Obituaries


Richard D. Seymour III of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, September 16, 2012, surrounded by his family. Born in Albany, September 5, 1940, he was the son of the late Richard and Virginia Seymour, Jr. He was a graduate of Shenendehowa High School. Richard worked for ICI Glidden in Latham for 37 years.

He was a member of the Old Stone Church and served as a trustee. Richard was very creative and made puppets, props, and scenery for many shows at the church.

He was predeceased by his brother, Paul Seymour. Richard is survived by his wife Ann Smith Seymour, whom he married on August 26, 1961, his sons, Michael Seymour of Ballston Spa and Scott Seymour of New Hampshire, four grandchildren, Haylie, Hunter, Elizabeth and Jeffrey, and two brothers, David Seymour and Donald Seymour, both of Florida.

A memorial service will be held 11am Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Old Stone Church, 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to Old Stone Church, 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Jean Paul Morel “JP” “Little Man” “Monk” 76 of Saratoga Springs, passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2012. Born in St. Theodore D’Acton, Quebec, Canada, March 30, 1936, the eighth child of a loving and caring family of twelve, he was the son of the late Cleophas Morel and Appolina Lavallee. At age of 16, he left home to devote his life to his forever passion, the horses and the horse racing world. He worked in Drummondville, Quebec and Montreal. JP was not more than 18 years old when he got the opportunity to go and work in the United States. As soon as he stepped on the ground, he knew this land was his.

JP was the leading driver at Saratoga for the first time in1972 and by 1978 had won six driving titles. When he won for the 3000th time, he said that winning that amount of races was great but what made it so special was that about 2,700 of the wins came at Saratoga. When he retired, JP had more than 3,500 wins and was not only ranked 34th on the all time list but was the winningest driver in Saratoga Harness history.

He enjoyed old westerns with John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, Little Joe on Bonanza, and being outdoors enjoying nature. JP was a member of the Eagles Club.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 29 years Kati, brothers, Roger and Rolland; and his sister, Annette. JP is survived by his brothers and sisters, Romeo, Pierre, Bernadette, Marie, Laurette, Georgette, Janine and Yvette all of Canada, his companion, Nancy Ernst of Ballston Spa; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held 4pm September 19, 2012 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Calling hours will precede the service from 2-4pm at the funeral home. A celebration of his life will follow at The Eagles Club, Crescent Avenue, Lake Lonely, Saratoga Springs.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mary’s Haven, 35 New Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or your local animal shelter.

Nancy would like to thank the staff of Mary’s Haven especially Ann and Robin, the staff on D1 at Saratoga Hospital, Dr. Daoul, Serge Perez, Joan and Lynn Anderson, Glenn Raia and Donna Blowers for their care and compassion.

Gerald F. Stickles “Sticks” 76 of Ballston Spa, passed away Saturday, September 8, 2012 at his home, surrounded by his family. Born in Ballston Spa, November 22, 1935, he was the son of the late Charles and Amanda Stickles. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. Jerry served his country in the Marine Corps, 2nd Battalion 9th Marines 3rd Division and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. When he returned home he married Judy McNamara on February 10, 1962.

Jerry worked for Kolakowski Builders developing the Geyser Crest area. He later was the superintendent for the Department of Public Works in Ballston Spa and retired as Highway Superintendent for the Town of Colonie in 1999. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judy McNamara Stickles, his children, Mark Stickles (Denise), Jeff Stickles (Renee), Sue Stickles (Lisa Davis), and Christopher Stickles (Rebecca), his granddaughter, Ashley, his grandson and best friend, Ethan, and his “three little chickens” Adeline, Ellie and Lillian.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 13, from 4-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Robert E. Harrington, Jr of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, September 3, 2012. Born in Saratoga Springs, June 24, 1938, he was the son of the late Robert and Lucy Harrington. He served in the Army. Bob worked at Saratoga State Park and later at Saratoga Racetrack. He enjoyed the horses.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Kim Harrington and two sisters, Doris Harrington and Jean Baker. Bob is survived by two sons, Robert Harrington III and Bobbie Jo Harrington, three sisters, Margaret Grabo (Don) of Galway, Sheila Watkins of Bolivar, Ohio, and Delores Prill (Tom) of Painted Post, NY, five brothers, William Harrington, Fred Harrington, Tom Harrington all of Middle Grove, Raymond Harrington (Betsy) of Cobleskill, and James Harrington of Greenfield, two grandsons and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 6, from 9-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am.

