Obituaries


Dorothy C. Blake 79, passed away Monday, August 31, 2015. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 9, 1936, she was the daughter of Charles and Ivis Huber.

Dorothy retired after many years from the Saratoga County Department of Social Services as a home health aide. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa. Dorothy was a devoted wife and mother. She adored her children and grandchildren and loved spending time with them. Dorothy also enjoyed traveling and made multiple trips to Europe.

She was predeceased by her husband Elmer, son Randy, sister Violet Miller and brother Ernest Huber. Dorothy is survived by her children Donna Dobush (Basil) of Saratoga Springs, Michael Blake (Patricia) of Ballston Spa, Diane Blake of Summerville, SC, David Blake of Ballston Spa, Jeff Blake (Lynne) of Ballston Spa and Gary Blake of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Phylicia, Joshua, Erica, Christopher, Tyler, Samuel, Kevin, Jonathan, and Julia; great grandchildren Neveah and Evan; sister Jean Huber of Glenville; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, September 5, at Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, September 4 from 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

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

Apolonia Pastrana Carambot 85, passed away Friday, August 28, 2015. Born in Puerto Rico on March 18, 1930, she was the daughter of Celedonia and Genoveva Pastrana Baez. She lived and worked in New York City for 20 years and moved to Malta in 2014.

One of thirteen children, Apolonia was the family matriarch. She was strong willed and lovingly raised her daughter.

She is survived by her daughter Elsie Ford (Malcolm) of Malta, granddaughters Melanie Campagna of Albany and Stephanie Ford of Clifton Park; great granddaughter Jamie Campagna; and her seven siblings and their families.

Funeral services will be held 9am Monday, August 31 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 Sunday, August 30 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Apolonia may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

George Koch, 86 of Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully Thursday, August 27, 2015. Born September 11, 1928 in Queens NY, he was the son of the late August and Anna (Motzer) Koch.

A 1948 graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School, George served in the US Army during the Korean War where he was stationed in Germany. Upon his discharge form the Army, he used the government’s GI Bill to attend college at New York University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree.

He married his wife, Christel on May 6, 1966 in Los Angeles, CA and worked as a Civil Engineer there for the state’s Department of Water Resources. In 1970, George and Christel relocated to Ballston Spa where George worked as a Civil Engineer with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, retiring as Chief of Dam Safety.

George enjoyed cross country skiing, playing ice hockey and rooting for his beloved New York Rangers. He loved to read and enjoyed reading biographies.

George is survived by his wife of 49 years, Christel (Reif) Koch; his children, Michael C. Koch and his wife Tanya of Alpharetta, GA and Stephanie Senatore and her husband, Brian of Charlotte, NC; his grandchildren Henry and Mary Koch and Hannah and Sophie Senatore; a sister, Eleanor Senzamice and her husband, Anthony of Bergenfield, NJ; and his nephews, Anthony and Mark Senzamice.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, September 1, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon prior to the services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Feeding America, 5 East Wacker Dr, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60601, The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144 or Mary’s Haven, 35 New St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Elmer L. Robinson "DOC" 88 years old of Saratoga Springs passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at his home.

Elmer struggled with Dementia and other health problems for many years. He was cared for in his home by his daughter Leta Rock-Wells and her husband Mark Wells. He passed peacefully sitting across from the love of his life for 66yrs, Ruth.

Born September 18, 1926 he was a resident of Ballston Spa, NY and son of the late Roy and Hazel Robinson of Ballston Spa.

Elmer served in the Army and attended Cornell University. He and his wife, Dr. Ruth Jones were both veterinarians and they opened Saratoga Springs Veterinary Hospital in 1950, a small and large animal practice. Doc covered many miles and several counties on his farm calls in his 30 years of practice.

Elmer enjoyed bird watching, sailing and singing and was a member of the Racing City Chorus. An active community member, Elmer helped establish SPAC and the YMCA locally. He loved his racquetball crew and was an avid runner. He was a consultant with Skidmore College Animal Care unit for many years and donated his time and services to the Saratoga County Sheriff's K9 unit and he was ALWAYS up for joke!! He and Ruth enjoyed wintering in Florida.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his brother Robert Robinson of Dexter ME. He is survived by his wife Ruth and children Nancy Schaefer (David), Gale Webster, Chris Casertino, Roy Robinson (Cristina) and Leta Rock-Wells (Mark); Eleven Grandchildren, Erin, Dave, Alissa, Shaun, Nicole, Andrew, Sabrina, Monique, Lucas, Jesse and Jamie. Twelve Great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 4 to 8 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Elmer would not want flowers--take someone special to dinner and laugh in his memory.

