Obituaries


Dorothy E. Reckner 93 formerly of Galway, passed away Friday, October 25, 2013 at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs. Born in Galway, April 11, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Olive Pixley.

Dorothy was a homemaker and liked to crochet, sew, and read. She enjoyed music and played piano for several area churches. She also taught Sunday school and wrote articles for the church paper.

She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, John Reckner, twin daughters, Dawn and Dale Reckner, daughter, Brenda Nusser, brothers, Donald Pixley and William Pixley and sister, Viola Pixley.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Jack Reckner and his wife Carol of Old Chatham, Gay Brady and her husband Mark of Gloversville and Sally Reckner of Guilderland; 9 grandchildren and several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, October 30 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4-7pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Colonie Alliance Church, 32 Lapham Drive, Albany, NY 12205.

The family would like to thank the staff of Wesley Health Care Center and Community Hospice of Saratoga for their care and compassion.

Judith A. Brunell 63 of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, October 24, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Ballston Spa, September 10, 1950, she was the daughter of the late John and Sadie McDonald. She worked for General Electric Co for 16 years. After her retirement, Judy lovingly cared for her niece Jenna and her nephew Jack.

She was an avid sports fan. She enjoyed Yankee baseball, football and Nascar. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, John McDonald. Judy is survived by her husband, Clennon Brunell, Jr; stepsons, Kyle Brunell and his wife Steffi of Germany and Kory Brunell and his wife Valerie of Sandwich, NH; grandchildren, Kalan, Hayden and Katelyn; sisters, Patricia Thomas and her husband David of Ballston Spa and Margaret Funston of Ballston Spa; brother, Edward McDonald and his wife Donna of Florida and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, October 29 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Mary’s Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 4-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Stephen L. Morris, Sr. 88 of Rock City Falls, passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Born in Ballston Spa on November 8, 1924, he was the son of the late Louis and Sarah Morris.

Stephen worked for the Ballston Knitting Mill for many years. He also enjoyed carpentry and remodeling and constructed several homes. His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Stephen was the devoted husband for 60 years of Pauline A. Morris who passed away in 2004. He was also predeceased by two brothers and five sisters. Stephen is survived by his children, Stephen L. Morris, Jr of Saratoga Springs, Yvonne C. Marcolongo of Rock City Falls and David F. Morris of West Fort Ann; two sisters, Eleanor Harris of Ballston Spa and Sally Bennett of Queensbury; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, October 28 from 9:30-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am with the Rev. Jon Bly officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the West Fort Ann United Methodist Church, PO Box 105, Fort Ann, NY 12827.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses on A3 at Saratoga Hospital for their care and compassion.

Kimberlee Ann Payton, 28, of West Charlton, NY, ended her fight against Rett Syndrome on her own terms and on her own time on October 20, 2013. Born on June 1, 1985 in Glens Falls, NY, she was the daughter of Julie Fox Payton and Mathew B. Payton. Kim attended several integrated schools programs graduating in 2006 and celebrated by swimming with the Dolphins at Discovery Cove. During her life, she was a great lover of all types of music, dolphins, the ocean, and all things Disney, with Disney World being one of her most favorite places to vacation, especially if she could dance with Goofy.

Kim participated in the Challenger League's bowling teams, bowling with her best friend Patti. She was a top fundraiser for Bowl for Kid’s Sake. Kim enjoyed Music Therapy with Christina. Kim was known for her natural ability to bring people together just from the power of being herself. Kim was blessed by the number of people whom entered her life and she in turn touched so many people’s lives.

In addition to her parents, Julie and Mat, she is survived by her sister, Amanda Mody (Pete), her brother Mathew Payton, Jr., her “adopted” sister Lisa Defelippo and her nephews Peter Mody IV and Grant Mody. She is also survived by her paternal grandmother, Adeline Payton, her maternal grandfather, Kenneth Fox (Sharon), and several very close uncles, aunts, cousins, and special friends.

The family would like to thank the litany of doctors, nurses and therapies that have helped care for Kim over the years; Dr. Migden, Dr. Saavedra and Lynn, Lisa, Janae, Terry, Janet, Tara, Sylvia, and Bonnie.

A memorial service in celebration of Kimberlee's life will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at The First Presbyterian Church in Ballston Spa at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the International Rett Syndrome Association (www.rettsyndrome.org).

Mary Grace Fish, 72, of Ballston Lake passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on October 18, 2013 after a brave three year battle with cancer.

