Obituaries


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

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.

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.

Edwin H. Bogue 94, passed away Saturday, February 28, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on June 28, 1920, he was the son of Charles and Lela Bogue. Ed worked for General Foods for 30 years, retiring in 1980.

Ed was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa where he served as a Trustee. Ed was a member of the Knights of Columbus where he was a Fourth Degree Knight. He was also a member of the Rotary Club of Ballston Spa and the Ballston Area Seniors. He was a favorite Bingo caller for St. Mary’s and the Senior Center. He enjoyed dancing and in his younger years he bowled in several leagues.

Ed served as Village Republican Chairman from 2000-2013. He also served as the Tax Assessor for the Village of Ballston Spa for many years.

In his retirement Ed was employed part time by Armer Funeral Home, Inc. where he truly enjoyed working with his close friends in the Armer family.

Ed enjoyed his camp on the Hudson River and taking everyone for boat rides when they came to visit. Ed was always tinkering with things around camp. He was known as ‘The Mower Man” because he fixed everyone’s lawn mowers, small engines and any other motor that needed repair.

Ed was predeceased by his first wife Mary, and his brothers George, Charles, Al and Dick Bogue. He is survived by his wife Sarah; children David Bogue (Margaret Foote) of Queensbury, Brian Bogue of Ballston Spa and Mary Beth Florance of Ballston Spa; stepchildren Donna Sharman (Richard) of Torano, Virginia, and Yvonne Rumsey (Thomas) of Lake Tahoe, California; brother Robert Bogue (Patricia) of Ballston Spa, sister Jeanne Gizzi (Carmen) of Ballston Spa; sister in law Mildred Gilliatt of Batavia, NY; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Ed and Sarah met in 2009. They discovered among others things that they loved to travel. Together they went to California where they were married in 2010. For five wonderful years they also enjoyed playing cards with friends, going out to eat, and simply just being with each other.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, March 7 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made in Ed’s name to St. Mary’s Church, Community Hospice of Saratoga or the Rotary Club of Ballston Spa.

Ann Panebianco Itani 66, passed away Saturday, February 28, 2015. Born on July 23, 1948 in Bronx, New York, she was the daughter of Andrew and Angelina Panebianco.

Ann was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She lovingly raised her five children, volunteering at their schools and helping them in any way she could. She enjoyed the simple things in life, a comfy pair of slippers, a warm blanket, a good hamburger and visits to the Jersey Shore.

Ann is survived by her husband Abdallah (Al) Itani; her children Linda Itani and her husband Robert Georges of Brooklyn, Dina Flink and her husband Michael of Denver, Colorado, Nicole Itani and her husband Mark Hrenko of Boston, MA, Michael Itani and his wife Ashley (Christopher) of Boston, MA and Christopher Itani and his fiancée Colleen Waring of Ballston Spa; granddaughter and best friend Andella Vita Hrenko; brothers Joseph Panebianco and Frank Panebianco, sister Elena Jensen, all of Yorktown Heights; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, March 5 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 Wednesday, March 4 from 4-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will be held at 10:30am Friday, March 6 at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Stroke Center at Hartford Hospital at www.harthosp.org

Stephen H. Corns, 54, passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He fought hard for ten years and, in his own words, went “kicking and screaming”, always maintaining a positive attitude and making sure everyone around him was laughing.

Born in Scotland on January 13, 1961, he was the son of Stephen R. and Una Corns. Steve was a Federal Special Agent for the Department of Health and Human Services for 30 years.

Steve was a devoted dad who enjoyed watching his daughter’s sports games as well as coaching BARC Soccer. His hobbies included cheering for the New York Mets and New York Giants, barbecuing in the backyard, and intently keeping up to date with politics. Although sick, Steve took pride in maintaining the best lawn in Saratoga County.

Steve was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. He was a devout Catholic whose faith allowed him to maintain a positive attitude.

Steve was predeceased by his father, Stephen R. Corns. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Ada Corns; his daughters, Stephanie Corns and Nicole Corns of Ballston Spa, and step-daughter Zaida Morales (George Clark) of Berne; his mother, Una Corns of Poughkeepsie; his siblings, Anne Rogers (Gregory Rogers) of Hyde Park, and Bryan Corns (Jodi Swart) of Pleasant Valley; his niece, Amber Corns and nephews, Andrew Rogers, Bryan Corns, and Stephen Rogers; and his in-laws, Romulo and Carmen Ortiz.

Calling hours will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a Catholic mass will be celebrated.

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

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.