Obituaries


Clark W. Watson 91, passed away Friday, July 4, 2014. Born in Schenectady, NY on May 11, 1923, he was the son of Clark and Esther Watson. He was a graduate of Nott Terrace High School in Schenectady. He attended Meridan Junior College in Mississippi where he played football. Clark was an Army Air Corp veteran of World War II serving in the European Theater and was part of the D Day invasion.

Clark operated Ballston Flowers and decorated downtown Ballston Spa at Christmas time. He was a Master Plumber and operated Watson Plumbing for many years. Clark was a member of Christ Community Church for over 40 years and served as an elder. He was a past member of Franklin Lodge #90 F&AM and member and past president of Ballston Spa Rotary. He enjoyed golfing and model airplanes. He liked to watch old John Wayne movies with his family.

He was predeceased by his son Bruce Watson and sister Jean Herbst. Clark is survived by his beloved wife Marion; his children, Francee Baker (Robert) of Buskirk, Pamela Clark (Chester) of Lake George, Monica Stewart (James) of Broadalbin, Edward Watson (Sylvia) of Saratoga Springs, Jo-Anne Monheim (Brian) of Arkansas, Stephen Catanzarita (Susan) of Pennsylvania, Julie Watson of Gloversville and Deborah Hodgkins (Mark) of Charlton; 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 8 from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday at Christ Community Church, 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Community Church, 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

William A. McGowan 81, passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Born in Northumberland, NY on March 26, 1933, he was the son of Clayton and Zilpha McGowan.

Bill worked for Espey Manufacturing for over 40 years. He was a member of the Wilton Grange. He played Triple A baseball and tried out for the NY Yankees. Bill was an avid fan of the NY Yankees and NY Giants.

He was predeceased by his son Thomas McGowan. Bill is survived by his wife of 56 years Betty McGowan, his son Chris McGowan (Audrey) of Ballston Spa, grandchildren Shawnna Clark (Josh) of South Glens Falls and Thomas McGowan (GioAnna) of Hagaman, and great granddaughter Carlee Clark.

A memorial service will be held 10am Saturday, June 28 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the North Milton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Rock City Falls Fire Dept., PO Box 72, Rock City Falls, NY 12863.

Francis J. O’Connor 83, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Born in Amenia, NY on May 5, 1931, he was the son of the late Francis and Mildred O’Connor. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War.

Frank worked for Beneficial Finance for over 35 years. He was a member of American Legion Post 234 of Ballston Spa and a 40 year member of the Ballston Spa Lions Club. Frank enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

Frank is survived by his wife of 58 years Virginia; his children, Timothy O’Connor (Kimberly) of Clearwater, FL and Linda Decker (Stephen) of Saratoga Springs, grandchildren, Kendall O’Connor, Carrigan O’Connor, Jeffrey Decker, Timothy Decker and his four legged grandson, Eddy Decker.

Funeral services will be held 9am Monday, June 30, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 5-8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ballston Spa Lions Club, PO Box 242, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Dean Charles Bennett 69, passed away Tuesday June 24, 2014 at Saratoga Hospital after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Dean was born in Syracuse, New York and moved to California after his high school graduation. He joined the Navy in 1964 and went through the rigorous training to become a submariner. He was extremely proud of his Navy career and of the 3 patrols he made on the USS Thomas Jefferson.

After leaving the Navy in 1970, he attended Chaffey College in California and received his associate’s degree. While attending college there he worked part-time at Williams Manufacturing Company where he streamlined and designed several auto transport trucks. After graduation he returned to Syracuse, NY where he proudly attended Syracuse University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1974, a lifelong Orange fan.

Dean began work as an engineer at the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics in Groton, Connecticut in 1975. He retired after 37 years of distinguished service for EB, having been transferred from Groton to the Navy’s Kesselring Site in 1985. He made many close and wonderful friends during his years at EB, and was devoted to them and to the Company.

One of Dean’s greatest passions was his love of fishing and his boat. He had many different fishing buddies over the years, both in Connecticut and New York, and was always ready to go and catch “Monstro” and then release him back for others to try and find. His greatest fishing day time period was last May 2013, when he caught 88 fish one day and 66 the next – both in a 4-hour time period. He had a difficult time getting many of his friends to believe him, as unfortunately he was fishing solo on those days. He also was a great – though sometimes exasperated – Yankee fan.