Born August 22, 1941 to the late Eugene Andrew Cordone and Margaret Farrell O’Brien, she is survived by her loving sister, Christine Cordone Smith and a brother, Andrew Cordone. She married her college sweetheart, the late Patrick J. Fish, in 1962 and graduated from Oneonta College in 1963. In the early years of her marriage, she taught at Giffen Elementary in Albany while raising her young children and putting her husband through law school.

Mary’s greatest passion was breeding and showing dogs; first as a young girl, showing Collies with her parents. She began breeding Shetland Sheepdogs in 1973 under the kennel name Cameo Farms Shelties. Mary was renowned in the Sheltie world for breeding and raising hundreds of high quality show and obedience dogs as well as beloved family pets and therapy dogs for the elderly. She was dedicated to maintaining high standards in the breed and was internationally known. Her expertise as a breeder and judge was sought out by many. In her memory, her dear friend, Jason Mazzone, has named his kennel after her: Gracemere Kennel.

Mary was also a loving “Mimi” to her seven grandchildren. Mary is survived by her daughters Erin Fish, Patricia (John) Pugliese, Cristin (Patrick) Lentlie, and grandchildren, Alexa, Amanda,Jack, Isabella, Haley, Christopher, and Rachela. She is survived by her best friend of 40 years, Fredna Pickerd, and several Boland and O’Brien cousins with whom she spent childhood summers at Sacandaga Park.

A funeral mass will be held 9:30 am Friday, October 25 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa followed by burial at St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands where she and her beloved husband will be laid to rest. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Mary Grace Fish to Care Links, 543 Saratoga Road, Glenville, NY 12302.

Dawn M. Jones 48 of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, October 17, 2013. Born in Niskayuna, March 26, 1965, she was the daughter of Susanna Lloyd and Paul Haight. Dawn was a dedicated mom and enjoyed spending time with her family. She crocheted many blankets for her family members and liked going out to eat.

Dawn is survived by her sons, Alexander Jones and Tyler Haight; companion, William Rudzianski, mother, Susanna Lloyd of Saratoga Springs; father and stepmother, Paul and Linda Haight of Altamont; sister, Tammi Kanniard and her husband Ken of Wilton; brother Charles LaViolette III of Saratoga Springs; 3 nephews, 1 niece, and many aunts uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held 11am Monday, October 21 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home after 10:30am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Kidney Foundation, 501 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.

Dorothy E. Davis 71 of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Schenectady, NY, September 7, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Dorothy Reinhart.

Dorothy raised and showed Maltese Dogs for many years. She was named one of the top ten breeders in the nation. She loved animals of all kinds and enjoyed her chickens, goats and potbellied pigs.

She was predeceased by her husband Richard Davis, Sr and brother Lawrence Reinhart. Dorothy is survived by her daughters Crystal Putnam of Ballston Spa, Dawn Roe of Porter Corners and Renee Davis of Ballston Spa; grandchildren, Monique Valentin, Joshua Allen, Curtis Allen, Jr, Carl Allen, III, Andrew Turon and Kenneth Roe; great grandsons, Tyler Allen and Travis Valentin; sisters, Noreen Flaws of Perth and Judith Reinhart of Glenville; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call after 6:30pm Monday, October 21 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

The family would like to thank Dorothy’s granddaughter Monique and grandson Joshua for their loving care and support.

John W. Christman 58 of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, October 13, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Ilion, NY, August 4, 1955 he was the son of the late Arthur and Ruth Christman. John was retired from retail but enjoyed his true passion of being an auctioneer for the Talk of the Town and at many 4-H Shooting Sports events.

John was a history buff, he loved antiques, auctions and watching old black and white movies. His favorite season was autumn. Throughout John’s life he had very special friends, Joe and Beth DeMatteo and John and Beverly Stanislowsky.

He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Ruth Christman, brother, Mark Christman and sister, Mary Christman. John is survived by his wife of 36 years, Heidi; his children, Donald (fiancée Tanya and her children Aaron and Lenaya), Jennifer Staulters (Clay), Ann Oddy (Noah), Debbie Jourdanais (Justin), Ashley Christman, and Amanda Hutchins (Stephen); 7 grandsons, Cody, Ben, Michael, Tyler, Matthew, Derek and Elliot; granddaughter, Carrie; sister, Dorothy Chamberlain (Harold) and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, October 18 from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

The family would like to personally thank the Community Ambulance Corp, the members of the Ballston Spa Fire Department who came to assist them and the wonderful staff at Saratoga Hospital ICU who allowed the family to be with John during his final hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any of the above organizations or to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital of which John and Heidi were patrons.

