Obituaries


Edward J. Apholz, 97, passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Glenville, New York on May 28, 1919, he was the son of Frank and Alice (Bohensky) Apholz. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Ed was an operating engineer and a member of Local 106 in Albany for 61 years. He worked on the construction of the Northway I87, I88 and many of the local roads, schools, churches and commercial buildings in the area.

He was predeceased by the love of his life, his wife Nancy B. (McDonald) Apholz who he married in 1941. They enjoyed 60 happy years together. He was also predeceased by infant daughter, Colleen Apholz, 2 infant sisters, sister Evelyn Parizo, brother Robert Apholz and his parents.

Ed is survived by six children; Kenneth (Victoria Mills) Apholz of Port Orange FL, Raymond Apholz of Corinth, William H Apholz of Ballston Spa, Ronald A. (Sharon) Apholz of Ballston Spa, Eileen Apholz of Johnstown and Suzanne Malesky (Ray Patterson) of Weyers Cave, VA. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Ed, also known as Pa and Poppy, will be remembered as a gentle man of great integrity whose generous loving spirit and ready smile made him beloved by so many. He was a master mechanic who could build, repair and operate any machinery or vehicle known to man. His skills, knowledge and ability to work and create with his hands were unmatched. He was called upon so often by so many for help with a project or problem; he never turned down a call for assistance from family, friends and neighbors, day or night. His greatest accomplishment was his family. He enjoyed spending time with them, telling stories and making jokes. He especially loved the little ones, whose pockets he would fill with chocolate candy as he sent them on their way. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, May 31, 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, May 30 from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ed may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Renesselaer, NY 12144.

Olivine B. Wescott,”Aunt Ollie” 72, passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on June 27, 1944, she was the daughter of Bernard and Olivine Rooke.

Ollie worked as a waitress at the Sugar Shack in Ballston Spa for many years. She most recently worked at Burnt Hills Café. Ollie enjoyed dancing and spending time with her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Donald, stepson Carl, and brother John. Ollie is survived by her children Rodger and Erica; stepchildren Donald, Rhonda and Robert; sisters Diane Myers and Mary Sederline; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 1 from 1pm to 3pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 3pm.

Randy Aug-Carter, 64, passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Born in Trenton, New Jersey on May 5, 1953, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Rose Aug.

Randy was a Registered Nurse at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs for over 25 years. She was an animal lover especially dogs, cats and chickens.

She was predeceased by her sisters Diane Aug-Howell and Cindy Milozar. Randy is survived by her husband Wade; stepchildren Carrie Otis (Ryan) of Scotia and Jeffrey Carter (Amber) of Providence; grandchildren Adrienne, Samuel, Joshua, Taylor, Ashlin and Ayden; nieces Ashley, Rebecca, and Kimberly; nephew Thomas; and many special friends including Wendy and Cris.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, May 26 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm with Deacon John Barone from St Paul’s Mission Church in Rock City Falls presiding.

Memorial contributions in memory of Randy may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Robert L. Bogue, 94, passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017. Born in Schenectady, NY on September 22, 1922, he was the son of Charles and Lela Bogue. Bob was the 1938 NYS Cross Country Champion.

He was an Army Air Corp veteran of World War II, completing 75 bombing missions as a machine gunner in a B-24. After the war, he worked at General Electric Co for 38 years, retiring in 1984.

He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa.

Bob was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed the family camp and treasured the time spent with his family.

He was predeceased by his brothers Alan, George, Richard, Charles and Ed, and his sister Jean. Bob is survived by his wife Marguerite; their children Aaron Bogue of Ballston Spa and Betsy Cull (Ronald) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Melissa, Jessica, Michael and Stephen; great grandchildren Kyla and Anthony; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Thursday, May 25 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 24 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to Christ Episcopal Church or the American Cancer Society.

Duane F. Merrill, 91, passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on April 24, 1926, he was the son of Frederick and Frances Merrill.

