Obituaries


On February 18, 2017, Infantry Captain Paul J. Komar, 85, US Marine Corps., entered into the gates of heaven and into the arms of our Lord and Savior. His family was by his side to say goodbye. Paul, the youngest son of Mary Hudy Komar and John Komar was born in Windber, Pennsylvania into a coal miner’s family on January 23, 1932. His siblings John, Joseph, Andrew, Ann, Mary and Helen all predeceased him.

As a young fellow Paul served as an altar boy and grocery delivery boy. To keep the home fires burning, he walked the railroad tracks to pick up dropped coal from the transport cars. Later Paul earned his Eagle Scout badge.

Paul graduated from Windber High School where he starred as a wrestler and football center. He went on to Kutztown State Teacher’s College to develop his God given artistic talents and to prepare for his career as an art teacher.

Paul worked summer jobs during his undergraduate years, telling his family how he almost fell into the furnace at a steel mill while feeding coal. On campus he was a self-trained barber, campus deliveryman for a local dry cleaner, and a cleaner of classrooms. He loved the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State Nittany Lions. At Kutztown he was an All State Center and received awards for his abilities.

After graduation from college, Paul entered the Marine Corp and served in Quantico, VA, Camp Le Jeune, NC as Platoon Leader 2nd Marine Divison 6th Marines and at the Headquarters Dept of Pacific in San Francisco, CA as staff officer, often accompanying the remains of fallen Marines back to their families. Paul continued in the Reserves and attained the rank of Captain.

Paul was an art teacher in Main Line, PA and Allentown, PA. He returned to State College “Happy Valley” PA, Penn State University to earn his Masters Degree in Art Education.

After graduation from Penn State, he came to Ballston Spa, NY in 1961 to teach Art in Junior Senior High School recruited by Dr. George L. Osterwise, Superintendent of Schools. He married his wife of 52 ½ years Lorraine Lynett on August 29, 1964 in St. Mary’s Church, Ballston Spa. Paul served 37 years in Ballston Spa Schools and retired in 1997. He served as Vice President of the Ballston Spa Teachers Association and was elected state wide as NY State Chairman of Humanities. Paul was an adult scoutmaster and cub leader in Philadelphia and Ballston Spa.

During teacher school vacations, Paul was a sheriff’s dispatcher, NYRA Pinkerton Security Guard and SPAC Personal Security Guard for the backstage VIP Green Room. He met many performing artists and the Philadelphia Orchestra and NYC Ballet personnel.

He was a talented sign and banner painter and calligraphy artist. He excelled in watercolor, oil and pastel mediums, ceramics, pottery and wood sculptures. He restored two Victorian homes in the village, circa 1883 and 1884.

To cherish his memory, Paul is survived by his wife, Lorraine Ann, daughter, Maria Joanne Komar Kalinkewicz (John) of Malta, sons Paul James Komar, Jr., of Ballston Spa and Michael William Komar of Fort Lauderdale, FL, the love of his life his granddaughter, Hannah Lorraine Kalinkewicz, several nieces and nephews and sister-in-law Michelle Miller of Seymour, Indiana.

Paul was a faithful devoted Catholic. He always put the needs of others before his own. A kind and gracious man, Paul will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 21 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 9:30am Wednesday, February 22 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 St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Avenue, Saratoga Springs.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity and today do a good deed for someone in need.

The family would like to thank Saratoga Hospice and Wesley Hathorn 3 for their kind and compassionate care during Paul’s last weeks.

George R. Loucks, 69, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born in Catskill, NY on May, 25, 1947, the son of George and Marian Loucks.

George started his career as a Chemistry Teacher at Ballston Spa High School in 1969 and then joined the General Electric Research and Development Center in Niskayuna in 1972. He retired in 2015 after 43 years, with 19 awarded patents in the field of polymer processing.

He was a lifelong member and dedicated leader of the Boys Scouts of America, having been the Scoutmaster of Troop 67 in Scotia-Glenville for many years, then organizing and running the yearly Klondike Derby Deep Freeze for the last 20 years. George was a life member of the East Jewett Volunteer Fire Department.

George’s hobbies included collecting coins, then giving them away to family and friends and working on home improvement projects. He loved being in the woods with a wheel-barrow and a chainsaw, building nature trails and moving brush to the dump.