It is with heavy hearts, that the family of Michael Warren Beson, Sr. announce his passing on Sunday, October 6, 2013. He died from the effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mike was officially diagnosed with this disease on April 3, 2013. Although it attacked his body very quickly, the disease was never able to take his mind, heart or soul. His determination and will allowed him to coach the 2013 golf season and attend his son’s wedding.

Mike was born on November 3, 1951, in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Phyllis and Warren Beson. Years after his dad’s passing, Mike’s family moved to Scotia Glenville, New York. He graduated from Scotia Glenville High School in 1970, Hartwick College in 1974, State University of New York at Albany in 1979, and St. Rose in Albany in 2001.

He was employed by the Shenendehowa School District for 36 years serving as teacher, coach and administrator. During that time, Mike was also a basketball coach for 14 years at the Burnt Hills School District. Upon retiring in 2010, Mike coached golf and assisted in coaching basketball at Saratoga Central Catholic High School. He was also a high school soccer official. His enthusiasm, tireless energy, passion, knowledge and dedication made him a well-respected educator, administrator, coach and loyal friend.

Mike was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa, where he served as a lector and a Eucharistic minister before the onset of his illness.

As a member of the Ballston Spa Country Club, playing early morning or late afternoon rounds of golf with longtime friends was one of his greatest pleasures in life. Mike’s favorite playing partner of all times was his loving and devoted son, Michael. They shared many happy moments together on area courses.

Mike is survived by his wife Elly, his son Michael and daughter-in-law Leigh of Marshfield, MA, his parents Phyllis and Alan Nelson of Saratoga Springs, NY, his sisters Peggy Seward (John) of Schererville, IN, Mary Gibbons (Patrick) of Glenville, NY and his brothers Hugh Nelson (Fiorella) of Ashburn, VA and Peter Nelson (Melanie) of South Hadley, MA.

In addition, his sister-in-law Jeannine O’Connell (David), sister-in-law Annie Nelson and brother-in-law William Merritt (Carol) survive him.

Mike will be missed by his nieces and nephews: Coley O’Connell (Lisa), Lisa Jorgensen (Chad), Daniel and Edward Clear, Justina Wagner, Mitchell Seward, John and Michael Gibbons, Clare and Hannah Nelson, Annabell and Rupert Ramsay, Fiorella Roca, and Christopher, Bradley and Gregory Nelson.

Funeral services will be held 9am Saturday, October 12 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. All are invited to attend a reception in the Gymnasium at Saratoga Catholic Central High School immediately following the service at church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga Catholic Central High School Athletic Fund, 247 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 c/o Stephen Lombard or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Plymouth, MA, 02360 or St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center, 19 Warehouse Row, Albany, NY 12205.

Mike and his family would like to give their heartfelt thanks to St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center, Community Hospice of Saratoga, Cranberry Hospice of Plymouth, Massachusetts, Dr. John Bach of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey University Hospital, Olga Ramos of Millennium Respiratory Services, and Dr. Shawn Jorgensen who made the initial ALS diagnosis. Many thanks also go to Mike and Elly’s family, friends near and afar, and neighbors who supported then through this journey.

Alex entered into Heaven on Friday, October 4, 2013 with his guardian angels. Beloved son of Mark and Patti, he was a blessing to his parents for over 10 years.

Alex loved music, bubbles, balloons, Spongebob Squarepants, chocolate pudding and ice cream. His laughter and smile will be held in our hearts always. He will be forever missed by everyone.

Funeral services will be held 11am Thursday, October 10 at West Charlton United Presbyterian Church, Sacandaga Road, West Charlton. Burial will follow in West Charlton Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 9 from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alexander Denison McConchie Memorial Fund, c/o Trustco Bank to help Alex’s ESE classmates at Centennial Elementary School.

Albert Jay Harris, 89, passed away peacefully at Saratoga Hospital on October 4th, 2013 with his three sons bedside.

Al was born at home on March 24, 1924 in the hamlet of Harris, New York. He was the youngest of the three children of Jeanette and Jay B. Harris. Al worshipped his older siblings Agnes and Jack, who as well as with his parents, preceded him in death.

Upon high school graduation in the summer of 1942 as the country geared up for the Second World War, Al enlisted in the Marine Corps and was trained at Camp Pendleton, California in the use of the 30-caliber machine gun, a devise which required a 3-man crew to operate. The three crew members became fast friends as well as comrades-in-arms.

