Obituaries


Robert E. Baker, Sr., 85 of Saratoga Springs, passed away surrounded by his family on February 14, 2013. Born in Saratoga Springs, he was the son of the late Nathan and Ada Baker. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and served in the Army as part of the peace-keeping troops in Kobe, Japan after World War II.

Bob worked for the American Locomotive Co. in Schenectady for many years and spent 35 years working in the banking industry before retiring from Fleet Bank in 1989.

Bob was a former member of the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, the Oriental Temple of Shriners, and Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 90 F&AM where he served as treasurer. Bob was actively involved in a number of civic organizations serving as treasurer and/or board member of the Ballston Spa Cemetery Association, the Ballston Spa School District and the Saratoga County Fair. After retirement, he continued serving as treasurer for a number of clubs at the Embury Apartments and enjoyed running the weekly bingo game.

His most treasured role was that of devoted husband to his wife Harriet, who predeceased him in 2004 after 52 years of marriage. Having no siblings of his own, he was fully embraced by Harriet’s family including her sister and brother, Gloria Dower and Edwin Wagner.

Bob is survived by his children, Patricia Muller (Richard) of Troy, VA, Ann Baker (John) of Jacksonville, FL and Robert Baker, Jr. (Tami) of Slingerlands, NY; seven grandchildren, Opal, Kristin, Joelle, Brittney, Rachel, Ella, and Rowan; great granddaughter, Gretchen; niece, Kathy Johnson (Vince) and nephew, John Dower (Becky).

Bob will be remembered as a true “gentle” man; as a loving father and grandfather; for his dry wit and humor; and by his many great nieces and nephews simply as “Uncle Bob”.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, February 19, 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 Monday from 4-8 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.

Irene H. Whalen, passed away Friday, February 15, 2013 at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa at the age of 89. Born in Schenectady, NY on August 25, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Mary Posson. She graduated from Draper High School and worked for General Electric in the engineering lab after high school graduation until the end of World War II.

Irene lived in Ballston Spa for most of her adult life. She spent many years volunteering in various organizations. She was a former Cub Scout leader, Brownie leader and former President of the Mohawk Pathways Girl Scout Council. When her health allowed she very much enjoyed her membership in the Thymely Herb Club.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Glenville and then Saratoga Springs, she served as a Sunday School teacher, Primary teacher, a teacher in the Young Women’s Organization and a teacher in the Relief Society Organization, which is the women’s organization of the church. She also served as the Primary President, several times as a counselor in the Relief Society Presidency and as President of the Relief Society Organization.

Her husband, James S. Whalen, whom she married on July 23, 1943, predeceased her in 2007 after 64 years of marriage. She was also predeceased by twin infant sons, Michael and Thomas Whalen, her sister, Marjorie Posson Hait; a nephew, several brothers in law and sisters in law.

Irene is survived by her children, Marcia Andreadakis (Michael) of Ballston Spa, Robert Whalen (Susan) of Ballston Spa, James Whalen (Valarie) of Corning, California, and Barbara Creeden (Rick) of Barkersville; her brother, Kenneth Posson of Schenectady; eleven grandchildren, Michael Jr. (Jennifer), David (Sarah), Alycia, and Dan (Kristy) Andreadakis, Michelle Andreadakis Rudd (Lowe), Jennifer Jensen (Brian), Monicque Deschamps (Wayne), Timothy (Monique), Melody, Robert, and Joshua Whalen; brother in law, Wallace Whalen, 36 great grandchildren and 19 nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, February 18, from 10-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am. Burial will be in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.

Irene’s family would like to thank the staff of Maplewood Manor for their kindness and care for the past four years.

Miriam J. Klein 79 of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, February 8, 2013. Born in Lynbrook, NY, March 29, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Marguerite and Cyril Minerault. She was a graduate of Wellington C. Mepham High School in Bellmore, NY and lived in Glen Cove, NY for many years until moving to Ballston Spa in 2002.

