Obituaries


Ann G. Parillo, 72, passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at her home. Born in Springfield, Vermont on April 12, 1945, she was the daughter of Thomas and Ann Berg.

Ann worked for Ballston Spa Schools and then State Farm. She later was a bus monitor for Saratoga Bridges. She was a member of VFW Post 358 Ladies Auxiliary. Ann enjoyed playing Bingo and spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Anthony and brother William. Ann is survived by her children Fannie Welch of Gansevoort, Francesco Parillo (Carolyn) of Greenwich, Ann Pettit (Roger) of Ballston Spa and Rosalie Hastings (David) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Jordan Welch, Sydney Simmons, Francesca Parillo, Anthony Parillo, Andrew Pettit (Danielle), Shawn Pettit (Ashley) and Brian Klein; siblings Thomas Berg (Dola), Dortheann Copney, Penelope Baker (Kevin), Eugene Berg and Richard Berg; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 10am Thursday, September 28 at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, September 27 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ann may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144 or the Saratoga Co Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Rodney F. Niedziejko, 51 passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on June 29, 1966.

Rodney worked for the Corinth Police Department in the mid-1990’s rising through the ranks from patrolman until he became chief in 1998. He was very active during his tenure at the Police Department, helping to lead an effort to deal with the influx of drug activity in Corinth. In 2000, he transferred to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department, retiring in 2010.

He was known for his positive attitude and sense of humor. Rodney was a funny, likeable, good deputy who always had your back.

Rodney is survived by his wife Heidi; children Kayla, Sara and Wyatt; parents Edward and Dolores Niedziejko of Broadalbin; brothers Edward G. Niedziejko (Rebecca) of Malta and John Niedziejko (Joe) of Swedesboro, NJ; father in law and mother in law Fay and Jennifer Bovat of North Hero, Vermont; brother in law Heath Bovat of Alburgh, Vermont, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, September 24 from 2pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, September 25 at Gateway Church, 97 Hamilton Avenue, Corinth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Rodney may be made to www.youcaring.com/Raise4Rodney

Dorothy E. McCave, 103, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Wesley Health Care Center. Born in Ballston Spa on October 4, 1913, she was the daughter of Arthur and Pearl Denn.

Dorothy was a teacher’s assistant for the Head Start Program in the Ballston Spa Schools. She was a loving foster parent who was dedicated to helping children in foster care.

She was predeceased by her son Donald Mosher. Dorothy is survived by her grandsons Donald Mosher, Jr (Kelly) and Arthur Mosher (Nicole); great grandchildren Lexxis, Brayden, Owen and Aiden; daughter in law Andrea Mosher; caregivers Debbie Gula, Ann Moore and Pia Kellogg.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 21 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 the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

David Eames Hall of Sewall’s Point, Florida passed at his country home in Galway, NY on September 16, 2017. His wife of 51 years, Mary Ann, was at his side when his journey ended here on Earth.

David was the son of Doris and Lester Hall. He was born in Bangor, Maine on September 4, 1933. David had five sisters, Maybelle, who predeceased him, Priscilla, Sylvia, Glenna and Johanna, all of Maine. He also had four brothers, Earl of Maryland, George of Connecticut, Lester of Pennsylvania, and James of Albany, NY who predeceased him. He had two sons, David of Massachusetts and Colin, who predeceased him, and several nieces and nephews.

During the Korean Conflict, he served in the US Air Force where he reached the rank of sergeant.

In 1959, he graduated from Central Connecticut State Teachers College where he earned his B.S. in Education and went on the SUNY Albany where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Education and a University Certificate in Educational Administration.

He taught sixth grade at Westmere Elementary School in the Guilderland School District and also taught math and science at Giffen School and Philip Livingston School in the Albany City School District.

From 1968-1974, he served as the principal of Ballston Spa High School. In 1974, he left education to work on some investment properties in Galway. From 1980-1988, he served as the principal of Corinth High School.

After retiring from education in 1988, he and his wife began a construction company called Hall Design Builders. They built several homes in Burnt Hills and Galway.

In recent years, David worked on his memoir, “A Road from Ignorance,” which focused on his youth, his time in the military and his years as a teacher and administrator. His book will be released in January 2018.

He was devoted to his wife, strove to treat all of his students with respect, equality and fairness and maintained a positive attitude whenever he met a challenge.

