Obituaries


Bonnie C. Fitch 63, passed away Saturday, December 28, 2013. Born in Troy, August 17, 1950 she was the daughter of Herald and Jean Clements. She was a graduate of Shenendehowa High School. Bonnie worked for the NYS Department of Transportation. She was Chapter President of CSEA.

Bonnie was a member of the Round Lake Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She taught Sunday School at the Round Lake United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gambling at the Racino and spending time at the ocean.

Bonnie is survived by her children, Christopher Fitch (Lisa) of Burnt Hills and Carrie Fitch of New Hampshire; grandson, Adam Fitch; brothers, Kenneth Clements (Judi) of Clifton Park and Thomas Clements (Kris) of Gansevoort; sister, Janice Minshell (Carl) of Valatie and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5-7pm Thursday, January 2 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 Round Lake United Methodist Church, 34 George Avenue, Round Lake, NY 12151.

Janet L. Rosenbrock 80, formerly of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2013 in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where she was lovingly cared for by her son Jerry and his wife Debbie. Born in Corinth, NY, February 26, 1933, she was the daughter of Charles and Mildred Barrass. Janet worked for Stewarts, Rickett’s Laundry and later retired from Ballston Spa Central Schools.

In her younger years, Janet participated in Mountain Days at Stony Creek where she square danced and met her husband Richard. Together they enjoyed traveling and bowling. She was an active member of the Ballston Area Seniors. She enjoyed crosswords, puzzles and reading. Janet was an avid NY Mets fan and was looking forward to watching Spring training.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Rosenbrock and her sisters Margaret Brownell and Leta Barrass. Janet is survived by her children Richard Rosenbrock, Jr. (Gerald Barnabe) of Quincy, Massachusetts, Jerry Rosenbrock (Debbie) of Port St. Lucie, FL, and Judy Taylor (Walter Tracey) of South Glens Falls; grandchildren Amanda Rosenbrock (Henry Weatherwax), Michael Hall (Laurie), Jodi Cole (Michael) and William Maher (Tina); brother Francis “Chuck” Barrass of Corinth; sister Shirley Jenks of Hudson Falls; 4 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, December 31 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 from 4-6pm Monday, December 30 at the funeral home.

Paul D. Cooney 74 passed away Monday, December 23, 2013. Born in Factory Village, February 8, 1939, he was the son of Paul and Mabel Morris Cooney. Paul was a self-employed carpenter and retired from Mt. McGregor in Wilton.

He enjoyed Nascar and his favorite driver was Mark Martin. He was an avid WWF wrestling fan.

Paul is survived by his wife of 52 years, Karren Vrooman Cooney; his daughters, Cathleen Campbell (Edward) of Ballston Spa and Constance Delaney (Randy) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Justin Howe (Meghan) and Joelle Delaney; great grandchildren Jaida and Grace; granddog Zippy, and several aunts and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 27 from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Burial will be in the Factory Village Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association.

Kathleen E. Stone 78 of Ballston Lake, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2013. Born in Decatur, Illinois on October 26, 1935, she was the daughter of Leland and Helen Williams. Kathy was a devoted mother and grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Ballston Spa.

She was predeceased by her husband William Stone. Kathy is survived by her sons, William Stone (Michele) of Troy, and Jeffrey Stone (Marjie) of Ballston Lake; grandchildren, Jennifer, Laurie, Vanessa, Jeffrey and Stephanie; great grandchildren, Lilly, Ivy and Ava; sisters, Marilyn Trombley of Michigan, Sharon Klager of Michigan, Shannon Burkett of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 7pm Friday, December 27 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 760 Goode Street, Ballston Spa.

Thelma C. Groom 90, formerly of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, December 19, 2013, at Indian River Rehabilitation and Nursing Center with her daughter by her side. Born on August 28, 1923, in South Glens Falls, NY, she was the daughter of Eugene and Golda Bennett.

Thelma worked in the kitchen at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa. She was a foster grandparent at the Wilton Developmental Center for many years. Thelma was an excellent cook who made everything from scratch.

She was predeceased by her husband William J. Groom, sister Florence Lattimore and brother E. Lewis Bennett. Thelma is survived by her daughter Marcia Edwards and her husband David, stepgrandchildren Patrick Edwards and Amber Cummins, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on a later date. Memorial contributions in memory of Thelma may be made to the Activities Department at the Indian River Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 17 Madison Street, Granville, NY 12832.

Fred “Junior” Rafferty born on March 21, 1940 from Valley Falls passed away Dec.15, 2013 after a battle with cancer. Born in Ticonderoga, son of the late Frederick and Ellarose Rafferty. He worked for Brennan's bus company as a driver for many years before retiring.

