Obituaries


Patricia L. Devine 66, passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Born March 26, 1948 in Clifton Park, she was a life-long area resident and daughter of the late John F. and Elizabeth (Mceckron) Kenney.

Patricia worked at Grand Union for several years and retired after over 20 years at Racemark International in Malta as a machine operator and supervisor. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, camping and spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Christine Kenney and Sharyn Brown. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, John J. Devine, Jr. of Malta; her children, Tammy Devine (Ann Smith) of Ballston Spa, Elizabeth Minervini (Michael F.) of Malta and John J. Devine, III of Ballston Lake; her grandchildren, Michael P., Matthew, Abigail and Allison Minervini; her sister, Mary Wilkie of South Carolina; brothers, Jack Kenney of Houston, TX, Mike Kenney of Ballston Lake and Robert Kenney of Mechanicville; her mother in law, Anna Devine of Ballston Lake and many nieces and nephews.

A service will be held at 10:00 am Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

A celebration of Patricia’s life will be held on Sunday, February 15 from 1-4pm at the Ballston Spa Elks
Lodge, 10 Hamilton Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made the Saratoga Radiology and Oncology Center through Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Brenda M. Horstmann 49, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015. She was born in Niskayuna, NY on November 16, 1965. Brenda was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. She was a secretary at the Waterford Halfmoon High School. She also worked as a dispatcher for the Saratoga Park Police.

Brenda was a devoted mom who loved spending time with her daughters. She was a 4-H leader and showed many bunnies at the Saratoga County Fair with her girls. She enjoyed horseback riding and country music, especially Alan Jackson.

Brenda is survived by her husband CJ Horstmann and their beloved daughters Elizabeth, Kaitee, Bridgette and Carlee; father David Garrison (Barb); mother Tanya Garrison; brother Darryl Garrison (Sumer); sister in law and brother in law Amy and Rusty Miller; nephew Randy Miller; close friend Bill Marshall; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 30 from 4-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will be held at 10am Saturday, January 31 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Brenda may be to the Brenda Horstmann Memorial Fund at any First Niagara Bank for the girls.

Barbara E. Nutting, 85, passed away Monday January 26, 2015 at Albany Medical Center surrounded by her family, after a brief illness and complications from surgery.

Born at home on January 21, 1930 she was the oldest of six children born to the late Urles and Evelyn King. Her family moved to Ballston Spa in December of 1942 where she attended Ballston Spa High School.

Barbara met the love of her life, Warren P. Nutting, and they were married on August 20, 1950 while he was serving in the US Navy. Following Warren’s discharge from the Navy, they settled in the Saratoga Springs area. They eventually purchased Warren’s family home on Middleline Road, in the Town of Milton, and then moved to Rock City Falls where they raised their four children. In 1986, they moved to Edinburg, where they opened and operated The Country Store on Sacandaga Lake for five years. Following their sale of the store, they settled down on South Shore Road in the Town of Day where they lived on the lake enjoying the water, beautiful scenery and entertaining family and friends.

Barbara was a member of the Milton Eagles Fire Department Auxiliary for several years. She was a member of the Ballston Bees Craft Club for over 30 years. She and Warren enjoyed traveling and visited all fifty of the states in the US. She enjoyed reading and cooking, but her favorite thing to do was make quilts. She enjoyed making those special quilts for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as for a few special friends.

Besides her parents, Barbara was predeceased by her brother Orrin “Sonny” King, her grandsons, Jason M. Nutting and Scott E. Smallwood.

Barbara is survived by her loving husband of 64 years Warren, her children, Deborah Flibotte (Ray) of Raymond NH, Cynthia Ochs (Greg) of Escondido, CA, Steven Nutting (Katy) of Saratoga Springs and Melissa Wing (Andrew) of Nantucket, MA; sisters, Geraldine Picard, Veronica Stevens and Gloria Zullo; brother Larry King; eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, February 2, 2015 from 9-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

Memorial contributions in memory of Barbara may be made to the charity of your choice.

