Obituaries


Arlene LaPorte 45, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. She was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on October 6, 1968. Arlene loved animals and enjoyed every day with her beloved dog Snowball.

She was predeceased by her father William Boradgiak. Arlene is survived by her mother Arlene Barber of Saratoga Springs, her brothers George Crandall of Ballston Spa, William Boradgiak of Ballston Lake and John Boradgiak of Saratoga Springs, her sisters Christine Thomas of Indiana and Terry Decker of Greenfield Center and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, August 1 from 10-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am.

Gary P. Charbonneau 46 passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014. He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on May 25, 1968. Gary was a Corporal in the US Army serving from 1986-1990 as a Radio Systems Mechanic.

Gary was a graduate of Columbia River High School and graduated from Western Washington University as an electronics engineer. He was a Senior Project Manager at International Electronic Machine Corp. in Troy.

Gary enjoyed camping, traveling and watching sports. He loved riding his motorcycle and listening to music. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

Gary is survived by his wife Tammy, his sons Stuart Charbonneau of Vermillion, SD, Philip Charbonneau of Ballston Lake and Zachary Charbonneau of Ballston Lake, father and stepmother Kenneth and Carolyn Charbonneau of Lake George, mother Sandra Charbonneau of Loveland, CO, brothers Kevin Charbonneau of Moore Park, CA and Timothy Charbonneau of Gresham, Oregon, sister Lori Charbonneau-Bladt of Longmont, CO, father in law and mother in law Elam and Sue Wohlwend of Cleburne, Texas, sister in law Elesha Cruey and her husband Stephen of Cleburne, Texas and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 31 from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 7pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (WoundedWarriorProject.org)

Crystal J. Evans 59 passed away Friday, July 25, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. Born in Schenectady, NY on August 22, 1954 she was the daughter of Raymond Holub and Elvira Willie.

Crystal was a nurse’s aide at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for 25 years, retiring in 2012. She enjoyed going to the beach and working in her flower garden. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

Crystal is survived by her children Jim Scranton (Cindy) of Rock City Falls, Lisa Scranton of Clifton Park, Wayne Evans, Jr. (Meghan) of Salem, CT, April Jones (Michael Palermo) of Clifton Park and Chad Evans of Ballston Spa; grandchildren, Jordan, Jacob, Landon, Curtis, Avery, Kailey, Maximus and Zachary; sister Esther Bienick of Schenectady; brothers Raymond Holub of Saratoga Springs and Edward Holub of Ballston Lake; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, July 30 from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Schenectady or the American Cancer Society.

Daniel Gurnett, Jr., 49, of Clifton Park, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, July 23. He was a lover of mountains, lakes and music who lived his happiest years in Colorado and Montana. Dan insisted on a low-key life, obscuring the fact that he was a gifted athlete who patrolled third base from little league baseball to Eckerd College in Florida, where one of his fondest memories was a spring training scrimmage against the New York Yankees.

He played the trumpet, baritone horn and other instruments, but preferred guitar jams with friends playing “porch songs.” He was an extreme skier, worked at Vail Mountain and skied the back bowls, surviving an avalanche in 1990 and spending a winter in a snow tent along the Continental Divide.

Dan was born in Ithaca, NY on March 31, 1965, to June and Dan Gurnett of Burdett, NY. He spent summers there fishing and waterskiing at the family cottage on Seneca Lake. His family moved to the Capital Region, Dan attended Shenendehowa High School and Catholic Central High School, graduating in 1983. He worked several summers at Mario’s Restaurant in Lake George.

After college, he moved to Colorado. When Vail got too crowded, he moved north to Red Lodge, Montana, which he considered his spiritual home, a place where he could wake up in the morning to find a moose and her calf in his driveway.

In 2002, Dan returned to Clifton Park to live with and care for his mother, who had Alzheimer’s disease. He continued to root for the Denver Broncos, placing $1 bets with his friends and relatives and mailing their winnings in small, plain envelopes. Dan was resolute, loyal and a sincere Catholic. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends from Colorado to Florida to New York.