Survivors include his children Sandy Morgan, Fred Rafferty Jr, Brian Rafferty and Tina Guilbault. He was predeceased by his son David Rafferty. He is also survived by several brothers and sisters and many grandchildren.

A memorial will be held at the Masonic Temple 15 Broad St. Waterford, NY on December 22nd from 2-6pm.

Michael Dzamba, 85, died on Friday, December 13, 2013 at Saratoga Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jean, his daughters Bette J. Dzamba (David Sellers) and Diane Montes Harris (Robert), his grandchildren Calvin and Elaine Montes, and his brother William Dzamba (Dorothy).

He was born in 1928 in Yonkers, NY, the youngest of 8 siblings. He proudly served in the US Navy for four years during the Korean War. He worked for Albert Ehlers, Brooke Bond Foods and McCormick Spices for over 30 years.

Mike was known for his stories, his humor and good-natured kidding, whether with strangers, relatives, friends, church members, neighbors or doctors. He was a patriot, a Yankees fan, an avid reader, a history buff, and enjoyed British comedies and classic black and white movies. But most of all, he was a devoted husband, a wonderful father, and a selfless family man who always put others' needs before his own.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m.at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 2776 Route 9, Ballston Spa, NY. A calling hour at the church will precede the service from 1-2pm. Interment will be in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St Peter Lutheran Church or to a charity of one's choice.

Joseph J. Brooks 91 of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, December 13, 2013. Born in Ballston Spa on July 4, 1922, he was the son of Floyd and Florence Brooks. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Joe worked at General Electric Co. for 37 years, retiring in 1987.

Joe enjoyed fishing, hunting and always played a great pool game. He was a life member of VFW Post 358 of Ballston Spa and a member of American Legion Post 234 of Ballston Spa.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Connie Minshall, sisters, Hazel and Alice, and brothers, Maynard and Chester. Joe is survived by his wife Judy, together they would have celebrated their 70th anniversary on February 21, 2014. He is also survived by his five children, Joseph D. Brooks (Mary) of Greenfield Center, Barbara Staulters of Ballston Spa, Kathy Lewis (Bill) of Ballston Spa, Bonnie Moon of Malta and Dan Brooks of Malta; brother, Bud Brooks of Las Vegas, NV; 14 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandson, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, December 17, 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, December 16 from 5-7pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Maplewood Manor Resident Fund, 149 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or the American Cancer Society.

The family would like to thank Joe’s caregivers at Maplewood Manor where he was a resident for the past two years.

A reception will be held at American Legion Post 234, 23 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa following the service at the cemetery.

Columbus "Chris" Liburdi 56 of Fort Edward, passed away Thursday, December 12, 2013. Born in West Memphis, Arkansas, July 5, 1957, he moved to this area as a child.

Chris was a maintenance worker at the Prospect Child and Family Center in Glens Falls. He also worked part time for KBS. Chris enjoyed tinkering with computers, cars, lawn tractors and anything that needed fixing. He also enjoyed watching movies.

He was predeceased by his father Columbus Liburdi, and his brothers and sisters, Jimmy, Greg, JoAnn and Dovie. Chris is survived by his wife Cathy; sons, Christopher Liburdi of Fort Edward and Jeremy Liburdi (Heather) of Hudson Falls; mother, Margaret “Joan” Liburdi of Malta and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 17 from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 8pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Prospect Child and Family Center, 133 Aviation Road, Queensbury, NY 12804.

Jennifer L. (Tormey) McNeil 42 of Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully Saturday, December 7, 2013 at her home after a courageous 619 day fight with pancreatic cancer. Born in Rochester, NY, on September 29, 1971 she was a graduate of Fairport High School and the Rochester Institute of Technology. She moved to Ballston Spa in 1999 and was a travel manager for AAA Northway.

Jennifer was always happy and full of life. She always put everyone else before her and would help anyone she could. She enjoyed traveling, visiting new places, being outside whether it was on a boat, snow skiing or just sitting on the patio. Jennifer’s greatest joy was spending time with her kids and family.

Jennifer is survived by her husband, Donald McNeil and their children, Jessica and Ryan; mother and dad, Nancy and Art Chase of Fairport, NY, father and stepmother, John and Paula Tormey of Old Forge, NY, sisters, Coleen Iovino of Hilton, NY and Sheila Enedy (Thomas) of Rochester, NY; stepbrothers, Andrew Golden (Bonnie) of Walworth, NY and Sean Golden (Amy) of Auburn, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, December 14 from 10 am to 1pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs. A memorial service will follow at 1pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/Jenniferlmcneil/KeeptheMemoryAlive

James Robert Drake 94, died peacefully Tuesday morning, December 3, 2013, with his family at his side. Born on January 4, 1919, in Manchester, Connecticut, he was the son of James and Nellie Drake.