Miriam was the Assistant Manager at the First National Bank of Long Island. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, baking, reading and playing Sudoku. Miriam enjoyed simple things like sunshine, beaches, morning coffee, a good piece of chocolate, and taking her dog for a walk. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family especially her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley Klein, and her sister, Carol Ann Minerault. Miriam is survived by her children, Emily Klein, Jason Klein and his wife Lynn Angelini, Mara Fronhofer and her husband Paul, grandchildren, Shelby and Max Fronhofer, best friend and sister in spirit, Eva Cano and her beloved dog, Desi.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 6-8 pm Tuesday, February 12, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Animal Support Project, PO Box 68, Cropseyville, NY 12052 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Eileen J. Ward 80 of Ballston Spa, passed into the arms of the Lord on Friday, February 8, 2013. Born in Chatham, April 16, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Roline Lawler.
She worked at Saratoga County for 20 years. Eileen was a volunteer for the Saratoga County Office of the Aging. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, James and her son, Stephen. Eileen is survived by her daughters, Patty Westbrook (Rick) of Ballston Spa and Carole Schyberg (Kim) of Porter Corners, her son, Mike Ward of South Glens Falls, five grandchildren, Patrick Westbrook (Tony), Sean Westbrook, Shannon Westbrook, Kim Schyberg, Jr., and Kristi Middlebrook (Toby); three great grandchildren, Ryan Schyberg, Jaedyn Middlebrook and Klowee Middlebrook; sister, Beverly Baker (Ron) of Greenfield, several nieces and nephews, and many close friends.

Funeral services will held 9:30am Monday, February 11 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 1-4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 260 Osborne Road, Albany, NY 12211.

The family would like to thank the nurses on D-1 at Saratoga Hospital for their care and compassion.

Andrew C. Izzo, 17 of Galway, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2013. Born in Niskayuna February 21, 1995, he was the beloved son of John and Kathy Izzo.

Andy is survived by his parents, sister, Kaleigh, twin brother, Austin, brother, Cody, grandparents Joseph and Mary Izzo of Rochester, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, John and Janice Tranka.

Andy was a senior at Galway High School. He was an accomplished athlete, captain of the soccer and basketball teams. He also ran track. Andy was recently selected by his coaches and educators to receive a Leadership Award, which was an honor given to two senior athletes.

Andy loved birds and enjoyed horses and long horn cattle as he worked at the Shadow Rock Farm and South Family Farms. Andy was quick to smile and offer hugs to family and friends. He will be remembered for his compassion, kind heart, and generosity of spirit.

Funeral services will be held at 10am Tuesday, February 12 at Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 4 to 8 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or the charity of your choice.

Online remembrances may be made at www.caringbridge.org/visit/andrewizzo

Karl F. Stephenson (also known as Stevie) passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at his home on Middle Line Road with his family by his side.

Born November 10, 1930, he was a lifelong resident of Middle Line Road. He was often teased about always getting home faster than he went away when traveling. He was the son of Lester and Edna (Pickett) Stephenson.

He graduated from Saratoga High School in 1948 and began his 45 year career working for Ford, first under Carl King, Inc. and retired in 1993 from Morris Ford & Mercury, Inc. He was well known for his love of all Ford vehicles.

Karl served in the US Army 57th Ordinance Recovery from May 1951 - April 1953, serving in Korea. He was a lifelong member of Simpson United Methodist Church in Rock City Falls serving 49 years as Treasurer; 65 year member of Milton Grange #685; in the late 40’s he was a member of the Saratoga Stock & Trail Horse Club and enjoyed performing with the Horse Square Dance Team. He enjoyed camping and snowmobiling with his family and friends. He was an avid NASCAR fan as long as it was a Ford winning.

He was predeceased by his brother and sister in law, Paul and Pearl Stephenson. Karl is survived by his teenage sweetheart Welna (Smith) Stephenson, they recently celebrated 61 years of marriage; their two children, Cindy Reese (Mike) of Chattanooga, TN and Mark Stephenson (Mary) of Jericho, VT; 4 grandchildren, Jeffrey Reese, David Stephenson, Sarah Reese and Melanie Masi (Joe); his twin brother, Kenneth Stephenson (Jean); and many nieces and nephews.

He was loved by all and many will miss his teasing, poking and asking the question “Are you behaving?!”