He was predeceased by his parents George and Marian Loucks, and his father-in-law Clayton “Junior” Mead. George is survived by his wife Barbara , their sons Brian Loucks (Lindsay) of Napa, CA and Kevin Loucks (Kristin) of Andover, MA; and his “PEACHES” - grandchildren Paige, Elizabeth “Ellie”, Aidan George, Cade, Hannah, Ethan and Sadie; brothers Gerry Loucks (Marge) and Jeff Loucks (Cindy) all of East Jewett; mother-in-law Violet Mead of Hunter, sister-in-law Bonnie Schertl of Hunter, and numerous nieces and nephews.

At George’s request there will be no services. Memorial contributions in memory of George may be made to NYOH Community Cancer Foundation, 449 Route 146, Suite 101, Clifton Park, NY 12065 or BSA Klondike Derby Deep Freeze, c/o Brian Campbell, 346 Rector Road, Scotia, NY 12302 or East Jewett Vol. Fire Dept, PO Box 105, East Jewett, NY 12424 or Animal Protective Foundation, 53 Maple Ave, Scotia, NY 12302.

Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com

Jean M. Rowbo, formerly of Galway, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, she was 96. Jean lived most of her life on or next door to her parent’s farm and across the creek from her brother in Galway. She married her childhood sweetheart. When they both retired in 1983 they traveled and then moved to Naples, Florida. She loved her family, career, gardening, animals, and was a devoted Catholic.

She is predeceased by her parents James and Mary Kalinkewicz, sister Theresa Robinson, brother Joseph Kalinkewicz, and her husband of 68 years John Rowbo. She is survived by her son Alexander, daughter-in-law Sandra; many nephews and nieces and great nieces and nephews from the Kalinkewicz and Robinson families, formerly of Galway, NY; and the Rowbo family formerly of Queens, NY.

Jean’s career began at St. Mary's Hospital Foundation, Schenectady’s Army Depot, WGY-WRGB, The Maqua Co., and she retired from Ellis Hospital as Assistant Personal Director.

Jean was a member of the Sacandaga Boat Club, Zonta International, and Past President of the Emblem Club of Schenectady. She volunteered and took great pride helping immigrants study for the US Citizenship Test. She is currently a member of the Henderson Creek Club of Naples, FL.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 3pm to 6pm. Interment will be at the Galway Village Cemetery in the Spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice, or plant a perennial in memory of Jean.

Nicole Rabideau, 86, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2017. She was born on May 25, 1930, in Montreal, Canada to Jean Baptiste and Zelia Valiquette and was the youngest of fourteen children.

Nicole was an avid knitter, quilter, bridge player and crossworder. She loved her winters spent in Myrtle Beach and volunteering her time to various organizations.

Nicole was predeceased by her husband Arthur. She is survived by her sister Michelle, her loving children Michael Rabideau of Seabrook, NH, Jack Rabideau (Ann) of Golden, Colorado, Gina Norton (Kenny) of Lake Clear, Dan Rabideau (Kathi) of Ballston Spa and Monique Rabideau (Bruce Johnson) of Charlton; grandchildren Chad Rabideau (Beth), Cory Rabideau (Holly), Tricia Rabideau (fiancé Colin) and Jason Norton; great grandson Connor; and her grandcat TJ, who all brought joy to her world.

A memorial service will be held 10am Friday, February 17 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 16 from 5pm to 7pm at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Nicole to Kidsfirst Day Care, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Finn D. Butchino, infant son of Michael and Elizabeth (Agnew) Butchino, passed away Friday, February 10, 2017.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Emmett Yarter; his grandparents, Jacqueline Agnew, Catherine Georgia and Daniel Butchino; great grandparents, Linda Butchino and Theresa Blais; and his aunts and uncles, Stephanie Agnew, DJ Agnew, Devan Agnew, Candace Butchino, Kailey Jensen and Brian and Vianna Jensen.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 E. High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to The TEARS Foundation (www.thetearsfoundation.org).

Timothy D. DuBois, 70, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on May 28, 1946, he was the son of E. Donald and Dorothy DuBois. He was a Vietnam War Army veteran and proudly served in the 101st Airborne Division.

Tim worked for General Electric, Cottrell Paper Mill, Quad Graphics and retired from the Waterford Halfmoon School District. He was a lifetime member of the Malta Ridge Fire Dept and member of the Malta Ambulance Corp.

