Obituaries


Carl A. Baker 72 of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, December 31, 2012. Born in West Milton, January 17, 1940, he was the son of the late Harold and Ethel Baker. Carl was a mechanic for the Ballston Spa Central Schools.

He was predeceased by his brother, Harold Samuel Baker and stepdaughter, Leah Taylor. Carl is survived by his wife, Evelyn Baker, stepchildren, Allen Adams of Ballston Spa and Jill Barnes of South Carolina, brothers, Charles Baker of Ballston Spa, William Baker of Ballston Spa and George Baker of Connecticut and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Powell Wiswall Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Joyce Hopper 52 of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2012. Born in Schenectady, October 26, 1960, she was the daughter of the late James and Marion Hopper. Joyce worked at the NYS Tree Nursery in Saratoga Springs.

Joyce is survived by her friends, Peter Wilson and Mark Hersh and her classmates from Ballston Spa High School Class of 1979.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Friday, January 4 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park, Schenectady.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Ronald D. Wagner 79 of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2012. Born in Troy, January 15, 1933, he was the son of the late Charles and Louise Wagner. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Ron was a chemist and worked for Astro Chemicals in Burnt Hills for over twenty years, retiring in 1997.

Ron was a member of the Ballston Spa Congregation of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He enjoyed camping and winemaking. He was a carpenter and was always working on a project.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Bernard and Charles Wagner. Ron is survived by his wife, Jo-Anne Wagner, his children, Steven Wagner (Brenda) of Gloversville, Tracy Hill (Leslie) of Missouri, Suzanne Hill (Michael) of Mechanicville, and Ronald Wagner, Jr (Dawn) of Ballston Spa, four sisters, Louise Hunter of North Chili, Marjorie Vitale of Alleghany, Barbara Woodworth of Cape Cod and Carol Skarshinski of Defreestville, three brothers, Richard Wagner of Huntsville, Alabama, Paul Wagner of Pittstown and George Wagner of Rensselaer, five grandchildren, one great granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, December 30 from 3-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be 12:30pm Monday, December 31 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. A memorial service will be held 7pm Monday, December 31 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 740 Goode Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Thomas R. Baker 49 of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, December 23, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, September 30, 1963, he was the son of the late Gene and Jean Baker. Tom served in the US Marine Corps. He worked for Ken Merchant Masonry. He enjoyed bullriding and encouraged many young riders. Tom will be remembered for his great sense of humor.

Tom is survived by his wife, Tracie Baker, his daughters, Jaimy Lewis (Jason Greenhalgh) of Ballston Spa, Katelyn Baker of Ballston Spa and Faith Baker of Northville, stepchildren, Emily Stewart of Northville and Martin Stewart of Northville, grandchildren, Landon Ellis and Jaedyn Loria, sisters, Diane Duhame (John Heritage) of Galway and Linda Morrison (Glen) of Argyle, companion, Anita Evans of Ballston Spa and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 2-4pm Saturday, December 29 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KA 66675 or www.woundedwarriorproject.org

Kathryn B. D’Ambro 66 of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, December 23, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, January 24, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Pasquale and Antoinette Monaco. Kat was a waitress at JeRon’s Restaurant and Manna’s Restaurant in Ballston Spa for over twenty years. She was an avid Giants and Yankee fan and enjoyed going to the Saratoga Racetrack. Kat was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing for family gatherings.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Bernard and Louis Monaco, and two sisters, Jennie Odorizzo and Sophie Wolfershiem. Kat is survived by her brothers and sisters, Theresa Monaco of Ballston Spa, Anthony Monaco of Amsterdam, James Monaco of Saratoga Springs, Josephine Dufort of Ballston Spa, Joseph Monaco of Ballston Spa, Albert Monaco of Scotia, Harry Monaco of Ballston Spa, Pasquale Monaco of Ballston Spa, Olivio “Tete” Monaco of Ballston Spa, and Donald Monaco of Ballston Spa, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9am Saturday, December 29 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 28 from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Robert J. Moore 89 of Malta, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2012. Born in Englewood, NJ, March 13, 1923, he was the son of the late William and Catherine Moore. Bob was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp serving in World War II. He was honorably discharged in October of 1945 from Marine Wing Service Squadron Nine, 9th MAW, FMF. Bob participated in the capture and occupation of Saipan, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