Al survived the fighting on Roi-Namuar in the Marshall Islands campaign, Saipan and Tinian in the Mariana Islands campaign, and the battle for Iwo Jima. One of his two buddies died on the beach Saipan on day one of the fight and the other was killed on Iwo Jima towards the end of the engagement. Al mourned his two friends thereafter and paid homage to the tens of thousands of brave young men on both sides of the fighting who were killed in those horrifying days in those faraway places right up until his own final conscious moments.

After the war he took a job with New York Telephone as a lineman and over the next 43 years rose through the ranks to management positions with "NY Bell" and later, onto senior level management with the parent corporation, AT&T. During his career his job entailed relocations from the Monticello office to Albany, Manhattan, St. Louis, and finally to the AT&T headquarters in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. He retired to his home in Ballston Spa in 1984.

In 1947, he and some veteran friends decided it would be a swell idea to join the Marine Reserves inasmuch as the local unit had a baseball team that was a good one and they would all have a chance to play. But ultimately Al thought that was somewhat less than a great decision when the Korean War broke out and he was recalled to active duty and sent south to Camp Lajeune, North Carolina as a Sargent training new recruits in the use of the 30-caliber air and water-cooled machine guns.

The recall was also difficult since Al had met and married, after a whirlwind courtship, the love of his life, the vivacious young telephone operator, Nancy Potter of Ballston Spa, New York. Their first son, Daniel, an infant when the Korean conflict broke out made for additional logistical complications, but eventually, Nancy with Daniel in tow relocated to North Carolina to be nearby Al for the duration.

And so Al did his duty to his country a second time without complaint. In all Al served honorably for eight years in the Marine Corps. And after that, he never touched a gun again.

Al and Nancy were married and completely devoted to one another for 56 years until her death in 2004, during which time they raised two more sons John and Martin. They were very good parents with always the best intentions and appropriate priorities with regard to their boys to whom they were loving, kind and understanding. They were proud parents.

Al is survived by Daniel and Julie Harris of Saratoga Springs, New York and Evanston, Illinois, John Harris of Ballston Spa, New York, Martin and Sharon Harris of Charlotte, North Carolina. He also has three grandchildren; Jessica Harris of Berlin, Germany and Rome, Italy, and Lily and Samuel Harris of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Interment will take place at 12:30pm on Monday October 7 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery where Al's (and Nancy's) remains will rest alongside those of comrades in a fitting setting. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the service at the cemetery.

Kenneth E. Robbins, Sr., 93 passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at his home in the Town of Providence. He was born on September 12, 1920 in Greensburg, Indiana to Hettie and Bernard Robbins. Ken served in the US Army during World War II and worked as a superintendent for Penetryn/Altairs Systems of Albany, NY and Orlando, FL for more than 45 years.

In addition to his parents, Ken was predeceased by his wife Helen May Robbins, sister Agnes and brother Walter. In addition to his constant companion, Rudi, he is survived by his children, Katherine Keller of Galway, Kenneth Robbins, Jr. of Galway, Joyce Emigh of Galway, Donald May (Ann) of Hagaman, Douglas May (Lynn) of Hagaman, David May of Jacksonville, FL, Sharon Nolan of Ballston Spa, Sandra Hoffman (Fred) of Fonda, Dale May (MaryAnn) of Schenectady and Wendy Spence (William) of Broadalbin, sisters in law, Patricia Schmidt of Ledyard, CT, Ruth Schmidt of Rye, NH, 28 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Ken’s wishes there will be no calling hours. Services and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

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

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

Marie Kenyon 86 of Malta, passed away peacefully Sunday, September 29, 2013. Born in Burnt Hills, September 9, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Clara Morris. Marie lived in Florida for many years and returned to Malta in 2003. She was a medical secretary.

She was predeceased by her husband Howard Kenyon. Marie is survived by her children, Linda LaBounty (Leonard) of Malta and Robert Hodgson, Jr (Debra) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren, Dennis Hodgson (Stephanie), Nathan Hodgson (Katie), Frank LaBounty (Lisa), Ernie LaBounty (Jessica), and Michelle LaBounty; great grandchildren, Lily, Sunni, Christian, Molly, Tess, Haleigh and Daytona; sister, Joan Dudley of Johnstown, and brother, Ernest Morris of Schoharie.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 6-8pm on Wednesday, October 2, 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

Jane H. Gomez 64 of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, September 22, 2013 at her home. Born in Mineola, NY, on February 13, 1949, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Teresa Hyer. Jane was a homemaker.

She was an active communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa. Jane started the prayer shawl ministry at the church and crocheted hundreds of shawls. She was recognized by Bishop Howard Hubbard for her efforts.

