Obituaries


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, October 13 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Rock City Falls Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 2-5pm on Sunday, October 12 at the funeral home.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Karen H. Matteo, 69, of Ballston Lake and Savannah, Georgia went to her well-deserved rest after a long and courageous fight with several ailments on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Born in Utica, NY on May 17, 1945, she was the daughter of Benigno and Charlotte Hoz. She was a graduate of Herkimer High School and received a Master’s Degree from SUNY Albany. Karen was a distinguished teacher and shaper of young minds. She taught for Shenendehowa Central School District until her retirement in 2002.

Karen loved her second home in Savannah, Georgia where she volunteered as a docent at the Isaiah Davenport House. She was also a member of the Historic Savannah Foundation and the Downtown Neighborhood Association. She was an avid quilter and enjoyed antiquing and gardening. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family especially her beloved grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother, nana and friend.

She was predeceased by her father Benigno Hoz. Karen is survived by her husband Richard; children Amy Alvarez (Rafael) of Clifton Park and James Matteo of Clinton; grandchildren Jeffrey Alvarez, Christopher Alvarez, Ella Matteo, Jack Matteo and Chloe Matteo; mother Charlotte Hoz of Ballston Spa; sister Linda Canastar (Kenneth) of Lake George, sister in law Marlene LiBritz (Joseph) of New Hartford; several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Funeral services will be held 9am Wednesday, September 24 at Corpus Christi Church, 2001 Route 9, Round Lake where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Jonesville Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Karen may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Toni K. “Mema” DesBois 56, passed away Thursday, September 18, 2014 at home surrounded by her family. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana on April 1, 1958, she was the daughter of Charles and Patricia Letson. Toni was a home health aide for many years and has helped Hospice when needed. Toni loved her time at camp, reading a book in front of a blazing fire. Most of all, Mema loved and treasured every moment she could spend with her grandchildren, Gavin and Haley. Toni will be in many hearts and memories with her kind words, shoulder to lean on, a smile that never quit and a laugh you’ll never forget. If you were lucky, you may have heard of her life’s journey and its endless stories.

Toni is survived by her husband Richard DesBois; sons Robert DesBois (Leah), Kenneth DesBois and Raymond Scott Glenn; grandchildren Gavin Robert Gershon DesBois and Haley Lynn Cituck-DesBois (mother Dinene); sisters Elizabeth Lindsey (David) and Laura Potter (Gabriel); brother Gerald Byrd (Linda); mother in law and father in law Alice and Larry DesBois; sister in law Darleen Male (Sofia); several nieces and nephews and her extended family and friends in Louisiana, Vermont, Arizona and California.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Toni’s life from 1 to 5pm Sunday, October 5, 2014 at The Rexford Fire House, 1601 Route 146, Rexford, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Toni’s Kids, c/o Trustco Bank, 43 Round Lake Road, Ballston Lake, NY 12019 or delivered in person to any Trustco Bank branch. Toni’s Kids is a charity set up in Toni’s name where all donations go toward helping children whose parents have passed away from cancer.

Virginia R. Svoboda 64, passed away Monday, September 15, 2014 at her home. Born in Schenectady, NY on February 23, 1950 she was the daughter of William and Frances Coons. Virginia worked at General Electric Co for many years and later at Saratoga Tree Nursery.

She liked cross country skiing, hiking, and cooking. Virginia was always there to lend a helping hand. She enjoyed taking walks with her son Matthew and snacking on a Three Musketeers Bar. Her greatest joy was spending time with her beloved husband and family.

She was predeceased by her father William Coons and sister Valerie Mott. Virginia is survived by her husband William; children Daniel Svoboda (Kathy) of Saratoga Springs, Cheryl Locke (Robert) of Saratoga Springs, David Svoboda (Janet) of Porter Corners, Antoinette Svoboda of Saratoga Springs, Steven Svoboda (Nancy) of Scotia and Matthew Svoboda (Kristen) of Ballston Spa; mother Frances Coons of Schenectady; brothers and sisters William Coons (Barbara) of Schenectady, Frank Coons (Sandy) of Galway, Susan Pantuosco (Chris) of Schenectady and Linda Thatcher of Schenectady; 7 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 2pm Thursday, September 18 at Factory Village Cemetery, Northline Road, Ballston Spa.

