Obituaries


Thomas L. Litts 69 of Schenectady, passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2013 after a long illness. Born on August 13, 1943 in West Charlton, he was the son of the late Harvey and Martha Litts. He was a lifelong resident of Schenectady County and graduated from Scotia Glenville High School in 1962. Tom was a dedicated employee of Union College, where he worked for more than 42 years, retiring as Facilities Services Electrical Foreman.

Tom enjoyed the outdoors, angling, was keen on family history and quick to recount tales of his Adirondack adventures in Benson, Newcomb and Goodnow Flow. He was also fascinated by old time music. Tom was an active member of the Adirondack Bluegrass League, where he recently served as a Board member. As much as anything, he loved to “jam” with his friends on stage at the “old folks home”, McConchies, Jackies Diner and especially in the circle.

Tom is survived by his children, Shane, Chris, Julie and Thomas, Jr; grandchildren, Lillian and Evan; and his brothers, William and David.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 12-2pm Saturday, April 27 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will follow at the West Charlton Cemetery (Scotch Church Cemetery). In lieu of flowers, Tom asked that you please consider making a donation to Community Hospice of Schenectady or the American Cancer Society.

Barbara Glines De Lanoy 89 of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Mary’s Haven. Born in New Brunswick, NJ, December 12, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Irene Glines.

Barbara was the senior executive secretary for the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University for 23 years, retiring in 1990. She volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Saratoga Hospital and her true love, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

She enjoyed tennis, golf, and gardening at the Winterwood Farm where she retired to live with her daughter and her family.

She was predeceased by her son Timothy De Lanoy, sister, Margaret Filigera, and brothers, Charles and Robert Glines. Barbara was survived by her daughters, Barbara Sanford (Tom) of Ballston Spa and Amy Stocking (Rod) of Grand Junction, CO; daughter in law, Kate De Lanoy of Clearwater, FL; grandchildren, Judson Sanford of Clearwater, FL, Cailin Sanford of Ballston Spa, Jesse Stocking of Grand Junction, CO, Trevor Stocking of Grand Junction, CO and Sean De Lanoy of North Fort Myers, FL; sister, Helen Kohut (Al) of Savannah, GA; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

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

The family would like to thank Arlene Lyons, RN from Community Hospice of Saratoga and Robin Byrt, RN from Mary’s Haven for their loving care and support.

Philip M. Currier, Jr. passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2013 after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his family who loved and respected their ‘Papa Bear’ deeply.

Philip was born in New York City on July 10, 1926 and graduated from Ballston Spa High School. He left college to join the US Navy during World War II and served in the Pacific on the USS Bassette whose most well-known mission was the rescue of survivors from the USS Indianapolis. After discharge he completed his education with a degree in finance at Union College in Schenectady. He worked for General Electric as a manager of finance for over thirty years, retiring in 1986.

Philip was very active in the First Presbyterian Church in Ballston Spa for many years serving as an elder, Clerk of Session and financial advisor. He loved to sing and was a member of the church choir as well as the Racing City Chorus in Saratoga Springs. Philip was devoted to the history of the Adirondacks and greater Saratoga area and loved to fish and camp there.

He was predeceased by his wife, Janet Tibbetts Currier and son David F. Randall, Jr of Syracuse, NY. He is survived by his daughters Jean Currier Botka of Saratoga Springs, NY and Phyllis Currier Frederick of Broadablin, NY and son John Randall of Ballston Spa, NY, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4-6pm Wednesday, April 24 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service to celebrate his life will be held 11am Thursday, April 25 at the First Presbyterian Church, 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or the American Cancer Society. The family wishes to extend its appreciation to the staff of Saratoga Hospital and Wesley Nursing Home for their care and compassion.

James M. Brennan, 64 of Ballston Spa passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Born June 25, 1948 in Schenectady, he was the son of the late Joseph M. and Jean (Earle) Brennan.

A graduate of Draper High School in Rotterdam, Jim went on to attend Albany Business College and then Jones College in Florida. He worked as a winder at General Electric Co. in Schenectady for 35 years, retiring in October of 2005.

Music has been a passion for Jim throughout his life. While in high school, he played with The Pastels and Reggie And The Rebels and also played with Jubal through the Middle Grove United Methodist Church for several years. He was blessed to play with One Voice through Saratoga Bridges since 2007 and OFB since 2009. A member of Saratoga Abundant Life Church, Jim went to the Home of the Good Shepherd with his fellow church members to provide worship services there.