Jane is survived by her beloved husband, Robert; son, Patrick O’Brien of Camp, Arkansas; grandchildren, Thomas, Colin and Rose; brother and his spouse, Raymond Hyer (Kathleen) of Tampa, FL; sisters and their spouses, Therese Reich (Heio) of Tampa, FL, Mary Claire Shuman (Barry) of Tampa, FL, Kathryn Hyer (James Soley) of Tampa, FL; and Marlena Kern (John) of Manhasset, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, September 26 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will be at 12 noon Friday, September 27 at Cemetery of the Holy Rood, Westbury, NY.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, September 25 from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Colleen M. (Dwyer) Gradwell 63 of Saratoga Springs, passed away Friday, September 20, 2013. Born in Troy, May 20, 1950, she was the daughter of Eleanor (Cote) Dwyer and the late Edward Dwyer. Colleen worked for the NYS Comptroller’s Office for 26 years, retiring from the Unclaimed Funds Division in 2005.

Colleen was very active in civic and charitable organizations. She served as vice president of the Saratoga Springs Fraternal Order of Eagles and secretary of American Legion Post 234 Ladies Auxiliary. She was a life member of VFW Post 358 Ladies Auxiliary, and member of Ballston Spa Elks Lodge 2619, ITAM and Principessa Elena Society Auxiliary. Colleen also served as secretary of the Ballston Spa Memorial Day Parade Committee.

She was predeceased by her father Edward Dwyer. Colleen is survived by her husband Edward J. Gradwell; her mother, Eleanor (Cote) Dwyer; her children, Melanie Massie of Ballston Spa, Jennifer Bear of Rotterdam, Edward R. Gradwell of Newport News, VA and Thomas Gradwell of Saratoga Springs; grandchildren, Jessica Koscielniak, Kayla Countermine, Ashley Gradwell, Deanna Gradwell, Brandon Countermine and Justin Gradwell; great grandson, Mason Koscielniak; brothers, Timothy Dwyer (Woon Yee Chau) of Honolulu, HI, Colin Dwyer of NYC, Terry Dwyer of Waterford, Edward Dwyer of Saratoga Springs, sister Claudell Galea (Anthony) of Hudson, FL and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 24 from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to F.O.E. Charity Foundation, 1623 Gateway Circle South, Grove City, OH 43123 to be used for cancer research.

Eleanor F. Winters 89, passed away on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at her home in Ballston Lake. She was born on November 23, 1923 in Albany, NY to John and Thelma Rogers. Eleanor served as a seaman second class in the US Navy and was honorably discharged in April 1945. She attended Mildred Elley School and received her diploma in 1946.

In 1946, Eleanor married Gerald Winters. They were happily married for just shy of 67 years. Eleanor worked for the Town of Malta as a bookkeeper for over 30 years. She was a member of the Round Lake United Methodist Church, Round Lake Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Saratoga County Women’s Republican Club and member and past president of the Malta Seniors. She enjoyed swimming, skiing, quilting, playing guitar and sunning on the beach.

She was predeceased by her parents, brother John Rogers and sister Marian Wing. Eleanor is survived by her husband, Gerald Winters, her children, Geraldine Wiley (Richard) of Troy, Scott Winters of Mesa, AZ, Greg Winters (Karen) of Saratoga Springs and Jeff Winters (Kim) of Stillwater; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 11:30am Monday, September 23, 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, Town of Saratoga.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, September 22 from 4-7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871.

Nobuko I. Baker 84 of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Born in Nikko, Japan, July 29, 1929, she came to the United States in 1956. Nobuko was a registered nurse at St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady for 40 years, retiring in 2009.

She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Galway. Nobuko was a 14 year member of the Milton Eagles Women’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed her pets.

She was predeceased by her husband Phillip Baker and her daughter Patty Warren. Nobuko is survived by her sons, David Baker (Sarah) of Syracuse and Jeffrey Baker (Shannan) of Ballston Spa; her grandchildren, Eric Gardner, Jessica Baker, Kip Baker, Jeffrey Baker, Jr., Reis Baker, Phillip Baker and Brendon Baker.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 23 from 4-6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm

Memorial contributions may be made to the Milton Eagles Women’s Auxiliary or Rock City Falls Volunteer Fire Dept, PO Box 72, Rock City Falls, NY 12863.

All are invited to a gathering at the Rock City Falls Volunteer Fire Dept following the service at the funeral home.

Howard A. Samascott 82 of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, September 13, 2013. Born in Hudson, NY, August 6, 1931, he was the son of Howard and Esther Samascott. Howard was a welder and steel fabricator for Schenectady Steel for many years. He later drove the bus for Saratoga ARC.

