Obituaries


Isaac N. Turner, 27 of Burnt Hills, passed away suddenly Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Born in Ilion, NY, January 4, 1985, he was the son of Steven and Patricia Turner. Isaac was a graduate of Schenectady Christian School and Hudson Valley Community College. He was the owner and operator of Turner Painting and Carpentry.

Isaac enjoyed spending time with his close friends, fishing, hunting, camping and hiking in the great outdoors. He was a skilled craftsman and enjoyed working with his hands. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

Isaac is survived by his wife, Melissa Bartell Turner, his children, Jenna and Colson Turner, his parents, Steven and Patricia Turner of Ballston Spa, his brothers and sisters, Naomi Emerson (Dan), Joshua Turner (Jane), Micah Turner (Amber), Nate Turner, John Turner, Daniel Turner, Jacob Turner and Anna Turner, his mother in law and father in law, Wendy and Bill Bartell of Charlton, his brother in law, Robert Bartell and lots of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 6pm Tuesday, April 10, at Believers Fellowship Center, Swaggertown Road, Scotia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a fund for the family c/o Believers Fellowship Center, 304 Swaggertown Road, Scotia, NY 12302.

Frances L. Scripter 88, of Ballston Spa passed away Monday, April 2, 2012. Born in Schenectady, June 2, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Johanna Hale. Frances was a seamstress and worked at the Ballston Dress Factory for many years. She enjoyed shopping and traveling. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family at all the family functions.

She was predeceased by her husband Hiley Scripter, her sisters, Johanna Warner and Zelda Burgoyne and her brothers, Lloyd Hale and Paul Hale. Frances is survived by her children, Bonnie Toivonen (Arnold) of Greenfield Center, Daniel Scripter (Davida) of Ballston Spa, and David Scripter (Carolyn) of Clifton Park, seven grandchildren, Michelle, Karen, Kevin, Amanda, Sara (Chris), Brian and Dan, two great grandsons, Michael and Harley, sister, Marie Van Wert of Mechanicville and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 6pm Wednesday, April 4 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Calling hours will precede the service from 4-6pm at the funeral home.

Nickie L. Foss 53 of Ballston Spa, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2012 at her home after a long courageous battle with cancer. Born in Troy, February 7, 1959, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Virginia Dunster Foss. Nickie graduated from Adirondack Community College with an Associate Degree in Business.

Nickie worked in customer service at Denby’s and the Carl Co and later at New Meadow Preschool and YMCA K-Care in Scotia. She worked for the Ballston Spa National Bank for 13 years and most recently was a calculations clerk for the NYS Dept of Agriculture and Markets.

She was a generous contributor to multiple charitable organizations and always made a point to participate in fund raising walks or 5k runs. Nickie enjoyed gardening, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, walking and being outside. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and her cherished cats.

Nickie is survived by her twin sister, Vickie Plumley of Long Lake and her children Jessica Plumley of East Greenbush and Nikolas Plumley of Waterford, her brothers, Rocky Foss and his wife Linda of Hurlock, Maryland, and Rod Foss and his wife Susan of Burnt Hills, and her nieces, Jennifer, Erica, Lisa, Sarah, Erika and Danielle.

A memorial service will be held 11am Saturday, April 28, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 10-11am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (www.ocrf.org) or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

A catered reception will be held at the Malta Ridge Firehouse on Route 9 immediately following the service.

Ronald A. Brown, 70, of Malta, passed away March 23, 2012 in Sarasota, Florida with his loving family by his side. Born on August 11, 1941 in Ballston Spa, NY, Ron was the oldest son of the late Alfred C. and Mary Greenough Brown. A lifelong resident of Malta, Ron grew up in Round Lake and was a 1959 graduate of Shenendehowa High School.

After graduating from Hudson Valley Community College, Ron began his career as a civil engineer. Ron retired in 1997 as a Materials Engineer for the NYS Department of Transportation. During his time with DOT, Ron met many of his lifelong friends and also met his loving wife of 47 years, Linda Edmonds Brown. His dedication to his work led to him being sent overseas to the Baltic States as a consultant and also being awarded the NYS DOT Excellence in Engineering Award in 1996.