A graveside service with military honors will be held 10am Friday, September 7 in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

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

Rose M. Hitchcock 93 of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, August 30, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, December 18, 1918, she was the daughter of the late John and Gertrude Whalen.
Rose worked at the Ballston Stillwater Knitting Company and later for Espey in Saratoga Springs. She enjoyed gardening and was a member of a Herb Garden Club. She wrote poems and stories and was published in the Library of Congress.

She was predeceased by her husband, William Hitchcock, and three brothers, John, James, and Miles Patrick Whalen. Rose is survived by her brother, Wallace Whalen of Ballston Spa and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, September 4, 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 Monday evening from 6-8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Albany, NY 12211.

Douglas L. Sutherland 66 of Middle Grove, passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2012. Born in Troy, September 13, 1945, he was the son of the late Andrew and Julia Sutherland. He served in the US Navy and was a MSO minesweeper on the USS Salute. Doug was a truck driver and drove cross country for many years. He retired from the Robert J. Sweet Lumber Company in Warrensburg.

He enjoyed visiting with his friends and spending time with his dog Freddie. He was an avid Nascar fan.

Doug is survived by his daughter, Renee Harder and her husband Kevin of Gansevoort, his grandson, Kevin Harder, Jr, great granddaughter, Khloe, sister, Diane Martin of Fort Myers, FL, two brothers, Craig Sutherland (Vickie) of Gansevoort, and Richard Sutherland of Cambridge, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Friday 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 the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Charles L. Perkins 83 of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, August 27, 2012. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, March 11, 1929, he was the son of the late Armond and Ethel Perkins. Charles was an Army veteran of the Korean War serving in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was raised in Trumbull, Connecticut. Then toured the East Coast with his family until settling in Ansonia, Connecticut for 15 years. He and his wife moved to Ballston Spa in 2011.

Charles retired from Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Connecticut. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing and trapping. He also built radio controlled airplanes. He enjoyed cooking gourmet meals for his family.

He was predeceased by his sister, Constance Jean Perkins and brother, Earl Perkins. Charles is survived by his wife, Marie Gilbert Perkins, his sons, Shawne Perkins and his wife Vanessa of Middle Grove, and Reed Perkins and his girlfriend, Chastity Jerome of Ballston Spa, two grandchildren, Alexander and Lucia, his sister, Carol Lee Rich and her husband Robert of Trumbull, CT, and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service with military honors will be held 10:30am Friday, August 31 at the Gerald
BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 1-3pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 3pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Middle Grove Fire Dept. PO Box 117, Middle Grove, NY 12850.

Anna Fosmire, 88 of Saratoga Springs, passed away Friday, August 24, 2012 peacefully in her home surrounded by those most dearest to her. Born in Olching, Germany on May 17, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Matthias and Maria (Fisher) Gruber.

Anna grew up in Germany and met her husband, Thomas Joseph Fosmire, while he was serving there during World War II. They were married on July 28, 1948 in Furtsenfeldbruck, Germany. She enjoyed the outdoors and loved gardening and tending to her animals.

In addition to her parents, Anna is predeceased by a sister, Kathrina Meadors of Everett, Washington. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Thomas Joseph Fosmire of Saratoga Springs; a daughter, Annamarie Frances Fosmire of Georgetown, Delaware; her grandson, Dr. Steven Thomas Fosmire and his wife, Crescentia (Senta) of Pittsfield, Massachusetts; her great-grandchildren, Crescentia Rose and Rory Fosmire of Pittsfield, Mass; and her sisters, Frieda Southern of Omaha, Texas and Rosa Osterried, Erna Schipper, and Maria all of Munich, Germany as well as multiple nieces and nephews here in the US and abroad in Germany. Also, she is survived by and forever grateful of her loving personal caregivers: Christy (Chris) Duncan, Jody Romano, and Sue Blanchard of Corinth, NY.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30AM on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow at 12:30pm in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road in the town of Saratoga.