Dean was a proud member of the Albany-Saratoga chapter of the US Submarine Veterans association. He wore his Sub Vest proudly, especially when he was granted the honor of being the bell-ringer for the National Submarine Day’s “Tolling The Boats” ceremony this past April in Ballston Spa’s Memorial Park. He was also proud of his membership in the Saratoga branch of the YMCA and of the many friends he made there.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Elizabeth, and was very proud of their daughter Robin, an attorney in Kentucky. Robin graced him and the world with beautiful twin daughters whom he adored. He is also survived by his sister Dawn, his aunt Mickey and uncle Sonny, and 3 half-brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Sunday, June 29 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Pine West Plaza, Building 4 Suite 405, Washington Ave Ext., Albany, NY 12205.

Patricia D. Thibeault, 68, passed away Tuesday June 24, 2014. Born in Albany, August 18, 1945, she was the daughter of John and Beatrice Morrissey. A graduate of Rensselaer High School, Pat lived in Burden Lake, NY for many years before moving to Ballston Spa.

Predeceased by her husband Wilfred J. Thibeault, Sr., Pat is survived by her daughter, Desiree A. Thibeault, DVM of Malta, her son Wilfred J. Thibeault, Jr. (Lynn) of Averill Park, her son Edmund J. Thibeault of Ballston Spa, and her grandsons Christian and Kyle Thibeault of Averill Park.

At Patricia’s request there will be no service. Memorial contributions can be made to Saratoga Bridges (formerly Saratoga ARC), 16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Donald F. Clark 59, passed away Sunday, June 22, 2014. Born in Amsterdam, NY on December 27, 1953, he was the son of Boyd Robert and Rozie Clark. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. Donald was employed by several Saratoga Hotels over the years working in the hospitality and food service industry.

Donald is survived by his sister, Sharon Hagan of Springfield, VA, two brothers, Ricky Clark of Chazy, NY, Robert Clark of Aiken, SC and several nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held.

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

Donald G. Carrier 87, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Born in Troy, NY on May 12, 1927, he was a graduate of Troy High School. Don was a Navy veteran of World War II serving on the Destroyer DD446 USS Radford in the Pacific Theater and on the Destroyer Minelayer DM 26 USS Harry S. Bauer in the Atlantic Theater.

After the war, Don went to work for Western Electric Co for 2 years. He then joined General Electric Co as an Electrician and Communication Specialist and retired as Supervisor after 38 years.

Don enjoyed horses and was past president of the Dusty Boots Riding Club and NYS Saddle Horse Association. He was also a Scout Master and Leader. He was a member and past master of Franklin Lodge #90 and was on the Degree Teams in the Scottish Rites and Cyprus Shrine and attained the rank of Right Worshipful. Don was a member of the Ballston Area Seniors where he served as tour guide, choir director and started the Wood Butchers Carving Club.

He was predeceased by his parents, George and Lavinnia Carrier, first wife Frances Kulick Carrier, son Donald Carrier, grandson Jordan Browning, sister Joan Smith, brother Robert Carrier and brother in law William Smith.

Don is survived by his wife Mary T. Carrier, daughters Cheryl Root, Debbie Moulton, Darlene Goldsmith (Ray), son Jeffrey Shippee (Whitney) and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 23 from 6-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A Masonic service will follow at 7pm. Burial with military honors will be at 12:30pm Tuesday, June 24 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

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

Michael J. Wilson 57, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014. He was born in Ballston Spa on March 14, 1957, he was the son of Bruce and Patricia Wilson. Mike worked for Cottrell Paper Company in Rock City Falls.

Mike enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching the horseracing at the Saratoga Race Course.

He is survived by his wife Sharon, son David Perkins of Saratoga Springs; sister Maureen Harvey (Daniel) of Arlington, VT, brother Charles Wilson (Maeann) of West Milton, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, June 17 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 6-8pm at the funeral home.