Ron was a past volunteer fireman for the Round Lake Hose Company and also worked evenings as a mutual clerk in the clubhouse at the Saratoga Raceway for over 30 years.

Ron was a member of The Wesley Community Board from June 1989 to June 1998. He served as President of the board from June 1993 to June 1998. Both of Ron's parents and his grandmother, along with many friends, were residents of The Wesley Community, which was very dear to Ron.

In his retirement, Ron worked part time for the Gorman Brothers Group and spent the winters in Florida with his wife. Ron was a lifelong member of the Round Lake United Methodist Church and played many invaluable roles in the church over the years.

Ron was a wonderful husband, a loving father and a giving friend. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, traveling and taking photos of his family. Ron particularly loved the time he spent at his camp in Keene Valley, NY but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, Ron was predeceased by his younger brother, Robert Brown. He is survived by his wife Linda, their three children, Kim Bowman of Raleigh, NC, Traci Brown of Clifton Park, and Jeffrey Brown (Molly) of Clifton Park, his sister, Carol DeMartino (Robert) of Ballston Lake, his sister in law, Terry Brown of Round Lake, his four grandchildren whom he adored, Torrin Brown, Lauren Bowman, Grant Bowman and Cooper Brown, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 11am Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at the Round Lake United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Malta Ridge Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4-8pm Monday, April 9 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to the Round Lake United Methodist Church, PO Box 485, Round Lake, NY 12151.

Dale Reinhart, 76 of Saratoga Springs, passed away Monday, March 26, 2012. Born in New York City, April 13, 1935 he was the son of the late Lewis and Sally Reinhart. Dale was the owner and operator of Fashion Corner in Clifton Park. He owned race horses which he raced at the Saratoga Harness Track. Dale enjoyed spending time with his family especially his beloved granddaughter Larissa.

Dale is survived by his daughter, Tammey Heritage (Scott) of Porter Corners, granddaughter, Larissa Mulvaney of Saratoga Springs, sister, Marlene Feinberg (Michael) of Brooklyn, stepgranddaughter, Danielle Johnson of Arizona, three step great grandchildren and several nieces.

A memorial service will be held 1pm Saturday, March 31, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc
39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Cynthia Montgomery Herbst Chapman, 63, of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, March 26, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. Born in Jersey City, NJ, November 27, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Marie Herbst. She was a graduate of Neptune High School, Skidmore College and earned a masters degree in English from SUNY Albany.

Cynthia taught English at the Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School and Middle School for 35 years. She served as English Department Chairman for 18 years. She filled her life with a love of reading and writing and her passion was to instill this feeling in her students. Cynthia was an active participate in the Pushcart Fair, an annual Middle School event and was fondly known as the “Pushcart Queen.”

Cynthia was an avid literary connoisseur. In retirement, she ran multiple book clubs in conjunction with traveling with her husband Allan. She was a member of the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church and editor of the church bulletin. She had a lifelong quest for learning and strived to instill this feeling in her family, students, colleagues and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband of 37 years, Allan Chapman. Cynthia is survived by her children, Carrie Chapman and her fiancé Donald Hillmann, James Chapman and his wife Kaitlin, stepson, Allan Chapman, Jr and his wife Suzanne, and her four grandchildren, Phineas, Haley, Carly, and James.

A memorial service will be held 6pm Friday, March 30 at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, Milton Avenue Ballston Spa. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Annabella Remington Brown 93 of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, March 25, 2012. Born in Waterford, February 10, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Dora Allen Remington LaTour and Orange Remington.

Annabella was active with her family, friends and country living. She was a Brownie Leader, 4H Leader and Home Bureau instructor and enjoyed teaching sewing, arts and crafts, floral arranging, cake decorating, and beeswax candle making. She was well known for her beautiful rock gardens and doll collection.

