Obituaries


Douglas W. Beckwith 68 of Ballston Spa, went to be with our Heavenly Father quietly at home with his wife by his side on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Born in Portland, Maine, August 16, 1944, he was the son of the late John and Mary Beckwith. Doug lived on Birchton Road in Ballston Spa for most of his life and was a graduate of Galway High School. He served in the US Army.

Doug worked for the Town of Milton Highway Department. He loved life and had fun living it. Even in his last days, he made his family and friends smile.

He was predeceased by his brother, John Beckwith. Doug is lovingly survived by his wife of 40 years, Eileen Beckwith; his sisters, Germaine and Ted Woltman of Yuma, Arizona and Janice and Bob Nolan of Ballston Spa; sister in law, Janet Beckwith of Huntington, Long Island; brothers in law and sisters in law, Thelma and Doug Armstrong, Tom and Donna Armer, Harry and Laurie Armer, Becky and Bob Rossi; uncle and aunt, Albert and Laura Armstrong of Ballston Spa; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A celebration of Doug’s life will be held 10am Monday, June 3 at the First Presbyterian Church, 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call from   2-6pm Sunday, June 2 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.  

The family would like to thank the Staff at Saratoga Hospital and Community Hospice for their loving care of Doug.

Ronald F. Taylor 71 of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at his home. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, August 5, 1941, he was the son of the late Harold and Gertrude Taylor. He was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. Ron worked for the Watervliet Arsenal for 32 years, retiring in 1995. After his retirement, he delivered flowers for Briarwood Florist in Ballston Spa for many years. He was a New England Patriots fan and enjoyed watching Nascar. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Harold, James, Lester and Wilbur. Ron is survived by his wife of 50 years, Beverly, his daughters, Susan Chaplain of Greenfield, Kimberley Davis (John) of Ballston Spa and Robin Davis of Ballston Spa; grandchildren, Brandon August, Matthew August, Ashley Taylor, Morgan Davis and Lexi Davis, step grandchildren, Jessica Staulters, Jennifer Davis and Jack Davis; great granddaughter, Savannah Mallory; brother in law, Raymond Nickerson of Charlestown, Rhode Island; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, May 30 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 4-7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Michael R. Harris 68 of Glenville, passed away Monday, May 27, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family and friends. Born in Hermosa Beach, California, August 22, 1944, he was the son of the late Morton and Marie Harris. He was a graduate of San Luis Obispo College in California where he received a bachelor degree in nursing. Michael was a registered nurse and worked at the Capital District Psychiatric Center in Albany, Albany County Hospice, Samaritan Hospital and Conifer Park.

He served in the United States Army and was an instructor at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas training medics before they went to Vietnam. Michael served in Desert Storm with the 139th AES Air National Guard and retired as Lieutenant Colonel in 1992.

Aviation was his passion and he held a pilot license. Mike was a communicant of the Church of Immaculate Conception in Glenville.

Michael is survived by his wife, Rita Harris; children, Miriam Harris of Bracey, Virginia and Marc Harris of Virginia Beach, Virginia; stepchildren, Vincent Smith (Jane) of Scotia and Wendy Skawinski (Daniel) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren, Nick, Matthew, Kyle, Connor, Jake, Jordan, Isis, Freya, Amelia, Erin and Kathryn; brothers, Randy Harris of Grand Island, Nebraska and Greg Harris of Seattle, Washington; nieces, Christine Bieniek and Patti Bieniek; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved Bassett Hound, Watson.

Funeral services will be held 8am Friday, May 31, at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Saratoga Road, Glenville where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4-8pm Thursday at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12308 or Animal Protective Foundation, 53 Maple Avenue, Scotia, NY 12302.

Ingrid died peacefully in her sleep on the morning of May 24th, 2013, two years and 10 days after her loving husband Richard’s death in 2011, as her four children gathered around her.

Born Ingrid Ella Auguste Voss on December 11, 1934 in Hildesheim, Germany she met Richard, a young enlisted man, while she was living in England and studying to be a nurse. Family lore says Richard saw her and an empty seat beside her while they crossed the North Sea on a passenger boat. He went up and said “Excuse me, is this seat taken?” She nodded, “Yes”. Their eyes met and he took a chance and sat down. It turns out she thought he had asked if the seat was available. So many things in life are timing and a bit of luck and so the romance began. After a while, and knowing he would have to leave, Ingrid gave him a picture of herself in her nurses outfit saying how much she had enjoyed their times together and “forget me not” (one of her favorite flowers). As he was about to leave for the states, Richard sent her a telegram that read: “I’m at Sheffield Air Force Base, will you marry me?” He came back to her, and after much waiting, the papers were arranged and they were able to leave for their new life together.

