Obituaries


Lucille J. DeFilippo, 83, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2018. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 6, 1934, she was the daughter of Frank and Constance Meshowski.

Lucille worked at Castle and McLennan Insurance for several years and later at Tufflite in Ballston Spa. She was an avid Yankees fan and enjoyed horse racing and the Casino. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren and she treasured the time she spent with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Frank, parents Frank and Constance, and sister Connie August. Lucille is survived by her children Sally Bonds (Dan) of Ballston Spa, Susan Ahl (Randy) of Ballston Spa and Thomas DeFilippo (Heidi) of Manassas, Virginia; grandchildren John, Lucas, Gabrielle, Joseph, and Katarina; great grandchildren Grace, Carter, and Jack; brother Frank Meshowski, and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 9:30am Thursday, July 19 at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Memorial contributions in memory of Lucille may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Share-A-Pet, at www.shareapet.org

Betty O. McCanty, 95, of Saratoga Springs, NY, died at Wesley Health Center on July 12, 2018. Born in Buffalo, NY, she was the daughter of Joseph and Mary Ellen Sheehan O’Connell. Betty received her BA magna cum laude from the University of Buffalo and a master’s degree in education from SUNY-Albany. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She taught in Western New York and retired as reading co-ordinator at Ballston Spa High School in 1988.

Betty was a charter member of the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Empire State College and a member of the Liberal Arts for Mature Learners at Skidmore College since 1988. She served on the executive boards of the Ballston Spa Public Library, the Ballston Spa Retired Teachers’ Association, the Saratoga YMCA, the area Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Woodlawn Commons Residents’ Association. She was a member of and volunteer for Saratoga Arts.

A professional storyteller, Betty was a student of Jeannine Laverety. She enjoyed entertaining people of all ages, sharing myths, legends, and personal stories. She was a member of the Scotia Story Circle and told at Caffe Lena’s Open Mic and The Glen Sanders.

Betty is survived by her children Mark McCanty, Patricia and Kenneth Davis, Maureen and Dennis Card, Margaret McCanty and Michael Geppner, William and Anne McCanty, Timothy and Linda McCanty, Jacqueline Carlson, Dale Carlson, and Kevin and Tamara McCanty.

She is also survived by grandchildren Michael, William and Erin, Joseph and Emily Davis and Daniel and Lindsay, Patrick and Jennifer, Matthew, Sean and Debattama, Seamus, Jacob and Elizabeth and Aaron McCanty, and step-grandchildren Jennifer and James Laski and Elizabeth Card as well as nine great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held in the Saratoga Room of Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence Street, on July 24 at 10:30 am. Friends and family are cordially invited to attend.

Memorial contributions may be made to Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga, 113 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs or Wesley Health Center, 2 Victoria, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, with the sincere appreciation from the family for the loving care provided during her time there.

Randall S. Fethers, 74, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Born in Hudson, NY on November 1, 1943, he was the son of Delmar and Arlene Fethers.

Randall worked for the NYS Department of Tax and Finance. He was an avid Yankee fan and never missed a game. Randall was a motorcycle enthusiast and loved to ride.

Randall is survived by his sisters Nancy Nyman (Philip), and Linda Beirce (Jim); nieces and nephews Stephen, Scott, Thereze, Alan, Cheri, Dawn and Kevin; aunt Elaine Proper; uncle Stanley Brizzie; and several great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, July 16 from 11am 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 Memory Gardens, Colonie.

Memorial contributions in memory of Randall may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society at www.nationalmssociety.org

Wayne R. Elston, Jr, went home to be with Jesus on July 1, 2018 at Saratoga Hospital from complications of Hereditary Sensory Neuropathy 1. Born in Kingston, Pennsylvania on December 11, 1948, he was the son of Wayne and Joan Elston, Sr.

Pastor Wayne and his wife Dianne founded Believers Church at Glenville (formerly Believers Fellowship Center) in 1979.

He was predeceased by his father Wayne R. Elston, Sr. Wayne is survived by his wife of 48 years, Dianne (Mahoney), his children Michelle Elston, and Jeff (Lindsey) Elston; grandchildren Dylan (Madison) Suski, Dakota Suski, Caden Suski, Bailey Elston-Ford, Wyatt Elston, Norah Elston, Aliza Elston and Titus Elston; mother Joan Elston; sister Larree (Tom) Brown brother Dave (Jan) Elston; and a large extended family.