David R. Abbey, 64, passed away peacefully Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Born on April 29, 1951 in Reno, Nevada, he was the son of the late Carl and Marion (Wellbank) Abbey.

A graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, David was a United States Army Veteran, serving during the Vietnam era. He worked for several years at Saratoga Water in Saratoga Springs. David loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his sons, David Abbey of Middle Grove, and Carl Abbey and his wife, Dana of Corinth; his sisters, Ellen Abbey of Middle Grove and Dixie Floyd and her husband, Jeffery of Titusville, FL; three grandchildren, Ella, Lincoln and Payton Abbey; several nieces and nephews and many good friends.

A graveside service with military honors will be held Monday, August 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm at North Milton Cemetery, North Milton Road.

Clarence R. Lewis Jr., 74, known by family and friends as “Sonny” of Ballston Spa passed away Monday, August 24, 2015. Born in Bennington, Vermont on September 14, 1940, he was the son of the late Clarence Lewis and Marie Wright.

Clarence was a warehouse forklift operator and retired from Adirondack Beverages.

He loved NASCAR and was Dale Earnhardt’s biggest fan. Clarence also enjoyed spending time at his hunting camp.

Clarence is survived by his wife MaryJane Lewis; children Michael Lewis (Monica) of Raeford, North Carolina, Mark Lewis (Kasi) of Havelock, North Carolina, Jason Lewis (Diane) of Glens Falls and Kristi Zgrzepski (Joe) of Sarasota, Florida; grandchildren Ashley, Sean, Stephanie, Ryan, Mackenzie, Cayden, Emily, Michael and great-grandson Landon.

Family and friends are invited to gather in celebration of Clarence’s life on Saturday, August 29 from 1:30pm to 6pm at the family home, 527 Leahy Lane, Ballston Spa, New York 12020.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, New York 12020.

Emma Lee DuPont, 90, passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2015.

Babe, Larry’s loving, irreplaceable co-pilot for 70 years and gilded angel forever.

She is survived by her husband, F.L. DuPont; sons, Stephen, Jacke and Christopher DuPont; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services are private at the convenience of the family.







Phyllis M. Reckner 74, passed away Friday, August 21, 2015. Born in Whitehall, New York on June 20, 1941, she was the daughter of Louis and Marjorie David.

Phyllis was a homemaker and was devoted to raising her six children. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her beloved grandchildren.

Phyllis was a NY Yankees fan and enjoyed watching their games on TV.

She was predeceased by her husband Gerald Reckner, son Gerald Reckner, Jr., and her brothers Joey David and Gene Brownell. Phyllis is survived by her children Donald Reckner (Theresa) of Ballston Lake, Darlene Reckner of Burnt Hills, Cathy Reckner of Ballston Spa, Lorie Holmes (Rob) of Ballston Lake and David Reckner of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Christopher, Jennifer, Ashley, Kristen, Jessica, Samantha, and Robert; great granddaughter Kendall; sisters Pat Rougie of Ballston Spa and Rosie Telford of Eagle Bridge; brother Louis David of Ballston Spa, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, August 25 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, August 24 from 5pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Phyllis to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.

Most beloved Vincent "Jimmy" Granitto passed into the arms of our Lord Tuesday August 18th, surrounded by the people and things he most treasured in his life; the love of his family, friends, and his music and photos.

Throughout his life Jimmy was a happy go lucky kinda guy. His signature trademark was his smile, a song and a kiss..

Jimmy was known among his family and friends as the "Frank Sinatra" of his time. He is most known for his talent of singing his favorite idol's tunes and spreading the joy of his voice.

Jimmy was so loved by everyone who crossed his path. His passion for life and laughter was contagious. He was considered and nicknamed the "mayor" by those where he lived for his willingness and ability in helping and advocating for friends and residents at his home formerly known as Maplewood Manor.

With his Harlem, NYC roots and his love for singing, Jimmy took to the local venues upon his retirement where he would sing many Frank Sinatra's hits, among them his favorite, "My Way" which became Jimmy's trademark song....

Jimmy was a devoted husband and father. He is survived by his daughters Genevieve and Lisa, his sons-in-law John and Larry, his grandson Brandon and wife Devan, and his great grandchildren Brody and Ella. He is predeceased by his beautiful bride Sally who passed in 2012, his mother Elizabeth, father Dominick, brother "Gus" and sister Vickie Granitto.

Vincent demonstrated good humor, dignity and bravery during this last challenge in his life. Vincent "Jimmy" Granitto will be missed by all in his family and the community. He was a legend in today's time. Rest peacefully dear Jimmy. You lived your life “Your Way"…

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, August 22 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 invite to call on Friday from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jimmy to the Brain Injury Association of America.

