga Springs area. They eventually purchased Warren’s family home on Middleline Road, in the Town of Milton, and then moved to Rock City Falls where they raised their four children. In 1986, they moved to Edinburg, where they opened and operated The Country Store on Sacandaga Lake for five years. Following their sale of the store, they settled down on South Shore Road in the Town of Day where they lived on the lake enjoying the water, beautiful scenery and entertaining family and friends.

Barbara was a member of the Milton Eagles Fire Department Auxiliary for several years. She was a member of the Ballston Bees Craft Club for over 30 years. She and Warren enjoyed traveling and visited all fifty of the states in the US. She enjoyed reading and cooking, but her favorite thing to do was make quilts. She enjoyed making those special quilts for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as for a few special friends.

Besides her parents, Barbara was predeceased by her brother Orrin “Sonny” King, her grandsons, Jason M. Nutting and Scott E. Smallwood.

Barbara is survived by her loving husband of 64 years Warren, her children, Deborah Flibotte (Ray) of Raymond NH, Cynthia Ochs (Greg) of Escondido, CA, Steven Nutting (Katy) of Saratoga Springs and Melissa Wing (Andrew) of Nantucket, MA; sisters, Geraldine Picard, Veronica Stevens and Gloria Zullo; brother Larry King; eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, February 2, 2015 from 9-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

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

Shirley E. Uline 89, passed away Friday, January 16, 2015. Born in Saratoga Springs, New York on September 24, 1925, she was the daughter of George and Edith Cram. Shirley worked at Ackshand Knitting Mill in Ballston Spa for many years.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 67 years Howard; her children Sally Stephens (Donnie) and David Uline; grandchildren Michael Stephens, Scott Stephens and Alicia Wade (Billy); great grandchildren Jessica and Kyle; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions in memory of Shirley may be made to your favorite charity.

Betty E. Gardner 92, passed away Thursday, January 15, 2015. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on February 25, 1922, she was the daughter of Toby and Helen Harris.

Betty worked for Ballston Spa Central Schools for many years. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa.

She was predeceased by her husband William and her daughter Jamie Robens. Betty is survived by her sons Terry Gardner (Helen) of Ballston Spa and Ricky Gardner (Gail) of Ballston Spa; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions in memory of Betty made be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Home of the Good Shepherd, 198 Bluebird Road, South Glens Falls, NY 12803.

Andrew Jakubiak, 64, passed away suddenly, January 13, 2015 at his beloved farm in Ballston Spa. He was born in Plonsk, Poland on June 18, 1950, the son of Kazimierz and Krystyna (Strubczewska) Jakubiak. Andrew was a self-made entrepreneur who achieved the goals he set for himself while living life to the fullest.

Andrew married his soul-mate Jill (Kozlowski) in 1970. They raised their four children in Queens, NY and Spring Valley, NY before finally moving to their farm in 1991. Andrew enjoyed spending time with his family at the farm and traveling. He was very proud of his Polish heritage, and was active in the Polish community throughout his life. Andrew was a devout Catholic whose faith was evident in the way he lived. He had a fantastic sense of humor, was always willing to give someone a chance, and was a guiding force for his family and friends. Andrew enjoyed good food and wine, along with conversation, especially political; a voracious reader and learner who stood for what he believed. Andrew was very proud of all the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren and always made sure to express his pride and love aloud. The love that Andrew and Jill share is unmatchable and is an inspiration to his family and everyone who knows them.

Andrew is survived by his wife Jill, daughters, Joanna (Vincent) Linarello of Chester, NY; Annette (Christopher) O’Connor of Ballston Spa, NY; sons, Mark (Jola) Jakubiak of Ballston Spa; and Christopher, also of Ballston Spa; grandsons Matthew, Michael, Vincent Linarello; Andrew, Owen, William and Alexander O’Connor; Lucas Jakubiak and granddaughter Kristina Jakubiak; his brother, John Jakubiak of Chester, NY; his sister Jolanta Matysiak, of Queens, NY; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews both in the United States and Poland.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 16, 2015 from 5 to 8 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Caitlin C. Armstrong 29, passed away Monday, January 12, 2015. She was born in Niskayuna, NY on December 5, 1985. Caitlin was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and received her Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Albany. She was working on her Master’s Degree in Psychology.

Caitlin worked for AIM Services and also at Benson’s Pet Center in Saratoga Springs. She was an animal lover and enjoyed hiking, kayaking and tubing. She enjoyed being in the outdoors and visiting her parents in Florida.

