Obituaries


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.

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.