Edward Austro, 86, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Monday, August 17, 2015. Born in Charlton, NY on October 14, 1928 he was the son of the late Yzydor and Regina Austro. Edward was an Army veteran and served in the Korean War. He was a member of Local 157 Laborers Union for over thirty years. He was a labor foreman for many years, retiring from Weber Construction Company.

Edward was a member of the Broadalbin American Legion Post 337 as well as the Mohawk Valley Coon and Cat Club in Charleston, NY.

He loved the out of doors and enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and camping. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his beloved grandchildren.

Edward was predeceased by his sisters Margaret Revell, Sophie McCane, Mary Gocha and brothers Benedict Austro, Andrew Austro and Raymond Austro.

Edward is survived by his wife of 57 years Carol (Thomas) Austro of Charlton; daughters Susan (Dan) Jones of Broadalbin; Mary Lou (Mike) Crandall of Scotia, Carolyn (John) O’Donnell of Pittstown; sons Edward (Donna) Austro of Scotia, Thomas (Gail) Austro of Glenville, Daniel (Cheryl) Austro of Perth; sister Helen (Ron) Sarsick of Charlton; brother Kasmier “Mike” (Sandy) Austro of Charlton; 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, August 23 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. American Legion Post 337 of Broadalbin will conduct a service at 6:30 pm. Funeral services will be held 10am on Monday, August 24 at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Mabel L. Hammond 99, passed away at home on Saturday, August 15, 2015. Born in Day, NY on June 7, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Ida LeBarron. Mabel worked at General Electric Co for a short time and later at the Ballston Spa Knitting Mill for over 30 years.

Mabel was happiest when she was spending time with her family. She loved crocheting. Over the years she made many cherished items for friends and family. She was an avid baseball fan, particularly the NY Mets. She also enjoyed watching basketball and was a NY Nets fan.

She was predeceased by her husband T. Edward Hammond and her siblings Elwin, Joseph, Arthur, Charles, Ruby, Minnie, Phoebe, Pearl, Georgia and Frances. Mabel is survived by her sons Mark Hammond (Betty) of Ballston Spa and Philip Hammond (Jan) of Ballston Spa; 6 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, August 21 from 9am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Mabel may be made to The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff of Community Hospice of Saratoga, and a special thanks to Carol for all her kindness and care of Mabel during this difficult time.

Barbara Jean Davis 68, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. Born in Troy, NY on June 15, 1947 she was the daughter of Stephen and Barbara Carknard. She was a homemaker and worked at the Ballston Journal for several years.

Barbara Jean was a proud mammie and looked after her grandson for 12 years.

She enjoyed playing cards, dice and bingo. She liked to watch sports and bet on the horses at the racetrack and OTB. In her younger years, she enjoyed camping with her family.

Barbara Jean is survived by her husband Nelson Davis; her daughter Terri Heritage (Randy) of Ballston Spa; grandson Nicholas Heritage; sister Donna Hill (Ron Mahon) of The Villages, FL; brother Steve Carknard (Mary) of Johnsonville; brothers in law Don Davis (Noel) of Troy, Mike Davis of Watervliet, and Tom Harrington of Middle Grove; close friends Darlene Fitch, Paula DelloRocco, Carol and Al Rand, Guy Kelly and the Heritage family; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 20 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Burial will be in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on a later date.

Memorial contributions in memory of Barbara Jean may be made to NorthStar Church, PO Box 158, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

The family would like to thank Dr. John Delmonte for his care and compassion and Barbara Jean’s cousin Mary Rita Pascussi for her loving care.

Donald E. Green 85, passed away Monday, August 10, 2015. Born in Gloversville, New York on February 4, 1930, he was the son of Howard and Irene Green. He served in the US Navy.

Don worked at Adam Ross Cut Stone in Albany for 17 years and later retired from Verizon after 20 years. Don was a member of Franklin Masonic Lodge #90 of Ballston Spa where he was a Past Master. He was a member of the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church and served on the Board of Trustees. Don enjoyed traveling, hiking and camping.

He was predeceased by his brothers Richard and Howard. Don is survived by his wife Janice Williams Green whom he married on May 28, 1949; his children Daniel Green (Christine) of Gansevoort and Sharon Gras (Jerry) of Shaftsbury, VT; grandchildren Melissa Cochran, Ryan Smith (Krystal), Stacie Grimes (Russ) and Jeremy Green; great grandchildren Kevan, Shane, Amanda, James, Talia, Aleena, Logan, Nadia, Emma, and Lauren; brothers Russell Green (Thelma) of Gloversville and David Green (Gwen) of Marlow, NH; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 11am to 12 noon on Thursday, August 13 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 12 noon. Burial with military honors will follow in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Don may be made to the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Donna K. Maree 63, passed away Saturday, August 8, 2015. Born in Bennington, Vermont on April 3, 1952, she was the daughter of Walter ”Bud” and Evelyn Brownell. She worked for Racemark International in Malta for many years.