She was predeceased by her husband, Philip T. Brown, sister, Blanche Fairfield, and grandson, Edward Brian Perkins. Annabella is survived by her children, Linda Butchino, Susan Monahan, William Brown, Gerald Brown, Richard Brown, Walter Brown and Robert Brown, 19 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren, 7 nieces and nephews, and 2 sisters in law.

Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, March 28, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy. A calling hour will precede the service from 10-11am at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Maplewood Manor, 149 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Donald G. Abeel 81 of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Born in Ballston Lake, February 14, 1931, he was the son of the late William and Hazel Abeel. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. Don was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 166 of Schenectady. He was an electrical supervisor at the Saratoga Flat Track for many years, retiring in 1994. After his retirement Don and his wife spent many winters in Zephyrhills, Florida.

Don was a communicant of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Clifton Park Elks Lodge and the Moose Club in Florida. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He loved spending time at his son’s camp in the Adirondacks.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Marilyn Hoyt, Janet Orologio, and Elizabeth Abeel, and his brothers, William Abeel and James Abeel. Don is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean Snyder Abeel, his children, Deborah J. Marek (William J.) of Ballston Spa, and Jeffrey D. Abeel of Ballston Spa, his grandson, Noah A. Marek of Ballston Spa, his beloved Jack Russell terrier Sara, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Monday, March 26, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in East Line Cemetery. Calling hours will precede the service on Monday from 10:30-12:30pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

James M. Pappalau 50, of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012, surrounded by his loving family and his beloved cats, Minnie and Smokey. Born in Schenectady, August 27, 1961, he was the son of the late George and Sylvia “Sally” Pappalau.

Jim owned and operated JSR Enterprise in Ballston Spa. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and Nascar. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

Jim is survived by his wife of 21 years, Carole Pappalau, his children Ryan (16), Samantha (17) and Jesse (27), his brothers and sisters, Sharon Raffan (Ernie) of Duanesburg, Linda Younts (David) of Goldsboro, NC, Karen Reith (Frank) of Albany, Kenneth Pappalau (Patricia) of Schenectady, Steven Pappalau (Lynn) of Schenectady, and Deborah Schecter (David) of Valatie, Auntie Bev Bouchard (Dan) of Troy, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Jimmy’s life 1pm Sunday, March 25 at the family home on 100 Finley Road, Ballston Spa. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a college fund for his children, c/o the First Niagara Bank.

Arthur Petraske "Art" 60 of Evergreen, Colorado died suddenly March 14, 2012. He enjoyed life to the fullest and was doing what he loved. Art was born in Niskayuna, March 2, 1952, he was the son of the late Karl and Stella Petraske. He was an eager and energetic youngster, traits that stayed with him throughout his life. He was a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School and the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. He loved to learn and was always eager for knowledge. He obtained his Masters in Geophysics at S.U.N.Y at Buffalo and a MBA in Finance at the University of Colorado. Art loved the science of geology and was thankful for the opportunities to contribute to the comradery and the challenges of working with his friends at Forest Oil.

He had a passion for mountain climbing, camping, ocean boogie boarding, polka dancing, traveling, running, and reading. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and helping others.

Art is survived by his brother, Dave and Patti Petraske, his sisters, Karen and Metro Breski, and Sylvia Armer and Brad Johnson, and his beloved nieces and nephews, Mark and Allison, Stephen and Judy, Melissa and Jason, Darren, Jason and Ellen, Melanie, Saralyn and Aaron, and great nieces and nephews, Noah, Chloe, Alec, Keira, Ethan, Michael, Samuel and Paige and his many friends.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, March 22 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 5-8pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in memory of Art to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 or the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Bertha A. Foedisch 97 of Albany, passed away Friday, March 16, 2012. Born in Johnsonville, December 17, 1914, she was the daughter of the late John and Katherine Grose. Bertha was a licensed practical nurse working in several Albany area hospitals and later became a private duty nurse. Bertha was a communicant of the Parish of the Mater Christi. She enjoyed traveling, crafts, gardening and taking care of her yard.