He was an Army Ranger serving in World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star.
Duane was a research chemist for General Electric Silicone in Waterford for 42 years.

Duane was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Saratoga Springs and sang in the church choir. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years Barbara and his brothers Frederick, Allen and Winford. Duane is survived by his son Jeffrey Merrill (Judith); grandchildren Sarah Lang and Jacob Merrill (Meghan); and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 23 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., and Wednesday, May 24 from 9:30am to 11:30am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs. A service will be held at 11:30am Wednesday at the church. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

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

Edmund G. Currier, 85, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Ed was born in Ballston Spa, November 22, 1931.He was the son of the late Edmund Currier Sr. and Edna Green.

Ed enlisted in the United States Army and served during the Korean War. He worked for the International Paper Company in Corinth for 38 years. Ed was an avid outdoors man, enjoying boating, water skiing and snowmobiling. He loved attending the local dirt track races and watching NASCAR.

He was predeceased by his wife Jane, his sister Laura Svoboda, and brothers Albert and Henry. Ed is survived by his sons, Ed (Denise), Rick (Kim) and Steve (Kathy), all of Ballston Spa, and his daughter Donna (Tim) Austin of Endicott; Many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Gerard W. Powers, 40, passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. He was born in Queens, NY on December 7, 1976. He graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 1996.

Gerard owned and operated Powers Home Builders in Ballston Spa. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and fishing. His greatest joy was spending time with his daughter.

He was predeceased by his mother Margaret Ann Powers. Gerard is survived by his wife Tammie and their daughter Lily; father Patrick Powers (Mary); brother Edward Powers and his fiancée Erika; sister Christine Booth (Joseph); nephew Ethan and nieces Avery and Emily.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, May 22 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

Memorial contributions in memory of Gerard may be made to the family for his daughter.

Sandra J. Blair Swart, 58, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Born in Manchester, Connecticut on April 26, 1959, she was the daughter of Eugene and Mary Blair. She was a graduate of Maria College and attended SUNY Oneonta.

Sandy worked at St. Mary’s School in Ballston Spa as both teacher’s assistant and director of the before and after school programs, for many years. She loved working with children and many of her students became part of her extended family.

Sandy was a member of the Ballston Spa Elks Lodge #2619 and a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. She was active in the community and was always there to lend a helping hand. She had an infectious laugh which will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her daughter Blair Swart of Buffalo; siblings Clifford Blair of Schenectady, Gregory Blair (JoAnn) of Johnstown and Cynthia Zielaskowski (Al) of Scotia; beloved companion John Martin, Jr.; many nieces and nephews; dear friends Laurie Murray, Linda Maas and Sue VanPatten and their families; the Jumpin Jacks Crew: Harpo, Patty, Pam and Lisa; her St. Mary’s Family, and her cherished cat Boog.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, May 18 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 17 from 5pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Sandy to Schenectady Community Home, Inc., Joan Nicole Prince Home, 22 Glenview Drive, PO Box 2122, Scotia, NY 12302.

Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com

Dorothy E. Morris 83, passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Born in Tucson, Arizona on December 14, 1933, she was the daughter of Dorsey and Florence Horton.

Dorothy was a homemaker, lovingly raising her five children. In later years, most of her joy was found in spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was an avid reader and loved to sew and make crafts.

She was predeceased by her parents, husband of 63 years Wesley, and their sons Ricky and Wesley Jr. Dorothy is survived by her daughters Pamela Green (David) of Middle Grove, Debera Blevins (William) of Aiken, South Carolina, and Robin Sims (William) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Jeffery Green (Karen), Shane Green, Christopher Blevins (Michelle), William Blevins III (Mary), William Sims, Jason Sims (Kelley), Jeanette Sims-Foley (Jeff), Michael Morris, Brian Morris, David Morris (Tiffany), Nikki Morris and Kimmy Morris; and twenty great grandchildren to whom she was lovingly referred to as GG.

