Obituaries


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.

Judith A. Brunell 63 of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, October 24, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Ballston Spa, September 10, 1950, she was the daughter of the late John and Sadie McDonald. She worked for General Electric Co for 16 years. After her retirement, Judy lovingly cared for her niece Jenna and her nephew Jack.

She was an avid sports fan. She enjoyed Yankee baseball, football and Nascar. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, John McDonald. Judy is survived by her husband, Clennon Brunell, Jr; stepsons, Kyle Brunell and his wife Steffi of Germany and Kory Brunell and his wife Valerie of Sandwich, NH; grandchildren, Kalan, Hayden and Katelyn; sisters, Patricia Thomas and her husband David of Ballston Spa and Margaret Funston of Ballston Spa; brother, Edward McDonald and his wife Donna of Florida and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, October 29 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Mary’s Cemetery. 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 American Cancer Society.

Stephen L. Morris, Sr. 88 of Rock City Falls, passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Born in Ballston Spa on November 8, 1924, he was the son of the late Louis and Sarah Morris.

Stephen worked for the Ballston Knitting Mill for many years. He also enjoyed carpentry and remodeling and constructed several homes. His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Stephen was the devoted husband for 60 years of Pauline A. Morris who passed away in 2004. He was also predeceased by two brothers and five sisters. Stephen is survived by his children, Stephen L. Morris, Jr of Saratoga Springs, Yvonne C. Marcolongo of Rock City Falls and David F. Morris of West Fort Ann; two sisters, Eleanor Harris of Ballston Spa and Sally Bennett of Queensbury; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, October 28 from 9:30-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am with the Rev. Jon Bly officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the West Fort Ann United Methodist Church, PO Box 105, Fort Ann, NY 12827.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses on A3 at Saratoga Hospital for their care and compassion.

Kimberlee Ann Payton, 28, of West Charlton, NY, ended her fight against Rett Syndrome on her own terms and on her own time on October 20, 2013. Born on June 1, 1985 in Glens Falls, NY, she was the daughter of Julie Fox Payton and Mathew B. Payton. Kim attended several integrated schools programs graduating in 2006 and celebrated by swimming with the Dolphins at Discovery Cove. During her life, she was a great lover of all types of music, dolphins, the ocean, and all things Disney, with Disney World being one of her most favorite places to vacation, especially if she could dance with Goofy.

Kim participated in the Challenger League's bowling teams, bowling with her best friend Patti. She was a top fundraiser for Bowl for Kid’s Sake. Kim enjoyed Music Therapy with Christina. Kim was known for her natural ability to bring people together just from the power of being herself. Kim was blessed by the number of people whom entered her life and she in turn touched so many people’s lives.

In addition to her parents, Julie and Mat, she is survived by her sister, Amanda Mody (Pete), her brother Mathew Payton, Jr., her “adopted” sister Lisa Defelippo and her nephews Peter Mody IV and Grant Mody. She is also survived by her paternal grandmother, Adeline Payton, her maternal grandfather, Kenneth Fox (Sharon), and several very close uncles, aunts, cousins, and special friends.

The family would like to thank the litany of doctors, nurses and therapies that have helped care for Kim over the years; Dr. Migden, Dr. Saavedra and Lynn, Lisa, Janae, Terry, Janet, Tara, Sylvia, and Bonnie.

A memorial service in celebration of Kimberlee's life will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at The First Presbyterian Church in Ballston Spa at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the International Rett Syndrome Association (www.rettsyndrome.org).

Mary Grace Fish, 72, of Ballston Lake passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on October 18, 2013 after a brave three year battle with cancer.

Born August 22, 1941 to the late Eugene Andrew Cordone and Margaret Farrell O’Brien, she is survived by her loving sister, Christine Cordone Smith and a brother, Andrew Cordone. She married her college sweetheart, the late Patrick J. Fish, in 1962 and graduated from Oneonta College in 1963. In the early years of her marriage, she taught at Giffen Elementary in Albany while raising her young children and putting her husband through law school.