Marvin Leroy Hassell, 82, of Ballston Spa passed away Tuesday June 10th surrounded by his family. Marvin was born in Brownfield, Texas on August 21, 1931 to Richard and Trudy (Crawford) Hassell. He graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School in Riverside, California in 1948, although most of his schooling was completed in Palestine, Texas.

Marvin served 20 years in the U.S. Navy as a submariner. He completed training at the Kesselring Site in West Milton at the Atomic Energy Commission’s school and at Union College in Schenectady. He always felt honored to have been able to interact with the many great minds that he encountered at Union. He was assigned to the USS Seawolf, the world’s second atomic powered submarine in 1957. It was while serving in West Milton that he met the love of his life, Alice S. Lewis. They were married on October 8, 1955. He retired to Ballston Spa in 1970 as a Master Chief. He was the initiator and driving force behind getting the New York State Submariners Memorial installed next to the Veteran’s Memorial in Ballston Spa in 2012.

Marvin went on to work at General Electric in the gas turbine division as an Installations Engineer. He was well-loved by both his colleagues and customers all over the world, always encouraging camaraderie and delivering excellent service. He retired from GE in May, 1991.

Marvin’s life revolved around his wife and family. He treated Alice (his “Honey”) like a queen. His children and grandchildren had an excellent role model in “Pa”, were raised surrounded by love and affection, and were given many opportunities for personal growth. He was extremely generous to everyone, and loved to impart his wisdom to his children and grandchildren. Quick wit, a sharp mind and a keen sense of humor were also his hallmarks. He made friends easily and was always ready with advice and support.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years; his son, David (Ann); daughter Debbie (Benny) Zlotnick; granddaughters Sarah (his “Boo-ahs”) (Chris) McMahon and Kate Winslow; and grandson Benjamin Winslow; brother-in law Myron Lewis; nephews Bill and Michael Lewis, all of Ballston Spa. Also surviving are his sister Lois Thompson (Sun City, CA) and her children Fred (Lydia), Chuck, Tom, and Kay. In addition to his parents, Marvin was predeceased by his brothers Sheldon and Norman and his sister Mavis Kiser.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, June 14 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Harriet F. Vaughn 79, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014. Born in Rock City Falls, NY on April 14, 1935, she was the daughter of William and Josephine Haskell. She was a homemaker.

Harriet was predeceased by her husband Ramon Vaughn; a son, Ralph Vaughn; brothers, George Haskell, Thomas Haskell, William Haskell, Harold Haskell and Walter Haskell; and sisters, Helen Benoit and Viola Blowers. Harriet is survived by her daughter, Marie Childers of Sodus, sons Ramon Vaughn, Jr. of Florida, Robert Vaughn of Ballston Spa and Ronald Vaughn of Ballston Spa; her sister, Beverly Haskell; and 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, June 10 from 1-2:30pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 2:30pm. Burial will be in the Powell Wiswall Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Julia M. Bishop 70, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014. She was born in Albany, NY on June 1, 1944. Julia worked for Ballston Spa Central Schools as a bus driver and cleaner for over 20 years, retiring in 2003.

She was an avid bowler and bowled in many local leagues. She enjoyed fishing and camping and watching the parades in town. Her greatest pride and achievement was her children and granddaughter Amber whom she adored.

Julia is survived by her children, Richard Bishop of Glens Falls, Dawn Hagadorn of Stillwater, and Julie Bishop of Glens Falls; her granddaughter Amber; and brother Walter Koonz, Jr of Nassau.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5-7pm Wednesday, June 11 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Union Fire Co No 2, PO Box 145, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Mildred F. Hoffman 88, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa on May 12, 1926, she was the daughter of Wallace and Mildred Wood. Mildred and her husband owned and operated Hoffman’s Sawmill in Lake Desolation for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband Henry, son Wayne Hoffman, grandson Michael Deiss and brother Wallace Wood. Mildred is survived by her daughter Bonnie Deiss (Lawrence) of Zephyrhills, Florida, granddaughters Pamela Seymour (David) of Middle Grove and Laurie Alston-Kraetsch (Kurt) of Chesterfield, Virginia; great grandchildren Amanda Seymour, Ryan Seymour, Morgan Alston, Makayla Kraetsch, and Molly Kraetsch.

