Obituaries


Della M. Groom 83, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, October 31, 1930 she was the daughter of Arthur and Elizabeth Perkins. Della started her career at Van Raalt’s in Saratoga Springs and later worked for Saratoga County in the Tax Department, Department of Motor Vehicles and the Saratoga County Infirmary.

Della was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa for over 50 years. She enjoyed dancing, painting and camping. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family especially her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert C. Groom, 17 brothers and sisters, a grandson and a great granddaughter. Della is survived by her daughters, Leslie Charbonneau (David) of Ballston Spa and MaryAlice Jenkins-Herrington (Tommie) of Newark; her grandchildren, Brian Charbonneau (Lisa), Lesley Carne (Nathan), Janelle Shillito (Arthur), Heather Leiby (Benjamin), Erick Jenkins, Kyle Jenkins, Michael Jenkins, Elisabeth Decker (Brandon), L. Andrew Jenkins, Richard Jenkins and Joel Jenkins, 14 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10-12 noon Saturday, February 22 at the First Baptist Church, 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 12 noon. A private family burial will be in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center, 19 Warehouse Row, Albany, NY 12205.

Douglas D. Tabor 60, passed away suddenly February 17, 2014. Born in Schenectady, NY on January 21, 1954, he was the son of Eleanor Tabor and the late Douglas D. Tabor, Sr. He grew up in Cooperstown and was a graduate of Cooperstown Central High School. He served in the US Marine Corp.

Douglas was an engineer in the nuclear industry and later was an engineer for Amtrak. He most recently worked for Ruan Transportation as a truck driver where he was beloved by his co-workers and friends. Douglas enjoyed traveling and exploring the country in his RV.

He was predeceased by his father, Douglas Tabor, Sr. and infant daughter, Sierra. Douglas is survived by his mother, Eleanor Tabor of Ballston Spa; his sisters, Diana Wernig (John) of Ballston Spa, Cheri Oberpriller (Barry) of Leverett, MA, Tammy Bowie (Jim) of Virginia Beach, VA; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 1-2pm Saturday, February 22 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 2pm. Burial will be 11am Monday, February 24 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Robert R. Taylor 72, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014. Born in Charlton, NY, on March 15, 1941 he was the son of Ray and Helen Taylor. Bob worked for Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Schools. He was a NY Giants fan, enjoyed bowling and was an avid reader. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Carol Taylor; his sons, Robert Taylor Jr. (Michelle) of Ballston Spa, William Taylor (Kelley) of Ballston Spa, Patrick “Pete” Taylor (Tanya) of Ballston Spa, Scott Taylor (Lori) of Minnesota, and Timothy Taylor (Amy) of Lake Placid; brother, Herbert Taylor of Galway; sisters, Helen Watson of Ballston Spa, Patricia Klaus of Pennsylvania, Grace Stanley of Iowa; 11 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Boys Town, 281 Park Ave South 5th Floor, New York, NY 10016.

Lynn D. Stomski 59, passed away Friday, February 14, 2014. Born in Schenectady, NY on September 7, 1954, he was the son of Evelyn Stomski and the late Chester Stomski.

Lynn was a mechanic. He owned and operated Stomper, Inc. for many years. He was an inventor and owned a patent. Lynn designed Tow Trucks which were used for commercial marketing displays at Truck Shows. He had a passion for cars and built his own Hummer. Lynn worked in the pit crew for his brother at Albany Saratoga Speedway in Malta where they raced stock cars.

He was predeceased by his father Chester Stomski. Lynn is survived by his daughters, Jessica Stomski of South Carolina and Nadine Bond of Guilderland; grandchildren, Taylor, Willow and Lexie; mother, Evelyn Stomski of Ballston Spa; brother, Jon Stomski of Ballston Spa; sisters, Susan Doherty of East Berne and Patricia Cyphers of Ballston Spa; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 18 from 4-6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm. Burial will be in West Milton Cemetery in the Spring. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. (www.cancer.org)

Wesley L. Morris 80 passed away Monday, February 3, 2014. Born in Paduka, Texas, February 5, 1933 he was the son of Homer and Velma Morris. Wesley was a melter and worked in the Steel Industry for many years. He later worked in communications until his retirement.

As a teen he worked as a crop duster and acquired a lifelong love of flying. He enjoyed computers and reading.

