Obituaries


William R. Collins, 80 passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Born on March 9, 1936 in Palmyra, NY, he was a long time area resident and son of the late Eugene T. and Marguerite (Gray) Collins. A graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, William joined the United States Navy, serving in the Sea Bees and in the US Naval reserves, obtaining the rank of Chief upon his discharge. He retired from the New York State Department of Transportation where he worked as a mechanic for many years.

William enjoyed music and played in a band with his father in his younger years, playing at area Grange halls. He also enjoyed the rodeo and had been a bull rider, competing in local rodeos. William liked classic cars and was in the process of restoring a 1940 Mercury.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife, Linda and his daughter, Malinda.

He is survived by his children, Sarah TenEyck (David) of Ballston Spa, Kathleen Currier (Steve) of Ballston Spa, Marisa Collins of Greenfield and William Collins, Jr. of Ballston Spa; his step children, Tammie Schott and Michael Green (Stacy) all of Ballston Spa; his brother, Tommy Collins (Gerry) of Ballston Spa; sister, Jeanine Reynolds (Dave) of Hudson Falls; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 am Monday, August 29, 2016 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow at Rock City Falls Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 pm Sunday at the funeral home.

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

Kurt S. Miller 60, passed away on Monday, August 22, 2016. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on August 30, 1955, he was the son of Bernard and Violet Miller. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

Kurt was a truck driver working for Chris Craft Industries, Garnsey Trucking, Hayes Paving and Richards Paving, retiring in 2013. He enjoyed watching Nascar, football and his game shows. He liked motorcycle rides with his family, tinkering on his many projects and just being up at the “property.”

He was predeceased by his parents Bernard and Violet, brother Wayne and sister Karen Sue Miller. Kurt is survived by his wife of 36 years Colleen Murphy Miller; son Patrick Miller; brother Russell Miller (Sandra); and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, August 26, from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 7pm.

Burial will be 10am Saturday, August 27, in Ballston Spa Cemetery, Garrett Road, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Kidney Foundation, 501 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.

Helen “Nellie” Deuel, 94, passed away peacefully August 21, 2016, at Baptist Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Scotia.

Born Sept. 20, 1921 in Mechanicville, NY, she was the daughter of Baltrus and Anna Yankowski. She married Frank W. Deuel Sr. June 24, 1951 in Ballston Spa.

Helen worked many years at the Ballston Knitting Factory as well as the Saratoga Tree Nursery. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa and was greatly involved in the community volunteering with the Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary as well as supporting various churches in the area.

An avid cook and baker, Helen was well known for her famous baked beans, jellies and her incredible pies which she sold at Bowman’s Apple Orchard and donated to fundraisers for the Malta Ridge Methodist Church. She would also help make pierogi every month at Christ the Saviour Church. She enjoyed collecting coins and spending time with her large network of friends.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her older brothers Mike, Joe and Bill Yankowski as well as her husband Frank Sr. and two children Diane and Frank Jr.

She is survived by her son-in-law William Kultzow of Ballston Spa; her granddaughters, Allison Flick and her husband, Simeon, of San Diego, Calif., and Laura Kultzow and her husband, Chris, of Windsor Mill, MD.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Friends and neighbors are invited to burial services at the family plot in Greenridge Cemetery in Saratoga Springs on Thursday, Aug 25, 2016, at 10 a.m.

Dorothy L. Pettit, 94, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in West Milton, NY on April 5, 1922, she was the daughter of Arthur and Lottie Thayer.

Dorothy worked at the Ballston Knitting Mill and during World War II at General Electric. She later worked at Knights Orchard. She enjoyed crocheting, listening to old country music and vacationing in Maine. She loved to dance or as she called it jigging.

She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth, daughters Patricia and Holly, siblings Gertrude, Lena, Ruth, James, William, Michael, Arthur, and Melvin. Dorothy is survived by her sons David Pettit (Debra) of Erwin, Tennessee and Tim Pettit (Margaret) of Ballston Spa; daughter-in-law Doris Pettit; granddaughters Patty Kolberg (John), Pamela Thew (Jody), Jamie Propper (Chad), Catherine TenEyck (David), and Erika Pettit (Steve); great grandchildren Derek, Joey, Jordan, Sierra, Eric, Cassie, Mackenzie, Timothy, Nathaniel and Katie; stepgrandchildren Amy Epting and Susan Freeman (Ryan); step great grandchildren Dylan, Reese, Amber and Morgan; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 1pm Tuesday, August 23 at Ballston Spa Cemetery, Garrett Road, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144 or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The family would like to thank Community Hospice of Saratoga and all of Dorothy’s caregivers for their love and support.