Howard enjoyed fishing and family vacations in Maine. He often sat with his wife at the Saratoga County Airport watching the planes. He collected coins for many years. Howard was a great listener and had a tremendous sense of humor.

He will always be remembered for his exceptional devotion to his wife.

He was predeceased by his son Michael. Howard is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Lamb Samascott; his children, Timothy Samascott of Ballston Spa, Thomas Samascott (Laural) of Ballston Spa, Susan Samascott (Jack Cairns) of Ballston Spa, Joseph Samascott (Mary) of Ballston Spa and Stephen Samascott of Glenville; grandchildren, Wayne, Shannon, Jessica, Stan, Kate, Mary, Sarah and Stephanie; great grandchildren, Brayden, Gracelyn, Madelyn and Kenzie; sisters, Arlene Duguay of Connecticut, Judy Marriott of Stuyvesant, Amy Brosen of Chatham, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, September 17 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow at 1pm in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Nassau. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Alphonse A. Aufiero “Chauncy” 85 of Ballston Spa, passed away Saturday, September 7, 2013. Born in Ballston Spa, December 13, 1927, he was the son of the late Alphonse and Rosina Aufiero. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Chauncy was a Ballston Spa Police Officer. He later worked at General Electric Co for 30 years, retiring in 1988. He was a member and vice president of IUE Local 301.

Chauncy served as a village trustee and was a member of the Ballston Spa Elks, VFW Post 358 and American Legion Post 234. Chauncy was a member of the Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co No 1 where he served on the Fire Police and was past captain.

He enjoyed cooking and driving around in his car. When you heard his familiar whistling you knew Chauncy was on his way. His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley Aufiero, his brother, John Aufiero, and sisters, Nina Connelly, Annette Parente, Ann Mullen, Edith Aufiero and Hilda Ryan. Chauncy is survived by his children, Judy Paine (William) of Saratoga Springs and Michael Aufiero (Lana) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren, Stacey, Christopher, Michael, Mark, Chendell and Alyssa; great grandchildren, Jamison and Alexa; sister, Marian O’Brien of Albany; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9am Wednesday, September 11 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, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 6-9pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Leo C. Hoffman 76 of Greenfield, passed away Thursday, September 5, 2013. Born in Greenfield, January 25, 1937, he was the son of the late Otto and Beatrice Hoffman.

Leo worked for General Electric Co in Schenectady for many years and later retired from the Tire Warehouse. He served in the Army National Guard. He enjoyed hunting and spending time with his best friend, his dog Madison.

Leo is survived by his son, Donald Hoffman of Middle Grove; two granddaughters, Heather Hoffman and Rachel DePaul (Jim); seven great grandchildren, Nick, Danny, Emily, Michael, Jacob, Maddox and Sammy; and his longtime companion, Mitzi Pinckney.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 9 from 6-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

Jimmy “Beaver” Dupuis 47 of Stillwater, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at his home under the care of Hospice after a very brief illness with the love of his life Rhonda and son Tyler by his side.

Beaver was born in Sharon, Connecticut on September 3, 1965. He grew up in Ellenburg, NY and graduated from Northern Adirondack High School. He moved to Saratoga County with his favorite Uncle Joe and Aunt Vickie to start his Drywall career becoming a well known contractor in the area for many years.

Beaver was well known for his huge heart and was just the best friend anyone could ask for. The good times with friends having a cold beer in his garage after work will be remembered by many.

Beaver is survived by his fiancée Rhonda and son Tyler who meant the world to him and Rhonda’s parents Ron and Martha French who he became very close to. He is also survived by his father, Richard Dupuis (Kathy) of Ellenburg, his mother, Carol Bedard of Plattsburgh, brothers, Mike Dupuis (Amy) of Ellenburg, Dave Dupuis of West Chazy, sisters, Michelle Pelkey (Shawn) of Cadyville, Hope Wall (Colin) of Ellenburg; godparents, Rose and Paul Kloiber; neighbors and best friends, Uncle Joe, Aunt Vickie, Courtney (Jason), Charlie (RJ), and their children Morgan, Natalie, Lennon; and many many friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

At Beaver’s request we will be having a celebration of his life at 1pm Saturday, September 7 at his home 12 Blizzard Road, Stillwater. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

The family would like to thank the Hospice staff for the wonderful care and compassion given to Beaver during his illness.

Carl L. Cook 60 of Clifton Park, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Born in Ballston Spa, December 26, 1952, he was the son of the late Harold and Muriel Cook. Carl was a safety officer at Knolls Atomic Power Lab in West Milton and Niskayuna.

