Obituaries


Constance J. McHugh passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2015. Born in New York City, she was the daughter of Richard and Anna Lorer.

Constance was a dialysis technician at Albany Medical Center for many years. She loved to travel. Connie was a caregiver at heart, caring for children and many stray animals including raccoons, cats, dogs and birds.

She was predeceased by her husband George, son Thomas, and her brothers and sisters. Constance is survived by her children Viola Wagner of Indiana, Frank McHugh of California, Leonard McHugh of Greenfield Center, Sharon Clements of Saratoga Springs, Georgeann Boerenko of Galway and George McHugh of Greenfield Center; and her many beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 24 from 10am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Constance may be made to Estherville Animal Shelter, 100 Russell Road, Greenfield Center, NY 12833.

Theresa F. Rose, 87, of Ballston Spa, NY, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning October 20th at the Saratoga Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Born on May 28, 1928 in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Rose (Capone) Mangona. She attended Saratoga Central High School and was a partner with her husband at their restaurant in downtown Ballston Spa on Milton Avenue. With the birth of her first child, she became a full time home maker, mother, grandmother and great-grand mother. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa, the ITAM Post #35 Auxiliary in Saratoga; as well as the Principessa Elena Society.

She devoted her life to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who will all dearly miss her. She loved attending her grandchildren’s soccer, basketball and baseball games and treasured her many days of babysitting her grandchildren. She loved putting together complex puzzles as well as enjoyed crocheting.

Theresa was predeceased by her loving husband of 67 years, James P. Rose. In addition to her husband, Theresa was predeceased by her four brothers Carl, John, Frank and Santo Mangona and two sisters Gertrude Rodeno and Virginia Vernoy. Survivors include three sisters Rose Crawford of Saugerties, Anna Thompson of Mechanicville, and Diane Batton (Danny) of Hernando, Florida; her son Robert Rose (Donna) of Clay, 2 daughters Jane Dearbeck of Scotia and Kathy Sherman (Bill) of Ballston Spa. She is also survived by her 9 loving grandchildren Jason Dearbeck (Carrie), Amy Hill (Chuck), James Rose (Rebecca), Clifford Dearbeck; Michael Rose (Amanda), Peter Rose (Jessica), Josh Wilkins (Bettie), Christina Rose and Adam Wilkins and her 7 precious great-grandchildren Kaelyn Jo Rose, Deacon Dearbeck, James Hill, Connor Rose, Evan Rose, Dax Rose and Emmitt Rose.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Monday, October 26 at St. Mary’s 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 Sunday, October 25 from 2pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Rescue Mission PO Box 11122 Syracuse, New York 13218 or the Community Emergency Corps, Inc. Thompson Street Ballston Spa, New York 12020.

Jonathan L. Rogers 34, passed away Friday, September 5, 2014. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on September 8, 1979. Jon was outgoing and loved to make people laugh. He was a people person and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Jon is survived by his children Jaden and Hailee; mother and stepfather Susan Miller and James Keech; father and stepmother Daniel Rogers, Sr and Kathy Lowery; brothers Daniel Rogers, Jr., James Keech, Daniel Lowery, Donnie Lowery and Richard Dworakowski, Jr., sisters Melodie Hayes, Jennifer Bombard, Kristina Weaver and Elisa Towne; grandmothers Marilyn Wagoner, Albertina Dillenbeck and Theresa Keech; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, sisters in law and brothers in law.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 9 from 3-6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jon to MADD, 790 Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.

Donnie E. Gamache 67, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2015. Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on November 24, 1947, he was the son of Homer and Anna Gamache. He served in the US Navy.

Donnie worked for Campbell Plastics in Schenectady for 25 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

Donnie is survived by his wife Celeste; sons Michael Gamache (Erica) of Ballston Spa, and David Gamache (Dana) of Southlake, Texas; grandchildren Justin, Jason and Madelyn; mother in law Mary Gauvin; sister in law Sharon Earls (Lynn); and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 22 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A private service with military honors will be held at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Donnie may be made to the Rubin Dialysis Center or the American Diabetes Association.

Louis E. Beaton, Jr. 76, passed away Friday, October 16, 2015. Born in Albany, NY on October 16, 1939, he was the son of Louis and Maybelle Beaton, Sr.

Lou was a truck driver for many years. He drove for Spector Freight System and later was a car transporter for Dodge World and Lia Nissan.