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

Viola May Blowers 86 of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, August 23, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, January 1, 1926, she was the daughter of the late William and Josephine Cook Haskell. Viola worked at Ballston Knitting Co, Rickett’s and Angelica. She loved to read and enjoyed word search puzzles and watching “House” and “Bones”.

She was predeceased by her husband, William Blowers, three sons, William, Jerry and Jesse Blowers, two daughters, Linda Hodges and Jacqueline Wagner, great grandson, Nathaniel Arpey, four brothers, Harold, Thomas, George, and William Haskell, Jr, and sister, Helen Benoit. Viola is survived by her children, Noreen Blowers of Ballston Spa, Elaine Alonzo (Joseph) of Saratoga Springs, Harold Blowers (Barbara) of Somerdale, NJ, Gary Blowers (Brenda) of Cumby, TX and Jeffrey Blowers (Joy) of Watertown, four sisters, Harriet Vaughn of Gansevoort, Beverly Haskell of Ballston Spa, Walter Haskell (Joan) of Ballston Spa, Debbie Haskell Riley of Green Island, three sister in laws, Carol Haskell of Porter Corners, Helen Haskell of Ballston Lake, and Patricia Haskell of Ballston Spa, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

A special thank you to Debbie Riley, Richie Riley and Brittney Vaughn for making Viola’s life a little easier and also to her son in law, Joe for all the comfort food.

Lillian Marie Calvert 78 of Niskayuna, passed away Monday, August 20, 2012 at Ellis Hospital after a long illness. Lillian was born in Schenectady, January 8, 1934; she was the daughter of the late Katherine McNamara Singsheim and Roy Singsheim. She was an advertising layout artist for the Schenectady Gazette and held the classified sales position.

Lillian loved music. She was the past president of the Englebert Humperdink Fan Club. She also enjoyed dancing. One of her greatest evenings was a Yanni concert this past May that she attended with her son. Lillian also took great pride in gardening. She was a devout Catholic and member of Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, formerly Our Lady of Fatima Church in Schenectady.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, Harold Calvert. Lillian is survived by her son, Gari Calvert and his wife Andrea of Ballston Spa, her grandchildren, Delaney, Dayton and Donovan who brought her great joy; her brother, Frank Singsheim and his wife Norine of Scotia, several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews who were a big part of her life. She enjoyed family gatherings.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4-7pm Wednesday, August 22 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial mass will be held 9am Thursday, August 23 at Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Rosa Road, Schenectady.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, 2216 Rosa Road, Schenectady, NY 12309.

The family would like to thank the staff at Ellis Hospital and everyone for their prayers and compassion during this difficult time.

Dominic Zappone 59 of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, August 13, 2012. Born in Italy, June 2, 1953 he was the son of the late Anthony and Luisa Zappone. He served in the US Army.

Dominic is survived by his brother, Anthony Zappone and his wife Lorrie of Kansas and their children, Anna and Joseph; his aunt Filomena Spensieri of Troy and her children, Tony Spensieri and Mary Grace Nardoia and her husband John; aunt and uncle, Antonio and Giovannina Zappone of Italy, cousin, Barbara Zappone of Ballston Spa and many additional cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held 12 noon on Friday, August 24 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, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home after 11:30am Friday.

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

Joseph M. Mulvaney 78, of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2012. Born in Saratoga Springs, February 9, 1934, he was the son of the late Gerrald and Edna Mulvaney. Joe was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He worked for Tufflite Plastics in Ballston Spa for many years.

Joe was a member of Union Fire Co No 2 for 41 years. He was a member of the Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Hudson Mohawk Volunteer Firefighter’s Association, and the Royal Order of the Blue Vests, serving as a delegate for many years. He was also a member of the Union Fire Co Band. Joe was a 30 year member of American Legion Post 234 of Ballston Spa.

