Obituaries


Shirley Kenyon Ure 85, passed away Friday, June 19, 2015. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on June 11, 1930, she was the daughter of Delbert and Lelia Kenyon.

Shirley worked at the Saratoga County Infirmary for many years. She also helped her daughters with their business Victoria’s Corner in Ballston Spa. She enjoyed square dancing and country music.

She was predeceased by her husband Donald Ure, Jr., grandson Jason Sherman, brothers, Vincent, Dorr and Harold Kenyon, and sister Gertrude Chamberlin. Shirley is survived by her daughters Sharon Hudson (Richard) of Niskayuna, Pamela Laskey (Billy Betts) of Halfmoon, and Vicki Ure (Sam Capuano) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Bradley Laskey, Kimberly Rose, Andrew Laskey, Benjamin Sherman, Anthony Potente III, Devin Moseman and Spencer Moseman; great grandchildren Ethan and Sophia, Cameron and Arlo, Leila and Gunnar; brother Sanford Kenyon of California, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 22 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa, NY. Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, June 23 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made The Community Hospice Foundation, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

The family would like to thank the staff from Community Hospice of Saratoga for their care and compassion.

Harold R. Emigh “Red” 98, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2015. He was born on February 15, 1917 at home in Rock City Falls, to Richard W. and Lillian E. Woodward Emigh.

He graduated from Saratoga Springs High School. He was a Master Sergeant serving in the US Army during World War II. He served in the supply service branch of the 7th Armored Division in the European Theatre.

Harold worked at Hide’s Franklin, Cottrell Paper Company, General Electric and Thomas Oil. He retired in 1981 from General Foods as a Quality Control Inspector.

He was a Charter Member of the Rock City Falls Volunteer Fire Department. Harold was an actively involved member of the Greenfield Center Baptist Church for many years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends in the back yard.

He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years Moira and his siblings Lloyd, Roland, Elsie, Dorothea and William. Harold is survived by his children David Emigh (Debbie) of NJ, Beth Riegler (Randy) of MI, Abbi Galish (Steve) of Rock City Falls, NY and Robin Emigh (Leo Voytko) of Lima, Peru, 10 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and many church brothers and sisters.

A graveside service will be held 9:30am Thursday, June 18 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 12pm to 1pm Thursday, June 18 at the Greenfield Center Baptist Church, 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center. A service will follow at 1pm. All are invited to a luncheon in the church hall following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to City Mission of Schenectady, PO Box 760, Schenectady, NY 12301 or Youth for Christ, PO Box 443, Halfmoon, NY 12065 or Spa Christian School 206 Greenfield Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Norman C. Everson 72, of Galway passed away peacefully on June 13, 2015 at Ellis Hospital with his loving family by his side. He was born on October 16, 1942 in Ballston Spa, NY to Charles and Clarice Everson.

Norman was a lifelong resident of Galway and worked at Curtis Lumber in Ballston Spa for 34 years, retiring in 2000. He was a Veteran who served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of American Legion Post 337 in Broadalbin and the Rugmakers Trail Riding Club. Norman enjoyed bowling, horseback riding, attending rodeos and cheering on his favorite sports teams, the NY Mets and the Dallas Cowboys. But most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his father Charles Everson, mother and stepfather Clarice and George Reynolds, brother Phil Everson and great granddaughter Kailyn Faith Douglass.

Norman is survived by his son Scott Everson (Valerie), his daughter Tammy Coupas (Joe Pitt); 7 grandchildren Scott, Jr. (Heather Cheney), Sierra, Sean and Steven Everson, Brittany Everson (Casey Douglass), Josh and Courtney Coupas; great grandson Kaysan Douglass; sisters Donna Earl and Karen Sherman; brothers Alan Reynolds and Randy Reynolds; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 18 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A private graveside service will be in Sweetman Cemetery.

Charles (Ike) F. Cooney, 84, passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side, Friday, June 12, 2015. Born in Troy, New York on May 7, 1931, he was the son of Edward and Mary Cooney. He served proudly in the United States Marine Corps for 3 years. After his service, he worked as a machinist for Allied Signal-Bendix in Green Island, NY for 25 years, retiring in 1990.