Lou enjoyed fishing and boating. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family, having picnics and camping.

He was predeceased by his sisters Daisy, Joan, and Shirley and his brother William. Lou is survived by his wife of 56 years Diane; his children Kevin Beaton (Jean) of West Milton, Tammy Eriole (James) of Mechanicville, Brian Beaton of Ballston Spa, and Rebecca Beaton of Saratoga Springs; grandchildren Kevin Jr., Samantha, Jeremy, Michael, Jozlyn, Felisha and Sylvia; great grandchildren Zachery, T.J., Michael, Brook, Brett, Madison, Mason, Leighton, Lucas, Kyra, Ian, MacKenzie, Tiernan and Jace; sisters Bertha Adamczack, Gloria Hunt and Barbara Rickson all of Schenectady; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Philip H. Komp, Jr., 65, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2015 after a long illness. Born in Schenectady, NY on April 14, 1950, he was the son of Philip Sr. and Gladys Kapelle Komp. A graduate of Niskayuna High School, Phil was an aviation mechanic in the US Navy serving in Vietnam. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Stars and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Phil worked at the Charlton Tavern and was part of the restoration team that worked on the tavern after the fire. He was a member of Clifton Park Halfmoon VFW Post 1498 and served on their Color Guard. Phil played softball on several local leagues and was also a member of the Bell’s Boys Golf League.

He was predeceased by his parents Philip and Gladys Komp, brother William H. Komp and brother in law David Bennett. Phil is survived by his sisters Debrah DeLuke (Robert) of Schenectady, Sheree Komp (Bob Mahoney) of Ballston Lake, and Michele Ryan (Paul) of Glenville; nieces and nephews Sloane, Michael, Melissa, Matthew, Eric and Christopher; great nieces and nephews Gianna, Kendall, Benson and Alex; and many cousins and close friends.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 10am Friday, October 23, at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.com

Shirley Mae (Hoeppner) Voorhies 88, of Malta, passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at home. Shirley was born in Rochester, NY on October 6, 1927.

Her number one goal and priority was her family and she surpassed her goal by being a dearly beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Family gatherings will never be the same without Gramma Sweetie’s love and cookies.

Shirley is predeceased by her parents, Harry and Edith (Ginegaw) Hoeppner and daughter, Beverly June (Voorhies) Dilgard. Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Robert Voorhies, sons James Voorhies (Judy) of Saratoga Springs, and Donald Voorhies (Desiree) of Rochester, grandchildren Chris Andrews (Rick), Daniel Voorhies (Becky), Lee Voorhies (Lucia), Katherine Pettrey (Jason), Mary Iddrissi (Aissam) and Jacob Voorhies, and her 10 dear great grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours. Memorial services will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Diabetes Association.

Mary passed away suddenly on October 8, 2015 at the tender age of 31. She was born on November 2, 1983. Mary enjoyed music, dancing, writing, and cooking, but mostly enjoyed spending time with her two beautiful little girls. She was a loving and compassionate young lady and will be deeply missed by all.

She is survived by her two daughters, Cassandra and Mackenzie McGonigle, her mother, Janet Donato; her father, Steven LaFleur; her stepmother, Lisa Kowalski-Watts; her stepfather Lloyd Miller, Jr.; two brothers, Sean Mahoney and Alec LaFleur, her husband, Jack McGonigle, her grandmother, Ann Halpin; her grandfather, William LaFleur, her aunt, Christina Fellehner, and cousin Sara Fellehner-Endres, her niece, Addison LaFleur and nephew, Noah LaFleur and her best friend, Marissaann White.

She is preceded in death by grandparents, Sam and Mary Donato.

Friends may call at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa, on Thursday, October 15th between the hours of 4-6PM. Per her wishes, there will be no burial and a remembrance service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations to benefit the children can be left in care of the family.

Rufus H. Allen 90, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. Born on September 17, 1925, in Wylliesburg, Virginia, he was the son of Henry and Ruth Jones Allen. He graduated from Randolph Henry High School and attended the College of William and Mary. During World War II, he was an aviation cadet serving in the Army Air Force.

He taught Agriculture at Randolph Henry for 12 years. In 1963, he moved to Ballston Spa, NY and was one of the founders of Uni-Cell Products. After the company was sold, Rufus worked for the NY Racing Association in Saratoga Springs, until he retired.

Rufus was predeceased by his brother James R. Allen of Delaware and his sister Gladys Nelson of Ohio.