Shirley E. Uline 89, passed away Friday, January 16, 2015. Born in Saratoga Springs, New York on September 24, 1925, she was the daughter of George and Edith Cram. Shirley worked at Ackshand Knitting Mill in Ballston Spa for many years.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 67 years Howard; her children Sally Stephens (Donnie) and David Uline; grandchildren Michael Stephens, Scott Stephens and Alicia Wade (Billy); great grandchildren Jessica and Kyle; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions in memory of Shirley may be made to your favorite charity.

Betty E. Gardner 92, passed away Thursday, January 15, 2015. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on February 25, 1922, she was the daughter of Toby and Helen Harris.

Betty worked for Ballston Spa Central Schools for many years. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa.

She was predeceased by her husband William and her daughter Jamie Robens. Betty is survived by her sons Terry Gardner (Helen) of Ballston Spa and Ricky Gardner (Gail) of Ballston Spa; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions in memory of Betty made be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Home of the Good Shepherd, 198 Bluebird Road, South Glens Falls, NY 12803.

Andrew Jakubiak, 64, passed away suddenly, January 13, 2015 at his beloved farm in Ballston Spa. He was born in Plonsk, Poland on June 18, 1950, the son of Kazimierz and Krystyna (Strubczewska) Jakubiak. Andrew was a self-made entrepreneur who achieved the goals he set for himself while living life to the fullest.

Andrew married his soul-mate Jill (Kozlowski) in 1970. They raised their four children in Queens, NY and Spring Valley, NY before finally moving to their farm in 1991. Andrew enjoyed spending time with his family at the farm and traveling. He was very proud of his Polish heritage, and was active in the Polish community throughout his life. Andrew was a devout Catholic whose faith was evident in the way he lived. He had a fantastic sense of humor, was always willing to give someone a chance, and was a guiding force for his family and friends. Andrew enjoyed good food and wine, along with conversation, especially political; a voracious reader and learner who stood for what he believed. Andrew was very proud of all the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren and always made sure to express his pride and love aloud. The love that Andrew and Jill share is unmatchable and is an inspiration to his family and everyone who knows them.

Andrew is survived by his wife Jill, daughters, Joanna (Vincent) Linarello of Chester, NY; Annette (Christopher) O’Connor of Ballston Spa, NY; sons, Mark (Jola) Jakubiak of Ballston Spa; and Christopher, also of Ballston Spa; grandsons Matthew, Michael, Vincent Linarello; Andrew, Owen, William and Alexander O’Connor; Lucas Jakubiak and granddaughter Kristina Jakubiak; his brother, John Jakubiak of Chester, NY; his sister Jolanta Matysiak, of Queens, NY; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews both in the United States and Poland.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 16, 2015 from 5 to 8 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Caitlin C. Armstrong 29, passed away Monday, January 12, 2015. She was born in Niskayuna, NY on December 5, 1985. Caitlin was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and received her Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Albany. She was working on her Master’s Degree in Psychology.

Caitlin worked for AIM Services and also at Benson’s Pet Center in Saratoga Springs. She was an animal lover and enjoyed hiking, kayaking and tubing. She enjoyed being in the outdoors and visiting her parents in Florida.

Caitlin is survived by her parents Dean and Susan Armstrong of Largo, Florida; sisters Lorinda Gonyo (Thomas) of Chazy, Jennifer Kramer (Robert) of Lake George; brother Sean Armstrong (Amanda) of Little Rock, Arkansas; nieces Lauren and Allison; boyfriend Jeff Leifer; grandmothers Dorothy Conlin and Dorothy Armstrong; aunts and uncles Barb Conlin (Tim Parsall), Eileen Houck, John Conlin (Terri), Jimmy Conlin, Michael Conlin (Diane), Jack Armstrong (Lily), Scott Armstrong (Martine); many cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Friday, January 16 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 Thursday, January 15 from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA.

William J. Cerny 87, passed away Sunday, January 11, 2015. Born in Elmira, New York on February 21, 1927, he was the son of Joseph and Wilma Cerny. He was a Navy veteran of World War II serving on the USS Roosevelt. Bill was a tool and die maker for the Watervliet Arsenal for many years, retiring in 1986.

