Obituaries


Mark M. Rider, age 64, of Ballston Spa, passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Oneonta on December 21, 1947, he was the son of the late Charles and Eleanor Rider. He was a sergeant in the United States Army during the Vietnam era.

Mark was an attorney in private practice from 1975-1998. He worked for the County of Saratoga and the Saratoga County Attorney’s Office for over 25 years, being first appointed Assistant County Attorney, then promoted to First Assistant County Attorney and appointed to County Attorney on May 1, 1998. He retired on December 28, 2010.

His distinguished legal and public service careers have included serving as President of the Saratoga County Bar Association in 1993, member of the NYS Bar Association’s House of Delegates, member of the Committee on Professional Standards, Chair of the Ballston Spa Educational Foundation and President of the NYS County Attorney’s Association. He was a member and past president of the Ballston Spa Lions Club and a long time member of the Ballston Spa Country Club.

Mark was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York in 1992 and the NYS Bar Association President’s Pro Bono Service Award in 1996. His loyalty and dedication to his work earned him the respect of his colleagues, County department staff and members of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors

Mark was a passionate golfer and an avid fan of the Yankees and Irish music. Over the years he coached T-ball, baseball, soccer and basketball. He could often be seen out running with his faithful dog Mac by his side. Mark was a beloved husband, father, Pop-Pop and friend.

Mark is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Mandy Rider, his children, Heather Hammond (John) of Fayston, VT, Tara Galovski (Jim) of St. Louis, MO, and Robert Rider (Bridget) of Niskayuna, grandchildren, Ellie, Maddie, Saige, Hope, Sammy, Abigail, Morgan and Cassady, sister, Carolyn Chase (Jack) of Utah, brother, James Rider (Lisa) of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30am Saturday, November 10 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 Friday from 2-4 and 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

John J. Rubinski 90 of Galway, passed away November 6, 2012. Born in Hagaman, NY, July 12, 1922, he was the son of the late Albert and Bernice Rubinski. John was a Navy veteran of World War II serving in the VP81 Black Cats as an Airman 1st Class.

John worked for Mohasco Rug Mill in Amsterdam and later for the Fort Miller Service Corp. He was fond of picking apples at Knights Orchard in Burnt Hills. He enjoyed working on the family farm splitting wood and feeding his deer, raccoons and many wildlife friends.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Edward and Walter and his sister Cecilia Kulpa. John is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Helen Jaworsky Rubinski, his grandson, Michael Kennedy and his wife Kellie and their children Justin and Lexi; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, November 10 from 12:30-1:30pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 1:30pm. Burial will be in St Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Galway Emergency Medical Services, PO Box 52, Galway, NY 12074.

William M. Gaba 75 of Middle Grove, passed away suddenly on Monday, November 5, 2012. Born in New York, New York, September 22, 1937. He was the son of the late John and Milly Gaba. Bill worked at Cottrell Paper Company in Rock City Falls, NY from November 12, 1956 until August 14, 1965 and also owned and operated his own business Gaba’s Towing and Auto Parts full-time from 1959 until present.

Bill was an icon in his community. His generosity and willingness to help others went above and beyond and his dedication was felt by all. He was an avid Nascar and Local Stock Car racing fan, sponsoring many of the local drivers. He provided towing service to many of the local race tracks, including Albany-Saratoga, Fonda, Utica-Rome and Devils Bowl in Vermont.

Over the years, Bill donated many cars to the local fire departments for their training purposes. He enjoyed classic cars and you could always look for his classic car in the annual Memorial Day Parade in Rock City Falls.

Bill was predeceased by his brothers John and Joseph and his Aunt Mary Belstak. Bill is survived by his wife Sara Garrison Gaba, his children James Gaba (Debra) of Greenfield, and Lori Gaba of West Sand Lake, his grandson Andrew W. Blair, Jimmy’s two stepchildren Benjamin and Danielle. His cats Punkin and Callie, several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, November 9 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Rock City Falls Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 4-8pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to your local fire department.

The family would like to thank the Saratoga Springs Fire Department, Matt’s Towing Service, Saratoga Hospital Staff and all of Bill’s friends for their care and compassion.

Linda L. Collins 67 of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, November 2, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Ballston Spa, July 9, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Helen Thompson. Linda was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. She worked in the print room at the Ballston Journal for many years and later was a nutritionist for the Ballston Spa Central School Head Start Program.