Mary’s greatest passion was breeding and showing dogs; first as a young girl, showing Collies with her parents. She began breeding Shetland Sheepdogs in 1973 under the kennel name Cameo Farms Shelties. Mary was renowned in the Sheltie world for breeding and raising hundreds of high quality show and obedience dogs as well as beloved family pets and therapy dogs for the elderly. She was dedicated to maintaining high standards in the breed and was internationally known. Her expertise as a breeder and judge was sought out by many. In her memory, her dear friend, Jason Mazzone, has named his kennel after her: Gracemere Kennel.

Mary was also a loving “Mimi” to her seven grandchildren. Mary is survived by her daughters Erin Fish, Patricia (John) Pugliese, Cristin (Patrick) Lentlie, and grandchildren, Alexa, Amanda,Jack, Isabella, Haley, Christopher, and Rachela. She is survived by her best friend of 40 years, Fredna Pickerd, and several Boland and O’Brien cousins with whom she spent childhood summers at Sacandaga Park.

A funeral mass will be held 9:30 am Friday, October 25 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa followed by burial at St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands where she and her beloved husband will be laid to rest. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Mary Grace Fish to Care Links, 543 Saratoga Road, Glenville, NY 12302.

Dawn M. Jones 48 of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, October 17, 2013. Born in Niskayuna, March 26, 1965, she was the daughter of Susanna Lloyd and Paul Haight. Dawn was a dedicated mom and enjoyed spending time with her family. She crocheted many blankets for her family members and liked going out to eat.

Dawn is survived by her sons, Alexander Jones and Tyler Haight; companion, William Rudzianski, mother, Susanna Lloyd of Saratoga Springs; father and stepmother, Paul and Linda Haight of Altamont; sister, Tammi Kanniard and her husband Ken of Wilton; brother Charles LaViolette III of Saratoga Springs; 3 nephews, 1 niece, and many aunts uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held 11am Monday, October 21 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home after 10:30am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Kidney Foundation, 501 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.

Dorothy E. Davis 71 of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Schenectady, NY, September 7, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Dorothy Reinhart.

Dorothy raised and showed Maltese Dogs for many years. She was named one of the top ten breeders in the nation. She loved animals of all kinds and enjoyed her chickens, goats and potbellied pigs.

She was predeceased by her husband Richard Davis, Sr and brother Lawrence Reinhart. Dorothy is survived by her daughters Crystal Putnam of Ballston Spa, Dawn Roe of Porter Corners and Renee Davis of Ballston Spa; grandchildren, Monique Valentin, Joshua Allen, Curtis Allen, Jr, Carl Allen, III, Andrew Turon and Kenneth Roe; great grandsons, Tyler Allen and Travis Valentin; sisters, Noreen Flaws of Perth and Judith Reinhart of Glenville; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call after 6:30pm Monday, October 21 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

The family would like to thank Dorothy’s granddaughter Monique and grandson Joshua for their loving care and support.

John W. Christman 58 of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, October 13, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Ilion, NY, August 4, 1955 he was the son of the late Arthur and Ruth Christman. John was retired from retail but enjoyed his true passion of being an auctioneer for the Talk of the Town and at many 4-H Shooting Sports events.

John was a history buff, he loved antiques, auctions and watching old black and white movies. His favorite season was autumn. Throughout John’s life he had very special friends, Joe and Beth DeMatteo and John and Beverly Stanislowsky.

He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Ruth Christman, brother, Mark Christman and sister, Mary Christman. John is survived by his wife of 36 years, Heidi; his children, Donald (fiancée Tanya and her children Aaron and Lenaya), Jennifer Staulters (Clay), Ann Oddy (Noah), Debbie Jourdanais (Justin), Ashley Christman, and Amanda Hutchins (Stephen); 7 grandsons, Cody, Ben, Michael, Tyler, Matthew, Derek and Elliot; granddaughter, Carrie; sister, Dorothy Chamberlain (Harold) and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, October 18 from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

The family would like to personally thank the Community Ambulance Corp, the members of the Ballston Spa Fire Department who came to assist them and the wonderful staff at Saratoga Hospital ICU who allowed the family to be with John during his final hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any of the above organizations or to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital of which John and Heidi were patrons.