Donna enjoyed camping with her family and putting together puzzles with her great granddaughter Aubree. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her grandchildren and she spoiled them as much as possible.

She was predeceased by her brothers James and Robert Brownell. Donna is survived by her husband James; her children Katina Mackin (Jamie) of Ballston Spa, and James Maree, Jr. (Erica) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Kayla Baker, Kaitlyn Hernandez, Riley Mackin, Jamie Mackin, Ethan Turner, Evelyn Maree and Colin Maree; great granddaughter Aubree Baker; brothers Walter Brownell (Cathy) of Brant Lake, Randy Brownell (Donna) of Ballston Spa, and David Brownell of Ballston Spa; sister Kathy Blanchard of Greenfield Center; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, August 12 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 Tuesday evening from 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Donna may be made to the American Heart Association.

Merle A. Davis 76, went home to Heaven on Friday, August 7, 2015. Born in Albany, NY on July 30, 1939, she was the daughter of John and Harriet Magee. She was a graduate of Watervliet High School and studied Business Administration at the College of St. Rose.

After graduation, Merle worked at the Boston Store in Latham. She later became an Administrative Assistant at the SUNY Research Foundation in Albany for many years.

During her younger years, Merle and her sisters spent the summers at their family camp on Saratoga Lake. She enjoyed gardening and feeding the birds. She loved spending time with her beloved dog Sassy.

She was predeceased by her husband Carroll whom she lovingly cared for, and her sister Ardeth Ruth Ricci. Merle is survived by her sisters Dorrene Russell (Charles) of Charlton, Gail Kilby (Richard) of Malta, and Andrea Kennedy (Ira) of Bloomfield, Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, August 11 from 9am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Colonie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Merle to the Estherville Animal Shelter, 100 Russell Road, Greenfield Center, NY 12833.

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

Dorothy R. Conlin, 81, passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at her home in Malta. Born in Manhattan, NY, on February 11, 1934, she was the daughter of the late James and Julia (Devlin) Crotty.

Dorothy worked in the catalog department of J.C. Penney in Crossgates Mall in Albany. She dedicated her time as a volunteer at the Ladies Auxiliary in Stamford, NY. Her most important job however was raising her 6 children. Dorothy was an avid reader and she had a great love for flowers and gardening. Dorothy along with her friends Audrey, Peggy, and Sandy were known as the McDonalds Coffee group meeting daily to enjoy each other’s company.

Dorothy was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was the rock of the family and was always there with her unwavering love and support. She had a selfless nature and taught her family to be strong and how to be independent. She will be missed deeply more than words can express.

In addition to her parents, Dorothy was predeceased by her husband James Conlin and her granddaughter Caitlin Armstrong. She is survived by her children: Barbara (Timothy Pearsall) Conlin of Saratoga Springs, Susan (Dean) Armstrong of Largo, FL, Eileen (Thomas) Houck of Malta, John (Terri) Conlin of Ballston Spa, James Conlin of Bayshore, NY, Michael (Diane) Conlin of Boulder, CO; her grandchildren: Lorinda (Tom) Gonyo, Jennifer (Bob) Kramer, Sean (Amanda) Armstrong, Sara Houck, Erin Houck, Megan Conlin, Jamie Conlin, Jessica (Nick) Riopi, Jason Conlin, Jenna Conlin, Kevin (Sarah) Conlin, and Julia Conlin; her precious great-granddaughters: Lauren and Allison Armstrong; and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 9am on Monday, August 10, 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, August 9 from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made in Dorothy’s name to the Autism Awareness by visiting www.AutismSpeaks.org or to the American Heart Association by visiting www.heart.org.

Doris J. Delano, 81, affectionately known as “Dottie”,passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga. Born in New York City, on September 13, 1933, she was the daughter of the late James L. and Emma (Thibideau) Jones. Doris worked for many years until her retirement at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa in the food service department. She enjoyed being a homemaker and caring for her beloved Shih tzu “Muffin.” Doris belonged to a weekly craft club with her friends. She enjoyed having Sunday dinners with her family, was an avid shopper and loved taking long rides in the car.

