Obituaries


Margaret L. Kalwa 84, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014. Born in Lyons, NY on November 26, 1929, she was the daughter of Charles and Winifred Bowler. Margaret grew up in Geneva, NY and graduated from Geneva High School and Freeman’s Business School.

She moved to Ballston Spa in 1959 and worked for General Electric for several years and later worked for Tracy and Ferradino Law Firm. Margaret retired as Court Manager from the Saratoga County Surrogate’s Court.

She was a member of the Ballston Spa Women’s Club and enjoyed playing bridge and swimming.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband Francis Kalwa. She is survived by her daughters, Karen Delcoure and her husband Edward of Clifton Park and Kathleen Kalwa and her husband Frank Preda of Malta; her granddaughter, Bridget Delcoure of Clifton Park and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, April 15 at Corpus Christi Church, 2001 Route 9, Round Lake where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4-7pm Monday, April 14 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Jonesville Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eastline Romp and Play at www.eastlinerompandplay.weebly.com

William McCann Jr. 58, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, on October 3, 1955, he was the son of the late William and Martha McCann, Sr.

Bill was a quality control manager for Garelick Farms in East Greenbush for over 25 years. He enjoyed his salt water aquarium and photography. He also collected coins.

He was predeceased by his brother, Ralph McCann. Bill is survived by his sisters, Sue Hicks of Rexford, Jean Carpenter of New Mexico and Terry Hutchison of Glen; 5 nieces, 7 nephews, 7 grandnieces and 3 grandnephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, April 11 from 11-12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 12 noon. Burial will be in Factory Village Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Bill to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. (MDA.org)

Daniel G. D’Onofrio “The Donof” 59, passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014 after a long illness. Born in Schenectady, NY on July 17, 1954 he was the son of the late Louis A. (Lou Masty) and Lillian A. D’Onofrio. He graduated from Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School in 1972.

Dan worked for Albany Public Markets as an assistant manager for several years. He was a truck driver for Valenti’s Bakery, Stewarts and Standard Furniture before becoming the superintendent of the Algonquin Building in Saratoga Springs until 1992. He then started his own business, Affordable Home Repair in Saratoga Springs.

Dan loved sports. He was on the basketball team and wrestling team in high school. He also was a member of the track team and won a MVP award setting a record in the 100 yard dash and the triple jump. In 1970 he was a member of the NYS State Champion Bowling Team, “Gutter Dusters.” He loved boating and fishing with his family and friends.

In 1986, he was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He served as a ministerial servant from 1989 to 2004 and he loved teaching people the Bible.

He was predeceased by his parents, Lou and Lillian D’Onofrio, his aunt, Carrie Parker and his uncle, George Bright, Jr. Daniel is survived by his wife of 19 years, Brenda D’Onofrio; daughters, Brandy Palmer and Bethany D’Onofrio; granddaughters, Cheyanne, Leanne and Autumn Palmer; sister, Karen Makely (Wesley), brother, Samuel D’Onofrio (Karen), uncle, Samuel Bright and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A service will be held 7:30pm Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Corner of Route 50 and Edie Road, Saratoga Springs.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kingdom Hall for worldwide work.

Edward H. Welch Sr. 76, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Charlton, NY on June 7, 1937, he was the son of Kenneth and Evelyn Welch. He served in the US Navy. Ed owned and operated Welch’s Garage in Galway for many years and later worked with his daughter and son in law at PDI Transport in Middle Grove. In earlier years, he worked at Pat’s Body and Fender Works in Schenectady and with his brother at Ken’s Service Station in Ballston Spa.

