Obituaries


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Tuesday, September 9 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 8 from 4-7pm at the funeral home.

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

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

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

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

Bruce enjoyed dancing and was a ballroom dance instructor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Henry Lowery 76 of Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully at his home with his loving family by his side on Thursday, August 28, 2014. Born August 11, 1938 in Ballston Spa, he was the son of the late William and Genevieve (Hammond) Lowery, Sr.

Henry was well known by many in the village of Ballston Spa and was a life-long resident. He served in the US Army from 1948 to 1952 and worked as a steelworker in the Oneonta area for many years as well as for the Village of Ballston Spa. He loved to tinker, building model aircraft as a hobby. Henry was a good, kind soul and will be missed by many.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by a daughter, Dawn Marie, and two brothers, William Lowery, Jr. and Donald Lowery. He is survived by his devoted cousin, Shirley Anne Aken of Ballston Spa as well as his cousins, Tanya Marie Garrison of Port St. Lucie, FL, Regina Sharon TenEyck (Terry) of Ballston Spa and Kenneth Hommell, Jr. of Rock City Falls; and his many friends at Doubleday Woods Apartments.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Henry’s case worker, Donna Miter for her kindness and many years of looking after Henry.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at Ballston Spa Cemetery.

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

Patricia A. McMorris, 79 of Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Born June 1, 1935 in East Greenwich, NY she was the daughter of the late Frank J. and Margaret C. (Cassidy) Waite.

Patricia was a graduate of Washington Academy in Salem. She was a stay at home Mom for many years, raising her family. She had a fun-loving spirit and enjoyed her family and friends. Later in life, Patricia worked at the Bon-Ton in Wilton in Customer Service. She was a member of the Ballston Area Seniors and also an avid Yankees fan.

In addition to her parents, Patricia is predeceased by her husband, Kenneth M. McMorris, Sr. and her grandson, Ryan W. Stack. She is survived by her children, Nancy A. (Peter) Giaquinto of Ballston Spa, Karen (Joe) Monaco of Blasdell, Kimberly (Les) Dunster of Ballston Spa and Kenneth M. (Jennifer) McMorris, Jr. of York, ME; 7 grandchildren, Nicholas Giaquinto, Danielle Giaquinto, Jessica Raiber, Allison (Bennett) Dunster Walker, Ariel Dunster (Safi), Lachlan McMorris and Ainsley McMorris; 5 great-grandchildren, Liam, Braeden, Declan, Finley and Rowan Raiber with the 6th great-grandchild on the way; her brothers and sisters, Jean (Robert) Close of Fair Haven, VT, Jack (Dorothy) Waite of Cambridge, Judy (William) Howenstein of Corinth and Marlene “Mickey” (Gary) Wilson of Granville; a sister-in-law, Dorcas Warner of Glens Falls and many cherished nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 10:30 to 11:00 am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11:00 am.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Saratoga Hospital Intensive Care Unit and Dr. Jose Posada for the care and compassion given to Patricia and her family for the past month.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) or United War Veterans Council, Attn: Pat Gualtieri 346 Broadway 3rd Floor East, New York, NY 10013

Charles F. Provanchie 54, passed away Thursday, August 21, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Crown Point, NY on February 4, 1960 and served in the US Army.

Chuck was a pre-cast Carpenter at Pallette Stone. He was a member of Ballston Spa Elks Lodge 2619. Chuck enjoyed golfing, fishing and playing darts. He was a coach and player for Just For Fun Sports in Saratoga Springs. Chuck loved to camp and fish with his family.