A private service with military honors will be held at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

Salvatore Verdichizzi 74, passed away Sunday, October 4, 2015. Born in Brooklyn, NY on September 12, 1941, he was the son of Nicholas and Rose Verdichizzi. Sal was a men’s hairstylist at Alex’s Hairstyling in Loudonville, NY for 25 years, retiring in 2005.

Sal was an avid cook. He enjoyed photography and was a movie buff. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Phillip, Vincent and Joseph. Sal is survived by his wife Anna; children Michael Verdichizzi (Mary Jo) of Glenmont and Donna Cox (Allen) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Michael, Anthony, Nicholas, Amanda, Mallory and Tyler, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday, October 7 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, October 8 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation www.kidney.org

Susan M. Haenel 65, passed away Saturday, October 3, 2015. She lost a long battle with cancer but won her victory with Christ. She was born in Niskayuna, NY on May 23, 1950, she was the daughter of Glen and Martha Crandell.

Susan was a teacher’s assistant for Ballston Spa Central Schools for almost 40 years. She tutored Math and was instrumental in running the Banana Splits Program which helped children of divorced parents.

Susan was a lifelong member of the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. She served the church in many capacities, teaching Sunday School, Youth Group Leader, Clown Troupe and co-director of the Daily Vacation Bible School. She was committed to serving God.

Susan loved flowers (Canna Lilies), working with her hands, classic cars and auto racing.

Susan is survived by her husband Al; cherished family Brenda and Kristina Mills; brother Richard Crandell (Nancy) of Galway; sister Linda Arnold (Roy) of Ballston Lake; sister in law Trudy Legnante; nieces and nephews Mark Eldred (Kolbrun), Darnae Bazydlo (Daryl), Christopher Arnold, Beth Silvestri (Dave), Sally Wellinger (Wayne), and Sheri Collins (Bill); and her beloved cat Corky.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, October 10 at the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Dunning Street Cemetery, Malta. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, October 9 from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Susan may be made to the Ballston Center ARP Church, Schenectady City Mission or the ASPCA.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to her Ballston Center Church Family, Chuck and Ellie Cinney, Diane Solotruck, Dr. Thomas Goodman and the staff of Upstate Hematology and Onocology, and Gosnell Memorial Hospice House for all their love and support throughout this difficult time.

Mary M. Diven 91, passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2015. Born in Ballston Lake, NY on September 5, 1924, she was the daughter of Frederick and Harriet Kadel.

In her early days, Mary worked at the Ballston Spa National Bank. She married Roscoe Diven and lived at 184 Milton Avenue for 65 years, where she ran what was called The Milton Guest Home. She was a deacon at her beloved Old Stone Church. At 90, she was still driving herself to church, shopping and the hairdresser.

On her 91st birthday Mary was given the key to the Village of Ballston Spa by Mayor John Romano.

Her passion was working in her beautiful garden. She was loved by all who had the fortune to meet her.

Mary is survived by her son Gregg W. Diven of Ballston Spa.

Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, October 7 at the Old Stone Church, 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5pm to 7pm on Tuesday, October 6 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mary may be made to the Old Stone Church.

Ellen F. Gardiner 57, passed away Friday, October 2, 2015. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY on December 12, 1957 and was a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School.

Ellen enjoyed doing body work on cars and playing BINGO.

She is survived by her sons John Gardiner of Clifton Park and James Gardiner of Little Falls; her mother Jennie Dunn of Ballston Spa; and her sisters Anna Salisbury of Ballston Spa and Karen Adams of Greenfield Center.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 8 from 3pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4pm.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ellen to the American Cancer Society.

George H. Garlock III, 79 passed away Thursday, October 1, 2015 at his home. Born in Gloversville, NY on August 15, 1936, he was the son of George and Genevieve Garlock, Jr. He served in the US Army as a Military Policeman.

George owned and operated Garlock Cadillac-Olds in Gloversville for many years. He also owned Garlock Rental Leasing in Gloversville and National Auto Consultants in Ballston Spa. George had a passion for basketball and enjoyed playing at the YMCA. In 1991, he established the Colonie Senior Basketball League for players over 50 years of age.

He was predeceased by his parents George and Genevieve and his sister Dayle Baker. George is survived by his wife of 31 years Joyce; his children Jennifer Keller (Jim) of Greenfield, George H. Garlock IV of Saratoga Springs and Raymond Garlock of Albany; grandchildren Nicolas Keller, Ceclia Keller and Nicholas Garlock; and his sister Janis Hine (Louis) of North Carolina.