Ed was a member of Galway Volunteer Fire Co. where he served as chief. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, stock car racing, and camping. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his son, Edward Welch, Jr, grandson, Warren Fitzgerald and brothers, Thomas and Kenneth Welch. Ed is survived by his wife Nancy; his children, Lee Ann Welch (Richard Joubert) of Galway, Jodi Medero (Alfonso) of Ballston Spa, Bonnie Blonkowski of Schuylerville, Kelly Goodhue (Roger) of Galway, Scott Welch (Felicia Hilton) of Galway and Amanda Bailey (Jeremy) of Westchester, Ohio; sisters, Doris Ody of Ballston Spa and Betty Denison (Chet) of Ballston Spa; sister in law, Shirley Welch of Ballston Spa; 16 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 2 from 4-6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Interment will be in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Galway Volunteer Fire Co., PO Box 151, Galway, NY 12074 or 3 Hathorn Unit at Wesley Heath Care Center, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Wesley Health Care Center for their care and compassion.

Henry E. Kmen 84, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY, he was the son of Henry J. and Mary H. O’Malley Kmen.

Henry was a member of IBEW Local 236 and worked many years for Schenectady Hardware and Electric. In his earlier years, he worked at the Saratoga Harness Track.

He was predeceased by his brother Michael K. Kmen. Henry is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Fennell Kmen; daughters, Deborah Fleischman (Jack) and Beth Kmen; granddaughters, Emily and Rebecca Fleischman; brother, William Kmen (Nancy); sisters, Mary Ann Hermann (Max), Eileen Castell (Keith); sister in law, Susan Kmen; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be held at 9am on Saturday, April 5, at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Saratoga Road, Glenville.

Memorial contributions may be made in Henry’s name to the Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12308. (donations.communityhospice.org/donate-memorialdonation).

Lewis R. Van Auken 52, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014. Born in Sayre, Pennsylvania, July 8, 1961, he was the son of the late Richard and Sandra Dunbar Van Auken. He served in the US Navy. Lewis worked for Angelica Textile Services in Ballston Spa for many years.

Lewis is survived by his children, Raymond Van Auken (Laura McMillan) of Saratoga Springs, Chyna Van Auken (Nick Dalaba) of Schenectady, Krista Van Auken (Nick Austin) of Schenectady and their mother, Gen Van Auken Wilkins of Ballston Spa.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 12 noon Friday, March 28 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

Irene L. (Reckner) Eichorst 90, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014 at her home. Born in Ballston Spa, on February 2, 1924, she was the twin sister of the late Pauline Arnold and daughter of the late Andrew and Lulu Reckner.

Irene was both a mother to her four boys and housewife. She helped operate and manage the mobile home park on Hyspot Road with her late husband, Lewis Eichorst.

Irene is survived by her children, Robert P. Eichorst of Middle Grove, Alan Eichorst (Ina) of Greenfield Center, Dennis Eichorst of Middle Grove and Timothy Eichorst (June) of Greenfield Center; sister, Ruth Putnam of Wilton; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held 11am Friday, March 21, 2014 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Middle Grove Cemetery in the Spring. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5-7pm on Thursday, March 20 and from 10-11am Friday, March 21 at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank health care aide Julie Camaione for helping Irene during the last two and a half years. They would also like to thank Community Hospice of Saratoga for their help in caring for Irene during the last three months.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Middle Grove United Methodist Church, 429 Middle Grove Road, Middle Grove, NY 12850.

Retired Major Donald B. Walton 57, passed away Sunday, March 9, at his home. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 16, 1956, he was the son of Robert and Ethel Walton Jr. Don served in the US Army for 23 years, retiring in 1997. After his retirement, he became a social studies teacher at South Colonie High School.

Don was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa. He loved traveling and studying history. He enjoyed teaching not only his students but his children.

He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Ethel Walton Jr and his brother, Robert C. Walton III. Don is survived by his children, Heather Walton, Donald Walton Jr., Emily Walton and Victoria Walton all of Saratoga Springs; sister, Janice Walton of Sarasota, Florida, brothers, Andrew Walton (Monica), Matthew Walton, and Brian Walton all of New Hampshire; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Friday, March 14 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 13 from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

A scholarship has been set up in memory of Donald at South Colonie High School. Memorial contributions may be made to the "Donald B. Walton Scholarship" 3 West Circular Court, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

John J. Bie 84, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014. Born in Readsboro, Vermont, on August 10, 1929, he was the son of Juell and Ragna Bie. John grew up in Brooklyn and moved to this area in 1977. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II. He worked for the NYS Office of General Services for many years, retiring in 1999.

