Obituaries


John J. Schiller 76 of Ballston Spa passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013. Born in Newport, Kentucky on January 23, 1937 he was the son of the late John and Dorothy Schiller. John was a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to earn his Professional Engineer License and started his own business, Consulting Engineering Services, PC, of Ballston Spa.

John was the manager of his high school basketball team and continued to be an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan throughout his college and professional career. He also enjoyed baseball and was a Cincinnati Reds fan. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, including his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his sister Virginia and his brother Bob. John is survived by his wife, Marie, of 51 years; his children and their spouses, Mary and Terry Catone of Ballston Spa, Gretchen and Barry Wescott of Ballston Spa, Ann and Andrew Crouth of Ballston Spa, John and Devona Schiller, Jr. of Annapolis, MD, Rachel and Brian Martz of Ballston Spa, and Emily and Eli Deso of Middle Grove; his grandchildren, Daniel and Virginia Catone, Andrew, Samuel and Caroline Crouth, Desmond, Arianna, Evelyn and Luke Martz and his lifelong friend, John Ratliff of Kentucky.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, July 18 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 Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Office of Alumni and Development, 138 Leader Avenue, Lexington, KY 40506

Larry J. Galloway 71 of Ballston Spa passed away Friday, July 12, 2013. Born in Cuba, NY, September 11, 1941, he was the son of the late George Galloway and Mary Lawton. He served in the US Army. Larry was an auditor for the NYS Comptroller Office for 30 years, retiring in 1996. He was an active member of the Ballston Spa Lions Club. He enjoyed golfing, bowling and his beloved dog Missy.

He was predeceased by his wife of 37 years Kathleen, his son Mark, and his second wife Christine. Larry is survived by his daughters, Lynn Nielsen and her husband Thomas of Fairport, NY and Susan Svoboda Palma and her husband Michael of Greenfield Center, his grandchildren, Brittany, Carly and David Svoboda, Jr, Paige and Nathan Galloway Hammond, Jacob and Connor Nielsen, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Wednesday, July 17 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 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Frances R. Alexanian 71 of Ballston Spa passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at her home. Born in Albany, NY on December 9, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Mary McCann, Jr. She graduated from Vincentian Institute in 1960 and Hudson Valley Community College in 1962 with an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene.

Fran worked for various dentists in the Albany area until moving to Ballston Spa in 1967. After raising her children she started back to work for Dr. Ronald Faigin until she retired in 1999.

Fran was a charter member of the Ballston Spa Elks Lodge #2619 Ladies Auxiliary and served on many events. After her retirement she spent her time enjoying her grandchildren along with doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku. Fran was an active parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and served on the Altar Society.

During her life Fran was a den mother for the Cub Scouts and a volunteer at Milton Terrace where her children attended school. She was an assistant coach for the Ballston Spa Soccer Club during her children’s participation. In the past few years Fran was active with the Altar Ladies of St Mary’s and was in charge of scheduling along with being the liaison to the parish priest.

Fran is survived by her beloved husband of 49 years, Paul M. Alexanian, Jr., her cherished children, David (Maria) of Ballston Spa, Stephen (Dawn) of Gansevoort, and Loren (Jennifer Rotermund) of Shoreline, Washington, the light of her life her grandchildren, Sydney, Gabriel, Joshua and Daniel, sisters, Mary Lou Burkhard of Delmar and Jean Connelly of Albany, brother, Daniel J. McCann, III of Corpus Christi, Texas and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial mass will be held 12 noon Monday, July 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. The family will receive relatives and friends from 10-12 noon at the church. Interment will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Theodore K. Curley 73 of Ballston Spa passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013. Born in Mahopac, NY, March 3, 1940, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Evelyn Curley. He was a machinist mate for the US Navy serving on nuclear submarines. Ted worked for D&H Railroad for 37 years, retiring in 2002.