Charles married his beloved wife, Veronica Cooney, in September of 1959. She was the girl of his dreams and they cherished 55 years of unconditional love. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being with family. He was a skilled dart and horseshoe player. He loved to sing the blues, especially when he was with his family at the campfire at his beloved camp in Lake Luzerne, NY.

He was a phenomenal man, friend, husband, father, and grandfather and will be greatly missed.

He was predeceased by his son Peter Cooney, brothers Edward and Robert Cooney and sister Mary Farron. Charles is survived by his wife of 55 years Veronica Cooney; children Cathleen Barrows (Greg) of Westford, Vermont and Chris Cooney (Michelle) of Skaneateles, NY; grandchildren Sean Cooney, Jacob Cooney, Andrew Barrows, Rosemary Barrows and Peter Barrows; sisters Elizabeth Pater of Cohoes and Esther Glogowski of Rochester; sister in-law Katherine Cooney and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 17 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

A private burial service will be held at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Noah’s Attic c/o Christ Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Leonard J. Snyder, 96, of Ballston Spa, NY, passed away peacefully Friday, June 5, 2015, after a short illness at Baptist Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Scotia.

Born on October 21, 1918, in Schenectady, NY, Leonard was the son of the late Martin and Bella Snyder. He was predeceased by his four brothers John, Martin, Edward, Peter and his sister Mary.

Leonard wed Yvonne (Bonnie) Fortin in 1940 and enjoyed 71 years of marriage before her death in 2011.

Leonard was employed by A.L.C.O. and General Electric in Schenectady. He was a machinist and metal worker and worked on locomotives and tanks. He was part of the “Greatest Generation” serving in the Army in Europe during WWII. He served with the 8th Armored Division in the 80 tank battalion C.O.D. He was awarded the Bronze Star.

Leonard was a tool man and part-time carpenter who painted all his tools bright yellow. He could always be counted on to help his neighbors. His hobbies included wood crafting and gardening. With his wife Bonnie, they enjoyed square dancing with the Hicks and Chicks and traveling with the square dancing groups the Merry Mixers and the Rolling Squares. He was an avid Lawrence Welk fan and danced to the music. Leonard was a cheering fan of the NY Yankees and the NY Giants.

Husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, Leonard will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.

Leonard is survived by his children Leonard A. Snyder (Mary) of Glenville, Cliff Snyder of Clifton Park, Bonnie J. Snyder of Kennesaw, GA; grandchildren Mark (Tracy), Lori (Scott), Jamie (Veronica), Traci, and Eric (Melanie); great grandchildren Alex, Tess, Ellie, Jack and Kelsey.

Relatives and friends are invited to share in a celebration of Leonard’s life on Monday, June 22 from 9:30am to 10:30am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 10:30am. Burial will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 85 Watervliet Avenue, Albany, NY 12206. Leonard’s wife Bonnie struggled with Alzheimer’s for many years.

Susan J. Neville 76, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Born in Rotterdam, New York on June 5, 1939, she was the daughter of William and Iris “Lil” Knapp. Susan graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a Bachelor Degree in Education.

Sue was a teacher for the Ballston Spa Central Schools, teaching at Malta Avenue and Milton Terrace Elementary Schools. She was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling, most recently cruising to Alaska with her dialysis group. Sue loved to go out to lunch with her dear friend Marie and occasionally they would go to the Racino.

Sue was predeceased by her husband Edward “Cubby” Neville, her sisters Marilyn and Lois, and her sister in law Ann Kelley. She is survived by her brother in law Dr. William Kelley; her beloved nieces and nephews; her devoted friend Marlene and her precious cat Sophie.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9am to 10am Saturday, June 13 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 10am. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Sue may be made to the Rubin Dialysis Center, 59 Myrtle Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Grace I. Knapp 89, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Born in Round Lake, New York on July 14, 1925, she was the daughter of Henry and Viola O’Keefe. Grace worked for the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance for many years.

She was a member of the Old Stone Church in Ballston Spa.

She was predeceased by her husbands, son Carlton Brackett, two sisters and a brother. Grace is survived by her daughters Carol Leger, Pamila Melander and Starr Clarke; son Ricky Knapp; special daughter in law Roberta Brackett; sister Katherine Thames; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held.