There will be no calling hours. A private service will be held in Maine at a later date.

Tammy Martinez, 56, passed away on Monday, September 11, 2017 after a courageous 14 year battle with breast cancer. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on September 11, 1961, she was the daughter of James Nicholls and Claudia Cobart Kerns. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

Tammy worked for Saratoga County for 37 years. She was the confidential secretary for Sheriff Jim Bowen, working closely with both Jim and his wife Sue who became lifelong friends and supporters of Tammy throughout her illness.

She enjoyed shopping and searching for bargains at garage sales. Her greatest joy was her family and she loved to spoil her nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother James Nicholls, Jr. Tammy is survived by her sons Richard James Martinez of Ballston Spa and Michael Martinez of Ballston Spa; siblings Timothy Cobart of Ballston Spa, Lori Nicholls of North Carolina, Terri Emigh (Mark) of Ballston Spa, Scott Kerns (Erin) of Ballston Spa and Dana Nicholls of North Carolina; stepfather Harold Kerns (Lucy) of California; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and friends.

A graveside service will be held 10am Friday, September 15 at Ballston Spa Cemetery, Garrett Road, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 14 from 4pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family would like to thank Dr. Liebers and his staff, and the staff on A-3 at Saratoga Hospital for their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Tammy may be made to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk to be held in Albany on October 15, 2017.

Patricia M. Demskie, 71, passed away on Monday, September 11, 2017. Born in Salem, Massachusetts on December 17, 1945, she was the daughter of Anthony and Marguerite Roschel.

Patricia grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY and was a graduate of Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park. She was an X-Ray technician at Ellenville Community Hospital for many years. She later moved to Rock City Falls, where she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Joseph. Patricia is survived by her children Andrew Demskie (Sandy) of Rock City Falls and Julia Harrington (Thomas) of Rock City Falls; grandchildren Alexandria, Jason, Joseph, Alyson and Anthony; sister Shirley VanWagenen of Wappinger Falls; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Patricia to the Community Hospice of Schenectady.

Amelia Rice, 88, passed away on Friday, September 8, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Witherbee, NY on January 27, 1929, she was the daughter of Crispin and Maria Sierra. She was a graduate of Mineville High School and Albany Business College.

Amelia was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed country music, singing “I was country when country wasn’t cool”. She collected elephants, enjoyed crosswords and loved to laugh.

Her greatest joy was being with her family, whether she was going to Bingo with her sisters, watching Disney movies with her grandson Nathaniel, or going out to dinner with her daughter Amy and grandson Calvin, family was her greatest treasure. Amelia was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.

She was predeceased by her husband James, brothers Vincent and Enrique, parents Crispin and Maria, and parents in law James and Flora. Amelia is survived by her children Amelia Bauer of Ballston Spa, James Rice of Ballston Spa, Crispin Rice (Kathy) of Ballston Lake, Ann Breska of Ballston Spa and adopted daughter Joyce Coker of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Calvin, Nathaniel, James (Ami), Pamela, and Amanda (Andy); great grandchildren Jazlynn, Emma, and Hannah; siblings Beatrice Korszun, Isabel Perez, and Manuella Sears, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, September 12 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 11 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, American Heart Association, St. Mary’s Church or Alzheimer’s Association.

Peter Olszewski, 63 of Rock City Falls, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 with his loving family at his side, after a brave two month fight with illness.

Peter was born in Schenectady to William and Harriet (Harppinger) Olszewski. He discovered his love of medicine while working as an ER Technician at Saratoga Hospital. He then went on to become an RN through Adirondack Community College and continued by earning his Masters and Nurse Practitioner at the University of California at San Francisco. He joined the Internal Medicine Group at Community Health Plan in Latham in 1991 and has been with the group since then (now Community Care Physicians Latham Internal Medicine). He was a caring practitioner who was loved by his patients and co-workers.

While working at CHP, Peter met his true love, Susan Bunting Olszewski in 1994, and they married in October of 2000.

Peter was a great lover of the outdoors and became and Adirondack 46er when he was 46, in the year 2001. He loved hiking, canoeing, biking and skiing, especially with his daughter Noelle. He also loved his daily walks with his dachshund, Rudy.