He volunteered as a coach for the Ballston Area Recreation Committee. Tim loved coaching and coached several sports including basketball, baseball and bowling.

Tim was a strong supporter of Veterans. Together with his brother Paul they founded the Mountains to Miracles Veterans’ Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to help and serve veterans in need.

Tim is survived by his wife of 48 years Mary; his children Kevin DuBois (Joan) of Ballston Spa and Lisa Sagendorf (Todd) of Green Island; grandchildren, Sarah, Lacey, Rebecca, Blake, Chayton, Kyler, Emma, Marissa, Travis, and Braedon; sister Claudia Smith (Bill) of Malta; brothers Jack Brackett of Victor, Paul DuBois of Scotia and Larry DuBois (Claire) of New Hampshire; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, February 16 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will be at Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa in the spring. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 15 from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mountains to Miracles Veterans’ Foundation, Inc., c/o Paul DuBois, 308 Huston Street, Scotia, NY 12302.

James R. O’Brien, 86, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Born in Mineville, NY on August 23, 1930, he was the son of Patrick and Helen O’Brien.

Jim was a graduate of the Albany College of Pharmacy and started his career as a pharmacist working for Harvey Co Pharmacy and MacFinn Pharmacy in Saratoga Springs. In 1954, he moved to Ballston Spa and worked at Lattimore Pharmacy.

On October 1, 1960, he bought the pharmacy and O’Brien’s Pharmacy was established. He loved his customers and always had a story to share. When he wasn’t at the pharmacy, Jim enjoyed gardening, movies and reading a good book. There was no Western in print or on film he didn’t know by heart. Of course he loved all things Irish.

He was predeceased by his wife Alberta, daughter Suzanne, and brothers Arthur and Patrick. Jim is survived by his son Sean O’Brien (Mary) of Ballston Spa, daughter Sharon Baker-Anderson of Ballston Spa, son in law Ricky Baker (Cheri) of Ballston Spa, grandchildren Michael Baker, Melissa Wyatt (Bryan), Meghan Baker, Michelle Baker, Devin O’Brien, and Hannah O’Brien, sister Rosemary Bigelow (Galen) of Westport, 4 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Wednesday, February 15 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 14 from 4pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jim may be made to St. Mary’s School, 40 Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Neil R. Heffernan, 81, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017. Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania on April 6, 1935, he was the son of Ambrose and Velma Heffernan. He was an Air Force veteran, serving in the Korean War.

Neil was a machinist at General Electric Co for many years. He was a life member of VFW Post 358 in Ballston Spa and served on the Honor Guard at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ballston Spa.

He was predeceased by his parents, infant son Phillip, and brother Edward. Neil is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ann Duncum Heffernan; sons Michael (Louisa), and David (Trish) all of Ballston Spa; beloved grandchildren Ryan, Jenna and Brad; stepgrandsons Tyler (Kayla) and Cody; sisters Shirley LaFaver of Allentown, Pennsylvania and Debra Frankenfield (Jeff) of Whitehall, Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Tuesday, February 14 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A committal service with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, February 13 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses on the 3rd floor at Saratoga Hospital and the nurses and aides on 2A at Saratoga Center for their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Neil may be made to the Ballston Spa United
Methodist Church, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Salvation Army PO Box 652, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Doris Mae Cooper (Stark), a resident of Embury Apartments, Saratoga Springs, went home to the Lord on February 5, 2017, at age 91.

She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Daniel T. Cooper, Jr.; her parents Garrett and Trina Stark Jr., sister Margaret Gertrude Clark and brother William John Stark.

Doris is survived by her children Robert D. Cooper, David B. Cooper, Sr. and Sharon L. Mack; 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Doris was heavily involved in the Lords work while in Fairlawn and Oakland NJ with the Hawthorn Gospel Church, and then with local churches in Ballston Spa, NY. She will be dearly missed by family, but will no longer have to remember how to operate electronic devices.

At her request, there will be no service. Memorial contributions in memory of Doris may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at www.michaeljfox.org

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Saratoga Hospital ICU and her many friends at Embury Apartments for their care and compassion.

Mae Thompson Emeneth, 90, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017. Born in Keeseville, NY on May 4, 1926, she was the daughter of Elmer and Alice Hamlin.

Mae worked at the Ballston Knitting Mill for many years, and retired from Kingsway Arms where she worked as a nurse’s aide. She enjoyed camping, crocheting and playing cards with her family. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her first husband Charles Thompson, second husband Charles Emeneth, and her sisters Virginia Lirosi, Pauline Bowers and Lillian Barber.