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

Catharine A. Wagner 88, passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on January 16, 1929, she was the daughter of Morris and Bernice Whalen. Kay was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing.

Kay was a Registered Nurse for many years, working at the original Benedict Memorial Hospital in Ballston Spa and continuing when the Hospital relocated to Rowland Street in Ballston Spa.

She was an active communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Funeral Ministry.

Kay lovingly cared for her great nephew Will and was a strong supporter of the CdLS Foundation.

She was predeceased by her husband Edwin and her brother Morris “Little Mickey”. Kay is survived by her sister Eileen Swart, brother Thomas Whalen (Elaine); and her beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, May 12 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation, 302 West Main Street #100, Avon, CT 06001 or St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Violet G. Romano, 94, passed away on Friday, May 5, 2017. She was born on July 4, 1922 in the Bronx, NY to Vincent and Anna Paradiso

Violet moved up from Florida to live near her daughter in 2001. She became a food demonstrator for Price Chopper in Clifton Park and then Malta. She enjoyed her job because it involved two of her favorite things: people and food!

Spending time with family and friends always brought a smile to her face. Her favorite pastimes were playing cards, dancing and BINGO. Every day you could find Violet on a long walk with her prayer ring in hand praying for countless others. She was a very spiritual person who loved the Lord. She will be greatly missed by all who had the fortune to know her.

She was predeceased by her husband Stephen J. Romano, son Stephen J. Romano, Jr., and siblings Elvira Paradiso, Arthur Paradiso, Ida Marzo and Mario Paradiso.

Violet is survived by her daughter Lisa Burkhammer (Richard) of Ballston Lake; grandchildren Stephanie Burkhammer, Justin Romano, and Russell Romano (Dana); great grandchildren Julianna, Jack, Lane, Blake and Kayden; niece Bernadette, and nephews Vincent, Mark and Edward.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11am on Wednesday, May 10 at Our Lady of Grace Church, 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 9 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Violet may be made to Our Lady of Grace Church.

Leslie Bryant Robinson passed away on April 26, 2017 after a long illness. Born on October 27, 1943 and raised in Ballston Spa, she was the daughter of the late Frederick “Jim” and Agnes Bryant. Leslie married and, after graduating from Ballston Spa High School, lived in Germany for several years and then Maryland for several more. Returning to her home town where she resided for the rest of her life, Leslie worked at Tufflite, the White House and NYS OMRRD.

Along with her parents, Leslie was predeceased by her sister Marlene Doris Bryant; companion of many years Joseph Mulvaney; sister-in-law Karen Bryant; and dear friends Lucy, Leanne, Janet and Lisa.

Leslie is survived by her beloved son Bryan Robinson (Kim); his father Terry (Shereen) Robinson and their son Layne; sister Mary (Ross) Morancie; three brothers: James (Phylllis) Bryant, Donald Bryant and David (Terri) Bryant; numerous nieces and nephews: Susan, Billy, Barry, Kristy, Kelly, Kyle, Kory, Sharan, Scott, David and Danny; her companion’s children: Michael (Joanne) Mulvaney, Joseph Mulvaney Jr., Alan (Mary) Mulvaney, Kenneth (Tanya) Mulvaney and Joanne (Carmen) Isabella; and cherished relatives: cousin Joyce (Ronald) Ellsworth and aunt Eva Hoffman; and longtime friends Peter and Marie Hettrich and Wayne Gilhorn.

Leslie and her family would like to thank Dr. D, Dr. Ying, Bill and especially Norm from Pulmonary Physicians of Saratoga Springs; Sherrie, Kathy and Jan from The Community Hospice; and the staffs at Saratoga Hospital and The Wesley Community.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Leslie’s life at a graveside service on Wednesday, May 3 at 11am at the West Charlton Cemetery, 1328 Sacandaga Road.

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

“To my angels here on earth (you know who you are), thank you for your love, care and support. To my angels in heaven, you better make room and be ready for me.” ~ Leslie Ann

George D. Malone, Sr., 84, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland on June 11, 1932.