Thomas E. Chillemi 41, passed away Monday, June 8, 2015. He was born in Albany, NY on June 16, 1973. Tom worked in sales for Snapple for several years.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Eagles Club. Tom had a passion and talent for bowling, and a flare for entertaining. He enjoyed hanging out with his furbabies.

He was predeceased by his grandfather Edward Valet. Tom is survived by his wife Danette; mother Linda Hurley of Watervliet; sister Catherine Chillemi of Watervliet; brother Jason Hurley of Watervliet; nephew Daniel John Uber of Waterford; mother in law and father in law Debbie and Dan Uber of Clifton Park.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, June 12 from 5pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association.

Sophie Bunte 95, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 7, 2015 in the home of her daughter with her family and J-lo by her side.

Born in Bayonne, New Jersey on October 8, 1919 she was one of six children of the late Stephan and Stephanie Ribachonek. The family moved to Manhattan in 1920 and Sophie contracted polio during the epidemic of that time. She spent a good part of her early years, during the Depression in the appropriately named Hell’s Kitchen, later discovered to be near Ground Zero for the worst epidemic of that type, then or since. Sophie survived, persevered, and eventually returned to a normal life and gainful employment, doing her part for the war effort in the early 40’s.

After the war, Sophie met the love of her life, Carl, and they were married in 1950. Carol, her only child, was born a few years later and the family moved to what is now known as the South Bronx. Carl died suddenly when Carol was 10 years old and Sophie became a single mom long before it became fashionable. Not to be defeated by the cards dealt her, she overcame that situation too; escaping from the Bronx, beginning a career with MetLife, and successfully raising her daughter in the (then) wilds of Staten Island.

After Carol married in 1972, Sophie lived independently in New York City for 34 years until retirement and age led to residency with Carol in Charlton and Malta, NY. There she spent her last years in the company of her immediate family, to whom she gave more than she took. Despite suffering from the aftereffects of her bout with polio, she never complained.

Among her many interests, Sophie loved classic movies, cooking for family and friends, visiting the nearby Racino, and spending summer days at the beach. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church.

Sophie is survived by her daughter and son in law Carol and Michael Blyskal of Malta; two adoring grandchildren Laura Bliskell of Malta and Michael Bliskell of Bound Brook, NJ; niece Eileen Shea of Fort Myers, FL and nephew William Shea of Pawleys Island, SC both of whom contributed greatly to her care and comfort throughout her life.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 9:30am, Thursday, June 11 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. A later internment with Carl will be in Long Island National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd. Rensselaer, NY 12144 or St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital.

Eva T. Stanislowsky, 92, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015. Born in Bolden, Vermont on August 1, 1922, she was the daughter of the late William J. and Evelyn May LaFountain.

Eva worked at VanRaalte’s for several years before owning and operating George’s Taxi in Ballston Spa with her late husband John for over 35 years. She enjoyed her family, bowling and Bingo.

She was predeceased by her husband John, her son Henry, her dear friend Tom Weeks, brother Lawrence LaFountain, sisters Viola Dushensky and Evelyn Quackenbush. Eva is survived by her sons John Jr. (Beverly), Jerry, Joseph (Ellen), daughter Carol Lawrence Moll (William), sisters Lucy Redmond, Marie Schmidt, Edna Beers, and Jean Peters; brother William LaFountain; stepson and caregiver Ron Weeks; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great granddaughter, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 11 from 4pm to 6:30pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 6:30pm

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

Bronca Flanagan 92, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Born in New Brunswick, NJ on July 16, 1922, she was the daughter of Andrew and Maria Kmonk.

Bronca worked for Glendale Home in Glenville for 25 years. She was a member of the Old Stone Church in Ballston Spa. Bronca enjoyed gardening, camping, crocheting and crossword puzzles. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Frank Flanagan, Sr., sons Frank Flanagan, Jr., and David Flanagan and grandchildren David Flanagan, Jr. and Lisa Flanagan. Bronca is survived by her children Edith Korowajczyk of Middle Grove, Arthur Flanagan of Ballston Spa, Lindia Douglas of Middle Grove and Laurie DuPont of Ballston Spa; 15 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9 to 11am Saturday, May 30 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in the Middle Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bronca may be made to the Kidney Foundation.

Walter F. Bardsley 89, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Born in Meuthen, Massachusetts on August 8, 1925, he was the son of Thomas and Jane (Lind) Bardsley.

