Obituaries


Ernest “Hank” Uebrick 86, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Born in Middle Grove, NY on April 23, 1929, he was the son of Max and Anna Uebrick. He served in the US Army.

Hank worked for the Town of Milton for 39 years, retiring as Highway Superintendent in 2002. He enjoyed farming, birdwatching and feeding the wild turkeys in his yard. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to people in need.

He was predeceased by his wife Janet, and his brothers and sisters Max, Martha, Frieda, Margaret and Walter. Hank is survived by his sons Dean Uebrick (MaryBeth) of Middle Grove and Mark Uebrick (Gina) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Kayla Terrio (Mike) and Kevin Uebrick; great granddaughter Elliana; sisters Barbara Green of Providence and Hilda Jones of Providence; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5 to 8pm Friday, May 29 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Hank may be made to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.

Norman F. Eldridge 72, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on October 7, 1942, he was the son of Norman and Marjorie Eldridge. He served in the US Navy. Norm worked at General Electric Co for over 30 years, retiring in 1997. After his retirement, he worked as a Peace Officer at the Saratoga Racetrack where he greatly enjoyed the horses.

Norm was an avid racing fan and was often at Albany Saratoga Speedway and Fonda Speedway. In his younger years, he drove and worked on the pit crew. He also enjoyed football.

He was predeceased by his wife Phyllis; stepson Charles Douglas; sister Anna Cunningham and brother Donald Eldridge. Norm is survived by his daughter Christina Collura (Salvatore) of Arizona; grandchildren Nicole and Joey; stepchildren John Parrelle (Billie) of Ballston Spa, Steven Parrelle (Nicole) of Fort Ann, Julie Suarez (Luis) of Westerlo; stepgrandchildren Maximus, Hailey, Jacob, Chase and Matthew; brother Alfred “Butchie” Eldridge (Linda) of Ballston Spa; Susan Galeo (Michael) of Albany, Pamela Eldridge (George Whitney) of Ballston Spa and Debbie Eldridge (John Nardone) of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 1 from 4 to 7pm at the Ballston Lake Baptist Church, 1 Edward Street, Ballston Lake. A service will follow at 7pm.

A service with military honors will be held 10am Tuesday, June 2 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Memorial contributions in memory of Norm may be made to the Ballston Lake Baptist Church.

Ronald T. Ingram 68, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on October 23, 1946, he was the son of Boyd and Mildred (Sherman) Ingram. He served in the US Navy. Ron worked for Mosler Safe for over 25 years and later for the Fort Miller Group, retiring in 2013.

Ron enjoyed bowling and golfing and participated in many leagues. He was an avid reader and enjoyed Science Fiction. He liked to travel and was interested in genealogy and discovering his family history.

Ron is survived by his wife of 44 years Patti; daughter Jessica; sisters Joan Layera (Ramon) of Spokane, Washington, Judy Volpe (Francis) of Orlando, Florida, Maggie Ingram and Holly Glodgett both of Brattleboro, Vermont; father in law Joe Wescott of Scotia; brother in law Mike Wescott of Painesville, Ohio; his faithful companions Mazzy and Ziggy; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 28 from 4 to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ronald to Becky’s House, 296 Hackett Boulevard, Albany, NY 12208. Becky’s House is a home away from home for families and patients of St. Peter’s Hospital.

Owen J. Simmons 75, passed away suddenly Saturday, May 23, 2015. Born in Clifton Park, New York on December 21, 1939, he was the son of Frank and Inez Simmons. He was a graduate of Shenendehowa High School. Owen worked for General Electric Co. in Schenectady for 32 years, retiring in 1997.

Owen was an avid outdoorsman and loved animals, especially his beloved dog Big Daddy. He could fix anything and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. One of his greatest enjoyments in life was sharing special times with many of his friends and family at Mauler’s Den Hunting Club in Lake Desolation where he served as president for several years.

He was predeceased by three brothers and one sister. Owen is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years Darlene; his sons Eric Simmons of Ballston Spa and Scott Simmons (Maureen) of Ballston Spa; his grandchildren Johnna, Eric, Kelsey and Raven; sisters Ruth Johnson of Mechanicville, Charlotte and June of Clifton Park; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 3 from 5 to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Albert Beninati, 89, of Charlton died at his home from complications of heart disease, on May 22. He was born in Ballston Spa to Natale and Francesca (Laquidera) Beninati on May 21, 1926 and was one of 10 children.

