Obituaries


Frank J. Pastore, 77, passed away surrounded by his loved ones, on Sunday, January 31, 2016. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 23, 1938, he was the son of Ralph and Frances Pastore.

Frank was a true family man who was never so happy as when he had his wife, children and grandchildren gathered around him. He was proud of the fact that he lived his life in Ballston Spa where he had met many friends throughout his life and successful career with Prudential Insurance. One of his passions was a love for cars, which he was able to celebrate volunteering at Saratoga Automobile Museum.

Frank is predeceased by his parents Frances and Ralph Pastore. He is survived by his wife Carolyn (Mone) of Ballston Spa, his son and daughter-in-law Rob and Cyndi of Saratoga, his daughter Michelle Kiah of Wilbraham, his son and daughter-in-law Steve and Collette of Gansevoort and his sister Marie Hettrich of Ballston Spa. He has six loving grandchildren, Robert, Matthew, Emily, and Christina Pastore, and Ryan and Ross Kiah.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, February 4, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 3, from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Frank and his family would be honored if, in lieu of flowers, donations would be made to the Hortense and Louis Rubin Dialysis Center of Saratoga, NY where he received excellent care and loving kindness. The family would also like to thank the staff at Saratoga Hospital. The nurses there described Frank as always having a wonderful sense of humor. They could not have been more caring to Frank and his family during this difficult time.

Florence P. “Fern” Kochanski 85, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2016. Born in Braddock, Pennsylvania, on July 19, 1930, she was the daughter of August and Helen Niedzielka. Flo lived in Pennsylvania for 40 years, before moving to Fort Wayne, Indiana. She then moved with her daughter to Florida and Alabama, settling in Ballston Spa in 2012.

Flo was a homemaker and enjoyed crossword puzzles and cross stitching. She loved her family and her beloved grand dogs Gertie, Bernice and Lulu.

She was predeceased by her husband Walter V. Kochanski. Flo is survived by her children Richard Kochanski (Barbara Arnold) of Richfield, CT, Timothy Kochanski (Erica Dekko) of Kendallville, IN, David Kochanski (Trish) of Fort Wayne, IN and Patricia Carstensen (Jack) of Ballston Spa; siblings Edward Niedzielka of Florida, Cecilia Repasi of Pennsylvania, Theresa Miller of Indiana, Robert Niedzielka of Florida, eight grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, February 1 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

A memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 6 at 10:30am at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 4916 Tier Road, Fort Wayne, IN. Friends are invited to gather at 10am at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Flo's memory to St. Charles Borromeo Church.

Robert W. Smith Sr. 70, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Born in Albany, NY on July 6, 1945, he was the son of Joseph and Sarah Smith. He served in the Army National Guard.

Bob worked in retail for many years and later was a driver for Enterprise Rent A Car. He was a member of American Legion Post 1450 of Halfmoon. Bob enjoyed golf and was a Pro in Catskill for several years.

He was predeceased by his wife Catherine and brother Edward. Bob is survived by his companion and best friend Stephanie Mabb; his children Robert (Darcy), Sara (Corey), Katie (Jeffrey), and Daniel; grandchildren Charlotte and Amelia; and brothers Joe, John and James.

A graveside service will be held 1pm Monday, February 1, at Calvary Cemetery, 481 Route 9W, Glenmont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Boulevard, Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Ruth A. Burton 76, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on August 8, 1939, she was the daughter of Clarence and Bessie Baird Thibodeau. She attended school in Saratoga Springs and earned her GED in 1964. Ruth received her beautician license in 1966.

Ruth was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Robert L. Burton. She is survived by her son Donald Hoffman of Middle Grove; granddaughters Heather and Rachael; stepchildren Karen Collins of Saratoga Springs, Robert Burton, Jr. (Betty) of Corinth and Frank Burton (Laurie) of Saratoga Springs; 8 great grandchildren, several step grandchildren, great grandchildren, and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 30 from 9am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Saratoga Springs in the Spring.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ruth to the American Cancer Society.

Richard J. Oudt passed away on January 25, 2016 at his home.

Richard is survived by his love, Bernadette Mauro and his loving parents, Bruce and Janice Oudt.

Richard graduated from Shenendehowa School and the College of St. Rose. He was the owner of Talon Studios and was an Illustrator for GE for several years and a talented artist. He will be missed by his family every day. Words cannot express the sadness of his passing.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to area charities of the individual’s choice.