It is with heavy hearts, that the family of Michael Warren Beson, Sr. announce his passing on Sunday, October 6, 2013. He died from the effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mike was officially diagnosed with this disease on April 3, 2013. Although it attacked his body very quickly, the disease was never able to take his mind, heart or soul. His determination and will allowed him to coach the 2013 golf season and attend his son’s wedding.

Mike was born on November 3, 1951, in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Phyllis and Warren Beson. Years after his dad’s passing, Mike’s family moved to Scotia Glenville, New York. He graduated from Scotia Glenville High School in 1970, Hartwick College in 1974, State University of New York at Albany in 1979, and St. Rose in Albany in 2001.

He was employed by the Shenendehowa School District for 36 years serving as teacher, coach and administrator. During that time, Mike was also a basketball coach for 14 years at the Burnt Hills School District. Upon retiring in 2010, Mike coached golf and assisted in coaching basketball at Saratoga Central Catholic High School. He was also a high school soccer official. His enthusiasm, tireless energy, passion, knowledge and dedication made him a well-respected educator, administrator, coach and loyal friend.

Mike was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa, where he served as a lector and a Eucharistic minister before the onset of his illness.

As a member of the Ballston Spa Country Club, playing early morning or late afternoon rounds of golf with longtime friends was one of his greatest pleasures in life. Mike’s favorite playing partner of all times was his loving and devoted son, Michael. They shared many happy moments together on area courses.

Mike is survived by his wife Elly, his son Michael and daughter-in-law Leigh of Marshfield, MA, his parents Phyllis and Alan Nelson of Saratoga Springs, NY, his sisters Peggy Seward (John) of Schererville, IN, Mary Gibbons (Patrick) of Glenville, NY and his brothers Hugh Nelson (Fiorella) of Ashburn, VA and Peter Nelson (Melanie) of South Hadley, MA.

In addition, his sister-in-law Jeannine O’Connell (David), sister-in-law Annie Nelson and brother-in-law William Merritt (Carol) survive him.

Mike will be missed by his nieces and nephews: Coley O’Connell (Lisa), Lisa Jorgensen (Chad), Daniel and Edward Clear, Justina Wagner, Mitchell Seward, John and Michael Gibbons, Clare and Hannah Nelson, Annabell and Rupert Ramsay, Fiorella Roca, and Christopher, Bradley and Gregory Nelson.

Funeral services will be held 9am Saturday, October 12 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. All are invited to attend a reception in the Gymnasium at Saratoga Catholic Central High School immediately following the service at church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga Catholic Central High School Athletic Fund, 247 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 c/o Stephen Lombard or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Plymouth, MA, 02360 or St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center, 19 Warehouse Row, Albany, NY 12205.

Mike and his family would like to give their heartfelt thanks to St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center, Community Hospice of Saratoga, Cranberry Hospice of Plymouth, Massachusetts, Dr. John Bach of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey University Hospital, Olga Ramos of Millennium Respiratory Services, and Dr. Shawn Jorgensen who made the initial ALS diagnosis. Many thanks also go to Mike and Elly’s family, friends near and afar, and neighbors who supported then through this journey.

Alex entered into Heaven on Friday, October 4, 2013 with his guardian angels. Beloved son of Mark and Patti, he was a blessing to his parents for over 10 years.

Alex loved music, bubbles, balloons, Spongebob Squarepants, chocolate pudding and ice cream. His laughter and smile will be held in our hearts always. He will be forever missed by everyone.

Funeral services will be held 11am Thursday, October 10 at West Charlton United Presbyterian Church, Sacandaga Road, West Charlton. Burial will follow in West Charlton Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 9 from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alexander Denison McConchie Memorial Fund, c/o Trustco Bank to help Alex’s ESE classmates at Centennial Elementary School.