He attended Albany State Teachers College, where his graduation was delayed by service in the US Navy at the end of WWII. He married fellow Albany State graduate Clara Sylvestri on August 20, 1949, after which they both began teaching careers.

Albert taught high school mathematics in Kerhonkson and Nyack, NY before obtaining a doctorate in mathematics education from Columbia University in 1963. He then taught at the State University of New York at New Paltz before taking a 4 year assignment with the US Agency for International Development. From 1965-1969 he served as associate professor at the Institute of Education, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. He helped develop and launch the math component of the national primary through teacher's college curriculum for Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. This was a courageous career move as Albert and Clara had 4 children, ranging from 14 years to 2 months of age, when they moved to Africa. It was among the most exciting and adventurous times of Albert's life. One of his personal accomplishments while in East Africa was obtaining a private pilot's license, under the instruction of a bush pilot. Albert finished his career by teaching math at Niskayuna High School, where he was a respected member of the department. His teaching career was cut short at age 55 by a heart attack.

Outside work, Albert’s favorite activities were golf, gardening, cheering for the Yankees and travelling to Italy. He was an accomplished tournament poker player. He was also a long time member of Ballston Spa Country Club, where he and his brothers had caddied in their teen years. His vegetable gardens were well known, especially for their abundance of tomatoes.

Albert is survived by his wife, Clara, children Claire Anne (Vic Thomson), Noel (Judy Kinns), William (Deborah Sherry) and Barbara and grandchildren Genevieve, Daniel, Anna, Michael, Mary, Alexa and Gabriel.

Albert will be cremated and his ashes will be interred at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Donations in his name can made to the Galway Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

William “Bill” F. Shaw, 85, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn in Albany. Bill was born on December 2, 1929 in Schenectady, the son of the late LeRoy and Pauline (Mulligan) Shaw. He was a 1948 graduate of Mont Pleasant High School, where he was a member of the four year undefeated track team.

In 1951, Bill was drafted into the Army and served his country in Korea with The Special Category Army with the Air Force (SCARWAF). He and his wife enjoyed visiting many cities on the east coast attending SCARWAF conventions. In 2002 the two of them returned to Korea on a Korean Military History Tour sponsored by the Korean Government.

He was employed for 21 years at General Electric in various capacities working in Schenectady, KAPL, Malta Test Station and the Kesselring Site in West Milton. After leaving GE, he worked for 21 years for the NYS Department of Social Services as a Fire & Safety Inspector, retiring in 1994.

Bill was a member of Adirondack Chapter 60 of the Korean War Veterans, serving as commander on several occasions. He was also a 50 plus year member of the Malta Ridge Fire Company serving as Chief for 12 years. From 1976-83 he served on the Ballston Spa School Board. He was also a member of the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and the Malta Rotary. For several years he served on the Town of Malta Planning Board and the Assessment Board of Review and he was also the Town’s Civil Defense Director for many years.

He enjoyed going to car shows and fire and military museums. In the late fifties and sixties he was a Steward and back-up flagger at White’s Beach Speedway in Ballston Lake and always enjoyed doing maintenance on family and friends’ cars.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Marjorie (Johnson) Shaw, his beloved children Kathy Shaw (Daniel Rossignol) of Malta, Wendy Elliott (Robert) of Newfield, ME, Robin Reardon (Peter) of Newcomb, Peter Shaw (Kristin) and Stephen Shaw both of Malta; 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, sister Marian and son Timothy Patrick Shaw.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5 to 8pm Friday, May 22 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, May 23 at the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will be 10am Tuesday, May 26 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bill may be made to Saratoga Bridges, 18 Saratoga Bridges Blvd, Malta, NY 12020, Malta Ridge Vol Fire Co., 5 Hearn Road, Malta, NY 12020 or Ballston Center ARP Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Saratoga Hospital, Wesley Health Care Center and St. Peter’s Hospital and Hospice Inn for their exceptional care.

Michael N. Mattice 18, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015. He was born in Amsterdam, New York on November 11, 1996. Mike was a graduate of Galway High School. In September of 2014 he joined the NY Army National Guard. He was a Private First Class in Troop A 2nd 101 CAV. He worked for Janitronics at Global Foundries in Malta.

Mike enjoyed sports. He played basketball, baseball and football. He could often be found hanging out with his best friends William Oates and Joseph Vukas.