He was predeceased by his parents, Homer and Velma, sisters, Nina Jean, Bessie and Natalie; and son, Ricky. Wesley is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy; his children, Pamela Green (David) of Middle Grove, Debra Blevins (William) of Aiken, SC, Wesley Morris Jr. of West Milton, and Robin Sims (William) of Ballston Spa; his grandchildren, Jeffery Green (Karen), Shane Green (Drew), Christopher Blevins, William Blevins III (Mary), William Sims, Jason Sims (Kelley), Brian Morris, Michael Morris, David Morris (Tiffany), Nikki Morris, and Kimmy Morris; and 17 great grandchildren

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Wesley to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Charlotte A. Taylor 77, passed away Thursday, January 30, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, NY, April 12, 1936 she was the daughter of Rudolph and Erma Bernash. Charlotte worked for Skidmore College for many years, retiring in 1998.

She enjoyed amusement parks and loved to ride the roller coasters. She collected owls for many years. Charlotte loved her children and grandchildren and always went above and beyond for her family.

She was predeceased by her sister, Beatrice Smith and her brothers, Clayton and Rudolph Bernash. Charlotte is survived by her husband of 59 years, Ronald Taylor; her children, Phillip Taylor (Sally) of Hudson Falls, Paul Taylor of Saratoga Springs, Peggy Fitzgerald (Jack) of Ballston Spa and Pamela Miskell (Steven) of Illinois, brothers, Mylon Bernash of Ballston Spa and William Bernash of Ballston Spa; sisters, Evelyn Palmateer of North Carolina and Christina Smith of Ballston Spa; 7 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 5, from 3-4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza #405, Albany, NY 12205.

The family would like to thank the staff at Maplewood Manor and Community Hospice of Saratoga for their loving care and compassion.

Earl J. LaBarge 93 passed away peacefully Thursday, January 30, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Newark, NJ, March 28, 1920, he was the son of Claude and Anna Mae Garvey LaBarge. He was a Marine Corp veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific theatre in the occupation of Guadal Canal and Guam.

Following his military service he met the love of his life Dorothy Murray. They married in 1948 and moved to Malta, NY. Earl was a welder and millwright for Tarrent Mills in Saratoga, Tagston Paper Mill in Mechanicville and retired from Sage in Stillwater in 1985.

He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Round Lake Rod and Gun Club, Old Saratoga Muzzle Loading Association, Fort Ticonderoga Muzzle Loading Association, and the Green Mountain Boys Muzzle Loading Association.

He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy and his brother, George LaBarge. Earl is survived by his daughters, Earleen Van and Denise Rogner; his grandchildren, Shawn Van, Chad Rogner and Michelle Rogner; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wesley Evergreen Day Care Program, c/o Wesley Health Care Center, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

The family would like to thank the entire staff on D4N at Albany Medical Center for their kindness and compassion in assisting us through this difficult journey.

Gerald L. Kinner 69, passed away peacefully January 30, 2014, surrounded by his family. Born in Bradford, Pennsylvania, December 25, 1944 he was the son of William and Eleanor Kinner.

Gerald worked for Price Chopper in Saratoga Springs. He enjoyed playing horseshoes and fishing. Gerald like socializing with people and was known as the “Old Man” of his neighborhood trailer park.

Gerald is survived by his wife Dolores, his children, Gerald, Susan and Terri and his sister, Kathy.

A private family service will be held.

Evalina R. Bargovic 92, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 27, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, October 2, 1921, she was the daughter of Theodore and Emily Burnham. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. Evalina worked at Ackshand Knitting Co. in Ballston Spa. She married Joseph J. Bargovic on May 5, 1945.

Evalina was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa. She was a member of the Ballston Area Seniors and enjoyed singing in the seniors chorus. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Joseph. Evalina is survived by her sons, David G. Bargovic (Sharon) of Ballston Spa and Joseph Jay Bargovic (Susan) of Ballston Spa; granddaughters, Erika Bargovic, Danielle Bargovic, and Hollen Bargovic Texier; great granddaughters Brittney, Arielle, and Lyndse and great great grandson, Izaiah.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Friday, January 31 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. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 30 from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in memory of Evalina to the Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co. #1, PO Box 4, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Deborah A. Curtis 59, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2014. Born in New York, NY on October 30, 1954 she was the daughter of Harold and Katherine Worcester. She was a graduate of Scotia Glenville High School. Deb received a bachelor’s degree from Nyack College and her masters from Long Island University, Rockland Campus.