Carl was a member of the Owl Kill Rod and Gun Club and a life member of the NRA. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. His greatest joy was spending time with his beloved grandchildren.

Carl is survived by his wife, Barbara; his sons, Jason Cook (Ami) and Ryan Cook; stepson, Gordon Benson (Yi); stepdaughter, Jennifer Bartlett (Rich); sister, Nancy Waite (Kenneth) and 7 grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5-7pm Tuesday, September 3 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or the NRA www.nrafoundation.org

Ruth E. Bellinger 85 of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Born in Ballston Spa, May 6, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Lillian Staulters. Ruth was a bus driver for Ballston Spa Schools for many years, retiring in 1983.

She enjoyed sewing, word puzzles and making crafts. Ruth liked to camp and travel and spent many winters in Florida. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Sidney Bellinger, daughter, Jacqueline Green and brother, Leonard Staulters. Ruth is survived by her children, Charles Cornell (Tanom) of Chazy, Shelley Willette (Ted) of Malta, Denise Galarneau (Richard) of Saratoga Springs and Cindy Cornell of Richland, WA; stepchildren, Dorothy Brooks (John) of Florida, Cathy Green of Florida, David Bellinger of Ballston Spa, Paul Bellinger (Deborah) of Texas and John Bellinger (Lenore) of Ballston Spa; brother, Maynard Staulters (Dorothy) of Angola, IN; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10-11am Saturday, August 31 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 11am. Burial will be in Malta Ridge Cemetery,

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

David J. Clayton 52 of Charlton passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2013. Born in Ballston Spa, October 17, 1960 he was the son of Kenneth Clayton and Joanne Wade Krutz. He was a graduate of Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School and Spencer Business Institute. David was a manager at Xtra Mart and later worked at Cumberland Farms.

David owned thoroughbred horses with Charles Wadlow. He was an avid bowler and bowled on the Ballston Merchant team for over 30 years. He enjoyed camping and fishing. He was a beekeeper and made and sold honey locally for many years.

David is survived by his mother, Joanne Wade Krutz of Charlton, father, Kenneth Clayton of Lancaster, PA, brothers, Wayne Clayton of Charlton, Michael Clayton of Schenectady and Robert Clayton, Sr (Rose) of Ballston Spa, and his nephew, Robert Clayton, Jr.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 29 from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will be held at 6:30pm.

Toni M. Petersen 66 of Galway, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Born on December 18, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut, she was the daughter of the late Parker and Doris Scott. She moved to the Ballston area in 1983. Toni worked for Scanner World in Colonie for many years.

She was an animal lover and raised and showed German Shepherds. She also enjoyed working in her garden.

Toni is survived by her husband, Jack Petersen; her daughters, Marie Gerrie of Deep River, Connecticut and Terri Wagner (David) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren, Aaron Gerrie and Stefan Gerrie of Deep River, Connecticut, Julianna Wagner and Kyle Wagner of Ballston Spa; and her brother, Drew Scott (Maureen) and their daughter Emily of Connecticut and several additional nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 1pm Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Toni to the American Cancer Society, Community Hospice of Saratoga or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Mary L. Marcuccio Holzschuh 90 of Saratoga Springs, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2013. Born in Long Island, NY, August 15, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Giacinto and Margaret Marcuccio.

Mary was an accountant at Sears in Long Island for many years. She was a charitable person and enjoyed animals. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her sister, Christina Grace Kazmierczak and nephew, John Joseph Dawidoicz. Mary is survived by her husband, Charles Holzschuh, her niece, Patricia Ann Kazmierczak; great nephews, Dennis Dale Delaney and John Joseph Dawidoicz, Jr. and his wife, Annmarie; great nieces, Christina Mary Maggiore, Karyn Dawidoicz, and Lauren Dawidoicz; great great nephews, Anthony Jake Delaney and Colton Michael; and many additional nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews in New Jersey and Long Island.

A memorial mass will be held 9:30am Monday, August 19 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa.

Willis (Will) C. Denison, 76, passed away at home with his family by his side on Wednesday, August 7, 2013. Born April 26, 1937 in Harmony Corners, NY, he was the son of the late Lester B. Denison, Sr. and Gladys L. (Clark) Denison. After graduating from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, Will married Marlene (Martin) Denison on February 23, 1957 in Ballston Spa where they raised their three children Barry, Rick and Cheri.

Will was employed by E. F. Hauserman and his work eventually took him to North Haven, CT. He retired from the Company after 46 years of service and came back home to Ballston Spa in 2000.