Mary E. Lopez 71, passed away Monday, January 25, 2016. Born in Schenectady, NY on April 6, 1944, she was the daughter of William and Margaret DeSacia.

Mary worked at Travelers Insurance in Albany for several years. She later worked at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa as a Licensed Practical Nurse, for 20 years, retiring in 2010.

Mary was an animal lover and volunteered at The Annex at Clifton Park Center. She also enjoyed sewing.
Mary is survived by her children Juan Lopez of Schenectady and Teresa Griffin (Jonathan) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Megan Ruscio Wolf (Michael), Anthony Ruscio; and great granddaughters Gina and Aurora Wolf.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 2 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7:30pm.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mary to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society of Saratoga Springs.

George F. Owen, Jr. 67, passed away Friday, January 22, 2016. Born in Niskayuna, NY on April 11, 1948, he was the son of George and Dorothy Owen.

After graduation from Shenendehowa High School, George worked for General Electric in Schenectady and West Milton, and pursued on the side his passion for animals and farming. Eventually, in addition to working full time, he went into full time farming. In the 80’s he and Carole purchased a large parcel of land, bought animals, and harvested the wood from the land. Together, they built a home and farm, a place where you could just shoot the breeze or grab a tool to help George and his beloved sidekick, Walker, with one of the many projects he had going on. George was the “go to guy” who if he did not know how to fix it, he knew a friend who did. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, neighbors, and by his “one person” dog Carmella.

George is survived by the love of his life Carole Warner and her children, Faith Battaglia (Craig) of Ballston Spa, Brian Warner (Lisa) of Amsterdam, and Michelle DeGraw (David) of Saratoga Springs; grandchildren Tim, Jessica, Erin, Evan, Ethan and Brady; great grandchildren Joshua and Cayden; his son George M. Owen of Louisiana; David Bednarek (Kristine) of Ballston Spa, who was like a son to George, and David’s son, Luke; siblings Nancy Lewis (James) of Wells, Mary Gwozdz (Matthew) of Amsterdam, Peggy Labrie (John) of Glenville, Debbie Cutler (Daryl) of Ballston Lake and Henry Owen (Lynn) of Malta; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Patricia C. Jurcsak 78, passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on October 3, 1937, she was the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth McDonough. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

Pat worked at General Electric Co in Schenectady. She later worked as a teaching assistant at the Ballston Spa High School, retiring in 2000.

Pat liked classical music, watching movies and traveling. She enjoyed socializing and sharing a laugh with her friends. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents Robert and Elizabeth McDonough, and her sister Anita Roos. Pat is survived by her husband of 59 years, John; her children Matthew Jurcsak of Ballston Spa, Bernadette Parish of Ballston Spa, Kathleen Chandler (Wade) of Greenfield Center and Julie Taylor of Porter Corners; grandchildren Alex, Madison and Kennedy; brother James McDonough (Linda) of Hawaii; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 10am to 12noon on Tuesday, January 26 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 12 noon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Pat’s name to St. Mary’s School, 40 Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Albertina J. Dillenbeck 86, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2016. Born in Canajoharie, NY, on June 18, 1929, she was the daughter of Augustus and Hazel Jones.

Albertina worked at Tufflite Plastics in Ballston Spa for many years retiring in 1997. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years Richard L. Dillenbeck and her son Robert A. Dillenbeck. Albertina is survived by her daughters Kathy Lowery (Dan Rogers) and Bonnie Vidnansky (Timothy Barnes); daughter in law Linda Dillenbeck; brother Augustus Jones (Susan), and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 11am Thursday, January 21, at Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Plummer Road, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Albertina may be made to Community Emergency Corp., Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Herbert Gradner, 84, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2016. Born in Brooklyn, NY on February 5, 1931, he was the son of Aaron (Harry) and Sarah (Anna) Gradner. He served in the Army during the Korean War and was awarded a Purple Heart and a Commendation Medal from the South Korean government. He spent a year recovering from his wounds at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Herb was a graduate of RCA Institute and studied electrical engineering at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. He began his career with GE as an X-ray Serviceman. At his retirement, Herb was the District Sales Manager for General Electric’s Medical Imaging Division for Metropolitan New York and Bermuda.