Bill raised his six children in a wonderful neighborhood in Ballston Spa. He was a former Boy Scout Master. Bill was a “Man of All Trades”, he was an artist who loved to paint and even built his own airplane.

He was predeceased by his brother Joseph Cerny. Bill is survived by his wife of 66 years Florence; his children Joseph Cerny of Ballston Spa, Steve Cerny (Sherri) of Galway, Mona Speranza (Claude) of Rochester, Michael Cerny (Tammy) of Queensbury, Eric Cerny (Mary) of Jupiter, Florida and Lisa McDonough (Michael) of Niskayuna; 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208, Attention: Voluntary Services.

Anna Mae Newton 93, passed away Friday, January 9, 2015. Born in Schenectady, New York on June 18, 1921, she was the daughter of Harold and Uretta Jamieson. Anne owned and operated Newton’s Chair Caning in Ballston Spa for many years.

She enjoyed crocheting and knitting. She was a caring neighbor and had many gatherings on her front porch. Anne’s greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her infant son, husband Harley, son Glenn, brother Harold and sister Ruth. Anne is survived by her sons Harold Branahl (Sue) of Texas, Robert Newton (Jennifer) of East Nassau, Leslie Newton (Theresa) of Clifton Park, and Scott Newton of Saratoga Springs; daughter in law Vicki Newton of Louisiana; close friend Joy Branahl; 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Anne’s life on Tuesday, January 13 from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Mary’s Haven, 35 New Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Saratoga Bridges, 16 Saratoga Bridges Boulevard, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Sammy F. Bright 83, passed away Sunday, January 4, 2015 at his home. Born in Schenectady, New York on March 10, 1931 he was the son of George and Angeline Bright.

He was a graduate of Nott Terrace High School in Schenectady where he excelled in sports and was named to the All County Football Team. He proudly served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Sammy worked for NY Telephone for 37 years, retiring in 1992.

He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa. Sammy was a daily visitor at the Malta Diner helping out wherever he could and visiting with the many friends he made there.

Sammy was a devoted father and grandfather. In his younger years, he enjoyed snowmobiling with his son and watching his daughter show horses. He attended all his grandchildren’s sporting events and supported them in every way. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family.

He was predeceased by his wife Eileen, sisters Lillian D’Onofrio and Carrie Parker, and brother George Bright, Jr. Sammy is survived by his children Susan Hitchcock and her partner William Glynn of Malta, Michael Bright and his wife Karen of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Sara Miller and her husband Jonathan of Malta; Evan Hitchcock of Saratoga Springs and Samantha Bright of Ballston Spa; great granddaughter to be arriving soon; sister Geraldine Boisseau of Fairfax, Virginia son in law John Hitchcock of Saratoga Springs and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, January 10 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Schenectady. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 9 from 2-4 and 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Helen J. (Maxfield) Brady 96, passed away Friday, January 2, 2015. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on June 14, 1918, she was the daughter of Harvey and Anastasia Maxfield. She was a 1938 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School.

Helen worked at General Electric Co in Schenectady for 40 years, retiring in 1983. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa.

She was predeceased by her husband Frank Brady and her brothers and sisters Alice Maxfield, Harvey Maxfield, Clifford Maxfield, Mildred Selch, Madeline Maxfield, and Daniel Maxfield. Helen is survived by her daughter Beverly Brady of Whitman, Massachusetts.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Wednesday, January 7 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Dunning St. Cemetery, Malta. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 6 from 4-6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Helen to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Joseph F. Sherman 54, passed away Thursday, January 1, 2015. He was born in Amsterdam, NY on August 17, 1960. He grew up in Ballston Spa and was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. Joe later lived in Rock City Falls for many years and worked at Sherman Tile Co.

He was known for his kindness and love of all of God’s creatures big and small. Joe volunteered at the Shelters of Saratoga. He was a true lover of the great outdoors.

He was predeceased by his mother Donna Rae Sherman. Joe is survived by his children Justin Sherman, Richard Sherman and Kellie Sherman; grandchildren Samantha Comiskey, Kyra Sherman and William Sherman; father and stepmother Charles and Lorraine Sherman; brothers Charles Sherman, Richard Sherman, John Stephenson and Peter Stephenson; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made at any Bank of America branch in care of Kellie Sherman to help with expenses.