All are invited to calling hours on Thursday, July 5 from 5pm to 8pm at Believers Church at Glenville. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Contributions in memory of Pastor Wayne may be made to Believers Church at Glenville (www.believersatglenville.com), 304 Swaggertown Road, Glenville, NY 12302 or www.deaterfoundation.org, which funds research for HSN1.

Helen M. Watson, 71, passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2018, surrounded by her family. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on December 11, 1946, she was the daughter of Ray and Helen Taylor. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

Helen was a wife, mother, grandmother, nana and friend, who lovingly raised and cared for her children and grandchildren. Family was her greatest joy and she treasured holidays and family gatherings.

She was predeceased by her son Gary, sister Grace, and brothers David, Wayne and Robert. Helen is survived by her husband Barry, children Barry Watson, Jr. and his companion Theresa Suozzi of Ballston Spa, and Melissa Camp and her husband Bryan of Malta; grandchildren Barry Watson III, Brandon Watson, and Nicole Manning; brother Herb Taylor and his wife Sandy; sister Patricia Klaus and her husband Chuck; and several nieces and nephews.

Private family services will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Helen may be made to Gateway House of Peace, 470 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Mary Greene Hafler, 86, passed away on June 27, 2018. Born in Binghamton, NY on November 8, 1931 she was the daughter of Florence and Porter Greene. Mary was a graduate of Binghamton North High School and Russell Sage College, and earned a Master’s Degree in Business Education from the University of Maine in Orono. In 1953 she married Harry Hafler and they settled in Ithaca, NY.

Mary was a teacher at Dryden Central School for 26 years. After retiring, she moved to Ballston Spa. She loved playing the piano and sang with the Cortland County Sweet Adelines. She planned the programs for the Ballston Spa Senior Chorus and was the piano accompanist. She enjoyed cross-stitch, painting, reading, crossword puzzles and gardening. Mary knitted hundreds of sweaters and hats for teddy bears which were given to children. She liked to travel and visited many countries.

She was predeceased by her husband Harry. Mary is survived by her children Brian Hafler and Susan Zimmer; grandchildren Patrick Blinn, Mitchell Blinn and Peter Zimmer; sister Alice Burgess; nieces Eileen Manz, Virginia Baird and Cynthia Kimmey; 3 great grandchildren, 3 grand nephews and 1 grand niece.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, July 2 from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in Rock City Falls Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mary may be made to Drilling for Hope, 6 Tower Place, Albany, NY 12203.

Catherine Anne Barile (Reynolds) was born into an Irish family in 1945 in the suburbs of Chicago. She had five siblings Helen, Liz, Michael, John, and Roger. Parents Jack and Eileen couldn’t have been prouder of their first born, Catherine.

Cathy excelled at all of her life’s work including managing her own mushroom farm, (Catherine’s Champignons), scrapbooking, and bringing laughter to others, but, more than anything, she excelled at being a devoted mother and wife.

A master at crossword puzzles with a voracious reading habit, for Cathy, the mind was an instrument of the Lord’s to be both utilized and sharpened.

Cathy was not only a humble and committed friend to those who loved her, but she also struggled to serve the unloved children of God who the world sought to reject.

Cathy joins her parents and three siblings in heaven, leaving on earth her loving husband Bob, five children Stacy, Jennifer, Emily, Josh, and Sarah, seven grandchildren, her bestie/sister Helen, brother Roger, and several nieces and nephews.

Catherine’s home, compassion, and laugh will be sorely missed.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 28 from 6pm to 7pm 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 Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Madeline M. Ferguson”Midge”, 89, passed away on Monday, June 25, 2018. Born in Albany, NY on January 25, 1929, she was the daughter of James and Alberta Petrie.

Midge is survived by her beloved children Nancy McGrath of Ballston Spa, Sandra Berger (Eric) of Ballston Spa, and Charles Ferguson (Gina) of Hoosick Falls; daughter in law Kim Ferguson; her grandchildren Kimberly McGrath, Nicholas Beer, Joshua Ferguson, Justin Ferguson, Lyndsay Ferguson, Kelly Ferguson, Zebulun Ferguson, Johanna Berger, Daniel Berger, Benjamin Ferguson and Casey Ferguson; 24 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son Glenn Ferguson.