He was an Army Air Corp Veteran serving in World War II as a tailgunner on the B17. After the War, Walter retained his pilot’s license and worked at Rutland Airport. He later was a Flight Service Specialist for the FAA, retiring in 1990.

He was a member of the Empire State Aerosciences Museum. He enjoyed model trains, airplanes and playing golf.

Walter was predeceased by his wife Martha Bardsley. He is survived by his longtime companion Eve Pieciuk; his children David Bardsley (Cindy) of Hudson Falls, Jim Bardsley (Mary) of Oneonta, and Susan Thiem (Al) of Ballston Spa; and his grandchildren Amber Bardsley, Matthew Bardsley, Russell Bardsley, Kate Ryan, Emily Chiles, Walter Thiem and Brian Thiem.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, May 31 from 3 to 5pm at the Calvary United Methodist Church, 15 Ridge Place, Latham. A service will follow at 5pm. Burial with military honors will be held 10:30am Monday, June 1 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Empire State Aerosciences Museum, 250 Rudy Chase Drive, Glenville, NY 12302 or Glenville Senior Center, 32 Worden Road, Glenville, NY 12302.

Ernest “Hank” Uebrick 86, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Born in Middle Grove, NY on April 23, 1929, he was the son of Max and Anna Uebrick. He served in the US Army.

Hank worked for the Town of Milton for 39 years, retiring as Highway Superintendent in 2002. He enjoyed farming, birdwatching and feeding the wild turkeys in his yard. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to people in need.

He was predeceased by his wife Janet, and his brothers and sisters Max, Martha, Frieda, Margaret and Walter. Hank is survived by his sons Dean Uebrick (MaryBeth) of Middle Grove and Mark Uebrick (Gina) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Kayla Terrio (Mike) and Kevin Uebrick; great granddaughter Elliana; stepgrandchildren Walker Tedford, Brighton Tedford and Schallehn Tedford; sisters Barbara Green of Providence and Hilda Jones of Providence; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5 to 8pm Friday, May 29 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Hank may be made to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.

Norman F. Eldridge 72, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on October 7, 1942, he was the son of Norman and Marjorie Eldridge. He served in the US Navy. Norm worked at General Electric Co for over 30 years, retiring in 1997. After his retirement, he worked as a Peace Officer at the Saratoga Racetrack where he greatly enjoyed the horses.

Norm was an avid racing fan and was often at Albany Saratoga Speedway and Fonda Speedway. In his younger years, he drove and worked on the pit crew. He also enjoyed football.

He was predeceased by his wife Phyllis; stepson Charles Douglas; sister Anna Cunningham and brother Donald Eldridge. Norm is survived by his daughter Christina Collura (Salvatore) of Arizona; grandchildren Nicole and Joey; stepchildren John Parrelle (Billie) of Ballston Spa, Steven Parrelle (Nicole) of Fort Ann, Julie Suarez (Luis) of Westerlo; stepgrandchildren Maximus, Hailey, Jacob, Chase and Matthew; brother Alfred “Butchie” Eldridge (Linda) of Ballston Spa; sisters Susan Galeo (Michael) of Albany, Pamela Eldridge (George Whitney) of Ballston Spa and Debbie Eldridge (John Nardone) of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 1 from 4 to 7pm at the Ballston Lake Baptist Church, 1 Edward Street, Ballston Lake. A service will follow at 7pm.

A service with military honors will be held 10am Tuesday, June 2 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Memorial contributions in memory of Norm may be made to the Ballston Lake Baptist Church.

Ronald T. Ingram 68, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on October 23, 1946, he was the son of Boyd and Mildred (Sherman) Ingram. He served in the US Navy. Ron worked for Mosler Safe for over 25 years and later for the Fort Miller Group, retiring in 2013.

Ron enjoyed bowling and golfing and participated in many leagues. He was an avid reader and enjoyed Science Fiction. He liked to travel and was interested in genealogy and discovering his family history.

Ron is survived by his wife of 44 years Patti; daughter Jessica; sisters Joan Layera (Ramon) of Spokane, Washington, Judy Volpe (Francis) of Orlando, Florida, Maggie Ingram and Holly Glodgett both of Brattleboro, Vermont; father in law Joe Wescott of Scotia; brother in law Mike Wescott of Painesville, Ohio; his faithful companions Mazzy and Ziggy; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 28 from 4 to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ronald to Becky’s House, 296 Hackett Boulevard, Albany, NY 12208. Becky’s House is a home away from home for families and patients of St. Peter’s Hospital.