George served for 22 years in the US Army and was a decorated Korean War and Vietnam War veteran.

After the war, George worked at the Ballston Spa Post Office for 20 years. He was an avid Nascar fan. George loved his family and the time he spent with them was his greatest joy.

He was predeceased by his wife Eleanor, and his son Joseph William Malone. George is survived by his sons George Malone, Jr. (Tonda) of Savannah, Georgia, and Thomas Malone (Mary) of Middle Grove; grandson George Malone, III; and his extended family in Maryland.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, May 1 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 Sunday, April 30 from 3pm to 5pm at the funeral home.

Jerome H. Willard, 85, passed away at home on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, after a long illness. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on June 24, 1931, he was the son of Ralph and Effie Willard.

Jerry enlisted in the US Army and served during the Korean War, earning a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Silver Star. He was a disabled veteran. Jerry was a member of VFW Post 358 and American Legion Post 234 in Ballston Spa.

He was predeceased by his daughter Jo-Ann Hart. Jerry is survived by his wife of 59 years Marie Barnes Willard; their children Lorri Zarro (James), Jerome Willard (Dorothy), and James Willard; Jo-Ann’s children who he raised as his own, Christopher Hart (Sarah), Jamie Dunham (Chip), and Joshua Hart (Laura); grandchildren Riley Willard, Brian Zarro (Jenn), Matthew Zarro (Theresa) and Misty Augustine, 15 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Saturday, April 29 from 10am to 12noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 12 noon. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Jerry may be made to your local animal shelter for the adoption of older animals.

Janet C. Kennedy, 86, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017. She was born in Schenectady, NY on June 8, 1930.

Janet was a homemaker and volunteered at Doubleday Woods. She enjoyed cooking, baseball and traveling.

She was predeceased by her son Patrick C. Celella, mother Clare Leary and sister Shirley Stafford. Janet is survived by her children Michael C. Celella (Erika) and Nancy Celella Quirk; grandchildren Michael J. Celella (Renee) and Sara Fryer; great grandchildren Lauren, Patrick, Hannah, and Gabriel; brother Timothy Leary (Carmen); aunt Blanid Moran, special friend Virginia Liska; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, April 28, from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Wayne A. Robinson, 66, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at home in Saint Petersburg, Florida surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on September 25, 1950 to Earl and Doris Robinson in Scotia, New York. Wayne spent most of his childhood summers fishing from dawn until dusk at his family's camp in Wells, New York. The passion for fishing would continue throughout his life.

After graduating from Hudson Valley Community College, Wayne began a career in the United States Air Force. He served his country for 30 years. He participated in seven wars on seven different continents. Wayne earned numerous humanitarian and distinguished medals for his heroic efforts. The world was not only a better place, but also a safer place with Wayne in it.

Wayne married his wife and best friend, Lori in 2008. He loved to travel with her and would often surprise her with romantic destinations.

Wayne was incredibly proud of his family. He is survived by his wife, Lori; daughter, Aundrea Robinson; sister, Janice Lawson (Fred) and brother, Eric Robinson (Nicole). He is also survived by his beloved stepchildren, Denver Wilson (Sara), Sandra Williams (Russell), Amanda Geraghty and Nicholas Geraghty; and his eight grandchildren whom he adored, Dillon, Cali, Aleena, Wyatt, Weslee, Jackson, Rhettson and Scott.

The words that come to mind when describing Wayne are duty, decency, reliability and respect. These are all qualities that he not only held in high esteem but practiced every day during his life on earth.

A funeral service with military honors will be held 12:30pm Friday, April 28 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Brian P. McQuade, 53, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Albany Medical Center. Born May 8, 1963 in New York City he was a lifelong area resident and son of the late Raymond J. and Patricia A. (Scanlon) McQuade.