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

Barbara E. Welch passed away Sunday, September 14, 2014. Born in Garfield, New Jersey, she was the daughter of John and Frances Gaal.

Barbara worked at the Ballston Spa National Bank for many years. After raising her family, she returned to work as a teaching assistant at Ballston Spa Middle School.

Barbara was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ballston Spa where she served as Clerk of Session for many years. She was an avid golfer and long-term member of the Ballston Spa Country Club and Northeastern Women’s Golf Association. She was also a member of the Heritage Garden Club.

She was predeceased by her husband Douglas H. Welch. Barbara is survived by her children Douglas Welch (Kathleen) of Ballston Spa and Liz Holub (Ray) of Saratoga Springs; grandchildren Gregory Welch and Molly Schaefer (Peter Jones); her beloved cats Gypsie and Angel and great granddogs Zane and Dixie.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, September 19, at the First Presbyterian Church, 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Barbara may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or H.O.P.E., PO Box 2497, Wilton, NY 12831 or Estherville Animal Shelter, 100 Russell Road, Greenfield Center, NY 12833.

Eleanor M. Moran, 73 of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2014. Born August 26, 1941 in Watervliet, NY she was the daughter of the late Thomas G. and Gertrude Marie (Whitehead) Gardner.

Eleanor worked at Central Market and later in the Turbine Department at General Electric. She began her career at Trustco Bank in 1986 starting as a clerk and becoming a branch manager and then top manager in the Collections Department. She worked on many special projects for the bank and retired in 2002.

Eleanor was a volunteer for the Saratoga County Rape Crisis Center for several years. She also volunteered with local groups to feed the hungry at Thanksgiving.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother Thomas Gardner and her sister Anne Gardner. Eleanor is survived by her daughter Carmella Oliver (Jack) of Ballston Spa, grandchildren Jessica Wiltse (Neal), Dominic Caracciolo, Vincent Caracciolo and Victoria Caracciolo (Eric); great grandchildren Michael, Elena and Riley; brother Walter Gardner (Linda) of Clifton Park; sister in law Gail Groggins of Roanoke, VA and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be held 9am Saturday September 20 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in memory of Eleanor to Kathleen A. Campion Foundation, 4 Englemore Court, Clifton Park, NY 12065 or Heaven Sent Animal Rescue, PO Box 2583, Glenville, NY 12325.

Helen E. Jones 71, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the home of her daughter after a courageous battle with cancer. Born and raised in Carbondale, Pennsylvania she was the daughter of the late Ivan and Elizabeth Cobb. She graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School, Carbondale, PA class of 1960. She furthered her education at the International Correspondence School, Scranton, PA.

A military wife, she became a world traveler, residing in Guam, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia and various places in the United States. Possessed of a kind heart, she enjoyed entertaining and was known for her hospitality. She loved animals and always shared her home with a pet.

The world will have less laughter without Helen. She exhibited her quick wit and sense of humor even in the midst of the insidious disease which claimed her life. She will be sadly missed by those who loved her. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and loyal friend. She enjoyed the theater, reading, crocheting, shopping, family holidays and parties, as well as social events.

Helen is survived by her daughters Elizabeth Paniccia (Stephen) of Ballston Spa, and Kerri Mussari-Smith of Cary, NC; her five grandchildren Michela, Stephen Jr., Anthony, Grant and Brandon; brother Ivan Cobb of Carbondale, PA, sister Alice Unruh of South Abington Township, PA, nieces Cara and Rachel; and nephew Seth.

Funeral services will be held 9am Saturday, September 13 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Clifford Valley Cemetery, Clifford, PA. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, September 12 from 5-7pm at the funeral home.

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

The family would like to thank Hospice for their kind and compassionate care rendered to Helen in her last days.