Tara L. Trentini 38, passed away Monday, December 29, 2014. She was born in Troy, NY on March 20, 1976. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and earned her degree as a licensed practical nurse through the BOCES program.

Tara was a licensed practical nurse at Planned Parenthood in Schenectady.

She was predeceased by her mother Mary Diane Jacques. Tara is survived by her husband Robert Trentini; children Briana, McKenzie and Austin; father Garry Jacques; sister Tammy Newhouse and her husband Michael; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

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

Memorial contributions in memory of Tara may be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, PO Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502.

Jean M. Mottola 89 passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014. Born in Poughkeepsie, NY on May 16, 1925, she was the daughter of James and Julia Lowery. She received a Bachelor of Education degree from State University of NY at New Paltz and a Master of Education degree from Paterson State Teacher’s College in New Jersey.

Jean was a teacher at Richard P. Connor Elementary School in Suffern, NY for 35 years. She was a member of the NYS Teachers Union and the Suffern Women’s Club.

She liked taking walks and was a nature lover. She enjoyed bingo, word games, card games and traveling. Jean was an avid supporter of her grandchildren’s activities and the time she spent with them was her greatest joy.

She was predeceased by her husband Carmine, brothers Edward Lowery and James Lowery, and sisters Agnes Fitzpatrick and Ruth Drumgould Bodo. Jean is survived by her children Susan Birbilis (Gregory) of Ballston Spa and William Mottola (Ellen) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Amy Mottola (Andrew Zalewski) of Rosendale, Michael Mottola of San Rafael, CA, Megan Mottola of Ballston Spa, Kate Birbilis of Ballston Spa and Julie Birbilis of Cary, NC; great granddaughter Elinor Lucy Zalewski; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, December 31 from 11-1pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 1pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org)

The family would like to thank the staff at the Home of the Good Shepherd and Saratoga Hospital for their care and compassion.

Robert J. Welch 84, passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on August 10, 1930, he was the son of Chester and Ellen Welch. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

Bob worked for S. M. Merchant and Son Apple Orchards for 35 years. He later worked for the Town of Ballston Highway Department for 10 years, retiring in 1993. He was a member of the Burst Clear Hunting Club and the Ballston Spa Merchants Bowling League. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa.

Bob was associated with the Saratoga County Fair Antiques Department for 25 years. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, traveling and visiting museums. His greatest joy was his family and the time he spent with his grandson.

He was predeceased by his infant son, brother Edward and sister in law Emily. Bob is survived by his wife Sarah Lou (Potter) Welch whom he married on April 25, 1964 and they renewed their vows in 2014; son Timothy J. Welch and his wife Mei of Ballston Spa; grandson Robert D. Welch; brother William Welch “Vince” and his wife Jacqueline of Ballston Spa; and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 11am Friday, January 2 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 Thursday, January 1 from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Saratoga County Fair, 162 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Toll and the staff at Ellis Hospital for their care and compassion.

Robert H. Staulters Jr. 80, passed away Friday, December 26, 2014. Born in Rock City Falls, NY, he was the son of Robert and Iona Staulters, Sr. He was a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School. Bob worked at Central Market and was a self-employed general contractor for many years. He later was an industrial mechanic for Saratoga Dairy, retiring in 1992.

Bob enjoyed camping in Rhode Island and fishing. He loved wrestling and was actively involved in the Booster Club at the Ballston Spa High School where his sons wrestled. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family.

He was predeceased by his parents, and infant son Robert C. Staulters. Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years Beverly and their children, Laura Wojtowecz (Gary) of Ballston Spa, John Staulters (Karen) of Ballston Spa, Ricky Staulters (Margaret) of Galway, Ron Staulters of Ballston Spa, Robert Staulters (Jennifer) of Ballston Spa, Harold Staulters (Sue) of Ballston Spa, Gene Staulters (Candy) of Ballston Spa, Lee Staulters (Debbie) of Ballston Spa, and Wesley Staulters (Mimi) of Pennsylvania; brothers and sisters, James Staulters (Holly), Betty McGowan, Larry Staulters (Diana) and Geraldine Collins (Thomas) all of Ballston Spa; 21 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions in memory of Bob made be to Robert H. Staulters, Jr Scholarship Fund which will be established for a wrestler at Ballston Spa High School.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Bob's life on Friday, January 2 from 6-8pm at the Ballston Spa Elks Lodge, 10 Hamilton Street, Ballston Spa.