Peter was very proud of his three daughters: Noelle Sophia Olszewski of Rock City Falls, Jennifer Anne Erin Gardner of Boston, MA and Danielle Elizabeth Gardner of Porter Corners, and all that they have accomplished, as well as his beautiful granddaughter, Haylee Star Gardner.

In addition to his wife and children, Peter is survived by his brothers, Michael Olszewski (Kathleen) of Ballston Spa and David Olszewski (Anabel) of Stillwater, as well as many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank the nurses, therapists and physicians at the Albany Medical Center ICU, Ellis Hospital ICU and Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital for all of their loving care over the past two months.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family at the Christ Church Chapel Columbarium. Friends may call on Friday, September 8 from 4 to 7 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Peter’s daughter, Noelle will be attending college as a freshman next year. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Noelle Olszewski College Fund at Trustco Bank, 2 Trieble Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Surrounded by her loving family, Marzetta Latham Schacher passed away peacefully at the age of 98 on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the Home of the Good Shepherd in Saratoga Springs . She was the daughter of Edwin and Irene (Driscall) Latham and wife of the late George P. Schacher, Sr.

Born March 16, 1919 in Binghamton, NY, she attended State Teachers College at Buffalo, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. In 1942 she married the love of her life. Marzie and George traveled while he served in the US Army, spending several years in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After the war, they settled in Schenectady where they raised a family and were active members of Zion Lutheran Church and later, the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glenville. Together they were founding members of the Rolling Squares and Merry Mixers square dance groups where they made many wonderful friends and memories.

Marzie is survived by her children, Marilyn Fino (James), George Schacher, Jr. (Cherry) and James Schacher (Donna); her grandchildren, Michael Merritt, Tanya Rives, Joshua Fino, Jessi Cashion, Taryn Schacher and Darcy Schacher; and 10 great grandchildren.

Marzie was a woman of incredible grace, determination and above all, love for her family and others. There are no words that can express our love for her and our sorrow at her passing.

Services will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Community Hospice of Saratoga, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144, Home of the Good Shepherd, 400 Church St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or St. Peter Lutheran Church, 2776 U.S. 9, Malta, NY 12020.

John “Jack” H. Downing, 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Born on December 22, 1930 in Ballston Spa, he was a life-long resident and son of the late Loren and Catherine (Maxwell) Downing.

Jack worked for many years at Curtis Lumber Co. in Ballston Spa, retiring as a construction manager. He was a United States Army Veteran, serving during the Korean War, and earned a Bronze Star Medal for heroism on the battle field along with 3 Bronze Service Stars. Jack was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association as well as the Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association. He enjoyed woodworking and wood carving and loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Agnes Downing of Ballston Spa; his daughters, Deann Downing (Cathy Fiore) and Darlene Walker (John Gardner) all of Ballston Spa; his granddaughter, Ashley Walker (Matt Sherman) of Ballston Spa; his sister, Doris Wade of Ballston Spa; several nieces and nephews and his special friends, Dan and Rose Nelson and Dave Seymour.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or to The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Ramona A. Goldfoot, 87, passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2017. Born in Mechanicville, NY on June 8, 1930, she was the daughter of Gerald Crowley and Edith and Ralph Smith.

Ramona owned and operated The Red Mill Tavern and Motel in Round Lake for many years, with her husband, David who passed away in January. After they retired, they would take their daily ride on his Harley, to have lunch at The Burger Den in Cambridge.

Ramona liked to ride her bike to Round Lake where she enjoyed sitting in the sun. She loved old country music and the yearly Christmas tree cutting at Bailey’s with her family. The time she spent with her children and grandchildren was her greatest treasure.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband David, her son James and brothers Glenn and Norman Crowley. Ramona is survived by her daughters Rhonda Agnew (Walter) of Round Lake, Laura Goldfoot of Ballston Spa, and Roxanne Sharp (Jim) of Clifton Park; three grandchildren James Agnew (Jody), Jessica Worobey (Paul) and Kelly Volpe; four great grandchildren Hunter, Dylan, Jude and Annie; sisters Constance Krogh of Wynantskill, Patricia Hatlee of New Hampshire and Chiquita Myers of Johnstown; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, September 6 at the Round Lake United Methodist Church, 34 Church Avenue, Round Lake. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Colonie. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 5 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ramona may be made to the Round Lake United Methodist Church.

William V. “Vince” Welch 80, of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, August 28, 2017, at Saratoga Center in Ballston Spa.