Albert Jay Harris, 89, passed away peacefully at Saratoga Hospital on October 4th, 2013 with his three sons bedside.

Al was born at home on March 24, 1924 in the hamlet of Harris, New York. He was the youngest of the three children of Jeanette and Jay B. Harris. Al worshipped his older siblings Agnes and Jack, who as well as with his parents, preceded him in death.

Upon high school graduation in the summer of 1942 as the country geared up for the Second World War, Al enlisted in the Marine Corps and was trained at Camp Pendleton, California in the use of the 30-caliber machine gun, a devise which required a 3-man crew to operate. The three crew members became fast friends as well as comrades-in-arms.

Al survived the fighting on Roi-Namuar in the Marshall Islands campaign, Saipan and Tinian in the Mariana Islands campaign, and the battle for Iwo Jima. One of his two buddies died on the beach Saipan on day one of the fight and the other was killed on Iwo Jima towards the end of the engagement. Al mourned his two friends thereafter and paid homage to the tens of thousands of brave young men on both sides of the fighting who were killed in those horrifying days in those faraway places right up until his own final conscious moments.

After the war he took a job with New York Telephone as a lineman and over the next 43 years rose through the ranks to management positions with "NY Bell" and later, onto senior level management with the parent corporation, AT&T. During his career his job entailed relocations from the Monticello office to Albany, Manhattan, St. Louis, and finally to the AT&T headquarters in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. He retired to his home in Ballston Spa in 1984.

In 1947, he and some veteran friends decided it would be a swell idea to join the Marine Reserves inasmuch as the local unit had a baseball team that was a good one and they would all have a chance to play. But ultimately Al thought that was somewhat less than a great decision when the Korean War broke out and he was recalled to active duty and sent south to Camp Lajeune, North Carolina as a Sargent training new recruits in the use of the 30-caliber air and water-cooled machine guns.

The recall was also difficult since Al had met and married, after a whirlwind courtship, the love of his life, the vivacious young telephone operator, Nancy Potter of Ballston Spa, New York. Their first son, Daniel, an infant when the Korean conflict broke out made for additional logistical complications, but eventually, Nancy with Daniel in tow relocated to North Carolina to be nearby Al for the duration.

And so Al did his duty to his country a second time without complaint. In all Al served honorably for eight years in the Marine Corps. And after that, he never touched a gun again.

Al and Nancy were married and completely devoted to one another for 56 years until her death in 2004, during which time they raised two more sons John and Martin. They were very good parents with always the best intentions and appropriate priorities with regard to their boys to whom they were loving, kind and understanding. They were proud parents.

Al is survived by Daniel and Julie Harris of Saratoga Springs, New York and Evanston, Illinois, John Harris of Ballston Spa, New York, Martin and Sharon Harris of Charlotte, North Carolina. He also has three grandchildren; Jessica Harris of Berlin, Germany and Rome, Italy, and Lily and Samuel Harris of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Interment will take place at 12:30pm on Monday October 7 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery where Al's (and Nancy's) remains will rest alongside those of comrades in a fitting setting. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the service at the cemetery.

Kenneth E. Robbins, Sr., 93 passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at his home in the Town of Providence. He was born on September 12, 1920 in Greensburg, Indiana to Hettie and Bernard Robbins. Ken served in the US Army during World War II and worked as a superintendent for Penetryn/Altairs Systems of Albany, NY and Orlando, FL for more than 45 years.

In addition to his parents, Ken was predeceased by his wife Helen May Robbins, sister Agnes and brother Walter. In addition to his constant companion, Rudi, he is survived by his children, Katherine Keller of Galway, Kenneth Robbins, Jr. of Galway, Joyce Emigh of Galway, Donald May (Ann) of Hagaman, Douglas May (Lynn) of Hagaman, David May of Jacksonville, FL, Sharon Nolan of Ballston Spa, Sandra Hoffman (Fred) of Fonda, Dale May (MaryAnn) of Schenectady and Wendy Spence (William) of Broadalbin, sisters in law, Patricia Schmidt of Ledyard, CT, Ruth Schmidt of Rye, NH, 28 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Ken’s wishes there will be no calling hours. Services and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

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

The family would like to thank the volunteers and staff of Community Hospice of Saratoga for their care and compassion.