He was predeceased by his father Charles Provanchie, stepfather Edward Ebert, father in law Wayne VanValkenburgh, Sr. and nephew Steven Tedesco. Chuck is survived by his wife Kim; children Cody Provanchie (Erika) of Ballston Spa, Timothy Austin (Kodi) of Ballston Spa, Starr Austin (Stephen) of Greenwich and Chris Austin (Shay) of Pooler, GA; mother Bertha Ebert of Saratoga Springs; brothers and sisters, Karen Baker (Ronnie) of Tulsa, OK, Joseph Provanchie (Penny) of Granville, Alvin Provanchie of Tulsa, OK, Victoria Kilburn (David) of Gansevoort, Gerald Provanchie (Cindy) of Largo, FL, Beth Sweet of Ballston Spa and Kelli Roselan (Adam) of Ballston Spa; mother in law June VanValkenburgh; brother in law Wayne VanValkenburgh, Jr (Kimberly); sisters in law, Wendy VanValkenburgh, Linda Ramsey (Walter), Billie Jo Rafun (Adam) and Bobbie Jo Kenney (John); 9 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, August 24 from 2-5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Mary P. Duell 75, passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2014. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 12, 1939.

Mary was a legal secretary for many years. She enjoyed hunting and fishing.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert, father Carl Carson, Sr. and brother Carl Carson, Jr. Mary is survived by her mother Molly Carson of Ballston Spa, brother James Carson of Malta, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 21 from 9-10am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 10am. Burial will be in Dunning Street Cemetery, Malta.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity in memory of Mary.

Armand “Sonny” Scatena 66, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014. Born in Waterbury, Connecticut on April 15, 1948, he was the son of Armand and Cecilia Scatena, Sr.

Sonny and his family came to this area from Pennsylvania in 1974. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Scranton University and his Masters of Science in Chemistry from Union College. Sonny worked as a chemist for Schenectady Chemicals for 12 years. He later worked for Hewlett Packard and retired from Agilent Technologies in 2010.

Sonny was a member of Principessa Elena Society in Saratoga Springs, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Kayaderosseras Fish and Game Club and served as a Trustee for Ballston Spa Elks. Many remember Sonny from “the softball days” when he played for Monaco’s VI.

Sonny’s most precious moments were watching Cameron play baseball, taking Caden fishing and proudly watching Masen and Avery perform.

He was predeceased by his parents Armand and Cecilia Scatena, Sr. Sonny is survived by his wife of 44 years Deborah, his children Christa Krzeminski (Stephen) of Coral Springs, FL, and Eric Scatena (Casey) of Ballston Spa; his beloved grandchildren, Cameron, Caden, Avery and Masen; sisters, Ellen Scatena, Debra Puscavage (Tom) and Ceil Bartolai; niece April Troy (Brad) and nephew R.J. Bartolai (Rachel) all of Pennsylvania.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, August 22 from 4-8 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street Ballston Spa. A memorial mass will be celebrated 9:00 am Saturday, August 23 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Interment will follow in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612.

Deborah S. Agnew 56, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014. She was born on April 19, 1958 in Saratoga Springs, New York. Deborah enjoyed her flower garden, painting and photography. She liked to travel and her favorite place to visit was the beach at the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

She was predeceased by her father Malcolm Agnew and her companion George LaRue. Deborah is survived by her daughters April Weise and Samantha Weise both of Rock City Falls; stepdaughters Peggy LaRue of Gloversville and Aimee Joe LaRue of Lassellsville; mother Elizabeth Conrad of Rock City Falls, sister Susan Pettit (William) of Saratoga Springs; brothers Malcolm Agnew, Jr and Rodney Agnew both of Glens Falls; sister in law Alma Getman (Gary) of Lassellsville; 1 niece, 2 nephews, and her beloved dog King George.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Deborah’s life on Thursday, August 21 from 4-8pm at The Mansion Inn, 801 Route 29, Rock City Falls.

Robert J. May 73, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Amsterdam, NY on January 14, 1941, he was the son of Walter and Marion May.

Robert was a self-employed truck driver and tractor trailer enthusiast his whole life. He taught numerous people how to drive and passed on his passion for driving. He proudly drove in all 49 states.

In addition to his parents, Robert was predeceased by his wife of 53 years Noreen, and sister Dorothy Sowle. Robert is survived by his children Wanda May, Raymond May (Aimee), Theresa Watrobski (Robert McGuire) and Laurie May-King (Danny), sister Shirley Sowle; 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday August 14 from 10-12 noon at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 12 noon. Burial will be in East Galway Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 246 Manny Corners Road, Amsterdam, NY 12010 or Galway Vol. Ambulance Corps., 2175 Galway Road, Galway, NY 12074.