He was a communicant of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Galway. Ted was a member of the US Submarine Veterans Albany Saratoga Base. He enjoyed model railroads.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Joyce Williams and Patricia Hesslegrave. Ted is survived by his wife Michelle; his children, Ann McCulloch of Addison, Texas, Molly Curley of Ballston Spa, Timothy Curley of Syracuse, and Jennifer Staulters (Bob) of Ballston Spa; 6 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, July 10 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 2113 East Street, Galway where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial with military honors will follow in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 7-9pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

John T. Dymond Sr. 72 of Saratoga Lake passed away Friday, July 5, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Ballston Spa, October 4, 1940 he was the son of the late Thomas and Beatrix Dymond. He served in the US Marine Corps. John worked at the Saratoga Flat Track for many years. He was a member of the Marine Corp League, VFW Post 358 of Ballston Spa and American Legion Post 91 of Mechanicville. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

John is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joanne (Thivierge) Dymond; his children, Valerie Pineo (Brian) of Jeffersonville, VT, Eleanor Curran of Schenectady, Lesa Dzieniszewski (Alex) of Cambridge, Jan Millington of Schenectady, May Scoville (Leslie) of Wilton, Beatrix O’Dell (Ivan) of Ballston Spa and John T. Dymond, Jr of Saratoga Lake; brother, Keith Dymond (Doris) of Ballston Spa, 18 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 9 from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral service with military honors will be at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Town of Saratoga on a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Marine Corps League

Robert R. Trevethan 59 of Ballston Spa passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013. Born in Tacoma, Washington, September 23, 1953 he was the son of Gladys Perkins and the late Roland Trevethan. He grew up in Shullsburg, Wisconsin, where he was known as Rolo, and was an accomplished athlete

Rob enjoyed camping and he was an avid Chicago Bears fan. He had a passion for music and had an extensive record collection. He could recite a line from any movie and was a great storyteller. He enjoyed a good joke and was sometimes called Roberta by his friends.

Rob’s favorite quote was “May you live as long as you want to and want to as long as you live.”

Rob is survived by his children, Chelsea Beyer (Frank) of Guam, and Robbie Trevethan of Saratoga Springs; his mother, Gladys Perkins (Roger) of Ballston Spa, sister, Cathy Engels of Palmetto, Florida, nieces, Cassandra and Stephanie; nephew, Jason; great niece, Caity and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 11 from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 8pm.

Burial will be Friday, July 12 in Rock City Falls Cemetery with a graveside service at 10am.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Liver Foundation.

Madeleine Y. Ortoleva 89 of Saratoga Springs, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013. Born in Reims, France, August 6, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Etienne and Jeanne Fontaine.

She attended college in France and was a graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. She earned a master’s degree and Ph D from SUNY Albany. Madeleine taught French and French Literature at Skidmore College for 30 years, retiring as a full professor in 1986.

She was predeceased by her husband Michael J. Ortoleva, Sr; four brothers and two sisters. Madeleine is survived by her sons, Ronald Ortoleva and his wife Janice of Ontario, Canada and Michael Ortoleva, Jr of New York, NY; two grandchildren, Anthony Ortoleva (Ashley) and Angela Ortoleva (Bob) all of Ontario, Canada; her sister, Simonne Brodier of France and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to your local food pantry in memory of Madeleine.

Reita C. Askew 88 of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013 after a long battle with diabetes, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Jonesville, January 15, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Rupert and Katherine Humiston.

Reita loved traveling and visiting her sister in Florida. She was a member of the Brookline Social Club. She loved Bingo and enjoyed all the activities at Maplewood Manor where she resided for the last three years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Clarence, daughter and son in law, Cheryl and David Keister, daughter, Deborah Holmes, son, Philip Askew and brother, William Humiston. Reita is survived by her children, Gary Askew (Nancy) of Rhode Island, Douglas Askew (Judy) of Ballston Spa, Madeline Waller (Howard) of Ballston Spa, Jeffery Askew of Malta, Charles Askew of Ballston Spa, Gail Askew (Ken) of Ballston Spa, Dennis Askew (Judy) of Rock City Falls and Joseph Askew of Saratoga Springs, sisters, Shirley Dymond of Florida and Elizabeth MacMillin of Ballston Spa, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, July 8 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. A reception will be held at the Malta Ridge Fire Department on Route 9 in Malta following the service. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 7 from 4-6pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made Maplewood Manor A3 or American Cancer Society.

