Obituaries


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, December 4, at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 3 from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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