Funeral services will be held 9:30 am Saturday, February 9 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in North Milton Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 4-7pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Karl’s name to Simpson United Methodist Church, PO Box 79, Rock City Falls, NY 12863

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Community Hospice of Saratoga for all their care and support during this difficult time.

John L. Thompson 82 of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marilyn Thompson; his children, Michele Savage (William) of Saratoga Springs, John P. Thompson (Helen) of Ballston Spa, Jeff Thompson (Jackie) of Lutz, Florida and Mark Thompson (Margaret) of Newport News, Virginia; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Agnes Aglidian 88 of Doubleday Woods, Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2013. Born in Bedburg, Germany, September 10, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Klara Garbe. Agnes came to the United States in 1952 and lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for many years before moving to Ballston Spa. She enjoyed knitting and going to the Racino in Saratoga Springs. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Anita Capasso. Agnes is survived by her sons, Hans Aglidian and his wife Sally, Avedis Aglidian and his wife Kathy, and Michael Aglidian all of Philadelphia, PA; her grandchildren, James Capasso, II and Nicole Capasso both of Ballston Spa, Kurt, Sean, Shannon, Melissa, Thomas and Kimberly all of Philadelphia, PA; four great grandchildren, Delanie, Alexander, Cooper and Arianna; and many nieces and nephews in Germany.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 2-4 pm Wednesday, February 6, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

A. John Bailey 96 of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2013. Born in Cooperstown, December 31, 1916, he was the son of the late Erastus and Nellie Bailey. He was a Seabee in the US Navy serving on Tinian Island during World War II.

John was a machinist for General Electric, Co in Schenectady for over 40 years. He enjoyed playing chess, bowling, golfing and fishing. Chopping wood was one of his favorite pastimes.

He was predeceased by his wife, Helen, his brothers, Ralph, Ron, Gordon, Douglas and Harold, and his sister, Marjorie. John is survived by his children, Susan Hall (George) of Ballston Spa and Thomas Bailey (Barbara) of Sloansville, five grandchildren, Christina, Stacie, Jennifer, Matthew and Helen, four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 2-4pm on Sunday, February 3 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will be held 10am Monday, February 4 at Evergreen Memorial Park, 2150 Central Ave, Schenectady.

William T. Cunningham 70 of Porter Corners, passed way Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at his sister’s home. Born in Brooklyn, NY, October 5, 1942, he was the son of the late William T. Cunningham, Sr and Susan Cunningham Alwill. He lived in Chestertown, NY and Boston, MA and came to this area in 1975.

Bill worked construction for several local companies for many years. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and being in the great outdoors with his faithful dog Champ. He was an artist and created many beautiful paintings.

Bill is survived by his sister, Carol Sweet (Walter) of Saratoga Lake, his nieces, Pamela Palmateer (Arthur Brown), Barbara Aldi (Mickey), and Linda Brophy, great nieces, Taylor Boone, Robin Schlicht (Ryan), Carrie Szczepanski, and Christy Auringer (Raymond), great nephew, Edward Brophy, uncle, Thomas Cunningham (Cynthia), cousin, Gene Lewis (Nancy), dear friend and neighbor, Mark Young, and many additional nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 12-2pm on Saturday, February 9, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 2pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank Dr. Rodney Ying, Physicians Assistant Norman Bovee, the staff of Saratoga Hospital and Community Hospice of Saratoga for their care and compassion.

Kenneth T. Bowler, 75 of Ballston Spa, NY passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, January 28th, 2013. Ken was born in Fonda, NY to John and Millie Bowler on July 7, 1937. Ken was an Elementary Vocal Music Teacher at Shenendehowa Central Schools for 30 years.

Ken's home away from home was the Ballston Spa Country Club where he was a member for 32 years. Ken's loves were his faith, his family, his friends and golf.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, June Bowler, their two sons, John and his wife Debbie Bowler of Malta, and Christopher Bowler of Greenfield Center; and his grandson, Marcus Bowler of Queensbury.

A celebration of his life will be held from 12pm-3pm Friday, February 1 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

André J. Guilbault passed away Sunday, Jan 27, 2013. He was 69.
Born May 21, 1943 in St. Marcel, Quebec.