Herb enjoyed taking photographs of the places he visited throughout the United States and Europe, including the Grand Canyon and Italy. His hobbies included woodworking, locksmithing and electronics. Herb was also an avid mystery reader and movie fan. He enjoyed keeping up with current events and was a lifelong member of the Disabled American Veterans.

He was predeceased by his brother Jerome. Herb is survived by his wife of 60 years, Deborah; his daughters Kathy Ceceri (John) of Schuylerville and Jill Gradner (Mokarram Jafri) of Clifton Park; grandchildren John Ceceri III, Anthony Ceceri, Emilie Jafri and Aaron Jafri.

A private service with military honors will be held at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Herb may be made to the Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org

The family would like to thank the staff at Schuyler Ridge Residential Health Care for their care and compassion.

Following a battle with cancer, Alice Toland Docherty passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2016 in Malta, NY at her home. She leaves behind her husband, Joseph Docherty, and her two sons and their spouses, Tom and Deborah Docherty, and Kevin and Kathy Docherty. Alice had a terrific relationship with her grandchildren including Sarah Sarner, TJ, Kristopher and Kasey Docherty. She also had the tremendous joy of spending six Christmas holidays with her great granddaughter Annabelle and two with her great grandson Owen.

Alice was born on October 13th, 1931 in Paterson NJ to father Benjamin Toland and mother Anna Mae McManamey who predeceased her. She worked as an accountant at Chanel Lumber for over 20 years where she retired before moving to upstate NY, so she and husband Joe could be with the boys and their families.

Alice very well may have been born with a green thumb, one that was evident in every landscape she and Joe touched. She was an avid decorator, and really enjoyed transforming her home into a winter wonderland for the Christmas season. She loved antique shops, church, her Carolers at Christmas time and hors d’oeuvres with a glass of wine with her family any time we were all there.

Alice requested to be cremated. Her ashes will be interred at a private family event in May at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga/Warren County 295 Valley View Blvd Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Damon E. Hinchcliff LaQue, 40 passed away Thursday, January 14, 2016. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on June 1, 1975. Damon graduated from Ballston Spa High School and Cobleskill College. He wrestled in High School and College and was a High School Sectional Champion and ranked 3rd in the Nationals while in College.

Damon was a sales representative for Solar City. He lived life in the fast lane and enjoyed every moment. He liked to travel and his favorite place to go was camp on Penfield Pond and Stepping Falls. Damon adored all four of his boys. He was a loving son, brother and father who will be missed by all who loved him.

He was predeceased by his mother Cindy Hinchcliff. Damon is survived by his beloved sons Kristopher, Cameron, Tristan and Devon; father and stepmother Dennis and Linda LaQue; sisters Jayme LaQue and Casey LaQue; grandmother Joyce Hinchcliff; Aunt Kathy, Uncle John and Uncle Scott; cousins Jessica, Nicole, Kaitlin, and Henry; and many other cousins and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 20 from 10am to 1pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 1pm. Burial will follow in Clifton Park Village Cemetery where he will be laid to rest with his mother.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Damon to a fund set up by his lifelong friend Andy Varcoe at www.gofundme.com

Robert W. Kenney 65, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2016. Born in Troy, NY on February 18, 1950, he was the son of John and Elizabeth Kenney. He served in the US Army.

Bob was a truck driver and worked for J&R Building Supplies in Albany. He enjoyed working with cars. He was a member of American Legion Post 91 of Mechanicville.

He was predeceased by his sisters Sharyon, Christine and Patricia. Bob is survived by his longtime companion Maria Ketchum; his son John Kenney (Bobbie Jo); grandson Devin; brothers Jack Kenney and Mike Kenney (Sandra); sister Mary Wilkie; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held 1pm Sunday, January 24, 2016 at the Malta Ridge Fire Department, 5 Hearn Road, Malta.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Radiation Dept at Saratoga Hospital.

James L. Case, Sr., 56, passed away suddenly Thursday, January 14, 2016. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on January 5, 1960, he was the son of Richard and Carol Case.

Jim began his career at Pallette Stone and later worked for Hudson River Construction. He presently was the milling superintendent for A. Colarusso and Son, Inc., in Hudson. Over the years, Jim worked with many contractors throughout the Capital District.