Neil Lewis 96, passed away Thursday, December 25, 2014. Born in Anderson, Indiana on October 10, 1918, he was the son of Clifford and Eulalia Lewis. Neil was a logger for many years and later retired from the NYS Department of Transportation in Clifton Park.

He was predeceased by his wife Louise and son David. Neil is survived by his children Doris Emigh (Jarvis), Gary Lewis (Sandy) and Bill Lewis (Kathy) all of Ballston Spa; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 30 from 10-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will follow in the Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Plummer Road, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Neil may be made to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 740 Goode Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Mary Beth Farrar, 57, passed away Tuesday, December 23, 2014. Born October 27, 1957 in Troy, NY she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Maida (Shepherd) Quinn and granddaughter of Alan and Bernice Shepherd. Formerly of Schenectady and Plymouth, MA, Mary Beth earned her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Houston and worked as a Software Consultant at Coins in Latham, NY.

She recently moved to Ellwood City, PA with her husband, Jim and enjoyed NASCAR races, camping and the outdoors.

In addition to her parents, Mary Beth is predeceased by a brother, Michael Quinn. She is survived by her husband of 19 years, James F. Farrar of Ellwood City, PA; her daughter, Cristin Johnson of Ballston Spa; her granddaughter, Maya Johnson-Thomas; her sisters, Katherine Collado and Kim Robideau; her brothers, Jackie Quinn, Billy Quinn and Dan Quinn and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5 to 7 pm on Monday, December 29, 2014 at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 7 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Stephen J. Jurcsak 61, passed away Thursday, December 18, 2014 after a long illness. He was born in Ballston Spa, New York on December 29, 1952, the son of the late Andrew and Kathleen Jurcsak. He was an Air Force Veteran serving in Vietnam.

Stephen worked at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for many years, retiring in 2008. He enjoyed gardening, yard work and was an avid sports fan. Stephen enjoyed traveling to Hampton Beach, NH, the Adirondacks, and his favorite spot the Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine.

Stephen will be greatly missed by his family and his best friend Roger Morris. Roger and Stephen spent many mornings at Dunkin Donuts having coffee. Stephen also enjoyed spending time with his cat Simon and his dog Cosmo who were his constant companions.

Stephen is survived by his wife Patricia (Hewitt) Jurcsak; his children Justin Jurcsak and Lauren Jurcsak both of Ballston Spa; his beloved granddaughter Sophia; sisters Candace Waldrop (Charles) of Mount Pleasant, SC and Tracy Biddle of Ballston Spa; brother William Jurcsak (Susan) of Ballston Spa; and several nieces and nephews.

A service with military honors will be held at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga on a later date.

Memorial contributions in memory of Stephen may be made to the C. R. Wood Cancer Center, 100 Park Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801 or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38701.

Harry D. Davis 92, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Born on August 18, 1922, at the family home, Mourningkill Farm, in Ballston Spa, the son of the late Robert and Edith DeFreest Davis. He graduated from Ballston Spa High School. Harry was a decorated Army veteran of World War II and was part of the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

After the war, Harry returned home and worked for 43 years as a test engineer and then manager of the General Electric Material Testing Lab. He took over the family farm and expanded the orchards. As the apple business grew, he and his family created Mourningkill Bake Shop in the 1970’s.

He attended and served for over fifty years at the Ballston Center Presbyterian Church. He was never idle. He loved his farm, his family and his Apple pie. He greeted each day with a smile and was greatly loved and respected by all who knew him.