Michael is survived by his mother and stepfather Barbara and Joseph Cerniglia of Gloversville; father Brian Mattice of Amsterdam; brothers Keith Mattice, David Mattice and Jason Simmons, Jr.; stepsisters Victoria and Tia Cerniglia; grandparents Jesslyn Herman, Kevin Utter, Susan and George Kimball; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, May 22 at the Barkersville Christian Church, 7200 Barkersville Road, Middle Grove. Burial will follow in Galway Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 21 from 5 to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Michael may be made to the Ballston Area Community Center, 20 Malta Avenue Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Melvin H. Tefft, 79 passed away Friday, May 8, 2015. Born on November 20, 1935 in Cambridge, NY, He the son of the late Bert and Dorothy (Todd) Tefft. Melvin was a 1953 graduate of Argyle Central Schools. He was a United States Air Force veteran and served in the Korean War. He then worked for the former Mohawk Airlines of Albany in 1962 and retired from US Air as a flight supervisor in 1991.

Melvin enjoyed browsing antiques and collected antique radios, vinyl records and military paraphernalia. He loved being outdoors mowing on his tractor.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Charlotte (Tripp) Tefft of Ballston Spa; a brother, Thomas Tefft of Argyle; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St., Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Relatives and friends may call from 10 am to 12 noon on Wednesday at the funeral home prior to the services.

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

Eric H. Mayer 47, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015 after a courageous battle with lymphoma. Born in Niskayuna, NY on April 16, 1968, he was the son of Dwight and Rebeccann Mayer. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. Eric was a skilled carpenter and worked construction throughout the area.

Eric was a patient teacher who helped his family and friends whenever he could. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed camping. His greatest joy was spending time with his children and watching them compete in rodeos.

Eric is survived by his wife Kate, his beloved children Abbey and Evan; his parents Dwight and Rebeccann of Ballston Spa; brothers Jared Mayer of Ballston Spa and Tyler Mayer (Tara) of Georgia; grandmothers Roberta Mayer of Gloversville and Virginia Baldwin of South Glens Falls; sisters in law Josephine Smith and Paula Dyson (William); brother in law Lanny Smith; nieces and nephews, Samantha, Jordyn, Wyatt, Isabella and Graham; special cousin Torrey Gannon; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, May 12 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, May 11 from 3 to 6pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Eric may be made to the NYS High School Rodeo Association. www.nyshsra.sportsignup.com

Theodore A. Gregorius 63, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Born in Jamaica, NY, on June 16, 1951, he was the son of Theodore and Rita Gregorius. He was a cash specialist for Brink’s Inc. for five years. Ted owned and operated a successful business, TAG Systems Racing Products, Inc., for 20 years to help support his drag racing habit.

Ted had a need for speed and enjoyed snowmobiling, drag racing, and motorcycles. He kept his mind busy programming on his computer. His passion was his Flight Simulator and he spent many hours flying around the world. Recently he started making breads from scratch, “Ted’s Breads” as his family liked to call them.

Ted was a gun enthusiast and a proud member of the NRA and Galway Gun Club.

He was predeceased by his brother James. Ted is survived by his wife of 42 years Lillian; his sons Bryan Gregorius (Jill) of Saratoga Springs and Marc Gregorius of Ballston Spa; grandsons Evan and Owen; brothers Bob Gregorius (Diane) of Aurora, Co, Ken Gregorius (Carolyn) of Miller Place, NY and Tom Gregorius (Stacey) of Sound Beach, NY; his beloved cats Crash and Flash; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 12 from 5 to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Rifle Association www.nra.com

Ruth H. Stephens 94, passed away Monday, May 4, 2015. Born in Galway, NY on May 18, 1920, she was the daughter of Fred and Ida Champagne. Ruth was a homemaker.

She enjoyed swimming and walking at the YMCA with her friends. Ruth loved to travel and enjoyed the activities at the Ballston Area Seniors. She was always willing to lend a hand to her friends or anyone in need.

She was predeceased by her husband Harry “Hank”, daughter Sara “Sally” Ingraham, brother Donald Champagne and sister Eva Mae Bryant. Ruth is survived by her son Donald Stephens (Sally) of Ballston Spa, grandchildren Michael, Scott, Alicia (Bill) and Mark; great grandchildren Jessica and Kyle; brother Fred Champagne (Barbara) of Queensbury; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 9am Thursday, May 7 at Ballston Spa Cemetery, Garrett Road, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ruth to the charity of your choice.

On Saturday, May 2nd, Betty passed away at the Kingsway Arms Nursing Center after a brief illness. She was 91 and lived with Alzheimers for several years.