Will was actively involved with his children’s sports teams and served as President of the Ballston Spa Pop Warner Jets while his children attended Ballston Spa schools. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing and working in his yard. In retirement, Will enjoyed his annual trips with Marlene, leaf peeping in Maine in the fall, sunning in Florida in the winter and especially the surprise 50th wedding anniversary vacation they spent with their children and grandchildren in Orlando. Most of all he enjoyed just being around his family, sharing old stories, playing cards and watching Yankees baseball and UConn basketball. Will had a contagious smile and will always be remembered for his ready laugh and love of life. He had many friends and was well known and loved in the Ballston Spa community.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers David Denison of New Hampshire and Lester Denison, Jr. of Charlton, NY. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marlene; his three children, Barry Denison (Kathy) of Saratoga Springs NY, Rick Denison (Maria) of Aurora, OH and Cheri Denison (Willow) of Ballston Spa, NY; his grandchildren, Dana Denison and Derek Denison, both of Saratoga Springs, NY and Shelby Denison of Aurora, OH; 3 step grandchildren and 2 step great-grandchildren; his brothers and in laws, Carl Denison (Barbara) of Centerville, OH, John Denison (Myrna) of Averill Park, NY, Betty Denison of Charlton, NY, Rita Troiano of Hooksett, NH, Gary Martin (Lisa) and Midge McHale (Jim) of Ballston Spa, NY, Glenn Martin (Gloria) of The Villages, FL, David Martin (Sue) of St. Louis, MO and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, August 9, between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa, NY. A graveside service will be held at Ballston Spa Cemetery on Saturday, August 10 at 11:00 a.m.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Will can be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Ballston Spa Community Emergency Corp, 78 Thompson St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020-1326.

Georgianna Green 71 of Malta, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 after a brave battle with cancer. She was born on April 29, 1942 in Saratoga Springs, NY to Elmer and Esther Derby. Georgia grew up in Ballston Spa and then as an adult had the opportunity to live in various places, including several years in Ozark, Missouri, where she owned and operated a real estate company.

She returned to her hometown in 1983 and married her beloved Ray. She worked at the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office for 18 years where she made many dear friends.

Georgia is survived by her devoted husband Ray, her children, Angie Orth (Gary) of Ozark, Missouri, Shelly Eib Goessmann (Gary) of Ozark, Missouri, Michael Green (Stacy) of Ballston Spa and Tammi Green of Ballston Spa, her sister, Sandy Clark of Ballston Spa, nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside service will be held 1:30pm Monday, August 12 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

Georgia loved to be outside in her gardens of flowers. Although she loved flowers, she also adored pets. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local Humane Society, Community Hospice of Saratoga or the American Cancer Society.

The family would like to thank the caring staff of Community Hospice of Saratoga and the many friends and relatives whose calls and visits made her so happy. She is loved and will be missed by many.

Ronald B. Campbell 75 of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2013 surrounded by his family. Born in Ballston Spa, May 31, 1938, he was the son of Bernard and Birdella Campbell. Ron worked for the US Post Office for 35 years, retiring in 2006. He enjoyed gardening, cooking and watching cooking shows. He liked to work on cars and attend car shows. His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, Bernard and Birdella, his brother, John, and his sons, John and Jeffrey Melna. Ron is survived by his wife Marilyn; his children, Carol Campbell of Norwich, CT, Susan Campbell of Ballston Spa and Susan Melna of Ballston Spa; his grandchildren, Luke Campbell, Megan Melna, Morgan Melna and Chelsea Melna; his sisters, Nancy Morley of Ballston Spa and Jo-Ann Griffin (Frank) of Ballston Spa; his in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Thursday, August 8 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 5-8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ron to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Emergency Corp., Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Carroll E. Davis 75 of Malta, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2013. Born in Beaumont, Texas, September 5, 1937, he was the son of the late Samuel and Eva Davis. He served in the US Army. Carroll retired from General Electric after 34 years of service.

Carroll enjoyed the Adirondacks where he loved to hunt and fish. He also enjoyed snowmobiling and was an avid NY Yankees fan.

He was predeceased by his 15 brothers and sisters. Carroll is survived by his wife of 41 years, Merle A. Davis; his sister, BJ Cobb of Long View, Texas; nieces, Greer Hotaling of Ballston Spa and Lesley Monaco of Ballston Spa and many additional nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, August 7 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Colonie. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday evening from 6-8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Estherville Animal Shelter, 100 Russell Road, Greenfield Center, NY 12833 or City Mission of Schenectady, PO Box 760, Schenectady, NY 12301.

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