He was born June 6, 1937 in Ballston Spa, NY, to Chester and Ellen Welch.

A lifelong resident of Ballston Spa, Vince was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving in San Antonio, Texas and Okinawa, Japan. Upon discharge from the Air Force, Vince returned home to Ballston Spa and began his more than forty-year career at Knolls Atomic Power Lab, Kenneth A. Kesselring Site, West Milton, NY, retiring in 1997. Vince was an avid bowler, bowling with leagues for many years at Ballston Spa Lanes and was also a long-time member of Union Fire Company #2, in Ballston Spa.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his brothers, Edward Welch and Robert Welch and sister-in-law, Emily Welch. He is survived by his wife Jacqueline Welch, his children, Colleen Hadley (John), William K. Welch, and Michael Welch (Michele); step-children, Michael Mulvaney (Joann), Joseph Mulvaney, Jr., Alan Mulvaney (Mary), Kenneth Mulvaney (Tonya), and Joanne Isabella (Carmen); sister-in-law, Sarah Welch, brother-in-law, George Blakeslee (Marylee), nineteen grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service and burial will take place 11am Saturday September 30, 2017, at Middle Grove Cemetery, Middle Grove Road, Middle Grove, NY. There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Vince’s memory to Union Fire Co. #2, PO Box 145, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Anna E. Hicks 75, of Galway, peacefully passed away with family by her side Tuesday afternoon, August 22, 2017 at Saratoga Center in Ballston Spa.

She was born June 2, 1942 in Ballston Spa, NY, daughter to Helen Arnold and Howard Denison, and step daughter to Louise Cooper Denison.

Anna was a hairdresser and a homemaker. Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed her desserts, camping, fishing, car rides, garage sales, playing card games and dominos (her favorite was chicken foot).

She is predeceased by a little angel.

Anna is survived by her loving husband of almost 52 years Leon Hicks of Galway, and their three daughters- LeeAnn (Jim) Salisbury of Amsterdam, Cindy (Kelby) Truax of Ft Edward, Traci (Adom) Giffin of Potsdam; two grandchildren Kayla and Connor Giffin; two step-grandchildren John (Nori) Salisbury of Hagaman, Jennifer (Ken) Kerfien of Fulton; nine step-great grandchildren Mackenzie Kerfien of Fulton, Brody, Christian, Haley Salisbury and Shannon, Mark, Maggie Hughes of Hagaman, Maddie (John) Hotaling of Albany, and Brett Dudka of Amsterdam; two grand doggies Gunner and Sophie; two brothers, Chester (Betty) Denison of Ballston Spa and Roger (MaryAnn) Denison of Galway; several cousins, nieces and nephews; as well as lifelong childhood friend Donna Earl of Galway.

Family would like to extend their sincere thanks for the wonderful care given to their “Anna Banana.” Her 2nd family- Alyssa and the best staff of nurses and aids on A-2; especially Tammy with her extra TLC and HGTV lunch dates. As well as the support from Laura and Hospice nurse Andrew.

Anna’s family invites their family and friends to join in the Celebration of her Life on September 9th at C&R Restaurant from 11:30-2:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Anna’s name may be made to Galway Volunteer Ambulance Co, PO Box 151 or Galway Volunteer Fire Dept., 2175 Galway Rd, both of Galway, NY 12074.

Joan Mowers, 77, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017. Born in Amsterdam, NY on October 30, 1939, she was the daughter of Jasper and Flora Sweet, Jr.

Joan was a bookkeeper retiring from IBEW Local 236 in Latham in 2001. She enjoyed Nascar, casinos, and country music. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Charles Mowers and her siblings Ellen and Richard. Joan is survived by her daughters Allyson Ulrich (Steven) of Ballston Spa and Diane Grobuski (Bradley Hall) of Greenfield Center; stepchildren Jeff Mowers, Shelly Bailey, and Michael Mowers; grandchildren Andrew Chapman (Ana), Jeremy Bailey (Colleen), Christine Bouchard (Michael) , and Steven Ulrich; great grandchildren Johnathan, Zhasmene, Keira, Maddison, and Cameron.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, August 24 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Chuctanunda Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, August 23 from 2pm to 5pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Susan M. Murray, 56, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 12, 2017, after a long illness, with her family by her side. Susan was born on October 2, 1960. She grew up in Clayton, NY and later moved to Ballston Spa.