Jim was an avid sports fan and enjoyed supporting the Yankees, Giants, Boston Celtics and Notre Dame football and basketball. He also loved traveling, golfing with his friends, bowling and spending time with his family and friends. Jim will always be remembered as a kind and gentle man and will be missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, Jim is predeceased by a brother, Tommy Brennan. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Debbi Brennan of Ballston Spa; his children, Shaun Brennan and Amanda Petteys and her husband, Josh all of Ballston Spa; his sister, Barbara Korfhage of Ballston Spa and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A time of prayer and remembrance will be held at 7:00 pm Tuesday, April 23rd at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends may call from 5 – 7 pm on Tuesday at the funeral home prior to the services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saratoga Abundant Life Church, 2325 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Walter E. Crawford, 78, passed away April 18th, 2013 at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs where he has received loving care since March of 2010. He was born in Whitehall, NY on September 16, 1934 to the late Kenneth and Margaret Crawford.

Following his service in the United States Air Force Walt worked as a computer programmer for Knolls Atomic Power Lab in Niskayuna for 36 years. Always eager to learn, he studied theology at St. Joseph’s and philosophy at Siena as well as having been a graduate of The College of St. Rose. Even after retiring from working with computers for so many years, he still got a great deal of enjoyment from the time he spent on his computer whether it was to communicate with friends or perhaps to “tweak” some of the programming to his liking. He was so happy to be able to stay in contact via Skype with friends and always looked forward to those chats. Walt had gathered items for care packages to be sent to Iraq to the Troops stationed there. Friends will surely remember his love of music, especially opera.

Walt is survived by his cousins, Nancy Dutton of Stafford Springs, CT and Patricia Delamater of Port Kent, NY.

He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 am Tuesday, April 23rd at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5-7 pm Monday at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to: Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org), Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or The Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

A beautiful soul departed this life on Thursday, April 18, 2013 to make her final journey home. God we give her into your care with heavy hearts but also with joy knowing that she is reunited with those who have gone before.

Esther began her journey on August 5, 1916, in Springfield Gardens, New York, the eldest of 10 children born to Sophie and Karl Jensen. The Jensen family eventually settled in Edinburg.

Throughout her extraordinary life, Esther had several careers, she served in the US Navy during WW II, she worked for Dun & Bradstreet, the NYS Department of Tax & Finance, tax collector for the Town of Edinburg, and taught ceramics and paint technique to mention only a few. She traveled nationally and internationally after beginning a new career at age 60, for Gare, a ceramics products company.

Esther loved the outdoors enjoying and tending to flowers she helped to choose and kept looking beautiful. Her most precious joy was spending time with family and friends laughing, joking, playing cards and just loving the company. She was a tireless giver who was loved by all who met her.

In addition to her parents, Esther was predeceased by her beloved son, Sean, husband, Harold (Bud), brothers, George, Walter and Clifford Jensen; sisters, Dorothy Morris, Sonja VanNatter and Violet Jack. She leaves behind her loving children, Barbara Carhide (Gary) of Schenectady, Debbie Thompson, Jackie Capone (Denis) of Ballston Spa and Fred Whitney (Beth) of Halfmoon; sister, Eleanor Dahlin of Guilderland; brothers, Herb Jensen of Edinburg and Carl Jensen (Nancy) of Northville; 13 grandchildren,14 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and her dearest friend, Carol White of New Hampshire.

Esther was a selfless and unselfish person evidenced by her decision to make an anatomical gift to Albany Medical College.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 28 from 1-2pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service to celebrate Esther's life will follow at 2pm. Family and friends will be invited to share brief memories during the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.

Esther’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at Maplewood Manor and Community Hospice of Saratoga for the loving care given to our mother and the support given to our family.

Esther M. Sanders 81, of Ballston Spa, left this world peacefully on April 12, 2013. Born in Ballston Spa, December 24, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Anna Haskell. Esther was a lifelong resident of Ballston Spa and worked at the Tam O’Shanter Restaurant in Ballston Spa for many years. She later was a dispatcher for George’s Taxi Stand.

She was predeceased by her brother, James Haskell and sister, Anne DiBlasio. Esther leaves behind her best friend and devoted husband of nearly 50 years Herbert; her children, Michelle Framolaro (Sal) of Long Island, Tammy Murphy (Frank) of Middle Grove, and David Sanders (Charlene) of Ballston Spa; nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Later in life she found genuine happiness in just being surrounded by her family. Her spitfire personality made her unique and endeared her to many who knew her. She was the center of the family and her loss will forever be felt.