Funeral services will be private

Mylon R. Bernash 89, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Mary’s Haven. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 4, 1924 he was the son of Rudolph and Erma Bernash. He worked at Tarrant Manufacturing in Saratoga Springs and retired from the Ballston Knitting Mill.

Mylon was a member of the Ballston Area Seniors and enjoyed the many activities there.

He was predeceased by his wife Shirley; his brothers, Rudolph and Clayton Bernash and his sisters, Beatrice Smith and Charlotte Taylor. Mylon is survived by his children, Celia Clute (Joseph) of Ballston Spa, Anna Kondenar (John) of Ballston Spa, Ronald Rhodes (Rosemary) of Ballston Spa, Fred Rhodes (Dale) of Ballston Spa, Claudia Skipper (Max) of Florida and Rosemary Dryer of Kansas; brother, William Bernash of Ballston Spa, sisters, Christina Smith of Ballston Spa, Evelyn Palmateer of Florida, 14 grandchildren and several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his beloved dog Penny.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, June 9 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Rock City Falls Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited on Sunday from 2-4pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mary’s Haven, 35 New Haven, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Dietra A. Degen 52, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014. She was born in Troy, NY on August 28,1961. Dietra was a registered nurse and worked at Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough, Maine.

Dietra enjoyed traveling with her husband John and her family. She liked decorating her home and tending to her flower garden. She was an avid Yankee fan. Her greatest joy was spending time with her beloved grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her father Jerry Maxon and her sister Dana Maxon. Dietra is survived by her husband John, children Linda Zuniga (Jorge) of Coloma, Michigan and Gregory Harper (Beth) of Watervliet, Michigan, grandchildren, Esperanza, Jorge, Bradyn, Scarlett, Alexandra, Victoria, and a new grandchild arriving soon, mother, Joan Nault of Hoosick Falls, brothers and sisters, Terry Maxon of Niskayuna, Dacia Sandlin of Scotia, Melena Elliott of Casselberry, Florida, Marla Mullis of Winter Springs, Florida, Merrilee Maxon of Winter Springs, Florida, Andrew Maxon of Winter Springs, Florida and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Tuesday, June 10 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 4-7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the MVH Activity Fund at the Maine Veteran's Home, 290 US Route 1, Scarborough, Maine 04074.

Mark S. Atkins, 58, passed away peacefully at home, May 31, surrounded by loving family and friends.

Born March 20, 1956, in Springfield, MA, Mark was the second son of Mona and Charles Atkins of Middle Grove, NY, who, along with his devoted companion, Priscilla Cassidy of Albany, helped him through his five-year battle with brain cancer.

A 1974 graduate of Shaker High School, Mark’s early work years were spent at H.L. Gage, Albany, and United Parcel Service. In 1990, he achieved his dream of establishing his own business, Applied Flow Technology, of Ballston Spa, where he specialized in customized design, porting, machining and repair of competition cylinder heads. Since then, his innovations, craftsmanship and commitment to excellence have won awards and set records on racetracks. Neither neurosurgery nor post-operative therapy could keep him from his craft for long; he could be found working in his beloved shop until a few short weeks ago.

Mark loved any form of recreation with which he could challenge himself physically, from car and motorcycle racing to mountain climbing, hiking the Adirondacks and bicycle touring. He also gave generously of himself to members of his brain tumor support group, serving as an inspiration and example to his fellow patients.

In addition to his parents, Mark is survived by his daughter Jessica and son Christopher, brothers James (Susan) of Galway, Peter of Escondido, CA, and Gregory (Faith) of Clifton Park, and nieces Victoria and Jennifer and nephew Thomas. Surviving relatives also include his uncles/aunts Rev. Yves Bégin, SJ, of Quebec, Canada, Paul and Alice Atkins of Easthamton, MA, Andrée Beaudoin, Jeannine and Roger Carrier of Lévis, Canada, and many cousins and friends, in particular, his longtime friend and shop assistant Martin Tollgreve.