Doris was predeceased by her loving husband of 37 years, Robert P. Delano. She is survived by her stepdaughters Robin Wenzel of Marana, AZ and Lori (Dom) Fruci of Stillwater; her granddaughters Tami (Scott) Lescault and Stephanie (Nicholas) Lape; her great-grandchildren Paige, Luc and Leah Lescault and Nicholas, Jr and Charlee Lape; her dear friend Dolores Pena; and her faithful companion “Muffin.”

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9am to 11am on Saturday, August 8 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A funeral service will be held at 11am at the funeral home. Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga.

Doris’ family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Springs 2nd Floor at Wesley Nursing Home for the compassionate and loving care that Doris received over the last year.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Doris’ name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza #405, Albany, NY 12205.

“Duffy’s Tavern, Duffy’s not here right now.” If you called Dick Moomey, you were likely to be greeted this way. In fact, in all the years his daughter called him, Duffy never did come to the phone.

Richard (Dick) Lee Moomey. 85, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2015 in Saratoga Springs, New York. He was born on September 18, 1929 in Malone, New York, to Leo and Lilah Moomey.

Dick grew up in North Lawrence, New York. He graduated from North Lawrence High in North Lawrence, New York in 1946. After high school he attended Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York where, in 1952, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. In 1961 he received a Master’s degree from Syracuse University and continued his graduate education at New York University and St. Lawrence University.

A gifted athlete, Dick lettered in three sports in high school. He played varsity basketball at Ithaca College and Regimental basketball (Special Services to entertain the troops) in Europe (1953-1954) while serving in the Army Signal Corps from 1952-1954. He also played Semi-Pro Basketball and tried out with the Detroit Tigers.

Dick loved spending his summers at Camp Cobbossee in Winthrop, Maine where he was a Camp Counselor, Waterfront Director, and Camp Director during his eleven year tenure.

He taught science and was athletic director at Lisbon Central High School from 1954-1960, where he was known as “coach” to all his sports teams. He was a Guidance Counselor from 1961-1963, and the Middle School Principal from 1963-1988 at Monroe-Woodbury, dedicating 34 years to public education until his retirement in 1988.

Dick married Joan Ann Marando in 1960 in Massena, New York. They were married for 53 years. Dick was a member of several teaching and administration associations. He wrote professional articles for national and state publications and initiated a wide variety of Middle School educational programs, which were observed and duplicated by a number of northeast schools. These included cross graded, Interdisciplinary and uni-sex courses. He developed electives in major study areas, house plan, and many child centered programs, including Leisure centers, Midi-courses, house competitions, peer tutoring, and Freedom and Responsibility concepts among many others.

Dick was a charter member of Monroe-Woodbury Drug Council and a former member of the Central Valley Library board. He was involved in community theatre for 40 years. Appeared in, directed and produced numerous major theatrical productions for the Monroe-Woodbury Teachers Association, the Souza Scholarship for the Performing Arts (founded in 1980), the Muddy Water Players (founded in 1991), and the Lileo Foundation (founded in 1996). He was involved in various productions, raising
thousands of dollars for student scholarships.

Some highlights of his theatrical career included directing the musicals Finian’s Rainbow, Brigadoon, Carousel, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Annie, Peter Pan, Oliver, Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, and The King and I. Non-musicals included You Can’t Take It With You, Deathtrap, Mousetrap, Our Town, Ten Little Indians, Lend Me a Tenor, Dial M For Murder, and Barefoot In The Park among others.
After his departure from theatre Dick took pen to paper and authored mystery, suspense and thriller novels including, Eye of the Storm, Curtains, The Reluctant Witness, The Boston Connection, and The Edge of Time.

Dick was an avid sports enthusiast, never missing a Yankees game. The first thing he’d ask when you called him was “are you watching the game?” His love of college basketball followed him throughout his life. Final Four the highlight of every season.

Dick caught the sports bug early, as a young boy watching Babe Ruth play in a Barnstorming exhibition game. In those days baseballs were signed with fountain pens and after excitedly returning to his mother with the Babe’s signature, he accidentally smudged the ink. His mother hurried over to the five and dime to purchase another ball so Dick could again get Ruth’s signature. To this day that ball proudly resides in his man cave, the room a reflection of his most memorable events.

Dick touched so many lives through his innovative thinking and dedication to the teaching and mentoring of children. His commitment and love of the performing arts brought so much joy to the audiences who witnessed his productions and helped students through foundations like the Souza Scholarship for the Performing Arts. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and those kids whose lives he touched.

Dick is survived by his wife Joan of Ballston Spa, New York; his daughters Sue Ellen Moomey Turnbull of Goshen, New York and her husband Robert, and Elizabeth Anne Moomey Stevens of Ballston Spa, New York and her husband David; his grandchildren Christopher, Mathew, Andrew, Samuel, Fiona, and Lucas; and his nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his mother and father and his brother Raymond.