A private funeral service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, 101 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305 or Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Frank A. Schmalzl 80 of Clifton Park, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013. He was born in the Bronx on March 26, 1933, the son of the late Frank and Johanna Kropfl Schmalzl. He was a graduate of Mount St Michael High School and Manhattan College. Frank did graduate work at Union College. He served in the US Air Force. Frank married his best friend and sweetheart, Anne McGarry Schmalzl on July 21, 1978.

Frank worked in radar design and installation for Sperry Gyroscope and later was a design engineer for Knolls Atomic Power Lab in Niskayuna, retiring in 1993. He belonged to the Clifton Park Sportsmen’s Club, the National Rifle Association, the American Legion and Elfun Society. Frank was a communicant of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa.

Frank is survived by his loving wife, Anne McGarry Schmalzl, his brothers in law, Edward McGarry (Donna) and Robert McGarry (Sandra), several nieces and nephews, and his devoted felines Lydia Darough and Madison James.

Frank had a great devotion to his church and his country. He loved people and enjoyed conversing with his many good friends and neighbors.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 9am Friday, April 12 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s Catholic Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Birth Right, 40 Front Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

A special note of gratitude for the exceptional care and concern provided to Frank by his doctors and nurses from Seton Health and Samaritan Hospital.

Frances A. Gaba 68, of Middle Grove, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in New York City, October 8, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Anna Krupa. Fran was a graduate of Bishop McDonnell High School and Grace Institute Business School in NYC. She worked as a secretary to the Product Manager at Union Carbide Corporation in NYC. On April 18, 1964, Fran married Edward Gaba at St John Nepomucene Catholic Church in NYC.

Fran was a Saratoga County Master Gardener since 1995. She enjoyed gardening and looked forward each year to starting and raising tomatoes and other veggies and flowers. She most enjoyed spending time with family and friends and loved having them stop by unexpectedly to visit and chat. She loved fishing in Quebec at the “Lac” with her husband Ed, her favorite “fishing buddy”, and listening to the loons while they fished. Fran also enjoyed her beloved “critters”, raising bunnies, baking, canning, the great outdoors and listening to Bluegrass music, especially the Gibson Brothers.

Fran is survived by her husband, Edward Gaba; her children, Janet Frances and Daniel Edward (Kate); her grandchildren, Abby, Max, Jack and Ben; her sister, Josephine Bravchok and many nieces and nephews and their families.

Funeral services will be held 10 am Wednesday, April 10, at St. Clements Catholic Church, 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 4-8 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Fran’s memory to St Jude Children’s Hospital or please consider donating blood at your local blood bank.

Patrick L. Kelly 55 of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, April 5, 2013, in the presence of his life partner, Noreen Jones. Patrick was born in Albany, NY, June 7, 1957. He was the son of the late Paul and Renee Kelly. Also present to love and comfort Patrick in his final days were his daughter, Erin Kelly, son, Dillon Kelly, son, Jude Camillo and his mother Jill Camillo, granddaughters, Cynthia and Galaxy, and his many brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Patrick served in the US Navy as a young man. He engaged in a varied career throughout his life and enjoyed music, photography, cooking, hiking and golf. He was an avid fan of the NY Yankees and the Miami Dolphins. His gentle spirit, kind heart, sense of humor, and love for life defines who he is. He will be greatly missed.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 12 pm Monday, April 8, 2013, at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or any charity contributing to disabled or homeless veterans.

The family would like to thank the Veterans Association and the Albany Stratton VA Hospital, particularly the Cancer Unit and the Hospice Center, for the love and care provided to Patrick over the last two years. You are the best!

Raymond L. Howe, Jr. 41 of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY, October 7, 1971, he was the son of Patricia Groff and Raymond Howe, Sr. Ray worked for Quad Graphics and later for Capitaland Taxi for several years. Ray was studying Computer Technology at Adirondack Community College.

Ray loved fishing, and working with computers. He was a fan of the Washington Redskins, NY Yankees and Jeff Gordon. His family always came first and he would help anyone he could.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, Kenneth Welch, and Art and Ruth Howe. Ray is survived by his wife, Tina; his children, Raymond L. Howe III of Ballston Spa, Mercedes Howe of Ballston Spa, Ashley Howe of Corinth, Stephanie McKenzie of Corinth, and Kelly McKenzie of Ballston Spa; grandchildren, Destiney, David, and Mason; his parents, Patty Groff and Bob Plummer of Ballston Spa, and Raymond and Mary Howe, Sr. of North Carolina; sister, Roxanne Lester (Scott) of Corinth; brother, Patrick Howe (Heidi) of Ballston Spa, grandparents, Shirley Welch, and Robert and Ruth Groff; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 3, from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

The family would like to thank the Community Emergency Corp and the Rock City Falls Fire Department for their care and compassion.

