Gertrude M. De Chants 86, formerly of McLean Street, Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 23, 2015 at Wesley Health Care Center. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on November 28, 1928, she was the daughter of William and Mary Desadora. She married Angelo De Chants on June 1, 1947; they were married for 50 years until he passed away on March 27, 1998.
Gertie was a caring person and wonderful friend who approached life with enthusiasm. She valued her family, her community and the many friends she made through the years. She thoroughly enjoyed her many years working at Leo’s Diner in Ballston Spa and then in her late 60’s she began a new career as a supermarket marketing demonstrator, retiring in 2013.
Gertie also served as an election official and Cub Scout leader. She enjoyed bowling, gardening, bingo and casinos.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Angelo, and her brother Leo Desadora. Gertie is survived by her son David De Chants and his wife Danielle of Mechanicville, grandchildren Christine Cote and her husband Jeremy, David De Chants, Jr., Jonathan De Chants, Devan De Chants and Danea De Chants; sisters Mena Ravena and her husband John of Mt. Laurel, NJ, Clara Peartree of Ballston Spa, Rosemarie Quade of Latham, Joan Desadora of Saratoga Springs, Gloria Polacko of Amsterdam, sister in law Nancy Desadora, many nieces and nephews, and many close friends.
Gertie’s family would like to express gratitude to the staff of Woodlawn Commons and Wesley Health Care Center for their thoughtfulness and care.
Services by Father Thomas Kelly of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Ballston Spa will be private followed by burial at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Saratoga Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Pine West Plaza, Building 4, Suite 405, Washington Ave Ext., Albany, NY 12205.