Harry was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Shirley Witbeck Davis, daughter Diane Davis and brother William Davis. He is survived by his children Sue McCormick (Bob), Denise Smith (Tony), Laurie Boekeloo (Tom) and Robert Davis (Bonnie); grandchildren Kimberly McCormick (James), Rachel Wilner (Paul), Jacob Davis, Zachary Boekeloo and Lydia Boekeloo; great granddaughter Reilly McCormick; sisters Julia Palmatier and Betty Waterhouse; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, December 29 from 10 to 11:30 am at the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa. A service be held at 11:30 am. Burial will follow in the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Harry to the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Tracy R. Smith 84, passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014. Born in Manheim, New York on November 12, 1930, he was the son of Robert and Magdelina Smith. Tracy was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a machinist at the Watervliet Arsenal for many years.

Tracy played mandolin in the Hill Top String Band. He restored old cars and had a car featured in the movie Ironweed. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his wife Bessie; daughter Karen Templin, 6 sisters and 2 brothers. Tracy is survived by his children Robert Smith of Ballston Spa, Brenda Woods of Prince George, VA, Tracy Michael (Scott) of Ballston Spa and Brian Smith (Amy) of Galway; brother John Smith of Tennessee; 11 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, December 21 from 2-4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4pm. Burial with military honors will be 11am Monday, December 22 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Friends are invited to meet at the funeral home at 10am to process to the cemetery.

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

Kevin B. Baskin “Pops”, 62, passed away Saturday, December 13, 2014. Born in Plainfield, New Jersey on May 25, 1952, he was the son of Thurman and Ethel Baskin.

Kevin worked in public safety at Saratoga Hospital and Saratoga Race Track. He later was a jewelry specialist for Kohl’s. Kevin also designed jewelry for the Gem Vault in Flemington, New Jersey.

Kevin was a member of the Capital District Rock Club. He enjoyed rock hunting, gardening, designing jewelry and soccer.

Kevin is survived by his wife Jessie; his son Kyle Baskin of Ballston Spa; and his daughter Kaitlin Brabant and her husband Dallas of Bremerton, Washington.

Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Saratoga Hospital Radiation/Oncology Dept., 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Nancy J. Morley 84, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on August 9, 1930, she was the daughter of Bernard and Birdella Campbell.

Nancy was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and started working as a bookkeeper at the young age of sixteen. For many years she taught ceramic classes out of her home. Later she was a bus monitor for the Ballston Spa Central Schools.

She liked cooking, baking and watching the cooking channels. Nancy enjoyed visiting with her friends and going out to lunch.

She was predeceased by her husband Maurice “Chris” Morley and her brothers John and Ronald Campbell. Nancy is survived by her sister
Jo-Ann Griffin (Frank) of Ballston Spa; stepson Edward J. Morley of Stuart, Florida; two grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9-10:30am Tuesday, December 16 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A mass of Christian burial will follow at 11am in St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s School, 40 Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Fredric (Fritz) F. Feldhaus 74 passed away Monday, December 8, 2014 with his loving wife and family at his side. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 25, 1940 to Harry and Marian Feldhaus. He was the oldest of three boys. In 1959, he joined the US Navy.

After completing recruit training and instruction at Electronics Technician “A” School, he was assigned to the USS KAWISHIWI, AO146 and the USS MAURY, AGS-16. In 1960, he attended Nuclear Power School in Vallejo, California. He then spent four years assigned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt SSBN600. In 1968, he returned to NPTU Ballston Spa for assignment as a staff instructor at the S3G prototype. In the summer of 1971, he was assigned to the USS Benjamin Franklin, SSBN 640. He qualified as Engineering Officer of the Watch and was awarded Navy Achievement Medal for his performance. In 1974, he was again assigned to the SG3 prototype as staff instructor in Ballston Spa, NY. In 1975, he was selected to serve as a technical assistant for the Local Energy Research Development Field Office (AEC) to follow the testing and construction of the S7G. During the next 14 years, he advanced from Master Chief to Ensign, Lieutenant Junior Grade, Lieutenant, and Lieutenant Commander under Admiral Hyman G. Rickover. He went on to work for the Federal Government for over a decade.

Fritz was a dedicated member of the Sub Vets of Albany-Saratoga for ten years and a base board member for six years. In 2014, he became a member of the Holland Club after qualifying in submarines for fifty years. His work ethic, dedication to purpose and honorable service to his country was fully supported by his wife and family. Fritz spent his retirement traveling and sharing his grandchildren’s milestones with his wife. This year Fritz and Jo celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. His memory will be treasured and his legacy honored.