Jim loved the simple things in life, working in his yard, bonfires with his family and friends, and his beloved dogs. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Jim is survived by his wife Abby; his sons Breckenridge J. Case and James L. Case, II both of Greenfield; grandson Hunter; brothers Barry Case of Kansas, Richard Case of Florida, Gerald Case of Greenfield and Paul Case of Greenfield; many nieces and nephews and his extended family of “adopted children”

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4pm to 7pm Tuesday, January 19 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jim at your local branch of Adirondack Trust Bank for his grandson Hunter’s education.

Myron G. Lewis 76, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2016. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on May 26, 1939, he was the son of George and Charlotte Taylor.

Myron owned and operated Taylor and Lewis Service Station in Ballston Spa for 26 years, and then worked for Crostoli Car Dealership in Greenwich and Carroll’s Car Dealership in Saratoga Springs. Myron later worked for Ballston Spa Central Schools, retiring in 2013.

Myron loved his camp on Sacandaga Lake. He enjoyed hunting and spending time with his dogs.

Myron is survived by his sons Michael Lewis of Ballston Spa and William Lewis of Ballston Spa; granddaughters Lindsey and Taylor Lewis; sister Alice Hassell of Ballston Spa, nephew David Hassell (Ann) and niece Debbie Zlotnick (Benny).

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, January 19 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, January 18 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Myron may be made to Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co. No. 1, PO Box 4, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Betty-Lou G. Lanou, 68, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2016. Born in Brooklyn, NY on April 26, 1947, she was the daughter of James and Caroline Frey.

Betty’s family was her life. She had a heart of gold and was always willing to help anyone in need. She enjoyed socializing and making people laugh. Betty was an amazing cook and enjoyed Bingo, horse racing and gambling.

Betty is survived by her children Lenore Bellinger (John) of Ballston Spa, and William Heritage of Ballston Spa; beloved grandchildren Eric Simmons, Jr. (Lauren), Raven Simmons, Grace Bellinger, Joshua Bellinger, Joseph Bellinger, and Jodi Mulvaney (Sean); great grandson Brendan Mulvaney; sisters Linda Weaver (Gordon) of Ballston Spa and Lorraine Bender (William) of Farmingdale; nephews Paul and William Bender, and many additional nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, January 18 from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am.

Elizabeth L. DeCora 95, passed away Monday, January 11, 2016 at Saratoga Center in Ballston Spa. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on February 18, 1920, she was the daughter of Albert and Loretta King DeCora.

Betty worked for Niagara Mohawk for 35 years, retiring in 1981 and was a member of the Pension Club and the 25 year Club at Niagara Mohawk. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa and a member of the Ballston Area Seniors. Betty enjoyed golf and gardening.

She was predeceased by her parents Albert and Loretta, and her brother Albert. Betty is survived by her dear friends Marie and Judy; and her many cousins.

Funeral services will be held 12:30pm Friday, January 15 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Betty may be made to St. Mary’s Church.

Harry O. Bowers, Jr., 94, of Ballston Spa, passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at Saratoga Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Schenectady, NY on November 9, 1921, Harry moved to Ballston Spa as a young child. He was the son of Harry (Sr.) and Florence Bowers.

Harry attended Ballston Spa schools and retired from the General Electric of Schenectady, NY in 1981 as a Kettle Operator after 40 years of service. He enjoyed watching the Yankees and Mets baseball games and being in the company of his cat, Vanna.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Pauline; son James Edward Bowers and brother, Russell R. Bowers. Harry is survived by his son, Donald L. Bowers (Bernadene) of Voorheesville; daughter, Elaine M. Sodemann (Jim Pratt) of Ballston Spa; four grandchildren, Clint W. Stomski, Erika M. Manning, Amilynn Sodemann and Falin Bowers; four great-grandchildren, Kiara and Jayden Manning, Amiah-Jean Love and Jazlynn Rice, sister Norma J. Lineback of Ballston Spa; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10am Friday, January 15, 2016 at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa, NY. Burial will follow in the Ballston Spa Cemetery. Calling hours will be at the funeral home on Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association in Harry’s name.

Jeannette E. Gizzi, 90, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2016 at Ellis Hospital. Born in Cohoes, NY on December 19, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Lela Felix Bogue. Jeannette was a graduate of Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School. She married Carmine J. Gizzi on October 16, 1977.

Jeannette was a lifelong resident of the area. She worked for the Ballston Spa Central School District for 18 years. Jeannette was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa and was an active member of the Ballston Area Seniors and VFW Post 358 Ladies Auxiliary. She had a zest for life and enjoyed spending time at home, cooking, cleaning and sewing.