Betty was a Physical Education Teacher for the Ballston Spa Central School System for her entire career after graduating from Cortland State College. She proudly served as the President of the Ballston Spa Teachers’ Association for 13 years and served as the Chief Contract Negotiator, even after retiring from her teaching position. She enjoyed traveling the Northeast region in search of collectibles, especially toy lead figures.

Betty was predeceased by her two older sisters, Jane and Margaret, her husband Byrhl F. Wheeler Jr. and her daughter Betsy. She is survived by her daughter Jody, son Rodney (Jody V.) and two grandchildren, Amy Wheeler, and Julia Wheeler Sanders and her husband Luke Sanders.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 7 from 4 to 6:30pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6:30pm. Burial will be private in the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Betty’s private care aides, the staff at Kingsway Arms Nursing Center in Schenectady and Home of the Good Shepherd in Malta, for the services they have rendered over the past several years.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ballston Spa Teachers Association Scholarship Fund in Betty’s name.

Elsie I. Gates 88, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on August 11, 1926, she was the daughter of Irving and Nellie Murray. She served in the US Navy.

Elsie worked at the Wilton Developmental Center for many years and later worked for Living Resources. Elsie did in home care for patients who were unable to get out. She was a hairdresser at Wesley Health Care Center and also for her in home patients.

Elsie was an active member of the Old Stone Church where she served as a deacon. She was a member and past president of the Saratoga County Women’s Republican Club, and a member of the Red Hat Society. Elsie enjoyed going to the Saratoga Race Track and collecting the giveaways.

She was predeceased by her husband Donald Gates, son Gary Gates, Sr., granddaughter Christine Priest, sister Margaret Howe and brother Leonard Murray. Elsie is survived by her daughters Donna Hartman of Pennsylvania and Carol Cleveland of Ballston Spa; daughter in law Lynda Gates; grandchildren Gary Gates, Jr., Sara Gates, Suzanne Priest, Kelly Clark and Jon Meers; brother Daniel Murray; 14 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, May 7 at the Old Stone Church, 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in North Milton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Elsie may be made to the Old Stone Church.

Harry W. Petersen 72, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015. Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on April 5, 1943, he was the son of Harry and Evelyn Petersen. He received a bachelor degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Harry proudly served in the US Navy for 26 years, retiring as Senior Chief on May 31, 1992. While in the Navy he was a driver on the US Navy Bobsled team competing throughout Europe and at the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo, Japan. After his retirement from the Navy, Harry worked at Lowe’s as a commercial sales specialist.

Harry was a member of the Ballston Spa Lions Club where he served in several offices including President and received many awards. He was also a member of Masonic Temple Warrensburg Lodge #425, American Legion Post 234 of Ballston Spa, Lazy 8's Radio Controlled Flying Club and Seabees Club of Clifton Park. He enjoyed building and flying radio controlled airplanes. He was a Nascar fan and always cheered for #48 Jimmy Johnson. Harry liked to travel and was always looking to find out what was on the “other side of the hill.” His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. Harry was always willing to lend a hand and would do anything for anyone in need.

Harry is survived by his wife Diane, his children Derek Petersen (Lisa) of Ballston Spa and Judith Hillis (James) of Colchester, Vermont; grandchildren Paul, Nora, Julianne, Jordan and Jacob; great grandchildren Clara and Amelia; aunt Ruth Ecklund of Chicago, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Wednesday, May 6 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 5 from 5 to 8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ballston Spa Lions Club or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Robert L. Widrick 70, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Born in Lowville, New York on May 29, 1944, he was the son of Loyd and Leona Widrick. Bob was a manager at Grand Union in Glens Falls for many years. He later owned and operated Woody’s Wieners in Malta. He was a self-employed carpenter and leathersmith, designing belts and leather goods.

Bob enjoyed barbecuing, working in the yard, a game of darts, boat rides, the company of good friends, and he never missed a Yankee game.

Bob is survived by his children Tamara Brognano (Joseph) of Highland, NY, and Ian Widrick of Saratoga, NY, grandsons Nicholas and Matthew; granddog Rusty; brothers and sisters Ron Widrick of Allentown, PA, Cliff Widrick of Turin, NY, Doug Widrick of Mansville, NY, Ortha Georgakis of Jamestown, NY, Rod Widrick of Adams, NY, Cindy Beutel of Adams, NY, Brenda Richer of Wauseon, Ohio, Terry Widrick of Adams, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, May 2, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in East Line Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 6 to 8pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Frank W. Jones, Jr., 76, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015. Born in New York, New York on November 26, 1938, he was the son of Frank and Grace Jones. He served in the United States Air Force.