Jim graduated from Saratoga High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was employed 38 years at General Electric Company in Schenectady, as a machinist and tool-maker, retiring in April 1985.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years Jean (Ivers) Drake, their son, James Michael and daughter-in-law Joanne Drake of Gainesville, Texas, and their daughter Shelly Hudson and son-in-law Ray Hudson of Middlebury, Vermont, four grandsons and their wives, Eric and Christine of Berkley, California, Aaron and Maruzela of Georgetown, Texas, Ian and Amy of Philadelphia, and Cavan and Carmina of Keene, New York, five great-grandsons, two sisters, Virginia Kulpa and Beverly Morris of Galway, New York, and many nieces and nephews.

He enjoyed a long retirement. He was a good neighbor, a kind and generous man.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, December 9 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, December 8 from 2-4pm at the funeral home.

The family requests no flowers. Donations may be made in his name to your favorite charity if you so wish.

Joseph A. Eades 57 of Malta, passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at his home. Born in Lexington, Kentucky, December 30, 1955, he was the son of the late Winfred and Wanda Eades. Joe grew up in Kentucky and moved to Austin, Texas as a young man. He came to Malta in 2010.

Joe was an automotive technician and worked for Goodyear Automotive in Latham. He could diagnose a problem with your car just by sitting in it and having you describe the noise it was making. Joe enjoyed tinkering and woodworking.

Joe is survived by his wife Debby Eades; his children, Joseph Shane Eades (April) of Lexington, Kentucky, Julie A. Rose (Ray) of Richmond, Kentucky, Justin W. Eades of Bastrop, Texas, Ashley A. Eades of Manor, Texas, Kristy L. Boullion of Earlton, New York, Lisa M. Hernandez (Daniel) of Elgin, Texas and William E. Bird, Jr of Norfolk, Virginia; grandchildren, Clayton, Hunter, Elie, Hayden, Ashlyn, Lillie-Ann, Tristyn and Carley; brother, Tom Eades (Glenda) of Bastrop, Texas; sister, Kathy Miller (Floyd) of Richmond, Kentucky; 8 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Joe.

Wilfred R. “Ted” Jones 89 of Greenfield Center, passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Born in Middle Grove, November 3, 1924, he was the son of Leroy and Lillian Jones. He served in the NY National Guard.

Ted was the owner and operator of Jones Lumber in Greenfield Center for many years. He enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy, daughter Lois Ramsey, son William Jones and brother Stanley Jones. Ted is survived by his daughter Marilyn Krutsinger (Brian) of Greenfield Center, stepson Donald King of Greenfield Center, stepdaughter Dorothy Turner (Dale) of Orlando, Florida, and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 6 from 9-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am. Burial will be in Middle Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

Joseph E. Mabb 45 of Ballston Spa, passed away Saturday, November 30, 2013. Born in Saratoga Springs, January 3, 1968, he was the son of Florence Harrison and the late Raymond Mabb.

Joe was a truck driver for PCW in Middle Grove. He enjoyed outdoor adventures including snowmobiling and riding his motorcycle.

Joe is survived by his sons, Thomas and Nicholas Mabb; mother and stepfather, Florence and Edward Harrison of Ballston Spa; brothers and sisters, Cathy Liburdi (Chris) of Moreau, Warren Mabb (Julie) of Schuylerville, Lisa Cliffe (Tony) of Australia, Karen LaneVille (Ray) of North Carolina, Brian Harrison (Mary) of West Milton, Joseph Harrison (Laurie) of Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, December 5 from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family for Joe’s sons.

Beverly W. Moore 85 of Saratoga Springs, passed away Friday, November 29, 2013. Born in Ballston Spa, May 2, 1928, she was the daughter of Joseph and Mabel Wilson. She graduated from the Nathan Littauer Hospital School of Nursing in 1951.

During her early years in nursing, she worked in the operating room at the Benedict Memorial Hospital in Ballston Spa. She later worked at the Saratoga County Infirmary, Maplewood Manor, and retired from Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs.

Following her retirement Beverly completed three courses at the Institute of Children’s Literature in Redding, Connecticut. She also took several writing courses through continuing education. Beverly’s book “A Village Hospital 1928 Through 1953” was published in 2009.

She was predeceased by her husband, John E. Moore, brothers, Joseph, Daniel and Bruce Wilson; and sister, Wilda Christensen. Beverly is survived by her children, John E. Moore, Jr and his wife Anne of Saratoga Springs, and Terri Lynn Kieffer of Emmitsburg, Maryland; grandchildren, Jonathan Moore (Amy), Gregory Moore, Adam Kieffer (Sara), Benjamin Kieffer (Alexandra) and Laura Kieffer; great grandchildren, Ethan, Kayla and Jacob; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, December 4, at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 3 from 6-8pm 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.