He was the beloved husband of Lise Joyal ; loving father of Patrick Guilbault and Nathalie Guilbault. He also leaves behind 3 sisters and 3 brothers, Paula Guilbault, Marguerite Guilbault, Gertrude Guilbault, Gérard Guilbault, Marcel Guilbault, and Maurice Guilbault.

André was a devoted family man. He loved the outdoors, vacationing, and fishing. He was a gifted mechanic and worked 23 years at Ball Metal Container Co. in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday Feb. 1, 2013 and 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday Feb. 2, 2013, at Centre Funéraire Yves Houle & Frère Inc. 85 Rue Principale, St. Guillaume, QC JOC1L0. Interment will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at l’Église de St. Guillaume.

Jane M. Currier 71 of Ballston Spa, passed away Saturday, January 26, 2013. She was born in Ballston Spa, July 15, 1941, the daughter of the late Robert and Ernestine Thomas. Jane worked at the Ballston Knitting Mill for 30 years.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Ronald and Robert Thomas and her sister, Lorraine Runkle. Jane is survived by her husband, Edmund Currier, her daughter, Donna Austin of Endicott, three stepsons, Edmund Currier, Richard Currier and Stephen Currier all of Ballston Spa, sister Carol Austro of Charlton, 11 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 29 from 10-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mary’s Haven, 35 New Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

The family would like to thank Dr. Liebers, Dr. Hellman, the staff of A3 at Saratoga Hospital, and Robin and the Hospice staff of Mary’s Haven for their loving care and compassion.

Jennifer A. (Quill) Digman 40 of Ballston Spa, New York passed away Thursday, January 24, 2013 after an extended illness. Jennifer was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on November 18, 1972. Prior to her illness, Jennifer worked as a hair stylist at Allusions Hair and Nails in Loudonville, New York. Jennifer always saw the good in life and could fill a room with her laughter. She loved gardening, taking long walks and had a passion for shopping. Her greatest joy was found in the time she spent with her family, especially her husband and children.

Jennifer is survived by her husband, Scott Digman, her beloved children, Collin, Liam, and Sarah, her parents, Donna and John F. Lacey, Jr. of Lowell, MA, sisters, Jacqueline Adams and her husband Mark of Chelmsford, MA, and Jillian Lacey of Lowell, MA, brother, John Lacey, III of Lowell, MA, grandfather, James A. Frisone and his wife Sandra of South Yarmouth, MA, father and mother in law, John and Carolyn Digman of Ballston Spa, NY, brothers and sisters in law, John and Lisa Digman of Clifton Park, NY, Brian and Gail Digman, Jeff Digman and Michelle Digman all of Ballston Spa, NY, and Colleen and Salvadore Scali of Gainesville, FL. She also leaves many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Jennifer was predeceased by her grandmother, Sarah A. Frisone.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Wednesday, January 30 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 29 from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Gladys D. Mason 98 of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Born in Ticonderoga, NY, January 18, 1915, she was the daughter of the late George and Clara DuRoss. Gladys moved to Ballston Spa in 1942. She worked for Tufflite Plastics for over 25 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and loved having the grandchildren and great grandchildren visit her.

She was predeceased by her husband, Printess Mason. Gladys is survived by her daughters, Janet Pemberton of Malta and Joyce Hinchcliff of Rexford, four grandchildren, and many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 26, from 2-4 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Sharon M. Wright 56 of Ballston Spa, passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 20, 2013. Born in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, February 3, 1956, she was the daughter of the late Russell and Catherine Koval. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona. Sharon was an ADA Registered Dietitian for Hudson Headwaters Health Network in Warrensburg, NY. She was a hard worker and had a second job at Kohl’s because she loved working and meeting new people.

Sharon was the family travel agent. She made all the flight arrangements and carefully picked out the things to see and do. She was the team mom for the University of Albany Volleyball team. She attended every game, cheering loudly, sometimes too loudly, for her daughter and all her teammates. She enjoyed crocheting and jigsaw puzzles. She loved her pets and took in her daughters pets too, caring for them all as her own. Her greatest joy was her twin granddaughters which she proudly told everyone about.