He is predeceased by his parents and is survived by his sisters Kate Gurnett (Yancey Roy) of Albany, Polly Gurnett of Middle Grove, Micheil O. Cole of Georgia, nephew Benjamin Smith and niece JaQuess Wynn.

Relatives, friends and neighbors are invited to call from 4 to 7 pm Tuesday, July 29 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St., Ballston Spa. Burial at a later date at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen, NY.

In lieu of flowers and to honor Dan’s 30-year struggle with the disease of alcoholism, memorial contributions may be made to the Father Peter J. Young Jr. Foundation, Inc. at PO BOX 1338, Albany, NY 12201-1338.

Michael Thomas Werner 45, passed away peacefully at home early Monday, July 21, 2014. Born in Buffalo, NY on February 9, 1969 he was a graduate of Shenendehowa High School and Lemoyne College in Syracuse. Michael was a claims adjuster for State Farm Insurance.

Michael played soccer for Shenendehowa, Lemoyne and the Clifton Park Soccer Club. He participated in the 1983 international youth soccer tournament in Aberdeen, Scotland. Michael was an avid skier and bicyclist and participated in numerous road and mountain biking events as a member of the Saratoga Triathlon Club.

Michael is survived by his wife Jodi and their son Aiden, his parents Thomas and Bonnie Werner of Clifton Park, sister Jennifer Platek (Philip) of Weston, CT, brother Andrew Werner (Jennifer) of Ballston Spa, nieces and nephews Eryn, Abigail, Anna and Phil, grandmother Helen Nowak of Buffalo, mother in law and father in law James and Karen Rulison of Mayfield, and sister in law Jenny Rulison-Fisch (Aaron) of Mayfield.

Funeral services will be held 9am Friday July 25 at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 569 Clifton Park Center Road, Clifton Park 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 from 2-4 and 6-8pm Thursday at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Werner Memorial Fund, c/o W. Glenn Major, Sherwood & Garlick, P.C., 65 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880, a trust fund for Michael and Jodi’s son Aiden.

Mildred T. Halter, 96 passed away Friday, July 18, 2014 at Pine Manor. Born on March 6, 1918 in the town of Ballston, she was the daughter of the late James H. and Emma L. (Mead) Hennessy. Mildred was a homemaker for many years but also did housekeeping for local families and was a representative for Avon. She enjoyed collecting plush animals.

In addition to her parents, Mildred is predeceased by her husband, Willis Halter, a son, James Halter and her brothers and sisters. She is survived by her sons, William O. Halter and his wife, Christine and Wayne Halter and his wife, Rita all of Ballston Spa; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to Pine Manor, 521 Middle Line Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Ellen I. Bunyan 94, went home to her Lord on July 8, 2014. Ellen was born in Ballston Spa on September 9, 1919, the daughter of William and Alice Bunyan.

Ellen worked many years at Van Raalts doing piecework as a seamstress. Over her many years she acquired many close and dear friends. Ellen was a devoted mother and grandmother who was an inspiration to all. Ellen’s favorite pastimes were gardening, reading, doing crossword puzzles and spending time with her family and friends.

Ellen was predeceased by her parents, her twin sister Dorothy and her son Jack. Ellen is survived by her daughters, Beverly Clark of Ballston Spa, Mary Ebert (Al) of Ballston Spa, Betty Wolfe of Ballston Spa and Marie Figueroa (Luis) of Puerto Rico; her grandchildren, Kimberly Clark, Kelly Monroe, Victoria Vachon, Amanda Dutcher, Kristine Pisarczyk, Donald Vachon, Jr, Tammi Wolfe, Shane Wolfe, Michael Norris and Suzanne Figueroa, and many great grandchildren, loved ones and special friends including Barbara Delemater and family.

A graveside service will be held 1pm Saturday, July 19 at Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Plummer Road, Ballston Spa.