Elizabeth A. Hunt of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, March 29, 2013. Born in Ballston Spa, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Catherine Healey. She lived in Duanesburg and spent the winters in Orange City, Florida. She later moved to Cohoes and has resided at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa since 2003. Betty worked for General Electric Co. for 25 years.

She enjoyed reading and traveling. She always had a story to share about the people she met while traveling. Betty recently celebrated her 90th birthday at a party hosted by her family and friends at Maplewood Manor.

She was predeceased by her husband, Whit Hunt, her sisters, Dorothy Hodgson and Jean Crandell and her aunt, Dorothy Grusner. Betty is survived by her nieces and nephews, Daniel Crandell (Jane) of Schoharie, Denise Mowczan (Charles) of South Burlington, VT, David Crandell (Lorie) of Clifton Park, Michael Hodgson, Timothy Hodgson and Patty Friend (Peter) all of Laconia, NH; great nieces and nephews, Jason Crandell, Matthew Crandell (Barbara), Julie Harmon (Jason), Allison Crandell, Melissa Semidei (Alberto), Kristen Underwood (Ryan), Benjamin Mowczan, Sarah Crandell, Sean Crandell, Kathryn Crandell and Eric Crandell. She is also survived by 8 great great nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 4 from 1-2pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 2pm. Burial will be in East Galway Cemetery.

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

Nicholas J. Flanders 53 of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Born in Troy, NY, January 25, 1960, he was the son of Theresa Loya and the late Alva Flanders. A graduate of Ballston Spa High School, he worked for the Town of Waterford for several years. Nicholas enjoyed fishing.

Nicholas is survived by his parents, Theresa and Richard Loya of Malta, four brothers, Donald Flanders (Becky) of Galway, James Flanders of Ballston Spa, Richard Loya, Jr (Heather) of Middle Grove, Jason Loya (Jennifer) of Galway; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 6-7pm Tuesday, April 2 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 7pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Albany, NY 12211.

Patricia M. Montgomery 78, of Ballston Spa passed away Monday, March 18, 2013. Born in Ballston Spa, August 9, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Regina Barrie. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

Fondly known as Aunt Pat to the many children she took care of over the years, she enjoyed every moment with them. She was loved by all and with the help of her granddaughter she was able to contact many of the children who were happy to update her on their lives and share their accomplishments with her.

Patricia married Frederick J. Montgomery on December 5, 1964, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa. There was a blizzard that day, but Patricia was determined and they were married by candlelight.

She was predeceased by her brother, Joseph Barrie, and her sisters, Mildred Perkins and Louise Baker. Patricia is survived by her husband of 48 years, Frederick J. Montgomery; her daughter, Patti Ann Montgomery of Clifton Park; her granddaughter, Tiffany L. Montgomery of Clifton Park and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Friday, March 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will be in Factory Village Cemetery, in the Spring. There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Patricia to The Ronald McDonald House Charities, 139 South Lake Avenue, Albany, NY 12208.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Patricia’s nieces and nephew, Diane Ostrander, Holly Staulters and Ricky Baker for the loving care they provided Patricia during her illness. They would also like to thank Dr. Liebers and the staff at Saratoga Hospital for their care and compassion.

Carl A. Sleicher 66 of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013. Born in Ballston Spa, January 1, 1947, he was the son of the late Arthur and Doris Sleicher. Carl worked for General Electric Co. in Schenectady for many years and later retired from Everett Charles Technology in Clifton Park.

Carl is survived by his children, Michele Welch (Michael) of Ballston Lake and James Sleicher (Michelle) of Ballston Spa; two grandsons, Jared Sleicher and Mason Sleicher; sister, Carol Plue (Richard) of Pattersonville; two nephews, and his beloved dog Cocoa.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, March 20 from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to The Community Hospice Inn, 295 Valley View Road, Rensselaer, NY 12144.

The family would like to thank the staff at Albany Medical Center and The Community Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital for their care and compassion during Carl’s illness.

Karen C. Bryant 61 of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013 at her home, surrounded by her family. Born in Niskayuna, June 24, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Alford and Dorothea Coseo. Karen worked for Pioneer Savings for many years.