Marion H. Roner of Wesley Health Care Center, passed away at Saratoga Hospital after a brief illness on Friday, August 19th, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Bellevue Maternity Hospital in Niskayuna, as one of the first babies to be born there, Marion lived her childhood in the city of Schenectady. Marion was the daughter of the late Helen and Alton Marshall of Schenectady. A 1948 graduate of Nott Terrace High School in Schenectady, Marion married the love of her life, Jack Roner of Ballston Spa, on her birthday on August 7th, 1949.

Marion was a talented homemaker, settling on a special piece of two-acre paradise in Rock City Falls, spending several years of her life dedicated to caring for her husband, Jack, throughout his lengthy battle against cancer. Marion was also a talented seamstress, knitter, and general jack of all trades, renowned, amongst the family, for her famous “no Fail Fudge”, with or without nuts. Her strong will and independent spirit kept her going through any adversity she faced, helping her rebound from personal losses of family and friends, breast cancer, open heart surgery, a fairly recent broken hip, declining vision and dementia. She was an encyclopedia of tips, tricks and remedies. She was also a huge sports fan, faithfully following her NY Yankees, NY Jets and college basketball, supplemented with any other sport that happened to be airing on television at the time. Also, Marion, with her late best friend, Elva Shrome, surprised her family by pairing up for weekly trips on the “Senior Bus”, keeping the local stores alive with their small, but cherished, purchases. Marion will be forever remembered for her infectious smile, her enthusiastic sense of humor and her boisterous laugh.

Her grandkids and great grandkids were always the very center of her world. The grandkids will always cherish Nana/Grandma for her extensive candy aisle, always fully stocked and ready for a variety of selections. The entire clan of six grandchildren and nine great children were on the receiving end of her knitting and sewing talents, encompassing everything from special, individual blanket afghans, car seat cushions, knit slippers, mittens, work aprons and miscellaneous clothing alterations. Her supportive sideline cheering at all of the school sporting events, musical concerts, and every dance recital never waned. Frequently her photography skills, attempting to capture those special life moments, needed serious editing to be accurately pieced together. Quite often her excitement at witnessing her family’s achievements exceeded her best technical skill with a camera. Family faces/heads did not always appear correctly in the frame. Her spirit and dedication to her family will be forever missed. We love you Mom, Nana, Grandma and Great Grandma! Please keep us informed, “What’s new in your world ?”

Marion was predeceased by her husband, Jack G Roner, in 1994, her young son, Richard W Roner, in 1956, and her grandson, Bryan A Shrome, in 1995. Marion is survived by her brother, Robert A Marshall of NE Palm Bay, Florida, her daughter, Elizabeth (Gary) Shrome of Rock City Falls, her son, David (Suzanne) Roner of Ballston Spa, and daughter Catherine (Terry) Shrome of Rock City Falls. Also surviving Marion are the “lights of her life” grandchildren, Nicholas (Rachel) Shrome of Galway, Kristel (Adam) Thomas of Rock City Falls, Jamie Gerke of Rock City Falls, Matthew Roner and his significant other Chelsea Farr of Ballston Spa, Ashley Roner and her fiancé Derek Heald of Rock City Falls.

Especially missing Marion will be her cherished great grandchildren, Krystina, Jocelyn, and Trevor Gerke of Rock City Falls, Alixandria and Liliana Shrome of Galway, Ethan, Grady, Chase, and Jackson Thomas of Rock City Falls

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, August 24 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, August 23 from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the caring staff at 2 Victoria Wesley, in particular, Karl, Jason, Ellen, Jan, Sue, and Gerry, who got to “enjoy” her singing, rhyming, and smiles as well as her excitement whenever she got her hot fudge sundaes, with coffee ice cream, her maple sugar candies, or her special chocolate candy from Uncle Sam’s. The staff always made her feel comfortable, ensuring that she got her desired “cuddle time.” Many thanks as well from the family for the staff at Saratoga Hospital’s A3 wing especially Hannah, Chrissy, and Deanna for their comforting care during her final moments.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, or to a special charity of your choice, in honor of Marion.