John L. Berube 81 passed away Monday, June 23, 2014 in South Carolina. Born in Canada, he was the son of the late Cleophas and Eugenie Berube. John enjoyed his work for Ford Track Company and Saratoga County DPW and loved the beach.

John is survived by his wife of 49 years, Muriel Berube; sons, Donald Berube (Lori) of Ballston Spa and Ronald Berube (Debra) of Schenectady; grandsons, Nicholas, Richard and Logan; one brother and two sisters.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 17 from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

Lucy M. Bliss 95, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014. Born in Charlton, NY on September 18, 1918, she was the daughter of Eugene and Margaret Murray. Lucy helped establish the Saratoga County ARC and served on the Board of AIM Services. She worked at the Coffee Shop at the Wilton Developmental Center and taught a cooking class there.

Lucy and her husband Harry owned the Bliss Glad Farm for over 40 years. They received an award from the North American Gladiolus Society for their many years of service promoting the gladiolus industry. She helped to reestablish the Eastern NY Gladiolus Society. Lucy and Harry were inducted into the National Gladiolus Hall of Fame in Colorado.

Lucy was a Saratoga County 4-H Leader and started the Original 5 4-H Club. She was a volunteer leader of the For Nature’s Sake 4-H Shooting Sports Club. Lucy was a member of the Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church.

She was predeceased by her sister Helen Kenny and brother Edwin Murray. Lucy is survived by her husband of 73 years Harry Bliss, her children, Anna Mae Clark (Kenneth) of Ballston Spa, Margaret Palmer of Ballston Spa, W. George Bliss (Gaynell) of Burnt Hills and Harold O. Bliss of Saratoga; 12 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church, AIM Services, Saratoga Bridges or the 4-H Training Center.

Suzanne K. O’Brien 60, passed away Thursday July 10, 2014. Born in Saratoga Springs on January 11, 1954, she was the daughter of James and Alberta O’Brien. She spent over 35 years as a registered nurse caring for others. She worked for many years as an oncology nurse at Dana Farber Institute in Boston, MA and later at Albany Medical Center.

She enjoyed the outdoors, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Above all Suzanne will be remembered for her generosity of spirit which was always accompanied by her twinkling blue eyes and sense of humor. She was a source of comfort and counsel to her friends and an inspiration to those who knew her. Her kindness to others will always be remembered.

She was predeceased by her mother Alberta. Suzanne is survived by her husband Thomas Hughes; father James; brother Sean O’Brien (Mary); brother-in-law Ricky Baker; nephews, Devin O’Brien and Michael Baker; and her nieces Hannah O’Brien, Melissa Wyatt, Meghan Baker and Michelle Baker.

Relatives and friends are invited to call Monday, July 14 between 4-8 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street. Services will be held at 9:30 Tuesday July 15 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 167 Milton Ave, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St.Peter’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland St. Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Beverly A. Baker 77, passed away Monday, July 7, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on March 8, 1937, she was the daughter of Edward and Roline Lawler. Beverly worked for Factron and later for Curtis Lumber.

Beverly enjoyed traveling and visiting the casinos along the way. She enjoyed her flower garden and taking care of her home.

She was predeceased by her son Gary Podesva, brother Edward Lawler and sister Eileen Ward. Beverly is survived by her husband Ronald, children Phyllis Podesva of Clifton Park, Karen Gibson of Greenfield and David Podesva of Saratoga Springs, her grandson Matthew Gibson and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, July 11 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Middle Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 6-8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics.

Marion M. Devenow 92, passed away Monday, July 7, 2014. She was born in Bennington, Vermont on January 10, 1922 the daughter of Gordeus and Mina LaCross. Marion worked for E Z Mill in Bennington and moved to Ballston Spa in 1989.

Marion played guitar and drums in a country band called the Wonder Valley Gang. She was always the life of the party.