Linda enjoyed crafts, working in her garden and being outdoors. When her children were younger she worked with horses and they attended rodeos together. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughter Malinda and her brother Philip. Linda is survived by her husband William Collins, her children, Tammie Schott of Ballston Spa and Michael Green (Stacy) of Ballston Spa, stepchildren, Sarah TenEyck of Ballston Spa, Kathleen Currier (Steve) of Ballston Spa, Marisa Collins of Wilton and William Collins, Jr of Stillwater, three brothers, Edwin Thompson of Poughkeepsie, George Thompson (Beverly) of Ballston Spa and Kenneth Thompson (Deborah) of Graham, NC, many grandchildren and great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 10am Wednesday, November 7, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Rock City Falls Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 6-8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Milton Eagles Fire Dept, PO Box 72, Rock City Falls, NY 12863.

John J. LaGalles 59 of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, September 19, 1953, he was the son of the late Joseph and Beatrice LaGalles. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and Saratoga BOCES auto mechanic and advanced welding program. He attended General Motors Training School in Terrytown, NY. John was a construction foreman at Carver Construction for over 20 years.

John was a life member of Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co No 1 where he served as Captain in 1978-79 and 1987-1988, Chief from 1985-87 and President from 2006-2007. He took numerous courses at the NYS Fire Academy in Montour Falls, NY. He enjoyed fishing, boating and watching Nascar.

John was loved dearly by his family and admired by his many friends. He will be missed beyond measure. He was a big man with an even bigger heart.

He was predeceased by his sister, Patricia and his brother, Paul LaGalles. John is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Abel LaGalles, his children, Laura Stark and her husband Jake, Gregory LaGalles, and Allison LaGalles, all of Ballston Spa, his sisters, Betty McCullough and her husband Joseph of Ballston Spa, and Nancy Kardash and her husband David of Remsen, sister in laws, Elizabeth Abel of White Bear Lake, MN, Jacqueline Ristau and her husband John of Sydney, Australia, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, November 4, from 12-2pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 2pm. Burial will be in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co No 1, PO Box 4, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to John’s dear friend, Carver Laraway.

Gretchen Geib Lally 67 formerly of Dater Hill, Brunswick, passed away Friday, October 19, 2012. Born in Amherst, NY, June 29, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Irene Lally. Gretchen was a dietician working for NYS for many years, retiring in 1992.

She was an animal activist and member of many organizations which support animals. She enjoyed cats and took in many neighborhood strays.

Gretchen is survived by her brothers, Michael Lally of Deep River, Iowa, Mark Lally of Missoula, Montana, her nieces and nephews, Jessie, Patrick, Joseph, Thomas, Mark, Nicole and Daniel, and great nieces and nephews, Samantha, Alexandra, Connor, Brooklyn, Miles, Gertie, Saya and Roanya.

Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Ave, Menands, NY 12204

Edward R. Shiffert 64 of Ballston Lake, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2012. Born in Mechanicville, December 28. 1947, he was the son of the late Otto and Elizabeth Shiffert. He was an Army veteran serving in Vietnam. After the war, he worked for Saratoga Hospital for ten years. Ed joined the Army National Guard, retiring after 30 years of service.

Ed was a life member of VFW Post 420 in Saratoga Springs. He enjoyed camping and hunting in Speculator, New York.

He was predeceased by his sister, Frances DuFore. Ed is survived by his wife, Helen, daughter, Darcy Bennett, son, Gregory Shiffert, stepdaughters, Debra Walker, Linda Welch, Kathy Myer and Tina Ahl, sister, Florence DeLaRosa, brothers, John Baker, Otto Shiffert and Brian Shiffert, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 12 noon Monday, October 22, at Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to meet at the cemetery at 11:45am.

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 43250.

Jessie E. Smith 73 of Ballston Spa, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2012. Born in Saratoga Springs, July 3, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Niles and Olga King. Jessie was a bus driver for Ballston Spa Central Schools for 20 years, retiring in 1994. She enjoyed Bingo and word search puzzles. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

Jessie is survived by her children, Olin Smith (Robin) of Irvington, NJ, Corlasta Brees (Jon) of Pemberton, NJ, and Louis Smith (Dawn) of Ballston Spa, her grandchildren, Amber and Stephanie Smith, three sisters, Patricia Merrill of Watertown, Georgette Smith of Ballston Spa, Carol-Sue Todd of Saratoga Springs, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 20 from 10am to 12noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ballston Lake Emergency Squad, PO Box 1005, Ballston Lake, NY 12019.

Phillip W. Marshall, Sr 82 of Corinth, passed away Monday, October 8, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, November 6, 1929, he was the son of the late Roy and Bessie Marshall. He served in the United States Army and moved to the Ballston Spa area in 1953. Phil was a sales representative for Glen Mohawk Dairy in Fultonville, which became Nedco, then Dairylea, and later H.P. Hood. He retired in 1994.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, kayaking, golfing and being in the great outdoors. He was an avid Red Sox and Giants fan. Phil was a great story teller and told many jokes too.