At Dick’s request, there will be no visitation. A private service will be held by the family. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

John F. Benuscak 85, passed away Saturday, August 1, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Yonkers, New York on November 22, 1929, he was the son of the late John and Helen Benuscak.

John was a graduate of Fredonia Teachers College and earned his master’s degree from Columbia University. He studied music at Juilliard. John was the Band Director at Ballston Spa Central Schools for 30 years, retiring in 1986. He enjoyed marching in parades with the band and putting on local concerts.

He was an avid fly fisherman and often fished in the Battenkill River. John flew model airplanes and enjoyed deer hunting with his son Tom.

He was predeceased by his son David. John is survived by his wife Betty; son Thomas Benuscak (Darcy) of Ballston Spa, daughter Susan Robbins (Wayne) of Pittsburgh, PA; and his grandsons Mark and Tyler Benuscak.

Funeral services will be held 9am Thursday, August 6, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial with military honors will follow in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, August 5 from 5pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Union Fire Co #2 Marching Band, PO Box 145, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com

“And he proudly served in the Korean War”

Bernie Smith 68, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. For several years he had major health issues and lost his courageous battle with small cell cancer.

Born on September 8, 1946 in Schenectady, NY, Bernie graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 1965. He was a US Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. In 1968, he began work at the Wilton Developmental Center. Bernie became Director of the first ICF Home in 1982 and served 30 years until his retirement.

Bernie’s joy was fishing. He was an avid fisherman and his best times were fishing and fishing trips with his grandchildren, family and friends.

He was predeceased by his mother Margaret Malone Smith, father Charles R. Smith and great granddaughter Chloe May Monaco.

Bernie is survived by his loving and dedicated wife Donna Levine Smith, his daughters Cherie Mangini (Patrick), and Marlena Smith; grandchildren Kristen, Jacob and Lucas Mangini, Jared and Tyler Rogers, Alexis Rogers and her fiancé Travis; great grandchildren Kile, Zayne and Giovonnie Monaco, and Hailey Taylor; and his loving cousin Thomas Smith and his wife Beverly.

Bernie wishes to express his love and friendship to the Levine family. He will be greatly missed by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren

A private graveside service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Bernie may be made to Union Fire Co. #2, PO Box 145, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Bernie would like thank Dr. Card, Dr. Ying, and Dr. Mastrianni and staff for their compassionate care and Rabbi Anna Sugarman for her kindness and compassion.

Kathleen Snyder Jarvis, 67, of Ballston Spa, NY passed away on July 28th, 2015 from Leukemia.

Kathy was full of pizzazz and living her life with passion and enthusiasm, enabled her to be such a loving wife and caring mother. She is survived by her husband, Richard Jarvis, and two daughters, Samantha Jarvis and Alexandra Jarvis.

Kathy served on the Ballston Spa School District Board of Education for 19 years, was a founding member of the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association, and also was on the Board of Directors for the Northeast March of Dimes Organization. Kathy started her career as a teacher then later in life, she turned her attention to the arts and served as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Proctors Theater in Schenectady. Kathy and Rick were just shy of their 45th wedding anniversary.

Kathy will be remembered as a community focused, stylish, intelligent woman who was determined to do all things with elegance, class and a hint of Motown where possible. She was a great friend, a terrific cook, and had an infectious laugh. We’re confident that it won’t be long before Kathy will be serving on the board of directors in heaven, pink nails perfect, smiling down on her friends and family below.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or please consider becoming an organ, bone marrow, or blood donor. At Kathy’s request, no services will be held.

Roger O. Perkins 70, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on August 22, 1944, he was the son of Orville and Mildred Perkins. He served in the US Navy.

Roger was a truck driver for Big John’s in Clifton Park and later for Pompa Bros. Together with his wife Gladys, Roger owned and operated the Mill Rock Restaurant and Bar in West Milton where he was the founder of the Dart, Horseshoe and Softball Leagues.

Roger was a longtime member of the Professional Rodeo and Cowboy Association. He was also a member of the Galway Snowmobile Club, NRA, VFW and American Legion. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, camping, watching Nascar and his big blue tractor.

He was predeceased by his parents Orville and Mildred, brothers Marvin Perkins and William Perkins, son Edward Perkins and stepson Robert Trevethan. Roger is survived by his beloved wife Gladys; son Donald Perkins (Brenda) of Ballston Spa; stepdaughters Cheryl Woodcock of Porter Corners and Cathy Engels of Palmetto, Florida; siblings Barbara Funk (Harold) of Gloversville, Regina Lee of Broadalbin, Richard Perkins (Donna) of Ballston Spa, Holly Staulters (James) of Ballston Spa and Nancy Fitzgerald of Ballston Spa; sister in law Ruth Perkins of Texas; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, August 1, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Factory Village Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Roger may be made to the American Heart Association or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Anthony F. Legnante, Jr., "Pete" 75, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015. A private service will be held.