Music was his passion, he played clarinet and saxophone. John was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his wife, Else. John is survived by his great granddaughters, Aria and Harper; grandchildren, Brittany (Anthony), Sarah (Kevin), Andrew, Jonathan (Samantha), Annie, and Peter (Holly); children, Cathleen Belschwinder (Michael), Steven Bie, David Bie (Julie), Lynne Bie, and Eric Bie.

John had lived at the Teresian House in Albany for the last few years and had become part of their loving community. The family would like to thank the staff of Carmel Gardens at the Teresian House for their care and compassion.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Wednesday, March 12 at the Teresian House. Burial will follow in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Colonie. Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to the Teresian House, 200 Washington Ave Ext., Albany, NY 12203.

Robert W. Griffin, 86, of Ballston Spa, NY died March 6, 2014 after a brief illness.

Robert, known affectionately as Pinky to his friends and Pa to his family, was born on November 30, 1927 in Ballston Spa, NY to Frank and Catherine [Brins] Griffin. After graduating from local schools at seventeen, Pinky urged his father to permit him to join the US Navy during World War II where he served honorably aboard the USS Saranac. At the end of the war, he returned to Ballston Spa, and began an apprenticeship in steam fitting. Pinky was a master steamfitter for over forty years, working on major industrial, government and health projects throughout New York and New England. He also used his trade to help friends and families in need and served his community for many years on the Ballston Spa Zoning Board and the Saratoga County Democratic Committee. Pinky was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa.

Pinky was predeceased by his first wife, Betty Neville, and their infant daughter, Elizabeth, both of whom died during complications of childbirth. In 1961 he married Virginia Stebel, who became the love of his life and his best friend. They settled in Ballston Spa where they would live for the rest of their lives, building life-long friendships and earning the respect and admiration of everyone who knew them.

Pinky is survived by his stepson, John R. Rung and his wife, Rosemarie (Kaminski), of Merrimack, NH. 3 grandchildren, Alexandra Rung and her fiancé, Thomas LaSala of Merrimack, Jonathan Rung of Medford, MA and Christopher Rung of Merrimack, two great-grandsons, Thomas and Tyler LaSala of Merrimack, his brother, James (also known as Pinky) Griffin of Ballston Spa, his sister, Ann Sherwood of Ballston Spa, and several nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 10 at 9am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 2-6 pm on Sunday, March 9 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice, especially those that serve the needs of US military veterans.

Pinky’s family expresses its profound gratitude to the staff of Southern NH Medical Center in Nashua, NH and to Dr. Desmond DelGiacco of Pulmonary Physicians of Saratoga, NY for their compassionate and exceptional care.

Wallace B. Bouchard 88, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa on September 27, 1925, he was the son of Hugh and Margaret Bouchard. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Wally worked for the Ballston Spa Schools for many years, retiring in 1987. He enjoyed horse racing and having coffee with his friends at McDonalds. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife Hazel, and his brother Jack. Wally is survived by his children, Joan Zacheus (Peter) of Rock City Falls, Paul Bouchard(Gretchen) of Hudson Falls, Linda Cooper (Jake) of Brazil, Indiana, David Bouchard (Denise) of Saratoga Springs, and Mark Bouchard (Flo) of Ballston Spa; sister, Michelle Pulver of Catskill; 9 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, March 6 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will be in Rock City Falls Cemetery in the Spring. Relatives and friends may call on Wednesday, March 5 from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Wally may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Beloved mother and grandmother, Dorothy L. Owen 89 went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, February 28, 2014. Born in Toddsville, NY on July 10, 1924, she was the daughter of Edward and Ada Horton. Dorothy married George F. Owen in 1942 and they moved to East Line Road in Ballston Lake in 1944. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a longtime member of the Round Lake United Methodist Church.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, George F. Owen, Sr., and brothers, Ray and Fred Horton. Dorothy is survived by her children, Nancy Lewis (James) of Wells, George Owen, Jr. (Carole) of Glenville, Mary Gwozdz (Matthew) of Amsterdam, Peggy Labrie (John) of Glenville, Debbie Cutler (Daryl) of Ballston Lake and Henry Owen (Lynn) of Malta; sister, Marge Moore of Hoosick Falls; 12 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