Owen J. Simmons 75, passed away suddenly Saturday, May 23, 2015. Born in Clifton Park, New York on December 21, 1939, he was the son of Frank and Inez Simmons. He was a graduate of Shenendehowa High School. Owen worked for General Electric Co. in Schenectady for 32 years, retiring in 1997.

Owen was an avid outdoorsman and loved animals, especially his beloved dog Big Daddy. He could fix anything and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. One of his greatest enjoyments in life was sharing special times with many of his friends and family at Mauler’s Den Hunting Club in Lake Desolation where he served as president for several years.

He was predeceased by three brothers and one sister. Owen is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years Darlene; his sons Eric Simmons of Ballston Spa and Scott Simmons (Maureen) of Ballston Spa; his grandchildren Johnna, Eric, Kelsey and Raven; sisters Ruth Johnson of Mechanicville, Charlotte and June of Clifton Park; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 3 from 5 to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Albert Beninati, 89, of Charlton died at his home from complications of heart disease, on May 22. He was born in Ballston Spa to Natale and Francesca (Laquidera) Beninati on May 21, 1926 and was one of 10 children.

He attended Albany State Teachers College, where his graduation was delayed by service in the US Navy at the end of WWII. He married fellow Albany State graduate Clara Sylvestri on August 20, 1949, after which they both began teaching careers.

Albert taught high school mathematics in Kerhonkson and Nyack, NY before obtaining a doctorate in mathematics education from Columbia University in 1963. He then taught at the State University of New York at New Paltz before taking a 4 year assignment with the US Agency for International Development. From 1965-1969 he served as associate professor at the Institute of Education, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. He helped develop and launch the math component of the national primary through teacher's college curriculum for Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. This was a courageous career move as Albert and Clara had 4 children, ranging from 14 years to 2 months of age, when they moved to Africa. It was among the most exciting and adventurous times of Albert's life. One of his personal accomplishments while in East Africa was obtaining a private pilot's license, under the instruction of a bush pilot. Albert finished his career by teaching math at Niskayuna High School, where he was a respected member of the department. His teaching career was cut short at age 55 by a heart attack.

Outside work, Albert’s favorite activities were golf, gardening, cheering for the Yankees and travelling to Italy. He was an accomplished tournament poker player. He was also a long time member of Ballston Spa Country Club, where he and his brothers had caddied in their teen years. His vegetable gardens were well known, especially for their abundance of tomatoes.

Albert is survived by his wife, Clara, children Claire Anne (Vic Thomson), Noel (Judy Kinns), William (Deborah Sherry) and Barbara and grandchildren Genevieve, Daniel, Anna, Michael, Mary, Alexa and Gabriel.

Albert will be cremated and his ashes will be interred at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Donations in his name can made to the Galway Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

William “Bill” F. Shaw, 85, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn in Albany. Bill was born on December 2, 1929 in Schenectady, the son of the late LeRoy and Pauline (Mulligan) Shaw. He was a 1948 graduate of Mont Pleasant High School, where he was a member of the four year undefeated track team.

In 1951, Bill was drafted into the Army and served his country in Korea with The Special Category Army with the Air Force (SCARWAF). He and his wife enjoyed visiting many cities on the east coast attending SCARWAF conventions. In 2002 the two of them returned to Korea on a Korean Military History Tour sponsored by the Korean Government.

He was employed for 21 years at General Electric in various capacities working in Schenectady, KAPL, Malta Test Station and the Kesselring Site in West Milton. After leaving GE, he worked for 21 years for the NYS Department of Social Services as a Fire & Safety Inspector, retiring in 1994.

Bill was a member of Adirondack Chapter 60 of the Korean War Veterans, serving as commander on several occasions. He was also a 50 plus year member of the Malta Ridge Fire Company serving as Chief for 12 years. From 1976-83 he served on the Ballston Spa School Board. He was also a member of the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and the Malta Rotary. For several years he served on the Town of Malta Planning Board and the Assessment Board of Review and he was also the Town’s Civil Defense Director for many years.