Mae is survived by her children Alice Crosbie (James) of Arizona, Diana Murray of Ballston Spa and Sue Thompson Stone of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Brian Crosbie, Christina Benavidez, Chad Chervin, Christopher Murray and Jodi Dillenbeck; great grandchildren Michael, Zachary, Chad, Draven, Layne, Jack, Makayla, Ryan, Devin, Emily, Abraham, Joey and Isaac; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 9 from 10am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street , Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 12noon. Burial will follow in the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

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

"This is my beloved child, in whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:17

June A. Murphy passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 28, 2017, she was 90 years old. June was a proud lifelong resident of Ballston Spa.

June was the oldest child, and only daughter, of Leo and June C. Murphy. She graduated from Ballston Spa High School. June enjoyed working with children and over the years provided daycare to dozens of local school kids.

June loved to knit and donated many baby blankets and hats throughout her life to local hospitals. She also loved to make sweaters for teddy bears.

June was a faithful Catholic and a member of St. Mary's Church. When she lived at 91 Church Ave., June asked her brother Ray to build a portable altar so mass could be said on site for those unable to attend church. While living at the nursing home June frequently prayed with and for others, especially in their final hours.

June is now joyfully reunited with her parents, brothers Thomas, Patrick and James and sister-in-law Linda. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by her brother Raymond, sisters-in-law Eleanor and Kay and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank June's many friends for their support and companionship over the years, especially Barbara and Mariann.

Services will be private at a later date. Contributions may be made to the Patrick M. Murphy Scholarship Fund, c/o Meg Lance, Awards Coordinator, Ballston Spa High School, 220 Ballston Ave., Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Warren “Benny” Blanchard 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 23, 2017. Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on May 24, 1931, he was the son of Warren and Mary Blanchard.

Benny was a Sergeant in the US Army serving in the Korean War. He was a field engineer for Unisys in Albany for 35 years. After his retirement, he started his own business Adirondack Computer Services.

Benny liked to watch football. In his younger years, he enjoyed camping and traveling with his family.

He was predeceased by his sister Barbara McKay. Benny is survived by his wife of 65 years Sylvia; their children Melissa Wallace (Robert) of Mechanicville, Peter Blanchard (Kathy) of Sarasota, Florida, and Darren Blanchard (Evelynn) of Gansevoort; grandchildren Laura (Nicholas), Michael, Elizabeth, David, Ashley, Nicole, Carrie (Michael) and Sarah; great granddaughters Elise and Caroline; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 26 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

A graveside service will be held 2pm Friday, January 27 at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Hoosick Falls.

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

Mary J. Miner, 91, passed away on Monday, January 23, 2017 at Glendale Nursing Home. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on April 29, 1925, she was the daughter of Charles and Cecelia Ody.

Mary worked at the Ballston Knitting Mill for many years. She later worked as a house cleaner in the Ballston Spa area. She enjoyed shopping, gardening and playing Bingo. Mary treasured the time spent with her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Charles; their daughter Mary Jane DiPasquale, grandson Anthony DiPasquale, parents Charles and Cecelia Ody; five brothers and four sisters.

Mary is survived by her children Carole Martinez of Irving, Texas, Sally Harrington (Charles) of Ballston Spa, Susan Meyers of Ballston Spa, and Nancy Lippy of Granville; grandchildren Melody MacDonald, Charles O’Brien (Cynthia), James Doyle (Carol), Michael Sarauw, Jennifer Doyle, Sandra Eldredge (Bill), Shawn Sarauw, Shelly Bessey (Roy), Timothy DiPasquale (Lynn), and Orbin Harrington (Kate); many great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 27 from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will follow at 11:30am in the Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Plummer Road, Ballston Spa.

A celebration of life will be held 1pm Saturday, January 28 at the Ballston Spa Elks Lodge.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Glendale Nursing Home Activities Department.

The family would like to thank the nurses and aides at Glendale Nursing Home for taking such wonderful care of Mary. You all hold a special place in our hearts.

Shirley V. Cooper 86, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on June 4, 1930, she was the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Flinton.

Shirley was a school bus driver for Shenendehowa Schools for over 20 years. She was one of the first women in NYS to be licensed to drive the large school bus.