Deb was a teacher at Evangel Christian School in Long Island City, NY and later at Full Gospel Christian School in Flushing, NY. Her greatest joy was her faith in Jesus Christ her Savior. The time she spent with her children and her beloved grandchildren was precious to her.

She was predeceased by her son, Andrew Scott Curtis. Deb is survived by her husband, Bernard Curtis; her daughters, Jennifer Sheret (Jeremiah) of Webster, NY and Heather Russell (Paul) of Penfield, NY; grandchildren, Nathaniel, Abigail, Zachary, Noah, Katherine and Micah; brothers, Jeffery Worcester (Alison) of Argusville, NY, David Worcester (Melissa) of Galway, NY; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, January 30 at Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Sweetman Cemetery in the Spring. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 29 from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American SIDS Institute, 528 Raven Way, Naples, FL 34110 (www.sids.org)

Michael W. Shannon 70, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014. Born in Buffalo, NY, on February 21, 1943, he was the son of Frank and Elizabeth Shannon. Michael was a respiratory therapist. He owned and operated Modern Health Concept in Albany for 15 years, retiring in 2003.

He was a huge boxing fan and enjoyed chocolate ice cream.

Michael is survived by his daughter, Deborah Tveidt and her companion Robert McCormick of Saratoga Springs, his son, Jeffery Shannon and his wife Grace of Ballston Spa; and four grandchildren, Stephen, Erik, Michael and James.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Michael to the Shriners Hospital, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104.

Dennis L. Cornell 66, passed away Friday, January 24, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, June 6, 1947, he was the son of Alvah and Lena Cornell. He was a Navy veteran serving in Vietnam and was awarded a purple heart. Dennis worked at Lake Auto.

He was a member of American Legion Post 234 and VFW Post 358 of Ballston Spa. Dennis enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Eleanor Richards and Carol Donaldson; and his brothers, Charles, James, Donald, William and Frankie. Dennis is survived by his daughter, Jaime Cornell Zwicklbauer (Ken) of Delmar; grandchildren, Emma and Max; brother, Alvah Cornell, Jr. of Ballston Spa; sisters, Sally Loya of Ballston Spa and Lillian Bush of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Factory Village Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675 or www.woundedwarriorproject.org

William F. Smith 89, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, August 17, 1924, he was the son of Walter and Emily Smith. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and attended Cobleskill College.

Bill devoted his life to working on the family farm and apple orchard, Smith Bros., on Jockey Street in Charlton. He shared his passion with his sons who worked beside him on the farm. In his later years, he enjoyed working in the pie shop and visiting with customers. For many years he sold produce out of his truck to his many loyal customers in the City of Amsterdam.

Bill joined the Harmony Corners Fire Department on April 1, 1941 and was a life member. He served as an active member for 65 years. Bill was on the Board of Fire Commissioners for 16 years. He also served on the Sweetman Cemetery Board.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Ruth Downing Smith and his son, David Smith. Bill is survived by his wife, Doris Hellmuth Smith; children, Richard Smith (Shelley) of Charlton, William Smith of Charlton and Cyndi Leschen (Mark) of Rotterdam; grandchildren, Richard Smith, Jr., Jebediah Smith, Zachary Smith, Andrea Robertson, Jenna Smith, Katie Daino, Nicholas Smith, Nathaniel Smith and Maxwell Leschen; six great grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Mitchell of Charlton; brother, Walter Smith (Lorrie) of West Sand Lake; sister in law, Barbara Farrell (Jack) of East Greenbush; brother in law, Robert Downing of Ballston Lake; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, January 22, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will be in Sweetman Cemetery in the Spring.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 21 from 2-4 and 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the Harmony Corners Fire Dept, 1954 Route 67, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Harry J. Bachert, Jr. 86, passed away Thursday, January 16, 2014. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 9, 1927, he was the son of Harry and Katherine Bachert, Sr. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Harry was an engineer and worked for Carrier for many years. He later retired from Turner Construction in 1988.

Harry was a communicant of the Church of St Peter in Saratoga Springs and sang in the church choir. In his younger years, he coached soccer and later enjoyed watching his grandchildren play. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his grandchildren, playing games and drawing with them.