A graveside service will be held 10am Thursday, June 28 at the Notre Dame Cemetery, 115 Burgoyne Road, Schuylerville. Following the service there will be a gathering at Sandra’s home in Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Madeline may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Warren P. Nutting, 88, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at his home. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on July 26, 1929, he was the son of Charles and Ethel Nutting.

He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. Warren worked for General Electric Co in Schenectady for 37 years retiring as a transportation manager in 1985. Following his retirement he continued to work for General Electric as a transportation consultant for 14 years.

In 1986, Warren and his wife Barbara moved to Edinburg, where they opened and operated The Country Store on Sacandaga Lake for five years. Following the sale of their store, they settled down on South Shore Road in the Town of Day where they lived on the lake enjoying the water, beautiful scenery and entertaining family and friends. Together they loved to travel. He was proud of the fact that they had traveled to all 50 states.

Warren enjoyed collecting antiques especially toys. He was a past member of the Milton Eagles Fire Dept in Rock City Falls, Ballston Spa Lions Club and the American Legion. He was also a member of the TriCity Woodsmen Association.

Besides his parents, Warren was predeceased by his beloved wife Barbara, grandsons Jason Nutting and Scott Smallwood, brothers Edwin, Leroy, Harry and Raymond Nutting, and sisters Maxine Roberts, Ruth Vaughn and Betty Whalen.

Warren is survived by his children Deborah Flibotte (Ray) of Raymond, NH, Cynthia Ochs (Greg) of Carlsbad, CA, Steven Nutting (Katy) of Saratoga Springs, and Melissa Wing (Andrew) of Nantucket, MA; sister Claire Weaver of Ballston Spa; eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, June 22 from 9am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

Memorial contributions in memory of Warren may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Michel Bouvrette, 77, passed away on June 13, 2018. Born in St. Jerome, Canada on April 11, 1941, he was the son of Gerard and Margeritte Bouvrette.

Michel was a horse trainer and driver working at Saratoga Harness Track. He also worked at many other tracks in Quebec, Buffalo, Florida, and the Meadowlands throughout his racing career.

He will be greatly missed by his beloved companion Lucy Ballard.

There will be no services.

Thomas H. Cannon, 71, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018. Born in Albany, NY on June 5, 1947, he was the son of John and Eleanor Cannon.

Tom officially joined the Delaware and Hudson Railway after serving in Vietnam, and later joined Penn Central Railroad in 1968. He became a locomotive engineer in 1971 working on the run between Albany and Boston. Tom served 18 years as a local UTU chairman and more than seven years as a general chairman. Tom trained many new locomotive engineers and was a valuable resource of information to his railroad community.

After his retirement, Tom enjoyed spending time with his family and his dogs, remodeling his home, fishing, attending horse races and his grandson’s motorcycle competitions.

He was predeceased by his parents John and Eleanor, his first wife Diane L. Cannon and sister Gina Mallare. Tom is survived by his wife Diane J. Cannon, children John Cannon of Jacksonville, FL, Jeff Cannon (Michelle) of Jacksonville, FL, Tami Cannon (Tom Cordero) of Ballston Spa, Ryan Cannon (Kate Sartin) of Greenwich and Alicia Cannon of Atkinson, NH; stepdaughters Karen Marcaurelle and Kim Folia (Matt); grandchildren Sativa, Jessica, Jared, Izzy, Jared, Matthew, Gracie and Leia; siblings Joanie Sheldon, John Cannon, Joyce Prichard and Judy Cannon; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 14 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will be held at 10am Friday, June 15 at the funeral home. A gathering will be held at 2 Kaatskill Way, Ballston Spa, following the service at the funeral home.

Terry Ann Bemiss, 56, passed away on June 6, 2018 in Malta, New York after battling long-term illnesses.

Born November 20, 1961, she was the daughter of Carolyn Amsler Bemiss and Howard "Shorty" F. Bemiss.

She lived in both Columbia and Saratoga County and was previously wed to Donald Patrick Gilbert Sr. Terry enjoyed fishing, BINGO, camping, cards, puzzles, and country music. She appreciated her TV line up of her favorite soap operas and Law & Order.

She was predeceased by her brother James W. Bemiss. Terry is survived by two sons, Timothy Michael Gilbert and Donald Patrick Gilbert Jr.; a daughter Heidi Ann (Bemiss) Nark; sister, Sherry Dapello of Ballston Spa; brother, Timothy Bemiss of Chatham, and four grandchildren McKaylah and Ryan Nark, Logan Patrick Gilbert and Alivia Rose Gilbert.