She was predeceased by her husband George and her brothers and sisters. Bertha is survived by three nieces, Kathleen Mattrazzo (Rick) of Ballston Spa, Dolores Scotti (Joseph) of Clifton Park and Diane Grose of Clifton Park, two great nephews, Christopher Scotti and Kevin Scotti, and dear friend, Mary Brunet of Albany.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Wednesday, March 21 at the Parish of Mater Christi, 40 Hopewell Street, Albany, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. A calling hour will precede the mass from 9:30-10:30am at the church. Burial will follow in Westerlo Central Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parish of Mater Christi, 40 Hopewell Street, Albany, NY 12208.

Gerald D. Longo 72, of Saratoga Springs, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2012, surrounded by his adoring family. Born in Saratoga Springs, July 28, 1939, he was the son of the late Jeremiah and Marjorie Callinan Longo. He was a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School.

Jerry was a maintenance mechanic at General Foods for 40 years. He also was a car mechanic at Bigsbee’s Garage. He was a member of the Saratoga Emergency Corp and the Saratoga Flying Club. He enjoyed fishing, reading, walking, astronomy, woodworking, photography, scuba diving, and skiing. He was a ham radio operator NI2Y with an Extra Class License, which is the highest level of ham license. He also enjoyed riding his red Harley Softail Deuce. Jerry had his pilot’s license and he and his wife Diane flew around the country in his small plane.

Jerry is survived by his wife Diane M. Longo, his children, Jerriann Zinter (Larry Jr) of Saratoga Springs and Philip Longo of Saratoga Springs, his precious grandchildren, Larry Zinter III and Lauryne Zinter of Saratoga Springs, three brothers, Robert Longo (Barbara) of New Port Richie, Florida, Richard Longo (Linda) of Greenfield Center, and Ronald Longo of Saratoga Springs, brother in law, Thomas Brophy of Middle Grove and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Tuesday, March 20, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with full 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 on Monday from 4-7pm 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.

Scott Smith, husband, father and friend, died peacefully on March 10th 2012, in his home, surrounded by his family and the people he loved.

He started his life in Rochester NY on July 31, 1957. As a young man he moved to his adopted hometown of Saratoga Springs where he married the love of his life and started and raised his beautiful family. Scott was also a highly accomplished athlete, artist, musician and craftsmen. He spent many happy hours working at the Collamer Building in Saratoga Springs.

All who had the gift of his company loved Scott. His life made a difference in this world. His strength of character, wisdom and positive nature left us with a lasting and meaningful path to follow.

He was predeceased by his mother, Valerie. Scott is survived by his wife of 27 years, Kim, his children, Ben and his wife Marjanna, Emilie, and Ryan, his father, George Smith of Rochester, brother, Steve Smith of Florida, and mother in law and father in law, Jim and Ellie Spencer of Middleburgh.

His family would like to thank all who contributed to the success of the recent “For the Love of Scott” benefit event. It brought joy to his heart and comfort to his family.

Our community is poorer because of his passing and his light will be missed.

A memorial service will be held 4pm Tuesday, March 13, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Gerard W. Cantwell 80, of Ballston Spa, passed away after a brief illness on Thursday March 1, 2012 at his home. He was born in Brooklyn, June 16, 1931, to the late Lewis and Margaret Cantwell. After high school Gerry pursued a college career at St Lawrence having been awarded a hockey scholarship. Then his path led him to the US Army where he served in Germany.

Back home in New York City, Gerry and his German wife, Margitta, were true New Yorkers. Gerry worked in advertising for CBS television and for Winkler Video, a division of CBS. While there he was a salesman and product facilitator.

After retirement he moved to Washington where he was widowed and soon returned to NYC. Persuaded by his long time college friend, he moved to Saratoga Springs and adapted readily. Gerry enjoyed many hours volunteering at the Saratoga Hospital and keeping the librarian busy checking out books. Gerry was a music lover, especially jazz and kept up to date with the New York Times and the New Yorker until just days before his death.