She was a member of the Eastern Star in Cambridge and the Clifton Park Elks Ladies Auxiliary.

She was predeceased by her father William Bender. Susan is survived by her son Michael Murray; grandchildren Lissa and Michael Jr.; mother Shirley De Maria; brother Dannie Bender (Lynn); longtime boyfriend Birney Herrington; and nieces Danielle Brooks and Sara Bender.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be in memory of Susan to your favorite charity.

Lee Taddeo, 84, passed away on Monday, August 7, 2017. She was born in West Springfield, Massachusetts on May 17, 1933. Lee is survived by her children Steven and Joanne.

Carmine J. Gizzi, 91, passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Born on November 21, 1925 in Albany, NY, he was the son of the late Carmine J. Gizzi, Sr. and Jennie A. (Elia) Gizzi.

A lifelong area resident, Carmine served in the United States Army Air Force during World War II where he was awarded several medals including three bronze battle stars and a purple heart. He worked for over 30 years at Tobin Packing in Albany and later as a carpenter for NYRA for over 20 years. Carmine enjoyed woodworking, golf and gardening. A communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa, he was a member of Henry Cornell American Legion Post 234, VFW Post 358 and Ballston Spa Elks Lodge 2619.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his sisters, Cecelia Manning and Anne Fitzgerald, his brothers Joseph Gizzi and Paul Gizzi, Sr., his son Richard Dingman and his wives, Mary Gizzi and Jeanette Gizzi. He is survived by his Brothers, Mike, Vincent, Peter and Robert Gizzi; sister, Rosemarie June; and children, Marge and Terry Dingman and Donna Angermiller; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Monday, August 7, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, August 6 from 2 to 5 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mary’s Shrine, c/o St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Lillian D. Deming, 88, passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Born in Scotia, New York on April 23, 1929, she was the daughter of Charles and Ethel Myers.

Lillian was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved her summer home at Penn Heights Beach Club on Sacandaga Lake. The times she spent there with her family were her greatest treasure.

She was predeceased by her five siblings. Lillian is survived by her husband of 69 years Dana, and their children Sally Jenkins, Kenneth Deming (Shannon) and Lynn Deming; grandchildren Stephen, Nathan, David, Justin, Meghan, Haileigh, Grace, Amanda and Brandon; 11 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, August 2 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Sweetman Cemetery, Charlton. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, August 1 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Lillian may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Pine West Plaza, Building 4, Suite 405, Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12205.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Home of the Good Shepherd in Saratoga Springs for their loving care.

Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com

Eleanor L. Harris 90, passed away on Monday, July 24, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on November 30, 1926, she was the daughter of Louis and Sarah Morris.

Eleanor worked at Cudney’s in Saratoga Springs for 37 years, retiring in 1996. She enjoyed baking, crocheting and camping with her family. She could often be found doing word puzzles.

She was predeceased by her siblings Gordon, Becky, Mabel, Loretta, Corabelle, Steve, Louis, Sally and Dorothy. Eleanor is survived by her husband of 58 years Fred Harris, Sr., their children Russell Palmateer (Mary Ellen) of Saratoga Springs, Ricky Palmateer (Crystal) of Ballston Spa and Fred Harris, Jr. (Jan) of Ballston Spa; beloved grandchildren Jessica, Rusty, Sarah, Melisa and Brittany; 11 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Friday, July 28 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 27 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Eleanor may be made to Union Fire Co. #2, PO Box 145, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Joseph H. Sparks, II, went home to his Savior on Monday, July 17, 2017, with his loving wife by his side. Born in the Bronx, NY on June 5, 1935, he was the son of Joseph and Annabelle Sparks.

Joe was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, a retired Lieutenant of the NY Fire Department, and a minister of the gospel.

He enjoyed talking to people, especially about Jesus. He loved his family and lived life with passion.