The family wishes to express sincere thanks to those who rendered help, service and support during Mark’s long journey: Dr. Susan A. Weaver, NYOH; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Dr. Ingo Mellinghoff, Dr. Macarena de La Fuente and Bridget King, loyal friend and co-worker Paula Schultz, Community Hospice nurses Tammy Czajkowski and Mary Cook, Clara Laplant, Kathy Byrnes, and devoted cousin Lisa, all of whom provided invaluable help, care and comfort to the end.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, June 6 from 2-4 and 7-9pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street Ballston Spa. A funeral mass will be held 10am Saturday, June 7 at St. Paul’s Church, 771 Route 29 in Rock City Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Capital City Rescue Mission, PO Box 1999, Albany, NY 12201.

Jane A. Melander 55, passed away May 30, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Dansville, NY on January 5, 1959, she was the daughter of Robert and Nancy Prentice. She was a graduate of Ellicottville High School.

After growing up in Western New York, she eventually relocated to Ballston Spa where she met and married the love of her life, Jeff Melander. She was a certified nurse’s aide at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for several years.

Jane enjoyed traveling with her husband and together they vacationed in Hawaii, Maine, Georgia, and Cape Cod. Each winter they made their annual trip to Florida.

Jane is survived by her husband, Jeff Melander; her parents, Robert and Nancy Prentice; brothers, Donald Prentice (Pam), Kevin Prentice (Sandy), and Dean Prentice; sister, Joyce Telaak (David); mother in law, Linda Melander (Jack McLaren); and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, June 22 from 1-4pm at Linda and Jack’s home on 477 Franklin Street, Ballston Spa.

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

Kenneth A. Pettit 89, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on August 13, 1924, he was the son of Arthur and Hazel Pettit. Ken worked at Knight Orchards, and then was a bus driver and custodian for Burnt Hills Schools and later worked for the NYS Department of Transportation for many years, retiring in 1979.

After his retirement, Ken owned and operated Ken’s Tires. He was an avid hunter and a member of the NRA.

He was predeceased by his daughters, Patricia Pettit and Holly Pettit and sister, Mary Crawford. Ken is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy; his sons David Pettit (Debra) of Erwin, Tennessee and Tim Pettit (Margaret) of Ballston Spa; daughter in law, Doris Pettit; granddaughters, Patty Kolberg (John), Pamela Thew (Jody), Jamie Propper (Chad), Catherine TenEyck (David) and Erika Pettit (Steve); great grandchildren, Derek, Joey, Jordan, Sierra, Eric, Cassie, Mackenzie, Timothy, Nathaniel and Katie; stepgrandchildren, Amy Epting (Scott) and Susan Freeman (Ryan); step great grandchildren, Dylan, Reese, Amber and Morgan; brother, Dale Pettit (Lois) of North Carolina, sister Marjorie Palmatier (Harold) of Pennsylvania and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 2pm Thursday, June 5 at Ballston Spa Cemetery, Garrett Road, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN, 38105, or Simpson United Methodist Church, 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls, NY 12863.

Donald R. Lamphere, Sr. 84, passed away Thursday, May 29, 2014. Born in Watertown, NY on March 21, 1930, he was the son of William and Loretta Lamphere.

Don served in the US Army for 21 years. His last tour of duty was in Vietnam.

He was predeceased by his son Michael. Don is survived by his sister, Shirley DeMaria of Ballston Spa; wife, Lois; sons, David, Brian, Robert, Donald and James; 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 1pm Wednesday, June 4 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

Eileen L. Burgess 57, passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Born in Albany, NY on October 19, 1956, she was the daughter of the late G. LeRoy Burgess and Freida Van Steenburgh Burgess. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School, Syracuse University and received her Master’s Degree from Russell Sage College.

Eileen was a special education teacher at WSWHE BOCES for 30 years, retiring in 2010. She enjoyed attending many retired teachers luncheons. She also enjoyed her book club, gardening and her cats. Eileen and her husband Bill took many cruises together and were married on a cruise ship.