In May, 2009 he married Ann G. VanDerwerker. He is survived by Ann and her children, Amy Gilmore of Hopewell Junction, NY and William R. VanDerwerker III of Cool, California, whom he adored.

Friends are invited to a memorial service 7pm Wednesday, March 14, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 6-7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, The Mouth and Foot Painting Artists or ASPCA.

Frances G. Tersla Gannon 104 of Galway, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2012 at her home in St Cloud, Florida. Born in Schenectady, October 10, 1907, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Marie Parks Schermerhorn. She lived in Harmony Corners for many years and spent the winter months in Florida.

Frances worked for the Ballston Stillwater Knitting Co. She later worked for General Electric Co and American Locomotive in Schenectady where she was a welder for many years and a member of the 25 year club. She was a member of Harmony Corners Fire Dept Ladies Auxiliary where she worked at the chicken barbeques and many of their activities. She was also a member of the Harmony Corners Community Center. Frances was an avid gardener and enjoyed quilting. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her first husband Henry Tersla, her second husband Ernest Gannon, three brothers, George, Henry and Edward Schermerhorn, her sister, Jean VanBuren and her grandson, Joseph Pokrzywka. Frances is survived by her daughters, Henrietta Allen Morris (Delos) of Hudson Falls, Barbara Pickney (John) of Harmony Corners, and Dorothy Costanzo (Francis) of Galway, 13 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 11 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 12-2pm Saturday, March 10, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 2pm. Burial will be in Ashley Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ashley Cemetery Association, c/o Henrietta Sherman, 3236 Galway Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Harmony Corners Community Center, 1401 Peaceable Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Margaret L. Kloss 89 of South Glens Falls, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2012. Born in Fort Edward, November 8, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Gurney and Mary Kelly McCabe. She was a graduate of Fort Edward High School. During World War II she worked for the Watervliet Arsenal and General Electric.

She met John Kloss while working at the Scott Paper Co in Fort Edward. They were married on October 26, 1947, at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fort Edward. Margaret was a homemaker and loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. She will be missed by all after living a full and loving life.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, John Kloss and loving son, Ronald Kloss and two brothers, Joseph McCabe and Vincent McCabe. Margaret is survived by her children, Edward Kloss, Gerald Kloss, John Kloss, Jr all of South Glens Falls, Daniel Kloss and his wife Becky and their children, Joshua and Emily of Belchertown, MA, Mary DeFilippo and her husband Jerry, and their children Cara and Michael of Ballston Spa, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 1:30pm Wednesday, March 7 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Joseph’s Cemetery, Fort Edward. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s School, 40 Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Stanley J. Clark 73 of Malta, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012. Born in Binghamton, June 21, 1938, he was the son of the late Maurice and Grace Clark. Stan lived in Norwich and Oneonta before moving to Saratoga Springs in 1972. He worked for Saratoga Dairy and started his own glass business.

He was known as “Stan the Glass Man” and operated Stan’s Glass on Route 9 in Saratoga Springs for 20 years and Old Forge Glass in Old Forge, New York. Stan enjoyed restoring old cars and his favorite was his 53 Chevy Belair. He enjoyed classic car flea markets, truck shows and watching Nascar. He also liked snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and camping with his family.

He was a member of the Oneonta Fire Department, Old Forge Fire Department and the Maple Avenue Fire Department where he served as chief. He was a past member of the Greenfield Lions Club.

Stan is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Dorothy Parker Clark, daughter Donna Conley (Michael) of Malta, son Douglas Clark (Laurie) of Old Forge, three grandchildren, Tara Conley, Maegan Conley, and Dylan Clark, two sisters, Leona Hunt of Delhi and Barbara Murray of Ballston Spa, brother Gary Clark (Laura) of Schenevus, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, March 6 at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Colonie. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 4-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008.