Melanie Jane (Summersell) Sesera passed away unexpectedly on Thanksgiving Day, 2013 at her home in Wilton, NY. Melanie was born January 2, 1962 in Anniston, Alabama, and was the beloved daughter of George Grayson Summersell and the late Julia Ann (Cooley) Summersell of Saratoga Springs, NY. Melanie is survived by her husband, Matthew Sesera of North Carolina, her daughter Danielle Jane Summersell (John O’Donnell) of Greenwich, NY, her son Matthew Michael Sesera, of North Carolina, and her grandson Austin O’Donnell of Greenwich, NY. She is also survived by her siblings George Daniel Summersell of Scotia, NY; Julie Summersell of Scotia, NY; Charles Summersell (Sonya) of Ballston Spa, NY, and several nephews and nieces.

Melanie graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Nursing Program at Adirondack Community College in 1997, and was a skilled and passionate nurse in her career since, most recently in the Emergency Room at Saratoga Hospital. Melanie was very dedicated and cared greatly for her patients, her co-workers and her profession.

Melanie was an avid reader, and enjoyed martial arts, arguing her politics, and had very recently taken up bicycling and motorcycling. She loved her cats Yin and Yang. Melanie always made it clear where she stood on any topic, and her positions were always on the side of caring, fairness, and the well-being of others, especially the less fortunate. Her career choice made perfect sense as it tapped into and melded her caring soul with her sharp intellect.

Melanie loved her children, Danielle and Matty, deeply, and she has been taken from them much too soon. We will all miss her so much; her quirky wit, her “rants”, her stories, everything that made her ‘Mel’.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4-6pm on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for Melanie’s children.

Clarence R. Corlew 68 of Galway, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Ballston Spa, March 28, 1945, he was the son of the late Rita and James Green.

Clarence was a truck driver for Macy’s Light Delivery for many years. He enjoyed storage auctions, Nascar, camping, hunting and ice fishing. He loved to “shoot the breeze” with people.

He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Jane Pettit. Clarence is survived by his wife, Linda Corlew; his children, Brian Corlew (Alison) of Ballston Spa, Jimmy Corlew of Galway, Tracy Corlew (Dave Brumley) of Ballston Spa and Chrissy Suttle (Fiancé, Steve Poulin) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren, Justin Goodson, Shayna Goodson, Christopher Suttle, Bridget Corlew, and Kaitlin Corlew; sister, Rita Brooks (Donald) of Wilton; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, December 1 from 2-4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4pm.

Matthew Francis Gormley, 77, of the Saratoga Hospital Nursing Home, passed away peacefully, Thursday, November 21, 2013, at Saratoga Hospital.

Born in Cohoes, New York, November 14, 1936, he was the son of the late Matthew S. Gormley and Marian Gormley. Matthew attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School in Watervliet and graduated from Watervliet High School in 1954 where he was a three-sport athlete playing football, basketball, and baseball. Matthew continued playing basketball at Siena College where he majored in English. Later, as a pitcher in the Twilight League in Albany, he was scouted by the Philadelphia Phillies until an injury ended his athletic career.

In 1958, Matthew married Mary Ann Cawley of Albany. They started their life together in Latham, and then moved to Ballston Spa where they raised their four children. They owned this house for over forty years together.

Later that same year, Matthew was drafted into the United States Army. He was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Dix, New Jersey where he was trained to be a radio repairman.

After leaving the Army, Matthew began a long career in the insurance business working as a claims adjuster and as an account executive for several companies until buying his own agency in Saratoga Springs. He sold The Gormley Agency in 2007.

Matthew’s love of sports led him to coaching. He coached Babe Ruth baseball in Ballston Spa and coached all three of his sons in the Ballston Spa Pop Warner program. In the mid-80s, He also coached his youngest son Patrick in football at Saratoga Catholic High School. Matthew also worked as a college football scout for Bucknell University.

Matthew was passionate about golf, Ireland, and woodworking. He played golf from a young age with his father and his uncles and also taught his children the game. He and Mary Ann played together in leagues at the Ballston Spa Country Club, where they were longtime members. They were also members of Saratoga Golf and Polo Club and Tupper Lake Country Club. While vacationing in Ireland, Matthew and Mary Ann played at a number of courses. Matthew was very proud of his Irish heritage and often spoke of his love of Ireland. Matthew developed a close friendship with his friend, John Coyne from the small town of Leenane on the west coast of Ireland. In his mid-fifties, Matthew began building furniture in his shop. He taught himself woodcraft and was soon making quality furniture for his own home and for the family camp in Long Lake. Matthew also enjoyed fishing and shooting.