He resided in New City, Rockland County from 1953-1991. Bob was a sales representative for Dennison Manufacturing Co in Massachusetts. He enjoyed playing golf and was an avid fan of Notre Dame.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Lisa Breda, sister, Jean Maetrich and son in law, Frank Zimmerman. Bob is survived by his wife Grace Moore, his daughters, Terry-Ann Zimmerman of Middleton and Kathleen Greco (Glen) of Ballston Spa, son in law, Daryl Breda of Clifton Park, grandchildren, Patrick, Molly, Nicole, Joseph, Daniel, Glen and Alaina, great grandson, Giovanni, sister, Nancy Sonzogni (Charles) of New Jersey and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Friday, December 28 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 Thursday, December 27 from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post 234, 23 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Paul Benzal 96 of Ballston Spa passed away Friday, December 21, 2012. Born in New York, NY, March 21, 1916, he was the son of the late Alexander and Barbara Benzal. Paul was a machinist at General Electric Co. in Schenectady, until his retirement. He enjoyed landscaping, fishing, his iceboat (a converted airplane) and home maintenance.

Paul is survived by his wife of 71 years, Blanche Jaworsky Benzal, his daughter, Dr. Eileen Friedman and son in law, Stan Friedman of Fayetteville, NY.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 12:30 to 1:30pm Thursday, December 27, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 1:30pm. Burial will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie.

Barbara K. Presler 79 of Saratoga Springs, passed away peacefully Friday, December 21, 2012. Born in Springfield, Vermont, May 14, 1933, she was the daughter of the late John and Helen Skill Koledo. Barb was a bookkeeper and secretary at Paddock Pool in Albany, Espey Manufacturing and Guyson Industries in Saratoga Springs.

Barb was a charter member of the Saratoga Springs Elks Lodge Ladies Auxiliary. She and her beloved husband were past Co-Presidents of the Saratoga Springs Junior High School PTA. She enjoyed cooking, reading, playing Chinese checkers and making arts and crafts with her family.

She was predeceased by her brothers, James and Thomas Koledo. Barb is survived by her husband, Lawrence W Presler, her children, Karen Nolan of Saratoga Springs, Ronald Presler (Barb) of Churchville, Bill Presler of Warrensburg and James Presler of Saratoga Springs, grandchildren, Crystal, Kathleen, Bradley, Julie, Michelle, Erica and Gabrielle, great grandchildren, Matthew and Cassie, brothers, Frederic Koledo (Carol), Peter Koledo and Stephen Ankuda (Ellen), sisters, Mary Jane Roberts (Floyd) and Catherine Merrill (Dan) all of Springfield, Vermont, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9-11am Wednesday, December 26 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A mass of Christian burial will follow at 11:30 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Woodlands Cemetery, Cambridge, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 260 Osborne Road, Albany, NY 12211.

A. Alberta Debuonaventura 85 of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2012, surrounded by her daughters. Born in Saratoga Springs, June 17, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary DiVesto. Alberta was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking for family gatherings. 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 Pio Debuonaventura, and her brothers, Nicholas and Richard DiVesto. Alberta is survived by her daughters, Leonilde Beals (Bill) of Clay, Mary Ann Lawrence of Saratoga Springs, Pia Kellogg (David) of Ballston Spa, Gilda Blair (Bob) of Saratoga Springs and Lisa Kennedy (Don) of Ballston Spa, her grandchildren, Jason, Vincent, Maria, Ann, Elizabeth, Nicholas and Sydney, and great grandchildren, Gabriela, Mason, Luca, Mira, Cooper and Maci.

Funeral services will be held 9am Saturday, December 22 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Peters Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5-8pm on Friday, December 21 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

Joseph F. Shagalski III 64 of Ballston Spa, passed away after a long illness Wednesday, December 19, 2012. Born in Troy, NY, November 27, 1948 he was the son of Shirley Belcher Shagalski and the late Joseph F. Shagalski, Jr. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Joe was a sheet metal worker for Local 83 in Albany for many years. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and was an avid sports card collector. He loved baking and made many specialty cakes for family gatherings.