She was predeceased by her husband William Swietnicki and her sister, Kathryn “Boots” Mattison. Eileen is survived by her sister, Ann Barker and her husband James of Arlington, Vermont; nephews, Christopher Barker of Amsterdam and Stephen Mattison of Colchester, Vermont; niece, Gail Mattison Whitehouse of Burlington, Vermont; and many grand nephews and grand nieces.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, May 31 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 4-7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saratoga County Special Olympics,c/o Special Olympics NY, 504 Balltown Road, Schenectady, NY 12304 or Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Joshua M. Baclaan 31 passed away suddenly, Saturday, May 24, 2014. He was born in Casper, Wyoming on March 12, 1983. Josh worked for Tim Barnes Landscaping and Hardscaping.

Josh enjoyed fishing, fourwheeling and bonfires with his friends. He was a mechanic at heart and enjoyed working on cars and any mechanical project. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his children.

Josh is survived by his mother, Angela Carr of Ballston Spa; sister, Sarah Lobato of Ballston Spa; grandmother, Claire Y. Carr of Clearwater, Florida; his beloved children, Teegan Rose Baclaan and Travis Morelli; and his girlfriend, Debra Morelli. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 28 from 6-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to a trust fund set up for his children and may be sent to Angel Carr, trustee, 315 Stone Church Road, # 38, Ballston Spa, New York 12020.

Robert A. Dillenbeck 61, passed away Friday, May 16, 2014. Born in Little Falls, NY on February 2, 1953, he was the son of Albertina Dillenbeck and the late Richard Dillenbeck. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Bob was a machinist at Espey Manufacturing for over 30 years.

He enjoyed garage saling, collecting antiques and vacationing in Maine with his loving wife and best friend Linda. Bob’s favorite pastime was camping with his family and friends.

Robert is survived by his wife of 10 years, Linda; daughters, Cortney Dillenbeck (Eric Ball) of Perth, Jodi Dillenbeck of Ballston Spa, Brandee Marcotte (John Oakes) of Gansevoort and Jennifer Marcotte of Corinth; grandchildren, Owen Ball, Bradlee Ball, Makayla Mason, Ryan Mason, Devin Morris, Emily Morris, and John Oakes, Jr.; mother, Albertina Dillenbeck of Ballston Spa; sisters, Bonnie Vidnansky of Ballston Spa and Kathy Lowery of Schuylerville, blood brothers, Bryan Lafreniere and Jerry Whalen, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 21 from 6-8pm at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services with military honors will be held at 11am on Thursday, May 22 at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

Memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post 420, PO Box 209, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

John M. Chojecki, 70 passed away Thursday, May 15, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. Born August 9, 1943 in Schenectady, he was the son of the late Bogus and Mary (Renaud) Chojecki. John resided in Schenectady until he moved to Ballston Spa in 1974. He worked as a gas turbine generator builder at General Electric Co. in Schenectady for 32 years, retiring in 1995.

John enjoyed camping and loved being on Sacandaga Lake in his boat, “Papa’s Princess” which is named after his only granddaughter. His two Chihuahuas, Sir Mickey Mouse and Little Eddie, could often be found keeping him company. John met the love of his life, Patricia Jackson at age 16 and they have been partners in crime ever since, enjoying 49 years of marriage.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by a sister, Judy Girvin. John is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia Chojecki; his four daughters, Michelle Chojecki (Jill Cowburn) of Saratoga Springs, Pamela Baumgardner of Florida, Karan Allrich (Greg) of Ballston Spa and Dana Chojecki (Peter Palmieri) of Saratoga Springs; his grandchildren, John and Cory Baumgardner, Olivia and Avery Allrich, Jayden and Jaxsyn Chojecki; a great-grandchild, Brayden Baumgardner; and a sister, Karen Stowell.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 am Monday, May 19, 2014 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 from 4-6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Capital District Pop Warner Challengers, PO Box 212, Delmar, NY 12054.

Shirley E. Fedaszczyn, 86 passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs. A lifelong area resident, she was born April 16, 1928 in Schenectady, NY.

Shirley worked for several years as a punch press operator at General Electric Co. in Schenectady. She enjoyed her cats, playing bingo, reading and socializing at the Ballston Spa Senior Center.

Shirley is predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her daughters, Lorie Coveney and her husband, Jim of Ballston Spa and Mary Villarreal and her husband, Frank of Columbus, Ohio; and her grandchildren, Nick, Jake and Amber.