Matthew’s close friends played an important part in his life. His oldest and dearest friend, Kenny Clukey, visited him often and traded Watervliet stories that always brought a smile to Matt’s face. He also enjoyed his Monday and Wednesday night dinners with “the boys”. Matt always looked forward to his Watervliet class of ‘54 reunions as well.

Matthew was predeceased by his wife Mary Ann. He is survived by his brother Robert Gormley (Lorraine) of Scotia; his four children: Matthew J. Gormley, (Ann), Michael Gormley, (Denise), all from Ballston Spa; Patrick Gormley (Rachelle) of Queensbury; and Erin Gormley Kelly (Darryl) of Greenfield Center; seven grandchildren: Michael K. Gormley, Ethan and Shaina Gormley, Liam and Aiden Gormley, and Luke and Finn Kelly; and his beloved cousin Joan Hunt of Waterford.

Funeral services will be held 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 26th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa where a Mass will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Long Lake Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects Monday, November 25th from 4 to 7 p.m. at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street in Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saratoga Hospital Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center.

Matthew’s family wishes to express its sincere appreciation to all of the physicians, nurses, and nurses’ aides at the Saratoga Hospital Nursing Home. The family wishes to especially thank Dr. Helman and Dr. Ying for the excellent care they provided.

Robert “Cookie” Perrino 77 passed away Monday, November 18, 2013. Born in Schenectady, NY on November 1, 1936, he was the son of the late Amelio and Mary Perrino. He married Ann Lloyd on June 28, 1960 in Glenville, NY. They were married for 43 years at the time of her passing on June 7, 2004.

He served in the US Air Force. Cookie owned and operated Cook’s Auto Body for 25 years, retiring in 1993. He enjoyed long car rides, winters in Florida, walking on the beach, fishing, and spending time with his children.

In addition to his parents and his wife Ann, he was predeceased by his brother Anthony. Cookie is survived by his son Lloyd and his daughter in law Billie Jo Haskell of Saratoga Springs; his daughter Tracy and his daughter in law Michelle Patenaude of Fort Worth, Texas; his brothers, Gus, Frank, and Dan, and his sister Joan Himmelwright.

A heartfelt thank you to his companion, Elizabeth “Betty” Chandler, her daughters and their families for sharing their lives with Cookie for the past 9+ years.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 21 from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will be held 12:30pm Friday, November 22 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

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

The family would like to thank the Hospice Staff, especially nurses Tammy and Karen, and social worker Karen, and caregivers Maureen and Rose for their care and compassion.

Zilpha Burr Kirk, 100, passed away Sunday, November 17, 2013. Born in Lone Tree, Iowa on February 12, 1913, Zilpha grew up on the family farm. In 1919 her father loaded up the Buick, headed for Colorado with his wife and young children, and drove the Pike Peak’s Highway. Road trips and curiosity about the world thereafter marked Zilpha’s joyful habits. She graduated from Iowa City High School and the University of Iowa. In 1935 she married Karl D. Kirk (deceased 1995) and in 1936 the couple moved to Schenectady.

Zilpha balanced home and family with community and social engagement. She participated in AAUW, served on the Schenectady YWCA board of directors, and enriched the life of the First Reformed Church of Scotia and Circle Joanna. A 70-year member of the PEO sisterhood, Zilpha served as the founding president of chapter AN of Scotia. With friends she took in antique sales, the theater, and the Metropolitan Opera.

Zilpha’s excellence in housewifery affirmed her well-being and garnered others’ admiration. She cooked, canned, knit, stitched, and disciplined. In her home dust did not settle and clothes did not wrinkle. She reared her children to be tolerant, self-reliant, and mildly obsessive.

In mid-life Zilpha and Karl acquired and restored a Ballston farmstead. There they gardened, entertained, and summered with their grandchildren. The Kirks traveled to Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. Through the tumultuous year of 1968, they lived in Mexico City where Zilpha learned Spanish and broadened her political horizons. A hungry reader, she commanded an English vocabulary that surprised and delighted. “Books are my life,” she declared in her 101st year.

Zilpha is survived by friends and family including her sister Florence Miska, son Karl Dallas Kirk, Jr. and his wife Barbara, daughter Julia Kirk Blackwelder and her husband Jere, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. All thank her for a life well lived.

A memorial service will be held 12 noon Friday, November 29 at the First Reformed Church of Scotia, 224 North Ballston Avenue, Scotia.

Memorial contributions in memory of Zilpha may be made to the Schenectady YMCA, 44 Washington Ave, Schenectady, NY 12305 or First Reformed Church of Scotia, 224 N. Ballston Avenue, Scotia, NY 12302.

Velma L. Scanlon 84 of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, November 15, 2013. Born in Ballston Spa, March 29, 1929, she was the daughter of the late James Manzer and Lottie Manzer Chard. Velma was a homemaker and enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa. She served on the Board of Elections and volunteered for Meals on Wheels.