Marie Kenyon 86 of Malta, passed away peacefully Sunday, September 29, 2013. Born in Burnt Hills, September 9, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Clara Morris. Marie lived in Florida for many years and returned to Malta in 2003. She was a medical secretary.

She was predeceased by her husband Howard Kenyon. Marie is survived by her children, Linda LaBounty (Leonard) of Malta and Robert Hodgson, Jr (Debra) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren, Dennis Hodgson (Stephanie), Nathan Hodgson (Katie), Frank LaBounty (Lisa), Ernie LaBounty (Jessica), and Michelle LaBounty; great grandchildren, Lily, Sunni, Christian, Molly, Tess, Haleigh and Daytona; sister, Joan Dudley of Johnstown, and brother, Ernest Morris of Schoharie.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice

Jane H. Gomez 64 of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, September 22, 2013 at her home. Born in Mineola, NY, on February 13, 1949, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Teresa Hyer. Jane was a homemaker.

She was an active communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa. Jane started the prayer shawl ministry at the church and crocheted hundreds of shawls. She was recognized by Bishop Howard Hubbard for her efforts.

Jane is survived by her beloved husband, Robert; son, Patrick O’Brien of Camp, Arkansas; grandchildren, Thomas, Colin and Rose; brother and his spouse, Raymond Hyer (Kathleen) of Tampa, FL; sisters and their spouses, Therese Reich (Heio) of Tampa, FL, Mary Claire Shuman (Barry) of Tampa, FL, Kathryn Hyer (James Soley) of Tampa, FL; and Marlena Kern (John) of Manhasset, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, September 26 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will be at 12 noon Friday, September 27 at Cemetery of the Holy Rood, Westbury, NY.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, September 25 from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Colleen M. (Dwyer) Gradwell 63 of Saratoga Springs, passed away Friday, September 20, 2013. Born in Troy, May 20, 1950, she was the daughter of Eleanor (Cote) Dwyer and the late Edward Dwyer. Colleen worked for the NYS Comptroller’s Office for 26 years, retiring from the Unclaimed Funds Division in 2005.

Colleen was very active in civic and charitable organizations. She served as vice president of the Saratoga Springs Fraternal Order of Eagles and secretary of American Legion Post 234 Ladies Auxiliary. She was a life member of VFW Post 358 Ladies Auxiliary, and member of Ballston Spa Elks Lodge 2619, ITAM and Principessa Elena Society Auxiliary. Colleen also served as secretary of the Ballston Spa Memorial Day Parade Committee.

She was predeceased by her father Edward Dwyer. Colleen is survived by her husband Edward J. Gradwell; her mother, Eleanor (Cote) Dwyer; her children, Melanie Massie of Ballston Spa, Jennifer Bear of Rotterdam, Edward R. Gradwell of Newport News, VA and Thomas Gradwell of Saratoga Springs; grandchildren, Jessica Koscielniak, Kayla Countermine, Ashley Gradwell, Deanna Gradwell, Brandon Countermine and Justin Gradwell; great grandson, Mason Koscielniak; brothers, Timothy Dwyer (Woon Yee Chau) of Honolulu, HI, Colin Dwyer of NYC, Terry Dwyer of Waterford, Edward Dwyer of Saratoga Springs, sister Claudell Galea (Anthony) of Hudson, FL and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 24 from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to F.O.E. Charity Foundation, 1623 Gateway Circle South, Grove City, OH 43123 to be used for cancer research.

Eleanor F. Winters 89, passed away on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at her home in Ballston Lake. She was born on November 23, 1923 in Albany, NY to John and Thelma Rogers. Eleanor served as a seaman second class in the US Navy and was honorably discharged in April 1945. She attended Mildred Elley School and received her diploma in 1946.