Brian was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Rose. He worked at Original Works in Stillwater for 17 years, most recently as Director of Finance and Administration. Brian had an eclectic taste in music, poetry and books of all kinds. He also enjoyed basketball, crossword puzzles and time spent at the barbeque grill with family and friends. His family vacationed on the Jersey Shore every year, a lifelong summer tradition. Brian was a devoted father and brother and will always be remembered for being generous, kind, loyal and compassionate.

He is survived by his son, Timothy McQuade and his step-son, Alex Bianca both of Ballston Spa; his sister, Kathleen A. McQuade (Kevin LeBoeuf) of Fanwood, NJ; brothers, Michael J. McQuade of Howell, NJ, Kevin J. McQuade (Rosemarie Leahy) of Binghamton, NY, Stephen R. McQuade of Ballston Spa, Christopher J. McQuade (Anne Thiongo) of Eatontown, NJ and Daniel P. McQuade (Sherri) of Warwick, RI; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 1-4 pm on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa, where a funeral service will be held at 3pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to AIM Services, Inc., 4227 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Bertha Louise Wagner Felso passed away peacefully on her 81st birthday, Saturday, April 15, 2017 at her home. Born April 15, 1936 in Cohocton, NY she grew up in the Finger Lakes area and was the daughter of Blanche (Wheaton) and Dorr Wagner.

Bertha liked to bake and enjoyed camping and spending time with her children and her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by a grandson, Scott Quinlivan and her siblings, Dorr Wagner, Jr, Doris Hooey and Donald Wagner. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Felso of Scotia; her children, Christine Kulls and her husband, Paul of Myrtle Beach, SC, Deborah Bailey and her husband, Bruce of South Glens Falls, Donna Brownell and her husband, Randy of Ballston Spa and Joseph Felso, Jr. and his wife, Beckey of Burnt Hills; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10:00 to 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St, Ballston Spa. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Jonesville Cemetery.

Richard G. Bardsley, Sr., 84, passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 3, 1932, he was the son of Ralph and Mary Bardsley, Sr.

Dick worked for Taylor Fibre Co. in Betzwood, Pennsylvania, for 29 years. He enjoyed traveling, camping, playing cards and going to the casino. He was a former member of the Swamp Creek Rod & Gun Club in Pennsylvania, Ballston Area Seniors and Franklin Masonic Lodge #90 F&AM in Ballston Spa.

He was predeceased by his parents Ralph and Mary, and his brother Ralph.

Dick is survived by his wife Anna, and their children Margaret Hunsicker of Collegeville, PA, Richard Bardsley, Jr. of Fleetwood, PA, David Bardsley (Rose) of Malta, NY, Robert Bardsley (Gail) of Reading, PA and Steven Bardsley (Elisa) of Carlisle, PA; grandchildren Jason Hunsicker, Sarah Hunsicker, Jarrod Shirley, Richard Bardsley III, Seth Bardsley, Katelyn Chambers, Justin Bardsley, Aaron Bardsley, Nicholas Bardsley, and Ashley Bardsley; and three great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 15 from 1pm to 3pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. A Masonic service will be held at 3pm, followed by a time of sharing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Richard may be made to the Shriners Hospital

Bruce E. Gratton, 60, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Born in Bambridge, Maryland on June 17, 1956, he was the son of Alphonse and Bertha Gratton.

Bruce was a talented auto body technician who loved working on cars. He worked at Elmo’s Auto Body in Scotia and Spa Body Works throughout his years.

Bruce enjoyed racing cars, fishing, bowling, playing cards with his brothers, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his fiancée Linda Ortiz; daughter Morgan Gratton; stepdaughters Venus Heflin and Brenda Hawks; grandchildren Tony, Kassandra, Jenae, Blake, Miranda and Ryen; brothers Mark Gratton, David Gratton, Lance Gratton, Dale Gratton and Peter Gratton; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 8 from 1pm to 3pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Bruce may be made to the American Heart Association.

Alan Robert Delaney passed away at the age of 37. He was born on May 2nd 1979 in Saratoga Springs, NY and was the son of Robert Delaney and Patricia Crandall.