She was predeceased by her brothers Edwin, Richard, Charles, Allan and George Bogue. Jeannette is survived by her husband Carmine; children Donna Denton and Garry Denton (Sally) all of Idaho; stepchildren Terry Dingman (Marge), Richard Dingman (Jeri) and Donna Angermiller all of Ballston Spa; brother Robert Bogue (Margaret) of Ballston Spa; 14 grandchildren , 19 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 8:30am Monday, January 11 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, January 10 from 2pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mary’s Shrine c/o St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Matilda Klencheski “Tillie” 95, passed away Monday, January 4, 2016. Born in Yonkers, New York on November 28, 1920, she was the daughter of John and Julia Felenchak.

Tillie was a librarian assistant at St. John’s Riverside Nursing Hospital in Yonkers for many years and moved to this area in 1993. Tillie was a master at knitting and crocheting. She was very creative, designing lampshades and upholstering furniture. In her younger years, she enjoyed traveling with her husband. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years Theodore Klencheski, her sister Helen and brother Michael. Tillie is survived by her children Karen Damico of Milton and Gary Klencheski (Beth) of Needham, Massachusetts; grandchildren Gary Damico (Renee), Sandra Damico (Everett Doten), Katie Klencheski and Laura Gargalowitz (Michael); great grandchildren Tanner Damico, Tierra Damico and Kaitlyn Staulters.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Friday, January 8 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Macular Degeneration Foundation.

The family would like to thank the staff at Saratoga Center for their care and compassion.

Eugene N. Johansen 81, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at his home, surrounded by his family. Born in Pittstown, NY on August 8, 1934, he was the son of Albert and Camilla Johansen. He was a 1954 graduate of Lansingburgh High School and served proudly in the United States Navy.

Gene worked for General Electric for many years, retiring in 1992. He later owned and operated a video store on Geyser Road in Ballston Spa. Gene was a Boy Scout Leader of Troop 5 in Galway for many years and was also a member of the Galway Fire Department, eventually becoming Vice President. Gene enjoyed woodworking, fishing and hunting.

He was predeceased by his brother Warren and sister Ruth. Gene is survived by his wife Sandra of Ballston Spa; children Edward Johansen (Laverne) of Arroyo Grande, California, Amy Hatchet of Smithville, Tennessee and Jennifer Miller of St. Mary’s, Georgia. Stepchildren include Brian Companion (Suzanne) of Ballston Spa, Michael Companion (Samantha) of Ballston Spa, stepson and best friend, Thomas Companion of Ballston Spa and Steven Companion (Tracie) of Middle Grove; sisters Lois Kilburn of Queensbury, Karen Dromms (Henry) of Clifton Park, Christian Johansen of Watervliet, and Dorothy Johansen of Porter Corners; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 7 from 6pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. A graveside service will be held 10am, Friday, January 8 at Oakwood Cemetery, Troy.

Memorial contributions in memory of Gene may be made to Community Hospice Foundation, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Roberta A. Smaldone, 61, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. Born on January 3, 1954 in Ballston Spa, she was a life-long resident and daughter of the late Robert and Amelia (Pastore) Robinson.

A graduate of Ballston Spa High School, Roberta worked for many years at Wood Road Elementary School in the cafeteria. She loved shopping, playing bingo and participating in activities with the Ballston Area Seniors.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her sisters, Sandy and Judy, and a step-daughter, Kelly Smaldone. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Robert F. Smaldone; her daughter, Jessica LaPier (Howard) of Ballston Spa; step-children, Kandee Lane (Mack), and Robert M. Smaldone all of Ballston Spa; Grandchildren, Scott Jones, Dylan Jones, Elektra Lane, Meiah McNair, Gracie LaPier and Howard LaPier, III; her sisters-in-law, Linda and Laurie; many nieces and nephews and her good friend, Karen Millington.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 am on Monday, January 4, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Ave, Ballston Spa where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow at North Milton Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9:00 to 11:00 am on Monday at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St, Ballston Spa.

Glenn R. Evans 48, passed away suddenly on December 27, 2015. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY on November 9, 1967 and graduated from Ballston Spa High School and Hudson Valley Community College.

Glenn was an incredible mechanic. He started his career at All Seasons in Scotia, and later worked at Plug Power in Latham, Ushers Machine Shop and Wright Malta. He currently was employed as a technician at GE Research and Development in Niskayuna.