Graveside services will be held 4pm Tuesday, June 12 at the Old Chatham Union Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions in memory of Terry may be made to Capital District Recovery Center, 911 Central Avenue, Box 108, Albany, New York 12206.

Bruce H. Relyea, 75, passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018 at his home. Born in Schenectady, NY on February 18, 1943, he was the son of August “Gus” Relyea and Elizabeth Dean. He was a Navy veteran serving in Vietnam.

Bruce worked for Laborers Union Local 157 of Schenectady. He was a member of American Legion Post 234 of Ballston Spa and a past member of the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association. He enjoyed hunting and camping.

He was predeceased by his father Gus, mother Elizabeth, son Kenneth and brother Allan. Bruce is survived by his longtime companion Debbie Bouchard and her children Michelle Theriault, Mark Bouchard and Michael Bouchard (Christine); his daughter Danielle Relyea; grandchildren Kendra Almeida (Gavin), Cortney Relyea, Aubrey Theriault, John Buckley, Maddison Bouchard and Cameron Bouchard; great granddaughter Paige; siblings John Reylea (Linda), Linda Stack (Doug), Sandy Fain and Barbara Alfree; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, June 10 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A time of sharing will be held 10am Monday, June 11 at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Wayne D. Rupert, 85, passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018. Born in Ford Cliff, Pennsylvania on February 25, 1933, he was the son of Floy and Isabelle Rupert. He served in the US Air Force and moved to this area in 1973.

Wayne was a metallurgist for Allegheny Ludlum Steel for thirty years. He enjoyed golfing and gardening. He could often be found tinkering around his home fixing things for anyone who needed a helping hand.

He was predeceased by his parents Floy and Isabelle, wife Georgiann, brothers Arnold and Wendell, and daughter in law Stacey. Wayne is survived by his life partner Irma Slater; children Kenneth Rupert (Kathleen Slusher) of Round Lake, Keith Rupert (Donna Krug) of Schaghticoke and Karen Anderson (Stephen) of Longmeadow, MA; grandchildren Jason Martin, Carolyn Lattimore, Leah Tansky (Joey), Sarah Rupert, Christian Rupert, Addison Rupert, Robert Anderson, Isabelle Anderson and Nathan Anderson; great grandchildren Michaela Martin, Shawn Lattimore and Logan DeRose.

Funeral services will be held 8:30am on Friday, June 8 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 7 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Wayne may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org or American Macular Degeneration Foundation at www.macular.org

Wilbur C. Kinns, 95, passed away at Saratoga Hospital on Friday, June 1, 2018. Born in Ballston, May 7, 1923, Wilbur was the son of the late Merton and Etta Kinns. Wilbur and his late wife, Ruth, owned and operated Kinns’ Auto Service in Ballston Spa for 30 years. After retiring in 1978, Wilbur and Ruth split their time between their residences in New York and Florida until 2013, after which Wilbur stayed year-round at his home in Malta. Wilbur stayed active in his Malta community, where he had many friends, right up until his passing.

Wilbur served honorably in the United States Army Air Corps from 1943-1946. On returning from duty he began his career repairing and servicing automobiles. Wilbur was known throughout the community as an upstanding business owner; one who took pride in providing the best service in a cost effective and timely manner. He enjoyed and took pride in being a longstanding member of Lions Club International and in 1964-65 he served as president of the Ballston Spa Lions Club. He was extremely honored at becoming a Lions Club International Melvin Jones Fellow in 2015. He was a life-long member of Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and a former board member of Briggs Cemetery Association.

Wilbur was predeceased by his wife Ruth, and his sisters Bea, Reba and Pearl. He is survived by his daughters Joyce (Lou) D’Ambrosi and Judy (Noel) Beninati, his grandchildren Steven (Heather) D’Ambrosi, Michael D’Ambrosi and Genevieve (Maria) Beninati, a great grandson Parker D’Ambrosi, his sister-in-law Shirley A. Hayes and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Briggs Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, June 8 from 4-7 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Wilbur may be made to Briggs Cemetery Association, 32 Glenmore Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

David Maynard died on May 29 following a valiant struggle with younger onset Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 65. Born on March 14, 1953, the son of Paul F. Maynard and Patricia Livingston, he was raised in Brooklyn, New York, attended New York City public schools and New York University. David worked as a computer programmer for more than 20 years first on Wall Street and then for companies and consulting firms in the Capital Region. He later worked for more than 10 years as a piano technician for Clarke Music in Latham and as a solo technician.