Alan was free spirited and lived his life on his own terms. He spent the last few years of his life being free and traveling where he met his traveling family.

He was predeceased by his father Robert Allen Delaney. He is survived by his mother Patricia (Wiley) Crandall, his sister Kristin Delaney (Fred), his nieces Mariah Northrop and Ashley Blowers and his nephews, Christopher Northrop Jr. and Kyle Northrop.

Family is invited to a graveside service on May 2nd, 2017 at 10:00 am at the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

The Family would like to thank everyone who assisted Alan and his family in the days of his life.

Vernice Orlop Hopkins, 103, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Kingsway Arms Nursing Center in Schenectady.

Born on December 11, 1913 in Schenectady, New York, Vernice lived most of her life in Ballston Lake. She was a graduate of Burnt Hills High School. Vernice was the first female bus driver for Burnt Hills Schools. She was a lifelong member of the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Vernice was predeceased by her parents Francis Buell Orlop and Fred B. Orlop; her twin brother F. Parker Orlop, and her beloved husband of seventy years, George “Dorry” Hopkins.

Vernice is survived by her son Richard Hopkins (Dorothy); twin daughters Susan Malone (Frederick) and Sandra Knabner (John); grandchildren David Hopkins (Katherine), Steven Hopkins, Debra Baum (James), Richard Erickson (Sondra), Glen Batzinger (Brandy), Amy Batzinger, Lori Friguletto, and Sean Knabner (Missy); and many great and great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her nieces Ann Esmond (Fred) and Janice Chase; and many great nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 4 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, April 5 at Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Jonesville Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Vernice may be made to the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Alzheimer’s Association, Pine West Plaza, Building 4 Suite 405, Washington Ave Ext., Albany, NY 12205.

Charles J. “Chuck” Osuchowski, 38, passed away after a four year battle with a brain tumor, on Friday, March 31, 2017. Born in Glens Falls, New York on June 17, 1978, he was the son of Charles and Linda Osuchowski, Jr. Chuck grew up in Glens Falls, and graduated from Saratoga Central Catholic High School- both areas that he always considered home. He was also a graduate of Clark University in Worchester, MA. For the last 15 years he has called Ballston Spa home, and with his wife, has raised six children in this wonderful community.

Chuck worked as service coordinator for people with disabilities for the last 15 years- most recently for Community Living and Advocacy Supports, Inc. (CLAS). He cherished the families he served and the coworkers he worked with, and considered them all family. He was also a member of the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge #103 in Saratoga Springs, NY.

In his spare time he enjoyed taking walks with his wife, printmaking, writing poetry and short stories, woodworking, and anything technology related. But most importantly he enjoyed spending time with his children camping, taking hikes and picnics, attending numerous soccer games, swimming, and learning about history. His children were his pride and joy.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Nora and their children Asher, Zilah, Neviah, Noah, Nevin, and Nathan. He is also survived by his parents, Charles and Linda Osuchowski, his brothers Lonnie (Olga) and Anthony Osuchowski, and his in-laws Thomas and Diana Bisnett.

Funeral services will be held at 10am on Monday, April 3, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 2 from 4pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Chuck may be made to Community Hospice or to Community Living and Advocacy Supports’ client funds.

Alice Groom Lattimore, 98, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Home of the Good Shepherd, where she resided for the last four years. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on October 30, 1918, she was the daughter of William and Lillian Groom. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and attended Eastman School of Business.

Alice worked at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Kesselring Site in West Milton for many years, retiring in 1984. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa, Ballston Area Seniors, Saratoga County Retired Senior Volunteer Program and the General Electric Quarter Century Club. She enjoyed studying at various colleges under the Elderhostel Program.