He is survived by his children, Michael Mulvaney (Joanne) of Ballston Spa, Joseph Mulvaney, Jr of Ballston Spa, Alan Mulvaney (Mary) of Phoeniz, AZ, Kenneth Mulvaney (Tonya) of Phoenix, AZ and Joanne Isabella (Carmen) of Ballston Spa, his longtime companion, Leslie Robinson of Ballston Spa and her son Bryan Robinson (Kim) of Rexford, sister, Vivian Stanley of Stillwater, cousins, Mary Millis (Ron) and Alene Zetterstrom (Tom), dear friend Wayne Gilhorn, 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 10am Friday, August 17 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Memorial contributions may be made to Union Fire Co No 2, PO Box 145, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank Dr. DelGiacco and the staff at Saratoga Hospital for their care and compassion.

Irene C. Wozniak 93 of Ballston Spa, passed away Saturday, August 11, 2012. Born in Schenectady, NY, August 28, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Downs.
Irene was a homemaker and enjoyed taking care of her family. Her greatest joy was her beloved grandchildren who meant the world to her.

She was predeceased by her husband, Henry F. Wozniak; three brothers, John Downs, Joseph Downs and David Downs, three sisters, Alice Beauregard, Helen Ward and Frances Weiss. Irene is survived by her three children, Lynn Kindinger (Mark) of Galway, Scott Wozniak of Jacksonville, FL and Patricia Monfort (Winston) of Alpharetta, GA; six grandchildren, David Philo of Jacksonville, FL, Meghan Kindinger of Astoria, NY, Zachary Kindinger of San Francisco, CA, Tye Kindinger of Corvalis, OR, Ian Wozniak of Milwaukee, WI, and Clifford Wozniak of Milwaukee, WI, three sisters, Marion Scrafford of Queensbury, Theresa Amsynzki of California and Jeanne Devino of Malta, brother, Robert Downs of Rexford, three great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, August 15, from 9-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am. Burial will be in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Maplewood Manor Awning Fund, 149 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com

Eric J. Johansen, 38 of Stillwater passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2012. Born in Troy, NY on October 14, 1973, he was the son of Christian G. Johansen and Nancy (Barss) Johansen.

Eric worked for American Pride in Glens Falls. He is survived by his children, Michael and Corey; His mother, Nancy Johansen and her companion George; his father, Chris Johansen and his wife, Sandy; and his brothers, Tom, Kevin, Keith and Dave Johansen.

Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service at 10:00 am Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at North Milton Cemetery on the corner of State Route 29 and North Milton Road in the town of Milton.

William B. Perkins 66, on August 6, 2012, our beloved husband, father, brother, and son was called home by the Lord. He leaves this earth with many who will grieve for him but more that will celebrate his life. Bill was a man who touched many hearts. He was a kind soul that was always willing to lend a helping hand. He had a great sense of humor and those that knew it cherished it.

He was a devoted husband to his wife of 38 years and a caring father to his daughter. He was a simple man who never bothered with the small stuff but only focused on the important. He loved nothing more than spending his days outside with his best friend Gueritto. His absence leaves a big whole in those that loved him.

He was predeceased by his parents Orville and Mildred Perkins, his son, William Perkins, Jr and his brother Marvin Perkins. Bill is survived by his wife, Ruth Perkins, his daughter, Corina Perkins, four sisters, Regina Lee, Holly Staulters, Barbara Funk and Nancy Fitzgerald, and two brothers, Roger Perkins and Richard Perkins.

Services were held in El Paso. Texas.

Millard H. Rue 88, of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2012, with his family and friends by his side. Born in the Town of Ballston, March 3, 1924, he was the son of the late Jennie and Harold Rue.

Millard proudly served his country in World War II as a member of the US Army 9th Infantry division, nicknamed the “Old Reliables”. He traveled to eight countries and participated in battles and campaigns in Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Sicily and Tunisia. Millard received two Purple Hearts, The Bronze Star, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.

He worked for Curtis Lumber Company for twenty-five years and later retired from Burhmaster Fuel.

Millard loved the outdoors, hunting, camping, working in the woods, boating on Lake George and watching Nascar. He especially enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. In later years, Millard enjoyed visiting with family and friends, telling war stories, and going out to breakfast.