The family would like to thank the staff at Maplewood Manor for their care and compassion.

Joseph R. Greco, 70 of Ormond Beach, Florida, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013 at Florida Ormond Memorial with many loving family members by his side. Born in Schenectady, NY on November 27, 1942 he was the son of Joseph and Marie Greco. He served in the US Air Force. Joe was a machinist at General Electric Co for 30 years.

He loved camping, the beach, and being the life of the party with his family. Joe was a man of many quotes including, “I am a man and I can do what I want.” He was always wheeling and dealing and he always got “The Good Deal.”

He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Marie Greco and his son Gregory Greco. Joe is survived by his wife, Catherine L. Greco; his children and their spouses, Glen and Kathleen Greco of Ballston Spa, Gary Greco of Schenectady, Darlene and Lisa Verchereau-Greco of Cohoes, Cindi and Shannon Faas of Edison, NJ and Charity Russell of Middle Grove; grandchildren, Glen and Alaina Greco, Mandy Raymond (Chris), Gary Greco, Nicole, Natasha, Gregory, Logan and Brooke Greco, Gabrielle Verchereau-Greco, Meghan, Caitlyn and Mason Faas, and Tyler Russell; great grandchildren, Brock Raymond and Isabella Greco-Jordan; brother, Ron Greco (Anne) of Viera, FL, sister, Marlene DeSantis (Arthur) of Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, July11 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 6-8pm at the funeral home.

Richard L. Ward 92 of Saratoga Springs, passed away Friday, June 22, 2013. Born in Gloversville, NY, March 22, 1921 he was the son of the late William L. and Hazel M. (Olmstead) Ward. Both sides of the family could trace ancestors who immigrated to this area before the Revolutionary War.

Dick was an Army veteran of World War II, 82nd Airborne Division Glider Field Artillery. He took part in battles in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, the Low Countries and Germany. He was a member of the Golden K Kiwanis and Battle of the Bulge Association.

Dick took pleasure in the performing arts especially opera and ballet. He enjoyed reading with special attention to history and particularly to the history of North American Railroads. He enjoyed traveling by rail to many parts of the United States and Canada. Dick visited his sister in Alaska several times and visited many places in Alaska via boat and plane including the National Parks and Wildness Areas.

He enjoyed the many hours of volunteer work that he performed for the Embury and Wesley Community in Saratoga Springs.

In addition to his parents, Dick was predeceased by his sister Julia Ward. He is survived by his sister Marjorie Ward of Sitka, Alaska.

A memorial service will be held 2pm, Tuesday, July 2, at the Embury Apartments, 133 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs. Burial will be in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Charles H. Braim 63 of Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully Monday, June 24, 2013 at his home with his wife by his side. Born in Ballston Spa, August 11, 1949 he was the son of the late Harold and Margaret Quinn Braim. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

Chuck worked at General Electric in the Rotterdam Plant for 18 years as a machinist and production coordinator until the plant was sold. He remained with the new owners, VonRoll Isola Inc until his retirement in 2009.

Chuck enjoyed bowling and golfing and was an avid Giants fan. He loved working in his garage and always had a project to work on. If he couldn't find exactly what he needed, he made it. He also loved working in his yard. He was always planting something. As chronic back problems curtailed his physical abilities, it never stopped him from offering a helping hand to his friends and family. If he couldn't do the physical work, he could always lend his knowledge.

Chuck is survived by his wife of 34 years, Jill (Davis) Braim whom he married on December 1, 1978; his brother, Thomas Braim (Rhoda) of Middle Grove, uncles, Robert Braim of Saratoga Springs and Gerald Braim (Mary) of Gansevoort; brothers in law and sisters in law, Kenneth and Patricia Davis, Skip and Traci Davis, Robert and Suzanne Mundell, Matthew and Ann Gormley; nieces and nephews, Michael, William, and Joseph Davis, Scott Mundell, Michael Gormley, Tyler and Lauren Davis, Justin Braim and Jodi Matthews; great nieces and nephews, Madison, Kason, Ella, Aiden, Kayla, and Olivia; and several cousins.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, June 27 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Special thanks to Dr. Fletcher Starnes, Dr. Nagaet Ibrahim. Dr. Christopher Gibson, The Staff of Saratoga Hospital and Community Hospice of Saratoga, and Chuck’s family, friends and neighbors for their care and support.