Wreatha J. Manning passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at the age of 86, in the loving care of the staff at the Gateway House of Peace, after a long illness. Born in Schenectady, NY on February 3, 1930, she was the daughter of James and Lillian Little.

After graduating high school, Wreatha moved to Washington, DC and worked at the Pentagon where she met her husband who was serving in the US Army. She returned to Ballston Spa and worked as a waitress at the Sugar Shack. Wreatha later was a secretary at the Saratoga County Department of Social Services, retiring in 1994.

She was predeceased by her husband Jerald F. Manning, Sr., son Jeff Manning, sisters Dorothy Prisco and Ruthie Sager, and brother James Little. Wreatha is survived by her children Jerald Manning, Jr. (Carla) of Ballston Spa, Janet Manning (Peter Cahill) of Fort Myers, FL, and Judy Kelley (William) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Erika, Jessica, Melissa, Brandon, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Lindsay and Ryan; brother Philip Little of Ballston Spa, sister Celia Valentino of Schenectady; 11 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, August 21 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Wreatha to the Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

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

Edwin K. Lansing 70, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2016. Born in Niskayuna, NY on November 5, 1945, he was the son of Albert and Jennie Lansing. He served in the US Army and was stationed on the DMZ in Korea.

Ed was a district manager for Grand Union for 39 years. He then worked part time as a starter at the Saratoga Spa State Park Golf Course. Ed enjoyed golfing, playing poker and morning coffee with his friends. He was an avid NY Yankees fan. His greatest joy was spending time with his beloved grandsons and his dogs.

Ed is survived by his wife of 49 years, Elsie; his son Edwin Lansing (Nicole) of Greenville and daughter Andrea Lansing Sobel (Evan) of Brooklyn; grandsons Joseph, Rory and Jackson; siblings Conrad Lansing, William Lansing, June O’Brien, Albert Lansing, Jr., Sharon Senecal, Alberta Stanford and Roland Ingraham; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 11 from 3pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A funeral service with military honors will be held 9:30am Friday, August 12 at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans www.dav.org

John J. Bena, “Jack” 86, passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2016. Born in Poughkeepsie, NY on February 17, 1930, he was educated in Saratoga and graduated from Schuylerville High School in 1947.

John served in the US Navy for 3 years during the Korean War. He worked for the NYS Government retiring in 1988, and operated an auto repair and sales business until recently. John served on the Town of Malta Zoning Board for 30 years.

At John’s request, services will be private.

Albert Eisenhauer, long-time fifth and sixth grade teacher in the Ballston Spa School District followed his beloved wife Helen in death on August 5th.

Mr. Eisenhauer was known for his unconventional teaching techniques that inspired his students to learn.

Mr. Eisenhauer spent his early life growing up in Albany, a city he dearly loved. Living just a block from the Governor’s Mansion when Franklin D. Roosevelt was Governor of New York he often recollected playing with his friends dangerously close to Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt’s flower garden. To distract the boys and save her flowers, Mrs. Roosevelt would hurry out and invite them into the kitchen for a piece of chocolate cake and a glass of milk. It was a win/win situation that worked for both sides every time.

When he was 14 years old and eager to begin serving his country, Mr. Eisenhauer took advantage of the fact that his mother was out of town and hurried right down to the Washington Avenue Armory where he enlisted in Company C of the 10th Regiment of the 27th Division of the New York National Guard. Although the minimum age for enlistment was 18 somehow the Guard was satisfied that he would qualify. By the time he was 15 he had made Corporal and become the Company Clerk. As such he had the responsibility of carrying his company’s guidon, an honor he cherished all his life. The job also involved typing perfect copies of the payroll pages for the whole company after their drill ended at 10 pm. On a manual typewriter with many perfect copies required that job took most of the night. When he finished typing he would curl up on the big rolltop desk next to his typewriter and sleep until it was time to change back into his civilian clothes and head off to resume his other life as a high school student.

In WW II Mr. Eisenhauer was trained in the Army Specialized Training Program as an engineer and then a military doctor. He worked at an army hospital that was a first stop for acute care patients. Once they were stabilized, he often accompanied them as their caregiver on the trips to hospitals near their homes for recovery.

In his post-war life Mr. Eisenhauer had other callings but found his true passion and focus in life as a teacher. He was a true scholar, a constant reader and life-long learner. He was interested in everything and sharing whatever he learned. One friend accused him of “leaking knowledge wherever he went”. He was an innovative and inspiring teacher to generations of fifth and sixth graders in Ballston Spa, many of whom still remember him and the years in his class with great fondness.