While computer programming and piano tech work were his “day jobs”, David’s true avocation was always music. In his youth he played in numerous bands in NYC and toured the United States with the New York Rubber Rock band in the mid-1970s. David relocated to the Capital Region in 1987 and played and recorded with various groups including Medusa Pleasureworks and the Weasels. From the mid-1990s forward, he appeared in venues in the Capital Region as a classical and jazz guitarist. He produced three CDs - Song for My Father, Nylon and Nails and Pulling Strings. David was an amateur watercolorist and photographer, as well as an avid cyclist and reader of nonfiction.

David will be remembered by his family and many friends for his unique combination of intelligence and skill, his humor, infectious laugh, tremendous joie de vivre and big heart. We will also never again encounter such an entertaining food and coffee snob or committed Luddite.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Christine M. Fitzpatrick of Ballston Spa; his mother, Patricia Livingston of St. Petersburg Florida; his brother, Philip E. Maynard of Media PA; and his step-mother Drora Pershing Maynard of Redwood City, CA. In addition, David is survived and will be missed by numerous in-laws, step-siblings, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews in the Fitzpatrick, Maynard, King and Pershing families.

The Fitzpatrick/Maynard family would like to thank the staff of the A2 Unit at Saratoga Center for Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing in Ballston Spa for the care and compassion extended to David during his time with them.

A memorial service for David will be held in July, date and time to be named. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in David’s memory to: Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern NY, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205, www.alz.org/northeasternny. Kindly direct your donation toward Alzheimer’s research.

Reita M. Wojtowecz, 88, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2018 at her home in Woodbine, Georgia, with her loving family Bonnie and Mark by her side, and the hospice staff who became her family, Susan, Brenda, Kaye, Deena and Pastor Pat. Our Lord received her with open arms in heaven.

Born in Ballston Spa, NY on September 8, 1929, she was the daughter of Gilbert and Florence Ingraham. Reita raised seven children and worked full time for many years at Espey Manufacturing and Electronics Corp in Saratoga Springs as secretary to Kenny King and later she was promoted to Corporate Personnel Manager until her retirement.

After her retirement she enjoyed day trips, traveling and working daily on her cross stitch making gifts for friends and family to cherish. Her needle work was meticulous and beautiful. Reita also volunteered at the Oneida Hospital three days a week alongside her daughter Bonnie who she inspired and encouraged to become a nurse.

She was predeceased by her parents Gilbert and Florence, her husband Walter, son Timothy and her siblings Gordon Ingraham and Marion Baker.

Reita is survived by her children Carol Buckley of Apopka, FL. Gary Wojtowecz of Ballston Spa, NY, Bonnie Richards of Woodbine, GA, Jeanne Honadel of Woodbine, GA. Michael Wojtowecz of Ballston Spa, NY and Ronald Wojtowecz of Rock City Falls, NY; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She enjoyed five generations of her family.

Reita was our rock. She loved and cared for each and every one of us and made many sacrifices for her family. She will be greatly missed and her memory will always be cherished.

A graveside service will be held 11am Friday, June 22 at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Church Avenue (Route 50), Ballston Spa, where she will rest with her husband and son. Following the service all our welcome to a celebration of her life at the home of her beloved granddaughter Lynn "Scotti" Jensen, 42 Waterbury Street, Saratoga Springs.

Memorial contributions in memory of Reita may be made to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31525.

Estella R. Weatherill "Sally", 96, passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018. Born in Clifton Park, NY on January 5, 1922, she was the daughter of Elvin and Mary Elsie Harris.

Sally enjoyed working in her garden and camping with her family. She also enjoyed quilting, painting and sewing. She was a member of the Jonesville United Methodist Church.

She was predeceased by her husband Gordon, and her sisters Wretha Miller, Catherine Freemire and Alta Keeler. Sally is survived by her children Kevin Weatherill of Ballston Lake, Joy Weatherill (Thomas Anderson) of New Hope, PA and Holly Weatherill of Ballston Lake; granddaughter Claire Anderson of Norristown, PA , and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Tuesday, May 29 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 1pm to 2pm. Burial will follow in Hudson View Cemetery, Mechanicville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Estella may be made to the Jonesville United Methodist Church or the National Wildlife Foundation.