Shirley enjoyed playing cards with the “Golden Girls” and in her younger years she liked to dance. Her greatest joy was her family and the time she spent with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert, her sister Mary McCarthy and her husband John, and brother Edward Flinton and his wife Elsie.

Shirley is survived by her children Gail Jones (Joe) of Mechanicville, Rick Cooper (Maureen) of Ballston Spa, Kevin Cooper (Nancy) of Ballston Spa, and Todd Cooper (Cindy) of Saratoga Springs; siblings Robert Flinton of Florida, Ralph Flinton of Saratoga Springs, Dorothy Cramer of Georgia, Veronica Ivers of Charlton, Rosemarie Flinton of Saratoga Springs, and John Flinton of Maryland; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, January 28 at Round Lake United Methodist Church, George Avenue, Round Lake. Burial will be in Dunning St Cemetery in the Spring. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 27 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Shirley may be made to the Round Lake United Methodist Church.

Linda M. Carpenter, 74, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017. Born in Gloversville on January 26, 1942, she was the daughter of Gertrude C. and Richard W. Miller. Linda graduated from Gloversville High School and attended the University of Rochester. She was a National Merit Scholarship Certificate of Award winner.

Linda worked as an Abstractor and Title Searcher, initially for Gifford Abstract, and later for Sneeringer, Monahan, Provost and Redgrave Title Agency in Ballston Spa. For the past 30 years, she resided in Galway and was very active in the community. Linda served as a board member and Treasurer of the Galway Public Library, Treasurer of the Glenville Hills Garden Club, Treasurer and Archives Committee member of the Galway Preservation Society, belonged to the Galway Women’s Club, and sang in the Burnt Hills Oratorio and Saratoga United Methodist Church Chancel Choir.

Linda loved music. Not only did she sing, but she also played the violin, piano and guitar. In addition, she was an avid gardener and enjoyed skiing with her family. She took up rowing in her 50’s and belonged to the Aqueduct Rowing Club. She also loved to travel the world. In recent years, she was fortunate to have visited Thailand, Cambodia, India and Italy. And she cherished her Martini Club and 59-ers gatherings, where she socialized regularly with her very good friends.

Linda was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many. Linda is survived by her husband, C. Donald Carpenter; her children Jo Anne (John) Cambruzzi of Lakewood, Colorado and Robert (Christine) Chetwynd of Ballston Spa; sibling R. Bryan Miller of Port Richey, Florida; and her grandchildren and step-children.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Sunday, January 29 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Family and friends may call from 1pm to 2pm on Sunday prior to the service.

Family and friends are invited to pay their last respects at a reception to celebrate her life from 4-6pm on Monday, February 6th at The Cock ‘n Bull, Parkis Mills Road, Galway.

Memorial contributions in memory of Linda may be made to the American Diabetes Association 2017 Saratoga Tour de Cure at www.tour.diabetes.org for rider Robert Chetwynd. As a juvenile diabetic, Bob is a Red Rider. He will be riding in the Century, a 100 mile bicycle ride, on June 4th to raise money for diabetes research and in honor of his mother, Linda.

Donald H. Partridge 88, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017. Born in Wellesley, Massachusetts, on March 30, 1928, he graduated from Babson College in 1949. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and retired from Bardeen’s School Supplies after 30 years as a traveling salesman.

He was an accomplished woodworker and also spent time gardening, sailing, skiing, and riding his tractors. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather who lived life to the fullest.

Don is survived by his wife of 63 years, Roberta; their children Sharon Sagerman (Russell) of River Edge, NJ and Robert Partridge of Rochester, NY; grandchildren Karen McCabe (Patrick), Benjamin Sagerman, and Garrett Partridge.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Don may be made to the Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

David Lyon, 90, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Born in Kearny, NJ on August 4, 1926, he was the son of Samuel and Margaret Lyon. He was a US Navy Seabee, serving in World War II. He married Helen Rowland in 1954 and raised his family in New Britain, Connecticut. He and his wife moved to Mystic, Connecticut in 1975.