Frances M. Nutting 94, of Middle Grove, passed away peacefully Thursday, August 7, 2014 at her son’s home surrounded by her loving family.

The youngest of eleven children, she was born at home premature, in Day, NY to the late Fred and Ida LeBarron. Frances was a 1938 graduate of Hadley-Luzerne Central School. During World War II Frances was employed by General Electric in Schenectady while her husband was serving in Europe. Later she was employed by the Ballston Knitting Company.

Frances always enjoyed the simple pleasures of life; gardening, a good game of pinochle, sewing, knitting, and making baby quilts for her many grandnieces and nephews. She was a kind, generous, and loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and grandaunt. She set an example for all of her family with hard work, personal responsibility, and consideration for others.

Frances was predeceased by her husband Harry F. Nutting, whom she married on Valentine’s Day, 1942 and by her siblings Elwin, Joseph, Arthur, Charles, Ruby, Minnie, Phoebe, Pearl and Georgia. She is survived by her sons David (Barbara) of Middle Grove, Kenneth (Susan) of Niskayuna, her sister Mabel Hammond of Ballston Spa, grandchildren Brenda (Sherri), Robert, Kristopher, and Elizabeth (Rich), great grandchildren Daniel and Jaime, numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, August 11 from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 10:30 am Tuesday, August 12 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the caring and loving caretakers Helen, Stephanie, Bev, and Darlene for their many kindnesses and devoted care and to the Hospice Team for their compassionate support and assistance.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to an animal shelter of your choice.

Gordon C. Litke 92 passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Schenectady, NY on December 10, 1921, he was the son of Charles and Mary Litke.

Gordon was a World War II veteran stationed in England where he met his future bride Doreen Cosens. They were married in Taunton, Somerset on March 12, 1945 and were devoted to each other.

Gordon was a machinist at Watervliet Aersonal for many years. He was a member of the Wood Butchers Carving Club and the Kayderosseras Rod and God Club. Gordon was an active member of the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church where he served as an elder, worked in the soup kitchen, did numerous projects with Habitat for Humanity and volunteered at First Night.

Gordon taught his children and grandchildren how to fish, ice skate, shoot, swim, tie flies and respect nature. He had a great love of the outdoors and conservation. He took both his sons and daughters hunting and taught them to love the woods and care for their preservation. He and his family spent every summer at the camp on Lake Lonely where their fondest memories of spending quiet time fishing with their Dad were made.

He was predeceased by his grandson Cliff Litke. Gordon is survived by his loving wife of 69 years Doreen; his children Wayne Litke (Brenda) of Greenfield Center, Maureen Robinson (Bill) of Saratoga Springs, Glenn Litke of Rotterdam, Clifford Litke of Niskayuna and Pamela Matthews (Roy) of Scotia; grandchildren Karen Hale, Jill Paulson, Kristen Barritt, Danielle Murphy, Shayne Matthews, Devon Matthews and Taylor Matthews; great grandchildren Jessica Hale, Lauren Paulson and Levi Gordon Murphy.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, August 10 from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will be held 2pm Monday, August 11 at the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Gordon to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society www.lls.org

Dorothy “Dotty” Patricia Downs passed away at The Wesley Community on August 4, 2014 at the age of 73.

Dorothy was born in the Bronx, New York on April 10, 1941, spent the latter part of her teenage years in Franklin, NY and the greater part of her life raising her family in the village of Ballston Spa. Dotty was a 36-year employee of the K-mart Corporation before she retired from her management role in 2003. The ocean was never far from her heart and she visited the northeastern coast every chance she had.