Glenn was the guy to talk to if you had any type of mechanical project. He was a modern day “McGyver”. He had an amazing talent for building or rebuilding anything. He never bought new, he would rather rebuild a car, boat, trailer or snowmobile, tearing it apart right down to the bare bones and starting over. He always had a project and was ever willing to take on another one to help a friend in need.

Glenn found his soulmate in his wife Veronica and together they enjoyed boating, snowmobiling and riding ATVs. He was an avid outdoorsman and had many adventures with the gang at hunting camp. He raced #39 at the Albany Saratoga Speedway and was a member of the Paul Dunham, Jr. pit crew.

Glenn was a strong supporter of the NRA and was a member of the NYS Rifle and Pistol Association, North Country ATV, and the South Warren Snowmobile Club. He was also a member of the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church.

Glenn treasured his family and friends.

Glenn is survived by his wife Veronica; son Garrett Evans; stepchildren Jonathan and Caitlin Lambrecht; mother Thelma Armer; father Rhys Evans; brother Lance Evans and his wife Kristen; nieces Katie, Madison and Miriam; stepbrothers and stepsister Scott, Amy and Daniel Armstrong; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, January 2 at the United Methodist Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 1 from 2pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

Henry T. Kawecki 88, passed away peacefully at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs, Wednesday, December 23, 2015. Henry was born in Yonkers, NY on October 16, 1927, the son of the late Henry Kawecki and Anna Brzezinski Kawecki of Podkamien, Poland.

As a young man, Henry and his older brother Joseph worked at the family owned Dry Cleaners and caddied at Dunwoodie Golf Club for TV hosts Ed Sullivan and Jackie Gleason.

He dropped out of High School to serve his country during World War II. Henry entered the Navy Reserves in November 1944 and saw action in the Pacific. He was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Medal with 1 Star, American Theatre and Victory Medals during his eight years of service.

After his Naval service, Henry moved his family from Yonkers, NY to the family farm on Galway Road in Ballston Spa. He went back to Night School and received a regents diploma from Linton High School. He was employed by the ‘Maqua Company” (GE ) as a lithographer, a mail carrier for the US Postal Service and retired from the Ballston Spa Central Schools in 1989.

Henry was an avid reader, fly fisherman, and golfer. He made his own fishing rods and golf clubs. He was also known as a story teller and yarn spinner a trade he learned in the Navy, as he said it! He was a PUFL member of American Legion Post #70 and a life member of VFW Post 420.

He was predeceased by his wife Anna Petro Kawecki and daughter Elizabeth Britton. Henry is survived by his daughter Laura Frolish of Saratoga Springs, son Henry R. Kawecki and his wife Marianne of Ballston Spa; four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10 am to 11am on Wednesday, December 30 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial with military honors will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Wesley Health Care Center, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Raymond J. McQuade 83, passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. Born in the Bronx on December 21, 1932, he was the son of Joseph R. and Rose K. McQuade. Ray was a graduate of Xavier High School and St John’s University, both of New York City. He served honorably in the US Army during the Korean War.

Ray worked in Albany for many years and retired from the NYS Department of Social Services in 2000. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa and a member of American Legion Post 234 of Ballston Spa. Ray spent many happy summers with his family and friends on the Jersey Shore at Gravelly Point Beach.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Patricia Scanlon McQuade and his brother James P. McQuade. Ray is survived by his children Kathleen McQuade (Kevin LeBoeuf) of Fanwood, NJ, Michael McQuade of Howell, NJ, Kevin McQuade of Binghamton, Stephen McQuade of Ballston Spa, Brian McQuade of Ballston Spa, Christopher McQuade (Anne Thiongo) of Eatontown, NJ and Daniel McQuade (Sherri) of Warwick, RI; grandchildren Christopher LeBoeuf, Gregory LeBoeuf, Audrey McQuade, Kara McQuade, Timothy McQuade, Alex Bianca, Henry McQuade, Benjamin McQuade and Daniel McQuade; brother John K. McQuade and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, December 28 from 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Funeral services will be held 10 am Tuesday, December 29, at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or AIM Services, 4227 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Ray and his family would like to thank everyone for their many years of friendship.

Sandra H. Cietek 72, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2015 at her home. Born in Troy, NY on July 12, 1943, she was the daughter of Harold and Dorothy Caulfield.