He was ever an encourager of education and believer in people. He was ahead of his time in believing in the “natural superiority of women” encouraging and supporting girls to be all they wanted to be in an era when society gave them limited options.

Always eager life-long learners, when he and Mrs. Eisenhauer retired from many years of teaching school they both returned to college. They both attended Skidmore College as full-time students writing all the papers and taking all the exams fall and spring semesters for 11 years. In those 11 summers they were full-time summer students at Christ Church, Oxford University in England.

Especially active in support of the Saratoga-Potsdam Chorus for many years, the Eisenhauers supported many local educational and cultural activities and enriched the lives of thousands of students and friends all their lives.

Mr. Eisenhauer is survived by his loving extended family, his many friends in the Village he loved, and the thousands of students whose lives he encouraged, enriched and touched forever.

Visitation will be held at the Armer Funeral Home Inc. 39 East High Street in Ballston Spa from 5pm to 7pm. Funeral services will be held at Christ Episcopal Church on West High Street in Ballston Spa at 11am on Wednesday, August 10. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to an organization supporting military veterans or a charity of personal choice.

Judith M. Durante 73, passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2016. Born in Whitehall, NY on January 10, 1943, she was the daughter of John and Ida Mae (Kimberly) Rich.

Judi’s greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Judi was an avid book reader and gardener. She enjoyed walking with her friends in her community. She was very active in planning events at the clubhouse, relaxing at Saratoga Race Track and trying her hand at the slot machines at Turning Stone.

Judi is predeceased by her husband of 25 years Ronald Durante. She is survived by her son Frank Muzio (Amy) of Charlton, stepson Ryan Durante (Erika) of Oneida; grandchildren Rachel Muzio, McKenna, Kiara and Joshua Durante; siblings Joan Cummings (Jeep) of Saratoga Springs, Michael Rich (Sharon) of Stillwater and Jack Rich (Sharon) of Waynesboro, VA; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10:30am to 11am on Saturday, August 13 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Judi to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Joseph E. Scotti, 70 passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Born in Troy, NY on August 2, 1946, he was the son of Louis and Ada Scotti. He served in the US Army.

Joe worked for General Electric Co in Schenectady for 28 years and was a member of the GE Quarter Century Club. He enjoyed the races at Saratoga and playing golf. He was an avid Yankees and Giants fan.

Joe is survived by his wife Dolores; his sons Chris Scotti and Kevin Scotti of Clifton Park; sisters Pamela Scotti Brown and Karen Scotti of Mechanicville; and nieces Heather and Stephanie.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, August 9 at Corpus Christi Church, 2001 Route 9, Round Lake where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Waterford. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4pm to 7pm on Monday, August 8 at Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park.

Memorial contributions in memory of Joe may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or American Diabetes Association.

Gene W. Rougie, Sr., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 after a long illness at the age of 79.

Gene was born on June 11, 1937 in Ballston Spa, NY to Wilfred and Theresa Rougie. Gene served in the United States Air Force for 4 years as a Ground Radio Operator, and also served in the United States Army Reserve. He worked for many years at the Shenendehowa Schools as a groundskeeper and was the president of the CSEA Union for a several years. Gene was a jack of many trades, working in garages on cars, farming, and building houses. He loved working with his sons in construction.

Gene was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Saratoga Springs for many years. He was a generous, witty, dedicated individual who loved kidding with everyone. He loved playing cards and bingo with anyone who wanted to play. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and being outdoors.

Gene is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia A. Rougie; 10 Children Mary Robinson (Richard) Gene Rougie, Jr, Ida Thornton (Thomas), Will Rougie, Theresa DiGiulio (Richard), Christopher Rougie (Cathy), Patricia Lunt (John), Jeremy Rougie (Nicole), Sara Stiles (Malcolm), Jonathon Rougie (Krista); sister Ida Anderson, 28 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and his large extended family. He is preceded in death by his parents Wilfred and Theresa Rougie, Sr., sister Mary Pompliano and granddaughters Madison Stiles and Jessica Jones-Welch.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 4 from 2pm to 4pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, 10 Glenmore Avenue, Saratoga Springs. A service will follow at 4pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Gene’s life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to DCI Rubin Dialysis Center in Saratoga Springs.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Saratoga Hospital and DCI Rubin Dialysis Center for their dedication in taking care of Gene over the last few years.