Caitlin is survived by her parents Dean and Susan Armstrong of Largo, Florida; sisters Lorinda Gonyo (Thomas) of Chazy, Jennifer Kramer (Robert) of Lake George; brother Sean Armstrong (Amanda) of Little Rock, Arkansas; nieces Lauren and Allison; boyfriend Jeff Leifer; grandmothers Dorothy Conlin and Dorothy Armstrong; aunts and uncles Barb Conlin (Tim Parsall), Eileen Houck, John Conlin (Terri), Jimmy Conlin, Michael Conlin (Diane), Jack Armstrong (Lily), Scott Armstrong (Martine); many cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Friday, January 16 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 Thursday, January 15 from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA.

William J. Cerny 87, passed away Sunday, January 11, 2015. Born in Elmira, New York on February 21, 1927, he was the son of Joseph and Wilma Cerny. He was a Navy veteran of World War II serving on the USS Roosevelt. Bill was a tool and die maker for the Watervliet Arsenal for many years, retiring in 1986.

Bill raised his six children in a wonderful neighborhood in Ballston Spa. He was a former Boy Scout Master. Bill was a “Man of All Trades”, he was an artist who loved to paint and even built his own airplane.

He was predeceased by his brother Joseph Cerny. Bill is survived by his wife of 66 years Florence; his children Joseph Cerny of Ballston Spa, Steve Cerny (Sherri) of Galway, Mona Speranza (Claude) of Rochester, Michael Cerny (Tammy) of Queensbury, Eric Cerny (Mary) of Jupiter, Florida and Lisa McDonough (Michael) of Niskayuna; 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208, Attention: Voluntary Services.

Anna Mae Newton 93, passed away Friday, January 9, 2015. Born in Schenectady, New York on June 18, 1921, she was the daughter of Harold and Uretta Jamieson. Anne owned and operated Newton’s Chair Caning in Ballston Spa for many years.

She enjoyed crocheting and knitting. She was a caring neighbor and had many gatherings on her front porch. Anne’s greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her infant son, husband Harley, son Glenn, brother Harold and sister Ruth. Anne is survived by her sons Harold Branahl (Sue) of Texas, Robert Newton (Jennifer) of East Nassau, Leslie Newton (Theresa) of Clifton Park, and Scott Newton of Saratoga Springs; daughter in law Vicki Newton of Louisiana; close friend Joy Branahl; 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Anne’s life on Tuesday, January 13 from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Mary’s Haven, 35 New Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Saratoga Bridges, 16 Saratoga Bridges Boulevard, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Sammy F. Bright 83, passed away Sunday, January 4, 2015 at his home. Born in Schenectady, New York on March 10, 1931 he was the son of George and Angeline Bright.

He was a graduate of Nott Terrace High School in Schenectady where he excelled in sports and was named to the All County Football Team. He proudly served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Sammy worked for NY Telephone for 37 years, retiring in 1992.

He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa. Sammy was a daily visitor at the Malta Diner helping out wherever he could and visiting with the many friends he made there.

Sammy was a devoted father and grandfather. In his younger years, he enjoyed snowmobiling with his son and watching his daughter show horses. He attended all his grandchildren’s sporting events and supported them in every way. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family.

He was predeceased by his wife Eileen, sisters Lillian D’Onofrio and Carrie Parker, and brother George Bright, Jr. Sammy is survived by his children Susan Hitchcock and her partner William Glynn of Malta, Michael Bright and his wife Karen of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Sara Miller and her husband Jonathan of Malta; Evan Hitchcock of Saratoga Springs and Samantha Bright of Ballston Spa; great granddaughter to be arriving soon; sister Geraldine Boisseau of Fairfax, Virginia son in law John Hitchcock of Saratoga Springs and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, January 10 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Schenectady. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 9 from 2-4 and 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Helen J. (Maxfield) Brady 96, passed away Friday, January 2, 2015. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on June 14, 1918, she was the daughter of Harvey and Anastasia Maxfield. She was a 1938 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School.

Helen worked at General Electric Co in Schenectady for 40 years, retiring in 1983. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa.

She was predeceased by her husband Frank Brady and her brothers and sisters Alice Maxfield, Harvey Maxfield, Clifford Maxfield, Mildred Selch, Madeline Maxfield, and Daniel Maxfield. Helen is survived by her daughter Beverly Brady of Whitman, Massachusetts.

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

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Helen to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.