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

A private family burial will be held in East Line Cemetery.

Virginia R. Lawson 91, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Born in Scotia, NY on January 15, 1923, she was the daughter of Clarence and Lydia VanPatten.

Virginia is survived by her children, Edward Lawson and his wife Barbara of Ocala, Florida, David Lawson of Sherburne, NY, Richard Lawson and his wife Nancy of Burnt Hills, NY, and Virginia Gunzelmann and her husband Richard of Westerly, Rhode Island; grandchildren, Candy, Elise, Steven, Carol, Delores, Mark, Melissa and Scott; several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at Park View Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Virginia to the Animal Protective Foundation, 53 Maple Avenue, Scotia, NY 12302.

Clarence “Billy” Cornell 61, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, surrounded by his family. Born in Ballston Spa on December 30, 1952, he was the son of Sonny and Pat Cornell.

Billy was the owner and operator of Cornell Excavating and Paving for 30 years. He was often accompanied by his four legged companion Ricco when he went to a job site. He enjoyed playing horseshoes, poker and fishing. Billy loved rhubarb and was known to borrow it from his neighbor’s yard. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his father, Sonny Cornell; and his sisters, Gail Barnes and Sheila Harblin. Billy is survived by his wife Susan; his children, Kevin Cornell and his wife Jennifer of Malta, and Jennifer Petar and her husband Scott of Malta; grandchildren, Tucker, Sadie, Brady and Sydney; mother, Pat Cornell of Ballston Spa; sister, Robin Delaney and her husband Larry of Ballston Spa; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, March 3 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Factory Village Cemetery in the Spring. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 2 from 2-6pm at the funeral home.

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

Amy E. Gray 95, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014. Born in Galway, NY on October 19, 1918, she was the daughter of Clarence and Jennie Robinson. Amy worked at the Ballston Knitting Mill for many years and later was a dietary aide at Maplewood Manor, retiring in 1985.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ballston Spa. Amy enjoyed baking pies and Christmas cookies. Her pies were well known among her family and friends and were enjoyed by many of her church family at church gatherings. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, George Gray, brother, Roy Robinson and sister, Mabel Robinson. Amy is survived by her children, Diane Solotruck (Ron) of Ballston Spa, George Gray (Sharon) of Anthony, Florida, and James Gray (Peggy) of Buskirk; grandchildren, Dale, Darci, Kim, Jeff, Michael, Amy and Corey; 11 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5-7pm Thursday, February 27 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Burial will be in Sweetman Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Amy to the United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Christopher J. Moran 31, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014. Born in Albany on October 13, 1982 he was the beloved son of John and Deborah Moran. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and Columbia Southern University. Chris owned and operated his own business Empire Risk Management.

Chris had a passion for music and he played guitar and drums. He enjoyed going to the shooting range and had many meaningful tattoos. One of his favorite places to hang out was at the garage with his cousin Eric. Chris adored his son Logan James, who was the light of his life, and enjoyed his four legged friend, Titan. He overcame many obstacles to live life to the fullest and enjoy every day.

Chris is survived by his son, Logan James; his parents, John and Deborah Moran of Malta; sister, Jackie Moran of Malta; nephew, Ryley Moran; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, February 27, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 26 from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 1 Marcus Blvd. Suite 203, Albany, NY 12205.