Charles E. Bunse “Buzz” 78, passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Born in Kingston, NY on February 19, 1938, he was the son of Charles and Mae Bunse. He served in the US Army.

Charles was a salesman for Sentry Business Products for 22 years. He enjoyed traveling, cruises were his favorite.

He was predeceased by his sister Kay King. Charles is survived by his wife Barbara; his daughters Jennifer Wood of Ballston Spa and Melissa Collins (Chris) of Ballston Spa; and his grandchildren Joe, Shelby and Lily.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 10am Thursday, August 4 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post 234, 23 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Donna L. McMahon 72, passed away Friday, July 29, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family. Born in Troy, NY on October 2, 1943, she was the daughter of Michael and Dorothy Galuski.

Donna was a homemaker and devoted mother who cherished the time spent with her family, especially her beloved grandson John. She was a member of Ballston Spa Elks Lodge 2619 and served as past president of the Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed shopping and playing Bingo.

She was predeceased by her parents, and her brother Michael. Donna is survived by her husband John “Jack” W. McMahon, Sr.; son John “Jack” W. McMahon, Jr., (Kimberley); daughter Casey McMahon; grandson John W. McMahon III, brothers Kevin Galuski (Linda), Joseph Galuski, and John Galuski (Christine); and several nieces, nephews and great nieces.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, August 2 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, August 1 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

The family would like to thank Dr. Mastrianni and his staff, and Kelly and the staff from Community Hospice of Saratoga for their care and compassion.

Sally L. Loya, 71, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Ballston Spa, NY on December 3, 1944, she was the daughter of Alvah and Lena Cornell. Sally loved her family and treasured the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her parents Alvah and Lena Cornell, grandson Timothy Truett, and eight siblings. Sally is survived by her husband of 54 years Alfred Loya, Sr.; her children Kimberly Truett, Alfred Loya, Jr. (Bunsong), Carol Phillips (John), Chad Loya (Jenny) and Heather Loya all of Ballston Spa; granddaughters Kendra, Josalin, Tiffany and Paige; grandsons Tyler (Marissa) and Dillion; great grandson Justin; brother Alvah Cornell; sister Lillian Bush; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Sally’s life from 6pm to 9pm on Tuesday, August 2 at VFW Post 358, 68 East North Street, Ballston Spa.

Jessica L. Welch 35, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. She was born in Niskayuna, NY on February 10, 1981. Jessica enjoyed playing Bingo with her family.

She is survived by her beloved children Cameron, Natalie and Bryanna; mother and stepfather Theresa and Richard Digiulio; father Joseph Jones; sisters Jennifer Jones and Melissa Parker; grandparents Gene and Patricia Rougie; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, August 1 from 11am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 12 noon.

Darin D. Mundell 48, passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY on April 21, 1968.

Darin worked at Absolute Hydroseeding in Ballston Spa. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and fishing, and was member of the East Stony Hunting Club. He could often be seen with his golden retrievers Owen and Elvis.

Darin had a big heart and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He cherished his nieces and nephew.

He was predeceased by his father Earl “Skip” Mundell. Darin is survived by his longtime companion Heidi Mitchell; mother Mary Lou Mundell; brother Tim Mundell (Jeanette); sister Dana Slater (Matt); nieces and nephew Julianne, Laura, Brian, Caroline, Megan and Olivia; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 24 from 2pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A celebration of Darin’s life will be held at 12 noon on Monday, July 25 at the Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa.

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

Louis F. Decker 53, passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on July 11, 1963, he was the son of Louis and Patricia Decker.

Louie worked at Point Breeze Marina on Saratoga Lake. He loved to fish. Lou was a homebody and enjoyed watching his favorite shows MASH and Hogan Heroes.

Lou is survived by his wife Dawn; his children Christopher Decker, Louis Decker III and Sherry Henderickson; his siblings Lisa Brooks (Floyd), Laurie Harrington (Lonnie), Bea Brooks (Don), Leonard Luce, Breck Luce, and Wes Benway; 11 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 10am Monday, July 25 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

John D. Whipple, Sr. 56, passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Saratoga Springs, on February 13, 1960, he was the son of Walter and Doris Whipple.

John was a parts manager for the Saratoga County Highway Department. He worked as a stagehand at SPAC as a member of Local 592. John was a member of the Simpson United Methodist Church in Rock City Falls and the Beech Mountain Sportsman’s Club.