She was predeceased by her husband Paul Devenow and her sister Blanche Marceau. Marion is survived by her children, Michael Devenow of Bennington, VT and Jo-Anne Wagner of Ballston Spa, 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 7-8pm on Wednesday, July 9, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will be held 2pm Thursday at White Chapel Cemetery in Bennington, Vermont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

Benjamin Ralph Brackett 15, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014. He was born in Saratoga Springs on July 27, 1998. Benny loved cars and trucks. He knew all makes and models and could tell by your keys what kind of car you were driving.

He was predeceased by his grandfather Ralph Brackett and grandmother Maureen Cassidy. Benny is survived by his mother, Celeste Morris, father, Steven Brackett, sister, Corlene Brackett, brother, Hayden Markis, grandparents, Stanley and Patricia Markis, Michael and Mary Ricciardi; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Benny’s family would like to express their deep appreciation for the love and support they have received from his caregivers who became his extended family.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at 9:30am Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 10am. Burial will be in Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Double H Ranch, 97 Hidden Valley Road, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846.

Clark W. Watson 91, passed away Friday, July 4, 2014. Born in Schenectady, NY on May 11, 1923, he was the son of Clark and Esther Watson. He was a graduate of Nott Terrace High School in Schenectady. He attended Meridan Junior College in Mississippi where he played football. Clark was an Army Air Corp veteran of World War II serving in the European Theater and was part of the D Day invasion.

Clark operated Ballston Flowers and decorated downtown Ballston Spa at Christmas time. He was a Master Plumber and operated Watson Plumbing for many years. Clark was a member of Christ Community Church for over 40 years and served as an elder. He was a past member of Franklin Lodge #90 F&AM and member and past president of Ballston Spa Rotary. He enjoyed golfing and model airplanes. He liked to watch old John Wayne movies with his family.

He was predeceased by his son Bruce Watson and sister Jean Herbst. Clark is survived by his beloved wife Marion; his children, Francee Baker (Robert) of Buskirk, Pamela Clark (Chester) of Lake George, Monica Stewart (James) of Broadalbin, Edward Watson (Sylvia) of Saratoga Springs, Jo-Anne Monheim (Brian) of Arkansas, Stephen Catanzarita (Susan) of Pennsylvania, Julie Watson of Gloversville and Deborah Hodgkins (Mark) of Charlton; 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 8 from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday at Christ Community Church, 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Community Church, 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

William A. McGowan 81, passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Born in Northumberland, NY on March 26, 1933, he was the son of Clayton and Zilpha McGowan.

Bill worked for Espey Manufacturing for over 40 years. He was a member of the Wilton Grange. He played Triple A baseball and tried out for the NY Yankees. Bill was an avid fan of the NY Yankees and NY Giants.

He was predeceased by his son Thomas McGowan. Bill is survived by his wife of 56 years Betty McGowan, his son Chris McGowan (Audrey) of Ballston Spa, grandchildren Shawnna Clark (Josh) of South Glens Falls and Thomas McGowan (GioAnna) of Hagaman, and great granddaughter Carlee Clark.

A memorial service will be held 10am Saturday, June 28 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the North Milton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Rock City Falls Fire Dept., PO Box 72, Rock City Falls, NY 12863.

Francis J. O’Connor 83, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Born in Amenia, NY on May 5, 1931, he was the son of the late Francis and Mildred O’Connor. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War.

Frank worked for Beneficial Finance for over 35 years. He was a member of American Legion Post 234 of Ballston Spa and a 40 year member of the Ballston Spa Lions Club. Frank enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

Frank is survived by his wife of 58 years Virginia; his children, Timothy O’Connor (Kimberly) of Clearwater, FL and Linda Decker (Stephen) of Saratoga Springs, grandchildren, Kendall O’Connor, Carrigan O’Connor, Jeffrey Decker, Timothy Decker and his four legged grandson, Eddy Decker.

Funeral services will be held 9am Monday, June 30, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 5-8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ballston Spa Lions Club, PO Box 242, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Dean Charles Bennett 69, passed away Tuesday June 24, 2014 at Saratoga Hospital after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Dean was born in Syracuse, New York and moved to California after his high school graduation. He joined the Navy in 1964 and went through the rigorous training to become a submariner. He was extremely proud of his Navy career and of the 3 patrols he made on the USS Thomas Jefferson.