He enjoyed going to car shows and fire and military museums. In the late fifties and sixties he was a Steward and back-up flagger at White’s Beach Speedway in Ballston Lake and always enjoyed doing maintenance on family and friends’ cars.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Marjorie (Johnson) Shaw, his beloved children Kathy Shaw (Daniel Rossignol) of Malta, Wendy Elliott (Robert) of Newfield, ME, Robin Reardon (Peter) of Newcomb, Peter Shaw (Kristin) and Stephen Shaw both of Malta; 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, sister Marian and son Timothy Patrick Shaw.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5 to 8pm Friday, May 22 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, May 23 at the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will be 10am Tuesday, May 26 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bill may be made to Saratoga Bridges, 18 Saratoga Bridges Blvd, Malta, NY 12020, Malta Ridge Vol Fire Co., 5 Hearn Road, Malta, NY 12020 or Ballston Center ARP Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Saratoga Hospital, Wesley Health Care Center and St. Peter’s Hospital and Hospice Inn for their exceptional care.

Michael N. Mattice 18, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015. He was born in Amsterdam, New York on November 11, 1996. Mike was a graduate of Galway High School. In September of 2014 he joined the NY Army National Guard. He was a Private First Class in Troop A 2nd 101 CAV. He worked for Janitronics at Global Foundries in Malta.

Mike enjoyed sports. He played basketball, baseball and football. He could often be found hanging out with his best friends William Oates and Joseph Vukas.

Michael is survived by his mother and stepfather Barbara and Joseph Cerniglia of Gloversville; father Brian Mattice of Amsterdam; brothers Keith Mattice, David Mattice and Jason Simmons, Jr.; stepsisters Victoria and Tia Cerniglia; grandparents Jesslyn Herman, Kevin Utter, Susan and George Kimball; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, May 22 at the Barkersville Christian Church, 7200 Barkersville Road, Middle Grove. Burial will follow in Galway Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 21 from 5 to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Michael may be made to the Ballston Area Community Center, 20 Malta Avenue Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Melvin H. Tefft, 79 passed away Friday, May 8, 2015. Born on November 20, 1935 in Cambridge, NY, He the son of the late Bert and Dorothy (Todd) Tefft. Melvin was a 1953 graduate of Argyle Central Schools. He was a United States Air Force veteran and served in the Korean War. He then worked for the former Mohawk Airlines of Albany in 1962 and retired from US Air as a flight supervisor in 1991.

Melvin enjoyed browsing antiques and collected antique radios, vinyl records and military paraphernalia. He loved being outdoors mowing on his tractor.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Charlotte (Tripp) Tefft of Ballston Spa; a brother, Thomas Tefft of Argyle; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St., Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Relatives and friends may call from 10 am to 12 noon on Wednesday at the funeral home prior to the services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Eric H. Mayer 47, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015 after a courageous battle with lymphoma. Born in Niskayuna, NY on April 16, 1968, he was the son of Dwight and Rebeccann Mayer. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. Eric was a skilled carpenter and worked construction throughout the area.

Eric was a patient teacher who helped his family and friends whenever he could. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed camping. His greatest joy was spending time with his children and watching them compete in rodeos.

Eric is survived by his wife Kate, his beloved children Abbey and Evan; his parents Dwight and Rebeccann of Ballston Spa; brothers Jared Mayer of Ballston Spa and Tyler Mayer (Tara) of Georgia; grandmothers Roberta Mayer of Gloversville and Virginia Baldwin of South Glens Falls; sisters in law Josephine Smith and Paula Dyson (William); brother in law Lanny Smith; nieces and nephews, Samantha, Jordyn, Wyatt, Isabella and Graham; special cousin Torrey Gannon; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, May 12 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, May 11 from 3 to 6pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Eric may be made to the NYS High School Rodeo Association. www.nyshsra.sportsignup.com

Theodore A. Gregorius 63, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Born in Jamaica, NY, on June 16, 1951, he was the son of Theodore and Rita Gregorius. He was a cash specialist for Brink’s Inc. for five years. Ted owned and operated a successful business, TAG Systems Racing Products, Inc., for 20 years to help support his drag racing habit.