Karen organized the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church Free Lunch Program and the Ballston Spa Community Free Thanksgiving Program. She was a giving person and felt it was important to feed the hungry in her community.

She was a member of the Round Lake United Methodist Church. She enjoyed fishing, traveling, and playing games with her family. Her greatest joy was the time spent with her family, especially her beloved grandchildren.

Karen is survived by her husband Donald Bryant, her children, Scott Bryant (Ashley) of Saratoga Springs and Sharan Zarnofsky (Kurt) of Charlton; grandchildren, Avery Bryant, Joshua Zarnofsky and Alizabeth Zarnofsky; sister, Claudia DeRidder of Kannapolis, NC; brother, Jeffrey Coseo (Kathy) of Ballston Spa and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 1pm Monday, March 18 at Round Lake United Methodist Church, 34 George Avenue, Round Lake. Urn burial will follow in West Charlton Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 16 from 3-6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or the Food Pantry at the Round Lake United Methodist Church.

Non-perishable food items will be collected during calling hours and will be donated to the Food Pantry in Karen’s memory.

Lucille J. Pashley 79, of Ballston Spa, NY passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013 with her daughter and son by her side. She was born September 7, 1933 in Schenectady, NY. She was the daughter of Lionel Dantz and Lillian (Dorothy) Hart. Lucille was a homemaker, devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother and a good friend to all. She also, after her children were grown, became a successful real estate agent and managed her own office.

She enjoyed ceramics, baking wedding cakes, making dolls, playing cards with good friends, going out to eat with her husband and sister, Jean and brother-in-law Don and was an exceptional cook. She spent many treasured years giving all she could to raising and taking care of her family. Later on in life she enjoyed being a snowbird and traveling to Florida with her husband.

She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Robert T. Pashley. Lucille is survived by her daughter Susan Hommell (Billy) of Ballston Spa, NY; her son Bruce Pashley of Hernando, Florida; her stepson David Pashley of Amsterdam, NY; her sister Jean Salisbury (Donald) of Schenectady, NY; her grandchildren Joanna and Jeff Simard of Ballston Spa, NY; Julie Hommell of Greenfield, NY; Brandon Hommell (Ashley) of Ballston Spa, NY; Kristi Sue Pashley of Arizona, Victoria Pashley and Geoffrey Pashley. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her, especially by her great grandchildren Emily, Allison and Jake Simard whom she spent many memorable summers with.

Inurnment will take place at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to Saratoga Bridges, 16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd. Ballston Spa NY 12020 or Community Hospice of Citrus County, 326 S. Line Ave., Inverness, Florida 34452.

Karyl Ruth Froschauer, 69, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at her home with her loving family at her side. Born in Colonie, NY on May 7, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Bruce and Mary Coulter.

Karyl was employed by the Grand Union Company for 23 years. She committed her life to raising her beloved children while devoting herself to her husband Harvey, for 46 years.

Karyl is survived by her husband, Harvey Froschauer; daughter, Dana Wiley (John) of Binghamton; son, Clint Froschauer (Colleen) of Ballston Spa; her loving grandchildren, Coulter, Brad, Reece, Riley and Tabor; brothers, Bruce Coulter of Stanley, Virginia and Hartley Coulter of Flagler Beach, Florida. In addition to the love and support from family and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, March 18 from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A prayer service will follow at 8pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Elijah David Sleight 9 of Amsterdam, passed away Monday, March 11, 2013. Born in Saratoga Springs, June 9, 2003, he was the son of Christopher Sleight and Tanya Stoddard Sleight. Elijah was a 4th grade student at Marie Currie Elementary School in Amsterdam.

He enjoyed riding his bike, playing video games and sports. He loved all outdoor activities and could often be found climbing a tree. He was a great storyteller. Elijah was a caring big brother who watched out for his brother and sister.

Elijah is survived by his father, Christopher Sleight, his brother Matthew and sister Naomi; grandparents, Beverly and Timothy Pritchard, John and Donna Stoddard, Brad and Dawn Sleight, Thomas and Joann Piterniak, Mark and Christine Westad; great grandparents, Grandma Sleight, Muma Foster, Grandpa Jerry, and Grandpa and Grandma Rush; Aunt Dana and her daughter Anneliese; several aunts, uncles, cousins and his large extended family.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, March 18, at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2-6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Albany Medical Center Pediatrics Unit, 43 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208.

Tanya JoLee Sleight 33 of Amsterdam, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013. Born in Saratoga Springs, September 7, 1979 she was the daughter of Beverly Gifford Pritchard and John Stoddard.