He was predeceased by his wife Maureen Bachert. Harry is survived by his daughter, Michele Battle and her husband Jay, and his beloved grandchildren, Connor and Jordan.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, January 20, 2014 at the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial with military honors will be in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, January 19 from 3-5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or woundedwarriorproject.org

Judith A. Pokines, passed away peacefully, Sunday, January 12, 2014. Judith was born on April 28, 1940 to Burton S. Allen and Marian Pratt Allen in Hudson, NY. She was a graduate of SUNY at Oswego in 1962 and lived in Ballston Spa most of her life.

She loved being a teacher. Judith taught first grade in the Rochester City Schools, and the Newfield Central School District in the beginning of her career. She moved to Ballston Spa in 1968 and raised two boys; Jay and Brett Pokines. She returned to teaching first grade in 1974 for Ballston Spa Central Schools and worked at both the Wood Road School and Rock City Falls. After 30 years she retired from teaching second grade at the Wood Road School in 2002. Judith loved to read, stamping, travel, and babysitting her grandchildren.

Judith was married to John F. Pokines for 34 years. They meet while attending classes at Oswego. John predeceased her in 1997. John was a guidance counselor at Ballston Spa High School.

Judith is survived by her son, Jay Pokines (Andrea Becker) of West Glenville and their children, Addison Pokines, Lily Becker and Hanna Pokines, and her son, Brett Pokines (Sonia Navarro) and their children, as well as two sisters, Jill Gilligan and Jeanne Speer, her nieces, Rachel and Melanie Speer and many other nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 3pm Monday, January 20, 2014 at Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call, from 2 to 3 pm at the church prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to “Cure PSP” 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201 Timonium, MD 21093 www.psp.org to help support the foundation for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy or to Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Charles D. Fitzgerald 68 passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on August 30, 1945, he was the son of Clarence and Marie Fitzgerald. He was an Army veteran of Vietnam. Chuck worked for Cottrell Paper Co. in Rock City Falls for 32 years.

He enjoyed camping and watching WWE wrestling. Chuck was a hard worker who would do anything for anybody.

Chuck was predeceased by his grandson, Warren Fitzgerald, sister, Cynthia Wescott, and brother, William Fitzgerald. Chuck is survived by his wife Abagail; his children, LeRoy Fitzgerald (Marie) of Albany, Robert Fitzgerald of Ballston Spa, and Shawn Fitzgerald of Ballston Spa; brothers, Michael Fitzgerald, Richard Fitzgerald and Clarence Fitzgerald, Jr.; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 14 from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will be held at Middle Grove Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Chuck to the Rock City Falls Volunteer Fire Dept., PO Box 72, Rock City Falls, NY 12863.

Donald J. Rockenstire 53 passed away Monday, January 6, 2014. Born in Albany, March 10, 1960, he was the son of John and Ellen Rockenstire. Don worked at the Hilton in Saratoga Springs.

He was predeceased by his parents, John and Ellen Rockenstire and his sister, JoAnn Rockenstire. Don is survived by his son, Derrick J. Rockenstire (Sarah) of Ballston Spa, grandsons, Alex and Eric; brother, John Rockenstire (Jean) of Schenectady; and niece and nephews, Jay, Jill, Jerry, and Johnny.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 14 from 1-2pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 2pm.

Donald G. Corp 85 of Maltaville, passed away Monday, January 6, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on April 24, 1928, he was the son of the late George W. Corp and Irene Baker Corp. Don’s family has resided in Maltaville since the 1860’s. He was a graduate of Round Lake High School. Don retired from the New York State Electric and Gas Corp in Mechanicville.

Don was a member of the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge No 103 in Saratoga Springs and the Round Lake United Methodist Church.

He was predeceased by his infant son, Jeffrey Corp and his brother, John “Cliff” Corp. Don is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara L. Peets Corp; son, Donald S. Corp (Kathleen Robinson) of Halfmoon, granddaughters, Brittany Schultz (Matthew) of Cicero and Brianna Weidman (fiancé Dan Hall) of Fort Ann; great grandson, Cameron Corp; sister, Mildred Reed of Rexford; sisters in law, Veronica Peets Spillane and Karen Peets Kuehn (Geo); several nieces and nephews and many very close friends.

A graveside service will be held in the Spring.