She was predeceased by her sister, Barbara. Sharon is survived by her husband, David, her daughters, Abby Burchett (Stephen) of Albany and Casey Wright of Malta, her granddaughters, Georgiana and Genevieve Burchett, sister, Catherine Koval of South Carolina, and two nieces, Bernice and Danette.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 24 from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2 Pine West Plaza, Washington Ave Ext., Suite 204, Albany, NY 12205.

Frank DeFilippo 84, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, January 19, 2013. He was born October 5, 1928 and was a lifelong resident of Ballston Spa. Frank was honored to be a Korean War Veteran and lifetime member of the VFW. He was also an avid Yankees and Giants fan.

He was predeceased by his parents, and siblings Philomena, Anthony, Michael and James. Frank is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lucille, three loving and caring children, Sally Bonds (Dan) and Susan Ahl (Randy) of Ballston Spa, and Thomas DeFilippo (Heidi) of Yorktown, Virginia; five grandchildren, John, Lucas, Gabrielle, Joseph and Katarina; two great grandchildren, Grace and Carter; his sister, Rose Sansiveri and his brother, Alphonse DeFillippo.

Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, January 23 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Brant W. Day 49 of Saratoga Springs, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2013. He was born on April 20, 1963 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Brant worked for State Farm Insurance in Malta for 26 years and most recently at the Clifton Park Post Office.

He enjoyed traveling, hiking and Jeeps. Brant believed in giving back to many and donated to different charities. His greatest joy was spending time and taking care of his family. Brant is a great husband and great family man.

He was predeceased by his mother, Sueko Day aka Obichan, who is always with us in spirit.
Brant is survived by his wife Jessica, his children, CPL Brant K. Day USMC, Dru Day, Griffin Day, Treyvn Day, and Carter Mason Day all of Saratoga Springs, his brother, Steven Day of Rhode Island, two nieces, and his dog Pandora.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4-7pm Tuesday, January 22 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 7pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to www.kiva.org or www.aspca.org.

Judith Cinquegrano 73 of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2013. Born in Brooklyn, May 3, 1939, she was the daughter of the late John and Veronica Sodano. Judy enjoyed crocheting, beadwork and spending time with her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Martin Cinquegrano. Judy is survived by her daughter, Lisa Cinquegrano of Ballston Spa, her sister, Carol Hickey (John) of Massapequa, brother, Frank Sodano (Patricia) of New Jersey, two grandchildren, one nephew and several nieces.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 22 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial mass will follow at 10 am Tuesday at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa.

Ruth Cleveland Dodds 90 of Round Lake, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs. Born in Schenectady, May 11, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Alberta Brundige.

Ruth worked for CSEA in Albany for 25 years, retiring in 1984. She liked to travel and spent many winters in Florida. She was a charter member of the Malta Ambulance Corp. Ruth was an excellent piano player and often played for the residents at Wesley. She enjoyed crosswords and playing cards. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Charles Cleveland, second husband, William Dodds, two sons, William and David Cleveland, three brothers, Robert, Floyd and William Brundige and her sister, Jane Hickok. Ruth is survived by her children, Robert Cleveland of Saratoga Springs, Roger Cleveland (Linda) of Round Lake, Charles Cleveland (Patty) of Silver Springs, MD, and Charlene Annese (Dominick) of Rochester, her sister, Charlotte Stokna of Johnstown, 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, January 21 from 10am to12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 12 noon. Burial will be in East Line Cemetery, Malta.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Malta Ambulance Corp, PO Box 2470, Malta, NY 12020 or the Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Carolee Ann Tanzer 70 of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2013. Born in Binghamton, November 21, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Michael Bachura and Beatrice Getchell. She worked for AT&T as a telephone operator for many years. She was very caring, giving, intelligent, and loving.

Carolee is survived by her children, Michele Tanzer, Charles Tanzer Jr. (Regina), and Michael Tanzer Sr. (Tammy); her grandchildren, Richard Golden Jr., Amanda Tanzer, Amber Ahsmann (Adam), Michael Tanzer Jr., Jessica Bryce, Charles Tanzer III, and Aaron Tanzer; her great grandchildren, Drake and Sophie Tanzer and Gwendolyn Ahsmann; siblings, David Getchell, Diane Dakin, Gary Getchell, Dennis Getchell, and Denise Getchell.

