Obituaries


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 am Monday, May 19, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 4-6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

William McCann Jr. 58, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, on October 3, 1955, he was the son of the late William and Martha McCann, Sr.

Bill was a quality control manager for Garelick Farms in East Greenbush for over 25 years. He enjoyed his salt water aquarium and photography. He also collected coins.

He was predeceased by his brother, Ralph McCann. Bill is survived by his sisters, Sue Hicks of Rexford, Jean Carpenter of New Mexico and Terry Hutchison of Glen; 5 nieces, 7 nephews, 7 grandnieces and 3 grandnephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, April 11 from 11-12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 12 noon. Burial will be in Factory Village Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Bill to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. (MDA.org)

Daniel G. D’Onofrio “The Donof” 59, passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014 after a long illness. Born in Schenectady, NY on July 17, 1954 he was the son of the late Louis A. (Lou Masty) and Lillian A. D’Onofrio. He graduated from Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School in 1972.

Dan worked for Albany Public Markets as an assistant manager for several years. He was a truck driver for Valenti’s Bakery, Stewarts and Standard Furniture before becoming the superintendent of the Algonquin Building in Saratoga Springs until 1992. He then started his own business, Affordable Home Repair in Saratoga Springs.

Dan loved sports. He was on the basketball team and wrestling team in high school. He also was a member of the track team and won a MVP award setting a record in the 100 yard dash and the triple jump. In 1970 he was a member of the NYS State Champion Bowling Team, “Gutter Dusters.” He loved boating and fishing with his family and friends.

In 1986, he was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He served as a ministerial servant from 1989 to 2004 and he loved teaching people the Bible.

He was predeceased by his parents, Lou and Lillian D’Onofrio, his aunt, Carrie Parker and his uncle, George Bright, Jr. Daniel is survived by his wife of 19 years, Brenda D’Onofrio; daughters, Brandy Palmer and Bethany D’Onofrio; granddaughters, Cheyanne, Leanne and Autumn Palmer; sister, Karen Makely (Wesley), brother, Samuel D’Onofrio (Karen), uncle, Samuel Bright and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A service will be held 7:30pm Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Corner of Route 50 and Edie Road, Saratoga Springs.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kingdom Hall for worldwide work.

Edward H. Welch Sr. 76, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Charlton, NY on June 7, 1937, he was the son of Kenneth and Evelyn Welch. He served in the US Navy. Ed owned and operated Welch’s Garage in Galway for many years and later worked with his daughter and son in law at PDI Transport in Middle Grove. In earlier years, he worked at Pat’s Body and Fender Works in Schenectady and with his brother at Ken’s Service Station in Ballston Spa.

Ed was a member of Galway Volunteer Fire Co. where he served as chief. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, stock car racing, and camping. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his son, Edward Welch, Jr, grandson, Warren Fitzgerald and brothers, Thomas and Kenneth Welch. Ed is survived by his wife Nancy; his children, Lee Ann Welch (Richard Joubert) of Galway, Jodi Medero (Alfonso) of Ballston Spa, Bonnie Blonkowski of Schuylerville, Kelly Goodhue (Roger) of Galway, Scott Welch (Felicia Hilton) of Galway and Amanda Bailey (Jeremy) of Westchester, Ohio; sisters, Doris Ody of Ballston Spa and Betty Denison (Chet) of Ballston Spa; sister in law, Shirley Welch of Ballston Spa; 16 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 2 from 4-6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Interment will be in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Galway Volunteer Fire Co., PO Box 151, Galway, NY 12074 or 3 Hathorn Unit at Wesley Heath Care Center, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Wesley Health Care Center for their care and compassion.

Henry E. Kmen 84, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY, he was the son of Henry J. and Mary H. O’Malley Kmen.

Henry was a member of IBEW Local 236 and worked many years for Schenectady Hardware and Electric. In his earlier years, he worked at the Saratoga Harness Track.

He was predeceased by his brother Michael K. Kmen. Henry is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Fennell Kmen; daughters, Deborah Fleischman (Jack) and Beth Kmen; granddaughters, Emily and Rebecca Fleischman; brother, William Kmen (Nancy); sisters, Mary Ann Hermann (Max), Eileen Castell (Keith); sister in law, Susan Kmen; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be held at 9am on Saturday, April 5, at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Saratoga Road, Glenville.