In 1946, Eleanor married Gerald Winters. They were happily married for just shy of 67 years. Eleanor worked for the Town of Malta as a bookkeeper for over 30 years. She was a member of the Round Lake United Methodist Church, Round Lake Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Saratoga County Women’s Republican Club and member and past president of the Malta Seniors. She enjoyed swimming, skiing, quilting, playing guitar and sunning on the beach.

She was predeceased by her parents, brother John Rogers and sister Marian Wing. Eleanor is survived by her husband, Gerald Winters, her children, Geraldine Wiley (Richard) of Troy, Scott Winters of Mesa, AZ, Greg Winters (Karen) of Saratoga Springs and Jeff Winters (Kim) of Stillwater; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 11:30am Monday, September 23, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with 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 Sunday, September 22 from 4-7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871.

Nobuko I. Baker 84 of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Born in Nikko, Japan, July 29, 1929, she came to the United States in 1956. Nobuko was a registered nurse at St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady for 40 years, retiring in 2009.

She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Galway. Nobuko was a 14 year member of the Milton Eagles Women’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed her pets.

She was predeceased by her husband Phillip Baker and her daughter Patty Warren. Nobuko is survived by her sons, David Baker (Sarah) of Syracuse and Jeffrey Baker (Shannan) of Ballston Spa; her grandchildren, Eric Gardner, Jessica Baker, Kip Baker, Jeffrey Baker, Jr., Reis Baker, Phillip Baker and Brendon Baker.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 23 from 4-6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm

Memorial contributions may be made to the Milton Eagles Women’s Auxiliary or Rock City Falls Volunteer Fire Dept, PO Box 72, Rock City Falls, NY 12863.

All are invited to a gathering at the Rock City Falls Volunteer Fire Dept following the service at the funeral home.

Howard A. Samascott 82 of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, September 13, 2013. Born in Hudson, NY, August 6, 1931, he was the son of Howard and Esther Samascott. Howard was a welder and steel fabricator for Schenectady Steel for many years. He later drove the bus for Saratoga ARC.

Howard enjoyed fishing and family vacations in Maine. He often sat with his wife at the Saratoga County Airport watching the planes. He collected coins for many years. Howard was a great listener and had a tremendous sense of humor.

He will always be remembered for his exceptional devotion to his wife.

He was predeceased by his son Michael. Howard is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Lamb Samascott; his children, Timothy Samascott of Ballston Spa, Thomas Samascott (Laural) of Ballston Spa, Susan Samascott (Jack Cairns) of Ballston Spa, Joseph Samascott (Mary) of Ballston Spa and Stephen Samascott of Glenville; grandchildren, Wayne, Shannon, Jessica, Stan, Kate, Mary, Sarah and Stephanie; great grandchildren, Brayden, Gracelyn, Madelyn and Kenzie; sisters, Arlene Duguay of Connecticut, Judy Marriott of Stuyvesant, Amy Brosen of Chatham, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, September 17 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow at 1pm in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Nassau. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Alphonse A. Aufiero “Chauncy” 85 of Ballston Spa, passed away Saturday, September 7, 2013. Born in Ballston Spa, December 13, 1927, he was the son of the late Alphonse and Rosina Aufiero. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Chauncy was a Ballston Spa Police Officer. He later worked at General Electric Co for 30 years, retiring in 1988. He was a member and vice president of IUE Local 301.

Chauncy served as a village trustee and was a member of the Ballston Spa Elks, VFW Post 358 and American Legion Post 234. Chauncy was a member of the Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co No 1 where he served on the Fire Police and was past captain.

He enjoyed cooking and driving around in his car. When you heard his familiar whistling you knew Chauncy was on his way. His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley Aufiero, his brother, John Aufiero, and sisters, Nina Connelly, Annette Parente, Ann Mullen, Edith Aufiero and Hilda Ryan. Chauncy is survived by his children, Judy Paine (William) of Saratoga Springs and Michael Aufiero (Lana) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren, Stacey, Christopher, Michael, Mark, Chendell and Alyssa; great grandchildren, Jamison and Alexa; sister, Marian O’Brien of Albany; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9am Wednesday, September 11 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial with 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 6-9pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Leo C. Hoffman 76 of Greenfield, passed away Thursday, September 5, 2013. Born in Greenfield, January 25, 1937, he was the son of the late Otto and Beatrice Hoffman.