At Carolee’s request there will be no calling hours and services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter because of her love of animals.

Her life touched countless others, she will be missed and she will live on through her sons, daughter, daughter-in-laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren, siblings, and those who still love her.

Beverly J. Clairmont 78 of Mechanicville, passed away Friday, January 11, 2013 after a brief illness. Born in Ballston Spa, September 13, 1934 she was the daughter of the late Myron Weaver and Permelia Mundell Weaver Butler. She left school to go to work. She worked in many laundry cleaning businesses over the years. As Beverly put it, she loved to do what most people did not. She loved pressing shirts and pants and took pride in doing it. She also enjoyed gardening, crocheting and fishing.

She was predeceased by her brother, Jim Weaver, sister, Alice Gray and husband, David J. Clairmont. Beverly is survived by her children, Robert Clairmont (Star) of Greenfield, Deborah Dubray (Mike) of Quaker Springs, Michelle Plummer of Michigan, Davida Scripter (Daniel) of Ballston Spa, Clarice Brill (Ted) of Schuylerville and Leon Clairmont of Peru, NY; her brothers and sisters, Arlene Ward, Merrillyn Capone (Francis), Joan McCarty, Richard Weaver and Keith Weaver (Char), many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

At Beverly’s request there will be no calling hours and services will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the charity of your choice.

Harold P. (Zeke) Zilka born on November 21, 1938, son of Frank S. and Mary Zilka (deceased) passed away on January 7, 2013. He was the beloved father of Frank S. Zilka II and wife Suzanne and grandchildren, Katie, Andrew and Jon and son Timothy R. Zilka. Zeke enjoyed a close relationship with his in laws, the Mann family, of Queensbury, New York. He was predeceased by his wife, Jane Widmayer Flynn and survived by stepdaughter, Christine Flynn Curran and her husband, Dr. Joshua Curran.

Zeke graduated in 1956 from Johnstown High School where he lettered in five sports per year. Prior to high school graduation, he was offered a scholarship to University of Buffalo for football but chose to attend RIT for baseball and engineering and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.As a starter at RIT in baseball, he drew the attention of major league scouts and received no less than seven opportunities in professional baseball.

In 1960, he married Olivette Bunner Williams, his lifelong friend and mother of their two sons, Frank and Tim. She survives.

His athletic career after college included being an original member in 1962 of the Glove Cities Colonials semi-pro football team. He played semi-pro baseball with the Schenectady Krals through the 60’s and in 1968 he took up the game of golf. His golf career spanned 44 years, having won numerous area golf tournaments. He was a member of Edison Club, Mohawk Club, Glens Falls Country Club and Saratoga National Golf Club. In 1978, Zeke set a modern day course record at the Edison Club. Zeke qualified and played as an amateur in the BC open in Endicott, New York and was low amateur for the tournament. Zeke was an avid skier and a certified member of Professional Ski Instructors of America. He was a member of the West Mountain and Gore Mountain ski schools. Zeke was an avid outdoor sportsman and a member of the Gooley Club since 1962. He received his pilot’s license in 1964.

In 1960, he joined Schenectady Chemical Company and in 1972 he joined Pneutronics Group, Inc. as a Sales Engineer. In 1981, he struck out on his own and incorporated H20 Technology. His sons Frank and Tim Zilka joined their father in 1984 as partners and the three grew the business to a multi-state operation. That business was sold in 1992 to Waste Management. In 1993, he incorporated Tech Services International, a pipeline cleaning and consulting company which he remained active in until the present. He felt that Obama and the present administration were out to destroy small business.

He never missed his sons’ athletic endeavors or granddaughter, Katie’s ski races or lacrosse games or his grandsons’ Andrew and Jon’s football games. He played golf and hunted with his sons and grandsons until he entered the hospital on December 12, 2012.

He touched the lives of many people as an athlete, outdoorsman and entrepreneur. He was dearly loved and will be missed by many including his beloved dogs.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of his life on Tuesday, January 15th at 5:00 p.m. at Saratoga National Golf Club, 458 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, New York.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Zeke’s name to Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866.

Marjorie Williams Jensen, MD, passed in peace from this world to join Troels, her beloved husband, on January 5, 2013 at her home.