He was predeceased by his father, Joseph F. Shagalski, Jr and sister, JoAnn Duval. Joe is survived by his wife Marjorie Wilt Shagalski, his children, Renée Tilley-Goyette of Green Island, Melissa Shagalski of Waterford and Brandyn Shagalski of Ballston Spa, three grandchildren, Jesse Tilley, Stephen Goyette, and Anthony Villano, his mother, Shirley Shagalski of Guilderland, sister, Shirley Kelly of Rochester, brother, John Shagalski of Colonie and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service with military honors at 10 o’clock Monday, December 24, at Memory Gardens, 983 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Colonie. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Vet Help, 36 Church Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Olga D. Hagarty 80 of Saratoga Springs, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2012. She was born in New York, New York, January 26, 1932. She attended Metropolitan Hospital School of Nursing and Columbia University. She was a Captain in the US Army Nurse Corp and was awarded the National Defense Medal and Vietnam Service Medal. Olga was the school nurse at Galway Central Schools for many years.

Olga was predeceased by her husband Harry F. Hagarty. She is survived by her nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Wednesday, December 19 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Entombment will follow in Schenectady Memorial Park.

William C. Le Barron 82 of Hartwell, Georgia, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, May 1, 1930, he was the son of the late Elwin and Mary Jones Le Barron. He was a Marine Corp veteran of the Korean War. Bill was an accountant. He was a member of the North Salem American Legion Post and Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Hartwell, Georgia.

Bill was predeceased by his loving wife of 50 years, Elsie Marakovitz Le Barron, sister, Jean Atkins, and five brothers, Kenneth, Paul, Ronald, Franklin and Ralph Le Barron. Bill is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Cole and her husband James of Poughkeepsie, three sons, Kenneth Le Barron of Marlboro, Paul Le Barron and his wife Kathleen of North Salem, and Eugene Le Barron and his wife Kari of Elberton, Georgia, his brother, Elwin Le Barron of Hartwell, Georgia, his sister, Patricia Brust of Middle Grove, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 14 from 9-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 12 noon at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post #1866 PO Box 511, North Salem, NY 10560.

Caroline H. St. Onge 94 passed away peacefully Monday, December 10, 2012 at Schuyler Ridge Nursing Facility. Born in Detroit, Michigan, October 9, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Mary Ryer. She moved to Schenectady and later to Saratoga Springs before her last months at Schuyler Ridge. Carol worked for many years in a Schenectady pharmacy and then served families in the Saratoga region in the care of their homes.

Carol was predeceased by her first husband Freemont Weatherwax, her second husband Paul St. Onge, her grandson Robert Weatherwax Jr, her sister Delphine Bullis, and her beloved sister Isabel Ryer. Carol is survived by her son Robert Weatherwax (JoAnn), her grandson Scott Weatherwax, her great granddaughter Colleen Weatherwax, and her dear friends Vivian and Jim Tortorici.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 1pm Wednesday, December 12, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Interment will follow in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204.

Thank you to the caregivers at Seton Health at Schuyler Ridge and very special appreciation to Jane and Jim, whose activities, especially music, delighted Carol.

Mary H. Crawford 90 of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2012. Born in Milton, NY, May 29, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Hazel Pettit. Mary worked for the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles for many years. She enjoyed gardening, knitting and spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 67 years, Donald “Pop” Crawford. Mary is survived by her children, Sharon Bassett and her husband Robert, and William Crawford and his wife Joyce, grandchildren, Mark Bassett, Deanna Rohloff (Brian), Tammy Townsend (Sean), Scott Crawford (Jennifer), and Dan Palmateer, great grandchildren, Brianna, Niaomi and Milan, sister, Marjorie Palmatier (Harold), brothers, Dale Pettit (Lois) and Kenneth Pettit (Dorothy), and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga County Fair, c/o Saratoga County Agricultural Society, 162 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to her extended family at Maplewood Manor for the wonderful care given to Mary.