Dorothy is predeceased by her parents, George and Dorothy Perry of Franklin, NY. She is survived by her devoted husband, William Downs of Ballston Spa and is lovingly remembered by her children, Michael Michelin of Freehome, GA, Mary & Gregg Ludlam of West Grove, PA, Robert & Trudy Michelin of Niskayuna, and Peter & Gina Michelin of Ballston Spa, along with her grandchildren, Olivia, Samuel, Helen, Anne, and Genevieve. Dorothy’s siblings, Alice Nowhitney, Jane Perry, and George Perry also hold their eldest sister in their hearts along with their respective families.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, August 10 from noon – 2 p.m. at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m.The service will be immediately followed by a reception at the Ballston Spa Elks Lodge on Milton Avenue. All friends and family members are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association of Northeastern New York or the United Methodist Church of Ballston Spa and the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa food pantries.

Richard J. Case 76, passed away Monday, August 4, 2014. He was born in Amsterdam, New York on November 15, 1937. He was a logger and heavy equipment operator working for several construction companies over the years. His favorite employer was Wade Whitney Enterprises in Keene, NY.

Richard enjoyed hunting, camping and feeding the birds and squirrels. He enjoyed being outdoors.

He was predeceased by his wife Carol Case. Richard is survived by his sons, Barry Case of Kansas, James Case of Greenfield, Richard Case of Florida, Gerald Case of Greenfield and Paul Case of Greenfield; sister Mary Jane Heness of Arizona and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, August 9 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 Friday, August 8 from 7-9pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or the American Cancer Society.

Mary E. Pokrzywka 77 passed away Sunday, August 3, 2014.

Mary is survived by children Edward J. Pokrzywka of Charlton, Susan E. Pokrzywka of Glenville and Nancy L. Willwerth (Jordan) of Glenville; brothers and sisters, Margaret Michelucci, William Starling, Jackie O’Brien, Helen Allen, Joyce Brown, Joan Starling, Jean Starling, John Starling (Marilyn), Theresa Fitzgerald (Thomas) and Richard Starling (Jeanette) and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Friday, August 8 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, Galway. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 6-8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gateway House of Peace, 179 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital,
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Robert D. Groff 85, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at his home. Born in Schenectady, NY on July 15, 1929, he was the son of the late Frank and Wanda Groff. He was a 1948 graduate of Nott Terrace High School and Bentley College in 1951.

Bob retired from the NYSDOT and later worked for Nationwide Legal Services and currently held the position of Assistant Park Manager of Malta Mobile Acres. He was a member of the Clifton Park Elks 2466, Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Co. and Malta Ridge United Methodist Church.

He was predeceased by his son Lawrence E. Groff and grandson Raymond L. Howe, Jr. Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years Ruth E. (Clements) Groff; his children Richard A. (Kathy), Patricia E. (Bob Plummer), Robert D. II (Mikki), Jeffrey F. (Tammy Mansfield); daughter in laws Karen and Susan; sister Shirley J. Cafarelli (George) and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 1-3pm Friday, August 8 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 3pm. Burial will be in Dunning Street Cemetery, Malta.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Malta Ridge Fire Vol. Co., 5 Hearn Road, Malta, NY 12020.

Jon Chester Stomski 61, passed away suddenly Saturday, August 2, 2014. Born in Schenectady, New York on March 9, 1953 he was the beloved son of Evelyn Stomski “Big Ma” and the late Chester Stomski.

Jon was a mechanic and owned S&S Garage in West Milton. He also worked at Knolls Atomic Power Lab and explored many other employment adventures. He loved anything automotive. He was a gun advocate and enjoyed target shooting, hunting, fishing and dappling in the teachings of Nikola Tesla. Jon enjoyed being with his family and friends and was always there to lend a helping hand. He lived his life on his terms and did it without asking for anything in return. He was known to end a statement with “Ok, but what’ll we do for fun.” He will be dearly missed by all.

Known to his grandchildren as Cza-Cza, he adored and loved spending time with them.

He was predeceased by his father Chester and brother Lynn. Jon is survived by his beloved children, Clint Stomski (Tiffany) of Glens Falls, Heather Carignan (Chris) of Ballston Spa, Stephanie Stomski of Ballston Spa and Antoni Stomski of Ballston Spa; beloved grandchildren, Alexis, Alyssa, Dylan, Destiny, Madison, Alayna, Cannon, and Gunnar; mother Evelyn Stomski, sisters Susan Doherty (Timothy) of East Berne and Patricia Cyphers (James) of Ballston Spa; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, August 6 from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service and a time for sharing stories of Jon’s life will follow at 7pm. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting friends to bring their stories and pictures to share at the service.