Tanya moved to Winston-Salem, NC in 1992 as a teenager where she attended Winston-Salem First Assembly of God Church and was home schooled. During that time she was very involved in the church’s Youth Choir and Drama Team. She had a heart for missions and was able to be part of the first youth mission team to El Salvador. While there she helped build a church and performed in street ministry. She had a passion for Sign Language and looked forward to sharing it with her children. After graduation she worked for Wake Forest University in housekeeping before going to work for the family business and finally realized she was gifted in the retail industry. She moved back to NY in 2001 and continued working in various retail stores and started her adult life.

Tanya had an outgoing and friendly personality and everyone she met became her “cousin”. She would help anyone in need even if it met she went without. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by her many family and friends both in NY and NC.

She was predeceased by her brother, Joshua Matthew Pritchard. Tanya is survived by her children, Matthew and Naomi, her parents, Beverly and Timothy Pritchard of Corinth, John and Donna Stoddard of North Carolina, her siblings, Travis Gifford of Corinth, David Stoddard of North Carolina, Jireh Stoddard of North Carolina, Timmy Pritchard of Ballston Spa and Jeremy Pritchard of Stillwater; grandparents, Tom and Linda Rush of North Carolina; many aunts, uncles, cousins, her large extended family and her friends who she called sisters.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, March 18 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 2-6pm Sunday at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Albany Medical Center Pediatrics Unit, 43 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208

Edward J. Bianco 73 of Ballston Lake, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at his home, surrounded by his family. Born in Schenectady, June 2, 1939, he was the son of the late Gaston and Mary Bianco. Ed served in the US Army. He worked for General Electric Co in Schenectady for 30 years.

Ed and his wife raised long haired dachshunds for many years. He was a member of the Saratoga Kennel Club. He enjoyed bowling, football and Nascar. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his beloved dogs.

He was predeceased by his brother, John Bianco. Ed is survived by his wife, Nancy Bianco; his children, Lynn Bianco Murphy of Rochester, Sandra Gonyea of Westerlo, Mark Porter (Linda Davis) of Ballston Spa, Kathi Dorvee (George) of Ballston Spa and Lisa Dorvee (Michael) of Ballston Spa; eight grandchildren, Liesel Socoloski (Michael), Elizabeth Dorvee, George Dorvee, Brianne Racoma (Rey), Sarah Dorvee, M. Chase Dorvee, Jordan Gonyea and Mariah Gonyea; dear friend, Leslie Bottger; his sister, Arlene Green (Clarence) of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9am Friday, March 15 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. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday evening from 6-8pm at the funeral home.

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

Stephen M. Tokos 61 of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013. Born in Schenectady, April 15, 1951 he was the son of the late Michael and Columbia Tokos. He graduated from Mohonasen High School in 1969.

Steve was a field consultant for McDonalds for over 20 years. He owned and operated Bonfare of Malta and later the Drive-In Movie Store in Ballston Spa. He served as chairman of the Tax Assessment Review Board for the Town of Malta and was a member of the Malta Business and Professional Association.

Steve owned numerous standardbred racehorses and raced at Saratoga for many years. He enjoyed following the horses, reading, swimming and playing with his beloved dog, Bubba.
He was a very much a people person and was loved by everyone he encountered over the years.

Steve is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary, his children, John Tokos of Mechanicville and Tina Tokos of Ballston Spa, grandson, Xavier, brother, Thomas Tokos of Niskayuna and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, March 7 at The Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 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 Wednesday, March 6 from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 1717 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12205.

Doris E. Thornhill 93 of West Milton, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013. Born in Charlton July 24, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Flora Collins. Doris was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a member of Grace Church of the Nazarene in Saratoga Springs.

She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Wesley Thornhill, her daughter, Karen Dennis, two grandsons, William and Brian Thornhill, and five brothers. Doris is survived by her children, Kenneth Thornhill (Lori) of Gansevoort, Linda Cobart of West Milton, Francis Thornhill (Mary) of Ballston Spa, 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

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

Georgianna Bojanowski 82 of Saratoga Springs, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2013. Born in Albany, July 27, 1930 she was the daughter of the late William and Georgianna Martin. She worked in customer service at Montgomery Wards in Schenectady for many years. Georgianna loved listening to music and liked driving her car with her radio playing loudly. She loved her family and her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Casimir Bojanowski. Georgianna is survived by her children, Linda Paine (Albert Rossi) of Saratoga Springs, William Paine (Judy) of Saratoga Springs, David Paine of Schenectady and Laura Brehmer (Horst) of Germany, sister, Helen Savoie of Schenectady, six grandchildren, three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be celebrated 9 am Tuesday, March 5 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Urn burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Schenectady.