After World War II, David attended and graduated from Dickinson College in Pa and was then employed at Rowland Products in Kensington CT. From there, he costarted, owned and operated Tectonic Industries in Berlin, Connecticut. David was a member of ROMEO in Mystic CT and a volunteer with the Gung Ho Gang at Mystic Seaport. He was an avid golfer and tennis player for many years and also enjoyed sailing.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Helen in 2013 and their son Robert, and his brothers Samuel, Archie and Crawford. David is survived by his son David Lyon (Angela) and grandchildren Stephen, Gabriel, and Peter, all of Willimantic CT; and his daughter Barbara Brower (Dennis Nye) granddaughter Jennifer and great grandchildren Derek, Amari and Kiyah, all of Saratoga, NY.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of David may be made to your favorite charity.

Audrey M. (Heritage) O’Connor, 80, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on May 24, 1936, she was the daughter of Douglas and Jane Saunders.

Audrey worked at the Ballston Knitting Mill and later at Espey Manufacturing in Saratoga Springs where she met her husband Harold. She enjoyed singing and in her younger years she sang in local country bands. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her brothers Ronnie, Bob, Don and Doug. Audrey is survived by her husband Harold; her daughters Gail George of Broadalbin, Wanda Thornton (Matt) of Gansevoort and Patti Forshey (John) of Halfmoon; four grandchildren Cassandra Santiveri, Candice George, Adam Forshey and Erin Thornton; great grandson Dorien; stepchildren Scott O’Connor (Greta), Russell O’Connor (Dawn), Bonnie Noeltner, and Colleen Smith (Jim); her brother Beecher Saunders, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 18 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm.

Richard C. Elmore 90, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017. Born in Walton, NY on April 23, 1926, he was the son of Ralph and Bernice Elmore. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the Destroyer Escort USS Newman.

Richard was a millwright at the Watervliet Arsenal for 35 years, retiring in 1987. He enjoyed watching baseball and football. He was a Jeff Gordon fan and attended several Nascar races with his family. Hunting and fishing was his passion. Richard was an active member of the Ballston Area Seniors.

Richard is survived by his wife of 69 years Shirley; his daughters Sherry Demers (Raymond) of Malta and Kimberly Messier (Michael) of Waterford; grandchildren Justin Demers (Jennie), Kyle Demers (Dr. Greg Fenton), Chad Halikias (Tiffany Cicarelli), Richard Halikias, and Zoe Halikias (Zach Mason); siblings Patricia O’Boyle, Judith Fisher, Rosemary Morehouse, Barry Pudney, and R. Michael Elmore; brother in law Ronald O’Dell; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Esther O’Dell.

Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, January 18 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 17 from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in memory of Richard to the American Diabetes Association or the Saratoga County Animal Shelter.

Richard’s family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses at Saratoga Hospital, especially the staff on C3. They would also like to thank the entire staff at the Home of the Good Shepherd in Saratoga Springs for their care and support.

Sharan Louise Michelfelder, 67, of Hermance Rd, Galway, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, January 12, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam, following a long, hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on December 25, 1949, she was the daughter of Kenwood and Lillian Bills of Galway. She was a lifelong resident of Galway and attended Galway Schools. She was a graduate of Royal Barber and Beauty School in Schenectady.

A devoted wife and mother, she was a tireless worker ever ready to help others in need. In addition to her homemaking duties, she worked at Dick and Jerry’s Mini Mart in Galway as a clerk for 20 years, prior to her retirement.

She was predeceased by her father Kenwood Bills, sister Tesia Morris and nephew James Harrington.

United in marriage on September 27, 1969, Sharan leaves behind her husband of 47 years, David; three daughters Michelle Benton (Craig) of Gloversville, Rebecca Jones (Clyde) of Gloversville, and Elizabeth Michelfelder (Tom Fanning) of Fort Edward; her adoring grandchildren Austin, Brittany, David, Tyler, Thomas and Nathan; her mother Lillian Bills Derby (Gordon) of Ballston Spa; brother Richard Bills (Lois) of Galway, sister Shirley Love (Jim) of Atlanta, GA, brother in law John Morris of Ballston Spa, and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her two dogs Dash and Penny, whom she adored.

A graveside service will be held at Foster Hill Cemetery, Galway in the Spring.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Sharan to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Rd, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or The Animal Protective Foundation, 53 Maple Ave, Scotia, NY 12302.

David C. Goldfoot 85, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Born in Schenectady, NY on February 20, 1931, he was the son of Chester and Frances Goldfoot. He proudly served in the US Marine Corp.

David and his wife Ramona owned and operated The Red Mill Tavern and Motel in Round Lake for many years. After retiring, they would take their daily ride on his Harley, to have lunch at The Burger Den in Cambridge. His greatest joy was his grandchildren who affectionately called him “Dude”.