Young composer, conductor, and teacher Christian Michael Kendall Martin, aged 25, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014 following a brave battle with synovial sarcoma. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on May 6, 1988. Christian was a loving young man and devoted son with a deep well of courage.

Christian had been the head of the bowed strings department at the Performance School of the Arts in Clifton Park and a substitute conductor for various Capital Region middle and high school bands and orchestras. He also taught privately. Christian took just as much delight in sharing his knowledge and talents as his students gave back to him through their discovery of the joy in music.

While Christian’s main instrument was the double bass, he also played the violin, viola, and cello. He continued his own study of strings with Christopher Neubert, a teacher he credits as being a great mentor and source of his knowledge of string pedagogy. In his study of the voice, Christian would certainly give a nod to Tony Eastwood. As a performer, Christian freelanced with regional musical groups and held the principal double bass chair in UAlbany’s Symphony Orchestra.

Christian was launching his career as a composer of classical music when he was diagnosed with cancer, which took much of his energy. Yet, he continued to compose a number of chamber music works, a piano concerto, and a symphony. As a composer and conductor Christian felt it was especially important to connect with nature, which in his opinion, was best done through fishing, an activity he enjoyed since childhood. He also believed that small dogs are essential to coping with the stresses of being a musician.

A graduate of Ballston Spa High School, Christian’s interest in composing and conducting were sparked while studying with composer and conductor Brett Wery at Schenectady County Community College where he received an Associate degree in Music Performance with a concentration in the Double Bass. Christian nurtured his interest in conducting with Dr. David Bebe at The College of Saint Rose, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education, cum laude, and at The Conductors Institute at Bard College Conservatory of Music. Christian was pursuing his Masters in Conducting from Messiah College.

Christian enjoyed eating sushi, following the Yankees, and learning German. He cared deeply for his mother, taking care of little things for her to make each day better. A romantic at heart, he focused much of his attention on the love of his life, Teresa.

Christian is survived by his mother, Rosalyn J. Martin of Malta; his fiancée, Teresa Hiney of Vestal; his father, David K. Martin and his sister Mackenzie Martin of Willsboro; also grandparents, Eugenia Desmond of Canajoharie, David and Patricia Martin of West Chazy, aunts and uncles, Cindy and Ned DeSernotto, Francis and Patty Desmond, Jimmy Dygert, Annie and Eric Wallace, Liz Friedman, Peter Martin and Laura Green; and a number of cousins including Noah Wallace with whom he was especially close.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 11 a.m. -12 noon on Saturday, March 1, at Corpus Christi Church, 2001 Route 9, Round Lake. A memorial mass will follow at 12 noon.

Christian’s family would like to thank the staff at Albany Medical Center for their care and compassion as well as the number of friends of faith who fast became a source of strength and support for Christian.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America as Christian wanted to highlight the need for research and awareness of synovial sarcoma to enable support for patients and families affected by this disease. Contributions may be made via http://www.tinyurl.com/CMKMartin25-SynovialSarcoma

Della M. Groom 83, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, October 31, 1930 she was the daughter of Arthur and Elizabeth Perkins. Della started her career at Van Raalt’s in Saratoga Springs and later worked for Saratoga County in the Tax Department, Department of Motor Vehicles and the Saratoga County Infirmary.

Della was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa for over 50 years. She enjoyed dancing, painting and camping. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family especially her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert C. Groom, 17 brothers and sisters, a grandson and a great granddaughter. Della is survived by her daughters, Leslie Charbonneau (David) of Ballston Spa and MaryAlice Jenkins-Herrington (Tommie) of Newark; her grandchildren, Brian Charbonneau (Lisa), Lesley Carne (Nathan), Janelle Shillito (Arthur), Heather Leiby (Benjamin), Erick Jenkins, Kyle Jenkins, Michael Jenkins, Elisabeth Decker (Brandon), L. Andrew Jenkins, Richard Jenkins and Joel Jenkins, 14 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10-12 noon Saturday, February 22 at the First Baptist Church, 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 12 noon. A private family burial will be in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center, 19 Warehouse Row, Albany, NY 12205.