A memorial service will be held 11am Thursday, October 15 at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of George may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Gloversville YMCA or Ballston Spa United Methodist Church.

Beverly J. Morris 72 passed away Sunday, September 27, 2015 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Corinth, NY on April 29, 1943, she was the daughter of John and Rachel Sherman. Beverly was a nurse’s aide for over 30 years, working as a private duty aide and at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa. She retired in 2005.

Beverly was a true caregiver, always there to take care of her family and friends or anyone in need. She was a shopping fanatic and spent many hours looking for just what she wanted. She loved flowers and her garden. Her greatest joy was her beloved grandchildren and her dog “Little Bit”.

She was predeceased by her parents John and Rachel Sherman and her brothers Robert, Clyde and Walter. Beverly is survived by her husband William; her children Valerie Guy of Middle Grove, Byron Guy of Ballston Spa, Paul Guy (Roxanne) of Ballston Spa, Tami Benjamin (Mark) of Middle Grove and Angel Cook (Chris) of Middle Grove; stepchildren David Morris (Karen) of Ballston Spa and Connie Forenzo of Rock City Falls; sisters Joyce, Catherine and Rose; brothers John, Albert and Clarence; 17 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Beverly’s life will be held on Saturday, October 3 from 1pm to 5pm at her home in Brookview Village, Lot 108, Greenfield Center.

Memorial contributions in memory of Beverly may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144.

John H. Christensen 86, passed away peacefully on September 17, 2015. He was born in the Bronx, New York on April 13, 1929.

John served in the United States Marine Corps. He worked for Knolls Atomic Power Lab in Niskayuna for 30 years.

He was predeceased by his wife Wilda and his son Eric. John is survived by his children John (Donna) of Glenville and Cheryl of Salt Lake City, Utah; dear friend and companion Jackie; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; and former daughter in law Connie.

Funeral services will be held 11:30am Tuesday, September 22 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 Monday, September 21, from 6pm to 8pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to your local Humane Society.

William J. Kinney, Sr. 70, passed away Thursday, September 17, 2015 at his home. He was born in Gloversville, NY on May 17, 1945.

Bill was a lieutenant in the Mayfield Police Department and later owned and operated B&C Plumbing, retiring after 35 years. He enjoyed working outdoors, fishing and golfing. Bill lovingly cared for his animals.

He was predeceased by his father Melvin Kinney; wife Cheryl Traider Kinney, grandson Nickolas Kinney and father in law Steve Traider. Bill is survived by his children William J. Kinney, Jr. of Richmond, VA, Paul J. Kinney of Ballston Spa, Timothy J. Kinney (Melinda) of Powhatan, VA and Johanna L. Kinney of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Joshua Kinney (Crystal), Patrick Kinney, Chris Kinney, Cody Beagle, and Dylan Kinney; great granddaughter Harley Kinney; mother and stepfather Bertha and Fred Haviland; sister Peg Blowers; mother in law Rita Traider; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, September 21, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Amsterdam. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, September 20 from 2pm to 4pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bill may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd. Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Dorothy J. Robinson, 87, passed away after a brave fight with cancer on September 8, 2015. Dorothy was born and lived in Ballston Spa most of her adult life. The past few years she lived in Gansevoort with her niece.

She was the daughter of the late LeRoy and Hazel Robinson. Dorothy retired from Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa. Most everyone knew her around town as the “the little lady with the dog”. She enjoyed walking everywhere. She was an avid reader. Dorothy went to Disneyworld many times with family and enjoyed attending dog agility trials as often as possible. Dot was always up for a nice sunny ride or a trip to camp to sit by the lake.

Dorothy is predeceased by two brothers, Dr. Elmer L Robinson of Saratoga Springs and Robert Robinson of Dexter, Maine. She is survived by her sister Marylou Oken of Richmond, Virginia and many loving nieces and nephews.

Dot was an animal lover. Her heart belonged to her dog Cody and a BIG black cat.

Memorial contributions may be made to local rescue group CDHA, PO Box 11330, Loudonville, NY 12211.

There will be a celebration of her life along with her brother Elmer, who is recently deceased, with family on September 18 at 84 Dyer Switch Road, Saratoga Springs from 4pm-7pm.