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

James R. Krutz 79 of Charlton, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Born in Schenectady, July 15, 1933, he was the son of the late Reinhart and Anna Krutz. Jim was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He worked for McDonald Douglas and later owned and operated James Krutz Plumbing and Heating in Charlton for many years. After his retirement, he delivered parts for NAPA.

He was an avid bowler and member of the Ballston Spa Bowling League. He bowled for Ballston Merchants and Doubleday. Jim also enjoyed hunting.

Jim is survived by his wife, Joanne Wade Krutz; son, James George Krutz of Henderson, Nevada; daughter, Kathleen Krutz of Henderson, Nevada; grandson, Frank Krutz Herra; great grandson, Luke Krutz Herra; stepsons, Wayne Clayton of Charlton, David Clayton of Charlton, Michael Clayton of Schenectady and Robert Clayton, Sr. (Rose) of Ballston Spa; stepgrandson, Robert Clayton, Jr.; two sisters, Patty Hogenboon of Gary, NY and Lillian Paige of Florida; brother, Thomas Krutz of Burnt Hills and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service with military honors will be held 2pm, Wednesday, April 3, at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

Lester B. Denison, Jr., 80 of Charlton, passed away of pulmonary fibrosis with his family by his side on Friday, February 22, 2013. Born October 23, 1932 in Gloversville, NY, he was the son of the late Lester B. Denison, Sr. and Gladys L. (Clark) Denison. A life-long area resident, Let was a 1950 graduate of Burnt Hills – Ballston Lake High School. He worked for General Electric Co. in Schenectady as a Crane Follower for 9 years and then was employed by the Town of Charlton Highway Department as an Equipment Operator where he retired after 32 years of service.

Let was a member of the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church where he served as a trustee. A member of the Harmony Corners Volunteer Fire Department, he and his wife, Betty were also members of the Galway Seniors where they enjoyed many group trips and events together. Let will always be remembered for his sense of humor. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, travel, hunting and photography. He was a fan of NASCAR and the New York Yankees but most of all enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, David Denison and two brothers in law, Arthur Garrison and William Gaba. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty (Garrison) Denison; his two daughters, Linda Russo and her husband, Patrick of Mariaville, NY and Patti McConchie and her husband, Mark of Zephyrhills, FL; his grandchildren, Tiffany Russo of Stamford, CT, Brandon Russo of New York, NY and Alexander Denison McConchie of Zephyrhills, FL; his brothers and sisters in law, Willis Denison and his wife, Marlene of Ballston Spa, Carl Denison and his wife, Barbara of Centerville, OH, John Denison and his wife, Myrna of Averill Park, NY, Rita Troiano, Sara Gaba and Linda Garrison; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, February 26, at the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church, 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton. Burial will follow in the West Charlton Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, February 25 from 4 to 7 pm at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The Denison family would like to thank the staff and nurses at the Community Hospice of Saratoga, especially Joyce Crawford, Arlene Lyons and Kelly Foley, for the help and support given to them throughout Let’s illness.

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church, 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton, NY 12010 or to the Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Angelika “Angie” Pregon 87 of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2013. Born in Berlin, Germany, September 17, 1925, she was raised by her grandparents, Martin and Dorothea Bilitzki. Angie started working as an apprentice for Etam Goetze Textil and graduated in 1942 from the Berufsschule Fuer Industrie Kaufleute, and worked for the Firma until it liquated in 1945.

She came to America in 1953 to start a new life with her husband Willy Otto, who passed away in 1969. Angie worked in management for Friedrich Knitting Mills in Queens, NY. She married William Pregon in 1972 and moved to Yonkers. Together Angie and Bill built a home in Ballston Spa, NY and in 1974 they retired to Ballston Spa. Bill passed away in 2010.

Angie is survived by her niece, Maria Mack and her husband Cliff of Stamford, CT; great nephews, Cliff Mack Jr. and his wife Stacy and their sons, Austin and Alex; great niece, Christina Brennan and her husband John Joe and their son, William; and her sister, Dorothea of Germany.

Funeral services will be held 10 am Thursday, February 21, at St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, 67 Saratoga Street, Cohoes. Burial will follow in St Nicholas Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 4-6 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Panakhyda service will be held at 6pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church.