Marjorie was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, on August 29, 1925 to Thomas Malcolm Williams and Edna Brumbaugh Williams. She graduated from Lansdale High School as Valedictorian and from Ursinus College as Salutatorian in 1946. During World War II she contributed to the war effort by working in a ball bearing factory, where workers wore straps around their wrists to automatically yank their hands out of the way of the stamping machines so the line could move faster. She earned her Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 1950, where she was one of only ten women in her class. She interned at Queen’s Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, before Hawaii became a state. She began her pathology residency at the Veterans’ Administration hospital in Milwaukee, WI. The family moved to Ballston Spa in 1960. Once her children were in school, she completed her residency and worked as a pathologist in the Ellis Hospital Laboratory until her retirement.

Marjorie met Troels when he kindly offered to help her with a broken suitcase on a train platform in London. They traveled Europe together, and she learned Danish. In 1955 they were married in Gwynedd, PA. She gave birth to a daughter Anne Marie in 1956, a son Peter Christian in 1959, another son John Thomas in 1960 and another son David Andrew Rasmus in 1963. Marjorie and Troels made their home together on Middle Line Road in the Town of Ballston, raising their children and living out their lives in peace. Troels died in 2003.

She is survived by daughter Anne Jensen (Glenn Sheehan) of Barrow, Alaska; sons Peter Jensen of Saratoga Springs, New York; John Jensen and David Jensen of Ballston Spa, New York; and granddaughter Justine Sheehan of Anchorage, Alaska.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to your local food pantry.

Eleanor Lynn Currie of Burtonsville, passed away December 29, 2012. She was born in Amsterdam, NY on March 7, 1936. A strong, driven and amazingly intelligent woman, Eleanor L. Currie, graduated from James Lynch High School, Amsterdam, NY; received her RN from White Plains Hospital School of Nursing, CT; received her Midwifery License to Practice in both Scotland and England; BSN Syracuse University School of Nursing; MSN Russell Sage University, Albany. Eleanor had an extensive career here in the Albany, NY area: teaching nursing, implementing/developing the BOCES LPN Nursing Program in conjunction with St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam; working as an Infection Control Nurse at both Albany Medical Center, Albany and Ellis Hospital, Schenectady and before her retirement with The State of New York Department of Health researching Genetic Disorders.

Daughter of the late W. James Currie and Justina (nee Gotobed) Currie, Eleanor was predeceased by her sister, the Rev. Christine Grimbol. Eleanor is survived by her sons, Eric (Sharon) Brandl, Ballston Spa, NY; Mark Brandl, Webster, NY; and Carl (Debra) Brandl, Sag Harbor, NY; her grandchildren, Benjamin, Lauren, Coleman and Kristin; three brothers, James Currie, Bristol, PA; Tom Currie, Dublin, OH; and David Currie, Cleveland, OH; sister, Susan Currie, Paoli, PA, and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held in the Spring 2013. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Her life touched countless others, she will be missed and she will live on through her sons and grandchildren and those who love her still.

Doris Bennette passed away at the age of 85 on January 1, 2013. She was born March 1, 1927 in Ballston Spa, to the late Carl and Edith Hanson. Doris was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. In 1953, Doris married Richard Bennette of Schenectady.

Doris was a devoted mother and was very involved in her children’s lives. She was a Girl Scout Leader and Cub Scout Den Mother for 10 years. Doris was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed several forms of needlework throughout her life. She was an avid outdoors woman and with her children she enjoyed camping, hiking, fishing, photography, and white water rafting. When her children were older, she worked as a nurse’s aide in local nursing homes, a job that she loved through the late 1990’s.

She was predeceased by her son, Edward Bennette, grandson, Ramey Buchholz, brother, Carl Hanson, and sister, Lena Jennings. Doris is survived by her son, Carl Bennette (Nancy) of Queensbury, her daughter, Lorie Menke (Joe) of Loveland, Colorado, grandson, Connor Bennette, granddaughter, Kaseen Buchholz, nephews and nieces, Tom Hanson, Mark Hanson , Annie Hanson and Deborah Goz, and numerous great nephews and nieces.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 6-8pm, Saturday, January 5 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A private service and burial will be held on Monday, January 7. Memorial contributions may be made in Doris’ honor to a local Girl Scout Chapter.