They wed on November 10th, 1956 and moved to Ballston Spa, renting an apartment on High Street from Dick’s maternal grandmother. They then built a house at Manning’s Cove overlooking Saratoga Lake, and enjoyed it for 30 years. What a magical place it was. Ingrid shared in and contributed to the prosperity of those years with a complex tapestry of family and friends. Many happy times were had. Grandpa’s big vegetable patch on the hill and fresh corn on the cob picked and boiled within the same hour was a special part.

Ingrid was an inquisitive soul and her interests were many. She loved Birds and always kept the feeders well stocked with views from the picture window. She helped run the family greenhouse business, which at one time was named for her as Ingrid Voss Associates. Through this and previous floral experience she nurtured a passion for gardening, which continued throughout her life. She could grow really beautiful houseplants.

Ingrid took a keen interest in her adopted land and the history of the region and was proud of her German heritage as well. One way this duality was expressed was in her ability to make the best American apple pie and great German pancakes. She was a licensed EMT, worked at Ellis Hospital and volunteered for many years at Malta Ambulance Corps. She also enjoyed reading, travel, food, her great-grandson Camden and The Malta Ridge Methodist Church where she loved to belong.

Ingrid is survived by her children, Ronald of Savannah, GA, Holly of Malta, NY, Nicole of Rockville, MD and Buffalo, NY and Derick of Queens, NY, two granddaughters, Stephanie Jones of Malta and Heather Jones of Ballston Spa, and her great grandson, Camden Bolton.

A memorial service will be held 6:30 pm Tuesday, May 28, at Malta Ridge United Methodist Church, 729 Malta Ave Ext, Malta. A reception will follow in the community room at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Malta Ridge United Methodist Church or the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Nadine G. Tyler 69 of Charlton, passed away Friday, May 17, 2013 at her home. Born in Ballston Spa, February 22, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Fern McConchie. Nadine worked at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family especially her beloved grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Paul Tyler, Sr. and her brother Earl McConchie. Nadine is survived by her sons, Paul Tyler, Jr (Lisa) of Charlton, Timothy Tyler (Dorothy) of Schuylerville, and Andrew Tyler of Galway; grandchildren, Lauren, Michael, Marissa, Sarah, Emma, Samuel and Savonna; sister, Carol Hawks (Bruce) of Wilton, two brothers, Lynn McConchie (Linda) of Altamont, Mark McConchie (Patty) of Florida; her aunt, Alberta Palmateer of Amsterdam, and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 11am Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Pine Grove Cemetery, Mohawk Drive, Tribes Hill. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Patricia A. Cook 70 of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, May 15 at her home surrounded by her family. Born in Port Henry, NY, July 29, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Christina Catanzarita. Pat owned and operated a beauty salon at her home in Port Henry. She moved to Ballston Spa in 1965.

Pat enjoyed traveling and visited many countries including, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Ireland and Italy. She liked to go out to dinner with her family and friends. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren whom she adored.

Pat is survived by her husband, John Cook; her sons, John Cook and his fiancée Donna of Glenville, Col. Thomas Cook and his wife Denise of West Point, William Cook and his wife Eileen of Ballston Spa and Stephen Cook and his wife Rebecca of Ballston Spa; her grandchildren, Sierra, Tommy, Sasha, Maria, Billy, Brittany, Jake, Lili and Matthew.

Funeral services will be held 9am Monday, May 20 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. 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 Sunday, May 19 from 2-4 and 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38101 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Timothy Michael DeBellis of Royal Oak, Michigan passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at his home. Born in Danbury, Connecticut, May 9, 1988, he was the son of John and Linda DeBellis. Tim was a graduate of Shenendehowa High School. He was a member of the football team and played saxophone in the band.

Tim was a technical sales representative for Texas Instruments in Novi, Michigan. He was a volunteer fireman and formerly served as worship assistant at St Peter Lutheran Church in Malta. He was a talented musician and played several instruments including saxophone, piano, guitar and banjo. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle.