He was a life member of The Old Saratoga Muzzle Loading Club and the Round Lake Fire Department.

He was predeceased by his son James, and his sister Dorothy Chamberlin.

David is survived by his wife of 67 years Ramona; his daughters Rhonda Agnew (Walter) of Round Lake, Laura Goldfoot of Malta, and Roxanne Sharp (Jim) of Clifton Park; three grandchildren James Agnew, Jessica Worobey and Kelly Volpe; four great grandchildren Hunter, Dylan, Jude and Annie; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, January 14 at the Round Lake United Methodist Church, 34 George Avenue, Round Lake. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 13 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family would like to thank the staff at Gateway House of Peace for the loving care and compassion given to David.

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

Ronald A. Phelps, Sr. 85, passed away peacefully in his sleep, on Friday morning, January 6th 2017, after enduring a long illness, at the Wesley Health Care Center, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Born in Albany, NY on November 28, 1931, he was the son of Charles and Ruth Phelps. Ron served in the US Navy Reserve and the US Army.

Ron worked for SUNY – Central Administration in Albany for 25 years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ballston Spa and the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge #103 of Saratoga Springs and Saratoga Chapter #103, Order of Eastern Star.

Ron is survived by his beloved wife Lois, married for 47 years; children Ronald Phelps, Jr. of Waterford, Mark Phelps of Florida; and Darlynda Reilly of Virginia; sister Shirley LaBarge of Schenectady; 10 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 10 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. An Eastern Star service and a Masonic service will follow. The funeral service will be held at 6pm with the Rev. David Bennett officiating.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to First Presbyterian Church, 22 West High St, Ballston Spa.

A burial will be conducted in the spring of 2017, at the Dunning Street Cemetery, Malta.

Rita M. Tash Mattison, age 97, passed into the loving arms of our Lord on January 5, 2017. She had been a resident of Baptist Health Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Scotia for the last four years.

Born in Albany, NY on June 4, 1919, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Katherine O’Toole. In 1951, she went to work for the General Electric Co where she held many secretarial positions. After 10 years she moved to Colorado Springs for a year and worked for NORAD Air Force Base. She later returned to Schenectady and worked in the Gas Turbine Dept of General Electric until she retired in 1978.

Rita loved music and playing Bingo.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Paul Tash, second husband, Howard Mattison, and her daughter, Paula Tash Cantin.

Rita is survived by her children Kathryn Cain (William), Grayce Gibson (Woodie) and Therese Kennedy (Shayne); stepchildren Barbara Mattison (Steve Millewski) and David Mattison; 12 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, 16 great great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, January 10 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, January 9 from 4pm to 6pm at the funeral home.

Mary A. Schelling, 95, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2017. Born in Cohoes, NY on April 26, 1921, she was the daughter of Anthony and Rosalie Borysewicz.

Mary was a saleslady at Carl Co in Schenectady for many years. She enjoyed going to the Casinos.

Mary is survived by her companion of 47 years James Coleman, and her two children.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mary to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa NY 12020.

Teresa Zullo Roberts, 60, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2016. Born in Troy, NY on April 13, 1956, she was the daughter of Leonard and Elissa Sauer Zullo.

Teresa worked as a seamstress. She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church where she served as a warden and member of the Daughters of the King. Teresa used her seamstress skills to make prayer quilts with the church ministry which were distributed worldwide. She was very devoted to the causes she believed in and was always willing to lend a hand.

Teresa is survived by her life partner David Sutherland; sons Dan and David; parents Leonard and Elissa Zullo; sister Cynthia Zullo and brother Mark Zullo.

A memorial service will be held 11am Saturday, December 31, 2016 at the Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to gather at the church at 10:30am.

A celebration of her life will be held in the late spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Teresa may be made to the Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Betty Jean Bennett, 69, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2016, surrounded by her family. Born in Wilmington, Vermont on January 27, 1947, she was the daughter of Wallace and Stella Bickford. She moved to Ballston Spa in 1976.

Betty worked in the service industry for many years. She was a lover of music and dancing especially bluegrass and country. Betty particularly enjoyed dancing while Ron and Corey performed; her dance card was always full!