After leaving the Navy in 1970, he attended Chaffey College in California and received his associate’s degree. While attending college there he worked part-time at Williams Manufacturing Company where he streamlined and designed several auto transport trucks. After graduation he returned to Syracuse, NY where he proudly attended Syracuse University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1974, a lifelong Orange fan.

Dean began work as an engineer at the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics in Groton, Connecticut in 1975. He retired after 37 years of distinguished service for EB, having been transferred from Groton to the Navy’s Kesselring Site in 1985. He made many close and wonderful friends during his years at EB, and was devoted to them and to the Company.

One of Dean’s greatest passions was his love of fishing and his boat. He had many different fishing buddies over the years, both in Connecticut and New York, and was always ready to go and catch “Monstro” and then release him back for others to try and find. His greatest fishing day time period was last May 2013, when he caught 88 fish one day and 66 the next – both in a 4-hour time period. He had a difficult time getting many of his friends to believe him, as unfortunately he was fishing solo on those days. He also was a great – though sometimes exasperated – Yankee fan.

Dean was a proud member of the Albany-Saratoga chapter of the US Submarine Veterans association. He wore his Sub Vest proudly, especially when he was granted the honor of being the bell-ringer for the National Submarine Day’s “Tolling The Boats” ceremony this past April in Ballston Spa’s Memorial Park. He was also proud of his membership in the Saratoga branch of the YMCA and of the many friends he made there.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Elizabeth, and was very proud of their daughter Robin, an attorney in Kentucky. Robin graced him and the world with beautiful twin daughters whom he adored. He is also survived by his sister Dawn, his aunt Mickey and uncle Sonny, and 3 half-brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Sunday, June 29 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse.

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

Patricia D. Thibeault, 68, passed away Tuesday June 24, 2014. Born in Albany, August 18, 1945, she was the daughter of John and Beatrice Morrissey. A graduate of Rensselaer High School, Pat lived in Burden Lake, NY for many years before moving to Ballston Spa.

Predeceased by her husband Wilfred J. Thibeault, Sr., Pat is survived by her daughter, Desiree A. Thibeault, DVM of Malta, her son Wilfred J. Thibeault, Jr. (Lynn) of Averill Park, her son Edmund J. Thibeault of Ballston Spa, and her grandsons Christian and Kyle Thibeault of Averill Park.

At Patricia’s request there will be no service. Memorial contributions can be made to Saratoga Bridges (formerly Saratoga ARC), 16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Donald F. Clark 59, passed away Sunday, June 22, 2014. Born in Amsterdam, NY on December 27, 1953, he was the son of Boyd Robert and Rozie Clark. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. Donald was employed by several Saratoga Hotels over the years working in the hospitality and food service industry.

Donald is survived by his sister, Sharon Hagan of Springfield, VA, two brothers, Ricky Clark of Chazy, NY, Robert Clark of Aiken, SC and several nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held.

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

Donald G. Carrier 87, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Born in Troy, NY on May 12, 1927, he was a graduate of Troy High School. Don was a Navy veteran of World War II serving on the Destroyer DD446 USS Radford in the Pacific Theater and on the Destroyer Minelayer DM 26 USS Harry S. Bauer in the Atlantic Theater.

After the war, Don went to work for Western Electric Co for 2 years. He then joined General Electric Co as an Electrician and Communication Specialist and retired as Supervisor after 38 years.

Don enjoyed horses and was past president of the Dusty Boots Riding Club and NYS Saddle Horse Association. He was also a Scout Master and Leader. He was a member and past master of Franklin Lodge #90 and was on the Degree Teams in the Scottish Rites and Cyprus Shrine and attained the rank of Right Worshipful. Don was a member of the Ballston Area Seniors where he served as tour guide, choir director and started the Wood Butchers Carving Club.