A graveside service will be held at 10 am on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Park View Cemetery, Fehr Ave, Schenectady. There are no public calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rubin Dialysis Center (www.rubindialysis.org), 59C Myrtle Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Raymond E. Baker 82, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Born in Greenfield, NY on October 8, 1931, he was the son of Robert and Alice Baker. He was a Marine Corp veteran of the Korean War. Ray was an engineer for Espey Manufacturing for 16 years and later for Guyson Corporation for 30 years, retiring in 1998.

Ray owned and operated B and K Sports in Porter Corners for many years where he sold and serviced snowmobiles and motorcycles. Ray and his wife enjoyed traveling throughout the United States in their motor home and spent there winters in Mesquite, Nevada. He was an avid hunter.

Ray is survived by his wife of 50 years, Theresa Angier Baker; his children, Robert Baker of Saratoga Springs, Gail Baker (Richard Marshall) of Mechanicville, Mark Baker (Nancy Kiuber) of Saratoga Springs and Robin Baker of Phoenix, Arizona; grandchildren, Dale Older (Mamani), Renee Rutherford (Robert) and Harley Will; brother, Ronald Baker (Beverly) of Greenfield; 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, May 10 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Middle Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 5-8pm at the funeral home.

Millicent B. Owen 99, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 28, 2014. Born in Ballston Center, NY on September 21, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Henry and Emma Baker. At age 4 she and her family moved to Deposit, NY where she grew up. She graduated from Cornell University in 1940 with high honors.

About this time she met Charles Owen who was attending Alfred College. After they married and finished college they moved to Peekskill, NY and later to Yorktown Heights, NY. Millicent was a home economics teacher in Arkport, NY and later in Mahopac, NY. In 1948 they settled in Jonesville, NY where Millicent lived for the past 66 years. Together they joined Jonesville United Methodist Church where she was a member for over 50 years.

Millicent loved her crafts and enjoyed being a member of the Piecemakers (Quilters) of Clifton Park.

She was predeceased by her husband Charles; brother, Calvin Baker and sister Helen Boswell. Millicent is survived by her children, William Owen of Ballston Lake; and Anne King (David) of Greenwich; granddaughters, Margaret Maguire of Greenwich and Kristin Mirocki of Greenwich; great grandchildren, Tavish, Rosalind and Maxwell.

There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be held 2pm Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main Street, Jonesville. Burial will follow in Jonesville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, which helps families in Saratoga and Washington County.

John G. Callan, 62 passed away Saturday, April 26 2014. Born in Long Island on April 2, 1952, he was the son of Helen Pietrowski. John was a graduate of West Homestead High School in Long Island and worked at the Target Distribution Center in Wilton.

John was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing golf. He loved all sports and coached baseball for many years while his sons played and was a big fan of the New York Mets and the Dallas Cowboys.

He is survived by his mother, Helen Pietrowski of Ballston Spa; his children, Kelly Flynn of Ballston Lake, CJ Callan and his wife, Brittany of Ballston Spa and Andrew Callan of Ballston Spa; His grandchildren, Dylan Helo, Brendan Flynn, Trayce, Cendel, Aizlyn and Rori Callan; and several aunts, uncles and cousins in the Kelly and Lane families.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 am on Thursday, May 1 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Milton Avenue. A reception will follow at the family’s home on 526 Plummer Road, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 6-8 pm on Wednesday at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family will also host a gathering to celebrate John’s life on Saturday, May 3 at the home of Kelly Flynn, 69 Ashdown Road, Ballston Lake, NY.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org), P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Robert P. Russo 83, passed away Friday, April 25, 2014 surrounded by his family. Born in Rotterdam, NY on June 18, 1930, he was the son of the late Anthony and Felicia Russo. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War.

Bob was an accomplished salesman, retiring from ADT Security. He enjoyed cooking and boating. He was a member of American Legion Post 1133 in Fort Edward.