Douglas D. Tabor 60, passed away suddenly February 17, 2014. Born in Schenectady, NY on January 21, 1954, he was the son of Eleanor Tabor and the late Douglas D. Tabor, Sr. He grew up in Cooperstown and was a graduate of Cooperstown Central High School. He served in the US Marine Corp.

Douglas was an engineer in the nuclear industry and later was an engineer for Amtrak. He most recently worked for Ruan Transportation as a truck driver where he was beloved by his co-workers and friends. Douglas enjoyed traveling and exploring the country in his RV.

He was predeceased by his father, Douglas Tabor, Sr. and infant daughter, Sierra. Douglas is survived by his mother, Eleanor Tabor of Ballston Spa; his sisters, Diana Wernig (John) of Ballston Spa, Cheri Oberpriller (Barry) of Leverett, MA, Tammy Bowie (Jim) of Virginia Beach, VA; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 1-2pm Saturday, February 22 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 2pm. Burial will be 11am Monday, February 24 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Robert R. Taylor 72, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014. Born in Charlton, NY, on March 15, 1941 he was the son of Ray and Helen Taylor. Bob worked for Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Schools. He was a NY Giants fan, enjoyed bowling and was an avid reader. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Carol Taylor; his sons, Robert Taylor Jr. (Michelle) of Ballston Spa, William Taylor (Kelley) of Ballston Spa, Patrick “Pete” Taylor (Tanya) of Ballston Spa, Scott Taylor (Lori) of Minnesota, and Timothy Taylor (Amy) of Lake Placid; brother, Herbert Taylor of Galway; sisters, Helen Watson of Ballston Spa, Patricia Klaus of Pennsylvania, Grace Stanley of Iowa; 11 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Boys Town, 281 Park Ave South 5th Floor, New York, NY 10016.

Lynn D. Stomski 59, passed away Friday, February 14, 2014. Born in Schenectady, NY on September 7, 1954, he was the son of Evelyn Stomski and the late Chester Stomski.

Lynn was a mechanic. He owned and operated Stomper, Inc. for many years. He was an inventor and owned a patent. Lynn designed Tow Trucks which were used for commercial marketing displays at Truck Shows. He had a passion for cars and built his own Hummer. Lynn worked in the pit crew for his brother at Albany Saratoga Speedway in Malta where they raced stock cars.

He was predeceased by his father Chester Stomski. Lynn is survived by his daughters, Jessica Stomski of South Carolina and Nadine Bond of Guilderland; grandchildren, Taylor, Willow and Lexie; mother, Evelyn Stomski of Ballston Spa; brother, Jon Stomski of Ballston Spa; sisters, Susan Doherty of East Berne and Patricia Cyphers of Ballston Spa; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 18 from 4-6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm. Burial will be in West Milton Cemetery in the Spring. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. (www.cancer.org)

Wesley L. Morris 80 passed away Monday, February 3, 2014. Born in Paduka, Texas, February 5, 1933 he was the son of Homer and Velma Morris. Wesley was a melter and worked in the Steel Industry for many years. He later worked in communications until his retirement.

As a teen he worked as a crop duster and acquired a lifelong love of flying. He enjoyed computers and reading.