Carlton J. Riley, Sr., 56, passed away Saturday, September 5, 2015 at his home. Born in Glens Falls, New York on September 9, 1958, he was the son of John and Gladys Riley, Sr. Carl was a roofer and worked construction for many years.

Carl was a devoted father and grandfather. Spending time with his grandchildren was his greatest joy.

He was predeceased by his parents John and Gladys, and his sisters Dorothy Monaco and Gladys Riley. Carl is survived by his wife Paula; his children John Riley (Victoria) of Ballston Spa, Carlton Riley, Jr., of Ballston Spa, Angel Sellers (William) of Ballston Spa, Margaret Pratt (Riley) of Saratoga Springs and Deanna Garney (Matthew) of Galway; grandchildren, Alexander, Claire, Carter, Rebecca, William, Caleb, Cheyanne, Austin and Mattalyn; brothers and sisters Miza Van Gundy (Lee), Leo Riley, Mark Riley, RoseMarie Barnes (Edwin), Leonora Scheff, Peter Riley (MayAnne), Daniel Riley (Patricia), JoAnna Wood (Howard), Peggy Sue Johnson (George), Theron Riley, John Riley, Jr. (Patricia), and Virginia Tennant “Ginny”; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 10 from 6pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 7pm.

Memorial contributions in memory of Carl may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Dorothy C. Blake 79, passed away Monday, August 31, 2015. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 9, 1936, she was the daughter of Charles and Ivis Huber.

Dorothy retired after many years from the Saratoga County Department of Social Services as a home health aide. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa. Dorothy was a devoted wife and mother. She adored her children and grandchildren and loved spending time with them. Dorothy also enjoyed traveling and made multiple trips to Europe.

She was predeceased by her husband Elmer, son Randy, sister Violet Miller and brother Ernest Huber. Dorothy is survived by her children Donna Dobush (Basil) of Saratoga Springs, Michael Blake (Patricia) of Ballston Spa, Diane Blake of Summerville, SC, David Blake of Ballston Spa, Jeff Blake (Lynne) of Ballston Spa and Gary Blake of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Phylicia, Joshua, Erica, Christopher, Tyler, Samuel, Kevin, Jonathan, and Julia; great grandchildren Neveah and Evan; sister Jean Huber of Glenville; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, September 5, at Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, September 4 from 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Dorothy may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Josiane “Josie” Hart Birbiglia, age 69, passed away on August 30, 2015, of breast cancer at C.R. Wood Cancer Center of Glens Falls. Born January 11, 1946 in Paris, France, she was the eldest daughter of Charles and Gisele Ballschmieder.

Josie is survived by her sons Todd Hart (Carolyn) of Duanesburg and Greg Hart (Stephanie) of Winter Park, Florida; six grandchildren, Kachelle, Brett, Robbie, Jayden, Austin and Madison. Also survived by 7 siblings; Charleen (Gary), Michelle (Michael), Kenneth (Joyce), Roxanne (Bill), Donna (Kent), Wendy (Michael) and Darby (Chuck). Josie leaves to mourn her passing, many dear friends; the “girls dinner group” crew and all the members of Malta Sunrise Rotary, Clifton Park Elks Auxiliary and Malta Seniors, Inc.

Josie retired from Verizon in 2002, after 29 years of service.

She loved to travel, with cruises being her favorite vacation choice. She adored Paris and Rome and had fond memories of many visits to those cities.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, September 12 from 10am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 12 noon. The scattering of her ashes will be done at a later date, at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to C.R. Wood Cancer Foundation.

“Not how did she die, but how did she live?
Not what did she gain, but what did she give?
These are the units to measure the worth
Of a goodhearted woman, regardless of birth.
Not, what was her church, nor what was her creed?
But had she befriended those really in need?
Was she ever ready, with a word of good cheer,
To bring back a smile and to banish a tear?
Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,
But how many were sorry when she passed away.”

Apolonia Pastrana Carambot 85, passed away Friday, August 28, 2015. Born in Puerto Rico on March 18, 1930, she was the daughter of Celedonia and Genoveva Pastrana Baez. She lived and worked in New York City for 20 years and moved to Malta in 2014.

One of thirteen children, Apolonia was the family matriarch. She was strong willed and lovingly raised her daughter.

She is survived by her daughter Elsie Ford (Malcolm) of Malta, granddaughters Melanie Campagna of Albany and Stephanie Ford of Clifton Park; great granddaughter Jamie Campagna; and her seven siblings and their families.