Fritz is survived by his wife Josephine (Jo) Pastore Feldhaus, daughter, Freda Feldhaus McGuire (Thomas), son Phillip Feldhaus (Laurie), mother Marian Feldhaus; brothers Tom Feldhaus and Gary Feldhaus (Shirley); eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Friday, December 12 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial with military honors will follow in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, December 11 from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in memory of Fritz to the USSVI/Albany Saratoga Base, 1557 Crescent Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

A kind and beautiful soul has left the earth. Anna Solotruck Horstman died peacefully at home on Sunday, December 7th. Anna was born on February 18, 1929, upstairs in the family farmhouse on Eastline Road, Malta, to Michael and Anna (Timko) Solotruck. She joined two brothers, Peter and George. Her arrival delighted the entire family and as a little girl, Anna’s exuberance kept the citizens of Eastline Road on their toes with her adventurous spirit. As a young woman Anna had a special part in helping to raise her three nephews, Ronald Solotruck, who survives her, George Tully Solotruck and Peter Solotruck, who predeceased her. She also shared a close connection with her brother George’s son George Solotruck.

Anna attended the one room schoolhouse in Eastline, graduated from Ballston Spa High School and continued her education at Mildred Elley Business School. She was a skilled secretary at IGE in Schenectady until after the birth of her second son. She then devoted the rest of her life to raising her children and caring for her family.

Anna was proud to have been a Saratoga County Election Inspector, a position she held for thirty years. She was a member of the Jonesville United Methodist Church, Home Bureau and a 4H leader. Anna was an accomplished gardener who grew many varieties of vegetables and flowers. She canned, preserved and cooked marvelous dishes from the bounty of her garden. She also had many farm animals as pets.

Anna was predeceased by her parents, her brothers and two nephews. Anna is survived by her loving family: her husband of 62 years, Richard, whom she married on January 27, 1952, her children: John (Valerie) Horstman, Michael (Jenny) Horstman, Grace (William) Dunker, and Carol (Daniel) Wheeler, grandchildren: Alexandra (Michael) Jackson, William (Ashley) Dunker, Erin Horstman, Stuart Horstman, Kyle (Liz) Wheeler, Mitchell (girlfriend Ashley) Wheeler, and Jacob (girlfriend Sheanna) Wheeler. Anna is survived by many other beloved relatives.

Calling hours are Sunday December 14th from 1 to 5 at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be Monday, December 15th at 10 am at the Jonesville United Methodist Church on Main Street Jonesville. Burial will follow at the Eastline Cemetery on Round Lake Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Saratoga, who provided such compassionate care to Anna and her family, or the Montgomery County SPCA, as Anna had a special love for all living things.

Robert H. Heritage 73, passed away Monday, December 8, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 26, 1941, he was the son of Roscoe and Viola Heritage. He was an Army veteran serving in Vietnam. As a youth, Bob worked at Stack’s Apple Orchard in Ballston Spa and later at General Electric Co for over 20 years.

Bob enjoyed dancing and playing BINGO. He ran a sports memorabilia business for several years. Bob loved NASCAR and watching the races at Albany Saratoga Speedway and Fonda Speedway. He enjoyed eating ice cream with his dog Ruby.

He was predeceased by his wife Kathleen Heritage, brothers Louie Heritage and Ralph Heritage, and sister Dorothy Howe. Bob is survived by his sister Mary Suits of Malta; nieces and nephews Cindy, Ronald, Marie, Louie, Gene, Arthur, Robert and Dean; adopted son Jay Fitzgerald and his wife Angela; and dear friends John and Peggy Fitzgerald.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Betty Jane Wolfe, 69, passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on December 6, 1944 she was the daughter of Ellen Bunyan and John Howard.

Betty Jane was a school bus driver for Galway Central School for many years. She was a member of the Ballston Spa Elks Auxiliary and the Ballston Area Seniors.
She was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening, traveling and the theater.