Memorial contributions may be made in Henry’s name to the Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12308. (donations.communityhospice.org/donate-memorialdonation).

Lewis R. Van Auken 52, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014. Born in Sayre, Pennsylvania, July 8, 1961, he was the son of the late Richard and Sandra Dunbar Van Auken. He served in the US Navy. Lewis worked for Angelica Textile Services in Ballston Spa for many years.

Lewis is survived by his children, Raymond Van Auken (Laura McMillan) of Saratoga Springs, Chyna Van Auken (Nick Dalaba) of Schenectady, Krista Van Auken (Nick Austin) of Schenectady and their mother, Gen Van Auken Wilkins of Ballston Spa.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 12 noon Friday, March 28 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

Irene L. (Reckner) Eichorst 90, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014 at her home. Born in Ballston Spa, on February 2, 1924, she was the twin sister of the late Pauline Arnold and daughter of the late Andrew and Lulu Reckner.

Irene was both a mother to her four boys and housewife. She helped operate and manage the mobile home park on Hyspot Road with her late husband, Lewis Eichorst.

Irene is survived by her children, Robert P. Eichorst of Middle Grove, Alan Eichorst (Ina) of Greenfield Center, Dennis Eichorst of Middle Grove and Timothy Eichorst (June) of Greenfield Center; sister, Ruth Putnam of Wilton; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held 11am Friday, March 21, 2014 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Middle Grove Cemetery in the Spring. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5-7pm on Thursday, March 20 and from 10-11am Friday, March 21 at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank health care aide Julie Camaione for helping Irene during the last two and a half years. They would also like to thank Community Hospice of Saratoga for their help in caring for Irene during the last three months.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Middle Grove United Methodist Church, 429 Middle Grove Road, Middle Grove, NY 12850.

Retired Major Donald B. Walton 57, passed away Sunday, March 9, at his home. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 16, 1956, he was the son of Robert and Ethel Walton Jr. Don served in the US Army for 23 years, retiring in 1997. After his retirement, he became a social studies teacher at South Colonie High School.

Don was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa. He loved traveling and studying history. He enjoyed teaching not only his students but his children.

He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Ethel Walton Jr and his brother, Robert C. Walton III. Don is survived by his children, Heather Walton, Donald Walton Jr., Emily Walton and Victoria Walton all of Saratoga Springs; sister, Janice Walton of Sarasota, Florida, brothers, Andrew Walton (Monica), Matthew Walton, and Brian Walton all of New Hampshire; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Friday, March 14 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, 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, March 13 from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

A scholarship has been set up in memory of Donald at South Colonie High School. Memorial contributions may be made to the "Donald B. Walton Scholarship" 3 West Circular Court, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

John J. Bie 84, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014. Born in Readsboro, Vermont, on August 10, 1929, he was the son of Juell and Ragna Bie. John grew up in Brooklyn and moved to this area in 1977. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II. He worked for the NYS Office of General Services for many years, retiring in 1999.

Music was his passion, he played clarinet and saxophone. John was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his wife, Else. John is survived by his great granddaughters, Aria and Harper; grandchildren, Brittany (Anthony), Sarah (Kevin), Andrew, Jonathan (Samantha), Annie, and Peter (Holly); children, Cathleen Belschwinder (Michael), Steven Bie, David Bie (Julie), Lynne Bie, and Eric Bie.

John had lived at the Teresian House in Albany for the last few years and had become part of their loving community. The family would like to thank the staff of Carmel Gardens at the Teresian House for their care and compassion.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Wednesday, March 12 at the Teresian House. Burial will follow in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Colonie. Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to the Teresian House, 200 Washington Ave Ext., Albany, NY 12203.

Robert W. Griffin, 86, of Ballston Spa, NY died March 6, 2014 after a brief illness.