John was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his family. He frequently could be found in his garage working on cars with his boys and his brother in law Jerry.

He was predeceased by his parents Walter and Doris, and his brother Dale. John is survived by his wife Brenda Sue Whipple; his sons John Whipple, Jr., Robert Whipple (Heather) and Brian Whipple (Megan); grandchildren Nathan, Chase, Gavin, Harper, Blane and Tanner; brother Gary Whipple (Kathy); and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, July 19 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Rock City Falls Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, July 18 from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to NYOH at Albany Medical Center, 43 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208 or The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Elliery W. Carter “Coot” 86, passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Born in Moriah, NY on March 3, 1930, he was the son of Hersel and Mabel Carter. Elliery was an Air Force veteran, serving in the Korean War.

Coot was a truck driver all of his life and was proud of the many miles he had traveled. He enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors. He loved the land and the waters of the Adirondacks especially around Ensign Pond Road where his childhood home was.

He was predeceased by his brothers Larry and Ed. Elliery is survived by his wife Jean, his children Karen, Laurie, Teresa, Jeffrey, Joe and Brad and their families; his brothers Howard and Ralph ; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1pm on Monday, July 18 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Factory Village Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Elliery may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarrioproject.org

Mary C. Ball formerly from Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2016 in Jacksonville, FL. She was 87 years young. Born on July 18, 1928 in Schenectady, NY, she was the only child of John and Mary Nolan.

Mary worked most of her career for the Saratoga County Treasurers office. She was an active member of the Women's Club and Garden Club in Ballston Spa. She was a communicant of St. Mary's Church.

Upon retirement, Mary and Bill moved to Port St. Lucie and made many friends there before moving to Jacksonville, Florida. She and her family enjoyed many memorable years on the Great Sacandaga Lake. Mary visited Ballston Spa annually to spend time with her family and grandchildren which gave her great pleasure.

Mary was predeceased by her husband of 59 years William Ball and her son Richard Ball. She is survived by her daughter Eileen Holzwarth (Tom), her sons Phillip Ball, Stephen Ball (Cheryl) and Robert Ball (Audrey); five grandchildren Ryan Schrade, Scott Holzwarth, Adriane Ball (Seth), Kyle Ball (Sheree), and Devan Ball (Andy); great granddaughters Ella Harrigan, Ava Harrington; and great grandson Brandon Ball.

Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Darwin Rufus Whipple Jr was born on November 30, 1961. He had to take leave of this life on July 10, 2016 while he lay peacefully in his bed.

He is survived by his best friend and only son, Darwin R Whipple III (Dar) and Dar's fiancée Samantha; his wish upon a shooting star and eternal friend Heather Primeau (Susan Savage); stepdaughter Sirena; his father Darwin Whipple Sr., (he joins his mother Marie Binde Whipple); his sisters and their spouses, Yvonne and Andy Jones, Denise Whipple, Mary and Kyle Smith; his brothers and their spouses, James and Marie Whipple, David and Kelly Whipple; and many more family and friends. His friends were a part of his family.

Darwin battled addiction most of his life, but never surrendered his soul. He was a wonderful and trusted friend and would help absolutely anybody that he came across. Many, so many loved him. He loved his son above all others. Darwin was an avid sportsman and loved the outdoors. He could catch trout and catfish bare handed and often successfully hunted white tailed deer. If he could choose what heaven looks like, it would look like the woods on a mountaintop, and he would be hunting or fishing with his and his son's dog Seika, who's been waiting for him. If that is true then he has indeed won in the end and for the rest of time. He will be so very missed in this life. He recently mentioned that he knows that as long as he is loving and kind towards others, others will be kind and loving towards him - that is the way he lived.

All are invited to a celebration and remembrance of his life on Friday, July 15 at 3pm at Heather’s home, 709 Arnold Street, Ballston Spa.

Mary Ellen Banker, 62, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 10, 2016 with her loving family by her side.

Mary was born on April 20, 1954 in Saranac Lake, NY to Harry and Geraldine Jewtraw. She married Larry Banker on July 29, 1978 and lived in Vermontville, NY until 1998 then moved to Ballston Spa.

Mary worked at BJ’s Wholesale Club in Saratoga Springs for many years, before retiring due to illness. She loved her family, her dog Gabby, playing games and spending time with her girlfriends from BJ’s.