Millard was predeceased by his wife Mary, and his sons, Alden and Allen. He is survived by his daughter in law, Kathleen Frodey of Clifton Park, his grandchildren, Thomas Belisario and Tara Belisario, his sisters, Betty Pickering of Broadalbin and Esther Cook of Ballston Spa, his brother, Wilbur Rue of Ballston Spa, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, August 14, from 1-3pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service with military honors will follow at 3pm in Briggs Cemetery, Brookline Road, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.

Nancy A. Palumbo 76, of Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, August 8, 2012, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Bennington, Vermont, May 29, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Clifford Lange and Georgianna Cushing Lange.

Nancy was the bravest of souls and faced life’s challenges with strength and determination. She shall never be forgotten.

She is survived by her children, Donna Palumbo of Florida, Robert Palumbo and his wife Beth of Colonie and Joseph Palumbo and his wife Kathleen of Ballston Spa; her grandchildren whom she adored, Nicole Palumbo and Michael Palumbo; two sisters, Christina Diluzio and her husband John, and Georgianna LaFlame; brother, Clifford Lange and his wife Diane; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 7:30pm Friday, August 10, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 6:30-7:30pm Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Laura Jane Benscoter, 85, of Ballston Spa passed away Sunday, August 5, 2012 at her home. Born in July 5, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Maude Millard.

Laura graduated from Nathan Littauer School of Nursing and continued her education through clinical work at Johns Hopkins. She began a career as a Registered Nurse working at Benedict Memorial Hospital in Ballston Spa. She also assisted Dr. Han Schein with house calls and worked in the Saratoga Hospital operating room. In 1968 she went to work at Saratoga County Maplewood Manor where she retired in 1990 as Director of Nurses.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Benscoter. Laura is survived by her children, Phillip Benscoter and Ruthanne Kilburn (Paul) all of Ballston Spa; her grandchildren, Shane Kilburn and Shannon Johnson (Joey) all of Ballston Spa; a great granddaughter, Reese Johnson; her sister, Marion Capasso of Ballston Spa; her brother, John Millard of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Friday, August 10, 2012 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 184 East Line Road, Malta. Burial will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road in the Town of Saratoga.

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

Ronald L. Agnew, 77, of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, July 27, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, December 9, 1934, he was the son of the late John and Catherine Agnew. Ron worked at General Electric for many years.

He is survived by his children, Bambi Nichols (James Beckwith) of Old Orchard Beach, Maine
and Ronald Agnew (Lori) of Perth, brother, John Agnew of Galway, two sisters, Niki Agnew of Galway and Rose Shaft of Saratoga Springs, two grandchildren, Michael Polsinelli and Ashley Connon, four great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 6pm Wednesday, August 1, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Audrey G. Fitzgerald 83, of Ballston Spa passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Born in Washingtonville, NY, April 20, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Iris Graf.

Audrey was an avid Yankee fan and enjoyed traveling. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa.

She was predeceased by her husband, Walter Fitzgerald, Jr and her brother, Robert Graf. Audrey is survived by her children, Michael Fitzgerald (Jill) of Colorado and Carol Dowen (Wayne) of Ballston Spa, grandchildren, Ryan Fitzgerald, Sean Fitzgerald, Meghan Hart, and Brian Hart, stepgrandchildren, Christopher Dowen and Michael Dowen, sister, Irene Melander of Ballston Spa, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held11am Thursday, August 2 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. A calling hour will precede the service from 9:30-10:30am Thursday at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

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

Elaine F. McElroy 68 of Ballston Spa, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, August 18, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Raymond J. LaPoint and Helen M. Beninati LaPoint. She married her childhood sweetheart, Samuel McElroy on February 26, 1961. Elaine was a cafeteria supervisor and worked in nutritional services at Saratoga Hospital for 23 years.

She was a cook at Camp Saratoga Boy Scout Camp. She was a life member of the Harley Owners Groupe and a member of the American Motorcycle Association, Albany Schenectady Hog and Adirondack Hog. She was a communicant of St Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa.