Michael A. Austro “Cowboy” 51 of Charlton, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Born in Christopher, Illinois, December 20, 1961, he was the son of Kazimierz and Sandra Austro. Mike was a heavy equipment operator and member of IUOE Local 158 District 106. He enjoyed motorcycle riding and fishing. Mike adored his family and loved spending time with his children.

He is survived by his wife Susan; his children, Jacob Austro of Charlton, Taylor Austro of Charlton, Dakota Kane of Ballston Spa and Jessica Mosher of Charlton; parents, Kazimierz “Mike” and Sandra Austro of Charlton; sisters, Cynthia Howe of Glenville, Christine Wojtowecz of Charlton and Linda Chase (Kevin) of Charlton; mother in law and father in law, Robert and Jean Gantz of Albany, brother in law, Robert Gantz (Deb) of Waterford; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 24 from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Jacob and Taylor Austro Scholarship Fund at any branch of the Capital Communications Federal Credit Union.

Margaret S. Heritage 85 of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Ballston Spa, September 23, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Adam and Cecelia Wojtowecz. Margaret worked at the Ballston Knitting Mill and cooked at Breyo’s for many years. She enjoyed cooking, baking and playing cards with her family. She enjoyed being outdoors and never missed a garage sale. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa.

She was predeceased by her husband William, her sons, Wayne and Billy and several brothers and sisters. Margaret is survived by her children, John Heritage (Diane) of Galway, Vicki Heritage (Guy) of Ballston Spa, Cindy Delancey (Tom) of Corinth, and Randy Heritage (Terri) of Ballston Spa, daughters in law, Brenda Heritage of Ballston Spa and Victoria Minnitti of Galway, sisters, Jeanette Grady of Ballston Spa and Agnes Gawrys of Ballston Spa, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Monday, June 24 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 Sunday from 4-6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wesley Foundation or American Diabetes Association.

Virginia L. Brundige 93 of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, June 17, 2013. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, March 24, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Sarah Leete. She was a graduate of Albany Business College.

Virginia and her husband Floyd, whom she met during World War II while working at the Watervliet Arsenal, owned and operated Floyd C. Brundige Fuel Oil Inc in Ballston Spa for many years. She enjoyed cooking and dancing. She enjoyed Caribbean Cruises and also traveled to Europe. She loved doing crafts and made many doll clothes, quilts and prom dresses. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Floyd and her daughter, Patricia. Virginia is survived by her children, James Brundige and his wife Barbara of Locust Valley, NY, her daughter, Joanne Hackett of Ballston Spa; grandchildren, James, Jr., Jack, Joseph, Jesse, Maxine, and Matthew, great grandchildren, Jordan, Peyton, Mason, Taylor, Cooper and Madilyn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 19, from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 11am Thursday, June 20 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

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

Elizabeth E. "Betty" Miller 86 of Rock City Falls, passed away Friday, June 14, 2013. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY, August 1, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Delbert and Gladys Stephens. Betty was a homemaker and enjoyed going to garage sales. Her greatest joy was her great grandchildren and she babysat them often.

She was predeceased by her husband James “Duke” Miller and her sister Mary Lou Graham. Betty is survived by her daughter, Sharen Sheller (Paul) of Northville, grandchildren, Darren Costanzo of Rock City Falls, and Michelle Chandler (Walter) of Greenfield; and her beloved great grandchildren, Nicholas, Brooke, Walker, Derek and Dillon.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Wednesday, June 19 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Rock City Falls Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 6-8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Rock City Falls Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 25, Rock City Falls, NY 12863.