Mary is survived by her husband Larry, children Phillip Banker, Larry Banker (Pam), John Levis and Julie Bie (David); grandchildren Brittany (Anthony), Sarah (Kevin), Daniel, Devin (Brittany); great granddaughters Aria, Harper and Maeva; sister Alberta Tebeau; and two nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 14 from 3pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 5pm.

The family would like to thank the staff at Saratoga Hospital for their care, love and support shown to Mary and all of her family.

Veronica Palmero, age 95, passed away at Wesley Health Care Center on the evening of Wednesday, July 6, 2016. Veronica (“Ronnie”) was born in Manchester, England on February 1, 1921. She met her future husband Anthony (Tony) Palmero (deceased February 24, 2016) at a dance during World War II while Tony was stationed in the north of England. While in England, they married and gave birth to a daughter, Judith. At the end of the war, they moved to New York City, adding two daughters, Diane and Lisa, to their family. After retirement, Ronnie and Tony moved to South Glens Falls, NY.

Ronnie’s greatest joys in life were cooking and spending time with her family. Ronnie and Tony traveled frequently in their younger years throughout Europe and the United States. They enjoyed going to the theatre and ballet, in NYC and in Saratoga. In later years, they spent time shopping together each morning, cooking lunch together, drinking tea and enjoying visits with family. Ronnie’s favorite day of the week was Sunday, where she looked forward to making a special dinner for those she loved. There were many festive Sundays where Ronnie, after dinner, would do a “turn.” In England, a “turn” is the entertainment part of the party. Each family or friend sings a tune, tells a joke, etc. Ronnie enjoyed singing a ditty from the 1930’s or ‘40’s in her sweet little voice. It was always in fun and received with much love.

Ronnie was a beautiful, positive and gentle spirit. She always had a light in her eyes and a smile on her lips. Although sometimes shy, she loved meeting people and enjoyed social interactions. On July 6, after being separated for just over four months, she joined her love Tony, at whose side she spent seventy – two years of her life.

She is predeceased by her husband Tony, daughter Judith Palmero, and her four sisters. Ronnie is survived by her daughters Diane Poma and Lisa Palmero, granddaughter Alexandra Lombardoni and her husband Jon, grandson Michael Poma, and great-grandson Patrick Lombardoni.

There will be no calling hours. A service will be held on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 10:30 am at the Gerald B. H. Solomon National Cemetery. Ronnie will be buried alongside Tony, her partner in life and forever in love. Friends are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored by donations to The Judith Palmero Foreign Language Scholarship Fund, sponsored by Corinth High School, 105 Oak St., Corinth, NY 12822, to the attention of the Business Office.

The family would like to thank the staff at Wesley for their kindness and sensitivity.

Suzan Lee Potter Hamlin 81, passed away on January 7, 2016. She was born on February 2, 1934. Suzan graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in 1952. She met her husband when they both attended Rochester Institute of Technology, where she received an Associate’s Degree in Creative Arts. After being a full time mother to her three children, she became a Dental Assistant in Croton on the Hudson, NY. When her husband passed away in 1996, she moved back to her home town, Saratoga Springs.

Suzan loved to draw, paint and play her favorite sport, golf. She had a flamboyant personality and loved to be around people. She was good-hearted and generous, always making gifts for her friends and family during the holidays.

Suzan is predeceased by her husband William, and her parents Winston and Ruie Potter. She is survived by her children William Hamlin of Dallas, TX, Debra Rosamilia of Jacksonville, FL and Sandra Hamlin of Saratoga Springs; 6 grandchildren Melissa, Nicolette, William, Allen, Barbara Sue, and James Robert; 3 great-grandchildren Dominic, Vincent, and Orion;. sister Jean Cooney of Saratoga Springs; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 1pm Saturday, July 23 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Leah B. Fletcher 81, passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Born in New York, NY on September 25, 1934, she was the daughter of Henry and Jeanne Benach. Leah was an office manager for Mathatronics in New Rochelle for several years.

She was a member of the Saratoga Camp of Gideons International, Malta Ridge Vol Fire Co Ladies Auxiliary and volunteered at the City Mission of Schenectady. Leah was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa and the Baptist Women’s Fellowship. She enjoyed sewing and making cards with her friends.

Leah was predeceased by her husband L. Douglas Fletcher. She is survived by her sister Joan Glaser of New Jersey, several nieces and nephews, and her friends at the First Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, July 8 at the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa, 202 Milton Avenue. Burial will follow in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Leah to City Mission of Schenectady, 425 Hamilton Street, Schenectady, NY 12305 or the ASPCA.