She was predeceased by her husband John Scanlon. Velma is survived by her son, Robert Scanlon of Ballston Spa, her brothers, James Manzer of Ballston Spa, Bruce Manzer of Bahrain and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9:30-10:30am Tuesday, November 19 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 10:30am. Burial will be in Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Esther M. Chapman 85 of Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully Thursday, November 7, 2013. Born in West Galway, June 2, 1928, she was the daughter of Sydney and Lalah Shattuck. She graduated from Galway High School and attended Skidmore College where she was a vocal major.

Esther worked for Richard Hood, Esq. and the Fulton County Treasurers Office in Johnstown for many years. For over 40 years she was a member of the United Methodist Church of Johnstown. She was a member of the Cheerful Workers Sunday School Class and a faithful member of the church choir. She was also a member of the Eastern Star in Broadalbin.

She was predeceased by her first husband of 25 years, Harold Bell, her second husband of 33 years, Ralph Chapman, her sisters, Janet, Euphemia, and Almira; and her brother, Ivan. Esther is survived by her devoted children, Kathleen Houghton (John) of Hingham, MA and Daniel Bell (Stephanie) of Ballston Spa; cherished grandchildren, James, Danielle, Adam, Christian, Jeremy, and Jennifer; great grandchildren, Porter, Peyton, Sydney and Daniel; stepchildren, Ralph Chapman, Jr. (Bonnie) of Libertyville, IL, Lynne Brooks of Scotia, Laurie Volpi (Tom) of Defreetsville, and Debra Chapman of Bridgeport, CT; several step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Monday, November 11 at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will be private. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2-4pm 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 Mary’s Haven, 30 New Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Elizabeth J. Vernum 82 of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, November 7, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Ballston Spa, May 13, 1931, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Grace Potter. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

On October 20, 1963, she married LeRoy C. Vernum, Jr. Together they enjoyed boating and were members of the Power Squadron on Lake George. Betty worked for Steiners in Ballston Spa, Van Raalte in Saratoga Springs and retired from the Saratoga County Treasurer’s Office in Ballston Spa. Her greatest joy was her home and family.

She was predeceased by her husband, LeRoy; sister, Nancy Harris and her husband Al; brother, Sam Potter; brother in law, William Higgins; nephew, Kris Potter and niece, Grace Uline.

Betty is survived by her sisters, Sarah Welch (Robert) of Burnt Hills, Ann Woodruff of St. Petersburg, FL, and Patricia Higgins of Rutland, VT; sister in law, Karen Potter of Ballston Spa; nieces and nephews, Dan Harris (Julie), John Harris, Martin Harris (Sharon), Tim Welch (Mei), Jay Uline (Kathleen), Amy Montgomery (John), James Uline (Mark), Lawton Woodruff, Matthew Post, E. Frank Post (Kristy); and many grand nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, November 11 from 9-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am. Burial will be in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Burnt Hills Fire Dept. PO Box 33, Burnt Hills, NY 12027.

Joyce C. Stephenson, 74, of Ballston Spa passed away peacefully Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Saratoga Hospital, surrounded by her loving family, after a short illness.

Born in Ballston Spa, October 28, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Natalie Hitchcock. She graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 1957 and later attended the College of Saint Rose.

Joyce worked most of her career at BMPC, Inc., in several administrative and supervisory positions. She took pride in instituting new technology in her workplace and retired in 1998. Although working most of her life, Joyce was a mother first and always involved in her children’s lives.

For many years, she was an avid and accomplished bowler in several leagues. Later, she enjoyed country dancing with her husband and many friends. She also enjoyed vacationing in their motor homes, often with her granddaughter, which later evolved to a full time lifestyle.

Joyce always had dogs and discovered the sport of dog agility after her retirement, which became a passion that continued to her death. She trained several dogs, won many championship titles, and developed many new friendships.

In 2006, Joyce and her husband sold their house and lived in their motor home. She traveled extensively throughout the US and met her goal of never seeing snow again. In recent years, she spent Spring and Summer in Galax, Virginia where they enjoyed the Blue Ridge Mountains and the music of the region.

Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Robert J. Stephenson, her children Richard (Laila) Vincent of Ballston Spa and Melissa (Steve) Chambliss of Wilmington, DE. She will also be missed by her cherished granddaughter Theresa Vincent, her brother William (Marie) Hitchcock, nephew Dale (Laurie) Hitchcock, and niece Deanna Hitchcock.

She was predeceased by her parents, her first husband Nile Patten, former husband Norman R. Vincent, daughter Dawn Marie Patten, and brother George Hitchcock.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5:30-7pm Tuesday, November 5 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 7pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd K9 Rescue (www.k9adopt.org).

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Saratoga Hospital for taking wonderful care of Joyce during her illness.