Phil is survived by his wife Carol Marshall, children, Phillip W. Marshall, Jr (Tammy) of Greenfield, and Jacqueline Haas (Mark) of Port Huron, Michigan, stepchildren, Amy Yacobucci (Greg) of Canajoharie, and Ronnie Bever of Corinth, grandchildren, Lindsay Tyler, Jerrid Marshall, Kaelyn Marshall, Andrew Yacobucci, and Taya Yacobucci, brothers, Robert Marshall of New Jersey and Craig Marshall of Gardner, Maine, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, October 12, from 6-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 7pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Radiation and Oncology Department at Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Anna M. Bohme 77 of Malta, passed away Monday, October 1, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, July 7, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Lillian Gledhill. Anna worked for Ballston Spa Central Schools for 25 years, retiring as administrative assistant for the superintendent. She then became office manager for her son’s business, Capital Computer Services in Latham. Anna enjoyed traveling, cooking, baking and working in her flower garden. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Anna is survived by her husband of 59 years, Raymond Bohme, her children, Raymond Bohme of Malta, David Bohme and his girlfriend Kelly Meek of Stillwater, and Cheri Amsden and her husband Michael of Mechanicville and her granddaughter, Melanie Bohme.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, October 6, 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 from 4-7pm at the funeral home.

Frederick J. Morris Sr, 77 of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, September 30, 2012. Born in Albany, February 8, 1935, he was the son of the late Alva and Anna Morris. Fred worked at Mack Drugs, Hall Drugs and retired as store manager of CVS in 1998. He enjoyed playing tennis, camping on Lake George and the Racino in Saratoga Springs.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Richard and Arthur Morris, and his stepgrandson, Christopher Northrup. Fred is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sylvia Morris, his children, Frederick J. Morris, Jr and his wife Karen of Ballston Spa, Debra Northrup and her husband Robert of Albany, granddaughter, Elizabeth Morris, stepgrandchildren, Cory Northrup, Timothy, Ryan and Kevin Garabedian, sister, Lorraine Morris Stern of Middle Grove and several nieces and nephews.

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

Moira Beverly Emigh, 90, died Friday morning, September 28, 2012 at her home. She was born Moira Beverly Baugh on February 2, 1922 in Scranton, PA, the daughter of John A. Baugh Sr. and Jeanette Moir Davis.

She graduated from Saratoga Springs High School at age 14 and from the Oneonta Normal School (now SUNY Oneonta) at age 17. She worked at General Electric during World War II and taught school for several years before raising her family. Moira was a member of the Greenfield Center Baptist Church for 59 years. Her desire was to know Jesus more, and to make him known to all those who God brought into her life.

She was predeceased by her 4 siblings, John A. Baugh Jr. of Middle Grove, NY, Robert Baugh of Mexico, Lois Hika of Middle Grove, NY and Eugene (Pete) Baugh of Middle Grove, NY.

Moira is survived by her husband of 62 years, Harold R. Emigh, her children, David Emigh (Debbie) of NJ, Beth Riegler (Randy) of MI, Abbi Galish (Steve) of Rock City Falls, NY, and Robin Emigh, (Leo) of Costa Rica,10 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and many church brothers and sisters.

A graveside service will be held 10am Tuesday, October 2, at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. A memorial service will follow at 11:30am at the Greenfield Center Baptist Church, 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center. All are invited to a luncheon in the church hall following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the City Mission of Schenectady, P.O. Box 760, Schenectady, NY 12301, or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Kathleen G. Dennis 97 of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2012. Born in Dowra, Ireland, February 14, 1915, she was the daughter of the late James and Jane Convey. She came to the United States in 1939, settling in New York City. She was a single mom and worked hard to raise her family and keep them together.

Kathleen was predeceased by 15 brothers and sisters, her son, Vincent Kevin and son in law, Jack Herrick. She is survived by her loving daughters, Elizabeth Howley and her husband Kenneth of Reno, Nevada, and Deborah Herrick of Ballston Spa, her granddaughters, Ann Marie Bennett and her husband Robert of Montgomery, Donna Herrick of Portland, Oregon, Kimberly Herrick of Ballston Spa and Laura Herrick of Ballston Spa.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Friday, September 28 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

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

Donald R. Ure Jr, 85 of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, September 23, 2012. Born in Saratoga Springs, September 3, 1927, he was the son of the late Donald and Beatrice Ure, Sr. Don worked for General Foods in Saratoga Springs for over 30 years, retiring in the late 80’s. He enjoyed square dancing. He was an antique car enthusiast and mechanic and restored many cars. Don was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