Robert E. Baker, Sr., 85 of Saratoga Springs, passed away surrounded by his family on February 14, 2013. Born in Saratoga Springs, he was the son of the late Nathan and Ada Baker. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and served in the Army as part of the peace-keeping troops in Kobe, Japan after World War II.

Bob worked for the American Locomotive Co. in Schenectady for many years and spent 35 years working in the banking industry before retiring from Fleet Bank in 1989.

Bob was a former member of the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, the Oriental Temple of Shriners, and Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 90 F&AM where he served as treasurer. Bob was actively involved in a number of civic organizations serving as treasurer and/or board member of the Ballston Spa Cemetery Association, the Ballston Spa School District and the Saratoga County Fair. After retirement, he continued serving as treasurer for a number of clubs at the Embury Apartments and enjoyed running the weekly bingo game.

His most treasured role was that of devoted husband to his wife Harriet, who predeceased him in 2004 after 52 years of marriage. Having no siblings of his own, he was fully embraced by Harriet’s family including her sister and brother, Gloria Dower and Edwin Wagner.

Bob is survived by his children, Patricia Muller (Richard) of Troy, VA, Ann Baker (John) of Jacksonville, FL and Robert Baker, Jr. (Tami) of Slingerlands, NY; seven grandchildren, Opal, Kristin, Joelle, Brittney, Rachel, Ella, and Rowan; great granddaughter, Gretchen; niece, Kathy Johnson (Vince) and nephew, John Dower (Becky).

Bob will be remembered as a true “gentle” man; as a loving father and grandfather; for his dry wit and humor; and by his many great nieces and nephews simply as “Uncle Bob”.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, February 19, 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 from 4-8 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.

Irene H. Whalen, passed away Friday, February 15, 2013 at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa at the age of 89. Born in Schenectady, NY on August 25, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Mary Posson. She graduated from Draper High School and worked for General Electric in the engineering lab after high school graduation until the end of World War II.

Irene lived in Ballston Spa for most of her adult life. She spent many years volunteering in various organizations. She was a former Cub Scout leader, Brownie leader and former President of the Mohawk Pathways Girl Scout Council. When her health allowed she very much enjoyed her membership in the Thymely Herb Club.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Glenville and then Saratoga Springs, she served as a Sunday School teacher, Primary teacher, a teacher in the Young Women’s Organization and a teacher in the Relief Society Organization, which is the women’s organization of the church. She also served as the Primary President, several times as a counselor in the Relief Society Presidency and as President of the Relief Society Organization.

Her husband, James S. Whalen, whom she married on July 23, 1943, predeceased her in 2007 after 64 years of marriage. She was also predeceased by twin infant sons, Michael and Thomas Whalen, her sister, Marjorie Posson Hait; a nephew, several brothers in law and sisters in law.

Irene is survived by her children, Marcia Andreadakis (Michael) of Ballston Spa, Robert Whalen (Susan) of Ballston Spa, James Whalen (Valarie) of Corning, California, and Barbara Creeden (Rick) of Barkersville; her brother, Kenneth Posson of Schenectady; eleven grandchildren, Michael Jr. (Jennifer), David (Sarah), Alycia, and Dan (Kristy) Andreadakis, Michelle Andreadakis Rudd (Lowe), Jennifer Jensen (Brian), Monicque Deschamps (Wayne), Timothy (Monique), Melody, Robert, and Joshua Whalen; brother in law, Wallace Whalen, 36 great grandchildren and 19 nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, February 18, from 10-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am. Burial will be in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

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

Irene’s family would like to thank the staff of Maplewood Manor for their kindness and care for the past four years.

Miriam J. Klein 79 of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, February 8, 2013. Born in Lynbrook, NY, March 29, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Marguerite and Cyril Minerault. She was a graduate of Wellington C. Mepham High School in Bellmore, NY and lived in Glen Cove, NY for many years until moving to Ballston Spa in 2002.

Miriam was the Assistant Manager at the First National Bank of Long Island. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, baking, reading and playing Sudoku. Miriam enjoyed simple things like sunshine, beaches, morning coffee, a good piece of chocolate, and taking her dog for a walk. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family especially her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley Klein, and her sister, Carol Ann Minerault. Miriam is survived by her children, Emily Klein, Jason Klein and his wife Lynn Angelini, Mara Fronhofer and her husband Paul, grandchildren, Shelby and Max Fronhofer, best friend and sister in spirit, Eva Cano and her beloved dog, Desi.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 6-8 pm Tuesday, February 12, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Animal Support Project, PO Box 68, Cropseyville, NY 12052 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.