Jeanette G. Pratt 82 of Ballston Lake, passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2012. Born in Berlin, NH, October 5, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Grace White. She attended Castleton Teachers College and received her bachelor’s degree from the College of St Rose. Jeanette taught first and third grade at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Ballston Spa, until her retirement in 1992. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and sewing. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends.

Jeanette was predeceased by her husband, Earle, son, Daniel, brother, Kenneth White and sister, Mary Jane Barone. She is survived by her children, Stephen Pratt (Laura) of Richmond, VA, David Pratt (Sandy) of Cleveland, GA, Tina McQuiston (William) of Ballston Lake and Michele Lawson (Michael) of Ballston Spa, two brothers, Arthur White of California and Ernest White of Massachusetts, 12 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Monday, December 10, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5-7pm Sunday, December 9, 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 or St Mary’s School, 40 Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

William P. Heritage 60 of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, February 16, 1952, he was the son of Margaret Wojtowecz Heritage and the late William Heritage. He served in the US Marine Corp. Billy worked for General Electric. He later was a self employed contractor and worked for several local contractors. Billy enjoyed hunting and spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his father William J. Heritage and his brother Wayne Heritage. Billy is survived by his wife Brenda, his son, William J. Heritage of Ballston Spa, stepchildren, Lenore Bellinger of Ballston Spa, Jennifer Wachunas of Washington, DC and Nicholas Wachunas of Ballston Spa, grandson, Isaac Wachunas, mother, Margaret Heritage of Ballston Spa, brothers, John Heritage of Galway, and Randy Heritage of Ballston Spa, sisters, Vicki Heritage of Ballston Spa, and Cindy DeLancey of Corinth, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, December 5 from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Burial with military honors will be held 10:30am Thursday, December 6 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

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

Lois D. Ramsey 55 of Greenfield Center, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, July 9, 1957, she was the daughter of Wilfred R. Jones and the late Dorothy Knowlton Jones. Lois enjoyed spending time with her family.

Lois is survived by her daughters, Eugenia Ramsey (Rodney Bodenstab) of Greenfield Center, Sherry Harrington (Michael) of Saratoga Springs, two grandchildren, Derek Harrington and Kaitlin Harrington, father, Wilfred Jones of Greenfield Center, two sisters, Marilyn Krutsinger (Brian) of Greenfield Center and Dorothy Turner (Dale) of Orlando, Florida, brother, Donald King of Corinth and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, December 3 from 1-2pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 2pm.

Edward T. Chase 81 of Saratoga Springs passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Wesley Community. Born in Rotterdam, September 13, 1931 he was the son of the late Francis and Helen Chase. Ed worked as a welder for the General Electric Company for over 25 years. He was a member of the Kayaderosseras Fish and Game Club and the NRA. He enjoyed gardening, canning pickles and salsa. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter.

Ed was predeceased by his great grandson Bentley Miner, 4 brothers John, Leon, Frank and Joseph, and sister, Helen Gibson.

Ed is survived by his wife of 59 years, Naomi Chase, his children Thomas Chase of Ballston Spa, Sharon Davidson (Mike Nelson) of Wilton and Mark Chase (Toni) of Wilton, grandchildren, Kristen Chase, Kyle Flannery, Dustin Flannery, Britnie Minor (John), Tiffanie Chase, and Courtnie Chase.

In accordance with Ed’s wishes there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Ronald McDonald House, 139 South Lake Ave, Albany NY 12208 www.rmhcofalbany.org/lend-a-hand/donate.cfm

Fred L. Tedesco Sr “Butch” 54 of Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully Monday, November 19 surrounded by his family. Born in Schenectady, May 11, 1958, he was the son of the late Fred and Beverly Tedesco. He attended Mont Pleasant High School. Butch enjoyed camping, golfing, hunting, fishing, picnics and spending time with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his beloved son, Steven Tedesco, Sr, his sister, Tina Tedesco, niece, Jamie Poteet and father in law, Wayne VanValkenburgh, Sr. Butch is survived by his sons, Fred Tedesco (Leslie) and Scott Tedesco (Tara) both of Ballston Spa, and their mother Wendy VanValkenburgh, his grandchildren, Tia, Steven, Shane, Shawn, Seth, Paige, Dominic, Drake, Danielle, Destiny, Kyleigh and Mariah, his mother in law, June VanValkenburgh and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, November 23 from 2-4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 5 Computer Drive West, Albany, NY 12205.