Frank was a driver for Napa and Auto Parts International. He later did maintenance work at Hollendale Apartments in Clifton Park. He enjoyed roller-skating, fishing and camping.

He was predeceased by his brother Raymond Jones. Frank is survived by his wife Nanette Jones; his children Dallas, Donnie and Thom; brother Chuck Jones and his wife Nancy; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 22 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 7pm.

A service with military honors will be held 9:30am Monday, April 27 at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Garry M. Jacques 64, passed away Friday, February 13, 2015. Born in Watervliet, New York on August 7, 1950, he was the son of E. David and Ann Jacques. He served in the US Navy.

Garry worked in the Purchasing and Receiving Department at St. Peter’s Health Care Partners North East Health Division in Watervliet for many years. He enjoyed traveling and camping. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife Mary Diane Jacques and his daughter Tara Trentini. Garry is survived by his daughter Tammy Newhouse (Michael) of Ballston Spa, grandchildren, Briana, McKenzie, Brooke and Austin; son in law Robert Trentini of Corinth; brothers James Jacques (Carol) of Virginia and Dave Jacques (Chris) of Guilderland; sister Nadine Jacques of Troy; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 23 from 6-9pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service with military honors will be held 1:30pm Friday, April 24 at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Alice J. Smith 79, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015. Born in Hebron, New York on November 11, 1935, she was the daughter of Robert and Theodora Wilson. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s School for the Deaf in Buffalo. Alice was active in the deaf community and was named Miss Deaf Albany in 1956.

Alice worked at Fleet Bank in Albany for many years, retiring in 1999. She was an avid quilter and many of her family and friends were the recipients of her beautiful quilts. She also enjoyed working in her flower garden.

She was predeceased by her husband Eugene Smith and her brother James Wilson. Alice is survived by her daughters Teddy Smith of Ballston Spa and Millie Smith of Ballston Spa; granddaughters Shayne Vallone, Samantha Vallone and Cady Irwin; brother John Wilson; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 21 from 10am to 12 noon at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 12 noon. Burial will follow in Sweetman Cemetery, Charlton.

Elaine R. Bateholts 67, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015. She was born in Troy, New York on June 29, 1947. Elaine was a buyer for American Food Service for over 30 years. After her retirement, she owned and operated the Wee People Inn on Geyser Road in Ballston Spa for many years.

Elaine was a giving person who made friends wherever she went. She took many people into her home and helped them out in any way she could. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family, especially her beloved grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents Madalyn and Frank Kelly, and her son Kevin Fodge. Elaine is survived by her husband John Bateholts; her children Keith, David, Jason, Loretta, John Jr., Crystal, Candy, Lucas, Kitty, Jen and Holly; her sisters Peggy and Pat; 20 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 19 from 1pm to 3pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A time of sharing will be held at 2:30pm.

Kathleen Ann Irish, 70, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015. Born in Schenectady, New York on April 1, 1945, she was the daughter of Francis and Sophie Sammler. Kathy graduated from Draper High School in 1963. She was a graduate of the Ellis School of Nursing and later worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs for 29 years. Kathy married Charles on May 29th, 1965 and they would have celebrated their 50th anniversary this May.

Her greatest joy and beauty in life was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She always attended their dance and music recitals, baseball and soccer games. She could also be found dancing and teaching her generation’s dances to her grandchildren. Kathy loved to travel to the ocean and visit lighthouses with her loved ones and also had a large collection of lighthouse keepsakes from over the years.

Kathleen was a fighter. She fought for 2 ½ years against brain cancer with her husband Chuck by her side, as well as her children and grandchildren, supporting her and taking care of all of her needs. Her courage and bravery throughout this trial is what she will be remembered for. She also did not let this battle stop her from supporting and praying for others. She was a blessing and an inspiration to everyone she met. She kept her eyes on Jesus and knew that He was her answer to living and never let her circumstances cause her to complain. She had unwavering faith, for not only herself, but even others that she had never met.

Kathy is survived by her devoted husband Charles A. Irish; her beloved children Michelle Steimer (David) of Ballston Spa, Melissa Matthews (David) of Ballston Spa, and Chuck Irish (Marti) of Henderson, NV; and her “little angel” grandchildren Jessalyn Steimer, Zachary Steimer, Jacob Matthews, Jenna Matthews all of Ballston Spa, Brooklyn Irish and Madison Irish of Henderson, NV; her loving sister Carol Murphy (Arthur) of San Diego, CA, her brother Edward Sammler of Greece, NY; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, April 17, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Schenectady Memorial Park. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 16 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family would like to thank Dr. Susan Weaver and NYOH at Albany Medical Center; Neurosurgeon Dr. Alan Boulos; the nurses and staff on D5 at Albany Medical Center; and the doctors, nurses and staff on A3 at Saratoga Hospital and the Radiation Oncology Center. And a special thank you for the love and support from Alicia Bove, Rocco and Linda Irish, and Carol Murphy.