He was predeceased by his grandson, Jason Sherman. Don is survived by his wife, Shirley Kenyon Ure, his daughters, Sharon Hudson and her husband Rick of Niskayuna, Pamela Laskey of Clifton Park and Vicki Marie Ure of Ballston Spa, seven grandchildren, Ben Sherman, Bradley Laskey, Andrew Laskey, Kimberly Laskey Rose, Anthony Potente III, Devin Moseman and Spencer Moseman, three great grandchildren, Leila, Cameron and Ethan, two brothers, Leon Ure of Glens Falls and Carl Ure of Saratoga Springs, three sisters, Fannie Whitney of Maine, Carol Irwin of Ballston Spa and Alice Pillsbury of Virginia, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Wednesday, September 26, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday evening from 5-7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities of Saratoga County, 142 Regent Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Virginia C. Burmester passed away peacefully at her home on September 22, 2012. Virginia was born in Schenectady March 31, 1913 and was a lifelong resident of the area. She was active in the business community for many years in various capacities including landlord, real estate, and car sales. Virginia and her husband Herb were proprietors of Milton Terrace Grocery. Virginia was the "Idea Person", Herb the "Worker Bee".

Virginia was a charter member of the Malta Ridge Grange; a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher, sang in the choir, and enjoyed the Ladies Aid. She was a member of Eastern Star, Friends of the BH/BL Library, and the General Federation of Women's Club Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake Chapter where she held offices at local and state levels. She served as President and was an enthusiastic member of "Formers". She also sang with the Octavos and loved Bridge, especially duplicate.

She was predeceased by husband Herbert, parents Patrick Curran and Minnie Hogan Curran Bender, her stepfather Henry Bender, and granddaughter Megan Stange. Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Stange and her husband Gary, grandson Todd Stange and his wife Jill, granddaughter Erin Armand and her husband Dean, great grandchildren Carly, Christian, and Aaron Stange, Weston and Michael Armand, and Kevin Patrick Knight.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Tuesday October 9, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church, 22 West High St., Ballston Spa. Burial will follow at the Ballston Spa Cemetery. Friends may call from 10-11am at the church prior to the services.

Following the services, please join the family at the church for a luncheon and fellowship.

Memorial contributions may be made in Virginia's memory to the First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa, 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or to a charity of your choice.

Charles Lowell Collins Sr, 77 of Hadley, passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2012. Born in Wellsville, Missouri, April 14, 1935, he was the son of the late Woodrow and Marie McCaslin. He served in the US Air Force in Alaska and Massachusetts. He left the Air Force in 1957 and moved to Schenectady, NY. Charles joined the NY Air National Guard where he was a loadmaster flying all over the world. He retired from the Air National Guard in 1994 as Senior Master Sergeant and received the Meritorious Service Award.

He and his wife Ellie were avid volunteers at various state and national parks throughout the United States. Charles was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and High Priest in the Church. He served as a Temple Ordinance Worker in the St Louis Temple and Orlando Temple. Charles enjoyed the outdoors and loved to fly.

Charles is survived by his wife, Eleanor Ann Bennett Collins, his children, Charles Collins Jr (Doreen) of Middle Grove, Sherrie Collins of Corinth, and Erin Lowery (Paul) of Schenectady, stepchildren; Stephen B. Tinney (Wanda) of South Carolina, Matthew B. Tinney of Mayfield, Wendy Ann B. Tinney of Saratoga Springs and Mark B. Tinney of Columbus, GA; brother, James D. McCaslin of Buffalo, Missouri, step brothers, Edward P. Bennett (Lorraine) of Ballston Lake and Robert A. Bennett (Cheryl) of Northville. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11:30am Saturday, September 22, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Glenmore Avenue, Saratoga Springs. A calling hour will precede the service from 10:30-11:30am at the church. Burial with military honors will follow in the Batchellerville Cemetery in Edinburg.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Humanitarian Services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, c/o Bishop Garth M. Nelson, 2 Huntington Parkway, Ballston Lake, NY 12019; Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, or the charity of your choice.

Carol Slater 68 of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, September 17, 2012. She worked at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for several years. Carol is survived by her brothers and many friends. There are no services scheduled at this time.

Doris Bertha Colby 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at her home in Maplewood Manor, Ballston Spa, after a long illness. Born in Staten Island, New York on September 2, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Helen Lewis and Frank Bruno Mendizza. Doris was employed for many years by Proctor and Gamble as a Product Analyst. When she retired, she spent many happy years in Florida, before making her home at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa, where she was cared for with respect and dignity by the staff and found happiness there.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Frank, two sisters, Helen Aiello, and Marion Mangiapia, and a brother William Mendizza. Doris is survived by two sons, Frank W. Colby, Jr. and his wife, Mary of Ballston Spa and George G. Colby and his wife Donna of Staten Island, a sister, Marie Clarke of Kansas City, Missouri, a brother, Jackie Mendizza of Old Bridge, New Jersey, and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend her memorial service 11am Wednesday, September 26 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to Maplewood Manor, A3 Unit, Activity Fund, 149 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

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.