He was predeceased by his parents, George and Lavinnia Carrier, first wife Frances Kulick Carrier, son Donald Carrier, grandson Jordan Browning, sister Joan Smith, brother Robert Carrier and brother in law William Smith.

Don is survived by his wife Mary T. Carrier, daughters Cheryl Root, Debbie Moulton, Darlene Goldsmith (Ray), son Jeffrey Shippee (Whitney) and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 23 from 6-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A Masonic service will follow at 7pm. Burial with military honors will be at 12:30pm Tuesday, June 24 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Michael J. Wilson 57, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014. He was born in Ballston Spa on March 14, 1957, he was the son of Bruce and Patricia Wilson. Mike worked for Cottrell Paper Company in Rock City Falls.

Mike enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching the horseracing at the Saratoga Race Course.

He is survived by his wife Sharon, son David Perkins of Saratoga Springs; sister Maureen Harvey (Daniel) of Arlington, VT, brother Charles Wilson (Maeann) of West Milton, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, June 17 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 6-8pm at the funeral home.

Marvin Leroy Hassell, 82, of Ballston Spa passed away Tuesday June 10th surrounded by his family. Marvin was born in Brownfield, Texas on August 21, 1931 to Richard and Trudy (Crawford) Hassell. He graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School in Riverside, California in 1948, although most of his schooling was completed in Palestine, Texas.

Marvin served 20 years in the U.S. Navy as a submariner. He completed training at the Kesselring Site in West Milton at the Atomic Energy Commission’s school and at Union College in Schenectady. He always felt honored to have been able to interact with the many great minds that he encountered at Union. He was assigned to the USS Seawolf, the world’s second atomic powered submarine in 1957. It was while serving in West Milton that he met the love of his life, Alice S. Lewis. They were married on October 8, 1955. He retired to Ballston Spa in 1970 as a Master Chief. He was the initiator and driving force behind getting the New York State Submariners Memorial installed next to the Veteran’s Memorial in Ballston Spa in 2012.

Marvin went on to work at General Electric in the gas turbine division as an Installations Engineer. He was well-loved by both his colleagues and customers all over the world, always encouraging camaraderie and delivering excellent service. He retired from GE in May, 1991.

Marvin’s life revolved around his wife and family. He treated Alice (his “Honey”) like a queen. His children and grandchildren had an excellent role model in “Pa”, were raised surrounded by love and affection, and were given many opportunities for personal growth. He was extremely generous to everyone, and loved to impart his wisdom to his children and grandchildren. Quick wit, a sharp mind and a keen sense of humor were also his hallmarks. He made friends easily and was always ready with advice and support.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years; his son, David (Ann); daughter Debbie (Benny) Zlotnick; granddaughters Sarah (his “Boo-ahs”) (Chris) McMahon and Kate Winslow; and grandson Benjamin Winslow; brother-in law Myron Lewis; nephews Bill and Michael Lewis, all of Ballston Spa. Also surviving are his sister Lois Thompson (Sun City, CA) and her children Fred (Lydia), Chuck, Tom, and Kay. In addition to his parents, Marvin was predeceased by his brothers Sheldon and Norman and his sister Mavis Kiser.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, June 14 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Harriet F. Vaughn 79, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014. Born in Rock City Falls, NY on April 14, 1935, she was the daughter of William and Josephine Haskell. She was a homemaker.

Harriet was predeceased by her husband Ramon Vaughn; a son, Ralph Vaughn; brothers, George Haskell, Thomas Haskell, William Haskell, Harold Haskell and Walter Haskell; and sisters, Helen Benoit and Viola Blowers. Harriet is survived by her daughter, Marie Childers of Sodus, sons Ramon Vaughn, Jr. of Florida, Robert Vaughn of Ballston Spa and Ronald Vaughn of Ballston Spa; her sister, Beverly Haskell; and 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, June 10 from 1-2:30pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 2:30pm. Burial will be in the Powell Wiswall Cemetery.