June Bowler 73 of Ballston Spa, lost her battle with complications arising from heart surgery on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 in Ellis Hospital. June grew up in Fonda, NY, born to Joe Long and Dorothy Olin Long on May 30, 1940. She married Ken Bowler, also of Fonda, and enjoyed 50 years of marriage before his passing this January. Her brother James Long and sister Lona Koss also predeceased her.

June worked as a teaching assistant in the Ballston Spa School District, helping hundreds of students learn all the things they didn’t care to learn but needed to graduate. Without her efforts, Saratoga County would be short a large portion of its municipal staff. She volunteered at Birthright in Ballston Spa and anywhere else she felt needed to be properly organized.

She enjoyed travel, dragging Ken on long and rambling excursions that he grumblingly loved. She played in many golf leagues at many courses over the years. But her primary focus was to keep her family stuck together.

June is sorely missed by her son John Bowler and his wife Debbie of Malta, her son Christopher Bowler of Greenfield Center, her grandson Marcus Bowler, and her sister Virginia Carpenter.

A celebration of her life will be held from 12pm to 3pm on Monday, November 4 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Henry Louis Gagne, 92, of Church Avenue Ballston Spa passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, October 29, 2013. “Lou” was born in the Town of Webb, NY on October 24, 1921 to Louis P. and Agnes V. Gagne. He graduated from Schuylerville High School. The two loves of his life were family and piano. His wife, Mildred Gerard Gagne, and he spent 67 beautiful years together. Mildred died in 2009. His other love, piano, was introduced to him at age 6. After 4 years of formal training, it was clear that he was a prodigy. He accompanied the Schuylerville High School Orchestra at age 10. He loved music, people, and entertaining and he set off on his experience based musical career. Before World War II, he and friends, bass player Cy Gorham, clarinetist Billy Gardiner, drummer Cider Jennings, and guitarist Al Forbes formed a dance band. His guitarist brother-in-law June Blackwood and he also spent many hours improvising and performing together. Once he returned from the war, while his band had moved on, he decided to start out on his solo piano career. That career saw him playing for many local establishments, his favorite gigs included 16 years at the Trade Winds, many years at the Wishing Well, the Union Coach House, and the Inn in Saratoga. It was in the Trade Winds that he performed for many hungry SPAC performers including Van Cliburn and Tim Conway (Carol Burnett Show). Van Cliburn, wanted to know how Lou could play for four hours without repeating a song or taking out a piece of sheet music. Van Cliburn also was impressed that if a customer requested a tune that Lou didn’t know, once hummed, Lou could play the whole tune like he had known it forever. Tim Conway performed his “shuffling old man” routine on and near Lou’s piano. Lou recalled playing through tears of laughter.

One thing his following always remembered is that as they walked into the restaurant Lou would play their favorite song. He felt privileged to share his talent with many celebrations including hundreds of weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, retirements and summertime track outings. C.V. and Mary Lou Whitney often hired Lou to play for their parties at Cady Hill. He loved that Mary Lou remembered him with a beautiful bouquet of flowers at Ellis Hospital following his heart surgery. While serving in WWII, Lou played in the backup band for a performance for the military by Dinah Shore. When returning from the war he played in New York City for a brief time and met and jammed with Louis Armstrong, Les Brown, and others. When asked why he didn't continue to pursue his career at that level, his answer was love of his beloved Mil and family, Lynn, Sandy, and his Eastman School of Music graduate, Dawn. All family get-togethers included living room jam sessions with other local musicians, including his son Lynn on the saxophone. He encouraged his children in their own musical adventures and made sure that every one of his three had “a piano” and knew what to do with it.

The thing his many friends and family members will remember the most as they think of him, is his easy going and friendly personality. He never and I mean never complained. Can you imagine that when asked on his death bed, how he was doing? He had just enough energy left to reply..A+. He once had everyone in Dr. Nolan’s waiting room singing a song with him. He shared his musical gifts with the Head Start Program and the Home of the Good Shepherd. He served in the Ballston Spa VFW, Lions and Rotary Clubs. He wrote the words to the song still sung today at Rotary meetings. He was a member of Local 301 of the International Electrical Workers Union while operating a gas turbine lathe from his cherry picker at General Electric. He was also a member of Local 506 of the International Federation of Musicians that made him a lifelong member after serving as President for many years.

His family will remember his favorite saying. Whenever they told him they loved him, he always responded “Love you more.” This saying sums up his generous life. It was about music, family, love and quality time together.

Lou was predeceased after 67 wonderful years by his wife Mildred Gagne, their only son Lynn Gagne, his half-brother Ernest Provost, his twin sisters Beatrice Standish and Blanche Lambert, his brother Charles Gagne, his sister Rose Natale and his brothers in law and sisters in law, Ida and Buck Gray, Ward and Eleanor Russ, Robert Fountain, Leona Blackwood and Thomas and Marie Gerard.