Martha S. Knuth, 96, passed away on May 24, 2018. Martha will always be remembered as a dedicated, well-loved teacher. Her teaching career spanned 40 years from Michigan to Ballston Spa to Skidmore. She was an active, enthusiastic member of several community and church organizations.

Martha was born in Marquette, MI on August 6, 1921, the daughter of Oscar and Lempi Siekkinen. Martha was predeceased by her parents, her brother, George and his wife Eileen. Her husband, Everett, passed away on their 36th wedding anniversary.

Martha is survived by her children; Greg Knuth (Colleen) of Cape Vincent, NY and Connie Knuth (Larry Clay) of Carbondale, CO; her grandchildren; Brian Knuth (Wanda) of Glen Allen, VA and Tory Martell (Scott) of Ballston Spa, NY; great grandchildren Kayla, Lydia and Declan.

A calling hour will be held from 4pm to 5pm on Monday, June 18 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A Remembrance of her Life will follow at 5 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local library in Martha’s name.

Jean M. (Maguire) Davis, 80, passed away on May 23, 2018. Jean is survived by her husband John and their children, Michael Davis (Annemarie), David Davis, Kimberly Race (Jeffrey) and Steven Davis; and two granddaughters.

A memorial celebration of Jean’s life will be held 10 am Tuesday, May 29 at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road. Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Jean may be made to the Providence Volunteer Ambulance Corp, 7160 Fish House Rd, Galway, NY 12074.

Richard E. Wettlaufer, 87, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on December 17, 1930, he was the son of J. Maynard and Margaret Pettee Wettlaufer. He served in the US Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War.

Richard was an educator, teaching art in the Stimson Middle School in South Huntington, Long Island for 30 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of Franklin Lodge #22 F&AM and the Lions Club.

Richard enjoyed golfing, coaching tennis, music, photography and traveling. He was an animal lover and treasured the time he spent with his family.

Richard is survived by his wife Jeanne, children Todd Wettlaufer of Malta, and Janine Lasker (David) of Glenville; brother George Wettlaufer (Nancy) of Osprey, Florida; brother in law Theodore Rupracht of Central Square; and his beloved dog Maxi.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 1pm Thursday, May 24 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital or your local animal shelter.

Michael Albert Whelan of Rock City Falls, NY passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the age of 29.

Mike was born to Michael F. Whelan and Maureen (Stunzi) Santiago at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY on May 1st, 1989. He grew up in his family home in Rock City Falls and attended school in Ballston Spa, NY. He also spent a great deal of time with his family in Saranac Lake, NY and Fort Myers, Florida.

Mike was an adventurer who loved to camp in the Adirondacks and at outdoor music festivals. He enjoyed his snowmobile, skateboard, playing pickup hockey games and all things Orlando. His greatest love was his daughter, Amelia. His biggest passion, however, was music. He was a natural musician and became known for being able to play anything on acoustic or lead electric guitar by ear and taught himself the drums. Mike was a member of several bands and became a jam band favorite to sit in with many local musicians in the Saratoga Springs area. He wrote beautiful lyrics, recorded his music and made many videos to entertain or share emotion with his friends.

Mikey’s nickname was Dubz from his many friends. He considered them his family and happily played the clown, the organizer and the frontman for their adventures. His laughter was contagious and will be remembered by all with love.

Michael is survived by Amelia, his 14 month old daughter; his mother, Maureen Stunzi Santiago of Saranac Lake; sister Erica Whelan of Saratoga Springs and Saranac Lake; sister Dominique Santiago and brother Raymond Santiago of Saranac Lake; grandmother Barbara (Wallace) Stunzi and step-grandmother Linda (Van Eps) Santiago, aunts Michele Whelan, Lisa (Whelan) Gatus, and Mary (Stunzi) Waterson; uncles Peter Whelan and George Waterson; 1st cousins Josh and Chelsea Tremblay, Peter (Marv) and Nicole (Whelan) Ayotte, and Ryan and Bailey Gatus. Michael is preceded in death by his father, Michael F. Whelan, his paternal grandparents Peter Whelan, Sr., Larraine (Colvin) Downs, Jack Downs and his maternal grandfather Albert Stunzi.