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

Julia M. Bishop 70, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014. She was born in Albany, NY on June 1, 1944. Julia worked for Ballston Spa Central Schools as a bus driver and cleaner for over 20 years, retiring in 2003.

She was an avid bowler and bowled in many local leagues. She enjoyed fishing and camping and watching the parades in town. Her greatest pride and achievement was her children and granddaughter Amber whom she adored.

Julia is survived by her children, Richard Bishop of Glens Falls, Dawn Hagadorn of Stillwater, and Julie Bishop of Glens Falls; her granddaughter Amber; and brother Walter Koonz, Jr of Nassau.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5-7pm Wednesday, June 11 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Union Fire Co No 2, PO Box 145, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Mildred F. Hoffman 88, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa on May 12, 1926, she was the daughter of Wallace and Mildred Wood. Mildred and her husband owned and operated Hoffman’s Sawmill in Lake Desolation for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband Henry, son Wayne Hoffman, grandson Michael Deiss and brother Wallace Wood. Mildred is survived by her daughter Bonnie Deiss (Lawrence) of Zephyrhills, Florida, granddaughters Pamela Seymour (David) of Middle Grove and Laurie Alston-Kraetsch (Kurt) of Chesterfield, Virginia; great grandchildren Amanda Seymour, Ryan Seymour, Morgan Alston, Makayla Kraetsch, and Molly Kraetsch.

Funeral services will be private

Mylon R. Bernash 89, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Mary’s Haven. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 4, 1924 he was the son of Rudolph and Erma Bernash. He worked at Tarrant Manufacturing in Saratoga Springs and retired from the Ballston Knitting Mill.

Mylon was a member of the Ballston Area Seniors and enjoyed the many activities there.

He was predeceased by his wife Shirley; his brothers, Rudolph and Clayton Bernash and his sisters, Beatrice Smith and Charlotte Taylor. Mylon is survived by his children, Celia Clute (Joseph) of Ballston Spa, Anna Kondenar (John) of Ballston Spa, Ronald Rhodes (Rosemary) of Ballston Spa, Fred Rhodes (Dale) of Ballston Spa, Claudia Skipper (Max) of Florida and Rosemary Dryer of Kansas; brother, William Bernash of Ballston Spa, sisters, Christina Smith of Ballston Spa, Evelyn Palmateer of Florida, 14 grandchildren and several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his beloved dog Penny.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, June 9 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Rock City Falls Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited on Sunday from 2-4pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mary’s Haven, 35 New Haven, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Dietra A. Degen 52, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014. She was born in Troy, NY on August 28,1961. Dietra was a registered nurse and worked at Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough, Maine.

Dietra enjoyed traveling with her husband John and her family. She liked decorating her home and tending to her flower garden. She was an avid Yankee fan. Her greatest joy was spending time with her beloved grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her father Jerry Maxon and her sister Dana Maxon. Dietra is survived by her husband John, children Linda Zuniga (Jorge) of Coloma, Michigan and Gregory Harper (Beth) of Watervliet, Michigan, grandchildren, Esperanza, Jorge, Bradyn, Scarlett, Alexandra, Victoria, and a new grandchild arriving soon, mother, Joan Nault of Hoosick Falls, brothers and sisters, Terry Maxon of Niskayuna, Dacia Sandlin of Scotia, Melena Elliott of Casselberry, Florida, Marla Mullis of Winter Springs, Florida, Merrilee Maxon of Winter Springs, Florida, Andrew Maxon of Winter Springs, Florida and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Tuesday, June 10 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 from 4-7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the MVH Activity Fund at the Maine Veteran's Home, 290 US Route 1, Scarborough, Maine 04074.

Mark S. Atkins, 58, passed away peacefully at home, May 31, surrounded by loving family and friends.

Born March 20, 1956, in Springfield, MA, Mark was the second son of Mona and Charles Atkins of Middle Grove, NY, who, along with his devoted companion, Priscilla Cassidy of Albany, helped him through his five-year battle with brain cancer.