She was predeceased by her husband Royal Lattimore, and her brothers William Groom, Jr. and Robert Groom. Alice is survived by her nieces Leslie Charbonneau, Marcia Edwards and Mary Alice Herrington; several grand nieces, grand nephews, and dear friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 1 from 10am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 12 noon. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Alice may be made to First Baptist Church, 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or the Home of the Good Shepherd, 26 Rock Rose Way, Malta, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at the Home of the Good Shepherd for the loving care they gave to Alice.

Linda Lee Thompson 74, passed away peacefully on the evening of Thursday, March 23, 2017. Born in Augusta, NJ on June 6, 1942, she was the daughter of Merrill and Shirley Walkup.

She attended Lake Luzerne High School. After working for several employers over the years, Linda started her own business, Twice As Nice Bargain Shop in the Village of Ballston Spa. She was also a caregiver before she became ill.

Linda enjoyed cooking, collecting (dolls, antiques, marbles, etc.), playing bingo and listening to music (including The Beatles, Bee Gees and she adored Elvis). She also enjoyed dining out with friends and family, especially at Ecobelli’s and Mangino’s restaurants. Linda loved animals, including many of her own pets over the years. Linda was a kind and gentle person that treasured the time she spent with her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents Merrill and Shirley Walkup and grandchildren Robert James Wheaton III and Kera Tartaglia. Linda is survived by her husband Joseph Thompson of Ballston Spa, NY; children Robert Wheaton II, Jo-Anne Closson Tartaglia (Dana), Diane Closson, Joseph Closson II (Wanda) and Latasha Thompson; sister Joan Hayden (Tom) of Lake Luzerne, NY; grandchildren Joseph Closson III, Ryan Closson and Hannah Tartaglia.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Linda may be made to Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or The Community Hospice at www.communityhospice.org

Linda will always remain in our hearts. Her spirit will live on forever.

Michael J. Aufiero, 55, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 17, 2017, after battling a long illness. He was born on July 14, 1961 to Alphonse and Shirley Aufiero.

Mike was born and raised in Ballston Spa and graduated from Ballston Spa High School in the class of 1979. He was employed by Knolls Atomic Power Lab for 37 years where he was a well respected and admired supervisor, manager, and co-worker.

He was an active member of his community, where he served as Chief of Saratoga County Hazmat Team and long time member and brother of the Union Fire Company.

Mike is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Lana Aufiero, their daughters Chendell Aufiero and Alyssa Aufiero; sister Judy Paine (Bill); mother in law and father in law Dick and Shana Carusone; brothers in law Todd Carusone “bro-bro” (Beth), Salvatore Carusone (Danielle) and Rich Carusone (Daria); nieces and nephews Stacey, Chris, Mike, Mark, Jason, Brandon, Shelby and Colby.

Funeral services will be held 9am Wednesday, March 22 at St. Mary’s 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 Tuesday, March 21 from 4pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Through this experience we have learned the importance of donating blood and platelets, and becoming a bone marrow donor. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Mike may be made to Albany Medical Center or American Cancer Society.

We would like to sincerely thank the Albany Medical Center Staff, especially D4 East and Medical ICU for their care and support during Mike’s journey. Mike appreciated you all so much.

Florence M. Stamm, 93, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2017. She was born on June 7, 1923 in Youngsville, North Carolina to Norman and Nora Mitchell.

Florence was raised in Franklinton, North Carolina and graduated from Franklinton High School at the age of 16. After working at the local 5&10 cent store for several years, she moved to Durham, NC. She began working at Wrights Machinery where she eventually met; and in 1955 married; William Stamm of Garden City, NY. William was a widower who was left with four children under the age of five. Florence loved and raised his children as her own.

Growing up in North Carolina, Florence was raised in the Baptist faith. After moving to Connecticut Florence and William joined St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Westport. Upon retirement William and Florence moved to Saratoga Springs, and became members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

She is predeceased by her parents and sister Ruth Murray, daughter Lorraine Stamm and granddaughter Melinda Lawrence.