Tim is survived by his parents, John and Linda DeBellis of Ballston Lake and his brother, Jeff DeBellis of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at St Peter Lutheran Church, 2776 Route 9, Malta, at 6:30pm Thursday, May 23, 2013. A memorial service will follow at 7pm. A gathering will be held at the church following the service.

Maureen T. Bachert 67 of Ballston Spa passed away Sunday, May 5, 2013 after struggling with illness for many years. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 2, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Convery. She was a dedicated homemaker and enjoyed taking care of her family. Maureen was a communicant of the Church of St. Peter in Saratoga Springs. She taught Religious Education and confirmation classes for many years.

Maureen is survived by her husband of 41 years, Harry J. Bachert Jr; daughter, Michele Battle and her husband Jay; grandchildren, Connor Battle, Jordan Battle, Ana Clark and Josie Clark; her siblings, John Convery, Kathleen Celluci, Jane Bonthron, James Convery, Ann Woods and Thomas Convery; and numerous nieces and nephews who loved her.

Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. 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 Tuesday from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upstate NY Chapter, 1650 South Ave, Suite 100, Rochester, NY 14620.

Raymond Dobler, 71 of Ballston Spa, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at his home. Born March 7, 1942 in Schenectady, he was the son of the late Timothy R. and Eva (Faye) Dobler.

Raymond enjoyed hunting and fishing, watching old westerns, working with his sons and spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Carol Dobler. He is survived by his children, Peter Dobler and his wife, Wendy of Wynantskill, NY, Carl Dobler and his wife, Crystal of Ballston Spa and Wendy Hearn and her husband, Dave of Fremont, CA; his grandchildren, Ryan, Mariah, Nathan and Brian all of Wynantskill, Carissa and Evan of Ballston Spa and Mark and Sara of Fremont, CA; his sisters, Ellen and her husband, Tony of Rotterdam and Fay of Schenectady; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the American Heart Association, Northeastern Area, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205-3890.

David G. Regis, 78 of Ballston Spa, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Maplewood Manor after a long illness. Born in Hudson Falls, he was the son of the late Henry and Olevia (Grant) Regis.

David was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. He was a US Army veteran and served in Germany from 1954 to 1956. After his military service, David was employed as a purchasing agent for Tufflite Plastics and eventually retired from the Saratoga County Sewer District where he worked as a treatment operator.

David was a life member and past Commander of the VFW Post #358 in Ballston Spa.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his sister, Betty Yole and brothers, John Regis and Donald Edward Regis. He is survived by his wife, Martha (Anderson) Regis; two sons, Terrance and his wife, Susan of Cocoa, Florida and James Regis and Darlene of Ballston Spa; two daughters, Diane Armer and her husband, Paul of Middle Grove and Susan Abbott and her husband, John of Wilton; three grandchildren, Christina Borden and her husband, Mark, David Abbott and Ryan Abbott; two great grandsons and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 am Monday, May 6, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road in the Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 4-7 pm at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

David’s family would like to thank the staff at Maplewood Manor and Dr. Gelman for their care and compassion. As an expression of sympathy, contributions may be made to the Maplewood Manor Resident’s Fund, 149 Ballston Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Tarsilla M. Cromie died April 28, 2013. Born in Brooklyn July 30, 1913, she was the daughter of William J. and Tarsilla V. Fletcher Schuster. She spent her childhood on Middle Line Road; moved to Schenectady, and earned an MA from Albany Teacher’s College in 1935.

She returned to the neighborhood of her youth in 1949 with her husband, the late Robert S. Cromie, and their three sons. As a homemaker, she was active in local organizations, including Milton Grange #685, Ballston Center Homemakers, The National Bottle Museum, and was a charter member of the Saratoga Co. Historical Society.

She enjoyed music and was well versed in English and the natural sciences. She valued the importance of education

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her son, Robert A. Cromie, and brother, John A. Schuster. and is survived by daughter-in-law, Lee Cromie, sons James P. (Doris) Cromie and John J. (Vicky) Cromie, and sister-in-law, Jean Schuster; six grandchildren: Sandra (Wes) Burch, Bonny (Don) Henderson, Christian (Kathy) Cromie, Laura (Rue) Kemmerling, Michelle Cromie, and Suzanne (Jim) Schiltz; 16 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Family and friends will be received at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., on Tuesday, April 30 from 6 to 8 PM. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s the following morning at 9:30. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s (167 Milton Ave.) or the Ballston Spa Area Seniors (310 Northline Rd.).

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.