He was predeceased by his parents, Homer and Velma, sisters, Nina Jean, Bessie and Natalie; and son, Ricky. Wesley is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy; his children, Pamela Green (David) of Middle Grove, Debra Blevins (William) of Aiken, SC, Wesley Morris Jr. of West Milton, and Robin Sims (William) of Ballston Spa; his grandchildren, Jeffery Green (Karen), Shane Green (Drew), Christopher Blevins, William Blevins III (Mary), William Sims, Jason Sims (Kelley), Brian Morris, Michael Morris, David Morris (Tiffany), Nikki Morris, and Kimmy Morris; and 17 great grandchildren

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Wesley to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Charlotte A. Taylor 77, passed away Thursday, January 30, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, NY, April 12, 1936 she was the daughter of Rudolph and Erma Bernash. Charlotte worked for Skidmore College for many years, retiring in 1998.

She enjoyed amusement parks and loved to ride the roller coasters. She collected owls for many years. Charlotte loved her children and grandchildren and always went above and beyond for her family.

She was predeceased by her sister, Beatrice Smith and her brothers, Clayton and Rudolph Bernash. Charlotte is survived by her husband of 59 years, Ronald Taylor; her children, Phillip Taylor (Sally) of Hudson Falls, Paul Taylor of Saratoga Springs, Peggy Fitzgerald (Jack) of Ballston Spa and Pamela Miskell (Steven) of Illinois, brothers, Mylon Bernash of Ballston Spa and William Bernash of Ballston Spa; sisters, Evelyn Palmateer of North Carolina and Christina Smith of Ballston Spa; 7 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 5, from 3-4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza #405, Albany, NY 12205.

The family would like to thank the staff at Maplewood Manor and Community Hospice of Saratoga for their loving care and compassion.

Earl J. LaBarge 93 passed away peacefully Thursday, January 30, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Newark, NJ, March 28, 1920, he was the son of Claude and Anna Mae Garvey LaBarge. He was a Marine Corp veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific theatre in the occupation of Guadal Canal and Guam.

Following his military service he met the love of his life Dorothy Murray. They married in 1948 and moved to Malta, NY. Earl was a welder and millwright for Tarrent Mills in Saratoga, Tagston Paper Mill in Mechanicville and retired from Sage in Stillwater in 1985.

He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Round Lake Rod and Gun Club, Old Saratoga Muzzle Loading Association, Fort Ticonderoga Muzzle Loading Association, and the Green Mountain Boys Muzzle Loading Association.

He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy and his brother, George LaBarge. Earl is survived by his daughters, Earleen Van and Denise Rogner; his grandchildren, Shawn Van, Chad Rogner and Michelle Rogner; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wesley Evergreen Day Care Program, c/o Wesley Health Care Center, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

The family would like to thank the entire staff on D4N at Albany Medical Center for their kindness and compassion in assisting us through this difficult journey.

Gerald L. Kinner 69, passed away peacefully January 30, 2014, surrounded by his family. Born in Bradford, Pennsylvania, December 25, 1944 he was the son of William and Eleanor Kinner.

Gerald worked for Price Chopper in Saratoga Springs. He enjoyed playing horseshoes and fishing. Gerald like socializing with people and was known as the “Old Man” of his neighborhood trailer park.

Gerald is survived by his wife Dolores, his children, Gerald, Susan and Terri and his sister, Kathy.

A private family service will be held.

Evalina R. Bargovic 92, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 27, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, October 2, 1921, she was the daughter of Theodore and Emily Burnham. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. Evalina worked at Ackshand Knitting Co. in Ballston Spa. She married Joseph J. Bargovic on May 5, 1945.

Evalina was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa. She was a member of the Ballston Area Seniors and enjoyed singing in the seniors chorus. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Joseph. Evalina is survived by her sons, David G. Bargovic (Sharon) of Ballston Spa and Joseph Jay Bargovic (Susan) of Ballston Spa; granddaughters, Erika Bargovic, Danielle Bargovic, and Hollen Bargovic Texier; great granddaughters Brittney, Arielle, and Lyndse and great great grandson, Izaiah.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Friday, January 31 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 30 from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in memory of Evalina to the Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co. #1, PO Box 4, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Deborah A. Curtis 59, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2014. Born in New York, NY on October 30, 1954 she was the daughter of Harold and Katherine Worcester. She was a graduate of Scotia Glenville High School. Deb received a bachelor’s degree from Nyack College and her masters from Long Island University, Rockland Campus.