Leo worked for General Electric Co in Schenectady for many years and later retired from the Tire Warehouse. He served in the Army National Guard. He enjoyed hunting and spending time with his best friend, his dog Madison.

Leo is survived by his son, Donald Hoffman of Middle Grove; two granddaughters, Heather Hoffman and Rachel DePaul (Jim); seven great grandchildren, Nick, Danny, Emily, Michael, Jacob, Maddox and Sammy; and his longtime companion, Mitzi Pinckney.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 9 from 6-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

Jimmy “Beaver” Dupuis 47 of Stillwater, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at his home under the care of Hospice after a very brief illness with the love of his life Rhonda and son Tyler by his side.

Beaver was born in Sharon, Connecticut on September 3, 1965. He grew up in Ellenburg, NY and graduated from Northern Adirondack High School. He moved to Saratoga County with his favorite Uncle Joe and Aunt Vickie to start his Drywall career becoming a well known contractor in the area for many years.

Beaver was well known for his huge heart and was just the best friend anyone could ask for. The good times with friends having a cold beer in his garage after work will be remembered by many.

Beaver is survived by his fiancée Rhonda and son Tyler who meant the world to him and Rhonda’s parents Ron and Martha French who he became very close to. He is also survived by his father, Richard Dupuis (Kathy) of Ellenburg, his mother, Carol Bedard of Plattsburgh, brothers, Mike Dupuis (Amy) of Ellenburg, Dave Dupuis of West Chazy, sisters, Michelle Pelkey (Shawn) of Cadyville, Hope Wall (Colin) of Ellenburg; godparents, Rose and Paul Kloiber; neighbors and best friends, Uncle Joe, Aunt Vickie, Courtney (Jason), Charlie (RJ), and their children Morgan, Natalie, Lennon; and many many friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

At Beaver’s request we will be having a celebration of his life at 1pm Saturday, September 7 at his home 12 Blizzard Road, Stillwater. 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 for the wonderful care and compassion given to Beaver during his illness.

Carl L. Cook 60 of Clifton Park, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Born in Ballston Spa, December 26, 1952, he was the son of the late Harold and Muriel Cook. Carl was a safety officer at Knolls Atomic Power Lab in West Milton and Niskayuna.

Carl was a member of the Owl Kill Rod and Gun Club and a life member of the NRA. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. His greatest joy was spending time with his beloved grandchildren.

Carl is survived by his wife, Barbara; his sons, Jason Cook (Ami) and Ryan Cook; stepson, Gordon Benson (Yi); stepdaughter, Jennifer Bartlett (Rich); sister, Nancy Waite (Kenneth) and 7 grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5-7pm Tuesday, September 3 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or the NRA www.nrafoundation.org

Ruth E. Bellinger 85 of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Born in Ballston Spa, May 6, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Lillian Staulters. Ruth was a bus driver for Ballston Spa Schools for many years, retiring in 1983.

She enjoyed sewing, word puzzles and making crafts. Ruth liked to camp and travel and spent many winters in Florida. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Sidney Bellinger, daughter, Jacqueline Green and brother, Leonard Staulters. Ruth is survived by her children, Charles Cornell (Tanom) of Chazy, Shelley Willette (Ted) of Malta, Denise Galarneau (Richard) of Saratoga Springs and Cindy Cornell of Richland, WA; stepchildren, Dorothy Brooks (John) of Florida, Cathy Green of Florida, David Bellinger of Ballston Spa, Paul Bellinger (Deborah) of Texas and John Bellinger (Lenore) of Ballston Spa; brother, Maynard Staulters (Dorothy) of Angola, IN; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10-11am Saturday, August 31 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 11am. Burial will be in Malta Ridge Cemetery,

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.