Blanche Anne Benzal 89 of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2013, after a long illness. She was born in New York City, on December 6, 1923, the eldest daughter of John and Mary Jaworsky of Galway. She was a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School.

Blanche was a bookkeeper at the Saratoga County Highway Department for many years, until her retirement in 1985. She very much enjoyed spending time with her family and many friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul Benzal. Blanche is survived by her daughter, Dr. Eileen Friedman and son-in-law Stan Friedman of Fayetteville, her sisters, Helen Rubinski of Galway and Ann Morris of Scotia, her nephews, Donald Furman of Saratoga Springs and John Furman of New Mexico.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 12-1pm Saturday, January 5, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 1pm. Burial will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie.

John E. Miller “Jack” 83 of Rock City Falls, passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Born in Saratoga Springs, November 20, 1929, he was the son of the late James and Rachel Miller. Jack worked as a deliveryman for Stewart’s and later was a salesman for Met Life Insurance. He retired from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department in 1984.

Jack will be remembered for his sharp wit and keen sense of humor.

He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Madeleine Nora Miller, and his brother, James “Duke” Miller. Jack is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elinor Evans Miller, his children, Linda Miller of Michigan, Diane Nolan (John) of Malta and John Miller Jr. (Laura) of Rock City Falls, 7 grandchildren, Tina, Chris, Joe, Mark, Jessie, Ian and Savannah, 11 great grandchildren, sister, Carol Potter of Saratoga Springs, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, January 7, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 10-11am. Burial will follow in Rock City Falls Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Milton Eagles Fire Dept, PO Box 72, Rock City Falls, NY 12863.

Richard S. "Dick" Gubala, 69, of Ballston Spa, NY died peacefully on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at Saratoga Hospital. Born in Amsterdam, NY on April 26, 1943, he was the son of the late Stanley and Helen Gubala.

Dick served in the U.S. Air Force with the 6981st Security Group in Alaska. He graduated from Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and was employed by General Electric for over 25 years. He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He also loved to travel and listen to music.

Dick is survived by his wife, Melody J. Gubala of Ballston Spa, NY, two daughters, Lori Gubala of NJ and Allison Gubala of Saratoga Springs, NY, and one sister, Mary Anne Zimmer of Berne, NY.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, January 6 from 2 to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service with military honors will be held 9:30am Monday, January 7 at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

As a tribute to his memory, donations may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society, or to your favorite charity.

Philip H. Bunting 74 of Middle Grove, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, December 31, 2012 surrounded by his family. He was born in Kingston, NY, July 13, 1938 to Maude and Harold Bunting. Philip was a graduate of the Crane School of Music at Potsdam College with a BA and MA.

Philip began his teaching career in North Colonie Schools then transferred to Ballston Spa Middle School as Department Chairman in the 1970s. During his tenure in Ballston Spa Schools, he was the original musical director of the Troupe, the high school drama group. Phil also led the high school marching band, mentored NYSSMA performances and even led a student jug band. He directed Triune Musicals and the Schenectady Light Opera Company, as well as musicals at Shaker High School and Ballston Spa Middle and High School. Philip continued to perform saxophone and piano after his retirement as a soloist and with friends. He was a composer who wrote for piano, clarinet and flute.

Outside of teaching, he was an avid photographer, as well as a model railroad hobbyist and cyclist. He had his radio operator license and sent Morse code messages across the world as fast as a professional. Philip was a beloved father and grandfather whose love of music and photography was passed on to his family.

Philip is survived by his daughters, Susan Olszewski and her husband Peter of Rock City Falls, and Karen Wolsey of Ballston Spa, his five beloved grandchildren, Danielle Gardner, Jennifer Gardner, Skyler Wolsey, Jesse Wolsey and Noelle Olszewski, brother, Richard Bunting of Bainbridge, NY and three nieces.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, January 5, at Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 4 from 3-5 and 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Interment will be private in the Christ Church Columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Philip H. Bunting Memorial Music Scholarship Fund, c/o Trustco Bank, 2 Trieble Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.