Elaine had a love for animals and enjoyed motorcycle rides with her husband. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and family. Elaine will be missed by everyone who ever knew her. The world is a better place because she was here.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her mother in law, Wreatha L. Weiss and father in law, Samuel W. McElroy. Elaine is survived by her husband of 51 years, Samuel W. McElroy, her children, Samuel McElroy (Beth McDermott) of Glenville, Sandra Bellinger of Ballston Spa, and Carol Ann Taylor (Robert) of Wisconsin, grandchildren, Nicole McElroy, Samuel McElroy, Connor McElroy, Jodi Bellinger, Joseph Bellinger, Joshua Bellinger, Stephanie Taylor and Robert Taylor, great grandson, Brendan Connor Mulvaney, brother, Raymond J. LaPoint, Jr (Melita) of Sacramento, CA, sister, Sheila Arpei (John) of Saratoga Springs, special friends, Candace Norton, Darryl Skeels, Herb and Dawn Peters, Ben and Lil Zlotnick, her cats, Silver and Gold, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, July 24, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Mary’s Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 6-9pm Monday at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Shelter of your choice or the Saratoga Hospital Foundation.

Mary “Joey” Hulka Zetterstrom, age 87, died at her Saratoga Springs home on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. She was born Feb 2, 1925, a daughter of George and Anna (Jankovych) Hulka, of Czechoslovakia. She was born and grew up in the Town of Saratoga, where she started her education in a one room schoolhouse, later graduating from Saratoga Springs High School. On April 6, 1947, she became the bride of Charles Robert Zetterstrom, to whom she was married until his death March 5, 2004.

Joey was a lifelong member of Saint Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. While Joey was formerly employed by the NYS Department of Labor, her truest vocation was as wife, mother, and Nana. She enjoyed travel in the USA and abroad, but most of all, treasured the joys of her home, garden, family and friends. Joey was devoted to God’s four legged creatures and throughout her life rescued and provided care to many cats, dogs, songbirds, turkeys, turtles and even once to a pair of albino squirrels.

She is survived by a son, Charles Robin (Alice) Zetterstrom, a daughter, Deborah C. (Lawrence Finneran) Zetterstrom, and a grandson, Charles Lowder Zetterstrom, all of Saratoga Springs. She is also survived by a brother, George Hulka, Corinth; and five sisters, Betty Clark, Cornwall, NY; Anne Grubb, Fort Collins, CO; Kay Cassier, Stillwater; Helen Downing, Saratoga Springs and Frances Bunzey, Corinth and sister-in –law, Joyce Hulka of Saratoga Springs. She was predeceased by two brothers, Paul Hulka and Daniel Hulka, of Saratoga Springs. She is also survived by Dennis LaQue and George Hodgson, friends for over 50 years, whom she lovingly considered family.

A service in celebration of Joey’s life will be held at 10:00AM August 4, 2012 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Please consider sharing a favorite story or memory of Joey during that time.

In Joey’s memory, find something good in every person you meet, rescue an animal, or plant a tree or garden. If desired, memorial donations are suggested to Saint Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 12866; Estherville Animal Shelter, 100 Russell Road, Greenfield Center, NY 12833; or an animal or environmental charity of your choice.

The family extends our grateful thanks to Dr. George Knapp for his kind and respectful professional care of our Mom.

Doris D. Wilson 81, of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, July 16, 2012. Born in New Britain, Connecticut, February 15, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Uretta Doherty. She was a graduate of Albany Teachers College. Doris taught for East Greenbush Central School District and the Burnt Hills Ballston Lake School District.

Doris was a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed genealogy and was a member of Heritage Hunters. Gardening, puzzles, playing cards, and sewing were some of her favorite pastimes. Taking care of her family was her greatest joy. She was a communicant of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa.

She was predeceased by her brother, Charles Doherty. Doris is survived by her husband of 53 years, Richard D. Wilson, her children, Richard J. Wilson (Lynn) of Schuylerville, David B. Wilson (Jerry) of Averill Park, Diane W. Fiore (Bill) of Gilbert, Arizona, and Deborah A. Kelly (Tony) of Longmont, Colorado, her grandchildren, Whitney Wilson and Billy Fiore, and her two nieces.

Funeral services will be held 9:30 am Thursday, July 19 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 6-8 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 or American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Albany, NY 12211.