Florence is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, William Stamm; two daughters Barbara Lawrence (William) of Herndon, VA, and Catherine Goodwin (Frank) of Saratoga Springs; son William Stamm, Jr., of Canton, MA. ; brother Robert Mitchell (Betty)of Durham, N C. Grandchildren include: Patrick Stamm, Caroline Stamm, Jennifer Braun and Michael Brennan and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, April 11 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Burial will follow in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital, The Shriners Hospital, or Make-A-Wish.

John J. Gorman passed away peacefully on March 9, 2017. He was born on April 6, 1943 to the late John P. Gorman and Kathleen Gorman. Jack grew up in the Bronx, graduated from Power Memorial High School, Fordham University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was a long time resident of Middletown, NY.

After his military service in the Marine Corps, Jack worked 25 years in the banking industry. He then went on to a second career teaching in Port Jervis, the Bronx, and SUNY Orange as an adjunct professor.

Jack’s greatest joy in life was his family which included his children, Ellen Gorman, Maureen (Paul) Blazejeski, John (Jennifer) Gorman, Christopher (Ilissa) Gorman, Elizabeth Gorman, and Meaghan (Adrian) Gilmore, and their mother, Mary Gorman. He was predeceased by his daughter, Kathleen. Jack was the proud “Popa” of Johnny, Cassie, Liam, Jackie, Kaelyn, Dylan and Ethan and the big brother to Kevin (Marie) Gorman and Lawrence Gorman. He is also survived by several loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be a visitation on Wednesday, March 15th, at the Hodder-Farenga Funeral Home in Yonkers, 4pm to 8 pm, with a mass at St. Paul’s Church in Yonkers on Thursday, March 16th at 10:00 a.m. followed by burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of John to your favorite charity.

Alvin A. Watson IV, “Gus” 34, passed away suddenly on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on April 13, 1982, he was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and ITT Tech. Gus worked at Denny’s in Saratoga Springs.

Gus enjoyed playing video games and studying Japanese culture. He was a computer expert and could rebuild any computer.

Gus is survived by his wife Jamie, and their children Trevor, Christopher and Austin Stewart; his parents Alvin A. Watson III and Karen Watson; sister Indra Watson, brothers Akai Watson and Mensah Watson; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, March 13 from 6pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Burial will be in Rock City Falls Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to a go fund me account set up for the family at wwwgofundme.com/duuxk-watson-family-funeral-expenses

Herbert G. Sanders, 83, left this world on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Born in Wilmington NY, August 1, 1933, he was the son of the late Clark Jasper and Grace Warren-Sanders and brother to Oliver, Ivan, Frank and Clara Johnson all who predeceased him. Herb resided in many towns in the Capital Region but in his heart he called the Adirondack Region his home.

Herb was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1964 after serving two tours. A hard worker his whole life, he truly was a jack of all trades and retired from New York State Department of Transportation in 1995.

As his Earthly journey ended he was reunited with his loving wife Esther who departed in 2013.

He leaves behind his children, Michelle Framolaro (Salvatore), Tammy Murphy (Frank), and David Sanders (Charlene); nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and numerous lifelong friends he made over the years.

Since his retirement in 1995, Herb found genuine happiness in the outdoors. Not one to be held down or holed up, if the weather permitted, you’d find him outside. He was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed hiking, bird watching, and gardening. He could oftentimes be found tinkering with small machinery in his garage.

His generosity and kindness were limitless and everyone who met him found him likeable, especially all his buddies who gathered most mornings for coffee and company.

The true joy in his life was his family. As the Patriarch, they gravitated to him. His daily visits from his granddaughter Nicole and great-granddaughter Kailey were how he started each day. He spent Friday evenings with his grandchildren Colin and Nicole, and spent every Saturday with his daughter Tammy. Over the miles, he looked forward to his phone chats and visits with his daughter Shelley. He and his grandson Joe were inseparable, best friends til the end. His loss has created a vacancy in their lives that can never be filled.

A private funeral service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to VETHELP at 1214 Saratoga Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or the National Wildlife Federation at P.O. Box 1691, Merrifield VA 22116.