Michael J. Ortoleva 95, of Saratoga Springs, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Born in Schenectady, January 23, 1917, he was the son of the late Joseph and Maria Ortoleva. He was a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School and Union College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.

An Army veteran of World War II, he served in three campaigns in the European Theatre with the rank of Master Sergeant. Michael and his brothers owned and operated the Ballston Food Market in Ballston Spa from 1938-1972.

He was a member of American Legion Post 234 in Ballston Spa.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Roy Ortoleva and Arman Rachiele, and his sister, Helen Mitchell. Michael is survived by his wife of 65 years, Madeleine Ortoleva, two sons, Ronald Ortoleva and his wife Janice of Cornwall, Ontario and Michael J. Ortoleva, Jr of New York City, two grandchildren, Anthony Ortoleva and Angela Ortoleva, two sisters in law, Patricia Rachiele of Ballston Spa and Mary Ortoleva of Ballston Spa, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local food pantry.

Salvatrice “Sally” Granitto, 78 passed away peacefully at her residence at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa, on Sunday, February 26, 2012, with her family by her side.

Sally was born in New York City on September 9, 1933. She was the daughter of the late Angelo and Jennie Pluchino. Sally married her husband Jimmy in 1954, and at the time of her passing had been married for 58 years. Sally and Jimmy raised two daughters, Jenny a school teacher, and Lisa a Registered Nurse, for which she was very proud of. Sally and Jimmy moved to Saratoga County eight years ago from New York City. Sally’s greatest joy was being with her family, especially her grandson Brandon and her great grandson Brody whom was the light of her life.

Sally enjoyed good Italian food, especially spaghetti and meatballs, and homemade chicken soup which she always felt was a cure for many ills. Sally was a very sweet and brave woman who survived cancer three times and fought her final courageous battle with love and gratitude for those who cared for her. She will be remembered for her contagious smile and heartfelt words of encouragement.

Sally was loved by her entire family, friends, and the wonderful loving staff at Maplewood Manor. Survivors include her husband, Vincent “Jimmy” Granitto, her daughters, Jenny Juranich and Lisa White, her grandson, Brandon White and granddaughter in law Devan, her precious great grandson, Brody, her sons in law, Larry White and John Juranich, and her sisters, Sadie, Rosemarie, Diana and Theresa.

Sally’s love will always transcend time and her tenacity for life will forever be a gift remembered by those who knew her. She was a true Lady in every sense.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, March 3, 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. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Maplewood Manor Activities Fund, 149 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. The family would like to thank the staff at Maplewood Manor for all the love and wonderful care they have shown to Sally and her family.

Jean A. Baier 69, of Scotia passed away Friday, February 24, 2012. Born in Cobleskill, July 12, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Julia Mann. Jean worked at Harvest Markets in Schenectady for many years. She was an avid Bingo player and enjoyed Pogo. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, Chester and Julia Mann and her brother, George Mann. Jean is survived by her children, Timothy Beman and his fiancé Kaitlin Belden of Glens Falls, James Beman and his fiancé Erin Wemple of Mayfield, Fred R. Beman, III and his wife Jessica of Orlando, FL, Jodie Galante and her husband Jamie of Scotia and Shannon Thouin and her husband Daniel of Scotia, sister, Donna Cutting and her husband Randall of Esperance, brother, Robert Mann and his wife Gloria of Bradenton, FL, 14 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211.

John J. Tranka, 74 of Galway, died Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at Albany Medical Center. Born in Ballston Spa on March 18, 1937, he was the son of the late Anthony and Mary Tranka.