Funeral services will be held 9am Monday, August 31 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, August 30 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Apolonia may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Jacob Bentley 44, passed away August 27, 2015. He was born in Glens Falls, New York on July 20, 1971.

Jacob was a self-employed painter and dry wall specialist. He was incredibly talented at his craft. He was an avid reader and enjoyed fishing, traveling, and concerts. He loved animals and was an electronic wizard. His joy was his work and his music.

Jacob was a free spirit and had a dry sense of humor. He loved his family and did his best for them. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. God bless his soul for eternity.

Jacob is survived by his children Jacob Michael and Lily Ann; wife Lisa Soriano Bentley; stepsons Justin and Steven Cordero; mother and stepfather Margaret and John Cameron of Ballston Spa; father and stepmother Jeffrey and Adriane Bentley of Glens Falls; sister Jody Harris of Ballston Spa; stepbrother Tim Rice of Queensbury; nephews Nathan and John; grandmother Valencia Sommo of Ballston Spa and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 3 from 4pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jacob to the St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center, 3 Mercycare Lane, Guilderland, NY 12084.

George Koch, 86 of Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully Thursday, August 27, 2015. Born September 11, 1928 in Queens NY, he was the son of the late August and Anna (Motzer) Koch.

A 1948 graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School, George served in the US Army during the Korean War where he was stationed in Germany. Upon his discharge form the Army, he used the government’s GI Bill to attend college at New York University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree.

He married his wife, Christel on May 6, 1966 in Los Angeles, CA and worked as a Civil Engineer there for the state’s Department of Water Resources. In 1970, George and Christel relocated to Ballston Spa where George worked as a Civil Engineer with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, retiring as Chief of Dam Safety.

George enjoyed cross country skiing, playing ice hockey and rooting for his beloved New York Rangers. He loved to read and enjoyed reading biographies.

George is survived by his wife of 49 years, Christel (Reif) Koch; his children, Michael C. Koch and his wife Tanya of Alpharetta, GA and Stephanie Senatore and her husband, Brian of Charlotte, NC; his grandchildren Henry and Mary Koch and Hannah and Sophie Senatore; a sister, Eleanor Senzamice and her husband, Anthony of Bergenfield, NJ; and his nephews, Anthony and Mark Senzamice.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, September 1, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon prior to the services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Feeding America, 5 East Wacker Dr, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60601, The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144 or Mary’s Haven, 35 New St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Elmer L. Robinson "DOC" 88 years old of Saratoga Springs passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at his home.

Elmer struggled with Dementia and other health problems for many years. He was cared for in his home by his daughter Leta Rock-Wells and her husband Mark Wells. He passed peacefully sitting across from the love of his life for 66yrs, Ruth.

Born September 18, 1926 he was a resident of Ballston Spa, NY and son of the late Roy and Hazel Robinson of Ballston Spa.

Elmer served in the Army and attended Cornell University. He and his wife, Dr. Ruth Jones were both veterinarians and they opened Saratoga Springs Veterinary Hospital in 1950, a small and large animal practice. Doc covered many miles and several counties on his farm calls in his 30 years of practice.

Elmer enjoyed bird watching, sailing and singing and was a member of the Racing City Chorus. An active community member, Elmer helped establish SPAC and the YMCA locally. He loved his racquetball crew and was an avid runner. He was a consultant with Skidmore College Animal Care unit for many years and donated his time and services to the Saratoga County Sheriff's K9 unit and he was ALWAYS up for joke!! He and Ruth enjoyed wintering in Florida.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his brother Robert Robinson of Dexter ME. He is survived by his wife Ruth and children Nancy Schaefer (David), Gale Webster, Chris Casertino, Roy Robinson (Cristina) and Leta Rock-Wells (Mark); Eleven Grandchildren, Erin, Dave, Alissa, Shaun, Nicole, Andrew, Sabrina, Monique, Lucas, Jesse and Jamie. Twelve Great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

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

Elmer would not want flowers--take someone special to dinner and laugh in his memory.

David R. Abbey, 64, passed away peacefully Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Born on April 29, 1951 in Reno, Nevada, he was the son of the late Carl and Marion (Wellbank) Abbey.

A graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, David was a United States Army Veteran, serving during the Vietnam era. He worked for several years at Saratoga Water in Saratoga Springs. David loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his sons, David Abbey of Middle Grove, and Carl Abbey and his wife, Dana of Corinth; his sisters, Ellen Abbey of Middle Grove and Dixie Floyd and her husband, Jeffery of Titusville, FL; three grandchildren, Ella, Lincoln and Payton Abbey; several nieces and nephews and many good friends.

A graveside service with military honors will be held Monday, August 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm at North Milton Cemetery, North Milton Road.

Clarence R. Lewis Jr., 74, known by family and friends as “Sonny” of Ballston Spa passed away Monday, August 24, 2015. Born in Bennington, Vermont on September 14, 1940, he was the son of the late Clarence Lewis and Marie Wright.

Clarence was a warehouse forklift operator and retired from Adirondack Beverages.

He loved NASCAR and was Dale Earnhardt’s biggest fan. Clarence also enjoyed spending time at his hunting camp.

Clarence is survived by his wife MaryJane Lewis; children Michael Lewis (Monica) of Raeford, North Carolina, Mark Lewis (Kasi) of Havelock, North Carolina, Jason Lewis (Diane) of Glens Falls and Kristi Zgrzepski (Joe) of Sarasota, Florida; grandchildren Ashley, Sean, Stephanie, Ryan, Mackenzie, Cayden, Emily, Michael and great-grandson Landon.

Family and friends are invited to gather in celebration of Clarence’s life on Saturday, August 29 from 1:30pm to 6pm at the family home, 527 Leahy Lane, Ballston Spa, New York 12020.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, New York 12020.

Emma Lee DuPont, 90, passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2015.

Babe, Larry’s loving, irreplaceable co-pilot for 70 years and gilded angel forever.

She is survived by her husband, F.L. DuPont; sons, Stephen, Jacke and Christopher DuPont; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services are private at the convenience of the family.







Phyllis M. Reckner 74, passed away Friday, August 21, 2015. Born in Whitehall, New York on June 20, 1941, she was the daughter of Louis and Marjorie David.

Phyllis was a homemaker and was devoted to raising her six children. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her beloved grandchildren.

Phyllis was a NY Yankees fan and enjoyed watching their games on TV.

She was predeceased by her husband Gerald Reckner, son Gerald Reckner, Jr., and her brothers Joey David and Gene Brownell. Phyllis is survived by her children Donald Reckner (Theresa) of Ballston Lake, Darlene Reckner of Burnt Hills, Cathy Reckner of Ballston Spa, Lorie Holmes (Rob) of Ballston Lake and David Reckner of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Christopher, Jennifer, Ashley, Kristen, Jessica, Samantha, and Robert; great granddaughter Kendall; sisters Pat Rougie of Ballston Spa and Rosie Telford of Eagle Bridge; brother Louis David of Ballston Spa, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, August 25 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, August 24 from 5pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Phyllis to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.

Most beloved Vincent "Jimmy" Granitto passed into the arms of our Lord Tuesday August 18th, surrounded by the people and things he most treasured in his life; the love of his family, friends, and his music and photos.

Throughout his life Jimmy was a happy go lucky kinda guy. His signature trademark was his smile, a song and a kiss..

Jimmy was known among his family and friends as the "Frank Sinatra" of his time. He is most known for his talent of singing his favorite idol's tunes and spreading the joy of his voice.

Jimmy was so loved by everyone who crossed his path. His passion for life and laughter was contagious. He was considered and nicknamed the "mayor" by those where he lived for his willingness and ability in helping and advocating for friends and residents at his home formerly known as Maplewood Manor.

With his Harlem, NYC roots and his love for singing, Jimmy took to the local venues upon his retirement where he would sing many Frank Sinatra's hits, among them his favorite, "My Way" which became Jimmy's trademark song....

Jimmy was a devoted husband and father. He is survived by his daughters Genevieve and Lisa, his sons-in-law John and Larry, his grandson Brandon and wife Devan, and his great grandchildren Brody and Ella. He is predeceased by his beautiful bride Sally who passed in 2012, his mother Elizabeth, father Dominick, brother "Gus" and sister Vickie Granitto.

Vincent demonstrated good humor, dignity and bravery during this last challenge in his life. Vincent "Jimmy" Granitto will be missed by all in his family and the community. He was a legend in today's time. Rest peacefully dear Jimmy. You lived your life “Your Way"…

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, August 22 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 invite to call on Friday from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jimmy to the Brain Injury Association of America.