Robert, known affectionately as Pinky to his friends and Pa to his family, was born on November 30, 1927 in Ballston Spa, NY to Frank and Catherine [Brins] Griffin. After graduating from local schools at seventeen, Pinky urged his father to permit him to join the US Navy during World War II where he served honorably aboard the USS Saranac. At the end of the war, he returned to Ballston Spa, and began an apprenticeship in steam fitting. Pinky was a master steamfitter for over forty years, working on major industrial, government and health projects throughout New York and New England. He also used his trade to help friends and families in need and served his community for many years on the Ballston Spa Zoning Board and the Saratoga County Democratic Committee. Pinky was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa.

Pinky was predeceased by his first wife, Betty Neville, and their infant daughter, Elizabeth, both of whom died during complications of childbirth. In 1961 he married Virginia Stebel, who became the love of his life and his best friend. They settled in Ballston Spa where they would live for the rest of their lives, building life-long friendships and earning the respect and admiration of everyone who knew them.

Pinky is survived by his stepson, John R. Rung and his wife, Rosemarie (Kaminski), of Merrimack, NH. 3 grandchildren, Alexandra Rung and her fiancé, Thomas LaSala of Merrimack, Jonathan Rung of Medford, MA and Christopher Rung of Merrimack, two great-grandsons, Thomas and Tyler LaSala of Merrimack, his brother, James (also known as Pinky) Griffin of Ballston Spa, his sister, Ann Sherwood of Ballston Spa, and several nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 10 at 9am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 2-6 pm on Sunday, March 9 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice, especially those that serve the needs of US military veterans.

Pinky’s family expresses its profound gratitude to the staff of Southern NH Medical Center in Nashua, NH and to Dr. Desmond DelGiacco of Pulmonary Physicians of Saratoga, NY for their compassionate and exceptional care.

Wallace B. Bouchard 88, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa on September 27, 1925, he was the son of Hugh and Margaret Bouchard. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Wally worked for the Ballston Spa Schools for many years, retiring in 1987. He enjoyed horse racing and having coffee with his friends at McDonalds. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife Hazel, and his brother Jack. Wally is survived by his children, Joan Zacheus (Peter) of Rock City Falls, Paul Bouchard(Gretchen) of Hudson Falls, Linda Cooper (Jake) of Brazil, Indiana, David Bouchard (Denise) of Saratoga Springs, and Mark Bouchard (Flo) of Ballston Spa; sister, Michelle Pulver of Catskill; 9 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, March 6 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will be in Rock City Falls Cemetery in the Spring. Relatives and friends may call on Wednesday, March 5 from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Wally may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Beloved mother and grandmother, Dorothy L. Owen 89 went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, February 28, 2014. Born in Toddsville, NY on July 10, 1924, she was the daughter of Edward and Ada Horton. Dorothy married George F. Owen in 1942 and they moved to East Line Road in Ballston Lake in 1944. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a longtime member of the Round Lake United Methodist Church.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, George F. Owen, Sr., and brothers, Ray and Fred Horton. Dorothy is survived by her children, Nancy Lewis (James) of Wells, George Owen, Jr. (Carole) of Glenville, Mary Gwozdz (Matthew) of Amsterdam, Peggy Labrie (John) of Glenville, Debbie Cutler (Daryl) of Ballston Lake and Henry Owen (Lynn) of Malta; sister, Marge Moore of Hoosick Falls; 12 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, March 4, from 4-6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm.

A private family burial will be held in East Line Cemetery.

Virginia R. Lawson 91, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Born in Scotia, NY on January 15, 1923, she was the daughter of Clarence and Lydia VanPatten.

Virginia is survived by her children, Edward Lawson and his wife Barbara of Ocala, Florida, David Lawson of Sherburne, NY, Richard Lawson and his wife Nancy of Burnt Hills, NY, and Virginia Gunzelmann and her husband Richard of Westerly, Rhode Island; grandchildren, Candy, Elise, Steven, Carol, Delores, Mark, Melissa and Scott; several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at Park View Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Virginia to the Animal Protective Foundation, 53 Maple Avenue, Scotia, NY 12302.

Clarence “Billy” Cornell 61, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, surrounded by his family. Born in Ballston Spa on December 30, 1952, he was the son of Sonny and Pat Cornell.