Richard E. Davis 71 of Malta, passed away Friday, November 16, 2012, surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Albany, NY, July 28, 1941, and lived in the Round Lake Malta area since 1970. He served in the US Army.

At age 16, Dick joined the East Greenbush Fire Department and became a member of the Round Lake Fire Department in 1970. He served many years as Chief and then lastly as Safety Officer.
He enjoyed camping, hunting, cooking and spent many hours watching the Food Network.

He was predeceased by his father, F. Norton Davis and his mother, Harriet “Evelyn” Egner.

Dick is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Catherine Davis, his beautiful children, Laura Williams (Russ) of Mount Victory, Ohio, Richard E. Davis, Jr of Castleton, Shirley Seefeld (Ray) of Burnt Hills, Curtis Davis of Ballston Spa, Wendy Hamill of Vernon, Connecticut, Lisa Ross (Michael) of England, Taralee McGrath (Evan) of Ballston Lake and Monique Davis of Malta; his beloved grandchildren, Nicole, Christina, Alicia, Bambi, Josh, RJ, Nick, Tommy, Joshua, Jordan, Alexa, Aleyna, Kyla, Kelsey and Carter; his brother Norton “Sonny” Davis (Barbara) of Ballston Spa, many great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, November 19 at St Peter Lutheran Church, 2776 Route 9, Malta. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, November 18 from 4-8pm at St Peter Lutheran Church. The firemen will hold a service at 6pm.

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

The family would like to thank Dick’s Hospice nurses Dixie and Carole, and all the Hospice staff for their care and compassion.

Jerre H. Crouch, 71 of Ballston Lake passed away Friday, November 9, 2012. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on June 8, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Rebecca (Sackett) Miller.

Jerre was a 1959 graduate of Baldwin High School in Whitehall, PA. She worked in Real Estate for over 20 years and operated her business, Fair Acres Realty in Ballston Spa for many years. After retiring, she worked in the sales department of several area hotels, a second career that tied in well with her love of traveling with family. Jerre was a member of the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association. She enjoyed reading and jigsaw puzzles, loved board games and playing cards and was an avid tennis fan.

Jerre was community minded, a former Parent Teacher Association President who was also involved in charity work throughout her life. At various times she worked with the March of Dimes, Fresh Air Kids, The Cancer Society, Equinox and for many years contributed to the Southern Saratoga County Chamber Angels Program, a program that donates Christmas gifts to children and families in financial hardship.

She is survived by her children, Timothy Crouch and his wife, Rosemary of Adams, MA, Terri O’Connor and her husband, Brenden of Phoenix, AZ, Traci McGinness and her husband, James of Wilmington, NC, and Todd Crouch of Ballston Spa; sisters, Joan Desmuke and family of Pittsburgh, PA and Janet Wojnovich and her husband James and family of Baldwinsville, NY; brother, Kenneth Miller; grandchildren, Justin, Courtney, Jeffrey, Ryan, Steven, Kyle and Erin; and two great grandchildren. “We love you!”

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 5-7 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Southern Saratoga County Chamber of Angels, 15 Park Avenue #7B, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

Jean Murphy 69, of Gansevoort, passed away Friday, November 9, 2012. Born in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, January 23, 1943, she was the daughter of the late David and Frances Miller. Jean was a homemaker. She enjoyed reading and a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee.

Jean is survived by her husband Jack Murphy, her daughters, Lisa Hebert and her husband Tom of Fort Worth, Texas and Michelle Louden and her husband Bill of Malta, two granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Michayla Hebert and her sister, Violet Green of Florida.

A graveside service will be held 1pm Tuesday November 13 at Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Knolls Alliance Church, 614 Gansevoort Road, South Glens Falls, NY 12803.

A memorial service will be held at the Pine Knolls Alliance Church at a later date.

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.