We love you and miss you our beautiful wife, mama and nana.

John T. Mulvaney Sr. (Jack) passed away on April 8, 2015 at Mary’s Haven in Saratoga Springs, NY at the age of 87.

He was born on November 9, 1927 to Thomas and Helen Mulvaney, and sibling to two sisters. Jack grew up in Scotia, NY, where he met his childhood sweetheart, Gloria Cote. In 1947, they married and began a family in Ballston Lake. Jack earned his living as a machinist at General Electric. He retired after 39 years of service.

Jack spent 23 years volunteering with the ambulance squad. He also volunteered with the Ballston Lake Fire Department for 43 years, five of which he spent as a chief. He officially retired in 1987 and spent his days golfing and bowling with friends and family for years.

Jack’s friends and family all knew about his passion for country music. He played lead guitar and was front man of his band “The Country Casuals.” He played dances, events and benefits including those for organizations like the Saratoga ARC. Jack continued to perform well into his early 80s, gracing listeners with his beautiful voice and impeccable guitar playing.

Later on in life he served as a deacon, and went on to start a men’s bible study for Faith Baptist Church. They would meet twice a month at his favorite place to eat, the Burnt Hills Café.

Above all, Jack adored his family. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Gloria; his children Sharon Baesen (Ross), John Mulvaney, Jr. (Gail) and Kathy Mulvaney; his grandchildren Shelly Baesen, Tim Baesen (Kelly) and Kim Mulvaney; his great grandchildren Jared, Joshua and Amanda Baesen; his sister Helen Holcumb and 12 nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister Mary Groncki.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, April 13 from 10-11am at the Faith Baptist Church, 11 Glenridge Road, Rexford. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Colonie.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Mary’s Haven, 35 New Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Mrs. Billie Marjorie LaFave, nee Guinn, passed from this life on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

Born March 1, 1928 in Port Arthur, TX, she was 87 years old when she died after a short illness. She worked until she retired at age 62 as an LPN, doing hospital and private duty nursing in the states of Texas and New York. She was dedicated to her church.

She is survived by her husband, Eugene A. LaFave, her sons the Rev. T. A. LaFave and Mark LaFave, her daughter-in-laws the Rev. Mrs. Kathryn I. LaFave and Patricia LaFave; her grandchildren Rachel L. Jeffers, Rhonda A. Morales, Travis A. LaFave, Andrea LaFave, Matthew LaFave, Luke LaFave, Zachary LaFave, Nathan LaFave, and seven great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her sister Betty Harrod and son A. Lee LaFave.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, April 13, at Free Spirit Fellowship, 1425 West High Street, Ballston Spa from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. The funeral will be held on Tuesday, April 14 at 12:00 noon at Free Spirit Fellowship.

Flowers may be sent to the church between 12:00 and 3:00 PM on Monday, April 13, or contributions in lieu of flowers may be sent to Free Spirit Fellowship for mission work in Sierra Leone.

Carol Ann Palmer 73, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Born in Cohoes, NY on July 13, 1941 she was the daughter of Edgar and Eva Collum.

Carol was a homemaker and enjoyed bingo, knitting, cross stitch and scrapbooking. She was a member of the Malta Ridge United Methodist Church and enjoyed volunteering for their soup and sandwich program.

She was predeceased by her grandson Kevin P. Miller. Carol is survived by her husband Buel S. Palmer; her children Michael J. Sweeney (Heather) of Syracuse, Michele A. Miller (Daniel) of Glenville, stepchildren Veronica Chase (Michael) of Glens Falls, Sandra Oswald of Norfolk, VA and Buddy Palmer of Schenectady; grandchildren Kaela N. Miller of Glenville, Emily A. Miller of Glenville, Zachary K. Sweeney of Syracuse, Daniel J. Sweeney of Syracuse; stepgrandchildren Sara Dixon of Virginia Beach, VA, Kyle Oswald of Norfolk, VA, Robert Sutphen of Ticonderoga, Ryan Sutphen of Queensbury and Patrick Sutphen of San Antonio, TX; brothers Leo Collum of Melrose and Edward Collum of O’Fallon, MO; sister Diana Whalen of Schuylerville and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11am Saturday, April 11 at Malta Ridge United Methodist Church, Malta Avenue, 729 Malta Avenue, Malta.