She was predeceased by her parents, brother Jack Howard, and goddaughter Kathleen Brucker. Betty Jane is survived by her children Tammi Lynne Wolfe of Ballston Spa and Shane Allen Wolfe of Fort Pierce, FL; grandchildren Cheyenne Coulombe of North Port, FL and Logan Wolfe of Fort Pierce, FL; sisters Mary Ebert (Al) of Ballston Spa, Marie Figueroa (Luis) of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, Beverly Clark of Ballston Spa; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, December 7 from 2-4pm 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 Betty Jane to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Raymond J. Meyers 79, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Born in Caroga Lake, NY on August 13, 1935, he was the son of Andrew and Ethel Meyers. He served in the Navy for 21 years, retiring in 1975. He served four tours in Vietnam and on nine different ships during his career. His favorite ship was the Kansas City and his favorite port of call was Pago, Pago.

Ray worked for O. D. Heck Developmental Center for 20 years, and later for Parts Unlimited and Saratoga Race Course. He was member of Ballston Spa Elks Lodge #2619, American Legion Post 234, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and a life member of VFW Post 7097. Ray was a charter member of the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard.

Ray enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, his “granddog and girlfriend” Shadow, and traveling.

He was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Ethel Meyers and brother Arnold Meyers. Ray is survived by his wife Susan Meyers; stepdaughter Shelly Bessey (Roy) of Ballston Spa, stepson Charles O’Brien (Cynthia) of Garner, NC; stepgrandson Michael O’Brien; sisters Betty DeVoe of Caroga Lake, Marion Cheney (Al) of Caroga Lake and Marie Reddin (Ted) of Tennessee; mother in law Mary Miner of Ballston Spa; sister in law Sally Harrington (Charles) of Ballston Spa; special friends Daniel and Linda Doyle, and Stu Sillars; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 1:30pm Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road Town of Saratoga. A celebration of life will follow at the Ballston Spa Elks Lodge, 10 Hamilton Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Ave, Albany, NY 12208 or Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to sincerely thank the staff on 9B Hero Wing at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center for taking such wonderful care of Ray. We truly appreciate all you do for veterans.

Marilou Rossi 82, passed away Saturday, November 29, 2014. Born in Niskayuna, NY on January 22, 1932, she was the daughter of Marshall and Mary Elizabeth Duclos.

Marilou was a devoted mother and nana who was loved by all. She enjoyed volunteer work and served as a Eucharist Minister at St. Paul’s Church in Schenectady.

She was predeceased by her husband Nicholas Rossi. Marilou is survived by her children Debra Vealey of Albany, Nicholas “Bob” Rossi (Becky) of Schenectady, and Kathleen Rossi-Roh (Dave) of Melrose, Massachusetts; grandchildren Nicole Rossi (Josh), Colleen Hildreth (Thomas), Nicholas Rossi (Marisa), Brendon Vealey, and Jessie Roh; great grandson Shane Rossi; brother Marshall Paul DuClos; and cousin Margaret Silverman.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9:30-10:30am Wednesday, December 3 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A mass of Christian burial will follow at 11am at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Marilou to the children’s charity of your choice.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. David Rockwell and Dr. Hani Shahata for their care and compassion.

Fred J. Rogner, 71 of Burnt Hills, passed away at home on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 after a brief illness. Born on February 4, 1943 in Saratoga Springs, he was the oldest son of Anita K. Rogner and the late Hans Rogner.

Fred taught science at Stillwater Central Schools for over 30 years, retiring in 2002. He was also known for making high quality horse hay. In his free time, he enjoyed cross-country skiing, biking and was a great animal lover. Fred could also be found every August at the Empire Farm Days and daily at either the local Stewart’s or Dunkin’ Donuts.

Fred served on the Town of Ballston Zoning Board of Appeals for many years.

Fred is survived by his wife, Sharon Rogner; mother Anita Rogner; sister, Linda Nutting (Tom); brothers Jim Rogner (Anna Marie) and Tom Rogner; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a time of remembrance and visitation from 2-4pm Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in the William E. Sewell Community Room at the Ballston Town Hall, 323 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa. There will be a time for sharing memories of Fred starting at 3:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020