A 1974 graduate of Shaker High School, Mark’s early work years were spent at H.L. Gage, Albany, and United Parcel Service. In 1990, he achieved his dream of establishing his own business, Applied Flow Technology, of Ballston Spa, where he specialized in customized design, porting, machining and repair of competition cylinder heads. Since then, his innovations, craftsmanship and commitment to excellence have won awards and set records on racetracks. Neither neurosurgery nor post-operative therapy could keep him from his craft for long; he could be found working in his beloved shop until a few short weeks ago.

Mark loved any form of recreation with which he could challenge himself physically, from car and motorcycle racing to mountain climbing, hiking the Adirondacks and bicycle touring. He also gave generously of himself to members of his brain tumor support group, serving as an inspiration and example to his fellow patients.

In addition to his parents, Mark is survived by his daughter Jessica and son Christopher, brothers James (Susan) of Galway, Peter of Escondido, CA, and Gregory (Faith) of Clifton Park, and nieces Victoria and Jennifer and nephew Thomas. Surviving relatives also include his uncles/aunts Rev. Yves Bégin, SJ, of Quebec, Canada, Paul and Alice Atkins of Easthamton, MA, Andrée Beaudoin, Jeannine and Roger Carrier of Lévis, Canada, and many cousins and friends, in particular, his longtime friend and shop assistant Martin Tollgreve.

The family wishes to express sincere thanks to those who rendered help, service and support during Mark’s long journey: Dr. Susan A. Weaver, NYOH; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Dr. Ingo Mellinghoff, Dr. Macarena de La Fuente and Bridget King, loyal friend and co-worker Paula Schultz, Community Hospice nurses Tammy Czajkowski and Mary Cook, Clara Laplant, Kathy Byrnes, and devoted cousin Lisa, all of whom provided invaluable help, care and comfort to the end.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, June 6 from 2-4 and 7-9pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street Ballston Spa. A funeral mass will be held 10am Saturday, June 7 at St. Paul’s Church, 771 Route 29 in Rock City Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Capital City Rescue Mission, PO Box 1999, Albany, NY 12201.

Jane A. Melander 55, passed away May 30, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Dansville, NY on January 5, 1959, she was the daughter of Robert and Nancy Prentice. She was a graduate of Ellicottville High School.

After growing up in Western New York, she eventually relocated to Ballston Spa where she met and married the love of her life, Jeff Melander. She was a certified nurse’s aide at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for several years.

Jane enjoyed traveling with her husband and together they vacationed in Hawaii, Maine, Georgia, and Cape Cod. Each winter they made their annual trip to Florida.

Jane is survived by her husband, Jeff Melander; her parents, Robert and Nancy Prentice; brothers, Donald Prentice (Pam), Kevin Prentice (Sandy), and Dean Prentice; sister, Joyce Telaak (David); mother in law, Linda Melander (Jack McLaren); and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, June 22 from 1-4pm at Linda and Jack’s home on 477 Franklin Street, Ballston Spa.

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

Kenneth A. Pettit 89, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on August 13, 1924, he was the son of Arthur and Hazel Pettit. Ken worked at Knight Orchards, and then was a bus driver and custodian for Burnt Hills Schools and later worked for the NYS Department of Transportation for many years, retiring in 1979.

After his retirement, Ken owned and operated Ken’s Tires. He was an avid hunter and a member of the NRA.

He was predeceased by his daughters, Patricia Pettit and Holly Pettit and sister, Mary Crawford. Ken is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy; his 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 (Scott) and Susan Freeman (Ryan); step great grandchildren, Dylan, Reese, Amber and Morgan; brother, Dale Pettit (Lois) of North Carolina, sister Marjorie Palmatier (Harold) of Pennsylvania and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 2pm Thursday, June 5 at Ballston Spa Cemetery, Garrett Road, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN, 38105, or Simpson United Methodist Church, 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls, NY 12863.