A graveside service will be held 9:30am Monday, April 13 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice or Malta Ridge United Methodist Church.

The family would like to thank the staff from Community Hospice of Saratoga for their care and compassion.

Evelyn (Evie) R. Van Derwerker 100, passed away peacefully April 6, 2015 at the Home of Good Shepherd in South Glens Falls, NY.

Evelyn was employed many years by the County and The Saratoga Hospital Laboratory as a histology technician. She loved traveling, sewing, spending time at camp at Goodnow Flo in Newcomb, NY and being with her family.

She was predeceased by her loving parents, Susan and James Mallery, her devoted husband, Efnor Van Derwerker and two sisters, Dorothy Phillips and Helen Moore.

She is survived by her daughters, Kay Wise (Donald) of Silver Spring, MD and Karen Lair (Clifton Stevens) of Gansevoort, NY. She has 4 loving grandchildren, Jeffrey La Fave (Tara), Craig La Fave (Abby), Melissa Fleck (John), Darren Wise (Nicole), step-granddaughter, Candice Becker (Michael), step-grandson Dustin Lair (Traci) and her 8 great-grandchildren will miss her tremendously.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Farrell, Community Hospice, the staff and nurses at The Home of Good Shepherd who were Evie's angels.

There will be no services and burial will be at the discretion of the family.
Contributions can be made to the Home of Good Shepherd @Moreau, Community Hospice or Moreau Emergency Squad.

Robert K. Curtis 87, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015. Born in Schenectady, New York on August 21, 1927, he was the son of Kent and Lucy Curtis. He was paratrooper in the US Army serving in World War II.

In 1947 at the age of 20, Bob took over Curtis Lumber and began a long and prosperous career in the lumber industry. In the early 60’s he started the fabrication of roof trusses. He bought the property and established the Curtis Industrial Park and brought the railroad into the park. In 1973 he ran the first log through the sawmill and later opened a planing mill on site. He was a visionary of the lumber industry and was the first area business to have computers in the store. After his retirement from Curtis Lumber, Bob opened Saratoga Lumber Traders in 1992.

In the late 60’s and early 70’s Bob had a Handy Man Show on WGY Radio. Curtis Lumber was honored by Better Homes and Garden Magazine and Bob received the Eastern NY Lumber Dealers Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

As one of the top ten businessmen in the United States, Bob was asked to serve as an US ambassador to China, where he shared ideas with them on how to improve the operation of their businesses.

Bob served in many organizations. He was past president of the Adirondack Retail Lumberman’s Association and the 70th President of the NRLA. He was a member of Capital District Retail Lumberman Association, Burnt Hills Fire Department, LMC, and served on the Board of Directors for the Ballston Spa National Bank.

Bob was a charitable man and supported many local organizations over the years. He was instrumental in establishing BOCES and the Wesley Health Care Center.

He has visited every state and continent except Antarctica always looking to learn new things and meet new people.

He was predeceased by his wife Joyce; grandson Shane Michael LaBreck, sister Doris Jordan and brother Earl Curtis. Bob is survived by his children Jay Curtis (Kendra), Todd Curtis, Lea Ann Curtis, and Debra Curtis; grandchildren Christopher Curtis, Kylie Holland (Andrew), Kristina, Stephanie and Stuart Curtis, Tanya Lawless (Michael), Rachael Roberts and Sommer Poirier (Ryan); sisters Marylou Gryzich, Nancy Voehringer (Frederick) and Lucille Brewster; five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9am Wednesday, April 8, at the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Briggs Cemetery on a later date. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 7 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Burnt Hills Fire Department.

Jacob Franklin Purdy passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Gateway House of Peace. Jacob was born to Jacob and Elizabeth Purdy, October 10, 1928, in Middletown, New York. He served his country in the US Navy aboard the USS John New. In his early days he was a rodeo rider in Wyoming. Jacob was a general contractor for several years prior to becoming a driver for Yellow Cab in Albany. Known as "Cowboy" to all his fellow drivers, he drove his cab with pride for over 30 years. On February 5 of this year, he married his love Lorraine.

He was predeceased by his brothers Leo, Howard and Raymond, his sisters Irene, Esther and Shirley, and his beloved daughter Dawn.