He was predeceased by his sister, Virginia Lamalfa and brother, Frank Russo. Bob is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Ward Russo; his children, Robert Russo of Framingham, Massachusetts, Valarie Degni of Ballston Lake, Regina Cerqua (William) of Ballston Spa and Philip Russo of Clifton Park; grandchildren, Michael Cerqua, Robert Russo, Ashley Russo, Nicholas Degni, Vincent Degni and Anthony Russo; great grandchildren, Connor and Nicholas; sister, Josephine Fazzone of Rotterdam; brother, Americo Russo of St. Petersburg, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 29 from 10:30-11:30am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 11:30am. Burial with military honors will be in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Renal Dialysis Center, 3 Broad Street Plaza, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

The family would like to thank Dr. Joseph Mihandu, Dr. Surendra Nevatia, Dr. Philip Gara, the nursing staff at Glens Falls Hospital and the nursing staff at Renal Dialysis Center for their care and compassion during Bob’s illness.

Nancy C. Wolfe 80, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. Born in Newburgh, NY on May 9, 1933, she was the daughter of the late William and Theresa (Barry) Osborne.

Nancy worked for many years as a Health Care Aide for the New York State Department of Mental Health. She loved music and taking trips to casinos. She was a devoted wife and mother and enjoyed spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers and a sister. Nancy is survived by her loving husband, Merrel H. Wolfe of Middle Grove; her children, Michael Wolfe and his wife, Judith of Glens Falls, Patricia Leary and her husband, Joseph of Maricopa, AZ and Margaret Osborne of Schenectady; her grandchildren, Leah Gaetano of Delmar, Monica Gaetano of Albany, M. Aaron Wolfe and his wife, Cate of Fletcher, VT, Karin Bombard and her husband, Greg of East Galway, James Gaetano of Tampa, FL, M. Daniel Wolfe and his wife, Sarah of Troy, Justin Bessette and his wife, Mandy of East Galway, Jesse Wolfe of Warren, VT and Jennifer Falcon of East Galway; sister, Susan Palmatier and her husband, Bruce of Gilbert, AZ; brother, Jon Osborne of Beacon; sister in law, Dorothy Sherman of Scotia; and 14 great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10-11am Saturday, April 26, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am. Burial will be in the East Galway Cemetery.

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

James M Wilkins 68, passed away on Tuesday April 15, 2014. Born in Arlington, VA on January 26, 1946, he was the son of the late John Philip and Dorothy (Balcom) Wilkins. James was a graduate of Linton High School in Schenectady and also Spencer Business College where he received a Draftsman Degree.

James was a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, serving during the Vietnam War. During his service, he was twice wounded in action receiving the Purple Heart among several service medals. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 357 in Schenectady and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

James and his wife, Sandra enjoyed the outdoors and traveled quite extensively throughout the United States. Their goal was to visit every national park. He liked camping in his RV, hiking, fishing and playing cards and most of all, being with his family and friends. He will always be remembered as a dedicated and loving husband.

In addition to his parents, James is predeceased by his brothers, Joseph and John Wilkins. He is survived by his beloved wife, Sandra Wilkins of Malta; his children, Brenda Ganance of Arizona, Richard Wescott of Ballston Spa, Tina DePault of Arizona and Cindy Reed of Ballston Spa; his sister, Linda Marek; his brother, Jesse Wilkins; 10 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10am Tuesday April 22 at the Armer Funeral Home Inc. 39 East High St., Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park on Central Ave in Schenectady. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, April 21 from 5-8 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org) PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Margaret L. Kalwa 84, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014. Born in Lyons, NY on November 26, 1929, she was the daughter of Charles and Winifred Bowler. Margaret grew up in Geneva, NY and graduated from Geneva High School and Freeman’s Business School.

She moved to Ballston Spa in 1959 and worked for General Electric for several years and later worked for Tracy and Ferradino Law Firm. Margaret retired as Court Manager from the Saratoga County Surrogate’s Court.

She was a member of the Ballston Spa Women’s Club and enjoyed playing bridge and swimming.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband Francis Kalwa. She is survived by her daughters, Karen Delcoure and her husband Edward of Clifton Park and Kathleen Kalwa and her husband Frank Preda of Malta; her granddaughter, Bridget Delcoure of Clifton Park and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, April 15 at Corpus Christi Church, 2001 Route 9, Round Lake where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4-7pm Monday, April 14 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Jonesville Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eastline Romp and Play at www.eastlinerompandplay.weebly.com