He was predeceased by his brother Edward. Joe is survived by his wife of 53 years, Vilma; children Laureen Sparks of New Jersey, Margaret-Anne Watson (Douglas) of Wilton, Vilma Debra Meeker (Mark) of Oklahoma, Joseph H. Sparks, III of Virginia and Dwight D. Sparks (Patricia) of Texas; grandchildren Nicholas, Samantha, Matthew, Ashley, Jenna, Zoë, Zahara, Tara, Isabel, Antonio, Adriana, and Joseph; great grandson Silas; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10 am Saturday, July 22 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa with Pastor Joseph Galarneau officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, July 21 from 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

Our beloved Meghan Nicole Russell passed away on July 15, 2017. Meghan was a bright star that shined on the many lives she touched. Kind, caring, compassionate and thoughtful are just a few words to describe our special child. Meghan’s infectious smile brought joy to all around her. She encouraged others through hard times; she was always willing to listen and genuinely cared. Meghan was an inspiration, joy and source of light which was shown through her sparkling blue eyes and contagious laugh.

Meghan was an active participant in both softball and cheerleading. She loved being part of a team. She enjoyed being in the Best Buddies program and volunteering at a local nursing home. Meghan had a gift for relating to those suffering from dementia and alzheimer’s. Meghan loved shopping, hanging out with her friends, hiking and kayaking. Spending time with family was one of the most important parts of Meghan’s day. She loved to pop-in and say hello to her grandma, YiaYia or Aunt Lisa. Meghan also loved doing her hair, make-up and nails.

Meghan is survived by her loving parents, James and Kimberly Russell; her sister, Julia; grandparents Robert and Florence Kussius, Joan and Gordon Russell, David Trayhan; aunts and uncles Brian and Lisa Russell, Gordon and Linda Russell, Donna Russell, David and Joanne Trayhan, Chris and Margaret Trayhan; cousins Tyler Russell, Brandon Russell, Devin Russell, Courtney Trayhan, Hannah Trayhan, and Jessica Trayhan; numerous special family and friends, and her beloved animals.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 20 from 4pm to 7pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa. A celebration of Meghan’s life will follow at 7pm.

Memorial contributions in memory of Meghan may be made to Donate Life America, 701 East Byrd Street, 16th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219 or Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Meghan will be missed dearly by all who knew her. However, she will live on through the eternal love of her family and friends

Gail H. Roner, 75, left this world for God’s Kingdom surrounded by her family, on Sunday July, 9, 2017. Born in Wappinger Falls, NY on November 22, 1941, she was the daughter of Roy and Mildred Doughty.

Gail worked at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for many years. She loved her dogs and her great grandchildren were her pride and joy.

She was predeceased by her husband James Roner and nine siblings. Gail was the beloved mother of William Roner (Donna) and Brenda Nicholls; grandmother of James Roner (Brittney), Cassandra McFarland, and James Nicholls; wonderful gigi to Allie, Aidan and Colby McFarland; sister of Joyce, Karl and James; special aunt of Joan Faiola, and many other nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, July 15 at 12 noon at the Factory Village Cemetery, Northline Road, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gail’s memory to Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

It is with a heavy heart, many tears, and reluctancy that we send our dad, brother, friend and mentor, John J. Postlethwaite on his final journey. Born in Johnson City, NY on December 21, 1952, he was the son of John and Elizabeth Postlethwaite.

John worked at St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady for the majority of his career. For the past ten years, he was the purchaser and accounts payable coordinator at Four Winds Hospital in Saratoga Springs.

He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. John enjoyed the beach and spending time at the family camp in Canada. Each morning he could be found at the YMCA in Malta.

Beloved husband and father he will be dearly missed.

John is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Sandra and their daughters, who were the light of his life, Kellie Postlethwaite (Fred McNeary) and Jenny Postlethwaite (Michael Willey); brothers Kevin Postlethwaite of Berkshire and Brian Postlethwaite of Johnson City; Aunt Suzie, nieces Amy and Tracy (Jesse), brother in law Brian Wilbur, and many cousins.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, July 15 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, July 14 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to St. Mary's Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or St James Church, 155 Main Street, Johnson City, NY 13790.

Linda Ann Wright, 65, of Middle Grove, New York passed away on Sunday, July 9 at her home. Born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on February 3, 1952, Linda was the daughter of the late Shirley and James Lennie.

Linda was a warm, selfless, nurturing person to her family and friends. She was the most giving person one could ever hope to know. She grew up in Halfmoon, New York with her mother and four younger brothers. She and her mother Shirley were as close as a mother and daughter could be, and her love for her brothers was fierce and deep.

In 1974 she married the love of her life Don, and together they raised four children in Middle Grove, New York. When her boys were young, Linda enjoyed spending time with her family on her boat at Lake George. She could often be found cheering passionately at her children’s sporting events.