Roger Belanger, 67, of Ballston Spa, NY passed away peacefully September 7, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. We are all better people having known him and he will be greatly missed by all.

He was born August 23, 1947 in Eagle Lake, ME the son of Patrick and Rella (Corriveau) Belanger. Roger grew up in Fort Kent, ME on the family farm with his many siblings. In October 1966 he joined the US Army serving in the 61st Infantry. He was the recipient of the Award of Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. After leaving the service in 1968, Roger settled in Ballston Spa, NY where he met his future wife, Martina Branham. He enjoyed a long career in the construction industry, retiring in 2008 after 30 years with CR Drywall. In retirement, Roger worked part time for the Saratoga Lake Protection and Improvement District.

Roger was an active member of the Ballston Spa American Legion Henry Cornell Post 234 for 32 years. Over the course of his service, he served as Chaplin, Adjutant and was the active Treasurer and Comptroller. He was instrumental in making the Post the success that it is today. In 2009 he was named Legionnaire of the Year in recognition of his outstanding leadership and service.

Roger is survived by his loving wife, Martina Belanger of 39 years; his two sons; Scott and his wife Kimberly (Hurd) Belanger; Nelson and his wife Kimberly (Kleinhans) Belanger; his beloved grand-daughter and Princess, Kaylee; his siblings, Nelson (Susan) Belanger; Julie Taylor; Carroll (Odette) Theriault; his twin Edgar (Barbara) Belanger; Jackie Theriault; and Bertha Sirois; Brothers-in-law Roland Roy and Gerald Hebert; many nieces and nephews; as well as a close family friend, Ruth Lunn. In addition to both parents, he is predeceased by his step-mother Alphena (Theriault) Belanger; two sisters Pauline Hebert and Maxine Roy; as well as two Brothers-in-law David Taylor Sr. and Philip Sirois.

Family and friends are invited to call Wednesday, September 10th from 4 to 7 PM at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street in Ballston Spa, NY. A memorial mass will be held Thursday, September 11th at 9 AM at St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. Interment will follow at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the American Cancer Society.

Jonathan L. Rogers 34, passed away Friday, September 5, 2014. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on September 8, 1979. Jon was outgoing and loved to make people laugh. He was a people person and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Jon is survived by his children Jaden and Hailee; mother and stepfather Susan Miller and James Keech; father and stepmother Daniel Rogers, Sr and Kathy Lowery; brothers Daniel Rogers, Jr., James Keech, Daniel Lowery, Donnie Lowery and Richard Dworakowski, Jr., sisters Melodie Hayes, Jennifer Bombard, Kristina Weaver and Elisa Towne; grandmothers Marilyn Wagoner, Albertina Dillenbeck and Theresa Keech; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, sisters in law and brothers in law.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 9 from 3-6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jon to MADD, 790 Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.

Mary E. Englehart 84, passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Born in Hoosick Falls, NY on October 27, 1929, she was the daughter of John and Theresa Weller. She was a graduate of Hoosick Falls High School and Cobleskill College. On November 11, 1950, Mary married Carl Englehart and a few months later they settled in Ballston Spa.

Mary was a teaching assistant at Ballston Spa Middle School for over 25 years. She was the second female to serve on the Board of Directors for the Saratoga County Fair. Mary proudly served on the Fair Board for 47 years and was currently still serving. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa and an active volunteer in the Food Pantry at the church.

She was a member of the Milton Grange and was famous for the Oyster Stew she made every year for the Horse Thieves Dinner. She served as a 4-H Leader and enjoyed cross stitch, quilting and gardening. Mary was also a member of the Herb Group and the Retired Teachers Association.

She was predeceased by her sister Shirley Mahar. Mary is survived by her husband Carl and their children Deborah Crane (James) of Ballston Spa, Karen Garant (John) of Ballston Spa, Wendy Butkus (Gregory) of Charlton and Halie Englehart (Rebecca) of Ballston Spa; granddaughters Stacie, Jennifer, Robynn, Melanie and Erin; great grandsons Jackson, Benjamin, Vander, Gunder and Brady; sister Evangeline Brenenstuhl of Cohoes and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4-7pm on Wednesday, September 10 at the First Baptist Church, 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 7pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mary to the First Baptist Church Food Pantry.