His presence will be missed tremendously by his daughters Sandra (George) Stanislowsky, Dawn (Ed) Fewkes, his daughter-in-law Joyce Gagne; his grandchildren Jeff (Robyn) Gagne,Tom (Diana) Gagne, Jenny (Paul) Madak, Michelle (Scott) Burlingame, Stephanie Stanislowsky, Jesse (fiancée Sarah) Fewkes, Zachary (Megan) Fewkes, Josiah Fewkes and all his precious great-grandchildren Jeffrey, Jacquelyn, Jordan, and Veronica Joy Gagne, Jonathon and Corin Gagne, Jordan, Joel, Samantha Madak, twins Brianna and Blake Madak, and Payton Ryan, his sister Theresa Callahan, his brother James (Myrtle) Gagne, sisters in law Lena Gerard and Nina Fountain, brother in law June Blackwood, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, November 1, from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 10am, Saturday, November 2 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Lou’s memory to the Lupus Foundation or Juvenile Diabetes Association.

Special thanks to Lou’s caregivers, Aunt Lena Gerard, Larry and Dawn Blackwood, Judy Kenyon, Lori Kisielis, and John and Marcy Meany. Thanks also to Dr. John Nolan and his secretary Debbie and Community Hospice of Saratoga, especially Arlene, Brian, Laura, Karen, Meg, Laurie, and Mary.

Gloria M. Flauto 85 of Ballston Lake passed away Sunday, October 27, 2013.

Gloria is survived by her husband, Gilbert Flauto, her daughters, Nancy Auspelmyer (Glenn) of Saratoga Springs, Janice Hayes of Clifton Park and Deb Stacey (Robert) of Northville; grandchildren, Jodie, Joanna, Jeremy, Danielle, Justin, Jamie, Clifford and Jaclyn; great grandchildren, Morgan, Logan, Amber, Madison, Nicholas, Zachary, Ryan, Christopher and Caylee.

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

Michael J. Barno, 50, of Ballston Spa passed away Saturday, October 26, 2013. Born in Passaic, NJ, on September 10, 1963, he was the son of the late Donald and Lorretta Barno. He was a 1985 graduate of Stephens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ and earned a degree in Chemical Engineering.

Mike was an engineer for Knolls Atomic Power Lab and currently worked for General Electric at the main plant in Schenectady. He held two patents for General Electric.

He enjoyed car racing and liked to watch races at Watkins Glen and followed formula one racing. Mike had a knack for fixing things and kept the family cars running well over 300,000 miles. He always said “Life is cheap when you’re smart.” He loved NJ and vacationing in Cape May. He enjoyed watching old, bad movies and made a great pot of soup. Mike liked discovering remote restaurants and dives and brought his family along to try them out. He was a loving husband, father, brother and son.

Mike is survived by his wife, Patricia Barno; his children, Elizabeth Barno of Boston, Massachusetts, Michael Barno, Katherine Barno, Emily Barno and James Barno all of Ballston Spa; brother, Donald Barno and his wife Heather of Wayne, NJ; father in law, Joseph Conlon of Yonkers; and his extended family and many friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 30 from 5-8pm at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, October 31 at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 or Community Emergency Corp. Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

John J. Richards 79 of Milton passed away Saturday, October 26, 2013. John was the husband of Jeanine R. Richards; father of Keith W. Richards (Linda) of Stratford, Wisconsin and Jeanise L. Richards of Milton; grandfather of Lucus and Sarah Richards, Nicole, Lindsey and Matthew Tebaldi, and brother of Al Richards (Pat).

John was a member of Post 278 Schuylerville and the National Honor Guard Association at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. He also played in the Union Fire Company Band.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Funeral with full military honors will be at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rubin Dialysis Center, 59 Myrtle Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Dorothy E. Reckner 93 formerly of Galway, passed away Friday, October 25, 2013 at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs. Born in Galway, April 11, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Olive Pixley.

Dorothy was a homemaker and liked to crochet, sew, and read. She enjoyed music and played piano for several area churches. She also taught Sunday school and wrote articles for the church paper.

She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, John Reckner, twin daughters, Dawn and Dale Reckner, daughter, Brenda Nusser, brothers, Donald Pixley and William Pixley and sister, Viola Pixley.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Jack Reckner and his wife Carol of Old Chatham, Gay Brady and her husband Mark of Gloversville and Sally Reckner of Guilderland; 9 grandchildren and several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, October 30 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 from 4-7pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Colonie Alliance Church, 32 Lapham Drive, Albany, NY 12205.

The family would like to thank the staff of Wesley Health Care Center and Community Hospice of Saratoga for their care and compassion.