Ole N. Tvede 96, passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2016. Born in Arendal, Norway on April 22, 1920, he was the son of Nielsen and Helga Tvede.

Ole was a World War II veteran serving in the Norwegian Merchant Marines as a gunnar. He was honored for his service and held in high esteem by his home country of Norway. He and his fellow veterans maintained close ties and got together yearly.

He was a seaman from an early age and worked on boats traveling to South America and many inland waterways. His last seaman days he worked for the Dwyer Oil Transportation Company. Upon retiring, he owned and operated Sunnyshores Motel and Cottages in Bolton Landing, NY. Ole loved people and had a very kind and generous spirit. He was happiest whipping up his Norwegian pancakes for motel guests and taking them on his classic Chris Craft vessel to Paradise Bay every day. Kids looked forward to their afternoon water skiing in the bay around the motel and the water ski certificate they were awarded on Saturday night.

Ole was a member and past president of the Sons of Norway Viking Coast Lodge in Florida. He enjoyed playing poker and was active in several bowling and golf leagues.

In 2009, he took his entire family and grandkids on a special trip to visit his birthplace in Norway. They visited his homestead, the school and church he attended, as well as participating in a large family reunion. His heritage and family were his pride and joy.

He was predeceased by his wife Thelma, longtime companion Bjorg Crandall, and his siblings, Nils, Gudrun, Borghild, Hans, and Ingeborg, and son in law John Consolagio. Ole is survived by his children Irene Consolagio (John Orton) of Gansevoort and O. Russel Tvede (Connie) of Angier, NC; grandchildren Kim (Terry), Amy (Terry), Randi (John), James (Lori), and Colleen (Nate); great grandchildren Larissa, Kasandra, Kyle, Tyler, Lily, Aiden, Ava, Paige, Jared and Lyla.

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

Memorial contributions in memory of Ole may be made to The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 543 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

Paul A. Pastore 89, passed away on Friday, July 1, 2016. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on May 2, 1927, he was the son of Raffaele and Antonetta Pastore. He served in the US Navy.

Paul was a pharmacist and owned and operated Pastore Pharmacy in Ballston Spa with his wife Marilyn for many years. He was a historian and displayed many pieces of Ballston Spa History in the pharmacy. He enjoyed antiquing and collecting bottles.

Paul was a member of the Brookside Museum and The National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa. He was a member of the Ballston Spa Rotary and served as secretary for several years.

He was predeceased by his parents, brother Lucien, and sisters Rose Miranda and Irene Schallehn. Paul is survived by his wife Marilyn Cox Pastore; daughters Susan Scott (Robert) of Clay, Nancy Piscitelli (John) of Saratoga Springs, Debbie Froehlich (Mike) of Baldwinsville, and Robbie Berg (Mitch) of South Glens Falls; grandchildren Bob Scott (Jessica), and Kristy Smorol (Dave), great granddaughter Ellie Scott; sisters Florence Fountaine and Theresa Miranda; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, July 7 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 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Paul may be made to the American Heart Association, Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of your choice.

Janet M. Pemberton 82, passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Born in Ticonderoga, NY on February 10, 1934, she was the daughter of Printess and Gladys Mason.

Janet graduated from Ballston Spa High School. After graduation, she worked for General Electric until her marriage in 1962.

Janet was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She held the Matron’s position many times and also served as District Deputy and Grand Adah. She was an active member of the Malta Ridge United Methodist Church.

She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Lawrence Pemberton. Janet is survived by her son Mark; sister Joyce Hinchcliff; and several nieces and nephews.

Janet will be deeply missed by her many friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 5 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, July 6 at the funeral home, with Rev. Penny Lacy officiating. Burial will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Thomas J. Osher 75, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Born in Troy, NY on June 7, 1941 he was the son of Maynard and Elaine Osher.

Tom was a salesman for Freihofer’s in Troy for many years. After retiring from Freihofer’s, he worked for Ballston Spa Central Schools. Tom enjoyed bowling and fishing.

He was predeceased by his father Maynard Osher. Tom is survived by his wife of 56 years Marie Osher; children Scott Osher (Susan) of Rochester, Beth Ann Orzolek (Gary) of Saratoga Springs and Marie Ann Burnell (Edward) of Ballston Spa; mother Elaine Osher; sister Phyllis Hall (Dale); 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 30 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 11am, Friday, July 1 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

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