Jacob is survived by his wife Lorraine, children Darrell Della Rocco (Donna), Debra Hancock (Michael), Dana Purdy, Danielle Purdy (James Arrant), Dory Goldman (Hunter), nephews Chuck (Dee) and Bill. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Kreg, Darcey, Tiara, Sammy, Dana, Nicole, Michael, Matthew, Adam, Joshua and Brittany; and his great grandchildren Olivia, O'Rian and Brady. He will be fondly remembered by his stepchildren Scott, Sharon, Libby and Nikki.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 9 at 10am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. In lieu of flowers contributions in Jacob's name can be made to Hudson Mohawk Humane Society, Gateway House of Peace or Community Hospice of Saratoga.

Susan C. Decker 89 of Ballston Spa entered into the loving arms of the Lord Jesus Christ on March 30, 2015 at the Glendale Nursing Home. Born in Ballston Spa on September 12, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Maxwell and Margaret Thayer Gregg.

Sue attended Ballston Spa High School and graduated in 1943. She attended Nathan Littauer School of Nursing and graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1946. From 1946 to 1958 she was employed by Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville as an RN. After her nursing career she became a homemaker and started her family.

Sue enjoyed cooking, her flower garden, taking long rides in her husband’s 1965 restored Ford Mustang convertible, reading harlequin romance novels and books by Danielle Steele, and enjoyed her yearly trips to Cape Cod. Sue was an avid bird watcher and enjoyed feeding the birds and watching them come to her windows. She liked going to Wiswall Park and listening to the music festivals each week and attending the firehouse parties. Susan was born a Presbyterian and later baptized a Baptist and became a member of the Old Stone Church in Ballston Spa. Sue loved going to church. She was a member of the choir and loved to sing hymns and soon became a deacon of the church. She attended Bible Studies regularly and many church functions and activities.

Sue (Susie) will be remembered as a friendly, fun-loving and giving individual. She was always there to help anyone in need less fortunate than herself.

She was predeceased by her husband Clyde W. Decker (a Trustee for many years in the Village of Ballston Spa and a Fire Police Chief for the Eagle Matt Lee Fire Department in Ballston Spa) and her sister Marjorie Rooke.

Sue is survived by her three children Carolyn S. Kaufmann (Theodore) of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Gregg A. Decker (Nancy) of Saratoga Springs and Cathie J. Arcaro Greive Close (Robert) of Clifton Park. Susan was blessed and is survived by her five grandchildren Deborah, Melissa, Christopher, Todd and Samantha; and seven great grandchildren Kimberly, James, Katelyn, Alexander, Grant, Christopher, Jr. and Nicholas.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, April 6, from 11am to 12 noon, with a memorial service following at 12 noon at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The cremains will be buried in the Factory Village Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Old Stone Church, 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

William L. Bernash 71, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on May 29, 1943, he was the son of Rudolph and Erma Bernash.

Bill worked for Saratoga Dairy for 20 years. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his wife Hope; children Michelle Bernash, Jonathan Batchelder, James Bernash, Scott Bernash, Dawn Wadsworth, William Bernash, Jr., Addam Bernash and Tabatha Hatlee; sisters Evelyn Palmateer and Christina Smith; 22 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 12-2pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 2pm.

Terrence J. Fortune 64, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015 surrounded by his family. Born in Brooklyn, New York on July 31, 1950, he was the second born son of George and Helen Fortune.

Terry was a self-employed man. For many years he tended bar at the Saw Mill Tavern in Schenectady. He loved riding his motorcycle and was also a charitable man. Always willing to lend a hand, Terry organized numerous “Toy Runs” riding his Harley with the sidecar. He was also a music lover, a fan of blues music who enjoyed attending concerts. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents George and Helen Fortune, and his brothers Gerard and Kenneth. Terry is survived by his sons Sean Fortune of Troy and Ryan Fortune of Galway; brother Joseph Fortune of Saratoga Springs; niece Mariah, and nephews Gerard and Matthew Fortune.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, April 7 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, April 6 from 5pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Terry may be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation www.npcf.us

Milda L. Martin 83, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015. Born in Latvia on October 20, 1931, she was the daughter of Karlis and Elza Ritsaule.

Milda worked at the Ballston Knitting Mill and later was a nurse’s aide at the Saratoga County Infirmary in Ballston Spa, until her retirement. She was a member of the Latvian Lutheran Church and the Ballston Area Seniors.

She was predeceased by her husband Hugo Martin. Milda is survived by her son Richard Martin and her friends Dorothy Lapis and Sandra Laube Barber.

A memorial service will be held 10:30am Wednesday, April 15 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saratoga Bridges.