William J. Young 90, passed away Friday, July 24, 2015. He was born in Crown Point, New York on February 3, 1925. He was a decorated veteran of the US Marine Corp serving in the Philippines under General MacArthur during World War II as a fighter plane mechanic.

After the war he traveled with Western Electric until 1952 when he went to work at the Malta Test Station. Much of his work there was classified and highly guarded. He worked on the Hermes Project which was the development of the rocket engine and also worked closely with Wernher Van Braun, a lead scientist who came over from Germany after the war. In 1972, Bill and his co-workers bought the facility and it became the Wright Malta Test Station which is currently the site of Global Foundries. They continued military research, weapons development and a liquid propellant program. He retired in 2005 after 53 years of service, at the age of 79.

He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years Janet Kelly Young, sons Steven and Frank, and brothers Frank and Larry. Bill is survived by his children Edward Young of Mechanicville, Patrick Young (Colleen) of Round Lake, and Barbara Coryer (Stephen) of Round Lake; sisters Bonnie Music of Glens Falls and Jean Versocki of Schenectady; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9am Wednesday, July 29 at St. Mary’s 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 Tuesday, July 28 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Rosmarie L. Harrington, 81, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 24, 2015 at Saratoga Hospital. Born in Manhattan, New York on February 5, 1934, she was the daughter of Jacob and Rose Marie (Kunzmann) Brandt.

Rosmarie was a top Avon sales person in the country earning several awards for her achievements. She enjoyed camping with her family on Lake Champlain, playing cards, feeding the wildlife in her backyard, knitting, crocheting and making floral arrangements which she would give to family and friends throughout the year. She was a great cook and always made sure someone had something to eat. She enjoyed telling people “Smile, Jesus Loves You” and sharing how to get to heaven through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

She volunteered with her husband for many years at the Schenectady City Mission, and was an active member of the Hope Church in Ballston Spa and the Ballston Area Seniors.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Edward Harrington, son Paul Bello, brother Fred Ihsleib, and stepdaughter Charlotte Johnson. She is survived by her daughter Monica Hogan and her husband Robert of Ballston Spa, her stepchildren, Christine Harrington of Salem, NY and Edward Harrington (Barbara) of Livonia, NY and her granddaughters, Tiffany and Trisha Randall and many other nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A service will be held at 11:30 am on Tuesday, July 28 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the Gerald B. H. Solomon National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4pm to 7pm Monday, July 27 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Church or Schenectady City Mission

Charlene E. Stangle 69, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Born in Tupper Lake, New York on December 7, 1945, she was the daughter of Charles and Erma Jones.

Charlene was a homemaker and loved her family. She enjoyed crafts and ran CJ’s Craft Shop on Front Street in Ballston Spa for several years. She liked to play Bingo. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Richard Stangle; her parents Charles and Erma Jones, her brothers Roger, Charles, James, Eugene and Floyd, and her sister Sandra. Charlene is survived by her children Eric Stangle (Theresa) of Ballston Spa, John Lee (Debbie) of Illinois, and Audrey Czmyr (John) of Connecticut; stepdaughter Susan Sowle (Richard) of Galway; her beloved grandchildren Courtney, Jacob, Tucker, Lucas, Taylor and Ryan; sister Patty Dosztan, sisters in law Joanne Russell of Tupper Lake and Gail Carmichael of Blue Mountain Lake; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 26 from 3pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4pm.

The family would like to thank the staff of A-3 at Saratoga Hospital for their loving care and compassion.

Marcia M. Barss, 66, passed away Monday, July 20, 2015. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on October 4, 1948, she was the daughter of Stanley and Edith (Cottrell) Barss.

Marcia worked at Cottrell Paper Co. for many years, retiring in 2011. She was a member of the Old Stone Church and secretary of the North Milton Cemetery. Marcia was a dog breeder and board member of the Saratoga Kennel Club. She was an accomplished artist specializing in pet portraits and working with polymer clay. She loved her garden and was an avid cyclist.

She was predeceased by her parents Stanley and Edith Barss, and her nephew Eric Johansen. Marcia is survived by her longtime companion Ted Cavotta; sisters Judy Zanella (Anthony) of Saratoga Springs, Nancy Johansen (George Young) of Greenville, and Linda McConnell (David) of Saratoga Springs; brother Edward Barss (Rita) of Saratoga Springs; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, July 25 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in North Milton Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, July 24 from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Marcia may be made to the Old Stone Church, 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, Saratoga Co. Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or North Milton Cemetery.