A graveside service will be held 11am Thursday, August 7 at West Milton Cemetery.

Clayton R. Ovitt 63, passed away Friday, August 1, 2014. Born in Glens Falls, New York on November 26, 1950 he was the son of Louis and Beverly Ovitt. Clayton was a Marine Corp veteran serving in Vietnam.

Clayton is survived by his children Tammy Senecal, Darlene Sorcio, Melanie Vaghela, Clayton Wood and Shane Wood; brother Louis Ovitt of Hudson Falls, sisters Donna Mayette of Saratoga Springs and Shirley Rose of Saratoga Springs; and several grandchildren.

A service with military honors will be held 1:30pm Thursday, August 7, at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

James M. Scanlan 81 of Ballston Spa, formerly of Vernon, passed away Friday, August 1, 2014. Born in Canastota, New York on July 27, 1933 he was the son of James and Gertrude Scanlan. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. Jim was a graduate of Oneonta College and received a master’s degree in education.

Jim was a 5th and 6th grade teacher for Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central Schools for many years, retiring in 1989. He was a communicant of Holy Family Church in Vernon and served as a trustee and council member. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Oneida.

He was predeceased by his sisters Jane Beach, Carol Gleason and Connie Noble. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years Joanne (Evers) Scanlan, his children Laura McBride (Barry) of Mentor, OH, Jennifer Gokey (David) of Pittsfield, MA, Beth Serfilippi (Santino) of Ballston Lake, Kellie LaPlante (David) of Charleston, SC and Christopher Scanlan (Julianne) of Schoharie; grandchildren Alyssa, Ian, Emma, Samantha, Elizabeth, Anthony, Emilie, Alexandra, Kate and Miles; sisters Claire Carney of Vernon and Pat Roehm of Oneida; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9-11am on Wednesday, August 6 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A mass of Christian burial will follow at 11:30am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held 11am Saturday, August 9 at the Holy Family Church, 4343 Peterboro Street, Vernon. A reception at the church will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or your local Salvation Army.

George E. Turton 73, passed away Friday, August 1, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on December 14, 1940 he was the son of Henry and Ruby Turton. He was an Army veteran serving in Germany. George worked for the Town of Ballston for many years and also drove for George’s Taxi.

He enjoyed puzzles of all kinds and being outdoors, camping and fishing. He was an avid WWE fan. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

George is survived by his sisters Clara Dube of Surprise, Arizona and Ruthann Christopher of Corinth; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, August 5 from 10-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am. Burial will be in Factory Village Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Otto D. Appell 82, of Saratoga Springs passed away on Monday, July 28, 2014 at Maplewood Manor, Ballston Spa, New York. Born on February 22, 1932, in Glens Falls, New York. He was the son of the late Otto C. and Margaret (O’Connor) Appell. Otto was a 1950 graduate of Menands High School.

Otto proudly served in the Korean War as a corporal in the Army Corp of Engineers. Following his military service he joined his family’s paint business in Menands, New York until leaving the business for a position at the St. Regis Paper Company. Thereafter, Otto relocated to Saratoga Springs where he worked for many years at the Saratoga Race Course and Saratoga Raceway until his retirement.

Otto was a dedicated Volunteer for the Maple Avenue Fire Department and a member of the VFW Post 420.

Otto enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and most of all with his loving wife, Maria L. (Bolton) Appell who predeceased him. In addition to his parents and wife, Otto was predeceased by his brother Edward Appell and sister Marion Appell. Survivors include his brother, Peter Appell, son, Peter D. (April) Casertino, daughter, Rita M. Young, his son-in-law of many years Paul Young, and his beloved grandchildren Zachary “Louie” Young, Jerry Casertino, Allison Casertino, Tylor Duguay, Alyssa Duguay and Julia Casertino and many friends and loved ones.

Services with military honors will be held on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871.