John was an electrician at Tufflite Co. in Ballston Spa for over 40 years and also ran his greenhouse, Plants at Southline, from his home for many years. He enjoyed gardening and liked to spend time hunting and fishing in the Adirondack Mountains.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Janice Tranka, a brother, William Tranka and a granddaughter, Melanie Tranka. John is survived by his wife Ann Tranka, his sons, Mark Tranka of Ballston Spa, Timothy (Christie) Tranka of Ballston Spa and Steven (Martha) Tranka of Jarratt, VA, his daughters, Kathleen (John) Izzo and Lori Harrison both of Ballston Spa, many grandchildren and great grandchildren, his sisters, Jean Webster of Glens Falls and Mary Ann Brooks of Greenfield Center, brothers, Robert Tranka of Ballston Spa and Richard Tranka of Charlotte, NC, step children, Ron (Melissa) Gorham of Stillwater, Brenda Ervin of Vernon, VT and Diane (Richard) Barnes of Ballston Spa, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Saturday, February 25 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Barkersville Cemetery, Galway. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 6-8 pm at the funeral home

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Gail M. Rohling 58 of Ballston Spa, beloved wife of Kenneth and mother of Tyler, passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, February 19, 1953, she was the daughter of Stuart Hodsoll and the late Betty Hodsoll.

Gail was a bookkeeper for the Schenectady County Employees Federal Credit Union. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Ballston Spa and helped with the monthly free lunch program at the church. Gail enjoyed flowers, butterflies, photography and her thimble collection.

She was predeceased by her mother, Betty Marie Hodsoll and her sister, Lori Dzurilla. Gail is survived by her husband, Kenneth Rohling, her son, Tyler Rohling of Ballston Spa, father, Stuart Hodsoll of Ballston Spa, sister, Cheryl Ball (Steve) of Jacksonville, Florida, two brothers, Duane Hodsoll (Rhonda) of Greenfield Center and Michael Hodsoll of Broadalbin, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, February 23 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call Wednesday from 6-8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 to support their free lunch program.

Vincent E. MacMillin 75, of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, June 12, 1936, he was the son of the late John and Charlotte MacMillin. He served in the US Air Force. Vince was a supervisor at the Stewart’s Dairy Plant in Saratoga Springs for 31 years. After his retirement he worked for Allstar Motors and New Country. Vince enjoyed sports. He was an avid Yankee fan and enjoyed watching Nascar. In his younger years, he liked to hunt. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, John and Charlotte MacMillin, his brothers, Donald, William, John and Francis, and his sister, Charlotte Higgins. Vince is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elizabeth Humiston MacMillin, his children, Kelly Monaco (Chris) of Ballston Spa and Donald MacMillin (Maggie) of Ballston Spa, his granddaughter, Ashley Mulvaney (Joe) of Greenfield, two sisters, Noreen Pompa (Dan) of Saratoga Springs and Elizabeth Paraszczak of Ballston Spa, brother, Paul MacMillin (Shirley) of Ballston Spa, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9am Saturday, February 18 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 4-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Factory Village Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.

Patrick M. Grady 61, of Ballston Spa passed away Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Hospice Inn at St Peter’s Hospital, with his brother by his side. Born in Ballston Spa, May 13, 1950, he was the son of Jeanette Grady and the late John Grady. He served in the US Navy. Pat worked for NYRA at the Saratoga Racetrack. He was a charter member and past president of VFW Post 358 Men’s Auxiliary. He enjoyed gardening.

He was predeceased by his father, John Grady. Pat is survived by his mother, Jeanette Grady of Ballston Spa, brother, James Grady and his wife Debbie of Saratoga Springs, sister, Karen Shea of Ballston Spa, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 16 from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Burial with full military honors will be held 10am Friday at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s School, 40 Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or St Peter’s Hospice Inn, 315 South Manning Blvd, Albany, NY 12208.

Donald E. Suits 86, of Ballston Spa, passed away Saturday, February 11, 2012. Born in Charlton, April 10, 1925, he was the son of the late Maurice and Myrtle Suits. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Donald was a welder for General Electric Co for 23 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of VFW Post 358, American Legion 234, Ballston Spa Elks Lodge 2619 and the Eagles Club. He enjoyed camping, hunting and working on cars.