Ted had a need for speed and enjoyed snowmobiling, drag racing, and motorcycles. He kept his mind busy programming on his computer. His passion was his Flight Simulator and he spent many hours flying around the world. Recently he started making breads from scratch, “Ted’s Breads” as his family liked to call them.

Ted was a gun enthusiast and a proud member of the NRA and Galway Gun Club.

He was predeceased by his brother James. Ted is survived by his wife of 42 years Lillian; his sons Bryan Gregorius (Jill) of Saratoga Springs and Marc Gregorius of Ballston Spa; grandsons Evan and Owen; brothers Bob Gregorius (Diane) of Aurora, Co, Ken Gregorius (Carolyn) of Miller Place, NY and Tom Gregorius (Stacey) of Sound Beach, NY; his beloved cats Crash and Flash; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 12 from 5 to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Rifle Association www.nra.com

Ruth H. Stephens 94, passed away Monday, May 4, 2015. Born in Galway, NY on May 18, 1920, she was the daughter of Fred and Ida Champagne. Ruth was a homemaker.

She enjoyed swimming and walking at the YMCA with her friends. Ruth loved to travel and enjoyed the activities at the Ballston Area Seniors. She was always willing to lend a hand to her friends or anyone in need.

She was predeceased by her husband Harry “Hank”, daughter Sara “Sally” Ingraham, brother Donald Champagne and sister Eva Mae Bryant. Ruth is survived by her son Donald Stephens (Sally) of Ballston Spa, grandchildren Michael, Scott, Alicia (Bill) and Mark; great grandchildren Jessica and Kyle; brother Fred Champagne (Barbara) of Queensbury; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 9am Thursday, May 7 at Ballston Spa Cemetery, Garrett Road, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ruth to the charity of your choice.

On Saturday, May 2nd, Betty passed away at the Kingsway Arms Nursing Center after a brief illness. She was 91 and lived with Alzheimers for several years.

Betty was a Physical Education Teacher for the Ballston Spa Central School System for her entire career after graduating from Cortland State College. She proudly served as the President of the Ballston Spa Teachers’ Association for 13 years and served as the Chief Contract Negotiator, even after retiring from her teaching position. She enjoyed traveling the Northeast region in search of collectibles, especially toy lead figures.

Betty was predeceased by her two older sisters, Jane and Margaret, her husband Byrhl F. Wheeler Jr. and her daughter Betsy. She is survived by her daughter Jody, son Rodney (Jody V.) and two grandchildren, Amy Wheeler, and Julia Wheeler Sanders and her husband Luke Sanders.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 7 from 4 to 6:30pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6:30pm. Burial will be private in the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Betty’s private care aides, the staff at Kingsway Arms Nursing Center in Schenectady and Home of the Good Shepherd in Malta, for the services they have rendered over the past several years.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ballston Spa Teachers Association Scholarship Fund in Betty’s name.

Elsie I. Gates 88, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on August 11, 1926, she was the daughter of Irving and Nellie Murray. She served in the US Navy.

Elsie worked at the Wilton Developmental Center for many years and later worked for Living Resources. Elsie did in home care for patients who were unable to get out. She was a hairdresser at Wesley Health Care Center and also for her in home patients.

Elsie was an active member of the Old Stone Church where she served as a deacon. She was a member and past president of the Saratoga County Women’s Republican Club, and a member of the Red Hat Society. Elsie enjoyed going to the Saratoga Race Track and collecting the giveaways.

She was predeceased by her husband Donald Gates, son Gary Gates, Sr., granddaughter Christine Priest, sister Margaret Howe and brother Leonard Murray. Elsie is survived by her daughters Donna Hartman of Pennsylvania and Carol Cleveland of Ballston Spa; daughter in law Lynda Gates; grandchildren Gary Gates, Jr., Sara Gates, Suzanne Priest, Kelly Clark and Jon Meers; brother Daniel Murray; 14 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, May 7 at the Old Stone Church, 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in North Milton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Elsie may be made to the Old Stone Church.

Harry W. Petersen 72, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015. Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on April 5, 1943, he was the son of Harry and Evelyn Petersen. He received a bachelor degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Harry proudly served in the US Navy for 26 years, retiring as Senior Chief on May 31, 1992. While in the Navy he was a driver on the US Navy Bobsled team competing throughout Europe and at the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo, Japan. After his retirement from the Navy, Harry worked at Lowe’s as a commercial sales specialist.