Billy was the owner and operator of Cornell Excavating and Paving for 30 years. He was often accompanied by his four legged companion Ricco when he went to a job site. He enjoyed playing horseshoes, poker and fishing. Billy loved rhubarb and was known to borrow it from his neighbor’s yard. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his father, Sonny Cornell; and his sisters, Gail Barnes and Sheila Harblin. Billy is survived by his wife Susan; his children, Kevin Cornell and his wife Jennifer of Malta, and Jennifer Petar and her husband Scott of Malta; grandchildren, Tucker, Sadie, Brady and Sydney; mother, Pat Cornell of Ballston Spa; sister, Robin Delaney and her husband Larry of Ballston Spa; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, March 3 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Factory Village Cemetery in the Spring. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 2 from 2-6pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Billy to Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Amy E. Gray 95, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014. Born in Galway, NY on October 19, 1918, she was the daughter of Clarence and Jennie Robinson. Amy worked at the Ballston Knitting Mill for many years and later was a dietary aide at Maplewood Manor, retiring in 1985.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ballston Spa. Amy enjoyed baking pies and Christmas cookies. Her pies were well known among her family and friends and were enjoyed by many of her church family at church gatherings. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, George Gray, brother, Roy Robinson and sister, Mabel Robinson. Amy is survived by her children, Diane Solotruck (Ron) of Ballston Spa, George Gray (Sharon) of Anthony, Florida, and James Gray (Peggy) of Buskirk; grandchildren, Dale, Darci, Kim, Jeff, Michael, Amy and Corey; 11 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5-7pm Thursday, February 27 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Burial will be in Sweetman Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Amy to the United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Christopher J. Moran 31, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014. Born in Albany on October 13, 1982 he was the beloved son of John and Deborah Moran. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and Columbia Southern University. Chris owned and operated his own business Empire Risk Management.

Chris had a passion for music and he played guitar and drums. He enjoyed going to the shooting range and had many meaningful tattoos. One of his favorite places to hang out was at the garage with his cousin Eric. Chris adored his son Logan James, who was the light of his life, and enjoyed his four legged friend, Titan. He overcame many obstacles to live life to the fullest and enjoy every day.

Chris is survived by his son, Logan James; his parents, John and Deborah Moran of Malta; sister, Jackie Moran of Malta; nephew, Ryley Moran; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, February 27, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 26 from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 1 Marcus Blvd. Suite 203, Albany, NY 12205.

Young composer, conductor, and teacher Christian Michael Kendall Martin, aged 25, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014 following a brave battle with synovial sarcoma. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on May 6, 1988. Christian was a loving young man and devoted son with a deep well of courage.

Christian had been the head of the bowed strings department at the Performance School of the Arts in Clifton Park and a substitute conductor for various Capital Region middle and high school bands and orchestras. He also taught privately. Christian took just as much delight in sharing his knowledge and talents as his students gave back to him through their discovery of the joy in music.

While Christian’s main instrument was the double bass, he also played the violin, viola, and cello. He continued his own study of strings with Christopher Neubert, a teacher he credits as being a great mentor and source of his knowledge of string pedagogy. In his study of the voice, Christian would certainly give a nod to Tony Eastwood. As a performer, Christian freelanced with regional musical groups and held the principal double bass chair in UAlbany’s Symphony Orchestra.

Christian was launching his career as a composer of classical music when he was diagnosed with cancer, which took much of his energy. Yet, he continued to compose a number of chamber music works, a piano concerto, and a symphony. As a composer and conductor Christian felt it was especially important to connect with nature, which in his opinion, was best done through fishing, an activity he enjoyed since childhood. He also believed that small dogs are essential to coping with the stresses of being a musician.

A graduate of Ballston Spa High School, Christian’s interest in composing and conducting were sparked while studying with composer and conductor Brett Wery at Schenectady County Community College where he received an Associate degree in Music Performance with a concentration in the Double Bass. Christian nurtured his interest in conducting with Dr. David Bebe at The College of Saint Rose, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education, cum laude, and at The Conductors Institute at Bard College Conservatory of Music. Christian was pursuing his Masters in Conducting from Messiah College.