After growing up with brothers and raising sons, Linda was blessed with her daughter Ashley, who brought her immeasurable pride and joy. In the final decade of her life, she loved spending time with her beloved grandchildren.

It is not possible to list all of Linda Wright’s talents and skills in these pages. She was a gifted and talented artist. She loved being in her art room painting, sculpting, making pottery, custom dolls, or handmade hats and clothing. She had a passion for show horses, and owned and operated a small family horse farm. Linda was a talented entrepreneur and successful small business owner. For two decades she owned and operated Total Image Salon on Geyser Road in Ballston Spa, and other salons and businesses in the area.

She was predeceased by her husband Donald W. Wright, and her brother John Proctor. Linda is survived by her sons Donald C. Wright (Lauren), Randy Wright (Allison), Jacob Wright (Christine); daughter Ashley Wright; granddaughters Alanna Wright, Ava Wright, Liza Jane Wright; grandsons Oscar Wright, Devin Wright, Jacob Wright, William Wright; brothers Steven Proctor (Helen), Wayne Proctor (Nancy), Ricky Proctor (Derrie), Keith Proctor; sister-in-law Vicki Proctor; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be missed dearly by anyone who had the good fortune of meeting her warm, beautiful soul.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, July 12 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will be held at 6pm, followed by a reception at the VFW, 68 E. North Street, Ballston Spa, New York 12020.

James M. Doherty “Dort”, 60, passed away on Friday, July 7, 2017 surrounded by his family and friends, after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Schenectady, NY on September 11, 1956, he was the son of James and Jean Doherty. Jim was a heavy equipment operator at Knolls Atomic Power Lab in West Milton for many years.

Jim enjoyed hanging with his family and friends, playing Thursday night “football”.

He was predeceased by his daughter Kelly. Jim is survived by his children Sean Doherty, Chris Doherty (Amanda), Jamie Abrams (Kyle), Chelsea Doherty (John) and Katie Spisto (Mike); grandchildren Carter and Makenna; his extended family Diane Griffin, Charles “Gov” Hofmann and Kyle Hofmann; and many close friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 13 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, enjoy a cold beer in memory of Dort.

John S. Bartkowski, 89 passed away at his home on July 6, 2017. Born in Amsterdam, NY on March 6, 1928, he was the son of William and Mary Bartkowski. He graduated from Wilbur H. Lynch High School in 1946.

John worked at Knolls Atomic Power Lab in Niskayuna for seven years and then transferred to the Kesselring Site in West Milton. He worked as a dosimetry technician, retiring in 1988.

He was a member of St. John’s Society in Amsterdam and the GE Quarter Century Club. John was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. In his younger years, he played softball in Amsterdam’s Twi Lite League for the Polish American Vets. He enjoyed traveling, skiing, hiking, fishing and gardening. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family.

John was predeceased by his wife Charlotte, and his sisters Lottie Tuchorski, Winifred Gustas, Clara Krupa and Irene Kartner. He is survived by his daughter Sandra Hammond (Mark); granddaughter, Ashley Hammond and her fiancé Brendan; grandson Stephen Hammond; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Wednesday, July 12 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St John’s Cemetery, Amsterdam. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 11 from 5pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of John to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Norman F. Marincic, 82, passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Born in Watertown, NY on April 9, 1935, he was the son of John and Emma (Ronacher) Marincic. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Norm was a graduate of Central Connecticut State College and was inducted into their Hall of Fame for long distance running. He was a lifelong athlete. Norm competed in thousands of races including the Boston and New York City Marathons. He was a candidate for the US Olympic distance team in Tokyo, Japan.

Norm’s passions included running, traveling, music, ballroom dancing, reading and nature. He was a member of the Capital District Humanist Society, American Atheists’ Society and numerous running associations. He was a longtime supporter of multiple local organizations.

He was predeceased by his parents John and Emma, brothers John and Hank, and sister Betty. Norm is survived by his daughter Barbara Marincic and her fiancée Sue DeRocher; grandchildren Ian and Laney Marincic; sister Sarah Ann Marincic; brothers Rudy and William Marincic, and several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held by the family.

Stephen M. Hrebinczak, “Rebby” 61, passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at his home after a long and courageous ten year battle with cancer.