Leo Wayne Carignan, Jr., 68 of Ballston Spa, died Friday, July 13, 2012. Born December 10, 1943 in Albany, NY, he was the son of Leo Wayne Carignan, Sr. and Helen Carignan. A graduate of Colonie High School, he earned his Associate’s Degree in mechanical engineering from Hudson Valley Community College. Leo worked as a Union Steamfitter for the Albany Plumbers and Steamfitters UA Local 7 and served in the United States Marine Corps.

He was a member of the BPO Elks Lodge 2192 in Colonie. Leo enjoyed mowing his lawn and driving his truck. He especially loved spending time with his grandson, Titus.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Donna M. Carignan; his sons, Wayne L. Carignan and his wife, Aurora of Scotia and Brian Carignan of Van Nuys, California; his grandson, Titus Carignan of Scotia; a sister, Linda Talerico and her husband, James of Colonie; a brother, Clifford Carignan and his wife, Sharon of Colonie; his niece, Kim Talerico, and his beloved dog, Molly.

Funeral services will be held 11:30am Monday, July 16 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Calling hours will precede the service from 9-11am Monday at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to SPCA of Upstate, NY, 588 Queensbury Avenue, Queensbury, NY 12804.

The family would like to thank Community Hospice of Saratoga, Saratoga Hospital and Dr. Edward Liebers and his staff for their care and compassion.

Kari Michelle Liedel 14, of Ballston Spa, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2012. Born in Saratoga Springs, October 28, 1997, she was the beloved daughter of Sarah Liedel and Bruce Campbell, Jr. Kari was a student at Ballston Spa High School.

Kari loved horses and was never seen without her cell phone. She was an amazing singer and so talented in many ways. Kari showed everyone the beauty in this world. She had so much to offer and will be sorely missed.

Kari is survived by her mother and stepfather, Sarah Liedel and Derrick Rockenstire of Ballston Spa, her father, Bruce Campbell, Jr of Schenectady, her sister, Kortni Liedel of Ballston Spa, her brothers, Alexander Rockenstire of Ballston Spa and Bruce Campbell III of Saratoga Springs, her grandparents, Deborah and Sal Puglisi of Newburgh, John McClelland of Ballston Spa, Fonda Armer of West Milton, Kathleen and Jason Tyrel of Saratoga Springs, and her aunt and uncle, Heather and Jake Liedel of West Milton. She is also survived by several additional aunts, uncles, cousins and her many friends.

A memorial service will be held 7pm Wednesday, July 11, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Calling hours will precede the service from 5-7pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kari Liedel Memorial Fund c/o Ballston Spa National Bank or Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Born on March 20, 1911 in West Schuyler, New York, the daughter of the late James and Anna Locke, Louise became a “lady of the Adirondacks” at the age of 10 days when, by horse and buggy, her family moved to Blue Mountain Lake. She was a graduate of the Lake Placid School in 1928 and, in later years, Louise would often relate stories of the 1932 Winter Olympic Games to members of the family, their future spouses and friends. Louise’s education continued at the Brockport Normal School where her studies, while enrolled in the newly established 3 year course, prepared her to teach elementary education specifically in the rural schools of New York State. Following college graduation Louise taught school in Niagara Falls, NY and subsequently migrated back to the Adirondacks to teach in a one room school house in the Town of Day, New York.

During this period, she met, was courted by and married Harold Pelcher of Lake Pleasant, New York in 1933. The Pelcher’s were happily married for 51 years. During these years, Louise was a long time bookkeeper and accountant for Anthony Brady Farrell, well know Broadway producer and operator of the Sacandaga Summer Theatre, living on “Farrell’s Preserve” in the Town of Day, as well as Brownell Lumber and the Brownell Marina.

The Pelcher’s retired in 1970, moving into the Village of Edinburg, NY with Mrs. Pelcher moving to Ballston Lake, NY and Ballston Spa, NY following the passing of her husband in 1984. Louise’s lifetime allowed for witness to the inauguration of 18 Presidents, the invention of the television, 2 World Wars, the first manned space shot, man on the moon and the flooding of the Sacandaga Valley with creation of the Great Sacandaga Lake.