Christian enjoyed eating sushi, following the Yankees, and learning German. He cared deeply for his mother, taking care of little things for her to make each day better. A romantic at heart, he focused much of his attention on the love of his life, Teresa.

Christian is survived by his mother, Rosalyn J. Martin of Malta; his fiancée, Teresa Hiney of Vestal; his father, David K. Martin and his sister Mackenzie Martin of Willsboro; also grandparents, Eugenia Desmond of Canajoharie, David and Patricia Martin of West Chazy, aunts and uncles, Cindy and Ned DeSernotto, Francis and Patty Desmond, Jimmy Dygert, Annie and Eric Wallace, Liz Friedman, Peter Martin and Laura Green; and a number of cousins including Noah Wallace with whom he was especially close.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 11 a.m. -12 noon on Saturday, March 1, at Corpus Christi Church, 2001 Route 9, Round Lake. A memorial mass will follow at 12 noon.

Christian’s family would like to thank the staff at Albany Medical Center for their care and compassion as well as the number of friends of faith who fast became a source of strength and support for Christian.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America as Christian wanted to highlight the need for research and awareness of synovial sarcoma to enable support for patients and families affected by this disease. Contributions may be made via http://www.tinyurl.com/CMKMartin25-SynovialSarcoma

Della M. Groom 83, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, October 31, 1930 she was the daughter of Arthur and Elizabeth Perkins. Della started her career at Van Raalt’s in Saratoga Springs and later worked for Saratoga County in the Tax Department, Department of Motor Vehicles and the Saratoga County Infirmary.

Della was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa for over 50 years. She enjoyed dancing, painting and camping. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family especially her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert C. Groom, 17 brothers and sisters, a grandson and a great granddaughter. Della is survived by her daughters, Leslie Charbonneau (David) of Ballston Spa and MaryAlice Jenkins-Herrington (Tommie) of Newark; her grandchildren, Brian Charbonneau (Lisa), Lesley Carne (Nathan), Janelle Shillito (Arthur), Heather Leiby (Benjamin), Erick Jenkins, Kyle Jenkins, Michael Jenkins, Elisabeth Decker (Brandon), L. Andrew Jenkins, Richard Jenkins and Joel Jenkins, 14 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10-12 noon Saturday, February 22 at the First Baptist Church, 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 12 noon. A private family burial will be in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center, 19 Warehouse Row, Albany, NY 12205.

Douglas D. Tabor 60, passed away suddenly February 17, 2014. Born in Schenectady, NY on January 21, 1954, he was the son of Eleanor Tabor and the late Douglas D. Tabor, Sr. He grew up in Cooperstown and was a graduate of Cooperstown Central High School. He served in the US Marine Corp.

Douglas was an engineer in the nuclear industry and later was an engineer for Amtrak. He most recently worked for Ruan Transportation as a truck driver where he was beloved by his co-workers and friends. Douglas enjoyed traveling and exploring the country in his RV.

He was predeceased by his father, Douglas Tabor, Sr. and infant daughter, Sierra. Douglas is survived by his mother, Eleanor Tabor of Ballston Spa; his sisters, Diana Wernig (John) of Ballston Spa, Cheri Oberpriller (Barry) of Leverett, MA, Tammy Bowie (Jim) of Virginia Beach, VA; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 1-2pm Saturday, February 22 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 2pm. Burial will be 11am Monday, February 24 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Robert R. Taylor 72, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014. Born in Charlton, NY, on March 15, 1941 he was the son of Ray and Helen Taylor. Bob worked for Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Schools. He was a NY Giants fan, enjoyed bowling and was an avid reader. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Carol Taylor; his sons, Robert Taylor Jr. (Michelle) of Ballston Spa, William Taylor (Kelley) of Ballston Spa, Patrick “Pete” Taylor (Tanya) of Ballston Spa, Scott Taylor (Lori) of Minnesota, and Timothy Taylor (Amy) of Lake Placid; brother, Herbert Taylor of Galway; sisters, Helen Watson of Ballston Spa, Patricia Klaus of Pennsylvania, Grace Stanley of Iowa; 11 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Boys Town, 281 Park Ave South 5th Floor, New York, NY 10016.