He was predeceased by his son Michael Suits and two brothers, Maurice and Richard. Donald is survived by his wife of 27 years, Dorothy Ramsey Suits, two grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Wednesday, February 15, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with full 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 on Tuesday from 4-7pm at the funeral home.

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

Joseph C. Doyle 72, of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at Albany Medical Center after a long illness. Born in Ballston Spa, November 2, 1939, he was the son of the late Charles and Bertha West Doyle. He served in the US Army. Joe was a self employed carpenter for over 50 years.

He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Bertha Doyle, his wife, Emily Doyle and son, John Doyle. Joe is survived by his brother, Dan Doyle (Linda), his sister, Edna Hubbard and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private.

Walter Paraszczak 86, of Ballston Spa passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2012. He was born in the Ukraine on December 12, 1925 and fought with the resistance against Hitler during World War II. He made his way to England and arrived in New York City by boat in 1954. Walter worked for Tufflite Plastics in Ballston Spa as a plastics pattern maker designing many of their products. He retired in 1977.

Walter was a communicant of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed traveling, horseracing and going to the Racino in Saratoga.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy Dunn Paraszczak in 1964, two brothers, Leon and Peter, and three sisters, Magda, Stefanie and Anna. Walter is survived by his wife of 41 years, Elizabeth MacMillin Paraszczak, his children, Steven Parasczak (Martha) of Clifton Park and Angela Watt of Dania, Florida, his grandchildren, Stefanie Gaffney and Michael Paraszczak, great grandchildren, Aislinn, Brendan and Madilyn and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Friday, February 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 on Thursday from 4:30-7:30pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

Edward R. Wodtke 77, of Schenectady and formerly of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, February 3, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, December 14, 1934, he was the son of the late Edward and Sadie Wodtke. He served in the US Navy. Ed worked at General Electric Co for many years.

Ed is survived by his loving godson and caregiver, James Mariani of Schenectady, goddaughter, Kylene Martin of Schenectady, his sister, Joan Sikora of Largo, Florida, two nieces, Kristen Saunders and Stacey Crayton, and nephew, Michael Sikora.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Wednesday, February 8, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 1-2pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

Patrick J. Glennon, Jr 93, of Malta, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2012. Born in Schenectady, March 14, 1918, he was the son of the late Patrick and Loretta Glennon, Sr. Patrick was an Army veteran of World War II. He served in Africa and Europe and earned six battle stars and one arrowhead.

He was a graduate of St Columbus High School in Schenectady and Duquesne University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. In high school and college he played baseball and also played semi-pro baseball in Schenectady and Pittsburgh. Patrick was a field representative and district manager for ASCAP for 33 years.

He was a communicant of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa and a member of VFW 6196 in Glens Falls. He was an active member of the Malta Seniors. He enjoyed watching the Military Channel and going to the Racino.

He was predeceased by his sister Eileen Coons. Patrick is survived by his wife, Thelma Lorraine Moore Glennon, daughter, Patricia Waldron (Edward) of Waltham, MA, stepson, Frank Capobianco MD, of Sacramento, CA, three stepgrandsons, Frank, Michael and Mark Capobianco all of Sacramento, CA, close friend, Evan Tublitz of Mechanicville and his beloved cat, Chloe.

A memorial mass will be held 9:30am Monday, February 6, at St Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to the Malta Ambulance Corp, PO Box 2470, Malta, NY 12020.

Yvonne A. Gray 91, formerly of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2012. Born in Berlin, New Hampshire, September 12, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Amanda Rainville. Yvonne was a seamstress at the Ballston Shirt Factory and later worked at SUNY Albany. She was the family matriarch and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wilfred “Bucky” Gray and her son, Jerry Blowers, Sr. Yvonne is survived by her daughter, Kathy Peetz (Joe) of Troy, daughter in law, Donna Blowers of Ballston Spa, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, 2 sisters in laws and a brother in law.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Saturday, January 28, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Calling hours will precede the service from 12-2pm Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Factory Village Cemetery in the spring.

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