Calling hours will be held at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street in Ballston Spa on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 3 pm to 5 pm with a memorial service immediately following at 5 pm.

Frances D. Whittaker, 92, passed away on May 4, 2018 at Wesley Health Care Center after a brief illness. Born September 2, 1925 in Dartmouth, MA, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Gina (Costa) Derossi.

A native of Dartmouth, MA, Frances was a graduate of Dartmouth High School and Kinyon Business School and was also a member of the Smith Mills Congregational Church there. She has resided in Malta with her family for the last 30 years.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Uel P. Whittaker. She is survived by her children, Diane Lange and her husband, Clifford of Gansevoort, NY and Dennis Whittaker of Interlachen, FL; her grandchildren, Tammy Melo and her husband Frank of Fall River, MA and James Lange of Gansevoort, NY; and her great grandchildren, Katerina, Michael and Nicholas Melo of Fall River, MA.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

The family wishes to thank the staff on 3 Victoria and 5 Springs at Wesley Health Care Center for the wonderful care and comfort provided to Frances and her family.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Northeast Association of the Blind or to Nick’s Fight to be Healed.

Bernard (“Bernie”) Allyn Heald, 77, of Ballston Spa, passed away at his home with his family on May 2, 2018. Bernie was born in Farmington, Maine on June 28, 1940, son of Bernard and Helen Heald. Bernie was a graduate of Strong High School and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Maine at Orono. Bernie married his wife, Cathy, also of Maine, and they moved to Saratoga County where Bernie had a 20-year career working as a radiological health consultant for the Health Department of the State of New York. Bernie later worked as the Building Inspector for the Town of Malta until his retirement. Throughout his life, Bernie was a builder – he designed and constructed his home in Malta – and he helped many neighbors and friends in his community with building projects.

Bernie was a former member of the Malta Ridge Fire Company and at one time also served as the president of that organization. As an avid stock car fan and member of the New York State Stock Car Association, Bernie enjoyed working at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta. Over the years, Bernie helped with multiple projects at Albany-Saratoga Speedway and held various positions such as Handicapper, Scorer, Pit Steward and Assistant Race Director. All of the people in Bernie’s racing family were very special to him and the time he spent with them added greatly to the richness of his life. Bernie was also a member of the Mason’s Blue Mountain Lodge of Philips, Maine. Bernie loved being with his family in Maine, attending college basketball games, and doing jigsaw puzzles.

Bernie was predeceased by both of his parents. He is survived by his wife, Cathy, as well as by his three children Allyn Heald , Scott Heald, Zoe Peek and her husband Kenneth Peek, and Bernie’s grandson, Joshua Heald. Bernie had no siblings but was blessed to have his wife Cathy’s many brothers and sisters whom he loved and had known since they were children.

Thank you to Dr. Edward Liebers and his staff at Saratoga Oncology for their care and compassion. Dr. Liebers and his wonderful staff became almost like family to Bernie. A special thank you to Saratoga Community Hospice and Arlene and Jamie who were angels on earth through their comforting care and concern.

A celebration of Bernie’s life will be held on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta from 1 to 6 PM and will include a ceremony at 2 PM. Burial will take place during the summer at Porter Lake in New Vineyard, Maine at the family camp which is “heaven on earth.”

Memorial contributions may be made to The Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to the Malta Ridge Fire Company, 5 Hearn Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Lois A. Harper, 84, passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on January 15, 1934, she was the daughter of Arthur and Pauline Sherwood.

Lois was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. After graduation she worked as a switchboard operator for NY Telephone. She later worked as a seamstress in the local factory. Lois enjoyed spending time with her family and was especially devoted to her grandchildren. She loved her cats and dogs.

She was predeceased by her husband Richard, and her siblings Gerald Sherwood, Aurelia Haskell and Arthur Sherwood. Lois is survived by her daughters Pamela Kissinger (Keith) of Ballston Spa and Sharon Kirkpatrick (John) of Saratoga Springs; seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 5 from 10 am 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 the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Lois may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Vyrl A. “Nickie” Agnew, 76, passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on April 1, 1942, she was the daughter of John and Catherine Agnew.

Nickie liked crocheting and over the years she bowled in several local leagues. She enjoyed playing a friendly game of cards with her neighbors.