Harry was a member of the Ballston Spa Lions Club where he served in several offices including President and received many awards. He was also a member of Masonic Temple Warrensburg Lodge #425, American Legion Post 234 of Ballston Spa, Lazy 8's Radio Controlled Flying Club and Seabees Club of Clifton Park. He enjoyed building and flying radio controlled airplanes. He was a Nascar fan and always cheered for #48 Jimmy Johnson. Harry liked to travel and was always looking to find out what was on the “other side of the hill.” His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. Harry was always willing to lend a hand and would do anything for anyone in need.

Harry is survived by his wife Diane, his children Derek Petersen (Lisa) of Ballston Spa and Judith Hillis (James) of Colchester, Vermont; grandchildren Paul, Nora, Julianne, Jordan and Jacob; great grandchildren Clara and Amelia; aunt Ruth Ecklund of Chicago, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Wednesday, May 6 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 5 from 5 to 8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ballston Spa Lions Club or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Robert L. Widrick 70, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Born in Lowville, New York on May 29, 1944, he was the son of Loyd and Leona Widrick. Bob was a manager at Grand Union in Glens Falls for many years. He later owned and operated Woody’s Wieners in Malta. He was a self-employed carpenter and leathersmith, designing belts and leather goods.

Bob enjoyed barbecuing, working in the yard, a game of darts, boat rides, the company of good friends, and he never missed a Yankee game.

Bob is survived by his children Tamara Brognano (Joseph) of Highland, NY, and Ian Widrick of Saratoga, NY, grandsons Nicholas and Matthew; granddog Rusty; brothers and sisters Ron Widrick of Allentown, PA, Cliff Widrick of Turin, NY, Doug Widrick of Mansville, NY, Ortha Georgakis of Jamestown, NY, Rod Widrick of Adams, NY, Cindy Beutel of Adams, NY, Brenda Richer of Wauseon, Ohio, Terry Widrick of Adams, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, May 2, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in East Line Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 6 to 8pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Frank W. Jones, Jr., 76, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015. Born in New York, New York on November 26, 1938, he was the son of Frank and Grace Jones. He served in the United States Air Force.

Frank was a driver for Napa and Auto Parts International. He later did maintenance work at Hollendale Apartments in Clifton Park. He enjoyed roller-skating, fishing and camping.

He was predeceased by his brother Raymond Jones. Frank is survived by his wife Nanette Jones; his children Dallas, Donnie and Thom; brother Chuck Jones and his wife Nancy; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 22 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 7pm.

A service with military honors will be held 9:30am Monday, April 27 at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Garry M. Jacques 64, passed away Friday, February 13, 2015. Born in Watervliet, New York on August 7, 1950, he was the son of E. David and Ann Jacques. He served in the US Navy.

Garry worked in the Purchasing and Receiving Department at St. Peter’s Health Care Partners North East Health Division in Watervliet for many years. He enjoyed traveling and camping. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife Mary Diane Jacques and his daughter Tara Trentini. Garry is survived by his daughter Tammy Newhouse (Michael) of Ballston Spa, grandchildren, Briana, McKenzie, Brooke and Austin; son in law Robert Trentini of Corinth; brothers James Jacques (Carol) of Virginia and Dave Jacques (Chris) of Guilderland; sister Nadine Jacques of Troy; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 23 from 6-9pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service with military honors will be held 1:30pm Friday, April 24 at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Alice J. Smith 79, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015. Born in Hebron, New York on November 11, 1935, she was the daughter of Robert and Theodora Wilson. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s School for the Deaf in Buffalo. Alice was active in the deaf community and was named Miss Deaf Albany in 1956.

Alice worked at Fleet Bank in Albany for many years, retiring in 1999. She was an avid quilter and many of her family and friends were the recipients of her beautiful quilts. She also enjoyed working in her flower garden.

She was predeceased by her husband Eugene Smith and her brother James Wilson. Alice is survived by her daughters Teddy Smith of Ballston Spa and Millie Smith of Ballston Spa; granddaughters Shayne Vallone, Samantha Vallone and Cady Irwin; brother John Wilson; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 21 from 10am to 12 noon at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 12 noon. Burial will follow in Sweetman Cemetery, Charlton.