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

Jon A. Tucciarone 38 passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Born in Schenectady, NY, May 17, 1975, he was the son of Anthony and Sandra Tucciarone. He was a graduate of Fonda Fultonville High School and Siena College. He received his MBA from Union College. Jon was a senior associate budget analyst for the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

Jon was an amazing man with a heart of gold and he was able to make a connection with everyone he met. His eyes told a story and spoke straight to your soul. He had a brilliant mind and was generous with his time and talents. Jon and his wife Tia made Christmas special for families in need and he vowed to help more families every year.

He was a Yankees fan, Giants fan and an avid Chicago Bulls fan. He loved music of all genres.

Jon is survived by his beloved wife, Tia; his parents, Anthony and Sandra Tucciarone of Tribes Hill, brother, Brian Tucciarone of Tribes Hill, sister, Dana Smith and her husband Dennis of Amsterdam, father in law and mother in law, Michael and Kathleen Yates of Saratoga Springs, brothers in law, Joel Yates and his wife Tara, and Dan Yates and his wife Shanyn; niece, Caitlyn; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Jon is also survived by his beloved dogs Logan and Mason.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 8 from 3-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, January 9 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jon to the American Diabetes Association, 2 Pine West Plaza, Washington Ave Ext, Suite 204, Albany, NY 12205 or National Kidney Foundation, 1971 Western Ave #1200, Albany, NY 12203 or St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Yuri Jorn Woschanko 45, of Gansevoort passed away at his parent’s home the morning of December 30, 2013. As a result of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Born in Hudson, NY, November 18, 1968 he was the son of Paul and Linda Woschanko.

Yuri attended Shenendehowa and Ballston Spa Central Schools, graduating from Ballston Spa High in 1986. Yuri went on to study at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, specializing in film, photography, animation and graphic arts.

After the completion of his studies, Yuri began a career with Quad Graphics in Saratoga, later transferring to their Anaheim, California facility where he continued his career until the onset of his illness.

He was predeceased by his Grandmother, Carmilita Wallace of Troy, Paternal Grandparents, Veronica and Andrew Woschanko of Mechanicville, and Uncle, John Wallace of Troy. In addition to his parents, Yuri is survived by his Grandfather, Alfred Wallace and Aunt, Theresa Wallace both of Troy, Uncles, William Woschanko (Cathy) and Anthony Wallace (Diane) both of Clifton Park.

Yuri is remembered for his quiet and friendly character and deep affection for his family. Yuri possessed a great interest of the visual arts and an appreciation for the Saratoga Victorian Pool. Worlds Fairs and Expositions were a favorite of Yuri’s, a subject he always enjoyed researching and learning.

A remembrance celebration will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

His parents would like to thank Janet at the Wesley Community Therapy, the staff of Community Hospice of Saratoga and St. Peters Regional ALS Center of Albany, his best friend Andy, and all who gave their time, support and knowledge helping Yuri through his journey.

Thomas E. Miller 75, passed away Monday, December 30, 2013. Born in Buffalo, November 4, 1938, he was the son of Edward and Pearl Miller. Tom was a graduate of Eden High School and Erie County Community College and went on to serve in the US Army. He was an engineer for Espey Manufacturing in Saratoga Springs for a few years.

Tom earned his private pilot’s license in Buffalo in the late 50’s. He worked for Richmor Aviation at the Saratoga County Airport for 30 years where he served as a vice president, airport manager, chief flight instructor and an FAA examiner. He loved to fly and teach others to fly.

His favorite vacation spots were Cape Cod and Walt Disney World in Florida.

Tom is survived by his wife Frances (Whitaker) Miller; his sons, Larry Miller of Corinth and Kevin Miller of Saratoga Springs; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, January 4 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 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road SW, Lilburn, GA 30047 or the charity of one’s choice.

William J. Nelson 64 passed away on Monday, December 30, 2013 surrounded by his family, after a courageous fight with illness. Billy was a Marine Corp veteran serving in Vietnam. He was a member of VFW Post 358 and American Legion Post 234 of Ballston Spa. He was a pipelayer with Anjo Construction for almost 30 years.

Billy is survived by his bestest buddy his wife Sue; daughter, Corina Nelson, sons, Charles Nelson (Elena), Adam Ritota and Kyle Ritota; granddaughters, Ava and Maya; sisters, Karin Rokjer, Cheryl Maiello, Barbara Kennedy, Laurie Qua; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He will be missed by all.

Funeral services will be held 11am Thursday, January 2, 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.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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.