Yvonne E. Neal 75, passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014. She was born in Schenectady, NY on October 17, 1938. She lived in Bremerton, Washington for many years and returned to Ballston Spa in 2008.

Yvonne was a homemaker. She enjoyed country line dancing, camping, traveling and spending time in Florida. She was a member of the Ballston Area Seniors and the Eagles Club.

She was predeceased by her first husband James Pettit, Sr., second husband Larry Neal and brother Ed Leger. Yvonne is survived by her children, Richard Bray of Poulsbo, Washington, Desiree Bernert (Jerry) of Bremerton, Washington, James Pettit, Jr., (Rebecca) of Ballston Spa, Charles Pettit (Patricia) of Northville, Michael Pettit (Robin) of Ballston Spa; stepson Sean Neal of Lexington, Kentucky, brothers and sisters Leonard Leger of Ballston Spa, Abagail Fitzgerald of Amsterdam, Linda Fierro of Ballston Spa, Celeste Leone of South Carolina and Fred Leger of South Carolina; 15 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Tuesday, September 9 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, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 8 from 4-7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Yvonne may be made to the Ballston Area Seniors, 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank Dr. Saifi, Dr. Terrien, Dr. Roccario and the staff of the CV-ICU at St. Peter’s Hospital for their care and compassion.

Bruce E. Vedder 72, passed away Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at his home. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on May 27, 1942, he was the son of Robert and Doris Vedder. He was an Army veteran serving in Vietnam.

Bruce was the first Vedder boy to graduate from High School and then from the Lincoln School of Nursing. He worked for Two Guys Department Store in Schenectady and Menands for many years. He later worked for Lockheed Martin retiring in 2002.

Bruce enjoyed dancing and was a ballroom dance instructor.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his brother Harold Vedder and nephew Larry Vedder. Bruce is survived by his sisters Evelyn Baxter of Ballston Spa and Ruth Ann Smith of Gansevoort, his brother Wesley Vedder of Ballston Lake and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 10am Saturday, September 6 at Dunning Street Cemetery in Malta. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Michael R. Paul 90 of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, August 28, 2014. Born January 28, 1924 in Johnsonville, NY, he was the son of the late Michael and Hazel (Sawtelle) Paul. Michael was a US Army veteran serving in World War II and worked for 36 years for General Electric Silicone in Waterford until his retirement.

He was a member of Ballston Area Seniors and enjoyed dancing, watching television, playing pool and vacationing in Maine. Michael was very devoted to his daughter, his 3 grandchildren and his 4 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his first wife, Betty D. Paul, three brothers, Joseph, James and Nicholas Paul, and a sister, Jennifer Roe. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Carol Thomas of Ballston Spa; his daughter, Karen Glokler (George) of Ballston Spa; his grandchildren, Kimberly Regan (Daniel) of Missouri, Jamie Hansen (Ross) of Schenectady and Kelly Glokler of Ballston Spa; 4 great grandchildren; a brother, John Paul (Suzanne) of South Carolina; his step children, Cynthia Melander (John) of Malta, Tim Thomas (Julia) of Ballston Spa, Sheryl DeMarco (Nicholas) of Glenville and Rhonda Wager (Jeff) of Greenfield Center; 9 step grandchildren, 12 step great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, September 3, from 5 to 7 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10:00 am Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in the town of Saratoga.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, Radnor Station Building 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Rd, Radnor, PA 19087, www.theaftd.org, or to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Louise Laura Quinlivan Holmes, 78 of Malta, passed away Thursday, August 28, 2014 in Glens Falls. Born in Brooklyn, NY on January 25, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Clayton and Mary Quinlivan.

She is survived by her husband, Gary B. Holmes of Malta; four daughters, Karen Serrano of Florida, Lois Fink of Texas, Gail Natale of Saratoga Springs and Susan Simonds of Middle Grove; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

In keeping with Louise’s wishes, there will be absolutely no services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.