She was predeceased by her parents John and Catherine Agnew, and her brothers Malcolm, Ronald and Robert Agnew. Nickie is survived by her brother John A. Agnew of Providence, sister Rose A. Pratt of Saratoga Springs; several nieces and nephews; and her caregiver and best friend Polly Goldfarb.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Vyrl may be made to the American Lung Association.

George Cietek, Jr, 76, passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Born in Troy, NY on June 14, 1941, he was the son of George and Dalbina Cietek. He proudly served in the US Army and the US Air Force where he was a recipient of several service medals.

George was a warehouse manager for JC Penney for several years. George and his wife Sandra traveled all over the world together. They loved playing the slot machines at Atlantic City and the Saratoga Racino.

He was predeceased by his wife Sandra and their son Gregory, and his brother Thomas Cietek. George is survived by his grandchildren Anthony Cietek and Katie Cietek; siblings Kathy Kalbus (Gil), Pat O’Leary (Kim) and Maureen Ingraham (Ed); several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog Minnie.

Funeral services will military honors will be held 1:00 pm on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of George may be made to the American Heart Association.

The family would like to thank George’s neighbor Kelly for the years of friendship and support she gave to George and Sandra.

Mary VanHeusen, 94, passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Born in Perth Center, NY on August 15, 1923, she was the daughter of Albert and Harriett Kochman.

Mary enjoyed gardening and taking care of her home. She made delicious apple pie which her family loved. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family especially her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Lloyd, daughter Gail, granddaughter Kathy, and sisters Nellie Cetnar, Betty Caravella and Ann Szymczak. Mary is survived by her daughter Carol Manley; grandchildren Kevin Manley (Julie), Kristine Manley, and Kelly Lion; great grandchildren Mackenzie, Nicholas, Derek, and Dylan; sisters Stella Boris and Ceil Kosiba; and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held.

Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com

Elizabeth L. Merrill, 92, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on December 28, 1925, she was the daughter of Clarence and Leila Lasher.

On June 27, 1943, she married Jesse H. Merrill; they would have celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this June. They raised their family in Ballston Spa and moved to Georgia in 2002 to live with their son David and his wife Carolyn.

Peggy was a people person and made friends with everyone she met. She was a mom to all the Navy men that rented their home on South Street in Ballston Spa. She loved playing cards with her husband Jesse and their friends. She enjoyed reading Family Circle and Woman’s Day magazines from cover to cover. Peggy’s greatest joy was the time she spent with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, and she treasured the memories she made with them.

She was predeceased by her parents Clarence and Leila Lasher, sisters Marienne Koval and Janice Agnew, and great grandson Dillan Jesse Peacock.

Peggy is survived by her husband Jesse and their children, Donna Perkins and her husband Richard of Ballston Spa, David Merrill and his wife Carolyn of Jonesboro, GA, Rev. Debra Peacock and her dear friend Carol Finke of Argyle, and Darren Merrill and his wife Jane of Fayetteville, GA; grandchildren Susan Martin (Brian), Shari Desrosier (Kevin), Scott Perkins (Nicole), Stephen Perkins, Corey Merrill (Jody), Kier Palmer (James) Jesse Merrill, III (Laura Glass) and Stacey Leombruno (Mark); ten great grandchildren, four great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 19 from 12pm to 1pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 1pm. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Peggy may be made to Harbor Grace Hospice, 320 Parkway Dr. 4th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30312.

Albert G. Armstrong, 89, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Born in Saco, Maine on September 11, 1928, he was the son of Philip and Germaine Armstrong. He moved to New York, where he met and married his wife Laura E. Curtiss in February of 1950. He served in the United States Marine Corp.

Al was an assembler of small engines for General Electric Co in Schenectady, retiring after 44 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and all outdoor activities. He attended the Schenectady First Church of the Nazarene.

He was predeceased by his siblings Philip, Doug, Mary and Frank. Al is survived by his wife Laura and their daughters Jane Esterly (James) and Carolyn Berrian (David); grandchildren Amanda Burgess (Bernard), Michael Berrian (Samantha), Elizabeth Berrian, Rachel Harrison (Ridgely) and Sean Esterly (Sasha); great grandchildren Ruby, Ivan, Cora, Grace, Hayden, Claire and Hudson; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service 10am Thursday, April 19 at the Schenectady First Church of the Nazarene, 2535 Consaul Road, Schenectady.

Al will be laid to rest at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, with a private family service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Schenectady First Church of the Nazarene.