Kevin R. Fodge 43 of Middle Grove, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Born in Troy, NY, April 3, 1970 he was the son of Robert Fodge and Elaine Riley Bateholts. Kevin worked for Price Chopper for 25 years. He enjoyed camping and spending time with his family.

Kevin is survived by his children, Kevin and Kylie and their mother, Joslyn; his mother, Elaine Bateholts and her husband John; his father, Robert Fodge; his brothers and sisters, Keith Fodge, David, Jason, Loretta, John Jr, Crystal, Candy, Lucas, Kitty, Jen and Holly; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 17 from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A time of sharing will be held at 6:30pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Walter J. Symons, 61 of Queensbury passed away on Monday, June 10, 2013 at his home. Born November 10, 1951 in Wilkes Barre, PA, he was the son of the late Walter F. and Dolores R. (Moyer) Symons.

A 1969 graduate of Reading High School in Reading, PA, Walt also graduated from Kutztown State College and received his Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from SUNY Albany.

He dedicated himself to working with individuals with special needs, serving as the Assistant Executive Director of the Warren/Washington ARC. In addition, Walt worked for BOCES and was instrumental in the establishment of Alternatives In Mankind (AIM). He worked as a Special Education teacher at the Ballston Spa High School, where he retired in 2007. After his retirement, Walt worked part-time at the West Mountain Ski Area.

Walt was an avid music lover and enjoyed playing the guitar with his friends. He also enjoyed working around his yard and in the garden beside his wife, Ann. Walt volunteered for the Little Theater on the Farm. Spending time with his family brought him the greatest joy. He was especially proud of his daughter, McKenzie and loved to watch her perform at dance competitions and play the cello.

Walt is survived by his wife of 18 years, Ann Humiston-Symons, who he married June 10, 1995; his daughter, McKenzie Symons of Queensbury; his brothers and sisters, Susan Wise (Steven) of Leesport, PA, Gloria Guard (Robert Hamilton) of Bernville, PA, Brian Symons of Reading, PA, Christopher Symons (Suzanna) of Muhlenberg, PA, Kimberly Haines (John) of Reading, PA, Dolores Lesagonicz (David) of Kenhorst, PA, Elizabeth Symons of Reading, PA and Steven Symons (Nina) of Sinking Springs, PA; his brother in law, William Humiston (Sharon Brice) of Ballston Spa, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10am Friday, June 14, 2013 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St., Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4-8 pm on Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Little Theater on the Farm, 27 Plum Road, Fort Edward, NY 12828 or AIM Services, Inc., 4227 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Betty Mae Day, 78 of Birchwood Lane, Ballston Spa passed away Friday, June 7, 2013 at Saratoga Hospital. Born February 28, 1935 in Amsterdam, NY, she was the daughter of the late Boyd and Mae (Baird) Tallmadge of Scotia where she lived most of her childhood life prior to moving to Ballston Spa with her husband and son in 1969.

Betty was a graduate of Scotia High School and Spencer Business School in Schenectady. She worked at the First Reformed Church in Schenectady for ten years as a secretary and also for the American Red Cross in Ballston Spa and the New York State Department of Tax and Finance.

She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, doing crossword puzzles and watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy as well as spending time with her family. Betty was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa and the Ballston Area Seniors.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Walter W. Day, who died January 10, 2009. She is survived by her two sons, Thomas Boyd Day (Eileen) of Mechanicville, NY and David George Day (Dee Dee) of Ballston Spa; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Malone (Thomas) of Middle Grove; her two grandchildren, Brandon David Day and Mariah May Day and several cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow at Maple Avenue Cemetery in Fultonville, NY. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 6-8 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Reeve Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A, Short Hills, NJ 07078

Gladys Bush, 82 of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, June 7, 2013. Born on December 21, 1930 in Ballston Spa, she was a life-long resident and daughter of the late Burt and Louise (White) Bush.

Gladys was a member of the Rock City Falls United Methodist Church and enjoyed traveling.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Stanley Bush, a sister, Elsie Flinton and her brother, William Bush. She is survived by her two sisters, Margaret A. Orzoleck of Ballston Lake and Sharon Salvato of Ballston Spa, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St., Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Middle Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 1-2 pm on Tuesday prior to the services at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

William S. Stack, Sr., 86 of Ballston Spa, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2013. Born on August 27, 1926 in Gloversville, NY he was the son of the late Andrew and Irene (Sherman) Stack.