Louise was devoted to her family and loved the game of golf, which she played until the age of 92. Louise will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Louise was predeceased by her husband, Harold, in 1984 and son, Richard in 2004. Surviving members of her family include 2 children, Patricia (Lester, deceased) Beninati, Ballston Spa, NY; Barbara (Leroy) Foerster, Orange Grove, TX. Daughter-in law, Michelle (Richard, deceased) Spring. Survivors also include 10 grandchildren: Harry (Hye-Suk) Beninati, Anchorage, AK; Leslie (Mahlon) Robinson, Northville, NY; Cheryl (Jeffrey) Krams, Rye, CO; Holli (Mark) Windham, San Antonio, TX; Christopher (Janice) Foerster, Costa Rica; Paul (Carrie) Foerster, Heath, TX; Charles Foerster, Costa Rica; Katy (Scott) Mattle, Hilton, NY; Amanda Pelcher, Corning, NY; Danielle Pelcher, Glendale, CA., 13 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., Ballston Spa, NY with services held graveside at the Prospect Hill Cemetery, Northville, NY on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 2:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations to charities of individual choice are welcomed.

Lillian H. Barber 91, of Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs. Born in Keeseville, NY, May 7, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Alice Hamlin. Lillian worked for New York State Electric and Gas in Cadyville for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband, James E. Barber, and two sisters, Pauline Bowers and Virginia Lirosi. Lillian is survived by her sister, Mae Emeneth of Ballston Spa, brother in law, Harry Bowers of Ballston Spa, nieces and nephews, Alice Crosbie, Diana Murray, Sue Ellen Thompson-Stone, Elaine Sodemann, Donald L. Bowers, Joseph Lirosi and Anthony Lirosi, and several great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Monday, July 2, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. A calling hour will precede the service from 9-10am Monday at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will be held 2pm Monday at St John’s Cemetery in Keeseville, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made in Lillian’s memory to St Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Irene C. Walson, 95, of Clifton Park, passed away peacefully at home on June 21, 2012. She was born in NYC on April 27, 1917 to the late Stefan and Julia Keresztury.

She was predeceased by her loving husband John B. Walson, Sr. Irene is survived by her daughter, Priscilla Lapp, and her son John Walson, Jr (Elizabeth), her grandchildren, Deborah Sipos (Gregory), Stephanie Smith (Andre), Kathryn Linstruth (Daniel), Amanda Saeva (Kevin), John Walson III (Mary) and Glendon Walson (Jill) and nine great-grandchildren.

In keeping with Irene’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 18 at St George's Episcopal Church, 912 Route 146, Clifton Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Honor Guard at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville, NY 12871.

Arthur John Schmidt 68, of Dunnellon, Florida and formerly of Brewster, New York and Long Island, passed away Friday, June 15, 2012. Born in Manhattan, March 1, 1944, he was the son of the late Harold and Palmina Schmidt. John was a foreman for the NYS Department of Transportation for many years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and trains.

John is survived by his wife, Jayne Schmidt, his children, Greg Schmidt and his wife Wendy of Ballston Spa, and Patricia Reynolds and her husband Richard of Bethel, Connecticut, four grandchildren, Austin Jansons of Bethel, Connecticut, Tyler Schmidt of Ballston Spa, Brandon Schmidt of Ballston Spa, and Abigail Reynolds of Bethel, Connecticut, brother, Harold “Skip” Schmidt and his wife Cathy of Walton, and sister, Joanne Kenwood and her husband Mike of Miller Place.

A memorial service will be held 11am Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 10-11am Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Marian Ravenscroft Wing 90, of Saratoga Springs, passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Born in Albany, February 27, 1922, she was the daughter of John and Thelma Rogers. Marian worked for the NYS Department of Health for many years. She was a master gardener and enjoyed quilting and cooking.

Marian is survived by her sister, Eleanor Winters (Jerry) of Malta, niece, Geri Wiley (Richard) of Troy, Scott Winters of Mesa, Arizona, Greg Winters (Karen) of Saratoga Springs, and Jeffrey Winters (Kim) of Stillwater, several great nieces and great nephews, and three great great nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11am Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy. Memorial contributions may be made to Jonesville United Methodist Church, 963 Main Street, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

The family would like to thank the staff of 5 Springs at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs for their care and compassion.