Sandra was a military wife and traveled with her husband all over the world. She visited England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Italy and the Philippines. While in the Philippines she worked in family services helping incoming families get settled. She was secretary of the children’s bowling league.
Back in the United States she worked at JC Penney for 20 years. She was an animal lover and enjoyed collectible figurines and visiting Disney.

She was predeceased by her son Gregory, and her brother Daniel Caulfield. Sandra is survived by her husband George Cietek, Jr; and her grandchildren Katie Cietek of Waterford and Anthony Cietek of Troy.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, December 23 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm.

Memorial contributions in memory of Sandra may be made to Community Hospice Foundation, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Sharon A. Gallagher, 70, passed away Saturday December 12, 2015 after a brief illness. She was born in Tacoma, Washington on January 25, 1945. Sharon attended the University of Puget Sound and in 1965 was hired as a flight attendant by United Airlines. She was based in New York City where she met her husband Dr. Edward L. Gallagher.

Sharon was a fun loving person who enjoyed family and friends, traveling, and the arts. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, Thomas, Addie, Ted and Lance.

She was predeceased by her parents Stuart and Charlene Parker and her husband Dr. Edward Gallagher. Sharon is survived by her sister Judy (Peter), her children Tara, Stuart, Mara (Jeff), Alyssa (Chad) and her four beloved grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, December 17 from 5pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30am Friday, December 18 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Sharon may be made to Saratoga Care Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or the Hawley Foundation, PO Box 1017, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Kuang Ya Li “Ray”, 44 passed away on Saturday, December 5, 2015 surrounded by his family. He was born in Taipei, Taiwan on February 8, 1971.

Ray earned his Master's degree in Chemistry from the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, and Master's degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering (from Portland State University). He was a semi conductor engineer at UMC and TSMC in Taiwan. He came to the United States and worked for WaferTech, Texas Instruments, Applied Materials and most recently for Global Foundries in Malta.

Ray believed in working hard, studying hard, and respecting your elders. He enjoyed helping people any way he could including donating blood to the American Red Cross.

He enjoyed sports and reading.

Ray is survived by his wife Yi Ju Chen; son Austin Li; parents I-Te Li and Chia-Chih Liu and brother Ai Hsien Li.

A memorial service will be held 10am Saturday, December 12 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Kenneth G. Stephenson, 85, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 3, 2015 with his family by his side.

Born November 10, 1930, he was the son of the late Lester and Edna (Pickett) Stephenson. Kenneth was a 1948 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School. He was a lifelong member of the Simpson United Methodist Church in Rock City Falls. He was also a member of the Country Music Association.

Raised on a farm, Kenneth was a consummate contributor to the community he called home. He delivered glass bottles of milk to doorsteps, loaves of Bond (Millbrook) Bread to storefronts, and protected the community as a correctional officer at the Saratoga County Jail, where he served until he retired after a career unblemished by a single sick day. Even after retirement, Kenneth could not sit idle; he faithfully delivered the Times Union every morning for several more years to many familiar faces around town.

Ken enjoyed great country music, dancing, the NY Yankees, and time with his family at the “Lazy K.”

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved wife Louella; son Keith; and daughter Linda; as well as his older brother Paul, and his twin brother Karl.

Kenneth is survived by daughters Nancy L. Stephenson of Ballston Spa, NY, Mary Lou Dolan of Boston, MA and Rose Bain (Ken) of Conway, SC; grandchildren: Eric Dolan (Smita), Jessica Dolan-Manire (Ian) and Kayleigh Bain; great grandchildren Kiran and Rohan Dolan. He is also survived by several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The Lazy K will never be the same without you Pop.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, December 7 from 11am to 1pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa, A service will be conducted at 1pm. Burial will follow in Factory Village Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association National Office, at www.act.alz.org or by mail to Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter, 3701 Pender Drive, Suite 400, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Clifford P. Carrey, Jr. 42, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Troy, NY on March 8, 1973.

Clifford was an auto mechanic and loved to work on cars. He worked at General Electric Co in Schenectady since 2012. His greatest joy was spending time with his son.

Clifford is survived by his son Dominick Michael Carrey; wife Elizabeth Carrey; parents Clifford and Donna Carrey, Sr. of Ballston Spa; sister Saundra Thompson of Albuquerque, New Mexico; nieces and nephew Melissa, Gabriel and Destiny; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, December 5 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4pm.