Bill was a 1944 graduate of Gloversville High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the US Army and served in Europe during World War II in the 89th Infantry Division where he earned his combat infantryman’s badge. On June 7, 1952 he married Julia Marie Corning at St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa where he was a member. Marie passed away on July 11, 2011.

Bill worked as a letter carrier for the US Postal Service where he retired after 37 years of service. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 358 and American Legion Henry Cornell Post 234 in Ballston Spa.

Bill enjoyed bowling, golf and coaching little league and always supported his children’s and grandchildren’s sports teams and activities. He was a fan of the Washington Redskins, the San Francisco Giants and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he is predeceased by his brothers and sisters and a grandson, Ryan Stack. He is survived by his children, William Stack, Jr., Andrew Stack (Sharon), Donald Stack (Holly) and Irene Malzer (Chuck); eight grandchildren, Jessica Raiber (Brent), Gary Stack, Daniel Stack, Heather Kallner, Jeffrey Stack, Gregory Stack (Nicole), Phillip and Jordan Malzer; five great-grandchildren, Liam, Braeden, Declan, Finley and Rowan Raiber; his sister and brother in law, Bernice and Hugh Hollowood and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 am Tuesday, June 11, 2013 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, West Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 5-8 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St., Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org) PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Barbara Jean Merrill (nee Lang), 81, of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2013 at her home. Born in Ballston Spa, June 15, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Katherine Butterweck Lang. Barbara was the court clerk for Judge William Connor at the Town of Milton for many years, retiring in 1998.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Saratoga Springs. She enjoyed family and friends, her camp on Sacandaga Lake, the beach, traveling, theatre, and arts and crafts.

Barbara was predeceased by her sister, Anne, and brothers, Henry, Fred, and Edward. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Duane Merrill; her son Jeffrey and his wife Judith of Ballston Spa; and her grandchildren, Sarah Merrill of Ballston Spa and Jacob Merrill and his girlfriend Meghan of Alexandria, Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 10 from 9:30 to 11:30am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs. A service will follow at 11:30am. Burial will be in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

The family would like to thank Kelli Foley of Community Hospice and family friend Laura Eadon for making it possible to keep Barbara comfortable at her home.

William Boyd Steen Houston, Jr 91 of Ballston Lake, passed away Friday, May 31, 2013. Born in Yonkers, NY, August 31, 1921 he was the son of the late William Boyd Steen Houston, Sr and Helen Elizabeth Heffern Houston.  He served in the United States Navy Seabees during World War II and fought in the South Pacific battles of Saipan and Okinawa. Bill was an electrician and worked for General Motors in Tarrytown, NY for many years.

Bill was a lifelong member of Diamond-Thistle Masonic Lodge of Westchester County. He was an avid reader of world history, especially European history.

He was predeceased by his brothers, John, Vincent and Gordon who were Navy veterans of WWII, and his brother, James. Bill is survived by his wife of 64 years, Sarah Craig Houston; his children, William C. Houston and his wife Claudia of New Bern, NC, Gordon C. Houston of Ballston Lake and Janet Houston-Uddin and her husband Hassan of Ballston Lake, grandchildren, William Scott Houston and his wife Lani of Massapequa, Shannon Lee Houston-Corona and her husband Alan of Chicago, IL, Amanda Lee Bongioanni and her husband Roberto of Lafayette, LA, Lindsay Houston-Uddin of Ballston Lake, Sarah Houston-Uddin of Ballston Lake, great grandsons, Lucas Antonio Bongioanni of Lafayette, LA, Connor William Bongioanni of Lafayette, LA; and his sister, Agnes Houston Smith of Poughquag, NY.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10:30 to 12:30 on June 6, 2013 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 12:30. Burial with military honors will be in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services will be held 9am Monday, May 20 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, May 19 from 2-4 and 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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