Edgar H. Carter 86, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2015. Born in Moriah, New York on October 2, 1928, he was the son of Hersel and Mabel Carter. He served in the US Air Force. Ed was a machine operator at Cottrell Paper Co for 43 years.

Ed was an avid sportsman. Fishing was his passion and he went as often as he could. He enjoyed watching Nascar and boxing.

He was predeceased by his wife Alice and his brother Lawrence. Ed is survived by his children Keith Carter (Melody) of Schenectady, Debra Nimmo (David) of Avondale, Arizona, and E. Wade Carter (Randy) of Rock City Falls; grandchildren Carrie Otis (Ryan), Jeffrey Carter (Amber) and Elise Mercer (Justin); brothers Howard Carter of Gansevoort, Elliery Carter of Ballston Spa and Ralph Carter of California; longtime companion Mary Burlingame; 6 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, July 23 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Factory Village Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 6pm to 8pm Wednesday, July 22 at the funeral home.

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

Joy A. Fitzgerald, lovingly known as “Gabby”, 59, passed away Friday, July 17, 2015. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on June 24, 1956, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Geraldine Fitzgerald.

Joy enjoyed gambling, her card games-especially rummy, and was an avid Yahtzee player. Joy loved spending time with her family as well as watching the rabbits and birds that filled her back yard.

Joy is survived by her siblings Roy Fitzgerald (Sandy) of Las Vegas, Nevada, Joseph Fitzgerald of Orlando, Florida, Lawrence Fitzgerald of Ballston Spa, Thomas Fitzgerald (Carol) of Perth, Garry Fitzgerald (Sandra) of Greenfield, Jack “Bubba” Fitzgerald (Peggy) of Ballston Spa and Sally Jones (Dave) of Middle Grove; many nieces, nephews and cousins as well as good friend Bill Kolberg of Rock City Falls.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10 to 11 am Tuesday, July 21 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11 am. Burial will follow at Powell Wiswall Cemetery.

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

The Fitzgerald family would like to thank the entire staff of A-3 at Saratoga Hospital for their exceptional and compassionate care of their beloved Joy.

Paul Weinman, 75, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2015, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, leaving a space in the universe that only he could fill. Born in Albany, NY on April 11, 1940, he was the son of Philip and Jessie Weinman. A life-long resident of Albany, he graduated from Vincentian Institute and then earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Harpur College, now SUNY Binghamton.

Paul lived an incredible life. With a heart as big as the ocean and eyes that wanted to see the best in others, he was passionate and enthusiastic in everything he did. Paul was the Director of Education for the NYS Museum in Albany for almost 40 years, retiring in 2002. He was an enthusiastic gatherer and sharer of knowledge and an amazing story-teller. He was a natural born teacher. Paul especially loved teaching about Native Americans, animals, and archaeology. Rebel and activist, Paul fought for social justice in his teaching, political action, and poetry. From the 1960s through the 1990s, Paul was all over the Albany poetry scene in many incarnations, perhaps best known for his “White Boy” poems and readings. He shocked us, made us laugh, and always made us think. Paul was an archaeologist and participated in many digs of Native American and Colonial Dutch sites. He was an avid softball pitcher and Yankees fan. A nature lover, Paul enjoyed hiking, camping, and canoeing. He loved building things and made and gave away Adirondack Stick Furniture and “Orphan Chairs.” He loved music and dancing. Paul grabbed each day with both hands and charged in at full speed to find the joy in it. Authentic, vibrant and fearless, strong and vulnerable, raw and inquisitive, loving, witty, funny, generous, encouraging, wild and gentle, playful, and real, Paul was a legend and a force of nature. He will be missed by so many, but will live on in the lives of everyone who was lucky enough to have their life touched by his.

Paul is survived by his wife Vicki; his children Erika Weinman of Albany, Heidi Weinman (Kevin McDonald) of Albany, Stefan Weinman (Janice) of Salt Lake City, Utah, Meadow Braun (Jenn) of New York City and Jessica Mucilli (Tony) of Ballston Spa; grandson Nolan Mucilli (who Paul called “Little Puppy”); brothers Thomas Weinman (Gladys) of Syracuse, James Weinman (Linda) of Clifton Park and Mark Weinman (Sue) of Albany; several nieces, nephews and great-nephews and a great-niece; and many cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 1pm to 2pm Saturday, July 18 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A Celebration of Paul’s life will follow at 2pm.

Memorial contributions in memory of Paul made be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Pine West Plaza Building 4 Suite 405, Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12205.