Born in Amsterdam, NY on September 30, 1955, he was the son of Stephen and Stella Hrebinczak. He was a graduate of Bishop Skully High School, Fulton Montgomery Community College and Modern Welding.

Steve was a welder for General Electric Co. He later owned and operated Steve’s Welding in Amsterdam for many years and retired from Lane Enterprises.

He enjoyed gardening, golfing, fly fishing and spending time at Sacandaga Lake.

He was predeceased by his parents, brother Albert ”George” Barbato, and father in law John Uhlinger. Steve is survived by his wife Diane; children Jonathan Smith (Bobbie Sue) of Ballston Spa and Samantha Haskell (Brandon) of Mechanicville; granddaughter Rosalee; mother in law Josephine Uhlinger of Ballston Spa; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Monday, July 10 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Amsterdam. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 9 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Steve may be made to St. Mary’s School, 40 Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank Dr. Capello, Dr. Frank, Dr. Shaffer and Dr. Price for their care and compassion throughout Steve’s illness.

Bobbi Jean Northup, 57, passed away on Monday, July 3, 2017. Born in Staten Island, NY on August 3, 1959, she was the daughter of Robert and Danielle Harper.

Bobbi Jean was the director of trade finance at Trans-Border Global Freight Systems in Round Lake, retiring in 2015. She enjoyed camping, going to the beach and outdoor activities. Playing golf with her husband was one of her favorite pastimes. She was a sweet, bubbly person who always made everyone feel at ease.

She was predeceased by her mother Danielle Harper. Bobbi Jean is survived by her husband William Northup; stepson Graham Northup; father and stepmother Robert and Ann Harper; sister Debbie Vert; sisters in law Nancy William and Susan Wallin; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Bobbi’s life will be held in October.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bobbi Jean may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

John King, 88, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 3 after a long illness.

John was born on March 19, 1929 in Manhattan, NYC to John and May Memory King and raised in the Bronx. After graduation from Harren High School in Manhattan, John enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving from 1946-1949 and was stationed at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. During the summer cadet training cruise, John sailed on the famed tall ship “Eagle.” After graduation from the Univ. of Miami law school on the GI Bill, John practiced law in the private sector in Florida before moving to Washington, DC where he began his career in contract law.

In Washington he met his future wife, Marie, and they were married on March 23, 1956. In the early years of their marriage, John and Marie lived in Silver Spring, MD. In 1968 the family moved to Rochester, NY where John took a position at the Univ. of Rochester. It was in upstate NY that the family enjoyed skiing, sailing on Canandaigua Lake, and camping in the Adirondacks.

John was an excellent chess player, having learned the game as a youngster. He could often be found re-playing the games of the masters from the many chess books he owned, and loved teaching his children, grandchildren and neighborhood youngsters how to play.

Although he earned a living as a lawyer/administrator, John’s true passion was photography. This passion began in 1961 when he received a 35mm camera as a birthday gift. Wherever he lived, John always had a darkroom and, over the years, he exhibited his photographs at various art shows and galleries in upstate NY. In 1986, John along with other photographers contributed their photos of 19th and 20th Century buildings in Genesee County for publication in the book, The Architectural Heritage of Genesee County, New York. John was truly a “creative spirit”.

John was a member of the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church. He was a “born in the pews Presbyterian;” wherever he lived, he joined a Presbyterian church. He was an ordained deacon and elder, sang in the choir and taught adult Sunday School classes at the various churches where he was a member. While living in Oneonta, NY, John trained as a lay preacher and conducted Sunday services at several of the churches in that area.

John was predeceased by his sister, Gladys Williams and brother-in-law, Lawrence Williams. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, the Rev. Marie King; children John W. King (Peggy) of Berea, OH; Jennifer Rossetti of Wellesley, MA; Christopher King of Hunlock Creek, PA, and Lisa Grenier of Philadelphia, PA; grandchildren Peter Rossetti (Kate), Charlie Rossetti, Courtney King (Chase), Caitlin King, Madeline King, and Jordan Rossetti, brother-in-law, William Kucher, and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the Staff at Saratoga Community Hospice for their loving and compassionate care of John during his illness, especially Arlene, Alice and Rosalie.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, July 7 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home., Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at 11am on Saturday, July 8 at the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church memorial fund, 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton, NY 12010 or Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.