She was predeceased by her sisters Joyce and Ruth and brother Alley. Betty is survived by her life partner Ron Zink “Rocky”; her children Brian Ray (Julie) of Milton, Crystel Hontz (Todd) of Gansevoort, Corey Zink (Missy) of Pittsfield; grandchildren Brandon and Tiffany Ray, Ashleigh and Carlie Hontz, Lindsey Hughes, Mason, Cooper, Molly, and Catie Zink; great grandchildren Brantley, Ashlynn, Roxy, Ramar and Alena; sisters Burdys Crawford of Readsboro, Vermont , Sandra Lackey of Wilmington, Vermont; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 30 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm.

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

Sandra M. Martin, 73, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2016. Born in Roxbury, NY on December 10, 1943, she was the daughter of Elsie Rockwell.

Sandra was a homemaker and floral designer. She was an avid reader. She enjoyed sewing and crafting of all kinds including tole painting, jewelry making, and designing with silk flowers.

She was predeceased by her mother, Elsie (Stevens) Rockwell, step-father Kenneth Rockwell Sr., two brothers, James Mattice and Kenneth Mattice, and great-granddaughter, Holly Maynard.

Sandra is survived by her husband of 56 years, Richard W. Martin. A loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she is survived by her daughters Quincey (Edward) Dudek and Beth (Steven) Martin, and son Richard S. (Sue) Martin; grandchildren, Shayne and Conor Dudek, Rhaya (Dustin) Maynard and Alexis Martin, and Christopher and Heather Martin; great-grandchildren, Kyle LaClair Jr. and Keagan Maynard. She is also survived by her sisters, Shirley (Dick) Loucks, Ronda (Rick) Frazee, and Nancy (John) Rice, and younger brother, Ken (Sandi) Rockwell, Jr and sisters-in-law Dawn Mattice and Sue Mattice as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service at the Grand Gorge Firehouse in Grand Gorge, NY on January 6, 2017 at 1:00pm with Rev. Dottie Morris officiating. At Sandra's request there will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Gerald A. Lee 85, passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Born in Clifton Park, NY on December 8, 1931, he was the son of Myles and Myrtle Lee. He served in the US Army.

Gerald worked at General Electric Co in Schenectady for many years. He was a member and served as past president of the Clifton Park Fire Dept. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and camping. He loved to travel, visiting Hawaii and Alaska.

He was predeceased by his nine siblings. Gerald is survived by his wife Alicia; his children Gary Lee (Tracy) of Galway, Michael Lee of Virginia, Rebecca Lee of Albany, and Deborah Miller (Clifford) of Ballston Spa; stepchildren Cynthia Durie (Paul) of Clifton Park, Sidney Belanger (Robin) of Ballston Spa and Randy Belanger (Carol) of Maine; companion Marion of Cooperstown; son in law Stan Durie of Stillwater; grandchildren Ben, Andy, Nick, Jason, Alex, Clifford, and Samantha; sister Arlene LaPlante of Clifton Park, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 from 9am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Gerald may be made to The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144 or Clifton Park Fire Dept., 38 Old Route 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

Molly E. Carson, 97, passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2016. Born in Greenfield, NY on May 19, 1919, she was the daughter of Charles and Lela Clute. During World War II, she worked at General Electric Co in Schenectady.

She was predeceased by her husband Carl Carson, Sr, son Carl Carson, Jr., daughter Mary Duell, and her siblings.

Molly is survived by her son James Carson of Malta and her grandchildren of North Carolina.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, December 22 from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am. Burial will be in Dunning Street Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Elvira Jane Lowell Cox, 95, passed away peacefully on December 9, 2016 at Wesley Health Care Center.

Born on November 25, 1921 in Boston, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Frank E. Lowell and Maud E. Rand Lowell. Elvira married Henry R. Cox and they were long time residents of Ballston Spa. She worked at the JJ Newberry Store in Ballston Spa for many years.

Elvira was as an active member of the First Baptist Church in Ballston Spa and was Sunday School Superintendent for several years. She also was active in the church women’s group. She enjoyed all children and especially loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, and husband Henry, she was predeceased by her sister Dorothy McGonnigal, daughters Marylou Cox and Janet Brown, and grandson Kevin Mckenzie.

Elvira is survived by her children David Cox (Dianne) of Day, and Nancy Harrison (Donald) of Greenfield Center; 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4pm to 7pm on Friday, December 16 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 11am Saturday, December 17 at First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in her memory to the endowment fund at First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa, 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.