Deb was a teacher at Evangel Christian School in Long Island City, NY and later at Full Gospel Christian School in Flushing, NY. Her greatest joy was her faith in Jesus Christ her Savior. The time she spent with her children and her beloved grandchildren was precious to her.

She was predeceased by her son, Andrew Scott Curtis. Deb is survived by her husband, Bernard Curtis; her daughters, Jennifer Sheret (Jeremiah) of Webster, NY and Heather Russell (Paul) of Penfield, NY; grandchildren, Nathaniel, Abigail, Zachary, Noah, Katherine and Micah; brothers, Jeffery Worcester (Alison) of Argusville, NY, David Worcester (Melissa) of Galway, NY; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, January 30 at Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Sweetman Cemetery in the Spring. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 29 from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American SIDS Institute, 528 Raven Way, Naples, FL 34110 (www.sids.org)

Michael W. Shannon 70, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014. Born in Buffalo, NY, on February 21, 1943, he was the son of Frank and Elizabeth Shannon. Michael was a respiratory therapist. He owned and operated Modern Health Concept in Albany for 15 years, retiring in 2003.

He was a huge boxing fan and enjoyed chocolate ice cream.

Michael is survived by his daughter, Deborah Tveidt and her companion Robert McCormick of Saratoga Springs, his son, Jeffery Shannon and his wife Grace of Ballston Spa; and four grandchildren, Stephen, Erik, Michael and James.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Michael to the Shriners Hospital, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104.

Dennis L. Cornell 66, passed away Friday, January 24, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, June 6, 1947, he was the son of Alvah and Lena Cornell. He was a Navy veteran serving in Vietnam and was awarded a purple heart. Dennis worked at Lake Auto.

He was a member of American Legion Post 234 and VFW Post 358 of Ballston Spa. Dennis enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Eleanor Richards and Carol Donaldson; and his brothers, Charles, James, Donald, William and Frankie. Dennis is survived by his daughter, Jaime Cornell Zwicklbauer (Ken) of Delmar; grandchildren, Emma and Max; brother, Alvah Cornell, Jr. of Ballston Spa; sisters, Sally Loya of Ballston Spa and Lillian Bush of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Factory Village Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675 or www.woundedwarriorproject.org

William F. Smith 89, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, August 17, 1924, he was the son of Walter and Emily Smith. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and attended Cobleskill College.

Bill devoted his life to working on the family farm and apple orchard, Smith Bros., on Jockey Street in Charlton. He shared his passion with his sons who worked beside him on the farm. In his later years, he enjoyed working in the pie shop and visiting with customers. For many years he sold produce out of his truck to his many loyal customers in the City of Amsterdam.

Bill joined the Harmony Corners Fire Department on April 1, 1941 and was a life member. He served as an active member for 65 years. Bill was on the Board of Fire Commissioners for 16 years. He also served on the Sweetman Cemetery Board.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Ruth Downing Smith and his son, David Smith. Bill is survived by his wife, Doris Hellmuth Smith; children, Richard Smith (Shelley) of Charlton, William Smith of Charlton and Cyndi Leschen (Mark) of Rotterdam; grandchildren, Richard Smith, Jr., Jebediah Smith, Zachary Smith, Andrea Robertson, Jenna Smith, Katie Daino, Nicholas Smith, Nathaniel Smith and Maxwell Leschen; six great grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Mitchell of Charlton; brother, Walter Smith (Lorrie) of West Sand Lake; sister in law, Barbara Farrell (Jack) of East Greenbush; brother in law, Robert Downing of Ballston Lake; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, January 22, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will be in Sweetman Cemetery in the Spring.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 21 from 2-4 and 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the Harmony Corners Fire Dept, 1954 Route 67, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.